Dauphin, Canada

Vehicle manufacturers are rapidly developing driverless technology.

The provincial government is proposing changes to legislation to allow driverless vehicle testing and usage in Manitoba.

Local MLA Brad Michaleski is unsure of how quick it will arrive here in the Parkland area:

“You know, I don’t know if it would specifically happen up in the Parkland. It’s a provincial law that is being changed, so I guess that testing could be done anywhere.  But, if it got pushed up into this area, and research, technology, and testing, was done up here, that would be great.”

Manitoba’s Highway Traffic Act was written on the basis of a human driver being in physical control of a vehicle.

Road work on Highway 10 through Riding Mountain National Park begins on Monday.

Parks Canada advises anyone driving south that construction starts from km 40 north to km 54.1.

Visitors should expect single-lane alternating traffic, speed reductions, and occasional delays of up to 20 minutes.

Speed restrictions are in effect from 7 in the morning to 6 in the evening.

This October, municipalities in Manitoba will face their first election since amalgamation in 2014.

Some councils in the Parkland will be changing structure before the election.

The City of Dauphin, R.M. of Dauphin, and Ste. Rose Municipality won't be making any changes this year.

Councils have to decide on the number of councilors, and whether or not to establish a ward or open system.

The Town of Swan River is making progress on fixing their wells.  

The well specialist company successfully removed the pumps and related pipes from both failed wells. Now they are flushing the wells and reinstalling a completely new pump.

The town strongly stresses the need for everyone to continue their strict water restrictions and conservation practices. This means no baths, no showers, no washing clothes or running dishwashers.

For more information, you can check out the Town of Swan River’s Facebook page.

Free Provincial Park entrance is happening this month.

Vehicle passes aren't needed to enter any provincial parks.

This opens up entrances for recreational activities like cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and hiking, among many activities.

Winter Family Fishing Weekend is also Feb. 17th to the 18th and fishing licences will not be needed for those days.
Tomorrow will determine whether we see an early start to spring.

Many people are waiting to find out if the groundhog, Manitoba Merv will see his shadow.

If the groundhog doesn't see his shadow, it's a sign of an early spring.

Stay tuned to 730 CKDM to find out the outcome for the Parkland.

Conserving water usage in Swan River is still a priority.

The parts for the pumps arrived last night.

However, the cold temperature, and precision of the work, are impacting the completion of the repairs.

A local event aims to provide more information on careers in health care.

Prairie Mountain Heath is hosting a recruitment session. 

Larissa Kaminko, Recruitment Supervisor, for PMH, explains just some of the different areas people can work in:

“It really has to do with all the options available in health care, from environmental services, to housekeeping and laundry, to dietary or nutrition services.”

The event is on February 15th, at the Dauphin Rec Complex, and runs from 1:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Changing climate across the province is going to have an impact on growing conditions in the Parkland.

That was the message during the presentation, “Adapting to a Changing Production Climate,” at last week’s Keystone Ag Producers Annual General Meeting.

During his speech Sean Goertzen, Climate Initiative Coordinator, for KAP, presented projections from the Prairie Climate Centre:

“We can probably expect more heat and drought in the summer and wetter springs. One of the benefits is a longer growing season is likely to come if these models are right.”

To find all the projections from the Prairie Climate Centre you can head to climateatlas.ca.

Grade 4 students at Lt. Col. Barker School have been randomly selected to participate in a new study.

The Electronic Trends in Mathematics and Science Study is an educational research project mandated by the Minister of Education.

 Its designed to investigate student achievement in mathematics and science in over 50 educational systems around the world.

 The test will be administered between March 19th and April 20th.

 

"O Canada" has gone through some changes to be more gender-inclusive.

The House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a bill that alters the national anthem by replacing "in all thy sons command" with "in all of us command."

It now must receive royal assent by the Governor General before it officially becomes law.

Since 1980, when "O Canada" officially became the country's anthem, 12 bills have been introduced in the House to get rid of the lyric "sons," which some have argued is uninclusive.

All attempts have failed until now.