Dauphin, Canada

The RM of Dauphin has hired a new Chief Administrative Officer.

Robin Wiebe will be bringing six years of experience as a CAO, and prior experience in the accounting field.

Wiebe will be working alongside the present CAO, Laura Murray, for a few months prior to Murray’s retirement.

The city of Dauphin has announced a road closure for today:

3rd Street SW, between 5th Ave SW and 6th Ave SW (in front of the Personal Care Home), will be closed to all traffic to repair a water main break.

Be prepared to detour.

Recent allegations of inappropriate tickling were made against a former MLA.

Five women came forward stating former Finance Minster Stan Struthers harassed them for years.

Complaints were issued to NDP brass back in 2010 and 2015, yet the party failed to act.

Struthers issued an apology to the women.

The community of Roblin is supporting their local pharmacy and speaking out.

A petition is at Mitchell’s Drug Store to show support, after the loss of a pharmaceutical contract to provide services at the local personal care home.

Co-owner and operator of Mitchell’s Drug Store, Sean Keehler, explains the main concern with the contract:

“The biggest impact is going to be the timeliness they can get medication to the care home.  Last week alone, we took deliveries to the care home on eight different occasions throughout the week.  The contract, I believe, with MediSystems, is they will deliver once a week and they will promise overnight service, but I believe that is going to be an extra cost to the care home, from what I understand, but I haven’t seen the contract, so this is just what I understand is happening.

People can sign the petition up until Wednesday.

Megan Brunen and Erin Knight had life-changing experiences when they competed for the Loran Scholarship Award.

A chance to win a $100,000 scholarship is given to 30 students nationwide, and smaller awards are given to the runner-ups.

Brunen, a Grade 12 student at the DRCSS, talks about her overall experience:

“Oh, it’s been a great experience, honest, I feel like I could do well in any interview, moving on in the future, and I feel very confident.”

Knight, former graduate from Gilbert Plains Collegiate Institute, talks about her experience winning it:

“It’s been crazy, it’s a total life-changer. Another part of the scholarship is they give you a mentor and that’s been something that actually has been extremely helpful to me.  The other part, about the scholarship, that’s helped me a lot, is getting the opportunity to explore.  They funded my trip to Singapore this summer, where I worked for a non-profit organization there, and they funded my internship in Vancouver.  So I’ve gotten to explore the world quite a bit with Loran and plus the opportunity to go to school out-of-province.”

Brunen won a $5,000 scholarship to the university of her choice, and Knight won the full $100,000 scholarhsip in 2015.

The Dauphin Relay for Life is taking registrations tonight.

People can go to the Dauphin Market Place Mall this evening to sign up.

Angela Kotyk, Chair for the local event, explains some of the information about this year’s relay:

“We’re going to talk to people about the fact that we’re changing up the relay a little bit this year, and it’s going to be in a new location. It’s actually going to be at Credit Union Place, on June 8, Friday evening, from 6:00 to 12:00."

Team kits will be available at the registration tonight, and the event is on June 8.

Trade is a major issue in the Manitoba Beef industry.

It’ll be covered in detail at the Manitoba Beef AGM, taking place tomorrow and Friday, in Brandon.

Brian Lemon, the General Manager of MBP, says they have an expert on trade speaking at the conference:

“We do have a speaker coming in, a gentleman, named Fred Gorrell. He is the Assistant Deputy Minister with Agriculture Canada, on the markets and industry sides. We’re excited to have him come in and talk about TPP, and the opportunities for our industry, with the signing of TPP, but also come in and talk about what is happening with NAFTA.”

Fred Gorrell is set to give his presentation tomorrow, at 10 in the morning.

The first election since amalgamation is scheduled for October, for Manitoba municipalities.

Gilbert Plains introduced a by-law to reduce the number of councillors, at their last meeting, on January 23, and it was defeated.

So, it has been proposed to go with a Head of Council, eight councillors and an at-large system.

The final discussion will be held at the council meeting on February 13.

Some Dauphin people and events will be featured in an English Ukrainian Bilingual documentary.

The Manitoba Parents for Ukrainian Education are mentoring a student who’s putting the piece together.

Vice President of the Board, Barb Thiessen, talks about their experience at the Dauphin King’s Ukrainian Night:

“So, that was our first time participating in that event, as a parent group. I just had a fantastic time at that event; it was full on Ukrainian culture and fun.  Because I used to live in the area, and graduated from the program, I got to see people I hadn’t seen in a very long time."

In 2019, Manitoba English Ukrainian Bilingual Program will be celebrating 40 years, and the documentary is commemorating the program’s impact.

Have you ever thought about becoming a firefighter?

The Dauphin Fire Department is holding a recruitment night on February 21.

Fire Chief Cam Abrey is ready to show the public what it’s like to be a volunteer:

“We’re currently looking to the public to come out and sign up. Get some information on the Wednesday night. Maybe it’s been lingering in the back of your mind. Some questions about whether you should join the fire department or whether you can make the commitments required.  We just want to give anybody the opportunity to ask those questions.”

Anyone 18 years and older, completed Grade 12, and lives within a 7 km radius of the station, are encouraged to attend.

To RSVP, email Abrey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Anyone thinking about continuing their education can attend an Assiniboine College Parkland Campus open house.

At the event, you can hear about programs offered right here in Dauphin.

Gabe Mercier, Parkland Campus Director, talks about who is encouraged to attend:

“The open house is for everybody, both those who are in school and the public. It begins with a tour of all programs at the campus. We'll also have program information sessions.”

The open house takes place on the 22nd and starts at 9 in the morning.

Registration is not required to attend.