With Dressler Out, Lankford Gets His Shot as Bombers Host Redblacks

With Dressler Out, Lankford Gets His Shot as Bombers Host Redblacks

By Scott Edmonds, The Canadian Press

Weston Dressler
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Weston Dressler (7) celebrates with fans after the team scored against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the first half of CFL football action in Winnipeg, Saturday, September 9, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – Sidelined after the first game of the season, Ryan Lankford will sub for an injured slotback Weston Dressler Friday night as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Ottawa Redblacks.

Lankford, who had a solid spring camp but didn’t show enough in his first game to stick, is excited to get back on the field and doesn’t lack confidence in his ability to fill some big shoes.

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Traffic Stop in Portage Leads to Drugs, Weapons and Stolen Bikes

Traffic Stop in Portage Leads to Drugs, Weapons and Stolen Bikes

Stolen Bicycles
More than 15 stolen bicycles were discovered at a home in Portage la Prairie on Thursday, August 16, 2018. (RCMP HANDOUT)
Stolen Motorcycle
RCMP also found a stolen motorcycle, as well as various other stolen items. (RCMP HANDOUT)

A traffic stop in Portage la Prairie early Thursday led RCMP to come across a number of drugs, weapons and more than 15 bicycles.

Police stopped a vehicle on 8th Street NW at around 12:20 a.m. Officers seized 26 grams of methamphetamine, several prohibited weapons, and various drug paraphernalia.

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Low-Income Earners Spending ‘Absurd’ Amounts on Communications, Says Advocate

Low-Income Earners Spending ‘Absurd’ Amounts on Communications, Says Advocate

By The Canadian Press

Networking Cables
Canada’s telecom regulator says the average household spent nearly $223 every month on communications services, including mobile phones, landlines, Internet and cable TV in 2016. Networking cables in a server bay are shown in Toronto on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

OTTAWA – Canada’s telecom regulator says the average household spent nearly $223 every month on communications services, including mobile phones, landlines, internet and cable TV in 2016.

But low-income households are spending exponentially more than higher income earners as a percentage of their income, according to the CRTC’s latest Communications Monitoring Report.

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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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