Dawson Trail Dispatch December 2017

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Breakfast with Santa a Hit in St. Malo

On December 2, Santa dropped in a bit early to say hello to the children in St. Malo when the St. Malo & District Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Breakfast with Santa. The breakfast was one of many holiday events that took place throughout southern Manitoba. Other events included craft and bake sales in Gardenton, Richer and Woodridge, a community Christmas concert in Sprague, and parade and tree lighting in Lorette.

Hampers Spread Holiday Cheer By Marianne Curtis In response to the growing need to make Christmas special for everyone, several organizations throughout the region are devoting their efforts to make this happen. Donations of all kinds including food, toys and gifts for children from newborn to teens are still needed by all these organizations. Monetary donations and volunteers are always needed to assist each community organization with sorting, packing and delivery. The Dawson Trail Dispatch has compiled a list of organizations that are providing Christmas Hampers this year in various areas. Anyone needing a hamper or knowing someone in need is encouraged to contact any of these organizations. RM of Ste. Anne, Town of Ste. Anne and Richer residents: Can call Claudette Lavack 204-422-5508 or email lavackc@ mymts.net or Armande Leclair at 204-422-8128 or 204-3714984 arleclr@mymts.net. RM of Tache: For hampers in Lorette, Rosewood, Dufresne, Ross and Ste. Genevieve, call Irene Bialek at 204878-3562. For Landmark only, call Claire at 355-4498. Registrations will be accepted until Wednesday, December 13. RM of De Salaberry including St. Malo, Dufrost, Otterburne and St. Pierre-Jolys: Call Marcelle/Robert Lahaie 204-433-7227 or email requests to robmarlahaie@gmail. com. RM of Stuartburn including Vita, Arbakka, Caliento, Gardenton, Lonesand, Sirko, Stuartburn: Contact Elda Loeppky 204-425-3105 or Jane Roman 204-425-7742 jmroman@ mymts.net. RM of Ritchot including Ile des Chenes, St. Adolphe, and Grande Pointe: Available from the IDC Foodbank at 204878-3189 or 204-878-2455. RM of Reynolds including Hadashville, Prawda, McMunn, East Braintree, Rennie, Molson/Julius, Ste. Rita, Reynolds Ponds and Whitemouth: Call Elsie Henderson 204-348-2313. RM of Piney including Sprague, Vassar, South Junction, Menisino, Wampum, Piney, Middlebro: Call Victor & Shawny Prevost 204-437-2600 or email vsprevo@mts.net. Grunthal Caring Hands Foodbank is serving Grunthal, Kleefeld, Pansy and Sarto: Contact Tracy Klippenstein at 204-371-1409, tracyklippenstein@gmail.com or Liz Heese at 204-434-6718 heese1@mymts.net. Niverville and New Bothwell: Recipients can register online only at nivervillehelpinghands.org. Steinbach Community Christmas Hamper is for residents of the City of Steinbach, RM of La Broquerie including La Broquerie, Marchand, Zhoda, and RM of Piney including Sandilands, St. Labre and Woodridge: Contact 204-3802093 or steinbachcommunitychristmas@gmail.com. For residents in the RM of Franklin including Arnaud, Tolstoi, Ridgeville, Woodmore, Greenridge, Carlowrie, Dominion City, Rosa, Roseau River: Contact Linda Steinert 204-427-2622 or linda@mynetset.com.

Pansy Barn Fire Claims Thousands of Hogs By Marianne Curtis

Approximately 7,500 sows and weanlings died in a $4.5 million blaze near Pansy earlier in November.

On November 10, an evening barn blaze claimed about 7,500 pigs when fire broke out in a three-structure complex near Pansy. According to RM of Hanover Fire Chief Paul Wiebe there was about 3,000 sows and 6,000 weanlings on site when the fire broke out. RM of Hanover fire crews from

Grunthal, Kleefeld and New Bothwell responded to the blaze at a hog operation just north of the community of Pansy around 6:45 am. “One of the barns was completely involved with fire and it was quickly spreading to the second barn,” said Wiebe. While the loss of life was high, fire crews managed to successfully save about 1,500 sows. “Our crews did a fantastic job trying to save the one barn that housed those 1,500 sows and we were able

to stop [the fire] before it reached them,” Wiebe added. Wiebe confirmed that employees who were in the barns when the fire started were able to get out. No one was injured in the incident. The Office of the Fire Commissioner determined the fire was caused by a mechanical issue and deemed it as accidental. Damages to the buildings and loss of livestock are estimated at $4.5 million.

Open Health Opens in Niverville By Marianne Curtis On November 5, the community celebrated the official grand opening of a new 5,000 sq ft medical clinic in Niverville. An official ribbon cutting took place as part of the Niverville Heritage Centre’s annual fundraising gala, which featured guest speaker, Wilma Derksen. Open Health Niverville is located on the ground floor of the Niverville Holding’s life lease project. The project is a joint partnership between the Niverville Heritage Centre, Niverville Medical Clinic, the Town of Niverville, Southern Health – Sante Sud and Manitoba Health. The new primary care access centre, which has been open since September, is a single access point to appropriate health care services for the community and the region. The long-term plan is to move towards

The ribbon is cut to declare that the new Open Health Clinic in Niverville is officially open.

24-hour access, 7 days a week. Dr. Chris Burnett, one of the founders of the Niverville Primary Health Care Team said the new clinic was driven by the need for more space so the community can attract more doctors in the future. “We are hoping to get doctors to do a few shifts in the mornings, a few mornings of the week,” Burnette explained. “Some might even want to do evenings.” While not all of the services may have 24-hour availability, the hope would be to move towards extended

hour accessibility. Services available at Open Health Niverville include access to primary care clinicians, such as physicians, nurse practitioners or physician assistants. It will also include access to the primary health care nurse, lab services, chronic disease team, public health, Family First program and Mental Health services. Over the next five years, funds raised at the annual Heritage Centre Gala will go towards the interior finishing on the center. The cost is estimated to be $500,000.

Community-Based Employment Programs Get Funding

Several community based employment programs in southern Manitoba were recently named funding recipients of a $25 million community-based training and employment program. The provincial fund helps these organizations provide services to more than 20,400 unemployed and low-income Manitobans by improving their skills and employment opportunities. Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart said the province made the investment to help Manitobans prepare for better jobs and brighter futures. “These partnerships help build new pathways to employment by connecting those who are looking for work with in-demand jobs in Manitoba,” said Wishart. Most of the community-based service providers are not-for-profit, including St. Pierre en Boom for Baby Boomers in Action. The organization, which assists older individuals between 55 - 64 years of age return to the workforce, is receiving $503,856 for their program. In Steinbach, Eastman Employment Services received $37,748 for the Association of Community Living – Steinbach Branch. Inc. The organization offers employment assistance to people with intellectual, social, physical and learning disabilities as well as mental health issues or other barriers to employment. Opening Doors to Success will receive $252,290 in funding so they can offer their Employability Skills Enhancement Program. This program helps people gain the skills they require to gain employment by helping them get a drivers license and career readiness. The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce is also receiving $49,871 for an Employment Facilitator for Immigrants.

Justin Trudeau is Weak on Terrorism Justin Trudeau is weak on terrorism and that weakness is putting Canadians at risk. It should go without saying that the Government of Canada has a responsibility to keep Canadians safe from those who wish to do us harm. This week, the Liberals have shown once again just how naïve and dangerous their thinking is when it comes to radical Islamic terrorism. It is a disturbing fact that some Canadian citizens leave our country to join ISIS: choosing to fight against everything Canada stands for. These radicalized individuals travel to war zones and commit heinous atrocities. They hold women and children hostage, sometimes sexually abusing and torturing them. They murder and execute innocent people. They impose their will through unspeakable violence. And then some return to Canada. Government estimates indicate that more than 200 Canadians have left Canada to fight with ISIS. Around 60 of these individuals have now returned to Canada and more are likely on their way. The Liberal plan to deal with these returning terrorists is to reform them and “reintegrate” them into Canadian society. In true Liberal form, despite admissions from both the Prime Minister and the Public Safety Minister that these efforts are unlikely to succeed, they still plan to spend $35 million on terrorist reintegration efforts. That includes the $367,000 the Liberals have already given to one initiative which creates podcasts and poetry as a means to counter radical beliefs. This is the same Liberal Government that apologized to convicted terrorist Omar Khadr and awarded him $10.5 million, setting a dangerous precedent. Since then two other terrorists, cit-

ing the Khadr award, have filed suit against the Canadian Government seeking reparations in the amount of $150 million. Terrorists should not be reintegrated into our country. They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent and put in jail. Terrorists should not receive one penny of the tax dollars paid by peaceful, honest, hardworking Canadians. Our previous Conservative Government passed a law stripping terrorists of their Canadian citizenship. Had the Liberals embraced this common sense measure we would not find ourselves at risk now. Unfortunately, the Liberals chose to repeal that law, prompting the situation we now find ourselves in. This is the same Government that has made no effort to secure our border. Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are weak on terrorism and security. They aren’t listening to Canadians and their actions are jeopardizing the safety of our citizens. I encourage all citizens to write to the Minister of Public Safety and urge him not follow through with this dangerous and foolhardy course of action and to put the safety and needs of peaceful, law-abiding Canadians first. For more information on this or any issue please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1-866-333-1933 or at 204-326-9889. Visit me on Facebook at Facebook.com/TedFalkMP. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12N, Steinbach MB, R5G 1T4, email me at ted.falk.c1@parl.gc.ca or visit my website at tedfalk.ca.

Do You Cry or Do You Smile? To catalogue all of last year’s disappointments on the world stage and at home would be a long litany and painful reminder of our world gone awry and yet there is potential for things to get worse, but hopefully better. On the local scene just small concerns which may or may not come to fruition. The closing of emergency centres and added constraints to the ambulance budget may turn out to be counter-productive for health of the white haired crowd, and we are getting more numerous by the day. Nobody should blame us for getting a little nervous. The continuous squabbling with Feds on carbon taxes and the marijuana files could have been elevated to an adult level, as both of these must first recognize health of our planet is a very important subject and second, recognizing the failure of prohibition long ago proved to be, a social problem followed, by, yes some necessary legal constraints.

On the Federal scene the subject of our treatment of indigenous people by our continuing embedded biases and prejudices are proving to be embarrassing to “old stock” Canadians as it deservedly should be, murdered and missing women is proving shameful to all male Canadians including indigenous males. The sweeping away of native children to be adopted without their parents consent demonstrates the unbelievable malicious arrogance of our past. If there was ever meant to be a reason for Canadian multiculturalism, this is it! For those of us who still have a tough time with different mixtures of chromosomes in human bodies, tough banana. This apology from the Feds was a good start. For those who speak in the name of (their) God, “Who does not make mistakes remember”. So ask of Him why the quaint rearrangement of chromosomes where one size does not fit all? I expect the answer will be, “None of your business deal with it.”

Globally, it’s what one might call a SNAFU. The President of the USA is frightening. This is most unique position in the world requires the utmost penchant for diplomacy and restraint, and yet this responsibility was bestowed upon him by 40 million people; still very difficult to digest. His ego and the world reality are continually clashing. A faux pas from this strangely coiffed individual could quickly turn into a world catastrophe where upon too much carbon would be of little consequence compared to radioactive fallout. Yes there is a magnitude of other blunders he is creating, exacerbating or ignoring with his narcissism, ego and tweeting, much too numerous document here. History will be ugly to write. Yet I must still wish the spirit of Christmas to one and all as I gratefully accept the wishes of other people of good will, and sincerest hope and health for 2018.

Reforming Manitoban’s Future It was my pleasure in November to present Ste. Anne resident Donald Hrynyk to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly as a Dawson Trail hero. I had the opportunity to meet Donald recently through Take Your MLA to Work Day. Donald has worked at Normandeau Sheet Metal in Ste. Anne for more than three years and in that period has missed only one day of work. Donald’s position at Normandeau is arranged through Eastman Employment Services (EES), a not-forprofit organization that connects employers to job seekers with diverse abilities. EES’s efforts in Dawson Trail have created opportunities for persons like Donald to work independently and successfully, to the benefit of employee and employer. Way to go, Donald! And thank you to EES for the positive work you do.

Separately, I want to congratulate Kelvin Goertzen, our province’s Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living, on the passing of our Manitoba government’s Medical Assistance in Dying Act. There has been a strong desire in the Dawson Trail constituency to see this legislation, Bill 34, passed and I am pleased to have supported it. During this new legislative session, we are enacting an ambitious plan for long-term measures to fix our finances, improve our services and rebuild our economy. We are especially proud of our new Climate and Green Plan, made by and for Manitobans. Our Climate and Green Plan is a much better fit for the primarily rural and agriculturally strong constituency of Dawson Trail than the Federal carbon tax planned by the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. As well, our reforms to health-care services are reducing wait times at

emergency departments. We have recruited more physicians to rural Manitoba, improved co-ordination of medical services and broadened access to mental health, addictions and chronic care treatment. With our newly introduced legislation to reform Child and Family Services, we will decrease the number of children in care through new programs and partnerships. Change is not easy, but we must make these changes so Manitoba can be a better place for generations to come. Stay up to date by following me on Facebook. If you have questions or comments, I can be reached at 204807-4663 or by e-mail at bob.lagasse@ leg.gov.mb.ca.

US-Canada Border Residents Join to Oppose Changes to Crossings Hours By Marianne Curtis Provencher MP Ted Falk is urging residents to oppose proposed changes by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which will ultimately affect the Lancaster, Minnesota crossing (Tolstoi), and Port of Roseau (South Junction) crossings. According to US Customs and Border Protection, the ports of Lancaster and Roseau were identified for modification of operational hours to realign resources to workload. The proposed changes stipulate that as of January 7, 2018, the Lancaster crossing will be closed from 4 pm instead of 10 pm and the Port of Roseau, which coincides with the Canadian Port of South Junction will operate from the hours of 8 am to 8 pm instead of 8 am to midnight as it does currently.

During early November town hall meetings hundreds of concerned residents from both sides of the border attended public meetings held in both Lancaster and Roseau to voice their concerns to representatives from CBP. CBP representatives promised to review their decision, which is scheduled to be implemented on January 7, 2018. “While there are no plans as of yet to match these changes on the Canadian side of the border, these changes to the hours of operation on the US side will seriously impact Canadian travellers,” stated Falk. “I have written to the acting Commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection agency in Washington DC to express our concerns regarding the change in hours of these two ports of entry.” The letter contained other signatures as well, including Emerson

Addressing the Past Challenges for the Future Since my previous column in the Dispatch, our government has been busy making Manitoba the most improved province in Canada. On November 21, we opened the third session of the 41st Manitoba legislature with the Speech from the Throne. The speech is basically a blueprint of the government’s goals for the near future – in this case, an ambitious plan to fix our finances, improve our services and rebuild our economy. Under the previous government, Manitoba was on a path that was unsustainable. We know change is not always easy, but without change, we would not be able to make Manitoba a better place for generations to come. We recently introduced our Climate and Green Plan, made by Manitobans for Manitobans. The four pillars of climate, jobs, water and nature are its foundations. With these pillars, our plan will achieve a balance between the environmental and economic objectives of our province. For a better look at this plan, I encourage everyone to visit ManitobaClimateGreenPlan.ca. Other steps we are taking in sustainable development include legislation to strengthen conservation in watersheds, a licensing regime for water management and collaboration with landowners to conserve wetlands. We are also improving public services. In health care, we are spending $450 million more than the previous government did in its last year. Our reforms to clinical services are reducing wait times in emergency departments. We have decreased ambulance fees with a commitment to reduce them further. In emergency medical services, our government is reducing a reliance on on-call and callback staff by hiring 29 new paramedics. As well, we are reforming Child and Family Services and will significantly reduce the number of kids in care. We are addressing the challenges that were ignored or mishandled by the previous government far too long. We need to make tough decisions with ambition and courage to do better for Manitobans. As this is my last Dispatch column of the year, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season. It’s the time of year to enjoy family and friends and give thanks for what we have. If you can, share with others to make this holiday season one that all can enjoy. As always, I look forward to hearing from you with your questions or concerns. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204-424-5406, at my legislature office at 204-945-4339 or dennis.smook@leg.gov.mb.ca.

MLA Cliff Graydon, La Verendrye Dennis Smook, Rural Municipality of Emerson-Franklin Greg Janzen, RM of Piney Reeve Wayne Anderson and RM of Stuartburn Reeve Jim Swidersky. The letter requested that the decision to change the hours of operation at these two ports of entry be reversed, so that the free flow of traffic can continue as residents on both sides of the border have come to expect. Residents are urged to continue to voice their opinion on the changes by contacting the US Customs and Border Protection at: US Customs and Border Protection - Lancaster, 4151 Hwy 59, Lancaster, MN 56735, Phone (218)762-4100 or US Customs and Border Protection – Roseau, 41967 State Hwy 310, Roseau, MN 56751-8002, Phone (218)4632054.

Seine River Gets Funds for School Expansion By Marianne Curtis Seine River School Division students who attend La Salle School will soon benefit from a major addition and renovation, which includes a new stand-alone childcare centre. The project is a 15,638 sq ft. addition to the school that will include six regular classrooms and a new 5,300 sq ft. gym and is expected to increase the capacity from 354 to 450 students. The existing gym will be renovated into a library and kindergarten room, while the current undersized library will be renovated into a life-skills suite. The new 40-seat, 3,600 sq ft. childcare centre will be located on the school site, adjacent to the school. Greg Reid, Trustee, Seine River School Division said they appreciate the support of the Manitoba government in providing this much-needed school expansion, renovation and childcare space. “The new space will provide

long-term stability for educational service for the school and growing community of La Salle,” said Reid. La Salle School is a kindergarten to Grade 8 English school with a September 2017 enrollment of 354 students. It was built in 1991 with additions in 1996, 1999 and 2010, and is the only school in the community. Enrollment has increased to 354 in 2017 from 246 students in 2005 and expected to increase to 411 students by 2020 due to new housing starts and subdivision developments. In its current state, the school has room for only 325 students. Construction is set to begin in early 2018 with an anticipated completion date of April 2019. The project will meet the Manitoba Green Building Policy and will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver and Manitoba Power Smart designation.

Dog Found in Taped Box Near Ste. Agathe By Marianne Curtis

Re-named Gimli, this little dog was found taped in a box at the bottom of a ditch near Ste. Agathe.

On November 13, a little white dog was found in a taped-up cardboard box in the ditch near Ste. Agathe. Ile des Chenes resident April Pelland, who works with Save A Dog Network, said that she was contacted by an RM of Ritchot Councilor after someone found the dog taped up in a vacuum cleaner box. She figured the intact male dog is a wire haired West Highland cross, about two years and thirty-pounds. When found, the dog did not have any collar or tattoo. “We would love to find the owners who threw him in a ditch taped inside a box and left to freeze or starve to death,” Pelland stated. “He is in foster and under rescue care.” The dog was found along Highway 305, east of Ste. Agathe. “It was beyond disturbing. [The Councillor] said a couple of residents had actually driven by the box, we found out after, but one resident saw the box move and

was suspicious,” she told media. “I can’t wrap my head around locking this dog inside of a vacuum box and just chucking him into a ditch.” Unfortunately, being in the rural area, dumping unwanted pets and finding boxes of puppies or kittens is not uncommon, Pelland noted. “We see it too often,” said the Ile des Chenes resident. Now re-named Gimli, the little dog is staying with the Pelland family until he is moved to a rescue agency, unless an owner can be found. When a dog is found, all efforts are made to find the owners; including searching for social media lost and found sites. When efforts fail, animals are vetted, and rehomed through reputable rescue organizations to capable owners. Pelland reminds animal owners that there are other ways of finding a new home for an unwanted animal instead of just abandoning the animal someplace on its own.

Student Gardens Support Ste. Anne Food Bank

Students enthusiastically plant community gardens in front of École Pointe-des-Chênes, as part of a partnership where three local schools grow produce to donate to the Ste. Anne Food Bank.

By Marianne Curtis The produce grown in three community gardens by local students is helping fill the shelves of the Ste. Anne Food Bank. The three community gardens were built and maintained by local students through a partnership between the Accueil Kateri Centre Ste-Anne Food, the Richer School, Ste. Anne Collegiate, École Pointe-des-Chênes and Southern Health/Santé Sud. Suzanne Ritchot, on behalf of Accueil Kateri Centre Ste-Anne Food explained that the project was initiated by Southern Health/Santé Sud in 2016. “They had a Healthy Living Grant, so the first community gardens were established at the Richer School, and Ste. Anne Collegiate two summers ago,” Ritchot explained. “When more grant money was available, they added École Pointe-desChênes.” Under the direction of retired teacher and Food Bank board member René Dupuis the gardens have thrived, Ritchot added. “He volunteered his time to tend the gardens over the summer months and that is just one of the many things he’s done.” Carpentry students from Ste. Anne Collegiate built the raised gardens, which are located on the grounds of each school. In the classroom,

students plan, plant and tends the gardens until harvest time. “Each classroom gets a bed and the kids get to enjoy planting gardens at school, plus it is helping the community,” Ritchot continued. “Volunteers even tend the gardens over the summer months.” This year over 400 pounds of potatoes, beets, carrots, lettuce and tomatoes grown in these three gardens were donated to the Ste-Anne Food Bank. “We are grateful for this gesture of sharing and compassion and for their contribution towards helping families who are going through difficult times,” Ritchot added. “We are very grateful to our communities; they have been super generous and we have been very fortunate.” The donation made to the Food Bank amounts to only a portion of the total crop grown by the students. Some of the produce is kept by the schools for use in the school lunch programs. Accueil Kateri Centre Inc., which opened in May 2015, provides food bank services to families in need within the boundaries of the Rural Municipality of Ste-Anne and the Town of Ste-Anne. The Food Bank is open every second Wednesday at 32 Central Avenue Ste-Anne distributes up to five meals worth of food per registered client.

Enzo and RCMP Partner Locate Lost Hunters On November 23, a 12-year-old boy and his dad went hunting northeast of Marchand in the RM of Reynolds. They had a charged cell phone when they left their vehicle on a side road and headed into the woods. After several hours of being lost, the two hunters called Steinbach RCMP at approximately 4 pm. When officers located the hunters’ vehicle, they saw there were tracks. Police Dog Enzo and his handler were called in to assist. After three hours of tracking, Enzo led police to the hunters, who

RCMP Police Dog Enzo

were found healthy with no injuries. It took the group another two hours of hiking through the woods, led by Enzo, to get back to safety. “Thankfully, this situation ended well. The hunters were prepared and able to call for assistance,” said Tara Seel of the Manitoba RCMP. “The importance of our Police Dog Services cannot be overstated; police dog Enzo and his handler were integral to this rescue.” Before heading into the wilderness, the RCMP reminds everyone to ensure someone knows your starting point and the time you expect to be back, always make sure you are dressed for the elements, bring fire starting gear, bring a trail map if is one available and pay attention to specific landmarks. When you call for assistance, make sure you stay in one location so searchers can locate you. Always bring a fully charged cell phone even if there is no service in the area, it could help police narrow down your location.

Stuartburn Looks into Animal Control The person applying for the job The RM of Stuartburn is looking According to Council, there is to contract someone capable of no closing date for the position as must be able to provide humane care providing the municipality with council plans on finding the right and housing for any animals taken into their facility, stated council. animal control and boarding. candidate for the job.

Watch for Stolen Truck On October 15 Steinbach RCMP responded to a report of a stolen grey 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie Truck bearing Manitoba plate GUK903 from a residence on Giesbrecht St in

Steinbach. The vehicle was stolen between October 13 and October 15. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach

RCMP Detachment at 204326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Sod Turned on Ste. Agathe Industrial Park

The sod is turned to kick off construction of Phase 3 in the Riel Industrial Park in Ste Agathe.

Development of Phase 3 in the Riel Industrial Park, St. Agathe began on November 23 with an official ground breaking ceremony. The sod turning officially kicked off development of the $1.8 million project, which will create five highway commercial, and 20 light industrial lots along Highway 75 and 305. The Riel Industrial Park is a community owned industrial and commercial centre, owned by the Ste Agathe Community Development Inc. According to Riel Industrial Park President Shaun Crew, the park expansion was needed after the Park reached capacity after the final sale of lots to Flying J and Delmar Commodities out of Winkler. “The Phase 3 expansion is a result of continued demand for space in the park,” said Crew. The majority of the funding for this project came

from the sale of lots in phase one and two. The Riel Industrial Park was conceptualized back in 1998 following the Flood of 97 when Ste. Agathe was consumed by the Red River. Afterwards the park was set out as the community negotiated for dike extensions and realignments. The expansion of the Riel Industrial Park is expected to optimize business growth and future employment in Ste Agathe, and the Municipality of Ritchot. It is already the home to the newly expanded Hemp Oil Canada. Now that the sod has been turned, water and sewer lines, roads, ditches and fire hydrants will start being installed. Lots are expected to be ready for occupation in the spring of 2018. Because of the expansion, approximately 250 jobs will be created locally.

Bothwell Cheese Wins Grand Champion

Pictured (Left-Right): Christina Henley, Clara Gerbrand, Bonita Fehr, Mary Wall, Martha Neufeld, Theo Driedger, Angela Mollard, Reinhold Sawatzky, Nick Friesen, Levi Falk, Nathan Dueck, Daniel Laluan, Jonathan Swatzky, Kristina Vranovic and Paul Meyer.

Manitoba’s Bothwell Cheese took top spots with their 2-YearOld White Cheddar and Non-GMO Project Verified Medium White Cheddar cheese last week at the 90th Annual British Empire Cheese Show held in Toronto, Ontario. The company also took second place with its Mild Cheddar and third place with its Marble Cheddar. Started in New Bothwell in 1936 by a group of local dairy farmers, Bothwell Cheese has grown steadily over the last 81 years from a small dairy cooperative to one of Canada’s largest independently owned cheese manufacturers. Bothwell Cheese prides itself on providing Canadians with premium cheese made with all-natural ingredients, and 100 per cent pure Canadian

milk. “To compete with the best cheese producers in Canada and be recognized is testament to our team’s dedication to quality and something as a family we can all be proud of,” said Kevin Thomson, President, Bothwell Cheese. “We work hard and are passionate about producing quality cheese and to be recognized for it is such an achievement,” said Nathan Dueck, Production Manager, Bothwell Cheese. “To accomplish this, it truly takes a team effort.” In December 2017, Bothwell Cheese will launch its now awardwinning Non-GMO Project Verified Medium White Cheddar that was made with milk from dairy cows that are fed non-GMO crops.

Weather Cameras Expected to Improve Driver Safety By Marianne Curtis Drivers can expect to have better highway information this winter now that the provincial government has agreed to install 25 new road condition cameras throughout Manitoba. Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler said the addition of 25 road condition cameras will help Manitobans see what conditions are like before they put their keys in the ignition. The additional cameras have already been added to the Manitoba 511 system, including images available on the Manitoba 511 website and mobile app, Schuler confirmed. “There are a total of 33 camera locations around the province, upload still images at regular intervals to provide a snapshot of current road conditions,” said Schuler. “Winter driving in Manitoba can be challenging and change rapidly, so it’s a good idea to check the weather and road conditions before heading out.”

The cameras are in strategic locations along provincial highways, including four along the Trans-Canada Highway (PTH 1) at¬ Deacons Corner, West Hawk, Hadashville, west of PTH 12. A fifth camera in the region is being installed on Highway 75 at Ste. Agathe. In addition to the cameras, Manitoba Infrastructure operates a fleet of 205 plow trucks, 108 graders and 80 wheel loaders, with approximately 500 employees working together to clear 19,000 km of provincial roads. All provincial highways are inspected regularly during the winter to determine if action is needed and provide current information on road conditions for motorists. After a snowfall, the first priority is to clear the highway lanes to restore safe traffic flows as quickly as possible in the affected areas. Removal of snow from areas adjacent to traffic lanes occurs during daylight hours once traffic flows are restored. Drivers are also encouraged to participate in MPI’s winter tire program, which helps Manitobans equip their vehicles with winter tires. For information on road conditions or highway safety, visit manitoba511.ca, call 511 or follow the Twitter account for road closures at twitter.com/MBGovRoads. A Manitoba 511 app is now available for download from the Manitoba residents’ portal at residents.gov.mb.ca/ apps/511.

Judicial Review Drops Charges Against Vic Toews By Marianne Curtis The Canadian Judicial Council has completed its review of the conduct of Vic Toews determining that the issues do not warrant any further intervention, for reasons laid out in the letter dismissing the matter. The allegations of conflict of interest and breach of the post-employment rules for public office holders, which formed the basis of the Ethics Commissioner’s Report, took place prior to Justice Toews’ appointment to the Bench. In her Report, the Ethics Commissioner found that Toews provided services under a contract to the Norway House Cree Nation before he became a judge. She held that Justice Toews, when he was a Minister, had direct and significant dealings with them during his last year in office. She also found that, as a consultant, he had acted on behalf of the Peguis First Nation, a party that was seeking relief against a decision in which he have been involved as a Minister of the Crown. After the Ethics Commissioner’s report was made public, two complaints were made to Council, alleging that Toews demonstrated a lack of integrity and suggesting he should be removed from office. The matter was reviewed by Justice Christopher Hinkson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia and he found an absence of any information that would suggest an attempt to mislead or reveal conduct incompatible with the duties of judicial office. “Chief Justice Hinkson notes that the commissioner did not make any findings that put into question the integrity, good faith or credibility of Justice Toews,” the council said in a media release. “Upon a full review of all the relevant information, Chief Justice Hinkson found an absence of any information that would suggest an attempt to mislead or reveal con-

duct incompatible with the duties of judicial office.” It was also determined that Toews took some precautions prior to entering into the contract in question, including making enquiries with the Commissioner’s office and discussing restrictions and limitations imposed on his involvement. In April, Canada’s Ethics Commissioner found the former Conservative cabinet minister breached conflict of interest rules by doing consulting work for two Manitoba First Nations after he left office. The report also said Toews broke the rules requiring a two-year cooling off period for providing consultancy services to the Norway House Cree Nation through a company owned by his wife. Toews challenged the decision of the commissioner in court, but dropped the case recently. Toews served as a Provencher MP for nearly 13 years and was in Stephen Harper’s cabinet for 7 1/2 years. He served as president of the treasury board and public safety minister, and was Canada’s justice minister from February 2006 to January 2007.

RCMP Recover Stolen Property On October 30 at approximately 5:04 pm, Steinbach RCMP along with PSD, Cpl. Henderson and Enzo, executed a search warrant at a residence in Mitchell. As a result, six individuals were arrested and numerous items were seized. The items can be described as construction tools and accessories. Seized as well was a prohibited weapon and ammunition. Edward Gallie 46-years-old of Steinbach has been charged for Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Prohibited Weapon, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon and ammunition while prohibited. He has been remanded for court appearance in Winnipeg. All others arrested were released without charge.


Save Taxes in December There are a few things you can do before December 31 to save on your 2017 taxes, but don’t wait ‘till the last minute. The First-Time Donor’s Super Credit ends December 31. If neither you nor your spouse claimed a donation tax credit from 2008 to 2016, you can get a super credit for your donation. If you donate $1,000 to registered charities, it may actually only cost you $300. You could get total tax credits of about 70%. If this applies to you, consider making a “super” donation before December 31. For the rest of us regular donors, I recommend topping up your donations before December 31 so you can use them on your 2017 tax return. You don’t have to claim them all in one year, since the first $200 attracts just a small credit, you can defer claiming them up to five years and get more tax savings. If you have shares or mutual funds that have increased in value in a non-registered account, you can donate some or all of them and not pay taxes on the capital gains if you use an organization like Link Charity. If you collected EI in 2017 and your total income was more than $64,000, consider buying RRSPs to reduce the EI claw back. If you have children under 18 and your family income is under $65,000, buy RRSPs to increase the Canada Child Benefit. Contribute to the family’s Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) and Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) by December 31. If you are 55+, look at your tax brackets and maybe withdraw a bit more from your RRSP or RRIF to get the registered money out at a reasonable tax rate. (Don’t do this by yourself; ask for professional help in estimating your 2017 taxes; this may not save taxes in 2017 but it may in the future). If you are nearing retirement and contributing to a Spousal RRSP, consider doing it by December 31 instead of January or February 2018. If you don’t know why, ask me! If you turned 65 in 2017 and do not have a private pension plan, convert some of your RRSPs to RRIFs and then withdraw $2,000 to take advantage of the Pension Income Credit. December 31 is the deadline to make any changes to your 2007 taxes. Why would you need to? Maybe you qualified for the Disability Tax Credit then, but never claimed it? Maybe you incurred some capital losses that year and didn’t claim them? Or did you move in 2017 to a disability friendly home? Time limited offers! If we need to adjust your 2014 taxes for the Pension Income Splitting, we need to do that before the end of the year; we only have three years to adjust the splitting. If you have not received the $700 credit on your property taxes, we can claim it on your income taxes, but we can only go back three years! The Home Accessibility Tax Credit was new for 2016 to assist seniors and those eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, with certain home renovations such as grab bars, wheelchair ramps, walk-in bathtubs and showers; keep your receipts! Here are some other tax tips for 2017 from the entire Ste Anne Tax Service team: Ruth: Regarding medical travel expenses, keep your 2017 wall or pocket calendar or wherever you record all your doctor appointments. Use a medical log sheet to record the dates, doctor’s name, name of clinic or hospital, and number of km for any appointments more than 40 km one way, and for a medical service you cannot get locally. If you need a log sheet, drop by the office or call or email us for a copy. If you didn’t keep track of all your medical appointments, you can contact Manitoba Health and get a printout for the year. Therese: Regarding prescriptions, we recommend you go to your pharmacy in January and ask for a detailed list for the entire 2017 calendar year for each family member. Easier than keeping all those little receipts! Cheryl: Remember all medical expenses: premiums for health plans you pay through work or pension (keep your end of year paystub or get a letter from your employer if it just says “insurance”), or directly from your bank account (need a receipt or letter), dental, chiropractor, eye exams and glasses, travel health insurance, portion of rent if you are in senior assisted living or supportive housing, laser eye surgery, hearing aids, dentures and any expenses that you pay yourself that is not covered by a health plan (excluding massage therapy). Therese: Students need to get their T2202a Tuition receipt on-line from University or College. Any unused tuition and education credits (MB) can be transferred to a parent, grandparent, spouse, or carry them forward and claim in a future year. Remember once you graduate, you can claim the Manitoba Tuition Fee Income Tax Rebate. And remember to claim your (official) Student Loan Interest as a credit. Cheryl: For those that are self-employed or have rental property, read your vehicle odometer on December 31 and hope you did on January 1 so you know how many km you drove for the entire year (or use some service records to estimate the year). And we need your recorded log of business related trips. Stock up on some supplies so you can claim in 2017 and maybe your capital purchases, too. Start organizing your receipts by category if you haven’t yet, it will be much easier to do it now rather than when you are nearing the filing deadline of June 15. Anni: So many receipts to keep: charitable donations, rent, children’s activities for the fitness and arts (MB only now), RRSPs (remember the March to December 2017 and the January and February 2018 receipts), political donations, child care, union dues and other professional fees, moving expenses if you moved for work or to a more accessible home, transit passes and receipts (to June 30 only) and tools receipts if you are a tradesperson. Darlene: Keep your last pay stub of every year (forever!) in case you pay for disability premiums and can claim them as a deduction in the future if you are ever off work. And your health care premiums may be listed there, too. If you haven’t gone south yet and need Snowbird Mail Service, give us a call and arrange pick up of your mail while you are gone. And remember Service Canada comes to Ste Anne (beside our office) the third Thursday of every month, including December 21. A representative is there to answer any questions you have about CPP and OAS and you can get on-line access too. Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Frohe Weihnachten, Glaedelig Jul from the Ste Anne Tax Service team. Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact us at 204.422.6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or Info@SteAnneTaxService.ca.


Cadets Honour Sacrifice

Members of #307 Stoneybrook Air Cadet Squadron were all in uniform to help with the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Steinbach on November 11. The Colour party lowered the flags for the moment of silence, as well as local air cadets taking opportunities to help serve in different ways, with approximately 50 members of their squadron present. Many poppies were laid in remembrance of the heroes who have, in some way sacrificed their lives, for the freedom we enjoy in this country. Freedom is not free, may we never forget.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives By Marianne Curtis Every household should have working carbon monoxide alarms outside the bedrooms and on every floor in order to protect against poisoning by the colourless, odourless and tasteless gas. This comes after a Steinbach couple narrowly escaped dying in their sleep after carbon monoxide filled their home in the middle of the night. The Steinbach couple nearly died in early November after the alarm closest to their bedroom failed to go off. The alarm downstairs did not wake them up, but a call from their alarm company eventually roused them and they made it outside. Dave Williams said that he and his wife Claudette were asleep when they were awakened by a faint alarm on the first floor of their two-story home. Both woke

up confused and disoriented. “I guess the adrenaline kicks in and you have to move, but your first response is ‘Shut that alarm off, leave me alone,’” Williams said. “Then all of a sudden something inside of you goes, ‘No, this is real.’” It was the couple’s alarm company that finally got through, and they were able to open the doors to their home before going outside and calling 911. “They said, ‘Get out of your house,’” he recalled. Manitobans are particularly at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning because we live in a cold-weather climate, and many have fuel-burning furnaces to heat their homes. An alarm is the best way to guard against carbon monoxide poisoning because the symptoms come on gradually and closely resemble the flu. According to the Canada Safety Council, early

symptoms include light headache, nausea, vomiting and weakness. At higher concentrations, it can cause feelings of mental confusion, severe headache, hearing and vision impairment, dizziness and fainting. If it progresses, it can cause convulsions, unconsciousness and death. If a carbon monoxide alarm goes off, get everyone out of the house and call 911. To reduce the risk of carbon monoxide, have your fuel-burning appliances checked by a certified inspector annually. Also, make sure that all chimneys and vents are clear of ice and debris and in good working order. Residents are also reminded to never use outdoor appliances such as barbecues in a confined space, and idle vehicles outside the garage.

Local Wrestler Laces Up in Support of Wildlife Haven By Marianne Curtis On December 8, Will Damon, Ile des Chenes’ own “Playboy” will be competing in the debut of Canada’s Wrestling Elite (CWE). The event is taking place December 13 at the TransCanada Centre in Ile des Chenes. A portion of the funds raised during this inaugural event will go in support of Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre. This is the first time that Damon is competing in his hometown. He grew up in Ile des Chenes, graduated from Lorette Collegiate, and is now living in Ile des Chenes with his wife and children. “Professionally, I’ve traveled to many places. However, I’m proud to once again call Ile-des-Chenes home,” said Damon, who refers to himself as “the coolest thing since the other side of the pillow”.

Damon, who retired from the ring several years ago, has agreed to lace up his boots one last time, after CWE agreed to donate a portion of the event proceeds to benefit the community. “I’m not sure if my body can take the abuse a wrestling match can bring anymore, but it was hard to turn down the opportunity to be a part of something that may benefit the community, especially with Canada’s top independent sports entertainment organization. CWE also allowed my two son’s hockey teams to sell tickets to the event as a fundraiser for Lorette Minor Hockey,” explained Damon. “I’m certain this will be my last match ever and that there could be no better way for me to go out.” Damon is confident that spectators will be entertained because, “CWE puts on the best wrestling shows in the country

and will entertain Ile-des-Chenes and surrounding areas like none other, local outfits will benefit, and my kids will be there to see me in the ring.” CWE is Canada’s premier sports entertainment initiative, hosting events across Canada for 9 years. Among featuring top independent talent from all over the world, CWE events have also featured WWE superstars such as Daniel Bryan, as well as WWE legends the likes of Jake “The Snake” Roberts, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase and “The Honkey Tonk Man” Roy Wayne Farris. Tickets for the event are VIP First Priority Access $15, General Admission Advance $10, $12 at The Door. They can also be purchased online at cwetickets.com.



Missing Dog from Alberta Found in Steinbach

This photo of an abandoned dog found in Steinbach on November 2 would lead to the return of this dog to his family after he was stolen from Brooks, Alberta at the end of September.

By Marianne Curtis A social media post started by an observant Steinbach resident eventually led to the return of a family dog missing five weeks after he went missing from Brooks, Alberta. On November 2, an observant woman spotted what appeared to be an abandoned dog in the AD Penner Park in Steinbach. Despite numerous attempts to capture it, the frightened dog eluded captors, but never actually left the area. It was during this exchange that someone noted the similarities between the found dog, and a dog missing from Brooks, Alberta 1,200 km away. On No-

vember 3, thanks to the concentrated effort organized by local volunteers from the Steinbach and Area Rescue, the pup was finally captured. He was soon transported to a local kennel that offered to care for him, free of charge, until he was positively identified as Vadar. Back on September 28, Jim Third went to clean weeds and brush from a field adjacent to the family’s property with Vadar, the family’s two-year-old ranch dog when the dog went missing. The family searched for the dog, but to no avail so the family expanded their search to Facebook. From there, a woman from Saskatchewan, who

has helped many owners reunite with their pets, posted the missing dog picture on a page for reporting stolen dogs in Brandon. When the found dog posting popped up on the southeast Manitoba Lost and Found Animals Facebook page, he was quickly recognized. After being missing for 42 days, Vadar was finally returned home to Alberta thanks to a group of volunteer truck drivers who network together to transport lost or found animals to their homes, or to rescues across Canada. It is suspected that someone drove the dog to Manitoba and panicked after discovering the stolen dog posts on social media so they dumped him off in Steinbach.

Contraband Cigarettes and Alcohol Seized Following an investigations into the sale of contraband cigarettes, members of the Manitoba Finance Taxation Special Investigations Unit and the RCMP have seized contraband cigarettes and alcohol. On October 2, at approximately 4 pm, the RCMP conducted a traffic stop on a westbound vehicle on the Trans-Canada Highway, 3 km east of Richer. Following a discussion with the driver, officers conducted a search of the vehicle. The search uncovered 488,800 illegal cigarettes, as well as 149 1.75-litre bottles of non-duty paid alcohol. RCMP arrested Jason Michael Rondeau, a 37-year-old male from Thunder Bay, Ontario. The individual is facing charges under the Criminal Code of Canada for trafficking contraband tobacco and alcohol, as well as The Excise Act, The Manitoba Tobacco Tax Act, and The Tax Administration and Miscellaneous Taxes Act. In addition, Rondeau faces charges under The Manitoba Tobacco Tax Act and The Tax Administration and Miscellaneous Taxes Act including possession of nonManitoba marked tobacco and wilful evasion of paying Manitoba tobacco tax. Manitoba stood to lose almost $150,000 in tax revenue if these cigarettes and alcohol had been sold. If convicted, Rondeau faces fines between $1,000 and $10,000 and/or up to six months’ imprisonment. In addition, he will face a mandatory triple tax penalty of $432,588 for the seizure. The province urges anyone who has information on contraband tobacco to contact their local police department, call the Manitoba Finance Special Investigations Unit at 204-945-1137, email smuggling_manitoba@ rcmp-grc.gc.ca or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers (tollfree) at 1-800-222 TIPS (8477).


Celebrating Christmas With Family and Friends The first Christmas was celebrated centuries ago with the birth of Jesus Christ and to honour the special day, churches throughout the southeast will throw open their doors and invite the community to join them throughout the month. We have compiled a list of church Christmas pageants, programs, choir services and even New Year’s services to help residents celebrate the season with family and friends. All services and events are open to regular attendees and the public. Please call ahead to confirm times or cancellations.


Landmark Christian Fellowship Blumenort EMC Christmas Brunch Blumenort School Christmas - December 17 at 9 am. Program - December 21 at 2 pm Carols by Candlelight and 7 pm at the Church. - December 23 from 6:30-7:30 pm Christmas Day Service - December 25 at 10:30 am. Heartland Church Communion Service Christmas in the Village - A holiday - December 31 at 7 pm. community event. - December 9 at 9 am- 3 pm. East Braintree What Child Is This Christmas Eve East Braintree Candlelight Service – 6 pm. Community Church Christmas Eve Service Lorette - December 24 at 6:30 pm Notre Dame de Lorette Parish 1282 Dawson Road, Lorette Grunthal Reconciliation / Penitential Grunthal Bergthaler Celebration (Bilingual) Mennonite Church – December 17, 7 pm – Church. Carolling Christmas Eve - December 24, 5 – December 10 at 6:30 pm. pm (French), 7:30 pm (English) and Sunday School 10 pm (French). Christmas Program Christmas Day - December 25 – December 17 at 7 pm. 10:30 am (English). Christmas Eve – December 24 Mary Mother of God - Morning Service at 10 am (no (New Year’s Eve) – December 31 at Sunday school). 5 pm (English). Christmas Eve – December 24 Mother of God - Variety Night at 7 pm (New Year’s Day) – January 1, 9 am (If you want to showcase your talents (English) and 11 am (French). and be a part of the evening please contact Connie LeMay at 204-371- Seine River Church 1736 or 204-434-6773. Christmas Banquet – December 10 at 5:30 pm. Tickets $2 with a limit Kleefeld of 100 to be sold. Kleefeld Evangelical Christmas Day Service Mennonite Church - December 25 at 10 am. Carol Sing Night – December 10 at 7:30 pm. Ste. Agathe Sunday School Paroisse Sainte-Agathe Christmas Concert Christmas Mass - 8 pm on Decem- December 17 at 7 pm. ber 24, choir starts concert of music Christmas Day Service at 7:30 pm. – December 25 10:45 am.


Prairie Rose EMC Candlelight Service – December 16 at 7 pm. “A Peanut butter Christmas” – December 17 a short musical skit presented by the Jr Dept Sunday school in the Sunday school hour. Sunday school Family Christmas Carol Sing and coffee time – December 24. Christmas Day service, 10:30 am.


St. Nicolas Day Celebration Sundown Hall on December 17 at 1 pm. Nativity Pageant and Carolling; along with a visit from St. Nicolas.


Tree of Angels Memorial Service – Vita Personal Care Home on December 14 at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6 pm.


Dayspring Fellowship Emmanuel Baptist Church Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Candlelight Ser- Candlelight Service vice - December 24 at 7 pm – December 24 at 7 pm.

New Bothwell

Bothwell Christian Fellowship “A Night in Bethlehem” - December 6 at 6:30 pm (annual Jr. Youth Christmas event). Open to all ages, parents are invited to attend. Christmas Program - December 24 at 7 pm. New Year’s Eve Program - December 31 at 11 am.

Christmas lunch following the worship service, which starts at 10 am.

La Broquerie

Paroisse de Saint-Joachim Christmas Eve Mass at 11 am.

Southland Church Seniors Christmas Lights Bus Tour – December 11 from 5:30 - 10 pm.

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Calvary Chapel Ladies Christmas Gathering Calvary Christmas Celebration - December 12 at 1:30 pm. – December 3 Pat Porter Centre. Sunday School Christmas Community Christmas Dinner Concert – December 17 at 7 pm. - December 25 at 1 pm, at Calvary Worship Service with Chapel. Please invite people who Communion & Baptism need a place to go for Christmas. Niverville – December 24 at 10 am Music and fellowship to follow. Fourth Avenue Bible Church Christmas Eve Services Adventure Kids Christmas Pro- 5:30 and 7 pm. Christian Fellowship Church gram - December 17 at 10:40 am. Christmas Day Worship Christmas Eve – December 25 at 10 am. - December 24 at 10:30 am. Niverville Community Fellowship Christmas at Bethlehem Gulch – Steinbach CMC Church December 24 - 6 pm. NCF Musical. Christ our Saviour Christmas program Christmas Day Service – December Catholic Church – December 24 at 7 pm (No SunAdvent Reconciliation 25 at 10 am. day School or morning service). at COSP on December 7 at 6 pm. Worship service Randolph Youth Event, Santa’s Toy Shop on – December 25 at 10:45 am. Heritage Chortitz Church December 10 at 6 pm. Fourth annual Christmas carol Parish Christmas Party Steinbach Mennonite Brethren event at Chortitz Heritage Church in – December 17 at 6 pm. Christmas Eve Services Randolph, one mile north of Hwy 52 Christmas Eve – December 24 at 10 am. No Sunon PR 206 on Saturday, December – December 24 at 11 am and 6 pm. day School, Children’s Church or 9 at 7 pm. Free admission. A capNursery) - Service of carols and pella singing of German and English Cornerstone Bible Church readings and 4 and 6 pm – ‘Hark the carols. Program in English. Contact Candlelite Christmas Eve Service Herald Angel’ Program Ernie Braun, 204-388-6146. – December 24 at 6 pm. Communion Service – December

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Evangelical Fellowship Church Parish Saint-Malo Sunday School Christmas & Blessed Margaret Church Program Christmas Eve Service - December 17 at 10:45 am. – December 24 at 7 pm (bilingual) Christmas Eve and 11 pm (French). - December 24 at 10 am. Christmas Day Mass – December New Years Eve 25 at 10 am (Bilingual). – December 31 at 10 am. New Years Eve Mass – December 31 at 9 am (English) and 11 am Evangelical Mennonite (French). Church Ridgewood New Years Day Mass Ridgewood Night of Worship/ – January 1 at 10 am (bilingual). Christmas Carolling – December 16 at 7 pm. St. Pierre-Jolys Sunday School Christmas ProParoisse Saint-Pierre gram – December 17 at 10:30 am. Christmas Eve Service – 5 and 10 Christmas Day Service – Decempm. ber 25 at 10:30 am. Christmas Day Mass – 9:30 am.

31 at 10:45 am. No Sunday School. Children’s Church & Nursery will be provided.

Steinbach Evangelical Mennonite Church Sunday School Christmas Program – December 17 at 6:30 pm. A Special Morning Out for Seniors – December 19 at 10:15am. Coffee, Apple Cider & fresh Schnetje with music by the Mitchell Grade 5 choir under the direction of Shannon Sawatzky. Cost is $1. Everyone welcome, come and bring a friend. Christmas Eve – December 24 at 10:45 am. Christmas Day Service Free – December 25 at 10 am.

Emmanuel Evangelical Church Candlelight Service – December 24 at 4 and 6 pm. We Steinbach Mennonite Church recommend arriving early to prepare Christmas Program for an inspirational evening, reflectSte. Anne – December 24 at 10:45 am folParish Sainte-Anne-des- ing on the birth of our Saviour. lowed by Christmas Dinner at 12 pm Chênes (all are invited). Sainte-Anne Knights of Co- German Church of God lumbus Songs of Christmas Children’s Christmas Eve Steinbach United Church Concert Chants de Noël Program – December 24 at 6 pm. Christmas Carolling Sunday, December 10 at 2 German Christmas Service - December 22 at 6 pm. – December 25 at 10:30 am. pm. Dimanche 10 décemARK & Youth Christmas Program bre à 14h Église Catholique New Years Eve Service – December 17 at 10:30 am. – December 31 at 7 pm. de Sainte-Anne Sainte-Anne Christmas Eve Service Catholic Church. Free admis– December 24 at 7 pm. sion. Please bring non-perish- Grace Mennonite Church Music & Muffins Worship Service able food or make a monetary Little Bits of Grace Lunch – December 31 at 10:30 am. - December 10. All families with donation for the Christmas children are invited for a traditional hampers St. Pierre Bible Fellowship Christmas Eve Service – December 24 at 7 pm.


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Local Animal Rescue Volunteers Team Up with Rock Star

Two southeast volunteers with the Canadian Chapter of Soi Dog Foundation, a registered Canadian non-profit dog rescue organization, took part in raising funds recently during the Gary Numan concert in Winnipeg. Numan’s single Cars made famous his unique synthetic pop rock music. Now as part of Numan’s Savage world tour, making stops throughout Europe and North America, he and his wife Gemma are advocating for the animal rescue organization that is a registered charity in Thailand and other countries. Soi Dog is also very personal for Gary and Gemma as well. “It’s through the Soi Dog Foundation that we were able to rescue our little Flake from the horrors of the Yulin dog meat festival in China,” said Numan. Mother and daughter team Monica Guetre of La Broqerie and Rebecca Guetre-Reddy of Grunthal, two local volunteers with Soi Dog Canada agree that raising awareness and funding for the Soi Dog Foundation is very important. “We are grateful to Gary and Gemma, they are an amazing couple and Dave Dupuis, Gary’s tour manager made all the volunteers feel very welcome. This rescue organization is close to home for me since my sister, adopted a Soi Dog a few years ago. Her name is Mango and most definitely she saved her from any further abuse and even worse, from the dog meat trade,” said Guetre. “The Soi Dog Founda-

Sgt. Wilson’s Air Force Show Wows Locals

From left to right: Soi Dog volunteer Monica Guetre, Gary Numan, Soi Dog volunteer Rebecca Guetre-Reddy and Gemma O’Neill.

tion works with the Thailand government and volunteers around the world to stop the illegal and brutal dog meat trade.” “They’re also looking for volunteers, sponsors and adopters, to help rescue and rehome many dogs and cats. It’s the largest organization in Southeast Asia

that helps stray animals. The Soi Dog organization operates Thailand’s biggest no kill shelter and animal hospital, located in Phuket,” said Guetre-Reddy. For more information on how you can help, go to Soi Dog Canada on Facebook or contact candace@soidog.org and soidog.org

By Marianne Curtis

to the mix, it was easy for the audience to be transformed into what it may have been like for the soldiers on base when celebrities visited to boost morale. Royal Canadian Legion Steinbach Branch 190, President Bill Richards was pleased with the attendance and the overall performance. “We didn’t know how much attention this show was going to bring and last year, we sold out 170 tickets, and many more were interested,” said Richards. “This year we had a bigger venue and we sold many more than we expected, with people buying at the door; it was a great night for everyone.” The Sgt. Wilson’s Army Show has been making its way across Canada for the past few weeks.

For a one-night show, the Sgt. Wilson’s Airforce Show rolled into town and performed before an eager audience at the Pat Porter Centre, in Steinbach. On December 1, the talented quartet, who originates from the Netherlands, performed to a sold out audience, laughing and signing along with many familiar songs from the 40s and 50s. The event was hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Steinbach Branch 190 as a fundraiser. Under the command of Sgt. Wilson, Peggy, Rose, and Donna skillfully delivered the sounds of Glenn Miller, the swing of the Andrew Sgt. Wilson, along with Peggy, Rose, and Donna, from the Nether- Sisters, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Frankie Lane, and Vera Lynn lands, perform before a sold out crowd at the Pat Porter Centre. Photo by Marianne Curtis with skill. Adding a little mischief

Providence Athletes Excel during November Competitions Several Providence College Athletes from a soccer team and the volleyball team were recognized for their outstanding achievements and play after November competitions. Providence Pilots soccer team and the women’s volleyball team that competed in the National Christian College Athletic Association’s championship tournament were recognized for their outstanding play and achievement. In women’s soccer, Seniors Julika Phommarath, Courtney Engel and Kiran Hodges made the AllTournament Team. Doro Schulz represented the Pilots as a scholar athlete. Phommarath won the most noteworthy individual award of her memorable college career, after being recognized with one of the most important honours in Christian athletics in Canada and the United States. The graduating striker accepted the Division II Women’s Soccer Game Plan 4 Life Award, which recognizes an athlete that epitomizes Christian char-

Reynolds Appoints Branding Committee

acter qualities of love, integrity, faith and excellence. “Julika wasn’t chosen for this award only because of her athletic and academic ability, but more importantly because of her Christian character,” remarked head coach Tory Walker. “God has blessed her with life experiences that have given her opportunities to share her testimony and her faith with others. She is always wanting and willing to share about what God has done in her life.” For men’s soccer, standout Romaine Francis made the All-Tournament team, Braeden Owen and Herby Magny were selected to the 1st and 2nd All-American team respectively, and Naaman Sturrup was

The RM of Reynolds has appointed a special committee to work on creating a brand for the municipality. The decision to create a brand for the municipality was made after council contracted AllNet to redevelop its municipal website. It was noted that the municipality does not have an appropriate logo, tag line or a branding policy necessary for the successful re-development of the new website. Since Council is committed to improving communication with the public, and attracting more citizens, developments and businesses in

recognized as a scholar athlete. The women’s volleyball team had seniors Shayna Staerk and Sam Bridle selected for the 2nd All-American team. Both women are repeat All-Americans, as Bridle made the 1st All-American team last year and Staerk was named the AVCA AllAmerican in 2015.

Providence Pilot Julika Phommarath earned the prestigious Division II Women’s Soccer Game Plan 4 Life Award.

the municipality, it was agreed to create a special committee for the purpose of reviewing the RM of Reynolds logo, tag line and branding policies. The committee is expected to be comprised of the administrator and up to three members of Council. No one has been named to the committee yet. The RM of Reynolds Council also approved a $4,000 budget to complete the website and branding process in 2018. By resolution, the committee will dissolve once the website is launched.


South East SnoRiders Earn Best Club Honours By Marianne Curtis Their peers recently recognized the South East SnoRiders as the Outstanding Snowmobile Club for 2017 by Snoman Inc. On November 4, current club President Mitch Gobeil and past President Doug Boutang accepted the award at the 7th Annual Snoman Congress in Winnipeg. The congress brings together the 53 clubs that make up Snoman for the annual general meeting and a variety of workshops to help provide safe trails for people to snowmobile on, explained Gobeil. The South East Sno-Riders are a group of dedicated people who create and maintain snowmobile trails while promoting safe and enjoyable riding in south eastern Manitoba. “This award recognizes significant contributions made towards promoting recreational snowmobiling. Our mandate is to promote safety and responsibility and all of our volunteers exemplify these traits,” Gobeil told

media. “We were also recognized for timely reporting and participation in Snoman programs.” Snoman Inc. (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) presents the Snoman Snowmobile Excellence Awards annually to recognize exceptional contributions to the recreational activity of snowmobiling. The south east club was presented this award once before, back in 2013. The day after the banquet, it was business as usual. South East SnoRiders volunteers have been busy removing fallen trees off the trails, brush cutting and repairing the trails throughout the Sandilands. “We have also started installing our trail signs,” Gobeil confirmed. “There are still many miles of trail to prepare and to sign before we start grooming the trails.” He noted that a lot of the work needing to be done is cleaning up fallen trees from the ice storm of 2014 that remain along the trails. Volunteers are working hard, but

South East Sno-Raiders President Mitch Gobeil (centre) and past President Doug Boutang (left) accept the SnoMan’s Award for Outstanding Club for 2017.

more are needed to assist with put- in helping is encouraged to ting up signs along the trails, and contact Jim at 204-429-2049 other work before grooming can or Doug at 204-257-2151. officially begin. Anyone interested

History’s Special Moment Galatians 4: 4-7 ... 4) But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5) to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. 6) Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba Father.” 7) So, you are no longer a slave, but a son and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. (NIV) Every Christmas you and I must come to terms with the birth and nature of Jesus Christ. Christians make some incredible, wonderful, and miraculous claims about the birth of Jesus... and we should because in our text today we are told that when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son. Have you ever thought that there was a right time for Jesus to come? It is an incredible statement. Does this mean that there was only one time in all human history when everything was perfectly in line for the first coming of Jesus? That there was no other time when Christ could have come? We believe that is precisely what the Bible is saying. It tells us that Jesus Christ came at just the right time. Our celebration of Christmas highlights that perfect timing of His coming. As our text for this month says, when the right time came, the time that God had declared it would happen, Jesus was born of a Jewish woman by the name of Mary. We know the Christmas story so well, but how often does that understanding cause us not to remember or overlook what happened in the Land of Palestine before Christ was born? I know this is true of me. We get so excited with our own planning that we lose sight of all the preparations and activities behind the scene in Palestine before the birth of Christ. Just as we organize and plan, our Christmas activities there were preparations made for this special event. The Christ Child from heaven was about to be born in a manger. There were legislative preparations for His coming. Scripture teaches that God directed the crucial events so that all prophesy would be fulfilled. Little did Caesar Augustus know when he was in power and called for a census, he was doing God’s will. That census required all the people to return to their place of birth to be counted. That meant that a pregnant woman and her husband had to make a historic journey to Bethlehem. Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus, was guided by the Holy Spirit of God to the place prophesied in the Old Testament where Christ would be born. Can you see the hand of God at work here? God had planned how this was to happen long before this night in Bethlehem. He had a purpose for this event. You can feel the love and compassion in the heart of God as His plan of salvation is revealed to all peoples. By faith, we remember the first coming of Christ. At the right time, God sent His Son, and He... that is Jesus, can be faithful to do things in my life and your life at the right time as well. We are invited to become children of God, heirs together with Christ and He is leading us to reign with Him in eternity, to be victorious in this life. Christmas brought a new beginning, a reminder of that special event at just the right time. 11) Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12) This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:11-12 (NIV) Thus when the fullness of the time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law: Unable to contain heaven’s joy any longer, the angels would explode with the cry of jubilation, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men ... To God Be the glory.” Merry Christmas, have a wonderful New Year. Would you pray this prayer with me, “Lord Jesus, come into my heart? Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have the peace in my heart that I yearn for. I really want that Peace, joy and happiness that will fulfill my heart’s desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honour Your Name.” Amen.


C ommunity E vents Dugald Prairie Voices Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Springfield Library.

Lorette Storytime and Craft - On Saturday, December 9, 11 am - English, 11:30 am – French at the Tache Library.

the season! You do not need to be Ukrainian to dance! Boys & girls, ages 3 to adult, no prior experience required! Cost starts at $150/year.

Falcon Lake Alcoholics Anonymous - Whiteshell group meets every Wednesday and Saturday at 8 pm in All People’s Church, Falcon Lake. Come and meet with us or call 204-349-2374. We can help.

Lego Club - On the last Wednesday and Thursday of each month from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at Tache Library. Join us to build, create & explore! Drop-in, no registration required. Contact 204-878-9488, email btl@srsd.ca.

Sprague Sprague & District Historical Museum - Open by appointment from June – September 30. Explore life as it was in the early days. Free Admission. Donations Accepted. Contact 204-4372210, 204-437-2209 or 204-437-4686.

Friedensfeld Member Christmas Banquet – On Friday, December 15 at 7 pm in the Community Centre. Contact 204-381-1835 or friedensfeldcc@gmail.com New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance - On Sunday, December 31 at 6:30 pm at the Community Centre, dinner at 7 pm. Music by Small Town Limits. Tickets $40 each. Contact 204-381-1835 or friedensfeldcc@gmail.com. Giroux Bingo - Every Thursday at Giroux Hall. Doors open at 5 pm, Bingo starts at 7 pm. Hall rental information for Socials, weddings, family functions, Meetings and more please call Debbie 204-424-5506 or Mike 204-326-6260. Hadashville Circuit 30 - Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Rec Centre .Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost $2/class. Contact Wendy 204-348-2433. Tae Kwon Do - Every Wednesday at 6 pm at the Hadashville Community Club (Reynolds Recreational Centre) from 6 years old to adults. Pursue a black belt or learn new skills, great stress release and have an excellent workout at the same time. Cost after registration fee is $40/month per person. Ask about 2 week free trial. Contact Shelly at 204-426-5266 or KSTA. academy@gmail.com. Ile-des-Chênes Taekwondo – On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Ecole Ile Des Chene School. Cost $40/month, family rates available. Contact Kangs.mb.ca, Master Bill Tam 204296-8217. Parent Child Playgroup - On Wednesdays from 10 am – 12 pm at the School, Rm142. Contact idc.mb.playgroup@ gmail.com. Story Time in Pyjamas - Every Thursday evening at the Ritchot Library Ecole Regional Gabrielle-Roy at 6:30 pm. Ages 2-8 however all ages are welcome. Yoga- On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the TransCanada Centre. Cost $15/class or 10 classes for $125. Zumba - On Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7 pm – 8 pm at the TransCanada Centre. 10 classes for $75 or $10 drop in. Contact sarah.abraham@gmail.com. 50+ Programs - At the Trans Canada Centre Indoor Walking - Mondays, Wednesday & Friday 9 – 10 am Yoga - Monday 10 -11 am Coffee Talk - Wednesday 10 - 11 am Block Therapy - Tuesday 10 - 11 am Water Colour Painting – Thursday 10 - 11:30 am Line Dancing - Thursday 7 - 8 pm Floor Curling - Friday 10 am – 12 pm Contact to register Mary Ann vintageclub@transcanadacentre.com, 204-339-6141. Our Lady of the Roses Prayer Group – Meets on the first Saturday of every month, at 6:30 pm to recite the Rosary and learn about Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers and receive Blessed Rose Petals and other Sacramentals from Blessed Mother’s place of miracles. Contact Corinna 204878-4908 or email her at corinnaswetz@hotmail.com for more info and register. Kleefeld Community Playgroup - For parents, caregivers and children up to age 5. Activities include time for playing, stories, songs and snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Kleefeld Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 204-377-5013. La Broquerie Seine River Services for Seniors- Health Centre/Centre de Santé from Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Contact Community Resource Coordinator Juliette Rowan, 204-424-5285 or labseinerss@gmail.com. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Landmark Country Christmas – On Saturday, December 9 from 2 - 7 pm at the Kinsmen Community Centre, ‘Tis the season to come out with friends to sip some hot apple cider and browse for that unique gift. This year’s selection includes art, home decor, artisan coffee, jewellery, clothing, children’s toys, and so much more. You are sure to find something for everyone as well as some yummy fresh baked goods. Plus from 6 -7 pm, we will have live music. Free Admission and Apple Cider!

Chase the Ace Lottery – On Thursdays from 6 - 8 pm., draw at 8:15 pm in December until the Ace of Spade is chosen at Dawson Trail Motor Inn Bar. Tickets $1 each. Proceeds going towards the complex consisting of an arena, gym, library and a daycare. Your support is needed. New Horizons Seniors - Play cards, Scrabble and more. Drop in Tuesdays 1 - 5 pm at Foyer Notre Dame Lorette, 12 St. Amant Ave. Contact Iris 204-878-3552. Ritchot Senior Services Foot Care Clinic - On Wednesdays by appointment. To reserve contact Janice 204-883-2880. With Cheryl Palmer, foot care nurse. Mitchell Seniors Choir Christmas Program – On Thursday, December 7 at 7 pm at the Senior Centre, 130 Ash St. Refreshments to follow. Niverville Beginner & Intermediate Dog Obedience – On Wednesdays, until December 13 at 7:45 pm south end of Arena with Instructor Carol O’Callaguan. You and your dog will learn the basic skills that are needed to start working together as a team. Great fun for both the dog and handler! For dogs 5 months and older. We need min.of 7 dogs/handlers to register. GriefShare - If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one we wish to help, you get support and learn about the grieving process. Contact 204-381-1155 to register or go to Nivervillegriefshare.com. Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62-4th Avenue S.) Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com. Paradise Village Paradise Squares Dance Club - On Tuesdays from 7 – 9:30 pm at the Paradise Village Rec. Hall. Modern Square Dancing is fun and a great social activity. Couples and singles are welcome. Contact Larry 204-422-5424. Pinawa Whiteshell Toastmasters – Tuesdays at 11:30 am at Whiteshell Laboratories, 1 Ara Mooradian Way. Sign in required. Prawda Circuit 30 - Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost $2/class, Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Reynolds School Gym. Contact Wendy 204-348-2433. Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am at the Reynolds School Gym. Free to parents and children. Snacks provided. Contact Cassie 204-793-8290. Randolph Annual Christmas at Chortitz Program – On Saturday December 9 at 7 pm at the Randolph Heritage Church. German Christmas carol singing, special music, memories of Christmas in Soviet Russia. Free admission. Sponsored by Chortitz Church Heritage Committee. Call Ernie 204-388-6146 for info. Richer Richer Community Club Chase the Ace! - Every Saturday at the Richer Inn from 5:30 - 7:45 pm. Tickets only $1 each. Jackpot is growing! Door prizes on random Saturdays ranging from glassware to Jets tickets and jerseys! Bud, Spud and Steak Special and more! Check out and like Richer Community Club Facebook page for updates. LGA License #1392RF. Adult & Teen Challenge Concerned Persons Support Group Join us Thursday evenings at 7 pm, in the Richer Fellowship Church, 50 Southeast Drive. If you have a relationship with someone who has a life-controlling problem, join us for this nine-week Living Free course. Receive encouragement and support in a safe setting, and learn practical ways to best help your loved one. Contact Pastor Ben Funk at 204-326-2254 or phone the church at 204-422-5308. Richer Recovery AA - Group meets Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at LUD Hall in Richer. Contact Paul at 204-422-7673. Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating grades 8 and 12. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult to be on premises and must play bingo. Doors Open at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart Club, 22 Dawson Rd. MGCC License # BI/BO4164. Contact Doreen Pchajek at 422-5243 or doreen@spmf.ca. Sarto Ukrainian Dance Club – On Mondays from 7 - 8 pm at the Sarto Hall. Join the Sarto Polevnyi Ukrainian Dance Club for

St. Adolphe Old Tyme Dance – On Saturday, Saturday, December 9 from 7 - 9 pm, Pioneer Hall, 345 Hebert Road. Music with Mark Morisseau. Reservations required, contact Rae at 204-8832440. Admission $15 includes lunch. Brought to you by Ritchot Senior Services.

Ste. Geneviève Library Night - Bibliothèque Taché Library at the Community Centre on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 - 8 pm. A large selection of books in both French and English, for children and adults. Special requests can be made to the librarian, e-mail btl@srsd.ca or 204-878-9488 or in person. Come for a visit and see what we are all about.

making skills; give service to the community; value the natural environment.

Steinbach Paint Night Fundraiser – On Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30 pm, Steinbach Legion Hall with Colleen Watchorn. Doors and bar open at 6:30 painting begins at 7 pm. Light lunch provided. Members $35 all others $40. To reserve your seat call 204-326-5335 or text 204-381-0558.

Mental Health Information and Support sessions - for family and friends of people with mental health issues are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Eden East building, 21 Loewen Blvd. Contact Kim at 371-0824 or email eastmanmss@mts.net

Pickleball - Thursday evenings from 6 -8 pm at St. Adolphe School, 444 la seine street.

Christmas Bake Sale Fundraiser – From Friday, December 8 from 9 am – 9 pm and Saturday, December 9, 9 am – 4 pm at the Clearspring Centre. Fundraiser for Grunthal New Hope Mennonite Church.

Get Better Together - Wednesdays starts September 6 from 9:30 am -12 pm at Senior Services, 457 Main Street. The get better together program lets you take control and improve your quality of life! A 6-week program consisting of 2.5-hour sessions and focuses on supporting and teaching you how to control the pain, frustration and fatigue associated with suffering from chronic conditions.

Canada 150 Skating Day – On Sunday, December 10 from 11 am - 2 pm at the T. G. Smith Centre Arena in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, communities across Canada will be lacing up on the same day to enjoy a favourite Canadian past time - skating! Everyone is welcome. Enjoy hot chocolate, treats at the Community Plaza, meet, and skate with Steinbach Pistons.

Lunch & Bingo - Every Thursday at the Le Club Amical, 344 Main Street. Home cooked meal only $8. Enjoy your meal at the Club or call ahead, pick up your lunch, and enjoy it at home.

The Backyard Theatre Company presents - Christmas Showcase on Tuesday December 12 at 6:30 pm at the SRSS Theatre, 190 McKenzie Ave. Admission $2.

C.H.I.L.D program – On Wednesdays from 9:30 - 10:30 am at Ecole St. Adolphe School. Children’s introduction to learning and development. Contact sas@srsd.ca or 204-883-2182. Ritchot Senior Services – Monday - Thursday from 9 am- 2 pm at 457 Main Street. Contact 204 883-2880 or Ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Monthly Activities: Block Therapy - On first Wednesday of month 6 – 7 pm. Mood Disorders - Monthly Meeting - On first Thursday of the month at 2:15 pm. Cardio Fit - On Mondays from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Chair Fit - On Mondays from 11 – 11:40 am. Yoga - On Wednesdays from 1 – 2 pm. Muscle Fit - On Thursdays from 9:30- 10:30 am Foot Care Clinic - By appointment. To reserve contact Janice 204-883-2880. Cheryl Palmer, foot care nurse. Art Program - For the beginner artist and the advanced artist for 8 weeks on Mondays September 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 13 from 7 – 8 pm. Cost $80 all supplies included. Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main St. Fitness classes - Classes start Monday, September 11 – Thursday, December 14. Cost 10 classes for $40 and receive 1 extra class free, 5 classes for $20 or a $5 drop in fee. Includes cardio, muscle and yoga inspired classes all designed especially for everyone 50+. Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main St. St. Malo Beginner Spanish lessons for adults – On Mondays, from 7 - 9 pm at the Ecole St Malo School Library. Cost $120 for 10 classes. Contact Josie at the Rat River Rec before Monday, September 11, 204-712-7773 or e-mail ratriverrec@hotmail.com to register. Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba - On the last Monday each month at 7 pm at St. Malo Church. For persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns; individual and support groups. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. St. Pierre-Jolys The Knights of Columbus - The St-Pierre Carillon Council – On the first Thursday of the month at 482 Jolys Ave. W. Contact 204-433-7633. Ste. Agathe Taekwondo - Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15 - 7:30 pm at Ecole Sainte Agathe hosted by Kang’s Taekwondo Academy. Cost $40/month. Family rates available. Contact Jason Barnabe, jason.barnabe@gmail.com or 204-802-3458. Ste. Anne Songs of Christmas Concert – On Sunday, December 10 at 2 pm at the Catholic Church. Free admission. Please bring non-perishable food or make a monetary donation for the Christmas hampers. Pickleball – Calling all active seniors. On Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 am, at the Ste. Anne Tennis Courts (weather permitting). You only need good clean running shoes, sunscreen, water, and a lawn chair (optional). Drop in fee of $3 or register $25 for the season. Contact Erika 204 422-5843. Seine River Services for Seniors – Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Contact Juliette Rowan at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or e-mail labseinerss@gmail.com.

Steinbach & Area Garden Club - On Monday, December 11 at 7 pm, A Gardener’s Christmas - Annual Christmas celebration with video of club member’s gardens, appetizers & desserts. Contact sagardenclub.com for more information. SAC Winter Programs – Sign up now before December 22 and receive 10% off. Give the Gift of Creativity & Wellness and 15% off for Returning students online at steinbachartscouncil. ca or order by phone with MC or Visa (204) 346-1077. Drop In Book Club – 2nd Tuesday every month at 7 pm in the Jake Epp Library. We’ll post the book for discussion that month and if you’d like to join us please stop by. If you want to start your own book club instead, you can always take advantage of our Book Club collections. No sign up required. Just read the book and come hang out. Knit-Wits Drop-In Club for Adults - Every 4th Monday of the month, from 6 – 9 pm at the Jake Epp Library. This is for anyone interested in fibre handcrafts such as knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, needlepoint etc. This is not a class but a casual knitting circle for all skill levels. Please bring your own items/supplies. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) – On Wednesdays, from 8:45 - 10:30 am at the Royal Canadian Legion. Cost $2/ week. A weight control support group that helps take off pounds sensibly and keep off pounds sensibly. Contact BettyLou Toews at 326-6397. Eastman Immigrant Services - Many events and activities to support and help you make new friends. Volunteer to help at our community events. Every Day English All Levels - Every Wednesday 1 – 3 pm. Reading & Writing – All Levels on Monday and Wednesday from 10 am – 12 pm. Pronunciation All Levels - On Monday and Wednesday from 7 – 9 pm at D4-284 Reimer Ave. Classes are free. Upcoming Events: IELTS in Steinbach, Futsal, every Monday 9 – 11 pm at the EM Church on Main St. Southeast Entry Program Online: Learn about Health Care, Employment and Laws. To register for this 4-week online program, contact Josie@eastmanis.com , 204-346-6609 or email lois@eastmanis.com. Eastman Safety Upcoming Programs - Located at 385 Loewen Blvd. Register online at eastmansafety.ca or contact 1-204371-1595. Mommies Group at Kidzone - On Wednesdays, from 9 am - 1 pm. Come by to meet other moms to chat with and get your kids to make some new friends. Cost $7, free coffee. Creativi-Tea Time - Need to relax? Every second Wednesday of the month, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library. Come and go as it suits you. We’ll provide basic supplies; feel free to bring your own. Includes tea and coffee. Games Day & Games Night – Every 1st Saturday of the month from 12 – 5 pm and the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6 – 8:30 pm, at the Jake Epp Library. Come down to play strategy games. Bring a friend, your strategies and games. Test your skills and have fun. Ages 14 and up unless accompanied by an adult. Contact 204-326-6841, programs@ jakeepplibrary.com. Royal Canadian Legion - On 1st Tuesday every month until June at 8 pm and Ladies Auxiliary meets 1st Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Steinbach Legion Community Hall, 294 Lumber Ave. Steinbach Girl Guides - Every Tuesday at the United Church of Steinbach, 541 Main St. Registration for girls 5-17. Develop personal values and well-being, self-respect and respect for others; promote fun, friendship, adventure and challenges through new experiences; develop leadership and decision-

The Steinbach Rotary Club - meets every Monday at noon except when Monday falls on a long weekend at the Chicken Chef, 365 Main Street, visitors are welcome. Contact Cornie at 326-3155.

MS Monthly Self-Help group meeting - for people living with multiple sclerosis. The group meets on the second Thursday evening of each month from 6 - 7 pm at Fernwood Place apartments. Contact Nadine Konyk, Rural Client Services Coordinator at 1-800-268-7582 or email nadine.konyk@ mssociety.ca. MS Lunch Group- On 4th Thursday of every month, from 12 – 1 pm at All D’s Restaurant 320 Main Street. Contact Stephanie Bevacqua 204-988-0904, Stephanie.Bevacqua@mssociety.ca. Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba individual and support groups - Meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 1:30 – 3 pm at The Eden East Office, 21 Loewen Blvd For persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. The Bethesda Regional Healthcare Auxiliary - meets on the first Tuesday of every month except for the months of July and August at the Bethesda Hospital. We welcome anyone interested in auxiliary work. Contact Verna Thiessen at 3263028. Steinbach and Area Lions Club - Meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at the Magnolia Restaurant. Contact 204-326-2313. Carillon Toastmasters - Meetings open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Thursdays at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library 255 Elmdale Street, Contact Sheryl at 204-326-7628 or Irene at 204-4245737. Al-Anon Program – Meets on Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. Contact Lloyd 204326-4365. Al-Anon 12 Step Recovery Group - Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at United Church, 541 Main St, front door, ring doorbell. All are welcome. Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group starts at 4:30 pm at Steinbach Family Resource Centre B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 204-346-0413. Vita Winter Festival – On Saturday, January 13 at 9 am – Sunday, January 14 at 6 pm a family fun two-day event at various locations in the town. Features 6 dog and 10 dog races on both Saturday and Sunday. New this year there will be skijoring - one and two dog races! Toboggan hill, maple taffy making, bannock making, sleigh rides, vintage snowmobile show n shine, vendor/craft fair, free skating and bingo on Sunday, cribbage tournament, beer gardens on Saturday evening, hockey tournament, curling bonspiel, pancake breakfast Saturday morning, canteens will be open both days, supper and dance Saturday evening, huge fireworks show Saturday evening. Contact Lucie at 204-712-5442. Woodridge The Mobile Clinic – Is onsite on the third Thursday of every month from 9 am – 4 pm at the Community Club. Contact for appointments 1-855-644-3515 or southernhealth.ca. General Free Monthly Bus Trips to the Casinos of Winnipeg- On Tuesday, December 12. Join us for a fun filled day. Tour from 8:30 am - 7:15 pm. Begins at 8:30 am, pick-ups in Steinbach, Ste. Anne and Paradise Village. Must be 18 years of age or older. Prizes and cash giveaways every trip. Bingo played on the bus. Contact Marilyn at 204-326-4939 for information and reserve a seat. Email your community events to editor@dawsontrail.ca for inclusion each month! See page 14 for Christmas Church Services Listing


A Child is Born

“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (God with us), Isaiah 7:14. Have you ever wondered how this could be? How could a virgin conceive and how could a man be called Immanuel or “God with us”. If that little child born in a manger was not God, then Jesus Christ was the worst blasphemer this world has ever known. But 2,000 years later, we still celebrate His birth because He was God in human flesh. He came to be with us so He could provide salvation for a people who realize they are lost and without hope. He still saves people today who will turn to Him in faith, trusting Him as their Saviour. As well as a Pastor, I am also a veterinarian with a doctor’s degree in medicine. Medicine teaches that for there to be an offspring, you need male and female contributions. But in rare instances, female rabbits and cats can self-fertilize and have offspring. However all offspring are female. 2,000 years ago, a virgin conceived and had a son, contrary to nature. Luke 1:35 says, “And the angel answered and said unto her, ‘The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee, therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God’.” With my medical knowledge, I had always supposed Mary supplied the egg and God supplied the male component. But that would make Jesus Christ half man and half God, which goes contrary to Scripture. Christ was 100% man and 100% God. How could this happen? I am not trying to dispel the mystery of godliness (I Timothy 3:16) but I believe God showed me another explanation that confirms this Bible truth of the virgin birth. In the last 40-50 years, a medical procedure has been developed whereby fertilized eggs (embryos) can be transplanted into the womb of a suitable donor. The donor, known as a surrogate mother carries the resulting fetus to term and delivers a viable baby. This process is called embryo transplant. God performed the first embryo transplant 2,000 years ago when He changed His Son from “the form of God” (Philippians 2:6) into an embryo and had the Holy Ghost implant Him into Mary’s womb. So the embryo was 100% God and the baby that grew in Mary’s womb was 100% human. Many verses talk about the birth of Jesus Christ from Genesis through the New Testament. On close examination, none of these passages goes against the above theory. An example of this is found in Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born.” This describes Christ as the Son of Man, who was born and had a beginning in Bethlehem. The next phrase in Isaiah 9:6 says, “Unto us a son is given.” This describes Christ as the Son of God who left the splendours of Heaven and came to earth 2,000 years ago to be born of a virgin. There are many more verses that could be used. My prayer is that you use the Acts 17:11 method of scrutiny to see if these things are true or not. But regardless of how the virgin birth happened, it is crucial we believe it and that Christ came to this earth, died at Calvary to save “whosoever will.” This Christmas, the invitation is open for you to accept Him as your Saviour. If you already have, then rejoice; He’s coming back soon to claim His own. Merry Christmas.

Piano Guys and Cats! It’s funny what we adults take for granted, more so, what is obvious to a grown up but is not so obvious to a child. Recently, I had a moment when this was made very apparent to me. In school, my daughter had seen a video called the Piano Guys and she asked me to go on YouTube so that she could have me watch it. In this video, there are five grown men and a piano that has no top cover. Together, these men use different parts of the piano to create the music for the song. From normal playing of the keys, to having them plucking the strings on the inside of the piano, they are also tapping and slapping the wooden piano frame. It is quite a cool sight and sound to hear and behold. Now after watching this video I suggested to my children that we should watch One Direction’s video of the same song. They all agreed but I suspect that they didn’t really know whom I was talking about but were just excited to watch another video. After this video had ended, I was quite surprised when my daughter mentioned that the piano guys must have made this video a long time ago because they looked a lot younger here. Ahhh, the innocence of youth. It took a little while to explain that the group One Direction and the Piano Guys are not the same people and that the Piano Guys were just playing one of the group’s songs. I think that she understood in the end but I can’t be 100% sure. My youngest son seemed just happy to have been watching videos and after my explanation asked if we could watch some funny cat videos. Of course, I couldn’t say no to that and we spent the next half hour watching videos of cats dancing, jumping when startled, and of course, losing their balance and falling off furniture. There was even one where a “ninja” cat would freeze every time the camera was aimed at him but would creep closer when the camera was turned away. The cat would do this over and over until he was face to face with the camera. It was very funny! If you want to check out these videos, go to YouTube and type: One Direction Piano Guys What Makes You Beautiful, One Direction What Makes You Beautiful, Ninja cat (1:20 minutes long). Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

RM of Piney Approves Community Grants The RM of Piney council recently sat down and reviewed a number of grant applications from groups and organizations in the municipality. At a meeting of council, the municipality agreed to support ten community groups with grants totaling $52,500. Council decided to divide requests into three districts. Each district was granted $17,500 to share among various organizations. In District 1, the money will be split

between South Junction Community Club ($1,200), Sprague & Area Community Arena ($3,000) and Sprague Chamber of Commerce for $13,300. Grants in District 2 are going to the Piney Curling Rink ($8,225), Badger Community Park ($1,925) and Vassar Community Recreation Centre ($7,350). In District 3, funds will be used for the Carrick Community Club ($4,259), Woodridge Community

Club ($5,240.49), St. Labre 200 Inc. ($4,000) and St. Labre Community Club ($4,000). The RM of Piney is still accepting event grant requests until December 31, 2017. Community organizations wishing to receive funding for their event are encouraged to apply. Council will announce the recipient of the Large Recreational Grant at a later date.

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Accident Claims Reynolds Man A 51-year-old man has died after his farm tractor was hit by a semitrailer truck on the Trans-Canada Highway in Manitoba. The man and a 33-year-old woman were thrown from the tractor onto the highway, RCMP said.

The accident occurred just after 7 pm November 26 near the intersection with Highway 54, in the RM of Reynolds. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was sent to hospital in unstable condition with serious injuries. She has since been upgraded

to stable condition. Both vehicles were heading west, police said. Charges are pending against a 70year-old man from Montreal, who was driving the semi. He was not injured in the crash.

Municipalities Adopt Universal Burn Ban Logo By Marianne Curtis New roadside burning ban signs for provincial and municipal roads have been developed by the Manitoba government in partnership with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM). The Highway Traffic Board has approved the design for the fire ban sign, which is now legal for posting on all roads in Manitoba. In the past, municipalities have used a variety of signs at the side of the road to alert residents to the ban. The new universal signs convey the necessary message to passing motorists in a less distracting manner, and will support online and other methods of notifications, AMM President Chris Goertzen noted. “Fire bans are common throughout Manitoba during the

summer months,” said Goertzen. “We are pleased to have worked in partnership with the provincial government to develop consistent signage which, in turn, may help increase compliance with the bans.” The initiative was first proposed in 2015, by RM of Stuartburn Reeve Jim Swidersky when his council sponsored an AMM resolution calling for standardized signage. “This consistent signage marks a vast improvement in public information with the goal of greater compliance and less risk to our natural resources, infrastructure and lives,” said Swidersky. Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler encourages all municipal governments to move to this new sign when A new burning ban sign has been revealed by alerting the public that burning bans the AMM thanks to an initiative from the RM of Stuartburn and a partnership with the provinare in place as safety measures. cial government.

New Report Predicts Strong Growth in Southeast By Marianne Curtis A Labour Market Occupational Forecast 2017-2023 report released this month predicts that more than 23,000 workers in Manitoba will join the labour force each year between 2017 and 2023. According to the report, the unemployment rate is expected to continue to decline over the same time period, while the provincial economy is expected to grow an average of 1.5 per cent per year. In the southeast, the report lists top employers are in the construction industry (6,127 employees), healthcare (5,399), education services (4,207) retail, agriculture and manufacturing. These industries also show the most gains from 2011 to 2016 with construction reporting a 1,002job increase. The region also contains unique

strengths in manufacturing of meat, wood and pharmaceutical products. Up and coming industries in the area include local health services and tourism. The industries that saw the highest job losses were agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (684), other services (except administrative) (192 jobs) and administrative (130). Provincially, nearly 54,000 new jobs are expected to be created between 2017 and 2023. The majority are expected to require at least some post-secondary education and training, including university, college or a trade certification. Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart said the report, “Speaks to the importance of post-secondary training programs that are innovative and aligned with the needs of today’s rapidly evolving labour market,” “It predicts a bright future in our

Comparing the southeast region’s labour statistics with the rest of the province.

province for Manitobans who are enrolled in or considering post-secondary training,” he added. In comparison, recent Statistics Canada monthly Labour Force Survey, for November 2017 shows Manitoba’s unemployment rate as stable, with October at 5.2% and November at 5.4% both an improvement from September’s 5.5% rate, which was the first overall employment decrease since April 2016. According to the November, Statistics Canada survey, despite the monthly decline, employment in Manitoba has been on an upward trend since the end of 2016. Overall, Manitoba’s labour market is expected to remain balanced over the projection period, with the overall supply for labour adequate to meet labour demand. However, labour shortages or surpluses may exist for individual occupations and in some regions of the province.


IDC Company Wins Canadian Tourism Award communities. “A sincere thanks to all our On November 29, Ile des Chene guests, staff, friends and family for based Churchill Wild was named as helping us to win this prestigious one of fourteen organizations and indiaward. As has always been the case viduals recognized by the Tourism Inwith Churchill Wild, this was a dustry Association of Canada (TIAC) team effort,” said Jeanne Reimer. as recipients of the 2017 Canadian Churchill Wild started twentyTourism Awards. five years ago, when Reimer and The Transat Sustainable Tourism professional photographer DenAward was awarded to Churchill nis Fast were flying north up the Wild, which operates in Churchill, coast from Churchill, Manitoba to look at a few tumbled down shacks near the mouth of the Seal River looking for a spot for a lodge. Now Churchill Wild operates polar bear walking tours and photo safaris from its three remote flyin eco-lodges on the Hudson Bay coast, including Dymond Lake Eco-Lodge, Seal River Lodge and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, as well as a new northern lights viewing adventure from their North Knife Lake Lodge. The Canadian Tourism Awards are presented annually by TIAC to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada’s tourism industry, and to reward those people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to showcase Canada’s very best and offer travellers superior tourism experiences in Canada. They have become the standard of excellence for businesses and organizations in the travel industry, showcasing the Mike and Jeanne Reimer, owners of Churchill Wild, Churchill Wild co-founders Mike and nation’s best tourism products, serJeanne Reimer receive 2017 Transat Sustainable Tourism Award at the Canadian Tourism vices and experiences.

By Marianne Curtis

Manitoba. The Transat Sustainable Tourism Award recognizes a business which protects and preserves natural and cultural heritage resources; fosters appreciation and enjoyment of natural and cultural heritage resources; raises awareness among visitors and influences them to enjoy resources sustainably; mitigates negative impacts of tourism on the natural and cultural environment; and respects, involves and engages other stakeholders and host

Awards along with Provencher MP Ted Falk.

Traffic Safety Board Make Suggestions to Improve Ste. Anne Crossing By Marianne Curtis

road authority, the town designated the crossing as a public pedestrian crossing and “pedestrian” was selected as the “design vehicle”. The construction of the public pedestrian level grade crossing was completed in September 2015. A S-shaped concrete sidewalk with an abrupt approach on both sides of the track was installed, and 1.2-meter (4-foot)-high chain link fence was installed along both sides of the sidewalk The Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s report states that since the crossing is not restricted to pedestrians, it may be prudent for the parties to reevaluate the crossing design to include cyclists, persons using assistive devices as well as all-terrain vehicles and snow-

mobiles if necessary. The report further states that while the crossing met the regulatory requirements for the designated usage (pedestrians), there is nothing that precludes any party responsible for crossing safety from upgrading the crossing protection at any time. Suggestions include adding barriers that force cyclists to dismount off their bikes and walk across the tracks; realign and widen the crossing to 90 degrees to improve sight lines in both directions; and the installation of automated flashing lights, bells and gates at the crossing.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has released their findings after an initial investigation into an accident, which claimed the life of eleven-yearold Karma Brown. Brown died on September 15 after she was struck by a CN freight train while pedaling her bike along a pedestrian pathway that crossed the tracks. The crossing, which was upgraded in 2014, intersected the tracks at a 147degree angle. The crossing is equipped with standard railway crossing signs (crossbucks), along with a high-speed train warning sign secured to each signpost. A review of the train’s locomotive event recorder confirmed that the train’s horn was activated as it approached the crossing, and that the train was operated in accordance with regulatory requirements. Since the mid-1980s, a private road crossing was present at the location of the current pedestrian crossing. By November 2014, the private crossing was being regularly accessed by the public due to the expansion of the town on the south side of the tracks. The report noted that the Town got approval from, the Canadian Transportation The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has made some suggestions for the improveAgency (CTA) to install a public cross- ment of a railway crossing located in St. Anne where 11-year-old Karma Brown lost her ing at that location. As the authorized life back in September.



Operation Red Nose Celebrates 5 Years For the fifth year in a row, Operation Red Nose Steinbach/La Broquerie is rolling through the streets, providing safe rides to residents in southern Manitoba during the holiday season. Operation Red Nose became available to people in the Steinbach and La Broquerie areas five holiday seasons ago. The program is organized and operated annually by the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) from Ecole St-Joachim, in La Broquerie as a school fundraiser. The group has partnered with the City of Steinbach, RM of La Broquerie and Steinbach RCMP to ensure its ongoing success. Ecole St-Joachim PAC Spokesperson Mariette Kirouac said there is still time to volunteer. “It is not too late to sign up to volunteer,” said Kirouac. Drivers are required to have a valid driver’s license, vehicle and

work in pairs. A criminal record check is also required. “The more drivers we have, the better; we don’t want to leave anyone waiting for a ride so they get impatient and decide to take a chance,” Kirouac added. “We aim to sign up at least a hundred people.” Operation Red Nose is a communitybased volunteer program offering holiday partygoers a safe ride home during the holidays. The service is not exclusive to motorists who have been drinking; it is also available for those who do not feel fit to drive because of fatigue or medication, for example. The service is free, but donations are highly encouraged. This year’s Operation Red Nose Steinbach/La Broquerie kicked off November 24. The service will be available December 8 and 9; December 15 and 16; December 22 and 23, and December 31. To use the service call Operation Red

Pat Porter Active Living Centre offers programs, activities, services and volunteer opportunities, striving to promote healthy and active living for mature adults of the southeast region. We invite you to come out (all ages are welcomed) and pay us a visit and consider participating in some of our programs and events. News and Activities Volunteer Opportunities: We are in need of a receptionist for Tuesday Mornings 8:45 am - 12:45 pm and every other Thursday mornings 8:45 am - 12:45 pm. If either of these days works for you, we would be honoured to have you join our team! All ages are welcomed. Please call Lynda at 204320-4603 for more information. Rentals: Book your next function/event at our Centre. We can accommodate Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Christmas Gatherings and Showers amongst others. Call Lynda 204-320-4600 for more information and to book. Events/Presentations: Christmas Banquet – Thursday, December 14 – 5:30 pm Punch, 6 pm Supper - Tickets are $15 for Members, $18 Non-Members. Come enjoy a traditional Christmas Supper with all the trimmings! Christmas Banquet is open to Every One of all ages! Deadline for tickets is November 30. Tickets are not available at the door. Music of the 50s, 60s and 70s – On Friday, January 26, 2018 from 7 -11 pm. Live band The Cracked Egg Shell Band. Advanced tickets $11 Members, $13 Non-Members and $16 at the door. Regular Activities: Make sure to check out our quarterly Newsletter. All Programs have a fee of $2 to participate, unless otherwise stated. Fitness Class: Tuesdays from 10:45 – 11:45 am. Everyone must register and fill out a consent form before class starts. Dancing Shoes: Tuesdays from 7-9 pm. Practice your dance moves to your own music. Ho Model Railway Project: Wednesdays from 9 am – 4 pm. Movie Time: At 1 pm the 4th Monday of each month. Family friendly movies. Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle: Wednesdays from 1:30 – 4 pm. Pickleball: Monday, Thursday and Fridays 9 - 11:30 am and Tuesdays 9 - 10:30 am. Drop in Billiards: Monday - Friday from 9 am – 4 pm. Cards: Monday - Canasta; Wednesday Cribbage. All card games from 1 - 4 pm.

Choir: Wednesdays from 10 - 11:30 am. Computer Classes: Wednesdays, 9 am – 1 pm. Please call to book your appointment. Old Time Country Jam: Wednesdays, 7 - 9 pm. New Connection: 1st Thursday of each month 2 - 3:30 pm. Free Programs Crafty Corner: Every Friday from 2 3:30 pm. Bring your craft, anything goes – knitting, scrapbooking, woodwork, etc and have some good conversation, coffee and share in learning from each other. Cozy Corner Coffee Time: 10:30 every morning for FREE coffee, tea and a cookie. Meet new people and staff in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Walking Program: Every Morning from 8:30 - 9 am (Weekdays) in our Auditorium. FREE to the public! Enjoy Free Coffee or Tea after!!! Buddy Up – Program designed to touch base daily (short phone call) with a buddy to act as a safety net. If you live alone or spend part of your week alone this would be a program for you! If you are interested, please contact Lynda 204320-4603 for more details. Other Programs/Services Provided/Misc. Information Noon Meals: Available Monday through Friday. Cost $6. Come join us for lunch. Call Deb at 320-4605 the day before or by 9 am that day to reserve your meal. Foot Care Clinic: Foot care is available the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month and the third Tuesday and Thursday of every month. Call Reception at 204-320-4600 to book your appointment. Beltone Hearing Clinic: Third Friday of the month. Call 1-800-661-2653 to book your appointment. Memberships: All regular program fees are $2 for members and $4 for all nonmembers. Purchase a 2018 membership for $25 per person and receive the remainder of 2017 free! Memberships also give you a discount on other special events, discount on rentals and more! For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities, drop by the Centre, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4 pm, call Lynda at 204-3204603 or call the reception desk at 204320-4600. Fax 204-320-9098 Visit our website at patporteralc.com.

By Marianne Curtis

Nose at 204-424-9555 between 9 pm - 3 am for a safe ride home for you and your vehicle if you live in the La Broquerie, Steinbach and surrounding communities. For an easier connection, drivers can download a free Operation Red Nose app onto their phones and automatically get connected on the nights of service, as well as other useful tools. Rides can be pre booked for any Friday or Saturday in December, including New Year’s Eve. If individuals, groups of friend or workplace would like to volunteer, call at 204371-1018 or email jnadeauwilson@gmail. com.


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