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Free Press Head Start for Nov. 23

Good morning.

Be warned: it is going to be very windy this afternoon. Taylor Swift won artist of the year for the third consecutive time at the American Music Awards Sunday night, beating out Canadian nominees the Weeknd and Justin Bieber, among others. Manitoba set records Sunday for the most COVID-19 patients in hospitals and intensive care units. And Premier Brian Pallister urged Manitobans “not to give in to fear” amid the pandemic in a speech at his party’s annual general meeting this weekend.

— Adam Treusch, assignment editor


What’s happening today

  • An electron microscope image showing SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. (NIAID/TNS)

    An electron microscope image showing SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. (NIAID/TNS)

    COVID-19 crisis: The Manitoba government will release the latest COVID-19 numbers at the daily news conference early this afternoon. The province announced 12 deaths Sunday and said 288 people were in hospital with the virus, including 52 in intensive care.
  • Secret meeting in Saudi Arabia: Israeli media is reporting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Saudi Arabia for a secret meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It would be the first known encounter between senior Israeli and Saudi officials, The Associated Press reports.
  • Subsidy applications start: Businesses can now apply for a new commercial rent-relief program, the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy. It replaces an earlier program that relied on landlords to apply for aid, The Canadian Press reports.
  • Biden to pick Blinken: U.S. president-elect Joe Biden is set to announce Antony Blinken as his nominee for secretary of state. Blinked served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser in president Barack Obama’s administration. The Associated Press reports.

Weather

  • Your forecast: Mainly cloudy for most of the day, with a high of -4 C, a daytime low of -13 C, wind chill as low as -21, and wind from the southeast at 15 km/h increasing to 30 km/h and gusting to 50.

In case you missed it

  • Kevin McGregor’s mother, Joan, is among the dozens of Golden Links Lodge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Kevin McGregor’s mother, Joan, is among the dozens of Golden Links Lodge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    ‘Escalated so quickly’: Kevin McGregor, whose mother lives at Golden Links Lodge, said he felt a rush of “dread and anxiety” when it was announced COVID-19 cases among residents had spiked after an outbreak at the care home. She was taken to St. Boniface Hospital and tested positive there. Kellen Taniguchi reports.
  • Ready to roll: Via Rail is preparing to launch a weekly passenger run between Winnipeg and Vancouver next month. A spokesman said the plans aren’t final. Daryl Adair of Rail Travel Tours said, “I think the restart has been overdue because there can be flights across Canada, so there’s no reason there can’t be rail travel.” Dylan Robertson reports.
  • Alert app made for newer phones: The app designed to alert users when they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 doesn’t work on older phones, Katie May reports. Only four per cent of Manitobans who tested positive were given codes to enter on the app, and ever fewer have used the codes.

On this date

  • On Nov. 23, 1915: The Manitoba Free Press reported that a Canadian explosive company's works near Parry Sound, Ont., were destroyed in an explosion thought to be the work of foreign saboteurs; remarkably, there was no loss of life, as all 700 employees had left the buildings. In The Pas, government representatives met with members of the community to discuss matters relating to the northern region of the new Manitoba. In London, the Earl of Derby, speaking to correspondents regarding Britain's recruitment campaign, was confident Britain and her allies would be victorious in the Great War.

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