Dylan Robertson, Winnipeg Free Press

Dylan Robertson

Winnipeg Free Press

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  • Winnipeg Free Press
Past:
  • TorontoStar
  • The Brandon Sun

Recent articles by Dylan:

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs office culture probed in report

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, which is embroiled in a sexual harassment case involving its suspended grand chief, cultivated a workplace “most often described as toxic” that drove high employee turnover, a report obtained by the Free Press reveals. The external consultant’s report echoes the stories told by five women who recently worked for the assembly. → Read More

Forcing Peguis onto flood-prone land ‘shameful part of our history,’ federal cabinet minister acknowledges

OTTAWA — Peguis First Nation argues that a historical swindle that had the band placed in a flood-prone area means governments must pay for mitigation measures, and the Trudeau government seems to agree. “We were moved from a land that was high and dry and very productive, to land that continually floods each and every year,” said Peguis Chief Glenn Hudson. → Read More

UFO topic buzzes around Ottawa

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals seem to be taking seriously a call from Manitoba MPs to probe UFOs as a possible national security risk.“I’m confident that our national security apparatus looks at all manner of threats to our national security,” Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino testified to a House committee last week. → Read More

Impact from food inflation hits hard

Linda Neuls is having a harder time paying for groceries now than she did when she had four kids under her roof. Rising inflation is sending thousands of Canadians to food banks for the first time. → Read More

Manitobans lose faith in all levels of government: poll

OTTAWA — Shaken by disastrous COVID-19 outbreaks and environmental uncertainties, Prairie residents are starting to direct their longstanding ire with Ottawa toward their own provincial governments.A plurality of Manitobans and Albertans say no level of government best represents their interests, in polling the Environics Institute describes as a stark shift in how Western alienation manifests. → Read More

Arriving Ukrainians to be offered COVID vaccine

OTTAWA — When 300-plus Ukrainians arrive in Winnipeg Monday, they’ll have a shot at getting a COVID-19 vaccine. They are scheduled to arrive here on a flight chartered by the federal government. → Read More

Judge raps Manitoba for keeping foster kids’ baby bonus

OTTAWA — A judge has ruled that Manitoba shortchanged children in foster care by clawing back the federal baby bonus, and that the practice amounts to discrimination against Indigenous and disabled children. Advocates say Wednesday’s ruling will be a major test of the Stefanson government’s commitment to a new relationship with Indigenous peoples. → Read More

UFOs no laughing matter, says MP who wants sightings probed

OTTAWA — Canada needs to get serious about UFOs, just as U.S. officials probe unexplained phenomena near nuclear plants, says a Tory backbench MP from Manitoba.“It started off as a personal curiosity,” said Brandon-Souris MP Larry Maguire, who has been hooked by the issue since 2017 because of media reports. → Read More

Manitoba slow on fourth-dose vaccine campaign

OTTAWA — Manitoba is the worst in Canada for uptake of COVID-19 fourth doses, among the six reporting provinces.Just 0.48 per cent of Manitobans have had their second booster shot, compared to an average of six per cent among provinces sending data to Ottawa. → Read More

COVID encores clobber unlucky Manitobans

Dozens of Manitobans have battled COVID-19 for a second — and even third time — this spring. The Free Press spoke with three of them about how they got reinfected and what they want the public to know. → Read More

Manitoba wildfire forecast heats up in July

OTTAWA — Manitoba should brace for yet another summer of severe wildfires, federal officials warned Friday, saying areas currently underwater could easily be on fire in two months. “We’re expecting things to get a bit more active in southern Manitoba by the end of July,” Natural Resources Canada analyst Richard Carr told the Free Press. → Read More

Exports slowed by border protest

OTTAWA — February’s blockade of the Canada-U.S. border at Emerson put only a dent in trade between Manitoba and the United States, but industry experts say fresh data from that period show troubling trends. → Read More

Lack of communication, lack of mail decried

OTTAWA — Kildonan residents say Canada Post needs to do a better job managing mail disruptions, after nearly two weeks of having to drive five kilometres to pick up cheques and bills.“I don’t know what kind of people they have working there; it’s infuriating,” said Myron Krywyj, who lives on Kilbride Avenue. → Read More

Canada Post hiring in Manitoba amid federal Tory grumbling

OTTAWA — Canada Post is hiring in Manitoba, but won’t confirm the federal Conservatives’ claim the Crown corporation’s vaccination mandate is causing staff shortfalls. It has posted 19 jobs across Manitoba, from Winnipeg call centre attendants to rural letter carriers. → Read More

Hundreds of Ukrainian refugees to land in Winnipeg next week

OTTAWA — Three-hundred Ukrainians who fled to Poland are set to arrive in Winnipeg next week on a plane chartered and paid for by the federal government.The Manitoba government said Tuesday the Ukrainians, who have secured emergency travel authorization, will fly from Warsaw to Winnipeg, on one of three resettlement flights organized by Ottawa. → Read More

Flood fight ‘going as well as it could’: Tory MP

OTTAWA — Two Conservative MPs representing some of the flood-impacted areas of Manitoba say Ottawa and the province are doing a good job of managing the situation. “It’s going as well as it could, given that this is a tragedy,” said James Bezan, whose own farm in the higher part of Teulon is water-logged. → Read More

Challenges continue in promoting booster shots

The country’s top doctor may still be stressing the importance of COVID-19 booster shots, but some experts believe lack of communication from the province is leaving most Manitobans with little appreciation for the value and importance of further protection against the virus. → Read More

Tories decry lack of in-person Senate meetings

OTTAWA — A Manitoba senator is accusing his Red Chamber peers of using COVID-19 as an excuse to not show up for work, after the Conservatives were outvoted in their bid to end hybrid sittings. “Everybody’s moving along, but in federal buildings, no. It just makes no sense,” Sen. → Read More

Health authority takes action to address bed crisis

Winnipeg hospital staff will be putting more emergency patients into hallways, cramped rooms and staff lounges, the Free Press has learned, as an internal memo warns that “the current bed crisis” has overflowed from emergency rooms to urgent-care clinics. → Read More

Proposal rejected to hear women accusing grand chief of sexual harassment

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has refused help from external First Nations leaders to address allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Grand Chief Arlen Dumas. → Read More