Hope you enjoyed the Louis Riel Day long weekend.
An extreme cold warning remains in effect for nearly all of southern Manitoba. On the plus side (not literally… it’s February), the temperature reached -18.2 C in Winnipeg on Monday. That was the first time since Feb. 5 that the peak temperature was higher than -20 C. The highest temperature during that period was -22.2 C.
— Adam Treusch, assignment editor
What’s happening today
- Virus variants: Manitoba Health officials will announce the latest COVID-19 numbers after not releasing any on Monday, a provincial holiday. Meanwhile, Cross Lake First Nation said in a statement Monday that one suspected case of the U.K. variant of the virus has been found there. The National Microbiology Lab has yet to confirm seven probable variant cases in Pauingassi First Nation, which were announced Saturday.
- Pandemic poll: Nearly 70 per cent of Canadians blame the federal government for delays in the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, a poll found. The Canadian Press reports.
- Your forecast: Sunny with a high of -18 C, wind chill as low as -39 this morning and wind from the south at 15 km/h increasing to 20 km/h this afternoon.
In case you missed it
- Wild win out west: The Winnipeg Jets blew a three-goal lead, but captain Blake Wheeler scored the game-winner as they beat the Oilers Monday night. “It sure made for some great hockey to watch,” Jets winger Kyle Connor said. “Definitely more fun on the winning side.” Mike McIntyre reports from Edmonton.
- How ‘bizarre’: In his latest column, Dan Lett says there is no justification for Premier Brian Pallister’s “increasingly bizarre behaviour.”
- Winter wear wanted: Non-profit organizations are receiving fewer donated clothing items at a time they are desperately needed. Malak Abas reports.
- Liberal gun legislation: The federal government is expected to introduce gun-control legislation this week. One expert says studies have shown giving owners of recently outlawed firearms the option to keep them instead of selling them to the government doesn’t work. The Canadian Press reports.
- It’s about nothing: Shelley Cook delves into why one family uses a "buy nothing" Facebook group.
On this date
- On Feb. 16, 1981: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that an American woman with a heart ailment received special permission to stay in Canada from immigration minister Lloyd Axworthy; she was granted a one-year ministerial permit that could be renewed, and her husband, who worked for a Winnipeg photo-processing firm, would be given full landed-immigrant status. In Ottawa, hundreds of women at a weekend protest conference called on Axworthy, who was also the minister responsible for the status of women, to resign, as well as for an overhaul of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. The conference also wanted Parliament to strengthen women's rights in the proposed charter of rights that was to accompany a new Canadian constitution. In Winnipeg, a CAF T-33 jet crashed near the city after the pilot lost power on an approach to CFB Winnipeg; the pilot was able to prevent the craft from crashing in the city.