Justice Minister Cameron Friesen issued a press release on Tuesday regarding changes to legislation about the public consumption of cannabis.

The amendment to this law now prevents the public consumption of cannabis by ways other than smoking or vaping.

An example of these changes would be consuming cannabis in edible form.

The Manitoba government says that these changes are being made to keep our communities, children and public safe from intoxication and impairment.

These regulations will come into effect on October 15th. 

According to the provincial dashboard, there are 95 new cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Manitoba reports that 58 of today's cases are from unvaccinated people, 14 from partially vaccinated people, and 23 from fully vaccinated people. 

Public Health officials also note that of today's cases:

  • 24 are in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • Nine are in the Interlake-Eastern Health region
  • 14 are in the Northern Health region
  • 29 are in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
  • 24 are in the Winnipeg Health region

Dauphin has no 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 (2), Porcupine Mountain (3), Agassiz Mountain (6), Asessippi (14), Little Saskatchewan (4), Whitemud (0). Brandon has 55 active cases.

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

The current five-day test positivity rate is 3.6 percent provincially. 3,029 laboratory tests were completed yesterday.

There are 858 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

57 Manitobans are hospitalized with active COVID-19.

11 Manitobans are in intensive care units with active COVID-19.

Today the Government of Canada released its mandatory vaccine policy.

It was announced that it will be mandatory for all federal public servants to be vaccinated.

Starting on October 30th, the government will require federal employers to establish vaccination policies for their employees.

Federal contractors, like cleaning staff, must also be fully vaccinated to enter government buildings.

The estimated 267 thousand employees covered by this policy must report their vaccination status by October 29th.

If employees haven't had their vaccine or received an accommodation under the Canadian Human Rights Act two weeks after that date, they could lose their job.

The employees who are affected by this mandate won’t have to produce their proof of vaccination documents.

Instead, they will have to sign a form, that will be audited by their managers, certifying that they've had the necessary shots.

If an employee submits a false statement it could result in termination.

Also effective on the 30th, travellers departing from Canadian airports, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel.

There will be a short transition period for travellers who are in the process of being vaccinated.

These travellers will be able to travel if they can show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel.

The transition period ends on November 30th.

The government of Canada is advising any Canadians planning to travel by plane or train this Holiday season to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

A standardized, pan-Canadian proof of vaccination document for international travel is being developed.

The province has extended the Healthy Hire Program to November 15th, and the application deadline to October 30th.

This program allows employers to apply for up to $50 thousand to help cover the wages of new employees who are or are planning to get vaccinated.

Eligible employers will receive a grant equal to 50 percent of wages for a maximum of 10 employees, with a maximum of $5 thousand per employee.

More information can be found here

This is Mental Health Awareness Week, and there are several ongoing mental health events in the Parkland with Peer Connections Manitoba.

Eleanor Snitka who’s a community support worker with Peer Connections Manitoba says it’s been a long time, but she can finally start her peer support groups again.

“It’s on the third Monday of every month at the dauphin Senior Centre at 7 o’clock. There’s no diagnosis required. Anybody who’s experiencing some sort of mental health distress can come and share it, and get support.”

Eleanor says that she also has a grief and loss group that runs on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m., that’s also taking place at the Senior Centre.

“By grief and loss it doesn’t mean that people who’ve only experienced death in their families or with their loved ones can come. Loss can mean anything. Loss can mean the loss of a job, it can mean the loss of innocence if people have been abused.”

Peer to Peer support is available to those who live in Ste. Rose and area on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. People can show up from 4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Another option for people who need support, but don’t want to participate in a group setting is individual peer support.

“So if people are struggling, and they’re not ready for groups and they need some individual support I’m available to do it.”

Eleanor Snitka can be reached at 431-345-0353.

A 16-year-old was issued tickets and a Serious Offence Notice after a speeding incident south of Roblin.

After midnight on September 26th, RCMP caught the driver going 170 km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone.

The teenager, who had a Class 5I licence, was issued tickets for speeding and driving with more than one person after midnight on a 5I licence, and given a Serious Offence Notice for a licence review with MPI.

UPDATE---Manitoba Hydro shut off the natural gas flow into the Parkland region Tuesday.

Damage occurred to the Minell Pipeline, just west of McAuley, causing the shut-off.

The damage is reportedly due to an excavator coming into contact with a natural gas pipeline on the site.

Russell, Inglis, Roblin, Riding Mountain West, Grandview, Gilbert Plains and Dauphin are served by gas from the Minell Pipeline. 

Manitoba Hydro reports no injuries and that this incident poses no threat to nearby communities. 

Natural gas is venting safely, and local staff are on the scene with emergency personnel to ensure the site remains safe.

Specialized gas crews will begin repair work tomorrow morning.

Because of the warm weather we are experiencing and low natural gas usage, it's anticipated that residential customers will not experience a disruption to their service.

Manitoba Hydro has sent a compressed natural gas trailer to Dauphin from Winnipeg to help supplement gas service. 

An early estimate indicates the damage will take two to three days to repair.

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Manitoba Hydro said in a press release that they would update the situation further once staff performed a more thorough examination.

Manitoba Hydro released news tonight via Twitter regarding disruption to a natural gas pipeline that serves the communities of Roblin, Inglis, Gilbert Plains and Dauphin.

Manitoba Hydro tweeted the following information,

“We are aware of a service disruption on a natural gas pipeline serving the communities of Russell, Inglis, Roblin, Gilbert Plains, Dauphin and rural service in between those communities. Local staff are responding, and we are getting in touch with communities impacted by the disruption along with local media outlets. More information to follow as it becomes available.“

CKDM will provide more information on this matter as it becomes available.

According to the provincial dashboard, there are 102 new cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Manitoba reports that 47 of today's cases are from unvaccinated people, 10 from partially vaccinated people, and 45 from fully vaccinated people. 

Public Health officials also note that of today's cases:

  • 24 are in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • 10 are in the Interlake-Eastern Health region
  • 17 are in the Northern Health region
  • 24 are in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
  • 27 are in the Winnipeg Health region

Dauphin has no 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 (2), Porcupine Mountain (4), Agassiz Mountain (6), Asessippi (8), Little Saskatchewan (4), Whitemud (0). Brandon has 52 active cases.

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

The current five-day test positivity rate is 3.8 percent provincially. 2,271 laboratory tests were completed yesterday.

There are 845 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

59 Manitobans are hospitalized with active COVID-19.

13 Manitobans are in intensive care units with active COVID-19.

17 more winners were announced today in the province's Vax to Win Lottery.

Adult winners won $100 thousand, and youth won $25 thousand scholarships.

James Hopfner is the winner in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

To be eligible for the lottery Manitobans had to have had their 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on or before September 6th.

Manitoba currently sits at 85.2 percent with one shot and 81.1 percent with both doses.

A resolution was passed at last night's City of Dauphin Council Meeting, not to hold a by-election after the passing of Mayor Allen Dowhan, due to public health concerns.

This was done for public health concerns.

The resolution is subject to approval by the Minister of Municipal Relations.

The council meeting was open to members of the public and was well attended.

Four councilors voted in favor of the resolution, while two voted against it.

Councilor Kathy Bellemare, who was in favor of this order, says that a big concern of hers is keeping people safe.

“We just moved back up to code orange again in the province. Leaders are obviously concerned with what’s happening with Manitoba’s data, and with other provinces close to us.”

Councilor Patti Eilers said that having a by-election would be the democratic thing to do.

“There’s no reason we can’t have a safe by-election. We just had a federal election, and I don’t think this is a concern of our citizens.”

According to the Municipal Act, if there’s no by-election, a current councilor would be appointed by the current members of the council. This would happen once the resolution is approved by the Minister.