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Squalid, sorrow-filled Main Street strip-area tent settlement remains a home for street family

Ryan Thorpe, Photography by John Woods
12:00 PM CST Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020
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Recent Editions of Above the Fold

South Africa variant found in Manitoba just as province prepares to ease restrictions

Tories, NDP ready to rumble, Liberals left to grumble - Pallister, Kinew play blame game over mystery contents of 19 bills hours before legislature resumes session; Lamont laments broken system

The Pallister show - Cabinet ministers disappeared from spotlight as premier steered ship

Reopening right, but not without risk - New public-health orders get economy close to where it was before code red, but worrisome COVID variants weren't here then

'Victimized by the system': Crown stays 2019 murder charge

Music to your mouth - WSO Baking Club members egg each other on to create elaborate desserts

A standout among men of Steel - Pasternak finding his way with mega-talented Chicago team

Partisan wrangling has gone too far

NDP drove Hydro mega-projects, failed to provide oversight: review - Utility advised to stick to core business, pursue public-private partnerships

Old news good news for Tories - Manitoba Hydro mega-projects report retraces NDP's costly steps, offering political value but not much else

Dollars and sense - It's not clear what, if any, effect tickets have on compliance with COVID-19 restrictions

Health Canada approves AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine - AstraZeneca vaccine approved in Canada

Include Métis, Inuit in Indigenous vaccination plans

Inn-somnia - Devastated hotel operators desperate for recovery a year after pandemic checked in

Pause the tape - Half-century-old North End family business one of only places in town with VHS

First Black Jets player faced tough path - Bill Riley target of taunts, threats

COVID-19 math involves more than numbers

Vaccination an ordeal for elderly, family - Vaccination an ordeal for elderly, family

Proposed loosening of pandemic restrictions misses mark - Restaurants, gyms would remain hamstrung, spokespeople say

Delay second doses, immunize more Manitobans now

As costs rise, menu prices could follow - Pandemic disruptions have increased prices all along the restaurant supply chain

Warm fire, spark of community

Polar perspectives - CBC shows get up close and personal with Manitoba's polar bears

Past meets present - Separated by 200 years, Forks scenes remind us of human connection to history

Janis Kelly is why rules were made to be broken - Volleyball player was no ordinary superstar

Failing grade on emergency preparedness

Paramedics union warned mayor about harmful workplace as far back as 2018

Task force prepares to weed out vaccine-seekers who falsely identify as First Nations

Safe schools? Parents want proof - Inadequate information on province's COVID dashboard 'undermines confidence,' mother says

Province not ready to order - Vague guidance leaves restaurant staff with unpalatable choices

Pallister in minority on safe consumption site issue

Boarded-up Bay becomes downtown eyesore - City committee exploring alternatives to spruce up Portage Avenue building

Fans in stands still long way off

Peak performance - RMTC production looks to humanity within Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic status

Disrespecting the workplace process

Bleeding from a neck wound, but ambulance not moving - "It wasn't good care at all," says Indigenous woman at centre of probe into racism in Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

Vaccinated residents avoid serious illness during COVID-19 outbreak - Experience of Actionmarguerite in Winnipeg called encouraging

Learning from testing, tracing mistakes

Location of new vaccination super site remains under wraps

Winter wonderland in the commode - Sewer system outflow brings down a foul-smelling, sludgy curtain on Assiniboine River

Jets look to stretch streak - First two games with Canadiens a chance to add to winning run

Honouring her history - Lori Blondeau recognized with Governor General's Award

Time to unplug Hydro privatization concerns

Hospital diagnostic tests restricted since October - Shared Health says measure taken to ensure COVID lab capacity, but microbiologist argues it's 'really starting to impact the standard of care'

Variant effort: Manitoba changes close contact definition

Clear prescription - Top doctor's caution on loosening rules is message everyone should heed

Pandemic, by chance. Grand opening, by choice. - Winnipeg's West End has welcomed 60 new businesses to the neighbourhood

Four strings and a dream - Cheap, portable and easy to learn, the ukulele is having a moment

Speed junkie shrugs off horrific crash - Winnipeg driver can't stay away from the race track

A sweet gig - 'Sweetener' makes noise as the 'voice' of 15,000 absent Jets fans

Time for neighbours to move forward together

Manitoba records more U.K. variant cases as concern about a third wave grows

A mutating monster - COVID-19 variants raising new concerns among infectious-disease experts and health officials

Tiber River faces wrongful dismissal suit amidst social media lambasting

An enduring warmth - Winnipeg's first Black congregation a place of benevolence and belonging

Manitoba should consider delaying second doses of COVID vaccine

Union leader fails to see his salary subsidy alienates taxpayers

Return to restaurants - Here's a taste of what to expect when you try dining out again

Blue Bomber the first Black Hall of Famer - Few have heard of Tom Casey, but his accomplishments are astounding

Selfless & steady - Calm, balanced approach to game, life is what matters to unassuming Stastny

Pallister's deal with vaccine developer gives Manitobans false hope, expert says

MTS comparison raises spectre of Hydro privatization

Second-dose delays raise anxiety level on some First Nations - Indigenous communities' supply sat in Winnipeg for 10 days, leading to concerns about COVID vaccine booster's efficacy

No silver medal for vaccine rollout

Manitobans to get proof of vaccination - Province launches online portal for COVID immunization records after being 'inundated' with requests

Made with love - Thermëa chef keeps it simple but creative at home

Sign language - Every new job helps tell someone's business story, but Storie likes to preserve the old stories

Transparent action needed to repair WFPS

Manitoba First Nations face vaccine delays - Second doses arriving later than expected; others still waiting

Pallister says Ontario, Alberta interested in Manitoba's vaccine deal - Liberals call it a costly bet on developer with political ties

Most-senior Manitobans at top of vaccination list - Residents age 95 and older will be eligible to book appointments next week to get their first shot, province announces

Building strength in vaccination lull before long run

Generous, compassionate, an 'uncle' to street people - Indigenous man who died after incident with jail guards had tough background

Wasted opportunity - Winnipeg stuck on landfill diversion plateau

Einarson embraces Team Canada status for 'surreal' Scotties

Reggae resiliency - Reggae musician's winding journey from DRC leads to launch of new single

Liberals tread lightly on gun control

Discord in fire-paramedic service burning out of control - Discord in fire-paramedic service burning out of control

Manitoba move to secure own vaccine supply 'a political statement': expert

Risky business - Manitobans emerging from COVID cocoons face spectre of new threat of highly contagious variants

Breaking dining-out rules will come back to bite us

Striking a match - Pandemic isolation has lit a fire under single people looking for life partners

Polar express - Winnipeg adventurer hikes Mantario Trail in the snow

COVID running up the score on some U.S. NHL teams

The last hockey game - No high school play since memorable clash between Collège Béliveau and Glenlawn

Warm hearts abound, but warm clothes needed

Manitoba in 'risky spot' as further relaxed restrictions loom

City dental clinic sues over online review - Customer posts can be very impactful, marketing expert says

Rapid expansion - Testing tool rolling out provincewide to support quick action on COVID-19 within care homes

River rink row sinks frozen fun

Roses red, violets blue, business owners hope love comes through

When boring is a thrill - Selkirk planning for a healthy, happy climate-changed community

No doubt about Dubois - Jets' new centre the total package

Vintage views - Armed with decades-old cameras, local photographer explores city

Water cannons won't quell Myanmar's uprising

'We're really failing our seniors' - Former MP Glover signs on as aide at Manitoba care home

Province's poor pandemic planning failed care homes

Union vows to defend firefighters in racism incident to 'fullest extent possible'

Puncturing the shield of 'implicit bias'

On guard against COVID-19 variants - So far, no mutations have surfaced in Manitoba. Here's how to keep it that way.

Putting joy on hold - For many parents, joy of new baby tempered with sense of loss during pandemic

Game of their lives - Teachers work with Microsoft and Minecraft to create Anishinaabe society

Lots of Jets sure bets for Olys - Team is stacked with international quality

Moving forward requires reconciling the past

Giant crossword for the week of Feb 5, 2021

Firefighters who refused to treat Indigenous woman put on administrative leave

Manitoba considers easing more pandemic restrictions as COVID cases decline

Roses are red, businesses are blue - Reopening announcement leaves businesses with plenty of questions

Anchor's aweigh - Former news anchor Gord Leclerc charts new path with his own reno company

Maples care home critically understaffed as it battled Manitoba's worst outbreak

Potential resignations don't concern Pallister - Out-of-province leisure travel edict prompts Brandon U governor to step down; premier says directive adds clarity to what was 'eminently clear'

Finally, Manitobans learn to live with COVID

Dream tourney turns into COVID-19 nightmare - Women's league event comes to abrupt end due to virus outbreak

Seniors' advocate would serve Manitobans well

Firefighters' refusal to help paramedic treat Indigenous patient motivated by racism - Investigation probes racist-fuelled divide among first responders

Pallister's travel edict earns mixed reviews - Premier lays down law for government appointees ignoring public-health guidelines 'for leisure purposes'

Pandemic playbook missing all its pages

Tag? No one's it! - Louis Riel School Division takes recess, phys-ed activity out of the schoolyard

January provides glimpse of future: climate researchers

Menu options plentiful on Netflix smorgasbord

Goldeyes preparing to play ball at Shaw Park - Whether that can happen still up in the air

Need for social supports visibly on display

Vaccine-eligibility priorities to include younger First Nations people - Plan designed to free up hospital capacity, provincial officials say

Manitoba seniors starting to fill care-home beds again

'Cautious' capacity limits confusing - Experts predict more COVID cases as restrictions loosen, shoppers swarm malls

Unreasonable expectations: COVID-19 exposes holes in vaccine production, distribution

Extender nurses stretched to limits - Pandemic weight heavy on health-care professionals redeployed to ICUs

Sudden popularity, extreme peril - Guide not surprised after couple found dead in ice-fishing tent

'I've got to cheer my boys on' - 'I've got to cheer my boys on': Tkachuks' grandfather

A farewell to foxes - Musician found inspiration surreptitiously observing crafty foxes in his yard

Military coup clouds Myanmar's future