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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Recent articles by Katrina Clarke
North America's oldest legal supervised drug consumption site offers a blueprint for saving lives10 minute read Preview Friday, May. 26, 2023
Suspect arrested for stabbing on Keewatin Street2 minute read Preview Sunday, May. 14, 2023
A 63-year-old man is in stable condition after a random, unprovoked stabbing by an attacker who climbed into his home through a window early Saturday morning, police say.
Police have arrested a 17-year-old male teen in connection with the assault.
Doctor censured for posting ‘unprofessional’ comment on patient online3 minute read Preview Sunday, May. 14, 2023
Woman rescued after apparent random abduction in The Pas1 minute read Preview Sunday, May. 14, 2023
A woman who was allegedly abducted at random and taken to a cabin south of The Pas Saturday is now safe, police say.
In a news release, The Pas RCMP said they received a report just before noon Saturday that a 24-year-old woman had been abducted on Highway 10 near The Pas.
United in grief, mothers of children lost to overdose push for awareness and action9 minute read Preview Friday, May. 12, 2023
Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame inductee remembered as 'superwoman'5 minute read Preview Saturday, Apr. 29, 2023
Abused boy’s mother demands accountability for school support staff6 minute read Preview Friday, Apr. 28, 2023
Preliminary numbers show Manitoba drug deaths at record level in 20223 minute read Preview Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2023
Manitoba’s teachers union says proposed Bill 35 declares 'open season' on educators10 minute read Preview Friday, Apr. 14, 2023
Patients, critics question the way Manitoba’s physician watchdog handles cases of misconduct and discipline12 minute read Preview Thursday, Apr. 6, 2023
Province announces new funding for sexual assault crisis response program3 minute read Preview Sunday, Apr. 2, 2023
Manitoba bill would ‘eliminate’ OD-prevention RV: Sunshine House5 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 16, 2023
Harm-reduction advocates take aim at province’s addiction services bill; federal minister voices support for supervised drug sites5 minute read Preview Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2023
‘Step in right direction’: doctors college makes it easier to acquire drug to treat opioid addiction4 minute read Preview Monday, Mar. 13, 2023
Manitoba keeps overdose stats secret, so advocates release them6 minute read Preview Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2023
Former doctor found guilty of misconduct after calling watchdog ‘killers’ in emails4 minute read Preview Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023
Travellers have more than a few grievances to air when it comes to flight security procedures at Winnipeg's airport6 minute read Preview Friday, Jan. 20, 2023
Apartment evacuated, man arrested after uttering threats2 minute read Preview Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023
Amid a toxic drug crisis, Winnipeg and Hamilton go in starkly different directions25 minute read Preview Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023
Manitoba alone in not submitting overdose data to federal body5 minute read Preview Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022
Guillemard misled Manitobans on supervised drug sites, critics say4 minute read Preview Monday, Dec. 12, 2022
B.C. government injects truth into Manitoba official’s account of drug-site visit5 minute read Preview Friday, Dec. 9, 2022
Portage la Prairie woman kidnapped, suspect on the loose5 minute read Preview Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022
Top marks for Manitoba’s new approach to probing teacher misconduct4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022
Manitoba mulls teacher-misconduct registry, college of educators6 minute read Preview Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022
Hundreds of teachers preyed on students across Canada, study finds4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022
Manitoba doctor discipline process takes ‘good baby step’4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022
Political experts say there’s no clear frontrunner for mayor just days before election4 minute read Preview Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022
Winnipeg doctor loses licence for professional misconduct4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022
Alberta lawyer faces Manitoba law society hearing2 minute read Preview Wednesday, Oct. 5, 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’5 minute read Preview Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022
Manitoba’s approach to dealing with cases of teacher misconduct unacceptable: experts8 minute read Preview Friday, Sep. 23, 2022
Clock ticking on Winnipeg photo radar system: police chief4 minute read Preview Friday, Sep. 2, 2022
Doctors’ regulator ignored key matters in ‘sexual boundaries’ review: critics6 minute read Preview Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022
Rural woman accused doctor of sexual assault, treated with derision by police16 minute read Preview Friday, Aug. 12, 2022
Local Ukrainian church offers to bless cars, spread awareness on road safety3 minute read Preview Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022
Winnipeg doctor’s licence revoked for misconduct6 minute read Preview Monday, Jul. 4, 2022
Manitoba’s physician watchdog has revoked the licence of a Winnipeg doctor after he was found guilty of several counts of misconduct, including failing to maintain professional boundaries with a female patient.
In a decision dated June 2 and posted on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba’s website, a CPSM panel determined Dr. Shamoon Hasham Din breached an undertaking that required him to have a female chaperone present when treating female patients, created false and misleading medical records, provided medical care to pediatric patients whom he was not allowed to care for, failed to maintain professional boundaries with a female patient and displayed an “unwillingness to inability” to be governed by the regulatory body.
The misconduct occurred over a six-month period in 2020-21. Din pleaded guilty to the first three counts and not guilty to the latter two. The law firm that represented Din, MLT Aikins, would not comment on the matter.
The college registrar, in a statement accompanying the decision, said Din has “demonstrated an incapacity or unfitness to practice medicine.”
Training, disclosure, conflict of interest are concerns about physicians8 minute read Preview Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022
Critics argue approach to investigating Manitoba doctors harmful to patients10 minute read Preview Friday, Jun. 17, 2022
‘It’s the right thing to do’: Doctors Manitoba joins Pride march3 minute read Preview Friday, Jun. 3, 2022
Persistent activist keeps eye on safety issues, spends hours calling 3116 minute read Preview Thursday, May. 12, 2022
Manitoba campground openings delayed4 minute read Preview Tuesday, May. 10, 2022
Mother Nature has some bad news for Manitoba’s outdoor enthusiasts.
In a release late Tuesday, the provincial government announced many provincial parks campgrounds won’t open on time, due to everything from flooded roads to wet ground to water supply issues.
Travel within Nopiming Provincial Park is also “not advised” at this time. All canoe routes in Nopiming and Manigotagan River provincial parks are closed, along with some trails in Whiteshell Provincial Park.
At the following parks, campground openings scheduled for May 13 have been delayed:
Picture gets blurry when city staff caught by traffic cameras6 minute read Preview Friday, May. 6, 2022
Child death, instrument left in patient detailed in critical incident report3 minute read Preview Sunday, Apr. 24, 2022
Three patients with stroke symptoms didn’t get timely enough care when seeking treatment, a new report detailing critical incidents reported to Manitoba Health suggests.
The report also details an incident in which a child died after “entrapment” involving a hospital bed and another in which a surgical instrument was left inside a person undergoing surgery.
The report on Critical Incidents Reported to Manitoba Health includes a total of 48 incidents documented over a three-month period in 2020, from July 1 to Sept. 30. Critical incidents “reflect serious and unintended harm experienced by individuals using Manitoba’s health care services,” according to the province’s website.
One-quarter of the incidents listed in the new report resulted in death.