- Your forecast: Another Halloween has come and gone, and that means there's likely a whole lot of mini Mars bars, Tootsie Rolls and packs of Skittles inside a whole lot of lunch boxes today. Sweet treats, indeed! On the flipside, there's nothing sweet about the weather for the first week of November, unless you figure anything's better than having snow on the ground. Environment Canada is offering up a flurry-less forecast, at least for the next seven days. Today, there's a 40 per cent chance of rain and a high of 8 C. The likelihood of showers increases Tuesday and Wednesday, with similar temperatures. The outlook for Thursday is sunshine and a high of 5 C.
In case you missed it
- Royals reign supreme: The Kansas City Royals fought back from a 2-0 deficit with a pair of runs in the ninth inning to tie the game and then scored five runs in the top of the 12th to beat the New York Mets 7-2 and capture the 2015 World Series title. The Royals won the best-of-seven series 4-1. The triumph comes a year Kansas City lost the 2014 World Series by a run in a seventh and deciding game to the San Francisco Giants.
- Illegal search: A major drug and weapons case against a Hells Angels associate was recently thrown out of court after a judge found Winnipeg police violated the accused’s rights by conducting an illegal search of his home. Lorne Corlett, 46, was facing 14 criminal charges stemming from his May 2012 arrest. The evidence gathered — a shotgun, handgun, brass knuckles, ammunition, 1.5 kilograms of marijuana and more than $8,000 in cash — cannot be used against him based on a pretrial ruling made last week. Queen’s Bench Justice Deborah McCawley said officers with the street crime unit had no grounds to enter Corlett’s residence on Ferry Road without first obtaining a warrant.
- Russian plane tragedy: An official with the Russian airline whose passenger jet crashed in Egypt on Saturday killing all 224 people on board said human or technical error was not to blame, then pointed to “external impact” as the only plausible explanation. The plane came down on Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, and the local affiliate of ISIS claimed it had downed the plane. The Airbus A321 was flying to St. Petersburg, Russia, from the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh in Sinai.
- Overjoyed at underpass: Drivers can be forgiven whoops of joy this morning as they traverse Plessis Road between Dugald Road and Kernaghan Avenue. Two lanes of the Plessis Underpass finally opened on Saturday. Long-frustrated drivers know traffic at this spot has historically been crippled by passing trains, and it’s long been under construction to put an underpass beneath the CN rail line. While two lanes are now open, it’s expected the full four lanes of the underpass won’t open to traffic until September 2016.
- Drop the pop: Schools across Manitoba find out this week whether they have been chosen as one of eight schools that will split a $2,000 grant for a Drop The Pop challenge, an anti-diabetes campaign in which students will be urged to stop drinking sugary soda for one week while they learn about making healthy lifestyle choices. The Kidney Foundation of Canada will provide the money and curriculum. The money is available to elementary schools that have a significant Aboriginal student body (50 per cent or more of the school population).
- Oil sands documentary: "One River, Many Relations" is the story of the relationship between land, people, and the oil sands industry, told from the perspective of communities downstream in northern Alberta. It will be shown tonight (Monday, Nov. 2) at the Bandwidth Theatre (585 Ellice Ave.) at 7:30 p.m.
Around the water cooler
- L&O actor dies: Former U.S. senator and actor Fred Thompson has died at the age of 73 after a battle with cancer. Thompson was best-known for his role as district attorney Arthur Branch on the popular show "Law and Order," and he was also in movies such as "Die Hard 2" and "The Hunt for Red October." He served eight years as a senator for Tennessee.
- Long-form census coming back: Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau said he’d bring back the long-form census, and statisticians across the country are eagerly awaiting his campaign promise to be fulfilled. The federal government carries out a national census every five years. Ottawa used to send out a compulsory long-form census — consisting of more-detailed questions in areas such as income, ethnicity and language — to one in five Canadians in order to get detailed demographic information. But it was replaced by a voluntary National Household Survey in 2011. Even though it was sent out to more people — one in three Canadians — it had a much lower response rate because it was voluntary.
- Stroll through the poll: Manitoba’s Liberals and New Democrats are starting to paint the broad strokes of their 2016 election campaign strategies, while the front-running Progressive Conservatives are being more cautious. In a recent poll, Brian Pallister’s PCs were well ahead of Greg Selinger’s NDP and Rana Bokhari’s Liberals. The Liberals and NDP are now jockeying for position, especially now the federal election campaign is over.
- #Habs: The nickname of the Montreal Canadiens is trending across the country, including Winnipeg, early this morning. The Habs knocked off the Winnipeg Jets 5-1 in NHL play Sunday night and have now started the season a perfect 5-0-0 at home for the first time since 1979-80.
- #IllShowYou: This, apparently, is the title of a song just released within the past 24 hours by Justin Bieber. It's a song produced by Skrillex and is on Bieber's soon-to-be released album, Purpose.
On this date
- On Nov. 2, 1999: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that the leader of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs would unveil a $3-billion-dollar plan that would see the province of Manitoba, the federal government and First Nations contribute $310 million per year for 10 years to build new homes, renovate existing homes and improve public services to eliminate Third-World conditions afflicting First Nations communities. Near-hurricane-force winds caused damage in Winnipeg in a "severe wind event." Transit fares and water rates would rise in the new year, with an adult fare reaching $1.60, and the combined water and sewer rate increase being 2.5 per cent, the lowest increase in 11 years. Mayor Glen Murray dumped Councillor Garth Steek from his inner cabinet, replacing him with Councillor John Angus, who had previously sworn he would never work with Murray. The city launched a cleanup blitz in the most fire-prone areas of the city to combat arsonists.
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