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Free Press Head Start for Feb. 23

Good morning.

Searchers will resume looking for missing snowmobiler Dan LeMay this morning. It’s believed he ran out of fuel in Whiteshell Provincial Park, between Pinewood Lodge at Dorothy Lake and the town of Rennie, on Sunday.

Member of the military are set to arrive in Pimicikamak today to help the First Nation deal with a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Rioting that killed 53 people, mostly Muslims, began in New Delhi one year ago today, and survivors say they are unable to get justice.

— Adam Treusch, assignment editor 


What’s happening today

  • An RCMP officer works with a police dog next to a pickup truck on the grounds of Rideau Hall in Ottawa on July 2. (Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press files) (CP)

    An RCMP officer works with a police dog next to a pickup truck on the grounds of Rideau Hall in Ottawa on July 2. (Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press files)

    Set to be sentenced: Corey Hurren, a military reservist from Swan River who rammed through a gate at Rideau Hall and headed towards the prime minister’s home while heavily armed last summer, is to be sentenced in Ottawa. He pleaded guilty to seven weapons charges and one charge of mischief earlier this month. The Canadian Press reports.
  • Bilateral meeting with Biden: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Joe Biden will hold their first bilateral meeting since Biden became U.S. president. The two leaders will deliver a joint statement after their virtual meeting.
  • Appeal of refugee pact ruling: Lawyers for the federal government will argue in an appeal hearing that the Federal Court misinterpreted the law when it ruled last summer that a refugee pact with the U.S. violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court's declaration of invalidity was suspended, leaving the law in place for now. The Canadian Press reports.
  • Motion to modify: A motion to modify amendments made to an assisted-dying bill by the Senate is up for debate in the House of Commons.
  • Questioning on Capitol riot: Former U.S. Capitol security officials will testify before two U.S. Senate committees about law-enforcement failures the day a mob laid siege to the building. Three of the four officials resigned after the deadly insurrection. The Associated Press reports.

Weather

  • Your forecast: Mainly cloudy for most of the day, with a high of -1 C, wind chill as low as -11 and wind from the northwest at 10 km/h increasing to 20 km/h.

In case you missed it

  • Pablo Felices-Luna and Carrie Costello with their children Alejandra (second from left), Isabel (second from right) and Emma Felices-Costello (right). (Mikaela Mackenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Pablo Felices-Luna and Carrie Costello with their children Alejandra (second from left), Isabel (second from right) and Emma Felices-Costello (right). (Mikaela Mackenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Parents on proposed cuts: The Winnipeg School Division’s draft budget calls for eliminating funding for occupational therapy and physiotherapy services for students with disabilities. Education reporter Maggie Macintosh spoke to parents who are concerned about the cuts.
  • ‘A double standard’: Political staff members working for cabinet ministers have been ordered to return to their workplace in advance of the legislature reconvening next month. Carol Sanders reports.
  • Strong start to season: In his latest column, Mike McIntyre says Winnipeg Jets fans will soon learn whether the team’s success is sustainable.
  • Cross-border truckers: The federal government says it is looking at options to boost COVID-19 screening of truckers who cross the U.S border. The Manitoba Trucking Association says existing protocols are sufficient. Dylan Robertson reports.
  • Bid to quash case: A Winnipeg Police Service officer set to stand trial for assault in March was in court Monday as his lawyer argued the case should be thrown out. Dean Pritchard reports.

On this date

  • On Feb. 23, 1922: The Manitoba Free Press reported that Toronto was partly in darkness after a storm affected power lines; some lines were encased in as much as three inches of ice. In Long Branch, N.J., a man confessed to police he was paid $1,000 to stage a holdup in a woman's home, after which she claimed a handbag containing jewels worth $50,000 had been stolen. In Ireland, the leaders of opposing factions reached an eleventh-hour peace agreement that stipulated elections would be held in three months; Irish Republicans began making election plans.

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