December 22, 2023, a day in the news in Winnipeg and Manitoba.
From criminal charges and safety concerns to significant sporting achievements.
This recap delves into the key stories of the day, including a personal trainer facing assault charges, the tragic stabbing of a Ukrainian newcomer, the University of Manitoba’s action against a former dean, plans for a critical landfill search, a deadly traffic accident, school threats leading to arrests, a notable Winnipeg Jets victory, an investigation into a police arrest, and a major payment system outage.
Read on for a concise overview of these important developments across the region.
Sexual Assault Charges Against Winnipeg Personal Trainer
In a concerning development, a 26-year-old personal trainer in Winnipeg has been charged with sexually assaulting a client during a training session.
The incident, which took place in a fitness facility in the city’s northeast, highlights ongoing concerns regarding safety and professionalism in personal training environments.
Tragic Stabbing of a Ukrainian Newcomer
The Winnipeg community is grappling with the senseless stabbing of Ivan Rubanik, a 46-year-old Ukrainian newcomer.
Charged with second-degree murder, the 19-year-old suspect’s unprovoked attack adds to the city’s rising concerns about public safety and the challenges faced by immigrants seeking refuge in Canada.
University of Manitoba Seeks Investigation into Former Dean’s Misconduct
The University of Manitoba has requested a police investigation following the Law Society of Manitoba’s ruling that the former law school dean committed professional misconduct and misappropriated funds.
This request marks a significant turn in the university’s approach to dealing with the allegations that first surfaced in 2020.
Manitoba Premier’s Plan for Landfill Search in 2024
Premier Wab Kinew announced plans to conduct a landfill search in 2024 for the remains of two slain First Nations women, victims of an alleged serial killer.
This move comes as a shift from the previous government’s stance and highlights the ongoing efforts to address the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Fatal Traffic Collision in Southern Manitoba
A tragic road incident in southern Manitoba claimed the life of a 46-year-old man from Morden.
The collision, which occurred at the intersection of Highway 14 and Provincial Road 426, raises concerns about road safety and the importance of cautious driving.
Arrests Made After Threats Against Manitoba School
Two teenagers face charges after threats were made against Lorette Collegiate in southern Manitoba.
This incident underscores the challenges schools face in ensuring the safety of students and staff and the seriousness with which such threats are treated.
Winnipeg Jets’ Impressive Victory Over Boston Bruins
Key performances by players like Nino Niederreiter contributed to this significant victory, demonstrating the team’s strength and resilience in the face of competition.
IIU Investigating Winnipeg Police Arrest
Manitoba’s police watchdog, the Independent Investigation Unit, is probing an arrest conducted by Winnipeg police that resulted in a man being hospitalized.
This investigation is a reminder of the importance of accountability in law enforcement.
Moneris Service Outage Affects Payments
A widespread service outage by Moneris, one of Canada’s largest payment processors, disrupted card payments on a crucial shopping and travel day.
The outage underscores the vulnerability of digital payment systems and the impact such disruptions can have on businesses and consumers.