Austin Grabish

Multimedia journalist

I'm a multimedia journalist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and have a special interest in human rights reporting. If you have a story you'd like to share, I'd love to hear from you.

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'Ripped out my heart and stole it': Manitoba brides, vendors say convicted fraudster owes them...
Brides and wedding vendors say they want to be paid back thousands of dollars, alleging a Manitoba wedding planner and convicted fraudster faked invoices, inflated bills and...
Death toll in flooded-out Manitoba First Nation hits 92 as evacuees wait to return home
Diane Sinclair wants to give her daughter a proper resting place, but it's a wish that seems impossible for the Lake St. Martin mother. "It's like a sponge," says Sinclair of...
Woman found dead near border was en route to Canada to see newborn granddaughter
A Ghanaian woman found dead near the Canada-U.S. border was on her way to see her newborn granddaughter in Toronto and had been living in the U.S. under an expired visa, CBC...
Frostbitten refugee will lose fingers, toe after 7-hour trek to cross U.S.-Canada border
A Ghanaian refugee who almost died during a trek to cross the U.S.-Canada border into Manitoba on Christmas Eve will lose all of his fingers, a toe and possibly his arms. "It's...
'It's a shame': Manitoba Housing highrise sits empty for more than two years
The Manitoba government has taken the axe to renovation plans for a downtown Winnipeg social housing highrise that's sat empty for more than two years, despite pouring about $3...
'Everything here is beautiful': Frostbitten refugee in awe at first Pride
​Staring at the sea of rainbow colours that blanketed Winnipeg Sunday morning, Seidu Mohammed was in awe. "It's so so beautiful," a smiling Mohammed said, looking at floats in...
'They just walk on through': Hundreds fleeing past Manitoba border seeking refugee protection
Hundreds of refugees have entered Manitoba near the Emerson border crossing in an attempt to get asylum in Canada over the last year, CBC News has learned. The revelation comes...
'He told me I had a big nose,' mom tears up after blind son sees her face for the 1st time
A blind boy from Selkirk, Man., is counting down the days until he'll be able to see his family again - something he did for the first time last week. Benny Francey, 10, is...
UN, Amnesty look into asylum seekers walking into Manitoba
The United Nations says it is concerned about asylum seekers who are coming into Manitoba on foot from the U.S. in the bitter cold to make refugee claims. "They walk for hours...
'You can see the layers of waste here'; Millions spent on maintaining village for flood evacuees
The Manitoba government has spent more than $2 million maintaining a housing village for Lake St. Martin flood evacuees, but just 10 people are living there, according to...
'This is a way for everybody to heal': ex-Mountie on RCMP compensation for harassment
A former Manitoba RCMP officer says it's time to heal, but no amount of money will ever pay for what she and others in the force had to endure. Sherry Benson-Podolchuk was...
University of Manitoba students receive 'extortion' letters over illegal downloads
Thousands of students at the University of Manitoba have received copyright infringement letters, some of which the school says amount to "extortion." Joel Guénette, the...
'At best insensitive': Blood donation ad appears on gay hookup app Grindr
Canadian Blood Services says the placement of a blood donation ad on Grindr, a gay hookup app, is the fault of its mobile advertising vendor. In an ad that ran on Grindr across...
Joyful Snapchat from Orlando nightclub was Winnipegger's last look at friend
The last time Winnipegger Clinton Houle saw his friend Edward Sotomayor Jr. it was through a Snapchat video - Eddie was dancing with his boyfriend, full of joy in a Florida gay...
'I don't want to go home in a coffin': Five years on, Lake St. Martin residents dying to go home...
Edee O’Meara stands in a hotel room preparing to say goodbye to her mom, wearing a shimmering black dress and sparkling new high heels. Her mother Shee Sheeb, a Lake St....
Gay Hutterite comes out after fleeing colony in rural Manitoba | Daily Xtra
Growing up he'd see the pictures in the paper. Drag queens, rainbow flags, and gay guys. While his peers scoffed about Winnipeg Pride being in the news, Garrett Wipf thought one...
Edge Winnipeg, Winnipeg's only magazine dedicated exclusively to gay men
I shot the front cover of Edge Winnipeg and was editor-in-chief of the magazine, which was put together by myself and three friends in the Creative Communications program at Red...
Mystery surrounds little-known free bus pass program for people with disabilities
A little-known city program that lets Handi-Transit users ride Winnipeg Transit for free should be better advertised and made available to more riders, advocates say. In 2006,...
'It's so hard to realize that she's gone forever'
When Marie Walker looks out her office window she can see the house where her daughter took her last breath. A plain white house on Dufferin Ave. across the back lane from the...
Shoal Lake 40 member speaks to UN about water rights: 'We need to be treated with dignity' |...
She's shared her community's story with the world, but for now, Linda Redsky and other Shoal Lake 40 band members must wait.
University of Winnipeg student fears deportation after being outed as gay | Metro News
Disowned by his own family for being gay, Hazim Ismail says living in Canada has been a relief since fleeing Malaysia three years ago. But the University of Winnipeg student...
Keeping the party alive
With hookup apps rising in popularity and the list of shuttered gay bars growing, could it soon be last call at Winnipeg’s two remaining queer clubs? Edge investigates.
Complete conservative collapse from six Winnipeg seats to zero
I worked in the field for Global News on federal election night. I set up live hits while co-ordinating with the station's control room in Edmonton, live tweeted, and shot...
Back to square one for Manitoba’s NDP; Selinger stays on as premier, but party still divided
Premier Greg Selinger likely slept a little easier Sunday night. The embat- tled premier won his fight to keep his job and will continue to lead Manitoba, at least for now.
Relief, then more grief for Tina Fontaine’s family
Thelma Favel’s emotions couldn’t have been running any higher last Friday. Her 17-year-old grandson was stabbed during the early morning hours near McLean Avenue and Main Street...
Rally opposes Vince Li’s move to group home
With an eagle feather in hand, Carol de Delley vehemently denounced the Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board’s decision to allow the man who beheaded and cannibalized her son to...
UN committee to hear plight of waterless Shoal Lake First Nation Monday | Metro News
Linda Redsky is packing her bags, leaving her isolated community, and preparing to share the plight of Shoal Lake 40 on the world stage. Redsky and possibly a second band member...
Death threats sent to gay University Of Winnipeg student in hate mail blitz
Hazim Ismail just wants the messages to stop. The gay international student studying at the University of Winnipeg has been inundated with hundreds of messages decrying him for...
Dewar named new finance minister after five dissidents resign
After sitting on the NDP’s backbench for nearly 25 years, Selkirk MLA Greg Dewar has finally been promoted to cabinet. On Monday Dewar stood in line with five other ministers...
Reaching new heights
Selkirk resident and long-time Ukrainian dancer Jared Laberge jumps during the hopak dance at the Ukraine-Kyiv Pavilion while ladies with the Verba Ukrainian Dance Company spin...

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