In a dynamic day for Winnipeg and Manitoba, a range of significant events unfolded on January 11, 2024.
From public safety concerns to sporting achievements, the day was marked by diverse and impactful news stories, each contributing to the evolving narrative of the region.
RCMP Seek Witnesses in Serious December Crash
Manitoba’s RCMP issued a call for witnesses in relation to a serious crash that occurred on December 4th. A 54-year-old man was left with life-changing injuries following the incident on Highway 1 near Settlers Road.
The crash involved a collision with a large vehicle, suspected to be a semi-trailer truck or a cube truck, which reportedly left the scene. With icy roads and heavy fog reported at the time of the accident, authorities continue their investigation.
Winnipeg Jets Set Franchise Record with Eighth Straight Win
In sports, the Winnipeg Jets celebrated a landmark victory, achieving their eighth consecutive win, a new franchise record. This victory came against the Chicago Blackhawks, concluding with a narrow 2-1 score.
Nikolaj Ehlers scored the decisive goal, extending his personal scoring streak. The win further solidifies the Jets’ strong performance in the season.
Escaped Inmate from Stony Mountain Institution
Public safety concerns were raised following the escape of Terry Dutko, a 24-year-old inmate, from Stony Mountain Institution.
Dutko was serving a 12-year sentence for multiple offenses, including robbery and assault. The escape occurred during a supervised absence in Winnipeg, prompting a police warrant for his arrest.
Spike in Meningitis-Causing Infections
Health officials in Manitoba reported an alarming increase in cases of invasive meningococcal disease.
With eight cases recorded in the past month, this spike surpasses the average annual rate. The disease, which can lead to meningitis, poses significant health risks, prompting calls for public vigilance and updated vaccinations.
Debate Over Lemay Forest Purchase
A motion for the City of Winnipeg to purchase the Lemay Forest failed to pass a committee vote, leaving the future of this St. Norbert green space uncertain. Despite support from local residents and area councillor Markus Chambers, the motion did not receive the required backing.
The city committee chair, however, remains optimistic about reaching a deal to preserve this natural area.
Communication Issues During Perimeter Highway Closure
Questions emerged regarding the communication effectiveness following the temporary closure of the Perimeter Highway due to heavy snowfall.
Local authorities and residents expressed concerns about the lack of timely updates and adequate signage, highlighting the need for better communication strategies during weather-related disruptions.
Checkstop Program Highlights Rural DUI Concerns
The Holiday Checkstop Program, a joint initiative by the RCMP and Winnipeg Police, revealed a higher incidence of impaired driving charges in rural communities.
Out of 5,400 alcohol screenings conducted in December 2023, 59 charges were filed, with a majority in rural areas. This has raised discussions about the perception of road safety in rural roads and the necessity of responsible driving behaviors.
Tragic Stabbing Incident in Winnipeg
In a sobering report, the Winnipeg Homicide Unit is investigating the stabbing death of a 19-year-old man, Binesi Kennedy, on Arrow Street.
Kennedy succumbed to his injuries in the hospital, marking a tragic and concerning incident of violence in the city.
New Advisor for Indigenous Women’s Issues in Manitoba
Lastly, in a significant appointment, Cora Morgan has been named as Manitoba’s special advisor on Indigenous women’s issues.
Her role will involve assisting in the development of a strategy to address the concerns of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit Peoples. Morgan’s appointment is a step towards addressing these critical social issues in the province.