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Recommended Reads: Week in Review
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Recommended Reads: Week in Review

It’s been just over three weeks since my mother died. In the aftermath, I took some time away from work. Time to think, time to grieve, time to help clean out her apartment. Time to write about the gratitude I have for staff at Victoria General Hospital, who have been through so much in this pandemic, and who yet remained on the front lines where Manitobans needed them to be. So if you noticed you haven’t heard from me for a few weeks, that’s why.

But this has been a week of big news, a massive mountain of it, on every front. So let’s review.

In Manitoba, which is so deeply tied to Ukraine by family and faith and culture and art, efforts to relieve the intense humanitarian suffering there continue, and the Free Press continues to tell those stories.

Local artist Michael Boss is selling prints of his work with proceeds going to the Ukrainian Red Cross. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

Manitobans are raising money, both for humanitarian aid and to stop tanks, and trying to get families to safety in Manitoba. 

On that note, if anyone reading this has connections to people on the ground in Ukraine, Poland, elsewhere in Europe — whether family, or people they know working to provide aid — please feel free to drop me a line at It’s important to us to continue to tell these stories.

Meanwhile, local political news just didn’t let up. The provincial Tories held Fort Whyte in a squeaker byelection, which should worry them a lot.

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas was suspended after a co-worker filed a criminal complaint of sexual violence and sexual harassment; there will be many ripples to come out of this, especially as Indigenous advocates challenge AMC for its previous inaction

And will we get an inquiry into the corruption scandal around the construction of the Winnipeg Police headquarters — which, by the way, is already falling apart. Our editorial board made a clarion call for one, while Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen has questioned an inquiry’s value. If you ask me, Winnipeggers deserve a more fulsome dive into the truth: if a scandal of this magnitude isn’t grounds for an inquiry, then what would be?

Sports fans shouldn’t miss Jason’s Bell’s delightful read to mark the 70th anniversary of Billy Mosienko’s record-setting 21-second hat trick. (On a personal note, it’s always a delight for me to see stories about Mosienko. Winnipeg is a small place, and his granddaughter is a beloved friend of mine. She lives elsewhere now, and I haven’t seen her for a long time, but whenever I see that photo of Billy with the three pucks, I have to grin: her smile looks exactly like his.)

And in curling news, everyone always assumed Kaitlyn Lawes was itching to someday strike out on her own, away from Team Jennifer Jones. In truth, she was never really thinking about returning to skip, but with that Team Jones on its way out anyway, now she is

As for me, I’ll be away from these newsletters again for a few weeks. You’ll see why in the paper soon. Stay tuned.

Talk to you in April, and in the meantime, savour the spring,

Melissa Martin

Melissa Martin, Reporter-at-large

Melissa Martin

Photo of the week

So far 35 lambs have been born on Linda Frig’s family farm near Petersfield this year. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)



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