New Blue Bomber Adam Bighill Fits Right in On First Day with New Team

New Blue Bomber Adam Bighill Fits Right in On First Day with New Team

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Adam Bighill
New addition to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Adam Bighill (50) runs through drills at a pre-season training camp in Winnipeg, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Adam Bighill didn’t like that he looked different than most kids, but he used that to push himself into becoming an elite football player.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers welcomed his talent and dedication to the fold Thursday as the newly signed 2015 CFL most outstanding defensive player joined them for his first day of training camp.

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Weather Now Co-Operating with Evacuation of Fire-Threatened Communities

Weather Now Co-Operating with Evacuation of Fire-Threatened Communities

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Paungassi First Nation
People from the Paungassi First Nation watch a fire burning in Little Grand Rapids, Man. in a handout photo provided by councillor Clinton Keeper of Little Grand Rapids. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ HO-Clinton Keeper)

WINNIPEG – The weather co-operated Thursday with efforts to evacuate more than 1,000 people from two First Nations communities threatened by forest fires in northern Manitoba.

With thick smoke no longer causing trouble at the airport in Little Grand Rapids, planes and helicopters were moving people out of the community as well as neighbouring Pauingassi, about 260 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

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Winnipeg Police Create New Drug Enforcement Unit

Winnipeg Police Create New Drug Enforcement Unit

By Sarah Klein

Drug Seizure
Drugs seized during raids in the East St. Paul and Lord Roberts areas on May 18. Winnipeg police have created a new Drug Enforcement Unit to tackle the rise of illicit drugs on city streets. (WPS / HANDOUT)

Winnipeg police have created a dedicated unit to tackle the rampant problem of methamphetamine and opioids on city streets.

The Drug Enforcement Unit builds on an existing police relationship with Addictions Foundation of Manitoba and will focus on detection, disruption, and dismantling of individuals and or groups who traffic illicit drugs.

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New Grace Hospital Emergency Department Opening

New Grace Hospital Emergency Department Opening

Grace Hospital Emergency Department
The new Grace Hospital emergency department will open on May 29. (MANITOBA GOVERNMENT)

WINNIPEG — A new emergency department at Grace Hospital will begin accepting patients on Tuesday following a $43.8 million upgrade.

The 38,000-square-foot space is now five times larger than its old unit. It includes a larger ambulance bay equipped to handle the major incident response vehicle (MIRV), if required. It will also act to reduce patient off-load times, and allow for additional assessment and treatment rooms and spaces, as well as a physical connection to the ACCESS Winnipeg West walk-in clinic.

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‘It Got Worse:’ Evacuation Criticized After First Nation Surrounded by Fire

‘It Got Worse:’ Evacuation Criticized After First Nation Surrounded by Fire

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

Little Grand Rapids Fires
Fires burn in Little Grand Rapids, Man., as shown in a Government of Manitoba handout photo. Hundreds of people from a Manitoba First Nation are sitting in the local school as a raging forest fire encroaches on the community. Evacuations from Little Grand Rapids – a fly-in community about 260 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg – began on Tuesday but heavy smoke made it impossible for planes to land. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Government of Manitoba)

WINNIPEG – The federal government said it is stepping up efforts to evacuate two Manitoba First Nations that are threatened by a raging wildfire.

Public Safety Canada said about 600 people were expected to be evacuated from the Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi First Nations by the end of the day Wednesday with more to follow.

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CN to Purchase Hundreds of Grain Cars as Transportation Bill Becomes Law

CN to Purchase Hundreds of Grain Cars as Transportation Bill Becomes Law

By Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

CN Train
A CN locomotive goes through the CN Taschereau yard in Montreal, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway is preparing to purchase hundreds of new grain hopper cars to get shipments moving after a bill that encourages railways to make investments to avert service disruptions became law Wednesday.

CN Rail expects to buy new grain cars to replace some 200 to 300 that are replaced annually, its chief financial officer told an investor conference Wednesday morning, before the bill that imposes financial penalties on railway companies received royal assent.

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Manitoba First Nation Community Trapped by Smoke as Fire Creeps Closer

Manitoba First Nation Community Trapped by Smoke as Fire Creeps Closer

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

Paungassi First Nation
People from the Paungassi First Nation watch a fire burning in Little Grand Rapids, Man. in a handout photo provided by councillor Clinton Keeper of Little Grand Rapids. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ HO-Clinton Keeper)

WINNIPEG – Hundreds of people from a Manitoba First Nation are sitting in the local school as a raging forest fire encroaches on the community.

Evacuations from Little Grand Rapids — a fly-in community about 260 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg — began on Tuesday but heavy smoke made it impossible for planes to land.

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