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Basement of Siloam Mission Floods After Storm

Siloam Mission Flood

Heavy rainfall left a soggy mess in the basement of Siloam Mission on Thursday, August 21, 2014. (TWITTER)

Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street (HANDOUT)

Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street (HANDOUT)

For the second time in eight months, Siloam Mission’s basement has taken on water.

Following Thursday night’s torrential downpour, the Winnipeg homeless shelter says it received 26 inches of rain in its basement. Damage to mechanical systems in the boiler room was reported, while some food and clothing supplies were also lost, including winter wear.

“Storm drains were overwhelmed and water backed up into the basement,” said Dan Maxson, director of operations for Siloam Mission. “We are already preparing for winter so we need to get this cleaned up quickly.”

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Wicked Good — Hit Broadway Musical Opens in Winnipeg

By Shelley Cook (@ShelleyACook)

Wicked the Musical

Actress Laurel Harris in ‘Wicked’ (JOAN MARCUS PHOTO)

Wicked the Musical

Wicked is running at the Centennial Concert Hall until August 30.

WINNIPEG — Wicked the musical opened at the Centennial Concert Hall this week for a 10-day run.

The Grammy Award-winning musical, based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire, is a whole new look at what life over that rainbow was really like, even before Dorothy and Toto crashed into the Emerald City.

Filling in the gaps from the 1939 film, this story explains the oddities of the wonderful world of Oz; like why monkeys fly, or how the iconic Tin Man, Scare Crow and the Cowardly Lion came to be. More importantly though, the story gives personality to characters, Glinda (Kara Lindsay) and Elphaba (Alyssa Fox), AKA The Wicked Witch of the West, who I have now come to realize were just really, really misunderstood in 1939.

The play kicks off with Glinda the Good, descending over OZ in her magical bubble, while the munchkins are singing No One Mourns the Wicked in the wake of the news that Elphaba has been killed after being doused with a pail of water by the little girl from Kansas.

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Reduced School Zone Speed Limits Active Sept. 1


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(School zone image via Shutterstock)

Slower speed limits in Winnipeg school zones come into effect on September 1.

The city says a maximum speed of 30 km/h will be in effect around 171 Winnipeg schools from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday from September to June.

Motorists will be warned of the reduced speed with signs posted in designated school zones. An end-of-zone sign will also be posted.

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Dauphin Teen Struck by Car After Falling Off ATV

RCMP Crest LogoA 15-year-old boy thrown from his ATV near Dauphin was run over by a car on Thursday night.

RCMP were called to Highway 20 about three kilometres east of Dauphin at around 9:30 p.m.

Police say the teen lost control and was lying on the roadway when an eastbound vehicle struck him.

He was taken to hospital for his injuries. Alcohol is also believed to be a factor.

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‘Biking to the Viking’ MS Tour Marking 25 Years

MS Society of CanadaAround 700 cyclists will make a 170 km trek across Manitoba this weekend for the 25th anniversary of the Biking to the Viking MS Bike Tour.

Supporting the cause in ending multiple sclerosis, the ride will depart Saturday from the Veterans Memorial Sports Complex in Stonewall. From there, riders will head to Gimli after strolling through Balmoral, Teulon, Donnottar, and Sandy Hook.

They will stay overnight in Gimli before cycling back to Stonewall on Sunday morning to cross the finish line between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Twin Forks to Play Park Theatre in November

Twin Forks

Twin Forks (HANDOUT)

Roots band Twin Forks is set to perform at the Park Theatre this fall.

The Nashville-based group will be in Winnipeg on Tuesday, November 11 as part of the prairie stop on their tour.

Led by Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional fame, the band will be touring Canada for two weeks in support of their self-titled album, released earlier this year.

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Heavy Rains Hammer Winnipeg; Create Localized Flooding

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Flooded streets in the Tuxedo area on Thursday evening. (MATT CUNDILL / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — Environment Canada was only predicting five to 10 mm of rain Thursday night, but Mother Nature packed that amount with one intense punch.

Heavy rain hammered the city, catching storm drains and many motorists off guard. Localized flooding halted traffic on several major routes, including at numerous underpasses where streets became instant lakes.

Photos shared on social media showed basements taking on water, including a wet floor at the Polo Park Shopping Centre.

Reports from Environment Canada showed parts of the city actually received closer to 25-50 mm of rain.

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Downtown BIZ Mayoral Forum Excluding Some Candidates

David Sanders


WINNIPEG — The newest candidate in the race for mayor is appalled he and two other candidates have been excluded from an upcoming mayoral forum.

David Sanders says he is surprised the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ excluded him, Mike Vogiatzakis and Michel Fillion from participating on September 10

“There are at least another dozen all-candidate mayoral debates and forums scheduled by other organization (sic). I have been invited to all of them, and I have agreed to participate in all of them,” Sanders said.

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Havixbeck Would Create Meal-Share Program

Paula Havixbeck

Paula Havixbeck

Mayoral candidate Paula Havixbeck promised on Thursday to create a meal-share program.

The city councillor said she supports efforts already underway to reduce poverty throughout the city. A meal-share program similar to those in place in Calgary and Vancouver would be a stepping stone to feeding those who go hungry.

“I have lived in Winnipeg my entire life and have never seen the poverty be as serious a problem as it is right now,” said Havixbeck. “Everyone needs to be engaged in trying to help others and the meal-share program is a great opportunity for more people to help fight poverty.”

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Grey Cup in Winnipeg to Support Local Food Bank

Football fans wanting to get up close with the CFL’s Grey Cup at Friday’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers game are being asked to bring a donation for Winnipeg Harvest.

Through the Purolator Tackle Hunger campaign, all non-perishable food items will be collected for the food bank prior to the Bombers hosting the Montreal Alouettes.

Fans can get their photo taken with the cup starting at 4 p.m. on the plaza at Investors Group Field.

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