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Free Press Head Start for April 16

What’s happening today

  • PM in Paris: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Paris today to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and address the National Assembly. Trudeau has voiced support for last week’s airstrikes against Syria by France, the U.K. and the U.S. for an alleged chemical weapon attack.
  • Deadly prison riot: Seven inmates were killed and 17 others were injured in a riot at a South Carolina prison that ended early today. No employees were injured in the incident at Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security facility in Bishopville that houses about 1,500 inmates.


  • Your forecast: Today will be sunny with a high of 8 C and wind from the northeast at 20 km/h early this afternoon.

In case you missed it

  • There were protests across the country after Raymond Cormier was found not guilty in the death of Tina Fontaine.

    Survey says: A majority of Manitobans say the justice system is fair to Indigenous people, a poll conducted by Probe Research and the Free Press found. The survey was done after two recent acquittals in high-profile murder trials in this province and Saskatchewan. Katie May reports.
  • Ski season over: Stony Mountain Ski Area opened for its final day Sunday. The ski hill opened Nov. 19, making this its second-longest season ever. Kevin Rollason reports.

Around the water cooler

  • Minnesota Wild Mikael Granlund (64) scores on Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) on Sunday.

    Penalties prove costly: The Jets finally made it to St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, but it looked as though they never showed up, losing 6-2 to the Minnesota Wild. Columnist Paul Wiecek says the Jets, the more skilled of the two teams, have nothing to gain by turning this playoff series into a parade to the penalty box.
  • Real estate and reconciliation: Turning the former Kapyong Barracks into an urban reserve will test this city’s mettle on the broader issue of reconciliation with Indigenous people, Dan Lett writes in his latest column. In the end, Indigenous and non-Indigenous Manitobans want the same thing for the land, Lett writes.

Trending now

  • Tyler Myers: Jets defenceman Tyler Myers scored the second of the team's two goals Sunday night, but also suffered a lower leg injury during the second period. He was helped from the ice and did not return for the remainder of the game.

On this date

  • On April 16, 1920: The Manitoba Free Press reported that the supreme council of the League of Nations was to meet to determine the total amount of indemnity to be exacted from Germany in the wake of the Great War. In Ottawa, a representative for seven of Britain's largest newspapers was in Canada to negotiate a purchase of pulp to secure a newsprint supply. A university professor in Calgary argued that a vigorous defence of free speech was the best safeguard against tyranny.

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