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Baby T-Rex Interacts with Crowd at MTS Centre

By Brian Schultz

Walking with Dinosaurs

Visitors gather at MTS Centre to greet one of the creatures from ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ on Thursday, April 17, 2014. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Walking with Dinosaurs

Walking with Dinosaurs is in Winnipeg October 8-12, 2014. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

A baby Tyrannosaurus rex roared loudly in the atrium of MTS Centre on Thursday.

The mechanical creature is part of the Walking with Dinosaurs spectacle, which returns to Winnipeg October 8-12. Tickets went on sale today.

Kevin Donnelly, senior vice-president of venues and entertainment with MTS Centre, said the show attracted more than 50,000 people in 2007.

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U of W bikeLAB Wins Urban Design Award

University of Winnipeg bikeLABThe bikeLAB at the University of Winnipeg has been honoured with a National Urban Design Award.

The $130,000 UWinnipeg Students’ Association project was designed by Peter Sampson Architecture Studio Inc. and won in the community initiatives category.

The revolutionary cycling education and advocacy facility, which opened in 2011, is run by volunteers who provide space, tools and support to allow students, faculty, staff, and community members to keep their bicycles running smoothly all year long.

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Wayne Gretzky in Winnipeg for Lunch May 20

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce is presenting the Great One himself during a luncheon on May 20.

Wayne Gretzky will speak to the local business community during an event at The Fairmont Winnipeg.

Presented by TD Bank Group and moderated by their deputy chair, Frank McKenna, the luncheon is sure to sell out quickly.

Tickets are $99 (clever, huh?) and can be purchased online.

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VIDEO: New Gyms for Two South Winnipeg Schools

Two south Winnipeg schools will have new gymnasium facilities by next year.

The Manitoba government is spending $6.15 million to construct the gyms at École St. Avila and Fort Richmond Collegiate.

“Families have told us the importance of investing in our schools and to keep building in our growing communities,” said Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum. “These projects will benefit students every day and make a difference in their lives and the surrounding community.”

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Dirty Donkey, Children’s Hospital Partner for New Play Deck

Dirty Donkey Mud Run

Dr. Goodbear, Dirty Donkey Mud Run organizer Rick Shone, and Jessica Cranmer, development officer with the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, announce their new partnership on Friday, April 17, 2014. (CHRISD.CA)

This summer’s Dirty Donkey Mud Run will support the future construction of a new play deck area at the Children’s Hospital — HSC Winnipeg.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba and Swamp Donkey Adventure Races announced the new partnership on Thursday, where the roughly 2,500 participants who take part will be supporting the great cause on August 16.

Race director John Ford said they have set a goal of $60,000 towards the purchase costs for the new recreational space.

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Mike Holmes Expands Home Inspection Service to Winnipeg

By Sarah Klein

Mike Holmes

Mike Holmes (HGTV)

The home inspection company run by TV contractor Mike Holmes has expanded into Winnipeg.

Mike Holmes Inspections (MHI) has grown in the last year, expanding into Saskatchewan, British Columbia and now Manitoba.

“MHI is officially in Winnipeg,” Holmes said in a release. “I’ve been wanting to get my guys here for a while. But finding the right professionals to deliver our service isn’t easy. We need to make sure we do it right.”

All Mike Holmes Inspections also include Recall Chek, a service that verifies whether or not a recall has been issued on any home appliances, furnace, air conditioner and/or water heater in the home at the time of inspection.

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MTS Expanding Fibre-Optic Network to Oakbank

MTSMTS is expanding its FiON Network to Oakbank, Manitoba later this year.

The fibre-to-home technology provides customers with the most advanced services currently offered by MTS.

“MTS understands how important investments like this are for rural communities,” said Jim McCarthy, Reeve of the RM of Springfield. “This is very exciting news for Oakbank, and we’re thankful MTS is making it happen.”

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What’s Open and Closed on Easter Weekend

Easter BunnyShopping Centres

Kildonan Place — Closed Friday, April 18 and Sunday, April 20
St. Vital — Closed Friday, April 18 and Sunday, April 20
Polo Park — Closed Friday, April 18 and Sunday, April 20

City of Winnipeg

Civic offices are closed on Good Friday, April 18 and Easter Monday, April 21, 2014.

Manitoba Liquor Marts

Closed Friday, April 18 and Sunday, April 20. Most locations will be operating on Saturday, April 21 with extended opening or closing times. Regular hours resume on Monday, April 21.

Frozen Pipe Citizen Resource Centres

The city’s three Frozen Pipe Citizen Resource Centres will have adjusted operating hours during the Easter long weekend. Visit the city’s website for specific hours and locations.

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‘I Heart Shoes’ Auction Returns for Second Year

Heart and Stroke Foundation of ManitobaThe Heart and Stroke Foundation is throwing the second annual “I Heart Shoes” auction tonight.

More than 130 pairs of shoes will be on display in the rainbow and silent auctions, including from high end designers like Abel Munoz, Escada and Valentino.

Olympic silver medallist Janine Hanson and volunteers from the Paramedic Association of Manitoba will model the latest fashions from Hudson’s Bay Downtown, while Winnipeg’s own DJ Mama Cutsworth and the McConnell Irish Dancers perform.

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Girl Mauled to Death by Dogs in Lac Brochet

RCMP Crest LogoA 10-year-old girl has died after being mauled by two dogs in Lac Brochet, Manitoba.

The incident happened on Tuesday at around 6 p.m.

RCMP say the child was rushed to the local nursing station, where she was pronounced deceased.

Community members destroyed the dogs, which were not known to the victim.

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Scopus Award Gala 2014