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Free Press Head Start for Monday, Nov. 9

Good morning!

  • Your forecast: Sunday’s weather was so nice, we’ll do it twice. After plenty of sunshine and a temperature of 12 C in Winnipeg to round out the weekend, the mercury shoots up again today to 10 C under a mostly sunny sky. The overnight low is 1 C. For Tuesday, expect a cloudy day and a high of 8 C, although a weak system could bring rain in the evening. Expect a cool Remembrance Day, with periods of rain or snow and a high of just 2 C.

In case you missed it


    Coun. Ross Eadie

    Eadie on hot seat: Winnipeg city councillor Ross Eadie acknowledged to the Free Press on Sunday night he was hauled off to the drunk tank Friday night. The representative from the Mynarski ward said after an evening of drinking, he was taken out of a taxi cab by police and dropped off at the Main Street Project. A police source said Eadie was verbally abusive to officers, prompting a senior cop to contact the office of Mayor Brian Bowman. “I obviously had too much to drink. Why would you call the mayor, though? I don’t understand that. He’s not my father,” Eadie said Sunday night.
  • Probing deadly crash: Aviation inspectors were dispatched to Cairo to examine airport security following the Oct. 31 crash of a Russian plane in the Sinai Peninsula that killed all 224 people onboard. The Islamic State group in Sinai has claimed downing the plane, while U.S. and British officials say it was likely brought down by a bomb on board. The checks are expected to include security and baggage handling, both of which have come under scrutiny.
  • Manitoba fishery slagged: A California-based seafood watchdog is warning consumers around the world to quit buying fish from Manitoba’s three largest lakes, claiming their fisheries are among the worst-managed in the world. The statement by Seafood Watch, expected to be released today, is telling consumers to avoid purchasing fish caught in Lake Winnipeg, Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipegosis. Fish caught in those lakes makes its way onto tables in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

Up next

  • Martin Sexton (PATRICK DOYLE / The Canadian Press Files)

    Martin Sexton

    Sold-out show: Martin Sexton hits Winnipeg for a show tonight at the West End Cultural Centre in support of latest album Mixtape Of The Open Road. If you haven’t got your tickets already, you’re out of luck. The musician from upstate New York will play before a sold-out crowd, starting at 8 p.m.
  • Moving story: Winnipeg author Elizabeth Murray launches her book Holding on to Mamie this evening at McNally Robinson at Grant Park in the atrium. The story follows the decline of Murray’s mother due to dementia. The event is slated for 7 p.m.

Around the water cooler

  • Winnipeg Blue Bomber QB Drew Willy (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press)

    Winnipeg Blue Bomber QB Drew Willy

    Season mercifully over: With the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ 2015 CFL season now done — the Bombers finished at 5-13 with a 21-11 loss to the Toronto Argonauts in their final regular-season game Friday at Rogers Centre -- sportswriter Paul Wiecek takes a look at the big question of where does this team go from here? CEO Wade Miller, GM Kyle Walters and head coach Mike O’Shea aren’t going to be fired after posting a combined 12-24 record over the last two seasons. The trio has convinced the Winnipeg Football Club it has earned one more chance to get it right next season -- making a case that this would have been a very different team if quarterback Drew Willy had stayed healthy.
  • Sweet homecoming: After being stranded in Abu Dhabi for a year after authorities took his passport, former oil rig worker Wayne Becks, 32, of Gilbert Plains, finally made it home to Manitoba on the weekend and was reunited with his six-year-old son. Beck’s return involved painful months of trying to get documents sorted out, tens of thousands of dollars in fines and living expenses and taking a chance at the airport with a passport that had been invalidated by the Canadian embassy.

Trending now

  • Demi Lovato (Jordan Strauss / Invision / The Associated Press Files)

    Demi Lovato

    #AskDemi: Pop star Demi Lovato held the equivalent of a Reddit AMA, but she did it on Twitter, encouraging fans to ask her anything. She answered questions on dessert preference, how she likes to wear her hair and what she'd do differently if she could go back in time. (Yes, this was what was trending at No. 1 worldwide. Feel snarky, feel old, but be sure to #AskDemi what she would do in your place.)
  • #EqualPayDay: Here's a sobering thought: given the pay gap between women's and men's salaries for the same job, on average, for the rest of the year many women are essentially working for free. This hashtag on Twitter isn't exactly attracting nuanced discussion, but in 2015 the glass ceiling in many professions remains in place.

On this date

  • On Nov. 9, 1932: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Franklin D. Roosevelt won the U.S. presidential election in a landslide victory. A Quebec bank robber temporarily blinded a teller with pepper, stealing $7,000, but dropped the loot in the getaway. A meeting of unemployed single workers in Saskatoon was forbidden, with police present to enforce order. It was the 60th anniversary of the first issue of the Free Press. A coroner's jury recommended that two-man streetcars operate on all major thoroughfares in Winnipeg during rush hours, in the wake of the death of a man from St. Andrews who was fatally struck by a streetcar in October.

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