What’s happening today
- Tories to table budget: Finance Minister Cameron Friesen will unveil the new provincial budget this afternoon. Friesen’s third budget will include a tax break for small businesses, the Free Press has learned. Larry Kusch and Nick Martin report.
- Crash in Kathmandu: Dozens of people are dead after a plane crashed while landing at the Kathmandu airport in Nepal early today. A police official said at least 38 of the 71 people on board are dead, but the number might be more than 50.
- Trudeau begins tour: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is starting a tour of aluminum and steel factories with a stop in Jonquière, Que. A spokeswoman says Trudeau wants to show support for workers after U.S. President Donald Trump announced tariffs, which Canada is temporarily exempt from.
- Your forecast: Today will be sunny with a high of -1 C and wind from the northwest at 20 km/h.
In case you missed it
- School bursting at the seams: Sage Creek’s only school, which opened last fall, is completely full. Kevin Rollason spoke with a family who live nearby but “know we have a zero per cent chance of ever getting into that school."
Around the water cooler
- Big guns do battle: The Jets face the Capitals in Washington at 6 p.m. in a matchup featuring the NHL’s leading goal scorers. Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine and his childhood idol, Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin, have 40 each. Mike McIntyre reports.
- “I made mistakes”: The Manitoba NDP will today begin a TV and mail campaign designed to improve the image of the party’s leader, Wab Kinew. Kinew’s past, including an allegation of domestic assault, have cast a shadow over his career, and columnist Dan Lett says the rebranding might not be enough.
- Ontario PC party: Doug Ford, brother of the late mayor of Toronto Rob Ford, has won the leadership convention for the Ontario Progressive Conservative party and will lead it into the upcoming provincial election.
On this date
- On March 12, 1955: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that two men were killed in a helicopter crash near Gillam. The U.S. Air Force introduced a bomber that carried jet fighters that could be deployed and recovered in flight. A former Winnipegger was charged with trafficking drugs in Vancouver, which was part of an intensifying drug war in British Columbia. In Manitoba, Independent MLA Steve Juba asked the legislature to allow municipalities to decide whether they would permit sporting events on Sundays. The legislature also returned to the debate of whether to allow margarine to be sold with a yellow colour.
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