MGEU loses more than 8,000 members, CUPE gains 9,000 in health-care vote

08/22/2019 7:41 PM

Thousands of Manitoba health care workers are switching unions after a Pallister government-driven representation vote results were announced on Thursday.

The Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union lost more than 8,000 of its 17,000 health care members while the Canadian Union of Public Employees is 9,000 health care workers larger.

The Manitoba Nurses Union picked up 500 new members from Deer Lodge Centre and several other clinics in Winnipeg.

The vote was held as a result of the Pallister government’s introduction of Bill 29, the Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act, in 2017.

Critics said it pitted unions against each other while also taking their attention away from provincial election issues.


Grits would create new immigration stream

08/22/2019 2:08 PM

The Manitoba Liberals would start a new family reunification stream in the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, if elected to government Sept. 10.

Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont said his party would welcome the same number of immigrants through the program as the previous government -- which brought in about 5,500 in 2018 -- but couldn't say how many nominees they would take in from each program stream, whether skilled workers, business investors or family members.

Lamont said his party would also remove the $500 administration fee the Progressive Conservative government instituted for MPNP applicants, a fee he likened to a "head tax."

The Liberals haven't released a fully-costed campaign platform yet and Lamont couldn't say Thursday whether his party would do so before advanced polls begin next week.

Manitoba's election day is Sept. 10.


City hall rejects transit union's latest offer

08/22/2019 1:30 PM

A strike or lockout of the city’s transit employees seems almost inevitable after city hall issued a statement Thursday morning rejecting the union’s latest offer in its entirety.

The city released a detailed statement breaking down the offer made by ATU Local 1505 late Friday, after its members had overwhelmingly rejected a settlement offer from city hall, and said the union’s proposals are simply too rich for taxpayers.

The city said the two sides are more than $68-million apart, claiming the price tag for the union’s proposals is $80.8 million compared to the city offer, which will cost taxpayers $12.8 million.

Meanwhile, Coun. Brian Mayes issued a statement of his own to the administration and members of council, claiming the wording of the city’s morning statement appears intent on goading the union into a pre-mature strike.

Mayes, a member of executive policy committee and a former lawyer, said city negotiators are needlessly inflaming the situation, which will make it difficult for both sides to reach a settlement.

RCMP investigate deadly ATV crash

08/22/2019 1:09 PM

Chemawawin RCMP are investigating an ATV crash that killed the 33-year-old driver.

Officers responded to a report of an off-road vehicle collision located on a service road in Easterville, a community just south of Cedar Lake, midday Wednesday. A 33-year-old man from Easterville was pronounced dead on the scene.

RCMP allege the ATV rolled onto its side and threw the operator, who was not wearing a helmet, from the vehicle, which then landed on top of him. 

"Alcohol may be a factor in the collision," RCMP said in a press release Thursday. 

NDP promise free menstrual products, more midwives

08/22/2019 10:37 AM

Manitoba’s New Democrats would immediately hire six midwives, three lactation consultants and provide free menstrual products in K-12 schools, if elected to government. 

NDP leader Wab Kinew made his latest election pledge at Scout Coffee in Wolseley Thursday, surrounded by women and babies. 

Kinew estimates his party’s proposed improvements to women’s health care would cost the public purse about $1.2 million per year — $800,000 for the six midwives, $300,000 for the lactation consultants and $82,000 for the menstrual products.

Manitobans go to the polls Sept. 10.


NDP leader Wab Kinew proposed improvements to women’s health care at Scout Coffee Thursday.

PCs promise new meth treatment spaces at HSC

08/22/2019 10:29 AM

A re-elected Progressive Conservative government would expand the emergency department at Health Sciences Centre to deal with patients suffering from meth psychosis and other addictions and mental health issues.

The expansion would add six seclusion rooms and six holding rooms for such patients, PC candidate Cliff Cullen said at a campaign announcement near the hospital this morning.

Renovations are expected to cost between $6 million and $7 million, while staffing costs would come out of existing budgets, Cullen said.

Police locate missing Stony Mountain inmate within hours

08/22/2019 6:59 AM

Less than six hours after he was first noticed missing from the minimum-security unit at Stony Mountain Institution, Ringo (Dylan) Carpenter was apprehended by Winnipeg police.

Prison staff discovered the 28-year-old offender was not accounted for during Wednesday’s 7:30 a.m. count, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Around 1 p.m. the same day, Carpenter was taken in by Winnipeg Police Service officers.

The Correctional Service of Canada said in a press release that it will investigate the circumstances of the incident.

Ringo (Dylan) Carpenter

Goldeyes rally to dump Dogs 14-4

08/21/2019 11:37 PM

The Winnipeg Goldeyes rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the fifth inning by scoring seven runs en route to a 14-4 over the Chicago Dogs in Rosemont, Ill, Wednesday night.

Fish starter Kevin Hilton (4-10) got the win after allowing four runs and four hits in six and two-thirds innings. 

All nine Goldeyes starters had at least one hit, with Wes Darvill leading the way with three hits and three runs scored.

Bombers' Harris to play Friday in Edmonton

08/21/2019 10:23 PM

Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris has been cleared to play and will be in the lineup for Friday's game in Edmonton against the Eskimos, the Free Press has learned.

Harris pulled up lame in Tuesday's workout and didn't participate in Wednesday's closed practice. But all appears fine for No. 33, as Harris underwent a few more tests before getting the green light.

Harris will be heavily leaned on, much like he has all season, but especially with quarterback Matt Nichols expected to miss at least the next six games. Harris leads the CFL in rushing with 819 yards in nine games, along with two rushing touchdowns. He also has 45 catches for 322 yards and three touchdowns.

The Bombers lead the West Division, at 7-2, but the Eskimos are right behind at 6-3. Friday is a pivotal game, since Winnipeg currently leads the season-series 1-0, with only one more game between the two teams.

Raiders players wear Winnipeg shirts that say ‘Alberta’

08/21/2019 10:22 PM

The pre-season NFL game in Winnipeg hasn’t started, but there’s already been a fumble. 

On Wednesday evening, a couple of hours after the Oakland Raiders landed at Winnipeg’s airport, the team tweeted photos of kicker Daniel Carlson wearing a Jets T-shirt and punter A.J. Cole wearing one that says “Winnipeg” under a silhouette of the city’s skyline, with “Alberta” in smaller letters. 

After social-media users pointed out the error, Cole joked that he has “a low geography IQ.”

A photo of safety Johnathan Abram wearing the same shirt was also posted on the team’s website. All the photos were taken as the team was boarding a flight to Winnipeg. 

See the tweet here.

The Raiders are the home team in their game against the Green Bay Packers at IG Field on Thursday. 

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