As public health officials continue to recommend gathering only with members of your household, Manitobans are still encouraged to enjoy the outdoors.

The Northgate Trails, south of Dauphin, is a great place to take part in a variety of physical activities.

The 26 kilometres of trails are open for fat biking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing, to go along with walking.

Northgate Multi Use Trails

The Dauphin Derailleurs have been working hard to keep improving the trails.

President of the Dauphin Derailleurs Cycle Club, Brenda Gregory, says as a part of their capital project, a Wi-Fi tower has been put up not just for the trail goers, but also for those staying in the micro cabins.

The 5 micro cabins are heated, making them available all season, and they include bunk beds, with a small table, two chairs, matching nightstands, and the DRCSS designed coat hooks for the cabins.

The exterior of the cabin features a porch with two deck chairs and two bike stands. The cabins aren’t available to be booked quite yet, but according to the Northgate Trails Dauphin Instagram page, they’re working to create a booking page on Airbnb for the micro cabins.

The heated washroom facility is also open.

Brenda says the reception for Northgate from the public has been overwhelmingly positive.

“People are happy to be out there and they love them, people are always smiling, you hear kids laughing and talking loudly. It’s just amazing, the environment out there is so positive.”

Gregory shares what she loves most about the trails.

“Even though I’m 61-years-old, they make me feel like I’m 10 again. They were designed beautifully by Alex Man, out of Scatliff+Miller+Murray in Winnipeg. So, they’re just fun to be on whether you’re walking, or whether you’re biking, or hiking.”

Brenda encourages people visiting the trails to look at the signs about trail etiquette. She adds that they’re asking for people to use snowshoes instead of boots when walking on the blue connector trails.

The mandatory two-week remote learning period for all Manitoba students grades 7 and up comes to an end after today.

Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer is expressing confidence in the decision to have students return to the classroom.

“There’s lots of safeguards, lots of great work from our education colleagues and operators. So we think the safeguards they have in place are keeping our kids safe. There’s so much benefit in having our kids back in school,” said Dr. Brent Roussin this week.

Older students from Grades 7 and up have been remote learning from home since the beginning of January, following the holiday break.

The Mountain View School Division anticipates the province will continue allowing school divisions to offer a remote learning option for students grades K to 8.

The Manitoba government is looking for the public’s feedback on the future of public health restrictions.

The current code red restrictions — forcing non-essential businesses to close their doors to the public, limiting social contacts to people in the same household, and limiting gathering sizes at five — have been in effect Nov. 13th and are set to expire Friday, Jan. 22. 

“We hope to be in a position early next week to inform Manitobans of our planned path forward,” said Premier Brian Pallister on Friday.

The province has launched a survey on EngageMB.ca, encouraging Manitobans to share feedback on their priorities for a potential easing of current COVID-19 restrictions.

The premier says “our goal is to create a sustainable path forward where our businesses can open, and stay open. What we don’t want is a yo-yo effect, where we allow openings and then because of rising case numbers, have to invoke more restrictions. That would not be in anyone’s best interest.”

The link to fill out the survey can be found here.

You can find a rundown of the current public health measures, here.

Public health has declared an outbreak at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre on Friday, with no other details released at this time.

Health officials have explained that even a single case at a healthcare facility is enough to declare an outbreak.

Earlier this week another outbreak was declared at St. Paul’s Personal Care Home in Dauphin — but no additional information has been made available at this time.


Today’s COVID Numbers In Manitoba

There are 191 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths due to the virus being reported today.

None of today’s deaths are in Prairie Mountain Health, and only one is linked to an outbreak at a healthcare facility (a woman in her 100s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Charleswood Care Centre).

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10% provincially and 7.2% in Winnipeg. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba is 27,145.

The data provided by the provincial government shows 2,907 active cases and 23,478 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.

There are 118 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 166 people in hospital who are no longer infectious but continue to require care (284 hospitalizations total).

There are 16 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 19 people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care (35 ICU patients total).

The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 760.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
•    nine cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
•    84 cases in the Northern health region
•    13 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
•    14 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region
•    71 cases in the Winnipeg health region

According to the province’s data, there are active cases in the following Parkland health districts: Dauphin (10, up from 7), Riding Mountain (3), Swan River (0), Porcupine Mountain (56), Duck Mountain (7), Asessippi (5), Little Saskatchewan (3), Whitemud (4), and Agassiz Mountain (43). Brandon has 69 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 57 active cases, while Fisher/Peguis has 42.

The Mossey River Municipality is currently dealing with a waterline break in the 4th street and Grennon street area.

The residents in the NE area of Winnipegosis will be experiencing the water being shut off as the crews work at repairing the break.

The Mountain View School Division says the Winnipegosis Elementary School is closed today as a result of the water shutoff. Parents are being contacted to pick up their children.

Classes are expected to resume on Monday.

The municipality asks that residents try to reduce water consumption as much as possible until services are fully restored.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced a recall of polish sausages from Harvest Meats.

Concerns that the undercooked product could be unsafe to eat caused the recall to be issued.

It’s advised to throw out the 625-gram package of polish sausages with the best before date March 15th, 2021.

Customers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories are affected.

No illnesses have been reported and a food safety investigation is ongoing. 

It was no easy task switching to a virtual format — but the Dauphin Agricultural Society’s annual general meeting went off without a hitch.

Ag Society president Jamie Damsgaard explains Tuesday night’s meeting involved a bit of extra work getting everyone on the same page with the Microsoft Teams technology.

“It was really interesting. I think our members and our directors did a really good job.”

The President and the entire executive board have chosen to stay on in their positions for another year.

When it comes to the Dauphin Ag Society's usual events put on throughout the year, Damsgaard says the group is monitoring public health restrictions and will plan around that to the best of their ability.

“We’re optimistic and we’re hopeful we can still put on a fair for our community, but I guess time will tell.”

She says they’re currently looking at how to facilitate a Farm Outlook this year -- and if provincial restrictions by that time allow some kind of gathering, the Ag Society will plan around those guidelines.

A second immunization “super-site” will be opening in the province on Monday.

Brandon’s Keystone Centre will be home to the COVID vaccination site opening its doors January 18th — ready to vaccinate 4,100 priority health-care workers in its first week of operations.

In addition to the hub already operating at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, another super-site is planned to open in Thomson on February 1st.

The province’s 28-day campaign to offer a vaccine dose to all eligible personal care home residents in the province is now also underway.

Hillcrest Place in Brandon will be the first site in the region to be visited by a specialized Focused Immunization Team (FIT).

Health officials are reporting 261 new cases of COVID-19 today and two deaths.

A man in his 60s from Winnipeg has died after contracting the virus, along with another man in his 90s at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre — now the fourth death due to COVID reported at this facility.

The province has not yet provided any additional information about the outbreak at St. Paul’s PCH in Dauphin declared earlier this week.


Gilbert Plains PCH Outbreak Declared Over

Public Health is now declaring the outbreak over at the Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home.

The outbreak, which was first declared November 13, resulted in 42 total confirmed cases. A total of 24 care home residents tested positive, and nine died after contracting the virus that causes COVID-19.


Today’s COVID Numbers in Manitoba

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10% provincially and 7.1% in Winnipeg. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba is 26,954.

There are 2,866 active cases and 23,313 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.

There are 117 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 173 people in hospital who are no longer infectious but continue to require care (290 hospitalizations total).

There are 16 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 21 people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care (37 ICU patients total).

The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 755.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:

  •  11 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
  •  139 cases in the Northern health region
  •  23 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  •  13 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region
  •  75 cases in the Winnipeg health region

According to the province’s data, there are active cases in the following Parkland health districts: Dauphin (7), Riding Mountain (3), Swan River (0), Porcupine Mountain (60), Duck Mountain (5), Asessippi (6), Little Saskatchewan (3), Whitemud (4), and Agassiz Mountain (43). Brandon has 73 active cases.

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There are 7 active cases in the Dauphin health district | courtesy of the Manitoba Government

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 59 active cases, while Fisher/Peguis has 41.

After a wave of freezing rain hit most of the Parkland Wednesday night, more winter weather and poor driving conditions are expected throughout the region today.

Blizzard conditions hit the National Park area this morning but gradually improved throughout the morning and the snow is expected to continue to diminish in intensity. Strong northwesterly winds will persist, blowing snow in the region throughout the day with the blowing snow not ending until this evening.

The Mountain View School Division has cancelled all bus routes today. Due to highway closures in the Roblin and Grandview areas, Goose Lake High, Roblin Elementary School and Grandview School are closed today and classes are cancelled, including remote learning. 

The Swan Valley School Division has cancelled all classes today. The Parkwest School Division is closed. The Turtle River School Division has cancelled buses, but schools are open. Frontier School Division has cancelled buses for area 2, but schools are open. École Jours de Plaine is closed.

Hazardous Driving Conditions

Many road closures announced on Thursday morning have now been reopened.

Many  roads in the region are dealing with snow coverage and reduced visibility due to the winds blowing snow

To check road conditions anytime, click here.

A man is facing multiple charges after an armed stand-off on Sandy Bay First Nation.

On January 9th, Manitoba First Nations Police officers were called to a home on Sandy Bay First Nation.

Police were told a male suspect had locked all the doors to the house and refused to let the female occupant leave.

When officers arrived, a woman had left the home and told police that the man had assaulted her, and that she believed he had a gun.

MFNPS officers surrounded the home after the man was seen holding a gun, and refused to exit the home. Police were able to access the home and arrested the man.

A search of the home located a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle, ammunition, and a handgun-style BB gun.

The 25-year-old man from Sandy Bay First Nation has been charged and is facing the following offences:

  • Assault
  • Forcible confinement
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Unsafe storage of a firearm
  • Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public
  • Possession of a firearm when prohibited
  • Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition without a licence
  • Possession of a weapon obtained by crime
  • Weapons possession contrary to order x3
  • Use of a firearm in offence
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Uttering threats against a person