Dissecting Canada’s NHL underachievers

We could see as many as five Canadians teams in the playoffs – but more likely we’ll see two or three at this pace

Dissecting Canada’s NHL underachieversFor fans of Canada’s seven embattled National Hockey League teams, the man from Zamboni is a suitable talisman of their frustration. As most everyone now knows, a 42-year-old Zamboni driver – a kidney-transplant Zamboni driver – stepped in for the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night in Toronto to defeat the listless Leafs 6-3. When both…

Winnipeg’s statue cleansing a distortion of history

The mayor is misreading the events of the Northwest Rebellion and romanticizing a nasty moment in our country’s history

Winnipeg’s statue cleansing a distortion of history“The red coats we know, but who are those little black devils?” This was the question posed by a Métis prisoner after the Battle of Fish Creek. Thus was born the nickname of the military unit that would later be known as the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, one that had been sent west to help crush…

Epidemic of illegal firearms overwhelms Canadian cities

Corrections institutions are merely holding facilities with few effective rehabilitative programs. They must have programs for safe, effective reintegration

Epidemic of illegal firearms overwhelms Canadian citiesAn analysis by the CBC covering two decades of homicide statistics for Winnipeg reveals a major shift in the types of weapons used. It’s happening across the country. Winnipeg had 44 homicides in 2019, more than in any other previous 10-year period. Police seized 1,771 guns in 2018, up from 1,195 in 2017 and 825…

We can’t just throw money at crime prevention

We need to to treat the crisis of a growing prison population as a public health challenge rather than the narrower response being advocated

We can’t just throw money at crime preventionWinnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth has a typical challenge on his hands: crime is up, resources are stretched and more money is needed. Behind the scenes, he must also be seen as preserving the interests of his officers and the police association. The Winnipeg Police Board and municipal politicians have their perpetual challenges: be perceived…

We must fight crime at its social roots

The rash of liquor store robberies in Winnipeg says more about underlying social problems than it does about the effectiveness of police

We must fight crime at its social rootsWinnipeg has experienced a rash of liquor store swarmings involving masked individuals who have become increasingly accustomed to little or no resistance. The best deterrent to crime is not the severity of sentence or punishment, but the certainty of detection and apprehension. An even better and common-sense response would be to mitigate the underlying precursors…

Pedestrian airlifted to Winnipeg following a highway accident

Pedestrian airlifted to Winnipeg following a highway accidentShortly after midnight Sept. 5, a pedestrian was hit by a motor vehicle on Hwy. 1A at the east end of Portage La Prairie and had to be airlifted via STARS to the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg. Portage la Prairie RCMP report the accident happened at 12:12 a.m. and involved a 34-year-old female who…

“Multi-grains of Energy” exhibit

From farm to art: Winnipeg artist thinks outside the cereal box It’s safe to say we have all heard of the nutritional goodness of the many grains grown on the prairies. But when Winnipeg artist Naomi Gerrard began thinking outside the cereal box, it ultimately led to the next Main Gallery exhibit at Prairie Fusion…

Fentanyl seizure results in 8-year sentence

Fentanyl seizure results in 8-year sentenceBy Cpl. Julie Courchaine, RCMP Media Relations Officer. Corey Slotta, 30, of Winnipeg was convicted on July 15 of importation of fentanyl and sentenced to eight years in prison. The RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit, working in partnership with Canada Border Services Agency, on Oct. 1, 2017, initiated an investigation in relation to…

Portage-Lisgar MP talks small business and environment during B.C. trip

Portage-Lisgar MP talks small business and environment during B.C. trip

Portage-Lisgar MP talks small business and environment during B.C. trip                    Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen this week delivered the Conservative business and environment message during a small business tour in Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. “Over the past few days, I had the opportunity to hear from community leaders and small business owners from various industries”…

Causing a commotion based on innocent colours

What’s in a name? Apparently plenty when it comes to sports teams and imaginary slights

Causing a commotion based on innocent coloursIrving Berlin’s song White Christmas is a classic. But if the logic of a special interest group in Winnipeg prevails, the song’s name would have to be changed to something like Grey Christmas. Black Space Winnipeg, a non-profit organization that lobbies for safe spaces for Winnipeg's black community, argues that the popular Whiteout event put…
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