City briefs

Blue Bombers advance to Grey Cup

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers won the West Divison final 28-20 over the B.C. Lions on Sunday to advance to the Grey Cup for a third consecutive season. The Bombers will face the Toronto Argonauts in Regina on Nov. 20.

Funding for new childcare spaces

On Nov. 14. Premier Heather Stefanson announced that the Province and federal government will spend $70 million to help create 600 new childcare spaces in the province’s southern and Interlake communities. These spaces will be in new centres that could open in time for the next school year.

Call for another mask mandate

Amid a rise in COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases, some healthcare workers are calling on the Province to implement a face-mask mandate. On Nov. 13, Winnipeg’s Children’s Hospital at the Health Sciences Centre saw 201 patients in the emergency department – a new record total of patients seen in one day.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

The federal government has allocated $60 million toward a new National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. The centre will be a space to collect and archive stories of residential school survivors in Canada. The permanent establishment is expected to be completed within the next five years.

Need for increased safety measures for Winnipeg Transit drivers

Winnipeg Transit drivers have reported nearly 110 assaults in 2022. The Winnipeg Transit Union is asking government officials to increase public-safety measures by creating a transit security force to monitor activity on buses and at bus stops. The union is also asking for emergency signals that can warn passengers of danger.

Plan to recruit 2,000 healthcare workers

Premier Heather Stefanson has promised to allocate $200 million toward an action plan retaining, recruiting and training 2,000 healthcare workers. The plan is meant to relieve the pressure on healthcare professionals and provide premiums for working weekends, wellness incentives and to reimburse workers for their annual professional licensing fees.

Published in Volume 77, Number 10 of The Uniter (November 17, 2022)

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