(Canadian Press Broadcast Wire (Canada) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) (Election-Fraud)
The Liberals are raising the alarm over what they say are possible scams in four coming federal byelections, including two in Manitoba.
Opposition parties blasted the Harper government yesterday for failing to introduce legislation to prevent the kind of electoral fraud that plagued the 2011 election.
Thousands of voters complained of receiving harassing or misleading calls that directed them to wrong or non-existent polling stations.
Deputy Liberal leader Ralph Goodale says the government's inaction means the same kind of illegal tactics could be used again in the coming byelections.
The votes will be held in the Manitoba ridings of Provencher and Brandon-Souris, Toronto Centre, and the Montreal riding of Bourassa. (The Canadian Press)
A woman who was attacked in a home invasion south of Winnipeg tried to call 911 eight times on her cellphone before being able to get a connection.
The woman -- who lives in Ile des Chenes -- was able to fight off the intruder on Saturday, but was left shaken and upset that it took so long to connect to the emergency number.
The case has drawn attention to the issue of spotty cell coverage in some parts of Manitoba.
The manager of a hotel in the community says people have been troubled by unreliable cell service in town for years.
Manitoba Telecom Services said in a statement that the towers in the community are -- quote -- ``working to appropriate service levels and we are not aware of any major service issues with those towers.'' (CTV Wpg)
Border guards at Manitoba's Emerson crossing have arrested yet another U-S citizen for allegedly bringing firearms into Canada.
Rita Jean Shepard of Florida, who is 63, was arrested Sunday.
Earlier this summer David Bastian of Illinois was arrested at the border after a loaded gun was found in a vehicle.
Canadian border guards also arrested a U-S Air Force officer after six handguns were found.
Major Christopher Sanders is free on bail pending a January court hearing in Winnipeg. (Wpg F-P)
A Manitoba company that operates a commercial composting site has been ordered to remove the material within 30 days.
Manitoba Conservation says it has received more than 400 complaints about odours coming from Samborski Environmental Ltd. near McGillivary Boulevard in the rural municipality of Macdonald.
The company agreed a year ago to divert all incoming material to a licensed facility near Winkler, but the province says there are still odours coming from the site off McGillivary.
The department says it has worked with Samborski for more than five years trying to address ongoing issues. (The Canadian Press)
Canada's police chiefs say governments must ``step up'' and provide more support for the mentally ill.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, which has been meeting in Winnipeg, says lack of health-care funding is putting people with mental-health issues on the streets.
Association president Jim Chu says police should not be the front line on mental-health issues.
He says officers spend too much time in waiting rooms and dealing with people who don't have adequate social and medical support.
Chu, who is chief constable of the Vancouver Police Service, says the focus needs to shift from dealing with a crisis to preventing it in the first place.(CJOB, The Canadian Press)
If only all crime cases were this easy to solve.
A man went to a gas station in Winnipeg, approached the sliding window and told the employee he had a gun and demanded cash.
But the worker refused and simply shut the window, and the would-be robber fled in a vehicle.
A short time later, the man came back to apologize.
But police were at the gas bar investigating and arrested the 44-year-old man.
Police say the man's apology may help him in court. (CJOB)
(Manitoba Update by Mary Jo Laforest)
(The Canadian Press)
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