A former employee of the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association has been charged with stealing money and forging documents. The association’s registrar says an internal investigation was launched last year after funds were discovered missing. And further investigation found the employee also accepted money to forge documents that were necessary in the pharmacy licence application process. The 49 year old unnamed employee will now appear in court sometime in the next few weeks.
Winnipeg is one of at least 8 Canadian cities that will stage celebrations this weekend…the 50th anniversary of the first human space flight. It was on April 12th, 1961, that Russian Cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin took a 108 minute flight in his Vostok spacecraft.
Well more rain and more snow could add to river flows in the province, but flood forecasters say until they know how much and when, it’s hard to predict the impact. The forecast is calling for moderate to heavy precipitation across the province, and northern U.S. this weekend.
Meantime….here in the city, the Red River has risen pretty rapidly due to the large amount of ice…..but, the floodway has not been put into operation yet.
Howie fans will be disappointed. Howie Mandel has dropped out as host of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival’s big gala tonight. Apparently, scheduling conflicts have come up for him. Festival organizers were pretty upset by the late cancellation, but, they rallied, made a few phone calls, and have now got Corner Gas star, Brent Butt taking over the job.
Cross border shoppers listen up ! More good news on our loonie this morning. It’s jumped up another half a cent in trading and is now almost at 1.05 U.S., a three and a half year high. Since the start of last week, our buck is up over 3 cents, and analysts say a 1.10 U.S. could soon be around the corner.
And yet one more thing to have the made in china sticker…..
Several workers will be out of a job after Sher-Wood announced yesterday it’s moving the last of its high end hockey stick production to China. The company, based in Sherbrooke, Quebec, blames the move on weak demand.
At least 2 deaths are blamed on a strong aftershock in northeastern Japan. The magnitude 7.1 tremor also left more than 130 others injured. It was the biggest aftershock to rock the area since March 11th, when the region was devastated by a massive quake and huge tsunami.
Jury deliberations will begin this morning in San Francisco in the case of Barry Bonds. Baseball’s all time home run leader is charged with lying to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using performance enhancing drugs.
Big spending showdown down south today. The clock is ticking in Washington, where most U.S. government operations are set to shut down by midnight. The only way to avoid that is for President Barack Obama and leaders of the U.S. Congress to reach a budget deal. So far, they’ve been unable to do that because they can’t reach a compromise to cut spending by several billion dollars.
Did you see how fast the river jumped up inside the city yesterday? Well, you can blame that on a massive ice jam which stretches from the Louise bridge to the Redwood bridge. The blockage, pushed up the river to more than 20.5 feet above the winter ice level. That’s about 14 feet higher than normal summer levels. Fortunately, the jam didn’t place any properties under any additional risk…and once it clears, the river should drop by at least a foot or two.