The Capital Chronicles

with Mia Rabson

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  • Sportsmanship not lost

    Apparently nothing brings out whiners and weenies like an Olympics. I expect Australia’s Dale Begg-Smith’s name to become synonymous with both at least as far as his former country of Canada is concerned.

  • Mortgage trends

    Finance Minister Jim Flaherty this morning announced some stricter rules for Canadians to get mortgages.

  • Four years later, $7,200 to go

    I got an email last week from a friend of Ken Waddell.

  • Dog gone it

    This dog is apparently unhappy with Stephen Harper.

  • Democracy on notice

    There are a lot of people weighing in today about what it means in the United States that the Democrats lost the Senate race in Massachusetts yesterday.

  • Water

    I will acknowledge I do not live in Winnipeg and therefore was not subjected to whatever power outage-caused water supply problems apparently thousands of city residents had to endure as they got ready for work Monday.

    I probably would have used a few colourful words if I’d been caught in the shower with shampoo in my hair and the water suddenly shut off.
    But that said, to me, this whole incident is a reminder that most of us in Canada forget far too easily how privileged we are.
    Ask the people in Garden Hill or Lac Brochet or Shamattawa how they survive, not just a few minutes one morning, but every single day, without running water in their homes.
    Not to mention the millions of people worldwide for whom finding clean water to drink is a daily struggle, let alone water for a shower.
    We take far too much for granted in this country and never stop to appreciate that sometimes. Even with the best of intentions, things break down. Water systems. Power grids. Streets.
    When something like a water pressure issue can be fixed before some people ever had a chance to notice there was a problem, if you complain at all, you complain too much.
  • Stop the photo op already

    The disaster in Haiti is just heartbreaking.

  • Pontificating on the prorogue

    The politicians may not be back in Ottawa at the moment but the Parliamentary pundits are certainly having a field day with the proroguing.

  • Holiday greetings

    It's that time of year when mailboxes everywhere are a little more crowded than usual.

  • Taxing matters

    The HST debate in Manitoba has subsided for the moment with Premier Greg Selinger (sorry – still not used to that one) and Finance Minister Rosann Wowchuk (nope, not used to that one yet either) ruling it out. Well at least for now.

  • No logo

    Policy Frog ( had a decent point to make about the whole Shelly Glover/water bottle issue and why it became more than a one-day story.

  • A story to remember

    Every year on Remembrance Day we pause to think and remember.

  • Paging Dr. Google

    The Canadian Institute for Health Information today released a new report looking at the changes in Canada’s health care system over the last decade.

  • Look ma, no hands

    Ontario went hands-free today.

  • Transition time

    It’s always a little odd to watch someone move on in life.

  • Just whose money is it anyway?

    Is the Conservative Party of Canada now funding our stimulus package?
  • Just whose money is it anyway?

    Is the Conservative Party of Canada now funding our stimulus package?

  • Thankful for being above ground

    Have you ever noticed you don't tend to take advantage of the things your city has to offer in the way of culture and entertainment except when you either have kids or houseguests?

  • Survivor: the Liberal edition

    So let me get this straight.

  • Stodgy old courts?

    Stodgy old courts? Tweet that.

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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