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Web-TV series promoting Winnipeg getting a few thousand views per episode

WINNIPEG - An Internet sitcom that received more than $200,000 in public funding to help promote the Manitoba capital has not exactly gone viral. With just over 3,000 views for its most recent episodes, WindCity appears to be less popular than YouTube videos telling Manitobans to brush their teeth or depicting public fist fights. But the show's creator is confident the audience will grow. "It's not like an ad in a paper that, you know, is here today and gone tomorrow. This will always exist online," Paul Vieira said Wednesday.

Manitoba politicians will vote on opposition push for inquiry into minister

WINNIPEG - Manitoba politicians will vote next month on an opposition push for an inquiry into former NDP cabinet minister Christine Melnick. Tory house leader Kelvin Goertzen gave notice Wednesday that he will introduce a motion after next week's spring break to have a legislature committee set up to conduct the probe. The committee, which would have people testify under oath, would determine whether Melnick or Premier Greg Selinger is telling the truth about a controversial immigration debate in April 2012 that was criticized by the ombudsman.

Manitoba politicians will vote on opposition push for inquiry into minister

WINNIPEG - Manitoba politicians will vote next month on an opposition push for an inquiry into former NDP cabinet minister Christine Melnick. Tory house leader Kelvin Goertzen gave notice Wednesday that he will introduce a motion after next week's spring break to have a legislature committee set up to conduct the probe. The committee, which would have people testify under oath, would determine whether Melnick or Premier Greg Selinger is telling the truth about a controversial immigration debate in April 2012 that was criticized by the ombudsman.

Manitoba Opposition says government complaint about census is old

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government's current battle with Statistics Canada over population numbers is not all that new, it turns out. Opposition Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister produced news articles Tuesday that show the NDP government complained in 2002 that Statistics Canada had under-counted Manitoba's population by 19,000 people.

Manitoba relaxes road weight restrictions to help move grain, ease backlog

WINNIPEG - Manitoba is relaxing weight restrictions on provincial roads to help move more grain and ease a current backlog. The province says the one-time amendment will help farmers move grain to strategic locations from where it can be shipped to market. Weight restrictions are usually imposed in the spring when rain and thawing can weaken the road. Transportation Minister Steve Ashton says helping get surplus grain to market is the government's top priority.

Dozens of rural landowners protest at Manitoba legislature over Hydro plan

WINNIPEG - Dozens of farmers and other rural landowners protested outside the Manitoba legislature over the province's hydro development. They say Crown-owned Manitoba Hydro is not negotiating payments for easements on their land south and west of Winnipeg. Opposition Tory Leader Brian Pallister took up the issue in question period, saying the NDP government seems uninterested in collective bargaining when it comes to rural residents. But the minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro, Stan Struthers, says landowners are being offered 50 per cent above market value.

Demographics, paramedics factors in high air ambulance cost: Manitoba premier

WINNIPEG - Premier Greg Selinger says STARS air ambulance expenses highlighted by Manitoba's auditor general are due in part to demographics. In her annual report Wednesday, Carol Bellringer said the government broke its own rules by not allowing other companies to bid on the service. She also said Manitoba signed a deal with STARS even though its cost-per-mission would be up to 600 per cent more than in other provinces.

Saskatchewan considers Russian booze ban in wake of violence in Ukraine

REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province is considering banning Russian booze in government-run liquor stores because of Russia's actions in Ukraine. Wall mused about the idea Thursday, but says he can't speculate on what the public appetite might be for the move. "I know when I was first told of the option from some senior staff that maybe we should look at it, I thought it is worth looking at," said the premier.

Manitoba government says Tories wrong to question job-creation numbers

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger fired back at criticism over his job-creation calculations Thursday, saying the Opposition Progressive Conservatives used the same methodology when they were in power. The NDP government has been criticized for claiming its plan to spend $5.5 billion over five years on infrastructure projects will create 58,900 jobs — a total that exceeds the number of unemployed people in the province.

Nine soldiers injured in training accident at Canadian Forces Base Shilo

BRANDON, Man. - A collision between two military trucks engaged in a training exercise has sent nine Manitoba soldiers to hospital. Media reports indicate none of the soldiers had life-threatening injuries. The crash occurred Wednesday around the supper hour near Canadian Forces Base Shilo, which is east of Brandon, Man. The call was handled by emergency responders from both the base and nearby Brandon. One soldier was treated on scene and released. The injured soldiers are members of 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
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