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Social Distancing Brings Out Community Creativity

Ruth Morris says, “Lots of outdoor time has been very refreshing,” for her son in St. Pierre-Jolys.

By Marianne Curtis Over the past few weeks, our communities went from bustling with activity to ghost towns as COVID-19 forced the closure of schools, churches, businesses, and nearly every social activity in the country. After the initial panic subsided, families practicing social distancing were finding themselves becoming communities of cre-

ativity while keeping new social standards. This has lead to a variety of activities from organized community games such as placing teddy bears in front windows or pictures for the kids to find while on a walk or drive, to reaching out and helping out a neighbour either self isolated or in quarantine.

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Non-Essential Services Close April 1st to Contain COVID-19 The Manitoba government is issuing a new public health order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of all Manitobans. “These decisions are not easy ones, but they must be made during this global pandemic to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans,” said Premier Brian Pallister. “These new orders will ensure critical services are available while taking steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.” The chief provincial public health officer is issuing orders under The Public Health Act as approved by the minister of health, seniors and active living. The following measures are now in place as of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1: • Public gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people at any indoor or outdoor place or premises. This includes places of worship, gatherings and family events such as weddings and funerals. This does not apply to a facility where health care or social services are provided including child-care centres and homeless shelters. This remains in effect at this time under the previous health order issued on March 27, and will continue when this order comes into effect on April 1. • All restaurants and other commercial facilities that serve food are prohibited from serving food to customers in their premises. This prevents eat-in dining at all facilities. However, restaurants and other commercial facilities can prepare and serve food for delivery or takeout. If this takes place, the operator of the restaurant must ensure that all people maintain the appropriate social distancing from other customers when picking up food. • All businesses that are not listed in the schedule of critical services that accompanies the order must close between April 1 and April 14. - This closure order does not prevent these businesses from operating on a remote basis. - A business may accept orders on the Internet, or over the phone for delivery or pickup, as long as the employees are not working at the place of business. - The order does not prevent employees or others from coming into the business to perform repairs, to provide security services or to take out items from the business premises if the business is going to operate on a remote basis. Continued on Page 4...

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Social Distancing Brings Out Community Creativity The threat of getting sick is worrisome, but Manitoba residents are showing their spirit and spreading the message throughout the region that we are in this together. With schools closed, and being unable to meet with friends, entertaining the children has proven the most fun.

In Ste. Anne “Rock the Rec” was launched to get the community active virtually through a variety of activities on Facebook. Several photographers throughout the region have volunteered to capture “front porch photos” of families social distancing together during

this time. One of the biggest challenges for parents has been to take over teaching children at home. Lorette area parent Marnie Rostek said she made it fun with a “homeschooling spirit week that helped motivate the kids every morning.”

The David Huska family from St. Malo gathered at the St. Malo Provincial Park to build a snowman family.

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Agnes Gosselin from St. Malo said that it was people’s sense of humor on Facebook that helped get her through fourteen days of self quarantine after returning from vacation just before the pandemic hit. “Sense of humour on Facebook, puts smiles on people’s faces and takes our

minds off this terrible pandemic even for just a minute. “I did something today that totally uplifted me! I have not been out of the house for weeks so I went to get the mail and then I went to visit a friend, social distance style! I went and sat on her driveway and called her and we chatted together! She was looking out the window so I could see her! It felt good to get out and get fresh air and of course the sun sure helped,” said Rhonda Fehr of Landmark. Candice Bakx-Friesen from Grunthal said this event has given her time to, “Evaluate life and what is really important, what we really need in life versus all the wants that distract us, and the chance to fight this battle coast-to-coast together to protect fellow Canadians is pretty amazing when you think about it. I am proud to be Canadian and how we have banded together to fight this.” With birthday parties and funerals canceled, families are finding other ways to gather, just like the Reimer family did when they celebrated their father’s 78th birthday. “We gathered together using Facebook Messenger to communicate with all of us together. We vowed that we would gather together at least once a week. This is a simple process that we had never done before. Immediately after we gathered with my siblings, I gathered my children and grandchildren to do the same type of video chat,” explained Peter Reimer. Lil’ Steps Wellness Farm in St. Malo has joined the fun with a 21Day Grateful Challenge on their Facebook page. “It is absolutely beautiful being part of everyone’s pictures and posts. I am hoping to help increase positive mental wellbeing in a way that builds connections,” said owner Lucy Sloan. Edith Adam, from Steinbach believes the best thing out of all this is that families are finally hanging out together. “I see so many families walking by together. Why does it take this pandemic to force shutdowns all over causing families to hang out now? Otherwise I’m suspecting that they would be so busy running all over. Hockey, dance, music, etc., etc. These are not bad, but they sure can take over your time and life. Slow down, relax, breathe easy,” Adam said.

In Ile des Chenes, Janessa Leanne Roy has been cheering up the community on her daily walks by leaving balloons in various locations with inspirational messages and encouraging people to share them on social media. Submitted photos

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Local MLAs Proud of Community Response By Marianne Curtis The provincial and federal governments have been making some tough decisions on behalf of residents throughout the country. Locally, our MLA’s have been working tirelessly on the best interests of everyone, while offering assurances locally. Springfield-Ritchot MLA Ron Schuler, La Verendrye MLA Dennis Smook, and Lac Du Bonnet MLA Wayne Ewasko, Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen and Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagasse have all been part of the decision making process when it comes to the provincial response to COVID-19. Ewasko believes the province has been successfully proactive in their response to the pandemic, a response that includes making decisions based on what is going on in other areas. “I feel that our response has been timely, and also based on what the experts are telling us, so we are trying to keep the emotional craziness out of it,” said Ewasko. “We have to take a sober second thought and really think about the steps, and learn from what other jurisdictions are doing. As a provincial government, we are excelling at our response and learning from the positives and negatives from others and throwing it into our own mix and tweak to our own diverse province.” One of the most prominent things that have stood out through the response so far is how residents have become more community oriented. “I touched base with a reeve recently here, and one huge positive that he saw in his community was how the local community is really coming together. The small grocery store now has to worry about social distancing because locals are flocking to local businesses for their needs,” Ewasko added. “It is my hope that continues after this is over.” Schuler acknowledged that residents of the Springfield-Richot riding may feel anxious about the unfolding global pandemic. “Our government has taken swift action to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and to mitigate its impact on our economy, our mental health and our loved ones,” said Schuler. “I’m confident that our community and communities across the province, urban and rural will bounce back even stronger once this is over. This crisis has brought out the ‘friendly’ in friendly Manitoba. The way people have rallied together in the face of this challenge is remarkable.” Despite being the MLA of one of the most rural constituency’s, Smook said residents in La Verendrye may be holding up better than most. “Everyone is concerned because everyone has relatives and are concerned about everyone’s safety,” Smook added. “The rural people out here are already used to being fairly isolated so that will probably make things easier for them because everyone out here cooks, and has full freezers.” Smook said the only complaint he has heard was from residents concerned about people not following quarantine rules. “People are stopping in the stores on their way home from down south and shopping before self quarantine. It is important to stop and think,” Smook continued. “Every morning at 11 am the Chief Health Officer is on the radio - listen; wash your hands, do things like what we are asking us to do, because it can take hold of anyone. No one is immune to this… we need to work together.”

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An Appeal to Business to Find Creative Supply Solutions to Contain COVID-19 The province is reaching out to businesses and their employees for products and supplies to help efforts in the fight against COVID-19. “The Manitoba government is working to contain and reduce the impact of COVID-19, and we’re taking measures to bolster the health system with help from the private sector,” said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen. “We are soliciting for help to collect the supplies we need in order to guard Manitobans against COVID-19.” The minister noted as part of the ongoing battle against COVID-19, the province has, to date, invested emergency spending of almost $64 million in critical goods and services including personal protective equipment, ventilators, intravenous pumps and chest compression systems. He also introduced an online portal asking businesses to assist with supplying products and manufacturing what Manitobans need in Manitoba. “To help us further our efforts, our government is reaching out to businesses and their employees for products and supplies and those willing to manufacture items from scratch to assist in our efforts in this fight against COVID-19,” Friesen said. “We recognize that dealing with this pandemic will be a marathon, not a sprint. Support from Manitoba businesses with additional materials will ensure front-line staff has the equipment they need to protect themselves while continuing to provide exemplary care to patients throughout the province.” This initiative will remove barriers allowing Manitoba businesses and manufacturers to redeploy capacity towards the production of essential equipment like ventilators, masks and nasopharyngeal swabs. The province has also intensified the search for 10 chest compression systems, which provide additional safety as the equipment removes one staff member from the room. The equipment will be allocated across the province. Products businesses can supply include: - N95 respirators, - Surgical/procedure masks, - Nitrile gloves, - Vinyl gloves, - Nasopharyngeal swabs, -Specific types of reagent to be used in labs, - Gowns, - Hand sanitizer, - Cleaning supplies, and - Disinfecting supplies. Services Manitobans can provide include: - Guard/security services, - Nursing services, - Food services, - Laundry services, - Accommodation maintenance services, - Personal services, - IT support services, - Pet care services, - Transportation services, and - Consulting services. “We are ahead of the curve and the goal remains to flatten it. Manitobans are coming together to help each other and it’s time for business to step up,” said Friesen. “We continue to remind Manitobans of these simple but critical and effective steps: wash your hands, keep your distance and stay home.” The minister noted that in addition to today’s business-focused website, the province created a new web application HelpNextDoorMB.ca to help those in need of assistance, postponed nonurgent eviction hearings, and will freeze rent increases. “Manitoba’s health-care system worked hard to prepare for COVID-19 and we are well-stocked with the items we need to keep Manitobans safe,” said Friesen. “However, we recognize that our supply chain may be impacted going forward in this challenging time. Manitobans have many skill sets and resources, and we’re encouraging you to help out our fellow Manitobans by proactively asking local vendors to consider producing or contributing supplies and services.” The form is available at covid19manitoba.ca.

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Non-Essential Services Close April 1st to Contain COVID-19 - Nothing in the order restricts the operations of delivery of services by the federal or provincial governments or a municipality. - Nothing in the order restricts any activities of a publicly funded agency, organization or authority that delivers or supports government operations or services including healthcare services. This means the order does not affect institutions, agencies and other service providers who provide health-care services such as hospitals, regional health authorities and private agencies who provide a range of health services. • All businesses listed in the schedule of critical services that accompanies the order may continue to operate. If these business allow members of the public to attend the place of business, the operator of the business must put in place measures to ensure that appropriate social distancing rules are followed. • The order does not affect how members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba or the

College of Midwives of Manitoba provide health-care services under the order. Any other health professionals may continue to practice if they are providing services for a publicly funded agency, such as a government or a regional health authority, or a business listed under the schedule. In addition, healthcare providers can continue to provide emergent or urgent care such as dental surgery. • Municipal transit services, taxis and other private vehicles for hire can continue to operate. The operator of the vehicle must take measures to ensure there is a reasonable separation of people in a vehicle. This order does not contain specific distance restrictions because it is hard to impose a limit in small vehicles. The goal is to ensure a reasonable level of spacing between people. The order also repeals previous orders as of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1 so there is only one public health order in effect at a time. “We are seeing what is happening in other jurisdictions, and the time to act is now. We must continue to adapt to the situation and change

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our day-to-day lives to prevent unnecessary illness and further tragedies in Manitoba,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer. “These measures will help us reduce the risk and protect all Manitobans during the ongoing pandemic.” The premier noted that a state of emergency declared by the powers set out in Section 10(1) and 10(2) of The Emergency Measures Act to enable the province to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic remains in effect. “Manitobans have always pulled together in a time of crisis and this is no different,” said Pallister. “We must continue to do whatever we can to support each other.” The list of public health orders and the schedule of critical services can be found online at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html. Businesses with questions about how the order and schedule of critical services apply to their operations can visit engagemb.ca/covid19-csp for up-to-date information, and to ask questions that will be answered by government officials.

Checkpoints Go Up at Provincial Borders as Quarantine Act Implemented

Signage along Highway #1 near Falcon Lake reminds travelers to self isolate for fourteen days.

On March 27, the Manitoba government set up five highway checkpoints and started to provide information in airports to help inform travelers about the public health measures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Justice Minister Cliff Cullen said “The public must do everything we can to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 communities and the health-care system.” “This approach will help ensure travellers know they must self-isolate, what the province’s state of emergency means to them and other important public health information,” said Cullen. “By being informed, we can reduce the risk to Manitobans and help keep our communities healthy and safe.” Travellers will receive information about Manitoba’s current state of emergency, public health orders issued under The Public Health Act,

and the need to immediately selfisolate for 14 days after travel in Canada or internationally. If Manitobans need assistance with groceries, prescription pickup and other services, they are encouraged to go to HelpNextDoorMB.ca. Justice Minister Cliff Cullen noted this kind of proactive measure to inform travellers and help slow the spread of COVID-19 is critical. One of the checkstops is located at the Ontario border along the TransCanada Highway east near West Hawk Lake/Falcon Lake. The other four are located along the Saskatchewan border “We expect these checkpoints to be operational this week, staffed by provincial employees,” said Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler. “Drivers can expect to see roadside signage to help direct them to the checkpoints and support traffic safety.”

These checkpoints are established under the authority of The Public Health Act. No one will be denied entry into Manitoba at these locations. The province continues to rely on the recommendations of the chief provincial public health officer and encourages all Manitobans to engage in good social distancing protocols including practicing following the 3P’s, protect yourself, protect your loved ones and protect your community. For more information, visit manitoba.ca/covid19. On March 23, provincial health officials urges anyone who returns from domestic travel should selfisolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return. This recommendation does not include the commercial transportation of goods; workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work; health care workers who travel to work from outside the province; and normal personal travel in border communities including visits to a cottage. Effective March 25, a new Federal Order under the Quarantine Act makes self-isolation mandatory for individuals entering Canada. Failure to comply with this Order is an offense under the Quarantine Act. Maximum penalties include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months. Further, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while wilfully or recklessly contravening this Act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1,000,000 or to imprisonment of up to three years, or to both. Spot checks will be conducted by the Government of Canada to verify compliance.

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Community Testing Site Opens in Steinbach On March 27, a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site opened in Steinbach. Located in the Community Health Services Building at 365 Reimer Avenue, the testing site is in operation from 9 am to 3 pm seven days a week until further notice. You may be tested for COVID-19 if you have respiratory symptoms and if any of the following apply to you. You

have traveled outside of Manitoba in the past 14 days, been in close contact with a confirmed case, are a health worker, lab worker testing COVID-19 samples, and individuals who live/work in a remote or isolated community or congregate setting, such as a correctional facility, shelter, long- term care or residential facility, or a remote work camp. If you are unsure, visit sharedhealthmb.ca/co-

vid19/screening-tool for self screening. Individuals who are directed by Health Links-Info Santé to be tested for COVID-19 will be asked to visit a community screening location. Residents are reminded that testing is only being done on a referral basis and walk-ins will not be accepted. Testing criteria may evolve stay updated online at www.sharedhealthmb.ca.

Playgrounds Structures Off-Limits

Playgrounds are now closed across the province.

Photo by Marianne Curtis

At first having children home for a few weeks did not seem like a big deal, but that has since changed after test results show that COVID-19 can live on surfaces for up to three days. As a result, the province has declared that all playgrounds and playground structures be closed until further notice. These measures are put into effect to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as the virus can survive on plastic and metal surfaces in cold and warm temperatures for up to 3 days. In most cases structures at public parks and school grounds are blocked off but in extreme cases, they are being partially dismantled to ensure that children remain safe.

Visitors Banned from Acute Care Facilities In an effort to reduce the health risk of COVID-19 in the community, Southern Health-Santé Sud will not allow visitors at their acute care facilities. Exceptions may be made for one visitor at a time in the emergency departments, cancer care programs,

maternity and pediatrics, once you have been screened at the entrance. Exceptions may also be made for compassionate reasons or end of life on a case-by-case basis once you have been screened at the entrance. The ban includes anyone who has just returned from international trav-

el within the last fourteen days, been in close contact with someone with a confirmed COVID-19 case, been in close contact with someone being tested, been instructed to self isolate or self monitor, and anyone who exhibiting cold or flu like symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, weakness and headache.

Long-Term Care Facilities Quarantined Families and support persons of residents of long-term care facilities are notified that strict infection prevention and control precautions are now in place in all health care settings in Manitoba, including long term care facilities. For the safety of your loved ones, and upon the recommendation of public health officials, all visitor access to long-term care facilities across Manitoba is suspended. Exceptions for compassionate reasons or end of life will be made on a case-by-

case basis at the discretion of individual facility managers. We appreciate your understanding as we implement these elevated precautions to protect residents, many of whom have underlying medical conditions that put them at greatest risk of becoming severely ill due to COVID19. In the event that you or anyone in your family receives a positive test result for COVID-19 AND has visited a long term care facility or care environ-

ment within the last 14 days, we ask that you immediately notify the nursing home and contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) if you’re experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we take every measure to protect you, your loved ones and our staff. You can stay up-to-date with the latest evolving COVID-19 information by visiting www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/.

RCMP Ask the Public to Avoid Detachments for Non-Urgent Matters The RCMP has 80 detachments spread across Manitoba, and each detachment is an important point of contact between the RCMP and the communities we serve. It is important to us that we remain accessible to Manitobans for when you

need us most. For precautionary reasons due to COVID-19, effectively immediately, we are asking that the public only visit a detachment if it’s urgent. If you have a non-urgent matter, have a general question or want to speak with an officer, please call your local detach-

ment rcmp-grc.gc.ca/detach/en/find/MB. If you need fingerprints for a background check, please note that this service is being postponed until further notice. As always, if it’s an emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number.

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RCMP is Here for You Dear Editor: This is a challenging time for so many within our province, across the country and around the world. The emergence and spread of COVID-19 has affected every facet of daily life and changed how organizations, including the Manitoba RCMP, carry out their work and interact with the public. While how you interact with us may change slightly, be assured that our officers will continue to patrol communities, respond to calls and investigate criminal activity across Manitoba. In addition, significant planning is underway to ensure that the Manitoba RCMP can continue to provide you, and the communities we serve, with critical policing services no matter the circumstances. We are very much aware that our work is dependent upon the health of our officers and this is where you can help us the most. To help keep our officers on the road and in our communities, if your matter is not urgent, please do not visit a detachment. If you need to speak with an officer or want to file a criminal report, please call ahead and make arrangements. The officer may be able to take your report over the phone or may direct you to meet at an alternate location. As always, if it’s an emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number. When you call, you will be asked additional questions concerning your health. This is to ensure that officers can take appropriate safety precautions. When our officers respond, you may see them wearing personal protective equipment such as a face mask. This is for your safety and that of our police officers. Every single one of our officers remains committed to your security during these difficult times. However, to truly get through this, we will all need to work together. Be kind to one and other, take care of those around you, and do everything you personally can to adhere to the recommendations of public health officials. These are truly unprecedented times but rest assured that the Manitoba RCMP will always be here for you and for your communities. Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy Commanding Officer of the Manitoba RCMP

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Online Portal Launched to Help Those Who Need In response to this unprecedented situation with COVID-19, the province has launched an internet portal designed to connect people looking to help others who may need help, and vice versa. The province and North Forge Technology Exchange, a tech company based in Winnipeg, have jointly launched Help Next Door MB. The portal matches volunteers with people seeking help with tasks or services, such as picking up groceries for those practicing social distancing, reducing exposure to the COVID-19 virus or quarantined. If you are a volunteer ready to provide your support or someone who needs a helping hand through these difficult times, this platform can connect you. Help Next Door MB is not a volunteer organization, but rather a tool for those who need a helping hand or are able to assist. Volunteer organizations can use this tool directly or can provide a pre-vetted list of volunteers to North Forge Technology Exchange. An example of someone needing help could be a resident of a small town whose caregivers live in another province. Those who require a helping hand, place their request on the Help Next Door MB website. Volunteers will see the request on the system and should they be able to help, they will “select” that request. Once matched, volunteers will receive an email that will include the other party’s contact information and you are responsible for contacting and setting up a time for the request to be completed. Available services include pickup and delivery of things like crucial groceries, pharmacy needs, and postal services. General tasks like outdoor / yard work, dog walking, handyperson services outside the home and technology help like setting up video calls and sharing, and general technology issues. Social support like phone and video visits and checking on vulnerable loved ones, and logistical help like transportation to critical appointments. Services not available include child care, cleaning, banking, donation requests and shelter. To sign up as a volunteer or to make a help request visit the website www.helpnextdoormb.ca.

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Coronavirus Update Despite the fluidity of the COVID19 (Coronavirus) situation, rest assured my staff, colleagues and I are working hard to support the needs of Canadians and facilitate relief during these unprecedented times. The following are some of the important measures announced so far. Financial Supports: The Government has passed $107 Billion in emergency aid to help struggling Canadians. These include but are not limited to temporarily increasing the Canada Child Benefit, extra time to file taxes, and the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, this taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. I urge constituents to visit my website tedfalk.ca for updates about the government’s response to the Coronavirus and information about how to access these benefits. My office remains open by appointment to help constituents. Travel: At this time, a global travel advisory is in effect. Canadians must avoid non-essential travel outside the country until further notice. Canadians still outside the country should return to Canada via commer-

cial means while they remain available. Those who are unable to travel via commercial flights should contact Global Affairs Canada at 1-613-9968885. The Government is working to arrange and facilitate flights for stranded Canadians. The Quarantine Act is in effect. Those returning from abroad MUST immediately self-isolate for 14 days upon re-entry to Canada or face stiff penalties, with the exception of workers who are essential to the movement of goods and people. Border Measures: As of March 16, Canada has closed its borders to people who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or immediate family members of Canadian citizens. Temporary Foreign Workers: (As of the time of writing) While an exemption for Temporary Foreign Workers (as well as students and approved Permanent Resident applicants) has been announced it is not yet in place. Temporary Foreign Workers are not yet able to travel to Canada. The exemption plan will likely be announced sometime this week. Best Practices: You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions: - Regularly wash your hands with

soap and water or hand sanitizer. - Maintain approximately six feet between yourself and others. - Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. - Cough/sneeze into your elbow. - Clean regularly touched surfaces like cellphones, toilets, door handles, etc. - Avoid gatherings. - Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention (call in advance). As the Member of Parliament for Provencher, I will continue to work hard to ensure that critical information is made available to you, my constituents. For more information on this or any issue please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1-866-333-1933 or at 204-326-9889. Visit me on Facebook at: Facebook.com/TedFalkMP. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12N, Steinbach MB, R5G 1T4 or visit my website at tedfalk.ca.

COVID-19 is Here. You’re Not Alone. We’re in This Together. If you’re in the position to help those who are vulnerable right now - do it. If you need help ask. Our government just announced its new initiative, Help Next Door MB. This is an online platform where people who need help, and people who are willing to help, can connect with each other. This is Manitobans doing what Manitobans do best. I know if we work together, we’ll come out of this stronger than before. Visit HelpNextDoorMB.ca to learn more. Manitobans are resilient, and so is Manitoba. I want to reassure residents of the Dawson Trail riding and all Manitobans that our team of MLAs is dedicated to protecting your health and safety. It’s the top priority. We’ve introduced the COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to Budget 2020. For the past four years, we’ve taken measures to ensure our province in a strong and resilient position to respond to a crisis like COVID-19. For example, our Rainy Day Fund re-investment grows our emergency response reserves to $872 million. With our healthy, diverse economy, Manitoba continues to have one of the most stable and resilient eco-

nomic bases in the country. This puts Manitoba in a durable position to respond to this, and future emergencies effectively. In times like these we want to make sure we’re spreading the facts, not the virus. It’s important you’re getting information from official sources. The single and most upto-date source of information on everything related to COVID-19 in Manitoba and beyond can be found at manitoba.ca/covid19. Additionally, Shared Health’s free online self-assessment tool for COVID-19 is now available. If you or someone you know is experiencing concerning symptoms, this online resource can help determine what steps to take: sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool. As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded Health Links-Info Santé has tripled the capacity of their phone lines to handle incoming calls. Wait times have decreased significantly as the days move forward. If you’re at all questioning if you should call - do it. They will assess you and determine if you should get tested for the virus at one of the many testing sites in Manitoba. Contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) if

you’re experiencing symptoms. To help prevent further spread of the virus, our government has identified the 3P’s - protect yourself, protect your loved ones and protect our communities. That’s how we can all help defeat COVID-19. For more on the 3P’s, visit covid19manitoba.ca. Staying two metres away from another person for more than 10 minutes, avoiding large gatherings of people, declining to shake hands, staying home as much as you can, avoiding non-essential travel and self-isolating upon return if you have travelled are the most effective ways you and can act on the 3P’s. This is called social distancing. I know Dawson Trail, I know Manitobans. I know we will work together to come out of this stronger than before. As always, my office is available to answer your questions or concerns. We’re more than happy to help. You can reach out at 204-807-4663 or ca.lagasse@outlook.com.

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During Outbreak Use the 3Ps Every Day I know the coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak has many residents of the Lac du Bonnet constituency worried for ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. Rest assured there are steps we can all take to minimize its impact. To help prevent further spread of the virus, our government has identified the 3P’s - protect yourself, protect your loved ones and protect our communities. That’s how we can all help defeat COVID-19. For more on the 3P’s, visit covid19manitoba.ca. The most effective way you and I can act on the 3P’s is to practice social distancing. I know ‘social distancing’ sounds like a vague term, but it means many things. It means minimizing contact that is longer than 10 minutes and staying 2 metres away from others, avoiding places where there are large gatherings of people, declining to shake hands, staying home as much as you can, avoiding non-essential travel and most important - self-isolating upon return if you have travelled. If you and I follow these instructions from top health officials, we will be doing our part to flatten the curve and slow down the rate of the virus

spreading. For the most up-to-date and factual information on COVID19, visit manitoba.ca/covid19. Although times may feel uncertain, I want to reassure residents of the Lac du Bonnet constituency - and all Manitobans that our team of MLA’s is dedicated to protecting your health and safety. It is our TOP priority. Our government has introduced the COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to Budget 2020. We are increasing our Rainy Day Fund emergency response reserves to $872 Million. Plus, with our diversified economic base, Manitoba continues to have one of the most stable and resilient economies in Canada. This leaves us better positioned to respond to COVID-19 and future emergencies effectively. To quote an excerpt from March 24 Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS) Morningstar, “We expect Manitoba’s credit metrics to deteriorate in the near term but that the deterioration will be more modest than for most other Canadian provinces. Manitoba’s economy tends to be more resilient during downturns, and the measures taken by the Pal-

lister government over the past four years to realign government spending and improve the capacity of its central agencies suggest the government should be better able to manage its finances through this downturn,” stated dbrsmorningstar.com/ research/358404/province-ofmanitobas-budget-2020. Manitobans are resilient, and so is Manitoba. I ask that everyone be kind and considerate to others during this time. Offer help if you can and ask for help if you need. We are all in this together and we will pull through this together. Stay safe. If you have any questions or concerns please email me at wayne@wayneewasko.com, or call me 204-268-3282. Also, you can follow me on twitter @ wayneewaskomla and friend me on Facebook.

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neck from holding a phone tucked in while you worked with your hands was normal. There was also more of a sense of community with social groups helping out neighbours and those living alone, whether through churches or just more human contact since you couldn’t order things online but had to go out and shop locally. Over the last decade we have all gotten so used to only using data and texting and social media instead of actually talking in person. Getting together requires planning around busy schedules. I have worked full time from home for 15 years and have felt the changes in how society interacts particularly due to this. But some letters on a small screen are not a reasonable substitute for the human voice as far as our brains are concerned. We hear about how harmful being glued to smartphone screens is in children and teenagers, but it has also been affecting adults too. Younger adults may not ever have experienced a different way of doing things. Older adults feel a vague sense of loss over no more chatty calls or drop in coffee visits. When you get a phone call you are waiting to find out what the person ‘wants from you’. I myself am guilty of just talking to people on the phone for work but not for personal reasons, or feeling like it’s a waste of time when you have ‘more important’ things to do or Don’t let “social distance” mean “social disconnect!” Currently people are stuck at home and are being encouraged to physically put distance between themselves, and social media has become an overload of scary facts and events instead of a way of feeling like one is staying connected. Social isolation then leads to more health problems and feeling down because nobody seems to care about us and whether we live or die. I suggest we all find ways of feeling MORE connected to our family and friends for our own emotional and mental health! Let’s go back to good old-fashioned technology and actually USE the minutes on our smartphone plans and not just the data!! When I was young people used to phone each other up regularly... back when our phones were attached to the wall... just to chat about their day or their week. They talked to a friend for half an hour while they cooked or cleaned or looked after the kids or repaired a car. They called their relatives every week just to check on them and tell them about what was new in their lives. Getting a crick in your

you run out of energy and just want to not talk to anyone and the end of the day and curl up to watch TV in silence. But often the opposite is true, a good phone conversation can perk you up and improve your mood and give you energy again! Over the next few months let’s all make an effort to stay CONNECTED to our family and friends! Pick up the phone and make at least 3 personal calls a day. Call up your grandparents or elderly relatives or neighbours and check on them. Say hello to your adult kids (even if they seem to be too busy for you - they may need the contact even more than you) every weekend and create a new habit that can endure even after the crisis is over. Call up your friends to cook supper ‘together’ using the same recipe (with a glass of wine then counts as having a drink together!) and compare notes about your day riding herd on the kids. Or watch a favourite TV show and call each other to discuss it afterwards. The possibilities are endless. Like Seinfeld, it doesn’t “have to be about anything”! Whatever the reason, make an effort to actually talk on the phone to at least three people a day for personal (not work) reasons! And yes, you also can start talking about personal things with work clients too - you may be the only real human contact that person working from home experienced that day! Let’s stay sane and feel MORE connected despite the current situation that is making people feel alone and lonely. Pass it on and make the effort!

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A Call to Action for All Manitobans:

We Are in This Together

Many of you are concerned about the current global pandemic surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). You’re not alone. We’re in this together. We want to make sure we’re spreading the facts, not the virus. During times like these it’s important to ensure you’re getting information from official sources. Be careful not to share social media posts that aren’t from authentic medical experts. The single and most up- to- date source of information on everything related to COVID-19 in Manitoba and beyond can be found at: gov.mb.ca/covid19. Additionally, Shared Health’s free online self-assessment tool for COVID-19 is now available. If you or someone you know is experiencing concerning symptoms, this online resource can help determine what steps to take: sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool. Through this time, Health Links-Info Santé has proven to be a very valuable resource for Manitobans. They’ve tripled the capacity of their phone lines to handle incoming calls of symptomatic people. If you’re experiencing symptoms contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-7888200 or 1-888-315-9257 and they will assess you and determine if you should get tested for the virus at one of the many testing sites in Manitoba. Practicing social distancing is one of the most effective ways to help prevent further spread of the virus. Social distancing means many things, staying two meters away from another person, avoid large gatherings of people, declining to shake hands, staying home as much as you can, avoiding non-essential travel and self-isolating upon return if you have travelled. Washing your hands often and keeping them away from your face is also an important part of protecting yourself from the virus. Our government introduced an Emergency Supplement for COVID-19 as part of Budget 2020. For example, our Rainy Day Fund reinvestment grows our emergency response reserves to $872 million. Steps taken by our government over the past four years have put our province in a strong and resilient position to respond to the evolving challenges of COVID-19 and other future emergencies. According to Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s Chief Public Health Officer, appointments for blood donations in Manitoba have fallen in the wake of this pandemic. Donating blood is one of many actions we can all take to help our communities, help our neighbours and help ourselves. If you’re in the position to help senior communities, or those who are immunocompromised-do it. I know if we work together, we will come out of this stronger than before. As always, I look forward to hearing from you with your questions or concerns. I can be reached at 204-424-5406 or at dennis.smook@ leg.gov.mb.ca.

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Changes to Taxes and The Government of Canada announced some major changes in March to help the many Canadians who will have a drop in income due to layoffs and business closures. There are several measures that will be in place soon to help Canadians continue to pay for their living expenses. There may be more announcements depending on how long the COVID-19 epidemic continues.

Tax Filing Deadlines Extended

Payment Due Date Extended

The normal April 30 deadline for personal taxes to be filed has been delayed to June, 1 2020. For the self-employed and their spouses, the deadline is still June 15, 2020 (at least at the time of this writing). This is good news for many of us tax preparers that are taking longer to complete taxes because of changes in procedures (fewer in person interviews, more taxes completed by email and phone). And for those taxpayers that cannot or do not want to leave their homes, the extended deadline gives everyone more time. For those of you that receive some income tested benefits like Canada Child Benefit or GST Credits or Guaranteed Income Supplement, I suggest you have your taxes filed by May 15 so the benefits are not interrupted. They are recalculated in July based on your 2019 net income.

For those who have taxes payable, the deadline to pay has been extended to September, 1 2020. This gives those who owe CRA more time to pay their tax bill before interest starts being added on. This extended due date also applies to installment payments. Many taxpayers are required to make quarterly installment payments (March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15). The June 15 payment can be deferred to September 1.

CCB Increase For the month of May, there will be a one-time special payment. The Canada Child Benefit will increase by $300 per child for the one month only. Those who already receive the Canada Child Benefit do not need to re-apply.

GST Credits There will be an extra GST credit paid in May for those who are currently eligible for GST credits. The amount paid in May will be the equal to the annual amount. So if you were receiving $70 every three months, you will receive an extra $280 in May. There is no need to apply for this payment. If you are eligible, you will get it automatically. But if you get it by cheque instead of direct deposit, you may want to update your banking info on CRA My Payment, or send CRA a void cheque or banking info. If you need a form, contact our office.

Apply for Employment Insurance If you were recently laid off or have reduced hours and you qualify for EI benefits, you can apply now. The Canadian government is waiving the one-week waiting period for those individuals in an imposed quarantine. It is also waiving the medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) New is the introduction of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit providing up to $2,000 per month for up to four months for workers whose incomes have dropped to zero and do not qualify for Employment Insurance benefits. This includes all individuals regardless of why their income has been interrupted. It includes employees and the self-employed not covered by EI. And it also covers those who were on EI maternity or parental leave and do not have enough “hours” to qualify for regular EI. This new CERB will be administered through CRA and provides income support to all workers who have earned income of at least $5,000 the previous year. Application for the Benefit will be available early April 2020. You will access the application via your CRA My Account. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number. If you have never signed up for CRA My Account (or have forgotten your user ID and password), I recommend you get access to your “CRA My Account” as Continued on page 9...

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soon as you can. When you sign up for CRA My Account, they send you a code in regular mail, so it takes time to get access. If you are already signed up for My Service Canada Account (used for accessing EI or CPP), you can access it there too. If you have not previously signed up for direct deposit for your income tax refund, I recommend that once you have your CRA My Account activated, you update your banking info. Getting this benefit direct deposit will get the money to you much quicker than by cheque.

Canada Student Loans Effective March, 30 2020 there will be a six-month interestfree moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for those currently in the process of repaying these loans. This will provide some relief to those who are currently required to repay their Student Loans. No payment will be required and interest will not accrue during this time. Students do not need to apply for this repayment pause.

RRIF Minimums Reduced The required minimum withdrawals required from RRIFs (Registered Retirement Income Funds) are reduced by 25%. If you have already withdrawn the required minimum, you will be able to “recontribute” up to 25%. I suggest you get some advice on whether you should or not, depending on your tax brackets now and in the future. A similar measure was offered in 2009. It’s not necessarily in your best interest to do so, so find out if it is or not for you.

Role of Financial Institutions Banks in Canada have affirmed their commitment to working with customers to provide flexible solutions, on a case-bycase basis, for managing through hardships caused by recent developments. This may include situations such as pay disruption, childcare disruption, or illness. Canada’s large banks have confirmed that this support will include up to a 6-month payment deferral for mortgages, and the opportunity for relief on other credit products. If your income has been interrupted, I recommend you contact your bank or credit union right away to make arrangements to have your payments deferred or find out how else they can help you reduce your monthly cash outflow.

CRA Collectors Back Off I understand that CRA will not be contacting those who have outstanding debts with CRA for income tax or GST (business). This should allow those who owe CRA from previous years get a chance to get “back to normal” before CRA will start requesting payments again.

Be Careful of Scams!

It seems there are already scams out there, so be careful. CRA or Service Canada will never email you or text you directly without you first contacting them. If you get an email from CRA or Service Canada, it should only say “you’ve got mail… sign into MyAccount to view your mail”. The emails or texts will never have personal information or ask you for your personal information or banking information. If you are not sure, please call our office and we will try to help you confirm if it is legitimate or not!

Providing Small Businesses with Wage Subsidies This is a new program just announced on March 27 so details are not known. The Government announced an up to 75% wage subsidy for qualifying businesses (includes non-profit organizations, registered charities and small incorporated businesses with payroll accounts) for up to three months, retroactive to March, 15 2020. The subsidy will be taxable income to the corporation. This will help businesses to keep and return workers to the payroll. Check the Canada.ca website for more information.

Business Access to Credit The Government will be announcing new programs for businesses, there are too many to mention and too little detail, so if you are a small or medium sized business, check out their website Canada.ca regularly to find out how your business can access the programs.

At the time of writing, we are still open and still processing taxes. We are not allowing clients into our office. We accept dropped off taxes and will communicate with you by phone, email, text, or at your car door. Contact us to find out how we can help you get your taxes completed. We try to prioritize those who are expecting refunds. If you normally owe Canada Revenue Agency when you file your taxes, we ask that you wait until May to drop off your tax documents. Remember the new deadline to file is June, 1 2020. With changes in procedures, we are not working as efficiently as normal, so we hope you will be patient with our team as we try to get everyone’s taxes completed as quickly and as accurately as possible. Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact us at 204-422-6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Coop) or info@SAtaxes.ca.


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Foodgrains Bank Monitoring Situation The Foodgrains Bank is carefully monitoring the changing situation with COVID-19 and adjusting plans to help stop the spread of the virus and keep people safe, including staff and everyone around them especially the most vulnerable in the communities. According to Jim Cornelius, Executive Director of Canadian Foodgrains Bank the organization is monitoring the situation. “As responsible citizens in this unprecedented global crisis, we all have a role to play. We need to take care of one another, whether it be reaching out to neighbours and friends, putting together care packages for health care workers, or giving to public health organizations at the frontlines,” said Cornelius. “We know that you are also concerned about the global community. For countries already facing long-running crises, the coronavirus is a huge threat.” Cornelius explained that too many families around the world continue to face hunger, and the number will increase due to the pandemic and economic slowdown. He noted that people who are displaced because of conflict or natural disasters are often undernourished and live in poor sanitary conditions. “If the coronavirus eventually finds its way to these places, it will cause tremendous damage,” Cornelius continued. “We will be working with our partners around the world to help sustain their programs and support their efforts to respond to the crisis.” In the meantime, he suggested that people continue helping families by helping others where we can, by following public health advice, considering those most at risk, and supporting those who will lose income or face other significant disruptions to their lives. “Together, we can face this unique challenge, and together we can do our part to help our neighbours, both at home and afar,” he concluded. In 2018-19, Canadian Foodgrains Bank helped over 800,000 people in 36 countries. Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of Canadian churchbased agencies working to end hunger in developing countries by increasing and deepening the involvement of Canadians, in an effort to end hunger.

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Flood Forecasters Keep Eyes on Spring Melt As it warms up the snow is quickly disappearing and while our ditches may not seem full yet, flood forecasters south of the border are predicting “moderate to major flooding”. Manitoba could face some flood conditions, especially in the Red River Valley after the US National Weather Service’s last prediction calls for “moderate to major flooding … in the main stem Red River.” The province of Manitoba is expected to release its own flood forecast in the next few days. Its last report in February said precipitation had been below normal in Manitoba, but normal to above normal in most parts of the US. If the melt remains slow and steady and southern Manitoba does not get significant rain or snow, the risk of flooding is low. However, a big storm with lots of moisture could mean a high risk of major flooding from the US to Red River Floodway, possibly similar to 2009, the third-worst Manitoba flood in 100 years or the 2011 flood, which shut down Highway 75 for a month. Regardless of the weather, there are some communities that could see some spring flood conditions based on the amount of water remaining from last year.

Last fall, sections of the RM of Ritchot were affected when the floodway was activated. RM of Ritchot Mayor Chris Ewen said at this point, the municipality does not have anything to say on the matter other than that he was confident they would be prepared. “At this time I have no comment on the Spring Thaw report, or any flood update topic. We as council believe that it is still early and we will have more information towards

mid-April,” said Ewen in an email to The Dispatch. “I can say that our Emergency Measures Coordinator is always updating, upgrading and learning. This gives council confidence in our team when it comes to any future emergency.” With social distancing in place, there may be some challenges with the process of sandbagging if needed. The province is expected to announce a process on how this matter will be handled in the near future.

Sandbagging could be more challenging this spring with social distancing measures in place. File photo by Marianne Curtis

Municipalities Get Flood Protection Funds By Marianne Curtis On March 26, the province announced the recipients of onetime funding support for municipalities to enhance municipal capacity for flood preparedness and build resiliency for future floods. Back in the fall, the province announced one-time funding support for municipalities to enhance municipal capacity for flood preparedness and build resiliency for future floods. A call for proposals was issued in February encouraging all municipalities to apply. Municipalities were eligible for reimbursement of up to 100 percent of approved flood preparedness or resiliency projects and equipment costs. The maximum funding available for each municipality was to be based on the total value of all approved proposals, but the expected maximum was $150,000. A total of 84 municipalities applied for funding based on their identified needs to prepare for possible 2020 spring flooding, and to build local resiliency

for the future. The total funding requested was over $10.4 million. Proposals were reviewed by a panel made up of representatives from the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and the province. Evaluation of proposals considered factors including flood risk, the ability of the proposal to enhance emergency preparedness or resiliency for future flood events, as well as potential regional benefits. In response to the high demand, the Province made additional funding available, and will be awarding over $7.8 million to successful applicants for the eligible items in their proposals. Ten municipalities in the Eastern District will receive up to $776,451.01; eight of these are within the southern corner of the province. The RM of De Salaberry is getting $62,000 to purchase pumps, generators, emergency plan updates, a sandbag machine, sandbags and a heater. The RM of La Broquerie will get $110,026.28 for pumps, hoses and assembly. The RM of Piney will receive $66,828 for a trash pump (capable

of pumping debris-filled water without clogging), first aid kits, traffic signs and barricades, generator, lights, personal protective equipment. A joint proposal with the RM of Stuartburn for $30,539 for culvert steaming equipment to be shared by the two municipalities was also approved. The RM of Stuartburn was approved for $86,593 for a generator, sandbags and teleconference phones. The RM of Reynolds is receiving $41,721 for culvert steaming equipment and trailer, saws, cargo trailer, pumps, traffic signs and barricades, generators, heaters, extension cords, lights, and Evacuation Centre supplies. The RM of Ste. Anne gets $25,000 for a trash pump, and the Village of St. Pierre-Jolys will receive $13,656.80 for trash pumps and accessories. Municipalities will be provided with details on how to procure items and receive provincial reimbursement, and will be encouraged to make equipment available to neighbouring municipalities when needed to improve regional preparedness and resiliency.

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Online Recreation Opportunities Launched in Ste. Anne Goes Global By Marianne Curtis The Recreational Services Manager for the Town of Ste. Anne is blown away with the response to a new online community she called Rock the Rec. Within a matter of days, a locally organized Facebook group called Rock the Rec has grown to almost six hundred members. With four local administrators, including Susan Normandeau, the group is providing a unique way for the community to remain active. “It literally started with me trying to prove I could bring recreational opportunities to the community in a virtual sense. Sorta knowing any recreation professional such as myself may lose their job in all of this uncertainty,” Normandeau explained. While the group started locally, members are joining from all around the world. “No boundaries, we’ve got people from all over the world that are members and connecting in a BIG way on this page. It’s very inspiring. I’m blown away at how it’s just exploded,” Normandeau continued. “These are real people in isolation, connecting in a virtual way still participating in recreational fun and excitement.” Group members have access to a variety of different activities that encourage participation without encouraging physical contact. For

Kids of all ages are getting creative in the kitchen and then posting their creations and recipes online.

example there is an album like Chef Bingo” challenge where families Cam, an online talent show, and can go around a community and activities like a “Teddy Bear Quest search for stuffed animals. There are activities geared towards kids based on grade level, both in French and English and everyone is getting involved. “Older kids are reading books, recording themselves and posting them into these albums for the younger kids,” Normandeau continued. “Every day I create a new and fun Rock the Rec Challenge for families and kids to complete.” Even local businesses are getting in on the fun by providing opportunities to group members. Fraser Reptiles from Lorette are using the page as a way to create virtual fun for the kids involving their live critters. From Ste. Anne, Epic Fitness is doing fitness challenges and workouts for members. Normandeau added that one of the cool things about the group is that while it is in Ste. Anne, members are logging in from Canada, US, Australia, Scotland and England. “It’s pretty neat to see the connectivity that’s happening,” she concluded. To join in on the fun, look for Rock One of the Rock the Rec community activities was to decorate or paint the front windows so that the Rec in Groups on Facebook. others would have something to check when driving or walking throughout the community.

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Tips on Staying Mentally Well During Quarantine As we are all stuck in our homes, adjusting to a new normal, it is important that we maintain a level of mental wellness to better cope with the ever charging implications of COVID-19. We have compiled a list of suggestions that could help you adjust during this time. Stick to a routine. Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as self-care. Get dressed! We may be inclined to live in our pajamas, but it does affect our moods. Continue your normal routine. Get out at least once a day, and move around for at least thirty minutes and walk around your yard, or neighborhood. If you are high risk or living with those who are high risk, open the windows and blast the fan. It is amazing how much fresh air can do for spirits. Reach out to others with a phone call, Facetime, Skype or whatever means possible. Do this for your children as well. Set up virtual play dates for the kids. Stay hydrated and eat well. Stress and eating don’t mix well, and we find ourselves over-indulging, forgetting to eat, and avoiding food. Drink plenty of water, eat nutritious foods, and challenge yourself to learn how to cook something new. Spend extra time playing with children. Children will rarely communicate how they are feeling, but will often make a bid for attention and communication through play. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt and a wide berth. A lot of cooped up time can bring out the worst in everyone. Each person will have moments when they will not be at their best just remember that everyone is doing the best they can to make it through this. It helps to find a retreat space. For children, help them identify a place where they can go to retreat when stressed. Expect behavioral issues in children, and respond gently. Expect increased anxiety, worries and fears, nightmares, difficulty separating or sleeping, testing limits, and meltdowns. Do not introduce major behavioral plans or consequences at this time - hold stable and focus on emotional connection. Find ways, big and small, to give back to others. Support restaurants, offer to grocery shop, check in with elderly neighbors, write psychological wellness tips for others - helping others gives us a sense of agency when things seem out of control. Find a long-term project to dive into. Find something that will keep you busy, distracted, and engaged to take breaks from what is going on in the outside world. Get creative! Our emotional brain is very receptive to the creative arts, and it is a direct portal for release of feeling. It is a very effective way of helping kids to emote and communicate as well! Find lightness and humor in each day. There is a lot to be worried about, and with good reason. Counterbalance this heaviness with something funny each day: cat videos on YouTube, a stand-up show on Netflix, a funny movie. We all need a little comedic relief in our day, every day. Last but not least, reach out for help - your team is there for you. If you have a therapist or psychiatrist, they are available to you, even at a distance. Keep up medications and therapy sessions the best you can. If you are having difficulty coping, seek out help for the first time. There are mental health people at the ready to help you through this crisis. Seek support groups of fellow home-schoolers, parents, and neighbors to feel connected. There is help and support out there, any time of the day. Although we are physically distant, we can always connect virtually.

Steinbach Chamber Still Open to Help In an uncertain time, where things are changing daily, the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce is assuring members that they are still open for business and working for the community. In response to COVID-19, the Steinbach Chamber has updated their website to offer reputable government and business resources related specifically to issues currently faced by Canadian and Manitoban

businesses. “We have also added a number of links on our home page, highlighting our Chamber Members who provide services your business may be in need of during this time,” noted a spokesperson. “Although business looks very different right now for many of us, Chamber staff remain available to you as a resource. We will get through this together.” Information can be found at the

Steinbach Chamber of Commerce homepage at SteinbachChamber. com. “In-office meetings are on hold for the time being, but you can continue to reach us by phone at 204326-9566 or by email at info@steinbachchamber.com.” Programs like Eastman Immigrant Services which is offered through the Chamber remain committed to clients and the newcomer community and services also remain available.

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Spring Home Renovations Five Common Roof Problems to Watch Out For in Spring Get up close and personal with your roof each year to inspect it.

When it comes to roofing, little problems often go undetected until they become major issues, costing a lot of time and money to resolve. An annual roof inspection each spring is the best way to catch any problems before they cause serious damage. Here are five common problems to watch out for: 1. Broken gutters Failing to repair or replace broken gutters could cause serious issues, especially after a big rainstorm. When your gutters are not properly attached to your roof, they are not able to do their main job: divert water away from your home. This can lead to costly property damage and flooding. 2. Defunct downspout Downspouts can become dislodged, causing water to flow di-

rectly around the foundation of your home. This can lead to foundation cracking, mould growth, and the potential destruction of any renovations you’ve already done. Have your downspouts checked to ensure they are connected and positioned correctly. 3. Chimney deterioration The older the chimney, the more likely it is to have cracks in the crown (top). When water gets into these cracks during the winter it freezes, which pushes the mortar and bricks further apart and makes the cracks larger. When the ice eventually melts, these cracks can cause your roof to leak and could even result in your chimney falling off your house. 4. Visiting pests Loose flashing, rotten fascia boards and dormant chimneys all make

great homes for raccoons, squirrels, birds, bats and wasps. If you hear strange sounds, or you’re concerned something could get inside, call in a wildlife or pest removal company to get rid of any unwanted house guests and protect the areas where they are entering. 5. Leaky roof When snow melts and re-freezes, it can act as a wedge under shingles. Once the weather begins to warm up, these ice wedges melt and can leak through your roof. Your roof may look fine as you look up at it from the ground, but a professional will be able to determine any issue and how to fix it. Inspecting your roof for these common problems is very important and hiring a professional to take on this task is always recommended. Article courtesy of newscanada.com

Top Projects for Spring Winter is a particularly harsh season on our homes. Snow, sleet and repeated freezes and thaws make spring an important time for home improvement projects. Here are some home projects that are worth tackling this season. As an added bonus, you can do many of these projects yourself to stay busy while you are social distancing at home! Clean out gutters. Over the winter your gutters will have filled with leaves, snow and other debris. When they’re clogged, they cannot properly divert water away from your home. Clean them out and make any necessary fixes to avoid any damage. Fence fix up. As weather warms up and the ground starts to thaw, you may notice a shift in your fence that signals time for a rebuild. If your fence is structurally sound, consider addressing minor repairs including new stain, paint or mould removal. They’re simple updates with a big impact. Plumbing tweaks. Do you have a leaky faucet that you keep forgetting to fix? A tap that drips six drops a minute will lose approximately 1,200 litres of water a year. That’s equivalent to seven bathtubs worth! Dealing with any plumbing issues is a great water- and money-saving addition to your spring list. Painting projects. From repainting a dresser to adding an accent wall, paint is an easy and inexpensive way to transform a room. If you’re preparing to list your home for sale, a new paint job can add a lot of value, with a 100 per cent return on investment. Article courtesy of newscanada.com

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St. Labre 200 Go-Karts Race Sells Out in 15 Minutes By Marianne Curtis It took only fifteen minutes for the twenty-two available racing spots for this year’s St. Labre 200 to sell out. Organizers of St. Labre 200 are thrilled with the response to register teams interested in participating in this year’s event. There were a total of twenty-four spots available. One was auctioned off on E-bay as an Early Bird Auction. Moonshadow Busters earned the first spot by registering in the inaugural early bird auction with a bid of $1,775. There is still one more spot available which will be auctioned off during April in a similar fashion. This year’s St. Labre 200 is scheduled to take place July 3 and 4. This will be the 11th consecutive year for the event that started out as a friendly competition between brothers. Now, hundreds of people come out to the tiny community to witness the action and cheer on their favourite team. The annual St. Labre 200 Go-kart competition is a challenge where teams build their own go-kart within 24 hours. Each team is given basic materials along with their own basic framing materials. They are then

In fifteen minutes, twenty-three teams were registered for this year’s St. Labre 200. File photo

challenged to build go-karts from scratch on the first day and race their new creations the next day in a fast paced nail biting 200-lap race on a quarter mile dirt track. The St. Labre 200 has also become a successful annual fundraiser. Over the past ten years, organizers of St. Labre 200 have been able to give over $100,000 to different local organizations. Last year’s funds were divided between five non-profit organizations in southern Manitoba. Registration for organizations looking for funds was at the end of March and this year’s charitable or-

ganizations will be selected over the next month and announced at a later date. Last year was a great year for the event when Joel Grenier, founder of the St. Labre 200 was presented with the Lieutenant Governor’s Make a Difference Community Award in recognition of his dedication to the community. The event also took home the Manitoba Tourism’s Innovation Award as an organization that demonstrates initiative and creativity in developing Manitoba’s tourism products and addressed a need/void for identifiable tourism markets.

Sunrise Corner Helping Decrease Local Impact Sunrise Corner Economic Development is stepping up to assist residents and businesses in the southeastern most portion of the province. At the end of March, Monique Chenier, with Sunrise Corner Economic Development announced the creation of an online portal on Facebook for the purpose to share programs, resources and grants available to businesses and community groups, along with local business news. “In this unprecedented situation, we are doing everything we can to minimize the negative impact on local businesses,” Chenier wrote in a release. A new Facebook page called Sunrise Corner Economic Development was also created.

Forced to close her office, she has started developing an online business planning workshop. “With downtime due to closures and self-isolation, existing businesses, those thinking of starting a business and even community groups can take advantage of this time to look ahead and do some planning,” she added. In the meantime, Chenier encourages residents to shop local as much as possible and to support neighbours while minimizing contact with larger populations. “Getting through this crisis and coming out stronger on the other side will only happen if each of us does what we can to support local businesses and our neighbours,”

Chenier noted. “Let’s make an effort to virtually support these businesses that work hard to serve our communities every day.” She suggests following local businesses on social media and helping with promotion on their behalf. “This is the time for social distancing, not social isolation so pick up the phone and call a family member, friend or neighbour. Check in to see if they need groceries, medicine or other necessities. Or maybe they just need a friendly voice to talk to after a week at home alone,” Chenier added. Anyone wanting answers to questions, share resources or brainstorm ideas can contact Monique via email at monique@sunrisecornermb.ca.

Incentives Offered for Growth and Clean Up in Stuartburn The RM of Stuartburn council is excited to announce that they have passed a new Urban Beautification Policy. This new policy is expected to help beautify the towns located within the municipality by offering an incentive to property owners to demolish vacant residential and commercial buildings in town. As per the new policy, grants of $250 will be available for the demolition of existing vacant residential or commercial buildings subject that all arrears of taxes are paid. In addition, the required Demolition

Permit Fee and tipping fees at the municipal transfer station will be waived for accepted material only. Grants do not apply to buildings located on property outside of designated town limits. Council believes that all efforts must be made to promote development in the municipality to support economic growth. As a result, the RM of Stuartburn has also given first reading to a Tax Incentive By-law in hopes to encourage rate payers to either build new homes or renovate existing homes or businesses.

Upon approval by the council, a property owner may receive a tax credit on a portion of their municipal taxes for 3 years for new home or commercial builds or significant renovations to homes or commercial buildings. To determine the portion of the incremental taxes payable as financial assistance, council will use 75% on Year 1, 50% on year 2, and 25% on year 3. Once approved the new policy would become payable in 2021 for those projects approved and constructed in 2020.

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Become a Volunteer Ranger and Do the Butterfly Way Even as people are practicing social distancing over the next few months because of COVID-19, individuals, families and communities can inspire this spring in a unique way by planning and planting a path for pollinators and volunteering as a Butterflyway Ranger in the Butterflyway Project. The Butterflyway Project is a citizen-led movement growing highways of habitat for bees and butterflies across Canada, one butterflyfriendly planting at a time since 2017 by recruiting a team of volunteer Butterflyway Rangers in each community. The mission is to plant native wildflowers in yards, schoolyards, streets and parks to support local bees and butterflies. The goal is to establish local “Butterflyways” by planting at least a dozen pollinator patches in each neighbourhood. As our communities continue to grow, local butterflies and bees are losing natural spaces to eat, sleep and raise their young. You can help make your neighbourhood more bee- and butterfly-friendly by following a few easy steps. Start small by adding native wildflowers to your garden, yard or balcony. Join forces with friends and neighbours to share seeds and plants. Next, encourage schools, businesses and institutions to add pollinator-friendly plants to their gardens and properties. Stitch this network of pollinator patches together and you’ve created your own Butterflyway. There are seven simple steps to creating a Butterflyway. Grow native wildflowers, invest in a tree or shrub such as an aspen, birch, bur oak, dogwoods, chokecherries or a saskatoon, create a woodpile bug hotel, leave sunny soil patches for bees, provide a water source, and learn more about local bees and butterflies to create a neighbourhood Butterflyway. Rather than growing many species with just a few plants of each, grow fewer species but lots of each. A garden is most attractive to pollinators with many plants in bloom at the same time. Bees prefer a banquet to a snack. It is important to avoid hybrids, as many lack pollen and nectar. Some Manitoba choices could include flowering plants such as asters, bee balm, black-eyed susans, cone flowers, licorice mint, joe pye weed, thistles, sunflowers, burdock, clover and even butterfly milk weed for Monarchs. Over the past three years, 447 Butterflyway Rangers have been recruited and trained connecting neighbours, schools, city agencies, businesses and community groups. To date, volunteers have helped get 28,908 butterfly-friendly wildflowers into the ground and create over 750 pollinator patches, establishing Butterflyways throughout nine communities. For more information on what and how you can plan your garden and build a pathway for butterflies in Manitoba a great resource is at naturesummitmb.com, to download WA-NaturescapeForEducatorsButterflyGardening and to become a volunteer ranger or start your own Butterflyway Project visit davidsuzuki.org/take-action/act-locally/butterflyway and download your starter guide.

Summer in the City in Limbo With the province declaring a state of emergency all community events and gatherings taking place before April 15 have already been canceled or postponed. What happens after that still remains to be seen, leaving some community festival committees wondering how they should proceed. Steinbach’s Summer in the City committee is one of the groups who are waiting to see what happens before making any decisions. Carly Koop on behalf of the Summer in the City event’s committee said the organization is not making any decisions about this year’s event. As the COVID-19 situation continues to advance the Summer in the City board and committees are monitoring the situation closely. “At this time we will continue to plan for the festival to be on June 19-21, as scheduled,” Koop stated. “We are hoping that the measures that are being taken now will be enough to continue to move forward with Summer in the City 2020.” Koop said the organization recognizes the uncertainty of the virus outbreak and what could happen. “We want to reassure you that all concert presale tickets and vendor payments will be refunded if the festival must be cancelled due to the safety of each one of you as recommended by government and health officials,” Koop continued. “As the date gets closer we will continue to consult with experts to make a final decision.” In the meantime, Koop encourages the community to foster the spirit of the festival, which is to look out for each other. “We ask that you show community spirit by checking in with your neighbours, family and friends. This is a time for us to support all community members and focus on relationships and helping people who are in need,” she concluded. Other upcoming festivals that are maintaining a watch includes the Niverville Olde Tyme Country Fair which is supposed to take place on June 12.


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Seeking Comfort in Times of Trouble Are you afraid of the unknown? Where did the corona virus come from? How does it spread? Is it in my immediate surroundings? How do I know if I have it? Will I be the one that dies from it? How long will this pandemic last? How do I financially keep going? Is it safe to step outside my house? Hundreds of good questions and very few answers! The intent of this article is not to make light of the problems. They are here and they are real. Added to the corona virus are the threats of global warming, droughts, fires, floods, food shortages and economic collapse. But maybe man is looking at our present world problems from the wrong perspective. Humanly speaking and from a physical world view all we see is doom and gloom. But when you look at the situation from a spiritual point of view there is still hope. The God of Heaven created all things in the beginning. Revelation 4:11 tells us, “For thou [God] hast created all things and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” What God created was all “very good” until disobedience and sin entered the picture. But God has provided a remedy for sin; His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. I John 2:2 tells us that, “He [Christ] is the propitiation (payment) for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” If we look at the history of mankind, whenever they walk away from the principles God has given to us to live by, then God allows the consequences of sin to take over. These include sickness, plagues, disease, environmental disasters, etc. When we begin to see these problems, we now have a choice to make. We can humanly try to remedy our situation or we can turn to God, acknowledge and confess our sin and follow His path instead of our own. God gave Israel a promise in II Chronicles 7:14 and it still holds true for us today. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I [God] hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the Lord and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 56:3 says, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee [God].” I Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he [God] careth for you.” Proverbs 3:5 and 6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him [God], and he shall direct thy paths.” Don’t let the fears and concerns of today overwhelm you. In humbleness, turn to God and trust Him to see you and your family through every crisis. Trust Him as your Saviour, trust Him as your Lord and trust Him as your Deliverer. God has never failed on a promise yet! God bless you as you seek God in this time of trouble and turmoil.

Please note that the Southeast Worship Directory has been paused. While public gatherings are restricted to prevent the spread of COVID-19, group services have been cancelled. Those seeking to participate in worship services should contact churches directly or check their social media pages to see if virtual services or broadcasts are available.

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Providence President Announces Retirement After three decades of serving at Providence in Otterburne, President David Johnson announced that he will retire at the end of his term on June 30, 2021. When Johnson made his announcement in the middle of March, he said it was something he had been considering for some time. “I mentioned my thoughts to the Board last June just before I turned 65. As my wife and I talked it over, we determined that I should retire no later than the end of my current term,” Johnson explained. “There are lots of factors that weigh on this decision. What is best for us and what is best for Providence.” During his thirty-year career at Providence, Johnson has served twelve as a professor, eight as an administrator and the last eight as President. He was the university’s thirteenth president over its 95-year history. Johnson began his career at Providence in 1990 as a Seminary Professor, teaching the New Testament and Greek. He became the Dean of Seminary in 2002 and then moved into the position of Executive Vice President and Provost in 2007.

After thirty years with Providence, President David Johnson is looking forward to a retirement filled with family and volunteer projects. Submitted photo.

After a year as Interim President, the Board appointed Johnson as President in 2013. Johnson said he plans to do everything he can to give the next President a successful start. “Now it’s time to let someone else take the reins and lead Providence to its future. The future holds great challenges for Christ-centred higher education in general. Yet, God is good and will continue to touch Providence just as He’s done over the past 95 years. Be assured of my prayers for the flourishing of this work of building the church.” Before coming to Providence, Johnson served for seven years as a

pastor in a small Minnesota Church. While he plans to stay in Manitoba to be close to his daughters, he plans to frequent Minnesota to spend time with family. He looks forward to pursuing volunteer opportunities after retirement, completing some long-postponed research and writing projects and doing some teaching on the side. Providence, founded in 1925, has been graduating more than 10,000 leaders with character and knowledge who serve in business, science, industry, churches, missions and non-profits in Canada and around the world.

The Sadness and Joy of the Crucifixion Mark15:33-34, “At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34) And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (NIV) Ever have the desire deep down in your heart to go to church, and you wonder why? Well, personally, it makes me feel kind of good inside; and besides, it puts a song into my heart. It makes us want to sing and to be joyful. It makes us want to be thankful. When we go to church, we want to praise God. We want to praise God because we know one day, He will come to Judge the World. He will come to make things right. He will come to let us know that Jesus died of a broken heart and that He, God the Father raised Him from the dead on the third day. He will let us know that when Jesus took our sin upon Himself on the Cross, that He, God the Father being Holy, could not look upon sin, and therefore, turned His face from Jesus Christ and that broke Christ’s heart. Remember the story of Jesus; so weary from the flogging and beating that he was not able at that moment to carry the cross. Imagine! Jesus the Carpenter of Nazareth, who had carried many a burden on his shoulders, totally exhausted, he stumbled and fell to the ground. Simon from Cyrene came along, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. Mark 15:21… 21) “A certain man

from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.” (NIV) This must have been a real depressing day for Simon. First, a Roman soldier taps him on the shoulder with his spear and then tells him to carry the cross for Jesus. He hated the Romans for the way they treated him, and this Jesus, who is he? ‘I thought he was a criminal, now I am forced to carry his cross.’ It may be that it was Simon’s intention when they got to Golgotha to drop the cross and get away from there as quickly as he could. But something changed his mind. Simon had a strange feeling about this Jesus. Simon carried the cross for Christ which had become too heavy for Jesus because of his humanity. All of us at times are asked to share the burdens of others, that sharing is fulfilling the law of Christ. But there is a burden which we must bear ourselves. Though Jesus was unable to carry the cross to Golgotha; once they arrived at the site the cross was again his to bear. That is a responsibility which nobody else can remove from us, that is a task that we all are personally responsible for. The cross on Christ’s shoulders was heavy enough, but added to that weight were the past, present, and future sins of the entire world. No one else but the Son of God could have carried that load. Is it possible to feel the anguish of Christ’s heart, His passion as His soul is uncovered for us to understand His pain? Do we dare enter Jesus’ heart and mind as the spikes went through His hands and feet, nailed to the cross? He became the sacrifice for the

sins of the entire world… hanging between heaven and earth. He became the staircase coming down from God in heaven to knock on the door of our heart that we might open our heart’s door and find salvation. As Christ was hanging their God, forsook Him for a moment; why would God do that. We cannot understand all that happened between God and Jesus that day? I know that is true in my case. But my heart still overflows with praise when I think of the amazing grace that Jesus should end His life on the Cross, with a prayer that God should forgive “US” because we did not know what we were doing… that is amazing grace. We were lost and spiritually blind…. To God Be He Glory Great Things He Has Done. Would you pray this prayer with me? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have the peace in my heart that I yearn for. I want that peace, joy and happiness that fulfills my heart’s desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honor Your Name. Amen.”

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TurfMutt Makes it Easier to Learn from Home While kids are stuck at home, the TurfMutt Foundation’s environmental education program and resources, based on STEM principles, teach kids to learn about the benefits of their family yard and taking care of the green spaces around them. The lessons encourage them to explore and appreciate nature and science in their own backyards. Being an “outsider” is one of the best things we can do for our health and well-being. In fact, studies prove that spending time in our green spaces reduces stress, improves memory, boosts heart health, and offers a host of other benefits for our minds and bodies. For students, TurfMutt’s “The (Really) Great Outdoors Contest 2020” deadline has also been extended to April 6. Contest submissions from students can be written and/or drawn with accompanying text of a nature space that in their community could use. Students should enter what elements they need in their space, their purpose, and how the space will benefit the community. Make sure each entry is no more than three pages and includes the student’s name, grade, school, state, teacher name, and

teacher email. For more information visit scholastic.com/turfmutt/#turf_ contest. Here is a summary of the many activities the TurfMutt Foundation’s environmental education program provides to kids and their families. Creative Writing TurfMutt’s digital storybooks might inspire your child to create their own story, and TurfMutt has an online story creator to help. Your child simply adds their name, selects their age range, and off they go. There’s no chance for writer’s block with TurfMutt’s story idea spinner, which suggests imaginative topics at the click of a button. With countless combination options, your child can create multiple tales. There is even a drawing screen so your student can add illustrations. Outdoor-Themed Activity Sheets for Kids in Grades K-8 The TurfMutt activity sheets are where the screen time ends. The hands-on TurfMutt activities are based on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles and prompt kids to go outside to learn about the green space around them.

Digital Storybooks TurfMutt offers tales for kids to enjoy, including “Saving the Planet, One Yard at a Time.” Climate Quest Game TurfMutt’s Climate Quest game is at the head of the class. The interactive video game challenges children to answer questions correctly to help TurfMutt and his sidekicks the Outdoor Powers move through the climate regions on an interactive map of the United States. Educational Videos When it’s time to wind down for the day, sometimes there is nothing better than a video. TurfMutt has several educational short movies that cover topics about living landscapes. They teach children how to help their families be good environmental stewards of the green space around them. The TurfMutt Foundation supports educational opportunities in the sciences and ELA for K-8 educators and students, through non-profit organizations such as Scholastic. To learn more about the importance of our green spaces, visit TurfMutt. com.

Tuition Freeze for Providence’s Students New and returning students to Providence next fall will be excited to know that tuition fees have been frozen for the year. The tuition freeze will be effective from September 2020 to April 2021, and will not only impact new students to Providence but returning students as well. Cameron McKenzie, Vice President Academic said the tuition freeze will be available to a wide range of students. “By holding tuition to the current rate for the coming year, Providence is indicating its commitment to ensure that our transformational education programs will remain available to as wide a variety of students as possible,” said McKenzie.

Undergraduate domestic tuition will remain at $4,545 per semester (or $909 per three credit course). This tuition freeze was made possible through financial gifts to the Providence Fund and the Impact 2020 fundraising campaign. It also helped provide more than 60% of the students with scholarships and bursaries amounting to $450,000 annually. To date, the Impact 2020 campaign raised $13,945,463 towards the yearend fundraising goal of $14.5 million. This allowed the school to also add two new programs, including a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Biology and Health Sciences and a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Providence President Dr. David Johnson said the tuition freeze, new programming, renovations and improvements to campus facilities are steps towards becoming more competitive in Canada’s changing postsecondary education sector and providing students with more affordable options and services. “Our vision is to be recognized as among the foremost Canadian Christian Universities where students grow in knowledge, character and faith for Christ and His kingdom. Our vision is all about students,” said Johnson. Providence is a small Christian University College and Seminary located in Otterburne.

Open Health Remains Open, New Manager Hired As of March 4, the Town of Niverville assumed responsibility for Open Health, the community’s privately owned medical clinic. As part of the take over process they have also hired Kristen Fyfe as the clinic’s new business manager. According to Niverville council, Fyfe is experienced in operating within a multi-disciplinary medical clinic, which will prove to be invaluable during the transition into the social enterprise model envisioned by the Town of Niverville. Last month, the town council decided

to assume responsibility after conducting a study to evaluate the long and short term sustainability of the clinic. A decision on keeping the clinic open had to be made in response to Dr Chris Burnett taking a leave of absence. He along with his wife Dr Mairi has jointly operated the clinic since it opened until she recently had to step aside for health matters. Closing the clinic would have suspended services to over 6,500 patients in Niverville and the surrounding area. According to the final community notice the Town’s day-to-day logis-

tics of how Open Health will evolve into a full-fledged social enterprise model will take time. The community should anticipate seeing instrumental client centred changes and growth in the months to come. Since COVID-19 hit the region, the clinic has remained open but implemented some changes. In order to provide optimal care of patients while securing the health and safety of clients, staff and clinicians, Open Health Niverville implemented virtual/teleconferencing on March 19.

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COVID-19 Closes Local Arts Group Building The Steinbach Arts Council currently follows the Hanover School Division’s (HSD) policy with regards to suspension of classes and will remain closed until HSD reopens classes scheduled for April 12. All SAC programming/activities will be cancelled during this period and office staff will not be working during this period. After April 12 staff will be available to answer questions via phone or email until the office fully reopens with the resumption of programs. For more information visit our website SteinbachArtsCouncil.ca.

Calling All Southeast Artists The Steinbach Arts Council is extending an invitation to artist and artisans to submit entries on their recent work to be exhibited in the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre Hall Gallery from September 2020 to August 2021. Each exhibit will last approximately two months. A full exhibit is 30 pieces, or artists may apply for a half exhibit with 15 pieces and, upon approval, will be matched with another half exhibit. Submissions may include oils, acrylics, watercolours, charcoal, ink, pastel, photography, mixed media, pottery or crafts. A submission package must include two original pieces of artwork identifying the work shown, a listing of works, including titles, medium used, sizes, and dates created and a recent biography-resume and/or curriculum vitae. The exhibit committee will discuss exhibition dates with you following a successful review. If you have any questions, contact the SAC Office at 204-346-1077. All submissions must be received no later than Saturday, March 14, 2020. Entry forms are available online at steinbachartscouncil.ca or at the SAC Office, 304 Second St. in Steinbach.

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RCMP FILES If you have any information in regards to any item here you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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Bike Stolen from Canadian Tire On March 4 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft of a bicycle at Canadian Tire. A man walked into the store, grabbed a Schwinn Mountain Bike and left. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stopper at 1800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Stolen Credit Card On February 20 Steinbach RCMP received a report of someone breaking into a locker at a local business stealing a wallet. The suspect then went to numerous businesses in and around Steinbach and used the credit card fraudulently within 2 hours. The RCMP are trying to identify a suspect that is involved. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Catalytic Converter Stolen On March 3 Steinbach RCMP received a report of theft from a business on Road 37 E in the RM of La Broquerie. It was reported that in the last two weeks, an individual entered the property and stole a Catalytic Converter from a 2011 Dodge Ram that is used by the business. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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Steinbach RCMP Investigate Suspicious Occurence On March 17 at approximately 1:55 pm, Steinbach Police received a report of a suspicious black pickup truck near Woodlawn School. Sometime between 1 pm and 1:45 pm, a black pickup truck pulled up beside three children who were walking on Reimer Avenue. The driver of the truck asked the children to get in, and the children immediately ran home. The male driver is described as being between 30-50 years of age, with a scruffy beard and wearing a black baseball hat. If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Falcon Beach RCMP Investigate Fatal Collision On March 15 at approximately 11:30 pm, Falcon Beach RCMP responded to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 1, near Barren Lake, in Whiteshell Provincial Park. The preliminary investigation indicates that a red pickup truck travelling west on Highway 1, crossed the centre line and collided head-on with a black pickup truck which was heading east. The driver and sole occupant of the black pickup truck, a 29-year-old man from Kenora, Ontario, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver and sole occupant of the red pickup truck, a 37-year-old man from Kenora, Ontario, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Icy roads are believed to have been a factor in the collision.

On March 6 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break-in at a Manitoba Hydro Station on Highway 210 in the RM of La Broquerie. Thieves stole copper wire and a trail camera. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Young Robber Caught On Sunday, March 8 at approximately 11 pm Steinbach RCMP were dispatched to a robbery in progress at a local business in Steinbach. During the robbery the suspect threatened the employees with a knife and demanded cash. The suspect then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Subsequent investigation, including the General Duty, General Investigation Section and Police Dog Service members, identified a 14-year old youth as a suspect. At 1 am on March 9, after a foot chase, the suspect was taken into custody. The youth, who cannot be named due to his age, is charged with Robbery, Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, Resisting Arrest, Carrying Concealed Weapon and Uttering Threats. The youth is being held in custody.

Trailer with Two Snowmobiles Stolen

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Steinbach RCMP were recently notified of a theft of two Arctic Cat snowmobiles and an Easy Hauler grey vinyl covered trailer. The two snowmobiles were stored on the trailer in a compound at the time of the theft in the RM of Ste Anne, somewhere between February 22 and March 7. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

On February 26 at some point over night, an unknown number of suspects spray painted two parked vehicles in a personal driveway on Whitby Crescent in Steinbach. The shed door and the side door of the home was also vandalised. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Be aware of happenings in your neighbourhood and report suspicious activity to the authorities. Check on your neighbours. Call 911 if you suspect a crime is in progress or has occured!

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The Monster

Recently I’ve had the urge to clean up and organize my home. I’m not sure if this is being brought on by the spring-like weather or if this is occurring because I’m just getting tired of seeing things sitting around the house that are not there for any real reason. I have found things in my basement that the only time I touch them is when I move them out of my way so that I can get to something else. Either way, changes... they are a happening. One of the areas that I’ve noticed greater changes is in my home office. To start with I rearranged the furniture within it to make it more open and to better separate my writing needs from the rest of my household needs. I’ve also moved the world map on my wall and pulled a bulletin-board from a side wall and moved it to the wall in front of me. I emptied the board of all non-writing materials and have tacked on appropriate materials. These few changes have reduced the clutter in this one room and have made it more efficient by having needed things where I need them and where I can reach them easily. While my home office was a pleasure to do (it IS my favourite room in our home) my basement is another matter all together. Within my mind I refer to the mess in the basement as The Monster. It seems that whatever we don’t have time to sort out or to deal with at a moment, it all seems to funnel down the stairs and to compile within the basement storage area. Actually, the storage area has become stuffed and things have begun to spill over in an inglorious way into other areas. While I’m sure that other homes have similar issues, for me, this is our home’s greatest threat to neatness and I have begun to take steps to wear down The Monster. Today, if I was to go downstairs and attempt to clean the entire basement in one fell-swoop, I would quickly be overwhelmed with the enormousity of it and The Monster would laugh as I would slink away in defeat. No, that’s not the way to do this, in time when The Monster is less powerful then yes but no, not yet. One tactic that I’ve been using and that seems to be working is to take on The Monster bit by bit. I find that by going downstairs with the intention of going through one box I can reduce the stress of the task and can make a small difference. There are some days when all that can be done is to get rid of one item from the mess or to sort a couple of necessary things into a better, more useful location. Bit by bit. While I’ve found several things that have flooded me with great memories of my youth, one of the things that stands out the most for me is the stack of old comic books that I’ve found and that my children now are getting a chance to enjoy. It’s nice to see something that brought me joy as a youngster now doing the same for my children. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

RCMP Respond to Parental Abduction On March 23 at approximately 10:45 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report of two children under two-years old that were abducted by their biological parents following a supervised visit in the RM of Hanover. Officers were advised that the suspects fled in a vehicle and were believed to be headed to the Roseau River area. Patrols were made and officers located the vehicle at a residence located on Road 29E in the Rural Municipality of Emerson-Franklin. Three officers attended and were immediately met outside by a group of eight individuals who surrounded and physically attacked the officers. The officers, who were outnumbered, managed to arrest two suspects and were able to remove themselves from the situation without injury. The individuals who assaulted the officers went back inside and continued to threaten the police. As the children were still within the home and threats of violence were made, the area was cordoned off and a section of Highway 59 was closed, while additional RCMP resources made their way to the location. At approximately 6 pm, with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team, entry was made into the residence and the remaining suspects were safely arrested. The parents of the two children, a 23-year-old male and 21-year-old female, both from Steinbach, are facing charges of Parental Abduction and Resisting Arrest and remain in police custody. The other six suspects arrested include, a 50-year-old man and 44-year-old women from Roseau River, and four males, a 16-year-old, 17-year-old, 19-year-old and 24-year-old, all from the RM of Emerson-Franklin. The six suspects remain in police custody and will face various charges including Assaulting a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Assault with a Weapon and Aiding and Abetting Parental Abduction. Steinbach and Morris RCMP continue to investigate.

April 2020


Fatal Off-Road Vehicle Collision Investigated On March 23 Steinbach RCMP received information from the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in regards to a fatal off-road vehicle collision that took place on March 21 in the RM of Reynolds. The Steinbach RCMP confirmed that they had not received such a report and initiated an investigation. Officers believe that on March 21 at approximately 6 pm, a 53-year-old male and 46-year-old female passenger, both from Marchand were operating a side-by-side on Trail 19 in the Marchand area when they suddenly swerved off the trail and came to a stop. Conditions on the trail at the time were reported to be rough due to the melting conditions. The 53-year-old male suffered a serious life-threatening injury after being struck by a large branch. Other riders in their group stopped to assist and called 911. STARS Air Ambulance attended the scene and transported the 53-year-old male to hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. Steinbach RCMP, along with the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office are continuing to investigate.


April 2020

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Steinbach’s Emergency Coordinator Retires After sixteen years of managing a part-time role as the City of Steinbach’s first Emergency Planning Coordinator, Denis Vassart is retiring. Vassart was hired by the City of Steinbach as emergency coordinator after the province mandated that all municipalities develop and maintain an emergency plan after 9/11. At the time, the twenty-two year veteran firefighter with the City of Steinbach was the perfect choice to work on the plan, along with the RM of Hanover. “I would like to thank all the volunteers who I had the privilege to work with over my time as Emergency Coordinator,” said Denis Vassart. “The emergency program would not be where it is today without their help and dedication.” Vassart founded the City’s first Emergency Operations Centre Team, recruiting volunteers that work to prepare the City for and respond to major emergencies or disasters including floods, fires and chemical spills. He has continued to lead this team, recruit members as needed, and facilitate required training. Most recently, he successfully applied for a grant to equip the team with laptops, allowing them to streamline communication and see information in real time during an event. Under his direction, the City of Steinbach became the first community in Canada to be certified as “Storm Ready” in 2010. Initially a pilot project, Vassart set up a group of volunteers, trained by Environment Canada, to watch the skies during extreme weather and alert residents through local media of significant events, such as tornados. He continues to run this program every summer storm season. Then in 2015, Vassart was the motivating force behind the launch of Steinbach’s emergency notification service, Steinbach Alert Now. In 2016, the City of Steinbach received the Manitoba Community Emergency Preparedness Award, recognizing communities with programs meeting or exceeding provincial standards. One of his biggest exercises took place in 2017, when Vassart ran a very successful mock emergency involving approximately 125 participants to test the emergency plan as well as practice interaction between Emergency Service departments and community organizations. This exercise was invaluable to everyone involved, allowing them to learn from the event and use the learnings to adjust and improve response plans for a real emergency. The City of Steinbach has not yet announced the exact date when Vassart’s retirement begins however, his role will be filled by Kelvin Toews, Steinbach’s Fire Chief as the new Emergency Planning Coordinator.

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Piecing Together “The Forgotten Trail”

Research of the Dawson Trail has included a sweep of traditional archival sources, museums, libraries, journals and documents from provincial and national repositories, including several local sources.

You may be surprised to learn that construction of the Dawson Trail began with headquarters at La Coulée, at the edge of the forest where Jean-Baptiste Desautels had a farm and sawmill and that SainteAnne-des-Chênes was the oldest parish of the Red River Colony; or that travelers of the early Dawson Trail were required to load and unload their freight as many as 70 times throughout their journey from Fort William now known as Thunder Bay to St. Boniface. The Dawson Road has a legacy and the Dawson Trail Arts and Heritage Tour is busy piecing it together for the development of an eventual heritage interpretive trail and art tour along this historic trail from Richer to Lorette. Months of research have revealed many treasures, the efforts of which are soon to be revealed on an informative website that they hope to unveil in mid-May and that will serve as the platform for a self-guided tour along this same stretch of road. This research, led by expert consultants, has included a sweep of traditional archival sources, museums, libraries, journals and documents from provincial and national repositories, including several local sources. The story is in itself, mostly complete. However, there are a few points of interest where they would welcome additional photos

or related stories, so they are calling on you for help. Take a moment to rummage through your grandparents and/or family archives for any information you may have on the following: 1. The “Redpath” building at La Coulée (they have images of it in Sainte-Anne after it was demolished in 1878 and rebuilt as the convent across from the HBC building); 2. Images or illustrations of John Allen Snow, surveyor and superintendant of the Trail’s road-building party at the La Coulée headquarters until 1870; 3. Travel on the Dawson Trail’s corduroy roads by ox cart in this area and any vestiges of the original corduroy road (they have some but would like more); 4. Jean-Baptiste Gauthier and Rosalie (Germain) Gauthier, who served, respectively, as the first postmaster for Lorette/Ste. Anne and the first teacher in the area; 5. The Hudson Bay Company’s “Compagnie de la Graisse” West of Lorette (1832-1833); 6. Local sawmills along the Dawson Road in the late 1800s and woodsmen/wood cutters/crews (“bûcherons”) harvesting the oak forest and wood in the area during the mid to late 1800s; 7. Lac Bossé or other sources of gravel ridges in the area that are said to have been used for the construction of the new road until 1870;

8. Photos or journals from the first pioneers and immigrants who traveled the Dawson Road from 1870 to 1878; 9. Photos or images of Finnigan Road, and the point where La Coulée and the Seine River meet, pre 1900s. Keep in mind they already have images and data from traditional sources. They are looking here for your personal insights, stories or photos on these items. Please scan the info you have or take a photo with your phone cameras and send it along with your contact info to dawsontrailtourmb@gmail.com. They can then contact you at a later date if they need copies of the original sources. The development of an interpretive trail on the physical landscape remains a long term priority and they hope to celebrate the inaugural art tour along the Dawson Trail in September 2020. The committee is grateful to the community members, stakeholders, volunteers and local historians who have come forward thus far to share their knowledge and support. Perhaps now more than ever, the Dawson Trail Arts and Heritage Tour provides a forum through which we can learn, share and celebrate our community spirit, pride and resilience. Stay safe and we’ll look forward to seeing you on the Dawson Trail!

Seniors’ Centre Continues Meals on Wheels Program

City of Steinbach’s Emergency Planning Coordinator Denis Vassart has retired after sixteen years of service to the community.

In a recent media release the Pat Porter Active Living Center and Serving Seniors Inc. expressed concern about the COVID-19 virus and the effect it can have on the majority of the population they serve. The Centre decided that it is in the best interest of everyone if all nonessential services are stopped until further notice. This includes all day and evening programs, coffee corner, Circle of Friends and meals served at the centre. Meals on Wheels and some of the outreach programs will continue

but members must call first as the doors will remain locked. Staff will be onsite from 9 am-4 pm. Volunteers can come in if they choose however, no volunteer should feel obligated as health and safety is a priority. Because of the nature of this virus and the way information changes so quickly staff and volunteers are meeting on a weekly basis to ensure that they are able to provide the best services to people in a safe manner. All updates will be sent out via

email, Facebook and on the website. If you have questions call 204320-4600. If you or a loved one are concerned about the effects of being alone or without the centre for an extended period of time and would like someone to call and chat for a bit please let staff know. “We are in this together! Thank you for understanding. Stay safe and trust that our staff is taking this time to plan some great programs in the future for you all,” said the release.

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

April 2020


The Garlic Producers Grande Pointe of Gardenton Company Celebrates 30 Years of Trucking

These beautiful cloves of garlic are produced locally in Gardenton and available at CanAm Corner at the corner of Highway 59 and 201.

Keystone Western President and owner Norm Curtis is proud of the company that he has built with the help of a dedicated team of employees. File photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis A Grande Pointe based trucking company is excited to be celebrating thirty years in the industry. Since 1990, Keystone Western has specialized in asset-based logistics solutions for TL and LTL dry van and deck shippers throughout North America. The Keystone story begins in 1990; Gilles Bouchard Trucking which was re-named Keystone Western became incorporated. President and CEO, Norm Curtis purchased GBT and has been growing and developing the company ever since. Under this leadership, the company has increased its customer base and adding additional trucks and drivers to its fleet. In 2014, he expanded the business further to include a 7,000 square foot head office and invested $5 million to purchase 40 new highway trucks to replace the entire fleet of com-

pany trucks. In addition, another $250,000 was spent to purchase 10 new trailers. Other assets include warehousing facilities in Manitoba and Waterloo, Ontario, additional office and maintenance staff and more than doubling the size of the company and increasing its revenues. Over the years Keystone Western has become a recognized leader in the industry and has been honoured with several achievements. In 2016 the company was recognized as a Top Fleet Employer by Trucking HR Canada. The Top Fleet Employer’s national program recognizes best practices in the trucking and logistics industry. Then in 2018, Keystone Western was honoured with the award of “Outstanding Medium Sized Business” from the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce. TheMBiz Awards celebrate the best of Manitoba’s business community. This achieve-

ment recognizes companies that obtain a standard of excellence in the community through their abilities, efforts and initiatives. The award marked a milestone for Keystone Western; from their humble beginnings to being recognized as one of the province’s outstanding businesses. It was truly an honour for them, Curtis noted. Looking to the future, Curtis believes that to continue their long-term success they need to remember their core value which is to stay true to their roots; being family and community focused. “We want to encourage an environment where all of our employees feel empowered and highly appreciated so that it extends naturally to our customers and industry partners. We are looking forward to what the next 30 years holds for Keystone Western,” said Curtis.

Each month, the Stuartburn Franklin-Emerson Local Food Initiative profiles a local producer of the area whose homegrown products are available for purchase. Leo and Anita Janzen of Gardenton are organic garlic producers. “We want to eat organic. That’s why we grow organic,” said Anita Janzen. Ten years ago, Anita and Leo Janzen moved to the RM of Stuartburn. Two years later, they settled on the high side of the scenic Roseau River, south of Gardenton, where they are fortunate to have well-drained, sandy soil that is well suited to growing vegetables. Three years ago, after growing increasingly dissatisfied with the limited options of garlic available in stores they planted their own. After two successful crops, they decided to “go big” to provide a local, organic alternative for the rest of the community. In the fall of 2018, with the help of Leo’s brother, Waleri, and Anita’s sister, Elvira, they planted 16,000 cloves of garlic. Of the hundreds of varieties of garlic in the world, Anita chose Music, a variety of porcelain garlic, because it stores well, from 8 - 12 months and has huge cloves that are easy to peel. “Even the kids were getting tired of peeling the regular store garlic,” joked Anita. With five children, Seth, Yosiah, Elaine, Liam and Olivia ranging from 11 to 1 1/2 years old, it is important that everyone help with preparing meals including peeling garlic. With careful tending using organic practices, the garlic grew beautifully. It is currently being sold at Can-Am Country Corner (at the junction of highways 59 and 201). To place a bulk order, please call Anita or Leo at 204-425-7708 or email lassjanzen@gmail.com.

The Janzen family work together on their Gardenton area farm growing organic garlic.


April 2020

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

For the Love of Bees – You Can Help Protect Them By Marianne Curtis

Ile des Chenes beekeeper Laura Wiens checks her hive to make sure that the bees are healthy, producing and protecting their queen.

The snow is starting to melt and soon the grass will be turning green, the leaves will soon be sprouting and those troublesome dandelions will be starting to grow. While gardeners are eager to get outside and take care of the weeds, a local beekeeper would like to remind eager landscapers to be mindful of the bees. Laura Wiens owner of Hive Creations in Ile des Chenes started beekeeping a few years ago as a hobby. Since then she has discovered a love and fascination for the tiny little pollinators and encourages gardeners to bee-aware. “We need to ensure that our bees have a food source because without them, we will lose some of our food sources,” stressed Wiens. Not to mention the huge range of manufactured food products made from all these ingredients and non-food products such as beeswax used in cleaning and beauty products. “I love how being a beekeeper is. I enjoy every aspect of it. It also makes me aware of what is blooming,” Wiens explained. “Checking the hives and watching them work is fascinating plus they are so important.” It is estimated that one third of the food consumed every day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, birds and bats. Honey bees also pollinate clover and alfalfa, which are fed to cattle, so there are implications for the

meat and dairy industry too. Helping bees can be as simple as not using pesticides in the garden, letting dandelions and clover grow and planting flowers that provide bees with a food source. With the bee population dwindling, Wiens encourages people to help out by starting their own hives. With classes being offered at the University of Manitoba, beekeeping is becoming a hobby enjoyed by many budding beekeepers. “There is a strong community of beekeepers in Manitoba and they are very supportive and eager to mentor new beekeepers,” Wiens encouraged, explaining that it is not costly to set up a hive. “I have met some really wonderful people through these amazing bugs. The U of M course costs less than the price of a complete hive set up and is an amazing place to start.” Homeowners can do a few simple things to help bees by planting a bee garden with nectar rich flowers, and planting flowering fruit trees. Refraining from the use of herbicides and pesticides is one of the biggest ways to help protect their environment. A fun activity that can also help save the bees is creating a bee bath. Fill a shallow bird bath or a small dish or bowl with clean water, and arrange pebbles and stones inside so that they poke out of the water. Bees will land on the stones and pebbles to drink the water as they take a break from foraging and pollinating.

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