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Dam threatened by water levels in rural Manitoba, some residents evacuate

July 2, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

RIVERS, Man.  – A rural Manitoba mayor says some people and livestock have been evacuated from his community because high water levels are threatening a dam. Rural Municipality of Riverdale Mayor Todd Gill says 38 households in the Little Saskatchewan

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Roads flooded, some homes evacuated as rain pummels southeast Manitoba

June 9, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

STUARTBURN, Man. – Heavy rain in southeastern Manitoba has flooded roads and forced people out of some homes. David Kiansky, reeve of the Rural Municipality of Stuartburn, says the water rose up suddenly and covered a lot of farmland and

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How online policy administration could put brokers at risk

October 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

When clients want to make policy changes online, brokers have a vested interest in being in the loop, suggests a consultant who advises insurance companies. More customers these days are expecting their insurance providers to give them the same kind

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Manitoba farm fire kills 800 cows

August 12, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

STEINBACH, Man. – Hundreds of cattle have been killed in a fire that destroyed a large dairy complex in southeastern Manitoba. The fire broke out sometime before 5 a.m. Monday at the four-barn Pennwood Dairy, northeast of Steinbach. Kelvin Toews,

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Premier promises to take PST off home insurance

July 9, 2019 by Adam Malik

Insurance premiums are taking a starring role in Manitoba’s provincial election. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has pledged to drop provincial sales tax from home and renters’ insurance should he be re-elected in this fall’s election. The announcement received positive reviews

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This province’s statute of limitations ‘cries out for reform’

May 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

In trying to sue construction contractors for a leaky building, a Winnipeg hospital is actually criticizing Manitoba’s Limitation of Actions Act, a provincial appeal court judge suggested in a recent ruling. In 2003, construction finished on a new five-storey building

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Owner of deliberately burned Manitoba store ordered to repay

April 12, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – A judge has ruled a fire that destroyed a hardware store in the western Manitoba town of Neepawa more than four years ago was deliberately set. The decision follows a lawsuit filed by the owner of the Home

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Manitoba flooding could be worse than 2009

March 19, 2019 Steve Lambert THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – Heavy snowfall in the United States has raised the threat of flooding in Manitoba’s Red River Valley this spring. The Manitoba government says conditions have worsened since its first flood outlook last month. The province says, with average

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How railway is dealing with Manitoba oil spill

February 22, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

LAZARE, Man. – CN is still tallying up the amount of oil spilled in a train derailment on a ranch in western Manitoba. “We are still determining volume estimates at this time,” company spokesman Jonathan Abecassis said in an email

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How this ‘gap’ in privacy law affects tow-truck operators

December 13, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If your client’s vehicle is towed in Manitoba, the auto insurer will not normally tell the towing company who owns the vehicle. “There is a gap in the [Manitoba privacy] legislation or, at a minimum, the administrative practices of the

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This province to see stiffer penalties for distracted driving

October 17, 2018 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Manitoba drivers who use a hand-held cellphone behind the wheel will face stiffer penalties as of Nov. 1. Fines will jump to $672 from $203, and the number of demerit points will increase to five from two. Drivers

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Diesel fuel leaks into river after fatal train derailment

September 20, 2018 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – A train that derailed in northern Manitoba on Saturday that killed a railway worker is leaking diesel fuel into the Metishto River. Manitoba Sustainable Development says the fuel is from one of the locomotives. The province says spill