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Manitobans are being encouraged to get the latest COVID-19 vaccine before the end of April, in order to meet the recommended minimum time intervals between doses between now and a potential fall immunization campaign.

The province says COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be available to all eligible people until April 30, with those wishing to receive a COVID-19 dose after May 1 being encouraged to speak with their healthcare provider.

They add an additional dose of the XBB COVID-19 vaccine is also now available for high-risk individuals, or those whose immune system may require the additional support of another dose.

This includes older people with one or more underlying health conditions, who continue to be at greater risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 and flu.

The province stresses the respiratory virus season has placed significant demands on the healthcare system over the past few months.

The case of a death on the Waywayseecappo First Nation last summer will be back before the courts next week.

Early on the morning of July 5th, Manitoba First Nations Police were called to a home on the reserve, where they found a seriously injured 23-year-old man.

He was eventually pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation led them to charge 25-year-old Talisa Brandon of Waywayseecappo with manslaughter.

She appeared again in Brandon court earlier this week and remains in custody until her next appearance on February 22nd. 

A Dauphin man arrested and charged following a traffic stop in the city last summer is finally set to go to trial later this year. 

In June of last year, Mounties pulled over a vehicle that they witnessed speeding on Main Street.

After noticing a strong smell of alcohol and a large bag of unmarked cigarettes, police arrested the driver when he failed a roadside breath test. 

A further search of the vehicle turned up a homemade gun with a bayonet attached to it, as well as used and unused ammunition, several cell phones, and some cash. 

37-year-old Christopher Bilay appeared in Dauphin court earlier this week, where a trial date of October 2nd was set. 

Two people have been charged following a drug bust in Mafeking.

At about 3 pm last Saturday, officers from the Swan River detachment and the RCMP North Traffic Services were conducting traffic enforcement along Highway 10 when they spotted a speeding vehicle. 

After stopping the vehicle, a further investigation led to the seizure of one kilogram of what was believed to be meth, as well as 50 grams of suspected cocaine and fifteen thousand dollars in cash. 

A 22-year-old man from B-C and a 20-year-old man from Ontario were arrested and taken into custody, charged each with Possession for trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime. 

After Brian Schoonbaert announced his retirement, the search for a new CEO quickly concluded.

Treena Slate has been selected as the next Chief Executive Officer for Prairie Mountain Health.

Slate has held many roles during her years in healthcare, including a staff nurse, educator, and Regional Lead of both Acute Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Prairie Mountain Health.

PMH board chair Lon Cullen feels confident in the decision, as Slate brings 30 years of experience to the table. half of which was in leadership rolls

Slate notes that she's excited to step into this new role, but acknowledges that she's "following in some incredible footsteps".

Slate will take over as CEO as of April 5th, the day Schoonbaert is set to retire.

A van full of people was arrested after a woman was seen carrying a handgun in Dauphin.

Shortly after 3 pm, Dauphin's RCMP received a report of a female with a handgun outside a residence on 5th Avenue NE in Dauphin, Manitoba. The female was then seen getting into a dark van with other passengers and leaving the scene.

Later, a patrol spotted the same vehicle at a gas station on Valour Road in Dauphin. Four people were inside the vehicle.

All of these individuals were taken into custody. A search of the vehicle resulted in officers locating a loaded handgun as well as multiple knives, a hatchet-type weapon, alcohol, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.

Cody Genaille, aged 39, and two females, 33 and 35, are facing multiple firearm- and drug-related charges. All 3 of these people are from Brandon. Genaille remains in custody, and The females were released with a court date.

Roland Klyne, aged 40, from Key Reserve, Saskatchewan, was also arrested on firearm- and drug-related charges.

While in custody, Klyne attacked police officers and threatened to commit further harm. He is now facing Assault Police Officer and Uttering Threat charges.

He remains in custody.

Manitoba Hydro has announced that President Jay Grewal is leaving the Crown utility after five years in the position.

In addition, Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board Chair Ben Graham said that Hal Turner, the utility’s current Vice-President of Asset Planning & Delivery, will act as interim president and CEO effective immediately.

Graham said the utility is at a critical juncture, facing key decisions on how best to meet Manitoba’s energy needs in the future, and the board decided it was time for a fresh perspective on those decisions.

Graham said the board conducted an internal leadership analysis shortly after it was appointed.

The analysis included Manitoba Hydro leadership’s alignment with the board’s mandate which includes keeping rates low, collaborating with Indigenous communities, supporting its workers, sharing a commitment to Manitoba’s economic development, and keeping the utility public.

Graham said the board will begin a comprehensive internal and external search for a new president

Clint Nepinak is scheduled to return to court in Winnipeg next month.

The 28-year-old Dauphin resident was arrested following an incident near Ste Rose on January 15th.

Early that morning an RCMP officer stopped to help a man change a tire along Highway 5, and upon noticing the vehicle had no license plates, the officer questioned the man, who didn’t have any registration or bill of sale, and gave what was suspected to be a fake name.

The Mountie searched the vehicle and found open liquor and several bags containing what was believed to be crystal meth, prescription drugs, and various gift cards.

A search of the suspect turned up a bag of what was believed to be cocaine, empty baggies, and multiple cell phones.

Nepinak's next court date is set for March 1st. 

If you have ever considered taking up ice fishing, this weekend would be a great time to do it.

The province has announced that this weekend will be Winter Family Fishing Weekend, which means you can fish on Manitoba lakes this Saturday to Monday without needing a license. 

Anglers must also still follow all possession limits and size restrictions, including regulations for specific individual waters. 

Those provincial angling regulations can be found online through the Manitoba Anglers Guide.

The lone exception is in national parks like Riding Mountain, where a federal angling license is required.

The free Winter Family Fishing Weekend coincides with free entry to provincial parks that the government is offering throughout the month of February. 

He was a man described as a successful businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, who was also a great leader and mentor to many in the city of Dauphin.

Myles Haverluck passed away last Friday at the age of 72.

His accomplishments and contributions in the Dauphin area are both numerous and generous. 

Myles was driven to "make life better", which is reflected in the slogan for the Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy that he started in 1979. Barret Procyshyn, Pharmacist at the DCP, says that Myles stood behind the meaning of that slogan.

"That's what Myles lived for. He wanted to make people who dealt with the pharmacy healthier and better and feel better. He wanted the community to be a better place. The community we worked in and that we lived in. It was never about Myles, it was always about the DCP teams and about what we can do for Dauphin and how we can help Dauphin and make it a better place."

The pharmacy wasn't the only way that Myles influenced the medical industry in Dauphin. He was also responsible for establishing the Dauphin Medical Walk-in Clinic, which according to Dr. Fred Fjeldsted, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

"The original incorporation of all the doctors into a single clinic was a massive undertaking. I believe shortly thereafter they incorporated a pharmacist into the group, which was Myles operating out of a single exam room in the clinic, and things grew from there."     

Myles also knew the importance of supporting his staff. He helped open the Magical Horizon Daycare with Jamie Grouette, who was always amazed at Myles' capacity for care. This not only helped his staff at the DCP, but numerous families across the city.

"Everything he did really was centered around making sure that Dauphin always remained a thriving community. He was really proud of that."

The community pride that Myles felt is completely reflected in the many aspects he supported.

In 1990, Myles put a substantial amount of money towards Dauphin's Countryfest.

Dwayne McMaster, Countryfest president says it likely wouldn't be around today if it weren't for Myles.

"Myles and some of the original investors were the ones who did Countryfest the first year it happened in 1990... they lost some money the first year, and Myles and a group of investors made sure everyone got paid and made sure it happened again."

On the topic of entertainment, Ron Hedley, who oversaw fundraising for the local cinema, says that Myles played a key role in funding the Countryfest Cinema as well.

"When it came to Myles and community projects, he was always one of the first to step up. It was true with the cinema as well. The Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy sponsored one of the four theatres and helped us get it kick-started."

If this wasn't enough, Myles also contributed a great deal towards the Dauphin And District Community Foundation, which still funds many local projects that look to build a strong, thriving community.

Kit Daley with the DDCF fondly remembers the immense generosity that Myles brought to the city.

"It's the vision and support of people like Myles that has allowed our foundation to grow and our community to thrive. He is already greatly missed."

Myles Haverluck has left his mark on the city of Dauphin in so many incredible ways, that it's hard to adequately credit him with all the good that he's given to the city. 

A section of his obituary recommends that people should keep his legacy alive and honor him in their own way, raise a glass to him, or reminisce about the wise words he gave you over the years.

The many works of Myles will not soon be forgotten. 

A small, private family service is being planned.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking interested individuals to make a donation to a charity of their choice in Myles' memory.

Manitoba Hydro is warning of an email and text scam going around threatening to cut off customers’ power.

Bruce Owen from Manitoba Hydro says the email scam going around threatens to cut off the customer’s power if they don’t click a link and make a new account or pay a balance of under $10.

He says the emails have big tells to show they are scams, such as spelling mistakes.

Owen says customers who receive odd emails or texts should just delete them and pay no attention to them, adding Hydro would not send an email like that.

He says if there’s a billing issue, there will be person-to-person contact to get it resolved.