Dauphin, Canada

The provincial government has released statistics on harassment, bullying and misconduct from civil servants.

A report details there were 12 investigations of sexual harassment, 7 of which were substantiated.

There were also 105 allegations of general harassment or bullying and 351 complaints of misconduct or attempted fraud.

This new form of tracking and reporting came after a series of complaints of groping and ticking were made against former NDP cabinet minister, Stan Struthers; none of which were dealt with.

A week of cycling events hosted by the Dauphin Derailleurs Cycle Club to form Bike Week took place last week and wrapped up this past Sunday.

An online contest for a new bike was one of the main focuses and Susan Gamache Thiele won.

Melisa Stefaniw, with Tourism Dauphin, noticed a ton of participation online for the week.

“The week was awesome. We noticed a ton of participation online.  We had the online hashtag #dauphinbikeweek and monitoring that it picked up throughout the week.  We had kids of all ages participating in that, so we were really thrilled to see the community jump on the bandwagon.”

The event will be returning again next year with a week-long round of activities.

The club is currently working on developing the trails for the Manitoba 2020 Summer Games and plans to make Dauphin a cycling tourist destination.

By the end of October, the MRI will be installed and operational in Dauphin Hospital.

This will alleviate the burden of travelling for these services and provide better health care in the Parkland and northern areas.

Brad Michaleski, local MLA, feels this service will be such a great thing to have in the Parkland.

“Just having it close by is such a convenience for a lot of the people in the Parkland and in our area instead of having to travel to Brandon or Winnipeg. A lot of times that’s a day trip or a day and a half trip and that’s hard on people, especially the elderly and people needing that care.  To have that service locally is just a good news thing for everybody in the Parkland and Swan River area.”

Michaleski is happy it will be ready to go.

“I feel great. Again, the sooner we can get into the region the better.  I know it’s been a very, very long time coming and so the sooner the better, so we can serve the Parkland residents that much better.”

Youth can explore their creative side this summer with the Kids Summer Art Program through the Watson Art Centre.

The WAC wasn’t able to offer it the past few years due to a lack of funding, but finally received enough to go ahead.

Cheryl Nicholson, Administrator for the WAC, wanted to focus on arts media and techniques for this program.

“We want to keep it very arts centric and focus on a variety of arts media and techniques. We also try to incorporate some more physical activities, so they’re not sitting at a table doing art the whole time.  They get to get up and move around and we provide healthy snacks midway through each session.”

It runs for six weeks and into six separate sessions starting on July 3 until August 10.

The rates are $75 weekly or $20 daily. Children ages 5 to 8 will attend from 9:30 in the morning until noon.  Youth from ages 9 to 12 will go from 1:00 to 3:30 in the afternoon.

A registration day will be held on Saturday, June 23 from noon to 3:00 in the afternoon.

To sign your children up beforehand, you can call Cheryl at 638-6231.

A report has been released announcing the timeline surrounding the MRI.

The new MRI should be installed and operational by the end of October this year at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre.

We'll have more for you on this later.

If you ever wanted to learn how to make either a stir-fry or chili, here's your chance to sign up for an interesting cooking class.

The Free Cooking Program for Adults is put on by Prairie Mountain Health and Healthy Together Now.

The Stir-fry session takes place on the 12th and the chili one takes place on the 19th. Both take place from 10:30 to noon. 

Holly Reimer, a local community health nutritionist, says it’s a fun way to learn how to make something interesting.

“We set up all the ingredients and people can participate as much as they are comfortable with. If they want me to double the recipes we are able to do that, or they can jump right in and do part of the cooking.”

You can still register for either one of the sessions by giving Reimer a call at 629-3002.

The sessions take place in the Parkland Crossing Multi-Purpose Room.

Dauphin’s Habitat for Humanity has found their family.

During the unveiling yesterday at the location of the new home it was announced that Leona Mazurat and her kids will be moving into the future home.

Natalie Yaworsky Doan, the Chairperson for the Family Selection Committee, spoke with us at the unveiling yesterday, about the family.

“The family that was chosen was by Habitat For Humanity Manitoba is Leona Mazurat and her three children Ethan, Leia, and Lexi. They’ve lived in Dauphin now for 8 years. They exhibited criteria that Habitat had asked for the applicants which is: showing need, ability to repay, and willing to partner with habitat.”

Leona Mazurat had to keep the secret of their selection for over a week, she wasn’t even allowed to tell her kids.

“I was shocked, to be honest, I didn’t know how it was going to play out. I don’t know, I was just shocked!”

Now that Habitat has officially chosen the family, Rodney Juba, the President of the Dauphin Chapter, says the group can now go and create designs for an appropriate house for the family of four.

The City of Dauphin’s delegation to the RM’s council meeting tomorrow won’t be taking place.

Over the past couple days Mayor Dowhan and Reeve Dennis Forbes had discussions about the closure of Range Road 144N.

Reeve Forbes spoke with us this morning about what was decided over the weekend.

 “We were going to entertain a delegation from the City to discuss this infamous Rampton Mile. Over the weekend conversations with the mayor and I, we’ve come to find some common ground and that delegation is no longer necessary. Continuing dialogue between Al and I and councils will find a solution that works for everyone.” 

The RM council will discuss their thoughts on the road and the Reeve will share information about his conversations with the mayor.   

“I will be presenting thoughts, and these are just thoughts that Al and I have talked about.”

“But these conversations will happen in camera,” Forbes said. “We won’t be open discussion in front of the public or reporters until we come to a decision that works for everyone.”

The RM council meeting will take place tomorrow at 9 at the RM office.

A kids' camp is being put on again this year at the Fort Dauphin Museum.

It’s open to children of all ages with a variety of themes and activities.

Theresa Deyholos, Fort Dauphin Manager/Curator, tells us all the details.

“It’s from July 19 to August 13, and it’s from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $15 dollars per day or $60 a week and if you require any more information you can contact our office at 638-6630 or send us a quick email at fortdphn@ mymts.net.”

Parents are asked to send a lunch with children, but the fort will provide snacks.

Two mayors faced off to see which one of their former residents, now turned NHL coaches, would be taking home the Stanley Cup.

Dowhan made a bet with the Mayor of Summerside, PEI, Bill Martin over which of one of the team’s coaches would be a part of winning the big game.

Mayor Dowhan’s proud to say a former Dauphin resident’s name will be on the Stanley Cup.

“First of all congratulations to the Washington Capitals and to their coach Barry Trotz and the whole team on winning the Stanley Cup. It was good to see somebody with a Dauphin connection’s name on the Stanley Cup.”

Martin called Dowhan this past Friday, to acknowledge he lost the bet and the two were going over schedules to plan when Dowhan will take the trip.

This will be the third time Dowhan has been to Summerside and he’s looking forward to the trip.

There’s a slight joke between the two mayors, that if Dowhan brings his golf clubs, maybe Martin can win some money back.

The details of the trip haven’t been finalized yet but will be very soon.

Manitoba Hydro is making an effort to save hawks from being electrocuted by poles and prevent power outages in the Interlake region.

They’ve built dozens of platforms next to transmission poles for the nesting osprey.

The birds tend to build nests on top of hydro poles and risk being electrocuted.

There’s also concern around the twigs in their nests creating power outages or even fires when they tie them on to the lines.