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Suspicious Fire

WINNIPEG - RCMP are calling a large fire in Portage la Prairie suspicious. The multi-unit building went up in flames early Tuesday morning. Several families lived there but no one was hurt. It took crews over three hours to extinguish the blaze. The Mounties say it looks like the fire started on the porch where…

2 Deaths, 64 Cases, More Variants

WINNIPEG - The province is reporting two deaths today from COVID-19, one of them in Winnipeg. There are 64 new cases of the virus, including 36 in Winnipeg and 16 in the north. The South African variant has now been detected in Manitoba. There are two cases of it. And there are also six cases…

Restrictions Relax Again Friday

WINNIPEG - COVID-19 restrictions are loosening again. Dr. Brent Roussin says the following changes to public health orders will begin on Friday and be in effect until at least March 25th for the entire province. • households and gatherings:  households can choose one of the following:  continue designating two visitors to their home;…

Pallister Promises Referendums

WINNIPEG - Premier Brian Pallister says the province is working to strengthen Manitoba Hydro as a crown corporation, and is drafting legislation to protect its future. Pallister says a referendum bill is in the works that would ensure Manitobans will decide whether the utility should go ahead on any major decisions. That would include decisions…

COVID Enforcement Update

WINNIPEG - The province issued 160 warnings and 17 COVID-19 tickets last week. • eight $1,296 tickets to individuals for various offences; • seven $298 tickets to individuals for failure to wear a mask in indoor public places; and • two $5,000 tickets to a business. Seven of the eight $1,296 tickets were for gatherings…

Weather Ends Winter Fun

WINNIPEG - Two Guinness Record breakers, known for bringing joy to Manitoba families amid pandemic lockdowns, are wrapping up another successful season, with one shut down today, and another gearing up for its final amazing weekend, as mild weather begins to melt them. Winnipeggers enjoyed their final skate on the Winnipeg Foundation Centennial River Trail…

Bring Back Band Practice

WINNIPEG - Parents in several school divisions want the province to allow wind instruments or provide scientific evidence why they're not letting students play them. One mom, Sheri-Lynn Skwarchuk, says school sports seem to be treated differently and the lack of band practice is causing mental health issues among kids. Chief public health officer, Dr.…

Racialized Hit Harder By COVID

WINNIPEG - Like other jurisdictions, Indigenous and racialized communities in Manitoba are being impacted disproportionately by COVID-19. According to a new report that looked at infections from May 1st to December 31st, 51 per cent of people testing positive self-identified as Black, Indigenous or of colour. However, those groups only make up 35 per cent…

1 Death, 35 Cases

WINNIPEG - The province is reporting one death today from COVID-19, a man in his 60's in Winnipeg. There are 35 new cases of the virus, including 16 in Winnipeg and 16 in the north. 1,171 cases are active, 29,827 people have recovered, for a total of 31,894 cases so far. 184 Manitobans are in…

Mild Spring After Wild Cold

WINNIPEG - Environment Canada says a mild springtime is on its way to Manitoba, and it’s sheepishly trotting its way through the prairies like a lamb. The agency’s spring weather modeling for March, April, and May shows warmer-than-normal temperatures, but about as much rain as we’ve had in previous years. Meteorologists expect the province is…

2 Deaths, 50 Cases

WINNIPEG - The province is reporting two deaths today from COVID-19, both of them in Winnipeg. There are 50 new cases of the virus, including 21 in Winnipeg and 21 in the north. 1,194 cases are active, 29,770 people have recovered, for a total of 31,859 cases so far. 192 Manitobans are in hospital right…

Supersites Total 6 Now

WINNIPEG - As the Manitoba government continues to announce expanded criteria for receiving COVID-19 vaccines, it’s also announcing growing capacity to fulfill those appointments. The province says a new supersite for southern Manitoba is being set up at a community recreation hub in Morden, and says it should be open within two weeks as long…

3rd Vaccine Approved

WINNIPEG - Canada now has a third immunization option against COVID-19. The AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use. Dr. Theresa Tam, the country's chief public health officer, says this is good news but variants of the virus could spread quickly. Here in Manitoba, Dr. Joss Reimer says the latest vaccine could change the way…

Low Flood Risk

WINNIPEG - The province says the risk of major spring flooding is low in southern and central Manitoba. However, infrastructure minister Ron Schuler says the weather could still change that. The Hydrologic Forecast Centre says soil moisture and snowfall are both below normal. The risk of northern flooding is low to moderate.

1 Death, 64 Cases

WINNIPEG - The province is reporting one death today from COVID-19. There are 64 new cases of the virus, including 26 in Winnipeg. 1,197 cases are active, 29,635 people have recovered, for a total of 31,721 cases so far. 191 Manitobans are in hospital right now, 28 of them in the ICU. The five day…

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