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Free Press Head Start for April 20
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Free Press Head Start for April 20

Good morning.

Slight changes to provincial pandemic rules, including reduced gathering sizes, took effect at 12:01 a.m. today.

Two southbound lanes of Main Street remained closed between William and McDermot avenues as of about 6 a.m. after a bus crashed, sending two people to hospital.

The NDP won a legislative seat in Yukon by drawing lots after a judicial recount Monday, but the Liberals are likely to remain in power, albeit with a minority government.

— Adam Treusch, assignment editor

What’s happening today


Pharmacist Kimberly Thiessen prepares to give Rob Robinson, 51, an AstraZeneca dose in Brandon on Monday. (Tyler Clarke / Brandon Sun)

Ready to roll up sleeves: Many Manitobans between the ages of 40 and 54 are set to receive their first shot of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after the provincial government lowered the age requirement late Monday morning. Ontario and Alberta residents in the same age group are also eligible as of today. Kevin Rollason reports. Read More

Battle over budget: Debate on the federal budget introduced by the Liberal government on Monday begins in the House of Commons. The Conservatives will propose an amendment, and the Bloc Québécois will propose a sub-amendment. Read More

Quebec court ruling: Quebec's Superior Court is expected to rule on a challenge to a law that prohibits some public sector workers from wearing religious symbols. The Canadian Press reports. Read More

Full day of deliberations: Jurors in the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, are set for their first full day of deliberations. The Associated Press reports. Read More

Ex-B.C. premier to testify: Former British Columbia premier Christy Clark is scheduled to testify at the province’s inquiry into money laundering. Supreme Court Justice Austin Cullen is leading the inquiry after reports outlined how illegal cash affected B.C.'s real estate, luxury vehicle and gaming sectors. The Canadian Press reports. Read More

 

Weather


Your forecast: Mainly cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of flurries, a high of 1 C, wind chill as low as -15 this morning and wind from the northwest at 30 km/h gusting to 40.

 

In case you missed it


Joël Ruest, an instructor of education at Saint Boniface University, is concerned emphasizing parent voices will allow misconceptions about French Immersion to flourish. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)

French immersion fears: Some teachers and parents are worried because legislation to replace school boards with government appointees doesn’t mention French immersion. “There’s definitely some distrust right now. The relationship is strained. French language educators don’t have much confidence in the Pallister government," said Joël Ruest, an instructor of education at Saint Boniface University. Maggie Macintosh reports. Read More

‘Reality check’: In his latest column, Niigaan Sinclair says the federal budget will be “the nation’s largest investment in Indigenous communities in history,” if the promises are actually kept. Read More

Marleau makes hockey history: Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks broke Gordie Howe's record for the most games played in NHL history in a shootout loss to the Golden Knights in Las Vegas last night. Read More

‘Severe consequences’: Some real estate developers say they felt "blindsided" by ”last-minute" additions to residential infill guidelines. Joyanne Pursaga reports. Read More

Mondale mourned: Walter Mondale, the former vice-president from Minnesota who was also the Democratic nominee for U.S. president in 1984, has died. Mondale, 93, was the first nominee from a major party to put a woman on the ticket. Mondale and his running mate, Geraldine Ferraro of New York, would go on to win only Minnesota and the District of Columbia. Read More

 

On this date


On April 20, 1926: The Manitoba Free Press reported that representatives of the Prairie provinces and the Maritimes made common cause in Parliament over freight rates; Milton Campbell, the MP for Mackenzie, moved a resolution that rate discrimination against the Port of Quebec be removed and that grain be transported over the Transcontinental railway from Armstrong to Quebec at Crows Nest rates. The move, if adopted, would save Prairie farmers millions of dollars in transportation costs. Italian leader Benito Mussolini was expected to proclaim himself the leader of some form of empire in an upcoming speech. Sixty miles west of Port Angeles, Wa., Quillayut seal hunters reported seeing an enormous sea creature, twice the size of an elephant, and with eyes that worked like trap doors; it observed them but did not approach their canoe. One later theory was that it was an oriental sunfish, displaced by the effects of a September 1923 earthquake in Japan.

 

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