The recent warm weather has taken a turn toward more seasonable temperatures just in time for the Thanksgiving long weekend. What a surprise. Rain is in the forecast until Monday, and a special air-quality statement is in effect for all of southern Manitoba because of smoke from out-of-province wildfires.
Here is a list of what city services are open and closed on Thanksgiving.
The Great Chicago Fire, which destroyed much of the city, began 150 years ago today.
— Adam Treusch, assignment editor
What’s happening today
- Questions for Crown services minister: Jeff Wharton will likely face questions in the legislature after the Free Press reported how the Tory government approved a plan to use excess Autopac revenue to cover increased costs at driver and vehicle licensing. Dan Lett reports.
- Set to release stats: Statistics Canada will announce this morning how the country's labour market fared last month. Economists are expecting another round of gains. The Canadian Press reports.
- Peace prize presented: Two journalists from the Philippines and Russia have won the Nobel Peace Prize for their fight for freedom of expression. The prize for outstanding work in the field of economics will be announced Monday. The Associated Press reports.
- Your forecast: Showers with a risk of thunderstorms ending later this morning, a high of 19 C and wind from the north at 20 km/h.
What’s happening this weekend
- Taking a look at temple: Manitoba’s first Mormon temple will open to the public for two weeks beginning Saturday. Only members of good standing in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be permitted to enter the temple for sacred rituals — including baptisms, weddings and instruction — after the temple’s dedication service on Oct. 31. Brenda Suderman reports.
- Friday night football: The Blue Bombers face the Edmonton Elks tonight at 7:30 p.m. It’s the first time Edmonton’s team has played in Winnipeg since they changed their name. Jeff Hamilton reports.
- Face-off with Flames: The Winnipeg Jets face the Calgary Flames out west tonight in the final game of the pre-season for both teams. The puck drops at 8 p.m. CT. Jason Bell reports.
- Boo is back: Boo at the Zoo begins this evening. Tickets must be bought ahead of time.
In case you missed it
- ’It wasn’t supposed to be this way’: A woman on trial for fatally stabbing a young mother of four outside a Simcoe Street home told police she was acting in self-defence. Dean Pritchard reports.
- Doctor denies being anti-vaxx: A doctor accused of being an anti-vaxxer by the parent of a young patient denies being against COVID-19 vaccines and pandemic health orders. "I strongly encourage all of my eligible patients and all eligible Manitobans to get the vaccine as soon as possible in order to protect us from the virus and to decrease the stress on our public health-care system,” Dr. Wilhelmus Grobler said in a statement Thursday.
On this date
- On Oct. 8, 1960: The Winnipeg Free Press reported two Manitoba MPs, Walter Dinsdale and Walter Jorgenson, were rumoured to be under consideration to replace the outgoing agriculture minister. A man released on bail pending his trial on extortion charges was charged with having burglary tools in his possession when he appeared in court in Winnipeg. Soviet premier Nikita Kruschev tried to pressure the United Nations to replace Dag Hammarskjold as secretary-general.