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Free Press Head Start for Dec. 8
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Free Press Head Start for Dec. 8

Good morning.

Manitoba health officials are scheduled to hold their weekly news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic today. The province announced its first case of the omicron variant on Tuesday.

A woman testified at a murder trial that two teenage boys said they fatally shot a woman who told them she was pregnant and begged for her life.

Olaf Scholz was formally appointed as Germany's chancellor today. Scholz — the nation’s ninth chancellor since the end of the Second Word War — replaces Angela Merkel, who led the European Union’s most populous country for 16 years.

The leaders of three Soviet republics — Russia, Ukraine and Byelorussia (now called Belarus) — signed an agreement 30 years ago today that effectively ended the USSR.

— Adam Treusch, assignment editor

What’s happening today


An operating room at the Women’s Hospital at Health Sciences Centre. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Task force on surgery waits: Health Minister Audrey Gordon is scheduled to release details about the provincial government’s long-promised task force that will address a massive backlog in surgeries and diagnostic tests. Danielle Da Silva reports. Read More

Set for rate call: The Bank of Canada will announce what will happen to its trendsetting interest rate, which has been at the bottom level of 0.25 per cent since the COVID-19 pandemic hit North America in March 2020. It is unlikely the bank will increase the rate. The Canadian Press reports. Read More

Deadly copter crash: A helicopter carrying India’s military chief crashed, killing 13 of the 14 people on board. The Associated Press reports. Read More

 

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Weather


Your forecast: Mainly sunny later this morning and then increasingly cloudy, with a low chance of light snow all morning and then periods of light snow starting this afternoon, a high of -11 C, wind chill as low as -33 this morning and peak winds from the south at 40 km/h gusting to 60 late this afternoon.

 

In case you missed it


Jets captain Blake Wheeler and Hurricanes centre Jordan Staal battle for the puck. (Fred Greenslade / The Canadian Press)

Rocked by Hurricanes: The Winnipeg Jets lost to the Carolina Hurricanes last night, ending a two-game winning streak and splitting a four-game home stand. "We weren't good enough to win tonight. They deserved it," Jets head coach Paul Maurice said. Jason Bell reports. Read More

‘We will not comply’: A federal government pledge to require some agriculture and transportation workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is facing resistance and questions from Manitoba employers. The overwhelming majority of private workplaces falls under provincial regulation, but some are federally regulated. “We will not comply and will organize a mass movement against the government if this is how far they want to take this,” Joshua Wurtz, manager of Old Mill Feeds, wrote. Read More

Still stuck at home: The Canada Border Services Agency will give returning travellers additional guidance on filling out an online app, but people currently under quarantine because they didn’t complete the process will have to remain at home. Kevin Rollason reports. Read More

‘Compassionate’ grading scale sought: Student leaders at the University of Manitoba are calling for a compassionate grading scale because of stresses linked to the faculty strike that ended earlier this week. Maggie Macintosh reports. Read More

Blaze destroys house: Fire crews evacuated two neighbouring homes while battling a house fire on McDermot Avenue on Thursday. Read More

 

On this date


On Dec. 8, 1959: The Winnipeg Free Press reported Manitoba education costs had risen so much that the provincial government would delay action on a royal commission report, released the previous week, until 1961. Sponsors of a Winnipeg film festival would be prosecuted under the Lord's Day Act for charging admission for the Russian film Cranes Are Flying, shown on a Sunday. The Institute for Strategic Studies in England said the USSR's claims it had demobilized two million men were false and that staffing at Red Army missile bases outnumbered those at NATO bases.

 

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