In this week’s news, Jets Captain Blake Wheeler sounds off on Trump, an arrest of a Winnipeg firefighter brings a new wave of tips, tattoo parlors and musicians join forces to raise money for a widow’s legal fees, and 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

  • Confidence workbook gives parents starting point for teaching self-esteemCBC
  • Resident in fire-damaged tower caught off-guard by letter saying leave ‘immediately’: CBC
  • Unique Winnipeg housing co-op struggles to find roommates: CBC
  • Riders spent the night on stationary bikes to help homeless young men: CBC
  • Experts gather in city to discuss how to feed the worldWinnipeg Free Press
  • Raising help and hope from afar: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Tent communities pushing into Winnipeg suburbs, but resources haven’t followed:CBC
  • Minimum wage to increase in Manitoba for first time since 2015: CBC
  • National food policy good for all, Manitobans told: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Winnipeggers pitching in to support Errol Greene’s widow and her children: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Working hard at giving backWinnipeg Free Press

Gender & Sexuality

  • U of M gave positive reference check for former prof accused of sexual harassment: Berklee College: CBC
  • Joy Smith Foundation says all girls at risk of exploitationCBC, Winnipeg Free Press
  • U of W gym policy labelled discriminatory: Winnipeg Free Press

Refugees & Race

  • Will Donald Trump’s latest travel restrictions push more asylum seekers into Canada?: CBC
  • Refugee says concerns about bugs, rodents brushed off by Manitoba Housing:CBC
  • Bombers Leggett and Randle understand, support NFL players’ protestsWinnipeg Free Press
  • Wheeler sounds off on Trump’s comments about NFL players who protest: Winnipeg Free Press
  • American Jets support Capt. Wheeler’s assault on Trump bluster: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Liberals working on apology for 1939 decision to refuse ship of Jewish refugees:CBC


  • More elms marked for death right now than have been in Winnipeg for 20 years:CBC
  • Backlog of trees with Dutch elm disease is growing: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Ottawa turns to Winnipeg to study flood planning, protectionWinnipeg Free Press
  • Treatment plants will need to run for 24 years to clean up abandoned mine sites: report: Winnipeg Free Press
  • ‘I want there to be thousands of Janes‘: Winnipeg Free Press


  • Selkirk down to 1 doctor during peak hoursCBC
  • Family believes poor care, long wait at HSC contributed to death of 91-year-old grandmotherCBC
  • Many questions, few answers: Winnipeg Free Press
  • 1st major changes in health-care overhaul to start next week in Winnipeg: CBC
  • WRHA prepping public for Phase 1 of health-care delivery changes: Winnipeg Free Press
  • 22 new doctors a good start but won’t eliminate shortage in Interlake, health authority CEO says: CBC


  • ‘It’s so amazing’: Brandon Indigenous doula group hopes to reintroduce culture into birthCBC
  • Manitoba ’60s Scoop survivors sent abroad want reparations: Winnipeg Free Press
  • MMF pulls plug on hunting with spotlights in some areas of province: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Preserve Indigenous residential schools as sites of conscience, MPs urged: CBC
  • Winnipeg students don orange shirts to honour residential school survivors: CBC
  • Survivor recalls ‘traumatizing’ first day of residential school: CBC
  • Partnering up to bring a 26 week construction program to students: APTN News (Video)
  • Katherena Vermette’s The Break among finalists for 2017 Burt Award: CBC
  • Manitoba Metis celebrating return of Riel possessionsAPTN News
  • Travel Manitoba and Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada agree to grow province’s Indigenous tourismCBCAPTN News (Video) 
  • Samaritans sowed the seeds of farming breakthrough: Winnipeg Free Press


  • Online recordings add to trauma of child sexual abuse, victims tell child protectioncentre: CBC
  • ‘Like shooting fish in a barrel‘: 15 men arrested in 12 hours for buying sex on street, police say: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • St. James man faces child-porn charges after Swiss investigators flag address: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Disbarred Winnipeg lawyer faces criminal chargesCBC
  • Police facing increasingly violent situations involving drugs: Chief Smyth:CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Fatal police shooting in Maples is 10th investigated by Manitoba watchdog: CBC
  • U of M could lose $9.4M if faculty association wins court case: report: CBC
  • IIU investigating to determine if excessive force used in boy’s arrestWinnipeg Free Press
  • Lawyer disbarred for misuse of clients’ fundsWinnipeg Free Press
In the Courts
  • Doctor accused of repeated sex assaults on patient: CBC
  • Doctor denies allegations he sexually assaulted patient: CBC
  • Winnipeg lawsuit over water treatment plant dries up after lawyer misses deadline: CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • Mayor calls error that sank Winnipeg’s water-treatment lawsuit ‘inexcusable‘: CBC
  • City’s legal team reviewing all cases after errorWinnipeg Free Press
  • Soldier accused of sexual assault at CFB Shilo to face court martial: Winnipeg Free Press
  • 3 women sought protection orders against firefighter charged with sexual assault:CBC
  • Winnipeg firefighter charged with sexually abusing 3 young women:CBCWinnipeg Free Press
  • ‘Who’s gonna take my word over his?’ Winnipeg woman comes forward after firefighter charged with sex assault: CBC
  • Martial arts teacher’s sex-crimes arrest generates wave of additional tips to police: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Firefighter accused of abuse as far back as 1985Winnipeg Free Press
  • Predators likely no stranger to children they prey on: experts: CBC
  • Girlfriend of firefighter facing sex assault charges died while couple was on vacation: Winnipeg Free Press
  • ‘I just felt wonderment’: Wilma Derksen revisits slain daughter’s belongings as she waits for retrial verdict: CBC
  • Decision to suspend ER nurse acquitted of sex assault flawed, lawyer tells Appeal Court: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Man who posted video of sexual attack sentenced: Winnipeg Free Press


  • What we know so far about Wab Kinew’s convictions, stayed chargesCBC
  • Kinew should explain further, says Falcon-Ouellette: Winnipeg Free Press
  • MLA kicked out of NDP caucus over harassment allegations accuses party of double standard on Kinew: CBC
  • Costa Rica controversies a factor in Pallister’s slip in popularity: poll: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Pallister needed to reveal Costa Rican holdings earlier than he did, say NDP: Winnipeg Free Press
  • Senator concerned by lack of seat appointmentWinnipeg Free Press
  • Commission questions Winnipeg’s practice of diverting water and waste revenue to pay for other services: Winnipeg Free Press


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