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Past articles by Nick:

Welcome to the Wishart School of Hard Knocks

Premier Brian Pallister's government has spent more than two years dismantling and reassembling Manitoba's health-care system in a drastic attempt to rein in runaway costs. Next up, public education. → Read More

Tempers erupt over extended session

In a day marked by insults and bell-ringing, the NDP claimed that the Tories have violated MLAs&rsqu... - Local - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

Tories, NDP point fingers over prolonged spring sitting

The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba may sit through June, and could even stick around until the end of July -- and the Tory government and Opposition New Democrats blame each other for the delay.The spring sitting was supposed to end Monday, with MLAs resuming the session in early October. → Read More

'The Métis nation will come at you with everything we've got': MMF has court date over Hydro deal

The Manitoba Metis Federation will face off in court June 25 against Premier Brian Pallister and his... - Local - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

Manitoba paramedics joining province's 22 other regulated health professions

Paramedicine now falls under the umbrella of the Regulated Health Professions Act, the province announced Friday -- and Manitoba's civil service union is delighted.The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union applauded the move by Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen. → Read More

PUB to hold hearing on Hydro rates-freeze challenge

A three-member panel of the Public Utilities Board has denied a challenge from Manitoba Hydro to immediately stay the board's ruling in favour of a rates freeze on First Nations this year.The PUB will hold a hearing in roughly a month to determine what happens to that freeze order. → Read More

Metis Federation to take Hydro challenge to court Monday

The Manitoba Metis Federation will file documents in court Monday carrying out threats to try to ove... - Local - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

Manitoba Hydro fights order to freeze rates on reserves

Manitoba Hydro has challenged the Public Utilities Board's legal right to order a rate freeze for residents of First Nations. The PUB has no legal authority to set affordability rates by creating a customer class "not defined solely on the basis of the region of the province in which customers are located," Hydro said, demanding the PUB immediately stay that section of the board's recent ruling. → Read More

English-speaking dad files human-rights complaint over communication with daughters' French school division

A father in Lorette has filed a human-rights complaint against the province's French-language school... - Local - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

No needles found on Greenway grounds, WSD says

The Winnipeg School Division rejects Minto New Democrat MLA Andrew Swan's claim that needles are scattered on the grounds around Greenway School. However, the division isn't upset with Swan — the WSD supports his call for safe-injection sites in Winnipeg, school board chairwoman Sherri Rollins says. → Read More

Unions can't block wage controls Manitoba has right to impose, province argues in court

Canadian law sets the bar so high that Manitoba organized labour has no claim for an injunction bloc... - Local - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

Unions seek injunction to block Pallister wage controls

Canadian courts right up to the Supreme Court of Canada are consistently supporting workers' rights to collective bargaining free from government interference, labour lawyer Garth Smorang told Court of Queen's Bench Wednesday.Smorang told Justice James Edmond that, in one decision, Supreme Court Justice Rosie Abella wrote, "Clearly, the arc increasingly bends towards workplace justice. → Read More

NDP renews call for review of wrongful conviction

Justice Minister Heather Stefanson ignored calls Tuesday from the Opposition to conduct a review into the case of Richard Joseph Catcheway, who spent six months in jail after pleading guilty to a crime he could not have committed.New Democrat MLA Nahanni Fontaine demanded Stefanson review the "miscarriage of justice" and report publicly before the end of the year. → Read More

Big plans, but no budget set, for Manitoba 150 celebrations

The provincial government promises Manitoba's 150 birthday will be a wonderful time, just don't ask how much it will cost.The Manitoba 150 Celebration Committee she announced May 12 is already at work, and people all over the province are planning events for 2020, Sports, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox recently told her estimates hearing. → Read More

Province eyes 'proper mechanisms' in wake of wrongful conviction

Richard Joseph Catcheway suffered a miscarriage of justice that could have been avoided by anyone in the system making a simple check of his records, New Democrat MLA Nahanni Fontaine says."The legal system failed Mr. Catcheway," Fontaine told the house Monday. → Read More

Hydro can't say when power will be restored to evacuated reserves

Manitoba Hydro is standing by to assess how big a job it faces to restore power to Little Grand Rapi... - Local - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

Metis federation wants to put premier in hot seat at hearings on Hydro project

Manitoba Metis Federation president David Chartrand hopes to call Premier Brian Pallister as a witne... - Local - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

Bill banning employers forcing women to wear high heels takes big step forward

Premier Brian Pallister's government has backed opposition New Democrat MLA Nahanni Fontaine's bill that would ban employers from being able to force women to wear high heels in the workplace.However, it was not clear Thursday when, or if, the bill will become law. → Read More

Wildfires in northern Manitoba displace more than 1,000

More than 1,000 people in Pauingassi First Nation and Little Grand Rapids First Nation, who are threatened by forest fires, will be flown into Winnipeg when the smoke lifts enough for flights to get in and out.The growing crisis has drawn assistance from the military, which has mobilized a pair of Hercules transport aircraft and a Chinook helicopter. → Read More

Cold repels immigrant docs: Clarke

Immigrant doctors won’t work or stay in northern and rural Manitoba because it’s too col... - Local - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More