On September 22nd, the province announced plans to launch Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery Community Roundtables.

Winnipeg, Selkirk, Brandon, Thompson and the Morden/Winkler areas were all mentioned in the press release.

The Parkland was notably absent from these roundtable sessions scheduled to take place from September 20th to October 5th.

Provincial NDP Leader Wab Kinew says this is a big missed opportunity for the PC government,

"I think this is a bad oversight because the Parkland people in the area know full well, that issues around addictions, around opioids, it's been very damaging, and it seems to have only gotten worse during the pandemic." Kinew carried on, "At the same time, folks in Dauphin, in Swan, in the surrounding communities, I think have started to come up with a lot of good local solutions to dealing with the addictions crisis, and I think the government is making a mistake by not setting up a specific time and place for people in the region to present both the challenges but also the solutions that they're bringing forward."

The department for Manitoba Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery was created in January of this year. 

Its mandate includes mental health and substance-use policy, planning, program supports, broader health promotion and prevention programs.

Zebra mussels were recently found in Lake Manitoba.

The cause of the zebra mussel invasion is people not properly decontaminating their boats or other water equipment.

This could cause several issues for the lake.

A well-known issue with zebra mussels is that they rapidly coat water intake pipes, which is a problem for drinking water treatment plants, and any other industry that’s pulling water out of the lake through a pipe.

Zebra mussels also affect local fish populations, as they coat some of the reefs that fish try to lay their eggs in.

Candace Parks, Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist with the Manitoba Government says it’s hard to tell what this invasion means for the lake, but it could be similar to the situation in Lake Winnipeg.

“From Lake Winnipeg, what we have been seeing is higher aquatic plant growth, beaches are being fouled with zebra mussel shells washing up on shore, I think people expect to see also zebra mussels clogging their water intakes, or their watercraft intakes, there will be more cost, more gas consumption for watercraft users.”

Candace says this invasion was preventable.

“Zebra mussels would have never made it to Lake Manitoba on their own, it would have taken human help to move them to this lake.”

Candace goes over the protocol requirements for using your watercraft in lakes.

“In addition to doing Clean Drain Dry, which is the legal general requirement, you must also decontaminate your watercraft or any gear that you put in the water. The fine is $2,542 for the failure to decontaminate a watercraft or water-related equipment that’s come out of a control zone or invaded water body.”

You can self-decontaminate using hot water, but if you can’t do it yourself you can visit government of Manitoba stations until the end of October.

“We have situated these watercraft inspection stations on highway pinch points. So if someone’s travelling from Lake Winnipeg we aligned our station on highway 6 for example, so people would have to pass by us. Just so people know it’s a legal requirement to stop at these stations.”

More information can be found on the government of Manitoba website

According to the provincial dashboard, there are 78 new cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Manitoba reports that 55 of today's cases are from unvaccinated people, six from partially vaccinated people, and 17 from fully vaccinated people. 

Public Health officials also note that of today's cases:

  • 11 are in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • Eight are in the Interlake-Eastern Health region
  • Eight are in the Northern Health region
  • 31 are in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
  • 20 are in the Winnipeg Health region

Dauphin has six new recoveries, meaning there is now just one active case of COVID-19 in the city.

The numbers of active cases in other Parkland health districts are:

Riding Mountain (0), Swan River (1), Duck Mountain (4), Porcupine Mountain (1), Agassiz Mountain (7), Asessippi (10), Little Saskatchewan (3), Whitemud (1). Brandon has 46 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has three active cases. The Fisher/Peguis district has two active cases.

The current five-day test positivity rate is three percent provincially. 3,209 laboratory tests were completed yesterday.

There are 712 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

60 Manitobans are hospitalized with active COVID-19.

14 Manitobans are in intensive care units with active COVID-19.

Virden RCMP seized drugs and weapons during a traffic stop on Highway 1.
 
On September 25th, a vehicle was stopped and searched; officers then found and seized open liquor, batons, bear spray, and approximately 28 grams of Crystal Meth.

The 21-year-old female driver from Brandon was wanted on an outstanding warrant and was arrested. 

She is also facing additional charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to Public Peace x4, and several charges under the Highway Traffic Act.

The 26-year-old male passenger from Brandon was arrested and is facing charges of Possession for Trafficking, Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to Public Peace x4, Public Mischief and Failing to Comply with Conditions x3.

They were both released and are scheduled to appear in court in Brandon on December 21st.

Dr. Brent Roussin has announced that additional public health orders are being implemented for unvaccinated Manitobans.

He says gathering sizes will be reduced when unvaccinated people are present.

“This includes limiting households to guests from one other household for private indoor gatherings when an unvaccinated person who’s eligible (For the vaccine) is present on that property. This even applies if the unvaccinated person lives at that location.”

When it comes to outdoor gatherings on private property, gathering sizes will be limited to 10 when any unvaccinated people who are eligible for the vaccine are present.

Indoor public gatherings are being reduced to 25 people or 25 percent capacity, whichever is lower when any unvaccinated people who are eligible for the vaccine are present.

Outdoor public gatherings are being reduced to 50 people, regardless of immunization status.

The COVID-19 response level on the province’s Pandemic Response System is being raised to restricted orange from caution yellow to reflect the increased severity of the risk.

Roussin says the move to the restricted orange level won't affect schools.

The new orders will come into effect on Tuesday, Oct. 5th at 12:01 a.m.

There is an additional one-week grace period for weddings and funerals already scheduled.

Dauphin RCMP is looking for a man who stopped a sexual assault last year.

On July 14th of this year, the Dauphin RCMP received a report of a sexual assault on an adult man that happened between October 7th - 11th, 2020, at the Fair Grounds.

The investigation has determined that while the sexual assault was happening, an unknown man showed up and stopped the incident.

The suspect fled, and the unknown man spoke to the victim briefly.

Dauphin RCMP is looking for this unknown man and asking anyone who has information about the incident to call Dauphin RCMP at 204-622-5020.

Mountain View School Division is reporting a case of COVID-19 at Roblin elementary school.

The case was in the school from September 20th to the 23rd during the infectious period.

This person was in the grade 7 and 8 classroom, and on Bus-07.

Close contacts have been identified and advised to self-isolate.

Dauphin Fire Department responded to three incidents Thursday.

On Thursday afternoon, the department was dispatched to a report of a field fire, about 1.5 miles north of Dauphin Beach.

When crews arrived they found that the fire from Tuesday, near the Vermillion River along Stoney Point Road, had continued to carry on through reeds and dry grass.

This was over two miles south of the original fire.

fire

Firefighters used the back burn method to remove the fuel to stop the spread.

During this incident, the department was dispatched to a residence in the northeast area of Dauphin, for a carbon monoxide alarm.

Another crew from the station responded.

Firefighters returned from the Stoney Point Road fire just after 10:00 p.m., when another call was received for a collision east of the city.

Crews responded and found that it was a single-vehicle collision with no injuries.

Dauphin Fire Department has responded to eight separate incidents over the past five days.

Dauphinites have an opportunity to watch drive-in movies for free this weekend.

The RM of Dauphin is hosting free drive-in movies this Saturday at the Selo site, south of the city.

The gates, and concessions open at 1:00 p.m.

The first movie, The Boss Baby: Family Business, begins at 2:00 p.m.

Concessions reopen at 5:00 p.m., with the next movie, Cruella at 6:00 p.m.

The last movie of the night, F9: the Fast Saga is at 9:00 p.m.

Nicole Chychota, CAO of the RM of Dauphin says they had support to put on this event.

“We were approached by a company called EventPro that was successful in securing money from the province of Manitoba to support the Place Brand communities, which Dauphin is one of, to put on drive-in movies for their communities.”

Nicole is encouraging people who attend to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Dauphin Food Bank.

“The Travel Manitoba money really just set the stage of what we were doing, and from there it was up to us to decide what we wanted to do, and how big we wanted to make it. We were fortunate enough to get some great sponsors on board, Dauphin Co-op and Fusion Credit Union were two of them, and this allowed us to make it big enough that we felt it would be a good opportunity for us to encourage people to bring items for the food bank.”

Nicole says they will be able to accommodate 500 people or around 200 cars for each movie.

Attendees will need to wear masks inside of Selo Hall, but proof of vaccination isn’t required.

 
UPDATE
 
Brooklyn Thompson has been safely located. 
 
The Manitoba RCMP is thanking the public for their assistance. 
 
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A 17-year-old girl from Dauphin is missing.
 
Brooklyn Thompson was last seen around 4:00 p.m. on September 28th, 2021, leaving a residence on 7th avenue NE in Dauphin.
 
Brooklyn is around 5'4", 150 pounds, with black shoulder length hair.
 
She was last seen wearing black clothing and red shoes.
 
Anyone with information can call the Dauphin RCMP at 204-622-5050, or crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The Manitoba RCMP’s most wanted list has been updated.

Five of the wanted people are from the Parkland.

Gary Ernest James Ranville, who’s from Ste. Rose, is wanted for failing to comply with custody and community supervision conditions.

Ranville is 26 years old, 6’1”, 187 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

He could be in Dauphin, Brandon, or Crane River First Nation.

ranville

 

Wade Garret Houle, who’s from Ste. Rose, is wanted for failing to comply with a release order, and failing to attend court.

Houle is 29 years old, 6 feet tall, 156 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on both arms.

He’s known to frequent Portage la Prairie and Sandy Bay First Nation. He may be in Ebb and Flow First Nation.

wade garret houle

 

Redsky McKay, who’s from Roblin, is wanted for robbery, assault, uttering threats, mischief, failing to comply with a release order, and failing to attend court.

McKay is 28 years old, 5’9”, 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

He might be in Valley River First Nation, Grandview, or Dauphin.

mckay

 

Travis Desmond Campbell, who’s from Ste. Rose, is wanted for assault, assault while choking, suffocating, or strangling, and failing to comply with undertaking condition.

Campbell is 34 years old, 5’9”, 194 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on both arms.

He is believed to be in Ebb and Flow First Nation.

campbell 1

 

Daniel David Mousseau, who’s from Ste. Rose, is wanted for assault with a weapon.

Mousseau is 29 years old, 6 feet tall, 209 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on both arms, and a scar on his right cheek.

He could be in Portage la Prairie, or Ebb and Flow First Nation.

mousseau

 

RCMP are asking anyone with information to contact the nearest RCMP detachment, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.