On October 1st, there was a rally at the Manitoba Legislature to again emphasize the importance of acting urgently to help people in Afghanistan, particularly those who are brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces , children, mothers, fathers and cousins of members of Winnipeg's Afghan community. The stories of what is happening in Afghanistan are disturbing. There is an urgent need to help individuals in desperate straits to come to Canada. Ariana Yaftali, Terry Duguid, Karen Gordon, Dougald Lamont and myself were among those who spoke.
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