- Your forecast: The moon got all the glory Sunday night (wasn’t it just super!) but the sun gets its time to shine today, Tuesday and again later in the week – the final week of September. Environment Canada is calling for a clear sky today and a daytime high temperature of 14 C, while Tuesday will be sunny and 16 C. The clouds will roll in Wednesday but there’s no rainfall expected -- at this point, anyway. Temperatures keep rising, with highs of 18 C and 19 C expected for Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Soak up the sun Thursday through Saturday as we head into October.
In case you missed it
- Female voters supporting Liberals: A recent Probe Research poll shows female voters in Manitoba are turning their backs on provincial New Democrats and throwing their support behind the Liberals. The poll, conducted for the Free Press, shows only 23 per cent of decided female voters would vote for Greg Selinger’s NDP, well back of the Progressive Conservatives at 43 per cent and the Liberals at 27 per cent. Overall, support from all voters for the NDP has dropped four percentage points (from 29 per cent to 25 per cent) since June.
- Flood fears at resort: With water levels above normal at East Blue Lake, Blue Lakes Resort has seen dozens of trees killed as a result, as well as most of its beach submerged, and has needed to drill a new well. The owners can no longer operate a restaurant as a holding tank has collapsed. Unfortunately, there is no natural outlet for the lake and the province may not be able to create an artificial drain.
- Liberals on immigration: Federal Liberal candidate John McCallum holds a press conference this morning about the party’s plan for Canadian immigration and economic opportunity. It will be held at CanadInns Garden City at 10 a.m.
- Foreign affairs debate: Foreign policy is the focus tonight as the party leaders debate international issues in Toronto. The Munk Debates, a charitable organization, is hosting the discussion, the fourth time Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have squared off in the campaign. It's the first debate that focuses entirely on foreign issues. The debate begins at 6 p.m. CDT.
Around the water cooler
- Thanks, Blue Jays: Fans of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Winnipeg Jets had little to cheer about this weekend. The Bombers fell 25-22 to the Calgary Stampeders at Investors Group Field on Friday night to drop to 4-9 in the CFL. The Jets, meanwhile, lost 4-3 in overtime to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday and then got bombed 8-1 by the Minnesota Wild on Sunday and are still winless in the preseason. But followers of the Toronto Blue Jays enjoyed the club’s three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays, guaranteeing them at least a wildcard berth in the major league baseball playoffs and all but lock up the America League East Division.
- RRC students need doc’s note: Students at Red River College can say they suffer from exam anxiety, but they’ll now need a professional’s opinion to make it stick. Starting this school year, students at RRC will need a doctor's note to receive accommodation when they write exams. The college started notifying students of the change in policy last spring. Examples of accommodation include taking the exam orally, or writing the exam alone in a room or with just a few other students, writing it in natural light or getting additional time to finish.
- #SuperBloodMoon: Stargazers around the world got a chance to see "supermoon" total lunar eclipse Sunday night. The sun, earth and a full moon were in a straight line, and that hasn't happened in 33 years and won't for another 18 years.
- Papelbon: Washington Nationals’ relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon got into a fight during a game Sunday with teammate Bryce Harper. After a flying out in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies, Harper headed to the dugout where he and Papelbon exchanged words. The argument escalated and Papelbon grabbed Harper by the throat. The two started shoving and teammates had to pull them apart. Baseball fans used Twitter to say Papelbon should never wear the Nats’ uniform again.
On this date
- On Sept. 28, 1978: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that following a CRTC ruling, rural areas would get access to cable service. Katie Harper was sentenced to life in prison for the first-degree murder of her husband 20 years earlier. The Canadian dollar hit a 45-year low, dropping to 84.80 U.S. cents. Headlingley residents wanted the city to give them a tax break to make up for escalating costs of substandard municipal services. As many as 2,583 companies in Manitoba withheld pay illegally from their employees, totalling $500,000 in unpaid wages; only five companies were taken to court for the infractions. Parking rates in Winnipeg went up as time limits were reduced; residents would now have to pay 25 cents per half-hour instead of 10 cents to park their vehicles at on-street meters. Parking in the downtown area was to be limited to 30 minutes.
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