Chris Kitching

Reporter

Chris was born and raised in Portage la Prairie, where the Free Press was a daily read in his family’s home.

While his dad pored over the A section after dinner, elementary school-aged Chris went straight for the sports pages, the latest instalment of Calvin and Hobbes and the Jumble puzzle.

Decades later in 2021, Chris joined the newspaper he grew up reading. As a general assignment reporter, he covers a little bit of everything for the Free Press.

He takes particular interest in happenings outside the Perimeter, and enjoys meeting Manitobans and sharing their unique stories with the rest of the province.

Chris began his journalism career in 2001 after dropping off a resume and cover letter at his hometown paper, the Daily Graphic, on a whim.

Since completing Red River College’s Creative Communications program in 2005, he’s worked in print, digital and TV newsrooms in Winnipeg, Toronto and London, England.

After seven years in the U.K., Chris returned home to Manitoba. He lives with his wife and daughter, an elementary school student who flips straight to comics and puzzles when she opens a newspaper.

 

Recent articles of Chris Kitching

As a grieving family demands action on Trans-Canada, province vows to ‘look into’ adding lanes

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As a grieving family demands action on Trans-Canada, province vows to ‘look into’ adding lanes

Chris Kitching and Tyler Searle 5 minute read 2:00 AM CDT

Manitoba is in the “early stages” of exploring how to twin its last remaining undivided stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway, while a grieving family demands immediate action from the premier.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk said Manitoba is in talks with Ontario to ensure a future twinning project aligns with one underway in that province.

“This is something that we’re going to look into (in) the future,” Piwniuk said Monday, while giving an update on Perimeter Highway construction projects. “Our department is looking at the possibility of what we need to do next and looking at possible design.”

Piwniuk did not commit to a timeline.

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Mark Lugli, 54, was driving his 17-year-old son, Jacob, to a junior golf tournament in Selkirk when an eastbound tractor-trailer swerved into their lane near Barren Lake on July 21, 2019.

‘Failed to thrive’: trio of replacement trees replaced

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‘Failed to thrive’: trio of replacement trees replaced

By Chris Kitching 3 minute read Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022

New trees recently planted to replace some of those chopped down during the disastrous move of a display house in Charleswood last year were removed after failing to take root.

In late July, the city put up three replacements, all poplar trees, in the median of Roblin Boulevard between Charleswood Road and Carlotta Crescent.

However, all three were removed, after being in the ground for only about two weeks, because they “failed to thrive,” according to a spokeswoman for the city.

“This is a normal part of tree planting and, while not desirable, is not particularly unexpected at any given location where trees are planted,” the spokeswoman said.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022

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The 23 Siberian elms were removed illegally during a house-moving operation last year. The replacement trees were removed and replaced.

‘Great man’ dedicated to helping vulnerable drowns while mentoring boy

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‘Great man’ dedicated to helping vulnerable drowns while mentoring boy

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Friday, Aug. 12, 2022

A Winnipeg man who drowned during an outing in the Whiteshell is being remembered for his dedication to helping vulnerable Manitobans and making the city a better place.

Sean Sousa, 33, disappeared in the Whiteshell River when he slid down falls at Pine Point Rapids and entered the deeper part of the water around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

His body was recovered at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Friday, Aug. 12, 2022

Sean Sousa took over the Gang Action Interagency Network located at 231 Isabel Street in 2019. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Municipality’s costly cyber fraud case remains unsolved

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Municipality’s costly cyber fraud case remains unsolved

Chris Kitching 4 minute read Friday, Aug. 12, 2022

Lawyers representing a Manitoba municipality, which lost nearly $425,000 in a “cyber attack,” have taken the unusual step of placing a newspaper ad to quash any speculation about the theft.

The huge sum was siphoned from the Rural Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone’s account with Portage la Prairie-based Stride Credit Union in a series of electronic withdrawals in December 2019 and January 2020.

Law firm DD West LLP, which is representing the RM in a pair of lawsuits, took out an advertisement in Thursday’s Graphic Leader, a Portage-area weekly newspaper, to warn residents against making inappropriate claims or comments.

“We can advise the residents and ratepayers of WestLake-Gladstone that there is no evidence the chief administrative officer took or misappropriated the funds or was involved in any manner whatsoever with respect to taking the funds,” wrote the law firm, which has a Winnipeg office.

Friday, Aug. 12, 2022

Lawyers representing a Manitoba municipality, which lost nearly $425,000 in a “cyber attack,” have taken the unusual step of placing a newspaper ad to quash any speculation about the theft.

The huge sum was siphoned from the Rural Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone’s account with Portage la Prairie-based Stride Credit Union in a series of electronic withdrawals in December 2019 and January 2020.

Law firm DD West LLP, which is representing the RM in a pair of lawsuits, took out an advertisement in Thursday’s Graphic Leader, a Portage-area weekly newspaper, to warn residents against making inappropriate claims or comments.

“We can advise the residents and ratepayers of WestLake-Gladstone that there is no evidence the chief administrative officer took or misappropriated the funds or was involved in any manner whatsoever with respect to taking the funds,” wrote the law firm, which has a Winnipeg office.

Whiteshell death marks Manitoba’s 11th possible drowning of year

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Whiteshell death marks Manitoba’s 11th possible drowning of year

Chris Kitching 4 minute read Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022

A Winnipeg man is suspected to have drowned after sliding down falls in Whiteshell Provincial Park, where there have been concerns about high water and strong currents following spring flooding.

Lac du Bonnet RCMP said the 33-year-old entered the deeper part of the water at Pine Point Rapids, on the Whiteshell River, and immediately got into difficulty around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The man then went underwater and did not resurface.

A bystander jumped into the water to try to save the man, but was unable to reach him in time.

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022

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Pine Point Rapids are on a winding section of river north of Betula Lake.

Manitoba under pressure to upgrade 17-kilometre Trans-Canada stretch

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Manitoba under pressure to upgrade 17-kilometre Trans-Canada stretch

Chris Kitching 4 minute read Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022

The Manitoba government insists it hasn’t given up on twinning the last remaining undivided stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway in the province, after a grieving family called for safety improvements.

The government is facing pressure to widen the two-lane, 17-kilometre stretch between Falcon Lake and the Manitoba-Ontario boundary while a similar project goes ahead next door.

Ontario has started the first of a three-phase plan to divide some 40 kilometres of the Trans-Canada between the provincial boundary and the Kenora bypass.

After previous study, Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure “continues to explore specific options” for a twinning project, according to a spokesman for Doyle Piwniuk, minister of transportation.

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022

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Ontario has started a plan to upgrade the Trans-Canada near the Manitoba boundary.

JESSICA LEE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS The Barren Lake and Trans Canada Hwy intersection near Ontario is photographed on August 4, 2022. In 2019, Mark Lugli and his son Jacob Lugli were tragically killed at this intersection when an eastbound transport truck plowed into Mark’s westbound truck. There was stopped traffic trying to turn left and the transport driver was trying to avoid the stopped traffic and drove into the westbound lane. Reporter: Chris Kitching

‘Tough cookie’ having flashbacks after violent home invasion, daughter says

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‘Tough cookie’ having flashbacks after violent home invasion, daughter says

Chris Kitching 6 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

The sound of a knife-wielding intruder shouting and banging on walls sparked a terrifying ordeal for a 73-year-old widow who was attacked during a rare home invasion in rural Manitoba.

The woman was sleeping when a man began trying to break into her East Selkirk-area house just before midnight Saturday.

After smashing a window and forcing his way inside the home in the Rural Municipality of St. Clements, the intruder shoved the woman to the floor and stole her car.

“She’s banged up, she’s got bruises on her arm and back,” said the victim’s daughter, who asked to remain anonymous. “Thankfully, that’s all it was. It could have been way worse.”

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

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The intersection of Highway 59 and CIL Road north of Winnipeg on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. For Chris Kitching story.
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Doctor meets nurse after saving her from knife-wielding suspect at Seven Oaks hospital

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Doctor meets nurse after saving her from knife-wielding suspect at Seven Oaks hospital

Chris Kitching 4 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022

A nurse who was stabbed at Seven Oaks General Hospital and a doctor who saved her shared a “big hug” when they met for the first time since the attack.

Dr. Ken Hahlweg stopped the Oct. 27, 2021 assault on nursing supervisor Candyce Szkwarek, when he tackled a knife-wielding man and chased him outside.

The suspect allegedly killed his parents before the attack on Szkwarek, who was stabbed in the neck and abdomen.

Friday, Oct. 29, 2021: Doctor recalls split-second decision to tackle stabber inside Seven Oaks hospitalFriday, Feb. 25, 2022: Doctor who helped save nurse from knife-wielding suspect reflects on brutal attack at Seven Oaks hospitalThis spring, Hahlweg and Szkwarek met privately at the Garden City-area hospital, where they discussed the incident and exchanged well wishes.

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022

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Dr Ken Hahlweg received a letter of recognition from premier Heather Stefanson for his role in helping nurse Candyce Szkwarek after she was stabbed at Seven Oaks Hospital in 2021.

Calls grow for safety improvements on stretch of Trans-Canada Highway

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Calls grow for safety improvements on stretch of Trans-Canada Highway

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Monday, Aug. 8, 2022

Manitoba’s trucking industry and cottage owners want the provincial government to improve safety on a deadly stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway, echoing an appeal from a family stricken by tragedy.

The 17-kilometre section between Falcon Lake and the Manitoba-Ontario boundary is the only remaining undivided part of the route in the province.

The Manitoba Trucking Association has told the province its members want the stretch to be twinned on the same timeline as a multimillion-dollar project already underway in northwestern Ontario.

“It’s been on our radar for some time,” said executive director Aaron Dolyniuk, whose group advocates on behalf of 300 companies in Manitoba’s trucking industry. “Our members are deeply interested in having that (section) twinned.

Monday, Aug. 8, 2022

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The Barren Lake and Trans Canada Hwy intersection near Ontario. In 2019, Mark Lugli and his son Jacob Lugli were tragically killed at this intersection when an eastbound transport truck plowed into Mark’s westbound truck.

Family demands improved safety after losing father, son in Trans-Canada horror

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Family demands improved safety after losing father, son in Trans-Canada horror

Chris Kitching 8 minute read Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

The family of a father and son killed in a head-on crash on a notorious stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway is urging Manitoba’s government to make safety improvements to the untwinned road.

Mark Lugli, 54, and Jacob Lugli, 17, were driving from their home in Dryden, Ont., to Selkirk on July 21, 2019, when an oncoming tractor-trailer swerved into their lane just west of the Manitoba-Ontario boundary.

Relatives were informed the eastbound truck driver steered into the wrong lane to avoid crashing into the back of traffic after a vehicle stopped abruptly to make a left turn onto a gravel road leading to cottages on Barren Lake.

Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

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The Barren Lake and Trans Canada Hwy intersection near Ontario where Mark Lugli and his son Jacob Lugli were killed.

City councillors condemn assault on police chief, raise concerns about safety

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City councillors condemn assault on police chief, raise concerns about safety

Chris Kitching 4 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Winnipeg police are carrying out a review after Chief Danny Smyth was assaulted at a Folklorama pavilion, with the incident highlighting concerns about the safety of public figures at events.

Smyth, who was wearing his police uniform, was introduced as a VIP guest before a man poured a pitcher of water over his head at the Japanese pavilion Monday night.

A 22-year-old man, who was apprehended by the pavilion’s security team following a brief chase, is facing a charge of assaulting a peace officer.

Pavilion co-ordinator Les Kojima previously said he didn’t notice any security with Smyth, who was assaulted while sitting with other dignitaries inside Petrus Hall, near Inkster and Brookside boulevards.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

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Winnipeg Police Service Chief Danny Smyth was assaulted at a Folklorama pavilion.

Spotty tornado warning leaves many Manitobans twisting in the wind

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Spotty tornado warning leaves many Manitobans twisting in the wind

Chris Kitching 6 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Some Manitobans didn’t receive emergency alerts on their smartphones when a tornado touched down east of Teulon Tuesday evening, renewing longstanding concerns about Canada’s national warning system.

When the twister tore across farmland in the Interlake shortly after 6:30 p.m., officials from Teulon and the Rural Municipality of Armstrong happened to be holding a mock tornado drill as part of their disaster-response training.

A short time later, about half the cellphones in the room pinged with a text-message warning from the Alert Ready system, said Teulon Mayor Anna Pazdzierski, whose device did not receive an alert.

“If they have an alert system, they need to make sure that alert goes to everybody,” Pazdzierski said Wednesday. “Cell service in rural areas is sporadic. Until they upgrade (it), there are going to be problems.”

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Environment Canada said the weather system spawned at least one tornado, which was on the ground between Teulon and Netley for between five and six minutes. (Brittany Kargus Photo)

Police chief drenched at Folklorama’s Japanese pavilion

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Police chief drenched at Folklorama’s Japanese pavilion

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022

Winnipeg’s police chief was assaulted while he attended Folklorama’s Japanese pavilion as a VIP guest Monday night.

A suspect was apprehended by former officers following a brief foot chase.

Wearing his police uniform, Chief Danny Smyth was sitting at a VIP table with other dignitaries when a man approached and “dumped” a pitcher of water over his head, said Les Kojima, the pavilion’s co-ordinator.

“The chief was unhurt physically, but he was wet,” Kojima told the Free Press on Tuesday. “Everybody was eating and talking, and the drummers were performing, I think.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022

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Chief Danny Smyth was sitting at a VIP table with other dignitaries when a man approached and “dumped” a pitcher of water over his head.

Gimli welcomes back big crowds for Icelandic Festival

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Gimli welcomes back big crowds for Icelandic Festival

Chris Kitching 4 minute read Sunday, Jul. 31, 2022

GIMLI — Restaurants, stores and the lakefront were teeming with visitors like they used to be Saturday, as the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba returned to full force after two years of COVID-19 disruption.

The crowds in Gimli were an encouraging sight for business owners such as Steina Bessason, who are getting a much-needed boost from the four-day event over the August long weekend.

“It’s a vibration for the town,” said Bessason, as customers browsed items inside her store, Steina’s, which sells clothes, art and decor. “It’s a happy festival and it’s a reconnection (with family and friends) festival.

Sunday, Jul. 31, 2022

Daniel Crump / Winnipeg Free Press. Peter Hawk, who also goes by Knut Lafskegg, demonstrates a traditional weaving technique at Gimli Manitobaճ annual Icelandic festival, Islendingadagurinn. July 30, 2022.

Rural, northern Manitoba communities without emergency room or physician coverage

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Rural, northern Manitoba communities without emergency room or physician coverage

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Saturday, Jul. 30, 2022

GIMLI — Communities across rural and northern Manitoba are without emergency room or physician coverage over the August long weekend due to persistent shortages of doctors and nurses.

Gimli’s hospital didn’t have a doctor in its emergency department for part of Saturday, as thousands of people visited the town for the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba.

“We experienced a last minute sick call in Gimli and that has influenced scheduled physician availability,” Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority CEO Marion Ellis said in a statement.

People were encouraged to call 911 or their local 10-digit number in the event of an emergency.

Saturday, Jul. 30, 2022

Gimli’s hospital didn’t have a doctor in its emergency department for part of Saturday, as thousands of people visited the town for the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Lucky 13? Klein shakes up Winnipeg mayoral race

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Lucky 13? Klein shakes up Winnipeg mayoral race

Chris Kitching 6 minute read Friday, Jul. 29, 2022

Kevin Klein’s decision to enter Winnipeg’s increasingly crowded mayoral race could deliver a jolt to the municipal election campaign, and give front-runner Glen Murray a run for his money.

Klein, the councillor for Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood, is the 13th candidate vying to replace Brian Bowman, who isn’t seeking a third term, in the Oct. 26 vote.

Putting an end to speculation he would run for mayor, the former business executive said he will set out his priorities when he holds a campaign launch at Assiniboine Park on Wednesday.

“I want to make Winnipeg the leader in Western Canada, not a follower, and also bring that accountability to city hall that I know so many Winnipeggers want,” he said Friday. “The No. 1 reason (I’m running for mayor) is I love this city. It has so much potential.”

Friday, Jul. 29, 2022

City Coun. Kevin Klein is throwing his hat into Winnipeg’s mayoral race. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Former mayor Glen Murray emerges as favourite in civic election

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Former mayor Glen Murray emerges as favourite in civic election

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Thursday, Jul. 28, 2022

Glen Murray has emerged as the heavy favourite to become Winnipeg’s next mayor, holding an almost 3-1 lead over his next challenger, according to the first public poll of voters.

Murray, who was the city’s mayor from 1998 to 2004, was backed by 44 per cent of decided respondents in a Probe Research poll released Thursday.

He sits well ahead of Coun. Scott Gillingham (St. James) and former Winnipeg Centre Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette, who had the support of 16 and 13 per cent, respectively, in a crowded race.

“Polls are polls. I always look at them and (they) don’t change what we do,” Murray said Thursday. He credited the big early lead to the work his team has put into the campaign.

Thursday, Jul. 28, 2022

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Glen Murray was backed by 44 per cent of decided respondents in a Probe Research poll released Thursday.

Hydro faces logistical challenge to restore Puk’s power

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Hydro faces logistical challenge to restore Puk’s power

Chris Kitching 3 minute read Thursday, Jul. 28, 2022

Manitoba Hydro is sending two large industrial generators to Pukatawagan to restore electricity so about 2,000 residents displaced by forest fires can return home while repairs are carried out.

A temporary supply is needed in the remote community, located 820 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, because a kilometres-long stretch of a power line was damaged by fire.

Workers will replace nearly 80 wooden poles in a project that will take some time to complete because there is no road access and the terrain includes steep cliffs and marsh.

“We have to get everything at one place at one time, so the generators can be set up and start running,” said Hydro spokesman Bruce Owen. “You’re almost looking at Canadian Shield country. Many of these poles have to be set in rock, which involves drilling.”

Thursday, Jul. 28, 2022

Fire damaged nearly 80 wooden hydro poles. (Supplied / Manitoba Hydro)

Child grabbed by man: ‘I hit him and I was screaming at him’

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Child grabbed by man: ‘I hit him and I was screaming at him’

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

An eight-year-old girl who was grabbed by a balaclava-clad stranger as she walked her service dog on a quiet Winnipeg street is suffering nightmares and flashbacks.

The girl told the Free Press she was frightened, but fought back when the man approached and took hold of her right wrist on a Meadowlark Place sidewalk, in the Booth neighbourhood, just north of Grace Hospital, shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday.

“I was very scared. (The dog) was scared,” the girl said at her family’s home Wednesday. “I was feeling panicked. I wasn’t ready for that.”

She said the man kicked her dog — an 18-month-old Coton de Tuléar — when the protective animal tried to bite him, as he refused to let go.

Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

The man approached the girl and took hold of her right wrist on a Meadowlark Place sidewalk. (Chris Kitching / Winnipeg Free Press)

Accused killer ‘aggressive toward women’

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Accused killer ‘aggressive toward women’

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2022

A 35-year-old Winnipeg man accused of slaying Rebecca Contois showed signs of aggression and violence toward women when he was younger, two former high school classmates claim.

The women, who asked not to be identified, said in separate interviews they thought Jeremy Skibicki was “strange” when they met him in 2005 at Argyle Alternative High School in Point Douglas.

“He stuck out like a sore thumb because he was so tall and had completely grey hair and a deep voice,” one of the women told the Free Press. “He thought he was smarter than everybody.

“He was very mousy and timid to men, but loud and aggressive toward women.”

Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2022

FACEBOOK Jeremy Anthony Michael Skibicki, 35, has been charged with first-degree murder after partial human remains were discovered in a North Kildonan apartment’s dumpster Monday. The Winnipeg Police Service held a news conference on the case Thursday, where spokesman Const. Rob Carver identified the victim as Rebecca Contois, 24, and announced an arrest in the case. May 19, 2022 Winnipeg Free Press

Reassurance from police chief

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Reassurance from police chief

By Chris Kitching 6 minute read Friday, Jul. 8, 2022

For Winnipeg’s police chief, a series of attacks at The Forks is alarming, but it’s “nothing new” amid year-on-year increases in violent crime and calls for help from citizens.

In response to the incidents, Danny Smyth said police are doing more foot patrols at the popular tourist site and promising a full-time presence on weekends to increase security in the interim.

He seemed to suggest the wider discussion about public safety and violence was amplified by the media, amid concerns about the attacks.

“Nothing that we’re talking about today is new, nothing,” Smyth told reporters at police headquarters Friday. “We have been talking about some of these issues for a very long time. None of this is new, but it became very more of a priority for the media this week.”

Friday, Jul. 8, 2022

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As he attempted to reassure Winnipeggers and visitors, police chief Danny Smyth said he feels safe at The Forks, a place he visits with his family, and in the community.

Man ‘without supervision’ when child attacked in park: witness

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Man ‘without supervision’ when child attacked in park: witness

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Thursday, Jul. 7, 2022

No caregivers were in sight when a man with special needs pushed a young boy to the ground this week in Kildonan Park and began hitting him on the back, according to a witness.

The boy was standing with other children and staff from a summer day camp, as they prepared to go swimming in a public pool, when he was randomly assaulted Monday morning.

Ron Gratton was driving through the park with his wife when he noticed the man on a path.

“He was walking toward the group (of children) and he pushed this little kid, got down on his knees and started pounding on the (child’s) back with both hands,” said Gratton. “People appeared to be in shock. Nobody moved for two to three seconds.

Thursday, Jul. 7, 2022

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Ron Gratton, who was present when the incident took place, called police to give a description of the man, he was informed they were aware of the incident. Gratton said he did a loop of the area and found the man walking alone.

Violent crime wave taking toll on community, cops: police association

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Violent crime wave taking toll on community, cops: police association

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Thursday, Jul. 7, 2022

The union representing Winnipeg Police Service officers is calling on police Chief Danny Smyth to tackle an increase in violent crime, noting attacks on innocent people appear to be more common.

Winnipeg Police Association president Moe Sabourin pointed to several recent incidents, including one on Canada Day, when two Ukrainian refugees were attacked at The Forks.

“The victims are, as far as we’re concerned, innocent bystanders,” Sabourin said Thursday. “It seems it’s more everyday people who are being targeted in these situations.

“We’re extremely concerned for the safety of the citizens of Winnipeg, and also for our members, who’ve been exposed to the same amounts of violence.

Thursday, Jul. 7, 2022

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The incidents at The Forks haven’t done any favours for the reputations of downtown or the city, in general.

Glenboro grieves after retired couple killed in highway crash

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Glenboro grieves after retired couple killed in highway crash

By Chris Kitching 4 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

Residents of a western Manitoba town are in mourning after a retired couple was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer at a highway intersection Monday night.

The 91-year-old man and 86-year-old woman, identified by relatives as Ken and Shirley Dowd, were well-known in and around Glenboro, about 70 kilometres southeast of Brandon.

“They’ve been here all their lives. Just about everyone in town knows them,” said one of Ken Dowd’s cousins, who asked not to be named. “They were friends with everyone. I don’t think they had an enemy in the world.”

Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

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Retired dairy farmers Ken and Shirley Dowd were killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer at highways 2 and 5 in Glenboro on July 4.