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'Agencies are really struggling': High caseloads, lack of staff and long waits for treatment

West Region Child and Family Services is struggling to keep up with demand for services for children in care citing lack of staff, high caseloads and long waits for counselling and treatment, according to its 2018 annual service plan obtained through access to information.
CBC Investigates

Convicted criminals were once believed to be living at Rod Sage's home, documents show

Two men with criminal records that include convictions for weapons offences, drug possession and assault were believed to be living at Brandon CAO Rod Sage's home, according to documents obtained by CBC News.  

Brandon city manager leaves police board amid investigation into overdose death

Rod Sage made the announcement in a letter to the board Thursday, following news Manitoba’s attorney general had asked the RCMP to review a fatal drug overdose at his home this summer.
CBC Investigates

Manitoba attorney general asks RCMP to review death of woman who overdosed in Brandon CAO's home

In addition to the request for an RCMP review, the Manitoba Liberals are calling on the province to perform an inquest into the death of Christine Mitchell, who overdosed in July, while living in the home of City of Brandon chief administrative officer Rod Sage.
CBC Investigates

Hospitals failed to report 3 drug-related deaths, including 1 that started at Brandon city manager's home

Three overdose deaths linked to opioids went unreported by hospitals this summer, prompting the province’s chief medical examiner to alert doctors that reporting drug overdose deaths is mandatory under the law.
CBC Investigates

Brandon police investigate overdose death at home of top bureaucrat

The Brandon Police Service is investigating the sudden death of a woman who overdosed at the home of the southwestern Manitoba city's manager. Christine Mitchell, who had been living at the home for almost five years, died in July after taking a lethal dose of purple heroin.
CBC Investigates

4 years after ban, restricted pesticides still easy to buy in Winnipeg

Manitoba banned the use of synthetic pesticides like Roundup on nuisance lawn and patio weeds years ago, but the majority of stores visited as part of a recent CBC News investigation were selling it in apparent contravention of the legislation.
CBC Investigates

Traffic cameras helped lead police to charge cafe owners accused of staging hate crime

Cameras mounted on transit buses and street lights led police to look at the owner of a Winnipeg cafe and her family as the perpetrators of an alleged robbery and hate crime, and not the victims, newly released search warrant documents show.
CBC Investigates

Vulnerable teens lacked supervision in foster home without water or adequate food

No running water, little food and staff nowhere to be found. Those were the conditions a Winnipeg police officer stumbled upon while trying to return one teenager to a foster home entrusted with the care of four highly vulnerable girls.
CBC Investigates

Winnipeg police search cemetery pond for human remains, medical devices

The Winnipeg police dive unit searched two retention ponds at Wheeler Cemetery last summer, looking for cremated human remains and medical devices, such as artificial hips and pacemakers, a search warrant says.
CBC Investigates

List of 48 recommendations vanish from final report on sexually exploited teens

A research report aimed at stemming sexual exploitation and trafficking of children and youth took three years for the Manitoba government to complete but sometime between the draft version and final publication, a list of 48 recommendations vanished, CBC News has learned.
CBC Investigates

Couple out over $14K after buying stolen car insured by Manitoba Public Insurance

When Manitoba Public Insurance insures a car, buyers would likely assume that means it’s not stolen. But that wasn’t the case for one Winnipeg couple who bought a 2015 Ford Explorer through a private sale. They now have no car and are out $14,500.
CBC Investigates

Thousands of Manitoba restaurant inspections overdue as nearly 1 in 5 inspector positions vacant

More than 2,000 Manitoba restaurants and care-facility kitchens are going without routine inspections because nearly one in five of the province's health inspector positions — eight out of 44 — are vacant.
CBC Investigates

Justin Swandel communicated about Terracon project as Winnipeg city councillor, later as employee of developer

Former deputy mayor Justin Swandel and Winnipeg developer Terracon were in communication about a contentious industrial land development both while he was in office and after he left to work for the company, according to court filings.
CBC Investigates

Former mayor, CAO invested in Arizona land with division of Winnipeg development company

About two months after Sam Katz's tenure as Winnipeg's mayor ended, he and former chief administrative officer Phil Sheegl joined together on a land deal with Terracon Development Inc. — the U.S. division of a Winnipeg company that worked on major projects for the city while Katz was mayor.