Government COVID-19 update for Sept. 17

Government COVID-19 update for Sept. 17Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.7 percent and 11 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,500. The data shows: •    one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region; •    two cases in the…

Province reports largest-ever seizure of contraband cigarettes brought into Manitoba

Province reports largest-ever seizure of contraband cigarettes brought into ManitobaManitoba Finance Taxation Special Investigations Unit, in a joint operation with the Brandon Police Major Crimes Section and the Ontario Ministry of Finance Investigations, has made the largest-ever seizure of contraband cigarettes brought into the province. The operation seized 360 cases, the equivalent to 3,570,400 contraband cigarettes. The seizure took place Sept. 9 in Brandon…

Terriers acquire hometown forward

Terriers acquire hometown forwardThe Portage Terriers have acquired the list rights for Portager (01) F Max Neill from the Steinbach Pistons in exchange for the list rights of (01) D Zac Patrick and future considerations. Patrick (6’0”, 176 lbs) played 95 games over two seasons with the Kootenay Ice (WHL) before coming to the Terriers. Last year the…

Provincial government COVID-19 update

Provincial government COVID-19 updatePublic health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.5 percent and 23 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,489. The data shows: •    two cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region; •    one case in the Northern…

RCMP ask for witnesses to stabbing

RCMP ask for witnesses to stabbingA stabbing victim and witnesses remain tight-lipped following an early morning Sept. 10 stabbing in Portage la Prairie. Just after 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 10, Portage la Prairie RCMP received a call of a stabbing in the 400 block of 6 Ave. NE. When officers arrived, a male in his sixties from Brandon Manitoba was…

RCMP looking for more witnesses to serious collision

RCMP looking for more witnesses to serious collisionRCMP are looking for witnesses to an Aug. 21 accident on the south perimeter, between St. Mary’s Road and St. Anne’s Rd. at approximately 3:20 p.m. Police say a gravel truck heading east collided with several vehicles, also going east, on the Perimeter Highway. Several people were taken to the hospital where they were treated…

Why is complaining a sin?

Why is complaining a sin?Kids Talk About God By Carey Kinsolving and friends “I hate spinach sandwiches,” says Todd, 7. Although I admit the thought of a spinach sandwich is revolting, Todd, I’m afraid you misunderstood my question. I didn’t ask for your favourite complaint, but why complaining is a sin. “If you complain, you might have to clean…

Carbon pricing is like hand washing in a pandemic

Carbon pricing is like hand washing in a pandemic  By David Suzuki Sometimes we need to be reminded of the basics. During the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials have repeated clear messages about hand washing, physical distancing and mask-wearing. These are relatively simple preventative measures to limit the virus’s spread. Responding to climate change isn’t so simple, yet it’s every bit as urgent.…

Portage la Prairie RCMP arrest man for sexual interference 

Portage la Prairie RCMP arrest man for sexual interference A 28-year-old Winnipeg man was arrested on charges of sexual interference on Sept. 12 after grabbing a 12-year-old girl in a Portage la Prairie hotel pool. Portage la Prairie RCMP responded to a complaint at about 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 to a local hotel following a report that an adult male had intentionally and…

Council pauses parking strategy

Council pauses parking strategyFeedback on the city’s new parking strategy, specifically concerning paying for parking in the Heritage Square parking lots, has prompted the city to postpone implementing Phase 2 until the beginning of November. Speaking at the Sept. 15 city council meeting, Coun. Sharilyn Knox, public safety committee chairperson, reported the city has received input from 85 sources…