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Articles from July 17, 2012

An Offensive Guru's Struggle
New quarterback, short week for Blue Nobody ever said it was going to be easy -- and they'd have been lying if they had.The task of taking over an offence that was at or near the bottom in the CFL in many important statistical categories in 2011 was...
BLUE BOMBERS NoteBook
Simpson gets the startTHE Bombers announced Monday import running back Chad Simpson will start in Toronto Wednesday night against the Argonauts.Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice said Simpson, who played in 28 NFL games as a reserve running back and kick...
Canadians Now Richer Than Americans
On July 1, Canada Day, Canadians awoke to a startling, if pleasant, piece of news: For the first time in recent history, the average Canadian is richer than the average American.Data from Environics Analytics WealthScapes, which was published in the...
Cellphone Users in Cars Are Dialing for Death
CALLING ALL DRIVERS WHO USE THEIR CELLPHONE ILLEGALLY... I read a comment under a Free Press story last week that I liked.It was about a CAA Manitoba members' survey that suggests illegal cellphone use while driving is still out of control, two years...
City's Housing Crunch Still 'Rampant'
'Severe shortage' of affordable units sparks new policy Winnipeg still has a persistent, severe shortage of affordable housing thanks in part to condo conversions and rent hikes in newly renovated buildings.The city is in the midst of developing a new...
Dave's Cooking Up Success
Barbecue joint's 'famous' founder inspires franchisee ACCORDING to Dave Anderson, founder of Famous Dave's of America Bar-B-Que restaurants, the opening of the company's first Canadian location in Winnipeg is a historic event.He wasn't just referring...
Downtown Hostel to Be Sold
Not enough income to sustain backpacker inn Hostel conditions in the Winnipeg hospitality market have forced The Forks-North Portage Partnership to put one of its downtown properties up for sale.Within weeks, a for-sale sign will appear on the HI Winnipeg...
Family 'Grateful' Girl's Body Found
Hutterite colony mourns 11-year-old Poplar Point Colony members said they "have peace" after a frantic search for 11-year-old Becky Waldner became a mournful recovery Monday."I'm grateful. Thank God we found her," said Becky's uncle Amos Waldner, minister...
Fierce Rivals Put Past Aside for Gold Rush
Hoops frenemies have high hopes at Manitoba Games SWANàRIVERà-- The Winnipeg Blue 16-and-under girls basketball team proved they might be the squad to beat on the first day of the 2012 Manitoba Summer Games in Swan River.Team Blue came out with a statement...
How Low Can They Go?
Coupon-clippers share strategies on how to save big at the checkout You know you're talking to a serious bargain shopper when they use "coupon" as a verb.For instance, Carmella Dinardo acknowledges that while one household probably doesn't need 15 bottles...
In Brief
Not guilty in woman's deathA Winnipeg man has been found not guilty of dangerous driving causing death for a December 2008 crash that killed a 91-year-old Winnipeg woman.John Casanova, 41, walked free Monday after provincial court Judge Marvin Garfinkel...
Manitoba's New Wheels Are in Motion
Truck, passenger car sales strong The lure of fuel savings and attractive buyer incentives -- things such as no interest and up to $10,000 in cash rebates -- have Manitobans snapping up new vehicles at the fastest pace in five years, according to a senior...
Meet Your Ex for Coffee, Discuss the Problems of Your Past
DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: I'm 25 and just spent a weekend in my home town and ran into my boyfriend from high school -- the chubby class clown. I didn't recognize him at first -- ripped, preppy clothes and hair cut, looking hot on a visit home. I saw...
Moment of Truth 'Maybe'
TEL AVIV -- Is Israel approaching its moment of truth with Iran? The official and public position is "no." But behind the scenes diplomatic activity that suggests "maybe."Last week, U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon completed two days of intense...
On the Home Front
Gryphons state case as lacrosse playoffs loomTHE Manitoba Gryphons are arguably the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League's hottest club as the playoffs draw near.The Gryphons knocked off the Saskatchewan SWAT twice on the weekend in Oakbank and have pushed...
Pavelec Convicted of DUI in Czech Republic
'Not Ondrej's fault,' says goalie's manager ONDREJ Pavelec has been convicted of drunk driving following a car accident in his native Czech Republic -- just three weeks after the Winnipeg Jets signed the 24-year-old goaltender to a new five-year, multi-million...
Playing with the Big Boys
Jets committed to putting bigger, tougher players on the ice Contrary to what some may think, the Winnipeg Jets' preoccupation with size -- getting bigger, stronger and more skilled -- didn't begin to germinate during the Los Angeles Kings' run to the...
Public Money Should Not Prop Up Asbestos Mining
Canada's mining industry is globally competitive, and has long succeeded without much in the way of government subsidies. It even thrived in the last recession by responding to market demand. Yet instead of letting markets drive mining investment in...
Scrutiny of Budget Wanting
There is little sense in giving Commons committees special responsibility to scrutinize government spending plans, but then undercut that duty by cutting to near useless the amount of time the committees have to review the numbers. That was what the...
'She Had to Know': Chapman
Panel hears sordid details in scandal involving judge It was a dirty secret that remained hidden within a small segment of Manitoba's legal community for nearly a decade.But now a sex scandal has been laid before the Canadian Judicial Council, the national...
Stopping the Slaughter Re: Chuckwagon Races Must Go (July 14)... [Derived Headline]
Stopping the slaughterRe: Chuckwagon races must go (July 14). I agree with the sentiment voiced by the growing number of animal advocates that there is an ethical question about using animals for entertainment. With respect to horses, there is the added...
Terrifying Boat Explosion Sends 5 People to Hospital
WHEN Doug Gratton's boat exploded into flames with him and four family members on board, all he knew was that he was on fire and so was his family."My son went flying up in the air and a big fireball went up in the air," he said. "I just knew I was burning,...
Today's Horoscope
MOON ALERT We have the all clear today to shop (whether you spend $10 or $10 million) and make important decisions. The moon is in Cancer.ARIES (March 21-April 19)Because the co-operation of close friends or partners makes you eager and enthusiastic...
Yes the Defence Is Bad, But
Silver lining suggests Blue might be on to something There has been much wringing of hands in these parts this week as the faithful struggle to come to grips with the idea the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are not only 0-3 this season, they also looked hopelessly...