Trust us, Manitoba government says, with budget reliant on existing measures to cope with COVID-19 crisis

By | March 20, 2020

In a matter of a week, the Manitoba government took the economic projections it spent months labouring over, and threw them out the window. The arrival of a pandemic can do that to any good economist.  In the days since the province’s first cases of COVID-19 were reported on March 12, the Progressive Conservative government under Brian Pallister discarded many of… Read More »

Winnipeg couple on cruise with confirmed COVID-19 cases says ship did little to stop spread

By | March 20, 2020

A  Winnipeg quarantined couple aboard a Costa cruise ship says the company didn’t inform passengers of potential COVID-19 cases until it was too late to get off, and took days to bring in basic measures to contain the virus. Allan and Martha Bradbury were aboard the Costa Luminosa, which left Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on March 5, just before the… Read More »

Shortages of money and food complicate Morberg House’s pandemic plans

By | March 20, 2020

COVID-19 is hurting the bottom line of a social housing program that helps men transition out of homelessness, and deal with addictions and mental health problems.  Morberg House, a three-storey building on Provencher Boulevard, has had to reduce the number of its residents from 15 down to 10 to maintain social distancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, said founder Marion Willis. … Read More »

Funeral directors want special designation to access supplies, cause of death information during outbreak

By | March 20, 2020

Manitoba funeral directors want to know a person’s cause of death during the COVID-19 outbreak so they can access protective medical supplies needed to keep their staff safe while handling the deceased. In order to get that information, they are asking the province to grant them a temporary “health care service” designation. On March 12, the president of the… Read More »

More than 5,100 Air Canada flight attendants to be laid off amid massive COVID-19 slowdown

By | March 19, 2020

Air Canada is set to lay off more than 5,100 members of its cabin crews because of a dramatic drop in flights related to the COVID-19 outbreak, CBC has learned. According to a March 19 letter from Renee Smith-Valade, the airline’s vice president of in-flight service, says Air Canada has “no choice” but to cut staff, calling the… Read More »

Manitoba Hydro pulls hundreds of workers, suspends travel to and from Keeyask project

By | March 19, 2020

Manitoba Hydro is scaling back its workforce and suspending travel to and from the Keeyask project site in northern Manitoba, in fear of spreading the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. “These are extraordinary times and we are making this decision in the interest of public health and the best interests of our customers, employees, contractors and neighbouring communities,” said… Read More »

Reusable bag policy changes coming to grocery stores

By | March 19, 2020

WINNIPEG — Some grocery stores are changing their reusable bag policy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Save-On-Foods will temporarily suspend bottle returns and the use of reusable bags in stores starting on Friday. The decision, according to a release sent Thursday evening, was made as a precaution. “Both our team members and customers have expressed concern about bottle returns… Read More »