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ChrisD.ca Gets a Facelift, Launches New User-Friendly Design

ChrisD.ca Gets a Facelift, Launches New User-Friendly Design

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Winnipeg’s only independent digital news outlet unveils new visual identity

WINNIPEG, Man. — The look and feel of ChrisD.ca has changed to make it even easier for audiences to get their news and entertainment fix.

As the only independent digital news outlet in Winnipeg, ChrisD.ca reaches an average of 60,000 viewers per day via web, social media channels and email news blasts.

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Top Articles & Videos of 2015 on ChrisD.ca

Top Articles & Videos of 2015 on ChrisD.ca

Hargrave Street Fire
Flames and smoke billow from an abandoned apartment building on Hargrave Street on Monday, April 6, 2015. The blaze was one of the most-read articles on ChrisD.ca this year. (DAVID FARTHING / TWITTER)

As we look back on 2015 and round up the most-viewed articles on ChrisD.ca, three of the five we found were from the first month of the year.

With a continued increase in traffic, readership and advertising revenue year after year, we have some changes on the way for 2016 that you’ll be hearing about shortly. These plans will work to bolster our growth as Winnipeg’s only independent digital media outlet as we prepare for our ninth year.

Top viewed articles on ChrisD.ca in 2015

5) The Two-Sided Truth to Manitoba’s Minimum Wage — A contributed article by columnist Kate Jackman-Atkinson looks at Manitoba’s increase in the minimum wage every year since 2001. This column was heavily shared on social media and remained the top viewed item for several days after its initial publication in January.

4) Power 97 Flipping the Switch on New Format — The rumoured switch to a country music format helped increase the buzz on Corus Entertainment’s plans for the 97.5 FM frequency. It would later be unveiled to be a classic rock format under the name 97.5 BIG FM.

3) Direct Flights from Winnipeg to London to Cost $279 — WestJet’s announcement to fly direct to London, England from a number of Canadian destinations, including Winnipeg, saw huge interest among travellers. The article was shared some 10,000 times on Facebook and saw traffic from all parts of the globe.

2) Downtown Winnipeg Building Engulfed in Flames — News of a blaze at an abandoned Winnipeg apartment block on Hargrave Street in April garnered viral-like traffic on social media, as Winnipeggers shared photos and video from the scene. Smoke could be seen across the city, but luckily no injuries were reported. The building was demolished the next day.

1) Winnipeg Police Name Motorists Charged with Impaired Driving — Some media outlets choose not to name motorists charged with impaired over the holidays. However, the information is publicly released by police and ChrisD.ca continues to publish such names and ages every year.

Top viewed videos on ChrisD.ca in 2015

10) Plush Premium Lounge Opens at James Richardson Airport
9) Winnipeg Cleans Up After Heavy Snowfall
8) Entire City of Winnipeg Under a Boil-Water Advisory
7) Motorhome Catches Fire in St. Boniface
6) Giant Cavalia Tent Goes Up in South Winnipeg
5) Fire Engulfs Winnipeg Super 8
4) Cavalia’s Odysseo Horses Grazing on Manitoba Farm
3) Glasshouse Skylofts Rising Above Winnipeg
2) Thermea Spa Experience Opens in Winnipeg
1) Man in Hospital After Police Shooting Near Kenaston Blvd. (Viewer video)

ChrisD.ca Accepting Submissions for Obituary Feature

ChrisD.ca Accepting Submissions for Obituary Feature

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In August, ChrisD.ca will publish the second of a monthly series celebrating the life and times of a great Manitoban.

Because editorial-style obituaries almost always revolve around well-known public figures, politicians or celebrities, we felt it was time to print some real stories about real Manitobans.

If you’ve recently lost someone whose story was lost in the newspaper obits, we can give them the memorial they deserve. A professional writer will create a beautiful tribute including up to 30 pictures and even video.

Please tell us what made them special in their own way and send an e-mail to keith@memorialpost.com by July 15.

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ChrisD.ca Accepting Submissions for New Monthly Obituary Feature

ChrisD.ca Accepting Submissions for New Monthly Obituary Feature

Rolling Hoop

In July, ChrisD.ca will publish the first of a monthly series celebrating the life and times of a great Manitoban.

Because editorial-style obituaries almost always revolve around well-known public figures, politicians or celebrities, we felt it was time to print some real stories about real Manitobans.

If you’ve recently lost someone whose story was lost in the newspaper obits, we can give them the memorial they deserve. A professional writer will create a beautiful tribute including up to 30 pictures and even video.

Please tell us what made them special in their own way and send an e-mail to keith@memorialpost.com by June 15.

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ChrisD.ca Partners with The Memorial Post

ChrisD.ca Partners with The Memorial Post

WINNIPEG — A new ad-free digital obituary service has launched in the Winnipeg market.

ChrisD.ca is proud to be the exclusive local partner of The Memorial Post — a better way for families to share the story of a loved one and celebrate their life.

“Both my parents passed away in the last 10 years — neither one made previous arrangements so I was left to take care of all the unfortunate details,” said Keith Stride, founder of the website. “One of which was the obituary. For starters, I found it to be incredibly expensive — but then I began learning more about how a newspaper handles the online version.”

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from ChrisD.ca

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from ChrisD.ca

ChrisD.ca - Merry ChristmasEveryone at ChrisD.ca wishes you a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season with loved ones and friends.

We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to our readers and viewers who helped us have another successful year.

A special thanks to our advertising partners as well, including the Festival du Voyageur, MTS, Manitoba Lotteries, Showtime Productions, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, CAA Manitoba, Winnipeg Goldeyes, TK Marketing, Shaw Communications, Prostate Cancer Canada, Taco Del Mar, Red River Ex, Live Nation, Winnipeg International Children’s Festival, Gimli Film Festival, Kildonan Place, Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, Folklorama, Culture on Every Corner, Fortress/Mady Developments, Manitoba Opera, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Sparkes Productions, Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association, Portage Place Shopping Centre, and our third party advertisers.

Our staff wishes everyone all the best in 2014.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from ChrisD.ca

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from ChrisD.ca

Everyone at ChrisD.ca wishes you a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season with loved ones and friends.

We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to our readers and viewers who helped us have another successful year.

A special thanks to our advertising partners as well, including the Festival du Voyageur, Showtime Productions, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Astral Radio, Winnipeg Goldeyes, CAA Manitoba, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Red River Ex, Kildonan Place Shopping Centre, Folklorama, Opticians Council of Canada, the Manitoba Museum, and our third party advertisers.

Our staff wishes everyone all the best in 2013.

ChrisD.ca’s Most Viewed Videos of 2012

It’s no surprise that the opening of Swedish furniture giant IKEA in Winnipeg last month garnered a plethora of media attention. The nearly 400,000-square-foot store on Sterling Lyon Parkway opened November 28 to major fanfare as shoppers rushed in to get their hands on moderately-priced home furnishings. IKEA’s opening took the top three spots as the most viewed videos of 2012 on ChrisD.ca. Also making the list? The world’s largest perogy, rapid transit and the opening of the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, to name a few. See the complete list below.

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1. IKEA finally opens a store in Winnipeg, as thousands of shoppers stream in the Swedish furniture giant’s newest location (read story)

2. IKEA gives media a preview of its future store two months before it opens (read story)

3. IKEA spokesperson Maegan Sheskey gives a preview of what shoppers can expect when the store finally opens (read story)

4. A two-vehicle crash on the Perimeter Highway at Brady Road snarls both eastbound and westbound traffic for several hours in October (read story)

5. World’s largest perogy? It happened with the help of students from Tec Voc High School (read story)

6. The first leg of Winnipeg’s long-awaited rapid transit system opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Fort Rouge station (read story)

7. The International Polar Bear Conservation Centre (IPBCC) opens at the Assiniboine Park Zoo (read story)

8. A late winter storm in March walloped Winnipeg with gusty winds and several centimetres of snow (read story)

9. The former A&B Sound building at 311 Portage Avenue is demolished to make way for the new ALT Hotel and office tower (read story)

10. Three vehicles were involved in a crash on Inkster Boulevard near Aikins Street in March. One person was sent to hospital. (read story)

ChrisD.ca Launches New Mobile Website

ChrisD.ca Launches New Mobile Website

ChrisD.ca has launched a new version of our popular mobile website, streamlining our previous mobile-friendly format we debuted last June.

The new site caters to users of the iPhone, iPod, iPad, BlackBerry, Android, Windows smartphones and select HTC and Samsung handsets.

The day’s stories will be displayed in an organized manner like before, but will load much faster. We’ve also changed the way embedded video plays within stories, making it easier to return to the story you were reading before viewing our HTML5 video content.

Readers can also submit news tips and photos/videos directly from their device using a dedicated address by clicking the “Email” button under the menu bar.

The site is available by simply typing ChrisD.ca into your mobile browser.

Timeline Switch Flicked on ChrisD.ca Facebook Page

Timeline Switch Flicked on ChrisD.ca Facebook Page

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On Wednesday, Facebook surprised many brand page administrators with a notification that the new Timeline format would be made mandatory in about a month. Never ones to shy away from change, we decided to enable the new layout immediately and start playing around with it.

Facebook users in general have had a similar layout on their personal profiles for several months, and while the rollout of Timeline continues across the network for all users, pages were still displayed in the traditional view.

One of the biggest changes with Timeline is the way information is displayed. Stories are split down the page and into columns on the left and right side of the screen in a hierarchical way. However, the biggest and most noticeable change is the ability to upload a cover photo. The 850px x 315px image is the first thing readers see when viewing a page. For us, we felt it was fitting to display a familiar Winnipeg scene and decided to use a wide angle shot taken at Assiniboine Park by photographer Marc Evans. We’ll change the cover photo every couple of weeks to keep things fresh.

For companies, one of the other benefits is the ability to pin a post to the wall, such as a popular story or video that we want to provide exposure for. We’ll also be testing this out to see how it boosts user interaction among the 800+ fans who currently “like” us.

In the meantime, we encourage you to like ChrisD.ca on Facebook and join in on the conversation.