Riley Laychuk

Riley Laychuk is CBC's reporter based in Brandon, covering rural Manitoba. Share your story ideas, tips and feedback: riley.laychuk@cbc.ca.

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Group spearheads restoration of dozens of headstones at 137-year-old Manitoba cemetery

It's located near the end of a short, narrow dead-end road in southern Manitoba, but the connections of a small cemetery on a plot of land along the roadside are international. 

Brandon couple receives 4 voter information cards, including 2 with misspelled names

A Brandon woman wants to know why she and her husband each received two voter information cards — one set with slight misspellings of their names.

2nd man accused in shooting of Manitoba police officer pleads guilty

A second man accused of being part of a crime spree in western Manitoba during which an RCMP officer was seriously injured has plead guilty.

Escalating crime, drug use prompt start of Bear Clan patrol in Portage la Prairie

Portage la Prairie could be the next Manitoba community to start its own chapter of the Bear Clan Patrol.
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Brandon widower waits nearly 2 years for answers amid backlog of care home investigations

A backlog of investigations into abuse at personal care homes has left a Manitoba widower waiting almost two years for answers after his wife died following a short stay at a care home in Brandon.  

Brandon mom painting rocks to raise awareness for addictions and overdose death

A Brandon mother is hoping to raise awareness about addictions and overdose deaths by hiding painted rocks around the province.

2 hospitalized after 'purple heroin,' meth overdose, Brandon police say

Two people were hospitalized Monday night after Brandon police said they overdosed on a deadly mix of substances city police haven't seen before.

Manitoba Liberals release addictions plan, secure vocal advocate to run in Brandon East

The Manitoba Liberal Party released its plan Friday to tackle addictions in Manitoba if elected in September’s vote — the same day it announced a vocal advocate for addictions services will carry the party’s banner in Brandon East. 

Made-in-Manitoba technology aims to help visually impaired navigate indoors

A pair of graduates from Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College have developed a system to help the visually impaired navigate inside large buildings, including schools. 

Homeless shelter opens in Portage la Prairie, Man.

A new homeless shelter has opened in Portage la Prairie, Man., as a pilot project for the summer.

Former Manitoba teacher should get 8 years for sexual offences against girl, Crown says at sentencing hearing

Crown and defence lawyers are seeking five to eight years in prison for a rural Manitoba teacher found guilty of sexually touching a young girl. 

'Pleased to be recognized as a veteran': New banners honour Minnedosa's military vets

Fifty banners featuring the names and photos of local veterans will soon hang on the poles of street lights in Minnedosa, Man. 

Manitoba man jailed after judge says 'justified' self-defence went too far, killing home intruder

A Manitoba judge says a man was justified in trying to defend himself from a late-night intruder, but sentenced him to jail time for killing the intruder when he took his defence too far.

Forest to fashion: Manitoba handbag designer's work up for international award

Adam French says he's been creative for as long as he can remember. Now, one of the Manitoba handbag designer's creations is up for a major international award.

Police officer stabbed, man shot in altercation on Waywayseecappo First Nation

A police officer was stabbed multiple times before shooting the man accused of attacking him during an altercation in Waywayseecappo First Nation Wednesday night, the province's police watchdog says.