Dauphin, Canada

Charges have been laid against a twenty-nine-year-old man in the death of a fifteen-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle in the Lockport area, just north of Winnipeg.

RCMP say the boy was cycling with another fifteen-year-old on the shoulder of a road in the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews late friday night when a vehicle went off the roadway and hit them.

The boy, identified by his family as Ben Harris, was heading home from a sleepover and was near the turnoff to his house when he and his friend were struck. His friend, the other fifteen-year-old, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while Harris was announced dead at the scene.

Police say the vehicle that hit the boys was stolen. Twenty-nine-year-old Justin Joseph Little faces fourteen charges including impaired operation of a motor vehicle by a drug causing death, failure to remain at the scene of an accident where a person is deceased, and possession of property obtained by crime over five-thousand dollars.

The MRI machine in Dauphin is expected to be operational by November. 

Prairie Mountain Heath says the machine will arrive in October for installation followed by a period of testing and validation. 

Diagnostic Services, Shared Health Chief Operating Officer Petr Kresta says the MRI unit is being manufactured by Siemens in Germany and the DRHC building addition is being outfitted to receive the unit. 

It takes about 12 to 16 weeks to manufacture and ship the machine to a site that is ready to receive it. 

Outfitting the suite means temporarily removing an exterior wall, to make space to move the unit into the building when it arrives on site. This requires precise coordination and planning.

The process is underway to fill positions with qualified staff required for this new service. Shared Health will provide training for the successful candidates to ensure they have the appropriate skills to deliver the service.

The Parkland is remaining under a special air quality statement this weekend.

The smoke is coming from forest fires in BC and Alberta.

Dr. Mahmoud Khodaveisi a medical officer of health for Prairie Mountain Health shares how increased exposure to smoke can affect your heart.

“Smoke is made up of a number of components, unhealthiest contaminants is small particles. How smoke condition may affect the heart is determined by a number of factors. For example, the length of time they are exposed, the health status, and the concentration of smoke in the air.”

A cold front tracking across northern Manitoba today will bring some improvement to far northwestern Manitoba this afternoon. Meanwhile, central and southern portions of the province will likely see the persistent smoke cover over the region for the remainder of the weekend and beyond.

In general, wearing a mask is not the best way to protect your health during a smoke event. In fact, masks may lead to a false sense of security, which may encourage increased physical activity and time spent outdoors, meaning increased exposure to smoke. They can also make breathing more difficult.

St Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Ebb and Flow has burned to the ground.

Early this morning the fire department received the call of the church on fire.

Darcy Houle, Fire Chief, gives us details about what happened at 4:52 a.m.

“Ebb and Flow responded to the call, and came upon the fire at the church. The north side of the church was engulfed. As far as I know there was not any forcible entry and what not, so it’s still under investigation.”

Houle encourages anyone with information about what might have started the fire to contact the RCMP.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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From the goodness of their own hearts, the Ste. Rose Dental Centre brightened up a lot of peoples days on Friday.

They were "Paying It Forward" around a few communities in the Parkland, which included buying peoples groceries, gas, and various other things around town.

"I was personally inspired by the Broadway musical called "Come from Away" which was all about the planes having to land in Newfoundland during 9/11," said David Wolle, Dentist at the Ste. Rose Dental Centre. "The town of a couple thousand came together and provided so many things for all of the people on the airplanes, just simply from the goodness of their own heart. Then, when the people went back to where they were from... they did the same thing,"

"So, we went to McCreary, Laurier, Ebb & Flow, and Ste. Rose and we just saw people buying things, and we bought them for them," he added. "We were making people smile all day, and it just made us feel good."

David talks about some of the reactions the workers got from the public.

"We got lots of hugs," said Wolle. "Usually, we were standing by the cash register and we told the people what we were doing. To start, they were confused and didn't really believe us... but then when we paid, they were all so happy. It was just a great day."

Overall, they spent about $1500 yesterday, and they plan on doing it again.

"We definitely plan to do this thing every year," said Wolle. "We called it the Ste. Rose Dental Centre Giving Back Day."

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The Dauphin RCMP are now investigating a report of possible gunshots.

Officers were called out to the 4th Avenue SE area of Dauphin at around 1:00 a.m. this morning.

We'll have more details as they become available.

If you're a dog owner, you don't only have to worry about keeping yourself healthy and hydrated this weekend... but also your beloved canine friends. 

With temperatures expected to be in the high 30's and low 40's this weekend, heat may not only affect you significantly, but it can also be a problem for your dog.

"Dogs are susceptible to the heat, just like humans are," said Roxanne Neufeld, Owner & Veterinarian at Dauphin Vet Clinic. "We want owners to do everything they can to prevent their dogs from coming down with Hyperthermia. It can be very dangerous, and sometimes fatal."

If you're wondering what you can do to keep your canine safe this weekend, Neufeld shares how you can.

"You definitely need to keep your pets out of vehicles, especially if it's turned off with no A/C running," said Neufeld. "You need to make sure they always have shade and lots of fresh water. It's always better to have them inside because it'll help them breathe better... as opposed to being outside."

"There is also a lot of algae on bodies of water at this time, and you need to be very careful and not allow your dogs to drink from any body of water that has any," said Neufeld. "That can be very fatal, and very quickly. So, it's really important to be extra careful and make sure your dog is only drinking clean water."

With this being one of the hottest summers in recent years, Neufeld is very happy to say they haven't seen an increase in cases of heat-related illnesses in dogs, and she hopes that continues.

"Fortunately, we haven't seen an increase, and I'm hoping that continues into this weekend," said Neufeld. "But, we always want to keep warning people with the heat-spike we're going to experience this weekend, you have to be extra careful. If it's too hot for you... it's too hot for your dogs."

"Get them in the shade, and have lots of water available for them," she added. "If you have a pool for them, that'd be great as well."

A Brandon man, Jeff Freiheit, originally from Dauphin, has gone missing while hiking in Germany.

His wife, Selena Freiheit, last spoke with Jeffrey on Aug. 1, when he was in Bad Tolz, Germany.

The stop was part of his treck on Der Traumpfad, a famous hike that goes between Munich and Venice.

He posted a video and an image of himself on Instagram the next day near the end of that day's hike.

Since then he hasn't checked in with family or arrived at any of the pre-booked overnight stops he had arranged ahead of time.

She says it's out of character for him to have broken with his plan.

Freiheit was supposed to come back to Manitoba at the end of August.

The Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada is holding their 2018 National Firefighter Competition in Dauphin.

Firefighters from across the country are in town taking part in a number of training sessions, meetings, and competitions.

Arnold Lazare President of AFAC, says teams have been in town for a couple days.

“What has happened this past week, is yesterday the teams were attending a workshop on various themes. Yesterday it was how to conduct a home inspection. So that when they go back to their home communities they’ll be able to do home inspections.”

Lazare shares how the competition changes each year.

“Every competition has a training theme. A few years ago we were in Prince Albert Saskatchewan; they did a water rescue, a swift water rescue. Other places we did a live burn to show the self-contained breathing apparatus. We try and make it hands-on and interesting for the participants.”

The West Region Tribal Council is hosting the event that takes place tomorrow.

The competition takes place from 9 to 3 tomorrow afternoon at the Parkland Rec Centre.

The Manitoba Mud Run has had to make some changes with their start times.

Organizers have decided to shift all start times up by 30 minutes for most groups.

The decision was made because of the extreme heat that’s sticking around this weekend, and the smoke.

They recommend everyone start drinking water today to get ready and not be dehydrated come race time.

Health Canada says that Pinty's Delicious Foods is recalling a line of their Oven Roasted Chicken Breast Strips in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, due to a possible bacterial contamination.

The pre-cooked fare may be contaminated with a strain of Listeria. Health Canada warns that the food may not look or smell like it's spoiled, but it can still make you sick.

The recalled cutlets were from two batches that have best-before dates of August 9th and August 15th.