June 22, 2018

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Free Press Head Start for Oct. 11

Jody Ansell is now at home in Stonewall after being shot in the arm in Las Vegas.

Good morning!

  • Thankful to be home: Jody Ansell, the Stonewall woman who was shot in the massacre in Las Vegas earlier this month, returned Thanksgiving weekend and is very glad to be home. “You have no idea. You have no idea,” she tells reporter Bill Redekop. “Just breathing the Canadian air, being surrounded by my family. It’s just so good to be back.”
  • Your forecast: There will be mix of sun and cloud today, with a high of 15 C and wind from the south at 20 km/h gusting to 60 late this morning.

In case you missed it

  • George Takei

    Star power: George Takei — the actor, activist and social-media star who played Mr. Sulu in the original Star Trek series — will be among We Day’s speakers later this month. More than 16,000 youth and educators will attend the Oct. 25 event at Bell MTS Place. Randy Turner reports.
  • Problem with poster: A psychiatrist says Manitoba Public Insurance’s campaign against drug-impaired driving misleads readers about controversial drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A poster states stimulants reduce balance, co-ordination and impulse control and increase risk-taking behaviours, but that’s not the case with prescription stimulants, Dr. Keith Hildahl says. Jane Gerster reports.
  • Shot at success: A proposal for a craft distillery in the Exchange District is one step closer to pouring shots after city councillors on the property and development committee endorsed rezoning the property. Council as a whole would have to vote in favour of the rezoning before it becomes official. Patent 5 Distillery is hoping to set up shop in a historic building on Alexander Avenue. Aldo Santin reports.

Up next

  • Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Chief John Lane.

    On the hot seat: An arbitration hearing begins today regarding a complaint from more than 150 paramedics and their union about Fire Paramedic Chief John Lane. The Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union Local 911 says a presentation Lane made at a conference in 2015 was “insulting and disrespectful to our members.” Aldo Santin reports.
  • Eye on energy: The two-day Generation Energy Forum starts today at the RBC Convention Centre. More than 600 people will attend the event, which brings together some of Canada’s and the world’s leading energy experts, industry officials and environmentalists. Martin Cash reports.

Around the water cooler

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting quarterback Matt Nichols at practice at Investors Group Field Tuesday morning.

    Tough glove: Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols wore a glove on his throwing hand on the practice field Tuesday after taking a couple of big hits in the team’s loss to Hamilton on Friday. “Matt looks fine,” quarterbacks coach Buck Pierce says. “Everyone’s playing with a little something this time of the year. But Matt’s a tough guy.” Mike Sawatzky reports.

Trending now

  • Sears Canada: The retail giant's name is trending as it plans to close all of its stores.

On this date

  • On Oct. 11, 1933: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that prime minister R.B. Bennett spoke at the Winnipeg Auditorium to defend the wheat agreement to be signed in London, saying it was essential in light of farmers' surplus, and that the Canadian government could replicate the National Recovery Act of the United States. Pilot Bert Acosta, known as the "Bad Boy of the Air," was planning to embark on a record-setting flight from New York City to Buenos Aires, a nonstop distance of roughly 8,000 miles. German leader Adolf Hitler declared in his new book "Mein Kampf" that the only solution to "the rot which threatens Europe" was concentrated German military power, and made clear his wish that Germany's pre-war colonial territories be returned to it.

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