Bill Redekop, Winnipeg Free Press

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Past articles by Bill:

Low fees propel funeral co-op's popularity

The province’s lone funeral co-op, which hasn’t raised its prices in four years, set another record in 2018 for its number of services. Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach conducted 369 funerals, an 11 per cent increase compared to the previous year. → Read More

Paws off: Manitoba vet association bans cat declawing

It's a good day for cats in Manitoba — no one's ever going to snip off their claws again. Declawing has been officially banned after a vote by the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association. → Read More

Rally against fracking takes over steps of legislature

An environmental assessment that allows a frac-sand quarry near Hollow Water hasn't convinced everyone the venture will be safe, a rally on the legislature steps was told on Wednesday.Of great concern to people in the area is the very fine dust released from frac-sand sites — as opposed to the dust from traffic on gravel roads — that might be harmful to nearby residents. → Read More

'Wanton destruction': Vandals strike St. François Xavier church

A second Manitoba parish is dealing with the fallout of vandalism in the past week, after century-old statues of Joseph and Mary were destroyed during a Saturday night break-in at St. François Xavier Catholic Church. Parishioners arrived Sunday morning at the church on Highway 26, about 15 kilometres west of Winnipeg, to find someone had broken in and "smashed almost everything. → Read More

Selkirk, Peguis teaming up to build $5-million strip mall in bustling community

SELKIRK — Selkirk and Peguis have struck a major new deal -- only two centuries after the last one, the 1817 Selkirk Treaty.Peguis First Nation revealed Thursday it is building a $5 million strip mall in the City of Selkirk -- its first major investment in the city that once abutted its reserve before the band was relocated north. → Read More

After 37 years of selling music, Blaine's is joining 'all the record stores I've buried'

Blaine McVety takes a sort of masochistic pride in listing, in his words, "all the record stores I've buried." There was HMV, A & A Records, A & B Sound, Record Baron, Records on Wheels, Music City, and Sam the Record Man, to name some of the bigger players that have closed. → Read More

Free bus rides Tuesday due to drivers' job action

Winnipeggers can enjoy free bus rides all day on Tuesday, and it's not a promotion to increase bus ridership.The free rides are courtesy of transit drivers who are protesting the slow pace of labour negotiations with the City of Winnipeg. → Read More

Crampton's celebrates relocation

Jarrett Davidson wanted dirt under his fingernails and he wasn’t going to get it as a big shot broker of mergers and acquisitions with his company, Score Capital Partners. So 21/2 years ago he purchased T&T Seeds on Roblin Boulevard, and this week he opened Crampton’s Market as its new owner in a new location next door to T&T. → Read More

Manitoba-made product, cuts maintenance costs, reduces dust from gravel roads by 90%

When the prehistoric Assiniboine River — the one that actually filled its present valley walls... - Business - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

Business improvement zones' change-makers recognized with mayor's awards

At Paws for Thought, the shop cats are in charge of advertising and marketing, and one of the shop dogs is the shop supervisor and the other is in charge of quality control.“They’re hard workers,” said Jessica Thompson, whom the animals only let pretend is the store owner but who really works for them. → Read More

New emergency alert software takes aim at Manitoba's rural municipalities

Vern Sabeski says it was "a punch in the gut" when he heard about the 77-year-old man killed by a tornado in Alonsa last summer after the alert system failed. It was a punch in the gut because Sabeski's company, All-Net. → Read More

Manitoba not immune to biodiversity decline

Shrinking numbers of moose, whip-poor-wills and bumble bees — and even the trend of deer, raco... - Local - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

National virology lab opens doors to public

Jerry Caluag had just finished a 12-hour graveyard shift and was hoping his son wasn't up yet when he got home. No such luck. Six-year-old Kaleb was bouncing off the walls raring to go to the open house of the national virology lab. → Read More

Altona Mall blooms, again

The knacksot shells (low German for sunflower seeds) outside the Altona Mall entrance that staff have to sweep up may seem a mess to some but not mall owner Jake Rempel. To Rempel, the broken shells form little vees for victory. → Read More

Ecological entrepreneur is turning discarded ash trees into wood for furniture

Mike McGarry, a forest ecologist, was working his dream job on Vancouver Island, moving from mountain to mountain by helicopter. Yet all he could think of were all the damn trees being cut down back home in Winnipeg and dumped in the landfill. → Read More

Installation of fibre optic network to serve Manitoba first nations set to begin

A mega project to hook up Manitoba first nations to high-speed internet with fibre optic cable is set to begin this summer.The laying of about 400 kilometres of fibre optic cable for three northern first nations, running off the "backbone" of Manitoba Hydro sites with high-speed internet. → Read More

Controversial activist plays to sell-out crowd

After petitions and protests and Mayor Brian Bowman's plea that she not be allowed to speak in Winnipeg, many wondered how Palestinian American activist Linda Sarsour would address the situation. She chose humour, in her first words to a packed house at the Ukrainian Labour Temple on Friday night. → Read More

NDP leader offers hope to local crowd

Love and courage were the buzzwords Thursday for federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.“It means a lot to have the support and love,” he said, thanking the crowd at McNally Robinson Booksellers during the Winnipeg stop of his cross-country book tour for Love & Courage: My Story of Family, Resilience and Overcoming the Unexpected. → Read More

Ex ready to double size of convention centre

The Red River Exhibition grounds may soon be a whirlwind of activity — and not one created by spinning midway rides such as Ferris wheels and giant whirligigs.Construction is expected to begin soon to almost double the size of its 39,000-square-foot convention centre, Exhibition Place, the Red River Exhibition Association said. → Read More

Grant to help U of M researchers monitor northern lakes

The same way a forensic team can take a skin cell and read your entire DNA book, University of Manitoba researchers are taking drops of water from lakes and seeing their biotic makeup and health.The Western Economic Diversification office stepped up with a $1.1-million grant on Tuesday for equipment to further the U of M team's genetic monitoring of northern lakes. → Read More