Source: City of Brandon press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brandon, MB – City of Brandon Parks & Recreation Services would like to inform the public that due to warmer temperatures and deteriorating ice conditions, the public skating oval west of McGregor Avenue has been officially closed for the winter season.

“Oval Closed” signs and barricades have been placed at the oval and all associated floodlighting will be turned off, as well as the Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Waterfall of Lights display has been turned off.

The City of Brandon thanks all users of its outdoor recreational facilities for enjoying the spaces with respect and keeping them in good condition for all to enjoy.

For more information, contact:
Parks & Recreation Services
204-729-2148
recreation@brandon.ca

Photo Credit: Meritt Thomas

Source: City of Brandon press release

Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon’s Parks & Recreation Services wishes to advise the public that it will begin a controlled burn of Elm tree debris impacted by Dutch Elm Disease in the area of the Crystal Pits (1825 Victoria Avenue East) on Monday, March 1st, 2021.

The City of Brandon undertakes the removal of diseased, dead, or dying Elm trees in accordance with guidelines laid out by the Province of Manitoba. Approximately 600 Elm trees have been removed as part of the 2020-2021 program, with the vast majority of them being dead or diseased trees removed from along the Assiniboine River Corridor.

The department has applied for and received the proper permitting from Brandon Fire and Emergency Services and the fire will be monitored 24/7 by City staff. It is anticipated the burning should be completed by the afternoon of Friday, March 5th, 2021.

The City of Brandon asks that all members of the public stay away from the area until the controlled burning has been completed. For more information on the process, the public may visit brandon.ca/forestry-and-horticulture/dutch-elm-disease-faq or contact the City of Brandon Parks Section at 204-729-2148.

For more information, contact:
Parks & Recreation Services
204-729-2148
recreation@brandon.ca

 

2020-21 WHEAT KINGS ROSTER ANNOUNCED

Photo Credit: wheatkings.com

Source: Brandon Wheat King Press Release

BRANDON, MB. – The Brandon Wheat Kings have announced their roster for the 2020-21 Western Hockey League season.

The roster includes 16 returning players from the 2019-20 campaign and eight playing in their first Western Hockey League season. First-year players include Jaxon Dube, Nate Danielson, Logen Hammett, Jacob Hoffrogge, Brett Hyland, Rylen Roersma, Connor Ungar, and Tyson Zimmer. They will be looking to make an impact in their first season taking cues from the 16 returning players, in particular, the team’s three 20-year-olds who are back for their final junior season; Lynden McCallum, Marcus Sekundiak, and Reid Perepeluk.

The Wheat Kings’ season – taking place in the hub city of Regina, Saskatchewan – will feature 24 games between the seven East Division teams (Brandon, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Winnipeg) beginning on March 12th.

Don MacGillivray will be stepping into his first season as Head Coach with the Wheat Kings and will be supported by assistant coaches Todd Miller and Mark Derlago, as well as video coach Dan Johnston and goaltending coach Tyler Plante. Behind the scenes, Scott Hlady returns as equipment manager, assisted by Jody Norminton, and William Sadonick-Carriere is back as Athletic Therapist.

 

Player Position Birthdate Hometown
Jake Chiasson F 5/25/2003 Abbotsford, B.C.
Nate Danielson F 9/27/2004 Red Deer, AB
Jaxon Dube F 4/24/2003 St. Albert, AB
Riley Ginnell F 10/9/2002 Calgary, AB
Ridly Greig F 8/8/2002 Lethbridge, AB
Brett Hyland F 2/18/2003 Edmonton, AB
Lynden McCallum F 1/26/2000 Brandon, MB
Ben McCartney F 7/13/2001 MacDonald, MB
Reid Perepeluk F 5/1/2000 Prince George, B.C.
Nolan Ritchie F 5/27/2002 Brandon, MB
Rylen Roersma F 7/25/2004 Lethbridge, AB
Marcus Sekundiak F 4/20/2000 Oak Bluff, MB
Ty Thorpe F 1/27/2002 Brandon, MB
Tyson Zimmer F 9/5/2004 Russell, MB
       
Logen Hammett D 4/3/2003 Regina, SK
Jacob Hoffrogge D 2/18/2003 Saskatoon, SK
Vincent Iorio D 11/14/2002 Coquitlam, B.C.
Jonny Lambos D 1/14/2001 Winnipeg, MB
Chad Nychuk D 3/6/2001 Rossburn, MB
Neithan Salame D 1/1/2001 Edmonton, AB
Braden Schneider D 9/20/2001 Prince Albert, SK
Rylan Thiessen D 2/7/2001 Brandon, MB
       
Ethan Kruger G 9/27/2001 Sherwood Park, AB
Connor Ungar G 1/12/2002 Calgary, AB

 

Owner/Governor Jared Jacobson Brandon, MB
General Manager Darren Ritchie Brandon, MB
Head Coach Don MacGillivray Winnipeg, MB
Assistant Coach Todd Miller Elliot Lake, ON
Assistant Coach Mark Derlago Brandon, MB
Video Coach Dan Johnston Calgary, AB
Athletic Therapist William Sadonick-Carriere Swan River, MB
Equipment Manager Scott Hlady Brandon, MB
Assistant Equipment Manager Jody Norminton Brandon, MB

 

Fans can watch every WHL game this season by subscribing to WHL Live, for only $59.99. Single-day passes are also available for $6.99, giving fans the option to watch all scheduled games across the league as well as access to archived games for 24-hours.

Getting access to WHL Live on CHL TV is as simple as heading over to watch.CHL.ca on your web browser, selecting your package, and downloading the brand-new app on your preferred device.

Brandon Police Service Report Drug Seizure following Search Warrant

Source: BPS Media Release

On February 26, 2021, at approximately 1:30 a.m. members of The Brandon Police Service Operational Support and Crime Suppression Unit (OSCSU) assisted by members of BPS Patrol Division conducted a search warrant on a residence on Alaska Bay following an investigation into the occupants.

Officers located and seized 56 grams of Meth, 76 grams of Fentanyl, and 3.5 grams of Cocaine.  Also seized was a small quantity of MDMA and $4000 in cash. The street or point level value of the drugs is estimated to be $50,000.

Four male occupants of the residence were arrested and lodged at Brandon Police Service. Their ages are 27, 40, 46, and 48.  Each male will appear in court today on charges of Possess for the Purpose of Trafficking Meth, Possess for the Purpose of Trafficking Fentanyl, Possess for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine, Possess Proceeds of Crime. 

Several of the individuals also face charges for failing to comply with court orders. 

CITY COUNCIL CHOOSES NEW CITY MANAGER OUT OF 55 APPLICANTS

Source: Brandon.ca

 

February 26, 2021

Brandon City Council is announcing the conclusion of the competition for City Manager and has named Mr. Ron Bowles of Campbell River, B.C. as the successful candidate.  Council’s Personnel Committee started with an applicant pool of over 55 candidates from across Canada and beyond. The finalists were interviewed by the entire City Council. 

Ron Bowles is currently a General Manager for the City of Campbell River, B.C. He has previous experience at the City of Terrace, B.C., with several BC First Nations, and in the private sector environmental engineering business.  Ron was born in Winnipeg and has family connections in Brandon and is quite familiar with this community and Manitoba.  He is expected to commence in the role of City Manager approximately April 26th, taking into account COVID-19 protocols including self-isolation after arriving in Manitoba. 

Dean Hammond will continue in the role of Acting City Manager until Mr. Bowles’ arrival, at which time Dean will continue in his position of General Manager of Corporate Services and City Treasurer. 

“We are very pleased to bring this process to a conclusion,” noted Mayor Rick Chrest on behalf of City Council. “After some earlier delays posed by COVID-19, it is very positive to provide some certainty and stability to our administrative team.  Council welcomes Ron Bowles to our organization, and we thank Dean Hammond for fulfilling the Acting role these past many months.” 

Source: bsd.ca

After more than four years of service to the Brandon School Division, Dr. Casavant, Superintendent and CEO is leaving the Division to pursue other opportunities.

During his tenure, Dr. Casavant was successful at implementing our continuous improvement program and building relationships with our various stakeholders. We wish Dr. Casavant the best of success in his future endeavors.

Mr. Mathew Gustafson will continue as Acting Superintendent/CEO for the foreseeable future.

Should you have any questions, please contact:
Brandon School Division – Office of Communications
Terri Curtis, Communications Coordinator
1031 – 6th Street, Brandon, MB  R7A 4K5
Phone:  204-729-0388  Email:  curtis.terri@bsd.ca

4 BCC Inmates Appear In Court Following Vicious Attack on Fellow Inmate

Source: Brandon Police Services

 

On Sunday, February 21, 2021, Brandon Police Services reported officers responded to a report of an assault, which occurred at Brandon Correctional Centre on an inmate on February 20, 2021.

Following an investigation into the incident, members of the BPS Major Crime Section arrested four inmates from Brandon Correctional Centre on February 23, 2021.  They will appear in court today (February 24, 2021), each with a charge of Assault with a Weapon.  They include a 24-year-old male, a 28-year-old male, a 22-year-old male, and a 26-year-old male.

The victim was treated for his injuries on February 20, 2021, and released from medical care the following day.  The injuries consisted of upper body contusions and lacerations. 

 

Original BPS release from Feb. 21, 2021:

At 3:40 p.m. yesterday, police received a report of an assault against an inmate in custody at the Brandon Correctional Centre. The assault took place within the adult male section of the jail, resulting in the victim being transported to the Brandon Regional Health Centre by ambulance. 

The victim remains in hospital at this time with non-life-threatening injuries. Several other inmates physically assaulted the victim by beating him with their fists and feet, as well as with other objects at their disposal, which included jail furniture. The Major Crime Section and Forensic Identification Section were called out to conduct the investigation.

This matter remains an active investigation, and more details may be released in the days to come.

(File Photo)

Source: ACC News

 

Assiniboine Community College is proud to announce its continued partnership with Conestoga College (Ontario) to deliver another tuition-free welding program at its North Hill Campus in Brandon commencing in July 2021.

“We are proud and excited to continue our partnership with Conestoga to deliver this program which will create opportunities for students to gain skills and knowledge before beginning a career in the trades,” said Kevin Poirier, Associate Dean, Trades. “This program supports Assiniboine’s commitment to offering quality programs responsive to Manitoba’s labor market while meeting industry and community needs,” he added.

The program, funded through the Government of Canada Skilled Trades Awareness Readiness (STAR) program, prepares students for in-demand careers while providing a head start for those wishing to work towards a Red Seal in the apprenticeship certification process. As a part of the program, participants will complete hands-on, in-school training for 25 weeks plus an 8-week paid work placement.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the program will operate with additional safety measures in place on campus to keep students safe.

Selection into the eight-month program will focus on engaging key groups including women, Indigenous peoples, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, and those currently underemployed. There is space for fifteen students. Tuition, textbooks, and personal protective equipment are all covered at no cost to those enrolled in the program.

The program includes an eight-week paid work placement offering students pathways into the labor market upon graduation. Interested candidates must attend a free program information session as part of their admissions process into the program.

Program details, as well as registration for an upcoming online information session, which is to be considered for the program prospective, students must attend one of the available information sessions, which is available online at assiniboine.net/welding-tuitionfree.

 

Riverbank Discovery Centre Reopens Its doors Tuesday Morning

The Riverbank Discovery Centre along with the Brandon & Region Tourism Centre announces it has now reopened to the public. As of 8:30 this morning they have resumed their regular business hours. Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. These hours are in effect until May Long weekend.

All Manitoba public health precautions and restrictions will be followed. Public health requirements including contact tracing, physical distancing, mask-wearing, hand sanitizing, and regular cleaning to keep our staff and visitors safe.

There is never a shortage of things to see and do year-round at The Riverbank Discovery Centre. Folks who visit the facility can enjoy nature trails, the river, wetlands, picnic shelters, gift shop/souvenirs, tourism services, taxidermy displays, interpretive programming, free wifi, and much more!

Plans are in place to schedule more live entertainment on the Fusion Credit Union Stage later this spring/summer. For more info feel free to check the calendar of events at Riverbank.mb.ca

For more information, please contact James Montgomery at Brandon Riverbank Inc. at 204-717-8801 or james@riverbank.mb.ca

Crews Battle Mid Afternoon Blaze In Brandon Near The Trans Canada Highway

Early this afternoon (Monday, February 15th) Brandon Fire and Emergency received a call regarding a fire at Inland Kenworth located on the south frontage road adjacent to the Trans Canada Highway.

According to eyewitness reports, there were trucks inside the bays of the building and massive plumes of smoke were caused by fuel tanks exploding. As of 4:30 p.m. The fire was still going.

Spark News spoke with a representative from Brandon Fire and Emergency who requested the general public to stay clear of the area. Brandon City Police and RCMP cruisers and personnel have cordoned off the area near the fire. Traffic was backed up on the frontage road north of the Trans Canada Highway. 

16 firefighters remain on the scene along with three fire trucks. The Cornwallis Tanker Truck is making steady trips to refill water and assist in fighting the blaze.

No injuries were reported and an investigation will follow once the blaze is extinguished.

Hockey Brandon Officially Cancels 2020-21 Season

Source: Hockeybrandon.net

Hockey Brandon’s Board has made the tough decision to cancel the remainder of the 2020-2021 season effective Thursday, February 11, 2021, with the exception of the U15AAA & U17AAA programs, as their leagues have not yet been canceled provincially.

“We’ve been dreading this outcome but felt we had no other option,” says Curtis Storey, Hockey Brandon’s Board President. “The continued restrictions on indoor facilities, unfortunately, forced the decision. We all agreed that we’ve waited as long as we can, and it’s now time to let this season go.”

Despite play at outdoor facilities being allowed, Hockey Brandon is not in a position to move their programming to area community centers. There is just not enough outdoor ice available to support the various divisions and programs in an equitable way and so the decision was made to not pursue it.

If your player is participating in outdoor team-based activities at local community centers, it is important to note that this not being organized through Hockey Brandon. To ensure that your player has valid insurance coverage under Hockey Manitoba, full equipment must be worn at all times.

Hockey Brandon members will receive refunds on registration fees following the return of player team jerseys. Team Coaches will be reaching out in the coming days with specific instructions on how they will coordinate the collection of jerseys. If a team jersey is not returned, a refund will not be provided.

Hockey Brandon is working to have refunds distributed in early March. We appreciate your patience as we work through the process.

In closing, Hockey Brandon would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the volunteers who stepped into various roles of coaching, team management, or safety coordination. Our programs would not be possible without your time and efforts.  Together, we worked hard to bring our players a piece of normalcy during these difficult times, and for a good stretch, we did just that. Kids were on the ice and there were smiles behind their masks.

The decision to cancel the remainder of the season was made at a Board Meeting held virtually Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

Brandon Police Respond To Reports of Gun Play

 

Source: Brandon Police Service

 

Shortly after 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, Brandon Police officers responded to multiple reports of a male shooting a gun in the area of Baker Bay. Witnesses observed a male with a handgun running away from the area. Police located and arrested the suspect within minutes. He was still in possession of a CZ-74 handgun and ammunition. Nobody was injured because of the shooting.

An investigation into the incident revealed the suspect confronted an individual with the gun, but the individual was able to enter their vehicle and drive away. The suspect fired the gun towards the vehicle, striking it. The driver of the vehicle lost control shortly after leaving the area and struck a tree. The vehicle was towed for further investigation. The suspect and the driver are not known to one another.

The suspect, a 35-year-old male, was held in custody and appeared in court in the afternoon of February 11, 2021, on 14 firearm and weapon offenses. He has been remanded in custody.

The charges include:

Use of Firearm in the Commission of an Offence

Discharge Firearm with Intent to Endanger Life

Assault with a Weapon

Discharge Restricted Firearm into a Place in a Reckless Manner

Breach of Undertaking

Possession of Firearm Contrary to a Prohibition Order X 3

Possession of Restricted Firearm with Ammunition

Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized

Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm

Carrying a Concealed Weapon

Possession of a Weapon

Pointing a Firearm

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE GRANTED APPROVAL TO HOST HUB CENTER IN REGINA

 

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021

 

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today it has been granted approval by public health officials from the Government of Saskatchewan to play in a Hub Center located in Regina, which will allow the WHL’s Saskatchewan and Manitoba based teams in the East Division to open their season on Friday, March 12.

 

“The WHL appreciates the cooperation we have received from both the Governments of Saskatchewan and Manitoba as we work towards a safe return to play in the East Division,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “With our extensive protocols and the necessary approvals now in place, we are looking forward to play getting underway in Regina and allowing our players to continue their development at the highest level in the Canadian system.”

 

Seven WHL Clubs, which operate in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, will form the East Division, including the Moose Jaw Warriors, Prince Albert Raiders, Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, Swift Current Broncos, Brandon Wheat Kings, and Winnipeg ICE. The WHL has agreed that all East Division games during the 2020-21 Regular Season will be played exclusively at the Brandt Centre in Regina, under an approved WHL Hub Center model.

 

The WHL East Division schedule will commence on Friday, March 12. The WHL’s East Division will play a 24-game Regular Schedule, which will be announced at a later date. Based on the approved WHL protocols, the schedule will be played exclusively at the Brandt Centre in Regina with practices conducted in the adjacent Co-operators Centre.

 

The WHL has developed an extensive set of protocols and believe the protective Hub environment will provide a high standard of safety, for not only players and staff, but the Regina community at large. WHL players and staff from Saskatchewan and Manitoba based Clubs will begin self-quarantining on February 20 and then will report to the WHL Hub Center in Regina on February 27, where they will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival followed by an additional quarantine period. Players and staff will then undergo a second COVID-19 test before being permitted to engage in any team activity.

 

WHL Clubs are also committed to providing private PCR testing through DynaLIFE Medical Labs, to ensure no additional strain is placed on public health. Players will be tested upon arrival to their WHL Club and once again before engaging in any team activity. DynaLIFE’s PCR testing is considered a gold standard for COVID-19 testing and was utilized in Edmonton during the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs and the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

 

The WHL will implement an ongoing weekly private PCR testing strategy. If a WHL Club has one or more players or staff test positive for COVID-19 at any point in the season, the Club will be required to suspend its Club activities for a minimum of 14 days.

 

Enhanced screening for all WHL players, team staff, and officials will also take place on a daily basis, including regular temperature screenings as well as symptom monitoring through the WHL Athlete RMS Mobile Application. Masks must be worn by all WHL players at all times with the exception of when participating on ice for games and practices. WHL coaches will be required to wear masks at all times, including while conducting practice and while behind the bench during games.

 

As the WHL returns to play in the East Division, no spectators will be permitted to enter WHL facilities. WHL fans can look forward to the launch of a brand-new live streaming service that will deliver the excitement of WHL hockey straight to their homes. Details on the new WHL Live will be announced soon.

 

With the East Division start date now confirmed for March 12, the WHL will have three Divisions ready to open the Regular Season, starting with the Central Division on Friday, February 26 and the U.S. Division on Friday, March 19. The WHL continues to work with government health authorities in British Columbia to establish a start date for the WHL’s B.C. Division. Approval from the health authority in B.C. is required for the WHL’s B.C. Division to return to play.

 

In Like Flynn! 

Flynn Canada Ltd. has banded together to support the Keystone Centre through the annual naming rights sponsorship of Flynn Arena. A contract between the two parties has been signed for a 3-year agreement, with an option to renew.

“We wanted to be part of something that’s important in the community,” said Tyler Tomlinson, Manitoba provincial manager, Flynn Canada Ltd. “Hockey is a big part of rural life, as we well know. The Keystone is the prevalent rink in South West Manitoba and has been a big part of our business – we’re always proud to support the community and surrounding area that support us. “

With the agreement finalized, Flynn Canada Ltd. has also become the preferred roofing supplier for the nearly 50-year-old Keystone Centre.

“The Keystone Centre is always pleased to be working with partners, like Flynn Canada Ltd., that support the local community, especially at a time when many companies are reducing their advertising and community support due to the financial impact related to COVID,” said Jeff Schumacher, Keystone Centre CEO & general manager. “We are also very excited about the work that they will be doing to repair our many yards of a leaking roof, a project that has been at the top of our capital list for many years. This latest project will cover the worst areas of our hallways in the middle of the Keystone Centre, some of the busiest areas of the venue.”

The partnership adds to a growing list of naming rights sponsorship for rooms/arenas within the Keystone Centre facility, including Westoba Place & the Westoba Credit Union Agricultural Centre of Excellence, Enns Brothers Arena, MNP Hall, and the Westman Communications Group Viewing Lounge.

“This is an exciting partnership for the Keystone Centre. Flynn Canada Ltd. is a natural fit,” said Krista Kowaluk, director of partnerships. “It’s been a pleasure working on this mutually beneficial deal with Flynn, who couldn’t deny the value of this partnership, even during a pandemic. Their support is but one way we’re striving to sustain the facility during this challenging time.”

(Keystone Centre Release)

Coldest Night of the Year 2021

It’s an event that brings a lot of warmth to many people who really need it. This year the need is greater than ever here in Brandon. During a regular year “The Coldest Night of the Year” is a covid-safe, family-friendly walk to raise money for charities serving people experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger. Funds raised here in Brandon will be allocated to the Samaritan House Safe and Warm Shelter. Shannon Saltarelli Fundraising and Communications Specialist for the Samaritan House says, “Normally the event is a gathering of people that get out as a group and walk 2 – 5 kilometers, there’s usually open ceremonies and a wrap up with hot chili on a bun served. It’s greats fun and a neat group event. Obviously, things will be changed this time around due to COVID regulations.” While some communities in Canada will walk in person as part of groups, this year the Brandon contingent of this nationwide initiative will be a virtual walk. But let it be known, another main objective of this event is to let it be known that there is a place for everyone on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. “The components are still the same. It is first and foremost a fundraiser,” said Saltarelli.

Together with thousands of Canadians across the country, funds will be raised to support and serve people and families experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger in our community. The Samaritan House in Brandon is leading this community’s efforts for Coldest Night of The Year. We believe it is important to respond to the needs of the organizations and agencies that assist those within our community who are vulnerable and in need of a helping hand and support system. We invite you to pass this message along to your contacts, friends, peers, and family,” says Saltarelli.

There is no registration fee, just fundraise and do your walk on Feb. 20th as an individual, with your family, or with your team if able. Saltarelli says, “When you register online you’ll receive your own landing page which is quite robust that provides tools and graphics you can use to send out links to your page which will let more people know about your efforts and the event.”

On February, 20th they are still encouraging people to get out and walk. “Normally we would provide a designated route of 2 or 5 km and the idea of doing that is to give people a tiny window of what homeless people experience, just being exposed to the elements and not having a place like even a car to run to and warm-up or going home to warm up with some hot chocolate, those are luxuries that many of us just sort of take for granted. The idea of being exposed to the elements and putting yourself in a homeless person’s shoes is still an important element with this initiative and we still really encourage people who sign up to do this,” says Saltarelli. Once people do this they are asked to post it on social media to say they have completed their walk.

In the last five years, the event has raised between $24,000.00 – $38,000.00. This year’s goal is $25,000 which will cover some costs of the planned expansion of the safe and warm shelter. As of February 1st, they were just over 20% of the way to reaching that goal.

This year more than ever we need your support! Please consider registering today or if you would rather just donate, please head to Coldest Night of the Year 2021 (e2rm.com) to donate to our Samaritan House team (Samaritans In the House).

For more information on the event visit cnoy.org or google Coldest Night of the Year Brandon. For local sponsorship information or help on registering you can reach Shannon Saltarelli at pr@samaritanhouse.net.

 

Brandon Sets a Low-Temperature Record

This is officially the coldest February 8th Brandon has ever experienced. The Wheat City broke a 42-year-old temperature record this morning. After several days of extreme cold warnings across the prairies causing the mercury to fall close to record status, a record was set today. At 5:00 a.m. this morning the old record of -36.1 set on February 8, 1979, was officially broken when the mercury dipped to -36.2. The new record for February 8th was officially set in the 7:00 a.m. hour when the temperature plunged to -37 with a recorded windchill of -52. Conversely, the highest temperature ever recorded on February 8th in Brandon was a balmy +3.3 set in 1945.

 

Yesterday’s low of -36.9 was .5 degrees off the record mark set in 1994 (-37.4). The record temp for February 6th (-36.7 set in 1967) was nearly broken this past Saturday when the mercury plummeted to -36.3. Tonight’s forecast overnight low of -30 is well off the record low of -38.4 set on February 9th, 1994.

 

According to Environment Canada, this current cold snap will stick around until at least Sunday when temps are expected to get up to -16 with mainly sunny conditions just in time for Valentine’s Day. A bit more seasonal high of -13 is expected by the middle of next week. Extreme Cold warnings will continue for most of this week as an Arctic ridge of high pressure has allowed for a very cold air mass to settle over southern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba.

 

The normal average highs for this time of year is -9 Celsius while the average overnight low is -19 celsius.

Chamber of Commerce Offers Advice This Tax Season

The upcoming tax season is on the horizon. If you’re dreading having to prepare your business and or personal taxes the Brandon Chamber of Commerce may be able to relieve some of the stress built up from the looming tax season. Throwing government assistance throughout the COVID pandemic into the equation will most likely create another major wrinkle business owners will have to grapple with when doing our taxes.

Every level of government has stepped up with supports for individuals and businesses throughout 2020 to help see us all through the Covid-19 pandemic. With funding announcements made, details following, then updates to programs based on feedback from Canadians, the quantity of information can be overwhelming, particularly for business owners in survival mode just trying to see their way through to recovery.

The Brandon Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them along with tax experts Jeff Hood and Jaime Pugh from MNP LLP as they decode and answer the key items you should be aware of for your business to be ready for tax time.

Business owners are encouraged to send in their questions beforehand to get on the agenda. This virtual Q & A session will be held via a zoom meeting on Wednesday, February 17th from 10:00 a.m. To 11:00 a.m. The cost is on a pay what you can basis. For more information visit this website: members.brandonchamber.ca

Brandon Goes RED for 2-1-1 Day

Press Release:

February 11 (2/11) is 211 Day and this is the first year it will be marked across the entire country. Funding from the federal government’s COVID-19 response allowed United Way Centraide Canada to increase capacity among existing 211s and expand the service to ensure every part of the country is covered. It’s now reached Westman.

What is 211? Most people know when to call 911 but many are still learning about the 211 helpline. If someone is struggling to pay rent, or needs help to find food, 211 can help. If someone is struggling with their mental health, dial 2-1-1!

What is 211 DAY? It’s a day to remind people of the helpline that connects people with information on government and community-based programs and services. United Way Brandon & District is asking for the community to show us your glow in order to spread the word, and make it red! Some ideas include lighting in offices and at home, wearing red to work and around the house, and changing profile pictures to red. Take pictures, post them on social media, and show off your support.

In planning for the day, and with help from the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, the Dome building at the Keystone Centre Grounds was washed in red. It turned out great, and it was fun to work with a classic, heritage filled building in Brandon.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of the service as a large number of people try to sort through changing government programs and find access to supports such as food banks, utility relief, programs for seniors, and employment assistance.

211 is available in every community for every community. For more information, head to mb.211.ca. For more information on National 211 Day, and other United Way Brandon & District news, please contact their office at 204-571-8929. Emails can be sent to office@brandonuw.ca.

Brandon Police Arrest Credit Card Fraudster

In October 2020, police received a report of a stolen bank card.  The card was used at several businesses within Brandon following the theft for more than $200.  An investigation led police to learn the identity of the individual who used the stolen credit card; however, his whereabouts were unknown at the time.

According to a Brandon Police Services report, officers located the 39-year-old male suspect on Tuesday, February 2, 2021.

The man was arrested and released to appear in court on a charge of Credit Card Fraud on April 26, 2021.

This is the second arrest this week reported by Brandon City Police involving an individual arrested for a fraudulent act. On Monday BPS reported the arrest of a Brandon man involved in an eTransfer fraud.

Source: BPS Media Zone

Image courtesy of https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/

 

 

There were no COVID-19 deaths reported today. A total of 832 deaths have been reported in Manitoba since the pandemic began. Manitoba Health officials have reported another 83 positive cases of COVID-19 bringing the provincial total to 29,733.

 

Of the new cases; five are in Prairie Mountain Health, two are in the Southern Health region, 53 in the Northern Health region, 18 in the Winnipeg Health region, and five from the Interlake Health region.

 

In the Prairie Mountain Health region, there are currently 206 active cases, 58 of those are in Brandon, and 3,492 across Manitoba. There are also a total of 140 covid patients in hospital and 25 in intensive care. The number of active cases in PMH has dropped to 157, with 31 of those in Brandon, and 3,421 across the province. 99 covid patients are currently in hospital, 24 of those in ICU. The current five-day test positivity rate sits at 7.6 percent provincially.

 

Meanwhile, the province’s chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, maintains his message that Manitobans need to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school, or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear.

 

We can all reduce our risk by focusing on the fundamentals and adopting the following habits to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Check yourself for symptoms every day
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Maintain social (physical) distancing
  • Wear a mask when social (physical) distancing is not possible

 

 

Manitobans should only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Also, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

 

Furthermore, Manitoba health officials are advising that if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate.

 

For more details visit the government of Manitoba covid update website here.

 

 

It was an etransfer that went wrong but worked out in the end.

Brandon city Police received a report that a suspect had sold a person an item for $200.00. The item was paid for by etransfer but was never delivered to the purchaser. The seller then blocked communication with the purchaser and continued to try and sell the item to others.

At approx. 4:00 a.m. the seller, 27-year-old man from Brandon, was in a vehicle that the police stopped.

He was arrested and later released to appear in court on March 15, 2021, on charges of Fraud.

February 1st Covid Update For Manitoba

The latest update for the Prairie Mountain Health Region shows three new cases bringing the total number of active cases in PMH up to 169. The total of new cases reported in Manitoba today is 89. Out of the 1,980 overall cases in Manitoba since the start of the pandemic 1,760 have recovered.

There are five active hospitalizations two of those are in ICU. There’ve been a total of 51 COVID deaths documented in Manitoba. Health Care workers are documenting 1,603 covid tests daily and there’ve been 478, 810 tests in total. Manitoba’s test positivity rate is 7.9%

According to the Manitoba.ca covid19 update, the current situation in the province is as follows:

Public health officials advise three additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:

  • a male in his 70s from the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region, linked to an outbreak at the Heritage Life Personal Care Home in Niverville;
  • a male in his 80s from the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region, linked to an outbreak at the Heritage Life Personal Care Home in Niverville; and
  • a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 7.9 percent provincially and 4.2 percent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 89 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases have been removed due to a data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 87 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 29,651.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:

  • 22 cases in Interlake-Eastern health region;
  • 42 cases in the Northern health region;
  • three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • four cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
  • 18 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:

  • 3,466 active cases and 25,353 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
  • there are 104 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 151 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 255 hospitalizations;
  • there are 27 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 11 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 38 ICU patients; and
  • the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 832.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,603 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 478,810. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

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Small Businesses Work Together to Build “Destination” Experience

Brandon, MB January 30, 2021
For Immediate Release

Three local business owners are bringing their services together to create a unique offering and experience in Brandon’s east end, merging home and garden products, landscaping services, boutique floral services, and artisan foods and coffee.

This new destination will be situated on the current grounds of The Green Spot. “There hasn’t been much change on the property of The Green Spot since the early 1990s,” says Bernie Whetter, Green Spot owner, “but it’s time for a change. New build, new opportunities, new relationships. We are expanding our store by 5500 sq ft. The expansion will include smooth entry into a centralized and spacious retail space giving shoppers the chance to explore a unique and inspirational shopping experience in every direction.”

But the expansion doesn’t just include the already on-site services. Shaun Fjeldsted and the entire team of The BloomBox is excited to be joining the fold at the greenhouse. “We’ve seen a lot of change since purchasing the shop in 2008, which was originally a franchise. But now, after becoming an independent florist and having spent more than 30 years in the same location we will be relocating to a brand-new space, custom-built to offer premium floral arrangements to help strengthen relationships, give love and support, and celebrate life’s special moments. We are here to help convey your feelings, and this shift gives us the ability to offer expanded capacity, product lines, new events, along with additional local products for our clients.”

Going forward guests can expect an experience that extends into other areas as well, with the installation of coffee and food services from Chez Angela Bakery and Café. “This is a big shift in how we can serve our guests,” says James Chambers, General Manager. “It is thrilling to be able to reach more foot traffic and share our from-scratch, local-first philosophy on baking with our community.” His partner and company founder Angela Chambers says the whole staff is looking forward to the new location. “A garden café experience could add a lot of sunshine in the middle of winter,” she added. “Or imagine sipping on a latte on an early Saturday morning as you admire the tropicals or browse for annuals and vegetables for your spring garden. It’s going to be wonderful.”

And, while the core values of service and hospitality will remain the same for all three independent small businesses, Whetter says that you can expect something entirely new. “Oh, everyone should be ready for a change! Nothing is where it used to be. We are re-arranging all merchandise in a loop layout displaying all products along an easy-to-follow pathway. We will add places for our customers to relax and enjoy a tropical sanctuary. With this new space, we will be adding more product lines making the Green Spot Home & Garden a shopping destination for every occasion 12 months of the year.”

“It’s great to be part of a community of like-minded owners,” adds Fjeldsted. “We can’t wait to be together in the final space.”

 

The Jackpot Continues to Climb

Everybody loves a 50/50 draw but it’s even better when it includes an opportunity to help out a great local charity, and possibly win lots of cash!! The traditional winner takes half concept is still in play but this time around the Brandon and District United Way have decided to run a virtual version of their 2021 50/50 promo according to CEO Cynamon Mycasiw, “This is the first year that we have done a virtual 50/50. In a new societal environment, we needed to come up with a digital fundraiser to replace some of the revenue lost by canceling events.”

As of today (Friday, January 29, 2021) the pot is sitting just over $4,000. Mycasiw says people who’d like to not only help out but also give themselves a chance to win a significant amount of money can get their tickets two ways, “People can get their tickets electronically via our website www.BrandonUW.ca. If folks would rather not donate online, they are welcome to stop by our office with cash and we will facilitate a ticket purchase.” The Brandon and District United Way offices are located on the second floor of the Scotia Towers building at 1011 Rosser Avenue.

Since the pandemic hit and the provincial and federal regulations were established, it’s made for a difficult situation for charitable organizations, “It has been a tough campaign. With so many businesses being closed, employees laid off, cut back or furloughed it is a very tough fundraising environment,” said Mycasiw. There is however a positive side to this somewhat dire situation, “As always, those who can in Brandon, do, and we are getting closer to where we need to be to ensure our agencies get funding this year.” The United Way funds 29 agencies in Brandon and within the Westman area and according to Mycasiw they are approximately $75K short of what they need.

The “Show Your Love 50/50” will generate income that will go directly to those agencies, which in turn may help your neighbors, your family & friends, and your community at large. Get your tickets now. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, at 9 a.m. on February 12, 2021. One winner will be drawn to split the pot. Your community wins… YOU win! It’s a sweetheart of an opportunity.

The Brandon and District United Way’s Show Your Love 50/50. Ticket sales close on Friday, February 12. Get your tickets online via this link.

Missing Person Alert!

Brandon Police Service is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 13-yr-old Kylynn Kasto.

She was last seen on Tuesday, January 19th.

She is described as Caucasian, 5’ 3”, 110lbs, brown eyes, dark brown hair.

If you know her whereabouts please contact BPS.