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Mayor Sam Katz is moving forward on an election promise to hire more officers for the Winnipeg police service.  Katz says he plans to table a motion today to hire an additional 58 officers……which would see 20 of them on foot patrols, 20 on the gang unit and 18 to staff another full shift of cruiser cars.  If approved, the motion would still need to be voted on by full city council.

 

Don’t sound the alarm bells just yet !

Yesterday, North Dakota released a pretty scary spring flood forecast.  But officials here say it may not hit this province as hard.  Water Stewardship officials say what happens south of the border doesn’t necessarily carry over into Manitoba along the Red River.  Plus, the Dakota’s have received much more snow than us so far this winter, and much will depend on the spring melt.

 

The actions of a Winnipeg newspaper carrier likely saved an elderly woman from freezing to death in the bitter cold yesterday.  Henry Dueck was delivering papers around 5 a.m. when he saw what looked like a large bag of garbage outside a building.  He went closer and found that it was actually a woman lying on the ground, very disoriented.  He helped her get up and took her inside the building where she did live.  The unidentified woman is apparently doing okay.

 

Toronto’s police chief admits he was overwhelmed by the strong turnout at yesterday’s funeral for slain police Sergeant, Ryan Russell.  Thousands of police, firefighters and paramedics from across the country gathered to pay their respects to the family of Sergeant Russell.  Also, the city’s landmark CN tower was lit blue last night in his honor, and as a tribute to Toronto police.

 

Prime Minister Harper admits that personally, he does favour the death penalty in some cases.  But he assures Canadians he has no plans to resurrect debate on capital punishment, at least not in the next Parliament.  Harper made the comments during an interview yesterday, in which he was pressed on what he’d do if his party managed to win a majority in the next election.  Harper also commented on another hot button topic…saying he has no interest in ever reopening the debate about abortion.  Abortion has been legal in this country since 1988.

 

It’s off the slammer once again for Motley Crue singer, Vince Neil.  Prosecutors say he has decided to take a plea deal that will mean 2 weeks of jail time and 2 weeks of house arrest.  They say Neil plead guilty to the charge of driving under the influence, and that he would begin serving his sentence in mid February. 

 

A judge in Haiti is decided where former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier will be tried on charges that include corruption and theft.  Duvalier, known as “Baby Doc,” was detained by police yesterday for several hours of questioning.  He and his female partner made a surprise return to Haiti this week, after more than 2 decades in exile.

   

  

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