The Pas Local News Archives for 2020-05

Cranberry Portage RCMP Searching for Male Wanted in Double Stabbing

On May 23, 2020, at approximately 3:40 am, RCMP responded to a stabbing at a residence in Cranberry Portage.

A 26-year-old male and a 40-year-old female were stabbed and taken to hospital.

RCMP are currently searching for 25-year-old Aaron George Cook, who is wanted in connection with this incident.  He has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Assault with a Weapon, Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose.

If anyone has information on his whereabouts please call Cranberry Portage RCMP at 204-472-4040, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

MKO Phase Two Statement

With Phase Two of the province’s re-opening plan beginning on Monday, including the removal of the travel restrictions to northern Manitoba, MKO’s Grand Chief says many northern First Nations communities will continue to keep their borders closed.

 

Garrison Settee explains that while the organization will support the ability of Manitobans to travel to northern parks, campgrounds, resorts, lodges, and cabins, they are asking the province to continue prohibiting people from outside the province from travelling to northern Manitoba.

 

Settee says that way; we can prevent COVID-19 from moving into communities from COVID hotspots across the country.

 

Other measures include increasing child care occupancy and day-camp group sizes to 24 children plus staffing, and resuming sports, arts, and cultural activities for children and adults.

 

Settee stresses all Manitobans must stay vigilant, as we can expect to see a second wave of COVID-19 infections in the province.

Online Job Tool Students Jobs MB

A new online tool called Student Jobs MB was launched to help students obtain summer jobs, something that premier Brian Pallister says is very important for youth to have to pay for their education and to build life skills.

 

The Economic Development and Training Minister stated in a news release that as services are being restored students can be an important source to help employers as they reopen.

 

For more information visit studentjobsmb.ca

COVID-19 BULLETIN #95

Public health officials advise two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 294.

 
The data also shows:
no individuals in hospital or intensive care; 
14 active cases and 273 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
As of yesterday, an additional 725 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 41,191. 
 
On Monday, June 1, Manitoba will enter Phase Two of the Restoring Safe Services plan. More information, including workplace guidance for businesses, can be found at www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices.
 
A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:

Opaskwayak RCMP lay charges in Three Year Fraud Investigation

On March 27, 2018, Opaskwayak RCMP received a report of a potential fraud that had occurred at Opaskwayak Education Services (OES).

The Manitoba RCMP worked closely with the OES and undertook a three-year investigation which included a forensic audit of OES finances. It was determined that between March 1, 2017, and March of 2018, the OES was defrauded of over $450,000, by four suspects, who were all employees of the OES. 

On May 20, 2020, RCMP laid charges of Fraud against;

Marie(Christine) Campbell, 50, from Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Wilfred Harris, 59, from Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Carmen Zolinski, 37, from Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Anita Ballantyne, 51, from Opaskwayak Cree Nation

“This was a very long and complex investigation,” said Corporal Sheldon Martens of The Pas General Investigative Section. “These four accused were in control of the financial department of OES and we believe they used their positions of authority within the organization to purposefully commit fraud. By working together and through the use of a wide variety of financial trickery and deception, over $450,000 was siphoned from the OES.”

Anita Ballantyne, Christine Campbell and Wilfred Harris, have been arrested and charged, and will be appearing in court on August 11, 2020.

Carmen Zolinski is still outstanding and has a warrant for her arrest. She is currently residing in another province.

The RCMP would like to thank Opaskwayak Cree Nation for their assistance on this investigation.

Town of The Pas 2020 Financial Plan

A public hearing was held on Monday evening for the 2020 Town of The Pas Financial Plan.

 

One of the budgets highlights will be a tender to spend up to 1.6 million dollars on rehabilitation of the roads.

 

The funding will not come from tax payer dollars but from the gas tax fund.

The first reading to approve the financial plan was passed and it’s expected to pass the other two readings at the next meeting.

 

You can find out more about the financial plan at townofthepas.ca

Jobs Available During the COVID 19 Pandemic

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians lost their jobs during the COVID 19 pandemic but Federal Government assistance is available for the unemployed to assist them with finding work.

 

Simply visit jobbank.gc.ca where you can search for jobs that are available locally or anywhere in the country.

 

Yesterday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that 45,000 jobs are available for young Canadian workers.

A Port in the Storm Closing Permanently

A Port in the Storm will be permanently closing its doors this summer.

 

A news release from the organization’s president and CEO Rob Elder states it will operate until July 31st.

 

Elder says the reason for the closure is due to the occupancy decline because of the increased access to medical treatment in northern and rural Manitoba, in addition to more accommodation options available in Winnipeg.

 

He adds that A Port in the Storm was unable to find a permanent space that was close to Winnipeg hospitals.

 

In the past eight years, A Port in the Storm provided support for more than a thousand people seeking medical care in Winnipeg.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #94

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba remains at 292.

The data also shows:
•    no individuals in hospital or intensive care;
•    14 active cases and 271 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 1,145 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 40,466.

Earlier today, it was announced that effective Monday, June 1, Manitoba will enter Phase Two of the Restoring Safe Services plan. More information, including workplace guidance for businesses, can be found at www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

SECOND PHASE OF RESTORING SAFE SERVICES PLAN TO BEGIN JUNE 1

Based on feedback from Manitobans and current public health data, the Manitoba government has finalized the draft Phase Two plan and will implement measures effective June 1 to continue safely restoring services and opening additional businesses while ensuring physical distancing, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“I want to thank Manitobans for their input, and as a result of these discussions and advice from public health experts, we are in a position to move forward with phase two of our plan to safely restore our services,” said Pallister. “I also want to thank Manitobans for continuing to respect physical distancing guidelines and ask everyone to keep taking steps to protect themselves and others as we continue to ease restrictions.”

As of June 1, limited access to educational facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, will be allowed for additional tutorial days, such as one-on-one learning, assessment and specific programming. Manitoba Education will continue planning and consulting with school divisions and other education stakeholders, the premier noted.

The plan for Phase Two was revised from the original draft document, released May 21, based on input from the public and businesses, as well as additional input from public health officials. Changes include:
•    detailed guidance for post-secondary educational institutions and vocational colleges;
•    removing occupancy limits for therapeutic and health-care services;
•    detailed guidance for senior’s clubs;
•    additional details on requirements for the safe operation of splash pads;
•    updated guidance for community centres;
•    the reopening of arts and cultural activities, such as dance, art and theatre;
•    clarifications on the opening of bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, micro-brewers and distilleries to allow sites that do not serve food to open, as well as updated guidance from public health that all patrons must be seated at tables and stand-up service is not allowed; and
•    detailed public health guidelines for film productions.

A number of measures initially outlined in the draft plan for Phase Two can resume effective June 1 including:
•    increasing child-care centre occupancy to up to 24 children plus staffing;
•    increasing day camp group sizes to 24;
•    resuming sports, arts and cultural activities for children and adults;
•    lifting occupancy limits at outdoor recreation facilities and golf courses outdoors, as long as physical distancing can be maintained and allowing limited access to indoor spaces;
•    allowing direct travel to northern parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts while ensuring physical distancing;
•    allowing public/private swimming pools, spas, fitness clubs, gyms and community/service centres to reopen with some limitations;
•    allowing religious or other organizations to hold outdoor services or events without limitation on numbers if people stay in their vehicles;
•    reopening manicurists and pedicurists, tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists, electrologists and tanning parlours at 50 per cent capacity;
•    allowing restaurants to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity and continue to offer patio services at that capacity level; and
•    allowing bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and similar businesses to operate patio service at 50 per cent of site capacity and to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity.

No changes will be made to the requirements for reopening museums, galleries and libraries, and parks, campgrounds yurts and vacation cabins.

Detailed information on the plan for Phase Two of service restoration and steps people can take to reduce their risk and workplace guidance for businesses can be found at:
www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices.

Other changes that came into effect on May 22 included increasing gathering sizes to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, and allowing professional sports teams to resume practicing.

“Case numbers and positive test rates continue to be low and other key factors are also positive,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer. “These additional steps to safely restore services will help ease the impacts on Manitobans and ensure the health system continues to be able to respond if case numbers increase slightly.”

Mass gatherings such as concerts, festivals and major sporting events will not be considered before September 2020, Roussin noted. He also noted that it is key for people to stay home if they are sick to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Roussin continued to encourage businesses to take steps to help staff, patrons and visitors stay safe including:
•    ensuring people are able to reasonably maintain two metres of distance;
•    only conducting necessary and brief exchanges within two metres of others;
•    applying enhanced cleaning protocols, especially in common areas like washrooms;
•    maintaining physical distancing and food-handling protocols in workplace areas including lunch and common areas;
•    staying home when feeling sick; and
•    following personal risk reduction measures.

Manitoba businesses can submit questions about how the plan applies to them by visiting https://engagemb.ca.

Maintenance to be Conducted on the Hudson Bay Railways Reimer Building

A special conference call with senior leaders at Arctic Gateway Group the owners of Hudson Bay Railway were held during Monday night’s committee of the whole meeting regarding the Hudson Bay Railway Reimer Building on 4th Street West.

 

The building is in rough shape and it has been a constant issue of concern for residents in the area and the Town has been trying to get together with Arctic Gateway Group to determine the future of the building.

 

An agreement was reached with the town and Arctic Gateway Group on some short term maintenance on the building, the building will repainted and cleaned and the next step is to come up with a plan for some longer term goals for the building.

 

 

Summer Fire Safety

The Pas Fire Chief Randy Manych spoke to Arctic Radio to talk about forest fire season.

 

Manych says that despite the late start we had to spring we are expected to have a dry fire ridden season in Western Canada.

 

He added that people discarding cigarettes in areas with tall dry grass likely started most of the grass fires that occurred in May.

 

Now that more people have campfires this time of year Manych encourages residents to visit the towns website townofthepas.ca for local regulations on campfire pits if you plan to have a fire.

Town of The Pas Considering a Temporary Closure of Two Walkways in Town

During Monday evening’s committee of the whole meeting town council discussed the possibility of implementing a temporary closure of two of the three walkways here in town.

 

Several months ago residents came forward to complain about the walkways being hot spots for vandals.

 

The plan is to temporarily close the west end walkway between Trager and Cudmore and the walkway between Cudmore and the Rotary Park.

 

The other walkway on the east end of Cudmore between Trager and Cudmore would remain open and the town will see how this plan works going forward.

 

The resolution to approve this plan will be brought up again at another meeting of council.

Cyber Criminals Posing as Insurance Agents: Manitoba Public Insurance

Manitoba Public Insurance has learned that cyber criminals are now targeting the insurance industry, including principal companies and their customers.

 

The attacks can come in the form of a phone call to a customer (requesting payment), or phishing emails to companies with subjects that relate to denial of claims, delays in payments and the like.

 

If you’re a customer you should do the following:

  • If you are not expecting a call back from your Autopac agent, do not engage in any conversation or share financial information. End the call. Immediately notify your Autopac agent.
  • If you were expecting a call back from your Autopac agent, take every precaution to verify with whom you are speaking as well as specific details from the MPI agent about the ongoing transaction(s). If there is any doubt as to who is calling, do not share any financial information. End the conversation and call your Autopac agent.
  • Do not click on to any links which are requesting financial information. Such fraudulent tactics are known as malware or phishing attacks. Immediately contact your Autopac agent.

 

While many of the fraudulent calls display a legitimate business name, these calls are not originating from an Autopac agent or its parent company.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #93

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba remains at 292.

 
The data also shows:
no individuals in hospital or intensive care; 
16 active cases and 269 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
As of yesterday, an additional 359 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 39,321. 
 
For up-to-date information on testing criteria and community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html. For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.
 
The draft plan for restoring services in Phase Two released May 21 builds on measures from Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery, which set out an evidence-based plan to ease public health measures that had escalated since mid-January. As of May 22, gathering size limits were increased to 25 people indoor and 50 outdoor, while professional sports teams were allowed to return to their training facilities, as long as precautions were taken and the public is not allowed into those facilities.
 
Detailed information on the draft plan for Phase Two of service restoration can be found at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.
 
Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/.
 
Updated enforcement statistics are now posted online and updated weekly. For more information go to Cross-Departmental Reports at www.gov.mb.ca/openmb/infomb/departments.html.
 
A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:

MANITOBA INVESTS $4.6 MILLION TO SUPPORT LOW-INCOME MANITOBANS WITH DISABILITIES

The province is extending $4.6 million in direct and immediate financial support to low-income Manitobans with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic through the new Disability Economic Support Program, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“COVID-19 is creating new challenges and causing financial difficulties for some of our province’s most vulnerable people,” said Pallister. “Manitobans living with disabilities may be facing additional costs to adjust to the new realities of daily life during the pandemic. As we respond to these challenges together, our government is making an important investment to help address urgent needs.”   

More than 23,000 Manitobans receive monthly benefits under the disability category of Employment and Income Assistance. Under the Disability Economic Support Program, each of these Manitobans will be mailed a $200 cheque in early June for one-time support. This payment will not be considered taxable income and will not affect any other benefits received.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in hardship for many Manitobans with disabilities and this payment will provide economic relief to thousands of people,” said Janet Forbes, executive director, Inclusion Winnipeg Inc. “We appreciate the province recognizing the financial challenges faced by people with disabilities and providing additional support during this difficult time.”

The Disability Economic Support Program is part of the expanded Manitoba Protection Plan, a co-ordinated government response to challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The premier noted this response includes the recently announced Seniors Economic Recovery Credit as well as plans to provide additional support to Manitoba’s essential workers.

More information about the Disability Economic Support Program is available at:
www.manitoba.ca/covid19/infomanitobans/desp.html.

Busy Day for Local Fire Crews

A couple of incidents kept our local fire crews busy yesterday. A scary situation unfolded when a fire started in the forest near the ski chalet at Clearwater Lake.

 

Residents in the Snake Island area of Clearwater were put on standby to evacuate their homes. Fire bombers were called in to assist with that blaze. To hamper the situation, a grass fire was called in from the Carrot Valley area later in the day.

 

Both incidents have since been resolved.

 

At around 12:50 this morning another call came in of two buildings on fire that were set to be torn down. One is still standing and the other was a complete loss.

COVID 19 Stay Safe Badges

Northern Heath Region Community Health Developer Russell Thorne spoke to Arctic Radio about the Stay Safe Badges.

 

The badges contain a message to remind people to keep a safe distance from others during the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

NHR purchased the first 500 badges and The Pas Kinettes provided 500 more badges to distribute to the community.

 

Badges are being worn by workers and various other people throughout the community.

 

The Northern Health Region is hoping to get more badges to the vulnerable members of the community and frontline workers.

What Images Come to Mind When You Think About COVID-19 Quarantine?

Photographer Noelle Drimmie and artist Karen Clark have received a grant from the Manitoba Arts Council.  Drimmie says they want to use it to create a COVID-19 quarantine inspired gallery of images. 

 

She explains they’re essentially trying to create a time capsule of images of what quarantine and COVID-19 has been like for residents of the north so anything that sort of has a COVID-19 or quarantine theme in the image or even in the title just so when we look back on the images we sort of remember what life was like or what we were feeling or thinking during this time and it doesn’t have to be something made during quarantine, it could be just a piece of art you’ve done before but now has new meaning during quarantine.

 

You`re asked to submit a high resolution image of your work to noelledrimmie@gmail.com. Selected works will be printed on large format posters in shops along Main Street, the Norva Centre, and Johnny’s Social Club in Flin Flon and in their local newspaper

COVID-19 BULLETIN #92

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba remains at 292.

The data also shows:
•    no individuals in hospital or intensive care;
•    17 active cases and 268 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 343 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 38,962.

For up-to-date information on testing criteria and community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html. For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

Norway House RCMP searching for Missing Male Teen

On May 23, 2020, at approximately 4:00 pm, Norway House RCMP received a report of a missing 17-year-old male from the community.


Gabriel Chubb was last seen outside a residence in the Niska View area of Norway House on May 21, 2020 at approximately 11:30 pm. He is described as 6 feet tall, slender, with short black hair, and has light birth marks on the right side of his face. He was last seen wearing black pants, black shoes, and a red “Crooks & Castles” hoodie. He is believed to still be in Norway House or may have travelled to Cross Lake.

Police and his family are concerned for his well-being. RCMP Search and Rescue, and Police Dog Services are in Norway House assisting with the search. Anyone with information is asked to contact Norway House RCMP at 204-359-6715, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.
 

Manitoba Hydro, Keeyask Cree Nations Come to Understanding Work on Keeyask Project to Restart

Manitoba Hydro and the four Keeyask Cree Nations (KCNs) came to terms Sunday on a plan to remove the current injunction order and blockades barring access to the Keeyask Generating Station.


The plan was arrived at over the weekend on conference call between the chiefs of the KCN communities -Tataskweyak Cree Nation, York Factory First Nation, War Lake First Nation, and Fox Lake Cree Nation - and Jay Grewal, Manitoba Hydro’s president and CEO.


Grewal said the conference call was productive and respectful.
“I’m happy we were able to have an open and frank discussion with our partners,” Grewal said. “We gained a better understanding of their perspectives and concerns regarding the shift change for the Keeyask project and its pandemic plan.”


Both sides made a commitment to broader collaboration in the future. The plan includes conducting a COVID-19 planning exercise with the communities, a face-to-face leadership meeting, and the resumption of the shift change suspended last week. Discussions also ensured the restart of construction on the 695-megawatt hydroelectric project.


“Our objective has always been to ensure the safety of not only our workers at Keeyask, but also that of the surrounding communities,” Grewal said.
With blockades removed and the injunction no longer required, regular shipments of materials and supplies into the site will begin as soon as possible, as will a gradual increase in the number of workers on the project.

 

Under the Keeyask Pandemic Plan, all workers on the project must pass a COVID-19 test prior to being allowed to commence work. Approximately 1,000 workers will gradually return to continue construction on the project over the coming weeks.

Town of The Pas Public Hearings Tonight

The Town of The Pas is set to have two public hearings tonight at town hall.

 

The first one on the agenda is for the 2020 financial plan set for 5:30 and the other is for a variation to build a 4 Plex on a Cook Avenue Property at 6:00.

 

Details on the variation application and the financial plan can be found on the towns website town of the pas dot ca.

Opaskwayak Education Services Providing Chromebooks for Online Learning

Opaskwayak Education Services recently purchased 500 chromebooks for their students so they can meet their educational needs during the pandemic.

 

OES worked on a phased integration approach to online learning with five teachers engaging around 100 students via the Google Classroom platform and OES collaborated with Bell MTS to make these chromebooks available for students to engage in online education. 

 

OCN continues to move forward with online learning as part of many learning delivery options.

COVID 19 Bulletin 89

Public health officials advise two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 292.

The data also shows:

 

  • one individual is currently hospitalized, with no individuals in intensive care;
  •  
  • 18 active cases and 267 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
  •  
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

Effective today, public health orders have been modified to increase the limit on gathering size to no more than 25 people for indoor premises and 50 for outdoor areas, providing social distancing measures are in place. In addition, players, coaches, managers, training staff and medical personnel employed by or affiliated with a professional sports team may attend the team's facilities for the purposes of training and practising, provided that no members of the public are permitted to enter those facilities.

 

Understanding the patterns and trends of COVID-19 transmission is an important component of Manitoba’s reopening strategy and will inform the gradual lifting of public health restrictions and other elements of the province’s COVID-19 response.

 

Manitoba has developed several options for sentinel testing, including introducing voluntary asymptomatic testing for clients in a number of health-care settings to further monitor the presence of COVID-19 in the province.

 

Manitobans who present for non-COVID-19 related care may be offered the testing as part of sentinel surveillance. Testing for COVID-19 is still not recommended for Manitobans who do not have symptoms associated with the virus. People without symptoms should not seek out testing at this time.

 

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Animal Control Notice and Dog Registrations

Opaskwayak Cree Nation wants to remind members that animal control officers are patrolling the streets and it’s important to ensure that pets are registered with the Government Services Branch.

 

If your registered dog is off their leash or out of its enclosure you are asked to inform the animal control officers by calling 204-620-2693.

 

You are also requested to call animal control once your dog has been found.

Registered animals found running loose will be captured and warnings will be issued to owners.

 

If owners have been provided with more than one notice further action may be taken.

 

If you require more information regarding registrations call 204-627-7130

Province of Manitoba's Plan to Restore Services

The Manitoba Government announced Yesterday that they are examining additional steps to continue to safely restore services and open additional businesses while ensuring physical distancing measures remain in place.

 

In careful consultation with Public Health Experts the province is examining limited access to educational facilities where physical distancing can be maintained to allow tutorial days such as one on one learning and to ensure students are ready to transition to the next school year.

 

Premier Pallister says we need to do everything we can to support students and prepare them for a bright future

 

The potential second phase of service restorations could see the increase of occupancy at child care centres to 24 children plus staff, resuming sports activities for children and adults, and allowing restaurants to reopen their indoor spaces at 50 percent capacity.

 

More information on service restoration in Manitoba can be found at manitoba.ca/covid19

COVID-19 BULLETIN #88

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 290.

The data also shows:
•    one individual is currently hospitalized, with no individuals in intensive care;
•    18 active cases and 265 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 582 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 36,402.

For up-to-date information on testing criteria and community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html. For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/. Businesses with questions about how the new orders apply to them should visit https://engagemb.ca/.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

Carl Nabess-Genaille was arrested in Brandon

Carl Nabess-Genaille was arrested in Brandon by RCMP Major Crime Services, along with the assistance of Brandon Police Service, RCMP Police Dog Services and Blue Hills RCMP.

 

On May 11, 2020 at approximately 2:45 am, The Pas RCMP responded to the community of Cormorant, for an injured male on the roadway.  RCMP along with Emergency Medical Services attended, and the 26-year-old male was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
Investigators have charged Carl Robert James Nabess-Genaille with Manslaughter and Failing to Remain at the Scene of a Collision Causing Death. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

 

RCMP would like to thank the media and public for their assistance.

PROVINCE UNVEILS PRELIMINARY DRAFT SECOND PHASE OF RESTORING SAFE SERVICES PLAN

The Manitoba government is examining additional steps to gradually continue to safely restore services and open additional businesses while ensuring physical distancing measures remain in place.

“Today we are sharing a draft plan that will help inform and guide us in the second phase of safely restoring our services,” said Pallister. “We thank Manitobans for their diligence in respecting physical distancing guidelines, and we hope to be in a position to move forward and ease some additional restrictions while ensuring the health and well-being of all Manitobans.”

In careful consultation with Public Health experts, as part of Phase Two, the province is currently examining limited access to educational facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, to allow for additional tutorial days, such as one-on-one learning, assessment and specific programming.

To ensure students are equipped to transition to the new school year, additional teaching days are being examined for the upcoming school year, including starting schools on Aug. 31, and repurposing some of the non-instructional days throughout the school year, the premier noted.

“Our young Manitobans are our most precious asset, and we need to do everything we can to support students and help prepare them for a bright future,” said Pallister. “We know this has been a challenging time for students and their families as they juggle remote learning while missing their classmates and friends. We want to examine additional ways to assist them in meeting their educational needs.”

The Department of Education will continue planning and consulting with school divisions and other education stakeholders, the premier noted.

The draft plan for restoring services in Phase Two builds on measures Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery, which set out an evidence-based plan to ease public health measures that had escalated since mid-January.

Other being examined for the second phase of service restoration include:
•    increasing child-care centre occupancy to up to 24 children plus staffing;
•    increasing day camp group sizes to 24;
•    resuming sports activities for children and adults;
•    lifting occupancy limits at outdoor recreation facilities and golf courses outdoors, as long as physical distancing can be maintained and allowing limited access to indoor spaces;
•    allowing direct travel to northern parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts while ensuring physical distancing;
•    allowing public/private swimming pools, spas, fitness clubs, gyms and community/service centres to reopen with some limitations;
•    allowing religious or other organizations to hold outdoor services without limitation on numbers if people stay in their vehicles;
•    reopening manicurists and pedicurists, tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists, electrologists and tanning parlours at 50 per cent capacity;
•    allowing restaurants to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity and continue to offer patio services at that capacity level;
•    allowing bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and similar businesses that serve food and drinks to operate patio service at 50 per cent of site capacity and to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity; and
•    allowing the resumption of film productions while ensuring physical distancing.

Other changes include the increasing gathering sizes to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, and allowing residents of personal care homes and long-term care facilities to have visits outdoors. These changes will come into effect on May 22.

No changes were made to the requirements for reopening hair stylists/barbers, museums, galleries and libraries and parks, campgrounds yurts and vacation cabins.

“We look at a number of key factors when making these recommendations including how the spread of the virus has been controlled, the stability of the health system’s capacity, public health capacity and the number of outbreaks in vulnerable settings,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer. “We will only take additional steps to safely restore services based on this data, as well as on case numbers, testing data and other public health information. Any further changes will be considered based on this data in the coming days and weeks.”

Mass gatherings such as concerts, festivals and major sporting events will not be considered before September 2020, Roussin noted. He also noted that it is key for people to stay home if they are sick to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Roussin also encouraged businesses to take steps to help staff, patrons and visitors stay safe including:
•    ensuring people are able to reasonably maintain two metres of distance;
•    only conducting necessary and brief exchanges within two metres of others;
•    applying enhanced cleaning protocols, especially in common areas like washrooms;
•  maintaining physical distancing and food-handling protocols in workplace areas including lunch and common areas;
•    staying home when feeling sick; and
•    following personal risk reduction measures.

Detailed information on the draft plan for Phase Two of service restoration can be found at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/.

For current information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, such as steps people can take to reduce their risk and workplace guidance for businesses, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

RCMP Keeyask Blockade

The Manitoba RCMP say they’ll continue to work with all parties involved in the blockade at the Manitoba Hydro Keeyask site.

 

In a news release, the RCMP say they served an injunction order against Tataskweyak Cree Nation community members yesterday, which was requested by Manitoba Hydro and granted by the provincial Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday.

 

The news release adds that the RCMP have worked with Chief and Council to ensure the injunction order is served in a respectful manner that is culturally sensitive.

 

This comes after rumours were circulating online that the RCMP would be arresting Tataskweyak Cree Nation’s Chief and Council last night at the blockade that was on Provincial Road 2-80.

 

 The Manitoba RCMP explains they are working closely with Tataskweyak leadership, MKO, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and Manitoba Hydro.

 

The news release adds that RCMP are engaging avenues of mediation, consultation, and dialogue in an attempt to find a resolution to the ongoing protest.

The Pas 2020 Spring Clean Up

The Town of The Pas 2020 Spring Clean Up will run from May 25th until the 29th.

 

The town will be providing trucks for the pickup of yard waste which must be protected from wind and animals and placed in disposable paper containers.

 

Ashes, animal waste, construction waste, and material from dismantled structures will not be picked up.

 

The pickups will be made on the same day as your scheduled garbage day

A full list of rules can be found on the Town of The Pas Community Updates Facebook page.

Manitoba Investing 10 Million Dollars for Community Development Projects

Yesterday the Manitoba Government announced that 10 million dollars in grants will be provided to support 344 community development projects.

 

The move is part of the Provincial Governments Plan to restart the economy during the COVID 19 Pandemic.

 

Premier Pallister says the province is committed to supporting projects that will help build sustainable communities and a better future for Manitobans and these grants will give community organizations a much needed boost.

 

In order to receive funding organizations must comply with physical distancing and other public health orders put in place.

 

Visit gov.mb.ca for more information

COVID-19 BULLETIN #87

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 290.

The data also shows:
•    one individual is currently hospitalized, with no individuals in intensive care;
•    23 active cases and 260 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 245 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 35,820.

The significant efforts taken by Manitobans to reduce the spread of COVID-19 continue to have the desired effect and portions of the Phase 2 reopening plan can now be implemented. As of Friday, May 22 public health orders will be modified to increase the limit on gathering size to no more than 25 people for indoor premises and 50 for outdoor areas, providing social distancing measures are in place. Other changes such as an expansion of the types of businesses that can reopen are being discussed and more details will be announced once those decisions are made.

In addition, work is underway to allow limited, outdoor visitation at personal care homes. Individual facilities are putting procedures in place and will be contacting families directly to provide details including the start date, locations and hours for visitation. Facilities are expected to have this in place by Friday, May 29. This is not a return to normal but does provide a balance between ensuring the health of residents while retaining access to social connections. Enhanced screening will occur upon arrival along with hand hygiene and physical distancing. A maximum of two visitors will be allowed at a time. Indoor visits will remain suspended for now, except for compassionate reasons.

For up-to-date information on testing criteria and community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html. For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/. Businesses with questions about how the new orders apply to them should visit https://engagemb.ca/.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

Rotary Club of The Pas Polaris Ranger 500 Draw

Two lucky winners will be getting a 2019 Polaris Ranger 500 courtesy of a raffle done by The Rotary Club of The Pas.

 

The winners are  Hughie and Viola from Birch Lake and all proceeds from the raffle will go towards community events and projects.

 

The Rotary Club wants to thank everyone for their support.

Selena Mell Named Superintendent of Kelsey School Division

The Kelsey School Division has announced the appointment of Selena Mell as the 2020-2021 term superintendent.

 

The appointment was made during the May 11th board meeting and is the result of the retirement of the current superintendent Julia McKay.

 

Board Chair Vaughn Wadelius stated in a news release that Mell comes with an extensive variety of experience and training in Canada and internationally and the board was very impressed with her passion for education.

 

She will resume her position on August 2nd.

Northern First Nations Community Served with an Injunction by Manitoba Hydro

A northern First Nations community has been served with an injunction by Manitoba Hydro, after its members put a blockade in place to prevent traffic to the Keeyask construction site.

 

The provincial Court of Queen’s Bench issued an injunction to Tataskweyak Cree Nation on Monday to immediately remove their blockade of Provincial Road 2-80.

 

MKO stated in a news release that Tataskweyak entered a lockdown Friday afternoon, after its members expressed concerns about the scheduled shift change that took place at Keeyask yesterday, which saw around twelve hundred new employees at the site from across Canada and the United States.

 

Tataskweyak Chief Doreen Spence says Manitoba Hydro is not abiding by the provincial public health orders when it comes to the operations at Keeyask, and is worried that bringing new people to the site may cause COVID-19 to spread in the community.

 

Manitoba Hydro’s Director of Corporate Communications Scott Powell defends the injunction, saying that it proves the plan Hydro has to safely resume work rotations protects workers and communities from COVID-19.

 

He goes on to say the plan -quote- “goes above and beyond” the latest guidelines, and was approved by Manitoba’s chief public health officer.

NRHA COVID-19 Update

The CEO of the Northern Health Region, Helga Bryant, says northern Manitobans must remain vigilant in making sure we don’t spread COVID-19 as the province continues to re-open for phase one.

 

Bryant says northern residents have done well to flatten the curve in the region, as we’ve only had three cases of COVID-19, adding that she feels encouraged by region’s collective efforts.

 

Despite the good efforts put forward by Northern Manitobans some have not complied, Arctic Radio was informed that three fines were issued to people in Umperville for breaching public health orders earlier this month.

 

Visit northernhealthregion.ca for more information

Small and Medium Sized Businesses Can Benefit From a Relief Fund

The Canadian Government has announced a new Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to be delivered by regional development agencies.

 

 It is designed to help more businesses and organizations including the tourism industry that are key to the regions and local economies working with just over 304 million dollars for the western region.

 

Locally Community Futures Greenstone Manager Becky Cianflone explains the triple RF funding is intended for businesses that weren’t able to access CEBA or BCAP programs so some of those businesses that have fallen through the cracks in some of the other federal support programs that exist and there will be an online application portal available and you’ll be able to find a link to that on their website www.cfmanitoba.ca/greenstone.

 

Cianflone adds the application portal should be available sometime this week.  If you need more information you can call Greenstone at 204-687-6967.

 

Northern Manitoba Will See Expanded Broadband and Cell Phone Service

The Manitoba government is looking to jump start broadband availability in rural and northern communities. 

 

Crown Services Minister Jeff Wharton says this is the first time Manitoba has sought to use a broad based province wide request for proposals for companies to leverage the provinces under used fibre-optic network. 

 

He explains it will support the implementation of technology that will keep pace with our growing data needs, it will make life safer for rural Manitobans by improving cellular service along long stretches of transportation corridors and in communities that are currently without cellular service and best of all it will be done by making use of a resource that’s already in place.

 

Through Manitoba Hydro the province owns thousands of kilometers of fibre-optic cable in a network created to communicate with northern hydro electric facilities and transmit data much of which has never been used.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #86

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 290.

The data also shows:
•    one individual is currently hospitalized, with none in intensive care;
•    26 active cases and 257 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 379 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 35,578.

Manitobans experiencing flu or cold-like symptoms no longer require a referral from Health Links–Info Santé or their family physician before heading to a community site for COVID-19 testing. Anyone with symptoms is still encouraged to use the online screening tool to determine whether they meet the necessary criteria to be tested.

A new community testing site in Winnipeg opened this morning at Thunderbird House, 715 Main St. The site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is Winnipeg’s fifth community testing site and Manitoba’s 17th location.

For up-to-date information on testing criteria and community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html. For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

Amanda Lathlin MLA Report

Our MLA Amanda Lathlin outlined some of the highlights from last week’s Manitoba Legislature session in her latest MLA report.

 

The NDP’s are continuing to fight for the restoration of jobs for Manitoba Hydro and the Manitoba Legislature is set to reconvene tomorrow.

 

The speaker of the house leaders and staff are looking at developing plans for virtual sittings as an assembly

 

University College of The North Fall Term Plans

This September University College of the North will welcome new and returning students to the fall term with a full suite of courses and programs that will be offered online or by other methods of delivery.

 

The face to face courses will not be offered unless they are absolutely required.

 

They hope to return to regular classroom lessons sometime during the fall term or in the 2021 winter term.

 

The first day of the fall term for most courses will be September 10th

Northern Manitoba Nurse Talks About Her Experience During the Pandemic

Arctic Radio spoke to a recent graduate nurse originally from northern Manitoba to talk about her experience working during the pandemic.

 

Jaymie Bowers, who attended school and worked at a clinic in Winnipeg for psychiatric nursing, says working during the pandemic was a steep learning curve for her, especially considering she was a student.

 

Bowers explains that she had to adapt quickly to meet the emerging needs of the community regarding mental health, such as anxiety, depression, and social isolation.

 

Bowers decided to go into psychiatric nursing because she noticed a major gap in mental health care in Indigenous peoples in her community growing up.

 

She hopes that by speaking out about the importance of psychiatric nursing in Indigenous communities, she can inspire more young Indigenous people to pursue health care careers.

UPDATE: The Pas RCMP searching for suspect wanted in homicide

On May 11, 2020 at approximately 2:45 am, The Pas RCMP responded to the community of Cormorant, for an injured male on the roadway.  RCMP along with Emergency Medical Services attended, and the 26-year-old male was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
Investigators have charged Carl Robert James Nabess-Genaille with Manslaughter and Failing to Remain at the Scene of a Collision Causing Death. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
 
Carl Nabess-Genaille, 26, is described as 6'1” tall, 194 pounds, with a large rose tattoo on the side of his neck. He also goes by the names “Tad” or “Tado”. Originally from Cormorant, he is also known to frequent The Pas, Brandon and Winnipeg.
 
Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Carl Nabess-Genaille can call The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6200 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com
 
RCMP Major Crime Services and Forensic Identification Services are assisting with this ongoing investigation.

 

UPDATE: The Pas RCMP searching for suspect wanted in homicide

On May 11, 2020 at approximately 2:45 am, The Pas RCMP responded to the community of Cormorant, for an injured male on the roadway.  RCMP along with Emergency Medical Services attended, and the 26-year-old male was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
Investigators have charged Carl Robert James Nabess-Genaille with Manslaughter and Failing to Remain at the Scene of a Collision Causing Death. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
 
Carl Nabess-Genaille, 26, is described as 6'1” tall, 194 pounds, with a large rose tattoo on the side of his neck. He also goes by the names “Tad” or “Tado”. Originally from Cormorant, he is also known to frequent The Pas, Brandon and Winnipeg.
 
Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Carl Nabess-Genaille can call The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6200 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com
 
RCMP Major Crime Services and Forensic Identification Services are assisting with this ongoing investigation.

 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #82

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 289.

The data also shows:
•    three individuals are currently hospitalized, with one individual in intensive care;
•    28 active cases and 254 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 814 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 33,045.

It is important to note that while some gradual lifting of restrictions has begun, significant work to limit the spread of COVID-19 must continue. Public health is also advising people to remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba and neighbouring jurisdictions, to essential trips only. With the long weekend approaching, Manitobans are reminded that travel is not permitted from southern Manitoba to areas, including campgrounds, north of the 53rd parallel, which is essentially anywhere north of the northern end of Lake Winnipeg.

Manitobans experiencing flu or cold-like symptoms no longer require a referral from Health Links-Info Santé or their family physician before heading to a community site for COVID-19 testing. Anyone with symptoms is still encouraged to use the online screening tool to determine whether they meet the necessary criteria to be tested. Many community testing sites remain open as regularly scheduled this Saturday and Sunday. For Victoria Day, the Sargent Tommy Prince Place testing site and assessment clinic in Winnipeg will be open, as will the Bison Drive drive-thru site. Testing locations in Winkler and Selkirk will also be open. All other locations throughout the province will be closed on Monday and reopen on Tuesday.

For up-to-date information on testing criteria and community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html. For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/. Businesses with questions about how the new orders apply to them should visit https://engagemb.ca/.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

Beatrice Wilson Health Centre Gives Safe Needle Handling Tips

The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre wants to remind you about needle safety and how to handle them properly.

 

There tends to be a lot of needles on the ground this time of year from the melting snow and youth are reminded never to touch discarded needles and to tell an adult right away.

 

Adults that handle discarded needles need to hold them on the end that isn’t sharp and to put in a container with a lid.

 

Use gloves or tongs when handling needles and place them in a container with a closable lid. Never flush needles down the toilet or try to put the caps back on them.

 

You can call The Pas Bear Clan Patrol at 204-978-0567 or the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre at 204-627-7410 if you need assistance.

New Regulation to Enable Designated Provincial Officials to Enforce Emergency Public Health and Health Hazard Orders

The Manitoba Government is designating additional provincial government officials to enforce public health emergency orders and emergency health hazard orders in response to the COVID 19 Pandemic.

 

Premier Brian Pallister says as we begin to restart the economy and loosen some restrictions on non essential services and businesses there will be a need for additional supports to enforce the current measures in place.

 

In all more than 3,000 provincial and municipal personnel can be deployed to enforce COVID related orders.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #81

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. In addition, one case that had been considered probable has been ruled as negative, so the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 289.

The data also shows:
•    four individuals are currently hospitalized, with one individual in intensive care;
•    30 active cases and 252 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 306 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 32,244.

The probable case that has been removed is one related to the workplace cluster in the Prairie Mountain Health region, which means the total cases in that cluster is reduced to 10.

It is important to note that while some gradual lifting of restrictions has begun, significant work to limit the spread of COVID-19 must continue. Public health is also advising people to remain within or close to their home communities. The request to stay home as much as possible is still in place at this time. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba and neighbouring jurisdictions, to essential trips only. With the long weekend approaching, Manitobans are reminded that travel is not permitted from southern Manitoba to areas, including campgrounds, north of the 53rd parallel, which is essentially anywhere north of the northern end of Lake Winnipeg.

Manitobans experiencing flu or cold-like symptoms no longer require a referral from Health Links-Info Santé or their family physician before heading to a community site for COVID-19 testing. Anyone with symptoms is still encouraged to use the online screening tool to determine whether they meet the necessary criteria to be tested.

For up-to-date information on testing criteria and community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html. For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/. Businesses with questions about how the new orders apply to them should visit https://engagemb.ca/.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

Premiers Economic Advisory Board Established To Lead Economic Growth and Recovery in Manitoba

The Provincial Government has established the new Premiers Economic Opportunities Advisory Board to chart Manitoba’s Course for reopening its economy and renewing its growth in order to move the province forward from the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

Premier Brain Pallister says the board of leaders in sectors including business, technology, financial services, and training will draw on its expertise to provide advice to the government on leading Manitoba’s renewed growth following the health crisis.

 

The members will work together to find opportunities for economic growth and recovery based on strengths of Manitobans and the provinces communities and industries.

Construction Safety Association of Manitoba Offering Virtual Safety Training

The Construction Safety Association of Manitoba is offering virtual safety training from June 1st until the 4th.

 

CSAM is a not for pro profit organization that offers safety resources, and training to help prevent workplace accidents.

 

The courses will be done live and online to allow for social distancing using an interactive format with instructors delivering course material and answering questions in real time. It will also make it easier for Northern Manitoba construction workers to access the training.

 

Some of the courses include safety Skills for Supervisors, Incident Investigation, and Developing Safe Working Procedures.

 

Visit constructionsafety.ca for more information.

Funding Has Been Increased for Summer Jobs for Manitoba Young People

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has announced funding for the province’s Green Team program. 

 

He stated the government is going to provide up to ten million dollars in Green Team funding which is nearly double the amount that was invested last year and that will support community organizations, municipalities and provincial parks in delivering Green Team projects this year and creating green jobs. 

 

He added these investments are going to help our youth to gain critical work experience, they’re going to help support our employers during the response and recovery phases of the COVID-19 pandemic and they’re going to help build our economy as well.

 

The Green Team funding is expected to support over two thousand jobs.  To receive funding organizations must comply with physical distancing requirements and practices for the pandemic as directed by the chief provincial public health officer.  For more information go to the government website at www.manitoba.ca.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #80

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 290.

The data also shows:
•    four individuals are currently hospitalized, with one individual in intensive care;
•    32 active cases and 251 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 527 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 31,946.

Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/. Businesses with questions about how the new orders apply to them should visit https://engagemb.ca/.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

Town of The Pas Discuses Possible Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in the Community

During Monday Nights Committee of The whole Meeting The Pas mayor and council brought up the possibility of having electric vehicle chargers in the community.

 

According to Jenn Early a company called Eco West has reached out to municipalities to see if they can get a commitment of 20 electric vehicle chargers from the community before the company can apply for a grant from Natural Recourses Canada on behalf of interested communities.

 

The grant would pay for 50 percent of the cost of installing these chargers.

 

A resolution for the grant application is expected to be approved by town council.

 

One possible location for these chargers is near the town office and the CDC is expected to reach out to the airport and other businesses that might be interested.

A New Case of Covid-19 Was Reported in Manitoba This Afternoon

Public Health Officials advise one new case of COVID-19 has been identified in Manitoba. 

 

The total number of lab confirmed positive and probable case in the province is 290.  Four individuals are currently in hospital with one in intensive care, there are 32 active cases and 251 individuals have recovered, the number of deaths related to COVID-19 remains at seven.

 

The additional case is related to the workplace cluster in the Prairie Mountain Health Region bringing the total cases to 11. 

 

They note this is not unexpected as public health officials continue to investigate and trace contacts.

RM of Kelsey Will be Shutting off Water This Thursday

The RM of Kelsey has announced that they will be shutting off the water this Thursday.

 

This is being done in order to do some repair work and the shutdown is expected to last all day.

 

Residents are asked to shut off their hot water tanks during the shutdown.

Aprils Monthly Mayor Reports

The monthly mayor reports for April have been released.

 

The town of The Pas had mainly disturbances of the peace and mischief cases 134 and 114 respectively.

 

The RM of Kelsey had mainly mischief cases a total of 15, and the community of Cormorant had mostly mischief cases a total of 3.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #78

Public health officials advise two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 289.

The data also shows:
•    four individuals are currently hospitalized, with one individual in intensive care;
•    35 active cases and 247 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 374 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 31,029.

Over the weekend, two additional cases were added to the workplace cluster in the Prairie Mountain Health region, bringing the total to 10 cases. There is no cause for concern and this is not unexpected as public health officials continue to investigate and trace contacts. Affected staff and their close contacts are self-isolating and public health officials are continuing with detailed contact tracing.

Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/. Businesses with questions about how the new orders apply to them should visit https://engagemb.ca/.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

Opaskwayak RCMP Investigate Homicide

On May 11, 2020 at approximately 2:45 am, Opaskwayak RCMP responded to the community of Cormorant, for an injured male on the roadway. 

 

RCMP along with Emergency Medical Services attended, and the 26-year-old male was pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

Opaskwayak RCMP along with Major Crimes Services and the Forensic Identification Unit, continue to investigate.

Virtual MS Walk

This year’s MS walk will be held on May 24th and it will be done virtually due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

The virtual Walk involves participants going for a walk in the community in their own time without gathering in a large group.

 

The MS Society of Canada provides grants to researchers who are trying to find a cure, treatment methods, and supports for people living with MS and their families.

 

For more information visit, mswalks.ca

 

To sign up use this link

 

https://secure3.convio.net/mssoc/site/TR/Walk/ManitobaDivision?pg=entry&fr_id=6835&fbclid=IwAR10YutMNJga1TzY19rsj4TrH2M2tMvA_H9fLXkwp6gWrr8RgoilWsxIuuI

 

Photo from mswalks.ca

Manitoba Lifts Limit on Prescriptions

Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen announced the government will be removing the one month limit on prescription renewal effective today.

 

He says Manitobans who have prescriptions will be able to fill them as per their prescriber’s directions including up to a 3 month supply as long as the drug is not affected by a shortage at the time of the fill.

 

In March the government moved to restrict prescription fills to one month in response to global shortages. 

 

The minister also announced a time limited COVID-19 drug shortage working group responsible for ongoing surveillance and monitoring of drug availability in the province.

 

 

Manitoba Unveils Major Infrastructure Package to Help Restart Manitoba's Recovery from COVID 19

The Province is increasing infrastructure investments by an additional $500 million as part of an economic stimulus package to help restart Manitoba’s economy.

 

Premier Brian Pallister made the announcement yesterday. He says as Manitoba continues to flatten the curve we are now in a position to begin restarting the economy and the government is committed to working with industry, municipalities, and all levels of government to help stimulate the economy.

 

The Manitoba Restart program will include new water and sewage projects, road and highway repairs, bridge repairs, and potential new cost sharing construction projects.

The Manitoba Government has Announced Support for Student Scholarships and Bursaries

Premier Brian Pallister has announced an increase in the matching program for scholarships and bursaries for this year only.  He explained they are going to be matching all funds raised by universities and colleges for that bursary initiative dollar for dollar. 

 

He said their program previously was one dollar of grant support for each two dollars raised outside.  He noted they realize that this year it is a challenge for post secondary institutions anytime to raise money for scholarships and bursaries and with the economy in the present state it’s in they expect these challenges will not be less.

 

Pallister adds this commits the government to 15 million dollars for this program which is a fifty percent increase in what they had budgeted earlier.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #74

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. In addition, one case that had been considered probable has been ruled as negative, so the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 283.

The data also shows:
•    five individuals are currently hospitalized, with no individuals in intensive care;
•    33 active cases and 243 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 527 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 28,810.

Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/. Updates have been made to this document to clarify inconsistencies between the plan and the recent public health orders. Businesses with questions about how the new orders apply to them should visit https://engagemb.ca/.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Inaugural Spring Clean Up

Opaskwayak Cree Nation wants to encourage members to help keep OCN clean and the inaugural spring clean up began on May 5th and will run until May 12th.

 

OCN members on or off reserve are invited to clean up their front or back  yards as best they can and to submit pictures of their work. Submissions will have their name entered into a draw for a chance to win some cash prizes $125 for first place, $100 for second, $75 for third, and $50 for fourth.

 

More information on the contest can be found on the Opaskwayak Ininew Facebook page or by calling 204-627-7855 or 204-620-0521

A Port in the Storm

A Port in the Storm is continuing to provide accommodations to northern and rural families receiving medical care in Winnipeg during the pandemic.

 

Stacey Grocholski, the executive director of the organization, says the Port has seen a few clients cancel accommodations due to elective surgeries being cancelled.

 

However, Grochelski adds that they expect to see more people use their services as the province re-opens elective procedures this week.

 

She explains that they’ve also seen some clients and their families stay in the suites longer than they expected to due to being discharged from hospitals early and not being able to return home because they need to be close to the hospital while they recover.

 

Because of this, A Port in the Storm is looking for donations to help provide families with the basic supplies they need so that they can weather through the pandemic while being away from home and loved ones.

 

 

Niki Ashton Calling on Feds to Step Up For First Nations Communities

MP Niki Ashton called on the Federal Government to take urgent action to help Northern Communities to cope with the COVID 19 pandemic during a virtual sitting of parliament on Tuesday.

 

Ashton says First Nations are doing everything they can to keep their communities safe but accused the Federal Government of not addressing issues of overcrowded houses and the lack of access to health care in these communities.

 

Ashton pointed out that people in the Berens River Area are calling for a ventilation centre and people in Cross Lake and Island Lake need hospitals.

 

Asthon also echoed the call of First Nations to temporally shutdown work camps following the outbreak in La Loche Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Public Insurance Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Public Awareness Campaign

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and Manitoba Public Insurance will launch a new public awareness campaign called “watch for motorcycles”

 

MPI said in a news release that motorcycle fatalities doubled in 2019 compared to the 10 year average and while they have had a positive impact on claims in the last couple of month’s warmer weather has brought more motorcycles and it’s important to remind people to share the road.

 

Motorcyclists are reminded to wear the right gear, to ride with your headlights on and in a position on the road way where you can be seen, and to remain visible whenever possible.

 

Drivers are reminded to always look twice when changing lanes and at intersections to ensure there is no motorcycle in your blind spot, watch for motorcycles signals and to keep your distance as motorcycles may stop faster than other vehicles.

Manitoba Investing 45 Million Dollars to Help Seniors

Yesterday the Province Announced that $45 million dollars will be invested to support Manitoba seniors during the COVID 19 pandemic through the new Seniors Economic Recovery Credit that will see the delivery of a $200 tax credit to each recipient.

 

According to Premier Brian Pallister seniors across the province are facing increased financial hardships because they now have to pay extra for grocery deliveries and for purchasing technology to allow them to communicate with loved ones, adding that Manitobans are working together to navigate the challenging time and seniors throughout the province deserve our help.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #72

Public health officials advise one new case of COVID-19 has been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 282. In addition, a seventh death has been reported, a man in his 70s from the Southern Health-Santé Sud region.

The data also shows:
•    four individuals are currently hospitalized, with no individuals in intensive care;
•    37 active cases and 238 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is now seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 339 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 27,775.

Public health officials are aware of a small cluster of five cases at a workplace in the Prairie Mountain Health region. Affected staff and their close contacts are self-isolating and public health officials are working with these patients to undertake detailed contact tracing. Officials are working co-operatively with the company to test other workers who may have been exposed and to implement sanitization protocols at the worksite. If public health officials believe there is an increased risk to the public, additional information will be provided.

Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/. Updates have been made to this document to clarify inconsistencies between the plan and the recent public health orders. Businesses with questions about how the new orders apply to them should visit https://engagemb.ca/.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.
 

McDonalds Giving Tuesday

With McHappy Days postponed due to the pandemic, Ronald McDonald House Charities is holding Giving Tuesday Now to ensure that the organization can continue to support local families during this time.

 

According to a news release, Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada have experienced a 30 to 70 per cent reduction of funding due to events and volunteer programs being cancelled.

 

They are looking to raise 387 thousand dollars starting today to help the families they serve, and the fundraiser will run for one month.

 

One hundred per cent of the donations collected will go directly to support the Ronald McDonald House Manitoba chapter, and will go towards hot meals for families, extra cleaning supplies, and non-perishable food.

 

You can make a donation online at rmhc.ca/fundraisers/donateCOVID19

Town Hall Resume Normal Operating Hours

The Town of The Pas is resuming their normal operating hours from 8:30 AM until 4:30PM while still complying with COVID 19 precautions.

 

Tape will be placed in certain areas to maintain social distancing and hand sanitizer will be made available. You are asked to avoid the municipal building if you are experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID 19

 

The town is also trying to use cashless payments whenever possible.

Amanda Lathlin MLA Report on First Phase of Easing Restrictions and the Reopening of the House

Amanda Lathlin's latest MLA report outlined the first phase of easing COVID 19 restrictions.

 

Even though certain restrictions have been lifted she wants people to remember that the state of emergency is still in effect as well as travel restrictions in and out of Northern Manitoba.

 

Lathlin is reminding residents to continue to observe the travel restrictions in place which means no non essential travel outside Northern Manitoba those that do need to travel outside Northern Manitoba will be required to self isolate for 14 days.

 

The Manitoba NDP have also been calling on the provincial government to call the house back in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

Lathlin  stated that they plan to address the Pallister Government about alleged job cuts and wage reductions during question period.

 

A rotation of MLA’s will be established to ensure that Northern Communities are represented.

 

The house is scheduled to reconvene tomorrow and will sit every Wednesday of this month.

UCN Updates

The President and Vice-Chancellor of University College of the North spoke to Arctic Radio last week to give an update on how UCN is operating across the region during the pandemic.

 

Doug Lauvstad says they’ve moved all their courses online or have implemented a remote learning aspect, adding that the institution is looking at new ways to deliver education.

 

Lauvstad explains that its campuses are following the public health orders and are closed to the public and any student or staff member in the buildings are practicing physical distancing.

 

He says that spring convocations have been postponed at all campuses and centres, but UCN is working on ways for students to celebrate this milestone either next year or in an alternate way.

 

Lauvstad goes onto say that UCN is accepting applications for the next school year, however instructors may have to continue delivering programs online depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic plays out.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #71 No New Cases Today

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba remains at 281.

The data also shows:
•    five individuals are currently hospitalized, with no individuals in intensive care;
•    37 active cases and 238 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at six.

As of yesterday, an additional 642 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 27,446.

For up-to-date information on testing criteria and community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html. For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

All Manitobans returning to work are now eligible to access the temporary child-care system to find a location that meets their needs. Families can use the online tool at https://eswchildcare.ca/ to view available spaces and then contact centres directly to finalize arrangements. Licensed centres are able to provide care for up to 16 children per centre. Larger centres with separate rooms and external entrances can accommodate up to 16 children per room. Home-based child-care providers can continue to provide care for up to eight children.

A secure portal that allows Manitobans who have been tested for COVID-19 to access their negative test results is now online. Starting today, people being tested for the virus in Manitoba will receive information about how to register to access their results at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/test-results/. A Manitoba Health card is required.

Those without a Manitoba Health card or internet access can retrieve their results by calling (toll-free) 1-844-960-1984 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days per week. As always, public health officials will directly notify Manitobans who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/. Updates have been made to this document to clarify inconsistencies between the plan and the recent public health orders. Businesses with questions about how the new orders apply to them should visit https://engagemb.ca/.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

Kelsey Learning Centre Accepting Registrations

The Kelsey Learning Centre is accepting registrations on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays starting tomorrow from 10 AM-12 PM and from 1 until 3PM at the UCN lobby at the KLC tables.

 

You must fill out an application form along with a 100 dollar registration fee.

 

Once students have signed up they will be required to complete an assessment evaluation and test on the tentative date of orientation day September 10th of this year.

 

Registrations will be accepted until June 29th.

Manitoba Chamber of Commerce President Chuck Davidson Talks about Reopening the Province

Manitoba Chamber of Commerce President Chuck Davidson spoke with Arctic Radio about the reopening of some businesses in the province.

 

He says that just because small businesses are allowed to reopen doesn’t mean that they are required to do so.

 

Davidson believes that Manitobans have done a good job taking this pandemic seriously and he wants to remind business owners not to cut corners, take necessary precautions, and follow the rules so that we can reopen more businesses as we move forward and reduce the chances of a second wave of the virus that would bring us back to square one.

 

 

Moose Lake RCMP recover drugs and weapons during search

On April 29, 2020, at 7:15 pm, as a result of an ongoing investigation, officers executed a search warrant at a residence located in the community of Moose Lake. The search resulted in the recovery of a sawed-off .22 cal. rifle, several weapons, a small quantity of methamphetamine & cannabis, prescription drugs, Canadian Currency and drug paraphernalia.
 
A 29-year-old female, from Moose Lake, was arrested on scene, and will face several weapons related charges as well as Resisting Arrest and Obstructing a Police Officer. She was later released on conditions to attend court scheduled August 11, 2020, in Moose Lake.

RCMP are also searching for 27-year-old Skylar Jesse Constant, who fled the scene on foot prior to officers entering the home. He’s also currently wanted by the Winnipeg Police Service.

If you have any information in regards to the whereabouts of Skylar Constant, please contact the Moose Lake RCMP at 204-678-2399.

Moose Lake RCMP continue to investigate.

 

The Photo is of Skylar Constant

 

 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #68

Public health officials advise four new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 279.

The data also shows:
•    five individuals are currently hospitalized, with no individuals in intensive care;
•    38 active cases and 235 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at six.

As of yesterday, an additional 689 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 25,402.

Public health orders restricting staff from working in more than one licensed personal care home (PCH) have been signed and will take effect today. The single-site restriction is intended to provide additional protection against the introduction and/or spread of the COVID-19 virus within PCHs.

In recognition of the vulnerability of the PCH population to severe illness and/or death related to the virus, provincial planning has been underway to ensure the change is able to be implemented quickly while ensuring stable staffing and service continuity. As of today, all of Manitoba’s 127 licensed PCHs have confirmed readiness, with staff in place.

It is important to note that while some gradual lifting of restrictions has begun, significant work to limit the spread of COVID-19 must continue. Public health officials are also advising people to remain within or close to their home communities. The request to stay home as much as possible is still in place at this time. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba and neighbouring jurisdictions, to essential trips only.

The province is also launching an education campaign on being ‘COVID careful’ in cottage country to remind all campers and cottagers that COVID-19 guidelines must be followed. The goal is to raise awareness and encourage Manitobans to do the same within their social networks by posting supportive educational messages.

The campaign will include portable signs and education stops on key highway routes, new materials that can be displayed in car and cottage windows, as well as a social media campaign, all designed to show that cottagers in provincial parks and across the province are aware of their responsibilities and are encouraging others to stay mindful.

A secure online portal is being established to allow Manitobans who have been tested for COVID-19 to more quickly access their negative test results. Starting next week, when people are tested they will receive information about how to register and access these results. Users will need a Manitoba health registration card in order to access their results online.

A toll-free number will be available early next week to provide results to those without a Manitoba health card or those without internet access. As always, public health officials will directly notify Manitobans who have tested positive for COVID-19.

A new drive-thru community testing site opened today in Swan River, at the Manitoba Public Insurance facility, 125 Fourth Ave. North. Hours of operation are daily from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is Manitoba’s 16th community testing site and ninth drive-thru location.

Additionally, work is underway to get a new testing site established at Thunderbird House to support access to testing for Winnipeg’s homeless and shelter populations, as well as a new mobile service available in the next two weeks to serve clients with limited mobility.

For up-to-date information on testing criteria and community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html. For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for recovery is available at www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices. Updates have been made to this document to clarify inconsistencies between the plan and the recent public health orders. Businesses with questions about how the new orders apply to them should visit https://engagemb.ca/.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Announcements

Opaskwayak Cree Nation has chosen to extend their community wide curfew to May 18th. The curfew is in effect from 10PM until 6AM and it was originally enforced on April 6th as a COVID 19 measure.

 

With the announcement that Manitoba will be gradually reopening the province and businesses OCN will continue to monitor the steps being taken to help flatten the curve.

 

An announcement was also made that Opaskwayak Cree Nation is experiencing a high volume of calls for sewer backups.

 

OCN wants to remind members that they shouldn’t flush facial tissues, paper towels, or flushable wipes down the toilet as this can clog your home pipes and to put these items in the garbage instead.

 

For more information call 204-627-7051

Kinew Calling on Pallister to back off on Plan for More Job Cuts

Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew called on the Pallister Government to reverse their plan that would force thousands of layoffs and wage cuts when they revealed their plan to re-open the economy.

 

Kinew believes that while the Pallister government is telling Manitobans that it’s time to go back to work, people will have to be fired or have their wages cut in order to survive the pandemic.

 

According to a news release more than 30,000 Manitobans have been laid off since March and Kinew says they will approach the Pallister Government on the alleged job and wage cuts during question period once the legislature returns.

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