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Rebecca rumour recall

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If only because I was about to start a rumour...Rebecca Blaikie has not moved back to Winnipeg to run in her dad's seat, or so I am told by a couple of reliable insiders. Good thing, since I was about to track her down to ask about the Disraeli Freeway and whether it should go to six lanes.Blaikie recently left the Quebec NDP to move back to Winnipeg, but for a job in Labour Minister Nancy Allan's office, not to continue the Blaikie dynasty in Transcona. Which is actually a shame since that low-grade nomination race has so far been a little disappointing. A hotshot young NDPer fresh off a surprise victory in Quebec might add a little spice to the federal party here.So far, it looks like maverick MLA Jim Maloway might take it, even though he's still lamely coy about whether he's actually running. But, the stink he's raising about the Disraeli reconstruction - he's even got T-Shirts and bumper stickers, which you will NOT see stuck on Mayor Sam Katz's Pacifica - has left all the cynics with the impression he's just trying to boost his profile for a run.Nurse and veteran NDP volunteer Lorene Mahoney is running, as is CUPE boss Kevin Rebeck, but he hasn't been hugely aggressive selling memberships. Maloway has a stockpile of hundreds, apparently.Without another Blaikie, Transcona might be Maloway's for the taking.

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About Mary Agnes Welch

Mary Agnes Welch joined the Free Press in 2002, first covering city hall and then the Manitoba legislature before moving to her current post as public policy reporter. Before Winnipeg, she worked at the Windsor Star and the Odessa American, a small daily newspaper in West Texas. There, in addition to covering more than 20 counties, she took high school football scores from coaches all over West Texas by phone every Friday night.

Mary Agnes is a graduate of Columbia University’s journalism school. She has been part of two teams of reporters nominated for a Michener Award. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 she was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in the beat category.

She was a Southam journalism fellow at the University of Toronto’s Massey College in 2012-13, where she studied indigenous issues, urban planning and political science. She is also the former national president of the Canadian Association of Journalists and has served on several boards.

She once misspelled "Shih Tzu" in the paper and received 37 emails from angry dog-owners.

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