March 26, 2017

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Free Press Head Start for Monday, Nov. 23

Good morning!

  • Your forecast: Hope you’re filled to the brim with windshield wiper fluid because you’re going to need it today. It’ll be a sloppy one on Winnipeg streets due to Sunday’s snowfall and a temperature hovering near 1 C for much of a cloudy day. For Tuesday, expect another grey one, with a 30 per cent chance of flurries in the morning and a high of 0 C. There could be more snow coming Tuesday night as the temperature falls to -4 C. Expect a cooler Wednesday, with daytime high of -5 C and an overnight low of a bitter -17 C.

In case you missed it

  • Ian White

    Ex-NHLer facing charges: City police say former NHL defenceman and Steinbach native Ian White was arrested in Winnipeg on Friday afternoon and faces several weapons-related offences. The 31-year-old veteran of more than 500 NHL games faces two charges of careless use or storage of a firearm or prohibited device, a single charge of unauthorized possession of a firearm, unauthorized importing of a prohibited or restricted firearm, and a breach of recognizance. He was taken into custody and was to appear before a magistrate Saturday, although it’s not known whether he received bail.
  • Fatal police-involved shooting: Investigators with the province’s Independent Investigation Unit spent the weekend in Thompson probing the fatal shooting of a man by an RCMP officer after a traffic stop in the northern Manitoba city. In a media release, the RCMP said members stopped a vehicle around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. As an officer approached, the driver accelerated and struck the officer, who fired a weapon. The driver died and a female passenger was seriously hurt.

Up next

  • Edmonton Eskimos fans are happy (above) as the Esks now advance to the Grey Cup along with the East division winners the Ottawa Redblacks.

    Get the party started: Welcome to Grey Cup week, a significant week for those who like football and for those who just like to party. Venues around town are crammed with activities, but here are a few highlights: Wednesday at 3 p.m., the Grey Cup trophy arrives at the legislature; Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the RBC Convention Centre, a concert with Dallas Smith, Aaron Pritchett and Leanne Pearson; Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the RBC Convention Centre, a concert with The Sheepdogs, The Trews and Attica Riots; Saturday at 4:30 p.m., the Grey Cup parade joins with the annual Santa Claus parade; Sunday at 5 p.m. - oh yes, there’s a football game as Ottawa clashes with Edmonton for the CFL title.
  • Back lanes: A proposal to reduce wear and tear on gravel back lanes will be discussed at a city council committee today. Coun. Brian Mayes proposed moving garbage and recyclable pick-ups from back lanes to the front streets in those areas where the back lanes are gravel. Mayes, who dubs himself the “Gravel King” because 27 per cent of the city’s gravel back lanes are in his St. Vital ward, said he’d like a pilot program carried out in his ward.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the country’s premiers meet today in Ottawa, and one of the top agenda items will be rebuilding Canada’s reputation as an environmental leader in the fight against climate change. A gathering of first ministers — the first such meeting in nearly seven years — is not expected to produce new national targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions or any new concrete measures for achieving them. It’s more a demonstration of the new Liberal government’s good intentions as Trudeau prepares for next week’s United Nations summit on climate change in Paris.

Around the water cooler

  • Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman

    Syrian refugees welcome: Mayor’s mayor wants to roll out the welcome mat to Syrian refugees. On Sunday, Brian Bowman said he believes the Syrian humanitarian crisis requires support and assistance from countries and communities around the world, including Winnipeg. "I believe now is not the time to close our doors. Now is not the time to allow fear to triumph over hope and humanity. Now, more than ever, is a time for compassion.” Just what the city will do isn’t clear as the mayor waits for direction from the new federal Liberal government.
  • Call for backup: The Winnipeg Jets still haven’t divulged the seriousness of goalie Ondrej Pavelec’s injury, but it looks as if he could be out for some time. So, the NHL club called up Connor Hellebuyck from the Manitoba Moose. And since the AHL club is home right now, Hellebuyck didn’t have far to travel. It’s expected he’ll back up Michael Hutchinson tonight when the Jets host the Colorado Avalanche at 7 p.m. at MTS Centre.
  • Crying wolf works: A dog in the Albert Beach area alerted her owners to the presence of at least one wolf last week – a wolf that was attacking another family pet. The older dog, Norman, a Lab-German shepherd cross was battling with a large wolf in the bush near their home, and the barking of the family’s other dog sent Gary Wingate out to help. Norman was pretty beaten up, but he’ll survive. But Wingate said the incident highlights the escalating wolf problem on the east side of Lake Winnipeg.

Trending now

  • #OddThingsToFindInBed: People clearly have opinions on what they might be missing on that European-top mattress or beneath the down-filled comforter, ranging from "a full 8 hours of sleep" to "The motivation to get out of it" to "The wife from your previous sitcom."
  • Canada's Syrian: A reference to Canada's Syrian refugee plan, which reportedly will prioritize women, children and families for entry into the country but will not admit single or "unaccompanied" men. More information on the policy is expected to be announced Tuesday

On this date

  • On Nov. 23, 1978: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that fuel consumed by cars at a four-way stop sign in Winnipeg was "a whopping 12,500 gallons" annually, according to a report delivered to the Professional Engineers of Manitoba. Regular users of Westminster Avenue who must stop at its intersections had to pay for 50,000 gallons of fuel annually to comply with existing regulations, said the engineer who submitted the report. Winnipeg renters were owed more than $1 million in rent rebates. Manitoba's attorney general requested a full police investigation into acts of vandalism, wilful damage and intimidation during the ongoing liquor strike, which had gone on for seven weeks.

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