Danielle Da Silva

Danielle Da Silva

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Danielle Da Silva is a general assignment reporter.

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Premier sticks by Ukrainian-refugee plan

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Premier sticks by Ukrainian-refugee plan

Danielle Da Silva 3 minute read 6:21 PM CDT

Manitoba will not borrow a page from its western neighbour by co-ordinating humanitarian charter flights for Ukrainian refugees.

Saskatchewan welcomed a second flight of newcomers last week.

Premier Heather Stefanson said the province’s current approach to resettling Ukrainians fleeing war is getting results and suggested other jurisdictions that partner with organizations to charter flights for Ukrainians are playing catch up.

“We welcomed over 5,500 Ukrainians to Manitoba through our welcoming reception centre,” Stefanson said. “Because we have one of the highest per capita welcoming of Ukrainians to Manitoba, I think what we’re doing is working.

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Premier Heather Stefanson said the province’s current approach to resettling Ukrainians fleeing war is getting results and suggested other jurisdictions that partner with organizations to charter flights for Ukrainians are playing catch up.

Premier mum on inflation relief

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Premier mum on inflation relief

Danielle Da Silva 2 minute read 5:14 PM CDT

The provincial government said it is still mulling ways to help Manitobans cope with the second-highest inflation rate in the country.

On Tuesday, Statistics Canada said inflation in Manitoba increased by 8.8 per cent in July from a year ago, compared to the national average of 7.6 per cent.

Manitoba’s rate was second only to that of Prince Edward Island. Manitoba also had the second-highest consumer price index in Canada in June.

On Tuesday, Premier Heather Stefanson was asked about her earlier promise to provide inflation relief. Three weeks ago, the premier said her government would “have some interesting things coming forward” in response to record inflation.

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Premier Heather Stefanson: “I have committed to making an announcement, so stay tuned.”

City police boost effort to trace ‘crime guns’

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City police boost effort to trace ‘crime guns’

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Winnipeg police are increasing their capacity to trace illegal, unmarked firearms that are often trafficked into Canada from the United States and end up being seized on the streets of Winnipeg.

Insp. Elton Hall said the police service will purchase a ductless chemical work station for technicians to restore obliterated serial numbers on seized weapons. The province provided $17,000 through the criminal property forfeiture fund to purchase the station and to support training for technicians.

“Any firearm with its serial number obliterated is a crime gun and is a trademark of a smuggled or trafficked firearm used for criminal purpose,” Hall said at a news conference Tuesday morning.

Winnipeg police have seized 455 “crime guns” so far this year and have been able to successfully lift 79 numbers from those weapons. Last year, 859 guns were seized and 89 serial numbers were restored by the firearms investigative analysis section.

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Insp. Elton Hall said the police service will purchase a ductless chemical work station for technicians to restore obliterated serial numbers on seized weapons.

Former MP Neville named Manitoba’s next lieutenant-governor

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Former MP Neville named Manitoba’s next lieutenant-governor

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Monday, Aug. 15, 2022

A former Member of Parliament known for her ability to bridge partisan divides and her commitment to the community has been appointed Manitoba’s next lieutenant-governor after a months-long search.

Anita Neville, 80, will succeed current Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon, who has held the vice-regal position for more than seven years, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday.

“It’s an opportunity that doesn’t come to many people in their lifetime and that certainly weighed on me,” Neville said by phone Monday afternoon from her Osborne Village home.

The grandmother of six and former Winnipeg South Centre Liberal MP said the decision to return to public life was not made lightly; she spent months pondering the prospect after being asked to consider the role.

Monday, Aug. 15, 2022

Anita Neville (Jessica Lee / Winnipeg Free Press)

No new COVID wave ‘at this point’: Roussin

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No new COVID wave ‘at this point’: Roussin

Danielle Da Silva 4 minute read Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022

Manitoba is not in a new, summer wave of COVID-19 infections, despite a reported increase in viral activity and hospitalizations, its chief provincial public health officer says.

“Up to now, we haven’t seen a dramatic increase in cases throughout this summer,” Dr. Brent Roussin said Thursday, after providing an update on the province’s monkeypox immunization campaign.

“We’re now seeing some increase, so we’ll have to follow that trend.”

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, provides an update on monkeypox vaccination in the province. (Winnipeg Free Press)

AMC cuts ties with suspended grand chief Dumas

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AMC cuts ties with suspended grand chief Dumas

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs voted Friday to strip suspended grand chief Arlen Dumas of his title.

At a special general assembly at Assiniboia Downs in west Winnipeg, delegates for 62 member First Nations affirmed they had lost confidence in Dumas, who was re-elected to lead the political advocacy organization last summer but has since faced accusations of sexual assault and harassment.

“The vote was successful. Arlen Dumas is no longer the grand chief of AMC. We are going to be moving forward,” acting grand chief Cornell McLean told reporters at the conclusion of the meeting. The vote was 30-13 in favour of removal, with one blank ballot cast.

McLean apologized on behalf of the AMC to those who brought forward complaints against Dumas for alleged wrongdoing, including Bethany Maytwayashing and Shauna Fontaine.

Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

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According to the assembly’s constitution, Arlen Dumas was permitted the opportunity to address the gathered chiefs prior to the vote. However, McLean said, Dumas did not appear at the meeting, despite repeated invitations through his legal counsel.

Dumas seeking treatment for childhood trauma, asks for ‘understanding’ before crucial AMC vote

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Dumas seeking treatment for childhood trauma, asks for ‘understanding’ before crucial AMC vote

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Just days ahead of a vote that could see Grand Chief Arlen Dumas removed over a finding of sexual harassment, the suspended head of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is pleading for support, saying he’s seeking help for lifelong trauma.

In a statement issued Wednesday morning, Dumas denied an investigator’s finding of sexual harassment, yet acknowledged he had traumatized others.

“These past months have been extremely difficult, but they have helped me begin to recognize and acknowledge the impacts of the many traumas I have suffered dating back to my early childhood,” Dumas wrote.

“I ask for support and understanding while I dedicate myself to learning how to become a healthier father and leader, capable of contributing so much more to my family, our people and our communities.”

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

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Arlen Dumas said he would seek help for the trauma that he says dates back to his early childhood.

Province, Norway House Cree Nation sign historic timber deal

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Province, Norway House Cree Nation sign historic timber deal

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022

NORWAY HOUSE CREE NATION — The scent of freshly cut white spruce and the buzz of two saws tucked away off a gravel road signal potential for the northern Manitoba community of Norway House Cree Nation, after it inked an historic agreement with the province to share profit from timber harvested on its ­territory.

About 15 minutes north of the sprawling, 9,000-person community on the shore of Little Playgreen Lake, where York Boat Days festivities were underway, Norway House Chief Larson Anderson toured newly minted Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Greg Nesbitt around a fledgling sawmill Tuesday.

Over the past four years, the band has steadily built up its capacity to produce lumber from timber cut on treaty land, with the ability to process enough raw wood to construct as many as 50 homes for residents each year.

Nesbitt’s stop in the community — his first to a northern Manitoba First Nation since being appointed to the position in June — came after the province and Norway House hammered out a multi-pronged agreement to guarantee the sawmill will provide a long-lasting benefit to the community.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022

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Over the past four years, the band has steadily built up its capacity to produce lumber from timber cut on treaty land, with the ability to process enough raw wood to construct as many as 50 homes for residents each year.

Affirming the right to make a hard choice

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Affirming the right to make a hard choice

Danielle Da Silva 4 minute read Monday, Aug. 1, 2022

It was with both sadness and relief that a young Lisa Naylor learned her birth mother would have chosen abortion had it been an option while she was pregnant with her 56 years ago.

Comfort came with knowing her biological mom — who agreed to put her daughter up for adoption in 1965 after becoming pregnant as a teenager — supported abortion and the reproductive rights movement, a cause fiercely championed by the former Toronto-based Morgentaler abortion clinic volunteer who is an NDP MLA.

The hurt, however, came with knowing her mother never had that choice.

“She didn’t want to be pregnant. She was a child,” the Wolseley MLA said in a recent interview with the Free Press, recalling a formative conversation with her birth mother nearly 30 years ago.

Monday, Aug. 1, 2022

JESSICA LEE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Wolseley MLA Lisa Naylor poses for a photo in her office on Portage Ave. on July 28, 2022.

Manitoba Housing to target ‘exceptional circumstances’ buildings: Squires

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Manitoba Housing to target ‘exceptional circumstances’ buildings: Squires

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Friday, Jul. 29, 2022

Families Minister Rochelle Squires says the Tory government is committed to turning a St. Boniface-area Manitoba Housing property into “a safe and affordable place to call home,” after a visit to the rundown, bug-infested residential tower.

On Thursday, Squires spent about 30 minutes speaking with a dozen or so tenants at 101 Marion St. about their nearly year-long fight to get maintenance, cleanliness and safety concerns taken seriously by the Crown corporation managing the primarily 55-plus building.

During her stop at the Winnipeg apartment tower — which included a tour of the main-floor common areas but no resident floors — Squires said there were obvious areas in need of additional care and maintenance but was pleased to see some outstanding repairs had recently been completed. She was also joined by Manitoba Housing acting chief executive officer and the district director.

“I’ve identified with my team in Manitoba Housing some key priorities for the Manitoba government which include some of these buildings that are experiencing exceptional circumstances,” Squires said Friday. “101 Marion is one of those buildings that need enhanced investment.”

Friday, Jul. 29, 2022

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“I’ve identified with my team in Manitoba Housing some key priorities for the Manitoba government which include some of these buildings that are experiencing exceptional circumstances,” said Families Minister Rochelle Squires.

Manitoba signs on to push for expanded immigration powers

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Manitoba signs on to push for expanded immigration powers

Danielle Da Silva 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

Manitoba Immigration Minister Jon Reyes has added his name a letter calling on Ottawa to give the provinces more authority over the resettlement of skilled workers amid an unprecedented labour shortage.

“It is time that the federal government respected provinces and allowed them to seize this opportunity, recruit workers and offer them good jobs,” the letter sent Tuesday to federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser reads.

Provincial immigration ministers were in Saint John, N.B., this week for their annual forum.

Ontario’s Monte McNaughton, Alberta’s Kaycee Madu, and Saskatchewan’s Jeremy Harrison also co-signed the letter sent ahead of a meeting with Fraser.

Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

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Manitoba Immigration Minister Jon Reyes

Tories seek to ‘accelerate’ use of private agency nurses: NDP

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Tories seek to ‘accelerate’ use of private agency nurses: NDP

Danielle Da Silva 4 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2022

The Progressive Conservative government has been accused of doubling-down on its use of agency nurses, after Shared Health last month surveyed the private health-care firms about their capacity to prop up the public health system.

Opposition Leader Wab Kinew said a recent request for information issued by the provincial health authority is proof the Manitoba government is prioritizing private, for-profit nursing agencies over the public health-care system.

In late June, Shared Health asked nursing agencies to submit a summary of their capacity to support the health-care system and the current services being provided to the regional health authorities.

The provided information would help the health authority as it decides how to move forward with “backup nursing and health-care personnel within acute, long-term, home care, congregate” and other settings, according to the request.

Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2022

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“You have a system that’s in crisis and the PCs are proposing a course of action that is more expensive, leads to less quality of care for the patient — and so we should all be concerned about that,” said Opposition Leader Wab Kinew.

Manitoba unwraps arts, culture, sport support fund

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Manitoba unwraps arts, culture, sport support fund

Danielle Da Silva 3 minute read Monday, Jul. 25, 2022

Manitoba community organizations desperate for funding to improve facilities and run arts, culture and sport programs can tap into a new provincial plan intended to spur sectors hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Progressive Conservative government’s new community fund will begin accepting applications from interested groups on Aug. 16, said Premier Heather Stefanson.

The funding was previously announced as part of the 2022 budget, with a total of $100 million to be doled out over the next three years. A total of $34 million will be available for qualified community organizations during the first year.

“Often described as the first to close and the last to open, these sectors were significantly impacted by the pandemic, so this targeted support will provide them with the much-needed assistance as they rebuild and plan for a prosperous future,” Stefanson said during an announcement at Bourkevale Community Centre on Monday.

Monday, Jul. 25, 2022

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Premier Heather Stefanson and Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Andrew Smith at the Bourkevale Community Centre on Monday announcing the province’s new community fund.

Inflation relief? Premier says stay tuned

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Inflation relief? Premier says stay tuned

Danielle Da Silva 4 minute read Monday, Jul. 25, 2022

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson has promised relief from 40-year-high inflation is on the way.

“We need to make sure that we’re in a place where we can make those changes to ensure that Manitobans have the resources that they need to be able to put food on the table for their kids, clothing on their back, and be able to drive them to community centres for their kids’ programs,” Stefanson said following an announcement Monday about arts, culture and sports funding at the Bourkevale Community Centre.

The premier said her Progressive Conservative government will bring forward “interesting things” to assist Manitobans struggling under the weight of gas and grocery bills. She declined to give specifics.

Stefanson said she believes her government has been proactive in tackling affordability challenges by sending out rebates on education property tax and auto insurance, and by indexing both the minimum wage and the provincial basic personal amount to the consumer price index.

Monday, Jul. 25, 2022

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Premier Heather Stefanson said her Progressive Conservative government will bring forward “interesting things” to assist Manitobans struggling under the weight of gas and grocery bills. She declined to give specifics.

Keeyask completion fails to generate excitement

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Keeyask completion fails to generate excitement

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

Manitoba Hydro has no plan to publicize the recent completion of the multibillion-dollar Keeyask Generating Station in northern Manitoba, even as one First Nations partner says it feels burned by the massive project.

Despite all units at the dam being up and running for the first time last month, there’s not much to celebrate given the burden of cost overruns and delays on First Nations, said Fox Lake Cree Nation Chief Morris Beardy.

“We were told this was going to be the golden egg, so to speak, for generations to come — but now, that’s far from what we’re feeling right now. It’s not right,” Beardy said.

The remote community is one of four First Nations that partnered with Manitoba Hydro on the generating station project on the Nelson River.

Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

The interior of Keeyask Generating Station in 2018 during construction. (Manitoba Hydro files)

First Nation asks court to strike down licence for diversion

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First Nation asks court to strike down licence for diversion

Danielle Da Silva 3 minute read Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

A northern Manitoba First Nation has asked the Court of Queen’s Bench to nullify a final operating licence for the Churchill River diversion, arguing Manitoba Hydro and the provincial government failed to consult them.

Tataskweyak Cree Nation and its chief, Doreen Spence, applied for a judicial review of the final licence in March after the provincial government officially signed off on the continued operations of the water control structures in May 2021.

The community, situated 900 kilometres north of Winnipeg on the shores of Split Lake, claims the river system has been devastated by the diversion, which had been operating under an interim licence since 1976, and Manitoba Hydro’s augmented flow program, which was renewed annually since 1986.

The court application claims the fishery at Southern Indian Lake has all but closed due to water choked by sediment and fish contaminated with methyl-mercury; shorelines and habitat on the lower Churchill River and the Rat-Burntwood-Nelson River system have been destroyed; the lake sturgeon population has dwindled owing to manipulated water levels; and TCN remains under a boil water advisory.

Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

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Tataskweyak Cree Nation and its chief, Doreen Spence, applied for a judicial review of the final licence in March after the provincial government officially signed off on the continued operations of the water control structures in May 2021.

Health minister sofa tour plan soft on details

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Health minister sofa tour plan soft on details

Danielle Da Silva 4 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2022

Manitoba Health Minister Audrey Gordon’s promised “sofa conversations” tour will hit the road this summer, but only those in the know will be able to kick back with the Southdale MLA as she keeps a low profile heading into the community.

Midway through July, Gordon and her couch have yet to make an appearance at a park in the southeast Winnipeg neighbourhood, after promising to lug the furniture around her constituency so voters can grab a seat to share what’s on their mind.

Her constituency office and social media feeds have so far been silent on the outreach initiative.

On Tuesday, Gordon chalked up the delay to wet weather and did not provide a direct answer when asked if safety concerns have forced her office to limit promotion of upcoming public appearances.

Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2022

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Health Minister Audrey Gordon said Southdale residents are aware of the timing of the upcoming conversations, but did not say exactly when or where she and her sofa would next be in the neighbourhood.

Manitoba to unveil vaccine plan for young children

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Manitoba to unveil vaccine plan for young children

Danielle Da Silva and Katie May 3 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2022

Manitoba’s top doctor is set to reveal the province’s plan to vaccinate children under age five against COVID-19.

Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin will address Manitobans this week for the first time since May, said Health Minister Audrey Gordon.

“This is an exciting announcement for so many families that have been waiting for Health Canada to approve the vaccine,” Gordon said during an unrelated announcement.

Roussin will speak about the approval process and the rollout of the shots to children aged six months to five years old, Gordon said. Health Canada approved Moderna’s Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine for the younger age group on July 14.

Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2022

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Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin will address Manitobans this week for the first time since May.

Province launches catalytic converter ID anti-theft campaign

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Province launches catalytic converter ID anti-theft campaign

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

High-visibility paint and an eight-digit number will serve as a warning to potential catalytic converter thieves the valuable part can be traced, as Manitoba scrap metal dealers must now report the purchase of such devices to police or face a hefty fine.

On Monday, the Progressive Conservative government’s Scrap Metal Act and regulations came into force, alongside the launch of a new campaign to etch vehicle identification onto catalytic converters in Winnipeg and Steinbach.

“There hasn’t been a simple solution found in any jurisdiction, but it is important that in Manitoba we do what we can. We try the efforts that can make a difference in our province and reduce those thefts,” Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen said during a joint news conference at Winnipeg Police Service headquarters.

The Scrap Metal Act contains a number of new regulations for the province’s recyclers, intended to cut down on the sale and purchase of illegally obtained precious metals — including those contained in catalytic converters, which are integral to controlling harmful emissions in an automotive internal combustion engine.

Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

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High-visibility paint and an etched, eight-digit number warns thieves the catalytic converter can be traced.

Scrap-metal recyclers dubious about province’s anti-theft legislation

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Scrap-metal recyclers dubious about province’s anti-theft legislation

Danielle Da Silva 6 minute read Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

Manitoba scrap-metal recyclers will be forced to collect a tonne of new information from customers as legislation intended to curb rampant metal and catalytic converter theft comes into force.

However, the added paperwork for local businesses and new authority given to police under The Scrap Metal Act will do little to deter thefts that are driving up costs for Manitobans, scrap dealers say.

“People who feel the necessity to commit a crime will continue to commit those crimes for whatever needs they need to fill,” Western Scrap Metals manager Al Linder told the Free Press.

Linder has been at the helm of the South Point Douglas scrap yard for 65 years and said staff are careful to reject any materials they suspect were illegally obtained.

Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

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A vehicle that has had its catalytic converter stolen.

New right-wing provincial party to focus on grassroots concerns: Keystone leader

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New right-wing provincial party to focus on grassroots concerns: Keystone leader

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Friday, Jul. 15, 2022

A new provincial party is promising to put grassroots Manitobans at the centre of government and bring disengaged voters back into the political fold.

Keystone Party of Manitoba leader Kevin Friesen officially launched the right-wing, populist party Friday morning at Vimy Ridge Memorial Park in Winnipeg, with 30-40 supporters in attendance.

“We used to be called ‘friendly Manitoba.’ But our government has literally turned some of us on each other,” Friesen said during a keynote address under the mid-morning sun.

“So you ask how we bring Manitobans back together? Well, we start by letting families make decisions at the family level. We start by giving communities back their right to govern. We start by respecting our forefathers and what they fought for and what they established in the Canadian Bill of Rights (and) the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

Friday, Jul. 15, 2022

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Party leader Kevin Friesen announces the launch of the Keystone Party at a media event at Vimy Ridge Park in Winnipeg.

Premier denies criticism of police chief akin to meddling

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Premier denies criticism of police chief akin to meddling

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Thursday, Jul. 14, 2022

Premier Heather Stefanson insisted she didn’t intend to butt in to Winnipeg police operations when she publicly expressed her disappointment with Chief Danny Smyth’s take on the recent spate of violence against innocent bystanders.

“I’m not interfering in the deliberations or the operations of the police service at all,” Stefanson said on Thursday, during her first public appearance since returning from this week’s premiers conference in Victoria.

On Tuesday, the premier posted to social media that she was “very concerned” with comments made by Smyth, who on Friday said a recent streak of violent crime was concerning but not unusual for the city.

Thursday, Jul. 14, 2022

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Premier Heather Stefanson was concerned about comments made by police Chief Danny Smyth.

Premier picks side in Winnipeg police union, chief dispute

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Premier picks side in Winnipeg police union, chief dispute

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2022

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson took aim at Winnipeg Police Service Chief Danny Smyth and threw her support behind “front-line officers,” after a recent streak of violent crime was described as nothing new by the city’s top cop.

In an interview late Tuesday afternoon, Stefanson told the Free Press she was “really disappointed” with comments made by the police chief following a series of high-profile incidents, including the stabbing of a Ukrainian refugee at The Forks.

“It sort of seemed to almost normalize these violent activities that are taking place in Winnipeg and I’m very concerned about that,” Stefanson told the Free Press. “Our front-line officers have done such amazing work throughout very, very difficult times and I wanted to send a message: we have their backs.”

During a news conference July 8, the WPS chief suggested such crimes were not unusual in the city. “Nothing that we’re talking about today is new. Nothing. This is a concern to us, but it’s not new to us (police),” Smyth said.

Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2022

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson to front-line WPS officers: “We have their backs.”

Family seeks more info on care home abuse allegations

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Family seeks more info on care home abuse allegations

Danielle Da Silva 5 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2022

Family members of seniors allegedly abused by staff at Oakview Place personal care home want stronger whistleblower protections and are encouraging employees to come forward with information to help vulnerable residents.

“The whistleblowers need to be protected,” said Gail Johnson, whose 91-year-old mother lives at Oakview Place in west Winnipeg. “If it wasn’t for them coming forward, we would never have known what happened — and if someone can’t come forward and tell you something’s going on or something’s wrong, that’s a problem.”

On June 21, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority revealed two health-care aides had allegedly abused 15 residents. A whistleblower alerted local management with Extendicare — the home’s operator — of the issue in February. However, nothing was done and the health authority was not informed of the allegations until approached directly by another whistleblower June 10.

The WRHA has not specified the type of abuse residents allegedly endured.

Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2022

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“The whistleblowers need to be protected,” says Gail Johnson, whose 91-year-old mother lives at Oakview Place in west Winnipeg.