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Free Press Head Start for Wednesday, Oct. 7

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Your forecast: If we can just get past hump day, we’re laughing. A clear, cool Wednesday morning gives way to clouds and a rain early this afternoon, with the possibility of about five millimetres falling in Winnipeg today. The high temperature is 12 C. Then the good stuff rolls in as we prepare for the Thanksgiving long weekend. Expect a mix of sun and cloud on Thursday and a high of 13 C, and plenty of sunshine Friday and a high of 16 C. Plucked right from the “you’ve got to be kidding me?” files, the mercury soars to 22 C on Saturday and then rises to a balmy 24 C on Sunday, according to the good folks at Environment Canada. The forecast for the holiday Monday calls for a mix of sun and cloud and a high of 17 C.

In case you missed it

Garden Hill First Nation’s Meechim Farm workers Darryle Linklater (L to R), Wayne Beardy and Brendan Canada with poultry raised at the first nation’s social enterprise farm that will be processed there and served up for Thanksgiving dinner.

Food security in the north: Garden Hill First Nation is improving access to food at reasonable prices thanks to a thriving farm with local produce, and a provincial subsidy to help keep the cost of some goods down. Community members have been increasing the ways they grow food, including using a greenhouse, and Meechim Farm has been working with University of Manitoba scientists to figure out how to get food to grow in the rocky terrain and heavy clay soil. READ MORE

Shortage of nurses in Altona: According to rural surgeon Dr. Gerald Clayton, it’s scandalous that a state-of-the-art operating room in Altona is left unused because there aren’t enough medical personnel. He says there is a huge waiting list of patients and any delay in reinstating surgeries beyond the end of the year could jeopardize the facility’s future. READ MORE

Canadian slain in San Francisco: A Montreal-area woman on a backpacking trip was found beaten to death in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park over the weekend. Audrey Carey, 23, had told her relatives she was embarking on an adventure and decided she would head to the United States and then make her way to Europe. Someone walking in the park found the woman’s body at 9:15 a.m. local time Saturday morning. READ MORE

Up next

Curbing auto theft: Manitoba Public Insurance and Winnipeg police have called a press conference for 10:30 a.m. today to talk about a “disturbing trend related to auto theft” in the province. Not to steal their thunder, but there’s a suggestion the focus might be on reminding drivers not to use an extra key to run their unoccupied vehicles during the cold, winter months. The Free Press will cover the event.

Historic graduation: Entering the first year of post-secondary studies is a tough adjustment for just about anyone, but when you’re far from home and grappling with a foreign language and culture, it’s exceedingly difficult. That’s why a ceremony today at 3:45 p.m. in Marshall McLuhan Hall at the University of Manitoba honouring 450 students – representing 50 countries — who successfully manoeuvred through a one-year program from the International College of Manitoba is so significant. The students will transfer to second-year studies at the U of M.

Around the water cooler

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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights building in Winnipeg.

Get politics out of CMHR board: NDP MP Pat Martin and Liberal Candidate Jim Carr both say appointees to the board of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights should be chosen based on merit, not political connections. Both the former and current chairs of the CMHR board have close ties to the Conservative party, and the museum’s first CEO, Stuart Murray, was former leader of the provincial Progressive Conservative party. READ MORE

Police HQ costs on the rise: Adding physical security barriers to the new Winnipeg police headquarters, including bollards, which are vertical barriers of concrete and steel, means the cost for the project will be $1.9 million higher. While the barriers have long been “a known requirement,” the cost was not included in previous budgets for the police headquarters. READ MORE

Bye, bye Yankees: The Toronto Blue Jays haven’t even started their first Major League Baseball playoff series in 22 years and there’s already some good news for the club. The arch-rival New York Yankees were blanked 3-0 by the Houston Astros in the American League wildcard game Tuesday night, ending the season for A-Rod and the gang. The Jays host the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of their best-of-five AL division series Thursday afternoon.

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Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed: British actor Brian Blessed told the BBC in a recent interview he once delivered a baby girl in Richmond Park in southwest London in 1963, chewing through the umbilical cord and licking the newborn’s face clean. He was in his late 20s at the time and was filming a British television police drama series called “Z Cars.” Bizarre, indeed, but this is the same Shakespearean actor who chose to play opposite Richard Dean Anderson in “MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis” in 1994.

#2YearsOfHeartbreaker: For some, the hashtag marks a poignant day in music history; for others, it’s just another chance to mock JBiebs. Exactly two years ago today, Canadian recording artist Justin Bieber released “Hearbreaker,” the first from a compilation of songs entitled “Journals.”

On this date

On Oct. 7, 2006: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that former minister of Foreign Affairs Lloyd Axworthy warned the federal Liberals against electing Michael Ignatieff party leader. A $100-million class action lawsuit by workers and pensioners moved ahead against Manitoba Telecom Services. Prime Minister Stephen Harper told U.S. President George W. Bush Canada would launch an official protest over the United States’ treatment of Maher Arar. Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz touted grass-covered roofs and home-water recycling systems as part of his re-election platform.




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