August 18, 2017


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Free Press Head Start for Monday, July 17


A photo distributed by Omnitrax, the owner of the Hudson Bay Railway line, which says flood damage was catastrophic.

Good morning!

  • Timeline for fixing tracks: Omnitrax is expected to announce at a briefing Tuesday its assessment on flood damage to the Hudson Bay Railway line isn’t complete, despite calls to speed up the process. Churchill Mayor Mike Spence, who learned about the briefing from a journalist, says sticking to the original timeline for repairs is “garbage” and “totally unacceptable.” Dan Lett reports.
  • Your forecast: There will be a few showers or thunderstorms ending early this morning, then clearing, wind from the south at 20 km/h gusting to 40 early this morning, and a high of 28 C.

In case you missed it

  • Gord Cartwright, owner-operator of Splash Dash river tours

    Back with a splash: The Splash Dash water bus has been busy ferrying people this summer after staying off the water for three consecutive years because of flooding that washed out the docks. Owner Gord Cartwright says he’s frustrated by the inability to use the floodway to stabilize summer river levels. Kelly Taylor reports.
  • Talking treaty: Nearly 200 years after the historic Selkirk Treaty was signed, the current Lord Selkirk met with Chief Jim Bear of Brokenhead Ojibway Nation on Sunday at the site where it was signed. Kevin Rollason spoke with three sisters who are descendants of the settlers who helped found what is now Winnipeg.
  • Tennis, anyone?: Roger Federer won his record eighth men’s singles title at Wimbledon on Sunday, becoming the oldest Wimbledon champion of the Open era. Meanwhile, at the Winnipeg Lawn and Tennis Club, Caroline Dolehide of the U.S. beat Mayo Hibi of Japan to capture the women’s singles title at the National Bank Challenger tennis tournament. Taylor Allen reports on the local tourney.

Up next

  • Great day for a skate: Starting today, free skateboarding lessons for beginners are being offered at The Forks skate park every day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Winnipeg Skateboarding Outreach Organization will provide the lessons. Participants must bring a helmet, but skateboards will be available for use.

Around the water cooler

  • Cal Dahlin witnessed a truck and its occupants on fire late Saturday night.

    Brooklands blaze: Fireworks may have been the cause of a “terrifying” weekend incident in Brooklands in which four people caught fire inside a truck. The Winnipeg Police Service’s major crimes unit is investigating. Kevin Rollason reports.
  • Bear perishes: A young polar bear at the Assiniboine Park Zoo died over the weekend, zoo officials announced. It appears two-year-old Eli, who had been at the zoo since November 2015, had trouble breathing. A full pathology report will be completed.

Trending now

  • Lena Headey as Queen Cersei on Game of Thrones

    Game of Thrones: The hugely popular HBO epic fantasy series based on the books by George R. R. Martin returned for its season première Sunday, featuring a cameo by Ed Sheeran.
  • George Romero: The cult film director, who ushered in the modern era of zombie movies with "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films, has died at the age of 77.

On this date

  • On July 17, 1917: The Manitoba Free Press reported that crops in Western Canada were still recovering from a June frost and the outlook was not particularly bright. In Europe, Greece had severed all ties with the Central Powers in the First World War and would now fight against them. The Teutonic allies suffered several reversals at the hands of Russian forces.

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