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Free Press Head Start for Feb. 12

What’s happening today

  •  (PHIL HOSSACK / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Kyle Mason (left) and Very Reverend Paul Johnson at St. John's Park, where Canada's second-ever Healing Forest will see its first phase at the site finished in the summer.

    Plans for park: Concept plans for a “healing forest” set to open this summer in St. John’s Park will be unveiled this morning. The site is described as a living memorial to Indigenous children lost to or affected by the residential school system.
  • Final foe: Switzerland defeated a team from Russia in mixed doubles curling this morning and will face Winnipeg’s Kaitlyn Lawes and her teammate, John Morris, in the gold-medal game early Tuesday. Meanwhile, Paul Wiecek reports on how Lawes got started in the sport.


  • Your forecast: Today will be sunny with a high of -16 C, wind chill -40 this morning and -29 this afternoon, and wind at 20 km/h near noon.

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    It appears as though the rooming house known as 'Murder Mansion' is going to be demolished.

    Appetite for destruction: The owner of the rooming house known as "Murder Mansion" is seeking to demolish it and sell the property, located at the intersection of Balmoral Street and Cumberland Avenue. The building has been abandoned since a fire in December forced tenants out. Randy Turner reports.
  • Speaker scrapped: A man convicted in the death of his young son has apparently been dropped as a featured speaker at a series of “wellness” expositions, including one in Winnipeg. David Stephan and his wife, Collet, were found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life in connections with their son Ezekiel’s death from bacterial meningitis.

Around the water cooler

  •  (Trevor Hagan / The Canadian Press)

    Winnipeg Jets' Matt Hendricks (15) fights New York Rangers' Cody McLeod (8) during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Sunday.

    Woeful weekend: The Jets had two goals disallowed against the New York Rangers in the home team’s second consecutive loss Sunday. “Down the stretch, there’s going to be games that look just like that, teams fighting for their playoff lives,” says Jets forward Mathieu Perreault. “We’re just going to have to get used to it.” Mike McIntyre reports.
  • Transparency targeted: Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion’s recommendation to ban publishing details of complaints received by his office is dangerous, Dan Lett writes in his latest column. It’s an example of how transparency is “under constant attack,” Lett says.

Trending now

  • #WomenInScience: Feb. 11 was International Day of Women and Girls in Science, but the hashtag is still trending in Winnipeg, as people honour contributions made my women to science and technology, and encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM fields.

On this date

  • On Feb. 12, 1993: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Winnipeg police chief Dale Henry announced seven city police officers had been criminally charged; a number faced assault charges, others faced alcohol-related charges. A stolen truck was apparently the method chosen by a Winnipeg man to end his own life; a witness described the scene of the stolen vehicle's subsequent explosive crash. Two Americans were charged with gambling after a series of controversial RCMP raids on five First Nation reserves.

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