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Dauphin Debate Draws a Crowd
 
It was a packed house at Dauphin's candidates debate, as the Senior Centre was down to standing room only.
 
All five local candidates participated.
 
It was a civil discussion, with occasional jabs directed mainly at the NDP and Progressive Conservatives.
 
Manitoba Party candidate Darrell Inkster said he was "winging it" during the candidate-to-candidate questions, and mentioned the respect he has for each of people up there with him.
 
"When the dust settles after this election on next Tuesday night, do you think all five of us could maybe work together? ... Why couldn't we all work together?" asked Inkster.
 
Questions asked at the event ranged from doctor recruitment, to arts funding, to growing Dauphin and making it an attractive place for young people.
 
The debate was put on by the Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Dauphin.
 
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Union Influence Brought Up at Debate in Winnipeg
 
The role of unions in Manitoba got a heated discussion going during the last debate between the NDP, PC, and Liberal leaders in the campaign.

Tory Leader Brian Pallister told about 500 members of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce he thinks the Canadian Union of Public Employees, in particular, is running the province.

He said CUPE and other unions have had too much influence with the government of NDP Leader Greg Selinger, and have helped tilt labour laws against businesses.

Selinger condemned the comments, saying Pallister is always looking for someone to punish.

He said his party is concerned with helping people have a chance to make a decent living.

Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari called the comments insulting, saying the Manitobans who make up unions are important to her party.
 
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60s Scoop Presentation at DFC Today
 
A man taken from his family when he was a toddler will be telling his story at the Dauphin Friendship Centre this morning.
 
Bradford Bilodeau of the Indigenous Adoptees Movement says it's amazing how many people don't know about the 60s Scoop.
 
"I think it's important that everybody should know about it. I have two boys of my own. I'm going to teach them about it, and I think there's other people out there that would want to know about it and maybe teach their children."
 
Bilodeau says he knows first-hand what it's like to go through life without knowing your identity.
 
The presentation is at the DFC at 11 this morning and all are welcome.
 
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Canada's Finance Minister to Address Tax Evasion at Summit in Wake of Panama Papers
 
The federal government is promising to fight against tax evasion on multiple fronts following the leak of the so-called Panama Papers.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is promising to address the issue at this week's international summit in Washington and later with his provincial counterparts.

One advocacy group estimates that tax-avoidance schemes cost the federal and provincial treasuries $8-billion a year.

Canadians for Tax Fairness says the government could do a lot more to go after tax cheats.