New Manitoba Bed Bug Hotline now live

May 30, 2011

Manitoba now has a hotline dedicated to distributing information about bed bugs. The CBC reported today that “The bedbug hotline and website are essential pieces of our $770,000 provincial strategy to deal with bedbug infestations,” Jim Rondeau, the healthy living minister stated in a press release on Monday. “We believe that education is the best […]

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University of Manitoba student rooms infested with bed bugs

June 5, 2009

Several dorm rooms at the University of Manitoba are infested with bed bugs; they’re undergoing treatment, and residents have been relocated to temporary accommodation. While university officials here are “taking the issue very seriously,” according to CBC, they’re also assuring the media that bed bugs are “not a health risk” (as officials almost always do). […]

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Bed bugs continue to multiply in Winnipeg

August 28, 2008

The Winnipeg Free Press has a new article Thursday about bed bugs in the city. Reporter Murray McNeill spoke to local Pest Control Operator Lincoln Poulin: So how big has the bedbug problem become in Winnipeg? Poulin said that in his first six years as a full-time exterminator — he’s been doing it for nine […]

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Tenants claim Manitoba Housing knowingly let someone move bed bug-infested items into building

August 2, 2008

According to an article in the Selkirk Journal, tenants at 215 Eaton Ave. in Selkirk, Manitoba, claim they’re not getting swift help for their bed bugs. And they claim management knew a new tenant was moving their bed bug-infested furniture into their building, and did nothing to prevent this. According to tenants, Manitoba Housing has […]

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Bed bugs and the disabled

May 14, 2008

John Mohan, CEO of Siloam Mission in Winnipeg, wrote this moving article about the challenges of a woman with an intellectual disability who he knew as a helpful volunteer in his organization: The intellectually challenged woman who had been part of our lives for the past two years exists in a complicated, yet porous social […]

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Winnipeg HoJo gets sued over bed bugs

April 28, 2008

A Toronto man is suing a Winnipeg Howard Johnson’s motel, claiming he was bitten by bed bugs there. CJOB in Manitoba reports, A Toronto man has filed a civil suit against the Howard Johnson Hotel on Ellice Avenue alleging he caught a case of the bed bugs while rooming at the establishment. Steven Lipson claims […]

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Manitoba working on public housing issues

December 15, 2007 – Manitoba Government releases report calling for Housing ‘overhaul’ “The report reads more like a business school case study in organizational behaviour than the bedbugs-and-mould horror story critics may have been expecting, but it still …a fairly sour picture of the way things are run at the public housing authority.”

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More on Canada’s laws re: bed bugs and tenants: province by province

August 24, 2007

Our FAQ on who pays for tenants’ bed bug treatment just got a little more complete. Since this is a really helpful resource, I am blogging it too. Courtesy of the CBC’s links from its fine story on bed bugs (which remains the best television clip on bed bugs to date, hands down, in my […]

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Snapshot: a few hours of visitors tells us something about the spread

April 16, 2007

You can click here to see a map of the last 90 or so visitors to the site. It will look different from what I describe below, because I am writing about what I saw there about 4-5 hours ago. Now it’s almost midnight in New York, and the Aussies are starting to surf in. […]

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Bed bugs 40, humans 33: 185 Smith Street in Winnipeg.

February 22, 2007

I don’t mean to sound alarmist, folks, but the bed bugs are doing pretty well this week. First Caryn meets bed bugs again, after 2.5 years, then the gentleman in Edmonton who moved from one infested building into another. And now this: Winnipeg Free Press headline claims “Bedbugs Winning War in Downtown Complex.” Part of […]

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