- Your forecast: Bill Bowerman, the University of Oregon's legendary track coach and co-founder of Nike Inc., once said, "There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people." Buoyed by those inspirational words, get out there and embrace a cool, wet Winnipeg morning. Rain will fall sporadically today, with just a high of 18 C. Showers end overnight, making way for a sunny, mild Friday. Environment Canada is also projecting a terrific weekend, with a daytime high of 20 C on Saturday and 24 C on Sunday. So, don’t put off that run or power walk. Just do it.
In case you missed it
- Credit union merger defeated: For the second time, Access Credit Union members voted against a proposal to merge with Assiniboine Credit Union. On Wednesday evening, nearly 5,000 members cast ballots in eight southern Manitoba communities, with just 38.2 per cent supporting the merger. The proposal needed two-thirds of voters to give the thumbs-up for work on the merger to progress. Five months ago, a similar proposal was also rejected by members. “While as a board we firmly believed the merger would make two strong credit unions stronger in the face of rapidly changing financial sector, our members felt otherwise,” Access board chair Darryl Loewen said late Wednesday. A vote by Assiniboine members slated for Monday has been cancelled.
- Downtown debate: A fiery debate between three of the four federal candidates running in Winnipeg Centre took place Wednesday night at Portage Place. NDP incumbent Pat Martin, Liberal candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette and Green Party candidate Don Woodstock verbally sparred, while Conservative challenger Allie Szarkiewicz did not attend the debate. Topics ranged from social issues and infrastructure to Bill C-51 and public transportation. But some pointed back-and-forth about where the candidates live – Ouellette and Martin don’t live in the riding they’re vying to represent – nearly outshone the matters at hand. About 400 people packed in for the standing-room-only debate on the first and second levels of the mall.
- No charges for officer: An RCMP officer who shot and wounded a man on a baseball field at a northern Manitoba First Nation community last year will not be charged. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team had conducted a review of the incident for the Manitoba government, determining police were reasonable in assuming the man had a gun and was reaching to use it. Evan Cromarty, who was 21 at the time, was shot in the shoulder as he was chased by RCMP members at Norway House Cree Nation on July 20, 2014. At the time, officers had information from residents that the man regularly carried a weapon, and they feared he was reaching for it. However, a search of Cromarty after the shooting found only a cell phone and wallet in his pocket.
- For those about to rock: The boom of cannons coming from Investors Group Field this evening means only one thing – AC/DC is back in town. The iconic rock band travelled the highway to hell and arrived in Winnipeg for one show, starting at 7 p.m. We’re thunderstruck.
- More than skin deep: Mayor Brian Bowman’s Summit on Racial Inclusion begins today at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights at 7 p.m. with a speech by Joseph Boyden, the Giller-prize-winning author who created the story behind “Going Home Star,” the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production about Indian Residential Schools. His talk will be followed by a discussion with Atlanta civil rights leader and personal friend of Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Gerald Durley, along with Manitoba Treaty Commissioner James Wilson, and Nigerian-born comedian and speaker, Aisha Alfa.
Around the water cooler
- Paws-senger gets special treatment: An Air Canada pilot is being lauded for diverting an international flight to ensure the safety of a dog. A seven-year-old French bulldog named Simba was recently on a flight from Tel Aviv to Toronto when the pilot noticed a heating system malfunction in the cargo area. The aircraft diverted to Frankfurt and Simba was boarded onto another flight to Toronto. Aviation expert Phyl Durby said the pilot made the right call, despite adding about $10,000 in fuel costs and delaying the original flight by 75 minutes. With the plane soaring high over the Atlantic, the temperature in the cargo area would have been well below freezing for hours, he said.
- Maggie on the tenner: U.S. Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush knows who he'd like to see on the American ten-dollar bill: Margaret Thatcher. Does it matter she was Prime Minister of England, and not a U.S. citizen? Responding to U.S. President Barack Obama's assertion that the new 10-dollar bill would feature a woman, Bush said, "I would go with Ronald Reagan's partner, Margaret Thatcher. Probably illegal, but what the heck?"
- Buff’s future debated: With an abundance of NHL-calibre defencemen on the team, there’s a suggestion the Jets would be better off trading Dustin Byfuglien for players and draft picks as he enters the final year of his contract. But others say the 6-foot-5, 265-pound blue-liner is a unique talent who needs to be retained – for the long haul. Armchair GMs are free to discuss!
- Chile: An 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile on Wednesday, killing at least eight people and prompting an evacuation of more than a million people from coastal areas. This morning, Hawaii and part of California's coast are under tsunami advisories.
- #IStandWithAhmed: A 14-year-old Texas teen who brought a homemade clock to school was arrested this week because his teacher thought it was a bomb. Now, people the world over are reaching out to Ahmed Mohamed to show they support his ingenuity. U.S. President Barack Obama got in on the action, inviting Ahmed to bring his clock to the White House. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield invited Ahmed to a science show in Toronto, where he’s already been offered accommodations by the Four Seasons.
On this date
- On Sept. 17, 1984: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that 250,000 people attended the papal mass at Birds Hill Park presided over by Pope John Paul II. The federal Confederation of Regions Western Party announced it would run candidates in the next provincial election in Manitoba against MLAs who publicly supported bilingualism. Brian Mulroney was sworn in as Canada's Prime Minister.
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