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McAdam Avenue neighbours share their positive messages with "Signs of the times!" People who pass by show their appreciation of our signs with shouts of "Love your signs!" and "Way to go!" as they pass by walking, on their bikes or in their vehicles.

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November 5, 2020

PROVINCE PROTECTING MANITOBANS BY INCREASING ENFORCEMENT OF COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS
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Manitoba Investing $2.5 Million to Support Additional Enforcement, Training: Premier


The Manitoba government will invest $2.5 million and grant public health enforcement powers to over 275 additional personnel to help protect Manitobans as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“We know the vast majority of Manitobans are doing their best to protect their loved ones, neighbours and community by following public health guidelines. However, there are some individuals who just aren’t listening,” said Pallister. “Our government is taking additional steps to increase enforcement to help keep Manitobans safe in these challenging times.”

Additional enforcement powers will be granted to provincial staff including motor carrier enforcement officers, fire safety inspectors and water resources officers. The province will also empower bylaw officers, including municipally contracted officers, to help enforce the public health orders. Over 275 additional personnel will be able to assist with enforcement of measures to protect the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encouraged enforcement personnel to focus on educating the public. Now, we need to shift our efforts toward enforcement when necessary and start hitting the scofflaws where it hurts – in the wallet,” said the premier.

In all, more than 3,200 personnel across various enforcement agencies will be empowered to enforce public health orders including those previously empowered such as the RCMP, municipal police agencies, the Health Protection Unit, Manitoba Conservation and Climate, Workplace Safety and Health, and the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority.

Additional financial resources are being provided to assist municipalities where needed and to create training models for enforcement officials. The province has also created a partnership with Commissionaires Manitoba to create these training models to enhance the skills necessary to enforce the orders.

The Manitoba government will also reimburse municipalities for the equivalent value of any tickets written by municipal bylaw enforcement staff.

In addition to the increased enforcement personnel, the Manitoba government is enhancing its tip line for Manitobans to voice their concerns and share information about possible breaches of public health orders.

Manitobans can report compliance and enforcement issues by visiting www.manitoba.ca/COVID19 and completing the reporting form, or by calling 204-945-3744 or 1-866-626-4862 (toll-free) and pressing option three on the call menu.

These enhanced enforcement efforts build on recent measures to increase fines for breaching or failing to comply with public health or emergency orders. The fines $1,296 for individuals, up from $486 and $5,000 for corporations, an increase from $2,542.

Since April 9, there have been over 12,000 calls from citizens to report concerns. As of this week, approximately 160 tickets have been issued.

Current orders restrict gatherings and limit group sizes, set out the distance individuals are required to observe from another and require businesses to ensure their customers are able to maintain the required separation.

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November 5, 2020

NEW COMMUNITY CLINIC TESTING SITE TO OPEN IN WINNIPEG
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Minor Illness and Injury Clinic to Offer Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing At Red River College Beginning Nov. 6

A second community medical clinic will offer COVID-19 testing after hours as part of a partnership between the Manitoba government and Doctors Manitoba to expand testing capacity, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“This additional testing clinic is another way the Manitoba government is taking immediate action to protect Manitobans and ensure timely access to testing, which is so critical to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Pallister. “We’d like to thank our community clinic partners and their dedicated doctors and nurses for supporting our efforts to offer more testing options for Manitobans during this challenging time.”

The Minor Illness and Injury Clinic will be housing the new testing clinic, which will be a drive-thru format in the parking lot of Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus at 2055 Notre Dame Ave. in Winnipeg.

Testing will be available by appointment starting tomorrow. Appointments will be available through an online booking system. For information on how to make an appointment with the Minor Illness and Injury Clinic site, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html.

The clinic will run COVID-19 testing Mondays through Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m. Weekend appointments will also be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“As COVID-19 cases surge, getting a test easily and without delay will help to slow the spread,” said Dr. Cory Baillie, president, Doctors Manitoba. “Opening up more testing options in medical clinics is one of the many ways physicians are stepping up to fight this pandemic. Doctors from across this province urge Manitobans to stay home if they are sick and get tested.”

The Minor Illness and Injury Clinic joins Dakota Medical Centre as the second community clinic to offer testing. For a full list of testing sites in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html.

“This is a time when we must all work together to do our part, and this is what Red River College does best – responding to the needs of our community,” said Fred Meier, president and CEO, RRC. “We are busy making the necessary preparations to ensure this site ready and easily accessible to all Manitobans who need it. We are proud to step forward and offer our expertise and facilities to further expand testing efforts through this important partnership with the Minor Illness and Injury Clinic and the Province of Manitoba.”

The province was proud to recently collaborate with Red River College to develop a micro-credential training option to expand the pool of providers able to collect COVID-19 specimens (e.g. nasal swabs) for testing, the premier said, adding three additional program intakes were announced Oct. 23 for the high-demand program.

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November 4, 2020

PROVINCE OPENS TWO NEW COVID-19 TESTING SITES

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living is advising that two new COVID-19 testing sites will be opening this week, a drive-up location located at 1 Research Rd. at the University of Manitoba’s SmartPark and drive-thru location at 485 George Ave. in Winkler.

The new drive-up site at the University of Manitoba will open on Sunday, Nov. 8 and will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Manitobans can make an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling (toll-free) 1-855-268-4318 or going online at www.manitoba.ca/COVID19. The site will add immediate additional capacity in Winnipeg, performing 200 tests initially and ramping up to 400 tests per day in December.

The new site in Winkler will open Thursday, Nov. 5 and will operate Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m., and Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Initially, this site will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and will have capacity for up to 120 tests per day.

These locations join other recently established testing sites in Winnipeg including drive-thru sites at 125 King Edward St., 1066 Nairn Ave. and a mobile unit at 1181 Portage Ave.

These locations are in addition to a new, drive-up site for COVID-19 testing that opened Oct. 31 at the Keystone Centre at 1175 18th St. in Brandon, which is performing up to 120 tests a day.

Additional drive-thru and drive-up sites will open in Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie and Arborg in the coming days and weeks. Details about locations in these communities will be provided as sites prepare to open.

Manitobans are reminded that only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.

Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/. A list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

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Remembering
Harold Bruce Casselman

At 97, Harold, peacefully left us Saturday, May 23rd, 2020.

We at Senior Scope were saddened with the news that Harold Casselman, dear departed family member and friend to many, passed at the age of 97 on May 23, 2020.

Senior Scope had the honour of interviewing Harold and publishing his ‘Spotlight’ story in the January 25, 2010 issue.

It started like this:

"Where does someone at the age of 87 find the motivation and energy to sing regularly with the Good Neighbours Choristers, the Winnipeg Golden Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus, as Baritone with the Generations of Sound Quartet, with the Oakbank United Church Choir and then, volunteer at the Oakbank Dinner Theatre? Not to mention, travel to various Barbershop conventions and meetings? And then, drive a combine for a friend through harvest season, which he has been doing since 1992? And all this after having major heart surgery less than a year ago?"

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His obituary is also in the current issue - June 18-July 14, 2020. Click here (high-res) or here (low-res) to read it.


CANCELLATION NOTICE



RAINBOW STAGE ANNOUNCES THE CANCELLATION
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2020 Manitoba 55 Plus Games Cancelled due to COVID-19 - Click here for details

Updates at: www.activeagingmb.ca

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Karyn Heidrick, Manitoba 55+ Games Coordinator
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Deborah Vitt, Co-Chair, Selkirk Host Committee
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Gerry Hamm, Co-Chair, Selkirk Host Committee
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CANCELLATION NOTICE


The Canadian Senior Games Association and the Kamloops 2020 Canada 55+ Games Host Committee made a joint decision to postpone the 2020 Canada 55+ Games until 2021 due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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LINKS FOR COVID-19 UPDATES
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For the most up-to-date, factual, information on COVID-19 please visit manitoba.ca/covid19/

An online self-assessment tool is now available to help Manitobans determine if they should contact Health Links - Info Santé or seek other medical advice.

Click the link below for an online self-assessment tool:
https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/


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Students make greeting cards for the Be a Santa to a Senior Program.
Comedian Big Daddy Tazz entertained the packed house at the 2008 Seniors and Elders Day celebration in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Tom Kyle, aka Old Guy, is a proud Mac user and has been operating one since they first came out.

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Students make greeting cards for the Be a Santa to a Senior Program.

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Comedian Big Daddy Tazz entertains at the Seniors' and Elders' Day Celebration.

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Tom (Oldguy) Kyle, co-founder of M.U.G.S. (Macintosh User Group For Seniors).

 

Senior Scope
Publisher: Kelly Goodman
Phone: 204-467-9000
Box 1806 Stonewall
Manitoba, Canada
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Email: kelly_goodman@shaw.ca