November 22, 2019

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Free Press Head Start for Oct. 18


What you need to know

  • Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer  (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

    Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer

    Election campaign nearly over: Today is the final weekday of campaigning. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier are in Quebec, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May are on Vancouver Island, and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will be in ridings outside Toronto.
  • No vote: Manitoba Hydro workers who will be away from home Monday working to fix damage from last week’s snow storm won’t be able to cast ballots in that day’s federal election. Maggie Macintosh reports.
  • Another home loss: The Jets have lost three consecutive games at Bell MTS Place and have allowed a league-worst seven power play goals this season. “The confidence certainly is a little bit low on that right now,” captain Blake Wheeler said of the team’s penalty-killing after Thursday night’s loss. Mike McIntyre reports.

Weather

  • City of Winnipeg workers clean up broken tree branches that line the boulevards in south River Heights on Thursday.  (RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    City of Winnipeg workers clean up broken tree branches that line the boulevards in south River Heights on Thursday.

    Your forecast: A mix of sun and cloud becoming overcast early this afternoon, with a high of 13 C and peak winds from the southeast at 30 km/h gusting to 50. Meanwhile, Maggie Macintosh and Aldo Santin have an update on the city’s cleanup efforts after last week’s storm.

What’s happening today

  • Swedish activist and student Greta Thunberg (Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES)

    Swedish activist and student Greta Thunberg

    Activist in Alberta: Swedish climate activist teen Greta Thunberg will join in a march through the streets of Edmonton to a rally at Alberta’s legislature today. A group of oil-and-gas supporters is planning a counter-rally at the same time. The Canadian Press reports.

In case you missed it

  • Charlene Harper (from left), Shanae Harper, Alice Connolly, 3, and Melissa Harper, had to jump from the roof to escape the flames.  (MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Charlene Harper (from left), Shanae Harper, Alice Connolly, 3, and Melissa Harper, had to jump from the roof to escape the flames.

    Family’s escape from fire: A pregnant woman, her sister and a child had to jump from the roof of a home and into the arms of police to escape a fire allegedly set by a man on a rampage. "I was pretty scared, but I was more afraid for my daughter,” Shanae Harper told the Free Press. Ryan Thorpe reports.
  • Political tiff over post: The archbishop of Winnipeg, Richard Gagnon, says people in the Roman Catholic church are working hard to change their culture and structures to prevent abuse. The Free Press spoke to Gagnon after federal Liberal candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette criticized another Winnipeg Centre candidate, the NDP’s Leah Gazan, for previously sharing a Facebook post stating “every practising Catholic is complicit” in abuse by “predatory priests." Brenda Suderman reports.
  • Sentenced for stabbing: Hailey Barker, 20, has been sentenced to eight years for fatally stabbing her mother in a home on Beaumont Bay in May 2018. Defence lawyer Leonard Tailleur said his client was neglected and abused as a child while in her mother’s care. Dean Pritchard reports.

On this date

  • On Oct. 18, 1919: The Manitoba Free Press reported that elections in Ontario held up Parliament, which was considering a bill on the Grand Trunk railroad as well as looking at measures to control the cocaine trade. The names of the four men who would represent Canada at a labour conference in Washington, D.C. were announced. In Russia, anti-Bolshevik forces kept fighting against the government, but there was conflicting information whether Petrograd, Gatchina or Pskov had been taken.

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