Yesterday, at the Fort Garry Hotel, was an opportunity to celebrate diversity in Winnipeg. It is our success as a city that we have a diverse population and that we can celebrate it. Congratulations to Estelle Lamoureux who was the main organizer of this event, and to all the volunteers who helped make it a success. Almost 30 different cultures and diverse groups were celebrated and recognized. As has been emphasized increasingly in recent years, diversity enhances creativity and productivity and helps a city like ours to grow and prosper. The event raised funds for Thunderbird House and for Welcome Place in Winnipeg.
Manitoba implemented physical distancing measures in mid-March. South Dakota has still not made physical distancing mandatory. The result is a dramatic difference in the incidence of covid-19 viral infections between the two jurisdictions. This graph shows the number of people with Covid-19 infections from March 27 to April 14. Manitoba ( red line ) started leveling off about April 4 and has seen only a small increase in Covid-19 infections since then. South Dakota ( blue line ) has seen a dramatic increase in Covid-19 infections since April 4. Those who are skeptical of the impact of physical distancing in Manitoba should look at this graph! Data are from the Johns Hopkins daily tabulations