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Manitoba says pandemic-induced deficit may not be as bad as feared

Jun 30 2020 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he may not fulfil a promise to cut the provincial sales tax next year due to the fiscal fallout from COVID-19. Pallister originally promised to cut the tax to six per cent from seven by this summer and introduce a provincial carbon tax at the same time. But when […]

School will look different in Manitoba come September due to COVID-19

Jun 25 2020 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Manitoba students can expect less bussing, fewer assemblies and, in some cases, fewer elective courses when school returns on Sept. 8. The provincial government laid out its plan Thursday to reopen schools with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing. Because of physical distancing requirements, school buses will only allow one student per seat unless they […]

Manitoba offers cash for returning workers, opposition says it’s not enough

Jun 23 2020 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is offering a subsidy for people who return to full-time work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will be available to people currently collecting the federal government's income-replacement programs — the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit — and who give them up to return to work for at least 30 […]

Manitoba’s COVID-19 restrictions to loosen; nursing homes, schools to reopen

Jun 22 2020 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is planning to reopen nursing homes to visitors and school classrooms to students as the province's COVID-19 numbers remain low. Health Minister Cameron Friesen has announced a relaxation of the current requirement that people visiting their loved ones in personal care homes do so only outside. Starting Tuesday, visitors will be […]

Manitoba to ease more COVID-19 rules for businesses, people, cites low numbers

Jun 17 2020 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — People will face fewer restrictions on dining out, playing bingo, finding child care and returning from some other provinces starting Sunday under Manitoba's latest plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Restaurant and bars will no longer have to operate at half capacity, however tables will have to be two metres apart or have a physical barrier in between […]

Conviction was quashed: Manitoba man seeks $16M-plus for 23 years in prison

Jun 16 2020 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — A Manitoba man who spent 23 years in prison before his first-degree murder conviction was overturned is suing the federal government, the City of Winnipeg and others for more than $16 million in damages, plus interest and legal costs. Frank Ostrowski alleges police officers, federal Crown attorneys and others violated his right to […]

Student leader who ran for Manitoba Liberals apologizes for blackface

Jun 8 2020 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — A student leader who was a candidate for the Manitoba Liberals in last year's provincial election apologized Monday after a photograph surfaced of him wearing blackface at a Halloween party. "What I did was completely unacceptable," David Teffaine wrote in a social media post. "I will deeply regret, for the rest of my life, wearing this […]

New COVID-19 cases in Manitoba are cluster linked to temporary foreign workers

Jun 3 2020 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — A small COVID-19 cluster involving temporary foreign workers has been detected in southern Manitoba, provincial health officials said Wednesday. Dr. Brent Roussin, chief public health officer, said one new case reported Wednesday, along with three others revealed in recent days, stems from a workplace he would not name in the southern health authority region. […]

Manitoba Crown utility seeks unpaid days off to trim costs during pandemic

May 29 2020 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government's Crown energy utility is offering workers unpaid days off in an attempt to cut costs during the COVID-19 pandemic as a less severe measure than the layoffs that were proposed earlier this month. In an email to employees Friday, Manitoba Hydro president Jay Grewal said executives, managers and engineers will […]

Manitoba government launches online tool to help students find summer jobs

May 28 2020 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government launched a website Thursday to help students find summer jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The site allows employers to post open positions and students can  browse listings and apply for jobs that interest them. "This tool will expedite connections between employers and students," Premier Brian Pallister said. The provincial government will […]

Restaurants, bars, community centres can reopen in Manitoba next week

May 27 2020 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Bars, dine-in restaurants, gyms, pools and other facilities across Manitoba will be allowed to reopen starting Monday as the province eases more restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Community centres, seniors clubs and tattoo parlours are also getting the go-ahead. In all cases, there will be limits on customer capacity and rules for physical […]

Manitoba premier says cheques will be sent out to low-income disabled persons

May 26 2020 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is sending out another batch of $200 cheques to help people deal with the economic consequences of COVID-19. The money is to go to more than 23,000 people who live with disabilities and are on social assistance. It aims to help cover extra costs such as prescription drugs and grocery deliveries. "Manitobans […]

Manitoba government may relax more rules during COVID-19 pandemic

May 21 2020 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Bars, dine-in restaurants, gyms and other businesses in Manitoba may soon be able to reopen as the province prepares to relax more restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier Brian Pallister released a draft plan Thursday for a second phase of reopenings, following an initial round earlier this month that allowed most retail outlets, restaurant […]

Manitoba eases crowd limit for COVID-19 pandemic, other changes to come

May 20 2020 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is easing its 10-person cap on public gatherings as the province's COVID-19 numbers remain low. Starting Friday, the province will allow groups of up to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. "As our numbers are staying favourable — just as we committed to Manitobans — we're going to continue to ease our restrictions," […]