COVID-19 Community Update

We want to provide the most up-to-date information you rely on as we respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The RM of St. Clements’ focus is on protecting the health, safety and security of our residents and staff.  We are continuing to operate as normally as possible.

Restoring Safe Services – Draft Plan for Phase Two

On May 21, the Manitoba government released a draft plan for phase two of our roadmap to restore services safely in the province. Detailed information on this draft plan and the related news release can be found through the following links:
www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html
https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html…

Sharing Your Feedback

Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting the Engage MB website page regarding phase two (https://engagemb.ca/restoring-safe-services-phase-two) and taking the survey located there.

St. Clements Connect

We are urging all residents to sign up for St. Clements Connect.  As COVID-19 evolves the RM of St. Clements believes communication with our residents is key to ensuring public safety.  Our new communication system, Connect, is the best way of doing so as we can alert you to the latest news and emergency updates.

You can choose any or all of the following contact options: voice message on land line phone, text or voice message on cell phone or email to receive notifications about emergencies and other important issues.  Sign up here.

We all play a role in mitigating the impacts of COVID-19, and the starting point is reliable information.  You can help by encouraging your friends and family to sign up for Connect.  Thank you for doing your part!

Public Health and Virus Information

For accurate and up-to-date information regarding personal preventative measures, testing and more, please refer to the following:

Government of Canada Coronavirus Website

Province of Manitoba Public Health Coronavirus Website

For all News Releases from the Province of Manitoba, please click here.

Public Information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744

Health Links-Info Sante: 204-788-8200 or toll free 1-888-315-9257

Experiencing symptoms?  Take a self assessment with the COVID-19 Screening Tool

Changes at Offices, Facilities and Services

Municipal offices

The Administration Office and the Public Works Offices are now closed to the public.  Staff can be reached via telephone at 204-482-3300 or by email at info@rmfostclements.com.  Payments can be made using the drop box at the back of our Administration Office at 1043 Kittson Road for cheques, mailing in a cheque or paying online through your banking institution.

Council meetings are closed to the public with recordings made available.  Audio recordings can be found here.

Playgrounds and parks

We do not have the ability to disinfect any playground or park equipment within our Municipality and thus recommend against the use of either due to the potential to contract and spread the COVID-19 virus.  Use of any playground, park or other municipal property shall be done at your own risk with no promise that the playground, park or property is disinfected or safe from the virus.

Facilities

Events at recreation centres and municipal programming are either cancelled or postponed, see below for further details regarding openings.

Municipal Services

Essential services remain in operation.

Animal control – remains operational.

By-Law – remains operational.

Curbside garbage and recycling pickup – remains operational.

Flood prevention management – maintenance and prevention will continue as usual.

Fire response – remains operational.

Landfill – remains operational but will no longer be accepting electronic waste, batteries, used oil related products and furniture (including mattresses).  RM staff and residents are asked to follow social distancing measures of 2 meters apart.

Public works – remains operational.  If you need to discuss an issue please contact the main office at 204-482-3300 or email info@rmofstclements.com.

Transfer stations – remain operational but will no longer be accepting electronic waste, batteries and oil related products.  RM staff and residents are asked to follow social distancing measures of 2 meters apart.

Water & Wastewater services – remains operational.

We will continue to provide updates regarding any changes to services here and on our Facebook page.

Important reminders:

  • The province has issued the following statement “Public health is advising that people remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only. Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.”  Anyone who has returned from international or domestic travel should be self-isolating for 14 days.  As well as anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, had contact with someone diagnosed or experiencing symptoms.  It has been suggested that seasonal cottagers avoid travel to rural areas and we hope that residents follow the recommendation from our public health authorities.  Health care facilities in this region are limited and can become quickly overwhelmed.  If seasonal residents choose to self-isolate in the community, we trust they will respect the rules for self-isolation.  With that being said we are very proud seeing our community pull together and will continue to come together to help one another out and keep our community safe.
  • Sanitary products and sanitary wipes are not to be disposed (flushed) down the sewer system. These products are to be disposed of in the garbage. Although they may say “flushable” or “septic safe” on the packaging, they are most definitely not flushable or septic safe.
    These products will cause damage and blockages to either personal sewer systems (septic systems, holding tanks) and municipal sewer systems.
  • To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask that medical items such as gloves, masks, sanitizing wipes and facial tissues not be put in your recycling bins.  These items are considered contamination and when they end up in the blue bin, sorting staff have to manually remove them off the line.  For the health and safety of the collection and sorting staff and the community, please only include accepted items in your recycling.

As stated above masks, gloves, wipes, tissues, napkins, paper towels should not be put in your recycling bins and put into your garbage instead.  For those enrolled in Curbside Pickup, Emterra is asking that you place these items in a sealed garbage bag to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Community and RM Programming

+55 Manitoba Summer Games – is cancelled for 2020.

Birds Hill Provincial Park – Provincial Parks will remain open for day use.  For more information and updates please visit their website, www.gov.mb.ca/sd/parks/.

East Selkirk Recreation Association – Effective immediately all East Selkirk Recreation Association spring recreation activities (including but not limited to; hockey, soccer, baseball, etc.) will be suspended until further notice. For more information please visit the ESRA website at www.eastselkirkrec.com/covid-19.

Gaynor Family Regional Library – Closed to the public but open for curbside pickup for library items. Encouraging customers to place holds online at www.gfrl.org, or via phone at 204-482-3522. Limited parking lot WiFi available.

Gordon Howard Centre – is closed until further notice.

Grand Marais Community Central – the GMCC building is now open, as well as the GMCC RV Park.  For more information, please visit their website http://grandmaraiscommunitycentral.ca/.

Grand Marais Recreation Centre – is closed but currently looking at a tentative opening date at the end of June.

Hydro Generating Stations (Winnipeg River) – Due to safety concerns with social distancing related to COVID-19, the spillway decks and walkways will be closed to public access at all generating stations on the Winnipeg River: Pine Falls (highway and walkway still open); Great Falls, McArthur Falls, Seven Sisters, Slave Falls and Pointe du Bois generating stations.  This restriction will also affect access to those portions of the Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail) crossing these generating stations.  This restriction is in effect until further notice.  Please email WCE@hydro.mb.ca if you have any concerns.

Interlake Juried Art Show – is cancelled for 2020.

Red River Planning District – Effective immediately the RRPD office will be closed to the public.  RRPD staff are still working and phone calls and emails will be answered.  They will continue to accept and issue permit applications through alternative means.  For more information visit their website at www.redriverplanning.com/

RM of St. Clements Administration Office and the Public Works Offices – will be closed to the public effective immediately.  Staff are on-site and can continue to be reached via telephone or email.

RM of St. Clements Glass Class – The Multi-Coloured Fused Glass Lantern Workshop that was postponed to the tentative date of April 21st has now been cancelled.  Refund cheques and letters will be issued to participants.

RM of St. Clements Moving with Muscle Fitness Class – The last Moving with Muscle Fitness Class at Corpus Christi Church Hall on March 17 has been cancelled. We will advise when the fitness classes commence again.

RM of St. Clements RCMP Forum – Due to the recent developments on COVID-19 and the confirmed positive cases in Manitoba and the recommended social distancing measures for all Manitobans, we have decided to postpone the RCMP Forum for the residents of Central St. Clements that was scheduled for Monday, March 16. We will post a new tentative date once decided.

These decisions have all been made in the best interest of protecting the health and safety of our community. We will pull through this together.

Other Helpful COVID-19 Links and Provincial Resources

For planning and preparedness information, click to Make a Plan for COVID-19.

For more information on being prepared from the Government of Canada, click here.

Government of Canada COVID-19 related travel advisories

For more information from the Province of Manitoba click here.

Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet (Contains Advice for Self-monitoring)

Self-Isolation Fact Sheet

What Do I Do While Waiting for My (COVID-19) Test Results?

Help Next Door MB – This new tool launched by the Province connects volunteers safely with Manitobans needing assistance.

My Learning at Home – This new web portal created by the Province has supplemental home learning resources for parents and caregivers.

Mental Health Virtual Therapy Program (AbilitiCBT) – This new digital cognitive behavioural therapy program helps to support the mental health of Manitobans and help address anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal Program and Support Fund Information

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Service Canada offices located across Manitoba are available to provide assistance for the CERB program as well as other employment related programming.

For the CERB program information, click here here.

For Service Canada support and contact information, click here.

Federal Programming for Businesses

The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) includes the following programs:

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) provides much needed credit for small businesses to pay for immediate operating costs such as payroll, rent, utilities, insurance, property tax, or debt service.  It is 100 per cent funded by the Government of Canada.

EDC Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium Enterprises provides credit and cash flow term loans to small and medium-sized enterprises. Canadian businesses in all sectors that were otherwise financially viable and revenue generating prior to the COVID-19 outbreak are eligible to apply. It allows financial institutions to issue operating credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to existing clients, with 80 per cent guaranteed by EDC. This money is to be used for operational expenses, not for dividend payouts, shareholder loans, bonuses, stock buyback, option issuance, increases to executive compensation or repayment/refinancing of other debt.

BDC Co-Lending Program for Small and Medium Enterprises provides term loans for operational and liquidity needs of businesses, which could include interest payments on existing debt. Similar to the EDC program, this program is available to businesses that were financially viable and revenue-generating prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Loans would be interest-only for the first 12 months, with a 10-year repayment period.

COVID-19 CRA Initiatives – Briefing document outlining federal government initiatives for business and individuals, thus far.  It has links to all resources.

United Way COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund – for more information on the activities they will fund click here or visit https://unitedwaywinnipeg.ca/ecsf/.

Resources

It’s natural to have anxiety around the unknown and COVID-19 presents plenty of unknowns.  The constant information on the virus and its effects, along with social distancing can be overwhelming.  It is very important to take care of yourself and to take care of loved ones.  Some things you can do to support yourself include:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories including social media
  • Take care of your body which can include deep breathing, stretching and meditating.  Try to eat healthy, well balanced meals and get plenty of sleep
  • Incorporate physical activity whether that includes going for a walk or doing exercises with your family
  • Connect with family and friends via phone call or video messaging. Talking to someone you trust about your feelings can be not only helpful for you, but also helpful for them

Below we’ve put together a list of resources including support lines, recipe ideas and suggestions for physical activity.

Mental Health

Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority – website with resources to support mental and physical health as well as a 24 hour crisis line.  For crisis line call 204-482-5419 or 1-866-427-8628

Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba – provides support for Manitobans with anxiety disorders during this challenging time.  For support line call 204-925-0040

Canadian Mental Health Association of Manitoba – provides guidance on navigating and accessing mental health support and services.  For info call 204-775-6442 or email hub@cmhawpg.mb.ca
Klinic Community Health Crisis Support 

Food

Recipes from Government of Canada’s food guide

Easy recipes to make with children

Physical Activity

Province of Manitoba In Motion walking guide

Heart and Stroke Foundation get healthy and stay active  – website offers information on healthy kids, reducing stress, healthy eating and recipes

Winnipeg in Motion – guide for circuit training including exercise posters ranging from low intensity to high intensity

Active for Life – keeping kids active with lesson plans and hundreds of activities you can do with kids at home

ParticipACTION – resources encouraging physical activity as being a vital part of everyday life

Online Museum Tours – Manitoba

Manitoba 150 – exhibit which coincides with the 150th anniversary of Manitoba becoming a province this year.

Manitoba Museum – the Manitoba Museum recently launched ManitobaMuseum@Home, with online experiences.

Winnipeg Art Gallery – the Winnipeg Art Gallery recently launched WAG@Home which shares art-related content that people can admire from afar, such as My Daily Art, a new series that will share an artwork from the WAG collection every day.

Manitoba Agricultural Museum – the Austin-based museum has an online artifact collection.

Royal Aviation Musuem of Western Canada – one of the online highlights of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada are the 360-degree cockpit tours that allow the visitor to ‘sit’ in the cockpit or cargo hold of many of the museums aircraft from the comfort of home

Canadian Museum for Human Rights – a new guided virtual tour and a number of children’s activities and other content available at ‘Explore the Museum from Home’ along with another new feature called ‘Share your Story’.

Red River North Heritage – discover the rich heritage of one of the oldest settled areas in Manitoba.  Use this website to learn about the history, different historic sites, browse photos and more.