October 18, 2019

Winnipeg
9° C, Partly cloudy

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What you need to know

  • Winnipeg had 153.1 millimetres of rain in September, including 40 mm during a single rainfall on Sept. 20, which flooded various walkways connected to The Forks riverwalk system. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press files)

    Winnipeg had 153.1 millimetres of rain in September, including 40 mm during a single rainfall on Sept. 20, which flooded various walkways connected to The Forks riverwalk system.

    Record-high river: The provincial government might activate the Red River Floodway as early as this evening, with a significant amount of rain expected today. Heavy rains last month have already led to record-high river levels for autumn. Ben Waldman reports.

Weather

  • Your forecast: Cloudy with rain beginning later this morning, peak winds from the north at 40 km/h gusting to 60 and the temperature falling to 5 C this afternoon. Environment Canada warns the “first taste of winter weather is coming” in some parts of Manitoba, with snowfall warnings issued for the Riding Mountain area.

What’s happening today

  • Parties promise tribunal: Innocence Canada will make an announcement in Toronto later this morning, saying two major federal parties have committed to creating a special tribunal to investigate wrongful convictions. David Milgaard, who spent more than 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, will be there.
  • Invasion imminent: Kurds have begun a "general mobilization" as they prepare for Turkey to invade northeastern Syria. Expectations of an invasion increased after U.S. President Donald Trump announced Sunday his country’s troops would step aside. The Associated Press reports.
  • Deadline day: The Canadian Football League’s trade deadline is 3 p.m., and the Blue Bombers are reportedly considering acquiring another quarterback as Chris Streveler continues to struggle. Taylor Allen reports.

In case you missed it

  • Winnipeg Jets' rookie defencman Ville Heinola celebrates after scoring his first career NHL goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Gene J. Puskar / The Associated Press)

    Winnipeg Jets' rookie defencman Ville Heinola celebrates after scoring his first career NHL goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Streak snapped: The Jets ended a four-game road trip to start the season with a win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh, improving to 2-2. They also broke an 18-game losing streak to the Penguins that dates back to 2006, when they were the Atlanta Thrashers. Mike McIntyre reports.
  • Random attack: The Free Press spoke with a young woman who was among the bus passengers blasted with pepper spray in an unprovoked attack during their morning commute Tuesday. Carol Sanders reports.

On this date

  • On Oct. 9, 1959: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that power failures, lack of telephone service and washed-out roads plagued western Manitoba as the province braced for a second storm coming in from the west. Construction of a million-dollar sulphuric acid plant, the only one between Sudbury, Ont. and Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., was scheduled to start in Transcona. Free Pres writer Eric Watt travelled to Canada's north to report on a wildcat well in the Yukon that had struck oil and natural gas. In the United Kingdom, the Conservatives swept back to power.

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