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Metro Winnipeg

JUN. 29, 2017 – Before Canada 150, more than 150 drinking water advisories listed online – As Canada spends a half-billion dollars celebrating its 150th year since confederation, it appears more than 150 drinking water advisories still exist, most of them in First Nations communities.

MAY 10, 2017 – With gender diversity, Manitoba music festivals trying to hit the right notes – As more Manitoba music festivals unveil summer lineups, one artistic director said there’s no reason not to have gender parity among performers.

 

MAY 3, 2017 – #Pride30: Michelle McHale proud to have found her ‘authentic self’ after 30 years – Michelle McHale has made national headlines in the last year fighting for the LGBTTQ community, though it took about three decades and years of therapy for her to feel comfortable in her own skin.

APR. 12, 2017 – ‘We will never forget Christine’: Vigil for Christine Wood draws hundreds to North End – It wasn’t supposed to end this way. That was the refrain many voices repeated during a vigil in honour of Christine Wood Wednesday.

MAR. 22, 2017 – St. Vital ‘mannequin house’ delights, freaks out passersby – The owner of St. Vital’s semi-famous “mannequin house” is planning to move this summer, bringing with him 21 dolls who have simultaneously entertained and confused passersby.

MAR. 14, 2017 – Somali refugee claimants bide time in Salvation Army with popular game from home – For refugee claimants arriving in Winnipeg, a board game made out of a bed sheet is providing a little bit of comfort while they stay at a homeless shelter.

MAR. 12, 2017 – John K. Samson and Christine Fellows want to read your creative writing – Two of Winnipeg’s most skilled songwriters have set up shop in the Millennium Library for the past seven months. 

FEB. 22, 2017 – Winnipeg trans teen wants preferred name on school report cards – Tobias Berger dreads getting his report card results back, as many teens do. But there’s an extra stressor making him upset.

FEB. 13, 2017 – Inside Emerson, the small Manitoba border town being hit with an influx of asylum seekers – As the sun went down Saturday, Canadian Border Services agents were still screening the more than a dozen asylum seekers who arrived the night before.

DEC. 21, 2016 – University of Winnipeg’s Indigenous course requirement experiences ‘growing pains’ in first term – Though the road to reconciliation is paved with good intentions, the University of Winnipeg is still attempting to iron out some speed bumps.

DEC. 21, 2016 – Missing woman’s daughter speaks out about mom’s mental health – They remember her as “very jolly,” “loud” and “always positive.” For the first time, the family of a 51-year-old woman who went missing last week is speaking publicly to encourage others to talk to their loved ones about mental health issues.

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Toronto Star

AUG. 16, 2016 – Teacher lobbying for Ontario schools to eliminate racist team names, mascots – The Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians and Chicago Blackhawks are just a few of the teams that have come under fire for cultural appropriation south of the border. A Brampton teacher is now leading the charge to try to get rid of racist stereotypes among sports teams closer to home.

AUG. 9, 2016 – Kensington Market tenants at odds with landlord over rent hike – A new landlord with about a dozen residential and commercial units in Kensington Market is threatening legal action if tenants balk at proposed rent hikes of up to 50 per cent.

AUG. 2, 2016 – Air Canada’s wheelchair policy doesn’t fly, says man denied direct flight – A Toronto man says Air Canada denying him a direct flight because his wheelchair won’t fit in the plane is the most blatant discrimination he’s faced in 31 years of using a chair.

JUL. 20, 2016 – Hanlan’s Point nudists want beach-goers to bare all – Two friends who hit the beach at Hanlan’s Point last weekend found themselves telling men in the buff to back off.

JUL. 11, 2016 – Baby Storm five years later: preschooler on top of the world – The Stocker-Witterick family opens up about gender diversity, democratic parenting and fallout from their 2011 profile.

JUL. 11, 2016 – LGBTQ activists call for scrapping sex markers on ID cards – For years, having to tick one of two boxes to describe gender identity has left many feeling ticked off.

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The Uniter

OCT. 15, 2015 – ‘Civil’ servants – Two weeks before election night, an excited group of students, downtown dwellers and party faithfuls are rallying inside Eckhardt-Grammatté Hall hoping for some fireworks.

OCT. 1, 2015 – Food fight? – For six years, Diversity Food Services Inc. at the University of Winnipeg (U of W) led a surge in sustainable food practices at universities across Canada. But in the last three months, the campus catering company tossed two executive chefs, leaving its future uncertain at the beginning of another busy school year.

FEB. 21, 2013 – George Stroumboulopoulos: rebel with a cause – From sporting a life-sized lizard suit to interviewing Bono for MuchMusic, it’s safe to say that George Stroumboulopoulos has come a long way over the course of his 20-year career.

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Winnipeg Free Press

NOV. 21, 2015 – Food for thought – With Winnipeg Harvest serving 60,000 people a month in its 30th year, we search out the stories behind the stats.

SEPT. 13, 2015 – Transit drivers assaulted 225 times in the past four years – The head of the union representing Winnipeg Transit employees is worried about more than a bus shortage this week — he’s concerned about drivers’ safety if passengers continue to get the short shrift.

AUG. 15, 2015 – In Conversation with Maureen Scurfield, aka Miss Lonelyhearts – Maureen Scurfield won’t shake hands upon arriving for an interview. Her nails are wet, freshly varnished with gold polish.

JUN. 25, 2015 – The power of music brings back lost memories – Elsie Jackson, 89, has some trouble stringing sentences together normally, but hand her a pair of headphones and she can sing all the lyrics to Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

JUN. 16, 2015 – Delinquent drivers owe parking authority $840K – The Winnipeg Parking Authority is owed more than $840,000 in overdue tickets from 1992-2000, according to data obtained by the Free Press.

AUG. 24, 2014 – Tina Fontaine ‘didn’t get to live a full life’ – When 15-year-old Tina Fontaine’s body was pulled from the Red River last Sunday, an outpouring of anger, sadness and grief enveloped the country.

JUL. 25, 2014 – Mailbox sites anger residents – Rolling out new community mailboxes in Winnipeg’s older neighbourhoods has caused some serious cases of Nimbyism — not to mention Nimfyism (not in my front yard) and Nimsyism (not in my side yard).

JUL. 17, 2014 – Paralyzed man meets the driver who rear-ended him and accepts apology – A guilty plea. A call for leniency. Many tears and the occasional laugh. All of these occurred in the provincial court Wednesday where after almost three years, Neil Klippenstein met the driver who rear-ended him, paralyzing him from the neck down.

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Freelance

Community News Commons – NOV. 6, 2014 – Winnipeg woman discusses relationship with Jian Ghomeshi – After work on Sunday night, Oct. 26, she unlocked her phone and was deluged with messages.“Hey, were you raped?” one text message from an acquaintance read.

Outwords Magazine – JUL. 2014 – Under the sequins – Rainbow Stage’s Little Mermaid most fun you can have with crabs.

Culture Days – OCT. 21, 2014 – Winnipeg’s Nuit Blanche a spectacle for the senses -Traipsing through downtown Winnipeg during Nuit Blanche on Sept. 27 was, in a word, electric. Never have I seen the city so vibrant at night, especially in its historic Exchange District, an area as beautiful as it is often deserted.

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