As summer comes to a close, the Dutch Drive Inn will be wrapping up another season with in the next month.
With this being the first summer that things have officially been open with no restrictions, it’s been a great for the tourism section to see a boom after the pandemic put everything to a grinding halt for two years.
The Dutch Drive Inn brings not only good home-style cooked food, but a taste of nostalgia to those who really know and remember what a drive-in is all about. “This has been our fourth summer as the owner and operators of the Dutch Drive Inn,” said Celeste Atchison. “When it came to purchasing the business, our logic was always why fix what isn’t broken?"
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A big fundraiser is being planned by Opasquia Trails, in hopes to get people out and supporting their upcoming project, the Grace Lake Boardwalk and Boreal Trail.
The project consists of a floating boardwalk along the shores of Grace Lake, east of The Pas.
“We’re pretty excited for this and the purpose of this fundraiser is to help raise money to establish one of the trails,” said Opasquia Trails Committee Member Alan McLauchlan. “Opasquia Trails was formed in 2019 and it’s purpose was to develop, construct and maintain walking paths and trails in the tri-community."
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Hot on the heels of Opaskwayak Indigenous Days (OID) crowning of their annual princess comes the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival call for 2023 Fur Queen candidates.
Applications are now open for Fur Queen candidates and it’s calling on anyone ages 18 to 24 who is shy, friendly, outgoing, and witty or any combination to come forward.
There is a lot to consider when running for Fur Queen. “There are regular meetings bi-weekly starting in October, then come January we meet every week,” said Fur Queen Director Krista Tooley. “In January, on top of our regular meeting night, which also becomes dance practice time, we add time on Saturdays for dance practices. For the three Sundays prior to Festival week, we do pageant rehearsals. On top of that, candidates plan fundraisers, do media interviews, and make numerous appearances depending on what's happening in the community. “In years past they have entered trees and volunteered at Festival of Trees; they go to UCN's supper and book night; attend a pajama tales or two at the The Pas Regional Library, and so much more. Organizations and event organizers often reach out to have the Fur Queen and Court, and the new contestants attend things. We do our best to attend as many things as we can."
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As part of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO)’s Annual General Assembly held at the end of August, a resolution was approved to put forward a call to the Province to ensure the First Nation right of top priority to hunt moose and demand to cancel licensed non-Indigenous moose hunting in the MKO region.
This has been the third request by MKO to cancel non-Indigenous moose hunting licenses in GHA’s and areas affected by Moose Conservation Closure Regulation 122/2011.
The letters sent to the province were dated back to December 3 and 7, 2021, and May 30, 2022, and have not received a reply or response from the Province to MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee or Sapotaweyak Cree Nation (SCN) Chief Nelson Genaille.
MKO Grand Chief Settee sent another letter last week to Premier Stefanson and the Ministers for Justice, Natural Resources and Northern Development, and Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations.
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A combine in the Municipality of Swan Valley West empties a load into a grain cart in the light of the setting sun on Monday (Sept. 12). Although the beginning of harvest was later than normal for some, many farmers are well on their way to collecting their crops for this year.
“Hope – having hope propels us to achieve our dreams and drives us forward toward our pursuits.
It also keeps us afloat when everything seems to go wrong. When we feel that we’re drowning, hope is the light at the end of the tunnel – the Northern Star by which we navigate our lives through trials and difficulties toward our dreams of a better day.
When we lose hope, we are a rudderless ship being tossed about without direction. Having and finding hope then, is essential for keeping our dreams upright and continuing to sail in the directions of our attainment.” –Gloria Tibbatts Over the second weekend in September the Expanding Community Cancer Care Committee held their seventh annual Walk of Hope raising $71, 000 for the project.
With the announcement in May that the province would be kicking in ‘the difference,’ , it’s hoped that the need for another Walk of Hope is over. “We did it!” Gloria Tibbatts told the crowd gathered in the tent before the 2022 Walk of Hope officially started with the walk for about 25 cancer survivors behind Staff Sargeant Matt Lavallee and Cpl. Brett Church. “On May 3, 2022, the government announced that they would kick in $700,000 to add to our $1.8 million that we had raised to make the $2.5 million that we needed to build the new chemotherapy unit.” The unit, Tibbatts explained will be attached to the west wing of the Russell Health Centre and will run south from there. The building is now going to be approx. 2,600 square feet, have four stations and room to expand to six stations if needed in the future.
With the geographical and topographical surveys completed, a virtual meeting between Gloria Tibbatts and Judy Forsyth, cancer care nurses and Prairie Mountain Health exec can review the 95% completion of the design and furnishings of the building was held three days after the walk (and too late to be included in this paper). The completed design will be released on Sept. 30th and will then be put out for tender with the deadline for tenders set for Nov. 2, 2022.
“Construction, I believe will likely start in the spring of 2023 as this would save us money on heat, if building through the winter months,” Gloria Tibbatts said.
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This week’s focus on the race for the City of Dauphin mayor’s chair looks at supports for small business.
The question for candidates David Bosiak and Kerri Riehl was:
Small business is one of the pillars of the community and locally, many small businesses are struggling to rebuild from the devastating effects of the pandemic. What role do you see for the City in facilitating that recovery and do you have any specific programming in mind that would you like to see implemented?
The global pandemic stopped ordinary life in its tracks. We were all there. From family gatherings for weddings and funerals to rites of passage for our young people the usual just didn’t happen. Local businesses were dealt a devastating blow. Things are improving but to start anything from a dead stop takes energy, time and money. Small businesses particularly are dealing with inter-related challenges – from the pandemic, staff shortages, rising input costs, supply chain issues and inflation. As a small business owner of 30 years in Dauphin I have been concerned by the issues facing current businesses. Who will weather this storm? Who won’t? What role can the City play in their recovery?
Firstly, the City should not make life more difficult. The City supports small business (defined by Industry Canada as a firm that has fewer than 100 employees) by making Dauphin an attractive and affordable place to operate. Although the City does not partner directly with businesses, they create the climate where businesses thrive or struggle so should assume responsibility for keeping them in Dauphin. As Mayor I would work with Council to:
• Freeze municipal taxes during recovery period;
• Lower existing service fees and charges to small businesses;
• Not impose new business taxes; and
• Propose an interest free property tax deferral program to assist businesses during pandemic recovery
There is a growing issue with lack of available workers in our region. In order for businesses to have access to the right people at the right time, skill building has to be occurring constantly. Do we need plumbers, electricians, nurses’ aides, practical nurses and child care workers? Those people can be trained right here. Keeping that capacity in place is one plank of recovery. Institutions such as Assiniboine Community College, Dauphin Friendship Centre and Regional Connections (the immigrant support service) have a wealth of courses and support to help people get job-ready. As Mayor I would work closely with these organizations and advocate to them and their various funders for the continuation of education options, settlement services, English-as-a-Second Language classes and literacy classes to provide job seekers the tools to join the labour force and support local business.
There are also structural changes that can be made to support bold and innovative ideas. Dauphin implemented a new accommodation tax this year. I would work with Council and propose the proceeds of this tax be earmarked for economic development initiatives for local businesses. The newly unveiled Dauphin Tourism branding “Adventure From Here On Out” positions Dauphin nicely to attract major events. Such opportunities attract people who spend money at local businesses. I would propose a new “Dauphin Adventure Fund” that would allow local organizations to apply for assistance and seed money to attract more major events to our city. The economic spin-off impact of major events is real, and many Dauphin businesses would benefit from more visitors traveling here to see all we have to offer. I would recommend the current Economic Development Committee expand their work to ensure there is community input into the use of accommodation tax revenues.
There are even smaller businesses that have a few employees or are run by entrepreneurs out of their basements, garages and workshops. These micro-businesses are adding more and more to Dauphin’s economy. I would ensure the City worked in partnership with local organizations the Hub and Community Futures so that entrepreneurs can access loans, training opportunities and assistance with business planning and related needs. I will propose ongoing financial support for the Hub to City Council and be a strong advocate for its approval.
Behind the scenes there are interactions with the City that are not always visible to the general public. Administration must continue to ask themselves - are we making it easy to be in business here or are we making it hard? I would ensure the Economic Development Office continues to work with businesses to smooth out the permitting and development plan process, and to work with new developers to find cost efficiencies and create incentives to stimulate commercial, light industrial and residential housing developments.
Dauphin is a great little City. I know from personal experience it is also a great place to operate a business. Elect me Mayor on October 26th and we will keep moving forward.
Experience is knowledge. I experienced the covid era as the sole owner of a small local business in our community, Riehl Security Solutions. Business owners endured alongside many other professions and people. We certainly were not in a covid pause, we all were in survival mode pivoting and scrambling daily.
As we emerge from the covid 19 crisis, other challenges continue to deeply affect Dauphin’s small businesses including struggles to return to normal revenues, the weight of the covid-related debt businesses were forced to take on to pivot and survive, rising costs on virtually every business expense and a gripping shortage of labor.
Along with the devastation to our local small businesses, our community members are also dealing with a great deal of trauma, loss, high cost of living, and food security. Strong leadership is vital to our community’s recovery.
What role do I see the city in facilitating with regards to recovery?
Principled leadership. For example, several people advised while their businesses were shut down for many months, they never had any contact with our leaders or economic development. However, they received a ticket for a snow-covered sidewalk and suggested a phone call would have been preferred under the circumstances.
As a business owner myself, I have experienced the same lack of regard. My only contact has been letters seeking donation to the city’s Christmas hamper or welcoming programming within the last seven years.
Personally, I served on council for three years. I resigned as my 84-year-old mother was diagnosed and quickly at end of life in B.C. requiring immediate terminal care. City staff are provided with time off and the option to care for their dying parents while small business owners are not. They cannot simply “close shop” and expect to reopen in the future. Councillor Eilers was the only individual who reached out to me upon my resignation and upon the passing of my mother. There was no press release thanking me for my contribution or notifying the citizens of Dauphin of my resignation. As a result, I’ve continued to endure bullying and have had to spend numerous hours dissipating the ripe Dauphin “rumour mill” while it could have been prevented by city administration.
It matters how leaders treat their citizens. Respective investors and existing businesses should be equally welcomed at city hall. Establishing standardized policies to ensure impartiality must be available. Systemic discrimination creates dysfunction. Every citizen must be treated with respect despite differences of opinion, religion, ethnicity, views, socioeconomic status, or associations. That is the role of municipal governance without exception and is law under discrimination legislation.
What programming would I like to see implemented?
Hire a project manager to source different funding grants at all levels of government and manage projects to completion while collaborating with all stakeholders.
Offer flexible business tax payment timelines and business fees without penalties for those businesses greatly impacted by covid. Businesses don’t want a handout; they want a hand up at this difficult time.
City undertake an advertising campaign spotlighting small business in conjunction with the chamber of commerce, economic development, The HUB, Community Futures Parkland, Regional Connections, educational institutions, and other key community partners.
Continue the Parkland committee of reeves and mayors seeking opportunities for economic regional growth in areas such as tourism.
If opening weekend of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League proved anything for the Dauphin Kings it is that there is a lot of room for improvement.
The defending Turnbull Cup champions opened the weekend with a pair of overtime games with the Neepawa Titans, with each team winning on home ice.
In Friday’s season opener, Kalen Reynolds staked Neepawa to a 1-0 lead 5:41 into the third period.
Anthony Bax pulled Dauphin even when he connected with 25 seconds left to send the game to overtime where he tallied the winner, 59 seconds in.
On Saturday, Neepawa got their revenge when Will Highet netted the winner, four minutes into overtime to give the Titans a 3-2 victory.
Following Friday’s home opener, Kings head coach and general manager Doug Hedley felt the Kings were sloppy in the second period, adding the passing was off.
“Obviously, it’s a work in progress. I think we had good speed. I think we outplayed them. I think we had good chances. Their goaltender was pretty good tonight,” he said. “We stuck with it and what do you say about Anthony Bax. He gets two big goals. It’s a nice way to open like that when you have so many new guys and you find a way to get it done.”
With only eight players back from last year’s championship squad, there are a lot of new faces on the Kings this season. Getting a victory like this will boost the team’s confidence right off the hop. Several players impressed Hedley, Friday night, including Bax, Nicholas Hatton and Matthew Gough.
Veteran Mason Smith had a great game, Hedley said, using his speed to create chances.
“(Blake) Boudreau, you could see his speed in the three-on-three (in overtime). He just kept on taking pucks away from guys,” Hedley said, adding it will take some time for the new players to get used to the league. “Once they get their feet under them and they realize what the league is about and the speed and compete that they need to work at, they’re going to be good players,” he said. “It could take us a little bit of time.”
Hedley liked the compete level from the younger players, such as local products Carter Zalischuk and Rylan Gibbs.
“I thought Zalischuk was really good. I thought Gibby was very good for his first game in the MJHL. I thought our newer guys, our younger guys were good. (Dario) Zitko was good. (Connor) Picard played well. They’re all ‘03s and ‘04s,” he said, adding some of the veterans could have played better. When it comes to putting a lineup together, Hedley looks for players with speed.
“And then you could work everything off that. If you play fast and compete hard, it causes trouble for the opposition,” he said. “Tonight, there were a few times we broke down in the D zone, but we’re just learning. The neutral zone got better as the game went on. We started controlling their speed. And offensively, this is just touching it, because I think the speed we have, and when these guys get used to the scissors support and the different ways to get to the net, we’re going to be a pretty tough team to beat. I just think there’s some real good stuff there to work with.”
Several players on the sidelines Friday night, made it into the lineup on Saturday. With 29 players still with the team, Hedley has some tough decisions ahead.
“We’re going to try and find ways to get guys in,” he said, adding he looks back to last year when he almost let Nick Braun go, but he had a good week and a couple of good games and ended up in the team’s top six all season. “We just don’t want to make a mistake. We want to give these guys an opportunity. And a lot of this right now is attitude and a positive work ethic,” Hedley said. “I know it’s not a good thing for billets and finances at times, but we just want to try to get it right and make sure we give the kids every opportunity to play here.”
The Kings are back on the ice tonight when they make their first trip north to face the OCN Blizzard at 7 p.m.
On the weekend, Dauphin plays another home-and-home, this time with the Swan Valley Stampeders, starting Friday in Swan River at 7 p.m., with the rematch in Dauphin, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Local Indigenous artist Patrick Paul is working his way to showcasing his Woodland art in Toronto and the end of the month.
Paul has been presented with the opportunity to display his work alongside other Woodland artists.
“The name of the art show is Tisiget and it means a person who changes the colour of it,” Paul said. “It opens on Sept. 30 in honour of National Truth and Reconciliation Day in the Canary District of Toronto. It’s going to be featuring artists Thomas Sinclair, Autumn Smith, Bree Island and myself. The show is featuring a collection of Woodland artists.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for all of us to get out there and display our art and stories. A lot of us like to keep our stories authentic to the Woodland and Ojibwa culture that we paint.”
Tisiget was created by two other Indigenous artists who felt that putting on an art show during National Truth and Reconciliation Day was an excellent opportunity to put emphasis on Indigenous art work. The trip to Toronto is one Paul hopes he is able to make before the show ends.
“Thomas Sinclair and Autumn Smith are the curators for this show and they are putting it together themselves,” Paul said. “They invited me to be a part of it, because they loved the authentic values I keep in my Woodland art. I’ve never been part of an art show before, so this is an incredible opportunity. I just hope I’m able to make it out to Toronto, because I don’t have the funds yet to get there. The show runs until Oct. 10, so I’m hoping to get out there before it wraps up.”
Paul is excited to have his artwork tell a story and to share that with people.
“I think the most important part about my art being out there is to spread awareness of Indigenous culture and art,” he said. “The telling of Anishinaabe stories is a big part of this and sharing our culture with others. I like to keep my art rooted to those stories and the ancient art pictographs. Just being able to share our art and stories is the most important part of all.”
Paul has been working on some new material for the show and just finished a painting that means a lot to him. He also will be incorporating some of his earlier works and hopes to create a few more before the end of the week.
“I just finished painting one that I called the Spiritual Balance of the Sacred Sturgeon Woman,” Paul said. “It’s a 36 x 60 acrylic painting on unstretched canvas. It has a snake with the woman travelling on a sacred sturgeon with some turtles in the background. It’s a very important piece to me and it’s one of the brightest ones I’ve finished. I’m hoping to do one of a dancer for the art show, as well. A couple more recent ones I’ve done, too, will be included. The art display at the show will be readily available for people to purchase.”
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Overcoming a delayed start to the project, construction of the Vermillion Growers greenhouse north of Dauphin is now progressing at breakneck speed.
The 10-acre greenhouse is just phase one of what is expected to eventually be a 30-acre development and should be operational sometime this winter.
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