What you need to know
- College making cuts: Red River College is closing its greenspace horticulture and geographic information systems technology programs, increasing tuition costs by $250 and laying off three instructors, the Free Press has learned. The college is facing a decrease in its provincial operating grant. Larry Kusch reports.
- Withholding signature: Mayor Brian Bowman will present a motion at today’s executive policy committee meeting seeking a council vote on nixing United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg president Alex Forrest’s controversial salary deal. In an email to EPC members, Bowman says the fact he has yet to sign the city’s latest collective agreement with the union, and a newly discovered clause in the contract, allows the city to try to negotiate Forrest’s contract. Ryan Thorpe reports.
- Soccer sites: Canadian cities — Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal, as it stands — will co-host the men’s 2026 World Cup. FIFA members voted today to endorse a joint North American bid to host the event, a first for Canada. Mexico hosted the men’s World Cup in 1970 and 1986, while the U.S. hosted in 1994.
- Your forecast: Today will be mainly sunny, with increasing cloudiness late this morning, a high of 25 C and wind from the southwest at 20 km/h.
In case you missed it
- Return flight: The Manitoba Airshow returns next month after a hiatus, and organizers say they’ve learned from the previous event’s traffic nightmare, where many people who’d bought tickets never made it inside. “We’re hoping for 10,000 per day, but prepared for 20,000 per day,” said Peggy May, executive director of Southport Airport. Bill Redekop reports.
- Canned as critic: Quebec MP Maxime Bernier has been stripped of his role as the Conservative party’s innovation critic by his leader, Andrew Scheer, who narrowly defeated Bernier's bid to lead the party a year ago. A source told The Canadian Press the move was made because Bernier posted online a chapter on supply management that is part of his upcoming book.
Around the water cooler
- Trading Trouba?: Columnist Paul Wiecek says trading defenceman Jacob Trouba instead of re-signing him to a huge contract might be the best option for the Jets. “If something has to give on this team — and it does — you have to wonder if that something is Trouba, and the Jets give the man the trade he demanded two years ago,” Wiecek writes.
- #mprraccoon: A raccoon stuck on the outside of a high-rise building in St. Paul, Minn., captivated onlookers locally as well as around the world, as video of the animal's ascent was shared. The raccoon made stops to rest along the way in the office buidling's window recesses. At 2:30 a.m. today, the animal made it safely to the roof of the 25-storey high-rise, where animal control officers had set up a live trap with food to safely get it back down to the ground.
On this date
- On June 13, 1974: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that the basic old age security pension would be raised from $110.09 a month to $112.95. Canada's three major meat-packing companies offered the Canadian Food and Allied Workers a five-point plan to resolve labour issues within the industry, following the union's rejection of a mediator's proposal to end the ongoing dispute between management and workers. In Alexandria, Egypt, millions cheered visiting U.S. president Richard Nixon.
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