- Here at Head Start Weather Headquarters, we want to correct erroneous reports of thunder over Winnipeg last night. It’s true there were explosive bangs, but it was a sound system, not a weather system. AC/DC played a concert at Investors Group Field and they apparently believe a cannon is a musical instrument. Today’s weather is expected to be considerably more quiet; it will be sunny, with clouds late in the afternoon, and a high of 19 C. The weekend weather will be great for outdoors, mostly sunny with a high of 20 on Saturday and 24 on Sunday.
In case you missed it
- Racial inclusion: The Winnipeg conference called ONE Summit continues at the Museum for Human Rights today, exploring racial inclusion. Joseph Boyden, the novelist who also penned the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production about Indian Residential Schools, kicked things off with a speech Thursday evening. Panelists today include: Stan McKay from Fisher River Cree Nation, the first Aboriginal leader of a Canadian Protestant church; Dalila Awada, who has been the face of the hijab for many in Quebec’s Muslim community; Ibrahima Diallo, who has become a voice for Franco Manitobans since immigrating from Senegal; and Haitian-born Alix Jean-Paul, a Winnipeg educator.
- Let there be rock: Aussie rock icons AC/DC brought their Rock or Bust tour to Winnipeg Thursday night, and even if you weren't physically inside Investors Group Field you likely heard the Thunder From Down Under anyway, as they lived up to their reputation of playing it very, very loud. If you weren't close by enough to get an earful, read Erin Lebar's review of the concert.
- Jets fan fest: Good news for people going through Jets withdrawal. Fans are invited to the MTS Iceplex parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The first 5,000 get a free lunch, the first 3,000 get to watch a team training session. There will also be interviews with Jets players and ball hockey with Mick E. Moose.
- Beer and Bites: A new Winnipeg festival debuts Saturday at 5 p.m. in University Centre at the University of Manitoba. It’s called Beer and Bites Manitoba, and it’s a sampling festival in support of CancerCare. There will be 50 different beers to sample, food from Manitoba producers, and music from Keith & Renee, Sweet Alibi and Until Red. There will also be an opportunity to get silly in a photo booth complete with lips, mustaches, bowties and glasses.
Around the water cooler
- Potty-mouth Pat: Pat Martin, the MP who once spoke about his underwear in the House of Commons, seemingly can’t filter his thoughts before they become spoken words. The latest Martin miscue came Wednesday evening during a fiery debate in Portage Place when Martin allegedly called Green Party candidate Don Woodstock a “f---ing prick," prompting Woodstock to seek an apology.
- That's quite a price tag: General Motors has agreed to a $900-million settlement to avoid criminal prosecution in the faulty ignition switch scandal. The vehicle defect has been linked to at least 169 deaths -- and worse, evidence shows that GM's legal and engineering staffs concealed the problem for nearly a decade.
- #GlobeDebate: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May wasn't invited to the federal election leaders' debate Thursday evening, but she still got her shots in at the other national party leaders via Twitter. She posted videos to rebut claims made during the televised debate. Did she have an impact? It's hard to quantify -- but she did pick up 5,000 new followers on Twitter.
- #GOPDebate: Canada's federal election is coming up sooner, but the U.S. presidential election must be getting some traction since the Republican Party candidates' debate, which took place Wednesday evening, is still trending. And for all the political circus that Donald Trump brings to the race, it seems many are trying to tease substance out of the spectacle, with examinations on Jeb Bush's claim that his brother "kept America safe" during his tenure as president.
On this date
- On Sept. 18, 1950: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that U.S. and allied forces closed in on Communist-held Seoul in South Korea. Manitoba Premier Douglas Campbell ordered the milk board to hold a public hearing into the rise in the price of milk. Forty-five per cent of The Canadian Army's Special Force troops to be sent to Korea were veterans of the Second World War. A lack of boxcar and open cars for trains meant Winnipeg was likely to face a coal shortage.
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