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Sarah Harper is centre stage at her 111th birthday party celebrated Thursday at Bunibonibee Cree Nation. (DOUG THOMAS)

Sarah Harper is centre stage at her 111th birthday party celebrated Thursday at Bunibonibee Cree Nation.


Good morning!

  • 111 years young: Sarah Harper, who was born Aug. 24, 1906, is believed to be the oldest Manitoban. Her secret to a happy life: "Keep a smile on your face." Alexandra Paul attended the birthday bash in Oxford House First Nation on Thursday.
  • Your forecast: The weekends seem particularly precious in the waning days of summer, and this coming weekend promises to be mostly hot and dry. Today, though, there is a 60 per cent chance of rain. The high will be 25 C, with wind from the south at 20 km/h.

In case you missed it

  • CentrePort Canada CEO Diane Gray was part of a roundtable in June to discuss NAFTA with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. (MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS files)

    CentrePort Canada CEO Diane Gray was part of a roundtable in June to discuss NAFTA with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

    Manitoba excluded: If you want to advise the federal government on NAFTA negotiations and you live in Manitoba, you're out of luck. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her colleagues will visit five provinces over the coming month to talk about Canada’s objectives for a new agreement, but they will miss Manitoba on their way to Saskatchewan. Dylan Robertson reports.
  • Missing and murdered women: A three-day forum for commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has concluded in Winnipeg. Aboriginal spokespeople in Manitoba had previously called for the resignation of the inquiry's chief commissioner, Marion Buller, but on Thursday Buller called the forum "nothing less than wonderful." Ben Waldman reports.

Up next

  • Leisure Guide registration: Here's a reminder for the many people who have previously missed the city's Leisure Guide registration. It was announced Thursday that registration begins Tuesday for swimming lessons, and on Wednesday for all other activities.
  • Louise Bridge closed: Both the northbound and southbound directions of the Louise Bridge from Nairn Avenue to Sutherland Avenue, will be completely closed to traffic for bridge maintenance today. The city hopes the bridge will reopen to traffic on Saturday.

Around the water cooler

  • "You're in the jungle, babee ...": How was the Guns N' Roses show at Investors Group Field last night? According to Free Press reviewer Erin LeBar, lead singer Axl Rose "cracked out his signature sideways slither within minutes of getting on stage and twirled his purple mike stand around his head with reckless abandon. He ran, he jumped, he spun, he prowled and he danced. He was sassy and a bit of a ham, but in the best way. It was like he was 20-something years old again and the stage was his playground."
  • Bombers win nail-biter: It took double overtime for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to beat the Montreal Alouettes with a field goal by Justin Medlock on Thursday evening. It was the fifth straight win for the Bombers. Jeff Hamilton was in Montreal for the game.

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On this date

  • On Aug. 25, 1987: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that eight residents of a West End boarding house, including a blind epilectic man, were forced onto the street after the landlord changed all the locks and threw everyone out, according to one of the residents. The Canadian Wheat Board was losing sales due to an ongoing rail workers' strike, while the federal government was giving both sides in the rail dispute four days to settle the strike. Due to deadline pressures, the newspaper did not review the concert headlined by The Cult on the previous night, which featured Guns N' Roses as the opening act in their first appearance in Winnipeg; however, a review did run in the paper on Aug. 26.

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