There are 9 people missing right now potentially in Winnipeg. Also in this week’s news, a homeless camp causes strife for nearby businesses, public-private is the name of the game for both the WRHA and cannabis legislation, Manitoba Senators win a fight about the Indian Act, a judge could set a precedent on child pornography case, and much more.

Missing Persons Alert

UPDATE: Suzanna Cabral has been found.

Norman Thompson
Winnipeg police have asked for help finding a missing teenage boy.

Norman Thompson, 15, last made contact with friends in the early hours of Nov. 10, police said. He’s described as five feet two inches tall and 120 pounds, with short dark hair. He was last seen wearing a green hoodie and dark blue sweat pants.

Winnipeg Police Service says it’s concerned about Thompson’s well-being. Anyone with information can call the missing persons unit at 204-986-6250.

Peri Ann Spenceperi-ann-spence
RCMP are asking the public for help locating a missing girl who they say is “extremely vulnerable and at risk for exploitation.”

Peri Ann Spence, 16, was reported last seen Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. when she left a residence on Pacific Avenue in Winnipeg, where she had been visiting friends.

Spence is described as five-foot-two and 119 pounds with long, straight black hair and brown eyes. She has been in contact with friends and family, but has not returned home, RCMP said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lundar RCMP at 204-762-5088 or Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online or by texting “TIPMAN” plus a message to CRIMES (274637).

Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson

Winnipeg police are concerned about a missing 13-year-old girl and are asking for the public’s help to bring her home.

Pamela Anderson, 13, was last seen in Winnipeg’s West End on Oct. 25. She’s five feet five inches tall, with a medium build and long, reddish-brown hair.

Winnipeg police ask anyone who has seen her to contact the missing persons unit at 204-986-6250.


Serenity FlettSerenity Flett

Winnipeg police are asking for the public’s help in finding a 16-year-old girl who has been missing for almost three weeks.

Serenity Flett was last seen in East Kildonan on Oct. 10. Flett is described as Indigenous, 5-3, with a thin build, medium-length brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black and white shirt, black and white pants, black shoes, and carrying a black purse.

Police are concerned about Flett’s well-being and are asking anyone who knows where she is to call the missing persons unit at 204-986-6250.

Pam Sandhupam-sandhu

Winnipeg police are asking for the public’s help tracking down a missing 23-year-old woman. Pam Sandhu was last seen in the South Pointe area of Winnipeg Tuesday evening.

Sandhu is 5’6″ tall, 154 lbs., with long brown hair. Police say they are concerned about Sandhu’s well-being. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call police at 204-986-6250.

Donald King

Winnipeg police are looking for a senior who hasn’t been seen in a week. Police sayDonald King, 63, was last seen on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 3 in Windsor Park. Officers are concerned for his well-being.

King is six feet one inches tall and has a slim build and short white hair with stubble on his face. He was last seen wearing glasses with dark rims, a black sweater, blue jeans, grey shoes, a plaid scarf and a tan satchel.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Winnipeg Police Service’s Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.

Taya GuimondTaya Guimond

Police in Powerview, Man., are asking for the public’s help finding a missing 16-year-old girl. Taya Guimond was last seen in Powerview Oct. 2 and RCMP believe she may now be in Winnipeg or Selkirk.

Guimond is described as being 5’3″ tall, with a heavier build, brown eyes and straight, shoulder-length black hair. Police are concerned for Guimond’s well-being and ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call Powerview RCMP at 204-367-8728.

Ethan Sumner

Oakbank RCMP are asking Winnipeggers to keep an eye out for a “vulnerable, at-risk youth” who might be in the city. Ethan Sumner, 17, was reported missing on Thursday at about 10:20 p.m., the Mounties say. He was then spotted a few hours later near Vimy Ridge Memorial Park on Portage Avenue. He has not been seen since.

The teen is described as five feet five inches tall, 145 pounds, with brown eyes and dark hair. He was last seen wearing cargo shorts, a dark shirt and a cream-coloured toque. He also might be wearing a camo-coloured hoodie. Sumner is known to hang around on Selkirk Avenue near Salter street. Anyone with information is asked to call the Oakbank RCMP at 204-444-3391.

Scott Hadath

Scott HadathThe family of a Winnipeg man who has been missing since Monday is desperate to find their loved one who disappeared after getting off work. “We’re very distraught right now,” Robert Hadath told CBC Thursday.His brother Scott Hadath has been missing since Monday afternoon when he got off work around 3 p.m. from his job at Canadian Tire on Fermor Avenue. Winnipeg police and Manitoba RCMP are now searching for the missing 39-year-old.

“This is just not something that you’d expect from Scott,” his brother said. “It’s just out of character for him, so we have no idea what to think at this point.” He’s very reliable.” Hadath, who lives with his mother in the Windsor Park area of Winnipeg, said family started to get worried after his brother didn’t show up for work on Tuesday and they couldn’t get in touch with him on his cellphone.
“Generally if he would go out, he would go out maybe for a couple hours, right, and then he’d be back,” Hadath said. Hadath said friends and family have searched everywhere they can think Scott might be, including the Whiteshell area, where his family owns a cabin, and are desperate to find him. “It’s quite the emotional roller-coaster,” he said. Scott Hadath is described as 5-foot-10 with a heavy build, a beard and hazel eyes.

Scott Hadath is believed to be driving a 2015 black Mini Cooper with Manitoba licence plate HJB 662. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Winnipeg missing persons unit at 204-986-6250.


Poverty & Community Outreach

  • Winnipeg looks at free transit rides for veterans on Remembrance Day: CBC,Winnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg offers veterans, Armed Forces members free transit rides for Remembrance DayCBC
  • 500 students lay poppies on military graves at Transcona Cemetery: CBC
  • Shelters prepare warm welcome as Manitoba winter increases demandCBC
  • Transient homeless camp brings drugs, petty crime to West Broadway businesses, owners say: CBC
  • ‘I’ll never give up’: Mother of man last seen 3 years ago marks anniversary with plea for information: CBC
  • New details in search for missing Winnipeg manAPTN News
  • Hundreds gather in Winnipeg to remember Canada’s fallen soldiersWinnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg homelessness conference was well worth investmentCBC
  • Winnipeg hosts most Culture Days events in countryWinnipeg Free Press
  • Vimy Ridge memorial unveiledWinnipeg Free Press
  • Police collecting different kinds of tips for charity today: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Humane society appeals for help after facility floodedWinnipeg Free Press
  • It starts with teaching people how to breatheWinnipeg Free Press
  • Art of survivalWinnipeg Free Press
  • Number of Canadian families who donate to charity fallingWinnipeg Free Press

Gender & Sexuality

  • LGBT seniors talk about isolation, safe housing concerns at Winnipeg summit:CBC


  • Handi-Transit searches for more inclusive name with online poll: CBC
  • Group slams transit name contestWinnipeg Free Press

Refugees & Race

  • Somali family reaches milestone — welcomes 150th member to Canada: CBC
  • Border officials on alert due to Trump, meeting told: Winnipeg Free Press


  • Made-in-Manitoba carbon tax falls short, says Arctic climate change expert: CBC


  • Diabetics urge Manitoba government to extend coverage for insulin pumpsCBC
  • Doctors, advocacy groups address proposed law protecting those who object to assisted dyingCBC
  • Concerns raised over assisted dying bill: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Pallister defends health overhaul, claims NDP scared of change: Winnipeg Free Press
  • WRHA launches public-private home-care programWinnipeg Free Press
  • Monument to organ donors gets new home after outgrowing old one: CBC
  • Tories lacked heart on organ billWinnipeg Free Press
  • Klinic’s move to Sherbrook Street facility finalized: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Manitobans’ health just average: 2015 stats: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Invisible, odourless radon gas takes heavy human toll: Winnipeg Free Press


  • Winnipeg mayor raises name of CFL Eskimos with Edmonton counterpartCBC
  • If Mayor of Winnipeg has opinion of team name he should share it says Edmonton Eskimos: APTN News
  • New app aims to help families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls: CBC
  • Manitoba senators win fight over Indian ActWinnipeg Free Press
  • After 141 years, Liberals pledge to erase sexism from Indian ActGlobe & Mail,APTN News
  • Freedom Road on track for 2019 opening: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Dates set for $90-million settlement-approval hearing for flooded out First Nations: Winnipeg Free Press
  • High court won’t hear key Indigenous caseWinnipeg Free Press
  • Ouellette backs NDP bill on Indigenous rightsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Hundreds from Manitoba Cree nation sign petition to remove chief: APTN News
  • Unofficial numbers could hike MMIWG total: APTN News
  • Inquiry faces criticism from families about care: APTN News
  • Arlen Dumas: Putting the spotlight on the child welfare system and the path forward from a shuttered rail line: APTN News

Justice & Crime

  • ‘Institutional madness’: Winnipeg woman’s water turned off over unpaid bill at ex-husband’s residence: CBC
  • Police seek suspect in attack on Winnipeg Transit passengerCBC
  • Passenger punched, teeth shattered after trying to defend another woman being harassed on bus: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Police investigating attempted kidnappingWinnipeg Free Press
  • Woman robbed, sexually assaulted in Fort Richmond: CBC
  • Woman faces manslaughter charge after Point Douglas stabbing victim dies: CBC
  • stabbed at University of Winnipeg during robbery: CBC
  • University of Winnipeg upping security in wake of two stabbings on campus: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Machete-wielding thieves in balaclavas rob Winnipeg bingo hall: CBC
  • Meth, revolver found during search at Hargrave residence, Winnipeg police say:CBC
  • Inquest into death of alleged Manitoba biker gang member extended after ‘very intense week’CBC
  • Smartphone searches, seizures could be codified in new Winnipeg School Division policy: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Family still searching for answers three years after man’s disappearance: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Ambrose wants Manitoba judges educated on sexual assaultWinnipeg Free Press
  • Inquest called into Remand Centre deathWinnipeg Free Press
In the Courts
  • Crown won’t appeal Mark Grant acquittal in Candace Derksen slaying: CBC
  • Long journey ends for parents of Winnipeg teen Candace Derksen killed in 1984:Globe & Mail
  • Recipient of suspect package joked it could be a bomb, Amsel trial hears: CBC
  • Friend suspected Amsel was behind 2013 bombing at ex-wife’s home, court told: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Nicholas Bell-Wright shot Cooper Nemeth twice in head during drug dispute, court told: CBC
  • Man admits to murdering teenWinnipeg Free Press
  • Killer’s previous crime should have set off alarm bells: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Crown gives closing arguments in Kelvin stabbing case: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Jury finds Kelvin High School stabber guilty of manslaughterWinnipeg Free Press
  • ‘Don’t leave me; please comfort me‘: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Manitoba judge could order restitution to victim of child pornography: CBC


  • ‘We don’t trust them’: Farmer one of many business owners wary of proposed tax changesCBC
  • Ottawa should have independent review of taxes: Manitoba finance minister: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Province appears set to pass Uber bill without taxi industry amendments, spokesperson says: CBC
  • What to expect in throne speech when legislature returns: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Premier ends session with a pat on his government’s back but warns of ‘potential coming storm’CBC
  • Manitoba politicians pull all-nighter to pass bills before session ends: CBC
  • ‘Governments that worry too much about getting re-elected don’t deserve to be’: Pallister: Winnipeg Free Press
Cannabis Legalization
  • Don’t expect pot legalization to end the black market overnight: U.S. experts: CBC
  • Cannabis plan reaction: Hopeful retailers prepare for business as city ponders regulations: CBC
  • Private stores will sell pot in Manitoba while province will control distribution:CBC
  • Haze around legalized pot sales becomes clearer today: CBC
  • Pallister hints pot plan is ‘best of both worlds‘: CBC
  • Municipalities have power to prohibit pot: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Pot might make Pallister forget PST pledge, but won’t pay for itWinnipeg Free Press
  • Pallister unveils public-private plan for pot sales: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Pallister says Manitoba private sector has role to play in cannabis legalization: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Mayor’s inner circle puts off Sterling Lyon Parkway voteCBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • CAO withheld Sterling Lyon extension estimate because figure is ‘completely not credible’: Morantz: CBC
  • White-collar union files respectful-workplace grievance over call to ‘punish’ Sterling Lyon Parkway plannerCBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg may turn down volume on licensed patios late at night: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Restaurant owner says road work cost him thousands in lost revenue: CBC
  • Morantz calls for reset on east-west corridorWinnipeg Free Press
  • ‘Fear of something new’: Councillor, St. James residents meet to discuss proposed addiction centreCBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Northern Manitobans feel the bite as rail company cuts service, charges new fees:CBC
  • No word from feds on help for north: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Feds keeping presence in Churchill: Winnipeg Free Press
  • As government ultimatum for railway nears, Churchill pays the price: Globe & Mail

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winnipeg news april 16 2017