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WHO-Led Study Shows Winnipeg-Made Ebola Vaccine Protects Against Dreaded Disease

By Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press

Ebola Vaccine
A vial of the Canadian-made Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV, is pictured in a recent photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research – Col. Shon Remich)

TORONTO – It appears the world finally has an effective Ebola vaccine.

A new study reported Friday that a vaccine designed by scientists working at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg induces a quick and highly effective response, protecting 100 per cent of the people who got it against the virus.

This is the first time an experimental Ebola vaccine has been shown to prevent people from becoming infected with the deadly disease.

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Jets Partner Up with Tulsa Oilers as ECHL Affiliate

By Brian Schultz

Winnipeg Jets LogoThe Winnipeg Jets have formed a partnership with the Tulsa Oilers as their new ECHL affiliate.

“Tulsa is an organization that shares our level of commitment to success and we look forward to working together to provide our players’ opportunities to further develop themselves on and off the ice,” said Craig Heisinger, senior VP and assist GM of the Winnipeg Jets.

“We are particularly excited to continue our relationship with head coach Jason Christie who has been an integral component of some of our prospects development in the past.”

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MTS Acquires Spectrum from WIND Mobile for $45M

MTSWINNIPEG — MTS is spending $45 million to acquire wireless spectrum from WIND Mobile in an effort to increase speed along its network.

MTS will get 15 MHz of paired AWS-1 spectrum to improve the customer experience, paired with spectrum already acquired through the federal government’s auction earlier this year.

“We are appreciative of the concrete steps that the government has been taking to create more choice, lower prices and better wireless service for Canadians and their families,” said MTS Allstream CEO Jay Forbes.

WIND CEO Alek Krstajic says the sale will allow its network to expand and finish the rollout of LTE.

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Canadians Have Called It KD and Kraft Dinner is Now Adopting That Name

By The Canadian Press

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(Kraft Dinner image via Shutterstock)

TORONTO – Canadians have been calling Kraft’s macaroni and cheese dinner KD for years and now the company is marketing Kraft Dinner under that name.

In a campaign launched on Thursday on Twitter the company tweeted “You may recognize our new name from what you’ve always called us. #KDisnowKD”

And a posting on the KD Facebook page said “we’re embracing our nickname in a very permanent way” above a new product logo that prominently features the letters KD.

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Stress-Free Summer Entertaining Ideas

Summer Food Entertaining

(NC) — Warm-weather gatherings are a perfect way to spend time with family and friends. Follow these four simple tips for a perfect, stress-free summer soiree that both you and your guests will enjoy.

Pick a theme

Start by choosing a theme for your summer celebration. A defined focus will allow you to quickly narrow menu and décor selections. Easy ideas include seasonally inspired concepts, like Christmas in July; location-specific parties, such as a Hawaiian luau; and era themes, like the Roaring Twenties.

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Toe-Dipping, Milk Carton Races at Oak Hammock Marsh

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Milk carton races are part of the fun planned at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre this weekend. (HANDOUT)

If your long weekend plans include staying close to the city, Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre has a few fun things the entire family can do.

The centre is hosting a toe-dipping contest at their artesian spring all weekend long, as well as milk carton races down the creek.

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What’s Open and Closed in Winnipeg on Terry Fox Day

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A statue to commemorate Terry Fox in Victoria, BC. (SAM DCRUZ / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM)

Here’s a list of what’s open, closed or operating on a reduced schedule on Terry Fox Day, Monday, August 3…

Shopping Centres
Kildonan Place — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
St. Vital Centre — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Polo Park — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Manitoba Liquor Marts
All Winnipeg Liquor Marts will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for cityplace, which will be closed. All Liquor Marts outside of Winnipeg will be operating on their regular Sunday schedule.

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Willy Goes Wild In 23-13 Bombers Win Over Lions

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Matt Bucknor (2), Demond Washington (7) and Johnny Adams (20) celebrate Washington’s interception late in the fourth quarter against the B.C. Lions in CFL action in Winnipeg Thursday, July 30, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers LogoWINNIPEG — Showing resilience and a fair amount of guts, Drew Willy used all four limbs to pace the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a 23-13 win Thursday night against the B.C. Lions. The quarterback left last week’s game against Edmonton with a knee injury, but returned to start this week to pass for 269 yards and two touchdowns while scampering for a team-high 72 yards on the ground.

“I’m confident in my ability, I’m obviously a drop back quarterback but at the same time I try to be athletic out there and do what I can,” said Willy. “I’m going to fight for my teammates.”

In front of 27,214 fans at Investors Group Field, Willy overcame a porous offensive line to spread the love to eight receivers on 17-for-25 passing. Receiver Darvin Adams had long plays of 36 and 56 yards, the latter resulting in a touchdown, for his total of 127 yards. Justin Veltung replaced an injured Nick Moore admirably, catching five passes for 58 yards. Winnipeg improves to 3-3 with the win, while B.C. falls to 2-3.

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Boat Inspection Stations Open in Winnipeg, Selkirk

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A boat washing station in Clear Lake (PARKS CANADA)

To prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, the province has four boat inspection stations available to the public this weekend.

From today until Monday, August 3, boaters can stop by St. Vital Park in Winnipeg or Selkirk Park in Selkirk.

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship says two watercraft inspection teams will also be on the South Basin of Lake Winnipeg. One team will rove between Balsam Bay and Grand Beach, while the other team will be stationed at Winnipeg Beach.

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Ontario Police Say Speeder Wanted to Reach Cottage in Time for Sunset

By The Canadian Press

(Beach sunset image via Shutterstock)

ST. JOSEPH, Ont. – A desire to get to the cottage before sunset was cited by an Ontario woman accused of driving at nearly double the speed limit.

Ontario Provincial Police say a car was clocked at 150 kilometres an hour in an 80 km/h zone earlier this week on the Bluewater Veteran’s Highway near St. Joseph, on Lake Huron.

The driver told police she was speeding in an attempt to make it to the cottage to see the sunset.

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