2021 CFL season delayed until August

11:13 AM CDT Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2021

The 2021 Canadian Football League season has been delayed until Aug. 5, the league announced early Wednesday. 

The season was initially scheduled to begin June 10, with training camps opening in mid-May. But owing to COVID-19, the CFL has decided to wait deeper into the summer to resume play.

In his address, commissioner Randy Ambrosie said CFL football will be played in 2021.

“Our revised target date to start our regular season is August 5. To facilitate a 14-game season, for our players, fans and partners, we are re-scheduling the Grey Cup to December 12 in Hamilton, Ontario," Ambrosie said.

“I say ‘target date’ because our plans are subject to the state of COVID-19 across the country. A so-called ‘third wave’ in some provinces is forcing us today to postpone the start of our regular season, which had been scheduled for June 10."

 

Families minister set to hold news conference

9:48 AM CDT Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2021

Manitoba Families Minister Rochelle Squires is set to make an announcement about employment and income assistance support Wednesday afternoon. 

The news conference is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. via conference call with representatives from the Manitoba Dental Association and Opportunities for Employment. 

Vaccine task force to provide update at 12:30 p.m.

8:47 AM CDT Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2021

Vaccine implementation task force leads Dr. Joss Reimer and Johanu Botha are set to hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. to provide a vaccination update.

The event will be streamed on the province's website and YouTube channel. 

Botha will also hold a conference call with the media at 10 a.m. for a technical briefing. 

New Perimeter Highway service road planned

4:15 PM CDT Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2021

The provincial government will spend up to $2.5 million on a new road to make the Perimeter Highway safer.

The money will help pay for the new Rockall Road, located in the RM of Headingley, the province said Tuesday. Once completed, the new service road will allow for the closure of access to Caron Road to the Perimeter Highway.

Scary ride after ice chunk comes through windshield

3:58 PM CDT Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2021

The passenger in a van was forced to take quick action after the driver was knocked unconscious when a chunk of ice flew off a dump truck and through a windshield.

Stonewall RCMP said on Tuesday a 68-year-old man was rushed to hospital in serious but stable condition after a 61-year-old female passenger grabbed the steering wheel and was able to control the vehicle until it stopped.

RCMP said the incident happened just after a southbound van on Hwy. 6, about four kilometres north of the Perimeter Highway, was passed by a dump truck on Monday at about 1:20 p.m.

RCMP are warning motorists to clear their vehicles of snow and ice before going on the road.

 

 

Van damaged where ice came through windshield. (RCMP handout)

Impaired drivers cause police cruisers to crash two consecutive days: RCMP

2:13 PM CDT Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2021

Impaired drivers have caused two accidents involving RCMP cruisers over a span of two days, say RCMP.
 
The first happened in Thompson on Sunday. A driver exiting a parking lot didn’t yield before pulling into oncoming traffic, causing a police cruiser to swerve over the curb and snowbank and smash into a lamp post, say RCMP. The driver appeared impaired and was arrested, RCMP say.
 
The second happened in Steinbach on Monday evening. RCMP say a driver swerved into oncoming traffic, directly at the police cruiser. They say the cruiser veered right, and the driver hit the rear driver side door of the cruiser. The 38-year-old driver was over double the legal limit for alcohol, say RCMP.
 
 

The rear driver side door of an RCMP cruiser is crumpled after a collision in Steinbach Monday. /SUPPLIED

Manitoba lowers general COVID-19 vaccine age eligibility to 52

2:04 PM CDT Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2021

Age eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 vaccine in Manitoba was lowered to 52-years-old for the general population and 32-years-old for First Nations people on Tuesday. 

Appointments are available at mass clinics in Winnipeg at the RBC Convention Centre, Brandon, Thompson, Selkirk and Morden, and eligible people can book appointments at a supersite online at protectmb.ca with an email address and their health card number. Appointments for supersites and rural pop-up clinics can also be made by calling 1-844-626-8222.

On Monday, the province expanded age eligibility for the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine to include all people 40-years-old and over. AstraZeneca/Covishield shots are offered at medical clinics and pharmacies and people can book appointments to be vaccinated directly with their health care provider.

 

Five COVID-19 immunization clinics to open for urban Indigenous population 

1:56 PM CDT Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2021

The Manitoba government has partnered with five Indigenous-led community organizations to offer COVID-19 vaccines at locations that serve Indigenous people living in urban settings. 

The provincial government said beginning the week of April 26, COVID-19 vaccines will be offered at the  Brandon Friendship Centre (205 College Ave., Brandon, Man.), the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre (180 Higgins Ave. in Winnipeg) and Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre – Win Gardner Place (363 McGregor St. in Winnipeg). 

Additional clinics will open at Prairie Fusion Arts and Entertainment Centre, led by the Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation (11 Second St. NE, Portage la Prairie) and at the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre in Thompson (4 Nelson Rd.) the week of May 4. 

“These new immunization sites are an important option for people who would otherwise face barriers in accessing immunization, recognizing that Indigenous people have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19,” Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson said.

Eligible people can make appointments through the provincial call centre, with support from the community partners when needed. The province said 20 per cent of vaccinations administered at these sites will be on a walk-in basis. According to the province, work to establish clinics was led by an urban Indigenous vaccine committee.

Wheeler shows he's back in form at Jets practice

12:50 PM CDT Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2021

Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler was a regular participant at the NHL's team's practice today.

The veteran winger suffered a concussion on April 5 and has missed six games.

The Jets practice again Wednesday and Wheeler will rejoin the lineup Thursday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit.

Game time is 6 p.m.

 

211 new COVID-19 cases, 63 variant of concern cases and one death in Manitoba Tuesday

12:27 PM CDT Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2021

Provincial health officials announced 211 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death in Manitoba Tuesday.

Laboratory testing of previously reported cases has identified:
• 52 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant
• one case of the P.1 variant
• 10 uncategorized cases

Public health officials have reported a total of 774 variant of concern cases in Manitoba including 675 cases of B.1.1.7, 20 cases of B.1.351, 2 cases of the P.1 variant and 77 uncategorized cases.

There are 1,783 active cases in Manitoba, with 132 people in hospital, 33 of them in intensive care.

The five-day test positivity rate is 6 in Manitoba, and 6.3 in Winnipeg.

Of the new cases announced Tuesday, 138 are in the Winnipeg health region, 7 in Southern Health; 14 in Interlake–Eastern; 27 in Prairie Mountain; and 25 in Northern Health.

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