The Pas Local News Archives for 2020-06

UPDATE- Pukatawagan RCMP investigating homicide

On June 26, 2020, at approximately 7:55 pm, the Pukatawagan RCMP responded to a report of a body found in a wooded area in the community.

Officers attended and located a 22-year-old female who was pronounced deceased. Major Crime Services and Forensic Identification Services immediately attended and began an investigation.

On June 29, 2020, August Thunder Caribou, 22, of Pukatawagan, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder. He is set to appear in The Pas provincial court today.

RCMP continue to investigate.

It has been reported that the suspect had worked as a guard for the RCMP.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #121

Public health officials advise one new case of COVID-19 was identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 325.

 
Today’s case is a woman in her 20s from the Winnipeg health region. The case investigation is ongoing and any additional information will be updated as required at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/index.html#cases.
 
The data also shows:
no individuals are in hospital or intensive care,
18 active cases and 300 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
An additional 253 laboratory tests were performed on Monday. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 63,309. 
 
One of the individuals previously announced as a positive COVID-19 case on June 29 was a passenger on Air Canada flight AC 295 from Winnipeg to Vancouver on June 18, on Air Canada flight AC 122 from Vancouver to Toronto on June 21 and on Air Canada flight AC 259 from Toronto to Winnipeg on June 23.
 
People in rows 19 to 15 on flight AC 295 and rows 34 to 40 on flight AC 259 should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek testing if they develop symptoms. While public health assesses the risk to others as low, it is sharing this information to ensure people are aware and know to seek testing if symptoms develop.
 
Information about affected rows for flight AC 122 are being confirmed and will be updated on the website at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/flights.html when available. 
 
Tomorrow is Canada Day, and Manitobans are reminded to continue to practise social distancing and follow public health guidelines for gatherings whether at home, the cottage or camping. Stay home if you feel sick, practise good hand hygiene and cover your cough. If you are travelling, remember to be ‘COVID Careful’ and reduce stops.
 
Updated information on COVID-19 testing hours for Canada Day is available at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/locations.html/. Outside Winnipeg, people experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on the holiday are encouraged to visit their nearest urgent care centre or emergency department for testing. If symptoms are mild, they also have the option of self-isolating until community sites in their health region reopen the following day.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Wildfire Preparation

Preparing for a potential wildfire this time of year in Northern Manitoba is essential.

 

Shauna Kortz, the Manitoba Wildfire Service’s fire control officer, says the best thing you can do to prepare for an evacuation from a wildfire is to put together an emergency kit that can last you up to three days.

 

It’s important to have some clothes, cash, water and non-perishable food, medication, and things you would need for young children and pets.

 

Wildfires can be reported by calling 1-800-782-0076

Northern Health Region Expanding Visiting Hours Starting Today

Starting today the Northern Health Region is expanding visiting hours for their acute care sites

 

The visiting hours will run from 1 until 7PM everyday but patients will only be allowed one pre identified visitor and they must adhere to physically distancing guidelines and they will be screened before they can enter.

 

More information can be found at northernhealthregion.com

Manitoba Liberals Calling for Better Access to Online Learning

The Manitoba Liberals are calling for better access to online learning in Manitoba and Canada.

 

A statement from the party says the COVID 19 pandemic has highlighted the need for every child to have access to learning online and there are still substantial numbers of children in Canada that are unable to access the internet.

 

MLA Jon Gerrard and Judy Klassen have written a letter to members of parliament suggesting an initiative that would ensure every child in Canada has internet access and a computer so they can continue their education.

 

He added that if there is a second wave of the virus we need to be ready to ensure that children have access to online learning.

Opasquia Trails New Logo Unveiled

The Governing Board of Opasquia Trails announced that they have a new logo.

 

This logo incorporates items of nature including trees and trails and creates a visual symbol that represents their work.

 

Opasquia Trails, is non profit organization dedicated to building educational and recreational trails in the area.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #118

Public health officials advise one new case of COVID-19 was identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 316.

 
Today’s case is a man in his 40s from the Southern Health – Santé Sud health region. Information may change as the investigation is ongoing. 
 
The data also shows:
no individuals in hospital or intensive care,
15 active cases and 294 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
Nearly 400 tests were performed yesterday. However, the data is still being reviewed and confirmed. Updated testing data will be available tomorrow.
 
Canada Day is next week and Manitobans are reminded to continue to practise social distancing and follow public health guidelines for gatherings whether at home, the cottage or camping.  Stay home if you feel sick, practise good hand hygiene and cover your cough. If you are travelling, remember to be “COVID Careful’ and reduce stops. 
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Sam Waller Museum COVID 19 Restrictions

The Sam Waller museum is taking precautions even as COVID 19 restrictions are being lifted.

 

Right now they are only allowing small groups of people to attend to maintain physical distancing.

 

At this time they will not be allowing visitors from outside Northern Manitoba unless they have already completed a 14 day waiting period and they have also closed the Rotary Room and the Discovery Centre.

 

Face masks will be made available at the museum though they are not required to be worn.

 

Visitors are also encouraged to pay their entry fee with debt or credit and to fill out a self screening tool available at the front door of the museum.

 

Anyone showing systems of COVID 19 should refrain from visiting.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #117

Public health officials advise one new case of COVID-19 was identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 315.

 
Today’s case is a male in his 30s from the Winnipeg region. The investigation is ongoing and information is subject to change. 
 
The data also shows:
no individuals in hospital or intensive care, 
15 active cases and 293 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
An additional 715 laboratory tests were performed yesterday. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 59,357. 
 
Canada Day is next week and Manitobans are reminded to continue to practise physical distancing and follow public health guidelines for gatherings whether at home, the cottage or camping.  Stay home if you feel sick, practise good hand hygiene and cover your cough. If you are travelling, remember to be ‘COVID Careful’ and reduce stops while travelling. 
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Proposed ByLaw Discussed At Committee of the Whole Meeting

A proposed bylaw was brought up during Mondays committee of the whole meeting by The Pas Mayor and Council.

 

Councillor Larry Forster would like to make it illegal for residents to give money to pan handlers in the community.

 

According to an issue sheet giving pan handler’s money will only feed addictions.

 

If the bylaw came into power residents would likely be fined if they were caught giving pan handlers money though they would still be allowed to purchase items for them.

 

The idea was tabled and it is expected to be brought up at a future date.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #116

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 were identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba remains 314.

 
The data also shows:
no individuals in hospital or intensive care,
14 active cases and 293 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
An additional 581 laboratory tests were performed yesterday. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 58,801. 
 
The Manitoba government is asking for feedback on conceptual designs for personal care home shelters. The shelters will be outside, but close to personal care homes year-round. They must be accessible, protected from the elements, easily cleaned and provide a space for quality connections. Feedback can be provided at http://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.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19
 

PROVINCE INVESTS IN MANITOBA JOB RESTART PROGRAM

The Manitoba government is introducing the Manitoba Job Restart program, which will provide direct payments to a maximum of $2,000 to help qualified Manitobans return to work, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“The Manitoba Job Restart program could help bring tens of thousands of Manitobans back to work safely and help our economy recover,” said Pallister. “The federal government is currently subsidizing the wages of more than eight million workers in Canada through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). While these programs have helped Canadians through financial challenges caused by the pandemic, CERB has become a barrier preventing some from returning to work.”

The premier noted Manitoba’s program will provide one initial payment of $500 plus three additional bi-weekly payments for $500 each, for a total of $2,000 over six weeks. Program participants must voluntarily stop collecting CERB or CESB support from the federal government.

The province will fully finance the program, which does not require any contributions from employers in order for workers to qualify.

“The best thing we can do to speed Canada’s economic recovery is to find safe ways to get people back to work,” said Dan Kelly, president and chief executive officer, Canadian Federation of Independent Business. “The Manitoba Job Restart program will help encourage more employees to return to their pre-COVID jobs, assisting both workers and small businesses along the way. CFIB encourages other provinces and the federal government to consider this and other ways to quickly transition workers from CERB back to paid employment.”

To remain in the program, approved applicants must:
•    actively return to work in Manitoba to a job with at least 30 hours per week in order to be eligible for the first $500 payment;
•    complete a simple declaration for each of the following two weeks certifying that they are still working at least 30 hours per week in order to receive the next three $500 payments;
•    no longer receive CERB, CESB or similar COVID-19 related support from the federal government;
•    follow Manitoba’s COVID-19 health guidelines in the workplace; and
•    continue residing permanently in Manitoba and be legally entitled to work in Canada.

The Manitoba Job Restart program will accept applications until July 31. This is a voluntary-participation program, and there is no obligation for Manitobans to stop receiving CERB or CESB benefits if they choose not to participate. The amounts received will be a taxable benefit. The funding of the Manitoba Job Restart program will be absorbed from the remaining unspent balances in the $240-million Manitoba Gap Protection Plan and Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program, although further funding will be made available if there is significant uptake, the premier noted.

Manitobans can learn more about the program details today at:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/infomanitobans/mjrp.html.

Town Council Items UPDATED

The Arctic Gateway Group recently sent a letter to The Pas mayor and council providing an update on the work that has been done to the Hudson Bay Railways Reimer Building on 4th Street West. the letter was brought up last night at the committee of the whole meeting.

 

The building has been a hot spot for mischief and vandalism and so far the Arctic Gateway group has cleaned up the graffiti on the building, cleaned up garbage in the area, boarded up the remaining entrance and crawl space, and reduced access points for trespassers.

 

HBR is actively looking for alternative uses for the Building and there is a possibility that the building could be demolished in the future.

 

They are also required to determine how the asbestos in the building will affect the refurbishment or demolition.

 

A public hearing was also held at town hall regarding a variation application submitted by Jason Foster from The Pas Christian Fellowship.

 

The plan is to build an addition on the church at 440 Larose Avenue but according to an issue sheet, the engineering department and fire department are not in favour of the front yard variation as they feel maintaining neighbourhood aesthetics is important. Town council voted not to move forward with this variation application hence the request for the addition was not approved.

 

More information about these items and videos of last nights meetings can be found at townofthepas.ca

Manitoba Government to Develop Outdoor All Season Visitation Shelters at Personal Care Homes

Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen made an announcement yesterday that the Manitoba government is working to develop all season shelters that will be located near personal care homes that would allow residents to visit their loved ones safely.

 

Friesen believes that allowing personal care home residents to safely visit with their families is central to their health and well being.

 

The proposed shelters would have to be protected from the elements, easily cleaned, and provide space for quality connections.

 

The Manitoba government is looking for feedback on conceptual designs for personal care homes and you can provide your feedback on engagemb.ca

COVID-19 BULLETIN #115

Public health officials advise two new cases were identified over the weekend and one new case of COVID-19 was identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 314.

 
The data also shows:
no individuals in hospital or intensive care, 
14 active cases and 293 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
As of yesterday, an additional 1,951 laboratory tests were performed between June 19 and June 21 (Friday – 733, Saturday – 850 and Sunday – 368). This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 58,221. 
 
While COVID-19 activity remains very low in the province, personal care homes (PCH) will soon begin permitting limited indoor visits for designated visitors. The indoor visits, to be approved by individual PCH care teams, will enable each resident to identify a short list of individuals who may visit during allotted times. 
 
These scheduled visits will be a limited supplement to outdoor and virtual visits, which will continue, and are not a return to normal. Visits must be scheduled, and visitors will be screened upon arrival for symptoms and history of travel or exposure to COVID-19. Visitors must maintain physical distancing throughout their visit. Individuals will also be requested to bring and wear a non-medical mask for the duration of their time inside the facility.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Back to School Plan

Planning is underway for what the next school year will look like for students, staff and families.

 

Manitoba Education, in consultation with education partners, is developing a re-entry framework to guide schools in their planning, guided by the advice of Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer. 

 

Additionally, in collaboration with the Manitoba Teacher’s Society, an online survey of teachers was conducted in early June with the results pending. 

 

They are now seeking input from families and students in the development of their plan. 

 

The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and individual responses will be kept confidential.

 

You can fill out the survey by visiting engagemb.ca

Niki Ashton on COVID 19 Restrictions Being Lifted

With phase three of lifting COVID 19 restrictions taking effect Our MP Niki Ashton spoke to Arctic Radio and said although Manitobans have done a good job we still need to remain vigilant and that it’s important to follow recommendations from public health workers and not ignore the fact that just because we have had a low number of cases in the province doesn’t mean we are in the clear.

 

When asked how she felt about the travel restrictions being lifted, Ashton hopes that visitors will think twice about how they choose to visit Northern Manitoba this summer.

 

She added that one of the measures to maintain is the travel restrictions to regions that have a large number of COVID 19 cases such as the United States.

 

Ashton plans to continue her advocacy throughout the summer for the needs of our region and she plans to visit Northern Manitoba communities going about these plans safely. 

Cranberry Portage RCMP Lay Charges in Kidnapping Investigation

On June 16, 2020, at 6:35 pm, Flin Flon RCMP received a report, from a 63-year-old male from Sherridon, that a 20-year-old male, from the RM of Gimli, had been kidnapped by two males at a fishing camp on Kisseynew Lake, located approximately eight kilometers from the Pukatawagan winter road junction (52 km from the Highway 10 junction).

The 63-year-old male advised his son (36) was with two other men, (20 and 17), at the fishing camp when a vehicle arrived with three occupants inside. Two of the male occupants (suspects) exited the vehicle and asked the group if they had any firearms. The suspects assaulted and threatened the 36-year-old with a knife, stole one of their rifles, and then grabbed the 20-year-old male and physically forced him into his own vehicle and told him he was going to drive them to Winnipeg. Before leaving the camp, the suspects stole the cell phones from the two remaining males thus leaving them stranded at the camp with no vehicle and no phone.

 

The following day, the 63-year-old male arrived at the camp, and learned what had occurred. He immediately attended to the Flin Flon Detachment to report the incident.

 

With the information obtained from the 63-year-old male, officers issued a notice to the surrounding detachments of the suspect vehicle description.

 

Officers from Cranberry Portage, Flin Flon and Creighton, SK, conducted patrols on Highway 10 and located the suspect vehicle where an attempt to conduct a traffic stop was initiated, however, the suspect vehicle refused to stop. Officers pursued the vehicle and deployed a spike belt on two occasions in an attempt to disable it. After being damaged by the 2 spike belts, the vehicle continued on Highway 10 and then into a residential area of Flin Flon where it eventually came to a stop (the vehicle travelled several blocks in the city after exiting the perimeter).

Once the suspect vehicle came to a stop, the occupants attempted to flee but were quickly apprehended without incident by the officers on scene. The 20-year-old male victim was located in the pickup truck unharmed but quite shaken up and was extremely appreciative of the officers for stopping the vehicle.

 

A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a loaded firearm as well as a large filleting knife.

RCMP have charged the following individuals for which the two males were remanded into custody;

- 32-year-old Joseph Gunville, from Denare Beach, SK, is facing 19 charges including Kidnapping with Firearm, Robbery with Weapon, Robbery to Steal Firearm, Theft of a Vehicle, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Flight from Police, Assault, Uttering Threats and 11 additional Criminal Code charges.

 

- 23-year-old Jeremy Dumas, from Flin Flon, is facing 17 charges including Kidnapping with Firearm, Robbery with Weapon, Robbery to Steal Firearm, Theft of a Vehicle, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Flight from Police, Assault, Uttering Threats and 9 additional Criminal Code charges.

 

- 28-year-old Rozalynn Custer, from Denare Beach, SK, has been charged with Kidnapping with Firearm, Theft of a Vehicle, Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose and Unsafe Storage of a Firearm. She was later released on court imposed conditions for court scheduled July 14 in Flin Flon.

 

"This was an intense and dynamic situation where our police officers risked their own safety by engaging in a pursuit with armed individuals.” said Superintendent Kevin Lewis, District Commander for Manitoba North District. “The professionalism and teamwork of our detachment members resulted in the victim being brought to safety and the suspects being taken into custody without anyone being harmed. I am proud of the actions of our members in bringing this event to a successful conclusion."

Cranberry Portage RCMP continue to investigate.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #113

Public health officials advise there is one new case of COVID-19 identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 309. 

 
The data also shows:
no individuals in hospital or intensive care,
nine active cases and 293 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
Follow www.twitter.com/MBGov or www.facebook.com/ManitobaGovernment on the weekend for updated case numbers. Complete data from the weekend will be updated on Monday, June 22 at 1 p.m. at www.manitoba.ca/COVID19 and in the media bulletin.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19
 
A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:

The Pas Fire Department Fire Safety Workshops

The Pas Fire Department will be having fire safety workshops next week on Wednesday the 24th and Friday the 26th.

 

The workshops will be running with two groups a day one at 11AM and the other at 2PM on both days.

 

The two workshops are called “What to do When the Alarm Goes Off” and “Which Way is Out” and will teach participants what to do when there is a fire and how to evacuate a burning building safely.

 

Fire Prevention officer Lars Pillipow says it’s important for children to learn about fire safety in these workshops at a young age so that they have a good idea of what do in the event of fire rather then relying on what they learned in school or on television.

 

If you are interested in taking part in these workshops you can call 204-620-0798 to sign up.

Manitoba Launching Initiative to Get the Province Back to Work

Manitoba will be Launching a new hiring program to get Manitobans back to work this summer and help ease the road to economic recovery for businesses.

 

The Manitoba Back to Work this Summer Initiative is a hiring program to help Manitoba based businesses to rebound from the COVID 19 Pandemic.

 

Premier Brian Pallister says the reopening of our economy depends on the reopening of businesses and is encouraging employers to bring back laid off employees and take on new hires.

 

You can learn more about the program by visiting Manitoba dot ca slash supports for business.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #112

Public health officials advise two new case of COVID-19 were identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 308.

 

The data also shows:

  • no individuals in hospital or intensive care,
  • eight active cases and 293 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, and
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 828 laboratory tests were performed yesterday. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 55,743.

PROVINCE RELEASES FINAL PLAN FOR THIRD PHASE OF RESTORING SERVICES SAFELY

Following feedback from the public, the Manitoba government is releasing its plan to further ease public health restrictions and continue safely restoring services, effective June 21, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.
 
“Thanks to the efforts of all Manitobans and based on advice from our public health officials, I pleased to announce that we are in a position to move forward once again in our phased approach of restarting our economy,” said Pallister. “Thousands of Manitobans provided their input and feedback on numerous proposed measures for Phase Three of Restoring Safe Services, and their support for our plan to further ease public health restrictions is reflected in the next steps of our economic recovery roadmap.”
 
The premier noted more than 25,000 Manitobans participated in a public telephone town hall to ask questions, voice their concerns, support and feedback on the draft plan of Phase Three of Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery. As well, the province has received nearly 5,100 online submissions to https://EngageMB and over 32,000 responses on the school restart survey from parents and students.

The final plan being released today is based on public health advice, consultation with key sectors and feedback from the public, the premier added.

Key changes made following public feedback include:
•    removing the maximum capacity of 300 people at any site provided the gathering can be physically divided into sub-groups of 50 or fewer indoors or 100 or fewer outdoors, to a maximum 30 per cent of usual capacity;
•    allowing people from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and people living in the area of the northwestern Ontario (west of Terrace Bay) to visit Manitoba without having to self-isolate for 14 days;
•    ensuring those travelling to northern Manitoba must continue to respect any restrictions that have been put in place by local communities and First Nations;
•    lifting self-isolation requirements on a case-by-case basis where sectors propose and provide satisfactory plans to address public health requirements for necessary travel; and
•    lifting capacity limits for restaurants, bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, microbreweries and distilleries, as long as tables and seating are arranged so there is a temporary or physical barrier, or two metres of separation between people sitting at different tables.

Detailed information on the plan for Phase Three, including service restoration, measures the public can take to reduce their risk of COVID-19 exposure or spreading the virus, and workplace guidance for businesses, can be found at www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices.
 
“Current indicators show the risk of community transmission of the virus in Manitoba is low at this time, so we are now able to further ease restrictions while ensuring Manitobans still practice the fundamentals that got us to this stage,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public heath officer. “As businesses and communities expand the services they offer, all Manitobans must continue to practise physical distancing with others outside their households, wash their hands often and stay home when they are sick to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus.”
 
The province continues to encourage businesses to take steps to help staff, customers 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;
•    ensuring staff stay home when feeling sick; and
•    following personal risk reduction measures.
 
Since May 21, Manitobans have engaged over 124,000 times through online surveys and telephone town halls to provide feedback on the Restoring Safe Services roadmap and restarting schools.

The premier also noted the province is developing a rapid response system to guide future decisions and any additional reopening steps that may be considered. Each level will include a risk assessment and a range of measures that may be in place at that level. As work continues to monitor the spread of the virus, the province may move up or down the rapid response/’stoplight’ scale as indicators change.

“While we can take pride in the progress we’ve made and the additional steps we are announcing today, we must remain vigilant,” said Pallister. “If public health results deteriorate or guidelines are not sufficient, Phase Three measures may be paused and previous measures may be reintroduced. I’m confident that we will continue to be successful if we keep working together as a team.”

The survey for the third phase and the plan to restart Manitoba schools will be open until June 21. Manitobans are encouraged to visit https://EngageMB to share their views.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #111

Public health officials advise there are two new cases of COVID-19 identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba remains at 306.

 
The data also shows:
no individuals in hospital or intensive care; 
six active cases and 293 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
An additional 575 laboratory tests were performed yesterday. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 55,097. 
 
The Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery Phase Three plan that will go into force June 21 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/.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Local National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebrations

Holly Lajambe from The Pas Friendship Centre spoke to Arctic Radio to talk about this year’s National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations, their original plan was to have another stage show with a pow wow but due to the COVID 19 pandemic this year’s celebrations will be virtual.

 

The virtual celebrations will be done on a Facebook group “National Indigenous Peoples Day The Pas and Area and videos containing indigenous culture will be uploaded throughout the day. 

 

There are also plans to have the Cree Puppeteers put on a show for adults and a video from last year’s celebrations is expected to be made available for viewing as well.

 

National Indigenous peoples days is this Sunday June 21st

Mays Monthly Mayor Reports

The local monthly mayor reports from last month have been released. The Pas had mostly disturbances of the peace and mischief cases and 128 prisoners held.

 

The RM of Kelsey had mainly provincial traffic violations 39 in all and the community of Cormorant had five cases of intoxication, and a few other offences ranging from disturbance of the peace and false alarms.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #110

Public health officials advise there are no new cases of COVID-19 identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba remains at 304.

 
The data also shows:
no individuals in hospital or intensive care,
five active cases and 292 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
An additional 234 laboratory tests were performed yesterday. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 54,614. 
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19
 
A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
 

Manitoba Public Insurance Opens Classes 2-5 Road Tests in Phases

Manitoba Public Insurance Announced that road tests for classes 2 to 5 will resume with a phased in approach for customers who previously booked appointments. These appointments were cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

The public is advised that no new tests for these classes will be available until further notice.

 

MPI has since resumed its class 1 road tests but all customers must take certain precautions.

 

They are required to arrive at least 15 minutes early for their test and maintain physically distancing, provide and wear their own masks, answer questions about whether they have been exposed to the virus, and to sanitize touch points on their vehicle.

Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species are organisms not native to an area or region, have a negative impact on the region and usually live in or around the water.

 

These species, once introduced to an area, are impossible to eradicate.  

 

Candace Parks is an Aquatic Invasive Species specialist with Agriculture and Resource Development for the Province of Manitoba. 

 

Besides their negative impact on the ecosystem, aquatic invasive species have an economic impact as well.  

 

For example, there is a cost to communities to remove zebra mussels from infrastructure such as drinking water intake systems and to clean up shorelines.

 

most aquatic invasive species are introduced through human actions.  Those include illegally dumping bait buckets or putting contaminated water-related equipment such as nets and boats into a body of water. 

 

As most of these species are microscopic in their initial stages, it is important to follow the province’s regulations of “Clean, Drain, Dry, Decontaminate and Dispose” to prevent their spread.

 

To find out more about these species go to manitoba.ca/stopais

SOM Awareness Week

It’s Special Olympics Manitoba Awareness Week, and this year’s campaign will be entirely online to adhere to public health guidelines.

 

Spokesperson Melissa Suggitt says the themes for this year is “Why I Love S-O-M” and “Accept with no Exceptions”.

 

The organization will be doing a live interview with a guest on their Facebook to talk about the different initiatives and programs Special Olympics Manitoba rolls out throughout the year.

 

You can learn more about Special Olympics Manitoba and participate in the awareness week by visiting specialolympics.mb.ca

 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #109

Public health officials advise three new cases were identified over the weekend, and no new cases of COVID-19 were identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 304.

The data also shows:
•    no individuals in hospital or intensive care,
•    five active cases and 292 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 2,125 laboratory tests were performed between June 12 and June 14. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 54,381.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

University College of The North Awarded with $970,000 to Train Front Line IT Technicians

The University College of The North was awarded with $970,000 to train Front Line IT Technicians.

 

UCN is one of 30 Future Skills Centre funded projects to provide essential solutions to support Canadians transitioning to new jobs or industries and the FSC recently announced its 37 million dollar investment for innovative and responsive solutions for Canada’s evolving labour market needs.

 

UCN will create a two year network computer technology program geared to providing entry level skills.

Rapid Response COVID 19 Testing Coming to The Pas

Rapid response COVID 19 testing will be made available in The Pas and other Northern Manitoba communities.

 

Four GeneXpert machines will be distributed to Northern Healthcare providers and these will provide tests results in as little as an hour.

 

The test kits are meant for those unable to self isolate if they contract the virus.

Flin Flon RCMP are Investigating an Assault and Forcible Confinement

At 1:50 the afternoon of June 2nd they received a report of a 20 year old female having been assaulted and forcibly confined at a local residence. 

 

Investigation determined the victim was in a residence on Hill Street when an argument occurred resulting in the victim being assaulted and locked in one of the bedrooms.  She was later released suffering non-life threatening injuries.

 

A 29 year old Flin Flon resident and a 26 year old from Pukatwagan have been charged with aggravated assault and forcible confinement and remanded into custody while a 35 year old from Flin Flon was released to appear in Flin Flon Provincial court July 14th facing the same charges.

 

Margaret Barbour Collegiate Graduation

Margaret Barbour Colligate and Mary Duncan Graduates will be gradating in a special drive by ceremony set to be held on June 26th where students will drive to a special ceremony to get their diplomas

 

These measures are being done to allow for social distancing during the COVID 19 Pandemic.

 

They are also planning to have the gradation ball in October during the thanksgiving weekend if certain restrictions are lifted.

 

You can listen to the full interview with MBCI principal Kathi McConnell Hore on The Pas today where she talks about the drive by cermony

MLA Tom Lindsey on Northern Infrastructure Projects

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey is calling on the provincial government to send applications for funding northern municipal infrastructure projects to Ottawa as soon as possible as construction season looms.

 

In a press release, the NDP cited a Winnipeg newspaper that reported Infrastructure Canada hadn’t received any applications under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program for northern and rural projects in Manitoba.

 

Lindsey says that while there’s still time for the province to send in the applications for approval, it won’t be long before construction season kicks off.

 

Any projects that don’t get funding this for this season will have to wait until next year, which Lindsey says could cause issues for aging infrastructure.

 

Lindsey goes on to explain that smaller communities in particular need this funding in order to ensure they can complete these projects.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #107

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 were identified as of 9:30 a.m. today.

 

The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 300.

The data also shows:
•    no individuals in hospital or intensive care;
•    seven active cases and 286 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

An additional 735 laboratory tests were performed yesterday. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 51,460.

The Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery draft Phase Three plan 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/.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, 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.

PROVINCE SEEKS INPUT FROM MANITOBANS ON PLANS FOR PHASE THREE OF RESTORING SAFE SERVICES: MANITOBA'S PANDEMIC ECONOMIC RECOVERY ROADMAP

The Manitoba government is seeking feedback from the public on its proposed plan to ease public health restrictions and continue safely restoring services, while ensuring physical distancing, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.
 
“Thanks to the efforts of ‘Team Manitoba’, we have successfully kept our COVID curve flat and continue to have among the lowest test positivity rates in Canada,” said Pallister. “There is a lot to take into consideration as we reopen our businesses and communities, safely. I am pleased to share with Manitobans the draft plan for Phase Three of Restoring Safe Services, and I encourage their input and advice as we move forward in our recovery efforts, together.”
 
The draft plan for Phase Three of reopening the Manitoba economy is based on public health advice and consultation with key sectors. Proposed measures include:
•    increasing gathering sizes to up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors;
•    developing guidelines for faith-based and other cultural gatherings, pow wows and other Indigenous cultural and spiritual gatherings, and small summer fairs and festivals;
•    easing border restrictions to allow residents of western Canada and northwest Ontario to enter Manitoba without the need to self-isolate for 14 days;
•    resuming regular licensed capacity for child-care centres with guidelines in place;
•    increasing group sizes for day camps from 24 children to 50;
•    increasing indoor occupancy levels for community/service centres and senior centres/clubs;
•    allowing people employed by or affiliated with a film production to enter Manitoba without
self-isolating for 14 days;
•    allowing people employed by or affiliated with a professional sports team to enter Manitoba without self-isolating for 14 days;
•    removing occupancy limits for retail businesses while ensuring physical distancing measures are in place;
•    increasing indoor and patio occupancy limits to 75 per cent of total capacity for restaurants, bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, microbreweries and distilleries; and
•    lifting occupancy limits for regulated and non-regulated health professions including registered massage therapists.
 
Detailed information on the plan for Phase Three, including service restoration, measures the public can take to reduce their risk of COVIC-19 exposure or spreading the virus, and workplace guidance for businesses, can be found at www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices.

“As we reopen the economy, we will have to adjust to some level of risk and each person has to decide the level of risk they are willing to accept,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public heath officer. “All Manitobans, especially those choosing to resume some activities, must remember to practise good hand hygiene, not to share items with others and practise physical distancing when with others outside their households.”

Roussin also noted it is key for people to stay home if they are sick to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
 
The province continues to encourage businesses to take steps to help staff, customers 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;
•    ensuring staff stay home when feeling sick; and
•    following personal risk reduction measures.

“While we can take pride in the progress we’ve made and the additional steps we are considering today, we must remain vigilant,” Pallister said. “If public health results deteriorate or guidelines are not sufficient, Phase Three measures may be paused and previous measures may be re-introduced. We do not want a COVID comeback, we want a Manitoba comeback.”
 
Manitoba businesses can submit questions about how the plan applies to them by visiting https://engagemb.ca.
 
A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

MKO Police Violence

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak’s Grand Chief Garrison Settee is urging law enforcement services across the country to work with Indigenous leaders to eliminate systemic discrimination that exists within police forces.

 

This comes after a number of reports of Indigenous people who are experiencing violence and death as a result of their interactions with police officers.

 

Settee lists the deaths of three Indigenous people who died due to police shootings in Winnipeg, as well as the death of Chantel Moore, who was killed by a New Brunswick police officer during a wellness check.

 

He adds other recent incidents include an Inuk man who was knocked over by an RCMP vehicle in Nunavut and a Chief of a northern Alberta First Nation who spoke about his experience with police due to having expired tags on his license plate.

 

Settee explains that police brutality is not new, and that most people simply have a mobile phone to record these incidents.

 

He goes on to say that it citizens shouldn’t have to be required to record interactions with police, and all levels of government should work together to end police brutality and violence against Indigenous people.

The Pas Black Lives Matter Protest

A black lives matter protest was held in The Pas this past Tuesday and organizer Kai Ward said they had a good turnout with about 200 protestors.

 

The protest began at The Roy H Johnston Arena and ended at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre.

 

Ward wants to remind people to stick together during these trying times and push to make positive changes.

 

Photos and videos from the protest can be found at The Pas BLM Protest Facebook group and on 102.9 CJARs Facebook page.

Kelsey School Division Board Meeting

The Kelsey School Division held a regular board meeting on Monday. One of the items brought up was a Climate Action Incentive fund and the Kelsey School Division recently found out that their share of the fund is around 70 thousand dollars to cover various projects and activities to fight climate change in the schools.

 

They also passed a motion to support anti racism instruction in all levels of the school curricula, they approved the alternative graduation ceremony plans for MBCI and Mary Duncan School, and they appointed Angie Quiring as the interim Secretary Treasurer.

 

 

Expanded Hospital Visitor Access in the Northern Health Region

The Northern Heath Region began visitor access for in patients yesterday. This means that specifically designated visitors and support persons can visit on Monday to Friday from 1PM to 4PM and visitor access maybe expanded to weekends and holidays at a later date.

 

Visitors will be required to comply with infection prevention and control measures which includes hand washing and social distancing.

 

More in patient guild lines can be found at northernhealthregion.com

Town Council and Committee of the Whole Meeting Highlights June 8th

At Monday night’s council meeting town council voted to close three walkways located on Cudmore Crescent until September 15th.

 

Residents from the area have complained that these walkways have been a hotspot for vandals and people causing disturbances.

 

Town council approved the financial plan for the year 2020 at Monday night’s council meeting.

 

You can learn more about this year’s financial plan on townofthepas.com

Concert Band Sight Read Session at MBCI

Margaret Barbour Collegiate band director Heather Gibson spoke to Arctic Radio news about their Concert Band Sight Read Session set to be held this Thursday.

 

The students will read through some easy pop tunes and making music outside MBCI at 2PM, the session will be held on Friday at 1PM if the weather is bad.

 

This is a new session created in response to the positive response from the Jazz Bands Jazz Sessions.

Kelsey Community School Reverse Parade

Kelsey Community School will be celebrating their year and showing appreciation for their staff by having a reverse parade on June 16th.

 

Those taking part in the parade will meet at the Roy H Johnston Arena Parking Lot at 2PM and the parade will start at around 2:30.

 

The parade will have a beach theme and people are welcome to join the parade as long as they follow social distancing guild lines. The parade will be rescheduled to June 18th if it rains.

Manitoba Public Insurance Cycling Safety

Manitoba Public Insurance wants both cyclists and motorists to exercise caution on the roadways.

 

On average 130 people are injured every year when their bike is involved in a motor vehicle related accident.

 

Motorists are urged to give cyclists at least one metre of space when driving alongside them and to take extra caution at intersections and watch for cyclists when make a turn.

 

Cyclists are reminded to always follow the rules of the road including stopping at stop signs and traffic lights and to never pass stopped vehicles in the same lane or when stopped at an intersection as the driver may not see you.

 

It is always important to use hand signals to alert motorists of your intentions and consider wearing reflective clothing.

Manitoulin Transport Opens New Terminal Building in The Pas

Manitoulin Transport has opened a new building here in The Pas on Industrial Road.

 

Manitoulin Transport President Jeff King says the new terminal demonstrates their commitment to The Pas and surrounding area and to Canada’s smaller communities.

 

As an additional gesture of commitment to the community the company will be donating to three local organizations, Oscars Place Homeless Shelter here in The Pas, the Snow Lake Family Resource Centre, and Lords Bounty Food Bank in Flin Flon.

Margaret Barbour Collegiate Jazz Jam This Afternoon

Margaret Barbour Colligates Band Director Heather Gibson spoke to Arctic Radio news about their Jazz Jam scheduled to be held this afternoon in front of the school.

 

The concert is scheduled for 2PM but it will likely be canceled if the weather is bad.

 

Gibson says their previous jazz jam sessions gave jazz band students an opportunity to play their charts that they have learned.

 

Members of the public are invited to bring a lawn chair and sit socially distanced while they listen to the performance.

Black Lives Matter Protest in The Pas This Afternoon

With the Murder of George Floyd in the United States people around the world have been taking part in Black Lives Matter Protests and the town of The Pas is following suite.

 

A protest is set to be held today at noon.

 

You can find more information by joining The Pas BLM Protest Facebook Group.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #104

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 were identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 300.

The data also shows:
•    no individuals in hospital or intensive care;
•    nine active cases and 284 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 2,217 laboratory tests were performed between June 5 and June 7. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 49,591.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, 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.

Town of The Pas Council and Committee of the Whole Meeting

The Town of The Pas will be having their first regular meeting of council and committee of the whole meetings for the month of June this evening at council chambers at 6PM

 

They will be discussing the possibility of temporality closing some walkways in town and a tax levy by law is set to be brought up as well.

 

The full agenda can be found at townofthepas.ca

 

You can also watch the live stream of the meetings on the Town of The Pas You Tube Channel

Webinar with MP Dan Vandal

MP Dan Vandal the Minister of Northern Affairs is having a webinar this Wednesday from 2:30 until 3:15 in the afternoon.

 

The meeting is in regards to the unpredicted challenges that were created by COVID 19, the Federal Government response and what needs to be done to keep Canadians safe and working.

 

You can sign up for the webinar at jointhechamber.ca

COVID-19 BULLETIN #103

Public health officials advise two new cases of COVID-19 were identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 300.

The data also shows:
•    no individuals in hospital or intensive care;
•    nine active cases and 284 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 671 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 47,372.

Changes to the hours of operation at community testing sites in Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Steinbach and Winkler, as well as at Thunderbird House in Winnipeg, come into effect this weekend. Due to low patient volumes, these sites are now closed on Sundays. For a full listing of site locations throughout the province and hours of operation, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

Follow the Manitoba government at www.twitter.com/MBGov on the weekend for updated case numbers. Complete data from the weekend will be updated Monday, June 8 at 1 p.m. at www.manitoba.ca/COVID19 and in the media bulletin.

New Exhibit at Sam Waller Museum Frances Cooper Untitled Perspective

The Sam Waller Museum has a new art exhibit on display called Frances Cooper untitled perspective.

 

The exhibit is multimedia featuring themes of nature and patterns that we see in our daily lives.

 

Museum Curator and archivist Katherine Patterson  says that one of the highlights of the exhibit is one of her sculpture pieces which she says is incredible to see in person.

 

Art pieces on display are also for sale.

 

The exhibit will be on display until September 30th.

University College of The North Statement on Events in the United States

The University College of the North released a statement this week regarding the events occurring in the United States.

 

UCN supports equal and respectful treatment for Black Americans and all radicalized peoples by law enforcement and they support the right to speak out and protest injustice.

 

UCN has acknowledged that Canada has its own history of systemic racism by the state against indigenous and black populations and they continue to work hard for reconciliation and create a society that is more just and fair, one that recognizes diversity as a source of strength.

Niki Ashton Statement on George Floyds Murder and Racism

Our MP Niki Ashton took the time to address racism in Canada in the wake of the George Floyd murder.

 

She stated that in April three indigenous people were killed by Winnipeg police and we must accept the fact that systemic racism is alive and well in Canada and we must end the poverty faced by indigenous and black communities’ poverty that was exposed by the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

Ashton added that we must respect the rights of indigenous people defending their lands from corporations and we must speak out against those inciting hatred and violence.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #102

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 were identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 298.

 
The data also shows:
no individuals in hospital or intensive care; 
seven active cases and 284 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
As of yesterday, an additional 899 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 46,701. 
 
Today, beach safety officers return to patrol the beaches in Birds Hill, Winnipeg Beach and Grand Beach provincial parks. As the weather heats up and more people venture out to beaches and parks, visitors are reminded to know their limits and to supervise and keep children within arms’ reach at all times. Due to COVID-19, the province’s life-jacket loaner program will not be operating at this time so individuals should bring their own life jackets/personal flotation devices if they are a non-swimmer. 
 
Standard physical distancing practices should be followed, including two metres or six feet of separation from other beach users outside your family group, and four metres or 12 feet of separation between each group’s towels and blankets on the beach to allow for foot traffic to and from the water. More information on guidelines for Manitoba beaches can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/sd/parks/provincial-park-beaches/index.html.
 
A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

Premier Brian Pallister Says the Government Continues to Work for Manitobans

Pallister was asked why the legislature is not holding regular sittings. He noted they have met more than nine other legislatures, Parliament is not holding normal sittings and they are normally on a break at this time of year. 

 

He says he doesn’t think the argument works very well that they’re doing anything but being accountable as they’re facing a pandemic, they’re doing that effectively thanks to Manitobans, but the government’s done a lot of things right and they’re going to continue to learn through this process. 

 

He notes they’ve now got to focus on getting our province back and that means getting our economy back safely and that’s where their target is going to be for the next few weeks.

 

Pallister added Manitobans have done a good job so far through this pandemic and should continue to do so as we can beat this thing together.

Amanda Lathlin Addressing Provincial Fishery Issues

Our MLA Amanda Lathlin has been fighting hard to support Northern Manitoba Fisheries as they have been struggling during the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

The freshwater fish marketing corporation is no longer buying walleye because of a drastic drop in sales and many fisheries are not eligible for provincial supports because they do not have a business number and Lathin has been urging the provincial government to change this.

 

Another minister responded to Lathlin by saying that the Province has taken steps to protect fisheries by ensuring the sustainability of the fisheries and improving the quality of water bodies to support a strong vibrant fishery today and in the future.

Funding is Available to Front Line Workers

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has announced the government will be distributing 120 million dollars to recognize the risks taken by front line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

He says the program in collaboration with the federal government will provide a one time payment to eligible low income front line workers who made less than 25 hundred dollars a month since the pandemic started. 

 

It was reported that the funding may be made available to higher wage earners if there aren’t enough applicants.

 

Eligible public and private sector positions include the areas of health care, social services, justice, transportation and essential retail, food and beverage services. A full list can be found at www.manitoba.ca/covid19 with applications being accepted from now until June 18th.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #101

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 298.

The data also shows:
•    no individuals in hospital or intensive care;
•    nine active cases and 282 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 824 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 45,923.

Community testing sites in Dauphin and Swan River have moved to new locations and have revised hours of operation. In Dauphin, a drive-thru testing site is now located in the parking lot at the Dauphin Community Health Services Building, 625 Third St. SW and will be open Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Swan River drive-thru testing site has been relocated to the parking lot at the Swan Valley Primary Care Centre, 1000 Main St. and is open Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For a full list of community testing sites and their hours of operation, visit:
www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Hospitals and health centres will begin allowing expanded visitor access for inpatients as part of Phase Two of the Restoring Safe Services plan. The gradual easing of visitor restrictions will occur at individual sites across the province beginning as early as Friday. These changes will allow patients to see loved ones in person while measures remain in place to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in health facilities. For more information, go to https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/?archive=&item=48384.

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

Arrest Made in Connection to a Stabbing in Cranberry Portage

The RCMP have arrested Aaron Cook in connection to a stabbing at a residence in Cranberry Portage.

 

In the early morning hours of May 23rd the RCMP responded to the report of a stabbing and a 26 year old male and 40 year old female had been stabbed and taken to hospital

 

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

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey is Demanding Action on Paid Sick Leave Benefits

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey is Demanding Action on Paid Sick Leave Benefits

 

In the Legislature last week Lindsey raised the issue of paid sick leave proposed to the provinces by the federal government.

 

He stated paid sick leave provisions are governed by provincial legislation noting on this side of the house we are ready to debate legislation that would ensure these benefits for Manitobans now not sometime after a fall sitting. 

 

Premier Brian Pallister didn’t make that commitment but noted government members have shown their solidarity with working people, frontline workers and vulnerable people across the province by taking a voluntary pay cut while not one member of the other side has done that.

Niki Ashton Urging Federal Government to Work with Commercial Fisheries in Manitoba

Our MP Niki Ashton recently brought up concerns she had with Manitoba Fisheries during question period, she stated that import markets for Manitoba fish have dried up and fishers are desperate for support.

 

When she asked if the Federal Government will work with inland fishers and the fresh water fish marketing corporation to develop and deliver an emergency package that works for them and find ways to redirect products to domestic markets including communities facing food insecurity,

 

Bernadette Jordan Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard responded by saying she recognized how hard the COVID 19 pandemic has hit Canadian fishers, pointing out that the harvesters benefit allows all harvesters to take advantage of a grant contribution to help them through this difficult time.

 

Fishers can now qualify for EI benefit based on previous seasons.

She added that they are continuing to look at ways to address challenges in the fishing industry.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #100

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 297.

The data also shows:

  • no individuals in hospital or intensive care;
  • 12 active cases and 278 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

The province has worked with the Manitoba Trucking Association to develop information for truck drivers about asymptomatic testing. For more details, visit the transportation, communication and storage section at
www.manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/coronavirus/restoring-asymptomatic-testing-for-truck-drivers.pdf

Thompson RCMP looking for missing youth

On May 21, 2020, at 10:15 pm, Thompson RCMP received a report of a missing 15-year-old male from the community who was seen leaving his residence at 6:30 pm. Officers have received information that Clinton Adam Miles was last seen on May 27, 2020, near Laval Place.

 

Miles is described as 5’7”, 135 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black hat, black shirt and black pants.

 

The RCMP are asking anyone with information to call the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Opasquia Trails Receives Funding from Province

The Province of Manitoba will be providing Opasquia Trails with $50,000 in support for building the Grace Lake Boardwalk.

 

Board member Al MacLauchlan stated in a news release that fund raising for the project was delayed due to the COVID 19 pandemic hence the announcement is good news.

 

Opasquia trails has retained the HTFC planning and design from Winnipeg to complete a master plan for the interpretive boardwalk and trail which will start at the Kelsey Watershed District Office and end about 400 metres north at the Boreal discovery trail.

 

The trail will provide outdoor opportunities such as bird watching once completed.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Events Cancelled

Opaskwayak Cree nation announced that their National Cree Gathering, pow wow, Big Eddy Sports Days, and Opaskwayak Indian Days have all been cancelled for this year.

 

The decision was made to help prevent the spread of COVID 19. Chief Christian Sinclair stated that he hopes to gather once again in the future to strengthen cree traditions.

Boreal Wetlands Conservation Codes of Practice

The provincial government released their Boreal Wetlands Conservation Codes of Practice.

 

Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen states these management practices will provide guidance on how to avoid, minimize, and offset impacts to boreal wetlands that result from resource and access roads and crossings.

 

In a news release, Pedersen says this approach will reduce red tape for industry, supporting sustainable development of natural resources, and supporting the conservation of Manitoba’s boreal wetlands.

 

The minister goes on to explain that the codes of practice provide certainty for resource developers by providing guidance about where and how to operate within and around boreal wetlands on Crown lands.

The Boreal Wetlands Conservation Codes of Practices can be found on the Government of Manitoba website.

There are Three New Members of the Northern Health Region Board

Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen has announced new appointments and reappointments to the boards of five regional health authorities.  New appointments made to the Northern Regional Health Authority Board include Linda Markus of The Pas, Dianne Russell of Flin Flon and Kelly Bindle of Thompson.  Reappointments to the Board are Angela Enright of Snow Lake and Mary Head of The Pas OCN.

 

The Boards of regional health authorities are responsible for directing the management and affairs of the region to ensure the delivery and administration of health services.  Friesen notes regional boards are crucial to ensuring the provision of safe, quality care and guide how we move forward to ensure consistent, reliable health services across the province.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #99

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 295.

The data also shows:
•    no individuals in hospital or intensive care;
•    10 active cases and 278 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

As of yesterday, an additional 806 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 44,692.

As of today, the province is entering 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.

Niki Ashton COVID 19 Pandemic Update

Our Local MP Niki Ashton spoke to Arctic Radio to talk about the work she has been doing during the COVID 19 crisis.

 

When asked about how she felt about restrictions being lifted in Manitoba Ashton says that we must continue to be vigilant when it comes to lifting the Northern Manitoba Travel ban and that we need to continue to make people aware of how vulnerable our region is as we don’t’ have the same access to health care that the south does.

 

You are invited to contact Niki Ashton’s office should you have any questions or concerns. She is also planning to do more question and answer sessions on Facebook later on.

 

https://www.ourcommons.ca/members/en/niki-ashton(36037)#contact

 

 

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