Dauphin, Canada

The fire that destroyed multiple buildings in Brandon last month might have been caused by people.

Brandon Police say multiple witnesses reported seeing a number of people in the area before the building was engulfed in flames, suggesting that the fire might have been a result of human involvement.

They also say evidence suggests that the fire began in a grassy area between the CP rail line and the north side of Christie’s Office Plus then ignited the north side of the Christie’s structure.

Police now estimate the fire caused roughly $25 million in damage.

Although appropriate measures were taken to secure the fire sites for public safety reasons, officials ask that the public continue to consider these areas a safety hazard.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Brandon Police Service.

The 5th annual Dane Kaleta Memorial BBQ raised more than last year.

This year the BBQ raised 15, 080 dollars. That's including the 4 paint nights that were held.

Last year the event was able to collect 12,000 dollars.

The funds raised go towards the Ronald McDonald House, the Dauphin Girl Guilds, and the Dane Kaleta Memorial Scholarship.

The Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa federal riding’s child poverty rate is higher than the national average.

The riding has a child poverty rate of 33.8 per cent. That translates to 6,910 children aged 0-17.

That is well above the national average of 17.4 per cent.

Overall the riding of Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa is ranked 9th in the country.

In a report published by Campaign 2000, a group dedicated to ending poverty in Canada, it showed our riding isn’t the highest.

The riding representing Churchill and area has the highest child poverty rate in the country with a rate of 64.2 percent.

The Canadian Red Cross is sending nearly 800 refrigerators and freezers to two Manitoba communities that were evacuated due to wildfires.

There hasn't been electricity in Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids First Nations for weeks, and people's appliances will have rotting food inside and won't be fit to use.

Clean-up crews are disposing of the rotten food and appliances.

Residents aren't ready to go home yet, noting power needs to be restored and then the water treatment plants can be reactivated. 

A stabbing in Steinbach has lead to one arrest and police on the lookout for one more suspect. 

RCMP said an altercation occurred around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday when two men stabbed a 24-year-old man. The victim was taken to hospital, but has been released.

Police arrested Travis Nolin,  and charged him with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

 A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Logan Antinozzi, pictured above, a 28-year-old from Tolstoi, Man., who is facing charges for aggravated assault and other weapons related charges.

Anyone with information is asked to contact your local RCMP.

An abandoned bag was to blame for a security incident that closed Winnipeg's airport yesterday.

Police say the airport was evacuated, but people were allowed back in after an hour when it was determined the bag didn't pose a threat.

Normal operations then resumed.

Several flights were delayed following the incident.

The Ste. Rose Library building is 100 years old and a celebration is being planned.

It has housed a few different purposes in the community such as a school, then converted to a library.

Germain Jacobs, member of the Dreamweavers Art Group, tells us when the celebration takes place

“We’re choosing July the first, Canada Day, to commemorate these hundred years of this building and we’re opening it up to anyone who is in our community and around; people who have come to this school and used this library. We have opportunities for them to come in and sign the chalkboard we have available and set up for the occasion.  There’ll be an indoor and outdoor program also we have walking about tours that are going on about the building.”

Elvier Brunel also a member of the Dreamweavers Art Group tells us what there is to all take in that day.

“We also have a community art exhibit, so people in the community are asked to bring up to three items of art that they’ve made and it will be on display. On the third floor we have our Dreamweavers Art Studio, so we’re going to open that up too.  That’s our art studio and we come up here to do some art.  We also have a little 1950’s mini museum.  This little replica of what our Main Street looked like in the 1950’s and it’s really well worth seeing.”

There will also be a Story Time tent, BBQ lunch and 100th Anniversary Cake as part of the celebrations.

Both women had ties to the building. Jacobs worked as a librarian there and Brunel was a teacher in the old school.

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One person is dead and 5 people are injured in a rollover in Peguis First Nation.

At 2 this morning, RCMP responded to the incident on West Road in the community.

The driver, who was a 26 year old female from Wabowden was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her 5 passengers, ranging from 25 to 52 in age, were brought to hospital with various injuries.

It appears seatbelts were not being used and alcohol is thought to be a factor.

The investigation is ongoing.

The prospect of a 4 way stop on a busy Dauphin Intersection is still in the works.

The intersection of River and Mountain is considered part of the provincial highway system which makes it a little trickier to make a change.

Sharla Griffiths, the Assistant CAO for the city, shares if there are any plans for the intersection.

 “Not at this time. However, we are working with Manitoba Infrastructure for some possible traffic control improvements there. Hopefully this year. We don’t have any concrete plans yet.”

The intersection has been on the City’s radar for several years.

Audrey Chartrand was elected as the Northwest Region Vice–President for the Manitoba Metis Federation.

She was sworn into office in a private ceremony earlier this week, on the 11th.

Two regional Board of Directors were also elected, they are Richard Genaille and John Parenteau.

The three representatives will serve until the next MMF election that is set for the year 2022.

Over 10 thousand dollars was raised this year during the 5th annual Dane Kaleta Memorial BBQ.

Taking place yesterday, the community came out to support the Ronald McDonald House and other community organizations.

Curtis Kaleta, one of the organizers of the BBQ, says it’s great to see the support from the community.

“Every year it seems to be great, a huge success every year. I think this year was just as good as last year and it always seems to be about that same amount raised, which is great to see. Great to see all the community out. We had two of the women from the Ronald McDonald House yesterday and they were just impressed with all the people that came out to support the BBQ.”

So far 5,170 was raised from the auctions. The current tally sits at more than 5,370 dollars with a few more numbers to factor in.

Money raised went towards the Dauphin Girl Guides, the Ronald McDonald House and the Dane Kaleta Scholarship Fund.