Danielle Da Silva

Danielle Da Silva

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Danielle Da Silva is a general assignment reporter.

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City budget’s fine print

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City budget’s fine print

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Yesterday at 7:00 PM CST

Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham’s first budget makes good on key campaign promises and earmarks money for big-ticket and overdue capital projects supported, in part, by proposed increases to property taxes and the frontage levy.

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Yesterday at 7:00 PM CST

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham’s first budget makes good on key campaign promises and earmarks money for big-ticket and overdue capital projects supported, in part, by proposed increases to property taxes and the frontage levy.

Winnipeggers face increased taxes, fees in Gillingham’s tough first budget

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Winnipeggers face increased taxes, fees in Gillingham’s tough first budget

Chris Kitching and Danielle Da Silva 6 minute read Yesterday at 2:12 PM CST

Winnipeggers will see their tax bill rise and can expect to pay more in municipal fees, as city council looks to recover from significant revenue shortfalls while making modest spending increases in this year’s budget.

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Yesterday at 2:12 PM CST

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Mayor Scott Gillingham (left) and Finance Chairperson Jeff Browaty answer questions from the media just before the City of Winnipeg Preliminary 2023 Budget is tabled at City Hall Wednesday afternoon.
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First Nations eye legal action to halt Crown lands lease auction

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First Nations eye legal action to halt Crown lands lease auction

Danielle Da Silva 4 minute read Monday, Feb. 6, 2023

MANITOBA First Nations are threatening to sue the provincial government over the leasing of Crown lands to farmers and ranchers, arguing treaty rights are being trampled in the process.

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Monday, Feb. 6, 2023

The province’s auction of long-term leases for unoccupied Crown lands disregards First Nations, says Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Cathy Merrick. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Manitoba boosts funding to help immigrants integrate

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Manitoba boosts funding to help immigrants integrate

Danielle Da Silva 4 minute read Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

Michelle Puno, an internationally educated nurse, nearly gave up on a career in Manitoba.

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Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

Michelle Puno received a loan from SEED Winnipeg to help her pay to become a registered nurse in Manitoba. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press)

Western Manitoba town hiring recruiter to find two doctors willing to work there

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Western Manitoba town hiring recruiter to find two doctors willing to work there

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

A Manitoba small town desperate to bring doctors to the rural community is reaching into its coffers to hire a private recruitment firm to perform a job intended for the regional health authority.

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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Jillian Austin/Brandon Sun Files

Since last spring, the local health centre and emergency department has been short at least two doctors, with the Prairie Mountain Health Region filling vacancies by using travelling physicians and international medical graduates.

Chill out, log in, pay up? Province looks for parks campground Wi-Fi provider

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Chill out, log in, pay up? Province looks for parks campground Wi-Fi provider

Danielle Da Silva 3 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Campers relying on wireless internet offered by the Manitoba government to stay connected while visiting three provincial parks could face new fees to get online.

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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

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The government is seeking a telecommunications company to take over the Wi-Fi service it currently offers to campers at Birds Hill, Winnipeg Beach and Falcon Lake Beach in Whiteshell Provincial Park, according to a request for proposals.

Manitoba in position to embrace long-term care standard: researcher

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Manitoba in position to embrace long-term care standard: researcher

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

Adopting new, national standards for long-term care wouldn’t be a “huge leap” for Manitoba care home operators, experts in seniors care say, as the Progressive Conservative government considers regulatory changes.

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Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed significant sector vulnerabilities, said Dr. Samir Sinha, pointing to devastating outbreaks of the virus at Parkview Place (pictured) and Maples in Winnipeg in fall 2020.

Four rookie ministers step forward in pre-election Tory cabinet shuffle

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Four rookie ministers step forward in pre-election Tory cabinet shuffle

Carol Sanders and Danielle Da Silva 6 minute read Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

With an election in eight months and almost one-third of her caucus not seeking re-election, Premier Heather Stefanson has promoted four backbenchers to cabinet — including two new MLAs in Winnipeg seats the Progressive Conservatives are “desperate” to retain.

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Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Premier Heather Stefanson applauds at the cabinet shuffle swearing-in ceremony at the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. For Carol/Danielle story. Winnipeg Free Press 2023.

Birth certificate delays stress parents

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Birth certificate delays stress parents

Danielle Da Silva 4 minute read Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

Manitoba’s Vital Statistics Branch is sitting on a stack of more than 5,000 birth certificates that can’t be issued owing to errors on applications, sparking concern over the provincial agency’s ability to alert unsuspecting parents of mistakes.

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Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

Manitoba’s Vital Statistics Branch is sitting on a stack of more than 5,000 birth certificates that can’t be issued owing to errors on applications, sparking concern over the provincial agency’s ability to alert unsuspecting parents of mistakes.

Premier thanks Friesen for service and dedication

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Premier thanks Friesen for service and dedication

Danielle Da Silva 3 minute read Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson offered well-wishes to longtime Tory MLA and cabinet minister Cameron Friesen, who intends to resign his seat to seek the federal Conservative nomination in Portage-Lisgar.

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Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Cameron Friesen is leaving provincial politics to run federally. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press files)

New provincial spending announced after tax windfall

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New provincial spending announced after tax windfall

Danielle Da Silva 3 minute read Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

The Manitoba government will direct more cash to hospitals, municipal infrastructure, schools and community development after receiving an unexpected $150-million windfall in tax revenue.

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Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson (The Canadian Press files)

Tories sending $200M in inflation-relief cheques to Manitobans

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Tories sending $200M in inflation-relief cheques to Manitobans

Danielle Da Silva 6 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government is distributing cheques totalling $200 million to ease pressure on voters’ wallets in an election year, but critics say the tax dollars would be better spent bringing down costs and strengthening public services.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Premier Heather Stefanson today announced a $200 million “carbon tax relief fund” that aims to help 700,000 Manitobans cope with rising costs, from food to fuel.

MPI takes first step toward online expansion

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MPI takes first step toward online expansion

Danielle Da Silva 2 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Rubber is finally meeting the road for a massive modernization program at Manitoba Public Insurance, with the first release of Project Nova officially online.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Trucking and commercial customers will now be able to insure loads and cargo online through MPI’s website. (Winnipeg Free Press files)

Manitoba officials headed to Philippines on nurse-recruiting mission

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Manitoba officials headed to Philippines on nurse-recruiting mission

Danielle Da Silva 4 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Manitoba is sending a team of health and immigration officials to the Philippines to recruit hundreds of nurses and health-care workers to the province.

Immigration Minister Jon Reyes will be part of the delegation arriving in the island nation on Feb. 21, with stops scheduled in Manila, Cebu and Iloilo over a five-day period.

The recruitment mission is expected to have broad participation and set the course for “hundreds of qualified internationally educated nurses” to move to Manitoba, according to the province.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Immigration Minister Jon Reyes will be part of a team of health and immigration officials to the Philippines to recruit hundreds of nurses and health-care workers to the province.

(Matt Goerzen / The Brandon Sun files)

Premiers, PM meeting opportunity for ‘real dialogue’: Stefanson

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Premiers, PM meeting opportunity for ‘real dialogue’: Stefanson

Danielle Da Silva 3 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson is cautiously optimistic, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invited the country’s premiers to negotiate a new health-care funding agreement next month in Ottawa.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

(Matt Goerzen/The Brandon Sun)

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson chairs the Council of the Federation which wants the federal government to increase its share of annual health funding.

‘Appalling’ COVID numbers among seniors spark calls for targeted vaccinations

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‘Appalling’ COVID numbers among seniors spark calls for targeted vaccinations

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Manitoba seniors are bearing the brunt of unchecked COVID-19 spread with retirees representing the bulk of recent critical-care admissions and deaths, spurring calls for a targeted vaccination program to protect the most vulnerable.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Just 58 per cent of people 80-years of age or older are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, with booster uptake falling to 57 and 42 per cent for people in their 70s and 60s, respectively, according to recent data from Manitoba Public Health. (Rogelio V. Solis / The Associated Press photo)

MPI rapped by watchdog for ballooning cost of huge IT project

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MPI rapped by watchdog for ballooning cost of huge IT project

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Manitoba’s consumer watchdog has ordered a closer look at spending by Manitoba Public Insurance, citing concerns the Crown corporation has lost control of its $290-million budget to overhaul its IT systems.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Manitoba Public Insurance is in the middle of a huge software update. (Winnipeg Free Press files)

Manitoba must outsmart private agencies that poach nurses: NDP

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Manitoba must outsmart private agencies that poach nurses: NDP

Danielle Da Silva 3 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Manitoba should learn from the private sector when it comes to attracting surgical nurses back to Winnipeg hospitals, as job vacancy rates remain stubbornly high, NDP Leader Wab Kinew suggests.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

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NDP Leader Wab Kinew on hiring nurses for the public sector: “We have to be competitive.”

Manitoba defends loan to bus maker New Flyer after layoffs

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Manitoba defends loan to bus maker New Flyer after layoffs

Danielle Da Silva 4 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

The Manitoba government says protecting local jobs is the priority as it hammers out the terms of a $50-million loan to local manufacturer NFI Group following a recent round of layoffs.

Economic Development Minister Cliff Cullen said he was not aware the Transcona zero-emission bus maker had laid off 30 employees at its New Flyer subsidiary on Dec. 22, one day before he joined NFI Group chief executive officer Paul Soubry to announce the taxpayer-supported loan.

“Our focus has been on the bigger picture,” Cullen said. “We’re optimistic once New Flyer gets through that we’ll be able to grow the work force here in Manitoba.”

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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

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The Manitoba government says protecting local jobs is the priority as it hammers out the terms of a $50-million loan to local manufacturer NFI Group following a recent round of layoffs.

Premier Heather Stefanson defends her government’s record in wide-ranging interview with Free Press

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Premier Heather Stefanson defends her government’s record in wide-ranging interview with Free Press

Danielle Da Silva and Carol Sanders 6 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

On the heels of a turbulent first year in the premier’s office, Heather Stefanson is buckling up for what will be her biggest political test yet: convincing disenchanted Manitobans to entrust her Progressive Conservative government with a third term.

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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Premier Heather Stefanson in her office at the Manitoba Legislative Building Tuesday afternoon. See Danielle DaSilva and Carol Sanders story 230110 - Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

Stefanson puts positive light on massive exodus from Tory caucus

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Stefanson puts positive light on massive exodus from Tory caucus

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson will shuffle her inner circle, promising rejuvenation for the Progressive Conservative party after batch of longtime MLAs announced they will not run for re-election.

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Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Premier Heather Stefanson said MLAs who are choosing not to run again are taking the opportunity to spend time with family following the COVID-19 pandemic in a press conference at the RBC Convention Centre Monday.

Paid sick leave long overdue, labour federation says

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Paid sick leave long overdue, labour federation says

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

Staying home to nurse a fever, sniffles or an ailing child is becoming increasingly difficult for Manitoba workers to afford as the province resists appeals by labour groups to legislate paid sick leave.

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Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

ALEX LUPUL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS The Golden Boy stands atop the Manitoba Legislative Building’ in Winnipeg on Monday, July 5, 2021. It embodies the spirit of enterprise and eternal youth, and is poised atop the dome of the building. Reporter: Ben Waldman

Former cabinet minister Cox joins group in Tory caucus not running again

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Former cabinet minister Cox joins group in Tory caucus not running again

Danielle Da Silva 3 minute read Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

Former cabinet minister Cathy Cox has added her name to the growing list of Tories choosing to leave their legislature seats rather than take another run at the ballot box.

The Kildonan-River East MLA said Thursday she will not seek re-election after serving close to seven years as the representative for the Progressive Conservative stronghold in northeast Winnipeg.

“Only God can foresee our future,” Cox wrote in a statement. “Life is short and there are no guarantees in this world.”

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Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

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Former Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox said Thursday she will not seek re-election.

Manitoba set to sign another deal with a U.S. clinic to whittle waiting list

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Manitoba set to sign another deal with a U.S. clinic to whittle waiting list

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023

Manitoba is on the verge of signing another agreement with a U.S. health-care provider to ease the strain on its clogged waiting lists.

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Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023

Michael S. Williamson / Washington Post files

The Mayo Clinic hospital in Eau Claire, Wis.