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In the news today, May 25 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
May 25, 2018 

Five stories in the news for Friday, May 25



Police are searching for two suspects after 15 people were injured by an “improvised explosive device” inside an Indian restaurant in Mississauga, Ont. Peel Region police said they were called about the explosion in the Bombay Bhel restaurant just after 10:30 p.m. ET. Paramedics say three people suffered critical injuries and the other 12 suffered minor injuries.



Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives are promising “explosive revelations” about anti-Semitism within the NDP, as the provincial election campaign grows increasingly nasty. These new allegations will come a day after the Liberals accused PC Leader Doug Ford of selling bogus party memberships and intimidating a would-be candidate in 2016 _ allegations Ford has dismissed.



The federal government is placing limits on the West Coast chinook salmon fishery in an effort to protect endangered whales. There a few dozen southern resident killer whales remaining in three separate pods that inhabit waters from Vancouver Island to northern California, and chinook make up a large portion of their diet.



The weather co-operated Thursday with efforts to evacuate more than 1,000 people from two First Nations threatened by forest fires in northern Manitoba. With thick smoke no longer causing trouble at the airport in Little Grand Rapids, planes and helicopters were moving people out of the community as well as neighbouring Pauingassi, about 260 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.



Greater Vancouver’s transit agency is suspending plans for a promotional campaign featuring Morgan Freeman after the Oscar-winning actor was accused of misconduct by several women. TransLink says it has decided to halt public announcements voiced by Freeman that had been set to play in the system as part of a Visa Canada advertising campaign. Visa also announced plans to cut ties with Freeman.



_ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will cast his vote in the Ontario election.

_ The Senate social affairs committee will hear witnesses on Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act.

_ Sentencing in Calgary for Troy Millington, a former Alberta Party leadership candidate, on child pornography charges.

_ Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, charged in relation to an attack on an Edmonton police officer, to appear in court.

_ In Winnipeg, a sentencing date will be set for Guido Amsel, found guilty for four counts of attempted murder for letter bombs.

_ Details about Halifax’s new professional soccer club will be unveiled.


University of Winnipeg: New Student Scholarship For 2SLGBTQ* Community

May 23, 2018

WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg Senate has approved a new scholarship for students who identify as members of the 2SLGBTQ* community. Available this fall, the newly created University of Winnipeg Alumni Association 2SLGBTQ* Student Award is a $500 award for a second-, third-, or fourth-year undergraduate student who is active in community service or demonstrates academic promise in research on topics with particular relevance to the 2SLGBTQ* community.

The award is initially funded by the Alumni Association Past Presidents Legacy Fund, which was created in 2010 by the UWinnipeg Alumni Council, as well as by the Mary C. Rowell Prize fund. Ongoing support for the award will include proceeds from sales of the Pride-themed “Belong” t-shirt that was designed by UWinnipeg last year for its Pride Week celebrations and is available for purchase at the UWinnipeg campus store.

“We are very proud that The University of Winnipeg is an inclusive and accessible community — a place of learning for all students, for every person of every unique and nuanced identity. This new student scholarship is just another illustration of that principle,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, President and Vice-Chancellor.

“The University of Winnipeg is a special and important place to our 50,000-plus alumni community, and we are always looking for ways to give back and help new students succeed. Many of us also benefitted from the help of others, and we are thrilled that this new award will support the success of UWinnipeg students in the 2SLGBTQ* community,” said Ruth Dickinson, UWinnipeg Alumni Association President.

Eligible students may apply for the University of Winnipeg Alumni Association 2SLGBTQ* Student Award via the Awards & Financial Aid web page on the UWinnipeg website ( in July. The 2018-19 scholarship application deadline is October 5, 2018.

The University of Winnipeg’s 2018 Pride Week celebration runs from May 23 until June 3. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends are all invited to participate in a range of activities on campus that includes the raising of the Pride and Two-spirit flags on May 25 at 10:00 am in Portage Commons (campus front lawn), a speaker series, and a group march in the city’s Pride parade on June 3.

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Mba-Fire-Evacuation – Audio Clip NAT100 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Audio
May 24, 2018 

100 – (Mba-Fire-Evacuation)

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WINNIPEG. x–05s. Some 14-hundred people are being moved out of two First Nations communities in Manitoba. A forest fire has prompted people to leave Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi (pahn-GAS’-ee), about 260 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. Jason Small with the Canadian Red Cross says the weather is co-operating and planes and helicopters are taking people out. (“..the end of today.”) (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: The fire that caused the evacuation had grown to 200 square kilometres, sending thick smoke and ash into the air.

Mba-Fire-Evacuation – Audio Clip NAT099 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Audio
May 24, 2018 

099 – (Mba-Fire-Evacuation)

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WINNIPEG. x–09s. The weather is now co-operating with efforts to evacuate about 14-hundred people from two First Nations communities in Manitoba that are threatened by forest fires. The Canadian Red Cross says planes and helicopters have been able to move people out of Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi (pahn-GAS’-ee), about 260 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. Red Cross spokesman Jason Small says everyone should be out before the end of today and brought to hotel rooms in Winnipeg. (“..they arrive here.”) (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Chief Raymond Keeper of Little Grand Rapids says homes are damaged in his community but there was no loss of life.

Weather co operating with evacuation of fire threatened communities in Manitoba – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
May 24, 2018 

WINNIPEG _ The weather was co-operating Thursday with efforts to evacuate some 1,400 people from two First Nations communities threatened by forest fires in northern Manitoba.

With thick smoke no longer causing trouble at the airport in Little Grand Rapids, planes and helicopters were moving people out of the community as well as neighbouring Pauingassi, about 260 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

“Things are going smoothly at this point. Our focus is on getting the last people out,” said Jason Small, a spokesman for the Canadian Red Cross.

“As long as everything goes well, we are working towards getting everybody out … by the end of today.”

A dry spring has led to an early forest fire season across Manitoba. The blaze near Little Grand Rapids broke out earlier this week and had grown to cover 200 square kilometres by Wednesday evening.

Chief Raymond Keeper of Little Grand Rapids said homes were damaged in his community but no one was killed.

“Material stuff can be replaced but lives can’t be, so we’re very fortunate,” Keeper said Thursday.

“They picked up another small bundle (of people) this morning and they’re just looking to see if there’s any more left.”

The chief and council at Little Grand Rapids said they had asked for help Monday and accused the federal government of being slow in responding. As well, thick smoke near the airport in Little Grand Rapids initially hampered the evacuation effort.

The Canadian Red Cross, which is in charge of the evacuation, was using chartered private planes, a military transport plane and a military Chinook helicopter. The helicopter was being used primarily in Pauingassi, which has no airport and lies 12 kilometres from Little Grand Rapids.


Manitoba Media Bulletin: Fire Bulletin #6

May 24, 2018

Provincial resources including Manitoba Sustainable Development, Emergency Measures Organization and the Office of the Fire Commissioner continue to work on a number of fires around the province. Manitobans are reminded there are fire and travel restrictions in place across parts of south, central and western Manitoba. Warm temperatures and strong winds continue to make firefighting difficult in many areas. Ontario has provided 80 firefighters with another 40 expected today and Quebec has sent four water bombers.

The fire between the Little Grand Rapids First Nation and the Pauingassi First Nation covers over 20,000 hectares (ha) and is now about 4.5 kilometres from Pauingassi. Crews are working in the community of Little Grand Rapids to protect homes with sprinklers to prevent new fires from starting. At this time, about one-third of the buildings have protection and crews are working to complete protection of the remaining homes as quickly as possible. The fire has also knocked out power to the area. Evacuation of the Little Grand Rapids First Nation and the Pauingassi First Nation continues.

The wildfire program continues to work with local fire departments and the Office of the Fire Commissioner on large fires totaling almost 11,000 ha near the community of Ashern, with ground crews and water bombers. The community remains on evacuation alert.

Fires near the community of Sapotaweyak Cree Nation are being held, but the community remains evacuated.

Seven new fires started yesterday and the total number of fires in Manitoba to date is 173, well above the 20-year average of 105 for this date.

A list of parks with campfire restrictions can be found at Visitors to provincial parks should check with park staff for the most up-to-date information.

A map of the areas affected and a detailed description of the provincial fire and travel restrictions can be found at Local municipalities may also implement burning bans or fire restrictions. Check with local municipal offices or visit for more information.

For further general information on fire status, maps, burning permit cancellations or other restrictions go to or follow the Twitter account at .

For additional information on these restrictions, contact the nearest Manitoba Sustainable Development office. To report a wildfire, call 911 or the T.I.P. 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.


Province Strengthens Fish Marketing Regulations

May 23, 2018

Changes Improve Accountability: Squires

Coinciding with the start of the commercial fishing season, the Manitoba government has made changes to increase the accountability and transparency of the new open market system for commercial fishers, Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires announced today.

“Our open market system has increased opportunities for commercial fishers to market their catch.  Under the move to the open market, fishers are already getting better prices for some species,” Squires said.  “We want to support this important part of our economy and the fishers who make a living from our lakes.”

Improvements to the regulations will reduce red tape for commercial fishers who only sell their catch to buyers such as restaurants, community centres and grocery stores in Manitoba.  These fishers will be required to become fish dealers but will have streamlined reporting requirements.  Commercial fishers will still be allowed to sell their catch directly to consumers without becoming a licensed fish dealer.

The province confirms an investigation by the Special Investigations Unit of Conservation Officer Service of Sustainable Development into allegations of payment defaults to fishers remains ongoing.  No charges have been laid to date, but enforcement actions are being contemplated.

Based on preliminary findings of this investigation, the province has enacted several changes to the regulations surrounding the open commercial fish market including establishing reasonable reporting requirements and the roles and responsibilities of agents who work on behalf of fish dealers.

In addition, the province announced today, based on consultation with fishers, it is restoring the provisions surrounding local marketing of channel catfish by-catch.  Channel catfish may now be sold within Manitoba, but only to final consumers, not restaurants, stores or fish dealers.  This will provide a balance between commercial fishing interests, which remains relatively limited and protecting the trophy channel catfish fishery on the Red River.

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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.


Exhaustion, concern and relief on board first Hercules airlift for Manitoba fire evacuees – CBC

The Armed Forces assisted residents fleeing northern fire half the size of Winnipeg

May 24, 2018

Passengers on board the first military Hercules aircraft carrying residents from a fire-threatened Manitoba community were exhausted but relieved to be heading to safety Wednesday evening.

Sixty people were crammed along the length of the aircraft, many with small children sleeping on their laps. There was little conversation over the mechanical roar of the four huge propellers on the plane.

Many of the passengers had been waiting more than 48 hours to leave their community of Little Grand Rapids, Man., forced out by a fire nearly half the size of Winnipeg that started on Monday.

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AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Wants Governments to Work with First Nations in Manitoba to Ensure Safety During the Wildfire Emergency

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Wants Governments to Work with First Nations in Manitoba to Ensure Safety During the Wildfire Emergency

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said today that all governments and emergency service providers must work with First Nations leadership in Manitoba to ensure the safety and security of all those affected by the wildfire situation in the province.

“Our first thoughts are for the safety and well-being of all the families, the children, men and women in the communities that are dealing with this crisis situation,” said AFN National Chief Bellegarde. “This calls for immediate action by the federal and provincial governments and all emergency service providers to work cooperatively and collaboratively in coordination with the First Nations to find the most effective and efficient way to get our people out of harm’s way. This is not an issue of jurisdiction. This is an issue of the safety and security for First Nations families.”

The current situation is volatile and changing rapidly. The most recent reports indicate wildland fires have resulted in the need to fully evacuate Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi First Nation and Sapotaweyak Cree Nation in Manitoba.

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

For media requests or more information, please contact:

Jamie Monastyrski
Press Secretary
National Chief’s Office
343-540-6179 (cell)

Monica Poirier
Bilingual Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext. 382
613-290-0706 (cell)


In the news today, May 24 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
May 24, 2018 

Six stories in the news for Thursday, May 24



The federal government has blocked the proposed $1.5-billion takeover of the Aecon Group construction firm by a Chinese state-owned company for reasons of national security. China’s embassy in Ottawa responded to the decision last night by warning that it wasn’t good for the countries’ business relationship and that it would “seriously undermine the confidence” of Chinese investors. Aecon said it was disappointed with the decision.



Canadian National Railway is preparing to buy hundreds of new grain hopper cars to get shipments moving after a bill that encourages railways to make investments to avert service disruptions became law Wednesday. CN Rail expects to buy new grain cars to replace some 200 to 300 that are replaced annually. The Transportation Modernization Act includes financial penalties for railways that fail to deliver promised rail cars for grain shipments on time.



A new Leger poll suggests the NDP and Progressive Conservatives are deadlocked at 37 per cent in voter support with two weeks to go before the June 7 election. The survey, taken May 18 to May 22, shows the struggling Liberals trail at 21 per cent. At the same time, a sizable number of voters _ more than one third of those asked _ have yet to make a final decision about who they’ll vote for.



The Trudeau government is keeping the door open to sending more helicopters to Mali to ensure Canadian Forces can provide round-the-clock medical evacuations in what is expected to be a harsh environment. Canada is preparing to send two Chinook transport helicopters and four armed Griffon escorts to the African nation this summer as part of a UN mission. The helicopters and about 250 personnel are scheduled to begin work on Aug. 1.



Grassy Narrows First Nation is scheduled to release a study today on health impacts in the northern Ontario community linked to eating mercury-contaminated fish. Mercury contamination has plagued the English-Wabigoon River system for half a century, since a paper mill in Dryden, Ont., dumped 9,000 kilograms of the substance into the river systems in the 1960s.



Alex Ovechkin will play for the Stanley Cup for the first time in his 13-year career after Washington beat Tampa Bay 4-0 last night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. It will be Washington’s first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years. The Capitals will now face the Vegas Golden Knights for the storied trophy. Game One is Monday night in Vegas.



_ The Royal Bank and TD Bank will release their second-quarter results.

_ Statistics Canada releases the employment insurance figures for March.

_ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues his visit to the La Malbaie area ahead of the upcoming G7 summit.

_ The Canadian Hurricane Centre will discuss the upcoming hurricane season.

_ Nova Scotia PC Party leadership debate in Middleton, the first of six across the province.

_ Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan attends the change of command ceremony at NORAD in Colorado.

_ Governor General Julie Payette will deliver remarks at the Arctic Sustainability Summit in Montreal.

_ Indigenous leaders hold a summit in Ottawa to focus on moving past The Indian Act.


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