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Free Press Head Start for Sept. 13

Steve Kirby, former director of jazz studies at the University of Manitoba.

This morning

  • Mum on music prof: Renowned music professor Steve Kirby suddenly resigned from the University of Manitoba earlier this summer, and the U of M won’t say why he “retired.” All mentions of the former director of jazz studies have been removed from the faculty website, where he had been prominently mentioned in several places. A source who spoke to the Free Press this summer said the university was meeting with several female students to address concerns described as "sexual in nature." Nick Martin reports.
  • Your forecast: This morning is hazy, and it will be sunny today with a high of 25 C and wind from the northeast at 20 km/h gusting to 40.

In case you missed it

  • The Manitoba Hydro building on Portage Avenue

    Hydro wants hike: Manitoba Hydro says it will need increase rates for two more years than previously projected because the Public Utilities Board denied its request for a 7.9 per cent rate increase this summer. The PUB instead granted an interim increase of 3.36 per cent. Larry Kusch reports.
  • Support workers scrambling: Some 700 workers at the St. Boniface, Grace and Victoria hospitals will be affected in Phase 1 of the WRHA’s overhaul of health-care delivery, but the authority can't specify what that might mean. "Anyone that's telling you this is going to be good for patient care is selling you snake oil," says Jeff Traeger, president of United Food and Commercial Workers local 832, which represents support staff at St. Boniface Hospital. Jane Gerster reports.

Up next

  • Complaints about care: A rally, organized by unions, to protest the Tory government’s overhaul of the health-care system is taking place on the front steps of the legislature at noon. The president of the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union and a recent patient at Victoria General Hospital will be among the speakers at the Care Comes First rally.
  • Sounds of Sadies: Jill Wilson spoke with singer-guitarist Dallas Good of the Toronto country-roots band the Sadies, who are performing at the West End Cultural Centre tonight. Winnipeg is partly to blame for the band’s four-year delay between albums, Wilson reports.

Around the water cooler

  • Patrik Laine

    Ready for sophomore season: Patrik Laine was back on the ice Tuesday skating with other members of the Winnipeg Jets for the first time since his phenomenal rookie season. Head coach Paul Maurice said he believes the Finnish forward’s most effective position might be as a right-winger. "Long term, I think his choice would be to play the left,” he said. “But after the year on the right, when we moved him over, he agreed the game was easier for him on his forehand.” Mike Sawatzky reports.
  • Familiar foe: The Winnipeg Goldeyes will face the Wichita Wingnuts in Game 1 of the American Association championship series in Kansas tonight, and Mike McIntyre is there. The Goldeyes, seeking to repeat as champs, will host Game 3 on Saturday evening. The two teams also met last year in the best-of-five series.

Trending now

  • #IDAWPG17: Trending locally as the International Downtown Association Conference and Trade Show officially starts in Winnipeg today.

On this date

  • On Sept. 13, 1990: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that the chief commissioner of the Canadian Wheat Board, Esmond Jarvis, had been appointed high commissioner to New Zealand. A mere 300 votes spelled the difference between a minority and majority government for the Progressive Conservatives in the 1990 provincial election; in five races, the outcome turned on fewer than 150 votes. Former U.S. president Ronald Reagan, who had called on Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall prior to its eventual opening in 1989, took a ceremonial chip out of the wall during a visit to the city.

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