June 25, 2017

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Free Press Head Start for Friday, June 16

This morning

  • Punishing the victim: A man who was pistol-whipped and slashed in a home invasion has been found in contempt of court for failing to testify against his attackers. Maxim Garneau says he received threats before he decided not to show up at the trial in November. Justice sources told the Free Press it’s unique for a victim of a crime to be prosecuted. Garneau spent several months in custody after his arrest on the contempt charge and was given credit for time served and released from jail. Mike McIntyre reports.
  • Your forecast: It will be a mix of sun and cloud today, with a high of 20 C and a 30 per cent chance of showers.

In case you missed it

  • The public reaction against the closures turned the tide on the federal government's decision to shut down coast guard services in Gimli.

    Decision doesn’t hold water: The federal government said Thursday it has reconsidered its decision to close Canadian Coast Guard stations on Lake Winnipeg and Lake of the Woods. The cuts had been proposed as part of a strategy that focused operations on the country’s coasts. The decision means construction will proceed on a partly finished coast guard facility near Gimli. Alexandra Paul reports.
  • Lawyer doubts dire predictions: A Winnipeg immigration lawyer says he disagrees with the findings of a government memo projecting decade-long waits for refugee hearings and nearly $3 billion in social supports for claimants. Bashir Khan says the forecast is based on projections the number of refugee claimants would continually increase, which hasn’t happened. Carol Sanders reports.
  • Settlement in suit: A $90-million preliminary settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit filed by First Nations residents affected by flooding in 2011. The agreement between the evacuees and the provincial and federal governments still must be approved by Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench judge. Alexandra Paul reports.

Up next

  • Riders grip their shoulder restrains as they fall earthbound on the Mega Drop ride.

    Fun and games: The annual Red River Exhibition runs today until June 25, and Alan Small has 10 things to be excited about at this year’s edition. This is the 20th anniversary of the Ex moving from the Polo Park area to its current home at the western edge of the city.
  • Liberal leadership race: River Heights MLA Jon Gerrard is expected to announce today he will run for the leadership of the Manitoba Liberal party. Gerrard, who led the party from 1998 to 2013, will share his “future plans” at the legislature at 12:15 p.m. Colleagues Cindy Lamoureux and Judy Klassen, who stepped down as interim leader earlier this week, have announced their candidacy, as has Dougald Lamont, the owner of a consulting and communications business.

Around the water cooler

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols hands off to Andrew Harris during the first half against the Edmonton Eskimos, Thursday.

    Team ties again: The Blue Bombers dressed all but one of their 24 projected starters and were expected to win at home Thursday night. But the team blew a 15-point lead to the Edmonton Eskimos in the final minute, the game ended in a tie — yes, another tie — and the Bombers finished the preseason with a record of 0-0-2. Jeff Hamilton reports.

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On this date

  • On June 16, 1958: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that the increasingly protectionist United States Congress was being urged to make reciprocal trade agreements program permanent. In Manitoba, voters were turning out in near-record numbers for the provincial elections. U.K. troops began landing in Cyprus and it was speculated they could move on to Lebanon.

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