• Zellers (February 12, 2013) / Target (March 23, 2015)
  • The lights of the aurora borealis over Lake Winnipeg at Victoria Beach late at night on March 18th. A geomagnetic storm sent solar rays soaring into the Earth's atmosphere, leading to significant northern lights activity that was visible across much of North America March 18 and 19th. (Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press)
  • (Front to back) Risa Shatford, Nadia Minkevich, and Wayne Shatford head into the lake to cool off at Lake of the Woods. July 27, 2014
  • Palestinian supporters hold a rally at the Manitoba Legislative Building. July 14, 2014.

This image is from a rally against the Israel bombing of Gaza. It reminds me of the freedom we still have in this country to gather freely, unlike those who live under unjust regimes and occupation. — John Woods
  • As a photojournalist, our job is to take pictures that tell stories.  If those photos evoke emotion in the viewer, then better yet.  The photo that moves me the most this past year is that of Bradley Bone, the 16-year-old pall bearer at Tina Fontaine's funeral who stepped outside his comfort zone to give her one last hug goodbye. On Aug. 23, I attended Tina Fontaine's funeral in Sagkeeng First Nation. After the formal service was over, the six pallbearers, all cousins of Tina, had gathered around her casket quietly, waiting for the hearse to arrive. Bradley Bone, one of the pallbearers, referred to Tina as his 'little sister.'  I had asked the family ahead of time if I could photograph Tina's final journey and they agreed. It was during this time of waiting that Bradley, unable to hold back his emotions any longer, made a bold move to say goodbye in his own way to Tina by wrapping his arms around her coffin and laying his body across its case. It was an impromptu show of affection that happened so quickly, I barely caught a few frames on my camera. There wasn't any time to analyze my position, check the lighting, or even crop the photo. The heartfelt display of emotion was quick, raw and fleeting; I couldn't risk missing it by moving. As the family could not have an open casket funeral due to her being pulled from the damaging waters of the Red River and the monstrous crime committed against her, the closest Bradley could get to her to say goodbye, one last time, was to hug her casket. This image to me is symbolic, for as this teenage boy wrapped his arms around his little cousin one last time, so too has a nation wrapped their arms around the issue of murdered and missing aboriginal women in our nation.  - Ruth Bonneville

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  • June 1, 2012

    150th anniversary of Portage and Main

    150 years ago Saturday, a deal was signed for the first store to be built at what would eventually become one of Canada's most famous intersections. In honour of the anniversary of Portage Avenue and Main Street, we dug through our archives in search of historic images of the celebrated corner.

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  • Looking north on Main Street from Portage Avenue, undated. The old city hall building can be seen in the distance.

    Looking north on Main Street from Portage Avenue, undated. The old city hall building can be seen in the distance.   (Winnipeg Free Press Archives) Photo Store

  • Portage Avenue and Main Street, seen during the 1919 General Strike.

    Portage Avenue and Main Street, seen during the 1919 General Strike.   (Winnipeg Free Press Archives) Photo Store

  • The view down Portage Avenue at Main Street, 1929.

    The view down Portage Avenue at Main Street, 1929.   (Winnipeg Free Press Archives) Photo Store

  • Main Street looking north from Portage Avenue, undated.

    Main Street looking north from Portage Avenue, undated.   (Winnipeg Free Press Archives) Photo Store

  • Birthday cake is served up at Portage and Main for Winnipeg's 75th anniversary celebrations in June, 1949.

    Birthday cake is served up at Portage and Main for Winnipeg's 75th anniversary celebrations in June, 1949.   (Winnipeg Free Press Archives) Photo Store

  • Portage Avenue and Main Street, looking west down Portage, in 1956.

    Portage Avenue and Main Street, looking west down Portage, in 1956.   (Winnipeg Free Press Archives) Photo Store

  • Portage Avenue and Main Street, November 13, 1958.

    Portage Avenue and Main Street, November 13, 1958.   (Winnipeg Free Press Archives) Photo Store

  • Portage Avenue and Main Street, seen on the July 24, 1959 Royal Visit of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.

    Portage Avenue and Main Street, seen on the July 24, 1959 Royal Visit of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.   (Winnipeg Free Press Archives) Photo Store

  • Construction begins in 1967 on the future site of the Richardson Building at Portage and Main.

    Construction begins in 1967 on the future site of the Richardson Building at Portage and Main.   (Winnipeg Free Press Archives) Photo Store

  • Construction starts on the Trizec Building (360 Main Street) and the Winnipeg Square underground mall at Portage and Main, February 22, 1977.

    Construction starts on the Trizec Building (360 Main Street) and the Winnipeg Square underground mall at Portage and Main, February 22, 1977.   (Winnipeg Free Press Archives) Photo Store

  • City crews begin street pavement reconstruction in the Portage Avenue and Main Street area, May 30, 1978. Work included putting in new pavement, replacing existing sidewalks with interlocking paving stone walks and upgrading street lighting on Main Street from Graham Avenue to Lombard Avenue and on Portage Avenue from Fort Street to about 150 feet east of Main.

    City crews begin street pavement reconstruction in the Portage Avenue and Main Street area, May 30, 1978. Work included putting in new pavement, replacing existing sidewalks with interlocking paving stone walks and upgrading street lighting on Main Street from Graham Avenue to Lombard Avenue and on Portage Avenue from Fort Street to about 150 feet east of Main.   (Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press Archives) Photo Store

  • City crews begin street pavement reconstruction in the Portage Avenue and Main Street area, May 30, 1978. Work included putting in new pavement, replacing existing sidewalks with interlocking paving stone walks and upgrading street lighting on Main Street from Graham Avenue to Lombard Avenue and on Portage Avenue from Fort Street to about 150 feet east of Main.

    City crews begin street pavement reconstruction in the Portage Avenue and Main Street area, May 30, 1978. Work included putting in new pavement, replacing existing sidewalks with interlocking paving stone walks and upgrading street lighting on Main Street from Graham Avenue to Lombard Avenue and on Portage Avenue from Fort Street to about 150 feet east of Main.   (Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press Archives) Photo Store

  • Champagne was the order of the day as Trizec Equities Limited marked the

    Champagne was the order of the day as Trizec Equities Limited marked the "topping off" of the initial phase of Winnipeg Square at Portage and Main, October 24, 1979. To celebrate, construction workers were treated to champagne by a company official, although the view from the top of 31 storeys might have been enough to make some heads swim. The ceremony marked the pouring of the last hopper of concrete on the city's then-tallest building.   (Gerry Cairns / Winnipeg Free Press Archives ) Photo Store

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