Polo Park Mall Lighting 26-Foot-Tall Christmas Tree

Polo Park Mall Lighting 26-Foot-Tall Christmas Tree

City Hall Christmas Tree
The city’s Christmas tree as seen in this file photo from November 2018. (BRIAN BOWMAN / TWITTER)

Winnipeg isn’t officially putting up a Christmas tree at City Hall this year, so the next best thing could be at Polo Park.

The shopping centre is hoping to launch a new seasonal tradition when it lights up a brand new 26-foot-tall Christmas tree on Thursday.

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PHOTOS: Winnipeggers Pause to Remember at Vimy Ridge Memorial Park

PHOTOS: Winnipeggers Pause to Remember at Vimy Ridge Memorial Park

Remembrance Day
Terry Burik points to his father’s name on the Royal Winnipeg Rifles memorial during the Remembrance Day ceremonies at Vimy Ridge Memorial Park. The memorial was restored and debuted at last year’s ceremonies.
(COLIN CORNEAU PHOTO)

Across the city Monday, Winnipeggers paused to remember those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom Canadians enjoy today. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Manitobans paid their suspects to those fallen soldiers who paid the ultimate price.

One such ceremony, at Vimy Ridge Memorial Park, was one of several honouring those who didn’t return home. Photographer Colin Corneau attended and took these photos for ChrisD.ca.

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With Silence and Salutes, Canadians Mark Remembrance Day

With Silence and Salutes, Canadians Mark Remembrance Day

By The Canadian Press

Remembrance Day
Poppies are placed on a wreath at a cenotaph during a Remembrance Day service in Winnipeg, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

OTTAWA — Eleven tolls from the Peace Tower filled the air around Parliament Hill on Monday morning, marking the start of two minutes of silence in which Canadians paused to remember and honour those who took up arms — and in some cases paid the ultimate price — to defend this country and its way of life.

Similar scenes played out across the country at cenotaphs and memorials as the clock struck the 11th hour on Remembrance Day.

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Blue Bombers Reach CFL’s West Division Final with 35-14 Win Over Stampeders

Blue Bombers Reach CFL’s West Division Final with 35-14 Win Over Stampeders

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

Chris Streveler
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler, right, runs the ball during CFL West Semifinal football action against the Calgary Stampeders, in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

CALGARY — Zach Collaros is going back to where he started his CFL season, but wearing enemy colours.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers employed a one-two quarterback punch of Collaros and Chris Streveler to beat the Calgary Stampeders 35-14 in Sunday’s West Division semifinal.

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Scheifele Scores 21 Seconds into OT to Lift Jets to 3-2 Win Over Stars

Scheifele Scores 21 Seconds into OT to Lift Jets to 3-2 Win Over Stars

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Mark Scheifele
Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele (55) scores the game-winning goal in overtime on Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin (35) during NHL action in Winnipeg on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade)

WINNIPEG — Mark Scheifele decided the best move was for him to shoot the puck instead of passing it.

He made the right choice.

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Calgary Stampeders Prep for Frosty Division Semifinal

Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Calgary Stampeders Prep for Frosty Division Semifinal

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

Zach Collaros - Andrew Harris
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros (8) hands off to Andrew Harris (33) during the first half of CFL action against the Calgary Stampeders in Winnipeg Friday, October 25, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

CALGARY — Mother Nature might have a say in how well Winnipeg runs the ball and Calgary throws it in the CFL’s West Division semifinal.

Snow and a windchill of -16 are in Sunday’s forecast for the afternoon kickoff at McMahon Stadium.

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St. Vital Park Toboggan Slides, Shelter Win International Awards

St. Vital Park Toboggan Slides, Shelter Win International Awards

St. Vital Park - Manitoboggan
Manitoboggan, the toboggan slide and shelter in St. Vital Park. (HANDOUT)
St. Vital Park - Manitoboggan
Manitoboggan is the first universally-accessible toboggan slide in Canada. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — The toboggan slides and shelter at St. Vital Park have been recognized internationally for their architectural design.

Called Manitobaggan, the slides and shelter have won two architecture awards from the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities.

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Canada Must Consider War with Great Caution

Canada Must Consider War with Great Caution

By Ken Waddell, myWestman.ca

Military Member
A Canadian flag is shown on the uniform of a member of the military in Trenton, Ont., on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg)

It’s been a long time since the guns of WWI fell silent. One hundred and one years ago, in fact. Some of us are old enough to have known some WWI veterans. Most of us know WWII vets but, there are very few left with us. The Korean War was a much smaller conflict and it was almost 70 years ago. My brother was a Korean War vet, but he is gone now too. We have a number of military veterans with us who have served our country well in other places, in peacekeeping efforts, mostly in the Middle East.

The irony of the opening sentence is that the guns have never actually fallen silent. Diminished yes, but silent, no.

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Kyle Connor, Jets Beat Canucks for the Ninth Time in a Row

Kyle Connor, Jets Beat Canucks for the Ninth Time in a Row

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Kyle Connor
Winnipeg Jets’ Kyle Connor (81) goes high to score on Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) during third period NHL action in Winnipeg, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Speed was the name of the game for the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.

Kyle Connor and his teammates cited quick feet as a key reason the Jets handed the Vancouver Canucks their third straight loss with a 4-1 victory.

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