Shelters struggling to retain staff, volunteers

The ongoing surge of Omicron cases has some Winnipeg homeless shelters struggling to retain staff and recruit volunteers to operate their services.

Niki Ashton echoes First Nations’ calls for military aid

Niki Ashton, NDP MP for Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, echoed some Manitoba First Nations’ calls for military support on reserves overwhelmed by rising COVID-19 cases.

NDP proposes plan for return to in-person learning

The Manitoba NDP released a statement Jan. 10 calling on the PC government to adopt “measures to make schools safer and ease the burden of at-home learning” on families, and proposed five solutions the provincial government could implement to help families manage the delay to in-person learning.

U-Pass paused for winter term

Students reliant on public transit will need to find an alternative to the U-Pass for yet another term.

Ottawa, First Nations draft $40B child welfare agreement

The federal government revealed details last week of two agreements-in-principle, worth $40 billion, negotiated with Indigenous organizations and class-action lawyers to compensate those affected by the underfunding of child welfare on reserves and in the Yukon.

UMSU events change plans as university stays closed

With the sharp rise of COVID-19 cases in Manitoba and the university’s subsequent decision to postpone an in-person return for the majority of its courses, UMSU’s plans for the 2022 winter term — such as a skating rink on the quad — have been altered.

Ottawa distributing 140 million rapid tests across Canada

Ottawa will be sending 140 million rapid tests to provincial and territorial governments to assist with overwhelmed PCR testing capacities nationwide.

UMSU board reform delayed by representation concerns

Changes to UMSU governing documents which would see the reduction of voting members of the board of directors from over fifty down to 21 have been delayed following a Jan. 6 meeting in which concerns were raised regarding representation for marginalized communities in the union.

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