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News for September 11th, 2012

September 11th, 2012 by tomandjoe

Southeastern Newfoundland is bracing for a direct hit from tropical storm Leslie. Many flights have been cancelled due to the storm. On the other end of the country, firefighters have been working through the night to knock down two massive fires in southern Alberta. In BC, most of the 15-hundred evacuees of the forest fire in Peachland have been allowed to return home with 400 still under an evacuation order.

Gang violence is believed to have killed a 16-year-old North End boy. Paris Rene Cameron Bruce was badly beaten during an attack on Aberdeen Avenue on Sept. 4, died from his injuries on the weekend. Police said it’s possible his attackers were members of a rival gang or that Bruce was the victim of an internal dispute. His family says he was a smart boy with a great sense of humour.

Manitoba’s registered massage therapists would like the City of Winnipeg to stop calling massage parlours that don’t offer therapeutic services “massage parlours” and instead them “sex-trade establishments.” The discussion came up after they were debating the medical merits of places that call themselves “holistic” when they decided to take it one step further and cut down on the confusion. Winnipeg licenses four of these “massage parlours,” which could possibly fall under the proposed new heading.

Half of Manitobans are happy with Premier Selinger; he’s actually the third-most popular premier in Canada with an approval rating of 48 per cent.

A new report suggests tuition fees are becoming less affordable for many Canadians. Since 1990, average tuition and fees have risen by 6.2 per cent annually — three times the rate of inflation. It now costs, on average, $6,186 a year to study at a Canadian university, and that doesn’t include the cost of books or food or lodging.

7 minutes of high-intensity physical activity such as running, swimming or playing soccer are the best way to reduce risk factors for future cardiovascular disease for kids aged nine to 17. It was also associated with significant reductions in body weight and blood pressure levels as well as increased fitness, compared to longer periods of light and moderate exercise.

Families whose loved ones died in the September 11th terrorist attacks will gather today at New York City’s ground zero, the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Today is the 11th anniversary of the tragedy.

News for September 10th, 2012

September 10th, 2012 by tomandjoe

Despite some miserable wind and grey sky, more than 1,000 Winnipeggers Were on Broadway for the second-annual ManyFest. Harlequin also rocked the stage Saturday night at the community street party. There was free entertainment, an outdoor wine fest, a farmers and artisans market and a dance party.

Blake Lively is off the market. She and Canadian actor, Ryan Reynolds, tied the knot on Sunday afternoon in front of family and friends. They met just over a year ago filming the horrific Green Lantern movie.

Clint Eastwood says he had no idea he was going to talk to an empty chair until minutes before he went on stage at the Republican National Convention. He got the idea when someone kept asking him if he wanted to sit down. As for why he ran long, Eastwood says no one gave him any signal to wrap it up.

If you’ve been doing a little private googling of Emma Watson, from Harry Potter, beware. She’s listed as the “most dangerous” to search for online; meaning cyber criminals use her as “bait” to trick you into downloading malware or steal your personal information. Other risky celebrities are Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes, Selena Gomez and Halle Berry.

It’s a continued slump for video games. Retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories fell for the ninth straight month. They’re down 7-9% from last year.

A second study out of Quebec is questioning if we’re vaccinating babies against measles at the right time. It suggests the vaccine may be more effective if the first dose is given a few months later. It’s showing children vaccinated at 12 months – the current recommended time – may be three to six times more likely to contract measles than those who got their first short at 15 months.

News for September 7th, 2012

September 7th, 2012 by tomandjoe

Winnipeg Jets season ticket holders got an email yesterday saying they’ve got a contingency plan in case there’s an NHL lockout, but won’t release more details until such a plan is needed. The leagues players and owners have until September 15th to reach an agreement, or the season will be cancelled

Broadway Avenue will soon be lit up with lights, in an attempt to make it a world class walking destination. A 4 million dollar project, Broadway will eventually see 10 blocks of illuminated sculptures, all the way from Osborne Street to Main Street. Funding is coming from the Downtown Biz, and there will be a kiosk set up at Manyfest this weekend on Broadway to find out more.

Winter at the Forks is about to become a little cooler after a fire destroyed the warming huts that were being stored on site yesterday morning. 4 of the huts were damaged in the blaze which is still under investigation
Winnipeg police Chief Keith McCaskill is unsure when a search for the remains of Tanya Nepinak can begin at the Brady Road Landfill. Nepinak went missing in September 2011 and police believe she is the victim of a homicide. Shawn Lamb has been charged in connection with her death. The chief said there are safety concerns that go along with a search inside a landfill. Specially trained personnel are required to work in a landfill, because of potentially hazardous objects and materials.

Winnipeg is gearing up for another film shoot. Curse of Chucky – another instalment in the series about a doll possessed by the spirit of a serial killer – is being filmed in Wolseley and the Exchange District.

If your daughter has a Molly Moo doll, they’re being recalled in Canada because it’s nose bead could be a choking hazard. The doll is about a foot high with orange hair.

There are 18 new millionaires in Canada. Eighteen oil and gas workers from the Edmonton area are the lucky winners of a $20-million lottery ticket. The guys have been playing regularly together for about five years. Some say they plan to pay off mortgages, buy sports cars and retire.

This proves that no celebrity marriage is safe, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett have announced their separation after nine years of marriage. A rep for the couple says the split is “amicable,” though few other details are available at this time. Will Arnet’s Dad lives in Winnipeg…maybe will see him around?

News for September 6th, 2012

September 6th, 2012 by tomandjoe

Manitoba politicians will be getting a 4.6% pay raise next April, their first raise in five years, bringing MLA salary up to $89,500 annually. All MLA’s pay, allowances and retirement benefits are decided by an independent commissioner. They need to decide on the certain level of salary that needs to be offered to attract qualified people, without breaking us taxpayers.

For the first time in two years, you can see hundreds of small, translucent jellyfish in Star Lake and scientists say that, if our summers stay hot, we could be seeing a lot more of them. They’ve always been in the lake, people just haven’t seen them. They’re only visible if the water temperature is warm for long enough.

Manitoba’s Opposition leader, Brian Pallister, after winning his seat in the Fort Whyte byelection Monday, unveiled a shake-up in his party’s caucus assignments. Justice critic Kelvin Goertzen moves to education, health critic Myrna Dreidger moves to finance and finance critic Heather Stafanson moves to aboriginal and northern affairs.

Canadians are putting more money aside for retirement or a rainy day than we were a few years ago. But, 47% of us would still be in financial distress if they even had to go one week without pay.

If you’re taking ginko biloba to try and prevent Alzheimer’s later on, you can stop. A major European study has confirmed it does absolutely nothing to help with any kind of memory problems.

A study of former NFL players suggests they are unusually prone to dying from degenerative brain disease. This is another indicator that repeated blows to the head can cause serious problems later on. The death rate from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease is about three times higher than everyone else in the general population. This was a big study too – more than 34-hundred NFL players with at least five playing seasons in the league.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be at the MTS Centre on November 26, but you could also be ringing in the New Year with them. The band has lined up a New Year’s Eve gig at the Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Even if you can’t snag tickets to the show, if you’re in Vegas on New Year’s Eve you can still watch the entire concert on the 65-foot outdoor digital marquee of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel.

Billie Jo Armstrong was admitted to an Italian hospital Sunday, but he’s out and says he’ll be ready to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards tonight. The show will start at 7pm, instead of the usual 8pm, to avoid conflicting with U.S. President Barack Obama accepting the Democratic nomination just after 9pm.

News for September 5th, 2012

September 5th, 2012 by tomandjoe

A historic moment in Quebec was marred by two shootings, one of them fatal. The attacker also started a fire, meters away from where premier elect Pauline Marois was giving her victory speech. The election of Quebec’s first woman premier, and a win for the Parti Quebecois, was also ground breaking because Marois chose to address the crowd in English, assuring the crowd that no English speaking rights would be lost during her minority government.

Manitoba’s new Opposition leader officially has a seat in the legislature. Brian Pallister easily won a byelection in Fort Whyte. Darrell Ackman, a candidate better known for trying to film women outside of bars and for the current charges against him for prostitution and child porn, only received 18 votes.

Winnipeg’s largest taxi company, Unicity, is threatening to stop service to nightclubs, hotels and restaurants because of a conflict between cops and cab drivers. The drivers say they’re being harassed by police when they have to double park or stop in restricted areas to drop off customers.

The Rolling Stones have been hanging out in a recording studio in Paris and now we know why. They’ve been working on songs to add to a greatest-hits collection. The songs are called “Gloom and Doom” and “One Last Shot” and they’re the first songs the Stones have recorded since 2005. The greatest hits package is being called “Grrr!” and will be available as a 50 track three-CD collection or a four-CD version with 80 tracks. It comes out November 13th.

You can definitely tell, in the States, that the Democrats are going after a younger demographic. At the Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood spoke to a chair. Last night at the Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama fired up the Twitterverse and Kal Penn, star of “Harold and Kumar,” who quit acting to work in the White House, got the crown going by saying he was honored to accept the nomination for President of the United States.

The Canadian Medical Association Journal wants an end to the so-called spanking law that allows parents and teachers a legal defence when they physically discipline children. The Supreme Court in 2004, upheld a parents right to spank their child saying It does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

News for September 4th, 2012

September 4th, 2012 by tomandjoe

Winnipeg Police had to close off traffic to eastbound Burrows Avenue at Main Street on the weekend after residents say a body of a missing woman was found in a dumpster. Her grandfather has confirmed that it was Simone Sanderson, the 23-year-old woman who was reported missing by the Winnipeg Police Service on Aug. 31. Police are treating it as a homicide.

A 21-year-old man has turned himself into police and been charged after a stabbing on a Winnipeg Transit bus Saturday. The 20-year-old victim and accused knew one another police said, and the incident may have been over a female known to both males.

A bacon-flavored coffee called “How to Win a Guy With One Sip” has won a $10,000 jackpot and will be featured at participating Seattle’s Best Coffee locations across North America.

Former “24” and “Girl Next Door” star Elisha Cuthbert is officially off the market after accepting a marriage proposal from Maple Leaf, Dion Phaneuf. Elisha has always been a fan of hockey’s leading men – she previously dated Sean Avery and Phaneuf’s teammate Mike Komisarek.

A new study isn’t showing a lot of evidence that organic food is much healthier than conventionally grown food. Researchers at Stanford University say organic food, while it lowers your exposure to pesticide, is no more nutritious.

Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong was rushed to hospital before they were due to perform in Italy this weekend. His bassist has confirmed the story in a video message but only says he’s in there because of an “illness.”

I guess those guys will finally be able to get into the Roxbury. Michael Clarke Duncan, star of movies like “The Green Mile” and most recently the cancelled TV show “The Finder” has died at the age of 54. Duncan’s rep says the actor never fully recovered from the myocardial infarction he suffered in July. His fiancé, reality TV star Omarosa, found Duncan in cardiac arrest and performed CPR and was able to resuscitate him before calling 911. He passed away at the hospital.

News for August 31st, 2012

August 31st, 2012 by tomandjoe

The days of peacefully watching a TV show, only to be jolted awake by the insanely loud commercials are over. After years of complaints, the CRTC tested and proved, it wasn’t just in our heads, the volume really did jump. Starting Saturday, all broadcasters will have to make sure the volume of commercials isn’t higher than that of regular programs.

Labour Day is when a lot of Manitobans do some cross-border back to school shopping. Don’t forget Canadians can now buy up to $200 worth of goods for a 24-hour trip to the US. BUT, the hitch is, if you go over that $200 limit, the entire amount you bring back is subject to tax.

Isaac may no longer be hurricane strength, but the storm has been hovering long enough to dump a pile of rain on Louisiana. Even though the city of New Orleans has been mostly protected, mass flooding elsewhere has forced thousands to be evacuated and left at least half of the state without power.

 Disappointing news for Winnipeg’s homeless, as the Red Road Lodge is closing their doors after being turned down for federal funding it has relied on. The resource centre offered programming and services for about 30 to 40 people on a daily basis.
 Have you noticed the Home Street park at the corner of Sargent looks a little brighter these days? You can thank some U of M exchange students from Japan along with Take Pride Winnipeg. The old pool house has been painted a bright blue, and wood chips were brought in to spruce up the landscaping.

If you have a flight booked with German airline Lufthansa today, you may want to check your flight status. More than 100 flights were cancelled when about 1000 Lufthansa flight attendants went on an eight hour strike, demanding more money and better working conditions.

One of Canada’s Olympic athletes, silver medallist Janine Hanson, arrived home in Winnipeg yesterday. Hanson helped the women’s rowing team clinch second place in London.

Eddie Van Halen is recovering from surgery for an intestinal problem. He’s expected to fully heal, but it’s going to take about 4-6 months.

It’s a lot of money for a baseball card. An 1888 card of Hall of Famer Michael “King” Kelly has sold at auction for $62,000. Kelly was a star in his day and is actually considered to be the first celebrity baseball player. The card was found in a trunk of old papers.
Fans of Jersey Shore aren’t happy to hear that the show will end after the upcoming season. MTV has decided to pull the plug on the show that gave us Snookie, The Situation and J-Wow, and taught us the meaning of GTL. The new season begins October 4th.

News for August 30th, 2012

August 30th, 2012 by tomandjoe

Hurricane Isaac weakens to tropical storm, but the main threat is still heavy rain. Issac has killed at least one person and cut power to 700-thousand homes and businesses. Almost a third of a metre has already drenched New Orleans and the eye of the storm stays hovering over Louisiana.

The union representing Winnipeg police says that there just isn’t enough room in the drunk tank and police officers are stuck waiting outside to drop people off, sometimes for hours. The Main Street Project, which provides emergency shelter and services to people under the influence, only has spots for 20 people,

Some students at our two universities are trying to find a place to live, with school starting next week. The U of W’s student residences are full, the U of M is not only full but has a waiting list 300 strong and Winnipeg has the lowest apartment vacancy rate in Canada.

Manitobans will be paying more for electricity on September 1st. The Manitoba Public Utilities Board has approved a 2.5% interim rate increase and Manitoba Hydro is asking for a further 3.5% increase for April 1st.

Taxpayers are finding out now how much it cost for Canada to say goodbye to Jack Layton. His state funeral last year rang in at more than $368-thousand, more than the combined cost of recent state funerals for two former governors general. Jack Layton died a year ago from cancer, right after he led the NDP to become the Official Opposition, their strongest-ever election result.

ING Canada, whose motto is “Save your money,” has been bought by one of the big banks. Bank of Nova Scotia agreed to buy ING Bank of Canada for $3.1-billion. They plan on keeping operations the same, recognizing that’s what drew ING’s customers in, but will be looking at changing the brand ING Direct in about 18 months.

Forget back-to-school shopping. It’s back-to-school sleeping that’s stressing out many parents this week. Experts recommend dialing back bedtime 15 minutes a night. A good way to get their clocks on the new schedule is to open the blinds in your children’s rooms an hour before they need to be up. (Sorry, waking up even earlier than your kids is one of the downsides.) On the other end, reduce artificial light around bedtime – especially the flicker and flashing of video games.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be heading up the Major League Baseball playoffs. “Land of Hopes and Dreams” will be used in postseason coverage, with footage of Springsteen in concert cut with baseball highlights from the last season.

News for August 29th, 2012

August 29th, 2012 by tomandjoe

It’s seven years since Katrina touched down and the city of New Orleans is being hit by heavy rain and sustained, strong winds of 130 km/h as Hurricane Issac begins to move inland over Louisiana today. The storm is moving so slowly there’s concern about flooding, even if the reinforced levees in New Orleans hold as expected.

One of the charges against the 69-year-old Manitoba senator’s 23-year-old wife was dropped yesterday. Maygan Sensenberger will be back in court today to face charges of causing a disturbance and uttering threats, but a charge of endangering the safety of an aircraft was dropped.

While we like to make fun of our neighbours to the south and laugh at their lack of education, we might need to start looking harder at ourselves. A recent poll shows many Canadians don’t know this is the 200th anniversary of our war with the United States. Even fewer knew that it was called the War of 1812.

There is a mango recall in Canada for Daniella brand mangoes. The recall affects fruit sold since July 12, up to as recently as yesterday. The mangoes may be contaminated with salmonella.

It may be the end of August, but the province has issued a heat advisory. High temperatures and humidity are expected for the next two days. Drink plenty of liquids, limit physical activities outdoors and take cool breaks at places like the mall, restaurant or movie theatre if you have no air conditioning at home.

Olympian Clara Hughes is being inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Hughes competed in winter and summer Olympics as a speedskater and cyclist, winning a total of six medals. Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Ed Belfour is also being inducted, as is sailor Kelly Hand, speedskater Michael Ireland, football player Harry Langford and softball player Sandy Maskiw.

News for August 28th, 2012

August 28th, 2012 by tomandjoe

While we enjoyed the warm summer, scientists say critical ice in the Arctic Ocean melted to record low levels. These figures are based on satellite records dating back to 1979. The same scientists say the melt can be blamed mostly on global warming from man-made emissions of greenhouse gases. The Arctic sea ice helps moderate temperatures around the world.

The 23-year-old wife of a 69-year-old Manitoba senator will appear in domestic violence court today in Saskatoon. Witnesses say Senator Rod Zimmer started having health problems on a flight and police allege his wife responded to the health problems by threatening her husband and yelling about bringing down the plane. Other witnesses have said they didn’t see any of that and she just seemed concerned about her husband. One of the conditions of Maygan Sensenberger’s bail is that she not have any contact with her husband. Their wedding anniversary was yesterday.

Reka, one of the Amur tiger cubs born last year at Assiniboine Park Zoo died yesterday. Zoo staff started to monitor him on the weekend after he became lethargic, wasn’t eating and had a discharge from his eyes. When they tranquilized him for a full exam, Reka stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest.

Penn State won’t play Neil Diamond’s song “Sweet Caroline” during football games any more. The Altoona Mirror reports there was some concern about the lyrics “Touching me, touching you” after the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal. The Associate Athletic Director says of course they talked about the lyrics, but the just wanted to rotate in some new songs.

Manitoba has one more city. The Morden town council voted earlier this year to become a city, which requires a population of at least 7,500. Their latest count was around 8000 so the big new was announced Friday night at the Morden Corn and Apple festival.

Parents…Registration for fall programs in the City’s Leisure Guide begins this morning. But, only swimming lessons registrations can be booked today. Registration for all other programs will open Wednesday at 9 a.m. You can register online, or call 311 for more information.

A Winnipegger is among the top 20 contestants in a CBC reality show to find “Dorothy” for a production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Look for Colleen Furlan on the two-hour premiere on Sunday, September 16 at 8 p.m. on CBC.