Quote of the day
- “The vibe you get off this article show us how Winnipeg is really creating a world-class following of the potential to visit here. We’re pretty much on fire with visitor possibilities.” — Marina James, president and CEO of Tourism Winnipeg, responding to the news that Winnipeg has made the National Geographic Traveler’s prestigious list of Top 20 Best Trips of 2016.
- Financial update: Canada’s newest finance minister had a chance to look at the books, and this morning delivered a financial update. Bill Morneau has inherited a lot of red ink from the Conservatives under Stephen Harper.
- Stash cash: The provincial government has outlined how it will market marijuana once its legalized, but our editorial argues that this is a cash grab by the Selinger government.
- Mining money: Manitoba is looking to make up for lost time when it comes to partnering with indigenous communities in mining development. In case you missed it, Martin Cash writes about discussions at the Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention.
- Some good people: Manitoba has the highest number of people relying on food banks in Canada. Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of Winnipeg Harvest — an organization that wasn’t supposed to last 30 years, but sadly it has. In 49.8, we feature 30 people who have made a difference in feeding the poor in this city. It’s a humbling piece and definitely worth a long read.
- Shadow cabinet: Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose announced who’s going to be her helping hands this morning as she unveiled the party’s shadow cabinet.
In case you missed it
- Money, money, money: A Free Press exclusive examines the last days of Red River College President Stephanie Forsyth and her payout. As Nick Martin reports, RRC paid Forsyth $245,491 for the final two months of her stormy tenure as president.
- Unsafe water: A Health Canada study indicates that water cisterns used to store water on many First Nations are contaminated.
- Pot plans: Premier Greg Selinger put some meat on the bones of his throne speech. He spoke with reporters yesterday and outlined his plans on how the province is going to deal with marijuana once it is legalized by Ottawa.
On the calendar
- Over the weekend: In Halifax, N.S., dozens of international defence and security personnel, journalists, politicians, top bureaucrats and diplomats will gather for the Halifax International Security Forum, which runs through Sunday. Participants of note include National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defence Robert Work.
- City hall: Busy week next week at city hall. The new water and waste, riverbank management and environment committee, meets on Monday. Looking ahead, public works meets Tuesday and council sits Wednesday.
- AMM: The Association of Manitoba Municipalities will host the three provincial party leaders at an election debate Wednesday after they've voted on 44 resolutions, including a suite of tax demands. Their annual convention starts Tuesday in Brandon.
Today in history
- Today in 1871, the first telegraph lines linked Winnipeg and eastern Canada via Chicago and St. Paul, Minn.