Hydrological report raises serious doubts that Outlet Channels Project will reduce flooding

For Immediate Release

(February 11, 2021) The Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC) says the Province must listen to Indigenous Knowledge and science and stop silencing Indigenous voices on the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels Project.

A new independent report (the Report) commissioned by the IRTC, as well as Lake Manitoba, Kinonjeoshtegon, Dauphin River, Little Saskatchewan, Pinaymootang, and Peguis First Nations (Interlake First Nations), corroborates Indigenous Knowledge that has long indicated that “The Narrows”, a narrow, shallow natural channel that divides the south and north basins of Lake St. Martin, acts as a bottleneck that greatly impairs one of the primary objectives of the Channels Project, i.e., to prevent flood impacts on First Nations situated on the south basin of Lake St. Martin.

First Nations have been asking Manitoba to do this study for years, and the Province always refused, treating our Indigenous Knowledge as folklore. Now we know why: The Report commissioned by the Interlake First Nations raises serious doubts about the benefits of the Channels Project.

Chief Garnet Woodhouse of Pinaymootang First Nation says “We have always said that we want to be partners in this Project. But the model used by Manitoba to predict flood levels in Lake St. Martin wrongly assumes that the Lake is composed of a single basin. One of our main concerns is this assumption. First Nations have been pointing this out since the start of the Project planning. There are two basins to Lake St. Martin and “The Narrows”, by holding back water in the south basin, causes a difference in their water levels. That is why we commissioned our own study – and it shows that the flood protection predicted by Manitoba for the project is greatly overestimated.”

The key finding of the Report by Halket Environmental Consultants is that, “the narrows act as a hydraulic control and the effect of this control causes a significant difference between the basins’ water levels.” The model used in the report further suggests that, “the flood protection offered by the Project has been significantly overestimated.”

Manitoba has dismissed First Nation concerns that the Project will cause significant harm to the environment and to our communities. The Premier has claimed these devastating impacts will be offset by the flood protection offered by the Project. According to Chief Woodhouse: “We now have the science that confirms our serious concerns from day one: that the project, as designed, will not protect our communities from flooding.”

Chief Cornell McLean, of Lake Manitoba First Nation and Chair of the IRTC adds, “When the concept of building a new channel between Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin was first proposed a key recommendation of the 2013 report from the Lake Manitoba-Lake St. Martin Regulation Review Committee, Finding the Right Balance, was that the approval of First Nations on Lake St. Martin – those most severely impacted by the Province’s flood management systems in 2011 and 2014 – must be a prerequisite of any decision on the Channels Project. We uphold that view and reiterate to both Manitoba and Canada that the consent of First Nations of the Interlake is fundamental to finding a solution to flood management that reflects the honour of the Crown and advances reconciliation.”

Media Contact:

Karl Zadnik | karlzadnik@irtc.ca | (204) 795 4747

IRTC Responds to Pallister’s media statements on the Outlet Channels Project

For Immediate Release

January 29th, 2021

The Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC) was extremely disappointed to hear the Premier’s misleading comments to Manitobans yesterday. Indigenous consultation with the Province on the Outlet Channels Project is not on track. More troubling, the Premier blatantly deceived the media at yesterday’s press conference about the Injunction rendered against his government as result of his government’s failure to take Indigenous consultation seriously.

His statement that the injunction obtained by the IRTC and four of our member First Nations was overturned on December 23, 2020 is patently false. As explained in a statement provided by our legal counsel to media: “The Court ordered injunction against the Government of Manitoba remains in place. It has not been overturned. The Province’s appeal of that injunction will be heard by the Court on February 19, 2021. The decision of December 23, 2020 referred to by the Premier concerned a procedural application by others to obtain intervener status in the appeal. This court decision in no way affects the substance of the injunction”.

We call on the Province to roll up its sleeves and get down work on conducting the necessary environmental studies and start co-operating instead of fighting our Nations. Time and again, the IRTC has stated its commitment to working with the Province as equal partners on this project. But our commitment has been met with disrespect by the Province.

Echoing his commitment to work with the province, Karl Zadnik, Chief Executive Officer, IRTC, said: “We want to work with the federal government directly on a contribution agreement that acknowledges us, the directly impacted First Nations from IRTC, so we can ensure we’re accommodated properly”. He went on: “The Premier’s statement about protecting our communities from climate change impacts are misleading. While we believe in the science of climate change, Manitoba’s misguided policies have led to our lands being consistently flooded, led to destruction of fish and fish habitat, led to draining of wetlands, and so on.”

Chief Cornell Mclean, Chairman of the IRTC, reiterated that “doing the right thing is never too late. The Premier and his Ministers should learn from the past, and work cooperatively with us, while respecting our Treaty Rights”.

These issues were discussed at a meeting with the federal Minister of Infrastructure, the Hon. Minister Mckenna last week. At that meeting, the Chiefs presented their concerns around the Province’s unwillingness to work with First Nations and address the impacts the Project will have on our land and our people. To resolve these, Karl Zadnik pointed out that “we need to explore ways around these issues, we need to respect protocols. We are willing to be partners, one hundred percent, if the concerns of our First Nations are properly accommodated”

For more info contact: Karl Zadnik, IRTC Chief Executive Officer at 204-795-4747

Extension of Term of Office (Little Saskatchewan First Nation)

Please be advised that due to the significant rise of Covid cases within Manitoba; November 12, 2020 The Province of Manitoba announced a “Code Red Alert” for Manitoba. https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/system/red-critic.ahltml

Extension of Term of Office:

November 3, 2020 The Minister of Indigenous Service Canada approved a six (6) month extension from January 28, 2021 to July 28, 2021. The Little Saskatchewan First Nation Band Election will be held on July 28, 2021.

The First Nations Election Cancellation and Postponement Regulations (Prevention of Diseases) extension is necessary to prevent, mitigate or control the spread of diseases on the reserve.

https://laws-lois. justice.gc .ca/ eng/regulations/SOR-2020-84/inde.xhtml

COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths are increasing at an alarming rate on Manitoba First Nations, prompting many of them to lock down and try to protect their most vulnerable members.

As the Chief and Council and community healthcare workers and community members work diligently to protect our community, we ask everyone to take precautions whenever possible to help reduce the spread of this coronavirus

Chief Hector Shorting and Band Council
Little Saskatchewan First Nation

Special Weather / Winter Storm Alert – November 7, 2020

NOVEMBER 7, 2020
Special Weather / Winter Storm Alerts for Manitoba

Please check your local weather warnings here: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=mb

Central Manitoba, including the northern Interlake area, will see freezing rain and high winds beginning Sunday at noon, with increasing severity through the afternoon into the evening hours and overnight into Monday.

There will be snow continuing in northern Manitoba.

We are noting that with the freezing rain and high winds, hydro infrastructure could be at risk. This could mean power surges and power outages. Hydro outages can be reported and tracked online at: https://account.hydro.mb.ca/Portal/outeroutage.aspx

It is also possible that Manitoba highways will be closed or travel could be restricted because of this event. Manitoba Highways notification # is 511. http://manitoba511.ca/en/

We encourage everyone to be prepared with a 72 hour emergency kit in case there are issues with power. Two different sites where you can access information on 72 hour emergency kits are:

https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/kts/index-en.aspx or https://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/emergencies-and-disasters-in-canada/be-ready-emergency-preparedness-and-recovery/get-an-emergency-kit

IRTC continue to feel the disregard and failing response from both Provincial and Federal governments.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 4, 2020

Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC) and its member communities continue to feel the disregard and failing response from both Provincial and Federal governments. Dealing with the current pandemic, lack of funding to address self isolation and overcrowded housing makes it difficult to respect and maintain health procedures, while many other long-standing issues remain unresolved.

“This failure to provide funding combined with a reactive approach from the Federal government has left our communities in crisis. Our communities are starting to see a surge in COVID cases, and we have been left out of the picture to discuss the solutions needed to implement and maintain successful health protocols” says Chairman Cornell McLean. “We need to be a part of the process in order for it to work, we need to protect our members; now.”

Too many government processes and civil servants within Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) make it tough to get answers to our funding requests to fight this virus while we are still trying to address shortages from past emergency events.

IRTC has still not recovered from the Manitoba 2019 October Power Outage. “Reimbursements and “Build back better” policies from ISC are just meaningless words It has been over a year since our members had to evacuate their homes due to the power outage, and this left us and our communities out of pocket in excess of millions of dollars combined; monies which we paid out with assurance of repayment. These shortfalls in repayment reveal our mistreatment stems from systemic racism, exhibited by the Federal Government and regional ISC office. Municipalities would be paid back for their costs within 6 months or less” shared Karl Zadnik, Chief Executive Officer.

Dauphin River First Nation members were finally returning to their community after being evacuated from the 2011 flood when they were hit with last years snowstorm. Once again, they were evacuated and returned to find damaged homes and community infrastructure.

Many Dauphin River residents can only access their homes by boat in the summer and snowmobile in the winter. This area is not accessible by land, so these families are at the mercy of weather and a changing climate. A bridge would significantly reduce transportation hazards and risks in this community but repeated requests to both governments have been denied. The governments ask us to “Build back better” and to have emergency preparedness plans in place, however, they fail to provide the resources to achieve these basic necessities.

Despite this, IRTC remains committed to working with the Federal and Provincial governments of the day, however,  we  really  need  to  address  the  systemic  racism  and  government  bureaucracy   that  exists. Attitudes of us being less than the average Canadian citizen need to stop within these government departments so we can receive the care and resources needed to move towards reconciliation.

 

For more info contact: Karl Zadnik, IRTC Chief Executive Officer at 204-795-4747.

 

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MEDIA ADVISOR: Court issues injunction against Government of Manitoba

Correction of earlier IRTC press release

Court issues injunction against Government of Manitoba

August 27, 2020 – On Thursday, August 20, 2020, Justice Lanchbery of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench issued an interlocutory injunction against the Government of Manitoba halting work on an access road and other activites related to the proposed Outlet Channels Project. The successful injunction was filed by the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC), Lake Manitoba First Nation, Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Dauphin River First Nation and Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation.

In his decision granting the Injunction, Justice Lanchbery relied heavily on the direct evidence from individual citizens of the affected First Nations who exercise Treaty rights in concluding that the actions of the Province could cause irreparable harm to those Treaty rights. He explained that our shared Colonial history, the enactment of section 35 of the Constitution Act and Supreme Court of Canada decisions, confirms that monetary damages are insufficient when the issue of land-based rights are at stake.

We are hopeful that this Court decision sends a wake-up call to the Provincial Crown so that we can begin to repair what is currently a damaged relationship. As always, the IRTC and First Nations’ leadership remain open to constructively working with the Government of Mantioba. But as shown by our resolve in pursuing and successfully obtaining an injunction against the Crown, our working relationship must be premised on respect for the Treaty covenants, our rights and our peoples’ interests.

In a press release earlier today the IRTC mistakenly identified work was being done by the Province in definance of that Injunction.

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For more information contact:
Karl Zadnik, B.Comm(Hons); PM Cert.
Chief Executive Officer
Interlake Reserves Tribal Council

Email:karlzadnik@irtc.ca
Phone:204-956-7413

Background

In the spring of 2020, after trying to find a way to work with the Province to no avail, the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC) and four of its member First Nations – Lake Manitoba First Nation, Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Dauphin River First Nation and Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation – filed a lawsuit against the Government of Manitoba seeking an injunction to stop construction work on the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels Project and a related access road unless and until the federal and provincial environmental assessments are done and the Channels Project is approved. The lawsuit calls on Manitoba to stop any further clearing on public land and continued work on an access road in relation to the Channels Project until the Project is approved following completion of the environmental assessment processes, and until the Plaintiff First Nations have been meaningfully consulted and their rights accommodated.

On August 20, 2020, the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench granted the Plaintiffs’ motion for an interlocutory injunction. The interlocutory injunction ordered Manitoba to halt work on an access road and refrain from carrying other work on Crown land in furtherance of the Channels Project. The injunction will remain in place until the underlying lawsuit against the province is decided

On August 20th the Court also rejected Manitoba’s motion to strike the First Nations’ claim.

This lawsuit arises from the continual flouting of environmental laws by the Government of Manitoba and the Province’s total disregard and disrespect of Treaty and Aboriginal rights. Before the Channels Project has even been approved or gone through the environmental assessment process, the Government of Manitoba authorized the clearing of pristine public land along the proposed right-of way for the Lake St. Martin Channel. Manitoba also barreled ahead on the construction of a 20 km all season access road for the Channel’s Project in the face of legal challenges from several First Nations. To carry out this work before the Channel’s Project is approved makes a mockery of the environmental assessment process and the Crown’s Constitutional duty to consult Indigenous communities. The information obtained through the assessment processes and consultation will inform the development measures to lessen or avoid impacts arising from the Channels Project on the environment, as well as on Treaty and Aboriginal rights. These avoidance and mitigation measures inform the details and conditions included in any Project authorization, including matters related to routing, clearing, construction and timing of activities necessary to carry out the Project.

IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #106 – July 28, 2020

July 28, 2020

IRTC UPDATE:

Public health officials advise an eighth death related to COVID-19 has been reported, a man in his 70s from the Southern Health-Santé Sud region. This is a new case reported today and the individual was not hospitalized.

  • The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 0.4 per cent and five new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 405.

The data shows that there were:

    • two new cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
    • one new case in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region
    • one new case in the Winnipeg health region
    • one new case in the Prairie Mountain Health region

The data also shows:

    • three current hospitalizations, with two individuals in intensive care
    • 78 active cases and 319 individuals have recovered from COVID-19
    • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is now eight

Public health officials are updating potential exposure dates at the Sherwood Grocery Store in Gull Lake to July 20 and 21.

The dashboard and graphs are updated Monday to Friday at 1 p.m. Data from the weekend will be updated on the following Monday

  • Effective July 29, all travellers, visitors, and airport campus employees must wear a face covering or non-medical mask at all times inside Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. Face coverings must be worn properly to cover one’s nose and mouth at all times in all public areas of the terminal. For more information, check the blog post: Face coverings are now a must in all public areas at YWG.
  • Effective April 20, all travellers are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while flying as mandated by Transport Canada. Those who don’t have a non-medical mask or face covering will not be allowed to board their flight.

IRTC in-office essential services schedule:

All IRTC Staff are in-office daily at the Pinaymootang Head office and at the Headingley Sub-office.

If you are using gloves or masks, please discard these items accordingly.

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Phase Four Plan Released, Feedback Critical to Final Plan

As a result of public health evidence and advice, and in response to feedback received, phase four will proceed but with some items deferred to a later date or moved forward with more limited implementation. Other steps will remain as proposed.

The proposed changes to visits in personal care homes and long-term care settings will proceed as outlined in the draft document. Facility operators will continue to review visitation policies and processes to ensure appropriate visitation, along with the health and safety of residents and families.

Items moving forward with limited implementation on July 25 include:

  • maintaining current site capacity at 30 per cent (instead of the proposed 50 per cent) for faith-based services and pow wows, but eliminating the need for sub- groups (cohorts);
  • allowing stage performances and opening movie theatres to a maximum capacity of 30 per cent of the site (instead of the proposed 50 per cent), up to a maximum of 500 people;
  • allowing casinos to open at a maximum of 30 per cent of the site’s capacity (instead of the proposed 50 per cent); and
  • allowing retail businesses and indoor recreation sites to use non-permeable barriers when distances of two metres can not be

The following proposed changes have been deferred at this time:

  • proposed changes to indoor and outdoor gathering sizes;
  • relaxing of self-isolation requirements for those travelling from eastern and southern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada; and
  • walk-up counter service in bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, microbreweries and distilleries.

Public health officials will review possible adjustments on a week-by-week basis and make any additional changes based on the public health situation at the time.

To view the updated phase four plan and to review public health guidance for businesses, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

 

IRTC Education Update: Course Registration Dates for September 2020

Please note that the following education institutions have stated that the majority of their programs will be offered online for the Fall 2020 term. In addition, the following dates should be adhered to when it comes to registering for your courses for the September 2020 session. Red River College -registration begins a month before your program start date.

University of Winnipeg -registration appointment notices are sent to students mid to late June and registration will begin in July.

University of Manitoba -registration for Fall 2020 opens in Aurora on July 23 – August 11 for returning students. Registration for Fall 2020 for new students will be July 14-20. Students can start checking their registration dates starting July 10.

IRTC Jordan’s Principle
Alyssa Monkman 431-338-4349
Millie Anderson 431-276-2493
Martin McLean 431-276-2960

 

The Canada Student Services Grant (CSSG) is designed so that qualified Post-Secondary students and recent graduates can pursue volunteer opportunities and earn up to possibly $1000.00 -$5000.00 based on the number of qualified hours. Below is the link for students to obtain further information and how to apply to the Canada Student Services Grant (CSSG). https://www.iwanttohelp.org/en-CA/student/eligibility- student

IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #99 – July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020

IRTC UPDATE:

Public health officials advise 18 new cases of COVID-19 were identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 354.

New cases include:

    • 11 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
    • three cases in the Winnipeg health region
    • three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
    • one case in the Southern Health region
  • The high case counts are reflective of an outbreak of cases in several Hutterite colonies. Dr. Brent Roussin, MOH advises that the colony outbreaks are linked to travel outside of Manitoba -a large gathering in Alberta. In addition, there are some international travel related cases and one transport driver. The investigations are all ongoing and any additional information will be provided as needed once investigations are complete to inform people of any public health
  • One of the individuals announced today as a positive COVID-19 case was a passenger on several flights from Manila, Philippines to Canada July 7 & 8, 2020. Information about affected rows for both flights are being confirmed and will be updated on the website atmanitoba.ca/covid19/flights.html when available.

The data also shows:

  • One individual in hospital or intensive care
  • 29 active case and 318 individuals have recovered from COVID-19.
  • The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 7

The dashboard and graphs are updated Monday to Friday at 1 p.m. Data from the weekend will be updated on the following.

IRTC in-office essential services schedule:

All IRTC Staff are in-office daily at the Pinaymootang Head office and at the Headingley Sub-office.

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If you are using gloves or masks, please discard these items accordingly.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Medical masks can protect people wearing the mask from getting infected, as well as can prevent those who have symptoms from spreading them. World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following groups use medical masks:

  • Health workers
  • Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, including people with mild symptoms
  • People caring for suspect or confirmed cases of COVID-19 outside of health facilities
  • People aged 60 or over
  • People of any age with underlying health conditions

Non-medical, fabric masks – WHO does not recommend their widespread use among the public for control of COVID-19. However, for areas of widespread transmission, with limited capacity for implementing control measures and especially in settings where physical distancing of at least 1 metre is not possible – such as on public transport, in shops or in other confined or crowded environments – WHO advises governments to encourage the general public to use non-medical fabric masks. For more information, please visit: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/question-and- answers-hub/q-a-detail/q-a-on-covid-19-and-masks

In Manitoba, starting Friday (July 10th 2020), anyone at the Brandon airport will have to bring their own mask to wear while inside the terminal, whether they are travellers or not.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/brandon-airport-face-mask-mandatory- http://airport.brandon.ca/component/content/category/9-flights

IRTC Education Update: Course Registration Dates for September 2020

Please note that the following education institutions have stated that the majority of their programs will be offered online for the Fall 2020 term. In addition, the following dates should be adhered to when it comes to registering for your courses for the September 2020 session. Red River College -registration begins a month before your program start date.

University of Winnipeg -registration appointment notices are sent to students mid to late June and registration will begin in July.

University of Manitoba -registration for Fall 2020 opens in Aurora on July 23 – August 11 for returning students. Registration for Fall 2020 for new students will be July 14-20. Students can start checking their registration dates starting July 10.

IRTC Jordan’s Principle
Alyssa Monkman 431-338-4349
Millie Anderson 431-276-2493
Martin McLean 204-280-0232

 

The Canada Student Services Grant (CSSG) is designed so that qualified Post-Secondary students and recent graduates can pursue volunteer opportunities and earn up to possibly $1000.00 –

$5000.00 based on the number of qualified hours. Below is the link for students to obtain further information and how to apply to the Canada Student Services Grant (CSSG).

 

https://www.iwanttohelp.org/en-CA/student/eligibility- student

IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #98 – July 17, 2020

July 17, 2020

IRTC UPDATE:

 Public health officials advise 5 new cases of COVID-19 were identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 336.

  • All 5 new cases are on a Hutterite colony in the Interlake-Eastern health region and include:
    • A male and female in their 60’s
    • A male and female in their 30’s
    • A female in her 20’s
  • Public health officials advise that the current five-day test positivity rate is 0.43 per cent and an additional 844 tests were completed on Thursday bringing the total number of tests performed since early February to 73,885.

The data also shows:

    • No individuals in hospital or intensive
    • 11 active case and 318 individuals have recovered from COVID-19.
    • The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven

The dashboard and graphs are updated Monday to Friday at 1 p.m. Data from the weekend will be updated on the following

  • The Manitoba government has extended the provincewide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act to continue to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The extension takes effect at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 for a period of 30 days.

IRTC in-office essential services schedule:

All IRTC Staff are available continuously via email and cell phone should you need to contact them.

 

July 13-17, 2020

Liz Bone                        204-782-3651

Donna Thompson       204-302-0959

Millie Anderson           204-891-3409

Martin McLean            204-280-0232

Marcie Tavares            204-803-0700

Lalith Nagella               204-590-9603

Shannon Spence          431-275-8093

Josie Kent                      204-799-1294

Unice Ross                    204-795-7436

Darlene Bird                  204-281-7388

Chris Stove                    431-334-8922

Nicole Cook                   431-275-0523

Cailin Hodder                204-899-2486

July 20-24, 2020 TBA Staff in Daily Karl Zadnik Grace Gabriel

Courtney McLean Donna Hall Leonard Amos

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If you are using gloves or masks, please discard these items accordingly.

 

Do I need to wear a mask?

 

Medical masks can protect people wearing the mask from getting infected, as well as can prevent those who have symptoms from spreading them. World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following groups use medical masks:

  • Health workers
  • Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, including people with mild symptoms
  • People caring for suspect or confirmed cases of COVID-19 outside of health facilities
  • People aged 60 or over
  • People of any age with underlying health conditions

Non-medical, fabric masks – WHO does not recommend their widespread use among the public for control of COVID-19. However, for areas of widespread transmission, with limited capacity for implementing control measures and especially in settings where physical distancing of at least 1 metre is not possible – such as on public transport, in shops or in other confined or crowded environments – WHO advises governments to encourage the general public to use non-medical fabric masks. For more information, please visit:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/question-and-answers-hub/q-a- detail/q-a-on-covid-19-and-masks

In Manitoba, starting Friday (July 10th 2020), anyone at the Brandon airport will have to bring their own mask to wear while inside the terminal, whether they are travellers or not.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/brandon-airport-face-mask-mandatory-1.5642558 http://airport.brandon.ca/component/content/category/9-flights

 

IRTC Education Update: Course Registration Dates for September 2020

Please note that the following education institutions have stated that the majority of their programs will be offered online for the Fall 2020 term. In addition, the following dates should be adhered to when it comes to registering for your courses for the September 2020 session.

Red River College -registration begins a month before your program start date.

University of Winnipeg -registration appointment notices are sent to students mid to late June and registration will begin in July.

University of Manitoba -registration for Fall 2020 opens in Aurora on July 23 – August 11 for returning students. Registration for Fall 2020 for new students will be July 14-20. Students can start checking their registration dates starting July 10.

The Canada Student Services Grant (CSSG) is designed so that qualified Post-Secondary students and

recent graduates can pursue volunteer opportunities and earn up to possibly $1000.00 – $5000.00 based on the number of qualified hours. Below is the link for students to obtain further information and how to apply to the Canada Student Services Grant (CSSG).

https://www.iwanttohelp.org/en-CA/student/eligibility-student

IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #97 – July 16, 2020

July 16, 2020

IRTC UPDATE:

Public health officials advise 1 new cases of COVID-19 were identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 331.

The new case involves:

    • A male in his 30’s from Southern Health region
  • The 5 cases from July 15, 2020: 3 are travel related; 1 case in Southern Health region is unknown; and 1 case remains under
  • One of the individuals announced July 15th as a positive COVID-19 case was a passenger on WestJet flight 261 from Winnipeg to Calgary on June 27, Rows 7-22 and WestJet flight 526 from Calgary to Winnipeg on July 2, Rows 4-10.
    • Passengers in affected seats on flights are considered a close contact and are at risk of exposure. Please self-isolate for 14-days following the flight and monitor for
    • Passengers on the flights, but not in the affected seats, should self-monitor for symptoms and self-isolate if they develop. For more information visit: www.manitoba.ca/covid19/flights.html

The data also shows:

      • No individuals in hospital or intensive
      • 6 active case and 318 individuals have recovered from COVID-19.
      • The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven

The dashboard and graphs are updated Monday to Friday at 1 p.m. Data from the weekend will be updated on the following Monday

  • The Manitoba government has extended the provincewide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act to continue to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The extension takes effect at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 for a period of 30 days.

IRTC in-office essential services schedule:

All IRTC Staff are available continuously via email and cell phone should you need to contact them.

July 13-17, 2020

Liz Bone                        204-782-3651

Donna Thompson       204-302-0959

Millie Anderson           204-891-3409

Martin McLean             204-280-0232

Marcie Tavares            204-803-0700

Lalith Nagella               204-590-9603

Shannon Spence          431-275-8093

Josie Kent                      204-799-1294

Unice Ross                    204-795-7436

Darlene Bird                 204-281-7388

Chris Stove                    431-334-8922

Nicole Cook                   431-275-0523

Cailin Hodder                204-899-2486

July 20-24, 2020 TBA Staff in Daily Karl Zadnik Grace Gabriel

Courtney McLean Donna Hall Leonard Amos

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If you are using gloves or masks, please discard these items accordingly.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Medical masks can protect people wearing the mask from getting infected, as well as can prevent those who have symptoms from spreading them. World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following groups use medical masks:

  • Health workers
  • Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, including people with mild symptoms
  • People caring for suspect or confirmed cases of COVID-19 outside of health facilities
  • People aged 60 or over
  • People of any age with underlying health conditions

Non-medical, fabric masks – WHO does not recommend their widespread use among the public for control of COVID-19. However, for areas of widespread transmission, with limited capacity for implementing control measures and especially in settings where physical distancing of at least 1 metre is not possible – such as on public transport, in shops or in other confined or crowded environments – WHO advises governments to encourage the general public to use non-medical fabric masks. For more information, please visit:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/question-and-answers-hub/q-a- detail/q-a-on-covid-19-and-masks

 

In Manitoba, starting Friday (July 10th 2020), anyone at the Brandon airport will have to bring their own mask to wear while inside the terminal, whether they are travellers or not.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/brandon-airport-face-mask-mandatory-1.5642558 http://airport.brandon.ca/component/content/category/9-flights

 

IRTC Education Update: Course Registration Dates for September 2020

Please note that the following education institutions have stated that the majority of their programs will be offered online for the Fall 2020 term. In addition, the following dates should be adhered to when it comes to registering for your courses for the September 2020 session.

Red River College -registration begins a month before your program start date.

University of Winnipeg -registration appointment notices are sent to students mid to late June and registration will begin in July.

University of Manitoba -registration for Fall 2020 opens in Aurora on July 23 – August 11 for returning students. Registration for Fall 2020 for new students will be July 14-20. Students can start checking their registration dates starting July 10.

The Canada Student Services Grant (CSSG) is designed so that qualified Post-Secondary students and

recent graduates can pursue volunteer opportunities and earn up to possibly $1000.00 – $5000.00 based on the number of qualified hours. Below is the link for students to obtain further information and how to apply to the Canada Student Services Grant (CSSG).

https://www.iwanttohelp.org/en-CA/student/eligibility-student