Airport workers on strike

Airport workers on strike

    Delays are not expected says airport authority           Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is saying that delays are not expected as 150 of their employees march the picket line after talks broke down Sunday evening. Just after 3:00 am Monday, July 24, 2017, the Canadian Transportation Employees represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) set up a picket line at the arrivals entrance to the international airport. PSAC represents duty managers, administrative workers, various tradespersons, IT workers, airfield maintenance, and labourers “PSAC and its…

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Province selling vacant Manitoba Housing high-rise

Province selling vacant Manitoba Housing high-rise

    “This vacant property is the wrong building for us”            Anyone looking to buy a slightly used high-rise? Manitoba Housing announced Monday, July 17, 2017, that they will be selling the former Manitoba Housing complex located at 185 Smith Street in Winnipeg. The multi-unit building was built in 1973 and has sat empty since 2015.  It contains 300 bachelor and one bedroom units. The building suffered a water main break in 2015 that required millions of dollars be spent to make repairs. The province…

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NO BUYER AFTER FAILED AUCTION OF NEECHI COMMONS

NO BUYER AFTER FAILED AUCTION OF NEECHI COMMONS

Assiniboine Credit Union will have to resort to traditional techniques in selling the property that houses Neechi Commons on Main Street in Winnipeg. On Wednesday July 12, 2017 an auction for the property was held but the local credit union received no bids on the building valued at more than $ 3.8 million. The building has ended up in a sale situation after the current owners were unable to make several mortgage payments. For their part the operators at Neechi get a bit more time to figure out how to…

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MANITOBA METIS FEDERATION LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE OUTREACH OFFICE

MANITOBA METIS FEDERATION LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE OUTREACH OFFICE

On Monday June 26, 2017  the Manitoba Metis Federation and the federal Canadian Government announced a mobile outreach office which will provide the Metis Nation in Manitoba with improved access to services like citizenship applications and training and education programs. The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and David Chartrand, President of the MMF made the announcement. The federal government invested more than half a million dollars into the project to help increase the availability of services for remote communities. “We are honoured to be working  with the…

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ACADEMY LANES SET TO CLOSE IN JULY

ACADEMY LANES SET TO CLOSE IN JULY

Academy Lanes announced on Saturday June 24, 2017 that they will be closing one of three locations effective July 18, 2017. In a letter posted on social media Todd Britton, President of Academy Lanes said that they were forced to close the Academy Road location after 35 years because of “circumstances beyond our control”. Those circumstances centre around not being able to negotiate a new rental agreement to continue to use the building from the property owners. Academy Lanes other locations,Billy Mosienko Lanes and Academy Lanes West, will remain open….

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FORKS NOW CHARGING TO USE PARKADE

FORKS NOW CHARGING TO USE PARKADE

The parkade at the Forks is no longer free. Effective June 15, 2017 the historic site has slapped a $1 per half hour charge on visitors who use the parking structure near the Canadian Human Rights Museum. If you have a disability permit or are a family with small children one level of the parkade has been reserved for your use. According to a spokesperson for the forks the surface lot behind the Inn at the Forks and the one by the train cars will remain free. The decision to…

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LOWES TO OPEN WINNIPEG STORE IN 2018

LOWES TO OPEN WINNIPEG STORE IN 2018

Winnipeg will be getting a new player in the home improvement market in 2018 Lowes Canada has announced that it will be expanding into Winnipeg next year with a new 95,000 square foot store at Kenaston and McGillvary . It is expected that the new retail outlet will create about 125 jobs with an additional 30 – 35 seasonal positions. “We believe this new store will allow us to become part of an established and active shopping hub, and will support our ongoing strategy to be the home improvement choice…

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WINNERS, FIONN MACCOOL’S OPENING SOON AT GRANT PARK MALL

WINNERS, FIONN MACCOOL’S  OPENING SOON AT GRANT PARK MALL

Grant Park Shopping Centre is has been going through lots of changes over the past few years and it’s breathing new life into the 45 year old shopping destination. In June of 2016 Canadian Tire opened as an anchor tenant at the east end of the mall after Target Canada shut it’s doors. It will soon joined by Goodlife Fitness that is in the final stages of construction. Renovations are also underway for the newest anchor on the west end of the mall near the Liquor Mart and Red River Coop….

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FLAIR AIRLINES TAKES OVER NEWLEAF TRAVEL

FLAIR AIRLINES TAKES OVER NEWLEAF TRAVEL

    Canada’s third national scheduled airline created with merger           Airline ticket reseller NewLeaf  Travel has been taken over by the company it was selling tickets for. On Wednesday June 7, 2017 Flair Airlines announced that it had purchased Winnipeg based NewLeaf. NewLeaf began operations in 2016 under a cloud as startup, regulatory delays, cancelled flights and booking issues plagued operations. Although the deep discount air service did manage to complete about 2200 flights since opening it is still in its infancy in the market….

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WINNIPEG’S ARENA HAS A NEW NAME

WINNIPEG’S ARENA HAS A NEW NAME

MTS Centre is no more!  Ok well the arena is still there but after 13 years it is getting a new name. Effective today the Winnipeg arena will be know as Bell MTS Place to reflect the purchase of MTS by Bell earlier this year. The Iceplex in the west end of the city will also undergo a name change. It will now be known as the Bell MTS Iceplex. True North says that it will take a few months for the news signage to be in place but that…

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