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Recent Editions of Above the Fold

Tories conciliatory after Court of Appeal upholds public-sector wage freeze - Labour coalition considers next move after loss

Human errors led to Manitoba riding vote miscount

Business owners on both sides of border rejoice - U.S. announces plans to reopen land border in November after 19-month shutdown; North Dakotans have missed Manitoba neighbours

'She is a visionary leader' - Newly appointed Forks CEO couldn't be more excited about the future

Public unlikely to forgive MPI for $113-M cash grab

Getting out to be able to move on - New song Let Me Out of Here brings Sierra Noble back after a five-year hiatus

Bisons QB committed to excellence - Multi-sport athlete Tachinski impresses on and off the field

Glimmer of hope in fourth-wave response

Residential school pain grows, but no relief in sight - Still reeling from Catholic Church documents revealing dozens of once-suspected but unconfirmed deaths, Cross Lake among First Nations awaiting federal funds to find children's graves

Province tries to curb COVID spread in South - Majority of long weekend deaths in least-vaccinated health region; self-isolation rules tightened, situation expected to worsen

MPI customers owed larger rebate, rate cut: consumers group

Dialling up growth - 24-7 Intouch acquires global company specializing in the gaming industry

Winnipeg's 20-somethings can teach peers vaccine lesson

Perpetual emotion - After a topsy-turvy 18 months, RWB prepares for a moving return to the stage

Swinging for the fences - Jets have what it takes to crack a home run this season

Jobs report shows how work has changed

People's Party strides linked to Manitoba communities with low vaccine uptake

Premier denies controversial Autopac decision done on the sly - $113M earmarked for ratepayers used to pay other expenses

Shelter, for the time being - Homeless in encampments anticipate population growth after city clears areas by bridges

A champion for women's health - Activism, fight for medical rights drove creation of Women’s Health Clinic four decades ago

Even thick skin gets bruised - Hate mail takes a toll on the heart and discourse

Reading the room - For a quarter-century, McNally Robinson's Grant Park location has tapped into local book lover's desires

An old-time road trip to give thanks - Weekend oxcart pilgrimage a way for Mennonite to honour ancestors, show appreciation to Indigenous people for kindness and generosity 150 years ago

Thankful for the return of sports and strong Jets and Bombers squads

Gatherings, gratitude and getting the shots

Autopac revenue secretly diverted away from rebates, rate reduction - Tories deny plan illegal

Tory MLA reportedly reveals vax status at private meeting

Veteran crew member dies in fall at Rainbow Stage

'It just reeks like hell' - Retention-pond stench fuelled by goose droppings

Moving the needle with trusted voices - Hopes fall on family and friends to help anti-vaxxers see the truth

On with the shows - After 18 long months real, live theatre is ready to return

Bombers facing desperate foe - Blue and Gold can't afford to let up against Elks team with backs against the wall

No valid reason for shielding regional data

Tentative contract with nurses kicks off legislature sitting

Dad, young daughter get anti-vax message from family physician - Complaint lodged with licensing authority, which ordered Sherbrook Street clinic doctor to remove signage downplaying COVID last year

Breakthrough symptoms flying under radar

Canada makes vaccines mandatory for public servants, air and rail workers, travellers - Air, rail travellers, bureaucrats must get vaccine

NDP keen to keep memories of Pallister alive

'Epitome of Christmas spirit' - Retired Cheer Board boss Kai Madsen dies

Music to our ears - Local venues ramping up excitement for return of indoor audiences

McKnight tapped to replace Lawler - CFL rookie surprise pick over veteran receiver Roosevelt

Green party still has a role to play

Facts prevail for now-vaccinated trio - Persuading hesitant, and firmly opposed Manitobans to roll up their sleeves for COVID shots

Vehicle fleeing police traffic stop kills woman

Manitoba MLAs prepare for short, raucous session

Province needs to get its own house in order

'Call it Unwelcome Place' - Months of turmoil, staff cuts at newcomer-services non-profit have asylum seekers desperate for alternative help, swamping city human-rights advocate

Bringing ‘Purge’ to light - Persecution of LGBTTQ+ Canadians exhibit back on track

'This was a mistake' - Bombers receiver Lawler apologizes after impaired-driving charge

Frustration must stop for 311 callers

Majority supports mandatory vax for students: poll

New vaccine rules leave some faith groups with tough choice - Many congregations opt for one-third capacity limit rather than requiring proof of immunization

Remember their names, tell their stories - This city's streets are haunted by memories of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls

Manitoba farmer escapes drunk driving conviction after fatal crash - Crown, defence agree even a sober driver would have hit man on highway

City's oldest halal shop a community cornerstone - Yusuf Abdulrehman's store a historic hub for local Muslims

A winter of discontent for unvaccinated - Minimum timeline for show of proof would make it clear the wait for temporary measure to end won't be quick

From the heart - Kids' book aims to embrace broader concept of family

Never say never - Wesmen volleyball legend Mike Stephens does the unthinkable and joins Bisons coaching staff

Church's apology must come from the top

New public health measures 'significant lockdown on the unvaccinated'

Tory fortunes rise on Pallister-free tide: poll

Nygard charged in Toronto sex crimes - Former fashion mogul accused of Ontario offences between 1987 and 2006, won't face charges in Winnipeg

The journey from farm to table - Free Press gathers stories of 10 Manitoba ingredients to be showcased in a special fall supper

Game plan for downtown - True North bringing thousands of Manitobans back to city's core; now it's asking others to do the same

Manitoba's new pandemic rules doomed to fail

Listening after decades of hearing - An unexpected number of Canadians have been swept up by the emotion of a powerful orange wave that has the potential to ease pain, improve lives of Indigenous people

A shot in the arm - Winnipeg Comedy Festival proves laughter is still the best medicine

Kovacevic watching, learning, improving - Steady progress has D-man on verge of landing spot on Jets blue line

PM opts to mark first 'Truth' day with a lie

'Such a beautiful day': Manitobans take to streets in name of truth, reconciliation - Manitobans take to streets in name of truth, reconciliation

Heavy hearts, happy hearts - Thousands converge in orange crush to mourn the children who never went home and delight in the children who do

Gallery: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

COVID death a tragic reminder to remain vigilant - Virus ends 61-year-old Winnipeg man's life despite doing 'all the right things'

Mourning has broken - Manitoba families now able to host long-delayed funerals

Pallister bullied, lost and left big bill for successor to cover - Tories will pay for failed, 'draconian' wage-freeze tactics on balance sheet, at ballot box

Bombers defence can never rest - Stopping Lions' quarterback key to success for Big Blue

Train of happy thought - Young railway enthusiast keeps busy posting original train videos

Fourth pandemic wave requires vigilance, action

Connecting with context, compassion - Archivists, elder work to carefully preserve Indigenous trauma's origins

Winnipeg friendship centre restoration steps forward

A sense of hope in Indigenous community - Probe survey reveals optimism, confidence rising among younger First Nations, Inuit, Métis people

First Nation's heart remains broken 49 years later - Eight youths on way home from residential school killed in 1972 plane crash

Portraits of survivors, tales of strength

Each of us must work to reverse damage of residential schools

The mother tongue - Roger Roulette, Patricia Ningewance working to restore Ojibwe language

Bombers committed to listening at the goal line - Club welcomes Indigenous perspectives into huddle to strengthen community bonds

For reconciliation to succeed, truth must be learned

Customers wanted: city hall urged to bring its workers back downtown

Toddler's accused killer dies in vehicle crash - 'Sad end to sad story,' defence lawyer tells court as murder trial comes to sudden close

Sweet heat - Winnipeg sets September weather record as outdoor businesses see sizzling sales

Good ol' hockey game best test you can name

Club '56 wraps at 65 - Longevity of group of couples married in same year was an inspiration

Broadcaster ready to roll on historic day - APTN programming to reflect legacy of residential schools slated for Sept. 30

Jetcetera Ep. 76: Jets prepare to take flight

Minority governments should embrace coalition

Province's elections commissioner under fire for lack of transparency - Tory constituency officials charged with host of financial violations after 2019 provincial election

Regional reintroduction of pandemic restrictions not ruled out: Roussin

COVID 'torpedoed' surgery plan - More hip, knee replacements required to cut into runaway wait list, says orthopod and WRHA adviser who understands why desperate patients travel, spend own money for relief

Political failings, provincial flailing

Central Division up for grabs - Jets could be the new powerhouse

Jazz fest hopes to catch you in a Sting operation - Tribute to the Police and its frontman, highlight this weekend's festival

Guess Who's on the soundtrack? - Venerable Winnipeg rock band plays notable musical role in movies, TV shows

Lessons learned from plight of two Michaels

Disquieting trend - Winnipeg police public information office larger than ever, but providing less information

Home, then the house - Kelvin Goertzen has always put what's best for his family ahead of politics

Business leaders flex muscle, endorse Stefanson in Tory race - Chipman, Riley in group of seven concerned about anti-vaccine sentiment among recent party membership recruits

Manitoba Tories embark on long road of repentance

Shifting our gaze - At 50, the WAG is embracing a spirit of reconciliation and reinvention

Checking all the boxes - Jets newcomer Schmidt is the complete package

Our home and apathetic land - Many Canadians disillusioned with the process, the parties, the broken promises

Merkel set standard for ruling by consensus

Fed up with provincial government, brain surgeon to leave Manitoba

Good things quietly ongoing to bridge Winkler-area pandemic divide: MLA

Scofflaws masking the truth with fake medical-exemption badges - Province doesn't issue cards, so laminated 'proof' isn't legitimate

Winnipeg School Division to review all its schools named after people

Would-be Tory leaders pander to far-right anti-vaxxers

Into the night and beyond - Nuit Blanche extends reach as artists light up the city

Jets' time to shine - Roster built for success leaves Jets with no excuses for anything but excellence

Expanding the reach of adaptive sports - Legendary wheelchair basketball player embraces new role with Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association

Enforcement needed when measures are ignored

Western alienation stays on federal radar

O'Toole caught between a rock-solid base and a hard sell for change

Calling 911 on the city's ambulance service - Desperate times call for innovative solutions, paramedic says

Targeting the unvaccinated - Province to spend $14M to reach Manitobans who aren't vaccinated

Cleared for landing - WAA CEO Barry Rempel retiring at the end of the year

Stranger than fiction - Writers festival reacts to pandemic plot twist with blend of live, virtual events

Manitobans aim for Oly trials berths - McEwen, Gunnlaugson among five teams at direct-entry event for two spots

Lessons to heed from western neighbours

Loathe thy neighbour - Civility is in short supply in Winkler, where public-health orders are openly ignored by many residents

A warm-weather winter escape? Well, the cold, hard truth is... - Pandemic-pounded Manitobans have access to fewer direct flights to fewer destinations, along with health-care questions and resorts unable to guarantee risk-free R&R

Sexual assault conviction upheld - Court rejects argument woman's alternate personality consented to sex

Cases in classrooms, concern at home - Back-to-school-response COVID-19 pandemic primer for Manitoba families

Tories had no choice but to reject extremist leadership hopeful

Sadness amid the madness - Anti-vax protests point out a tragic societal fracture that seems beyond mending

Triumphs and tribulations - Former Manitoba premier Gary Filmon takes stock of political rise and reign in memoir

Picking and grinning - WSO excited to hoot and holler at bluegrass-flavoured season opener

Booster shots should be secondary concern

Human demand for horse dewormer raises concerns

Sweeping public health order remains unsigned - Weeks after announcing COVID-19 vaccination rules, deadlines for swath of provincial employees 'detailed work is underway'

Manitoba Tories pave way for female leader

Playing politics in the time of COVID - Candidates forced to break with tradition, focus on virtual campaigns

Sickening decision: Trudeau puts politics ahead of pandemic

Call a doctor if you experience confusion… or the giggles

Don't be afraid of the dark - Diana Thorneycroft's new work sees the artist branching out into film

Maurice predicts grand things - Jets more balanced than ever says head coach

Logical next step in chaotic leadership race

Acrimony on the western front - Sense of alienation led to Liberal wipeout from Winnipeg to Vancouver in 2019; with clock ticking down to 2021 vote, it has not abated in Saskatchewan

Fringe candidate upends Manitoba Tory leadership race

'You get your life back faster': Manitobans open wallet for out-of-province hip replacements

Manitoba offers third COVID-19 shot

Wage premium for nurses hasn't solved staff shortage

Jets face off-ice ticket sales challenge - Appear to have bright future on ice, but packed house not guaranteed

Pop-up paradise - West End Cultural Centre turns a parking lot into a musical venue

Hospitals are the wrong place to protest