James Turner

James Turner is a former courts and crime reporter for various Manitoba media outlets, including CBC Manitoba. He now teaches journalism and photography at Red River College Polytechnic.

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Landfill search advocates demonstrate at World Police Fire Games in Winnipeg

Demonstrators briefly pushed and shoved with security at the entrance to a World Police and Fire Games venue in Winnipeg Sunday night following a rally where Indigenous leaders and grieving family members continued to press the government to search landfills for the remains of homicide victims. 

City report on Millennium Library safety calls for more security measures, staff

A city hall committee will vote this week on whether to allocate more than $1 million more this year to further bolster security at Winnipeg's downtown Millennium Library as well as enhance social support outreach there and at other city library branches. 

'Winnipeg does not have a plan': Record homicides won't abate until well-being is properly funded, experts say

A record number of homicides in Winnipeg in 2022 is part of a growing violent crime trend — one that won’t be reversed until governments ramp up investments in people and crime prevention over policing and security-related measures.  That’s the view of grassroots community safety workers and criminal justice experts who are expressing concern about rising levels of violence in the city and speaking up about what can be done to stem the tide. 

Serial killer of Winnipeg homeless men sees sentence reduced

Manitoba’s highest court has unanimously agreed to overturn a Winnipeg serial killer’s sentence, one which would have kept him behind bars for 75 years without a chance at parole. 

'A beautiful person': Family, community mourn death of woman in Point Douglas

Family, friends and others in the community who knew Danielle Dawn Ballantyne lit candles, sang traditional Indigneous songs and prayed together Saturday evening, keeping vigil for the memory of the 36-year-old found dead by police in a suite in the 100 block of Jarvis Avenue on Monday. 

Winnipeg man jailed for road rage triggered by unexplained, 'uncontrolled burst of anger'

A Winnipeg man whose acts of road rage wound up making international news will serve 10 months in jail and is prohibited from driving for three years.

Winnipeg woman faces $30K cost to replace 'living, breathing miracle' service dog

Sam Dubas credits her medical assistance dog Molly with saving her life over and over, but Molly's retirement looms and Dubas is facing challenges, financial and otherwise, in securing a replacement.

The Forks attack victims were Ukrainian refugees new to Winnipeg

Two young men who recently fled the war in Ukraine to find a better life in Winnipeg were victims of a violent attack at The Forks district on Canada Day, according to a couple who came to their aid.

Man serving life for killing Simone Sanderson seeks new trial — 4 years later

A man convicted and sentenced to life in prison nearly four years ago for the murder of a young Indigenous woman in Winnipeg is only now stepping forward to appeal for a new trial. 

Killer of 3 homeless Winnipeggers appeals consecutive sentences in wake of Supreme Court ruling

Lawyers for homeless serial killer John Paul Ostamas have filed notice with the top Manitoba court they want to see his sentence reviewed in light of a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision that struck down what's called "parole stacking" for multiple murders.