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Plans to Offer Whooping Crane Tours in Northern Alberta May Be Grounded

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

Whooping Crane
In this Feb. 25, 2010 photo, A whooping crane carries a crab at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Rockport, Texas, Feb.25, 2010. Environment Canada’s plans to offer fly-in tours to the nesting grounds of endangered whooping cranes appear to have been grounded. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/LM Otero)

EDMONTON – Parks Canada’s plans for fly-in tours to the nesting grounds of the world’s last natural flock of whooping cranes may be as endangered as the enormous birds themselves.

Excursions planned for May and June have been cancelled, because the birds have declined to nest near observation blinds built by officials at Wood Buffalo National Park on the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary.

And while tours are still planned for August, an aboriginal band is preparing to ask the Federal Court for an injunction to ban the trips altogether.

“We haven’t been consulted on these tours,” said Chief Frieda Martselos of the Salt Lake First Nation in Fort Smith, N.W.T. The band has the right to practise traditional activities in the park. “We don’t want the tours to go ahead.”

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Water Bombers Being Used to Battle Wildfires in Northern Manitoba

By The Canadian Press

One of two new Bombardier CL-415 turboprop water bombers unveiled Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the province's aircraft hangar on Ferry Road. (CHRISD.CA FILE)
The province is using Bombardier CL-415 turboprop water bombers to fight wildfires in northern Manitoba. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

SHERRIDON, Man. – The wildfire situation in Manitoba is not as dire as in Alberta and Saskatchewan, but crews are battling blazes near Cormorant, northwest of The Pas, and Sherridon, northeast of Flin Flon.

Water bombers were being used Tuesday to battle the Cormorant blaze, which was close to roads and the railways.

Fire damaged the transmission line providing power to the community of Sherridon, but Manitoba Hydro expected to have the power restored soon.

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VIDEO: Motorhome Catches Fire in St. Boniface

WINNIPEG — A motorhome that caught fire Tuesday afternoon in St. Boniface luckily didn’t lead to injuries, but did cause significant damage.

Fire crews were called to the 100 block of Hampshire Bay at around 1:30 p.m. to find the motorhome — parked in a driveway — completely engulfed in flames.

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Manitoba NDP Turmoil Sees Some Key Staff Members Head for Alberta

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Manitoba Legislative Building
(Manitoba Legislative Building image via Shutterstock)

WINNIPEG – The rise of Alberta’s New Democrats is prompting a growing number of Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger’s key staff members to head west.

It’s a study in contrasts — the ascendant Alberta NDP making history, compared to a Manitoba NDP government that has suffered from infighting and low polling numbers after 15 years in power.

Selinger started losing top advisers last December, after five senior cabinet ministers challenged his leadership in a contest he ended up winning by the narrowest of margins.

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Hospital Discharge of Winnipeg Woman Who Died on Her Doorstep Was Safe: Nurse

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press

Heather Brenan
Heather Brenan is shown in an undated, family handout photo. Brenan, who died hours after being sent home in a cab from a Winnipeg hospital, was too ill to undergo testing the day she was released. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dana Brenan)

WINNIPEG – A nurse who arranged for a woman to be sent home from hospital in a cab and without her house keys hours before she died says the patient was discharged safely.

Wayne Didkowski told an inquest into the death of Heather Brenan that he made arrangements for the 68-year-old to go home when a doctor at Winnipeg’s Seven Oaks Hospital decided she was well enough late one evening in January 2012.

He said Brenan was worried she didn’t have her keys or a ride home, but he assured her she would be sent in a cab and a friend would be there waiting for her with the keys.

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Securities Commissions Warns of Camaco International

By Sarah Klein

Canadian Money
(Canadian currency image via Shutterstock)

An unregistered firm soliciting investments from Manitobans has triggered a warning from the Manitoba Securities Commission.

The commission says Camaco International Ltd. is not registered to sell securities in Manitoba and its actions are not in compliance with provincial securities laws.

Camaco recently ran an advertisements on a Winnipeg radio station, with its spokesperson Stuart Price encouraging Manitoba investors to place funds in offshore trading accounts in order to access the foreign exchange market (FOREX) through “contract for difference trading,” which he described as new investment product that uses leveraged funds to increase returns.

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Riding Mountain Getting Ahead of Zebra Mussels

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A boat washing station in Clear Lake (PARKS CANADA)

Measures are being taken in Riding Mountain National Park to prevent the introduction of zebra mussels.

Parks Canada says all watercraft that enter park waters this season will undergo a free mandatory inspection by park staff, which will be conducted at Clear Lake Boat Cove.

Upgrades to the Boat Cove include new boat launches, a new accessible canoe/kayak launch, silt and sand control for launches, and improved traffic flow for launching, as well as expanded parking.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Finale Bound for 75 Cineplex Movie Theatres

By The Canadian Press

TORONTO — The “Game of Thrones” finale is hitting the big screen.

HBO Canada is teaming up with Cineplex to present the show’s season 5 finale in 74 theatres across the country.

Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Wednesday at http://www.cineplex.com/GOT.

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Michael Sam Says He’s Focused on Football Not Making History in CFL

By The Canadian Press

Michael Sam
Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp, right, and newly-signed defensive end Michael Sam pose for a photo at a press conference in Montreal on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

MONTREAL – Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League.

Sam was signed to a two-year deal by the Alouettes last week.

“I’m not trying to really do anything historic here by being with Montreal, I’m just trying to help the team win some games so we can bring the Grey Cup back home,” Sam told a packed news conference Tuesday.

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Man Injured in St. Boniface Explosion Remains in Critical Condition

WINNIPEG — A 55-year-old man badly injured in an explosion Monday morning in St. Boniface remains in critical condition.

Joe St. Laurent was working inside a storage container behind Ken’s Carpets on Archibald Street when the unit exploded at around 9:30 a.m.

It’s unclear what ignited the blaze, but Winnipeg firefighters had it under control shortly after arriving on scene.

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