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Vehicle Catches Fire at Birds Hill Park

Vehicle Catches Fire at Birds Hill Park

Birds Hill Park Fire
Smoke billows at Birds Hill Park as firefighters extinguish a vehicle fire on Sunday, July 23, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

Plumes of black smoke were sent billowing into the air at Birds Hill Park Sunday afternoon after a vehicle caught fire.

The blaze began in a sedan at around 5 p.m. in the East Beach parking lot, quickly spreading to three other vehicles.

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Winnipeg Folk Festival Stocking Naloxone Kits

Winnipeg Folk Festival Stocking Naloxone Kits

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The Winnipeg Folk Festival in this 2014 file photo. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)
Naloxone Spray
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The Winnipeg Folk Festival is stocking naloxone kits for the first time this year to respond to any opioid overdoses.

Festival medical staff were trained by a pharmacist on how to administer naloxone, which can be given in the form of a nasal spray or injection.

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Manitoba Implements Staggered Campground Bookings

Manitoba Implements Staggered Campground Bookings

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WINNIPEG — Booking a campground site in Manitoba on the morning reservations open can sometimes feel like competing in an Olympic sport. Fast fingers, Internet browser queues, and rapidly hitting ‘redial’ seem like the norm.

The Manitoba government is hoping to alleviate some of that stress and frustration by introducing staggered bookings.

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Man’s Body Pulled from Lake at Birds Hill Park

Man’s Body Pulled from Lake at Birds Hill Park

Jean-Baptiste Ajua
Jean-Baptiste Ajua, 22, has been identified as the man who drowned at Birds Hill Park on Saturday, August 20, 2016. (FACEBOOK)
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Rescuers attend Birds Hill Park on Saturday, looking for a missing 22-year-old man. (@PARASHVORA / TWITTER)

For the second time in a week, emergency crews rushed to Birds Hill Park on Saturday for the report of a missing person in the lake.

The 22-year-old man, who friends have identified on social media as Jean-Baptiste Ajua, was swimming with a choir group when he went missing at around 3 p.m.

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Divers Search the Water at Birds Hill Park After Bubbles Spotted

Divers Search the Water at Birds Hill Park After Bubbles Spotted

Birds Hill Park Emergency
Rescuers line the beach at Birds Hill Provincial Park on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. (NATHAN LIEWICKI / TWITTER)

Divers entered the lake at Birds Hill Provincial Park for a “precautionary search” on Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency crews arrived at the beach at around noon. The STARS air ambulance was also called in, along with the Oakbank fire department.

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Free Entry into Manitoba Parks This Weekend

Free Entry into Manitoba Parks This Weekend

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Birds Hill Park (CHRISD.CA)

In celebration of the 26th annual Canada Parks Day, entry into Manitoba’s provincial parks will be free this weekend.

Beginning Friday and running through Sunday, a vehicle permit will not be required to enter parks. Nighly camping fees and fees in national parks still apply.

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Birds Hill Park Improvements Completed Ahead of Folk Festival

Birds Hill Park Improvements Completed Ahead of Folk Festival

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Birds Hill Park (CHRISD.CA)
Lynne Skromeda
Winnipeg Folk Festival executive director Lynne Skromeda speaks at Birds Hill Park as a newspaper photographer snaps away on Monday, June 29, 2015. (CHRISD.CA)

A number of improvements to Birds Hill Provincial Park have been completed and more are on the way.

The size of the park’s beach has been increased by 50 percent just ahead of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, which begins July 9.

“Investing in our parks is important for our health, well-being and enjoyment of nature, and of course, crucial to the experience of tens of thousands of people who join us each year at the (Winnipeg) Folk Festival,” said Lynne Skromeda, executive director of the festival.

The province has removed concrete barriers between the three existing beaches, improved walking paths from the east and west parking lots to the lake.

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Birds Hill Advocates Aim to Stop Spread of Invasive Species

Birds Hill Advocates Aim to Stop Spread of Invasive Species

Leafy Spurge
Leafy Spurge (FACEBOOK)

A new awareness poster is educating the public on stopping the spread of invasive species in the Birds Hill Park ecoregion.

Friends of Birds Hill Park are mailing out a poster to nearly 13,000 households from north of Winnipeg to Libau and east to Beausejour. The poster aims to raise awareness of three species that threaten area farms, pastures and ecosystems: Leafy Spurge, Spotted Knapweed, and Red Bartsia.

“This poster is part of a broader coordinated effort to identify, map, and eliminate the key invasive species that threaten the Birds Hill Ecoregion,” said Friends of Birds Hill Park vice-president Lesley Anne Fuga.

The “Stop the Spread” poster includes information on what residents could do should one of these weeds be encountered.

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Folk Festival’s Day Lineup Nothing to Pass Over

Folk Festival’s Day Lineup Nothing to Pass Over

Winnipeg Folk FestivalThe Winnipeg Folk Festival has revealed its much-anticipated day schedule for this year’s summer festival at Birds Hill Park.

From July 9-12, 40 workshops and 68 concerts will take place on nine daytime stages.

“We are one of the few festivals in North America that offers these kinds of workshops,” said artistic director Chris Frayer. “Artists from around the world join together on one stage to share their stories and songs, offering audiences truly unique and magical musical experiences.”

Highlights of the day entertainment include the Baroque Folk British and Celtic workshop on Friday, While My Guitar Gently Weeps on Saturday and the the gospel workshop on Big Bluestem on Sunday.

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