Dawson Trail Dispatch February 2020

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Local Curler Heads to Russia

The Canadian Men’s Juniors National Team consisting of Jacques Gauthier (skip), Brayden Payette (second), Zack Bilawka (lead) and Jordan Peters (vice skip), won their final game in Langley against Newfoundland/Labrador with a score of 8-6 which propelled them to Worlds. Supplied photo.

As part of Team Canada, a Manitoban Junior Curling champion is going to Krasnoyarsk, Russia to compete in the world championship. Twenty-one year old Jordan Peters will be competing for the title of World’s best Junior Curling team from February 15 - February 22. Since the age of four, the vice skip on the Canadian Men’s Juniors National Team, Peters has been curling with his father. “My dad was a competitive curler when he was younger. When he had me, that competitiveness rubbed off. I was always in the curling club watching him. After a game, I’d want to go out on the ice and see what it was like,” Peters recalled. Between the ages of 10-12, he joined league play and became more serious about the sport. Peters told media it is harder than it appears to pursue the sport. “It gets rough, I’ve lost a lot of games; you just persevere, keep practicing, and you’ll achieve your goals.” “Many people don’t realize that curling is a very strategic game kind of like chess. So there’s a lot of thinking that needs to be done especially on the skip’s end, but there’s also a lot of communication and friendship building with your team,” Peters added. Peters is ecstatic about the opportunity to represent the province overseas. He said this year, “We were prepared for it. It is an amazing experience, I feel all the support back home and it’s incredible.” When the team arrives in Russia on February 10, they will be competing and travelling with the women’s Manitoba curling team as well. While not curling, Peters is attending Providence College completing his degree in Business Administration.

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This Winter Provincial Parks Are the Place to Be The Manitoba government will again offer free park entry for the entire month of February so Manitobans and visitors can take advantage of the many winter activities available in provincial parks at no cost. Vehicle permits are not required in any provincial park in February, but Snopasses are still required for snowmobiles using groomed trails in the parks, and entrance fees still apply in national parks. There are groomed trails in 13 provincial parks across the province for a variety of activities including cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fat biking, snowshoeing and hiking. Paint Lake, Spruce Woods and Turtle Mountain provincial parks also offer outdoor skating areas, hockey rinks and toboggan hills. Trail grooming reports are updated online every Thursday throughout the winter. Manitobans are encouraged to check trail conditions and weather forecasts before visiting parks to properly plan their outdoor adventure. Maps of winter trails and updated reports can be found at manitobaparks.com. Park interpreters are offering several guided experiences this winter. Interpretive programs are free and offered year round in Birds Hill, Spruce Woods and Whiteshell provincial parks. Highlights for the month of February include a skijoring workshop in Spruce Woods Provincial Park on Saturday, February 8; a wolf howl in Whiteshell Provincial Park on Saturday, February 15; guided snowshoe treks in Whiteshell Provincial Park on Sunday, February 23; learn to ice fish session in Whiteshell Provincial Park on Monday, February 17; a nature detectives program for families with preschool aged children in Birds Hill Provincial Park on Wednesday, February 26; a winter family fun day at the winter recreation area in Spruce Woods Provincial Park on Saturday, February 22; and a variety of drop-in family activities at the Spruce Woods Visitor Centre throughout the month. More information on these events and other upcoming programs can be found under the events tab at the Manitoba Parks Facebook page at facebook. com/MBGovParks and online at manitobaparks. com. Teachers can also book free guided school programs throughout the winter season. For more information on winter activities and interpretive programs in provincial parks, email ParkInterpretation@gov.mb.ca or visit manitobaparks.com.

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The St. Malo Deer are Back Home!

Putting in the finishing touches to secure the deer into place.

Photos by Marianne Curtis

A close up of the beautiful airbrush work done by Steven Wall.

The community of St. Malo was celebrating earlier in January when the long missing local deer monuments were finally returned to regally mark the entrance into the community from their new home. Four years ago, the famous St. Malo deer landmark was removed from the spot it had sat on since 1990. The St. Malo and District Wildlife Association was forced to remove the statue to make

room for a condo development on the property. It took awhile to find a new location to situate the monument. They are now located on the site of the former Esso Station, across from the only access to St. Malo Provincial Park. The deer monument has been a landmark for the community since it was placed in recognition of the valuable volunteer assistance provided to the Department of Natural Resources by the St. Malo and District Wildlife

Association and Area Residents. From 1985 to 1988, in the first ever large scale urban deer relocation program in Canada, 283 white-tailed deer were captured and moved from the city of Winnipeg to the St. Malo Wildlife Management Area and surrounding region. Area residents provided countless hours of assistance and equipment to transport deer during the relocation program. It was unveiled by His Royal Highness Prince Edward in July 1990.

First Annual NYE Masquerade Raises a Resoundingly Successful $15,000 for SFRC The first annual New Year’s Eve Gala in support of Steinbach Family Resource Centre (SFRC) was a resounding success. The event raised $15,000 for the centre and saw approximately 150 people dressed to impress and donning their most creative masks to capture photos and ring in the new decade. Jo-Anne Dalton, Executive Director at the Steinbach Family Resource Centre, is thrilled with the turnout and the support. “The evening was everything we hoped it would be. Everyone had a great time enjoying the banquet, entertainment, dancing, light show and the beautifully decorated atmosphere of the room. The full evening had something for everyone, and we were really happy with how the community came together in celebration,” said Dalton. The ‘Mystery Auction’ was especially a hit, with twelve ‘secret’ prizes to be won. Guests were invited to make their best guesses on the high value prizes that were ‘masked’ before the big reveal

SFRC was founded in 2000, and is with the draws taking place later in the evening. The auction saw twelve entering its 20th year supporting famiwinners taking home items such as a lies in the southeast.Steinbach Family 10-foot kayak, a chainsaw, 100lb Hi- Resource Centre relies on fundraising malayan salt lamp, compound bow events, community support and priand arrow set, poultry pack, flying vate donations to offer these many needed programs and provide options lessons, and much more. Funds raised went to support pro- to families in the southeast. grams at Steinbach Family Resource Centre. “Bringing people together is the core of our work, it is the most important part of what we are doing at the Centre,” said Dalton. “We bring families together to share experiences, to build friendships, and to learn best practices on countless parenting topics. What better way to ring a new year than by bringing the community together in celebration and support of this work.” Last year, the Centre was accessed by over 475 families for programs connecting parents to their community, as well as for needed items such as diapers, clothing, and Submitted photos. New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball school supplies.

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Seine River Celebrates La Salle School Renovation

On January 29, students and families in La Salle and the surrounding communities celebrating the opening of an $11-million addition and renovation at La Salle School that includes a new stand-alone childcare centre. Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen was on hand to personally cut the ribbon along with representatives from Seine River School Division and local government officials. “This investment will help the Seine River School Division accommodate growing enrollment in La Salle and surrounding communities,” said Goertzen. “The health and safety of students and educators is a priority for the Manitoba government, and this modern, well-designed facility will improve outcomes for students in the region.” The $11 million project included a 15,800 square foot addition to the school, including six regular classrooms and a new 5,300 square foot

gymnasium. The former gym has been renovated to become a library and kindergarten room, while the former library has been renovated into a life-skills suite. In addition, a new 40-seat, 3,600 square foot child-care centre is located at the school site, adjacent to the school building. Michael Borgfjord, superintendent of the Seine River School Division said the division is grateful for the support the province showed towards the project. “Students and staff will benefit for many years to come, and the new space is conducive to critical thinking and innovative thinking,” said Borgfjord. Enrollment at La Salle School has been on the rise due to new housing and subdivision developments. The kindergarten to Grade 8 English school had a September 2019 enrolment of 349 students, exceeding its former capacity of 325. The addition has increased the school’s Seine River School Division along with staff and students celebrated the completion of an $11 million addition and renovation project at La capacity to 450 students. Salle School.

Statement of Claim Filed Against Former Rec Association Secretary A statement of Claim has been filed against a former member of the Kleefeld Recreation Association (KRA) with the plaintiffs being the Kleefeld Recreation Association and the RM of Hanover. The Statement of Claim, which was filed with the Court of Queen’s Bench states that Nicole Rempel,

her husband Chris Rempel and Guardian Property Services carried out alleged fraudulent activity during her years as a volunteer of the KRA board. It alleges loss and damages worth $102,529, “By reason of the acts of misappropriation and conversion, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of trust.”

At the time of the alleged fraudulent activity during 2011 to 2018, Rempel was volunteering on the board in a variety of capacities including President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Statement of Claim further states that Rempel did perform “unauthorized and/ or illegitimate

cheque payments” in the amount of $87,565. It also states she authorized payments to others for personal benefit in the amounts of $5,599 towards credit cards, $8,982 to Staples and $383 to Canadian Tire. This matter first came to light back in 2018, when the RM of Hanover requested a forensic audit after is-

sues surfaced during the 2017 financial audit. Further investigation revealed a number of irregularities. Last summer, the RM of Hanover settled an insurance claim for losses and expenses as a result of the forensic audit totaling $112,029. An RCMP investigation is ongoing.

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Much Ado About Little Some royals or more accurately some ex or part time royals have knocked on the Canadian door without ermine furs or tiaras. Maybe it’s part time Royals whatever is fitting in this case. The media in Britain is more aggressive than what we would consider fair, plus being negative on Meghan’s lineage points to some inferiority in the British culture. There are those who would like to have Harry as Governor General. This is not going to happen. I would dare say that more than fifty per cent of the population would agree with this as it would take a plurality of votes in all provinces to change our Constitution. I believe approximately 45 % of the population would vote now to ditch royalty. A Canadian Brexit with a twist. What happens when Charles assumes the British throne? The arrival of Harry and Meghan has caused a moment for reflection on our history and our future. When I read history of the Middle Ages it was always difficult to see absolute royalty in a good light. Case in point Henry the VIII chopping Anne’s neck. This is not an isolated historical incident and now generations on we have to accept that these historical incidents have been white washed in the minds of many as time elapses. When money is laundered in this day and age time is not a factor. Murder of past Queens and or other royal competitors or millions of serfs should have moral dignity lasting much longer in our minds, in ramifications of law and our culture. Yesteryear’s royalty was much like today’s dictators. Pretty weak on individual rights and liberties. But there should not be doom or gloom with Harry and Meghan. They will fill their paperwork pay their taxes search for solitude and enjoy the Canadian view and probably buy wee skates for wee Archie. Canadian eh.

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New Trade Deal Must Benefit Canadians This week, parliamentarians began the process of reviewing and debating the new NAFTA agreement. The re-negotiation of the trade deal began about two years ago when Justin Trudeau stated that he was “more than happy” to renegotiate NAFTA with incoming US President Donald Trump. The Prime Minister was also quick to make concessions that hurt Canadian industries and put future international trade deals in jeopardy. Canada’s Conservatives support and want free trade with the United States. We are the party of free trade and NAFTA is a legacy of the Conservative movement. Moreover, with Canada’s economy slowing and vulnerable, a lack of access to US markets would further weaken business investment and exports. Free trade with our neighbors to the south represents opportunities

for all Canadians. It is, however, the democratic obligation of Conservative MP’s, as Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, to analyze legislation that is brought before the House of Commons. This is especially true when it comes to a trade deal with Canada’s largest and most important trading partner. The Liberals failed to work with opposition parties during the negotiations and ratification process and now they are rushing to get this deal done. They failed to provide documents, outlining the impacts of the new trade deal, despite numerous requests from opposition members. This Liberal Government does not yet seem to recognize the realities of the new minority parliament and are mistaken if they believe other parties will simply rubber stamp the deal. Having this agreement in place is important, but it must do right by

Canadians. I urge this government to allow for a full, thorough debate on the new agreement. If they are able to show that this new agreement is in the best interest of Canadians, I’ll be happy to support its passage through the House of Commons. For more information on this or any issue please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1-866-333-1933 or at 204-326-9889. Visit me on Facebook at: Facebook.com/TedFalkMP. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12N, Steinbach MB, R5G 1T4 or visit my website at tedfalk.ca.

Boundary Changes and a Renewed Perspective Team Lagassé has a new home. As a result of the boundary changes that took place last year, St. Adolphe, where our former constituency office was is no longer a part of the Dawson Trail riding. We’re now breaking in our brand-new office in Ste. Anne. Beginning the New Year in a new office feels appropriate. Both the new year and our new office bring a renewed sense of perspective as I continue working hard for my constituents. To celebrate the opening of our new office space we held an open house at the end of January. Thank you for the warm welcome to the community - trademark friendly Manitoba. In March I’ll return to the Legislative Building. After spending a fulfilling winter season immersed in community activities, I’m keen to bring your voices to the legislative table.

Legislative sessions are always productive, and this upcoming agenda will be no different. This session will be a valuable opportunity to do what voters elected my colleagues and me to do - keep moving Manitoba forward. Until session, I’ll continue spending a lot of time out in the Dawson Trail community. Community events like my Coffee With Bob events help me stay connected to residents and the issues on their minds. I recently hosted a Coffee With Bob at the Chicken Chef in Lorette. I was accompanied by a guest Mayor Justin Bohémier. Listening to the concerns shared by residents of Dawson Trail helps guide me as I head back to session. Mayor Bohémier brought excellent insight to our discussions, and I look forward to continue working collaboratively with him. I’m always happy to have conversations about

the issues in our riding and I’m looking forward to the next Coffee With Bob. I love to read so; I’ve also spent some time visiting schools for “I Love To Read Month”. During February, I visit schools throughout Dawson Trail to read to the students. Spending time with the kids and instilling the value of reading is a highlight for me. We have a few new schools in our riding this year due to the boundary changes. I’m looking forward to visiting schools such as Hazelridge and Richland for the first time, and getting to meet a whole new group of young Manitobans.

Lagassé Opens New Office in Ste. Anne On January 31, Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagassé celebrated the grand opening of his new office space located in Ste. Anne with an open house. Lagassé, who was elected to the newly reconfigured Dawson Trail Constituency decided to relocate from his former St. Adolphe office to become more easily accessible to residents. Prior to the last provincial election, the constituency boundaries were adjusted and the community of St. Adolphe now falls within the Springfield-Ritchot constituency. The new Dawson Trail Constituency Office is located at Unit 8B- Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagassé along with MLA for Lac Du Bonnet Wayne Ewasko in the new Ste. Anne constituency office. 555 Traverse Road, Ste. Anne. Supplied photo.

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Manitoba 150: United in Celebration I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you the best for 2020. I hope you had a chance to enjoy the holidays surrounded by family, friends and loved ones. It is often an opportunity to reflect on the past year, while gaining perspective as we look ahead to the New Year. The year 2020 brings plenty of excitement. As a province we have already began celebrations on the 150th anniversary of Manitoba joining confederation as Canada’s fifth province. This is a vibrant time for our province, our constituency and the local communities of Springfield, Ritchot and Niverville. Kickoff to the yearlong celebration began on December 14th at the Manitoba Legislature. It was a fun-filled evening with an extensive light show, a breath-taking snowmobile performance, fireworks and camaraderie by everyone. This event was a preview of what is to come in 2020 as Mani-

tobans are united in celebration of our 150 years as a province. There are plenty of events taking place across the province to recognize this milestone and our province’s rich history. In collaboration with events taking place for Manitoba’s 150th Anniversary the province has several partnerships and initiatives taking place that recognize the people, art, culture, education and landscape that Manitoba has to display. I recommend you get outside and enjoy Manitoba Trails 150, which is showcasing plenty of fun outdoor winter activities at the Forks. If art has more of your interest, be sure to check out Tour 150. Tour 150 will travel throughout the province to display 150 pieces of art from the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Do you enjoy traveling? Travel throughout the province this year with the Explore 150 initiative, where you can visit 150 unique destinations across beautiful Manitoba. The more you travel the more you have an opportunity to win prizes, all while gaining new memorable experiences. Manitoba 150 is also presenting a Mural 150 initiative where five communities would receive a subsidy for the creation of a contemporary, public fixture, accessible art

mural. The mural would be curated by Synonym Art Consultation and goes towards inspiring local community engagement. Feel free to apply for the Mural 150 contest before January 31, 2020 at walltowallwpg.com/ruralmuraltour. Come summer time, Unite 150 is hosting a free outdoor concert highlighting some of Manitoba’s greatest musicians, past and present in addition to local cuisine favorites. This is set to take place at the Manitoba Legislature on June 27th. Over the course of the year, with all these different events happening, there is surely something for everyone in your family to enjoy. For an entire list of events and more information please visit manitoba150.com. I’d be remiss not to mention how Manitoba continues to make significant strides forward, as we continue our work to make Manitoba Canada’s most improved province. As always, I am privileged to serve you and your family as your MLA. I welcome any questions or comments by email at Ron@RonSchuler.com or by mail Box 150 OakBank, MB R0E 1J0.

Our Green Plan is on Track Manitoba is on track to become the most improved - and greenest province in Canada. Our Progressive Conservative government wants Manitoba to remain Canada’s cleanest and greenest province and we’re working hard to make sure it does. Much of Manitoba’s economy is built on the fields and land of our rural communities. It’s important that we preserve those same fields, and that same land, so future Manitobans can enjoy the same abundance of natural resources you and I have. Last month, your PC government announced that Manitoba will have the cleanest fuel standards in the country. These new clean fuel standards will reduce Manitoba’s emissions by almost 400,000 tonnes over the next five years, which is equivalent to taking 100,000 vehicles off the road. Manitobans deserve respect for our green plan. The significant investments we’ve made in clean, green renewable energy exceed national expectations for our humble prairie province. Our plan puts a price on carbon that is - like the prairies - low and flat. It keeps more money in the pockets of Manitobans, and is just as effective as the ever-inflating federal carbon tax. Our Made- in- Manitoba Climate and Green Plan is better for the economy, the environment and

Manitoba families. Those who have made their living in agriculture benefit greatly from our green plan. The agriculture industry has always been and always will be the key to Manitoba’s economic success. To celebrate the history of agriculture and Manitoba farm families, a new category has been added to the Manitoba Farm Family Recognition program to honour 150 consecutive years as a Manitoba Farm Family. Blaine Pedersen, Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development announced changes to the Legacy Farm Award as part of Manitoba’s 150th birthday. The Legacy Awards already include the Century (100 years) and the Heritage (125 years). There has been more than 1,800 Century Farms that have received recognition. A fact that makes me proud to be Manitoban. We also continue our commitment to becoming Canada’s most improved province in reducing red tape and creating an effective, efficient and transparent regulatory system. Thanks to the hard work of many, Manitoba received another ‘A’ grade from the Cana-

dian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Another fact that makes me proud to be Manitoban. As always, I look forward to hearing from you with your questions or concerns. Reach out to me at my constituency office at 204-424-5406 or at dennis.smook@leg.gov.mb.ca.

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Stuartburn Launches Coffee with Council The RM of Stuartburn is launching a new initiative expected to encourage tax payers to come and meet their local representatives in a less formal atmosphere. On Thursday, March 5 the first “Coffee with Council” meet and greet is taking place at the Vita Friendship Centre between 7 pm and 9 pm. According to council this meeting will be an opportunity for ratepayers within the RM of Stuartburn to bring concerns forward or ask questions of municipal council and the administration.

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Tache Mourns Lorette LUD Member The RM of Tache and a community of Lorette are mourning the loss of long time resident, Firefighter and council member Tim Graham. On January 14, Tim Graham passed away due to complications of cancer. He was only sixty years old. He leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Dawna and two children. Graham was a well known businessman and community member in Lorette. He had a lifelong career as the owner and operator of Paramount Auto Repair where he provided auto body and restoration services for over twenty-five years. His love for his community and his passion for service led him to join the RM of Tache Fire Department in Lorette where he served as a paid-on-call Firefighter for fifteen years until he retired as District Chief of Lorette. One of his proudest moments was working alongside his daughter Morgan when she became a firefighter in Lorette. His legacy continues through the RM of Tache with “Fire Chief for a Day” event, started along with his wife, where one lucky elementary school student gets treated to a day of perks including a ride to school and back in a fire truck. Until his death, Graham served as LUD of Lorette council member for the past thirteen years. He was instrumental in seeing the water project in Lorette completed about a decade ago, and improving the parks and community of Lorette. RM of Tache councillor Steve Stein stated, “I can’t express in words what losing Tim means to me. He was a good friend and a great man who gave his all to his community and friends.” A man with vast interests, Graham was known to be an adrenaline junkie. In his later years he spent time with his children by introducing them to motocross racing, auto racing, paintball, archery, golfing, fishing, camping and hunting. At the request of Graham, a formal public funeral will not The community of Lorette is mourning the loss of Lorette LUD council take place. member Tim Graham.

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Steinbach Company Does Hollywood Earlier in January, Hollywood stars were enjoying appetizers served on cheese boards made by a local family-run Steinbach company. Cheeseboards made by Lynn & Liana Serveware were featured in a red carpet luxury Hollywood gift suite during the Golden Globe Awards. Lynn & Liana Serveware creates one of a kind cheese boards and serving trays accented with an eco-friendly epoxy. They started small, but over the past year and a half have grown to the point where they are supplying their serveware to gift boutiques across the United States and Canada. “We are honoured to have attracted the at-

Cheeseboards made by Lynn & Liana Serveware were featured in a red carpet luxury Hollywood gift suite during the Golden Globe Awards.

Candace Cancade (left), co-owner of Lynn & Liana and daughter Melissa (right) show off their products.

tention of Hollywood for one of the highest profile events of the year,” said Evan Funk, co-owner of Lynn & Liana. Earlier last year, the company also piqued the interest of Oprah Magazine. Representatives from O Magazine asked the company for samples that would be considered for the Oprah’s Favourite Things list of 2019. Funk and his business partner, Candice Cancade, delivered one sample personally to the O Magazine office in New York City. Even though their products didn’t make it to the final list, Funk said, “We were so incredibly excited to have our products considered for such a prestigious list.”

Wildlife Haven Celebrates Opening of Education Centre On January 30, directors and volunteers celebrated the grand opening of the newly completed education centre at the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre. Officially named The Murray Education Centre, the official ribbon cutting included the Murray Automotive Group and the Murray Family. “It’s thanks to their generosity and them believing in our program that we are able to open our doors and invite youth to connect with nature up close,” said Zoe Nakata, the executive director of the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre. “Thank you to our

team of staff and volunteers that make our education program thrive! We certainly would not be able to do any of this without their passion and commitment.” Now that the education centre is open, Wildlife Haven is already booking school field trips and other community groups to attend workshops at the Murray Education Centre. “Later this spring we plan to open on weekends for the families and the public to be able to visit the Murray Education Centre and learn more about wildlife protection and habitat conservation,” Nakata added.

The Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre and the Murray family celebrated the official opening of the new Murray Education Centre.

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Lucky Luc’s Makes “Top 10 Places to Eat”

Luc Peloquin, owner of Lucky Luc’s in St. Pierre-Jolys and Ste. Agathe was recently named one of the five places to eat by Travel Manitoba. Photo by Marianne Curtis

Last month, Lucky Luc’s in St. Pierre-Jolys and Ste. Agathe was named number five on Travel Manitoba’s top ten places in the province to eat this winter. The review, posted by Travel Manitoba invited readers to, “Take advantage of an escape to the all white countryside to take a little tour and let yourself be tempted by its specialty: chicken wings!” With a sampling of over no less than 20 different flavours, the review suggests the wings are worth the trip alone. “Not a fan of chicken wings? Its typically Canadian menu, with its choice of soups, salads, poutines, sandwiches or even burgers, will delight all young and old alike. And

if you come to eat on a Friday evening, be sure to join the game evening. Laughter and good humor guaranteed,” stated the review. In 2005, Luc Peloquin and his wife Corinne took over the St. Pierre Hotel and turned the watering hole into Lucky Luc’s. After establishing a successful restaurant and bar in St. Pierre-Jolys, the couple duplicated their success in 2012 when they purchased and rebranded the Ste. Agathe Hotel, in Ste. Agathe as a second location. With chef prepared meals, patrons can get more than just a burger and fries from the vast menu. The menu offers wings and ribs to a variety of specialty pizzas, poutiness, sandwiches and salads.

Niverville Open Health Faces Challenges By Marianne Curtis The Town of Niverville has hired an independent expert to evaluate the long term and short term sustainability for the medical centre. This decision was made as a result of an announcement made by Dr Chris Burnett, who has operated the Niverville Open Health along with his wife Dr. Mairi since it opened two years ago. According to a statement made by Dr. Chris, Dr. Mairi was diagnosed with a serious illness in fall and need to step down effective immediately. “We are thankful that the treatments have been going well. However, they have left Dr. Mairi tired and her immunity compromised… Part of her treatment plan will require probable admission to hospital this spring. The result, effective immediately, is that Dr. Mairi will be stepping down from clinic duties for the foreseeable future,” said Dr. Chris. “We are so thankful for the community support, prayers and words of encouragement as she undergoes treatments. This community support means so much to both of us.” Dr. Mairi’s leave of absence unfortunately has contributed to some staffing complications at Niverville Open Health, which serves over 6,500 patients from the town and surrounding area. “With Dr. Mairi on leave, currently not having a Physician Assistant available, Dr. Coutts on maternity leave and myself having reduced hours during Mairi’s treatments the Clinic’s sustainability, both fiscally and staffing wise, is challenged,” Dr. Chris added. “While we are continuing to

look for ways forward there is a real risk that the clinic may not be able to overcome these challenges without assistance.” The Town of Niverville responded by stating they understand and appreciate that it is critical that primary healthcare such as Open Health not only remains open but continues to expand services and hours for our growing community. Council subsequently hired former Southern Health CEO Kathy McPhail to evaluate the short and long term sustainability of the medical centre. She will prepare a report that will provide the council with information required to sustain accessible healthcare in the community, address challenges faced by the clinic, and align with the goal of “investing in Better Care, Closer to Home”. This report is expected to be presented to council before February 14. Council anticipates being able to provide the community with further information during the week of February 17. In the meantime, Niverville Open Health is still open and operating but with limited hours. A recent notice stated that early discussion with two clinicians who might be able to help out for a time, and perhaps continue to see the patient/clients of Dr Mairi starting mid February. As of February 3, Open Clinic hours were reduced to 8:30 to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. For February, the clinic is open Wednesdays until 8:30 pm but that also stops in March. Same day appointments are available, every day, usually the first 3 from 8:30-8:50 in the morning, on a first come basis.

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Winterfest Returns to St. Pierre-Jolys After the success of last year’s inaugural event St. Pierre-Jolys welcomes the return of Octane Addictions Freestyle show featuring Winter X-Games Athletes during Winterfest 2020. The weekend will kick off on February 28 with a community supper at Lucky Luc’s, followed by adult snow tubing from 7 pm to midnight. The next morning, the games begin in the Parc Carillon at 10 am, Saturday morning with events including Arctic snow tubing, axe throwing, archery, a snow sculpting competition, curbside game box, boot hockey tournament, dog sled rides, cross country skiing, beer gardens, heated tent, bouncy houses for the kids, face painting and featured entertainers The Ricky Smits.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be the return of the Octane Addictions Supplied photo. Freestyle show featuring Winter X-Games Athletes.

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Fundraiser Supports Families Affected by Fine Haus

On February 29, a group of volunteers is hosting a fundraiser in support of families allegedly affected by Fine Haus. In December a judge granted an order to protect the assets of Fine Haus Building Co. who has no fewer than 20 homes under construction or awaiting construction in towns such as Niverville, Lorette and Ste. Anne. Issues came to light after customers complained to media about alleged construction delays and a lack of communication from the company, after they had handed over thousands of dollars worth of down payments, but never had their projects completed. In some cases construction never began. According to court documents, the company was in the process of building 20 homes when it ran into financial difficulty. A mix of empty lots, partially-finished new home builds and some completed homes line Briarfield Court in Niverville, homes that came with a price tag of between $279,000 and $315,000. Over the past few months families affected by the matter have been seeking legal counsel or filing their own paperwork against the company. To help alleviate some of the stress of the entire situation, a fundraising event is being spearheaded by Niverville resident Barry Piasta. “The fundraiser is to show what community is. I except that the mon-

ey we will raise will not be enough to help everyone. It will most likely be a drop in the bucket money wise. But it’s much more than that. It’s the support, from the community members to each other. It is the spirit of what a community is or should be. The money will be evenly distributed. The funds collected will be tallied and announced as a total in the following day of the event.” While Piasta was not personally affected by the issue, it bothered him that people would feel negatively about Niverville as a result. “Though I am not personally affected by this Fine Haus debacle, it does affect me in a way. This happened in Niverville, it’s the community my family and I live in. Those families chose Niverville to call their com-

munity. This is not what Niverville is about. We help each other, be it the loan of a tool, a boost or clearing the driveway. We help each other, that’s what Niverville is.” Piasta stated that not only did the situation hurt those who wanted to become community members, but also people within the community such as suppliers, businesses such as the restaurants, hairdressers and other business owners. The Comedy Night Fundraising event is taking place February 29 at the Ste. Agathe Hall featuring Niverville’s own Matt Falk, along with various games and activities. Funds raised at the event will go to help the families. The event starts at 5 pm and admission is free. Donations will be accepted all evening.

This lot is one of a number of empty lots with a partially-finished new home built and some completed homes, homes that came with a price tag of between $279,000 and $315,000.

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Smoking: Why it Should Remain on our Radar Have you noticed the interest and publicity around substance use this past year? Issues like the legalization of cannabis, youth vaping and the need to keep users of opioids and injection drugs safe are important. There is no question. With this new publicity it is easy to forget about reducing commercial tobacco – but it should remain on our radar for many reasons. Why do we still care about smoking? While the smoking rate in Manitoba is down from 25.9% to 14.5%, it is still 3.9 times higher for some segments of the population. Evidence confirms that smoking rates are connected to where we live and our experiences of trauma, discrimination and racism. The lower a group’s income, education, or employment status, the higher the rate of smoking. Improving access to education,

income and employment can help address higher smoking rates. We continue to care about smoking rates because issues that affect some people in our society affect us all. We also care because tobacco is the only commercial product on the market that eventually kills nearly half of all long-term users. In 2014, there were 2,659 deaths in Manitoba due to substance use and 1,845 of those were the result of tobacco use. We should keep focus on preventing harms from tobacco use. While we are concerned about the potential harmful effects of vaping, cannabis and other substance use, we also care about the harm caused by tobacco use. Natural tobacco and traditional tobacco use has been an integral part of Indigenous culture in many parts of Canada for thousands of years. It is used in ritual, ceremony

and prayer. It is also considered a sacred plant with healing and spiritual benefits. We should be careful not to confuse traditional tobacco and its sacred uses with commercial tobacco and the addiction epidemic we see today. The non-traditional use of tobacco causes all of the harmful health effects of smoking. We want to help. Southern Health-Santé Sud wants you to know that there is support available for people who use commercial tobacco and who want to quit. Options include: - Talk to a health care provider, such as a pharmacist, doctor or nurse. - Call the Smoker’s Helpline at 1877-513-5333 or access information online at smokershelpline. ca or MB Lung Association facebook.com/TheQuitCrowd.

Infographic: the lower a group’s income, education, employment status, or job skill level, the higher its rate of smoking.

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Ile des Chenes Hosts 4th Annual Snowman Festival By Marianne Curtis On January 31 and February 1, the community of Ile des Chenes gathered for the fourth annual Snowman Festival. The event was launched a few years ago by the Ritchot Regional Chamber of Commerce with hopes that community groups would take ownership of the family friendly snow day. While the Chamber spearheads the festival, the organizing committee encourages community organizations and businesses to help run the activities. The two day festival is entirely volunteer driven and sponsored by several local businesses. This year’s event kicked off Friday evening with fireworks and a family game night at the TC Energy Centre. The next morning, the community gathered for a day filled with activities including numerous children’s activities such as carnival games, bouncers, face painting and arts and crafts. The highlight of the day was the Snow and Shine which brought out old and new snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles for a unique show and shine, bonfire with the Ritchot Fire Department, and toboggan slide. The day also included a cribbage tournament and Pea Soup Cook Offs.

Funds raised at the event are saved to help build an even bigger and better event next year. Organizers encourage community groups to think ahead and take advantage of the event by bringing their ideas to the table to ensure the continued growth and success of the event.

The Garage Inc. Snow and Shine entries were a huge hit at the annual IDC Snowman Festival. Submitted photos

Providence Students Move into New Hall In the middle of January, sixty female Providence College students moved into the newly completed Muriel Taylor Hall. Muriel Taylor Hall is the result of months of planning and hard work. The new facility was constructed by Three Way Builders. Located west of Eichhorst Hall and directly south of the Reimer Student Life Centre, which houses the cafeteria, the three-story, fully-accessible facility accommodates sixty students. The first floor is designed with students in mind, giving them a beautiful place to meet, chat and hangout. Big screen TVs are mounted on the walls and a ping pong table is available for anyone who wants to engage in a friendly competition. The room is filled with comfy sofas and chairs, offering a soft place to land after a long day of classes and studying. This main level serves many functions featuring large multi-purpose spaces for a classroom, meeting room, prayer/worship room, lounge and kitchen on the left wing. There’s an elevator to the second and third floors as well as two live-in apartments for

a residence director and/or faculty family on the right wing. University classes have also started in the new building, and Providence’s Student Development department plans to hold regular all-residence meetings at this new location. This residence replaces the Bergen Hall dormitory that was destroyed by fire in June 2017. Shortly thereafter a committee was struck to guide the process for a new, stateof-the-art facility, A combination of insurance money and the generous support of donors provided the funding for the Muriel Taylor Hall. The building was called the Muriel Taylor Hall in recognition of one of the first three faculty members employed to instruct and prepare young people for ministry and missions when Providence, then Winnipeg Bible Training School, opened in 1925. She is the longest-serving female Biblical Studies professor in Providence history. On February 10, Providence College in Otterburne invites the public to a short program including a building dedication, tour and refreshments from 2 pm to 4:30 pm.

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Enjoy the Trails Safe and Sober MADD Canada and MADD Manitoba Chapters are happy to collaborate with Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. for an important safety campaign in time for International Snowmobile Safety week which is January 18-26. Together we encourage snowmobilers to be safe and sober while enjoying the trails. Impactful posters will be displayed at shelters across the province reminding riders to enjoy the beautiful Manitoba trails sober. Snowmobiling is a great winter activity, and in Manitoba, the long winters attract a lot of people to take part – but there’s one hard truth: drinking or consuming cannabis and riding just don’t mix. “Impaired driving of a snowmobile is the same as impaired driving in a car with the same charges and sanctions,” said Tracy Crawford, MADD Western

Canada Regional Manager. “Have a great time riding the trails but leave the alcohol and cannabis at home.” If you see someone that might be impaired riding a sled, get all the info and Report Impaired Driving, Call 911. We can all work together to keep our trails safe for everyone. “We are pleased to collaborate with MADD to get our zero tolerance message out to riders,” said Yvonne Rideout, Executive Director of Snoman. “We want to ensure that every rider returns home to their loved ones.” Here are 10 safety tips that will make your snowmobiling experience a great one: 1. Do not use alcohol or drugs before or during snowmobiling. 2. Operate at safe and reasonable speeds, driving within the limits of the machine and your ability.

3. Stay on the trails and in areas where snowmobiling is permitted. 4. Use extra caution when riding during the evening or night, ensuring your machine has working lights. 5. Always wear a safety certified helmet and proper layered clothing. 6. Inform someone where you are going and when you plan to return. 7. Carry emergency supplies and learn first aid and survival skills. 8. Maintain and get to know your snowmobile. 9. Educate yourself on snowmobiling and take a Snowmobile Safety online course. 10. Leave tracks, not trash. If you had space to bring it in, then respect nature by carrying it out too. Enjoy the many benefits that snowmobiling has to offer in Manitoba. Ride safe, ride sober!

Be Prepared and Ready for Safe Snowmobiling STARS, Snowmobilers of Manitoba Inc. (Snoman) and Lifesaving Society Manitoba have come together to encourage the safe operation of snowmobiles this winter. Snoman President Alan Butler said an area of emphasis for the organization is reminding snowmobilers in the province to be mindful of their speed. “Last season we introduced a poster in shelters dealing with excessive speed,” Butler said. “We want riders to have fun but ensure that they arrive home to their families.” Butler added that Manitoba has the third most extensive snowmobile trail system in Canada, and it is essential that all riders practice safety at all times. He encouraged riders to keep additional points in mind when operating their snowmobiles such as do not operate a snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, do not trespass on private property or ride on land without the owner’s permission, wear a helmet, ride according to the terrain and your

ability, bring a tool kit and first aid kit and stay on designated trails. Grant Therrien, STARS Provincial Director of Operations, Manitoba, noted that from 2017 to 2019, STARS responded to 12 calls related to snowmobiles. He added that in many of those cases excessive speed was a common theme. “We have seen incidents where a snowmobiler was going too fast for either the conditions or the trail, and lost control,” Therrien said. “Many of them also occurred in remote locations making it very difficult, or impossible, for the injured riders to be reached by ground EMS.” Therrien added the most concerning element to STARS is the serious nature of the injuries resulting from these incidents. “The snowmobile calls we respond to often have devastating results, ranging from fatalities to life-altering injuries. For those who are fortunate to survive, they often have to endure grueling rehabilitation

that can take months and even years. So if you are heading out on your snowmobile this winter, please do so safely.” An additional safety concern for snowmobilers this winter is unpredictable ice conditions throughout the province. Recently two snowmobilers fell through the ice in the Victoria Beach area, prompting Lifesaving Society Manitoba to issue a public warning to snowmobilers. “Due to the unprecedented conditions that have occurred this year for ice formation, we advise everyone that if you are planning to go out on the ice, you need to be prepared to go through it and into cold water,” said Dr. Christopher Love, Water Smart Coordinator, Lifesaving Society Manitoba. “Wearing a Floatation Snowmobile Suit (floater coat) or a lifejacket when out on the ice is the minimum preparation every person should take.”

Major Route Changes Introduced for Actif Epica Actif Epica fans can expect some changes to this year’s event, as a major route revamping will see the event kicking off and ending in Winnipeg at the Forks on February 15. Actif Epica is a self supported ultra endurance event in extreme trail and weather conditions. It promotes health benefits associated with outdoor activity in winter and celebrates southeastern Manitoba communities and the surrounding prairie along the historic Crow Wing Trail. When the event launched eight years ago, it consisted of a 130 km bike challenge from St. Malo to St. Boniface, then the race expanded to start in Emerson. Now, the route has changed once again. This year, participants will leave Winnipeg and head south along the Red River until they hit the Crow Wing Trail and make

their way to St. Pierre-Jolys where they will rest before turning around and heading back to Winnipeg. “We’ve struggled with managing the highly variable nature of our southernmost course sections for the longest distance events in the last few years. From Emerson to Senkiw can accumulate so much snow that the course can become almost impassible. Last year many, many hours were spent packing down the snow in the days immediately preceding race weekend in those areas and the conditions still added hours onto our projected race pace for many participants. We want the course and the event to be a challenge, but there’s a balance, and Emerson to Senkiw can sometimes throw the race out of balance,” stated organizers.

This year, the long distance cyclists and runners will turn around at St Pierre-Jolys and Crystal Spring respectively, which are spots returning participants are familiar with. The classic distance turn around will be Niverville, and the shorter distance turn around will be a new checkpoint on Frasier Road just east of St Mary’s and just north of the Floodway. “We’ll still be following the Crow Wing Trail for much of the race as in years past, and will keep total distances and finish times similar to previous years,” organizers added. An out-and-back event means shuttling athletes and bikes to southern race starts is no longer necessary which saves participants money and also means more convenient start times in some cases.

Manitoba Snowmobiling Safety poster.



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Equine Therapy Offered at Grunthal Ranch By Marianne Curtis While growing up, Chelsey Westerbeek used to tell her family she planned on buying a ranch and opening a facility that uses horses to help people, just like depicted on the television series Heartland. Now, the grown married mother of two young boys is following her dream and doing what she loves with the launch of Lily Ridge Ranch’s Equine Assisted Learning program on her Grunthal area property. “I was bullied in school, I did not fit in, I was ridiculed and teased. Horses didn’t care if my jeans had holes in them, or my shirt did not match,” Westerbeek confided. Equine Assisted Learning is a horse course with an effective solution to human development that promotes individual and group growth. Participants find themselves learning valuable life skills in these objectively driven exercises that are useful, strong, positive, educational, and creative. Westerbeek opened Lily Ridge Ranch about five years ago by offering private riding lessons to students but her heart has always been focused on using horses to help people. About six months ago, she decided to drop the lessons and focus solely on EAL. “My focus is teenage girls, especially being able to experience what true acceptance looks like, they can learn to be comfortable with who they really are,” she

Chelsey Westerbeek uses horses to encourage self confidence in clients through an Equine Assisted Learning program offered at her Grunthal area ranch.

added. “EAL works because horses don’t have the ability to judge. They see us in ‘that moment’ and they don’t care. They take us as we are, in ‘that moment’.” The horse’s jobs are speaking to the clients through their bodies to help bring about the changes that students need to make. Exercises are developed to encourage

self-confidence through validated, hands-on experiences. The people are permitted to find answers to their own lives and move forward with newly acquired skills. Equine Assisted Learning functions, because the teachers are the horses. Some of the skills learned include assertiveness, emotional awareness, empathy, stress tolerance,

flexibility, impulse control, problem-solving skills and self-actualization. “To be clear – we are not therapists. The horses guide the sessions, we work with the individual person’s ‘road block’, which could be trauma, self-confidence, or any number of things,” Westerbeek explained. “We do work with the

Photo by Marianne Curtis

horses and help guide them [the clients] through the process.” Lily Ridge Ranch is also a Licensed Affiliate of Equi-Health Canada. Westerbeek offers Equine First Aid, Disaster Planning, and Safe Trailering courses as well as Training for new Equi-Health Instructors. To find out more visit lilyridgeranch.ca.

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Vita Winter Festival Shines Despite Snow Day

The Robinson Racing Sled Dogs team navigates the new snow during this year’s Vita Winter Festival.

Participants of this year’s Vita Winter Festival have nothing but praise to offer after this year’s event had to be quickly adjusted when a winter storm canceled events on the first day. In a public Facebook post, the Robinson Racing Sled Dogs team stated that despite day 1 being canceled due to blizzard conditions which made the trail unrunnable, the organizers still put on a championship quality event. “Trail was tough, and while it wasn’t the conditions we were hoping for I was nothing but happy with how my team

performed. We had a clean start and pretty much stayed in 4th place from start to finish, funny enough, this is the 3rd time I’ve finished 4th at this event, in a very competitive and impressive field of mushers,” stated a team spokesperson. “The community support surrounding this event is awesome. To witness a community put so much effort into putting on a top quality event is inspiring.” The community of Vita is excitedly gearing up for the community’s 3rd Annual Winter festival. The annual

Submitted photo.

event started years ago, with the help of a tourism grant as a fundraiser for the Vita Community Recreation Centre. This year, the two-day event was scheduled to take place January 18 and 19 but most events were cancelled on Saturday due to the blizzard. The next day the highly entertaining and competitive dog sled races took to the trail and spectators waited at the finish line for the racers, or followed along to cheer from a safe distance along the highway route as dog sled teams made their way to Sundown and back from Vita.

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Emergency Room Services Resume at Ste. Anne Hospital Local residents seeing emergency room services are happy to know that the emergency department (ED) at Hôpital Ste-Anne Hospital will resume 24hour service, seven days a week as of January 27. According to Jane Curtis, CEO of Southern Health-Santé Sud the Ste. Anne Hospital is ready to provide around-the-clock medical services when people need access to life-saving care. “The full complement of trained physicians with the skills required to maintain the emergency department 24-hours a day will improve the accessibility of emergency medical care to the community and surrounding area,” Curtis stated on the resumption of emergency services with a full staff of seven physicians. Curtis noted that implementing 24-hour ED services at Hôpital Ste-Anne Hospital involved more than hiring physicians and nurses. The planning process involved reviewing emergency department processes and policies to ensure the program will deliver timely and high-quality medical care. Emergency room hours were reduced to 12 hours per day in October 2018 when physician capacity fell below the number needed to maintain services. Services were available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm to accommodate the busiest times when services were needed. Patients needing emergency services during the late evening or overnight had the option of going to the Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach. Southern Health-Santé Sud said the fastest way to get help for a medical emergency is to call 91-1. If you are unsure whether or not you should visit a hospital emergency department, you can call Health Links – Info Santé at 1-888-315-9257 toll-free.


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Don’t Get Scammed! Did you get a suspicious email, phone call, letter, or text message from someone claiming to be the Canada Revenue Agency? Scammers pretending to be CRA employees often contact Canadians to trick them into paying fake debts. To protect yourself from scams, it’s important to know when and how the CRA might contact you. Here are some tips on how to identify if the CRA is trying to reach you. The reasons we may call: The CRA may call if they previously wrote to you, or in any of these situations: - If you owe tax or money to a government program – a collections officer may call you to discuss your file and ask you to make a payment. In this case, you may need to provide some information about your financial situation. - If you did not file your income tax and benefit return – they may call you to ask for the missing return. - If you did not file your GST/HST return. - If they have questions about the tax and benefit documents you sent. - If you operate a small business, they may call to offer free tax help

through their Liaison Officer program. - If they have questions about your new business registration. - If they have questions regarding a limited review of your Corporate Return. Make sure the caller is a CRA employee before handing over money or personal information on the phone. - You can ask for, or make a note of, the caller’s name, phone number, and office location, and tell them that you want to first verify their identity. - You can check that the call you received was in fact from the CRA by calling: - 1-888-863-8657 for individual debts. - 1-877-477-5068 for GST/ HST debts. 1-877-548-6016 payroll debts. - 1 -866-291-6346 for corporation debts. - 1-866-864-5823 if the call you received was about a government program such as employment insurance or Canada Student Loan debts. Double check the status of your tax account and make sure the CRA has your current address and email. - Confirm your personal information is up to date or if you have a balance owing using one of their secure digital services. - Call 1-866-474-8272. This automated CRA phone service gives you information about your tax account balance, and your last payment amount and date. To use this service, be ready to provide your social in-

surance number, date of birth, and the total income you entered on line 150 of your 2018 or 2017 tax return. - Call 1-866-864-5823 to update your address or contact information for government programs you owe money to. When in doubt, ask yourself: - Why is the caller pressuring me to act immediately? Am I sure the caller works for the CRA? - Did I file my tax return on time? Have I received a notice saying I owe taxes? - Have I received an email or letter from the CRA about the subject of the call? - Does the CRA have my most recent contact information, such as my email and home address? - Is the caller asking for information I would not include on my tax return or that is not related to money I owe the CRA? - Did I recently send a request to change information about my business number? - Do I have an installment payment due? - Have I received a statement of account for funds owing to a government program? For more information visit canada.ca/taxes-fraud-prevention. Want to report a potential scam? To report a scam, visit antifraudcentre.ca or call 1-888495-8501. If you think you may be the victim of fraud or you unknowingly provided personal or financial information, contact your local police service, financial institution, and credit reporting agencies.

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Are Your Financial Decisions Costing You?

You may think you’ll never get out of debt, so you might as well pay only the minimum on what you owe and keep spending. However, that only serves to keep you from reaching your financial goals.

Financial decisions can be intimidating for many of us, so it’s tempting to think we’ll be okay as long as we bring home a paycheque and pay our bills. But there are some missteps that could be costing you in the long run. According to a recent survey conducted by financial services company Primerica, 61 per cent of respondents have made at least one costly financial decision, with an average loss reported at $29,000. Here are some of the myths that could be impacting your financial preparedness: 1. Myth: You’re too young to worry about retirement. It’s never too early to start saving. In fact, the earlier you start saving, the fewer dollars you’ll have to put away each month and the more likely you are to reach your financial goals, including a comfortable retirement. 2. Myth: You’re too broke to save and invest. Even if you are struggling to make ends meet, putting away something is better than nothing. Even small contributions add up over time. A financial representative can help you invest your savings so that your nest egg can benefit from the power of compound growth over time. 3. Myth: You don’t need life insurance. While you’re young you might not consider life insurance important but once you start having children or buying a property with your partner, your responsibilities start to peak. With added expenses like child care and mortgage payments, the death of a breadwinner or caretaker could be devastating. That’s when life insurance is essential to ensure your household stays financially stable in a worst-case scenario. 4. Myth: Making the minimum payment on credit cards is enough. You may think you’ll never get out of debt, so you might as well pay only the minimum on what you owe and keep spending. However, that only serves to keep you from reaching your financial goals. With strategies like debt stacking you’ll see quicker results: Make consistent payments on all your debts and identify one to pay off first (maybe the one with the highest interest). When it’s paid off, roll those payments to the other areas of debt, until you say good-bye to all of it. Now you can start saving for yourself what you were paying in interest payments to others! 5. Myth: You can’t afford financial advice. Financial advice isn’t only for the wealthy – there are many ways you can get financial advice, including from firms that offer a free financial analysis. Working with a licensed financial professional, such as life insurance and mutual fund representatives, can help you get on the right plan toward achieving a more secure financial future. Primerica’s study revealed that 90 per cent of people who have met with a financial professional would recommend one to others. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

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RRSP & CCB: Double the Savings! Buying RRSPs can be a bit more interesting. It can have more of an impact than just saving you some tax money this year. If you have children under age 18, you really should consider purchasing RRSPs (Registered Retirement Savings Plans) before the March 2 deadline. If you don’t have children under 18, give this article to someone who does! What makes RRSP contributions different compared to previous years? The Canada Child Benefit (CCB) that changed July 2016 makes things more interesting and puts more money in your pocket! First a quick review of RRSPs. Most people understand how they work. You make a contribution to your RRSP (or a spousal RRSP) and you can deduct it from your income on your tax return to reduce your taxable income, saving you tax dollars now. Actually you are deferring

the taxes until the time you take them out, but we will focus on the immediate tax savings for now. For the current tax year, you have until March 2 to make an RRSP contribution and use the deduction on your income tax return. Depending on your tax bracket, the savings vary. If your taxable income is $48,000 or less, your tax savings are about 27%; if your income is $48,000 to $69,000, the tax savings are 33% and higher incomes save more in taxes. If you have the option to join a pension plan at work that matches some of your contributions you definitely need to join it! You could triple your savings! What makes things interesting? Those of you that have children under age 18. The lower your combined taxable income, the more you get from the monthly Canada Child Benefit! Even more money in your pocket!

Let’s look at a couple of examples. Let’s say your combined family income is $48 to 68,000 and you have two children. If you are the higher income spouse, say $30,000 - $48,000, if you buy $1,000 RRSP, your tax savings are 28% or $280 AND you also increase your Canada Child Benefit by 13.50% for the year: you will get $11 more per month starting July 2020, that’s another $135 for 12 months; the RRSP tax savings increased from 28% to 41%. Now we are talking some serious savings. You have the $1,000 in the RRSP and you get back $410 from the government in combined savings. If you have three children, the savings increase to 47%; if you have four or more children, the savings increase to over 50%! You just got back over half of your $1,000 RRSP! Who potentially saves the most?

Think Twice Before Borrowing Against Your Home Equity An estimated three million Canadians have one, and they have emerged as the single largest contributor to the growth of household debt in Canada. Yet many consumers do not appear to fully understand how they work. No, we’re not talking about credit cards or car loans. We’re talking about home equity lines of credit or HELOCs. According to a 2019 survey by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, many people appear to lack awareness of the terms and conditions of this widely sold financial product, exposing them to the risk of overborrowing, carrying debt for extended periods and uninformed decision-making. HELOCs are a secured form of revolving credit. The lender uses your home as a guarantee that you’ll pay back the money you borrow. And, as you pay your HELOC down, you can borrow it again, up to a maximum credit limit. Most major financial institutions offer them with a mortgage as a combined product, which is sometimes called a readvanceable mortgage. Many use them for renovations, debt consolidation, vehicle purchases and day-to-day expenses. When used responsibly, HELOCs can benefit consumers through low interest rates, convenient access to funds and flexible repayment terms. Unfortunately, the convenient features of HELOCs can encourage consumers to add too much to their debt load.

On average, Canadians owe about $65,000 on their HELOCs, this means many homeowners end up carrying debt for long periods.

In fact, 27 per cent of those who responded to FCAC’s survey said they make mainly interest-only payments on their HELOCs. Considering that, on average, Canadians owe about $65,000 on their HELOCs, this means many homeowners end up carrying debt for long periods. So, if you have a home equity line of credit or are considering getting one, you need to ask yourself: - Would a HELOC tempt you to use your home like an ATM? - Could you still afford HELOC payments if you lose your job or interest rates go up? - Are you prepared to stick to a plan to pay it off fully, and avoid continually borrowing against your home equity? Those are just some of the questions to consider before borrowing money that will be secured by your home equity. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

Those families with combined income of $48,000 to $68,000 with one spouse earning $48,000 $68,000 and you have four or more children; your savings could be over 56%! From a tax planning point of view it may make sense for families to consider using RRSPs to reduce their taxable income every year. You would defer taxes and increase your CCB starting in July. I encourage families in January and February to do some tax planning “what ifs” and estimate the total savings from RRSP purchases. It can be more than just income taxes saved from now on. It may even be worth considering an RRSP loan to help save for your retirement and get maximum income tax and CCB savings now! If you want some help, call or email us or stop by our office and we can provide an estimate of your overall savings. We will need your

combined family net income for 2019 (look at year-end pay statements). If we already have your tax info on file from 2018, we can do some quick estimates for you. If you are a grandparent, maybe this would be a good way to help your children and grandchildren financially, by helping them buy an RRSP now. Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact her at 204-422-6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or Info@SATaxes.ca.


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Ile des Chenes Native Gets Juno Nod When the 49th Annual Juno Awards take place in Saskatoon on March 15, keep an eye out for Ile des Chenes native Renée Lamoureux. The bilingual Métis artist recently picked up her first Juno nod for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year for her latest recording, Empower. Lamoureux made the list amid four other well known Canadian musicians including Lauren Spencer-Smith, Marc Jordan, Nuela Charles, and Bryan Adams. A collection of new solo material with a pop-country sound, Lamoureux released Empower in 2019 before heading out on tour.

Born and raised to a French speaking Métis family in Ile des Chenes, Renée began to explore music taking piano lessons at six years old and discovering her love of singing after her parents bought her a microphone. One day in 5th grade, her teacher assigned the class to write and record a song and perform it to their parents. That day Renée found her love of writing. Lamoureux has always been grateful to be able to make music for a living- her greatest passion. Her previous solo album “Dare to be You” garnered her the winning award for Best Female Artist in 2016 at the Manitoba Music Awards, as well as several nominations. The album was up for two Indigenous Music Awards two consecutive years in a row. Her single “Two Step” hit at #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown. With her former band “Keith and Renee”, the duo released six albums, touring across North America over a decade with highlights including touring with major artists such as Jann Arden, Dean Brody and Dallas Smith. Renée also volunteered with WE Charity (Free the Children) for three years, performing WE Day and in countless schools across Canada, traveling to countries in Africa and Dubai. Her songs have been placed on an AT&T commercial, Degrassi The Next Generation and Degrassi Goes Hollywood. Prior to her appearance at the Juno Awards, Lamoureux has two performances scheduled on February 15 at the Festival du VoyaIle des Chenes native Renée Lamoureux is up for a Juno Award in March for her latest geur. album Empower.

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Welcome Wagon Launched in Kleefeld Thanks to a new initiative launched by the Kleefeld Recreation Association, new residents moving into the community will soon have access to a specifically designed information package and a hot meal. According to a Kleefeld Recreation Association representative the Kleefeld Welcome Wagon package will be a, “Friendly gesture from this amazing community to show them how lucky they are to have picked Kleefeld.” To ensure that the program moves forward volunteers are needed to either deliver packaged or prepare a meal. “We are looking for volunteers who would like to help deliver these packages to your neighbours or perhaps you could sign up to deliver to new neighbours specifically for your street.” Volunteers are also needed to sign up to be called on when a meal is required for a new family. Kristin Bergshoeff helps organize the Kleefeld Meal Train which is organizing the meal portion of the Welcome Wagon. Businesses can become involved by donating swag or promotional items and material to the Welcome Wagon committee for the final packages. Finally, if you a Kleefeld business that would like to be mentioned in the Welcome Wagon information package then please reach out to Jenessa at kleefeldwelcomewagon@gmail.com to find out how to be included. If you are new to the community, or interested in volunteering with deliveries or a business wanting to donate, email Jenessa at kleefeldwelcomewagon@gmail.com. If making the occasional meal is something that interests you, call or text Kristin Bergshoeff at 204-392-6077.

Lorette Girl Wins Gold in Sudden Death Overtime Taekwondo Manitoba held their annual taekwondo tournament, the Winter Classic, on Saturday January 25 at the Edmund Partridge Community School in Winnipeg. In all, eleven competitors from Lorette Branch, including both instructors, Lionel Bernier and Elisabeth Fust, competed at the tournament in both sparring and/or patterns events. In addition, six competitors from Steinbach Branch also competed, including instructor Knight Marasigan and assistant, Kimi Marasigan. These two southeastern branches accounted for 17 medals that included 2 Gold, 8 Silver, and 7 Bronze medals. The “star of the show” so to speak for Spirit 1 Taekwondo has to go to 9-year old Izabella Nolette of Lorette Branch, a white belt/yellow stripe. With the score tied after two rounds of sparring, her final match against a taller opponent from TRP Academy went into the “sudden death” round. First one to score one or more points wins the gold medal. At the start of the round, Izabella saw an opening and executed a jumping sidekick to her opponent’s torso to clinch that Gold Medal. What makes this more amazing is that she was not taught to perform that very advanced kicking technique during the sparring sessions held at Lorette Parish Hall.

Izabella Nolette saw an opening and executed a jumping sidekick to her opponent’s torso to clinch the Gold Medal.

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Free Park Entry During February During the month of February, residents are being encouraged to get out and enjoy winter activities in the provincial parks. Not only is provincial park entry free for the entire month, there are events planned in a number of parks as well. Park interpreters are offering several guided experiences and interpretive programs such as a wolf howl in Whiteshell Provincial Park taking place on Saturday February 15 or you can learn to ice fish on February 16 on Lyons Lake. There will also be snowshoeing at the Alf’s Hole Goose Sanctuary near the Whiteshell on February 23 and Pine Point Rapids Snowshoeing adventure on March 1. Vehicle permits will not be required, but Snopasses are still required for snowmobiles using groomed trails in the parks, and entrance fees still apply in national parks. There are groomed trails in provincial parks across the province, including Falcon Lake, and St. Malo Provincial Park. They can be used for a variety of activities including cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fat biking, snowshoeing and hiking. Trail grooming reports are updated online every Thursday throughout the winter. Manitobans are encouraged to check trail conditions and weather forecasts before visiting parks to properly plan their outdoor adventure. Maps of winter trails and updated reports can be found at manitobaparks.com.

Steinbach Chamber Offers Young Leadership Program After the success of last year’s inaugural year, the Steinbach Chamber is once again hosting a four part series to connect, educate and develop young professionals. The Young Leaders Breakfast is a fourpart series that starts on March 3 and will take place on the first weekend of the month until June. According to the Steinbach Chamber, the series provides intentional and directed mentorship, community involvement, leadership development, business training and team networking. It is hoped that participants will become more effective as influencers in their circles. The proposed outcome for participants is to develop professional network to lean on and grow with. Enhanced leadership skills and abilities through personal and interpersonal awareness and increased confidence to operate within a business environment are also expected. Along with a deeper appreciation for the value of the Steinbach and southeast Manitoba community. The Young Leaders Breakfast series is open to people under 40, with some leadership ability already recognized through work and peers. The first topic will be an introduction to Leadership and Personal Leadership Style. The following meeting topics include Productive Conflict on April 7, Business Fundamentals on May 5 and Sustainability in Leadership on June 2. To register visit steinbachchamber.com.

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Consequences and Judgement Have you ever done something really stupid and then feared the consequences? Let me share an incident from my early childhood that will illustrate this point very well. I grew up on a farm in central Ontario. We did mixed farming with a few of many types of animals, just trying to make ends meet. My only sister was six years older than me and she loved to tease me and get me upset. When I would react and yell at her, Mother would hear me and I would get in trouble. We grew up wearing hand-me-down clothes, but when my sister became a teenager; my parents bought her a store bought dress. She was so proud of that dress. I do not profess to understand the thought patterns of the human mind, but I do know that somehow I ended up making major alterations on that dress with a pair of scissors. A short time later I was outside playing when I heard my Mother calling me, using my full name in a tone of voice that always meant trouble. Being an obedient son, I immediately ran into the barn and hid in the hay loft. After a while when Mom quit calling my name, I presumed she had given up and forgotten all about the incident. So I sneaked to the barn door, looked out toward the house and saw no one. I opened the barn door just a little bit. Before I knew what was happening Mother’s arm reached around the door, grabbed my arm. The rest of the story is best left to your imagination but I assure you, I never cut up anything else that belonged to my sister. This incident reminds me of the judgment that awaits all of mankind. The Bible says we have all sinned in the eyes of Almighty God. The penalty for that sin is eternal separation from God in a lake of fire. The God of Heaven is a just and holy God and sin must be dealt with. But God is also a loving God and He is not willing that anyone should perish. So He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth 2,000 years ago in human form. Christ died on a cross and took the penalty for everyone’s sins on Himself that day. I bore the penalty many years ago for cutting up my sister’s dress, but years later I put that sin plus all the rest of my sin on Jesus Christ. He forgave me, took all the penalty on Himself and made me a child of God. Are you a child of God today? It was a terrible feeling knowing I was guilty and not wanting to face to consequences. But it was a day of rejoicing when Christ removed all the penalty and guilt. If you haven’t trusted Christ, why not come to Him today? He loves you and is waiting for you to call on Him and He will do the rest. Hebrews 9:27 says, “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Christ will take that judgment for you today, if you let Him!

Connecting Neighbours: Growing Up Inclusive Steinbach Neighbours for Community is presenting Connecting Neighbours: Growing Up Inclusive, a day of presentations, conversations and a little fun! The day is fee including lunch and runs from 10 am to 2 pm. In the morning, Val Hiebert will present Growing up Safe and Strong, an examination of Erikson’s classic psycho-social theory of child development applied to our everyday lives as parents, communities, and our own childhood histories. At 12:30 pm Mary Lou Driedger delivers the keynote address “Raising Inclusive Kids”. How do we help our children develop inclusive attitudes so they can play a vital role in the creation of caring communities where everyone feels welcome? Connecting Neighbours: Growing Up Inclusive will be at the Steinbach Curling Club, Second Floor (Accessible), 357 Elmdale St., Steinbach. Come and enjoy stimulating presentations, a light lunch, and neighbourly conversations. For more info visit steinbachneighboursforcommunity.com.

Falcon Lake hosts 46 Annual Beaver Days On February 8 and 9, the community of Falcon Lake will be bustling with activity as they celebrate the 46th anniversary of their signature winter festival, Beaver Days. The annual event is hosted by the Whiteshell Community Club to raise money for the facility. This year’s event is jam packed with activities for all ages. On Saturday, the event begins with the community gathering in the morning for pancake breakfast, followed by

snowmobile demo rides, snowmobile poker derby, a braid, beard and mustache competition, and the 4 on 4 hockey tournament. Other popular activities included the radar runs, kids’ activities and crafts, horse drawn sleigh rides, community home cooked turkey dinner, and family skating. On Sunday, festival activities continue with a baking contest, braid, beard and mustache completion, vintage snowmobile show, and radar runs.

The first festival was held in 1974 when residents living in the area full time decided to host a winter carnival and snowmobile poker derby. The first three years, the event was limited to a one day poker derby, and dance at the community club lounge. The popularity of the festival quickly outgrew the community club lounge area so the event was moved to the old downstairs ballroom of the El’nor Motel in Falcon Lake.

Grunthal Winter Festival for the Whole Family Over the first weekend of March, the community of Grunthal is hosting a winter carnival on the weekend of March 6 to 8. For three days, the Grunthal Arena, Dropzone, Hanover Ag Fairgrounds, and South Oaks will be the venues for a variety of events that appeal to all ages.

Friday night kicks off with Pickleball at South Oaks School, followed by a Skate-a-thon at the Arena and Pool tournament at the Drop Zone. On Saturday, the day kicks off with a pancake breakfast, and the Vintage Snowmobile Show at the arena. This will be followed by a 15 mile cross country snowmobile ride. There will

also be sleigh rides, face painting, crib tournament, and crafts, broomball tournament, ringette games, and Hockey, followed by Paint Night. On Sunday, the talented skaters from the Grunthal Skating Club will put on their yearly ice show which will be followed by a hockey skills competition and Juniors vs Alumni hockey match.

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Piney Residents Invited to Review Development Plan During February, residents from the RM of Piney will have three opportunities to view the municipal development plan while meeting with elected representatives during “Coffee with Council” community meet and greets. According to council the purpose of the meetings is to give residents within

the RM of Piney an opportunity to join the council to voice concerns or ask council any questions they may have over a cup of coffee. Council has also invited Bluestem Development Ltd. to give a brief presentation on the municipality’s Development Plan and give residents an op-

portunity to discuss that as well. The three meetings will take place February 18 at the Over 40 Club in Piney, February 19 at the Woodridge Community Centre and February 20 at the Evergreen Seniors Centre in Sprague. All meetings will start at 7 pm and run until about 9 pm.

Piney Supports Community Festivals Six community festivals in the RM of Piney will benefit this summer thanks to grants totaling $6,000. The RM of Piney council recently announced this year’s festival grant allocations that will help support events this coming summer in South Junction, Vassar, Woodridge and Sprague. The largest grant of $2,000 is slated

to help out with the 14th Annual South Junction Canada Day which is hosted by the South Junction Community Club. Two grants of $1,000 each will go to the Vassar Community Recreation Centre to help host this year’s RM of Piney Summer Camps and the 50th Anniversary of the Vassar Ball Tour-

nament and Homecoming event. The Woodridge Community Club is getting $1,000 for the 3rd Annual Summer Fun on the Ridge; the Sprague Community Centre was granted $750 for Sprague Fest and Carrick Community Club will receive $250 for hosting the 28th Annual Carrick Days.

City of Steinbach Gears Up to Celebrate Manitoba’s 150th

Thanks to a provincial grant, the City of Steinbach is inviting everyone out to join the community in a celebration of Manitoba’s 150th birthday. The celebration, officially called

Manitoba Homegrown Celebrate 150 Family Day, will be happening on Monday, February 17 on Louis Riel Day in and around the T.G. Smith Centre in Steinbach. While an official schedule is yet to

be released the events will be free, family friendly and filled with activities. Residents are encouraged to mark their calendars and stay tuned for more event details.

Psalm 39:1-13… 1) I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” 2) So I remained utterly silent not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased; 3) my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: 4) “Show me, LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. 5) You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. 6) “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be. 7) “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. 8) Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools. 9) I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this. 10) Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand. 11) When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin, you consume their wealth like a moth surely everyone is but a breath. 12) “Hear my prayer, LORD, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. I dwell with you as a foreigner, a stranger, as all my ancestors were. 13) Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again before I depart and am no more.” (NIV) Because you and I realize the soon coming of Jesus Christ; we have committed ourselves to a certain kind of lifestyle. We will strive to be steady in mind… preserve and safeguard our faith, attempt to see things in their proper perspective, in their proper order. See the things that are important and the things that are not important. We will not allow ourselves to be swept away by sudden and momentary enthusiasm; we will take care that we do not become unbalanced in our walk with Christ. It is only when people see the affairs of the world in the light of the gospel and in the light of eternity that they see them in their proper dimension; it is when God is given his rightful place that everything else seems to takes its proper place. The Psalmist recognizes the frailty of humanity. You and I have lived long enough to understand that life is short; we all know that. But time begs us to ask the question, “What is the Purpose of Life? Am I missing something? What is it that gives meaning to our existence?” This is a current question being asked by many today, and some of them are asking it with a lot of noise. The saying goes. I would not mind having some of the things that other people have! We want what others have, and we want them now. We gaze about and say, “That is for me; we too want a nice little bungalow with an attached two-car garage, heated; and we would not mind a chicken in the pot. Oh yes! I want to be part of the well-off, prosperous social order; but we do not want anything to do with these churchy types of issues, issues that ask us to help where and when help is needed. This problem kind of stuff is not for us… just leave us out of it.” Things did not turn out that way for us, we wanted them too. But somehow, we got tied up in life’s traffic jam, bumped and bruised, a bit of growling and complaining here and there. Our lives became filled with tension, but we turned our lives over to Christ to guide us through this traffic jam. Then another generation came along, saw that we were battered and bruised, they looked around and asked, is this supposed to have purpose and meaning, you could have fooled me; you got to be kidding me. Is this what life being is all about? Wow!! “I only live once; I might as well grab all I can. Today is my day; that is all that matters. Nothing matters since we are all going to end up in eternity anyway.” Let us say it is a wonder of wonders that God’s love covers a multitude of our sins. That is an amazing truth! That sinner as we are, God loves us; that is why He sent His Son. We are just pilgrims and strangers down here, but sometimes we do not think of it that way. Sometimes we want to fix up our little corner of the earth and think it is going to be permanent. We want to wrap ourselves in a blanket of false security. Perhaps we should say, at best we are after all just pilgrims and strangers on earth and that is the way we ought to live our lives. We are on a journey; seeking a city whose builder and maker is God. To God Be the Glory Great Things He Has Done… Would you pray this prayer with me? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have peace in my heart. I really want that peace, joy, and happiness that I long for. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will bring honour to Your Name.” Amen.


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C ommunity E vents Dugald Prairie Voices Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Springfield Library. Falcon Lake Beaver Days - On Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9. Pancake Breakfast, Snowmobile Rides, Snowmobile Poker Derby and Snowmobile Radar Run, 4on4 Hockey Tournament, Cross Country Ski games, kids activities, sleigh rides, 50/50 draw, Beer Gardens, Vintage Sled Show n’ Shine, food and lots more! Alcoholics Anonymous - Whiteshell group meets every Wednesday and Saturday at 8 pm in All People’s Church, Falcon Lake. Come and meet with us or call 204-349-2374. We can help. Friedensfeld The Jets and Wing Day – On Saturday, February 8 at 12 pm, Community Centre. Watch the Jets game on the big screen. Doors open at 12 noon, game starts at 1 pm. Wings, fries, and beverages available all afternoon. 50/50 draw, all proceeds going towards hall improvements. Tickets $20 each (includes 1 order of wings, 1 order of fries, and 1 beverage. Tickets available at the door or call/text Branden at 204-392-5968. 307 Stoneybrook RCAC Squadron - On Thursday nights at 6:15 pm at the Community hall, 32004 Road 35E. Free Program. Cadets participate in a range of training over the course of the school year and over the summer at one of the Summer Training Centres. Subjects include Citizenship, Leadership, Aviation, Aerospace, Navigation, Drill, Physical Fitness, Aircrew Survival, and Marksmanship. Cadets are expected to assist in fundraising to put towards training facilities and costs associated with some optional activities. To register come in person or contact 307rcacs@gmail.com. Grunthal Artistic Connections - Strengthening Parent/Child Relationships through Art offered by Agape House - On Tuesdays, until February 11, 9:30 – 11:30 am at New Horizons, 109 Main St. Six-week program for anyone raising a child, 6 or younger. Childcare will be available for children age 7 and up if needed. Activities include finger painting, drawing, flower making, plus more. There is no cost to attend. Registration is required as space is limited. Contact Donna 204-326-6062. Winter Carnival - From Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8. Pancake Breakfast, Skating, crafts, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, broomball, toboggan races, hockey skills, ringette and lots more! Hadashville Senior’s Social Club - Every Wednesday at 1 pm at the Recreation Centre. For all seniors in the area meet to play cards, shuffleboard, air hockey and pool. Coffee is on and a meal at 2:30 pm. Pool players also gather on Mondays and Fridays if there are enough players. Contact Anthea Lewis 204-8801015. Reynolds Moms & Tots Playgroup – On Wednesdays until June from 10 am – 5 pm. Crafts, Gym Use, Playroom, Snack, Outdoor Play. Contact Angie Hood 204-295-4010 Ile-des-Chênes TAMS Taekwondo – On Tuesday and Thursday from 6 - 8 pm at Ecole IDC School. Contact Master Jackson 204-782-1240, tamstaekwondo.com or tamstaekwondoidc@gmail.com. Ritchot Senior Services at the TransCanada Centre. Call 204339-6141 for more information. A variety of events and activities are available at the TC Energy Centre, 1 Rivard St. Call Dena at 204-878-4915 for more information. Foot Care Clinics – On Monday, March 30 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Call Janice 204-883-2880.

Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Lorette Tache Library Board Member Needed - Bibliothèque Taché Library is looking for one individual committed to providing quality library service to the residents of the RM of Taché. Email a letter of interest as soon as possible to Jo-Dee Huberdeau at jhuberdeau@srsd.ca or leave it at the Library during library hours. Adult Craft Club – On Wednesday, February 12 at the Taché Library, 1082 Dawson Rd. Drop-in, no sign up required. Family Craft – On Tuesday, February 18 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Taché Library. Join us for an evening of crafting, all ages, bilingual event. Register at library or through the CPEF. Lego Club – On Tuesday, February 26 from 6:30—7:30 pm at the Taché Library. Join us to build, create & explore! Dropin, no registration required. Writers Group – Every Thursday from 6:45 to 8 pm at the Taché Library. All levels and abilities welcome. Share your writing with others, share feedback and discuss writing related issues. Ritchot Senior Services: Supper - Every Tuesday and Friday at Le Club des Bles D’. Please reserve your meal one day prior, before 6 pm by calling 204-878-2682 and leave a message. Foot Care Clinics – Wednesday, March 18 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Call Janice 204-883-2880. Attention Newcomers - Have you purchased a home or condo in the area, over the last year? The Welcome Basket Committee of the LUD of Lorette would be happy to answer questions. We have a free basket of coupons, small gifts, samples, brochures, and business cards which have been generously provided by the businesses and organizations. To arrange a visit please e-mail lorettewelcomebasket@gmail.com. No strings attached. PTSD Support Group – Every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the RM of Tache office, Hwy 206. Volunteer support group meeting for posttraumatic stress disorder support group. Chase the Ace Lottery – On Thursdays from 7 - 9 pm with the draw at 9:15 pm at Dawson Trail Motor Inn Bar. Come, support this very much needed complex, at the same time have the chance to chose the Ace of Spade, and win the grand prize jackpot. Hosted by the Community Complex Fundraising Committee. Junior Youth – Every Wednesday from 7 - 8:45 pm at Seine River Church, 1464 Dawson Rd (east of rink) for ages 9 - 12. Free. No registration required. Non-denominational. Contact lorettejryouth@gmail.com, 204-260-9304. Mitchell Seniors’ Valentine’s Day Luncheon – On Friday, February 14, at 12 pm 130 Ash St. Hosted by the Ladies’ Auxiliary. Menu includes soup, sandwiches and dessert for $10/person. Entertainment to follow. Contact Jane Penner 204-346-2469, jpenner@jantre.com. Seniors’ Breakfasts – Every Tuesday, from 8 - 9:30 am at the Seniors’ Centre, 130 Ash St. Open to all. Cost $3 to $6. Bring a friend and enjoy the fellowship. Contact Jane Penner, 204-346-2469, jpenner@jantre.com.

Story Time in Pyjamas - Every Thursday evening at the Ritchot Library Ecole Regional Gabrielle-Roy at 6:30 pm. Ages 2-8 however all ages are welcome.

New Bothwell Winter Carnival – On Friday, February 7 at 6 pm at the Community Club, 50 Park Bay. Joins us for Family fun with Cribbage Tournament ($20/Team), public skating, Toboggan slide, Kids movie, popcorn, canteen. On Saturday, start with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 am, hockey tournament, kid’s activities, Bingo, Ice Scramble and Silent Auction.

Kleefeld Community Playgroup - For parents, caregivers and children up to age 5. Activities include time for playing, stories, songs and snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 204-377-5013.

Niverville GriefShare - If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one we wish to help, you get support and learn about the grieving process. Contact 204-381-1155 to register or go to Nivervillegriefshare.com.

La Broquerie Co-Ed Volleyball League – On Thursdays until at the Ecole St Joachim, 29 Normandeau Bay. Co-Ed Volleyball League has room for teams! 2 divisions. Minimum 3 women per team of 6. All games are played in Labroquerie. $300/team. Contact Jo-Anne Dalton, 204-791-3868, venusmars@isislight.ca.

Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62-4th Avenue S.) Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com.

Chase The Ace – On Wednesdays at 6 pm at The Frantz Inn, Hwy 52. Tickets $1 each, from 6 - 8 pm. Draw takes place at 8:10 pm. If the Ace is not pulled, the winner will take home 10% of that night’s ticket sales and 45% will be added to the next week’s Jackpot. Every week that the Ace of Spades in not pulled, the pot grows larger! Funds raised to support Agape House. Contact 204-326-6062.

Paradise Village Paradise Squares Dance Club - Modern Square Dancing is fun and a great social activity. Couples and singles are welcome. Contact Larry 204-422-5424.

Seine River Services for Seniors - Health Centre/Centre de Santé from Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Contact Community Resource Coordinator Juliette Rowan, 204-424-5285 or labseinerss@gmail.com. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s

Pinawa Whiteshell Toastmasters – Tuesdays at 11:30 am at Whiteshell Laboratories, 1 Ara Mooradian Way. Sign-in required. Prawda Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am at the Reynolds School Gym. Free to parents and children. Snacks provided. Contact Cassie 204-793-8290. Richer Richer Recovery AA - Group meets Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at LUD Hall in Richer. Contact Paul at 204-422-7673.

Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating grades 8 and 12. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult to be on premises and must play bingo. Doors Open at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart Club, 22 Dawson Rd. MGCC License # BI/BO4164. Contact Doreen Pchajek at 422-5243 or doreen@spmf.ca. Sarto Ukrainian Dance Club – On Mondays from 7 - 8 pm at the Sarto Hall. Join the Sarto Polevnyi Ukrainian Dance Club for the season! You do not need to be Ukrainian to dance! Boys & girls, ages 3 to adult, no prior experience required! Cost starts at $150/year. Sprague Sprague & District Historical Museum - Open by appointment from June – September 30. Explore life as it was in the early days. Free Admission. Donations Accepted. Contact 204-4372210, 204-437-2209 or 204-437-4686. St. Adolphe Ritchot Senior Services Programs: Grocery Delivery Presentation – On Tuesday, February 11 at 10 am. Did you know you can have your deliveries delivered right to your door? Learn how easy it is to take advantage of this service. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. Programs located at 457 Main St. Call or email to pre-register 204-883-2880, ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Valentine Bingo - On Tuesday, February 18 from 1 - 2:30 pm. Cost $2. Games will be played for fun prizes. Call ahead to reserve a seat, 204-883-2880. Men’s Coffee Time - On the first Tuesday of the month at 10 am, 457 Main St. Gentlemen it’s your time. Stop in for a cup, chat with friends or maybe a game of cards. Cost $2 for coffee and snack. Foot Care Clinic – On Tuesday, March 17 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Call Janice 204-883-2880. Chair Fit – On Mondays from 10:45 - 11:15 am. Free. Gentle workout to help strengthen and lengthen muscles, improve range of motion from a chair or using a chair. Wear clean supportive foot wear. These classes are designed for those that are new to exercise, recovering from injury or just enjoy a gentler exercise experience. You will never be asked to get down on the floor at anytime during these workouts. Quilting & Knitting – On Wednesdays from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Join on creating lap quilts for the Alzheimer society. We need volunteers to help not only with sewing but cutting, ironing, and organizing. Knitting is your thing, no problem we also knit scarves, toques, mittens and slippers that are then donated to different organizations and are shared with those in need over the cold winter months. Strength & Balance – On Mondays and Fridays until February, from 9:15 - 10:15 am. Free. A 6-month program includes exercise for balance and strength as part of a Falls Prevention Program. Participants must commitment to 2x a week for the 6 months. Limited space available. Yoga Balanced & Chill (Advanced Level) – On Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 1:30 pm. Cost $20. A 1 hour of strength, balance and gentle stretching. Bring a small throw blanket and maybe even an eye pillow to enjoy the guided relaxation portion of these classes. Designed to be done barefoot but bring your warm socks. Drumming for Fitness (Advanced level) - On Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 9:15 am. Cost $20. A 1 hour session, dance to the beat of your own drum. Using drum sticks and a large stability ball to move to the rhythm. Senior’s Skate – On Thursdays, from 2:30–4 pm at the rink. Club Amical Lunches and Bingo – Resumes in March on Thursdays at Club Amical 344 Main St. A homemade meal for only $8. Call to place your take-out order 204-883-2491 pick-up at 12 pm or eat in. Pickleball 50+ - On Thursdays, from 6 - 7:30 pm at the St. Adolphe School Gym. Contact Maria and Gerard 204-7713162, email thegills@shaw.ca. Beginners encouraged to come out and try. C.H.I.L.D program – On Wednesdays from 9:30 - 10:30 am at Ecole St. Adolphe School. Children’s introduction to learning and development. Contact sas@srsd.ca or 204-883-2182. St. Malo Cross Country Ski Clinic – On Sunday, February 16 from 1 – 4 pm, St. Malo Provincial Park. 1 clinic every hour - 3 clinics led by Trinette from Cross Country Ski Association of MB Sponsored by Rat River Rec Association. Equipment provided by St. Malo Cross Country Ski Club.

Army Cadets. Leadership, citizenship, community service, sports, orienteering, canoeing, marksmanship, drill, band and more. For all youth aged 12 - 18. Enrollment is Free, No deadline to register. Contact Capt. Roxanne Maynard, Commanding Officer 204-324-4034, roxanne.maynard@ cadets.gc.ca or 3234mbhorse.info@gmail.com. Stay and Play Group – Every Monday from 9:30 – 11:30 am at YFC Cinema. Snacks, coffee served, childcare available. The Knights of Columbus - The St-Pierre Carillon Council – On the first Thursday of the month at 482 Jolys Ave. W. Contact 204-433-7633. Ste. Agathe Foot Care Clinic - On Monday, March 16 at the Community Centre with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Preregister, contact Janice 204-883-2880. Seniors Group Card Games – On Tuesdays from 1:30 - 4:30 pm at the Community Centre, 183 Pembina Trail. Membership $10 a year. Bring a friend Day. Contact 204-882-2180. Taekwondo - Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15 - 7:30 pm at Ecole Sainte Agathe hosted by Kang’s Taekwondo Academy. Cost $40/month. Family rates available. Contact Jason Barnabe, jason.barnabe@gmail.com or 204-802-3458. Ste. Anne Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Support Group – Second Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm, Villa Youville. Support group for people who want to inform themselves with current information that will help improve the quality of life. Seine River Services for Seniors – Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Contact Mélanie Brémaud at 204-4245285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or labseinerss@gmail.com. Ste. Geneviève Library Night – On 2nd Tuesday every month, at the Community Centre from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Large selection of books in both French and English, for children and adults. Special requests can be made to the librarian, e-mail btl@srsd.ca or 204-878-9488 or in person. Come for a visit and see what we are all about. Steinbach An Evening with the Authors – On Thursday, February 6 at 7 pm, Mennonite Heritage Village, 231 PTH 12 North. Join us with special guests, Mayor Earl Funk, Authors Andrea Thiessen, Dennis Fast, Dr. Arden Thiessen and Ralph Friesen. Admission is free. For more details call 204-326-9661. On-Farm Water Management – On Friday, February 7 and February 14 at 10 am, Smitty’s Banquet Room, 145 Park RD. Seine Rat Roseau Watershed District presents: Landowner Information Session to Receive Alternative Land Use Payments. Do you have lands that are wet and difficult to manage? Are you interested in better ways to manage water on your farm? Find out how you can receive annual payments for providing ecological goods and services. Free Refreshments. RSVP to Joey at 204-326-1030 ext. 1 or email info@srrcd.ca. Steinbach Sunset Riders Light Horse & Pony 4H Club – On Saturday, February 8, at 10 am, 430 Second Street. A Club Public Speaking/Communications Event (judged). 4-H is about developing new leaders and with that means having clear communication. Contact Tara Reimer 204-392-6308, tara@cloud9ranch.ca. Steinbach and Area Garden Club - On Monday, February 10 at 7 – 8:30 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. “All Abuzz About Gardening’. Pick up a few tricks of the trade for successfully starting seedlings to improve germination and grow strong transplants. Shea Doherty, Manager of Our Farm Greenhouses and gardening guru. Non-members $5. Contact Anne Peters 204-326-2396, agpeters@mymts.net. Visit sagardenclub.com for information and cost. Sport Manitoba Rural Athlete Development Program – On Monday, February 10 at 7:30 pm, 306 Main St. A 15-week program, individualized and supervised training for athletes with a background in competitive sport for ages 13 – 21, pursuing high-level competitive success in their sport and/or have the possibility of attending the 2020 Manitoba Games or Niagara 2021 Canada Games. $225/athlete. Contact Jacquie at 204-229-2673 or jacqueline.mazur@sportmanitoba.ca if you have any questions.

St. Pierre-Jolys Winterfest – Friday evening, February 28 and Saturday, February 29, Carillon Parc. Enjoy winter X-games, bannock, cross-country ski clinics, Snow tubing, Freestyle Snowmobile shows, Axe throwing, Archery, Snow sculpting, Boot hockey tournament, dog sleds, Cross-Country skiing, Heated tent, Social in the evening with Social featuring the Ricky Smits and much more!

Winterfest – On Saturday, February 15 at 9 am at the Mennonite Heritage Village, 231 PTH 12 North. Free admission. Hot dogs, soup, and hot chocolate will be available for purchase, as will a Faspa Menu. Horse-drawn sleigh rides 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Crokinole Tournament registration at 10 am, Storytime in the Semlin at 10:30 am. Our special guest, Tibert le Voyageur a Métis Storyteller at 2:30 pm in the Main Auditorium. Other activities, games, contests, prizes, snow sculpting, bonfire, roasting marshmallow, Crokicurl, skating, sledding, walking in the village. Contact Marilee Arthur 204326-9661, marileea@mhv.ca.

Army Cadets – On Thursdays, from 7 – 8:30 pm, Community Hall, 545 Hébert Ave. Join the 3234-Manitoba Horse RCACC

Diamond Aces RC Flying Club Show – On Saturday, March 14 at 10 am, Clearspring Centre. Radio air control display, Dia-

mond Aces pilots available to chat and answer questions. If you have a plane of interest to display, bring it along and join the fun. Bring a card bearing your name and airplane details to include in the display. Contact Larry Moore 204-326-2919, larry.moore@mymts.net. Nobody’s Perfect – On Fridays, March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 17 and 24 from 1 - 3 pm, Family Resource centre. Free support for Moms and Dads of children from birth to age 6. Register 204-346– 0413, Maggie@steinbachfrc.ca. TAILS: Therapy Animals Involved in Literacy Skills - Sessions run every Tuesday, for 8 weeks, until March 17. Children must have basic reading skills to be registered for this program. A free, motivational, confidence building, low stress canine-assisted reading program for children who are experiencing difficulties with reading. This program provided by the partnership with St. John Ambulance’s Animal Therapy Service Volunteers. Contact Madison Redekopp 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Write or Wrong: Creative Writers Group – Meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Writers, join us for our Creative Writers’ Group. Enjoy the company of fellow writers and if you would like, bring a selection of writing to share and have critiqued (max. 5 pages). For ages 16 and up. Contact Madison Redekopp, 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Steinbach Sizzlers 4-H – On Mondays at 7 pm, United Church, 541 Main St. Join the fun of Learning to Do by Doing! Work on projects like woodworking, cooking, baking, sewing, welding, photography and many more! For children 8 years old and up. Contact Tatiana 204-429-2107, loonlover06@ gmail.com. Steinbach Alpha Unit - Meet up every Sunday at Clearspring Centre mall from 8 - 10 pm for a truck and car club. Any and all vehicles are welcome to join or if you just want to come down to check it out everyone is welcome. Contact Beau Friesen 204-381-0647, beaufriesen98@hotmail.com. Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi – On Wednesdays, at 7 pm at the United Church, 541 Main St. Ancient Taoist Tai Chi art develops a strong body, balanced and energetic mind that is calm and clear, creative and dynamic. Learn 108 moves of Taoist Tai Chi and feel the benefits. All of our classes are led by qualified instructors. Contact Veronica Klassen 204-3926565, Winnipeg@taoist.org. PTSD Support Group- On the last Thursday of each month, at 7 pm at the Steinbach Legion. Volunteer support group meeting for posttraumatic stress disorder. Movie Night at the Library – Every 4th Friday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library. We alternate between a family movie and a classic movie. Free admission and popcorn are included. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Madison Redekopp 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Breast Feeding Group – On Fridays at 10:30 am at the Steinbach Family Resource Centre for a support group, current information and a variety of presentations. Contact 204-3460413. Toddler & Me Story Hour - Classes offered three times a year for a 10-week session in Fall and Winter and a 5-week session in Spring. Classes are free. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, literacy and parenting tips, crafts and snack for parents and their children ages 1-3. Advanced In-person registration is required. Limited space available. Drop In Book Club – 2nd Tuesday every month at 7 pm in the Jake Epp Library. We’ll post the book for discussion that month and if you’d like to join us please stop by. If you want to start your own book club instead, you can always take advantage of our Book Club collections. No sign up required. Just read the book and come hang out. Knit-Wits Drop-In Club for Adults - Every 4th Monday of the month, from 6 – 9 pm at the Jake Epp Library. This is for anyone interested in fibre handcrafts such as knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, needlepoint etc. This is not a class but a casual knitting circle for all skill levels. Please bring your own items/supplies. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) – On Wednesdays, from 8:45 - 10:30 am at the Royal Canadian Legion. Cost $2/ week. A weight control support group that helps take off pounds sensibly and keep off pounds sensibly. Contact BettyLou Toews at 326-6397. Eastman Immigrant Services - Many events and activities to support and help you make new friends. Volunteer to help at our community events. Southeast Entry Program Online: Learn about Health Care, Employment and Laws. To register for this 4-week online program, contact Josie@eastmanis. com, 204-346-6609 or email lois@eastmanis.com. Eastman Safety Upcoming Programs - Located at 385 Loewen Blvd. Register online at eastmansafety.ca or contact 1-204371-1595. Creativi-Tea Time Adult Colouring Group - Twice monthly on the 2nd Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:30 pm and on the 2nd Friday from 1 - 3 pm at the Jake Epp Library. Cost Free. Join us for a time of relaxation, tea and colouring. Tea and supplies are provided but you are welcome to bring your own!

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Steinbach Girl Guides - Every Tuesday at the United Church of Steinbach, 541 Main St. Registration for girls 5 - 17. Develop personal values and well-being, self-respect and respect for others; promote fun, friendship, adventure and challenges through new experiences; develop leadership and decision-making skills; give service to the community; value the natural environment. The Steinbach Rotary Club - Meets every Monday at noon except when Monday falls on a long weekend at the Chicken Chef, 365 Main Street, visitors are welcome. Contact Cornie at 326-3155. Mental Health Information and Support sessions - Family and friends of people with mental health issues are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Eden East building, 21 Loewen Blvd. Contact Kim at 371-0824 or email eastmanmss@mts.net. Steinbach and Area Lions Club - Meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Helping Hands. Contact Henry 204-392-7750 if you are interested in attending or joining. Carillon Toastmasters - Every Thursday at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library, 255 Elmdale St. Meetings open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Contact Irene at 204-424-5737. Al-Anon Program – Meets on Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. Contact Lloyd 204326-4365. Al-Anon 12 Step Recovery Group - Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at United Church, 541 Main St, front door, ring doorbell. All are welcome. Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group starts at 4:30 pm at Steinbach Family Resource Centre B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 204-346-0413. Tolstoi Valentine’s Fundraising Social – On Saturday, February 8 at 8 pm, Ukrainian National Home. All proceeds go towards funding the installation of a water system for the canteen and washroom facility at the park. The social features music from Big Show productions, a night lunch and silent auction. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from the Can-Am corner, from Kayla 204-427-2813 or Karina 204-427-3376, tolstoicommunitypark@hotmail.com. Vita Stay and Play – On Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am, at the Shevchenko School for children ages 0 - 5 along with their parents/caregivers are welcome to join us for a fun, free, educational learning program. Crafts, snacks, songs, games and story time! Facilitator: Andrea Smith. Contact Penny Horvorka-Alcock 204-425-3535. Woodridge Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance – On Saturday, February 8 at 5 pm, Community Club, 69 Denis St. For a fun evening with your special someone. Tickets $25 and includes dinner, music and entertainment by Small Town Limits. Dinner 5 - 6:30 pm. Cash Bar. Purchase tickets in advance (on or before February 1) from any WCC board member or at the Woodridge Vintage Corner Store. Vintage Snowmobile Show and Shine – On Saturday, March 7 at 9 am, Community Club. South East Sno-Riders host their 10th annual event and 20-mile ride on a non-designated groomed trail. All snowmobiles manufactured in 1995 and older will be able to participate in the Show & Shine with trophies awarded for different categories. $10 entry fee per snowmobile includes a drink and hotdog at the half way point of the ride. All the proceeds donated to the Never Alone Foundation, a nationally registered charity committed to improving the lives of people affected by Cancer. The Mobile Clinic – Is onsite on the third Thursday of every month from 9 am – 4 pm at the Community Club. Contact for appointments 1-855-644-3515 or southernhealth.ca.

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Puzzling Attraction

Games Day & Games Night – Every 1st Saturday of the month from 12 – 5 pm and the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6 – 8:30 pm, at the Jake Epp Library. Come down to play strategy games. Bring a friend, your strategies and games. Test your skills and have fun. Ages 14 and up unless accompanied by an adult. Contact 204-326-6841, programs@ jakeepplibrary.com. Royal Canadian Legion – Meets on 1st Tuesday every month at 8 pm until June and Ladies Auxiliary meets 1st Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Steinbach Legion Community Hall, 294 Lumber Ave.

February 2020

What is the attraction to puzzles? I’m not talking about the murder mysteries where you try to figure out who dunnit (although those are great too) and I’m not talking about the puzzles of “Honey, have you seen my keys?” or “Why is the TV remote in the fridge?” I’m talking about the cardboard puzzles with the pictures printed on them. You know the ones that have been around forever and a day and can be found in almost every home. What could be the attraction

to people that they’d spend hours upon hours trying to get these little, oddly shaped pieces to lock together and to eventually form some wonderful picture? In my home, with my family, doing puzzles means time spent together. Time to talk, time to laugh and time to work together for a common goal. In the end, when the puzzle is done we can all stand back and admire our joint accomplishment. Since we have a specific table that we use for puzzling on, we will often leave the puzzle attached for several days so that we can walk by and admire the picture. After enough days have passed, we will take a photo of it and then we will have the joy of dismantling the puzzle, often done with much gusto. We have even begun a bit of a sharing circle with other family

members. After we have finished one and it has been re-boxed, we will trade it to another member that is interested in doing that particular one and we will often borrow one from them. The latest puzzles that we’ve completed were a drawing of a campfire next to a calm lake scene complete with scampering critters. We’ve done a beautiful puzzle that featured a blood-red dragon as it protects its’ horde of golden treasure. Very cool! My wife and I actually bought that one as a family gift this past Christmas. We all enjoyed putting it together except for my daughter who didn’t care much for the dragon. The puzzle that we are currently working on is of a tabletop covered in donuts. There are so many different types of sprinkles, icing and designs that this puzzle is excellent

to do. This one, my daughter really enjoys working on! We do own a couple of puzzles that no one has yet dared to begin. One of which features a short, white building with blue sky above and blue water below, at a 1,000 pieces this would take a lot of trial and error. Another monster puzzle that we have is 2,500 pieces and is of a castle on a cliff with the cliff and the castle being pretty much the same colour of sandstone! Maybe one day we will attempt them... maybe. I’d have to say that the joy of puzzling comes down to the accomplishment of the task, the enjoyment of my fellow puzzlers and the wonder that is felt each and every time as piece by piece this picture comes alive right before my eyes. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.


February 2020

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

RCMP FILES Memberships: 2020 memberships available for $30 per person. Join now to enjoy our member’s benefits.Check out our Website and register to receive your newsletter by email. Other Programs and Services: Monday to Friday Full lunch: $7. Soup lunch: (Soup, dessert and a biscuit) $3. Call kitchen at 204-320-4605 the day before or before 9am to reserve your meal. Foot Care Clinic - Call reception at 204-320-4600 to book your appointment. Beltone Hearing - Call 1-800-661-2653 to book an appointment. Community Financial Counselling Services – Mondays, February 10 and March 16 - call 1-888-573-2383. Cottage Cheese Perogies - For sale $6 per dozen. Transportation - Need a ride to an appointment and or in need of some help with cleaning or yard work? You may qualify for our services. Call Carrie to help arrange this for you 204-320-4604 for a small fee. Equipment Loan Program - Wheelchairs and walkers for temporary use available, contact Carrie at 204-320-4604 for more information. Friendly Visitor - Do you want to have someone spend some time with you either at home or out in the community? Do you know someone who is unable to leave their home often but would benefit from a friendly visit? Call Carrie and she will try to match someone up with a friendly visitor. Volunteer Opportunities: All ages welcome to volunteer. Please call Sonja at 204-320-4603 for more information. We are looking for Friendly Visitors, Maintenance, Meal Delivery, and Office Support. Specials Coming up: Cooking Demo – Thursday, February 27, $6/person. Cooking for Two. Call to register. Pancake Breakfast - Fourth Thursday of every month, $5/person, 9 am - 11 am. Crossings Funeral Care – Wednesday, February 5, 2 - 4 pm, Presentation on Preparing and Planning ahead. Old Time Country Dance - Featuring “Aging with Time” February 28, from 7 - 11pm. Cost $12 for members, $15 for non-members. Regular Programs and Activities: Check out the Newsletter on our website patporteralc.com for more information. Activities may be cancelled due to other events on short notice. Please check with the Centre. Please note that all programs, activities and events are open to any age. Our programs are aimed for seniors but we welcome and encourage all to be a part of what we have to offer. All programs and activities are $2 for Members and $4 for Non-Members unless otherwise stated. Drop-in: Billiards - Monday – Friday, 9 am - 3:30 pm. Book Club - Every Tuesday from 11 am - 12 pm, every Friday 1 - 2 pm. Cards & Games - Monday – Friday, 1 - 4 pm. Choir – Wednesdays, 10 - 11:30 am. Computer Classes - Wednesdays 9 am – 2 pm one-on-one 1 hour appointments. Exercise Classes – Tuesday, Fitness 1 -1:45 pm and Thursday, PACE 1 - 1:45 pm. Fitness Drumming - Wednesdays, 1 - 1:45 pm, 10 sessions. Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle - Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4 pm. HO Model Railway Project -Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 am - 4 pm. Movie Time Potluck - “Adopt a Highway”, on Monday, February 24 at noon. Bring a small lunch dish and enjoy a movie and fellowship. Old Time Country Jam -Wednesdays, 7 - 9 pm. Out with Friends – On Fridays, February 14 and 28, 7 - 10 pm, bring a snack, play board/card games, and enjoy the evening together. Beginners Pickleball - Mondays and Fridays 1 – 3 pm. Advanced Pickle Ball - Monday to Friday 9 - 11:30 am. Tai Chi - Back in March on Mondays 10 - 11:30 am. Cross Fit Class - Mondays 1 – 2 pm. Join Colin and Jeff from CrossFit Steinbach for a series of fun workouts that focus on the basic movements of daily living. New: Dance Lessons - Mondays, 7 – 8 pm, instructor Ron and Margaret Doerksen will teach waltz, polka, 2 step, heel-toe, seven step and more. $2 member, $4 non- member. Eauphoric Aqua Massage - Free Foot & Calf Massage, February 4, 6 am - 12 pm and February 20, 1- 4 pm. Homework Club - Need help with school? Get help with all things school from educated volunteers! On Mondays from 4 - 6 pm. Free Programs: Walking - 8:30 – 9 am and Noon – 1 pm, Monday to Friday. Crafty Corner - Every Friday, 2 -3:30 pm. Cozy Corner Coffee - Every day, 10:30 am. Enjoy a complimentary coffee an occasional treat and some great conversation. Rentals: We accommodate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, showers, meetings, family gatherings and much more. Call Sonja at 204-320-4603 for more information and to book. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities, please drop by the Centre Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. For further information call Sonja at 204-320-4603 or reception at 204-320-4600, Fax 204-320-9098.

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).

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Quick Change Scam On December 30 the Brandt Street Co-op made a report of a “Quick change scam”. An unknown adult male suspect fraudulently obtained money from a cashier. Police are looking for more information to identify the male. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment or Crime Stoppers.

Steinbach Man Charged in Joint Investigation A joint investigation between RCMP detachments in Falcon Beach, Steinbach, and Lac du Bonnet has resulted in the recovery of well over $200,000 of stolen property. On January 27, RCMP said officers travelled to the Hadashville area, where they had heard there were stolen goods. Upon arrival police discovered a stolen semi-tractor along with a stolen trailer loaded with brand new Can-Am products, including eight sideby-sides and four quads. Police said during the investigation, another stolen cube van was also located. Terrence Broesky and William Pachniowski, both in their 30s, are facing several theft-related charges. The Mounties said they are continuing to investigate to determine the involvement of two additional males who were arrested during the recovery of stolen goods. The charges against them have not been proven in court.

Hunt for Shoplifter On January 14 at approximately 15:38 pm, Steinbach RCMP received a report of shoplifting at the Mark’s in the Clearspring Centre, Steinbach. The suspect is described as male Caucasian in his later 40’s to early 50’s. Should you know the identity of the person you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment or Crime Stoppers.

Fatal Rollover Claims Driver On January 9 at approximately 4:30 pm, St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP responded to a single vehicle rollover on Provincial Road 311, approximately 3 km east of Provincial Road 216. The initial investigation has determined that a vehicle, being driven by a 52-year-old male, was travelling eastbound on PR 311 when he attempted to pass another vehicle and lost control. The vehicle rolled multiple times in the south ditch. The driver, from Blumenort, was the lone occupant of the vehicle, and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in the collision.

RCMP Track Down Impaired Hit and Run Driver On January 2 at approximately 7:12 pm, Steinbach RCMP responded to a Motor Vehicle Collision involving a Dodge Ram truck and Chevrolet Equinox at the intersection of Lumber Ave and Main St in Steinbach. The Equinox was proceeding north on Lumber Ave when it was struck by the Dodge Ram truck travelling eastbound through the intersection. The male driver of the truck was noticed leaving the scene but with the assistance of the public was located a short time later at his residence where signs of impairment were noted. As a result, a 25-year old male from Steinbach will be facing charges of Driving while over 80 mg%, as well as Disobeying Traffic Control Device and Fail to exchange information at the scene of a motor vehicle collision. The 78-year old female Equinox driver from Steinbach was taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries. RCMP would like to thank the public’s assistance in this matter.

Trailer Found but Missing Two Snowmobiles RCMP were notified on Jan 4 about a theft that occurred between January 3 at 7 pm and January 4 at 3 am. The theft was of two snowmobiles and a trailer stolen from the 27000 area of Highway #302 in the RM of La Broquerie. The snowmobiles are described as a 2008 MXZ Renegade 800 R with Manitoba plate 8E900 and a 2003 Skidoo 600MXZ with Manitoba plate 9G891. The trailer was located on Road 33 N and Funks Drive in the RM of La Broquerie later that day at approximately 8:15 pm; however the snowmobiles are still missing. 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.

Stolen Big Screen TV On January 2 at approximately 8:30 pm, an unknown male entered the Walmart and stole a 43” LG UHD television. The male was seen wearing a black jacket, red hoodie, red ball cap, brown pants and black snow boots. The male is described as Caucasian with a dark beard. He was seen getting into a blue hatchback vehicle or van.

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Stolen Truck Abandoned

TV Snatched

On January 15 at approximately 2:05 am, Steinbach RCMP received report of a stolen black F350 with Manitoba plate HXF493 from a residence on Aspen Grove Rd in Steinbach. With approximately 1/4 tank of fuel, the vehicle was last observed travelling eastbound on Clearspring Rd. The following decal, JG Towing is located on both of the back quarter panels of the truck. The vehicle was recovered around 11:36 pm in a farmyard located on 38 Rd N in the RM of Ste Anne in the 36000 area. If you have any information on the whereabouts of the truck or any other 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.

On January 8 a male walked out of a business in Steinbach with a 32 inch television without paying. The male is described as approximately 5’4” tall, medium build, tattoo below his right ear. The driver of a Burgundy/Red Nissan Altima waited in the parking lot for the male. The male put the television in the back seat of the car and then drove away. The Steinbach RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying any suspects. Please contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment or Crime Stoppers.

Generator Stolen

Truck Recovered, Suspects Still at Large Steinbach RCMP received a theft report of a grey GMC Sierra 1500 from a farmyard located on 38 Rd N in the RM of Ste. Anne in the 36000 area. The vehicle was last observed in the farmyard around midnight on January 14 and was recovered on January 22 early in the morning ,abandoned on a Winnipeg street. No suspects have been identified as of yet. If you have any information in regards to the above 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 Want to Identify Bike Thieves On January 1 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft of bicycle on Rosewood Drive in Steinbach. The suspects were captured on video surveillance and the police are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the individuals. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-3264452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

On January 28 a residence on Harmony St. in Steinbach was broken into and a green Apache 4500 Generator was stolen. Police are looking for any tips or information regarding this offence. 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.

Car Vandal Sought On January 5 at approximately 11:33 am, Steinbach RCMP received report of mischief to a Honda Accord vehicle parked at a residence on Birch Ave in Mitchell. The mischief occurred between January 3, 12 pm and January 5, 11 pm. The damage consisted of the passenger side window, rear windows and windshield smashed and the tires being slashed. 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.

Bikes Stolen

Business Loses Tools Before Christmas On December 12 at approximately 9:55 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break and enter that occurred on Clearspring Rd in Steinbach. Tools and supplies were taken from a trailer unit at Friesen Hauling & Excavating. The estimated cost of goods stolen is approximately $4,000. Although there was no security footage available, the suspects were reported to be driving a car or SUV according to the tire tracks left. 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.

On January 1 at approximately 4:30 pm, Steinbach RCMP received report of two stolen bicycles sometime within the last 5 days. One bicycle is described as a black EVO bicycle and the other a grey Ironhorse Mountain bicycle. Both were located inside a fenced in yard with a locked gate from a residence on Oak Crescent in Steinbach. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment or Crime Stoppers.

Calling All Southeast Artists Adult and student artists are encouraged to register now as part of the 22nd Annual Southeast Open Judged Exhibit (SOJE). The Open Judged Exhibit is open to all adults and students residing in the southeast region, all art mediums and skill levels. Deadline to register is February 7, 2020, with artwork submission taking place from February 7-21. “The SOJE is always such an exciting event at SAC and in our arts

community in general,” said Chief Creative Officer, Cindi Rempel Patrick. “There are new artists submitting every year, and returning artists being showcased as well. It’s an exhibit that brings together the artistic community in a huge way, embracing all art mediums, oils, acrylics, photography, crafts, quilting, woodworking, and more.” The two categories, Juvenile (ages 4-18) and Adult (18+), are now open for registration online at SteinbachA-

rtsCouncil.ca. Due to limited space, artists may enter only one piece/craft per person. There is a registration fee of $10 for adult entrants and no fee for students. Artwork will be displayed at the Steinbach Arts Council from March 6 - April 15. For full details or to register, visit steinbachartscouncil.ca/southeast open judged art exhibit. For more information contact the Visual Arts Coordinator at 204-346-1077.

February 2020


Southeast Open Judged Exhibit- Calling amateur Artists of all ages. Any style, any medium- as long as it fits into the building. This year the exhibit runs from March 6 - April 15 and the application deadline is on February 7. Spring Break Out Camps – Hey Kids Spring Break looking bleak? Sign up before February 15 and get $10 off. We have music, drama, visual arts, dance, field trips, swimming and much more! Camp runs for kids ages 5 - 7 and 8 - 11 from March 30 - April 3, 9 am-4 pm. Winter Programs & Classes Celebrating 40 years of the arts - Try any class at no cost. Register online at steinbachartscouncil.ca, by phone at 204.346.1077, or come into the SAC office to register. Benefits of the Backyard Theatre Company - The Backyard Theatre Company (BTC) offers a variety of theatre programs for ages 5 - 17. BTC helps build people skills, confidence, and ignites creativity. Join us for a free class to check out all the excitement of the Backyard Theatre Company. B.O.S.S. Dance Academy - Introductory 12 week classes in Dance4Tots, Hip Hop and ballet now available until age 9. No fundraising, no costume fees – just try it out. Languages - French Beginner & Intermediate. Visual Arts - Kids: Art Adventures, Art X-travaganza. Teens - Mixed Art, Pottery Passion, Cartoon Illustration. Adults - Painting with Colleen Watchorn- Contemporary and Abstract Acrylics from February 4 - 25. Workshops - Wood Burning, Stained Glass, Calligraphy 101 and more. Need financial assistance? Call 204-346-1077 for info about our Creative Arts Bursary Fund. Groove with Nancy McNaughton - A fun dance experience that nurtures the mind body, heart and soul. No experience required. On Saturdays, January 18, 25, February 1 and 8 from 10 - 11:30 am. $49 per person. Call 204-878-0262 to register and for more info. Upcoming Shows: Prairie Theatre Exchange - Presents Robert Munsch’s Classic “The Paper Bag Princess” on Saturday, February 8, 2 pm, SRSS Theatre. Tickets $14. Community Drama: “Lend me a Tenor.” One hilarious catastrophe after another, this comic play will have you laughing all evening long. A stellar cast of locals, its Southeast Community Theatre’s SAC debut. Don’t miss it! On Friday, March 6, 7:30 pm and Saturday, March 7, 2 pm and 7:30pm, SRSS Theatre. Tickets $12 and $18. Community Musical: Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man”. One of the most famous musicals of all time, this Tony Award-Winning Musical Comedy is fun for the whole family. From Thursday - Saturday, April 16 - 18, 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 19, 2 pm, SRSS Theatre. Tickets $12 and$20. Tickets available online, or phone at 204-346-1077. Season Tickets: It’s not too early. Get your name on the list of season subscribers today, and never worry about missing a single concert next season. Call David Klassen or Tara Schellenberg at 204-346-1077 to secure your seats. Southeast Centre for Music: Steinbach Youth Chorus - Under the direction of Gabriela Gallo, it’s the perfect singing opportunity for students ages 9 - 13. Call for info. Music Lessons - Southeast Centre for Music the Centre for Excellence. Interested in music lessons? Don’t wait! Spaces available in most disciplines - Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Musical Theatre and Youth Choir. Call or email today and connect with a teacher that’s right for you. Email scm@steinbachartscouncil.ca. Exhibits: Photography by Julie Yatzko, EMBrACE: “Art Brings Communities Together”. Exhibit Runs until February 28. Giveosity Fundraiser Donate for a Chance to Win! Support SAC and win $2500! Make a donation to SAC and have the opportunity to win $2500 cash OR take the $2500 Expedia ‘travel anywhere’ gift card. Visit Giveosity.com/SAC, text “SAC” to 393939. Call 204-346-1077 for more details. View events and purchase tickets online steinbachartscouncil.ca.

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