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Past articles by Larry:

Manitoba's high court mulls public-sector wage freeze

A Manitoba government lawyer argued Friday that a Court of Queen's Bench judge erred last year when she found the province's public-sector wage-freeze bill to be unconstitutional. → Read More

Hydro rates may be rising, premier hints

Premier Brian Pallister hinted Tuesday his government may again raise hydro rates — bypassing the normal regulatory process — but the hit to Manitobans' pocketbooks will be lower than in past years. → Read More

303 new COVID cases, one death, as Manitoba opens up second-dose eligibility

Manitoba continued to report high COVID-19 case counts Monday, while expanding the eligibility for those to receive second doses of life-saving vaccines.The province recorded 303 new cases of the novel coronavirus, but noted the count was under-stated due to "technical issues. → Read More

Tories grilled about safety of out-of-province transfers after ICU patient dies

Questions are being raised about the handling of critically ill COVID-19 patients after a Manitoban infected with the virus died during an attempt to transfer them to an ICU in Ontario. “These patients can go from being stable to incredibly unstable very quickly,” Manitoba Nurses Union president Darlene Jackson said Wednesday. → Read More

Defiant premier blames Manitobans — not own government — for health crisis

Premier Brian Pallister continued to deflect responsibility for the province’s escalating COVID-19 crisis, instead blaming Manitobans for failing to follow public health orders or to get tested. At a news conference Tuesday, Pallister said "many Manitobans" have chosen not to obey health orders and then got sick. → Read More

Shamattawa in crisis over suicide; seeks help

An isolated northern Manitoba First Nation has declared a state of emergency after a recent suicide and a rash of suicide attempts, including one Mond... → Read More

Shamattawa in crisis over suicide; seeks help

An isolated northern Manitoba First Nation has declared a state of emergency after a recent suicide and a rash of suicide attempts, including one Monday involving a seven-year-old child. Shamattawa First Nation Chief Eric Redhead made the declaration Tuesday morning, noting health services in the community of 1,425 are under stress due to several recent natural deaths. → Read More

Labour board to determine new contract for Hydro electrical workers

A two-month rotating strike by electrical workers at Manitoba Hydro is over, and the terms of a new deal will be determined by the Manitoba Labour Boa... → Read More

Seasoned skipper

Eric Herbelin’s road to Winnipeg as the new boss of MPI began in a mountain village in Switzerland, where he was born, with pit stops on six continent... → Read More

Premier mum on Costa Rican tax amnesty

Premier Brian Pallister dodged questions Thursday about his participation in a tax amnesty involving his vacation home in Costa Rica. The subject came up after the CBC reported that Pallister took advantage of a program in the Latin American country that forgave up to 80 per cent of penalties on unpaid taxes, plus all interest, if scofflaws paid up by a certain date. → Read More

Deal to deliver broadband, cell service to more than 125,000 rural, remote, Indigenous Manitobans

More than 125,000 unserved or underserved Manitobans are a step closer to receiving reliable high-speed internet and cellular services. → Read More

Deal to deliver broadband, cell service to more than 125,000 rural, remote, Indigenous Manitobans

More than 125,000 unserved or underserved Manitobans are a step closer to receiving reliable high-speed internet and cellular services. Premier Brian Pallister announced Thursday that the province has signed a memorandum of understanding with Xplornet Communications to improve connectivity to hundreds of rural, remote and Indigenous communities. → Read More

Providence CEO insists firm will produce Manitoba-backed vaccine

A Manitoba-backed company that's attempting to develop a COVID-19 vaccine says it continues to pursue plans to produce the product in Canada despite tepid support from the federal government. On Wednesday, Providence Therapeutics of Calgary announced "very favourable" results from Phase 1 clinical trials for its messenger RNA vaccine. → Read More

Most Manitoba MLAs vaccinated — or soon will be

There appears to be little or no vaccine hesitancy among the province's MLAs.... → Read More

Most Manitoba MLAs vaccinated — or soon will be

There appears to be little or no vaccine hesitancy among the province’s MLAs. → Read More

Pallister announces new business supports, extra help for restaurants

Manitoba has announced a new round of supports for businesses, including additional funds for restaurants forced to close on short notice on Mother's Day.Premier Brian Pallister said Monday the government would make a fourth round of $5,000 payments to eligible small- and medium-sized businesses under the Manitoba Bridge Grant program. → Read More

North Dakota health official, teachers, opposition baffled by premier's announcement

Manitoba teachers and a North Dakota health official were caught off guard Thursday when Premier Brian Pallister announced that school staff in this province would soon be able to cross the border to get vaccinated in North Dakota. "This is a crazy, Band-Aid solution," said James Bedford, president of the Manitoba Teachers' Society, Thursday. → Read More

Expect more-visible health-order enforcement: justice minister

Manitoba's justice minister wants to counterclaims his department did not respond appropriately to the anti-mask rally at The Forks on Sunday, but he admits that enforcement personnel could be more visible at such events. Cameron Friesen said officials were on site and he was kept informed of the situation. → Read More

Pallister’s plan to inoculate teachers in North Dakota called ‘crazy’ rush job

Manitoba teachers and a North Dakota health official were caught off guard Thursday when Premier Brian Pallister announced that school staff in this p... → Read More

Images of people getting vaccine shots 'scaring people': Pallister

Premier Brian Pallister says images of needles going into arms shown repeatedly on TV may be contributing to vaccine hesitancy in Manitoba.Asked Thursday why he thinks reported inoculation rates are low in parts of southeastern Manitoba, the premier said the provincial government is promoting the need for people to get vaccinated. → Read More