Gas prices have been going down in the Parkland recently and that trend is expected to continue.

Dan McTeague, the senior petroleum analyst with gasbuddy.com says that prices could drop by another 5 to 8 cents a litre over the next week.

He added that he doesn’t expect a hike for the upcoming Canada Day long weekend unless trade relations between the United States and China improve, which could cause prices to take a U-Turn.

The trade dispute between the two superpowers is the main reason for the fall in prices and while that may be good on the wallet, it is not good for the global economy overall. If the low wholesale value of gasoline continues to be low it could have a negative effect on the Canadian economy due to the amount of gas we produce and sell.

McTeague says that this is the first spring in six years that gas prices have fallen instead of risen. And even though gas prices may continue to fall the federal carbon tax of 4.6¢/litre will make sure that prices stay above $1.10/litre.

The State of the District was held in Winnipegosis yesterday afternoon.

Stephen Chychota says it went very well.

“There was lots of great information and presentations. It’s an opportunity to collaborate, connect and gain some insight into what’s going on in the Parkland.”

Chychota says municipalities and community groups shared the opportunities that they have in their areas.

“There are business opportunities, people can definitely pull up their sleeves and be a little entrepreneurial.”

A lot of history was talked about as well; there were presentations relating to how things started in the Parkland and what it took to get where we are today.

This was the 3rd annual state of the district and second in a row away from Dauphin. Last year it was held in Grandview. Plans are for next year’s to make a return to Dauphin.

Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation will be painting lines on streets in Dauphin.

Crews started today and will be working until Friday.

They ask drivers to drive with care and caution.

Early yesterday morning the Manitoba First Nations Police Service executed a search warrant at a home on the Sandy Bay First Nation.

During the search, Police located and seized 23 firearms some of which are suspected to be stolen and 3 of the guns were loaded.

Two adult males have been arrested and face several charges including unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless storage of a firearm, and possession of a weapon obtained by crime.

Both suspects will appear in court at a later date.

This search was conducted as part of the “MFNPS Guns and Gangs Initiative” and funding is provided by the provincial government.

Despite recreational cannabis being legal, it won’t be allowed at Safe Grad parties.

This is because to have a true safe grad it has to be in a public place, and consuming cannabis in public is illegal.

There are two types of penalties someone could receive. Smoking or vaping cannabis in public will result in a 672 dollar fine and for supplying cannabis to someone who’s underage the fine is over 2500 dollars.

Penalties would go to the individuals involved however, the committee and licensed establishment have a duty to ensure the environment is safe and take precautions to ensure everyone is following the rules.

Even if someone is 19, they still won't be allowed to consume cannabis at safe grad.

The Trudeau government says it will ban single-use plastics as early as 2021.

Some of the single-use plastics that will be banned include plastic straws, cotton swabs, drink stirrers, plates, cutlery, and balloon sticks.

A larger strategy to tackle the plastic pollution problem will be announced by the government.

It is expected that the list of banned plastics will look a lot like that of the EU, voted in March to ban products made of oxo-degradable plastics that don’t fully decompose.

Fast-food containers and cups made of expanded polystyrene, which is similar to Styrofoam, will be banned as well.

At last year’s G-7 meeting in Quebec, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the Canada-led Ocean Plastics Charter which Canada, France, Germany, Italy, The U.K, and the European Union immediately signed on to.

A report completed earlier this found that in 2016, 87 percent of plastic waste ended up in landfills with only nine percent being recycled in Canada.

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canadians throw away more than 34 million plastic bags daily. This is a global issue because the bags end up in landfills and can take 1,000 years to decompose. They also end up in the oceans, where dead whales have washed ashore with plastic bags found in their stomachs.

Prime Minister Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will announce the new plastic strategy in two separate locations.

It seems like every road trip there’s always an animal you have to slow down for.

Brian Smiley, MPI media relations coordinator, says there are a number of defensive actions motorists can take to avoid a collision in the first place. Expect the animal to run in front of you, ask your passenger to look for animals, watch out for eye glare, and be prepared to stop.

Smiley says if contact is unavoidable, stay calm, apply the brakes, hold the steering wheel with both hands, and don’t swerve. You’ll be driving through the animal but in some cases when people swerve, they drive into oncoming traffic and cause a fatal collision.

Wildlife is more active during the dawn and dusk hours.

65-70 per cent of the 11 thousand wildlife collisions yearly in Manitoba involve deer.

Tomorrow you can go to the Dauphin Friendship Centre’s Lunch and Learn.

The event will see local groups giving information on who they are and what they do in the community.

The groups are Echo Housing services, Crisis Prevention Task Force, Dauphin At-Risk Teens (DART), and the Re-START program.

The event will start around 12:05 and end around 12:55 to allow those that go, arrive and leave within their lunch break.

Anyone can attend but the food costs 5 dollars.

Just before 8 this evening, the Dauphin Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire on 7th Ave. SE. 

The owners took action and stopped the fire from spreading with a portable fire extinguisher and called 911. 

Due to their quick actions, the fire was quickly contained.

There aren’t any injuries or damage estimates at this time.

Jupiter will be visible to the naked eye on June 12th when it’s at its closest point to Earth.

That closest point is 641 million kilometres away.

With binoculars, some of Jupiter’s moons will be visible as well. A small telescope will be able to make out the red spot on Jupiter.

On June 17th and 18th Mercury and Mars will be visible next to each other during sunsets.

You’ll get the best view if the western horizon is unobstructed.

The Meaning of home contest ended up contributing 710 dollars to the Habitat for Humanity Dauphin Chapter.

71 students in the Dauphin area wrote letters to support Habitat for Humanity.

Darren Eddie, building chair for the Habitat for Humanity Dauphin chapter, says they are getting close to their fundraising goal for the next build.

The Meaning of Home contest is run across the country. Students from grades 4-6 write essays on what home means to them. For every essay submitted, Genworth donates 10 dollars to the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.

In addition, there are three 25 thousand dollar prizes for the top essays.

In Manitoba, there were 1293 entries to the contest.