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SKATEBOARDER GETS COVID-19 TICKET

WINNIPEG - City bylaw officers have handed out their first CoVid-19 ticket. It goes to a skateboarder who refused to leave a closed park last weekend. He was part of a group of skateboarders. And while the others left when the officers arrived, this guy refused. In fact, he even refused to give his ID.…

GLEN MURRAY FOR GREEN LEADER

WINNIPEG - Glen Murray is giving politics a go again. The former Winnipeg mayor is seeking the leadership of the federal Green Party. He was also a Liberal cabinet minister in Ontario for a time. And Murray says all his political experience makes him a natural for this job. The Greens are set to replace…

RED RIVER EX CANCELLED

WINNIPEG - For the first time in it's 71 year history, the Red River Ex has been cancelled. Like so many other big events, it's because of CoVid-19. Exhibition Association CEO Garth Rogerson points out they've faced many years of really bad weather but nothing like a pandemic which jeopardizes people's health and safety. He…

FIRE INVESTIGATES STATION PARTY

WINNIPEG - An investigation is underway by Winnipeg Fire Paramedic after allegations of physical distancing violations at a fire station on the weekend. It was apparently a gathering to celebrate the retirement of a firefighter on his final shift. Paramedics working at the time are telling their union about a few dozen people including family…

RIVER EAST SCHOOL LAYOFFS

WINNIPEG - The list of school layoffs from CoVid-19 is growing. The River East Transcona School Division is the latest to join several others in Manitoba by announcing staff is being temporarily laid off because of coronavirus. River East says close to 600 employees have been let go including 400 educational assistants.

SAD NEWS

WINNIPEG - The 51st Folklorama festival has been cancelled. Organizers say they do it with a heavy heart but after much discussion, it was the right decision. As an alternative, the not-for-profit organization has launched Folklorama Feed, a virtual way to showcase the talents of members online for the whole world. Just check out the…

WINNIPEG TRANSIT CHANGES

WINNIPEG -Because ridership during the CoVid-19 pandemic is down 72 per cent, the city is making some moves at Winnipeg Transit. 253 bus drivers will be temporarily laid off next month. And starting Monday, May 4th, the weekday bus routes will switch to an enhanced Saturday schedule. The busing on weekends won't change.

MORE NYGARD ACCUSERS

WINNIPEG - More women have come forward to accuse Peter Nygard of rape. The Winnipeg fashion icon is now accused by 46 women of drugging, assaulting and raping them over several decades. Prior to this, there were 10 accusers. The women, some from here, are part of a class-action lawsuit filed in New York. The…

TEACHER FACES MORE SEX CHARGES

WINNIPEG - A teacher at Grant Park High School faces more sexual assault charges after city police say they identified two more victims. The 27 year old teacher was first charged back in February for offences involving a 16 year old. That student’s parents called the school which then notified police. Photo: @GrantPark_HS

CITY LAYOFFS ANNOUNCED

WINNIPEG - As the CoVid-19 pandemic continues, the city has announced several hundred layoffs. 674 non-permanent staff have been laid off temporarily. These are the people who'd normally be working at recreation centres, pools, arenas and libraries that suspended programming almost a month ago. Mayor Brian Bowman says they're doing everything they can right now…

FOLK FEST CANCELLED

WINNIPEG - One of the summer's biggest outdoor events has been cancelled. Organizers of the Winnipeg Folk Festival say the 47th annual event now won't happen in July because of CoVid-19. Ticket refunds are available but the fest is hoping people might donate their ticket to help make sure the event happens in the future.

NO FINES YET, JUST WARNINGS

WINNIPEG - No tickets yet for violations of the CoVid-19 rules. Since Saturday, patrols have been at city parks and other public spaces making sure people are social distancing and so far so good. Officials did however issue a few dozen warnings. Hefty fines and time behind bars are both possibilities if people don't listen.

THIS LITTLE PIGGY

WINNIPEG - The search is on for the owner of a stray piglet. It was picked up by animal service over the weekend in the northwest part of the city. The little brown pig is only a few months old but could grow to be very pig, maybe 400 pounds. If the owner comes forward,…

LISTEN OR GET FINED

WINNIPEG - The city's community service ambassadors, four dozen of them, are now out there educating people about social distancing. If they see something contributing to the CoVid-19 pandemic, they'll warn the people involved to stop doing it. But the ambassadors have the ability to call in bylaw enforcement officers who can issue fines of…

VIRTUAL CHURCH SERVICES

WINNIPEG - Easter church services here at home and around the world are happening virtually this year. It was an Easter like no other at the Vatican. Pope Francis gave his annual address to an empty Saint Peter's Basilica. Meantime, for Orthodox Christians, this is Palm Sunday...their Eastern isn't until next Sunday.

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