A couple of Winnipeg city councilors are requesting stiffer penalties against the use of off road vehicles inside city limits. They say those penalties should include substantial minimum fines and the ability to seize the vehicles and put them up for auction. The request was prompted by the recent death of a Transcona man who had gone for an evening walk in a field behind his house, when he was hit by a snowmobile and killed.
2 people were injured in a multi vehicle crash in St. James last night. While police have not issued an official statement about the crash, reports at the scene say at least one of the injured was rushed to hospital with unknown injuries.
The battle to control bloodsucking bugs has prompted Mayor Sam Katz to reach out to the province. Katz says he is drafting a formal letter to Premier Greg Selinger about the growing problem, but won’t disclose what the city’s asking for. The move comes 2 weeks after Katz said the problem is dire enough to warrant a more co-ordinated response between all levels of government.
Well if you’re a big retail-discount kinda shopper……you’ve been really loving the news lately. Last week, we heard Target was coming to town. And now word is Wal-Mart plans to expand its supercenter concept to Winnipeg. The retail giant said it’ll work on opening 3 new supercenter stores here in town, at their Polo Park, St. Vital and Unicity location’s. No word on how long the projects will take.
Another slam of weather out in the U.S. Northeast today. Many schools are closed and for a 2nd day drivers are being warned of dangerous road conditions, while flights are being cancelled. The storm hit the region with an icy mix of snow and rain. It left over 300 thousand people in the Washington D.C. area with no power, and stranded thousands of passengers at airports in the area.
The country’s blood donor agency thinks it’s time the feds relax the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood. Canadian rules state that men who’ve had sex with men at least once since 1977 are banned from giving blood. The rule is of course meant to curb the risk of people contracting H.I.V. or AIDS. But a CBS spokesperson says the ban is obsolete and should be lifted.
Looks like the feds overshot their prediction of just how many Canadians would take advantage of the Home Renovation Tax Credit. When they brought in the stimulus program in 2009, they thought over 4.5 million Canadians would use it. Turns out though, only 3 million did. So, the program actually cost Ottawa almost 900 million less than they predicted. That being said however….a government official says don’t expect to see it back.
A cat owner in New Zealand will have a tough time “fixing” this problem. Michelle Curtis says she was furious to find out that her valuable pedigreed cat, which had gone missing and turned up days later, had been neutered. Curtis said she had been considering breeding her prized Siamese-Bengal cross, and she’s baffled as to who would just take a cat and get him fixed.