Dawson Trail Dispatch December 2018

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Operation Red Nose Makes Celebrating Christmas Safer

Operation Red Nose Steinbach-La Broquerie had a very successful first run this weekend! With the help of 29 volunteers, we were able to give 39 rides to 72 clients and received $968.05 in donations. This year, funds raised will go toward the purchase of new jerseys for the improvisation team and equipment for theater and music programs. We are still looking for volunteers! To become a volunteer, please contact us at 204-424-9555 or sign up at operationrednosesteinbachlabroquerie.ca.

Operation Red Nose Launched in St. Malo By Marianne Curtis On November 30, volunteers for Operation Red Nose Saint Malo hit the streets for their inaugural season. Operation Red Nose Saint Malo was

recently organized and launched by the St. Malo Parish Fundraising Committee as a means to raise funds to undertake improvements to the church basement. According to Charmaine Gosselin, St. Malo Parish Fundraising Committee, the

money collected by Operation Red Nose volunteers is slated for repairs to the spacious auditorium, which serves as a meeting place for the entire community. “All proceeds of this campaign will go Continued on page 2...

Irregularities Discovered During De Salaberry Forensic Audit A forensic audit report released by Manitoba Auditor General Norm Ricard on November 6 contains the results of 3 separate forensic audits, including one conducted on the RM of De Salaberry. Forensic audits typically involve examining risks, concerns or allegations of fraud, or other illegal or unethical conduct. In the third audit in the report, the Auditor General examined 5 allegations related to financial irregularities in the RM of De Salaberry between January 1, 2010 and May 31, 2014. The audit found $33,000 in unsupported credit card transactions were made over a period of more than 4 years, and that project management services were not tendered, as required by policy. The Auditor General could not conclude on the allegation that not all donations at a fundraising event were deposited, as there was no way to assess completeness of the cash donations recorded on the summary listing. It was alleged that not all donations from a fundraising golf tournament were deposited into the accounts. “Unrecorded cash donations is a significant risk for most cash-based fundraising events,” said Ricard. “The process used at the event for collecting cash donations was highly susceptible to this risk.” The RM of De Salaberry audit stemmed from a concern received through the Office’s citizen concerns line. Ricard encouraged Manitobans and especially public servants to utilize the Auditor General’s confidential citizen concerns line to report suspected fraud within the provincial government, or suspected mismanagement or misuse of provincial assets. “We are interested in what you have to say,” said Ricard. “All allegations or concerns received will be given serious consideration for further audit or investigatory work.” Citizen concerns can be made by calling 204-945-2169 or email citizens.concerns@oag.mb.ca.


Operation Red Nose Launched in St. Malo towards the Parish Hall projects and upgrades. As it stands, our Parish Hall serves as a community centre for many groups for youths,” Gosselin explained. “Contributions will help shape the future generations of our community by providing them with a gathering place that is as welcoming as possible.” Operation Red Nose Saint Malo will be available to anyone needing a ride within the Niverville, Morris, Grunthal, Vita, St. Pierre-Jolys, Ste. Agathe, St. Jean Baptiste, Kleefeld and Dominion City areas. A special arrangement has been made to work with both the Winnipeg and La Broquerie branches of Operation Red Nose, with Kleefeld and Ile des Chenes serving as meeting points. Until six years ago, Operation Red Nose was primarily limited to the City of Winnipeg. Since the inception of Operation

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Red Nose Steinbach/La Broquerie, $27,594 has been raised by the parent advisory committee from Ecole St. Joachim, in La Broquerie. Launched in Manitoba back in 1995, Operation Red Nose is a unique December-only designated driver program that operates for free. When you call the local Operation Red Nose headquarters, a threeperson driving team is dispatched to pick you up, your passengers and your car. You and your passengers will be driven to your destination, in your vehicle and followed by an Operation Red Nose Escort. While the service is free, a suggested donation of $20 per ride is encouraged. This year Operation Red Nose will be available on Fridays and Saturdays except December 28 and 29 and available on the Monday for New Year’s Eve. To ensure the success of the program, about fifteen volunteers are needed per evening. To book a ride call Operation Red Nose Saint Malo at 204-347-5518;

St. Malo resident Jari Carriere shared his life changing DUI story at a press conference held to launch Operation Red Nose Saint Malo. Photo by Charmaine Gosselin

to volunteer call 204-746-0263. For Operation Red Nose La Broquerie/ Steinbach call 204-424-9555.for a ride or to volunteer.

Province Announces Code of Conduct for Elected Officials The provincial government is introducing legislation that would strengthen and standardize council codes of conduct. According to Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton, the decision was made as a result of a number of requests from municipal councillors regarding the prevention and enforcement mechanisms available in response to harassment and bullying in the workplace. “As a result, we have undertaken significant and meaningful consultations over the past several months with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM), elected officials and municipal administrators

to develop the proposed amendments to council code of conduct requirements,” said Wharton. The Municipal Amendment Act (strengthening codes of conduct for council members) would make a number of changes that would strengthen the legislation around council codes of conduct. These changes would include requiring all members of council to undergo mandatory respectful conduct training within six months of being elected or re-elected. Manitoba would become the first province in western Canada to require elected municipal councillors to complete mandatory training or face suspension from council. The bill would also prescribe the minimum content of the council code of conduct, established by bylaw, would standardize the code across municipalities, ensuring that all council members must adhere to the same minimum set of ethical standards and procedures for implementing their code. The code would define a minimum standard, establish a process for dealing with complaints, expand sanctions

that may include suspension from council up to 90 days, mandatory training, letter of apology and establish an appeal process. This bill was drawn up as a result of consultations with elected officials and municipal administrators took place from May to October 2018. The call to create a code of conduct was first made after the sudden resignation of former Ritchot Reeve Jackie Hunt, nearly two years ago after alleged bullying by a fellow councillor. The matter was recently discussed at the AMM convention in Brandon, where members welcomed the review of The Municipal Act and other relevant legislation to identify opportunities to strengthen protections for municipal officials. “The AMM is committed to promoting respectful workplace policies and practices for all AMM members,” stated the AMM. “The AMM recommends the government; strengthen protections for municipal officials in close consultation with the AMM and municipalities.”

Ritchot Chamber Recognizes Local Businesses Two local businesses and one volunteer organization were recognized with awards during the Ritchot Regional Chamber of Commerce 3rd Annual Gala and Business Awards. Taking home the Entrepreneur of the Year Award was Arrowhead Park RV from Ile des Chenes. The Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to the IDC Community Response Unit. The coveted Business of the Year Award went to Deva Jatt Transport. This year’s event took place at the TransCanada Centre in Ile des Chenes on November 10. The Ritchot Regional Chamber of Commerce started out with a pool of 70 candidates representing local businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the RM of Ritchot, Niverville and Lorette.



2018 Has Been Eventful The winner of the most eventful story was either the legalization of marijuana, renegotiating NAFTA, the purchase of pipeline by the Federal Government or Global warming, although many more stories could make this list. This list is only a small part of the files the Federal cabinet has in their vision and what’s on their to do list. The marijuana file is front and centre only because we are the second country to legalize this recreational drug. Eventually we will have less people with legal difficulties, but social issues which were always in the forefront will get deserved attention. Municipal concerns are somewhat disingenuous because they were previously dealing with this issue when it was illegal, now it’s just a matter of going forward bravely. This is a story which used a lot of ink and will waste more. My emphasis is on waste, the usage of this product hasn’t substantially changed. This story will become a footnote in history. NAFTA 2.0 appears to be a go. Some things have changed but likely this is the best we could get in view of the Trump effect. The important lesson here is to spread our ability to trade with anybody who wishes to trade fairly. The President of the USA applying tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum because we are a security risk to our neighbors in his imagination, this is an insult to common sense and that is probably one of Trump’s best traits. This deal gives us a bit of insight on the difficulties our Canadian team faced. Many jobs will depend on this agreement. Building a pipeline and getting Alberta oil to tide water is an imperative. The $90 billion is an estimate of yearly losses we incur by having just the American as our only buyer for our Alberta crude. Furthermore it is coming to light that American organizations are funding anti pipeline groups in Canada. They seem to be very anxious and are spending a lot of money to negate a pipeline to tide water. There are many indigenous groups who lobby to stall the building of this very same project. Is there a connection? Yet First Nations people want many things from Canada. There are many benefits provided for free, even some that the tax payer must pays for. So what can you do for Canada? Time to stand up and participate and make a difference, the money you need is attached to that pipeline. This story should define the Canadian Team, all of us together. Global warming is real and yes even if I am pro pipeline I can appreciate the hard work ahead. Oil will be part of the landscape for a few more years. Take a peek in your garage, is it an electric vehicle? No. Then you have two choices, go to the pump or walk. Whinging is useless. To transition to a much needed green economy, cash now is needed to pay for it. Anything else will cater to the weakness of human nature’s fallibility. Priorities will be set by the governments we put in place. Pollution should and will cost, that’s what will motivate change. But first let’s get the economy humming. This story needs to define hope for our grandchildren and great grandchildren. To all a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year.

Changing by the Hour On November 14 and 15, residents from across southeastern Manitoba packed community halls to voice their concerns over the decision by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to reduce the hours of operation at three ports of entry in Provencher. Local residents shared how the earlier closing times at border crossings in Piney, South Junction and Tolstoi would have a profoundly negative impact on their communities. Many people who reside near the border use these three crossings to travel to their places of employment in the United States. They also cross the border to receive health care services, to shop, to participate in recreation and to visit family members. Residents of these border towns are inextricably linked together with the communities on the US side of the border. The decision to reduce operating hours would have essentially shut down any meaningful evening travel to the United States as those Canadians would not be able to return home before the border closed. I spoke directly with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale in Ottawa when the news of this reduction of hours first came to light. I shared with him letters from the local Reeve’s and MLAs of the areas affected. And of course I joined with the hundreds of local residents to share my concerns at the public meetings, which were held after the decision had already been made. Then there was some good news. Earlier this week, on the day the changes were to take effect, my office was informed that CBSA had decided to put the changes on hold. What great news this was to start off the week. Minister Goodale’s office stated that the decision to put the reductions on hold was made in order to provide more time for community consultations. Of course these consultations should have occurred before the decision was initially made, but regardless, this was certainly positive news for our area. Then, late Tuesday, we heard that the northbound gates on the American side were being closed early. The US offices close earlier than those on the Canadian side, and once again travellers were essentially locked out of Canada during the evening hours. So once again, on Wednesday, I talked to Minister Goodale about this new situation and demanded that it be dealt with immediately. To his credit, the Minister found this situation to be just as exasperating as I did, and I am pleased to say that later that night the gates stayed open. On Thursday, we received official confirmation from the Americans that the gates would remain open. I want to congratulate residents of Provencher for making your voices heard. I am grateful to Minister Goodale for his help but it should be noted that this rollercoaster situation at our border could have been easily avoided. While the news from early this week was certainly very encouraging, there is still more to do. We must also remember that the Liberal government could revisit the hours of operation changes at any time and we must be prepared to voice our concerns should the opportunity arise again. As your Member of Parliament, please know that I’ll continue to stay vigilant on your behalf and I will continue to hold this Liberal Government to account as your common sense voice in Ottawa. For more information on this or any issue please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1-866-3331933 or at 204-326-9889. Visit me on Facebook at Facebook.com/TedFalkMP. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12N, Steinbach MB, R5G 1T4 or visit my website at tedfalk.ca.

On Our Way to the “Most Improved” Province Our government is well on its way to making Manitoba the most improved province in Canada, and will take further steps on that path during the new legislative session that began in November. We will bring forward a Referendum Act to restore the rights of Manitobans to vote on major tax increases. As well, to change the culture of government and to provide the best services possible for people across the province, we will create a Public Service Act that reflects the needs of Manitobans into the future. As Manitoba’s health-care system undergoes a transformation to make it better and more sustainable, new legislative changes will clarify the roles of the Department of Health, Seniors and Active Living and the various organizations delivering health services. Next summer, we will release our Clinical and Preventive Services Plan to guide decisions toward better care and shorter wait times. In response to the dangers of impaired driving, we are bringing in an Immediate Roadside Prohibition program to allow police to deal with lower-level alcohol-related cases more quickly. In education, our Progressive Conservative government will soon begin the first in-depth review of Manitoba’s kindergarten to Grade 12 system in decades to improve schooling for all students. We will also unveil a plan for economic development following a review that involved extensive consultations with business and industry representatives. And we will work toward a new approach to tax-increment financing with a goal to increase private-sector investment and drive economic growth. While these improvements and many others are on the way for Manitobans, I am looking forward to spending some time celebrating the Christmas season. At the beginning of December, I participated in the Lorette Parade of Lights and Tree-Lighting Ceremony as well as the Christmas open house at the Manitoba legislature - kicking off the festive season with lights, decorations and carolling. My most recent Coffee with Bob was well-attended. This time I held it in St. Adolphe, and was joined by Ritchot Mayor Chris Ewen as I met with Dawson Trail constituents and heard what they had to say about the community. I wish everyone in the Dawson Trail constituency a wonderful Christmas and all the best in 2019.


Making Health and Education a Manitoba Priority Our government’s transformation of health care is just one of the many ways we are improving services for Manitobans. Cameron Friesen, Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living, announced recently that our provincial government is investing more than $5.3 million to significantly increase the number of hip replacements, knee replacements and cataract surgeries in Manitoba in 2019. More than 4,100 hip and knee replacements and 12,900 cataract surgeries were performed in Manitoba in 2017-18. The new investment will ensure at least 1,000 more hip and knee replacements are performed, and will fund at least 2,000 additional cataract surgeries – increases of 25 per cent and 16 per cent, respectively. Patients across our province deserve better care sooner, including with the length of time they wait for priority procedures. Health care was one of many services mentioned in the Speech from the Throne delivered by Lt. Gov. Janice Filmon on November 20. The speech opened a new session of the legislature and set out the priorities of our government for the upcoming year. One of these priorities is to continue to reduce the provincial deficit while providing tax relief for families and small businesses. We will restore the right of Manitobans to vote on major tax increases by way of a Referendum Act, which will also provide a framework for holding such referendums. Another priority for us is improving the child education system to prepare our youth for this ever-changing world. In the months ahead, our government will launch an in-depth review of Manitoba’s kindergarten to Grade 12 system. This will be Manitoba’s first review of the K-12 system in decades and will engage parents, professionals, experts and others in order to improve schooling for all students. Our government is making strong progress for Manitoba, and a brighter future awaits our province. However, much more work lies ahead. To vastly improve our province and the lives of Manitobans, we are making the necessary decisions with courage and care. As this is my last column in the Dispatch before Christmas, I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. Please drive safely! 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 at dennis.smook@leg.gov.mb.ca.

Municipalities Call for Reinstatement of Road and Bridge Programs On November 27, the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) joined communities with a call to action after an earlier Provincial announcement that would see the termination of a key municipal infrastructure program. In June 2018, the Province of Manitoba announced plans to terminate the Municipal Road and Bridge Program. A total of $2.25 million was made available to municipalities in 2018 for the final year of the Municipal Road and Bridge Program. In 2017, $14 million was available to municipalities through this essential program. “Municipal road and bridge infrastructure is essential for a better Manitoba,” said Chris Goertzen, AMM President. “This program has very little red tape, which makes it an efficient way for municipalities to partner with the provincial government to build much-needed infrastructure in local communities across our province.” Municipalities from around Manitoba have joined together to voice their concerns regarding the provincial government’s decision. In fact, a record number of municipalities, 102 have cosponsored a resolution calling on the provincial government to not proceed with plans to transition the Municipal Road and Bridge Program into the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and fully reinstate the former funding levels for this essential municipal program. The AMM further recommended that the Province increase operating funds to municipalities and identify new, additional sources of revenue for municipalities to address Manitoba’s growing $11+ billion infrastructure deficit and increasing municipal responsibilities. They want an increase in investments in core infrastructure, namely municipal roads, bridges and water and wastewater-related projects as well as provincial highways and that the province eliminate or rebate the more than $25 million in PST paid on an annual basis by municipalities.

Whistleblower Act Strengthened… Too Late for Richer Firefighters? The Provincial Government has announced amendments to The Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act (PIDA) effective December 1 that extends to include school divisions and district, and their employees and municipal and local governments. Only one problem. The expanded act is optional for municipal governments to sign on. A municipal government has to opt in by municipal resolution. They can choose to continue policing themselves when it comes to ethical complaints and accusations that require investigation. Unless the municipal council chooses to opt in, employees of the municipality will never see a true independent investigation if they have a complaint. While dismissed firefighters Don McDougall and Rob Desautels would have welcomed a thorough unbiased investigation into allegations against former councilor and fire chief Paul Saindon, instead they were left with an internal review of a complex and serious situation by the “personnel committee” of the RM of Ste. Anne made up of Saindon’s peers who passed the investigative part onto their CAO who was already tasked with performing her regular day-to-day duties and preparing the office for a new municipal government. Just looking at the decisions made… it almost points towards a quick scan of the evidence without any serious time committed to getting to the bottom of the allegations. The “quick fix” set aside any justice. One wonders if the CAO felt like she was caught between a rock and a hard place. Saindon was fire chief… technically her employee. Saindon was also a councilor… technically part of her employer team. And to boot, he had announced his candidacy for Reeve… technically her boss. If there was any reason for the Provincial Ombudsman to jump in, this one screamed “help.” The personnel committee at the time was letting time run out on their tenure and did not seem to want to be proactive in anything other than grabbing the name plate off the council chambers table. A few weeks ago when the Dispatch called the Ombudsmen office to find out what it takes for them to get involved in municipal matters, we were told that it had to be something on the scale as improper tendering or serious conflict of interest. Municipal employees were not on their radar. Municipal employees were under the jurisdiction of the municipality and policies it had established. It is like the rats guarding the cheese, depending on established policies. While the Provincial Ombudsmen office did agree there were serious allegations coming out from the RM of Ste. Anne, their hands were tied. They did ask and accept written complaints from McDougall but he has not heard anything as of yet. Maybe, just maybe… with the legislation opening the door partially, the Provincial Ombudsman may take another look at the situation and read over the complaint and evidence. MLA Bob Lagasse has also been informed of the situation, maybe, just maybe… he might decide to get proactive and bring this to the appropriate colleague’s attention. Part of the act brought forth by his colleague is “authorizing the ombudsman to receive and investigate reprisal complaints, and make recommendations to address acts or threats of reprisal.” If the RM of Ste. Anne council decides to actually opt in to this legislation, on one hand it frees them up from any perceived conflict of interest when investigating a complaint, on the other hand it would be tough on the status quo to have a potential spotlight shining down on your actions if you know you have not always been above board when performing your duties. Let’s see which councilors take the high road and prove they have nothing to hide.


Border: Canadian Citizens Not on Top of Priority List

Dear Editor: Last week, hundreds of residents of southeastern Manitoba attended community meetings to voice their concerns over the decision by the Canada Border Services Agency to reduce the hours of operation for the ports of entry located in Piney, South Junction and Tolstoi. What we heard from the local residents was alarming. The earlier closing times will have a profoundly negative impact on these communities and the residents who call these communities home. Many of them use these three crossings to travel to their places of employment in the United States. They also cross the border to receive health care services, to shop, to participate in recreation and to visit family members. Residents of these border towns are inextricably linked together with the communities on the American side of the border. The decision by this Liberal Government to reduce operating hours essentially shuts down any meaningful evening travel to the United States as those Canadians will not be able to return home before the border closes. Many at the meeting pointed to the fact that the government has no problem keeping our border open and fully-staffed for illegal migrants. The entire border seems to be open for them to cross 24/7. Justin Trudeau’s “welcome to Canada” message was seen as an open invitation for tens of thousands of people to flood into Canada. The Liberal Government even built them welcome centres at our border ports and a pathway to make it easier for them to cross. As the residents at the meetings mentioned, we are spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on providing border services for people who don’t live here, have illegally crossed into Canada and have never contributed to Canada and expect to take full advantage of our social services and generosity. So, why is Justin Trudeau cutting services to rural Canadian citizens in Piney, South Junction and Tolstoi? People who cross the border regularly and do it legally every time. People who have worked hard, played by the rules and payed taxes all their lives? Canadians have given Justin Trudeau almost two years to fix the illegal migrant problem and to date his only solution is to throw money at it – money that is being drained from services to Canadian citizens. The people in southeastern Manitoba are now experiencing this in a very real, upfront and personal way. Canadians know that this is not fair and they are yet again left shaking their heads when it comes to understanding the priorities of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government. One thing is certain, with this decision, he has again spoken loudly that law abiding tax-paying Canadian citizens are not at the top of his priority list. I spoke directly with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale in Ottawa when the news of the reduction of the operating hours came to light. I shared with him letters from the local Reeve’s and MLAs of the areas affected. And of course I joined with the local residents to share my concerns at the public meetings, which were held AFTER the decision had already been made. In making this decision, the government has failed to take into account the harm, both economic and social, that it will inflict upon the entire southeastern region of our province and they have failed to stand up for rural Canadians. As the Member of Parliament for Provencher, I implore the Liberal Government to listen to the opinions and concerns that were brought forward this week, consider the economic and social costs to our area, and reverse this decision immediately. Sincerely, Ted Falk Member of Parliament for Provencher

Close to 200 residents attended a meeting in Piney to share their concerns over the recent Canada Border Services announcement of reduced hours of operation at the Piney and Photo provided by the office of Ted Falk South Junction border crossings.


Southeast Communities Begin Celebrating Holiday Season By Marianne Curtis A number of communities in the region kicked off the holiday season with events for the entire family. In Lorette, the Lorette Family Fun Group hosted a two day festival that started with Elves Shelves. Elves Shelves is an annual Christmas kids’ market where everything

is .25cents, with all proceeds going to Tache Food Bank. This unique market is designed to give children ages 2-12 years old the opportunity to shop for family members, with the help of Santa’s elves. At the end of the day, the community gathered along Main Street to watch the Santa Clause Parade and light the community Christmas tree outside the Lorette Catho-

lic Church; then breakfast with Santa the next morning. In St. Malo, the Chamber of Commerce hosted Breakfast with Santa on December 1, in the Iberville Hall, church basement. This event was a fundraiser for renovations that need to take place in the hall, including the foundation, the stage and the kitchen.

Hundreds of kids lined the streets of Lorette for a glimpse of Santa who arrived early to participate in the community parade. Photos by Marianne Curtis


Proposed Border Hour Changes on Hold The month of November was stressful for residents living on both sides of the border after the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced proposed border hour reduction at three ports of entry located in the RM of Piney. On November 14 and 15, residents from across southeastern Manitoba packed community halls to voice their concerns over the decision by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to reduce the hours of operation at three ports of entry in Provencher. The residents strongly opposed earlier closing times at border crossings in Piney, South Junction and Tolstoi, and shared how these changes would negatively impact the communities and businesses to those residents who call these communities home. Provencher MP Ted Falk strongly supported residents within his constituency. “I spoke directly with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale in Ottawa when the news of the reduction of hours came to light. I shared with him letters from the local Reeve’s and MLAs of the areas affected. And of course I joined with the hundreds of local residents to share my concerns at the public meetings which were held after the decision had already been made,” Falk stated. “Earlier this week, on the day the changes were to take effect, my office was informed that CBSA had decided to put the changes on hold. What great news this was to start off the week.” Falk said that the decision to put the reductions on hold was made in order to provide more time for community consultations. While the Canadian side has vowed to stay open for now, the northbound lanes on the American side will close earlier. “This leaves travelers essentially locked out of Canada in these areas during the evening hours,” Falk explained. “This situation is a direct result of poor planning by this government and it could have been easily avoided.” Falk has promised to continue fighting on behalf of the many residents who reside in the border towns, who use the three affected crossings. Many residents in the RM of Piney use the ports of entry on a daily basis for employment and health services, recreation and to visit family members. Currently the Tolstoi crossing is open from 8 am to 10 pm. The new changes would result in the port closing at 6 pm instead, with the exception of summer hours when it would be open until 8 pm. The South Junction port of entry currently operates from 8 am to midnight. The new proposal calls for the operating hours to be reduced by 4 hours (8 am to 8 pm). The third port affected, Piney, currently operates from 9 am to 10 pm and the proposed new hours of operation will result in a reduction of 5 hours of service (9 am to 5 pm).

Community Support Overwhelms Sundown Family The Office of the Fire Commissioner has deemed that an overheated laptop was the cause of an early evening house fire that destroyed the home of Randy and Joyska Tkachyk, near Sundown. On November 21, the couple, and their two young daughters Jessi and Jordyn were in church that evening when they got the call that their home burned to the ground. Upon their return they discovered their 1,100 square foot home, and 1,800 square foot addition was gone. One of the family’s dogs died in the fire. The RM of Piney’s fire department said crews got the call at around 8 pm but when firefighters got to the scene the home was already destroyed. The family has insurance and says they plan to rebuild. Meanwhile, Rosalie Stelmeck, from Heavenly Pines in Piney stepped up with the Heavenly Pines Pay it Forward Program and initiated a call to action to help the family. “The family literally had only the clothes on their back so we needed not just monetary donations, but clothes, food, furniture. We just came back from delivering all the donations and are very pleased to announce that we have received more than enough clothes and winter gear for all of them. At the moment, the home they are staying in is furnished so they thankfully don’t need anything big yet,” said Stelmeck. “The Tkachyk family, they are doing very well and have everything they need at this point.” However, Stelmeck noted that fundraising was still taking place to help the family have a special Christmas. “We are still fundraising for them as well in order to help make their first Christmas as a family extra special! Our fundraiser for them will close on December 20.” An account has also been set up in their name at Access Credit Union, Vita Branch for anyone wanting to still help out. Donations can be made at other Access Credit Unions as well. The account is called the “Tkachyk Family Fire Fund”.

The Tkachyk family amid a number of the donations collected on their behalf after losing everything in a house fire near Submitted photo. Sundown on November 21.

City of Steinbach Supports Bethesda Foundation

On November 21, the City of Steinbach presented a payment of $300,000 to the Bethesda Foundation. According to Steinbach Mayor Earl Funk, this is the last payment for a total of $1.5 Million committed over 5 years. The City has also committed an additional $500,000 to the Bethesda Foundation over the next two years in support of general healthcare development for Steinbach.

Steinbach Mayor Earl Funk presented a cheque to the Bethesda Foundation’s Board Chair, Garth Reimer and Board Members, Waldo Neustaedter and Marg Rempel.


PBO Reveals Cost of Irregular Migrants to Canadians Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher, responded to the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s (PBO) estimate of the Federal costs of irregular migration into Canada. According to Falk, over the past two years, the Liberal government has failed to address a significant increase of illegal border crossings occurring along Canada’s southern border, including near Emerson. The PBO revealed that the total variable cost to Federal organizations for migrants who cross the border between official ports of entry, defined as irregular migrants in the report, that entered Canada in 2017-2018 is $340 million. Under the regular process for refugee asylum claims, the distinction in the PBO report is that these asylum seekers make their claim at an official port of entry. The average cost per irregular migrant is currently more than $14,000 and is expected to rise to over $16,000 in 2019-2020, although the PBO noted that costs vary between $9,915 and $33,700 depending on how the asylum claim progresses from first hearing to acceptance or denial and final removal from Canada. According to Falk these estimates do not include costs borne by provincial or municipal governments including social assistance or housing. However, the PBO reports that Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides health insurance to refugee claimants that are rejected, ineligible, awaiting a decision or has a positive PRRA decision. These costs are borne by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allowing claimants to access public healthcare through a private-sector health insurance claims company. If the asylum claim is successful, the refugee can transfer to the provincial health care plan as a protected person. Otherwise, they continue to access health insurance through IFHP until their removal from Canada. This financial arrangement is similar to education, housing or social services, healthcare costs which are all time sensitive. The longer a claimant is within the refugee claims system, the greater are the total costs for IRCC. In a June of this year the Federal government announced it would transfer an initial $50 million for temporary housing for asylum claimants. Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba would receive $36 million, $11 million and $3 million, respectively, as these provinces have borne most of these cost. The PBO report noted that there has been no additional funding transfer to affected Provinces announced. “This report sheds new light on the crisis situation at our border,” stated Falk. “I warned the Liberal government to take action nearly two years ago. Instead they chose to stick their heads in the sand and name-call those who dare to ask questions of their government. Now Canadians know just how much Liberal inaction is costing them.” The PBO’s numbers show that the cost of accommodating one irregular border crosser is more than the gross annual income of a Canadian minimum wage worker or about twice as much as Canadian seniors get per year in Old Age Security. “If the Liberals continue down this path, by March 2020 the costs to Canadians will be at least $1.1 billion,” Falk added. “That doesn’t even include the hundreds of millions in additional costs to the provinces.” The PBO report estimates that ht e potential cost will vary depending on number of claims. It notes that if irregular migration increases by another 10,000 people above the 2017 level of 23,755 irregular claimants, up to 33,755 irregular claimants the cost would escalate to over $600 million by 2020 and if the number of claimants drops by 10,000 below the 2017 level instead, the cost would be $200 million in 2020. According to Falk, the Liberal government is also failing genuine refugees proceeding through the refugee system. In the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), the tribunal tasked with determining the validity of refugee claims had the capacity to hear 24,000 claims. As the PBO report points out, during the same period the IRB saw upwards of 52,000 new asylum claims submitted, 23,215 of which represented irregular migrants. As of September 2018, a total backlog of 64,929 cases had piled up, including more than 28,000 representing irregular migrants. “Such a significant backlog is a huge detriment to genuine refugees who are fleeing violence, persecution, and war since resources are being diverted to address the claims of illegal border crossers,” Falk said. “Canadians want to know our refugee system is truly helping the most vulnerable. Unfortunately Justin Trudeau’s refusal to address this issue continues to undermine Canadians’ confidence in our system.” “Conservatives will write to the Auditor General to request an investigation into the Trudeau government’s mismanagement of the illegal border crossing crisis,” Falk noted.

RCMP Track Down Armed Robbery Suspects On November 26 at 7 pm RCMP were dispatched to an armed robbery on Main Street in Steinbach. Two suspects armed with a knife threatened to stab an adult male victim if he did not give up his cell phone and cash. Both of the suspects had their faces covered with masks

during the robbery. The suspects then departed in a vehicle which was determined by Police to be stolen in Selkirk. Steinbach RCMP immediately responded by patrolling in the nearby area in an effort to locate the suspects of the robbery.

Police located the stolen vehicle approximately 30 minutes after the robbery. The vehicle and the two suspects were parked in a parking lot at a nearby apartment complex not far from the scene of the robbery. Multiple officers swiftly approached the vehicle and arrested

both suspects without further incident. Both suspects were identified and charged. Colton Parkes aged 21 of Winnipeg received 12 charges that include robbery with other offensive weapon, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, carrying concealed weapon, disguised with intent to commit offence, possession

of weapon, uttering threats, fail to comply with recognizance and fail to comply with probation order. Candice Irene Smith aged 33 of Selkirk was charged with robbery with other offensive weapon and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000. Both, Parkes and Smith were remanded into custody and transported to the Remand facility in Winnipeg.


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Whistleblowers Fired Is RM of Ste. Anne Fire Department Sending Message… okay to cheat, just don’t get caught? By Dan Guetre

According to the RM of Ste. Anne CAO, it is business as usual for its fire department following the hiring of a new Chief, Deputy Chief and five new firefighters. This couldn’t be further from the truth according to recently fired Deputy Chief Don McDougall and Captain Rob Desautels who believe the actions taken by then councilor and Chief Paul Saindon, and now Reeve, borders on misconduct, harassment and

It was agreed upon at the time to seal the confession and suspend the firefighters for a period of time, although in hindsight, both McDougall and Desautels believe the firefighters should have been relieved of their duties for the offence. “I was very disappointed in the individual who cheated, and fearful for the public and also fellow firefighters on future emergency calls knowing that his credentials, in all reality, had not been accomplished,”

a personal vendetta against the two when they exposed and reported that two fire department members participated in cheating during a level I exam. Captain Rob Desautels was informed of the cheating that occurred during the exam and reported the incident to Chief Saindon and Deputy Chief McDougall. A written confession was signed by one of the firefighters, with the other refusing to sign stating that he believed that the instructors did not see him aid the other to cheat even as he admitted to looking around for cameras.

said Desautels. “This would also set a future precedent throughout our fire department and beyond that it is okay to cheat as long as no one catches you cheating. In my opinion this is a false acquisition of credentials and unfair to anybody who is depending on your knowledge. I feel we owe it to the public who trusts we have truly earned the accreditations we claim we have. In my opinion there is no gray area in this matter especially in the emergency services.” “I was also disappointed in these members and my first instinct was

“I feel we owe it to the public who trusts we have truly earned the accreditations we claim we have.”

Firefighters Rob Desautels and Don McDougall were both removed from duty at the Richer Fire Department after standing up to what they believe was right.

that they should be fired. But after deliberating with my fellow officers we decided to give him a 3 month suspension,” said McDougall. “This [cheating] has no place in any emer-

gency service. The fact that this other member was looking around for cameras tells me he is in on the cheating. Many emergency service personnel have to do tests to prove

their knowledge of the job and procedures. If you have to cheat, you clearly do not know your job and you are not just cheating yourself, you are cheating the people who de-

Hijacking the Brotherhood “You cannot rise to the level of trust in which another places their life unquestionably into your hands without it transforming you as a person.” By Dan Guetre The Richer firefighters have thrown the term “Brotherhood” around more recently as they try to define themselves after the recent controversy that saw two of their top ranked members fired after a snowball effect when reporting a cheating incident. Daniel Byrne, is a Firehouse.com Contributing Editor, a firefighter/paramedic with 20-year under his belt, a veteran of the emergency services. He started his career as a volunteer. He is in demand throughout the US where he is a presenter or lecturer at several conferences. He published an article titled “The Erosion of the Brotherhood” where he says the term “brother” in the fire services is losing its meaning. For volunteers, he says, the loss of this meaning will be, and has been, devastating. “We use, abuse, and throw this term around in such an inappropriate manner that it is eroding what it once meant.” “We are losing the one ‘thing’ that made the fire service the special profession it once was; the ‘thing’ that gave us the confidence to go rushing into places that others raced from in terror because those charging forward knew they were not going alone,” said Byrne in his article. Byrne says the Hollywood expression ‘You go, we go’ is only part of what defines and bonds firefighters. “Think about the last time you heard the term “Brother” utilized,” explains Byrne. “I can tell you when I have heard it. Let’s see if any of this sounds familiar: when an offending ‘firefighter’ is being held accountable and is trying to make the disciplinarian feel regretful it is used something like, ‘Gee, thanks brother!’” “There are people within our departments we call brother yet who are well known to lie, cheat, steal, get over on the system, abuse alcohol or drugs, are abusive to others… or are known to be inappropriate…,” said Byrne, blaming the erosion of meaning of “Brotherhood.” Daniel Byrne says the term “brother” in the fire service needs to be restored to represent a person of high moral tenacity who has a strong set of ethics. This standard, according to Byrne, is both inside and outside the station. Brotherhood was a title bestowed upon select individuals who had earned it and lived up to it daily. “You don’t work hard for something like that unless you want it. You don’t want something like that unless it comes from somewhere deep inside,” explained Byrne. Byrne said firefighters need to restore this term as a level of standard to achieve and maintain so a

fire service “brother” represents a person of high moral tenacity and a strong set of ethics true to the nature of which the fire service is about. “A term that will cause those in our society with the strongest of moral and ethical fiber to join our the ranks and do everything they can to be one of us and be called “brother;” as well as maintain that standard and encourage others to do the same. To become a person who in any venue or company you would be proud to identify with and say ‘he/she is my Brother,’ and with whom others in our society will identify as a member of a profession who they rely upon in their darkest hour and whom they trust above all else.” To accomplish this takes bravery said Byrne. “Not the same type of bravery to which we are accustomed, because that type of bravery comes natural to us, but a more difficult type of bravery because it touches upon our perception of acceptance by others which is a basic fundamental human need. This type of bravery will not make you popular because your fellow firefighters may snicker and mock your attempts because society now mocks such things as nobility, honor, and doing the ‘right thing’.” To me, Byrne is speaking to the Richer Fire Department where some members believe the “Brotherhood” is a wall of support... protect the other, even if it costs you your ethics. Newer members of the Richer Fire Department can be heard saying this repeatedly. They believe that if someone cheats, the “Brotherhood” term should be their get out of jail free card. These younger members, who seem to be the most vocal and hypocritical of the terms “respect and ethics”, are surprisingly winning over some of the veterans on the department. Even when they blatantly say they are willing to lie to cover up and they would have no qualms in assisting cheating again, none of the veterans left on the department seem to have that spark that Daniel Byrne terms as the “Guardians of the Brotherhood”… veterans who will stand up for what is “high moral tenacity.” If these young firefighters really want to live by the standard of the true definition of “Brotherhood” they would admit to their cheating and take their lumps. They would let mom wipe their butts one more time, take off the training wheels and realize that corruption in any form is their barrier from any true sense of Brotherhood. As for the veterans, you should be voicing your concern, be the leaders and heroes the general public believes you to be. Two of your most valuable members need the Brotherhood to wake up and shake their heads.

It all begins with Integrity.


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pend on you in their time of need.” “Firefighters are an elite group of people who risk it all for people they don’t know in most cases. We get up in the middle of the night, we miss dinners, gatherings, our full time jobs, and birthdays… the list goes on,” continued McDougall. “The public should view a firefighter as someone they can trust to help them in their time of need. And count on them, that they have the skill and training to do what they were sworn to do. We need to be beyond reproach.” This is where things snowballed out of control for Desautels and McDougall... Before the suspension period had really any time to take effect, Saindon reversed his decision and let the firefighters off the hook. Desautels was fired by Saindon after an unsuccessful attempt to convince him to resign. Saindon accused Desautels of not controlling his 20-year-old daughter’s actions when she made a post on Facebook criticizing him for putting logs along the side of his driveway, which in her opinion, made no sense as it created a dangerous situation for off-road vehicles that regularly utilize the ditch. She found this strange especially coming from someone responsible for people’s lives as he was the fire chief and a councilor. Saindon also cited an incident where Desautels joined a young man’s cause when he was walking along the Trans Canada Highway. “On April 23 I noticed a young man by the name of Rance Cardinal walking west on Highway 1. His mission was to walk from his hometown in Ontario to Humboldt, Saskatchewan to deliver a sign that he held up at an NHL hockey game stating ‘Humboldt strong.’ I had been following the tragic event since the beginning so I was well aware of the situation,” explained Desautels. “I thought this would also be a good opportunity to represent emergency services and acknowledge the mental and emotional trauma that they will live with forever. I made two attempts at reaching our Fire Chief Paul Saindon and when that failed I made my way down the chain of command to our assistant chief Don McDougall. I was able to reach him. We spoke of Rance and his mission and I explained to Don that I thought me suiting up in my fire gear and walking a few miles with Rance would not only show our support to him but also represent our department and all firefighters. Don agreed with me and said go for it… so, that’s what I did.” Desautels received a verbal lashing from Saindon for not going directly through him. “I tried to explain that it was a time sensitive situation so I approached the second in command, assistant chief Don McDougall,” explained Desautels. “At this point Paul begins to accuse both assistant chief Don and myself of being in ‘cahoots’ trying to gain publicity for ourselves in an attempt to take over the fire department and push him out. He then goes on to say ‘how did we know Rance was not a pedophile?’.” McDougall, who called Reeve

What really is surprising is there was only a couple of firefighters who brought up the fact that the two cheaters should be removed as they did not legitimately earn their credentials. Most of the argument settled around how to keep this info inside the department to protect the “brotherhood.” “As for the cheating, I feel that by trying to cover this up they are saying it is ok to cheat just don’t get caught. It leaves a bad example to new members and it puts the department at great risk of being a mockery to the rest of the fire service community and our own community. I am very disappointed,” continued McDougall. “I worked very hard to achieve all of the credentials that I have... many evenings and weekends away from family and friends spent training to help others. Cheating at this type of testing for this type of job is unforgivable. I do not know why so many members bought into the idea of a cover up. This should never happen.” “One of them admitted, not once, but twice that if this got to the Office of the Fire Commissioner he would lie to protect his fellow cheater,” said Desautels describing conversations from the last fire meeting he was at. At one point someone comments that the “idiots in the front” (meaning examiners) were too busy on their phones to notice anything. And Saindon states that ‘the training was just a piece of paper’ and didn’t mean anything, he was only concerned with ‘boots on the ground’. while he could not fire Desautels, it “I do not believe the rest of the “Our community is trusting that is in his power to suspend and when fire department knew what Paul asked if it was in his power to hang had put me through for the past few we are taking adequate training to be able to respond to all crises proDesautels, Saindon replied… “in a months. Because I had been susheartbeat.” pended and could not defend myself fessionally. It was not fair to the rest of the members who truly complet“Paul even continued to criticize it gave Paul the opportunity to tell me for doing my job telling memstories about me and twist things in ed the training and acquired their bers that I came to him about issues his favor to make it sound like I was Level I fire fighters course,” said with them and twisted everything to the bad guy. It eventually turned my Desautels. “I felt I would be putting make it sound like I was squealing brotherhood against me through lies the rest of the members in a dangerous situation by sending them into on my peers,” said Desautels, who and manipulation. I truly believe an emergency call with someone was actually in a position responthat if the other members were who is not truly qualified. This is sible for ensuring proper procedures aware of the truth we would have were being followed and reporting had much more support. Some have not the type of job where you falsify incidents where procedure was not asked me why I did not reach out to your credentials… something serious could happen.” followed and actions that could be other members. My reason for not “Paul most certainly knows he deemed unsafe. doing that is because in speaking was in the wrong and even admits The language and aggressiveness with Jennifer Blatz, the CAO of that Saindon used towards Desauthe RM of Ste. Anne, she led me to it,” said McDougall. “I am very tels actually violates the Municipal believe that, because we had signed proud of Rob for standing his Act Code of Conduct for a Member a confidentiality agreement with the ground and not buying into the cover up. Rob had been wronged of Council. Richer Fire department, if I talked horribly and this was not something CAO Blatz was provided over two about it I could get in trouble. I that he was going to let go. Paul hours of video and audio tape that also trusted the procedure… that needs to be held accountable for his provided credence to the personal the CAO and personnel commitactions as a Councilor and Chief. attack by Saindon towards Desautee would review everything they He has not been.” tels and the attempt to cover up the had in their hands and not sweep it At one point in the heated meetcheating. The personnel committee, under a rug.” ing, Saindon does a complete 180 made up of former Councilor Kevin “I feel very disappointed in my degree turn and offers to apologize Lansard (Chair), former Reeve Art fellow firefighters,” said McDouto Desautels and go back to the way Bergmann and Councilor Randy gall. “They knew it was wrong and things were as long as the past is Eros, while aware of the recordings, even voiced it to me. But that was handed off the investigation to CAO the extent of their involvement. The buried. Desautels refused citing that the Blatz, although Blatz in an email members that felt this was wrong stated the personnel committee based on the reasons we were given cheating incident still needed to be looked at. Further, the personal would be looking into this. Accord- for Rob being fired should have attacks, over the past months, was ing to Bergmann, at the time, they stood with Rob and I. I feel they were going to let Blatz look into it, may have been fearful of losing their dishonorable and caused too many that the investigation was ongoown jobs and this may be why I was sleepless nights and anxiety in his family. ing and she would bring forward the only one who voiced my opin“Rob made the right decision recommendations. ion. I do not blame them because if absolutely,” said McDougall. “Rob In the meantime, Blatz suspended Paul was able to have their second all three, including Chief Saindon. in command with extensive training and I know the difference between what is right and wrong and we The letter to all three stated they and experience fired I’m sure they were suspended “without prejudice” wouldn’t bat an eye at firing more. I stand our ground to hopefully have some justice.” This is a hard pill due to them all “involved” in the mean they hired five new members to swallow though as Saindon told allegations. While the “investigaand it’s ‘business as usual’.” Art Bergmann with concerns for the reasons of the dismissal, was told that Saindon did not have the authority to fire Desautels. Bergmann instructed McDougall to send an email documenting the allegations to the office. In reference to the cheating, both McDougall and Desaultels believed they were doing the ethical and responsible thing, both concerned that the safety of the public and other firefighters could be compromised. They also believe the RM of Ste. Anne and its fire department could be opening a can of “liability” worms. McDougall and Desautels believed that the legitimacy of their concerns, and a societal mindset that protected whistleblowers, would protect them from blowback when they raised this concern and others to the municipal office. In the meantime, Saindon continued to turn up the abuse, becoming more personal, attacking Desautels’ character even referring more than once to the children Desautels and his wife look after as ‘foster yo-yos’. At one point Saindon admits that

tion” was underway, all three were later fired by Blatz. McDougall was fired for sending a copy of a fire chief’s report to Blatz in an email defending allegations against him that Saindon had written in the report. Desautels was fired for similar reasons. Saindon was fired for pretending he was still with the fire department when he emailed the entire Eastman Mutual Aid telling them to remove McDougall and Desautels in any future emails sent out. Now, understand, while this happened, the investigation is supposedly still going on in the background for the initial allegations. And, a municipal election is underway. Election results are in, and no word from the former council or the current council where the investigation has vanished. Two whistleblowers are now sitting on almost 40 years of firefighting training between them and hearing the whispers all around from residents asking what happened. Both are in shock, mostly about the response of their fellow department members.

“ I also trusted the procedure… that the CAO and personnel committee would review everything they had in their hands and not sweep it under a rug.”

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firefighters “Don was a shoe-in for Fire Chief… his foot was in the door and Rob was his right hand man. [But now] I will move hell or high water… that will never happen.” “I have been good friends with Don McDougall for many years. I know his ethics and morals boundaries, and his expectations from all firemen,” said Desautels about how McDougall has stood by him. “He is the most professional emergency personnel I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and he holds training and accreditation to the highest level of honour.” According to McDougall, the RM of Ste Anne had all of the proof they needed very early on to put an end to all of this. They put it off until things got completely out of control. “The communication was so terrible that we didn’t know if we were suspended or fired because Paul had suspended and fired without council backing before. At one point the door security code was changed by Paul and he purposely told members not to give it to me and I could not get into the firehall to respond to an emergency. I was not suspended at this time.” He says the municipality took the easy way out and fired them using the grounds that they were volunteers and therefore did not have the basic legal right to defend allegations against themselves. “I was fired for defending myself against false allegations that Paul made about me on a fire report which has always been a report left out for all members to see.” “We are employed… it has been proven that we are employed by the RM. I was the Assistant Chief to the members and Deputy to council. How am I not employed? I am required to attend a certain number of calls and a certain number of regular meetings and mutual aid meetings. I get a T4 and claim my income when I do my taxes as employment income. We are covered by WCB. We therefore have been fired unjustly. Paul and the rest of council let this fester and then dumped it on the laps of a new council. The CAO personally told Rob and I that the investigation would be completed before election time. It was not and I don’t know if the investigation is ongoing or dead. The CAO also stated that Rob and I could re-apply. This was likely a stall tactic to keep us quiet. It worked. I applied with well over the minimum requirements and letters of recommendation from 4 local fire chiefs. I now find out that my application was not even considered by council. Paul certainly had an impact on the RM staff and other members of council that should have done the right thing.” Currently, according to RM of Ste. Anne ACAO Nadine Vielfaure, the RM is moving forward with the fire department. She would not confirm nor deny whether the investigation into the original allegations was ongoing or whether they deemed them settled. A representative from the Office of the Fire Commissioner confirmed they are investigating the matter but there is a lot of material to go through. They would not release any further information at this time.


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Tax Reminders for December There are a few things you can do before December 31 to save on your 2018 taxes, but don’t wait until the end of the month. Make your charitable donations before December 31 so you can use them on your 2018 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. But donations don’t help those with no taxes payable (check if line 435 was zero for 2017). Political contributions need to be made by December 31 to use the attractive deduction on your 2018 taxes. If you contribute $400 you get back $300. 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 (LinkCharity.ca). If you collected EI in 2018 and your total income was more than $64,625, consider buying RRSPs to reduce the EI claw back (you have until March 1, 2019 to buy RRSPs). See us in January or February to estimate your 2018 taxes. 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 to the 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 to estimate your 2018 taxes. This may not save taxes in 2018 but it may in the future. If you are within five years of retirement and contributing to a Spousal RRSP, do it by December 31 instead of January or February 2018. If you don’t know why, ask me! If you turned 65 in 2018 and do not have a private pension plan, convert some of your RRSPs to RRIFs and then withdraw $2,000 before December 31 to take advantage of the Pension Income Credit (or $4,000 for pension income splitting). December 31 is the deadline to make any changes to your 2008 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 2008 to a disability friendly home? Time limited offers! If we need to adjust your 2015 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 do not receive the $700 credit on your property tax bill, we can claim it on your income taxes, but we can only go back three years! Here are some other tax tips for 2018 from the entire Ste Anne Tax Service team: Darlene: Regarding medical travel expenses keep your 2018 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, 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 for each family member. Therese: Regarding prescriptions, we recommend you go to your pharmacy in January and ask for a detailed list for the entire 2018 calendar year for each family member. Easier than keeping all those little receipts! Marie-Rose: Remember all medical expenses, premiums for health plans you pay through work or pension, keep the 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 and some other health professionals). Therese: Students need to get their T2202a Tuition receipt on-line from University or College. Any unused tuition and education credits can be transferred to a parent, grandparent, spouse, or carry them forward and claim in a future year. And remember to claim your (official) Student Loan Interest as a credit. Anni: For those that are self-employed or have rental property or claim employment expenses: read your vehicle odometer on December 31 and hope you did on January 1 2018 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 2018 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. Therese: So many receipts to obtain and keep, charitable donations; rent; children’s activities for the fitness and arts (MB only now); RRSPs (remember the March to December 2018 and the January and February 2019 receipts); political donations; child care; union dues and other professional fees; moving expenses if you moved for work or to a more accessible home; 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 and dental plan premiums may be listed on your year-end pay statement, too. If you haven’t gone south yet and need Snowbird Mail Service, give us a call and arrange for 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 20. A representative is there to answer any questions you have about CPP and OAS and you can get signed up for on-line access too. Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Frohe Weihnachten, Glaedelig Jul, from your 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 Coop) or Info@SteAnneTaxService.ca.

Consumer Protection Office Provides Advice for Holiday Online Shoppers The Consumer Protection Office (CPO) of Manitoba has tips and resources available to Manitobans to shop safely online during the holiday season and year-round. Online shopping can offer convenience, specialty items and attractive sales. However, it is important that consumers stay safe when shopping online. The CPO recommends shopping with recognizable and trusted businesses. If you are considering using a new company, search online to read about other customer experiences and familiarize yourself with their terms and conditions including how to modify, cancel or return an order. Consumers should be cautious when using online auction sites, as consumer protection laws may not apply. Personal information is as valuable to scammers as money. The CPO recommends protecting your personal information by only shopping on secure websites, which have ‘https://’ at the beginning of the web address. Learn how your browser indicates a website is secure, which might be with an icon of a lock or a green address bar, and be sure the website address you are visiting is accurate. Before completing an online purchase, review your shopping cart to ensure the products, prices

and quantities are correct. Notice any extra costs such as taxes, shipping and handling, foreign exchange rates or duty fees that may be applicable. Afterwards, monitor your banking statements for any charges that you may not recognize. Manitobans who pay by credit card for online purchases have extra protection if issues arise with their transactions. The Consumer Protection Act will: - Protect consumers against the unauthorized use of credit card information; - Limit a consumer’s liability to $50 when credit card information is used without proper authorization; - Provide the right to reverse or cancel a credit card charge if the consumer was entitled to a refund and has not received one from the vendor; - Give consumers the right to cancel a sale prior to receipt of goods

or services if the seller has not provided certain information to the consumer; and - Provide the opportunity to cancel an Internet sale if the seller fails to deliver goods or services. The CPO administers Manitoba’s consumer protection legislation and helps consumers and businesses effectively identify and manage marketplace issues. For more tips on online shopping, visit manitoba. ca/justice/cp/cpo/info/shopping_ safely_online. Manitobans are encouraged to learn more about consumer protection issues and their rights under the law. To do this, either download the free Consumer Protection mobile app or contact the CPO 204945-3800, (toll-free) 1-800-7820067, or by email at consumers@ gov.mb.ca. More information is also available at gov.mb.ca/justice/ cp/cpo.


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Providence Breaks Ground on Active Living Centre On November 14, Providence College representatives broke ground on a new residence and the community life facility at the Otterburne campus. Set to open in September 2019, the Living & Learning Centre will promote a thriving, Christ-centred student community within a bright, inviting, home-like atmosphere. To be located west of Eichhorst Hall and directly south of the Reimer Student Life Centre, which houses the cafeteria, the modern, fully-accessible facility will accommodate approximately 60 students. President Dr. David Johnson joined the Living & Learning Centre Task Force, as well as Providence students and administrators, at the construction site to break ground. “I am excited to have broken ground on this project,” he said. “The Living & Learning Centre will support our five core values, Christ First, Academic Excellence, Exploration, Diversity of Thought and Community.” Named the Living and Learning Centre, the new facility which is being constructed by Three Way Builders, is expected to open in September 2019. Below the male and female residences on the second and third floors, the ground floor will contain staff apartments and community spaces such as a kitchen, a lounge, prayer rooms, a seminar hub and a laundry facility. This residence will replace the Bergen Hall dormitory that was destroyed by fire in June 2017. Shortly thereafter a committee was struck to guide the process for a new, state-of-the-art facility, A combination of insurance money and the generous support of donors

provided the funding for the Living & Learning Centre. The Living and Learning Centre is expected to be a welcoming space, including Skype Rooms for international students, including structures that allow them to connect with one another and with relatives. Artist rendering of the new building, expected to open in September 2019. Photos submitted by Providence College

Breaking ground on the new Living and Learning Centre at Providence College in Otterburne. Joshua Hoogerdijk, student; Darcy Friesen, Community Life Coordinator; Samantha Groenendijk, Providence Fund Coordinator; Dr. David Johnson, President; Cameron McKenzie, VicePresident for University College; Leshia Verkerk, Director of Student Development; Cody Quiring, Vice-President for Development and Alumni Relations; Marlin Reimer, Associate Vice-President for Student Life and Dan McLeod, Director of Facilities.

Be Wary of Counterfeit Goods Make sure the electrical goods you purchase are real - not counterfeit. If a price is too good to be true, it probably is. This old saying rang true when a teacher found glue guns being sold for $1 each. She thought she had found a bargain until a student was badly burned when one of the guns caught fire. This incident should never have happened. Even more troubling is that the glue guns had certification marks. However, as the investigation into this incident discovered, the trademarks were fake; the products counterfeit. Counterfeit lamps, circuit breakers, electrical receptacles, extension cords, power strips and surge suppressors have all been found in the market. Although the counterfeit product may look the same as the genuine product, many of them are substandard and fail to pass minimum safety tests. Counterfeit products can overheat or cause short circuits, leading to fire or shock hazards. Counterfeiters use inferior material and avoid key manufacturing steps to reduce the cost of their product, allowing them to be sold at prices no genuine brand manufacturer can match. In other cases they recycle old goods by repairing them with faulty or incompatible components, package them to look new, and sell them at rock-bottom discount prices. Protect your family from counterfeit products by avoiding no-name electrical products and bargains too good to be true. Check packaging for contact information; reputable companies are proud of their product and will provide a phone number and address. As a consumer, be wary when you spot bargain electrical goods.


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Southern Health Presents Awards A nurse from Bethesda Hospital was one of five individuals recognized by Southern Health-Santé Sud with Quality Service Awards at the recent annual general meeting.

According to Southern Health-Santé Sud, Quality Service Award recipients are nominated by their peers for staff who embody Southern Health-Santé Sud core values of integrity, compassion, excellence and respect. Awards went to four individual awards, a Service Excellence Team award and the Chief Executive Officer Career Achievement Award. The 2018 Southern Health-Santé Sud Quality Service Awards were presented to April Friesen, Clinical Resource Nurse at Bethesda Regional Health

Centre for the eastern area. From outside our region Pam Durand, Accounting Clerk at the Regional Office in Notre Dame; Doug Dezeng, Maintenance Staff at the Portage District Health Centre and Dorothea Sawadski, Health Records Technician at the Altona Community Memorial Health Centre were recognized. The Chief Executive Officer Ca-

reer Achievement Award was presented to Patti De Mendarozqueta, Client Services Manager at Rehab Services at the Portage District General Hospital. Finally, the Service Excellence Team Award went to the Corporate Communications Team including Lorraine Grenier, Kristine Crocker, Maria Siemens and Sylvie Robidoux.

This year’s Quality Service Awards were presented by Jane Curtis, Chief Executive Officer and Abe Bergen, Board Chair. Pictured above are (lt.-rt.) front row: Pam Durand, Abe Bergen (Board Chair), Jane Curtis (Chief Executive Officer) and April Friesen, back row: Lorraine Grenier, Sylvie Robidoux, Patti De Mendarozqueta and Kristine Crocker. Missing from photo are Doug Dezeng, Dorothea Sawadski and Maria Siemens. Submitted photo.

Treat Extension Cords with Care When you’re in need of an outlet but there doesn’t happen to be one nearby, an extension cord can do the trick. They’re especially handy in the winter months when plugging in holiday lights and block heaters. Just like anything that conducts electricity, however, these cords need to be used with care. The first step is selecting the right cord for the job. It’s important to consider the following: - Will the cord be used indoors or outdoors? You should never use an indoor extension cord outdoors. - What will be plugged into the cord? Larger appliances and power tools need cords with grounded, threepronged plugs or polarized plugs (plugs on which one blade is slightly wider than the others). The exceptions are air conditioners, freezers, and portable space heaters— these should never be plugged into extension cords. - How close is the electrical outlet the cord will be plugged into? Cords are available in various lengths.

The longer the cord, the less its current carrying capacity. Using the wrong cord and not following safety guidelines can lead to electrical shocks and fires. Here are a few more tips to avoid hazards while using extension cords: - Look for cords that have certification labels from independent safety testing labs attached. - Extension cords are meant to be temporary solutions. If you find you’re lacking outlets in your home, it’s safer to have an electrician install outlets where needed than it is to rely on extension cords in the long term. - Extension cords should be un-

plugged when not in use, as they will conduct electricity as long as they are plugged into an outlet. - Damaged extension cords should be discarded and replaced. - Store outdoor cords indoors when not in use, as outdoor conditions can deteriorate cords over time. - Never cover cords with rugs or other objects when they’re in use. Heat can’t escape from cords that are covered, which could cause a fire. - Always use an extension cord with the same or larger wire size as the cord that is plugged into it. Extension cords are useful, provided you use them with caution. Visit hydro. mb.ca for more information on cord safety.


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Local Medics Recognized by Province Seven paramedics working with Southern Health – Santé Sud were among nearly two dozen medics recently recognized by the province with outstanding service awards. On November 21, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen presented national honours for exemplary service to 22 Manitoba paramedics at the Legislative Building. “The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Exemplary Service medal is a Governor General award that recognizes paramedics who have provided commendable service for a minimum of 20 years,” said Friesen. “I’m proud that we’re able to recognize the high standards of work, sacrifices and good conduct of these hard-

working professionals who give their all to save others.” The medal recognizes professionals who provide pre-hospital emergency medical services and have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, hard work and efficiency. This year, a total of seventeen paramedics received 20-year medals, including Doreen Boyd, Gwen Blatz, Kunegunda Fedorak, Robert Sattler, Tom Helliwell and William Vanderveen from Southern Health – Santé Sud. Stuart Cuddy was among the three paramedics presented with a 30 years’ service bar. Two medics from other areas rounded out the presentations by re-

ceiving 40 years of service bars. To be eligible, individuals must have completed at least 20 years of service in emergency medical services with at least 10 years served performing duties involving potential risk and have a record of exemplary service. Nominations for the medal are submitted to a provincial committee, which reviews the submissions and makes recommendations to a national committee. The national committee submits eligible nominations to the Chancellery, the branch of the Office of the Governor General of Canada responsible for the administration of honours. The Chancellery then submits the nominations to the Governor General for approval.

Funding Increased for Hip and Knee Surgeries Southern Health is pleased with a recent provincial announcement that promised funding of $5.3 million to significantly increase the number of hip replacements, knee replacements and cataract surgeries in Manitoba for 2019. Regionally, the funding will support an increase in hip and knee surgeries in Winkler’s Boundary Trails Health Centre making it the only rural health authority to see additional funding. Additional cataract surgeries will take place at Misericordia Health Centre while additional hip and knee surgeries will be performed at Concordia Hospi-

tal, Grace Hospital and Health Science Centre, all located in Winnipeg. Jane Curtis, Chief Executive Officer of Southern Health–Santé Sud is pleased with the November 22 announcement. “With efficiencies come opportunities. I commend the outstanding work of our Boundary Trails Health Centre team, which has provided a solid foundation to build on,” said Curtis. “Today’s announcement represents yet another opportunity to partner together and build a sustainable health-care system that will meet the needs of residents, now and into

the future.” Increasing the number of hip and knee replacement surgeries and cataract surgeries was previously recommended by the Wait Times Reduction Task Force as a means to reduce wait times for health care. More than 4,100 hip and knee replacements and 12,900 cataract surgeries were performed in Manitoba in 2017-18. The new funding will ensure at least 1,000 more hip and knee replacement surgeries are performed in 2019, a number which represents a nearly 25 percent increase.

Use Caution Shopping Online this Holiday Season Online shopping has been gaining in popularity and now that the Canada Post strike is over, holiday shoppers are expected to click their way through Christmas. With that in mind, the Consumer Protection Office (CPO) of Manitoba has issued a reminder to consumers to shop safely online during the holiday season and year-round. Online shopping can offer convenience, specialty items and attractive sales. However, it is important that consumers stay safe when shopping online. The CPO recommends shopping with recognizable and trusted businesses. If you are considering using a new company, search online to read about

other customer experiences and familiarize yourself with their terms and conditions including how to modify, cancel or return an order. Consumers should be cautious when using online auction sites, as consumer protection laws may not apply. Protecting your personal information is also important. Only shop on secure websites, which have ‘https://’ at the beginning of the web address. Before completing an online purchase, review your shopping cart to ensure the products, prices and quantities are correct. Notice any extra costs such as taxes, shipping and handling, foreign exchange rates

or duty fees that may be applicable. Afterwards, monitor your banking statements for any charges that you may not recognize. Manitobans who pay by credit card for online purchases have extra protection if issues arise with their transactions. The Consumer Protection Act will protect consumers against the unauthorized use of credit card information; limit a consumer’s liability to $50; reverse or cancel a credit card charge; give consumers the right to cancel a sale prior and provide the opportunity to cancel an internet sale if the seller fails to deliver goods or services.


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Local Sanctuary Goes Global with Supersized Steer

Dozer, an oversized resident of Kismet Creek Farm has gone viral as the world’s largest steer unseated an Australian steer who initially claimed the title. Courtesy of Kismet Creek Farms

Dozer, a big, black steer who calls Kismet Creek Farms home is now world famous after unseating a steer from Australia for the title of World’s Biggest Cow. Days after media reported that Knickers, a steer from Australia was the world’s largest steer, word surfaced that Dozer offered some serious competition.

Dozer lives six miles south of Steinbach on Kismet Creek Farms. Owned by husband and wife team Raelle and Karl Schoenrock, Kismet Creek Farms is a haven for rescued animals while providing them a golden opportunity to educate the public on livestock and farming. “We knew the last time Dozer was measured he was 6’3”, so that’s what we said. However, he seemed bigger than

that, and that measurement was a year or two ago. So yesterday afternoon, when Global News was here, we measured Dozer for them, and he was 6”5”,” explained Raelle. “Just to be sure, Karl and I did another measurement an hour ago. And got just over 6’5”.” So there you go! That’s why different stories are reporting different numbers.” While the Schoenrocks appreciate the publicity, they remind the public that they are an animal sanctuary first. “We’re just blown away that so many people are interested in big loveable Dozer. The exposure is incredible for our sanctuary, but we still have day jobs to do plus ninety animals to care for,” said Raelle. “Dozer loves to meet people, and he’s very gentle, but for safety reasons we can’t bring crowds into his pasture. Dozer has a medical issue because of his unusual size, so if he needs to rest, you may not see him on your first visit.” Kismet Creek Farm is currently the forever home to almost ninety animals of 11 different species. “We rescue animals from livestock auctions to save them from slaughter, we transfer in animals from rescue organizations, we accept farm animals that were kept as pets and now need a new home due to the owners’ health declining or living situation changing, we take in animals that farmers were going to cull due to genetic issues/injuries,” Raelle explained in a previous interview. “Things evolved from there into a farm sanctuary, meaning the animals we rescue stay with us for their whole lives. We don’t rehome or adopt them out to the public. We are their forever farm. They will never be food, ever.” The couple has been rescuing animals since May 2014, when they brought home a box of chicks from an auction. That was soon followed by rabbits, a horse and some stray cats. Now Kismet Creek Farms opens its doors to the public for various events which is an opportunity to visit the various rescued animals. Money raised during these events goes to towards the continued care and upkeep of their four legged and feathered family.


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New Reynolds Reeve Slammed in Forensic Audit

The newly elected RM of Reynolds Reeve Trudy Turchyn is the subject of a scathing 84-page forensic audit released last month. The audit was conducted at the request of the previous council, to investigate into Turchyn’s actions while she was employed as the municipality’s chief administrative officer (CAO). According to the document, Exchange Group was engaged by DD West LLP, solicitor for the Rural Municipality of Reynolds, to prepare a Forensic Review report relating to the specific activities of the Administration for the years 2011 to August 2017. Turchyn was hired as CAO in 2011, and terminated by council resolution in August 22, 2017. The report states that council hired Roger Bouvier to conduct a performance review on Turchyn’s work in 2015. Nine key findings were cited, including being unprepared, misinforming staff and council, disorganization. In interviews with council members, the report found that she provided poor information to council that affected decisions, misinformed council, pitted councillor’s against each other, did not respond to council requests and, “Was resistant to the spending plans discussed at Council meetings and as such Reynolds was frequently under budget resulting in unexpected and unintended surpluses.” Items under review in the report included alleged unapproved overtime hours, and sick leave. Poor financial reporting was also cited. The report further states that based on the interviews, some council members believe that for many years, citizens may have received confidential information about Reynolds. The evidence did reveal that parties outside of council were privy to information that should only have been available to council members, including confidential documents. The report also states that the CAO instructed an employee to lie to council; participated in a meeting to discuss the hiring of her partner as municipal building inspector despite a conflict of interest; refusing to be responsible for the public works employee and authorizing the construction of a road “prior to council approval” among many other accusations. Reeve Turchyn declined to comment, however council issued an official statement. “We, the new Council of Reynolds embrace the opportunity to serve our community with all the current challenges to the best of our abilities. Our commitment to improvement is strong and we intend to move forward in a positive way.” The RM of Reynolds further stated they will not discuss the matter further.

Major Expansion and Renovation Announced for Mitchell School Students and families in Mitchell and the surrounding region will soon benefit from five new classrooms, a new library and a new multipurpose room at Mitchell Elementary School. On November 26, Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen was personally on hand to announce a $4.2 million addition and renovation project for Mitchell Elementary School. “Our priority is to catch up with the needs of growing areas of the province and this expansion is much needed in Mitchell, where we’ve seen enrollment on the rise for the past 20 years,” said Goertzen. “The school ran out of space and had to create learning environments in the library and hallways as a result. These students deserve a proper place to learn.” Goertzen noted enrollment at the kindergarten to Grade 4, school has increased at a steady pace in recent years due to immigration and robust housing development in the community, growing by 95 students between 2012 and 2018. The current enrollment of 450 students has led to overcrowding, with the school using its library as a classroom and with almost no space for resource teaching support or guidance counselling. Enrollment is projected to continue to grow to 600 students by 2028, the minister noted. Hanover School Division Board Chairperson Ron Falk is pleased with the announcement. “We have seen consistent yearly student growth over many years and available school space has been stretched beyond capacity,” said Falk. “This addition will enable the school to provide an improved learning environment for many students, and we thank the Manitoba government for recognizing this need and providing the funds for this project.” The project includes the construction of five classrooms, a new library, a new multipurpose room and related ancillary spaces that will include an estimated 12,600 square feet of new space and renovated 2,000 square feet of existing space to provide improved educational support and resource spaces. A consultant will be hired in early 2019 and the project is expected to go to tender and start construction in the late summer of 2019, with a December 2020 completion date.

Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen along with RM of Hanover Reeve Stan Toews, Hanover School Division Board Chairperson Ron Falk and other board members during the recent announcement.


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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 Christmas special for everyone. Donations of all kinds including food, toys and gifts for children from newborn to seventeen are still needed by all these organizations. Monetary donations are always needed. There is also a need for volunteers to assist each community organization with sorting, packing and delivery. RM of Ste. Anne, Town of Ste. Anne and Richer register for a Christmas Hamper from Accueil Kateri Centre fill out the only form at accueilkatericentre. ca. RM of Tache for residents to register for a Christmas Hamper, please call Irene Bialek at 204-878-3562. Registrations will be accepted from Monday, November 26 to Wednesday, December 19. If you have received a Hamper in past years and wish to receive one this

year, you must call to register. New applicants and referrals are welcome. 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 if you are in need of a Christmas hamper or know of someone that who does please contact Elda at 204-425-3105. For your sealed, nonperishable donations, we will have bins at the following locations until December 14, Shevchenko School, Sumthing Special and the Fresh Factory. RM of Ritchot including Ile des Chenes, St. Adolphe, and Grande Pointe are available from the IDC Foodbank at 878-3359. RM of Reynolds including Hadashville, Prawda, McMunn, East Braintree, Rennie, Molson/Julius, Ste. Rita, Reynolds Ponds, Whitemouth call Elsie Henderson 204-348-2313. RM of Piney including Sprague, Vassar, South Junction, Menisino, Wam-

pum, Piney, and Middlebro call Victor or 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 or Liz Heese at 204-4346718 email grunthalcommunitychristmas@gmail.com. Niverville and New Bothwell recipients can register online only at nivervillehelpinghands.org. Steinbach Community Christmas Hamper for residents of the City of Steinbach, and RM of La Broquerie including La Broquerie, Marchand, Zhoda, and RM of Piney including Sandilands, St. Labre, and Woodridge. Sign up at steinbachcommunitychristmas.com. Dominion City 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.

Ste. Anne Man’s Invention No Snow Job By Marianne Curtis If you have a large cemented driveway, you may want to check out a new invention created by a former aircraft engineer from Ste. Anne. The idea for the Snowdozer began back in 2013, when shortly after retiring as an aircraft engineer Lorne Stoddart and his wife moved to Ste. Anne. That first winter, he was out cleaning the large cement driveway, and he started to wonder if there was a faster way of getting the job done. Taking a broomstick and a one-byfour, he created the first prototype. After spending three years, with long hours researching specific material and then testing the durability and effectiveness of each piece, Stoddart said, “It feels satisfying to develop a product that is beneficial and time saving.” With the help of neighbours, friends and family members who were given prototypes and gave valuable feedback regarding the performance of the Snowdozer, two designs were developed, the solid pole/rubber ball handle and a Dgrip/extendable handle. The high abrasion resistance blade is UHMW (ultra high molecular weight) polyethylene. “The uniqueness of the Snowdozer is the curvature of the blade, in which it acts as a snow plow and gathers the snow in front without spilling over the sides,” Stoddart explained. It is light weight and does not require the user to lift snow, thus reducing personal injury. It also allows users to clear out snow from underneath their vehicles. Once Stoddart was happy with the design, the decision was made to proceed with the venture due to costs. Deciding to move forward, the couple incorporated the company, obtained a Canadian trademark and applied for US and Canadian patents. “The most fulfilling part of

creating the Snowdozer is to be able to say that the units are Made-in-Canada. Most of our suppliers are in the vicinity of Winnipeg and Steinbach,” Stoddart explained. He added that the most daunting was, “The tedious task of designing a quality product that was safe, durable and affordable.” Stoddart admitted he never planned on becoming an inventor, and he encourages others with unique ideas to do their homework before chasing that dream. “Ask yourself realistically how many consumers would want your product.

Confirm that the invention is different from anything else on the market. Do so, by seeking assistance from a patent officer. It will cost money, but best to find out beforehand before proceeding on with additional expenses,” he advised. In 2015, the first Snowdozers were sold at Ste. Anne’s Builder’s Supply and EG Penner in Steinbach. The following year, several other retailers across Canada ordered and this year, Snowdozer units are available in Canada and the US.

Ste. Anne inventor Lorne Stoddart shows how to use his innovative Snowdozer, which is designed to Supplied photo. clear cement driveways quickly and effortlessly.


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Remains of Thelma Krull Discovered in RM of Tache The Winnipeg Police have confirmed that remains found last month about 5 miles north of the Town of Ste. Anne belong to a missing Winnipeg grandmother. “We can now confirm that the remains discovered are those of Thelma Krull,” stated Sgt. Wes Rommel, with City of Winnipeg Police during a special press conference on November 29. A cause of death was not released, nor were po- Police are looking for this man believed to be the last person seen with Thelma Krull before she lice able to say how long disappeared. They believe he is familiar with the area after her remains were found north of Ste. Anne. Police supplied photo. she had been there. A suspect has not been arrested yet, however, Rommel added that the site where her body was discovered is significant to the investigation and local residents are being asked to step forward with any information. “We want to get out the location; we think it is very significant in relation to the suspect; the fact that this individual may be familiar somehow with that area, that specific location is a significant piece,” Rommel confirmed. A break in the case occurred back on October 27, when Steinbach RCMP received a report of possible human remains in the RM of Taché. A male was hunting in the area of 52 N, five miles north of Ste. Anne and found what he thought to be a human skull. Officers, along with specialists from the Forensic Identification Unit, attended the scene and it was confirmed that it was human remains. The results of the investigation came in on November 28. DNA results have proved conclusively that the remains belong to Thelma Krull, who has been missing since July 11, 2015. She was last seen leaving her Grassie Boulevard home, and her glasses were later found near Civic Park. Police believe she was involved in an altercation and forcibly taken from the area. Police are asking that if anyone has seen anything unusual in the vicinity of 52 Road and Perron Road back in July, 2015 to relay that information to the RCMP.

Using Antibiotics Wisely Helps Reduce Number of Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescriptions Sharing Our Stories… Did you know it’s estimated that up to half of all antibiotic prescriptions in Canada are unnecessary? The overuse of antibiotics is a major contributor to antibiotic resistance and is threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases. Using antibiotics when you don’t need them can also cause unwanted side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in as many as one in four people. There are many misconceptions surrounding antibiotics and what they treat. For example, antibiotics fight bacterial infections like strep throat, whooping cough, and bladder infections, but they do not fight viruses. Unfortunately, no amount of antibiotics will get rid of your cold and flu. These are just a few of the reasons why Choosing Wisely Manitoba is a proud supporter of the Using Antibiotics Wisely Campaign, led by Choosing Wisely Canada. This national campaign, in conjunction with Antibiotic Awareness Week from November 12 to 18, focuses on developing and disseminating resources for clinicians and patients to help reduce unnecessary antibiotic use. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness by providing clinicians and patients with evidence based tools and materials to support conversations about unnecessary antibiotic prescribing. How Antibiotic Resistance Happens Antibiotic resistance happens naturally. To a certain degree, any antibiotic use can lead to antibiotic resistance. When bacteria are exposed to antibiotics, some bacteria with the ability to resist antibiotics survive. If antibiotics are not used properly most or all of the weak bacteria are killed. But the resistant bacteria can survive and continue to spread. This makes the prevention of illness even more important. Leading causes of increased antibiotic resistance are the overuse or inappropriate use of antibiotics in preventing or treating infections in people and animals. Examples of antibiotic misuse include: - Giving antibiotics to people and animals when they are not needed, - Taking antibiotics in ways other than how it was prescribed, - Self-medicating or antibiotic sharing, - Taking antibiotics for an infection that is not caused by bacteria. How to Reduce the Risk of Antibiotic Resistance If you get sick and you think you might need antibiotics, consider the following advice: - Speak with your health care professional about the right treatment, and how to use antibiotics responsibly. - Take steps to learn how you can prevent antibiotic resistance for yourself and your family.


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Get a Jump on Winter Cabin Fever by Decluttering Your Home

Teamwork makes decluttering more doable.

Photo courtesy of newscanada.com

With the long, cold winter on the horizon, many Canadians are already starting to dread the idea of being cooped up indoors by bad weather. Cabin fever can feel even worse if you’re home is cluttered and cramped with unwanted junk you’ve accumulated over the years. That’s why it’s a good idea to move the calendar ahead a few months and get a jump on spring cleaning with a preventative purge. “It makes sense to do a big declutter session to create more room for yourself and your family when the snow flies and you’re all stuck inside,” said Mike Thorne, President of St. Catharines, Ont.-based JUSTJUNK. Decluttering can be daunting. It takes planning, hard work and usually a lot of heavy lifting to sift through the contents of home and determine what stays, what goes and what can be re-used. After 15 years as a leader in the junk removal industry, JUST-

JUNK has a few tips for those looking to reclaim some space before winter. Start with one room at a time. It’s easy to get overwhelmed once we start to organize and clean out everything that we feel we don’t need. Start with one room of the house at a time and divide it into what you’re keeping and what you’ll be getting rid of. After you’ve decided on what you’re keeping, then it will be much easier moving the pile of “junk” out of the room. Ask yourself tough questions. How long has it been since I’ve used this? Do I even like it? Does it work properly or is it broken? If I keep this, what will I get rid of to make room for this? The answers to these questions will help you figure out what to keep and what to let go of. Divide and conquer. Take six categories and divide the belongings accordingly. This will help the decluttering make sense and seem like less work. - Keep it in the room - Put it away in another room - Donate it - Recycle it - Trash it - Sell it Write it down. Sometimes when you write something down and you can physically see what it is that you need to accomplish, it makes completing the task much easier. Take a blank calendar and go through everything in the house that you would like to conquer. Once you have a list of the rooms and items that you want to sort out take that calendar and start to pick days to complete the tasks on.

La Broquerie Teacher Appointed to FAAC A La Broquerie teacher joins the only other local appointed representative to the Francophone Affairs Advisory Council (FAAC). Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires, Minister responsible for francophone Affairs recently announced that Mona Moquin from La Broquerie has been appointed to the board. Moquin is a teacher at Centre Scolaire Léo-Rémillard who has served as Vice-President for the Union nationale métisse

Saint-Joseph du Manitoba. She joins fellow board member Louis Tétrault who is the boards only other member from the region. The remaining three members of the board are all from Winnipeg. The Francophone Affairs Advisory Council helps enhance the vitality of Manitoba’s Francophonie and benefits from the continued support of passionate community members.

Ride Safe This Winter

Every year, RCMP officers are called to scenes where snowmobilers have been badly injured or have lost their lives. Last year, six Manitobans died in snowmobile collisions. This year, we want everyone to ride safe while enjoying the outdoors so they make it home safely to their families. Here are some tips to help keep snowmobilers safe this winter: - Know your abilities and ride within your limits. This will allow you to always be in control of your snowmobile. - Always check the weather conditions before you leave.

- Always ride in groups and let people know where you’re going, the route you will be taking, and when you expect to return. - Always wear protective clothing, including a helmet, gloves, and eye protection. Wear layers of clothing to keep warm and dry. - When possible, avoid crossing bodies of water. If you are crossing bodies of water, be cautious of ice thickness, never ride in single file, and wear a life jacket over your outer clothing. - Ride sober. Don’t drink or consume drugs before or while snowmobiling.


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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.

Blumenort Blumenort EMC Ladies Christmas Party - December 10 at 6:30 pm at the Church. Christmas Day Service - December 25 at 10:30 am. Communion Service and Potluck- December 31 at 7 pm.

East Braintree East Braintree Community Church Christmas Eve Service - December 24 at 6:30 pm.

Grunthal Grunthal Bergthaler Mennonite Church Family Caroling Night - Sunday, December 9 at 6:30 pm GVS Choirs & Bands Christmas Concert -Thursday, December 13 at 2 and 6:30 pm. Sunday School Christmas Program Saturday, December 22 at 7 pm. No Christmas Eve program. Sunday, December 23 and December 30 morning service at 10 am. No Sunday School Classes.

Kleefeld Kleefeld Evangelical Mennonite Church West of Sixty Christmas Carol Sing-along in the basement - December 14, 7 pm. Bring a sweet or savory snack food. Anyone 55+ is most welcome. No charge. Family Christmas evening - December 16, 7 pm with caroling, snacks, crafts for the kids and the Christmas story. For all ages, invite your neighbor, family & friends.

Landmark Prairie Rose EMC Candlelight service – December 22 at 7pm. Sunday School Family Carol Sing – December 23 Christmas baking and coffee to follow. Christmas Day Service – December 25 at 10:30 am. Communion Services – December 31 at Woodhaven – 5:15 pm and Prairie Rose – 7 pm.

Landmark Christian Fellowship Gingerbread House Family Night is back! December 7 at 6 – 9 pm. $5 per person (to a max of $25 per family) for pizza and drinks plus $5 per gingerbread house. Carols by Candlelight - December 24 from 6:30 -7:30 pm. Heartland Church Unexpected Christmas sermon series, every Sunday throughout December at 9:30 am.

Lorette Notre Dame de Lorette Parish Christmas Eve - December 24, 5 pm (French), 7:30 pm (English) and 10 pm (French). Christmas Day - December 25 - 10:30 am (English). Mary Mother of God (New Year’s Eve) – December 31 at 5 pm (English). Mother of God (New Year’s Day) – January 1 at 9 am (English) and 11 am (French). Seine River Church Christmas Day Service on December 25 at 10 – 11 am.

Ste. Agathe Paroisse Sainte-Agathe Christmas Mass at 7:30 pm on December 24 with the choir starting their music concert at 7 pm.

Sundown St. Nicolas Day Celebration Sundown Hall on December 16 with dinner at 12 pm. Nativity Pageant and Caroling along with a visit from St. Nicolas.

Vita Tree of Angels Memorial Service – Vita Personal Care Home on December 13 at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6 pm. Entertainment by Zenon Horobec and Jeff Smook.

Morris Emmanuel Baptist Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service December 24 at 7 pm.

New Bothwell Bothwell Christian Fellowship Christmas Eve Program - December 24 at 7 pm.

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New Year’s Eve Program - December 31 at 11 am.

Niverville Fourth Avenue Bible Church Adventure Kids Christmas Program - December 16 at10:40 am. Niverville Community Fellowship Christmas Musical – December 24 at 6 – 9 pm.

Randolph Heritage Chortitz Church Annual German Christmas program at the old Chortitz Church in Randolph on Saturday, December 8. Two services at 3 pm and 7 pm. A cappella singing of German Christmas carols. Free admission. Contact Ernie Braun 204-3886146 for further information.

St. Malo Parish Saint-Malo & Blessed Margaret Church Christmas Eve Service – December 24 at 7 pm (bilingual) and 11pm (French). Christmas Day Mass – December 25 at 10 am (Bilingual). New Years Eve Mass – December 31 at 9 am (English) and 11 am (French). New Years Day Mass – January 1 at 10 am (bilingual).

St. Pierre-Jolys Paroisse Saint-Pierre Christmas Eve Service – 5 and 10 pm. Christmas Day Mass – 9:30 am. St. Pierre Bible Fellowship Christmas Eve Service – December 24 at 7 pm.

Ste. Anne Parish Sainte-Anne-des-Chênes Sainte-Anne Knights of Columbus Songs of Christmas Concert Chants de Noël Sunday, December 9 at 2 pm. Dimanche 10 décembre à 14h. Free admission. Entrée gratuite Please bring non-perishable food or make a monetary donation for the Christmas hampers S.V.P. apportez de la nourriture non périssable, ou faites un don monétaire pour les paniers de Noël.

Dayspring Fellowship Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – December 24 at 7 pm.

La Broquerie Paroisse de Saint-Joachim Christmas confessions – December 22 at 6:20 pm. Christmas Eve Mass December 24 at 11 am.

Steinbach Calvary Chapel Ladies Potluck Brunch – December 8 at 9 am. Christ our Saviour Catholic Church Kid’s Christmas Party on December 8 at 11 am to 1 pm. Parish Christmas Party – December 16 at 12:30 pm at the Pat Porter Centre. Cornerstone Bible Church Children’s Christmas Concert – December 16 at 7 - 9 pm. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – December 24 at 6 pm. Evangelical Fellowship Church Sunday School Christmas Program - December 16 at 10:45am. Christmas Eve - December 24 at 7 pm. New Years – December 30 at 10 am with communion.

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Ladies Christmas Gathering - December 4 at 1:30 pm. Sunday School Christmas Concert – December 16 at 7 pm. Worship Service with Communion & Baptism – December 24 at 10 am. Christmas Eve Services - 5:30 and 7 pm. Christmas Day Worship – December 25 at 10 am. Steinbach CMC Church Christmas program – December 24 at 7 pm. Worship service – December 25 at 10:45 am. Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Steve Bell Christmas Concert on December 14 at 7 - 9 pm fundraising event for ‘Generation Rising’ Christmas Eve Services – December 24 at 7 pm. Steinbach Evangelical Mennonite Church Sunday School Christmas Program – December 16 at 6:30 pm. Christmas Day Service – December 25 at 10 am. Steinbach Mennonite Church A Celebration of Christmas Program – December 24 at 7 pm Christmas Day Service on December 25 at 10 am – followed by Christmas Dinner at 12 pm. All are invited.

Evangelical Mennonite Church Ridgewood Sunday School Christmas Program – December 16 at 10:30 am. Steinbach United Church Christmas Day Service – Decem- ARK & Youth Christmas Program – December 16 at 10:30 am. ber 25 at 10:30 am. Christmas Eve Service – December 24 at 7 pm. Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church Candlelight Service – December 24 at 4 and 6 pm. We recommend arriving early to prepare for an inspirational evening, reflecting on the birth of our Saviour. German Church of God German Christmas Service – December 25 at 10:30 am. New Years Eve Service – December 31 at 7 pm. Grace Mennonite Church Little Bits of Grace Christmas Lunch – December 9 at 11:30 am to 1 pm. For families with small children. Christmas Eve Concert at 7 pm.


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Christmas Tree Raising Merry (early) Christmas to you! Yes, you. I’m talking to you, the wonderful reader. I just wanted to take this time to say thank you for reading this column. Whether you’re a dedicated reader who reads it each month or a first time reader of my column, thank you for reading this. Each year, my wife and I put up our Christmas tree in the beginning of December. This year we actually broke with our regularly scheduled tree raising by putting it up in the middle of November. I would like to take credit for this festive spirit but my chops would be busted pretty quickly if I did that! You see, this push for putting up the Christmas tree was all due to the Christmas energy of my ten-year old daughter. If it would have been completely up to her the tree would have been up at the end of October but, with other things going on, we managed to slow her down until there was a reasonable amount of snow on the ground. My plan was to set up the tree in three stages over three separate days: Day one: bring the tree out of storage. Check! Day two: set the tree up and fluff out the branches. Check! Day three: put on the lights and other decorations. Enjoy! Of course, nothing really goes as planned and this simple plan of three days turned into a day of one busy one. What ended up happening was that we brought the tree into our living room and set it up; quickly fluffed out the folded branches and we were done for the day. At least, I thought we were done for the day until a box of ornaments was opened “just to look at”. The next thing I know, my wife is stringing up the lights and I didn’t even see the garland being wrapped around the tree (I found out as I wrote this that my daughter and wife had done it). It’s kind of funny how I used to enjoy decorating the tree but as I age something seems to have shifted within me. I find myself enjoying the decorating more when I can step back and watch as my wonderful children decorate the tree and see the joy on their faces as they do it. Christmas is a time for family and I’m thankful for the opportunities, like raising the Christmas tree that I get to spend with them. Have yourselves a Merry Christmas! Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.


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Steinbach Arts Council Head Receives Senate Medal Get your tickets now! From sophisticated to silly, there’s a show for you! Concerts: Manitoba Theatre Centre – Buying the Farm Casati – Whimsical Musical Trio Added Attractions: Turnip the Music! Concert – Sweet Water Creek & The Boy + the Sea

NEW! Challengers Hip Hop! A BOSS developed dance class for kids with learning disabilities! Contact BOSS today to learn more!

koncertz 4 kidz! Series –both concerts for Only $22! Aunts, Uncles, parents, Grandparent – Best Christmas Present Ever! – the ever popular pyjama party, with Robert Munsch Stories performed by Prairie Theatre Exchange – Munschtopia! on Friday, Jan 18 and adventures with the imagination comedy duo James & Jamesy on Friday, Apr 5. Pick your seats today!

Visual Arts: Kids: Art Adventures (5-8), Art X-travaganza (9-12), Hand Building with Clay (6-12) Teens: Mixed Art (13-17), Pottery Passion (13-17), Cartoon Illustration (10-16) Adults: Abstract Acrylic, Contemporary Acrylic & Watercolor Painting, Intro to the Pottery Wheel, Adult Digital Photography

Register NOW for Winter Programs! Try any class…at no cost! Online or call us or come into the SAC office to register or put your name on the Try it for Free List!

Aboriginal Arts: Mukluks, Gauntlets, Dream Catchers, Moccasins, Bead Work and Bannock!

The Steinbach Arts Council is working on a great line-up of programs starting this fall! www. steinbachartscouncil.ca. Need assistance with programs? Check out our NEW Kreative Kids Sponsorship Program, with support from Ledingham GM. Call us at 204.346.1077 for more information!

Languages: NEW! Beginner German, Workplace German, French Beginner & Intermediate and Spanish Beginner & Intermediate

Workshops: Wood Burning, Stained Glass, Calligraphy, Resin Art, and more!

Canvas & Cabernet Paint Nites: February 13th is our Valentine’s event! Food, drinks, painting AND a 2/$60 special on regularly priced $35 registration?! Call 204-346-1077 today to secure a Call before December 20th to reg- place on our pre-registration call ister with a 10% discount for our list! Winter season, starting January 2019! Join our call list if you’d NEW! Southeast Centre for like to know when programs are Music about to start up! A Centre of Excellence! Call us if you want to study with some Christmas Showcases at SAC! of the premiere teachers in the Backyard Theatre XMAS Show- southeast! case - Wed, Dec 12 at 6:30 pm Violin – Peter Jo; Piano/Theory SRSS Theatre. Come enjoy vari- - Candace Hamm; Voice - Lauous theatre scripts created to relle Froese, David Klassen; spread the Christmas cheer. $2 ad- Piano – Jordan Martens; Cello mission at the door and bring a tin – Natalie Dawe; Gabriela Gallo for the bin! – Musical Theatre and homeschool classes. Arts4tots XMAS Showcase Wed, For teacher info/details email Dec 19 & Thurs, Dec 20 at 10 am David Klassen, SCM Director at and 2 pm here in the SAC Cen- scm@steinbachartscouncil.ca tre. Watch the tots take the stage to perform preschool Christmas Hall Gallery Exhibits classics Dave Penner Hiatus, October 31 – January 3, 2019 NEW! Homeschool Music Classes - ages 5-12 classes for curriculum 2018-2019 Exhibit Schedule @ based music instruction taught by www.steinbachartscouncil.ca Gabriela Gallo. scm@steinbachartscouncil.ca for details. Teachers! Celebrate creative learning! Creative Wellness Bring your class to our Out2Arts Beginner: Lunch Time Pilates, Se- program – workshops designed crets to a Strong Back to work with your curricuIntermediate: Core Intermediate, lum! Call Mandy to book your Pilates on the Ball, Prop It Pilates workshop. Opportunities for all grades, all curricula! B.O.S.S. Dance Academy Introductory 10 week classes in Call 204-346-1077 for more Dance4Tots (3-5), or (10+), and details. View events and Hip Hop (6-9 or 10+) or Stage purchase tickets online: Combat (9+). No fundraising, no www.steinbachartscouncil.ca costume fees – just try it out!

By Marianne Curtis The Chief Creative Officer of the Steinbach Arts Council was recently one of forty-eight individuals recognized with a Senate of Canada 150th Anniversary Medal on Parliament Hill. Cynthia Rempel Patrick was one of forty-eight recipients from across Canada who received these ‘unsung hero’ awards at this prestigious ceremony. “I am very humbled. It means a lot to me. I work with a great board, staff and volunteers who make our arts community successful, but it’s nice to know that maybe my contribution has helped in some way, so I share it with all of them because we’re a team,” said Rempel Patrick. Nominated by Senator Patricia Bovey, Rempel Patrick was recognized for, “Her passionate leadership has benefitted the community in many dimensions.” Rempel Patrick is going on her twenty-fifth year with the Steinbach Arts Council. As the artistic head of the Steinbach Arts Council, she has presented multi-disciplinary arts programming for amateur and professional artists, children and adults, over many years. She has also served on, and chaired, the Manitoba Arts Council board. “I still love to walk into the Arts Centre each morning. There’s great energy, creative people, and an opportunity to provide

programs and events for all ages,” added Rempel Patrick. “I have great passion and belief in that art makes an enormous difference to our quality of life... people like to gather in creative spaces, and our community is a most creative place to live, work and play.” Steinbach Arts Council Vice Chair Audrey Barkman Hill added that they are, “Immeasurably proud that Ms. Rempel Patrick, our Chief Creative Officer, has been recognized as one of the Canadians whose dedicated effort makes her community

a better place in which to live.” In lieu of the 150th anniversary of their first sitting, on November 6, 1867, the Senate of Canada handed out commemorative medals to individuals who have tried to make their community a better place. Medal recipients must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who are deeply involved in their communities and who through generosity, dedication, volunteerism and hard work make their home town, community, region, province or territory a better place.

Steinbach Arts Council Chief Creative Officer Cyndi Patrick-Rempel (centre) accepting the Senate of Canada 150th Anniversary Medal in Ottawa. Photo courtesy of Cyndi Patrick-Rempel


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C ommunity E vents SEE PAGE 22 FOR CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHEAST Dugald Mixed Doubles Curling League - On Tuesday Nights at 9:15 pm or Sundays at 1 pm at the Springfield Curling Club. Format will be regular Canadian Guidelines. Cost $130 per person for a minimum 20 eight end games. Contact Cam Magura at 204-771-0029, ckmagura@gmail.com. Prairie Voices Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Springfield Library. 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. Friedensfeld New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance – On Monday, December 31 at 6:30 pm. 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 IDC Seniors Group – At the Trans Canada Centre. Free Programs: Indoor walking – Mondays, Wed and Fri from 9 – 10 am. Yoga - Mondays from 10 – 11 am and Thursdays from 11 am – 12 pm. Pickleball - Wednesdays and Sundays from 1 -3 pm. Water Colours - Thursdays from 9 – 11 am. 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. IDC Taekwondo – on Tuesdays & Thursdays at the Ile Des Chene School from 6 – 8 pm. Contact Master Jackson 204782-1240, email pdjj8@mymts.net. 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. 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. Lorette Christmas Craft – On Saturday, December 8 from 10:30 am – 1 pm at the Tache Library. Join us to make a tree ornament. Christmas Card Workshop – On Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm at the Tache Library. Need some last minute Christmas cards? Join us at the library to make beautiful handmade cards. All supplies will be provided. Ages: 8 +. December 12th at 6:30 pm. Free. Registration Required. Seniors and Persons with Special Needs - Mondays and Thursdays from 9 am - 3 pm at the Club les Bles D’Or, 1254 Dawson Rd. A user Fee determined by Government of Manitoba. Meet new friends over activities for seniors in physical fitness, mobility, cultural enrichment, memory stimulation, games and health. A homecare assessment completed by a Case Coordinator from the Steinbach Service to Senior’s Board. After you are recommended, the coordinator will contact you for transport arrangements. Contact Maureen LeDressay, Program coordinator at 204- 878-2682.

Ritchot Senior Services Supper Available - Every Tuesday and Friday at Club Des Bles D’or, 1254 Dawson Rd. Please reserve your meal one day prior, before 6 pm by calling 204-8782682 and leave a message. Game Night – First Wednesday, of the month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Tache Library, 1082 Dawson Rd for ages 13 and up. Join us for monthly board game nights, cards, chess, Crib, Settlers of Catan and many more! Feel free to bring your own. Junior Youth – Every Wednesday from 7 - 8:45 pm at Seine River Church, 1464 Dawson Rd (east of rink) for ages 9 - 12. Free. No registration required. Non-denominational. Contact lorettejryouth@gmail.com, 204-260-9304. Chase the Ace Lottery – On Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm., draw at 8:45 pm at Dawson Trail Motor Inn Bar. Come, support this very much needed complex, at the same time have the chance to chose the Ace of Spade, and win the grand prize jackpot. Hosted by the Community Complex Fundraising Committee. 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. Niverville 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 – On 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 Christmas at Chortitz – On Saturday, December 8 at 3 pm and 7 pm at the Chortitz Heritage Church 27091 Randolph Rd, 1 mile north on PR 206 off Hwy 52 west. Annual German Christmas program. A cappella singing of German Christmas carols. Free admission. Limited seating. Contact Ernie Braun 204-388-6146. 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 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.

South Junction Southeast Farmer’s Market Christmas Market Day - On Saturday, December 8 at the Pine Grove Seniors Club from 10 am - 3 pm. The Piney 4-H Clovers will be hosting a Christmas Hamper food drive at the Christmas Market Day. 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. St. Adolphe Curling Club - Men’s Tuesday Night at 7 pm and 9:15 pm. Women’s Wednesday Night at 7 pm and 9:15 pm, cost $850/ team or Mixed Friday Night cost $750/team at 7 pm and 9:15 pm. Junior League cost $110/person, Saturday mornings, 10:30 am from mid-October - mid-February. Junior Learn-to-Curl cost $80/person, Saturday mornings, 9:30 am, mid-October - mid-February, 12 sessions. Adult Learn-to-Curl League cost $75/person, Thursday evenings, at 7 pm mid October - December). Contact curlstadolphe@gmail.com. Ritchot Senior Services: Children’s Museum - On Tuesday December 4 at 10 am meet at 457 Main St and returning at 2 pm after a tour of the museum to see the original Eaton’s Fairy-tale Vignettes Display from the ninth-floor annex of the Eaton’s downtown store fully restored. After the tour, lunch at the Forks. A limited number of seats available please call soon to reserve a seat. Cost $10/ person. Bingo - On Tuesday December 18 from 1 - 2:30 pm at the St. Adolphe Bible Fellowship Church. Join in for a fun afternoon of friends and games. Cost is $2 and fresh homemade cinnamon buns coffee and tea available. All games will be played for fun prize. Call Janice 204-883-2880 to reserve a seat. 50+ Fitness Program - Mondays - Wednesday and Thursdays at the 457 Main St. Includes cardio, muscle and yoga inspired classes all designed especially for everyone 50+. Thursday, December 13 final class for 2018. To restart in January, 2019. Cost Buy 10 classes for $40 and receive 1 extra class free, 5 classes for $20 or a $5 drop-in fee. Chair fit - On Mondays 11 - 11:30 am at 457 Main St. Join us for a quick 30-minute workout with our chair fit program. Final class for 2018 is Monday, December 10 until January 2019. Cost is Free. Foot Care Clinics – On Wednesday, December 19 at 457 Main St. with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. By appointment only. Call Janice 204-883-2880. Foot care clinics will now be available in IDC and in Lorette in the New Year. Mood Disorders Meeting: Every month on Thursdays. Next meeting TBA at 457 Main St. with Tara Brousseau, Executive Director for a support group, with topics on depression, bipolar, recovery, shame, resilience, mindfulness, meditation, coping and self soothing skills, interrelationship skills, seniors’ issues, distress tolerance and peer to peer support. All ages are welcome. Quilting & Knitting – On Wednesdays December 5 from 9:30 - 11:30 am at 457 Main St. Join us as we continue to creating touch quilts for the Alzheimer society and knitting hats and scarves for the Kindred Project for distribution to women in shelters in Winnipeg this winter. Pickleball - Thursday evenings, from 6 – 8 pm at St. Adolphe School, 444 La Seine St. Contact 204-883-2491. Lunch Program & Bingo – On Thursdays at Le Club Amical, 344 Main St for only $8. Eat in or call ahead for takeout. Contact 204-883-2491. Old Tyme Dance – On Saturday, December 8 from 7 – 11 pm at the Pioneer Hall, 345 Hebert Rd. Music by Mark Morisseau. Admission $15 lunch included. Call to reserve tickets Rae 204-883-2440 or Denise 204-883-2429. 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. St. Malo Chase the Ace – Every Thursday from 8 - 10 pm at the St Malo Hotel. Starting pot is $3,000. All profits to the Fire Hall and Arena. St. Pierre-Jolys Army Cadets – Every Thursday until June 2019 from 6:30 - 9 pm at the community hall, 555 Hebert Ave. Join now the 3234-Manitoba Horse RCACC Army Cadets. Are you looking for fun, adventure and want to meet new friends? Leadership, citizenship, community service, sports, orienteering, canoeing, marksmanship, drill, band and more. For all youth aged 12 - 19. Enrollment is Free, No deadline to register. Contact Capt Roxanne Maynard, Commanding Officer 204-324-4034, roxanne.maynard@cadets.gc.ca. Stay and Play Group – Every Monday from 9:30 – 11:30 am at YFC Cinema. Snacks, coffee served, and childcare available. 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 Adult French Classes - Until May 2019 at the school. One evening per week on Monday or Tuesday, 2 classes each evening; first class from 6 -7:30 pm, second from 7:30 – 9 pm. Groups are determined based on French communication skills. No registration cost, just a $15 - 2 year membership to Pluri-Elles, a literacy advocacy organization in Winnipeg. Instructor is Guy Gagnon with over 35 years as a French teacher in francophone high schools. To register for 2018 email sugagnon@mymts.net. Everyone welcome. Seniors Group Card Games – On Tuesdays from 1:30 - 4:30 pm at the Community Centre, 183 Pembina Trail. Cost Membership $10 a year. Bring a friend Day. Contact 204-8822180. 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 9 at 2 pm at the Sainte-Anne Catholic Church. Free admission. Please bring non-perishable food or make a monetary donation for the Christmas hampers Food Bank/Banque Alimentaire Accueil Kateri Centre Inc. 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. Ste. Geneviève Library Night – On 2nd Tuesday every month, at the Community Centre from 6:30 - 8 pm. 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. Steinbach Southeastern Manitoba Festival – Festival runs February 18- March 19, 2019. Take part in a fun, educational, and inspirational festival and the disciplines of speech/theater arts, vocal, piano, choir, musical theater, or dance. Competitive and non-competitive entries welcome. Professional adjudicators help you improve and encourage continued development of your skills. Visit semf.ca or contact Sharon Guenther semfpresident@gmail.com. The Art of Mennonite Clocks - An Exhibition of Mennonite Wall Clocks and Their Stories Spanning More Than Two Centuries. The joint exhibition showcases 33 clocks and their stories sponsored by the Mennonite Heritage Village and the Kroeger Clocks Heritage Foundation until April 2019 at the Mennonite Heritage Village, 231 PTH 12 North. Movie Night at the Library – Every 4 the Friday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library. We alternate between a family movie and a classic movie. Free admission and popcorn are included. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Madison Redekopp 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Breast Feeding Group – On Fridays at 10:30 am at the Steinbach Family Resource Centre for a support group, current information and a variety of presentations. Contact 204-3460413. Toddler & Me Story Hour - Classes offered three times a year for a 10-week session in Fall and Winter and a 5-week session in Spring. Classes are free. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, literacy and parenting tips, crafts and snack for parents and their children ages 1-3. Advanced In-person registration is required. Limited space available. 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.

from 10 am – 12 pm. Pronunciation All Levels - On Monday and Wednesday from 7 – 9 pm at D4-284 Reimer Ave. Classes are free. 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. Creativi-Tea Time Adult Colouring Group - Twice monthly on the 2nd Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:30 pm and on the 2nd Friday from 1 - 3 pm at the Jake Epp Library. Cost Free. Join us for a time of relaxation, tea and colouring. Tea and supplies are provided but you are welcome to bring your own! 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-making skills; give service to the community; value the natural environment. 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. 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 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. Steinbach and Area Lions Club - Meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Helping Hands. Contact Henry 204-392-7750 if you are interested in attending or joining. 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 St. Contact Sheryl at 204-326-7628 or Irene at 204-424-5737. 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 Craft Sale – On Saturday, December 15 from 10 am - 3 pm fundraiser at the Shevchenko School for the Vita Community Child Care Centre. Bring a tin for the bin and receive a FREE single rainbow auction ticket. Complimentary coffee and baked goody while you shop! To book a table $25 plus small prize donation for game contact Mandy 392-1172. Vita & Area Winter Festival – On Saturday, January 19 and Sunday January 20 from 12 - 11:59 pm. Fun for the whole family.

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.

Stay and Play – On Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am, at the Shevchenko School for children ages 0 - 5 along with their parents/caregivers are welcome to join us for a fun, free, educational learning program. Crafts, snacks, songs, games and story time! Facilitator: Andrea Smith. Contact Penny Horvorka-Alcock 204-425-3535.

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.

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.

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

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Niverville Invites Residents to a Zoning Bylaw Hearing The Town of Niverville is looking for input for some zoning changes and is hosting a Public Hearing to allow residents the opportunity to give their opinions. The meeting is on December 11 starting at 7 pm at the Niverville Heritage Centre, 100B Heritage Trail. Copies of the proposal can be viewed at whereyoubelong.ca. For Information contact 204-388-4600 ext. 105 or email planning@ whereyoubelong.ca. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send any comments to the above noted email address by noon on December 10 and they will be read for entrance into the minutes at the hearing. Niveville Zoning Map

Ritchot Approves Borrowing Bylaw for St. Adolphe Daycare On November 22, the St. Adolphe Curling Club was overflowing when a public hearing took place to discuss the borrowing of $1 million dollars to help create day care spaces in the community. The intention is to renovate 372 main St. in St. Adolphe for a new daycare, with 113 licensed, thus creating the St. Adolphe Childcare Centre. At the end of the day, Ritchot Council voted in favour of borrowing $1 million towards the project. The $1.7 million project, which includes the renovation of the former dealership located along Main St., is expected to be funded by a $560,000 provincial grant, $140,000 Hydro CGI Grant, and the borrowing bylaw. The daycare will pay back the loan to the municipality in the form of rent. Now that council has passed first

reading, the bylaw will go to the province for Municipal Board approval. If twenty-five or more objections are received, the matter will go to a community hearing where people will be able to voice their concerns or support. If no objections are received, Ritchot Council can move towards approving the bylaw, and moving the project to the next step. Initially the daycare was supposed to be constructed as part of a plan by Heritage Holdings to build a new centre on the site of the former St. Adolphe Nursing Home. In March, 2017 the province announced funding for a new ninety space daycare centre for St. Adolphe part of a recent provincial child care announcement. That project was put at risk when Niverville Holdings pulled the plug on the project due to lack of community support. The land is now for sale.

The RM of Ritchot Council formed a task force with a number of community members who worked together on this new plan. To help raise funds for the new facility, the St. Adolphe Childcare

Centre board is currently fundraising for the organization. Every Wednesday Chase the Ace takes place at the St. Adolphe Motor Inn to raise funds for the new daycare.

Proposed floor plan for the new daycare in what used to be a local car dealership on Main Street St. Adolphe.

A Friend of Yours is Waiting The Christmas season is upon us for another year. We often hear the slogan that Jesus Christ is “the reason for the season.” There are many aspects to Christmas; presents, family gatherings and church programs which often involve a lot of traveling. We get so busy; we forget that, “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, grew up as a young lad in Nazareth helping Joseph in his carpenter shop. At thirty years of age He started His ministry, but the climax of His work was Calvary about three years later. It was here He willingly gave up His life and let His perfect blood be given as the payment for the sins of the whole world. He rose from the dead on the third day to show the world that He had completed His Father’s will and now salvation is available to, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord.” (Romans 10:13). There is no other way to heaven or to have access to God the Father. In John 14:6 it says, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” When a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, they become a child of God (saved or born again). God’s desire for all people is not just that they become His children, but that they get to really know Him and have a close relationship together. The Bible says Enoch walked with God, David had a heart after God’s own heart and Abraham was a friend of God. John 15:15 says God wants that kind of relationship with you this Christmas, “I have called you friends.” Are you a friend of God this season? You can be. He is just waiting for you to call out to Him. Then He will do the rest. My prayer is that everyone has a joyful Christmas, but the closer you are to God, the more you will enjoy “The reason for the season.”


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Family Shares Their Knowledge of Self-Sufficient Homesteading By Joan Airey Matt and Susi Teichroeb decided they would like to live self-sufficient on a large acreage near Roseau River. They have a modern homestead where they raise their four daughters ages three to twelve and home school them. They are a rare find, a young family choosing to live a simpler family life, mortgage-free and eating mostly local foods that they have grown, hunted, fished and foraged. Because of their reduced housing and food costs, Susi is a stay-at-home mom and Matt works part time. Does family life get any richer than that? “We raise our own goats for milk, chickens for meat and eggs, pigs, and in the past, rabbits. We grow a large garden and have numerous fruit trees, so we are able to process our own fruit and vegetables,” said Matt Teichroeb. “Because of our Christian faith we wanted to lead a simple life and spend time together as a family. We have become pretty self-sufficient so we are living our dream of home schooling our children and working together as a family. Woodmore WI Security Initiative has asked us to share with the public the art of sausage making,” said Teichroeb. On Saturday December 1, Matt and Susi Teichroeb invited interested people to their homestead near Roseau River to discuss the entire process of sausage making including preparing, deboning, grinding, mixing, stuffing, smoking and tasting. They had participants making garlic sausage to take home. Children ages 10 and up accompanied by an adult were also welcome to participate. For future information on workshops, contact Janet Kroeker 204427-3524 or email woolkroe@mts.net to register.

Matt and Susi working on making sausage with help from the kids.

Robber Grabs ATV from Compound An investigation continues into an October 9 ATV theft that occurred at 11:20 pm when an unknown suspect entered a storage compound on #52 Highway in Steinbach. Once inside the suspect proceeded to steal a 2009 Suzuki King Quad, yellow in colour. Police would like to speak to any witnesses. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-2228477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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

RCMP Seek Superstore Shoplifting Suspect On November 6 Police received a report of a shoplifting from the Great Canadian Superstore in Steinbach. The security officer who was monitoring the store observed an unknown female obtain items from the shelves and proceed to the front of the store where she remained for a period of time before leaving without paying. When the security officer made contact with her outside the store she gave back 1 bag of groceries but took off on her bicycle with the other bag and a 4 litre container of milk. A photo of the possible suspect is included from video footage obtained.

Trailer and Yard Care Equipment Stolen On November 7 RCMP received a report of a utility trailer stolen from a residential property in Grunthal which occurred between October 20 and November 7. The utility trailer was parked behind several large outbuildings and is a black 2014 Road Clipper Utility Trailer with MB License Plate # V470H. The trailer contained a green/yellow Walker O-turn lawn mower, orange/white Stilh backpack leaf blower, green/grey Billy Goat lawn vacuum and an orange/white Stilh Combi Unit weed wacker. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers

Landscaping Trailer Theft Between 5 pm on October 23 and noon October 24 a landscaping trailer was stolen from a business on Friesen Ave. in Steinbach. The trailer, a Suretrac brand, is black in colour, 5 x 10 ft., singe axle, with a 1 ft. high pressure treated wooden enclosure. The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers.

Debit Card Stolen and Used Between 3 and 3:40 pm on September 15 a debit card was stolen and used to remove funds from the victim’s bank account. An unknown male suspect made withdrawals from a financial institution in Steinbach and the suspect appeared on camera. Police would like to identify the suspect and speak to any witnesses.

Thieves Take Off with Wire Cables Between 1 am and 3 am on October 30 approximately 50ft of industrial welding cable and electrical wire was stolen from a Penn-Co Construction yard in Blumenort. The male suspects were seen driving a white Ford F250. Police would like to speak to any witnesses.

Repair Shop Break In Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break in at Jake’s Service and Auto Care at 15 Keating Rd. in Steinbach that occurred between October 10 and October 16. The thief stole several tires and wheels. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers.


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Grace – Grace – Marvels Grace Luke 2:7-17… 7) and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8) And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9) An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10) But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11) Today in the town of David a Saviour 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. “13) Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying. 14) “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests. 15) “When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about. 16) “So, they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. (NIV) A Christmas story that the Holy Spirit must help us to accept by faith that Jesus was indeed the Holy Son of God. Luke chapter 2 tells us that Mary, the soon to be the mother of Jesus, gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped Him in a blanket and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel appeared among them, now the whole countryside shone brightly with the glory of the Lord. They were filled with fear of not knowing what was happening. The angel reassures them. “Do not be afraid he said.” I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and that is for everyone!” That means you and it means me. “The Saviour, yes the Messiah, the Lord of Glory has been born tonight in Bethlehem!” The shepherd’s hearts exploding with excitement and anticipation; work up enough nerve and ask the angel, “How will we recognize this Child, this Messiah?” Oh, the angel knows their thoughts and remembers that they are human with limited understanding. “Here is your clue, you will find this Baby wrapped in a blanket lying in a manger!” Now the heavens came alive, as though heaven itself had burst on the earth. This angel that was talking to them was joined by a vast host of other angels, in fact, the armies of heaven were there praising God. Verse sixteen: This verse will end this month’s lesson, or, perhaps it might just be the very beginning. Those shepherds did not have four wheelers; they probably did not even have donkeys. I kind of think they had only their feet to carry them because the Bible shows that they ran to the village and found their way to where Mary and Joseph had made the bed for the Baby Jesus. And to their amazement, they found the Baby Jesus, lying in the manger, just as the angel had told them. Want the best Christmas gift ever? I can only share what I have received. This little Child, this gift from God, came that all of us could have our sins forgiven. The proof that we are Christians comes from the instinctive cry of our heart. When we are distressed, worried and desperate, our spirit cries out to God. The moment our hearts cry for God’s help reaches the heart of God; He will give us the assurance that indeed we are the Children of God. We must remember that when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman to buy our freedom from the slavery of sin. Oh, the Wonder of it All. Have a wonderful Christmas. To God Be the Glory Great Things He Has Done! Would you pray this prayer with me, “Lord Jesus, come into my heart? Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have 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.

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 welcome to pay us a visit and consider participating in some of our programs and events. Visit our website at patporteralc.com. News and Activities Rentals: We can accommodate Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Showers, Meetings and Family Gatherings amongst others. Call Lynda 204-320-4603 for more information and to book. Volunteer Opportunities: All ages are welcomed. Please call Lynda at 204-320-4603 for more information. We are looking for volunteers in the following areas: receptionist, sound technician, general maintenance, cleaning and photographer. Events/Presentations: All events/presentations are open to all ages. Christmas Banquet: - December 13 at 6 pm. Christmas meal with all the trimmings. PPALC Choir will perform as well as a few surprises! Tickets: $15 Members and $18 Non-Members. Please purchase tickets by Thursday, December 6. Cooking Class – December 18 from 1 - 2:30 pm. Healthy snacks presented by licensed dieticians. Need to RSVP by Tuesday, December 11. Christmas Cookie Exchange – December 18 from 2:30 - 4 pm. Bring 6 pieces of dainties or cookies per plate to exchange with. For more information call 204-320-4600. Regular Programs/Activities: Make sure to check out our Newsletter. Activities may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to other events on short notice. Please check with Centre. Our programs are aimed for Senior’s however we welcome any age and encourage you to come out and see what our Centre has to offer. All Programs/Activities have a fee of $2 for members/ $4 for non-members to participate unless otherwise stated. Tai Chi: Mondays 10:30 - 11:30 am. Choir: Wednesdays 10 - 11:30 am. Board Games: Tuesdays 10 - 11:30 am. Many to choose from. New Connections: 1st Thursday of the Month. Computer Classes: Wednesdays from 9 am - 2 pm. One-on-one 1 hour appointments. Ho Model Railway Project: Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30am– 3:30 pm. Out with Friends: No event planned for the month of December. Movie Time + Potluck: Starting at Noon. Bring a lunch dish to share and stay to watch the movie! Next Movie is “Mrs. Miracle” on Monday, December 17. Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle: Wednesdays 1:30 - 4 pm. Advanced Pickleball: Mon, Thurs and Fridays 9 - 11:30 am and Tuesdays 9 - 10:30 am. Advanced + Beginners Pickleball: Mondays 1 - 3 pm. Drop in Billiards: Monday - Friday 9 am - 3 pm. Cards: Monday - Canasta; Wednesday - Cribbage; Thursday – Whist, 1 - 4 pm. Old Time Country Jam: Wednesdays 7 - 9 pm. Free Programs Walking Program: 8:30 - 9 am and 12 - 1 pm, Mon – Fri. in our Auditorium. Free to the public and any age is welcomed! Enjoy Free Coffee or Tea after! Crafty Corner: Every Friday from 2 - 3:30 pm. Bring your craft, anything goes – knitting, scrapbooking, wood work, 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 an occasional treat. Meet new people and staff in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Other Programs + Services Provided: Noon Meals: Available Monday through Friday. Cost $6. Come join us for lunch. Call Kitchen at 204- 320-4605 the day before or by 9 am that day to reserve your meal. Foot Care Clinic: Call Reception at 204-320-4600 to book your appointment. Beltone Hearing: Call 1-800-661-2653 to book an appointment. Miscellaneous Information: 2019 Memberships: Can be purchased for $25 per person until Tuesday, January 15, 2019. After January 15, 2019 they will be $30 per person. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities please drop by the Centre, Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm. Further information call Lynda at 204-320-4603 or the reception desk at 204-320-4600; Fax 204-320-9098.


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