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COVID-19 VERY COSTLY

WINNIPEG - The province has given Manitobans a fiscal update and it's not pretty. Finance Minister Scott Fielding says because of CoVid-19, the deficit could top $5 billion this year. The math is simple but pretty ugly. Provincial revenues are down $3 billion, while costs are up $2 billion. The price of personal protective equipment…

GETTING BACK AT IT

WINNIPEG - Today was the day CoVid-19 restrictions started to ease in Manitoba. While retail businesses and restaurant patios were allowed to get back at it, some didn't. Those that did re-open didn't see all their customers come back but they will over time. Some people are just being cautious. Here are the details of…

MINNEDOSA ROCK FEST CANCELLED

WINNIPEG - Another annual summer festival won't be taking place because of CoVid-19. The Rockin' the Fields of Minnedosa classic rock fest has been cancelled. So as a result, bands like Loverboy, Our Lady Peace and Foghat will have to wait until next summer. Tickets and camping passes for the July 31st to August 2nd…

ANOTHER BIG EVENT NOT HAPPENING

WINNIPEG - You can add Morden Corn & Apple Festival to the list of events not happening this summer. Organizers have pulled the plug on it because of CoVid-19. This is the first time the party has been cancelled since it began in 1967. All the festival's activities usually attract about 80,000 people to Morden…

BIZ RENT'S DUE TODAY

WINNIPEG - It's rent day for many businesses across Manitoba. The second since the pandemic began. CoVid-19 restrictions are going to loosen on Monday but these business people will still be struggling. They've gone several weeks with little or no money coming in and even if you are one of the businesses re-opening, there's no…

MOUNTIES: LESS TRAFFIC, HIGHER SPEEDS

WINNIPEG - Manitoba RCMP say they're seeing fewer vehicles on roads during this pandemic but the traffic that is out there is going faster. Last week, Mounties caught drivers traveling at speeds of up to 178 kilometres an hour. That was a 50 year old Winnipeg man on a motorcycle in an 80 zone in…

DEADLY CRASH IN WESTMAN

WINNIPEG - A 29 year old Saskatchewan man is dead after the car he was driving hit a ditch in western Manitoba. RCMP say the driver was thrown clear when the vehicle rolled near Russell. He died at the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

MANITOBA STARTING TO RE-OPEN

WINNIPEG - Premier Brian Pallister has announced his plan to re-open Manitoba. He says it's a careful, multi-phased effort that'll begin next week. Starting Monday, a variety of non-essential health care services and retail businesses will have the option of re-opening under strict guidelines, including social distancing and stringent cleaning practices. Below is more detail…

IT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE

WINNIPEG - Models show CoVid-19 could have been much worse in Manitoba, if not for social distancing and travel restrictions. Without these measures, modelling suggests the province would be dealing with 933 cases right now, instead of the current 273. The models also say our number of cases would have climbed to over 2,000 by…

COVID-19 CHARGE LAID

WINNIPEG - Most people have been following the CoVid-19 rules. However, RCMP say they did get 99 calls last week from across the province about possible violations. A total of seven verbal warnings were given. And one man, up in Gillam, was charged with failing to comply with an emergency health order. He was told…

COVID-19 KILLS COMMUNITY PAPERS

WINNIPEG - CoVid-19 has claimed several community newspapers. Postmedia Network, which owns the Winnipeg Sun, has decided to permanently shut down 15 weekly papers in Manitoba and Ontario because of falling advertising revenue. This puts 80 people out of work. The publications include the Gimli Interlake Spectator, Selkirk Journal, Altona Red River Valley Echo, Stonewall…

TESTING BEING EXPANDED

WINNIPEG - The province is expanding CoVid-19 testing to any Manitoban showing symptoms, even mild ones. These include a cough, runny nose, sore throat and fever. Premier Brian Pallister says the plan is to triple testing over the next several months. By the end of summer, he hopes tests will total up to 2,000 a…

NEW HEALTH CARE BAN

WINNIPEG - The province has an announcement for health care staff at long-term care homes. These employees soon won't be allowed to work at multiple homes. This new ban which takes effect Friday will be a scheduling mess, according to union officials. The move is in line with federal guidelines. Manitoba has been lucky, there…

COTTAGE LIFE WILL CHANGE

WINNIPEG - We're just a few weeks away from May Long Weekend and the start of cottage season but some things will be different this year because of CoVid-19. The province continues to recommend no unnecessary travel but many people are still expected to go to their cottages. Health officials worry about overloading smaller medical…

COVID-19 HURTING CHURCHILL

WINNIPEG - Tourism is Churchill is really hurting and it's only going to get worse. It's almost whale watching season up there but with no northern travel allowed, there won't be much of that happening. Mayor Michael Spence says while he understands why the the non-essential travel ban was necessary, it's going to be very…

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