Free Head Start Press for November 8


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Canadians can now enter the United States for non-essential overland travel. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Start of cross-border travel: The United States has opened land borders to Canadians for non-essential travel for the first time since COVID-19 restrictions began in March 2020. Adult travelers must be fully immunized. The U.S. land border with Mexico also opened at 11:01 p.m. CT last night. Read more

” It does not mean anything ” : Some Canadians say they won’t make it to the United States until Canada removes the requirement to undergo an expensive COVID-19 test to return home. The Canadian Press reports. Read more

Flags raised, lowered again: Flags on federal buildings are lowered at sunrise in federal buildings across Canada for Indigenous Veterans Day. The flags were raised from the mainmast at sunset Sunday after being lowered in May in honor of Indigenous children who suffered and died in residential schools. The Canadian Press reports. Read more

Global pandemic news

People in a shopping district in Tokyo today. (Koji Sasahara / The Associated Press)

No deaths in Japan: Japan announced today that no one died from COVID-19 on Sunday. This is the first time in 15 months that the country has not reported any daily deaths linked to COVID-19. Read more

The singer sued for defamation: Northern Ireland’s health minister is suing Van Morrison after the singer called him “very dangerous” and “a crook”. The Associated Press reports. Read more

Slovakia closes in the middle of a wave: Slovakia has extended pandemic restrictions – including the closure of restaurants, bars and hotels – to nearly half the country amid a record spate of infections. The Associated Press reports. Read more


Your forecast: Sunny with a maximum of 10 C and westerly winds at 20 km / h increasing to 30 km / h later this morning.

In case you missed it

George Simeonidis Jr., seen in Santa Lucia on Corydon Avenue, died in police custody on Thursday.

A restaurateur dies in police custody: George Simeonidis Jr., the owner of Santa Lucia Pizza on Corydon Avenue, died shortly after being arrested by Winnipeg police last week, sources told The Free Press. A spokesperson for the WPS said the department would likely notify the public of the incident today – four days later. Ryan Thorpe reports. Read more

The pictures show model ships: Satellite images show that China built scale models of US warships in a desert, possibly to train for a future naval clash. The Associated Press reports. Read more

To this date

November 8, 1915: The Manitoba Free Press reported that the United States has declared British interference with neutral trade routes in its blockade against Germany and its allies in the ongoing Great War to be “ineffective, illegal and indefensible”. Winnipeg was the scene of a major recruiting effort to recruit soldiers into Canada’s new army. A Fort McMurray, Alta. Man who confessed to two murders was shot and killed while resisting arrest.

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