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Theresa Oswald Gets Support as She Launches Campaign to Oust Manitoba Premier

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Theresa Oswald
Former Manitoba health minister Theresa Oswald is surrounded by supporters as she officially launches her campaign for the NDP leadership Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 in Winnipeg. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert)

WINNIPEG — Former Manitoba health minister Theresa Oswald has laid out her ground game for her bid to topple her own party leader and premier.

Oswald told several dozen supporters at her leadership campaign launch on Sunday that the NDP cannot win re-election with Greg Selinger at the helm. She also said the next election cannot be given to a Progressive Conservative party she accused of being “anti-gay, anti-women.”

Oswald pointed to Tory Leader Brian Pallister’s voting record, including his opposition to same-sex marriage a decade ago in Parliament. Pallister also last year opposed a new Manitoba law that requires schools to accommodate gay student support groups.

Oswald also pointed to the recent Tory nomination of James Teitsma, a former religious lobbyist with an organization that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage. Teitsma will carry the Tory banner in the Radisson constituency in east Winnipeg.

“These are the true colours (of the Tories), people,” Oswald said.

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Winnipeg Trucker Killed in Semi Crash on Highway 1

RCMP Crest LogoA Winnipeg man has died following a crash involving two semi-trailer trucks west of the city near St. Francois Xavier.

The crash happened on Highway 1 at around 7:30 a.m. Sunday when a westbound semi jackknifed on the highway and was struck by another semi.

The 49-year-old man driving the first semi was pronounced deceased at the scene. The 24-year-old Montreal man driving the second semi wasn’t injured.

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Pedestrian Hit by Truck Dies in Hospital

By David Klassen

Winnipeg Police CrestA 21-year-old man hit by a pickup truck on Friday evening has died in hospital.

The man was crossing Inkster Boulevard northbound at McGregor Street when he was struck by a vehicle travelling westbound on Inkster Boulevard at around 6:45 p.m.

The driver of the truck took off before police arrived.

The victim was taken to hospital in critical condition, but later succumbed to his injuries.

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The Bros. Landreth Deliver Acoustic Melody

Local band The Bros. Landreth are the latest group to be featured in the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s acoustic sessions. And they have a new song.

The Folk Fest filmed a series of acoustic performances earlier this year and has been releasing them gradually.

The Bros. Landreth have had a successful year, playing the festival’s main stage on opening night and wowing both the audience in the field and Bonnie Raitt side-stage.

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Slain Soldiers Cirillo and Vincent Named Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Two Canadians killed in cold blood on home soil for simply wearing a soldier’s uniform have been selected the country’s Newsmaker of the Year for 2014.

Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, whose senseless murders in October shook the country, were the top choice of editors and news directors surveyed by The Canadian Press.

“It’s very sad but very deserved,” Vincent’s eldest sister Louise Vincent said in her first interview since his funeral.

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What’s Next for Neepawa After Beloved Lily Festival?

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Neepawa

Next summer, the lilies will still bloom in Neepawa, but there will be no festival. Last week, the festival board voted 13 to two to cease operations, meaning that there will be no future Lily Festivals in Neepawa.

When I came to town in 2006, the festival had a tense relationship with some residents. I knew of many people who said they went away the weekend of the festival. It wasn’t something they wanted to be a part of, they weren’t interested in lilies and they didn’t want to be around when all of the tourists came to town.

Over the years, I have seen much of that sentiment change. In the last eight years, I think the festival has done a good job of expanding its base beyond just lily lovers. Yes, there is the lily show, but there were also a variety of other activities including entertainers, historical tours, a car show, a parade, dances, an antiques sale and a quilt show. It was possible to have a great time at the festival without ever looking at a lily.

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Ottawa Police Say Arrest Made in Home Invasion Involving 101-Year-Old D-Day Vet

By The Canadian Press

Ernest Cote
Ernest Cote (JUNOBEACH.ORG)

OTTAWA — The Prime Minister is praising police in Ottawa for swiftly making an arrest in connection with a home invasion that saw a 101-year-old veteran of D-Day tied up and robbed.

Stephen Harper tweeted a thank you Saturday afternoon to police for “their swift work” as well as to members of the public who provided tips that led to the arrest.

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City Pooches Seek Homes for the Holidays

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Pepsi is available for adoption from the city’s Animal Services Agency. (HANDOUT)

Twenty dogs are looking for loving homes this holiday season in Winnipeg.

The city’s Animal Services Agency is holding an adopt-a-dog sale today through Monday. All in-house adult dog adoptions are $99 and include license, micro-chip, spay/neuter, basic shots, food and pet health insurance.

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Nancy Allan Throws Support Behind Oswald in NDP Leadership Bid

By The Canadian Press

Education Minister Nancy Allan plays a game of basketball with students at Fort Richmond Collegiate on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, after announcing $50 million in provincial funding to create new or upgrade existing gymnasiums at fourteen Manitoba schools. (CHRISD.CA)
Former Education Minister Nancy Allan plays a game of basketball with students at Fort Richmond Collegiate on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Another high-profile Manitoba New Democrat is backing the leadership bid of Theresa Oswald.

Nancy Allan, a former education minister who was demoted to the back bench last year, says Oswald is the party’s best chance at winning the next election.

Allan has been sending out invitations to Oswald’s public campaign launch tomorrow afternoon at a community centre in the city’s south end.

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Former Blue Bomber, Argo Dick Thornton Dies at age 75

By The Canadian Press

Dick Thornton
Dick Thornton (TAFTALUMNI.ORG)

Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber and Toronto Argonaut (Tricky) Dick Thornton, who won two Grey Cups with Winnipeg in the 1960s, has died at age 75.

The Argonauts confirmed the news on Friday night.

Thornton, who played as a defensive back, wide receiver, quarterback and running back, was part of the Blue Bombers’ Grey Cup winning teams in 1961 and 1962 and made it to the CFL championship game with Winnipeg in 1965 and again with Toronto in 1971.

He was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year.

“We are very sorry to hear this sad news, and our organization offers our deepest condolences to Mr. Thornton’s family during this time,” the Blue Bombers said in an email.

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