- Your forecast: The wet snow that fell late Tuesday and again overnight has crusted up nicely as the temperature dipped below 0 C, so expect to do some scraping of your vehicle’s windows this morning. And be careful walking, because the sidewalks and streets are pretty slick. Expect a cloudy day with a 60 per cent chance of showers this afternoon and a high of 4 C, while Thursday will be cloudy, windy and 1 C.
In case you missed it
- Talk about blaming the victim: A student backlash forced Brandon University to shelve a questionable requirement that students sign away their rights to talk about sexual assault attacks they endured, risking expulsion or suspension from classes. Called a behavioral contract, the document was outed on a website students created to draw attention to the policy. Anyone who signed it promised not to discuss such accusations with anyone but a counsellor. The university called the policy a “mistake.”
- Flying bugs and tree killers: The city is about to start larviciding pools of standing water to get out in front of the usual onslaught of mosquitoes. But before the tiny biting bugs make their appearance, we’ll have to weather the worst infestations of tent caterpillars in a decade this spring. They’re trees’ worst enemies, munching up leaves and leaving branches bare.
- Selkirk suspect arrested: A 22-year-old man from Selkirk has been charged after two seniors were assaulted in their home this weekend. On Sunday night, an 88-year-old man and an 85-year-old woman suffered serious injuries after being attacked in their home. They are still in the hospital. RCMP say Justin Bannab was charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering and appeared in court Tuesday.
- Candidates’ forum: Five candidates from central Winnipeg will take part in a question-and-answer session with members of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Health Sciences. Participants include Wab Kinew (NDP, Fort Rouge), Peter Koroma (Liberal, Logan), Shandi Strong (Liberal, Wolseley), David Nickarz (Green, Wolseley) and Matthew Ostrove (MB Party, Fort Rouge). The event starts at noon at the U of M’s Bannatyne Campus (Theatre B).
Around the water cooler
- Another costly win: Sure, the Winnipeg Jets showed lots of moxie, scoring late and then beating the host Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in overtime late Tuesday night. But with the two points, the Jets (33-38-8) jumped two spots to sixth-last in the NHL, lessening their chances at a top-3 draft pick this summer.
- Oh, Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz: The Burt was the stage Tuesday night for the Winnipeg debut of Broadway hit "A Night with Janis Joplin." We really miss the real Janis and her band Big Brother and the Holding Company but at least there’s a crooner a lot like her to belt out those bluesy chords with a gravelly voice.
- Chip off the old block: Brendan Lemieux made his pro hockey debut Tuesday with the Manitoba Moose at the MTS Centre and he’s just like his old man, Claude Lemieux, one of the NHL’s all-time great agitators. Brendan had three shots on goal, took a minor penalty and showed some great speed and grit.
- #mb16: The hashtag marking the upcoming provincial election is picking up major traction across Manitoba. There’s less than two weeks now until we go to the polls.
- #panamapapers: The huge leak of documents, which lifted the lid on how some of the world’s rich folks use tax havens to hide their money, continues to trend continent-wide.
On this date
- On April 6, 1953: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that a suspect had been arrested in connection with a hotel fire in Fort Frances, Ont., and was believed to be connected to four other fires. United Nations officers said that an exchange of wounded POWs boded well for an armistice in the Korean War. A 15-year-old orphaned girl from Winnipeg was given the chance to attend Britain's coronation, courtesy of a local bowler who won a trip to the coronation in a tournament, but decided to donate it to the girl and also cover other expenses she might have on the trip.
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