In this week’s headlines, LGBT families file a human rights complaint against school curriculums, the University of Winnipeg chooses not to fully divest from fossil fuels, St. Boniface Hospital bans medically-assisted deaths, the conversation on Churchill heats up, and more!

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Missing Persons Alert

Scott Hadath

Scott HadathThe family of a Winnipeg man who has been missing since Monday is desperate to find their loved one who disappeared after getting off work. “We’re very distraught right now,” Robert Hadath told CBC Thursday.His brother Scott Hadath has been missing since Monday afternoon when he got off work around 3 p.m. from his job at Canadian Tire on Fermor Avenue. Winnipeg police and Manitoba RCMP are now searching for the missing 39-year-old.

“This is just not something that you’d expect from Scott,” his brother said. “It’s just out of character for him, so we have no idea what to think at this point.” He’s very reliable.” Hadath, who lives with his mother in the Windsor Park area of Winnipeg, said family started to get worried after his brother didn’t show up for work on Tuesday and they couldn’t get in touch with him on his cellphone.
“Generally if he would go out, he would go out maybe for a couple hours, right, and then he’d be back,” Hadath said. Hadath said friends and family have searched everywhere they can think Scott might be, including the Whiteshell area, where his family owns a cabin, and are desperate to find him. “It’s quite the emotional roller-coaster,” he said. Scott Hadath is described as 5-foot-10 with a heavy build, a beard and hazel eyes.

ScottHadath is believed to be driving a 2015 black Mini Cooper with Manitoba licence plate HJB 662. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Winnipeg missing persons unit at 204-986-6250.

Poverty & Community Outreach

Awards and Honours
  • Susan Thompson Building a ‘declaration of respect for all women’: CBC
  • Thompson broke glass ceiling at city hall, building now bears her name: Winnipeg Free Press
  • City naming building for Susan Thompson Thursday: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Selkirk, Man., to honour Senator Murray Sinclair in park name: CBC
  • Mural’s message of hope, inspiration called heart-gripping: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights earns more praise south of the borderWinnipeg Free Press

Gender & Sexuality

  • LGBT families file human rights complaints over school curriculum: CBC, Winnipeg Free Press
  • ‘It was just time to bring Pride here,’ says Flin Flon festival organizer: CBC

Refugees & Race

  • Shortage of U.S. border patrol officers sparks concern in southwest Manitoba: CBC
  • Asylum seeker tries to legally enter Canada, is turned away because of controversial agreement: Winnipeg Free Press
  • From child soldier to Winnipeg engineer, how 1 boy escaped the bloodshed: CBC
  • Letter writing campaign takes aim at Safe Third Country Agreement: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Asylum numbers: will they rest or rise?: Winnipeg Free Press


  • Bike Week sees pop-up lanes protect cyclists from vehicles on Winnipeg streets: CBC
  • Pallister must act soon on carbon-pricing strategy: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Manitoba’s changes to mosquito larvicide fund leave rural residents at risk, mayor says: CBC
University of Winnipeg Rejects Fossil Fuel Divestment
  • Students gear up for battle after University of Winnipeg board rejects fossil fuel divestment: CBC, Winnipeg Free Press
  • University of Winnipeg students camp outside for the night to support fuel divestment: CBC
  • U of W gets green guidance for investments: Winnipeg Free Press


  • Ride, don’t hide: Winnipegger cycles to break stigma around mental health issues: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Doctor has licence suspended and charged $110,000 for making false accusations about colleague: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Closing urgent care centre ‘unconscionable’: Misericordia Sisters: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Misericordia urgent care clinic will be closed overnight starting July 5: Winnipeg Free Press


  • CanadaDrugs execs were under RCMP surveillance in May, court documents show: CBC
  • still has Manitoba pharmacy licenceCBC
  • Drug company CEO could be extraditedWinnipeg Free Press
St. Boniface Decision on Assisted Death
  • St. Boniface Hospital to allow assisted-dying assessments but not assisted dying: CBC
  • 2 more resignations follow St. Boniface Hospital decision on assisted death: CBC, Winnipeg Free Press
  • Critics of St. Boniface ban on medically assisted deaths ‘disingenuous’: ER doctor: CBC
  • St. Boniface board veteran says he’s lost trust in Catholic Health Corp. over assisted dying: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Stacking board within St. Boniface Hospital rules: health minister: Winnipeg Free Press


  • ‘Our elders are our libraries’: 9 Indigenous grandparents honoured for work to protect culture: CBC
  • ‘You had no choice’: Indigenous Manitobans shed light on exploitative farm labour program that ran for decades: CBC
  • Circles for Reconciliation attracting attention across Canada: CBC
  • More than 80 organizations sign indigenous accord: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Métis Federation declines to sign Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord: CBC
  • The return homeWinnipeg Free Press
  • Indigenous people see growing racism but are hopeful for next generation, poll suggests: CBC
  • Residential high school reunion filled with memories, emotions: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Sagkeeng high school marks graduation of Serena McKay with diploma, red gown after death in April: CBC
  • ‘We are enough.’ A roundtable conversation on navigating Indigenous traditions with respect: CBC
  • Search for Jennifer Catcheway’s body resumes on her 26th birthday:
  • Manitoba premier’s reconciliation ride includes PC fundraiser but no meetings with Indigenous people: CBC
  • Church, First Nation ‘building things up‘: Winnipeg Free Press
  • After 35 years, Métis man finally makes it home: APTN News
  • Indigenous communities in Canada finally on Google Maps: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • CFL’s 1st Metis referee spends bulk of his life enforcing rules: CBC
  • Lighting the torch, 50 years later: Winnipeg Free Press
Bill S-3: Indigenous Lineage 
National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Rain delays powwow, but can’t stop Winnipeg’s National Aboriginal Day celebrations: CBC
  • Manitoba Métis honour their own residential, day school survivors: CBC
  • Churchill rail line could be fixed in 2 months, northern leaders say: CBC, APTN News
  • ‘It’s about time to build a road to Churchill’: Engineer says it’s possible: CBC
  • It’s fixable‘: Colorado motorcyclists ride rail line to Churchill: CBC
  • North West Company to stop subsidizing food for Churchill: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Northern First Nations offer to repair damaged rail line to Churchill before winter: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Keewatin Tribal Council representatives demand action for Churchill rail line: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Cynicism on the rails: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Province has no plan to survey Omnitrax damage for itself: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Mixed messages rekindle fears in Churchill: Winnipeg Free Press


  • Winnipeg man who says he found stolen bike for sale online frustrated by police response: CBC
  • Province’s top court slams justice system for keeping criminal’s case in limboWinnipeg Free Press
  • Labour Federation demands Manitoba Hydro improve safety after tower collapse: CBC
  • ‘An incredible amount of guilt’: Judge opens up about gruesome murder case in new book: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Crowd gathers at vigil for Winnipeg dad killed in Father’s Day slaying: CBC
  • Live stream of dying man was effort to show plight of Winnipeg’s North End, says resident: CBC
  • Do the crime, (kind of) do the time: Winnipeg Free Press
In the Courts


  • Ottawa sticks with July 2018 deadline to legalize pot despite provincial worries: CBC
  • Manitoba government hiking rent for some tenants in public housing: CBC, Winnipeg Free Press


  • Wheelchair participants don’t let disability, or gravel, slow them down: Winnipeg Free Press

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