The Manitoba and Federal Governments are investing nearly $77 million into 17 projects to improve municipal transportation infrastructure in rural parts of Manitoba.

One of the places receiving funding from the governments is Gilbert Plains to help out in building flood prevention infrastructure that will ensure that the community remains safe and healthy during major flooding events and it will help them adapt to the effects of climate change.

As public works manager for Gilbert Plains, Charles Jeffers, explains, they were waiting for this day for a while:

“For about four years now, we’ve been trying to get funding for this particular project. We have done some, in conjunction with Inter-Mountain Watershed District already in the municipality and in neighbouring municipalities where we put money into it, just no grant money. It’s nice to see grant money finally come in so we can do some work.”

Another place that received funding was the Rural Municipality of Russell-Binscarth to replace or resurface their runways and aprons at their airport.

As the Mayor of the RM of Russell-Binscarth, Cheryl Kingdon-Chartier, says, this announcement is huge for the airport and the RM:

“We were thrilled, - you know small municipalities, the airports are vital so this news is just, it’s excellent.”

The Government of Canada is investing over $48.9 million in these 17 projects and the government of Manitoba is contributing more than $27.7 million.

A man is facing charges after RCMP received a report that he had threatened a woman at a residence at Ebb and Flow First Nation.

The woman was able to remove herself from the situation and get to a safe place.

Police were informed that the man was driving a pickup truck and driving around the community with his firearm. Amaranth RCMP, RCMP Police Dog Services, and the Manitoba First Nations Police Service out of Sandy Bay arrived to provide assistance in locating the suspect.

Officers were able to locate the man inside a residence in the community. He tried to flee on an all-terrain vehicle.

RCMP Police Service Dog Jolt was deployed and the suspect was apprehended with minor physical injuries.

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RCMP Police Service Dog Jolt

36-year-old Marlon Baptiste is facing charges of Uttering Threats, Forcible Confinement, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Pointing a Firearm, Careless Use of a Firearm, Discharge Firearm While Being Reckless, Assault with a Weapon, and Failure to Comply with Firearm Prohibition Order x4.

He remains in custody, and the investigation continues.

Public health officials announced 23 new COVID-19 cases in the province today.

  •  Two cases are in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  •  Four cases are in the Interlake-Eastern Health region
  •  Two cases are in the Northern Health region 
  •  Six cases are in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region 
  •  Nine cases are in the Winnipeg Health region

Dauphin has two active cases 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 (7), Agassiz Mountain (21), Asessippi (1), Little Saskatchewan (0), Whitemud (0). Brandon has eight active cases.   
In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has eight active cases. The Fisher/Peguis district has 78 active cases.

The current five-day positivity rate is 2.8 percent provincially and 1.4 percent in Winnipeg. 1,070 laboratory tests were completed yesterday.

There are 498 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

107 Manitobans are hospitalized with COVID-19, including:

10 Manitobans in intensive care units with active COVID-19

74% of those 12 and over in Dauphin are at least partially vaccinated.

Last week, 59 warnings and 10 tickets were issued for health order violations in Manitoba.

Five $1,296 tickets were given to individuals, three $298 tickets for not wearing a mask in an indoor public place, one $5,000 ticket to a business, and one $8,550 ticket under the federal quarantine Act.

Enforcement officials are continuing to investigate all large gatherings that they’re made aware of.

Assiniboine Community College has announced the appointment of Valerie McInnes as the new director of the Parkland Campus.

This comes after the retirement of long-time campus director, Gabe Mercier.

McInnes is entering this role with more than five years of experience at Assiniboine, and 32 years in education.

“It is with great excitement that I return to the Parkland campus, continuing my commitment to Assiniboine’s vision.”

Throughout her career in education, McInnes has worked as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, guidance counsellor, and administrator. She got her Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba and is currently working to complete her Masters of Education at Brandon University, with a focus on educational leadership.

“I look forward to bringing my experiences, knowledge, and passion to my new role, to create an engaging, supportive learning environment for both students and staff.”

McInnes says she knows the Parkland Campus offers an exceptional college experience close to home for those in the region.

The City of Dauphin has begun work to remove several trees from the city that have been identified with Dutch Elm Disease. 

A provincial inspector visited Dauphin earlier this month and discovered 19 trees and one firewood pile which need to be removed. 

The City is partnering with Dauphin Recreation Services to complete the removal.

Every year, the city receives a list of trees that need to be removed. Last year, the list identified more than 200 trees needing to be removed.

Dutch Elm Disease is caused by a fungus that kills American elm trees. The fungus is mainly spread from elm to elm by native elm bark beetles when they feed in the canopy of elms and overwinter under the bark at the base of the trees. 

Around 24 kilometers of Provincial Trunk Highway 20, south of Duck Bay is going to be restored thanks to investments from the provincial and federal governments.

A thin lift overlay of bituminous pavement will be added to the highway between Provincial Road  271 and 272.

The Government of Canada will invest over $2 million, and the government of Manitoba will also contribute more than $2 million to the project.

PTH 39 from PR 392 eastward, south of Snow Lake, and PR 280 near Thompson are also being restored.

Over the past few summers bear encounters have been more frequently reported in Manitoba.

A bear made its way into the city of Dauphin yesterday, which is something that happens once or twice a year according to Janine Wilmot, a Human-wildlife conflict biologist with the Government of Manitoba.

“That’s definitely not a location where you’d be expecting to encounter a black bear, so whenever you’re outside make sure to be aware of your surroundings because you never know when these things might happen.”

Wilmot adds that bears have a great sense of smell, and are motivated by their stomachs.

“Really important to try to make sure you don’t have any potential food attractants in your yard. We don’t want to give black bears a reason to come into your yard, or to linger in those areas, or to return.”

Wilmot says that if you’re walking a dog it’s good to keep it on a short leash in case of a bear or any other wildlife that you might encounter.

“If you do encounter a black bear, step one is to just stop, remain calm and assess the situation. If the bear is not aware of your presence you can simply leave the area quietly, keeping an eye on the bear as you leave the area, making sure its behavior doesn’t change, trying to back away the way that you came.”

She adds that if you see defensive behavior it’s an indicator that you’re too close. She says in that situation you can slowly back away and talk to the bear in a calm, reassuring tone, and slowly leave the area.

The province is monitoring 23 new fires reported over the weekend, with no communities at direct risk of fire.

There are currently 128 active fires in the province.

Impacted hydro lines along the east shore of Lake Winnipeg have been restored.

Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi still have no power. Although a partial patrol of this line was conducted, fires are still burning in this area and no estimation of restoration can be given at this time.

The Manitoba Emergency Control Centre is working with BellMTS, RCMP, and the Manitoba Wildfire Service at Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids First Nations to maintain communications in the area.

Evacuees from Red Sucker Lake First Nation in northeast Manitoba started returning home on Monday after being evacuated due to wildfires, but over 2 thousand people from four other First Nations are still stuck.

Manitoba is close to hitting its third goal on the 4-3-2-One great summer reopening path.

The next goal is for 80 percent of eligible Manitobans to have their first dose and 75 percent to have their second.

Currently, 78.7 percent of eligible Manitobans have had at least one dose and 66.5 percent have had two doses.

Dr. Brent Roussin says we’re getting closer to a post-pandemic Manitoba with each passing day.

“This is going to be a Manitoba with public health guidelines, rather than public health restrictions. This Manitoba won’t be reporting cases daily so we need to start adjusting and getting used to not hearing daily case counts on COVID-19.”

The demand for the Manitoba physical immunization card continues to be high. All cards requested by July 11th have been mailed out and additional card stock has been secured and printing has resumed.

The Manitoba Government is extending the state of emergency.

Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler made the announcement today.

“As we continue towards our government’s safe summer reopening plan to allow for fewer restrictions and further rebuild our economy, we need Manitobans to continue to follow the fundamentals and get vaccinated to ensure we keep on a positive trajectory to a post-pandemic Manitoba.”

The extension goes into effect today, Monday, July 26th at 4 p.m. for a period of 30 days.

The state of emergency was first declared on March 20th, 2020, by the powers set out in section 10(1) and 10(2) of the Emergency Measures Act.