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U of Winnipeg: Hugh Grant appointed Dean of Business and Economics

Dr. James Currie, Provost and Vice-President, Academic is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Hugh Grant as Dean of Business and Economics for a five-year term starting July 1, 2019.

A faculty member of UWinnipeg’s Department of Economics since 1986, Grant has previously served as the departmental chair (1993-99), as well as acting Associate Dean (2015, 2016) and acting Dean (2016, 2018-19) for the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Grant holds a PhD in economics from the University of Toronto. He was appointed as assistant professor at UWinnipeg in 1986, associate professor in 1990, and professor in 1997. His areas of specialization include economic history, labour, and health economics.

Dr. Grant has held visiting scholar positions at McMaster University, University of Sydney, University of Western Australia, and Victoria University in New Zealand. He held a research associate position from 1997-2012 at the Prairie Centre of Excellence on Immigration & Integration and has done contract work with a variety of groups and organizations, including Industry Canada, the Law Commission of Canada, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the Province of Manitoba, the Public Interest Law Centre, and several Aboriginal and trade union organizations. Grant was appointed to the Manitoba Public Utilities Commission in 2013 and reappointed for a second term in 2018.

In his time at UWinnipeg, Grant has contributed to institutional governance in a wide variety of roles, including as a member of the Board of Regents; University Senate; Faculty Council of Arts and Science; University Tenure and Promotion Committee; University Investment Committee; President’s Task Force on Access, Accessibility Sub-committee; Canadian Studies Committee; and selection committees for decanal and vice-presidential searches. He has also twice been the President of the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association (1991-91; 2013-15) and was its chief negotiator from 2007-10.

Grant has authored or edited numerous publications, research reports, presentations, and book reviews, and refereed dozens of papers and book chapters for many academic journals. He was awarded the Ontario Historical Society’s 2015 Donald Grant Creighton Award for the biography W.A. Mackintosh: The Life of a Canadian Economist (2015, MQUP Press).

“For more than three decades, Dr. Grant has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to academic excellence, research, and student achievement at The University of Winnipeg. We wish him continued success in his newly appointed leadership role with the Faculty of Business and Economics,” said Currie.

Kevin Rosen, Executive Director, Marketing & Communications
The University of Winnipeg
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Dismantling institutional racism to close health gaps: US expert – UM Today

May 24, 2019 —

An American expert in health care quality and patient safety will present a public lecture focused on confronting and breaking down institutional racism to create health equity for all.

Dr. Ronald Wyatt is chief quality officer at Cook County Health, one of the largest public health systems in the United States, located in Illinois. The lecture, entitled Dismantling Institutional Racism to Achieve Health Equity: A New Framework, takes place on Monday, May 27 from 12-1 p.m. in the Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Basic Medical Sciences Building, 745 Bannatyne Ave.

Wyatt presents across the United States and internationally on leadership, safety culture, professionalism, patient experience and health equity. He was part of the team at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) that developed a framework and a workshop on dismantling institutional racism to achieve health equity.

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RCMP (Ste. Rose du Lac, MB) continue search for Dwayne Lavallee

May 24, 2019

It has been eight months since RCMP received a report of a missing 21-year-old male from Skownan First Nation Manitoba. Dwayne Lavallee was last seen on September 22, 2018, at approximately 2:00 pm on the Ebb and Flow First Nation. On September 26, 2018, the vehicle he was last seen in was located in the RM of Lakeshore which led to several air and ground searches.

To date, RCMP have interviewed over 80 people in relation to his disappearance. A large scale ground and air search will be conducted this weekend, May 25 and 26, 2019, in the RM of Lakeshore. It will include RCMP, the Office of the Fire Commissioner, and local volunteer Fire Departments. A helicopter will also be assisting with the search.

Dwayne Lavallee is Indigenous, 6’2″ and approximately 200 lbs. He has a tattoo of a small cross on his left hand and a tattoo of “can’t stop” on his right arm.

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Dwayne Lavallee should call Ste Rose du Lac RCMP at 204-447-3082 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at


Contact information


Sgt. Paul Manaigre, Media Relations Officer
RCMP Media Relations


Delta 9 Receives Expansion Approval from Health Canada for Part of Phase II Facility

WINNIPEG, MB – May 20, 2019 – DELTA 9 CANNABIS INC. (TSXV: NINE) (OTCQX: VRNDF) (“Delta 9” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that it has received Health Canada approval to place 48 new “Grow Pods” from its Phase II expansion into production. As previously disclosed, Delta 9’s proprietary cannabis production methodology is based around a modular, scalable, and stackable production unit called a grow pod (a “Grow Pod”).

The Company is now working to place 36 flowering Grow Pods and 12 support Grow Pods into production, which will bring the total number of Grow Pods approved by Health Canada and in production to 202. The Company anticipates that this expansion will add an additional 1,150 kilograms per year of dried cannabis flower production, bringing the overall anticipated production capacity for the Company’s facilities to 5,350 kilograms per year.

“This is the next step for Delta 9 in terms of Health Canada expansion approvals for our Phase II expansion. We feel the Grow Pod style of production allows us to scale and license our operations relatively quickly versus our competition,” said John Arbuthnot, CEO of Delta 9, “Additional supply capacity will allow us to pursue additional distribution agreements and secure our place in the Canadian cannabis market.”

The Company continues to install additional Grow Pods within the Phase II expansion areas of its Winnipeg facility. Delta 9’s Phase II plan contemplates expansion of its Winnipeg facilities to up to 608 Grow Pods, producing approximately 16,500 kilograms of cannabis per year.


AMC Statement on the Exoneration of Chief Poundmaker

TREATY ONE TERRITORY, MB. _ On May 23, 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travelled to Cut Knife Saskatchewan to officially exonerated Cree Chief Poundmaker of his conviction for the crime of treason in 1885.

“The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs fully supports the exoneration of Chief Pihtokahanapiwiyin Poundmaker. Chief Poundmaker was a peacemaker and a hero to many Cree peoples and will now be honoured as such. Chief Poundmaker’s strength, determination and commitment to protecting his people is something we should all honour” said Grand Chief Arlen Dumas.

Chief Poundmaker was insistent that the Crown uphold its Treaty 6 commitments, especially the medicine chest provision related to the provision of healthcare. Despite a targeted and unjustified attack on Poundmaker’s reserve in 1885, he asked his people not to pursue the Canadian forces and saved countless lives as a result. He was nevertheless arrested, convicted and imprisoned for treason and died shortly after being released for ill health.

Grand Chief Dumas further stated: “Chief Poundmaker’s attempts at peacemaking ultimately resulted in his death. It is incumbent upon Canada to make amends for this travesty, not only by exonerating him, but by honouring what he stood for – the implementation of Treaty 6. Canada has yet to fully honour and implement any of the historic treaties signed with First Nations.”

The AMC commends the First Nation leaders, elders, and community members involved in ensuring this exoneration happened today.


MB Government: Province Issues Enforcement Update

May 24, 2019

Investigation Leads to Charges Related to Fire on Little Grand Rapids First Nation

On May 21, 2018, a wildfire started along the shore of Family Lake and with very dry and windy conditions, it quickly grew out of control.  The fire ultimately forced the evacuation of over 2,000 residents of Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi First Nations for over a month.  By the time it was contained, the fire had burned 29,000 hectares (ha.) of forest in Manitoba and 3,000 ha. in Ontario.  It damaged a one-kilometre-long section of Manitoba Hydro line, a sub-station, six residences and an equipment warehouse on Little Grand Rapids First Nation.  In addition, it damaged 15 buildings at Moar Lake Lodge and five buildings at Fishing Lake Lodge.  Fire suppression costs totalled $1.3 million in Manitoba and $500,000 in Ontario.

After an investigation by Manitoba Sustainable Development, with support from the RCMP and the community of Little Grand Rapids, three individuals face a number of charges in connection to the fire.

Damian Deacon Frost Bushie, 19, of Little Grand Rapids, and Ace River Turtle, 20, of Pikangikum, Ont., have been charged with arson and leaving a place without ensuring the fire is out.  Another individual, a youth who cannot be named under The Youth Criminal Justice Act, has also been charged with arson and leaving a place without ensuring the fire is out.

Anyone with information about illegal activities is asked to call their local Manitoba Sustainable Development office or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) line at 1-800-782-0076.

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.


Island Lake RCMP investigating child sexual and physical abuse involving multiple victims

May 23, 2019
Garden Hill, Manitoba

Between December 2017 and June 2018, the Island Lake RCMP Detachment received three reports of child sexual assaults all reported to have occurred in the Garden Hill First Nation.

On February 25, 2018, a 21-year-old male from the community, Paul Bruce Harper, was first arrested and charged with multiple sexual offences.

During the course of the investigation into the three reported sexual assaults, it was learnt that the accused had access to a residence that was a foster home for numerous children in the community. A joint investigation between the RCMP and Child and Family Services was initiated.

“These allegations were very serious and as the investigation continued, we became increasingly concerned that there was a potential for more victims due to the number of children who were in the care of this foster home throughout the years,” said Superintendent Michael Koppang, Officer in Charge of Major Crime Services for the Manitoba RCMP.

More than 150 children were identified by Child and Family Services as having contact with the accused.

Based on their age at the time of the contact with the accused, child abuse investigators from the RCMP and/or Child and Family Services either interviewed the children or had them medically assessed by the Child Protection Centre at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. Additionally, a number of these youths were interviewed by experts at Snowflake Place for Children and Youth.

Following an extensive eleven-month investigation, a total of 17 children, both male and female, ranging from 3 to 15 years of age at the time of the incidents, were identified as victims of sexual and/or physical abuse. These offences occurred between 2011 and 2017.

During the course of this investigation, a second offender, a 20-year-old male, was also identified, arrested, and charged on September 7, 2018, November 22, 2018, and April 30, 2019, with multiple counts of Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference, Aggravated Assault, Assault with a Weapon and Assault. He cannot be named as he is being charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Paul Bruce Harper was charged on April 26, 2018, November 21, 2018, and April 30, 2019, with additional counts of Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference, Aggravated Assault, and Assault. Both Paul Bruce Harper and the 20-year-old male remain in custody.

On September 8, 2018, charges were laid against the foster mother, Lucy Harper, a 66-year-old female. She has been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with Perjury and two counts under the Child and Family Service Act of Failure to report a child in need of protection and Failure to provide for a child in need of protection. She is currently released on a recognizance with conditions and is no longer a foster parent.

“We recognize the possibility that there may be more children who have been victimized and are urging them to come forward and to speak with our investigators,” said Superintendent Koppang. “We recognize that calling the police is an extremely difficult step to take but I want to assure anyone who is thinking of coming forward that our officers are professional and compassionate and will work with victims to explain every step of the process.”

RCMP investigators can be reached by calling the Island Lake Detachment at 204-456-2290.

The RCMP has also partnered with Klinic Community Health. Klinic can accept reports from survivors of sexual assault who are 16-years-old or older from anywhere in Manitoba. The survivors can remain anonymous and work with Klinic counselors to determine the best way forward. Klinic 24/7 Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1-888-292-7565

RCMP are releasing a photo of Paul Harper in order to further investigative efforts and identify additional victims.

The Island Lake RCMP along with assistance from the RCMP Major Crime Unit continue to investigate.


Contact information

Cpl. Julie Courchaine, Media Relations Officer
RCMP Media Relations
Twitter @rcmpmb | @GRCManitoba |

File number: 2018826030


Three charged with arson related to Little Grand Rapids fire – CTV News

May 24, 2019

Three people have been charged in the wildfire that forced the evacuations of over 2,000 people last May.

On May 21, 2018 a wildfire started near Family Lake, ultimately forcing the evacuation of the residents of Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi First Nations for over a month.

By the time it was contained, the fire burned 29,000 hectares of forest in Manitoba and 3,000 in Ontario.

It damaged a one-kilometre-long section of Manitoba Hydro line, a sub-station, six homes, and an equipment warehouse on Little Grand Rapids First Nation.

The fire also damaged 15 buildings at Moar Lake Lodge and five buildings at Fishing Lake Lodge.

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Manitoba First Nation Children Sexually, Physically Abused: RCMP – HuffPost Canada

WINNIPEG — Two men and a foster mother have been charged following an investigation that police say found at least 17 children who were sexually and physically abused in a Manitoba Indigenous community.

“This is absolutely horrific allegations,” Families Minister Heather Stefanson said Thursday. “Certainly, our thoughts and prayers and sympathies go out to all the children and the communities and the families that are affected.”

RCMP said they received three complaints between December 2017 and June 2018 that children from the Garden Hill First Nation had been sexually assaulted.

In February 2018, Paul Bruce Harper was charged with multiple sexual offences.

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MMF Recognized by Government of Canada for its Community-based Monitoring of the Lake Winnipeg Basin

May 23, 2019

Today, the Government of Canada formally acknowledged the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) and its volunteers for their continued work monitoring the quality of Lake Winnipeg.

“We are very excited to play an integral role in watershed monitoring for the Lake Winnipeg Basin,” said John Parenteau, MMF Minister Responsible for Fisheries. “Protecting our water resources is of the utmost importance to the MMF as our Citizens and Harvesters are so reliant on them. It is our duty to protect and conserve our natural resources to ensure future generations are able to use them for traditional and cultural purposes.”

The efforts of MMF volunteers are part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to protecting Canada’s natural heritage, including the commitment to protect and restore the ecosystem health and water quality of freshwater resources.

Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, joined the MMF and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation to recognize and thank the volunteers who gather valuable scientific data in support of reducing nutrient loading to Lake Winnipeg. Mr. Duguid also highlighted $150,000 in funding for the Manitoba Métis Community-Based Monitoring Program. This project will engage Citizens and build capacity for collecting, analyzing and sharing scientific data and local knowledge. It will also increase awareness of water quality issues and help identify phosphorus hot spots to better focus nutrient-reducing actions to Lake Winnipeg.

The Manitoba Métis Community-Based Monitoring Program is also part of the ongoing work funded through the initial $3.8-million envelope from the Government of Canada and administered by the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program. This program supports local action to reduce nutrient pollution in Lake Winnipeg, fosters collaboration throughout the basin, and engages with all traditional stakeholders on freshwater issues.


For media information, please contact:
Manitoba Metis Federation
Al Foster – Director of Communications
Cell: 204-806-4752


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