Malak Abas

Malak Abas

Reporter

Malak Abas grew up in Winnipeg’s North End and spent her childhood living behind a convenience store her parents owned. She spent much of her free time working there, too – some of her earliest memories involve regular customers getting a kick out of the child sweeping floors or stocking shelves.

The years behind that counter talking to Winnipeg’s diverse community inspired a love of hearing and telling stories, a skill that would come in handy years later.

After a long time at the University of Manitoba unsure of what to do with her life, Malak walked into the university’s student paper, the Manitoban, on a whim in 2015. She spent the next five years working her way from a reporter to the publication’s editor-in-chief.

During those years, Malak spent more time in the newsroom than anywhere else, always nursing a comically large coffee (usually cold brew) and waxing poetic about the paper. Eventually what started as a way to hear and tell stories became something more, and she decided this is what she wanted to do with her life.

After a copy-editing internship with Postmedia and a long time covering campus news, Malak left the paper that trained her to take on an exciting new opportunity: reporting for the Winnipeg Free Press, a paper she had sold at her parents’ store, cut out comics from as a child, and enjoyed her entire life.

When she’s not reporting on her hometown, Malak can be found arguing about movies with anyone who will listen, “just getting into” a new instrument, and generally trying her best.

Recent articles of Malak Abas

St. James couple shaken by police indifference after burglars ransack home

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St. James couple shaken by police indifference after burglars ransack home

Malak Abas 5 minute read Yesterday at 7:00 PM CDT

A St. James man says he’s lost faith in Winnipeg police and was terrified when officers didn’t respond to his 911 call after he awoke to two people robbing his home.

Jamie Painchaud and his wife Sydney Todd were sleeping when two people broke into their home at about 5:30 a.m. Aug. 6.

Awakened by noises from the downstairs area, Painchaud saw the thieves ransacking the couple’s home which, at that point, was in complete disarray. The pair fled when he got downstairs, and he went back upstairs to call 911.

He expected police to show up at his door and begin collecting evidence, but no one arrived.

Yesterday at 7:00 PM CDT

JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Jamie Painchaud and wife Sydney Todd. Painchaud said the hours passed after his complaint but he heard no word from the Winnipeg Police Service.

Quiet has largely returned to southern Manitoba — but anger lingers

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Quiet has largely returned to southern Manitoba — but anger lingers

Malak Abas 7 minute read Friday, Aug. 12, 2022

When the mayor of Morden thinks back on leading the southern Manitoba city during and post-pandemic, he knows full well it’s come at an immense personal cost.

Brandon Burley was one of the first — and loudest — pro-COVID-19 vaccine, pro-mask, pro-restrictions leaders in the area, which saw low vaccination uptake rates and pushback against public health orders.

Nearly six months after Manitoba dropped its COVID restrictions, life is different for Burley. He’s lost at least a dozen friends — they chose to end the friendship, he says, because their beliefs didn’t align with his. But losing a few friends hasn’t been the worst of it.

Friday, Aug. 12, 2022

Mayoral campaign vehicle sidelined by catalytic converter theft

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Mayoral campaign vehicle sidelined by catalytic converter theft

Malak Abas 3 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022

A Winnipeg mayoral candidate’s campaign hit a pothole Sunday, when the catalytic converter was stolen from her team’s mobile hub.

Rana Bokhari filed a police report, after finding out the recreational vehicle she is using as a campaign headquarters had been damaged prior to driving an event Monday.

“It just kind of puts a big damper on the campaign, but it’s also a cost that we’ve already incurred, when we have limited campaign expenses,” Bokhari said Tuesday.

“And to raise all the money and to do it, and now we can’t use it, because it’s sitting there — it’s a pretty big blow to the campaign.”

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022

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Rana Bokhari filed a police report, after finding out the recreational vehicle she is using as a campaign headquarters had been damaged prior to driving an event Monday.

Manitoba beefs up criminal property forfeiture arm

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Manitoba beefs up criminal property forfeiture arm

Malak Abas 3 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022

The provincial branch that investigates money laundering and organized crime in Manitoba is expanding.

The criminal property forfeiture arm is adding three new members (two investigators and a financial analyst) to its six-person team.

“If you want to impact this type of crime, often organized crime, you need to follow the money and then you need to go after the money,” Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen said at a news conference Tuesday. “Stopping money laundering stops crime. It helps reduce other crimes that lead to violence, like the distribution of guns and other weapons on our streets.”

The announcement comes after legislative changes passed last year that allow the branch to quickly seize money it believes is part of illegal operations or laundered.

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022

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“If you want to impact this type of crime, often organized crime, you need to follow the money and then you need to go after the money,” Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen.

WRHA seeks to ramp up ‘home is best’ long-term care philosophy

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WRHA seeks to ramp up ‘home is best’ long-term care philosophy

Malak Abas 4 minute read Monday, Aug. 8, 2022

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority plans to have the majority of its patients seeking personal care services waiting from home, rather than from hospital, for spaces to open up.

According to a leaked memo, sent to WRHA care teams (acute, long term and community) by continuing care and community health services regional lead Gina Trinidad on July 25, the decision — dubbed “the 60/40 project” — is “a system-wide commitment to the ‘home is best’ philosophy.”

“The goal is to have clients supported in the community for as long as safely possible prior to admission to PCH (personal care home),” the memo states.

“This is expected to result in improved care for clients — preventing avoidable hospitalization and deconditioning prior to placement in PCH and preventing premature placement into PCH.”

Monday, Aug. 8, 2022

RUTH BONNEVILLE / FREE PRESS FILES

According to a leaked memo by Gina Trinidad on July 25, the decision — dubbed “the 60/40 project” — is “a system-wide commitment to the ‘home is best’ philosophy.”

Children’s Hospital to upgrade monitors system

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Children’s Hospital to upgrade monitors system

Malak Abas 2 minute read Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

The HSC Winnipeg Children’s Hospital is set to acquire 24 new patient monitors via funding from the federal and provincial levels announced Friday.

The new equipment will immediately notify health-care staff when a patient’s vital signs — including temperature, blood rate, heart rate and rhythm, and oxygen saturation — change. It will also automatically input a patient’s vital signs, so staff are able to use such time elsewhere.

The hospital’s young patients currently have to be taken into rooms with monitoring equipment. After the upgrades are made, monitors will be available in any room.

“The addition of these innovative systems to more rooms will help HSC Winnipeg Children’s Hospital provide a safer, more patient-centred approach to care,” Jennifer Cumpsty, executive director of acute health services at Health Sciences Centre, said at the hospital Friday morning.

Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

RUTH BONNEVILLE / FREE PRESS FILES

The HSC Winnipeg Children’s Hospital is set to acquire 24 new patient monitors.

Caution urged after cocktail spiked

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Caution urged after cocktail spiked

Malak Abas 5 minute read Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

Sherry Mckay knew something was very wrong when she fell ill immediately after leaving an outdoor concert last week.

Mckay attended a show Friday at a downtown Winnipeg venue with her cousin, and had two drinks. She took every precaution to keep herself safe, including keeping her drink close, even when using the washroom.

That’s where a man appeared to pick up her cousin’s drink (a can) by accident, brushing past Mckay’s open cup in the process. Not thinking much of the encounter, they left, but she immediately felt ill after finishing her margarita and began to panic.

She took to a park bench to compose herself while her cousin went back to the washroom. When her cousin returned, Mckay said she was barely conscious — and the man who had been in the washroom earlier was hovering over her before her cousin intervened.

Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

Sherry Mckay believes she was roofied at a downtown venue on Friday. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

Mayoral candidate wants plainclothes cops aboard buses

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Mayoral candidate wants plainclothes cops aboard buses

Malak Abas 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

A mayoral candidate and former bus driver says he’ll work to get plainclothes police officers on select Winnipeg Transit routes to combat crime.

“We have a perception issue, we have an issue with ridership, we have an issue with feeling safe, we have an issue with safety for drivers… I don’t want to see my fellow driver get stabbed or get shot or get killed,” Don Woodstock said outside of the Osborne Street Winnipeg Transit garage Wednesday morning.

Woodstock, who was a bus driver for nine years and now owns a security business, said he’d take 10 transit supervisor positions and turn them into additional driver positions, freeing up money to pay for approximately a dozen early career police officers who would be placed on buses that regularly see criminal activity. These officers would not be in uniform, so bus riders know an officer being on board is a possibility, which he said would “motivate people to behave themselves.”

“Right now, transit has increased the number of white shirts (supervisors) over the last four years. If they used some of that increase for some plainclothes officers, some of these people would be apprehended, and some of them would know that they can’t behave the way they do,” he said.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

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Mayoral candidate Don Woodstock, who was a bus driver for nine years and now owns a security business, said he’d take 10 transit supervisor positions and turn them into additional driver positions, freeing up money to pay for approximately a dozen early career police officers who would be placed on buses that regularly see criminal activity.

Poplar River woman struck, killed outside local business

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Poplar River woman struck, killed outside local business

Malak Abas 2 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022

The Poplar River First Nation community is reeling following the death of a 59-year-old after being hit outside a local business by a pickup truck reportedly driven by her younger brother.

Brenda Fontaine was sitting on a bench in front of the Northern store location Saturday afternoon, when she and an 18-year-old woman were struck by a truck entering the parking lot.

Fontaine was sent to the Poplar River nursing station, where she was declared dead. The 18-year-old received non-life-threatening injuries.

Edwin Wesley, 54, was arrested and faces a number of charges related to the incident, including dangerous operation of a vehicle and criminal negligence causing death. He was released and is to appear in court on Oct. 3.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022

Brenda Fontaine was killed after being hit by a truck while on a bench in front of Northern Store in Poplar River on Saturday. (Facebook)

Connecting bike lanes priority for political newbie

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Connecting bike lanes priority for political newbie

Malak Abas 3 minute read Thursday, Jul. 28, 2022

A candidate for St. James in the civic election said he’ll work to connect Winnipeg’s disjointed bike lanes, if elected.

Daevid Ramey, 53, was born and raised in Winnipeg. He and returned 10 years ago, and settled in St. James with his family. He leads a weekly community bike ride from Bourkevale Community Centre, and said making it easier for people using active transport and avoid potentially dangerous open traffic is a policy priority for him.

“My goal is to take care of the things that impact all people, not just focus on roads,” said Ramey, who officially registered to run Thursday.

“Roads are important, of course, they get us to where we’re going. But there is a lot more in our community that we also need to take care of, including pathways, bicycle paths, sidewalks, appropriate lighting so that people can walk safely down their streets, even simple little things like putting more benches in our public spaces.”

Thursday, Jul. 28, 2022

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Daevid Ramey is running for St. James city councillor and pledging to connect the city’s bike lanes.

Gillingham’s housing plan moving on up

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Gillingham’s housing plan moving on up

Malak Abas 4 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

The city is missing out on “low-hanging fruit” by not pushing for more housing atop commercial buildings, says Winnipeg mayoral candidate Scott Gillingham.

At the corner of Portage Avenue and Basswood Place Wednesday, Gillingham, the St. James councillor since 2014, pointed to a convenience store with a near-empty parking lot as an example of an ideal site for apartment construction.

“I envision a future where there is not a single-storey building or empty parking lot along Portage Avenue or Pembina Highway,” he said.

New infill housing guidelines were passed last year, including rules on where infill housing could be built and how tall they could be, for the city’s more established neighbourhoods. Gillingham said there’s opportunity for residential spaces in sites zoned for commercial use.

Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

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Mayoral candidate Scott Gillingham would like to see more housing build on top of commercial buildings.

Motkaluk targets Murray on missing federal campaign expense documents

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Motkaluk targets Murray on missing federal campaign expense documents

Malak Abas 4 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2022

Winnipeg mayoral hopeful Jenny Motkaluk has taken aim at the presumed front-runner in the October civic election.

At a news conference Tuesday morning, Motkaluk sought to put a spotlight on fellow registered candidate Glen Murray’s missing federal campaign records from his failed 2020 run to become Green Party of Canada leader.

Murray’s expense disclosure should be publicly available on the Elections Canada website, Motkaluk said, but is nowhere to be found.

“If it’s true that Mr. Murray failed to comply with the Canada Elections Act, the voters of Winnipeg can only presume that he believes the rules don’t apply to him, and it would call into question his principles and integrity and it would cause Winnipeggers to question whether or not we can trust him,” Motkaluk said.

Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2022

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Jenny Motkaluk sought to put a spotlight on fellow registered candidate Glen Murray’s missing federal campaign records from his failed 2020 run to become Green Party of Canada leader.

Cycling for a new school and film about renewed gratitude

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Cycling for a new school and film about renewed gratitude

Malak Abas 3 minute read Monday, Jul. 25, 2022

A Red Deer couple biking across Canada hope to raise enough money to build a school in Indonesia – and make a movie while they do it.

J.B. Owen and Peter Giesing have been filming their journey since they started cycling out of Vancouver July 1, and the pair – who founded Ignite publishing house out of Alberta in 2019 – plan to release a documentary on the inspiring people and communities they’ve met on the way, including during their stop in Winnipeg Sunday.

“While we’ve been cycling, we’ve met incredible Canadians who help us - not even just Canadians, tourists, too … we felt it was really important to create a documentary about it to show people that when you get to know somebody, and when you hear their story, you feel compassion and understanding and you feel closer to them,” Owen said.

They took to Assiniboine Park with their tandem bike and a film crew meeting Winnipeggers and spreading the word about their fundraiser, which seeks to raise $35,000 – one dollar per brick, made from recycled plastic – to go toward the construction of a school in Lombok, an island in Indonesia.

Monday, Jul. 25, 2022

Peter Giesing (left) and J.B. Owen took to Assiniboine Park with their tandem bike and a film crew meeting Winnipeggers and spreading the word about their fundraiser, which seeks to raise $35,000 — one dollar per brick, made from recycled plastic — to go toward the construction of a school in Lombok, an island in Indonesia. (Supplied)

Mayoral candidate Murray pledges deeper city governance review

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Mayoral candidate Murray pledges deeper city governance review

Malak Abas 4 minute read Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

Mayoral candidate Glen Murray wants to resolve the “overall dysfunction” he sees in Winnipeg’s governance system by holding a sweeping review by an external party.

In a 13-point plan, Murray said a working group — including a member he would ask the Manitoba premier to appoint — would be put together and hold its first public outreach session within 100 days of a win in the Oct. 26 municipal vote.

“The group will be looking at everything from authority being aligned with responsibility, where there are shortcomings in that area, about financial situations,” Murray said at a news conference Friday morning on city hall grounds.

The working group would be tasked with undertaking a review of and providing insight on how multiple governance structures across the city could be improved, including the possible merging of the CentreVenture Development Corp. and Winnipeg Parking Authority, establishing an independent taxicab board and assessing the roles of senior city administration.

Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

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In a 13-point plan, Glen Murray said a working group would be put together and hold its first public outreach session within 100 days of a win in the Oct. 26 municipal vote.

Hospital forced to divert obstetrics patients due to lack of nurses

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Hospital forced to divert obstetrics patients due to lack of nurses

Malak Abas 2 minute read Thursday, Jul. 21, 2022

Boundary Trails Health Centre was forced to redirect obstetrics patients on the weekend due to the nursing shortage.

One obstetrics nurse was on site to support patients in the hospital, which is between Winkler and Morden, but staff was told to divert people with non-emergency situations to hospitals in other cities for a 12-hour period on July 16, and 16-hour period on July 17, said Southern Health chief nursing officer Lorraine Cassan.

“If you had a patient that came in that was an immediate delivery or needed to be assessed, there was a nurse there to assess, but we didn’t have enough nurses on to be able to operate a full unit,” she said.

Only one patient had to be redirected in that time and was sent to the Brandon hospital.

Thursday, Jul. 21, 2022

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES Staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre were told to divert people with non-emergency situations to other hospitals at various times on July 16 and 17.

Neechi Commons searches for financial saviour

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Neechi Commons searches for financial saviour

Malak Abas 2 minute read Thursday, Jul. 21, 2022

The co-operative behind Neechi Commons is hoping for a lender to help settle a debt of nearly $4 million so it can once again operate its Main Street building.

“We’ve got strong interest from a couple of the most prominent (charitable foundations) in Winnipeg, but they can’t move in with interim financing,” treasurer Russ Rothney said Thursday.

Neechi Commons opened at 865 Main Street in 2013, where it hosted a restaurant, grocery store and art gallery. It closed in 2018 due to a $3.9-million debt, and Assiniboine Credit Union took control of the building.

Neechi Commons Multi-Stakeholders Co-operative still owns the property title.

Thursday, Jul. 21, 2022

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Neechi Commons opened at 865 Main Street in 2013, where it hosted a restaurant, grocery store and art gallery. It closed in 2018 due to a $3.9-million debt, and Assiniboine Credit Union took control of the building.

Bureaucratic delay leaves body of man who died on U.S. flight in Winnipeg for month

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Bureaucratic delay leaves body of man who died on U.S. flight in Winnipeg for month

Malak Abas 5 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

On a June 23 flight home to California from Greece, 75-year-old Leonidas Dimou died of a heart attack above Manitoba, resulting in an emergency landing in Winnipeg.

The Dimou family’s tragedy has since become a weeks-long fight through bureaucratic red tape to repatriate his body from a Winnipeg funeral home.

“I can’t bring him home, they’re giving me a hard time,” son Nik Dimou told the Free Press from California on Wednesday.

“It shouldn’t be hard — just a paper to sign and give to the funeral director. That’s all you have to do. How hard is it? What does it take to send a body home?”

Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

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Leonidas Dimou

Manitobans keen to keep plastic straws: poll

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Manitobans keen to keep plastic straws: poll

Malak Abas 3 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2022

They may be harmful to the environment, but Manitobans aren’t ready to ditch plastic straws.

In a survey of Canadians’ habits related to protecting the environment, Stats Canada polled 38,000 households in 2021 on multiple topics.

While overall use of plastic drinking straws in Canada has decreased since the last survey in 2019 – from 23 per cent of Canadian households saying they used them to 20 per cent in 2021 – just under one in three households in Manitoba, the highest out of any province, said they used single-use straws. Forty-one per cent of those homes used four or more a week. Their use increased in Manitoba over the past three years, from 26 per cent of households in 2019 to 29 per cent in 2021.

Just under half of all Manitobans surveyed said they take their own bags or containers when they grocery shop. While this is significantly lower than households in Newfoundland and Labrador (89 per cent), Prince Edward Island (88 per cent) and Nova Scotia (81 per cent), it is similar to Saskatchewan (39 per cent) and British Columbia (44 per cent).

Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2022

THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES / Jonathan Hayward
Just under one in three households in Manitoba say they use single-use straws.

Smoke thwarts effort to fight Pukatawagan blaze

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Smoke thwarts effort to fight Pukatawagan blaze

Malak Abas 2 minute read Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

The evacuation of Pukatawagan has been completed just as hot and humid conditions stoke the nearby wildfire.

“Due to the vicinity of the wildfire, the community has been evacuated and crews are on the ground to assist with the protection of homes and critical structures,” the Manitoba Wildfire Service said Monday. “Smoke is affecting the ability of water bombers to action the fire, but efforts are continuing.”

Approximately 2,000 members of the Mathias Colomb First Nation in northwestern Manitoba were flown out or took the train to southern communities last week as the wildfire came within a kilometre of the community.

As of Monday, there were 45 fires across the province, with the wildfire danger level listed as moderate to high. Ten had started in the past 24 hours.

Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

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“Smoke is affecting the ability of water bombers to action the fire, but efforts are continuing,” the Manitoba Wildfire Service said Monday.

Multiple charges for teen linked to day camp assault

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Multiple charges for teen linked to day camp assault

Malak Abas 2 minute read Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

A teen male has been arrested after a counsellor and several children were sprayed Friday with a noxious substance during a day camp in the Maples.

Officers were called to O.V. Jewitt Community School, a K-8 facility at 66 Neville St., at around 1 p.m. after an 18-year-old day camp staff member was hit with what Winnipeg police called Monday a “lingering noxious spray.”

The attack also affected six children aged six to nine years old.

No one required hospitalization; the children and female staff member were treated at the scene, police said.

Monday, Jul. 18, 2022

A teen male has been arrested after a counsellor and several children were sprayed Friday with a noxious substance during a day camp in the Maples.

Officers were called to O.V. Jewitt Community School, a K-8 facility at 66 Neville St., at around 1 p.m. after an 18-year-old day camp staff member was hit with what Winnipeg police called Monday a “lingering noxious spray.”

The attack also affected six children aged six to nine years old.

No one required hospitalization; the children and female staff member were treated at the scene, police said.

Squeezed by escalating prices, more people turn to city food banks

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Squeezed by escalating prices, more people turn to city food banks

Malak Abas 6 minute read Thursday, Jul. 14, 2022

Zoe Priest never thought money would be so tight that she’d have to line up for food.

On a rainy Thursday afternoon, she waited for a hamper for the first time.

“Resources are spread thinner, and thinner, and thinner, and things are just getting more expensive,” she said.

Priest has a roommate, but their collective income barely covers rent. She’s also helping a friend, who has a child, make ends meet. She had been able to help out by trimming her own budget and buying discounted groceries, but as the cost of food skyrocketed due to inflation, it became unmanageable.

Thursday, Jul. 14, 2022

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Agape Table volunteer, Jackie Sakal. Agape Table is a non-profit on Furby Street that provides meals, a food bank program twice weekly and hampers to families in need.

Man unstable after being shot by police in Osborne Village

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Man unstable after being shot by police in Osborne Village

Malak Abas 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

Winnipeg police shot a man outside an Osborne Village apartment block Wednesday, after Tasers and orders from officers failed, one witness says.

Police said the man was taken to hospital in unstable condition after the incident, which took place at 3 p.m. outside 391 Gertrude Ave.

Police said officers responded after it was reported a male was armed with a gun.

“Officers from the north, west, and east districts, assisted by tactical support unit members, located and made contact with a male armed with a gun in front of a residence. During the incident, a firearm was discharged by one of the officers striking the adult male,” a release said.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

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Winnipeg police officers stand outside of 391 Gertrude Ave. following the shooting of a man on Wednesday afternoon.

‘It was in him to save people’: The Pas firefighter mourned

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‘It was in him to save people’: The Pas firefighter mourned

Malak Abas 4 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

Weeks before his death during firefighter training, Tyler Riley Manych saved a cat from a burning building.

It seems almost cliché, but the 23-year-old didn’t hesitate. He went back in the building, carried the cat to safety and used his own air supply mask to ensure it would survive.

“That’s the loving, caring kid he always was. He would be the first one to jump in and try and save somebody, he’d be the first one to save an animal,” his mother, Candy Jones, told the Free Press on Wednesday. “He was all around an amazing person.”

Manych died in the line of duty Tuesday, after being seriously injured the day before when his all-terrain vehicle rolled on Grace Lake Road in The Pas.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

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A candlelight vigil was held outside The Pas Fire Department Tuesday night in Tyler Manych’s memory.

Rash of vehicle break-ins at HSC parkade

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Rash of vehicle break-ins at HSC parkade

Malak Abas 4 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2022

A front-line worker at Health Sciences Centre says staff feel unsafe after a string of vehicle break-ins at a hospital parkade.

“They’re worried if their car is going to be broken into, or they’re worried that there’s a potential that they could be assaulted or hurt when they’re in the parkade,” said the employee, who wants to stay anonymous out of concerns for his safety.

His vehicle was one of several that had been broken into and vandalized in the HSC Tecumseh Street parkade Saturday night. The back windshield was shattered after thieves attempted to pick two of the locks and scratching the paint in the process. He said at least one vehicle in the parkade had its tires slashed and its owner wasn’t able to get home.

Just six weeks ago, equipment and his prescription sunglasses were stolen from his vehicle.

Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2022

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A Health Sciences Centre (HSC) health care worker’s car has been broken into twice at the HSC Tecumseh Parkade.