March 19, 2019

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Free Press Head Start for Sept. 1

Northern Manitoba fire evacuees step off of a Canadian Forces C130 Herculese transport arrives at James Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg. (PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

Northern Manitoba fire evacuees step off of a Canadian Forces C130 Herculese transport arrives at James Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg.


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  • Evacuees arrive: About 1,000 evacuees from wildfires threatening three remote northern Manitoba reserves arrived at the RBC Convention Centre Thursday, which is being used as a temporary shelter. As of Thursday, a 230-square-kilometre fire was within 800 metres of homes in Wasagamack First Nation. Ben Waldman reports.
  • Your forecast: It will be cloudy and hazy today, with a high of 24 C, a few showers this morning, wind from the south at 30 km/h gusting to 50, and a 60 per cent chance of showers and a risk of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and early evening.

In case you missed it

  • Manitoba's former aboriginal affairs minister Eric Robinson, centre, with Norway House residents Leon Swanson, left, and David Tait Jr. who men were switched at birth in 1975 when their mothers gave birth at Norway House Indian Hospital. (John Woods / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

    Manitoba's former aboriginal affairs minister Eric Robinson, centre, with Norway House residents Leon Swanson, left, and David Tait Jr. who men were switched at birth in 1975 when their mothers gave birth at Norway House Indian Hospital.

    No crimes committed: There’s no evidence a crime occurred when two pairs of Manitoba men were switched shortly after birth at Norway House Indian Hospital in 1975, the RCMP says. A separate probe ordered by Health Canada also concluded the switches were probably accidental, very likely because newborns weren’t tagged with wrist and ankle bands. Alexandra Paul reports.
  • Deal with faculty a first: The university and its faculty association announced Thursday they have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year deal. It’s the first public-sector collective bargaining agreement reached under the Tory government’s wage-control Bill 28 and extends for a year after the bill. Nick Martin reports.
  • Risky business: Alex Forrest, president of United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg, says the city isn’t doing enough to shut down illegal rooming houses that put residents and emergency crews at risk. “It’s a death trap created by these slum landlords,” he said. A report released Thursday by Coun. Janice Lukes states there may be more than 150 illegal rooming houses in the Fort Richmond and University Heights areas. Ryan Thorpe reports.

Up next

  • Funny Friday: Comedian Scott Thompson, a member of the Canadian comedy troupe the Kids in the Hall, is at the Park Theatre at 8 p.m. tonight. He was originally scheduled to perform as part of the Oddblock Comedy Festival, which ended Sunday. VIP and full weekend passes from the festival will be accepted.

Around the water cooler

  • Saskatchewan Roughriders' Crezdon Butler (17) tackles Edmonton Eskimos' LaDarius Perkins (22) during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday August 25, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson. (CP)

    Saskatchewan Roughriders' Crezdon Butler (17) tackles Edmonton Eskimos' LaDarius Perkins (22) during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday August 25, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

    Tough test: This weekend’s Labour Day Classic is a battle between the league’s hottest offence and one of its most dominant defences, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders are both in contention for a playoff spot. Jeff Hamilton spoke with Bombers players and coaches about how they’re preparing for the Riders defence.
  • Details on development: The developers of True North Square announced details Thursday on the two towers that will be built at the northwest corner of the site. Construction of the 18-storey Sutton Place Hotel and 13-storey luxury rental apartment is scheduled to begin in the spring, while the site’s other two towers are already being built.

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  • #RuinABookTitleInOneLetter: One little typo and you have a whole other book to read, including such non-classics as "Lord of the Lies," "Schindler's Lost," "Clan of the Care Bear," and "The Old Man and the Spa."

On this date

  • On Sept. 1, 1995: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that former Canadian junior women's curling champion, Darcy Robertson, was denied a spot at the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club in the more competitive men's league; club shareholders voted on the matter and the decision was made in a 30-29 vote. Parents of some of the 12 babies who had died after open-heart surgery at the Health Sciences Centre said crucial evidence might be excluded from an inquest into the deaths and that they had no confidence in the procedure.

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