Canola growers have the opportunity to ask questions about the trade dispute with China during a webinar this afternoon.

The Canola Council of Canada is hosting the webinar to discuss what farmers should know about the issue and will address farmers' questions and concerns.

Canola growers will have the opportunity to submit questions and concerns once they register for the webinar. After registering, they will receive information about how to join the webinar by phone for audio only or through a computer to see the speakers. Those who join the webinar from a computer can also submit questions during the event. 

The CCC is holding this on behalf of growers and the entire canola value chain. They are working closely with the Government of Canada to resolve challenges facing canola seed exports to China.

The webinar includes presentations from CCC board chair Charlene Bradley, CCC President Jim Everson and Canadian Canola Growers Association CEO Rick White, followed by 15 to 20 minutes for questions.

The presentation begins at 2 pm today.

The webinar will not be recorded.

You can register for the webinar by clicking here.

The announcement of protected bike lanes in Dauphin has resulted in mixed reactions from the public.

One of the comments heard is about the snow removal plan in the winter.

Steven Sobering, community energy manager for the city of Dauphin, says they’ve been working with city works to look ahead to snow removal needs.

Snow will be pushed over to the other side of the street and sidewalk snow removers will be used in the bike lanes to keep them open 12 months of the year.

While finding parking may be a little harder, Sobering suggests parking on nearby side streets even though it’s inconvenient.

Residents in Dauphin have also been questioning what to do with recycling and garbage bins, the answer to that is to treat the curb of the bike lane like the sidewalk curb and just put the bins on the other side of the lane.

Sobering jokes that people who are worried about damage to their cars should look at their driving abilities, before adding,

“If they are going to be hitting a curb, I’d much rather see that than a kid. In the end, we have to remember this is for safety and children. I don’t think it’s something that we have to wait for somebody to be hurt before we start being proactive.”

With people celebrating the Easter long weekend, a number of places around Dauphin are planning to have different hours

We reached out to a number of businesses and offices around town to see who’s open and who’s going to be closed.

The Coop Grocery Store Is closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Walmart will be closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday.   

Safeway is planning to be closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

If you need gas, both Coop Gas Bars will have regular hours from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm both Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Dauphin Recreation Services will have their office closed on Friday. They will have regular hours on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, April 22nd, all facilities are going to be closed.

The walking track will be open from 11 to 5 on Friday. 

At the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre the Parent & Tot Swim and Lane Swim will run from 11:30 to 1:00.  Public Swimming will run from 1:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon.

The City of Dauphin offices are going to be closed on Friday and on Monday.

The RM of Dauphin offices are going to be closed on Friday and on Monday.

There is no school for students in the Mountain View School Division on Friday.

The Friendship Center is closed on Friday and Monday. There will be no adult activity on Monday.

We were told the Dauphin Medical Clinic would be closed on Good Friday and open on Saturday from 9 to 12.

Parkland Crossing will be closed on Friday and on Sunday. Regular Church of Christ service will take place at 10:30 with Friday service taking place at Mountain View Christian Assembly.

The Dauphin Vet Clinic is open 9 to 12 on Saturday. They will be closed on Friday and open on Monday. If you have an emergency and need to contact a veterinarian you are encouraged to call 638-3208.

RM of Dauphin residents have until April 30th to express their intentions to apply dust control.

The RM of Dauphin doesn't apply the dust control themselves, that is left up to the resident who wants to apply it. 

The deadline is in place so the RM can prep the sites, which could include graveling and grading.

If the RM isn’t notified they will proceed with any maintenance that needs to be done.

If dust control is applied, the RM will wait until August 1st to do maintenance.

If you’d like to apply dust control you can call the RM at 638-4531.

Intermountain Conservation District’s tree plantation got a big boost from the provincial government on Monday.

Overall, there are 41 projects announced by Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation Conservation’s Trust. Those projects totalled over 2.2 million dollars with groups getting support between four and 125 thousand dollars.

IMCD is in the process of expanding their tree plantation, going up to 6 acres planted this year.

“We’re working with a couple of local landowners this year that have donated land for the plantation,” said IMCD manager Jeff Thiele. “Right close to Ethelbert. They were kind enough to donate the land and do a lot of the maintenance. So we’re going to be supplying a lot of trees here.to expand that plantation.”

Yesterday it was announced that IMCD will receive 6 thousand dollars through the Trust. Thiele says they were required to budget 12 thousand dollars as the grant matches around 2 to 1.

 The money is going to go towards buying saplings.

“So the six thousand will go straight out to the purchase, and some of our contribution will be in-kind maintenance, and staff, and some of the cost to actually move the trees out to different commutes, and that sort of thing.”

In a media release from the province, they say the funding is going towards four distinct program areas. They include watersheds, habitat and wildlife, connecting people to nature, and innovation and conservation planning.

 “The Conservation Trust offers a lasting approach that will fund conservation, and will inspire new ideas and projects that may not have been possible until now,” said Tim Sopuck, chief executive officer, Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.

The Conservation Trust was announced in Budget 2018 and is now permanently endowed so it can support and inspire important conservation projects for generations.  The fund is expected to generate about $5 million a year and will be managed by The Winnipeg Foundation, with projects administered, tracked and evaluated by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.

Winnipegosis RCMP were notified of a missing female around 5 pm on April 14th.

22-year-old Raelene Parenteau, from Dauphin, was last seen by family members in Duck Bay on April 5th.

It’s believed she was heading to Winnipeg.

Raelene is described as Indigenous, 5' 4", 160 lbs, with brown eyes, light brown hair and a "Ceaira" tattoo on her right arm.

Police and her family are concerned for her well-being.

If you have any information in regards to her whereabouts, contact the Winnipegosis RCMP at 204-656-7003, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

With a growing urban population, some believe there is an increasing disconnect between people and knowing where their food comes from.

One way to better inform the public, according to Dauphin MLA Brad Michaleski, is through provincial government supported livestock education. Michaleski introduced a private member’s resolution with this in mind.

 In a media release, Michaleski says Manitobans have traditionally understood where their food comes from and that they are proud of the farming process. He noted that there are changing lifestyles in the province leading to the disconnect.

 “Our hard-working livestock producers deserve support and recognition for their contributions to our province. It’s important that we highlight the essential education and appreciation of our diverse agricultural supply chain that feeds people around the world,” said Michaleski.

The resolution was prevented from going to a vote because Opposition MLAs used their allotted speaking time to run out the clock and prevent it from going to a vote. 

Since 2016, the private sector has invested more than $1.2 billion in Manitoba’s food processing industry.

The Dauphin Fire Department is looking for new members.

Fire chief Cam Abrey says he thinks being a part of the fire service is the most rewarding way to give back to the community.

Being a firefighter is very demanding physically and mentally.

Firefighters also have to be prepared to see things normal people wouldn’t during a tragedy. There are processes in place to assist members when it comes to critical incident stress.

There are some requirements to begin the interview process. You must be at least 18 years of age, completed Grade 12 or equivalent, possess the mental and physical health to adequately perform the duties of a firefighter, have a valid Class 5F license, and submit a criminal record check, vulnerable sector inquiry, and a Manitoba drivers license abstract.

The fire department is allowed to have a maximum of 36 members to ensure enough people will be available to respond to a call and limit the number of calls for help to surrounding fire departments.

If you  would like to be a part of the fire department you can contact Abrey at 204-622-3100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation is getting rid of nine positions.

Jared Munro, the president of MASC, wrote in a letter to employees that five positions would be cut this year with four others in the next fiscal year.

Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler says these positions were vacant even before the current government took power. Noting no one has held any of the positions since before April 2016.

“Let me be real clear that these are not cuts they are actually red tape. These positions were vacant prior to us coming into government. Part of our dialogue that we’ve had and commitment to the people that elected us, we wanted to make sure that we have the right size of public service.”

In 2016, a Fiscal Performance Review was done where it recommended a reduction of staff positions in the private sector by eight per cent.

“There’s less and less people actually going to rural offices, a lot of them do it online. It’s far more efficient for their time. Of course, we’re happy to sit down with any producer to assist them. But most of them are pretty good at technology anyway. Certainly, a new generation we see younger and younger farmers move forward will have the opportunity to help them help us and provide the best service that we can for our farm families,” Eichler said.

In the letter, Munro wrote he noted it will ‘require a strong commitment’ to adopt innovative ideas that streamline the work MASC does. 

The list of the first five positions includes Senior Credit Assistant, Program Analyst, Administrative Assistant, Regional Credit Assistant, and Records Officer.  

Two employees at the Beach Road Service in Sandy Bay First Nation were victims of an armed robbery.

Around 11:06 last night Manitoba First Nations Police responded to an Armed Robbery alarm.

The employees told police that two masked males came into the store through the back door and pointed firearms at the workers while they robbed the store.

The thieves took an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes. They fled the scene using an ATV.

Police looked around the area but were not able to find the suspects.

They are asking for information about the suspects. You can call the Sandy Bay Detachment at 204-843-7705 or Crime Stoppers.

Stonewall RCMP are investigating a Stony Mountain Institution homicide.

On Saturday, a 27-year-old man was stabbed during an altercation with three other inmates.

The man received life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene later on.

Three males have been arrested and charged in relation to the incident.

31-year-old Stephen Wilfred Wood has been charged with second-degree murder, 36-year-old Stephen Michael Konowalchuk has been charged with assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, and 27-year-old Adrian Joseph Sefa has been charged with assault.

Officers from the Stonewall Detachment, along with RCMP Major Crime Services, are continuing the investigation.