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‘Reel Pride’ Film Fest Unveiling 2014 Lineup

Reel PrideReel Pride Winnipeg is unveiling details surrounding its 2014 film festival today.

Celebrating the 29th year, the program will include 16 feature films, four opportunities to see short films, an opening night historical art opening, and a closing night gala featuring a well-known comedian.

There are two ways to check out the lineup, including a party tonight at Fame Nightclub on Gary Street beginning at 10 p.m.

An earlier unveiling is scheduled for noon today at the Gas Station Art Centre and is open to all.

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VIDEO: Human Rights Museum Ready for Big Unveiling

WINNIPEG — A $351 million tribute to promote human rights and equality will finally have its curtain pulled back today.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, funded by government support and sizable philanthropic donations, will initially have only four of its 11 galleries available for viewing until next week.

Museum spokesperson Angela Cassie says it’s a constant work in progress and exhibits will evolve over time to continually share the many stories of human rights with its visitors.

About 9,000 people have booked preview tours at the museum for Saturday and Sunday. Overwhelming demand for the tours crashed the museum’s website this month, resulting in a lottery-based system to be implemented.

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Body Pulled from Red River Near Lockport

RCMP Crest LogoRCMP pulled the body of a man from the Red River near Lockport, Manitoba on Thursday afternoon.

Police say the body was discovered at around 2 p.m. just north of the community.

The incident is not part of the ongoing Drag the Red efforts, police say.

The age and identity of the deceased isn’t yet known due to the affects of the water.

No further details are available.

Updated at 8:40 p.m.

New Kenaston-Bishop Grandin Bridge to Open on Sunday

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A diagram showing traffic flow on the new Bishop Grandin/Kenaston bridge in south Winnipeg. (CITY OF WINNIPEG / HANDOUT)

A new bridge in Winnipeg’s south end will open to traffic on Sunday afternoon, September 21.

The Kenaston Boulevard/Bishop Grandin Boulevard bridge has been under construction for months to improve traffic flow in the bustling area.

Traffic travelling southbound on Kenaston to eastbound Bishop Grandin will now use the bridge, as shown in the diagram above.

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Province to Improve Flood Protection for Lake Manitoba, Lake St. Martin

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Provincial crews open the Lake St. Martin emergency channel in July 2014. (GOVERNMENT OF MANITOBA)

The Manitoba government is providing a major financial investment to better handle water flows along the lower Assiniboine River including Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin.

Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton said improved drainage capacity of both bodies of water will greatly improve flood protection in these areas.

An open house from 5-8 p.m. today in Ashern (Centennial Hall) will gather public opinion on the conceptual design options.

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City Renames Street in Honour of Team Jennifer Jones

Two more honours were bestowed upon the gold medal-winning Jennifer Jones curling rink on Thursday.

The ladies from the St. Vital Curling Club gathered for the official unveiling of their mural on the south wall of the club facing Fermor Avenue. With the support of Take Pride Winnipeg and other organizations, the mural was painted this summer by local muralists Mandy van Leeuwen and Michel Saint Hilaire.

“You’re a little scared when your face is going to be about a storey high,” Jones said of the mural.

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CONTEST: Win Tickets to the WSO Season Opener

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The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is opening up its 2014-15 season in just over a week and wants to send you to the show.

We have two (2) tickets to give away to the opening of “Dvorák’s New World Symphony” on Friday, September 26 at the Centennial Concert Hall.

“We explore the importance of freedom and the heartbeat of humankind as we begin our new season,” said WSO music director Alexander Mickelthwate. “I look forward to sharing these experiences with our musicians and our audience as we begin our season.”

Audience favourite Dvorák’s New World Symphony is a powerful and spiritual work written to celebrate the fourth centennial of Columbus’s so-called discovery of America with rich, memorable melodies influenced by the deep south and native American folk music.

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North Dakota Man Jailed After Trying to Sneak Across Border

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)A North Dakota man who attempted to sneak into Canada while hiding under a blanket has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Joseph Dwayne Fox, 33, pleaded guilty in a Winnipeg courtroom on September 12 to wilfully attempting to evade compliance of the Customs Act.

The Canada Border Services Agency said Fox had tried to enter Canada on September 9 but was denied due to his criminal record. A day later he tried again, but hid under a blanket in the rear of a vehicle at the Lena border crossing in southwest Manitoba.

Charges were laid due to Fox failing to present himself to a border officer upon arrival to the country.

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Dragging the Red River for Answers

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Darryl Contois tosses a grappling hook into the Red River on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in an effort to find human remains. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)
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Calvin Alexander and Darryl Contois with the grappling hook to take turns combing the river bank for human remains. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Volunteers spent the first day dragging the Red River to turn up any sign of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The search comes weeks after the body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was pulled from the river near Alexander Docks. Fontaine had gone missing earlier this summer and was found in a grim state, triggering an investigation into her death.

The group, who calls themselves Drag the Red, began combing the river by boat on Wednesday afternoon while other volunteers were stationed on nearby riverbanks to carry out a search for any evidence.

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Volunteers gather at the Alexander Docks on the shores of the Red River on Wednesday. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

A series of bones were located on the shores of the river this week, prompting Winnipeg police to have their identification unit try to determine if they are human. Police said Wednesday the bones have been sent to Ottawa for analysis and could take six weeks to get verification on their origins.

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Dauphin’s Towers Hotel Evacuated After Fire

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Crews battle a fire at the Towers Hotel in Dauphin early Thursday, September 18, 2014. (DAUPHIN FIRE DEPARTMENT)

About 25 tenants of a hotel in Dauphin were evacuated early Thursday after a fire broke out in the community.

Crews responded to a report of smoke coming from the Towers Hotel at around 3 a.m. on Main Street South.

The Dauphin Fire Department says crews began fighting flames from the inside, but had to evacuate and go into defensive mode from the outside due to heavy heat and smoke.

Gilbert Plains Fire Department was also called in to assist.

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