Carol Sanders, Winnipeg Free Press

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Recent articles by Carol:

Royal pain: statues’ fate unknown

The fate of the Queen Victoria statue, which was pulled down from in front of the legislature and decapitated on Canada Day, remains a mystery.On the long weekend named for the British monarch, the whereabouts of the larger-than-life statue remain secret. → Read More

Government accused of robbing students of education

Manitoba university students and faculty went to the legislature Thursday to report a “theft.” They say rising tuition fees and lower funding levels are robbing a generation of educational opportunities. → Read More

Arbitration panel sides with MGEU in wage-freeze fight

An arbitration board has awarded a four-year collective agreement, with retroactive pay increases, plus interest, to a group of Manitoba civil servants who went to court to fight provincial wage-freeze legislation. → Read More

Premier to fight Liberal leader’s conflict complaint

Premier Heather Stefanson is contesting a Court of Queen’s Bench complaint made by Liberal leader Dougald Lamont. Although she has admitted to violating conflict of interest legislation by not disclosing $31 million in property sales in 2016 and 2019, court heard Wednesday that Stefanson plans to fight the complaint. → Read More

Education rebates on hold over ‘corporate welfare’ stand by Opposition

WHILE the province is promising education property tax rebates will be issued by the time Manitobans’ tax bills are due at the end of June, the minister of finance says the NDP is threatening to delay the process. → Read More

Tory budget promo ads break election rules: NDP

Progressive Conservative government ads touting its 2022 budget violate communication blackout rules, the NDP claims.The Opposition has sent a complaint to Manitoba elections commissioner Bill Bowles questioning the legality of the multimedia advertising campaign while the Thompson district byelection is underway. → Read More

Labour says Tory wage-freeze bill still sends a chill

The labour movement says the Manitoba government can’t repair the damage done by its contentious wage-freeze bill by repealing it. “I know your government is looking to get some credit for taking steps to repeal a law you should have never passed in the first place – a law that each and every member of the PC caucus voted for, including Premier Stefanson,” Manitoba Federation of Labour president… → Read More

Stefanson cautioned over campaign expense

Heather Stefanson ran afoul of the Elections Financing Act by getting a head start over rival Shelly Glover in the Progressive Conservative leadership race. Manitoba’s elections commissioner formally cautioned the premier after she admitted she had claimed $1,800 in expenses before the campaign had officially begun on Aug. → Read More

Leaders hope Pope extends stay, comes to Winnipeg

INDIGENOUS leaders in Manitoba have faith they can convince the Pope to visit the province after all.On Friday, Canadians learned the pontiff plans to bypass Manitoba this summer during his trip to Canada. → Read More

Northern care home evacuation tricky

Relocating residents and staff of a remote northern care home to Winnipeg would be complicated at the best of times, but when multiple communities are evacuated by flooding and vying for lodging, it’s an even bigger challenge. → Read More

Kinew says emphasis, Teitsma says offensive

The leader of the Manitoba NDP struck a nerve during question period Thursday, when he asked about the “buh-buh-billion-dollar buh-buh-budget” for a department led by a minister who, at times, has struggled with his speech. When NDP Leader Wab Kinew was asked to apologize in the house, he said he wasn’t trying to mock anyone. → Read More

Labour shortage top issue, premier says

Heather Stefanson says during her six months as premier, she’s been told repeatedly what the No. 1 issue is throughout the province, and it may surprise some after two years of a global pandemic. “It doesn’t matter where you are in Manitoba, the No. 1 issue that came up wasn’t COVID… It was really of shortage of labour (that) people need to run their businesses,” Stefanson said Thursday. → Read More

Norway House forced to relocate nursing home residents to city

NORWAY House Cree Nation is transferring care home residents and staff to Winnipeg, after failed attempts to fix the centre’s hot water system and problems with sewage backup. “It’s terrible,” said one staff member, reached Wednesday. → Read More

Highway 6 safety a byelection issue

HIGHWAY safety has emerged as an issue in the Thompson byelection that had to be called because an MLA died in a car crash on Highway 6 last year.The leader of the NDP — whose caucus lost Danielle Adams on Dec. → Read More

Province pins $60-M outlet project increase on added features

The Progressive Conservative government denies the rising cost of a massive flood-mitigation project is due to delays or that it’s to blame. The cost of the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin channel outlet is increasing to an estimated $600 million, from the previously projected $540 million. → Read More

Thompson byelection set for June 7

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson has announced a June 7 byelection for Thompson that, out of the gate, appears to be a two-horse race. The first to announce they were running was NDP candidate Eric Redhead, former acting grand chief of the Assembly of First Nations and chief of Shamattawa First Nation. → Read More

New pool for Thompson as byelection call looms

ONE day ahead of the deadline to call a byelection in Thompson, three levels of government announced $15 million for a new aquatic complex in the northern Manitoba city. Plans for the recreational facility were announced Monday by federal Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal, provincial Government Services Minister Reg Helwer and Thompson Mayor Colleen Smook. → Read More

Premier deflects call to hike Manitoba minimum wage

Labour shortages could mean better wages for Manitobans, Premier Heather Stefanson said Monday, after the NDP called on government to increase the hourly minimum wage to $15. “It’s a supply and demand issue,” Stefanson said during question period. “If people want to attract high-quality workers… they’re going to have to pay a little bit more. → Read More

Stefanson denies keeping media away from flood tour

Premier Heather Stefanson insists she didn’t intentionally keep the media at bay when she broke with tradition and failed to invite reporters along as she toured Manitoba flood zones last week. “It was sort of a last-minute decision that was made,” Stefanson said when asked at an unrelated news conference Monday morning in Winnipeg. → Read More

Advocates await support for safe consumption sites

Safe consumption site advocates are waiting for the Progressive Conservative government to follow the lead of other provinces in keeping people alive — and save money doing it. “Our current strategies are not working,” said Shohan Illsley, executive director of the Manitoba Harm Reduction Network. → Read More