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August 12, 2022 – Media Release – Winnipeg Police Service – City of Winnipeg

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2022 Winnipeg Police Service Public Opinion Survey

Every two years, a public opinion telephone survey is conducted through an independent agency to ask citizens about their view of the Winnipeg Police Service and their opinions about crime and public safety in Winnipeg. This year, on behalf of the Winnipeg Police Board, interviewers from PRA Inc, an independent market research firm, will randomly call individuals in all areas of Winnipeg beginning August 15th, 2022 to complete the 15 minute survey. 

Citizens can be assured the survey is legitimate. Interviewers will ask for general demographic information (age, gender, postal code), but will never request personal identifiers such as banking information, street address, or Social Insurance Number.

Once complete, the results of the survey will be made public and posted on both the Winnipeg Police Board and Winnipeg Police Service websites.
   
On behalf of the Board, the Winnipeg Police Service thanks all those who take the time to participate in the survey.

“Grandparent Scam” – Arrests: C22-161861

On July 28, 2022, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a public advisory in response to an increase in “grandparent scams” targeting the elderly.
 
Update:
 
The Financial Crimes Unit continued its investigation and identified two female suspects believed to be involved. On July 29, assisted by officers of the East District Community Support Unit, investigators arrested both suspects in the 1100 block of Sommerville Avenue without incident.
 
Investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1100 block of Somerville Avenue and located evicence linking the suspects of the offences. During ten days, the suspects defrauded nine seniors for approximately $100,000.
 
Vanessa Fatima ALVES DASILVA, 18, of North York, Ontario, has been charged with the following offences:
 
– Fraud Over $5,000 x 6
– Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
– Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
– Forgery
– Use a Forged Document
 
Gabriella Edith Marie PARADIS, 25, of Walpole Island, Ontario, has been charged with the following offences:
 
– Fraud Over $5,000 x 2
– Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
– Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
 
The victims and the suspects were not previously known to one another.
 
The Financial Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation.
 
As previously released:
 
The Winnipeg Police Service has recently seen a significant increase in local “grandparent scam” (also known as “emergency scam”) reports – including 15 incidents over the past six days, with about $100,000 in losses.
 
The Financial Crime Unit is investigating these incidents.
 
The “grandparent scam” often involves an actor calling an elderly person and claiming to be a grandchild who is in serious legal trouble and needs money immediately. The caller sometimes cries, and there is often urgency and secrecy around the demands.
 
In October 2021, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a cautionary media release in response to an increase in “grandparent scams” targeting the elderly.
 
This release was followed up in March 2022, when it was discovered that the scam had escalated to the point where couriers or rideshare drivers were physically attending the victim’s residence to collect funds – rather than relying on an online transfer.  
 
An example of the scam, as seen in recent local incidents, occurs as follows:
 
A caller will claim to be a nephew, niece or grandchild – and sometimes provides the first name. They then claim to have been involved in an accident (such as a collision with a vehicle).
 
They then claim to have been arrested and jailed. The phone is passed to another actor who claims to be a lawyer and can come off as very professional.
 
The victim is told that money is needed for bail; otherwise, the family member will continue to be jailed. They are also told that a “gag order” has been put in place by a judge and that they cannot discuss the matter with anyone, including other family members or the bank.
 
Instructions are given to the victim to inform the bank that the money will be used for home repairs or something similar.
 
The victim is given a phone number to call, or the fraudster calls back soon after.
 
Once the money is obtained, the victim is told a bondsperson will attend their home. This fictitious bondsperson will attend the residence and take the cash – completing the scam.
 
There may be additional attempts to retrieve money from the victim over the following days.
 
Warning signs – How to protect yourself:
 
Knowledge is critical when it comes to preventing these frauds.
 
– The police and courts will never send someone to your house to collect money.
 
– The police and courts, including lawyers, will never tell you to lie to the bank about the purpose of obtaining money.
 
– These scammers will pressure people to act quickly before they have time to consider what they are doing or agreeing to. Always talk to a trusted person before providing personal information or funds, especially if it is an unsolicited call.
 
– We urge people to converse with their elderly relatives regarding this fraud.
 
– If you receive a call like this, please contact the police immediately.
 
If you have been victimized by the “grandparent scam”:
 
If you have been a victim of fraud, document all the information you can recall about your fraudulent transaction, e.g. receipts, copies of emails, text messages and courier companies.
 
It is also crucial that you report the fraud – doing so can help you possibly recover any loss, and it helps protect the community from future frauds and scams.
 
Information on how to report the “grandparent scam” can be found here: https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/frauds_scams.stm#report
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Drug Trafficking Investigation – Arrests: C22-118564

Beginning in August 2022, the Winnipeg Police Service’s Guns & Gangs Unit conducted an investigation involving the trafficking of methamphetamine within the City of Winnipeg.

On August 11, 2022, the Guns & Gangs Unit observed four suspects operating a stolen 2014 Cadillac ATS in the 400 block of Marion Street. Officers placed four adults under arrest and seized the following items from the vehicle:

– 53 grams of Methamphetamine (Estimated Street Value = $2,100 to $2,650
– 2 grams of Fentanyl (Estimated Street Value = $360 – $400)
– 2 grams of Cocaine (Estimated Street Value = $160 – $200)
– Digital Scales
– Score Sheets
– Cell Phones

With the assistance of the Tactical Support Team and officers from the East District, the Guns and Gangs Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the 300 Block of Marion Street and seized the following items:

–  2.8 grams of Methamphetamine (Estimated Street Value = $112 – $140)
– Unused Packaging Materials
– 12 Guage double barrel shotgun
– Digital Scales
– Score Sheets

Bryden Joel JONASSON, 28, of Winnipeg, has been charged with the following offences:

– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
– Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order x 2
– Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order
– Warrant x 2 (RCMP)

He was detained in custody.

A 25-year-old female from Winnipeg is facing the following charges:

– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
– Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
– Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations

She was released on an Undertaking as mandated by the Criminal Code.

A 25-year-old male from Winnipeg is facing the following charges:

– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
– Operate of a Conveyance While Prohibited by Order Under Criminal Code

He was released on an Undertaking as mandated by the Criminal Code.

A 35-year-old female from Winnipeg is facing the following charges:

– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
– Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
– Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
– Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order x 2

She was released on an Undertaking as mandated by the Criminal Code.

Weapons – Arrest: C22-181351

On August 11, 2022, at approximately 2:30 p.m., members of the North District Community Support Unit observed an adult male operating a bicycle in breach of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) in the 500 block of Pritchard Avenue.

Officers attempted to stop the male; however he fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit, officers arrested the uncooperative male and placed him in custody.

The male was found to be in possession of the following items:

– Loaded Taurus G2C 9 mm Handgun with obliterated serial number
– Magazine containing several rounds
– Drug Paraphernalia
– Approximately $3,200 in currency

A  21-year-old male from Winnipeg has been charged with the following offences:

– Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
– Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
– Tampering with Serial Number of a Firearm
– Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
– Resist Peace Officer

He was released on an Undertaking as mandated by the Criminal Code.

Weapons – Arrest: C22-181032

On August 11, 2022, at approximately 8:00 a.m., officers from the North District observed a wanted male at the intersection of Andrews Street and Flora Avenue. The adult male suspect was also believed to have a rifle in his possession.

Officers attempted to make contact with the suspect; however, he promptly fled on his bicycle. After a short distance, the strap from the duffle bag he was carrying became entangled in his front bicycle wheel, causing him to crash to the ground when the bicycle abruptly stopped.

Officers safely placed him under arrest on the strength of the Warrant and, as they did so,  observed a sawed-off rifle in plain view protruding from the duffle bag the suspect had been carrying.

Clinton WIRFFEL, 37, of Winnipeg, is charged with the following offences:

– Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
– Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
– Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order x 4
– Fail to Comply with Probation Order
– Warrant – Fail to Comply with Probation Order

He has been detained in custody.


Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca

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Media Advisory: Memorandum of Understanding on Education to be Signed in Happy Valley-Goose Bay – News Releases – Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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The Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation and Minister of Labrador Affairs, and Scott Reid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Education with the NunatuKavut Community Council tomorrow (Friday, September 30).

Minister Dempster and Parliamentary Secretary Reid will be joined by Todd Russell, President, NunatuKavut Community Council and Christina White, Director of Schools, Newfoundland and Labrador English School District at this signing.

The event will take place at Queen Peace Middle School, Happy Valley – Goose Bay beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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Media contacts
Nancy Hollett
Education
709-729-1906, 327-7878
nancyhollett@gov.nl.ca

Allan Bock
Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation
709-896-7935, 899-6446
allanbock@gov.nl.ca

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Black Market Releasing Launches With Screening Of Award-winning Filmmaker Sharon Lewis’ Queer Film “With Wonder”

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Black Market Releasing Launches With Screening Of Award-winning Filmmaker Sharon Lewis’ Queer Film

TORONTO, ON – In celebration of LGBT History Month, Canada’s Black Market Releasing (BMR) officially launches with a screening of award-winning filmmaker Sharon Lewis’ Queer film “With Wonder” The soul-searching feature documentary will be followed by a talkback with the Cast & Crew at the Carlton Cinemas. BMR will formally announce the screening dates for the Canadian Screening Tour of “With Wonder” happening until 2023 in Cineplex Cinemas across Canada. The evening will be hosted by a Canadian dancer and choreographer best known for his regular appearances on the reality television series Canada’s Drag Race. Hollywood Jade. The screening will be followed by a Q&A moderated by award-winning storyteller and LGBT activist Rhoma Spencer; featuring the film’s producer Byron Wong of Iron Soul Media, Andreanna Chin and distribution experts Frances-Anne Solomon, Founder of CTMG and Distribution partner, Michael Dob bin of Capitol Media Group.

“With Wonder” is a love letter to God, asking the question, can you be a Christian and Queer.   Queer activists from around the world, a Queer/Transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American comedian in LA; rural Queer folks in Jamaica and Black; Asian and South Asian Queer Clerics in London, San Francisco, and New York search for the answer on this journey. Their stories, though sometimes strained, are all connected by their Faith & Lewis’s poignant portrayal of their queerness. “With Wonder” is heartfelt and honest, delving into what for some might be uncomfortable conversations.   The QPOC people in the film have come to terms and come out the other side, living their truth with the power of who they are.

“Since its inception the team at Black Market Releasing has stayed focused on its mission to find and release new and authentic stories from the BIPOC community.  Entrance and recognition are necessary for BIPOC filmmakers. New films with diverse perspectives need a theatrical home. Simply.  They need to be seen.  We’ll be on tour across Canada, starting in Toronto, with the feature documentary “With Wonder”.  It’s my sincere hope that introducing films like “With Wonder” to audiences everywhere, will lead to a better understanding and acceptance of the BIPOC community and their stories.”

                                                                       Frances-Anne Solomon

Event Details: 

WHAT: BLACK Market Releasing Official Launch with a special screening of  of award-winning filmmaker Sharon Lewis’ Queer film “With Wonder” 

WHEN: Oct 14, 2022 

TIME: 6:30PM EST – Media Reception 

              7:30PM EST – Screening  

LOCATION: Imagine Cinemas Carlton – 20 Carlton Street, Toronto

 

 

Black Market Releasing (BMR) is a part of the CaribbeanTales Media Group, founded by award winning Filmmaker and Academy member, Frances-Anne Solomon, and in partnership with Capital Motion Picture Group.  BMR is a visionary new company, choosing bold, new, and authentic stories from diverse perspectives, introducing them to audiences around the world. BMR and The With Wonder Tour would not be possible without the support of Telefilm Canada. BMR is recognized by Telefilm as an authorized theatrical distributor in Canada.

 

 

Watch the official “With Wonder” trailer https://vimeo.com/686193132

Follow Black Market Releasing to learn more:  

www.blackmarketreleasing.com 

INSTAGRAM: @Theblackmarketreleasing

TWITTER: @BlackReleasing

FACEBOOK: @Black-Market-Releasing-106975968350857

Media Inquiries & RSVP: 

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Four Supportive Living Units To Open In Swift Current | News and Media – Government of Saskatchewan

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Released on September 29, 2022

Swift Current residents living with brain injuries or disabilities will have improved access to affordable housing, thanks to investments from the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan.

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, and Mental Health and Addictions Minister and Swift Current MLA Everett Hindley, on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) Gene Makowsky, and representatives from Prairie Pioneers Independent Housing (PPIH) will celebrate the grand opening of four supportive housing units.

Through the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement under the National Housing Strategy, the project received $656,000 in funding.

The new four-plex is located at 302 Central Avenue South in Swift Current. These one-bedroom units include outdoor spaces and were designed to be suitable for individuals with brain injuries, with one designed for additional accessibility.

“Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Hussen. “These new four-plex homes will provide stability and access to vital support services needed to live comfortably and with dignity. This is one of the ways our National Housing Strategy continues to ensure no one is left behind.”

“The Government of Saskatchewan knows that affordable housing helps people live in our communities to their fullest potential, and that some people may need additional support to live independently,” Hindley said. “That is why we are proud to support our partners at Prairie Pioneers Independent Housing as they develop housing options that offer residents dignity and security and contributes to their well-being, participation and success. I thank Prairie Pioneers for their important work that makes a difference in our community – and especially in the lives of their residents.”

“Upon acquiring the old Pioneer Lodge site, the board of Prairie Pioneer Independent Housing created a long-term vision to provide housing options for seniors with varying needs and who require specialized housing supports,” Prairie Pioneers Independent Housing CEO Deborah DeMars said. “This is our inaugural build on this new site and we look forward to continuing to build and create exciting housing options for seniors in our community.”

Quick facts:

  • PPIH has worked with the Saskatchewan Health Authority to determine the best way to house individuals with brain injuries. They have seen success when those with brain injuries live in safe, affordable and quiet supported living spaces, which inspire dignity and security.
  • The four-plex is located near the PPIH administrative office, allowing management to have regular and informal contact with tenants who have higher needs. 
  • Pursuant to the National Housing Strategy (NHS), the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement will invest $449.9 million over the next 10 years, cost matched by the federal and provincial governments, in housing across the province. The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have reached agreement on the first three-year action plan. 
  • Canada’s National Housing Strategy (NHS) is a 10-year, $72+ billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home.

Related links:

  • As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC’s aim is that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home they can afford, and that meets their needs. For more information, please visit cmhc.ca or follow us on TwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Facebook.
  • To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.
  • Under the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement, housing is a key priority in providing a better quality of life for Saskatchewan families and communities. Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan, through SHC, has invested $786 million to develop more than 12,000 housing units and repair nearly 5,500 homes. SHC has also invested more than $61 million to build nearly 300 units in residential care homes, and $430 million to improve provincially-owned housing. To learn more, visit www.saskatchewan.ca

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For more information, contact:

Arevig Afarian
Office of the Minister for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
Email: arevig.afarian@infc.gc.ca

Media Relations
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Email: media@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Media Relations
Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services
Phone: 306-787-3610
Email: mediamss@gov.sk.ca

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