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Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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Past articles by Solomon:

Liberal incumbent Lamoureux cruises to victory in Winnipeg North

Incumbent Liberal Kevin Lamoureux has successfully defended his seat in Winnipeg North, winning the riding for the third general election in a row. He had more than 46 per cent of votes cast as of 10:30 p.m. Monday, with 122 of 172 polls reporting. → Read More

Sale of legal grow-op raises questions about disclosure

A Winnipeg residence that was allegedly home to hundreds of legally-grown cannabis plants recently went up for sale without divulging the purported indoor marijuana garden, raising questions about what needs to be disclosed when a home used for drug production goes up for sale. The Free Press reported on the bungalow in late 2018 after a next-door neighbour, a retired police officer, complained… → Read More

Winnipeggers enjoy walk in the park despite closure

The city's decision to temporarily close four parks in the wake of this month's unprecedented tree-destroying snow dump was enough to keep cars out of Kildonan Park on Sunday — but not pedestrians, who showed up to enjoy a sunny morning despite the closure. "I was not concerned for my safety whatsoever. → Read More

Weed a $2.4M loser in Manitoba

Provincial cannabis wholesaler Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries earned nearly $27 million in cannabis revenue during the 2018-19 fiscal year ended March 31, according to the Crown corporation's newly-released annual report. But that wasn't enough to deliver positive net cannabis revenue to the province, which says it lost more than $2.4 million on cannabis during the same period. → Read More

Since Ottawa legalized marijuana it's been pretty mellow

It’s Saturday evening at a Winnipeg weed store. Shoppers come in quick waves on the way home from work, on their way out for the night or while making their way through a list of errands. → Read More

Grant Park plans coming to life

Shindico Realty is inching closer to developing the remainder of Grant Park Pavilion, a mixed-use site set to fill in open land around the Walmart superstore on Taylor Avenue. Plans for the River Heights land adjacent to Shindico’s Grant Park Festival development have been about two decades in the making, Shindico president and CEO Sandy Shindleman told the Free Press. → Read More

Filmon recovering from breast cancer surgery

MANITOBA Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon underwent surgery for breast cancer Monday, according to a late afternoon news release from her office.Filmon is “resting comfortably,” says the release, which asked for privacy as the lieutenant-governor recovers. → Read More

Residential schools survivors honoured during round dance at Portage and Main

Cold, persistent rain couldn't stop a round dance honouring the survivors of Canada's residential schools, as more than 100 people marked Orange Shirt Day at the intersection of Portage and Main.The ceremony closed down the intersection at Winnipeg's downtown heart for about 45 minutes, as participants drummed, sang and danced. → Read More

City to mull proposed zoning changes for old Osborne Village Inn site

Proposed zoning changes for a plan to redevelop the former site of the derelict Osborne Village Inn ... → Read More

One victim, no suspects in three separate late-night shootings

Winnipeg police are investigating three separate firearms incidents Saturday and Monday, one of which sent a man to hospital with gunshot wounds.A 24-year-old man drove himself to hospital where he was treated for multiple gunshot wounds early Monday. → Read More

Vision for sustainable living downtown

Sherbrook Flats, a new six-storey rental building on the east side of Sherbrook Street between Broad... → Read More

Three programs unveiled to mark Manitoba's 150th anniversary

Organizers of Manitoba's upcoming 150th anniversary celebrations unveiled three programs for the birthday bash on Friday at The Forks.A pot of about $1.2 million will be available to 55 eligible community foundations through the Build 150 program. → Read More

Green candidate in city riding pulls out after tweets

Federal Green party candidate Kevin Nichols has stepped down from the race for Winnipeg's Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley riding. → Read More

Scheer here, says he's focused on toppling Trudeau government

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer brought the federal election campaign to Winnipeg this morning, ke... → Read More

Prison guards put work issues in federal spotlight

Dozens of correctional officers at Manitoba's Stony Mountain Institution gave their blood — an... → Read More

Mall makeover at Garden City

Garden City Shopping Centre is almost ready to fill the void left by Sears, as workers complete renovations that should be finished by November at the latest. Former mall co-owners RioCan REIT and Bayfield Realty Advisors bought Sears' portion of the shopping centre for $8 million in October, 2017 after Sears Canada went belly-up. → Read More

U.S. illness related to liquid vaporizers worries dry-herb vape makers

Call it a tale of two vapes: a lung illness related to liquid vaporizer devices, believed to ha... → Read More

A $23,000 condo? Yeah, Winnipeg's got that

Does a $22,900 condo unit recently listed in Winnipeg’s downtown core sound like a steal of a deal to you? If it does, you’re right — that price tag is just nine per cent of the $257,101 average price for a condo unit in Winnipeg’s metro region this July, according to the Winnipeg Realtors professional association. But you’re too late to snap up that ultra-cheap condo unit, because Phillip Fehr… → Read More

Number of pets exposed to cannabis on rise: vet association

New data suggest pet poisonings from cannabis are on the rise, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association says. The Pet Poison Helpline, a U.S.-based animal poison control centre that also serves Canadian pet owners and veterinarians, tracked 179 cases of pets being exposed to cannabis in Canada between the start of 2016 and June 30, 2019. More than 90 per cent of those cases involved dogs, and… → Read More

Delta 9 retail revenue hits $3.5 million in Q2

Vertically integrated cannabis grower and retailer Delta 9 Cannabis posted second-quarter results Wednesday evening, booking $8.9 million in revenue for the quarter that covered April, May and June. The Winnipeg-based firm reported a gross profit of $2.9 million before including the value of biological assets like unsold plants and inventory. → Read More