Dauphin, Canada

This afternoon, teachers will be doing a few different sessions for the divisional professional development day. There are breakout sessions for teachers and clinicians, a library assistant session, custodial staff session, NVCI training, and a session on working with differences.

Professional development day ends at 3:30 today.

Is your business ready for legal marijuana?

There are a couple of things you can do, before legalization, that will set you up to deal with potential problems.

Kirk Nyquist, a co-host of the Reefer MEDness Podcast, recently had a conversation with HR specialist Wendy Hofford for the podcast.

She gives some tips on how a business can get ready.

“Educate your people and make sure as an organization that you’re educated. Keep an eye on where legislation is going. That’s huge depending on the province you’re in. Also, looking at those policies, making sure that you're’ prepared. Making sure that you have systems in place that you can be able to address that.”

“Making sure that you have your policies that cover all of the reproductions. So I always say drug and alcohol, sensitivity policy, smoking policy, company vehicle policy, you’re not allowed to drive when you’re impaired.
Going deeper into the idea of policies, she gives an example of an issue that might come up.

“It’s a good idea to take a look at your smoking policy because if somebody has been given medical cannabis, let’s just say for a quick second, and the only way that it’s effective for them is to smoke it, then you have a duty to accommodate. Is that going to impact you? Where are they going to smoke it? Is it going to be in the smoking area? If that’s the case and you have a designated smoking area, now you’re getting into scents. That might offend someone else.”

Medical cannabis will be a bigger concern for businesses once the drug is legalized later this month.

She spoke about what owners should be aware of now that medical cannabis is becoming more prevalent.

“They are obligated by human rights duty to what they call ‘duty to accommodate.’ So when somebody comes in and they are on medical cannabis, you need to make sure they have a prescription. That they understand what it is. So I really, really encourage employers and HR professionals to make sure you understand what that prescription looks like. Is it CBD oil, what is it? How are they taking it? Is it THC? What are the psychoactive is it not psychoactive? So really understanding what it is that the employee is taking. It’s very important when you want to accommodate.”

You can find their whole conversation by listening the S2E02 Reefer MEDness Podcast by visiting www.reefermed.ca 

The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement where men are standing against violence to women and children.

The Moose Hide campaign started in BC in 2011.

To get involved with the campaign, you can pick up Moose hides at the Dauphin Friendship Centre.

Wearing the moose hide signifies your commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life and to work together to end violence against women and children.

RCMP say the two missing siblings from Brandon, as well as their mother, have been found safely in St. Albert, Alberta.

Police say the children, ages eight and six, were not dropped off at school last Friday after what was supposed to be a two-day legal parental visit with their mom. When their father went to pick them up, he was told the children had been absent on Thursday and Friday.

Police say Jessica Chartier has been arrested and faces charges.

It’s time to beware of road conditions.

The snow falling right now is making highway driving a little more challenging.

One report from a listener to CKDM says the highway between Dauphin and Yorkton is slushy, snow-covered and is icy in some area. They report a quarter of a mile visibility.

Make sure you turn your headlights on to stay visible with the snow still falling.

Danielle Katyrynuik asks people to slow down for tow truck drivers who are working along those highways.  Saying "We do want to come home to our families. There is a law to slow to 60 and pull over for all emergency vehicles. Police cars, ambulances, fire trucks and tow trucks."

Charlene Flatfoot sent us this photo while she was heading to Dauphin from Pine Creek. She encourages everyone to be careful out there. 

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Police confirmed the identity of a woman from God’s River who was found at a recycling depot Friday night in Winnipeg.

Relatives say 33 year old Mary Madeline Yellowback was visiting Winnipeg for a medical trip.

Police responded to a call at around 7:05 in the evening on Friday when her body was found mixed in with recycling materials. 

Whitmore School received $3,323 to help pay for a new playground as part of the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign.

Over 548 thousand dollars for 46 local charities in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba was raised as part of the campaign.

The Neepawa and District Community Clinic received $4,936,

Russel’s Living Legacy Community Foundation got $2,156,

In Swan River, the Swan Valley Health Facilities Foundation got $3,226,

The Pas Families Building, a Better Community, received $13,440,

Virden’s Masonic Foundation of Manitoba Inc. got $8,462, and

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Winkler and Morden got $9,824.

Across Canada, over 7.9 million dollars was raised.

Devin Shtykalo is running for Dauphin City Council hoping to stay on the council for a second straight term.

His platform is economic growth and development, sustainability, fiscal responsibility, community safety and accountability.

He wants to stay on council because he has enjoyed the past four years and wants to continue working on projects for the next four years.

Devin Shtykalo says how you can learn more about him.

“People can find out more about me by checking my presence on social media. Out in the community, I try to attend as many events as I can, so people are more than welcome to stop me on the street or at an event and talk to me. They can contact me through city hall is that works for them. There’s the upcoming election forum on the 16th and I will be there, people can reach out to me there and I encourage anyone to ask questions before hand.”

The election is on October 24th.

A Boil Water Advisory is in effect for all RM of Dauphin residents that are hooked up to the Rural Water System.

The RM Of Dauphin’s Utility Department has located the source of the problem.

Some users will regain pressure and flow, but some will remain without water until the issue is resolved.

Until further notice, all water used for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute.

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The RM of Dauphin is experiencing a loss of water in various areas of the rural water line.
The Utility Manager is currently out trying to locate the cause of the problem. 
We will provide further updates as they become available.

A Go Fund Me page is set up to raise money to help find Dwayne Lavallee.

The family is asking for donations to fund a reward for his exact location.

You can find the link by clicking here to support this campaign.  

A 54 year old was caught speeding and now is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.

On September 20th, Anthony Ross, from The Pas, was stopped by RCMP  driving on Highway 6 near Deer Horn Line, north of Lundar going 132 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. 

The RCMP officer could smell marihuana from inside the vehicle, and when asked about it, he produced a burnt marihuana joint. 

A search of the vehicle turned up a large amount of Canadian currency sealed in a plastic bag and just over 2000 grams of vacuumed sealed marihuana.

He was charged with speeding, driving while disqualified under the Highway Traffic Act and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Ross is to appear in court on November 15 in Lundar. The investigation is ongoing.