- Your forecast: Blizzard-like conditions Sunday in southern Manitoba snapped us back to reality in a cruel, cruel way. After a couple of weeks of above-normal temperatures, prepare yourself for some real winter weather. Today, expect the sky to clear, the wind to pick up to 50 km/h at times and the daytime high temperature to hit just -12 C. By the way, factor in a wind chill of -26. Tonight, the temperature falls to -22 C. Tuesday's daytime high is just -19 C with periods of snow and a steady breeze.
In case you missed it
- Woman's death a homicide: Winnipeg police say the death of Mavis Ducharme, 39, is being investigated as a homicide. Ducharme died in hospital after being assaulted early Saturday morning at a home in the 500 block of Stella Avenue. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
- Deluge of debates: Early indications are that there could be a record number of forums and debates leading up to the April 19 provincial election. At the moment, and depending on which party you talk to, there appear to be nearly a dozen events vying for time with the three major party leaders.
- No shortage of students: Manitoba schools are seeing one of the biggest jumps in enrolment in recent decades — 1,644 more children this year, an increase of 0.8 per cent. Students were gained at 22 of 37 school divisions, led by Seven Oaks at 281, Pembina Trails at 252 and Louis Riel at 204.
- Great concerts ahead: Regardless of your musical tastes, exciting concert choices abound in the upcoming week. Alt-country giants Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans play Tuesday at the Burton Cumming Theatre. Heavy-metal icons Disturbed get fists pumping at the MTS Centre on Friday. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra does The Streisand Songbook on Friday and Saturday. And Winnipeg’s favorite socially conscious punksters, Propagandhi, will set the world straight at the Garrick Centre on Saturday.
- Love alert: Remember that Valentine’s Day when all stores except 7-11 were closed by the time you remembered to buy a gift for your sweetie and all you gave her with a large Crispy Crunch bar? Cheer up, Romeo, you can do better this year. This is your official reminder that there are only five more shopping days until V Day.
Around the water cooler
- Dukin' Dane drops gloves: Jets' exciting young forward Nikolaj Ehlers dropped the gloves -- just his right glove, to be factual -- and the jaws of onlookers when he fought Colorado’s Tyson Barrie during Saturday night's game against the Avalanche. Fans loved it, as 84.9 per cent of Hockeyfights.com voters picked him as the winner. The Jets also prevailed on the scoreboard.
- Liberals' plan to fight IS: The Liberal government is expected to lay out Canada's contribution to the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at a press conference today in Ottawa that has been called by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
- #SB50: Led by a ferocious defence, the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 Sunday in the 2016 Super Bowl, the championship of the NFL.
- #Christopher Walken: It seems nearly everything trending Sunday night and into Monday morning had something to do with the Super Bowl. Hollywood star Christopher Walken's fun with sock puppets in a commercial for the new Kia Optima during the big game had the Twitter world on fire.
On this date
- On Feb. 8, 1966: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that a major rift between two founders of the Bank of Canada was becoming apparent in their testimony before a Commons finance committee. Manitoba's five per cent sales tax would result in higher realty taxes in Winnipeg, according to two Metro councillors. A truce between the United States and Vietnam was marred by the shooting down of a U.S. reconnaissance plane.
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