What’s happening today
- Final practice: The Jets, who had Thursday off, are holding a final practice before their best-of-five playoff qualifying series with the Calgary Flames begins Saturday night. In his latest column, Mike McIntyre says the Jets shouldn’t have to rely so much on the stellar play of goalie Connor Hellebuyck, but they’re fortunate they can.
- Set to release stats: Statistics Canada will reveal this morning how the economy fared in May and provide its preliminary estimate for June. The gross domestic product decreased by 7.2 per cent and 11.6 per cent, respectively, in March and April because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian Press reports.
- Federal funds: The federal government will announce $500,000 in funding for The Forks and $100,000 for the Churchill Chamber of Commerce to allow tourism operators to undertake the pandemic precautions required for them to reopen. Martin Cash reports.
- Hong Kong elections delayed: The Hong Kong government said it will postpone legislative elections by a year because of a surge in COVID-19 cases. Pro-democracy lawmakers had hoped to make gains in the election because of disenchantment with the pro-Beijing majority and have accused the government of using the outbreak as an excuse to delay the elections. The Associated Press reports.
- Your forecast: Cloudy with a 60 per cent chance of showers and risk of a thunderstorm starting later this morning, a high of 27 C, a humidex high of 32, and wind at 15 km/h from the south this morning and from the north this afternoon.
In case you missed it
- ’It’s just really sad’: In the wake of a fatal hit-and-run crash, Clayton Rudy of Bike Winnipeg is worried the number of serious collisions involving cyclists might increase when school resumes in the fall. Danielle Da Silva reports.
- Headed to the hall: Margret Benedictsson, a feminist and advocate for women’s suffrage who died in 1956, is being inducted into the Winnipeg Realtors Citizens Hall of Fame. Cliff King, the hall of fame’s chairman, said the association has reached out to local groups to encourage the nomination of Manitobans from communities with less representation. Ben Waldman reports.
On this date
- On July 31, 1986: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that a Teulon-area farmer who drove himself 18 kilometres to a hospital after a hay baler severed his left arm said he felt lucky to be alive. Meanwhile, major sections of Manitoba's farm protection act would not be proclaimed because the federal government refused to give its approval to the changes; Ottawa formally told Manitoba it would not allow provincial control over the ability of banks to seize farm equipment and livestock. Parents considered legal action against Beautiful Plains School Division and the Manitoba Department of Education after a school psychologist was sentenced for molesting four students.