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.
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 arent listening,
said Pallister. Our government is taking additional
steps to increase enforcement to help keep Manitobans
safe in these challenging times.
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.
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.
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.
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
Manitoba government will also reimburse municipalities
for the equivalent value of any tickets written by municipal
bylaw enforcement staff.
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.
can report compliance and enforcement issues by visiting
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.
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.
April 9, there have been over 12,000 calls from citizens
to report concerns. As of this week, approximately 160
tickets have been issued.
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.
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
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.
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. Wed
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.
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 Colleges Notre Dame Campus
at 2055 Notre Dame Ave. in Winnipeg.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPENS TWO NEW COVID-19 TESTING SITES
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
Manitobas SmartPark and drive-thru location at 485
George Ave. in Winkler.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 asked to only send employees for testing if they have
symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health
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.
up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.
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Harold Bruce Casselman
97, Harold, peacefully left us Saturday, May 23rd, 2020.
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.
Scope had the honour of interviewing Harold and
publishing his Spotlight story in the January
25, 2010 issue.
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
here to read the full
obituary is also in the current issue - June 18-July 14,
2020. Click here
(high-res) or here
(low-res) to read it.