In this week’s headlines, the tragic death of 19 year-old Serena McKay sparks dialogue on social media, an eco group discusses the benefits of planting your underwear, Doug Brown shares his experiences on jumping the MRI queue, and more.

Poverty & Community Outreach

  • Refugee, birder, artists among volunteers recognized with Premier’s Awards: CBC
  • Immigrant honoured for giving back to community: Winnipeg Free Press
Events & Initiatives

Gender & Sexuality

  • ‘They are in critical need’: Campaign urges action to help those fleeing anti-LGBT violence in Chechnya: CBC

Refugees & Race

Manitoba Border Crossings
  • Border agency downplays dangerWinnipeg Free Press
  • Federal government’s position on Manitoba border crossers questioned: CBC,Winnipeg Free Press
  • Kellie Leitch vows to deport border crossers after visit to Manitoba border town: CBC
  • Winnipeg refugees walk away with new smiles Saturday: CBC
  • Pink custom trike a dream come true for 12-year-old Syrian refugee with cerebral palsy: CBC
  • UN praises Canada for refugee resettlement program: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Asylum seekers fleeing U.S. may find cold comfort in Canada’s courts: CBC


Calls for Action
  • Flood damage to roads, culverts estimated in the millions in southwestern Manitoba: CBC
  • Power up quick-chargers for electric cars ‘immediately,’ Wyatt says: CBC
  • Emission action needed or issues will get worse: climate change scientist: Winnipeg Free Press
Looking Back at the 1997 Flood
  • Even The Birds Were Gone: CBC


Protests Continue Against the Closure of Winnipeg ERs
National Organ & Tissue Donation Week 
  • ‘It’s such a gift’: Kidney recipient urges patients, families to donate organs when they die: CBC
  • ‘A small window of hope‘: Winnipeg Free Press
Auditor General Says Anyone Can Jump the Queue for an MRI
  • Need to get an MRI fast? Get on the cancellation lists, says auditor general: CBC
Former Bomber Doug Brown Speaks about Being a Queue-Jumper for MRIs
Cuts & Funding
  • Front line or the bottom line?: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Goertzen vows to set health-care expectationsWinnipeg Free Press
  • PC government creates Transformation Management Office to operate on health system: CBC
  • Hundreds of Manitoba nurses rally against health-care cuts: CBC, Winnipeg Free Press
  • Pallister government to cut grant program designed to bring in more rural docs:CBC
  • Glenboro residents raise money to rent apartment for visiting doctors: CBC
  • Pallister on health accord: Ottawa’s threats off the table, bargaining still ongoing: Winnipeg Free Press


Serena McKay’s Tragic Death
Arrests Occur
  • Attackers threaten to kill victim in video linked to Serena McKay homicide: CBC
  • Girls arrested in homicide of Serena McKay, 19, in Sagkeeng First Nation: CBC
  • Drugs at the root of violence on the First Nation where 19 year old was murdered:APTN News
  • Manitoba RCMP arrest female youths in death of woman, 19, on Sagkeeng: APTN News
  • Sagkeeng slaying case adjourned until May: Winnipeg Free Press
Vigil Held in Sagkeeng First Nation
  • Sagkeeng First Nation mourns slain teen at vigil attended by hundreds: CBC
  • With all eyes on them, Sagkeeng First Nation mournsWinnipeg Free Press
Vigil Held in Winnipeg
  • Hundreds meet, march for Serena McKay at Winnipeg vigil: CBC
  • We’re all feeling it,‘ says organizer of Winnipeg vigil in honour of slain Sagkeeng First Nation teen: CBC
The Death Sparks Dialogue 
  • ‘She didn’t deserve this’: Video alleged to show deadly attack shocks SagkeengWinnipeg Free Press
  • Facebook removes video linked to death: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Sagkeeng slaying shares common threads with brutal 2015 attack caught on video: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Facebook isn’t doing enough to control violent posts, says expert: CBC
  • Tried in the court of social media: The consequences of being vilified before trial:Winnipeg Free Press
  • ‘We should know right?’ Winnipeg landlord defends asking potential tenant if he was ‘native’: APTN News
  • Assembly of Manitoba chiefs call on RCMP to investigate online Facebook comments: APTN News
  • They didn’t win — but they don’t mind: Girls from remote First Nation play in 1st hockey tournament: CBC
  • The Healing Game: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Christi Belcourt on why celebrating Canada’s 150th is a “slap in the face” to Indigenous people: CBC
The MMIW Inquiry Must Go On
  • Families of missing, murdered Indigenous women say inquiry hearings must go ahead: CBC, APTN News
Other News
  • Red River sweat lodge one of the keys to success for Winnipeg students: APTN News
  • 4 Manitoba men switched at birth not satisfied after meeting with reviewers looking into mix-up: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Indigenous people have little faith in Manitoba’s child-welfare system: poll: CBC


In the Courts
  • Manitoba farmer names federal government, company that acquired wheat board in $160M lawsuit: CBC
  • Fighting red light ticket is like fighting cancer, Winnipeg senior says after day in court: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Crown objects to TV stations’ request to air Fontaine trialWinnipeg Free Press
  • City advised to settle on police HQ claim: Winnipeg Free Press
Vic Toews Faces Conflict of Interest Allegations for Advising First Nations Communities
  • Vic Toews to face Canadian Judicial Council review over conflict-of-interest allegations: CBC
  • From the bench to the hot seat, Toews can’t seem to fly straightWinnipeg Free Press
  • Chief Justice says Toews’ duties may be ‘re-examined‘ in response to editorial: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Toews remains a judge while judicial council reviews conduct: Winnipeg Free Press
Other News


US Imposes Duty on Canadian Lumber
  • U.S. imposes preliminary duties up to 24% on ‘subsidized’ Canadian softwood lumber: CBC
  • ‘We knew this was coming’: Manitoba lumber company prepared for Canada-U.S. trade spat months ago: CBC
  • Province fails education financing math: Winnipeg Free Press
  • $19-M boost for affordable housingWinnipeg Free Press
  • Manitoba minimum wage could rise ‘in the very near future’ after 2016 freeze:CBC
Council, Boards & Chairs


Disability & Accessibility

  • Disabled Winnipegger plans human rights complaint after broken elevator leaves him ‘trapped’ in home: CBC


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