Advance voting for the Manitoba provincial election starts today.

There are 18 candidates for the 5 ridings in the area. The ridings include Agassiz, Dauphin, Interlake-Gimli, Riding Mountain, and Swan River. The candidates are as follows:

Dauphin:

Brad Michaleski for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba

Darcy Scheller for the Manitoba NDP

Cathy Scofield- Singh for the Manitoba Liberal Party

Swan River:

David Teffaine for the Manitoba Liberal Party

Shelley Wiggins for the Manitoba NDP

Rick Wowchuk for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba

Agassiz:

Hector Swanson for the Manitoba Liberal Party

Kelly Lagaspi for the Manitoba NDP

Eileen Clarke for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba

Liz Clayton for the Green Party of Manitoba

Riding Mountain

Jordan Fleury for the Manitoba Liberal Party

Wayne Chacun for the Manitoba NDP

Greg Nesbitt for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba

Mary Lowe for the Manitoba Green Party

Interlake-Gimli

Mary Lou Bourgeois for the Manitoba Liberal Party

Sarah Pinsent for the Manitoba NDP

Derek Johnson for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba

Dwight Harfield for the Manitoba Green Party

 

Advance voting runs from August 29th to September 5th 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday and Sunday noon to 6 pm.

Some advance voting stations, like the Dauphin Returning Office, will open tomorrow and stay open for the entire advance voting period. While others will only be open on certain days at certain times.

Voting is also available at the Dauphin Marketplace Mall.

For a full list of where and when advance voting stations are open, go to the Elections Manitoba website.

Two arrests from separate incidents were made on the Birdtail Sioux First Nation in the past week.

The first incident was on Wednesday, August 21st just before 7 in the morning. 

Manitoba First Nations Police were called to a residence due to a disturbance. When they arrived, police saw several people outside the residence with two females involved in a fight. The fight was stopped and the crowd dispersed because of the officers.  

Police learned from the homeowner that a suspect had entered the residence and produced a sawed-off .22 calibre rifle and a knife. The homeowner managed to disarm the suspect and it was at this time the suspect fled the scene.

Police attended the residence and seized the weapons. Police then located the suspect at his residence where he was arrested. 36-year-old Ashley Murray Bunn faces several firearms and weapons charges.

 

The second incident was on Sunday, August 25th, just after 6 pm.

MFNPS members were called to a residence on the Birdtail Sioux First Nation in response to a domestic disturbance.

Police knocked on the door multiple times before the female homeowner and victim unlocked the door. Police entered the residence and found her suffering from serious facial injuries.

The victim indicated to Police that she was assaulted and held there against her will throughout the day by her boyfriend who was inside a bedroom in the residence.

Police located the 31-year-old man from Regina, Saskatchewan and arrested him. He was charged with assault with a weapon, overcome resistance, and uttering threats to kill.

A Brandon man is facing numerous drug and weapons-related charges after Brandon police raided a home on Monday.

According to police, the raid was part of an investigation into suspected drug trafficking.

Officers found over five grams of methamphetamine, as well as packaging material. They also seized weapons including a stun gun, multiple knives, machetes, and pellet and BB guns.

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The 36-year-old man had a court order to not possess any weapons.

He was arrested and will face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking meth, possession of the proceeds of crime, possessing prohibited weapons, possessing dangerous weapons and breach of recognizance.

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Tonight in Grandview there’s another forum for the Dauphin MLA candidates.

It’ll be at the Kinsmen Hall starting at 7 pm.

The forum will be a debate-style discussion.

They ask that all questions be submitted in writing before the event.

The questions will be reviewed by the moderators, who will then decide what order the chosen questions will be asked in.

If you have a question you’d like to see answered send the question to Sue Stirling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All three candidates will be in attendance.

The provincial election is on September 10th.

The Dauphin Co-op and its employees, represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 832, agreed to a new collective agreement.

The employees voted in favour of the offer on Sunday night, stopping a possible strike. The new four-year agreement replaces the previous agreement that expired in June of 2018. The new agreement provides a number of improvements, including annual wage increases that will be paid retroactively for current employees.

Co-op General Manager Lorne Eifert says he is pleased to come to an agreement with UFCW that is fair to employees and allows the Co-op to continue to provide service and value to its members and communities in the long term.

The Manitoba- Minnesota power transmission line project has started ahead of schedule.

Ottawa approved the $453-million project in June, barring that Manitoba Hydro could meet certain conditions.

Bruce Owen, with Hydro, says that the conditions relating to Indigenous communities and groups impacted by the project have been met.

He says the Crown corporation got the approval for early construction last week.

Owen adds that the concrete foundations are already under construction and ground clearing is to begin next month.

The hydro line is set to be up and running next summer.

The Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce held an election forum last night at the Dauphin Multi-Purpose Senior Centre.

The night gave Dauphin MLA candidates the chance to address the issues and concerns of their constituents.

PC candidate Brad Michaleski, NDP candidate Darcy Scheller and Liberal candidate Cathy Scofield- Singh answered a barrage of questions from the public in attendance and from each other.

While the candidates had their obvious differences in opinions, there were some topics on which their opinions were the same.

They took similar stances on the exploration of the medical benefits of cannabis, the need for accessibility for seniors and people living with disabilities, and the need for support systems for those living in poverty.

Executive Director of the Chamber, Stephen Chychota, was impressed with the turnout and quality of questions submitted by the public.

For those people who missed last night's forum, a full video of the forum can be found on the Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page.

The Manitoba provincial election is set for September 10th.

As it was reported earlier this year, a brand new hotel is coming to Dauphin.

Highway 10 Developments Ltd. has developed 22 acres of land for commercial use between Reit-Syd and the Dauphin Vet Clinic. Currently, they are building a Best Western.

It's expected that the hotel will open up in the spring of 2020 and it will feature 82 rooms. Other amenities include a pool and a waterslide.

It was also expected that a new restaurant would be built on the property, but that's not the case at this time. There were hopes for a new restaurant, but nothing has been finalized as of today.

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Sometime after 5:00 p.m. yesterday, Benson Auto Sales was broken into.

A handle was broken off one of the doors while the main door's glass was shattered.

Five vehicles were stolen alongside some computer equipment.

We'll have more from the Dauphin RCMP as we can.

The Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce is hosting an election forum at the Dauphin Multi-Purpose Senior Centre tonight from 7:30-9.

Stephen Chychota says the forum is open to everyone and goes over the format.

“We’re going to have all the candidates up at the front. We’re going to have them do some opening introductions for themselves, we will have publically submitted questions that they’ll go ahead and answer. Each candidate is going to get a chance to answer so we can hear from all of them on each topic and subject. Then they’ll have an opportunity to ask each other some questions, so we can hear another level of insight from these candidates.”

Chychota says leading up to the event they’re focusing on getting questions for the candidates.

There won’t be an open mic at the event, all questions will be written down so the Chamber can weed out the questions that are duplicates, are aimed at one or two people, or include harassment. If you have a question, drop it off at the chamber office at Dauphin City Hall, email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or give them a phone call for them to mark down the question for you.

Chychota’s goal from the forum is to make sure everyone has enough information to make a sound decision on election day, the candidates know what they’re getting into and what the public wants to know.

For those that are too far to make it to the forum, Chychota says they’ll be live-streaming the forum on the Chamber Facebook page and it will stay up afterwards if the timing doesn’t work well for you.

Six political candidates fighting for seats in the Manitoba legislature disclosed past convictions, just days before the deadline for disclosure forms required by new provincial law.

4 NDP candidates and 2 Green Party candidates acknowledged previous convictions in statements provided to Elections Manitoba. The convictions range from impaired driving and assault to shoplifting dating back decades.

One of the candidates who disclosed a criminal conviction is NDP member Wayne Chacun, who is running in Riding Mountain. He wrote that he had an impaired driving conviction from 1987 and a shoplifting conviction from 1986. 

The statements of disclosure are required under a new law passed by the provincial government requiring candidates seeking provincial office to disclose convictions under Canada's Criminal Code.

So far, Elections Manitiba has recieved 186 statements of disclosure. The remaining 23 candidates have until 1 pm today to do so.

The three candidates for the Dauphin riding have submitted their statements of disclosure.