Kevin Rollason

Kevin Rollason

Reporter

Kevin Rollason is one of the more versatile reporters at the Winnipeg Free Press.

Whether it is covering city hall, the law courts, or general reporting, Rollason can be counted on to not only answer the 5 Ws — Who, What, When, Where and Why — but to do it in an interesting and accessible way for readers.

A typical shift for Rollason could see him interviewing the prime minister or premier, and then reporting on a homicide.

In recent years, Rollason has also helmed the paper’s annual Pennies from Heaven campaign to help feed the hungry during the Christmas season.

Kevin won a National Newspaper Award in 2015, for his coverage of the inquest into the death of Brian Sinclair, and shared a citation of merit from the NNA in 2005 for coverage of the fatal crash of a Fedex plane in Winnipeg.

During his career he has been named medical reporter of the year in 2014, by the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, and received the 2015 Hollobon Award for excellence in medical reporting from the Health Care Public Relations Association Canada.

He also received an honourable mention in the 2015 Canadian Hillman Prize in Journalism, the Golden Hand Award from Volunteer Manitoba, as well as honours from the Canadian Medical Association, Thompson Newspapers, the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, and the Huntington Disease Association.

Kevin was lauded by the Canadian Newspaper Association’s annual Great Ideas category in 2009, for his annual end-of-year obituary feature.

Recent articles of Kevin Rollason

Richardson Building fire leaves WSO box office phones silent

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Richardson Building fire leaves WSO box office phones silent

Kevin Rollason 3 minute read Thursday, Jul. 21, 2022

The days-long shutdown of the Richardson Building due to a fire knocking out its electrical system is a sad song for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

The WSO administrative office is located in the downtown building at 1 Lombard Pl. It’s also where phone calls to the box office go to — and those phones aren’t ringing.

When Sunday night’s fire in the concourse below the building damaged the structure’s electrical system, it also knocked out phones, WSO spokeswoman Claudia Garcia de la Huerta said.

“If you call the box office, you’ll just get a busy signal. It has been a hit financially,” she said Thursday.

Thursday, Jul. 21, 2022

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The property managers of the Richardson Building (right) hope to have all power restored by Friday at noon.

Mayoral candidate Gillingham seeks EPC reform

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Mayoral candidate Gillingham seeks EPC reform

Kevin Rollason 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

Scott Gillingham may be running for mayor but he wants to see city councillors take on a greater role in Winnipeg.

On Wednesday, Gillingham released a platform outlining how he would make changes to the powerful executive policy committee, if he is voted into the mayor’s chair in October.

“I’ve always been a collaborator,” said the St. James councillor (2014-22). “I believe in collaboration and the collective vision of others.

“Everyone around the table brings wisdom. Everyone has been elected. We need all the voices around the table.”

Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

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Mayoral candidate Scott Gillingham released a platform outlining how he would make changes to the powerful executive policy committee, if he is voted into the mayor’s chair in October.

Richardson Building shuttered as fire repairs continue

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Richardson Building shuttered as fire repairs continue

Kevin Rollason 5 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2022

A weekend fire in the downtown Winnipeg underground knocked two radio stations off the air and has left businesses and offices inside and below the Richardson Building uncertain of when they will be able to reopen.

CBC 89.3 FM and University of Manitoba campus station UMFM 101.5 have been out of service in the aftermath of the fire which broke out in a restaurant in the underground concourse at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The transmitter tower for both stations is on the roof of 1 Lombard Pl., for years the city’s tallest.

As well, everything from the Winnipeg Foundation to CIBC offices and downtown branch to Hy’s Steak House to the head office of Richardson International Ltd. remained closed Tuesday or had staff working from home.

Jared McKetiak, UMFM station manager, said he doesn’t know when it will be back on the air. (The station can currently be streamed through its online site.)

Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2022

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The Richardson Building, centre, is connected to an underground concourse, the scene of a weekend fire which affected businesses in the building and concourse.

City physician censured over anti-vaccine advice to youngster

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City physician censured over anti-vaccine advice to youngster

Kevin Rollason 5 minute read Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

A Winnipeg doctor, who gave anti-vaccine information to an 11-year-old and her dad, and prescribed Ivermectin to another patient, has been censured by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.

Dr. Wilhelmus Grobler, a family physician at the South Sherbrook Health Centre on Sherbrook Street, must pay for the costs of the investigation ($6,165). Both the censure and details about what happened were posted on the college website.

“This is a prime example of the dangers of misinformation to patient safety,” said Dr. Anna Ziomek, the college registrar and CEO, in a statement.

Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

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Dr. Wilhelmus Grobler

Fogerty concert smokin’ despite fire scare

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Fogerty concert smokin’ despite fire scare

Kevin Rollason 3 minute read Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

JOHN Fogerty won’t soon forget his latest concert in Winnipeg.

The California rocker and his band were staying in the Fairmont Winnipeg when fire broke out in a restaurant in the concourse beneath the hotel Sunday night, shortly before the former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man was scheduled to take the stage at Canada Life Centre.

One firefighter had to be treated at the scene for heat-related injuries.

Melissa Dragich, a publicist for Fogerty, said on Monday the band was fine.

Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

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John Fogerty and his band were staying in the Fairmont Winnipeg when fire broke out in a restaurant in the concourse beneath the hotel Sunday night.

First-timers with something to prove run for city council

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First-timers with something to prove run for city council

Kevin Rollason 9 minute read Friday, Jul. 15, 2022

Joe Pereira almost lost everything because of addiction — now he hopes that experience will help him win a seat on city council.

The former real estate agent, who is vying for a seat in the Point Douglas ward, said he has been clean for more than two and a half years. He thinks his background makes him a perfect choice to help people with addictions and those who are homeless.

“I feel there’s a need for political will about homelessness, addictions and crime,” he said.

“I stopped my addiction myself so I have a sympathetic feeling. I think much more can by done by the city.”

Friday, Jul. 15, 2022

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Aaron McDowell, council candidate for Mynarski ward.

After weeks of ‘zero answers’ Piney highway rest stop to reopen

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After weeks of ‘zero answers’ Piney highway rest stop to reopen

Kevin Rollason 3 minute read Thursday, Jul. 14, 2022

Rural Municipality of Piney residents are upset the province has dragged its feet on reopening the only southeastern highway rest stop between Steinbach and Buffalo Point.

The Menisino Tower site has been a fixture for relief on Highway 12 for almost a half-century before being temporarily closed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fire tower, which resulted in its name, is long gone, but the access road and spots to put portable toilets for passing travellers remain.

Area residents became worried this spring, and began making calls to government bureaucrats and MLAs, when the province didn’t put out the two seasonal toilets, cut the grass or reverse the highway signs to show the rest stop some 70 kilometres southeast of Steinbach was open.

Thursday, Jul. 14, 2022

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Violent crime ticks up in Winnipeg in 2021: police data

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Violent crime ticks up in Winnipeg in 2021: police data

Kevin Rollason 5 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

The number of violent crimes in Winnipeg rose in 2021, as property and other crimes fell, statistics released Wednesday show.

The Winnipeg Police Service’s 2021 report finds violent crime was up slightly from the year before (10,993 cases, a five per cent increase), while the number of homicides was well above the five-year average (for the third consecutive year).

The city scored 173.3 on the violent crime severity index, which is calculated by taking the volume of crime and the degree of seriousness.

While the latest statistics for the other large Prairie cities were not yet available, Winnipeg is well ahead of the 2020 violent crime index for Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina and Thunder Bay, which scored 78.3, 127.4, 137.5, 135.7, and 159.7, respectively.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

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A recent report indicates the number of violent crimes in Winnipeg rose by five per cent in 2021 over the previous year.

Police chief ‘taken aback’ by public criticism from premier

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Police chief ‘taken aback’ by public criticism from premier

Kevin Rollason 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

Winnipeg police Chief Danny Smyth admits he was surprised by the public upbraiding he received from Premier Heather Stefanson, but says he isn’t going anywhere for a while.

“To be honest, I was taken aback a little bit,” Smyth said Wednesday during an interview that focused on the Winnipeg Police Service’s annual statistical report.

On Tuesday, Stefanson took direct aim at Smyth, saying she was “really disappointed” with comments he made after a recent wave of high-profile violence in the city, including the stabbing of a Ukrainian refugee at The Forks on Canada Day.

Smyth’s comments, including an assertion that the violent incidents — some of which were life-threatening — were “nothing new,” came after the union for police officers had urged him to do something about the situation.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

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“To be honest, I was taken aback a little bit,” Danny Smyth said Wednesday.

MPI seeks 0.9 per cent overall rate decrease

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MPI seeks 0.9 per cent overall rate decrease

Kevin Rollason 3 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2022

Owners of private passenger vehicles in Manitoba could see their insurance rates drop next year, while commercial truck drivers and motorcyclists will see them drive up.

Manitoba Public Insurance announced Tuesday it is asking the Public Utilities Board to approve an overall decrease of 0.9 per cent for insurance renewals in 2023-24.

Mark Giesbrecht, vice-president and chief financial officer, said, if approved, the new rates would begin April 1, 2023.

“During this time of widespread volatility in financial markets, as well as increasing inflation, we are pleased to be in a position to request a rate decrease for Manitobans as a result of the corporation’s ongoing prudent fiscal management,” Giesbrecht said at a news conference.

Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2022

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Manitoba Public Insurance announced Tuesday it is asking the Public Utilities Board to approve an overall decrease of 0.9 per cent for insurance renewals in 2023-24.

RV owner has terrible gas pain after theft drains $500 in fuel, damages tank

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RV owner has terrible gas pain after theft drains $500 in fuel, damages tank

Kevin Rollason 4 minute read Monday, Jul. 11, 2022

Gasoline thieves have stolen Mary Lou Milhausen’s vacation plans.

Milhausen was all set to take her 26-foot RV from Winnipeg to campsites at Steep Rock and near The Pas and Flin Flon this week, until she discovered a thief had bored through her metal gas tank and drained out all the gasoline.

Now Milhausen’s vacation plans are on hold for now and, possibly, the entire summer while she waits to have the tank replaced.

“I just wish (the thief or thieves) ill will,” she said Monday.

Monday, Jul. 11, 2022

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Mary Lou Milhausen next to her RV parked at a self-storage facility where she was the victim of gas theft leaving her RV stranded at the facility.

Transit ridership up due to high gas prices

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Transit ridership up due to high gas prices

Kevin Rollason 2 minute read Friday, Jul. 8, 2022

The jump in gas prices has resulted in a leap in people getting on the bus.

The latest City of Winnipeg report on the financial implications of COVID-19, says Winnipeg Transit has had roughly a 29 per cent increase in passengers in the last four weeks.

Coun. Jeff Browaty, chairman of the civic finance committee, said Friday that even though ridership is still down about 25 per cent from pre-pandemic levels, it’s a step in the right direction.

“It’s because both the world is opening up again, with people going back to the workplace, and people are going back to old patterns, but the cost of running cars has also gone up,” Browaty said.

Friday, Jul. 8, 2022

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Passengers board buses on Portage Avenue in downtown Winnipeg. A recent city report on the financial implications of COVID-19 suggest Winnipeg Transit has had an increase in passengers of almost 29 per cent in the last four weeks.

Lots of green for Winnipeg’s canopy

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Lots of green for Winnipeg’s canopy

Kevin Rollason 2 minute read Friday, Jul. 8, 2022

Winnipeggers will be able to see the forest — and the trees — thanks to a multimillion-dollar contribution from the federal government.

The city’s parks committee will hold a special meeting next week to approve the acceptance of up to $7.3 million from the federal government for the city’s urban forest renewal capital budget.

It’s anticipated the cash will result in the planting of 70,000 trees, especially in areas devastated by Dutch elm disease.

“This is going to be good news with the federal government coming in,” Coun. Sherri Rollins, the chairwoman of the committee, said on Friday.

Friday, Jul. 8, 2022

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Because of the extra funding, the city is proposing to increase its current forest renewal program budget by $139,000 this year, followed by a $548,000 increase in 2023, about $2 million in 2024 and 2025, and $2.6 million in 2026.

MPI, repair shops buried under avalanche of repair claims

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MPI, repair shops buried under avalanche of repair claims

Kevin Rollason 6 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

Douglas Steinhilber had no idea when his car was hit by a vehicle running a stop sign just after Valentine’s Day that he’d still be negotiating with Manitoba Public Insurance on Canada Day.

Steinhilber’s almost five-month odyssey to get his car either repaired or written off finally came to an end last Friday, when — still facing an indeterminate number of weeks or months before repair parts would arrive — he decided to accept a cheque from the Crown corporation so he can go out to buy another vehicle.

“I can’t be without a car that long,” he said Wednesday.

“This has been quite the experience. Everybody (at MPI) was polite — no one was rude — but it was stressful and a hassle. It seemed like nobody had the same answer.”

Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

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Thousands of Manitobans are either without their vehicles or driving damaged ones because MPI has been slammed with collision and damage claims and repair shops can’t keep up.

Booster denied to vulnerable women

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Booster denied to vulnerable women

Kevin Rollason 4 minute read Saturday, Jul. 2, 2022

Two immunocompromised women, who were deemed a priority to get the COVID-19 vaccine earlier in the pandemic, are upset they were turned away from getting their second booster shot.

The women said they had booked appointments June 25 to go to the supersite at the downtown RBC Convention Centre, but were turned away because they were told they didn’t appear to meet the province’s criteria.

But last year, when the vaccines first came out, both the 39-year-old woman, who received open heart surgery and a tissue transplant as both a child and adult, and her 40-year-old friend, who recently underwent chemotherapy for cancer, were deemed to be Priority 2, which meant they got the shot ahead of many members of the public.

“I asked my doctor if I needed a prescription and he said, ‘Nope, if you can book it, you can go and they can also look at your past history of vaccinations,’” the 39-year-old said.

Saturday, Jul. 2, 2022

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Two women who say they were turned away from the RBC Convention Centre vaccination centre say the province should be clear about who needs a doctor’s note.

Allegations of non-treatment follow Norway House child death

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Allegations of non-treatment follow Norway House child death

Kevin Rollason 4 minute read Thursday, Jun. 30, 2022

A mother is seeking answers after her two-year-old daughter died one day after staff at a northern nursing station reportedly sent her home without being examined.

Angel Tyo said her daughter, Santaya, was found lifeless on a couch in her home on Tuesday. On Monday, she had sought medical help at the nursing station on Norway House Cree Nation because the child was having trouble breathing and had a temperature.

On Thursday, Tyo didn’t want to talk to the Free Press. However, in a text message to her sister, NDP MLA Bernadette Smith, detailing what happened, she said: “I want justice for (my) baby girl… I want to fight. I wanna put it out there that this is not right and she was only a baby.”

Smith said her sister told her she was so worried about her daughter’s breathing that she slept with the child Sunday night.

Thursday, Jun. 30, 2022

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Angel Tyo, a Norway House Cree Nation woman, said her daughter, Santaya, was found lifeless Tuesday on a couch in her home. On Monday, she had sought medical help because the child was having trouble breathing and was running a temperature.

Bell MTS overpayment rings clear

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Bell MTS overpayment rings clear

Kevin Rollason 2 minute read Thursday, Jun. 30, 2022

A Winnipegger who mistakenly transferred Bell MTS one month of his and his wife’s pension income says he has more than 2,000 reasons to be thankful for calling the Free Press.

George Wootten, 68, says he is on his way to getting most of both pension funds back — more than $2,000 — after the Free Press intervened when he said the telephone company had stonewalled him for a month.

“I admit it: I made a mistake,” Wootten said Wednesday. “I’m an idiot — I hit the wrong button on the computer.

“But when I called, they said I would get it back six weeks. I said it’s robbery; I told them, this isn’t your money, it is ours. But all that happened was they took out a monthly payment from it two days later, and now they’ve taken another payment out.”

Thursday, Jun. 30, 2022

Rossbrook House nuns to receive Order of Canada

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Rossbrook House nuns to receive Order of Canada

Kevin Rollason 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022

Roman Catholic Sisters Bernadette O’Reilly and Margaret Hughes will receive one of Canada’s highest honours after spending decades helping children and youth at Rossbrook House.

Gov. Gen. Mary Simon announced Wednesday the pair will join 69 others to be inducted as members of the Order of Canada. Thirteen Canadians will be inducted into the order as officers while one will become a companion.

Contacted by telephone while vacationing in Ontario, the two sisters said they were shocked to receive the honour, but also humbled.

“We share it with hundreds of brave and courageous children,” Hughes said.

Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022

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Catholic nuns Bernadette O’Reilly (left) and Margaret Hughes will be inducted as members of the Order of Canada.

Fireworks, drum roll, pro-choice rally also on tap for July 1

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Fireworks, drum roll, pro-choice rally also on tap for July 1

Kevin Rollason 4 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022

There may be no fireworks at The Forks this year, but there are still plenty of places for Manitobans to view pyrotechnics July 1 — and perhaps a chance to set a world record for drumming.

In Winnipeg, the largest venue to launch fireworks will be Assiniboia Downs racetrack and event centre.

Downs chief executive officer Darren Dunn said its 1-11 p.m. festival features, “Manitoba artists and artisans, which includes Indigenous participation, selling their ‘made in Manitoba’ goods… The festivities throughout the day will also include live music, of which there will be multiple Indigenous artists participating. The festival will conclude at the end of the day with fireworks.”

Musicians include Canadian singer-songwriters Hawksley Workman and Cassidy Mann. Tickets are $10; children five and under get in free.

Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022

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Thousands attend Canada Day celebrations at The Forks in Winnipeg Monday, July 1, 2019. Things will look different there on Friday.

‘Constant crisis’: Peguis floods again, communities keep wary watch as Lake Winnipeg continues to rise

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‘Constant crisis’: Peguis floods again, communities keep wary watch as Lake Winnipeg continues to rise

Kevin Rollason 4 minute read Monday, Jun. 27, 2022

More than two dozen homes damaged in spring flooding and subsequently repaired have been hit yet again, as Peguis First Nation issued its second state of emergency this year.

Meantime, communities and cottage owners anxiously watch the high water levels on Lake Winnipeg — and it hasn’t peaked yet.

Peguis Chief Glenn Hudson said his community (some 200 kilometres north of Winnipeg) is busy sandbagging, after the Fisher River once again spilled its banks after rain last week and weekend.

“And there is more (rain) coming on Tuesday and Wednesday. We don’t know where we will be after that,” Hudson said Monday.

Monday, Jun. 27, 2022

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This spring Peguis First Nation experienced a one-in-200-year flood which affected over 500 homes, some of which are again under water.

Paddle boarders rescued on Lake Manitoba

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Paddle boarders rescued on Lake Manitoba

Kevin Rollason 1 minute read Sunday, Jun. 26, 2022

Two Winnipeg women had to be rescued while paddle boarding on Lake Manitoba after strong winds pushed them away from shore.

RCMP said on Friday the women weren’t wearing life-jackets last Saturday.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Bob Chabot, the force’s inland water transport co-ordinator, said they weren’t injured, but the incident could have easily ended in tragedy.

“It is very important to wear a life-jacket,” Chabot said.

Sunday, Jun. 26, 2022

Two Winnipeg women had to be rescued while paddle boarding on Lake Manitoba after strong winds pushed them away from shore.

RCMP said on Friday the women weren’t wearing life-jackets last Saturday.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Bob Chabot, the force’s inland water transport co-ordinator, said they weren’t injured, but the incident could have easily ended in tragedy.

“It is very important to wear a life-jacket,” Chabot said.

The Forks addresses Canada Day backlash

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The Forks addresses Canada Day backlash

Kevin Rollason 3 minute read Friday, Jun. 24, 2022

After days of controversy related to its decision to remove Canada Day references from July 1 celebrations, The Forks has issued a statement saying it never intended to eliminate the idea of Canada Day.

Instead, in a statement posted on its website Friday, the board says The Forks simply wants to reimagine the celebration at the historic gathering place.

After days of support and criticism from citizens to mayoral candidates, to former federal cabinet minister Lloyd Axworthy, the board admitted “controversy has arisen over the plans for a reimagined Canada Day at The Forks.

“This new day of programming, developed by management and fully supported by the board of directors, represents Canada Day as a new and important day where everyone can participate in many rich multicultural experiences throughout the site that reflect our diverse city and our country.

Friday, Jun. 24, 2022

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Gathering at The Forks for Canada Day has become a Winnipeg tradition. To much debate, the board of the landmark location has announced it wants to reimagine the local celebration at the historic gathering place.

Rural communities safe haven for Ukrainian refugees

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Rural communities safe haven for Ukrainian refugees

Kevin Rollason 5 minute read Thursday, Jun. 23, 2022

For Ukrainian refugee Oleh Lapin and his family, Steinbach has become their safe haven from the guns of war.

Lapin, his wife and six-year-old son were some of the first Ukrainians to arrive in Manitoba in recent weeks after fleeing from the Russian invasion of their country. He already has a job in the booming southeastern Manitoba city that has a large Mennonite population, which traces its roots to eastern Europe.

“We left Ukraine one hour after the war started,” Lapin said, thinking back to Feb. 24. “Our city was struck by Russian missiles one or two times in the first hour of the war.

“My father called us at 5 a.m. — he was in Kyiv — he said the war has started. He said we should leave now and I took his advice.

Thursday, Jun. 23, 2022

JORDAN ROSS / THE CARILLON“The safety of my family, and my child, is most important,” Oleh Lapin said.

‘In shock’ about inaction on transgender slurs

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‘In shock’ about inaction on transgender slurs

Kevin Rollason 4 minute read Thursday, Jun. 23, 2022

A transgender teen’s first job after high school has become the learning experience they didn’t want, after they were the target of slurs from co-workers and the employer did nothing about it.

Trinity Wolf, 19, was pumping fuel at a local Co-op service station bar, taking a year off to raise money for post-secondary education, when two co-workers began hurling the slurs at the teen last month, culminating with: “All trans people should be burned alive.”

“I wasn’t scared — I was more just in shock,” Trinity (who uses they/them pronouns) said in an interview. “You hear stories a lot about this and in movies, but you never think it would happen to me personally.”

After talking to their parents, Trinity went back to the co-workers to tell them how they felt. The meeting didn’t go well. “They just brushed it off,” Trinity said. “They didn’t care at all. I was hoping for a little bit of something, like an apology of some kind.”

Thursday, Jun. 23, 2022

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Trinity Wolf, 19, was subjected to homophobic comments from two co-workers at a gas station. Trinity has since quit and works at another job.