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Manitoba Metis Federation Drawing Support to Nominate Cheer Board Boss for Order of Manitoba

Manitoba Metis Federation Drawing Support to Nominate Cheer Board Boss for Order of Manitoba

Kai Madsen
Kai Madsen speaks with ChrisD.ca during an interview on Tuesday, November 5, 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Metis Federation is throwing its support behind the executive director of the Christmas Cheer Board to be nominated for the Order of Manitoba.

Kai Madsen has tirelessly worked with the charity for nearly 50 years, which delivers food and gift hampers to families and individuals in need every Christmas season. Deliveries of some of this year’s estimated 18,000 hampers will begin going out on Saturday.

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Christmas Trees Offered to Get Rid of Invasive Spruce Trees in 2 Provinces

Christmas Trees Offered to Get Rid of Invasive Spruce Trees in 2 Provinces

By The Canadian Press

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People tie up a free Christmas tree that they cut down in a handout photo from the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The trees aren’t native to the area where they are growing. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO- Nature Conservancy of Canada)

EDMONTON – Christmas trees are available for free in Saskatchewan or by donation in Alberta this weekend — and it’s for a good cause.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is hosting tree harvesting events on Saturday in central Alberta and near Saskatoon in an attempt to get rid of invasive spruce trees.

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21 Drivers Charged During First Week of RCMP Checkstop Program

21 Drivers Charged During First Week of RCMP Checkstop Program

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A driver is handed a ticket at a RCMP Checkstop in December 2016. (RCMP / TWITTER FILE)

RCMP in Manitoba have charged 21 people with impaired driving during the first weekend of its 2017 Holiday Checkstop program.

The Mounties say between December 1-3, the drivers were caught drunk behind the wheel, while six alcohol-related suspensions were issued.

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How You Can Help the Christmas Cheer Board This Holiday Season

How You Can Help the Christmas Cheer Board This Holiday Season

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Members of the media pack hampers at the Christmas Cheer Board on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Hampers filled with food and gifts began going out from the Christmas Cheer Board on Thursday, as families and individuals in need lined up at the St. James warehouse to collect their holiday goodies, including fresh turkeys.

About 18,000 hampers are being prepared this season, with deliveries set to begin on Saturday.

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Christmas Cheer Board in Overdrive to Fill 18,000 Hampers

Christmas Cheer Board in Overdrive to Fill 18,000 Hampers

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Kai Madsen, executive director of the Christmas Cheer Board, provides an update on this year’s operations during a media event on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Kai Madsen isn’t feeling nervous about how many hampers have yet to be filled at the Christmas Cheer Board before they start going out to deserving families later this week.

The annual operation to pack nearly 18,000 hampers for families and individuals in need is in overdrive as the first packages of food, gifts and turkeys prepare to leave the Cheer Board’s St. James warehouse.

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Take Your Wallet for a Shopping Trip to River Heights This Holiday Season

Take Your Wallet for a Shopping Trip to River Heights This Holiday Season

By Michelle Bailey (@MichelleBailey1)

Diamond Gallery
Diamond Gallery owners Allan, Lisa and Anita Malbranck. The Corydon Avenue jewellery store is one of a handful of local businesses targeting customers with special promotions on select Thursday evenings in December. (MICHELLE BAILEY / CHRISD.CA)
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Katie James, owner of As Time Goes By (MICHELLE BAILEY / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Thursday nights are alright for finding the perfect Christmas gift and the owners of several local businesses in River Heights have launched a campaign to woo shoppers looking to satisfy their gift buying needs.

Owners of 19 unique storefronts along Academy Road, Grant Avenue and Corydon Avenue that offer everything from beauty and wellness products to diamonds are part of the inaugural Shop River Heights Thursday Nights.

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Christmas Tree Prices on the Rise for First Time in Almost a Decade

Christmas Tree Prices on the Rise for First Time in Almost a Decade

By Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

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Dan Nightingale trims a13-metre tall white spruce in Purlbrook, N.S. on Monday, November 17, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

CALGARY – Holiday shoppers might have to fork over a little more for the evergreen scent of a natural Christmas tree this year as a shortage south of the border and increased demand for real trees put pressure on prices.

Canadian Christmas tree farmers are raising prices as much as 10 per cent as the effect of market forces making firs, pines and spruces sparse in the U.S. spills over into Canada.

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