Manitoba Byelection Called: NDP Hope to Hold On to Seat Held by Former Premier

Manitoba Byelection Called: NDP Hope to Hold On to Seat Held by Former Premier

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Brian Pallister
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to reporters before a Council of the Federation meeting in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. Voters in one area of Winnipeg will go to the polls July 17 in a provincial byelection. Premier Brian Pallister has called the vote in the St. Boniface constituency, which has been vacant since former NDP premier Greg Selinger resigned in March. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister called a byelection Tuesday for the St. Boniface seat in Winnipeg — a long-time NDP stronghold that the Liberals hope to steal with their new leader.

The July 17 vote will fill a seat that has been vacant since former NDP premier Greg Selinger resigned in March. Selinger held the constituency with strong voter support since 1999, although the area voted Liberal prior to that and is represented federally by the Liberals.

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Manitoba Judge Upholds Former Law That Banned Switching Political Parties

Manitoba Judge Upholds Former Law That Banned Switching Political Parties

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Steven Fletcher
Conservative MP Steven Fletcher speaks with the media as he leaves caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on March 26, 2014. A Manitoba judge has rejected a claim that a law which prevented members of the legislature from switching party caucuses was unconstitutional. The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by Steven Fletcher, who was kicked out of the governing Progressive Conservative caucus last summer. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba law that forbade members of the legislature from switching party caucuses — an action commonly called floor-crossing — did not violate the Charter of Rights, a Court of Queen’s Bench judge ruled Tuesday.

Justice Sheldon Lanchbery rejected a lawsuit brought by Independent legislature member Steven Fletcher, who was kicked out of the governing Progressive Conservative caucus last year.

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Winnipeg Making Burial Records More Accessible with iCemetery App

Winnipeg Making Burial Records More Accessible with iCemetery App

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Accessing burial records of those resting in Winnipeg cemeteries is being made easier through a new app.

The City of Winnipeg is now using the iCemetery app as an easy search tool for burial records at Transcona Cemetery. Data from St. Vital Cemetery will be available later this summer, with data availability for the Brookside Cemetery scheduled for a later date.

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Boy, 4, Drowns While Swimming in Manitoba River

Boy, 4, Drowns While Swimming in Manitoba River

RCMP Logo VehicleA four-year-old boy has died in Shamattawa, Manitoba while swimming in Gods River.

RCMP say the child began struggling while in the water on June 12 and eventually went under. In-water, boat and shore searches couldn’t locate the child. Community members set up nets to prevent the child from being swept away by the current.

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Swoop, WestJet’s Ultra Low-Cost Airline, Set to Launch

Swoop, WestJet’s Ultra Low-Cost Airline, Set to Launch

By Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

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Swoop enters the Canadian ultra low-cost carrier market. (CNW GROUP / WESTJET)

MONTREAL — Competition is heating up for Canada’s most price-sensitive travellers as WestJet Airlines gears up to launch the country’s second ultra low-cost airline Wednesday.

Swoop, an offshoot of WestJet Airlines, will make its maiden flight on its pink and white aircraft before the sun rises in Hamilton, Ont. on a trip to Abbotsford, B.C.

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Company Appeals Churchill Rail Ruling in Year-Long Attempt to Restore Service

Company Appeals Churchill Rail Ruling in Year-Long Attempt to Restore Service

By The Canadian Press

Port of Churchill
Aerial view of the port of Churchill, Manitoba Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. The company that owns the broken rail line to Churchill, Manitoba says it is appealing a federal regulatory ruling that requires it to repair the track. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – The company that owns a broken rail line into Churchill, Man., says it is appealing a federal regulatory ruling that requires it to repair the track.

Hudson Bay Railway Co. was ordered last week by the Canadian Transportation Agency to immediately begin repairs to the track, which is the only land link to the subarctic community of 900 people.

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Kookies for Khloe: Manitoba Cookie Company Gets Custom Kardashian Order

Kookies for Khloe: Manitoba Cookie Company Gets Custom Kardashian Order

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

Kardashian Cookies
Cookies depicting Khloe Kardashian and her daughter True, made by Scientific Sweets are seen in this undated handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Scientific Sweets)

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba cookie company is receiving praise from Khloe Kardashian for custom creations featuring her daughter True.

The famous Kardashian posted a photo of the custom-order cookies made by Winnipeg’s Scientific Sweets on Instagram.

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Opening Portage and Main Not a Priority for Mayoral Candidate

Opening Portage and Main Not a Priority for Mayoral Candidate

By Brian Schultz

Jenny Motkaluk
Mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — The latest candidate to put her name forward into Winnipeg’s mayoral race says most citizens don’t want to see Portage and Main opened to pedestrian traffic.

Jenny Motkaluk launched her mayoral campaign on Monday in St. Boniface, saying her priorities include fixing infrastructure, preventing crime and growing the economy.

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Man Leaves Bag of Drugs in Back of Taxicab: Police

Man Leaves Bag of Drugs in Back of Taxicab: Police

Winnipeg Police CrestA man is facing drug possession charges after Winnipeg police say he left a bag of items in the back of a taxicab.

Officers spotted the suspect, who was wanted on a drug warrant, leave an address in the 500 block of Redwood Avenue on Saturday. He was arrested and found with approximately $1,200 in cash.

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