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Free Press Head Start for July 21
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Free Press Head Start for July 21

Good morning.

Federal Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair tweeted last night that as many as 120 Canadian Forces members will be sent to Manitoba to help fight wildfires. A special air-quality statement remains in effect for much of Manitoba.

Canada’s first event of the Tokyo Olympics was a win over Mexico in softball. Canada plays the U.S. at 7 p.m. CT tonight. The national women’s soccer team is currently playing Japan.

The Milwaukee Bucks won their first championship in 50 years last night, beating the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA finals. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 50 points in another remarkable performance and was named finals MVP.

— Adam Treusch, assignment editor

What’s happening today


Downtown businesses have lost an estimated $139 million in total revenue since the pandemic began. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)

Downtown devastated: A report released today by the Downtown Business Improvement Zone tells a sobering story of the pandemic’s impact on the area. Ben Waldman reports. Read More

COVID-19 vaccinations: The provincial government is scheduled to hold its regular Wednesday news conference on COVID-19 vaccinations. Danielle Da Silva reports on how nearly 27,000 Manitobans have reported missing and incomplete vaccination records, and as many as 12,000 fully immunized residents are waiting for the province to fix the errors. Read More

Expansion draft: The NHL expansion draft to stock the Seattle Kraken’s roster begins at 7 p.m. CT. The Winnipeg Jets and every other team in the league will lose one player, except the Vegas Golden Knights. Mike McIntyre has a column. Read More

 

Weather


Your forecast: Cloudy with showers beginning later this morning and ending this afternoon, a high of 22 C, humidex of 28, and wind from the southeast at 15 km/h increasing to 30 km/h and gusting to 50 this morning.

 

In case you missed it


Richard and Linda Davis hug their grandchildren Linda and Miles Carnegie on Sunday. (John Woods / The Canadian Press)

Relishing reunions: Many Canadians are embracing loved ones for the first time since the pandemic started. The Canadian Press spoke with several such families, including one in Winnipeg. Read More

Funding education: Questions surround how Manitoba’s Tory government will fund education without revenue lost through education property tax rebates. Carol Sanders reports. Read More

‘Exceeding apprehension’: New numbers shared with the Free Press show a renewed state of uncertainty is causing Canadians’ mental health and well-being to worsen. Temur Durrani reports. Read More

 

On this date


On July 21, 1981: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that mayor Bill Norrie requested that Manitoba's attorney general open an investigation into Elmwood cemetery, where Norrie's parents were buried, having received numerous complaints about the condition of the cemetery grounds. An inmate who had escaped from Headingley jail contacted the Free Press to explain he feared he would do himself grievous harm if forced to stay there. The Canadian dollar fell to its lowest point against the U.S. dollar since 1933, at 82.45 cents.

 

Today's front page


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