Katie May, Winnipeg Free Press

Katie May

Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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Recent articles by Katie:

Hutterite women take first steps into health-care sector

Growing up, Karissa Maendel never dreamed of being a nurse. But when she got the chance to embark on such a career, she knew she had to take it. → Read More

Manitobans decry lack of resources for treating long COVID

Thirteen months after testing positive for COVID-19, Cam Regier feels worse than ever.Taking a short walk causes a burning sensation in his chest. → Read More

Manitoba COVID numbers jump in report update

Manitoba’s COVID-19 death toll and hospitalizations have increased, even as the province reports a decrease in severe outcomes from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. → Read More

Acute hepatitis reported in two Manitoba children

Two children in Manitoba have had acute, severe hepatitis of unknown origin since last fall, the provincial government stated Wednesday. The cases are still under investigation. → Read More

Long-term trauma after terror at personal-care home

Locked in the bathroom as a long-term care resident banged on the door trying to get in, nurse Gretchen Marasigan-Esteva looked down and noticed blood in the sink. That’s when she realized she’d been stabbed. → Read More

Critics seek accountability in new air ambulance contract

Manitoba needs to answer crucial questions about how it will transport patients safely before government proceeds with a new air ambulance contract, critics say. On May 6, the province announced it has opened a public tender process for a multiyear contract with an air ambulance provider, seeking requests for proposal by Sept. → Read More

Sagkeeng woman accuses chief of getting her pregnant when she was a teen and he was her teacher

Four decades after she became a teenage mother, a Sagkeeng woman is urging Sagkeeng First Nation Chief Derrick Henderson to confront his past. A group of women in the community has rallied around her, calling for the chief to step down. → Read More

Legislature art display delves into youth mental health issues

Using art to express experiences with addiction, a group of Winnipeg high school students marked the third annual National Child and Youth Mental Health Day by exhibiting their work at the provincial legislative building. About 20 students from Argyle Alternative displayed visual art, poetry, video projects and models, all meant to bring addiction and mental health issues into the open. → Read More

Care facilities’ outbreaks symptom of community transmission: advocate

Another wave of outbreaks in long-term care homes is pointing to widespread community transmission, even as recent provincial data indicates a decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths. → Read More

Shelters call for improved mental health response

AFTER dealing with months of violent behaviour and vandalism, prompting repeated calls to Winnipeg police, the manager of a transitional housing shelter is speaking up about the need for trauma-informed responses to people who have underlying mental health conditions. → Read More

Shelters call for improved trauma-informed response amid stuggle with client mental health issues

After dealing with months of violent behaviour and vandalism, prompting repeated calls to Winnipeg police, the manager of a transitional housing shelter is speaking up about the need for trauma-informed responses to people who have underlying mental health conditions. → Read More

Flora’s Walk fundraiser calls for perinatal mental health strategy

Mental illness among new and expectant mothers has worsened during the pandemic, and a first-of-its kind national fundraiser aims to stop the stigma and offer more support. The national walkathon is scheduled this week in memory of a Toronto mother who died by suicide earlier this year after dealing with undiagnosed, and rare, postpartum psychosis. → Read More

Warm, dry weather on the horizon

Up to 40 millimetres of rain is forecast to hit some areas of Manitoba today, and could turn to snow Sunday morning, Environment Canada warns. But warm, dry weather is on the horizon. → Read More

Policy shift lands non-COVID patients in hospital units with active outbreaks

NON-COVID patients are being admitted to hospital units that have active outbreaks of the virus under a policy change that has received little public attention. → Read More

Help required to update city sewer system: Mayes

A city councillor says it’s up to the provincial and federal governments to bail out Winnipeg from having to allow raw sewage to flow directly into the Red River during periods of heavy rain. On the weekend, as a major storm bashed Winnipeg, almost 60 million litres was allowed to discharge into the river because city crews determined the south end sewage treatment plant was overwhelmed. → Read More

60 million litres of raw sewage released into Red River during storm

Municipal wastewater crews had a make a tough choice during last weekend’s rain storm: risk overwhelming the sewer system and flood entire neighbourhoods, or dump into the river one of the largest amounts of raw sewage in Winnipeg history. → Read More

Apple, Google asked to make apps safer for kids

A Winnipeg-based national organization is calling on corporate giants Apple and Google to standardize age restrictions for mobile apps and make it more difficult for children to access adult content. Age ratings in mobile app stores are inconsistent, unenforced and misleading for parents, a new report from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection has found. → Read More

Avian flu confirmed in Manitoba; no risk to public: province

Two cases of avian flu have been confirmed in wild birds in Manitoba, and the province expects existing biosecurity measures will be enough to keep the infectious disease under control.The confirmed influenza cases (HPAI, subtype H5N1) are from a bald eagle in the Dauphin area and a snow goose near Waskada. → Read More

‘Mourning the loss of a giant’

An international community of climate scientists is mourning the loss of one of Canada’s most influential and well-respected Arctic researchers.David Barber, a member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to sea ice climate science, died April 15 at 61, after suffering complications from cardiac arrest. → Read More

Hospital transfers hastened mother’s death, family says

The family of a senior with dementia who died after being transferred between two Manitoba hospitals is calling on the province to end patient transfers, especially for the elderly. → Read More