March 25, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News
Pay the rent, or put food on the table?
It sounds like an unthinkable choice. It’s one Priscilla, a Winnipeg mom with two young kids, both under 8, faces daily.
It’s one the growing number of people Laurie O’Connor sees streaming through Saskatoon’s Food Bank keep asking themselves.
It’s one faced by more than a million Canadian households, a Statistics Canada report revealed Wednesday.
Feb. 11, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny and Patrick Cain, Global News
Jillane Mignon just needed cash to pay for day care.
Her job with the City of Winnipeg’s 311 program covered the bills, but not the $1,000 a month it cost to care for her son while she was at work.
“When there are [child care] subsidies, there are no spaces. When there are spaces, there’s no subsidy.”
So it started with a small loan from a payday lender. That took care of that month.
Feb. 10, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News
The percentage of working-age Canadians who aren’t working – who aren’t even looking for a job – is at a historic high years after the economy supposedly bounced back from the recession. The labour participation rate for Canadian men in their working prime – ages 25 through 54 – is the lowest it’s been since Statistics Canada started collecting that data.
Christopher Black/The Canadian Press
Thursday, June 14, 2012 – Globe and Mail
ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY
A team of Canadian researchers has developed one of the most effective cures yet for the Ebola virus. That’s big news both for treating the deadliest virus on Earth and tackling myriad other similarly aggressive diseases.
The treatment, in which injections of protein-grabbing antibodies stop a virus from replicating, has the longest treatment window so far resulting in full recovery – a full day. There’s just one catch: It can take up to two weeks for symptoms of the disease to appear.
Gary Kobinger has been chasing vaccines since childhood.
Growing up in Quebec City in the early 1990s, he remembers being galvanized to action by documentaries about people infected with HIV-AIDS – back when the illness was still new, mysterious and terrifying.
“In my mind, as a teenager, this was unacceptable. So I decided this was where I would put my energy.”
Monday, September 7, 2009
ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY
All three of them, as children, were hooked on crack cocaine and locked into a life spent selling themselves for money, drugs, food, shelter and the illusion of protection they couldn’t get anywhere else.
All spent years bouncing around Manitoba’s foster-care, youth-correction and child-welfare systems, from one program for at-risk minors to another.
And all were found dead, their bodies dumped on the outskirts of town. No one has been charged in their deaths, two of which have so far been declared homicides.
Cherisse Houle, Hillary Angel Wilson and Fonassa Bruyere, the teenage girls who have become the face of Winnipeg’s epidemic of missing and murdered young aboriginal women, have a lot in common. And they have become, quite literally, on police press releases and bulletin boards across the region, poster children for systemic failure in child welfare and police investigations – what a Manitoba cabinet minister calls a “state of emergency” for the region.