This week’s news features a human library, all of the coverage on Wab Kinew, a First Nation that has 100s of kids not in school due to one problem, local messages of both love and hate for newcomers, and much more.

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.

Scott Hadath 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.

Ethan Sumner

Oakbank RCMP are asking Winnipeggers to keep an eye out for a “vulnerable, at-risk youth” who might be in the city. Ethan Sumner, 17, was reported missing on Thursday at about 10:20 p.m., the Mounties say. He was then spotted a few hours later near Vimy Ridge Memorial Park on Portage Avenue. He has not been seen since.

The teen is described as five feet five inches tall, 145 pounds, with brown eyes and dark hair. He was last seen wearing cargo shorts, a dark shirt and a cream-coloured toque. He also might be wearing a camo-coloured hoodie. Sumner is known to hang around on Selkirk Avenue near Salter street. Anyone with information is asked to call the Oakbank RCMP at 204-444-3391.

Poverty & Community Outreach

  • ‘It was inspiring’: Terry Fox’s cousin recounts witnessing Marathon of HopeCBC
  • John K. Samson concert to raise money for wife of man who died in police custodyCBC
  • Human library‘ lets you discover the true story: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Anti-poverty rally calls for $15 minimum wage by 2020, Kinew says 2024: Winnipeg Free PressCBC
  • ‘A community made of great people’: March shows off positive side of Spence neighbourhoodCBC
  • Lawn signs with welcoming message pop up around Winnipeg: CBC
  • Rally organizers uninvite pro-gun, anti-Islamic groupWinnipeg Free Press
  • CEO Sleepout returns with new site and date: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Single mom homeless after subsidy shrinks, Manitoba Housing rent increases:CBC
  • Keeping Terry’s dream alive: Winnipeg Free Press
  • North End program gets a boost: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Organizer says rally for ‘free speech’ could take rough turn: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Human Library project enables Winnipeg woman talk of father’s dementia: CBC
  • ‘I feel rich because of my family’: Winnipeg man struggled with homelessness as single dad: CBC

Gender & Sexuality

  • Make sexual harassment training mandatory at U of M, says advocate: CBC
  • Portage la Prairie Pride organizers unfazed by protesters: CBC

Refugees & Race


  • ‘Everybody’s anxious’: 1,800 wildfire evacuees wait for flights home from Winnipeg and Brandon: CBC
  • VegFest promotes compassion for animals at inaugural event: CBC
  • Final northern Manitoba evacuees head homeWinnipeg Free PressCBC
  • With protesters gone, clearing of Parker lands resumesWinnipeg Free Press
  • Parker Lands protesters not giving up legal fight as developer begins cutting trees: CBC
  • ‘There’s nowhere that is not hit’: Manitoba Dominican, Mexican communities reeling after disasters hit home: CBC


  • Ignored to death: Brian Sinclair’s death caused by racism, inquest inadequate, group says: CBCAPTN News
  • WRHA pledges to take on racismWinnipeg Free Press
  • Manitoba health care changes make sense, former WRHA head says: CBC
  • Picking up the pieces: Winnipeg Free Press
  • ‘They had burned out’: Manitoba paramedics offered course on stress, mental healthCBC
  • Your city on drugs: Winnipeg needs to rethink approach to dealing with abuse:CBC
  • WRHA introduces new intensive home-care program: CBC
  • Inconsistent, missing data means researchers can’t determine what drives Manitoba hospital costs: study: CBC
  • Chaos, confusion as 100s of support staff in Winnipeg hospitals told their jobs will be deletedCBC
  • Victoria hospital staff could lose jobs: union: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Online survey collecting info about mental health and addictions servicesWinnipeg Free Press
  • Advocates hope Manitoba will follow Ontario, cover costly HIV prevention drug: CBC


  • Manitoba parents wait for potentially life-saving drug for kids with spinal muscular atrophy: CBC
  • Manitoba First Nations get $19 million to fight diabetesWinnipeg Free Press
  • Feet are the focus of expanded diabetes-treatment programs on First Nations: Winnipeg Free Press
  • MMIWG national inquiry loses family member’s fileCBC
  • Indigenous groups want Manitoban in MMIWG inquiry leadershipCBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • We Are All Treaty Celebration welcomes non-Indigenous and Indigenous alike:CBC
  • Manitoba offers land to Indigenous community forced to relocate in 1950s: CBC
  • First Nations CFS agencies tackle funding gapsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Our people were experimented on‘: Indigenous sanatorium survivors recall medical tests: CBC
  • Trudeau devotes UN speech to Canada’s shame over Indigenous PeoplesWinnipeg Free Press
  • WAG opens its largest contemporary Indigenous art exhibition yet:CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Mikinakay: Trail of the Turtle and This River on Absolutely Manitoba: CBC
  • Manitoba senators brace for battle with Ottawa over Indian Act status: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg rally urges MPs to adopt UN declaration on Indigenous rightsCBC
  • Manitoba offers traditional lands to Sayisi Dene First Nation forced to relocate in1950s: APTN News
  • RCMP inks deal to return Louis Riel artifacts to Métis peopleCBC
  • ‘There is equitable funding’: Bennett says more teachers, new model needed for First Nations education: CBC
Senator Beyak
  • Lynn Beyak removed from all Senate committeesCBC, APTN News
  • Remove Sen. Beyak from Conservative caucus over Indigenous comments: AMC grand chief: CBC
  • Andrew Scheer ‘condemns’ Lynn Beyak’s take on First Nations issues, but leaves her in caucus: CBC
  • Sen. Beyak got one thing right: more of the same for First Nations is not the answerCBC
  • Manitoba chiefs join push for Beyak’s resignation: Winnipeg Free Press
Shamattawa FN
  • Teacher shortage in Shamattawa First Nation leaves hundreds of kids out of school: CBC
  • Northern Manitoba First Nations short at least 36 teachersCBC
  • Feds mull ‘take-home packages’ for Shamattawa students out of school due to teacher shortage: CBC


  • 1 in 7 Manitoba search warrants in study has serious flaws: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Man arrested after allegedly sending child porn to policeWinnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeg police officer stabbed, suspect shot by police: CBC
In the Courts
  • Police charge man in undercover child sexual abuse imagery sting: CBC
  • Winnipeg man pleads guilty to sexually exploiting vulnerable 17-year-old girl:CBC
  • Ex-cop fined $7,500 for accessing daughter’s health records: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Judge dismisses accused bomber’s DNA challengeWinnipeg Free Press
  • Amsel lawyers seek approval to question policeCBC
  • Accused bomber allowed to question police evidence: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Defence challenges officers’ actions in documenting bombing suspect’s case: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Judge dismisses challenge by accused letter- bomber of DNA warrantWinnipeg Free Press
  • Teen’s sex assault term served as adult: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Woman gets house arrest for helping child predator contact victimsCBC
  • Former controller created fake employees, increased salary to cheat Winnipeg hotel out of $130K: CBC
  • Court told how ‘vulnerable’ teen sexually exploited for profitWinnipeg Free Press


Wab Kinew
  • Wab Kinew’s historic NDP leadership win clouded by domestic abuse allegations, attack website: CBC
  • Can Wab Kinew rise to the challenge of leadership?: CBC
  • Indigenous MLA’s attempt at damage control too little, too late: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Court record, Kinew’s memoir offer differing versions of 2004 assault on cabbie:CBC
  • ‘It’s a new direction,’ Kinew says on first day at helm of NDP’s damaged ship: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Kinew’s coronation as NDP leader comes with tough questionsCBC
  • Wab Kinew reveals his inner circle, Manitoba Opposition critics: CBC
  • Kinew shuffles shadow cabinet amid no-shows: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Pallister wants discussion on candidate disclosure, ‘not entirely sure’ voters knew Kinew’s background: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Women’s accusations cloud Kinew’s NDP leadership victory: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Political resurrection or ugly footnote?: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Federal NDP leadership hopeful Jagmeet Singh stands by new Manitoba leaderWab Kinew: CBC
  • Winnipeg mayor says he believes Wab Kinew’s apologies are sincere:CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Wab Kinew allegations turning into ‘witch hunt,’ Senator Murray Sinclair says:CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Kinew sought pardon for crimes before running for office: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Kinew ‘reckless’ in relationshipWinnipeg Free Press
  • different story unfoldsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Liberal leadership candidate attacks Kinew: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Political scandals and forgiveness: When we let go of indiscretions, when we don’t, and why: CBC
  • Niki Ashton, Jagmeet Singh at odds over domestic abuse allegations in Manitoba NDP: CBC
  • ‘I was not in the best place in my life’: Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew confronts abuse allegations: CBC

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