July 8, 2020

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  • Manitoba Conservative MPs are leading a push to have Sgt. Tommy Prince grace the $5 bill. (Supplied)

    Manitoba Conservative MPs are leading a push to have Sgt. Tommy Prince grace the $5 bill.

    Call for new face on fiver: Manitoba’s seven Conservative MPs are urging the Bank of Canada to replace former prime minister Sir Wilfred Laurier with Tommy Prince, Canada's most decorated Indigenous veteran, on the $5 bill. Kevin Rollason reports.
  • Showing heart: The Royal Canadian Mint is making its first wearable medal, to honour the essential workers and everyday heroes of the pandemic. The mint will donate about half the proceeds to the Breakfast Club of Canada’s emergency funding for children and families suffering food insecurity. Kevin Rollason reports.

Weather

  • Your forecast: A mix of sun and cloud with a high of 32 C, a humidex of 40, and wind from the southeast at 20 km/h gusting to 40 km/h late this afternoon. A heat warning is in effect for Winnipeg and other areas.

COVID-19 crisis

  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions attendance at the Sunday mass at Holy Family Church in Winnipeg was limited. (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions attendance at the Sunday mass at Holy Family Church in Winnipeg was limited.

    Sunday services: Sunday was the first time in months where up to 50 people were allowed to attend services inside places of worship. Provincial officials increased the limit from 25 earlier this month. Kevin Rollason reports.
  • Sign of the times: Window painter Todd Van Hussen was worried when the pandemic began, but he’s seen a bump in business. "Sometimes, people want you to know they’re open and, sometimes, they just want you to know they’re grateful," he said. "Sometimes, it’s both." Ben Waldman reports.
  • Pandemic poll: Sixty per cent of Winnipeggers are somewhat or very optimistic about the city’s economic future, down from 68 per cent in September, a poll found. "What is a bit surprising is that the numbers aren’t worse,” Probe Research CEO Scott MacKay said. “That is a nice, big, respectable number given the situation we are in right now." Martin Cash reports.
  • Distancing dilemma: Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman, a clinical and consulting psychologist who specializes in working with anxiety-related disorders and stress, said empathy is important when dealing with friends who have a different approach to physical distancing. Sabrina Carnevale reports.
  • Office space: Winnipeg’s office vacancy rate has hovered at about its current level over the last three fiscal years. In uncertain times, being average is a good thing, said Ken Zacharias, a senior sales representative with CBRE. Ben Waldman reports.

In other news

  • Water remains on the streets in Brandon on Monday morning after heavy rains on Sunday. (Matt Goerzen / Brandon Sun)

    Water remains on the streets in Brandon on Monday morning after heavy rains on Sunday.

    Wild weather out west: A tornado may have touched down near Rapid City on Sunday, and rain led to flooding that filled streets in Brandon. The Brandon Sun reports.
  • Eight days of protest: The final rally to end eight consecutive days of Justice 4 Black Lives Winnipeg protests begins at 3 p.m. The location won’t be announced until later this morning. Last week, one of the group’s organizers urged people to attend today’s rally. "I can’t tell you why yet, but know it’s extremely important for as many people to be there as possible," Jayda Hope tweeted.
  • China’s ‘genocide’: China’s government is using forced intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion on Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, an investigation by The Associated Press found.
  • Attack on stock exchange: Militant separatists attacked the stock exchange in Karachi, Pakistan, killing at least three people. The Baluchistan Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the attack, The Associated Press reports.
  • Deadly disaster: At least 28 people were killed when a ferry capsized after being hit by a larger vessel on a river in Bangladesh.

On this date

  • On June 29, 1974: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that the federal labour minister made public many of the 1972 campaign documents he had supplied to the RCMP; the RCMP were investigating alleged irregularities involving the Hamilton harbour commission and their investigation had already led to charges against five men. The United States and the Soviet Union reportedly agreed on new curbs to missile-defence systems. In Winnipeg, Eddie Wolinski was named Mr. Canada at the Red River Exhibition; the competition was held for the first time in Winnipeg in honour of the city's centennial.

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