The number of MRIs in Manitoba has increased by 29 per cent.

New data released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows that since 2015 there have been 94,000 MRIs.

The increase in MRI volumes, helped by the opening of a new scanner in Selkirk, allowed wait times to improve by 33 per cent in the past 18 months, to 16 weeks from 24 weeks.

Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen expects the new machine in Dauphin to help even more.

Trains come through Dauphin often and it feels like they block off traffic forever.

Fire chief Cam Abrey says there is a limit to how long they can block traffic.

“I believe it is that trains can block an intersection for a maximum of 20 minutes.”

If there’s an emergency and a train is blocking the street, Abrey says they can call a specific number with CN rail to separate the train so they can cross the street.

In Abrey’s 20 years with the Fire Department, they’ve never had to call CN to separate a train because of an emergency.

The province has announced an increase to the minimum wage is coming on October 1st.

The 30 cent increase will bring the minimum wage up to $11.65 per hour.

The increase is happening so Manitoba remains competitive with other provinces.

The wage increase is based on last year’s inflation rate of 2.5 per cent and then rounding up to the nearest 5 cents.

In a press release, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen, says the government is providing predictable and sustainable increases to the minimum wage to benefit employees and employers.

“The minimum wage increase will help our economy continue to attract new investment and participation in the workforce.”

Last time the minimum wage rose was in 2018 when it rose 20 cents to the current minimum wage of $11.35.

So far this year we’ve had almost half of the amount of water main breaks as there were in the entire year last year in Dauphin.

Bill Brenner says, in just the first three months, there have already been 18 compared to 39 in all of last year.

There have been so many this year because of the extreme cold.

Brenner adds that if you see water coming out of the street or sidewalk call 622-3202 to report a water main break.

Is it ethical for businesses to post the full names of people charged, but not convicted, of stealing?

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries publicly shamed almost 70 people charged with stealing by posting their names online.

Professor Arthur Schafer, the Founding Director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba, thinks it’s a bad idea.

“We know of many cases of people being who have been named as having been committed a crime and their names published in the newspaper and it turns out that it was a miss-identification, it was a mistake, no crime is committed, or a crime is committed, but it’s not by the person who’s been publicly shamed.” 

He says Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries needs to figure out how to reducing shoplifting of their goods without engaging in such a dubious practice.

“Their objective is right. I suspect most of them haven’t thought about what it would feel like if you happen to share the name of someone who’s been publicly shamed in this way. So that some of the shame sticks to you.”

Schafer does understand why they would do this but thinks it does more harm than good.

“I think the risk of harm or damage to innocent people out ways the benefit. I’m pretty sure that there will be alternative ways of dealing with a problem of brazen thieves and brazen thievery other than engaging in online shaming.”

Schafer says it would be easy to get names wrong, sometimes some people share the same name, and it could destroy people’s reputation when they might not have done anything shameful.

You can hear the full interview here.

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries published a list of names of alleged not convicted people for stealing.

There’s a poll on our Facebook page asking the question, should liquor stores in the Parkland post the names of people alleged, not convicted of stealing? About 70% of the 382 voters answered yes.

When asking the public the same question, they were also leaning more towards yes.

Al Jackie was one of those people.

“I think liquor stores should most definitely be able to release the names of people accused of stealing because they’re thieves and the public deserves to know.

Alice was on the other side of the coin, saying no.

“I don’t think it should be released unless it’s a proven fact, because the people could be innocent and it gives them a bad name.”

The province’s new training requirements for commercial truckers with class 1 will be delayed a year for farmers.

KAP president Bill Campbell says the province recognizes the requirement for truckers to take 121.5 hours of training by September 1, would impact the 2019 farming season.

Campbell stresses that farmers are concerned about safety both on and off the farm, and KAP will work with the province over the coming year.

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Above is the scene after a SUV ran into the Goodwill Store yesterday afternoon on Pembina Highway in Winnipeg.

Below is the story of a local hero, Keith Zalischuk.

Originally from Dauphin and now living in St. Andrews, Keith stopped in the store yesterday and a big bang was heard. It was a lady in her mid-40's that crashed into the front of the building. The lady was unconscious in her vehicle.

"I opened the door and the air bags were set off," said Zalischuk. "I woke her up and helped her out of the car and sat her down a safe distance away from the accident site. The front of the store was ready to come down itself, it was quite the impact."

Zalischuk knew he had to help the lady, regardless of if he was equipped to do so or not. 

"It was kind of human instinct, I wanted to help someone out so that's what I did," said Zalischuk. "I build houses here in Winnipeg so I had a fire extinguisher. So I got it and thought I would give my best shot at putting out the fire."

"It was a really good feeling. I'm sure anyone else would have done the same thing but I was in the right spot at the right time," said Zalischuk. 

Emergency personnel showed up not long after and transported the lady to the hospital.

"We've heard that she is okay, but that's all we really know."

The first floating inflatable waterpark in Manitoba is coming to Minnedosa.

Splish Splash Water Park is in the works to open the 100 people floating inflatable waterpark on Minnedosa Lake.

They are hoping to open the waterpark this year in late June. Gerry Champagne, owner of Calgary’s Splish Splash Water Park, approached Travel Manitoba to find a suitable community in the province.

Minnedosa’s Economic Development Officer, Chantelle Parrott jumped at the idea because similar attractions elsewhere have proven immensely popular and successful at bringing in tourist numbers.

The Town of Minnedosa authorized access to the beach, while the federal Department of Oceans and Fisheries completed an environmental assessment prior to authorizing the project. Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation have granted the final approval for the business to place the structure in the water this June.

The waterpark will be open daily from June to Labour Day with regular hours.

In a move that has legal experts calling foul, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries published a list of people charged, but not convicted, of committing a crime at various Liquor Marts in the province.

The main issue taken with the list is that some, or many, of those on the list could be innocent. The list also fails to mention the crime(s) committed.

According to a police officer in Winnipeg, the names of people accused of crimes are routinely given to retailers, which includes Liquor Marts. Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries says the list is part of enhanced efforts to reduce theft at their stores.

Wab Kinew came to Dauphin for a meeting with the Parkland Exceptional Children Advocacy and Family Support Group.

Kinew has been hearing about this issue from families across the Parkland, he met with a family in Camperville before the meeting at the DRCSS last night.

Some concerns families are having are with the cuts to supports for kids with disabilities and additional support for the families.

A big part of the meeting was Kinew listening to what families had to say, some of the topics were health care and education. As well as sharing stories about the support that once was there that has maybe lessened.

Kinew will take what he learned at the meeting and bring it forward at the legislature or to the government departments responsible.

He’s also looking to see if there needs to be a push for a bigger change to bring support to these families.