Manitoba Funding 225 Community Development Projects

Manitoba Funding 225 Community Development Projects

By Sarah Klein

Cathy Cox
Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox (MANITOBA GOVERNMENT / FLICKR)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government will spend $3.7 million to fund 175 projects approved through the Community Places Program in municipalities across the province.

The non-profit and community-led organizations will share in the funding to build, upgrade, expand or acquire community facilities.

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Tim Hortons Looks to Rebuild Its Brand with Better Lid, New Marketing Campaign

Tim Hortons Looks to Rebuild Its Brand with Better Lid, New Marketing Campaign

By The Canadian Press

Tim Hortons
Alex Macedo, left, president at Tim Hortons and Duncan Fulton, chief corporate officer at Restaurant Brands International pose for a photograph at the Hockey Hall of Fame Tim Hortons location in Toronto on Thursday, August 16, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

TORONTO – The president of Tim Hortons is fed up with the leaky brown tops on its coffee cups that haven’t changed a bit in 20 years — so much that he pushed the company to turn over a new leaf — literally.

Alex Macedo said Thursday that six of the brand’s locations are experimenting with more environmentally-friendly lids emblazoned with a maple leaf, adding they have been rigorously tested by thousands of people who climbed hundreds of stairs and drove plenty of kilometres with cups in hand to design a cap that will cut down on the leaking.

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‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

By Mesfin Fekadu And Hillel Italie, The Associated Press

Aretha Franklin
In this Nov. 21, 2008 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo/Shea Walsh, file)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. The statement said “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute” in Detroit.

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Coalition for Portage & Main Aiming for $100K in GoFundMe Campaign

Coalition for Portage & Main Aiming for $100K in GoFundMe Campaign

WINNIPEG — Proponents for a pedestrian-friendly Portage and Main have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help amplify their cause ahead of this fall’s municipal election.

The Vote Open initiative is aiming to raise $100,000 for a public information campaign to argue the benefits of tearing down the barriers at Winnipeg’s iconic downtown intersection. The movement is being spearheaded by the Coalition for Portage & Main — a community group made up of volunteers, individuals, businesses and organizations who want to boost economic development at the intersection.

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Smoke Gets in Their Eyes: Prairies Feel the Effects of B.C. Fires

Smoke Gets in Their Eyes: Prairies Feel the Effects of B.C. Fires

By Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press

Edmonton
A morning commuter stops to take a photo of the city as smoke from the B.C. wildfires rolls in over Edmonton on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

EDMONTON – Air quality warnings were issued across the Prairies on Wednesday as smoke from forest fires in British Columbia continued to waft across most of Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba.

Environment Canada issued a special statement for much of the Prairies that said air quality was poor and conditions were not expected to change for the rest of the week.

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Gun Makers Up in Arms Over Shopify’s Ban on Certain Firearms and Accessories

Gun Makers Up in Arms Over Shopify’s Ban on Certain Firearms and Accessories

By Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

Shopify
A Shopify logo is seen during an event in Toronto on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Shopify is banning the sale of some firearms and their related parts through its platform. A policy update that the Ottawa-based e-commerce giant quietly posted Monday shows Shopify merchants can no longer use the platform to sell automatic firearms that have not been rendered inoperable and semi-automatic firearms that have the capacity to accept a detachable magazine. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

TORONTO – Shopify is taking aim at weapons companies by banning the sale of some firearms and accessories on its platform.

The Ottawa-based e-commerce giant quietly made changes to its policies this week to keep merchants from using its technology to sell everything from semi-automatic firearms that accept detachable magazines to accessories including grenades, rocket launchers and flash and sound supressors.

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