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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 »

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 »

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 »

Take time ‘out of watching Netflix’ to volunteer during pandemic, Winnipegger says

By | March 20, 2020

Before Taylor Orpin starts her job at an overnight emergency warming centre in Winnipeg, she volunteers to provide bagged lunches and a warm, sanitized space for some of the city’s most vulnerable. Orpin is one of the young people in the city attempting to fill the void of volunteers left by seniors needing to self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic, but charities… 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 »

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 »

Seeking calm in the coronavirus storm: How one Winnipegger copes while aging family stuck in Philippines

By | March 19, 2020

Like most of us in North America, I don’t think I understood the seriousness of the coronavirus until last week. Before that I used the humour of American late-night television to “inform” me. At that time, people were comically conflating the pandemic with the Mexican pale lager and irrationally boycotting the brand. Comedic relief was the salve for uncertainty. I… Read More »

Police arrest 6 men after string of violence in Brandon including shooting, forcible confinement

By | March 19, 2020

Several men are facing a long list of charges following a string of violent events, including a shooting, dating back to February in Brandon, police say. Those charged include a 25-year-old who is facing 29 counts on various weapons, breaking and entering, forcible confinement and assault charges, the Brandon Police Service said in a news release Thursday. The string of violent… 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 »