Katie May

Katie May

Reporter

Katie has more than a decade of reporting experience. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she is focusing on public-health coverage with an eye toward systemic policy issues. 

She joined the Free Press as a copy editor in December 2013 and has covered courts and crime beats for the newspaper.

She chased news in Ontario, Nova Scotia — where she completed a bachelor of journalism with combined honours in Canadian Studies at the University of King’s College — the Northwest Territories and Alberta before she arrived in Manitoba.

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Manitoba task force to target doctors’ paperwork burden

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Manitoba task force to target doctors’ paperwork burden

Katie May 3 minute read Yesterday at 4:41 PM CST

A new provincial task force on cutting unnecessary paperwork for physicians is expected to make a public report on its progress later this year.

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MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Dr. Candace Bradshaw, president of Doctors Manitoba, with Health Minister Audrey Gordon.

Hospital staff will ask Manitobans to self-identify race in effort to reduce health-system discrimination

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Hospital staff will ask Manitobans to self-identify race in effort to reduce health-system discrimination

Katie May 4 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Starting in April, Manitoba will become the first province to ask hospital patients to identify their race.

The collection of racial data is aimed at tackling systemic discrimination of patients and health-care workers and could lead to changes in triage and worker retention, Dr. Marcia Anderson hopes.

Anderson, executive director of Indigenous affairs at Ongomiizwin, the Institute of Health and Healing within the University of Manitoba’s faculty of Health Sciences, has been working on the idea for years as an extension of the Truth And Reconciliation Commission’s call to action for the health-care system.

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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

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The collection of racial data is aimed at tackling systemic discrimination of patients and health-care workers and could lead to changes in triage and worker retention, Dr. Marcia Anderson hopes.

Flu, RSV numbers down at Children’s Hospital

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Flu, RSV numbers down at Children’s Hospital

Katie May 2 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Respiratory viruses are no longer causing a surge of hospitalizations among children in Manitoba after a prolonged and severe flu season.

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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

January brought a significant drop in patient volumes to the children’s emergency department at Health Sciences Centre Children’s Hospital, recent figures from Shared Health show. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Manitobans fighting COVID fines lose in court

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Manitobans fighting COVID fines lose in court

Katie May 7 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Dozens of Manitobans are still fighting hefty federal fines for violating pandemic protocols, four months after Ottawa lifted COVID-19 travel restrictions at Canada’s border crossings.

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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Trucks block the border crossing at Emerson on Feb. 16, 2022 to protest various public health orders. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Patient’s patience not a virtue: he waited years for spinal surgery assigned to MD who left Manitoba

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Patient’s patience not a virtue: he waited years for spinal surgery assigned to MD who left Manitoba

Katie May 2 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

Jeff Delaney put his faith in Manitoba’s health-care system.

Now he’s advising others not to make the same mistake, lest they fall through the cracks.

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Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

Jeff Delaney put his faith in Manitoba’s health-care system.

Now he’s advising others not to make the same mistake, lest they fall through the cracks.

Thompson resident headed back to Winnipeg for rescheduled hip surgery

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Thompson resident headed back to Winnipeg for rescheduled hip surgery

Katie May 2 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

A Thompson man who flew to Winnipeg and waited five hours in a hospital gown for an urgent hip replacement that didn’t happen is cautiously optimistic he won’t be disappointed a second time.

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Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

Leon Gillis, 59, was supposed to have surgery Dec. 6, but his operation was cancelled a few hours after he arrived at the hospital. (Supplied)

Physicians drowning in ‘soul-sucking’ paperwork, Doctors Manitoba president says

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Physicians drowning in ‘soul-sucking’ paperwork, Doctors Manitoba president says

Katie May 3 minute read Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

A provincial task force to save doctors from “drowning in paperwork” has yet to get off the ground.

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Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

ERIK PINDERA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Some examples of unnecessary paperwork include duplicate forms, annual required documents for patients with lifelong conditions and even forms that ask physicians to answer “strange” questions, Doctors Manitoba president Dr. Candace Bradshaw said.

Southern chiefs want voice in national health-care funding talks

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Southern chiefs want voice in national health-care funding talks

Katie May 2 minute read Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

Southern Manitoba First Nations leaders are calling out the erosion of the health system for Indigenous patients and are asking for a seat at the table when Canada’s premiers discuss health-care funding.

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Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

First Nations leaders want a seat at the table when Canada’s premiers discuss health-care funding with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, says Jerry Daniels, grand chief of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

Health official answers sex assault nurse program critics, says fixes on the way

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Health official answers sex assault nurse program critics, says fixes on the way

Katie May 3 minute read Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Manitoba health officials are again promising improvements to the province’s sexual-assault nurse examiner program after glaring deficiencies were publicly highlighted earlier this week.

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Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Monika Warren, chief operating officer for provincial health services and chief nursing officer at Shared Health, during an announcement at the Brodie Centre Monday morning, that the federally funded Canadian Institutes of Health Research will see $6.6 million in new funding from the pan-Canadian initiative called the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). 220627 - Monday, June 27, 2022.

Threats temporarily close three Manitoba schools

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Threats temporarily close three Manitoba schools

Katie May 3 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Multiple threats led to temporary closures at Manitoba schools this week.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Three threatening voicemail messages were sent recently to Clearspring Middle School (Jan. 18, 19 and 25), all late in the school day. (Winnipeg Free Press files)

Holy Family care home misses CUPE workers’ retroactive pay deadline

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Holy Family care home misses CUPE workers’ retroactive pay deadline

Katie May 4 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Retroactive wage increases were expected to be fully paid out to roughly 18,000 health-care support workers in Manitoba by the beginning of this week, but some personal-care home staff are still waiting.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Holy Family Home management advised staff the Aberdeen Avenue facility wouldn’t be able to make the full retroactive payments to eligible employees earlier this week, according to memos obtained by the Free Press.

Morale teetering at Manitoba Clinic

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Morale teetering at Manitoba Clinic

Chris Kitching and Katie May 4 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

A doctor who works at the Manitoba Clinic says staff are trying to keep things business as usual for patients, while the site’s uncertain future weighs heavily on them.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Creditor protection proceedings are ongoing to restructure the Manitoba Clinic's finances. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

Manitoba Clinic losing more docs, deal critical

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Manitoba Clinic losing more docs, deal critical

Katie May 4 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Doctors are fleeing Manitoba’s largest private medical clinic as the desperate facility continues to seek provincial help to avoid financial collapse.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Manitoba Clinic will lose 20 physicians between now and April, leaving only 36 expected to remain in practice there, according to a new report. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

Bail denied for co-accused in library homicide

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Bail denied for co-accused in library homicide

Katie May 2 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Two teen boys co-accused in the slaying of a Winnipeg man at the Millennium Library have been denied bail.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

The Millennium Library has been closed since Dec. 11 when 28-year-old Tyree Cayer died after being stabbed in the facility. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Frostbite flourished amid pandemic closures: advocates

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Frostbite flourished amid pandemic closures: advocates

Katie May 3 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Pandemic restrictions that resulted in limited operations at homeless shelters last winter are partly to blame for a 10-year high in severe frostbite cases, outreach workers say.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Pandemic restrictions that resulted in limited operations at homeless shelters last winter are partly to blame for a 10-year high in severe frostbite cases, outreach workers say.

Suspect in unsolved 1979 Winnipeg slaying charged with kidnapping in Alberta

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Suspect in unsolved 1979 Winnipeg slaying charged with kidnapping in Alberta

Katie May 3 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

An Alberta man who was a suspect in a local unsolved murder case has been charged with kidnapping.

Lester Landry, 65, is accused of confining a woman in a vehicle and driving her to a secluded area against her will after she responded to his ad for housekeeping services.

The woman escaped the vehicle when it slowed down on a highway near the outskirts of Medicine Hat and called police on Jan. 14, the Medicine Hat Police Service announced in a news release Wednesday.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

An Alberta man who was a suspect in a local unsolved murder case has been charged with kidnapping.

Lester Landry, 65, is accused of confining a woman in a vehicle and driving her to a secluded area against her will after she responded to his ad for housekeeping services.

The woman escaped the vehicle when it slowed down on a highway near the outskirts of Medicine Hat and called police on Jan. 14, the Medicine Hat Police Service announced in a news release Wednesday.

Store owner seeks social media assist to snap break-in string

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Store owner seeks social media assist to snap break-in string

Katie May 3 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

A downtown storefront owner has appealed to social media after his business was targeted three times within the past month by what appears to be the same thief.

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

Surveillance video of break-ins at Eph Apparel shows the same man breaking into the store three times. (Supplied)

Manitoba ‘poor performance’ mars accessibility standards report card

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Manitoba ‘poor performance’ mars accessibility standards report card

Katie May 3 minute read Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

Manitoba accessibility advocates have issued the provincial government a passing grade — barely — when it comes to implementing and enforcing accessibility standards legislation on behalf of people with disabilities.

Barrier Free Manitoba has published a mock report card with an overall D grade, outlining its concerns with the province’s progress — and what the organization describes as a lack of consultation — in bringing into force the Accessibility for Manitobans Act.

However, the non-profit coalition gave Manitoba F grades on protecting people with disabilities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, on the existing complaints process, and on what it describes as a provincial failure to honour a human rights focus and basic intent of the legislation.

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Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

Manitoba accessibility advocates have issued the provincial government a passing grade — barely — when it comes to implementing and enforcing accessibility standards legislation on behalf of people with disabilities.

Barrier Free Manitoba has published a mock report card with an overall D grade, outlining its concerns with the province’s progress — and what the organization describes as a lack of consultation — in bringing into force the Accessibility for Manitobans Act.

However, the non-profit coalition gave Manitoba F grades on protecting people with disabilities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, on the existing complaints process, and on what it describes as a provincial failure to honour a human rights focus and basic intent of the legislation.

HSC replaces access screeners with private security

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HSC replaces access screeners with private security

Katie May 3 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

Local health-care facilities have been phasing out COVID-19 screeners at their entrances over the past few months. At Health Sciences Centre, the move means 32 term employees will be out of work next week.

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

Health Sciences Centre is phasing out its team of COVID-19 screeners. The 32 term employees will be out of work next week.

Boosters promoted as subvariant Kraken rears head

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Boosters promoted as subvariant Kraken rears head

Katie May 3 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

In the face of the most contagious COVID-19 subvariant yet, Manitobans need to get up-to-date on booster shots and wear masks to protect young children from respiratory viruses, the president of Doctors Manitoba says.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES/Lars Hagberg

Approximately 18 per cent of eligible Manitobans have received a bivalent COVID-19 booster since the shots rolled out in September.

Second Alberta lawyer charged after Manitoba judge followed

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Second Alberta lawyer charged after Manitoba judge followed

Katie May 3 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

A second Alberta lawyer has been charged after admitting he knew about a plan to spy on a Manitoba judge while he presided over a legal challenge to provincial public health restrictions that had been launched by a group of churches.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

Chief Justice Glenn Joyal said he noticed he was being followed by a suspicious vehicle as he left the Law Courts parkade in July 2021 and drove around town doing errands.

Korbin ‘just had a big heart’; dad raises funds to buy game systems for Children’s Hospital

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Korbin ‘just had a big heart’; dad raises funds to buy game systems for Children’s Hospital

Katie May 4 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

When his son was hospitalized for weeks at a time, Joey Halldorsson brought his video-game console from home, bought a TV and set everything up to give Korbin a virtual escape.

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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Joey Halldorsson of AAA Electric has set up a fundraiser to supply video-game systems to HSC Children’s hospital.

Home care workers file grievance over perceived contract delays

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Home care workers file grievance over perceived contract delays

Katie May 3 minute read Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

The union representing Manitoba home care workers is questioning a delay in improving working conditions, after a new contract for health support employees was agreed to in September.

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Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / FREE PRESS

The current contract is in effect for 2017-24 and took years to negotiate, Debbie Boissonneault said.

Highly contagious COVID strain yet to appear in Manitoba

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Highly contagious COVID strain yet to appear in Manitoba

Katie May 2 minute read Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

Manitoba health officials have not yet recorded any cases of an emerging, highly contagious COVID-19 variant that is taking over in other countries.

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Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

The province is tracking the new variant, but hasn't had a report of it showing up in Manitoba, yet, says Health Minister Audrey Gordon. (Tyler Searle / Winnipeg Free Press files)