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‘I Nearly Fell Backwards into the Ditch:’ Winnipeg Man Wins $9.5M on Lotto Max Ticket

‘I Nearly Fell Backwards into the Ditch:’ Winnipeg Man Wins $9.5M on Lotto Max Ticket

Don Humniski
Don Humniski of Winnipeg won $9.5 million on the June 14 Lotto Max draw. (WCLC / HANDOUT)

A Winnipeg man has several million reasons to be smiling after claiming a Lotto Max prize for the June 14 draw.

Don Humniski won $9.5 million on a free play ticket he redeemed in Winnipeg Beach.

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Gender-Neutral Washrooms in Grand Beach Part of $10M in Upgrades to Parks

Gender-Neutral Washrooms in Grand Beach Part of $10M in Upgrades to Parks

Grand Beach Washrooms
New gender-neutral washrooms and showers have been installed in the Grand Beach campground. (@MIN_SQUIRES / TWITTER)

The Manitoba government is spending nearly $10 million on provincial park improvements, including gender-neutral showers and washrooms at the Grand Beach campground.

“Our provincial parks are popular travel destinations, and we want to ensure Manitoba families and visitors enjoy their experience for many generations to come,” said Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires.

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Winnipeg Beach Waterfront Reopening

Winnipeg Beach Waterfront Reopening

Winnipeg Beach
Winnipeg Beach (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Repairs to the Winnipeg Beach seawall from a storm last spring have been completed and the main beach will reopen at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Improvements include additional flood protection to the community’s shoreline and other amenities to the popular summer destination.

Additional finishing work on the sidewalk will continue for the next two to three weeks, so visitors are asked to follow signage and use the gravel path to the beach.

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Three Manitoba Beaches on ‘Blue Flag’ List

Three Manitoba Beaches on ‘Blue Flag’ List

Gimli Beach on Lake Winnipeg (CHRISD.CA FILE)
Gimli Beach on Lake Winnipeg (CHRISD.CA FILE)

With balmy temperatures in the forecast this coming long weekend, Manitobans may be hitting the beaches earlier than normal.

Three Manitoba beach destinations are now among 26 beaches and seven marinas in Canada to be awarded the Blue Flag this year — a world-renowned eco-certification. Each beach and marina receiving the designation must meet high international standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services.

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Winnipeg Beach Seawall Set for $5M Reconstruction

Winnipeg Beach Seawall Set for $5M Reconstruction

By Sarah Klein

Winnipeg Beach (ANDY MCKIEL / FILE)
Winnipeg Beach (ANDY MCKIEL / FILE)

The Manitoba government will spend $5 million to repair the seawall at Winnipeg Beach after it was severely damaged during a spring storm.

The community’s protective seawall was damaged in May as high winds on Lake Winnipeg pushed the wall onto the beach and cracked it in many areas.

“We recognize how important Winnipeg Beach is to residents and visitors, and we are proud to announce our commitment to repairing the community’s seawall,” Premier Greg Selinger said.

Selinger said the seawall acts as a protective barrier to the beach and boardwalk along the main business section of the town.

Repairs will begin immediately, with additional capital funding promised for further improvements next year.

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Two Manitoba Beaches Awarded Blue Flags

Grand Beach
A group of carvers work their masterpiece during the Grand Beach International Sand Castle Competition in this file photo. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Two Manitoba beaches have made the list this year to fly the prestigious Blue Flag — an international eco-certification for beaches and marinas.

West Grand Beach and Winnipeg Beach are among the 24 new additions recognized by Environmental Defence for achieving international standards in four categories: water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services.

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Highway 9 to Winnipeg Beach to Get $45M Upgrade

By Tyler Sutherland

Winnipeg Beach (CHRISD.CA FILE)
Winnipeg Beach (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The province is spending $45 million to upgrade Highway 9 from Winnipeg to Winnipeg Beach.

The construction — announced on Tuesday — will span five years and include paving, concrete reconstruction, and structure replacement at the Grassmere Drain.

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Financial Assistance on the Way for Interlake Property Owners

A home is surrounded by flood water in Gimli, Manitoba on October 29, 2010. (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)

The province is providing millions as part of a disaster financial assistance (DFA) program to help property owners affected by last week’s storm in Winnipeg Beach, Gimli and the surrounding areas.

The exact amount of flood damage caused isn’t yet known, but the province anticipates it to be substantial.

The hardest hits areas were around lakes Manitoba, Winnipeg and Winnipegosis.

Property owners — excluding those who own cottages — can submit a property damage report until December 31, 2010 at ManitobaEMO.ca or by calling 1-888-267-8298.

The province has also asked the Government of Canada to cost share in some of the relief, which officials say could tally over $7 million.

Also on Thursday, the provincial government announced assistance to help cover the costs of flood proofing properties in the highest risk areas. Homeowners, farmers and business can apply for funding to offset the cost of building dikes and making other improvements to avoid flooding in rural areas, such as the Red River area north of Winnipeg.

Under the 2010 Manitoba Individual Flood Proofing Initiative, $9.8 million will be provided to assist property owners to protect eligible buildings and structures from future flood damages. The program will be delivered over six years and cover a maximum total project cost of $100,000.

Similar to the 1997 flood-proofing program, the landowner is responsible to pay 14 percent of the total project cost. To apply, visit Manitoba.ca/waterstewardship or call 1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862).

As well, $1.2 million is now available to assist municipalities to complete feasibility studies for construction of new dikes or improvements to existing community dikes.

At the same time, cleanup is currently underway at provincial parks around the south basin of Lake Winnipeg and on Lake Manitoba. Significant erosion occurred on the shorelines at Grand Beach, Patricia Beach, Winnipeg Beach and Camp Morton provincial parks on Lake Winnipeg. There was also damage to infrastructure near the shores of some parks including Grand Beach where wind and waves destroyed the boardwalk.

— With files from a news release

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