Archive for May, 2012
Thursday, May 31st, 2012
Luka Magnotta, 29, is wanted on a Canada wide warrant accused of killing a man, dismembering his body and mailing parts of it to the Conservatives and Liberals in Ottawa. Montreal police are investigating the possibility that other body parts may have been mailed out. Magnotta is said to be a stripper and porn actor who was already known to police for his internet videos of cats being tortured and killed.
A Manitoba judge has ordered the Chundee Smoke Shop, a First Nations smoke shop, to close for ignoring provincial law but the store’s owners seem ready to keep on ignoring him. The shop sells a carton of cigarettes from Mohawk distributors in Quebec for only $40; half the price of a typical carton. Canupawakpa members have refused to take part in court proceedings and Chief Frank Brown says they are not under provincial jurisdiction and will follow their own laws.
60 people had to be evacuated from a downtown apartment building due to a fire in the attic last night. While they had to find another place to stay last night, no one was hurt, only one apartment was damaged by fire and a few others were affected by water and smoke.
A hydraulic problem cause an emergency landing in Winnipeg for a Calgary bound Air Canada flight. The jet touched down safely, except for some blown tires and other arrangements were made for the passengers on different planes.
The province of Alberta is suing the tobacco industry for ten billion dollars, which they say is what health-care costs for smoking related illnesses. It’s part of a new tobacco reduction strategy that will be released next month. BC, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador have already filed similar lawsuits.
Jimmy Page says he’s offended that Olympic organizers didn’t ask him to take part in the London event. They tried and failed to secure a Free reunion and a Sex Pistols set; they even asked the Who drummer Keith Moon – who’s been dead since 1978. But they didn’t approach the Led Zeppelin guitarist, who appeared at the Beijing Olympics to promote the London games.
Lita Ford says she’s hoping for a reunion of her old band The Runaways next year. The singer and guitarist is preparing to launch a new solo album, Living Like a Runaway.
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
A package containing a human foot was delivered to Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa yesterday, police have confirmed. Hours later, a second package was found by police with another body part but police had yet to confirm exactly what it is.
Legislation to end a week long strike at CP Rail has been pushed through the House of Commons overnight and will go in front of the Senate today. If passed, it will send about 48-hundred Teamsters back to work and freight trains will be hauling grain, coal and more across country by tomorrow.
In Manitoba, we have more people about to enter the workforce than are about to retire. We also have a large youth population compared to the rest of the country which will mean good things in a couple of years for the province, but for now may mean we’ll have a hard time keeping up with the demand for schools and daycares.
Canadian Forces officials are investigating after two reservists are alleged to have brought out weapons at a house party last weekend. Police say that turned into a dispute and an assault. A 20 and a 25-year-old are facing multiple charges, including assault causing bodily harm and possession of weapons for a dangerous-purpose.
Students at the University of Winnipeg can expect a tuition hike this fall, with full-time students expected to pay just under 100 dollars more per year. They will also be upgrading the campus information technology network, hiring 22 new faculty members and putting money towards online courses and bursaries.
Home and cottage owners whose properties were destroyed by the Lake Manitoba flooding are organizing a class-action lawsuit against the province, saying it was a man-made flood. The province ran the Portage Diversion well over capacity last spring, trying to drain as much water as possible off the Assiniboine before it reached Winnipeg but a windstorm sent walls of water instead.
Congratulations Mayor Sam Katz and his wife Leah. As we first told you yesterday the couple who wed in March of last year are expecting in early December. This will bring a brother or sister to Katz’s 2 daughters from a previous marriage.
According to a new study, Winnipegers don’t feel safe walking the streets at night. We also think the roads need to be improved. This poll was taken by the Winnipeg Sun after the city of Winnipeg added beat cops to the streets.
More problems for Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook stock has fallen below $30 for the first time since going public. That makes the founder of facebook 800 million dollars shy of making the 40 worlds wealthiest list.
Bob Dylan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom yesterday. US President Obama says Dylan’s voice “captured something about this country that was so vital.”
Judas Priest played the final show of their ‘Epitaph’ world tour Saturday in London. The band’s year-long farewell trek kicked off last June in Holland, and has been around the globe. Upon announcing the “farewell” tour, Priest clarified the band’s status as the trip was not going to be their final shows but, rather, their last extensive world tour.
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Emily Cablek didn’t just get her two children back – the family has gained a new dog too. Nine-year-old Abby was found holding a small mixed-breed puppy when she and her brother, Dominic, were found in Guadalajara, Mexico. Police and immigration officials pushed through the necessary paperwork and immunizations to make sure she could bring the pup back home with her. The children were taken from their mother almost four years ago, allegedly by their father.
Constables Graeme Beattie and Paul Clark started their trial yesterday on a charge of obstruction of justice. The federal prosecutor says that as a result of the officers fabricating evidence in an attempt to build a stronger case, she was forced to drop charges against a suspect. The officers have admitted they made up part of their story just before they took the stand to testify.
The former assistant manager of a Winnipeg group home is fighting allegations he sexually assaulted two young employees he was training. The alleged victims claim they were separately attacked over a four-day time period, while working the night shift at the home for mentally and physically challenged adults.
At least eight people are dead in a magnitude 5.8 earthquake in northern Italy this morning. The quake was centered 40 kilometers northwest of Bologna.
Deep Purple keyboardist, Jon Lord, is ready to get back on stage. In August, he’d stopped touring to battle cancer but now he’s booked to appear in Hagen, Germany to perform with the Philharmonic.
Military has announced there will be a low level flyby with a CC-130 Hercules over Shaw Park, tonight at 7 p.m., at the Goldeyes home opener.
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and his wife had to evacuate their home after an unexploded World War II incendiary device was found during renovations to their six-storey mansion. A Navy bomb disposal team removed it safely and no one was injured.
Touchstone books have set a July 3rd release date for Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury by rock journalist Lesley-Ann Jones.
Monday, May 28th, 2012
It’s not often enough that you hear a happy ending to a child abduction case, but after allegedly being kidnapped and taken out of the country by their father, Abby and Dominic Maryk are being reunited with their mom Emily. The two were in a compound down in Mexico and it was, luckily, a neighbor who recognized them on a TV crime show.
Two people in Winnipeg were taken to hospital following a stabbing early Sunday morning, according to police.
Just days after the Manitoba government tabled legislation to make it mandatory for cyclists under the age of 18 to wear a helmet, a bicycle helmet is getting the credit for saving a boy’s life. After being hit by a car in the St. James area, the boy’s new bicycle helmet, which he had started using that day, has been cracked in a few places.
A vehicle smashed through the front windows of an H&R Block tax centre on Portage Avenue Sunday. The car tried to turn onto Home Street when it went through the building’s windows. It’s a good thing tax season just finished or there may have been a whole lot more working inside, even on a Sunday.
Organizers of the Teddy Bears’ Picnic Sunday estimate that about 10,000 attended, even with the rain. About 40,000 people came the picnic last year. The picnic was put on by the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba to promote health education and raise money for the foundation.
More than 700 people braved the chilly rain in Winnipeg Sunday to walk for Cystic Fibrosis. Last year the walk raised about $75,000, and they’re hoping to beat that with this year’s fundraisers. Cystic fibrosis is a multi-system disease that mainly affects the lungs and digestive system. Organizers said it is the most common fatal genetic disease among Canadian children and young adults.
Close to 800 motorcycles cruised down Portage before heading out to Gimli Saturday, for the 4th annual Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad, raising money for prostate cancer research. More than $100,000 was raised and all the money stays in Manitoba and goes to local research projects and awareness campaigns.
The mother of Burton Cummings has died. He made the announcement on his Facebook account that his mother, Rhoda, died Friday around 10 p.m. after a stroke earlier in the week.
Mark Bam Bam McConnell, who was a member of Sebastian Bach’s band for eight years, has died after suffering kidney and liver failure.
Friday, May 25th, 2012
Manitoba Hydro downtown headquarters is the 1st office tower in Canada to be recognized as LEED platinum building by the Canada Green Building Council, an organization that rates buildings on their environmental friendliness. The Hydro building is one of only a few certified LEED platinum buildings in North America and the only one in a cold-weather city.
Winnipeg police cadets will take over the Downtown BIZ’s community outreach patrol program starting July 1, curbing public intoxication calls that tie up cops and paramedics. It picks up 3,000 people a year, taking people who are passed out or intoxicated to their homes or safe places such as the Main Street Project.
The City of Winnipeg wants you to recycle your old phone books. When the new phone books arrive, toss the old ones in your blue box. You can also take them to any of the seven recycling depots in the city.
The body of a 22-year-old man who went missing when his boat capsized on Lake Manitoba May 14 has been found. Dillon Beaulieu, 22, was boating on Lake Manitoba when heavy and large waves capsized the small fishing boat. His friend was able to get to shore, but Beaulieu wasn’t.
Winnipeg Police are looking for a man who exposed himself to two young girls late Wednesday afternoon near Kelvin Park, near Chalmers and Henderson Highway. The suspect is described as a white man in his late 30s, with grey/brown curly hair, scruffy brown beard, wearing round prescription glasses and a striped, collared button-up shirt. The car was a four-door, dark blue car with no front plate and tinted rear windows.
New changes to EI are coming under attack as it will be especially hard on so-called repeat claimants like seasonal workers.People that have been on assistance 3 or more times in the last 5 years and collected 60 weeks of benefits will only have 6 weeks to find a job in their chosen field before they have to take any job they’re qualified for, in their field or not, that pays at least 70% of their previous wage or lose benefits. An acceptable job is considered to be one within an hour’s commute.
LA Guns frontman Phil Lewis has blasted Nikki Sixx’s bestseller The Heroin Diaries as a “fraud,” and says “Anyone that was ever addicted to smack or any opiates know not to glorify addiction.” This comes two years after former Motley Crue singer John Corabi made a similar suggestion about his ex-bandmate’s book
Sebastian Bach has asked for prayers after his solo band drummer Mark Bam Bam McConnell was rushed to hospital in a critical condition. A friend reports his liver and kidneys shut down and he’s suffered partial brain damage, but appears to be in better shape than he was when the tragedy struck.
Guitarist Earl Slick, best known for his work with David Bowie and John Lennon, was riding in a car that burst into flames this past weekend. No one was hurt.
Led Zeppelin II has died. Not the album … the man. was known most of his life as George Blackburn, who lived near St. Louis, officially changed his name last fall after a divorce to Led Zeppelin II. He’d seen the band about 20 times and wanted a new start. The album Led Zeppelin II was released in 1969 and was their first album to reach No. 1 in the US.
Thursday, May 24th, 2012
The NDP introduced a bill yesterday to make it mandatory that cyclists under 18 wear bicycle helmets. Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of death and serious injury in a crash by as much as 90 per cent. The new law would also apply to children who are passengers on bikes and those being towed by a bicycle.
A 35-year-old cyclist was killed on Higgins Avenue just west of Main Street around 11 a.m. She and a vehicle collided, which caused her to fall into the path of a semi-trailer.
44 cattle were found dead and 117 emaciated after not likely being fed for months. Yesterday, a 64 year-old Manitoba cattle farmer who neglected his herd was given $25,000 fine and a 5-year animal ban.
Manitoba is expanding it’s human rights code to cover gender identity, homelessness and the poor. So, for example, a landlord couldn’t refuse to rent to someone because they’re unemployed, so long as they can pay the rent. Same goes for a homeless person that wanted a cab ride, so long as they show they can pay the fare.
Gregg Allman, of the Allman Brothers, is walking down the aisle with wife number 7. His new fiancé is a 24 year-old woman named Shannon.
A photo of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road the other way has sold for $25 thousand. On the album cover, The Beatles are walking to the right. In this photo, they’re walking to the left. Paul McCartney is also wearing sandals.
Three Doors Down Guitarist, Matt Roberts, has left the band for health reasons. He has circulation problems and the busy touring schedule is making things worse.
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
It sounds like stores are going to be able to open three hours earlier at 9 a.m. on Sundays if they listen to a report from a government-appointed committee. The final decision will rest with municipal governments. The changes would not affect the six annual holidays when most stores are barred from opening at any time.
30 months in jail is what the Crown wants for a Winnipeg man who videotaped his friends sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Jefferey Tongol has already been convicted of sexual assault for the attack in 2004.
Gordon Shurvell, a 65 year old Winnipeg man, is recovering from his injuries. While camping in Ontario, a black bear dragged him from an outhouse and attacked him before a friend shot and killed the bear.
A former University of Manitoba Bisons football player doesn’t deny throwing a punch in a bar fight that led to the death of 18 year old Kelly Clay. Jeremy Botelho has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and claims his actions in 2010 were justified.
Manitoba’s rate of family violence was significantly higher than the national average in 2010. The Canadian average was 294 incidents per 100,000 people but in Manitoba, it’s 430 reported incidents.
CP Rail has about 5 thousand workers on strike as of midnight last night. The big issues they can’t reach an agreement on are pensions and some work rules.
Michael McKean, who played the lead singer in “This is Spinal Tap” was hit by a car in New York City yesterday. He’s in stable condition in hospital with a broken leg.
Tommy Iommi played his first show since being treated for lymphoma and posted on his website that he thought it went well. Black Sabbath played last weekend in Birmingham, England.
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
The rain didn’t stop campers this May long weekend. The number of campers was up 7% from last year. 19 people were evicted from campgrounds over bad behaviour.
The rain did help out with the wildfires burning in the southeast of the province. Firefighting crews are still working on hot spots, but the fires are being held and fire and travel restrictions have been lifted in provincial parks and campgrounds.
RCMP say they’ve arrested a man for a Leaf Rapids assault that turned into a homicide. 3 people were assaulted and Garfield Baker, 39, died of his injuries.
A 19 year old was stabbed getting off the bus near Portage and Garry Street but is listed in stable condition.
There was a fire early Sunday morning at an Osborne Street Apartment and a garage fire on Manitoba Avenue early Monday morning. The Arson Stike Force is investigating both.
A hearing is being held in a judicial sex scandal. Back in ’07, Alexander Chapman wanted a divorce but claims his divorce lawyer, Jack King, gave him photos of King’s wife naked and in bondage gear. King was reprimanded for it, but his wife, Lori Douglas, had become a judge. The inquiry could see Douglas losing her job as a judge. Chapman says the “chronic stress” of what happened to him made him lose his job.
Rich North and Chris Vogel, local GLBT pioneers and longtime community leaders, will lead this year’s Pride Parade on June 3.
A 6.0 earthquake in Italy may have the price of your Parmesan cheese going up. 30 thousand wheels of cheese were damaged in a quake that killed 7 people and displaced 4500.
Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, has changed his status from “in a relationship” to “married.” He invited just under a hundred friends to a party at his place to celebrate his girlfriend becoming Dr. Priscilla Chan but surprised them with a wedding instead.
Robin Gibbs of Bee Gees has died at 62 after an extended battle with colorectal cancer.
Breaking Bad, the Emmy-winning show on AMC, will premiere July 15th for the fifth and final season.
Friday, May 18th, 2012
The man who beheaded a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus will be allowed to leave a mental hospital on escorted trips. Vince Li was found not criminally responsible for Tim McLean’s death because he was suffering from untreated schizophrenia at the time. Doctors say he is doing so well with treatment, he should be allowed the same privileges as any other patient at the hospital.
Starting next week, the city will have planes spraying a biological organic pest killer to try and beat a Gypsy Moth infestation. If the moths spread, local garden centres could face federal restrictions of selling their products outside Winnipeg.
Dry, hot weather sounds great to me, but add in the changing winds and it’s making things very hard for firefighters in southeastern Manitoba. There are three wildfires burning and the province has imposed a travel ban on recreational activity in the area.
Two women and four pets were treated for smoke inhalation following a fire early this morning in the West End. All of the occupants had escaped from the burning building on Victor Street by the time fire crews arrived but the pets— three cats and a Bullmastiff dog — were still inside the suite and had to be rescued by firefighters.
It’s back! A park entry fee will be charged for vehicles entering Manitoba provincial parks. There’s no charge for day hiking or for snowshoeing.
A Michigan teenager bit into his Arby’s roast beef sandwich and sunk his teeth into a finger instead. One of the employees had cut her finger on a meat slicer.
Motor City Madman Ted Nugent lives up to his nickname having been voted the Detroit’s greatest guitar player
U2 frontman Bono is set to become the richest man in rock when Facebook shares go on public sale tomorrow. His equity firm bought 2.3% of the social media company in 2009 for $90m, and that investment will be worth over $1.5bn by close of business today. Former Beatle Paul McCartney used to top the rock rich list.
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose suffered an injury while the band was kicking off their tour in Moscow. Not during the show – it was after at a night club – he was dancing on top of a table when he fell off and hurt his leg.
Van Halen have pulled the plug on all the scheduled dates on their tour after June 26th in New Orleans. No official reason’s been given but there’s a lot of speculation that’s it’s due to poor ticket sales or that the guys just plain hate each other.
Thursday, May 17th, 2012
The smoke from the three Manitoba wildfires may pose a health hazard to children, the elderly and people with heart and lung problems, like asthma. Fire crews did hold back all the wildfires yesterday for the first time this week. The biggest fire is still the one near Badger.
A night at the bar cost a Winnipeg man more than $62,000. Parry Shymkiw got into a late night traffic accident, fled the scene and bribed two friends into giving him a false alibi. He was on the hook for total damages plus a fine after pleading guilty to the November 2007 incident.
I’The NDP wants to improve biking in Manitoba with new legislation that would give municipalities the ability to regulate bicycle traffic, including bicycle-only lanes. Currently bike lanes are also bus lanes.
John Lennon’s killer has moved from one maximum-security prison to another. Mark David Chapman had served more than 30 years at Attica for shooting Lennon but has been transferred to Wende Correctional Facility outside Buffalo.
Tom Cruise got help from Axl Rose’s voice coach to learn how to sing like a rock star. It’s for is upcoming movie version of the musical “Rock of Ages” where he plays rocker Stacee Jaxx. After five hours of daily singing training and three hours of dance, he says he got the seal of approval from Joe Elliot of Def Leppard who was on set when Cruise sang “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”