NDP Election Campaign Expected to Start Today
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger will launch an election campaign today with pollsters suggesting the NDP's 16-year run in government could be in peril.
Selinger would not confirm the launch yesterday, but the New Democrats are already promoting an election rally with Selinger this evening.
An NDP source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the campaign will be launched sometime after a cabinet meeting this morning.
The election date has already been set under provincial law for April 19th and will see Selinger try to climb back from low opinion poll ratings.
Chamber Education Chair Vacant
The Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce needs a new education chair.
Mick Lautt left the position at yesterday's AGM at the Watson Art Centre.
He says it's time to move on and let other people bring in new ideas and energy.
"I think I've got several other community hats that I'm wearing, so I want to refocus my energy on that. And I've got some additional exciting business initiatives that I'm bringing into the community, so I'm going to be refocusing on that. And I've got a family with young kids."
Lautt says he'll remain and Chamber member and a volunteer.
Before the annual general meeting, the Chamber gave out its business person of the year and community appreciation awards.
Overland Flooding in Hanover
The spring-like temperatures have forced one Manitoba municipality to declare a state of emergency due to overland flooding.
A number of roads in the RM of Hanover, south of Steinbach, are underwater and one house is at risk of flooding.
Homeowner Ron Loeppky says he's never seen it this bad.
Crews from the RM have started to dig around nearby culverts trying to relieve the water buildup.
But Loeppky says it's too little too late.
Some Parents Not Getting Health Canada Cough and Cold Medicine Message
A new study finds about one in five children under the age of six continue to be given over-the-counter cough and cold remedies despite a Health Canada warning that the products shouldn't be used in young children, because of the risk of overdose.
The researchers suggest warnings should be made more prominent on the front of medicine bottles.
They also say the products could be put behind the pharmacist's counter to make them harder to access.