News/Canada/Manitoba

‘You can smell crude in the air’: Train carrying oil derails in western Manitoba

February 16, 2019

CN Rail is working to clean up an oil leak after nearly 40 train cars carrying crude oil derailed near a village in western Manitoba early Saturday morning. CN crews are responding to the derailment, which occurred at 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning near St. Lazare, about 300 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border, a spokesperson […]

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Manitoba football, basketball groups drop ‘midget’ from local sport lexicon

February 12, 2019

Two prominent Manitoba sports associations are doing away with a term long-considered offensive by little people everywhere, and local hockey organizations could also soon follow suit. The Midget Football League of Manitoba announced this week it will drop “midget” from its name and undergo a rebranding for the 2020 season. “At our season break, our […]

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‘Wait, what?’: Winnipeg Humane Society answers odd call to rescue an otter

February 9, 2019

The Winnipeg Humane Society’s emergency response team has had some pretty odd calls over the years, but likely nothing otter than one it received Friday afternoon.  The agency responded to a report of an otter living under a downtown dumpster. Nihal Bhullar, a 20-year-old University of Winnipeg student, called authorities after stumbling along the otter over […]

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Otter found living under garbage bin in downtown Winnipeg

February 9, 2019

The Winnipeg Humane Society’s emergency response team has had some pretty odd calls over the years, but likely nothing otter than one it received Friday afternoon.  The agency responded to a report of an otter living under a downtown dumpster. Nihal Bhullar, a 20-year-old University of Winnipeg student, called authorities after stumbling along the otter over […]

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Mother of newborn apprehended in live video had history of child neglect and drugs

February 6, 2019

The Winnipeg mother of a newborn girl, whose apprehension by child protection workers was streamed live on Facebook, has a long history with the child welfare system, including being investigated twice for child abuse, court records say. The mother’s Child and Family Services (CFS) file, which was presented as part of child protection hearings in court that continued […]

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2 men shot dead inside Winnipeg’s Johnny G’s restaurant

February 6, 2019

Two men are dead after being gunned down inside a popular late-night restaurant and pub in downtown Winnipeg. Police were called to Johnny G’s — on Main Street between York Avenue and Broadway — around 1:30 a.m. CT Wednesday and found the men suffering from gunshot wounds. They were rushed to hospital in serious condition but died a short […]

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2 girls left in Manitoba home after sex assault allegations made against foster dad

January 31, 2019

Despite allegations of sex abuse, a police investigation and an arrest, child welfare officials allowed children to remain in the home of a foster father who is now convicted of sex crimes against foster children. “It’s unbelievable to me. It’s just negligence, pure negligence, leaving the child there. They should have all been removed,” said Assembly […]

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Jury finds 2 men guilty of manslaughter in Jeanenne Fontaine’s death

January 19, 2019

A jury has found two men guilty of manslaughter in the death of Jeanenne Fontaine. The jury in the trial for Christopher Brass and Jason Meilleur delivered their verdict Saturday morning in a Winnipeg courtroom. Brass and Meilleur had both pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter charge. Fontaine, a cousin of Tina Fontaine — whose 2014 killing sparked […]

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Surrounded on 3 sides by Canada, U.S. residents of Northwest Angle learn to live with odd ‘geographic reality’

January 13, 2019

Jeanette McAtee recoils in mock horror when she remembers her husband’s suggestion they move to the Northwest Angle — the northernmost point in Minnesota, and one of the most isolated slivers of the American dream. McAtee wanted nothing to do with an existence where you have to cross an international border twice just to visit the doctor’s office. Twenty years later, […]

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Live stream of baby taken by child services challenges privacy laws — but family feels empowered

January 12, 2019

Video of a newborn baby being seized by child welfare officials that streamed on Facebook spread quickly across social media after it was posted on Thursday, displaying one family’s trauma to everyone’s eyes. But a woman who advocates for families involved with Winnipeg Child and Family Services worries sharing the video online risks exposing the family to harsh judgment […]

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