Dauphin, Canada

Outdoor enthusiasts in Manitoba are being reminding to take steps to avoid conflict with bears after an eight-year-old girl was injured by one in Whisteshell Provincial Park over the weekend.

The province says in a news release that the girl was camping with her family on South Cross Lake on Saturday when a black bear swiped the tent she was in. 

The girl was treated and released from hospital with cuts to her face. The release says the family had taken many safety precautions including hanging food in a bear-proof barrel in a tree away from the campsite.

By viewing a one minute long YouTube video you can help the Macauley family win the ‘Most Road-Trippable Town in Canada’ Contest.

The family traveled from Portage to Dauphin going through Riding Mountain National Park.

Dawn Macauley hopes to come out on top with the most viewed video. She explains how Dauphin can benefit by getting the views.

She continues, “So basically, when you watch the video it goes by views and views count for votes. If we have the most views, or votes in this case, we win the Equinox. That would be cool.”

“The other thing is we would have a big party in Dauphin at the Chevy dealership.”

You can see the video by checking out the link here.

Property taxes in Dauphin are due in just over one week.

The City of Dauphin wants to remind residents and business owners that their taxes are due and payable in full by 4:30 in the afternoon on Tuesday, July 31st.

Sharla Griffiths, the Assistant CAO warns that Interest penalties will be added if there are unpaid property taxes.

“At the beginning of each month, thereafter, 1.25% will be added. So it’s good to pay your taxes by the due date so you don’t have to pay any interest."

Interest penalties will be applied on August 1st.

Griffiths also warns about paying with debit.

“Just a word of caution with using a debit card, ensure that the maximum amount available that you can use a debit card will cover the amount of taxes. Otherwise, you’ll have to go back to your bank.”

You can pay at City Hall through cash, cheque, or debit.

Three people in Winnipeg face multiple charges of attempted murder in connection with a pair of gun incidents last week.

Police say they responded to two incidents on Wednesday where guns were allegedly fired.

In one of the incidents, three people were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.

Twenty-four-year-old Brad Wayne Baxter of Thunder Bay, Ontario, 21-year-old Kyal Alan Brown of Winnipeg, and 36-year-old Breanna Munro of Winnipeg also face a number of firearms charges.

Manitoba has closed two backcountry areas because of wildfires.

The province says a wildfire around Gammon River poses a potential risk to backcountry canoeists and people accessing the Bloodvein River Corridor in Atikaki Provincial Park.

A wildfire in Ontario, meanwhile, just east of Nopiming Provincial Park poses a potential risk to backcountry access east of Bird Lake.

The province says the closures will remain place until the fire risk has ended.

A mass shooting in Toronto last night ended with 13 people injured and two dead, including the suspected gunman.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders says the shooter was armed with a pistol and exchanged fire with police in the city's bustling Greektown neighbourhood.

The gunman died at the scene, but Saunders couldn't confirm whether he was hit by police gunfire or took his own life.

A woman was killed in the shooting, while a nine-year-old girl who was among the injured was rushed to a pediatric trauma centre in critical condition.

No names have been released and police say they're not ready to talk about a possible motive at this early point in the investigation

Yesterday's storm brought tornados through some areas of Manitoba

A major thunderstorm across the province led to a tornado touching down near Lake of the Prairies yesterday afternoon

The Waterspout stayed on the lake, and thankfully no inuries or damages have been reported

 Enviornment Canada is not aware of any other tornadoes in Manitoba yesterday,  but other parts of the province did get thunderstorms, some of which produced quarter sized hail. 

It passed by the Pyotts West Campground, located south of the community on the south shore of Lake of the Prairies.

Check out the video posted on their Facebook page. 

You can help one road tripping Manitoba family and Dauphin win a party.

The MaCauley family traveled to Dauphin as part of Chevrolet’s ‘Most Road Trippable Town in Canada’ contest. 

The family took a car provided by the company and traveled across Manitoba and shared their experience on Instagram and on YouTube.

According to Alyson Sametz, the marketing director for Dean Cooley GM in Dauphin says the family ended their big trip here in Dauphin.

A one-minute long video was produced that included all the experiences of their trip and now it’s part of the contest.

The family needs the most views on their video to win the contest.

You can find your way to their Instagram page and their YouTube video by clicking on the links. 

10 to 15 women have the chance to be empowered with business skills and develop employment experiences.

Dauphin Neighborhood Renewal Corporation’s Unity Project Women’s Maker Co-operative is a social enterprise to help women who face challenges.

Mary Myhre with Dauphin Neighborhood Renewal spoke with us about how the co-operate will help participants and how it’s set up.

“We’re planning a couple of sessions with a career coach who will speak with our participants about setting goals, building resumes and other inspiring topics.” She continues, “The project and the point of social enterprise is that it’s sustainable. We purchase the equipment; sell the products, generating enough income to buy more materials all the while developing skills, capacity, and wellbeing to our participants.”

The women will create artisan products and then take them to local sales, like the Christmas Craft Sale at the Watson Art Centre. At these sales they will get experience in marketing, making change, and customer service.

“We’re planning to empower women, combat social isolation, and build networks and skills. We want to have some local female business leaders come forward to offer mentorship and share their stories and experience in business.”

DNRC received $29,108 for the project from the Provincial government. 

Now is the best time to head to Duck Mountain Provincial Park or Rainbow Beach.

Today and tomorrow, all provincial parks don’t require a vehicle permit.

The Province is celebrating the annual Canada’s Parks Day which is today.

Nightly camping fees and fees in national parks still apply.

The Gilbert Plains-Grandview Ag Society Fair and Rodeo starts today.

This year the society decided to focus on bringing bigger entertainment for the whole family.

“We’re trying to get a few more things that will draw in some more families so that they can come in and have a good weekend, “said Krista Gaber, an organizer.

There are some big changes to make note of.

“We’re doing something different this year. We’re trying the rodeo on Friday night. It’ll start at 7 o’clock for the Heartland Rodeo. At halftime, we’ve got pony races for the kids which are always a huge crowd pleaser, lots of fun entertainment there.”

Gaber shares some of the new attractions they’ve brought in.

“We’re just trying to get some different inflatable equipment in and stuff like that. Stuff for kids that are a little bit older as well and sure adults can go on, the hippo-chow-down and the Warrior Dome and stuff like that. And bumper Cars, of course, that’s always a big attraction.”

The rodeo features 3 days of excitement with some of the best cowboys on the Canadian rodeo circuit.

It’s the 120th annual fair taking place at the Gilbert Plains Fair and Rodeo Grounds.