What to Expect
Monday marked the halfway point of the Meewasin by-election campaign, with the vote being September 26. You can expect the government and the opposition’s focus to be on Saskatoon for the next two weeks as parties look to identify their vote before the advance polls open on the 20th.
In Manitoba, municipal elections will dominate political discussions as the races heat up. This will especially be the case in Winnipeg, where 15 mayoral candidates have already registered.
The Week That Was
The new Malhotra Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Victoria Hospital in Prince Alberta has officially opened. It will be able to accommodate up to 11 medically fragile babies. In addition, the government has provided $4.25 million to support a multidisciplinary team that will provide enhanced specialized care to maternal patients and newborns with a lower gestational age.
On September 7, 2022, Statistics Canada reported that Saskatchewan merchandise exports increased by 67.5 per cent in July 2022 compared to July 2021, which is the highest increase among the provinces. Saskatchewan also saw the second highest increase in merchandise exports among the provinces in the first seven months of 2022, with a 42.9 per cent increase.
The Manitoba government has announced its protocol and response to the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Proceedings include actions such as flying flags at half-mast, erecting a book of condolences, and projecting the Queen’s Cipher upon the front of the Legislative Building. The government has stated that a complete shutdown of operations during the period of mourning is not anticipated.
The Government of Manitoba is teaming up with the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba (ASM) to provide an additional $1.3 million in support of the First Link program, which connects clients to supports and services throughout the progression of the disease. Currently, more than 18,400 Manitobans have dementia. This number is projected to reach 39,100 by 2050.