The Pas Local News Archives for 2022-02

Amanda Lathlin MLA report – February 25, 2022

Amanda Lathlin stated in her latest MLA report that she enjoyed her time at the annual trappers festival, and talked about her plans for the near future.

 

"I had a great time at the Trapper’s Festival last week and it was so good to see many of you come out and join the celebrations."

 

"As the Critic for Families - CFS, I have witnessed, experienced and listened to many families’ heartbreaking experiences with Manitoba’s child welfare legislation. Currently, the CFS Act does not clearly identify how a family’s support network and service providers involved with supporting families should inform important child welfare decisions. Also, the Act does not include the terms “reunification” or “restoration”. These critical concepts need to be introduced and emphasized throughout the legislation, in order to support and promote a significant shift in practice to parent, family, community and local decision-making."

 

The final Report of the Legislative Review Committee (2018) proposed new legislation. The guiding principle in the revision of CFS legislation is the belief that separation from parents and family be the last response. Mothers of children who are taken into care see a significant deterioration in their health and mental health after apprehension, such as increased rates of depression, anxiety and substance use. How can families heal while they are separated?

 

Some of the proposed changes are that parents and families should have the right to be more involved in, and informed of, decisions made about their children. As well, children should only be separated from their parents, either partly or entirely, when all other measures are exhausted. Separation from parents should be the last resort.

 

What is missing in shaping legislation are the children’s voices. In August of 2021, Opaskwayak Cree Nation held Wakohtowin Community Consultations. It was part of the development of OCN’s new Child Welfare Law and Service Delivery Model (C-92). OCN provided a safe place to consult with OCN youth.

 

Our youth shared their unique experiences and perspectives with CFS that are crucially needed for development of the new law and service deliver model. Another important advocate for children in care is Voices: Manitoba's Youth in Care Network, which was started in 1995 with the goal to “Engage, Equip, and empower”. They represent the youth perspective about the foster care system and decisions about their future. Our children need to be heard. We owe this to them.

 

As always, if you have any issue or question, please get in touch with my office by emailing Amanda.lathlin@yourmanitoba.ca or calling 1-204-623-2034.

University College of the North Keeps Vaccine and Masking Requirements in Place Until End of Current Term

(The Pas/Thompson, MB) – University College of the North will continue vaccine and masking requirements for students, employees and visitors until the end of the Winter Term on Friday, April 22, 2022.

 

UCN moved many courses online in response to the pandemic. The decision to keep current vaccine and mask requirements in place will avoid as much disruption as possible for students who continue to study at UCN learning facilities.

 

“Our situation at UCN is unique given our hands-on learning environment, our residences and our multiple teaching sites throughout the north,” said Doug Lauvstad, UCN President and Vice-Chancellor. “UCN will continue to work to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe, healthy and engaged in education during the pandemic.”

 

UCN shares updated pandemic plans at www.ucncovid.ca.

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Niki Ashton on Housing Crisis

NDP MP Niki Ashton called on Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to stop stalling and urgently deliver housing for Indigenous and northern communities in Manitoba. For years, people living in Indigenous and northern communities have been dealing with a devastating housing crisis, a result of Liberal and Conservative government cuts.  

 

“Many people living on First Nations across northern Manitoba are living in shockingly unacceptable housing,” said Ashton. “Despite the Liberals promising to deliver an Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy since 2017, Indigenous people are still waiting. Even these promises are not sufficient to meet the acute housing needs across our region. This must change. People in the North can’t wait any longer.”  

 

The reality is the housing crisis in Indigenous and northern communities is a matter of life and death. The covid-19 pandemic hit First Nations particularly hard in part because of the overcrowded and inadequate housing conditions. The Liberals’ inaction is leaving communities to suffer. In fact, since the Liberals got into power, the housing crisis has only gotten worse.   

 

“In many Indigenous communities across northern Manitoba people are living in inhumane housing conditions,” said Ashton. “The Liberals failed to fully deliver an Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy promised since 2017, a plan that would not even meet the communities' needs. This must change. Indigenous people can’t wait any longer.”  



The NDP is also urging the Liberal government to keep their promise to deliver a ‘For Indigenous, By Indigenous’ housing strategy and to establish an all-weather road system so that building materials can be shipped into communities on a regular basis to help with housing maintenance.  

Film/TV Director Sturla Gunnarson Coming to The Pas to Mentor a Local Production

Award winning TV and Film director Sturla Gunnarson will soon be visiting The Pas and area to mentor the production of a World War 2 film by local artist Steven Bignell called “The Tomahawk”

 

Gunnarson is a mentor for the National Screen Institutes New Northern Voices Program, a program that Bignell took part in, and production is expected to begin in March.

 

Gunnarson said in a news release that he looks forward to working with Bignell, and he will be joined by another New Northern voices Program participant Stuart Matheson who will act as a producer.

 

The goal of NSI’s new Northern Voices Program is to strengthen the skills of Northern Manitoba Story tellers.

The Pas RCMP respond to report of deceased female

On February 21, 2022, at approximately 10:15 am, The Pas RCMP received a report of a deceased female located outside a residence in The Pas, Manitoba.

 

The 31-year-old female from The Pas had attended the residence earlier in the evening, but she had left. She was dressed for the weather, but not for the extreme temperatures reached overnight. The female had left the residence with an unknown male. Police continue to look for him.

 

Criminality is not suspected.

 

If you have information on the unknown male, please call The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6204, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival "Behind the Scenes" The Jack Mcphail Memorial 6 Dog Sled Race

The Jack Mcphail Memorial 6 dog sled race is named after a well known dog musher and dog trainer who volunteered his time to assist with dog sled races in The Pas and has family members that followed his footsteps.

 

His son Bob Mcphail won a 1975 World Championship and his grandsons Donny Poulin, and Robbie and Chris Turner are all racing this year as part of the Trappers Festival Festivities

 

Donny is a contender for the Manitoba championship.

 

You can follow the Kinsmens Club of The Pas Facebook page for up to date results on the races.

Community Futures Cedar Lake Investing in Our Future Grants Awarded

Community Futures Cedar Lake Region took advantage of the nice weather and was
out in the community on Valentine’s Day and during the week, sharing the love with
local community organizations.

 

The “Investing In Our Future” grant has been created to
support community projects that add to the general well-being of a community, while
stimulating economic growth.

Presenting the cheques on behalf of Community Futures Cedar Lake were Joe Cote,
General Manager, Carrie Atkinson, Chairperson, and Rod Berezowecki, Treasurer.

Cheques were presented to:
Jackie Rechenmacher, The Pas CDC for Discover The Pas/OCN - $5000 to
enhance their photo catalogue and media content for future promotions.

Jackie Rechenmacher, Clearwater Lake Outdoor Club - $5000 for bathroom
renovations and accessibility doors.

Sharain Jones, The Sam Waller Museum - $2500 towards replacing the air
conditioning system in the museum.

Jennifer Cook, The Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival - $5000 promote the
festival in the media.

Logan Moreton and Caleb Pitre, Tribe Cable Park - $5000 towards the cost of
supplying permanent hydro power to the site.

Dori Hnidy, and Jay Marin – Kelsey Community School - $5000 for playground
safety improvements

Donna Delvenne and Linda Barker- Barrows Community Council - $5000 for
repairs to the community rink change room

“It’s gratifying to see the impact that our grants will have on the communities,” stated
Joe Cote. “This year we are in the position to be able to fund various projects, and it is
rewarding to be able to support organizations and their volunteers who have given so
much to the communities.”


Application deadline is March 1, 2022. For more information, or to apply for the
Investing in Our Future Grant, please email Community Futures Cedar Lake


cfcedarlakegrants@gmail.com or phone 204-627-5450

 

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NORWAY HOUSE CREE NATION AND FLYING NICKEL MINING SIGN MOU TO CREATE THE LOWEST ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT NICKEL MINE IN THE WORLD, AND PROVIDE OVER $550M OF ECONOMIC BENEFIT AND APPROXIMATELY 45O JOBS

Chief Larson Anderson of Norway House Cree Nation (NHCN) and Dan Oosterman, President of Flying Nickel Mining Corporation (FNM) are pleased to announce the signing of a Relationship and Benefit Memo of Understanding (MOU) that will allow the Minago Nickel Project to move forward.  

 

The MOU outlines the terms and conditions that form the basis of a Relationship and Impact Benefits Agreement. The agreement aims to create the lowest environmental impact Nickel mine in the world, while ensuring that Norway House and neighbouring First Nations enjoy economic and employment benefits of the project. 

 

Once fully operational, the mine could produce 37.5M pounds of nickel per year. Four First Nations have signed a Mineral Exploration and Development cooperation MOU to share the benefits of mineral development with a direct earning potential in excess of $40M over ten years for the First Nations. Benefits from this project would see Norway House Cree Nation and other local First Nations as the “first choice supplier” for employment, goods and services estimated at $100 million per year.  

 

Chief Larson Anderson, Norway House Cree Nation, commented that “the Nation is committed to principles of economic sustainability, environmental stewardship, and self-determination that respects the NHCN Resource Management Area and its resources.

 

Working with forward looking Councilors has enabled our Nation to establish a cooperative and mutually respectful long-term relationship with Flying Nickel Mining in keeping with the principles outlined in this MOU.”

 

The First Nation is also working with the federal government to add to their reserve land near this development to facilitate this economic development. 

 

Flying Nickel Mining is committed to environmentally responsible mineral exploration and development, which includes respect for the environment using the latest mining technologies and mineral processing and maximizing Manitoba’s northern renewable electricity generation to power the Project. 

 

A combination of jobs and training are also included with this mining operation. It anticipated that over 100 jobs will be created during early development of the mine and limestone operations. Up to 450 jobs are anticipated once the mine becomes fully operational. We are approaching the Provincial Government to establish a training program to match Nation members with training opportunities to meet employment needs and maximize opportunities for Norway House Cree Nation members and other local First Nations. 

 

A by-product of the mining project is low CO2 Dolomite (a cleaner version of limestone).  FNM and NHCN have agreed to collaborate to develop a Limestone Quarry Project based at the Minago Project site. It is estimated that this jointly-owned operation could produce up to 11 million tons of limestone per year with a 10-year earning potential of approximately $450M for Norway House First Nation. This could facilitate the creation of a low emitting cement available in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. 

 

The Minago Nickel Project is located adjacent to Manitoba Provincial Highway 6, approximately 225 km south of Thompson and 100 km north of Grand Rapids, Manitoba, and is within the Nation’s Resource Management Area.  

Kelsey School Division Budget Hearing Protocol

The Kelsey School Division announced that due to current COVID 19 protocols they will not be having an in public consultation meeting for their upcoming budget.

 

They will instead be posting information on the budget on a dedicated page on their website Kelsey school division dot ca and the page is called budget 2022-23

 

The deadline to submit your feedback on the budget is February 23rd and you can find information on how to submit feedback on the school division’s website

 

https://kelseyschooldivision.ca/budget-2022-23/

University College of the North Diploma in Practical Nursing program one of the first to receive national accreditation

(Flin Flon/Swan River, MB) – Practical Nurse – Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Accreditation Bureau (PN-CAB) granted the University College of the North (UCN) Diploma in Practical Nursing program accreditation.

 

“CASN accreditation for our Practical Nursing program is fantastic news for UCN and the north,” said Vicki Zeran, UCN Dean of Health. “Although CASN has been accrediting BN programs since 1987, UCN is one of the first DPN programs to receive National recognition through CASN.”

 

CASN Accreditation is a voluntary process and promotes program excellence to identify strengths and opportunities for program improvement. UCN received a 7-year program accreditation with recommendations for improvement.

 

“This process ensures that our program is held to the same high standards of other major Canadian institutions,” said Sheri McPhee, UCN DPN Program Coordinator. “I have never been more proud of the accomplishments of the DPN team and the students. We are producing work-ready nurses who are making a real difference in our communities, and to the people we serve as nursing professionals.”

 

The purpose of accreditation is to ensure that nursing education programs are held to expected quality standards. This furthers the practical nursing profession and greatly enhances the overall quality of care.

 

University College of the North provides learning opportunities to northern communities while respecting diverse Indigenous and northern values.

Plans for a Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Park

A letter was presented at Monday night’s Town of The Pas Council meeting that requested that the makeshift Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Site be rezoned, designated, and protected as a memorial park.

 

The letter was submitted by Sandra Delaronde and Renne Kastrukoff and the letter stated that they are willing to work with the Town of The Pas and Helen Betty Osborne’s family to make this happen.

 

The letter also mentioned that many people visit the makeshift memorial to pay their respects to Helen Betty Osborne who was abducted and murdered in 1971.

 

The town is expected to work with the two women that submitted the letter in the future. As of now the idea is still in the planning stages.

University College of the North partners with Riipen to make Work-Integrated Learning more accessible for Manitoba students

(The Pas, MB) University College of the North (UCN) has partnered with Riipen, the world's largest online work-integrated learning (WIL) marketplace. This partnership will bring accessible WIL experiences into the curriculum for Manitoba students. UCN was selected as one of 30 post-secondary institutions to receive funding from RBC Future Launch.

 

"Riipen has enhanced accessibility by creating opportunities for UCN students to apply classroom learning to real projects," said Krystle Paskaruk, Career and Work-Integrated Learning Coordinator. "This allows them to combine work and education while supporting both local and international organizations."

 

Riipen's marketplace platform matches courses submitted by professors with projects submitted by Riipen's vetted network of 19,000 employers, including small businesses and non-profits. Throughout the Riipen project, employers will provide UCN students with professional feedback and insights on the real-world application of their knowledge. Students can offer employers their expertise and ideas on various subjects such as marketing, business planning, and IT while earning course credits.

 

"Canada's future workforce is graduating into an economy still in recovery, and it is our mission to support these students in their transition from learning to work. Over 90% of students on Riipen report feeling a positive impact on their employability in areas such as career readiness, professionalism and critical thinking," said Dana Stephenson, CEO of Riipen. "We are excited to partner with University College of the North to deliver even more experiences this year with funding from RBC Future Launch."

 

By the end of this year, the Riipen and RBC Future Launch partnership will have delivered 27,000 flexible and scalable curriculum-embedded short-term work-integrated learning experiences to learners across Canada. Learn more at riipen.com.

 

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Business Support for Manitobans

Manitoba Business Matters and the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce have announced that assistance is available to Manitoba businesses that have been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic through the sector support program. 

 

Some of the eligible businesses include restaurants that rely on in person dining, catering services, theatres, gyms, photographers, and rental facilities.

 

For more information or to apply for assistance visit https://manitobabusinessmatters.ca/

 

The deadline to apply is February 28th

 

 

 

 

MP Niki Ashton Introduces Private Members Bill

THOMPSON — Today, NDP MP Niki Ashton (Churchill–Keewatinook Aski) introduced a private member’s bill that will put public interest ahead of the profits of the ultra-rich by allowing Canada to leverage public investment and public ownership in the fight against climate change. If passed, the bill would change the mandate of the Canada Infrastructure Bank by making the fight against the climate crisis its priority.
 
“While the Liberals drag their feet, Canadians have to endure the deadly and catastrophic impacts of the climate emergency. We also know that Indigenous and Northern communities are some of the hardest hit by the effects of climate change and this Liberal government has been leaving them to fend for themselves,” said Ashton. “This bill will ensure that the federal government provides communities at the forefront of the fight against climate change the tools they need to face this crisis. I invite all parliamentarians who value the right of Canadians to live in a healthy and clean environment to support this bill.” 
 
Specifically, this bill removes the part of the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s mandate that allows it to seek out private investment in the interest of rich CEOs and encourages the federal government to fund public projects that foster climate change mitigation and adaptation. Furthermore, the bill will ensure Indigenous and Northern communities participate on the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s Board while requiring greater transparency by the provision of regular reports on how it is fulfilling this mandate. 
 
“Over the course of last year, people across the country struggled with record heat waves, droughts, flooding and other extreme weather conditions. Lives have been lost, homes have been destroyed, and livelihoods endangered by the climate emergency,” said Ashton. “The fight against climate change requires many tools including the use of public ownership and investment in support of communities that are already hurting. This is an opportunity to tackle climate change while investing in the health and well-being of our communities across the country.” 

 

Quote from validator:

 

"Canada's Infrastructure Bank, in it's current form, is not doing the job it promised. It’s been used to privatize infrastructure through  private-public partnerships that do not work for workers or communities. The Bank should focus on eliminating private, for-profit investment and focus on climate mitigation. As CLC President, I welcome MP Ashton's efforts to push public ownership in the fight against climate change and in support of communities that are already paying the price."

— Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress

Manitoba is Accelerating their Plan to Reduce Public Health Orders

Premier Heather Stefanson has announced new public health orders will come into effect starting this Tuesday. 

 

She stated all of Manitoba will move to yellow or caution on the Pandemic Response System.  She adds effective Tuesday March 1st the required use of vaccine cards will be eliminated in Manitoba and effective March 15th mask requirements and all other restrictions will be eliminated.

 

As well this Tuesday capacity limits will be eliminated in venues such as restaurants, licensed premises, entertainment venues, indoor and outdoor sporting events and gatherings at private residences.

 

Young people ages 12 to 17 participating in indoor sports and recreation will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination or recent testing. The province plans to gradually move away from public health rules to recommendations. More details can be found at www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

Manitoba tourism businesses encouraged to adapt and innovate with new funding

Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 9, 2022 - Travel Manitoba announced today that 50 tourism businesses will be supported in their efforts to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by adapting to changing customer expectations and offering innovative experiences.

 

The Tourism Innovation and Recovery Fund was launched last November as a one time support initiative designed to increase the number of enticing tourism experiences in the province and support existing attractions in recovering from the impacts of the pandemic.

 

Over 120 applications were received for the program, under one of two streams: Experience Enhancement, which offered up to $15,000 in funding to operators of an existing experience to improve their offering, and New Experience Development, which provided up to $25,000 in funding to enable tourism operators to create new experiences.

 

Initially the program was budgeted at $500,000, but as a result of demand, over $1 million in project support will be provided. Twenty six percent of the program funding went to Indigenous owned tourism businesses, exceeding the original target of 15 per cent.

 

One of those recipients is the Kikiwak Inn, which will be using the $25,000 in funding to offer northern tipi camping in Opaskwayak Cree Nation, located near The Pas, approximately 600 km north of Winnipeg. Guests will be able to stay in one of two 22 foot tipis in the summer.

 

“We want to gain more tourism attractions to the North and we’re hoping that this opens up more opportunities for us for experiences that include fishing, hiking, canoeing and much more that is offered in the North”, said Jade Richards, Assistant General Manager of the Kikiwak Inn. “The idea has been discussed for awhile now but this funding was critical to make the dream come true”.

 

Manitoba’s Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage, the Honourable Andrew Smith, said the fund is a means to help the tourism industry recover. “Tourism is a crucial part of Manitoba’s economy”, Smith said. “Prior to the pandemic, the tourism sector supported over 20,000 full time jobs and contributed over $300 million to provincial revenue. By increasing the number of quality tourism experiences through this program, Manitoba is able to be more competitive on the national and international stage.”

 

Projects receiving support are located throughout the province and are expected to provide an economic benefit to businesses and the province by increasing visitation, visitor spending, and visitors’ length of stay in Manitoba.

 

Cat Eye Outfitter will use their $14,000 in funding to offer anglers a fully equipped winter camping experience on Lake Winnipeg.

“It’s wonderful to give people an experience on the lake that is manageable and safe, and at the same time, is transformative for them. You see changes in people when they see the aurora borealis, they hear the ice forming, and they learn about the history of the lake and the surrounding communities. They see what a wonderful resource we have”, said Daniel Kiazyk, owner of Cat Eye Outfitters. “It’s especially important now. People need to try something new and unique that is close to home”.

 

Colin Ferguson, President and CEO of Travel Manitoba, said while the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt in all sectors, the travel, tourism and hospitality industry has been hit harder than most, was the first to feel its effects and will likely be among the last to fully recover.

 

“The Tourism Innovation and Recovery Fund not only helps existing operations to recover from the pandemic, but also fosters the creation of new experiences for us to offer. Special consideration was given to projects that align with Manitoba’s high interest sectors, like winter, Indigenous, water-based experiences, Francophone and human rights education”.

 

A new Manitoba Tourism Strategy, launched in July and led by a collaboration of the Government of Manitoba, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and Travel Manitoba, has a target to grow visitor spending by 50 per cent to reach $2.5 billion by 2030.

 

Travel Manitoba is a Crown Corporation under provincial legislation that leads and stimulates sustainable tourism growth in Manitoba’s $1.6 billion pre-pandemic tourism industry. In partnership with the tourism industry, the agency is responsible for tourism marketing, visitor information services, research and public information.

 

Sled-Town Showdown

Round one of voting for the Sled-Town Showdown is now open, and The Pas is one of the snowmobiling destinations people can cast their ballots for.

 

This is the eighth year Snoriders Magazine has held the contest, and Manitoba sled towns Flin Flon and Lac Du Bonnet have won in recent years.

 

The current round of voting closes February 20th.

 

Visit snoriderswest.com for more details on Sled-Town Showdown 2022.

Funding is Available for Community Projects

Co-ops across western Canada are helping to create places for everyone through the Co-op Community Spaces Program.  This year one million dollars is available to support capital projects dedicated to recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture.

 

Co-op Community Spaces was launched in 2015 to help protect, beautify and improve local spaces. Since then it has provided 10.5 million dollars to 147 projects including parks, greenhouses and sports fields.

 

Co-op invites registered non-profit organizations, registered charities or community service co-operatives to apply online until March 1st.  Funding between 25 thousand and 150 thousand dollars is available per project.      To learn more about Community Spaces or to apply for funding visit www.communityspaces.ca.

 

In 2019 The Pas Families Building a Better Community received 25 thousand dollars for playground equipment through the Swan Valley Co-op.

Moose Poaching Investigation

The Manitoba Conservation Officers Association announced on social media that they are investigating the illegal killing of six moose in the Snow Lake Area.

 

It was reported that the moose remains were found along Provincial Trunk Highway 39 and it’s believed that the moose were killed between January 10th and 23rd.

 

Anyone with information on this poaching is asked to call 1-800-782-0076

 

Callers are not required to provide their name

Monthly Mayor Reports January

The monthly mayor reports for the month of January have been finalized.

 

The Pas had mostly disturbance of the peace cases a total of 102, and 80 prisoners held.

 

The RM of Kelsey saw mainly disturbance of the peace and mischief cases and the community of cormorant reported only one mental health act case.

Arctic Gateway Group Racism Investigation

A former northern First Nations Chief is conducting an independent review into allegations of racism at the Hudson Bay Railway.

 

Arctic Gateway Group appointed Christian Sinclair, the former Chief of Opaskwayak Cree Nation who also served in the group’s Board of Directors.

 

CEO Sheldon Affleck stated in a news release that he has every confidence that Sinclair will investigate the allegations, which were reported by the Winnipeg Free Press earlier this week.

 

Former and current employees in The Pas allege management turned a blind eye to racial slurs and verbal abuse that were directed at them and were also being prevented from moving up to higher-paid positions within the company.

 

Sinclair says he’s pleased to accept this role and ensures to get to the bottom of these allegations so that they can move forward to rebuild the Hudson Bay Railway, which is being revamped to safely carry heavier trains and allow for future shipments of grain, commodities, and essential goods to the communities that rely on the rail line.

The Manitoba Government has Announced a Relaxation in Some of the Public Health Orders

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin has announced based on current COVID-19 projections the government is taking a cautious path towards reducing public health restrictions over the next several weeks. 

 

Private gatherings where everyone is fully vaccinated will be expanded to allow the household plus 25 others in indoor spaces and 50 people in outdoor spaces. More stringent restrictions are already in place for private gatherings with individuals who are not vaccinated. 

 

The changes will also allow sports and recreation tournaments to resume, extend liquor sales to 12 AM at licensed premises and casinos, museums, restaurants and professional sports events will still be limited to half capacity but will no longer be capped at a maximum of 250 people.  The new orders will come into effect at 12:01 AM Tuesday and will remain in effect until February 22nd.

 

Premier Heather Stefanson also announced they will make 16.3 million dollars available to businesses and the arts and culture sector that have been affected by public health orders.

More information can be found online at www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

RCMP offer safety tips regarding current road conditions

The current conditions on the roads and highways around Manitoba are making driving conditions very poor. Blizzard conditions, blowing snow, and the cold temperatures are creating slippery, low-visibility conditions that are dangerous to motorists. Many highways have been closed around the province as they are too treacherous to travel on safely.

 

The RCMP has received multiple calls regarding stranded motorists and people who are stuck in the ditch. At this time, no physical injuries have been reported and officers will assist as they are able, considering the amount of calls and the condition of the roads.

 

If it is absolutely necessary that you head out on the road during these conditions, make sure you are dressed warmly, that you have a full tank of gas, and somebody is aware of the route you are taking.

 

If you are on the road and get stranded, call police, ensure your tailpipe is clear of snow, and only turn on your car intermittently to stay warm.

 

As a reminder, a closed highway means that travel is not allowed for any reason and there is a potential for charges under the Highway Traffic Act ($203 fine). Also, emergency vehicles may not be able to reach you if help is needed.

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