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Self-defence denied: Woman guilty of killing girlfriend

Shayla Woodford has been found guilty of manslaughter for the fatal domestic-violence related stabbing of her girlfriend, Samantha Anderson. Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Shawn Greenberg rejected the prosecution’s request Woodford, 24, be convicted of…


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Manitoba killers, seeking connections

It wasn’t that long ago that a website matching Canadian federal inmates with pen-pals made headlines due to a notorious killer (Luka Magnotta) posting a profile there. I paid little attention at the time. Today,…


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Tina Fontaine investigation: WPS statement, for the record

TODAY: I’m presenting Deputy Chief Danny Smyth’s statement and details on the 16-month investigation into 15-year-old Tina Fontaine’s homicide here in full, simply for the record. Today, Smyth and the Winnipeg Police Service announced the…



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Thanks, Bruce

It was nearly a decade ago now that I knocked timidly on reporter Bruce Owen’s door at the Winnipeg Free Press’ tiny and dim satellite offices in the basement of city hall. “Hey, Bruce. It’s…


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Full disclosure: The Desjarlais inquest reports

About a month ago, retired Manitoba judge Brian Giesbrecht penned a widely-read and discussed Op-Ed for the Winnipeg Free Press about what he saw of the provincial child welfare system from his vantage point on…