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Unreported news: Anti-mandate student roughed up by police; student protesters forced outside without jackets by school principal

 While Winnipeg Free Press reporters churned out fake news stories, real news broke out in southern Manitoba and went unreported.

Hundreds of high school students protesting Covid vaccine mandates rallied in Steinbach last week, but it was the shocking aftermath that big city Winnipeg journalists have studiously refused to report on.

When one of the protesters, a 15-year-old boy, tried to enter Steinbach Regional Secondary School to get his belongings after school authorities elected to send all students home, he was met at the door by at least three police officers, who pushed him out. When he explained he wanted his books, the 300-pound Chief of the Steinbach police detachment grabbed the gangly boy by the jacket and rammed him against a school wall.

It was all caught on video which quickly made its way onto social media.  The (maskless) policeman mumbled that he (the student) could be charged with assault. When observing students shouted that what the police chief had done was assault, he abruptly let go of the boy's coat and walked away, but  not before leaning in to say something.

"He's going to pound me," the boy said loudly in preemptive self-defence.

On Monday an even worse outrage against teenaged students occurred at Garden Valley Collegiate in Winkler. According to an eyewitness, students tried to "do a Protest walk through the school with flags and without masks." School authorities "kicked the kids outside" without jackets. The temperature was about -16 with a windchill of -21 degrees.

In the extreme cold they had to stand outside in sweatshirts and t-shirts and, the eyewitness said,  they were allowed in only if they agreed to wear masks. A photo of a group of students huddled together to keep warm under thin blankets is posted online.

Some of the students called their parents. When the principal was confronted with one mother, he called the police on her.

Forcing under-dressed children outside in sub-zero temperatures is cruel and vindictive, not to mention that, by anybody's standards, it's child abuse.

And for the police to be part of it, is unconscionable.

Why hasn't the Minister of Education Wayne Ewasko demanded someone be held accountable. And why hasn't the provincial Children's Advocate not demanded a criminal investigation?

While these outrages against teenagers was taking place, what "news" was the Winnipeg Free Press reporting?

Their Queen of Fake News, Carol Sanders, out to smear truckers demonstrating near the Legislature, invented out of whole cloth a story about a squiggle in the snow at the protest being a fascist "symbol" used by an obscure political movement in Europe a hundred years ago.

Then she followed that up with a second smear story based on a tweet by Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew that Premier Heather Stefanson's refusal to condemn the Freedom Convoy protestors was like U.S. President Donald Trump refusing to condemn attendees at a white-supramacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

She failed to report that the Trump story has been debunked through video and audio recordings of his statements, because the truth would run contrary to the truckers-are-racists "narrative" being spun by the Winnipeg Free Press. The newspaper laughingly headlined her story "Call for 'balance' sets off firestorm." The only firestorm was self-serving comments by Kinew and Manitoba Liberal Party leader Dougald Lamont.

Another fake news story was from Erik Pindera who made the front page of the newspaper, with a report on two drunks removed from a counter-protest at the Legislature and released to their friends after a guarantee they would not be allowed to wander into traffic and risk injury or death.

The story was prompted by a tweet from NDP MLA Nahanni Fontaine (are you detecting a pattern here?). The story was her usual harangue against police, calling the anti-mandate protest "casual sedition" and accusing police of picking on "indigenous counter-protesters".

The Pindera story carried the coda "With files from Maggie Macintosh." She, it turns out, is a "local journalism initiative reporter". That's someone whose paycheque is subsidized by the federal government of Justin Trudeau "to produce journalism for underserved communities."

The only underserved community here is the citizens of Winnipeg. 

The "journalism" provided by the subsidized newspaper appears to be a platform for politicians with an agenda. True journalism would be reporting who the organizers of the counter-protest, defendwpg, 
were and their hate-police agenda.

From their website in their own words:

defendwpg@defendwpg We are a collective of Indigenous, POC (People of Colour), youth and allies. emails: #defendwpg #defendywg #flutrucksklan #flutruxklan #kkkonvoy

#defendwpg@defendwpg · Feb 12 @wpgpolice arrested in Indigenous person for “blocking traffic” today. This is a full blown white supremacist org that takes 30% of our tax $ with 0 accountability and collaborate with fascists. City council is just as complicit for continuing to fund this gang.

As a final twist, Maggie Macintosh's newspaper profile says "The reporter will be dedicated to education. The reporter will cover stories all the way from kindergarten classes to university labs. The reporter will find out what is happening in school boards, and not just those in Winnipeg."


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