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20 health-care workers have tested positive for COVID-19

By | April 8, 2020

Eighteen health-care workers in the Winnipeg health region and two in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority have tested positive for COVID-19, Shared Health’s chief nursing officer Lanette Siragusa said Wednesday. Of the 18 in Winnipeg, 10 are health-care workers from the Health Sciences Centre who were exposed to an outbreak that Siragusa announced at a previous news conference, she… Read More »

Trucking company sets up pit stop for drivers transporting goods during COVID-19

By | April 8, 2020

Workers at a Brandon company have taken to the side of the TransCanada Highway to wave, cheer, and offer food to truck drivers transporting essential goods across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.  They’re doing it all while practising physical distancing of course, using a pin puller normally used to unhook trailers to pass sandwiches and snacks to… Read More »

Manitoba 150 celebrations postponed amid COVID-19 pandemic

By | April 8, 2020

Manitoba 150 celebrations are being postponed, Premier Brian Pallister announced at a news conference on Wednesday morning alongside Monique LaCoste, co-chair of the Manitoba 150 host committee. “While this pandemic has brought out the best in our communities,” Pallister said, “the reality is that this is not the time right now for celebration.” The events were scheduled to mark… Read More »

Winnipeg airport ‘a ghost town’ during coronavirus, with flights down 97%

By | April 8, 2020

It’s noon on a weekday in the departures area. The only sound is the ’80s music overhead. There are about a dozen people standing around — including airline staff.  This is the new normal for the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. Normally, more than 6,000 people would get on outbound planes on any given day. In the past two weeks,… Read More »

Even without a flood of COVID-19 patients, some Manitoba health-care workers already ‘in tears’

By | April 8, 2020

In every corner of the planet struggling to contend with COVID-19, the goal is to keep the most severe cases of the disease down to a level where health-care systems can respond to them. Physical distancing measures are not expected to prevent all infections. Complete containment is impossible, without encasing every human on the planet in double layers… Read More »

How should Manitoba penalize people who don’t practise safe distancing? Here’s what other provinces are doing

By | April 8, 2020

Manitoba can look to other governments for advice as the province considers imposing penalties on people who flout calls for physical distancing. It could level fines as high as $1,000 for a first offence, as Alberta is doing. The province could set up a toll-free line, like Saskatchewan, that can be used to snitch on rule-breakers.  And it may allow police to patrol city parks, like… Read More »

Be careful how you market hand sanitizer, Winnipeg business owner warns after call from Health Canada

By | April 8, 2020

A Winnipeg woman is warning other small businesses they can’t market self-made hand sanitizer without Health Canada’s approval — after she got a warning of her own from the federal health agency. Sheila Tan has owned Di Erbe Inc. since 2008. Her St. Boniface shop specializes in natural beauty and home products. As the COVID-19 pandemic saw people racing… Read More »

Government COVID-19 rescue package shuts out some small businesses

By | April 8, 2020

The global pandemic arrived on our doorstep and sales fell dramatically. But while the government is putting into place programs to aid businesses — large and small — in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as small-business owners, we firmly state that these programs will not work.  Furthermore, in my opinion, they’re unfair.  Here’s why: On April 1, federal… Read More »

Police watchdog finds no evidence officers inappropriately touched female last summer in Steinbach

By | April 7, 2020

Manitoba’s police watchdog says it has found no evidence to support an allegation RCMP officers inappropriately touched a female arrestee in Steinbach last summer. The Independent Investigation Unit said Tuesday its probe into the allegation made by a female, whose age wasn’t disclosed, has finished. Mounties notified the watchdog last June about the incident, which happened at a Steinbach school on… Read More »