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Free Press Head Start for April 6
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Free Press Head Start for April 6

Good morning.

Finance Minister Scott Fielding and Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson will make a budget announcement at the Cadham Provincial Laboratory this morning. The provincial budget will be unveiled Wednesday.

Provincial health officials will hold their first COVID-19 news conference in nearly a week later today. Two deaths and 135 new cases over a two-day period were announced Monday after the province didn’t update the numbers on Easter Sunday.

A grand chief and the chiefs of four Ontario First Nations will make an announcement today regarding Ontario’s plans to twin the Trans-Canada Highway from the Manitoba border to Kenora.

— Adam Treusch, assignment editor

What’s happening today

People gather in Toronto to mark the anniversary of the deadly crash on Jan. 8, 2021. (Chris Young / The Canadian Press files)

Indictments in Iran shootdown: Iran has indicted 10 officials for the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed 176 people, including more than 100 who had ties to Canada. A military prosecutor did not name the people indicted. Read More

Tribute to Humboldt team: A virtual tribute will mark the third anniversary of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 16 people and injured 13. Read More

Solar power projects: A city committee is scheduled to debate a motion by Coun. Matt Allard calling for the city to study options to eliminate the requirement for an electrical engineer’s stamp on smaller solar panel projects. The motion also calls for the public service to suggest other ways to expedite the installation process. Read More

President picks Netanyahu: Israel’s president has chosen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to try to form a coalition government in the Knesset. Reuven Rivlin acknowledged that many believe Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption charges, is unfit. The Associated Press reports. Read More



Your forecast: Sunny with a high of 16 C, wind chill as low as -7 this morning and wind from the west — and later the north — at 10 km/h.


In case you missed it

Striking Manitoba Hydro workers on a picket line. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Strike costly, union says: The union representing striking electrical workers says rotating work stoppages have already cost Manitoba Hydro tens of millions of dollars. Larry Kusch reports. Read More

Jets slam Senators: The Winnipeg Jets beat the Ottawa Senators at Bell MTS Place Monday night to snap a two-game losing streak. Mike McIntyre reports. Read More

Bikini buy: Shelley Cook’s latest column is how she finally bought a bikini after years of thinking it wasn’t the right fit for her. “My body has always been just right to wear a bikini to the beach — any body is,” she writes. “It took me a long time to realize and appreciate that.” Read More

Baylor wins big: The Baylor University Bears won their first men’s NCAA basketball championship last night, spoiling Gonzaga’s bid for the first undefeated season since Indiana’s in 1975-76. The Associated Press reports. Read More


On this date

On April 6, 1925: The Manitoba Free Press reported that water levels on the Assiniboine River showed the flood was still below the peak reached the previous two years. The South African government was considering abolishing its preferential tariff on British goods but said this move did not presage the breakup of the British Empire. A British submarine, the largest such vessel in the world, was set to make a "mystery voyage" around the globe. Approximately 1,000 newcomers were expected to arrive in Winnipeg before heading further west as part of the Empire Settlement scheme. In Eaglewood, N.J., 50 patients were saved from a hospital fire while a 15-year-old boy stayed at the switchboard to ensure all wards were alerted to the blaze; he was overcome by smoke but rescued by a firefighter.


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