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Manitoba in 'risky spot' as further relaxed restrictions loom

Danielle Da Silva
1:51 PM CST Monday, Feb. 8, 2021
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'It's a COVID outbreak waiting to happen' - Out-of-province vendors at Third + Bird market failed to isolate

'This is on all Manitobans. We could prevent the surge' - Province points to rule-breakers for fuelling pandemic's third wave

Northwest Winnipeg neighbourhoods contenders for vaccine 'hotspot' designations

I took matters into my own hands — and now I'll get a vaccine

Biggest Hydro users threaten to unplug economy - Political interference in electricity rates has companies reconsidering Manitoba, says lobby group

Recovered, not better - For those suffering from long COVID, life-altering symptoms can continue for months

The high price of a plague - In contrast to the tax-cutting, debt-averse budget Manitobans got last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is likely going to run up a hefty bill to pay for his pandemic-fuelled social and economic rebuild

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Brave but too-badly broken - Jay Macaulay, whose life was shattered by predator Graham James, dies of overdose

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There's always next year - Flin Flon Bombers determined to survive pandemic

A step backward for Open Streets initiative

To serve and be protected - Retired Winnipeg inspector calls for hate speech laws to include police

Personal care homes push for in-house staff vaccinations

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The enduring, maddening problem of vaccine hesitancy

Winter's return earns mixed reviews - Mid-April snowstorm a welcome gift for drought-stricken farmers, but spring dump delivers frustration for the mobility-challenged

Anxiety unmasked - Pandemic-focused digital art project explores dread, hope

Big goalie has big future - Winnipeg puckstopper turning heads in the WHL

Relax, Winnipeg – this snow is a good thing

Worrisome COVID variant confirmed in north - Test-positivity rate in region stubbornly high, MKO health official says

Attention, Manitoba health officials: this is an emergency - Province's leisurely vaccine rollout an unmitigated failure that needs to be rectified now

Lockdown nightmare - Small-business owners fear further restrictions as province mulls measures to battle pandemic's third wave

Pallister's ex-communications boss sues for wrongful dismissal

Happy trails: Snow has winter enthusiasts rejoicing

CFL's future a confusing swirl of what-ifs - Delayed season, shortened season, fans in the stands (maybe) and alignment with XFL all possibilities

King of his Castle - Castle Macfarlane chooses an expansive moniker to go with his expansive vision

Vaccination is key to COVID-19 fight

Downtown must regain pre-pandemic momentum

Province ponders tightening restrictions as case numbers increase

Fully vaccinated Manitoba senior grapples with case of COVID-19

Premier deflects, health minister defers - Pallister ducks question on vaccination rollout; Stefanson points reporters in task force's direction

Third wave folly - Pallister government consistently makes worst public health decisions at worst possible times

Rising from the ruins - North Point Douglas block finds new life as affordable housing for young people

Muslims prepare for second pandemic Ramadan

Mighty Chevy has struck out - Trade deadline passes, Jets no better

Breathing space - Assiniboine Park has long provided visitors the chance to commune with nature

Time for Ottawa to get back to work

Task force on top of third wave in case vaccine eligibility needs to change - Manitoba reports 179 daily cases; variant infections rise

Winnipeg's downtown is down, but not out - Survey says city's downtown is struggling, but it's been here before

Cracks in Manitoba's tardy vaccine rollout easy to spot - Opening drive-thrus, giving more doses to doctors just two options

Prince Philip brought 'intelligent, feisty, plainspoken' personality to Manitoba

Compassion amid the calamity - Personal-care, supportive-housing and assisted-living staff praised for pandemic work

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Using knowledge to fight fear - Grassroots organization teaches families how to navigate the child-welfare system

Driving force - Jets winger Appleton has had to prove he can play the game at every level

À la carte learning - Students, instructors in culinary and hospitality programs aren't following the set menu

Sensitive-content clause is a backward step

Pallister's tax rebate puts $4,000 into his own pocket

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COVID variants becoming prevalent in city - Manitoba reports first death from highly contagious strain of virus

Manitoba improves vaccination rate - Data shows province fourth-best in country per 100,000 residents, but is last in using available supply

Safe bet: getting the vaccine protects me and my family - Being inoculated more than just a shot in the arm for reporter Kevin Rollason

Province puts Food Development Centre on a diet - Minister defends plans to downgrade status, trim staff, cut funding

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The best of a brilliant lot - Young Winnipeg hockey player stars in international surroundings

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Manitoba advised to seek military help to speed up vaccinations - Former EMO boss says current rollout 'simply to save money and not lives'

Vaccine stockpile daily reminder of squandered opportunity

Vaccine for First Nation ends up in other arms - Long Plain told to stop giving away doses as band struggles to fill appointments on reserve

End of the line - Travelling musician doin' the best she can after pandemic left her stranded in Winnipeg

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Waste? So far not, but plenty of want - As vaccine rollout ramps up, end-of-day surplus will become more of an issue for clinic and pharmacy staff; province hasn't issued formal guidelines

Manitoba logs unprecedented hike in homeschooling

Trading in the face of the franchise

Survey shows growing economic optimism

Signed, sealed, delivered - Playwright Tomson Highway focuses on the lighter side of death

The Riverton Rumbler - Late-blooming lineman hopes to make impact in CFL

Canucks' COVID-19 woes offer a stern reminder

Happy for the vaccine shot, but not for the bill that came in the mail

Patience a COVID virtue - Easter, Passover gatherings tempting return to normalcy, especially for people who've been vaccinated, but health experts warn it's way too soon, because things could easily spiral out of control again

Designed to run like clockwork - Small delays at downtown vaccine clinic can throw it out of gear

Selling illusion of tax cuts amidst real public health crisis

Making it up as he went along - Thirty years later, the man behind Manitoba's tourism mecca is taking a bow

Christians thankful to mark Good Friday together

Oral history - Province’s first female dentist took skill, insight wherever needed

One year, no COVID-19 cases, and a second dose of hope at a Winnipeg care home - One year, no COVID-19 cases, and a second dose of hope at a care home

Travellin' man - Goaltender Hutchinson a happy Maple Leaf now

No point defending the indefensible

Ex-cop admits he was likely drunk at time of deadly crash - Parole board hearing for former Winnipeg police officer reveals new details about hit-and-run

Arrest in Balaquit case brings more unanswered questions: son

AstraZeneca vaccine rollout hits snag - Province pauses injections in doctors' offices, pharmacies for people under age 55 because of rare side-effect on young European women

U.K. COVID-19 variant becoming predominant strain in Manitoba

Education reforms face failure without diversity commitment: advocates

Filling in the missing pieces - Lost a Denby Baroque coffee mug? This city business either has it, or will try to find it

Canal calamity highlights fragility of transport

Critical condition - Winnipeg’s intensive care program was among the first, best in the country; now that legacy is threatened

Man accused of killing retired couple out on bail at time of slaying

Toxic state of the union - Manitoba's organized-labour leadership taking steps to address long-festering sexist attitudes, behaviour and intimidation

Hydro 'shrouded in secrecy,' coalition tells PUB - Application for electricity-rate hearing accuses province, Crown utility of keeping information away from public, regulators

Be of good cheer, Bombers fans - Looks like spectators will be allowed at IG Field should CFL season go ahead

Dating at a distance - Singles struggle to balance health concerns with need for human connection

Way too much of a good thing - All-Canadian division exciting at first, boring now

Pawsitively pet-friendly - Manitoba's hotels, cabins and resorts welcome your furry friends

Supreme Court ruling closes the door

First Nation demands justice in boy's death - Child had been seriously abused, sources say, as community members question CFS involvement, RCMP investigation

Hydro's $5-billion deals with Saskatchewan 'deliberately covered up'

Manitoba to stay in code red

Province's school board decision 'bit of a mystery,' commissioner says - Barely discussed abolition at odds with report's recommendations to maintain local democracy

Province right to bet on red (at least) one more time

Thinking inside the box - Feelings of isolation inspired playwright to Zoom in on online drama

Toronto Six get their shot at glory - Morden native and Toronto Six get shot at NWHL's Isobel Cup

Exceptional privileges raise questions of fairness

Man charged in boy's death has history of assault - Disabled child had been placed in care of couple

Caution in the classroom - Top doctor touts enhanced contact tracing as variant counts rise in schools

Manitoba on collision course with third wave, experts warn - Further loosening restrictions will allow COVID variant case numbers to spiral out of control, say Ontario, Saskatchewan scientists

Five COVID-19 vaccination stories, one consistent message

A shot of hope - The world didn't change when I got my first dose, but the end of the tunnel got a bit closer

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Northern lights - The WAG's Qaumajuq Inuit art centre brings warm glow of appreciation, connection, collaboration and reconciliation to Winnipeg

Three COVID variant cases found in Manitoba schools

Ramp up immunizations and hospitalizations fall, Manitoba rises

Face time - Stone Field Shaving Co.'s sales climb to cruising altitude

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Jets could be allowed live fans - Spectators at home games a possibility in near future

Province must justify bold education plan

Pallister signals move from code red to orange - Chief doctor expects COVID case numbers to rise with reopening; province again asks for Manitobans' input on easing pandemic restrictions

Safe or senseless? - Epidemiologist examines COVID-19 risks associated with five activities allowed under Manitoba's public health orders

Vaccination rates should chart reopening pace

NDP tries to zap Pallister's plan to have government set electricity rates

Indigenous education will be set back decades by Tory bill

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Never-ending sorries - Fairbrother wants to bring communities together with play about residential schools apology

One cool kid - Moose Jaw Warriors rookie D-man can't be fazed

Council should let garden plan take root