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‘Trailer Park Boys’ Actress on Hot Seat at Ghomeshi Trial About Racy Emails, Photo

By Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press

Lucy DeCoutere
In this courtroom sketch, witness Lucy DeCoutere, second from right, is questioned by Crown attorney Corie Langdon, right, as Jian Ghomeshi, bottom left, and Justice William Horkins listen in court in Toronto on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould)

TORONTO – “Trailer Park Boys” actress Lucy DeCoutere is fending off an onslaught from Jian Ghomeshi’s defence lawyer on a series of fawning correspondence she sent to the disgraced broadcaster after he allegedly assaulted her, including one that contained a raunchy photograph.

One of the emails, sent just hours after Ghomeshi allegedly choked and slapped her, shows DeCoutere using racy language to express her sexual desire for him and regret that she didn’t spend the night with him.

She has told Ghomeshi’s sexual assault trial that she doesn’t remember sending it.

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FAB No Longer: ‘94.3 The Drive’ Debuts on Winnipeg Airwaves

94.3 The Drive

Winnipeg has a new radio station on its FM dial.

94.3 The Drive launched Friday after a re-brand from the former FAB 94.3. The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group station will continue to spin the greatest hits of the 70s and 80s and will also launch a new morning show.

Kerri Salki and Trevor Gowen will wake listeners up each weekday morning, while mid-days will be hosted by Alix MichaelsKelly Parker will handle the drive shift late afternoons.

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Nahanni Fontaine Seeks Manitoba NDP Nomination in St. Johns

By Sarah Klein

Nahanni Fontaine
Nahanni Fontaine with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in 2013. (GG.CA

Indigenous women’s advocate Nahanni Fontaine is seeking the Manitoba NDP nomination in the constituency of St. Johns.

Fontaine has been the special advisor for aboriginal women’s issues for the Indigenous Issues Committee for the province.

Fontaine is looking to fill the spot recently vacated by longtime NDP MLA Gord Mackintosh, who announced last week he would not seek re-election.

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WHS Offering 500 More Subsidized Spay and Neuter Procedures

Kitten Vet
(Kitten image via Shutterstock)

The Winnipeg Humane Society will perform an additional 500 feline spay and neuter surgeries for $5.

The Fix ‘Em February program proved to be so popular, the Winnipeg animal shelter will provide more cat surgeries for low income pet owners with a goal of reaching 1,000 by next month.

“We’re grateful for the response and hope more people will register. Fix ‘Em February demonstrates the urgency and need for offering extremely low cost spay and neuter options,” said WHS CEO Javier Schwersensky.

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Cara Foods Commits Its Restaurant Chains to Serve Cage-Free Eggs by 2020

By The Canadian Press

Swiss Chalet
(Swiss Chalet image via Kevin Brine / Shutterstock)

TORONTO – Cara Foods, the owner of such restaurants as Harvey’s, Swiss Chalet, Kelsey’s and East Side Mario’s, will switch to cage-free eggs in its entire supply chain by 2020.

The announcement was made Thursday by the group Mercy For Animals, which said it collaborated with Cara Foods to develop the policy.

Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Tim Hortons and Burger King, took a similar stance on Monday to serve cage-free eggs at all locations throughout North America by 2025 amid pressure from customers for ethically-sourced food.

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Do You Even Lift? Brickhouse Gym Holding Powerlifting Competition

(Powerlifter image via Shutterstock / Sportpoint)

Which way to the beach?

Powerlifters of all physiques will be polishing up their “guns” this weekend for the first powerlifting competition of 2016 at Brickhouse Gym.

The meet on Saturday is sanctioned by the Manitoba Powerlifting Association and offers powerlifters in Manitoba a platform to compete in a best-of-three lifts format, scored on their bench press, back squat, and deadlift.

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Snowy Weekend Ahead for Southern Manitoba


Most Manitobans woke up Friday to a light dusting of snow on the ground, and more is on the way.

Winnipeg saw between two to five centimetres fall overnight, making for a slippery commute this morning on city streets and area highways.

Environment Canada says flurries will continue on and off today and into Saturday. The real story comes on Sunday, where Winnipeg can expect about five more centimetres.

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Manitoba Métis Federation, RCMP Re-Sign MOU

Manitoba Metis FederationThe Manitoba Métis Federation and RCMP are signing an extension of an agreement between the two parties for another two years.

The memorandum of understanding recognizes and supports the development of a mutually respectful and trusting relationship in regards to policing of Métis citizens within Manitoba.

“This extension to our existing agreement means we are able to continue meeting the objectives of the Metis Justice Institute,” said Julyda Lagimodiere, MMF minister of justice. “We look forward to continued success with our partner in this and other important areas of justice and community engagement.”

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Conrad Black Selling Nine-Bedroom Family Mansion

By The Canadian Press

Conrad Black
Conrad Black, right, kisses his wife Barbara Amiel Black as he arrives at his Bridle Path residence in Toronto on Friday, May 4, 2012. Former press baron Conrad Black is looking to sell his 23,000-square-foot home in Toronto’s exclusive Bridle Path neighbourhood. Nestled on a 6.6-acre lot, the nine-bedroom property that includes a caretaker suite and a converted coach house will hit the auction block on March 8. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

TORONTO – Former press baron Conrad Black is looking to sell his 23,000-square-foot home in Toronto’s exclusive Bridle Path neighbourhood.

Nestled on a 6.6-acre lot, the nine-bedroom, 11-bathroom property will hit the auction block on March 8.

The mansion, which includes a caretaker suite and a converted coach house guest apartment, has an estimated value of $21.8 million, according to an online listing.

Black’s house was built in six stages and has undergone extensive renovations by New York architect Thierry Despont, who has also designed and built homes for Calvin Klein, Bill Gates and the late Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos.

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Manitoba Government Will Table Fiscal Update March 8, Prior to Election

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Greg Selinger
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s NDP government plans to table a fiscal update days before launching a provincial election campaign, Premier Greg Selinger said Thursday.

The document March 8 will lay out the government’s spending priorities in broad terms, but won’t have details like a full budget would.

Selinger all but confirmed a cornerstone of the plan will be a new surtax on high-income earners that will be at least partially offset by cuts for the middle class.

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