December 18, 2018

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Free Press Head Start for Dec. 6


What you need to know

  • Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister  (JOHN WOODS / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES)

    Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister

    Pallister on province: Premier Brian Pallister will unveil a a new economic development framework in his state of the province speech today. The Free Press has learned the plan includes restructuring of departments and outsourcing some government functions to third-party agencies. Martin Cash reports.
  • Fired after furor: Stella’s restaurants announced on social media last night it has decided to “release” vice-president Grant Anderson. His firing was among the demands made by women who allege widespread harassment at the chain.
  • Drones and drugs: Would-be smugglers are using drones to try to get drugs and other contraband into Stony Mountain prison north of Winnipeg, and officials have intercepted a handful of attempts. Ryan Thorpe reports.

Weather

  • Your forecast: Don’t take offence, but baby, it’s cold outside! Today will be mainly sunny but very frigid, with a high of -17 C, windchill as low as -32 this morning and -24 this afternoon.

What’s happening today

  • The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will unveil their nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globes Awards today.  (Matt Sayles / The Associated Press Files)

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will unveil their nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globes Awards today.

    Naming nominees: The nominees for next month’s Golden Globe Awards will be announced shortly after 7 a.m. A Star is Born and the Disney musical Mary Poppins Returns might have big mornings, The Associated Press reports.
  • Bush’s burial: Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush will be buried beside his wife and daughter at his presidential library in College Station, Texas. After a service at a church in Houston, Bush’s body will be transported in a special train car with Plexiglas windows to its final resting place.

In case you missed it

  • Arrested development: China is demanding Canada release a Huawei Technologies executive who faces possible extradition to the U.S., and Beijing also wants to know the reasoning behind Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Vancouver this weekend.
  • Back to work: Great-West Life employees will return to work today after most of its offices were closed Wednesday because of a threat. Ryan Thorpe reports.

On this date

  • On Dec. 6, 1938: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that South Africa's defence minister warned that Europe was drifting toward a war that nobody wanted. A school teacher who had a premonition of disaster moved her 34 students out a school room mere minutes before its ceiling collapsed, crushing the desks. A farmer near Cranberry Portage escaped death when his tractor plunged through the ice and the farmer was forced to struggle out of the frigid water to safety.

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