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Mega By-Law In The Works
JAN 11 2008 06:00 PM
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The City is rolling 17 existing by-laws into one Mega By-Law. It will take effect next November.The Neighbourhood Liveability By-law will replace existing by-laws covering everything from smoking to pigeons and refrigerators and freezers. A city report claims the stream-lined approach to enforcing the rules will be more user-friendly. The report also calls for 375-thousand dollars in start up costs for a new city unit to enforce the Mega By-Law. The unit will include specialists and possibly public health inspectors.
The report claims the new set-up will provide more accountability for a more timely and effective reporting process.
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Grace Management Transferred to WRHA
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The Salvation Army is transferring the governance and management of the Grace Hospital to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority effective April 1st. Health Minister Theresa Oswald says the change will improve the delivery of integrated and co-ordinated care.
However the Salvation Army will continue to have a voice in management issues through representation on the WRHA's Board.
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JAN 11 2008 10:50 AM
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Winnipeg's new police chief is hinting at changes to the police service in the coming months.Since taking over as chief a month ago, Keith McCaskill says a strategic plan is being developed over the next few months to address how best to use frontline officers. That could include shifting paperwork officers currently need to complete to other police staff, freeing them up to spend more time on the street.
And to address a long queue of calls for service, he says some cases might be handled differently. McCaskill also says he's looking at possibly shifting around some police resources to address certain kinds of crime where more specialized police work is needed.
And without giving specifics at this point, he says that could include test projects to see where police will get "the most bang for their buck."
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I thought this was kinda amusing..

Newspaper pulls ad
JAN 18 2008 02:30 PM

Winnipeg police are responding to a controversial ad from a major car company that appears in today's edition of a local newspaper.

A full-page ad from Ford Canada in the Winnipeg Free Press prominently features the slogan, quote, "Drive it Like You Stole It."

A second slogan underneath reads, quote, "Built for Life in Manitoba."

Constable Jeff Norman says police don't believe there was any intention by Ford to imply that auto theft and dangerous driving are acceptable, but say the ad could be interpreted that way.

While police have said numbers were down last year, Winnipeg had the highest rate of auto theft of all major Canadian cities according to the most recent Statistics Canada data.

The newspaper now says Ford Canada has pulled the ad.

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It's a good thing there aren't any real problems in Manitoba for the NDP to talk about..
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Some controversial resolutions could pop up at the NDP convention in Winnipeg that's just over a week away.
There is a resolution to restrict all criminal cases to two remands to cut down on the court's backlog. One proposal would make it at offense to use your cell phone while driving. Another resolution would restrict large trucks and semis from traveling 110 kilometers per hour on highways where the speed limits are raised. The sex trade would be decriminalized by a delegation who is urging the government to set up safe zones for prostitutes.

On a lighter note, there is also a resolution, among the 200 in total, to create a new Manitoba flag by holding a public contest.

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A new Manitoba flag!! They're improving the situation tenfold!!
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Quite you! You might have to pledge allegiance to this thing one day when you join us.
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Quite you! You might have to pledge allegiance to this thing one day when you join us.
ha, im pretty sure in most peoples minds Northwestern Ontario is Manitoba for the most part anyways.
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new flag? wth whats wrong with our curent one?
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im sure they'll have some outside source make it up, and then sell it off as being what Manitoba is all about, and realize wtf, i don't even now what this represents. must be part of the "Manitoba doesn't know itself" campaign
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It looks too much like Ontario's I guess? It entirely leaves out the French heritage and agricultural background of the province.

Doing something like Yukon or NWT with the Canadian Pale and the Coat of Arms in the centre would be nice, or you could go with this:



Personally, I think the background should be reversed. :/
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could be worse... could be as plain as saskatchewans just the provincial borders, straight up and down.
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It looks too much like Ontario's I guess? It entirely leaves out the French heritage and agricultural background of the province.

Doing something like Yukon or NWT with the Canadian Pale and the Coat of Arms in the centre would be nice, or you could go with this:



Personally, I think the background should be reversed. :/
The current flag is just fine. We don't need any of this nonsense.
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Old Posted Jan 25, 2008, 5:15 AM
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The current flag is just fine. We don't need any of this nonsense.
if its anything like spirited energy, u know its gonna be great! ha. a bison a beer bottle, and some wheat, with the mlcc in the bg
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Manitoba leads affordable homes list - Remains fraction of prices elsewhere

By Murray McNeill

If Manitobans are feeling shell shocked over the spiralling cost of home ownership, they'll be blown away by what's going in British Columbia.

An RBC Economics report released Thursday says housing affordability reached a new low late last year on the West Coast when the cost of owning a standard two-storey home -- including mortgage payments, property taxes and utilities -- was devouring 70.8 per cent of the pre-tax household income of a homeowner earning $122,134.

In Vancouver it was worse, with home ownership costs gobbling up 75.2 per cent of the pre-tax household income of someone with household earnings of $138,309.

"The least affordable housing market in the country entered uncharted waters last year, as affordability deteriorated to the highest level on record (we started tracking conditions in 1985)," the bank said.

Even though Manitoba has long had a reputation for being one of the most affordable housing markets in the country, the chasm with the most expensive has never been greater, according to the RBC report.

The numbers show that after five consecutive years of double-digit house price increases, the cost of owning a home here is still only a fraction of what it is in high-priced British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.

Commercial real estate agent Darcy Payne discovered that firsthand when he and his family moved to Winnipeg last year from Calgary.

The general manager of the new Winnipeg office of Bentall Real Estate Services said he and his wife, Jennifer, discovered a house that would have cost them $500,000 in their middle-class neighbourhood in Calgary costs only about $300,000 to $350,000 in a similar neighbourhood (Whyte Ridge) in Winnipeg.

Payne said they'd heard tales about how much cheaper homes were in Winnipeg, so they were expecting prices here to be even lower than they were. But still, they weren't complaining.

"Generally, we were happy with what happened," he said.

The RBC report says new records were set late last year for the amount of household income going towards home ownership costs in a number of Canadian markets, including British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba, meanwhile, remained the most affordable market for most types of homes. The only exception was with bungalows, where Atlantic Canada narrowly edged out Manitoba as the most affordable market for that type of home.

There, owning a bungalow ate up 31.6 per cent of the pre-tax household income of someone with a qualifying income of $45,951, compared to 33.9 per cent for someone in Manitoba with a qualifying income of $55,719, the bank's figures show.

But with the other three major types of homes -- standard two-storeys, standard townhouses and standard condominiums -- Manitoba was still the most affordable market. The housing affordability index for a standard two-storey home was 35.6 per cent of pre-tax household income, for a townhouse it was 20.4 per cent, and for a townhouse it was 18.9 per cent.

And the good news is that homeownership here, and in most other parts of the country, should become even more affordable this year because of falling mortgage rates and moderating house prices, the bank said.

Derek Holt, the bank's assistant chief economist, said Manitobans should be looking at an average selling price increase of about eight per cent this year compared with 11 or 12 per cent in 2007 and nearly 20 per cent in 2006.

And short-term and variable-rate mortgage rates should be down a full percentage point by the end of the year, while long-term rates should be a half to three quarters of a percentage point lower.

Holt said almost every housing class in every province, including Manitoba, saw affordability deteriorate in 2008. And the main culprit was a long string of house-price gains that outstripped income increases in most markets.

But even in the once red-hot B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan markets and the still-hot Manitoba market should see more modest price gains this year, he said.

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.... sitting here watching NZ one tv and theres a film on that was shot etirely in winnipeg.... Seven Times Lucky is the name of the film rather interesting lol
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.... sitting here watching NZ one tv and theres a film on that was shot etirely in winnipeg.... Seven Times Lucky is the name of the film rather interesting lol
How is NZ? How long are you there for?
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Nice article in the Free Press today Rob.
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Thanks, flatlander.

Seven Times Lucky--isn't that the one that starred Kevin Pollack?
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