December 17, 2017

Winnipeg
-11° C, A few clouds

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Free Press Head Start for Dec. 6


What’s happening today

  • Taking a taxi? If you’re planning to take a cab to work this morning, you might be waiting a while. The Winnipeg Taxi Coalition says service might be affected because many cab drivers will be at city hall for the executive policy committee meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. The coalition has “concerns” about the city’s planned ride-sharing rules.
  • Project prognosis: The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will provide an update later this morning on the construction of the new Women’s Hospital at Health Sciences Centre. Reporter Jane Gerster will be there.
  • Embassy move expected: President Donald Trump is expected to announce at noon that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The move would anger allies in the Middle East and could lead to violence.

Weather

  • Your forecast: It will be a wintery Wednesday, with a high of -11 C, a wind chill of - 26, wind from the northwest at 30 km/h gusting to 50, blowing snow in open areas early this morning and a few flurries ending this morning.

In case you missed it

  • Pot-growing prohibited: A bill introduced by the Tory government yesterday will prohibit Manitobans from growing marijuana at home for recreational use. “This approach is consistent with our commitment to protect youth and also responds directly to concerns that homegrown cannabis may be diverted to the black market,” Justice Minister Heather Stefanson says.

Around the water cooler

  • Kevin Tyhy

    Registration rules: Kevin Tyhy, who has two teenagers who drive vehicles registered under his name, says a recommendation by the Public Utilities Board is nothing more than a “money grab.” The PUB has given MPI until 2021 to create a new system where the primary driver of a vehicle gets its driver’s discount, not the registered owner.
  • Numbers game: Gutting regional health authorities won’t necessarily lead to better health care, Dan Lett writes in his latest column. The portion of an audit released this week doesn’t explain how eliminating bureaucracy will affect the quality of the health-care system, he writes.

Trending

  • The aftermath of the 1917 Halifax ship explosion.

    #HalifaxExplosion: Sombre ceremonies are being held today in Halifax to mark 100 years since the port city was devastated by a wartime blast that killed approximately 2,000 people and injured an estimated 9,000 others.
  • #SilenceBreakers: The anti-harassment #MeToo movement has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year.

On this date

  • On Dec. 6, 1969: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that two masked gunmen held up a Corydon Avenue bank, making off with $5,000 in cash. In Los Angeles, Susan Atkins testified as a key witness in the Sharon Tate murder case, in which an indictment charging conspiracy and murder was sought against Charles Manson. In Winnipeg, the Christmas Cheer Board strove to raise donations for families facing a giftless Yule season. In the Interlake area, the primary concern among Indigenous and Métis people was housing, according to a provincial government fact-finding tour.

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