Water rates are set to increase slightly in Dauphin.

The City of Dauphin held a special council meeting yesterday where a bylaw to establish water and wastewater rates was approved. 

The new rates will cost consumers a minimum of $6 more per quarter.

The increase comes into effect on October 1st

Premier Kelvin Goertzen, alongside Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Alan Lagimodiere, announced In a press release yesterday that the Manitoba government is recognizing September 27th to October 1st as Truth and Reconciliation Week.

Premier Goertzen touched on the spirit of reconciliation,

“As Manitobans and Canadians, we have a collective responsibility to acknowledge and learn from the mistakes of our past so that we can move forward together in the spirit of reconciliation. Our government is committed to working with Indigenous leadership, communities, survivors, elders and knowledge keepers to chart a new path forward based on healing, mutual respect and common understanding.”

Reconciliation Minster Lagimodiere hopes this will bring further change,

“This is a listening and learning process that must go beyond a week of recognition. We are committed to continuing to engage in an open and honest dialogue with Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to inspire positive change throughout our province and country.”

The House of Commons unanimously passed a bill earlier this year to establish September 30th as a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

 Last night, Mountain View School Division held a board meeting.

The regularly scheduled meeting covered many topics, including this year's school plan, public health orders on COVID-19 Testing, Municipality taxes, and Truth and Reconciliation Day.

A big issue brought up was when the property tax statements from municipalities within the division were discussed.

Most tax statements were consistent with previous years, except for Grandview, whose property tax report is seeing an increase of 740 percent.

Up from $5,783.16 last year to $42,697.35 this year.

This change would result in a budget overage for property taxes of approximately 37 percent.

The explanation provided on this tax situation to the division had to do with "the municipal amalgamation and harmonization of differentiated mill rates."

The division is seeking further clarity on this topic.

One of the other topics reviewed in the meeting was Truth and Reconciliation day coming up on Thursday.

Superintended Dan Ward outlined what the plan is for September 30th,

"The province has directed school divisions to close schools for that day in recognition of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We don't have information on subsequent years, but there will be something forthcoming whether the province declares that to be a statutory, whether it's going to be a professional development day we are not sure, but we will receive direction from the government prior to next fall."

Mr. Ward said on behalf of the school division he would be bringing greetings to the Dauphin Friendship Centre for their ceremony on Thursday.

The next meeting is set to take place on October 12th.

According to Public Health Officials, 366 COVID-19 Cases have been identified in Manitoba since Thursday.

60 of these cases were from Friday, 100 on Saturday, 113 on Sunday, and 93 today.

This includes:

  • 28 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
  • 25 cases in the Northern health region;
  • 55 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • 150 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
  • 108 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

Public Health officials say that of today’s 93 cases:

  • Seven are in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • Seven  are in the Interlake-Eastern Health region
  • Eight are in the Northern Health region
  • 46 in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
  • 25 are in the Winnipeg Health region

Manitoba reports the breakdown of cases by vaccination status as so:

62 cases from unvaccinated individuals, five from partially vaccinated individuals and 26 fully vaccinated individuals. 

Dauphin has one new recovery to report, bringing the total number of active COVID-19 cases in the city to 8.

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

Riding Mountain (0), Swan River (2), Duck Mountain (3), Porcupine Mountain (1), Agassiz Mountain (6), Asessippi (7), Little Saskatchewan (1), Whitemud (3). Brandon has 44 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 2.7 percent provincially. 2,480 laboratory tests were completed yesterday.

There are 646 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

43 Manitobans are hospitalized with active COVID-19.

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

UPDATE:

A man was arrested in Dauphin yesterday evening for Assault and Uttering Threats.

Dauphin RCMP were dispatched to assist at a fire in the back lane of 4th Avenue NE, and 5th Avenue NE at around 8:25 p.m.

When officers arrived, the fire department was already on the scene.

There was a backyard fire that wasn’t in an approved pit, which goes against a Dauphin City bylaw.

A 46-year-old man on the scene became aggressive and was arrested for Assault and Uttering Threats.

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Emergency crews were on the scene of a disturbance in Dauphin Sunday evening.

In the 220 block of 4th avenue northeast, an adult outside a house could be heard screaming at officials.

Early reports from bystanders say that officials were heard saying, “I just asked you to put out the fire.”

CKDM has reached out to the RCMP for a further update on this matter.

Mountain View School Division is reporting a couple of COVID-19 cases at Roblin Elementary.

One case was at the school from September 13th to the 16th during the infectious period.

Another case was at the school in the Grade 5/6 classroom, and Bus R3 on September 20th during the infectious period.

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

Starting at 7 a.m. Monday, Mountain Road between River Ave & Alexandria Ave will be closed to all traffic.

The City of Dauphin says the closure is taking place to repair a house service.

All traffic must detour.

On Saturday evening, Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival hosted the unveiling of the largest Ukrainian flag in Canada, outside of McKenzie Middle School in Dauphin.

Many people helped unfurl this huge flag, which is 25 by 16 meters.

Following this event, Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival hosted the Zabava Street Party.

This year’s Zabava was smaller than it has been in the past, just taking up part of 3rd avenue NE, and some of Co-op’s parking lot, but it was well attended, as the event was completely sold out.

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Nick Yakimishen, Vice President of Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival was happy with the turnout.

“We couldn’t have asked for anything more. We started planning this and the restrictions were 1,500 people outdoors, and then it’s 500, so what do we do? We had to end up making it a ticketed event, but it’s still an absolutely amazing turnout. We couldn’t have asked for better.”

There were food vendors, live music, and street performers at this event.

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This Thursday, September 30th, marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

In honour of hope and healing, Dauphin's Friendship Centre will be presenting a Truth and Reconciliation Day Ceremony at Parkland Crossing starting at 11 a.m.

Jarri Thompson, an organizer for the event, emphasizes the meaning behind Truth and Reconciliation Day,

"Truth and reconciliation day does have a very important job, and that job for us is to educate Canadians about residential schools and the experiences of the students, not only those who survived but also those who did not."

Jarri carried on to go through what is planned,

"There will be four speakers including myself, two round dances, one to honour the incident lives caught up in the tragic legacy of Indian residential schools and one to celebrate that as indigenous people we are still and still going strong."

Thompson states what attendees should wear,

"We would prefer if people were wearing orange; we've invited the community to wear their regalia, wear the Métis sashes, wear their skirts, bring their drums. We want to involve everybody in this Ceremony."

The Ceremony will be held outdoors, but Thompson notes some health guidelines in place,

"If you are going to be in close contact, we would prefer that you do keep your mask on. During the round dances, there's going to be ribbons to hold onto rather than the hands being held, and at the round dances, you are required to wear your mask."

Following the Ceremony, there will be a free lunch offered where attendees will get a hot dog, chips and a beverage.

140 federally run Residential Schools operated in Canada between 1831 and 1998.

Commemoration of the painful history and continuing impacts of residential schools is crucial for the reconciliation process.

Many people went to the Dauphin Rail Museum on Saturday for the 125th anniversary of the first train’s arrival through the city.

President of the Museum, Jason Gilmore says he was happy with the turnout.

“I think we planned it well enough that it’s not overwhelming truly, but it is to me, being slightly new at hosting events like this. I think it’s gone really well.”

Jason says we can anticipate a few more events from the Rail Museum in the near future.

“We’re going to have a couple of other events signifying when the rail first cross Main Street, so that was on November 7th, we’ll be doing something in regards to that. Then December 15th is the actual date of the first train arriving. The reason we held this event at this time is that you don’t know what the weather is going to be like, and we wanted to have something where people could be outside.”

There was live music at the event, and the street in front of the museum was lined with classic cars, some of which came from as far away as Brandon and Yorkton.

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It was another successful Fuel Good Day at Dauphin Co-ops.

The community stepped up, buying nearly $50,000 litres of fuel this year, resulting in a donation of $5,000 towards the Dauphin Bible Camp.

On top of gas sales, the Bible Camp held fundraising BBQs at both Gas Bars, raising an additional $1,000 to go towards the camp's ambitions to improve outdoor activity for the community, such as an outdoor skating rink for the coming winter season.

Dauphin Co-op has donated more than $5,000 from fuel sales each year on Fuel Good Day for more than $25,000 locally raised since 2017.

Co-op wished to extend a special thanks to everyone who made this day of donation a success, including the Dauphin Kings and their players.

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