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 »

Better late than never: Province tables budget after being blocked by NDP

By | March 19, 2020

WINNIPEG — After having the budget announcement blocked by the NDP last week, the province has now tabled the 2020 budget. It prepares for looming financial storm clouds over COVID-19, while following through with most of its promised tax cuts. RAINY DAY FUND With COVID-19 impacting the world economy, the province is preparing for any unforeseen emergencies, as… Read More »

Manitoba government delivers cautious budget as COVID-19 rattles economy

By | March 19, 2020

While the province’s economy is reeling from the arrival of COVID-19, the Manitoba government unveiled a cautious budget Thursday that it still believes can fend off an economic downturn while delivering on tax cuts. The budget, delayed more than a week by procedural wrangling by the Opposition NDP, was originally set to be delivered on March 11 —… Read More »

Winnipeg bakery says demand for bread has doubled

By | March 19, 2020

WINNIPEG — A popular Winnipeg bakery says demand for their rye bread has doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Todd Hagen, the controller at Natural Bakery, said normally they take off a couple shifts a week of producing bread, but due to the recent high demand they are running every day of the week. He said the staff is… Read More »

PM says Brandon’s Samaritan House to receive federal COVID-19 funds

By | March 19, 2020

A Brandon, Man. homeless shelter will be open from 12 to 4 p.m. every afternoon thanks to $15,000 from a new federal program designed to battle the impacts of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged the organization at a news conference on Thursday, while elaborating on his government’s recently announced $82 billion in emergency federal aid. “If you’re helping others,… Read More »

Winnipeg Transit driver in self-isolation after reporting flu-like symptoms on the bus

By | March 19, 2020

WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg Transit bus driver is in self-isolation and a number of buses have been taken out of service to be cleaned, after the driver started showing flu-like symptoms. Winnipeg Transit told CTV News Winnipeg that when a bus driver reported to the operations centre they were showing symptoms, they were immediately told to stop driving… Read More »

Parks Canada to suspend all visitor services, Manitoba parks decreasing services

By | March 19, 2020

WINNIPEG — Parks Canada has announced it will suspend visitor services to all national sites in the country, effective immediately, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of Canadians, All national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas will close its visitor services until further notice. It said only basic critical operations will… Read More »