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Free Press Head Start for May 16

What you need to know


    Concordia Hospital

    Update on Concordia closing: Sources told the Free Press the provincial government will make an announcement about the future of Concordia Hospital today. All signs point to the Tories pausing or otherwise revising their plans to close the hospital’s emergency room. Larry Kusch reports.
  • Roadway reopens: Eastbound Portage Avenue has reopened in the area of Route 90 after a serious motor vehicle crash. All the lanes were closed until about 6:30 a.m.


  • Your forecast: Sunny for most of the day, starting later this morning, with a high of 12 C and wind from the north at 30 km/h, gusting to 50 until late this morning.

What’s happening today

  • New at the zoo: The new Stingray Beach exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo opens later this morning. The rotating gallery will display cownose and southern stingrays.
  • Justice minister at jail: Provincial Justice Minister Cliff Cullen will make an announcement about “body scanners” at the Winnipeg Remand Centre this morning.
  • Election out east: Voters in Newfoundland and Labrador will head to the polls today, with the Liberal government seeking a second term. No government there has served fewer than three consecutive terms.

In case you missed it

  • Canadians arrested in China: China formally arrested two Canadians today for allegedly stealing state secrets. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained in December after Meng Wanzhou, an executive with telecoms giant Huawei, was arrested in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities.
  • Another entry: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this morning he’s joining the long list of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. president.
  • Another abortion bill: Missouri’s senate passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy early today, hours after Alabama’s governor signed the toughest abortion ban in the U.S. into law.

On this date

  • On May 16, 1939: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Quebec "thrilled with expectation" as the ship bearing King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, along with a contingent of British and Canadian navy vessels, approached as part of the royals' visit. Meanwhile in Winnipeg, Portage Avenue and Main Street were adorned with red, white and blue banners so that the city would look its best for the visit of the king and queen.

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