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Free Press Head Start for Nov. 25
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Free Press Head Start for Nov. 25

Good morning.

Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S., in case you’re wondering why your favourite TV show is a rerun or why NFL games are being played on a weekday morning.

The Green party has chosen non-binary astrophysicist Amita Kuttner as its interim leader. Kuttner, 30, will be the youngest person, the first transgender person and the first person of East Asian descent to lead a Canadian federal political party.

British lawmakers will today discuss the increasing number of migrants who are crossing the English Channel in small boats. At least 27 migrants, including children and pregnant women, died when their small boat sank on Wednesday. French President Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to discuss the issue with European Union officials.

South Korea will launch a task force to consider outlawing dog meat consumption after President Moon Jae-in, a dog lover, offered to look into ending the practice.

— Adam Treusch, assignment editor

What’s happening today

Members of the Canadian Forces build a temporary dike in Abbotsford, B.C., on Wednesday. (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press)

Set for storms: Rainfall warnings remain in effect for much of western British Columbia, with a total of up to 80 millimetres falling until tonight. The major arterial supply route of Highway 1 through the Fraser Valley is set to open today after devastating flooding and deadly mudslides last week. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming said his government is prepared to close some roads because of the rain. Read More

Convincing parents to vaccinate kids: Health Minister Audrey Gordon and Dr. Joss Reimer of the province’s vaccine task force are holding a media event at the RBC Convention Centre to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19. Dr. Marcia Anderson of the First Nations pandemic co-ordination team is taking her kids to get their first dose at an Indigenous vaccination centre in the North End this evening.

Deadly mine fire in Russia: A fire at a coal mine in Siberia has killed 11 people, injured more than 40 and trapped dozens of others. The Associated Press reports. Read More

Eight killed in Somalia attack: At least eight people, including students, are dead after a large explosion outside a school in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. The Islamist extremist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Associated Press reports. Read More

Sending troops to Solomons: Australia says it is sending police, troops and diplomats to the Solomon Islands to help after anti-government demonstrators took to the streets for a second day of violent protests. The Associated Press reports. Read More



Your forecast: Sunny with a high of -12 C, wind chill as low as -30 this morning and wind from the south at 10 km/h increasing to 20 km/h this afternoon.


In case you missed it

Rig Debak Moulebou was shot and killed in a rental property on Tim Sale Drive in November 2019. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Convicted of revenge killing: A jury found three men guilty of first-degree murder and additional counts of conspiracy to commit murder for the revenge killing of 20-year-old Rig Debak Moulebou. The mandatory sentence for first-degree murder is life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. Dean Pritchard reports. Read More

First youngsters vaccinated: Some of the first Manitoba children to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages five to 11 were inoculated at the convention centre on Wednesday. Katie May and Kevin Rollason report. Read More

Pronouns pinned: Some Liquor Mart and casino employees are now wearing optional name tags that state their preferred pronouns. Kevin Rollason reports. Read More

Golf courses going green: All the carts at Winnipeg’s three city-operated golf courses will be replaced with electric models next year. Joyanne Pursaga reports. Read More

Feeling blue: The Blue Jackets shut out the Jets, who have now lost four consecutive games. Mike McIntyre reports from Columbus. Read More


On this date

On Nov. 25, 1977: The Winnipeg Free Press reported Manitoba's succession duties and gift taxes were to be wiped out retroactively to Oct. 11, the date the Progressive Conservative government was elected. Premier Sterling Lyon said municipalities could expect a drop in their share of growth taxes in 1978. A woman found nearly frozen to death on the streets was taken to Health Sciences Centre and treated with new techniques developed for such cases; she was reported to be in fair condition.


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