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Winnipeg’s First Baby of 2017 Arrives

Winnipeg’s First Baby of 2017 Arrives

Baby Wakeman
Baby Wakeman was born January 1, 2017 at 12:57 a.m. (WINNIPEG REGIONAL HEALTH AUTHORITY)

It’s a girl to ring in 2017!

The first baby to be born January 1 in Winnipeg arrived at 12:57 a.m. Sunday.

Baby girl Wakeman — whose first name is still being determined — weighed in at 5 pounds, 3 ounces and 19 inches long.

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Top 8 Things To Do in Winnipeg on New Year’s Eve

Top 8 Things To Do in Winnipeg on New Year’s Eve

By Michelle Bailey (@MichelleBailey1)

Champagne New Year's Eve

WINNIPEG — Don’t feel like staying home in your jammies to watch the Times Square ball drop? Perhaps one of these events appeals to you.

The Happiness Hotel – 2nd Floor

If you like being kept in suspense, this may be for you. A 1920’s inspired night out is being hosted by Winnipeg’s Love Life Productions and Culture Card. The mystery location won’t be revealed until the day before! Doors open at 9 p.m. Guests will receive a glass of champagne as they enter. Tickets are $40 to experience five rooms offering something different in each. Tarot card readings in one, virtual painting in another as well as music and dancing. Visit eventbrite.ca and search for Happiness Hotel for more info about this unique soiree.

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks Require a Permit: City

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Require a Permit: City

Parliament Hill
Fireworks explode behind the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill during Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa on July 1, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

If your New Year’s Eve plans including setting off fireworks, the city would like you to know that you require a permit.

Permits are free and can be obtained online through the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (PDF) or at the Fire Prevention Office at 185 King Street.

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Winnipeggers Go Bare for Chilly Run to Begin the New Year

Winnipeggers Go Bare for Chilly Run to Begin the New Year

By Michelle Bailey

Polar Bare Run
Runners prepare for the annual Polar Bare Run at Assiniboine Park on Friday, January 1, 2016. (MICHELLE BAILEY / CHRISD.CA)

New Year’s Day is well known for people around the world to take the plunge in cold, icy water as part of polar bear dips.

Polar Bare Run
Mario and his dog Luigi get ready for the New Year’s Day Polar Bare Run at Assiniboine Park on Friday morning. (MICHELLE BAILEY / CHRISD.CA)

However in Winnipeg, folks strap on their running shoes and head out to Assiniboine Park in their underwear or bathing suits to jog 700 meters in the frigid temperatures in something called the Polar BARE Run.

The event started 15 years ago when a couple who had moved to Winnipeg from Victoria thought instead of organizing a polar bear dip on January 1, why not a brisk run in the freezing cold? And do it with as little clothing as possible.

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What to Do in Winnipeg on New Year’s Eve

What to Do in Winnipeg on New Year’s Eve

Champagne
(Champagne glasses image via Shutterstock)

As you prepare to bring in 2016 with a bang, we’ve assembled a list of events around Winnipeg to help you celebrate the end of the year.

The Forks

The most popular and family-friendly event in the city is traditionally at The Forks. A fireworks display is set for 8 p.m. with day-long winter activities at the Arctic Glacier Winter Park. Live entertainment is planned on the main stage from 5-7 p.m., including performances by The Middle Coast (5 p.m.), Slow Leaves (6 p.m.) and Sierra Noble (7 p.m.).

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A View from Many Angles

A View from Many Angles

By Ken Waddell, myWestman

2015-2016
(2015-2016 image concept via Mariia Smeshkova / Shutterstock)

Year end 2015 can be viewed from many angles. We are well into the 21st century and it is becoming increasingly obvious that some assumptions of the past are no longer valid.

For example, the idea that people all want to live, avoid death and have a happy future is no longer always a valid assumption. While we heard about Japanese suicide pilots, the Kamikaze, during WWII, they were the exception. And they didn’t fly their planes into Allied ships because they wanted to die, they did it out of dedication to country. Today’s suicidal fighters do it because they want to die in order to achieve some mystical place of honour in an after life. Today’s suicidal terrorists are dangerous in ways we have never seen before.

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Transit Offering Free Rides on New Year’s Eve

Transit Offering Free Rides on New Year’s Eve

Winnipeg Transit
(WINNIPEGTRANSIT.COM)

New Year’s revellers can once again ride Winnipeg Transit for free this year.

Transit and Manitoba Public Insurance have partnered up to offer the free service, which applies to all regular and Handi-Transit rides beginning at 7 p.m. on December 31.

“All too often we encounter impaired drivers who tell us they had no choice but to drive. We know that is not true,” said Winnipeg Police Staff Sergeant Rob Riffel.

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Planning Your Winnipeg New Year’s Eve

Planning Your Winnipeg New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve Fireworks
Fireworks light up the sky above the Norwood Bridge in Winnipeg to usher in 2014 on January 1. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

New Year’s Eve is always a decision-maker for many revellers, especially at the last minute. With a little planning, your mid-week party to welcome in 2015 can hopefully be an easy choice.

There’s no shortage of events taking place across Winnipeg on Wednesday.

Here are a few of the celebrations that caught our attention:

The Forks

The classic fail-safe spot to ring in the new year with thousands of other Winnipeggers. Archangel Fireworks will be putting on their amazing show beginning at 8 p.m. — the perfect time for the entire family. Other events on-site begin at 4 p.m., including skating and other winter fun in Arctic Glacier Winter Park. Admission is free.

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Free Bus Rides on New Year’s Eve

New Year's EveWinnipeg Transit will once again offer free rides on New Year’s Eve with the support of Manitoba Public Insurance.

Buses will begin service at 7 p.m. on December 31 with the last buses leaving downtown at approximately 1:38 a.m.

“As Winnipeggers celebrate New Year’s Eve, I encourage everyone to enjoy themselves responsibly and safely by taking advantage of the free ride on Winnipeg Transit,” said Mayor Brian Bowman.

Last year, more than 15,000 people rode the bus for free on New Year’s Eve in Winnipeg.

— Staff