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Great One Says He’s Excited to See Jets Rookie Laine Play Live at Heritage Classic

Great One Says He’s Excited to See Jets Rookie Laine Play Live at Heritage Classic

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Gretzky fires a shot during open practice at MTS Centre on Friday, October 21, 2016. (DAVE BAXTER / CHRISD.CA)
Patrik Laine
Winnipeg Jets’ Patrik Laine (29) fires a shot on goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) during the teams practice at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Saturday, October 22, 2016. The Jets will play the Edmonton Oilers at the NHL Heritage Classic Sunday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – When Wayne Gretzky says he’s looking forward to seeing Jets rookie Patrik Laine play in person, you know the hockey world is pumped up about the potential of the Finnish forward.

Gretzky is in Winnipeg for the Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, where he’ll captain the Edmonton Oilers alumni team against the Jets old-timers on Saturday at Investors Group Field.

The scoring legend will join other fans on Sunday to watch the regular-season NHL outdoor game between the Jets and Oilers.

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Wayne Gretzky Takes to the Ice Again in a Rare Alumni Game in Winnipeg

Wayne Gretzky Takes to the Ice Again in a Rare Alumni Game in Winnipeg

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Wayne Gretzky
Former Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky waves to the crowd during a practice for the NHL’s Heritage Classic Alumni game in Winnipeg on Friday, October 21, 2016. Winnipeg will host games between current and alumni players from the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers this weekend. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Wayne Gretzky says he doesn’t lace up his skates much these days.

The Great One will make a rare return to the ice Saturday to play alongside other former Edmonton Oilers greats against Winnipeg Jets alumni as part of the Heritage Classic weekend.

“I mean, I skate once a year. I just really never find the energy, the enthusiasm to grab my equipment and say ‘Oh, I’m going to play pickup hockey,'” Gretzky told reporters Friday.

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Returning to Winnipeg for Habitat for Humanity

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Returning to Winnipeg for Habitat for Humanity

Jimmy Carter
Rosalynn Carter and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on a build site for Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. (HABITAT FOR HUMANITY CANADA)

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s dedication to Habitat for Humanity will see him return to Winnipeg next summer.

Carter, 92, and his wife, Rosalynn, will be in the country for the organization’s 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in July 2017 to help build 150 homes for Canada’s 150th anniversary.

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Publicist Says Meat Loaf Released from Edmonton Hospital After Collapsing on Stage

Publicist Says Meat Loaf Released from Edmonton Hospital After Collapsing on Stage

By The Canadian Press

Meat Loaf
Recording artist Meat Loaf poses for a portrait in New York, Wednesday, May 5, 2010. Singer Meat Loaf collapsed on stage in Edmonton during show on Thursday night. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP,Jeff Christensen)

EDMONTON – The singer Meat Loaf has been released from hospital after collapsing near the end of a performance Thursday night in Edmonton.

Jeremy Westby with Webster Public Relations said the singer was released Friday morning.

Westby said Meat Loaf, who is 68, collapsed due to severe dehydration.

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Fired for Using the ‘Fat’ Word: Alberta Woman Gets Apology from Plus-Size Store

Fired for Using the ‘Fat’ Word: Alberta Woman Gets Apology from Plus-Size Store

By Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press

Connie Levitsky
Connie Levitsky is shown in this handout photo. A plus-size women’s clothing store has apologized to an employee after it fired her for using “fat” to describe customers. Levitsky of Edmonton used the word on her Facebook page last week when updating her job status as a new sales associate with Addition Elle. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

EDMONTON – A plus-size women’s clothing store has apologized to an employee after it fired her for using “fat” to describe customers.

Connie Levitsky of Edmonton used the word on her Facebook page last week when updating her job status as a new sales associate with Addition Elle.

Levitsky wrote: “Conquering the world, one well-dressed fat lady at a time.”

She said a store manager called her Friday to tell her that using “fat” on Facebook was inappropriate, so she deleted the post. And she thought that was the end of it.

But when she showed up for her shift Tuesday at the company’s West Edmonton Mall location, she was fired. Levitsky said a district manager told her that the company couldn’t be associated with “fat” and that she considered it a swear word.

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Postmedia Lays Off Staff, Merges Newsrooms in Four Cities to Slash Costs

Postmedia Lays Off Staff, Merges Newsrooms in Four Cities to Slash Costs

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

Sam Cooley
Multimedia reporter Sam Cooley makes his way to his car after being laid off from the Ottawa Sun in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Postmedia has cut approximately 90 jobs and merged newsrooms in four cities as it steps up plans to slash costs amid mounting revenue losses.The company owns two newspapers in each of the cities of Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

ORONTO – Postmedia is cutting approximately 90 jobs and merging newsrooms in four cities as Canada’s largest newspaper chain steps up plans to slash costs in the midst of mounting revenue losses.

The company owns two newspapers in each of the cities of Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver following its acquisition of Sun Media last year. Now those city papers will share a newsroom, although they’ll continue putting out different publications.

In an interview, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey said the decline in print advertising revenue since the Sun Media acquisition drove the changes.

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Winnipeg, Edmonton Friends Split $1M Lotto Win

Winnipeg, Edmonton Friends Split $1M Lotto Win

Ian Graham - Gerard Millar
Ian Graham of Winnipeg and Gerard Millar of Edmonton won $1 million in the December 17 Lotto 6/49 draw. (WCLC)

Two friends from different provinces are each $500,000 richer after splitting a $1 million Lotto 6/49 prize.

Ian Graham of Winnipeg and Gerard Millar of Edmonton have been playing the lottery together for 21 years.

Millar purchased the winning ticket from Lansdowne Petro Canada in Edmonton for the December 17 draw.

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Blue Bombers Bumble Late, Toss One Away

Blue Bombers Bumble Late, Toss One Away

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Max Hall (15) eludes pressure in action against the Edmonton Eskimos at Investors Group Field on Friday, September 20, 2013. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Marty Markett - Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Marty Markett (27) brings down Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver Shamawd Chambers (17) during a play at Investors Group Field on Friday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — In fashion typical of the season thus far, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers let their fans down once again as the Edmonton Eskimos stormed back from a 20-0 deficit to top the home team 35-27 in overtime — a melodramatic late-game finish in front of 28,859 at Investors Group Field.

“I’m disgusted,” said Jovon Johnson amid a completely dejected Bombers locker room. “We were supposed to win that game. No question. But we didn’t, so what are we to do now? Move on.”

In a wild see-saw of garbage-like football between the two worst teams in the CFL, Winnipeg squandered a three point lead with two minutes remaining in regulation and Edmonton punting the ball away.

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Man Killed in Crash with Semi in Headingley

RCMP Crest LogoA 21-year-old Winnipeg man was killed Monday evening after a head-on crash with a semi truck in Headingley just west of the city.

The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. on Highway 1 near John Blumberg Golf Course. RCMP say the man was driving a pickup truck when it collided with the semi being driven by a 33-year-old Edmonton man.

The driver of the pickup truck was pronounced deceased at the scene, while the semi driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was released from hospital and is in police custody.

The name of the deceased isn’t being released and police continue to investigate.

The eastbound lanes of Highway 1 were reopened around 1:30 a.m.

UPDATE: Wednesday, July 24 — RCMP have determined the semi crossed the centre line, colliding with the eastbound pickup truck. Randolf Enns, 33, of Edmonton has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and resisting a police officer. He remains in custody and will appear in court later today.