Boy Isolated 400 Days: Manitoba Urged to End Long Solitary Confinement for Youth

Boy Isolated 400 Days: Manitoba Urged to End Long Solitary Confinement for Youth

By James Turner, The Canadian Press

Daphne Penrose
Manitoba Advocate For Children And Youth Daphne Penrose addresses a news conference in Winnipeg, Friday, Oct.19, 2018. Manitoba’s child advocate is calling for the immediate end of solitary confinement longer than 24 hours of kids in custody in youth jails, following a joint investigation with the provincial Ombudsman into the controversial practice. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s children’s advocate is urging the province to stop lengthy solitary confinement of youth in custody after a review that found one boy was isolated for 400 straight days in a cell no bigger than a parking stall.

Daphne Penrose and provincial ombudsman Marc Cormier jointly investigated the use of solitary confinement, segregation and pepper spray in Manitoba’s youth jails.

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Canadian Running Back Kienan LaFrance Rejoins Saskatchewan Roughriders

Canadian Running Back Kienan LaFrance Rejoins Saskatchewan Roughriders

By The Canadian Press

Chris Streveler - Kienan LaFrance
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler (17) hands off to Kienan LaFrance (27) during the second half of CFL action against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Winnipeg Saturday, October 13, 2018. (John Woods/CP)

REGINA — Kienan LaFrance is back with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Canadian running back signed a one-year deal with Saskatchewan on Thursday. Lafrance spent the 2017 season with the Riders before joining the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

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RCMP Cruiser Struck by Semi After Officer Stops at Crash Scene

RCMP Cruiser Struck by Semi After Officer Stops at Crash Scene

RCMP Headingley Crash
An RCMP cruiser was hit by a passing semi while stopped to check on a crash along Highway 1 near Headingley on Thursday, February 21, 2019. (RCMP / TWITTER)
RCMP Headingley Crash
(RCMP / TWITTER)

Manitoba RCMP are asking motorists to slow down and move over when approaching emergency vehicles after one of their cruisers was hit on Thursday.

Police were stopped behind a semi-trailer that had been in a collision on Highway 1 near Headingley at around 7:30 a.m.

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Baby Boom for Endangered Right Whales Offer Researchers a Glimmer of Hope

Baby Boom for Endangered Right Whales Offer Researchers a Glimmer of Hope

By Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press

Right Whale
In this Wednesday March 28, 2018 photo, a North Atlantic right whale feeds on the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass. After years of increasingly bad news, there’s a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered North Atlantic right whale. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Michael Dwyer)

After years of increasingly bad news, there’s a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered North Atlantic right whale.

There are estimated to be fewer than 420 of the endangered mammals left, and their ranks have been decimated as deaths far outpaced live births — there were no births at all during last winter’s calving season.

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RCMP Name Manitoba’s New Commanding Officer

RCMP Name Manitoba’s New Commanding Officer

Jane MacLatchy
Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy, Commanding Officer of the Manitoba RCMP

WINNIPEG — Manitoba RCMP has named Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy as the new commanding officer of the RCMP in the province.

MacLatchy is a Nova Scotia native with an extensive policing career dating back to 1988.

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Families Want First World War Letter Shared with Public: Antique Store Owner

Families Want First World War Letter Shared with Public: Antique Store Owner

By The Canadian Press

First World War Letter
An old letter is seen in this undated handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Amanda Kehler)

WINNIPEG — A Manitoba antique store owner who found a letter written by a First World War soldier to the sister of a man who saved his life on a battlefield has contacted some of the relatives.

In the letter written in 1917, a soldier named Earl Sorel tells his friend’s sister about her brother’s death at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

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Tech Giants Called to Testify in Ottawa in International Probe of Fake News

Tech Giants Called to Testify in Ottawa in International Probe of Fake News

By The Canadian Press

Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Andrew Harnik)

OTTAWA — An international committee of legislators wants executives from some of the world’s largest digital and social-media firms to testify on disinformation and “fake news” when it meets in Ottawa this May.

The “grand committee” of elected politicians from nine countries, including the U.K. and Canada, has already been stymied in its efforts to hear from some of them at earlier meetings in London.

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