Waterlogged Barley Testing in Brandon
 
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists and Manitoba Agriculture are experimenting on barley in the Brandon area.
 
Experiments are being done to test different genotypes' responses to waterlogging stress.
 
Drone data collection was done this summer at the AAFC's Brandon Research and Development Centre. Dr. Ana Badea says the data is still being processed.
 
"We wanted to see which of the genotypes we tested could handle the most stress."
 
Dr. Badea says they are testing to see which barley genotypes will do better under flooded conditions, but also to see what happens after the stress, like if the barley survives, what the yields will be, and things like that.
 
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Running, Biking, and Walking for Fundraisers
 
There's some physical activity-involved fundraisers in the Dauphin area over the next few weekends.
 
On Sunday, September 18, Dauphin's Terry Fox Run says the adult run will be held in Vermillion park, according to organizer Stephen Roznowsky.
 
"It is a safe environment in which you don't have to watch for cars and that sort of stuff."
 
This weekend is the MS Bike Riding Mountain Challenge, and two weekends from now the Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Crew Walk will be held in Vermillion Park.
 
The Terry Fox Run is also supported by a barbeque held in the MLCC parking lot in Dauphin. That runs today from 11-5.
 
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August Jobs Numbers Coming Today
 
TD Bank economist Brian DePratto says he's expecting a "pretty healthy number'' when Statistics Canada releases its latest jobs report today.

DePratto says there were some "oddities'' in the last reading, which showed the economy losing 31,000 jobs in July.

Thomson Reuters reports that economists estimate 15,000 jobs were added in August, but they expect the jobless rate to hold steady at 6.9 per cent.
 
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Gord Downie to Release Graphic Novel and New Album
 
Just weeks after his last scheduled live performance, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie is preparing to release a new album accompanied by a graphic novel that delves into the tragedy of the residential school system.

"Secret Path'' tells the harrowing story of a 12-year-old First Nations boy in Ontario who died in 1966 after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora.

Proceeds from the album and graphic novel will go to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Winnipeg.

The album and 88-page graphic novel will be released on October 18.