The Manitoba government has finalized the draft plan for Phase Two and will be restoring more services Monday, June 1st. 

Limited access to educational facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, will be allowed for one-on-one teaching and assessments.

The following services can resume starting June 1st:

  • increasing child-care centre occupancy to up to 24 children plus staffing;
  • increasing day camp group sizes to 24;
  • resuming sports, arts and cultural activities for children and adults;
  • lifting occupancy limits at outdoor recreation facilities and golf courses outdoors, as long as physical distancing can be maintained and allowing limited access to indoor spaces;
  • allowing direct travel to northern parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts while ensuring physical distancing;
  • allowing public/private swimming pools, spas, fitness clubs, gyms and community/service centres to reopen with some limitations;
  • allowing religious or other organizations to hold outdoor services or events without limitation on numbers if people stay in their vehicles;
  • reopening manicurists and pedicurists, tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists, electrologists and tanning parlours at 50 percent capacity;
  • allowing restaurants to reopen indoor spaces at 50 percent capacity and continue to offer patio services at that capacity level; and
  • allowing bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and similar businesses to operate patio service at 50 percent of site capacity and to reopen indoor spaces at 50 percent capacity.

Premier Brian Pallister says “I want to thank Manitobans for their input, and as a result of these discussions and advice from public health experts. We are in a position to move forward with phase two of our plan to safely restore our services.”

Detailed information on the plan for Phase Two of service restoration can be found here. 

A Brandon Police Officer is facing voyeurism charges following an investigation that began in April 2019.

The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU) determined that the alleged incident occurred without the knowledge and consent of the victim.

The officer was arrested and released on conditions, including no contact with the victim, and is set to be in court in Brandon on July 7, 2020.

Chief provincial public health officer Dr Brent Roussin is assuring Manitobans that we are pretty well “set up”  to safely move into Phase Two of reopening the economy.

He delivered that message last night on a phone call, alongside the ministers of Health and Education.

As even more businesses will soon be allowed to reopen, Dr Roussin stressed the importance of Manitobans staying home if they have any symptoms of being sick.

He called this one of the most important rules to follow as we get acquainted with our new normal.

Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen says classroom learning will be cancelled for the rest of the year, but schools will be able to be accessed by students, teachers, and day camps.

Also, Health Minister Cameron Friesen did say he thinks we’re getting close to allowing religious groups to gather in their places of worship, as long as considerations are made with regards to capacity.

Friesen adds that one of the most important areas of focus is preventing the importation of this virus, from outside of Manitoba.

We still have not been given a date for when all these Phase Two measures will take effect, but officials are indicating it will be soon.

While Phase Two is still ongoing, Roussin says Phase 3 is hopefully not too far in the future.

Travel restrictions will be in place for the foreseeable future, as the province doesn't want to import the virus.

Cybercriminals are now targeting the insurance industry and their customers.

That’s what we’re hearing from Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) — who are saying the scams can come in as a phone call requesting payment, or as a phishing email.

To avoid falling victim to the scam, customers are advised to avoid sharing any financial information over the phone if they receive an unexpected call from an Autopac agent.

If you were expecting a call from your Autopac agent, take extra steps to verify the person you’re talking to is actually an MPI agent. Try asking about specific details about the ongoing transaction.

When in doubt: do not share any financial information, end the conversation, and call your Autopac agent.

Customers are also advised to avoid clicking on any links online that request financial information.

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) rebate cheques have been mailed out.

The average policyholder can expect between $140- $160. The amount will depend on how much you paid last year.

Earlier in the month, MPI announced that a drop in claims created a $110 million dollar surplus that will be given back to policyholders.

The Community Foundation of Swan Valley has been given $40,000 to support local charities responding to COVID-19.

The funding is part of a new partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross.

The funding is part of the Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund.

CFSV chair says “This is a vital step in the fight against COVID-19.  Local charities and non-profit organizations have been working tirelessly to support those who need it most right now. We’re looking forward to flowing funds quickly to ensure no one in our community is left behind. “

Beginning May 26, the Community Foundation of Swan Valley will start accepting applications for funding, and funding will be issued on an ongoing basis through July 2020.

No new COVID-19 cases have been announced by the Province today, leaving the total number of cases at 292.

At this time no people are in the hospital or intensive care, and the number of deaths remains at 7.

There are 16 active cases and 269 people have recovered.

For the most up to date information, click here.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister made a couple of announcements in his 11 a.m. press conference Tuesday morning.

The province is extending $4.6 million to low-income Manitobans with disabilities.

Under the Disability Economic Support Program, each of these Manitobans will be mailed a $200 cheque in early June for one-time support, which will not be considered taxable income and won’t affect any other benefits received.

Pallister says “Manitobans living with disabilities may be facing additional costs to adjust to the new realities of daily life during the pandemic. As we respond to these challenges together, our government is making an important investment to help address urgent needs.”   

More information about the Disability Economic Support Program is available here.

In a joint statement with the premiers of British Columbia and Yukon, Pallister says he's pleased the federal government is looking at a sick leave program that protects people and businesses

He says paid sick leave is crucial for the safe restart of our economy and the trio of premiers tell us they're committed to working with the prime minister and other provinces and territories to move forward and ensure all Canadians have the protection they need during this pandemic.

Last week on Thursday, we reported on the fire that burnt down the McMunn & Yates in Eriksdale, the fire is now being considered an act of arson.

At 4:30 in the morning on May 21st, Lundar RCMP responded to the fire, upon arrival, the business had already been destroyed by the fire.

Eriksdale, Grahamdale and Lundar Fire departments responded.

No one was inside or injured during the blaze.

The initial investigation determined the fire may have been an act of arson.

Investigators believe a female that was seen driving a red SUV in the area may have information about the incident.

Eriksdale Arson Vehicle

The RCMP asks that if you recognize her or have information about the fire, call the Lundar RCMP at (204) 762-5088, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure online tip at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

The investigation continues.

Ongoing wildfires in the Camperville and Pine Creek First Nation area are still burning, but are mostly under control.

David Schafer is the Director of the province’s Wildfire Program, and tells CKDM crews made some good progress over the weekend.

The wildfires are now classified as being held, and crews have secured the perimeter and continue to put out hotspots.

The Manitoba Wildfire Service classifies wildfires using the following categories:

  1. Not Under Control
  2. Being Held (crews have stopped the spread of the fire)
  3. Under Control (strong established perimeters; chance of escape is very limited)
  4. Extinguished

“So it’s in a state of being held, they’ve secured the perimeter, but they still have a lot of work ahead of them.”

The area where the fires are burning didn’t see much of that rain this weekend, but some cooler temperatures did help the cause.

Officials say damage to property has been limited to just 1 home and 1 garage on Pine Creek First Nation.

The Director of the Wildfire Program is reminding Manitobans to refrain from any open burning — and to be careful with everything.

“There’s a concern in regard to people lighting fires and walking away from them. We need to be vigilant and make sure that is not happening.”

Paramedic Services Week (May 24-30) provides an opportunity to acknowledge the important role that paramedics play on the front lines of the healthcare system.

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of that role, as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel are now dealing with some added uncertainty. 

Chief nursing officer for Shared Health Lanette Siragusa commends EMS personnel for their ability to handle unpredictable situations in uncontrolled environments every day.

“We just want to thank the paramedics for the dedication they show to improve patient outcomes, and their fantastic professionalism.”

An informative guide has been released detailing how you can best support paramedics as they carry out their duties during the COVID situation. You can access it here