Opaskwayak Cree Nation declares state of emergency, takes steps to keep COVID-19 out of community

By | March 18, 2020

The Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba has declared a state of emergency and is taking steps to keep COVID-19 from spreading to the community. Onekanew (Chief) Christian Sinclair said he and other community leaders felt the declaration was prudent as Saskatchewan, whose border is located about 40 kilometres west of the community, declared a state of emergency… Read More »

$82B coronavirus emergency fund a welcome relief to Winnipeg’s small businesses, employees

By | March 18, 2020

While some Winnipeg business owners welcome the massive $82-billion aid package announced Wednesday, it’s anybody’s guess whether it goes far enough. While much is uncertain, local restaurateur Steffen Zinn says he’s relieved by a number of the measures announced by the federal government Wednesday, including a push to beef up employment insurance. “In our case, we had to close two shops and we had… Read More »

$82M coronavirus emergency fund a welcome relief to Winnipeg’s small businesses, employees

By | March 18, 2020

While some Winnipeg business owners welcome the massive $82-billion aid package announced Wednesday, it’s anybody’s guess whether it goes far enough. While much is uncertain, local restaurateur Steffen Zinn says he’s relieved by a number of the measures announced by the federal government Wednesday, including a push to beef up employment insurance. “In our case, we had to close two shops and we had… Read More »

First Nations call for Manitoba Hydro Keeyask Generating Station’s closure amid the COVID-19 pandemic

By | March 18, 2020

WINNIPEG — First Nations in northern Manitoba are calling for the Manitoba Hydro Keeyask Generating Station to shut down in order to avoid the outbreak of COVID-19 from reaching their communities. Manitoba Hydro confirmed on Wednesday that five people at the Keeyask Generating Station have been referred for “further examination” as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. There are… Read More »

On edge: Manitobans living near U.S. border face uncertainty as ‘non-essential’ crossings restricted

By | March 18, 2020

News that the Canada-U.S. border is closing to non-essential travellers has left Manitobans with a multitude of questions, especially those who live near border crossings. Mélanie Parent is a councillor for the Rural Municipality of Piney who lives in the southeastern Manitoba community of Sprague. She says her community has many ties to the city of Roseau, Minn., about 25 kilometres away. “We think of it… Read More »

Health Minister says new ventilators have arrived in Manitoba

By | March 18, 2020

WINNIPEG — As the COVID-19 outbreak continues in the province, Manitoba’s Health Minister said new ventilators have arrived in the province, and more are on the way. Health Minister Cameron Friesen told CTV News Winnipeg there are currently 243 ventilators in the province, and an additional 43 ventilators have been ordered. He said 23 new ventilators had arrived… Read More »

More needs to be done to help homeless during coronavirus outbreak, Winnipeg shelter head says

By | March 18, 2020

The director of Winnipeg’s Main Street Project wants to see more done to help the city’s homeless and vulnerable population in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rick Lees spoke at a City of Winnipeg budget committee meeting on Wednesday. While the shelter has made adjustments in its space to accommodate social distancing recommendations, he said those who… Read More »

Emerson-Franklin reeve expecting economic impact from border closure

By | March 18, 2020

WINNIPEG — The Reeve of Emerson-Franklin says the decision to restrict non-essential travel at the Canada-United States border is necessary to help halt the spread of COVID-19, but he notes there will be an economic impact on the community. Canada and the U.S. both agreed Wednesday to close the border between the two countries to all non-essential travellers.… Read More »