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Amanda Lathlin MLa Report July 23rd

While many Manitobans were shocked to hear Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations Minister, Alan Lagimodiere’s comments last week on how residential schools were started with “good intentions” mere hours after he was sworn in, I was not. As a Northern Indigenous MLA, I see a profound ignorance and lack of understanding of Indigenous truth and rights from the PC government everyday at the legislature. Just one-week prior, Premier Pallister completely minimized the brutal reality of colonization when he said “The people who came here to this country, before it was a country and since, didn't come here to destroy anything, they came here to build. They came to build better.” These comments led to previous Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister, Eileen Clarke resigning and Lagimodiere taking her place. When the Premier was asked to apologize about his remarks, the Premier doubled down on his comments.

 

After hearing Minister Lagimodiere’s comments on residential schools, my thought was that Manitobans will get a chance to witness this government’s understandings on Indigenous issues. Unfortunately, their ignorance is not only demonstrated through their comments, but also through their legislation. When they took office in 2016, they immediately got rid of the weekly Indigenous Issues Cabinet meetings that was in place. They’ve also introduced Bills such as Bill 57 ‘the Protection of Criminal Infrastructure Act’ and Bill 56, ‘the Smoking and Vapour Products Control Amendment Act’ that are deliberately designed to erode Indigenous people’s rights. As an Indigenous woman sitting in the legislative chamber, I find it quite upsetting hearing the Pallister government’s out of touch realities for Manitobans, in particular for Indigenous and northern Manitoban’s. Myself and my NDP colleagues fought very hard through debate to try and educate the PC caucus and to protect the rights and history of Indigenous people. We have also written to the new Minister to ask him to release his mandate letter so all Manitobans know what steps he and his government plan to take with respect to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and to address the concerns of Northern Manitobans.

 

If there is one positive takeaway about this government’s upsetting comments on Indigenous people, its that there has been a lot of pushback from the public. More and more people are educating themselves about the history of Indigenous people, whether its by learning about traditional ways of life, researching the truth and reconciliation commissions calls to action, or learning about residential schools.

 

These people understand that the Premier and Minister Lagimodiere’s comments were not only wrong, but they are unacceptable. Hopefully, as more people learn and understand the history of what happened on this land, the attitudes of Canadians will change and we can work towards true reconciliation. 

 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to reach out by email at Amanda.lathlin@yourmanitoba.ca or call me at 1-204-623-2034. Kinanaskomitin.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #493

Public health officials advise three new deaths in people with COVID-19 are being reported today:
• a female in her 60s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to an unspecified variant of concern; and
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is three per cent provincially and 2.1 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 41 new cases of the virus have been identified today. Four cases have been removed due to case corrections, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 57,359.

Of the 41 cases reported today, the COVID-19 data shows:
• 19 new cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• two new cases in the Northern health region;
• three new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• four new cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 13 new cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
Today’s data also shows:  
• 537 active cases and 55,652 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 106 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 including 28 people with active COVID-19 as well as 78 people who are no longer infectious; 
• a total of 24 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including eight people in intensive care units active COVID-19 as well as 16 people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care;
• 1,496 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 862,833; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,170.

Applications for the Manitoba Immunization Card can be made at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunization-record.html or by calling 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) and following the call centre prompts. Businesses and organizations can download the Manitoba Immunization Verifier Application app from the Apple and Google Play stores.

Business operators are reminded to use the Manitoba Immunization Verifier Application to confirm a person’s immunization status and then confirm the individual’s identity against government-issued identification.

All Manitobans are reminded to be aware of phishing scams. Manitobans are strongly advised to not provide information to any non-government of Manitoba website or application.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

Additional data on variants of concern is available at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.   

Aurora Sacred Healing Centre Family Canoe Trip

The Aurora Sacred Healing Centre has a canoe trip planned for July 31st. The goal of this trip is to give people an opportunity not only to go on a day trip but to build a community of outdoor enthusiasts, to connect people with nature, and to encourage youth to experience the outdoors.

 

The trip will be held on August the 1st if it rains on the 31st. more information can be found on The Aurora Sacred healing centres Facebook page or you can call 204-620-2149 if you have any questions.

Manitoba 150 Exhibit Coming to Westoba Credit Union

The Manitoba 150 tour exhibit will be making a stop at the Westoba Credit Union Branch in The Pas on July 29th from Noon until 4PM.

It’s a free event that will showcase diverse artwork.

You can learn more by visiting manitoba150.com

COVID-19 BULLETIN #492

Public health officials advise one new death in a person with COVID-19 is being reported today:


• a male in his 30s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.

 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.3 per cent provincially and 2.8 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 56 new cases of the virus have been identified today. Three cases have been removed due to case corrections, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 57,322.

Of the 56 cases reported today, the COVID-19 data shows:
• 14 new cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• four new cases in the Northern health region;
• three new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 13 new cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 22 new cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
Today’s data also shows:  
• 537 active cases and 55,618 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 105 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 including 30 people with active COVID-19 as well as 75 people who are no longer infectious; 
• a total of 28 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including nine people in intensive care units active COVID-19 as well as 19 people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care;
• 1,552 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 861,334; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,167.

Fast Pass testing in Winkler will be unavailable the week of July 26. Regular testing will be available and full service will resume July 30. For a list of other locations, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

Additional data on variants of concern is available at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.   

 

Danielle Adams MLA Report

Thompson MLA Danielle Adams wrote about the lack of staff in obstetrics units in northern Manitoba in her latest report.

 

This comes as the obstetrics unit at Saint Anthony’s Hospital in The Pas revealed that their staff vacancy rate is at 50 per cent which means pregnant patients are forced to transfer to Thompson, Brandon, and Winnipeg.

 

She adds nurses have been working without a contract for the past four years, and with high nursing vacancies in virtually all units in the north, the province is using agency nurses.

 

Adams states the PCs need to stop cutting northern healthcare and work to address nursing shortages in the region so that all northern health care facilities can operate effectively at full capacity.

Investigation into a Police Pursuit Involving Manitoba First Nations Police Service

The Independent Investigation Unit is investigating circumstances around a serious injury sustained by a young male during a police pursuit.

 

According to the Manitoba First Nations Police, on July 18th officers on patrol in Opaskwayak Cree Nation observed a vehicle travelling southbound at an excessive speed.

 

Officers attempted to pull the vehicle over but they lost sight of it as it travelled to fast.

 

They later located the vehicle that hit a house in the community and the driver sustained a broken arm and was taken to the hospital in The Pas. 

 

A broken arm is considered a serious injury that requires an investigation from the IIU.

 

The investigation is ongoing as of news time.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #491

Public health officials advise one new death in a person with COVID-19 is being reported today:
• a male in his 30s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.617.2 (delta) variant of concern.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.5 per cent provincially and 2.9 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 44 new cases of the virus have been identified today. Eleven cases have been removed due to case corrections, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 57,269.

Of the 44 cases reported today, the COVID-19 data shows:
• 12 new cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• three new cases in the Northern health region;
• two new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 11 new cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 16 new cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
Today’s data also shows:  
• 916 active cases and 55,187 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 105 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 including 30 people with active COVID-19 as well as 75 people who are no longer infectious; 
• a total of 29 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including 11 people in intensive care units active COVID-19 as well as 18 people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care;
• 1,897 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 859,781; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,166.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

Additional data on variants of concern is available at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #490

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.6 per cent provincially and 3.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 36 new cases of the virus have been identified today. Four cases have been removed due to case corrections, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 57,236.

Of the 36 cases reported today, the COVID-19 data shows:
• five new cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• four new cases in the Northern health region;
• three new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 11 new cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 13 new cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
Today’s data also shows:  
• 909 active cases and 55,162 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 108 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 including 31 people with active COVID-19 as well as 77 people who are no longer infectious; 
• a total of 29 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including 11 people in intensive care units active COVID-19 as well as 18 people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care;
• 1,053 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 857,884; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,165.

An outbreak has been declared over at the Salem Home personal care home in Winkler. The site has been removed from the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

Additional data on variants of concern is available at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.   

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Video Lottery Centre Reopens

Opaskwayak Cree Nation announced that they have reopened their video Lottery Centre with 32 machines available for use.

 

The centre will operate with COVID 19 measures in place such as social distancing and screening upon entering.

 

Patrons must also be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their inculcation and the facility will be cleaned and sanitized regularly.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #489

Public health officials advise one new death in people with COVID-19 is being reported today. This includes a death reported on Sunday:
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 (alpha) variant of concern.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.6 per cent provincially and 3.1 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 143 new cases of the virus have been identified since Friday: 62 cases on Saturday, July 17; 44 cases on Sunday, July 18; and 37 cases today. Four cases have been removed due to case corrections, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 57,204.

Of the 37 cases reported today, the COVID-19 data shows:
• eight new cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• zero new cases in the Northern health region;
• zero new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• eight new cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 21 new cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
Today’s data also shows:  
• 922 active cases and 55,117 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 117 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 including 36 people with active COVID-19 as well as 81 people who are no longer infectious; 
• a total of 27 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including nine people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 18 people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care;
• 1,265 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 856,827; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,165.

A total of 57 COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care to hospitals in 16 communities between May 18 and June 9. The one remaining COVID-19 patient receiving care out of province was returned to a Manitoba hospital on Friday, bringing the number of returnees to 45. Manitoba health officials are grateful to colleagues in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta for their assistance in the care of Manitobans with COVID-19.

An outbreak has been declared at the Mary Thorarinson Estates assisted-living facility in Arborg. The site has been moved to Critical (Red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. In addition, public health officials are reporting a possible COVID-19 exposure on Perimeter Flight JV415 from Shamattawa to Thompson from 5:42 to 6:55 p.m. on July 16.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

Additional data on variants of concern is available at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

Ashton on TCN State of Emergency

MP Niki Ashton says the federal government must act immediately to support Tataskweyak Cree Nation.

 

This comes after the First Nation declared a state of emergency last week due to recent suicides and incidents of self-harm.

 

Ashton says the community has been clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on young people’s mental health, and the few resources that existed in the community were overstretched and inadequate.

 

She goes on to add the situation highlights how Ottawa is failing to provide hope and supports to youth in northern and Indigenous communities.

Amanda Lathlin

The level of staffing at the obstetrics unit at St. Anthony’s General Hospital here in The Pas has reached concerning levels.

 

While government argues that the unit is still functioning as they continue to deliver low risk births, the reality is that six nurse positions remain vacant, a 50% vacancy, which puts the unit at risk. This lack of staffing inevitably means that our nurses are being asked to do more with less, which can lead to burnout and nurses leaving the profession altogether.

 

The province has known about staffing issues at The Pas obstetrics unit since at least Fall 2020 and during this time four more nurses have left, without any of these spots being filled. The province and the Northern Health Region should take action so that we don’t end up in a situation similar to Flin Flon’s. In 2018, Flin Flon’s obstetrics unit was closed by the PC government after a lack of staffing and their patients were diverted to St. Anthony’s Hospital.

 

We need the Northern Regional Health Authority (NRHA) and the provincial government to step up to ensure that these spots are filled so that our OBS unit no longer has to transport high-risk patients to Thompson, Brandon and Winnipeg. It’s key that high risk patients get the care they need close to home as transportation can complicate health issues, especially if they’re being sent as far as Brandon or Winnipeg. Being sent away from home can also increase stress and feelings of isolation, which can translate into negative health effects. Diverting patients can also put stress on other units in Manitoba, especially since they haven’t received more funding or nurses to deal with the influx of patients.

 

Across the north we have high vacancies of nurses in virtually all units, this is a crisis that must be solved as soon as possible. Clearly, a different approach needs to be taken to effectively recruit and retain nurses in northern Manitoba. The province should work with the NRHA immediately to determine a strategy to do so, so that we don’t end up in a situation similar to Flin Flon’s obstetrics unit.

 

If you’re concerned about The Pas’ birthing services or have any other questions, comments or concerns, feel free to reach out by email at Amanda.lathlin@yourmanitoba.ca or call me at 1-204-623-2034. Kinanaskomitin.

OPASKWAYAK CREE NATION ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR ARCTIC GATEWAY GROUP

Opaskwayak Cree Nation has announced a $7 million short-term loan to the Arctic Gateway Group to catalyze the redevelopment of the Port of Churchill and the northern rail lines that feed into it.

 

The Arctic Gateway Group owns the Port, rail lines, and associated infrastructure and has embarked on a $200 million redevelopment project. Repairing and upgrading the rail lines, which serve as a lifeline to many northern Manitoba communities, will make for more safe and reliable passenger transport and will allow more cargo shipments through Churchill.

 

The Arctic Gateway Group is 100% owned by the OneNorth Partnership that includes Opaskwayak, the Town of Churchill, and the other communities served by the line.“OpaskwayakCree Nation is fortunate to be in a position to make this loan,” said Onekanew Christian Sinclair. “We believe strongly in this project it will be good for our community, and for all of the First Nations and municipalities in the region. As part-owners of the project, it’s important to us to do everything we can to support AGG’s efforts.

This loan will help the company get to work on the rail lines while waiting for funding decisions from the federal and provincial governments. It is an investment in ourfuture, and in the future of northern Manitoba.”“This is very welcome news,” said Sheldon Affleck, CEO of the Arctic Gateway Group. “While AGG has applied for funding from the federal and provincial governments, which we are confident of receiving, thiscapital infusion will let us take advantage of the current construction season to accelerate our work improving the rail lines.

 

The technology we’re using means that we’re going to solve ongoing issues once and for all. Getting the rail lines safe and reliable will be good for communities in the region, and will help us position Churchill as a major international shipping hub, bringing jobs and growth to the region.”

Culture Days to Run From September 24th until October 3rd

During Wednesday night’s council meeting The Town of The Pas declared that culture days will run this year from September 24th until October 3rd in the community.

 

One of the Culture Days events being held locally is a virtual fabric art show by the pas arts council.

 

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture and you can learn more by visiting culturedays.ca

The Pas Immigrant Services

Due to staff shortages and their summer youth engagement program The Pas Immigrant Services office will be closed from now until August 20th.

 

They are also looking for volunteers to help with their engagement program. If you have any questions you can call 204-623-3699

COVID-19 BULLETIN #488

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.9 per cent provincially and 2.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 39 new cases of the virus have been identified.

However, two cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 37 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 57,065.

Of the 39 cases reported today, the COVID-19 data shows:
• 10 new cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• two new cases in the Northern health region;
• three new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• nine new cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 15 new cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:  
• 958 active cases and 54,943 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 120 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
   - 37 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 82 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 119 hospitalizations; 
• a total of 27 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
   - nine people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 26 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
   - one Manitoba patient in an intensive care unit in Ontario;
• 44 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care; and
   - no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday;
• 1579 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 852,858; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,164.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

Additional data on variants of concern is available at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.   

COVID-19 BULLETIN #487

Public health officials advise one new death in a person with COVID-19 is being reported today:


• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to an unspecified variant of concern.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.4 per cent provincially and 3.1 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 42 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case has been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 41 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 57,028.

Of the 42 cases reported today, the COVID-19 data shows:
• 18 new cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• two new cases in the Northern health region;
• five new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• three new cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 14 new cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:  
• 973 active cases and 54,891 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 128 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
   - 43 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 83 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 126 hospitalizations; 
• a total of 31 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
   - nine people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 20 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 29 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
   - two Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, all of whom are in Ontario;
• 43 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care; and
   - no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday;
• 1,596 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 851,231; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,164.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

 

Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site. 

 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.   

The Pas 4H Club and The Pas Resident Receive Volunteer Award

Local Terry McKellep and The Pas Helping Hands 4H Club have received the Premiers Volunteer Service Awards.

 

Cheryl Antonio the head leader of the 4H Club told Arctic Radio that the award was for the children that are members of the club and said she was very happy to hear that they would be winning this award and is happy that they have been recognized for their hard work in an honourable way.

 

Terry McKellep, the Director of the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival and Rotary member says winning the award was an honour and would like to thank everyone that nominated her for the award 

 

These awards are part of Volunteer Manitoba’s 38th Annual Volunteer Awards.

ONE GREAT SUMMER CONTINUES AS MANITOBA REACHED SECOND MILESTONE EARLY; REOPENS BUSINESSES AT 50 PER CENT

The province will implement the second phase of the ‘4-3-2-One Great Summer’ Reopening Path two weeks early, on July 17, as vaccination rates continue to climb across the province, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, announced today.

“Vaccines are the safest and quickest way out of this pandemic. The sooner all eligible Manitobans get fully vaccinated, the sooner we can all get our lives back,” said Pallister. “Thanks to the incredible efforts of Manitoba’s vaccine team and Manitobans’ willingness to roll up their sleeves – not once, but twice – we are able to move forward earlier than anticipated with fewer restrictions on our economy and our communities.”

The second vaccination milestone of at least 75 per cent first dose and 50 per cent second dose for those age 12 and older was reached nearly a month ahead of schedule on July 6. With continued improvement in the overall COVID-19 situation, Manitobans will be able to enjoy more freedoms with expanded indoor and outdoor activities, the premier noted.

Under the second phase of the ‘4-3-2 One Great Summer’ Reopening Path, most facilities may now open to 50 per cent capacity, allowing more people to gather indoors and outdoors, shop, dine out, visit cultural and recreational facilities, and more. Fully immunized Manitobans who have received two vaccination doses at least two weeks ago, may enjoy even more benefits under new public health orders.

Specifically, the new public health orders will now allow the following:
• indoor gatherings at private residences are permitted to a maximum of five people, plus the household members;
• indoor gatherings in public spaces are permitted to a maximum of 25 people;
• outdoor gatherings on private property increase to a maximum of 25 people;
• public outdoor gatherings increase to a maximum of 150 people;
• retail businesses increase to 50 per cent capacity or 500 people, whichever is lower;
• restaurants, licensed premises and food court capacities expand to 50 per cent capacity:
? outdoor maximum table size remains at eight people;
? patrons may only sit together indoors if they are from the same household or if all patrons 12 years of age or older are fully immunized (unvaccinated children under 12 may dine with fully vaccinated members of their household in this case);
? opening hours extend to midnight;
? the requirement to purchase food when ordering alcohol no longer applies;
? VLTs may be operate with all other restaurant/bar rules applying (two-metre distance, only households or fully vaccinated people seated together);
• personal services (haircuts and styling, nail salons, estheticians and massage) continue at 50 per cent capacity; however, appointments are no longer required;
• dance, theatre, and music school capacities increase to 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 25 perople per group;
• indoor sporting facilities may host groups up to a maximum of 25 people, interaction between groups and tournaments are not permitted;
• day camp capacity increases to groups of 25, joint activities between groups and overnight camps are prohibited;
• outdoor recreation including games and practices may take place to maximum group size of 50 people; spectators are permitted and do not count towards this capacity limit; tournaments are not permitted;
• gym and fitness centre capacities expand to 50 per cent capacity; masks and increased physical distancing (three metres) are still required;
• outdoor weddings and funerals may include up to 150 participants in addition to photographers and officiants; indoor weddings or funerals increase to 25 people in addition to photographers and officiants;
• libraries may open to 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 150 people, whichever is lower;
• faith-based and cultural gatherings (pow wows, sun dances) may expand to 50 per cent capacity or 150 people indoors, whichever is lower; masks and physical distancing between households is still required;
? if the facility design allows, the capacity limits may be applied to different physical spaces within the venue;
? outdoor faith-based and cultural gatherings permitted up to 150 people and drive-in services continue to be permitted without restriction;
• the following may now reopen for fully immunized people only, to a maximum capacity of 50 per cent: movie theatres; bingo halls, VLT lounges and casinos, and museums and galleries;
? museums operate under the fully vaccinated requirement when open to the public as a museum, both indoors and out, and if the museum is used as a private venue for another purpose (e.g. wedding), then the appropriate orders apply;
? unvaccinated children under 12 may attend/visit these facilities/events (as appropriate) if accompanied by fully vaccinated members of their household;
• large-scale, outdoor professional sports or performing arts events may operate with capacities up to 100 per cent after developing an approved event plan in consultation with public health.

In all cases, following the COVID-19 fundamentals, including indoor mask use and physical distancing, is still required to protect the health and well-being of all Manitobans.

“This is the safe, reasonable and appropriate next step in our reopening”, said Roussin. “More and more vaccinations allow us to loosen public health restrictions. But COVID-19 is still circulating in the province and continues to challenge our hospital and ICU capacity, a phased reopening is a safe reopening.”

Pallister echoed the need for caution and care in the province’s reopening plan.

“This is a marathon, not a sprint. We are not at the finish line yet, the race to beat COVID-19 is not over yet,” said the premier. “Until that race is over, Manitobans must continue to do their part and fulfil the two most important public health responsibilities each of us have; get fully vaccinated and follow the public health orders designed to keep COVID-19 away.”

The new public health orders will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 17.

The orders are scheduled to expire at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 and will be reassessed at that time in the context of vaccination rates and the province’s overall COVID-19 situation.

“We are close to achieving all of our vaccination milestones ahead of schedule. Now we just need that extra effort by every Manitoban not yet vaccinated to roll up your sleeve and push us across the finish line so we can fully reopen, safely and quickly,” said Pallister.

For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #486

Public health officials advise no new deaths in people with COVID-19 is being reported today.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is four per cent provincially and 3.8 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 53 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, nine cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 44 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 56,987.

Of the 53 cases reported today, the COVID-19 data shows:
• 10 new cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• zero new cases in the Northern health region;
• one new case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 11 new cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 31 new cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:  
• 981 active cases and 54,843 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 131 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
? 48 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 81 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 129 hospitalizations; 
• a total of 33 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
? nine people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 22 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 31 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
? two Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, all of whom are in Ontario;
• 43 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care; and
? no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday;
• 1548 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 849,532; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,163.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site. 

Updated enforcement statistics are posted online weekly. For more information, go to Cross-Departmental Reports at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/infomb/departments/index.html.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

Young People Have an Opportunity to Become Part of an Advisory Committee

Canadian residents between the ages of 13 to 21 can apply to become part of the RCMP National Youth Advisory Committee. 

 

This is an online opportunity for youth to interact with participants from all over the country and discuss important issues they face in their respective communities. 

 

They share their thoughts about youth crime and victimization topics and help shape RCMP youth programs and initiatives.  Committee members can receive reference letters and volunteer hours.

 

The deadline to apply is September 10th by visiting the RCMP website but those who apply by July 30th will be part of the first selection round and get a better chance of being selected.

 

You can also request an application by email this address

RCMP.Youth-Jeunesse.GRC@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

June Monthly Mayor Reports

The monthly crime stats for June have been finalized.

The Town of The Pas had mostly disturbance of the peace cases 190 in total, The RM of Kelsey had mainly provincial traffic violations and Cormorant had mainly assaults. 

Thompson RCMP rescue stranded boaters

Thompson RCMP rescue stranded boaters.

On July 10, 2021, at approximately 10:30 pm, Thompson RCMP received a report that two boaters were stranded near an unnamed lake 53 kilometres south of Thompson, Manitoba, situated three kilometres west of Highway 6. It was reported that the boaters had lost their boat that they had used for transportation to their camp.

Officers tried to access the boaters by using a snowmobile trail near the approximate location provided. However, due to swampy terrain and a dead end of water, they were unable to traverse the area. RCMP contacted conservation officers and Park Patrol for Paint Lake Provincial Park, who were able to provide an alternate route.

RCMP officers, conservation officers, and Park Patrol trekked over a beaver dam and hiked for approximately three kilometres through bush to the unnamed lake. The rescue team then located two canoes, a boat, and paddles that belonged to local civilians. RCMP, conservation officers, and Park Patrol then saw a light across the lake. They paddled approximately one kilometre to this light and located the boaters in good health. No medical attention was required.

 

The two males, aged 51 and 55, from Thompson, were escorted back across the lake and all were able to trek back to Highway 6.

 

“You can’t get much more Canadian than this rescue, with beaver dams, canoes, and Mounties,” said Inspector Chris Hastie, Thompson RCMP Detachment Commander. “In all seriousness, though, this rescue highlights the unique demands placed on officers who work in Manitoba’s north. I am very glad we were able to get there and assist the stranded boaters and that everyone got home safelyI would also like to thank our policing partners – Manitoba Conservation and Park Patrol – for providing operational support and local knowledge in traversing this rough wilderness. Help is there when we need it so that we can help others.”

COVID-19 BULLETIN #485

Public health officials advise one new death in a person with COVID-19 is being reported today:
• a male in his 40s from the Winnipeg health region linked to the B.1.1.7 (alpha) variant of concern.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.5 per cent provincially and four per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 25 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 23 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 56,943.

Of the 25 cases reported today, the COVID-19 data shows:
• zero new cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• four new cases in the Northern health region;
• one new case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• seven new cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 13 new cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:  
• 982 active cases and 54,798 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 133 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
   - 51 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 80 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 131 hospitalizations; 
• a total of 34 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
  - nine people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 23 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 32 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
   - two Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, both of whom are in Ontario;
• 43 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care; and
   - no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday;
• 972 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 847,831; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,163.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.   

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