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Man hit by bullet during police shooting, car chase through Winnipeg





Winnipeg police say at least one officer fired a gun while trying to stop a vehicle that was ramming cruisers before it sped away on Wednesday night.

Two men and a woman were later arrested, including one man who was suffering from a gunshot wound, said police spokesman Const. Rob Carver.

He could not say, however, if that man was the driver of the car or if his injury was from an officer’s gun.

Carver would also not say how many officers fired their weapons and if they were shot at. The incident is now being examined by the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba, which looks into all serious police-related matters.

The shooting was part of a series of incidents that started in the East Kildonan area of the city and ended in St. Boniface. Police were called around 8:30 p.m. to McLeod Avenue and Raleigh Street about an assault with a weapon.

When they arrived, a car sped away and police gave chase. But they abandoned the pursuit soon after due to the reckless manner and speed of the car they were following.

Other police units were called in and flooded the area, eventually finding the suspect car at the intersection of Nairn Avenue and Panet Road in East Elmwood.

A bullet casing can be seen in the snow near Nairn and Panet on Wednesday night. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

Police vehicles tried to block it in but the vehicle rammed its way through, Carver said. That’s when police shot at the vehicle, which raced away, heading south on Panet toward the St. Boniface Industrial area.

A stream of police vehicles gave chase, according to witnesses who spoke to CBC News.

About three kilometres away, at Marion Street and Archibald Street, the vehicle being chased pulled off the road and started driving along railway tracks, where police were able to catch up and arrest the three people.

One of them, a 23-year-old man, was injured from a gunshot. He was treated and released from hospital but it is not clear who shot him, Carver said.

Police cadets guard the scene at Nairn and Panet on Wednesday night. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

He also does not know about charges against the other two adults and said “it’s very likely we will not be releasing those details now that this has moved to the IIU’s area.”

During the arrest, a police supervisor was also injured by a moving train. He was treated at hospital and released.

Yellow tape surrounded the intersection of Nairn and Panet from around 9 p.m. CT Wednesday until just before 6:30 a.m. on Thursday. At least one bullet casing could be seen on the ground in the area.

As well, the intersection of Archibald and Marion was also blocked. In all, more than a dozen police vehicles were at the two scenes.

Anyone with any information or video footage of the incident is asked to contact the IIU toll free at 1-844-667-6060.

Winnipeg police say at least one officer fired a gun while trying to stop a vehicle that was ramming cruisers before it sped away on Wednesday night. 1:51


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Ottawa unveils funding for poultry and egg farmers hurt by free-trade deals





Canadian egg and poultry farmers who’ve lost domestic market share due to two recent free-trade agreements will soon have access to $691 million in federal cash, Canada’s agriculture minister announced Saturday.

Marie-Claude Bibeau shared details of the long-awaited funds in a virtual news conference.

“Today we position our young farmers for growth and success tomorrow,” she said.

The money follows a previously announced $1.75 billion for the dairy sector linked to free-trade deals with Europe and countries on the Pacific Rim, one that came into effect in 2017 and the other in 2018.

The dairy sector funds were to flow over eight years, and the first $345 million payment was sent out last year.

But on Saturday, Bibeau announced a schedule for the remaining payments that will see the money flow over three years — beginning with $468 million in 2020-21, $469 million in 2021-22 and $468 million in 2022-23.

Bibeau said the most recently announced funds for dairy farmers amount to an average farm of 80 cows receiving a direct payment of $38,000 in the first year.

Payments based on formulas

David Wiens, vice-president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, said the money will help farms make investments for the future.

“I think particularly for the younger farmers who have really struggled since these agreements have been ratified, they can actually now see opportunities, how they can continue to make those investments on the farm so that they can continue on,” he said.

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Employee of Ottawa Metro store tests positive for COVID-19





Metro says an employee of its grocery store on Beechwood Avenue in Ottawa has tested positive for COVID-19.

The company says the employee’s positive test result was reported on Nov. 25. The employee had last been at work at the Metro at 50 Beechwood Ave. on Nov. 19.

Earlier this month, Metro reported several cases of COVID-19 at its warehouse on Old Innes Road.

Positive test results were reported on Nov. 2, Nov. 6, Nov. 11, and Nov. 19. The first two employees worked at the produce warehouse at 1184 Old Innes Rd. The other two worked at the distribution centre at the same address.

Metro lists cases of COVID-19 in employees of its stores and warehouses on its website

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Tinseltown: Where 50-year-old ‘tough guys’ become youngsters again





Audy Czigler wears glitter like a Pennsylvania miner wears coal dust. It’s on his face and hands, in his hair and on his clothing. It’s an occupational hazard that he says he just can’t get rid of.

And when he’s sifting through job applications from people wanting to work at his Tinseltown Christmas Emporium on Somerset Street W. in Hintonburg, the glitter is a consideration. For he’s not looking for people who can simply endure it; no, he’s screening for people who revel and carouse in glitter, for those for whom the 10,000th playing of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus is as refreshing as the first, for those who believe that the 12 days of Christmas last 365 days a year. The believers.

Sure, he has heard the voices of skeptical passersby on the sidewalk outside his shop, especially in the summer months when visions of sugarplums have receded from many people’s minds.

“I hear them out there a few times a day,” he says, “wondering how a Christmas store can possibly survive year-round.

“I want to go out and tell them,” he adds, but his voice trails off as a customer approaches and asks about an ornament she saw there recently, of a red cardinal in a white heart. Where is it?

There’s scant room for sidewalk skeptics now, crowded out by the dozens of shoppers who, since October, have regularly lined up outside the store, patiently biding their time (and flocks) as pandemic-induced regulations limit the shop to 18 customers at a time.

Once inside, visitors will be forgiven for not first noticing the glitter, or even the rendition of Baby, It’s Cold Outside playing on the speakers. For there’s no specific “first thing” you notice. The first thing you notice is EVERYTHING — a floor-to-ceiling cornucopia of festivity, reminiscent perhaps of how the blind man in the Gospel of John may have felt when Jesus rubbed spit and mud in his eyes and gave him sight for the first time.

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