Accused in Death of Winnipeg Teenage Girl Not Guilty of Murder

Accused in Death of Winnipeg Teenage Girl Not Guilty of Murder

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

Raymond Cormier Verdict
From left, Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, Southern Chiefs’ Organization, Chief Arlen Dumas, Chief Sheila North, and Chief Kevin Hart speak to media outside the law courts in Winnipeg after the jury delivered a not-guilty verdict in the second degree murder trial of Raymond Cormier, Thursday, February 22, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)
Raymond Joseph Cormier
Raymond Joseph Cormier (WPS / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG – A not-guilty verdict Thursday for a man accused of killing a 15-year-old First Nations girl he met on the streets prompted immediate reaction from Indigenous leaders who criticized the social safety nets that were supposed to keep her safe.

A jury acquitted Raymond Cormier, 56, of the second-degree murder of Tina Fontaine after 11 hours of deliberation.

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B.C. Family Says Care Home Switched Their Mom’s Cat with Robotic Version

B.C. Family Says Care Home Switched Their Mom’s Cat with Robotic Version

By The Canadian Press

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DUNCAN, B.C. – The family of a British Columbia woman who has dementia say staff at a care home removed her cat and replaced it with a robotic stuffed animal.

Dawn Douglas has been living at the Sunridge Place care home in Duncan for nearly two years and her family says they’ve been working to reunite their mother with Snoop.

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Winnipeg Seeking First ‘Kid Mayor’

Winnipeg Seeking First ‘Kid Mayor’

Brian Bowman
Mayor Brian Bowman is looking for a younger protégé to join him at City Hall. (SARAH TAYLOR / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Step aside, grown-ups, this one is for the kids.

The City of Winnipeg is looking for its first “kid mayor,” asking children aged eight to 12 to apply for the position.

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PEG Beer Co. Unexpectedly Closes Until Further Notice

PEG Beer Co. Unexpectedly Closes Until Further Notice

Nicole Barry - PEG Beer Co.
Nicole Barry, owner of PEG Beer Co. (GOV.MB.CA)

A popular Winnipeg craft brewery announced Thursday it has closed until further notice.

PEG Beer Co. said in a brief Facebook post, “We are currently closed. Once we are able to provide further info, we will. Thank you for your support and understanding.”

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Hockey Canada’s French-Name Policy Criticized by Quebec-Based Politicians

Hockey Canada’s French-Name Policy Criticized by Quebec-Based Politicians

By The Canadian Press

Team Canada Hockey
Canada forward Rene Bourque (17) celebrates his goal teammate Derek Roy by Czech Republic goaltender Pavel Francouz (33) during first period preliminary round men’s hockey action at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

MONTREAL – Hockey Canada was widely criticized Wednesday after a news report indicated a public address announcer at the Winter Olympics was told by the national governing body to stop using French pronunciations for the names of some Canadian players.

Federal Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said she was “extremely surprised” by Hockey Canada’s position, while Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard called it “deplorable” and “ridiculous.”

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Manitoba Takes Steps to Address Workplace Harassment with ‘No Wrong Door’ Policy

Manitoba Takes Steps to Address Workplace Harassment with ‘No Wrong Door’ Policy

Brian Pallister
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks at a news conference at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on November 7, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — In the wake of several former government employees coming forward with stories of inappropriate touching and behaviour in the workplace, the province is taking steps to ensure a safe work environment for staff moving forward.

During a news conference Thursday, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister outlined five measures the province is rolling out for a harassment-free workplace.

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Lemoine Appointed Winnipeg City Clerk

Lemoine Appointed Winnipeg City Clerk

Marc Lemoine
Marc Lemoine (CITY OF WINNIPEG)

The City of Winnipeg has appointed Marc Lemoine as the new city clerk.

The city says 61 applicants applied, both internally and externally. Lemoine was previously the deputy city clerk, and is also the senior election official for the City of Winnipeg and the city’s six school divisions.

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Sweet Tooth? Kids May Choose Snacks Based on Genetics Behind Taste Buds: Study

Sweet Tooth? Kids May Choose Snacks Based on Genetics Behind Taste Buds: Study

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press

Elie Chamoun
Elie Chamoun, a PhD candidate in the department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, poses in this recent handout photo. Whether a pre-schooler has a sweet tooth, is partial to snacks rich in fat, or has an aversion to bitter vegetables like broccoli could be linked to genetics, researchers suggest. A study by University of Guelph researchers found that almost 80 per cent of a group of 47 children aged 18 months to five years old carried at least one of three genetic variants related to taste receptor cells in taste buds, which could predispose them to poor snacking habits. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – University of Guelph)

TORONTO – Whether a pre-schooler has a sweet tooth, is partial to snacks rich in fat, or has an aversion to bitter vegetables like broccoli could be linked to genetics, researchers suggest.

A study by University of Guelph researchers found almost 80 per cent of a group of 47 children aged 18 months to five years old carried at least one of three genetic variants related to taste receptor cells in taste buds, which could predispose them to poor snacking habits.

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Suspect Wanted for Neglecting Manitoba Dogs

Suspect Wanted for Neglecting Manitoba Dogs

Rescued Dog
A female dog and her two puppies were rescued after being locked in a dark bedroom without access to food and water for several weeks in Black Sturgeon Falls First Nation, Manitoba. (HANDOUT)

John Gerald Glen Linklater
John Gerald Glen Linklater, 46, is wanted by Manitoba RCMP. (RCMP HANDOUT)
UPDATE: Thursday, February 22 — Linklater turned himself into RCMP in Leaf Rapids, Manitoba on Wednesday evening and was arrested.

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Manitoba RCMP have issued an arrest warrant for a man wanted for neglecting a female dog and her pups.

John Gerald Glen Linklater, 46, of Black Sturgeon Falls First Nation, Manitoba is accused of leaving the dogs in a home’s bedroom in the community for about three weeks.

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