Winnipeg doctors in self-isolation after attending bonspiel

By | March 19, 2020

WINNIPEG — An investigation is underway in at least two provinces after a Saskatchewan doctor who attended a curling bonspiel in Edmonton tested positive for COVID-19. Dr. Allan Woo, president of the Saskatchewan Medical Association, said in a letter to members that he tested positive for the virus Wednesday night. “I attended a curling bonspiel held March 11-14… Read More »

Federal government finalizing plan to boost production of pandemic supplies

By | March 19, 2020

The federal government is finalizing details of a plan to bolster the production of ventilators and other needed medical equipment to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of encouraging other industries to re-tool their production lines to make medical supplies, senior government sources tell CBC News they’re hoping to work with existing companies already producing those products — especially gloves,… Read More »

No Indigenous community will be ‘left behind’ in COVID-19 response, says minister

By | March 19, 2020

Indigenous communities will get the supplies and resources they need to prepare for local COVID-19 outbreaks and teams are now ready to deploy to those communities if an emergency flares, say federal officials. “Indigenous Services is here to help adapt and activate plans for your communities. No community will be left behind,” Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said today. “We’re here… Read More »

Declare grocery store staff essential, provide access to protective gear, Manitoba union says

By | March 19, 2020

The union that represents over 7,000 Manitoba grocery store workers says those people are at the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the provincial government should ensure they are provided with protective gear such as gloves and masks. With those items in short supply across the country, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832 president Jeff Traeger said cashiers at grocery stores are… Read More »

3 Manitoba doctors in isolation after attending curling event with doctor who now has COVID-19

By | March 19, 2020

Three Manitoba doctors are self-isolating after attending a curling bonspiel with another doctor who later tested positive for COVID-19. Dr. Allan Woo, the president of the Saskatchewan Medical Association, confirmed in a Twitter post he has contracted the illness. Woo said he believes he contracted the virus at a curling event held in Alberta. “I attended a curling… Read More »

Winners, losers and highlights from Manitoba’s 2020 budget

By | March 19, 2020

The Manitoba government is keeping a tight leash on spending and delaying some promised tax cuts as it prepares for the economic effects of a stock-market plunge and COVID-19. The Progressive Conservative budget released Thursday follows through on some tax-cut promises from the election campaign last year, when the Tories won their second-straight mandate. Here are some of… Read More »

Visitor access suspended at Manitoba hospitals amid pandemic

By | March 19, 2020

WINNIPEG — Visitor access at all Manitoba hospitals has been suspended due to COVID-19, the province says. The decision was made to protect the health of patients, staff, and volunteers. The province adds exceptions continue to be made for compassionate reasons on a case-by-case basis, but notes they will adhere to vigilant screening. One visitor per patient may… Read More »

Manitoba Hydro temporarily scaling back Keeyask Project

By | March 19, 2020

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Hydro announced plans to temporarily scale back work on the Keeyask Project, as well as suspend travel in and out of the site due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A release from Hydro sent Thursday afternoon said the decision was made to help protect the health and safety of workers and residents of nearby communities… Read More »

Winnipeg School Division agrees to let teachers work from home during COVID-19 suspension

By | March 19, 2020

Administrators of Winnipeg’s largest school division have changed their minds on whether to permit teachers to work from home during the period when classes are suspended due to COVID-19. The Winnipeg School Division announced Thursday that the majority of the 6,000 educators and staff in the division can work from home from March 23 until April 13. “There will be staff in the Winnipeg… Read More »

COVID-19 not the only economic headwind on the horizon for Manitoba, budget warns

By | March 19, 2020

The latest Manitoba budget warns of potentially gloomy economic headwinds on the horizon, from the impacts of COVID-19 to international trade uncertainty. But the Progressive Conservative government insists its plan will enable the province to weather a significant economic downtown — now a far more likely scenario than when the budget was originally prepared. The 2020 budget, which… Read More »