Local News Briefs

Biggest meth bust in Peg’s history

Police seized what is believed to be the biggest methamphetamine bust in Winnipeg history from a residential home in Amber Trails on Friday, Aug. 27.  The street value of the five kilograms of meth discovered during the raid is valued at an estimated $895,000.
A 29-year-old male suspect and a 24-year-old female suspect have been taken into custody and face a number of charges for trafficking in controlled drugs or substances. Despite the high value, police said that methamphetamine isn’t a large problem on Winnipeg streets in comparison with other cities like Toronto, where police recently seized $8 million worth of chemicals able to produce crystal meth.

Provincial support for eco-education

The Manitoba Eco-Network recently received funding from the province to aid in its efforts to better educate citizens about environmental issues. The program received funding totalling $60,000, which will go towards the organization’s ongoing referral and information services, the maintenance of the Eco-Journal and to support environment-related community events, among other services.
The network’s role as an umbrella organization is crucial, according to Conservation Minister Bill Blakie. 
“The organization plays an important role in co-ordinating and fostering communications between environmental organizations at the grassroots level and the province is pleased to help support their work,” he said in a press release.

Northern Manitoba pets get needed services

In an effort to help control the pet population and keep pets healthy in northern Manitoban communities, non-profit organizations have banded together to aid animals that do not have access to veterinary clinics.
As reported on CTV Winnipeg, OopsaDazy Rescue and Sanctuary Society recently flew four dogs from the Cross Lake First Nation to Winnipeg vet Dr. Noel Catrisse at Catrisse Veterinary Service where they were spayed and examined at no cost to the owners. The non-profit organization has helped about 1,200 animals from isolated communities that offer no veterinary services.

Sex scandal rocks Manitoba’s legal community

A recent sex scandal has been brought to the attention of the courts to dispute a breach of a previous agreement involving Manitoba judge Lori Douglas and her husband Jack King. Alexander Chapman is claiming sexual harassment and discrimination and is suing the couple and a law firm for $67 million in damages in response to a proposition made by King in 2003 for Chapman to have sex with his wife. He was paid $25,000 to keep quiet but earlier this week documents and nude images of the judge were presented to the media. The Manitoba Law Society and the Canadian Judicial Council are currently investigating these allegations.

Stolen DND truck ends up on airport runway

Last Wednesday, a 23-year-old Montreal man stole a Department of National Defence-owned pickup truck which was parked on a runway apron at military base 17 Wing Winnipeg and drove it onto a landing strip at the Winnipeg International Airport where small aircrafts were departing. This act set off alarm bells across Canada and initiated a security review by several related agencies. Officials have determined that the breach was minimal but have yet to reveal the man’s motive. It has been determined that he was not intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Published in Volume 65, Number 2 of The Uniter (September 9, 2010)

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