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Winnipeg is the capital city of the province of Manitoba, Canada. With a population of over 700,000 people, it is the seventh-most populated city in the country. Founded as a fur-trading post in 1738 by French traders, Winnipeg has a rich history and diverse culture.


Winnipeg is located in the central region of Canada, in the heart of the Prairies. It sits at the confluence of two major rivers, the Red River and Assiniboine River. The city is known for its flat landscape and expansive skies. Its total area is 464.08 square kilometers, with most of the land being used for residential and commercial purposes.


Winnipeg experiences a humid continental climate, with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Winters are cold and snowy, with temperatures dipping below -30 degrees Celsius. Spring and fall are marked by mild temperatures and changing colors of foliage.


Winnipeg is known for its diverse culture, with influences from numerous ethnic groups. The city has a vibrant arts scene, with world-renowned institutions such as the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. The Forks, a popular tourist destination, is a historic meeting place that has been used by Indigenous peoples for thousands of years.

The city is also known for its festivals, including the Fringe Theatre Festival, Folk Fest, and Festival du Voyageur. These festivals celebrate the city’s art, music, and cultural heritage. Winnipeg has a strong sports community as well, with major teams such as the Winnipeg Jets (NHL) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL).


Winnipeg’s history dates back to the Fur Trade era, where it served as a trading post for the Hudson Bay Company. It wasn’t until the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 1800s that Winnipeg started to become a major urban center. The city’s growth was further accelerated by its location at the center of Canada’s grain and milling industries.

In the early 1900s, Winnipeg was a hub for labor and socialist movements, leading to the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. During World War II, the city served as a major training center for the Royal Canadian Air Force.

In the latter half of the 20th century, Winnipeg faced economic struggles and demographic changes. The city’s population declined and the downtown core saw a decline in business activity. However, in recent years, Winnipeg has been revitalized with major investments in its core areas and a growing tech sector.


Winnipeg’s economy is diverse, with major industries including agriculture, manufacturing, and healthcare. The city is known for its grain, pork, and potato industries, producing a significant portion of Canada’s food products. Winnipeg is also home to several large manufacturing companies, including Canada Goose, Motor Coach Industries, and New Flyer Industries.

Healthcare is another major industry in Winnipeg, with major institutions such as CancerCare Manitoba and St. Boniface Hospital. The city is also a growing hub for technology and innovation, with major players such as SkipTheDishes and Bold Commerce headquartered there.


Winnipeg is well-connected by road, rail, and air. The city is located at the crossroads of the Trans-Canada Highway and several major north-south highways. Winnipeg’s Union Station is a major hub for Via Rail Canada, connecting the city to other major centers such as Toronto and Vancouver.

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is the city’s main airport, with regular flights to major cities in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.


Winnipeg is a vibrant city with a rich history and diverse culture. Known for its art, festivals, and sports, the city is a hub for innovation, manufacturing, and healthcare. With its central location and strong transportation links, Winnipeg is a major center for commerce and industry in Canada.

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Canadian linebacker Jordan Williams gives Toronto roster options, versatility

The Toronto Star

23-05-15 19:04

Jordan Williams, a linebacker and Canadian football player, is preparing for his third CFL season with defending Grey Cup champions Toronto Argonauts. B.C. traded Williams during this offseason, receiving a 2023 first-round pick for Southern Utah defensive lineman Francis Bemiy. Despite being a successful player in his first two seasons, Williams finds himself amongst deep competition within the team’s linebacking corps. In his final year of his CFL rookie deal, Williams is aiming to once again play as the best version of himself and show why he deserves to continue playing football for many years to come.
Trial begins for Manitoba man accused of killing neighbour, leading police on a week-long manhunt


23-05-15 18:44

Eric Wildman is on trial for first-degree murder in the death of his neighbour Clifford Joseph in Manitoba. Joseph's body was found in a rural area northeast of Winnipeg after he went to Wildman's house, allegedly with the intention of stealing from him. Prosecutors say Wildman then ran Joseph over with a car and shot him three times. Following the incident, Wildman rented a car and drove to Ontario. The trial is expected to take five weeks.
Murder trial begins for Manitoba man accused of running down, shooting neighbour

The Toronto Star

23-05-15 17:27

Eric Wildman is on trial for first-degree murder in the death of his neighbor Clifford Joseph. Joseph was reported missing on June 7, 2021, and his body was later found in a rural area northeast of Winnipeg. The prosecution alleges that Joseph went to Wildman’s house with a plan to steal from him, and Wildman ran him over with a car and shot him three times. Wildman then rented a car and fled to Ontario after RCMP named him as a suspect in Joseph’s disappearance. The trial is scheduled for five weeks.
Damien Cox: Stanley Cup eludes Canada again despite influx of young, elite talent. An explanation is just as elusive

The Toronto Star

23-05-15 15:31

Canada has gone 30 years without a win in the NHL's Stanley Cup, and with the recent absence of Canadian teams from the qualifying round, the drought looks set to increase. Less than a decade ago, it appeared Canada’s seven NHL franchise clubs had ushered in a new era of success with the acquisition of elite international talent. However, as of 2023, the situation in Canadian cities remains bleak on the ice, with four of seven teams missing the playoffs entirely, while the much-hyped crop of talented players has failed to deliver the hoped-for success. While some argue that Canadian teams face more media pressure, data indicates that the number of media representatives in Canadian cities has dwindled. Frustration is widespread on both sides of the border, and a number of factors may be at play, including regional ownership issues, inconsistent management, and a lack of access to key data or mindset innovations used by leading organisations.
Live Gordon Lightfoot album, ‘At Royal Albert Hall,’ set for release in July

The Toronto Star

23-05-15 15:04

A live album of Gordon Lightfoot's final performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016 will be released on July 14, according to representatives for the folk musician who passed away recently. Titled "At Royal Albert Hall", the double album will feature unedited tracks of Lightfoot's set, including previously unreleased live recordings of "Beautiful" and "Don Quixote". The album also contains Lightfoot's classic hits. He was committed to releasing the album as soon as possible before he died. Lightfoot performed his last concert in Winnipeg in October 2022.
Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list for 2023 is here. These Toronto-area dining spots made the cut

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 00:00

A fifth of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants are located in the Greater Toronto Area. Among the listing, compiled by a team of food writers, critics, chefs and sommeliers and published on 31 May, Alo claimed second place, with staff at the French eatery, which is located at 163 Spadina Ave, Toronto, “honoured" by their ranking. The top spot was taken by Mon Lapin in Montreal. Toronto had 20 restaurants on the list, behind Montreal with 27 but ahead of Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Winnipeg and Edmonton. There were no entries from the northern territories.
Here’s a list of April inflation rates for selected Canadian cities

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 13:09

Canada's annual inflation rate was 4.4% in April according to Statistics Canada. The agency also released inflation rates for major cities across the country, but warned that figures may have fluctuated widely as they are based on small statistical samples. Inflation rates varied from 3.1% in Iqaluit to 5.8% in Saskatoon and Whitehorse.
Girlfriend of homicide victim testifies on the second day of murder trial

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 16:55

The girlfriend of a man killed in Manitoba, Canada, during an alleged botched robbery has given evidence during the trial against the accused. Cristin Wise told the court she was with victim Clifford Joseph on June 6, 2021, when he said he was going to a neighbour's home. Joseph then told her he was planning on taking a trailer winch from the property. According to prosecutors, Eric Wildman ran over and shot Joseph three times. His trial for first-degree murder continues. Wise had searched for Joseph after he failed to return home before later finding his truck abandoned on a nearby property.
Maxime Bernier admits to breaking COVID-19 public health orders in Manitoba


23-05-16 15:36

Maxime Bernier, leader of the People's Party of Canada, has admitted to violating public health orders in Manitoba. He was charged in June 2021 for attending rallies with more people than allowed under COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in the province. While admitting to the offences, Bernier's lawyer said that these were not guilty pleas. Two other charges of failing to isolate were stayed by the Crown. Bernier announced earlier this month that he intends to run in an upcoming Manitoba byelection for a federal seat.
WestJet offers cancellation, flight-change waiver as pilot strike, lockout looms


23-05-16 21:48

Canada’s WestJet will refund passengers on scheduled flights through the coming weekends due to the pilots' union issuing a strike notice. Approximately 1,850 pilots from the Air Line Pilots Association voted in favour of the strike due to seeking better pay, job security, and more flexible schedules. WestJet responded with a possible lock-out from as early as 3 am on Friday. Nevertheless, there is still time to reach a settlement, according to John Gradek, an airline analyst at McGill University. Negotiations between WestJet and the Air Line Pilots Association have been ongoing since September 2017.
Bob Martin drops The Prom on Canada - plus, what else is opening on stages this week

The Globe and Mail

23-05-16 20:24

Canadian comedian Bob Martin's Broadway musical hit The Prom has opened in Canadian theatres in its first and second productions, in Ontario and Winnipeg. The musical, written by Martin, Chad Beguelin and composer Matthew Sklar, focuses on a group of theatre types who take up activism and head to Indiana to defend a teenager who was prohibited from bringing a same-sex date to her high school prom. The adaptation was filmed for Netflix by Ryan Murphy and starred Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. Martin is collaborating on a Broadway adaptation of cult comedy-drama TV series Smash, produced by Steven Spielberg and targeting the New York stage in the 2024/25 season.
Victim’s girlfriend testifies on second day of Manitoba neighbour’s murder trial

The Globe and Mail

23-05-16 19:41

A court in Canada has begun hearing argument in the murder case against a man accused of killing Clifford Joseph in June 2021. Prosecutors allege that Clifford was killed after being caught trying to steal a trailer winch from a nearby neighbour; they allege that the defendant, Eric Wildman, ran over Joseph and shot him three times before disposing of his body. Clifford's girlfriend said that she never thought anything would happen to her partner and that she found his truck abandoned with its doors open the day after Joseph went to try and steal the trailer winch.
Winnipeg school's Pride flag stolen days after LGBT, Indigenous books taken from teacher's classroom


23-05-16 23:49

A school in Winnipeg was left in shock when its pride flag was stolen days after several books covering LGBT and Indigenous themes were taken from a teacher's classroom. The flag was stolen over the weekend from Riverbend Community School, which teaches pupils ranging from kindergarten to high school age. The incident followed the theft in the same week of several books with similar themes belonging to teacher Amanda Karpinski’s classroom. Karpinski said she believed someone entered her classroom overnight last Tuesday and the books are now presumed stolen.
WHL playoffs: T-Birds cruise past ICE 6-3, lead final series 2-1

The Toronto Star

23-05-17 04:42

The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Winnipeg ICE 6-3 in Game 3 of the Western Hockey League Championship Series, taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Jeremy Hanzel led Seattle's attack with two goals and an assist, while Kyle Crnkovic, Brad Lambert, Jared Davidson, and Dylan Guenther netted singles. Carson Latimer, Zach Benson, and Zack Ostapchuk scored for the ICE. The Thunderbirds went 2-for-3 with the power play, while the ICE were 1-for-4. Game 4 will take place in Seattle.
Widening Winnipeg's Kenaston Boulevard, Chief Peguis Trail not worth the cost: sustainability expert


23-05-17 10:00

Winnipeg risks an unnecessary financial burden by proceeding with two large transportation projects, according to sustainable engineering technologist Ken Klassen. In particular, Klassen opposes the widening of Kenaston Boulevard and the extension of Chief Peguis Trail, saying new data analyses the costs of each initiative as outweighing any potential benefits. Despite Mayor Scott Gillingham pledging to incorporate fresh data analysis before applying to federal and provincial authorities for financing, Klassen warns of the potential for a 14% increase in taxpayers' annual payments if the initiatives proceed.
Worried about their grandkids' future, more seniors are taking up the climate fight


23-05-17 08:00

A new movement in Canada is seeing elderly citizens march in climate protests and demand green policies in the face of environmental destruction. Seniors for Climate Action Now! (SCAN) began in July 2020 when several seniors from the Toronto area signed a statement of purpose and posted it on Facebook. Tours of Canada’s financial district, visits to politicians, and protests against RBC are some of the activities undertaken by SCAN. There are other similar organisations, such as Climate Legacy and Grand(m)others Act to Save the Planet (GASP). These groups are taking inspiration from youth climate activists such as Greta Thunberg and making themselves visible and vocal.

The changes they seek are significant, given the IPCC’s report on an expected 1.5°C increase in global temperatures since preindustrial times by the 2030s, with coal, oil, and gas being a primary cause. Seniors also hope to influence policy changes for the benefit of their grandchildren, creating images of them for placards to show who they fight for at protests. They are often motivated by environmental crises that affect them and the world. Seniors have seen the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss throughout their lives and recognise it is incredibly damaging.

While seniors have been a part of climate movements in the past, their prominence is increasing, aligning with movements like Extinction Rebellion in the UK as well as supporting young climate activists such as Thunberg. Senior demonstrations across cities in Canada were held on Fossil Fools Day, the date marking the end of winter and the start of the prime fossil fuel-burning season, in 2021, protesting RBC’s investment in fossil fuels. Bill McKibben, a long-time environmentalist in the US, suggests seniors are taking action because climate change is their legacy; so, they need to do something about it.

Coyotes again at a crossroads after arena plans voted down by Tempe residents


23-05-17 11:49

Voters in Arizona have not backed the building of a new arena for the Arizona Coyotes ice hockey team. There were three propositions presented that referred to the construction of a $2.3bn entertainment district in suburban Tempe, which would have included the new arena. Now, the future of the franchise is in doubt. Since relocating from Winnipeg to Arizona in 1996, the Coyotes have played in three different arenas and have struggled to remain profitable throughout.
Veteran Bombers Jefferson, Jeffcoat bring smarts to the gridiron

The Toronto Star

23-05-17 11:00

Willie Jefferson and Jackson Jeffcoat intend to use their football knowledge and experience to win this season despite their age. The 32-year-old pass rushers have signed one-year extensions with the Blue Bombers instead of searching for free agency. Winnipeg's defense has dominated the past years and aims to continue achieving greatness this season. They hope to work together by teaching and learning from younger players while dominating their opponents on the pitch. Winnipeg is looking forward to proving themselves this season and winning the trophy despite the challenges.
Police identify partial remains found in Winnipeg as belonging to 40-year-old mother

The Toronto Star

23-05-17 17:03

Police in Winnipeg have identified partial remains found last month as 40-year-old June Johnson. Homicide investigators are looking into her death, as she was last seen in early February in the downtown area, where she would frequently access services at homeless shelters. Police are asking for information about her whereabouts over the two months before her remains were found along the Red River. Johnson was known to be a devoted mother, and her family is requesting privacy. The killing has not been linked to any other recent deaths in the city.