Manitoba Education Review to Look at Reducing, Eliminating Elected Boards

Manitoba Education Review to Look at Reducing, Eliminating Elected Boards

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Kelvin Goertzen
Minister Kelvin Goertzen and other provincial ministers wait to speak as a group before a meeting with the federal finance and health ministers in Ottawa, Monday, December 19, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is looking at reducing or even eliminating elected school boards as part of a review of education in the province.

The Progressive Conservative government announced a commission Wednesday that will examine all aspects of schooling from kindergarten to Grade 12 and report back by February of next year. Part of the focus will be on improving literacy and graduation rates and boosting math and science scores.

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15-Year Sentence for Man Convicted of Manslaughter in Shooting Death

15-Year Sentence for Man Convicted of Manslaughter in Shooting Death

By The Canadian Press

Melissa Stevenson
Melissa Stevenson, centre, stands outside the Winnipeg courthouse with Henry McKay, left, and Travis Bighetty after Christopher Brass was sentenced to 15 years for manslaughter in the shooting death of Stevenson’s best friend, 29-year-old Jeanenne Fontaine, on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Malone)

WINNIPEG — A man convicted in the high-profile shooting death of Winnipeg woman inside a home that was then set on fire has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars.

A jury on Saturday found Christopher Brass guilty of manslaughter in the March 2017 death of Jeanenne Fontaine, who was 29.

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Downtown Winnipeg ‘Arts District’ Residence to Have 119 Units

Downtown Winnipeg ‘Arts District’ Residence to Have 119 Units

290 Colony Street
The Arts District building at 290 Colony Street will be 130,000 square feet and house 119 units. (MICHAEL MALTZAN ARCHITECTURE)
290 Colony Street
(MICHAEL MALTZAN ARCHITECTURE)

WINNIPEG — A new multi-unit rental housing complex is planned for downtown Winnipeg, just steps from the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

The Arts District project was announced Wednesday and promises 119 new rental units for middle-classes families at 290 Colony Street.

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Manitoba’s Top Cop Retiring After 34 Years with RCMP

Manitoba’s Top Cop Retiring After 34 Years with RCMP

Scott Kolody
Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody, Commanding Officer of the Manitoba RCMP, will retire from the force on January 28, 2019. (RCMP HANDOUT)

The commanding officer of the Manitoba RCMP is calling it a career at the end of the month.

Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody has been with the Mounties for 34 years and in his current role for the past two and a half years.

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Cannabis-Carrying Border-Crossers Could Be Hit with Fines Under Coming System

Cannabis-Carrying Border-Crossers Could Be Hit with Fines Under Coming System

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

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Mature cannabis plants are photographed at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility during the grand opening event in Fenwick, Ont., on June 26, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin)

OTTAWA — Travellers caught sneaking small amounts of marijuana into Canada could soon be forced to pay fines.

Although stiff criminal penalties will remain options on the books, the federal border agency is developing administrative sanctions to give it more flexibility to deal with people who arrive at the border with cannabis in the era of legal recreational use.

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Oaths on Eagle Feathers to Be Allowed in Manitoba RCMP Detachments

Oaths on Eagle Feathers to Be Allowed in Manitoba RCMP Detachments

By Kelly Geraldine Malone The Canadian Press

Eagle Feathers
Eagle feathers are shown during an RCMP press conference in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Malone)

WINNIPEG — The head of the RCMP in Manitoba says providing an eagle feather to people swearing oaths is a positive step toward reconciliation with Indigenous communities.

Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody says officers work closely with Indigenous people every day and he hopes providing an eagle feather will show mutual respect and trust.

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