Joshua Frey-Sam

Joshua Frey-Sam

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Josh Frey-Sam will tell you writing was not his cup of tea while growing up; he dreamed of sharing his sports opinions on camera. While in journalism school, however, he developed a penchant for storytelling in the traditional sense.

Josh joined the Free Press sports squad just weeks after graduating from Red River College’s Creative Communications program in 2022.

During his time in CreComm, he served as the school’s sports editor while freelancing for the Stonewall Teulon Tribune. Internships with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and The Globe and Mail and a brief stint at the Brandon Sun preceded his big break at the Free Press.

Still a seedling in the industry, Josh is an outspoken individual with grand aspirations of making a difference in his community, especially in the lives of minorities. He’s been a leader on social justice issues and public reform and is always searching for a story that represents those who are underprivileged.

A die-hard football fan at his core (admittedly an NFL snob before covering the CFL), Josh takes pride in his ability to speak to a wide range of sports, including golf, hockey, tennis, curling, basketball and baseball.

He happily welcomes a spirited sports debate any day of the week.

When he’s not arguing about hot-button topics in sports, Josh can be found desperately trying to prolong what little time he has left of his prime athletic years in the gym and on the football field.

 

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Winnipeg diver captures silver at international meet

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Winnipeg diver captures silver at international meet

Joshua Frey-Sam 2 minute read Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022

Winnipeg’s Anna Wylie managed her swirling emotions long enough to reach the podium this weekend.

Wylie, 15, captured a silver medal in the girls 15-16-year-old category at the 2022 FINA world junior diving championships in Montreal. Canada led all countries with 12 medals in the competition.

Wylie plunged from a daunting 12-metre platform, scoring 245 across her four dives.

The global event was just the third high-diving competition of her young career.

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022

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Winnipeg’s Anna Wylie captured a silver medal in the girls 15-16-year-old category at the 2022 FINA world junior diving championships in Montreal.

Housing-first initiative aims to offer city’s homeless dignity, understanding

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Housing-first initiative aims to offer city’s homeless dignity, understanding

Joshua Frey-Sam 6 minute read Monday, Dec. 5, 2022

Ken St. George has dedicated the last 20 years to taking care of people in the community-health sector. Now he will enact the Housing First model in Winnipeg for the first time.

St. George, a long-time nurse who took a stab at civic politics as a candidate in the Charleswood-Tuxedo ward, has shared countless moments with patients in their homes (many of whom are Indigenous), listening to them sorrowfully recollect and launch tirades about the city’s Indigenous population being stuck behind the societal eight-ball with trauma that has led to addiction, and in many cases, homelessness.

“I have a pretty good understanding… of why they’re struggling the way they are,” St. George told the Free Press in an earlier interview.

“… It led me to say, ‘You know what, these people need to be housed properly, in dignity, and they need support by people who truly understand what they’re going through.’”

Monday, Dec. 5, 2022

Albert House is an 84-unit complex to be erected on the south side of Henry Avenue in South Point Douglas, beside Argyle Alternative High School. (Supplied rendering)

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Admirals sink Moose in shootout

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Admirals sink Moose in shootout

Joshua Frey-Sam 4 minute read Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022

Talk about a pile of action for an extra point.

The Manitoba Moose dropped a 4-3 decision to the visiting Milwaukee Admirals in a matinée Thursday thriller that featured a sizzling overtime session and a shootout to settle business at Canada Life Centre.

The Winnipeg Jets’ AHL affiliate fell to 9-5-3 and are third in the Central Division, while the Admirals improved to 14-5-0 to lead the pack.

Alex Limoges, Jeff Malott and Wyatt Bongiovanni scored for the hosts on a day Manitoba enjoyed its biggest home crowd of the season. A rare 11 a.m. puck drop enticed more than 6,500 students from across the city as a part of the True North Sports & Entertainment Youth Foundation’s first Project 11 school-day game.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022

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Manitoba Moose Jacob Friend (48) and Milwaukee Admiral Egor Afanasyev (70) battle in front of the net.

Duncalfe leads Huskies to title game

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Duncalfe leads Huskies to title game

Joshua Frey-Sam 6 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022

The Sturgeon Heights varsity girl’s volleyball team was David, but leaned on a Goliath of its own to advance to its first AAAA provincial championship game since Sturgeon Creek and Silver Heights amalgamated to form Sturgeon Heights.

The Huskies conquered Vincent Massey (Brandon) three sets to one (25-22; 21-25; 25-20; 25-20) in the Manitoba High School Athletic Association varsity girls volleyball semifinals in front of a raucous crowd at Investors Group Athletic Centre on Wednesday.

Sturgeon Heights, which entered the playoffs as the fourth seed with a 30-10 record from the regular season, gave the top-seeded Vikings all they could handle, backed by star left-side Brooke Duncalfe.

Duncalfe, who has been the centre of the Huskies’ offence all season, ended the match with an astounding 26 kills. Despite the Vikings dedicating more blockers at the net to stymie the offensive weapon, it led to just four blocks on the night and the Huskies finding other weapons to set up.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022

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The Sturgeon Heights Huskies (in white) defeated the Vincent Massey (Brandon) Vikings Wednesday to advance to the MHSAA AAAA varsity girls championship game against the Vincent Massey (Winnipeg) Trojans.

Biography of brother taken by cancer aims to inspire

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Biography of brother taken by cancer aims to inspire

Joshua Frey-Sam 6 minute read Monday, Nov. 28, 2022

Ten years of pain for a lifetime of justice.

Wade Davison and his younger brother Todd forged a tight bond while growing up. The Winnipeggers played hockey together from peewee to stints in the Western Hockey League with the Regina Pats and the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Lloydminster Blazers. A shoulder injury Todd suffered after taking a hit wouldn’t heal and went untreated after several people suggested it was a typical hockey injury.

It was more than bumps and bruises, however. Todd was later diagnosed with synovial sarcoma — a malignant cancer that targets soft tissue and is often found near joints. He died from the disease in 2006 when he was 20 years old.

In 2009, three grief-filled years after Todd’s death, Wade, 24 at the time, decided he needed to share his brother’s story. He decided to write a book recounting Todd’s life and how he came to terms with his impending death.

Monday, Nov. 28, 2022

Developer to build 500 rental units in south Winnipeg

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Developer to build 500 rental units in south Winnipeg

Joshua Frey-Sam 6 minute read Friday, Nov. 25, 2022

A multi-use giant is on its way to the heart of Bridgwater.

Winnipeg’s most rapidly growing community will soon rest in the shadow of the EpiCentre, a six-building, six-to-eight-storey development worth $200 million, at the corner of Bison Drive and Centre Street.

The sprawling project consists of three sites of two adjoining buildings, which will total 500 apartments and upwards of 30,000 square feet of commercial space on the main levels. One of the development’s biggest draws could be that about 50 suites will be affordable, set at a fixed rate of 30 per cent of the tenant’s income, while 15 per cent of units will be universally accessible.

While the first — and largest — building (which broke ground in October) is expected to be ready by September 2024, Tim Comack, VP of Ventura Developments, said he will aim to have the second and third sites built every two years after that. In all, he anticipates the EpiCentre will be fully functional in 2030.

Friday, Nov. 25, 2022

City coun. Janice Lukes (from left), Tim Comack, Ventura Developments VP and Premier Heather Stefanson check out plans for the proposed development. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)

A goal bigger than hockey

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A goal bigger than hockey

Joshua Frey-Sam 7 minute read Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022

It’s an opportunity to raise money for their war-torn country, showcase their talents and, maybe most importantly, for the Ukrainian men’s under-25 national hockey team to find peace on the ice for two weeks.

The Ukrainian national team will visit four universities in Western Canada for exhibition games beginning in late December as a part of their Hockey Can’t Stop Tour. The University of Manitoba Bisons will be the last stop on the docket, with the squads set to square off Jan. 9 at Canada Life Centre. Ukraine will also make stops at the universities of Saskatchewan, Calgary and Alberta.

Profits from ticket sales will go toward saving grassroots hockey organizations and other humanitarian efforts in the embattled country.

“It’s been pretty tight here because Russia is hitting our cities almost every day, and my team is practising almost every day and we don’t have electricity sometimes and water, so it’s pretty hard to practice in Ukraine,” said Savva Serdiuk, Ukraine’s talented young starting goaltender, from his hotel room in Kyiv on Thursday afternoon. “I’m really happy to go to Canada to play against some of the best teams in Canada. It’s really cool for me.”

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022

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Ukraine’s under-25 men’s hockey team will face the U of M Bisons at Canada Life Centre on Jan. 9 on the final stop of its Hockey Can’t Stop Tour.

Modrcin has medals on her mind

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Modrcin has medals on her mind

Joshua Frey-Sam 7 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022

Dora Modrcin has been here before — four times to be exact. This week’s meet, however, could prove to be the most significant outing for the veteran swimmer.

Modrcin, 23, and the University of Manitoba Bisons swim team will race in the Canada West Championships in Lethbridge against nine other schools in the conference from Friday through Sunday.

The Bisons, guided by coach Vlastimil Cerny and led by the women’s team, are poised for a successful outing. The 12-person roster is ranked sixth in the country and has earned some much-needed rest after a fifth-place showing at the College Cup in Vancouver earlier this month, where they won five medals.

Modrcin, the program’s most experienced swimmer, was responsible for two medals — gold in 50-metre backstroke and silver in 50-metre butterfly — and stands as the country’s top-ranked butterfly and backstroke sprint specialist.

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022

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Bison swimmer Dora Modrcin wants to make a splash at this week’s Canada West Championships,

Thrilled fans kick up a fuss as Canada steps onto World Cup stage

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Thrilled fans kick up a fuss as Canada steps onto World Cup stage

Joshua Frey-Sam 6 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022

It’s 11:48 a.m. — a little more than an hour before Canada opens its 2022 World Cup against second-ranked Belgium.

The streets of Winnipeg’s Exchange District are about as calm as they can be at midday on Wednesday, but there is a palpable buzz in the air as supporters make their way toward the King’s Head Pub.

“You ready?” a man wearing a Canada Soccer scarf asks a cigarette smoker just outside the door before going inside.

“Absolutely,” the puffer replies with a smile.

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022

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Fans watch the World Cup match between Belgium and Canada at the Kingճ Head in Winnipeg on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. For Josh story. Winnipeg Free Press 2022.

New multi-use residential block aims to bring new life to the Osborne neighbourhood

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New multi-use residential block aims to bring new life to the Osborne neighbourhood

Joshua Frey-Sam 6 minute read Monday, Nov. 21, 2022

The corner lot at Osborne Village’s southern gateway has a pulse after resting lifeless for more than two years.

The Osborne Terraces, a six-storey multi-use residential building located on the west side of Osborne Street, at the corner of Gertrude Avenue, broke ground on Friday and will be erected by July 2024.

The development at 197 Osborne St. will consist of 90 residential units, 14 of which will be deemed an affordable-living option by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and seven commercial spaces on its ground level; it will run 24 per cent above the national standard’s energy-performance rating.

“Growing up, I had a lot of really good memories in this neighbourhood — coming to the old Dutch Maid (ice cream parlour), going to the old Gags Unlimited — so it was always a staple in my life,” said Adam Sharfe, president of Sharfe Developments, at the project’s soil-turning. “When the opportunity came up to purchase a piece of such an incredible neighbourhood, I jumped at the opportunity.

Monday, Nov. 21, 2022

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A rendering of Osborne Terraces, which broke ground on Friday. The six-storey multi-use building will consist of 90 residential units and seven commerical spaces.

Coach regrets decision that prevented Andrew Harris from winning high school title

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Coach regrets decision that prevented Andrew Harris from winning high school title

Joshua Frey-Sam 4 minute read Friday, Nov. 18, 2022

Among the three alumni from Oak Park High School competing in Sunday’s 109th Grey Cup, Andrew Harris is the odd man out in one respect.

While the Argos running back will be donning double-blue instead of Blue and Gold at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Harris will also take the field as the only Winnipeg-born player in the trio without a high school title to his name.

While Bombers receiver Nic Demski (who attended Oak Park from 2008-2011) and running back Brady Oliveira (2011-2014) won a Winnipeg High School Football League triple-A varsity championship with the perennial powerhouse in 2010 and 2014, respectively, Harris fell short at the finish line in 2004, in a title game head coach Stu Nixon still has nightmares about.

The Raiders had cruised to the Winnipeg High School Football League title game and were looking to put a championship stamp on an undefeated season in Harris’s only year at Oak Park. As Nixon maintains, the team was “basically on auto-pilot.” For reference, the team’s lowest margin of victory was 20 points in a game against Churchill High School.

Friday, Nov. 18, 2022

Stu Nixon (centre) greets Nic Demski (left) and Brady Olivera during their visit to Oak Park School with the Grey Cup in May. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

NHL drive for diversity, inclusion takes strides: executive

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NHL drive for diversity, inclusion takes strides: executive

Joshua Frey-Sam 4 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

A work in progress. A journey, not an event.

That’s how Kim Davis, senior executive vice-president of social impact, growth initiatives and legislative affairs for the NHL, described where the league currently resides on the scale of being “culturally available.”

Davis, who has spearheaded the NHL’s encouraging drive for diversity and inclusivity since she was appointed to her position in 2017, hosted a youth event Wednesday at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.

She spoke to the group about disrupting discrimination and building a culture of inclusion in sport.

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

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Kim Davis, who has spearheaded the NHL’s encouraging drive for diversity and inclusivity since 2017, hosted a youth event Wednesday at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.

Trio of Manitoba high-divers representing Canada at international competition

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Trio of Manitoba high-divers representing Canada at international competition

Joshua Frey-Sam 5 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

Fear. Focus. Finish. It’s the three steps Alex Tiaglei, Anna Wylie and Adam Cohen process internally before they take the plunge into the deep end.

It’s also helped the three Manitoba teens reach new heights — literally and figuratively — in the rapidly growing sport of high-diving.

“It’s the adrenaline rush,” Tiaglei, 17, said recently. “Like, the thrill of knowing you’re so high up and that you really have to focus on what you’re doing, the height just makes it scary, but then after a successful dive, the adrenaline is just insane.”

Tiaglei, Wylie and Cohen, head to Montreal later this month to represent Canada for the first time in the FINA World Junior Diving Championships (Nov. 27 - Dec. 4). Tiaglei and Cohen will leap, twirl and dive from a daunting 15 metres while Wylie will jump from an equally daring 12 metres.

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

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Winnipeg divers Anna Wylie (left), Alex Tiaglei and Adam Cohen will be representing team Canada at the 2022 FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Montreal.

Jets backup goalie has things to think of other than hockey

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Jets backup goalie has things to think of other than hockey

Joshua Frey-Sam 6 minute read Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022

The balance David Rittich needed came in a way he least suspected.

The Winnipeg Jets’ backup netminder signed a one-year, US$900,000 deal with the club this summer. Around that time, he and his wife, Nikola, welcomed their first child, Timmothy, into the world. The Czech backstop has seen a lot in his eight-year career, which has included stops in Calgary, Toronto and Nashville, but it was his son who helped him establish a work-life balance that was unknown to him.

“I think the biggest thing since I got my little boy, I’m not thinking about hockey at home,” Rittich said, after Tuesday’s practice.

“Before I was coming home and I was still thinking about hockey and what I can do more and I was way harder than I needed to be on myself. So, right now, I feel like I’m coming home and seeing him smiling, having fun with my wife, not thinking about hockey. And when you come into the locker room, you have full energy and full focus on hockey. So, I think that was the main thing that’s helped me to be successful so far.”

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022

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Winnipeg Jets’ goaltender David Rittich works on a drill with assistant coach Wade Flaherty Tuesday during practice.

Refurbished North End complex offers key resources for young Indigenous tenants

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Refurbished North End complex offers key resources for young Indigenous tenants

Joshua Frey-Sam 6 minute read Monday, Nov. 14, 2022

Where once was rubble from a fire that had torched much of the building seven years ago, is now a secure foundation, where a bed comforts a child each night.

Where once were shards of glass, lying outside a boarded-up window, is now a common area for tenants to gather as a community. And in what was once a neglected entrance now sits a young Indigenous resident at a front desk, with a glimmer of hope in their eyes owing to the stable living situation they so desperately coveted and now managed to find.

The apartment block at 126 Alfred Ave. in Winnipeg’s North End is a livable space once again and, after more than a year of renovations, is home to 24 young Indigenous tenants. The building, formerly known as the Noble Court Apartments, was purchased in 2021 by Shawenim Abinoojii Inc., an Indigenous-led, not-for-profit service organization, and refurbished into an affordable housing option.

The building opened in late May and was at maximum capacity within two weeks, its waiting list still growing months later.

Monday, Nov. 14, 2022

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The apartment block at 126 Alfred Ave. in Winnipeg’s North Point Douglas neighbourhood has been transformed into a place that about two dozen Indigenous youth and young adults call home.

Crusaders march to title

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Crusaders march to title

Joshua Frey-Sam 6 minute read Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022

It’s fair to say the celebration was worth the wait.

The St. Paul’s Crusaders resumed their reign over high school football in Manitoba on Saturday evening, knocking off the Dakota Lancers 15-11 in the Winnipeg High School Football League Division 1 championship at a snowy IG Field.

It’s the Crusaders’ first Division 1 title since 2019, when they had extended a run of three championships in four years.

“I mean, it’s been such a long journey, four years in the making, finally being able to win it at the end is nice,” said Grade 12 linebacker Dario Macchia, who, along with 19 other seniors on the roster, ended their high school careers with their first provincial title.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022

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St. Paul’s Crusaders celebrate after defeating the Dakota Lancers in the high school varsity football final at IG Field on Saturday.

Kildonan East caps perfect campaign

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Kildonan East caps perfect campaign

Joshua Frey-Sam 5 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022

The Kildonan East Collegiate varsity football team displayed excellence on a night they sought perfection.

The Reivers blanked Dryden High School 30-0 to capture the Winnipeg High School Football League Division 3 provincial crown on Wednesday night at IG Field, ending their 2022 campaign a perfect 8-0, including playoffs.

It’s Kildonan East’s first varsity football title since 2016 when they bested the league’s 25th-31st seeds in a floating playoff format.

“It’s really surreal,” said Grade 11 linebacker Darius Totin. “We worked hard all off-season, all season, an entire year of preparing. This group of guys is special. There’s so much team chemistry, we really do feel like a family. We pick each other up. When one’s down, we’re there for them.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022

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The Kildonan East Collegiate Reivers celebrate their division three finals win at IG Field on Wednesday after defeating the Dryden Eagles.

Huskies, Vikings to meet in WHSFL Division II final

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Huskies, Vikings to meet in WHSFL Division II final

Joshua Frey-Sam 5 minute read Monday, Nov. 7, 2022

Eric Vincent’s recipe for a championship-calibre team has come together like many do, after a number of seasons and across a painful series of trial and error.

This year the formula has worked nicely, however, as the Sturgeon Heights Collegiate varsity football team hopes to put the icing on the cake in the Divison 2 championship.

The Huskies will face Vincent Massey Collegiate (Brandon) in the title game on Wednesday at IG Field (7:30 p.m.), where the division’s two undefeated squads will do battle for the first time this season. Before they take centre stage, the Division 3 championship between Dryden and Kildonan East will kick off at 5 p.m. Saturday will also feature a double-header at IG Field as the Winnipeg High School Football League season comes to a close. Dakota Collegiate and Oak Park High School collide in the junior varsity championship at 1 p.m. before an epic tilt between Dakota and St. Paul’s High School at 4 p.m. will crown the Division 1 varsity provincial champion.

Vincent’s method depended on the Huskies’ ability to stay healthy in the nine weeks leading up to the WHSFL championship.

Monday, Nov. 7, 2022

Sturgeon Heights Collegiate running back Mason Thorn has respect for his opponents, but thinks his team has what it takes to win the championship. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)

Bridging the financial gap for south-Winnipeg renters

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Bridging the financial gap for south-Winnipeg renters

Joshua Frey-Sam 6 minute read Monday, Nov. 7, 2022

A breath of budget-friendly air will soon sweep through south Winnipeg.

The Bridgwater complex is the latest project to break ground in Bridgwater and will be one of the first affordable housing options to be erected in the budding community, with its luxury rental units starting as low as $920 per month.

Nigel Furgus, president and co-founder of the developer Paragon Living, expects the complex, which will be completed by fall 2024, to be welcomed with open arms for its modest rates during a time of anguish for many prospective first-time home owners and renters, as interest rates and rental costs have skyrocketed in recent years.

“The Bridgwater community is a thriving community,” said Furgus at the site’s groundbreaking. “I think it’s probably one of the most valuable communities in the city of Winnipeg. It’s growing 44,000 residents in the area.

Monday, Nov. 7, 2022

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Paragon Living’s rental-apartment complex, The Bridgwater, has broken ground in Bridgwater and will be one of the first affordable-housing options to be erected in the budding community when completed by fall 2024.

Limoges the OT hero for Moose

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Limoges the OT hero for Moose

Joshua Frey-Sam 5 minute read Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022

The Manitoba Moose got out of their own way and got the job done.

Fans got their money’s worth and then some on Sunday afternoon, as the Winnipeg Jets’ AHL affiliate closed a two-game mini-series against central division foe Texas Stars (5-4-0), winning 2-1 in a hotly contested grudge match that ended in overtime at Canada Life Centre.

The Moose, 6-2-1 (13 pts), find themselves one point off the Western Conference lead in the early goings of the season.

The game-winner came courtesy of 25-year-old Alex Limoges, in his first year with the Moose, as he found himself alone in front of the Stars net and smoothly slid the puck between Anton Kuhdobin’s five-hole.

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022

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Manitoba Moose Leon Gawanke (9) saves the shot from Texas Stars’ Jacob Peterson (13) during first period AHL action in Winnipeg on Sunday.

Brown leads Dakota to victory

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Brown leads Dakota to victory

Joshua Frey-Sam 4 minute read Friday, Nov. 4, 2022

Dakota Collegiate inched one game closer to its first triple-A varsity provincial football crown on Friday evening.

The Lancers, who entered the Winnipeg High School Football League playoffs as the top seed in the Gustafson Conference after finishing 7-1 in the regular season, dominated fourth-seed Vincent Massey Collegiate (Wpg) 28-0 in the semi-final at IG Field.

Dakota advanced to its first Division 1 title game since 2017 and will return to IG Field to play St. Paul’s High School on Nov. 12 at 4 p.m..

The Lancers’ stout defence swarmed the Trojans all game, carrying over their dominance from the regular season, during which they allowed a second-best 12.6 points per game.

Friday, Nov. 4, 2022

Dakota Lancer Brock Beauchemin holds on to the ball while being tackled by Vincent Massey's Brady Fay on Friday. (Jessica Lee / Winnipeg Free Press)

Manitoba sports legends honoured

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Manitoba sports legends honoured

Joshua Frey-Sam 5 minute read Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

Sweat and tears were honoured with glitz and glamour at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday evening.

Three icons on the rink, track and court, and a team of legends from the gridiron took centre stage at the Victoria Inn Convention Centre for their contributions and accomplishments to their respective sports in the Keystone province.

The induction ceremony was overwhelmingly represented by members of the 1990 Winnipeg Blue Bombers team, who captured the franchise’s 10th Grey Cup crown.

They were celebrated alongside volleyball star Michelle Sawatzky-Koop, Paralympic tricycling pioneer Halldor Bjarson and basketball legend Patrick Jebbison. A force in ringette, Andrea Ferguson, also an inductee, was not in attendance, as she coaches the Canadian junior national ringette team which is currently playing in Finland. Winnipeg native Don Baizley was a posthumous inductee as a builder, his selection accepted by his son Gord Baizley.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

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Members of the 1990 Blue Bombers were on hand Thursday night to be inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

Softball academy helping students meet goals on the diamond, in the classroom

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Softball academy helping students meet goals on the diamond, in the classroom

Joshua Frey-Sam 4 minute read Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

Moving to Winnipeg meant more than a fresh start for Sally Leask. It was the next chapter in her love affair with softball.

Leask, 15, packed her belongings in Brandon with her sights set on Manitoba’s capital in August, just in time for the new school year. Like any teenager changing cities, she was eager to make friends and find her identity.

The Wheat City product found it quicker than she might’ve expected through the Churchill Softball Academy.

The academy, in its first year of operation, is an alternative option for students who attend Churchill High School to obtain their physical-education credit while furthering their development in softball. Leask claims it was the reason she moved to Winnipeg.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

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Churchill Softball Academy student Sally Leask says she has experienced improvement in all aspects of her game since the beginning of the school year.