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  • Gossipy bits....

    According to Order in Council #198, Todd Scarth, a senior mover-and-shaker in Greg Selinger’s bid for NDP leader, has been rewarded with a full-time post in the Community and Economic Development Committee of cabinet. That sounds like an obscure backroom group of wonks, but actually the CEDC is the most influential policy office in the province. It used to be headed up by Eugene Kostyra, widely seen as the second most powerful guy in the province, next to Gary Doer. Basically every public project you care about goes through CEDC.

  • LRT vs BRT

    I am loathe to weigh in to the LRT/BRT debate, partly because I did dozens of depressing stories about it the first time Sam kiboshed the existing rapid transit plan and tried to give million of dollars back to the feds. Also, I have genuinely given up hope, as a citizen, that I will ride a rapid transit system in Winnipeg in my lifetime. As

  • Evelyn, Sadie and Barbara at the TRC

    I had the pleasure of meeting three First Nations women who grew up and went to residential school near where I spent idyllic summers at my Nana’s house on the Shuswap lake in BC.

  • More on Lac du Bonnet

    Add Lac du Bonnet to the collection of troublesome rural municipalities. I didn't have enough room this morning to mention a recent hubbub in the cottage town where retired cattle rancher Dave Fournier was barred from recording council meetings on his digital recorder. Fournier sounds like a gentle soul and far from a troublemaker — he recorded meetings just like any journalist might because he has difficulty reading and writing. For the scoop, I'll just point to a far better source than me. Check out the quite awesome picture of the rancher holding up his offensive mini-recorder in front of the municipality sign.

  • Kaufmann on Veolia

    I heard yesterday that former city councillor Peter Kaufmann was a little perturbed about the city’s top-secret sewage treatment deal with Veolia. Turns out he is.

  • Judy in the sky with Air Miles

    Colin Craig at the Canadian Taxpayers Federation just put out a press release demanding to know how mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis spent more than $2 million in the last decade as an MP.

  • Viro labs, Ombudspeople and nurses

    Did anyone notice:

  • My New Hero

    It's the slightly dishevelled-looking Dr. John Milloy, the professor tasked with creating an archive of residential school history for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

  • Motley Screw

    Can we dispense with the puritanical tsk-tsking about the couple who were schtupping/lapdancing at the Motley Crue concert? I mean, it's a Motley Crue concert. What do you expect? Hasn't anyone read The Dirt?

  • Manitoba a Goth kid?

    Everyone keeps saying Manitoba is on the outs with its fellow western provinces – excluded from transportation talks and left out of a recent trade barrier deal. Manitoba keeps getting painted as the sullen Goth kid at the back of the class who gives everyone the silent treatment.

  • Wanted: Elections boss with no pride

    I know the Tories love to hold up committee meetings with their crazy political theatrics, but it makes no sense for the NDP to ignore those theatrics and hire a new elections boss without the opposition.

  • I don't want to pay for you

    I totally agreed with the sentiment in this letter from a senior citizens group angry about possible education property tax hikes, especially because most seniors haven't had kids in school for decades.

  • Love shacks and water mains

    No gripes today. Kudos, instead.

  • Pink Ink Part II

    I was thinking a little more about Manitoba's deficit over Christmas while I was in Edmonton. My hometown was all abuzz over the Alberta government's brilliant plans to tackle its $4 billion budget gap.

  • Pink Ink

    People kept calling the province’s latest financial report “a sea of red ink” yesterday.

  • Do not go gentle, Lil

    I know everyone is shaking their heads at the moderately preposterous idea of Lillian Thomas running for mayor. She’s been a councillor for two decades and she holds her seat easily but she’s best known for being marginal and screechy.

  • Ghettoization

    APTN did an in-depth bit last night on the idea of an Aboriginal school division and had a really good interview with Prof. Brock Pitawanakwat from the U of W’s Aboriginal Governance department.

  • Whistlebungle

    If I was a whistleblower sitting on explosive evidence of government mismanagement, I would just pull the covers over my head and go into eternal hibernation.

  • Just say yes, Mr. Schroeder

    Sometimes Tory Leader Hugh McFadyen gets a little too lawyerly at committee hearings, wasting time trying to get obvious stuff on the public record, like he’s deposing someone for a civil suit.

  • Cranky town

    We all just got the program for the Association of Manitoba Municipalities’ annual convention in Brandon later this month. That sounds fairly routine and usually is, except when the towns debate a new deal-style sales tax like they did last time.

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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