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Union highlighting ambulance shortages in province

Union highlighting ambulance shortages in province

By Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 15, 2021 Ambulance services in the province have seen a 50-per-cent increase in calls for emergency services in the last 12 months, without an increase in staff or services, which is leaving rural areas of the province without health coverage, said one union expert. Mike Parker, president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta,…

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Tories interfered with U of M contract talks, court rules

Tories interfered with U of M contract talks, court rules

By Maggie Macintosh, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published  Oct 14, 2021 A Manitoba Court of Appeal judge has reinforced a 2020 ruling that found the provincial government “substantially interfered” with contract negotiations five years ago between the University of Manitoba and the union that represents its academics. In an appeal decision published Wednesday, a three-judge panel sided with the province in overturning…

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School divisions scurry to finalize rapid-testing rollout

School divisions scurry to finalize rapid-testing rollout

By Maggie Macintosh, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published  Oct 14, 2021 School gymnasiums and board offices across the province are being transformed into rapid-testing sites as divisions prepare for an influx of unvaccinated employees who will soon be subject to frequent COVID-19 checks. School administrators are fine-tuning protocols to distribute Abbott PanBio or BD Veritor antigen test kits ahead of Oct. 18…

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3D model provides vision for Kapyong Barracks

3D model provides vision for Kapyong Barracks

By Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published 17:18 Oct 14, 2021 A 3D model unveiled on Thursday gave Winnipeggers a better idea of what the former Kapyong Barracks sight along Kenaston Boulevard will look like, once it is transformed into a brand new and massive urban reserve. The project, which is a joint venture between Treaty One Development Corporation and Canada Lands…

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Nine Circles fears HIV increased during Covid, petitions province

Nine Circles fears HIV increased during Covid, petitions province

By Sean Ledwich, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 14, 2021   A drop in HIV testing, along with an increase in risky behaviour associated with HIV spread, has sparked fears that a spike in HIV infections could be going undetected in Manitoba.     Manitoba Health reports that 10,000 fewer HIV tests were performed in 2020 over the previous year, but HIV infections reported in…

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Curriculum, funding, and diversity hot topics in St. Albert Public trustee debate

Curriculum, funding, and diversity hot topics in St. Albert Public trustee debate

By Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published  Oct 13, 2021 Education funding, the new draft curriculum, reconciliation, and diversity were hot topics at the virtual St. Albert Public School Board debate on Tuesday evening. Eight trustee hopefuls faced off for five seats and the most important issue of the night — the draft curriculum — brought all the candidates to a…

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Gas smell in water remained a mystery for days: Iqaluit mayor

Gas smell in water remained a mystery for days: Iqaluit mayor

By David Venn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published  Oct 13, 2021 City officials searched but could not find the source of a fuel odour reported in Iqaluit’s water supply for more than a week, despite taking several samples and inspecting the city’s water treatment plant, says Mayor Kenny Bell. City of Iqaluit staff first started hearing complaints on Oct. 2. Staff looked…

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‘WE ARE FRIENDS, NEIGHBOURS’: Steinbach paster working to temper angry threats over COVID-19 vaccination, regulations

‘WE ARE FRIENDS, NEIGHBOURS’: Steinbach paster working to temper angry threats over COVID-19 vaccination, regulations

By Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 13, 2021 A Steinbach pastor who has been working to get the word out about the importance of vaccines says he is becoming increasingly alarmed by the aggressive and violent rhetoric and behaviours coming out of Southeastern Manitoba when it comes to COVID-19 related information, current health orders and vaccine mandates. Kyle Penner is…

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‘We are not going to take your cattle’; Premier addresses conspiracies

‘We are not going to take your cattle’; Premier addresses conspiracies

By Susan McNeil, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 08, 2021 Premier Scott Moe took time out of a provincial news conference this morning to address several rumours circulating social media, including one that claims the province is preparing to seize the cattle of unvaccinated people.   Moe called the idea ridiculous and suggested residents stop listening to conspiracies on social media.  “I’ve read,…

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Five northwest B.C. First Nation communities to benefit from poverty-reduction funds

Five northwest B.C. First Nation communities to benefit from poverty-reduction funds

By Norman Galimski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published  Oct 06, 2021 Five First Nation communities in northwest B.C. are receiving a part of the $2 million dollar poverty-reduction funding by the province. Gitxaala Nation and Gitga’at Nation are receiving more than $69,000 in funding for community projects through the First Nations Well Being Fund. Gitga’at Nation will get $35,000 to train community…

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