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Construction firm sues disqualified mayoral candidate over bribery remarks

2 minute read Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

A Winnipeg mayoral candidate whose name wasn’t on the ballot after missing a deadline, is being sued for defamation over comments he allegedly made at a seniors’ forum during the campaign.

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Mayoral vote reveals ‘doughnut phenomenon’

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Mayoral vote reveals ‘doughnut phenomenon’

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Monday, Oct. 31, 2022

Maps of Winnipeg’s mayoral election results reveal where the vote was won and lost, with Shaun Loney outperforming Glen Murray in core areas, and vote-rich suburbs propelling winner Scott Gillingham.

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Monday, Oct. 31, 2022

Mynarski posts city’s lowest eligible voter response

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Preview

Mynarski posts city’s lowest eligible voter response

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

While political experts are lamenting the dismal 37.5 per cent voter turnout in Wednesday’s municipal election, participation was even lower in some Winnipeg council wards.

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Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS A voter heads into the voting station at the Youth for Christ building, 333 King Street, early Wednesday morning to take part in Winnipeg’s civic election. 221026 - Wednesday, October 26, 2022.

Note to Gillingham: make good on vow to end mayor’s grip on power

Tom Brodbeck 4 minute read Preview

Note to Gillingham: make good on vow to end mayor’s grip on power

Tom Brodbeck 4 minute read Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Mayor-elect Scott Gillingham may have won with only 27.5 per cent support in Winnipeg’s civic election Wednesday. However, if he follows through on one of his key election promises — to reform city hall’s powerful executive policy committee — city council could be a more democratic institution than it has been in years.

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Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

DANIEL CRUMP / THE CANADIAN PRESS

If mayor-elect Scott Gillingham follows through on his promise to reform city hall’s powerful executive policy committee, city council could be a more democratic institution than it has been in years.

Urban-sprawl challenge awaits new mayor

Editorial 4 minute read Preview

Urban-sprawl challenge awaits new mayor

Editorial 4 minute read Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Welcome to the very big job, Mayor-elect Scott Gillingham.

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Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Winnipeg Mayor-elect Scott Gillingham

Police HQ on agenda as mayor, mayor-elect meet

Joyanne Pursaga 2 minute read Preview

Police HQ on agenda as mayor, mayor-elect meet

Joyanne Pursaga 2 minute read Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Winnipeg mayor-elect Scott Gillingham received some advice Friday from the civic leader he will soon replace, during a private “transition” meeting.

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Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Mayor-elect Scott Gillingham met with Brian Bowman, Winnipeg’s outgoing mayor, at city hall on Friday.

Winnipeg students picked Murray in mock election

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Winnipeg students picked Murray in mock election

Maggie Macintosh 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Glen Murray, the runner-up in the Winnipeg mayoral race, had been the favourite to take the reins at city hall among students who participated in mock elections this week.

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Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

The Met Centre for Arts and Technology, an alternative high school in the city core, was among the institutions that took part in the Student Vote initiative.

A large majority of Winnipeggers chose not to buy in to what civic race was offering

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A large majority of Winnipeggers chose not to buy in to what civic race was offering

Melissa Martin 7 minute read Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

The numbers will haunt Winnipeg for the next four years, in one way or another. There are a few that stand out. They tell us a little about Winnipeg, and a lot about this election. And they’re a warning sign about our civic politics, if not quite — or not yet — a 911 call. So let’s take a moment, and review some of the key figures.

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Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Signage outside the First Presbyterian Church in the Wolseley neighbourhood of Winnipeg directs voters to the polling station on Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Scott Gillingham has been elected mayor of Winnipeg, replacing Brian Bowman, who did not seek re-election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Daniel Crump

School divisions awash with rookie trustees

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School divisions awash with rookie trustees

Maggie Macintosh 4 minute read Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Rookie school trustees — six of whom mounted successful campaigns that took out incumbents, including officials who have served for two decades — have earned more than half of all seats on Winnipeg’s public K-12 boards.

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Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Lois Brothers is among a group of nominees who mounted well-organized campaigns with similar themes. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Winnipeg low voter turnout ‘quite disappointing’

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Winnipeg low voter turnout ‘quite disappointing’

Joyanne Pursaga 5 minute read Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

With a competitive race guaranteed to select a new mayor, Winnipeg voter turnout was widely expected to be strong Wednesday.

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Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Preliminary numbers show more than 60 per cent of eligible voters did not show up at the polls.

For Gillingham, the hard work starts now

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For Gillingham, the hard work starts now

Editorial 4 minute read Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Winnipeggers have spoken.

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Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Scott Gillingham will be Winnipeg’s 44th mayor.

Voters backed fumble-free Gillingham after allegations sank Murray

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Voters backed fumble-free Gillingham after allegations sank Murray

Chris Kitching 5 minute read Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Scott Gillingham won the crowded field in Winnipeg’s dramatic mayoral election thanks to two things: a strong and consistent campaign, and workplace harassment allegations against front-runner Glen Murray.

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Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Incoming Winnipeg mayor Scott Gillingham went to the Manitoba Legislative Building on Thursday to meet the premier. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)

Broadcaster suffers bout of premature prognostication

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Broadcaster suffers bout of premature prognostication

Joyanne Pursaga 4 minute read Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

A surprisingly early declaration of a winner in the mayoral race, a retraction and then a lengthy wait for vote counts from the last half-dozen city polling stations made things confusing for some Winnipeggers trying to follow Wednesday evening’s civic election results.

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Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

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Shortly before 9 p.m. — less than an hour after polls closed — CTV Winnipeg declared Glen Murray the winner on its live TV coverage and on its website.

Anti-vaxxer crushed in Winkler, and other races

Tyler Searle and Chris Kitching 7 minute read Preview

Anti-vaxxer crushed in Winkler, and other races

Tyler Searle and Chris Kitching 7 minute read Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

The political landscape in Manitoba municipalities hasn’t shifted much following Wednesday’s vote since many incumbents were acclaimed or returned to office.

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Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

The political landscape in Manitoba municipalities hasn’t shifted much following Wednesday’s vote since many incumbents were acclaimed or returned to office.

Evan Duncan thrilled to be new kid on the block

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Evan Duncan thrilled to be new kid on the block

Malak Abas 3 minute read Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Evan Duncan says he won’t have first-day jitters the first time he steps foot in city hall.

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Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

JASON HALSTEAD / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

As the newly elected councillor for Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood, Evan Duncan will be the only true fresh face when city politicians get down to business.

Gillingham celebrates, Murray concedes, Klein and Loney round out top four

Carol Sanders, Joyanne Pursaga, Ryan Thorpe and Maggie Macintosh 9 minute read Preview

Gillingham celebrates, Murray concedes, Klein and Loney round out top four

Carol Sanders, Joyanne Pursaga, Ryan Thorpe and Maggie Macintosh 9 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Scott Gillingham celebrates, Glen Murray concedes, Kevin Klein and Shaun Loney round out top four in mayor's race.

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

'I’m going to reflect a lot on this experience. Politics has changed… You are much more vulnerable as a public person (now),' Glen Murray said.

Veteran councillor Fawcett takes Brandon mayor’s chair

Colin Slark 3 minute read Preview

Veteran councillor Fawcett takes Brandon mayor’s chair

Colin Slark 3 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

BRANDON — Three-term city councillor Jeff Fawcett is poised to be Brandon’s next mayor.

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Jeff Fawcett visits with supporters while awaiting results for the mayoral race in Brandon. (Tim Smith / The Brandon Sun)

Nothing fancy, but Gillingham will keep this car on the road

Dan Lett 5 minute read Preview

Nothing fancy, but Gillingham will keep this car on the road

Dan Lett 5 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Winnipeg — meet the mechanic.

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Scott Gillingham is the new mayor of Winnipeg. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)

Voters got it right with Gillingham

Tom Brodbeck 4 minute read Preview

Voters got it right with Gillingham

Tom Brodbeck 4 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Congratulations, Winnipeg: you dodged a bullet. Glen Murray, seen by many as a shoo-in to get his old job back as mayor of Winnipeg, crashed on Wednesday, finishing second behind winner Scott Gillingham in a tightly contested mayoral race.

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Scott Gillingham supporters celebrate his win over Glen Murray to become the next mayor of Winnipeg. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Gillingham triumphs

Chris Kitching 8 minute read Preview

Gillingham triumphs

Chris Kitching 8 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Two-term city councillor Scott Gillingham has outlasted Glen Murray in a nail-biting election race to become Winnipeg’s 44th mayor.

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Election - Scott Gillingham

Scott Gillingham makes his way through the crowd with his wife Marla to give his victory speech at The Clarion Hotel after winning the mayoral election for Winnipeg on Wednesday.

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Jeff Browaty to remain councillor in North Kildonan

Tyler Searle 2 minute read Preview

Jeff Browaty to remain councillor in North Kildonan

Tyler Searle 2 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Long-standing incumbent Jeff Browaty will remain councillor of the North Kildonan ward, earning 73 per cent support.

Andrew Podolecki, Browaty’s lone challenger, was running against the councillor for the third time in the north Winnipeg ward. He finished the race a distant second with 27 per cent support, a five per cent increase from 2018's election.

Browaty has already served 16 years on council, filling roles on numerous committees, including sitting in the mayor's inner circle as a member of the executive policy committee. He is currently council’s finance chairman.

Browaty counts road maintenance as a top priority and has spoken out against imposing large tax increases. He suggests the city refocus its priorities on key municipal responsibilities; ideas he’s floated include not expanding recreational services and not spending city money on items that fall primarily under provincial jurisdiction, such as housing.

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

Jeff Browaty, who is seeking his fifth term as city councillor for North Kildonan, is currently leading in the polls.

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

Wyatt reclaims Transcona seat

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Wyatt reclaims Transcona seat

Malak Abas 3 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Transcona welcomed back its former councillor with open arms on election night, with Russ Wyatt retaking the city hall seat he held for 16 years from incumbent Shawn Nason.

According to City of Winnipeg website numbers, Wyatt ended the night with just over 46 per cent of the vote, with Nason (who held the seat from 2018-22) collecting just under 39 per cent. Steve Lipischak and Wally Welechenko were a distant third and fourth, respectively.

Wyatt’s entrance at Transcona restaurant Dal’s, where supporters had gathered Wednesday night to watch the vote result come in, was met with raucous cheers. He started his victory speech by asking that the crowd sing Happy Birthday to the 13-year-old son of a supporter, complete with a cake and candles.

His thank-you speech, surrounded by family and friends, was an emotional one.

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Russ Wyatt celebrates his return to council after winning his Transcona seat back. (Malak Abas / Winnipeg Free Press)

Duncan claims Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood

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Duncan claims Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood

By Gabrielle Piche 3 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

The second time was the charm for Evan Duncan, Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood’s new city councillor.

“We got it done,” Duncan, 39, told reporters, beaming in a Boston Pizza lounge minutes after being elected Wednesday night.

Around 60 people had come to support the Manitoba Justice employee. He had been in a tight race for the ward seat with four other candidates, following the move by councillor Kevin Klein to step down and run for mayor.

Duncan garnered around 9,500 votes, beating well-known radio broadcaster Hal Anderson by more than 2,000. Brad Gross, Steven Minion and Gordon Penner had also put their names in the ring.

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

JASON HALSTEAD / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Evan Duncan, his wife Courtnie McInness (third from right) and supporters celebrate Duncan’s victory at his election-night party at a Boston Pizza in Tuxedo after being elected as councillor for the Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood ward in the civic election on Oct. 26, 2022. (See Gabby story)

Orlikow secures River Heights – Fort Garry

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Orlikow secures River Heights – Fort Garry

Tyler Searle 1 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Long-standing incumbent John Orlikow is returning to city hall to represent River Heights - Fort Garry, winning the ward in Wednesday night's election with 73 per cent support.

His closest challenger, Brant Field, earned 20 per cent of the ward's support, with Gary Lenko trailing at seven per cent.

This will be Orlikow's fourth term on council.

First elected in a 2009 byelection, Orlikow has seen numerous postings on city council, including as deputy mayor, a member of the executive policy committee and chairman of the property and development, and heritage and downtown development committees.

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

Incumbent John Orlikow is leading the race to retain his city council seat. His priorities include safety, streets and community spaces, he said.

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