Katrina Clarke

Katrina Clarke

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Katrina Clarke was born in Winnipeg and raised in southern Ontario. She believes Manitoba instilled grit and resiliency in her from Day One by living the first months of her life in a frigid Prairie winter.

An avid reader, Katrina dreamed of becoming a detective like her literary heroes, Harriet the Spy and Nancy Drew. She once spent a summer investigating the goings-on in small-town Ontario, documenting her observations – specifically, the licence plates of passing cars – in a notebook. Sadly, she solved no mysteries or crimes.

Since then, Katrina’s grown-up journalism career has taken her from Toronto to Fredericton and back again (Hamilton), plus a few stints overseas. She joined the Free Press in 2022 and is proud to call Friendly Manitoba home once again.

Katrina strives to make Winnipeg and Manitoba a better place through investigative journalism that holds power to account, demands transparency from public officials and leads to progressive policy change.

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Travellers have more than a few grievances to air when it comes to flight security procedures at Winnipeg's airport

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Travellers have more than a few grievances to air when it comes to flight security procedures at Winnipeg's airport

Katrina Clarke 6 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Confiscated corned beef.

Rifled-through dirty underwear.

An X-rayed cat.

These are a few of the nearly 300 airport security complaints filed by passengers travelling through Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport over the past seven years.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

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In the wake of recent nightmare air travel stories during the chaotic 2022 holiday season, the records highlight the low points of travel year-round.

Two airports reopen in Mazatlan area

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Two airports reopen in Mazatlan area

Katrina Clarke 3 minute read Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023

Manitobans stranded in a popular Mexico tourist destination after violence swept through the region this week should soon be heading home.

Two airports have reopened in Mazatlan, a travel hotspot in the northwestern Sinaloa state, after days of instability following the arrest of alleged drug trafficker Ovidio (The Mouse) Guzman, son of former cartel boss Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, on Thursday.

Flights were cancelled and travellers were advised to shelter in place. Gunshots rang out and vehicles burned on area roads.

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Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023

Violence swept through Sinaloa state after Mexican security forces captured Ovidio Guzmán, an alleged drug trafficker and son of former Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. (AP Photo/Martin Urista)

Apartment evacuated, man arrested after uttering threats

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Apartment evacuated, man arrested after uttering threats

Katrina Clarke 2 minute read Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023

Winnipeg police arrested a man and evacuated his Cumberland Avenue apartment Friday after he allegedly made threats against police.

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Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023

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Winnipeg police arrested a man and evacuated his Cumberland Avenue apartment Friday after he allegedly made threats against police.

City urged to boost street safety

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City urged to boost street safety

Katrina Clarke 4 minute read Monday, Jan. 2, 2023

The high number of pedestrians killed by vehicles in Winnipeg last year highlights the need for a greater commitment to safe streets, including better sidewalk and bike lane snow clearing, advocates say.

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Monday, Jan. 2, 2023

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Twelve pedestrians had been killed on city streets in 2022, compared to six in 2021, according to data from Winnipeg Police Service and Manitoba Public Insurance.

Amid a toxic drug crisis, Winnipeg and Hamilton go in starkly different directions

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Amid a toxic drug crisis, Winnipeg and Hamilton go in starkly different directions

Katrina Clarke 25 minute read Friday, Dec. 30, 2022

In Hamilton, there's a pair of supervised consumption sites in operation, with a third on its way. In Winnipeg, there's a patchwork approach to harm reduction as advocates try, at the very least, to make it safer for users on the streets.

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Friday, Dec. 30, 2022

Stations for clients to safely use drugs at Carole Anne’s Place at YWCA Hamilton in Ontario.

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Manitoba alone in not submitting overdose data to federal body

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Manitoba alone in not submitting overdose data to federal body

Katrina Clarke 5 minute read Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022

Amid a toxic drug crisis killing thousands of Canadians each year, Manitoba was the only province or territory to not share its latest data on overdoses to a federal body examining the issue.

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Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022

A recovering Fentanyl user in Winnipeg. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Guillemard misled Manitobans on supervised drug sites, critics say

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Guillemard misled Manitobans on supervised drug sites, critics say

Katrina Clarke 4 minute read Monday, Dec. 12, 2022

Manitoba’s opposition NDP and Liberals are calling on Community Wellness Minister Sarah Guillemard to resign, saying she “misled” the public by suggesting she visited supervised drug-consumption sites in Vancouver when she did not go inside.

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Monday, Dec. 12, 2022

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Mental Health and Community Wellness Minister Sarah Guillemard

B.C. government injects truth into Manitoba official’s account of drug-site visit

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B.C. government injects truth into Manitoba official’s account of drug-site visit

Katrina Clarke 5 minute read Friday, Dec. 9, 2022

Community Wellness Minister Sarah Guillemard told Manitobans last month her continued opposition to supervised injection sites was influenced by visits she made to Vancouver’s safe-consumption facilities.

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Friday, Dec. 9, 2022

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Community Wellness Minister Sarah Guillemard told Manitobans her opposition to supervised injection sites was influenced by visits she made to Vancouver’s safe-consumption facilities. But she never actually set foot inside one, the Free Press has learned

Portage la Prairie woman kidnapped, suspect on the loose

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Portage la Prairie woman kidnapped, suspect on the loose

Katrina Clarke 5 minute read Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022

A Portage la Prairie area woman and her child are safe but shaken after a stranger pretended to be in distress on the side of the road, then kidnapped them and demanded they drive him to Winnipeg, Manitoba RCMP say.

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Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022

Michael Stephen Klimchuk (RCMP handout)

Furby Street shooting marks Winnipeg’s 47th homicide

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Furby Street shooting marks Winnipeg’s 47th homicide

Katrina Clarke and Tyler Searle 2 minute read Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022

A man is dead after an early Saturday morning shooting at an apartment building in the 500 block of Furby Street.

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Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022

Winnipeg Police are investigating a homicide at 583 Furby Street in Winnipeg’s West End. Officers responded to a report of gunshots just before 2 a.m. Saturday morning. (Daniel Crump / Winnipeg Free Press)

Top marks for Manitoba’s new approach to probing teacher misconduct

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Top marks for Manitoba’s new approach to probing teacher misconduct

Katrina Clarke 4 minute read Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022

Child protection advocates have praised the Manitoba government’s commitment to creating a teacher registry and an independent body that handles teacher misconduct, calling it a “big win” for child safety and a “precedent-setting” decision.

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Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022

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“It actually — with the independent body — will be precedent-setting for Canada,” said Noni Classen, with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

Doctor discipline hearing highlights new public stance

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Doctor discipline hearing highlights new public stance

Katrina Clarke 5 minute read Monday, Nov. 14, 2022

A former doctor’s unfounded claims Manitoba physician watchdog investigators “tortured” him and were “racist” have landed him in front of a discipline panel.

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Monday, Nov. 14, 2022

A former doctor faces three charges of professional misconduct relating to emails he sent to college members alleging torture and racism and accusations he falsified an infant’s vaccination record. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Health-care privacy breach numbers ‘truly alarming’

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Health-care privacy breach numbers ‘truly alarming’

Katrina Clarke 5 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022

Manitoba hospital workers have breached patients’ privacy more than 1,000 times in the last three years — but how many were disciplined and what consequences they faced is unclear.

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Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022

Brandon Regional Health Centre recorded 85 breaches in 2021, up from 24 and 21 in 2019 and 2020, respectively. (Karen McKinley / The Brandon Sun files)

Committee speakers give voice to those locked in NDAs

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Committee speakers give voice to those locked in NDAs

Katrina Clarke 5 minute read Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

A Manitoba teacher, former nurse and government IT worker spoke out publicly — some for the first time — about their experiences with non-disclosure agreements, during a five-hour legislative standing committee meeting Wednesday evening.

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Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

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Manitoba Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen, present at the session, said he was “moved” by the testimony but he wouldn’t make any commitments to next steps until he sees the law review’s recommendations.

Manitoba mulls teacher-misconduct registry, college of educators

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Manitoba mulls teacher-misconduct registry, college of educators

Maggie Macintosh and Katrina Clarke 6 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022

Manitoba is considering the creation of both a teacher registry and an independent body or college of educators to improve accountability and transparency related to educator misconduct in K-12 schools.

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Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Education Minister Wayne Ewasko said, in a news release, consultations will be held with all relevant stakeholders to get perspectives from students, parents, guardians, teachers and school administrators.

Hundreds of teachers preyed on students across Canada, study finds

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Hundreds of teachers preyed on students across Canada, study finds

Katrina Clarke 4 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022

An extensive, Canada-wide study of child sexual abuse in schools has found at least 252 current or former K-12 personnel committed, or were accused of committing, offences against children between 2017 and 2021.

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Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022

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Noni Classen, with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, weighed in on the lack of transparency with teacher misconduct.

Dobson returns to council with St. James win

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Dobson returns to council with St. James win

By Katrina Clarke 2 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

It was anyone’s game in St. James, but Shawn Dobson won out in the end.

Dobson, who previously represented the former St. Charles ward on city council from 2014-18 (which was then dissolved and merged into St. James and Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood), was in competition with four other candidates in the 2022 municipal election. The ward had no incumbent, with two-term councillor Scott Gillingham making the jump into the Winnipeg mayoral race.

“I’m good. Actually, I’m ecstatic,” Dobson said, as reporters arrived at his election party Wednesday night — held at his mother’s house, where he grew up — moments after he learned he’d won.

Wearing a suit and surrounded by a small group of supporters, who passed around mimosas, Dobson said he was ready to hit the ground running as a second-time Winnipeg councillor.

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Manitoba doctor discipline process takes ‘good baby step’

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Manitoba doctor discipline process takes ‘good baby step’

Katrina Clarke 4 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

After repeated criticism of its secretive handling of physician misconduct, Manitoba’s doctor watchdog now posts information about upcoming discipline hearings on its website.

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

JOHN WOODS / FREE PRESS FILES

The information now posted on the College of Physicians and Surgeons’ website states when a hearing will take place and basic information about what it involves, but not the physician’s name.

Political experts say there’s no clear frontrunner for mayor just days before election

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Political experts say there’s no clear frontrunner for mayor just days before election

Katrina Clarke 4 minute read Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022

With election day quickly approaching, mayoral candidates are making their final push for support, but political observers say there is no clear frontrunner in the race — warning anything could happen.

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Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022

JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Political observers say there is no clear frontrunner in the mayoral race — warning anything could happen.

Winnipeg doctor loses licence for professional misconduct

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Winnipeg doctor loses licence for professional misconduct

Katrina Clarke 4 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022

Manitoba’s physician watchdog has stripped a Winnipeg doctor of his licence, after finding him guilty of “serious” professional misconduct.

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Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022

ST. VITAL FAMILY MEDICAL

Dr. Leonard Lockman, a family doctor and medical director and owner of the St. Vital Family Medical and Walk-In Clinic, was found guilty following discipline panel hearing in April of charges relating to improper prescribing, billing and record-keeping.

Alberta lawyer faces Manitoba law society hearing

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Alberta lawyer faces Manitoba law society hearing

Katrina Clarke 2 minute read Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022

A lawyer who hired a private investigator to follow a Manitoba judge is scheduled to appear before a Law Society of Manitoba hearing panel in February.

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Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022

A lawyer who hired a private investigator to follow a Manitoba judge is scheduled to appear before a Law Society of Manitoba hearing panel in February.

Lack of transparency in Manitoba teacher discipline ‘disturbing’

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Lack of transparency in Manitoba teacher discipline ‘disturbing’

Katrina Clarke 5 minute read Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022

The Manitoba Teachers’ Society is required by law to publish decisions related to misconduct involving its union members, but critics say there is no evidence of compliance.

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Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022

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The Manitoba Teachers’ Society is required by law to publish decisions related to misconduct involving its union members.

Alarm sounded over school divisions’ silence

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Alarm sounded over school divisions’ silence

Katrina Clarke 6 minute read Monday, Sep. 26, 2022

A near-blanket refusal by Manitoba school divisions to provide information about teacher misconduct is “insulting” and “nonsensical,” privacy experts say.

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Monday, Sep. 26, 2022

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Manitoba’s approach to dealing with cases of teacher misconduct unacceptable: experts

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Manitoba’s approach to dealing with cases of teacher misconduct unacceptable: experts

Katrina Clarke 8 minute read Friday, Sep. 23, 2022

Cases of teacher misconduct in Manitoba are shrouded in secrecy and not centrally tracked, creating an incomplete picture of how often educators abuse students or act inappropriately, the Free Press has learned.

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Friday, Sep. 23, 2022

JESSICA LEE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS