Manitoba Sets New Fines to Combat Spread of Aquatic Evasive Species

Manitoba Sets New Fines to Combat Spread of Aquatic Evasive Species

By Brian Schultz

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A boat washing station in Clear Lake (PARKS CANADA)

The Manitoba government is implementing a set of penalties to combat the spread of aquatic invasive species in the province.

Beginning Wednesday, enforcement officers will have the power to issue a ticket with a specific fine to be voluntarily paid in court. Until now, offenders were required to appear in court to answer to their charges.

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Manitoba Gets Tougher on Distracted Driving, Triples Fines to $672

Manitoba Gets Tougher on Distracted Driving, Triples Fines to $672

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A woman uses an iPad while behind the wheel of a vehicle stopped in traffic at a red light in downtown Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, October 20, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has taken the gloves off and introduced tougher penalties for motorists who choose to text and drive.

Beginning November 1, a first-time offence for distracted driving will cost you $672 — up from a $203 fine previously.

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Two Sent to Hospital After Blaze in Silver Heights

Two Sent to Hospital After Blaze in Silver Heights

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(UFFW 867 / FILE)

Two people were sent to hospital in stable condition Monday after a fire in the 100 block of McLaughlin Avenue.

Crews responded to a blaze in a one and a half-storey Silver Heights home at around 6:30 p.m. to find extensive smoke throughout the residence. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service says the fire extended between the attic and upper floor.

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Pot Shop Raids ‘Highly Unlikely’ on Wednesday: Head of Police Chiefs

Pot Shop Raids ‘Highly Unlikely’ on Wednesday: Head of Police Chiefs

By The Canadian Press

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A cannabis plant is shown in southwest Quebec on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

VANCOUVER – The head of Canada’s police chiefs says it’s “highly unlikely” there will be raids of unlicensed pot shops on the day marijuana becomes legal.

Vancouver Chief Const. Adam Palmer says he hasn’t heard of any police departments planning to crack down on illegal dispensaries on Wednesday.

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