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Manitoba to Welcome Up to 2,000 Syrian Refugees

Manitoba will welcome between 1,500-2,000 Syrian refugees to the province before the end of the year.

The first refugees will initially call Winnipeg home due to the housing and services readily available.

Manitoba Labour and Immigration, the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization and other partner organizations are coordinating the efforts.

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Home Depot Partners with Organization to Fight Youth Homelessness

Macdonald Youth ServicesMacdonald Youth Services (MYS) has joined forces with The Home Depot Canada Foundation to raise funds for homeless youth in Winnipeg.

All five Home Depot stores in the city will participate in The Orange Door Project by selling paper doors for $2 each between December 1-6.

“The work that Macdonald Youth Services provides to Winnipeg’s homeless youth is invaluable,” said Amanda Cornelisse, manager of The Home Depot Canada Foundation.

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Tractor Stolen from Compound in Winnipeg

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Police are looking for this stolen front-end loader, taken from a locked compound on Peguis Street between November 20-22, 2015. (WPS / HANDOUT)

Winnipeg police are not-so-hot on the trail of a stolen front-end loader.

The 2012 Caterpillar 938H tractor was stolen from a locked compound in the 200 block of Peguis Street between November 20-22.

Police say the suspects managed to start the vehicle and drive it away.

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17 Wing Performing Security Exercise

17 Wing CrestSecurity will be ramped up at 17 Wing Winnipeg as Canadian Armed Forces member perform a security exercise today and Friday.

Armed security checks will be carried out at the base’s main gate on Wihuri Road (Whytewold Road north of Ness) as well as at the gate off of Air Force Way (Sharp Boulevard, north of Ness Avenue) as well as security patrols and inspections.

The exercise will not impact traffic routes, but visitors to the base will be required to show valid ID and may have their vehicle and belongings searched. Visitors and employees may also be randomly selected for observation, as part of the exercise, and are asked to follow the directions of security personnel.

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More Growler Bars Opening in Manitoba

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Stephanie Lussier fills up one of the new howler jugs at the Liquor Mart location in Fort Richmond on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The province is expanding the number of growler bars available at Manitoba Liquor Marts by adding four more.

What began as a pilot project last October has quickly taken off and garnered a great amount of interest among beer-drinkers.

Besides the five standalone bars and two located within motels, Fort Richmond, Grant Park, Sage Creek and Steinbach Liquor Marts will see the additions.

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Manitoba Legislation to Ensure Job Security for Domestic Violence Victims

By Sarah Klein

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(Domestic violence image via Shutterstock)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is ensuring job protection and paid leave for victims of domestic violence with proposed new legislation.

The province will introduce changes to the Employment Standards Code to allow victims to take leave for long-term illness and injury, and extend the length of leave for compassionate care.

“When there is violence at home, you shouldn’t have to worry about holding onto your job as you escape and rebuild,” said Labour and Immigration Minister Erna Braun.

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CUPE Local 500 Names New President

CUPE Local 500WINNIPEG — CUPE Local 500 has named Gord Delbridge as its new president.

Delbridge was elected Monday night and works in the City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department.

He replaces outgoing president Mike Davidson, who recently announced he would not be seeking re-election after serving terms.

“It is an honour for me to have been elected to lead the largest CUPE Local in Manitoba,” said Delbridge. “There are many challenges ahead and I pledge to continue the progress our Local has made in our fight to defend public services in our community.”

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Manitoba Snowmobilers Get New Orange ‘Snopass’ Plates

Snowmobilers gather at Birds Hill Provincial Park for a trail expansion and funding announcement, Friday, March 6, 2015. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Manitoba Snowmobilers will be a little more colourfully-lit this riding season with the addition of a new orange licence plate.

The plate replaces the existing “Snopass” sticker, and makes it easier for conservation officers and other enforcement officials to identify snowmobilers.

Only riders who purchased a Snopass can ride on Snoman’s groomed snowmobile trail system. Riders operating their snowmobiles on a Snoman trail without one could receive a ticket of nearly $500.

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Police Identify Woman Killed in High Speed Downtown Crash

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police have identified the woman killed Monday morning after she evaded officers in a high speed pursuit and crashed into a building on Portage Avenue.

Brandi Melissa Manningway, 27, of Winnipeg, fled from police at around 1:20 a.m. after being spotted in relation to a convenience store robbery an hour earlier in Charleswood.

Police began chase in the area of Empress Street and Portage Avenue, but lost sight of the vehicle due to high rates of speed. The SUV crashed moments later into the Buhler Building at the corner of Portage Avenue and Good Street.

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One in Three Manitoba Children Living in Poverty: Report

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WINNIPEG — A new report sounds the alarm on Manitoba’s critical child poverty rate — the second highest in Canada.

The Manitoba Child and Family Poverty Report Card shows one in 3.5 children in the province live in poverty.

“Poverty is the major barrier preventing far too many children in our country from reaching their true potential. Children are our future,” said Ron Brown, president and CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg.

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