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Brandon University, ACC Form New Partnership

Brandon University - Assiniboine Community College

ACC president Mark Frison, Premier Greg Selinger, and BU president Dr. Gervan Fearon in Brandon on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. (BU / HANDOUT)

Brandon University

Brandon University

Two post-secondary institutions in Brandon have partnered to enhance opportunities for students.

The collaborations between Brandon University (BU) and Assiniboine Community College (ACC) will enable students to explore new courses, research opportunities and ensure mobility between the two institutions.

“This agreement will expand opportunities for students and recognizes the role of education in fostering investment and economic growth in the Westman region,” said Dr. Gervan Fearon, BU president. “It also signals a significant direction for post-secondary education in the province. Collaboration among institutions is key to the future.”

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Province Funding Upgrades to Several Community Facilities

By Brian Schultz

Sikh Society of Manitoba

Sikh Society of Manitoba (GOOGLE STREET VIEW)

Upgrades are planned for more community facilities in Winnipeg, particularly in the city’s northwest.

The province announced Wednesday part of its $500,000 investment will go to the Sikh Society of Manitoba to enhance their existing playground.

Upgrades will replace the old existing wooden structure with a safe and accessible play structure. Construction is expected to begin this fall.

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Havixbeck Would Overhaul How 311 Handles Service

Paula Havixbeck

Paula Havixbeck

“How can I help you?”

That’s the motto mayoral candidate Paula Havixbeck wants the City of Winnipeg to embrace for its citizens when people call 311.

The Charleswood — Tuxedo councillor said Wednesday that if elected mayor, she would create a single portal for requests, complaints and general information sought from the city.

Havixbeck said she would ensure a caller’s request in handled by the same 311 agent from the time it comes in to when the ticket is closed.

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Bowman Throws Weight Behind Small Business

Brian Bowman


WINNIPEG — Mayoral candidate Brian Bowman delivered promising news to small business owners on Wednesday, vowing to increase the small business tax credit to $30,000 from the current $23,880, if elected.

Bowman held his announcement in Shawarma Khan in the Exchange District, owned by former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Obby Khan.

“The business tax has long been a sore point for Winnipeg’s small business community,” said Bowman. “Largely, that’s because Winnipeg is one of the last major cities in Canada that still levies it.”

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Manitoba to Spend $11.9M to Replace Aging Medical Equipment

By Sarah Klein

Hospital Emergency RoomThe Manitoba government is funding $11.9 million in new diagnostic equipment at hospitals across the province.

The investment replaces aging equipment at the end of its service life.

“Modernizing health equipment is a priority to ensure that health-care facilities continue to offer the best possible care to Manitoba’s families for years to come,” said Health Minister Erin Selby. “By replacing old technology, we can make our diagnostic services even better.”

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Gord Steeves Pledges Photo Radar Changes

WINNIPEG — Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves doesn’t oppose photo radar, but believes it should be carried out in a fair manner.

The former city councillor said Wednesday photo radar enforcement needs to be more about safety than it is a revenue-generating stream for the city.

Steeves would see a policy in place to erect signage to clearly show when photo radar is used in a construction zone. Signage would also indicate where the lowered speed limit for that zone ends.

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Canada Post Releases Stamp to Commemorate CMHR

Canadian Museum for Human Rights Stamp

Canada Post’s stamp to commemorate the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. (HANDOUT)

A stamp to mark the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has been unveiled.

Canada Post is issuing the stamp, featuring the Tower of Hope and the curving glass façade of the 23-storey structure.

“When Canadians use this new stamp on their correspondence, they will help spread awareness of the museum and the importance of human rights across Canada and around the world,” said Stuart Murray, CMHR president and CEO. “As we prepare to welcome our first visitors, we keep in mind that this unique museum is distinctly Canadian, yet truly global, as it reflects the important contributions that individuals and peoples have made to advance the cause of human rights.”

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Thousands Attend Vigil for Tina Fontaine, Faron Hall

Tina Fontaine - Faron Hall

Thousands of people gather at the Alexander Docks to remember Tina Fontaine and Faron Hall on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

Tina Fontaine - Faron Hall

AMC Grand Chief Derek Nepinak (right) leads a march in honour of Tina Fontaine and Faron Hall on Tuesday evening. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — About 2,000 people turned out Tuesday night at the Alexander Docks to remember Tina Fontaine and Faron Hall.

The bodies of the two were pulled from the Red River on Sunday in separate incidents, creating a renewed call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Fontaine was only 15-years-old and had been reported missing August 9. At the time of her disappearance, she was in the care of Child and Family Services. Her body was found bound inside a bag when it was recovered Sunday afternoon near the banks of the Red River near Waterfront Drive.

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City’s Second Bottle and Cork Location Opens

Manitoba Liquor and LotteriesWINNIPEG — The province’s second bottle and cork facility is now open in East Kildonan.

The renovated Northdale Liquor Mart houses the option, allowing customers to purchase wine in bulk at a reduced price.

“The addition of a second bottle and cork location will provide even greater convenience for those Manitobans living in the northeast end of Winnipeg and beyond,” said Ron Lemieux, minister responsible for the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Act.

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Brandon Airport Lands Major Redevelopment

Brandon Municipal Airport

An artist’s rendering of the future expanding air terminal building at Brandon Municipal Airport. (CITY OF BRANDON)

Brandon’s Municipal Airport will be redeveloped to handle increased passenger traffic after WestJet launched its Encore service in the Wheat City last year.

All three levels of government will commit up to $2.9 million each to the project.

“Expansion of our municipal airport is truly the lynchpin in terms of creating a regional hub for passenger air travel in southwestern Manitoba,” said Brandon Mayor Shari Decter Hirst. “We are a growing, thriving, modern community and, soon, we will have an airport that reflects that and also positions us well for continued growth and prosperity.”

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