The Capital Chronicles

with Mia Rabson

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  • Don’t hit the panic button

    There is a lot of debate right now about whether public health officials and the media are going overboard on the swine flu.
  • A rare passing

    Winnipeg MP Joy Smith was practically beaming today as she stood up in the house to vote in favour of her private members’ bill to set a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for a conviction of human trafficking of a child.
  • The politics of asbestos

    Michael Ignatieff is perhaps being reminded right now that as the leader of the opposition and -- theoretically anyway -- the prime minister in waiting, everything he says is going to be used against him in the court of public opinion by the lobbyists and pundits who seek to influence said public.
  • Look kids! I met the president!

    I know everybody wants a piece of the Obama mania pie but it’s really enough already.

  • Progressive in-action

    Ah. Progress.

  • Fun with finances

    I have finally managed to have some Excel spreadsheet fun with the annual expenses claimed by Manitoba’s 14 elected MPs in 2007-08.

  • Ignatieff outtakes

    Michael Ignatieff had much more to say in the interview he did with me this week than I could fit into the story in today’s paper. That is one of the downsides of the print edition, but the bonus of having a website and a blog is that I am not limited by things like space.
  • Economic speculation for dummies

    You know the old saying,"If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all?"
  • Two blogs for the post of one

    I haven't written here for a while as other things pulled my attention away from the blogosphere temporarily.
  • Obama Day slideshow

    It's been almost 24 hours since President Barack Obama left Ottawa.
  • Canada hearts the U.S.

    President Barack Obama is on the ground in Ottawa, chatting happily with Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean at the Ottawa airport.
  • All the circumstance, none of the show

    I am somewhat excited to be in Ottawa this week.
  • Courage on display

    I had one of those moments today.
  • Out in the cold

    If I asked you to name two of the top issues Manitoba MPs should be most concerned about what would you say?
  • Spin-out

    I have no problem with anyone – pundits, political adversaries, whoever – criticizing a government for giving a little too much attention to the ridings that voted for their party.
  • Timing is everything

    There are some things in life you can control. Unfortunately timing is not always one of them.
  • Once bitten, twice Shy

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper had his second construction themed photo op in a row this morning.
  • Let's hope these are not metaphors

    It doesn't bode well for the Conservatives.
  • How many jobs can you create with $141.09

    Finance Minister Jim Flaherty trekked across the bridge to Gatineau this morning to buy his new budget shoes.
  • Ah, the irony

    I have been trying to get information out of Health Canada about accountability in the department since early November.

About Mia Rabson

Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.

Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.

She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.

Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.

Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.

In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.

She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.


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