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Liberals fight for mental-health services
MANITOBA Liberals are proposing that certain services by psychologists be funded under medicare.
Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari said, if elected, her party would make mental-health services more accessible to Manitobans.
"With one in five Canadians -- and one in seven children -- suffering from mental-health issues, we cannot afford to remain last among the provinces when it comes to accessing mental-health care specialists," Bokhari told a news conference at the Manitoba Legislative Building Wednesday.
She called the announcement the first plank in the Liberal platform for "a healthier Manitoba."
One in 10 visits to general practitioners in Manitoba are related to mental illness, and up to 70 per cent of doctors visits involve a mental-health component, Bokhari said.
Yet, Manitoba continues to have the lowest percentage of registered psychologists per capita in Canada, she said.
"We will list certain services provided by psychologists under medicare, beginning with priority areas like services to children, pregnant women, new mothers and individuals with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)," Bokhari said.
Other services could be added later, she said.
The party also proposes to increase funding to retain and hire more psychologists in Manitoba.
The Liberals estimate the cost of their initiative -- including aside funds for recruitment and retention -- would amount to $20 million over four years.
Andrea Piotrowski, president of the Manitoba Psychological Society, said Manitoba has only 20 psychologists per 100,000 people, while the national average is 47 per 100,000.
"It is time that any Manitoban who wants to see a psychologist for an assessment or treatment can do so in a reasonable amount of time and without financial burden," said Piotrowski, who attended the Liberal announcement.
Flooded farmers to receive compensation
MANITOBA farmers who were flooded this summer are to receive just over $1 million in compensation.
The government says 1,000 hectares of land immediately around the Portage Diversion will be eligible for compensation.
Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn says the province used the diversion to manage flood water coming from Saskatchewan to protect homes and properties.
That meant agricultural land was flooded and Kostyshyn says the province will compensate farmers for that.
Torrential rain in both provinces at the beginning of July caused widespread, overland flooding in rural areas in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Urban centres were largely left dry.
Road deaths drop to record low
THE number of Manitobans killed on highways and streets has dropped to the lowest point in the last 20 years.
Manitoba Public Insurance said Wednesday there were 85 people killed on the road in 2013 -- the lowest number in two decades -- and a drop of 11.5 per cent from 96 deaths in 2012.
MPI also said the last five years have seen a fatality rate of 1.1 per 10,000 drivers compared to the rate of 1.5 per 10,000 drivers recorded in 2004 to 2008.
Up to the end of October, Manitoba has recorded 59 deaths on the road in 2014.
"These statistics show that Manitoba is moving in the right direction with respect to road safety," MaryAnn Kempe, a vice-president at MPI, said in a statement.
"Manitoba Public Insurance and other like-minded agencies continue to raise awareness, educate motorists and provide unique programs designed specifically towards loss prevention."
The statistics were released by MPI on the seventh annual National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims in Canada supported by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.
Head of addictions foundation resigns
THE head of the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba has resigned.
Since 2011, Yvonne Block has been the chief executive officer of the Crown agency that provides addictions counselling and treatment at nearly 30 locations across the province.
She told staff Tuesday she was stepping down Dec. 5 for professional and personal reasons, but will stay on as an adviser until March.
The acting CEO will be Julie Hockley, the client-services manager for the Brandon area.
Hockey tour coming to Brandon
BRANDON -- The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour is coming to Brandon.
The outdoor celebration of all things hockey will be in the south grounds of the Keystone Centre Saturday and Sunday.
The free, family-friendly event will run from noon to 6 p.m. each day, and will feature interactive kids' booths, food concessions, local bands and a marquee Sunday afternoon NHL match-up.
That game broadcast will include Ron MacLean broadcasting live from Brandon in the Sportsnet Mobile Studio.
"You're going to find everything from a personalized hockey jersey-making station, to an Xbox gaming tent, to a shoot-your-own Sportsnet segment broadcast booth," said Jackie Keyes, executive director of Brandon First. "Whether you're the proud parent of the next hockey superstar or you've had a lifelong passion for the game, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Festival is sure to appeal to the hockey fanatic in all of us."
The weekend festival will also feature an outdoor ball hockey area, a hockey obstacle course, an air hockey tent and an outdoor stage for local band performances.
Although scheduling is not yet nailed down, organizers have already confirmed Jennifer Botterill as the main stage host. Botterill, a four-time Olympic medallist and former Canadian women's hockey team member, will be joined by NHL alumnus Morris Lukowich for a number of special appearances during the weekend event.