Dawson Trail Dispatch December 2021

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Drive-By Santa Visits for Many Communities

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Province Hands Xplornet a Monopoly to Hydro Fibre By Angelique Forest

As if he isn’t busy enough, Santa made a drive-by visit to the community of Lorette on December 4th. After Santa finished his rounds, the Lorette Family Fun Group topped off the night with fireworks. Photo Lorette Family Fun Group/Facebook

Xplornet announced on November 30 its plans to expand its wireless broadband in Manitoba to over 125,000 homes and businesses in the province, including close to 350 rural and 30 First Nation communities, as part of the newly inked Rural Broadband Expansion Agreement with the Government of Manitoba. “For everyone that has a business, everyone that has a home here, not just in Ritchot, but everywhere in the Province from the First Nations to the small municipalities around Manitoba to have an opportunity to work with the province, for them to collaborate with us to find the right partnership like Xplornet to bring opportunities such as fibre optics. It’s incredible,” said the Mayor of the RM of Ritchot, Chris Ewan. He thanked all parties involved, from the province to the New Brunswick-based internet provider for all contributions to make this possible for the many Manitobans affected. The agreement means Xplornet will gain control of the 3,200 km of dark fibre backbone from Manitoba Hydro. It is not known yet how the exclusivity to control these fibre connections will affect current internet service providers who used to deal with Manitoba Hydro Telecom for their fibre connection and their ability expand their services or attain competitive pricing.

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Kleefeld Lights Up the Streets By Angelique Forest

Ted Falk joined some happy families in watching the parade.

Photo Ted Falk/Facebook

Many happy faces crowded the streets in Kleefeld on Saturday, December 4 with the first ever Kleefeld Christmas Parade. Local businesses and the community came out to create their own floats and join in the parade to spread cheer. Santa himself attended with his own custom float and handed over 400 goodie bags to mostly children in the crowd. It was estimated that 1,200 people were in attendance along the parade route. According to Santa, next year is definitely on the books considering this year’s successful outcome. The main goal of the event was to kickoff the Christmas spirit in the community and encourage donations of a tin-for-the-bin to support local hamper initiatives.

Candy Float at the Kleefeld Parade.

Photo courtesy of Kleefeld Park and Recreation

Santa himself attended with his own custom float and handed over 400 goodie bags Photo Brigitte Downey/Facebook to mostly children in the crowd.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Management and Staff of the Dawson Trail Dispatch!

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Here Comes Santa Claus to Spread Christmas Cheer By Angelique Forest The Santa Stop is geared up and ready to hit rural communities December 17 - 19. Check below for the dates and times so you don’t miss your chance to see Thom Doerksen, or the “Singing Santa” on his fully decked out custom float complete with thousands of glittering lights and a sound system. For over 20 years, Thom Doerksen easily morphs into Santa Claus. Need proof? Wander over to his Facebook page the Santa Stop and you will become a believer. This year and last year the Provincial Health Orders due to the Covid-19 pandemic have prevented many in-person gatherings and have limited interactions. Doerksen believed that Christmas just wasn’t going to be the same and he decided to get creative and dig into the “magical” bag of tricks. Doerksen and his daughter started a unique singing Santa float to bring back the Christmas cheer to the southern communities in Manitoba. With a great success last year, it’s become a new annual tradition to spread the Christmas spirit. Santa has even added a few extra few communities to last year’s schedule. As a truck driver by trade, Doerksen tows the float behind his truck. With new additions, new sponsors and community support, the Santa Stop plans to make this year even better than last year. Nearly a dozen local businesses showed support by contributing to the cause. The float is also making appearances in the Christmas parades in Ste. Anne on December 11 and appeared in the Kleefeld Christmas Parade on the December 4. For more information, find them on Facebook at The Santa Stop

Santa Stop spreading Christmas cheer events near you: December 11: Ste. Anne Christmas Parade - 4:30 pm December 17: Niverville - 5 pm La Broquerie - 6:15 pm Richer - 7 pm December 18: St. Pierre Jolys - 3:30 pm

St. Malo - 4:10 pm Grunthal - 5 pm Mitchell - 6 pm New Bothwell - 6:45 pm Blumenort - 7:30 pm December 19: Steinbach - 4:30 pm

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The Gift for Us All December the month of charity and compassion is upon us one more time. The gift for us all is called Omicron. It seems that it is hard, getting very hard to find charity and compassion in this scourge. Our fight with COVID has lasted over 20 months and progress on breaking the cycle of transmission is still elusive. We have the knowledge to do it but lack the cajones. We need the government to get it done. Seeing that 15% to 20% of the population lack insight to the obvious way forward by getting immunized , I suggest a quarantine period for 10 weeks for those who are afraid of science and also implementing a meaningful fine if compliance is lacking or broken. The situation we find ourselves in has not been seen in our civilization’s history especially the fear displayed by such a large percentage of our population. When civilization is the cause, we should be the solution makers. Millions around the world have died. Yet the wall of fear, stupidity and nonsense keeps getting higher. All this is happening in the face of science which has been available for much more than 100 years. Even ancient civilizations knew that to end the spread of a deadly disease, a pandemic; they found that when quarantine was necessary it lasted 40 days. Fast forward, we’ve taken great strides and improved upon the science including the length of quarantines. This science is as settled as two plus two equals four or “pie R-squared” is necessary to find the area of a circle, despite what the trolls on “facebook” say in contrary. These same ignorant souls are sufficiently lacking in intelligence to threaten our health care workers and they created a line of thousands who have had their needed medical procedures put on hold. As a citizen we must all buy into the imperative of each and everybody’s responsibility to one another to the point of enhancing a thinking and caring civilization. Best wishes and health to all this holiday season. We must start somewhere might as well be you and I.

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Legislature Makes History Since my last column, history was made in Manitoba when on October 30, my colleague Heather Stefanson, MLA for Tuxedo, became our new PC Party Leader and 24th Premier of Manitoba – the first female ever in over 151 years to hold both positions at the same time. I look forward to working with Premier Stefanson on advancing strategic priorities and opportunities for the betterment of all Manitobans. At this time, I must also thank my colleague Kelvin Goertzen, MLA for Steinbach, for admirably serving for a couple months this past Fall as our Interim Premier. Later this month, our Manitoba government will unveil in a speech from the throne our bold new vision for a strong economic and social recovery focused on the health and well-being of all Manitobans. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to remain with us, we are managing it much better as we turn our attention to a stronger and resilient post-pandemic Manitoba. I know that reconciliation will be a top priority for our Manitoba government. While Indigenous, northern and remote communities have been hard hit by the pandemic, the need for better housing, education opportunities, and clean drinking water for example have been exacer-

bated because of the pandemic. Another important priority of our new Premier is the expansion of the highly successful Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). In my role as Minister responsible for Immigration, I often hear from service provider organizations, businesses, and education partners of the need to increase our nominations to address the skilled labour shortages in the province. Stay tuned for more information on how our government plans to expand the MPNP and bring in more newcomers to Manitoba. I look forward to working with the new federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on how to promote Manitoba’s best interests in bringing in more talented newcomers to address our labour shortages and skills gap. The popular Building Sustainable Communities (BSC) Program was expanded in 2021 to support over 300 community development projects around the province for a total of $13 million. For every dollar of a grant that is spent, it is estimated that Manitoba sees a total community investment of three dollars. I am proud to note that the Lac du Bonnet constituency received close to $1 million towards couple dozen projects both small and large. Some notable examples of community development projects included upgrades to the splash pad at the Tyndall Village Community Centre to the Town of Lac du Bonnet upgrades of the town

dock and playground to directional signage of the Beausejour Daylily Park and ongoing enhancements of groomer sheds at the Brokenhead Trail Blazers Power Toboggan Club. These varied projects are examples of what is needed as we work towards a stronger and resilient postpandemic Manitoba. Finally, I and on behalf of my family want to wish you and your loved ones the very best this Christmas holiday season. While the pandemic continues to be top of mind, I know that with over 85% of the eligible Manitoba population double-vaccinated, we will have a much safer and joyous holiday in the weeks ahead. As I recently began my 11th year as the MLA for Lac du Bonnet, I continue to enjoy serving as your representative to the Manitoba legislature and look forward to continue serving you throughout 2022. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email 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.

Path to Progressing Together November was indeed a busy month at the Manitoba Legislature. On November 2 Heather Stefanson was sworn in as the 24th Premier of Manitoba, becoming the first female Premier in Manitoba’s history. The opening of the Fourth Session of the 42nd Legislature began with the Honourable Janice C. Filmon, Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Manitoba presenting the Speech from the Throne. In this speech, entitled: ‘Path to Progressing Together’, the Premier unveiled her new vision for a strong economic and social recovery focused on the health and well-being of all Manitobans. Our government is embarking on a path in a new direction, and we are committed to working side by side with all Manitobans in the spirit of collaboration, co-operation and reconciliation. Some of the key initiatives of the ‘Path to Progressing Together’ Speech from the Throne included: taking urgent action to remove barriers that delay Manitobans from getting the medical

care they need, addressing the nursing shortage with increased training spaces with a goal of 400 additional nursing seats while continuing international recruitments, working with Indigenous leaders, elders, knowledge keepers, families and community members to advance shared goals and seek reconciliation, implementing a renewed seniors strategy so aging Manitobans are able to stay safe in their own homes for as long as they choose, improving access and co-ordination of mental health and addiction services, and improving the kindergarten to Grade 12 education system to better prepare students for their future. To read the complete speech from the throne, visit www.manitoba.ca/ thronespeech. Another part of history was made during this session of the Legislature with the first ever instance of a treaty land acknowledgement became part of the formal proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. All three political parties unanimously agreed to the land acknowledgement, following extensive consultations with First Nation,

Inuit and Métis leaders. This was a historic moment for our province and is a testament to our government’s commitment to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Lastly, I would like to highlight that the province has launched a new Vaccine Campaign to protect children ages 5 to 11 from COVID19. You can now book appointments for your children by calling 1-844626-8222 or check with your local pharmacy. I encourage all those who are eligible to be vaccinated and have not done so to book an appointment to protect yourself and those around you. As always, I look forward to hearing from you with your questions or concerns. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204-424-5406 or at dennis.smook@leg.gov.mb.ca.

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RCMP Reminder for Snowmobile Safety Every winter, RCMP officers are called to scenes where snowmobilers have been badly injured or have lost their lives. This past month alone, two lives have already been lost on snowmobiles in Manitoba. In 2020, eight Manitobans died in snowmobile collisions. “In the past five years, Manitoba RCMP have responded to 23 fatal snowmobile collisions where 65% involved alcohol and/or drugs,” said Staff Sergeant Kyle McFadyen of Selkirk RCMP. “In 15 of the 23 fatal collisions, the operator was found to be driving too fast and either lost control or struck an object. Of those killed in collisions, eight were not wearing a helmet. All of these deaths could have been prevented.” The RCMP wants everyone to ride safe while enjoying the outdoors so they make it home safely to their families: - Know your abilities and ride within your limits. This will allow you to

always be in control of your snowmobile. - Always check the weather conditions before you leave. - Always ride in groups and let people know where you’re going, the route you will be taking, and when you expect to return. - Always wear protective clothing, including a helmet, gloves, and eye protection. Wear layers of clothing to keep warm and dry. - When possible, avoid crossing bodies of water. If you are crossing bodies of water, be cautious of ice thickness, never ride in single file, and wear a life jacket over your outer clothing. - Ride sober. Don’t drink or consume drugs before or while snowmobiling. Additionally, when operating a snowmobile or off-road vehicle on public land (ditches, Crown Land, roads, groomed snowmobile trails, etc.) please remember that the fol-

lowing laws apply: - It must be registered; - Must be at least 14 years of age to operate without supervision; - 12-13 year olds must only operate under the direct supervision (within direct sight) of a parent; - Must be at least 16 years of age and possess a valid driver’s licence in order to operate across a roadway or shoulder; - Must not operate with more passengers than it is designed to carry; - Everyone riding must wear an approved helmet, unless: 1. The ORV is equipped with occupant roll-over protection and seat belts, and the seat belts are being used, or 2. The ORV is being used for farming, commercial fishing, hunting or trapping operations; - Must not operate on roadway or shoulder (see Section 34 of the Off-Road Vehicle Act for exceptions for agricultural purposes) - May only cross a roadway or shoulder at an intersection or designated crossing such as a snowmobile trail crossing, and must hold a valid driver’s licence (see Section 35 of the Off-Road Vehicle Act); - Must not carry open liquor or cannabis; - Must operate in a safe and prudent manner; - Must have headlights and tail lights on from 30 minutes prior to sunset until 30 minutes after sunrise. When operating on private land The RCMP wants everyone to ride safe while enjoying the outdoors so they make it home (yards, farm land, pasture land, safely to their families. Submitted photo etc.):

Environmental Commission Looks at CanWhite Sands Corp Proposal November 22 saw the beginning of a new legislative session with Premier Stefanson unveiling her vision for the future of our province in a Speech from the Throne. Key initiatives included advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, addressing the nursing shortage and investing in skills training to accelerate post-pandemic economic recovery. This session marked a historical moment for our provincial government, as it was the first time we have ever had a female Premier, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House. I am honoured to be able to work alongside Premier Stefanson and my fellow PC Caucus as we embark on a new journey of progressing Manitoba together. I would also like to highlight a recent announcement that the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission (CEC) will conduct a public hearing and review of an Environment Act proposal submitted by CanWhite Sands Corp. for a silica sand extraction project in the Rural Municipality of Springfield. The CEC’s terms of reference include direction to conduct a technical review of CanWhite’s proposal, which includes hydrogeology and geochemistry assessment reports, and provide advice and recommendations to the minister regarding potential environmental

effects of the proposed installation, operation and decommissioning of silica sand extraction wells. Members of the public will be able to provide input on CanWhite’s proposal at a hearing in a location consistent with the affected community. Christmas is right around the corner! Even though this year has been uncertain and difficult, we have been able to regain a lot of normalcy, and we should celebrate the joy and festivities of the holidays. With that being said, I want to encourage everyone to remain vigilant and to continue following the public health orders. I wish everyone a safe and joyful Christmas and holiday season, and I’m looking forward to what the new year has in store! For more updates and information, visit my website at boblagasse. com. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my constituency office at ca.lagasse@ outlook.com or 204-807-4663.

- Ensure you have permission of the land owner; - While some provincial laws such as the Off-Road Vehicle Act do not apply to private property, the Criminal Code of Canada does.

Therefore, operating an ORV while impaired or with a blood alcohol concentration or blood drug concentration over the legal limit is a criminal offence, as is operating an ORV in a dangerous manner.

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Christmas Craft Shows Adorn the Southeast

The Merry & Bright Craft Sale in Ste. Anne was a success, with many shoppers eager to buy local and support their regional economy. Submitted photos

Last minute Christmas shopping is alive in the southeast as people visit the many craft shows popping up at the local community

centres and halls. “The market was super successful,” explained Jamie and Luc Trudeau from Farm Dog as they wrapped up their day at the

Merry & Bright Craft Sale in Ste. Anne on December 4. The Whiteshell Community Centre also hosted a craft sale the same day.

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Local Programs Requesting Donations for Christmas Hampers By Angelique Forest It’s time to start thinking about the ones who struggle to make this Christmas a merry one for their families. Winnipeg Harvest has increased the amount of donations needed by 70%, only proving that more help is needed by individuals and communities to come together to ensure everyone gets a meal this holiday season. Please consider donating to community hampers near you. Right now, more than 80,000 Manitobans access emergency food resources available through Harvest Manitoba’s network of food banks and agencies monthly. Help Steinbach Community Christmas this season by sponsoring a hamper, collecting toys at your workplace, delivering hampers or donating toys. Donate a new unwrapped toy by either dropping off at Southeast Helping Hands, 525 Main Street, Steinbach anytime until December 15. The RM of Piney has taken an initiative and will contribute $1,000 to the RM of Piney Christmas Hamper Program for helping fund the preparation and distribution of Christmas Hampers in southeast Manitoba. The Vita Christmas Cheer Board is requesting donations. Collection Bins will be out December 1 - 15, for all your sealed non-perishable donations. Collection Bins will be located at Sumthing Special, Shevchenko School and the Access Credit

Union will have a tin for all monetary donations from December 1 - 17. Pickup and Delivery of Christmas Hampers will be on December 18. Grunthal Caring Hands is seeking donations of non-perishable food items and monetary donations. Details on what can be donated and how can be found by visiting grunthalcaringhands.org. Taché Food Resource Centre is asking for donations of cash, cheque or etransfer to help fill their hampers. They are not giving the traditional food hampers due to Covid. Only grocery gift cards and a gift per member will be in the hampers this year. For more information, email tachefoodrc@ gmail.com. If you live in the Town of Ste. Anne or the RM of Ste. Anne and you wish to contribute to the Christmas Hampers, donations are always accepted. Because of the food bank’s buying power, monetary donations go a long way. Information on donating can be found on their website at accueilkatericentre.ca or call 204-371-4984. In Ile Des Chenes and Grande Pointe you can contact Suzanne 204-878-3189 or Diane 204-878-2455 to support the local food bank and the Christmas Hamper project. Your donations are needed to make a difference in another person’s life.

Please consider donating to community hampers near you.

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Musée St-Pierre- Jolys Home to Nativity Display

The St. Pierre Knights of Columbus worked their magic and now have a nativity scene set up by the local museum. The Parish would like to thank Grand Knight Marcel Mulaire and his team for their continued dedication to the parish. Submitted photo

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Niverville Residents Asked to Respect Construction Area Residents who frequent the north Hampton Park area in Niverville will notice construction fencing going up shortly. Later in December a team from Penn-Co will be placing an underwater pipe along the very north part of the lake and will then have divers go into the lake to fasten it to the bottom. For safety reasons, until the project is complete and security fencing removed, residents are asked to please stay on the walking paths and to not set up any outdoor skating rinks in the area.

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Manitoba RCMP Remind Motorists to Drive Sober this Holiday Season From January 1 to November 30, 2021, 73 people lost their lives in 63 vehicle collisions across Manitoba RCMP jurisdiction. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in 21 of these collisions.

While impaired driving enforcement is conducted throughout the year, National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day kicked off December 4 with the annual launch of increased enforcement for the holiday season.

Impaired driving remains the leading criminal cause of death, but that is a statistic you can help change by reporting any suspected impaired drivers to your local police. We can all work together to keep impaired drivers off the road.

Secondly take responsibility and the smart choice when you pick make the smart choice to plan up your keys. ahead. Make your decisions while sober. Those decisions are what will get you and other drivers on the road home safely. Stay safe on the road and make

Ste. Agathe Man Wins Economic Development Award By Angelique Forest

nize a municipality, town, group, or A Ste. Agathe man, Joel Lem- committee that has created a projoine, was presented the Award of ect in the last 18 months that has Distinction, which is given to an a significant, long-term economic individual who has worked in the impact. Local nominated projects field of economic development were the St. Adolphe Friendship for more than five years and Trail, represented by Lesley Gaudry whose accomplishments make and Treasures of the Dawson Trail a significant contribution to the in Richer developed by the Dawson field and demonstrate exception- Trail Arts and Heritage Committee. al practices. Boyne Lodge Personal Care Home The Economic Developers As- in Carman was this year’s award resociation of Manitoba (EDAM) cipient. held their annual fall forum in Virden. EDAM is a nonprofit organization that has been providing professional development and networking opportunities, influencing public policy as well as promoting the profession since 1993. The Economic Development Project of the Year Award is intended to recog- Joel Lemoine received the EDAM Award of Distinction.

Local nominated projects included the St. Adolphe Friendship Trail, represented by Lesley Gaudry.

Another local nominated project was the Treasures of the Dawson Trail in Richer developed by the Dawson Trail Arts and Heritage Committee. Submitted photos

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St. Labre 200 Announces Grants to Community Organizations This year the St. Labre 200 Committee received requests that almost topped $80,000, and while they were not able to assist everyone, they were able to gift an additional $5,000 to their original campaign. Originally, their Giving Back to the Community campaign was pegged at $10,000 but due to the need they saw, they increased the amount. This year’s recipients are Agape House ($5,000); Future Hope Inc. ($2,000); Piney Food Bank ($1,000); Cloud 9 Equine Therapy ($1,800); Recreation Opportunities for Children (ROC) Eastman ($3,200) and Steinbach Family Resource Centre ($2,000). On top of giving out $15,000, St. Labre 200 also announced that an endowment fund will be started up this year. St. Labre 200 will be investing $15,000 with the Steinbach Community Foundation and will be adding more after every event. They believe this will ensure that St. Labre 200 will be able to help the community and those in need forever. “It hasn’t been an easy year. 2020 was postponed and cancelled and 2021 was postponed,” stated the committee in an announcement. “We were still able to hold an event, but had to follow the appropriate restrictions set in place at that time.” “Our committee worked tirelessly putting the 2021 event together,” they added. “We would like to thank all of our sponsors, advertisers and teams. Thank you for the continued support. That one weekend a year is truly the best way to start off the summer holidays and we can’t wait to see everyone July 1st and 2nd 2022.”

On top of giving out $15,000, St. Labre 200 also announced that an endowment fund will be started up this year. St. Labre 200 will be investing $15,000 with the Steinbach Community Foundation and will be adding more after every event. Submitted photos

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Make It a “Local and Handmade” Christmas Is it just me or has Christmas shopping lost some of its charm? What should be exciting and pleasurable seems to turn into a very expensive ‘to-do’ list each year, while true anticipation for Christmas gets dwarfed by the stress of getting it all done, the short-lived rush of consumerism and sheer volume of ‘stuff’ out there clamoring for attention. Like last year, Christmas shopping has congregated online. Although that may be increasingly handy for many of us, it’s hardly more meaningful. While certain online retailers greatly benefit, our local businesses suffer. And with the additional packaging needed for shipping, the amount of waste generated during the holidays only increases. More than ever, it’s a good time to re-think our Christmas gifting habits. Instead of simply switching to online giants this year, it’s a wonderful time to commit to local Christmas gifts. You can even get thrifty and creative and try crafting some of your own. Source local farmers, crafters and artists. Although not as easy as hitting the mall, discovering local talent is definitely more fun. Local craft sales and smaller local stores such as Artisan Hall at Reimer Concrete in Roseau River, Bridgehill Pottery Shop in Emerson, or Sumthing Special in Vita become great places to find special items. Search local farmer’s websites and contact artists directly about items they may have for sale. Often you may be surprised at being able to get something totally unique and customized. Don’t ask for a lower price. There’s no way local talent can compete with Walmart. If you’re on a

Honey and beeswax candles by Avonlea Honey.

budget, go for small and special versus big and flashy. Get creative. Even if you aren’t necessarily the worlds’ craftiest person, you likely have a ton of skills that others will appreciate, whether it’s baking, knitting, building, or scrapbooking. Knit some dishcloths, felt wool sweater mitts, bake bread, or put together a farmhouse sign with some old wood and stencils. You could even pot a houseplant. Don’t forget about the wrapping. Christmas wrapping paper constitutes the majority of Christmas waste, and its often thick plasticcoated, and not biodegradable. It’s definitely not local or handmade! There is a ton more fun and handmade ways to wrap gifts. Plain craft paper can be decorated with stencils, words and pictures. You could

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also sew your own bags that can be used year after year, or wrap gifts in printed pictures, maps, or newsprint. Slowing down and planning simple gifts carefully causes less holiday stress, and more time to enjoy the true nature of the holiday. Never mind that handmade reduces harmful packaging, is less affected by supply chain breakdowns, and also “Cheaper Than Therapy” box. gives us a tangible way to support our local community. Really, it makes Christmas more special for everyone! Brought to you by the Stuartburn Emerson-Franklin Local Food Initiative. Email them at initiativelocalfood@gmail.com or find them on Facebook. Originally published as a blog post by Green Pastures Farm. Updated and edited with permission. Crocheted slippers.

Alarm Sounded Over Cryptocurrency Investment Scams The Manitoba Securities Commission (MSC) is warning the public about a sharp increase in the number of fraudulent online investment websites, which are attempting to exploit Manitobans at an alarming rate, in some cases successfully. The MSC is issuing twelve investor cautions this week on a variety of websites, which are soliciting Manitobans via phone, text, social media, web ads, and WhatsApp. Four Manitobans have reportedly lost a combined $252,000. “Online investment fraud has proliferated enormously over the past year two years,” said Jason Roy, MSC senior investigator. “We’re seeing people approached from every direction.

Once scammers get their hooks in, they are very good at what they do, separating you from your money.” MSC recently launched the Time to Call Out Fraud campaign on moneysmartmanitoba.ca, which exposes the tactics used by scammers to manipulate, bully, and defraud Canadians. “It’s vital that we spread the word to our neighbours, friends and family,” said Ainsley Cunningham, MSC Manager, Education and Communications. “Anyone can listen to one of these real calls, and hear exactly how these scams sound and the techniques they use. The campaign exposes real investment scammers at work, caught on tape. It shines a light on what is too often a hidden crime.” “It is just so easy to be taken,” said Cunningham. “We are all at risk, no

matter how savvy we feel. But especially the elderly, lonely and vulnerable. The scammers are so good at exploiting our emotions – it’s so much pressure.” The number one thing all Manitobans can do to protect themselves from investment scams is to check the registration of your adviser before you invest. If the company you are talking to is not registered on aretheyregistered.ca, it is a major red flag of fraud. Registration to sell investments in Canada is the law. All of today’s twelve cautions being issued share these common red flags of investment fraud: - NONE of the companies are registered on artheyregistered.ca to do business in Manitoba or anywhere in Canada; - ALL of them are promoting Bit-

coin, cryptocurrency trading, binary options (illegal in Canada), CFDs (Contracts for Difference) or Forex in some form; - ALL of them promise an unreasonably high or quick return on investment. The scams work offshore making it nearly impossible for local authorities to hold them accountable. Many request you convert your money to untraceable cryptocurrency before sending it to them, making it nextto-impossible to recover. Members of the public are advised to contact the MSC if they believe they have been targeted by any type of investment fraud attempt. Get the name of the company, hang up, and call MSC’s anti-fraud line at 1-855FRAUD-MB (1-855-372-8362) or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre 1888-495-8501.

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IDC Hosts First Ever Gingerbread House Building Competition By Angelique Forest In Ile des Chenes, teams of 2 worked together recently to see who could build the best gingerbread house to gain the title of “master builder”. The judging was done by expert chefs based on appearance, technique, creativity and difficulty. The top prize was a holiday meal for 4 provided by Cornerstone Hospitality valued at $150. The people’s choice award winners won a gift basket with treats provided by local businesses. In the November 27 event hosted at the TC Energy Centre, contestants were given time prior to set up and establish a foundation, such as putting up walls and the roof to make sure the structure would stand. All but the base of the gingerbread house had to be edible and all tools had to be provided by the contestants. All decorating took place during the competition and the base needed to be completely covered in icing and/or decorations. The winners of the top prize, chosen by the Chef, consisted of Yvette Bernat and Therese Simard. The People’s Choice winners were a team made up of Margaret Gheeraert and Steven Bernat.

Based on the success of this year’s gingerbread house competition, the TC energy Centre plans to host many similar classes to get the community to come together. “If we can get more people to come out

and compete, we may also look at different age group competitions as well,” said Yvette Bernat, the Facilities Manager of the event centre. “We could have classes with things like chocolate bombs and cookie decorating.”

Yvette Bernat and Therese Simard winners of the Gingerbread Competition.

Picture courtesy of Yvette Bernat

Police Service Dog Mack Recovered and Ready After Injuries Received By Angelique Forest On Friday September 3, at about 11am on a property located in the RM of Hanover, a police service dog named Mack was attacked while approaching the property where a search warrant was granted. Another canine weighing approximately 90lbs attacked and injured Mack. RCMP from the Steinbach detachment said Mack was brought to a veterinarian for non-life-threatening injuries to his face and shoulder. Two officers involved are said to have received only minor injuries. The officers attempted to pull the dog away, ultimately failing and fatally shot the canine to protect Mack. Sergeant Chris Browne was proud to say that his partner Mack was quick to react protecting fellow officers while continuing with the search to get the job done regardless of the altercation. Sergeant Browne said this was part of the job and only after the search was completed he realized that Mack required veterinary attention. He was looked over by the Steinbach veterinary hospital and after about 3 hours of quality care, the four-legged hero left with injuries under his front leg. Within one week, Mack was recovered and ready to get right back to the job he loves. Police dogs are handpicked from breeders through an internal breeding program located in central Alberta. They are not trained until about 2 years of age, and stay working on the force for about 5 or 6 years. Police service dogs retire at about 7 years old due to decline in performance

and then become pampered retirees and family dogs. Until then, Browne, best describes the relationship as distanced, professional and with a crucial bond, so as to not confuse the working dog. “There are clear boundaries, otherwise they risk losing their edge,” said Browne. As the program manager for RCMP’s police dog services, or the “commander”, Sergeant Browne explained that provincially, Manitoba has 7 teams including himself and Mack. “The dogs are the true heroes, not the handlers. My job is to make sure he can do his job. If I concentrate on making my dog shine, I might be able to shine with them,” said Browne. “That’s exactly how we see it. Taking credit shouldn’t be what matters.”

Police Service Dog Mack.

Mack is qualified as a general duty dog, which includes searching for explosives, narcotics, tracking individuals, searching for evidence and firearms. He has a specialty with explosive odours all thanks to science and repetition. Police dogs are only used to apprehend criminals as a last resort when needed. Mack was trained in Vancouver in January of 2021 and was ready to work by Easter Monday. “Thank you to the competent civilian members that give our dogs the best start possible, without them we couldn’t do what we do,” said Browne. “We appreciate the public’s support, for the spaces used and the understanding with training exercises being conducted weekly. Thank you.” The pair continue to work together to keep the communities across Manitoba safe.

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New Programming Available for French and Multilingual Families By Angelique Forest New programming for families in various communities throughout the region is now available to inform and support French and Multilingual families wanting to find out about programming and resources offered in French. The program was developed by La fédération des parents de la francophonie manitobaine (FPFM) which is a francophone non-profit organization created by and for parents. Among other things, the programs and services offered help parents more effectively prepare their children for school in the French language. A range of services are offered to pregnant women and families interested in learning about early stages of development for children. The FPFM supports families with children aged 0 to 12 by offering a variety of programs and provides community consultations regarding common challenges shared by parents, while being inclusive of all francophones, Francophile and multilingual families throughout Manitoba. Programming includes “Dès le début… en français!” (French from the Start), “Bonjour Bébé”, “Bébé en santé”, and “Prêt à grandir”. Locations available to southeast residents are CPEF Pointe-des-Chenes, CPEF Saint-Joachim, CPEF Lagimodiere, CPEF Gabrielle-Roy, CPEF SainteAgathe, CPEF Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and CPEF Real-Berard. Memberships can be obtained in order to access free or discounted programs and costs $25 yearly per family. To register or find out more, visit lafpm.com.

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Snow Storm Didn’t Stop the Fun C ommunity E vents Some December Parades and Events to Check Out…

The Old Tyme Dance in St. Adolphe was a success with close to 100 seniors in attendance despite low visibility and poor driving conditions. Pictures courtesy of Ritchot Senior Services Inc.

By Angelique Forest

In mid-November, the Pioneer Hall above the St. Adolphe rink was filled with dancing and live music. The Old Tyme Dance in St. Adolphe was a success with close to 100 seniors in attendance despite low visibility and poor driving conditions. Mark Morriseau and his band provided music and Janessa Roy danced alongside the seniors to entertain them with her jigging. Set up, serving and clean-up was all done by the board members of Ritchot Senior Services. Additionally, board members provided dainty trays for all to enjoy. Janessa Roy has been dancing since March 2020 when the pandemic began. Due to a lack of access to gyms and a passion for fitness, she found a way to help herself cope with all the changes in a mental and physical health. “A lady from Saskatchewan by the name of Madeleine McCallum danced on YouTube. I saw her and started crying. At the time, I didn’t even know what the Red River Jig was. But the dance hit me at a visceral level. Watching her, I knew I needed to dance,” explained Roy. She finished by saying that both Madeleine and the fiddle fuel her dance and passion for jig. “We don’t jig around like we used to. It’s time to revive this!” For Janessa, dancing also ties into reconciliation by celebrating the Métis culture. She believes people love to watch and clap along, and it’s also a mental and physical release of energy. “I’m hoping to get a festive outfit for the next dance!” Another dance is scheduled for Sunday, December 12 from 1-5 pm at 345 Hebert Rd in St. Adolphe. Tickets (which include lunch) are $15 and can be purchased by contacting Ritchot Senior Services. Call Jules (204) 8832440 or Janice (204) 883-2880, or email ritchotseniors@ mymts.net.

December 11th - Ste-Anne Christmas parade (4:30 pm start) December 11th - Skate with Santa in St. Adolphe (9 am - 11 am) December 11th - Woodridge Craft and Bake Sale (11 am - 4 pm) December 12th - Piney Christmas Bazaar (12 - 4 pm) December 17th - Steak Sandwich Dinner Fundraiser Vita (4-7 pm) December 17th – Richer Christmas in the Park (5 - 8 pm) December 18th – Christmas Craft Sale in Richer at the Young at Hearts Hall (11 am - 3 pm) December 19th – RM of Ritchot Virtual Bingo with Santa (3 pm start)

Ste. Anne Presents “Main Street Christmas” The Town of St. Anne is holding its first annual Main Street Christmas event on Saturday, December 11. One of the highlights that should be enjoyed by all is a Christmas Character scavenger hunt starting at 3 pm, where participants are encouraged to bring their camera and get signatures at the meet and greet. All the special characters will be positioned along Main Street, stationed at different spots. Following the scavenger hunt is the Santa Parade scheduled from 4:30 to 5 pm. Above: Mark Morriseau and his band provided music and Janessa Roy danced alongside the seniors to entertain them with her jigging. Right: Dainty trays

Lorette Drive-by Santa on December 4th was an example of the new style of having community Christmas celebrations since the pandemic. Photo Lorette Family Fun Group/Facebook To have your event featured in this listing, please email your events each month to editor@dawsontrail.ca


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Tache Received Multiple Grants Over the Year for Community Projects By Angelique Forest The RM of Tache was awarded over $250,000 in grants over the course of 2021 to put towards various programs and projects within their borders. From fire protection to trail building it was a banner year for the rural municipality. They even established a new position of Senior Resource Coordinator to manage the needs of the older population in their communities. Sources for the grants were the Province of Manitoba, Southern Health and the Manitoba Trails Association. Projects which have received support were Fire Protection Grant, low angle and water/ice rescue equipment, trailer and training ($64,077.60); Southern Health, Senior Resource Coordinator ($25,200); Health & Seniors Care, Manitoba Age Friendly Initiative Grant ($2,000); Municipal Relations Green Team - Youth Employment ($14,303); Building Sustainable Communities, Landmark Arena flooring ($30,000); Building Sustainable Communities, Ste. Genevieve utility building and yard lighting upgrade

Monominto Trails in RM of Tache.

Photo courtesy of The Rural Municipality of Tache

($31,992.00), Building Sustainable Communities, Centre of Canada Park - hydro and water installation ($25,000); Building Sustainable Communities, Recreation Master

Plan ($35,000); Manitoba Trails Association, Monominto Trails for trails development ($15,000); and Municipal Relations, Centre of Canada Secondary Plan ($25,000).

Eden Health Care Services Hires New CEO Eden Health Care Services in a recent announcement said that they have hired Brad Unger who served as Program Director for Recovery of Hope, the counselling therapy program of Eden as the new Chief Executive Officer. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Arts in Christian Studies from Trinity Western University. In addition he has led and supported staff for over fifteen years, in counselling, employment, and housing services. Unger’s abilities include strategic planning, organizational and leadership development. He is educated and experienced in ventures ranging from government funded social services to private entrepreneurial enterprises. He brings considerable skills in collaboration with di-

verse organizations, including innovative and mutually beneficial partnerships with churches, employers, and government agencies. Unger grew up as a pastor’s son in the Evangelical Mennonite Church. Eden Health Care Services added that he is, “Deeply motivated by his faith, with a keen interest to understand and engage Eden’s diverse constituencies.” Anticipating his new role, Unger shared, “I am excited and humbled with the opportunity to lead the amazing staff at Eden, who are dedicated to best-practice mental health care in southern Manitoba. In my five years within Eden, I have been inspired by support from the community, faith groups, businesses, government agencies and others who share the vision for integrated mental health care. I look forward to working together to grow and develop our services so those on the mental health journey can receive hope, healing and community.”

Eden Health Care Services in a recent announcement said that they have hired Brad Unger who served as Program Director for Recovery of Hope, the counselling therapy program of Eden as the new Chief Executive Officer.

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Hearing Slated for CanWhite’s Silica Extraction from Aquifer The Manitoba Clean Environment Commission (CEC) will conduct a public hearing and review of an Environment Act proposal submitted by CanWhite Sands Corp. for a silica sand extraction project in the Rural Municipality of Springfield. “I have asked the CEC to provide a technical review of the CanWhite proposal for the silica sand extraction project, and to organize a public hearing to gather and consider input from citizens on their concerns,” said Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard. “I look forward to receiving the commission’s report and recommendations regarding the potential environmental impacts of this project. An environmental licensing decision will not be made until this important work is completed.” The province also announced the CEC’s terms of reference including direction to conduct a technical review of CanWhite’s proposal, which includes hydrogeology and geochemistry assessment reports, and to provide advice and recommendations to the minister regarding potential environmental effects of the proposed installation, operation and decommissioning of silica sand extraction wells. The CEC will provide members of the public with the opportunity for input on CanWhite’s proposal at a hearing in a location consistent with the affected community. The minister noted the proposal is posted on the public registry, along with comments received from an interdepartmental technical advisory committee and from the public during the comment period of the environmental assessment licensing process. These documents can be found at gov.mb.ca/ sd/eal/registries/6119/index.html. The CEC is a provincial agency that facilitates public involvement in environmental matters and offers advice and recommendations to the minister of conservation and climate regarding environmental issues, project approvals and environmental licences. One of the public comments file on November 15 was from Sue Ziemski at

Cooks Creek. “With regards to the silica sand extraction project I would like to ask that you do not grant CanWhite Sands Corp an environmental license to proceed in the drilling/ silica sand removal from our aquifer. The idea that we would allow our precious water resources to possibly and more than likely become contaminated by this company for their sole purpose of extracting silica sand for the next 24 years is preposterous. A millennium of future water service can be destroyed in 24 years,” wrote Ziemski. “Even the company Friesen Drillers who were contracted to perform test wells have come up with very serious concerns about what CanWhite is saying concerning the reintroduction of UV treated groundwater released back into the aquifer. Plus Friesen Drillers does not see that CanWhite would be able to keep water from one aquifer from getting into the other aquifer. Why would we want to allow the drilling of 467 extraction wells each year for 24 years? Those are punctures into our aquifer through the protective lining that keeps our water pure. Please do not let this company proceed. Our water is our life blood.” Kathleen Bell a property owner in Piney and Tache, voiced her heart felt concerns. “We do not need another Alberta disaster such as the oil sand project. Sorry not in my back yard. Who is going to compensate us when Vivian claim’s bankruptcy and leave us sick with contaminated water and land. I’m sick and tired of the, oh well excuse.” Mark Wowchuk a former employee of CanWhite Sands as Operations Manager in Manitoba, who opposes the fracking and drilling extraction process said in a mostly redacted public comment, “From the literature that I have seen, I do not see any scientific validation to their unproven methodology, especially given the tonnage that CanWhite is expecting to extract. If a method is unsuccessful and proven so, why would the government allow a company to proceed with the chance of contaminated the aquifer and other local water supplies?” said Wowchuk. “If overland flooding is to

occur, I do not see what plan CanWhite has to mitigate this situation.” A Senior Project Engineer with the City of Winnipeg, Alison Weiss, P.Eng., publicly responded, “As the extraction area included in the 24-year life of the Vivian Sand Extraction Project is adjacent to the Shoal Lake Aqueduct and Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway, the City’s water supply infrastructure may be impacted by expansion(s) of the Vivian Sand Extraction Project.” “With the growing concern for maintaining and safeguarding drinking water, I am astounded that this project is being considered,” commented Deborah Thompson in the RM of Springfield. “There are over 15, 000 residents in the RM of Springfield, and nearly 80% of Canadian rural residents rely solely on safe water drawn from wells that tap into this aquifer.” “If within the first 4 years they plan on drilling 2000 wells, then, within the following 20 years an additional 10,000 wells, how do you maintain the safety and integrity of the wells, of the water, of the environment? Far too much can go wrong. Who will monitor every single well? It is also prohibited by law to mix the water between the 2 separated layers of water, which will have an easier way of mixing once the wells are drilled through both layers,” questioned Thompson, adding that this aquifer is our only source of water. “You can’t drink sand, you can’t raise livestock on sand, you can’t water fruits and vegetables with sand.” RM of Springfield resident Jennifer Vandenbosch expressed her concerns as well. “There is a high probability that the extraction effects from CanWhite Sands new and unproven mining methods will contaminate the Brokenhead River, Lake Winnipeg and an extremely large aquifer that supplies drinking water to over 64,000 people in the rural areas of Springfield, Tache, La Broquerie, Ste. Anne, Hanover, Reynolds, Brokenhead and the Brokenhead First Nations,” commented Vandenbosch. “CanWhite Sands has indicated that there will be no impact to the aquifer or to fish bearing waters but have yet to validate their claims.”

Manitoba Music Launches Streaming Holiday Playlist Throw another log on the yuletide fire, cuddle up with some cocoa, and press play on Manitoba Music’s soundtrack for the season. Manitoba Music has put together a playlist brimming with holiday cheer featuring Christmas and winter-themed music by local artists at manitobamusic.com/holidays. The playlist features a diverse collection of new and original tunes, old favourites, and traditional carols that span the genres. Listeners can also check out the holiday tunes in Manitoba Music’s Spotify and support the artists by adding songs to their own playlists, sharing, and liking. Music fans can also support local artists and give the gift of music by checking out links to buy and stream many of the featured songs and albums.

Artists releasing new festive tunes this year include Barbara Joy, Bluebloods, Desiree Dorion, Noah Derksen, Rhonda Head, and Slow Leaves. Other artists featured in this year’s playlist include Begonia, Don Amero, Doug Edmond, Erin, Yuri & Michelle, James Culleton, Jerry Sereda, Jocelyne Baribeau, JP Hoe, Justin Lacroix, Lana Winterhalt, Lindsey White, Mise en Scene, Quinton Blair, Sierra Noble, Sweet Alibi, Those Guys, Trio Bembe, Whitebeard, WHY, and more. We’ve got a handy guide to upcoming holiday-themed concerts in Manitoba. Search the “Holiday Shows” in Manitoba Music’s free MB Live concert-finding app and online listings. Upcoming shows include JP Hoe (Dec 11), Fred Penner (Dec 12), Zachary Rushing (Dec 14), Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra (Dec 15), Don

Amero (Dec 18), with more events being added all the time. The Song of the Week will highlight the holidays with a couple of original tunes from Don Amero (December 23) and Slow Leaves (December 23-30) at manitobamusic.com/songoftheweek. ‘Tis the season for local music!

Manitoba Music has put together a playlist brimming with holiday cheer featuring Christmas and winter-themed music by local artists at manitobamusic.com/holidays.


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Church Group Ready for Holiday Campaign to Assist Families in Need A small group of women from the southeast believe they can make a difference this Holiday season helping families with young children. The young women’s group of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Steinbach are teaming up with the Steinbach Family Resource Centre and the Southeast Helping Hands in the first ever Light the World Diaper Drive attempted in the Steinbach area. “This Christmas season, we are trying to bring light into some families’ worlds,” explained Dawn Nesom, a member of the women’s group. “This is was a good time to help families while teaming up our project with established organizations to draw the community together for a cause that was needed but the community was unaware of.” “As a mother of eight children myself, I know how hard it is for young mothers who don’t always have the resources they would like to have in their homes. I had multiple children in diapers, and we struggled at times. Christmas is a time for families to get together and enjoy each other’s company, and it can be hard to do that if you’re worried about finances,” she explained. “From a conversation I had with Jo-anne from Steinbach Resource Centre, she said there was a great need for diaper donations; we felt this was a cause we could empathize with and undertake.” “I also think it’s wonderful that our little Young Women’s group that consist of 5 young girls aged

Members of the young women’s group will be at Sobeys between 8 am and 4 pm on December 11 passing out Christmas cards and asking for donations of diapers and baby wipes for less fortunate families in the Steinbach region.

12-16 are able to focus on something other than normal teen activities and see that just because you may be small in numbers or young in age you can make a difference in someone’s life,” added Nesom. “These young women will be mothers one day and will have families of their own, what better way to bridge the gap of understanding then to connect these young girls with experienced mothers.” Sobeys has agreed to host the event this year and members of the young women’s group will be at Sobeys between 8 am and 4 pm on December 11 passing out Christmas cards and asking for donations of diapers and baby wipes for less fortunate families in the Steinbach region. They have just completed a successful day on December 4. The Steinbach Family Resource Centre serves over 150 families regularly each year in Steinbach and

surrounding communities. They help families with basic temporal needs aiding young families in core areas who may face financial difficulties. Southeast Helping Hands also aids the Steinbach community by providing food and emergency assistance to over 205 families in the Steinbach area who face difficulties throughout the year. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a family oriented Christian faith dedicated to helping people world-wide. The Steinbach branch has approximately one hundred and thirty members in and around the Steinbach area.

Jubilee Fund’s Pilot Housing Program for At Risk Women By Angelique Forest

antee for women leaving abusive circumstances and who are no longer able to remain in shelters or other forms of transitional housing. “This program will directly touch the lives of women seeking a better, safer more secure life for themselves and their children,” said Jubilee Fund’s Monica Dueck. “When we began exploring the need we found that there was an enormous gap in service that needed to be filled. The positive response we have received from the sector has been overwhelming and humbling.” Similar to how Jubilee Fund acts as a financial guarantor for non-profits, the organization will guarantee one year of rent for qualified applicants and act as a co-signer making it easier for women to build a financial history and find suitable housing to escape the situation they may be facing. Many at-risk women run into barriers due to a number of factors including a lack of documented financial history that make property managers leery of extending a rental agreement to them. The Jubilee Fund announced a new pro“Without safe, secure, affordable gram to assist at-risk women in securing housing at-risk women have been long-term, safe, affordable housing. Submitted photo known to return to abusive settings On November 17, the Jubilee Fund announced a new program to assist at-risk women in securing long-term, safe, affordable housing. According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba had the second-highest rate of overall family violence among the provinces in 2019, a 6% increase from the previous year. Overall, the rate of family violence was two times higher in rural areas than in cities. Isolation has also been a known contributing factor. The program will see Jubilee provide a financial guar-

with disastrous results for them and any children that may be involved,” said Dueck. “It can take years to secure provincially subsidized housing and, in the meantime, we hope this program bridges a gap. We’re not paying the rent for people; we’re giving women the chance to show they are responsible and capable of taking care of themselves. We’re saying we believe in, and will stand with them. After a year with a solid track record and documented financial history, property managers will be less likely to require a guarantor.” Jubilee will be working with support organizations such as women’s shelters throughout the province to receive applicant recommendations when the program launches this spring. If all goes well the one-year pilot will be extended depending upon success rates and available funding. The funds used to back the program come from investors, donors and organizations like The Winnipeg Foundation and the province of Manitoba. For more information about the Rent Guarantee Program contact Monica Dueck at 204-589-5001 or email monica@jubileefund.ca.

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After Almost 20 Years as Mayor, He Will Be Hard to Forget By Angelique Forest The former Mayor of Ritchot will be remembered for his dedication to the residents of the region and his steadfast resolve to leave the region better prepared for the future. Bob Stefaniuk passed away at the age of 75 years old after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease on November 16. Bob’s list of accomplishments is a long one, with a foundation starting in the Royal Canadian Navy as a sailor. When he returned to Manitoba after serving his country, he became a happy and loving husband to his wife, Marguerite and a devoted father to three children. He worked for Bristol Aerospace before getting elected as the Mayor of the RM of Ritchot in 1996. During his first tenure as Mayor, Bob led the community through one

of the worst floods of the century in 1997. Bob also served as a school trustee for the Seine River School Division. “I didn’t personally know Bob. I can say that he was well respected in his role of mayor during his multiple term position,” said current Mayor of Ritchot, Chris Ewan. “It’s not an easy position to be in, and for someone to commit to their municipality for almost 20 years as a leader… [it’s] quite the accomplishment.” He is fondly remembered for his dry sense of humour and an incredible amount of knowledge due to his love of reading. Bob had a passion for riding motorcycles and spending time with family, which included his cats and his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all,

By Arlene Derksen

Crouching low as to not bump our heads on the low ceiling of the bunk in the 1970s family motor home my little sister and I made ourselves as comfortable as could be in the small space. The Monopoly board, paper money, houses, hotels, and move tokens took up most of the leftover space. It was one of our favourite things to do on our many summer family trips. A long narrow window out the front gave opportunity for the best panoramic views where we were headed day or night. My views consisted of the majestic mountains in the British Columbia interior to the water’s edge of Newfoundland over the years. On this particular trip my dad pointed the motor home south across

the border to California. Spectacular cities and country views by day, KOA campground signs and mostly deserted roads by the dark of the night. This particular night long after dark, searching for the KOA campgrounds, the rolling hills of Salt Lake City came into view. Perched on the top bunk now tucked in with cozy blankets and pillows matching the 70s brown and gold decor, the motor home crawled up a particularly long hill. Only the headlights lit the highway in the wee hours of the morning. As my eyes grew tired and mesmerized by the continuous passing of the yellow dividing lines on the highway, I started nodding off. Suddenly something bright forced my tired eyes to open a bit. My eyes then opened wide as what appeared woke my mind wide. Cresting the hill, a sea of lights shone as a million white diamonds as far as the eye could see. I gasped slightly as I caught my breath at the sight. My eyes were wide open now not wanting to miss any of this view that seemed to have

Bob Stefaniuk.

and the community he helped to build around him will never forget his long list of contributions and acts of kindness.

appeared out of nowhere. There was a comfort in the cast glow of the city, even then in my 12 year old mind. The darkness seemed to all but disappear as the city lights seemed to envelope us all. As I think back on this memory, it reminds me of the first time I heard the Gaither gospel song “Because He Lives”. One particular line in the song has stood out in my heart ever since and it goes as follows, “I’ll see the lights of Glory and I’ll KNOW He lives!” There may be times we will have to travel through life in the dark of the night after the joys of daylight with only the dividing lines and a few signs illuminated. But knowing that the final crest someday will open wide the windows of all the lights of Glory that will leave your eyes wide in awe and your heart breathless, will make this trip worth all you or I will experience. And, you’ll know, that you know, that you know, He lives!

SAC Announces 2022 Live Concert Line-Up The Steinbach Arts Council (SAC) is excited to announce a return to live, in-person concerts for their 20212022 Concert Season. Featuring accomplished artists with Manitoban roots, there is something for everyone in this concert series. David Klassen, Director of Programming, explained that this announcement comes after months of planning. “We’ve been waiting for almost 2 years to bring our community back to live performances, and it is finally becoming reality. We’ve taken every step possible to ensure the health and safety of our audienc-

es, and we’re ready to present an incredible season, featuring nationally and internationally recognized artists with Manitoban roots. We couldn’t be more excited!” The 2022 Concert season highlights include Madeline Hildebrand on classical piano at 7:30 pm, on January 13; Indigo Trio, classical string trio at 7:30 pm on February 10; Chase the Ace, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre at 7:30 pm on March 8; Mike Janzen, inspirational jazz at 7:30 pm on April 5 and Those Guys Acapella, vocal pops at 7:30 pm on May 5. This close-to-home concert series


Province Prosecutes Niverville Employer for Workplace Injury The Manitoba government has prosecuted an employer for violations of the Workplace Safety and Health Act and its associated regulations that resulted in serious injury. On November 26, 2018, at a residential construction site, a worker at Niverville-based Performance Insulation Inc. was stapling mesh onto a wall on the second floor when he stepped off the edge of an unguarded stairwell and fell approximately 10.5 feet. Following the investigation by Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) officials, Performance Insulation Inc. was fined $15,000 and an additional $1,500 penalty payable to WSH to be used to educate the public about occupational safety and health.

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has been planned with a priority on the health and safety of concert goers. All public health orders pertaining to performing arts events will be followed. This includes but is not limited to, all guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination, masks will be required at all times in the performance venue, and social distancing will be required. There will be limited audience capacity, and therefore limited ticket availability. Visit SteinbachArts.ca for the most up-todate ticket information.


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Giving Feels Good and Other December Tax Tips Giving makes us feel happy. Giving is good for our health. Giving promotes cooperation and social connection. Giving evokes gratitude. Giving is contagious. December is a good time to top up your charitable donations. It’s like having the federal and provincial governments match your donations. Your first $200 of donations save about 26% of tax ($100 donation saves $26 in taxes payable); once you donate more than $200, the tax savings increase to 46%; donate another $200 and now you save $46 per $100. After you donate $200, by donating another $500, it’s really only “costing” you only about $270. So double up your donations! If you can financially afford to give to a charitable organization in Canada, I recommend you do so. The organizations can use your help. And you will feel great. Help someone other than yourself. Be “unselfish”.

Make your charitable donations before December 31 so you can use them on your 2021 tax return. If you have shares or mutual funds that have increased in value in a non-registered account, you can donate some or all of them and not pay taxes on the capital gains if you use an organization like Link Charity (LinkCharity.ca). A reminder that donations don’t help those with no taxes payable (check if line 43500 was zero for 2020 for both you and your spouse). I recommend donating locally as much as you can. Find out about charities in your community or in the region, or at least within Manitoba. It feels good to help those that are fairly close to us. December tax tips There are a few things you can do before December 31to save on your 2021 taxes, but don’t wait until the end of the month. If you are required to make quarterly installment payments, the final one for 2021 is due December 15, 2021. If you do not pay them on time or at all, CRA can add arrears interest to any missed or delayed payments. The arrears interest is calculated and added to your tax return when you file next spring. If you have medical expenses you will be claiming on your 2021 taxes, maybe spend more before the end of the year so your claim is higher. Top up on prescriptions if you can. Schedule and pay for dental, physio, or chiropractor appointments. Of course medical expenses only help those with taxes payable (line 43500). Contribute to the family’s Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) and to the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) by December 31. The RESP contribution may be important as your children reach 15 or 16 in order to maximize the benefits. Both of these plans allow you to “catch up” on unused contribution room. Talk to your financial institution to find out more. If you collected EI in 2021 and your total income is more than $70,000, consider buying RRSPs to reduce the EI repayment amount (you have until March 1 2022 to buy RRSPs). Contact us in January or February to estimate your 2021 taxes. Did you receive CERB or other income replacements that you need to repay? Do so before December 31 so you can claim the deduction on your 2021 taxes. If you have children under 18 and your family income is under $65,000, buy RRSPs to potentially increase the Canada Child Benefit. Contact us for an estimate of your 2021 family’s income and what the impact may be if you buy some RRSPs before the end of February 2022. Are you within five years of retirement and contributing to a Spousal RRSP? Maybe contribute by December 31 instead of January or February 2022. If you don’t know why, ask me! If you turned 65 in 2021 and do not have a private pension plan, convert some of your RRSPs to RRIFs and then withdraw $2,000 before December 31st to take ad-

vantage of the Pension Income Credit. If you are planning a TFSA withdrawal in early 2022, consider withdrawing the funds by December 31 2021, so you do not have to wait until 2023 to re-contribute that amount. The education credit is normally included on your property tax bill, but if you did not receive the $700 (now $525) credit on your property tax bill, we can claim it on your income taxes, but we can only go back three years! If you need to adjust your 2018 taxes, do so before the end of December. Other tax tips for 2021: Remember to get proof of medical 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 if you pay directly from your bank account, you need a receipt. Medical travel expenses: keep your 2021 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 our 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. Prescriptions: we recommend you go to your pharmacy in January and ask for a detailed list for the entire 2021 calendar year for each family member. Easier than keeping all those little receipts! Self-Employed For those who are self-employed: read your vehicle odometer on December 31and hope you did on December 3, 2020 so you know how many km you drove for the entire year (or use some service records that include your odometer readings to estimate the total km for the year). And we need your recorded log of business-related trips. Start organizing your business 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. Vaccinated For your safety and health and for ours too, all our staff are fully vaccinated. Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Frohe Weihnachten, Glaedelig Jul from your Ste Anne Tax Service team. Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact Ste Anne Tax Service at 204-422-6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or info@sataxes.ca.

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Hanover Ag Society Wins Bull Riders Canada Event of the Year Award

For the second consecutive year, Bull Riders Canada chose Hanover Ag’s BRC Invitational as Event of the Year. Submitted photo

This summer the Hanover Ag Society hosted the Hanover Ag’s Bull Riders Canada Invitational. The invitational was all bull versus rider during Manitoba’s largest bull riding event of the year. 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 riders from across Canada came to put on a great show, and they did not disappoint. At the end of the season, these acclaimed riders vote for their favourite event of the tour and in 2021, for the second consecutive year, they chose Hanover Ag’s BRC Invitational as Event of the Year. Curtis Dawydiuk, President of the Hanover Ag Society, said, “We are honoured to have brought an event of this scale to our hometown of Grunthal, Manitoba and are blown away by the excitement from the riders of this caliber. This award shows that

Extreme Money Squeezers

Hello and welcome to another month and a brand new ‘My Spinning World’ column. Today I’ll be writing (and you’ll be reading) about a television show that I’ve recently found and that I find quite interesting, it’s called ‘Extreme Cheapskates’. I would like to start off by saying that not everything portrayed on the show, not even close, should be taken at face value. Nor should most of it be done by anyone... including the folks on the show. That being said, there can always be found grains of truth and wisdom, sometimes nuggets, within even the most strangest or unlikely of sources. There was one episode where a woman, in an effort to save money, removed her own teeth whenever she would get a cavity so bad that the tooth would have to be pulled. According to the show, she

would sit down with a small chisel and a hammer and tap at the tooth until the tooth would become loose enough to be removed. She said that sometimes she would pass out from the pain, in which case, when she came to, she would go back to working on the tooth. While I like to save money too, I think that I’ll just go to my local dentist and pay them to take care of the problem tooth. Another episode featured a woman that was so tight with her money that she would go to extreme distances to save money. For example, when her boyfriend had a small group of friends over for a football party, she made a lasagna that contained 3/4 beef fat (because it was so cheap) and 1/4 hamburger. She also cooked the lasagna in the dishwasher while washing her dishes to save even more on her utility bills. The guests of the party complained that the lasagna tasted terrible because of the beef fat and that it tasted watery. The boyfriend, despite professing his love for her, was quite embarrassed when he had to keep turning the television off during commercials “to save electricity” and that the house lights had to be kept off. When someone needed to go to the bathroom, the girlfriend had provided a candle in a container for people to carry with them to help them find their way. I will admit that not every idea is a bad

idea but sometimes it is the execution of the idea that is faulty. Another example is of a man that, in order to cut down on his water bill, would use his shower water to wash his clothes, wash his dishes and to fill his toilet tank. His goal was to have a near zero water bill... I can respect that goal but one of my issues was when he ran some garden hoses through his house and duct taped them to his beautiful hardwood flooring (that was painful to see) then he had a hand-pump so that he could pump his used shower water through the hoses and into his washing machine and his kitchen sink. I personally would find it disgusting to wash dishes, or clothes, in dirty shower water. To fill a toilet tank with used water I wouldn’t have an issue with it. After all, what a person puts into their toilet water should be worse than what they have in their shower water. Watching this show for entertainment purposes is fine but, watching this show to get ideas on how to squeeze the copper out of pennies, well, I wouldn’t recommend it. The stomach pains that you’d get from eating other peoples leftover food (from restaurant patrons, co-workers and doorto-door collecting) is not the right way to go about it. There are much better ways to mind your money. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

St-Pierre-Jolys Teen Killed in Head-On Collision On November 21 at approximately 6:20 pm, St-Pierre-Jolys RCMP received a report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 59, approximately half a kilometre south of Prefontaine Road (Road 43 North). When officers arrived on scene, all occupants of both vehicles were receiving emergency medical attention.

Initial investigation determined a southbound pickup truck driven by a 17-year-old male from St-PierreJolys collided head-on with a northbound pickup truck being driven by a 58-year-old male from Winnipeg who had a 45-year-old female passenger. All three individuals involved in the collision were transported to hospital

with serious injuries. On November 23, the 17-year-old male succumbed to the injuries he received in the collision. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision. At the time of the collision, visibility was clear and the roads were dry with a small strip of snow on the centre line.

the extra mile effort we as a team put into our events is noticed and appreciated, even beyond our community boundaries.”

Dawydiuk added, “We couldn’t have done it without the support of our sponsors and presenting sponsor, Steinbach Hatchery and Feeds. Thank you for standing beside us!”


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The Perfect Gift Have you thought of all the wonderful things you could get to give as presents to others this Christmas? Many store fronts display a great variety of tantalizing options trying to convince you to enter their facility and purchase their products. Choosing the right gift for everyone on your list can be a difficult task, but the job is made easier if there are more things to choose from (within the proper price range). The giving of gifts originated that first Christmas about 2,000 years ago, when God sent His Son to this earth to be born of a virgin. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” When a person believes in the Lord Jesus Christ and that He died on a cross to pay the penalty for every man’s sins, then God gives that person eternal life (a life in heaven with God forever). This is only the beginning of gifts that God desires to give us. The Bible is like today’s storefronts. As you begin to read it, you realize God gives His children unconditional love, forgiveness, peace, joy, wisdom, direction in life and much more. When we accept these gifts from God, we are truly blessed and begin to love God back. When you love someone that love shows and is evident to all around. As you rejoice in God’s blessings to you;

you become a storefront for God’s blessings to others. This Christmas don’t be afraid to share God’s gifts with others around you. You may have the perfect gift that people on your list need. God’s gift of salvation is free (and all the other benefits because of it). Let me leave you with a verse from the Christmas carol, ‘Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne”; “Thou didst leave thy throne, And thy Kingly crown, When Thou camest to earth for me; But in Bethlehem’s home Was there found no room, For Thy holy nativity, O, come to my heart, Lord Jesus, There is room in my heart for Thee.” God bless you as you celebrate Christmas and pray you will make room for God’s Gift wrapped specially for you!

Register Now for Winter Classes The Steinbach Arts Council is all geared up for next season, and we’re letting you know that registration is now open for Winter Classes. We’re bringing back your favorites like Boss Dance, Backyard Theatre Company, Steinbach Youth Chorus plus new classes like Watercolor, Acrylics, Digital Photography, and French! Classes at the SAC are not only for kids; come and get fit with us by registering for Yoga, Pilates, or Fitness on the Ball! Registering is easy. Go to steinbacharts.ca or call 346.1077. Purchase Local Art & Prints This Christmas Are you looking for a unique and affordable gift this Christmas? Give the gift of creativity from the Steinbach Arts Council. View our art inventory and purchase original art or prints on ready-to-hang canvas created from our local artist’s work. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, as each commission goes directly to the artist. Visit the SAC Administrative Office to pick up a gift certificate or arrange a viewing of our artworks to purchase. Call 204-346-1077 or visit steinbacharts.ca. Get your early bird tickets: Celebrate the Arts Fundraising Gala Save the date for Saturday, February 26, 2022, where we have a memorable Celebrate the Arts…Saturday Night (Almost) Live Virtual Fundraising Gala! We’ll bring the event right to your home with food, wine, and entertainment. Plus, an online auction, Jewelry tombola, and more. A special night celebrating the arts with your friends and family. Get your early bird tickets now at steinbacharts.ca or call Sydney at 204-346-1077. The Canoe and Its People Hall Gallery Exhibit We’re inviting you to view this month’s Hall Gallery Exhibit, presented by David Carty: The Canoe and Its People. The exhibit shows 27 framed pieces inspired and honoured by the way of life of the Indigenous people settling and canoeing through the Canadian waters. David Carty uses mediums such as pencil and gouache paint in his scenic illustrations. The exhibit is open for public viewing until December 17. You can also view the exhibit in our Virtual Art Gallery at steinbacharts.ca/virtual-gallery. After School Arts Program in the Winter One thing hasn’t changed at SAC for the winter and that is our After School Arts Pro-

gram. We’re still inviting you to drop in for Guitar and Pottery Studio lessons if you are in Grades 5 to 12. Hang with us every Wednesday to learn Guitar, or on Thursdays to experiment with clay at the Pottery Studio. Take advantage of the slow winter months to gather new knowledge, meet friends, and keep productive. Save your spot and register online at steinbacharts.ca or call us at 204346.1077. All equipment provided! Greater Things Come to Our Community with Your Support! Consider us in your charitable giving this time of year. Aside from your membership, the Steinbach Arts Council rely on people like you to donate and ensure that we exist well into the future to provide our community a safe, healthy, and creative place to learn. Ways to give a gift: - Online at steinbacharts.ca; - Through the phone at 204-346-1077; - In-person and paying through credit, debit, or cheque; - By sending us a cheque in the mail: 304 Second St, Steinbach MB R5G 0T7, made payable to Steinbach Arts Council. Gifts $20+ are eligible for a tax receipt. Are you a SAC Member yet? Do you know that anyone can be a SAC Member? We’ve lined up amazing benefits for you in appreciation or your support and you can use these benefits when you purchase a membership with us! How? It’s easy. Buy your membership online at steinbacharts.ca or call 204-346-1077. $15 for individual residents, $20 for nonresidents, $30 for family resident and $35 for family non-resident. SAC Member Perks: - 10% off at Santa Lucia Pizza (Steinbach location) - 10% off at Coffee Culture (Steinbach location) - 10% off at Za Pizza (Steinbach location) - 10% off at Chicken Chef (Steinbach location) - 10% off at Old Church Bakery - 15% off at Janzen’s Paint & Decorating (all art supplies) - $2 off a 10lb box of farmer sausage from Country Meat Deli - Discounts on SAC Concert Series Package - 10% discount on SAC additional attractions, concerts, and events as stated - Reduced rental fees at SAC - Voting privileges at AGM Already a member and don’t have your card yet? Our SAC Membership Card just got a new look and we’re ready to send you your own when you call 204-346-1077.

2021 Corks ‘N Canvas The 2nd annual Steinbach Arts Council StayAt-Home corks ‘N Canvas wine tasting fundraiser was again a big success. It was truly a community effort with 15 homes/hosts, wine vendors, local businesses, artists, guests and volunteers who raised funds for SAC.

Home of Leonard and Marie Klassen

Hosts Paul and Amanda Lanteigne.

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How Do We Navigate Life’s Challenges Current Programming: All indoor programming require preregistration (204-320-4600), Immunization Card, and masks will moving indoors. Coffee Corner: Friday 10 am–12 pm. Cards/Games: Monday - Thursday, from 1 – 3 pm, pre-register, Member $2/ Non-Member $4. Drumming: Tuesday 1- 1:45 pm, preregister, Member $2/ Non-Member $4. PACE: Wednesday 1- 1:45 pm, preregister, Member $2/ Non-Member $4. Old Time Country Jam: Wednesday 7- 9 pm, Member $2/ Non-Member $4. Pickleball: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 am -12:30 pm register at patporteralc.com. Beginner Pickleball: Tuesday and Thursday, from 2 - 4 pm. register at patporteralc.com. Craft Workshops: Calling all card makers, scrap bookers and complete newbies! Join these fun and easy to follow craft classes and learn how to make different types of cards and/or scrapbook pages. Using the high-quality supplies that are provided, you can feel free to let your creativity shine! $10 per person, please call 204320-4600 to register. Christmas Meal: Friday, December 24 at $10 per meal. Treat yourself and those you love to a delicious Christmas dinner straight from our Meals and Wheels kitchen. This is our most popular meal of the year, and for good reason! Chicken, meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables and dessert. Delivery available to Steinbach residents only or pickup at the Centre. Delivery and pickup between 11:45am and 12:30pm. Order must be placed before December 17 at 4 pm. Call 204-320-4600 to place your order. Stockings for Seniors: Bring joy to a senior in your life or community this Christmas season! Package A: $25 2 Meals on Wheels gift

certificates*/frozen meals and 1 stocking filled with goodies. Package B: $40 4 Meals on Wheels gift certificates*/frozen meals and 2 stockings filled with goodies. Gift certificates* are provided to residents of Steinbach & Grunthal. Frozen meals are provided to all others. Call 204-3204600 to make arrangements or visit patporteralc.com and follow the links. Steinbach Rockin’ Rollers: Sundays 5 - 7 pm. No skill required! A fun new roller-skating program is now offered at the Centre. All skill levels and ages welcome, and no pre-registration required. Cost to participate is $5 ($3 for Pat Porter members). Please bring your own roller-skates and proof of vaccination. We hope to see you there! 2022 Memberships: Now’s the time to purchase your 2022 membership! Memberships purchased between until January 15, 2022 are $25 each, and $30 thereafter. Stop by the Centre to purchase yours! Why become a member? - Decreased program rates - Discounts on special events - Discount on rentals of the building - Voting privileges at the AGM - Supports the Centre directly so we can continue to provide programs, activities and services to you! Foot and Calf Massage: By appointment. We are excited to be able to offer foot and calf massages at the Centre again. Treat your feet and calves to a relaxing massage. Our massage machines emulate the same techniques used by massage professionals and are a wonderful treat to incorporate into your day. Appointments last 30 minutes and are $2 for members and $4 for non-members. Call 204-320-4600 and treat your feet today! Clinics: Foot care - Licensed Foot care Nurses will take care of your feet and make sure they stay healthy. Call 204-320-4600 to make an appointment.

Hearing Clinic - first Wednesday of the month. Call 1-800-661-2653 to make an appointment. Rentals: We have rooms of a variety of sizes and prices. For pricing and room availability visit our website patporteralc.com, email programs@patporteralc.com or call 204-320-4600. Meals on Wheels: A healthy, warm and delicious meal cooked fresh daily and delivered to your door. We have two Meals on Wheels programs running out of Steinbach and Grunthal. Meals may be purchased for $7 for delivery (residents of Steinbach & Grunthal) or pickup. A meal includes soup, a main dish, sides and dessert. Please call 204-320-4600 with any questions or to order a meal. To receive a same day meal, you must call before 9 am. Community Resources: Transportation Program, Equipment Loan program, Friendly Visitor program, ERIK. Please call 204-320-4600 if you require access to any of these resources. Circle of Friends Adult Day Program: Our Circle of Friends program is designed to strengthen an individual’s ability to continue to function in their homes as well as remain active in the community. The program runs twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Transportation can be arranged through Steinbach Handi-Van. What are some of the things we do? We have lots of coffee and snacks; participate in light exercise and arts and crafts or games. We often have special guests who perform live music and go out for lunch in the community. For more information, please call 204-320-4600. Volunteering: All volunteer positions require a Criminal Record Check. To find out how you can help, call 204-320-4600 or email programs@patporteralc.com. We wish you happy Holiday Season and healthy New Year.

Pumpkin Sale Proceeds Put Towards Books and Hampers Pumpkins were sold in front of Ste. Anne Variety for several weekends in October and as payment, people were asked to make a donation for what they believed was fair. The local food bank raised $900 and they will use the funds to purchase children’s books and snacks for families who receive hampers this Christmas season.

Proverbs 3:5-6… 5) Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6).in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight. (NIV) One of the oldest instruments for navigation have been the magnetic compass. It is a vital tool that allows ships to steer a given course. However, people who depend on accurate navigational instruments, soon find out that a magnetic compass needle does not always point accurately to earth’s true north. Just as the ship’s compass is affected by the iron in the ship’s hull, so my Christian walk is affected by the echo chamber of this world, trying to convince me or to confuse me into believing that faith in God is not necessary. There are individuals who want to create confusion in our minds and tempt us to downgrade our faith; and they can be very persuasive at times. If we listen long enough to their type of reasoning, we might be tempted to go without Jesus Christ as our guide, and His Word (the Bible) as our compass. When we invite the temptations or pursuits of this life to conflict with our pursuit of Christ, there is a real possibility we might wander aimlessly with no sense of direction, especially when life deals harshly with us. Do we want to close out the year 2021 on a positive note? Do we want a right relationship with God and other peoples, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense? Do we desire to be truthful and kind? The wisdom of Proverbs invites us to trust the Lord completely, never to trust our own judgment. To most Christians this would be good advice, but it is not always that easy for me. Rather than leaning on Christ for guidance, I find it so tempting to do it my way. Have you ever found your judgment to be questionable? By that I mean, you say to yourself, “I should have known better.” Is it not true that we often by-pass the advice we could get from Scripture before we make important decisions? Well, it seemed so reasonable at the time to do these assignments the way I wanted. I have given it a lot of thought, so why should it not work? But time and again, it just does not turn out the way it is supposed to. Then I do the next silly thing, I wonder why things turned out so unacceptable. There are times when we are so raring to go, that we rush into things without a clear idea of what God wants us to do. Perhaps we should sit back and do what should come naturally to Christians, and that is to pray and put our trust in Christ. In everything we do, we must learn the lesson to put God first, that way He can direct and crown our hard work with success. Let us not be conceited, so sure of our own wisdom. Instead, let us learn to trust and revere Jesus Christ as our Lord. Then He will give us the renewed strength and ambition we need so that we can achieve our goals, and the power to say no to the things that are bad for us. Like a compass needle, which though it spins around, will always come to rest pointing north; where does our mind point when it is idle, when it is not busy? Do we really acknowledge Christ? Because if we do, Christ will show us how to differentiate right from wrong; He will give us the sense to stay away from individuals who want to lead us astray, individuals who will try and move us away from Christ, steer us away from a life that is filled with joy and peace. As we close the year 2021, why not say to ourselves, “In the New Year, I shall pursue wisdom.” In other words, “I shall try to understand and do what is right in the sight of God; and have the common sense not to let that wisdom slip away from me.” Give it your best in 2022... You cannot give more... And leave the rest to God... All the best to one and all… To God Be the Glory Great Things He Has Done. Merry Christmas – Happy New Year Would you pray this prayer with me…? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have peace in my heart. I really want that peace, joy, and happiness that I long for. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will bring honour to Your Name.” Amen.


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

Thieves Hit Multiple Communities in Same Week On October 26 at approximately 5:48 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break-in and theft that occurred in the 37000 of 29 Road E in the RM of Hanover. Investigation revealed that culprits broke into a Hylife Hog Barn and took 3 set of vehicle keys. The suspect’s vehicle was observed on the property on October 24 at 8:34 pm and again on October 26 at 11:46 pm. Two vehicles were reported stolen which were later recovered burnt in the RM of Springfield on October 26 at 4:53 am. The same culprits also believed to have been involved in incidents in Woodridge. In one of the Woodridge incidents, the suspect broke into a storage shed that stored an ATV. The incident occurred on October 25 at 12:41 am. The suspect fled when the owner arrived on scene leaving the ATV behind. The vehicle was described as a dark Chevy truck. The same vehicle was observed on the property on October 24 between 8 and 8:30 am. On November 1 at 4 pm, Sprague RCMP received a report of a stolen ATV from a campsite in Woodridge. The incident would have occurred between October 23 and October 30. The ATV is described as a 2008 Yamaha 700, blue in colour with Manitoba plate 4E836. This same vehicle is also involved in the theft of gas on October 23 at the Mitchell Co-op. If you have information regarding this matter, please call Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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RCMP Ticket Main Street Speeders

Stolen Utility Trailer

On October 28 Steinbach RCMP conducted enforcement primarily on Main Street due to the problem of speeding and racing. RCMP issued 9 Highway traffic tickets and 6 vehicle defect notices during the enforcement. The RCMP followed this up and on November 18 and 21 they conducted another enforcement primarily on Main Street. RCMP issued 18 Highway traffic tickets and 1 Warning during the enforcement.

On November 20, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen Utility trailer. The trailer was stolen sometime between the evening of Friday November 19 to the morning of November 20 while it was parked in the parking lot of 33 Tower Avenue in Steinbach. The trailer is described as a 2018 white enclosed Royal utility trailer Manitoba License plate CMN 651. The trailer contained job site tools and ladders. 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.

RCMP Ask for Help Finding Stolen Trailer Steinbach RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a stolen dump trailer. On November 8 at approximately 2:40 am, an SUV pulled up to a business in Steinbach and stole a black Big T Utility dump trailer with license plate 939EC. If you have any information regarding this matter, please contact Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1800-222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Assistance Needed in Locating Stolen Scooter

Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of Illicit Drug On November 15 officers with the RCMP Traffic Services Roving Patrol unit conducted a traffic stop on a commercial semi-trailer on Highway 1, located near Highway 11, in the RM of Reynolds. The traffic stop led to a search of the trailer, where officers located approximately 18.9 kilograms of Cathine, also known as “khat,” a Schedule IV substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The 21-year-old male driver, from Winnipeg, along with his 28-yearold male passenger, from Edmonton, were both arrested and later released for court scheduled February 28, 2022, in Winnipeg where they will face a charge of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

Steinbach RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a stolen Honda Jazz Scooter. The Scooter was stolen on October 23 on Parkview in Steinbach. It is described as having a bug shield and being yellow and beige in colour. If you have information regarding this matter, please call Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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

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Manitoba RCMP’s Winter Driving Tips With winter here the Manitoba RCMP wants to remind drivers of some winter driving tips. Make sure you have your vehicle ready before you head out on the roads: - Have proper tires on your vehicle. Tire pressure decreases in colder weather, so check your tire pressure often. - Ensure you have windshield washer fluid that is rated for winter use so you can keep your windshield clean and your line of vision clear. - Clear all snow and frost from your vehicle before driving so that you can see and be seen. - Ensure wheel wells are cleared of slush or build-up that could impede your ability to steer. - Have extra winter wear in your vehicle, such as toques, mittens and winter boots. - Keep a road safety kit and shovel in your vehicle.

Thieves Target Multiple Homes On November 5 at approximately 9 pm, the Steinbach RCMP received a report of break-ins to multiple residences in the area of Valerie Lane in Steinbach. The Break and Enters would have occurred on November 5 between 7 pm and 8:30 pm. Jewelry and cash were stolen from the residences. If you have information regarding this matter, please call Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Male See Leaving with Stolen Truck On November 29 at approximately 7 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a truck stolen from the parking lot of 186 Chapel Drive in Steinbach. The theft occurred between 6:33 am and 7 am. A male in his 30’s wearing dark clothing was observed leaving with the vehicle. The truck is described as 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, red in colour and bearing Manitoba plate HXE437. If you have information regarding this matter, please call Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Truck Stolen from Rural La Broquerie Property On December 1 at approximately 7:28 pm, Steinbach RCMP received a report of theft of a truck from the 44000 area of 36 Road N in the RM of La Broquerie. The theft is reported to have occurred between the hours of 8 pm on November 30 and 7:25 pm on December 1. The vehicle is described as a black Chevrolet Avalanche with Manitoba plate KSR435. If you have information regarding this matter, please call Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

While you are driving: - Posted speed limits are for ideal travel conditions. On winter roads, be aware there could be ice. Driving at reduced speeds is a great precautionary measure against slippery conditions. - Do not use cruise control. - Increase your distance be-

tween other vehicles as stopping distance on an icy road is double the stopping distance on a dry one. - Observe road signs pointing out icy spots, such as bridges and overpasses. - If you start to skid, do not brake or accelerate. Look where

you want the vehicle to go and steer in that direction. - As always, keep in mind the basic safety rules: buckle up, slow down, drive with caution, be aware, be alert, be sober, give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, and keep focused on the road.

- Check weather and road conditions before heading out. If road conditions are unfavourable, the safest strategy is to avoid driving. Winter weather is on its way! Being prepared will help keep you and others safe on our roads.


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