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A 19-year-old is in police custody, charged with second-degree murder after a West End assault last weekend became the city’s’ 10th homicide of the year on Friday. Winnipeg police say the victim, 42-year-old William Lewis Paul, died as a result of his injuries after he was assaulted in 400 block of Langside last Sunday. Ahmed...
A 19-year-old is in police custody, charged with second-degree murder after a West End assault last weekend became the city’s’ 10th homicide of the year on Friday.
Winnipeg police say the victim, 42-year-old William Lewis Paul, died as a result of his injuries after he was assaulted in 400 block of Langside last Sunday.
Ahmed Abduikadir Mohamed was arrested on Friday and is in custody.
The slaying of Paul comes on the same weekend where 38-year-old John Gabriel was also killed.
Gabriel, identified by media reports, was found by police in the 100 block of Salter Avenue in the early hours of March 16.
Paul’s death makes it four homicides in a span of just over a week.
“Any number (of homicides) is bad, no one wants to see this number,” said police spokesperson Const. Rob Carver at a hastily-called press briefing at police headquarters last Saturday. “We haven’t had this number in a while. But in other cities where there has been a rash of homicides all fueled by a clash between gangs, then that’s a statement that the police need to make in terms of dangers to the community. But when they are random like the ones we’ve seen this year, I don’t think there is a conclusion you can draw other than the fact it’s tragic.
“Nine homicides is nine too many.”
The city is on pace for nearly double the 22 homicides in 2018.
Your kids can’t tell if that brownie on the counter contains cannabis just by looking at it, so keep it locked up and out of their reach. That’s the gist of new online messages that the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) hopes will alert caregivers to the risks edible cannabis products pose to children. The...
Your kids can’t tell if that brownie on the counter contains cannabis just by looking at it, so keep it locked up and out of their reach.
That’s the gist of new online messages that the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) hopes will alert caregivers to the risks edible cannabis products pose to children.
The federal government legalized recreational sales of dried and fresh cannabis on Oct. 17, 2018 and plans to legalize the sale of edible marijuana products by Oct. 17, 2019.
The WRHA posted a video with a few notable cannabis warnings on its Twitter account Friday.
“Making edibles with your cannabis? Your child can’t tell that it’s not a regular brownie. Keep it out of sight and locked away,” a post related to the video states.
The video itself includes an image of a small child reaching for a brownie and concludes with the written warning “legal doesn’t mean harmless.”
Dr. Joss Reimer, medical officer of health for the WRHA, said the messages are meant to ensure the public is educated on the risks of edible cannabis before it is legally sold.
“Kids can actually get really sick from a large amount of cannabis and the smaller the kid, the smaller the amount that’s required to make them sick. We tend to hear the message for adults that you can’t die from an overdose of cannabis but that’s not necessarily true for kids,” said Reimer.
The WRHA is also developing ways to better track how many kids are hospitalized after consuming cannabis, she said.
“While we haven’t seen any changes in kids presenting with overdose yet, it is something that we plan to watch,” said Reimer.
The doctor also advises parents not to smoke cannabis in front of their children, since second-hand pot smoke is believed to be harmful.
To paraphrase Sir Elton John, Saturday night’s alright for fighting – for first place in the Central Division. This Winnipeg-Nashville tilt isn’t quite a winner-take-all, one-game showdown for the Division title, but it’s close. With nearly six months of frequently bumpy brick road behind them, and a sense they’ve been grinding their gears looking for...
To paraphrase Sir Elton John, Saturday night’s alright for fighting – for first place in the Central Division.
This Winnipeg-Nashville tilt isn’t quite a winner-take-all, one-game showdown for the Division title, but it’s close.
With nearly six months of frequently bumpy brick road behind them, and a sense they’ve been grinding their gears looking for overdrive a good part of that time, the Winnipeg Jets can go a long way to making this regular season a success against the Predators on Saturday night.
A clean win, and the Jets double their lead to four points, still with a game in hand and seven more to play, getting one firm hand on the top spot and home-ice advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs.
A clean loss, and the Predators draw even, making that game in hand critical.
A win would also give Winnipeg the season series, 3-1, but that’s a secondary tiebreaker to ROW (regulation and overtime wins), a category the Jets lead Nashville by four.
So the Jets still have the edge, but it’s tight.
A loss Saturday, and it could quickly become suffocating.
How you view the state of the team going into this one depends on your perspective.
Fear the worst, and Thursday’s 5-0 flattening at the hands of the Vegas Golden Knights was an ominous sign of how the Jets aren’t built to handle the heavy-going of the looming post-season.
Vegas was faster, heavier and hungrier, and Winnipeg had no answers for it.
“It’s going to look like we’re not doing a good job defensively, but really it’s just them,” defenceman Ben Chiarot said, post-game. “They’re quick and they’ve got good skill, so it’s going to look ugly sometimes.”
That it did.
Prefer the bright side, and the mini win streak before Vegas – two of them against bottom-feeders L.A. and Anaheim, two against contenders Calgary and Boston – is a soothing salve for the scorching they just took in the desert.
Blake Wheeler was slathering the stuff on after the Jets emerged from the woodshed.
“We just won four straight, we’re in first place in our division, have Nashville coming into our building – a lot to be excited about,” is how the captain summed things up.
Seems to me there’s plenty to wonder about, too.
The way Vegas played Thursday’s game, and the way Nashville prepared for the playoffs by adding grinder Wayne Simmonds and 6-foot-6, 245-pound Brian Boyle in recent moves, makes one wonder if opponents have determined the best way to beat the Jets is to get physical.
The Knights sure looked the part the other day, from Mark Stone’s demolition of Wheeler on the first shift to the many times Patrik Laine was knocked on his keester.
“Generally, if you’re quicker to pucks and defensively, you’re going to be more physical, so that’s probably why it looked that way,” Chiarot said. “I like the way we played (on the trip), especially coming off last week, three top teams in the league come into our rink, we play well and bring that on the road, take two of the three – we’re in a good place coming home.”
If you need to lean on one, there is an extenuating circumstance to Thursday’s thrashing, as the Jets had played the night before.
But if you’re going to fly alongside that goose, you have to be willing to listen to the honk of the gander, too: Calgary and San Jose were playing on back-to-back nights in Winnipeg last week, and the Jets didn’t dominate either. In fact, they lost to the Sharks.
Here’s another nugget that may or may not be significant going into Saturday’s tilt.
The Jets have lost by at least four goals on three previous occasions this season: 7-1 in Colorado, Feb. 20, 4-0 in Pittsburgh, Jan. 4, and 5-1 in Dallas, Oct. 6.
Each time, they’ve come back to win two nights later.
The most recent example came in Vegas last month, after that 7-1 pasting in Denver. The Jets cruised, 6-3, that night.
So it appears the psychological effects of a beat-down haven’t lingered previously, even on so many young minds.
“Last time we were in here,” Bryan Little said, post-game in Vegas. “We were coming off a pretty embarrassing loss. That definitely changes the circumstances.”
Maybe, just maybe, that makes Thursday’s shellacking the best thing that could have happened to the Jets going into Saturday.
Then again, it’s Nashville.
They shouldn’t need it.
“We always get up for those games,” Chiarot said. “Those are fun games to be part of, especially in our rink on a Saturday night.”
It appears Winnipeg Jets goalie Laurent Brossoit will miss at least one game after he was hurt in Thursday’s 5-0 loss in Vegas.
The Jets on Friday called up Eric Comrie on emergency recall from the AHL Manitoba Moose, who were playing in Colorado on Friday night.
Comrie is expected to back up starter Connor Hellebuyck when the Jets host Nashville in a critical home game, Saturday.
Brossoit wasn’t sharp, Thursday, especially on the Golden Knights’ first goal.
He was also shaken up when Vegas forward Cody Eakin crashed his net late in the first period.
When Vegas made it 3-0 in the second, Brossoit’s night was over, Jets coach Paul Maurice saying later he pulled himself from the game.
That forced Hellebuyck, who’d played the night before, back in.
Maurice will update Brossoit’s status Saturday morning.
Winnipeg leads Nashville by two points, with one game in hand on the Predators and eight left in the regular season.
In other Moose news, the team signed forward Cole Maier and U of M Bisons goalie Byron Spriggs to amateur tryout contracts.
Maier, who attended Jets development camp last year, just finished his final season at Union College in New York State, where he recorded 32 points in 39 games and was a finalist for the award as best defensive forward of the year in his conference.
Spriggs just completed his career with the Bisons, playing 93 games over five seasons and recording a .905 saves percentage.
Winnipeg Jets vs Nashville Predators 6 p.m., Bell MTS Place. TV: Sportsnet. Radio: TSN 1290 THE BIG MATCHUP The blue lines Even with P.K. Subban having an off year, offensively, Nashville has one of the NHL’s elite defence corps, with three players – Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis – among the team’s top...
The blue lines
Even with P.K. Subban having an off year, offensively, Nashville has one of the NHL’s elite defence corps, with three players – Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis – among the team’s top six in scoring. Meanwhile, the Jets’ blue line is banged up, still without Dustin Byfuglien and Josh Morrissey and likely Nathan Beaulieu. Winnipeg’s forwards should be able to handle Nashville’s, and if Connor Hellebuyck can match Pekka Rinne in goal, performance on the back end could prove to be the difference.
What happens in Vegas…
The Jets were dominated in Sin City, physically and on the scoresheet, and they’ll have to forget Thursday’s 5-0 manhandling at the hands of the Golden Knights in a hurry. Given how young they are, that’ll be easier said than done, although the three other times they’ve lost by at least four goals this season they have bounced back to win the next game. Show any shell shock against the Preds and it could be another long night.
Seize the moment
This is no time to forget what’s at stake on Saturday: first place in the Central is very much up for grabs, with the Preds able to grab a share of it with a regulation victory. The Jets still have one game in hand, but they don’t want to have to rely on that. Ideally, they’d be able to rest a few players over their last seven games, not have to grind all the way to Game 82 to seal top spot in the division and home-ice advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs.
While a stint on the top line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler got Laine’s all-around game going in the right direction, that vaunted scoring touch has vanished. Laine finished the Vegas game back on the No. 2 line, with centre Kevin Hayes and buddy Nik Ehlers. But he hasn’t scored in 11 games, and is not far removed from a 15-game drought. Bigger picture: Laine has just four goals in his last 29 games and six in his last 42. The Jets need him to regain the feeling.
Vegas had its way with the Jets on Thursday, from Mark Stone’s thundering early hit on captain Blake Wheeler to Ryan Reaves’ abuse of Laine. No doubt Winnipeg misses the physical presence of Byfuglien, but they’ve always preferred the all-for-one and one-for-all approach to toughness, and now’s the time to lean on it, or teams like Nashville might spot a weakness.
If there’s one area that’s stacked in the Jets’ favour it’s with the extra man, where Winnipeg is ranked fourth in the league, Nashville a surprising 30th. The Preds’ ineffective power play should allow the Jets to play with a little more edge to their game, not fearing a trip to the penalty box the way they might against powerhouse power plays like Tampa Bay’s or Boston’s.
Kyle Connor-Mark Scheifele-Blake Wheeler
Patrik Laine-Kevin Hayes-Nik Ehlers
Brendan Tanev-Adam Lowry-Bryan Little
Mathieu Perreault-Andrew Copp-Jack Roslovic
Joe Morrow-Jacob Trouba
Dmitry Kulikov-Tyler Myers
Ben Chiarot-Sami Niku
Filip Forsberg-Ryan Johansen-Viktor Arvidsson
Mikael Granlund-Nick Bonino-Wayne Simmonds
Calle Jarnkrok-Colton Sissons-Craig Smith
Brian Boyle-Kyle Turris-Rocco Grimaldi
Roman Josi-Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm-P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin-Yannick Weber
Jets: G Laurent Brossoit, D Josh Morrissey, D Dustin Byfuglien, D Nathan Beaulieu
Predators: F Miikka Salomaki, F Zac Rinaldo, D Dan Hamhuis
Winnipeg: 25.5% (4th)
Nashville: 12.8% (30th)
Winnipeg: 79.7% (21st)
Nashville: 81.3% (11th)
Winnipeg is still determining if a $40-million boost to its federal gas tax revenues will arrive quickly enough to reverse its residential road repair cut. Mayor Brian Bowman said Jim Carr, Canada’s International Trade Minister and the Liberal MP for Winnipeg South Centre, has confirmed the money should reach the city “within days” of when...
Winnipeg is still determining if a $40-million boost to its federal gas tax revenues will arrive quickly enough to reverse its residential road repair cut.
Mayor Brian Bowman said Jim Carr, Canada’s International Trade Minister and the Liberal MP for Winnipeg South Centre, has confirmed the money should reach the city “within days” of when the federal budget passes.
But while Carr has stated that process should be completed by the third week of June, the city isn’t sure that will offer enough time to spend it during the upcoming construction season, said Bowman.
The mayor previously estimated the federal cash would need to arrive by May or June at the latest to allow it to be exclusively spent on residential road repairs.
“I want to see the money go to roads and local roads in particular. The sooner the budget passes, the more flexibility that council will ultimately have on where it would like those funds directed,” said Bowman.
The city’s 2019 budget includes $86.4 million for road repairs, with very little residential roads spending, despite a previous forecast that Winnipeg would invest $128.4 million in road repairs this year. Bowman has blamed an alleged provincial failure to pay $40 million of promised 2018 roads funding for forcing that decision. The province denies any shortfall occurred.
While the mayor said it would be premature for council to pass a motion that dedicates all of the unexpected federal funding to roads before the municipality actually receives it, that remains where he’d like the funds to go.
“My priority is roads,” he said.
Minister Carr, who was in Winnipeg Friday, said the federal budget may still pass earlier and is “highly unlikely” to be delayed past when parliament rises in late June.
Carr said the city could also consider temporarily borrowing money to get projects started in the meantime.
“The scope of the municipalities includes the ability to borrow against that money. Winnipeg city council could decide that it wanted to borrow against the certainty of that $40-million federal transfer. That’s up to them,” he said.
The minister said direct federal investments in municipalities reflect a belief that “a lot of (funding) decisions should be made by governments that are closest to the people.”
Carr said it was “purely coincidental” that the federal government will boost direct revenue to Winnipeg by the same amount the province is accused of cutting it. He said the amount of gas tax funding is determined by a set per capita formula.
The Manitoba government has selected seven communities to receive one of its next round of cannabis stores. The province will allow a single store to set up in each of Altona, Flin Flon, Lac du Bonnet, Niverville, Swan River, Virden and the Rural Municipality of Russell-Binscarth. Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen said the...
The Manitoba government has selected seven communities to receive one of its next round of cannabis stores.
The province will allow a single store to set up in each of Altona, Flin Flon, Lac du Bonnet, Niverville, Swan River, Virden and the Rural Municipality of Russell-Binscarth.
Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen said the communities were selected to advance a government goal that 90% of Manitobans have a recreational cannabis store located within a 30-minute drive.
“This helps to fill … the holes in the province that don’t have that 30-minute drive availability,” said Pedersen. “It brings us very close to that mandate.”
Pedersen noted that goal is meant to help legal cannabis sales undermine the black market, though government doesn’t yet have a clear measurement to determine what portion of pot demand is now addressed by legal sales.
The province hopes to meet the 30-minute access goal within two years of the legalization of recreational cannabis sales, which began on Oct. 17, 2018.
Pedersen said a shortage of cannabis supply is limiting the second round of retail store additions, with the province’s 21 current stores only receiving about 30% of the stock they order.
The minister said that shortage has delayed plans to expand the market and prevented Manitoba’s four previously approved companies from setting up all of the roughly 40 stores they were expected to create.
“We would like to go to full retail tomorrow where anybody who wants to open a store, and works with the municipality, (can do so). But there’s no sense opening (all of those) stores until we’ve got more product available,” said Pedersen.
The province says almost 100 applicants have pre-qualified to set up the second round of cannabis shops. The winning bidders will be selected through a random draw for each location, based on where they’d like to set up. Companies approved in round one can also enter the draw to add a store, said Pedersen.
Altona Mayor Al Friesen said the move could benefit his residents by allowing them to “buy local.”
“People will be looking for that option anyway and this way it’s closer to home,” said Friesen.
Friesen said the potentially controversial sale of a formerly illegal substance hasn’t triggered much local concern so far. He said his council already prepared a bylaw to govern cannabis sales, which attracted minimal feedback.
“This is a sensitive issue … but there are many people just resigned to the fact that it is part of life,” said Friesen.
Scott Jocelyn, president of the Manitoba Hotel Association, said about 20 hotels he represents have pre-qualified for the draw, companies he believes would bring valuable experience to the market.
“They already deal with (alcohol), a controlled substance … It’d be a great opportunity for the hotels,” said Jocelyn.
The cities of Steinbach and Winkler, as well as the Rural Municipalities of Stanley, Stuartburn, Wallace-Woodworth and Riding Mountain West have held plebiscite votes to ban recreational cannabis stores from setting up in their communities, decisions the province has promised to follow.
Pedersen said it’s not yet clear when the new stores will open.