Hot Summer Ticket: $130K Could Get You On a Dive to the Titanic Off Newfoundland

Hot Summer Ticket: $130K Could Get You On a Dive to the Titanic Off Newfoundland

By Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press

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OceanGate’s Cyclops 2 submersible is shown in this undated handout image. Are you a risk-taking adventurer with $130,000 to spare? The first manned survey of the rusting RMS Titanic in 13 years will depart in June from St. John’s, N.L. and they’re still taking applications. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-OceanGate)

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Are you a risk-taking adventurer with $130,000 to spare?

The first manned survey of the rusting RMS Titanic in 13 years will depart in June from St. John’s, N.L. — and they’re still taking applications.

“It’s not for somebody who’s frail but it’s not as strenuous as, say, climbing a major mountain or going on a one-week bike trip through the Alps which some of our participants have done,” said expedition leader Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate Inc., a private company based in Everett, Wash.

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Security, Reproductive Rights, Investment: How Politics Touched Us This Week

Security, Reproductive Rights, Investment: How Politics Touched Us This Week

By Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief, The Canadian Press

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland and Secretary of State of the United States, Rex Tillerson address a news conference following a meeting on the Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula in Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

OTTAWA – Piercing the winter doldrums was the political goal of the week for all three party leaders.

Justin Trudeau took to town halls in Quebec and northern Ontario to show he is a man of the people.

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Blue Bombers Sign Veteran QB Darian Durant

Blue Bombers Sign Veteran QB Darian Durant

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers Demond Washington (7) and Teague Sherman (27) chase down Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant (4) in CFL action at Investors Group Field on Sunday, September 7, 2014. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have shored up their quarterback depth by signing Darian Durant to a one-year deal.

The 12-year veteran played last season with the Montreal Alouettes and previously with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, posting career totals of 31,740 yards and 167 touchdowns in 174 games (128 starts).

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Englot Beats Jones, Will Face Carey in Canadian Open Women’s Final

Englot Beats Jones, Will Face Carey in Canadian Open Women’s Final

By The Canadian Press

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Skip Jennifer Jones, from Winnipeg, gestures to teammates during Olympic curling trials action against Team Scheidegger, Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

CAMROSE, Alta. – The finals are set at the Canadian Open.

Winnipeg’s Michelle Englot toppled Sochi Olympic gold medallist Jennifer Jones 10-4 in the semifinals on Saturday to grab her spot in the championship draw at the fourth Grand Slam of Curling event of the season.

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Quebec Teen Says Smartphone Rules Are Too Tough in Letter to School Board

Quebec Teen Says Smartphone Rules Are Too Tough in Letter to School Board

By The Canadian Press

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A photograph of the security feature on a smart phone is shown in Toronto on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

SAGUENAY, Que. – A Quebec teen thinks his school’s policy of seizing smartphones belonging to students caught using them in class goes too far.

Vincent Duguay, 15, challenged his school’s cellphone policy with a cease-and-desist letter sent to the local school board this week.

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HMS Erebus Model from Franklin Expedition Coming to Manitoba Museum

HMS Erebus Model from Franklin Expedition Coming to Manitoba Museum

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A 1:40 scale model of the HMS Erebus will be on display at the Manitoba Museum January 26 to March 21, 2018. (HANDOUT)
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Marc-André Bernier setting a marine biology sampling quadrant on the port side of the HMS Erebus hull. (PARKS CANADA)

WINNIPEG — A scale model of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus will soon be on display at the Manitoba Museum.

The 1:40 scale model tells the story of Sir John Franklin‘s journey once he set sail from England in 1845 with two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, in search of a Northwest Passage across what is now Canada’s Arctic.

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Long-Term Solution Needed for Neepawa Housing Shortage

Long-Term Solution Needed for Neepawa Housing Shortage

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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A new housing development on Hillcrest Drive in Neepawa, Manitoba. (GOOGLE STREET VIEW)

Neepawa is in an enviable position, it has been experiencing a housing shortage for much of the last decade. While this shortage has added value to the town’s housing stock, it has also created challenges, as new residents struggle to find places to live.

When I moved to the Neepawa area in 2006, it wasn’t unusual to find single family homes for sale around $60,000. Those sorts of prices don’t exist anymore and good luck finding a detached home for less than twice that price.

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Rise in Duty-Free Allowance Could Cost Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs

Rise in Duty-Free Allowance Could Cost Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs

By The Canadian Press

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Canadian border guards are silhouetted as they replace each other at an inspection booth at the Douglas border crossing on the Canada-USA border in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday August 20, 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

CALGARY – A new study commissioned by the Retail Council of Canada says an increase in the duty-free allowance for cross-border shopping would lead to hundreds of thousands of job losses and cut billions of dollars from the Canadian economy.

The PwC study comes as U.S. lawmakers push for Canada to increase the duty-free allowance from $20 to $800 as part of ongoing NAFTA talks.

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