Dauphin, Canada

A Parkland couple has pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and two counts of making child pornography, one count for each victim.

A publication ban, on names and where the offences occurred, is in place to protect the identities of the victims.

Sentencing for the 41-year-old male and 27-year-old female will be on May 1st, at Dauphin’s Court of Queen’s Bench.

The offences took place between September of 2011 and August 2014.

The City of Dauphin is focusing on a plan to build a new service road, from Reit-Syd Equipment to the Dauphin Veterinary Clinic.

The 425-metre stretch of road will provide access to build businesses in that area.

Mayor Allen Dowhan explains the project, and what they hope to accomplish: 

“There has been considerable interest by developers, in the portion on the west side of the highway, from Reit-Syd up to the Vet Clinic, and what developers are asking for is a service road.  We were in contact with the Department of Infrastructure, regarding the service road, and they said that due to budgetary constraints they could not build it this year, so we offered to pay for the service road that’s 425 metres.  And when the budgetary problems are corrected by the provincial government, we’ll get the money back.”

Mayor Dowhan also said the project will cost approximately $500,000 for paving, administration costs, contract tendering, and surveying the piece of road.

The construction is expected to begin in early summer and, depending on the weather, is expected to take one month to complete.

Grandview and Gilbert Plains will be hosting Mature Drivers Workshops in the upcoming weeks.

The workshop is free to attend and will be teaching drivers new rules and answering any questions they may have.

Sandra Melnychenko, Community Resource Coordinator for Grandview and District explains why they’re putting on the workshop:

“We thought it was a good opportunity to teach defensive driving techniques and show you how to enhance your driving skills. Its intended to offer experienced drivers that want to brush up on their skills and they want to learn more about the traffic laws and the road safety rules.”

The workshop will be at 9:30-11:30 in the morning on March 6th at the Grandview Drop In Centre and at Gilbert Plains at 1:30-3 in the afternoon at the EMS Building.

On Saturday, a special presentation on Human Trafficking will be held at the Watson Art Centre.

Joy Smith, former Member of Parliament and founder of the Joy Smith Foundation, will be talking about how this epidemic is happening in small towns and what to look out for.

Organizer with C.A.R.E., David Mansell, explains why people should attend:

“We need to have people aware of this, so we can prepare the youth and be active in preventing exploitation of youth, women and girls.”

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

Hodge Podge hosted a book launch and reading for Jonathan McPhail, formerly from Ochre River.

McPhail read his book, “Where Do Sticky Buns Come From?” as well as treated guests to sticky buns from his bakery.

McPhail talks about where he has promoted the book so far and his future plans with it:

“As of right now, I mean I have done a lot of readings in Winnipeg at some of the schools as part of ‘I Love to Read’ month, and I had a couple book launches actually in Winnipeg already.  No plans yet to do too much more in terms of, like, rural travel, but my illustrator is from Winkler, so we might try to set something up there as well.”

This is McPhail’s first book and he hopes to publish more in the future.

The Speakeasy Event for the Dauphin Rotary Club was a huge success.

The Saturday event had people from across the Parkland pack in to the Lions Den, which was transformed into a 1920’s theme.

Carla Wolfenden, resident of Dauphin, explains how the Lions Den looked:

“I couldn't believe it was the Lions Den while we were arriving.  It looks totally different and they did a great job making it look like you are walking into a different era.  It's really beautiful.”

The event was DJ-ed by local DJ Wet Denm and proceeds went to the Women’s Crisis Centre in Dauphin.

The Dauphin & District Chamber of Commerce is presenting three special awards to members, and an organization in the community, as well as awards to members of the Chamber.

Milestone awards are given to Chamber members on March 13th, at the luncheon, and the Chamber Celebration Night will happen on March 14th.

Stephen Chychota, Executive Director for the Chamber, talks about how to nominate someone or a group:

“They can get a hold of me at the office, or they can simply go onto our website; we have a spot on there that has the PDF versions of the applications.  They can fill out the forms there and send them in through email, fax, or drop them off, however they want, as long as we get them in before the closing date.”

The awards changed since last year, by having it spread over 2 different functions.

Bev Harvey, also known as Bright Star Medicine Cloud Woman, from Dauphin, is receiving a very special recognition today in Winnipeg.

She is receiving the Helping Hands Hope Award, from the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, for her efforts in helping people in the Parkland area, with their personal journeys in recovery and healing.

Harvey talks about why she helps others:

“It’s when I see the smiles and the nods of appreciation, then see them down the road and they come and tell me, ‘thank you for speaking, it really helped me.’  To be able to share my story honestly and openly has helped people a great deal and it gives me great pleasure.”

She has survived substance abuse, sexual trauma, the residential school system, being arrested, suicidal feelings, and self-harming, and has been a beacon of hope for others.

William Pelletier, 25-years-old, from Dauphin, made another court appearance yesterday.

Pelletier is facing numerous charges in connection with a shooting incident in Pine Creek First Nation.

This past December, reports came in of a vehicle chase on the reserve that resulted in a male firing a shot into the ground, but no one was injured.

Pelletier returns to court on March 22nd, in Camperville.
Brandon City Police are searching for a 15-year-old boy who has been missing for a week.

Ty Nelson Berard was dropped off by a care-provider to visit a friend and has not been seen or heard from since.

Berard is 5' 8", 90 pounds, with short straight brown hair, brown eyes, slender build, with a fair complexion.

He was last seen wearing a black Helly Hansen winter jacket, black sunglasses, black shoes, and carrying a black backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Brandon Police Service at 204-729-2345, or Crime Stoppers at 204-727-5477.

Are you looking to learn about how to do renovations to your home?

There are some workshops being held at the DRCSS starting on Thursday, teaching basic home repair skills.

Joan Chetyrbok, Marketing Manager for the Dauphin Co-op, talks about how and why these workshops are being held:

“We have partnered with Dauphin Neighbourhood Renewal for a series of free home repair workshops.  Our goals are to give assistance to home-owners and tenants, the skills to complete small projects, to repair or improve the condition of their homes on their own, and saving them money.”

To sign up, call Dauphin Neighbourhood Renewal, at 204-622-3146.