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Restaurant goers may be able to bring own wine in a week
As of Nov. 1, restaurants in Manitoba will be able to allow customers to bring along their own wine, reported the Winnipeg Sun.

The change, which came last May after the provincial government introduced a number of changes to Manitoba’s liquor laws, is voluntary and up to individual restaurants decide if they want to take part.

“I haven’t heard a lot of people saying they’ll be falling over themselves to do it,” Scott Jocelyn, executive director of the Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association, told the Sun.

“I can’t say for sure there won’t be any, but I haven’t talked to anyone who is.”
Customers will have to ask restaurants before they dine if they can bring their own unopened bottles along, explained Diana Soroka, a spokeswoman for the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission.

“They don’t have to notify us. There’s no license or anything like that,” she said. “I imagine restaurants who do this will promote it.”

However, homemade wine is not allowed and there is no provision for nightclubs or lounges.

Jets’ first pick sent back to OHL
Mark Scheifele, the Jets’ first-round draft pick, has been sent back to the OHL’s Barrie Colts as of Oct. 23, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
Scheifele had one goal in his seven-game stint with the newly returned NHL team.

“It’s a development process, and when you sit back and put it into perspective, at 18 years old, that’s a big feather in his cap to have earned the opportunity to play the seven games here this year,” Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said.

Scheifele’s game time had dwindled with the Jets, and was down to just 7:21 in the Oct. 22 home game against Carolina.

2 pedestrians struck in vehicle collisions within a day
The night of Saturday Oct. 22 saw two pedestrians struck in two separate vehicle collisions, reported CBC News.

The first incident occurred at approximately 9:15 p.m. by the intersection of Main Street and Sutherland Ave..

Only five minutes later, police responded to a collision at the intersection of Grant Ave. and Stafford St..

A 41-year-old man (Main Street) and 21-year-old man (Grant Ave.), both pedestrians, were sent to hospital in critical condition. Police reported both were upgraded to stable condition the next day.

Drivers in both accidents did not suffer any injuries.

U of M awards Governor General with honorary degree
University of Manitoba president David Barnard presented Governor General David Johnston with an honorary degree from the university at a fall convocation ceremony on Oct. 20.

Johnston was awarded a doctor of laws by the university for his contribution to the academic community and for his service to the public.

Barnard pointed to Johnston as a “national trailblazer in scholarship, public service, Canadian unity and the nation’s national sport.”

“Along with many others, I consider David Johnston to be a friend and advisor,” he said. “It is a personal pleasure for me to be recognizing his leadership in our community.”

Jonhnston accepted the degree with a speech to the graduating students.

“I’m delighted to be with these wonderful people here who are graduating today and with some dear friends here on stage,” he said. “They say Manitoba grows the best wheat in the world, and that is correct, but I also believe it breeds the best talent in the world.”