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Free Press Head Start for June 14

What you need to know

  • Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman  (MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman

    Plan passes hurdle: City council will vote next week on Mayor Brian Bowman’s plan to end firefighter union president Alex Forrest’s unusual and controversial salary arrangement. The city’s executive policy committee unanimously supported Bowman’s motion Wednesday calling for a vote by the full council. “I’m hopeful we can start fresh and we can get a better deal,” Bowman said. Ryan Thorpe reports.
  • Blue beginning: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the CFL’s first game of the regular season against the Edmonton Eskimos at 7:30 p.m. Jeff Hamilton has a list of five things to keep an eye on during the game.


  • Your forecast: Today will be increasingly cloudy with a high of 28 C, wind at 30 km/h gusting to 50, a 30 per cent chance of showers late this afternoon and a risk of thunderstorms

What’s happening today

  • Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton  (Carolyn Kaster / The Associated Press Files)

    Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

    Report to be released: The U.S. Justice Department is scheduled to release a report by its internal watchdog today on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The report comes after an 18-month review, and President Donald Trump is expected to use it to validate his firing of FBI director James Comey last year.
  • Cup crazy: The World Cup men’s tournament begins in Russia later this morning. Meanwhile, the local soccer community, already excited about the return of a professional team, says Canada co-hosting the 2026 men’s World Cup for the first time will be a big boost for the sport. Mike McIntyre reports.
  • Punting premier?: Nunavut’s premier could be removed from office in a non-confidence vote in the territory’s legislature, where there are no parties and members choose the premier. Paul Quassa has been in the position for less than year.

In case you missed it

  • Development details: The development on the former Southwood golf course is projected to house 1,200 to 1,800 residential units within its first 10 years and about 500,000 square feet of commercial retail space. The University of Manitoba’s administrative vice-president, Andrew Konowalchuk, outlined its development plans for the Fort Garry campus to a group of industry stakeholders yesterday afternoon. Ben Waldman reports.

On this date

  • On June 14, 1984: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Winnipeg city councillors, in a 13-12 vote, decided to add $300,000 to the budget so the city could continue mowing inner-city boulevards. In Ottawa, Jean Chrétien got last-minute support for his bid to lead the federal Liberal party, which cast some doubt on John Turner's chances to take over from outgoing leader Pierre Trudeau. In the case of an op-ed column published in the Winnipeg Free Press, the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench ruled that the Human Rights Act, which prohibited newspapers from publishing discriminatory material, did not apply to editorial commentaries or articles.

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