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Polar Bears Return to ‘Journey to Churchill’ Following Repairs

Kaska takes a breather at Assiniboine Park Zoo during International Polar Bear Day on Thursday, February 27, 2014. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — The Assiniboine Park Zoo has returned two of its popular polar bears to the Arctic exhibit in Journey to Churchill.

Aurora and Kaska are back in their original home after repairs were made to the exhibit following the opening in July.

“Watching polar bears swim is a highlight of the Journey to Churchill experience and we are thrilled to have them open once again for the enjoyment of zoo visitors,” said Don Peterkin, COO for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy.

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MS Society Launching Two New Manitoba Bike Tours

By Sarah Klein

MS Society of CanadaThe Manitoba division of the MS Society of Canada is rolling out two new bike tours for 2015.

The Winter MS Bike Tour will take place Saturday, February 7 at Clear Lake, Riding Mountain National Park, and the Turtle Mountain Trail is set for Sunday, July 12 at Turtle Mountain Provincial Park.

“After the success of the 25th anniversary of the Biking to the Viking event where we broke our fundraising record by raising $532,000, we’re really excited to bring two new bike tours to Manitoba,” said Donna Boyd, president of the MS Society of Canada, Manitoba Division.

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More Winnipeg Residents Being Switched to Community Mailboxes

Canada Post Community Mailbox

Two more Winnipeg neighbourhoods will see community mailboxes in their areas in the fall of 2015 as Canada Post continues with its plans to phase out door-to-door delivery service.

Approximately 14,489 home addresses in central and south St. Vital with postal codes starting with R2M and R2N will be converting to the new system.

The area covers homes between River Road and St. Anne’s Road north of Nova Vista Drive to Carriere Avenue, and homes south of Meadowood Drive in St. Vital south to beyond the Red River Floodway east of the river.

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680 CJOB Tops Winnipeg’s Fall Radio Ratings

Radio Mic

CJOB 680Jack Blick Avenue continues to produce Winnipeg’s top radio station on the airwaves, as 680 CJOB has dominated yet another ratings book.

Numeris, formerly known as BBM Canada, released Fall 2014 data on Thursday, measuring the period September 1 to October 26.

While the Corus Entertainment-led station took the top AM spot, QX 104 (Jim Pattison Broadcast Group) won the FM dial, coming in just behind CBC Radio One, which shares an AM and FM frequency.

The country music station earned a 9.8 share with an increase from 9.1 in the spring book. Its sister station FAB 94.3 was down slightly compared to last year with a 5.0 share.

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More Child-Care Spaces Coming to Harrow School

Harrow School
Harrow School, 550 Harrow Street (GOOGLE STREET VIEW)

The Manitoba government is creating additional child-care spaces at Harrow School in Fort Garry.

Through a new child-care centre, space for up to 16 infants and 48 pre-schoolers will be added to the existing spaces for a total of 110.

“Early childhood education is critical for laying the foundation for Manitoba’s children to get a good start in life and child care gives parents the option to go back to work or return to school,” said Education and Advanced Learning Minister Peter Bjornson.

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South Winnipeg Group to Oversee Two Community Centres

Waverley Heights Community Centre
Waverley Heights Community Centre, 1885 Chancellor Drive (GOOGLE STREET VIEW)
Richmond Kings Community Centre
Richmond Kings Community Centre, 666 Silverstone Avenue (GOOGLE STREET VIEW)

Two Winnipeg community centres are now under the direction of an amalgamated board of directors.

Richmond Kings and Waverley Heights Community Centres will be overseen by the South Winnipeg Community Centre (SWCC).

“The goal of the amalgamation is to maximize our current resources for the benefit of our collective communities,” said SWCC president Chuck Davidson. “The new South Winnipeg Community Centre Board will improve functionality of our centres, reduce duplication of effort, resources and volunteers, reduce operating costs, and allow us to expand our current program structure.”

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New Battery-Electric Buses to Depart from Winnipeg Airport

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One of four Xcelsior battery-electric buses to depart from James Richardson International Airport to East Kildonan and back. (CHRISD.CA)

Winnipeg Transit is adding up to four new battery-electric buses to its fleet in a new daily route leaving from James Richardson International Airport.

The Xcelsior buses, manufactured by Winnipeg-based New Flyer Industries, will operate on a 40-kilometre, two-hour route that will travel to East Kildonan and return to the airport beginning Friday.

As part of the route, the Winnipeg Airports Authority permitted a high-power charging station to be installed at the airport.

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Winnipeg Police Recruiting for 2014 Cadets Program


Winnipeg police are recruiting cadets for the next class of Auxiliary Force Cadets to begin in May 2015.

An information session is planned for Tuesday, December 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Winnipeg Police Training Academy, 130 Allard Avenue.

The application deadline is Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 3 p.m.

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Plan Ahead for Black Friday at the Border: CBSA

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)WINNIPEG — Heading to the U.S. this Black Friday to take advantage of retail deals? Arrive to the border prepared, warns the CBSA.

The Canada Border Services Agency is reminding travellers to plan ahead to avoid possible delays at the border.

Everything from having travel documents ready to adding up receipts upon your return home can speed up the process.

The CBSA also asks travellers to be aware of any restrictions on the goods coming back into Canada, including certain fruits, vegetables, meats and plants from other countries.

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City Holding Black Friday Sale on Adoptable Dogs

Remi - Pepsi
Remi and Pepsi are two dogs available for adoption from the City of Winnipeg’s Animal Services Agency. (HANDOUT)

You wouldn’t normally think of a pet sale on Black Friday, but that’s what the City of Winnipeg’s Animal Services Agency is having.

From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, all in-house adult dog adoptions are $99 and include licence, micro-chip, spay/neuter, basic shots, food and pet health insurance.

Remi and Pepsi (above) are two dogs up for adoption at Animal Services. Remi is “very sweet and loves to be with people,” according to the city, while Pepsi loves walks and cookies.

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Operation Red Nose

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