Manitoba deficit projection down more than $2B from earlier forecast

By | June 30, 2020

Manitoba’s projected year-end deficit arising from the pandemic response isn’t as bad as originally feared, the provincial government says. The government is now forecasting a deficit of $2.9 billion, down from the $5 billion estimated in early days of the province’s COVID-19 response, Premier Brian Pallister said.  The consensus position among forecasters is Manitoba’s economy will rebound in the… Read More »

Hospital wait times down in May compared to previous year

By | June 30, 2020

WINNIPEG — New numbers from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) show wait times at hospitals across the city are down by roughly half compared to May last year. In May of 2019, all hospitals combined had roughly a two hour wait time. May 2020 showed that the average wait time has dropped to one hour. A spokesperson… Read More »

Winnipeg police searching for man who shot woman, stole cellphone after she helped with directions

By | June 30, 2020

Investigators with the Winnipeg Police Service are searching for a man who allegedly shot a woman and stole her cellphone after she gave him directions. Around 11:15 p.m. on June 18, a woman was walking in the St. Matthews neighbourhood, near the intersection of Simcoe Street and St. Matthews Avenue, when a man asked her for directions, police say. The… Read More »

Aftermath of Brandon storm to take days to clean up

By | June 30, 2020

WINNIPEG — Brandon, Man., was hit with a severe storm on Sunday night, leaving the city with flooding, damage, and debris that will take days to clean up. Manitoba Hydro crews are out on Tuesday helping the city get back to routine following the storm that saw 155 millimetres of rainfall. The Trans Canada Highway reopened Monday morning… Read More »

Hand sanitizers recalled due to use of industrial-grade ethanol

By | June 30, 2020

WINNIPEG — Health Canada is recalling a number of different hand sanitizers from various companies due to the use of industrial-grade ethanol. This type of ethanol, which contains impurities and non-approved chemicals, has not been authorized for use in hand sanitizers in the country. Some of the approved types of ethanol include technical-grade, food-grade, and pharmaceutical grade. Health… Read More »

Air Canada cancels 30 domestic routes, closes 8 stations at regional airports

By | June 30, 2020

Air Canada is indefinitely suspending 30 domestic regional routes and closing eight stations at regional airports across Canada because of an unprecedented drop in demand for air travel as a result of COVID-19. The Montreal-based airline said Tuesday the cuts are being made because of continuing weak demand for both business and leisure travel because of COVID-19 travel restrictions and border closures. The… Read More »

Winnipeg to study reducing speeds on residential streets to 30 or 40 km/h

By | June 30, 2020

Winnipeg is looking at reducing speed limits on residential streets — provided the province signs off the change. The city is poised to study the implications of reducing speed limits from the current 50 kilometres an hour to 30 or 40 km/h. While the city has the power to do this, the provincial Highway Traffic Act makes this impractical, as… Read More »

Manitoba’s economic outlook to be released

By | June 30, 2020

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government will be providing the province’s economic and fiscal outlook on Tuesday afternoon. Premier Brian Pallister, along with Finance Minister Scott Fielding, will be speaking at a news conference at 1 p.m. at the Manitoba Legislative Building. CTV Winnipeg will live-stream the event. Since the start of the pandemic in March, the province has… Read More »