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Free Press Head Start for May 27

Good morning.

The Supreme Court of Canada is slated to rule today on the constitutionality of longer parole ineligibility for people convicted of multiple murder convictions. Alexandre Bissonnette, who pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder for his shooting spree at a Quebec City mosque, successfully challenged the sentencing provision on constitutional grounds before Quebec's Court of Appeal.

The Battle of Alberta has ended with yet another Edmonton Oilers win. The Calgary Flames have won only one playoff series against the Oilers — the same number as the Winnipeg Jets.

Advance voting in the Thompson byelection begins Saturday.

— Adam Treusch, assignment editor

What’s happening today


Shirts for sale at the NRA convention in Houston. (Michael Wyke / The Associated Press)

Gun meeting after massacre: The National Rifle Association’s annual convention begins in Houston, days after 19 children and two teachers were shot and killed at an elementary school in Texas. Former president Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the three-day event, which is expected to draw protesters. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was scheduled to attend but will instead address the convention in a pre-recorded video. In 1999, the NRA proceeded with its convention in Denver roughly a week after the shootings at Columbine High School. The Associated Press reports. Read More

Closing arguments in case: Jurors in the sexual-assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard — the frontman for the band Hedley — are expected to hear closing arguments from the Crown and defence. Read More

 

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In sports


Bombers offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick at practice on Wednesday. (David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Finally, some football: The Blue Bombers will host the Edmonton Elks in a pre-season game tonight after a collective bargaining agreement was ratified Thursday. The pre-season games will be the CFL’s first since 2019. The 2020 season was cancelled, and last season was shortened. Jeff Hamilton reports. Read More

Must-win for Ice: The Winnipeg Ice, facing elimination, will play the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 5 of their WHL conference final series tonight. Game 6, if necessary, would be played in Winnipeg on Sunday. Mike Sawatzky reports. Read More

Colorado can clinch: The Colorado Avalanche can earn a berth in the NHL’s western conference final with a road win against the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 tonight. The winner of the series will face the Edmonton Oilers. Read More

NBA playoffs: The Boston Celtics can advance to the NBA finals with a win at home against the Miami Heat in Game 6 tonight. The winner will face the Golden State Warriors, who eliminated the Dallas Mavericks. Read More

 

Flooding and weather


Provincial employees showed up to build and reinforce dikes around flood-hit Nutimik Lodge. (Allison Baker-Thiessen photo)

‘The ground is so wet’: Île des Chênes grain farmers Lisa and Adam Downton are trying to salvage a seeding season delayed by high water levels and frequent rain. Chris Kitching reports. Read More

Your forecast: Sunny, becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon, with a high of 25 C and wind from the northwest — later the northeast — at 10 km/h. There is a 60 per cent chance of showers late tonight and well into Saturday morning.

 

In case you missed it


The St. Amant site. (Daniel Crump / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Big shift for St. Amant: St. Amant is transitioning out of long-term care for people with intellectual disabilities. All remaining residents will be moved to supported community living sites by 2026. Maggie Macintosh reports. Read More

 

On this date


On May 27, 1952: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that communists cut telephone lines between East and West Berlin and 17 long-distance lines between West Berlin and West Germany, as well as eight telegraph lines. Canada protested to the U.S. over a decision to send a Canadian paratroop company to the strife-torn Koje Island without consulting Ottawa first. Free Press readers were invited to vote on a slate of names for the city zoo's three new lion cubs. Read More

 

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