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Downtown Farmers’ Market Returning with Year-Round Dates

Downtown Winnipeg BIZThe Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s popular farmers’ market is making a comeback with year-round dates.

The market will open February 12 and last until December of this year at Manitoba Hydro Place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The market will run the second Thursday of each month on February 12, March 12, April 9 and May 14, followed by every Thursday from June to Thanksgiving and the second Thursday of each month on November 12 and December 10.

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Blue Bombers Take to the Road with Community Caravan

By Brian Schultz

Winnipeg Blue Bombers LogoThe Winnipeg Blue Bombers are hitting the road this winter to tour communities across rural Manitoba.

The Blue Bomber Community Caravan will kick off in Steinbach on Tuesday, February 10, bringing players and the Grey Cup to the city east of Winnipeg.

Niverville and Morris are also on the schedule for February, followed by visits to six other rural communities in March and April.

Blue Bomber players Maurice (Moe) Leggett, Dominic Picard, Rory Kohlert and Chris Greaves will visit local schools and be appearing at team-themed luncheons, hosted by local chambers of commerce and featuring Blue Bombers president and CEO Wade Miller as a speaker.

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Researchers to Test MS Patients with Type of Stem Cell Known to Cut Inflammation

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press

Dr. Mark Freedman
Dr. Mark Freedman of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is shown in a handout photo. Two Canadian research centres are gearing up for a clinical trial to determine if a type of stem cell can help alleviate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Ottawa Hospital Research Institute)

TORONTO – Two Canadian research centres are gearing up for a clinical trial to determine if a type of stem cell can help alleviate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Researchers at the Ottawa Hospital and Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre will each recruit 20 MS patients for the trial that will test whether mesenchymal stem cells can reduce inflammation and even help repair damage already caused by the disease.

MS is thought to be an autoimmune disease that creates inflammation in the central nervous system, resulting in injury to myelin, the protective sheath that covers nerves. This damage can create a host of symptoms, leading to varying degrees of physical disability and cognitive impairment.

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Winnipeg Lifts Precautionary Boil-Water Advisory

Winnipeg has lifted a precautionary boil-water advisory put in place on Tuesday.

Mayor Brian Bowman made the announcement Thursday afternoon in a YouTube video (above) published just minutes before he addressed the media to deliver the news.

“The province has advised us — for the second day in a row — the water has tested just fine,” Bowman said in the 30-second clip.

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Power 97 Flipping the Switch on New Format

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The Power 97 teaser image posted to its Facebook page ahead of Friday’s format change. (FACEBOOK)

UPDATE: 97.5 BIG FM has launched with a classic rock format.

Three days after Corus Entertainment laid off five of its on-air personalities, the company is ready to shake things up again with Power 97.

Sources tell ChrisD.ca the station will move to either a classic rock or country music format beginning Friday morning.

The station is said to be called 97.5 BIG FM.

A domain name for the station was registered on January 5 and Corus is in the process of securing social media accounts for the name. Sara Lanthier, Corus Radio’s national project manager, reached out to a Twitter account with the same name on January 27 looking to acquire it.

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Manitoba One of Worst Places for First Nations to Live: Federal Documents

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Federal government documents show Manitoba is one of the worst places for First Nations people to live in Canada.

Internal reports from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development show Manitoba natives are more likely to grow up in poverty, drop out of school, live off social assistance in dilapidated housing and suffer family violence.

Their life expectancy is also eight years shorter than that of other Manitobans.

The 10 regional updates spanning 2012 to 2014 lay out the poor living conditions on Manitoba reserves, but offer little concrete action on the part of the government.

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Seven Seconds Cost Quebecer $13.5 Million as Supreme Court Rejects Lottery Case

By The Canadian Press

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(Lottery ticket image via Shutterstock)

OTTAWA – Timing, it is said, is everything.

Just don’t say that to Joel Ifergan.

A lottery ticket the Quebecer purchased in May 2008 turned out to have all the winning numbers, leaving him thinking he had hit a $13.5-million jackpot.

There was just one problem — he had put the ticket on seven seconds past the deadline.

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Dauphin Man Charged After Making Contact with Children

RCMP Crest LogoA Dauphin man has been charged after breaching two court orders preventing him from having contact with children.

The 32-year-old was arrested January 9 for by RCMP and StreetReach for breaching two child exploitation and human trafficking act protection orders.

To protect the identity of the children involved, the man’s name isn’t being released.

He will appear in Dauphin court on February 3.

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Vehicle of Missing Winnipeg Man Located; Search Continues

Christopher Baur
Christopher Baur (WPS / HANDOUT)

The vehicle of a Winnipeg man missing since January 3 has been found, but the search for Christopher Baur continues.

The 36-year-old was last seen in the area of Ellice Avenue and Wall Street that evening.

His red 2007 Toyota Yaris was recently found in the 800 Block of Manitoba Avenue.

Baur is described as a Caucasian man, 6’0″ tall, 180 lbs., average build with short dark hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing black pants, black shoes and a black bomber style winter jacket with a hood.

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Air Traffic Hits Record High at Winnipeg’s Airport

By Sarah Klein

James Richardson International Airport (WINNIPEG AIRPORTS AUTHORITY)
James Richardson International Airport (WINNIPEG AIRPORTS AUTHORITY)

Air traffic hit a record high at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport in 2014, reaching 3.67 million passengers.

The Winnipeg Airports Authority says that’s an increase of 5.3 percent from the previous year. The record for most passengers boarding from Winnipeg’s terminal was in 2007 at 3.57 million.

“We were very pleased by the response of our partner airlines who upon recognizing the potential of this market, responded by increasing capacity and introducing new routes,” said Barry Rempel, president and CEO of the WAA.

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