September 29, 2020

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  • Calgary Flames' Sam Bennett (93) and Matthew Tkachuk (19) celebrate a goal on Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) as Jets Dmitry Kulikov (7) looks on in Edmonton, on Thursday. (Jason Franson / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

    Calgary Flames' Sam Bennett (93) and Matthew Tkachuk (19) celebrate a goal on Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) as Jets Dmitry Kulikov (7) looks on in Edmonton, on Thursday.

    Early morning elimination: The Jets’ season came to an end shortly after midnight CT with a Game 4 loss in their playoff qualifying series with the Calgary Flames. "It was a year that was a test from Day 1. I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said after the game. “Realistically, there are plenty of opportunities for us to fold it in and chalk it up to a lost season and move on to next year.” Mike McIntyre reports from Edmonton.

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  • Your forecast: Sunny with increasing cloudiness this afternoon, a 30 per cent chance of showers beginning early this afternoon and at least a 60 per cent chance this evening, risk of thunderstorms starting in the late afternoon, a high of 30 C, a humidex high of 38, and peak winds from the southeast at 20 km/h gusting to 40.

What’s happening today

  • Statistics Canada will report this morning how the country's labour market performed in July as more parts of the economy were allowed to reopen.  (Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES)

    Statistics Canada will report this morning how the country's labour market performed in July as more parts of the economy were allowed to reopen.

    Set to release stats: Statistics Canada will announce how the labour market performed in July. Canada gained 289,600 jobs in May as restrictions eased and 953,000 more in June. The Canadian Press reports.
  • Another death sentence: For the second consecutive day, China has sentenced a Canadian citizen to death on drug charges. Ye Jianhui is the fourth Canadian to be handed a death sentence since Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in British Columbia in 2018. The Associated Press reports.

In case you missed it

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    Police won’t release report: The Winnipeg Police Service won’t disclose the use-of-force report related to Eishia Hudson, saying it could hurt an investigation into the case. Eishia, 16, was fatally shot by police in April. Katie May reports.
  • Deadline for deal nears: Dan Vandal, Manitoba’s only federal cabinet minister, told the Free Press his government needs more details to determine the public value of the redevelopment of Portage Place. “If we’re going to invest millions in Portage Place, we need to know where the money’s going,” he said. Joyanne Pursaga reports.
  • Bombers bling: The Blue Bombers showed off their Grey Cup championship rings last night. The team had planned to reveal the rings at their home opener on June 13, but the pandemic has led to the CFL season being delayed and potentially cancelled. Jeff Hamilton reports.
  • ‘Sophisticated’ smuggling tunnel: An incomplete tunnel for smuggling that stretches from Mexico to Arizona appears to be “the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history," authorities say. It ran from San Luis, Ariz., to a Mexican neighbourhood and had a ventilation system and water lines. The Associated Press reports.
  • Trump and TikTok: U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered executive orders banning dealings with the Chinese owners of the TikTok and WeChat apps. The orders would take effect in 45 days. 

On this date

  • On Aug. 7, 1957: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that with crops hard hit by long spells of dry weather, prairie wheat fields were expected to yield only 292 million bushels, according to a Free Press estimate, making it the third-smallest wheat crop since the 1930s. Manitoba's labour minister showed the government was reversing its position, having accepted "in principle" that employees of provincial Crown corporations should be brought within the scope of the Labour Relations Act and thus have full bargaining rights. In New York City, a man described by officials as a Soviet colonel of intelligence, who was posing as a Brooklyn artist, was indicted as the topmost Russian ever arrested as a spy in the United States.

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