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RCMP Investigate Shots at Selkirk Home

RCMP Crest LogoRCMP are investigating after a homeowner in Selkirk reported gunfire on his property early Thursday.

Police were called at around 3:30 a.m. and located a shotgun shell on the ground outside of the home. The exterior of the residence also had minor damage.

Two men were inside at the time, but no injuries were reported.

– Staff

Dine and Dash Duo Struck by Truck on Regent Ave.

Winnipeg Police CrestTwo people who police say refused to pay their restaurant bill early Friday were struck by a vehicle shortly after fleeing the restaurant.

Winnipeg police were called to the 1500 block of Regent Avenue at around 12:15 a.m. after getting a call from staff.

Before officers could arrive, the intoxicated 38-year-old man and 41-year-old woman left the restaurant and crossed Regent Avenue near Stapon Road on foot heading north. They crossed both east and westbound lanes before being hit by a westbound truck in the curb lane.

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Winnipeg Zoo Marking International Polar Bear Day

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A bronze polar bear sculpture by Manitoba artist Peter Sawatzky at the entrance to Assiniboine Park Zoo. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Today is International Polar Bear Day and the Assiniboine Park Zoo has a weekend full of festivities planned to mark the occasion.

Visitors to the zoo can learn about the polar bear species, conservation, and what they can do to help.

“It’s important for us to celebrate this initiative and draw attention to the impacts of climate change on the Arctic and polar bears,” said Dr. Brian Joseph, director of zoological operations for the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

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Teamsters Union Backs Selinger in NDP Leadership Race

Greg Selinger (MAURICE BRUNEAU / CHRISD.CA FILE)
Greg Selinger (MAURICE BRUNEAU / CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Premier Greg Selinger has landed the support of 17 delegates of Teamsters Local 979, which represents more than 2,500 Manitoba workers.

The union will support Selinger at the NDP leadership vote on March 8.

“Greg has been great for labour,” said Kelly Gorzen, secretary treasurer/principal officer at Teamsters Local 979. “The infrastructure work he has initiated in Manitoba has created thousands of jobs.”

Local 979 represents those working in the armoured car industry, couriers, trucking, construction, administrative support, hotels and other sectors.

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CONTEST: Win Tickets to ‘Disney on Ice’ at MTS Centre

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Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy runs March 12-15, 2015 at MTS Centre. (HANDOUT)

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy at MTS Centre March 12-15 and ChrisD.ca wants to send you to the magical show.

We have 10 tickets up for grabs for the Thursday, March 12 performance at 7 p.m.

How do I win?

Simply fill out the entry form below. We’ll draw five lucky winners for two tickets each. Good luck!

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Don’t win? Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster for between $29.50 to $82.75.

No purchase necessary. Skill testing question required. One entry per person, please. Multiple entries will not be counted. Winner must confirm receipt of their name being drawn within 24 hours, otherwise another entry will be chosen. All personal information is handled in accordance to our Privacy Policy, and then discarded after the contest. Contest closes Friday, March 6, 2015 at 5 p.m. CT. Manitoba residents only.

Unions to Hold Less Sway in Manitoba NDP Leadership Race: Sources

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Premier Greg Selinger (SARAH TAYLOR / CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG, Canado – Manitoba unions will hold a lot less sway than expected over Premier Greg Selinger’s future, after being unable to fill hundreds of delegate slots for the governing NDP’s leadership vote next weekend, sources have told The Canadian Press.

Unions were allocated up to 691 of a potential 2,217 delegate positions for the March 8 vote that will determine whether Selinger will be forced out of his job by an internal revolt. But two sources connected to the race said unions were only able to fill 361 of those slots by the deadline Wednesday night, with a handful of potential additions still being tabulated by party headquarters.

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Bisons Eye Podium at Weekend’s Track & Field Championships

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Bisons are looking to do better than their fifth place finish last season in this weekend’s 2015 Canada West Track and Field Championship.

Manitoba has home track advantage at the Max Bell Fieldhouse and will have 29 athletes competing against universities from Western Canada.

“I believe we have a realistic goal to finish Top 3 for the men’s team. We feel that we have a chance to medal in several events and if the team performs to their levels and reach their rankings during the weekend,” head coach Claude Berube said.

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New Smarties Box Encourages Consumers to Count Calories, Save Red Ones for Later

By Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press

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TORONTO — The famous Smarties jingle used to ask chocolate lovers if they ate the red ones last.

Now, Nestle Canada is asking consumers to consider eating fewer of the candy-coated chocolate treats and save the red ones for later.

The company is revamping the packaging of Smarties products to make it easier for consumers to parcel out the candies into healthier portion sizes.

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Portrait of Queen Elizabeth Heading Home to Winnipeg

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The largest known portrait of Queen Elizabeth is seen at the Camp X Historical Society in Whitby, Ontario. (RON BULL / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

The famous large-scale portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that hung in the old Winnipeg Arena for nearly two decades is coming home.

After being in storage for the last 13 years, the painting by muralist Gilbert Burch will be returned to the city after being purchased by two CN executives.

Since leaving Winnipeg in 2002, the portrait was supposed to be relocated to the Camp-X Historical Society in Whitby, Ontario, but remained in storage for varied reasons and never saw the light of day again.

The portrait spent some time with Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Tim Lawson, who was gifted the portrait by Syd Davy of the Royal Commonwealth Society at the time. Anya Wilson, who has long acted as custodian of the portrait, continually heard stories of how Winnipeggers and hockey fans alike missed the portrait and had always wondered what had happened to it.

Wilson was recently introduced to local artist Amanda Von Riesen by telephone while on a trip to Winnipeg, who mentioned the portrait to Jamie Boychuk, a CN executive. After some negotiations, Boychuk and co-worker Michael Cory purchased the portrait and are proud to be bringing her home to Winnipeg.

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Blues Battle to Shootout Win Over Jets

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By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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St. Louis Blues’ Alexander Steen (20) scores the game-winning goal on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson (34) during the shootout in NHL action in Winnipeg on Thursday, February 26, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

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WINNIPEG — In a veritable chess match between the Central Division rivals, the Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues battled in a physical and defensive showdown at MTS Centre with the Blues coming away with a 2-1 shootout victory following 65 minutes of deadlock hockey.

With roughly 20 games remaining in each club’s regular season schedules, Thursday night was the first of four remaining meetings between the two teams who could quite likely meet in the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The physical tone was apparent early.

“Because both teams can,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice of the physicality. “Both teams can skate. And that’s their game. That’s the way they play when they play well, and that’s the way we play when we play well.And the energy was right from the start.”

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