October 20, 2018

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Free Press Head Start for Oct. 11


What you need to know

  • Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), waves to his relatives from a bus prior to the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday.  (Dmitri Lovetsky / Pool / The Associated Press)

    Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), waves to his relatives from a bus prior to the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday.

    Failure to launch: Two astronauts — one American and one Russian — are safe after a booster rocket propelling them to the International Space Station failed, forcing them to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan. Russia says all manned launches have been suspending pending an investigation.
  • Rejoicing in road: An event celebrating the Freedom Road reaching the Trans-Canada Highway is scheduled for this morning. For more than a century, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has been cut off from the mainland because of construction of the City of Winnipeg’s aqueduct.

Weather

  • Your forecast: Today will be cloudy with a high of 1 C, a 30 per cent chance of flurries until late afternoon and wind from the northwest at 20 km/h gusting to 40.

In case you missed it

  • Jenny Motkaluk said she would disclose Thursday how she will finance her campaign promises. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press Files)

    Jenny Motkaluk said she would disclose Thursday how she will finance her campaign promises.

    Talking taxes: Mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk will unveil an “innovative and reformative property tax plan” this morning. On Wednesday, Mayor Brian Bowman said that in 162 days of campaigning, Motkaluk has committed $1.2 billion in infrastructure spending without saying how she would pay for it. Aldo Santin reports.

What’s happening today

  • Winnipeg Jets played the Nashville Predators in the NHL hockey second-round playoff series in May. (Mark Humphrey / The Associated Press Files)

    Winnipeg Jets played the Nashville Predators in the NHL hockey second-round playoff series in May.

    Match in Music City: The Jets play the Predators at 7 p.m. in Nashville. It’s the first time the teams have faced off since the Jets won in Game 7 to advance to the Western Conference Final in last season’s Stanley Cup playoffs. Mike McIntyre reports.
  • Protesting poverty: An anti-poverty rally organized by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and other organizations will start at noon at city hall before marching to the legislature. Organizers are calling for civic candidates to be “leaders of poverty reduction.”
  • West in Washington: Rapper Kanye West will have lunch at the White House today with U.S. President Donald Trump and meet with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. West wore a Make America Great Again hat on Saturday Night Live late last month and delivered an unaired, pro-Trump rant.

On this date

  • On Oct. 11, 1923: The Manitoba Free Press reported that Canadian railway companies said if they were forced to pay increased wages to maintenance of way men, then they would also have to increase freight rates. David Lloyd George, wartime premier of Great Britain, spoke in Toronto to espouse a strong British Empire so that the catastrophe of the Great War would not be repeated — a threat he felt was looming.

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