Archive for November, 2011
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Canada Post had a $113-million net loss in its fiscal third quarter. The government-owned corporation says its loss included the impact from a pay-equity ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada which was handed down on Nov. 17. The ruling plus higher expenses at the Purolator courier business pushed up Canada Post’s cost of operations by $200 million.
Penn State will hold a town hall forum today where students can ask questions about the child sex scandal that has shaken the campus. Authorities continue to investigate claims against Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach accused of sexually abusing boys over a 14-year period. Sandusky, is charged with 40 counts related to the alleged sexual abuse of eight young boys.
Toronto police have identified a woman found unconscious with severe injuries early Tuesday morning as Leanne Freeman, 23, of Winnipeg. She later died in hospital of a gunshot wound to the body. Police are treating the incident as the city’s 42nd homicide of the year.
Is it Karma? Farrell Lavallee won 1 million dollars in July on a scratch ticket. Days later, Manitoba Public Insurance filed court papers to garnish his bank account. The agency says it was collecting on 2, nine year old judgments following Lavallee’s conviction for a car theft and his role in a collision that damaged 2 other vehicles.
Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire at Brandon University just hours after students returned to class after a 6-week strike by professors. Brandon police say they’re treating the fire as suspicious. The fire was in a boardroom on the 2nd floor of the Knowles Douglas building which also houses the students union.
A Manitoba judge says the death of a 15 year old girl after a party is a warning to parents who allow minors to drink. Tamara Aller was found frozen to death in a parking lot in Dauphin in 2009. She had been at a party at the home of Allan and Mary-Anne (Kosh-tur) for their son’s 18th birthday party. The couple were charged in August of 2009, under the Liquor Control Act for permitting drunkenness and yesterday, they were fined 45-hundred dollars.
If you were at the Jets game last night, you may have seen a famous face. Actor Will Arnett was in town to help launch a new Winnipeg United Way initiative. “Dream Seats” will put pro-sports tickets into the hands of kids who might otherwise never have a chance to experience a Jets or Bombers game live. Arnett was born in Toronto, but both his parents were born and raised in the Peg. His grandfather, William Palk, was the United Way of Winnipeg’s first campaign chairman in 1965.
Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has broken his left wrist in a fall at his home on Sunday. He’s called off his British concert dates as a result.
American Airlines, the nation’s third-largest carrier has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Many of American’s rivals, including Delta and US Airways, have already filed for bankruptcy reorganization over the past decade to address issues with debt and costs. American Airlines said despite the filing, it would be operating normal flight schedules and honoring tickets. Its frequent flier program will also not be affected.
The Judge gave Dr. Conrad Murray the maximum sentence for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson, sentencing him to 4 years in prison. As it is with most cases, Conrad will most likely not serve his full sentence. At present, it is speculated that he will serve about half and he will serve all of his time at the L.A. County Jail, not a maximum security prison. The judge quickly denied Conrad probation, saying that “Michael Jackson died because of the actions of … Dr. Murray,” so he had no right to walk free.
The odds of winning $1 million dollars are pretty slim, but to win twice, well that’s just not fair. But it happened to an Atlanta man. Delma Kinney, recently won a $1 million prize playing the instant game Super Millions, but had scored a million dollars back in 2008.The single father of three set aside a portion of his winnings to save for their college education and with his recent win, Kinney says he plans to donate a portion to charity.
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
The House of Commons voted to strip the Canadian Wheat Board of its monopoly on western wheat and barley. Parliament led by the majority Conservatives,voted 153-120 on Monday night to support a bill that ends the board’s control. The bill now moves to the Senate, where it will face three rounds of votes, plus committee examination, before it becomes law.
The City of Winnipeg announced its new snow-clearing notification system. Neighborhoods will be assigned letters from the alphabet to designate specific zones and information will be available about which zones are being cleared on a given day. You can the residential snow-clearing schedule at knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca or by calling 311. The annual snow route parking ban takes effect from Dec. 1 to Mar. 1 between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.
No charges will be laid following an investigation into hockey hazing in Manitoba. The Manitoba Junior Hockey League previously launched an investigation after hockey hazing complaints were made for incidents between September and October. Multiple Neepawa Natives players and coaches were suspended.
Some low life is targeting Winnipeg seniors and so far has made off with about $8,000. According to police a man has been going to seniors complexes and pretending to visit a relative in order to gain entry. Once inside, the man poses as security or a maintenance man and befriends them. Then he takes their cash or debit cards and even convinces them to give him the pin codes. As many as eight seniors have been victimized. Call crime stoppers at 786-tips if you have any info.
Speaking of being duped. MB NDP member of Parliament Pat Martin and The Health Canada Minister have become victims of a political hoax. A fake health Canada news release was sent out to media outlets announcing a new fitness tax credit for seniors who shovel their own snow. A few minutes later another release was sent, seeming to come from Martin, unleashing a string of curse words towards the Conservatives for such a stupid idea. Martin isn’t laughing about being punked.
Michael Jackson’s doctor will be in court one more time today, this time to learn his sentence. Dr. Conrad Murray faces up to 4 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death. Uncertain if The Jackson family will speak during the sentence hearing.
Manitoba Education Minister Nancy Allan is disappointed with an assessment that shows the marks of Grade 8 students in the province are among the worst in the country for math, science and reading. The Pan-Canadian Assessment was conducted in the spring of 2010 and the results show that those Manitoba students were significantly below the national average in each category. The department will get a more detailed report next month.
The Bombers arrived home yesterday and were welcomed by about 400 fans at the airport. The loudest cheers were for defensive linesman Doug Brown, who had announced before the 2011 season that he was going to retire. One fane presented Brown with a cardboard cutout of a Grey Cup wrapped in tin foil. Do you think Brown should be around for one more season? Add your comments to our fb page.
UN climate talks have opened in South Africa and Canada is there, under pressure to salvage the only treaty that limits green-house gas emissions. The talks come with a year to go before a commitment by 37 industrialized countries to cut carbon emissions expires under the Kyoto Protocol.
Do you plan to quit smoking for your new year’s resolution? Manitoba wants to help you butt out by covering the cost of Champix, a drug that is a proven to help achieve that goal. It’s Part of the NDP’s promise to commit 5 million dollars annually or about 2% of tobacco revenue to support Manitobans giving up their smoking addiction.
Friday, November 25th, 2011
A stabbing in the West End of Winnipeg has police investigating. A man was apparently stabbed while at a party on Alverstone avenue at around 8 o clock.
A collision between two trucks and a school bus in Southern Manitoba has sent two people to hospital. Near The crash happend near Dufresne, Manitoba—at provincial road 207. There were no passengers on the bus.
The two riding in the trucks were sent to hospital, with no details to the extent of their injuries.
A Lorette chiropractor has an arrest warrant after she didn’t appear in court yesterday and was found guilty of income tax evasion. Rosalie Chobotar represented herself in October at her trial, and argued she should not have to pay taxes. Canada Revenue Agency Investigators say she owed 171-thousand dollars.
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Thursday, November 24th, 2011
December 5th is when school would resume for Brandon University if striking professors vote to accept on a final contract offer next week.
The Labour board stepped in following Labour Minister Jennifer Howards decision this week to order staff to vote on the most recent offer on the table.
The 240 Professors have been on strike since October 12th.
A gas main leak caused classes at Lord Nelson School on McPhillips Street in Winnipeg to be cancelled, but school is in today. Students were evacuated to a nearby School.
An early morning crash in St. Boniface has 2 people in hospital in stable condition. A police SUV and a chargers collided in the St. Mary’s road and Travers avenue are at about 2:20 this morning. The suspect vehicle fled after a routine stop by officers… and then hit a fence and the police vehicle.
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
The City of Winnipeg announced a $393-million plan to fix streets, sewers, sidewalks and buildings under its capital budget, a spending increase of about $23 million over last year. Almost half of the budget will be spent on street repairs and construction, but also earmarks funds for major projects such as the twinning of Plessis Road, rapid transit, and the introduction of new garbage and recycling bins across the city.
Too close for comfort? Federal prisons in Manitoba and B. C. are forcing some inmates to be double-bunked in segregation cells. A practice that was supposed to have been abolished a decade ago. The cells are designed to house one inmate who is usually in lock down 23 out of 24 hours a day. But it is jail right, so, yeah…
Black Friday is coming to Canada in a big way this year. A number of big retailers say they’ll offer some of their biggest discounts of the year this weekend to coincide with the US shopping holidays Black Friday and Cyber Monday. According to a recent survey by Visa Canada, about a third of Canadian online shoppers will be shopping at American retailers.
About 16,000 kids will pack the MTS Centre for We Day today. It’s a celebration of youth making a difference in the world. Former vice president Al Gore, Former Prime Minister Paul Martin, Actress Mia Farrow and Paraolympian Rick Hansen, are just a few big names taking part in the festivities.
Damage was estimated at fifty thousand dollars following a fire late yesterday afternoon at a commercial warehouse building in the 17-hundred block of Sargent avenue. There were no injuries. The cause is under investigation.
Hate airline food? There’s an app for that. If you are passing through Minneapolis-St Paul International or Chicago’s O’Hare airports, there’s an app to help you find an alternative to stuff served on the plane. “B4 You Board” let’s smart phone users order from restaurants and then the food and drinks are delivered to the gate.
Rocky…The Musical? Sylvester Stallone is turning Rocky into a stage musical with a premiere a year from now in Germany. Stallone says the music in “Rocky” was important and the way he moves is very rhythmic. It’s a Musicial YO!
It’s more of the same in Egypt this morning, as police and anti-government protesters clash for a 5th day in Cairo. Tens of thousands of protesters have rejected a promise by Egypt’s military ruler to speed up a presidential election to the first half of next year.
Manitoba’s Labour minister has ordered striking professors to vote on a final offer tabled by Brandon University that could take place as early as Thursday. The professors have been off the job since October 12th, making it the longest post-secondary strike in the province’s history.
A biopic of the late Clash frontman Joe Strummer is in the early stages of production. “The Right Profile” will focus on the period of Strummer’s life when he plotted to step out of the spotlight in 1982 up until his death in 2002. No release date has been set.
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
That lengthy strike by professors at Brandon University is starting to have an effect on the academic pursuits of some of the school’s students. At least 30 students have withdrawn from the institution since the strike began October 12. The labour dispute has become the longest faculty strike in Manitoba history.
Large Scale ice formations are hitting the Twin Beaches area along Lake Manitoba that was hammered by flooding earlier this year. The waves are coming in and pushing up water and then freezing. The ice is covering parts of several cottages in the area.
Police have charged Darrell Longclaws with manslaughter in the killing of Harry Gegwetch. It was the city’s recording breaking 35th homicide of 2011. So far 32 out of the 35 murders have been solved.
A newly discovered track by The Doors has been found just in time for the 40th Anniversary reissue of the band’s 1971 release, “L.A. Woman.” Producer Bruce Botnick recently discovered a track called “She Smells So Nice” while reviewing the album’s session tapes. The reissue is out January 24. What to have a listen, it’s on the T&J page and 92citifm.ca
The Mayor is expected to unveil an infrastructure spending plan today. The City council’s executive policy committee will table the 2012 capital budget which is a spending blueprint for new construction, repairs to existing infrastructure and also purchases for every city.
On Wall Street yesterday Investors dumped stocks amid debt fears at home and abroad. The Dow Jones industrial average was down more than 300 points, and stock markets also declined sharply across Europe.
A new book is revealing never before released details of the kidnapping attempt of Jimi Hendrix back in 1969. The incident took place a year before his death and just after Woodstock. The story goes that Hendrix was abducted by a couple of Mafia hitman in New York, over a record deal. But apparently that’s not what really went down. The book is called “American Desperado” . Out now.
Monday, November 21st, 2011
Might be a “Manic Monday” for the remaining “Occupiers” across the country. Today many of those Eviction orders handed out last week are coming due. Protesters in Toronto are awaiting a judge’s decision on the future of their encampment. Occupy Vancouver demonstrators have been ordered out by 2 p.m. today and in Edmonton protesters say they will stay in a city park despite an eviction notice from the private company that owns the land.
An ice jam has formed south of the community where the Waterhen River enters Lake Manitoba. It’s the fourth time in six years that the River has flooded in November due to ice jams. So far three homes and one business in the community of about 180 have been evacuated.
Shwing….Is Demi Moore to blame for the demise of her marriage? New reports claim that Demi and Ashton Kutcher had an “open marriage,” and that Demi’s attraction to women may have caused problems in the relationship. Apparently everyone in Hollywood, knew about their arrangement but the couple managed to keep it a secret from the general public.
The State of Emergency declared in Waterhen Friday afternoon continues because of flooding along the Waterhen River caused by ice jams. Super sandbags are being placed along the river banks and dikes are being repaired and raised. One business and three homes have been voluntarily evacuated in the community north of Dauphin.
The Regina Police will be investigating a shooting incident involving an RCMP officer in Manitoba. A man, identified as 28-year-old Craig Peters, was shot by police during a disturbance on the Long Plain First Nation early Saturday. He is in stable condition. Four people from the reserve were injured in the alleged assault.
Bruce Springsteen says the rumors are true. He and the E Street band are going out on tour again. According to Springsteen’s website, they are almost done recording a new album and will tour Europe from May to July, with American dates sometime after that. It will be the first tour since the death of sax man “Clarence Clemons”.
Two runners died yesterday while running the Philadelphia Marathon. One runner, a 21-year-old Asian male, collapsed at the finish line. Another runner, a 40-year-old white male, collapsed a quarter-mile from the end. Both were pronounced dead of apparent heart attacks.
This gives a whole new meaning to Junk in the Trunk! Thirty-year old man was arrested in Florida for practicing medicine without a license and injecting a woman with a dangerous cocktail of cement, super glue, mineral oil, tire inflator and sealant in an attempt to enlarge her buttocks. The women reportedly paid $700 for a series of injections of the bizarre concoction.
And Congrats to Roger Waters who is getting married for the….4th time. Can’t blame the guy for trying! His finacee is filmmaker Laurie Durning and they plan to get married before Waters launches is “Wall” tour next year. “The Wall” makes a stop in Winnipeg twice. First show May 31 sold out in 10 mins. Tickets for the 2nd show June 1, go on sale next Monday. You can win tix at 92citifm.ca