We Can Scare Hunger is a campaign to help end local hunger issues.

Kelleher Ford is taking part in the campaign.

They have various bins around the community where donations to the food bank can be made.

Kelleher Ford asks for non-perishable food items such as canned goods, pasta, cereals, personal hygiene products, and bath tissues.

Kelleher Ford also asks that things that need to be refrigerated, glass jars, candy and dented cans aren’t donated.

The bins at No Frills and at Kelleher Ford will be taking in donations until the end of October, while the bin they have set up at the Dauphin Marketplace Mall will be there until 5 today.

Approaching the anniversary of cannabis legalization in Canada, Manitoba RCMP say they are starting to see more Criminal Code investigations related to driving while high. They add it’s still too early to determine what is behind the jump.

From the time cannabis was legalized on October 17th, 2018 to Wednesday, there have been 329 pot-related charges laid by RCMP in Manitoba. 224 of those charges were for unlawful transportation of cannabis in a vehicle, with another 19 charges laid for consuming cannabis in a vehicle.

56 charges were given for cannabis-related offences under the Liquor, Gaming, and Cannabis Control Act, and 30 were cannabis-related Criminal Code investigations for impaired driving, there are several more charges waiting on toxicology results.

Even as the number of cannabis-related charges is on the rise, the numbers still pale in comparison to alcohol-related offences.

Over the past year, 444 charges for unlawful transportation of liquor in a vehicle were given out in Manitoba, and 224 charges were laid for other liquor-related provincial offences, including public consumption.

1,403 other people were charged with alcohol-related driving infractions.

As of the end of August, 584 cannabis offences were received by the courts. Some of the cases seen dealt with unauthorized sales or possessions, supplying cannabis to a young person or smoking it in a public place or provincial park.

Compared to the rest of the country, Manitoba was responsible for very few of the cannabis-related offences given out in 2018. The 2019 numbers are not available yet.

Only 660 of the 34,441 cannabis-related violations were in Manitoba. Most of those charges were for possession, with 26,194 charges laid federally versus only 439 in Manitoba.

Throughout the week, the Dauphin Senior Centre has been celebrating 30 years in many ways.

While reflecting, Kim Armstrong, administrator and program coordinator, says she’s been with the senior centre for 13 years.

“We are seeing a change in seniors, generally, our seniors are living longer and they have bigger expectations of an organization such as ours. More involvement but different involvement.”

Armstrong says moving forward, the senior centre will continue to grow and morph with the needs of the people.

Tonight they’re hosting their volunteer supper, tomorrow there’ll be a sock hop with Elvis performing music from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, and finally, on Saturday they’ll be having a come and go.

Last night at the WAC a federal election debate was held, featuring all the candidates for the Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa riding.

Each candidate had 2 minutes for opening statements before a mixture of questions from a panel and the public were asked.

The panel featured CKDM’s James Blake, the Dauphin & District Chamber of Commerce’s Stephen Chychota, the Brandon Sun’s Drew May, and the Dauphin Herald’s Shawn Bailey.

Kerry Auriat moderated and Matt Goerzen coordinated audience questions, both are with the Brandon Sun.

The main topics from the evening were agriculture, developing industry, Indigenous issues, and cell service.

 

Right before the first commercial break, the candidates were asked their stance on the ag situation with China. 

Green Party candidate, Kate Storey answered by saying similar canola numbers were still sold, and instead of canola, more wheat went to China. She added we need to be smart and careful when dealing with China.

Conservative Party candidate, Dan Mazier then had his input saying China does their own thing and we need to work on Canada's influence in the world.

Finally, Liberal Party candidate, Cathy Scofield Singh said Canada is moving forward and mentioned how canola sales haven't dropped.

 

Shortly after the first commercial break, the candidates were asked if in this campaign, they had visited any of the 14 first nations or reserves in the riding and if they had, how many.

Christian Heritage Party Candidate, Jenni Johnson, and Scofield Singh haven't visited any, the NDP's Laverne Lewycky, Mazier, and Storey have visited 2, and the PPC's Frank Godon has been to 6.

 

After the second commercial break, the candidates were asked about how they'll work to improve cell service.

Johnson said the CHP plans to defund the CBC and use the 500 million dollars towards infrastructure, including internet and cell phone service.

Godon wants to create competition for current internet and cell providers, which could ultimately lower prices.

Storey started her answer by expressing a need for the CBC, adding that the Green Party will look into 5G technology, but it costs to put up towers.

Scofield Singh also started by saying CBC is important, and that the Liberals plan to improve infrastructure which covers internet and cell phone service.

Lewycky made a point that improving rural cell service is 1 of 6 main priorities for the NDP.

Mazier ended the question by saying the Conservatives want to improve rural broadband service.

 

All candidates say they will vote for the people and won't allow themselves to be whipped into blindly voting for their party.

The debate ended with each candidate getting 2 minutes for closing remarks and a meet and greet with the candidates hosted by the Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce.

Government officials came to the Ste. Rose Community Hall to further explain the changes made to the province’s Crown Land Leasing Program.

The meeting follows an announcement made on Friday that the government would offer current legacy leaseholders, the first right to renewal.

While the ranchers in the room felt the move was in the right direction, it is just one item on the long list of changes that they feel need to still be made.

The concerns that echoed around the room were the ability to complete unit transfers, longer terms, and cheaper rental rates. Under the current format, rental rates are expected to more than triple.

The meeting ended with the government workers promising to bring the concerns of the room, to the provincial Ag Minister.

Dauphin MLA Brad Michaleski also gave a short speech to assure producers that his door is always open to talk about their concerns.

After the meeting, producers had the chance to bring up their individual concerns to the government officials, as well as the MLA.

Dakota Sorenson, a young producer, from Eddystone, is hoping the meeting brings results.

“If they listen, I think it’ll help a lot. There were a lot of good points made, and they tried to answer questions, but there are too many things to work on, to be able to answer all the questions,” said Sorenson. “There needs to be change, more than questions.”

Sorenson added that if he had known of the changes happening to the crown lands program, he wouldn’t have moved away from Saskatchewan.

The head of the Manitoba Crown Lands Leaseholders Association, Brent Benson, said that the meeting went the way he thought it would go.

“I guess it’s what we expected, there are no real concrete changes for sure yet, and there are proposed changes. I guess we heard that there’s maybe a willingness to listen to us and consider other changes we brought forward,” said Benson. “I think they clearly got the message that we are frustrated, and this is a big problem that could severely affect our businesses.”

There is another meeting scheduled for tomorrow night at the Moosehorn Community Hall, near Ashern, from 7- 9 pm.

Tonight there’ll be a federal election debate at the WAC at 7.

This debate will feature a panel made up of CKDM’s James Blake, the Dauphin & District Chamber of Commerce’s Stephen Chychota, the Brandon Sun’s Drew May, and the Dauphin Herald’s Shawn Bailey. Kerry Auriat will be the moderator and Matt Goerzen will coordinate audience questions, both are with the Brandon Sun.

Following the debate, Chychota is hosting a meet and greet with the candidates.

Chychota hopes by the end of the debate, the public will have a better understanding of the candidates and their parties to make a smart decision with their vote.

All candidates say they’re attending.

Election Day is Monday, October 21st.

The advance voting period over the weekend saw the most advance votes ever.

4.7 million Canadians lined up on the holiday weekend to cast their votes, making for a 29 percent increase from 2015.

According to Elections Canada numbers, 1.24 million votes were cast on Friday, 977,000 on Saturday, 915,000 on Sunday, and 1.6 million ballots were submitted on Monday.

During the advance voting period for the 2015 election, 3.65 million votes were cast.

The province of Manitoba is still feeling the aftermath from the snowstorm that hit Thursday to Saturday.

Over 225 thousand people were affected by power outages.

Manitoba Hydro is working to bring power back to the almost 15 thousand customers that still don’t have power.

It could take more than a week to restore power.

Manitoba Hydro says the delay comes from all the trees that have to be removed before they can figure out how damaged a line is.

Over the weekend, Premier Brian Pallister declared a state of emergency to bring in help from Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Minnesota.

Manitoba Hydro has never had to bring in mutual aid before this storm.

Sometime between 8:30 last night and 10 this morning Showdra's Meat in Dauphin was broken into.

About 1000 dollars in damage was done to the property, an additional 500 dollars worth of meat product and money was stolen, and their shovel was taken.

This is the second time in recent memory Showdra's Meat has been broken into.

If you have any information on the incident, contact the Dauphin RCMP.

Along with the provincial government, several Treaty 2 first nations have declared states of emergency because of the snowstorm.

Interlake Reserves Tribal Council  Chairman, Cornell McLean says their communities are vulnerable in natural disasters like these.

Dauphin River, Lake St. Martin, Little Saskatchewan, Pinaymootang, Lake Manitoba Nations, and O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi are seeking immediate action from the Province of Manitoba for emergency management.

The Red Cross is helping by opening a warming shelter in Winnipeg for individuals from First Nations that don't have power.

The response is part of an agreement between the Canadian Red Cross and the federal government to provide disaster assistance to First Nations in Manitoba.

Manitoba Hydro made a dent into its 21.6 billion dollar debt in 2018-19.

The utility profited 121 million dollars compared with the year before when they profited 37 million.

They are attributing the improvement to the rate increases, lower restructuring and operating expenses, and favourable weather.

Manitoba Hydro’s export power sales earned them 430 million dollars.