why are there long distance charges from Lorette to Wpg, but none from Wpg to Lorette?

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It used to be called Urban Unlimited and applied to more communities than Lorette. MTS used to offer a flat rate addition to your home phone service for the additional charges to call Lorette to Winnipeg.
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Urban unlimited calling applied to all the exchanges that bordered Winnipeg.  

 MTS now has a "free calling" zone around all exchanges based on the community. 

For example customers in Lorette can call customers in the Anola, Dugald, Hazelridge, Landmark, Niverville, Oakbank, St. Adolphe and St. Anne exchanges for free.
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Clifford and CoryB have pretty much nailed it. 

What's happened is that each City and Town has agreements setup to allow local calling to other communities around them, however this does not mean that another community may be included in their agreement. 

So for example Winnipeg has an agreement that allows you to call: Winnipeg, Dugald, Lockport, Lorette, Oakbank, St. Adolphe, St Francis Xavier, Sanford, Starbuck, Stonewall, Stony Mountain.

Lorette as an agreement to cover: Anola, Dugald, Hazelridge, Oakbank, Lorette, St Adolphe, Landmark, Niverville, Ste Anne

These agreements do change though, but most have not changed about 20 years. Municipality can look into changing these, however this would be something the Rm would need to discuss and vote on as I imagine there would be a charge or contract to agree upon for this (it is beyond my expertise).

The Urban Unlimited calling plan is available as an option, or there are other long distance plans that can cover this as well (and other North American calling, or from a cell phone Canadian calling) which are alternatives to long distance charges or the urban unlimited plan.

I hope this helped clarify this for you.
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the original idea for the outlying areas being grouped together, was that there were probably more calls between the immediate exchanges that bordered each other than the further ones.

It does get a little complicated because if you live in St. Anne you can call Steinbach as well as Lorette as a local call.  But if you live in Lorette, Steinbach is long distance, while St. Anne is free.

And just as a historic note before the 800 toll free in watts number came into being a lot of the car dealers in Steinbach (as well has other businesses outside of Winnipeg) had Winnipeg "foreign exchange" (FX) numbers so their Winnipeg customers could dial a local number that was was a free call.  (usually a number based out of the Cordon Ave exchange)

for some outlying areas it cost them  less to call the Winnipeg FX number than the rural number for the business.

And into the mid 1960's there were  ZE (zenith) numbers where you dialed O and asked for ze nnnnn and the operator put it through as a pre-authorized collect call.