Archive for April, 2012
Monday, April 30th, 2012
Grassfires in southern Manitoba Saturday destroyed a few buildings, including a home near Anola. Selkirk firefighters called in water bombers and help from neighbouring volunteer fire departments Saturday night. That large grass fire was finally put out on Sunday afternoon.
The power is back on in South Winnipeg after a hydro pole fire put St. Norbert, South St. Vital, Richmond West, Fort Richmond and Ile des Chenes in the dark. Manitoba hydro crews were still working the problem on Marchand Road early this morning.
Two men were treated in hospital following separate stabbings over the weekend in the North End and Elmwood. Both a 30 year old and a man in his 20s are in stable condition.
The Crown announced Saturday it won’t appeal the Mark Stobbe not-guilty. Stobbe was charged with killing his wife Beverly Rowbotham with a hatchet in their St. Andrews backyard back in 2000.
The RCMP seizing $70,000 worth of counterfeit stuffed animals, T-shirts, and toys after raiding two stores at The Forks, one at St. Vital Centre and one at Portage Place. The counterfeit toys included Nintendo, John Deere, Hello Kitty, NHL, Hasbro, Sesame Street and Transformers and were all being sold for retail price or higher.
Do you have pictures of buff bodies up at home or at the gym to inspire you to get fit and lose weight? According to a University of Michigan study, they’re not helping. When you’re really young, these thin photos can help in the short term, but for most people they just remind them of what they’ve failed to do.
Many overweight teens have a hard time controlling their diabetes. Nearly half of the newly diagnosed teens failed to manage their blood sugar within a few years and one in five had serious complications.
Earlier this month, Robin Gibbs of the Bee Gees slipped into a coma while battling both colon and liver cancer and was reportedly given a 10% chance of survival. Remarkably, he woke up last week and is doing well enough now to be preparing to leave the hospital.
We’re rooting for Winnipeg’s Clayton Mozdzen in the European Poker Tour Grand Final this morning. Almost $2 million will go to the winner.
Friday, April 27th, 2012
Police in Brandon have made three arrests after reports that a nine-year-old girl was sexually assaulted over the last three years. The assaults were separate incidents involving three different suspects, but with the same child.
Fires started in Assiniboine Forrest yesterday around noon went from the walking path behind Canadian Mennonite University to the pathway south. Firefighters used brooms and had to haul hoses through the woods, since there’s, obviously, not a lot of hydrants in the trees.
The Canadian Institute of Planners announced yesterday that Osborne Village has been voted the Best Neighbourhood in Canada in its Great Places contest. More than 200,000 online votes put our funky Winnipeg neighbourhood over places like Vancouver’s Gastown and Toronto’s Roncesvalles Village.
You’ll be noticing a Buy Manitoba label on some items at Safeway. The new campaign will highlight Manitoba-made food products, which means it’s either made entirely from ingredients from Manitoba or, at least, 85 per cent of main ingredients from Manitoba. All the processing and packaging must also be done in the province.
A standoff in North Kildonan has ended after police, paramedics and fire crews were on hand to deal with a reported gun threat. The 58-year-old man,who was armed and barricaded inside a home, surrendered peacefully and there were no injuries.
The cause of the house fire on McMillian Tuesday was because someone put out a cigarette in a flower pot full of peat moss. It caught fire, spread and caused around $900-thousand worth of damage.
Our military may have to buy their own Viagra soon. The Defence Department currently covers each member for up to six Viagra pills a month at $22 a pop but are considering cutting that perk to save some money.
With our new garbage and recycling pickup will be on the same day each week, starting in July. Garbage pickup will never again be delayed by more than one day because of a holiday.
A new Motley Crue live DVD is on the way. “Motley Crue – Kickstart Live 2011″ will be released on June 5.
Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Winnipeg city council wants more specifics on a hotel and water-park complex proposed for The Forks before it votes to spend $7 million to subsidize the facility. The water park proposal will now be referred back to council’s downtown development committee for further review.
A Winnipeg man has been sentenced to 100 months in prison for a violent, prolonged attack against his ex-girlfriend. Allan Wishlow claims someone else must be responsible for the attack. The judge rejected that claim, saying it was a sadistic attack and there was plenty of evidence it was him.
$300 million of new freeways was approved by city council yesterday. They voted to extend the Chief Peguis Trail to Route 90 and the William Clement Parkway to Wilkes Avenue, by 2016.
Panty thief, forty-two-year-old James Duerkesen, is going to jail for four years after pleading guilty to 92 charges of break, enter and theft in Mantioba and Alberta. He has been breaking into homes and stealing women’s lingerie for the last 21 years.
The people of Manitoba have decided – of all the crappy roads in the province, St. James Street is the worst. CAA Manitoba counted 35-hundred votes that came in over the 4 week campaign and plan to pass the report to the government.
People who have diabetes, schizophrenia and prostate cancer will soon see more prescription medications covered under the province’s pharmacare program. 179 new drugs will be added to the province’s formulary within the next month, according to the Health Minister.
The first adult mosquitoes of the year should start buzzing in about 14 days. It’s simply far too early to say if this summer will be as mosquito-free as last year, but there is less water on the ground than in a typical April. You can help prevent them by dumping containers, draining eavestroughs, covering rainwater collection-containers and filling low-lying areas
Manitoba Museum executive director Claudette Leclerc received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Wednesday for her outstanding contributions to arts, heritage and educational organizations in Canada.
Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton has accused TV producers of carefully editing band interviews in order to trap frontman Steven Tyler. The bassist says their quotes were taken out of context.
The Beatles first concert in the United States, which hasn’t been seen in over four decades, will be in movie theatres May 17 & 22.
Chris Ethridge, best known for his work with the Flying Burrito Brothers, has passed away at 65.
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
A boat dock caught fire at The Forks Tuesday evening, sending up thick black plumes of smoke that could be seen across the city.
A fund has been set up to help the three residents of a McMillan Avenue house that was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday morning. Donations can be made via a Facebook group.
Three properties were damaged in a fire on Martin Avenue West Tuesday night. The fire started in a garage just after 10:30 pm and spread to a fence, also damaging a vehicle.
Thomas Li scored the first hole-in-one of his life Sunday on the 149-yard seventh hole at Links at the Lake with a 7-iron. Then he hit his SECOND ace two days later on the 267-yard, par 4 third hole with a driver at Cottonwood on Tuesday.
The court will decide if evidence in a drug trial was seized illegally. Const. Brian Boyd, told court he suspected La Mota was being burglarized and felt duty-bound to follow up by going inside the business without a warrant. The owner of the store was then handcuffed and the drugs were found in the basement.
Manitobans, who are 18 and older and who want to be organ and tissue donors can now register online at www.signupforlife.ca. The information will be stored in a secure government database, which can be accessed quickly by doctors. You can still sign your health cards or the blue donor cards given out by Manitoba Public Insurance to get on the list.
The Rock ‘N’ Roll All Stars is an 11-piece supergroup made up KISS’ Gene Simmons, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Sebastian Bach, three former members of Guns N’ Roses, and players from The Cult, Alice In Chains, Collective Soul and Black Country Communion. They treated fans to a club show in Buenos Aires Sunday and you can watch video from the show here.
Metallica plan to bring back their famous Snake Pit for their upcoming European summer trek. Met Club members with floor or front section tickets, depending on venue, are eligible to win passes to watch from the snake pit
The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf all get the Iggy Pop treatment on the veteran rocker’s new album, Apres, to be released May 9. That’s right – Iggy Pop is going the cover album route.
A new Journey documentary has premiered at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” debuted last Thursday. It’s the story of how the band found singer Arnel Pineda online and into the group.
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
Winnipeg police shut down a section of Notre Dame early this morning after one man was taken to hospital in critical condition after being stabbed.
Some homes and apartments were evacuated early this morning after a house fire on McMillan Avenue. All five people in the home managed to escape safely, with one taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
A former Winnipeg police officer is on trial for sexual assault. The accused, Richard Dow, is a retired officer who also ran a modelling agency.
The Manitoba government will soon require drivers to have booster seats for school-age children. In many provinces, kids have to be in a booster seat until they are at least nine years old or four feet, nine inches tall. Right now, the province only requires child seats for kids who are under five years old or weigh less than 50 pounds.
The plan for a water park at The Forks may not slide. It sounds like councilors’ can’t decide if they want the city to give Canalta Hotels a $7-million subsidy to build a water park at The Forks. The deciding vote is Wednesday.
Stephanne Bissonnette, the man who escaped custody by tying bedsheets together and going through a third story window, has been sentenced to twelve years for his Manitoba crime spree.
Metallica will be appearing on two upcoming tribute albums. One for Deep Purple and one for Ronnie James Dio that will also feature Anthrax, Rob Halford and Lemmy.
Aerosmith’s bassist, Tom Hamilton says that the band’s new album will be pushed back to September.
Pete Townshend’s autobiography isn’t in stores until October but the book, Who I Am, is already available for pre-order.
If you’re a gamer and a Deadhead, Grateful Dead Game: The Epic Tour, a video game based on 10 especially memorable Dead shows between 1970 and 1990, will be released April 20.
Monday, April 23rd, 2012
A standoff between Winnipeg police and a possibly armed man ended peacefully around midnight last night. Police began negotiating with the man five hours earlier in the East Kildonan neighbourhood, closing the street to traffic and keeping some neighbours away from their homes.
The fire that destroyed War on Music and Ken Hong Restaurant in Winnipeg’s Exchange District Thursday morning was caused by an electrical failure in the music store, officials say.
A young man died Friday night in a house fire on Sandy Bay First Nation. The body of David Houle, 22, was discovered in the wreck of the house he was visiting.
Winnipeg police have issued more arrest warrants in its ongoing crackdown on the Hells Angels. They’ve already arrested 23 people but have been unable to locate Adam Matthew Wood, 34; Shawn Justin Colbert, 30; Jesse Richard Thomas, 27; and, Jared James Irving, 26.
For the first time, men auditioned for the Blue Bombers cheer squad. Nearly 100 people auditioned to get one of the 32 spots available, including 12 cheer team spots for men. The Blue and Gold are the third CFL team to add athletic stunts to the on-field dancers.
It was a big 4/20 turnout at the legislature on Friday. Could have been the weather, could have been no classes Friday, but 2500 people turned out to toke a little and protest
Might want to check your Viagra. 2500 fake Viagra and Levitra pills were found stuffed into rice cookers trying to cross the border. Even though they looked real – inside blister-packs with expiry dates and batch numbers — some had no medicinal ingredients and some had 4-times the amount they should.
Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is set to appear in the season finale of “Ghost Adventures,” the paranormal series airing on The Travel Channel. This Friday, Vince & the paranormal crew investigate The Riviera Hotel, which some say is haunted.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are celebrating their Rock Hall induction with the release of a digital-only EP, We Salute You, on May 1st. It features six songs from previous Hall of Fame inductees who have influenced the band musically: The Ramones, Iggy & The Stooges, Neil Young, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, and Dion and the Belmonts. Tickets for their November 26th Winnipeg show went on sale Friday.
Friday, April 20th, 2012
War on Music and Ken Hong Restaurant, in the Exchange District, were both gutted by fire yesterday. The fire does not appear to be suspicious but damage to the buildings is being estimated just under a half million dollars. The Albert Street block was one of Winnipeg’s oldest structures, built in 1877.
Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien is headed to court in Minneapolis, where his last summer’s boating-while-intoxicated charge will be decided by a jury. Attorneys had tried to work things out but couldn’t so a July 23rd court date has been set.
Starbucks is changing the red dye it uses in it’s drinks that comes from crushed beetles – apparently it creeped some people out – and will instead use lycopene, which is a tomato-based extract. An online petition got more than six-thousand signatures. That means Starbucks strawberry drinks will now be vegan-friendly.
Cancer patients will now get 100 per cent of their oral treatment and support drugs paid for when receiving home care, through CancerCare Manitoba’s new Home Cancer Drug Program. This will save patients and their family tens of thousands of dollars and let them concentrate on beating the disease.
Police are looking for 13-year-old Erik Neufeld from Hanover. They believe he took the family truck and drove it to Winnipeg. Erik is blond, blue eyed, 5-foot-7 and about 95 pounds. He may be in a 2001 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck.
The Assiniboine Park Zoo has two new rare and endangered Asiatic lions. The twin brothers came here from Germany but the public won’t be able to see them for, at least, 30 days when they’ll be finished their time in quarantine, under zoo regulations.
Police on Vancouver Island have seized the motorcycle they believe was featured on a viral YouTube video. In the video, the driver hits speeds of almost 300 kilometers an hour, weaving between cars on the TransCanada. The owner of the bike has been given tickets which should cost her around $15-hundred dollars even though police suspect it was her 25-year-old son that was driving.
Levon Helm, the drummer and sometimes lead and back-up singer for The Band died on Thursday from throat cancer. He was 71.
An unreleased solo album from Joey Ramone, titled Ya Know?, will be released at the end of May.
Former Hole guitarist, Eric Erlandson, says Kurt Cobain was working on non-Nirvana music before he died in 1994 and may have recorded some solo material.
KISS is launching new comic book series, Dressed to Kill, in late June.
Thursday, April 19th, 2012
City council’s executive policy committee has voted in favour of giving a private developer $7-million to build a water park and hotel complex. The 2.2-hectare site sits at the southwest corner of Waterfront Drive and William Stephenson Way, just south of Shaw Park, where the Goldeyes play.
Winnipeg may soon have reduced speed limits in school zones, if changes to the provincial Highway Traffic Act are approved. The new legislation could be introduced today. Winnipeg is one of the few cities in North America that doesn’t have reduced speeds in school zones.
The Manitoba government says the plan this year is to fix 20 bridges and more than 24-hundred kilometers of road. The 589 billion dollars budgeted is up from last year, partially because of flood damage.
A section of the St. Boniface hospital was evacuated after staff saw a leak in a container of formaldehyde. No patients were at risk but air vents and foot traffic were restricted.
Mayor Sam Katz brought forward a motion yesterday to give veterans free parking at street meters. Other cities have already inacted the policy, like Brandon, Saskatoon, Red Deer and London.
Police on Vancouver Island say they’re close to catching the driver of a YouTube video gone viral; he’s riding a motorcycle at almost 300 kilometres an hour. They have the IP address of the uploader and have figured out the stretch of highway it was filmed on.
More Canadians are eating breakfast on the run. Nine per cent of the population grabs their breakfast at a fast food place like Tim Hortons or McDonalds but people 19-35 are looking for healthier options.
No more weed for foreigners in Amsterdam. Dutch coffee shop owners went to court yesterday to keep the government from setting up a “members only” policy for Dutch nationals and marijuana.
Dick Clark is dead at 82 of a heart attack. The man that introduced the world to new music with American Bandstand was a workaholic who launched a restaurant chain, a real estate investor, a concert promoter and all while ringing in New Years Eve. His fortune is estimated in the’hundreds of millions’.
California police have recovered guitars stolen from Tom Petty and his band, arresting a security guard. The band had offered a “no questions asked” $7,500 reward for information leading to the return of the instruments on their website but the break in the case was the suspect pawned one of the guitars at a Hollywood pawn shop for $250.
Rush has a new album, Clockwork Angels, in stores on June 12th and a 33 city North American tour. They’ll be performing the MTS Centre on September 26th. Ticket details to be announced.
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
The five ways the Manitoba budget, announced yesterday, is going to affect you: Gas tax is going up 2.5 cents a liter to pay for roads and bridge, smokers will pay about 63 cents more a pack; Birth, death and marriage certificate are going to cost you $30 starting in September; tattoos, haircuts and manicure will now be taxed and your vehicle registration will cost you $35. Ministers are taking a salary roll back while MLAs are on a wage freeze and Manitoba Justice is one of the few departments to get more cash. Minimum wage is going up by 25 cents on October 1st to $10.25.
Sunday shopping hours to be extended in Manitoba but we don’t know to what yet. According to the Finance Minister, they’ll decide that after consultation with businesses. The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce has said for years that Manitoba retailers should be able to decide when they open, just like in other provinces.
Mayor Sam Katz will not be voting today on a city plan to give Alberta’s Canalta hotel chain a $7-million grant to build a water park, hotel and parkade. The proposal is to build on a city-owned gravel parking lot across the street from Shaw Park and Katz is the majority owner of the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball club.
The National Research Council has laid-off 54 employees – more than one-third of its Winnipeg scientific staff – and plans to sell both its buildings on Ellice Avenue.
A woman escaped Monday after she was forced into a car at knife-point on Spence Street near Broadway, according to police. A local resident heard her and started yelling. The man is described as black, about 6-feet tall, with a thin to medium build.
A Transcona-area home has about $120 thousand dollars worth of damage after a fire around 5 last night. No one was home at the time and it’s believed the fire started in the kitchen.
USB is still trying to track down who vandalized 20 anti-homophobia posters students at Université de Saint-Boniface put up on bulletin boards around campus. And now one of the students has received some hate-filled religious pamphlets hand-delivered to her mother’s house.
Last week it was please don’t rescue the bear cubs, this week Manitoba Conservation is reminding everyone to please not feed the deer. It can actually hurt wildlife and the ecosystem.
Being happy is good for your heart. Being happy and upbeat can help protect even the most Type A personality from heart disease. A study from Harvard University found happy, positive people have healthier blood pressure, cholesterol and weight and usually exercise, eat healthier and don’t smoke.
Soundgarden is giving away their first new song in 15 years. “Live to Rise” is off “The Avengers” soundtrack is available free on iTunes until Tuesday. They plan to release a reunion album in the fall.
Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer has just launched a new coffee line called Rockin’ & Roastin’. It’s available in four different roasts.
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
Mario Trunoz, the Winnipeg man who pushed his girlfriend to her death from the 11th floor of an apartment building, will spend two more years behind bars. He gets two-for-one credit for the time he served before pleading guilty. Alinda Lahteenmaki was 23 when she died in 2009. Trunzo initially claimed she committed suicide.
Prime Minister Harper and his wife are fine after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Chile during their four-day trade visit. Also this morning, a magnitude 7 earthquake hit Papua New Guinea, with no reports of damage or injuries.
Four people had to be pulled from a car last night after becoming trapped following a crash with a police cruiser. It happened after 7 p.m. at the corner of Archibald and Cote. Two adults and two children were taken to hospital.
Firefighters worked to contain a blaze that consumed a home in West St. Paul yesterday afternoon.No one was in the two-storey home when the fire broke out.
A body was pulled from a retention pond behind a Wilkes Avenue apartment block yesterday morning. Winnipeg police don’t suspect foul play.
Manitoba Conservation has admitted that the chances of the orphaned bear cub surviving, if he’s released in June, are only about 50/50.
It’s budget day in Manitoba. Last year’s flooding is being blamed for a lot of spending, and the defecit is close to a billion dollars, but the NDP have promised balanced books within 2 years. This could mean fewer tax breaks for most of us in the near future. They will also be announcing the new Manitoba Sunday shopping hours.
We love our beer in Canada but we also love our salt. A study has found that French fries sold at major fast food chains here have more than double the salt of those sold at U.S. locations. Compared to many countries, chains in Canada sold the saltiest sandwiches, salads, fries and pizza. The saltiest burgers are in New Zealand though.
Would you want to know? Someone in Manitoba had a winning lottery ticket worth a million dollars, but the deadline to claim the prize has passed. This is the 2nd lotto max million dollar ticket to go unclaimed in our province in the past month.
A man from Steinbach finished the Boston marathon yesterday, and got the fastest time for a runner from Manitoba, 5th amongst Canadians. Greg Penner crossed at 2:46:48. The guy who won? 2:12:40