Winnipeg COVID-19 Controversies

…and other associated weirdness.

Winnipeg is weird at the best of times. Coronavirus is bringing the weirdest of the weird.

Here is a chronological list of all the controversies and other we’re occurances that have unfolded in Winnipeg during the ongoing self-quarantine period:

March

12: First case of COVID-19 in Manitoba.

15: Zillionaire owners of the Winnipeg Jets refuse to continue to pay their employees (well except for their Millionaire players). Redditors vow to stop chanting “TRUE NORTH” during the anthem when the NHL season starts back up. It takes them 5 days to reverse their decision.

I’m sure everyone will forget all of this when sports are back in 2023.

20: Provincial Government briefly threatens pull childcare providers’ operating grants if they choose to close during quarantine.

I’m glad they “corrected the record.”

25: Government liquor stores cite serving alcoholics justifications to stay open.

I guess that makes some sense, but sounds bad when you put it that way.

26 — notable non-Winnipeg mention: Workers ‘bunkered in’ at water treatment plant in Brandon, to ensure service during pandemic.

This is when it really started feeling like a zombie apocalypse to me.

30: Shindico exploits a loophole to increase rents during COVID rent freeze.

Assholes. I didn’t see a follow up to this so I assume it actually happened.

April

11: Owner of water park Fun Mountain accuses medical workers of being actors.

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18: Police shot 3 people in 10 days.

oof

26: Local St. James ice cream shop — Sargent Sundae — re-opens for the summer. Only accepts cash to the ire of reddit.

Extremely gross an unacceptable IMHO.

27: Firefighters alleged to have broken social-distancing rules.

30: Chainsaw-wielding man threatened arborists and others. 36-year-old charged with six offences, including assault with a weapon, uttering threats, theft.

Ooohkay

May

8-9: Ice cream shop BDI opens an illegal drive-thru in a residential area. It doesn’t go over well.

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9: Winnipeg saw a US-style anti-lockdown protest.

MCGA?

10: Director of Operations of Manitoba Jewelry Chain Appelt’s Diamonds – Sarah Appelttweets a QAnon slogan. Turns out that’s the the first time she’s posted wacky stuff.

What’s next unfriending diamonds?

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