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2008 will bring some major retail developments in several locations, including something long awaited... announcement late first quarter or second quarter
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^ oh please god no. Not another IKEA rumour...
i'll do anything for discount hotdogs and swedish meatballs.
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^ and the $1 dollar breakfast that tastes like it's actually worth $1.
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2008 will bring some major retail developments in several locations, including something long awaited... announcement late first quarter or second quarter

what a future shop downtown?
or you mean something to do with cabelas?
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2008 will bring some major retail developments in several locations, including something long awaited... announcement late first quarter or second quarter
I'm guessing a supermarket (Sobeys?) downtown?
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I'm guessing a supermarket (Sobeys?) downtown?
but we already have one inless hes refering to this?
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that one aint' gonna happen, at least not in that location.
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that one aint' gonna happen, at least not in that location.
could always take the vulcan iron works building put a new roof on it with skylights and insulate it and put a market inside it...

theres even room on site for a parkade... for parking... and truck loading points.....


GOD DAMIT I WISH I HAD SOME MONEY

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guna take this idea to the residents comity next week....
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Final nail not yet in coffin
Customers hope to turn hardware store into co-op

By Avi Saper
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Jan. 3, 2008



There’s new hope that a North End institution for 85 years may not need to close its doors.

A group of concerned residents and regular customers are looking into the possibility of turning Pollock Hardware into a co-operative, using a model similar to Red River Co-op gas stations.

The Main Street store has been for sale for more than a year, and is in the process of selling off its remaining inventory in a final clearance.

John Loxley, an economics professor at the University of Manitoba, is spearheading the effort to keep the store open. He said he has sat down and looked at the books with the owners, Lois and Wayne Cash, and is satisfied that the business is still viable.

The next step is to come up with a business plan. The likely plan would involve a fee for members that would give them the right to shop in the store. If the business is a success, members could receive profit-sharing payments.

“There’s quite a bit of interest from people. Now we need to figure out what we need to ask people to contribute,” said Loxley, who lives near the store and feels it’s an important institution in the community.

Several longtime customers said the personal and knowledgeable service of Pollock’s staff has kept them coming back for decades. Lois Cash said customers have told her the relatively small size of the store makes it much easier to get in and get out than big-box stores.

Louise Thiessen, another resident involved in the co-op effort, said it’s important to keep small businesses thriving in the area.

“The last thing we need is another business shuttered on Main Street,” she said.

Loxley has met with various financial institutions, financing agencies and economic development groups to determine how much the co-op might be able to borrow to pay for the business. The group is also looking into any tax credits it may be eligible for.

“We hope to very shortly call a meeting of people who might be interested once we know what the business plan might look like,” said Loxley.

“We need to know by January whether this thing is likely to come together.”
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I'm skeptical that they will be able to pull it off and save Pollock's, but if they do, I would be so happily sign up for membership.
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More Synchronized Traffic Lights
JAN 07 2008 02:10 PM


The city is moving forward this year on its plan to synchronize more traffic lights.

The Manager of Transportation-Engineering and Public Works Brad Sacher tells CJOB, it won't be long before we see more improvements to traffic flows:


Some of the other routes that will likely see attention are Bishop Grandin, Lagimodiere, Main Street North of Higgins, Mcphillips, and Pembina Highway.

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Empire for sale, owner ponders future
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By Aldo Santin | Winnipeg Free Press

The owner of the troubled Empire Cabaret has put the Main Street club up for sale and is reconsidering plans to open another Main Street bar.

Sidney Soronow, lawyer for Sabino Tummillo, said the club owner has been unfairly blamed for the violence that struck the Empire Cabaret in October and November, adding the community’s unwillingness to deal with the growing violence downtown is the reason he’s getting out of the entertainment business.
“Sabino is re-evaluating the club situation until there is a greater commitment from the city of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Police Service to apply a little more energy to the problems in (the downtown) area,” Soronow said today.

Tummillo has turned down media requests since the stabbing death of Jeff Engen at the Empire Cabaret Nov. 18. Tummillo closed the club after the stabbing and it has not re-opened. Last week, Tummillo surrendered the club’s liquor license ahead of a planned hearing today by the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission.

The Empire was also the scene of an early-morning shooting Oct. 21, when a gunman, allegedly embroiled in a gang dispute, shot four innocent people. Winnipeg Police charged a man with that incident last week.

Soronow said Tummillo had been entertaining offers to sell the Empire Cabaret before the October and November events but added the outburst of violence coupled with an indifferent attitude from police and some community leaders to deal with the violence have convinced him to get out of the bar business.
Tummillo spent $1.5 million converting the former bank building into an upscale bar. It opened in early August 2001 and two weeks later he brought TV star and film actor Vincent Pastore — who played Big Pussy on The Sopranos — to mingle with bar guests.


Before opening the Empire Cabaret, Tummillo used to own the Chalet Hotel in St. Boniface and the Sabino’s Two for One pizza chain. Most recently, he bought the former Roca Jack’s Coffee House on Corydon Avenue and another former bank building on the other side of Main Street opposite the Empire, which he was planning to turn into another nightclub.

Soronow said that Tummillo increased security measures at the Empire club following the October shooting, adding that both the Winnipeg Police and the MLCC blame Tummillo for the stabbing death that occurred in November. Soronow said an MLCC inspection report said that Tummillo knew that gang members frequented the club and suggested that he was unwilling to deal with the appropriate security concerns.

Soronow said that Tummillo had repeatedly asked the Winnipeg Police Service for help in combating the gang problem, adding requests for police to identify known gang members and to let him hire uniformed off-duty officers as security were both rejected by police.

Soronow said the MLCC had issued a report to the Doer government Dec. 21 which acknowledged the problem caused by gang violence but concluded that dealing with the issue can’t be the sole responsibility of bar operators. Soronow said that within days of the MLCC stating the police have to work with bar operators, both the police and the MLCC blamed Tummillo for the violence that struck the Empire Cabaret.

Soronow said that Tummillo circulated a copy of a letter sent to the MLCC last week when he returned his liquor license. The letter, written by Soronow, states that Tummillo had been a leader in trying to prevent violence in the downtown club scene for several years and that he now finds himself being blamed for not doing enough to control the situation.

“It is tempting, but not realistic or fair, to make one operator or one establishment the ‘fall guy’ for a complex problem,” Soronow stated in his letter to the MLCC. “It is all the more unfair, when that operator is a person who has been consistently endeavouring to raise an increased awareness of the problems and who at the same time, has sought the involvement of other stakeholders in addressing the issue.” Soronow said he doesn’t believe that the MLCC would have taken Tummillo’s liquor license back even if the hearing, planned for today, had gone ahead.

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Winnipeg considers public surveillance cameras
Last Updated: Monday, January 7, 2008 | 10:59 AM CT
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City officials in Winnipeg are examining the idea of installing surveillance cameras on public streets to help curb crime.

The city's administration is putting together a report on the potential use of public surveillance cameras, which are already in use in Canadian communities ranging from Toronto to the small town of Virden, Man.

While Winnipeggers have expressed resistance to such surveillance in the past, the public seems to have warmed to the idea, Coun. Gord Steeves, who chairs the city's protection and community services committee, told CBC News Monday.

"It may have been one of those things where a critical mass has been reached in this city," he said. "There's more cameras around. People are getting more used to the idea. Society at large might be a little more tolerant to the idea, so maybe its time has come."

One challenge to the plan could be deciding where cameras should be located, Steeves said.

"Winnipeg is a difficult city because it's quite spread out to kind of put your finger on specific spots where cameras would be most useful," he said. "I'd have to be shown that there are specific spots in this city where cameras would genuinely help [stop] repetitive crime."


North End a possibility: residents group

The William Whyte Residents Association thinks its neighbourhood would be a good place to start. The area has become notorious for criminal activity in recent years, including especially a four-block stretch of Magnus Avenue, which has seen nine homicides and 12 shooting injuries over the last seven years.

Association president Denise Greyeyes believes cameras might help deter criminal activity.

"It would be nice on corners on some of the problem areas," she said Monday. "It would probably make people think about what they are doing, maybe identify some of the traffic going on there, what the problem is."

The continuous nature of camera monitoring might help where other initiatives have failed, she said.

"With other programs, it's just when people are out there and noticing. A lot of times, these crimes are happening during hours when people are usually home sleeping."

Winnipeg police have stepped up the force's presence in the neighbourhood in response to the shooting death of Joanne Hoeppner, a 28-year-old pregnant woman, on Magnus Avenue last week.

The city's administration expects to have its report on using security cameras ready for politicians to examine by February at the earliest.
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Although not about Winnipeg, the Free Press ran this article last Sunday which I found to be 'Of Interest'.

Most of us have probably travelled down this roadway before in our travels to Minnesota. Coming back from Duluth I would have never guessed its existence was foretold in scripture.

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By Chao Xiong | Minneapolis Star Tribune

MINNEAPOLIS -- For many drivers it's an efficient route to the cabin up north or the Iowa homestead down south. But for a number of Christians across denominations, Interstate 35 is a holy stretch of asphalt leading not to the site of Buddy Holly's last gig, but to divine salvation.

Some believe I-35 might be shorthand that links the interstate to Isaiah 35:8 of the Bible: "And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not pass over it, and fools shall not err therein."

While some believe the interstate is literally a road to enlightenment and a detour from sin, others say the link is, at best, a wildly skewed interpretation of scripture and at worst, "ridiculous."

What proponents of the idea call "The Highway of Holiness" cuts a swath straight through the heartland from Duluth, Minn., to Laredo, Texas, bisecting the country and kissing the Mexican border. The road's prominence through the country's midsection lends more apple-pie credence to the belief.

Worshippers in churches across the United States and abroad prayed nonstop for 35 days from late October to early December as part of the "Light the Highway" movement lead by a Texas ministry.

The goal, believers said, was to pray for the overall betterment of the country, forgiveness of personal and collective sins and closeness with God.

"I believe it began a shift in the spiritual realm over the city of Duluth and especially over I-35," said Shannon Stone, a participant whose husband is pastor of Jesus is Life Ministries in Duluth. "I think we'll see a change in the things that are happening, people's desire to live more righteously."

Not everyone buys it, however.

"These long days of prayer, they try to whip everybody into a frenzy in hopes that God will come and do miracles that he wouldn't do otherwise," said critic Bob DeWaay, pastor at the Evangelical Twin City Fellowship in St. Louis Park, Minn. "God isn't going to determine how he works based on the highway system."

Three years ago self-described prophet and God Channel regular Cindy Jacobs was preaching in a Texas church when she said she made the first public connection between the interstate and Bible verse.

"It's amazing that there's a scripture that talks about the highway of holiness and there's an actual one," said Jacobs, who co-founded Generals International ministry in Red Oak, Texas, which lead the Light the Highway movement.

She referenced a number of incidents along the interstate as a sign of its biblical ties: the I-35 bridge collapse, the 1963 assassination of John Kennedy in Dallas and a spate of kidnappings and murders in Laredo.

"Isaiah 35 talks about a highway of holiness and so we were reading this and felt that in our hearts, just like any Christian would, that it pertained to us," Jacobs said.

The interstate isn't currently holier than any other roadway, she said, but will become so through continued prayer. Churches in 17 cities along the interstate participated in the movement, praying along with a guide that outlined specific "sins" to address, including poverty, racism, abortion and homosexuality.

Jacobs and some participants said it's too soon to expect benefits of the mass prayer, but she predicted that crime will decrease and that government and religious corruption will be exposed.

Coon Rapids resident Tom Gibson is a believer. In the summer of 2005, he and his wife drove the entire stretch of I-35 in 14 days, stopping at churches along the way.

"I felt it wasn't a coincidence," Gibson said. "It is a cry. There has been a lot of repentance."

Critics say that atop of misapplying scripture, such prophecies can scare away people on the fringe of Christianity.

DeWaay has long published articles debunking "grandiose claims" made by self-described modern-day prophets. He's criticized prophecies that the Hoover Dam was going to crumble and that Los Angeles was going to break away and sink into the ocean.

"Every so many years these pronouncements come out and people forget that the last one didn't come to pass," he said. "It's hurting people who are sincere Christians who want to do the right thing."

"It's ridiculous," said David Mathis, executive pastoral assistant at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. "I'm sure there are good impulses, but I think the overall mission is misguided."

The application of scripture to current events, objects or people isn't new. The practice is "very much in line with fundamentalist Protestant culture," said Penny Edgell, a sociology professor at the University of Minnesota who specializes in religion in American life.

"It takes these mundane everyday aspects of life and makes it sacred," she said. It's about mobilizing the faithful and energizing the faithful."

Making an everyday object sacred crosses religious boundaries. Edgell noted that neo-pagans casting a spell to bless their home is no different from Christians praying for salvation along an interstate.

"There's a tendency to treat these groups as a wacky fringe," Edgell said. "But I think it's also important to recognize that while that may be true, they tap into deep cultural currents that are really common and important in American society to see the sacred in everyday life. Lots of people want that."

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And yet another crazy highway conspiracy..this time from the Sun.

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Tue, January 8, 2008 | By ED FEUER - Winnipeg Sun

Who would have thought a speech from the throne in Manitoba would become fuel for American conspiracy aficionados?

The issue is the proposed Mid-Continent Trade Corridor, an international transportation route, which Premier Gary Doer hopes will boost Manitoba's economy.

The conspiracists, however, see the road as part of a nefarious scheme by sinister forces to produce a merger of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Plot devotees include Ron Paul, the libertarian Republican presidential candidate, who was quoted in a Dec. 10 Newsweek story headed "Highway to Hell?"

Said Paul: "The ultimate goal is not simply a superhighway, but an integrated North American Union -- complete with a currency, a cross-national bureaucracy, and virtually borderless travel within the Union."

The Newsweek story went on to refute the claim with facts. But Paul's Internet supporters on the far right of the U.S. political spectrum loudly disagree. Their big proof comes from ... Manitoba.

Just Google the words: Harvard "NAFTA superhighway."

On a number of sites such as New World Order Truth, the headline declares: "Canada openly proclaims NAFTA superhighway."

The "Canada" is largely a Nov. 20 throne speech delivered by Lt.-Gov. John Harvard in which he said: Manitoba is "taking a major role in the development of a Mid-Continent Trade Corridor, connecting ... Churchill with trade markets throughout the central United States and Mexico. To advance the concept, an alliance has been built with business leaders and state and city governments spanning the entire length of the Corridor ... The trade route will incorporate an "inland port" in Winnipeg with pre-clearance for international shipping."

And may it happen with spirited energy. Obviously, the U.S. conspiracists aren't aware that the platitudes of a provincial throne speech don't quite constitute Canadian foreign policy.

This might be amusing in itself but what is not so funny are the strange bedfellows orbiting this issue. In Canada we see the Council of Canadians on the left edge of our politics agreeing with folks on the right down south. Maude Barlow would heartily support Ron Paul's sentiments about the dangers to national sovereignty on the "highway to hell."
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