Dawson Trail Dispatch April 2024

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Ste. Anne Youth Clinches Victory at Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off

Parks Reservations Start April 8

The Manitoba government wants you to mark your calendar and start planning your getaway as reservations for campgrounds in provincial parks is set to open on April 8. Reservations will be staggered over five days to accommodate the high demand and make it easier for Manitobans to book at their favourite campground. Customers making online reservations are advised to check their user accounts and passwords prior to the opening days and review reservation rules. Customers can also browse the reservation service to view photos and descriptions of campsites. On opening days, an enhanced virtual waiting room and queuing system will be used to ensure a better experience for online users. For more information on how to prepare for opening day, visit manitobaparks.com.

On opening day, the Parks Reservation Service, online and call centre services will begin at 7 am online at manitobaparks.com or 1 888482-2267 (toll-free).

The Manitoba Parks Reservation Service will open over five days in April:

- Monday, April 8 at 7 am, reservations open for all cabins, yurts and group-use areas;

- Tuesday, April 9 at 7 am, reservations open for campsites at Birds Hill, Winnipeg Beach and Grand Beach campgrounds;

- Wednesday, April 10 at 7 am, reservations open for campsites in all campgrounds in Whiteshell Provincial Park including Betula Lake, Big Whiteshell Lake, Brereton Lake, Caddy Lake, Falcon Beach, Falcon Lakeshore, Nutimik Lake, Opapiskaw, Otter Falls, West Hawk Lake and White Lake;

- Thursday, April 11 at 7 am, reservations open for campsites in all northern and western campgrounds including Asessippi, Bakers Narrows, Clearwater Lake (Campers Cove and Pioneer

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The Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off witnessed an impressive victory as 13-year-old Ethan Marynowski from Ste. Anne emerged as the champion of the renowned ice fishing competition taking home $15,000.

JQ Built Proposes Affordable Seniors Housing Project

JQ Built, a branch of the development corporation JohnQ Public, is spearheading efforts to establish a new project stream focused on af-

fordable seniors housing in Manitoba. The initiative aims to address the growing demand for accessible and energy-efficient housing options for seniors in the province.

Operating as a coordinated service provider to municipalities, JQ Built has previously demonstrated success with its Daycare Pilot Project, which received support from both the Province and the Federal Governments. This project, known for its innovative “Daycare in a box” delivery model, led to the establishment of new daycare facilities in various communities, including the RM of Ritchot, Lorette, Kleefeld, and the Town of Ste. Anne.

Buoyed by the success of their daycare model, JQ Built is now turning its attention to the affordable seniors housing market and is seeking support from its municipal partners to move forward with the project.

“We believe with the success we have seen with the daycare model, and the demand for senior housing, this opportunity was calling us!” remarked Chris Ewan, Mayor of the RM of Ritchot and a board

member of JohnQ Public.

The initial step involves securing commitments from interested rural municipalities, including St. Clements, East St. Paul, Rosser, Ritchot, Springfield, Tache, Portage la Prairie, Rockwood, Macdonald, St. Andrews, Stonewall, and Headingley, to sign a letter of intent (LOI). This LOI would lay the foundation for further collaboration, negotiations, and planning.

Ewan emphasized that the project is still in the planning stage and is a relatively new concept. The envisioned model aims to create a New Collaborative Affordable Seniors Housing Model, featuring a Cottage Court cluster housing community with 40 to 60 housing units per community. The focus will be on providing energy-efficient, accessible, and barrier-free living options to allow community residents to age in place.

Similar to the “Daycare in a box”

project, where municipal land commitment was integral to successful agreements, Ewan noted that there may be municipal land requirements for the seniors’ housing project, although specifics are yet to be worked out.

The LOI acknowledges the pressing need for affordable housing, identified as a top priority by the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, and municipalities of all sizes.

Regarding the timeline, the LOI highlights the availability of significant funding and support through the Federal Government and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) for communities interested in supporting housing initiatives.

While the status of municipal partnerships remains in progress, Ewan indicated that their Executive Director is actively working on the next steps to advance the project.

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The Falcon Lake Winter FishOff witnessed an impressive victory as 13-year-old Ethan Marynowski from Ste. Anne emerged as the champion of the renowned ice fishing competition taking home $15,000. Ethan’s achievement has garnered praise and admiration from fellow competitors and spectators alike.

Ethan’s parents, Nicole and Chris Marynowski, expressed their excitement and pride in their son’s accomplishment.

“We’re extremely proud and excited for him,” said Nicole. “He has always been passionate about fishing, spending a lot of time studying different tactics and techniques, so he definitely earned it.”

The victory was a culmination of Ethan’s dedication and love for fishing, a hobby he has pursued since the age of four. Ethan

shared his enthusiasm, stating, “It felt great to win, it was really exciting.”

The Falcon Lake Winter FishOff, an annual event now in its 19th year, attracts avid anglers from far and wide to test their fishing skills in the frigid waters of Falcon Lake.

Ethan’s strategic decision to purchase a second tag during the derby proved to be advantageous, allowing him to fish two holes and ultimately secure two catches, one of which clinched the top prize.

Reflecting on the tense moments during the competition, Ethan’s Dad, Chris Marynowski recounted, “We figured he had a very good chance at winning the derby with that fish, but we didn’t want to get his hopes up.”

The anticipation heightened as the announcement of prizes began, with Ethan’s family and friends anxiously awaiting confirmation of his victory.

“At that point, we celebrated and took some pictures with the friends and family who attended the derby with us,” added Chris.

The Marynowski family expressed gratitude for the support of their friends and fellow competitors, highlighting the camaraderie that defines the Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off.

“Fishing has always been a favourite family activity of ours,” mentioned Nicole. “It was great to have the whole family there, along with a great group of friends who come to this derby year after year with us.”

Ethan’s win serves as a testament to his passion, determination, and love for the sport of fishing, solidifying his status as a rising star in the angling community. As he continues to hone his skills on the ice and in the water, Ethan remains committed to pursuing his favourite hobbies, which include hunting, fishing, baseball, and dirt biking.

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Chris Ewan, Mayor of the RM of Ritchot and a board member of JohnQ Public emphasized that the project is still in the planning stage and is a relatively new concept. The envisioned model aims to create a New Collaborative Affordable Seniors Housing Model, featuring a Cottage Court cluster housing community with 40 to 60 housing units per community. The focus will be on providing energy-efficient, accessible, and barrier-free living options to allow community residents to age in place. The Marynowski family expressed gratitude for the support of their friends and fellow competitors, highlighting the camaraderie that defines the Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off.

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Niverville Introduces New Fire Prevention and Emergency Services By-law

The Town of Niverville has recently implemented a new fire by-law, consolidating three previous by-laws into one comprehensive document for easier access and understanding. Named

“The Fire Prevention and Emergency Services By-law No. 864-24,” this new regulation encompasses various aspects related to fire prevention and emergency services within the town.

Among the topics covered in the

new by-law are provisions regarding fireworks permits, burning bans, fire pits and barbecues, smoke alarms, and fire protection systems. By consolidating multiple by-laws into one, residents and stakeholders can now conveniently find all relevant information in a single document.

In addition to consolidating existing regulations, the new by-law introduces some changes and additions to align Niverville with other urban mu-

nicipalities and enhance safety measures. Notable changes include:

No Permit Fees: The new by-law eliminates fees for permits, ensuring that all fires are conducted safely and responsibly. Residents can obtain permits through the town’s official website without any associated costs.

Expanded Fire Pit Regulations: Fire pits are now permitted on driveways provided they are elevated and located at least 10 feet away from any

combustible structure. This expansion offers residents more flexibility in enjoying outdoor fire features while maintaining safety standards. Ban on Chinese Lanterns: Due to safety concerns, the use of Chinese lanterns is no longer allowed within the town limits. This prohibition aims to mitigate fire risks and protect the community from potential hazards associated with the use of these devices.

Residents and stakeholders can access the full text of the new by-law on the town’s official website. The document provides comprehensive details on all regulations and guidelines related to fire prevention and emergency services in Niverville. For any inquiries or clarifications regarding the new by-law, individuals are encouraged to reach out to the town administration via email at feedback@whereyoubelong.ca.

RM of Stuartburn Allocates Grants

The Rural Municipality of Stuartburn Municipal Council has announced its approval of grant funds for various organizations within the community for the year 2024. These grants are aimed at supporting initiatives and projects that contribute to the betterment of the municipality and its residents. Here is a breakdown of the organizations and the allocated grant amounts:

- Ukrainian Museum & Village Society - $4,000

Purpose: Exterior renovations to the museum.

- Vita Canada Day Committee - $3,000 cash plus $3,000 in kind

Purpose: Funding for fireworks display and pancake breakfast, including copies, manpower, skidsteer, and an Automated External Defibrillator.

- Ukrainian National Home of Vita - $5,000

Purpose: Upgrading the kitchen and dining floors.

- Vita Curling Club - $3,800

Purpose: Completing ice plant repairs.

- Vita Arena - $5,000

Purpose: Purchasing a rink divider and six heaters.

- Vita Cheer Board - $500

Purpose: Supporting Christmas hampers for those in need.

- Vita Community Child Care Centre - $1,000

Purpose: Acquiring a storage shed for organizational needs.

- Vita Area Food Bank - $6,000

Purpose: Covering one year of rent expenses.

- Vita Area Winter Festival - $2,500

Purpose: Hosting family-friendly activities during the festival.

- Gymkhana - $500

Purpose: Providing porta potties, garbage bins, and fuel for generators for the event.

- Shevchenko School Grad Awards - $500

Purpose: Offering scholarships for graduating students.

- Angels Cabin Concert - $250

Purpose: Sponsoring the music festival event.

- Piney Regional Chamber of Commerce - $250

Purpose: Supporting the Green Career Symposium organized by the chamber.

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These grants reflect the RM of Stuartburn’s commitment to supporting community organizations and initiatives that contribute to the overall well-being and vibrancy of the region. The council believes that investing in these projects will enhance the quality of life for residents and strengthen the sense of community within the RM of Stuartburn. Bay), Duck Mountain (Blue Lakes, Childs Lake and Wellman Lake), Manipogo, Rainbow Beach, Rivers, Paint Lake, Spruce Woods (Kiche Manitou), Turtle Mountain (Adam Lake), Wekusko Falls and William Lake; and - Friday, April 12 at 7 am, reservations open for campsites in all remaining campground locations including Birch Point, Camp Morton, Hecla (Gull Harbour), Hnausa Beach, Lundar Beach, Moose Lake, Nopiming (Beresford Lake, Bird Lake, Black Lake, Shoe Lake and Tulabi Falls), St. Malo, Stephenfield and Watchorn.

Walk-in reservations and in-person payment arrangements can also be made at 1181 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg and will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm beginning April 8 for the parks and facilities described above.

Annual park vehicle permits for 2024-25 are available for purchase online at manitobaelicensing.ca as well as at retail outlets or provincial park offices.

Manitoba Parks is also recruiting seasonal staff for the upcoming summer. Those looking for summer employment and career opportunities in provincial parks should visit manitobaparks.com frequently as more job opportunities are posted.

Celebrating Over 25 Years of Service to Our Communities!

The Last Gentleman Prime Minister

This week, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney will be laid to rest. Mulroney was a giant in Canadian

politics. The last of the “gentleman prime ministers”.

Mulroney was born and raised in Baie-Comeau, Quebec. The son of working-class Irish parents.

Despite his humble beginnings, Mulroney quickly rose to prominence as a successful businessman and lawyer.

Despite his prodigious success in business, Mulroney wanted to serve.

So, in 1976, he threw his hat into the ring to replace the outgoing Robert Stanfield as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. He would lose to Joe Clark.

Mulroney took the loss hard, but he kept working. He expanded his business and political network and in 1983 he once again ran for the leadership. This time he won.

Two months later, Mulroney ran in a by-election to gain a seat in Parliament and became the MP for Central Nova, Nova Scotia (he would later transfer to represent the Quebec riding of Charlevoix).

At the time he became Opposition Leader, Canada was a desperate and divided country.

With the brief exception of 6 months under Joe Clark in 1979, the Liberals, under the leadership of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, had been in control for 16 devastating years.

Canadians were facing skyrocketing debt and crippling double-digit inflation. The country was deeply divided over the long-argued ques-

tions of Quebec separatism and western alienation, exacerbated by the Trudeau years. The country was ready for a change.

Trudeau Sr. saw the “writing on the wall” and took his, now fabled, walk in the snow in February of 1984.

He was succeeded by John Turner. Viewed as a decent and sound man, the Liberals surged to a 20-point lead in the polls. Hoping to capitalize on the lead, only four days after being sworn in as Prime Minister, Turner called a general election.

Unfortunately for Turner, the once formidable Liberal campaign machine was tired and in disarray.

In the televised leaders’ debate, Mulroney unleashed a blistering attack over the issue of patronage. Turner had agreed to execute patronage appointments made by Trudeau before leaving office. When asked about it, Turner replied, “I had no option.”

Mulroney famously responded:

“You had an option, sir. You could have said, ‘I am not going to do it. This is wrong for Canada, and I am not going to ask Canadians to pay the price.’ You had an option, sir— to say ‘no’—and you chose to say ‘yes’ to the old attitudes and the old stories of the Liberal Party. That, sir, if I may say respectfully, is not good enough for Canadians.”

Turner froze and the election was over.

Mulroney would win the second largest majority government in Canadian history (second only to the 1958 landslide won by fellow Tory, John Diefenbaker). He would go on to win a second majority in 1988, the first Conservative Prime Minister to do so since Sir. John A. Macdonald.

His time in office was characterized by taking big swings. Often failing, at times successful, Mulroney always swung for the fences. His successes and failures are well documented.

He succeeded in privatizing crown corporations and shrinking the size of government. He ended the disastrous National Energy Program. He achieved landmark achievements in environmental protection.

Most famously, he secured the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the most successful free trade agreement in history.

Mulroney also sought constitutional reforms to solve the divisive issues standing in the way of national unity. Quebec still had not signed on to the recently patriated Constitution. Mulroney called two rounds of meetings with premiers which would come to be known as the Meech Lake (1987) and Charlottetown (1991) Accords. Both would ultimately fail.

Mulroney took Canada to new levels of respect and influence on the

world stage, taking strong stands opposing communism and apartheid, and supporting free trade and the first Gulf War. He had strong relationships with US Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush (Sr.) and UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

In fact, to many, it was his relationships that were Mulroney’s secret weapon. His ability to remember names and faces and details. His willingness to reach out and touch people with his condolences or congratulations. His generosity of spirit expressed in that rich baritone and smiling Irish eyes.

Brian Mulroney was far from perfect. He was a man. Like all human leaders, no one is ever perfect. But Brian Mulroney loved Canada. His own humble beginnings taught him that in Canada, if you work hard enough, anything was possible. That you can reach for the stars and that sometimes you might just catch one.

Brian Mulroney was a giant, a gentleman, a great Canadian, and he will be missed.

Concerns of Affordability

March was another busy yet exciting month, as my fellow MLAs and I gathered for a new session in the Manitoba Legislature. It’s good to participate in session again, as we focus on finding solutions to key issues and figuring out ways to better the lives of all Manitobans.

Another exciting thing from this past month is that I got to hold the first “Coffee with Bob” of 2024. These are some of my favourite events to put on, and this time was no exception as I got to chat with constituents from Paradise Village and Villa Youville in Ste. Anne. I look forward to having “Coffee with Bob” events throughout the year, so stay tuned for more information. I hope to see you all at the next one!

I wanted to take a moment to highlight an event that has been held annually in our province for over 115 years: the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon. Not only is the RMWF one of Western Canada’s largest agricultural

events, but it’s also one of only two fairs in Canada to receive Royal designation from Queen Elizabeth II. The fair is full of fun for the whole family, from horse shows and live entertainment to circuses and mascots. I would highly encourage you all to take a trip to Westman and attend the fair at least once!

In political news, Manitobans continue to deal with the aftermath of the sudden Imperial Oil pipeline shutdown in mid-March, which is expected to disrupt fuel supply to Winnipeg and surrounding communities for at least 3 months. After only a week of the shutdown, we began to see double-digit price hikes, long lines, and gas stations closing early and limiting purchases.

To make matters worse, Manitobans woke up to a 23% federal carbon tax hike on April 1st—a rather cruel April Fools joke if you ask me. The hike in carbon tax means a hike in gas prices, as well as heating and food prices, and will cost Manitoba families over $500 more than they get back in rebates in 2024.

Lastly, as result of the NDP

government’s meagre increases to school funding, constituents of Dawson Trail are looking at school property tax hikes of up to 6.9% this year. Some constituencies in Manitoba are even looking at hikes as high as 17%.

All of these add on to concerns of affordability that I know many members of the Dawson Trail community have. As your MLA, I will continue to voice your concerns in the Legislature, as well as advocate for meaningful solutions to make life more affordable for all Manitobans.

For more updates and information, visit my website at boblagasse. com. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my constituency office at ca.lagasse@ outlook.com or 204-807-4663.

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Budget Delays

Impede Manitobans

As we welcome Spring in Manitoba, for families who were able to enjoy a spring break, I hope the unpredictable March weather still allowed the opportunity for you to get outdoors and appreciate our beautiful Lac du Bonnet constituency.

At the Manitoba Legislature we are well into the Spring session where debate in the legislature is heating up. Despite it being six months after the election, the NDP have forgotten to do their homework and have been slow to get their legislation tabled in time to be debated. However, we were able to debate my private member’s bill to designate Tyndall stone as the official stone of the province under The Manitoba Emblems Act. Unfortunately, the NDP don’t seem to support this designation and continue to delay a vote on the bill.

The assembly did allow the NDP to pass a bill that allows the government to have the necessary funds to keep paying the bills and keep the government’s lights on until a full budget can be passed later this year.

So far, the NDP spending plans are piling up which is why they have made numerous cabinet orders authorizing them to borrow more and more money totalling $9.25 Billion. This is on top of the $1.6 Billion deficit they have decided to run over the last six months since being elected. $710 Million more new spending was ordered up by the NDP cabinet just a few weeks ago to begin the $3 Billion spending spree they promised during their campaign. The NDP’s borrowing and spending will lead to an additional half a billion dollars a year in interest costs for Manitobans.

In the meantime, Premier Wab Kinew and his NDP government have been cancelling surgeries, delaying daycare spaces, pausing nine new schools, and until I pressed them in the legislature last week, they were stalling personal care homes approved last year by our PC government.

On March 14, I made a point of asking the Finance Minister directly in the Legislative Assembly whether he would be going forward with the new Lac du Bonnet personal care home project that was approved by Treasury Board last year as part of our multi-year capital plan. Since October the PCH project had been stalled by the NDP Health Minister.

As a direct result of this intervention the NDP changed course and stopped dithering when they finally announced the care home would indeed go ahead as planned, thanks to the hard work of the Lac du Bonnet community and the continued pressure our PC Team made in the Legislature.

Unfortunately, the NDP still seem to be abandoning the Philippine’s recruitment program for healthcare workers and nurses; despite the first successful applicants approved last year being quickly integrated into our hospitals. The NDP have chosen to leave other applicants in the lurch instead of

getting them into our healthcare system.

They have also paused or cancelled the Building Sustainable Communities program and the Arts, Culture and Sport in Community fund. So, with all of these priority projects on hold or abandoned, we are asking what the NDP are planning to spend all this money on that they are borrowing?

As for the NDP Finance Minister, he’s asking all Manitobans and the Legislative Assembly for a blank cheque with his upcoming budget being released April 2, and to trust him with billions of dollars of new spending without providing any details on the programs or changes for the coming year.

What we have heard from the NDP Education Minister is that the NDP are raising school taxes across the province and erasing the progress made by our PC Team in phasing out education property taxes over the past few years. School Divisions are being allowed to increase your taxes as much as 17% under this NDP government.

As the Official Opposition, we are also looking for some serious commitments towards infrastructure to not only fill the potholes in Winnipeg at this time of year but also for major investments in our provincial highways that allow us to grow our economy, get Manitoba products to market, and serve the tourism sector that is so important here in the Eastman region. Our PC government introduced the first multi-year capital plan to ensure stable long-term funding for Manitoba’s roads, bridges, highways, and waterworks. The NDP need to commit to this long-term plan that gives municipalities and the construction industry certainty and predictability for the summer construction season.

This April, we will be watching the NDP budget closely for any indications or announcements that the government will quit stalling and move forward with other common-sense, shovel-ready PC projects that they have paused. We are hoping for some good news coming out of this NDP government’s budget on April 2nd and not a late April Fool’s joke from the Finance Minister.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at wayne@ wayneewasko.com, or call me at 204-2683282. Also, you can follow me on X (formerly Twitter) @wayneewaskomla and friend me on Facebook.

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Riverview Cycle of Life Gears Up for 26th Annual Fundraiser

The Riverview Cycle of Life, a dedicated initiative aimed at raising funds for patients and residents of Riverview Health Centre located in Winnipeg, is set to kick off its 26th annual fundraising event on June 9, with Debra Budgell-Short at the helm as co-chair.

The Cycle of Life fundraiser has become a staple event, featuring three distance rides – 65 km from Riverview Health Centre to St. Adolphe, a 20 km ride, and a 5 km ride. The event typically raises anywhere from $170,000 to $200,000.

Ritchot resident Debra BudgellShort rides in the event under the team name “Budgell Bikers”.

“I’m trying my best to get Ritchot involved,” she said, reminding the community that St. Adolphe is a pillar in the ride and could benefit

from the community’s involvement. She added that she had a personal connection to the cause.

“This cause is near and dear to my heart as my late husband was a patient and a resident,” she noted.

She detailed her husband’s journey, “In 2006, he suffered a massive heart attack and stayed at Riverview in the brain injury ward for 3 months. He was able to walk out but unfortunately never regained his speech and had to have 24-hour care for the next 11 years. He returned to Riverview in 2017 and passed there,” said Budgell-Short.

As co-chair for the past six years and a member of the Riverview Health Centre Foundation board, Budgell-Short highlighted the impact of the funds raised.

“Money raised from Cycle on Life 2023 supports quality of life pro-

grams and equipment for patients and residents of all ages at Riverview Health Centre,” she said.

The Cycle of Life fundraiser invites cyclists to register and participate in one of the three distance rides. Participants can opt for the challenging 65 km ride, which commences from Riverview Health Centre to St. Adolphe, or choose the 20 km or 5 km rides. Registration and donation options are now open via the event’s website, rhc.mb.ca. Budgell-Short also highlighted the family-friendly aspects of the event, saying, “Kids that ride in the family ride have bike decorating and face painting.”

The event is not limited to riders alone; spectators and donors are encouraged to contribute to the cause.

The Riverview Cycle of Life fundraiser is a vital community initiative that not only fosters a spirit of support and solidarity but also makes a tangible difference in the lives of those receiving care at Riverview Health Centre.

Sunrise Corner to Host Green Career Symposium

Sunrise Corner, known for its idyllic rural lifestyle, is increasingly becoming a magnet for individuals seeking a high quality of life. Recognizing the importance of employment opportunities in sustaining the region’s growth, Sunrise Corner Economic Development is thrilled to announce its partnership in the upcoming Green Career Symposium.

Scheduled to take place at the Vita Community Hall on Tuesday, April 16, the Green Career Symposium is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Piney Regional Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the RMs of Piney and Stuartburn, and the Borderland School Division. The event, slated to run all day, will be divided into two sessions. From 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, grade 7-12 students from Ross L Gray and Shevchenko School will have exclusive access, while the symposium will open to the broader community from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Monique Chenier, Economic

Development Manager of Sunrise Corner, expressed her excitement about the event.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Green Career Symposium, which aims to showcase local job opportunities that contribute to environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation,” she stated.

Highlighting the diverse range of opportunities available, Chenier emphasized that the event will shed light on how individuals can make a positive impact on the environment through their careers.

“Whether it’s working from home to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or developing innovative technologies to capture carbon, there’s something for everyone,” she added.

The symposium will feature representatives from government organizations, large corporations with local operations, and small businesses, all of whom will share insights into career options that prioritize environmental sustainability. Attendees can expect to learn about various career paths that offer not only financial stability but also opportunities for meaningful contributions to the community.

From a youth perspective, the event aims to prepare students for success beyond high school by exploring summer jobs and career opportunities with a focus on environmental stewardship.

“We want young people to understand that Sunrise Corner offers ample opportunities for career growth and personal fulfillment,” Chenier remarked. “Whether they choose to stay and work locally or return after pursuing higher education, they’ll find a supportive community committed to environmental sustainability.”

Chenier also emphasized the importance of adapting to the changing landscape of businesses and careers in the face of climate change.

“The Green Career Symposium is an opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insights into how businesses are evolving to address the challenges posed by climate change,” she concluded.

The Green Career Symposium promises to be an informative and inspiring event, offering attendees the chance to explore career opportunities that align with their passion for environmental sustainability.

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Ken Short (left), Minister Andrew Smith and unknown participant. Picture courtesy of Debra Budgell-Short.

Funds Committed to New Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is loaning a combined up to $140 million to support five communities with water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Manitoba. The provincial portion of this investment is over $71 million. This green infrastructure partnership will enable construction of new facilities which will deliver cleaner water and better wastewater treatment for approximately 78,000 housing units, while supporting the communities’ sustainable growth.

The Red-Seine-Rat (RSR) Wastewater Co-operative, comprised of the Rural Municipality of Taché, Rural Municipality of Hanover, Rural Municipality of Ritchot, and Town of Niverville and the City of Brandon with benefit from this investment.

All water and wastewater infrastructure will continue to remain publicly owned and operated by the municipalities, who remain responsible for the delivery of these essential projects.

It will also help the participating municipalities to work towards their long-term en-

vironmental goals, such as reducing CO2 emissions by around 93% due to moving from a lagoon system to a mechanical system.

“Water and wastewater infrastructure plays a critical role in enabling clean waterways, protecting the local environment and safeguarding public health,” said Ehren Cory, CEO, Canada Infrastructure Bank. “Our partnership strengthens water systems and resources in Southern Manitoba to meet current and future water needs. By investing in new water and wastewater infrastructure, the CIB provides communities with the certainty they need to plan for municipal growth and future housing development opportunities.”

Modern water treatment infrastructure is a critical public service for residents who depend on potable water for drinking, cooking and washing, alongside meeting requirements for public, commercial and industrial activities. Improved wastewater treatment systems provide opportunities for sustainable growth while protecting Canada’s

St. Adolphe Youth Awarded Memorial Volleyball Scholarship

A student at Collège régional GabrielleRoy in Île des Chênes has been awarded the Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Memorial Volleyball Scholarships for the 2023-2024 academic year.

St. Adolphe youth Maxime Vermette is a dedicated volleyball player who attends the school in the neighbouring community.

The Scholarships are bestowed annually to honour the memory of Dr. Dale Iwanoczko, a distinguished volleyball player from Selkirk and aims to recognize students who demonstrate proficiency in volleyball while maintaining academic excellence and contributing to their school and community.

Vermette’s journey in volleyball commenced at the age of 12, evolving from casual play to competitive involvement in junior high, high school, and club volleyball.

Vermette’s impressive athletic achieve-

ments include leading his high school team to two AA MHSAA provincial championships in 2021 and 2023, where he was also named MVP. His stellar performance earned him recognition as one of the top four players in Manitoba on the Winnipeg Free Press Top 10 list. Additionally, Vermette represented Team Manitoba at the North American Indigenous Games, securing a silver medal in the 19U Men’s volleyball division.

“I am really honoured to have received this award. Dale Iwanoczko was an amazing man and a great idol to look up to,” shared Vermette. Vermette’s dedication extends beyond the volleyball court, as he actively engages in peer tutoring, coaching younger teams, and volunteering for community initiatives.

These scholarships honour the legacy of Dr. Dale Iwanoczko and support the next generation of volleyball players as they pursue their academic and athletic endeavours.

freshwater resources for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Enabled by the partnership with the CIB, the communities can deliver on their growth planning for residential, industrial and commercial developments, while ensuring compliance with regulatory standards.

“Unlocking more infrastructure is critical to helping communities get more housing built. The CIB’s investment of $140 million toward new water and wastewater infrastructure for southern Manitobans will modernize wastewater infrastructure while creating the conditions needed to enable the growth of the municipality of Brandon and the communities in the RSR,” noted Federal Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities Sean Fraser. “These are the first projects being financed through the CIB’s Infrastructure for Housing Initiative, a financing tool that will be available to communities across the country.”

Together, the projects will provide the necessary enabling infrastructure capacity for the addition of approximately 12,600 new housing units in RSR with an additional 2,300 new housing units in Brandon from their share of the funding announcement.

“Wastewater and water treatment are critical infrastructure assets for municipalities, particularly growing ones,” added Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Lisa Naylor. “Our government believes that everyone benefits when governments work

together to meet community needs. Manitoba is glad to partner on infrastructure projects to ensure all Manitobans have safe, clean drinking water.”

The new water and wastewater infrastructure will supply communities, businesses and industries with potable water, as well as collect, treat and discharge wastewater to manage storm water runoff.

Specific details of the RSR projects include providing the communities with a new centralized wastewater treatment plant, moving away from traditional wastewater lagoons to mechanized wastewater treatment; help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55,300 tonnes over its life and add the significant additional capacity required to support some of the fastest growing communities in Manitoba and installation of a wastewater conveyance system with approximately 90 km of effluent pipeline as well as new lift and pump stations.

“RSR is very pleased to be able to partner with the Canada Infrastructure Bank. This investment from the CIB will ensure that our region continues to be an attractive place for families to call home. The CIB’s involvement and expertise has enabled our four municipalities to sustainably pursue residential and commercial growth over the next 50 years,” said Jim Funk, board chair, Red-Seine-Rat Wastewater Co-operative. “This is an exciting opportunity, and we are glad to be working alongside the City of Brandon and the Province of Manitoba to achieve it.”

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Humble Beginnings to a National Audience

Starting with a magazine idea and following this up by building a nationally syndicated television show, Marc and Mandy Atiyolil kept their focus on additional projects that could succeed while giving back to the corner of the province they call home. Marc grew up in the Ste. Anne area and attended Pointedes-Chenes school.

Canadian Home Trends magazine was only the start of a journey of success that now includes the Blumenort produced The Marc and Mandy Show which is watched globally with deals signed with the streaming service Slice TV, and scheduled on both Global TV and City TV.

“We wanted to create a brand that was relatable for the everyday person.”

“We wanted to create a brand that was relatable for the everyday person. In almost 10 years we have now produced over 400 episodes and The Marc and Mandy Show airs internationally,” said Marc.

Starting from the ground up, the couple had to initially create the infrastructure necessary to produce the show.

“The building of our TV studio took almost a year from start to finish. We travelled across the country and toured various studios to get a behind the scenes look. I designed our Studio A to maximize every square inch and give the illusion of a larger space. The most challenging portion of the construction of The Marc and Mandy Show studios was the technical equipment that we imported from the US and various places across Canada to build a state of the art TV production facility,” explained Marc. “Our vision was to create a TV studio that would accommodate various guests, a live audience, and room to cover a variety of topics whether it was chatting, cooking, fashion shows and everything else in between. We quickly realized that we needed more elaborate sets so we went on to design moving walls for room pop ups, a fashion stage, and later built a second studio, Studio B, that housed a full working kitchen and a garage set. It was quite a journey and we are still constantly changing things around and improving our sets. It never really stops, it’s an ever evolving process.”

Creating a recognized brand doesn’t always come with the “aha” or “Eureka” moment.

“We read once that even some of the most successful people never really hit that ‘I made it moment’ and we can relate to that state-

ment,” noted Marc. “We are very grateful for the years that our viewers have welcomed us into their homes. We grew up with them. When we started, we had no kids, and we were just a couple newly married kids ourselves with a vision to build a national brand that the everyday person could relate to.”

The couple had added a new challenge to their lives and successfully completed a new 4-part series called Marc & Mandy Vacay Getaway.

“We’ve renovated many times over the years and we always said we will never, ever build because building is the ultimate test to a marriage and we chuckled as we said we didn’t know if our marriage could take it,” said Marc with a hint of humour. “So when it came time to produce a reality style series, we thought why not do what we said we would NEVER do, and build. And

in typical ‘Marc and Mandy’ style, we took our viewers along for the ride. We wanted this spin off TV series to show a raw behind the scenes look at the roller coaster ride that one goes through when building as a family,”

The cottage build process documents both the ups and downs the couple faced with each stage of construction.

“There were laughs, tears and moments of tension just as you would see when tackling a large stressful project with your signifi-

cant other,” said Marc. “But with that being said, who else would you want to go through this crazy adventure with other than your best friend!”

The camera people were told to never stop rolling as the funniest moments, the most vulnerable emotional moments happen when you least expect it.

“We did develop our own ‘sign language’ of speaking with our eyes and eye brows so if you pay close attention to our eyes, you might catch a ‘you’ll pay for that later’

“When we built the cabin, the budget got out of hand really fast and we were faced with the possibility of having to give it up and that caused a lot of tension!”

or ‘let’s talk further about this at home when the cameras are off’,” he admitted.

Viewers will discover when watching the series, Marc and Mandy faced the identical issues everyone encounters when taking on a large project.

“When we built the cabin, the budget got out of hand really fast and we were faced with the possibility of having to give it up and that caused a lot of tension!” explained Marc.

With so many facets being developed adding to their brand, the couple does keep in mind certain priorities.

“For us, we always try to be mindful of our work/home balance. We have 2 active girls that are growing up so quickly and family time is extremely important to us,” said Marc. “We want to show them that hard work does pay off and to always follow your dreams but to also have fun in the process! When it comes to building, there is ALWAYS something new to learn! It has been challenging in the best possible way.”

Marc and Mandy are now just completing their next reality project.

“We actually just wrapped up production on the process of building our family home! It was an amazing journey and definitely kept the creative fires burning. As viewers watch that second series,

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Above: Marc and Mandy creating a dish on their syndicated show. Left: Mandy with her girls experience some camera time. Below left: Marc and Mandy Vacay Getaway completed cottage build.

they’ll get to see the ups, downs and everything in between!” said Marc. “This past year while we built our house, Mandy was dealing with some fairly serious health issues and the viewers will get to see how it affected our family and our home build. We didn’t want to gloss over the hard stuff. Life happens to all of us and just because we’re on TV, doesn’t make us immune to it either. But we also wanted to show people that loving each other is what brings you through the hard times.”

Some of the episodes of Marc and Mandy Home Edition are now available to watch.

With both these southeast Manitoba projects completed, the

couple has their sights already set on the next on-air production.

“We are breaking ground on another project in the community [near Richer] that we will be filming this summer and airing on TV next year!” he announced. “If you see us wearing our hard hats on the job site, feel free to say hello.”

Additionally, they just received a conditional use permit for some property east of Richer to start the long process of creating a small seasonal campground and approval in the first step for a subdivision just west of Richer.

Marc emphasizes that creating content that appeals to a national audience is a group effort.

“Our goal is always to entertain

while educating,” said Marc, “[and] we have an amazing team! It really takes a village to produce this type of show.” Marc pointed out that that success is also a two way street. He admitted that when he was very young, his family received Christmas Hampers for a few years and he remembers the huge impact that other people’s generosity made for their family. He and Mandy always wanted to find a way to be able to give back.

“We believe in giving back as much as we can!”

“Having the opportunity to work with some of the biggest brands and celebs in Canada has been amazing but more importantly, being able to give back to our community has been even more rewarding,” he stressed. “We believe in giving back as much as we can! We’ve been blessed to be able to support some amazing initiatives like Agape House, Ronald

McDonald House and Steinbach Family Resource Center. We love to support local charities.”

“Some of our most cherished community partnerships are with the local Christmas Hamper programs. We now are able to support the families and programs right here in our communities and it brings us so much joy!” he emphasized.

Q&A with Marc and Mandy

Q: How do you balance entertaining the audience while still providing valuable DIY/building tips?

Marc: We are naturally curious so we are always asking questions that most viewers would probably be thinking of as well.

Q: How do you stay up-to-date with current trends and techniques in the DIY/building industry?

Mandy: We are fortunate to work with some of the best trades people in the industry in the southeast and their wealth of knowledge helps us stay current with building trends. Marc also has a few close contractor friends that act as advisors behind the scenes. Having our magazine publication, Canadian Home Trends, we’re also blessed to constantly being exposed to the latest and greatest in the building and interior design industry! We feature some of the most amazing designers and builders across the Country so there is never any lack of inspiration!

Q: Can you share some behind-the-scenes moments from filming the show?

Mandy: We were filming a scene in for bathroom design reveal and the camera malfunctioned and our kids had to deliver their lines again. Now, all parents can relate to trying to take a “nice” photo where the entire family is smiling, now try to get kids to repeat something they just said in a natural way as if it was the first time they said it. Those moments usually end with laughter sprinkled with a little stress!

Q: What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced while filming?

Marc: This last build was very hard as Mandy was in and out of the hospital and we had a very rigid filming and building schedule that we had to adhere to! Naturally, we decided to lean into it and bring viewers along for the ride. One of the hardest part by far is having to fit a 6 month build process into 4x 30 minute episodes! Our team goes through literally hundreds of hours worth of footage to bring the best parts possible and help keep the story of what was happening along the way.

Q: How has hosting a build television show impacted your perspective on DIY and construction projects?

Marc: Mandy and I each grew up in families where renos were a normal part of life. Tackling a major project like a build was a first for both of us! It has provided a ton of education and insight into what it takes to make a house your own. Building is hard, and you have to be super organized! It takes months and months of planning and once we break ground, it’s a constant process of filming. We also don’t go into reruns with the Marc and Mandy talk show format while we are building so we are filming both shows at the same time so things get pretty busy.

Q: What inspired you to pursue hosting a build television show?

Mandy: We have always been of the “How Hard Could It Be?” mindset! Side note....it can be VERY hard!!! We had been talking for years about various techniques and products and designs and it felt like the natural next step to take the show.

Q: Can you share some behind-the-scenes moments from filming the show?

Marc: Behind the scenes usually involves a lot of coffee!! We love to have as much fun off camera as we do on camera. Mandy and I have always had a very deep sense of humor that plays well off each other and witty snapbacks are par for the course! Our crew is so used to our shenanigans that they just laugh and keep rolling. When we’re in the studio, our director is in a separate control room, cutting the footage as it’s being filmed by the camera crew in the studio. We know if we hear them laugh through the crew’s headsets that we nailed it!

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Above: Film crews and the hosts were on-site and hands on for the project as it progressed with the added incentive that this was the home they were going to continue raising their family in. The empty lot, a blank slate, to start the filming of the Marc and Mandy Home Edition reality TV show.

Potential Caisse Merger with Assiniboine and Westoba Credit Unions Moves Along

In a strategic move reflective of global trends in the financial sector, the Caisse Financial Group is actively exploring the possibility of merging with both the Assiniboine and Westoba Credit Unions.

Joël Rondeau, Chief Executive Officer of Caisse Financial Group, provided insights into the ongoing discussions and the potential benefits of such a merger.

Rondeau emphasized the longstanding nature of these discussions within financial cooperatives, highlighting the alignment of values and vision shared among the organizations.

“We believe there is the potential to build a stronger, more

competitive, and more sustainable financial cooperative,” he stated.

Economic factors are driving the movement towards consolidation, with increasing competition, technological advancements, and regulatory requirements shaping the environment for Canadian financial institutions, according to Rondeau.

While operational considerations, such as branch networks, are still being evaluated, Rondeau assured members of the Caisse’s commitment to serving their needs if the merger moves forward.

Furthermore, Rondeau underscored the commitment

of all three organizations involved to maintain Frenchlanguage services in bilingual communities, emphasizing their dedication to respecting and building upon their individual strengths.

“Our commitment to the communities we serve is, and will continue to be, central to our mission,” said Rondeau. “If the merger is approved, we will continue to be a cooperative focused on the needs of our members.”

Plans for the voting process, including the possibility of electronic voting, are being developed to ensure transparency and engagement among members. Rondeau highlight-

ed ongoing efforts to address any concerns regarding multiple unique accounts with some members having more than one share.

As the potential merger progresses, the respective boards of directors will play a crucial role in deciding whether to move forward with identified benefits. Rondeau emphasized the importance of regular communication channels to keep members informed throughout the process.

While specific timelines are yet to be determined, Rondeau assured members of ongoing communication via email, social media, branches, and the CollaborationMB website.

Steinbach Credit Union Announces $12 Million Cash Back to Members

members’ needs.

Steinbach Credit Union (SCU members are once again benefiting from being part of one of Manitoba’s largest credit unions. Board Chair, Maria Reimer, announced at its Annual General Meeting recently that despite a challenging economic landscape, SCU reported another strong fiscal year in 2023, which provided them the opportunity to share their

success with their members in the form of a $12 million cash back Member Bonus.

“Now more than ever, members expect more from their financial institutions and need a trusted partner to help them navigate through their day-to-day financial needs and goals,” added CEO Glenn Friesen.

Friesen acknowledged this is achieved by SCU’s team of specialists working together toward a common purpose of serving their members.

“Our specialized model allows us to work with each member individually, meeting them where they are and helping them explore the

infinite possibilities that lie ahead,” he noted.

“Our focus on organic growth and organizational efficiency has allowed us to remain financially strong in the Manitoba market,” explained Reimer.

In 2023, SCU’s growth continued with 5,028 new members. In addition, SCU’s assets grew by 4.60 per cent, with an increase in deposit accounts of 5.70 per cent and 5.36 per cent in loan accounts. SCU’s continued financial success means it has the strength to invest in new technology, products, and services that respond to an everchanging market and meet its

As a cooperative organization, SCU’s model includes sharing profits in the form of a 100% cash bonus with their members; a practice the credit union has employed for many years.

“Our growth is a testament to our members’ continued trust and confidence in SCU. We are thrilled to share this bonus with our loyal members,” she mentioned.

The bonus will be shared with members who hold both deposit and lending accounts. The breakdown of this allocation will be 60% to deposit holders and 40% to credit holders.

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Caisse Financial Group is actively exploring the possibility of merging with both the Assiniboine and Westoba Credit Unions.
Steinbach Credit Union CEO Glenn Friesen and Board Chair Maria Reimer. SCU currently operates three branches, one in Steinbach and two in Winnipeg, serving over 110,000 members, with over 500 employees. File photo

Bare Trusts: Property, Yes… Bank Accounts, No

costs and upkeep. This is a Bare Trust: you are the legal owner, but you are no longer the beneficial owner if you intend them to have the property.

This filing requirement is for the year ended December 31, 2022 (yes over a year ago). And the deadline to file this information return is April 30 2024.

What is a Bare Trust that may need to file the UHT return?

You may be a trustee if you are a legal owner of a home, but you are not the beneficial owner or not the only beneficial owner.

Millions of Canadians do not realize they are “affected owners” and must file the UHT return by April 30 2024 or face a MINIMUM penalty of $1,000 per individual. There will likely be no tax payable by a Canadian, but the return must be filed to claim the exemption.

Are You an Affected Owner?

You may be an affected owner if:

- You were added to the title of someone’s home for financing purposes only and are not a “beneficial owner” - i.e., you wouldn’t get part of the proceeds if the home was sold.

- You are considered a “bare trustee” (trustee of a trust) and must file the UHT return.

- You were added to the title of someone’s home for estate planning purposes only and are not a “beneficial owner” - again, you are a bare trustee and must file the UHT return.

- You are holding property on behalf of beneficiaries of an estate. You are the legal owners, but not the beneficial owners.

- You are the joint owner of a home, and you and your spouse/partner operate a business on/from the property - you are considered to own the property in your capacity as a partner of a partnership. Most farmers in Canada may have to file the return because of housing units on their farms.

Any other situation where the legal owner(s) is not the same as the beneficial owner may be considered a Bare Trust and the UHT may be required.

Yes, this was meant as and advertised as a tax on non-residents, but Canadians must file to claim their exemption if they are affected owners.

Why the UHT?

The new Underused Housing Tax came in effect January 1, 2022, and is mostly applicable for those who own residential property in Canada and are NOT Canadian Citizens or are NOT permanent residents.

In a nutshell, the UHT is a one-percent tax on the value of non-resident, non-Canadian owned residential real estate that is considered to be vacant or underused.

In Manitoba, there is likely not much vacant or underused residential properties, compared to other larger cities like Vancouver and Toronto, so likely no taxes to be paid, but you may need to file!

The filing due date was originally April 30, 2023, but since this is the first year, CRA has waived the penalty and interest if filed by October 31, 2023. And then on October 31, 2023, CRA changed the filing deadline to April 30, 2024.

And then CRA realized the unintended consequences, so changed the rules again and said these Bare Trusts do not

need to file for the year end December 31 2023, but they did not change the requirement to file for the year ended December 31 2022.

And even if you are an affected owner but exempt from the tax, you need to file by the deadline to avoid the penalty of not filing!

The penalty can be $1,000 if you are an affected owner and even if you do not need to pay the tax! So, if you are not sure, check the CRA site for the UHT to find out if you need to file even if there is no tax to be paid.

Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact Ste. Anne Tax Service at 204422-6631 (phone or text!) or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or info@ sataxes.ca.

on filing them after June 15, after the current tax season. CRA had waived the requirement to file by the regular deadline of March 31.


- Your home is in your name only; your spouse’s name is not on the title. You are the legal owner, but the two of you are the beneficial owners.

- You have “gifted” a home or a cottage to your children; you are still on the title, but you no longer use it, and they pay for all the operating

The tax generally applies to foreign national owners of housing in Canada. However, in some situations, this tax also applies to some Canadian owners such as certain partners, trustees, and corporations (including non-profits). Generally, they may not have to pay the tax, but they may have to file a return and claim an exemption.

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late-breaking good news from CRA Canada Revenue Agency. Reporting on most Bare Trusts is no longer required.
Thursday March 28, mid-afternoon, an announcement came from CRA: NEW – Bare trusts are exempt from trust reporting requirements for 2023.
support ongoing efforts to ensure the effectiveness and integrity of Canada’s tax system, the Government of Canada introduced new reporting requirements for trusts. In recognition that the new reporting requirements for bare trusts have had an unintended impact on Canadians, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will not require bare trusts to file a T3 Income Tax and Information Return (T3 return), including Schedule 15 (Beneficial Ownership Information of a Trust), for the 2023 tax year, unless the CRA makes a direct request for these filings. Over the coming months, the CRA will work with the Department of Finance to further clarify its guidance on this filing requirement. The CRA will communicate with Canadians as further information becomes available. CRA Caused Stress! For about eight months we have been trying to figure out how to communicate to our thousands of clients about the new Trust return rules and to find out if they need to file one. Since the beginning of the tax season, we have been asking every single client if they are part of a Bare Trust arrangement, and if so, advising them they have a tax return to file. We had planned
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Bare Trusts – Property There are still some Bare Trusts that need to report on the Underused Housing Tax UHT Return.

RM of Ritchot Decision Necessary to Facilitate Pipeline Repair

While calling a special meeting of council is rare but does occasionally happen, a recent emergency public hearing was called to effectively give the go-ahead to Imperial Oil to proceed with repairs to a major pipeline within a short as possible timetable.

The pipeline, responsible for transporting gas, diesel, and jet fuel to Winnipeg and area, was shut down on March 15 due to concerns over its integrity, prompting swift action from Imperial Oil.

Imperial Oil identified an issue with the pipeline’s integrity during a routine inspection, attributing it to increased strain caused by shifting riverbank ground under the Red River just south of St. Adolphe. While both the Province and Imperial Oil confirmed that the pipeline remained uncompromised and that no materials were spilled into the environment, immediate repairs were deemed necessary to mitigate any potential risks.

Once approached by Imperial Oil, the RM of Ritchot swiftly responded by calling a special meeting of the council to grant approval for around-the-clock repairs, thereby exempting Imperial Oil from noise restrictions. Mitch Duval, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Ritchot, ensured that neighboring residents were informed and invited to participate in the decision-making process.

Jared Ens Rempel, representing Imperial Oil, explained that the horizontal drilling under the

Red River repair portion required continuous operation, resulting in constant noise levels comparable to a commercial lawnmower or about 85-100 dB.

One resident, whose property hosts the pipeline’s emergence from the riverbank, expressed apprehension about the potential disruption caused by the repairs. In response, Ens Rempel assured both the resident and the council that Imperial Oil was exploring mitigation measures, including covering relocation costs for affected families.

In response to council inquiries, Ens Rempel committed to implementing noise and light mitigation strategies, such as additional mufflers and barriers, to minimize the impact of the 24-hour operation. The RM of Ritchot ultimately approved the noise exemption from April 22 to May 17 to facilitate the timely completion of the drilling stage.

Despite the initial challenges, collaboration between the Province and stakeholders enabled the establishment of a new supply chain to ensure continued fuel availability for the region. With industry support and ongoing fuel deliveries via rail and truck, essential supplies remain unaffected by the pipeline shutdown.

Imperial Oil is now in the process of setting up the repair site, signaling the commencement of essential repairs to safeguard the integrity of the pipeline and maintain critical fuel supplies. The entire repair project is estimated to span three months.

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Species at Risk Spotlight: Least Bittern

With April bringing warmer weather, we are starting to see the first signs of spring. Some of the biggest changes we notice in the tall-grass prairie are with the arrival of various bird species. They are starting to fly north to find breeding and nesting areas, and many choose southeastern Manitoba to do so. Although some species of birds are a common sight, we are lucky to live in an area that plays host to some more elusive birds, such as the least bittern.

The least bittern is North America’s smallest member of the heron family, with a wingspan of 45 cm and a weight of only eighty grams. The least bittern has a dark crown extending along its back, a warm brown tail, and pale underparts with pale brown stripes. Breeding males appear darker on the upperparts. As with all herons, least bitterns have a hunched appearance, long legs, and a long, pointed yellow bill.

Least bitterns are found in swamps, marshes, and small bodies of water where aquatic food sources are plentiful and dense vegetation grows. Least bittern uses vegetation such as reeds and cattails to hide amongst when threatened. When alarmed, this small heron will point its beak up in the air and sway back and forth, mimicking the dense vegetation around it as it blows in the wind.

When you combine this unique camou flage technique with the fact that the least bittern is very shy, it is no wonder they are seldom seen. The main reason that the least bittern is seldom seen in our area is likely due to a very small population. Although it can be hard to estimate populations, it is thought that there are only a few thousand least bitterns throughout Canada.

Being an elusive bird with a small Cana dian population, there is much that we don’t know about the least bittern. Most naturalists think that if a body of water can pro-

vide a suitable place for the least bittern to nest and raise a brood, then it is most likely a healthy body of water. This sort of species can be known as an indicator species. When we don’t see a species regularly, it can cause us to forget the importance that the species may have throughout its ecosystem. It is important to keep the biodiversity of an ecosystem high. The least bittern is part of that diversity.

Adventures with Nature Norm

The Shared Legacy Partnership, with sponsorship from Southern Health, is leading a new monthly program, “Adventures with Nature Norm”. Hosted by yours truly, the point of the program is to get more community members outdoors and involved in nature. Free binoculars and walking poles are provided. The first day out will be Saturday, April 20, from 10 am to 12 pm at the Agassiz Trail seven kilometres west of Vita. Each walk will have a theme; for the inaugural walk, we are “welcoming back spring”.

For more information on least bittern and Adventures with Nature Norm events in the tall-grass prairie natural area, please visit sharedlegacymb.ca or contact me at info@ sharedlegacymb.ca.

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Jared Ens Rempel, representing Imperial Oil, explained that the horizontal drilling under the Red River repair portion required continuous operation, resulting in constant noise levels comparable to a commercial lawnmower or about 85-100 dB. In response to council inquiries, Ens Rempel committed to implementing noise and light mitigation strategies, such as additional mufflers and barriers, to minimize the impact of the 24-hour operation. The RM of Ritchot ultimately approved the noise exemption from April 22 to May 17 to facilitate the timely completion of the drilling stage. The least bittern is North America’s smallest member of the heron family. Submitted photo by Cam Nikkel

Wildlife Haven Celebrates 40 Years of Wildlife Conservation with Anniversary Gala

This year marks a significant milestone for Wildlife Haven as the organization commemorates its 40th Anniversary of dedicated service to the protection of Manitoba’s wildlife. For four decades, passionate community members have worked tirelessly to ensure the well-being and conservation of wildlife in the region, treating over 55,000 animals in the process.

In honour of this milestone achievement, the Board of Directors of Wildlife Haven is proud to announce the Wildlife Haven 40th Anniversary Gala. The gala promises to be a memorable evening of celebration, reflection, and support for the organization’s ongoing conservation efforts.

The Wildlife Haven 40th Anniversary

Gala will take place on Wednesday, April 24 at Assiniboine Park’s The Leaf, located at 145 The Leaf Way, Winnipeg. The event will commence with registration at 6 pm, followed by a onehour cocktail reception set amidst the stunning biomes. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle and connect with fellow wildlife enthusiasts while enjoying refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.

Following the cocktail reception, attendees will be treated to a sumptuous four-course dinner, expertly crafted to delight the palate. Throughout the evening, guests will also have the chance to participate in exciting raffles and auctions, with a wide array of incredible prizes up for grabs.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 40 years of wildlife conservation with our sup-

Sun Setting on the Past

porters and community members,” remarked Jennifer Allen, Fundraising Coordinator for Wildlife Haven. “The gala presents a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our achievements over the past four decades and to express our gratitude to everyone who has contributed to our mission.”

Tickets and tables for the Wildlife Haven 40th Anniversary Gala are now available for purchase. Interested individuals can reserve their spot by contacting Wildlife Haven at 204-878-3740 or by visiting the organization’s website at wildlifehaven.ca.

Join Wildlife Haven in commemorating 40 years of dedicated service to Manitoba’s wildlife and help support the organization’s continued efforts in conservation and rehabilitation.

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The colours of a spring sunset at Parc des Rédemptoristes, Ste. Anne, MB in 2018. Photo by Ginette Perron Tickets are now available for the Wildlife Haven 40th Anniversary Gala which will take this month at Assiniboine Park’s The Leaf.

Neck-deep in Simard Creek Top Eight Usage Mistakes When Using Outdoor Power Equipment

My cabin sits on the bank of Simard Creek surrounded by Jackpine and Birch. I walk down to the water and an alarmed mallard flutters across the surface and is airborne in three seconds. Then I’m in the cool water, the Agassiz beach sand between my toes. The current has dug a deep hole just below the cranberry bushes - the water there is deep thanks to the beavers who have rebuilt an old dam this spring a hundred meters downstream.

The cranberries will be harvested by the bears that patrol the creek in fall. The last one around here was spotted by my grandson through the screen door of the cabin. “Grandpa, there’s a bear.” And there it was. A young black bear scooting along the bank of the creek, his love for high-bush cranberries very obvious in the scat he left behind.

The current tugs at me as I dig my toes further into the sand bottom. The rush of water over the beaver dam is the background music to the soughing of the pine trees in the wind. High above, the languid beat of the wings of a vee of Sandhill cranes is accompanied by the gronk of their call. I wade over to the dam to see the slap-dash but effective work of the beavers. Not only have they anchored the poplar logs, cut to short lengths, into the mud but they have also done a lot of submerged earth work. A few years ago they altered the course of the creek by digging through a narrow neck of land separating two twists of the original creek.

I often wonder who else is there in the creek with me. I see tiny fish that explain the presence of kingfishers and herons. I think herons also like the little green frogs. The frogs are the main attraction when I go “river-rambling” with the grandkids and their tailless Australian shepherd. When the water is shallow we wade along the sandy creek bottom looking for clams, crabs, and leeches. The dog is in heaven as he criss-crosses the creek coming close to us only to shake the water from his pelt. This is known as “wet dog alert”.

Who else is there besides the beavers? Here’s the list of animals I have seen near the creek beside the bears: muskrats, river otters, painted turtles, snapping turtles, salamanders, groundhogs, foxes, deer, a pine marten, coyotes, garter snakes, frogs, tree frogs, weasels, porcupines, skunks, red squirrels, flying squirrels, and, of course, racoons. I won’t try to list the birds or the small rodents or invertebrates.

Simard Creek runs through Marchand and then joins the Seine several miles south of La Broquerie and eventually meets the Red in St. Boniface. The water flowing over my body is bound for Hudson’s Bay via Lake Winnipeg and the Nelson River, with some of it sneaking into the Hayes system via the Echimamish. Some of it will make the turbines spin so that energy will come back to me for my cell phone.

I am careful not to ingest any of the water in the creek for fear of Giardia. This is the dreaded “beaver fever”, caused by a primitive microscopic animal. I have experienced it once, although I don’t blame the beavers. Many birds and animals can pass it on, even in clear mountain streams. Fortunately, once you confess it to your doctor, a cheap prescription takes care of it within a day or two. You think you have had severe diarrhoea? Not until you meet Giardia. Now every dip in the creek is followed by a whole body rinse with rain water.

I kick up my feet and float in the clear tannin-laced water, slowly drifting downstream - like swimming in weak tea. On the shore I see wild plum trees, hazelnut bushes, pin cherry trees, wild strawberries and raspberries, although not all at the same time. The puffy Manitoba clouds sail to the east and the distant hoot of a CNR engine floats in from the south. All is well.

As the weather warms and people are coaxed outside to their yards and managed landscapes, it’s time for everyone to remember how to use their outdoor power equipment safely and properly.

“Think safety first,” says Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing outdoor power equipment, small engine, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers.

“I can’t stress enough to review manufacturer’s safety guidance before starting up any equipment—especially your lawn mower. Review your owner’s manual and do maintenance on your equipment,” says Kiser. “Also being aware of surroundings is key, he added. “And be sure to keep kids and pets away from outdoor power equipment while it’s in use.”

OPEI urges homeowners and other equipment users to avoid these eight most common mistakes when using outdoor power equipment.

1. Thinking all mowers are the same. You need to know how to handle your specific equipment correctly, and do basic operations like turning it off

or on and controlling speed. Review your owner’s manual and how to use the equipment before use.

2. Not inspecting equipment before use.

Always look over equipment before operating it. Check the air filter, oil level and gasoline tank. Watch for loose belts and missing or damaged parts. Replace any parts needed or take your equipment to a qualified service representative.

3. Not walking through your yard or work area before starting to mow or using other outdoor power equipment.

Always walk the area you intend to work in, and look for and remove objects, sticks and other items that could create a hazard.

4. Removing or not using safety guards on the equipment.

Never alter or disable safety protection measures. If needed, take equipment to a qualified service representative for repairs and inspection.

5. Using fuels not designed for equipment.

Loading up your outdoor power equipment with gasoline with more than 10% ethanol in it can cause running problems and damage the fuel line. Always use E10 or less.


6. Using batteries or chargers that are not specified by the manufacturer.

While a host of batteries and chargers can be found for sale online, only use batteries and chargers specified by the equipment manufacturer.

7. Not storing fuel and batteries safely.

Coffee cans, milk jugs and other non-approved containers should not be used to store fuel.

Only store fuel in containers designed for it, and always use up fuel before it is 30 days old. Label fuel cans with the date of purchase and ethanol content.

When battery packs are not in use, keep them away from other metal objects, like paper clips, coins, keys, nails, screws or other small metal objects that can make a connection from one terminal to another. Shorting the battery terminals together may cause burns or a fire.

8. Not cleaning or storing equipment well.

Equipment will run more efficiently and last longer if it’s cleaned. Always remove dirt, oil or grass before using and storing your equipment. Store equipment in a dry place, avoiding damp or wet environments.

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“I can’t stress enough to review manufacturer’s safety guidance before starting up any equipment—especially your lawn mower. Review your owner’s manual and do maintenance on your equipment,” says says Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). “Also being aware of surroundings is key, he added. “And be sure to keep kids and pets away from outdoor power equipment while it’s in use.” Submitted

Discover Your Backyarding Personality Type to “Yard Your Way”

Spring and backyarding – the act of doing indoor activities such as dining, working, entertaining, and exercising in our own backyards – go hand-in-hand.

Knowing your backyarding personality type can help you be better prepared to craft a yard that is not only beautiful but is also purposeful and specifically suited to how you backyard. There really are no rules; create an outdoor area that reflects your unique personality and style while supporting the things you like to do in your green space.

Here are some backyarding personality types to help inspire you to “yard your way” this spring:

Outdoor Athlete: Likes to stay active in the fresh air.

The Outdoor Athlete’s gold medal backyard might include a strip of grass for running sprints, built-in outdoor fitness equipment, or even a lap pool to channel your inner Michael Phelps.

Nature Lover: Favourite thing is watching birds and backyard wildlife.

The perfect backyard for Nature Lovers will feature native plants in

bright colors that bloom year-round to attract, feed, and shelter pollinators and backyard wildlife. The Nature Lover will also need to find the perfect perch for backyard wildlife viewing.

Work from Home Pro: Seals business deals in the sunshine.

A quiet corner of the yard complete with seating and shade (and a strong Wi-Fi signal) is the start to a beautiful and functional outdoor office. Other creature comforts like an outdoor heater, string lights, curtains, a warm rug, or even a semi-enclosed patio can enhance the space.

Landscaper: Makes neighbours green with yard envy.

Put the right plant in the right place so your yard is always thriving and consult the experts to find plants that will do well in your location with minimal input. Having the right outdoor power equipment is key to success for Landscapers, who know when to call in the professionals to help with their backyarding to-dos.

Entertainer Extraordinaire: Loves nothing more than treating great friends to delicious burgers in the backyard.

Ambiance is everything for this backyarder. String some lights, build a fire pit or fireplace, and even create an outdoor kitchen if the budget allows. Patio furniture and outdoor seating with comfortable cushions are a must, and colourful flowers in pots add a just-right touch.

Zen Master: Wants an outdoor space to relax and unwind.

A hammock strung between a couple of shade trees, a soothing water feature that also beckons backyard birds, and simple, manicured plantings are just a few ways to create a peaceful setting outside.

Kid Zone Creator: “Fun” is your middle name, and creating kid space is the name of the game.

Safe space that lures kids away from their screens and into the great outdoors right outside your home begins with a large patch of turf grass, perfect for sports practice, cornhole, or pitching a tent. Trees are great for zip lines, tree houses, and swings. You can even plant a garden to teach kids about the origins of the food we eat.

Pet Pamperer: Designs their

Shopping for Yard Equipment: Things to Know

With the weather warming up, now is the time to think about how you want your yard to serve your family, pets and wildlife. Maybe you’re aiming to have the best yard on the block, want to install an outdoor family room or outdoor office, or want to expand your space for entertaining. Perhaps your kids or pets could use a better space for play.

Regardless of need, now is the time to get “backyard ready” for spring. What tools do you need? Here are some tips to help you select the machinery you need to get the job done. Plan your needs:

Draw a sketch of your yard. Include any major features like trees, bushes, an herb or vegetable garden, flower beds, lawn furniture, play or sports equipment, an outdoor patio, or bird bath. Note where maintenance may be required. Will bushes need to be trimmed back from your home or garage? Do you want to put in some flowering bushes or a tree? Are you planning to install a fence and more grass because for your pet?

Now list the tools and equipment needed to take care of your yard, and what will make the job easier.

Consider equipment needed:

Visit your garage or shed and find your lawn and garden tools. Wheel out your mower and get out other equipment. Look it over and make a list of what is needed or could be upgraded. Repair anything that needs attention or identify where a newer or other machine is required. If you have a large vegetable garden, you may need a cultivator or tiller. If you have a large lawn, an upgrade to a riding lawn mower might make mowing easier. A string trimmer might make caring for bushes or trimming grass near a fence line easier. A pole pruner can help trim back limbs that are too high to reach safely with a saw, and a leaf blower can clear leaves faster than a rake.

Research equipment online before you buy:

Think about efficiencies of scale. The right equipment can mean more time for other activities, and make doing yard work more enjoyable, too. Doing online research in advance will help you pick the right equipment for the job. Outdoor power equipment can be gas, electric or battery powered, and technology is rapidly impacting product design. There are even robotic lawn mowers available today. Equipment may be sized to handle a smaller job or a massive one. Ultimately, your decision should be based on your needs.

Ask questions:

Talk with the staff at the store or ask online about the equipment. In the store, ask to pick up and hold equipment to determine its “fit” for you. Discuss safety features and ask about manufacturer fuelling and care instructions. Find out how often equipment may need to be serviced.

Make a plan for storage and maintenance:

Store your equipment in a cool and dry place. It also should typically be serviced at the end of the fall and the beginning of the spring. Put service dates on your calendar with a reminder.

Here are some backyarding personality types to help inspire you to “yard your way”.

yard as a pet sanctuary.

Who needs a dog park when you have a pet playground in your own backyard? Hardy turf grass, sturdy plants, lots of shade trees, and shrubs that naturally section off pet

“business” areas from the rest of the yard are some of the features you may want to consider. (Be sure to select non-toxic plants that are safe for pets.) Go all out with a splash pool or a sandbox for digging.

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In Search of Our Missing History

For Canada, our symbols in part not only define our country, these mark our collective history. Our flag, colours, monuments, buildings that house the centre of power, representative flora and fauna and even which sport is elevated above the rest are symbols which are supposed to represent collective knowledge.

But how do we choose the symbols that define our shared history and most importantly which ones uplift us in times of peace or even intentionally subjugate others in times of war.

Ochre hand prints preserved on a cave wall, petroglyphs carved into a cliff, or towering pyramids in a jungle or buttressed by desert sand, language and symbols carved into rock, words written on papyrus, bound in a book and history preserved in on-line encyclopaedias... our human history and symbols have been recorded over millennium, each one announcing our existence.

Understanding who we are now also means consciously

pausing knee jerk reactions to truths that may shake the very core of who we think we are when subjugated history finds its way back into the record. Marking these moments throughout history is shown by taking down symbols of oppression. It’s one of our ways of forcing corrections to missing history.

And how we react to witnessing the toppling one of those symbols such as a statue representing oppression or slavery is important. The act of correcting history can be shocking but ask yourself, whose history being toppled are you shocked at?

We can’t change history, nor should we allow erasure of knowledge or a people. Insight into our shared history is also marked by which symbols link our personal and familial compasses today and tomorrow. Still, how and where we come from defines our beginnings but doesn’t always shape our present. Sometimes each of us needs to decide how nimbly we deal with our history unfolding even as our own ignorance is brought into the light.

Yes, correcting history can be difficult since much of it can be lost because it’s been wiped away by dictatorial power. Even our weather, geological tectonic activity and physical geography have a hand in shaping our generational knowledge, character, language, and traditions that in turn, are passed forward. Uncovering our shared past is much like skipping a stone across the water, where the stone skims, the surface is a moment in time that can be seen clearly. This may also mean we don’t see the big picture until it’s too late unless we compare notes to other significant moments

in history. Canada’s recorded history can be traced back to well over 25,000 years ago with the arrival of First Nations people. Over thousands of years this country’s record was marked by their symbols, language, culture and significant events between nations. Importantly their shared knowledge was passed forward generationally amongst many diverse communities and languages. While all this was going on from coast to coast to coast, similar history was marked across the oceans with the rise and fall of empires and nations.

Because history determines where we’re going, shouldn’t we question what we’re taught about our own country’s history? It’s our home after all.

By glossing over thousands of years of human history someone decided that the collective Canadian history only started 500 to 600 years ago when the eastern coast line was mapped and drawn by John Cabot in 1497. Some even think this land’s history only started at Confederation in 1867, a mere 157 years ago. Notably around 1021 AD, Vikings briefly made their mark on our history in Labrador and Newfoundland - geographically an island cut off from the mainland. Who knows how the history of this country’s people would have unfolded if they had settled a bit more inland, on the mainland, in a much greater force. Would our shared history have been harmonious or marked with deceit?

When these Vikings abandoned their settlements due to the harsh conditions faced during the “Little

Ice Age”, their 300 to 400 years of Norse history was lost and buried until relatively recently unearthed. Now this history is re-written into our Canadian history.

Fast forward another 600 years or so, this country with its many established nations throughout were faced with colonial powers from across the ocean, primarily concerned with accumulating more wealth, power, resources and on a mission to wipe out thousands of years of history, its people and topple the symbols of this country. Those nations did it over and over again.

This land and people’s history did not start a few hundred years ago. Shouldn’t we ask, as a Canadian wouldn’t it be preferable to know you’re own history and embrace these thousands of years of knowledge to pass it forward?

One of the lessons we’re supposed to learn from history, which for some reason many don’t appreciate, is to avoid repeating past mistakes such as wiping away someone’s shared identity, enslaving people, obliterating heritage, and most concerning, denying the existence of a people by inviting genocide. The short answer to history’s lesson: Those nations always get toppled just like a symbolic statue.

There comes a time when missing shared knowledge needs to be repatriated and correctly recorded to embrace all of our history (good and bad) between the first people arriving, thousand of years ago to present day and into the future. When this happens, let’s mark these historic events with representative symbols that better define us as a country.

RM of Reynolds Launches Business Survey to Drive Economic Development

The Rural Municipality (RM) of Reynolds has initiated a comprehensive Business Survey aimed at identifying needs and opportunities for economic growth within the local area. The survey, designed to take approximately 10 minutes to complete, seeks input from business owners and operators to pinpoint areas where business development and attraction efforts can be concentrated, ultimately bolstering the local economy.

Businesses play a crucial role in the economic vitality of any

community, and the RM of Reynolds recognizes the importance of gathering insights directly from local entrepreneurs. By participating in the survey, business owners and operators can contribute valuable feedback that will inform the municipality’s Economic Development Strategy.

“A strong economy enhances quality of life and benefits everyone - businesses, home owners, and visitors,” stated the RM of Reynolds.

The input garnered from the survey will be instrumental in shaping the direction of economic development initiatives within the RM of Reyn-

olds. The municipality is committed to leveraging the feedback provided by local businesses to develop targeted strategies that align with the community’s needs and aspirations.

“As a business owner/operator, your opinions and ideas are important,” emphasized the RM of Reynolds.

The RM of Reynolds remains dedicated to fostering a thriving business environment that promotes growth, innovation, and prosperity for all stakeholders within the community.

To participate in the Business Survey and have a voice in shaping the future economic landscape of the

RM of Reynolds, individuals are encouraged to scan the provided QR Code to access the survey.


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Epic/Smiles St. Malo Marks 50 Years of Empowerment

Epic/Smiles St. Malo, a pioneering organization dedicated to supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities, is commemorating its 50th anniversary this year. Since its establishment in 1974, the organization has been a beacon of hope and empowerment for countless individuals, providing vital services and fostering a community of inclusion and acceptance.

Reflecting on the organization’s journey over the past five decades, Danyka Hunnie, Support Services Manager at Epic/ Smiles St. Malo, shared insights into its evolution.

“Our Day program was established in 1974, with our residential homes following not long after that,” said Hunnie. “It would be hard for me to know the exact number of individuals that we have supported from the beginning, but we cur-

rently have 52 Day Program Participants, including our 20 Residents that live in our Residential Care Homes.”

Epic/Smiles St. Malo’s Day Programs offer a diverse range of activities, including woodworking, production, and recycling programs. Hunnie emphasized the organization’s significant role in processing recycling from surrounding areas, underscoring its impact on both environmental sustainability and community employment.

“We are a big employer, employing about 27 people at the day program, along with approximately 40 residential staff and 8 administrative staff,” added Hunnie.

To celebrate its golden jubilee, Epic/ Smiles St. Malo has planned a series of events on June 14, open to the entire community. The festivities will kick off with a BBQ lunch, available by donation, fol-

lowed by facility tours and a carnival for participants. A silent auction will be held on-site, offering attendees the opportunity to support the organization through purchases and donations. In the evening, a fundraising dinner will take place, with limited tickets available for purchase.

Epic/Smiles St. Malo’s vision of treating every unique individual with respect, dignity, and acceptance resonates deeply within the community. As the organization continues to uphold these values, it remains committed to its mission of empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to lead fulfilling and enriched lives.

The 50th-anniversary celebration serves as a testament to Epic/Smiles St. Malo’s enduring legacy of compassion, support, and advocacy, inspiring hope for the future and reaffirming its commitment to inclusivity and equality.

Southeast Municipalities Explore Formation of Regional Committee

In a bid to address regional issues and concerns collectively, fifteen municipal councils from the southeast region were invited to a meeting in La Broquerie in mid-March to discuss the potential creation of a Southeast Regional Municipal Committee.

The proposed committee aims to provide a platform for municipalities to discuss matters unique to the region and advocate for them collectively to higher levels of government.

The initiative mirrors a similar group formed by municipalities in the northeast, indicating a belief that the southeast re-

gion could similarly benefit from a unified lobbying approach.

Organized by AMM Eastern District Directors Loren Schinkel and Ray Schirle, in collaboration with the RM of La Broquerie, the gathering aimed to gauge interest and gather input from participating municipalities.

Among the invited municipalities were the RM of Ste. Anne, RM of La Broquerie, Village St. Pierre-Jolys, Town of Ste. Anne, RM of Montcalm, City of Steinbach, RM of De Salaberry, Town of Morris, RM of Piney, RM of Emerson Franklin, RM of Morris, RM of Tache, RM of Hanover, Town of Niverville,

and RM of Stuartburn.

Deputy Reeve of the RM of Ste. Anne, Randy Eros, attended the meeting and highlighted the potential benefits of forming a strong regional voice. He cited the success of the northeast group in securing provincial commitment for a new personal care home as an example of the collective impact such a committee could have.

Eros further emphasized that a formal regional group could have presented a stronger, unified message regarding concerns such as the Sio Silica project, which had garnered attention from all southeast councils.

While the meeting marked the inception of discussions, there is still progress to be made in establishing a structured framework and refining the committee’s mandate. However, the RM of Ste. Anne has already shown its support for the initiative by voting to move forward with membership if it is created.

As discussions evolve, the formation of a Southeast Regional Municipal Committee could pave the way for enhanced collaboration and advocacy among municipalities in addressing shared challenges and opportunities.

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Falcon Lake/Whiteshell

Bingo – Wednesdays at 7: 30 pm, early bird games at 7 pm at the Whiteshell Community Club 20 301 Pr, Falcon Beach. Contact 204-349-2293.


Spring Craft & Bake Sale – Saturday, April 20, 10 am – 2 pm at the Community Hall. Canteen with hot perogies, sausages and homemade soup. Contact Rachel 204-427-225 to book your table early, space limited.


Community Clothing Swap - Saturday, April 20, 9 am – 12 pm at the Elim Mennonite Church, 30 Main St. All welcome. Wanting to clean out your closet? Needing to get some newer items? Bring clothing, take clothing. Clean, not ripped clothing and footwear, for any age & gender. Snacks will be available for purchase. If you would like to bring clothes, please make sure clothing is sorted by size. Contact Candice 204-392-6406, reception@ cbfteam.ca.

Coffee Connections - All adults ages 55+ are welcome to join us at the New Horizon Centre for a time of visiting, while enjoying coffee, tea and refreshments. Join us and bring your friends. There is no cost. Contact Anita Funk 204-371-9134.

Ile des Chenes

Yoga - Gentle yet invigorating morning yoga for women and men 55+, and evening yoga for mature teens & adults at the TC Energy Centre. Contact Juliette yogaforyoumanitoba@outlook. com.

La Broquerie

Drop-in Community Bike Repair Workshop – Tuesdays, 6 – 9 pm at La Bikequerie Inc, 36016 PR 210, and (the old Southeast Vet Clinic) Come; learn how to fix your bike. Bring a friend! We also have used bikes for sale. Contact Jacinthe Wiebe, 204-346-1515 or labikequerie@gmail.com.


55+ Resistance Training – Wednesdays, until April 24, 1-2 pm at the Kinsman Centre, 191 Robert Koop Rd. Cost $80 for the full 8 weeks. Contact erine@liveonelifecoaching.com or call/text 204-299-2021.

Seniors Strength Circuit with Patricia - Thursdays, until May 30, 1:30-2:30 pm. Cost $90 for 9 classes at the Kinsman Centre, 191 Robert coop Rd. Register yoginnature@hotmail.com or Call/text: 204-290-5336.


Tache Library Events - Story Time & Craft (EN) at the Taché Library, 1082 Dawson Rd, Lorette on Saturday, April 6 at 1 pm.

Plus LEGO Night on Thursday, April 11, 5 - 7:30 pm. Games & Puzzles Night on Thursday, April 18, 5 - 7:30 pm. Book Club + Kite Making on Thursday, April 18, 5 - 7:30 pm. Kite Flight! on Saturday, April 20, 1 - 2 pm, Heure du conte et bricolage on Saturday, April 27 at 1 pm and Plant Night on Tuesday, April 30, 5 - 7:30 pm. Colouring Draw/Concours de Coloriage due Tuesday, April 30.

Alzheimer’s Manitoba - Once a month care partner support groups on April 16, and May 21 from 10 am - 11:15 am. Meetings offer the opportunity for care partners to meet and share

C ommunity E v E nts

information and feelings about their experiences of caring for a person with dementia. Meetings are at The Club Bles D’Or, 1254 Dawson Road Contact laurie@ rmtache.ca for more information.

Public Skating – Sundays at the Community Complex from 11am-Noon. Mark your calendars, sharpen up those skates and we will see you there!

Monthly foot clinics - Tache Senior Services hosts foot clinics in Lorette and Landmark. Contact laurie@rmtache.ca for more information.

Yoga - Gentle yet invigorating morning yoga for women and men 55+ at the Lorette Community Complex. Contact Juliette at yogaforyoumanitoba@outlook.com.

Fitness Classes for Active Older Adults- Every Tuesday at 10 am, until mid-June at the Les Club Bles D’or. Strengthening using body weight, bands and free weights. Sign up $9 to mid-June or $10 drop-in. Contact Laurie, laurie@rmtache.ca or Tobi Ann 204-8013133.

Welcome New Residents - Welcome to the LUD of Lorette. Have you purchased a home, townhome, duplex, or condo in the LUD of Lorette, in the last year? The Welcome Basket Committee has a free basket of gift certificates, coupons, gifts, and information from local businesses and organizations in the LUD of Lorette. No strings attached. To arrange a visit please e-mail lorettewelcomebasket@gmail.com.


Spring Sale – Saturday, April 27, 10 am – 3 pm at the Community Hall. Table rental $10. 50/50 draw, door raffle, lunch available. Conact Donna 204-881-8409.

Mitchell Adult Card & Board Game Club – Until June 25. Tuesdays 1 – 4 pm and Thursdays 6: 30 – 9; 30 pm at the Recreation Centre. $2 drop-in fee.

Toast & Coffee – On Tuesdays, drop-in for toast and coffee for $2 and a menu is available with prices according to what you order at the Mitchell and Area Community Centre, 130 Ash St. Contact Jane Penner 204-346-2469, jpenner@jantre.com.


MB Makers Market – Saturday, May 11, 10 am – 3 pm at the Heritage Centre, 100C Heritage Trail & 1012nd Avenue. An exclusive market for hand-made items. Admission monetary donation.


Puzzle Party - Sunday, April 28, 1:30 pm. Register by Sunday, April 14. $30 per team; no more than 4 per team. Contact R. Schruegel 204-431-996-5686.

Floor Curling - Every Tuesday at 7 pm, Community Hall.

Pickleball - Every Wednesday at 7 pm, Community Hall.

Archery - Every Thursday at 7 pm, Community Hall.

Volunteer Drivers Needed – we are looking for volunteer drivers who can help seniors to appointments. If you have a driver’s license and clean abstract we would love to hear from you. Contact Rachel Lachnit resource coordinator 204-437-2604.

Richer Young At Heart Dance – Saturday, April 20. Dinner at 6 pm and dancing until 11 pm with music by music by Mosaics. Tickets are $25 per person, and can be reserved by calling Ron at 431-275-0874.

Richer Recovery AA Group - Meets every Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at LUD Hall. If you would like more information, call Jeff at 204-371-5518 or Albert at 204-380-3058.

RM of Ritchot

Southman Saints Lacrosse. Registration Open - Coach Matt is offering programs starting mid-April to the end of June from U7 to U17. For more information email Matt at the following address saintslacrosse@shaw.ca.

Services to Seniors - Free Shuttle for residents of the RM the first Friday of each month. Call to book a ride and

do your banking and shopping locally or book your doctor’s appointment and we will get you to your appointment. Call 204-425-3701.


Spring Yard & Garden Swap – April 20, 11 am – 5 pm at the Community Club. Free entry. Bring your extra seeds, bulbs and seedlings, trays, pots, irrigation/landscape supplies, gardening tools, tractors, mowers, tillers, outdoor furniture, yard toys, and décor. Crafters/makers welcome, over 3 acres outdoor space available. Gates open at 9 for vendor set up. Register sandilandscommunityclub@gmail.com.

South Junction

Financial Literacy Workshop - Wednesdays, April 3 – May 8 at 1 pm, at Piney Regional Services. Free workshops. Build savings, increase cash flow, manage debt, long-term goals, preserving wealth. Call Teresa Milne 204-362-7654, Rachel Lachnit 204-437-2604.

Southeast Farmer’s Market – Market Saturday, April 20, at 10 am - 2 pm at the Pine Grove Seniors. 5050/ draw and canteen.

Exercise for Fun and Health – Mondays and Thursdays, at 9:30 am the Pine Grove Senior Club. Come join us, we have treadmill, exercise bikes, weights and Just Walk Video. Contact Rachel, resource co-ordinator 204-437-2604.

Meet Your Neighbours Coffee Group- Mondays, at 1 pm, Pine Grove Seniors Club, Highway 12 and Prevost St. and Thursdays at 1 pm at the Evergreens Senior Club at the Hall by railroad tracks.


Come & Visit Stay to Play – April 16 and May 7, 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Ross L. Gray School for babies and children up to age 5 and their care givers/parents. Free event. Contact Carly Chubaty, chubatyc@blsda or Adriane Culleton, culletona@blsda.ca, Ashley Milne, almbri@hotmail.com or call 204-437-2175.

Parent Drop-in – Fridays April 26, May 10 and May 24. Free event. Meet and connect with other parents, activities, crafts and games, group discussions. Snacks will be provided. Contact Quinn BrandtQ@blsd.ca, 204-324-6491.

Little Raiders Pre-School – Thursdays, April 4 and April 25, 4: 30 – 5:30 pm at the Ross L. Gray School, Kindergarten room. For ages 4 to 5 years. Library is open to caregivers to stay with younger children. Snacks provided to preschool children. Register with Carly Chubaty, chubatyc@blsd.ca or Melissa Goulet @gouletm@blsda.ca.

Kids Club – Wednesdays from 7 – 9 pm at the Community Fellowship Church. For all children ages 5 and up.

Sprague Service to Seniors Seeking Volunteers - Seeking individuals to assist and to provide a few services to seniors within our community such as snow removal, transportation for a fee, volunteers in the congregate Meals Programs as well as home cleaning services to seniors for a fee. A criminal record check is required for cleaning services and transportation. Email lgdseniors@gmail.com with your rates and for information, or call 204-437-2604.

St. Pierre-Jolys

Yin Yoga - With Lise, Wednesdays from April 10 - May 1 (4 sessions) at 7 - 8 pm in the Sugar Shack. Cost $50. Visit ratriverrecreation.com to register.

3234 Manitoba Horse Cadets – Join us for fun and adventure every Thursday until June, 6:30 – 9 pm at the Community Hall. For ages 12 – 18. Cost is Free. Meet new friends, fun, adventures, leadership, citizenship, community service, drill band, orienteering, and more. Contact Captain Phil Atkinson, phillip.atkinson@cadets.gc.ca. Website 3234manitobahorse.ca.

Ste. Anne Comité culturel AGM - Est heureux de vous inviter à leur, Mardi 23 avril à 19h au Club Jovial, 157 avenue Central. Merci de confirmer votre présence avant le 16 avril. Téléphone 204-422-9599, courriel cccsa@mymts.net.

Meat Draw - Every Saturday from 1 – 4 pm at the Ste Anne Hotel. Draws every 1/2 hr. Must be in attendance to win. All proceeds go to the Ste Anne Lions Club.

Ste. Geneviève Library Night - Tache - Every Monday, from 6 - 7:30 pm at the Community Centre.


Steinbach and Area Garden Club- What’s in the Greenhouse on Monday, April 8, 7 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Come and hear experts from our sponsors, Oakridge Nurseries, tell us all about the new varieties and their favourites for spring. They will tantalize our gardening senses just in time for the start of the greenhouse rush. Distribution of Sunflower seeds. Email sagardenclubinfo@gmail.com.

Art Show and Sale – Saturday, April 20 at Clearspring Centre from 10 am - 4 pm. Southeast artists will be painting on site and you will have an opportunity to buy local art.

Stone Brook Artisan Spring Market – Friday, April 26 at 5 – 9 pm and Saturday, April 27, 10 am – 3 pm at the Curling Club, 357 Elmdale St. This event will host over 60 handmade local vendors, 4 food trucks, and a coffee bar! This event is sure to add a splash of fun to your spring with something to see and do for the whole family! Contact Janice and Maegan sbartisanmarket@gmail.com.

Steinbach and Area Garden Club- Planting Pansies for Moms Saturday, May 11, 10 am at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Celebrate Manitoba Day and plant some pansies for mom. Email sagardenclubinfo@gmail.com.

Chase the Ace Fundraiser - Steinbach and Area Animal Rescue – On Mondays at Smitty’s Restaurant. Tickets on sale 6:30 – 8:30 pm, draw at 8:45 pm. 2 tickets for $5. The progressive jack-pot is at $2,054. Winning ticket receives 10% of nightly ticket sales or 50% if the Ace is drawn. Have fun while supporting animals and maybe walk away with some cash!

Fung Loy Kok Tai Chi - Thursdays at 10 am at the United Church, Christian Ed building, 541 Main St. Develop a mind that is dynamic yet clear and calm and a spirit that is resilient yet light and peaceful. Tai Chi reduces stress, builds strength, flexibility and balance. Start anytime. Contact Veronica Klassen 204-326-1713, vronklas@gmail.com.

South East Artists - For all visual artists we meet once a week until May 2024 on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Steinbach Arts Council to paint in any medium you want. For more information contact Ginette at gperroncreations@ gmail.com.

Steinbach Sizzlers 4-H Club - Contact Tatiana Tuttosi loonlover06@gmail.com.meetings at Steinbach United Church, CE Building, 541 Main St.

Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Group - Thursdays, at 1 pm. Registration required. Contact Maggie@steinbachfrc.ca, 204-346-0413.

Royal Canadian Legion Steinbach Branch - Meets first Tuesday of the month via Zoom at 7:30 pm; Ladies Auxiliary meets first Monday of each month, 7:30 pm. Steinbach Legion, 227 Main St – Unit 5. Email steinbach190rcl@outlook.com.

Al-Anon – Mondays at 7:30 pm Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. Contact steinbachafg@gmail.com.

Creative Writers Club - Second Wednesday every month at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. This is not a class but rather a writing share group where we hope to foster and encourage our participants’ love of writing. Feel free to bring 5 pages of writing (single sided, double spaced) to share with the group. Our evening will begin with an ice breaker and then move into share time. Coffee and tea will be served. Contact Madison Redekopp email mredekopp@ jakeepplibrary.com.

Steinbach Professional Development Toastmasters Club – On Wednesdays at 12 - 1 pm, Eastman Education Centre, 385 Loewen Blvd. Join us in person or by zoom. All guests are welcome! Contact Mark Hiebert 204-371-5197, email mhiebert@barkmanconcrete.com.

Knit-Wits Fibre Craft Club- First Tuesdays of the month at 6 – 8 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, cross stitching and other types of fibre crafting? Join other adults for informal knitting, crochet, etc. circle. All skill levels welcome. Please bring your own project/supplies.

Craft Night - Wednesdays at 7 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Ages 16 years and up join us for a free event, with coffee and crafting. Our craft for the evening will be a beaded spring wreath. There is limited space available. To sign up, email mredekopp@jakeepplibrary.com.

Book Club - Meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 7 - 8:30 pm Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Books are available at the circ desk as well as on our Libby App (free with your library card). Please sign up by email mredekopp@jakeepplibrary.com. Limited space available.

Steinbach & Area Lions Club - Meets second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm, South East Helping Hands. Contact 204-326-2313.


Vassar and Area Minor Ball Registration Open – For ages 4 to 18 years. Contact vassarbaseball@hotmail.com.

Piney Regional Chamber of Commerce Meeting – Thursday, April 11 at 7 pm in council chambers or via Zoom. Guest speaker Allison Driedger Bluestem Development presentation of survey results. Contact info@pineyregionalchamber.ca.


Vita and Area Minor Ball – Until Friday, April 5 registration Open – For ages 4 to 18 years. Contact vitaball.rampregistrations.com. Contact Kelcie 204-392-5846, vitaminorball@gmail.com.

Vita Area 4-H Community Meeting - Join us on Thursday, April 11, at 7 pm for this information meeting at Arena. We would like to have an information meeting going over how to start a 4-H club in our area and what is all involved. We encourage you to attend if you are interested in enrolling your kids in the program in fall of 2024. We want to ensure we have enough interest in leaders and kids to have a sustainable club for years to come.

The Vita and District Wildlife Association AGM - Join us on Saturday, April 13 for our Annual AGM at 7 pm in the Community Hall.

Adventure with Nature Norm – April 20, 10 am – 12 pm starting at Agassiz Interpretive Trail, 7 km west of Vita on Hwy 201. Free event. Join us on Adventurers with Mature Norm, trail walking, bird watching, tree, flowers other plant identification. We provide the binoculars and walking stick during the event. Register with Norm Gregoire 204-4086166, info@sharedlegacymb.ca.

Fish Fry Fundraiser – Saturday, April 6, 3 – 6 pm at the Community Hall. Cost $15. Battered fish, home fries, coleslaw and desert.

2024 Green Career Symposium – Saturday, April 16 at the Community Hall.

Spring Fling Dance – Saturday, April 27, 8 pm – 12:30 pm at the Hall. Entertainment Universals Music. Cost $15 includes perogy and sausage meal.

Snowshoe Lending Program – RM of Stuartburn has snowshoes and trekking poles available for free. Different sizes for all. Reserve first come first serve basis. Pick up and return at Municipal office 108 Main St. North, Monday – Friday 8 am – 12 pm and 12:45 - 4 pm. Call 204-425-3218 to reserve a pair.

Services to Seniors Steinbach Shuttle - Subsidized cost $15/person. Minimum of 8 participants required for the trip to take place. Departure from Shady Oaks at 9:30 am. Call 204-425-3701 to book a seat.


Wellness Wednesdays – On Wednesdays, 1 – 4 pm at the Community Club. Join us for pool, cribbage, darts, pickleball, board games, cards, ping-pong and puzzles. Coffee, tea, pop $2, water $1 or bring your own beverage.


All Thumbs Quilting Guild Show – Monday, April 20, 10 am – 3 pm at the Hall. Entry $5. Lunch available and Silent Auction.

Please email events to editor@dawsontrail.ca each month

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Ste. Anne Curling Club’s Sud, Spud, and Steak Returns for 18th Annual Celebration

The Ste. Anne Curling Club is gearing up to host its highly anticipated annual Sud, Spud, and Steak event, marking its 18th consecutive year of celebration. After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event is set to return, promising an evening filled with camaraderie, delicious food, and community spirit.

“The Sud, Spud, and Steak event has been a cherished tradition of our community for nearly two decades,” said Betty MacKenzie, a board member of the Ste. Anne Curling Club. “Club President Michael Buss and I extend a warm invitation to everyone in the community to join us for this festive spring gathering.”

The event, which typically draws a broad cross-section of the community, offers attendees the opportunity to enjoy a hearty meal featuring a succulent steak, accompanied by a baked potato and a variety of toppings. A selection of beverages, including sudsy refreshments, will also be available for guests to enjoy. It is scheduled for Friday, April 26 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm with the bar open until

11 pm. The event includes a silent auction.

Proceeds from the event play a vital role in supporting the operational costs of the Ste. Anne Curling Club, ensuring the continued success of this beloved community institution. In addition to the annual spring event, the curling club hosts various bonspiels throughout the curling season, further fostering a sense of camaraderie and sportsmanship among its members.

MacKenzie highlighted the dedication of the volunteer base that makes the Sud, Spud, and Steak event possible year after year.

“Our event relies heavily on the support of our dedicated curling club members and volunteers,” she noted. “We’re grateful for their commitment and enthusiasm, which ensures that this event remains a highlight of the Ste. Anne community calendar.”

The $25 tickets for the Sud, Spud, and Steak event can be purchased from members of the curling club, at Ste. Anne Variety store or by calling Betty at 204-801-6561 or Mike at 204-371-7374. There is also an option for a “kids meal” with tickets only $10 each.

Nobody’s Perfect Program to Support Parents of Young Children Returns

The Steinbach Family Resource Centre is gearing up to kick off another session of its Nobody’s Perfect Program (NPP) this month, providing valuable support and resources for parents and caregivers of children aged 0-5. The program, facilitated by Maggie Cowell, an Outreach Worker and Parent Educator, aims to create a supportive community for parents to share their challenges and experiences in parenting.

The NPP consists of one 2-hour session each week for a duration of 6 weeks, which are the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th of April, as well as the 1st and 8th of May beginning at 1 pm. The program offers a safe space for parents to connect and discuss various aspects of parenting. Childcare is also provided as needed, making it accessible for parents with young children.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join the program for a multitude of reasons, including the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals facing similar challenges, engaging in free, interactive, and enjoyable sessions, learning positive parenting techniques, and increasing their understanding of children’s health, safety, and behaviour.

Participants have the opportunity to choose discussion topics, tailoring the program to address their specific needs and concerns. The Nobody’s Perfect Program aims to build a community that fosters mutual support, skill-building, and the sharing of resources.

Cowell encourages interested individuals to sign up today, emphasizing the importance of community support in navigating the challenges of parenting. Those interested can contact her at maggie@steinbachfrc.ca or by phone at 204-346-0413.

Theatrical Production to Feature Southeast Youth

The Steinbach Arts Council with the Backyard Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the latest production, “Foxton Founders Day: The Story of Mr. Fox”.

This heart warming play, set to captivate audiences of all ages, emphasizes the importance of working together and owning up to one’s mistakes to create a better world. Scheduled for a one-night-only performance, this production promises to be a memorable event celebrating the values of community and personal growth.

Written and directed by Jeremy Plett, and produced by Akecia Peters, “Foxton Founders Day: The Story of Mr. Fox” brings together a dynamic cast of young actors from the Southeast. These dedicated kids have poured their hearts into creating a performance that is as entertaining as it is meaningful.

The Backyard Theatre Company is proud to provide a platform for these young performers

to showcase their talents while delivering a powerful message.

“Theatre teaches kids empathy and understanding, laying the foundation for a lifetime of compassionate connections and I wanted to give the kids a chance to put on a show that reflects that,” says director Jeremy Plett. “With ‘Foxton Founders Day’, we aim to explore the significance of community involvement and the courage it takes to admit and learn from our mistakes.”

Don’t miss this light hearted evening of theatre that promises not only to entertain but also to inspire. Join them at the Steinbach Regional Secondary School Theatre on April 9 at 6:30 pm.

Tickets are selling fast and only $6 each. To purchase tickets for this production, visit their website at steinbacharts.ca or contact the Steinbach Arts Council office at 204-3461077.

Ritchot Senior Services April Event Calendar

Coffee – Thursdays, April 11, 18 and 25 from 10 - 11:30 am. Indulge in the perfect blend of activity and sociability! $2 for bottomless coffee and muffin. Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street, St. Adolphe.

Bingo – Thursday, April 30, 1:30 - 3 pm at Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street, St. Adolphe. Play for fun prizes. $2 admission includes 2 cards, additional cards available for $0.50 each. You must pre register for this event.

Indoor Cycle – Mondays, April 15, 22 and 29, from 10 - 10:30 am. Using a pedal exerciser (provided). Pedal along while enjoying the company of friends. This is not an instructor led class, but I will be there to encourage you along at your own pace. Please pre register for this activity, drop in available if space allows.

Back to Basics Chair Yoga – Fridays April 12, 19 and 26, 10 - 10:30 am. Free, dynamic 30-minute, active, and informative sessions designed to refresh and enhance your understanding of fundamental strength and balance exercises. Dress comfortably in clean indoor athletic shoes or supportive footwear, and workout-ready attire. Space is limited, so be sure to pre-register to secure your spot.

Group Outing – Wednesday, April 17 at12 pm. How does lunch with friends’ sound? How about award winning southern BBQ? From pulled pork to St. Louis ribs, to smoked chicken, or certified Angus beef brisket Bigg Smoak will have your mouth watering. Consider bringing your cooler bag, Bigg Smoak has a freezer section with meals/food items to go. Cost $5 to reserve your seat on the bus, lunch at your cost. Limited number of seats available - reserve yours soon.

Lunch & Learn – Tuesday, April 23, at10 am, Ritchot Senior Services presentation by Keen

Companion Health Services “Convenience at your doorstep”. Following the presentation, lunch will be served. There is no charge to attend but you must register in advance.

St. Adolphe Old Time Dance – Sunday, April 28 from 1-5 pm at Pioneer Hall, 345 St. Adolphe Rd. Entertainment provided by Country Plus. Door prizes, 50-50 and cash bar. Lunch provided. Cost $20. Please reserve your ticket in advance, by calling Jules 204-883-2440.

Howden Hobbies Quilting & Knitting – Wednesdays, April 10 and April 24, 9:30 am – 1 pm at the Howden Community Centre, 1078 Red River Dr. This year we will be working on two very important projects. Continue to create lap quilts for the Alzheimer society and knit lap blankets that will be donated to Palliative Care MB. All supplies will be provided. Coffee and tea available. Bring along your lunch, spend time with community members that have the same passion as yourself and make a difference.

Foot Care Clinics - By appointment only. For more information, please contact Janice at 204-8832880.

Upcoming clinic dates:

Ste Agathe – Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2.

St. Adolphe – Thursday, April 4. Ile des Chenes – Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24.

Ritchot Senior Services is looking for some important additions to our referral program: - Housekeepers - Mobile hair stylist - Transportation (paid for service volunteer) All service providers must complete an application, and provide a criminal background and vulnerable persons report. Please contact us directly at 204883-2880 or email ritchotseniors@mymts.net.

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In Earnest Preparation Attention Campers! Summer Arts Day Camps Are Back

Have you ever looked forward to and anticipated a visit from someone or a special event? At our church we just had a Jewish speaker from Israel come and share his ministry to the folks there. From the time the arrangements were made till he came, I was excited and looking forward to his visit. We had a great service, and I was encouraged because of it.

When I was a young child growing up on the farm, we did not have a lot of extras, but my parents made Christmas special for us. I remember waking up Christmas morning at 2:00 am and couldn’t get back to sleep. But we had to stay upstairs in our bedrooms until Dad got up, went to the barn, finished the chores, and came back to the house and washed up. For us, as children, that took an eternity. But we were sure glad when my parents opened the door to the upstairs and called us down for the Christmas celebrations.

What are you looking forward to in your life; a wedding, the birth of a child, a visit from a special friend, graduation from school or getting that job you’ve always wanted?

The Bible has given us a special event to look forward to. It is the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. He came to earth 2,000 years ago, lived a perfect life and then offered Himself as the sinless sacrifice and died for all our sins. The sins of a person who turns to Christ are all washed away and removed. That person then becomes a child of God, or a Christians.

Christ not only died for our sins, He rose again from the grave to show His victory over death, sin and the grave. Forty days after His resurrection, He went back to His home in heaven. But before He left, He gave us a promise in John 14:2, 3 “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Then in verse 6, He says He is the way to get to heaven. There is no other way.

So every one who has had their sin problem dealt with by and through Christ has a great day to look forward to, Christ has promised to return for them and take them to heaven to be with Him for eternity. What an earnest expectation that awaits every believer!

We don’t know when Christ will return for His own. The Bible doesn’t give us a specific day or time. We just know He’s coming. I believe He’s coming soon, when I look at world events and how they seem to be fulfilling prophecies and things that are foretold to happen around His coming.

If you are God’s child, you have this hope to look forward to. If you aren’t God’s child yet, why not turn to Christ today, trust Him to forgive your sins and then you can also look forward to his soon return.


The Steinbach Arts Council’s Summer Arts Day Camp is back this summer, promising the best summer yet! You can join your camp friends for six weeks of art, theatre, dance, musical, sports and culinary activities under six thrilling themes. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Parents, if you want to give your children a fun and enriching summer experience, Summer Arts Day Camp is the ideal choice. Our camp focuses on art and offers a wide range of activities including dance, art, theatre, sports, and culinary arts across six themed weeks. Your kids will have the chance to explore their creativity, learn new skills, and

create lasting memories in an inclusive and engaging environment.

Check out the Summer Arts Day

Camp Line Up:

Wild Wild West Week:

July 2 – July 5

Sports Spectacular Week:

July 8 – July 12

Around the World Week:

July 15 - July 19

Under the Sea Week:

July 22 – July 26

Jungle Safari Week:

July 29 – August 2

Holiday Spirit Week:

August 6 – August 9

Camila Funes-Giesbrecht, previously a camp director, has taken on a new role in planning SADC this year.

“This year, I am thrilled to be involved in a different capacity for SADC, and my enthusiasm and dedication to this program remains close to my heart,” said Funes-Giesbrecht. “I am so excited about introducing fresh ideas, developing new themes and activities, and transforming existing ones into something innovative.”

Limited spots are up for Summer Arts Day Camp, and registrations are available on a first-come, firstserved basis.

Registration is now open and spaces usually fill up quickly.

For further details on registration, check out steinbacharts.ca or call 204-346-1077.

Award-Winning Buzz Brass in Concert

The Steinbach Arts Council is proud to announce the upcoming performance of internationally acclaimed Canadian brass quintet Buzz Brass, in concert on April 17. Known for their ability to infuse classics with a fresh vibrancy, Buzz Brass reinterprets beloved compositions through trumpet, horn, and trombone. From time less classical masterpieces to lively ragtime-era tunes and jazz, Buzz Brass’s repertoire truly of fers something for everyone.

For over two decades, Buzz Brass quintet has been travelling the globe to captivate classical music lovers. With over 1,600 ap pearances to its credit, this awardwinning ensemble has reached more than 350,000 music lovers throughout North America, Eu rope and China and is featured among the most reputable brass quintets in Canada. Buzz Brass is brass at its best, delivered with in telligence, whimsy, and skill.

ing forward to this concert event.

“I’m so excited to showcase these high calibre musicians in our city. Not only are they talented, but they are also funny and engaging on stage!” said Schellenberg. “I know our audience will be charmed by their wit, energy, and musical mastery.” Join the Steinbach Arts council and Buzz Brass at the Grace Mennonite Church (430-3rd Street) on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 pm. Don’t miss this evening of brass brilliance. For tickets visit steinbacharts.ca or call Tara at 204-3461077.

Tara Schellenberg, Performing Arts Coordinator at SAC, is look-

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and culinary activities
can join your camp friends for six weeks of art, theatre, dance, musical, sports
The internationally acclaimed Canadian brass quintet Buzz Brass, in concert on April 17. Submitted photos SAC

About Us:

Pat Porter Active Living Centre (Serving Seniors Inc.) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the community with various activities with various activities that promote good mental health and an overall healthy lifestyle. We strive to offer programs and events that address your physical, social, cultural, intellectual, and emotional well-being. To learn more visit our website patporteralc.com.

Current Programs:

There will be no Kids, Advanced or Intermediate Pickleball on Monday, April 15. The majority of our programs are $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Programs are subject to change. Please check daily sign-up for updated hours.

Coffee Corner - Monday to Friday from starting at 9:30 am

Cards - Monday to Friday 1 – 4 pm.

Fun Bingo – Free - Wednesday April 3 and 17, 4 -6 pm.

Country Jam – Wednesdays, 7–9 pm.

Fitness Classes:

Line Dance Class - Please sign up at the Centre or call 204-320-4600.

Thursday April 4 and 18 at 6:30 – 8 pm and April 11 and 25 at 1 – 2 pm.

Laughter Yoga – Mondays, 1 – 2 pm.

Walking – Free - Monday to Friday except April 10 at 8:30 - 8:50 am and

Tuesday and Thursday at 12 – 1 pm.

Fitness Drumming–Tuesdays, 1–2 pm.

Circuit Training - Mondays 10 -11 am.

Rockin’ Rollers – Sign up Online - Sunday 2 – 4 pm. Grab your roller skates/ blades and stroll around our gym to great music. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

PACE - Wednesdays 1 - 1:45 pm.

Floor Curling - Wednesday except April 10, 1:30 - 3:30 pm.

Yoga with Carrie - Fridays 9 – 10 am.

Square Dancing - $5 - Will be accepting new dancers September 2024.

Tuesdays, 7 – 9 pm.

Kids Pickleball –$1 - Monday except April 15 from 4 – 5:30 pm. Registration required at patporteralc.com. April 29 will be the last day of Kid’s Pickleball for the season.

Pickleball - Registration required at patporteralc.com. Times are subject to change. Please check sign-up for updated hours.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays, 9 am – 12 pm.

Thursday and Fridays, 9 - 10:30am.

Wednesdays 4 – 6 pm.

Friday, April 5, 4 - 5:30 pm.

Intermediate Pickleball - Monday Evenings, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Advanced Pickleball - Monday Evenings, 7:30 – 9:30 pm.

Beginner Pickleball – Mondays, 2 – 4 pm, Tuesdays, 2 – 4 pm, Wednesday (except April 10) 1 – 3:30 pm (1 court), Thursday April 4 and 18, 10:30 am - 12pm, April 11 and 25 2 pm and Fridays 10:30 am – 12 pm.

Badminton - Registration required at patporteralc.com. Monday and Wednesdays (except April 10), 12 – 1 pm, Wednesdays from 4 – 6 pm and Friday April 5, 4 - 5:30 pm.

Special Events:

Perogy Bee Fundraiser- Monday, April 8, 1 – 3:30 pm. We are making cottage cheese perogies. If you would like to be a volunteer and help with rolling, pinching, scooping, and boiling please sign up. This afternoon is a great opportunity to get out of your house, enjoy a conversation and help make delicious food. Call us to sign-up to be a volunteer or to order ahead.

Dinner and Dance: Northern Reflections Friday, April 26. Doors open 5 pm, Dinner at 5:30 pm and Dance at 7 pm. $25 for Members, $30 for NonMembers, $20 for Dance Only. April showers bring in a Dinner and Dance! Join us for food, entertainment and old time dance and classic country music. Menu is Salad, Chicken Stew, Bread Bowl, Tomatoes, Dessert and Night Lunch to follow. Prior to the event, tickets can be purchased at the Centre or by calling 204-320-4600.

Painting Class - Tuesday, April 23, 1 – 3 pm. $20 members, $30 non-members. Join our April painting class and learn how to paint something new. If you would like to see the demo, it is on display at the Centre. All supplies are included. Please sign up at the Centre or call 204-320-4600.

2024 Memberships:

Memberships are still available. Get your member discount for programs and events for $30!

Pancake Breakfast- $8/plate - Thursday, April 25, 9:30 – 11 am. Join us for a delicious meal of pancakes and sausage. All proceeds go to our Meals on Wheels program.

Interactive Dessert Theatre:

Café Murder - Friday, April 12. PPALC members only on Saturday, April 13 then open to the Public. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 - this includes entrance, coffee/tea, and dessert (gluten-free alternative). Purchase tickets prior to the event at the Centre. Show Summary: Rosemary Saint-John is a loud, annoying hypochondriac convinced she is allergic to water. Celebrating her birthday at a restaurant with her four kooky sisters–a hippie, a valley girl, a trucker and a banker–Rosemary makes enemies with everyone around her. When she vanishes and is believed to be murdered the only objective witnesses in the restaurant are the audience members, who must cast their vote. Was it one of Rosemary’s sisters? The self-taught detective? The passionate French chef? The polite and proper maître d’? The sarcastic waiter? Who do you think did it? No one is above suspicion in this delightful dinner theatre murder mystery!


We have rooms of a variety of sizes and prices. For pricing and room, availability visit our website patporteralc.com, email rentals@patporteralc.com or call 204-320-4600.

Meals Program:

A healthy, warm and delicious meal cooked fresh daily and delivered to your door. We have two Meals on Wheels programs running out of Steinbach and Grunthal. Meals may be purchased for $8 for delivery or pickup. A meal includes soup, a main dish, sides and dessert. Please call 204-320-4600 with any questions or to order a meal. To receive or cancel a same day meal, you must call before 9 am.

Steinbach Accessible Transit: Need a ride to an appointment or other errand? This service is available to residents of Steinbach. Please visit our website patporteralc.com for a full price list. Services are available Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm and weekends. To book a ride, call 204-326-4055. If your call is not answered, leave a message with the answering service. Appointments must be booked in advance to ensure availability.

The Fifth Decree

Exodus 20… 12) “Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. (NIV).

The love of a parent, and especially that of a mother, is the closest thing we will find in this life to the love of God – I think. It is a love that is rich and deep and almost impossible to describe. We have heard of people who were lacking in the beauty department described as people who had a face only a mother could love. Well, that is precisely the point. Mothers do not love based on physical beauty; they just love. Parents are like that. They just love their children, warts, and all. Apart from God, our parents are the ones who first loved us. We all came into the world at an incredibly early age in life. We come in as babies… little bitty people who can not walk or talk or take care of themselves. We were helpless, if someone did not hold us and keep us warm and feed us, we would not survive. There is no more helpless creature born on this earth than a human baby. We are dependent on our parents, especially our mothers that we could not live without them. And because of their love and care we are here today.

In the Fifth Commandment there is not only a principle involved but there are people involved. There is always a potential for problems. But there is no relationship that has more potential for love and hate, joy, and sorrow, then the parent-child relationship. The family is the place where we first begin to understand how to interrelate to one another. It is the place where we learn self-esteem or self-respect. There, in the family, we learn our value systems as human beings. There we receive correction and encouragement, criticized, praised, and ignored. There are so many possibilities that present themselves within the context of the family.

It is in the family that we begin to learn about authority. There we either learn to respect authority or to scorn it. What we learn in this regard will either serve to equip us to live in the real world or cripple us. There are people who will exercise authority over us in this world. While it may begin with father and mother, it will have lasting effect… as a father I can remember countless short comings that I deeply regretted later in life. I have over the years brought those short comings before our Heavenly Father and my children for forgiveness. If we as parents learned our lessons well, along with our children – they can move forward and be successful – it all begins at home.

As adults, the Bible (I believe) does not command us to obey our parents any longer; we are not free to dishonour them. We must honour them by caring for them. We must care for them and attempt to meet their needs both emotionally and physically. We must make sure the children’s basic everyday needs are there. They need love, affirmation, encouragement, and may one day need shelter, food, and physical assistance. We must never, ever push them out of our lives.

The cycle of love is not complete until we honour those parents who raised us. When we are born, we are dependent upon them. They had to provide for all our needs. As we grow, we become increasingly more independent. Finally, we arrive at adulthood and leave the nest to make our own. Then our parents, who were once young and vibrant, experience the security of middle age and finally the vulnerability of old age. In that final stage, they become dependent on us, the children they have raised. It is then that the cycle is complete. It is a beautiful thing. “To God Be the 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 peace in my heart. I really want that peace, joy, and happiness that I long for. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will bring honour to Your Name.” Amen.

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If you have any information in regards to any item here you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Emerson RCMP Investigating Sudden Death

On March 16, at approximately 3:45 pm, Emerson RCMP received a report of a missing 44-year-old female from the RM of Stuartburn. She was last seen leaving her residence in a vehicle at approximately 4:50 am.

Officers attended to the home and were advised by family members that her vehicle had been located in the ditch, approximately one kilometre away, and that they had searched the immediate area earlier in the day without success.

Emerson RCMP, along with units including Search and Rescue (SAR), Police Dog Services (PDS) and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), attended to the scene and located the body of the 44-year-old female in a wooded area.

The cause of death has yet to be determined as we await the results of the autopsy, but there are indications the 44-year-old may have succumbed to the elements when she wandered away from her vehicle after hitting the ditch.

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Execution of Search Warrant Leads to Arrests

On March 15, at approximately 11 am, Steinbach GIS, Steinbach RCMP, Emergency Response Team and Police Dog Services executed a warrant at a residence on Ellice Avenue in Steinbach. Streets were blocked off in order for public safety to execute the warrant. One male, Roy Friesen (37-years-old) of no fixed address, was arrested on three outstanding warrants. Friesen was remanded into custody.

A 34-year-old female was also arrested and was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and weapon dangerous to the public. An air soft pistol and bear spray were seized from the female. A stolen vehicle from Winnipeg was also recovered from the property.

Youth Charged After Self-posting Driving Carelessly to Social Media

On February 20, Steinbach RCMP were made aware of an InstaGram video circulating showing a white Dodge Caravan driving carelessly by drifting the vehicle across multiple lanes of traffic on highway 52 and other locations in and around Steinbach.

Police investigated the incident and found 6 more videos showing the driver breaking several laws under the Highway Traffic Act. Police were able to identify the driver of the vehicle, a 16-year-old male from Linden with a Class 5 learner’s driver’s license. The driver was charged for Driving Carelessly under the Highway Traffic Act ($672 fine), along with a license review with Manitoba Public Insurance.

Keep all vehicles locked. Check on your neighbours.

Call 911 if you suspect a crime is in progress or has occured!

Seasonal Property Owners to Check for Theft or Break-Ins

As seasonal property owners return to their residences after the winter season, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is advising them to thoroughly inspect their properties, including sheds, for signs of theft or break-ins.

Cst. Mitchell Butler from the Sprague RCMP emphasizes the importance of initiating investigations as early as possible, as many property owners may not realize a break-in has occurred until months later. He recommends creating a list of important items at the property, including serial numbers of items such as generators or firearms. Having these identifying numbers documented can significantly aid law enforcement in tracing and recovering stolen items in the event of a theft.

“It is always advantageous to start investigations as early as possible. Many don’t even realize a break and enter has occurred until months afterwards. Take this as an opportunity to make sure nothing is missing,” said Cst. Butler.

Furthermore, Cst. Butler underscores the significance of ensuring surveillance cameras on the property are in working order. He highlights that functioning cameras serve as a valuable asset and deterrent against property crimes. Properties equipped with surveillance systems are less likely targets for potential break-ins, as the presence of cameras increases the risk of perpetrators being apprehended.

“If there are cameras on your property make sure they are in working order, they are a great asset and deterrent for these kinds of crimes. If someone is choosing a residence to break into, they are much less likely to pick one that has cameras as it increases the likelihood that they will be caught,” added Cst. Butler.

The RCMP encourages property owners to take proactive measures to safeguard their belongings and residences against theft or break-ins. By conducting thorough inspections, documenting valuable items, and ensuring the functionality of surveillance systems, property owners can better protect themselves and their properties from criminal activities.

On March 1, at approximately 7:35 pm, Emerson RCMP received a call of a deceased male inside a residence on 2nd Street in Emerson. Officers attended and located a 48year-old male from the community deceased as a result of homicide. The deceased was the resident of the home.

RCMP Major Crime Service’s investigators attended to Emerson. Investigation quickly determined this was an isolated incident and there was no risk to public safety. The victim and the suspect were known to each other.

On March 3, Ryan Wiens, 28, of Steinbach was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder.

Although the current charges have not been proven in court as of yet, Wiens is no stranger to running afoul of the law.

In 2019 Wiens plead guilty in a Yorkton Saskatchewan Provincial Court to a variety of offences, including a theft of a cellphone, robbery of a Manitoba Canadian Tire location, uttering threats, breaking and entering a rural home, possession of stolen property, including antiques and a stolen Dodge Caravan, possession of tools to used to break into a home and the theft of a charity mug holding over $100 from the Esterhazy A&W.

The Saskatchewan offences occurred on February 27, while the ones out of Manitoba occurred on May 5, 2018, with the theft of the cellphone, and in December of 2018 for the robbery of the Canadian Tire location, which also involved violence against an employee. At that time, Wiens was sentenced to a total of 18 months in prison.

Additionally, just before Christmas of 2023, Wiens faced multiple charges including Obstruction, Resisting Arrest, Impaired Driving and refusal to provide a breath sample following a single vehicle accident in Steinbach.

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Municipal Private Well Water Testing Available for Residents

The Seine Rat Roseau Watershed (SRRWD) is extending a helping hand to residents by offering private well water testing for the presence of E. coli and coli form bacteria. This initiative aims to ensure the safety and quality of drinking water for residents who rely on private wells.

Residents interested in availing themselves of this service can benefit from the provincially subsidized cost of private well water testing, set at $25, including tax. Each location is eligible for one sample per well per year, provided the individual is the owner of the well, and the sample must be the first since April 1 of 2024.

Payment for the testing can be made in cash or by cheque only, with cheques payable to Horizon Lab Ltd.

To facilitate the process, water sample bottles and application forms can be obtained in advance at your municipal office. It’s crucial to note that water samples must be taken on the same day as the drop-off. Samples should be submitted at your participating municipal office before 10 am, accompanied by completed Chain of Custody and SRRWD Application forms, along with the correct payment. Only samples accompanied by the appropriate payment and completed forms will be accepted.

Residents are encouraged to mark their calendars for the RM Private Well Water Testing Days scheduled for Thursday, May 23, and Thursday, June 27.

Drop-off locations for the samples are conveniently located across various municipalities:

- SRRWD Steinbach office, 154 Friesen Ave, Steinbach

- RM of De Salaberry, 466 Sabourin St, St.


- RM of Emerson-Franklin, 115 Waddell Ave East, Dominion City

- RM of Hanover, 28 Westland Dr, Mitchell

- RM of Piney, 6092 Boundary St, Vassar

- RM of Ritchot, 352 Main St, St. Adolphe

- RM of Ste. Anne, 395 Traverse Road, Ste.


- RM of Stuartburn, 108 Main St N, Vita

- RM of Tache, 28007 Mun 52N (corner of Hwy 206 & Trans Canada)

- Town of Niverville, 329 Bronstone Dr, Niverville

- Town of Ste. Anne, 14 Central Ave, Ste.

Anne For further information, residents can contact SRRWD at 204-326-1030, email administrator@srrwd.ca, or visit their website at srrwd.ca.


Hello everyone, I hope that you are having a great week.

I recently encountered an incident that has left me scratching my head.

I was recently at work when I spotted a person that I had worked with in the past walking in the building. He was facing away from me and, since it had been a couple of years since we’d last spoken, I was excited to talk with him and catch up. Excitedly, I walked over to him and said hello to him. I was shocked when he turned around and merely said, “Hey.” Like a flash of lightning I realized two things that rocked me back onto my heels. I realized that within that one word response of his, and the tone with which it had been delivered, that this man that I once called a friend had 1) already seen me working here and 2) that he did not want to talk to me.

I was shocked.

Despite realizing that this man and I were no longer friends I thought we were, I continued to be courteous and we awkwardly chatted about the work we did; I did not feel the need to elaborate on my higher position at my new employment when he talked about his elevated status at his. Within seconds of chatting with someone that I had looked forward to talking with, my thoughts and feelings toward this person had completely changed. We soon parted ways.

One thing that I often do after talking to people is to reflect back on the conversa-

tion and evaluate it for merit. Was the conversation pleasant and uplifting or was I left with a negative feeling and torn down within? An imaginary plus or minus sign can be seen within my mind whenever I think back over the encounter at later dates.

This encounter had really surprised me because, not only had this man and I worked together for years at two different companies, we had gone on several fishing trips and I had even helped him build a shed at his home. While it may be that I merely read the situation incorrectly, I do not feel that this is the case. When I look back on our previous time together and evaluate those times, I am left wondering if maybe there had always been a touch of smug superiority in his voice and in the way he had treated me.


Thankfully, within my current circle of friends, I have the support and love of those that truly care for me and make the effort to build a person up instead of tearing them down. I do wonder how many people out there realize that their “jokes” and their “humourous remarks” are actually tearing a person down. Given long enough, one small cut at a time can drain a person of their happiness, their confidence and their motivation to grow and to learn. After all, poking someone that you supposedly love in the belly and saying, “what’s with this?” will not make the person feel better about their weight gain and it will definitely make the person think twice before wanting to spend any time with you.

I look forward to chatting with you again next month and I hope that we can all be more aware of whether we are tearing the people around us down or we are building them up.

Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

Country Tales: That’s Bull

At around seven years young, Brandy, my tan cocker spaniel, and I walked the short trail to our farm’s pond. Grandpa and I used to walk around the bush looking for cow skulls to bring back so I knew the way.

He always said check the gate. Meh, the gate’s always closed why bother? At the pond’s edge I tried catching the largest tad poles I had ever seen. Just like us, they ate well on the farm.

While minding my own business and sinking deeper in the muck I hear a snort of sorts. Across the dugout was our angry, ring in his nose, cream coloured Charolais bull. This was my cue to get moving. With a hefty stomp he started to run around the pond in our direction.

“Brandy run!” I yelled while taking off for my life.

I bolted through the trees towards the pole barn. I slid under the bottom fence board into the cow pen and he came running right through the wooden gate. I ducked back under and pulled the gate closed behind him with all my might.

Maybe grandpa told me he was out, maybe I should have checked the gate, maybe I had air between my ears and missed the memo. I never told him I messed up but the gate was closed now.

Always listen to grandpa when he talks, he may know a thing or two even if you think it’s bull.

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*Not the actual bull

Aethos Wins Hardware Galore at Local Tournament

Aethos Taekwondo from both Lorette and Ste. Anne sent competitors to the 3rd annual Victory Cup Championships Invitational Taekwondo Tournament held on March 16 at the Louis Riel Arts & Technology Centre in St. Boniface.

The local clubs were two of almost a dozen clubs to participate and it provided their young students an opportunity to showcase the skills honed over many months of training.

Aethos Taekwondo, for the first time, sent a contingent of fifty students, twenty-five from each branch. This almost equalled half of the total tournament competitors of 110.

It was expected that, with the majority of competitors, Aethos Taekwondo would top the medals standings. Collectively they won 99 medals - 34 Gold, 33 Silver, and 32 Bronze. The most significant aspect for Melody Tardiff and Master Lionel Bernier was that their students were all encouraged to compete which allowed the young students to experience the excitement and thrill of a Taekwondo tournament. The intent was to encourage all belt ranks and ages to compete as a life lesson that they would cherish.

Following their success, the students are already excited to compete at the upcoming Community Challenge Invitational Taekwondo Tournament in June.

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(L to R) Denis Bivol, Devon Nichol, Gaiden Bernier, Camryn Redhead and Reese Paul. Back row: Nicholas, Hope Daniels, Kaiden Neufeld, Rynn Todd, Anna Marie Rivest, Hadi Dajani, Janelle Schreyer, Zara Desmarais. Third row: Colton Neufeld, Théodore Desmarais, Casia Schreyer, Melody Tardiff, David Lemoing, Rya Bernier. Second row (left): Eathen Caron & Chase Caron. Second row (right): Kolton Caron & Finley Chislett-Funk. Front row: Corbin Woodhall, Xavier Sarrasin, Conner Caron-Chaput, Quinton Sarrasin, Shaniah Alger, Aubree Woodhall, Tyler Caron, Alice Leclair. Back row: Jocelyn Kropodra, Anna Diadiun, Sara Ammeter, Reid Ammeter, Rhames Martin, Antony Bobrowski, Angelina Bobrowski, Madeline Steele, Ana Bivol, Béatrice Bohémier. Seated: Abbigail Keen, Master Elisabeth Fust, Master Lionel Bernier, Edric Comia. Second row: Lexie Noël, Julienne Gloria, Daniel Bivol, Frederik Kehoe, Julien Comia. Front row: Jerren Gloria, Julian Bye, Smith Wiebe, Levi Martin, Vivaan Thakur. Photos submitted by Lionel Bernier
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