Sun Burst for April 17, 2021


Kids play on a dock at the Riverbank Discovery Centre on a sunny Friday. (Tim Smith/The Brandon Sun)

BREATH OF FRESH AIR Kids play on a dock at the Riverbank Discovery Centre on a sunny Friday. (Tim Smith/The Brandon Sun)

Top Stories

  • Samaritan House opens renovated shelter: Samaritan House Ministries officially opened their newly renovated Safe and Warm shelter at 7 p.m. Friday, boasting sleeping spaces that range from 13 to 24 beds.
  • Police officers, firefighters to get COVID vaccine priority: Manitoba is opening up the COVID-19 vaccine to police officers and firefighters, a move welcomed by the unions representing officers.
  • New CEO for economic development office: With its first CEO set to begin work next month, the Rural Manitoba Economic Development Corporation is nearing an opening date.
  • Details scarce on vaccine program changes: The day after changes to Manitoba’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy was announced, vaccine team medical co-lead Dr. Joss Reimer gave a more thorough update during a Friday morning media briefing.


  • SATURDAY: Sunny during the day with a high of 12 C. Mainly cloudy overnight with a 60 per cent chance of showers and a low of -2 C.
  • SUNDAY: Periods of snow during the day and a high of 1 C. Clearing overnight and a low of -10 C.
  • MONDAY: Sunny during the day with a high of 2 C. Clear overnight and a low of -11 C.
  • TUESDAY: Mix of sun and cloud during the day and a high of 1 C. Clear overnight and a low of -5 C.

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Looking Back

  • FIFTY YEARS AGO: Troops moved riot-control gear inside the walls of Kingston Penitentiary for the first time today as 500 rebellious prisoners continued to hold five guards hostage.  
  • FORTY YEARS AGO: Brandon got its second taste of dust storms yesterday when winds up to 70 kilometres an hour whipped dirt and dust into clouds dropping visibility to as little as one kilometre.
  • THIRTY YEARS AGO: Premier Gary Filmon was at the Keystone Centre expansion fundraising kickoff today reaffirming his $3-million commitment to the project. The $11-million expansion will increase the multi-use facility from five-and-a-half acres to nine-and-a-half acres under one roof, making it one of the largest venues of its kind in Canada.
  • TWENTY YEARS AGO: Brandon is experiencing a population growth spurt. The most recent Manitoba Health data showed the city’s population had shot up by 2,586 residents to 41,761 in spring 1999 from three years earlier. The next reliable data won’t be available until next month when new census results become public. But Brandon Economic Development Board general manager Marlow Kirton said he conservatively estimates Brandon’s population now exceeds 43,000, noting that Maple Leaf began production after Manitoba Health’s last population estimate.
  • TEN YEARS AGO: Twenty-two people have been evacuated from the RMs of Cornwallis and Elton as flooding across the province reaches an “unprecedented” scale, but the worst may still be to come. The Red and Assiniboine rivers are still days from cresting, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton warns.

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