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Former Manitoba Tory Youth President Sits Behind PM, Then Moved Away

By The Canadian Press

Braydon Mazurkiewich
The former president of the Manitoba Progressive Conservative youth wing Braydon Mazurkiewich is shown at a Conservative Party meeting at a Winnipeg hotel Thursday, April 23, 2015. The controversial Manitoba Progressive Conservative was moved out of a seat behind Harper at a rally Thursday night. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – A controversial Manitoba Progressive Conservative was moved out of a seat behind Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a rally Thursday night.

Braydon Mazurkiewich (mah-ZURR’-kah-wich) was one of about 30 people who were seated in an area directly behind where Harper stood at a rally of party faithful.

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Harper Says Canada Unlikely to Match United States on Emission Reduction Targets

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Stephen Harper
Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during an announcement in Winnipeg on Thursday, April 23, 2015. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG – Canada appears set to break a two-decades-long tradition of setting matching greenhouse gas reduction targets with the United States.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday that new targets will be released next month, and will likely deviate from those recently set by the U.S.

“It’s unlikely our targets will be exactly the same as the United States, but they will be targets of similar levels of ambition to other major industrialized countries,” he said.

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Trans-Canada Speed Limit Increasing West of Winnipeg

Trans-Canada Highway
(Trans-Canada Highway image via Shutterstock)

WINNIPEG — Good news, Manitobans — you can soon hightail it out of Saskatchewan at a quicker pace.

The province will increase the speed limit along the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg to the Saskatchewan border on June 2.

“Manitobans have been asking for an increase in speed limits when safety allows it on the Trans-Canada Highway,” Premier Greg Selinger said. “By gradually implementing this increase as we have been upgrading sections of the national highway, we’ve been able to incorporate safety measures including improving intersections, paving shoulders, creating rumble strips, and installing better signage and guardrails.”

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Lois Lilienstein of Sharon, Lois & Bram Fame Dies at 78

By The Canadian Press

Sharon Hampson, Lois Lilienstein and Bram Morrison
Sharon Hampson, Lois Lilienstein and Bram Morrison are photographed in Toronto Tuesday July 9, 2002. Lois Lilienstein of Sharon, Lois & Bram fame has died. Her son David Lilienstein says she died at home in Toronto surrounded by friends and family. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Harris)

TORONTO – Lois Lilienstein of Sharon, Lois & Bram fame has died. She was 78.

Her son David Lilienstein says she died at home in Toronto surrounded by friends and family.

He says she had a rare form of cancer, which was diagnosed last October.

“She knew it was happening, she was at peace with it, and she died very peacefully and not in pain,” he says. “The care that she received at home through the various providers was stupendous.”

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Northern Manitoba Highway Dubbed the Worst Road

Provincial Road 280
Provincial Road 280, as submitted to CAA Manitoba’s Worst Roads campaign. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — The votes are in and Manitobans have chosen a northern highway as the province’s worst road.

CAA Manitoba’s annual Worst Roads campaign saw more than 6,100 votes cast, but Provincial Road 280 between Thompson and Gillam was ultimately chosen as the winner — or loser in this case.

“The problem is that our roads had been ignored for so long,” said Mike Mager, president and CEO of CAA Manitoba. “We are still playing catch up. It’s not where we want it to be, but by identifying the priorities we can go to government and ask them to lay out their plans.”

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Police Charge Jets Ticket Scalper Outside MTS Centre

Winnipeg Jets Whiteout
Winnipeg Jets fans create a ‘whiteout’ at MTS Centre in game action against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, April 20, 2015. (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Police have laid charges against a man for allegedly scalping a Winnipeg Jets playoff ticket outside of MTS Centre on Wednesday night.

Just before 8 p.m., police purchased a ticket from a 51-year-old man for $600 as part of a counter-exploitation scalping investigation. The original ticket price was $344.50.

Police seized the ticket and the man was issued an offence notice for scalping.

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Votes Not Quite Enough to Carry Proposal for Big Manitoba Credit Union

By The Canadian Press

Margaret Day - Darryl Loewen
Margaret Day, chair of Assiniboine Credit Union, and Darryl Loewen, chair of Access Credit Union. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG – A proposed merger that would have created what is believed to be the largest credit union in Manitoba and one of the largest in Canada has fallen short by a few votes.

Members of the Access Credit Union voted 63 per cent on Wednesday in favour of a special resolution from their board to merge with the Assiniboine Credit Union.

The resolution needed a margin of 66 per cent to pass.

Margaret Day of Assiniboine and Access’s Darryl Loewen, who chair the boards of their respective businesses, say they’re disappointed by the outcome.

They point out that in a co-operative business model such as a credit union, the membership has the final say.

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Exhibit Showcases Super-Scooper Water Bombers, ‘A Great Canadian Success Story’

By The Canadian Press

Bombardier CL415
A Bombardier CL415 is shown in this undated handout photo. A new exhibition at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada explores the history of Canadian-made water bombers – known as “super-scoopers” by those in the business of fighting forest fires. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Royal Aviation Museum of Western CanadaBell)

WINNIPEG – A new exhibition at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada explores the history of Canadian-made water bombers — known as “super-scoopers” by those in the business of fighting forest fires.

Built originally by Canadair in the 1960s and now in Montreal by Bombardier, the strikingly painted yellow and red aircraft are sold around the world.

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Natural, Eco-Friendly Showcase Targeting Moms at The Forks

Naturally Mom & Me Showcase

A showcase happening at The Forks on Friday will give new and expectant mothers the opportunity to browse eco-friendly and natural products.

The Naturally Mom & Me Showcase is a full-day event featuring local manufacturers, such as Mama Pacha, Sew Dandee, Colibri Canada, Little Feather Designs, and other. In addition to Manitoba-made products, Generation Green will display several organic Canadian products, including First Food Organics and Earth Mama Angel Baby.

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West End BIZ Sweeps Up, Students Collecting Trash & Recyclables

West End BizWINNIPEG — The city’s West End neighbourhoods will get some care today with the help of approximately 350 students.

Children from General Wolfe, Isaac Brock and Gordon Bell schools will help fill hundreds of bags full of garbage and recycling from walkways, boulevards and parks and sweep dozens of sidewalks.

“The students look forward to this event each year and we are so proud of how they really take ownership of the work,” said Gloria Cardwell-Hoeppner, executive director of the West End BIZ. “Their efforts make an immediate visible difference in the image of our streets.”

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