When it rains, it really pours

The City of Winnipeg is describing Thursday night’s rainstorm as a one-in-100-year event. The nearly 180-minute storm, which cut a swath of rain across Winnipeg from the southwest to the northeast, dropped 102 millimetres on the southwestern Whyte Ridge neighbourhood and also walloped Linden Read More

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Cracks in the system

OTTAWA — Tina Fontaine was about as vulnerable a person as you could imagine. Just 15 years old and alone on the streets of a strange city. She was estranged from her mother, and was being raised by her great-aunt since she was four. Her father was slain in 2011. […]

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Moms, dads and dogs

Full disclosure: I am a dog mom. My baby’s name is Samson. He’s a two-year-old Maltese/shih tzu cross — a handsome little fella with a wonky underbite, soulful brown eyes and a big personality. The kindly neighbour calls him “Mr. GQ” when he wears his charcoal grey Read More

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Bus rapid transit ‘flip-flop’

Gord Steeves says it’s time to get off the bus. He supported the bus rapid transit (BRT) project when he was a councillor and he supported completion of Phase 2 of the project in May when council was mired in a debate over the plan’s future. But Steeves has reversed […]

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Crowded race just got more crowded

A hiring freeze at city hall and regulations for campaign fundraising disclosures were on the minds of at least two mayoral hopefuls Friday — and another candidate has joined the crowded race. Hazem Aslan, a 31-year-old Handi Transit owner-operator, registered his campaign for mayor Friday Read More

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Your weekend weather

If your basement didn’t flood during Thursday night’s torrential downpour, don’t worry. There’s enough rain in the forecast over the next few days to give everyone’s sump pump a workout that would turn Noah green with envy. The Weather Columnist personally got a lesson in Winnipeg’s geography Read More

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Premier seethes over PM’s comment

OTTAWA — Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger was seething Friday over comments made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper dismissing any suggestion the slaying of a Manitoba teenager indicates a wider social ill. Selinger, speaking to the Free Press, didn’t wait to be asked about the comments before he Read More

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Honey of an occasion

Oh, bother — Winnie the bear, later known as Winnie the Pooh, turns 100 years old Sunday. While it’s not the Canadian black bear cub’s actual birthday — nobody was there for that event — Aug. 24 is the day 100 years ago when a Canadian soldier, on his way […]

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Blame it on Brazil

This weekend, the East Exchange serves as the backdrop for Bannatyne Carnaval — a two-day street festival reminiscent of Brazil’s annual Carnaval, one of the largest outdoor celebrations on the planet. Bannatyne Carnaval kicked off Friday and continues until midnight this evening. The bash, now Read More

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Lotteries

In the event of a discrepancy between this list and the official winning numbers, the latter shall prevail. In the event of any discrepancy between this list and the official winning numbers, the latter shall prevail. PICK 3 Winning number Friday was 696. EXTRA Winning number Friday was Read More

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