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Hospital staff will ask Manitobans to self-identify race in effort to reduce health-system discrimination

Katie May 4 minute read 5:14 PM CST

Starting in April, Manitoba will become the first province to ask hospital patients to identify their race.

The collection of racial data is aimed at tackling systemic discrimination of patients and health-care workers and could lead to changes in triage and worker retention, Dr. Marcia Anderson hopes.

Anderson, executive director of Indigenous affairs at Ongomiizwin, the Institute of Health and Healing within the University of Manitoba’s faculty of Health Sciences, has been working on the idea for years as an extension of the Truth And Reconciliation Commission’s call to action for the health-care system.

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Hospitals to collect race-based data

Thursday, 11:42 AM CST

Starting in April, Manitoba will be the first Canadian province to collect race-based data from patients at hospitals, a government press release said today. Hospitals in Manitoba will collect and analyze racial, ethnic and Indigenous identity data that are essential for the measurement of health disparities that result from systemic racism, bias and discrimination, the release said.

The initiative is being led by Dr. Marcia Anderson, executive director, Indigenous academic affairs at Ongomiizwin, the Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

Patients will be asked to voluntarily declare their identity and to choose from a list of Indigenous identities such as First Nations Status, Inuit or Métis, or other identities such as Black, Filipino, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern or white.

The information will be collected as a routine part of patient registration at hospitals, including emergency departments across Manitoba.

HazMat spill injures two people in Winnipeg

Wednesday, 7:30 PM CST

A hazardous material spill at an industrial building on Scurfield Boulevard sent two people to the hospital Wednesday morning.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of the spill around 10:46 a.m. Members of a specially trained HazMat unit used specialized equipment to protect themselves, enter the building and ensure it was safe, WFPS said in a release.

Both people injured during the spill were assessed by paramedics and transported to the hospital in stable condition.

Workplace Health and Safety is investigating the incident.

Missing girl, 12, found

Wednesday, 4:14 PM CST

A 12-year-old girl who was missing from Little Saskatchewan First Nation has been found and is safe, RCMP said Wednesday.

RCMP said last week that Zoe Shorting had last been seen leaving her home on the night of Jan. 23 and that she might be in Winnipeg.

Armed stand-off after stabbing ends with arrest in Peguis First Nation

Wednesday, 12:41 PM CST

A man is in custody after a person was stabbed, a home was set on fire, and an armed stand-off with police ended with an arrest in Peguis First Nation.

A 53-year-old man in Peguis First Nation was sent to hospital with serious injuries after he was stabbed Sunday night. Fisher Branch RCMP believe the 46-year-old suspect was known to the victim.

The next day, RCMP found the suspect in a home on Peguis First Nation at around 4 p.m. He was armed and barricaded himself inside the home. Not long after, officers noticed the home was on fire and crews were called.

Officers then noticed the man lying on the ground just outside of the resident and he was arrested without incident. He was hospitalized but released shortly after.

The man has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, arson, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and theft of a motor vehicle. He remains in custody.

Hide Caption The site of an armed stand-off, and later a fire, that ended with an arrest of a man also charged with a stabbing the day before.
The site of an armed stand-off, and later a fire, that ended with an arrest of a man also charged with a stabbing the day before.

Flair Airlines adds Winnipeg routes

Wednesday, 11:16 AM CST

Flair Airlines announced new and more frequent routes through Winnipeg Wednesday.

Beginning in June, the low-cost airliner will fly from Winnipeg to Victoria, Kelowna and London, Ont.

Flair is also adding six weekly flights to Toronto, five weekly flights to Calgary and four weekly flights to Vancouver.

Fares to Kelowna and Victoria will start at $49. Tickets to London, Ont. will begin at $69.

Education minister announces ‘astronomical’ public school funding hike

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Education minister announces ‘astronomical’ public school funding hike

Maggie Macintosh 3 minute read 12:12 PM CST

Manitoba is making kindergarten-to-Grade 12 funding more predictable for public school boards and increasing their 2023-24 operating dollars by 6.1 per cent — the largest bump of its kind in at least 25 years.

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Education Minister Wayne Ewasko announced Thursday that more than $100 million is being allocated to pay for public schools next year.

Race to replace Winnipeg MP set to be a barn burner

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Race to replace Winnipeg MP set to be a barn burner

Carol Sanders 5 minute read 11:36 AM CST

The Liberal nomination to replace the late Winnipeg MP Jim Carr just became a race, and for one of the contestants, it’s especially personal.

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Ben Carr has experience as a teacher, coach, and principal at Maples Met School.

Residents evacuated, six taken to hospital, in overnight fire at North End seniors facility

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Residents evacuated, six taken to hospital, in overnight fire at North End seniors facility

Erik Pindera 2 minute read 11:51 AM CST

Six seniors were taken to hospital and about 25 were assessed by paramedics after a fire broke out in a North End residence early Thursday.

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Six seniors were sent to hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at St. Josaphat Selo-Villa.

City officer cleared in shooting

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City officer cleared in shooting

Erik Pindera 3 minute read 4:00 PM CST

A Winnipeg police officer was justified when he shot a man, armed with knives, in the thigh last fall, the police oversight agency has concluded.

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A police officer who shot a man, armed with knives, in the thigh on Barber Street last fall has been cleared.

Liberals table bill delaying medically assisted dying expansion to March 2024

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Liberals table bill delaying medically assisted dying expansion to March 2024

David Fraser, The Canadian Press 5 minute read 3:01 AM CST

OTTAWA - The federal government is delaying the expansion of its medically assisted dying regime to people whose sole condition is a mental disorder for another year because it says more time is needed to prepare health-care practitioners and systems across the country.

On Thursday, Justice Minister David Lametti introduced the bill seeking to delay extending the eligibility until March 17, 2024.

"We need to be prudent. We need to move step by step, making sure that people within the profession, Canadian society at large, has internalized this step," Lametti told reporters.

"To be honest, we could have gone forward with the original date, but we want to be sure. We want to be safe. We want everybody to be on the same page."

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Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti and Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, hold a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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Woman seeks to withdraw guilty plea in death of toddler

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Woman seeks to withdraw guilty plea in death of toddler

Dean Pritchard 4 minute read 1:33 PM CST

A Winnipeg woman accused of fatally injuring her two-year-old stepson knew what she was doing when she agreed to plead guilty to manslaughter and should not be allowed to withdraw her plea, a judge was told Wednesday.

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1:33 PM CST

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Victoria Reane Thiessen, 23, entered a guilty plea to the March 2020 killing over a year ago, but is fighting to withdraw it.

Police probe Henry Avenue death

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Police probe Henry Avenue death

Erik Pindera 2 minute read 3:17 PM CST

One person is dead after an incident outside a Winnipeg shelter Thursday morning.

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MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Yellow police tape stretched from the Lighthouse Mission on Main Street, around the Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope shelter, down Henry Avenue.

Leacock House heritage de-listing vote splits committee

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Leacock House heritage de-listing vote splits committee

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read 3:37 PM CST

The fate of one of Winnipeg’s oldest heritage buildings is unclear, after a call to allow its demolition left a city committee deadlocked.

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Social services organization Marymound, which owns Leacock House (442 Scotia St.), is asking the city to remove the structure from its list of historical resources, so it can be torn down to make room for a long-planned transition home.

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