Chris Kitching

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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.

 

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City to cyclists: clear bike paths, face fines

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City to cyclists: clear bike paths, face fines

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Yesterday at 7:00 PM CST

Cyclists have again taken matters into their owns hands, clearing ice from a bike lane in the Exchange District during Monday afternoon’s commute, despite a warning from the city that they may be fined.

It’s the second time in a week cyclists have cleared a lane themselves out of safety concerns, after being dissatisfied with the city’s snow-clearing policy and the handling of their complaints to 311.

This time, the group chipped ice that formed on a protected cycling lane on Arthur Street, between McDermot and Notre Dame avenues.

“(The) spot is incredibly iced up and rutted,” said Hillary Rosentreter, who organized the effort.

Yesterday at 7:00 PM CST

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Local - Clearing Bike lane Cyclist Hillary Rosentrete, and a few of her cyclist friends, shovel snow and ice off the bike lane along Arthur Street between McDermot/Notre Dame to make it safer for cyclists on Monday. Story: A group of cyclists who cleared a bike lane on Westminster Avenue last week is clearing ice and ruts from a lane on Arthur Street today, despite the city’s veiled warning of possible fines. A tweet from 311 asked them to review the streets bylaw, adding: “In general, residents shouldn’t work on, obstruct, or place items in the right of way without a permit.” The group says it is respectful and it just wants to be safe while cycling. Story by Chris Kitching Nov 28th, 2022

Police make arrests in East St. Paul party mayhem

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Police make arrests in East St. Paul party mayhem

Chris Kitching 4 minute read Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022

Manitoba RCMP has charged four teens and vows to arrest every suspect from a raucous East St. Paul house party where officers were attacked, including having fireworks launched at them.

Investigators on Thursday announced mischief charges against three males, age 16, 17 and 18, and a 17-year-old girl — all from Winnipeg — who allegedly caused damage to two police vehicles when officers responded to a chaotic situation on the night of Oct. 29.

More arrests are anticipated; RCMP officers are in the process of locating additional suspects who’ve been identified and are trying to find out the names of others.

“We are quite confident that we will be finding every single person involved,” said spokeswoman Cpl. Julie Courchaine. “We are encouraging anyone who was involved to turn themselves in.”

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022

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Several people have been arrested in the aftermath of an East St. Paul house party where RCMP officers were attacked.

Tired of waiting for city, cyclists dig out bike lane

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Tired of waiting for city, cyclists dig out bike lane

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022

Dissatisfied with the city’s efforts to clear snow and ice from bike lanes, some Winnipeg cyclists have taken matters into their own hands.

Hillary Rosentreter was among a group of about 10 people, including a child, who shovelled and scraped a bike lane on Westminster Avenue, between Maryland and Sherbrook streets, down to the pavement Tuesday.

“It was a safety thing, and just being fed up with the city not taking concerns into account and not taking appropriate action,” said Rosentreter. “It had been neglected. We wanted to do whatever we could to make sure it wasn’t neglected.”

Rosentreter and others complained to the city and some councillors, after noticing vehicles had been parked in the cycling lane.

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022

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About 10 people cleared snow and ice from a bike lane on Westminster Avenue, between Maryland and Sherbrook, on Tuesday.

Police hook suspects in charity ice-fishing fraud

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Police hook suspects in charity ice-fishing fraud

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022

Two people have been charged after more than $13,000 in proceeds from a charity ice-fishing tournament weren’t donated to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba as promised, according to police.

The cash was collected from fishers who paid to enter the Full Tilt Winter Walleye Tournament in early 2021 and expected funds to go toward efforts to help sick and injured kids.

Winnipeg police allege the event organizer and a second person — charged with theft, fraud and money laundering after a complex and nearly year-long investigation — kept the money for themselves.

“This is particularly egregious considering the foundation, which is so near and dear to so many people’s families, is such a huge benefit in the city,” police spokeswoman Const. Dani McKinnon said Wednesday.

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022

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Christian Lillyman is charged with theft, fraud and money laundering,

‘Miracle’ snowmobile-crash survivor lucky to be alive, eager to live again

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‘Miracle’ snowmobile-crash survivor lucky to be alive, eager to live again

Chris Kitching 6 minute read Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022

On Christmas Day last year, Ethan Christie’s parents and siblings were allowed into his room at Health Sciences Centre to essentially say their goodbyes while he lay in a medically induced coma.

After suffering severe injuries in a snowmobile crash two days earlier, he was about to undergo a type of brain surgery that was considered a “last-ditch effort” to save his life, said his mother, Michelle Christie.

“He was given a one per cent chance of survival,” she said. “It was a worst nightmare. Our Christmas wish was for his survival, nothing else.”

Thanks to two friends who were with Ethan that day, the intervention of emergency services and health-care workers and his sheer will to live, the 20-year-old defied those slim odds and survived.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

While he’s eager to get back on his sled, Ethan Christie advises those who are riding on and off trails this winter to slow down, ride with others and wear a quality helmet.

Grenade seized during arrest wasn’t live, police say

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Grenade seized during arrest wasn’t live, police say

Chris Kitching 4 minute read Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022

A man carrying an inert hand grenade caused a scare when Winnipeg police found the device hidden in his clothing, along with a knife, during an arrest Monday morning.

Initially thought to be “live” by officers at the scene in Weston, the grenade was later determined to be “non-viable” after being taken away and tested by the bomb unit, police said in a news release.

“At a quick glance, it appeared to be real,” said police spokesman Const. Dani McKinnon. “They are always treated as if they are live and a viable weapon.”

The rare discovery happened when West District officers on patrol stopped a man walking down a back lane at about 1 a.m., McKinnon said.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022

Police found this inert grenade on a man walking in the Weston area on Monday morning. (Supplied)

Tories’ downtown surveillance promise raises eyebrows

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Tories’ downtown surveillance promise raises eyebrows

Chris Kitching 6 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

The Manitoba government’s promise to improve safety in downtown Winnipeg by adding surveillance cameras has public safety advocates scratching their heads.

Premier Heather Stefanson identified one of the partners as the Downtown Community Safety Partnership, which is using funds from Manitoba and Ottawa to install cameras as early as December in a previously announced project that’s not intended to focus on enforcement.

The DCSP was surprised when a “renewed and enhanced” camera network for downtown was announced in Tuesday’s throne speech.

“It kind of took us off guard,” Matthew Sanscartier, the DCSP’s business intelligence analyst, said Wednesday.

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press Files

Surveillance cameras at 339 Portage Ave.

Manitoba not looking at mandating masks: Roussin

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Manitoba not looking at mandating masks: Roussin

Chris Kitching 6 minute read Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022

Manitoba isn’t changing its guidance on face masks — despite calls to strengthen its messaging — as an early surge in respiratory viruses puts further strain on the struggling health-care system.

Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, on Tuesday encouraged Manitobans to be up to date on their COVID-19 and flu vaccines while taking other precautions.

He isn’t going as far as his Ontario counterpart, who is “strongly” recommending people wear face masks in indoor public places to ease the burden on overwhelmed pediatric units.

“Our focus is to really message on all of the layers of protection we have — vaccines, staying home when ill, hand washing, certainly masks are an option for people to use,” Roussin told the Free Press.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022

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Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, encourages Manitoban’s to get the bivalent vaccination at the Regional Vaccine Clinic at 1680 Notre Dame Ave Wednesday morning. 220928 - Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

Bus, parking on Esplanade Riel a bridge too far, protesters say

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Bus, parking on Esplanade Riel a bridge too far, protesters say

Chris Kitching 6 minute read Monday, Nov. 14, 2022

The Esplanade Riel’s newest tenant has promised there will be no more parking on the footbridge after pedestrians and cyclists complained about vehicles, including a bus, driving onto the span.

Hillary Rosentreter was “absolutely floored” as she watched the bus drive up to the 4,000-square-foot building in the middle of the bridge and drop off guests at a Manitoba Technology Accelerator event last Thursday.

“We all finally realized this really is becoming a problem,” said Rosentreter, who helped organize a protest on the bridge during Monday afternoon’s commute. “There were pedestrians being pushed out of the way by the bus.”

She said normal-sized passenger vehicles, including an SUV and Mercedes-Benz car, were parked on Esplanade Riel — next to the city-owned space occupied by MTA — almost every day last week, despite parking being illegal there.

Monday, Nov. 14, 2022

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“So much of our city is taken over by cars. The bridge should be car-free,” Rosentreter said.

Paramedics frustrated support not in action plan

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Paramedics frustrated support not in action plan

Chris Kitching 4 minute read Monday, Nov. 14, 2022

Paramedics are disappointed the Manitoba government’s new $200-million action plan for health care doesn’t mention any specific support for their profession, which is struggling with critical staff shortages and burnout.

Rebecca Clifton, a spokeswoman for the Paramedic Association of Manitoba, said the sector desperately needs help because it is “hemorrhaging” staff to other provinces and professions, including nursing.

“This is the biggest crisis that we’ve seen,” said Clifton, an Interlake-based intermediate care paramedic. “I’ve been doing this for 13 years. Every year I keep saying it can’t get worse, and it does.

“It hits a point where we’re going to hit rock bottom, and we’re very close to rock bottom.”

Monday, Nov. 14, 2022

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‘Paramedics are burning out after five years because it’s non-stop all the time,’ Rebecca Clifton said. ‘The job has changed substantially.’

Cold weather does not deter Bombers’ fans from tailgating outside IG Field

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Cold weather does not deter Bombers’ fans from tailgating outside IG Field

Chris Kitching 4 minute read Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022

Almost eight hours before the CFL’s Western Final kicked off Sunday, Bain Giesbrecht and other diehard Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans got the pre-game festivities off to a very early start.

Giesbrecht and a group of about a dozen family and friends started setting up their tailgate party around 8 a.m. while the temperature was just shy of -10 C.

They cleared snow from their corner of a parking lot near IG Field and cooked a breakfast of bacon and eggs while discussing the Bombers’ odds of defeating the visiting B.C. Lions and advancing to a third consecutive Grey Cup.

“It’s a good tailgate community that’s grown here,” said jersey-clad Giesbrecht as he surveyed the lot, which by noon had started to fill up. “We love the fact we’re able to do this. It just makes being a fan so much better.”

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans tailgating outside IG Field Sunday before the game against the B.C. Lions.

Manitoba rejects mask mandate as viruses strain health system

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Manitoba rejects mask mandate as viruses strain health system

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022

The Manitoba government is resisting calls to reintroduce a mask mandate as a spike in respiratory viruses, especially among children, is expected to worsen and put further strain on the health system.

Some health workers are publicly asking for a mask mandate while the province grapples with an early surge of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza amid circulation of COVID-19.

Without mitigation, Dr. Doug Eyolfson, who works in Winnipeg’s Grace Hospital, is concerned Manitoba will soon follow the lead of Ontario, where pediatric intensive care units are beyond maximum capacity.

“I think we’re in a very dangerous situation. We have to go back to indoor mask use in public places,” he said. “The current strategy of encouraging people to do that isn’t working.”

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Former Liberal MP and ICU doctor Doug Eyolfson believes the province should reinstate its indoor masking policy.

Staff struggling to cope with wall-to-wall patients in Children’s Hospital ER

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Staff struggling to cope with wall-to-wall patients in Children’s Hospital ER

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022

An overflowing waiting room, kids coughing “everywhere” and tremendous staff is how Manitoba parents are describing the Children’s Hospital’s overrun emergency room, which is on pace for a record number of visits.

The Winnipeg hospital is trying to cope with a surge in ER arrivals and admissions, fuelled by a barrage of illnesses, including respiratory syncytial virus, influenza and COVID-19.

Winnipeg father Mark Behrendt was “shocked” by how busy the ER was and “amazed” by kind, patient staff when he visited with his eight-year-old daughter Friday.

“I don’t know how sustainable that’s going to be, to be overloaded,” he said Wednesday. “As a parent, it looked really busy, and I just hope, systemically, we can figure out how to alleviate that for the staff and make sure there’s space for the children.”

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022

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Children’s Hospital’s emergency room at Health Sciences Centre is on pace for a record number of visits.

Transit union sounds alarm on safety crisis

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Transit union sounds alarm on safety crisis

Chris Kitching 6 minute read Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022

The union representing Winnipeg Transit workers is pleading with the city and province to tackle a safety crisis after an alarming number of attacks against riders and drivers this year.

A new annual record for assaults on drivers was set by early October amid rising levels of crime within the system, said Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505 president Romeo Ignacio.

“We believe this is a crisis,” he told the Free Press Tuesday. “We think the city could and should do more for the safety of transit riders and (our) members.”

Citing a rash of incidents this month, including a knifepoint sexual assault and two violent robberies, the union wants city council and Manitoba’s government to take immediate action to increase security.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022

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A new annual record for assaults on drivers was set by early October amid rising levels of crime within the system, said Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505 president Romeo Ignacio.

Desperation at the grocery store, food bank

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Desperation at the grocery store, food bank

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Monday, Nov. 7, 2022

Shoplifting is on the rise at some Winnipeg grocery stores amid an addictions crisis and soaring living costs, while demand for food hampers is surging as families feel the squeeze.

Scott Clement, owner of Dakota Family Foods, said thefts from the independent supermarket, at 1099 St Mary’s Rd. in St. Vital, have reached an unprecedented level.

“I’ve had the store for 20 years, and I’ve never seen theft to this point,” he told the Free Press Monday. “As a small business owner, it’s the most frustrating part of my job, having to deal with (shoplifting). It’s a big issue, and it’s gotten worse.

“It’s something we’re routinely dealing with hour-to-hour in store. I recognize for people things are tough right now. Costs are going up and there is more addiction.”

Monday, Nov. 7, 2022

Scott Clement, owner of Dakota Family Foods, is updating his store’s surveillance-camera system, and his staff are being more vigilant to deter potential thieves. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

Sociologist not surprised by pandemonium participants’ public swagger

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Sociologist not surprised by pandemonium participants’ public swagger

Chris Kitching 4 minute read Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

EAST ST. PAUL — In the aftermath of a house party where RCMP officers were attacked and were able to prevent a sexual assault, young people shared videos of the chaos and bragged about being there.

Viral social media posts raised questions, including why people would potentially incriminate themselves or, at the very least, open themselves up to backlash while many, including Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen, condemned the violence.

“The short answer is, it’s an extension of media performance that is a part of how many people, including young people, now act in their everyday lives,” Brandon University sociology Prof. Christopher Schneider said Thursday. “The whole purpose is to get likes and to get attention.

“It will arguably be a lot of negative attention, but some of it might even be positive.”

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

Brandon University sociology Prof. Christopher Schneider said social media footage will complicate matters. (Submitted)

Justice minister denounces partygoers’ aggression toward Mounties

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Justice minister denounces partygoers’ aggression toward Mounties

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022

Manitoba’s justice minister decried the violent response to RCMP officers who broke up an out-of-control house party in East St. Paul, citing it as an example of increasing attacks on, and loss of respect for, law enforcement.

Kelvin Goertzen said Wednesday he is “very concerned” about the trend, with Winnipeg Police Service data showing a rise in the number of incidents in which charges were laid for alleged assaults on its officers.

“It’s the same reaction I’ve had over the last, particularly the last several months, where we seen growing, increased propensity of violence against law enforcement officers,” Goertzen said about Saturday night’s incident. “We have to remember (officers) are individuals who are part of our community. They’re not separate from our community.

“We sometimes look at law enforcement and we go, ‘Well, they’re separate from everybody else.’ They’re shopping at Costco, they’re out coaching our kids.”

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022

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“We need to respect them. I do worry about the loss of respect for law enforcement that I’ve seen over the last few years," Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen said.

Former WPS chief Clunis to head Manitoba public safety training development

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Former WPS chief Clunis to head Manitoba public safety training development

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022

The province has hired a former Winnipeg police chief to lead efforts to develop consistent public safety training programs for law enforcement officers and community wellness teams across Manitoba.

Devon Clunis, who was chief from 2012-16, is tasked with framing and implementing the new Manitoba Public Safety Training Strategy, which stems from the government’s 2020 review of the Police Services Act.

His objectives include strengthening ties between police agencies and communities through collaboration.

“Many people have different ideas, but I think the best approach for all of us moving forward is for us to sit down and collectively define what we want policing and community relations to look like,” Clunis said at a Wednesday news conference at CityPlace in downtown Winnipeg.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022

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Former Winnipeg police chief Devon Clunis is tasked with framing and implementing the new Manitoba Public Safety Training Strategy.

Province cuts COVID corners amid ‘critical’ staff shortages

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Province cuts COVID corners amid ‘critical’ staff shortages

Chris Kitching 6 minute read Monday, Oct. 31, 2022

Manitoba is loosening its COVID-19 return-to-work guidance for health-care employees — eliminating testing requirements in some cases — raising concerns staff and patients are being put at greater risk of infection.

The province is allowing workers with mild symptoms to go back to work sooner or without a negative test result, while bracing for a winter wave of viruses that threatens to exacerbate severe staff shortages.

Two Winnipeg critical-care physicians told the Free Press they’re concerned the policy changes, which went into effect Monday, could lead to increased transmission if staff are still contagious when they return.

“This will possibly increase it, but spread is common and hard to trace, so the impact won’t be known,” said one of the doctors, who asked to remain anonymous. “The risk of loosening these guidelines is there will be some people who are still contagious. We are, literally, so short-staffed it is critical. The risk has to be balanced.”

Monday, Oct. 31, 2022

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The province is allowing workers with mild symptoms to go back to work sooner or without a negative test result, while bracing for a winter wave of viruses that threatens to exacerbate severe staff shortages.

Mayoral vote reveals ‘doughnut phenomenon’

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Mayoral vote reveals ‘doughnut phenomenon’

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Monday, Oct. 31, 2022

Maps of Winnipeg’s mayoral election results reveal where the vote was won and lost, with Shaun Loney outperforming Glen Murray in core areas, and vote-rich suburbs propelling winner Scott Gillingham.

Graphics created by the Free Press show a doughnut-like phenomenon — rather than a north-south split — which mirrors how Winnipeg votes in federal and provincial elections, said Christopher Adams, adjunct professor of political studies at the University of Manitoba.

Much of the city’s outer ring tilted toward candidates with a conservative background in Wednesday’s municipal election, while middle wards tended to favour frontrunners seen as left of centre.

“Voters who are concerned about taxes, property crime, infrastructure and roads, we see them more supportive of the centre-right candidates than the inside part of the city,” said Adams. “With Gillingham, we see a little bit of that doughnut phenomenon.”

Monday, Oct. 31, 2022

Ukraine envoy slams grain blockade

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Ukraine envoy slams grain blockade

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022

Grateful for Manitobans’ support during the war in her homeland, Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada has accused Russia of trying to stoke a food crisis by restoring its blockade of Kyiv’s grain exports.

Yuliya Kovaliv suggested the fallout could be dire in poor nations that heavily depend on Ukraine, the world’s fifth-largest exporter of wheat, as she condemned the Kremlin’s latest tactic.

“This grain initiative allows Ukraine to continue to export (its) grain to the world, and especially to the African countries and Middle East countries,” she told the Free Press on Sunday during a visit to Winnipeg.

The blockade resumed when Moscow suspended its involvement in a July deal, brokered by the United Nations, allowing safe passage of ships transporting grain from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022

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“What Russia is doing now is trying to create the same food crisis, but that will be (for) millions of people around the world,” said Yuliya Kovaliv, Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada.

Stefanson has no regrets as she works to build her political brand

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Stefanson has no regrets as she works to build her political brand

Chris Kitching 25 minute read Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

The atmosphere inside the Tundra Buggy is still buzzing 30 minutes after a polar bear sighting, and Heather Stefanson is sitting on a bench toward the back with tears welling in her eyes.

Manitoba’s first female premier is recalling the night she won a byelection to become an MLA, while the hulking buggy sways from side to side during its slow crawl along the rugged, frozen landscape in Wapusk National Park.

Amid the handshakes and hugs that evening, her late father, Julian Hugh McDonald, who unsuccessfully ran for the Progressive Conservatives in Manitoba’s 1977 election, was beaming.

The elation was tempered by a tremendous personal loss — five months before Stefanson won the Nov. 21, 2000 contest in Tuxedo, her mother, Diane McDonald, died at 64.

Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Stefanson faces a tough task trying to convince voters to put their trust in the party that has overseen the slide, rather than her opponents. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)

Voters backed fumble-free Gillingham after allegations sank Murray

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Voters backed fumble-free Gillingham after allegations sank Murray

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Scott Gillingham won the crowded field in Winnipeg’s dramatic mayoral election thanks to two things: a strong and consistent campaign, and workplace harassment allegations against front-runner Glen Murray.

The allegations, relating to Murray’s time as executive director at the Alberta-based Pembina Institute, were “catastrophic” for the former mayor, and a turning point in the contest, said Christopher Adams.

“(They) were devastating for the campaign,” said Adams, adjunct professor of political studies at the University of Manitoba.

Gillingham, a two-term city councillor for St. James, won a nail-biter with 27.54 per cent of Wednesday’s vote, a weak mandate amid poor voter turnout of 37 per cent.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Incoming Winnipeg mayor Scott Gillingham went to the Manitoba Legislative Building on Thursday to meet the premier. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)

Anti-vaxxer crushed in Winkler, and other races

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Anti-vaxxer crushed in Winkler, and other races

Tyler Searle and Chris Kitching 7 minute read Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

The political landscape in Manitoba municipalities hasn’t shifted much following Wednesday’s vote since many incumbents were acclaimed or returned to office.

An exception is the race in Winkler, in which a longtime councillor ran for mayor and squared off against a vocal anti-vaxxer.

WINKLER

Winkler’s mayoral race was closely watched given residents’ resistance to COVID-19 public health orders.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

The political landscape in Manitoba municipalities hasn’t shifted much following Wednesday’s vote since many incumbents were acclaimed or returned to office.

An exception is the race in Winkler, in which a longtime councillor ran for mayor and squared off against a vocal anti-vaxxer.

WINKLER

Winkler’s mayoral race was closely watched given residents’ resistance to COVID-19 public health orders.