- Your forecast: According to this new-fangled contraption called The Internet, Henry Ford introduced the world to the Model T exactly 107 years ago today. And that baby was a convertible, too. Fast forward to this weekend and if Mr. Ford were cruising the streets of Winnipeg, he’d be tempted to head to the Half Moon in Lockport, because we’re still in for a few days of "top-down" weather. While today is expected to be cloudy and windy with a high of 19 C, the outlook for both Friday and Saturday is sunny and 17 C, while Sunday is expected to be sunny and 16 C.
In case you missed it
- Yes, it is brain surgery: Two Winnipeggers, a doctor and an engineer, have won the Ernest C. Manning Foundation principal award and the $100,000 prize that goes with it. Their accomplishment? After 25 years of working on the problem, Dr. Mark Torchia and Richard Tyc developed a technique for using a laser to eliminate brain tumours that were too difficult or risky for traditional surgery.
- NDP voters turn to Liberals: After the federal NDP forced its candidate for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headlingey, Stefan Jonasson, to step down over a three-year-old tweet in which he criticized religious extremism, NDP voters in the riding are voicing their dissatisfaction... with the party itself. Disappointed Jonasson was made to resign, some are throwing their support behind the Liberal candidate in the riding, Doug Eyolfson, instead.
- Saying thank you: A Winnipeg lawyer who lost her hand and suffered serious burns when a letter bomb exploded at her workplace three months ago got the opportunity to publicly thank the first responders who came to her aid and made her feel safe. Maria Mitousis expressed her gratitude Wednesday to the police, paramedics, doctors and nurses who looked after her following the bombing in a River Avenue law office on July 3. Mitousis was in her office with several co-workers when she handled a package addressed to her, containing a bomb reportedly hidden inside a recording device. A 49-year-old man faces several charges, including three counts of attempted murder.
- Hearing the heartbeat of horses: Children from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) will have an unusual adventure at Odysseo’s White Big Top today. Members of the cast will let the kids to touch the horse’s soft coats, feel their warmth, and brush and groom them. They will also listen to the horses’ heartbeats and breathing with stethoscopes. At the end of the tour, riders will bring their horses to a full galloping speed, allowing the young guests to feel the ground quake beneath the power of the equine stars.
- Speaking to seniors’ issues: Given that Stats Can says the number of seniors is greater than the number of kids under 14 in Canada and given that those over 65 tend to vote, their views will be taken very seriously by candidates in this election. Tonight, there’s a seniors debate at the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre (1588 Main St.) with candidates from Kildonan-St. Paul, including Tory candidate Jim Bell, Liberal candidate MaryAnn Mihychuk and NDP candidate Suzanne Hrynyk. The debate, moderated by Bernie Bellan, publisher of The Jewish Post & News, is slated for 6:30 p.m. The 42nd Canadian general election will be held on Monday, Oct. 19.
- Powerful announcement: New home owners take note. Manitoba Hydro is announcing today the launch of the Power Smart for New Homes Program at 11 a.m. at a show home in Sage Creek. Dave Chomiak, minister of mineral resources, Lloyd Kuczek, vice-president of customer care and energy conservation for Manitoba Hydro, and Manitoba Homebuilders Association president Mike Moore will speak.
Around the water cooler
- Jeb OK with "Redskins": Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush weighed in on the decades-long controversy over the name of Washington's NFL team, saying he didn't think the team should change it. Despite vocal opposition from Native Americans who point out the term "redskin" is a racial slur, Bush said he doesn't find the name offensive.
- Thirty cents more: Manitoba’s minimum wage rises today from $10.70 an hour to $11. People who think this is not a living wage will find support in the Manitoba Federation of Labour and the Make Poverty History Manitoba coalition. The groups hold a news conference at 10 a.m. today to call for a higher minimum wage.
- Historic singing: Winnipeg students participate today in a project called The Largest Recording of O Canada Ever Produced. Heritage Canada is marking the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag by travelling the country to record school children singing the anthem. They already have 20,000 voices recorded, a tally that will be boosted today by the fine voices at two Winnipeg schools, Whyte Ridge School and École Marie-Anne Gaboury.
- #BlueJays: The Toronto Blue Jays won the American League East Division title Wednesday night in Major League Baseball. Pounding out 18 hits and propelled by a stellar outing from starting pitcher Marcus Stroman, the Jays hammered the Baltimore Orioles 15-3 to clinch the division, the club’s first since 1993 when Toronto won its second straight World Series crown.
- #Peeple: A new app called Peeple that lets everyone you know rate you as a human being is set to launch in late November. It’s being billed as a Yelp (an online business directory that lets you search for, rate, review, and discuss local businesses, both big and small) -- but for humans. When the app launches, users will be able to review their friends, co-workers and romantic partners, using a five-star rating scale.
On this date
- On Oct. 1, 1936: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that in Spain, insurgent conquerors of Toledo declared they had driven government forces from Illescas, near Madrid, and General Francisco Franco had been named head of the Spanish state. Germand, Italy and Portugal were accused of aiding the insurgents, violating the European non-intervention pact. In Manitoba, four local labour leaders were on trial, charged with publishing a pamphlet containing false and defamatory statements against the Liberal-Progressive candidate in Assiniboia during the July provincial elections. The infantile paralysis epidemic in Manitoba worsened. Former Winnipeg singer Doris Godson Gilmour made her professional debut at Massey Hall in Toronto with the San Carlo Opera company.
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