- Your forecast: Tell me why I don't like Mondays? I'll tell you why... because it's -27 C out there at 6 a.m. Indeed, the bitter cold spell continues today, with a high of just -20 C today and a steady wind making it feel like -36 out there. There’s a possibility of snow as well this morning, up to two centimetres. Tonight, the temperature drops to -27 C. On Tuesday, expect a mix of sun and cloud and a high of 18 C, with a wind chill of -38. Things warm slightly Wednesday when the high, hopefully, reaches -14 C.
In case you missed it
- Farewell to a gentleman: Described by his wife, Pat Bovey, as “a great humanitarian,” former lieutenant-governor and longtime Liberal MP John Harvard died Saturday from cancer at age 77. Harvard was Manitoba’s lieutenant governor from 2004 to 2009. He was the Liberal MP for Charleswood-St.James-Assiniboia from 1988 until 2004.
- Tracksuits, bling, money phones: Hundreds of Winnipeg Jets fans welcomed back forward Evander Kane, now a member of the Buffalo Sabres, to the MTS Centre on Sunday by wearing track suits, fake gold jewelry and carrying stacks of fake cash as "money phones" to poke fun at some of the lowlights of Kane’s career as a Jet. But Kane and the Sabres got the last laugh, winning 4-2.
- Urban reserve at Assiniboia Downs?: A plan by Peguis First Nation and the Manitoba Jockey Club to turn Assiniboia Downs into the city’s largest urban reserve is to be debated Tuesday at city hall. The plan calls for a large parking lot to be turned into an entertainment centre with at least one hotel and conference centre, more gaming facilities and eventually shops and restaurants, in addition to the racetrack and barn area.
- This week’s entertainment: The Winnipeg Jets are home for two games this week at the MTS Centre, battling the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday and the Nashville Predators on Thursday. On Friday, the Toronto blues/country band Blue Rodeo plays a concert at the MTS Centre. Also on Friday, a Frankie Valli Tribute Show plays at the Burton Cummings Theatre.
- Fun for Fido: On Tuesday, the city will take public feedback on where people would like to see an off-leash dog park built downtown. An open house is set for the Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd., from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Around the water cooler
- Crankshaft loves the Big Blue: American cartoonist Tom Batiuk, who is the writer of the comic strip Crankshaft, is a fan of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Batiuk, a Blue Bombers fan since 2011 when he discovered the CFL during the NFL lockout, has a character in this week’s comic strip wearing a sweatshirt and tuque depicting the Bombers’ old logo.
- Protesting abuses in Ethiopia: More than 50 people braved the cold and marched to the Manitoba Legislature on Sunday, demanding the Canadian government curb aid to Ethiopia’s regime following escalating human rights abuses in that country. International human rights groups have said about 140 people have been killed by government security forces during the unrest.
- Request for more time: The federal government will make its case to the Supreme Court of Canada today about why it needs more time to draft a law dealing with doctor-assisted death. The court set a February deadline to draft a new law, but the government says it’s impossible to do so. The court ruled last year that consenting adults enduring intolerable physical or mental suffering have the right to end their lives with a physician’s help.
- #DavidBowie: Tributes are pouring in for singer David Bowie, who died early today at the age of 69 from cancer. His son, film director Duncan Jones, confirmed the news on his social media accounts. "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," it said, asking for privacy for his family. Bowie's hits include "Let's Dance," "Space Oddity," "Starman," "Modern Love," "Heroes," "Under Pressure," "Rebel, Rebel" and "China Girl."
- #GoldenGlobes: The awards honouring film and television greatness were handed out Sunday night. Highlights included actor Denzel Washington winning the Cecil B. DeMille Award, a lifetime achievement award for his body of work, Leonardo DiCaprio winning best actor in a drama for the his role in the film The Revenant, Taraji P. Henson winning best female lead in a TV drama for her work in Empire, and the funny bit between Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer as they presented an award.
On this date
- On January 11, 1963: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that French President de Gaulle was, behind the scenes, blocking efforts by the United Kingdom to enter the European Common Market. French nuclear research was proceeding and a hydrogen bomb was expected to be in operation within five years. In the U.S., the FBI sought an "aging charmer" who, while not considered armed and dangerous, was nevertheless a threat to people's bank accounts, being a skilled forger at the age of 65.
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