The Manitoba government will be testing its Alert Ready system tomorrow afternoon. This means that TVs, radios, and wireless devices across the province will get an emergency at 1:55 p.m.

Alert Ready is the National Public Alerting System, which is used for anything from Amber Alerts to Natural Disaster Warnings. The test is to ensure the system is working properly, and identify any areas that need improvement.

However, not all devices in the province will get the alert. This can occur for a variety of reasons including device compatibility, connection to an LTE network, cell tower coverage, and device software and settings.

The Dauphin and District Community Foundation has their giving challenge running until Sunday this week. Executive Director Kit Daley says it's a great time to make a donation to the DDCF.

"The giving challenge started in 2014 as a way to help community foundations in Manitoba grow their unrestricted funds. For every five-dollar gift you make to your local donation, the Winnipeg Foundation and the Manitoba government each add a dollar, increasing your donation by 40 percent."

The Foundation is also hosting its first in-person event since 2019 on Friday, to celebrate its giving challenge.

"We will be celebrating and promoting the giving challenge, we'll be announcing and celebrating philanthropist of the year, we are having award-winning artist Emma Peterson Performing, and we'll have appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets are 35 dollars a person and can be purchased at our office at City Hall."

You can also call the DDCF to get tickets at 204-638-4598. 

Manitoba Ag Ex was a hit in Brandon this year, bringing exhibitors from across the prairies to the event. Provincial Exhibition General Manager Mark Humphries says they were very happy with how this year's event turned out.

"It went very very well, We were thrilled with the attendance, of obviously the livestock producers, and also the general public coming to view. It's nice to come out of COVID and people are moving around again, so we're really pleased with the overall attendance, and the exhibitors."

It was Humphries' first large event since being named the General Manager of Provincial Ex, and he credits the people around him for all their help.

"Well for me, we've got a really good team of staff here at the Provincial Ex, and a fantastic volunteer base of directors. So they've really helped my first event along. The staff team members are the ones that are responsible for the animals and the agricultural side and they did a fantastic job with all the bookings and entrances, and you know, all the paperwork that runs with that."

Provincial Ex is now getting ready for its Winter Wonderland Market at the Dome on December 2nd and 3rd.

The new City of Dauphin Council held its first Regular Council Meeting tonight.

On the Agenda was the proclamation of November as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and next week as Municipal Government Awareness week.

City Manager Sharla Griffiths gave her report, which included a brief recap of the 2022 Municipal election.

"Thanks to everyone who voted; approximately 44% of the electorate participated.Thank you to our Senior Election Official, Kirk Dawson, for his work on the election, both on the day of and the months leading up to it. Thank you to the Deputy City Manager and her team who organized the election; I'm familiar with the process from my participation init in 2014 and 2018 and recognize the hard work put into the election while also keeping up with daily tasks at City Hall."

Griffiths also spoke about economic development in the community and the progress that Vermillion Growers has been making.

"The leaders at Vermillion Growers have shared with us some of the moving parts they are orchestrating to get the project to the point of being able to grow tomatoes, and they are working diligently to make MANY things happen at the right times."

The council will be attending the Association of Manitoba Municipalities Fall Convention and Trade show next week in Winnipeg, and the next regular council meeting will be held on November 28th.

Tonight's meeting was live streamed to the City of Dauphin Youtube Page.

The Virden RCMP responded to a two-vehicle crash on Saturday evening on Provincial Road 257 near Kola. When officers got to the scene, they discovered an SUV had crossed over the centre line and collided head-on with a semi-trailer.

The driver of the SUV, a 34-year-old female from Virden was pronounced dead on the scene, while the 74-year-old male from Brandon that was driving the semi wasn't physically injured. The Virden RCMP is still investigating the incident.

A thriving local business community is the best way to help grow an area, and there's a trickle-down effect when you chose to support a locally owned business.

Thriving local businesses help grow a local economy by creating jobs and increasing customer choice. It's also a good way to help keep taxes down for residents in an area says Parkland Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephen Chychota.

"There are taxes that get paid to municipalities, they're able to update infrastructure, keep a healthy community, and keep taxes down for the broader community and the residents. It just spreads so vastly. So the more that people can use their hard-earned dollars and support their businesses in their community or in their region, it just benefits the community as a whole."

Coming out of a pandemic, many businesses have struggled, and supporting those businesses has far-reaching effects says Chychota.

"It makes the health of those businesses be sustained, and then more businesses are able to pop up,  and current businesses are able to expand. Whether that's more retail space, a different location builds, hiring more staff, whatever the case may be. It just makes so much sense to make sure the health and well-being of our businesses in the area are being maintained."

Chychota says that local businesses having a good relationship with each other is also important.

"It starts of obviously with that business itself, but those businesses can then, in turn, employ people, they can buy other goods and services from other businesses in the region, and that ripple effect continues, so those other businesses can keep going."

CKDM is encouraging people throughout the Parkland to "Put Your Money Where Your House is" and support businesses that are locally owned.

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The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU) has completed its investigation into a serious injury sustained during an arrest in the RM of Dauphin in July 2020.

In March 2022, a man filed a complaint with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) for the RCMP in regard to an arrest on July 29, 2020. The RCMP then reported the incident to the IIU.

The man says that he sustained broken ribs during the arrest, which the IIU defines as a serious injury. During their investigation, the IIU reviewed the following:

  • Use of force report
  • Occurrence summary reports
  • Officers’ notes and reports
  • Police vehicle video recording
  • Court package
  • Copy of CRCC complaint
  • Medical report of the affected person dated July 31, 2020
  • Court transcripts dated April 25, 2022

After the investigation, the civilian director of the IIU found no evidence to justify a charge against the officer.

The Province of Manitoba released its Summary of Insects on Crops in Manitoba, and the Northwest region had some reports of high levels of Wheat Midge this year.

John Gavloski, the Manitoba Agriculture Entomologist says grasshoppers were also an issue this year, with a few dry summers in a row causing the numbers to be high. He says thanks to the wet start to this summer, next year could look a bit different.

"Late in the season I did go and see some fields with very heavy levels of, basically dead grasshoppers clinging to the top of the plants. It's a disease called summit disease. We see more of that in wetter, damper years, so I'm hoping that might have some impact on next year's population, we'll have to just wait and see."

Gavloski says that the province also saw a high level of Aphids this year.

This is one, again, where the weather was a factor. Once any of the small grains; wheat, oats, barley; hit the soft dough stage, they're considered to be, not susceptible to aphids anymore. The problem was this year a lot of the cereal crops remained susceptible well into August. Often by August, we're not worried about aphids, and in late July to about mid-August, there were quite a few fields that had economic populations of aphids."

Gavloski's full Summary of Insects on Crops can be found here.

Another great way to enjoy some winter time in Riding Mountain National Park has arrived.

Fireside Fridays is a weekly event that takes place at the Visitor Centre from 6 to 9 in the evening. Each Friday of the month will have a different activity. The first Friday of the month will be a trivia night, the second will be a movie night, the third will be a board game night, and the fourth Friday will be an open mic night which will also feature Indigenous performers from the area.

Snacks and beverages like beer and wine will be available for purchase but attending the events themselves is completely free. There will also be free hot chocolate by the fire to help you warm up during the cold months.

You can make Fireside Fridays part of your weekend experience in the park which is open year-round like the Visitor Centre. There is a new skating rink and trail behind the Visitors Centre which is a bit more sheltered from the cold. There are also many opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and more.

The Visitor Centre is also available for rentals thanks to some recent renovations. You can book it for things like meetings and holiday office parties. Click here for more information.

It is Remembrance Day today which is observed on the 11th day of November to mark the formal end of hostilities during World War I "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918. Hours before then, an armistice was signed between Germany and the Entente Powers. The war itself would officially come to an end with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28th of 1919.

There are ceremonies for Remembrance Day taking place around the Parkland. In Dauphin, a commemoration service will get underway at Credit Union Place at 10:45 this morning followed by the Remembrance Day Cenotaph Service at Memorial Boulevard at noon.

Services are also scheduled in places like McCreary, Roblin, Winnipegosis, Kinisota, and Gilbert Plains. See our community calendar for information for each of them.

The Province of Manitoba has announced a $200,000,000 dollar investment to help with healthcare professionals' retention, training, and recruitment. The program will end mandated overtime, and add 2,000 healthcare professionals to the provincial system.

Premier Heather Stefanson and Health Minister Audrey Gordon made the announcement this afternoon. Stefanson says Manitobans and all Canadians expect their leaders to solve issues that matter the most.

“While all jurisdictions are facing significant human health resources challenges, and while we continue to wait for the federal government to come to the table to increase its share of health funding, we are taking the necessary action here in Manitoba to strengthen our health system now and well into the future.”

Gordon says when coming up with the three-pillared plan, they met with officials through all levels of the healthcare system.

“We will continue to work with all levels of health care from leadership to front-line workers to gather feedback and ideas to improve the health-care system for those employed within it and for all Manitobans.”

The first pillar is retention, which will ensure those working in the system are supported and continue to provide safe, reliable, and accessible services. The second pillar is training healthcare staff at all levels, and the Third is recruiting those who are currently qualified and wish to practice in Manitoba by reducing barriers and making it easier to do so.