Essential reads for September 30, 2021

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'Such a beautiful day': Manitobans take to streets in name of truth, reconciliation

Julia-Simone Rutgers and Gabrielle Piché
7:00 PM CDT Thursday, Sep. 30, 2021
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Schuler faces removal from cabinet if he refuses vaccine

Patient transfer policy sends senior 300 km from home

Staffing ‘critical’ at new permanent Main Street public washroom, city report advises - Vandalism, theft at portable sites seen as cautionary tale for desperately needed facility for vulnerable population

Made in Manitoba masks - Copper Guard Mask features anti-viral textile technology; Spirit92 masks, made of plant-based biopolymers, are compostable

Laid-back Tories riding another ruinous wave - Laissez-faire pandemic management reducing Manitobans’ quality of life, threatening already-hobbled health-care system

Harris looking good - Bombers' Harris returns to practice, status for West final to be determined

Rooms with a view - Futuristic circular condo building looks spacey, but its shape is grounded in practicality

Manitoba squandering clean-energy opportunity

'We are on our last legs' - Chronic shortage leaves one in five Winnipeg ER and critical-care nursing positions vacant

Premier vexed over cabinet minister's vax status - Heather Stefanson refuses to remove Ron Schuler

Painting more accurate picture of vaccine success

Manitobans split on future of constitutional monarchy: poll

It’s all good… and it’s all local - Manitoba business portal opens brick and mortar shop in the Exchange

Seizing the moment key for Bombers in West showdown against Roughriders

Rant, report, reflect - Rick Mercer’s memoir looks back on a life in the spotlight

At last, a legislative land acknowledgment

MLA's assistant claimed by COVID-19 - Springfield resident worked for Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler, who has refused to reveal his vaccination status

'An important step': first Indigenous land acknowledgement voiced in legislature

'Our health care right now is just totally in the toilet' - Winnipeg woman postpones her own surgery to advocate for unwell husband

Get it delivered, now - Same-day delivery service launching this week, aims to give Winnipeg shops an edge over Amazon

Opportunity to have Hydro cake, eat it, too

A chance to redefine transportation

Jets' prices too high for many fans - Attendance falling across NHL as admission costs climb

The complete racket - There’s a reason pickleball is the hottest court sport around

Vaccines key to limiting spread of variants

New 'Omicron' variant prompts Canada to ban visitors from southern Africa - Variant prompts ban on southern Africa visitors

Nurse-vacancy rates in rural Manitoba top 20 per cent

Knee-deep in pain, frustration - Canada Health Act won't allow Winnipegger to pay for joint replacement at private facility

Too much to bear - Climate change is depriving polar bears of a day’s worth of ice each year

Places, everyone! Enter, stage left… - After 21 months in the dark, the curtain rises again at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

Very blue, no gold - Powerhouse Bombers roster was CFL's best in 2001, but things got ugly in the championship game

Popular Wolseley resto changes hands, ups cosy factor

Parliament on bitter, dysfunctional path

Press arrests part of alarming trend

Prison kitchen staff justified in refusing to work after vicious attack, investigator finds - Stony kitchen staff justified in refusing to work after vicious attack

Woman shot dead on Canada Day 2020 because she was witness, court told

A century in Stonewall, an ambulance ride to Crystal City - Stonewall family devastated after province transfers centenarian aunt waiting for care-home bed to hospital 2 1/2 hours away

Manitoba's COVID-19 reporting gives ammunition to anti-vaxxers - Daily numbers require context to underscore efficacy of vaccines

City keeps tax hike to 2.33 per cent despite pandemic losses

The food of love - No matter where you are in the world, a childhood dish can take you home

First-years fitting in - Bison women off to quick start with 14 rookies in lineup

Premier takes a short but noteworthy trip

Manitoba eyes creation of regulatory body for teachers - Move would boost public confidence, transparency, accountability, advocates say; provincial union in opposition

Manitoba legislators fine-tune Indigenous land acknowledgement

'It took two seconds' - Nine-year-old from MacGregor among first Manitoba children to get COVID vaccination

Tories have to put money behind promise to repair labour relations

Pandemic kills Royal Fork - Royal Fork Buffet will serve its last meals on Dec. 19.

Black Ballerina’s big questions, big dance mix - Syreeta Hector created the work to explore what it means to love art that doesn’t love you back

Catching up in Columbus - Roslovic, Vincent enjoying success with Blue Jackets

Premier’s promise: not like previous premier

The non-traditional traditional throne speech

Eager parents crash vaccine-booking system

Breathing easier - Winnipeggers spending up to $600 for device to gauge indoor ventilation

'No cheap answer' to fixing icy sidewalks - Residents call on city to find new ways to make Winnipeg pedestrian- and mobility-friendly during winter

Premier must rein in out-to-lunch MLAs - Legislative mischief makers only do harm to PC party's rebranding efforts

Santa delivers smiles - Variety’s Winter Wonderland returns, brings holiday cheer to children

Original stars! Original songs! - Winnipeg’s K-tel records crammed all the hits that would fit onto one LP for one low, low price

Beijing on the bubble - It's time to consider the nuclear option — boycotting the games

O’Toole’s travails make Trudeau’s life easier

Inside the war on hate - Reporter Ryan Thorpe re-examines the 2.5-year journey of Patrik Mathews — from neo-Nazi to prison inmate

Short-term trip changes alter cross-border checklist

Health minister sent $14,000 bill for knee surgery - City man wants reimbursement after getting procedure in Europe

Premier holds key to unlocking door to end U of M faculty strike - Paying province's fair share of damages from interference in previous contract talks could benefit all

The indisputable proof that vaccines work

Local novelist’s caffeine dream results in rockin’ roast - Writers & Rockers Coffee no ordinary joe, pays homage to literature, music

Sound and vision - Local designer Roberta Landreth’s album covers are music to our eyes

Kindred spirits - If there’s something strange in your ‘hood, it could be Winnipeg Ghostbusters

COP26 failed, but individual choices still matter

City teen gets secretly vaccinated - 16-year-old encourages other youth to get immunized against COVID-19 despite 'guilt of betraying' anti-vax parents

Local retiree's knee surgery in Lithuania 'like clockwork' - Private clinic reports jump in Canadian medical tourists amid wait times spike

Filmon's time as lieutenant governor winding down: sources - Former grand chief possible replacement

Truck collision puts focus on skywalk system closures, complex web of ownership

Keeyask chickens come home to roost

Fairmont at 50 - Fairmont Winnipeg hotel celebrates its golden anniversary with special events

Hurry! Hurry herd! - Odds are strong a home-grown curler will be bound for Beijing

Dumping O’Toole would be the wrong move

Some U of M profs return to work - Picket lines remain strong, says union

North Dakota biz ready to cash in once Canada dumps test

'I just kept encouraging Justin to breathe' - Friend testifies about watching lawyer die on city street after fight with stranger

Vaccine doses for younger kids likely here by mid-December - Province preparing to roll out immunization campaign for children age 5-11 as soon as Health Canada approves pediatric regimen

Trying times calling for extraordinary measures

More than a dorm - New building gives RWB students a place to call home, space to dance

Hoping to earn your applause with our cultural gift to you - Free Press makes arts, culture coverage available free of charge; launches arts newsletter

Modest Morrissey returns to form - Modest Morrissey taking game to new level on Jets blue line

Gallery: British Columbia flooding in photos

Manitoba needs a willingly public premier

Doctors dismayed Manitoba fails to track classroom ventilation in COVID-19 fight

Northern girl attacked by dogs faces long recovery - Reserve carries out massive dog cull after mauling

Retired cop gets 18 months for 'repugnant' sex assault on nine year old - 'I lost my youth because of you,' now-teenage victim who attempted suicide says in statement

New premier 'very, very busy' in lead-up to new legislative session

Foolish argument, missed opportunity - Province has compelling reason to provide vaccination status of COVID deaths, but won't

Oilers dynamic duo truly something special - Two-headed offensive beast 'McDraisaitl' making case as best pairing in NHL history

Class is back in session at WAG - Designed by the same architect behind Quamajuq, Art Studio will double its former program capacity of 25,000 kids a year

Students must be at forefront in strike talks

Smoke led to slaying of city lawyer, court told - Friend's testimony sheds light on 2019 slaying

Premier accused of 'ducking and hiding' - Stefanson criticized for failing to address COVID crisis, making time for Winnipeg shock jock

Snowed under - Cleaning of sidewalks and active transportation paths deserves higher priority, say advocates

Pandemic brings 'hidden homelessness' into public view - Housing shortfalls leave bus shelters inundated

Curious case of the quiet premier

Ghost kitchen scares up MrBeast burgers - YouTube sensation only available via app

Carrying a torch for tiki - With Filipino fare and alcohol-free cocktails, speakeasy pop-up is a twist on tradition

Just two more snaps for Knuckles - Bob Irving calling his final games, ex-Bomber plays his Cards right, ref drops F-bomb

Ban Huawei from 5G networks

Manitoba imposes new health restrictions in Southern Health, youth sports across province

'Lesson' after unwelcome sexual advances was fatal - Sleeping victim trapped after angry woman sets fire to his house; Crown asks judge for 12-year sentence after guilty manslaughter plea

Playing with uncertainty - Supply chain snarls leave holiday stock orders in limbo

Bearing witness to commitment's success - Black bear rescue operation a labour-intensive one for Stonewall couple and support team

Gallery: Brilliance, passion with camera - Free Press photojournalist Joe Bryksa was a gifted storyteller, a kind, generous mentor

Presenting the Bombers 'B' team - Nine regulars will rest Saturday against Als

Exploring the Yiddishe momme in all mothers - WJT’s 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother searches for answers

Indian City declares Code Red - Roots-rock band founder Vince Fontaine invites well-known voices into new songs of hope, inclusion

Poppin' the question - Delivering bags of fresh, delicious, gluten-free movie treats the answer for eager-to-please Belair entrepreneur

New rules disappointingly light

Manitoba in line for tougher restrictions amid high COVID-19 infection rate

Pandemic response in schools still being studied

Photo found to honour Manitoba war casualty

Biting down on the hard reality of the food business - ‘There’s all these things wrong in the restaurant industry and … I kind of want to talk about the whole thing,’ says cook, critic, author Corey Mintz

Backup QB gets starting chance - McGuire to face Als as Bombers give Collaros weekend off

Dr. Bunk’s no-strings puppet Rx - Winnipeg Puppet Slam takes audiences to an eye-opening sleep clinic

Stewart's Diana a study in misery

Military gets better form of justice

Anxiety rises along with record classroom outbreaks across province - Parents, teachers, Morden's mayor voice concerns as attendance drops, some kids show up with symptoms

Councillor wants change to vax policy at city arenas

Scientist points out Manitoba's health-care double standard - Returning Winnipegger forced to buy spouse medical insurance

Foot-dragging to edge of increased provincewide restrictions

Record-breaking year for real estate - Sales would be even higher if supply could match demand

Slaying dragons - Youth troupe’s play tackles prejudice, bullying against LGBTTQ+ students

Give Winnipeg’s history a fit home

Cross-border bustle, with a catch

Anti-vaccine screed arrives in church leaders' mailbox

Lengthy delays evaluating care-home abuse complaints raise concerns - Auditor general launches probe into number of unresolved and not-yet investigated files — some dating back to 2018 — by understaffed branch of Manitoba Health

Inviting the whole gang - Defence argues three accused with Hells Angels connections were beckoned to brawl, not committing break and enter

Digital expert believes Facebook can be fixed

The great pasta expansion - Maury family launches Tuco to add pasta to Argentinian culinary dynasty

Underdogs get A for effort, Z for zero points - Valiant efforts come up short, CFL loses a legend, Stamps raise eyebrows

Games bid requires caution

Grand Chief urges new Manitoba premier to address open wound - Public denouncement of Pallister's 'racist' remarks would be an important first step for Stefanson, AMC leader says

For the love of science - U of M Anishinaabe student devoted to improving cancer screening

A kind heart joins Ogichidaa in heroic cause - Decorated Indigenous war veteran inspires mission to battle hunger in the community

Middle-school drama? Yes, and it's the good kind! - École River Heights School students flock to internationally accredited acting program

Bombers roll to ninth straight win - Domination of fourth quarter continues in victory over Alouettes

Jets shut out by Islanders - 'Frustrating' 2-0 loss first slip on home ice of season

Getting a bead on - Injury leads Métis restaurant server to discover passion, talent for jewelry

COVID-19 jabs for kids welcome

COVID test positivity rate in Southern Health region soars

Province's reaction to Southern Health COVID-19 crisis is... crickets

One final war horror - Firing-squad execution of young countryman seared into Selkirk resident's memory

Leveraging expertise - Research facility to focus on digital manufacturing, sustainable packaging

Like eating at mom’s - Regulars celebrate return of Luda’s Deli 84 weeks after the pandemic forced its closure

With flying colours - After two decades in San Francisco, Chris Dorosz finds home is where the art is

Playing games with lives at stake - Hockey executives lack skills to deal with sex abuse

Canada’s border testing prohibitive

New premier ensnared in rival's legal challenge of PC party election - Shelly Glover claims she should have won

Vaccine mandate on way for family caregivers in personal care homes - Incoming change called long overdue

Province keeps lid on corrections officers' vaccine compliance

Hells Angels patch plays starring role in Winnipeg court case - Biker gang used logo to intimidate city man, court told

Stir in instant members, bring PC leadership vote to boil

American workers throw NFI under the bus - Company, CEO dispute claims of racism, bias

A ringing endorsement - Stars of Manitoba Opera’s season opener won’t be phoning it in for live audiences

Jets yet to hit their stride - Lengthy homestand opportunity to work on defence, penalty kill

PC vote protest echoes Trump

Patients of accused doctor feel violated, distrustful - Ste. Anne physician charged with sexually assaulting 21 women

Health officials ponder next steps as COVID cases surge in Southern Health region - Hospitalizations rising in province's least-vaccinated communities; Winkler mayor reminds residents of their responsibility: 'Surely we have had enough!'

Veteran hand Leitch 'perfect choice' for Manitoba civil service head

Poultry prayers answered - Church's Texas Chicken coming to Manitoba

Now is the time for action - Cheveldayoff, Jets have work to do away from the rink to make hockey better

Role of a lifetime - Winnipeg actors’ film debut strikes close to home

Chevy knew. He should have inquired