Month: August 2017

As Convention Centre fills, 2nd emergency shelter set to open for northern Manitoba wildfire evacuees

Forest fire evacuees from three Manitoba First Nations line up in halls of the RBC Convention Centre where they will stay until the fire dies down. (Caroline Barghout/CBC) The Winnipeg emergency centre for evacuees driven from their homes by a wildfire in northern Manitoba is expected to reach its capacity of nearly 1,000 people by Friday morning. A spokesperson from the Canadian Red Cross told CBC News the organization expects the group shelter set up at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg to fill throughout Thursday night, and is preparing to open a second emergency shelter Friday morning for...

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Mixed year for Fort McMurray workers as oil struggles, construction booms

A construction worker helps with the completion of a house in the subdivision of Abasand Heights in Fort McMurray Alta. on Wednesday May 3, 2017. Robert Murray/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network It has been a year of contrasts for Fort McMurray’s labour movement, with one side buoyed by a construction boom following the May 2016 wildfire and another side worrying about oil prices, layoffs and mental health. But as Labour Day approaches, labour movements in the region say they hope the next 12 months will see some economic growth and stability for workers. “The biggest hits in growth have been...

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Whitehorse RCMP asking for help finding 19-year-old man

Police say Sheldon Jim was reportedly seen in Whitehorse a few weeks ago. (RCMP) The Whitehorse RCMP are asking the public for help finding 19-year-old Sheldon Jim. Jim was reported missing by family members on Aug. 26. The police say his family is concerned about his well-being. He was reportedly last seen in Whitehorse around the beginning of August. Jim is described as a First Nations man with black hair and brown eyes, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing approximately140 pounds. The RCMP are asking anyone with any information about his whereabouts to contact police at 867-667-5555. Click...

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‘Could have caused death’: Inuvik welding company’s rock crusher feed deliberately jammed with iron

Wesley Bergeron holds one of the 12 pieces of iron he found near the rock crusher. (Mackenzie Scott/CBC) Police are investigating after pieces of solid iron were jammed into an Inuvik welding company’s crusher feed. A supervisor at Bob’s Welding Ltd. says the iron not only damaged its equipment, but nearly caused serious injury. The company says it happened over the weekend of August 18, sometime between Friday night and Monday morning. Iron is about three times harder than rock, so when the crusher was turned on Monday morning they damaged the machine and two pieces were spit out....

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Switched at birth forty years ago, four men still ‘filled with questions’ after investigation into Manitoba hospital

John Woods / The Canadian Press John Woods / THE CANADIAN PRESS By Steve Lambert NORWAY HOUSE, Man. — The families of four men who were switched at birth and sent home from a northern Manitoba hospital with the wrong parents said they were left with more questions than answers Thursday after reviews by the RCMP and Health Canada. Manitoba RCMP said no charges will be laid in the two mixups at the Norway House Indian Hospital in 1975 because there is no evidence that what happened was a criminal offence. Health Canada said its review found that the...

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