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What’s Open and Closed on Louis Riel Day

Louis Riel Grave
Louis Riel’s grave site in St. Boniface (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

With Monday, February 15 being a provincial holiday, here’s what open, closed or operating on a reduced schedule for Louis Riel Day.

Shopping Centres
Kildonan Place — Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
St. Vital Centre — Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cadillac Fairview — Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Manitoba Liquor Marts
All Liquor Marts in Winnipeg and Brandon will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for the cityplace Liquor Mart, which will be closed all day.
In addition to cityplace, Liquor Marts located in Roblin, Winkler, Churchill, Steinbach, Pine Falls and Carman will be closed on Louis Riel Day.

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Police Warn of Taxation Telephone Scam

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police want to warn the public about a taxation scam as Canadians prepare to file their 2015 taxes.

The telephone scam begins with the caller stating they are from Taxation Canada and a large sum of money is owed in taxes. Victims are asked to make payment in the form of gift cards to clear up the fictitious outstanding amount.

Police say the commercial crime unit has been notified and for the public to discuss the scam with their elderly family members.

The public is encouraged not to engage with the callers or send payment.

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LA Metro Exercises Option with New Flyer for 350 Buses

New Flyer IndustriesLos Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority has exercised its contract options with Winnipeg-based New Flyer for another 350 buses.

The agreement for the heavy-duty 40-foot compressed natural gas buses is valued at approximately $180 million U.S. The option stems from an original contract with LA Metro in 2013.

New Flyer says it expects to deliver the buses by the end of the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016.

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Neglected Northern Manitoba Dog in Urgent Need of Care

By Sarah Klein

Odessa Dog

A severely abused and neglected dog from northern Manitoba is the focus of a plea from Manitoba Underdogs Rescue.

Odessa was found locked in a closet with her newly born puppies, all of which have since passed away.

The dog has been diagnosed with heartworm and a heart murmur, and a veterinarian also discovered an unborn puppy still in her womb. The removal of the pup must be carried out immediately through a C-section.

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MLA Drew Caldwell to Run Again in Brandon East

Drew Caldwell
Drew Caldwell (GOV.MB.CA)

NDP MLA Drew Caldwell is seeking re-election in his constituency of Brandon East.

“In this election, the people of Brandon East face two distinct visions for our community: our positive plan to continue to build our community and support the middle class and seniors, or the cuts and privatization promised by both Rana Bokhari’s Liberals and Brian Pallister’s Conservatives,” Caldwell said in a release.

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Transit Driver Charged After Alleged Assault on Passenger

Winnipeg Police CrestA 51-year-old Winnipeg Transit driver has been charged with assault after allegedly striking a teenage girl.

Police were called to the area of Sargent Avenue and Valour Road just before 11 a.m. on Wednesday for a report of a transit driver being assaulted.

Officers discovered a verbal argument had occurred between the woman driver and a 17-year-old female passenger. It escalated to where the driver allegedly hit the girl, with the passenger striking back in self-defence.

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Mandela to Keynote Fair Trade Conference in Winnipeg

Tukwini Mandela
Tukwini Mandela

The granddaughter of Nelson Mandela will deliver a keynote address an upcoming conference in Winnipeg next week.

Tukwini Mandela will speak at the National Fair Trade Conference, being held at the Fort Garry Hotel February 18-20.

The conference will increase awareness about fair trade, with topics of discussion including marketing fair trade, climate change, fair trade and sustainability, and building fair trade communities.

“Fair trade is about putting people and the environment first, it’s about equality and building a better world. Having Tukwini Mandela join us a keynote speaker creates incredible ties to a legacy of change and equality,” said Sean McHugh, executive director of the Canadian Fair Trade Network.

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Stretch of Carlton Street to Close on Friday

City of WinnipegCarlton Street from York Avenue to Broadway will temporarily close to all vehicle traffic on Friday.

The closure is to accommodate RBC Convention Centre construction and will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Motorists should allow for additional travel time, and use alternate routes in this area to reach their destinations.

Pedestrian access on Carlton Street will be maintained, and Transit buses will not be impacted.

— Staff

Bark for Your Park: Open House Fetching Feedback on Downtown Locations

Boxer - Dog
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho-Canadian Veterinary Medical Association)

The public is being invited to have their say on potential locations of a new downtown Winnipeg dog park.

The city is holding an open house on Wednesday, February 24 to gauge feedback on the new off-leash project.

Results of an online survey conducted in January will also be available for viewing.

“A neighbourhood dog park in downtown Winnipeg will help build stronger community ties by fostering social meet-ups for dogs and people,” the city said in a release. “It will also be an amenity that will encourage downtown living and help make dog ownership in the downtown more accessible.”

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Police Chopper in Need of New Thermal Imaging System

Winnipeg Police Air 1
Air 1, the Winnipeg Police Service helicopter (HANDOUT / FILE)

Winnipeg police stated their case on Wednesday for a reported $360,000 upgrade to its Air 1 helicopter.

The chopper is currently under a provincial review to determine its continued usage as an integral tool in the service’s crime-fighting arsenal.

Police are looking for funding from the city and province for a new forward looking infrared camera (FLIR), used to track suspects or evidence by heat signature.

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