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Manitoba Judge and Ex-Minister Vic Toews Fights Salary Seizure Over Late Rent

By Steve Lambert/The Canadian Press

Current judge and former Public Safety Minister Vic Toews (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / CHRISD.CA FILE)
Current judge and former Public Safety Minister Vic Toews (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / CHRISD.CA FILE)

OTTAWA – Manitoba judge and former Conservative cabinet minister Vic Toews‘ wages were to be seized earlier this year in order to fulfil his lease with an Ottawa-area landlord.

Toews lost an appeal at Quebec’s rental tribunal earlier this month to have the payment order against him reversed.

Tribunal documents say that after Toews resigned his cabinet post in July 2013, he did not pay the remaining months of his lease at a Gatineau, Que., property totalling $3,900.Continue Reading

Winnipeg Gallery Tries to Carve Out Space for Large Collection of Inuit Art

By Chinta Puxley/The Canadian Press

Manitoba Inuit Association president Fred Ford speaks to media at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Thursday after the gallery announced it has received a $500,000 donation to it’s Inuit Art Centre project. (METRO WINNIPEG/SHANE GIBSON)
Manitoba Inuit Association president Fred Ford speaks to media at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Thursday after the gallery announced it has received a $500,000 donation to it’s Inuit Art Centre project. (METRO WINNIPEG/SHANE GIBSON)

Winnipeg’s art gallery is trying to carve out space to house what’s believed to be the world’s largest collection of Inuit art – only a fraction of which is ever on display.

The gallery has plans to build a $60-million building for 13,000 pieces that include carvings, prints and drawings.

Art gallery director Stephen Borys says the centre would be unique and would help bring the Arctic to the rest of Canada.

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Arrest Made After Indecent Act on Orange Street

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg Police say they have arrested a man after they say he committed an indecent act on Orange Street.

Police said they were dispatched to the scene just before 7 a.m. on Tuesday where a 45-year-old woman said she had been followed by a man asking her directions for Polo Park.

When she ignored him, he asked again, and when she turned around, he was committing an indecent act.

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1,500 Pigs Die in Kola Barn Fire

A barn on fire near Kola, Man. on March 24 , 2015. (RCMP)
A barn on fire near Kola, Man. on March 24 , 2015. (RCMP)

Virden and Melita RCMP said 1,500 sows have died after a barn fire near Kola, Man.

Police said emergency responders were called the the scene Tuesday at about 10 p.m. When police arrived, the barn was fully engulfed and the RM of Wallace Fire Department was trying to keep the blaze from spreading.

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New Manitoba Lieutenant-Governor Says Women Need to Share Their Voice

By The Canadian Press

Janice Filmon. (UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA/HANDOUT)
Janice Filmon. (UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA/HANDOUT)

Manitoba’s new lieutenant-governor says it’s time a woman was appointed to the job.

Janice Filmon is only the second female vice-regal for the province, preceded by Pearl McGonigal, who held the office from 1981-1986.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Filmon, the wife of former premier Gary Filmon, to the post earlier this week.

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Red River College Unveils Province’s First Rapid Charger for Electric Vehicles

Red River College unveils its new electric vehicle charger on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (METRO WINNNIPEG/SHANE GIBSON)
Red River College unveils its new electric vehicle charger on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (METRO WINNNIPEG/SHANE GIBSON)

Red River College is hoping to give those with electric vehicles a boost.

The college unveiled a Level 3 car charger Wednesday, capable of charging an electric vehicle up to 80 per cent in 15 to 30 minutes.

“With the installation of this new charger, we continue to play a leading role in Manitoba’s green transportation future,” said David Rew, RRC interim president and CEO.

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Inmate Found Dead at Stony Mountain Institution

Stony Mountain Institution
Stony Mountain Institution (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

An inmate from the minimum security unit at Stony Mountain Institution has been found dead.

Officials said Dennis Barry McFadden, 64, was found dead in his living unit on Monday.

Despite immediate attempts to revive him, staff members and emergency personnel were unable to do so.

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Winnipeg police should have kept safe teen later found dead: AFN chief

Tina Fontaine
Tina Fontaine (WPS / HANDOUT)

Canada’s national chief says Winnipeg police should have done their job and kept a 15-year-old girl safe in the hours before she was last seen alive.

Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations says police failed to protect Tina Fontaine when they came into contact with the missing teen days before her body was pulled from the Red River.

Fontaine was in a vehicle pulled over by two officers more than a week after she was reported missing last summer, but she was not taken into custody.

The Winnipeg Police Service says neither of the officers will face criminal charges.

Bellegarde says frustration is growing with how the justice system handles missing and murdered aboriginal women.

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Pair of Thieves Rob Delivery Driver on Lusted Avenue

Winnipeg Police CrestA man was not hurt after a pair of thieves stole the food he was delivering early Wednesday morning.

Winnipeg police said the man, 25, was delivering food to a residence in the 100 block of Lusted Avenue at 12:45 a.m. when two masked men approached him, carrying a weapon.

The men demanded the victim’s personal property and the food he was delivering. The victim turned everything over to the men and the thieves ran away.

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Officers Who Came Across Tina Fontaine to Face No Charges: Winnipeg Police

Tina Fontaine
Tina Fontaine (WPS / HANDOUT)

The two officers who came across Tina Fontaine a day before she was murdered will face disciplinary action but no charges, say Winnipeg Police.

Police said last year that two officers came across Tina, 15, on Aug. 8, 2014, during a traffic stop.

Despite the fact the teen was reported missing, the officers did not take her into custody.

Fontaine’s body was pulled from the Red River on Aug. 17.

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