Murray McNeill, Winnipeg Free Press

Murray McNeill

Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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Past articles by Murray:

Bakeries are booming; bakers not so much

Baking industry officials say Manitoba needs more skilled bakers, so they’re lobbying the provincial government to establish an apprenticeship program.Andreas Ingenfeld, co-chair of the bakery advisory committee, said that Manitoba and Saskatchewan are the only provinces that don’t have an apprenticeship program for bakers. → Read More

Apartment vacancy rates hold steady, rents on rise

The overall apartment vacancy rate in Winnipeg held steady over the past year at 2.8 per cent, while... - Business - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

Downtown pop-up parks planned

Coming soon to some downtown Winnipeg streets: pop-up parks and maybe some pop-up public toilets.The Downtown Winnipeg Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) wants to bring new life and more people to three “forgotten” downtown spaces by taking over a portion of the street and turning it into a temporary “pop-up park/event venue. → Read More

Fresh approach for commercial listings

Winnipeg has a new multiple listing service dedicated to commercial real estate properties, and industry officials predict it could help attract new investment to the city.The commercial division of the Winnipeg Realtors Association has partnered with Michigan-based Catylist Real Estate Software to create the new Winnipeg Realtors Commercial Property Information Exchange (CPIX). → Read More

U.S. supplier accused of sending bogus invoices to Manitoba firms

A New York company is facing multiple charges after trying to bilk 110 businesses, including five in... - Business - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

Local yarn shop closes its doors

Winnipeg’s oldest independent yarn shop has closed its doors, the victim of too much debt and ... - Business - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

Cottage development plan mired in red tape, disputes

A long-standing dispute over how the former Minaki Lodge property in northwestern Ontario should be ... - Business - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

'A major draw for companies'

Canada’s first tri-modal inland port — CentrePort Canada — has marked another milestone with the announcement of its first new industrial development offering fully serviced land.The new 100-acre development is located within the existing Brookside Industrial Park, and will be ready for development by next summer. → Read More

Housing sales down in October

Winnipeg's hot housing market showed signs of cooling in October.The Winnipeg Realtors Association (WRA) said Wednesday that 1,023 properties sold last month through the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS). → Read More

Manitoba's economic forecast improves

One of the country’s leading economic forecasters is feeling a little more upbeat about Manitoba’s growth prospects for next year.The Conference Board of Canada’s deputy chief economist told the fourth annual Western Business Outlook symposium in Winnipeg on Tuesday that the board is now forecasting real gross domestic product growth of 1.3 per cent next year for the Manitoba economy. → Read More

Winnipeg's first Lowe's moving in

Winnipeg’s first Lowe’s store will open early next spring, although the exact date is still being kept under wraps.“For competitive reasons, we cannot be more specific on the timeline,” Lowe’s Canada spokeswoman, Valérie Gonzalo said Monday. → Read More

Hidden gem will soon shine bright

The restoration of one of the downtown’s hidden gems — the historic Inglis Building at 291 Garry St. — is almost complete. The first phase of the multi-year restoration project involved extensive renovations to the interior of the two-storey structure, which is also sometimes referred to as the North West Commercial Travellers’ Association Building. → Read More

Final chapter?

Some Manitoba book publishers may be forced out of business and others may have to lay off workers o... - Business - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

Bell MTS rolls out service upgrades

Bell Canada has begun delivering on some of the promises it made when it acquired MTS with the rollout of a number of new broadband and wireless-service upgrades in Manitoba.When the company’s $3.9-billion acquisition of MTS was finalized in March of this year, the new entity — Bell MTS — promised to spend $1 billion over the next five years on broadband network and wireless service upgrades. → Read More

U.S. tech firm picks city for head office

A U.S. firm that provides technology solutions to help simplify and speed up the handling of automobile collision repair claims has chosen Winnipeg as the site for its new Canadian head office.San Diego-based Mitchell International Inc. → Read More

Throat spray proven effective for fighting cold, flu

Cold and flu sufferers, take heart.A Winnipeg company has developed an all-natural throat spray that has been clinically proven to be safe and effective in helping fight cold-and-flu-related bacteria. → Read More

Winnipeg's gas prices spike due to refinery outages

It could be the middle of next week before shell-shocked Winnipeg motorists see much relief at the gas pumps, according to one senior industry analyst.By late Wednesday afternoon, the posted price for a litre of regular gas had jumped from 103.4 or 106.9 to 117.9 cents at more than a dozen stations in the city. → Read More

BMO predicts sunshine in Manitoba's economic forecast

Manitoba's economy will follow this year's healthy showing with an even better performance in 2018, ... - Business - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

Existing home sales to increase in Winnipeg, new home starts won't: CMHC

Sales of existing homes in Manitoba will continue to climb, but new-home construction activity will ... - Business - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

Price hike at city gas pumps not expected to last long

The price of a litre of regular gas jumped nearly eight cents on Wednesday at a number of Winnipeg stations, but the extra pain to the pocketbook may be short-lived.The senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. → Read More