This week’s headlines include cuts to a women’s centre and a senior’s crime prevention program, a soup kitchen receives unexpected donations of over $50 thousand, and Pride Winnipeg kicks off – with a two-spirit powwow for the first time!

Missing Persons Alert

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Winnipeg police are asking for help finding a missing man. Walter Wayne Steeves, 79, was last seen on Wednesday in St. Boniface.
He is six feet tall and has a medium build. He is balding with white hair on the sides and back, police said. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black pants and a grey and blue sweater with star and circle pattern on it. Anyone with any information regarding Steeves’ whereabouts can contact the Winnipeg Police Service missing persons unit at 204-986-6250.

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The Winnipeg Police Service is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing man.

Officers said Kenyon Lavallee, 20, was last seen in downtown Winnipeg on May 23. He was wearing a dark green, army-style jacket, dark jeans and black, high-top runners.

Police said they are concerned for Lavallee’s well-being. They ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250 or 204-986-6222.

Poverty & Community Outreach

Events and Initiatives
  • Silver Alert system a step closer to helping find missing Manitoba seniors: CBC
  • Bedtime stories with Dad made possible through inmate literacy program: CBC
  • Steinbach man driving hearse to raise awareness about texting and driving: CBC
  • ‘This changes everything’: True North beefs up MTS Centre security after Manchester attack: CBC
  • New made-in-Manitoba play breaks through silence on mental health: CBC
  • ‘We feel very supported by this city’: Soup kitchen reopens early after $50K floodCBC
  • Fast and Furious Feast to take over Winnipeg’s Exchange District: CBC
  • Revved-up to Ride for Dad in fight against prostate cancer: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Meaning amid the misery: Winnipeg Free Press

Gender & Sexuality

Funding Cut at North Point Douglas Women’s Centre
  • Funding dispute prompts rally at North Point Douglas Women’s Centre: CBC
  • Funding cut to women’s centre ‘is not OK‘, supporters say: Winnipeg Free Press
  • NDP, Tories butt heads over women’s centre funding: Winnipeg Free Press
Pride Winnipeg
  • Pride Winnipeg needs volunteers days before festival start: CBC
  • Police welcome in Pride Winnipeg parade, asked not to wear uniforms: CBC
  • Pride Winnipeg Festival kicks off with 1st two-spirit powwow: CBC
  • Rainbow Flag Raised over APTN Headquarters in Winnipeg: APTN News

Refugees & Race

  • ‘No one chooses to be a refugee’: Manitoba refugees share stories, tackle misconceptions: CBC
  • Post-war convention on refugees buckling under current crises, says Lloyd Axworthy: CBC
  • Axworthy tells luncheon global group eyeing province’s refugee situationWinnipeg Free Press
  • Speech therapist helps newcomers mask accentsWinnipeg Free Press


  • Feeling lucky? Clover lawns offer eco-friendly, practical substitute to grass, group says: CBC
  • Dissecting insecticide: What you need to know about Winnipeg’s new mosquito killer: CBC
  • From the Netherlands to Winnipeg, project promotes cycling culture: CBC
  • Battling Mother Nature, again: Manitoba town of Churchill tackles high water levels, flooding: CBC
  • Hydro rate hikes should come with plan to help low-income customers, Green Action Centre says: CBC
  • Hog facility could impact waters, critics suggest: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Garbage fight intensifiesWinnipeg Free Press
  • Survival of the pollinatorsWinnipeg Free Press



  • Brian Pallister defiant as impasse on federal health deal continues: CBC
  • Palliative Manitoba provides more than end-of-life care: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Cities need national battle plan in opioid war, desperate mayors say: Winnipeg Free Press


  • Canadian actor Adam Beach walks a fine line as an ambassador for Canada 150:APTN News
  • Grand chief’s 120-km walk to counter Canada 150 festivities, honour resilience:CBC
  • 150 artists receive up to $10K to continue their work: APTN News
Red Sucker Lake FN Fire
  • Forest fire prompts evacuations in Red Sucker Lake First Nation: CBC
  • Forest fire near Manitoba First Nation quadruples in size: CBC
  • Red Sucker Lake fire evacuees headed to WinnipegWinnipeg Free Press
  • Manitoba makes Oct. 4 official day to honour MMIWG: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Frustrated families vow to ‘blockade’ missing and murdered inquiry hearings: CBC
  • Families of missing, murdered women urge critics to get behind national inquiry:CBC
  • A painful whisper for the sisters who can’t speakWinnipeg Free Press
One FN in Manitoba Is an “Underserviced” Site
  • 53 First Nations reserves lack adequate fire protection: audit: CBC


Central Park Homicide
  • Victim in Central Park-area homicide a mentor, role model to newcomer youth, friend says: CBC
  • Man, 22, dead after stabbing in Central Park area of Winnipeg: CBC
Other News
  • Winnipeg police on the hunt for driver in fatal hit and run: CBC
  • Winnipeg Transit wants to test bus-driver safety initiatives: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Rising Winnipeg basketball star accused in ‘horrific’ attempted murder:CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • 3 Winnipeg police officers self-administer naloxone after possible fentanyl exposure: CBC
  • Victim of ‘very serious’ West End assault is U of W student: CBC
  • Manitoba man charged after Amber Alert ends with girl, 2, found safe: CBC
  • Crown wants adult sentences for teens accused in Serena McKay slaying: Winnipeg Free Press


  • ‘It’s just not fair,’ says North End resident on hook for stolen garbage carts: CBC
  • 911 operator who told Winnipeg mail carrier to give CPR followed rules, city says:CBC, Winnipeg Free Press
  • City hall poised to take first step toward extinguishing patio smoking: CBC
  • Omnibus budget bill gives province room to wriggle out of transit, infrastructure deals with Winnipeg: CBC
  • Councillor, chief take shots at each other over police station plan: Winnipeg Free Press
  • City council divided on issue of access to administration: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Union representing city workers will vote on settlementWinnipeg Free Press
  • ‘Pain for Winnipeg’: Mayor says provincial funding changes will lead to cuts:CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Pull plug on big Hydro rate hikes, heavy power users urge PUB: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Manitoba seniors crime prevention program ending after $150K funding cut: CBC
  • Wab Kinew promises NDP caucus will be half women, trans people:CBC, Winnipeg Free Press
  • Freedom of information review gives PCs opportunity to close legislative loopholes: CBC
  • Average weekly wages increasing in province: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Tories’ food bank math doesn’t add up, poverty activists say: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Province backs out of transit funding commitment for cities: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Premiers heading to D.C. to counter anti-trade talk: Winnipeg Free Press
Steven Fletcher 
  • Tory MLA Steven Fletcher stonewalls his party’s Efficiency Manitoba bill: CBC
  • Efficiency Manitoba doesn’t seem efficient to PC MLA: CBC
  • Unorthodox Fletcher good for politicsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Pallister dodges questions on discipline for Fletcher’s filibustering: Winnipeg Free Press
  • MLA’s filibuster gets filibusteredWinnipeg Free Press
  • Tax worker fired after biggest privacy breach at Revenue Canada: CBC

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