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Free Press Head Start for June 23

Good morning.

The Colorado Avalanche are one win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning in overtime to take a 3-1 series lead.

European Union leaders are today set to grant Ukraine candidate status to join the 27-nation bloc.

A report says the Chinese Communist Party might have tried to discourage Canadians of Chinese heritage from voting for the Conservatives in September’s federal election.

— Adam Treusch, assignment editor

What’s happening today

People walk near Parliament Hill. (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press files)

Summer break for MPs: This is the final day of the spring sitting of the House of Commons. MPs will return to Ottawa in late September after a summer break. Read More

Mulling monkeypox decision: The World Health Organization’s emergency committee is convening to consider whether the outbreak of monkeypox should be declared a global emergency. Read More

New virus numbers: The Manitoba government is set to release its weekly COVID-19 bulletin. The Canadian Press reports on how experts say fourth COVID-19 shots should be more accessible as new variants emerge. Read More

Protest downtown: Manitoba Hydro workers who are members of Unifor Local 681 will protest outside the Graham Avenue entrance of Manitoba Hydro Place at 11 a.m. The members are on a rotating strike job action. A downtown farmers’ market has been cancelled because of the planned protest.

Trudeau pays respects in Rwanda: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is in Rwanda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, became the first Canadian PM to visit the Kigali memorial for the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi people. The Canadian Press reports. Read More




Flooding and weather

Roads throughout Whiteshell Provincial Park were underwater this spring. (Brynn Kaplen photo)

Whiteshell portions reopen: More of the north Whiteshell area is being reopened as floodwaters continue to recede. Read More

Your daytime forecast: Sunny this morning and mainly sunny for the rest of the day, with a high of 31 C, humidex of 35 and peak winds at 20 km/h from the northwest beginning late this afternoon.


In case you missed it

Rebecca Contois’ sister, mother and family friend Darryl Contois at a vigil on Wednesday evening. (Danielle Da Silva / Winnipeg Free Press)

Vigil for homicide victim: Family and friends of Rebecca Contois gathered on Wednesday evening, one day after Winnipeg police said human remains found at the Brady Road landfill belonged to her. Danielle Da Silva reports. Read More

‘Just in shock’: A transgender teen — who uses they/them pronouns — says they were the target of slurs from co-workers and that the employer did nothing about it. Kevin Rollason reports. Read More

Plant project’s cost balloons: The cost of completing the second phase of the upgrade to the city’s north end sewage facility has soared, from $552 million to an estimated $912 million. Joyanne Pursaga reports. Read More


On this date

On June 23, 1966: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that a storm lashed Brandon, with winds reaching hurricane force at 76 m.p.h. and half an inch of water falling within 20 minutes; hydro and telephone poles as well as trees were toppled, and roofs were torn off. Rain also affected turnout in rural communities for the provincial election, but increased numbers of voters were reported in Winnipeg. After a special Canadian mission to Hanoi, U.S. State Dept. officials said there was no sign of change in Vietnam's refusal to hold peace talks. Read More


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