What you need to know
- Delays disrupting: The justice system is being bogged down by lengthy waits for court transcripts, the Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba says. “It slows everything down. Transcripts are integral to our job,” says spokesman Scott Newman. Katie May reports.
- Looking out for looters: The Rural Municipality of Alonsa has hired security to guard a campground hit by a tornado last week. Coun. Logan Dumanske says he’s heard there have already been looters roaming around the area. “It’s pretty bad when some people have to gain on other people’s misery.” Maggie Macintosh reports.
- Your forecast: It will be mainly sunny this morning, with a mix of sun and cloud throughout the afternoon, a high of 30 C and humidex of 33. A special air quality statement is in effect because of smoke from forest fires in Alberta and British Columbia.
In case you missed it
- Difficult division: Staying above the playoff line in the NHL’s tough Central Division will likely prove to be a tough, season-long task for the Jets. Mike McIntyre takes a look at how the division is shaping up.
- Big bucks for Bell: The provincial government has awarded a $380-million contract to Bell Mobility to replace its emergency mobile communications service. The move comes as questions are being asked about the quality of the company’s cellphone coverage after a fatal tornado in the Rural Municipality of Alonsa. Larry Kusch reports.
- Seniors sweltered: Power was restored last night to a North End apartment block whose elderly residents were without air conditioning for nearly two days. “It’s pathetic. I can’t sleep. I’ve been taking showers about four or five times a day — it’s too hot,” Susan Reuben said before the problem was fixed. Erik Pindera reports.
What’s happening today
- Safety minister speaks: Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will give the opening keynote speech at the Canadian Association of Police Governance's conference at the Fort Garry Hotel this morning. He’ll address “major issues facing policing today, including gun violence and the legalization of cannabis.
- #miracletreatday: For every blizzard treat bought at a participating Dairy Queen today a donation will be made to a local Children’s Miracle Network member hospital.
On this date
- On Aug. 9, 1978: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that the price of gold hit record highs of US$208 and US$208.25 an ounce on Europe's major bullion markets, as the U.S. dollar lost ground against the West German mark and the Swiss franc. Scores of people were injured in Belfast as IRA guerrillas clashed with British soldiers and police officers. The Winnipeg Police Commission recommended city council amend a bylaw to prohibit people from playing in the streets.
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