Gabrielle Piché, Winnipeg Free Press

Gabrielle Piché

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Recent articles by Gabrielle:

Starting up Manitoba’s first wool processing mill a significant undertaking

Anna Hunter moved to Manitoba, in part, for a closer connection to the source of her clothing. She didn’t plan to start the province’s only wool processing mill. → Read More

Sleepy Owl Bread shut its doors and La Belle Baguette is closing its St. James location

Within a week, Winnipeg will be down two popular bakery shops. Sleepy Owl Bread at 751 Wall St. shut its doors last Saturday. → Read More

Winnipeg homeless census returns after pandemic hiatus

Crews took to the city Wednesday in an effort to count the homeless population for the 2022 Winnipeg Street Census.It’s the third initiative of its kind led by End Homelessness Winnipeg. → Read More

Burgernomics, with a side of shrinkflation

You won’t be lovin’ it if soaring inflation pushes the cost of a McDonald’s Big Mac to eight bucks by the end of the year. And if you want fries with that, you’re might be looking at a smaller serving size thanks to shrinkflation. → Read More

Rudy’s Auto Service to close, but Rudy already has some irons in the fire

Next Friday, the Epp family closes a chapter in the family history it’s been writing for the last 53 years, changing oil, fixing tires, flushing coolant and replacing brake pads. → Read More

Importance of reconciliation explained to city’s business elite

In former senator Murray Sinclair’s early days as a lawyer, his peers often wouldn’t make room for him at the table. Once at court, he was asked — in front of his young son Niigaan — where his lawyer was. → Read More

Cost of grocery staples skyrockets, with no end in sight

Yes, your food got more expensive — again — last month. It’ll likely get worse, experts say. → Read More

Cost of fuel slams brakes on road trips

Fuelling up could cost more than $2 a litre this summer — and tourism outlets close to home are hoping that will keep Manitobans nearby. “Summer’s always a quirky time of year,” said Dan McTeague, president of Canadians for Affordable Energy. → Read More

Jets score, Moxies shut out

A new renovation project at Canada Life Centre aims to create more elbow room in the north concourse, in the vicinity of the Budweiser King Club Lounge. At the same time, the downtown location of Moxies is shuttering after an 18-year run. → Read More

Manitobans march to show unity with Ukrainians

Manitobans swaddled towels and cloths covered in red paint on their march to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Sunday.The act was a sign of unity with Ukrainians and a reminder of Russia’s ongoing invasion. → Read More

Flood fight continues as water recedes

Water is finally receding in some hard-hit parts of Manitoba but the fight is far from over, as Premier Heather Stefanson promised help after a helicopter tour of flood-ravaged communities Sunday. → Read More

Manitoba feeling weight of minimum-wage pressure

For Desiree McIvor, a minimum-wage job meant eating ramen noodles most nights. It meant avoiding landlords and visiting shelters for free hygiene products. → Read More

Consumers take to cutting edge to cut grocery bills

If you’re willing to risk a looming “best before” date, groceries may be cheaper with the touch of a finger. It’s a habit for Joseph Pilapil: before visiting Real Canadian Superstore on Sargent Avenue, he searches the app Flashfood. → Read More

$1M from province will help organizations address labour shortages, supply chain challenges

The Manitoba government shifted its sights from COVID-19 relief to post-pandemic issues in its latest funding announcement for business. The province is splitting $1 million four ways, which organizations plan to use to address labour shortages, to build sustainable supply chains and to upscale Manitoban producers’ companies. → Read More

Rising fuel costs put damper on summer road-trip plans, survey says

A summer trip to Calgary seemed like a good idea. Then, Mona Asham considered gas prices. → Read More

DeFehr Furniture closing Winnipeg production site, affecting 224 workers

A major furniture company is closing its Winnipeg production site, taking over 200 jobs with it.DeFehr Furniture announced its East Kildonan production facility would shut down Aug. → Read More

About 2,000 pigs dead after storm causes power outages

Roughly 2,000 pigs are dead after an April storm caused farmyard power outages, one of Manitoba’s biggest pork producers confirmed Wednesday. Infrastructure, backup generator and phone notification systems failed at a HyLife plant on April 24 after a Colorado low led to power outages, the company said. → Read More

Airport traffic once again taking off, Winnipeg Airports Authority data shows

Airport traffic is once again taking off, according to new data from the Winnipeg Airports Authority. March marked one of Winnipeg Richardson International Airport’s busiest months since the COVID-19 pandemic began. → Read More

Pandemic has inspired businesses to embrace the four-day work week

The pandemic has spurred some companies to do away with the five-day work week. J. Richard Partridge’s staff now work 4 1/2 days weekly. → Read More

Time for Manitoba to take greater action to fight climate change, expert says

Manitoba is well-positioned to combat climate change — so it’s time to stop “sitting on our laurels” and take greater action, according to an international think tank leader. → Read More