March 18, 2018

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Free Press Head Start for Jan. 12

Kelsey Kosman of Dollhouse Design sets up her booth at the Winnipeg Renovation Show at the RBC Convention Centre Thursday.

What’s happening today

  • Commander-in-chief gets checkup: A doctor will release a brief statement today after Donald Trump’s first medical checkup as U.S. president at the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington. Speculation about Trump’s mental acuity has been rampant, but the White House says he will not undergo a psychiatric examination.
  • Let the show begin: The Winnipeg Renovation Show starts at noon at the RBC Convention Centre. The three-day event will feature displays, speakers and even a lounge area if you want to enjoy a drink while taking it all in. Jessica Botelho-Urbanski reports.


  • Your forecast: Today will be sunny with a high of -19 C and wind chill of -40 in the morning and wind from the northwest at 20 km/h this afternoon.

In case you missed it

  • Mayor Brian Bowman (left) presents the Mayor's BIZ Award to Parviz Lotfi in 2015.

    City’s first slaying of 2018: The victim of the city’s first homicide of the year, 77-year-old Parviz Lotfi, was an active member of the North End BIZ who was honoured by Mayor Brian Bowman for his volunteer work with the group. Police say a traffic stop in Winnipeg’s south end led them to Lotfi’s home in the Maples but would not elaborate. Kevin Rollason reports.
  • Court orders compensation: A provincial court judge has ordered a Winnipeg man to pay $5,000 to a U.S. woman who was videotaped being raped by her father when she was a young girl. That doesn’t necessarily mean the woman will be paid, Katie May reports.

Around the water cooler

  • The City of Winnipeg has paid firefighter union president Alex Forrest $1.2 million over a 16-year period.

    Still searching: The city says it’s possible there’s no written evidence of an agreement through which firefighters union president Alex Forrest was paid nearly $1.2 million in salary, plus benefits and pension payments, between 1997 and March 2014. “We have been searching for some written evidence and have still been unable to locate any,” the city’s chief corporate services officer says. Ryan Thorpe reports.
  • Friday night faceoff: The Jets face the Blackhawks in Chicago at 7:30 p.m. The Jets have won three games in a row and earned at least a point in 10 of their last 11 games. Jason Bell spoke with Jets forward Mathieu Perreault, who has managed to remain healthy and has been a major contributor to the team’s success.

Trending now

  • #MyHighSchoolYearsIn5Words: Apparently they aren't all that hard to sum up, with people on Twitter declaring "Every class is art class," "Did you do the homework?" "It wasn't like the Musical," or "Mitochondria, powerhouse of the cell."

On this date

  • On Jan. 12, 1981: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Winnipeg funeral directors said a casket rental service introduced by a local funeral chapel was a gimmick that detracted from the dignity of the deceased. Federal justice minister Jean Chrétien was set to unveil constitutional reforms that would offer women more protection from discriminatory laws. In Tehran, Iran's parliament was presented with two emergency bills aimed at ending the U.S. hostage crisis by Jan. 16, four days before the inauguration of U.S. president-elect Ronald Reagan.

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