Manitoba kicks off sixth annual Farm and Food Awareness Week

Manitoba kicks off sixth annual Farm and Food Awareness WeekThis is the week Manitobans are annually asked to have food in their thoughts. More specifically everything about how it makes the journey to your plate. “Manitobans are encouraged to learn more about where their food comes from and how their food is produced,” Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen said as the sixth…

RCMP investigate fatal vehicle-train collision

RCMP investigate fatal vehicle-train collisionA driver of a vehicle who struck an eastbound CN train was pronounced deceased on the scene Friday night. Tt 8:50 p.m., officers from Portage la Prairie RCMP detachment responded to a collision between a vehicle and train that occurred on Hwy. 34 near Rd. 66 N., located just north of Hwy. 1, approximately 42…

COVID-19 government update for Sept. 18

COVID-19 government update for Sept. 18Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.7 percent and 40 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,540. The data shows: •    four cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; •    four cases in the…

Officials break ground for new EMS station

Officials break ground for new EMS stationBy June 2021, emergency medical services (EMS) will move into a new facility to be built adjacent to the Portage District General Hospital. A ground-breaking ceremony this week launched a major upgrade to EMS facilities currently housed in a three-bay address at Southport. EMS are now in leased space at the Southport campus which formerly…

CARP marks National Seniors Day with largest-ever virtual meeting of seniors

CARP marks National Seniors Day with largest-ever virtual meeting of seniorsThis National Seniors Day (Oct 1), CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) is hosting Canada’s largest-ever virtual meeting of seniors in honour of older people in our communities. A national Minute of Silence will also be observed to remember those who have died due to COVID-19 in long-term care homes in Canada. The event features…

Planning district releases August combined permit report

Planning district releases August combined permit reportThe Portage la Prairie Planning District released its August 2020 combined permit values totalling just over $116 million year-to-date value. As expected, with Simplot expansion complete and construction of the Roquette plant well underway, year-to-date permit values decreased from nearly $164 million in the 2019 corresponding period. The planning district issued 11 new single residential…

Portage la Prairie RCMP respond to threats at high school

Portage la Prairie RCMP respond to threats at high schoolFollowing a Wednesday morning lockdown at Portage Collegiate Institute, a police investigation is now centred on identifying the individual who called in a threat. A Sept. 18 police press release does not say what the threat was, but Police Dog Services attended with a certified explosives detection dog. On September 16, 2020, at approximately 11:00…

The throne speech: Fiscal prudes are fretting about the wrong issues

The throne speech: Fiscal prudes are fretting about the wrong issuesBy Marc-Andre Pigeon, Assistant Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan             By all accounts, the federal government is planning a bold and ambitious agenda when it unveils its speech from the throne in Ottawa later this month. For some, this promise doesn’t compute. How can…