Pandemic landmarks, amazing local talent, and a commitment by the CHVN community to support a local faith-based organization made this week incredible.

Rain brings relief of some Manitoba fire and travel restrictions

Recent rainfall and projected cooler weather have prompted the wildlife service to ease fire and travel restrictions in southeastern Manitoba.

The province says restrictions on off-road vehicle use in backcountry areas and a ban on backcountry camping have been lifted.

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More than 800 homeless safely isolated at Main Street Project in 1 year

More than 800 homeless people have been safely isolated from COVID-19 over the past year thanks to a local community health centre.

One year ago yesterday, Main Street Project opened up Winnipeg's first COVID-19 isolation space to serve the city's homeless.

After the coronavirus first hit Manitoba, the downtown Winnipeg organization knew work needed to be done to serve and care for Winnipeg's homeless population.

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The Power of Hope Radiothon with YFC Winnipeg

Thank you to everyone who donated to the 2021 Power of Hope Radiothon in support of Youth For Christ Winnipeg! Over the course of three days, we raised $119,827.17 together. But, it's not too late to give - you can still donate online.

This year we had a big goal of $100,000 and not only did you meet it, but you crushed it!

The generosity of the CHVN audience will go a long way in helping YFC Winnipeg overcome the financial challenges the last year has provided.

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Descendent hopeful Chief Peguis's Bible sparks important conversations at Manitoba Museum

A descendant of Chief Peguis is glad to see his faith being honoured and Bible restored as part of a Treaty 1 exhibit.

Kyle J. Mason is a public speaker, winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and keeper and protector of Chief Peguis's Bibles. He says as a teenager he was given two Bibles to care for, keeping them in his nightstand wrapped in cloth.

"It was not until I started growing up and realized the family history and my connection to Chief Peguis I started understanding the significance of the Bibles," Mason says.

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Hollywood legend Dick Van Dyke handing out money to those in need

Dick Van Dyke, 95 years old, is showing his L.A. community that kindness and generosity can change a life no matter who you are. 

Dyke, known best for his role in Mary Poppins in 1964 and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, is showing the community in Malibu his true character. 

Last week, the actor showed up at Los Angeles’ Malibu Community Labor Exchange—and began handing out cash to job seekers waiting in line outside the non-profit, according to a Twitter post.

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Politics and poverty at crossroads in Lebanon, but ministry seeing God move

A Christian organization in Beirut, Lebanon is seeing miracles happening even though the country faces great political unrest and intense poverty. 

Tom Atema is the co-founder of a non-profit Christian organization called Heart for Lebanon, started back in 2006. He has been there helping out with the physical, mental, and emotional needs of the people ever since. 

"On August 4, 2020, when the blast took place, it was the second-largest explosion in world history, the first one being the atomic bomb. The devastation is still visible today," says Atema.

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Coach humbled by encouraging awards

Jayme Menzies's whistle may be collecting dust, but she continues to make noise in Manitoba's athletics community.

The past year has been difficult for Menzies as organized sports have been thrown for a loop. She says she was surprised to be given two awards in a matter of months for her previous work.

"It is a little overwhelming in a good way, but it also feels a bit goofy," Menzies says, noting that coaching is not a job that people do to receive recognition. "It has been a nice way of connecting to the sports community again.

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A return to basketball in Manitoba this spring and summer

The province is now headed into the second spring and summertime sports seasons since the pandemic hit and athletes are happy to just play, even if it looks different. 

When COVID-19 really hit Manitoba in mid-March of 2020, it was in the peak season of junior high and high school basketball finals and playoffs. 

"We, unfortunately, had to end a lot of championships right in mid-stream when the health orders at the time were given (we didn't even know what health orders were at the time), it was a shock to the system," says Adam Wedlake, the Executive Director at Basketball Manitoba. 

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UK court upholds Franklin Graham in Blackpool bus advertising case

Manchester County Court Judge Claire Evans ruled in favour of Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) in the Lancashire Festival of Hope advertising campaign case.

In 2018, the English city of Blackpool hosted the evangelistic event, which was attended by 9,000 people. To promote the event, the BGEA put adverts for the festival on local public buses.

However, just one day after the campaign began, the posters were removed by Blackpool Council and the local transport company, “as a result of us listening and acting on customer and public feedback which we aim to do at all times,” said Jane Cole, Managing Director at Blackpool Transport.

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Manitoba First Nation opens up vaccines to surrounding communities to prevent waste

Some Portage residents outside of the current vaccine eligibility groups managed to receive a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month.

In order to prevent wasting expiring Moderna vaccines, Long Plain First Nation expanded eligibility at a vaccination clinic being held at its Keeshkeemaquah Urban Reserve last week.

The clinic was planned for Long Plain's on-reserve band members who live in Keeshkeemaquah Village who did not have transportation to clinics held on the main reserve. 

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Curbside pizza dancer looking to make it big

A former Winnipegger is turning heads in Southeastern Manitoba, busting a move on street corners most evenings.

To most people, the intersection of Steinbach's Main St. and Brandt St. is just another high traffic corridor but for one up-and-coming dancer, it is centre stage.

Grunthal Resident Kane Frieze grew up in the North End of Winnipeg where he developed a passion for moving and grooving to the beat. Now, he stands on the street corner most weekdays showing off his dance moves to the motoring public.

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CMU volleyball coach wins 2 awards for commitment to athletes

A coach at a Christian university in Winnipeg is the recipient of two coveted awards, including Indigenous Female Coach of the Decade.

Jayme Menzies, a Metis woman, is the Head Coach with Canadian Mennonite University's women's volleyball team. She has been named as the winner of the Peter Williamson Memorial Award, a "Train to Compete/Train to Win" coaching award from Sport Manitoba.

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Show portraying Jesus' life comes alive for second season on Easter Sunday

The Chosen just released the first episode of season two of the epic TV series all about Jesus' life, and fans are loving it.

The premiere episode was live-streamed on April 4, 2021, Easter Sunday. 

"Whoa. Not much more to say than that. Around a million people have watched the Season Premiere of our second season already, and the Livestream last night was crazy. The comments are still pouring in, and I've never seen the word 'Wow' more times in my life," says Dallas Jenkins, the Director of The Chosen.

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Christian university wins NCAA men's basketball championship

A Christian university defeated the No. 1 ranked team in the nation (and another Christian school) to claim the title of National Champions in the NCAA's March Madness tournament Monday night.

Baylor University, a private Baptist research university in Waco, Tex., stunned the Gonzaga Bulldogs and many basketball fans, with a decisive 86-70 win.

The Bulldogs had been undefeated in their season leading up to the championship match. Gonzaga is a private, Catholic university in Spokane, Wash.

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WATCH: Legacy centre announced for Humboldt Broncos memorial

The Humboldt Broncos Memorial Committee has officially launched its campaign leading toward the construction of both a legacy centre on the Humboldt Uniplex site and a permanent memorial on Highway 35 at Armley Road.

The announcement came via a press conference held on the eve of the third anniversary of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy.

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'God is so good': Justin Bieber surprises fans with Easter gospel album

A Canadian pop icon is releasing a string of gospel music tracks for the first time, including adding prayers for fans.

Justin Bieber, an outspoken Christain, is sharing new music with his fans. This is his first official gospel EP. He did not do any promotions before releasing his latest work. This comes on the cusp of "JUSTICE", a secular album with nods to his faith.

Not a typical gospel album, the artist's music has a hip hop and pop feel.

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Initiative celebrating the unsung heroes of the pandemic

An organization in Manitoba is looking for public input to thank the staff at care homes with their Unsung Heroes Campaign.

Saying “thank you” is such a Canadian thing. The running joke from American television is that Canadians are so nice and polite; but despite this, we as Canadians and Manitobans have forgotten to thank those who are dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on front-line workers. Long Term Care residence staff have been overlooked.

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Candace Cameron Bure shares ups and downs of marriage and parenting in pandemic

After her adult child moved back home during the pandemic, Candace Cameron Bure opens up about how hard this past year has been on the family.

"Navigating parenting and marriage through a pandemic brought on hardships, but by the grace of God we got through them together," Bure posted to her Instagram. 

The Christian author and TV star from Full House and Fuller House says this time in the pandemic brought out tough conversations.

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New home-away-from-home coming for rural Manitobans needing urban healthcare

When four-year-old Carson Labossiere was diagnosed with leukemia, the family received the news at the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg.

Their home is two-and-a-half hours away, south of Darlingford. Having come to the city straight from Boundary Trails Health Centre in Winkler, they arrived in Winnipeg with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

At the end of August 2020, Carson was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, an extremely aggressive form of the disease. The severity of the situation forced the family to remain in Winnipeg.

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82-year-old celebrates church every week (online) in chic Sunday best during COVID-19

Dr. La Verne Wimberly remembers Mar. 29. It was the first Sunday she did not attend church in person.

That didn't stop the 82-year-old from getting dressed up for the occasion.

"I just decided at that point I’m just going to get dressed as if I was going to church, so I would not get into the habit of just slouching around," Wimberly says.

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Youth for Christ opens new housing unit for homeless young adults

The first residential housing building for the Westman Youth for Christ’s Uturn program is complete and they welcomed their new residents this weekend.

It was an exciting day for YFC, opening its first apartment complex after years of dreaming, designing, planning and building, according to Westman YFC executive director Dwayne Dyck.

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Manitoba artist Danny Plett headlining virtual fundraiser

Made in Manitoba artist Danny Plett will be headlining a special concert in support of the Eden Foundation.

The local singer-songwriter has his own journey when it comes to mental health.

Now internationally known as a musician, Plett has been writing songs and carrying tunes since he was 12. Since 1992, he has worked together with Teach Beyond (formerly the Janz Team) in Germany.

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