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Recent Editions of Above the Fold

Manitoba clamps down, but doesn't lock down, after COVID-19 cases soar - 'We have it in us to do this one last time'

Pallister accused of 'gaslighting' Manitobans - 'Not competent' premier ignored warnings, calls for lockdown until it was too late, opposition critics charge

Government's incompetence, dithering will cost lives

Bertha Rand: Winnipeg's cat lady - Forty years after her death, a look back the decades-long battles of Winnipeg 'cat lady' Bertha Rand

Clothing the debate - The rules are simple for men at the legislature: jacket, tie, no helmets or -- usually -- snowmobile suits; cracking the dress code is more complicated for women and gender-neutral MLAs

Indigenous lodge rises at The Forks

Labours of love - Motherhood is a full-time job, but moms in the caring professions are truly never off the clock

NHL reaps what it has sown - Wilson hit result of league refusing to deal with violence

Multi-level support will get Transit plan rolling

Premier out of sight as cases shoot up, ICU beds fill - More elective surgeries cancelled; Opposition calls for leadership, lockdown

Manitobans weary of restrictions: Free Press poll - Most thought pandemic would last only six months, survey reveals

Public support of small business outstrips government concern

Competing concepts - Two proposals bidding to remake the space on the Esplanade Riel

Pallister government accused of politicizing education system - Former public servant speaks out on changes

Sport Manitoba names new CEO - Decades of experience will come in handy leading the organization out of pandemic

One-man album - Songwriter recorded and mixed his latest tunes in a studio he built

Tough luck, Mr. Kane... just grin and bear it

It's time to show Manitobans the plan

In Manitoba, 100,000 youth eligible to be fully vaccinated before fall classes - 'Huge step' toward herd immunity

Province prepares for second-dose vaccine campaign

Lots of COVID vaccine, but low on truth serum - Province won't explain scaled-back Sunday-Monday immunization numbers, reluctance to use stored supply

Where's Manitoba's roadmap to recovery? - Province urged to take a page from Saskatchewan's playbook

Railside development delves deep into geothermal energy

Kudos to Katz for keeping Fish afloat - Owning independent ball club during pandemic is risky business

Making art, motherhood not mutually exclusive

Evading blame won't solve military woes

Brutal end behind bars - Unarmed Indigenous inmate at Headingley beaten to death by officers after guard's racist jokes, lawyer says

Declaring outbreak in school left to officials' 'discretion'

'It's going to get bad' - Third wave could 'break' critical-care system, ICU doctor says

Lockdowns raise other health risks, U.S. witness tells hearing on Manitoba pandemic restrictions

Gambling with Manitoba lives - Pallister, Roussin wait, watch while case numbers grow, ICUs fill up and deniers rant

First Nations-led success in community fight against COVID

Time running out for Maurice - Early playoff exit by Jets could be end of the line for coach

Trail fix - Jaime Manness founded Hike Manitoba as a resource for people to get out in nature while exploring the province

Enforcement should walk on the sensible side

'God's jurisdiction': churches begin court challenge over gathering restrictions

Rising case numbers lead to school staff crunch

All Indigenous adults in Manitoba eligible for vaccination - Announcement sparks mix of relief, concern

Public health orders require simplicity, logic

Steady hand on the tiller - New Manitoba Museum boss confident about future

Paving an inclusive path - Manitoba Filipino Business Council aims to serve BIPOC community

Gallery: The Queen moves in - Diamond Jubilee portrait of Queen moves into the Manitoba legislature

The last spike - Megan Cyr's volleyball career ends in absolute perfection

Rodeo protest adds to Kenney's rough ride

Getting stuck - Why are Manitoba's school immunization programs so far from achieving herd immunity?

Gobsmacked NDP leader gives Pallister's cross-border vaccination plan a failing grade - Manitoba's stockpile of unused doses twice that of North Dakota's; 'You don't need to be a teacher to do the math,' Kinew says

An ally in a difficult time - Thomas Berger a visionary who advanced Indigenous rights

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service chief announces retirement

Winnipegger Botterill candidate for MVP of hockey broadcasting

Kind heart, kindred spirit, cursed virus - Positive, encouraging transplant recipient from Stonewall among nearly 1,000 Manitoba lives taken by COVID-19

Jarring success - Taste of home inspires brand-new peanut butter biz

Enforcement efforts leave much to be desired

Altona teacher suspended after attending anti-mask rally

'It's a made-up thing' - Vaccine a hard sell in parts of southeastern Manitoba

Sharing shots: First Nations inoculate non-residents - 'We do not discriminate against age, race or gender'

Manitoba's 70 per cent June target likely on the move

Call out spreaders of misinformation — don't ignore them

The return of Radford - Winnipeg-born skater and new pairs partner aiming for Olympic glory

Changing climate, breaking heart - Science-art collaboration injects dose of emotion into cold, hard truths

Gutting estimates is an attack on democracy

Life in solitary takes torturous toll - Isolation practices in Canadian prisons regularly exceed limits set in international law

$1 million stolen from child welfare agency to fund trips, concert tickets - Winnipeg woman sent to prison for four years

Province bets on new COVID restrictions, gambles with Manitobans' lives

Waste water project cash call upsets some in St. Andrews - Infrastructure upgrade to protect Lake Winnipeg will cost homeowners about $16,000

Demand blooms as supply wilts - Florists plead for patience as pandemic-related flower shortage looms over Mother's Day

'Blank slate'? More like a whitewash, really - Manitoba's premier, racist CNN pundit can't be bothered to check history, facts about the places they live

The last flight - Former Jets, Red Wings remember the emotionally draining final 25 years ago

Going with the flow - Local children's streaming service Ameba benefiting from bump in screen time

Infill guidelines must support city's vision

Health orders an attempt to 'dampen' third wave - Province bans most private gatherings, imposes other measures as case numbers suggest autumn-like catastrophe brewing

Pallister out to lunch - New rules surrounding restaurant patios, outdoor gatherings proof premier won't learn from pandemic past

Need for speed - Data show province rolls out rapid-testing at slow pace

Amazon doubles down on facilities in town - Online giant quietly opening second distribution centre in Transcona

Providing a path to community safety - Year-old downtown initiative works the streets to connect those in need with supports

Prairie palace - They say a man's home is his castle; grand old Queen Anne house takes the adage literally

CFL players breathing easier - CFL's announcement concerning 2021 season gives players hope

Heightened restrictions might not be enough

Serving deadly time - Stony Mountain Institution is Canada's oldest federal penitentiary, but also the country's deadliest

COVID repeats itself - Demands for shutdown grow louder in third wave as premier, health minister take cover

Three Winnipeg neighbourhoods get priority access to vaccines

House of unCommons - Participating in Canada's democracy has been turned inside out

More than memories - Exhibition honours victims of historical violence while inspiring future action

Digital delirium - From Bitcoin to NFTs, investors going bananas over anything blockchain

NHL neglects player safety - Rulebook ignored as player after player injured by headshots and dirty plays

No small feat - Exquisitely detailed miniatures are a pocket-sized reminder of home wee home

Surge in overdoses warrants scrutiny

Divided by denial - Pandemic restrictions turn Morden and Winkler into a battleground

Manitoba must act now or suffer the consequences

Frustrated teachers in the dark on vaccines - Communication from province about virus in schools, targeted immunization plan hard to come by, union says

Waiting game: timetable for second vaccine shots a work in progress

Talk of change dominates global climate summit

Follow the money to see who's pulling strings in CFL-XFL talks

Oh, the pastabilities! - This chef turns to the simple but delicious Pasta Aglio e Olio after a long day

Don't diminish access to information

Manitoba's 70 per cent immunization target pushed back weeks - Vaccine-priority communities to be named Friday

Slow rollout saps Manitoba's strength in COVID fight

Unmasking an unwise decision - It seems Manitoba's premier wasn't preaching to most of the choir with health order letting worshippers shed face coverings

Business owners question logic behind new public health orders

Third wave of pandemic flows into familiar territory

CFL targets Aug. 5 for start of 14-game season - League's success dependent on controlling pandemic, getting fans in the stands

What goes around - Singer-songwriter revisits his hip-hop roots on new album that plumbs his past

Making it work - ICU nurse juggles career with coaching, setting example for female hockey players

Earth needs more than one day of care

Inmate beaten after Manitoba jails offer treats to encourage COVID-19 vaccination - Snacks, meat and cheese, phone call used as incentives

Manitoba not tracking COVID-19 vaccine queue-jumpers

Labour federation issues urgent call for paid sick days - More than 1,200 Manitobans got COVID on the job, Workers Compensation Board internal document reveals

Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death - Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death

Winnipeg MP pulls support from petition to label incendiary criticism of police as hate speech

Wheels back on - Jets captain eager for game action

Toil and trouble - Shakespeare in the Ruins working hard to produce pandemic-friendly viewing

Spending spree lacks plan to pay for it

'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

The flashy, dashing Dane - Speedy, skilled star Nikolaj Ehlers is using his powers for good

No lessons learned when it comes to teachers

Giant crossword for the week of Apr. 16, 2021

Manitoba urged to tighten travel rules after Brazil COVID variant emerges

Non-essential travel ban should be next stop on pandemic roadmap

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

‘Attention seeking’ woman arrested, mental-health advocates outraged - Behaviour on bridges a drain on resources, arrest report says; justice advocate calls criminalizing mental-health crisis offensive

Spreading the word - Comedian Paul Rabliauskas gets Anishinaabemowin lessons on podcast

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

Province plans another immunization clinic in Winnipeg, but details remain scant

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

Reader Bridge to Free Press future

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