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

IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #96 – July 15, 2020

July 15, 2020

IRTC UPDATE:

Public health officials advise that the current five-day test positivity rate is 0.16 per cent and no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is now 330.

The data also shows:

  • no individuals are in hospital;
  • five active cases and 318 individuals have recovered from COVID- 19; and
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at sevem

An additional 505 tests were completed on Tuesday bringing the total number of tests performed since early February to 72,308. WestJet flight information related to Tuesday’s positive COVID- 19 case is updated and available at manitoba.ca/covid19/flights.html.

The Manitoba government will extend the province wide 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 #95 – July 14, 2020

July 14, 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 330.

The cases include:

    • a young woman between ages 10 and 19 from the Southern Health – Santé Sud health region
    • a man in his 20s from the Winnipeg health region
    • a man in his 40s from the Interlake-Eastern health region
    • a woman in her 20s from the Winnipeg health region; and
    • a woman in her 30s from the Southern Health – Santé Sud health
  • One of the individuals announced today as a positive COVID-19 case was a passenger on WestJet flight 261 from Winnipeg to Calgary on June 27 and WestJet flight 526 from Calgary to Winnipeg on July 2.
  • Information about affected rows for both flights are being confirmed and will be updated on the website at manitoba.ca/covid19/flights.html when available.

The data also shows:

  • No individuals in hospital or intensive
  • 5 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 will extend the province wide 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. today, 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

~ ~ ~ ~  ~  ~  ~  ~ ~

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 #93 – July 10

IRTC UPDATE:

Public health officials advise no 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 325

  • The data also shows:
    • No individuals in hospital or intensive
    • 4 active cases and 314 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

 

IRTC in-office essential services schedule:

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

July 6 – July 10, 2020

Cindy Garson                431-334-8761

Alyssa Monkman         431-338-4349

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

Liz Bone                          204-782-3651

Unice Ross                     204-795-7436

Darlene Bird                  204-281-7388

Seetta Roccola              204-782-0592

Chris Stove                    431-334-8922

Nicole Cook                   431-275-0523

Cailin Hodder                204-899-2486

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

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.

Harm Reduction Program – 93% spike in First Nations overdose deaths recorded in B.C. during COVID-19

New data from B.C.’s First Nations Health Authority shows that overdose deaths among First Nations people have surged dramatically and disproportionately in the province during the COVID-19 pandemic. The losses have spiked 93 per cent when comparing data from January to May in 2019 to the same

months in 2020. Eighty-nine First Nations people died from an overdose between January and May of this

year. May was the deadliest month ever in B.C. for illicit overdoses, with 170 deaths reported by the B.C. Coroners Service. One of the contributing factors in the spike in overdose deaths with the onset of the pandemic has been an increasingly toxic street drug supply due to supply chain disruptions.

“Right now, more than ever, we know that the toxicity of the street supply has gone up exponentially in this pandemic,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer for B.C. Experts also report that since the pandemic hit there has been limited access to supervised consumption sites and other harm reduction and treatment services. Staying home to curb the spread of the virus, Dr. Henry said, “has led people to be more isolated, to be alone, to use alone.”

 

Lalith Nagella – IRTC Harm Reduction Coordinator

204-590-9603

Cheyanne Gould – IRTC NNADAP Coordinator

204-314-1051

 

For more information and to read the entire article, visit: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/bc-first- nations-overdose-deaths-1.5639098

 

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 #92 – July 9, 2020

July 9, 2020

IRTC UPDATE:

Public health officials advise no 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 325.

  • The data also shows:
    • No individuals in hospital or intensive
    • 4 active cases and 314 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
Total Cases

325

New Cases

0

Total Manitoba Tests

68,015

Daily Tests: 397

Active Cases

4

Recovered

314

Current Hospitalizations

0

ICU Patients: 0

Deaths

7

Last Update

July 09, 2020

1:00 p.m.

 

  • The province is inviting public feedback on proposed personal care home visitation shelters. The purpose of the shelters is to support the quality of life for residents by ensuring meaningful connections continue between residents of Manitoba’s personal care homes and their The province is asking for feedback on design requirements related to physical distancing protocols, personal protective equipment, frequency of use and ways to support quality visits. Take the survey here engagemb.ca/visitation-shelters.

IRTC in-office essential services schedule:

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

July 6 – July 10, 2020

Cindy Garson                431-334-8761

Alyssa Monkman         431-338-4349

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

Liz Bone                          204-782-3651

Unice Ross                     204-795-7436

Darlene Bird                  204-281-7388

Seetta Roccola              204-782-0592

Chris Stove                    431-334-8922

Nicole Cook                   431-275-0523

Cailin Hodder                204-899-2486

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

Staff in Daily Karl Zadnik Grace Gabriel

Courtney McLean Donna Hall Leonard Amos

~ ~ ~ ~  ~  ~  ~  ~ ~

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

Harm Reduction Program – 93% spike in First Nations overdose deaths recorded in B.C. during COVID-19

New data from B.C.’s First Nations Health Authority shows that overdose deaths among First Nations people have surged dramatically and disproportionately in the province during the COVID-19 pandemic. The losses have spiked 93 per cent when comparing data from January to May in 2019 to the same

months in 2020. Eighty-nine First Nations people died from an overdose between January and May of this

year. May was the deadliest month ever in B.C. for illicit overdoses, with 170 deaths reported by the B.C. Coroners Service. One of the contributing factors in the spike in overdose deaths with the onset of the pandemic has been an increasingly toxic street drug supply due to supply chain disruptions.

“Right now, more than ever, we know that the toxicity of the street supply has gone up exponentially in this pandemic,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer for B.C. Experts also report that since the pandemic hit there has been limited access to supervised consumption sites and other harm reduction and treatment services. Staying home to curb the spread of the virus, Dr. Henry said, “has led people to be more isolated, to be alone, to use alone.”

Lalith Nagella – IRTC Harm Reduction Coordinator

204-590-9603

Cheyanne Gould – IRTC NNADAP Coordinator

204-314-1051

For more information and to read the entire article, visit: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/bc-first- nations-overdose-deaths-1.5639098

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 #90 – July 7, 2020

July 7, 2020

IRTC UPDATE:

Public health officials advise no 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 325

  • The data also shows:
    • No individuals in hospital or intensive
    • 14 active cases and 304 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

  • COVID-19 Update First Nations and Inuit Health Branch – Manitoba Region Reporting Period March 6, 2020 – June 28, 2020
    • 0 cases were reported in MB First Nations (FN) communities during the reporting
    • From March 6 to June 28, 62,035 COVID-19 tests were conducted in Manitoba in accordance with the testing guidelines. Of these, 3,442 (5.5%) COVID-19 tests were done for 3,115 First Nation
    • Three health centres, 22 nursing stations, and both federal hospitals conducted 1,596 tests in this time period. Of the 3,442 tests done in this time period, all results were
    • Fewer than 5 Manitoba First Nation community residents were named as contacts to COVID-19 cases. All were asymptomatic and followed testing and self-isolation recommendations. All completed their 14 day self-isolation period and are considered to be resolved and closed as a contact investigation.

IRTC in-office essential services schedule:

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

July 6 – July 10, 2020

Cindy Garson                431-334-8761

Alyssa Monkman         431-338-4349

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

Liz Bone                         204-782-3651

Unice Ross                    204-795-7436

Darlene Bird                 204-281-7388

Seetta Roccola             204-782-0592

Chris Stove                    431-334-8922

Nicole Cook                   431-275-0523

Cailin Hodder                204-899-2486

July 13-17, 2020 TBA Staff in Daily Karl Zadnik Finance Donna Hall 204-792-2819

Leonard Amos 204 956-7413

~ ~ ~ ~  ~  ~  ~  ~ ~

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

Harm Reduction Program – ‘Alarming’ signs of pandemic overdose spike emerge in Winnipeg

Recent information from Winnipeg Fire & Paramedic department shows there has been an alarming 66 per cent increase in emergency calls related to crystal meth and opioid poisonings or overdoses in April

and May, compared to the same period last year.

“We would be naive to say that the COVID world we live in has not increased the demand and desire to cope,” paramedic Cory Guest said. “Some folks are vulnerable, some folks are dealing with trauma.… The No. 1 reason that folks do substances is often to cope.”

People began using substances more in isolation, he said, and that carries a heightened risk when things go wrong. Paramedics’ use of the life-saving opioid overdose antidote, Naloxone, also jumped more than 70 per cent higher than that two-month period in 2019.

For more information please visit:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-overdose-emergency-calls-covid19-pandemic- 1.5615248

 

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