Dan Lett, Winnipeg Free Press

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Recent articles by Dan:

Court gifts premier chance to walk government’s reconciliation talk

It’s time for Premier Heather Stefanson to put her reconciliation where her mouth is. Stefanson has frequently talked about”reconciliation” with Indigenous people in her first six months as first minister. At her swearing-in ceremony last November, she talked about a “renewed commitment” to reconciliation. → Read More

Trust, or lack thereof, crucial to outcomes of future health crises

We’re at a precarious moment in the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as we continue to battle rising hospitalizations and death from variants of the original novel coronavirus, governments and their public-health experts are working feverishly to plan for the next pandemic. → Read More

Raw realities of wrongfully convicted leaves lasting ache

It was mid-morning on Sunday when a friend called to tell me David Milgaard was dead.Milgaard had been camping with his daughter over the weekend when he started to feel ill. → Read More

Milgaard dead at 69

David Milgaard, who spent 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit has died. He was 69. Milgaard’s family confirmed that he became suddenly and urgently ill late on Saturday night. → Read More

Premier holds power to get to bottom of police HQ scandal

It’s time for Premier Heather Stefanson to do her part by shining light on the lingering scandals surrounding the construction of the Winnipeg Police Service headquarters and a host of other land deals. For five years, the Progressive Conservative government has rejected calls by Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman for a judicial inquiry into the skulduggery surrounding the HQ project. → Read More

Less Hydro oversight a losing strategy for Stefanson

Already under siege from watchdogs for trying to gut regulatory oversight on electricity rates, Manitoba Hydro has decided to double down and do the same on natural gas. Hydro made an unprecedented request to the Public Utilities Board last month to combine electricity and natural gas under a single rate application process, which would result in only one hearing for electricity and gas rates. → Read More

Abortion issue may decide next federal ballot

To listen to some pundits and politicians, Canada is about to be dragged into a new, national debate on abortion in the wake of an expected decision by the United States Supreme Court to strike down Roe v. Wade. → Read More

Time for true count of COVID-related deaths

It has often been said the first step in solving a problem is to admit you have one. If that’s true, governments around the world are moving further and further away from finding a solution to the challenge of global pandemics. → Read More

Messy mayoral-race mayhem just what city needs

Oh, what a glorious hot mess the Winnipeg mayoral campaign has become. Even though election day is almost six months away, the campaign to replace Brian Bowman — who is not running again — began officially on Sunday. → Read More

Premier on road again, with eye on re-election

Another day, another news conference away from the Manitoba legislature. On Monday, to the surprise of many news organizations, Premier Heather Stefanson held a media event outside Dauphin city hall to announce investment in Provincial Trunk Highway 5. As far as the timing and location were concerned, it was a clever bit of political strategy. → Read More

Coun. Kevin Klein's pothole politics full of holes

When potholes in Winnipeg threaten to swallow cars whole, you can bet Coun. Kevin Klein will come to the rescue. → Read More

Indifference to booster shots alarming

Is it really all that surprising that Manitoba is way behind in our COVID-19 booster shots? Testing and vaccination supersites have been closed. Mask and vaccine mandates have been terminated. → Read More

Perfect timing, determination behind remarkable Bay deal

When the Hudson’s Bay Co. announced rather unexpectedly in November 2020 it was closing its flagship downtown store — three months earlier than expected — the chief operating officer at the Southern Chiefs Organization took immediate notice. Jennifer Rattray, a former television anchor who is a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation, had an enduring interest in the downtown Bay building. → Read More

Reviled Bill 64 is gone, but its DNA likely lives on

Ding-Dong, Bill 64 is now officially dead. Maybe. On Wednesday, Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government unveiled a new “action plan” to reimagine public education that more or less serves as the last stake in the chest of any semblance of the notorious bill. → Read More

Province relying on private-agency nurses to greater extent

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government is spending more than $3 million every month for private-agency nurses to help cover chronic staffing shortages in the provincial health-care system. → Read More

Tax cuts may not add up to support for Stefanson

New budget. New premier. Same old fiscal madness. Faced with a crisis in health care and plummeting support, Premier Heather Stefanson needed to deliver a budget that repaired the damage done by her predecessor Brian Pallister, while breathing new life into the Progressive Conservative brand. → Read More

Threat of major flood tests premier’s luck

It has often been said when it comes to overcoming political challenges, it’s better to be lucky than good. Nobody embodied that adage more than former Manitoba premier Brian Pallister. → Read More

Ignoring COVID won’t make it go away

It’s more or less official: the province’s top doctor has apparently surrendered his fate, and the fate of thousands of Manitobans, to the ravages of COVID-19. And he won’t say why. It’s an odd posture for Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer. → Read More

Time for Ottawa to cut abuse from sport playbook

When federal Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge read the letter from 71 current and former top-level gymnasts alleging rampant athlete abuse and maltreatment at Gymnastics Canada, she responded with predictable outrage. “Let me be clear,” St-Onge said in late March. → Read More

Leadership track takes dinosaur’s stance on climate change

Last week, two days before the release of an alarming report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Pierre Poilievre was in Winnipeg to advance his bid to lead the Conservative Party of Canada, promoting new opportunities to ship oil through the Port of Churchill. → Read More