- Accused of improper texts: A Winnipeg woman says Arlen Dumas, grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, sent her inappropriate text messages. In a statement, Dumas says someone is using technology to send messages using his cellphone number. Dylan Robertson reports.
- ‘Systemic change’ needed: The group whose covert surveillance prompted an investigation into city building inspectors remains “skeptical as to whether the city will get to the root of the problem.” Aldo Santin reports.
- Your forecast: Mainly sunny this morning, then a mix of sun and cloud with a 60 per cent chance of showers or thunderstorms late this afternoon, a high of 29 C, humidex of 35 and wind from the south at 30 km/h gusting to 50 starting this afternoon.
What’s happening today
- Premiers talk pipelines: Moving oil through Quebec will be at the centre of talks when Canada’s premiers meet for the final day of the Council of the Federation meetings in Saskatoon. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he plans to raise his concerns about Quebec’s law banning public servants in positions of power from wearing religious symbols.
- Party in the park: The Winnipeg Folk Festival begins this evening in Birds Hill Provincial Park. The first performer, local singer-songwriter Taylor Janzen, takes the stage at 6 p.m. Erin Lebar reports.
- Tanker tensions: The British navy said it prevented Iranian vessels from impeding the passage of an oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran’s president recently warned the U.K. would face “repercussions” over the seizure of its supertanker.
In case you missed it
- Trouba trade: In his latest column, Mike McIntyre says fans should at least wait until Jets defenceman Neal Pionk hits the ice before declaring the trade that brought him here is the _team’s worst ever.
- Federal funds: The Liberal government says it will find a way to get carbon-tax money to schools for energy retrofits even if the Manitoba government won’t accept a role in distributing the funds. Dylan Robertson reports.
- ‘Stove’ finds success: Bombers defensive tackle Steven Richardson, who nearly moved on from football after a short stint on the Los Angeles Chargers’ practice roster, is having a standout season. Mike Sawatzky reports.
On this date
- On July 11, 2002: Stock markets plunged as investors spurned U.S. president George W. Bush's plan to crack down on corporate misbehaviour; as well, U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney was being sued over his former activities as a company chairman and CEO. In Winnipeg, music-loving masses descended on Birds Hill Park for the 29th Winnipeg Folk Festival. As the city unveiled its master plan for the Assiniboine Park Zoo, mayor Glen Murray and some councillors wondered whether exotic animals such as lions and tigers should be banned from the zoo. City crews erected chain-link fence barriers around the former Eaton's building downtown ahead of the building's demolition.