What you need to know
- Tributes for Turner: Tributes poured in Wednesday after the death of longtime Free Press reporter Randy Turner, described as “a great newspaper man, but… a better friend." Ashley Prest reports.
- Allied against addiction: Jessica Botelho-Urbanski reports on the Alliance. It’s a group dedicated to battling the addictions crisis, not the rebels from the Star Wars saga.
- Your forecast: There will be periods of light snow ending near noon, then cloudy skies, with blowing snow, temperature steady near 0 C, and wind from the north at 40 km/h gusting to 60 this morning and 50 km/h gusting to 70 this afternoon. Meanwhile, blizzard or snowfall warnings are in effect for much of southern Manitoba.
What’s happening today
- Blocking border funds: The Republican-led U.S. Senate is expected to pass a resolution blocking President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to earmark more money for building a wall at the Mexican border. Four GOP votes are needed, and five Republicans have said they’ll support the Democratic resolution. Trump has said he would use his veto power for the first time if the resolution passes.
- Battle with Bruins: The Jets host the Boston Bruins at Bell MTS Place at 7 p.m. after losing three of their last four games. Meanwhile, goalie Connor Hellebuyck has let too many ugly goals this season, Jason Bell writes.
- Vote on delaying divorce: For the third consecutive day, Britain’s Parliament is holding a big Brexit-related vote. Lawmakers will decide whether to delay Britain’s departure from the European Union at the end of the month.
In case you missed it
- Bloody Sunday soldier: A former British soldier is set to be charged with two counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder for the infamous 1972 incident in Northern Ireland known as Bloody Sunday.
- Beto’s bid: Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas member of the House of Representatives who challenged U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in last year’s midterm elections and lost, announced this morning he’ll seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.
- Reputed mobster gunned down: A man U.S. federal prosecutors have said is a top leader in the Gambino crime family was killed last night in New York. Francesco (Franky Boy) Cali, 53, was shot multiple times outside his Staten Island home.
On this date
- On March 14, 1994: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Manitoba's Human Rights Commission had seen complaints of on-the-job sexual harassment shoot up fourfold since 1988, with 40 complaints in 1993. Rural cab drivers in Manitoba were taking in thousands of dollars through a provincial program that paid them to drive welfare recipients from one community to another for medical appointments.