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Editorial cartoon for Jan. 28, 2023

Reconsidering stat holidays is worthwhile effort

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Reconsidering stat holidays is worthwhile effort

Editorial 4 minute read Yesterday at 7:00 PM CST

It’s part of the experience of being a new Canadian: having arrived in this country and commenced working, they are provided with statutory holidays that are, for the most part, anchored to deeply embedded traditional Canadian values.

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Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham said he supports asking the province to explore legislation to make statutory holidays more flexible.

Hallway medicine without the medicine

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Hallway medicine without the medicine

Niigaan Sinclair 5 minute read Yesterday at 7:00 PM CST

I’m driving home on a Monday when my sister calls.

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Murray Sinclair, a former senator and chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, waited more than 16 hours for treatment while suffering from heart failure.

Stefanson should embrace strings-attached deal

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Stefanson should embrace strings-attached deal

Paul G. Thomas 4 minute read 2:09 AM CST

As part of an ongoing, multi-year campaign, on Dec, 22, Premier Heather Stefanson, writing as chair of the Council of the Federation (consisting of the premiers of the provinces and territories), called upon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to negotiate a long-term agreement providing greater federal financial support to Canada’s 13 mainly separate health-care systems, all of which are experiencing crises of various kinds.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson in Winnipeg on Sept. 1, 2022. Their next face-to-face conversation will focus on a health-care funding deal between Ottawa and the provinces. (John Woods / The Canadian Press files)

Letters, Jan. 28

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Letters, Jan. 28

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Vicious circle

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Friesen departure knocks new hole in Tory election boat

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Friesen departure knocks new hole in Tory election boat

Tom Brodbeck 4 minute read Yesterday at 7:00 PM CST

Another one bites the dust. Tory MLA Cameron Friesen is the latest member of Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson’s cabinet to call it quits.

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Cameron Friesen informed the premier Friday he will step down as finance minister and leave provincial politics. (Jessica Lee / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Booze events to help beat the winter blahs

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Booze events to help beat the winter blahs

Ben Sigurdson 6 minute read 3:00 AM CST

If the late January doldrums have you feeling like you’re going a bit bonkers, fear not — there are plenty of wine, beer and spirits events taking place over the next couple of months that just might help you beat the deep winter blahs…

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Desperate Capt. Stefanson throwing $200M overboard to keep Tories’ election hopes afloat

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Desperate Capt. Stefanson throwing $200M overboard to keep Tories’ election hopes afloat

Tom Brodbeck 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Let the unofficial election begin. Heather Stefanson on Thursday made the first in what is expected to be a series of election-style announcements in the coming days, as the embattled Manitoba premier tries to rescue her government’s ship from the turbulent sea of provincial politics.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Premier Heather Stefanson announced Manitobans with household incomes under $175,000 will receive a cheque for $275, or $375 per couple. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

Canada?A superpower? It could happen

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Canada?A superpower? It could happen

Thomas Klassen 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

For the foreseeable future, the United States will probably remain the world’s most powerful nation. Yet, like any champion, it must watch for challengers and head them off. At present, China’s rise on the global stage troubles Washington. A few decades ago, it was the Soviet Union.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

For the foreseeable future, the United States will probably remain the world’s most powerful nation. Yet, like any champion, it must watch for challengers and head them off. At present, China’s rise on the global stage troubles Washington. A few decades ago, it was the Soviet Union.

The choice is easy: trees

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The choice is easy: trees

Erna Buffie 5 minute read Yesterday at 2:00 AM CST

A few months ago, when the city’s new 20-year Urban Forest Strategy came out, I asked someone in the forestry department why the report aimed so low by suggesting a mere one-to-one planting ratio for our public canopy.

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With Winnipeg’s urban canopy under threat from a variety of diseases, pests and environmental factors, it’s essential for city council to designate trees as essential infrastructure.

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