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.

Almost 50 thousand dollars was announced for two projects in the Lake of the Prairies Conservation District along the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Border.

Greg Nesbitt, MLA for Riding Mountain, talks about the study on the effectiveness of a fish passage, constructed by the Lake of the Prairies Conservation District:

“A couple years ago the weir was installed near Asessippi Beach, along Highway 83, along Shell River. A passage was installed, as well, to allow the fish to go upstream to spawn. Now they know that’s happening, but they want to find out how successful it is.”

MLA Nesbitt also talked about the aeration system at Silver Beach Lake:

“It’s a lake that is shallow and needs to have aeration every winter to allow fish stock to survive. They have been using an old system there. It’s very uneconomical to operate and it’s perhaps not doing as good as a new system would.”

 It will cost around $1,000 in hydro each month, rather than the $3,000 currently being paid by the Rural Municipality.

MNP’s new Reach Out program is helping communities.

Starting February 1st until January 2019, for every client referral provided in Southern Manitoba, MNP will give 5 per cent of the first year fees to local charities and organizations. Leanne Zamrykut, Regional Marketing Manager at MNP, explains how the program was developed:

“[It was] developed last year in our Winnipeg office, and they invented the program.  We then developed it and tailored it to the needs of the southern Manitoba area.”

MNP of Dauphin chose the Mountain View School Division Breakfast Program to sponsor.

The new leadership team, for the merger of Catalyst and Vanguard Credit Unions, has been announced.

Ron Hedley is the appointed CEO, and Guy Huberdeau is the Chair.

Hedley talks about how he feels to be part of the team:

“I am really excited about it. I think it’s a great opportunity to take two successful companies and transition them together, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

The new credit union will launch on April 1, with $1 billion in assets, 30,000 members, and 18 branches.

A new municipal election calls for new changes for some local councils.

Grandview Municipality is proposing going from eight councillors to four.

They're looking at cutting their ward system back from five to two, with a rural ward and an urban ward.

The council will give a third and final reading for these two by-laws on February 27th.

Beef producers from across the Parkland are heading to Brandon this week for their big meeting.

The Manitoba Beef Producers’ AGM takes place this Thursday and Friday.

General Manager Brian Lemon says members are coming to the meeting generally in a good mood.

“There’s a lot of positive vibes out there in the industry right now, and the industry is in a pretty positive place. With some of the announcements coming out of the province, in terms of the minister’s goal to grow the herd, the livestock growth strategy in the throne speech, these are all positives.”

This year’s AGM will centre on helping producers improve and expand their operations, with the theme Building Our Future.

The Dauphin Chamber of Commerce is hosting a session focused on employment.

 

The session will be a part of the Chamber's Lunch Series.

Nicole Yunker with Parkland Job Opportunities explains the reason behind the session:

“To learn about [the attendees] needs in the workplace in hiring, training, and recruitment. So this is an excellent session where we all learn from each other.”

The luncheon is scheduled for next Tuesday, at 11:45, at the Lions Den.

The province is pushing to allow driverless testing to occur on Manitoba highways.

This push comes from vehicle manufacturers rapidly growing the technology.

Manitoba NDP Leader, Wab Kinew, talks about the companies involved:

“Well, there are a lot of big companies that are really active in this space; pretty much every car company, as well as the biggest technology companies, like Google, Apple, and others, are using autonomous vehicles.  Tesla already has vehicles on the market that could drive autonomously, and they also unveiled a semi-truck, this year, that they are planning to bring to market soon.”

Kinew feels a plan must be developed to protect and secure jobs with this change in mind.

Road work on Highway 10 through Riding Mountain National Park starts this morning.


Parks Canada advises everyone 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 starting at 7 in the morning to 6 in the evening.

Many local municipal councils are ready to make changes since the original amalgamation.

Mossey River Municipality hasn't changed the size of their council, but have restructured their ward boundaries.

Last election, they had four wards with three councillors in Ward 1, and then one councillor in each of the other three wards.

Mossey River now has two wards, with three councillors from each.

A lack of childcare services in Ochre River is having a huge impact.

There is no daycare and a community group is trying to establish a centre.

There is an approximate 2-year wait-list to get into a daycare in Dauphin.

Liza Hess, member of the New Beginnings Daycare, talks about some of the challenges parents are having:

“So, there’s some families that we’ve found out are traveling from Dauphin, all the way to Ste. Rose, to put their kids in daycare in Ste. Rose and traveling back to Dauphin to work and doing this twice a day.”

They’re looking for support in the form of testimonials, which can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..