Dauphin, Canada
Dauphin Provincial Candidates Forum Date Set
 
Dauphin's election hopefuls will have a chance to woo undecided voters in person later this month.
 
A provincial candidates debate will be held in Dauphin April 14 at the Dauphin Senior Centre.
 
It will be the same format as the federal candidates forum held last year.
 
CKDM and the Dauphin Herald are accepting questions from the public. To submit your question to CKDM, call 638-9022, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or get to us on Facebook.
 
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Charges Laid After Investigation Finds Fake Mountie Social Media Accounts
 
Manitoba RCMP have charged a man with impersonating a police officer online.

Police say they received multiple complaints from across North America about a police officer inappropriately using social media and other online forums.

An investigation revealed that someone had created social media accounts using the name of an active police officer in Manitoba.

Thomas Hanaway, who is 58, is charged with three counts of personating a peace officer and three counts of failing to comply with a probation order.
 
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Report Says Many Manitobans Wait Too Long for Cataract Surgeries
 
Fewer Manitobans are spending time waiting for important medical procedures, but the news is not so good when it comes to cataract surgery.

Many people in the province face long waits for the procedure as the number of surgeries being performed isn't keeping pace with a growing wait list.

According to the latest wait time report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, just 41 per cent of cataract patients received the surgery in 2015 within the recommended 16 weeks.

Dr. Lorne Bellan, the director of cataract wait list programs at the Misericordia Health Centre, says the demand has increased because of the aging population, adding it's a procedure that is primarily done on the elderly.
 
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Employment Minister Discusses Changes to EI
 
The federal government is explaining some changes being made to employment insurance.
 
Some of the changes laid out in the last budget will affect only specific regions, like Alberta's oilpatch and northern Manitoba, among others.
 
Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk says the government created a program that assists those regions hardest hit.
 
"Those regions have all experienced unemployment rise by two per cent over a short time, and remained high, so that was the criteria for the 12 regions."
 
In addition to changes that will affect all Canadian workers, long-tenured workers in the 12 "hardest hit" regions will get an additional 20 weeks of regular EI benefits, up to a maximum of 70 weeks, and regular EI benefits will be extended by five weeks, up to a maximum of 50, for all eligible claimants.