Dawson Trail Dispatch July 2020

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July 2020

Southeast Grads Find Unique Ways to Celebrate

Classes Resume in September

Lorette Collegiate grads gathered at the arena before driving through town in the first ever community grad parade. Photo by SA Dorge

Green Valley School grads celebrate in Grunthal.

By Marianne Curtis When school doors closed prematurely students were left learning at home and this year’s graduates were left wondering what happened to their final year of public education.

With COVID-19 cancelling all large gatherings, graduates have been feeling a tad blah about what should have been their best school year ever. Some schools have opted to postpone events until the fall, while others are planning

Photo by Gundi Manteufel-Grajciar

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The Manitoba government has released a planning framework for the resumption of inclass learning, with teachers and staff returning to classrooms on September 2 and students on September 8. According to Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen the province plans to have all students, from kindergarten to Grade 12, back in classrooms in September. “While we can’t be sure what the COVID19 pandemic will look like in the fall, detailed planning is needed to ensure schools can resume in-class learning and to prepare for different scenarios,” said Goertzen. “This framework will allow schools and school divisions to prepare plans that are flexible at the local level, yet consistent with those at other sites across the province.” The framework developed by the province provides guidance for school divisions to develop detailed reopening plans to be submitted to Manitoba Education for three public health scenarios. These scenarios are in-class learning with near-normal conditions, in-class learning, taking additional public health measures into consideration and remote learning from home, with limited use of school facilities. Goertzen noted that while the plan is for all students to return to classroom learning in the fall, Manitoba Education will provide final confirmation by August 1 based on public health directions. The province made this decision after significant consultation with tens of thousands of students, parents, teachers and education stakeholders over the past month. Divisions are expected to ensure all schools have plans that are accessible to parents and students. Funded independent schools will also be asked to submit plans and post them publicly.

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Volunteers Put Cover on Richer Rink The community of Richer may not be hosting their annual rodeo, but that has not stopped activities at the community park. For the past few months, volunteers have been working hard to put a cover on the outdoor rink. Dan Guetre, with the Richer Community Club, is thrilled to see the project nearing completion. The 180 foot by 110 foot rink is now covered with canvas that stretches 50 feet from the ground, turning the area into the province’s largest pavilion. “We can have our portable skateboard park, basketball nets, floor hockey area set up during the fall, spring and summer continuously and just remove that stuff when

we have a community event,” Guetre told media. Guetre said that the facility, which includes a permanent stage, can now be used for a variety of events such as music festivals, gatherings, or even community groups to utilize the rink once it is covered. The $400,000 project was made possible through a variety of means, including local fundraising, in-kind services, the RM of Ste. Anne through Hydro funding, provincial grants and donations from local companies. Naming rights for the facility was sold to Premier Horticulture for $100,000. Volunteers put in the work to turn the outdoor rink in Richer into the province’s largest pavilion.

Photo by Dan Guetre

Flood Emergency Declared in Five Municipalities By Marianne Curtis Some Manitobans in southeastern Manitoba were forced from their homes due to severe flooding caused by up to 155 mm of rain in the middle of June. As a result, states of emergency were declared in the RMs of Stuartburn, Piney, Reynolds, La Broquerie and De Salaberry after a high volume of rain forced almost a hundred homeowners out of their homes. Some residents were evacuated as homes flooded, and many roads in the area were damaged or have been completely washed out. David Kiansky, Reeve of the RM of Stuartburn said he had never seen anything like it before, even during the Red River flood of 1997. Dikes that have been in place for 40 years were overwhelmed by the fast-moving water, he added. As a resident in Vita for more than 40 years, MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky, said she has never seen flooding this bad in the area before. “I came into town last night and I couldn’t believe the situation. Water is everywhere. Homes are islands and farmers’ fields look like lakes right now.” As the river crest travelled westward, the water rose in the RM of De Salaberry, putting residents along the Rat River at risk. “Flood waters from Stuartburn raced down the river going from 5 feet to 9 feet in 48 hours. With

Flooding in Lonesand, in the RM of Stuartburn.

the threat of a road getting cut to release more water to take out 100 properties, we had 30 wonderful people working non-stop to sandbag around the house,” said Jenn Funk, from St. Malo.

By declaring a state of emergency, municipalities are hopeful that residents and municipalities will be able to tap into government money which normally comes available after such events. Sandbaggers helped save the home of Jenn Funk’s parents near St. Malo on June 14. Photo by Jenn Funk.

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to the streets of Lorette in the first ever Lorette CLC Safe Grad Car Rally. The Rally provided a unique opportunity to celebrate these young people who have worked hard to graduate during these challenging times. Marlene Schurko and Shandra Will with CLC Safe Grad Committee got the idea

from her grad back in the 1980s. “These kids have lost so much this year with the school year ending and all their grad events cancelled,” Schurko explained. “We wanted to end their year with something fun, they need some fun.” While Lorette was the first to plan such an event, other schools followed with parades including Land-

mark Collegiate, Niverville College, Green Valley School and Ste. Anne Collegiate. Steinbach’s SRSS grads celebrated with a drive-thru ceremony at Southlands Church. Hundreds of grads dressed up, and participated in the open air ceremony, with the evening ending with a massive fireworks display.

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Southern Health Grateful for Community Support By Marianne Curtis Even as COVID-19 has created challenges, it has also brought out the best in people, according to Southern Health-Santé Sud CEO Jane Curtis. “Every day, we are humbled with the outpouring of community support. Friends, family, and community members all over the region are continuously encouraging health care workers at the forefront of the health care system,” said Curtis. These moments of gratitude followed several recent donations that have allowed the purchase of elec-

tronic devices. “This donation of electronic devices will complement existing resources and Wi-Fi installed in many of our health care facilities so that those in our care can stay connected with their loved ones,” Curtis explained. Curtis cited a number of examples that tugged on the heart strings of Southern Health-Santé Sud health care providers. From community members building snowmen outside of residents’ windows at a personal care home to donations of hair bands to relieve the impact caused by extended wear of facemasks. Donations of insoles for health care pro-

viders, drive-by parades and food deliveries have resulted in smiles throughout the region. “These donations are multi-faceted and spread across the geography of our region,” Curtis added. “Community partners, businesses, and individuals have and continue to make important contributions and for that we are thankful. Indeed, simple acts of kindness can brighten someone’s day or make a difference in their life.” Southern Health-Santé Sud added that gratitude of this magnitude would be remiss without thanking all residents for their extraordinary

Local Heritage Grants Approved

On June 11, the Manitoba government announced more than $255,000 in grants to 50 Manitoba organizations through the Heritage Grants Program including several in southern Manitoba. Heritage grants allow organizations to carry out services and projects not possible without this funding. This can include developing exhibitions, conserving or

managing collections that are essential to the health of the organization and its holdings, and essential research. Approved projects are expected to be unaffected by the COVID19 pandemic, or can be easily adjusted to take physical distancing requirements into account. Grants range from just over $1,000 to more than $10,000, de-

pending on the size and scope of the heritage projects, which include interpretive signs, murals, bilingual exhibits, book research and writing, a home movie archive, and digitization of sound recordings. Specific project details will be unveiled in the coming weeks. A project list is expected to be released later.

Province Funds Local Road Projects The Government of Manitoba is funding some local road projects to help stimulate the economy said Bob Lagasse, MLA for Dawson Trail. “Dawson Trail is receiving a tremendous amount of support from our PC government throughout

these unprecedented times,” said Lagasse. “Our government recognizes the importance of supporting Manitoba’s rural communities, and investing in our local infrastructure.” Project funding includes a total of $14.55 million for the PTH 1 Road

Reconstruction vicinity of PTH 12 at $12 million; PR 210 Surface Overlay from PR 207 to 1.0 Km South of PR 207 at $800,000; PTH 1 Intersection Improvements at Dufresne at $1.30 million and PTH 1 Road Rehabilitation from PR 207 to PTH 12 (E/B) at $450,000.

St. Pierre-Jolys Berm to be Built Earlier this month, the Manitoba government announced a $33 million investment for damage prevention and climate resiliency projects to support municipalities across the province. The Premier also announced an additional $17 million earmarked

for six projects that help build Manitoba’s climate resilience including berm construction in St. Pierre-Jolys. The province is funding 100 percent of this project. According to Premier Brian Pallister, these projects build on previous commitments to mu-

nicipalities including our recent announcement of $10 million in Building Sustainable Communities grants to support 344 projects for community development projects and nearly doubling this year’s investment in Green Team projects.

Fatal Vehicle vs Pedestrian Collision On June 28 at approximately 10:55 pm, Steinbach RCMP responded to a vehicle vs pedestrian collision on Road 40 East, just north of Highway 1, in the RM of Ste. Anne. A vehicle was travelling south on

Road 40 East, when it collided with a pedestrian that was walking on the west side of the gravel road. The 53year-old male pedestrian from the RM of Ste. Anne, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were no reported injuries to the driver and sole occupant, a 17year-old male from the RM of Ste. Anne. Steinbach RCMP along with a Traffic Analyst, continue to investigate.

Customer Service Award Voting Opens Steinbach and area residents have until July 16 to cast their vote for one of ten local businesses vying for the Customer Service Award. The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce presents the Customer Service Award to a business that is recognized by public vote for outstanding quality and consistency in customer service. This year ten local businesses have been nominated for the coveted Cus-

tomer Service Award. They include Castle Mortgage Group Steinbach, Coffee Culture Cafe & Eatery, Giant Tiger - Steinbach, Great Canadian Dollar Store - Steinbach, Home Wine & Brew, MJ’s Kafe, Oakview Electric Inc., Space Age Tire Ltd., Supplement King Steinbach, and Viet House Restaurant. The winner of the award will be announced during a presentation at the Steinbach Chamber of Com-

merce AGM on September 22, 2020. Other awards to be presented that night will be the Young Entrepreneur Award, Community Involvement Award, and the coveted Business of the year. Voting for the Customer Service Award began June 18 and will close on July 16. Votes can be cast online at surveymonkey.com/r/PH95JPG. Only one vote per IP address will be counted.

efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 by following public health orders and recommendations. “At the moment, it appears that the active caseload and curve have levelled off. This message validates the Province’s health planning work that has allowed hope to shine through and reward Manitobans who have responded to the collective call to action,” Curtis concluded.

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Curling Will Return to Falcon Lake Curlers in the Falcon Lake and West Hawk areas will be happy to know that this coming winter the well-loved sport will be returning to the community after a two season hiatus. On June 18, Lac du Bonnet Wayne Ewasko announced that the Whiteshell Community Club will receive a $25,000 grant under the Building Sustainable Communities Program. The money covers half the funds required to repair the ice plant’s compressor. “Covid permitting, we will have curling this winter in Falcon Lake,” said Kaylie Christie from the Whiteshell Community Club. The rest of the money was raised locally through fundraising including a GoFundMe page to raise funds to fix the Whiteshell Community Club’s ice plant to get the three sheets of ice ready for the season. It was hoped that when the club reopened in January 2020, the community’s curling program would start just in time to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Unfortunately, the club was not able to reopen. The club needed just under $50,000 to replace the ice plant’s compressor and about $20,000 was raised locally. The Whiteshell Curling Program benefits the community, children, seniors and seasonal cottage owners.

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Reflecting on Canada Day 2020 marks the 153rd anniversary of Confederation, when great Canadians, led by Sir John A. MacDonald, founded the Dominion of Canada. In 1867, this group of 36 pioneers cast a pragmatic vision for Canada. A land of freedom and promise. A land where citizens could enjoy the right to life, individual liberty, and property free of the crippling taxation that had marked the colonial period. As a result of their efforts, the Dominion of Canada—based on Psalm 72:8 “He shall have dominion from sea to sea” was born on July 1, 1867. Fast forward 153 years and that vision is under threat. The pragmatism sought by the Fathers of Confederation has deteriorated into tribalism. Individual rights and liberties consistently fall victim to group think and the scourge of political correctness directed by an increasingly powerful and centralized government in Ottawa. Canadians are taxed to the point of never being able to ever get ahead. 2020 has been a difficult year marked by political unrest, illness,

racial tension and government debt and deficits that would have defied imagination just one year ago. At times like these, it is helpful to look to our collective past. Our history is full of examples of unrest, pandemics and racial injustices but more importantly, examples of how we have weathered those storms and slowly moved forward as a nation. In recent years, Canada’s history has come under attack from radicals who wish to erase the names and contributions of our forefathers. Statues are torn down, buildings renamed, all in an effort to extinguish the memory of those whose efforts paved the way for the fragile freedoms we enjoy today. Rather than try to erase our history we should embrace it: the good and the bad. Our history is our history. Of course, there are chapters that are sources of shame. Every country has those. Likewise, there are stories that should be sources of great pride and celebration. Given that we are dealing with real and complex human-beings, reacting to external forces within their own unique historical contexts, the pendulum often falls somewhere in between.

While it may be, at times, uncomfortable, when we take an honest approach to history, this is a tension that we as Canadians must manage and live with. Our history is our history both the good and the bad. We should celebrate the good and learn from the bad. I think it behooves us, as Canadians, not to throw out the baby with the bathwater. After all, as Henry Ford famously said, and as we’ve seen evidenced in recent days, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” For more information on this or any issue please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1-866-3331933 or at 204-326-9889. Visit me on Facebook.com/TedFalkMP. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12N, Steinbach MB, R5G 1T4 or visit my website at tedfalk.ca.

COVID-19 Risk Recognition Program Moves into Phase Three

Lac du Bonnet Wayne Ewasko announces funds to replace the ice plant’s compressor at the Whiteshell Community Club. Photo by Marianne Curtis

Right now, our PC government is focused on helping Manitobans rebound from the economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Manitoba’s front-line workers have showed us what true dedication looks like as they’ve risked their own health and well-being to protect ours. That’s why; our PC government established the Risk Recognition Program. The Risk Recognition Program was established to provide financial compensation for front-line workers who have taken extraordinary risks to keep Manitobans safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, our government expanded the program to $120-million, 15 unions, critical service providers and business community organizations that represent more than 17,000 businesses and 110,000 workers. We’re also launching a new hiring program to get more Manitobans back to work this summer and ease the road to economic recovery for businesses. Through the new ‘Manitoba Back to Work This Summer’ initiative, employers can apply to receive funding for up to five employees hired or rehired after June 18. The program will reimburse 50 per cent of the total wages paid from June 18 until Aug. 30, to

a maximum of $5,000 per worker and $25,000 per business. Our government has made a total of $120 million available for this initiative and the Manitoba Summer Student Jobs Recovery Program, which assists private and non-profit employers, hire students to help meet organizational needs during the pandemic. I was also happy to learn that our government is investing in local heritage preservation right here in the Dawson Trail riding. Through our Heritage Resource Conservation Grants program, the St. Anne Roman Catholic Church will be receiving a total of $29,750 for restoration of their front entry doors and windows, and for design drawings. Our government understands the value of preserving our local history so future generations can continue to appreciate our heritage and culture. Lastly, thanks to the impressive efforts of Manitobans, we have successfully kept our COVID-19 curve flat and continue to have among the lowest test positivity rates in Canada. As a result, our government launched Phase Three of reopening businesses and services. Measures include: - Increasing gathering sizes to up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors;

- Easing border restrictions to allow residents of western Canada and northwest Ontario to enter Manitoba without the need to selfisolate for 14 days; - Increasing indoor occupancy levels for community/service centres and senior centres/clubs; - Increasing indoor and patio occupancy limits to 75 per cent of total capacity for restaurants, bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, microbreweries, and distilleries. More information on the plan for Phase Three can be found at manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices. There is a lot to take into consideration as we safely reopen our businesses and communities. We do not want a COVID-comeback, so I encourage everyone to remain vigilant and continue taking the necessary precautions to ensure your health and safety. Please contact my office if you have any questions or concerns. You can reach out to us at ca.lagasse@ outlook.com or 204-807-4663.

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Eastman Immigrant Services Expands into the Interlake By Marianne Curtis Immigrants settling into the Interlake area will now have access to services after the expansion of a program that has benefited both the community and newcomers over the past ten years. The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the recent expansion of its largest program, Eastman Immigrant Services (EIS), to the Interlake Region. According to Michelle Bezditny, Executive Director of Steinbach Chamber and EIS, as of April, EIS began offering settlement services and all programming to newcomers in an area that includes the territory from Grand Rapids to Ashern, then south to Emerson at the US border, and east along the Ontario border. “On behalf of the Board of Directors at the Steinbach Chamber, we are honoured to continue our partnership with Eastman Immigrant Services,” said Bezditny. “Together, our organizations enhance the quality of life for the entire community. We celebrate this expansion and continue to look forward to our future, leading growth and connecting people.”

EIS Program director Gwen Reimer said the expansion made sense due to the volume of requests received from newcomers who’d settled in those areas. “Seeing a need for services, we engaged with the Steinbach Chamber Board of Directors and IRCC,” Reimer added. “As we expand our region and work to connect people in both regions, EIS will continue to provide services and programs that uphold these initiatives as relevant and beneficial for both newcomers in Canada and for Canada’s economic growth and stability.” The primary focus of EIS is to optimize successful settlement and integration for newcomers, making the transition to a new community a positive experience, both for newcomers as well as the receiving community. Over the past ten years, EIS has welcomed an average of 200 families in to the region each year. “This helps to provide a solid labour force from which employers can hire, increases our local consumer base, and enhances diversity in our region,” Reimer added.

Lee Eun Kim has been hired to oversee the settlement office in the Interlake Region as Settlement Facilitator & Settlement Worker in Schools as part of the EIS team. Supplied photo.

This expansion of services is in line with the vision held by the Steinbach Chamber and EIS; a vision for growth as a community, economic development and stability, and relevance in its services. Services are being funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Two SRSS Grads Earn Awards This June, the sixth annual Marianne Curtis Award was presented to two deserving SRSS grade 12 graduates as part of their graduating ceremonies. This year’s recipients were Dakota Wiebe and Destiny Candassie. Both students were presented with a cash award of $600 each along with a crystal award recognizing their achievements after finishing their high school careers via the SRSS FlexEd program. “I wasn’t always a good kid like I try to be now, I was a kid who didn’t pay attention, skipped classes, and was loud during class, well that part didn’t change much,” said Candassie, who joined the program three years ago. “The Flex-Ed is like a second family to me. They helped me make friends and they helped me understand things in school that I couldn’t figure out. They helped make me the person I am today.” Wiebe feels he’s grown and matured thanks to the Flex-Ed program. “I felt like I was being treated as an adult rather than a student. I feel being a part of Flex Ed class, my self confidence and self esteem have become more positive,” Wiebe added. “Going into Flex compared to a regular class was more relaxing and didn’t feel as pressured academically. I was able to work


Destiny Candassie.

Dakota Wiebe.

more on a personal pace and felt less stress on my shoulders. But it was no vacation.” The SRSS Flex-Ed program has been helping students graduate who may not integrate into a regular classroom setting. The first year the award was presented, only two students graduated; now the class has graduated over half a dozen students per year. The program started seven years ago and has gained success thanks to teacher Brad McColm. Flex Ed is specialized for each individual student to prepare them for graduation and life after high school.

“When we started the program, we were optimistic, but unsure of how it would work,” McColm recalled. “Each student comes with their own unique challenges and helping them achieve their goals in a way that works for them, is part of the program’s success.” The Marianne Curtis Award came about as a result of a “pay it forward” story published in the Dawson Trail Dispatch. The SPMF was founded by Doreen Pchajek in memory of her daughter who died at the young age of 13. The foundation also sponsors 2 scholarships at the Ste. Anne Collegiate (grade 12 and 8). The money is raised through SPMF Monday Night Bingo in Richer.

An article called “Vassar Celebrates Oldest Resident” which appeared in the June issue of the Dawson Trail Dispatch was in honour of Laurent “Cub” Cayer. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

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Show Manitoba Some Love This Summer “Home is Where the Heart Is”

“Home is where the heart is,” - that is the sentiment Travel Manitoba wants all Manitobans to embrace this summer with a new campaign and contest to create local tourism ambassadors. With the green light for Manitobans to travel safely between communities throughout the province and the reopening of parks, campgrounds,

restaurants, museums and other attractions, Manitobans are in a great position to rediscover what they love about the province while supporting the local economy. “Manitoba’s experiences, whether they are wild, rural or urban, remind us that home is where the heart is,” said Travel Manitoba President and CEO, Colin Ferguson. “We are encouraging locals

to show Manitoba some love this summer by safely exploring new and returning to favourite destinations around the province.” Manitobans are reminded to explore their own province while being COVID Careful by maintaining physical distancing, stay home when sick, wash hands frequently and opt for pick-up services when visiting local restaurants and

businesses. “Manitobans have a great opportunity to safely explore their own province this summer,” said MLA Ralph Eichler, Minister of Economic Development and Training. Eichler encourages, “All Manitobans to support local restaurants and businesses and become tourists in our own backyard. Experience first-hand that home is where the heart is.”

Places to Explore in Southern Manitoba Grab your picnic basket and blanket and hit the road on a day trip to one of these recommended picnic spots. You can easily while away the afternoon feasting, basking in the sun, being out in nature, learning about our province... and maybe even Mini-Golf near Stuartburn supporting a small business Owned and operated by Michelle and Peter Friesen, Sunset Mini Golf is open to everyone. It is an 18-hole or attraction along the way. course with many challenging obstacles. Fun for the whole family.

Picnic in Piney

Located right in the tiny community of Piney is a collection of old tractors and farm equipment. Not far down the road is a picnic shelter with the RM of Piney’s first fire truck. Take a left turn at the old garage and you will discover the old municipal office along with the abandoned remains of the Piney train station and other town buildings.

Swing on the Senkiw Bridge

This lesser known suspension bridge and municipal historic site crosses the Roseau River and was originally intended as a means for students living on the south side of the river to attend Senkiw School on the opposite side. It was quite the upgrade from the hand-powered basket and pulley system that had been previously used. The bridge was restored in 2004 and now links the Trans-Canada Trail.

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Places to Explore in Southern Manitoba

Canoe the Roseau River

Located along Highway 59, the Roseau River Park is a great place to stop and unwind. When the water is low, sand barges make it a safe and fun place to cool off during hot summer days. Many people will launch canoes, tubes or kayaks in Stuartburn, and allow the current to bring them the 11km to the park.

St. Malo Grotto

Visitors may visit this reproduction of the Grotto in Lourdes, France, anytime during the year. St Malo Grotto hosts an annual public pilgrimage mid-August. Celebration of the Eucharist, confessions and an afternoon of prayer and meditation.

COVID-19 and Provincial Parks Here is the current information pertaining to camping in Manitoba as of July 1st, 2020: - Out-of-province visitors from western Canadian jurisdictions (British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, and the Yukon, Northwest and Nunavut territories) and Northwestern Ontario (west of Terrace Bay) are welcome in all parks without self-isolating, as long as they have not travelled outside of western Canada or northwestern Ontario within the previous 14 days and are not displaying any symptoms of COVID19. Visitors from all other jurisdictions must self-isolate for 14 days or for the duration of your stay if it is less than 14 days. Additional information on emergency orders can be viewed at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/ soe.html#current. - While provincial parks currently remain open for you to visit, it is important to maintain social (physical) distancing practices even while outdoors, in the camp-

grounds, washrooms and shower buildings, on trails, beaches, playgrounds and greenspaces. - If you feel unwell stay home. If you or anyone with you begins to feel ill or experiences symptoms, which may be COVID-19 related, return home immediately. Do not use local health providers, unless it is an emergency. - Keep in mind that Manitoba Parks’ staff will be making extra efforts in the cleaning of our facilities to ensure that our visitors have a safe and positive experience at our parks. EXTRA THINGS TO BRING: Users must bring their own toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other personal hygiene products to provincial campgrounds, yurts and vacation cabins. Make sure you have all your required prescription drugs and medical supplies. Bring water shoes or sandals for use while using shower facilities. Pack out what you packed in and leave no trace; Gas up before you leave home. CHECKING IN: Due to COVID-

19 and practicing social distancing you are not required to check-in at the campground office upon your arrival. You may proceed straight to your site. The campground staff will check you in automatically based on your arrival date and a camping permit will be issued and may be dropped off at your site at a later time. Please remember to have a copy of your reservation confirmation with you, so that you know, which site you booked. If you have forgotten your confirmation, site information will be posted at the campground kiosk. OFFICE ACCESS: If at anytime you do need to go to the campground office, we are still here to help you. Please ensure only one person enters the office at a time, you may have to queue outside the office. Remember to practice social (physical) distancing while you wait your turn and please ensure only one person from your site attends the office. CAMPGROUND RULES: In order that everyone enjoy Mani-

toba’s provincial parks, and to ensure that your camping activities do not disrupt the activities of others, the following campground rules must be observed. (Additional rules may be posted outside the campground office. https://www. gov.mb.ca/sd/pubs/parksprotected-spaces/campers_ guide.pdf. Please check Manitoba Parks Home page at http:// www.manitobaparks.com/ for the latest camping Covid19 related requirements and restrictions prior to your visit. New for 2020: Manitoba Elicensing: Starting this spring, you can purchase Manitoba hunting licences, fishing licences and park vehicle permits online. You will be able to go online, create a customer profile, select the desired licence or permit, checkout and print. For more information on the program, visit www.manitobaelicensing.ca

Parks Canada COVID Policies UPDATE: Camping at some Parks Canada places will gradually begin, starting June 22, 2020. Only camping services where health and safety risks can be managed will be opened. This means, your visit will be different this year than in past years. Reservations for the remainder of the 2020 season will re-open

as early as June 23rd at some locations. Please check the list below to see the specific reservation launch date and time for each Parks Canada location. Note: Services available may be different than described on this reservation site. Visitors are responsible to visit our camping during COVID-19 page to be aware of what services will be available be-

fore making a reservation. Regular change and cancellation fees apply to new reservations. Given limitations on international travel, Parks Canada is not currently accepting reservations from international visitors including the United States. Canadian visitors must follow all applicable local and provincial or territorial travel restrictions, including re-

quirements for self-isolation. It is not possible to self-isolate at Parks Canada campgrounds. Please check regularly for updates on https://www. pc.gc.ca/en for detailed information on Parks Canada places and the measures the Agency is taking to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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Campsites to Check Out this Summer in Manitoba A summer without camping isn’t summer at all. This is a sentiment shared by many Manitobans. While you may already have your go-to spots and your seasonal sites secured, challenge yourself to expand your camping horizons to a new region of the province. Here are 10 gorgeous places to camp in Manitoba that you should absolutely check out this summer. To make reservations, visit the Manitoba Parks Reservation System at https://prspub.gov.mb.ca/

Bakers Narrows Campground Otter Falls Campground Located 20 minutes from the city of Flin Flon, this northern campground offers picturesque sites right on Lake Athapapuskow, known for its clear, beautiful waters. If you are used to camping in the busier lakes of southern Manitoba, you will be pleasantly surprised at the solitude that can be found in the north. Canoe onto the lake and you likely won’t see another boat for quite some time! The campground also features a fantastic lookout tower, with sweeping views of the park.

Tulabi Falls Campground

Nestled into the northern end of Whiteshell Provincial Park, Otter Falls sits on the Boreal Shield along the Winnipeg River system. The region offers phenomenal hiking opportunities (like the Bannock Point Petroforms hike, just a short drive away) as well as plenty of chances to see wildlife. If you don’t feel like cooking (or you botched your dinner over that campfire), head to the delicious Otter Falls Resort Grill.

Located in Nopiming Provincial Park, Tulabi Falls Campground is an excellent option for anyone who likes to go a bit off the grid without actually jumping into full-on backcountry camping. This campground still maintains a bit of a rugged feel - no running water, shower facilities or cell service here, folks. The surrounding wilderness is breathtaking; from the balsam fir, jack pine and spruce tree forests to the rushing waters of the falls themselves.

Wekusko Falls Campground

Lundar Beach Campground

If you have not yet fallen asleep to the sweet sound of rushing water, I highly suggest you give it a try. Wekusko Falls Provincial Park offers some of the most stunning campsites in the province, several with a direct view of the falls. Take it slow and enjoy the scenery and the two suspension bridges of the park, or head to the Grass River (which runs through the park) for a canoe or kayak excursion.

Paint Lake Campground This northern gem is sure to thrill any outdoor enthusiast. The campground is excellent for families; with two playgrounds, a volleyball court and modern washrooms and showers. It also offers a stunning lake, beach and several islands if you’d like to explore a little via canoe.

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Head to Lake Manitoba’s Lundar Beach Provincial Park and explore one of Manitoba’s natural marshlands. Lake Manitoba is home to a healthy population of birds which include pelicans, songbirds and ducks. Spend a day on the beach or head into town to catch a glimpse into the region’s history at the Lundar Museum. The sunsets over the lake can’t be beat!

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Kiche Manitou Campground

Discover a new corner of the province at Kiche Manitou Campground, located in Spruce Woods Provincial Park. Spruce Woods Provincial Park is unique for its varied landscape: from spruce parkland to mixed grass prairie to the desert-like Spirit Sands. The Kiche Manitou Lake is great for a refreshing dip after a day hiking the sands!

Grand Beach Campground

You may have visited Manitoba’s most beloved beach for a summer day trip, but this year, you ought to consider staying overnight in the campground. This allows for more time to fully enjoy the white sand beach, the sand dunes (keep an eye out for Piping Plovers) and the various hiking trails. Don’t forget to get an ice cream cone for your stroll down the boardwalk!

Blue Lakes Campground

You’ll be amazed at the blue lakes that await in Duck Mountain Provincial Park, home to the Blue Lakes Campground. There are two lakes to discover, East Blue Lake with a depth of 60 metres (which makes it a popular lake for scuba diving, believe it or not) and West Blue Lake, home to some of the most breathtaking views in the park. Duck Mountain Provincial Park is also home to Baldy Mountain, Manitoba’s highest peak at 832 metres above sea level.

Adam Lake Campground

Don’t let summer pass you by without a trip to Turtle Mountain Provincial Park in southwestern Manitoba. Here, stay at Adam Lake Campground where you can sunbathe on the beach, swim in the shallow Adam Lake or hike to the viewing tower to scout for wildlife.

Have You Played All of Manitoba’s Approximately 140 Golf Courses??! Manitoba boasts dozens of prime locales for golfers of all stripes— from friends hitting the links for a casual afternoon to aspiring Arnold Palmers ready to book a tee time on the most challenging courses the province has to offer.

Tee off surrounded by beautiful scenery across the province. Navigate natural hazards as you get up close and personal with Manitoba’s diverse landscape. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife like deer, foxes and even

moose between the holes. With so many places to golf, all you have to do is look at a map, pick a region and chart your courses to create your own customized golf tour. See www.golfadvisor. com for a fairly complete list.


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Explore the Tranquility of Moon Gate Guest House Located on the banks of the Whitemouth River, Moon Gate Guest House offers a unique peaceful experience. Owned by Jenny and Michel Dupuis, Moon Gate Guest House is an Indigenous, Métis owned, eco-friendly, all-season guest house that provides a natural experience.

Jenny and Michel Dupuis welcome you to commune with nature at Moon Gate Guest House, located along the Whitemouth River.

Once an egg grading station, called Whiteshell Eggs and later a wooden stir stick factory, the guest house has been transformed with visitors’ well-being in mind. The uninterrupted view of the Whitemouth River will give you the feeling of seclusion and tranquillity, making Moon Gate the perfect getaway. The guest house was carefully created for the best retreat experience possible. The owners chose a geothermally heated/cooled, solar powered system and it is TV/Wi-Fi free in order to offer a space free of electromagnetic frequencies so that one can sleep peacefully. The great room and kitchen allows for twenty or more people for a special dining experience and ample space for larger groups or family gatherings and events such as house concerts, workshops, quilt making, yoga, and meditation retreats. There is also a 90-degree Finnish-style sauna that seats nine comfortably. The steam, known as löyly to the Finns, translates to ‘spirit, breath, and soul’. The riverside gazebo is the perfect spot to read, nap or listen to birds chirping. There are two fire-pit areas and a BBQ for grilling. Moon Gate is wheelchair accessible. There are two shared bathrooms. Located on the border of Treaty No. 1 and 3 Moon Gate is accessible, yet remote from everyday life as a sanctuary from technology, cell phones, and constant connectivity. Slip away from the world for a few days to connect with nature.

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Incredible Hiking Go outside. Breathe in the fresh air. Smile at nature’s beauty. Let’s all take some time to appreciate this beautiful place we live in by walking these 20 amazing trails that you may have never heard of.

Rice Creek Tower Trail - Porcupine Provincial Forest

Willow and Deadwood Loop - Morden 3.4 km / Loop / Moderate

If you find yourself in the quaint city of Morden, take some time to walk this moderately difficult hike that will take you along the shorelines of This off-the-beaten-path trail Lake Minnewasta in a series of climbs and descents. Opt to do the hike is not without its rewards. A in the summer and reward yourself with a dip into the lake afterwards! multi-day hike will bring you to the Rice Creek Lookout - offering one of the best views in the Manitoba Lowlands. If you don’t have the option of a multi-day hike, you can drive to the last portion of the trail (3 km). 32.2 km / In and out / Moderate

Amisk/Inverness Falls Trails - Whiteshell Provincial Park 5.5 km / Loop / Easy

Pack a picnic lunch and journey up this forested trail to a scenic spot on top of the rock ridge, which looks out onto the lake on one side and Neepawa/Langford Trail to the river on the other. Continue down the rock ridge to find several - Great Trail Portion benches that overlook the Rennie River and a beaver dam. Back up the - Neepawa trail to the top of the ridge; take a right for approximately 1 km to get 9.5 km / Loop / Easy to Inverness Falls Beach and a picnic area with washrooms. A view of Get outside and explore a fan- the falls is available from the block road. The trail is also dog-friendly, tastic portion of the Great Trail so feel free to bring your best friend (just keep them on leash and off in Neepawa. The town hosts of the beach). over 10 km of trails that will lead you by landmarks such as the Stony Creek School No. 133, the Canada 150 commemorative loop and Neepawa’s downtown.

Epinette Creek and Newfoundland Ravine Trail - Spruce Woods Provincial Park 29.6 km / Loop / Moderate

Seine River Greenway - Bois-des-Esprits - Winnipeg

Turtle’s Back Loop - Turtle Mountain Provincial Park

3.1 km / Loop / Easy

6.4 km / Loop / Moderate

There’s much to discover along this urban trail. Keep an eye out for an amazing collection of whimsical tree carvings and active wildlife.

Turtle’s Back Loop leads to one of Turtle Mountain’s highest points where a tower gives you the best vantage point for a breathtaking view of southwestern Manitoba.

Travel through the grasslands and stay overnight at the Jackfish cabin along the Epinette Creek and Newfoundland Ravine Trail (reservations can be made by calling 204-834-8800). In the springtime, keep your eyes peeled for Manitoba’s provincial flower, the prairie crocus!

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Trails in Manitoba

Blue Lakes Trail - Duck Mountain Provincial Park Elk Island Loop Trail 16.3 km / Loop / Easy

Located directly north of Victoria Beach is the Elk Island Loop Trail. Elk Island is a bit of a challenge to get to, simply because you must enter from Sandy Bay and it’s quite the distance. Still, many have said the excursion is more than worth it. Walk along the sandy shores of the island and take a dip when the heat of the day gets to be too much - just one of the many benefits of a beach hike!

Senkiw Bridge Loop - Roseau River 2.4 km / Loop / Easy

While there are many interesting portions to check out along the historic Crow Wing Trail, the Senkiw Bridge Loop is one of our favourites. The Senkiw Swinging Bridge was constructed in 1946 so that children could cross the Roseau River in order to get to school; an excellent alternative to the previous method, in which children would simply be hoisted across in a hand-powered cable basket.

5.3 km / Loop / Moderate

So you like clear, shimmering lakes, do you? Venture out onto Bead Lakes Trail the Blue Lakes Trail in Duck Moun- Riding Mountain tain Provincial Park and get a fanNational Park tastic view of two of Manitoba’s 3.8 km / Loop / Moderate While many know Riding Moun- most beautiful spring-fed bodies tain National Park for Clear Lake, of water: the East and West Blue Moon Lake or Lake Audy, there Lakes. are many other lakes just waiting to be discovered. The Bead Lakes Trail passes three of the four Bead Lakes, with scenic views and side trails that allow you to walk down to the edge of the water for a swim.

Wild Grape and Elm Trail - Beaudry Park - Cartier

Centennial Trail - Whiteshell Provincial Park

5.7 km / Loop / Easy

15.8 km / Point-to-point / Moderate

As another portion of The Great Trail, the Centennial Trail is a must for hiking enthusiasts. Journey across the boreal shield in Whiteshell Provincial Park and explore high granite ridges, low areas of bog and the stunning McGillivary Falls.

Black Lake Hiking Trail - Nopiming Provincial Park

Oxbow Nature Trail - Minnedosa

4.3 km / Point to Point / Moderate to Difficult

3.1 km / Loop / Easy

If you’re lucky enough to visit Nopiming Provincial Park you’ll quickly realize that the park is one of the best areas in Manitoba for rugged, outdoor exploration. Hike over rolling terrain along the Black Lake Hiking Trail and be rewarded with a picturesque set of rapids.

Not only is Minnedosa a totally underrated small town, it’s also home to the Oxbow Nature Trail. The trail takes you along the Little Saskatchewan River, through a marsh walk, across the swinging bridge and around the bison compound. In other words, there’s plenty to see.

Just a short drive from Winnipeg is the mesmerizing Beaudry Park. The forest is home to some of the largest cottonwood, basswood and maple trees in the region. The Wild Grape and Elm Trail will take you along the south bank of the Assiniboine River, through lush ferns and wild grapevines. The trails are known for wildlife, so watch for white-tailed deer, fox, owls, beavers and more.

Blueberry Hill Trail - Lac du Bonnet 1.8 km / Loop / Easy

Pack a picnic and trek up the Blueberry Hill Trail in Lac du Bonnet. There are picnic tables, benches, a lookout tower and an open rock quarry.

Little Steep Rock Trail - Village of Steep Rock 4.4 km / Loop / Easy

Rex Leach Museum Trail - Swan River Behind the Swan Valley Historical Museum and Heritage Village grounds is the Rex Leach Museum Trail. The trail is as peaceful as it is green with varieties of ferns that line both sides of the loop.

See over 350 million years of natural history along the Little Steep Rock Trail, accessible just south of Little Steep Rock Point. As you gaze out over the gorgeous Steep Rock cliffs, revel in the fact that you are also seeing the remnants of a prehistoric sea bed.

Grey Owl Trail - Riding Mountain National Park 14.2 km / Out and back / Moderate

While you may have already hiked the Gorge Creek or Ominik Marsh Trail in Riding Mountain National Park, here’s another to add to your list. The Grey Owl Trail passes under a stunning forest canopy, ending at Grey Owl’s Cabin, who was Dominion Parks Service’s first naturalist.

Millennium Trail - Thompson 15 km / Loop / Easy

Hike around the perimeter of Thompson on the Millennium Trail, a 15 km loop that brings through winding paths of the boreal forest and along some of the city sights like the King Miner Statue, Heritage North Museum and the Thompson Zoo.

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Stay Informed on Beach Conditions Water quality testing by Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development has shown that levels of escherichia coli (E. coli) were within recreational water quality objectives at all beaches monitored recently. Visitors are advised to avoid swallowing lake water, wash hands before handling food and avoid swimming with an open cut or wound, or while experiencing illness. Visitors to Lake Winnipeg should minimize water contact if lake levels are high and strong winds are blowing from the north. Research shows E. coli counts tend to be elevated during these conditions as they are washed out of the wet beach sand and into the swimming area. This week, algal blooms were sampled at Pelican Lake (Ninette and Pleasant Valley), Oak Lake, Metigoshe, Sandy Lake, Silver Beach Lake and Rivers Reservoir beach. The number of blue-green algae cells was above Manitoba’s recreational water quality objective at all beaches, while the concentration of algal toxin microcystin was below the recreational water quality objective at all beaches. First level algae advisory signs were posted at all above mentioned beaches this week. Algal blooms are difficult to predict and may form and then disperse quickly or last for several days or weeks. Warm and calm weather coupled with relatively high nutrient loads provide ideal conditions for blue-green algae to develop. People are reminded to avoid swimming in water where severe algal blooms are visible and to prevent pets from drinking water along the shoreline where algal blooms are present. Home and cottage owners who use lake water as a source for drinking water should be aware that most small treatment systems are unable to remove algal toxins. Therefore, where bluegreen algal blooms are present, avoid drinking the water or using it for other domestic purposes. Information on beach water quality results, advisory signs posted at beaches and swimmer and water safety is available at manitoba.ca/beaches.


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High Number of Black Bear Sightings Reported - Be Wildlife Smart!

Manitobans are reminded they need to be bear smart in bear country.

Manitoba Conservation and Climate is recording a higher than usual number of black bear interaction calls in a number of areas around the province and Manitobans are reminded they need to be bear smart in bear country. One of the most common causes of bear-human conflict is the presence of bird feeders. Bird seed can attract bears as well as birds, and with other food sources plentiful for birds in the summer months, people are asked to put feeders away until later in the fall. Once a bear is attracted to an area, it can associate that area with food and may return multiple times, which can be dangerous for people, but also for the bear. If a bear is identified as a problem animal, the prov-

ince may have to take steps to trap and relocate it or possibly use lethal force. To enjoy birdwatching, Manitobans are encouraged to use birdhouses, birdbaths or grow a variety of bird-friendly plant species in their yards. Bird feeders should be removed April to November. For winter bird-feeding, the feeders should be hung at least two metres above the ground and spilled seed should be cleaned up regularly. Additional ‘Wildlife Smart’ tips to reduce the risk of conflicts with black bears and other wildlife include: - Never approach or feed a bear or any other wild animal; - Restrain (leash) dogs when walking outside to reduce the potential of it harassing a bear or of being attacked by one as unrestrained dogs can lead a bear back to the

dog’s owner; - Store garbage in a secure building or bear resistant container; - Secure compost piles or compost food items indoors; - Remove ripened or fallen fruit daily in the morning and before dusk and do not allow it to rot on the ground; - Allow barbecue grills to burn for about two minutes after cooking to burn off grease and to eliminate odors; - Clean grills and grease cups after each use; - Clean up after picnics in the yard or on a deck and do not allow food odors to linger; - Feed pets indoors; and - Fully enclose backyard beehives and chicken coops – electric fencing is an effective bear deterrent. These measures also apply to other wildlife species that can be a problem, such as the coyote, fox, raccoon and skunk. Bears are wild animals and must be respected. When in bear country, it is best to assume bears are in the vicinity even if no recent conflict or encounters have been reported. Carry bear deterrent spray and know how to use it. Be aware of surroundings, walk or jog in groups, make noise and make sure things like listening to music with earphones do not impede hearing. More information on how to be Wildlife Smart is available at https://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/fish_ and_wildlife/wildlife/wild-animals/index.html.

Check for Electrical Hazards Around the Pool As the weather heats up, swimmers are heading out to backyard, community and public pools, hot tubs and spas. When it comes to pool safety, drowning is the first concern that comes to mind, but there is another danger to swimmers: electrocution. Where is the danger? - Faulty underwater pool lighting. - Aging electrical wiring that hasn’t been inspected in years. - The use of sump pumps, power washers and vacuums that are not grounded. - Outdoor lighting, circuits and receptacles not protected by GFCIs. - Damaged cords on electrical equipment. The best protection is inspection, detection and correction of potential electrical hazards. Have a licensed electrical contractor install and maintain your pool wiring and upgrade protection equipment. In addition: - Never touch electrical cords, switches, or appliances when you are wet, standing in water or have wet hands. - If an electrical cord or appliance falls into the water do not try to retrieve it until you turn off the power at the main switch. - Never use a damaged cord. - Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a wet/dry vacuum or pressure washer. - Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) on all outdoor outlets. A GFCI is a type of circuit breaker that is designed to prevent serious shock. A GFCI should be used in any area where water may come in contact with electrical products. Enjoy a safe summer. For more information on safety around pools visit hydro.mb.ca

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Historic Dawson Trail Mural Slated for East Braintree

This detailed map of the Dawson Trail will be on display at the Midwinter Heritage Site in East Braintree.

By Marianne Curtis The Midwinter Heritage Association is excited to be launching a fundraiser that will help the group erect a massive mural that would commemorate the historic Dawson Trail. Margaret Feilberg President of the Midwinter Heritage Association said fundraising is underway for a project consisting of designing and building a 20 ft x 4 ft mural/map of the Historic Dawson Trail. The finished mural will be on display at the Midwinter Heritage Site located in East Braintree. “The mural will show the trail as it was in earlier days, from Winnipeg to Lake of the Woods,” explained Feilberg. “Along the Dawson Trail were many historic events and buildings which we have pictures or drawings of and they will be placed at the bottom of the map.” The group is looking for sponsors to help purchase a second hand seacan for use to store tables and chairs

that are used at events held at the Midwinter Heritage Site. “The mural of the Historic Dawson Trail can be placed on the side of the storage unit, disguising it somewhat. The storage unit with the mural will be placed at the far edge of the baseball field, beside some of the antique farm implements at the Midwinter Heritage,” Feilberg continued. “The cost of building this map is more than a small museum can afford; especially this year, as many grants have been denied. We are also unable to hold most of our fundraisers in this time of the pandemic.” She said a heritage archive’s group from three museums along the Dawson Trail have helped with the research and has found several very interesting pictures and drawings for display. Some of the pictures and locations being featured on the map include Upper Fort Garry (1870), St. Boniface Basilica (1860), Riel’s Flag (1869), Sainte Anne Des

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Chenes Station (1920), Notre Dame Lorette Chruch (1894), elevator at Dufrense, Hudson’s Bay Company Post at Ste. Anne (1872), Wolseley Expedition (1870), Red River Carts, Dawson Trail Eagle Bus 1950, Corduroy Roads/Lord and Lady Dufferin Tour of Manitoba (1872) and Birch Creek Station (1872). Signex in Steinbach has already drawn up a very detailed design of the mural but financial assistance is required to see it completed. There are a variety of sponsorship levels and contributors are invited to send payment by cheque or money order to Midwinter Heritage Association Box 73, East Braintree, MB, R0E 0L0. For more information, call 204-885-6013. The map is expected to be unveiled on Grandparents Day, which is Sunday, September 13, 2020. There will be a steak dinner fundraiser ($25 per ticket), a silent auction and a flea market from 1 to 7 pm, with the unveiling planned for 4 pm.

Steinbach RCMP Investigating Fatal ATV Collision On June 27 at 4 pm, Steinbach RCMP received a report of an off-road vehicle collision that occurred in Reynolds Ponds, located approximately 16 kilometres north-east of Richer, in the

RM of Reynolds. The 56-year-old female was Officers have determined that pronounced deceased on scene. a 56-year-old female from WinSteinbach RCMP, along with nipeg was operating a quad on the Chief Medical Examiner’s one of the roadways when she Office continue to investigate. collided with a barricade.

Compost Available at Steinbach Landfill As a result of considerable use of the community compost depots this past year, the City of Steinbach’s Solid Waste Department is pleased to offer a high quality compost product back to the public free of charge. Members of the public are welcome to pick up a load of compost at no charge. There is approximately 300 cubic yards of rich, organic compost material ready to be put to use in garden and tree planting projects all over the city. The latest batch of compost is finished and available for free at

the landfill located at 104 Hanover Road E during regular hours. The material is available to residents only and on a first come, first serve basis until gone. Those picking up compost are responsible for loading and transporting. Residents are asked to check in at the scale station when they arrive and to bring their own hand shovels and containers. Half ton trucks and small utility trailers are allowed. The City collects organic waste year-round at the landfill and every Saturday from May to October at Community Compost Depots. The

material is then “turned”, “cooked”, and “screened” until it becomes a nutrient-rich material that is used by the City’s Parks and Recreation department for tree and flower plantings and given back to residents for their own yard and garden projects. The City of Steinbach would also like to thank residents for contributing to the compost program and keeping the landfill healthy by keeping organic waste out of it. For more information on winter composting and composting in general, please visit compost.org or greenactioncentre.ca.

Stuartburn Hires New Public Works Manager The RM of Stuartburn has hired a new public works manager to take care of business within the municipality. According to RM of Stuartburn CAO Lucie Maynard, the municipality has hired Kenton Hildebrandt. “Though drainage is his expertise,

Kenton will be in charge from everything infrastructure pertaining to the municipality, including looking after roads, contractor management and taking over the management of the Vita Lagoon and lift station,” said Maynard.

Over the next few months, John Schamber will be showing him the ropes for the lagoon and lift station, she added. The RM of Stuartburn thanked Schamber and Contac for their many years of services in the municipality.

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Upside Down in Our Circus There are times when I feel like I live in a circus and then there are those days when I’m sure that I do. It used to be that my children would do tricks on the trampoline, rolls and tumbles, really high bounces and the occasional spinning bounce. All those tricks progressed into my oldest son learning how to do a complete front flip and land back on his feet. Very cool moves! Now, my oldest son has taken his skills to a new level by learning how to do a handstand. Not a handstand on the trampoline but an honest-to-goodness handstand on the ground (technically it wouldn’t be ground as he does most of his handstands in our house). It’s not uncommon for me to come around a corner and be facing a pair of feet at the level of my face or I’ll be exiting a room and there they are; a pair of bare feet in front of my face. With my son being taller than everyone in our house but me, it’s quite funny to see a pair of feet up above the height of my wife. Dwarfed by the toes! As my son became better at holding his balance, he has now gone on to walking across the floor on his hands and he is doing quite well at it. I don’t think that he has tried taking the stairs yet but I’m sure that that too will be attempted at a later date. Occasionally, I will see my son upside down and I will run over and either tickle the bottom of his bare feet or I will lightly slap them. I have even managed to grab a hold of his legs so that he was stuck in that position for a little bit longer. While we all love that he is so great at doing handstands, there are times when it can (and has) become tiring. Since he will often go into “handstand mode” automatically, there have been times when I’ve been walking behind him and had to dodge a foot as it was rising into the air before me. My wife also has been stressing to him that there are to be no handstands in the kitchen while she is cooking and no handstands in the dining room when there is food on the table. For the most part he remembers but, like I said, his hand-standing is pretty much set on automatic. It’s also funny to see when he goes upside down and then our little dog will come over to lick his face or to just check out what he’s doing by standing next to his head and sniffing him. Even she wants to be in our circus. The one thing about our circus that I haven’t figured out yet is whether I’m the ringmaster or if I’m the carload of clowns. Either way, we love our circus! Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

Tache Foodbank and Hamper Committees Amalgamate The Tache Food Bank and Tache Christmas Hampers now fall under one organization, The Tache Food Resource Centre. This change is in administration only and does not affect the operation of the Food Bank and Christmas Hampers. According to the board, the organization has done this to clarify the charitable status of both organizations to accommodate the issuing of tax receipts. The way they were before, one had charitable status and the other one fell in underneath it. “We understand that there could be increases in need during these difficult times,” said a spokesperson. “These changes will not affect the operations of the Food Bank and Christmas Hampers. It is an administration change only.” The two groups still function the same with the same groups of volunteers. The only difference is the administration and collection of donations. The Tache Food Resource Centre is responsible for collection donations, issuing tax receipts, and doing the accounting. The Tache Food Resource Centre has a board of directors to ensure accountability to the public. The President of the board is Robert Rivard, Vice President is Roger Prevost, Treasurer is Anna Dillabough, Secretary is Maureen Manning. There are eight other members at large. For information or to make donations, contact Robert Rivard at 204270-0506 or email Robert at rcrivard@highspeedcrow.ca. You can also mail to Tache Food Resource Centre at 1294 Dawson Rd, Lorette MB, R5K 0T2. The Tache Food Resource Centre accepts e-transfers, cheques, cash, or donations of food. For those in need of the resources of the food bank, please contact Irene at 204-270-0273.


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Grunthal Brothers Set Up Community Pantry By Marianne Curtis The Little Free Library Movement is growing in many communities, with the concept of “take a book, leave a book.” Now, a pair of brothers from Grunthal has taken this wonderful concept a step further and used COVID-19 as the catalyst to launching the community’s only Little Free Pantry. Located across the street from the Caring Hands Foodbank, the little pantry was built by thirteen year old Ben Friesen and his eleven year old brother Luke with the help of Ryan Friesen, their dad. According to Candice Bakx-Friesen, Ben has enjoyed serving as a volunteer for a number of years at the local foodbank. More recently since COVID-19, the brothers wanted to do something to address the need directly in their own community.

“They did it to meet needs in-between the food bank,” explained proud mom Candice Bakx-Friesen. “Some people have lost their jobs and aren’t used to using the food bank so this is a way people can also anonymously grab a few things.” Now that the little pantry has been installed, the brothers are keeping it stocked with the help of private donations of cash and food items. Residents are invited to restock the shelves on their own. “People have been very supportive of this in the community,” Bakx-Friesen added. Unlike the foodbank, the Little Free Pantry is accessible twenty-four hours a day, which makes it perfect for people who are suddenly in need. Items available in the pantry are free for the taking.

Mountain Biking Skills Area to Be Built in Whiteshell By Marianne Curtis

Ben Friesen (13) and his brother Luke (11) put together this Little Free Pantry with the help of their dad. It is located across the street from the food bank in Grunthal.

Mountain bikers will soon have a unique place to enjoy while traveling through the Whiteshell Provincial Park thanks to the hard work of a group of dedicated volunteers. On June 18, the members of the South Whiteshell Trail Association celebrated when MLA of Lac du Bonnet Wayne Ewasko announced the approval of a $75,000 grant under the Building Sustainable Communities Program. The grant will be used to create a skills area hub at the junction of two trails within the provincial park. “We are thrilled to be able to support this initiative which will bring mountain bikers from all over the country,” said Ewasko. “The volunteers have done an amazing job with developing this trail system, and I look forward to being back here in the fall for the opening.” Developed by the South Whiteshell Trail Association, the Blue Highway Trail (which is named due to the blue ribbons along the trail) is located near Caddy Lake. Most of the trail is on the open rock face with some dirt single track connectors between open rock area. Access to the main Blue Highway loop is via Centennial Trail, also open rock face. Centennial is mixed use and Blue Highway was designed for mountain biking, but is also open to hikers. Gary Turnbull, South Whiteshell Trail Association, Past-President is excited to

see their project enter the next stage. The funds will be used to create a natural skills area and gathering spot for bikers and hikers of all skill levels. “We are passionate to build a trail system for all skill levels of hikers and bikers that allows them to experience the wonder of this landscape,” said Turnbull. “We are pleased that this grant will enable us to build a sustainable and respectful attraction that recognizes the unique geology of the granite rock and the historical relationship of the Anishinaabe nation to this land in the Whiteshell. The final design will be shaped as a Thunderbird. Construction of the new skills area will take place over the summer, with an official opening taking place in the fall. There will be benches, signs and an interpretive centre created at the site. The South Whiteshell Trail Association (SWTA) is a group of volunteer locals, cottagers, businesses and trail enthusiasts who are dedicated to the planning, building, and maintenance of trails in the South Whiteshell Provincial Park. Since 1997, SWTA has collaborated with organizations such as the Trans Canada Trail, Trails Manitoba and Sustainable Development (Parks) to build over 100 km of trails in the Falcon, West Hawk, and Caddy Lake areas. All of the great work done by SWTA depends upon volunteer efforts, donations, grants and fundraising.

Gary Turnbull, South Whiteshell Trail Association, Past-President shows Wayne Ewasko, MLA for Lac du Bonnet, along with Minister of Conservation & Climate Sarah Guillemard where the Thunderbird shaped skills area will sit once construction is complete. Photo by Marianne Curtis

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Government Benefits: an Update In the past month there have been a few more announcements about new benefits and extensions to existing benefits. Here is a short overview of the various programs announced since March 2020. The Disabled On June 5, the federal government announced that Canadians who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) as of June 1 will receive up to $600 tax free without applying. The payments are expected early July. It’s not clear if it will be by cheque using the mailing address on file with Canada Revenue Agency or if it will be direct deposit. Also unknown is if you apply for the DTC after June 1, do you still get a back payment of the $600 benefit? The Manitoba Disability Economic Support Program was announced late May and provides a one-time $200 benefit to lower-income Manitobans with disabilities receiving Employment and Income Assistance benefits. The payment were made by cheque in June. No need to apply. Seniors Both the federal and provincial government have announced payments to be made to seniors, regardless of their income. The Manitoba Seniors Economic Recovery Credit provides a $200 one-time, refundable tax credit to Manitoba seniors (65+). The cheques were mailed late May 2020. It was not by direct deposit (they do not have your banking information). They used your address on your 2018 personal income tax return. If you do not receive the cheque, you can claim the credit on your 2020 tax return next Spring. The federal government announced additional benefits for seniors. Every

senior (65+) who is receiving OAS (Old Age Security) will receive $300. This will be paid early July. Seniors with lower incomes receiving the GIS (Guaranteed Income Supplement) will get an additional $200 for a total of $500. If both spouses are receiving GIS, they will each receive $500. These payments will not be reported on tax slips and you will not need to report these amounts on your 2020 tax return. If you are a senior eligible for the DTC, you will receive a maximum of $600 (combination of the seniors benefit and the disability benefit). Canada Child Benefit All taxpayers receiving the Canada Child Benefit received an extra $300 per child added to their monthly benefit in May. This income is not taxable and is not reported as income on the tax return. GST Credit During the month of April all taxpayers eligible for GST credits based on the 2018 tax filing received a special one-time only GST credit. It was paid on April 9. The government even made GST payments to some taxpayers who did not receive the GST credit in the past year. It appears they “bumped up” the base amount so more taxpayers would qualify, so those with family incomes up to about $60,000 also received an unexpected GST credit. Employees The CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) that pays $2,000 for a four week period has been fairly easy to apply for and to renew. The CERB payments have been extended another eight weeks to a total of 24 weeks between March 15 and October 3 2020. And you can earn up to $1,000 of employment or

Tache Mourns Councillor until the end. Councillor Heather will be dearly missed,” the RM of Tache said in a statement. Heather lived his whole life on a farm located on Heatherdale Road. He graduated from Lorette Collegiate and obtained a B.A. and a B.ED., from the University of Manitoba while teaching and working as a principal for the TransconaSpringfield School Division. After 35 years he retired to farm full time where he along with his wife Diane and children developed a purebred Charolais herd. One of his proudest moments was when the family farm was declared a 125 year old “Heritage Farm” in 2014. When his two sons moved to Toronto, Heather sold his herd and committed his time to working as Councillor for the RM of Tache. While on council, he participated on a number of boards, including the Centre of Canada Committee, Seine River Tributary Committee, Taché/ Springfield Weed Control District Board, North East Watershed District Board, Federation of Canadian Bill Heather, RM of Tache councillor and local Municipalities and Tache Multiplex Fundraising Committee. heritage farmer passed away on June 15. On June 15, Wilbert (Bill) Heather, a well known and respected community member of Lorette passed away after a lengthy illness. He was seventy-four. Heather has been a member of the RM of Tache council as Ward 5 councillor for almost a decade after being first elected on October 28, 2010. “Bill served his community with dedication and perseverance right

self-employment income in the four week period. Best to find the details on the CRA website; too detailed to explain here. Remember it is taxable income, so depending on your other income; you may end up paying 26 to 46% tax on the benefit you receive. And if you receive back pay from your employer for the same period, you will end up paying back some of the CERB (you cannot receive double the income for the same period). The government will ask employers for records of when employees worked. So employers, make sure you keep good records in 2020 for when we are asked about our employees. If you are an employee that received double income, put some money aside so you can pay it back when you are asked. CRA will likely take back some refunds next spring if there is money owing. If you do repay some or all of the CERB you received, keep a paper trail of your repayment. CRA may not have this information included on the tax slip that is issued next February. As tax professionals, we can include this as a deduction on your 2020 personal income tax, but we will need the paper work to prove it. You can avoid any penalties for

any over-paid CERB if you repay by December 30 2020. Students The Canada Emergency Student Benefit is similar to CERB, but targeted to students who cannot find employment because of the pandemic. This benefit is available to those attending post-secondary school and those who graduated from secondary school in 2020 and are enrolled in post-secondary education for September 2020. The payment is $1,250/ month or $1,750/month if you have dependants or you are disabled. CRA Website There have been so many program announcements since March it’s been difficult to keep up with them. If you are not sure if you qualify, I recommend checking out the CRA website. CRA has made it fairly easy to determine if you as an individual or you as a business qualify for a benefit. Tax Deadlines And let’s review the tax deadlines. CRA deadlines: June 1, June 15, June 30, September 1 June 1: the extended tax filing deadline (from April 30) June 15: deadline for the self-employed (no changes) June 30: deadline for businesses to pay amounts owing (like GST collected and normally due by June 15) September 1: deadline to pay

amounts owing for 2019 personal income taxes. You can still file your taxes after June 1 and not be penalized or pay interest but only if you pay in full by September 1. If you do not pay in full, CRA will add penalty and interest to your amount owing. If you receive GST credits, Canada Child Benefits, or Guaranteed Income Supplement, you are encouraged to file as soon as possible so these benefit payments are calculated accurately starting in July 2020. If you do not file now, the benefits will continue up to September, but CRA will use your 2018 income until they have your new 2019 tax info to recalculate and adjust the benefits. Bottom line: file your 2019 personal income taxes as soon as you can. CRA is starting to ramp up their audit activity again; they had postponed it for a few months, but will be contacting taxpayers and representative again soon. Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact us at 204-422-6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Coop) or info@SAtaxes.ca.


July 2020

C ommunity E vents Ile-des-Chênes Ritchot Senior Services: Office is open Monday-Thursday 9 am – 2 pm. We are discouraging drop ins. Anyone entering will be screened for symptoms of Covid-19 or exposure before entering the facility. Hand sanitizing and physical distancing measures will be mandatory. Contact ritchotseniors@mymts. net or call 204-883-2880. Your call will be returned asap. Grocery Delivery – Groceries can be delivered to your door. Call 204-883-2880 or email ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Foot Care Clinics – Tuesday, June 9, Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Pre-register, call Janice 204-883-2880. La Broquerie 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. Contact Mélanie Brémaud at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or labseinerss@ gmail.com. Attention local business owners, friends and neighbours: We are putting out the call for help for our seniors who reside in local 55+ Centres and homes by requesting basic necessity donations such as non perishable food items and toiletries. A lot of our seniors do not have family that can help during this time and volunteers aren’t allowed to interact because of social distancing. If you are in a position to help, please do so. We are currently setting up donation drop off points so please keep watching our page for that information! For business owners: we are asking that you set up donation bins for our cause, we will arrange for pickup and delivery by utilizing the services of the seine River school division! Contact Rosalie Stelmack directly on Facebook, “See a need, Fill a need. Pay it Forward Program”. Lorette Ritchot Senior Services - Office open from Monday-Thursday 9 am – 2 pm. We are discouraging drop ins. Anyone entering will be screened for symptoms of Covid-19 or exposure before entering the facility. Hand sanitizing and physical distancing measures will be mandatory. Contact ritchotseniors@mymts. net or call 204-883-2880. Your call will be returned asap. Grocery Delivery – Groceries can be delivered to your door. Call 204-883-2880 or email, ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Foot Care Clinics – On Wednesday, July 8 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Pre-register, call Janice 204883-2880. Weekly Meals: The group over at Le Club Des Bles D’or is offering weekly meals. Please remember when picking up your meal to social distance. The Club is providing a terrific service and we would like to see them be able to continue. They are located at 1254 Chemin Dawson Road. Phone 204-8782682. You must place your order one day prior before 6:00 pm by calling and leaving a message. St. Adolphe Ritchot Senior Services: Office open Monday - Thursday 9 am – 2 pm. We are discouraging drop ins. Anyone entering will be screened for symptoms of Covid-19 or exposure before entering the facility. Hand sanitizing and physical distancing measures will be mandatory. Contact ritchotseniors@mymts. net or call 204-883-2880. Your call will be returned asap. Grocery Delivery – Groceries can be delivered to your door. Call 204-883-2880 or email, ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Foot Care Clinic – On Tuesday, July 7 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Pre-register, contact Janice 204883-2880. Ste. Agathe Ritchot Senior Services: Office open from Monday - Thursday 9 am – 2 pm. We are discouraging drop ins. Anyone entering will be screened for symptoms of Covid-19 or exposure before entering the facility. Hand sanitizing and physical distancing measures will be mandatory. Contact ritchotseniors@mymts. net or call 204-883-2880. Your call will be returned asap. Grocery Delivery – Groceries can be delivered to your door. Call 204-883-2880 or email, ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Foot Care Clinic - On Monday, July 20 at the Community Centre with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Preregister, contact Janice 204-883-2880. Ste. Anne 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. Contact Mélanie Brémaud at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or labseinerss@ gmail.com. Seine River School Division Transportation Department - Free Delivery Services. Offering the services of their bus drivers to help out with delivering supplies, food or anything in that nature to those that are not able to get out and about. The service is free of charge! Please do not hesitate to get in touch. Contact Carole Carriere Administrative Assistant, Transportation, Seine River School Division Phone: 204-422-6222.

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Dates Announced for Corner Farmers’ Market Locals looking for locally grown produce, meat or homemade products have a new place to visit now that the Stuartburn Emerson-Franklin Local Food Initiative has launched a new farmers market in the region. The newly created ‘Corner Farmers’ Market’ is responding to the growing interest in buying local products by providing a venue for area producers and consumers to meet. According to Laura Reeves,

with the Stuartburn EmersonFranklin Local Food Initiative there has been growing support for farmers’ markets, community shared agriculture and related local food initiatives for a number of years. Kicking off back in May, the very first Corner Farmers’ Market took place at Can Am Corner, located along Highway 59 S a few miles north of Tolstoi. Until fall, markets will take place on the third Wednesday of the month. The next two markets will take place on July

15 and August 19 from 4 to 6 pm. All purchases must be pre-ordered and the producers will be on hand for several hours to meet their customers and fill orders. Pricing and preorder lists can be found in the RM of Stuartburn and RM of Emerson-Franklin municipal offices, Can-Am Corner, and the Stuartburn Emerson-Franklin Local Food Facebook page. Local participants included Wildfire Farms, Green Valley Garden Center, Creekside Dairy, Stoney

Brook Creamery, Prairie Shore Botanicals, and Skip-o-Potamus. Products ranged from organic milk, goat’s cheese, hand-crafted soaps, pastured meats, honey, and wild harvested herbs. Manitoba-grown organic grains and flours were also available from Deruyck’s Top of the Hill Farm (located near Treherne). Other producers will be added for future market days as “non-essentials” are allowed with reduced COVID-19 pandemic regulations.

Pioneer Days Parade Cancelled This year would have marked the 52nd Pioneer Days Parade in Steinbach. However, due to current community health and safety standards, this year’s event has been cancelled. According to Steinbach Chamber Executive Director Michelle Bezditny, the Pioneer Days Parade in Steinbach is a special event for

a variety of reasons. However, this year’s circumstances necessitate major changes for community health and safety. For this reason, the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s parade. “Based on Chamber member feedback and after careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision

to cancel the 2020 Pioneer Days Parade due to our current environment,” said Bezditny. “We did not make this decision lightly, as we realize how important this exceptional event is to our community, and we want to take the health and safety of our community seriously. We look forward to organizing the Pioneer Days Parade in 2021!”

Steinbach is known far-and-wide for its Pioneer Days Parade that kicks off the Pioneer Days weekend of festivities in Steinbach, celebrating the community’s roots and rich heritage. With an average of 120 unique entries per year and the always-popular candy and other free giveaways, thousands of people attend the Parade each year.

Richer Bingo Resumes Bingo enthusiasts will be thrilled to know that the SPMF Monday Night Bingo in Richer resumed on June 29 with some changes. Organizer Doreen Pchajek is excited about the reboot, however, she warns patrons that seating is limited and will be open to regular players first. “I can only use every second table so I’m doing group bookings only at this time. I’ve placed all my volunteers that will be attending and now I’m working on plac-

ing some of the regulars,” Pchajek explained. “This is the only way that I can do it right now without going in the hole. So unfortunately I cannot take walk-ins.” Regular bingo players are invited to contact the organization to guarantee seating. Those attending the event are expected to abide by COVID-19 safety procedures. SPMF Monday Night Bingo in Richer is hosted weekly by the Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation. The charity was created in memory

of Stacey Pchajek who died tragically at the age of 13 following a motor vehicle accident in 1998. Initially funds were raised from donations, raffles and selling homemade perogies, cabbage rolls, pies, meat pies, and dainties made by her mother Alice Smith. Then in 2009 they started a bingo in Lorette but due to low attendance, they moved to Ste. Anne six months later. Since March 2012, the bingo has taken place at the Richer Young at Hearts Club.

“We would like to thank everyone who has supported the charity through the years in one way or another,” Pchajek added. “Especially the regulars at Monday Night Bingo and of course the wonderful volunteers who make the event possible.” Funds raised by the foundation are used to distribute awards to students in grade 8 at the Ste. Anne Elementary School, grade 12 at the Ste. Anne Collegiate, and the Marianne Curtis Award at the SRSS in Steinbach.

Richer Rodeo Cancelled for 2020 The Richer Rough Stock Rodeo for 2020 is one of the final casualties of the COVID-19 outbreak and stiff safety regulations for public events. On June 8, organizers officially announced that after multiple meetings to try

and make it happen, the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo committee has decided that to host the rodeo this year would not be the best for competitors, guests and volunteers. “The instability of what we would be allowed and not be al-

lowed to host in September does not give the committee enough time to ensure a quality family oriented event,” stated a spokesperson for the group. “This was an extremely difficult decision to make as we are excited and proud every year to host the event.”

While this year’s rodeo has been cancelled, the committee is not taking the season off completely. “Instead, we are going to work hard on the grounds, and make plans for the 2021 rodeo to an unforgettable event,” they added.

Tab Drop-Off Location Opens in Steinbach Most programs were forced to shut down due to COVID-19, including the collection of soda can tabs being collected for Tabs for Wheelchairs. Locally, tabs are usually collected or dropped off at a number of schools throughout the region, but since school has been closed alternative arrangements had to be made. Gwen Buccini, Tabs for Wheelchairs Coordinator said they are

happy to have found a place in Steinbach. On June 8, Trailblazers Life Choices in Steinbach opened their doors for tab collectors to drop off their donations. The procedure to drop off tabs is to put them in the blue bin outside the front door. If tabs are in boxes, place them beside the bin. “This will be the safest way of doing contactless drop off. Once they see you get into your car, one of the staff or individuals will

bring them into the program,” said Buccini. “Trailblazers are very anxious to have this activity of bagging the tabs back again!” For the past twenty-two years, Tabs for Wheelchairs has collected tabs, and used the money raised from the sale of the metal to purchase wheelchairs for people who require the specialized equipment. Trailblazers Life Choices is located at B-197 Main Street in

Steinbach. Tabs can be dropped off Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. Their Winnipeg location is at 1069 Autumnwood Drive, Windsor Park. Tabs and cans can also be dropped off to Western Scrap Metals in Winnipeg at 18 Sutherland Ave. Do not forget to state that you want the value of what you brought in to go to Tabs for Wheelchairs, and they will credit the appropriate account.

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Bethesda Gets X-Ray Machine As part of its ongoing commitment to enhance the care available at health-care facilities across the province, the Manitoba government has invested in new diagnostic equipment to be installed at several sites. Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen stated that, “Investing in diagnostic equip-

ment for facilities throughout the province not only ensures Manitobans are able to access specialized services and care when they need it, in many cases it will allow them to seek that care closer to home.” The Manitoba government invested approximately $720,000 to purchase and install two general duty X-ray machines in Southern

Health including at Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach and at Altona Community Memorial Health Centre. Both pieces of equipment are now operational. Petr Kresta, chief operating officer of diagnostic services said access to diagnostic equipment that is reliable and timely ensures quality care for Manitoba patients.

Providence Prof Releases Book on Spirituality By Marianne Curtis

lower all of his life began his career at Providence as an Athletic Director. He only came to formal, academic sociology in mid-life, getting his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Manitoba. In the introduction of his book, he shares, “I write as both a Christian and a sociologist, someone who practices both personal Christian faith and professional social scientific scholarship.”

In a media interview, Hiebert said that he did not plan on publishing his work as a book at first. “I first published an academic journal article critiquing excessive rationality in Christian life, and after I published a second academic journal article calling for intellectual humility in Christian life, I realized the connection, and the subsequent need then to explore spirituality in Christian life, which had long fascinated me. So the book is three extended and interconnected essays, each an expansion of a journal article,” Hiebert explained. He said the book’s message is that when, “We exhaust our rationality and are confronted with its limitations, we are humbled by our finitude, and animated by our spirituality.” He added that he hopes readers will be able to comprehend the excessive rationality that modernity has built into the cognitive structure, how we think and organizational structure, how we live our contemporary Christian life. “I hope they will then hear the call to live out an authentic attitude of humility, and in particular, the virtue of intellectual humility that is most challenged and tested by religious convictions. Finally, I hope readers will feel permission and an invitation to live their faith more as an internally differentiated and open spirituality, rather than an externally determined and regulated religiosity.” Rationality, Humility, and Spirituality in Christian Life is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Dr. Dennis Hiebert, long-time Professor of Sociology at Providence with his newly published Books, Goodreads, as well as Wipf second book entitled Rationality, Humility, and Spirituality in Christian Life. Supplied photo. and Stock Publishers. Earlier this spring, Dr. Dennis Hiebert, long-time Professor of Sociology at Providence, published his second book entitled Rationality, Humility, and Spirituality in Christian Life. This book features three interconnected essays on how to express and live out Christian faith when confronted and humbled by human limitations. Hiebert who has been a Jesus-fol-

God is Waiting for Your Response When you are used to driving your vehicle and then you travel as a passenger, does it give you an uneasy feeling? You are no longer in control. You have given that control over to someone else. When you travel in a plane, you are told to sit back, relax and enjoy the flight. Sometimes it’s hard to relax when you are up in the clouds and air turbulence is tossing your plane around like a play toy. The only way to keep from having an anxiety attack is to trust the pilot and have confidence in his ability to handle every difficulty and get you safely to your destination. Our lives on earth are like a travel adventure. We like to think we are at the controls of our own lives, but real-life experiences show us a different story. There are often situations, storms and difficulties that leave us perplexed and unsure of what to do next. It is a comfort to know that, as

a child of God, He is in charge of our lives. He is our pilot and says He will never leave us nor forsake us. We do not understand why God allows some things to happen. The Bible tells us His ways are above our ways and beyond finding out. Some things happen to test our faith, sometimes it’s just to draw us closer to Him or to prepare us in His service. Whatever God’s reason, we should take the attitude of Job in Job 23:10, “But he (God) knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Are you God’s child today? Have you given Him your heart and life? Are you trusting Jesus Christ as your Saviour? Do you really want God and His will in your life? If so, then you can relax with confidence that the God of Heaven is in control of your life and He will pilot your journey all the way through. If you’re not God’s child yet,

He is standing at your heart’s door knocking, waiting for an invitation from you to let Him into your life. Why not let Him in? He desires to carry your heavy load for you. In Matthew 12:28 Jesus Christ said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” God is waiting for your response today.

July 2020


What Motivates People to Stretch the Truth? Genesis 12:13 (Abraham) Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you. Genesis 18:15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.” Genesis 26:7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said,” She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.” (NIV) Just like all the other great commandments of God, the violation of the ninth commandment is somewhat out of control in this world of ours; Exodus 20:16 that is we must not bear false witness. It is part of a human condition that has existed ever since Eve believed the lies of the serpent in the garden; is simply sinning. Each one of us knows that we will be exposed to some who will stretch the truth daily. Now I think most people believe stretching the truth is wrong, even those who are not Christians believe it is wrong; and yet, so many people are dishonest. Some people cannot discern the truth or who will fudge the truth on an impulse. But most people avoid the whole truth for a reason, and the motivations for not telling the truth is rather simple… but tough to overcome. Let us start with ill will or spitefulness: Some folks will twist the truth to do evil or harm to someone else. The story is told of a crabby old fellow who boarded a train, occupied the best seat, and then tried to reserve still another seat for himself by placing his luggage on the seat beside where he was going to sit. Just before the crowded train started to move, a teenage boy came running up and jumped on board. “This car is full,” said the crappy old man, “The seat next to me is reserved for a friend of mine who has put his bag there.” The youth paid no attention but sat down saying. “All right, I will stay here until he comes.” He placed the suitcase upon his lap while the elderly man glared at him in vain. Of course, the “friend” did not come, and soon the train began to move past the platform, this adolescent fellow tossed the bag through an open window saying, “We do not want your friend to miss his luggage. We cannot let him lose his luggage too!” With a horrified expression on his face, the old gentleman began to fume and sputter. His lie had cost him his possessions and he had lied because of the malice, ill will, the meanness in his heart towards this young boy and others. Truth sometimes is avoided when it is painful: I find it extremely difficult at times to be honest with certain people when the truth will be painful. The problem is that the person that is always totally honest in everything must exercise a whole lot of discipline. We must always hold truth to be most important because of our testimony. One possible result when I am breaking the commandment against bearing false witness is the deceiver may very well get caught. Should I lie I run the risk of getting caught by someone else. There is this story of a woman coming home from work; she stops at the corner deli to buy a chicken for supper. The butcher reaches into the barrel, grabbed the last chicken he had, flung it on the scales behind the counter, and told the woman its weight. She thought for a moment. “I need a bit more chicken than that, “she said. Do you have any larger ones?” Without a word, the butcher put the chicken back into the barrel, groped around as though finding another, pulled the same chicken out, and placed it on the scale. “This chicken is heftier – weighs 450 Grams more,” he stated. The lady thought for a moment, “Okay. Hey, why not, give me both.” It is uncomfortable to get stuck in a lie like this. The Christian sees truth as unconditional. The world sees the truth through the eyes of the beholder – what you see is what you get. We must also understand that God knows all and sees all, including the very sinful depths of our hearts. We cannot deceive God because He knows of our attempts to deceive Him even before we formulate the deception in our minds. We cannot ever fool the Creator of the universe. Finally, we must know that we will fail. We fail because we are sinners by nature which means we put ourselves at the center of existence instead of God; we think we do not need God. That is, after all, why we try to deceive… 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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RCMP FILES Dance Classes are Back! Back this fall, is BOSS Dance Academy with their popular 10-week dance fall classes. We are thrilled to have Miss Kadri back as our talented instructor. An affordable and creative way to check out if dance is your passion. Classes for boys and girls, register now for Ballet Ages 3 - 5 and 6 - 9, and Hip Hop for ages 3 - 5, 6 - 9 and 10+. Call us to reserve your spot or register online@ steinbachartscouncil.ca. Arts for Tots Phone Registration Open Parents of Preschoolers! One of our most popular programs is back! Arts 4 Tots is now taking phone registrations for Fall, 2020. We’re looking forward to another exciting year in Arts 4 Tots, Steinbach’s most creative way to learn, for ages 3 – 5. Limited numbers per class. Some classes already filled so call to register today. We have adjusted our policies to be compliant with the COVID 19 protocol. Visit SteinbachArtsCouncil.ca for all policy details, and then call 204-346-1077 to register today. Also check out Arts for Tots on Facebook. The Backyard Theatre Company We want you! Experience scripts, improv, character building, perform on stage and build your confidence! Take the stage in our local festival and final production at the SRSS theatre. Program for ages 5 - 16. Get the details on the website and call to get your name on the class list. We have limited our numbers to comply with the COVID19 protocols. We are thrilled to announce that Jeremy Plett, Artistic Director along with director, Alan Fehr, will be returning to inspire the creativity of our young actors. NEW! Young Company – Performance Troupe for ages 17 +. Get involved in the community in a creative way. Southeast Centre for Music, the centre for excellence! Don’t be left without a music instructor for September. SCM has exceptionally qualified instructors in a wide variety of disciplines, including piano, voice, cello, violin, music therapy, musical theatre and more! Enjoy Youth Choir, Voice Classes for young singers, music classes for families with kids age 0-5, much more. Email scm@ steinbachartscouncil.ca for details – let us help find the best teacher for you. Our Instructors: Candace Hamm, piano; Jordan Martens, piano; Hally Friesen, piano; Alyssa Hildebrand, voice; Peter Jo, violin; Natalie Dawe, cello; Gabriela Gallo, director of FUSION Musical Theatre & Steinbach Youth Chorus; Beth Janzen, Music Therapy & Tiny Tunes Family Music Classes. Need financial assistance? Call us about our Creative Arts Bursary Fund. Fall 2020 Programs We are currently planning our fall programs. As Phase Three opens in the community, we are researching ways to run programs with physical distancing within the classes. We are also planning on a way to deliver programs virtually in case the restrictions are tightened again, and we need to provide virtual learning. We are looking at some art classes, pottery, languages, pilates, theatre, dance and music classes and workshops, however, the numbers will be reduced. Stay posted to our website for updated opportunities to register. Season Tickets We’re working hard to secure our concert series for the upcoming season. 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. Email David Klassen at performingarts@steinbachartscouncil.ca to secure your seats! See steinbachartscouncil.ca for more info.

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

Search for Missing Ste. Anne Man On June 20 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a missing 47-year-old male from the RM of Ste Anne. Christopher Peter Hawkins (prefers to go by Peter) was last seen around noon on May 29 when he took a taxi from the RM of Ste Anne to Betula Lake, in Whiteshell Provincial Park. Hawkins is described as approximately 5’11”, 180 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt and grey pants. The RCMP are asking anyone with information to call the Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-1234, Lac Du Bonnet RCMP at 204-345-8685, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP Look for Missing Teen On May 25 at 10:05 pm, St. PierreJolys RCMP received a report of a missing 16-year-old female from the community. Roberta Jonah Sumner was last seen at 3 pm on Redwood Avenue in Winnipeg when she was dropped off to visit a friend and failed to return home. Sumner is described as 5’4”, 155 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair, and was last seen wearing black sweat pants and a black zip-up hoodie. The RCMP are asking anyone with information to call the St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP at 204-433-7433, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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Vehicle Collides with Dirt Bike Rider At approximately 2:33 pm on June 2 Steinbach RCMP were called to a car and motorcycle collision near the intersection of Cranberry Road and Centre Street South, Mitchell. Investigation revealed that a Toyota Echo being driven by a 69-year old male from Steinbach area was proceeding south on Centre Street when he collided with a 125 CC Dirt bike being driven by a 13-year old female from Mitchell who was proceeding north in the southbound lane of Centre Street. Amongst some of the factors for the collision, one of them was a cloud of dust from the gravel road that obscured the motor vehicle driver’s vision. The male driver did not suffer any injuries. The female did suffer non-life threatening injuries and was transported via STARS to a Winnipeg Hospital. Police are continuing their investigation.

RCMP Nab Wanted Male On June 12 Steinbach GIS and Steinbach RCMP attended to Blumenort for a 29-year old male wanted on outstanding warrants from a previous search warrant. The male was located outside the residence where he was apprehended without incident. At the scene an All Terrain Vehicle was located where it was determined that it had been reported stolen out of Woodridge. Also located on the male was over 6 grams of Methamphetamine. Matthew Phillip Martens of Steinbach has been charged with Possession of Stolen Property Obtained by Crime (x2) and Possession of Methamphetamine. He was remanded into custody.

Public Helps in Arrest of Impaired Driver On Tuesday June 16 at approximately 4:26 pm, Steinbach RCMP were dispatched to #1 Highway for an erratic driver. Police were advised the vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed, swerving all over the road as well as passing other vehicles on the highway. Police were able to locate the vehicle with public assistance. As a result a 28-year old male from the RM of West St Paul was arrested for Impaired Operation of a Conveyance with more than 80 mg %. RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter. Their action enabled police to apprehend an impaired driver without any further serious consequences.

RCMP Look for Hit and Run Driver

On June 8 between 1 am and 5 am in the RM of Ste Anne, the Imperial Metals company was broken into. There was damage done to some of the doors on the property totalling $1,300 in damage as well as two HILTI nail guns were stolen valued to be $2,500 in total value. Nothing else was reported stolen. If you have any information regarding the above incident 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 June 5 at approximately 12:50 am, RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle-pedestrian collision, on Highway 1, just west of Deacon’s corner. A 25-year-old female was driving east on Highway 1, just west of Deacon’s Corner, when she had a medical emergency and stopped in the middle of the highway. She exited her vehicle, collapsed on the highway, and was struck by a brown minivan. The suspect drove a short distance, pulled over for several moments, but then left the scene heading north on Highway 207. The female was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. If you have any information on the driver or the brown minivan please call Oakbank RCMP at 204-444-3847.

Enclosed Trailer Stolen

Snowmobile and Trailer Stolen

Business Reports Tools Stolen & Property Damaged

Between the evening of June 2 and the early morning of June 3, a 2017 Cargo Mate White/Silver 17’ trailer was stolen from 33 Tower Avenue, Steinbach. 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.

Search Warrant Issued on Storage Locker On June 6 Steinbach RCMP executed a search warrant for a storage locker in Steinbach. As a result, a 20-year old female from Blumenort was arrested for possession of stolen property with charges pending. Methamphetamine along with several stolen items including: electronics, bicycles and firearms were recovered. Police continue their investigation.

The Steinbach RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for a theft of a snowmobile and trailer from a residence in La Broquerie. Sometime between June 12, 3:30 pm and 9:30 pm on June 14 a green and black Arctic Cat ZR 6000 and black homemade trailer with Arctic Cat decals were stolen from a residence on Promenade Jeanne Drive in La Broquerie. 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.

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Vandals Target Ste. Anne Splash Pad

Moooove Along....

The Town of Ste. Anne is looking for information on who vandalized the new splash pad. On June 12, a mere eight days after the facility opened for the season, the Ste. Anne community splash pad and adjacent park was subject to significant damage. Security cameras have been destroyed, picnic tables defaced, washroom walls had graffiti and a $7,000 water feature in the splash pad was destroyed. According to Sarah Normandeau, the town’s Recreational Services Manager the splash pad will remain open despite recent vandalism throughout the park. “We are asking for the public’s assistance in keeping an eye out on our town public spaces. We had an increase in vandalism, and disregard for our town properties. From signs being uprooted and thrown in the river, items at the splash pad being broken,” said Normandeau. “This type of activity is costly and time consuming. With everyone’s help we can minimize this destructive behaviour.” “It’s hard because you have 98% of your residents who respect the spaces and are diligent in cleaning up after themselves,” Normandeau told media. “But then there’s that 2% that comes in and wreaks havoc, and that’s a huge expense.” The park will remain open for the rest of the season, but the damaged water feature will not be replaced. “If we replaced it with the exact same piece, we are not fixing the problem, we are just giving them the opportunity to do the exact same thing again,” Normandeau noted. Anyone that has information pertaining to these incidents or has witnessed activity is encouraged to contact the Ste. Anne Police 204-4228209 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers. com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

On June 28 the Steinbach RCMP received a report of 5 cows on the road at PR 210 and St. Raymonds Road just north of Ste. Anne. With the assistance of local animal recovery unit, the cows safely gathered and are now being cared for. The owners of the cows have yet to be identified. Anyone with any knowledge of who would be the owner of these cows are requested to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 3264452.

Fatal Motorcycle Collision in Whiteshell On June 14 at approximately 3 pm, Falcon Beach RCMP responded to a motorcycle collision on Highway 44, north of Highway 312, in Whiteshell Provincial Park. A group of motorcycles were travelling west on Highway 44, when one rider lost control and went into the ditch. The 55-year-old male driver, of Winnipeg, was transported to hospital, but died en route. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors.

La Broquerie School Targetted by Vandals On May 19 at approximately 12:40 am, St. Joachim School in La Broquerie was broken into. Entry appears to have been gained through a smashed window in the gymnasium. Vandals threw around desk and chairs and thus far police have not been able to identify any suspect(s). If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Search Warrant Yields Drugs On May 23 Steinbach General Investigation Section and Steinbach RCMP executed a Drug Search warrant at a residence on Hanover Street in Steinbach. A 30-year old female was arrested and charges are still pending. Over 10 grams of Methamphetamine and some Fentanyl patches were recovered.

Stolen Motorcycle Reported On June 24 the Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen blue 1982 Honda CV450 motorcycle stolen from a residence on Southwood Drive in Steinbach sometime between 10:30 pm on June 23 and 5:15 am June 24. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Credit Fraudster The Steinbach RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a fraud investigation. On June 17 around 5:46 pm this suspect fraudulently used a credit card on miscellaneous items at a business on Main Street in Steinbach. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Thief Hits Auction Yard Twice On May 25 Steinbach RCMP received a report of two thefts from the Penner Auction compound. The first theft occurred on May 15 during the night. A male entered the compound and took a 2008 Star x250 4stroke dirt bike. The second theft occurred on May 25 during the night; the same male entered the compound and stole a green 2005 Nissan x-trail. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Car Stolen from Garage

RCMP Look for Leads on Stolen Mower On June 8 at approximately 11:30 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a lawnmower that was stolen in the area of Hein Drive in the RM of La Broquerie. The lawnmower is described as a white and orange Husqvarna Z246 with serial number 102715C006845. The theft occurred between June 5 at 6 pm and June 6 at 6 pm. 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 June 21 at approximately 9:06 am, Steinbach received a report of a stolen grey 2011 Kia Sorrento with Manitoba plate GJY345. The vehicle was parked in a garage at a residence located on Henry Street in Steinbach. The theft occurred between June 21 midnight and 9 am. The vehicle was located in Steinbach on June 23. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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Memberships: 2020 memberships available for $30 per person. Join now to enjoy our member’s benefits! Please read carefully as programs have been temporarily altered. Phone ahead to register for the following programs, as space is limited: Walking - Monday – Friday 8:30 - 9 am. Coffee Corner - Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am – 12 pm. Pickleball - Monday and Wednesday 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. Beginner Pickleball - Monday 1:30 - 4 pm, Friday 10 am – 12:30 pm. Drums Alive! - Tuesdays 1 - 2 pm. Yoga - Monday 1 - 2 pm. PACE - Thursdays 1 – 2 pm. Floor Curling - Wednesday 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Computer Classes - Wednesday one on one classes by appointment. Book Club - Fridays 1 - 2 pm. Craft Corner - Fridays 2 - 4 pm. Games - BINGO Fridays July 10 and 24, 1:3 - 3:30 pm. Our programs are still available online. For fitness call to register or go to our website. Virtual Coffee: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 am. Join old and new friends and staff for a morning cup of coffee and chat! Fitness: Monday Yoga, Tuesday Drumming, Thursday PACE at 1 pm. Stay fit in the comfort of your own home as you follow along live with our fitness instructor Carrie. If you do not have an exercise ball or drumsticks for drumming, they may be signed out at the Centre. Book Club - Friday at 1 pm. Grab a snack and get comfy as our Kitchen Coordinator Deb reads ‘Real Ponies Don’t Go Oink’ by Patrick F. McManus. Here’s how it works: These programs will be hosted over the video conference platform called Zoom. If you are having trouble setting up Zoom (zoom.us/download), email or call us at 204-320-4600 and we’ll be sure to help. Once you’re set up on Zoom, you will either email or call us to register for the programs you’d wish to participate in. From there we will send you an invite link to participate in the Zoom group. For a monthly charge of $20 per participant, unlimited access to all programs. Payment can be by online credit card through our website, or you may stop by the Centre and pay in cash. Community Resources Are you or is someone you know in need of help during this difficult time? We are here to help if you need assistance getting groceries, transportation or a meal delivered to your home. Call Carrie at 204-320-4604 if you or someone you know is in need of any of these services or has questions. PPALC Community Calendar Book This Community Calendar Book - Runs until April 2021. Contains a variety of local business coupons and a place for you to record important phone numbers. Only $10 with over $300 worth of savings inside! All proceeds go towards maintaining the Centre for you and providing the programs you know and love. Call us at 204-320-4600 to arrange for pickup. Looking for Perennials The Centre is looking for perennials for our garden. Specifically, we are looking for tall grasses. If you have any you are willing to donate, please give us a call at 204320-4600. Thank you! Meals on Wheels - (not available at the Centre at this time). Getting tired or running out of ideas of what to cook? Our Meals on Wheels Program may be just what you’re looking for. Get a warm, delicious and nutritious meal (including dessert) delivered to your home for only $7. To see what’s on the menu daily visit our Website PatPorterALC.com (Make sure to refresh the site to reflect changes). Ways to Order: Call the kitchen at 204320-4605 to place an order. You may order a single meal or meals for the week or whole month. To receive a same day meal you must call before 9:00 am. Payment can be either a credit card payment over the phone or an invoice at the end of the month. With a credit card payment online through BringMeBasics.com or Fax 204-320-9098. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm call Sonja 204-320-4603 or reception desk 204-320-4600.


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Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Entrepreneur Spreads Joy in St. Adolphe

Twenty-two year old Hanna Taylor is spreading love throughout St. Adolphe with her new business.

By Marianne Curtis A St. Adolphe entrepreneur is encouraging the community to grow beautiful things and spread love throughout the community with her new business. A nature lover, twenty-two year old Hanna Taylor is determined to spread joy through the beauty of plant life as a proud member of the Growing Kindness Project. “As a Growing Kindness gardener, an initiative that encourages people to spread the powerful but simple message of kindness through flowers, I know first-hand how contagious kindness can be, and I’ve made it my mission to be a facilitator of its spread,” Taylor explained. The Growing Kindness Project is designed to empower, educate, and encourage individuals to cultivate kindness and connection in their communities by growing and giving flowers. With COVID-19 forcing families to stay home, and many taking up gardening, the timely opening of Taylor’s new business is perfect. “I started Grow Flower & Plant Co., an online platform to meet all your houseplant and flower needs. Not only does this help

fulfill my goal of spreading joy and kindness, but it also provides me a chance to grow alongside my plants as I learn about business, germinate my seedlings, and plot out my vegetable and cut flower gardens,” Taylor continued. Growing alongside her plants, Taylor takes her cues from the easy rhythms of nature as she learns about business, plans out her seedlings and plots out her vegetable garden with the simple goal of putting smiles on faces. “I’ve struggled to fit into the workforce in the past. As an individual on the autism spectrum, managing my anxiety can often feel like a full-time job on its own,” Taylor added. “Trying something new that I didn’t think I would have ever been able to do. My learning disabilities make it hard for me to find work in a traditional setting and plants are quiet and it’s easy for me to learn and understand what they want – not like people!” Grow Flower & Plant Co offers a variety of products from in season plants, bouquets, perennials and potted plants. To find out more about Hanna and the products she sells visit growflowerandplantco.com.

Boat Collision Sends One to Hospital On June 24 at approximately 11:10 am Lac du Bonnet RCMP received a report of a boating collision that occurred earlier that morning, on Nutimik Lake in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. Officers spoke with the 64-year-old male, from Winnipeg, who advised he was anchored and fishing, with his 85-year-old mother on board, when he observed another boat approaching them at a high rate of speed. This boat, being operated by a 39-year-old male from Elie with two passengers, a 73-year-old male and 68-yearold female, both from Winnipeg, struck the other boat at a 90° angle and launched over it before coming to a stop a short distance away. Both boats were able to make it to shore where the 85-year-old was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. “Operators and occupants of a vessel are reminded that everyone must keep a constant watch to avoid a collision,” said S/Sgt. Robert Chabot, RCMP Inland Water

Boat that was hit.

Transport Coordinator. “Vessel operators who do not keep a proper watch may face criminal charges and/or fines.” Alcohol is not a factor in the collision. Lac du Bonnet RCMP along with RCMP marine specialist continues to investigate.

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