What you need to know
- Day schools compensation: Today is the day when thousands of Indigenous people in Manitoba can apply for payments to compensate them for abuse they suffered in day schools. The Free Press interviewed Carolyn Bennett, federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, for details. Dylan Robertson reports.
- Crash victims remembered: Winnipeg victims of a plane crash in Iran were honoured on Saturday during a memorial service at the Caboto Centre in Winnipeg. Melissa Martin writes: “What has unfolded around their memory over the last week is a story of grief, and anger, and shock, a story of innocent lives caught in the crossfire of international tensions.”
- Volcano in Phillippines: Red-hot lava gushed out of a Philippine volcano Monday after a sudden eruption of ash and steam that forced villagers to flee and shut down Manila’s international airport, offices and schools.
- Your forecast: About two centimetres of snow is expected to fall in the Winnipeg area today. The high will be -7 C, with wind up to 15 km/h that will cause wind chill of minus 20 in the morning and -12 in the afternoon.
What’s happening today
- Oscar nominations: The Irishman. Rocketman. Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood. Those are films expected to get Oscar nominations, which will be announced this morning.
- Year’s first two homicides: Police are expected to release more information today on Winnipeg’s first two homicides of 2020. A man has been arrested in the death of a woman who was found in a house on the 100 block of Hindley Avenue on Friday evening. And a man was killed about 3 a.m. on Sunday after shots were fired at the Windsor Hotel downtown.
- Lawyers strike: Private defence lawyers in Manitoba are refusing to appear in bail courts across the province starting today. The Free Press will monitor the effects of the job action, particularly on people who were jailed over the weekend and need legal help.
In case you missed it
- Jets lose: The Winnipeg Jets returned home from a road trip but gave fans a disappointing display on Sunday afternoon, getting off to a slow first-period start and eventually losing 1-0 to the Nashville Predators. Mike McIntyre reports.
- Trudeau at memorial: Speaking at a memorial in Edmonton on Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it’s been “gut-wrenching” to listen to stories from relatives of 57 Canadians who perished in the downing of a Ukrainian jetliner in Iran last week.
- New Year’s resolution: Remember that New Year’s Eve pledge you made with clench-jawed determination? If your resolve has eroded 13 days into the new year, Free Press health columnist Sabrina Carnevale has some advice.
On this date
- On Jan. 13, 1995: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Keanu Reeves drew rave reviews on a sold-out opening night for his starring turn as Hamlet in Manitoba Theatre Centre's production of Shakespeare's play. An inquest judge ruled that a doctor helping a patient die with dignity didn't amount to assisted suicide, in a decision critical of the province's chief medical examiner.