What you need to know
- ‘Hell broke loose’: “They were no boy scouts. They ran into each other and, before you know it, people start shooting and hell broke loose.” Those were the words of Johnny Giannakis, the owner of Johnny G’s restaurant at 172 Main St., where two people were fatally shot on Wednesday. Ryan Thorpe reports.
- Jets trounced: Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was spectacular between the pipes but it wasn’t enough as the Montreal Canadiens won 5-2 on Thursday evening. Hellebuyck stopped a flurry of 48 shots, his season’s high, while the Jets skaters in front of him seemed sluggish. As Captain Blake Wheeler said: “We hung him out to dry.”
- Happy tails: Showing that dark clouds can sometimes have silver livings, reporter Ashley Prest tells how good homes have been found for 15 dogs found last month abandoned in horrific conditions inside a house on Home Street. ““They’re all having very positive outcomes, and they’ll never have to worry about being locked up in a disgusting home ever again,” said Leland Gordon, CEO of the Animal Services Agency.
- Your forecast: It will remain cold through the weekend, with highs of -22 C today, -22 on Saturday and -19 on Sunday. Today’s weather will include wind from the northwest of 20 km/h, which will contribute to a wind chill that feels like -39.
What's happening today
- Brandt is back: Country crooner Paul Brandt is at Bell MTS Place tonight. As he told reporter Erin LeBar: “People gave me some pretty funny looks in Nashville, going ‘What do you mean you’re from Canada and singing country music?’”
- Big bike chill: A larger than usual number of frosty cyclists will be exhaling clouds of ice breath today as the pedal to work to kick off Big Bike Chill, which includes activities such as Winnipeg’s first urban fat tire bike trail. For more information, see http://bikewinnipeg.ca/event/big-bike-chill/#sthash
- Outdoors show: Today is the first of three days for the Manitoba Outdoors Show at Red River Exhibition Park. It showcases products including archery, outdoor equipment, outdoor clothing, sporting goods, bird watching, health and wellness, cycling, fishing and hunting. For more information, see http://www.groupedge.ca/events/manitoba-outdoors-show/
In case you missed it
- Defending champs beat: The No. 1 seed in the provincial men’s curling championships in Virden was knocked down to the B side on Thursday. Reid Carruthers said: “We were a bit inconsistent with our throws and our releases.” Jason Bell reports.
- Siloam expansion: Reporter Alexandra Paul got a sneak peak of Siloam Mission’s two-storey, 54,000-square-foot expansion. It will boast 50 new beds — including separate spaces for women — and more mental health and transition services for the homeless, and a loading dock to receive donations of clothing and other items.
On this date
- On Feb. 8, 1962: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that even though the Manitoba government was unlikely to change the school grant formula, grants to the Winnipeg school division would be more than double what the school board expected. American troops poured into South Vietnam, as U.S. president John F. Kennedy pledged his country's support in fighting communist guerrillas. Actress Jayne Mansfield, her husband and a friend were rescued from an island in the Bahamas where they had been stranded overnight after waterskiing.
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