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Llama On The Loose

WINNIPEG - Ontario Provincial Police had to close most lanes of a highway near Toronto when a llama got loose. The animal was spotted running on Highway 400 on Wednesday evening. The llama was eventually caught unharmed and returned to its owner.

Tam: Don't Ease Restrictions

WINNIPEG - Canada's top doctor is urging the provinces not to ease their COVID-19 restrictions. Dr. Theresa Tam says even though daily case counts are trending down, it's still too soon to lift lockdowns and loosen coronavirus rules if the country hopes to bring the pandemic under control. According to Tam, several new variants of…

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Llama On The Loose

WINNIPEG - Ontario Provincial Police had to close most lanes of a highway near Toronto when a llama got loose. The animal was spotted running on Highway 400 on Wednesday evening. The llama was eventually caught unharmed and returned to its owner.

Tam: Don't Ease Restrictions

WINNIPEG - Canada's top doctor is urging the provinces not to ease their COVID-19 restrictions. Dr. Theresa Tam says even though daily case counts are trending down, it's still too soon to lift lockdowns and loosen coronavirus rules if the country hopes to bring the pandemic under control. According to Tam, several new variants of…

PM Blasted Over Vaccines

WINNIPEG - The opposition parties in Ottawa are hammering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over COVID-19 vaccines. Other major industrialized countries will get coronavirus vaccines before Canada because our country doesn't have the capacity to make them. The PM says the US, Germany and Britain will likely get their vaccines first because they can produce them.…

Banning Bags & Straws

WINNIPEG - The federal government is going ahead with its promise to ban single-use plastic products like bags and straws by 2021. Paper bags will be making a comeback after being mass produced from the 1850s through the 1970s, as will a 200-year-old tradition of making straws out of metal. Today Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson…

2nd Rapid Test Approved

WINNIPEG - Health Canada has approved another rapid test for COVID-19. The Panbio COVID-19 antigen test from American diagnostics company Abbott is the first antigen test approved for use in Canada. Health Canada approved a molecular rapid test last Wednesday, called ID NOW, also developed by Abbott, a company known more for nutrition brands like…

Sign Of 2nd Wave

WINNIPEG - It's an indication of how serious the second wave of COVID-19 has already become. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will take part in today's briefing by Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer. The PM is expected to make an announcement about his government's continuing efforts to fight coronavirus. Trudeau has said things…

Teens Caught Gift Carding

WINNIPEG - Mounties in Airdrie, Alberta are searching for four teenagers after making a shocking discovery in their staff parking lot last week. Officers responding to an unrelated call caught the group red handed hurrying from cruiser to cruiser, and quickly inspected the scene. They discovered the teens were carrying stacks of $10 coffee shop…

Fall Election Or Not?

WINNIPEG - MP's will vote on the speech from the throne today, at which time we'll find out for sure if there's going to be a fall election. The Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois have already said they'll vote the Liberal government down so it's up to the NDP. Yesterday's throne speech included promises of big…

BQ Caucus Self-Isolating

WINNIPEG - The entire Bloc Quebecois caucus, including leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, is in self-isolation. An employee has tested positive for COVID-19, just days after the BQ held a full caucus meeting. Bloc official say everyone potentially affected will be screened and will follow the advice of public health officials. This news comes as the various…

Radio & TV COVID Closures

WINNIPEG - The Canadian Association of Broadcasters says COVID-19 could force radio and television stations to close. Up to 40 local TV outlets and as many as 200 radio stations might have to shut down over the next few years because of financial pressures caused by the pandemic. The CAB says advertising revenues in radio…

Back To School Worries

WINNIPEG - Canadian parents are nervous about sending their children back to school. A new Leger poll finds 66 percent of moms and dads are worried about sending their kids back to class during this pandemic. However, 63 per cent plan to do it anyway. Other findings - 69 percent would be in favor of…

DEADLY SNOWBIRDS CRASH

WINNIPEG - Less than a week after the Snowbirds flew over our city, there's been a deadly crash. One member of the Canadian Forces team was killed and another was injured when a Snowbird plane went down yesterday in a residential area of Kamloops, BC. Captain Jenn Casey, a public affairs officer from Halifax, died…

TRUDEAU ANNOUNCES AG HELP

WINNIPEG - Ottawa has announced over $250 million in CoVid-19 funding for the farm and food sectors. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says beef and pork producers need help because they have animals they can't sell. Dairy farmers will also be included. Almost $80 million will keep staff in meat packing plants safe with proper personal…

SMALL BIZ RENT HELP

WINNIPEG - Ottawa is helping small business pay the rent. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he and the provinces have agreed to lower business rent by 75 per cent for April, May and June. 50 per cent will be covered by government, the other 25 per cent is up to the property owner. This applies…

NS DEATH TOLL RISES TO 23

WINNIPEG - Constable Heidi Stevenson, a Nova Scotia RCMP officer is among 23 people who have been killed in that province in a string of shootings. She was a 23 year member of the force and a mother of two. Also among the dead...two nurses and a teacher. The gunman, 51 year old Gabriel Wortman,…

Electric Cars Get New Federal Rebates

OTTAWA — Federal rebates to encourage Canadians to buy electric cars take effect today. The rebates, announced in the last Liberal budget, will take up to $5,000 off the cost of electric vehicles, and $2,500 off plug−in hybrids, but they apply only to cars that cost less than $45,000. Ottawa is raising that to $55,000…

Anti-Semitic Incidents Fuelled By Online Hate

OTTAWA — B’nai Brith Canada says online hatred is fuelling a rise in anti−Semitism that saw record numbers of Jewish Canadians harassed and assaulted last year. The group released its annual audit of anti−Semitism Monday, showing 2,041 recorded incidents of hatred towards Jews in 2018, up 16 per cent compared to the year before. This…

"Zombie" Drug Warning for Kamloops

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The British Columbia Interior Health authority is warning street−drug users of a synthetic cannabinoid that has been linked to a so−called "zombie" outbreak in New York. Chief medical health officer Dr. Trevor Corneil says tests at a Kamloops overdose−prevention site found the powerful drug mixed with heroin, fentanyl and caffeine. The authority…

Bodies of Banff Avalanche Recovered

BANFF, Alta. — The bodies have been recovered of three renowned mountain climbers who were believed to have been caught in a large avalanche in Banff National Park last week. Efforts to find the men — American Jess Roskelley and Austrians David Lama and Hansjorg Auer — had been hampered by poor weather and dangerous…

Ford’s Quest for Absolute Power

“The glory of justice and the majesty of law are created not just by the constitution – nor by the courts – nor by the officers of the law – nor by the lawyers – but by the men and women who constitute our society – who are the protectors of the law as they…

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