Dauphin, Canada

Parkland producers are waiting on legislation to pass in the Canadian Senate that will help get their crops to market.

Farmers have been dealing with rail delays and cancellations for many years, causing financial problems.

Dan Mazier, President of the Keystone Ag Producers, says it’s important that producers talk to their local representatives.

“I would watch.  I would talk with your MP.  But, even if you know a senator, talk to your MP, and your Senator.  It’s going through the Senate right now.  Be aware of it; go on the internet; there are presentations happening right now.  Talk with your local KAP representative.”

Mazier is heading to Ottawa next week to present in front of the committee responsible for Bill C-49, otherwise known as the Transportation Modernization Act.

The decision to resign as a MLA was announced today by former Premier Greg Selinger.

Selinger claimed to know about two of the incidents against former MLA Stan Struthers, of inappropriate touching.

He expressed sympathy for the situation and said he must take responsibility for what happened under his leadership.

The announcement came just a week after MB NDP Leader, Wab Kinew, asked Selinger to step down.

Student absenteeism is something Mountain View School Division works hard to prevent.

Fines can be issued, under the Public Schools Act, if a student chooses not to come to school on a regular basis.

Donna Davidson, MVSD Superintendent CEO, explains the possible fines for parents:

“If it’s an ongoing concern, yes, in the Public Schools Act, it says a parent or legal guardian of a child, who is of compulsory school age, must ensure that their child attends and, if they don’t, they are guilty of an offence, and the offence is a fine.  We have yet to have issued a fine.  You go through the courts; the letters go to our lawyers, then our lawyers issue them to the families.”

Students 16 to 18 years of age can face a fine, instead of the parents, should they deliberately choose not to go to school.

Over 200 people showed up for the Emergency Fisheries Meeting. held by the Manitoba Metis Federation in Winnipeg, last week.

Fishers came from all over the province, but particularly the Interlake region, to talk about issues.

John Parenteau, MMF Minister of Fisheries, noted some of the concerns brought up at the meeting:

“A lot of the main concerns were about the fishermen not receiving pay for their catch.  Also, there were concerns about their Employment Insurance benefits, and how they were going to get their benefits, when they didn’t receive any money for their catch.  They’re out that money.”

The MMF plans to hold more meetings, to help establish a co-operative for the fisheries.

Rate payers are concerned with proposals made by the Grandview Municipality council.

A meeting is scheduled, inviting council to discuss and hear their concerns.

The council is planning to reduce the number of wards from 5 to 2, the number of councillors from 8 to 4, and increasing taxes for a major water project.

The meeting takes place on Thursday, at 7 in the evening, at the Grandview Kinsmen Community Centre.

The beef industry in the Parkland is in a good position.

That’s the message from Fred Gorrell, Assistant Deputy Minister, Markets and Industry Services Branch, from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

He says the key is for Manitoba to market their beef as a premium product:

“High-level, premium products, that’s what Manitoba offers, prime at the high-end product.  If we try to do the common, like in Brazil, we can’t compete.  So the idea is, we have to produce the best beef, and make sure it’s marketed, and branded, as such.”

Gorrell spoke at the Manitoba Beef Producers Annual General Meeting, earlier this month.

A Swan River man has been charged with Manslaughter.

42-year-old Norman Brass was arrested, after police found a 36-year-old male deceased, at a home in Swan River, around 11, yesterday morning.

Brass will appear in Dauphin Provincial court tomorrow.

A 24-year-old woman from Yorkton has been located, safe, and police say she is with family.

Whitney Whitstone was riding a blue and black bike, just south of the Painted Hand Casino, on Saturday evening, and had not been seen, or heard from, since.

She was wearing a beige jacket, red and blue ball cap, and blue jeans.

RCMP were asking people, with any information, to call the detachment, at 306-786-2400.

The DRCSS is hosting an informational night about cyberbullying.

Val Caldwell, technology consultant, will be speaking, in the Multipurpose room, to parents, teachers, and the public, about the dangers surrounding cyberbullying.

Aynsley Smith, Guidance Counsellor at the DRCSS, explains why this is such an important issue to talk about:

“I think, as a school, and we’ve talked about this a lot, as part of our leadership team, and a part of our school community, is that we are seeing lots of our behaviour incidents are coming from social media, and things that are happening in social media.”

The event starts tomorrow, at 7:00 in the evening.

Joining the Fire Department can be a rewarding experience is so many ways.

The Dauphin Fire Department will be holding a recruitment night on Wednesday.

 Erin Deederly, Dauphin Fire Department Lieutenant, explains how she got involved:

“Just by being curious about it. I used to work with someone on the Roblin Fire Department. I was asking him questions on his role and how they go about doing certain things. He said to me if you’re interested in joining come down to the fire hall at 7 pm. Before he said those words I had no idea this was an option or an opportunity available for me. It’s just that easy, you just walk through those doors on that Wednesday night and learning about the whole new world“

To RSVP,  email Cam Abrey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This weekend, you can get your dose of Parkland history and heritage.

Happening at the Dauphin Market Place Mall, Annual Heritage Days takes a look at the history of the people responsible for founding the Parkland.

Don White, one of the organizers of the event, talks about when and where it's happening:

“We would like the people to come out and talk to the exhibitors who are there.  We have about 13 exhibitors there, who are very faithful to us, and come out every year and support this.  Heritage Days Fair is on February 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and February 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Dauphin Market Place Mall.”

The event started yesterday, and continues today from 10 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon.