As the Delta variant rages through unvaccinated populations in Canada ahead of the back-to-school season, Health Canada has given the green light for the Moderna vaccine for use in older children.

Health Canada authorized the use of the highly effective mRNA vaccine for all eligible Canadian children between the ages of 12 and 17.

The vaccine had only been available to those over the age of 18.

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine was approved for the same age group in May.

As of August 27th, 52,859,429 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been used in Canada, with the majority of those being doses of either Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines.

Today Health and Seniors Minister Audrey Gordon and Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin are giving an update on public health orders.

Earlier this week Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin announced that the province will put indoor mask requirements in place across the province.

A conference is being held at 2:00 p.m., and 730 CKDM will have more information as soon as possible.

A third person has declared their intention to run to become Manitoba's next Progressive Conservative leader and premier.

Shannon Martin, who was first elected to the legislature in 2014, says the government has ignored the party grassroots and must reconnect.

Prior to his election, Shannon was the Executive Director of Reaching E-Quality Employment Services, a non-profit agency that helps persons with physical disabilities or other health challenges find meaningful employment. Shannon has also worked as the Director of Provincial Affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, an organization dedicated to advocating for the small and medium-sized businesses that are the backbone of our economy.

Shannon grew up in rural Manitoba and is the proud father of three children. He is an avid runner and enjoys coaching youth soccer in his spare time. Eager to improve the quality of life for the community, Shannon also volunteers as a Director with the La Salle Community Centre.

Two other people have said they will run for leader -- former health minister Heather Stefanson and former member of Parliament Shelly Glover.

All three are promising to scrap a bill now before the legislature that would eliminate elected school boards and centralize education decision-making.

The party will choose a new leader, who will automatically become the new premier of the province, on October 30th.

The Carberry Ag Society is hosting their Fair & Family Fun Days today and tomorrow at the fairgrounds.

Things kick off tonight at 7:00 p.m. with the chariot and chuckwagon races, followed by a fireworks show.

Alex Christison, promotion director with the Carberry Ag Society says this is the only local community event featuring both chuckwagon and chariot racing this summer.

“We’re just kind of putting together a weekend for the community and for people to come to. We’ve all been waiting for something for so long and this is more for the people than it is for the Ag Society.”

He adds that the Ag Society wanted to do something for the community because they had to cancel their annual fair the last couple of years.

“We thought we better do something for the community. People just want to get out and do something. This Family Fun Days is the first time we’ve ever done it. It’s just something for the people.”

Tomorrow there’s a pancake breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., kids activities from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and chariot and chuckwagons begin at 4:30 p.m.

Today 730CKDM wraps up its celebration of local folks from across the Parkland with Swan River's Dave Theunissen.

Mr. Theunissen has been an instrumental part of the growth of Swan River for over 65 years.

As recognition for his work around the community, Dave was given a Manitoba 150 honour, an honour given to individuals who stand out for their role in making our province such an amazing place.

Dave came to Swan River when he was 19 years old; he brings us through his journey in the community;

“I’m 91, I’ve been involved since the ’60s with the Rotary Club and Ag Society, I’ve held various in the town operations positions in the town operations, Parks & Rec committee, town planning and development board. I’ve felt that my work with the Rotary Club probably had more bearing on it than anything other than in the latter years I was very involved with the Animal Protection League. I was helping them with a new building, we’re not finished with it yet, but I hope we’ll be in operation before the snow comes. Other than that, like a lot of other people have done in the past. Hope for a better community, and you do your little work every day to help it along.”

Dave used his honorary $500 donation from the MB150 group to go towards the Animal Protection League.

Theunissen, a man with goals for his community, outlines what he wants to see moving forward;

“My main concern today is to keep the rotary club alive, we’re down to 10 members, and I would certainly like to see about five more join us so we could fulfill our program to the community.”

CKDM thanks you for joining us in recognizing worthy people from our community this week.

Brandon University announced Thursday that they would require COVID-19 vaccinations to be on campus after October 31st, aligning them with the U of M, U of W, CMU and RRC, who have all announced that they would be mandating vaccines and masks.

The post-secondary school understands that not everyone has been able to get immunized, so they, along with Prairie Mountain Health, have decided to offer on-campus vaccines when school starts this fall.

Media Director for the University, Grant Hamilton, talks about BU’s decision to offer vaccines on campus,

“We’re really happy to be partnering with PMH to make getting the vaccine as easy and convenient for everyone as possible. We are offering three walk-in vaccine clinics right on campus during the first week of class. So one of them will be on our orientation day, which is Tuesday, September 7th, and then we are also offering it on Wednesday and Thursday that same week. So really, there should be multiple opportunities for people to come by and get their first or second shot its walks-ins, its Pfizer, its Moderna. So lots of opportunities and couldn’t be more convenient.”

Mr. Hamilton says that the university is asking their faculty to be lenient with students who need time to get the vaccine or who might end up with side effects the next day. Noting that these on-campus clinics take place during the first week of classes, so students taking a little bit of time away from class should be achievable.

“We’re also offering paid time off for any BU employee who needs to go and attend the vaccine, and of course, they can draw on sick time for any side effects or anything like that.”

In closing, BU’s Media Director preached a safe return to everyday life,

“Vaccines are the fastest for all of us to get back to normal; we all sure miss the energy of a bustling campus and the big classes. Anyone who has fond memories of their time at university or college, I mean it’s the people you meet there and the relationships you develop. You can certainly do that on zoom, but it’s not the same, so I encourage everyone to get their vaccines as quickly as they can and let’s get back to normal.”

Students will return to campus for the fall term starting on September 7th.

A COVID-19 walk-in vaccine clinic is taking place Friday at the Dauphin Marketplace Mall parking lot.

Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available for those wanting to get their first or second dose of the vaccine.

Those wanting to get vaccinated must meet the eligibility criteria for the first or second dose, and bring their health card.

The clinic is taking place from noon until 3:00 p.m.

According to the provincial dashboard, there are 56 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba today.

Public health officials are also reporting one new death in a person with COVID-19 this afternoon: A man in his 20s from the Interlake-Eastern health region.

Of today’s cases:

  • Three are in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • Three are in the Interlake-Eastern Health region
  • 10 are in the Northern Health region
  • 22 are in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
  • 18 are in the Winnipeg Health region

Dauphin has one active case of COVID-19 in the city.

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

Riding Mountain (0), Swan River (0), Duck Mountain (0), Porcupine Mountain (2), Agassiz Mountain (1), Asessippi (2), Little Saskatchewan (1), Whitemud (0). Brandon has nine active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has four active cases. The Fisher/Peguis district has 58 active cases.

The current five-day test positivity rate is 2.8 percent provincially. 1,993 laboratory tests were completed yesterday.

There are 443 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

64 Manitobans are hospitalized, including four Manitobans in intensive care units with active COVID-19.

It’s been confirmed that Winnipeg city councillor Scott Gillingham is not entering the Progressive Conservative leadership race.

Gillingham says the tight timeline doesn’t give enough runway for a new candidate.

That leaves only two candidates in the race so far; MLA Heather Stefanson, and former Conservative MP Shelly Glover.

The new leader, and Premier of Manitoba will be chosen on October 30th.

Wednesday night, at approximately 9:15 p.m., Ste Rose RCMP received a report of a two-vehicle head-on collision on Highway 68, located ten kilometres east of Ste Rose du Lac, Manitoba.

The initial investigation has determined that an eastbound minivan with two male occupants from Winnipeg, a 22-year-old driver and 25-year-old passenger, had just struck a deer causing it to swerve into the westbound lane.

The damaged minivan then collided head-on with a westbound vehicle with three occupants from Dauphin, a 30-year-old female driver, along with two passengers, a 44-year-old male and a 1-year-old female.

The 30-year-old female was pronounced deceased on scene, and the 44-year-old male passenger was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The 1-year-old child was not injured.

The two occupants of the eastbound minivan suffered minor injuries.

Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the collision.

Ste Rose RCMP, along with the Forensic Reconstruction Unit, continue to investigate.

After saying that they wouldn't, Brandon University is implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the coming fall term.

The university announced Thursday that faculty, staff and students will be required to provide either proof of full vaccination or proof of a recent negative COVID test before they can come to campus.

The university also said full vaccination will be required no later than October 31st. Vaccination clinics will take place on campus from September 7th to the 9th for students and staff who have not received their vaccines.

Masks will also be mandatory on campus when the fall term begins.

Multiple universities and colleges in Manitoba, including the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Red River College, and Assiniboine Community College, announced last week they would implement a mandatory vaccine policy when classes resume next month.