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Free Press Head Start for May 17

Good morning.

Linebacker and union representative Adam Bighill tweeted last night that Winnipeg Blue Bombers players are no longer planning to picket outside IG Field amid the CFL strike. Mike McIntyre has a column on the work stoppage.

The City of Winnipeg will hold a ceremony opening a new permanent public washroom downtown.

A rally against a proposal to move the West Kildonan Library to Garden City Shopping Centre is set for 1 p.m. outside the library’s current location at 365 Jefferson Ave.

Sweden has signed a formal request to join NATO amid Russia’s war in Ukraine, and lawmakers in Finland are expected to formally endorse a decision to join later today. Efforts are underway to rescue the last of the Ukrainian defenders inside a steel plant in the ruined city of Mariupol.

— Adam Treusch, assignment editor

What’s happening today

Manitoba artist Rosemarie Péloquin’s wool sculpture of Prince Charles took her months to complete. (Emily Christie / The Canadian Press)

Royal couple in Canada: Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, are in St. John’s, N.L., to begin a three-day Canadian tour focused on Indigenous reconciliation and climate change. The Canadian Press reports. Read More

Getting woolly: A Manitoba artist will show off two of her creations — wool sculptures of Prince Charles and the Queen — when she meets the visiting royals. AV Kitching reports. Read More

Bidens in Buffalo: U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will visit a makeshift memorial outside a supermarket in Buffalo where 10 people were killed in America’s most deadly racist attack since he took office. The president will make a speech, and the Bidens are expected to meet privately with families of the victims, first responders and local officials. The Associated Press reports. Read More

Second round starts: The second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs begins this evening, with the Florida Panthers hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche hosting the St. Louis Blues. Read More




Flooding and weather

The Red River stretches far beyond its banks south of Winnipeg on Sunday. (John Woods / The Canadian Press files)

‘A huge project’: Kevin Rollason reports on how recent rains have washed out roads and damaged bridges in rural Manitoba. Read More

Your daytime forecast: A mix of sun and cloud, then increasingly cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of showers this afternoon, a high of 16 C and peak winds at 20 km/h from the east beginning early this afternoon.


In case you missed it

The downtown Moxies has closed. ‘After 18 wonderful years of serving guests and making new friends at Canada Life Centre, we are sad to say that our journey at this location is coming to an end,’ a letter states. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

Arena eatery done: The Moxies restaurant inside Canada Life Centre has closed permanently amid a renovation project in the downtown arena’s north concourse. Gabrielle Piché reports. Read More

Reconciliation sign replaced: A street sign on Reconciliation Road — which had been named Colonization Road until this fall — in the Rural Municipality of St. Clements had to be replaced after it was repeatedly targeted by gunfire. Malak Abas reports. Read More


On this date

On May 17, 1941: The Winnipeg Free Press reported republics in the Americas were watching negotiations between Nazi Germany and the Vichy government of occupied France in case their collaboration should extend to French colonies; the United States and other governments were prepared to establish provisional administration over the colonies to counter such a move. British troops continued to press German forces in Fort Capuzzo, Libya, taking 500 prisoners. Read More


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