Malak Abas, Winnipeg Free Press

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Recent articles by Malak:

Relief for ReLeaf after city-subsidized tree sales recover from late-season start

Two years ago, Erna Buffie bought two trees as a part of the city-funded ReLeaf program — an Amur cherry for her, a bur oak for her friend.Today, her cherry tree is thriving; it requires lots of water, which she’s happy to provide, and while her yard is just big enough to support one tree, she’d plant six if she could, she said. → Read More

Province to appeal U of M faculty damages award ruling

The province has filed to appeal the recent court decision requiring it to pay the University of Manitoba Faculty Association more than $19.3 million in damages for government interference in 2016 salary negotiations. → Read More

Former Mountie believes guarding Soviet satellite caused rare cancer

When a Soviet satellite plummeted to Earth and landed in the Canadian Arctic in 1978, Mountie Lance Rayner was put on the case. The 24-year-old, along with fellow officer, 22-year-old Bob Grinstead, were two of the first on the scene when reconnaissance satellite Kosmos 954 landed in Lutselk’e, a settlement on the eastern shore of Great Slave Lake. → Read More

Reconciliation under fire in St. Clements

A sign marking a road renamed in the spirit of reconciliation in the Rural Municipality of St. Clements has been replaced after being damaged by gunfire. The route was originally named Colonization Road before the RM and Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation leadership collaborated on changing it to Reconciliation Road last November. → Read More

Pothole season scrapes, bounces, drags on

Bob and Penny Miller have lived in the Saskatchewan Avenue area for 20 years but are now dodging the northwest Winnipeg road for their own safety. Riddled with potholes, some so deep a car moving at the speed limit would almost surely take out a bumper or a tire, the stretch between Cavalier Drive and Buchanan Boulevard has become a true hazard. → Read More

Staying put, staying strong in Peguis

PEGUIS FIRST NATION — On a street now under water, a family waits out the flood that has devastated their community on the other side of a sandbag wall. Bertha Therrien, her two children, brother Adam Yaroshinski and mother Gladys Yaroshinski are happy to be under the same roof again. → Read More

Final memories of parents forever linked with provincial COVID response

Less than a year after losing his father to COVID-19, John Dobbin is preparing to bury his mother, who died Friday of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, just two days shy of her 84th birthday. In 2020, Gail Dobbin and her husband, Mike Dobbin, contracted COVID-19 while at Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg and spent 100 days in the intensive care unit. → Read More

Happy to be gathering again

It’s been hard for Winnipeg’s tight-knit Filipino community to bear nearly three long years of having to be apart. So when the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba was planning its first big outdoor bash since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there was some pressure to make sure the party everyone was anticipating was one to remember. → Read More

Garden Centres in bloom

April showers — and snowstorms — finally brought May flowers, and their enthusiasts, in droves to garden centres Saturday morning.The atmosphere at Lacoste Garden Centre was excitable as the sun and wind brought in the first balmy weekend of the year — a longtime coming for novice gardener Emily Brodeur, who left the centre with herbs in hand. → Read More

Increased hallway medicine sign of things to come: MNU president

A leaked memo from Victoria Hospital administration stating emergency patients would be placed in hallways and staff lounges in an attempt to address the “current bed crisis” is a sign of what’s to come, according to Manitoba’s nurses’ union. → Read More

Manitoba child-care subsidies slow to flow under weight of ‘administrative burdens’

Child care advocates are blaming bureaucratic bungling for failing to get daycare subsidies to Manitoba families in need. In February, an estimated 12,000 more daycare spaces qualified under the expanded Manitoba Child Care Subsidy Program. → Read More

Indigenous students grad powwow lights up RRC Polytech

Red River College Polytech’s annual Indigenous students grad powwow marked a welcome return to in-person, on-campus celebration Friday. The day-long affair was filled with the sound of drums, sights of regalia and the smell of bannock. → Read More

Zoo preps for Ukraine relief fundraiser

Saturday at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, there will be blue and yellow toys in the animal enclosures and Ukrainian sausage and perogies at the restaurants. It’s all a part of a “Day of Solidarity with Ukraine” fundraiser; on May 7, 30 per cent of each ticket and any other sales will go to war relief efforts in the Eastern European country. → Read More

Loney enters Winnipeg mayoral race

The first potential candidate to declare he would be running for mayor after Brian Bowman said he wouldn’t seek a third term has registered for his shot at the city’s top spot.“Winnipeg is stuck, it’s stuck in many different ways. → Read More

Trustees vote to take apartheid architect’s name off Weston school

More than 500 nursery-to-Grade 9 students in Weston will be headed to class at Keewatin Prairie Community School in the fall after Winnipeg School Division trustees officially gave the boot Wednesday to a colonial white supremacist and apartheid advocate. Cecil Rhodes School will cease to exist, effective Sept. → Read More

Freedom of press remains pressing call

Western Canada’s oldest newspaper was the setting Mayor Brian Bowman used to mark World Press Freedom Day, which highlights the importance of a free and independent press. May 3 serves not just to support journalists but for governments and communities to reflect on the importance of press freedom, Bowman said in the atrium of the Free Press building Tuesday. → Read More

Free Press honoured on World Press Freedom Day

Western Canada’s oldest newspaper was the setting Mayor Brian Bowman used to mark World Press Freedom Day, which highlights the importance of a free and independent press. May 3 serves not just to support journalists but for governments and communities to reflect on the importance of press freedom, Bowman said in the atrium of the Free Press building Tuesday. → Read More

Winnipeg memorial to workers who died on job unveiled

A gathering at Memorial Park unveiled a monument remembering Manitobans who have died as a result of workplace injuries and illnesses.On Thursday, around 150 people marked the National Day of Mourning with a march from Union Centre to the downtown Winnipeg green space, where they then gathered around the new monument: a three-tiered sculpture recognizing firefighters, peace officers and others… → Read More

Manitoba seeks input on seniors independent living strategy

One day after new census data shows Canada’s senior population is part of the fastest growing demographics in the country, the province announced it would be surveying older Manitobans to create a strategic plan. → Read More

City filling 700 potholes a day

City crews have been filling around 700 potholes a day this month — but they can’t keep up.The problem: this year’s harsh, extended winter, and the constant freezing and thawing of asphalt, destroying city streets.“Employees are not coming to work to do nothing, they’re always busy, we’re bringing more this week because we’re over busy,” city streets maintenance manager Michael Cantor told the… → Read More