Riley Laychuk

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Brandon woman remembered for compassion, kindness and love of baking at husband's sentencing hearing

The children of a woman who was killed before the Brandon home she shared with her husband was destroyed in an explosion remembered their mom Wednesday as a kind and compassionate woman, with a love of baking and helping others. 

Brandon addictions organization faces financial shortfall due to emergency building repairs

An organization in Brandon that helps people battling addiction hopes to open a new community space to those with substance use and alcohol addiction, but faces a major financial shortfall due to unexpected repairs needed to its space. 

Fuel, fertilizer prices cause uncertainty for Manitoba farmers as seeding nears

While last year's severe drought conditions have been alleviated with this winter's snowfall, farmers in Manitoba are again starting the growing season with a lot of uncertainty in the face of rising input costs.

Donations for Ukraine pile up in Brandon as city residents open hearts, wallets

Bags, boxes and suitcases line the back corner of Your Home Store in Brandon. The European grocer has become the hub of a donation drive for people in Ukraine facing displacement and hardship due to the Russian invasion. 

Rural Manitobans should be worried about growing paramedic shortage, union says

The union that represents paramedics in rural Manitoba says critical staffing shortages that are leading to longer waits for care are becoming more dire. 

Brandon immigration survey aims to identify needs of newcomers to rural Manitoba

A Brandon organization is looking to survey newcomers about their experience settling in the southwest Manitoba city.

Final man sentenced in 2018 shooting of Manitoba RCMP officer

Delaney Houle has been sentenced to prison time for his role in a 2018 incident that led to the shooting of an RCMP officer, who was seriously injured. Houle was the last of four men arrested in the incident to be sentenced.

'Shadow pandemic': Waits for domestic violence, sexual assault counselling in Manitoba on the rise

In the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, snapshots of another concerning and growing epidemic are beginning to emerge. Organizations and shelters that help women navigate and escape domestic violence are reporting sharp increases in their use and long wait-lists for support.

Swan Valley couple guilty of neglect after baby twins found with 'inconceivable' injuries on family farm

A man and a woman from western Manitoba have been found guilty on numerous charges after their twin infants were found severely malnourished and on the brink of death almost two years ago.

City of Brandon budget proposes 6.9% tax hike amid inflation, COVID-19 pressures

Brandon’s city council begins deliberations Friday morning on its 2022 budget, which proposes a 6.9 per cent tax hike.