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The east-side entrance of Brandon's Keystone Centre on Saturday night, roughly 24 hours after a bear spray incident took place at the facility's Manitoba Room that required police attention. (Kyle Darbyson/The Brandon Sun)

Police in Saskatchewan looking for male suspect after alleged sex assault on girl

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Police in Saskatchewan looking for male suspect after alleged sex assault on girl

The Canadian Press 2 minute read 1:37 PM CST

MAIDSTONE, Sask. - Police in Saskatchewan are looking for a male suspect after a reported sexual assault on a girl at a hockey rink.

Maidstone RCMP responded Sunday to the Sportsplex in nearby Lashburn.

The investigation determined a man sexually assaulted a female child under the age of 10 in a dressing room at the rink.

The girl reported the alleged assault to her parents, who called police.

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Police in Saskatchewan are looking for a male suspect after a reported sexual assault on a girl at a hockey rink. Maidstone RCMP responded Sunday to the Sportsplex in nearby Lashburn. The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on April 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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The new Manitoba cabinet lineup following Monday’s shuffle by the premier

The Canadian Press 2 minute read 1:23 PM CST

WINNIPEG - Premier Heather Stefanson has shuffled her cabinet. The move was prompted by recent announcements by five Manitoba cabinet ministers who are resigning soon or staying on but not running again in the election scheduled for Oct. 3.

Here is the list of cabinet ministers following Monday's changes:

— Heather Stefanson, premier, intergovernmental affairs

— Cliff Cullen, deputy premier, finance, responsible for Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba premier promotes four backbenchers in pre-election cabinet shuffle

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Manitoba premier promotes four backbenchers in pre-election cabinet shuffle

Steve Lambert and Brittany Hobson, The Canadian Press 5 minute read 11:19 AM CST

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson promoted four backbenchers from suburban Winnipeg areas to her inner circle Monday in a cabinet shuffle eight months out from an election.

Janice Morley-Lecomte, elected in 2016, was named minister of mental health and community wellness. James Teistma, also elected in 2016, was named minister of government services and consumer protection.

The other two new ministers in the Progressive Conservative cabinet are rookies who were recently elected in byelections. Obby Khan is the new minister of sport, culture and heritage. Kevin Klein is the new minister for environment and climate change.

"Today we are gathered here to reflect on the importance of hope and renewal, which is vital in pretty much every aspect of our lives, but it's also vital in government," Stefanson said at the swearing-in ceremony at the legislature.

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Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson has made changes to her cabinet, demoting three ministers who recently announced they will not be running in the next election. Stefanson speaks to media at the convention centre in Winnipeg, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

RIG students return to Westman

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RIG students return to Westman

Kyle Darbyson 5 minute read 3:05 AM CST

Following a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19, University of Manitoba medical students representing the school’s Rural Interest Group (RIG) finally got to visit the Prairie Mountain Health region and learn from Westman physicians directly.

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Dr. Adrian Fung, a family physician and anesthetist, instructs University of Manitoba medical student Claire Risbey on how to properly suture a wound Saturday afternoon at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Risbey is one of 34 Rural Interest Group students from the U of M who visited the BRHC this past Friday and Saturday to learn what it's like to work at a remote medical facility. (Kyle Darbyson/The Brandon Sun)

Garage fire under investigation by BFES

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Garage fire under investigation by BFES

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Local first responders were called to the 200 block of Princess Avenue East on Sunday around 6 a.m. after receiving a report that a garage had caught fire in the area.

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The aftermath of a fire that completely engulfed a Princess Avenue East garage early Sunday morning in Brandon. (Kyle Darbyson/The Brandon Sun)

Council approves 1.6 per cent tax hike

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Council approves 1.6 per cent tax hike

By Colin Slark 7 minute read 2:00 AM CST

The owner of an average single-family residential home in Brandon will see a $30 increase in their property taxes after city council approved a budget with a 1.6 per cent property tax raise late Saturday afternoon.

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Jones wins ninth provincial title

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Jones wins ninth provincial title

By Mike Sawatzky 6 minute read 2:00 AM CST

WINNIPEG — Jennifer Jones and her crew of twentysomething rock stars completed an unbeaten run at the provincial women’s curling championship Sunday afternoon.

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JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Skip Jennifer Jones, centre left, and her team, from left, Emily Zacharias, Mackenzie Zacharias and Karlee Burgess celebrate defeating skip Meghan Walters and team Ackland in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts at East St Paul Arena Sunday, January 29, 2023. Jennifer Jones will represent Manitoba. Re: sawatzki

Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull dead at 84; First NHLer to score more than 50 goals

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Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull dead at 84; First NHLer to score more than 50 goals

Scott Edmonds, The Canadian Press 8 minute read 9:47 AM CST

WINNIPEG - Bobby Hull once proudly said that he played the way he lived — straightforward.

The Hockey Hall of Famer, who electrified fans through the 1960s and 70s, died on Monday at the age of 84. Hull played for the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks before a jump to the Winnipeg Jets of the upstart World Hockey Association in 1972, a move that led to lawsuits but ultimately higher salaries for hockey players.

Controversy often swirled around Hull off the ice, including allegations of spousal abuse and a 1986 criminal conviction for assaulting a police officer. A quote attributed to him in a Moscow Times article voiced support of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, although Hull denied making the comment and sued the English-language paper for libel.

Hull helped lead the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup in 23 years in 1961, and is 55th on the NHL's all-time scoring list with 610 goals and 560 assists. He also had 303 goals and 335 assists in the WHA for combined total of 913 goals in both leagues in 1,474 games.

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In this April 16, 1961, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks hockey player Bobby Hull smiles in the dressing room beside the Stanley Cup after Chicago defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 5-1, to win the NHL Championship, in Detroit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP

BFES investigating Princess Avenue fire

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BFES investigating Princess Avenue fire

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Local first responders were called to the 200 block of Princess Avenue East early Sunday morning, around 6 a.m., after receiving a report that a garage had caught fire in the area.

The detached garage was fully engulfed in flames by the time Brandon Fire and Emergency Services members arrived at the scene, although they managed to extinguish the blaze a short time later.

Brandon police reported no injuries following this incident.

When the Sun visited the residence around 11 a.m., a member of BFES’ Incident Command was securing the scene and waiting for investigators to arrive.

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The aftermath of a fire that completely engulfed a Princess Avenue East garage early Sunday morning in Brandon. (Kyle Darbyson/The Brandon Sun)

Teen arrested following bear spray incident at Keystone

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Teen arrested following bear spray incident at Keystone

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A 17-year-old is facing weapons charges after he allegedly discharged a canister full of bear spray inside the Keystone Centre on Friday night.

Brandon police were called to the Keystone Centre around 6:45 p.m. after hearing reports of a disturbance at the facility’s Manitoba Room during Dakota Nation Winterfest festivities.

Once they arrived, officers managed to apprehend the 17-year-old and discovered that he was in possession of a bear spray can as well as a concealed knife.

The youth, who has an extensive history with police, was held in custody overnight to appear in court at a later date.

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The east-side entrance of Brandon's Keystone Centre on Saturday night, roughly 24 hours after a bear spray incident took place at the facility's Manitoba Room that required police attention. (Kyle Darbyson/The Brandon Sun)

CSC says inmate died Saturday while in custody at Regional Psychiatric Centre

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CSC says inmate died Saturday while in custody at Regional Psychiatric Centre

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Yesterday at 12:23 AM CST

SASKATOON - Correctional Service Canada is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the death of an inmate at an institution in Saskatoon.

The CSC says the inmate died Saturday while in custody at the Regional Psychiatric Centre.

The inmate has been identified as Tommy Veevee, who had been serving an indeterminate sentence for sexual assault.

Veevee had been in CSC custody since Nov. 2, 1998.

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SASKATOON - Correctional Service Canada is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the death of an inmate at an institution in Saskatoon.

The CSC says the inmate died Saturday while in custody at the Regional Psychiatric Centre.

The inmate has been identified as Tommy Veevee, who had been serving an indeterminate sentence for sexual assault.

Veevee had been in CSC custody since Nov. 2, 1998.

Council approves 1.6 per cent tax increase

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Council approves 1.6 per cent tax increase

6 minute read Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023

The owner of an average single-family residential home in Brandon will see a $30 increase in their property taxes after city council approved a budget with a 1.6 per cent property tax raise late Saturday afternoon.

It took councillors nine hours on Saturday to propose and debate amendments to the initially proposed budget, which included a tax increase of 6.7 per cent.

The 2023 budget included $125.4 million in operating costs and $138.7 million for capital projects.

The single biggest contributor to lowering the tax rate was using $1.3 million in surplus funds received by the city last year to cover transit operating losses during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those funds were used to help pay for the operating budget.

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Mayor Jeff Fawcett listens to a presentation during the first day of City of Brandon budget deliberations Friday. (Colin Slark/The Brandon Sun)

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