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Downtown Earth Day Clean-Up Collects 2,500 lbs. of Trash

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Volunteers collect litter during the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s annual Earth Day Clean-up on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (CHRISD.CA)

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ rounded up 2,500 lbs. of litter on Tuesday with the help of business leaders, community members and local celebrities.

About 450 people came out for the Downtown BIZ’s ninth annual Earth Day Clean-up.

“What we saw was a powerful commitment from the downtown community to keep our city clean and green,” said Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown BIZ. “This event connects business people with our Metro Enviro-Team so they can see firsthand the important work they do, and how valuable it is to have a downtown that is spotless, clean, and inviting.”

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Goldeyes Plan Season of Fun for Fans

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoThe Winnipeg Goldeyes are ensuring fans who attend this season’s baseball games have a fun time while doing so.

The club has announced its 2014 promotions schedule, which includes giveaways, entertainment, and theme games.

“Giveaways and entertainment have always been a hit at Shaw Park,” Goldeyes general manager Andrew Collier said. “Goldeyes fans are the best fans in independent baseball and we try to give them many reasons to come to the ballpark every summer.”

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Red River Crests in Winnipeg, But Forecasted Rain Could Change Outlook

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Ice flows upstream on the Red River through Winnipeg on Monday, April 21, 2014. (CHRISD.CA)

While the Red River has crested in Winnipeg and ice jams have caused only minor localized flooding, rain in the forecast could change things, especially west of the city.

The province said the Red River crested at 19.17 ft at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, elevated slightly due to ice jams letting go south of Winnipeg.

However, the rain in the forecast ranges from 40 mm in Yorkton, Sask. to 30 mm in Brandon, 30 mm in the Red River Valley north of Grand Forks, and about 8 mm in Winnipeg. As a result, a flood watch has been issued for the upper Assiniboine River from Shellmouth Dam to Brandon.

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Province to Ban Synthetic Pesticides, With Some Exemptions

Lawn PesticideThe provincial government has proposed banning some synthetic chemical pesticides, but that doesn’t mean your lawn will be defenseless against dandelions.

The proposed legislation, which has been talked about for two years, would permit lower-risk pesticides for weed removal on lawns.

“It is not a matter of to spray or not to spray, but rather what you spray on your lawn,” said Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh.

It would also see synthetic chemical pesticide-free zones on school, daycare and hospital grounds. “Manitoba families want their children to be safe everywhere they play.  This new legislation will ensure it does not matter where they are – at school, home or at daycare – they will be able to play on the grass that is free from potentially harmful chemical pesticides.”

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Alcohol a Factor in Fatal Collision Near Dauphin: RCMP

RCMP Crest LogoDauphin RCMP said alcohol and not wearing a seat belt contributed to the death of a 55-year-old man from Dauphin.

RCMP said they were called to the scene on Municipal Road 151, about eight kilometres north of the town, at about 12:20 a.m. on Friday. There, they found two pickup trucks in opposite ditches.

The 55-year-old driver of the westbound truck was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the eastbound truck, 25, from rural Dauphin, was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Canadian Tire Opens New Digital Innovation Centre in Winnipeg

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Canadian Tire senior VP of information technology, Eugene Roman, with Premier Greg Selinger and Minister Theresa Oswald. (BERNICE PONTINILLA / METRO WINNIPEG)

Canadian Tire officially opened its Cloud Nine Digital Innovation Centre in downtown Winnipeg Tuesday.

The 28,000 sq. ft. centre houses a digital content warehouse, application lab, testing lab and high-performance data centre.

The new centre will serve as the core hub for all of the company’s digital services, which includes Canadian Tire, Mark’s, several sports stores like Sport Chek, Partsource, Gas+ and others.

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Suspicious Man Approaches Young Boy on Euclid Avenue

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police are warning of a suspicious man who approached a seven-year-old boy in the North Point Douglas area Monday.

Police said the man confronted the boy as he was walking home on Euclid Avenue near Hallet Street at 12:35 p.m. and offered him money. The boy did not speak to him, and instead ran back to his school and notified an adult.

Police are looking for a black male, 40-45 years old, with medium length black hair and a moustache. He was wearing a black hoodie and driving a black truck with dirty tires and an open box which appeared newer. The man also continuously brushed his hair out of his eyes.

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Comedian Brian Regan to Play the Pantages

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Comedian Brian Regan is coming to Winnipeg this summer.

The stand-up comic will bring his 48-city show to the Pantages Playhouse Theatre on Sunday, August 17.

Occasionally venturing off the stand-up stage, Regan recently appeared in Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” He will also be seen in the upcoming Chris Rock movie “Finally Famous,” and he voiced the character of Weib Lunk for the 40th episode of The Looney Tunes Show titled, “Spread Those Wings and Fly.”

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Broken Bells to Play the Burt in August

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American indie rockers Broken Bells are preparing to make a stop in Winnipeg.

Comprised of Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and James Mercer, the band will play the Burton Cummings Theatre on Monday, August 4.

Burton and the Danger Mouse moniker are celebrating the 10th anniversary of his groundbreaking release, The Grey Album, this year.

Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Prices are $24.50 and $39.50.

– Staff

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Water Levels, Ice Rising on the Red River

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Ice flows upstream on the Red River through Winnipeg on Monday, April 21, 2014. (CHRISD.CA)

Ice flowing up the Red River has increased water levels as the crest is expected to reach Winnipeg by either Tuesday or Wednesday.

James Avenue recorded a level of 17.45 feet on Monday morning after an ice jam caused a spike in levels Sunday at 18.9 feet.

In its latest flood bulletin, the province said it hasn’t activated the floodway gates as of yet, but is in talks with the province about diverting more river water around the city. Water was naturally entering the floodway at a rate of approximately 5,000 cfs on Monday.

North of Winnipeg in Selkirk, the city is taking precautionary measures to protect low-lying areas along the riverbank in Selkirk Park. Ice jams were the main attraction over the weekend, but have begun to move out. Flooding closed Highway 204 from Highway 212 to Selkirk late Sunday due to water creeping over the road.

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