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  • Concordia scuttlebutt

    Add a guy named Jagdev Buttar to the list of rumoured candidates for Gary Doer’s old seat in Concordia.

  • Tiny defence of the WRHA

    I can’t argue with a single word Policy Frog says about the confused way the WRHA has communicated and delivered its H1N1 vaccination program.

  • Tiny bit more cabinet spec

    Yellow Snow has made some very reasonable cabinet shuffle predictions. I specifically agree that Stan Struthers would be a good fit in Ag and Nancy Allan in edumacation.

  • That didn't take long

    About an hour after Greg Selinger was voted the new leader of the NDP, the Tories issued an e-mail blast slagging the guy.

  • Delegate debacle

    This quote from the Selinger camp in

    Bruce and Larry’s story
  • Peep at the lameness

    The Doer government just issued a press release about how it’s got a new program to fund peepholes for seniors.

  • MYND

    Last night’s Manitoba Young New Democrats delegate selection meeting in the bowels of the U of W was pretty neat, if only because the meeting actually started on time, the votes were counted before midnight and there was some yelling.

  • Indo Outrage

    Here’s an interesting update on last night’s big NDP delegate selection meeting in Inkster: Despite his barn-burner of a speech, subtly accusing some NDPers of, at best, being snotty toward new members and, at worst, being a bit racist, leadership hopeful Steve Ashton didn’t actually pick up many delegates.

  • Ride the Pony

    Doer is widely expected to attend tonight's delegate selection meeting in Concordia, one of the 13 Super Thursday meetings that might give us a better snapshot of each candidate's support. The Concordia meeting will be the first of many Doer love-ins, I bet. How do I know? The event is being catered by the Pony Corral.

  • Shrink-ocracy

    Yellow Snow made some interesting observations about the fatness of NDP party rolls. Recently, a longtime NDPer was telling me about memberships in the Schreyer/Pawley years – 25,000, and the unwritten rule was that no general election would be called unless the membership list topped that. Same in Saskatchewan’s NDP. No vote unless there were 35,000 members.

  • Swan's song

    Amid the bedlam of last night's delegate selection meeting, there were a couple of neat things. At first, one neat thing was the informality of it all. It was kind of earthy and grassrootsy -- which can degenerate into anarchy pretty fast.

  • Thoughts on Gay-gate

    Stu Murray, the former head of the provincial Tories and the new boss of the Canadian Human Rights Museum is having a rough start in his new job. He's come under fire from gay and lesbian groups for voting against extending adoption rights back in the day, and not having a particularly well-prepared explanation for how that jibes with being an international advocate for human rights. In a speedy bit of damage control, it sounds like Murray and the human rights museum folks are meeting ASAP with anyone remotely gay to smooth things over, as well they should.

  • Oswald for Preem

    What the heck happened to Health Minister Theresa Oswald? She’s always been a fairly smart and capable minister, but she often comes across a little tentative and jargon-y in scrums and in Question Period.

  • Gay rights

    Former Tory Leader Stu Murray, named today to head up the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, is among the nicest guys in Manitoba politics. But one wouldn’t call him a hardcore human rights activist a la Nelson Mandela.

  • Dismissive Doer

    Something’s been niggling me about how Premier Gary Doer reacted to part of the 1999 campaign finance hubbub.
  • Selinger on the hook

    How did it happen that one of the most respected cabinet ministers, known for his by-the-book, squeaky-clean image, was the one stuck facing hoards of reporters peppering him with questions about the NDP’s 1999 campaign finances?

  • Arts mayor

    I thought my hometown was kind of boring and straight until it named hip hop artist Cadence Weapon its new poet laureate.

  • Rebategate

    Couple quick thoughts on new questions now swirling around how the NDP filed their campaign spending returns in 1999.

  • Schmutz patrol

    Before I gripe about big businesses who let garbage fester around their properties, let me give a shout-out to all the volunteers who spent the weekend picking up months and months of soggy trash in West Broadway and along Omand’s Creek.

  • Downtown is where real governments go

    If the current incarnation of the First Nations Governance House project at Polo Park is belly up, why not build it downtown instead?

About Mary Agnes Welch

Mary Agnes Welch joined the Free Press in 2002, first as a general assignment reporter and then covering city hall and 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, has won several Western Ontario Newspaper Awards and has been part of two teams of reporters nominated for a Michener Award. In 2011, she was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in the beat category. She is also the former national president of the Canadian Association of Journalists.

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


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