Dawson Trail Dispatch December 2019

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Hampers Spread Tis the Season for Holiday Cheer Christmas Cheer

An enthusiastic group of volunteers organized Breakfast with Santa which was held at the Ste Genevieve Community Centre on December 1st. Sausage and pancakes were served and kids got a chance to visit with and get a small gift from Santa! Submitted photos

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 those in need. 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 of RM of Tache, to register for a Christmas Hamper, please call the Tache Foodbank at 204-2700273. 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 including Arbakka, Caliento, Gardenton, Lonesand, Sirko, Stuartburn, Sundown, and Vita - For new applications call 204-425-3745 or contact Jane Roman at 204-425-7742. RM of Ritchot including Ile des Chenes, St. Adolphe, and Grande Pointe - Are available from the IDC Foodbank by calling Diane Aminot at 204-878-2455 or Suzanne Tetreault at 204-878-3189. 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, Wampum, Piney, Middlebro - Call Victor & Shawny Prevost 204-437-2600 or email vsprevo@mts.net. Grunthal Caring Hands Foodbank - Serving Grunthal, Kleefeld, Pansy and Sarto. For Christmas Hamper Registrations, please call 204-371-1394. Registration forms are also available at Grunthal Grocery, Grunthal Coop and area churches. 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, RM of Piney including Sandilands, St. Labre, and Woodridge - Registration is closed. However emergency hampers can be created by calling 204-380-2093. RM of Franklin for residents in the RM of Franklin including Arnaud, Tolstoi, Ridgeville, Woodmore,Greenridge, Carlowrie, Dominion City, Rosa, Roseau River - Contact Linda Steinert 204427-2622 or linda@mynetset.com.

Community Development Projects Get Funding Sixteen projects from various com- a list approved for funding when the munities in the region were among province recently announced that they

would be providing more than $6 million in grants for municipalities, non-profit and community-led organizations across the province. The Building Sustainable Communities Program funding approved for organizations in southern Manitoba totalled about $829,000. Earlier this year, the province announced the new Building Sustainable Communities Program would replace seven legacy grant programs that each had significant administration, rigid requirements and operated in silos. The new program responds to local neighbourhood, municipal and regional priorities with a focus on increasing community capacity while promoting sustainability for non-profit organizations. According to Municipal Relations Minister Rochelle “The funding has a focus on increasing our community capacity and promoting sustainability for our

non-profit organizations.” The largest projects approved were for Richer Community Club for the covering of the outdoor rink at $75,000; Youth for Christ in Steinbach is also getting $75,000 for Refresh and Grande Pointe Homeowners Association Inc. ($75,000) to build a Community Club House addition. The Town of Niverville, Hespler Park playground is receiving $74,446; the RM of La Broquerie will get $74,000 for required safety improvements and Dufresne in the RM of Tache ($63,906) for the major repairs and upgrades to the Complex. Other projects include in Steinbach the TG Smith Centre refrigeration plant chiller ($39,606); Mennonite Heritage Village roof ($48,575); Niverville Youth for a baseball diamond in Hespler Park ($29,803). In Ste. Agathe, the Parc Belle Riviere - Phase II ($43,500); St. PierreJolys Park Improvements ($24,740); La Broquerie Recreation Master Plan

($33,825); Vita Community Green Space and Rest Stop ($15,817); Rat River Recreation Commission Board governance training ($1,700); Vassar Piney Stuartburn - Pillars of Economic Development ($17,169); Board St. Pierre-Jolys arena lobby accessibility ($17,454); Vassar Pool Revitalization ($27,972); St. Jean Baptiste Parks and Recreation Association Inc.($45,862) for its phase II, Splash Park plans; Mitchell and District Community Centre, ($20,000) for a Memorial Skating and Gathering Area and the Whiteshell Community Club’s Falcon Lake Curling Rink ice plant ($25,625). Eligible applicants for the new Building Sustainable Communities Program include non-profit organizations, charitable organizations, municipalities, and northern affairs community councils. The program will provide a maximum provincial contribution of up to 50 per cent of total eligible project costs to a maximum grant of $75,000.

Wellness Centre Opens in St. Pierre-Jolys

The official opening of a new commercial building in St. Pierre-Jolys that offers optometry and chiropractic services.

On November 21, the community of St. Pierre-Jolys celebrated the grand opening of the first new retail and commercial building to be completed in the community in over twenty years. Chiropractor Benjamin C. Weatherby owner of St-Pierre Chiropractic Centre is thrilled to be one of the first tenants of a brand new building located at 530

Sabourin Street, in St. Pierre-Jolys. “While perhaps not that exciting to anyone outside of the community, it’s quite exciting for our little French community,” said Weatherby. “The building so far will host a chiropractic clinic, soon to be a multidisciplinary wellness clinic and an optom-

etry clinic, a first for the area.” With two out of three suites occupied, there is still room left. A third, 1,439 square foot unit is still available for the right tenant. The suite would be ideal for other professionals such as a medical/dental clinic or a legal/law firm.

Located at 530 Sabourin Street in St. Pierre-Jolys the new retail/commercial building is the first to be built in the community in over a decade.

Three Political Stories with Drama to Follow

First on the global stage is Great Britain and Brexit. This is proving to be a nightmare for all sides. A second Tory Prime Minister is trying to win a majority so as to get Brexit done. If he fails it will not be possible for the status quo to remain after a possible second referendum. If the Tories win the tortuous path to a European divorce will proceed. It will also take Britain a number of years to rebuild the economy. If we were to take a look at the history of Great Britain, they possibly lead the greatest empire in history, ever. Their best sales pitch was that every day the sun always shone somewhere on the empire. Now after a couple of centuries they are looking for solitude. Another complication is Scotland and Northern Ireland that will be looking for a different outcome than Brexit. The question then is England standing alone and Britain is no more. The emotion of a referendum can produce unintended consequences. Second is the USA. Impeachment is a process where nobody wins. It’s a remedy that the American Constitution contains to remove a President if high crimes and or misdemeanours are committed by a sitting President. This is a painfully political process where winners are few and integrity is the first casualty. It is quite sure that the House will impeach the President but the Senate will find him not guilty because party ideology will trump (pardon the pun) integrity, morality and reality. The whole mess will then move into the realm of forever politics, for the President, the House members and part of the Senate which will happen 11 months from now. I am hoping that institutions that empower our democracies to control our connecting threads will be able to resume a collective leadership. A lot will depend on who the Americans elect as the leader of the free world. Third, closer to home is Andrew Scheer in suffering continuous attacks on his position as leader of the opposition. If the Conservative’s succeed in their endeavour to jettison their Party leader it will probably lengthen the Prime Minister’s time as a minority government. I think that their Reform history is negatively affecting their ability to broaden the big tent approach. I miss the good old days when Progressive was not a dirty word.

Getting Down to Business With the Federal election now firmly behind us, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the House of Commons with reconvene on December 5. As Members of Parliament – both returning and newly elected – arrive in Ottawa, one of the first orders of business will be the Liberal government’s Speech from the Throne. The speech will outline the broad goals and aims of the government. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has met with Prime Minister Trudeau to lay out the key priorities we want to see in the Liberal plan. Our proposals are reasonable, achievable, and would help to heal the divisions in our country that seem more pronounced today than in recent memory. First, we recognize that affordability is a significant concern for Canadians. That’s why we will continue our calls for broad-based tax relief to help all Canadians get ahead, not just get by. In light of Justin Trudeau’s ethics violations, Conservatives will advocate for stronger penalties in the Conflict of Interest Act to help restore ethical government. Conservatives are also deeply concerned about the regional divide left in the wake of the elec-

tion results. That’s why we will work to advance practical initiatives that will keep Canada strong and united. Sadly, given Justin Trudeau’s recent Cabinet picks, it is clear the Prime Minister is doubling down on his past failures. A new Cabinet represented an opportunity for Mr. Trudeau to reach out and show the country that he had learned from his mistakes. Instead, it appears to be business as usual. By keeping Bill Morneau on as Minister of Finance, Mr. Trudeau has chosen to double down on his never-ending deficits, wasteful spending, and tax hikes that make life less affordable for Canadians. By keeping Justice Minister David Lametti as Attorney General, it is clear Justin Trudeau has learned nothing from the SNC Lavalin scandal. In the important infrastructure portfolio, Justin Trudeau’s decision to appoint former Environment Minister Catherine McKenna – who championed the Liberal’s Carbon Tax and seriously damaged the Federal government’s relationships with many provinces, including Manitoba – signals a rough road ahead for federal/provincial collaboration on infrastructure priorities.

And after only appointing a Rural Economic Development Minister mere months before the election, Justin Trudeau has now added that portfolio to Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef’s charge, demonstrating that rural communities are an afterthought and not a priority for his government. With the main concerns of Canadians top of mind, our Conservative team is ready to get back to work in Ottawa, holding the Liberal Government accountable. I look forward to doing my part to ensure the views and values of you and your family are heard in the nation’s capital. For more information on this or any issue please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1-866333-1933 or at 204-326-9889. Visit me on Facebook at: Facebook.com/TedFalkMP. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12N, Steinbach MB, R5G 1T4 or visit my website at tedfalk.ca.

Lower Taxes and Health Care Sooner The Second Session of the Forty-Second Legislature has been a busy one, beginning with the Throne Speech that was read by The Honourable Mr. Chief Justice Richard J.F. Chartier. This speech outlines the direction that government is proceeding in this 42nd Session and the balance of this term. Our government is acting on its renewed mandate by implementing five key guarantees to Manitobans: lower taxes, new jobs, better health care sooner, new schools and a made in Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. Our government will also eliminate the education portion of property taxes. The phase-out will begin the first year after the budget is balanced, and will be completed over a maximum of 10 years. Once fully implemented, the average homeowner will save more than $2,000 annually. There have been a number of pieces of legislation introduced so far this session, including a bill that would modernize the Pension

Benefits Act. These changes will give Manitobans more flexibility to manage their own money and provide employees better access to their funds to protect them from severe financial hardship. We have also introduced The Retail Business Hours of Operation Act. Currently, retail business hours and days of operation are subject to provincial legislation. This Bill will give local governments authority over these matters. The time to plan next year’s budget is here and once again, we will be asking Manitobans for their input. There will be budget consultation meetings held throughout the province over the coming months. The province will release its full public consultation schedule in the weeks ahead, and Manitoba Finance has launched an online survey for Manitobans to help shape Budget 2020. To share your priorities for Manitoba, please visit engagemb.ca/Budget-2020 or submit your feedback via email to budget2020@gov.mb.ca.

The holiday season is just around the corner and with that come the celebrations that bring together family, friends and colleagues. I was pleased to attend the launch of our local Operation Red Nose, where a pair of doctors shared the devastating effects of impaired driving. If you are attending a celebration, please keep our roads safe by ensuring you have a designated driver or take advantage of Operation Red Nose. Everyone deserves to make it home safely. As always, I look forward to hearing from constituents with their questions or concerns. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204-424-5406 or at dennis. smook@leg.gov.mb.ca. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

A Five-Point Guarantee for Manitobans Well, it’s December. Where has the year gone? These past couple of weeks have seen a lot of activity in the Dawson Trail constituency, and that’s going to increase as the holidays continue to creep up. I’ve been busy with a lot of local events. A couple of weeks ago, I was able to participate in the Anola Parade of Lights. I had a great time at this event, and it was so nice to get to meet some of the new Dawson Trail constituents. I will also participate in the Lorette Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Every time I have attended the parade, it’s been a lot of fun. As well, I will once again host a Coffee With Bob in Ste. Anne at the Villa Youville personal care home on December 16. I’m looking forward to visiting the Villa again and seeing some friendly faces. It’s been a busy time of the year for our Manitoba government, too. On November 19, my fellow MLAs and I gathered at the legislature for the

Throne Speech to kick off another legislative session. As with every session, our government’s goal is to move Manitoba forward and improve the lives of people across the province. We are well into our work on implementation of our new fivepoint Moving Manitoba Forward Guarantee of record tax relief, better health care, more schools, more jobs and made-in-Manitoba solutions for climate change. And our action plan for the first 100 days of this term includes legislation to put in place our 2020 Tax Rollback for savings of at least $2,020 over the next four years for the average taxpayer. Recently, our government announced more full-time paramedics for rural communities. This fulfills our Budget 2019 commitment to further enhance rural emergency medical services. In the budget, we included a $1.4-million investment for 35 full-time rural paramedic positions and said we will increase the invest-

ment to $2.8 million in subsequent years. Many of these positions have been filled, and we plan to have the remaining positions filled by mid-January. Increasing the staffing will ensure that paramedics are positioned throughout the province to deliver emergency medical care as efficiently as possible. It’s important for all Manitobans to have quality health care when they need it, and this will ensure more consistent and reliable care for rural communities. I wish a safe and joyful Christmas and holiday season to everyone in the Dawson Trail constituency, and I’m looking forward to what the new year has in store.

Veteran’s Organization to See Funding Increase The Speech from the Throne on Nov. 19 has kicked off the second session of the 42nd Legislature. In this article, I will go over a few things our government is doing for Manitobans in the Lac du Bonnet constituency and elsewhere in our province. To begin, I would like to commend our area’s Royal Canadian Legions and community centres that held Remembrance Day services. We in the Lac du Bonnet constituency have many options every November 11 for attending, remembering and giving thanks. I attended the service in Whitemouth this year, and it was beautiful and heartfelt. Each and every location puts its own special stamp on Remembrance Day, but they all have one thing in common: the absolute admiration and gratitude to our veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and to the men and women who continue to serve in our Canadian Forces. We owe all of them deep gratitude for the rights and freedoms we enjoy in Canada, this wonderful country we call home. Remember them and give thanks every day of the year, and every November please make sure to purchase poppies! Our Progressive Conservative government is showing gratitude to

veterans, too, by relieving the financial burden on Royal Canadian Legion and Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada (ANAVETS) branches across the province. We are introducing legislation this fall to exempt these veterans’ facilities from municipal property tax, and have directed Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries to give veterans’ organizations an additional five per cent of the revenue from video lottery terminals on their premises. This change is immediately giving Legions and ANAVETS facilities a total yearly revenue increase of approximately $600,000. As well, we are providing financial support to ensure the sacrifice of Manitoba’s veterans is never forgotten. Through our $2-million Military Memorial Conservation Fund, our government is giving strong assistance to important projects that preserve and maintain veterans’ memorial sites throughout Manitoba. The fund will generate about $100,000 per year to support memorial restoration projects, which create opportunities to learn about Manitoba’s history and the contributions of our province’s veterans. We are accepting proposals from organizations and municipalities for the fund as we get

closer to next year’s 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The legislation to exempt veterans’ facilities from municipal property tax is coming through one of many bills we are introducing during this fall session. With our fivepoint Moving Manitoba Forward Guarantee, we are bringing record tax relief, better health care sooner, more schools, more jobs and madein-Manitoba solutions for climate change to the Lac du Bonnet constituency and the entire province. Our government is delivering lower taxes, better services and a stronger economy for all Manitobans. Go Blue Go! Pun intended! If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to e-mail me at wayne@wayneewasko.com, or call me at 204-268-3282. Also, you can follow me on Twitter @ wayneewaskomla and friend me on Facebook.

Ste. Anne Woman Named to Family Services Board On November 26, a Ste. Anne woman was among five new appointments to the General Child and Family Services Authority. Lizanne Lachance, who is a registered nurse with Villa Youville, was appointed to a three year term on the board. The General Child and Family Services Authority manages child and family services for everyone who is not covered by another CFS Authority. According to Families Minister Heather Stefanson the ap-

pointments support the provincial government’s efforts to continue to refresh the agencies, boards and commissions of the province, ensuring Manitobans continue to be represented in these important positions by highly qualified and enthusiastic individuals. “I’m pleased to appoint members who share our commitment to children and will be lending their expertise, dedication and compassion to the authority as part of its board,” the minister added.

Lachance has served as a registered nurse for Vista Park Lodge, St. Boniface Hospital, Seven Oaks General Hospital and Misericordia Place. Her experience also includes serving as the manager of resident services for the Tache Centre. Lachance has a bachelor of nursing and a master’s of public administration from the University of Manitoba and a bachelor of arts from the University of Winnipeg.

Local Woman Wins Lorette Chase the Ace

Sally Lehman from Lorette (centre) and two friends celebrate after she picked the Ace of Spades out of the remaining four cards to win $187,847. Photo by Janice Storozuk

The region’s largest Chase the Ace jackpot was claimed in Lorette on November 21, when a local resident pulled the Ace of Spades with only four cards left on the table. Lineups started early in the day, and hundreds of people bought tickets but Sally Lehman from Lorette ended up being the lucky winner when she turned over the Ace of Spades. Her lucky draw saw her claim a record breaking jackpot of $187,847. Yvonne Romaniuk, spokesperson for Chase

the Ace Lorette organizers was thrilled to see the pot finally be claimed. “It may take some time for reality to sink in about winning the $187,847 jackpot, but she was already planning a celebration dinner and maybe a new set of wheels,” stated Romaniuk. While this round of Chase the Ace was successful, how much money was raised was not available at press time. The Lorette Community Complex Fundraising Committee hosts Chase the Ace at the Dawson Trail Hotel

every Thursday evening. Fifty percent of the funds raised goes towards the Lorette Arena and library complex. This recent Chase the Ace jackpot is officially the largest one claimed in the region, but it is not the first large prize to be won. On July 27, Mike Armstrong was the lucky man who correctly selected the Ace of Spades from the last two cards left in the deck at the Richer Community Club Chase the Ace. It took 53 weeks of Chase the Ace for a winner to get lucky.

Local MLAs Sworn into Cabinet Committees On November 28, Premier Brian Pallister welcomed a number of MLA to committees of Cabinet while they took their oaths of office. “I welcome these fine MLAs as they broaden the scope of their roles and responsibilities. Their intelligence, drive and vision will serve them well on these important committees as we move Manitoba forward,” said Pallister. “I look forward to the meaningful contributions

to our decision-making by these elected representatives, who know that we are better and stronger together as we work to make Manitoba Canada’s most improved province.” Re-elected La Verendrye MLA Dennis Smook has been appointed to the Economic Growth Committee of Cabinet and been named legislative assistant to the minister of economic development and training.

Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagasse has been appointed to the Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Committee of Cabinet. “I look forward to the meaningful contributions to our decision-making by these elected representatives, who know that we are better and stronger together as we work to make Manitoba Canada’s most improved province,” said Pallister.

La Verendrye MLA Dennis Smook and Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagasse were among a number of newly elected MLA’s recently appointed to committees of cabinet by Premier Brian Pallister.

Niverville Says “Yes” to Cannabis By Marianne Curtis On November 26, residents in the Town of Niverville voted in favour to approve the sale of recreational cannabis. The decision was made as a result of a special plebiscite. At the end of the day, more than 1,500 people cast their ballots with the final results being a close 863 residents saying “yes”, while 719 voters were against retail cannabis. The plebiscite was called to decide whether or not a Cannabis shop can be set up in the community. Local resident and businessman Derek Lepp is pleased with the results of the plebiscite. Prior to the vote, he strongly encouraged Niverville residents to support of the retail outlet because it was a vote for economic growth in the community. “Many people think this just about a dispensary, but it is about wanting to see Niverville continue to grow in a progressive way by supporting small, medium and

large size businesses in our community,” Lepp explained. He went a step further by purchasing pro-dispensary signs and placing them throughout the community with the help of supportive volunteers. A week later, another set of signs starting cropping up throughout the community. No one has taken responsibility for the “say no to drugs” signs. Back in July, the Town of Niverville council denied a conditional use application put forward by Cannabis retailer Canna Cabana from coming into town. Canna Cabana was seeking a conditional use permit to open a store at 349 Bronstone Drive which is in an industrial area on the outskirts. The company was selected by Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade to open a store in Niverville, pending receipt of the necessary permits from the community. Following a public hearing in July, council voted 3-2 to deny the company’s application. Council voted again on the matter on August 20 and the vote was split, with Mayor Myron Dyck as the tiebreaker. He said

since council seemed fairly entrenched in their positions and a public hearing in one year might not change anything, he voted for a plebiscite. Now that residents from the community of Niverville have voted in favour the opening of the outlet could ultimately affect the entire region. In July 2018, the province released a request for pre-qualification (RFPQ) seeking potential retailers interested in a future opportunity to operate cannabis retail stores in Manitoba. Retailers were selected in seven communities, including Niverville which was the only community in southern Manitoba. The selection process consisted of a randomized draw. Each pre-qualified retailer received one ballot per community of interest. One ballot was drawn for each identified community, as well as a second standby ballot, which was won by Red River Cooperative Ltd. They have not put forward an application yet, nor has Canna Cabana Inc. reapplied for a conditional use application made.

Falk Sworn in to Parliament On November 18, Provencher MP Ted Falk was sworn in to Canada’s 43rd Parliament. Falk was first elected Provencher’s Member of Parliament on November 25, 2013 and was re-elected in 2015 and again in last month’s Federal election. “I’m honoured to be returning to Ottawa on behalf of Provencher residents,” said Falk. “I look forward to doing my part to ensure the views and values of southeast Manitoba families are heard in the nation’s capital.” Falk will also serve as the Conservative Party’s Deputy Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. In previous years, Falk has served on several parliamentary committees including Public Safety and National Security, Justice and Human Rights, and most recently the Standing Committee on Natural Resources. Provencher MP Ted Falk, along with his wife Irene during his swearing in ceremony on Parliament Hill. Supplied photo

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A New Beginning for Spirit 1 Taekwondo at the UTSS Competition in Season II of the Ultimate Taekwondo Super Series (UTSS) began in earnest with the 4th annual River City Classic (RCC) Taekwondo Invitational Tournament held on October 26 at Collège Béliveau in Winnipeg. The competition field included 228 athletes holding white to black belts ranging in ages from 5 to 70 years old coming from 30 clubs/schools across Manitoba. The UTSS is a four tournament series starting with the RCC and culminating with the Community Challenge Invitational Taekwondo Tournament in late May of 2020. In between are the Taekwondo Manitoba Winter Classic in January and the Victory Cup Championships in March. At the end of it all is the trophy to be won as the Super Crown Champions for the top club and individual trophies to the champions in their individual divisions. With the opening of the Steinbach Branch of Spirit 1 Taekwondo in July of this year, Lorette Branch acquired a “sister club” in the southeastern region of Manitoba who is now located in the Royal Canadian Legion in Steinbach. Together the two branches supplied 19 of the 59 competitors sent to the tournament and, as a group they came back with 15 medals, 5 Gold, 3 Silver, and 7 Bronze. They contributed to keeping Spirit 1 Taekwondo Academy at the top with the academy’s 6th consecutive tournament win based on medals won. For the students from Steinbach Branch, this was their first ever tournament they participated in. This was the third RCC that Lorette Branch was present at but for many of the current students, it was also their first time at this event. For this year, the tournament season did not end there. An alliance of two Taekwondo clubs, Spirit 1 Taekwondo Academy and Tamʼs Taekwondo, offered their students another opportunity to compete in sparring and patterns competitions but this time a board breaking event was included. The two clubs are both headed

Lorette Branch competitors with Master Michael Tam. Back row: Rya Bernier, Reid Ammeter, Charlie Tardiff, Melody Tardiff (UTSS Event Volunteer), Carter Tardiff, Abbigail Keen, Isabella Joyce. Seated: Lionel Bernier (Instructor), Master Michael Tam, Elisabeth Fust (Instructor & Referee). In front: Brody Keen, Benjamin Joyce, Izabella Nolette.

Steinbach Branch competitors. Back row: Zaina Fabian, Kimi Marasigan, Knight Marasigan (Instructor & Referee), Kailey Saccuan, Jerome Santos. Front row: Matthew Cajurao, Cody Fabian, Augustine Cajurao, Angelo Balaba, Elijah Saccuan. Submitted photos

by twin brothers, Masters Michael and Bill Tam. The tournament venue was at the TransCanada Centre in Ile des Chênes and was held on November 9. The Lorette competitors (22) won 43 medals, 15 Gold, 16 Silver, and 12 Bronze. The 10 Steinbach competitors won 25 medals, 8 Gold, 9 Silver, and 8 Bronze. Next up is the 20th coloured belt promotion test of Spirit 1 Taekwondo on December 7 to be held

in Winnipeg. After the test and after presentation of black belt certificates and tournament all-star awards, there will be the annual potluck Christmas party for its members. For information on Spirit 1 Taekwondo, visit the website at spirit1taekwondo.ca or contact Lionel Bernier at spirit1taekwondo@gmail. com for Lorette inquiries or Knight Marasigan at spirit1steinbach@ gmail.com for Steinbach inquires.

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Physical Literacy is a Lifelong Journey! Being physically active for life depends on feeling confident in activity settings and with your movement and sport skills. This is especially key during child development. Physical literacy is about applying the motivation, confidence, ability and knowledge to value and engage in physical activities for life. Children develop physical literacy by learning a wide variety of fundamental movement skills - like throwing, kicking, running, jumping, hopping and catching. These skills allow

children to enjoy many different physical activities and sports. Children can improve coordination, confidence and their ability to adapt to new skills by incorporating these skills into new and challenging tasks. Adults are less likely to stay active over time without physical literacy. Programs that give people an active start can improve population health. They help people stay physically active for life. They can also help people make physical adaptations when facing challenges that come with injury, chronic disease, and ageing.

Here are some tips for developing physical literacy for all ages: - Promote understanding of physical literacy (it is not just for athletes participating in sport); - Support people to develop fundamental movement skills in multiple settings; - Provide structured and unstructured play opportunities for children and adults (it is good to combine these opportunities with intentional skill instruction); - Create opportunities for physical activities among communities, including people from under-represented or marginalized groups.

Massage Therapist Brings Wellness to Kleefeld By Marianne Curtis A few years ago, a Kleefeld mother came up with an idea that she wanted to open up a wellness centre within the community. At the time Jenessa Westervelt was working as a registered massage therapist in Steinbach. But with two young children at home and a husband that drove truck long distance; she wanted to open a business in her own community. Westervelt admits that while she played around with the idea it was not until someone asked her, “why Kleefeld” that she started to ask herself, “Why not Kleefeld.” From there, she made her dream a reality with the help of the owners of Kleefeld Cabinetry, who customized part of a portion of their Main Street location into the Kleefeld Massage and Wellness Centre. Kleefeld Massage and Wellness officially opened its doors in December of 2018 and highly trained staff helps clients feel better both through registered massage therapy and other avenues including reflexology and permanent makeup. “Kleefeld is one of the fastest growing communities in the RM of Hanover, and I saw a need for a clinic in this town,” Westervelt stated. “In a short time the business has taken off and made giving back to the community a key part of its operation.” Westervelt wants clients to educate themselves on the benefits massage therapy can provide. One of the things that make her clinic

Jenessa Westervelt RMT owner of Kleefeld Massage and Wellness Centre along with Registered Massage Therapists Kris Driedger are excited to be part of bringing wellness options out of the city and into the country to Kleefeld. Photo by Marianne Curtis

unique is that they direct bill most insurance companies. “Many clients do not know that their work health plans cover massage therapy. According to Westervelt, knowing the difference between registered and non-registered massage therapists is an important step. She also encourages clients to inquire about the therapist they are seeing

to know in advance the area of massage therapy in which they are focused in. While each therapist has individual techniques, asking questions is important because patients know their bodies best. For more information on massage therapy and its benefits, visit massageforlife.ca or mtam.mb.ca.

Gabrielle Roy Boys Claim Second Place Win

The Gabrielle-Roy Regional School / College Roys in Ile des Chenes claimed a second place win at the University A/AA Provincial Junior Tournament. The event was organized by the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM) and took place at the Centre Scolaire Submitted photo Léo-Rémillard, École Communautaire Réal-Bérard and École/Collège régional Gabrielle-Roy.


Bull Riders of Canada Honour Hanover Ag This past August, the Hanover Ag Society decided to change things up during the fair by holding the Bull Riders Canada Invitational.

As a result, on November 20, the organization was given the title of Bull Riders Canada Event of the Year during the finals at Sylvan Lake, Alberta. According to Curtis Dawydiuk, President of the Hanover Ag Society, the organization decided to change things up this year during Hanover Ag Days and added the Hanover Ag’s Bull Riders Canada Invitational. “We are humbled and honoured to receive this award. We took a chance on bringing an event of this scale to small-town Grunthal and were blown away by the excitement, the riders of this calibre conveyed in coming here,” said Dawydiuk. “We couldn’t have done it without the support of our sponsors and presenting sponsor.” The Hanover Ag’s Bull Riders Canada Invitational was “all bull versus rider,” Dawydiuk said. During the event, spectators witnessed heart thumping, up close action as the toughest riders took on even tougher bulls for the most exhilarating eight seconds in sport. “The best rid-

Curtis Dawydiuk, President of the Hanover Ag Society, along with Perry Kaita, General Manager of Steinbach Hatchery & Feeds accepted the award at the BRC Finals in Alberta. Submitted photo

ers from across Canada came to put on a great show, and they did not disappoint,” he added. The event will be returning to the

community during next year’s Hanover Ag Fair’s 75th Anniversary celebration which is taking place August 13-16, 2020.

Hanover Ag Gearing Up for 75th Anniversary Next summer is a big year for Grunthal when the Hanover Ag Fair celebrates its 75th anniversary which will take place from August 13-16, 2020. With advance tickets going on sale December 1 for a special price, a number of events have been announced.

The Hanover Ag Bull Riders Canada Invitational will return for a second year for three days starting August 13. The Demolition Derby will take place on August 15 and that night, Canadian Country Music superstar George Canyon will wow the crowd on the main stage.

To kick off the celebration, during the month of December a special ticket sale promo is taking place. For the price of $75, purchasers will receive 1 ticket for all four of the above events. After January 1, 2020 tickets will be $90. Tickets can be purchased at .hanoverag.com or on Ticketscene.

Steinbach Named the “Cleanest City” in North America On November 19, the City of Steinbach was given the title of “Cleanest City in North America” by the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association. According to the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA), “Steinbach has cut its beverage container litter by another 50%. The numbers were already remarkably low and Steinbach has done even better in 2019. It’s quite an amazing story.” The CBCRA further noted that Steinbach, already a very clean city when they began their audits in 2013 has further reduced its litter by 85% in the past six years. Provencher MP Ted Falk congratulated the community for the hard work that goes into keeping the community clean and will be sharing their success with his counterparts in Ottawa. “Much of the credit for this accolade belongs to the churches of Steinbach that arrange, facilitate and execute the annual “Pick Up and Walk” campaign each spring,” Falk explained. This past May, some 2,000 volunteers picked up approximately 10 tonnes of garbage. “Aside from the obvious aesthetic impact, litter degrades the soil, poses hazards to animal and plant life and spoils water quality. Something as simple as cleaning up litter can have a huge impact on our environment,” Falk explained.

The hard work of community volunteers during the annual “Pick Up and Walk” in Steinbach are being credited for making Steinbach the cleanest city in North America. File photo

Falk further noted that in the case of Pick Up and Walk, Steinbach residents saved local government some $50,000 of taxpayer money, proving that green solutions, when done right, can also be fiscally conservative. “That is a lesson I will take with me when I return to Ottawa,” stated Falk. Falk said the environment is a hot issue in Parliament these days and their job consists of separating what policies are

useful and which ones should be thrown out. “We hear of climate protests, disaster scenarios and multi-trillion dollar ‘Green New Deals’ being proposed. While protests may impact our emotions, they do very little to improve our environment. Nothing gets results like individual Canadians, coming together, rolling up their sleeves and getting to work in a practical way in their communities,” Falk concluded.


Schuler Tours Ritchot Library

MLA Schuler was joined by Ritchot Municipality councillors as well as Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM) trustees to deliver the funding announcement. Submitted photo

On November 15, MLA for SpringfieldRitchot Ron Schuler paid a visit to Ile des Chenes for a personal tour of the Bibliothèque Ritchot Library. Along with familiarizing himself with the community, the purpose of his visit was to announce 2019-20 funding that will improve services in the Ritchot Municipality. The Bibliothèque Ritchot Library is receiving $36,500 in annual funding that allows the library to operate. “Our Progressive Conservative government is delivering strategic investments that support the services that our communities rely on,” said Schuler. The funds help service the communi-

ties in three locations including St. Adolphe, Ste. Agathe, and Ile-des-Chenes. In addition, the libraries provide meaningful employment for people within these communities. Stephanie West, President of the Bibliothèque Ritchot Library Board is grateful for the yearly operating grant. “With these funds, we’ll be able to continue to offer these services and programming to our municipal patrons,” said West. Libraries play a vital role in the community, not only offering patrons the ability to access books and media, but also providing programming that encourages literacy and community connection.

Buffalo Point Resort Recognized with Tourism Award On November 14, Buffalo Point Resort was recognized by the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada when they received the Inspiring Indigenous Culinary Award. The Indigenous Culinary Award recognizes a business or an Indigenous operator who is significantly raising the profile of Indigenous cuisine and food experiences. “We are very proud that Buffalo Point has been chosen as the winner of the International Indigenous Tourism Conference - Inspiring Indigenous Culinary award,” stated a spokesperson from Buffalo Point Resort. “Thank you to everyone involved who both chose us as well as helped inspire our culinary experience.” The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) and Indigenous Tourism

BC (ITBC) recognized organizations and Indigenous entrepreneurs for outstanding achievements in tourism, both local to BC and national. The award ceremony took place during the culmination of the 8th annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC) in Kelowna, BC. The conference theme was “Inspire. Transform. Unite. Accelerating Indigenous tourism growth.” Inspire encourages communities and entrepreneurs to explore tourism as an economic driver. Transform focuses on the impacts of Indigenous tourism on visitors and Indigenous operators alike. Unite speaks to the power of partnerships and coming together to empower the Indigenous tourism industry.

Buffalo Point Resort earned the Inspiring Indigenous Culinary Award from the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada for creations such as this food experience, which features traditional ingredients.



CHRISTMAS Worship Services See List on Page 16...

Let Operation Red Nose Be Your Ride Home

On November 22, Operation Red Nose. Saint Malo officially launched their second season with a press conference in the community.

By Marianne Curtis Now that Operation Red Nose in full operation in southern Manitoba this season, there is no excuse to be caught behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle after having a few drinks. As of the last weekend of November, Operation Red Nose volunteers in both St. Malo and La Broquerie were back on the streets to ensure that local residents arrived home safely after a night out. This year, to ensure everyone’s safety, there are two options available, Operation Red Nose Saint Malo and Steinbach/La Broquerie. Between the two organizations, the entire region is covered. This is the second season for Operation Red Nose Saint Malo. The group organized and launched by the Saint Malo

Parish Fundraising Committee as a means to raise funds to undertake improvements to the church basement. The money collected by volunteers is slated for repairs to the spacious auditorium, which serves as a meeting place for the entire community. 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. In addition 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. Operation Red Nose Steinbach/La Broquerie is organized and operated annually by the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) from Ecole St-Joachim, in La Broquerie

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as a school fundraiser. The group has partnered with the communities including the City of Steinbach, RM of La Broquerie and Steinbach RCMP to ensure its success. This year Operation Red Nose will be available on November 29 and 30, December 6 and 7; December 13 and 14; December 20 and 21; and New Years Eve. Volunteers are still needed. To ensure the success of the program, about fifteen volunteers are needed per evening. Drivers are required to have a valid driver’s license, vehicle and work in pairs. A criminal record check is also required. To book a ride call Operation Red Nose Saint Malo at 204-347-5518; to volunteer call 204-746-0263. For Operation Red Nose La Broquerie/Steinbach you can call 204-424-9555.for a ride or to volunteer.


Province Offers Flood Compensation Package Manitoba Infrastructure has announced compensation for eligible applicants related to property damage or economic losses resulting from the operation of the Red River Floodway from October 9 to November 7 under Guideline 4, Emergency Operation to Reduce Sewer Backup in Winnipeg. Under the guideline, Manitoba must provide compensation for eligible applicants related to property damage or economic losses caused by the operation of the floodway. The province is working to determine the extent of artificial flooding. People with impacts related to the fall operation of the floodway may contact the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization to apply for compensation online at manitobaemo. ca or by phone at 204-945-3050 or toll-free at 1-888-267-8298.

A flood compensation package could help A Maze in Corn in St. Adolphe after they were forced to close part of their seasonal business after the province activated the floodway in the middle of October. Photo by Marianne Curtis

Stuartburn Applies for Disaster Assistance On November 5, the RM of Stuartburn council passed a resolution that they would apply to the province under the Manitoba Disaster Assistance Program. According to council, the RM of Stuartburn, “Incurred extensive damage to private and public infrastructure and prompt action was required to prevent harm or damage to the safety, health and welfare of persons and livestock located within those townships and

to prevent damage to property within these areas due to the fall flooding.” The municipality has also put in an emergency request to the Department of Infrastructure to upsize two culverts after a number of ditches and drains proved unable to keep up with the amount of flow going through the area. “In some areas it became apparent that upgrades and or infrastructure replacement was needed which would have improved the overland flooding problems

during the fall flooding event,” council noted. Council sent a letter of request to the Department of Infrastructure to upsize the culverts through the PR 209 at Road 7N and through PR 201 at Road 39E. Earlier in October, the RMs of La Broquerie and Stuartburn declared a state of emergency as rising waters from both rain and snow on both sides of the border threatened several homes and washed out many roads in the area.

RM of Piney Approves Community Grants The RM of Piney council recently sat down and reviewed a number of grant applications from groups and organizations throughout the municipality. At a recent council meeting, the municipality agreed to support thirteen community groups with grants totaling $61,513.38. This year’s Large Recreation Grant of $6,000 was given to the Sprague Community Centre Inc. Two Cultural and Community Identity grants were given to Vassar Community Recreation Centre for

$1,000 and the Sprague & District Historical Museum for $2,013.38. The municipality decides recreation grants by dividing the area into three recreation districts. Each district was granted $17,500 which is split among various organizations. In District 1, the money will be split between South Junction Community Club ($1,200), Sprague & Area Community Arena ($3,000) and Sprague Chamber of Commerce for $13,300. Grants in District 2 are going to the Pin-

ey Curling Rink ($8,225), Badger Community Park ($1,925) and Vassar Community Recreation Centre ($7,350). In District 3, funds will be used for Sandilands Community Organization ($3,088), St. Labre 200 Inc. ($4,250), Carrick Community Club Inc. ($3,489), and Woodridge Community Club Inc. ($6,673). The RM of Piney is still accepting event grant requests until January 10, 2020. Community organizations wishing to receive funding for their event are encouraged to apply.

Ritchot Chamber Hands Out Business Awards On November 16, the Ritchot Regional Chamber of Commerce, two local businesses and one volunteer organization were recognized with awards during the Ritchot Regional Chamber of Commerce 4th Annual Gala and Business Awards. Taking home the Entrepreneur of the year award was Marty Ritchot, from Maxx Pro Builders from Ile des Chenes. The Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to the Titan Environmental Containment. The coveted Business of the Year Award went to Cobblestone Homes owned by Paul Warkentin.

This year’s event took place at the TC Energy Centre in Ile des Chenes, as part of the organization’s annual gala. The event also included comedy acts by Manitoba comedians Dean Sabo and Dan Vercill, and a fun casino night. The Ritchot Regional Chamber of Commerce started out with a pool of local businesses and currently consists of about 70 members. The members consist of businesses, organizations and individuals from throughout the RM of Ritchot, with members from Niverville and Lorette also joining the organization. This year’s Corporate Volunteerism

of the Year nominees were Adventure Power Products Ltd, Quality Mobile Truck and Trailer Repair and Titan Environmental Containment. The three Entrepreneur of the Year nominees included Len Van der Meer from Van der Meer Greenhouses, Marty Ritchot, from Maxx Pro Builders and Nicole Devloo of The Body Repair Shop. Three businesses nominated for the coveted Business of the Year award were Cobblestone Homes owned by Paul Warkentin, Mona Jodoin Law Corporation owned by Mona Jodoin and RCB Parking which is owned by Real Berard.


Lorette Bodybuilder Places Well in Edmonton By Marianne Curtis A nineteen year old bodybuilder from Lorette who hopes to motivate other youth off the couch and into a healthier lifestyle recently earned himself a fourth place finish after competing against other pro bodybuilder from across the country. On October 19, Carson Plaisier was the youngest bodybuilder in Canada competing at the WWMF Pro-WNBF Canada Pro/Am Intercontinental & Edmonton Naturals. He earned himself a respectable fourth placing at the Super Pro Qualifier. “With hard work, dedication, goals can be reached,” said his proud mom, Vicki. While Plaisier did not set out to be the youngest professional bodybuilder in Canada, hard work and dedication over the past five years is starting to pay off. He looks forward to 2021 when he once again will compete in the event. “The next two years will be harder than ever and include training to put on 15 pounds of more muscle naturally,” she added. Plaisier trains at Any Time Fitness in Lorette under the guidance of Chad Miazga. In the meantime, Plaisier hopes to encourage other youth to step things up a notch and start getting active with hopes that others will join the sport. “I encourage anyone wanting to participate to just start preparing for the WMBF Winnipeg All Naturals Federation event in May,” said Plaisier. “It is an awesome group of people who offer support and encourage all athletes to stay drug free.” Bodybuilding is the process of developing muscle through the combination of weight training, increased caloric intake, and rest. Competitive bodybuilders spend weeks of training for events including body prep (working out and diet), plus working on posing, and even improving their tan.

Carson Plaisier from Lorette was the youngest bodybuilder to complete in the WWMF Pro- WNBF Canada Pro/Am Intercontinental & Edmonton Naturals. Supplied photo

IDC Student Named Athlete of the Week

On November 14, an Ile des Chenes student was named as the Rural High School Athlete of the week. École/Collège régional GabrielleRoy student Michelle Prejet was recognized after helping lead her team to the finals of the Garden Valley and Brandon Dig tournaments and most recently to the Zone 13 Championship. “Michelle is such a strong and dominant player on the court. She is very vocal and leads by example,” said her coach Alain Hebert. “She dominates in the middle position, does not commit many errors for the team when she is on the court. She dominant at the net and can also play good defense in the back row.” When the middle hitter is not on the volleyball court, the grade 11 student maintains an 85% academic average.

Throughout the school year, the Manitoba High School Athletic Association recognizes an urban and rural athlete each week. Prejet is the first rural athlete to be recognized from this region for the 2019-20 school year.

Michelle Prejet


Celebrating Christmas with Family and Friends Compiled by Marianne Curtis The first Christmas was celebrated centuries ago with the birth of Jesus Christ and to honor 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- Christmas Day Service and Potluck Lunch December 25 at 10:30 am until noon. Communion Meal - December 31 at 6 pm. East Braintree East Braintree Community Church - Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 6:30 pm.

Grunthal Grunthal Bergthaler Mennonite Church - December 8 at 6:30 pm. Sleighride and caroling around town. Dress for the weather! Bring a plate of Christmas goodies to share after caroling. Hot chocolate and apple cider will be provided. December 20 Mennonite Christian Academy Christmas Program at 7 pm, December 22 Sunday school Christmas program during morning service and December 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7 pm.

Vita Tree of Angels Memorial Service – Vita Personal Care Home on December 12 at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6 pm. Entertainment: Filipino Singers. Donation of dainties would be greatly appreciated. Everyone Welcome! You may purchase an angel in memory of a loved one to be placed upon the tree. Please contact Samantha at 204-425-3804 ext. 6025.

Grunthal EMB Church - Annual Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 7 pm.

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

Grunthal Abundant Life - Christmas Program on December 8 at 7 pm. Coffee & fellowship to follow. Kleefeld Kleefeld Evangelical Mennonite Church - Christmas Gathering - December 22 at 10 am. Come for a time of Fellowship & Worship as we celebrate the coming of our Savior! Coffee and refreshments at 10 am with the opportunity to take photos with family and friends at the photo booth (bring a camera). The Christmas program & service begins at 10:30am in the basement. Landmark Prairie Rose EMC - December 21 Candlelight Service at 7 pm, December 22 Christmas Carol Sing and Fellowship during the Sunday School hour 9:30 am and December 25 Christmas Day Service at 10:30 am. December 31 Communion Service at 7 pm. Landmark Christian Fellowship - Gingerbread House Family Night is back! December 6 at 6 - 9 pm. Bring your family out and have dinner together, build gingerbread houses and kick off the season of Christmas. Invite your friends and neighbours. Christmas Brunch Sunday, December 15, from 9 - 10:30 am. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service December 24 at 6:30 pm. Heartland Church - Christmas Eve Service – December 24 at 6 pm. Lorette Notre Dame de Lorette Parish - December 15 at 7 pm Penitential Service (bilingual). 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).

New Bothwell Bothwell Christian Fellowship - Christmas Eve Program December 24 at 7 pm. Niverville Maranatha Niverville - Sunday School Christmas program December 8 at 10:15 am, Christmas Eve Service from 5 - 6 pm. Niverville Community Fellowship - Blue Christmas Service December 13 at 7 pm Christmas Musical December 24 at 7 pm. Randolph Heritage Chortitz Church - The Chortitz Heritage Church in Randolph is hosting its 6th annual German Christmas carol event on Saturday December 7, in two services at 3:30 pm and 7 pm. Free admission. Location 1 mile north of Hwy 52 at PR 206 west of Steinbach and half a mile west along Rd 37N. 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 Day Mass January 1 at 10 am (bilingual). St. Pierre-Jolys Paroisse Saint-Pierre - Christmas Eve Choir 5 pm, Christmas Eve English Mass – 5:30 pm and 10 pm. Christmas Day Mass 8 am and 11 am. St. Pierre Bible Fellowship - Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 7 pm.

Seine River Church - Christmas Day Service December 25 at 10 – 11 am.

Ste. Anne Dayspring Fellowship - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service December 24 at 7 pm.

Ste. Agathe Paroisse Sainte-Agathe - Christmas Mass at 7:30 pm on December 24 with the choir starting their concert of music at 7 pm. December 31 Mass at 5 pm.

La Broquerie Paroisse de Saint-Joachim - Reconciliation Service December 18 at 7 pm (French).

Steinbach Southland Church - Seniors Christmas Light Bus Tour to Winnipeg December 9 at 5:30 pm. Christmas Worship Service (Kids) – December 14 at 4 pm and 6 pm; December 15 at 9 am and 11 am. Christmas Worship Service (Mass Choir) December 21 at 4 pm and 6 pm; December 22 at 9 am and 11 am. Young Adult New years Eve Party December 31 at 8:30 pm. Christ our Saviour Catholic Church - Kid’s Christmas Party on December 8 at 11 am to 1 pm. Reconciliation Service December 13 at 7 pm. Parish Christmas Party December 15 at 12:30 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Centre. Cornerstone Bible Church - Children’s Christmas Concert December 15 at 7 - 9 pm. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service December 24 at 6 pm. Evangelical Fellowship Church - Sunday school Christmas Program December 15 at 10:45 am Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 7 pm. Evangelical Mennonite Church Ridgewood - Sunday school Christmas Program December 15 at 10:30 am. Christmas Day Service December 25 at 10:30 am. Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church - Candlelight Service December 24 at 4 pm. We recommend arriving early to prepare for an inspirational evening, reflecting on the birth of our Saviour. Grace Mennonite Church - December 15 Grace Children’s Christmas Presentation, December 19 The Longest Night Service, 7 pm, December 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7 pm. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church - Ladies Christmas Gathering December 10 at 1:30 pm. Church Christmas Supper December 12 at 5:30 pm. Sunday School Christmas Concert December 15 at 7 pm. Worship Service with Communion & Kids Church December 22 at 9:25 am. Christmas Eve Services 5:30 pm and 7 pm. Steinbach CMC Church - Christmas program December 24 at 7 pm. Worship service December 25 at 10:45 am. Steinbach Mennonite Brethren - Christmas Eve Services December 24 at 4 pm and 6 pm. Steinbach Evangelical Mennonite Church - Seniors Christmas Event December 10 all day Christmas Day Service December 25 at 10 am. Steinbach United Church - Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 7 pm and 10 pm.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! from the staff of The Dawson Trail Dispatch


Why Lord Why? Romans 3:21-23) … 21) But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22) This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (NIV) Seniors have a great time sipping coffee and reminiscing. We did this, we did that and on and on we go, day after day. It is kind of fun and perhaps even helpful in this thing called growing old quietly or growing old with a tender spirit. But then all at once the conversion will change, and we look at each other and ask the question “why? “Why all the pain and suffering. Everything hurts and what does not hurt does not work anymore. Then we question why people hurt each other. Why is there so much hatred in the world? Why must innocent bystanders suffer because of all the bad things other people do? And why does God not just rid this world of everything sinful and evil? To ask why might not have an easy answer. Why is not always an easy or even a good answer? Why creates a real problem for us at times because either we cannot, or we do

not want to understand what the “cause” part of the question is. Consider for a moment, if God was to rid this world of all things that were evil or sinful, God would have to get rid of you and me. We have all done things that were not right. We have said things that were hurtful, we have been known to say things that were not true, and we have even gone so far as saying things about other people that perhaps slandered their good name. Another thing! God has created all of us with the freedom to choose. When He created humanity, He placed into the heart of every man and every woman a soul; we are not mindless machines. He gave us the ability to choose between right and wrong, good and evil. Can you imagine what life would be like if we did not have the freedom of choice? Life would not be worth a whole lot, would it? Our lives have a purpose, and our choices determine whether we fulfill that purpose. God has not dealt with us according to our sinful, fallen nature. He has provided a Saviour for us. He sent His only Son Jesus Christ into this world to suffer along with us because sin had turned this world into a murky swamp. Jesus came into this

world and faced temptation in every way we do. He suffered cruel treatment and finally He was nailed to a cruel cross, all for us. Christ endured the effects of this sinful world to a greater degree than any of us ever could. He knows and feels the hurts we do. Yet, He also knows how to comfort us. I suppose the hardest thing for us to understand is the “why” of everything. I have seen people rise in rebellion against God when they are seriously sick when they are facing eternity. There are times when it is hard to believe that God is good when we must watch our loved ones suffer so much. But it is at this point, where we must choose to trust Christ. We have the power of choice, either to commit ourselves totally to His will or to reject him. Sometimes that is a difficult task indeed. How anyone can endure the pain and suffering in this world without faith in God is hard for me to understand. Somehow, I cannot comprehend that thought. I cannot believe that there is nothing beyond the grave. I cannot accept that. If that were so, life then would be hopeless. But if we have accepted Christ as our Saviour, then life truly has meaning. In Christ, even the most hopeless

situation can have meaning. If we have a living, faith in Christ He will give us the grace to endure suffering. He will infuse an attitude of praise and worship deep within our hearts. This attitude of praise and worship will bring confirmation that life is not hopeless but full of joy... To God Be the Glory Great Things He Has Done. All the best as we enter the Christmas Season. 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 honor Your Name.” Amen.

An Unspeakable Gift It is the Christmas season again and people who give and exchange gifts are always looking for that perfect gift. Have you been able to find it for your family and friends this Christmas? Fifty years ago (1969) I had just started to date my wife-to-be. She drove a Volkswagen beetle (love bug) several miles to work every day. The car needed snow tires for the winter weather and a good shovel in the trunk if she got stuck. So being the practical farm boy that always looked for what was needed and tried to help fill that need, I thought I was being a hopeless romantic by giving her snow tires and a shovel for Christmas. For fifty years I have

been reminded that the “hopeless” part was true, but the verdict is still out for the “romantic” part. But gifts that we exchange at Christmas are not nearly as important as the Gift God gave us that first Christmas, 2,000 years ago. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world and he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” II Corinthians 9:15 says, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift (the Lord Jesus Christ).” Although my snow tire gift was nothing compared to God’s gift of His Son, there are some similarities. Without snow tires on my wife’s car she was in real danger of being in an

accident and jeopardizing her life. Without Jesus Christ, every human being on earth is in real danger. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” That means people are “hopeless” and helpless without Jesus Christ and are putting themselves in real danger of eternity separated from the God who loves them. I gave my wife snow tires because, in my own simple way, I was trying to show her my love. God’s expression of His love for you and I is much fuller and complete through the gift of His Son. Fifty years ago, my wife had a choice to make; accept or reject my gift. Fortunately for me she ac-

cepted it and we have been happily married for over 46 years. Have you accepted God’s gift of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ? The gifts of this world eventually fade and devalue, but God’s gift is eternal and gets better with time. Don’t let this Christmas come and go until you’ve received God’s unspeakable Gift!

Why Join the Big Christmas Bird Count? We’ve lost 1 in 4 birds since 1970. The 120th Christmas Bird Count gives us all an opportunity to help birds. Whether you like exploring forests, fields, and waters in search of lingering migrants, or prefer counting feeder birds from your window with a warm mug in hand, the Christmas Bird Count needs you. All Christmas Bird Count observations help us understand the health of winter bird populations over time and guide conservation strategies. Not sure if you know your birds? We’ll make sure you have someone with experience to help you. Novice or experienced, the Christmas Bird Count is for everyone. The Christmas Bird Count for Kids, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, ensures all ages can get involved, enjoy na-

ture and contribute to this Citizen Science program operated by Birds Canada and the National Audubon Society. Tens of thousands of bird and nature enthusiasts throughout the Western Hemisphere will choose a date between 14 December 2019 and 5 January 2020 to rally together to count millions of birds as part of this wildlife survey. The Christmas Bird Count volunteers within each pre-determined 24 km diameter circle will count the number of birds of each species seen or heard during the Count. Results of the Christmas Bird Count will be shared with the participants and become part of a vital long-term dataset. “Every Christmas Bird Count participant is an important part of this valuable project for birds,”

said Yousif Attia, Birds Canada’s Christmas Bird Count Coordinator. “Whether you participate for bird conservation, for some friendly birding competition, or for an excuse to get outside in the winter, your efforts are meaningful for birds.” The skills and dedication of thousands of volunteer Citizen Scientists harnessed during the Christmas Bird Count and Christmas Bird Count for Kids achieve incredible results that professional scientists and wildlife biologists could never accomplish alone. For information about the Christmas Bird Count, Christmas Bird Count for Kids, or to find the location of counts in your area, visit birdscanada.org/volunteer/cbc or email cbc@birdscanada.org.

Tens of thousands of bird and nature enthusiasts throughout the Western Hemisphere will choose a date between 14 December 2019 and 5 January 2020 to rally together to count millions of birds as part of this wildlife survey. Photo by Tara Carpenter


Escaped Murder Suspect Chased to Ste. Anne

The stolen vehicle driven by an escaped murder suspect is spotted near Landmark by an eyewitness.

A murder suspect who escaped Headingly Corrections Institute is back behind bars after a high speed chase that ended in a ditch near Ste. Anne. On November 20, an inmate escaped late morning from the Headingley Correctional Centre. A spokesperson from Manitoba Justice confirmed that an inmate escaped from the prison, and was taken back into custody by RCMP the same day.

RCMP said around 11:45 am, officers responded to an escaped prisoner, a 21-year-old man who had been in custody while waiting for his trial for second degree murder. RCMP said the man stole a truck and was able to escape the prison. RCMP said its emergency response unit and police dog services responded immediately. Officers soon found the stolen vehicle and tried to pull it over, but RCMP said the driver refused to stop. The

chase continued through gravel roads and highways, with RCMP saying their lights and sirens were activated. The chase eventually ended when the driver lost control of the vehicle and went into a ditch at Road 40 E and Road 49 N, northeast of Ste. Anne. RCMP said the suspect was arrested and remains in custody facing multiple charges. No one was injured in the incident.

Former Lorette Teacher Charged With Child Porn A former teacher from Lorette Collegiate has been arrested and charged in Thunder Bay child pornography. On November 28, the Thunder Bay Police arrested and charged forty-two year old Jason William Sparling of Thunder Bay in connection with an ongoing investigation of accessing child pornography. Officers with the service’s Cyber

Crimes Unit started an investigation in October when they located suspicious files that were made available for download. Through the course of their online investigation officers learned the files being shared were consistent with child pornography and that the address of the user accessing those files was local to Thunder Bay. As a result of these findings, police obtained and executed a search

warrant at a home in the 100 block of Robertson Street on November 26. During the search, evidence connected to this ongoing investigation was seized, including several devices. Sparling has been charged with Accessing Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography. He appeared in bail court on Friday, denied release and was remanded into custody with a future appearance date of December 3.

Former Student Charged for Uttering Threats A RM of Stuartburn man is facing charges after being arrested for posting threats online against Shevchenko School in Vita. According to Emerson RCMP, Shevchenko School was in the middle of a basketball game during the evening of November 29

when the school was locked down at around 8 pm. Police responded to a call that a former student had posted threats of violence on social media towards the school. A search of the community was conducted and officers found the suspect along with a weapon at ap-

proximately 10 pm with the help of a police dog. As a result, a nineteen year old male from the municipality was arrested. He is facing weapon and firearm related charges and uttering threats. His name has not been released.

Hanover Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty An RM of Hanover woman has been charged with animal cruelty by the Winnipeg Police. According to Police on September 30, an adult female surrendered a young male dog to Animal Services claiming that she’d found it in the Sage Creek area as a stray. The American Bull Dog cross had significant lacerations to its thigh, chest and shoulder areas, along with an “X” carved into its shoulder. Further examination by a veterinarian determined the wounds

appeared deliberate, and the Winnipeg Police Service was notified. Police investigation determined that the woman was the owner of the dog. On October 10, Winnipeg Police Service located the suspect in the Steinbach area where she was arrested, and later released on a Promise to Appear. Crystal Dawn Stadt, a 30-year-old female of Hanover, Manitoba, has been charged with Abandon or Neglect Animal.

The public is reminded that suspected animal cruelty or neglect anywhere in Manitoba should be reported to the Provincial Animal Care Line at 204-945-8000. Pet owners are being reminded to not allow yourself to get overwhelmed and to spay/neuter your pets. If help is required, reach out to family, friends, rescues, animal shelters or social services for assistance. For more information on accessing social services, please visit mb.211.ca.

Jogger Assaulted On November 23 at approximately 4:30 pm, Steinbach RCMP received a report of an assault that occurred at the corner of Henry St and Kroeker Ave. in Steinbach. The victim is a 45-year old male from Steinbach, was jogging when he was approached by 2 unknown

males. One of the males struck the victim in the face a few times. The jogger was able to get away and safely ran home sustaining minor injuries that did not require medical attention. The identity of both suspects are unknown at this time. One is de-

scribed as being Caucasian in his mid 20s and approximately 5’9”. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.



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

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.

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.

Lorette Used Book Sale – On Friday, December 6 from 5 – 9 pm and Saturday, December 7 from 10 am – 3 pm at the Collegiate School, 1082 Dawson Rd. Bring a Tin for the Bin for the Food Bank.

Friedensfeld Steinbach Sunset Riders 4-H Club - Christmas Event on Saturday, December 7 at 9:30 pm at Cloud 9 Ranch. Contact Tara Reimer 204-392-6308, tara@cloud9ranch.ca.

Christmas Market – On Saturday, December 7 from 10 am – 3 pm at the Collegiate School, 1082 Dawson Rd. Crafts, Book, Silent Auction, 50/50 raffle and Elves’ Shelves Canteen. Admission $1, under 12 free.

Steinbach Sunset Rider 4H Club - Live Nativity – On Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14 from 5 – 9 pm at the Cloud 9 Ranch. Come see the farm animals before entering the manger scene with live people, animals and music. Admission by donation for Equine Assisted Therapy services. To volunteer contact Tara Reimer 204-392-6308, tara@cloud9ranch.ca.

Adult Craft Club - On Wednesday, December 11 from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Tache Library. Adults only. Bring your project and join us for an evening of crafting.

307 Stoneybrook RCAC Squadron - On Thursday nights at 6:15 pm at the Community hall, 32004 Road 35E. Free Program. Cadets participate in a range of training over the course of the school year and over the summer at one of the Summer Training Centres. Subjects include Citizenship, Leadership, Aviation, Aerospace, Navigation, Drill, Physical Fitness, Aircrew Survival, and Marksmanship. Cadets are expected to assist in fundraising to put towards training facilities and costs associated with some optional activities. To register come in person or contact 307rcacs@gmail.com. Grunthal Artistic Connections – On Tuesdays, until December 10 at 9:30 am. “Strengthening Parent/Child Relationships Through Art” offered by Agape House at the New Horizons, 109 Main St. Free. Making art, and getting to know your child in a new and creative way together. Recipes available for all homemade art materials. Offered to anyone raising a child who is 6 or younger. Childcare will be available for children 7 and up, if needed. Space is limited. Register by contacting Donna 204-326-6062, childrens@agapehouse.ca.

Family Craft Night – On December 17 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Tache Library. Join us to make a Holiday Wreath. Registration require. Ritchot Senior Services: Supper - Every Tuesday and Friday at Le Club des Bles D’. Please reserve your meal one day prior, before 6 pm by calling 204-878-2682 and leave a message. Foot Care Clinics – On Wednesday, January 22 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Call Janice 204-8832880. Attention Newcomers - Have you purchased a home or condo in the area, over the last year? The Welcome Basket Committee of the LUD of Lorette would be happy to answer questions. We have a free basket of coupons, small gifts, samples, brochures, and business cards which have been generously provided by the businesses and organizations. To arrange a visit please e-mail lorettewelcomebasket@gmail.com. No strings attached. PTSD Support Group – Every 2nd Thursday of month at 7 pm at the RM of Tache office, Hwy 206. Volunteer support group meeting for posttraumatic stress disorder support group.

Hadashville Senior’s Social Club - Every Wednesday at 1 pm at the Recreation Centre. For all seniors in the area meet to play cards, shuffleboard, air hockey and pool. Coffee is on and a meal at 2:30 pm. Pool players also gather on Mondays and Fridays if there is enough players. Call Anthea Lewis 204-880-1015.

Chase the Ace Lottery – On Thursdays from 7 - 9 pm with the draw at 9:15 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.

Reynolds Moms & Tots Playgroup – On Wednesdays until June from 10 am – 5 pm. Crafts, Gym Use, Playroom, Snack, Outdoor Play. Contact Angie Hood 204-295-4010

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.

Ile-des-Chênes TAMS Taekwondo – On Tuesday and Thursday from 6 - 8 pm at Ecole IDC School. Contact Master Jackson 204-782-1240, tamstaekwondo.com or tamstaekwondoidc@gmail.com. Ritchot Senior Services at the TransCanada Centre. Call 204339-6141 for more information. A variety of events and activities are available at the TC Energy Centre, 1 Rivard St. Call Dena at 204-878-4915 for more information. Foot Care Clinics – Monday, December 16 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Call Janice 204-883-2880. 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 Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 204-377-5013. La Broquerie Paint The Night Away – On Wednesday, December 4 at 7 pm at the LaBroquerie Hotel Banquet Room. Join us for an evening of painting. This is a fundraising event for Treasure Keepers Children’s Centre. Contact Megan Morin 204-4245687, treasure_keepers@outlook.com. Co-Ed Volleyball League – Registration on Wednesdays, December 11 and 18 at 3:55 pm. Starts Thursday, January 10 at the Ecole St Joachim, 29 Normandeau Bay. Co-Ed Volleyball League has room for teams! 2 divisions. Minimum 3 women per team of 6. Runs January through May on Thursdays and all games are played in Labroquerie. $300/team due by January 1, 2020. Contact Jo-Anne Dalton, 204-7913868, venusmars@isislight.ca. Chase The Ace – On Wednesdays at 6 pm at The Frantz Inn, Hwy 52. Tickets $1 each, from 6 - 8 pm. Draw takes place at 8:10 pm. If the Ace is not pulled, the winner will take home 10% of that night’s ticket sales and 45% will be added to the next week’s Jackpot. Every week that the Ace of Spades in not pulled, the pot grows larger! Funds raised to support Agape House. Contact 204-326-6062. 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

Marchand Nativity Play & Family Dance - On Saturday, December 14 from 7 - 8:30 pm at the Community Club. Join us for a Christmas Celebration: “Christ is the Reason for the Season”. Free event and refreshments. Hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mitchell Seniors’ Breakfasts – Every Tuesday, from 8 - 9:30 am at the Seniors’ Centre, 130 Ash St. Open to all. Cost $3 to $6. Bring a friend and enjoy the fellowship. Contact Jane Penner, 204-346-2469, jpenner@jantre.com. 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 - Modern Square Dancing is fun and a great social activity. Couples and singles are welcome. Contact Larry 204-422-5424. Pinawa Whiteshell Toastmasters – Tuesdays at 11:30 am at Whiteshell Laboratories, 1 Ara Mooradian Way. Sign-in required. Prawda 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. Richer 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.

Senior’s Skate – On Thursdays, 2:30 – 4 pm at the rink.

South Junction South East Farmer’s Market – On Saturday, December 7 from 10 am – 3 pm, at the Pine Grove Senior’s Centre. Indoor Market, Rainbow Draw, Canteen available. All vendors welcome. Contact Jen 204-432-2223 or Gary 204-4327-2247.

Pickleball 50+ - On Thursdays, from 6 - 7:30 pm at the St. Adolphe School Gym. Contact Maria and Gerard 204-7713162, email thegills@shaw.ca.Beginners encouraged to come out and try it.

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 Ritchot Senior Services Programs: Programs located at 457 Main St. Bingo – On Monday, December 16 from 1 - 2:30 pm. Cost $2. Games for fun prizes. Space limited. Call to reserve a seat 204-883-2880.

Club Amical Lunches and Bingo – On Thursdays at Club Amical 344 Main St. A homemade meal for only $8. Call to place your take-out order 204-883-2491 pick-up at 12 pm or eat in.

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. Pierre-Jolys Army Cadets – On Thursdays, from 7 – 8:30 pm, Community Hall, 545 Hébert Ave. Join the 3234-Manitoba Horse RCACC Army Cadets. Leadership, citizenship, community service, sports, orienteering, canoeing, marksmanship, drill, band and more. For all youth aged 12 - 18. Enrollment is Free, No deadline to register. Contact Capt. Roxanne Maynard, Commanding Officer 204-324-4034, roxanne.maynard@ cadets.gc.ca or 3234mbhorse.info@gmail.com.

Essential Oils - On Wednesday, December 4 from 7 – 9 pm, 457 Main St. Everything from the health benefits to green cleaning and stay for a fun get together called Make & Take using essential oils make a sugar scrub, room/tree spray and lip balm all for only $20 and everything is supplied. Contact Lana 204-232-1983, email lanayaskiw@gmail.com.

Stay and Play Group – Every Monday from 9:30 – 11:30 am at YFC Cinema. Snacks, coffee served, childcare available.

Men’s Coffee Time - On Tuesday, December 10 at 10 am. Gentlemen it’s your time. Stop in for a cup, chat with friends or maybe a game of cards. Cost $2 for coffee and a muffin.

Ste. Agathe Christmas Market and Bake Sale – On Sunday, December 8, from 10 am – 4 pm at the Cultural and Community Centre, 183 Pembina Trail. Hosted by Le Studio Parent. Come and finish off your holiday shopping and support your local community. Contact Cindy Stephenson 204-801-1059, lspc. lestudio@gmail.com.

Forever Young Old Time Dance - On Saturday, December 14 from, 7 – 11 pm at the Community Centre Pioneer Hall (upstairs of the rink), 345 Hebert Rd. Music by Mark Morisseau. Enjoy an evening with friends, plenty of fun plus door prizes and 50-50. Cost $15 includes lunch. Call to reserve tickets Rae or Jules 204-883-2440. De-stress Yoga – From Wednesday, December 4 – Wednesday, December 11, 1:30 - 2:30 pm at 457 Main St. Cost $10. 1 hour of strength, balance and gentle stretching. Bring a small throw blanket and even an eye pillow to really enjoy the guided relaxation portion of the class. Designed to be done barefoot but bring your warm socks to put on during the relaxation segment. Group Circuit – From Thursday, December 5 – Thursday, December 12, 9:15 – 10: 15 am at 457 Main St. Cost $10. A good time for all with a variety of strength and cardio stations will be set up for you to complete. Foot Care Clinic – On Tuesday, January 21 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Call Janice 204-883-2880. Bonspiel “The 6 Pack Spiel” – On Saturday, January 25 at the Curling Club for one day only. Less than a month to sign up your team. 6 end games and 12 Team Limit. Open to men’s, women’s or mixed. $60/team plus one 6-pack of beer or coolers/player. Canteen and bar will be open for the day to Curlers and Public. Winning a curling game will get your team a 6-pack as a prize! Must be 18 years of age. Cans must be a retail brand of 355ml in size. Contact curlstadolphe@gmail. com or Chantal at 204-296-9554. Chair Fit – On Mondays from 10:45 - 11:15 am. Free. Gentle workout to help strengthen and lengthen muscles, improve range of motion all from a chair or using chair for stability. Wear clean supportive foot wear. These classes are designed for those that are new to exercise, recovering from injury or just enjoy a gentler exercise experience. You will never be asked to get down on the floor at anytime during these workouts. Quilting & Knitting – On Wednesdays from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Join on creating lap quilts for the Alzheimer society. We need volunteers to help not only with sewing but cutting, ironing, and organizing. Knitting is your thing, no problem we also knit scarves, toques, mittens and slippers that are then donated to different organizations and are shared with those in need over the cold winter months. Strength & Balance – On Mondays and Fridays until February 2020, from 9:15 - 10:15 am. Free. A 6-month program includes exercise for balance and strength as part of a Falls Prevention Program. Participants must commitment to 2x a week for the 6 months. Limited space available. Curling Club Leagues - Men’s: Tuesday nights, 6:30 and 8:45 pm draws. Rockettes Ladies Morning: Tuesday mornings, no experience necessary. Contact 204-883-2269, CherylKennedyCourcelles@hotmail.com. Ladies League: Wednesday Nights, 6:30 and 8:45 pm draws. Mixed: Friday Nights, 7 and 9:15 pm draws. Junior: Saturday Mornings to mid-February (12 sessions), 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Junior Learn-to-Curl: Saturday mornings to mid-February (12 sessions), 9:30 10:20 am. All leagues are subject to a minimum number of registrations. Register curlstadolphe@gmail.com. Mood Disorders Meeting – On Thursdays at 2:30 pm, 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.

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.

Foot Care Clinic - On Monday, January 6 at the Community Centre with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Preregister, contact Janice 204-883-2880. 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. Call 204-882-2180. 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 8 at 2 pm at the Ste. Anne Catholic church, 162 Centrale Ave. A fundraising concert for Christmas hampers. Please bring nonperishable food or make a monetary donation for the Food Bank Accueil Kateri Centre. Contact Colombe Kehler 204-3718510, cbkehler@mymts.net. 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 Mélanie Brémaud at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or labseinerss@gmail.com. Ste. Geneviève Library Night – On 2nd Tuesday every month, at the Community Centre from 6:30 – 7:30 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 Candlelight Vigil – On Friday, December 6 at 6:30 pm, Red River College Campus Atrium, 385 Loewen Blvd. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Polytechnique Montreal massacre. Agape House invites you to a public screening of the movie “Polytechnique” in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. There will be a candlelight vigil to follow. Cost is free. Refreshments provided. Contact Doreen 204-326-6062, events@ agapehouse.ca. Mall Walking with Stroller Strides – On Fridays, December 6, January 10 and February 7 from 10:30 am – 12 pm at Clearspring Centre. Join Steinbach Family Resource Group Breastfeeding Support Group. Free. Contact 204-346-0413. Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Holiday Tour – On Tuesday, December 10 at 7:30 pm, Steinbach Mennonite Church, 345 Loewen Blvd. Tickets $28/$12. Contact 204-346-1077. Steinbach and Area Garden Club - On Monday, December 9 at 7 – 8:30 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. “A Gardeners’ Christmas’. Come and enjoy an evening of Gardeners’ pictures as well as volunteer appreciation night. A-O bring savoury, P-Z bring sweets. Visit sagardenclub.com for information and cost. Christmas Shooting & Skills Camp - From Friday, December

27 to Saturday, December 28 at 10 am - 12 pm, Centennial Arena, 321 Elmdale St. Perfect present for the young hockey player in your life. Come learn shooting technique from a former professional player and coach. Novice, Atom and First year Peewee. Maximum 20 Shooters, 3 Goalies. Contact Joe West 204-753-2396, info@joewesthockey.ca. New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball – On Tuesday, December 31 from 8 pm – 1 am, Mennonite Heritage Village, 231 PTH, Hwy 12, North. Join us for a Black Tie Gala Masquerade Ball in support of Steinbach Family Resource Centre. Tickets $75. A mystery auction, champagne toast at midnight, light show and special performances by Alex J Hamm and Amazing Entertainment, ring in the new decade with fun and friends at this year’s signature event. Contact Jo-Anne Dalton 204-3460413, director@steinbachfrc.ca. Write or Wrong: Creative Writers Group – Meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Writers, join us for our Creative Writers’ Group. Enjoy the company of fellow writers and if you would like, bring a selection of writing to share and have critiqued (max. 5 pages). For ages 16 and up. Contact Madison Redekopp, 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Steinbach Sizzlers 4-H – On Mondays at 7 pm, United Church, 541 Main St. Join the fun of Learning to Do by Doing! Work on projects like woodworking, cooking, baking, sewing, welding, photography and many more! For children 8 years old and up. Contact Tatiana 204-429-2107, loonlover06@ gmail.com. Steinbach Alpha Unit - Meet up every Sunday at Clearspring Centre mall from 8 - 10 pm for a truck and car club. Any and all vehicles are welcome to join or if you just want to come down to check it out everyone is welcome. Contact Beau Friesen 204-381-0647, beaufriesen98@hotmail.com. Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi – On Wednesdays, at 7 pm at the United Church, 541 Main St. Ancient Taoist Tai Chi art develops a strong body, balanced and energetic mind that is calm and clear, creative and dynamic. Learn 108 moves of Taoist Tai Chi and feel the benefits. All of our classes are led by qualified instructors. Contact Veronica Klassen 204-3926565, Winnipeg@taoist.org. PTSD Support Group- On the last Thursday of each month, at 7 pm at the Steinbach Legion. Volunteer support group meeting for posttraumatic stress disorder. Movie Night at the Library – Every 4th 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 Steinbach Family Resource Centre for a support group, current information and a variety of presentations. Call 204-346-0413. 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. Knit-Wits Drop-In Club for Adults - Every 4th Monday of the month, from 6 – 9 pm at the Jake Epp Library. This is for anyone interested in fibre handcrafts such as knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, needlepoint etc. This is not a class but a casual knitting circle for all skill levels. Please bring your own items/supplies. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) – On Wednesdays, from 8:45 - 10:30 am at the Royal Canadian Legion. Cost $2/ week. A weight control support group that helps take off pounds sensibly and keep off pounds sensibly. Contact BettyLou Toews at 326-6397. Eastman Immigrant Services - Many events and activities to support and help you make new friends. Volunteer to help at our community events. 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.

21 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 – Meets on 1st Tuesday every month at 8 pm until June 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 - 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 - Every Thursday at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library, 255 Elmdale St. Meetings open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Contact 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 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 204-4253535. Woodridge Christmas Craft, Bake Sale and Supper – On Saturday, December 7 from 1 - 6 pm. Variety of homemade decorations, gifts and stocking stuffers from local bakers, crafters and artisans includes live evergreen wreaths and centrepieces, tree decorations, baked goods, homemade jellies and jams, hand painted rocks, cards, barnyard signs, leather goods, jewellery, paintings, knitted toques, mitts and scarfs. Admission is free. Supper from 4 – 6 pm. Cost $15 adult, $6 children 6 -12 years, 5 years and under free. Contact Cory 204-429-2323 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. To have your event featured in this listing, please email your events each month to to editor@dawsontrail.ca

Year End Tax Reminders There are a few things you can do before December 31 to save on your 2019 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 2019 tax return. You don’t have to claim them all in one year, since the first $200 gets 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 2018). If you have large medical expenses you will be claiming on your 2019 taxes, maybe spend more before the end of the year so your claim is higher. Contribute to the family’s Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) and to the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) by December 31. The Manitoba Primary Caregiver Tax Credit can be used on your 2019 taxes and rebate you $1,400, but only if you apply before December, 31 2019. If you have shares or mutual funds that have increased in value in a nonregistered 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 2019 and your total income was more than $66,375, consider buying RRSPs to reduce the EI clawback (you have until February, 29 2020 to buy RRSPs). See us in January or February to estimate your 2019 taxes. If you have children under 18 and your family income is under $65,000, buy RRSPs to increase the Canada Child Benefit. See us for an estimate. 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 2019 taxes; this may not save taxes in 2019 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 2020. If you don’t know why, ask me! If you turned 65 in 2019 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). If you live on some acreage, check to see if your property tax bill refers to “farm property”. If so, you qualify for the Farmland School Tax Rebate, application deadline is March, 31 2020. If we need to adjust your 2016 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 2019 from the entire Ste Anne Tax Service team: Marie-Rose: Remember all medical expenses: premiums for health plans you pay through work or pension (keep the end of year paystub and 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). Darlene: Medical travel expenses: keep your 2019 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 for any appointments more than 40km 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: Prescriptions: we recommend you go to your pharmacy in January and ask for a detailed list for the entire 2019 calendar year for each family member. Easier than keeping all those little receipts! Anni: For those that are self-employed, read your vehicle odometer on December 31 and hope you did on

December, 31 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 2019 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 March to December 2019 and January and February 2020 receipts); political donations; child care; moving expenses if you moved for work or to a more accessible home. 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 19. 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 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 204422-6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or Info@ SteAnneTaxService.ca.


RCMP FILES 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).

Thieves Dodge Register On November 11 at 5:59 pm a female and elderly man skipped past the registers at the local Walmart and left the store without paying for a bag of items. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers. com.

Stolen Credit Card Rung Up Memberships: 2020 memberships available for $25 per person after January 15 - $30 per person. Join now to enjoy our member’s benefits! Check out our website and register to receive your newsletter by email. Other Programs and Services: Monday to Friday - Full lunch $7. Soup lunch (Soup, dessert and a biscuit) $3. Call kitchen at 204320-4605 the day before or before 9am to reserve your meal. Foot Care Clinic - Call reception at 204-320-4600 to book your appointment. Beltone Hearing - Call 1-800-6612653 to book an appointment. Community Financial Counselling Services – Monday, December 16, call 1-888-573-2383 Cottage Cheese Perogies - For sale $6 per dozen. Transportation – Need a ride to an appointment and or in need of some help with cleaning or yard work? You may qualify for our services. Call Carrie to help arrange this for you 204-320-4604 for a small fee. Equipment Loan Program – Wheelchairs and walkers for temporary use available, contact Carrie 204320-4604 for more information. Friendly Visitor – Do you want to have someone spend some time with you either at home or out in the community? Do you know someone who is unable to leave their home often but would benefit from a friendly visit? Call Carrie and she will try to match someone up with a friendly visitor. Volunteer Opportunities: All ages welcome to volunteer. Please call Sonja at 204-320-4603 for more information. We are looking for Friendly Visitors, Maintenance, Meal Delivery, and Office Support. Special Events coming up: Pancake Breakfast - Third Thursday of every month, $5 per person, 9 – 11 am. Christmas Banquet - Thursday, December 12, at 5:30 pm. $15 member, $18 non-member. Join us for Supper and entertainment. Call to register. Regular Programs and Activities: Check out the Newsletter on our website patporteralc.com for more information. Activities may be cancelled due to other events on short notice. Please check with the Centre. All of the programs, activities and events are open to

any age. Our programs are aimed for seniors but we welcome and encourage all to be a part of what we have to offer. All programs and activities are $2 for Members and $4 for Non-Members unless otherwise stated. Drop-in: Billiards – Monday – Friday 9 am3:30 pm. Book Club – Every Tuesday from 11 am – 12 pm and every Friday 1 – 2 pm. Cards: Monday – Canasta 1-4 pm, Tuesday – Euchre 2-4 pm, Wednesday – Cribbage 1-4 pm, Thursday –Whist 1:45- 4 pm, Bridge - Friday 1 – 4 pm. Choir – Wednesdays 10 - 11:30 am. Computer Classes - Wednesdays from 9 am – 2 pm one-on-one 1 hour appointments. Exercise Classes: Tuesday Fitness 1 -1:45 pm and Thursday PACE 1 - 1:45 pm. Fitness Drumming - Wednesday 1 – 1:45 pm, 10 sessions. Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle Wednesdays 1:30 – 4 pm. HO Model Railway Project - Tuesdays and Fridays 10 am – 4 pm. Movie Time Potluck: “Same Kind of Different as Me”, Monday, December 30 at noon. Bring a small lunch dish and enjoy a movie and fellowship. Old Time Country Jam – Wednesdays from 7 – 9 pm. Out with Friends – Fridays, December 13 and 27 from 7 – 10 pm, bring a snack, play board/card games, and enjoy the evening together. Beginners Pickleball - Mondays and Fridays 1 – 3 pm. Advanced Pickle Ball - Monday Friday 9 - 11:30 am. Tai Chi - Mondays 10 - 11:30 am. Free Programs: Walking – Monday – Friday at 8:30 – 9 am and Noon-1 pm. Crafty Corner – Every Friday 2 3:30pm. Cozy Corner Coffee - Every day 10:30 am. Enjoy a complimentary coffee an occasional treat and some great conversation. Rentals: We accommodate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, showers, meetings, family gatherings and much more. Call Sonja at 204-320-4603 for more information and to book. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities please drop by the Centre Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm.

On August 8, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen wallet at Sobey’s. The complainant, an 88year old senior, later reported that her credit cards had been used in Winnipeg for purchases totaling over $6,000. The thieves had somehow obtained her PIN numbers for the credit cards which allowed them to make these large purchases. Video was obtained in which two males and one female were involved in these fraudulent transactions. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers. com.

Camo ATV Stolen Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft of an ATV that occurred on November 11 at approximately 6 pm from a residence in the town of La Broquerie. The ATV is described as a smaller ATV and a camouflage 110 CC with no license plate. Please report any info.

Tires Slashed Steinbach RCMP received another report of a vehicle with its tires slashed. This incident also occurred between November 6 and just after midnight November 8 on Kroeker Avenue, Steinbach. If you have any infor in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact Steinbach RCMP Detachment or Crime Stoppers.

Canine Unit Tracks Burglar On November 3 at approximately 8:20 pm, Steinbach RCMP were dispatched to a two hit alarm at the RM of La Broquerie building. Members attended and found a window had been smashed and footprints leading away from the building. Police Dog Services Cpl. HENDERSON and his police dog, GAINER, were called to assist. Gainer picked up a track that lead to a residence on Rue Des Pignons, not far from the crime scene. A male with a black ski mask on started to walk towards officers and was subsequently arrested. The male wore shoes matching the prints from the crime scene. A 22 year-old male from La Broquerie will be facing a charge of Mischief.

Utility Trailer Loaded with Scrap Stolen At some time over night between November 22 and November 23, an STF utility trailer carrying scrap metal was stolen from the driveway of a home on Road 34N in the RM of Hanover. The trailer is grey in colour, has a chip on the right front fender and has the licence plate of 436CA. The Steinbach RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying any suspects.

Vehicles Targeted in Crime Spree On November 6, police received several complaints involving mischief and theft to vehicles in different areas of Steinbach. Most of the incidents occurred overnight with one being committed on the morning of November 6 between the hours of 6:48 am and 7:10 am on South Park Drive while the vehicle was warming up. In this particular incident change, cigarettes and sunglasses were taken from the vehicle. Other incidents that occurred were at Brookdale Crescent where a vehicle was rummaged through, on McKenzie Avenue tires were slashed on two parked vehicles, at Chrysler Gate tires were slashed on two parked vehicles, Parkhill Crescent tires slashed on a parked vehicle and in the Southwood School Yard a parked school bus was vandalized. In some of the above incidents the vehicles were also rummaged through, however nothing appears to have been taken. If anyone has information or surveillance videos in the area that could identify culprit(s) you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment or Crime Stoppers.

Bicycle Thefts On November 7, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a locked bike stolen from a stairwell in one of the buildings on Brighton Lane. The bicycle is described as a black and green Diadora. Culprit(s) took the bicycle but left a tire behind. Steinbach RCMP also received report of another stolen bicycle sometime in the afternoon. The bicycle is described as a red and black Mountain bicycle. It was locked up outside a residence on Brandt Street in Steinbach.


Shoplifters Arrested On November 13 just before 7 pm Steinbach RCMP received a report of theft from the Superstore. Officers were on scene within minutes of the call and were able to apprehend the male suspect immediately. He had various items on his person along with break-in instruments and a weapon. It was discovered later that he had also stolen liquor from the Liquor Mart. The 31 year-old male from Steinbach is facing charges of theft x2,

possession of break-in instruments, possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose and fail to comply with conditions of recognizance x2. The male was remanded into custody and will appear for court in Winnipeg. An hour later, just before 8 pm Steinbach RCMP received a report of theft from Walmart in Steinbach. Officers were on scene within minutes of receiving the report and ran after the male suspect. Police were able to catch and apprehend him.

The man had several stolen items and a weapon. The 34 year-old male from Steinbach was remanded into custody and is facing charges of theft, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of weapon for a dangerous person. RCMP are still investigating other thefts that may have involved the same individual. Police believe they prevented a more serious crime from happening by arresting this individual.

Advent Series Presented by Providence This December, leading up to Christmas, Providence College wants to help you pause to find hope, love, joy and peace even amidst all the pressures and expectations of the holiday. Around this busy time of year, we may find ourselves studying for exams, researching gift ideas and making travel plans to be near our loved ones on Christmas Day. We sometimes get beaten down by the stress that comes with all our holiday preparations, and forget that Christmas is all about Christ’s birth and the Father’s redemption plan for all of humankind.

Over the next four weeks, Providence College will be posting weekly an inspirational video clip, highlighting people from Providence to help unfold the wonder and joy of Christmas to everyone this year. This first Advent week is special because it’s the beginning of a new season. It is a time when we get ready, preparing ourselves for the coming of the Christ Child. “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 NIV).

After long years of waiting and hoping, the prophets, inspired by God, kept reminding the people to look forward to the coming of Messiah, the Son of God, who was to redeem the people from their sins. And before Jesus left this earth to return to His home in heaven, He told us we should watch and wait (HOPE) for His return. This first week is Advent, December 1 to 7 and the theme is hope. Visit youtu.be/l5UiRqrnFz4 to view. The following weeks will be posted in order of Advent Week 2: Love, Advent Week 3: Joy and Advent Week 4: Peace.

Indigo Program Benefits Richer School Library The students at Richer School have a little more reading material in their local library thanks to the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation’s 2019 Adopt a School program. From September 14 – October 6, the program united local Indigo, Chapters and Coles stores, employees, customers and their communities to raise funds on behalf of local schools. In Manitoba, the Adopt a School program enriched the lives of 7 schools including the Richer School through the program’s fund-

raising efforts. Through a free online registry, schools were able to list 50 unique books that they wanted to purchase for their school library. Community supporters were then invited to purchase the books for the school, and Indigo doubled the donation by donating a second copy of each book to the facility. This year, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation’s provided $733,000 for books to 182 Canadian highneeds elementary school libraries,

impacting the lives of over 100,000 Canadian children. Indigo founded the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation in 2004 to raise awareness about the lack of funding for public elementary school libraries, while helping to put more books into the hands of Canadian children. The Adopt a School program connects the community to a local school, with the goal of adding one new book for every student to their often ageing and outdated school library collections.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

I have watched a great many movies in my life and some would say too many but others would say that I haven’t watched enough. I guess it would depend on how much you love watching movies. There is one movie in particular that I would like to talk about today. As the title of my column would tell you, this month’s column has to deal with the movie, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”. This is a British movie that came out in 1975 and was quite popular at the time. For years, I was hearing from my friends about how great this movie was. I was told repeatedly how I really needed to watch it and that it is soooo funny. A friend of mine, after

finding out that I hadn’t seen it gave me the most quizzical look and asked if I’d been living under a rock. Well I haven’t but I did figure it was time to find out what all the fuss was about concerning this movie. I managed to find it for sale and picked up a used copy. When my wife and I sat down to watch, I had high hopes that this movie was going to be the comedic hit of my life and that humour would take on a whole new meaning for me. It didn’t. Other than a few funny parts, I didn’t find this movie to be all that great. Especially if you consider that this movie is more than 40 years ago and people still talk about it. I will admit that the parts that I found funny do still tickle my brain on occasion. The part where the grown men are afraid a little rabbit and you’re thinking, “C’mon, it’s a rabbit,” but then

the rabbit turns aggressive and you find out why they were so afraid. That made me chuckle. I also liked the taunting of the black knight that wouldn’t let them pass. Even after having his arms chopped off he sets to kicking Sir Arthur. He loses his legs and he still ends up taunting them as they move past him. “‘Tis but a scratch!” The French soldiers and how they to taunt the good knights from atop the castle wall are also humorous to me. After awhile, the knights are driven off by having barnyard animals thrown down on them. Like I said, there were funny parts to this movie but I’m still unsure as to how this tale has been a go-to movie for so many people for so long. Perchance, I shall need to watch it again? Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

Upcoming Events Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Holiday Tour on December 10, 7:30 pm, at the Steinbach Mennonite Church. Tickets $28/$12. Will spread holiday cheer across Manitoba this holiday season. If you have never attended, do not miss out on another year! The festive program features a variety of classic holiday favourites, a special reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, as well as a sing-along of beloved carols. Special Ticket Packages for WSO Holiday Show. Family Special 4 for $66 (2 adults, 2 students, immediate family members only) Children under 2 years are free, Seniors 60+ Special 2 for $49 (seniors only) and Music & Theatre Student Special $6 each. Our goal is to encourage students to attend live professional shows– a vital part of their musical education. Corporate Special Purchase 5 or more tickets for only $20 each. Bring employees, clients, friends, and family to the symphony for an evening they’ll remember. Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre - Presents New Canadian Curling Club on January 14, 7:30 pm, SRSS Theatre. Tickets $28/$12. Prairie Theatre Exchange presents - The Paper Bag Princess on February 8, 2 pm, SRSS Theatre. Tickets $14. Season Tickets, it’s not too late to purchase season tickets. Call SAC at 204-346-1077 to secure your seats for the season. Arts 4Tots Preschool Performs Christmas Showcase: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Steinbach Arts Council. Arts4Tots Director, Pam Peters and Assist ant Director, Jennifer Kallstrom, is inviting the community to catch the Christmas spirit with the Steinbach Arts Council’s Christmas Showcase. Showcase performances are on Wednesday, December 18 or Thursday, December 19 from 10 am to 2 pm. Giveosity Fundraiser – Donate for a chance to win! New Prize Option. The Grand Prize winner will have the choice between a $2,500 ‘Travel Anywhere’ Expedia Gift Card or $2,500 in cash. You can donate online or stop by the office (we accept cash, cheque, or Credit Card) to make your donation and enter to win. How Does this help you? 15% of all donations go directly back to you – to any SAC member - for a program or tickets, or whatever you choose. 80% goes directly into SAC programs, Outdoor Creative Learning Centre, Theatre Costume Room Renovation. Keeps program fees at SAC affordable. Visit Giveosity.com/SAC, text “SAC” to 393939. Benefits of the Backyard Theatre Company: The Backyard Theatre Company (BTC) offers a variety of theatre programs for ages 5 - 17. BTC opens up opportunities to break out of your comfort zone and make lifelong friends. It builds people skills, confidence, and ignites creativity. Join us for a free class to check out all the excitement of the Backyard Theatre Company. Arts4Tots Preschool Program: Montessori-Infused Curriculum. The most creative way to learn for ages 3 - 5 with specialists in dance, music, drama, and visual arts. Join Miss Pam and Miss Jen for a year full of creativity, arts, field trips, learning, and more. Mon/Wed or Tues/Thu, pm spots available. Nothing Blue about Winter Programs at the SAC: Whether you need help with your Christmas shopping or are wondering how you can beat the blues this winter, the Steinbach Arts Council has the answer with many creative options and events.In celebration of our 40th anniversary, SAC is excited to promote a highly creative winter season, featuring some regular program favourites and a few new and exciting program s and workshops too. Until December 18, returning students receive 15% off their program. But SAC is also gifting 10% off all programs for everyone until January 6. Register soon to take advantage of these discounts! Programs include: Creative Wellness - Prop It Pilates, Lunch Time Pilates, Core Intermediate, Pilates on the Ball B.O.S.S. Dance Academy - Introductory 12 week classes in Dance4Tots, Hip Hop. No fundraising, no costume fees – just try it out. Languages -French Beginner & Intermediate and Spanish Beginner & Intermediate. Visual Arts: Kids- Art Adventures, Art X-travaganza; Teens - Mixed Art, Pottery Passion, Cartoon Illustration; Adults - Acrylic & Watercolor Painting, Intro to the Pottery Wheel. Workshops: Wood Burning, Stained Glass, Calligraphy 101 and more. Canvas Paint Nights: Canvas Couples night (18+) February 13, 6:30- 9 pm, Canvas & Cabernet (age 18+) April 30, 6:30-9 pm and Canvas & Colas (adults and children) April 30, 4:30-6 pm. Need financial assistance? Call 204-346-1077 for info about our Creative Arts Bursary Fund. Steinbach Youth Chorus - Southeast Centre for Music is offering the Steinbach Youth Chorus this year under the direction of Gabriela Gallo, it’s the perfect singing opportunity for students ages 9-13. Music Lessons - Southeast Centre for Music. Spaces still available in most disciplines - Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Musical Theatre and Youth Choir. Email scm@steinbachartscouncil.ca. Hall Gallery Exhibits: South East Artists: Arts Journey – Then & Now runs November 4 – December 20. Next Up Julie Yatzko: Photography by Julie Yatzko, EMBrACE: Art Brings Communities Together. Opening Night January 8, at 7 pm until February 28. Call 204-346-1077 for more details. View events/purchase tickets online: steinbachartscouncil.ca


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