The Independent Investigation Unit has dropped its investigation into a man who suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound during his arrest in Riding Mountain National Park.

On July 22, RCMP responded to a home in Riding Mountain National Park, where a barricaded man was believed to be armed.

When the man surrendered to police, officers noticed the gunshot wound and the man was taken to the hospital.

Further investigation determined that the injury was self-inflicted, and that RCMP had no connection to the gunshot.

Public health officials have announced 17 new cases of COVID-19 in the province.

This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable cases to 491.

10 of the new cases are from the PMH region, 5 are in Winnipeg and 2 are in the Southern Health Region.

9 people are in the hospital, 3 of those are in intensive care. There are now 132 active cases and 351 recoveries. The number of deaths remains at 8.

While there has been a potential exposure to COVID-19 at a Tim Hortons on the Trans-Canada Highway at 18th St. in Brandon, the risk of transmission is considered very low. Information is being provided to help people assess their risk.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, click here.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been put into effect for the Parkland.

Conditions are calling for the development of severe thunderstorms, strong wind, and heavy rain in the following areas:

  • Gilbert Plains Mun. incl. Ashville
  • Grandview Mun. incl. Valley River Res.
  • Mossey River Mun. incl. Winnipegosis and Fork River
  • Mun. of Ethelbert incl. Garland
  • Mun. of Roblin incl. Makaroff Shortdale and Bield
  • Mun. of Russell-Binscarth incl. Gambler Res.
  • R.M. of Dauphin incl. Sifton and Valley River
  • R.M. of Lakeshore incl. Ochre River and Makinak
  • R.M. of Lakeshore incl. Rorketon and Toutes Aides
  • R.M. of Riding Mountain West incl. Asessippi Prov. Park

Employment in Manitoba has increased for the third month in a row, as nearly two-thirds of Manitobans have returned to work.

In July, Manitoba’s total employment increased by 12,400, a 2 percent increase from June.

Premier Brian Pallister made the announcement this morning, saying “over 60 percent of Manitobans who have lost their jobs because of COVID are now back at work. Overall our provincial unemployment rate has edged down to 8.2 percent which is the lowest in Canada.”

Full-time employment was up by 6,200 people, or 1.3 percent between June and July – over double the national average according to Statistics Canada.

Manitoba also has the lowest youth unemployment rate in Canada.

UFCW Local 832 says four more employees at the Maple Leaf Foods plant in Brandon have tested positive for the coronavirus.

This brings the total to 8 cases at the plant this week.

None of the first four cases are to workers on the production line, but it’s unclear right now whether the new cases are or not.

Yesterday, Dr Brent Roussin said there isn’t any indication of workplace spread at Maple Leaf.

Roussin says the Brandon cluster is linked to a person who travelled from Eastern Canada and didn't self-isolate "perfectly'' upon arrival in Manitoba.

Masks or face coverings will be mandatory at all of Walmart Canada’s stores starting next week on Wednesday, August 12.

Walmart says it doesn’t matter what the local government has mandated, masks will be required.

The company is asking customers to bring their own masks when in the store.

Other safety measures such as increased cleaning, wellness checks for staff, customer limits, plexiglass dividers, and one-way floor markings are already implemented to keep staff and customers as safe as possible.

Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival may not have been able to go ahead as planned this year, but organizers were determined to keep the spirit of the festival alive.

CNUF Second Vice President Nick Yakimishen tells CKDM the idea to host a virtual festival came up after the board was forced to postpone the event.

“Beginning of July we discussed it as a board and decided it would be nice to still do something for that weekend, and keep the spirit of the festival alive.”

Following a parade through town on the decorated CNUF float on Friday, festival organizers invited the community to tune in to their Virtual Grandstand Variety Show on Saturday evening.

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(CNUF parade float outside the Dauphin Market Place Mall on Friday)

Yakimishen says the nearly 3-hour virtual show was well received by the festival community.

“I’ve had a few people say they didn’t realize what the Ukrainian festival was all about, and now that they’ve seen the virtual online show — they’re more interested in coming to the festival in the coming years.”

Looking ahead, Nick says the CNUF organizers are hoping the festival can proceed as normal next year, and get back to what the community has come to expect over the last 54 years.

Dauphin RCMP stepped up their traffic patrols during the August long weekend, with the aim of increasing road safety in the Parkland area.

As a result, a number of traffic violations and charges were laid:

Highway Traffic Act:
-  two drive while disqualified,
-  three use cell phone or other hand-operated electronic device while driving a vehicle,
-  seventeen disobey traffic control device (stop sign or red light),
-  one fail to wear a seatbelt,
-  three driving without a valid drivers licence,
-  one exceed speed limit,
-  one improper equipment (window tint),
-  one learner driver operate a class 5 vehicle without a supervising driver,

Off Road Vehicle Act:
- one fail to wear a helmet,
- two operate an off road vehicle on or across a roadway,

Criminal Code:
- two impaired operation of a motor vehicle,
- one executed arrest warrant for failing to appear in court,

Constable Dominic Picard with the Dauphin RCMP says “we are happy to say that there were no reported traffic collisions this long weekend in the Parkland area,” and thanked the public for their attention in keeping our roadways safe. 

 Riding Mountain National Park has closed Moon Lake to the public, after blue-green algae was found on the lake’s shore.

This algae produces a toxin that causes serious illness to people and animals who come into contact with it.

Symptoms of blue-green algae poisoning include headache, fever, and skin irritation, among others.

People are being advised to not drink or swim in the lake water. Violators could be fined up to $25,000 under the Canada National Parks Act.

The closure went into effect on Sunday, August 2nd, and will last until August 16th.

There have been 30 new cases of COVID-19 added to Manitoba’s total today.

Eighteen of the new cases are in the Prairie Mountain Health region, 11 are in the Southern Health region, and one is in Winnipeg.

Manitoba now has a total of 474 lab-confirmed and probable cases.

The province has 118 active cases, 348 individuals listed as recovered, with 10 people in hospital — 5 of which are in intensive care.

There have been 8 deaths in Manitoba attributed to the novel coronavirus.

At this time, the province has not released any other information about the recent cases regarding any public health risks, but are advising of a potential exposure on Air Canada flight AC 8595 from Montreal to Winnipeg (rows 16 to 22) on July 29. 

For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, click here.

For the first time in over 2 months, a healthcare worker in Manitoba has tested positive for COVID-19.

A volunteer worker from the Prairie Mountain Health region tested positive on July 23rd.

The worker had gotten sick through contact with a known case of COVID, but has since recovered. It’s believed they contracted the virus outside of a healthcare setting, according to a Manitoba Health spokesperson.

At this time it’s not clear what kind of work the volunteer did, but officials say there’s no risk to the public’s health.

The last time a Manitoba health-care worker tested positive for the virus was back in May.