Ian Froese

Reporter

Ian Froese is a reporter with CBC Manitoba. He has previously worked for newspapers in Brandon and Steinbach. Story idea? Email: ian.froese@cbc.ca.

Latest from Ian Froese

COVID-19 cases at Manitoba pork plant highlight need for sick-pay program: union, NDP

Workers at a Brandon, Man., meat-packing plant that has seen 10 cases of COVID-19 deserve to be compensated for taking sick leave, their union argues.

Manitoba processing plant with COVID-19 should learn from Alberta facilities and shut down, union leaders say

Union leaders who witnessed a devastating COVID-19 outbreak at meat-packing facilities in Alberta are calling on a Brandon, Man., plant to shut down before its eight cases of the novel coronavirus become many more.

NDP pans government pitch to axe nursery school grant, cap on some parent fees

The Manitoba NDP is rallying against proposed changes to early childhood education that may strip funding from child-care centres and eliminate a cap on some parent fees.

Winnipeg grocer fights back against rumour that several staff members contracted COVID-19

The owner of an Indian grocery store in Winnipeg says he's losing business after a lie that several of his employees contracted COVID-19 was spread online. 

Code words and hotel stays: Crisis agencies adapt to helping domestic violence victims in pandemic

Agencies needed to be inventive to help people trapped at home with an abusive partner, said Lorie English, executive director of the West Central Women's Resource Centre.

MPI issuing 2nd rebate to correct mistaken cheques for 9,600 policyholders

Manitoba Public Insurance has issued a second rebate cheque for thousands of drivers who didn't get as much money as they deserved.

Winnipeg high schoolers ready to roll back to class, even if it's part-time

Some students are itching to get back to class, even if they understand the health risks of the novel coronavirus.

Winnipeg fountains flowing again after neighbours grumbled

Winnipeg has turned on the taps for neighbourhood fountains that better resembled cement bowls this year than anything spewing water. 

Bonus pay on the way for nearly 80,000 Manitoba front-line pandemic workers

Manitoba is issuing payments to 78,442 people as part of the $120-million Risk Recognition Program, which acknowledges front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manitoba NDP proposes capping class size at 15 students, hiring more teachers during pandemic

The Manitoba New Democrats are calling on the province to cap class sizes at 15 students as the government prepares to resume learning this fall under a global pandemic.
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Women fall behind in pandemic recovery due to childcare needs, job availability

Women have traditionally handled the majority of parenting duties, and hold low-paying service jobs more vulnerable to the whims of pandemic-induced closures, said Susan Prentice, University of Manitoba sociology professor.

29,000 Manitobans returned to work last month as economy rebounds from pandemic

Manitoba’s latest job numbers indicate the province had Canada’s second-lowest unemployment rate and the lowest youth unemployment rate in June, Manitoba Finance Minister Scott Fielding says.

More people dying on Manitoba's rural roads this year, in spite of empty streets early in pandemic

The pandemic emptied Manitoba's roads and caused the number of insurance claims to plummet, but more people are dying on provincial roadways so far this year than last year.

Mayor, community members urge Morden hockey team to ditch controversial nickname

A senior hockey team in rural Manitoba that's resisted calls to discard its controversial name is facing new pressure from its mayor and other residents.

A crash course in COVID: New University of Manitoba class will explore impact of pandemic

A group of students who wanted to study the profound disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have inspired a new class being offered this fall at the University of Manitoba.

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