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Lounge Fined Again

WINNIPEG - A city hookah lounge has been fined again for failing to comply with a COVID-19 public health order. The use of hookahs is banned during the pandemic. 7 Arabian Dreams Restaurant and Hookah Lounge has received a total of six tickets for the same offence just since August 1st. The owner says he's…

Gift To City Rescinded

WINNIPEG - Flashing amber lights won't be going up in Winnipeg schools zones after all. After years of political delays, Chuck Lewis at Expert Electric has rescinded his offer to supply, install and maintain almost 500 lights. The latest delay came this week when the city said almost 400 more lights would be needed on…

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Lounge Fined Again

WINNIPEG - A city hookah lounge has been fined again for failing to comply with a COVID-19 public health order. The use of hookahs is banned during the pandemic. 7 Arabian Dreams Restaurant and Hookah Lounge has received a total of six tickets for the same offence just since August 1st. The owner says he's…

Gift To City Rescinded

WINNIPEG - Flashing amber lights won't be going up in Winnipeg schools zones after all. After years of political delays, Chuck Lewis at Expert Electric has rescinded his offer to supply, install and maintain almost 500 lights. The latest delay came this week when the city said almost 400 more lights would be needed on…

Cops In Schools Could End

WINNIPEG - A program that puts police officers in some city schools could be scrapped. City council will vote whether to renew the school resource officer program later this month. The Winnipeg Police Service says the program is beneficial but a group called Police-Free Schools feels policing is prejudicial, criminalizes young people and escalates behavioral…

11 New Cases Thursday

WINNIPEG - There are 11 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba today. Eight of today's new cases are in Winnipeg, two are in the Southern health region and there's one in the Prairie Mountain region. 293 cases are active. The total number of cases so far is 1,500. The five day test positivity rate is…

ComicCon Postponed

WINNIPEG - The organizers of Winnipeg’s first ComicCon have pushed the event back a year, citing concerns around the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The pop-culture fan convention was to take place from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2020, but co-founder Scott Péron says the health and safety of everyone involved is their top priority. “As such,…

Outbreak At School

WINNIPEG - Some students at a school in North Kildonan are back to learning at home after four more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Tuesday. Parents whose children attended John Pritchard School were notified yesterday that those in grades 4 through 8 will begin remote learning immediately. This brings the total number of confirmed…

Testing Sites Turn People Away

WINNIPEG - COVID-19 testing sites in the city were so busy yesterday they were turning people away. This rush to get tested follows warnings of possible coronavirus exposures at schools, restaurants, buses and elsewhere. A good chunk of the new cases of late have been in Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says all four…

Care Home Shelters

WINNIPEG - The province will spend $18 million to build all-season outdoor shelters at personal care homes. They will be built by PCL Construction, a Manitoba company, and they should be in use by November. Shipping containers will be refitted so visitors can enter from outside while residents gain access through the home. Health Minister…

Manitobans Relaxing Amid COVID

WINNIPEG - A survey released this morning shows many Manitobans feel public officials are exaggerating how dangerous the coronavirus is. The online poll, conducted by Léger, suggests that 21% of Canadians feel that the virus is just as dangerous as the seasonal flu. In Manitoba, just over a quarter of respondents said that both “the…

COVID & Politics

WINNIPEG - A local epidemiologist says the biggest challenge to preparing for the continuing COVID-19 pandemic is the four year election cycle. Cynthia Carr says health policy requires long-term planning while politics focuses short-term gains. Carr, who advises governments, says while people like her are making long-range plans, the federal and some provincial governments are…

WFPS Drones A Success

WINNIPEG - It sounds like the drone program at the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service will become permanent. A new public service report says the drone pilot project participated in over 40 major incidents. Everyone involved agrees, these drones helped deploy the right resources in the rights spots and they improved safety. The WFPS figures it…

Another School Exposure

WINNIPEG - After several potential COVID-19 exposures over the weekend, there's another one today from provincial health officials. They say there was a possible exposure at Beaverlodge School in Winnipeg on Thursday, September 10th. The individual was asymptomatic and followed all measures the school had in place. The infection wasn't acquired at the school. The…

Possible COVID Exposures

WINNIPEG - Public health officials are warning of possible exposure to COVID-19 at several locations on a number of dates. They says the risk is low but if you were potentially exposed, you should monitor for symptoms and then get tested if symptoms develop. Winnipeg Transit routes 11 and 14 on August 31st, September 1st…

Trudeau's COVID Retreat

WINNIPEG - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet will spend today and tomorrow behind closed doors. They'll hear presentations from Canada's top public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam and the co-chairs of two federal task forces on COVID-19. This two day retreat comes as coronavirus cases are rising across the country so the Trudeau…

Winnipeg's COVID Districts

WINNIPEG - The city is now divided into districts so people have a better idea of exactly were Winnipeg's COVID-19 cases are. The Seven Oaks district has the most cases at over 90. Fort Garry is second with almost 70 cases. Downtown and River East are next with 60 cases each. You can link to…

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