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Northern Health Region give update on COVID-19 in the north

A medical officer of health with the Northern Health Region says the COVID-19 campaign vaccine has been going well in the north.

 

Doctor Michael Isaac explains the region as a whole is seeing the test positivity rates going down as the month progresses, though it varies from community to community.

 

Isaac says the NRHA is slightly ahead of the rest of the province when it comes to uptake of two doses of vaccine.

 

He states having both doses of the vaccine is imperative considering the prevalence of Delta variant cases, which has appeared in all Manitoba health regions.

 

For the full update with Isaac, listen to Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon.

MKO Grand Chief slams Winnipeg Sun for publishing op-ed downplaying impacts of residential schools

MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee says he’s outraged after the Winnipeg Sun published an opinion piece downplaying the negative impacts residential schools have on Indigenous people.

 

The article by former judge Brian Giesbrecht titled “Some questions about Kamloops”, says it’s “time to move on” from the news that 215 children were discovered in unmarked graves at a former residential school site in BC.

 

In letter to the Winnipeg Sun’s editor-in-chief, Settee says Giesbrecht also suggested that the children in unmarked graves may have died from the flu or tuberculosis, and adds these types of articles give people permission to -quote- “ignore the atrocities experienced by Indigenous children in these schools”.

 

He goes on to shame both Giesbrecht and the Winnipeg Sun, and that MKO will not be working with the newspaper until they are willing to publically retract and issue an apology for publishing the article.

Adams reflects on first half of 2021 in latest report

In her latest report, Thompson MLA Danielle Adams highlights some of the things that happened during the spring session at the legislature.

 

Adams writes the NDP introduced a number of petitions that called on the government to take action on issues such as homelessness, rural broadband, Manitoba Hydro, and healthcare.

 

She adds her party was able to delay the passage of five different bills until the fall session, which include Bill 64, also known as the Education Modernization Act, the Labour Relations Amendment Act, and the Protection of Critical Infrastructure Act which would not allow protests at locations like railroads and hospitals.

 

Adams says the NDP was able to pass a few of their private members bills.

 

Those include Bill 223, The Spirit Bear Day Act, which designated May 10th as Spirit Bear Day in honour of Jordan Anderson, a Manitoba First Nations child who died while the provincial and federal governments fought over who would pay for his health care needs.

 

Another is Bill 213, The Reporting of Supports for Child Survivors of Sexual Assault Act, which will help northern children who are victims of sexual assault access the care they need closer to home.

COVID-19 vaccination numbers in Manitoba have topped one million

Manitoba Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Jazz Atwal reported 222 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon. That brings the five day test positivity rated to 10.6 per cent. 

 

He also reported two additional deaths in the Winnipeg region.

 

Of the new cases, 126 were in the Winnipeg region with lower numbers in other regions, including 27 in Northern health.

 

Of the total 53, 872 reported cases, 3, 490 are considered active, 49, 293 people have recovered, and 276 are in hospital. 63 patients are in intensive care and 30 are in care outside the province. 

 

Atwal says statistics show things are gradually improving, so it’s going to take some time as cases are one thing to drop down. However hospital ICU numbers will take some time to drop down as well. 

 

He adds Manitobans will still need to be cautious about having too many interactions for the next couple weeks. Atwal notes the province does have a reopening strategy, but that’s based on limited interactions between individuals.

 

A total of 1, 003, 678 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba. Eligibility for second doses has been expanded to include individuals who have received their first dose on or before May 6th.

Manitoba will loosen outdoor restrictions beginning June 12

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reports case numbers continue to drop and our vaccine numbers continue to increase so they are in a position to slowly ease some of the restrictions regarding outdoor gatherings effective 12:01 AM Saturday for two weeks. 

 

He says they will include those provisions for outdoor gatherings with up to five people in public and on private property so for private residences outside you can have up to five visitors.

 

However they should be from no more than two households, and this is in addition to those who already reside at that household and for public spaces you can meet up to a total of five individuals.

 

These are the only changes that will be occurring at this time and the other restrictions will remain in place.

 

Roussin adds we must continue to ease pressure on the health care system by following health orders and getting vaccinated.  He said the province will continue to consider lifting other restrictions.

Manitoba government announces COVID-19 vaccine lottery to get more jabs into arms

The Manitoba government is launching a new province wide lottery that will award nearly $2 million in cash and scholarships this summer to encourage people to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible. 

 

The President of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Manny Atwal says all Manitobans aged 12 and up who have received at least one dose of vaccine on or before August 2nd will be eligible for the first draw and all aged 12 and up who have received two doses on or before September 6th will be eligible for the second draw. 

 

Atwal explains for those who are 18 and older, each lottery will award three prizes of $100, 000 each in the Winnipeg Health Authority and a single $100, 000 prize in each other Regional Health Authorities. 

 

He adds each lottery will include ten draws for $25, 000 scholarships for young people aged 12 to 17. 

 

There will be a process to drop out of the lottery that will be available very soon.

 

Once immunized, people will be entered into the lottery.  More details will be provided in the coming weeks at protectmb.ca/lottery.

Cross Lake RCMP seize drugs and cash

On June 4 at approximately 10:55 pm, RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence on Mcleods Island, in the Cross Lake area.

 

Officers seized approximately 10 grams of individually wrapped cocaine, a large sum of Canadian Currency and drug paraphernalia.

 

A 45-year-old male from the Cross Lake area, is facing charges of Trafficking, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 27 in Thompson.

 

Cross Lake RCMP continue to investigate.

 

ALS Society of Manitoba to hold virtual Walk for ALS June 19

The ALS Society of Manitoba is hosting their annual Walk for ALS later this month.

 

The walk will be held on June 19th, and is the organization’s major fundraiser to help fund their support programs and important research to help find the cause and a cure for the neuro-muscular disease.

 

Diana Rasmussen, the executive director of the ALS Society of Manitoba, says there are an estimated three thousand Canadians living with ALS, with four hundred people in Manitoba. Visit alsmb.ca for more information.

 

Hear the full interview with Rasmussen on Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon.

LifeWorks share latest results of Mental Health Index

LifeWorks, formerly known as Morneau Shepell, says its report shows that almost half of working Canadians surveyed want mental health support, but affordability of those services is a barrier for some.

 

Spokesperson Paula Allen explains only 54 per cent of respondents felt they didn’t need support, 31 per cent have taken steps to improve their mental health, and another 14 per cent haven’t taken the steps but would like to.

 

Allen says within that last group, 30 per cent reported that affordability of care is their greatest barrier to mental health improvement, followed by 29 per cent saying they had no energy to seek care, 27 per cent reporting uncertainty about the proper care for their needs, and 24 per cent stating they had no time.

 

She adds that getting a COVID-19 vaccine would improve Canadians outlook for the future based on the report with 31 per cent, followed by the country reaching herd immunity at 24 per cent.

 

For the full interview with Allen, catch Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon.

Thompson RCMP seeking wanted man

The Thompson RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 40 year-old Sean Clayton Colon of Thompson, who currently has multiple warrants for his arrest.

 

Colon is described as being approximately 5’10 and 200 pounds with black hair and blue-green eyes.

 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Sean Clayton Colon is asked to call the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6911 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Pride North of 55 have a number of events planned for Pride Month

Pride North of 55 has some COVID-friendly events planned for Pride Month in Thompson.

 

Chairperson Harlie Pruder explains some things that are planned include the painting of the rainbow crosswalk Jun. 5 and the raising of the pride flag at city hall on Jun. 7.

 

There will also be a Community PRIDE Garbage clean-up on June 12th, a celebration of two-spirit and Indigenous queer people on June 21st, and a Pride Parade on June 26th.

 

For more information on Pride Month in Thompson, listen to Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon.

TSCRC is the latest recipient of 100 Women Who Care Thompson's donation

100 Women Who Care Thompson have picked the Thompson Seniors Community Resource Council as the recipients of their quarterly donation.

 

The council plans to use the funding to provide COVID-safe, one-on-one digital training to seniors and elders so that they can stay connected with family and friends.

 

The next 100 Women Who Care meeting will be on September 8th.

 

For more information about the organization, visit 100womenthompson.com.

Cross Lake RCMP investigating suspicious structure fire

On June 3, 2021, at approximately 5:45 am, a security guard was conducting patrols in a residential development area when he observed smoke emanating from an older building nearby.

Officers were contacted and attended the scene along with the fire department who immediately began to extinguish the blaze.

The fire was eventually extinguished but not before the structure suffered extensive damage. The cause of the fire has not been determined but arson is suspected.

If you have information in regards to this fire, please call the Cross Lake RCMP at 204-676-2600, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Cross Lake RCMP along with the Office of the Fire Commissioner continue to investigate.

Pallister encourages Manitobans not yet vaccinated for COVID-19 to get first dose

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says about 70 per cent of eligible Manitobans have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, but the challenge is the other 30 percent. 

 

He announced the next phase of their campaign, which includes ProtectMB incentive grants. 

 

Pallister explains they’re going to offer up to $20, 000 in financial support per organization, group or business to work with them in low uptake communities. 

 

Funding for programming could include many different things such as outreach staffing, contacting, supporting clients to get vaccinated, communications material and it could even include community level incentives like meals.  He advises interested applicants are encouraged to register now for an information session at ProtectMB.ca.

 

They will also expand their advertising campaign, create a Campaign Advisory Committee and expand vaccine access.

MKO to hold memorial for 215 Indigenous children discovered at former residential school site in BC

A memorial to honour the lives of the 215 children that were recently discovered at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, BC will be taking place here in Thompson.

 

MKO is organizing the memorial, which will be tomorrow afternoon at 1 at the Thompson Urban Aboriginal Strategy’s Residential School Monument at the Miles Hart Bridge.

 

MKO encourages Thompsonites to attend the event, and all attendees are reminded to follow the COVID-19 restrictions.

 

The memorial will also be available to view on mkonation.com.

CAA Manitoba's Worst Roads Campaign results are in

Unlike in past years, CAA Manitoba’s Worst Roads Campaign saw some representation beyond the perimeter.

 

While Winnipeg’s Taylor Avenue nabbed the top spot as the worst road in Manitoba, a number of provincial highways followed behind.

 

CAA Manitoba’s Community Relations Officer Heather Mack explains while northern roads didn’t garner enough votes to make it into the top ten, there were a number of roads in and around Thompson that were nominated.

 

Those include Westwood Drive, Thompson Drive, and Provincial Road 391.

 

Mack goes on to say CAA hopes to see more votes from Northern Manitoba next year so that the company can lobby for better road infrastructure.

 

Listen to Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon for the full interview.

New COVID-19 case numbers down in Manitoba

Manitoba Public Health reported 226 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon, bringing the five day test positivity rate to 12 per cent. 

 

They also reported three new deaths, all in the Winnipeg Health Region. 

 

Of the new cases, 168 were in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions, including 13 in the Northern Health Region. 

 

Of the total 51, 316 reported cases, 4, 333 are active, 45, 927 individuals have recovered, and 305 people are in hospital with 72 in intensive care.  Variants of concern reported total 11, 204, with 2, 594 of them active.

 

The Thompson/Mystery Lake District has two active cases.

MKO stands in solidarity with First Nations impacted by the discovery of remains of Indigenous children at site of former residential school in BC

Following the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of a former residential school in British Columbia, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak’s Grand Chief encourages Canadians to continue the conversation about the legacy of residential school.

 

In a press release, Garrison Settee says First Nations continue to feel the impacts of residential school within their own families and communities, and hopes the families who lost their children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School can find some closure and healing.

 

Settee adds Manitoba has its own dark past of burying children in unmarked graves at residential schools, citing the Turtle Crossing Campground in Brandon, where the Brandon Residential School was once located.

 

He goes on to state MKO will continue to honour residential school survivors and remember the children who lost their lives while attending those schools, and urges residents to keep learning about this part of Canadian history.

100 Women Who Care Thompson to hold meeting Jun. 2

This week, 100 Women Who care Thompson will be meeting virtually to pick a local charity to donate to this quarter.

 

Nominees include Lions Manor 55 so it can build perimeter fencing and security gate around the premises, the Thompson Seniors Community Resource council to provide technology training to Elders and seniors, and the Northern Health Foundation for their ID Clinics.

 

The meeting will be on Zoom this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

 

People interested in joining the group can visit 100womenthompson.com.

Pallister announces updated COVID-19 restrictions go into effect May 29

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has announced updated public health orders for the province. 

 

He says case numbers have improved over the past few days, but our health care situation is still critical. 

 

Pallister states the orders are effective at 12:01 a.m. on May 29, including no indoor or outdoor gatherings with members outside your household. That includes recreation spaces, playgrounds, golf courses, parks, sports fields and camp grounds. 

 

In-person shopping is limited to one member per household, and many businesses and organizations will remain closed for in-person services including gyms and fitness clubs, restaurants and bars, personal services, museums, galleries and libraries.

 

Additionally the Chief Public Health Officer will utilize health hazard orders to close businesses if necessary where there are multiple cases and transmission is a risk.                                                 

 

Pallisters adds anyone who can must be allowed to work from home as much as possible, and people should stay home as much as possible over the next two weeks. The updated public health orders remain in place until Saturday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m.

Thompson RCMP issued 80 traffic tickets over the Victoria Day long weekend

The Thompson RMCP released the traffic enforcement highlights for the Victoria Day long weekend.

 

A total of 80 tickets were issued, 20 of them for speeding. The highest speed was 35 kilometres over the speed limit.

 

Additionally, there were numerous instances of officers stopping and suspending motorists for impaired driving, which typically result in a license suspension and having their vehicle impounded.

 

Other tickets issued include 20 for driving unregistered vehicles, nine for driving without a valid driver’s license, and four for driving while suspended.

 

Also three tickets each were handed out for failing to wear a seat belt, failing to produce a driver’s license, and for unlawful transportation of liquor or cannabis in a motor vehicle.

MKO roll out new protocol to help northern First Nations with COVID-19 bylaw enforcement

To curb the spread of COVID-19 in First Nations, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak has rolled out a protocol to all 26 of its communities.

 

The protocol, which was developed in partnership with the Manitoba RCMP and Public Prosecution Service of Canada or PPSC, would assist RCMP officers to enforce local COVID-19 bylaws enacted by First Nations communities in the region once signed by an MKO First Nation.

 

It would also allow for PPSC to conduct the prosecution of bylaw offenses committed in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic upon their discretion.

 

During a press conference, grand Chief Garrison Settee likened the protocol as a tool that is available for Northern First Nations to help them better enforce their bylaws, and is not intended to undermine the sovereignty of said communities.

Manitoba extends COVID-19 restrictions for the rest of the week

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr Brent Roussin reported 259 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon, bringing the five day test positivity rate down to 13.8 per cent.  He also reported two additional deaths with one in the Winnipeg Health Region and one in the Southern Health Region. 

 

Of the new cases, 187 are in Winnipeg with much lower numbers in other regions, including 14 in the Northern Health Region. 

 

Roussin announced extended restrictions as COVID-19 case numbers remain too high. 

 

Indoor public gatherings are not allowed and visitors are not permitted on private property except in certain circumstances. Outdoor gatherings with anyone outside a household are not allowed, and that applies to all recreation spaces, playgrounds, golf courses, parks and sports fields.

 

Retail businesses are able to operate at 10 per cent capacity or a max of 100 individuals (whichever is fewer), and only one person per household is allowed to enter a businesses. Many businesses and organizations will remain closed for in person service including gyms, fitness clubs, restaurants, bars, personal service businesses, museums, galleries and libraries.

 

These will remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on May 29, with what’s coming next to be announced later in the week.

             

Grade 7 class at Deerwood School highlight issues relevent to Thompson for social justice projects

A grade 7 class at Deerwood School is looking to get their messages heard on issues they believe are important in our community.

 

Sarah Schroeder has been teaching social justice as a part of the human rights unit for her social studies class, and her class has been inspired to research and share their findings on topics that are relevant to Thompson.

 

Those issues include Thompson’s homeless community, animal rights, suicide awareness, better local and provincial roads, recycling, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

 

The students have incorporated these topics into mantras that will be aired on 102.9 CHTM from May 24 to June 4.

 

The Deerwood School junior high classes will also be holding a physically-distanced walk on May 26 to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

 

 

Shamattawa First Nation declares state of emergency to deal with 'suicide crisis'

Shamattawa First Nation has declared a state of emergency due to the number of suicides and suicide attempts by youth in the community.

 

Chief Eric Redhead made the announcement yesterday, stating Keewatin Tribal Council and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak's Crisis Response Teams were to arrive in the community.

 

A seven year-old child was taken to the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg following a suicide attempt, and Redhead says his own sister, a 32-year-old mother of four, committed suicide earlier this month

 

Redhead added the community has reached out to Health Canada to provide additional support to the First Nation.

 

MKO will be holding a media availability with Redhead and Grand Chief Garrison Settee on the situation later today.

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