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  • Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (Frank Franklin II / The Associated Press files)

    Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama

    Former first lady: Michelle Obama will speak at a lunchtime event at Bell MTS Place later this month. "Arguably, she’s the most sought-after speaker in the world," Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce president Loren Remillard said. Obama’s husband, former U.S. president Barack Obama, spoke at the same arena in March. Tessa Vanderhart reports.
  • Difficulty getting daycare: More than half the parents in this province struggle to obtain daycare, a Statistics Canada survey found. Reporter Dylan Robertson spoke with a Lockport woman who ran out of money while waiting for a spot and ended up on social assistance.


  • Your forecast: A mix of sun and cloud this morning with cloudy skies this afternoon, a high of 15 C, peak winds at 30 km/h and rain beginning in the late afternoon or evening.

What’s happening today

  • A report by Ed Cuddy touted security measures at the Millennium Library as a success.

    A report by Ed Cuddy touted security measures at the Millennium Library as a success.

    Discussing library data: A report that touts the security measures at the Millennium Library as a success will be discussed at a City of Winnipeg committee this morning. A group calling for scrapping the security measures says its members will be there to "shush" library representatives whenever they think they’re misusing data or using problematic language. Ben Waldman reports.
  • Campaign coming to an end: It’s the final day of campaigning before Tuesday’s provincial election. Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister will make a campaign announcement this morning, while the NDP’s Wab Kinew will make one early this afternoon. It’s expected the Liberals and Greens will also hold media events. Meanwhile, columnist Dan Lett says it’s time to fix our election laws.

In case you missed it

  • PC incumbent Kelly Bindle is aiming to defend his seat in Thompson.

    PC incumbent Kelly Bindle is aiming to defend his seat in Thompson.

    Rural races: Legislative reporter Jessica Botelho-Urbanski examined some constituencies outside Winnipeg that are worth watching election night.
  • Special status: Martin Cash has an update on a Wellington Crescent mansion some area residents are hoping to save from demolition. The owner will appear before a city committee this week to appeal the decision to nominate the Crescentwood neighbourhood as a heritage conservation district.
  • Teen tennis sensation: Canadian Bianca Andreescu — the 19-year-old who won the women’s singles title at the U.S. Open this weekend — is a champion we can all be proud of, Mike McIntyre writes in his latest column.

On this date

  • On Sept. 9, 1917: The Manitoba Free Press reported that there was growing opposition among aviators to high-risk, record-setting flights, in the wake of search efforts in different parts of the world for flyers who had gone missing attempting such feats. In Alberta and British Columbia, there was a serious epidemic of infantile paralysis, with 70 cases reported, including seven deaths. Immigration to Canada was up over the previous year by 20,000.

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