Free Press Head Start for April 19

Good morning.

It’s going to be a chilly start to the work week after more snow fell Sunday, with temperatures well below average today and Tuesday.

A health official said Friday that Manitoba would be “sharing information” on possibly increasing pandemic restrictions “in the coming days.” The province announced one death related to COVID-19 and 170 new confirmed cases of the virus Sunday.

Ontario and Alberta will lower the minimum age for the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from 55 to 40 beginning Tuesday. The minimum age remains 55 in Manitoba. Meanwhile, Ontario will start setting up COVID-19 checkpoints at interprovincial borders with Manitoba and Quebec today.

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau is set to surpass Gordie Howe's record for the most games played in NHL history when his team plays the Golden Knights in Vegas tonight. The Jets are off until Thursday, when they will face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first of two consecutive home games.

Nova Scotia RCMP will observe a moment of silence today, one year after a gunman killed 22 people in a rampage that began on the night of April 18 and ended the next day.

Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou are expected to ask a judge today to delay the final series of hearings in her extradition case. The Huawei executive faces fraud charges in the U.S.

— Adam Treusch, assignment editor

What’s happening today

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on Parliament Hill. (Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press files)

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on Parliament Hill. (Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press files)

    Freeland presents federal budget: Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will unveil the federal government’s first budget in two years in the House of Commons at about 3 p.m. CT. She is expected to outline the Liberal plans for a national child-care system. The Canadian Press reports.
  • Bowman on budget: Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman wants Ottawa to make the doubling of the annual gas tax revenue it provides to cities permanent. It is one of the items he hopes to see in the federal budget. Joyanne Pursaga reports.
  • Pandemic poll: Nearly seven out of 10 doctors fear Manitoba won’t reach herd immunity from COVID-19 because of vaccine hesitancy, a report that will be made public today states. Maggie Macintosh reports.
  • Judicial recount in Yukon: The drawing of lots could determine the winner of a constituency in Yukon’s election if a judicial recount confirms the Liberal and NDP candidates tied. The Liberal and Yukon parties are tied overall with eight seats each. Even if the incumbent Liberals lose the undecided seat, they will still get the first opportunity to form a minority government. The Canadian Press reports.
  • Closing arguments in case: Jurors in the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd, could begin deliberations. The prosecution and defence are set to make their closing arguments today. The Associated Press reports.


  • Your forecast: Sunny with increasing cloudiness this afternoon, a high of 2 C, wind chill as low as -17 this morning and peak winds from the northwest at 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon.

In case you missed it

  • Maren Morris accepts the award for song of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. (Mark Humphrey / The Associated Press) (CP)

    Maren Morris accepts the award for song of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. (Mark Humphrey / The Associated Press)

    Country music awards: Maren Morris won song of the year for her hit "The Bones" and was named female artist of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
  • Getting message out: The provincial government is broadening the scope of its vaccination campaign advertising after initially focusing on seniors. Dylan Robertson reports.
  • ‘A little bit embarrassing’: Julia-Simone Rutgers reports on how some students and educators say learning about Canada’s Black history should be mandatory in schools.
  • Cook column: Shelley Cook’s latest piece is on how she lives in a “constant state of mom-guilt.”
  • Teachers inoculated in Thompson: Cross Lake First Nation used extra doses to vaccinate about 180 teachers from COVID-19 in Thompson last week. Maggie Macintosh reports.

On this date

  • On April 19, 1916: The Manitoba Free Press reported that as the Great War continued, the Ottoman Empire was dealt what was described as a crushing blow when the Russians captured Trebizond, an important Turkish port on the Black Sea, in a co-ordinated land and sea attack. Canada's losses at St. Eloi totalled 1,238. On the front lines in France, inclement weather impeded the activity of troops around Verdun. One Winnipegger was reported killed in overseas battle, and five were wounded, including two officers.

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