What’s happening today
- Ambulance announcement: Premier Brian Pallister and Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen will make an announcement regarding ambulance fees at the legislature this morning.
- Cash for communities: Liberal cabinet minister Jim Carr will this morning announce funding to “benefit Indigenous communities in Manitoba.” He’s speaking at a downtown news conference on behalf of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains.
- Commemorative coin: A limited-edition $20 coin commemorating Stefan Michalak’s tale of an encounter with a UFO is being released by the Royal Canadian Mint. One side of the coin is a depiction of a flying saucer hovering about Michalak in Whiteshell Provincial Park more than 50 years ago. Kevin Rollason reports.
- Your forecast: Watch out for the wind chill. Today will be sunny with a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon, a high of -6 C, wind chill -27 early this morning and wind up to 10 km/h.
In case you missed it
Councillor Cheryl ChristianBattle against bullying: A year after a Manitoba mayor resigned over what she called “belligerent” behaviour by other council members, the Free Press spoke with female councillors from rural Manitoba who say they’re fed up with harassment and bullying. “If no one speaks up, nothing will change,” says St. Andrews Coun. Joy Sul. Jessica Botelho-Urbanski reports.
- Suspicious deaths in Steinbach: Carol Sanders spoke with someone who knew the two men found dead in their Steinbach home this weekend. The man, who didn’t want to be publicly identified, said a gun was involved.
Around the water cooler
Andrew Copp (9) celebrates his goal with teammates Josh Morrissey (44), Brandon Tanev (13) and Adam Lowry (17).Staying alive: The Jets face the Canadiens in Montreal tonight, while the Nashville Predators play the Panthers in Florida. The Preds can clinch the Central Division with a win or a Jets regulation loss. Both games start at 6:30 p.m. The Jets won 6-5 in a wild game in Ottawa last night to keep their faint hopes of a division title alive. Jason Bell reports.
- Sedins: Daniel and Henrik Sedin will retire at the end of this season, after 18 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks.
On this date
- On April 3, 1928: The Manitoba Free Press reported that a new 15-storey building would be constructed at Portage and Main; "eastern capitalists" were taking over the property on the northeast corner of the intersection for the construction of the modern office building, estimated to cost $2.5 million. The northwestern U.S. was hit by a large late-winter storm. Charges laid against a prominent leader of the Ku Klux Klan were part of an effort to drive the Klan out of Pennsylvania.
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