What you need to know
- ‘Lurid facts’: Jurors will hear “bizarre and disturbing” evidence in the first-degree murder trial of Perez Cleveland, the Crown attorney said Tuesday in her opening statement. Breta Passler said the victim, Jennifer Barrett, was one of five “wives” under the accused’s control. Katie May reports on the trial, which continues today.
- Your forecast: Increasingly cloudy with a high of 17 C, a 60 per cent chance of showers this afternoon and wind from the southeast at 30 km/h gusting to 50 this afternoon.
What’s happening today
- Hotel eyed as historic: The Oxford Hotel, home to a strip club, is up for consideration as a historic building at a meeting of a city committee this afternoon. The Rossmore Apartments and the River-Osborne building are also on the agenda.
- U.S.-Iran tensions increase: The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has ordered all non-essential staff members to leave Iraq amid escalating tensions with neighbouring Iran, while supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech it wouldn’t be difficult for Iran to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels.
- Raptors on road: The NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals start tonight in Milwaukee, with the Toronto Raptors facing the Bucks and making their second appearance in franchise history. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
In case you missed it
- ‘Undercurrent of racism’: In his latest column, Niigaan Sinclair says the Winnipeg General Strike, which started 100 years ago today, was “ensconced in racism.”
- Continuation of contract: Magellan Aerospace has received an extension on its contract to make horizontal tail assemblies for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Martin Cash reports.
On this date
- On May 15, 1919: The Manitoba Free Press reported that attempts had failed to prevent a general strike in the city, with many unions obeying the strike order; members of the police service would not be ordered out by the strike committee and would remain on duty. The vote to strike by telephone operators was not yet complete. Mayor Charles Gray appealed to the citizens of Winnipeg to avoid violence via a message printed on the front page of the newspaper, and urged people to go about their daily business, not to congregate in crowds, and to make no provocative statements. Read our coverage of the centenary of the Winnipeg General Strike at http://wfp.to/strike100