Local Briefs

U of M archives get spooky addition

Peter Aykroyd, father of actor Dan Aykroyd from the 1980s film Ghostbusters, announced Oct. 15 that he will donate his research notes and his grandfather’s journals regarding paranormal activity to the University of Manitoba, reported the Winnipeg Free Press.

Peter made the announcement in Toronto during his book launch, A History of Ghosts.

The university was not informed of his decision prior to the announcement and has yet to hear directly from the family or received any of the material.

Brian Hubner, archivist for the U of M Archives and Special Collections said the decision is logical.

“The archives here are world-renowned,” Hubner said. “ Researchers come here because our collection of materials related to the paranormal is so interesting.”

Winnipeg Sun lone wolf on Sunday

The Sunday Free Press has announced that on Nov. 1, after 24 years, it will cease publication, reported the Winnipeg Sun.

Free Press publisher Bob Cox said the move to cease publication of the Sunday edition was an effort “to position the newspaper for the future, while taking necessary steps to reduce our costs to cope with reduced revenues.”

Winnipeg Sun publisher Kevin Klein said that his paper would look to gain previous Free Press subscribers.

“We know that there will be many unhappy Free Press subscribers wondering what happened to their Sunday paper,” he said.

Cox said the Free Press would look to merge existing Sunday features into the Saturday edition as well as offering a new tabloid-sized paper for sale only in stores and vending boxes.

Individual stabbed on U of M campus believed to be student

An individual who was stabbed on the University of Manitoba campus on Oct. 19 was believed to be a student, said the Winnipeg Police Department.

“What happened this evening is two students that we believe are students from the U of M — it has not been confirmed at this point — got into an argument, which turned into a physical altercation, then got into a fight,” said Duty Staff Sergeant Kelly Dennison.

“One of the students ended up getting a stab wound to his upper body. He has been taken to the hospital in unstable condition at this time,” he continued.

A section beside the U of M Faculty of Music off of Dafoe Road was cordoned off by WPD, and traffic was rerouted by U of M security Services as of press time.