- Your forecast: Recipe for slippery streets and sidewalks: 1) Take one day of above-zero temperatures, such as Wednesday. 2) Add precipitation. 3) Let freeze overnight. The result: ice, which could be underfoot and under wheel today as the forecast high is -9 C. There’s also a 30 per cent chance of more flurries this morning, with wind from the north at 20 km/h.
In case you missed it
- Gang of one: Minto MLA Andrew Swan is the only member of the so-called Gang of Five who will be on the NDP ballot April 19, after Fort Rouge MLA Jennifer Howard announced on Wednesday she won’t seek re-election. The five MLAs who failed in an open challenge to the leadership of Premier Greg Selinger included Erin Selby (Southdale), Stan Struthers (Dauphin), and Theresa Oswald (Seine River).
- Childhood abuse: Nearly half of Canada’s military personnel has a history of childhood abuse, new research from the University of Manitoba shows. About 47 per cent of Canadian Forces regular members experienced some type of physical or sexual abuse prior to joining the military, compared with 33 per cent of the general public who were abused as children.
- Measuring health care: A report to be released at 9 a.m. today compares Manitoba’s health-care system with those in other provinces and other countries. Early indications are the report, by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, suggests that new models of primary care delivery appear to make a difference, and there was a big improvement in the use of electronic medical records in Canada since 2009.
- Open house: The public is invited to view today proposed designs for improvements in the North East Exchange District. The city will present concept designs for Lily Street and parts of John Hirsch Place for tentative construction in 2016, and parts of Pacific Avenue for tentative construction in advance of the 2017 Canada Games. The open house is from 4 to 7 p.m. at Pantages Playhouse Theatre, 180 Market Ave.
Around the water cooler
- “One more song!”: At the end of Wednesday evening’s MTS Centre concert by Black Sabbath, the chant for “one more song!” was led not by the crowd, but by lead singer Ozzy Osbourne. The tour was named The End, but hearing Osbourne call for an encore made it seem as if he didn’t want to end the band’s 48-year career.
- No big deal: Weston Dressler, the longtime former Saskatchewan Roughriders all-star receiver who just signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers is small for a professional football player, only five feet seven inches tall: “I was always smaller and shorter than 99 percent of the people I played against or with, I always felt like I had to do something more or something extra. And I think that’s definitely helped me along the way -- I think my size has helped me a lot more than it’s hurt me.”
- Djokovic: Five-time champion Novak Djokovic beat four-time winner Roger Federer in the semifinals to advance to his 6th Australian Open final.
- #CelebrateWpg: The United Way had reason to celebrate, as donors supported its recent campaign to the tune of $20.4 million. The amount was announced Wednesday night at an event featuring many talented performers.
On this date
- On Jan. 28, 1899: The Manitoba Free Press reported that the Canadian government balked at sharing the cost with Great Britain of a Pacific cable that would ultimately connect to Australia, citing a negligible benefit to Canada for a large investment. The Manitoba and Southern railways were apply to Ottawa to be allowed to amalgamate with the Canadian Northern Railway. Regarding the impending arrival of the 20th century, "the vexed question 'When will it begin?' is also disturbing the peace of British mathematicians," according to the op-ed page, citing differences of opinion whether it would begin in 1900 or 1901.