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Councillor calls for vaccination mandate to access municipal facilities

Joyanne Pursaga
7:00 PM CDT Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2021
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Recent Editions of Above the Fold

Fingers crossed as children return to school

Wait and see - Task force prepares first report on solutions to surgical backlogs

Struggling Stefanson retooling her lineup - Canada’s least-popular premier expected to move key pieces on cabinet chessboard, including education and justice ministers, but leave Gordon in COVID-battered health portfolio

Original Sorrento’s heading south - After more than 45 years of serving pizzas, pastas and parmigianas downtown, moving is ‘probably the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my whole life’

Better friendships begin with a better you - Author explores an oft-forgotten subset of relationships, and how to navigate choppy waters

Wheeler back on ice, should play soon

Stefanson & Co. fear pandemic report card - Voluntary accountability unlikely for government that prefers to fly — and crash — by the seat of its pants

New poll offers grim warning to PCs

Unvaccinated U of W Collegiate instructors sue over forced leave - Trio alleges blanket campus mandate a ‘conspiracy to commit assault’

Voices from the virus - Manitobans in recovery talk about their COVID-19 experiences

Stripes not worth the strife - Close up view of minor hockey’s ugly side demoralizing many young referees

Third dose an easy sell, once facts put on display

Revved up renos - New company will transform the garage into your favourite room

United they stand - Adversity brings Jets closer together

Picture this - Canadian Paintings tunes out the noise of social media with its contemplative feed of visual art

Waving the white flag on Omicron fight

Manitoba to halt close-contact notices in schools

Doctors working ‘in the dark’ as COVID hospitalizations surge - Front-line physicians describe chaos inside ERs with patient-care standards falling, people spending days on stretchers in hallways

City looks to exit escort, body rub parlour licence business

Right place, incredibly right time - Winnipeg doctor’s luxury SUV bursts into flames Sunday on Trans-Canada Highway

Waving pandemic white flag could be defining moment for Stefanson

Catastrophe one misstep away in Stefanson’s high-wire balancing act

Good Fortune… eventually - COVID delays grand opening of South Osborne barbershop — and its owners' wedding

Ingram up to the challenge - Manitoban climbing NHL Draft rankings after move to USHL

Omicron, weather increase shelters’ burden

‘It’s up to Manitobans to look after themselves’: premier

Quiet but disquieting on the southern front - COVID-denying sentiment still thriving in Manitoba’s least-vaccinated health region

Chilling out - New exhibit to bring ice sculptures downtown

Real estate sales records, dollar volumes smashed - ‘Well-entrenched sellers market’ sees a shortage of listings

Our condiments to the chef - Blondie’s Burgers’ owner is bidding farewell after more than 30 years

Succession of celebrity deaths stuns Indigenous world - Well-known figures had impact on the outside world, but held important and expected roles within community

Connor the quiet superstar - Jets high-scoring forward has gained fans, excelled at every level

Lessons learned about shovelling online abuse

Return to remote learning punctuated by countdown to in-person education

Good medicine in the Village - River-Osborne Shoppers vaccine clinic produces mutual-admiration society

Pandemic end near? There’s reason for cautious optimism

Exotic dancer sues club over nude images

New delivery service launches in Winnipeg

Up where she belongs - Exhibition puts Buffy Sainte-Marie’s digital art in the context of her life

From unknown to unbeatable - Manitoba Moose had never heard of Evan Cormier – until he started winning games for them

West has no need to appease Putin

Omicron tsunami washes over Manitoba - Daily infections rocket past 3,200, but real number many times that

Police cast eye on charity fishing event proceeds

Better for life after death? - Winnipeg funeral-home operator has been waiting 12 years to offer cremation-like process

Prominent names among those lost in 2021

Keeping Jets home games in Winnipeg the right decision

Seizing the day - Winnipeg teen is wasting no time in following his magazine dreams

Troubling truth, terrible trauma - Refusing to accept scientific information, medical realities leading many skeptics and their families along path of needless suffering, loss

Be COVID cautious with use of rapid tests

Support of Bill 21 challenge is justified

Demand for rapid tests rises, even among symptom-free

Water stays on, profits go down the drain

Police identify suspected killers in North End father’s death - Two men with lengthy records named in second-degree murder arrest warrants

No forgiving cardinal sin of cabinet

Reject false narratives, political violence, Biden urges on riot's anniversary - Trump 'held a dagger' to democracy's throat: Biden

Thrilled to pieces - Puzzle enthusiast’s home-based business offers perfect family time activity

Winnipeg’s Potter making mark in Greece - Has sights set on earning spot on Women’s National Basketball team

One year later, America remains deeply divided

Chief scrambles to keep police on patrol as sick calls spike - Officers redeployed under state of emergency

Province changes course on COVID testing - Cases to be diagnosed through rapid tests as province struggles with lab capacity amid record infections

Manitoba rapid test shipments pale beside Saskatchewan demands

Christmas tree-lined river winter wonderland

How it all vegan - Meat-free movement encourages us to start new year with plant-based diet

Lowry making the most of opportunity - Jets interim coach making team his own

Tories once again prove themselves to be penny-wise, COVID-foolish

Dangerous gambles seldom end well

Manitoba schools to return virtually next week

Code red on hold till more known about Omicron: premier

Retired judge waiting for his dough after courier’s perogy offence - Retired judge wins small-claims victory after overnight perogy delivery arrives four days late

Getting to the root of the problem - Red tape blamed for hindering tree-planting efforts on city property

Local coffee outfit gets awards-show invite

For the time being, third dose is the charm - Province not doing all it can to explain urgent need to get triple-vaccinated

Compensation deal is only the first step

Crisis? What crisis? - PC party’s fundraising email doesn't mention worsening COVID situation

Grocers ramping up staff, hours as demand for deliveries soars

Have Allen key, will travel - Freelance furniture assembler just one of many services available on TaskRabbit

No winners in Omicron roulette

Exploring our routes - New app offers an immersive audio tour of architectural highlights on the No. 10 bus

Gallery: Through the lens - Through the lens: Looking back at some of our favourite photos of 2021

A nightmare come true - Pair of Ice players will regret World Junior cancellation forever

Unjustified arrests show China’s brutality

Labs drowning in COVID-test tsunami, province says - People waiting at least four days for results as processing backlog swells to estimated 7,500 samples; province reports system at capacity one day after senior official’s assurance it was ‘stretched,’ but not overwhelmed

MLA trapped in SUV, slowly dying for hours as witnesses unable to help - Northern politicians want inquest to probe safety issues on remote highway

O Convalescent Tree - COVID remains an ever-present menace at Convalescent Home, but the holiday spirit has returned in small but meaningful ways

‘This could not have come at a worse time’ - Soaring COVID cases, including among staff, prompts wave of restaurant closures

Manitobans’ sacrifice remembered 80 years after fall of Hong Kong

Letters from home - Sign spelling out ‘HUMBUG’ a uniquely Winnipeg Christmas tradition

Cards — even the really valuable ones — on the table - Passionate, longtime Winnipeg hockey game collector’s commitment to accuracy truly admirable, awe-inspiring and, as it turns out in the case of the greatest player of all time, kind of costly

Be kind to yourself, and others as well - Follow the rules, be considerate, and wear your mask

Merry locked-down Christmas, once again

Provincial support imminent - Businesses appeal for aid amid surging COVID-19 cases, new restrictions

Winkler police chief defends residents, local public health enforcement

Health orders cut Jets season-ticket holders’ ice time in half - Four games affected by capacity restriction at Canada Life Centre

Reconciliation work tops mayor’s year-end list

Downtown destination - Eaton’s department store was a one-stop shop, a social hub and an architectural gem

COVID creates uncertainty for Jets, NHL - Extended holiday break may last longer for squad eager to realize potential

Removal from cabinet is only remaining option

Season’s beatings for hospitality sector - New group and overall capacity limits spur wave of cancellations, leave desperate restaurateurs hoping to find financial support on the menu

Fear and loathing in Winkler - Shoppers irked mask rule not enforced in Winkler amid Omicron threat

Former WSO lead Schroeder to carry NDP banner in Fort Whyte byelection

Conditional discharge for 2019 knee-on-neck police incident

So, what’s it gonna be… optimism or the abyss for the holidays?

Ornamental origin stories - Readers share tales of beloved family ornaments

Crafting a career - Knitting whiz launching her own crochet pattern book

Railway safety issues too often ignored

Manitoba bolsters restrictions in battle against Omicron - ‘We’re scared,’ doctors say

Diagnosis: incarcerated - Stony Mountain inmate’s repeated health complaints minimized, ultimately costing him his life

Show and tell - How the arts community is rebounding, adapting as the pandemic drags on

Retail reconciliation - Just in time for the holidays, Southern Chiefs compile First Nation shopping guide

Tories rob Crowns, hoodwink public

A sad day for Winnipeg sports - Maurice will be missed at the rink and in the community

Camping in a winter wonderland - How to get comfy and cosy in the cold

Diplomatic boycott will have little impact

U of W shifts to online learning amid Omicron fears

Tories criticized for lax enforcement of COVID rules

Unlicensed driver who killed mom, child gets break from judge

Pandemic pivot might pull Tories out of Winnipeg tailspin

Pandemic shreds ski season - Stony Mountain joins Holiday Mountain in staying closed this year; Asessippi, Springhill opening this week, Falcon Ridge on Boxing Day

Spirits in a material world - Winnipeg’s ghost signs are faded tributes to erstwhile products and long-gone companies

Naming game underway in Niverville - Clippers, Threshers early favourites for new MJHL squad

Our actions will dictate Omicron’s impact

Reconsider holiday gatherings, Manitobans told - Roussin sounds omicron alarm, predicts up to 1,000 COVID cases a day in January

Sick adults moved to Children’s Hospital as fears mount over patient transfers

PCs, new premier gain no ground with voters: poll

‘My heart will never be whole again’ - Tearful mom remembers 19-year-old son as driver sentenced in deadly crash

Stefanson appears likely to flunk first exam - As Omicron health-care horror show approaches, province content to recommend booster shots, ask Manitobans ‘to reconsider holiday plans’

Frustrated fans losing interest in lacklustre Jets - Talented team failing to deliver

A plum role - RWB dancers and students reflect on the significance of performing Nutcracker’s Clara

New signage won’t improve driver safety

Dishonest parents jeopardize kids’ hockey season - Portage minor association imposes zero-tolerance policy after adults sneak in to watch children’s games

Afraid of jail, man robbed bank, took woman hostage, killed himself

‘Incomplete’ Manitoba dashboard helps fuel vax confusion: critics

Duelling delivery apps: DoorDash vs. SkiptheDishes - DashMart rides into town while Skip Express Lane expands nationally

All that jazz (and rock, folk, blues, classical…) - Expansive history looks at the rich musical tradition that flows through River City

Change the one constant for Lowry - Lowry has played with a rotating cast of linemates already this season

Fast action needed in Southern Health district as omicron clock ticks

Asking for help is only part of the solution

Province issues urgent plea for ICU help from Ottawa - Request for 15-30 nurses made after doctors publicly warn of dire consequences from untreated diseases

City seeks blueprint for fire paramedic service 'culture-shift' plan

Family of prominent Southern Health doctor issues pro-vax plea

Champs touch down - Bombers return to Winnipeg with Grey Cup in hand as plans for victory celebration revealed

Keep on keeping on - Fleury team tries to bounce back from Olympic-qualifying heartbreak

Ho, ho, ho meets ha, ha, ha - A guide to some of television’s greatest Christmas sitcom episodes

No justice for health-care system - Morden-Winkler MLA placates public-health order violators with irresponsible comments

Human cost of secularism law on display

B.C. group declares PR war against Manitoba Metis Federation president - Vaguely worded full-page newspaper ad insinuates David Chartrand mismanaging organization’s funds

A warrior for the North - Thompson MLA’s death in highway crash triggers flood of heartfelt tributes

Another community newspaper folds - After 122 years, Southern Manitoba Review prints its final edition

Folks of a feather flock together - Growing number of Manitoba pigeon-racing enthusiasts revive centuries-old pursuit

Hamilton fan fever, nurtured in Winnipeg, links familiar cities

Sharing is caring - Langar community meal provides nourishment for body and soul

Everything’s rosy, just ask Ambrosie - CFL commissioner high on optimism, short on details in annual address

Vaccination mandate needed at care homes