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Free Press Head Start for April 7
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Free Press Head Start for April 7

Good morning.

Provincial health officials won’t be holding their regularly scheduled COVID-19 news conference today. With the next news conference scheduled for Friday, officials will have held only one such briefing over an eight-day period ending Thursday.

— Adam Treusch, assignment editor

Provincial budget


Finance Minister Scott Fielding reads the 2020 budget in the legislature. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Afternoon announcement: Finance Minister Scott Fielding will deliver the provincial budget in the legislative chamber this afternoon. The Free Press will have full coverage. Fielding announced another significant piece of the Tory government’s financial plan Tuesday. Carol Sanders reports. Read More

Deficit forecast: The province will release its third-quarter financial results for the 2020-21 fiscal year today, including an increase in the deficit forecast from $2.05 billion to $2.08 billion. Read More

Mayor’s money wants: Mayor Brian Bowman announced his wish list for the budget on Tuesday. Joyanne Pursaga reports. Read More

 

What's happening today


The Brandon courthouse (The Brandon Sun files)

Court case continues: The Crown is scheduled to continue calling witnesses at the faint hope clause hearing for Michael Bridges, who is seeking early parole for the murder of Erin Chorney in Brandon in 2002. Prosecutor Mark Lafreniere cross-examined Bridges on Tuesday and asked him about incidents where he said the inmate acted inappropriately in prison. Read More

 

Weather


Your forecast: Mainly sunny with a high of 16 C, wind chill as low as -5 this morning and peak winds from the northeast at 20 km/h.

 

In case you missed it


(iStock / Getty Images)

Grade retention rapped: Despite concerns raised about a "no fail" practice in public schools during the province's education review, superintendents say making students repeat grades is rarely in their best interest. Maggie Macintosh reports. Read More

Community shut out of Commons: A new grassroots group says Filipino-Canadians need a voice in the House of Commons. MP Rey Pagtakhan represented the Liberals in a Winnipeg-area riding from 1997 to 2004, but no Filipino-Canadian has followed in his footsteps. Dylan Robertson reports. Read More

 

On this date


On April 7, 1945: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Allied forces were nearing Bremen and Hannover in Germany; British and U.S. troops advanced a mile-an-hour breakthrough that took them past Nazi forces. Meanwhile, Canadian troops advanced from Holland into Germany to within 47 miles of the North Sea port of Emden, and other troops in Holland threatened an escape route for 50,000 German troops. Vessels of the British Pacific fleet were damaged by Japanese aircraft in an attack near the Sakishima islands.

 

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