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Brandon, Selkirk eye Bear Clan Patrol groups as movement spreads nationwide

Groups in two Manitoba cities are looking into starting their own Bear Clan Patrol group as the movement spreads beyond Winnipeg's Perimeter Highway.

James Favel, executive director of Winnipeg's Bear Clan, said he's been working fairly closely with community groups in Brandon since last summer to start a patrol group in the Wheat City after first being contacted last winter.

"They [Brandon] have very many things in common with the issues we're having here [in Winnipeg], just on a smaller scale," Favel told CBC News on Thursday. "Thankfully they have people there that are willing to deal with it."

Favel said the main drive to start a group in Brandon has been violence in the city. Four shootings occurred in the span of a month in the city of about 50,000 last fall. A string of sexual assaults in the downtown core was also reported in 2016. 

January 10, 2017  By Tom Rataj

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