What you need to know
Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)
Battling backlog: Health Minister Audrey Gordon did not speak to reporters after the NDP revealed the government spent less than five per cent of the $50 million it had budgeted to address the massive backlog of surgeries and diagnostic procedures. The backlog is estimated at 110,000 procedures, including 39,000 surgeries.
U.S. border to open: Land border restrictions will ease for fully vaccinated Canadians travelling to the U.S. beginning in early November. The Associated Press reports.
Perfetti to play: Jets rookie Cole Perfetti will start when the team faces the Anaheim Ducks in California tonight. Jason Bell reports.
Your forecast: Cooler temperatures continue with an expected high of 11 C today, and we're in for rain this morning, between 10 to 15 mm, with wind from the northeast.
In case you missed it
From left, Terry Duguid, Khawja Latif, Sheryl McCorrister and Janice Lukes cut the ribbon at the new International Mother Language Plaza at Kirkbridge Park. (Jessica Lee / Winnipeg Free Press)
Honouring languages: Organizers officially cut the ribbon on the International Mother Language Plaza, a gathering space and sculptural installation at Kirkbridge Park in Richmond West. Spurred by members of the Bangladeshi community, the site is meant to honour and support immigrant, diaspora and Indigenous languages. Melissa Martin reports.
Affordable fare: A city initiative to provide a low-income bus pass may need to be retooled, as it requires a person to have a fixed address, but city bureaucrats are looking at allowing non-profits to help people without a fixed address get the bus pass. Gabrielle Piché reports.
On this date
On Oct. 13, 1921: The Manitoba Free Press reported that after a $1,200 bank robbery in Elie, two suspects fled and later surrendered to a posse; the two suspects were from Detroit and Toronto, respectively. A Winnipeg man the pair had allegedly hired to be their driver under false pretenses was found tied up in the bushes near Headingley. In London, at Irish peace talks, in the matter of recent killings in Galway both Sinn Fein supporters and Crown troops were found to have been at fault for breaking the terms of the truce.
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