Danielle Da Silva, Winnipeg Free Press

Danielle Da Silva

Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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Minister miffed over NDP’s stalling of tax rebates

Heated debate over the Tory government’s education property tax rebate escalated Thursday as Finance Minister Cameron Friesen accused the NDP finance critic of misleading Manitobans.The government has come under fire for huge anticipated payouts to commercial property owners as part of its $350-million rebate program. → Read More

NDP MLA pushes for repeal of all legal birth name limits

At just three months old, a wide-eyed and babbling Atetsenhtsén:we Robinson-Jock made her first contribution to Manitoba’s political discourse in a bid to see her Mohawk name formally recognized by the province. → Read More

Deputy premier issues apology for sexist remark

Manitoba’s deputy premier was forced to apologize Monday after the Free Press learned he made a sexist remark during a speech to some of the province’s business elite last week. → Read More

Fowl play in Memorial Park

After fouling up the fountains at Memorial Park, Canada’s iconic bird is no longer welcome at the expansive green space near the legislature. The provincial government has installed a sound-emitting device at one corner of the park to deter Canada geese from nesting in the area or wading into the fountains located between Broadway and York Avenue. → Read More

Legislation targeting human trafficking puts hotel info in police hands

Legislation proposed by the Progressive Conservatives would put Manitoba hotel staff and taxi drivers on high-alert for human trafficking, while giving more investigative power to police. It is also a move sex workers fear will put them at heightened risk. → Read More

Advocates stunned as youth athlete protection resolution ends without vote

Members of the local football community reeling from allegations a high-profile coach sexually abused student-athletes left the Manitoba legislature appalled with the Tory government, after a resolution calling for stronger measures to protect youth failed to pass. → Read More

Care home outbreak data dissemination to remain as is: seniors minister

Despite the “very unfortunate situation” unfolding at Maples Personal Care Home — as COVID-19 spreads in the Winnipeg facility home and others across Manitoba — families and residents should not expect a return of robust information sharing by provincial government. → Read More

Manitobans faced some of Canada’s longest waits for surgeries during pandemic

Manitobans experienced some of the longest waits for cataract and knee-replacement surgery in the country during the pandemic, according to a new study published by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. On Tuesday, CIHI released national wait-time data for a suite of surgical and diagnostic procedures performed in the first 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Premier deflects call to hike Manitoba minimum wage

Labour shortages could mean better wages for Manitobans, Premier Heather Stefanson said Monday, after the NDP called on government to increase the hourly minimum wage to $15. “It’s a supply and demand issue,” Stefanson said during question period. “If people want to attract high-quality workers… they’re going to have to pay a little bit more. → Read More

Province floats disaster financial assistance program to tune of $10M

The Manitoba government will cover non-insurable damage caused by overland flooding and historic precipitation with disaster relief expected to cost the province more than $10 million. Property owners, businesses and municipalities can now apply to the province’s disaster financial assistance program, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk said Monday. → Read More

Province puts new person in charge of surgical task force

The provincial government has put a new person in charge of tackling Manitoba’s massive diagnostic and surgical backlog, five months after its task force was unveiled, without explaining why. David Matear was named as executive director of the government-appointed task force Thursday. → Read More

New organization gives voice, offers support to Manitoba’s Black business owners

A newly formed network of entrepreneurs and community leaders is looking to level the playing field for Black business owners in the province.The Black Manitobans Chamber of Commerce was officially launched during an event at the Legislative Building on Wednesday. → Read More

Indigenous governments expected to take over child welfare

A major shift in the delivery of foster care could result in hundreds of children repatriated to their Manitoba communities as more Indigenous governments are expected to take jurisdiction over child welfare from the province. “The time has come as far as First Nations taking control over our families and children,” Peguis First Nation Chief Glenn Hudson said. → Read More

Construction begins on three-year $141-M expansion, renovation of St. Boniface Hospital ER

A new, expanded St. Boniface Hospital emergency department will be ready to triage patients within three years, as construction begins on the “cornerstone” of the province’s health system. → Read More

NDP hold back ‘wrong approach’ Hydro amendment

The Opposition is taking aim at the Tory government’s plan to cap Manitoba Hydro rates annually at five per cent, as the Crown corporation charges it was short changed by the Public Utilities Board. → Read More

Province disperses sandbags in flood fight

Thousands of sandbags are being deployed to communities across Manitoba in the wake of significant overland flooding and recent heavy rain.Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk said the provincial government has sent a total of 30,000 sandbags to municipalities for distribution to property owners, while pumping systems are being rolled out in areas hit hard by overland… → Read More

Manitoba pays $528K to U.S. firm for park pass system

The Manitoba government has paid a Texas company more than $1 million to sell provincial park permits since it switched to an online retail system two years ago. → Read More

Health minister defends use of private agency nurses

Manitoba Health Minister Audrey Gordon is counting on newly graduated nurses to wean the province and regional health authorities off private agency staff. → Read More

Flood risk rises with snow, rain on horizon

Flood forecasters are keeping close watch on a “potentially significant” amount of snow and rain headed towards southern and central Manitoba, with the Red River Valley set to record its second wettest April in more than 70 years. → Read More

Premier OK with spending millions on private nurses

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson says she has no issue with health authorities funnelling millions of dollars to private nursing agencies, after more than $36 million was spent covering chronic staff shortages in the past fiscal year. → Read More