Dauphin, Canada

The Dauphin & District Chamber of Commerce is putting on their next installment in their Breakfast Series.

The topic being discussed tomorrow will be on taxes, moving into tax season.

Stephen Chychota, Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce, explains more on the topic:

“[It’s a] topic called 'Taxes, now what?'  It’s kind of a 2.0 version of what we discussed in September of last year, going over what the changes are and how they’re being implemented at the moment.  Getting an insight into that and what to bring up with your accountant [for tax season].”

The Breakfast Series will be held at the Dauphin Super 8 Banquet Room at 7 am.

The Dauphin Friendship Centre held a Special Needs Advocate Unit Information Session earlier today.

The sessions were full of presentations throughout the day.

Ryan McKay, Special Needs Advocate Lead, explains one session that was put on about Jordan’s Principle:

“We’re providing an information session in regards for Jordan’s Principal Child’s First Initiative, for off-reserve Indigenous community members that may reside in Dauphin and surrounding areas.”

Other sessions in the day included multiple presentations from Prairie Mountain Health and services around the Parkland.

An online consultation on agricultural crown lands is being put on by the provincial government.

It highlights a number of areas to provide input, including:  possible limits on how much agricultural crown land a person or farm entity can hold under a lease or permit, and appropriate terms for the length of forage leases and renewable permits.

The document is available online at http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/surveys-and-consultations/index.html.

The deadline to submit any comments is set for April 6.

Due to an unscheduled repair, rural water customers in Grandview will have their water shut off starting at 9 tomorrow morning, and it could be off for most of the day.

The municipality still needs to do a further repair.

This will not affect the town of Grandview residents.

The City of Dauphin has announced a road closure.

Starting this morning at 7:00 am, 12th Ave SW and the back lane behind A&W will be closed to all traffic to repair a water main leak. 

Be prepared to detour.

Take the plunge in Dauphin, the Polar Plunge, that is.

Participants will be able to dunk themselves into freezing cold water, in an effort to raise money for Special Olympics Manitoba.

Michelle Meadows, Chair for Polar Plunge, explains the interest they’ve received so far:

“At least one group jumping, and at least 7 or 8 jumping, so far, that have signed up online; you can sign up, right up until the day of, and come and register, so we will not know the final numbers until the day of.”

The Polar Plunge is set to take place on March 17th at Credit Union Place.

Human Trafficking is happening in the Parkland, along with other areas of the province.

On Saturday, March 3, at the Watson Arts Centre, an information presentation will talk about what to watch out for.

Joy Smith, former Member of Parliament and founder of the Joy Smith Foundation, talks about the money that is made from human trafficking:

“Predators now earn between $260,000 and $280,000 per victim, per year.  That is disturbing!  They certainly don’t claim it on income tax.”

Advance tickets are available at the Dauphin Friendship Centre and are $5 each.

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.