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Free Press Head Start for Monday, June 19

The former Kapyong Barracks site, located on 160 acres of prime Winnipeg real estate, has been vacant since 2004.

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  • Appetite for destruction: Demolition work will begin this summer at the Kapyong Barracks site. The goal is to begin tearing down the 30-plus buildings in August or September. The structures on the 160-acre former military base have seen little use since 2004 amid legal battles over the site's future. Scott Emmerson reports.
  • Your forecast: It will be sunny to start the work week, with a high of 20 C and increasing cloudiness this afternoon. There's a 30 per cent chance of showers and risk of a thunderstorm in the late afternoon and in the evening.

In case you missed it


    Manitoba Marathon winner Teresa Fekensa with the flag of Oromia.

    Fun finish: Teresa Fekensa, who immigrated to Toronto from Ethiopia two years ago, won the men's full Manitoba Marathon on Sunday, while local physiotherapist Emily Ratzlaff won the women’s full event in her first attempt at it. Meanwhile, a family of Blue Bombers season-ticket holders who run in the Manitoba Marathon every year say the new finish line at Investors Group Field is a special place for them. Taylor Allen and Ryan Thorpe report.
  • Left in limbo: The list of players the Winnipeg Jets are protecting in the NHL expansion draft later this month was released Sunday morning. The Jets are rolling the dice with veteran defenceman Toby Enstrom, who was not on the list after agreeing to waive a no-movement in his contract. Jason Bell reports.
  • Schools study: The bids are in for conducting a study to determine whether public-private partnerships would be feasible to build four new schools. The earliest parents will learn if a new school is being built using the P3 model is February. Nick Martin reports.

Up next

  • Seu Jorge performs at the Burton Cummings Theatre on the opening night of the Jazz Festival in Winnipeg on Sunday.

    More music: The Winnipeg International Jazz Festival continues tonight and all week long. On Sunday night, Brazilian singer-songwriter Seu Jorge was at the Burton Cummings Theatre. Jorge, who played acoustic versions of several David Bowie hits in Portuguese in the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, is on the road performing the tracks — which were later released as an album — live for the first time. Erin Lebar has a review.

Around the water cooler

  • Premier Brian Pallister

    Pallister needs a plan: Time is running out for Premier Brian Pallister to produce a made-in-Manitoba alternative to the federal government's carbon-pricing plan. Pallister's deep dislike of taxes makes introducing any new form of taxation tough for him to accept, Dan Lett writes.
  • More than they bargained for: Less than a year after opening a retail store, Direct Liquidation Winnipeg has moved into a new space nearly triple the size. “There is more of a demand than we realized,” co-owner Doug Creighton says. Murray McNeill reports.

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  • Police officers on Fonthill Road near Finsbury Park station after a vehicle struck pedestrians in north London on Monday.

    #FinsburyPark: An attack on a London mosque, which police are describing as a terror attack, proved deadly. A suspect drove a car into a crowd of people leaving a mosque early Monday morning in Finsbury Park, killing one and injuring 10. Police have arrested one man in connection with the attack.

On this date

  • On June 19, 1917: The Manitoba Free Press reported that federal opposition leader Sir Wilfrid Laurier had moved an amendment to the proposed Military Service Act, a bill before Parliament that would enforce compulsory military service. In Europe, the Canadian line at the town of Lens was under fire by German artillery. The Entente allies were preparing for a major drive in Serbia.

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