Quote of the Day
- “In Winnipeg, we embrace tolerance, diversity, acceptance, and a desire to help others. I have no interest in offering a platform for the types of violent and harmful views espoused by Mr. Valizadeh and his organization. I am deeply disturbed by many of his statements and I denounce them unequivocally. The Winnipeg Police Service is aware of this organization’s intended plans and will be monitoring its activity.” - Mayor Brian Bowman in a statement regarding Daryush Valizadeh, known as Roosh V, who operates a misogynistic website regarding his plans for his supporters to meet in Winnipeg.
- Meet and greet: Manitoba MP and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr will accompany Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Alberta for a meeting with Premier Rachel Notley today. The state of the Alberta economy and pipelines will be the topic du jour. Today’s meeting is planned for 4 p.m. MST in Edmonton. It is Trudeau’s first trip to Alberta since becoming prime minister in November.
Tomorrow's editorial, today
- Risky idea: Winnipeg Transit could use enhanced security and surveillance, but the idea of police officers with guns on crowded buses doesn’t sound like a very good idea. Other cities have adopted a range of security services, including special constables and passenger alarms. The Winnipeg Police Board should do some fact checking to determine how it might provide safe, effective security for bus drivers and their passengers.
On the calendar:
- Talking reform: The Senate Liberals will hold an Open Caucus meeting today to discuss electoral reform. As well, it’s Wednesday, so party caucuses meet today.
- Big mayors: Mayor Brian Bowman is heading to Ottawa to join the Big City Mayors’ meeting Thursday and Friday, where squeezing more funds from the federal government is atop the agenda.
Provincial election news
- St. Johns: The race to replace Gord Macintosh in the North End riding is heating up, with at least two people vying for the NDP nomination. It's a seat that has been held by the NDP for decades. Nurse and former school board trustee Suzanne Hrynyk and Aaron McDowell, the executive assistant to Mynarski Coun. Ross Eadie, have been the first to announce their intentions, but many speculate there is more to come.
- Tories in Selkirk: After dumping candidate David Horbas under mysterious circumstances, the party has swiftly nominated a new candidate, Alan Lagimodiere. The local veterinarian and business owner was acclaimed as the candidate for the Progressive Conservatives last night.
- Can Kinew help: University of Winnipeg administrator Wab Kinew is seeking the NDP nomination for Fort Rouge, the riding in which Jennifer Howard was MLA for nine years. But can he help Premier Selinger who is low in the polls? Dan Lett weighs in.
- Job should be a safe place: Domestic violence has often been overlooked as a workplace issue, but people in crisis don't leave their abusive situations at home when they shut the door and leave for work each day. The profound impacts of domestic violence travel beyond the home, following people to their jobs and impacting their ability to work and earn a decent living.
- Racism: It's only February, but for Mary Agnes Welch, the most fascinating event at city hall in 2016 may have already happened -- Mayor Brian Bowman's messy, marathon news conference to announce his plan to combat racism.
Today in history
- Feb. 3, 1916: Near 9 p.m., a small fire started in the Commons Reading Room in the Centre Block. It soon grew and claimed seven lives and reduced all but the northwest wing and the Library to a charred shell. Had an employee not closed the Library’s iron doors in time, thousands of irreplaceable books would also have been lost.
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