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5 things you need to know this morning: Oct. 4, 2023

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Manitoba goes NDP as Wab Kinew becomes Canada’s first First Nations premier

It was a historic election in Manitoba on Tuesday night. After seven years under a Progressive Conservative government, the province shifted back to an NDP government by electing Wab Kinew as premier. Kinew is the first person of First Nations descent to serve as premier of a Canadian province.

2. Liberal MP Greg Fergus elected as new House of Commons Speaker

Manitoba voted Tuesday night, but earlier in the day it was Members of Parliament from across Canada voting to choose a new House of Commons Speaker to replace Anthony Rota. In the end, it was 54-year-old Liberal MP Greg Fergus that got the nod, becoming Canada’s 38th Speaker and the first Black Canadian to hold the prestigious role.

3. Bus plummets over cliff in Venice, kills 21

A tragedy unfolded in Venice Tuesday night, as a bus carrying dozens of people plummeted 15 metres from an elevated road. The fiery crash killed 21 people and injured at least 15, which were mostly foreign tourists returning to a nearby campsite. Authorities said many of the people involved in the accident were “young” and at least two children were killed.

4. Blue Jays fall in game 1, season on the line today

There’s no more room for error now. The Toronto Blue Jays dropped game one of the American League wildcard series 3-1 to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. It’s a best-of-three series, which means Toronto needs to win today and Thursday to advance in the playoffs. Former Twin José Berríos will take the mound for Toronto in today’s pivotal game two, with Sonny Gray set to start for Minnesota.

5. Campers killed by bear in Banff were on multi-day trip

The couple that were killed by a grizzly bear in Banff National Park were long-time partners who loved each other and the outdoors, a family member has said. Colin Inglis, speaking on behalf of the family, identified the victims of Doug Inglis and Jenny Gusse, both 62 years old and from Lethbridge. Their dog was also killed in the attack. He said the pair had been together since university and were on day five of a week-long trip.

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