Steve Lambert, Winnipeg Free Press

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Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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Recent articles by Steve:

Going maskless for photos OK: top doctor

WINNIPEG - It seems Manitoba politicians may not have needed to apologize for recently appearing maskless in pictures at an art gallery event. Chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin says while he doesn't know details of what happened, people are allowed to remove their masks briefly to take photos. → Read More

Appeals court rules Manitoba had the right to impose wage freeze on public sector

Manitoba Court of Appeal rules provincial government had right to legislate public-sector wage freeze → Read More

Manitoba elections commissioner investigating Tory membership sales

Manitoba elections commissioner investigating after social media posts that offered to purchase $20 PC memberships for those who would support a specific candidate → Read More

Many public sector workers in Manitoba will need COVID-19 vaccination or get tested

Workers who are not vaccinated will have to show a negative rapid-test result taken within 48 hours of the start of any shift → Read More

COVID-19 pandemic led to record-high deficit in Manitoba, documents show

Manitoba’s deficit for the last fiscal year hit a record $2.1 billion, pushed by the COVID-19 pandemic, documents show → Read More

Glover starts bid for Manitoba Tory leader, opposes vaccine mandates for workers

WINNIPEG - One person running to become Manitoba's next premier said Friday she opposes COVID-19 vaccine mandates for frontline workers. Shelly Glover also said that if elected leader of the governing Progressive Conservatives, she would review how the government decided to require people to be vaccinated to enter restaurants, theatres, sports arenas and other venues. → Read More

Manitoba health officials say new data shows the power of COVID-19 vaccines

Manitoba has the lowest per-capita COVID-19 case rate west of the Maritimes → Read More

Manitoba COVID-19 case counts remain low

WINNIPEG - Manitoba continues to avoid the kind of fourth-wave surge in COVID-19 cases seen in most other provinces, although health officials say the numbers will likely rise in the coming weeks. → Read More

Manitoba premier to step down Wednesday

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister plans to leave office Wednesday and have the Tory caucus choose an interim leader. Pallister, who announced his intention to step down earlier this month, said he has decided to leave well before the Progressive Conservative leadership vote Oct. → Read More

Manitoba’s governing party sets date, rules and entry fee for leadership race

Manitoba’s PCs will choose new party leader on Oct. 30 → Read More

Manitoba Tories to pick new leader in October

WINNIPEG - Manitoba's governing Progressive Conservatives will choose a new party leader and premier Oct. 30. The party executive met Monday night and also set down rules, including an entry fee of $25,000. Premier Brian Pallister announced earlier this month he would not seek re-election, and said Monday he is prepared to step aside within a few weeks. → Read More

Manitoba premier facing retirement 'under siege'

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister's decades-long career in politics is not ending quietly. Low opinion polls and opposition within his own caucus as he heads toward retirement have raised doubts about how graceful an exit he will make and whether some of his promised changes will be enacted. → Read More

Masks encouraged, but not mandatory when Manitoba students return to school

Manitoba government criticized for not mandating students wear masks when classes resume → Read More

Manitoba cabinet minister Sarah Guillemard hints at trouble with Brian Pallister’s remarks on Canadian history

Manitoba’s Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard has distanced herself from Premier Brian Pallister’s comments about Canadian history that have drawn condemnation from indigenous leaders → Read More

Manitoba cabinet minister hints at trouble with premier's remarks on Canadian history

WINNIPEG - A Manitoba cabinet minister, saying she cannot support remarks if they add to the hurt of traumatized people, has distanced herself slightly from Premier Brian Pallister's comments on Canadian history. → Read More

Indigenous leaders say Manitoba government must change its ways or resign

Indigenous leaders in Manitoba are calling on Premier Brian Pallister and the Progressive Conservative government to change how it approaches First Nations issues or resign → Read More

Manitoba government is ‘rewriting history’, former senior bureaucrat claims

Jamie Wilson and Darrell Brown have quit their positions on Manitoba economic development boards in the wake of controversial remarks by Premier Brian Pallister and a cabinet minister → Read More

More resignations follow premier's remarks

WINNIPEG - Two Indigenous men have quit their positions on Manitoba economic development boards in the wake of controversial remarks by Premier Brian Pallister and a cabinet minister. The resignations of Jamie Wilson and Darrell Brown form the latest chapter in the growing fallout from Pallister's comments on Canadian history, which have drawn widespread criticism. → Read More

Manitoba's top doctor on pandemic lessons

WINNIPEG - Manitoba's chief public health officer says it was "difficult" to extend restrictions on gatherings into people's homes, but he notes the move might have been made earlier with the benefit of hindsight. → Read More

Manitoba government deal with more fallout from premier’s history comments

Alan Lagimodiere says he sincerely apologizes for his words after defending some of the intentions behind residential schools → Read More