- We begin today's Head Start with a court case that echoes the Phoenix Sinclair tragedy, and the Free Press’s effort to end the secrecy surrounding a toddler's homicide. Justice reporter Mike McIntyre was the only journalist in court Wednesday when the mother charged with second-degree murder was granted bail.
- Your forecast: Winnipeggers should take no issue with Environment Canada’s seven-day weather forecast for the city and area. That is, unless someone has an aversion to sunshine and mild temperatures. Expect a mix of sun and cloud today, a slight breeze from the northeast and a high of 14 C. For Friday, expect lots of sunshine and a high of 15. The weekend outlook includes blue skies and temperatures of 10 C on Saturday, 14 C on Sunday, May 1 and 18 C on Monday.
In case you missed it
- No saving the PSB: The Public Safety Building is headed for the scrap heap. City council voted Wednesday night to demolish the structure now that Winnipeg police have a new headquarters, despite a last-ditch effort by heritage advocates who loved the building for its signature design, officially known as brutalist architecture.
- Man charged in fatal collision: The driver accused of colliding with a cyclist early Tuesday morning turned himself in to police later that day. Casey Donaldson was cycling on Nairn Avenue at about 1 a.m., with another cyclist, when a vehicle struck him from behind said police, who allege the driver was speeding and driving erratically. A 24-year-old faces three charges including impaired driving causing death.
- Family dissatisfied with police: Police say a slain indigenous woman was a sex-trade worker who used Facebook to line up johns. Her family, however, says Simone Sanderson was a police informant caught up in a gang war and they have evidence to prove it. Not satisfied with the police investigation or the information detectives were willing to share, the family hired a private investigator to find out what happened to the 23-year-old Winnipeg woman. An arrest has been made in the case.
- National Day of Mourning: The Manitoba Federation of Labour is holding an event this morning to mark today as the National Day of Mourning to honour workers killed or injured on the job. An event will be held at 9 a.m. in the City Hall courtyard at 510 Main St., and a candlelight memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. in the second-floor auditorium of Union Centre, 275 Broadway.
- Simple acts of kindness: Scouts Canada has been challenging Canadians to join them in performing acts of kindness during Good Turn Week (April 22 to May 1). Local scout members have been collecting donations of towels, blankets, toys, dog food and other pet supplies for Hull’s Haven Border Collie Rescue and will be handing everything over this evening, at Transcona Scout Hall, at the corner of Winona Street and Melrose Avenue. The event begins at 6 p.m.
Around the water cooler
- Founder of K-Tel is dead: The man who made advertising chops on TV for the likes of the Miracle Brush, the Veg-o-matic and millions of albums containing Country Hits or Hooked on Classics died on Wednesday. Philip Kives was 87. Born on a Jewish colony farm near Oungre, Sask., on the eve of the Great Depression, Kives came to Winnipeg in 1962 to create the company that bore the first letter of his last name, K-tel. The rest is now history.
- Strategic wine drinking: Whether you’re a novice or a self-proclaimed expert, it turns out taking in the Winnipeg Wine Fest calls for some courtesies and some planning. Free Press writer Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson takes you through six "pour" decisions you may want to use to get the most of the event.
- Trump: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's claim that Hillary Clinton is playing "the woman's card" continues to draw backlash on social media. He levelled the "woman's card" accusation against opponent Hillary Clinton on Tuesday after his five-state primary sweep. "She's got nothing else going," Trump told supporters in New York. "And, frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 per cent of the vote.”
- Pekka Rinne: The Nashville goalie was simply sensational on Wednesday night as the Predators stole a 2-1 victory in Anaheim against the Ducks in Game 7 to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Rinne made 36 saves for the Predators, who now face the San Jose Sharks in the second round of the playoffs.
On this date
- On April 28, 1985: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that a nationwide strike by up to 3,000 Air Canada ticket agents was expected to wreak havoc on air travel across the country. U.S. President Ronald Reagan said he was willing to meet with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. In Canada, an appeal of Dr. Henry Morgentaler's acquittal in an Ontario case was expected to have ramifications in Manitoba. The abortion doctor and two associates had been acquitted of charges relating to conspiring to procure a miscarriage, the term in the Criminal Code referring to abortions. Manitoba Attorney General Roland Penner said the outcome could affect charges against Morgentaler in Manitoba.
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