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Cases of delta variant shoot up in Manitoba

Experts push vaccinations to battle more transmissible strain

Katie May
7:00 PM CDT Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2021
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Recent Editions of Above the Fold

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

Accused stabbed girlfriend's son to death in vengeance, jury told

People's Party prep to play role of spoiler

St. B Catholics offer reconciliation - Monument proposed for unmarked children's graves on Tache

Kinship before cuffs - Program proposes a kinder, gentler approach to community patrolling

The walls are alive - Annual mural, cultural festival returns with large-scale murals, concerts

Good times never seemed so good - Bombers shining like diamonds

Memorial should be more than a stone marker

Sanctuary city - Travellers who took refuge in Winnipeg during 9/11 give thanks for the kindness of strangers

The great unknown - Winnipeg doesn't track vaccination rates of police, firefighters, paramedics, bus drivers

Most Manitobans unhappy at early election call: poll

Glover sprints into PC leadership race, steps in hole

Spike in protests taxes police staffing

Courage and conviction - Afghan youth in Winnipeg unite to stand up for their tortured homeland

Debate on most progressive won by non-participant

Fernandez a bright light in a sometimes dark world - Canadian-born U.S. Open women's finalists share similar backgrounds as they share on tennis's biggest spotlight

Pet project - Custom-crafted dog kennels more plush than penal

New holiday a day for reflection, education

Anxiety, hope as children return to school

Goertzen praised for positive approach - Indigenous leaders say premier reaches out amid opposition to bills

Tories say they're open to bringing back Mature Women's Centre

Jollibee makes three - Philippine-based fast food chain opens its third store in Winnipeg

Fleury needs to take the time to heal - Tweets indicate former NHLer in a bad place

Identity and innovation - Light, landscape, history interwoven in Métis filmmaker's TIFF debut

Pitched projectiles cross the protest line

Back-to-school burnout - COVID roller-coaster has educators, students, families hoping for the best, but ready for the worst

More violence, different solutions - Organized crime on Winnipeg's streets has evolved over the past decade

Strategic voting in background of Manitoba electoral pattern

Membership in this club really has its privileges - Unprotected Manitobans going to be on the outside

Enter, stage left - Writer Andrew Davidson's the Gargoyle reinvents Ellice Avenue venue

Risk and reward - Frigid and feisty, the first Grey Cup in Winnipeg was also a financial coup

Something's gotta give - Bombers league-leading defence meets Riders CFL-best offence in Labour Day Classic

Paralympians aren't looking to 'inspire'

Former Winnipeg minor hockey coach charged in decades-old sex assaults

Never-ending wait list - 30,000 non-urgent surgeries on hold in Manitoba

Province heads back to school on education reforms - Calling Bill 64 a 'lightning rod,' Cullen says focus now on consultations

Filmon reveals political, personal challenges - Former premier writes about tense Meech Lake negotiations, onetime friend Gary Doer's betrayal, wife's cancer diagnosis in wide-ranging new book

The freedom to be selfish - Anti-mask, anti-vaxx protesters shamelessly invoke reproductive-rights advocates' slogan

Dearth of CFL scoring a head scratcher - Points production expected to increase as players shake off pandemic rust

Riverboat remembrances - Collector's connection to Red River passenger vessels runs deep

New restrictions reflect 'split society' reality

New premier tired of the acrimony - Goertzen drops controversial legislation, vows he'll 'be quick to listen and slow to speak' in temporary role before Progressive Conservatives choose new leader

Meet the new boss, not at all the same as the old boss - Goertzen's kinder, gentler approach gives Tories two months to hit reset button before choosing new leader

Police issue internal warning memo about former officer

Manitoba sees cluster of impaired-driving incidents - Death of Grand Marais grandfather comes as police prepare for spike in impaired-driving cases as bars reopen

Historic number of Indigenous candidates on federal ballot

Hurricane no match for New Orleans' heart

Making a present of the past - Set of The Porter a testament to the special connection production has with Winnipeg's Black history

Growing up Geekie - Athletic excellence in the genes of Geekie family

Full plate for placeholder premier

Goertzen to be Manitoba's next premier

The man with all the answers - Brian Pallister governed as though he was the smartest one in the room

Independents Day for Winnipeg riding - Brothers make effort to democratize federal election by putting 13 party-unaffiliated, mostly non-resident candidates on St. Boniface-St. Vital ballot

Public health rules protests highlight continued divisions

Impaired wrong-way driver arrested, charged just days after four killed in similar situation

Dream come true - Shoegaze band Living Hour first Winnipeg act to sign with Seattle's Sub Pop Publishing

Determined to succeed - Bighill joins elite company as one of CFL's top-ten in career tackles

Canada, Manitoba can support Afghan refugees

Pallister denies he's being pushed out - Leaving job ahead of leadership battle right thing to do for PCs, premier says at final public event

Manitoba soon to meet its placeholder premier

The big cheese stands alone - Whether he decided to pull the plug or others decided for him, Premier Brian Pallister exits politics Wednesday with a thud

Send 'message' to police, defence argues - Assault charges should be dropped against Alberta man after officer held knee to his neck, court told

Tough hill to climb - NDP makes a push to win back Winnipeg North from Liberal Lamoureux

Win over Stamps entertaining, enlightening - Blue run defence mediocre, receivers contract dropsy syndrome

Burgeoning burgers - Burger Week so big this year they couldn't fit it into one

No choice but to leave now

Manitoba restricts activities to vaccinated, reinstates mask mandate

Manitoba continues to apply half measures in pandemic fight

Arresting numbers - Winnipeg spends more per capita on its police than most other large cities

Café wars percolating - Local java joint outbids national chain for recently shuttered Starbucks location

Failed health minister's coronation a losing strategy - Tory leadership campaign rules stack deck against desperately needed party renewal in post-Pallister era

Tale of the Tape - Cummings and Bachman: rivals, bandmates, reunite again for Manitoba 150

Silver takes root - Salon closures during pandemic encourage women to proudly embrace their grey hair

It couldn't hurt to start with some empathy

The election issue no one expected

Health-order silence cranks up concerns - Tighter measures, mask mandate may come too late to choke off delta-fuelled fourth wave, public-health expert warns

Jabs or jobs - Many local companies mandating vaccinations for workers

Former U of M law dean faces professional misconduct charge

From joyous visit to devastating tragedy in a flash - Steinbach couple, wife's mother from Germany killed in head-on crash with car driving on wrong side of Perimeter, leaving three girls under age five without parents

Singh has little reason to campaign in Manitoba

Wedding belles - Exhibition of bridal gowns reflects 150 years of Manitoba's history

Shift... return - Last typewriter repairman in the city has been enjoying a renaissance lately

Bisons need to hit the ground running - U of M football team still feeling pain of heartbreaking playoff loss

Mandates necessary as fourth wave looms

Manitoba politics set to take historic turn

Health-order battle percolates as school start looms - Mask, vaccine mandates offer relief to some parents, teachers in largely resistant communities

Ineffective housing strategy leaves holes in safety net - Federal parties fail to address dangerous dearth of affordable lodging, Winnipeg man says

Glover's candidacy helps, not hinders, provincial Tories

Hot diggity dog - New resto taps into Korean cuisine to amp up the humble 'corn' dog

CFL needs uncompromising mandate on COVID-19 vaccinations - No time for commissioner to play Mr. Nice Guy

Building connections - Selkirk art crawl centres on city's thriving mural scene

Competitive race is good for PC Party

Pallister tries to duck fourth-wave COVID 'tsunami' - Provincial workers in contact with vulnerable told to get vaccinated or face regular testing

'Delta variant is changing the game': Manitoba releases projections - Daily cases could surpass 2,400 by December

Manitoba's yo-yo approach to pandemic rules undermines COVID fight

In Manitoba, incumbents rule - Handful of province's 14 seats in play

'I'll either be dead or in jail' - Accused arsonist in fatal fire told judges he wanted to turn his life around

Tories too little, too late on embracing Indigenous issues

Going long - Winnipeg teen representing Canada at World Amateur Long Drive Championship

Un-beet-able idea - Veggie Van to bring fresh produce to inner city residents

Police workload should focus on policing

Rehab hospital patient's family fumes over COVID rules - Injured woman, mother fully vaccinated but roommate isn't, so visit cancelled

Sorry state: rural politician regrets allowing anti-vax sign on land

Team Stefanson seeks Tory crown without a fight

Glamping in place - New business delivers a one-of-a-kind luxury camping experience -- at home

Double vaxxed and ready to party to the max

Striking transformation - Luxuries, amenities put to many uses during life of Academy Road building

Appleton eager to get Kraken - Looking forward to joining Seattle's mythical sea monsters

Graceful exits are difficult to accomplish

The high price of protection: Safety first, everything else last - Police, fire and paramedic services swallow nearly half of Winnipeg's operating budget, leaving little for other civic departments

PM, Tory leader minutes apart in Winnipeg campaign stops - COVID, economic recovery in focus for Trudeau at grocery store, O'Toole at trucking company

Two campaigns, two balancing acts - Trudeau, O'Toole grapple with precarious platforms

Children's Hospital bracing for fall COVID surge - Severe cases among kids rising in the U.S. as delta variant spreads; 'I'm very nervous,' Manitoba Pediatric Society president says

Buzzy block - With a host of new or renovated businesses, South Osborne is having a moment

A warm embrace, a needed respite - When Afghan refugees arrive in Canada, let's welcome them warmly

Morrissey's biggest battle - It didn't come on the ice against a superstar forward, it happened in his heart and mind as his dad lay dying

Vows of moderation merit extreme skepticism

Most Manitoba universities, colleges mandate full vaccination on campus

Pop-up clinics vital link in vaccination effort - Demand for doses low, but community members trust host organizations

'All hell could break loose' as Pallister loses control of his MLAs - Stefanson's leadership launch could provoke standoff, election

Bill 64 dead, but stay tuned for its sequel

Fire kills colourful piece of Main Street's past - Wrecking ball to erase 113-year-old Beveridge Block

To boldly go where waste has gone before - Neptune Bay resident harbours only known survivor of the Orbit invasion

Next wave takes on world - Three Manitoba players at women's world hockey championship

Job 1 for new Tory leader: damage repair