What’s happening today
- Different direction: Premier Brian Pallister will make a “significant announcement regarding the direction of economic development efforts in the province” today, a source says. Pallister is speaking at his second so-called state of the province address at a luncheon today at the RBC Convention Centre. Larry Kusch reports.
- Seeking bail: Andrea Giesbrecht is scheduled to appear in court today seeking to be released on bail pending appeal for concealing the remains of six infants. She was sentenced in July to eight and a half years in prison and is appealing the decision and sentence. At her trial, the Crown said investigators couldn’t determine how the six full and near-full term fetuses, all Giesbrecht’s, died.
- Senator to make statement: Embattled U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women, will make an announcement today. A majority of the Minnesota senator’s Democratic colleagues have called for him to resign.
- Your forecast: Today will be cloudy with a high of -6 C, a 30 per cent chance of flurries and wind from the west at 20 km/h becoming light this morning.
In case you missed it
- Australia approves gay marriage: Australia’s Parliament voted today to allow same-sex marriage, with only five members opposed. The first such weddings are expected in about two months.
Around the water cooler
- Faceoff in Florida: The Jets face the Florida Panthers at 6:30 p.m. in the second game of a three-game road trip. With Roberto Luongo hurt, Manitoban James Reimer will start in net for the Panthers. Jason Bell reports.
- Skip struggling: Jennifer Jones needs to start playing much better if she’s going to compete in the Winter Olympics next year, Paul Wiecek writes in his latest column. Jones has had consecutive poor performances, although the first may have been overlooked because of her team’s unlikely extra-end win, Wiecek says. Her team faces Team McCarville today at 1 p.m.
- Johnny Hallyday: France's answer to Elvis, Johnny Hallyday, a rock star whose career spanned 57 years, selling 100 million albums as well as acting in movies such as "The Man on the Train," died on Wednesday at the age of 74.
On this date
- Dec. 7, 1962: To Britain's surprise, the U.S. defence budget reportedly had no funds set aside for continuing to develop Skybolt, a 1,000-mile range ballistic missile. A killer smog lifted in London after leaving 106 dead and more than 1,000 hospitalized. Hydro was under fire for buying three times the quantity of land needed for a transmission line near Warren. A gunman was arrested after holding a woman captive in Stonewall for two hours. And a series of talks held in Parliament to send the divorce question to a royal commission failed. (Parliament would not pass the divorce act until 1968).
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