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Premier Brad Wall Says Smoke is Hampering Fighting of Saskatchewan Wildfires

By The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Fires
A massive plume of smoke rises from a wildfire in the LaRonge, Sask., area in this July 1, 2015 handout photo from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment – Wildfire Branch)

Heavy smoke is hampering the fighting of wildfires that are threatening some communities in northern Saskatchewan.

Premier Brad Wall said smoke in the La Ronge area has grounded aircraft that have been battling the flames.

Wall met a group of firefighters and thanked them for their efforts.

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Olympic Bobsled Champion Kaillie Humphries Leads Annual Calgary Stampede Parade

By Bill Graveland and Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press

Kaillie Humphries
Parade marshal and Olympic medalist Kaillie Humphries waves during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 3, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

CALGARY – Two-time Olympic bobsled champion Kaillie Humphries sported a gold-medal smile Friday as she presided over the kickoff to the Calgary Stampede.

An estimated 250,000 people took the morning off work, donned cowboy hats, boots and jeans, and lined up early for the parade, which marks the beginning of a 10-day celebration of the cowboy way of life.

“I’m super excited. This is honestly a dream come true, so I’m speechless. I really don’t know what to say except it’s going to be an amazing time,” said Humphries, sitting on a horse named Que.

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LEGO Store Now Open in Winnipeg

The new LEGO Store on the second level of Polo Park Shopping Centre opened on Friday. (FACEBOOK)
The new LEGO Store on the second level of Polo Park Shopping Centre opened on Friday. (FACEBOOK)
WINNIPEG — LEGO enthusiasts were overjoyed Friday with the opening of the city’s first store dedicated solely to the colourful building blocks.

The Denmark-based toy manufacturer has opened on the second level of Polo Park Shopping Centre.

“Polo Park is constantly evolving as the premier retail destination in Manitoba,” said Deborah Green, general manager of Polo Park, back in May when the store was first announced.

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Horse Racing Community Holding Fundraiser for Injured Jockey

Alyssa Selman
Alyssa Selman (FACEBOOK)

WINNIPEG — A horse racing jockey who may never walk again has the support of her colleagues and community when they host a fundraising social in her honour in a couple weeks.

Alyssa Selman, 29, was racing at Assiniboia Downs on June 27 when her horse stumbled and she was thrown to the ground. She suffered a serious back injury that required surgery the following day. She is currently recovering at the Health Sciences Centre.

On Sunday, July 19, the Downs will host a social to raise funds for Selman and her family to assist in her road to recovery. Tickets are $15 and go on sale tonight at the guest services booth, Assiniboia Downs general office, VLT cashiers or the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper.

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Five Things to Know About Threats to Flights. What Are the Consequences?

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

WestJet
A WestJet aircraft is pictured on the tarmac in Ottawa on Thursday. The airline has suffered a rash of threats over the past week, grounding several flights and affecting travel for passengers. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

TORONTO – The past week has seen several threats made against Canadian airliners. The disruptions to four WestJet flights and one Air Canada plane left passengers scrambling as airlines dealt with halted operations and route diversions. Although each threat proved to be a false alarm, police are investigating them and aviation experts are taking notice.

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Quebec Cyclist Killed on Highway 1 Near MacGregor

RCMP Crest LogoA 54-year-old man from Quebec, who was cycling from Vancouver to Montreal, was killed on Wednesday while riding on the Trans-Canada Highway just east of MacGregor.

RCMP responded at around 10:30 a.m., where they say the cyclist and a semi-trailer truck collided in the eastbound curbside lane. The man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Alcohol is not considered to be a factor in the collision and police are continuing to investigate.

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Winnipeg’s First Indigenous Mayor Faces High Expectations and Skeptics

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press

Brian Bowman
Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Brian Bowman had barely unpacked his sports memorabilia and family photos in the mayor’s office when he was thrust into the national spotlight.

It wasn’t for being the first indigenous mayor of a major Canadian city or for being one of the younger municipal leaders in the country.

Winnipeg had just been called “the most racist in Canada” on the cover of Maclean’s magazine.

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Free Zumba Classes Keeping Kids Fit This Summer

Zumba ClassFree Zumba classes at a Winnipeg shopping centre will keep children active during summer holidays.

The classes at Kildonan Place begin July 9, designed for adults and kids to participate together.

“Last year, we launched Zumba Gold classes for older adults and they’ve been a runaway success,” said Kildonan Place marketing manager Corey Quintaine. “We wanted to expand our active living programs to include families, so this is a great fit for us.”

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Tiger-Cats Tie Bombers to Scratching Post in 52-26 Win

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers LogoWINNIPEG — With high hopes coming in, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers suffered every pitfall imaginable on Thursday night. A week after getting their first win in Regina in 11 years, they lost their momentum, their starting quarterback, and their home opener to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 52-26.

Two weeks after a strong preseason outing, Hamilton quarterback Zach Collaros hosted a clinic on Winnipeg’s defence yet again, putting up 354 yards and two touchdowns on 26-for-33 passing. His touchdown passes went to Bakari Grant and Terrence Toliver, as he adeptly picked up Winnipeg’s blitzes and exposed their defence. The Bombers continue to struggle on that end of the ball, recording just two sacks after getting none in Week 1.

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Jets Agree to Terms on One-Year, Two-Way Deals with Forwards Fraser, Cormier

By The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets continued to shore up their organizational depth at forward by agreeing to terms with Matt Fraser and Patrice Cormier.

Fraser and Cormier each got a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 at the NHL level.

Cormier has been with the Atlanta Thrashers/Jets organization for the past five seasons.

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