Last night, Mountain View School Division held a board meeting.

The regularly scheduled meeting covered many topics, including this year's school plan, public health orders on COVID-19 Testing, Municipality taxes, and Truth and Reconciliation Day.

A big issue brought up was when the property tax statements from municipalities within the division were discussed.

Most tax statements were consistent with previous years, except for Grandview, whose property tax report is seeing an increase of 740 percent.

Up from $5,783.16 last year to $42,697.35 this year.

This change would result in a budget overage for property taxes of approximately 37 percent.

The explanation provided on this tax situation to the division had to do with "the municipal amalgamation and harmonization of differentiated mill rates."

The division is seeking further clarity on this topic.

One of the other topics reviewed in the meeting was Truth and Reconciliation day coming up on Thursday.

Superintended Dan Ward outlined what the plan is for September 30th,

"The province has directed school divisions to close schools for that day in recognition of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We don't have information on subsequent years, but there will be something forthcoming whether the province declares that to be a statutory, whether it's going to be a professional development day we are not sure, but we will receive direction from the government prior to next fall."

Mr. Ward said on behalf of the school division he would be bringing greetings to the Dauphin Friendship Centre for their ceremony on Thursday.

The next meeting is set to take place on October 12th.

According to Public Health Officials, 366 COVID-19 Cases have been identified in Manitoba since Thursday.

60 of these cases were from Friday, 100 on Saturday, 113 on Sunday, and 93 today.

This includes:

  • 28 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
  • 25 cases in the Northern health region;
  • 55 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • 150 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
  • 108 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

Public Health officials say that of today’s 93 cases:

  • Seven are in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • Seven  are in the Interlake-Eastern Health region
  • Eight are in the Northern Health region
  • 46 in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
  • 25 are in the Winnipeg Health region

Manitoba reports the breakdown of cases by vaccination status as so:

62 cases from unvaccinated individuals, five from partially vaccinated individuals and 26 fully vaccinated individuals. 

Dauphin has one new recovery to report, bringing the total number of active COVID-19 cases in the city to 8.

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

Riding Mountain (0), Swan River (2), Duck Mountain (3), Porcupine Mountain (1), Agassiz Mountain (6), Asessippi (7), Little Saskatchewan (1), Whitemud (3). Brandon has 44 active cases.

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

The current five-day test positivity rate is 2.7 percent provincially. 2,480 laboratory tests were completed yesterday.

There are 646 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

43 Manitobans are hospitalized with active COVID-19.

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

UPDATE:

A man was arrested in Dauphin yesterday evening for Assault and Uttering Threats.

Dauphin RCMP were dispatched to assist at a fire in the back lane of 4th Avenue NE, and 5th Avenue NE at around 8:25 p.m.

When officers arrived, the fire department was already on the scene.

There was a backyard fire that wasn’t in an approved pit, which goes against a Dauphin City bylaw.

A 46-year-old man on the scene became aggressive and was arrested for Assault and Uttering Threats.

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Emergency crews were on the scene of a disturbance in Dauphin Sunday evening.

In the 220 block of 4th avenue northeast, an adult outside a house could be heard screaming at officials.

Early reports from bystanders say that officials were heard saying, “I just asked you to put out the fire.”

CKDM has reached out to the RCMP for a further update on this matter.

Mountain View School Division is reporting a couple of COVID-19 cases at Roblin Elementary.

One case was at the school from September 13th to the 16th during the infectious period.

Another case was at the school in the Grade 5/6 classroom, and Bus R3 on September 20th during the infectious period.

Close contacts have been identified and advised to self-isolate.

Starting at 7 a.m. Monday, Mountain Road between River Ave & Alexandria Ave will be closed to all traffic.

The City of Dauphin says the closure is taking place to repair a house service.

All traffic must detour.

On Saturday evening, Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival hosted the unveiling of the largest Ukrainian flag in Canada, outside of McKenzie Middle School in Dauphin.

Many people helped unfurl this huge flag, which is 25 by 16 meters.

Following this event, Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival hosted the Zabava Street Party.

This year’s Zabava was smaller than it has been in the past, just taking up part of 3rd avenue NE, and some of Co-op’s parking lot, but it was well attended, as the event was completely sold out.

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Nick Yakimishen, Vice President of Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival was happy with the turnout.

“We couldn’t have asked for anything more. We started planning this and the restrictions were 1,500 people outdoors, and then it’s 500, so what do we do? We had to end up making it a ticketed event, but it’s still an absolutely amazing turnout. We couldn’t have asked for better.”

There were food vendors, live music, and street performers at this event.

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This Thursday, September 30th, marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

In honour of hope and healing, Dauphin's Friendship Centre will be presenting a Truth and Reconciliation Day Ceremony at Parkland Crossing starting at 11 a.m.

Jarri Thompson, an organizer for the event, emphasizes the meaning behind Truth and Reconciliation Day,

"Truth and reconciliation day does have a very important job, and that job for us is to educate Canadians about residential schools and the experiences of the students, not only those who survived but also those who did not."

Jarri carried on to go through what is planned,

"There will be four speakers including myself, two round dances, one to honour the incident lives caught up in the tragic legacy of Indian residential schools and one to celebrate that as indigenous people we are still and still going strong."

Thompson states what attendees should wear,

"We would prefer if people were wearing orange; we've invited the community to wear their regalia, wear the Métis sashes, wear their skirts, bring their drums. We want to involve everybody in this Ceremony."

The Ceremony will be held outdoors, but Thompson notes some health guidelines in place,

"If you are going to be in close contact, we would prefer that you do keep your mask on. During the round dances, there's going to be ribbons to hold onto rather than the hands being held, and at the round dances, you are required to wear your mask."

Following the Ceremony, there will be a free lunch offered where attendees will get a hot dog, chips and a beverage.

140 federally run Residential Schools operated in Canada between 1831 and 1998.

Commemoration of the painful history and continuing impacts of residential schools is crucial for the reconciliation process.

Many people went to the Dauphin Rail Museum on Saturday for the 125th anniversary of the first train’s arrival through the city.

President of the Museum, Jason Gilmore says he was happy with the turnout.

“I think we planned it well enough that it’s not overwhelming truly, but it is to me, being slightly new at hosting events like this. I think it’s gone really well.”

Jason says we can anticipate a few more events from the Rail Museum in the near future.

“We’re going to have a couple of other events signifying when the rail first cross Main Street, so that was on November 7th, we’ll be doing something in regards to that. Then December 15th is the actual date of the first train arriving. The reason we held this event at this time is that you don’t know what the weather is going to be like, and we wanted to have something where people could be outside.”

There was live music at the event, and the street in front of the museum was lined with classic cars, some of which came from as far away as Brandon and Yorkton.

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It was another successful Fuel Good Day at Dauphin Co-ops.

The community stepped up, buying nearly $50,000 litres of fuel this year, resulting in a donation of $5,000 towards the Dauphin Bible Camp.

On top of gas sales, the Bible Camp held fundraising BBQs at both Gas Bars, raising an additional $1,000 to go towards the camp's ambitions to improve outdoor activity for the community, such as an outdoor skating rink for the coming winter season.

Dauphin Co-op has donated more than $5,000 from fuel sales each year on Fuel Good Day for more than $25,000 locally raised since 2017.

Co-op wished to extend a special thanks to everyone who made this day of donation a success, including the Dauphin Kings and their players.

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There are some changes to the yard waste pick-up schedule in Dauphin next week.

This is because of the National Day For Truth & Reconciliation on Thursday, September 30th.

Those in the Day 1 Zone will be moved to Monday, September 27th.

Day 2 will be moved to Tuesday, September 28th.

Day 3 will be moved to Wednesday, September 29th.

Day 4 will remain on Friday, October 1st.

Regular collection days resume on Tuesday, October 5th.

Manitoba PC Leadership candidate Shelly Glover held a meet and greet in Dauphin Saturday, where she made a big announcement.

She stated that if she becomes Premier, one of the first things she will do is reopen the correctional centre in Dauphin.

Glover says she came to this decision because she’s worried about the lack of support and services for our rural communities.

“We are seeing agriculture centres close, Manitoba Hydro offices close, and other rural offices being impacted. That is very dangerous for our rural communities, and we need them to be sustained, we need to support them just as much as we need to support our large cities.”

Glover, who has experience in law enforcement, says it’s dangerous for guards and other staff at jails when they’re overcapacity.

“The stats speak for themselves. Over the last five years, we had an average of 369 inmates overcapacity. That included when we had the Dauphin jail. So by closing the Dauphin jail, we have now just put those extra bodies into, yet again, over-taxed systems located elsewhere. We need to better protect the guards and the inmates. We’re in COVID, the last thing you want to do in COVID is pile people who don’t know each other into rooms together.”

The Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba will choose its new leader, who will be Manitoba's first female Premier, on October 30th.