October 17, 2017

Winnipeg
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Free Press Head Start for Oct. 12

Winnipeg police had the Main Street northbound lanes closed at Higgins Avenue Wednesday morning after a pedestrian was hit by a car.

This morning

  • Chief vows fairness: Justin Holz, who has been criminally charged in a deadly hit-and-run, won’t get special treatment because he’s a police officer, pledged Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth: "This officer will be held accountable for his actions.” Free Press coverage includes reports from Mike McIntyre, Randy Turner and Bill Redekop.
  • Your forecast: Clouds are likely in Winnipeg this morning but, when they dissipate, the sun is expected to shine throughout the weekend. Today’s high will be 17C, with wind from the south at 20 km/h, gusting to 40.

In case you missed it

  • Firefighters versus paramedics: A hearing into comments made by Fire Paramedic Chief John Lane is the result of longstanding animosity between Winnipeg paramedics and firefighters, and the feud could hurt Winnipeg citizens, writes columnist Dan Lett: “What is the impact on EMS services when two critically important professional groups within that network cannot resist the temptation to fight like a couple of randy mutts at the dog park?”
  • Smells fishy: Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien was too injured to play in Edmonton on Monday, and the coach says he won’t be fit to play tonight in Vancouver. But he’s fit enough to fish. Byfuglien and some of his teammates spent part of Tuesday — an off day for the NHL club — hauling in some monster sturgeon on the Fraser River in B.C. Jason Bell reports.

Up next

  • Changes to CFS: A substantial reform of Child and Family Services is expected to be announced this morning at a press conference with Premier Brian Pallister. Free Press reporters Larry Kusch and Nick Martin will attend and file the news promptly to winnipegfreepress.com
  • Taxing questions: Do you have questions about Ottawa’s controversial tax reforms? A tax consultant will be available to explain the changes at a town hall meeting this evening, sponsored by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The event runs 7-9 p.m. at the Canad Inns Destination Centre Fort Garry.

Around the water cooler

  • PTE artistic director Robert Metcalfe has announced his retirement as of the end of this season.

    PTE director will retire: Robert Metcalfe, the artistic director of the Prairie Theatre Exchange, announced Wednesday afternoon that the company's upcoming 45th season will be his last. With his tongue in cheek, Metcalfe told Free Press entertainment writer Randall King: "I wish I had more drama to give you. But it truly is the right time for me and the right time for the company."
  • Hometown-hero bands: Columnist Gordon Sinclair Jr. says both the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. So why aren't they? Sinclair riffs on the matter.

Trending now

  • Eminem

    Eminem: The infamous rapper aimed sharp words at U.S. President Donald Trump, releasing a 4 1/2-minute freestyle rap video that criticized Trump for his Twitter habits, policy, appearance and supporters. Eminem slammed the Republican president as "a kamikaze who will probably cause a nuclear holocaust" before criticizing Trump's ongoing campaign against NFL national anthem protests.

On this date

  • On Oct. 12, 1943: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Britain announced Portugal was giving it naval and air bases in the Azores. German forces set Kiev ablaze as victorious Russian troops advanced on them. King Christian of Denmark said he and all the royal family would don yellow Jewish stars if the occupying German forces attempted to force Danish Jews to wear such identifying symbols. British midget submarines put a German super-battleship out of commission in a Norwegian fjord.

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