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10/23/2020 7:30 PM
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Recent Editions of Above the Fold

Code red shutdown likely saved 1,700 Manitoba lives: province

Up in arms - Manitoba well behind Alberta and Quebec in care-home COVID vaccinations

In pandemic politics, timing is everything - Premier pounces on news of upcoming vaccine-delivery delay to justify province's slow-motion program rollout

Survey says... don't waste our time

Church uses anti-mask rallies to add to its flock - Church outside Steinbach uses anti-mask rallies to add to its flock, ex member says

Mom of teen slain by men on meth offers forgiveness - Convicted killers sentenced in case that rocked Filipino community

Pot shops growing like weed - Since Manitoba opened up licensing, pot shops have been growing like weed

Hi, Mother Nature? We have a problem... - Farmers paid to not plant in an effort to battle climate change

A solid first impression - Sure it's early, but Jets looked good

Shingoose's vision paved way for future artists

Trump's Twitter ban not a free-speech issue

Province changes Thompson 'Vaxport' plan - Mayor tells officials vaccination hub location unsuitable; rec centre is new Plan B

Fear creeps in as northern Manitobans battle COVID-19 outbreaks

Balancing act: Manitoba's way out of code red requires fine-tuning, careful consideration

Less jabber, more jabbing, please - Boasts about province's untapped vaccination capacity ridiculous when most doses in freezers

Province launches rapid-testing pilot for school staff

Pandemic point man didn't resign, exactly - Manitoba Treasury Board Secretary gave notice that he'll be giving notice... and lots of people noticed

'Power suit' open to interpretation on Vogue cover

Caution is priority when easing restrictions

Sick staff, technical delays bog down vaccine 'super site' - Appointments backed up at convention centre clinic; premier repeats capacity boast, points finger at Ottawa for slow deliveries

College gives green light to non-medical procedures

At almost 109, just call her Wonder Woman - Wilhelmina Klimpke, who survived the Spanish flu and lived through two world wars, battled COVID-19 at the Charleswood Care Centre... and won

Slow and steady won't win this race - Province needs injection of urgency into vaccine rollout as supplies roll in

Harassment in virtual school classroom raises questions

Carr returns to federal cabinet, branded as crusader for westerners

Grin and bear it - Ursine exhibition gives lockdown life polar purpose

Liking it on the lake - Canada's reigning women's curling champ practising on Lake Winnipeg

Province slow to embrace offers of assistance

Immunization clinic jobs remain open - Province working to fill immunization jobs before new clinics opens in Brandon, Thompson

A war without wartime mentality

Light could be brighter at end of holiday tunnel - Officials will soon have clearer picture of COVID damage wrought by festive-season scofflaws, chances of easing restrictions

MPI wage-freeze demand sparks furor

Mushy rink, reason to think - Battle with mild temperatures fodder for climate-change conversations

Not THAT final frontier - New exhibition explores concept of space, but extraterrestrials need not apply

Weekly musical magic - Song Every Week club has become a critical creative outlet for Manitoba musicians

NHL's tightrope walk set to begin - NHL embarking on money-losing season with no guarantee of completion

Kenney, Pallister feeling heat from public

Holiday partying sets Manitoba back; COVID-19 restrictions extended two weeks

Manitoba businesses chafe under extended orders

Look in mirror, repeat: 'We're not yet ready'

'Playing Indian', exploiting people

Luck, both good and bad - Personal-care homes bore brunt of COVID's invasion; while many devastated, others have managed to elude the worst

Power failure - Manitoba drivers aren't plugging in to electric vehicle benefits at same rate as other Canadians

Cross-country NHL check-in - Key storylines from camps of Jets' opposition in unique all-Canadian division

That '70s show - Winnipeg retiree owns more than 10,000 78 r.p.m. platters

Shuffle puts spotlight on mental health

Congress resumes hours after throngs of Trump backers storm, invade Capitol Hill - Capitol Hill gets back to work after Trump siege

Premier insists vaccine rollout up to speed despite key jobs being vacant - Immunizations begin next week in seven care homes

Province ready to put First Nations vaccine distribution plan into action

Reward, not ramifications, for Tory backbencher - Pallister reappoints holiday-travelling MLA to Treasury Board despite decision to ignore public-health pleadings

Pallister administers blame, excuses on vaccine rollout

Nygard bail delay puts life at risk, judge told - Accused sex offender Nygard to spend at least two more weeks jailed while feds review extradition

Sign of the times - COVID inspired Winnipeg's Leanne Pearson to find new ways to make connections

Dr. Ali all-in on COVID-19 battle - Former Bison treating patients in T.O., aches to hoop again

Kid-gloves treatment for Pallister's inner circle

Pallister overhauls lineup - Health, justice, education posts among changes; first Black cabinet minister leads new portfolio

Removing Friesen critical to mending pandemic response

'I'm incredibly honoured and humbled to represent the Black community' - Manitoba's first Black cabinet minister appointed

Pallister won't punish MLA, senior staff who travelled

Nygard wants out of jail - Former fashion mogul Nygard seeks bail while fighting extradition to U.S.

Scheifele showing his leadership skills - Jets' No. 1 centre eager to face off against Canadian competition

Winnipeg big wheels keep on turning - James Richardson & Sons takes full ownership of Bison Transport Inc.

Eliminating library fines a positive step

Travel bug bites Tories - Backbench MLA, senior adviser to premier join top civil servant ignoring health officials' pleadings to stay home, hunker down over holidays

Hypocrisy in time of COVID-19

New mom dies in city hospital after contracting COVID - Nunavut family mourning loss of 'beautiful girl' who gave birth weeks before her death

Better safe than sorry - COVID numbers encouraging, but province shouldn't yet relax restrictions

Slushy sidewalks make for serpentine strolls - Mild, windy weather turns freshly cleared paths into slippery, wet obstacle courses

Laine definitely wants out - Jets sniper 'excited to play' but for whom is the burning question

'For lease' signs abound downtown

Public officials infected by entitlement

Winnipeg's grim annual milestone - City has observed 43 homicides in 2020, one shy of last year's record

Manitoba alters course: more vaccinations, restrictions reconsidered - Confidence in supply chain may lead to loosening code red grip, premier says

Degrees of preparation - Has Manitoba learned from past missteps on path to vaccine roll-out?

Heartfelt thanks, and here's to a better year

Catcher carries a big bat - St. Andrews prospect accepts offer to play for NDSU

Nothing, and everything - Spectre of losing common bond inside encampment adds to despair

Serving dinner, feeding souls - Devoted couple offers warm-hearted welcome, generous spirit twice a week

Let's resolve to care for each other

Community of chaos - Tent settlement remains a home for street family

Health-care workers sacrifice holidays to keep Christmas staffing stable

Another new year starts with hope

Jeers, cheers after province buries 'death taxes,' - Tories make good on promises to eliminate probate fees, reduce payroll tax burden; critics decry revenue loss

Frozen rivers offer rosy-cheeked respite for pandemic shut-ins - Neighbours work to clear ice, add a few design flourishes for skaters

Looking back with 2020 vision - Despite the darkness and misery the past year has doled out, bright spots and bravery abounded

Jets' Chevy at maximum RPM - GM has one million things on his plate

Brexit breakthrough comes with costs

Warm-hearted call of duty - Salvation Army trio focuses on others' well-being during frigid overnight shift in pandemic

Nine more deaths, 107 new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba

New wrinkle in ever-evolving vaccine rollout plan

Two high schools, two COVID strategies - St. Mary's Academy senior in class all 49 days of fall term; Grade 12 student across street at Kelvin present 22 days, the rest online

River City Sports asking creditors for extension

Liberals ready to fight an election, hope they won't have to: Manitoba MP

Jets will enjoy some comforts of home - Playing half of money-losing season in 'Peg will reduce the financial hit

Plan seeks to breathe new life into Thunderbird House site

Anything helps, restaurateurs say of delivery subsidy

Permitted pandemic purchases puzzle parents - Provincial government considers hair dye, nail polish essential but children's clothing will have to wait

From zero to 33 - School remote learning rates depend on geography, socio-economic factors, more

Manitoba's federal cabinet minister says premier has given him the cold shoulder for a year

Open kitchens - Exchange chefs ready to help you get cooking, virtually

Pressure mounting on internet giants

Lowest daily COVID-19 case count in Manitoba in weeks 'creates a kind of hope'

A false start for Friesen - Health minister delivers precipitously optimistic 'turning point' message

Manager ordered COVID vaccine doses trashed: sources - Nurses overruled after offering to find eligible front-line workers to inject with end-of-day supply

Manitoba daycare COVID-19 exposure list lacking: providers

Manitobans' preference for delivery over curbside pickup could hurt local businesses

Cub reporter on the beat - Bold, budding newswoman storms into newspaper game

Sharpen your skates, Jets - Lots and lots for the Jets to do now we know there will be an NHL season

UK restriction only one small step

Despite outbreaks, Winnipeg care-home residents allowed to leave, visit families

The game, the shame - In the aftermath of Graham James, sports officials have long promised changes — but observers wonder where they are

Prickly topic - Examining the realities, legalities and moralities surrounding COVID-19 vaccine

Pandemic of loneliness - Impact of COVID-19 weighs heavy on mental health

Myth of the rainy day pot of gold

A lot of Manitobans hope premier has been paying attention

Do you hear what we hear? - Carol singers are finding ways to help the weary world rejoice

Manitobans still making big strides - Accepting 'lost season' not an option for elite speedskaters

Vaccination database is crucial tool

Speak no evil - Despite suspicion, the hockey community failed to protect the players Graham James was abusing

Parents convinced child brought COVID-19 home from school

Projected deficit offers wiggle room on small-business compensation

Woman reeling after COVID kills Sandy Bay cousins four hours apart - Military personnel land in Red Sucker Lake to help community manage outbreak

Rinks warm up to opening during pandemic - Operators welcome news they won't have to enforce COVID health orders

He's a real fungi - Entrepreneur hopes to introduce Manitobans to home-grown mushrooms

Squeeze-box Santa - 'Santa' Stan Bedernjak and his accordion spread seasonal joy for decades

Verdict a reminder of unfinished work

'It's the beginning of our freedom' - 75-year-old Winnipeg ICU nurse is next in line for vaccine

Driven by dreams, trapped in nightmares - Players describe an unravelling Broncos dressing room, reveal emotional scars decades later

PPE issues, asymptomatic staff help drive care home outbreaks

Nygard faces lengthy legal battle to stay in Canada - Fallen fashion czar could spend years fighting extradition to U.S. on sex, racketeering charges, law professor says

Big trouble for small business garners little sympathy

Winnipeg couple deliver broth-erly love - Isolated folks, frontline workers bowled over by Soup Fairies' generosity

He won't apologize for his tears, but Pallister does have one regret

Ten reasons to enjoy Jets' season - Ten reasons to enjoy Winnipeg Jets' season

Image dissolves as court proceeding begins

Dishevelled, shackled Nygard led into Winnipeg courtroom for extradition hearing - Disgraced former international fashion czar facing racketeering, sex-trafficking charges in New York

An image shattered - Nygard's court appearance gives glimpse of man behind tanned, buff visage

Trust in the classroom, trauma on trips - Graham James wasn't the only predator teaching at Silver Heights Collegiate

Manitoba's first shots of vaccine on tap for Wednesday

Premier's trusted appointee on COVID front line

Crystal-balling the NHL season - Free Press sports columnist predicts Avalanche to claim Stanley Cup

Building a buzz - New diner Modern Electric Lunch homage to history of Fortune Block

Vaccine booking must be fixed, and fast

'The bogeyman' and developing darkness in Sunny St. James - Former friends, teammates of Graham James recall odd behaviour, but nothing to portend depravity to come

City teachers give contact tracing poor mark

Manitoba continues to lose COVID battle

Booking vaccine appointments 'frustrating' for health-care workers: Roussin

First COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Canada, kicking off massive campaign - Canada's first COVID vaccines given in Ont., Que.

Have Santa suit, will travel - Local volunteers seek to bring Christmas spirit to front yards

Orginal Six NHL team still doesn't get it - Chicago franchise stuck in past in refusing to change team name

No Thyme like the present - Former Mondragon collaborators open plant-based café, used book shop

Brexit talks: breaking up is hard to do