Province announces plans to sell pot

Kate Jackman-Atkinson
Neepawa Banner & Press

The sale of recreational cannabis in Manitoba will take place in private businesses, but will be controlled by the provincial government. This hybrid retail and distribution model was announced by Manitoba premier Brian Pallister on Nov. 7.

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'Saying no is not an option’-Pallister

Province unveils green plan alternative

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

Neepawa Banner & Press

Acknowledging the need to address climate change, last week, the provincial government released their climate and green plan. In announcing the plan, premier Brian Pallister and Sustainable Development minister Rochelle Squires stressed that this “Made in Manitoba” solution would meet the needs of Manitobans, while also reducing the province’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Oh deer! Vehicle-animal collisions on the rise

By Eoin Devereux 
Neepawa Banner & Press

The number of unexpected and unwanted run-ins with wildlife are on the increase across the province. According to data gathered by Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI), over the past five years, Manitobans have reported an average of 11,000 crashes per year involving animals. That has resulted in more than 300 injuries every year, costing about $41 million annually in property damage. 

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Cops stop drunk semi driver - RCMP Dispatch

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RCMP Media Release

On May 5, 2017, Spruce Plains RCMP received a call regarding a semi travelling south on Highway 5 that was all over the road and approaching Neepawa.  Police located the vehicle on Highway 16 near Minnedosa and initiated a traffic stop.  Upon speaking with the male driver, police noted the smell of alcohol.  The driver was detained for an impaired operation investigation and provided a sample of breath into a roadside screening device, which resulted in a fail.  Two samples of breath were obtained from the driver, with results of 120 mg per cent and 110 mg per cent.  As a result, Casey Larson, of Otter Lake, was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle.  The matter has been dealt with before the courts and a fine of $1,400 was issued.

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Brandon will be Young at Heart

By Sheila Runions

Publicity, 55 Plus Senior Provincial Games

Brandon Rotary Club and James B. Chrisp United Commercial Travelers (UCT) have partnered to host the 34th annual 55 Plus Senior Provincial Games in their city. The competition will be held throughout Brandon for three days in mid-June. These organizations have selected Young at Heart as the theme of their games. 

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