We’ve got all your budget coverage, as well as info on a wish list for the premier, new lighting at the Higgins underpass, combating the epidemic of human trafficking, and more.

Missing Persons Alert

Kaitlyn Emily Parker
Kaitlyn Emily Parker
Brandon RCMP are worried about the safety of a teen girl.

Kaitlyn Emily Parker, 16, was last seen by her guardian getting into an unknown vehicle on Highway 250 on April 9, RCMP said in a release on Thursday.

Police said authorities have been able to get in touch with Parker, but are concerned about her safety and need to confirm her well-being in person. Right now, she’s avoiding police.

Police describe Parker as five feet, one inch tall, around 100 pounds with brown eyes. She has long hair that is dark on top, switches to blonde at her ears and then goes back to dark. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie with black leggings and black and white Jordan runners.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Brandon RCMP at 204-726-7522 or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. You can also submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637)

Poverty & Community Outreach

  • Sobriety Social celebrates heroes who give up addictions, organizer says: CBC
  • Winnipeg shelter to close intoxicated persons unit during day without funding boost: CBC
  • Siloam Mission serves up Easter dinner for Winnipeg’s less fortunate: CBC
  • Winnipeg Harvest urgently needs canned goods, other items: CBC
  • Students take action against bullying on Pink Day in Manitoba: CBC
  • Respect in Schools: Anti-bullying program to expand to First Nations, private schools: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • ‘Ugly, scary, dark’ Main Street underpass starts turning corner with new lighting: CBC, Winnipeg Free PressWinnipeg Free Press
  • Brunch fundraiser supports women who need bras: CBC
  • Union decries layoffs at Main Street ProjectWinnipeg Free Press
  • Bear Clan gets $10,000 from city: Winnipeg Free Press 
Christine Wood 
  • ‘There’s no comfort yet’: Hundreds gather, march at vigil for Christine Wood: CBC,
    APTN NewsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Wednesday vigil for Christine Wood to be held steps from where she was killed:CBC, APTN NewsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Christine Wood was killed but body still missing, Winnipeg police say: CBC
  • Murder charges laid in case of Christine Wood who vanished off the streets of Winnipeg last summer: APTN News
  • No chance Wood alive, police say; suspect won’t tell them where to find body: Winnipeg Free Press

Refugees & Race

  • Border services officer assaulted by asylum seeker who was detained for criminal past: CBC
  • Border jumper faces threat, assault charges: Winnipeg Free Press


  • Make green clothing choices to protect Lake Winnipeg from microplastics: CBC
Flood Report
  • Portage Diversion flow down, lower Assiniboine flow up as crest moves toward Headingley: CBC
  • Assiniboine, Souris rivers on rise as overland floods subside in Manitoba: CBC
  • Assiniboine River to crest in Brandon on Monday, city says: CBC, Winnipeg Free Press
  • Assiniboine crests in Portage, diversion channel controlling flow: Winnipeg Free PressWinnipeg Free Press
  • St. François Xavier declares state of emergency as river rises: CBC
  • Regular flooding in southwest corner costs millions and affects thousandsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Water, concern rising along Assiniboine: Winnipeg Free Press


  • Health-care workers learning to combat the ‘epidemic’ of human trafficking: CBC
  • Interactive map of overdose deaths brings opioid crisis to your doorstep: CBC
  • Winnipeg School Division says it’s ready for legal pot, but former student thinks otherwise: CBC
  • Winnipeg QuickCare clinics ‘may be on the chopping block,’ health critic says: CBC
  • Mumps outbreak could climb as high as 600 cases before waning: CBC
  • Critics call modest increase in health-care spending a bitter pill to swallow: Winnipeg Free Press
ER Closure – Varying Stats on Protest Attendance
  • Dozens gather for ‘Save our ER’ rally at Concordia Hospital: CBC
  • Hundreds protest ER closure at Concordia: Winnipeg Free Press
  • ER closures, other changes to health care still need to be ‘priced out,’ premier says: CBC


  • Manitoba ‘the most racist provincial government in Canada’: Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson: CBC
  • Indigenous leader invites Brian Pallister to try living on reserve: CBC, Winnipeg Free Press
  • Minister defends province against chief’s racism claim: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • ‘It’s the heart of the community’: Lake St. Martin breaks ground for new school: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Health Canada turns to Facebook to find Indigenous kids in need of care: CBC
  • Connecting communities: First Nations company plans to lay 3,600 km of fibre optics in Manitoba: CBC
  • Trevor Herriot and Norman Fleury make the case for atonement: CBC
  • Canada vs. St. Anne’s Indian residential school survivor H-15019: APTN News
  • Face To Face: Dennis Ward sits down with MKO Grand Chief, Sheila North Wilson:APTN news
  • Goertzen backs plan to help pregnant indigenous womenWinnipeg Free Press
  • New ‘tool kit’ aims to demystify urban reservesWinnipeg Free Press



  • Pallister government quietly kills act designed to track utility affordability: CBC
  • If you want to influence government, the City of Winnipeg wants your specs: CBC,Winnipeg Free Press
  • No estimate of financial, employment impacts of public-sector wage controlsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Tories under fire over ER closures, other health moves: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg School Division has a wish list for the premierWinnipeg Free Press
  • ‘Wide range of emotions’ for non-profits as budget holds future of Neighbourhoods Alive!: CBC
  • Manitoba owed $500M or more in back disaster assistance funding from Ottawa:CBC
  • Senator Beyak can complain about free speech all she wants. Fact is, she earned her demotion: CBC
New Child Advocate Named
  • Daphne Penrose named Manitoba children’s advocate: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Ready to tackle challenges ‘head-on‘: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Young asylum seekers, number of kids in care key issues facing new child advocate: CBC
Wab’s Running for NDP Leadership!
  • Running for love: Wab Kinew launches bid to lead Manitoba NDP: CBC
  • Wab Kinew making it official: set to announce run for leadership of beleaguered NDP: CBC
  • Kinew enters NDP race, expects to take some punches: Winnipeg Free Press
  • No-news budget is bad news for Manitobans, labour market economist says: CBC
  • 2017 Manitoba budget: Arts, sports programs to see big cuts: CBC
  • Budget 2017 fails to deliver on innovation and efficiencies to tackle deficit: CBC
  • Manitoba 2017 budget highlights: From tax credit reductions to new child care spaces: CBC
  • Budget needed ‘bold action,’ didn’t go far enough: Canadian Federation of Independent Business: CBC
  • 2017 Manitoba budget: Students, caregivers take tax hit but budget leaves most wallets unaffected: CBC
  • One budget to annoy them all: CBC
  • 2017 Manitoba budget: Numerous jabs but no death blows: CBC
  • 2017 Manitoba budget: Tuition tax credit cut slays deficit ‘on the backs of students’:CBC
  • No more tuition tax rebate, but more money for refugee housing coming in Manitoba budget: CBC
  • NDP accuses province of putting money ahead of patient care with ER closure: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Manitoba budget 2017: A breakdown of the government’s prioritiesWinnipeg Free Press
  • Cautious course: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Budget a step in the right direction: premier: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Liberal MLA Jon Gerrard reacts to budgetWinnipeg Free Press


  • Hundreds fill Winnipeg streets for Way of the Cross march: CBC, Winnipeg Free Press
  • Funding limbo continues for major cultural projects: CBC

Check out our human rights calendar for upcoming events!

winnipeg news april 16 2017