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Fringe Festival Breaks Daily Records, Responds to Vandalism Concerns

Winnipeg Fringe Theatre FestivalWinnipeg must really like to watch.

The Fringe Festival had record-breaking days on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with Saturday being the real door-buster with 10,714 tickets sold. By the end of the day Sunday, 50 performances saw sold-out audiences and 40,054 tickets in total had been sold.

The festival is on track to beat last year’s record.

The festival said they were also aware of vandalism and personal attacks on one Fringe performer, Theresa Thompson, whose play Lies of a Promiscuous Woman was called ‘blasphemous’. Thompson’s car and posters were vandalized, with someone writing a sexual slur on her vehicle.

“This reaction to Lies of a Promiscuous Woman is not indicative of audience responses to Fringe Shows. Audiences are generally extremely supportive of the festival and appreciate an artist’s freedom to discuss or address topical issues or sensitive subject matter,” said the festival’s executive director, Chuck McEwen.

-Staff

WAG Launches Search for New Curator of Contemporary Art

Winnipeg Art GalleryThe Winnipeg Art Gallery is looking for a new curator.

The gallery said Tuesday they are launching a search for a new Curator of Contemporary Art after the current curator, Paul Butler, decided to step down from his post, effective August 21.

“Paul Butler’s tenure as Curator of Contemporary Art over the last year and a half has been an exciting time for the WAG and somewhat of a curatorial experiment,” said CEO Dr. Stephen Borys. “As an individual primarily recognized for his artistic career rather than his curatorial work, this was a bold move by the WAG, and it brought new perspectives to our exhibition program and outreach.”

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Manitoba Sends Firefighters West to Help Battle Forest Fires

Forest Fire

(ALYSSA MCDONALD / METRO WINNIPEG FILE)

Manitoba is sending two fire-fighting crews to help battle forest fires in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia.

Forty firefighters were to leave Tuesday, with one crew of 20 being deployed to Kamloops, while the second team has been sent to Yellowknife.

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Open Houses Slated for Future Winnipeg Mixed-Use Development

Parcel 4

An architectural rendering of the proposed development on Parcel 4 land at The Forks. (HANDOUT)

Public consultations for a future mixed-use development at The Forks are planned for this week.

Open houses on a preliminary concept plan for the piece of land known as Parcel 4, as well as Rail Side, will be held on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. A second open house is scheduled for Saturday, July 26 from noon to 3 p.m.

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Manitoba Government Orders Investigation Into RCMP-Involved Shooting

RCMP Crest LogoThe Manitoba Government has ordered an investigation into a shooting on a reserve that saw an RCMP officer shoot a man on a First Nations reserve.

The government said the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is heading to Norway House to investigate the incident.

Manitoba RCMP would only say they were under investigation and confirmed an RCMP officer fired his gun.

Media reports say the RCMP officer fired his gun four times at an unarmed man at a children’s baseball game.

-Staff

‘Grandma Elm’ at Assiniboine Park to be Removed

The Assiniboine Park's 'Grandma Elm.' (ASSINIBOINE PARK/HANDOUT)

The Assiniboine Park’s ‘Grandma Elm.’ (ASSINIBOINE PARK/HANDOUT)

A tree that was among Assiniboine Park goers’ favourites is going to be removed.

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy said Monday the park’s massive ‘Grandma Elm’ tree near the footbridge will need to come down as it has tested positive for Dutch Elm Disease.

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High Income Earners See Social Housing Rents Raised: CTF

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Colin Craig with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation speaks to reporters at the Manitoba legislature on Friday, April 19, 2013. (BERNICE PONTANILLA / METRO WINNIPEG)

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation praised the Manitoba government for raising the rents on high-income earners who were utilizing social housing meant for low-income earners.

Last year, said prairie CTF spokesperson Colin Craig, the CTF released documents that showed more than 30 high-income earners were living in Manitoba Housing units. Craig said new documents show the Manitoba government raised the rents for those people, however, they were unable to move the people due to rules through the Residential Tenancies Act.

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BIZ’s Community Homeless Assistance Team Now Permanent

The Downtown BIZ's CHAT program now has a vehicle. (Downtown Winnipeg BIZ/Handout)

The Downtown BIZ’s CHAT program now has a vehicle. (Downtown Winnipeg BIZ/Handout)

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Community Homeless Assistance Team (CHAT) is now a permanent program, thanks to donations by several local businesses and non-profit organizations.

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York Boats Launched at Lower Fort Garry Historic Site

James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, poses with guests and costumed interpreters in a York boat at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site. The three York boats were built as one of a series of projects aimed at celebrating Métis history and culture. Left to right: Historical interpreter, Lawrie Barkwell (Louis Riel Institute), Sharon Conway (Louis Riel Institute), James Bezan, Marilyn Peckett (Parks Canada), Tom Kynman (Parks Canada) and a historical interpreter. (Government of Canada/Handout)

James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, poses with guests and costumed interpreters in a York boat at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site. The three York boats were built as one of a series of projects aimed at celebrating Métis history and culture. Left to right: Historical interpreter, Lawrie Barkwell (Louis Riel Institute), Sharon Conway (Louis Riel Institute), James Bezan, Marilyn Peckett (Parks Canada), Tom Kynman (Parks Canada) and a historical interpreter. (Government of Canada/Handout)

The Government of Canada has launched three boats at a Manitoba historical site.

MPs James Bezan and Leona Aglukkaq launched three York boats at the Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, including two which are certified for carrying passengers.

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WestJet to Launch Weekly Non-Stop Flights From Winnipeg to Fort Lauderdale

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WestJet (WESTJET.com)

If your idea of a good prairie winter is spending it somewhere else, you’ve got another option for flying.

WestJet announced Monday they will be adding a Saturday weekly non-stop flight from Winnipeg to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, starting on November 1, 2014.

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