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Police Search for Driver Who Struck Pedestrian

By David Klassen

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police are trying to track down the driver of a vehicle which struck a pedestrian on Friday evening.

The male victim was hit at around 6:44 p.m. near the intersection of Inkster Boulevard and McGregor Street. The vehicle fled the area before police could arrive.

The victim is in hospital within life-threatening injuries.

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Riding Mountain to See $39M for Infrastructure

Riding Mountain National ParkRiding Mountain National Park will see $39 million in federal funding to improve infrastructure throughout the park just north of Brandon, Manitoba.

Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette MP Robert Sopuck made the announcement Friday, saying $36.4 million will be spread out over five years for the resurfacing of Highway 10 throughout the park.

The Wasagaming Campground will receive $2.7 million to expand the oTENTik rental facilities, add water and electrical utility services to approximately 200 sites, and improve washroom buildings and picnic shelters for an improved visitor experience.

– Staff

Free Bus Rides on New Year’s Eve

New Year's EveWinnipeg Transit will once again offer free rides on New Year’s Eve with the support of Manitoba Public Insurance.

Buses will begin service at 7 p.m. on December 31 with the last buses leaving downtown at approximately 1:38 a.m.

“As Winnipeggers celebrate New Year’s Eve, I encourage everyone to enjoy themselves responsibly and safely by taking advantage of the free ride on Winnipeg Transit,” said Mayor Brian Bowman.

Last year, more than 15,000 people rode the bus for free on New Year’s Eve in Winnipeg.

– Staff

Gang Member Jailed for Reentering Canada Near Emerson Border

By Brian Schultz

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)A man who illegally reentered Canada after being barred has been sentenced to 30 days in jail in a Winnipeg courtroom.

Xandros Efren Zelaya Fuentes tried to illegally enter Canada near the Emerson, Manitoba port on December 1. He was quickly apprehended by RCMP and turned over to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to be charged.

“This case demonstrates how efficiently the CBSA works with its partners to keep dangerous criminals, such as Mr. Zelaya Fuentes, from establishing themselves into Canadian society,” said Kim Scoville, acting regional director general, CBSA Prairie Region.

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Manitoba Retailers to Offer In-Store Beer, Wine Making

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(Beer and wine image via Shutterstock)

WINNIPEG — In-store beer and wine making is coming to Manitoba retailers.

Consumers will soon be able to make their own brew at local stores and take it home after it’s ready.

“In our consultations on modernizing liquor laws, Manitoba consumers and businesses expressed interest in establishing in-store wine and beer making,” said Mineral Resources Minister Dave Chomiak, minister responsible for liquor and gaming control.

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Western Canada Aviation Museum Receives Royal Treatment

WINNIPEG — The Western Canada Aviation Museum has gone Royal with a designation from Queen Elizabeth II.

The Ferry Road museum is now known as the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada after an official ceremony on Friday.

“Canada’s aviation history and heritage are rooted in Winnipeg — from the early bush flying pioneers to the birth of Canada’s national airlines,” said Shirley Render, the museum’s executive director.

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Winnipeg’s Airport Adding New Food, Lounge Options

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The future Plaza Premium Lounge post-security at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — It’s still considered new, but the James Richardson International Airport is set for a slight makeover in the New Year.

The Winnipeg Airports Authority will be switching out some of the restaurant offerings located post-security.

Felicia Wiltshire, manager of communications and public affairs at the WAA, says passengers have been asking for more selection and different choices of the food available.

“Our travellers are going to start to see a lot of construction starting at the end of December and probably heading into the springtime,” Wiltshire said. “It’s going to be phased-in construction and we’re going to be approaching one restaurant at a time and changing them up.”

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Manitoba Liquor Mart Employees Ratify New Four-Year Deal

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Liquor Mart employees have ratified a new four-year contract with their employer. (TWITTER)

Employees at Manitoba Liquor Marts have ratified a new four-year contract.

Under the new deal, workers represented by the Manitoba Government Employees Union maintain the current sick-day policy with minor improvements to shift premiums and dental coverage.

“After two years of zeroes and an agreement to extend the contract by a year, I’m pleased we were able to fight off concessions at the bargaining table and achieve a reasonable wage increase with minor tweaks to benefits,” said MGEU president Michelle Gawronsky.

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Two Manitoba Men Charged with Illegally Selling Elk Meat

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Elk meat seized by RCMP from two men on December 12, 2014. (RCMP HANDOUT)

Two men have been charged with illegally selling wild elk meat after a year-long investigation by Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship.

Natural resource officers contacted RCMP on December 12 for assistance in apprehending the men, who police say were selling the meat out of a truck.

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Province to Monitor Contract Workers Providing Emergency Child Care

By Sarah Klein

Manitoba LogoThe Manitoba government will directly oversee contract workers tasked with providing care to children in temporary housing shelters.

“Our goal is to eliminate the need to use hotels as emergency shelters for children as quickly as possible,” said Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross. “We are strengthening our network of foster homes and we are creating new shelters.”

The announcement Thursday comes after the province previously said it would reduce its reliance on the use of hotels for providing such care.

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