What you need to know
- Divorce deal reached: Britain and the European Union reached a Brexit deal today, but the agreement must be approved by European and U.K. lawmakers. A small political party whose support British Prime Minister Boris Johnson relies on immediately announced it won’t support the deal.
- Democratic congressman dead: Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, a prominent figure in the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump, has died at age 68. The sharecropper's son represented part of Baltimore, which Trump once called a "rodent-infested mess" amid probes Cummings led related to the president's family members serving in the White House. The Associated Press reports.
- Storm’s aftermath: More than 6,000 Manitoba Hydro customers remain without power this morning after last week’s storm, a decrease from more than 10,000 early Wednesday. Ryan Thorpe spoke with one of the few Winnipeg residents still without power.
- Your forecast: Mainly sunny with a high of 8 C and peak winds from the southeast at 30 km/h gusting to 50 for much of the day.
What’s happening today
- ‘One day at a time’: The Jets will try to end a two-game losing streak when they host the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. at Bell MTS Place. Mike McIntyre reports on centre Bryan Little, who could return as early as tonight after suffering a concussion.
- ‘A lot of hurt’: The Maamiikwendan Gathering, a conference on the future of residential school sites, continues today. It was to be held on Long Plain First Nation, which owns the land where a residential school still stands, but was relocated to downtown Winnipeg because of last week’s snow storm. Maggie Macintosh reports.
- Losing money on marijuana: Today is the one-year anniversary of Canada’s legalization of cannabis. Yesterday, the provincial NDP and Liberals questioned why the Tory government isn't publicly predicting profits from cannabis sales yet. Jessica Botelho-Urbanski reports.
In case you missed it
- Composer’s crisis: The movie based on his musical about the Winnipeg General Strike is finally coming to theatres next month, and composer and producer Danny Schur said he’s “incredibly lucky" he will be around for the release. He suffered a heart attack last month and had to miss the Stand! première in Washington, D.C. Randall King reports.
- Evacuees and election: Elections Canada is planning to move election day polling stations to where First Nations evacuees are staying, if necessary. Thousands of people have been relocated until power is restored in their home communities. Carol Sanders reports.
On This Date
- On Oct. 17, 2009: Winnipeg Free Press columnist Dan Lett tagged along with Manitoba premier Gary Doer during his last day in office. Dan Aykroyd's father donated paranormal papers to the University of Manitoba. The federal government was asked by the province of Quebec to kick in $175 million to help pay for the construction of a new arena in Quebec City in the hopes it would get an NHL team, spreading fears that Winnipeg would be overlooked for a franchise.