News briefs for Thursday, October 27, 2022


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A collection of breaking news briefs filed on Thursday, October 27, 2022

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A collection of breaking news briefs filed on Thursday, October 27, 2022

10:10 AM

Ellingson and Wolitarsky suiting up tomorrow night vs. B.C. Lions

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers released their depth chart for tomorrow’s regular season finale against the visiting B.C. Lions.

Quarterback Zach Collaros will get the start and will play behind the usuals on the offensive line — Stanley Bryant, Geoff Gray, Michael Couture, Patrick Neufeld, and Jermarcus Hardrick.

Receivers Greg Ellingson and Drew Wolitarsky will also suit up after missing several weeks due to injury. Receiver Nic Demski, who’s been a spectator at practice this week with a calf injury, is out.

10:29 AM

Manitoba reports 12 COVID-19 deaths

Manitoba’s COVID-19 death toll increased by 12 people in the second-last week of October.

According to the province’s latest weekly COVID-19 report, deaths related to the virus increased from 2,199 to 2,211 between Oct. 16 and 22, including eight people who died during the reporting period.

As COVID-19 cases are no longer reported directly to public health, officials say delays in reporting deaths are to be expected.

The province also reported a slight decrease in confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and test-positivity rates.

The test-positivity rate decreased from 29.6 per cent to 24 per cent and 362 people were confirmed to be positive with COVID-19, compared to 402 in the previous week.

One hundred people were admitted to hospital with the disease, including 16 to intensive care. In the week prior, 103 people were admitted to hospital.

Wastewater samples collected in Winnipeg until Oct. 20 indicated increase COVID-19 spread, according to the province.

12:01 PM

Missing Portage la Prairie teen found safe

A teenage boy who was reported missing in Portage la Prairie has been found, RCMP say.

Stacey Gerald Houle had last been seen at his home in Portage on Oct. 21 before he was reported missing to Mounties on Tuesday evening.

RCMP said Thursday the boy had been located safe.

3:23 PM

Missing woman, 66, last seen in St. Boniface: police

Winnipeg police are searching for a 66-year-old woman missing since Sunday.

Diane Spinney was last seen in St. Boniface, the Winnipeg Police Service missing persons unit said.

She is 5-2 in height with medium length blonde-white hair and brown eyes, police said.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact investigators at 204-986-6250.


Dianne Spinney, 66, was last seen in St. Boniface Sunday.

3:35 PM

Diagnostic, surgical backlog task force reveals dashboard

Manitobans can now keep tabs on the province’s progress towards eliminating the pandemic backlog of surgical and diagnostic procedures.

A dashboard tracking pre-pandemic and current waitlists for nine surgical and diagnostic services was published by the province on Thursday.

The dashboard was part of the diagnostic and surgical recovery task force’s committment to eliminate a backlog of procedures caused by the pandemic.

It also tracks annual and monthly median wait times as well as annual wait times by facility. The dashboard can be viewed on the government’s website.



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