Dauphin, Canada

Manitoba Hydro is offering a $10 rebate on approved carbon monoxide alarms.

The program started with National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and runs all month long.

Linda Carter, Public Safety & Education Coordinator with Manitoba Hydro, shares what you’ll be looking for when you go to the store.

“What customers are going to look for is a plug-in model. So it’s really easy to install them. You just plug them into an electrical outlet. All the detectors acutely have a sticker on them so you can actually date the time that you purchased the detector and plugged it in. The packaging will also indicate the length of time that that detector is recommended for.”

You should test the detector every year to make sure it’s working properly.

“There is a range on prices for the CO detectors and there’s a range of features. Some of the detectors will have a digital readout. Like most devices, the more features you purchase the higher the cost. You can purchase a good quality CO detector anywhere from 35 to 60 dollars.”

Only plug-in CO alarms with battery backup and an approved safety certification qualify for the rebate.

“The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority,” said Janet Rak, Manitoba Hydro’s Public Safety and Education Coordinator. “You can’t see, smell or taste carbon monoxide. It’s why we call it the silent killer. If you have a carbon monoxide alarm, a ‘beep’ can mean the difference between life and death.”

Carter says they look like smoke detectors on the outside, but have a different function.

There is a curfew for youth in the City of Dauphin.

The bylaw has been in place since 2006.

The curfew applies to people under the age of 18.

According to the bylaw, people up to the age of 15 should not be hanging around with no place to go between the hours of 10 pm and 7 am Sunday to Thursday and from Friday to Saturday 11 pm to 7 am. For people aged 16-18, the curfew from Sunday to Thursday is midnight to 7 am and, Friday to Saturday, from 1 am to 7 am.

The loitering bylaw affects all ages and the times for that is midnight to 5 in the morning during the week and 1 in the morning to 5 in the morning on weekends.

Sharla Griffiths, Dauphin City Manager, says the council at the time thought they should put the bylaw in place for RCMP to use as a tool to make sure if people were hanging around where they shouldn’t, they wouldn’t.

The curfew penalties are all monetary. A first offence is 25 dollars, 2nd offence is 50 dollars and a third offence and all future offences are 100 dollars. For loitering the penalty can be a fine of not less than 25 dollars and not more than 200 dollars.

The RCMP member may also give out a warning to the person or group to move along, or drive the person or group to their residence.

Today’s is all about remembering how important getting your pets spayed and neutered is.

It’s Spay Day across the province and vet clinics in Dauphin are participating.

Owner and Vet at the Dauphin Vet Clinic, Dr. Roxanne Neufeld, shares how it went.

“Spay Day was an excellent success, my team worked fantastic. We had 11 surgeries booked today. We had five cat neuters, two cat spays, two dog spays, and two dog neuters. So it was a full, full day. We got done early afternoon and it went great.”

She says getting the surgeries done is an important way of reducing the number of animal in shelters or running around at large.

Today the Parkland Crisis Centre hosted a luncheon at the Dauphin Friendship Centre.

They hosted it this month because November is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Kari Prawdzik, executive director for the Parkland Crisis Centre, thinks it’s important to raise awareness for this issue because of the high amount of people affected by domestic violence.

Amanda Seeley, the administrative assistant at Parkland Crisis Centre, spoke about the Parkland Crisis Centre and Women's Shelter's services, groups and offered information for women, children, and men who need assistance, resources, or help.

There were two other speakers, Nicole Yunker, with the Committee Advocating for the Removal of Sexual Exploitation, spoke about that committee, and the RCMP representative spoke about the Moose Hide Campaign.

The local crisis number is (204) 638-9484 and the 24-hour toll-free number is 1-877-977-0007.

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A couple in Lavenham, close to Portage, has been arrested for making child pornography and exploitation.

Last month, RCMP received a report that a 16-year-old male had been sexually exploited on multiple occasions.

On Monday Portage and Treherne RCMP, as well as the RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit, executed a warrant where digital devices were seized.

Donna Woodward, 58, and Charles Woodward, 60, were both charged and taken into custody where they remain.

Donna was arrested and charged with making child pornography, possessing child pornography, possessing child pornography for the purpose of publication, sexual exploitation by touch, sexual exploitation by invitation to touch, sexual assault and bestiality.

Charles was arrested and charged with making child pornography, possessing child pornography, possessing child pornography for the purpose of publication, sexual assault, and bestiality.

The investigation is ongoing, and the RCMP is concerned that there could be more victims. Anyone who is a victim or has any information is asked to call Portage RCMP at 204-857-4445, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

Today 4-H Canada is calling on all their supporters to share their 4-H pride by participating in their annual "Show Your 4-H Colours Day."

Everyone across the country is encouraged to pull out their favourite green clothing, wear it for the day, and celebrate what the organization does for youth across the country.

“Show Your 4-H Colours is the best possible way to share the positive impact 4-H has had on your life,” said 4-H Canada CEO, Shannon Benner. “We encourage everyone to get out into your communities and use social media to tell your story, so that others can learn about 4-H, its values, and our deep commitment to positive youth development.”

They are also offering the opportunity to show off what 4-H means to you by going www.showyour4hcolours.ca. There you can share stories, photos and videos of how the organization impacts your life and why you support it.

A child in the RM of McCreary has died after being struck by a vehicle.

Around 3:25 yesterday afternoon the four-year-old girl was on her driveway when she was struck by a vehicle being driven by an adult male.

She was taken to hospital where she died of her injuries.

Alcohol and speed are not considered factors in the accident.

RCMP say it appears charges won’t be laid.

MPI’s low-interest winter tire program is an affordable way to get winter tires.

The program was started as an initiative to buy winter tires.

Brian Smiley, MPI media relations coordinator, talks about winter tires.

“We do know that winter tires have a softer rubber composite so they have a shorter stopping distance on ice and snow.”

Winter tires that are a part of the program will be marked with a snowflake.

In the past four years, more than 100 thousand low-interest loans have been processed for this program.

It won’t be hard finding a participating retailer with 6 to 7 hundred participating retailers across the province.

You have to be an MPI customer to participate in the program.

Manitoba First Nations Police Service charged an already suspended 41-year-old driver with having a prohibited weapon after going on a short chase.

Last Thursday, police in Sandy Bay First Nation saw the man driving in the community. They attempted to pull him over, but he accelerated at a high rate of speed and refused to stop. Eventually, his vehicle got stuck in a driveway on Centre Road and the man then fled on foot.

A foot chase ensued, and police were able to bring the suspect driver into custody a short time later.

The officers found that the suspect was intoxicated by alcohol. They also found “Brass knuckles,” which are a prohibited weapon in Canada. They then found a large amount of ammunition in the vehicle. Police say the suspect is prohibited from possessing ammunition and firearms.

Joseph William Demerais faces a total of 10 charges including:
- Impaired operation of a motor vehicle
- Refusal to provide breath sample
- Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
- Operation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by Police
- Possession of a prohibited weapon
- Possession of a prohibited weapon knowing its possession is unauthorized
- Possession of a prohibited weapon and ammunition contrary to prohibition order x2
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

The accused was remanded into custody where he remains until his next court appearance.

It’s important to spay or neuter your cats and dogs.

That’s the focus of Spay Day, which is taking place today.

Owner and Vet at the Dauphin Vet Clinic, Dr. Roxanne Neufeld, shares why it’s good for female pets.

"There’s lots of health benefits to spaying and neutering your pets. For female cats and dogs, it reduces the change of developing pyometra, which is an infection of the uterus. It also prevents, if we do it early enough, we can significantly reduce the chance of developing mammary cancer. And the big one, of course, is to reduce the chance of unwanted pregnancies." 

She continues by explaining why it’s also beneficial for the males.

“It there’s also excellent benefits in behaviour, reduction in the risk of testicular cancer, prostate problems, and things like that. As well as dogs roaming and getting other dogs pregnant.

The Dauphin vet clinic does surgeries Wednesday through Friday, and they typically do 4 per day with today being extra busy.

“We’re averaging eight to 12 surgeries a week. But then for Spay Day, we’re putting a particular focus on that, and we’re filling up our schedule. It’s jam-packed with five cat neuters were doing two dog spays, two cat spays, and two dog neuters.”

Today there is an agency luncheon being hosted by the Parkland Crisis Centre.

The luncheon is to bring awareness to domestic violence because November is domestic violence awareness month.

Amanda Seeley, administrative assistant at Parkland Crisis Centre, Nicole Yunker, with Committee Advocating for the Removal of Sexual Exploitation, and RCMP Constable Tirrell Lukeye, Moose Hide Campaign, will be speaking at the luncheon.

The luncheon is important because it will spread awareness and give some info on programs that can help those affected.