Agreement Disagreement: Jackman-Atkinson

Agreement Disagreement: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Manitoba Legislative Building
Manitoba Legislative Building (FILE)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Manitoba is one of the few remaining jurisdictions in which project labour agreements (PLA) are used, but that might be changing. On November 3, the provincial government opened consultations on their current procurements practices, with a goal of reducing or eliminating the use of PLAs on major government projects.

PLAs are used on large-scale projects and set the wage rates and benefits that will apply to all employees. They replace any existing collective bargaining agreements and usually require that all workers hired pay union dues during their work on the project, even if they aren’t a union member. Recently in Manitoba, PLAs were used on Bipole III and the Red River Floodway expansion.

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Toronto Man Gets 5 Years in Prison for Claiming Nearly $1M in Tax Refunds

Toronto Man Gets 5 Years in Prison for Claiming Nearly $1M in Tax Refunds

By The Canadian Press

Canada Revenue Agency
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)

TORONTO – A Toronto man has been sentenced to five years in prison for claiming nearly $1 million in Goods and Services Tax and Harmonized Sales Tax refunds to which he wasn’t entitled.

The Canada Revenue Agency says Alexander Wiafe — who was convicted of fraud over $5,000 — also was fined $96,000 and faces an additional 18 months in custody if the fine isn’t paid within five years of his release.

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Tragically Hip Bandmates, Alex Trebek Receive Order of Canada

Tragically Hip Bandmates, Alex Trebek Receive Order of Canada

By The Canadian Press

Alex Trebek
Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, presents the insignia of the Order of Canada to Alex Trebek at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Friday Nov. 17, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – The members of the Tragically Hip and “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek were among the Order of Canada recipients to be honoured with medals on Friday.

Kingston, Ont., natives Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair and the late Gord Downie were made members of the Order of Canada for their cultural contributions to the nation and work on behalf of social and environmental causes.

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Manitoba Driver Plunges Off Bridge into Icy Water

Manitoba Driver Plunges Off Bridge into Icy Water

Truck Bridge Accident
The driver of a pickup truck and trailer that plunged off a bridge in the RM of Dufferin on Friday was sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. (RCMP HANDOUT)

The driver of a pickup truck that plunged into a waterway on Friday morning made it out with only minor injuries.

The 73-year-old St. Claude, Manitoba man was driving on Road 18W at around 8:40 a.m. when his vehicle lost control and went over the side of a bridge.

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Filmmaker Guy Maddin Invited to Design Warming Hut at The Forks

Filmmaker Guy Maddin Invited to Design Warming Hut at The Forks

Guy Maddin Warming Hut
Temple of Lost Things, a warming hut design by Guy Maddin, is one of this year’s designs at The Forks. (THE FORKS)
Guy Maddin
Guy Maddin

This year’s warming huts at The Forks will have a celebrity appeal as celebrated Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin lends his creative talents in designing a structure.

Maddin is the invited artist this season and will construct a piece called “Temple of Lost Things.”

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Deer with Purple Hammock Twined in Its Antlers to Be Freed

Deer with Purple Hammock Twined in Its Antlers to Be Freed

By The Canadian Press

Deer
“Hammy” is seen in this undated handout photo sitting in the backyard of Prince Rupert, B.C., resident Sharon Cameron. Help is on the way for Hammy, the northwestern British Columbia buck whose unusual antler adornment has endeared him to area residents and turned him into an Internet sensation. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Sharon Cameron)

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – Help is on the way for Hammy, the northwestern British Columbia buck whose unusual antler adornment has endeared him to area residents and turned him into an internet sensation.

The Conservation Officer Service says part of a purple hammock entangled in the deer’s antlers could endanger him, or another deer, as mating season gets underway and male deer butt heads to establish mating rights.

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Premier Pallister Hospitalized After Hiking Fall in New Mexico

Premier Pallister Hospitalized After Hiking Fall in New Mexico

Brian Pallister
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister recovers in a hotel in New Mexico in a handout photo provided by the Manitoba government. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Government of Manitoba )

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister was hospitalized overnight in Silver City, New Mexico after taking a spill while hiking.

The province says Pallister was with his wife, Esther, in the Gila Wilderness when he had a “serious fall” and injured himself. Pallister suffered numerous cuts and bruises and compound fractures in his left arm.

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