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Free Press Head Start for Feb. 17

Good morning.

An extreme cold warning that had been in effect for Winnipeg and much of Manitoba since Feb. 5 ended Tuesday.

The provincial government announced this morning that all its winter roads will be open this week, with one exception.

John Longhurst, a longtime faith writer for the Free Press, was given the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Advancement of Interreligious Understanding in a virtual ceremony last night.

— Adam Treusch, assignment editor


Fatal fire

  • Firefighters investigate at the scene of a fatal fire in a homeless encampment off Higgins Avenue on Tuesday. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Firefighters investigate at the scene of a fatal fire in a homeless encampment off Higgins Avenue on Tuesday. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Victim of ‘apathy’: In his latest column, Niigaan Sinclair says the person killed in a fire at a homeless camp Tuesday “was a victim of this city’s apathy, neglect and refusal to address its myriad poverty, housing and health issues.”

Weather

  • Your forecast: Sunny with a high of -17 C, wind chill as low as -39 this morning and wind from the south at 10 km/h.

What’s happening today

  • An injection kit at a supervised drug-consumption site in Surrey, B.C. (Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press files) (CP)

    An injection kit at a supervised drug-consumption site in Surrey, B.C. (Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press files)

    At city hall: The City of Winnipeg’s executive policy committee might hear a motion calling for the city to explore creating a supervised drug-consumption site. The committee would first have to suspend an order prohibiting items received fewer than four business days before the meeting from being considered. The committee will also discuss a report calling for amendments to city policy that would make permanent residents of Canada eligible for appointments to boards and commissions.
  • New COVID-19 numbers: Health officials will release Manitoba’s latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon. The province announced four deaths and 167 new cases Tuesday after not releasing data on Louis Riel Day. One possible case of the U.K. variant on a northern First Nation has yet to be confirmed, while seven suspected cases of the variant on Pauingassi First Nation were ruled out Tuesday. Danielle Da Silva and Dylan Robertson report.
  • Set for sentencing: A sentencing hearing is slated for Brayden Bushby — who was found guilty of manslaughter for throwing a trailer hitch at Barbara Kentner, an Indigenous woman, from a passing vehicle — in Thunder Bay.
  • Road trip continues: The Winnipeg Jets face the Oilers in Edmonton for the second consecutive game. The teams face off at 9 p.m. CT. Meanwhile, Mike McIntyre has a column on how trading away Jacob Trouba has worked out well for the Jets.
  • Students abducted from school: Gunmen have killed at least one pupil and abducted more than 40 people, including about 26 students, from a school in Nigeria. The Associated Press reports.

In case you missed it

  • Insp. Max Waddell of the Winnipeg Police Service shows off some of the seized weapons last October. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

    Insp. Max Waddell of the Winnipeg Police Service shows off some of the seized weapons last October. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

    Guilty plea for guns: A Windsor Park man pleaded guilty to six weapon-related charges Tuesday after police found dozens of guns in his home, including an AK-47 assault rifle. Dean Pritchard reports.

On this date

  • On Feb. 17, 1991: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that, barring an Iraqi surrender or diplomatic deal in the next three days, the United States was planning to unleash a massive ground, air and sea assault on Iraqi troops in Kuwait and southern Iraq. In Manitoba, a man who watched his friend die under falling rock in a Flin Flon mining accident couldn't believe he had escaped unharmed; the cave-in took place at the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting mine in Trout Lake. Manitoba schools were caught between rising costs and scarce resources; a Free Press series looked at the challenges facing the education system in the province.

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