What’s happening today
- Budget breakfast: Finance Minister Cameron Friesen will sell his budget at a breakfast meeting of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce this morning. Yesterday, he called it “the largest tax cut in Manitoba history.” Reaction to Friesen’s third budget were mixed yesterday despite the cuts and a plan to substantially reduce the deficit. Larry Kusch reports.
- Hostile territory: Protests await Donald Trump as he travels to California today to examine prototypes of his border wall, his first trip to the heavily Democratic state since he became U.S. president. Yesterday, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced they have completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election.
- Your forecast: Today will be sunny with increasing cloudiness early this afternoon, a high of -1 C and wind at 20 km/h gusting to 40 early this afternoon.
In case you missed it
- Sign snafu: Some St. Vital residents were livid yesterday after learning their vehicles had been towed and they would be fined for violating a parking ban in place for street work. The city later said “a couple of signs” indicated the wrong day and that no fines would be enforced. Ryan Thorpe reports.
- Unflinching account: Jen Zoratti spoke with lawyer Greg Gilhooly, who was abused by notorious sexual predator Graham James as a boy. Gilhooly, who has written an account of his ordeal titled I Am Nobody, is speaking at the University of Manitoba at noon today.
Around the water cooler
- End of the road: The Jets play the division-leading Predators in Nashville at 7 p.m. to end a six-game road trip. Last night, the Jets lost to the Capitals in overtime as Alexander Ovechkin scored twice to pull ahead of Patrik Laine for the NHL’s goal-scoring lead. Mike McIntyre reports.
- Trustees raise taxes: Winnipeg School Division trustees passed the budget for the 2018-19 school year at a board meeting last night. The budget includes a two per cent increase in a special requirement tax — the maximum permitted, as directed by the province. The result is an increase of 3.3 per cent, or $45 a year, on property taxes based on the average assessed value of $214,200 for a home in the WSD.
- #NationalNappingDay: It was technically Monday, but the fact this is still trending two days after the switch to Daylight Savings Time may indicate many people still haven't caught up on sleep.
On this date
- On March 13, 1965: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that the Manitoba legislature planned to offer welfare recipients some support in light of new heating fuels and electricity taxes. In Ottawa, leaders of a sit-in at the U.S. embassy hoped to attract 2,000 participants to protest the treatment of civil rights marchers in Selma, Ala.; meanwhile, Alabama's governor flew to Washington, D.C. to meet with U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson to discuss the racial situation in his state.
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