Dawson Trail Dispatch July 2022

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July 2022

Canada Day Across the Southeast Communities Come Together to Celebrate Canada

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Photo by Angelique Forrest

Photo by Eldon Zigarlick

Canada Day is a great reason to bring communities together and this year communities, large and small, hosted their visions of celebration. Some of the communities who went out of their way to entertain residents and guests included Vita, St. Labre, and Richer.

Vita included a rodeo and live entertainment in a fully packed program. The St. Labre 200 decided the Canada Day long weekend was an opportunity to host their annual go-cart build off and race. Richer again hosted a multi venue event which included activities at both the museum and the Dawson Trail Park.

Photo by Dan Guetre Clockwise: Eugene Sabot and Mark Lanouette provided horse-drawn wagon rides in Richer; Racers at the St. Labre 200 tear up the track; Live entertainment performing at Vita; Children enjoying the bouncers and activities at Vita; and (centre) Face painting in Richer.

Photo by Angelique Forrest

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Reynolds Council Unveils Their New Municipal Space By Dan Guetre The RM of Reynolds recently celebrated the completion of their municipal space leaving behind their old office which was deemed too small for their needs. While many municipal councils are building new facilities, the RM of Reynolds decided on an unorthodox path taking advantage up an existing space and combining their needs while partnering with community service groups to alleviate their financial burden. “Council realized that we could save significant money by using a site that already had infrastructure such as an undeveloped structure, hydro, water, septic field and land for expansion,” explained Reeve Trudy Turchyn when the opportunity arose to eye the local community centre as potential suitable space. “The aging executive at the community club approached Council to take over the building because maintenance for such a large structure was consuming a good portion of their time and revenue from their fundraising activities,” she added. “Due to the lack of space at the former municipal council chambers, more meetings and hearings were being held at the community club, especially during social distancing [due to] COVID-19.” A mutually beneficial partnership was formed and plans were developed to renovate a portion of the centre into municipal space while maintaining community space for their local community club and seniors programming. “Council for the RM of Reynolds, like any other municipal council, is frugal,” continued Turchyn. “Saving time and money by repurposing the gym was an opportunity Council could not, in good conscience, pass up.”

While Council did receive a small grant from the Province Building Sustainable Communities fund of about $8,000 to help pay for audio video equipment in the council chambers, the costs for renovations came from their existing General Reserves resulting in no raise in taxation for the residents. In the long-term, the Reeve is confident that the extensive process of repairs before and during renovations will be result in cost savings. “The long term savings will be realized because, over the last five years, hall executive invested in the installation of new shingles; an insurance claim, due to flooding, replaced portions of sub-floor, majority of hall flooring, kitchen flooring and cabinets and the flooring that was not damaged was updated by the hall executive,” she explained. “With so much money invested in repairs, there should be few surprises.” She added that with the now larger council chambers, they will not have to pay rental costs for larger venues for public meetings and hearings. Moving from a 1,200 square foot office to now operating an over 6,000 square foot building will come with an increased monthly price tag. “[It] will be a considerable increase for hydro, yard maintenance and insurance coverage,” she added. The upside will be those costs will no longer be a burden to service groups operating in the space. Originally tendered at just under $710,000, the development and renovations costs came in just under $750,000, less than 10% which is lower than average when renovations are

Photo by Dan Guetre RM of Reynolds Municipal council, staff and MLA Wayne Ewasko gather outside the new municipal space that accommodates not only council’s operation needs, but also retains space for various community service groups.

involved. Some of the extra costs were due to some minor change orders requested by council as the project progressed. When it comes to other municipal jurisdictions, Turchyn suggests other councils can also try this approach but admits that finding a building that has room to accommodate municipal requirements was a unique situation, one that most municipalities would not have available to them. With this project in the review mirror, Turchyn and her council are now focused on constructing a sewage lagoon.

“This year, we will be completing our truck haul sewage lagoon which was started last spring,” she explained. “With the Province of Manitoba’s announcement that they would be closing Pine Grove Rest Area sewage lagoon, Reynolds had no choice but to build its own lagoon.” “A site north of Hadashville was purchased to provide a central location for our vast municipality,” she added. “The Federal and Provincial governments are providing 3/4 of the funding for the project that was tendered and the lowest bid came in at $2.8 million.

Doctors Launch Resource on Emergency Room Care By Dan Guetre A new resource has been created to support Manitobans in accessing healthcare this summer, when it is anticipated more hospitals than ever could have ER closures or reduced operating hours. “Whether you live in rural or northern Manitoba or you are planning to travel to communities in these areas, doctors want to support you with accessing needed medical care,” said Dr. Candace Bradshaw, President of Doctors Manitoba. “Our new public resource RuralCare.ca will help Manitobans be aware about how to access rural care, including how to plan ahead and what to do in a medical emergency.” At RuralCare.ca, Manitobans will find a one-stop resource with information about rural and northern ERs, including advice from physicians about how to plan ahead given the number of ERs with expected closures or reduced hours; guidance about what to do during a medical emergency; and the

RuralCare.ca current chart 1 July 2022.

expected status of ERs this summer at all rural and northern hospitals, with links to find updated ER closure notices in each region. Depending on where you are in Manitoba, it can be difficult to find up-to-date local information about which ER is open, closed or has reduced operating hours,” explained Dr. David Cram, a physician from Souris Manitoba. “Please plan ahead using our resources at RuralCare.ca.” Dr. Cram added, “In all my years practicing medicine in rural Manitoba, I’ve never seen so many ERs closed or only open part time.” According to Doctors Manitoba, the Province has 68 hospitals and health centres in rural and northern communities and of these, only 40% are anticipated to be open 24/7. They believe 34% will only be operating part time, with reduced hours or temporary suspensions. The final 26% have been closed for more than a year and are not expected to reopen this summer.

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Niverville Olde Tyme Country Fair Huge Success

The Recklaws got the crowd going.

By Angelique Forest Niverville’s 2022 Olde Tyme Country Fair was a huge hit with record attendance. “This year we estimated 15-20,000 overall, including midway and car show, etc,” said Dustin Krahn, general manager of the fair committee. The COVID-19 pandemic put a pause on the fair, making this the first fair since 2019. The attendance easily surpassed the record of 2012 due to Dean Brody’s performance.

The Trampoline Acrobats Show.

Extreme Motocross daredevils.

Pictures courtesy of Pavel Petrenko

The committee was thrilled to see so many people in attendance and having good, safe fun. “I have attended before COVID and the excitement of having it back made for a more fun and exciting atmosphere! The turnout was huge. The long lines were tough to deal with, especially for little ones. But they seemed to go by quickly and people were kind and respectful,” said Mimi Hart, a lifelong resident of Niverville. Attendance on Friday was so busy that the organizers decided to call in some extra security for Saturday. This was smart planning, because Saturday turned out to be even busier than Friday. The weather was great throughout the whole weekend for the fair, with a storm only coming out during the clean-up day on Sunday. The weather likely impacted the attendance record set. A few residents commented on the fluctuating costs depending on the time of day, though most attendees were simply glad the fair was taking place. Krahn quickly responded to those who had questions about the change of cost during the evening. “There are a few reasons we decided to increase the costs during the evening. But essentially it is intended to try and get people to come early and support lesser known opening acts, and to give those acts more exposure as opposed to everyone waiting for the larger band,” said Krahn. “When people come early, they also support food vendors (which attracts more food vendors, which we need), market vendors, and may

also grab a beer or two etc. So in general it is better for everyone (us included) when people come early, so we try to give people a reason to come early or purchase tickets ahead of time.” The turnout for this year’s fair was phenomenal, as there are plenty of opportunities for problems to arise. “The biggest struggle is always weather, which obviously doesn’t tie into what year it is or having taken 3 years off,” said Krahn. “Aside from that, taking a few years off basically makes things a bit more challenging simply because everyone is a bit rusty and it takes a bit to get back into the swing of things.” Other challenges included getting the proper amount of volunteers and network challenges. “We have had partners in the past that would help with setting up wifi and sometimes even hard wiring internet to locations as needed, we simply weren’t able to find a partner for that this year but will try again for 2023.” Additionally, next year Krahn is planning to shorten wait times, have more food vendors present, add washrooms, bar staff and face painters as well. The fair committee has 12 members, as well as the volunteers running the show, which can be challenging to say the least when there are huge turnouts and not enough volunteers. Some of the volunteers and committee members took on additional shifts to help with the shortage, which Krahn believes is remarkable. Everyone together made the fair the best it’s ever been with the help of the amazing performers and vendors. “Next year there will be more volunteer opportunities available for those who would like to help in a more hands-on way. We will be trying to expand the organizing committee,” concluded Krahn, excited to start next year’s planning.

Niverville’s 2022 Olde Tyme Country Fair was a huge hit with record attendance.

Niverville Intersection Under Construction The Town of Niverville is anticipating that construction at the intersection at Mulberry Avenue and PR 311 should be completed by mid-July with the exception of the traffic signals which will wait until spring of 2023. Currently, PR311 is considered a designated construction zone with speeds reduced to 50 km/h through the area. Although one eastbound and one westbound lane of PR 311 is being maintained during construction, the Town is warning commuters that delays and detours are to be expected. Pedestrians are asked to avoid the construction zone and use Arena Road to cross PR 311 to Drover’s, while the area is under construction.

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Celebrating Over 25 Years of Service to Our Communities!

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A Brief History of Canada Day On July 1, 1867, the British North On June 20, 1868, our first GoverAmerica Act was passed by the Brit- nor General, Lord Monck, signed a ish Parliament, creating the Domin- proclamation requesting that all Her ion of Canada. Majesty’s subjects designate July

Saying Goodbye to Stirring the Pot It’s been 25 years writing a column for the Dawson Trail Dispatch. In those 25 years we’ve covered a lot of ground together. Politics, society and culture can either change like the weather or stay mired in the stubbornness of narrow-mindedness. Personally, I like the calm and the storm equally. My intention was always to provoke thought and attempt to create an atmosphere of discussion and free thinking. The opinions of others should never be repressed even if you disagree. Debate is a healthy way of advancing our society and a diversity of beliefs challenges us to be better. The bigger picture should take precedent over some of the minor details which can always be ironed out later. I would like to thank all of the Dispatch readers, present and those of the past 25 years. Without you there is no point to opining or writing a column. I find it difficult to retire, but after 25 plus years some would say it’s enough and I concur. Thank you for your perseverance and patience. It’s been a lot of fun. Wishing you all the best, now I’m going to eat my own porridge.

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1 as a day to celebrate the anniversary of Confederation. The celebration was made an official national statutory holiday in 1879. It became known as Dominion Day. The 50th anniversary of Confederation (1917) saw Canada at War. The conflict in Europe gave new impetus to the celebrations and a new status to the still fledgling nation. 1917 also saw the re-construction of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa—after the great fire of 1916—which were dedicated to the Fathers of Confederation and to the brave Canadians who served during the First World War. The Parliament Buildings were still under construction ten years later at the 60th anniversary. On July 1, 1927, the Peace Tower Carillon was inaugurated, and the Governor General of the day, Viscount Wellington, personally laid the cornerstone of what is now the Confederation Building. As Canada moved into her second century, celebrations became more elaborate and diverse. Large multicultural celebrations were presented on Parliament Hill and broadcast to the nation. In 1982 the British Parliament passed the Canada Act, giving Canada the power to control its own constitution. To celebrate this landmark event, on October 27, 1982, Dominion Day officially became Canada Day. By the 1980’s, celebrations had taken on a more local flavour as

the national committee tasked with planning festivities began to plan and finance events across the country, not just in the capital region. These included the tradition of fireworks lighting up the night sky in 15 major Canadian cities which continues to this day. Royalty has often been on hand to celebrate Canada Day. Our Centennial celebrations included the participation of Her Majesty the Queen. Her Majesty and Prince Philip took part in 2010 as well. As did their Royal Highnesses Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 and HRH Charles, Prince of Whales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in 2017. The Royals have always had a special place in their hearts for Canada and in the hearts of Canadians. This July 1 marks 155 years since confederation and 154 years since the first time this holiday was celebrated by Canadians. There are those who believe Canada should curtail or boycott celebrations this year to focus on some of the darker chapters of our history, or because they disagree with the current government. I disagree. I do not believe our national holidays are an appropriate vehicle for virtue signalling. Canada Day shouldn’t be political or politicized. Canada Day is a national holiday when we celebrate who we are as a nation; past, present, and future. Every country has chapters of

its history that its citizens are not proud of, but our history is our history—the good and the bad. It’s part of who we are. We celebrate the good and we learn from the bad. My office deals with hundreds of new Canadians every year. They didn’t choose to come to Canada because they were ashamed of it or wanted to feel morally superior. No, they came here because Canada is a beacon of hope that offered them and their children a chance for a better life. The reality is, even during the most difficult times and circumstances, ours is a land of plenty. A land where we enjoy peace and prosperity. A land of freedom and opportunity. As your Member of Parliament, I’m working hard to ensure that’s the country we pass on to the next generation. This July 1, I hope everyone will take a moment to pause and reflect on all that God has blessed us with, in this land we love. Happy Canada Day, Provencher!

Celebrating Graduations Towards the end of June, I had the pleasure of attending graduation ceremonies for high schools throughout the Dawson Trail Constituency. It was wonderful being a part of such a memorable and joyous occasion in these students’ lives. While at these graduation ceremonies, I awarded scholarships to some incredibly deserving students. The seven individuals in Dawson Trail who received Most Improved Student awards are Graham Belisle from Ste. Anne Collegiate, Gage Martens from College Lorette Collegiate, Brody Wiebe from Ste. Anne Adult Learning Centre, Ian Lamb from Landmark Collegiate,

Joel Tetrault from Ecole PointeDes-Chenes, and Jenneva Wollmann and Josiah Kleinsasser from Grafton Colony School. I would like to congratulate these seven students, as well as all the other graduates on everything you have achieved thus far, and I wish you all the best as you pursue your dreams! I hope everyone had a lovely Canada Day weekend. Whether you were able to attend a community event, or just get together with friends and family, it’s always wonderful seeing people gathering to celebrate our country and all the opportunities it brings. I had a great time celebrating with family and

friends, and I’m looking forward to all the other events to come later this summer. For more updates and information, visit my website at boblagasse. com. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my constituency office at ca.lagasse@ outlook.com or 204-807-4663.

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Making Manitoba a Destination for Mining Manitoba is poised to become a leader in mineral development thanks to our PC Government’s investments in our mining industry. It was announced on June 14 that our government would dedicate $10 million into the industry through a partnership with the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) and the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund (MMDF). This agreement represents a 66% increase in funding to support mining and mineral development. Over the next three years, the MCC and MMDF will distribute the $10 million to help our industry capitalize on emerging opportunities. This will help make our province a prime destination for mining. This will allow our province to make massive strides in attracting new investments, which will allow our province to grow and strengthen its economy. Of course, this funding is not the only step our government has taken to strengthen our mining sector. On June 14 our government announced the approval of Manitoba’s first potash development with the Potash and Agri-Development Corporation of Manitoba, or PADCOM for short. The project is poised to begin production near Russell.

PADCOM and Gambler First Nation have also developed a partnership that will see Gambler First Nation participating as a 20 per cent equity owner. PADCOM has also committed to presenting benefit agreements to several Indigenous communities in the area, the Manitoba Métis Federation, and the Municipality of Russell-Binscarth. So far, the first part of the project has been completed, which includes two wells drilled near Harrowby to determine project feasibility and are poised to move onto the next phase of production shortly. This project will strengthen our economy and prove to other investors that Manitoba is a prime location for mining, and benefit First Nations in the area. I am looking forward to this project coming to fruition and I am excited to see what other opportunities our government’s funding brings to our province.

Whiteshell Residents Can Apply for Disaster Assistance In Whiteshell Provincial Park, the Winnipeg and Whiteshell rivers continue to cause significant overland flooding. All lakes in the park remain higher than normal from high rainfall amounts this spring. The Disaster Financial Assistance program helps Manitobans recover by providing financial assistance for uninsurable losses to basic and essential property. For Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) you can visit gov.mb.ca/emo/dfa/index for more information on eligibility requirements. To apply, please visit forms.gov.mb.ca/dfa-application. I look forward to being able to attend graduations in the Lac du Bonnet constituency at the end of June. It has been a challenging couple of years as we all learned to navigate through the pandemic. Be proud of your perseverance, your dedication and creativity in adapting and continuing to thrive during this time. Graduation is a launching point for further opportunities. Together with the combined efforts of your teachers and school staff, parents and mentors, you are well prepared to move on to further education and new careers. As you embark on your post-high school journey, you will take with you the experiences and learning’s from school and apply them in whatever endeavour you pursue. You have the skills, talent and knowledge to make this happen. I wish you all the very best and look forward to the contributions you will make to our vibrant province and as global citizens. Congratulations to all the graduates of 2022. On June 8, our government announced that applications for the province’s Student Advisory Council are now being accepted. Students are the pillar of our education system and student voices should play a role in shaping it. In the first year of the Student Advisory Council, members provided valuable input and have brought a diversity of opinions, ideas and lived experiences to the department’s K to 12 Education Action plan priorities. I invite all Manitoba students between the ages of 14 and 18 to apply to this year’s council.

The Student Advisory Council reports directly to the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Learning. The role of the council is to provide insights and advice on issues and topics that are current and emerging for K to 12 students. At the end of their term, the students will draft a report for the minister and receive a formal recognition certificate to mark their participation. The current council is made up of 30 Manitoba youth aged 14 to 18 from across the province. To date, the council has participated in six studentcentered engagements and provided their input on many different topics, including: - Poverty and education; - Mental health and well-being; - Curriculum and assessment; - Student presence and attendance; - Student suspensions; and - The K to 12 Action Plan Council members for 2022/2023 will serve a 12month term starting in August 2022 and ending in August 2023. Current Student Advisory Council members that continue to meet the eligibility criteria will be considered for a second term. The deadline for applications is June 27, 2022. The first council meeting of the school year is scheduled for August. For more information on the Student Advisory Council and how students can apply, visit edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/action_plan/studentadvisorycouncil. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at wayne@wayneewasko.com, or call me at 204-268-3282. Also, you can follow me on Twitter @wayneewaskomla and friend me on Facebook.

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The Majority of Canadians Support Women’s Rights By Monica Guetre What I heard recently from our southern neighbour took my breath away. I was in disbelief, it’s the 21st century. I asked myself, it’s got to be a joke, how could they let reproductive Choice be taken away in this day and age, in a democracy? My reaction like many was horror because there is an awareness it could happen here in Canada. It’s already been tried a number of times, veiled in platitudes with legislation that appears to be benign but it’s always a back doors attempt to take away a woman’s right to choose. Because of the US Supreme’s court recent decision to throw out a women’s right over her own body, both Canadian and Mexican women have more rights than American women do now. Young American women have fewer rights now than their mom or grandmother had. In a recent Leger poll, 85% of Canadians support a women’s right to choose what happens to their body. The individuals, organizations and Governments that interfere with a woman’s choice are saying clearly out load, that a woman and her body are inconsequential. That the woman/girl has no rights as a human being. Forcing women and girls to go through a pregnancy, causing physical harm, adding life-long mental duress and even using the threat of criminal sanctions or death, is an infringement to the security of all girls and women everywhere. That demand is akin to sanctioning sex-trafficking. Sex traffickers certainly don’t care about the human being that they are victimizing. All they care about it controlling that body for their own gain. When you dictate who can’t get health care that is life saving, even when that group also pays taxes, you dehumanize, you’ve marginalized a human being for your own gain. These individuals will come up with arguments to take away a women’s right to choose based on “ifs” and “buts”. These individuals either don’t care about women or don’t see the living, breathing girl or women standing right there. What’s being said; is that They (you know who They are) own you and your body. Their justification to deny your reproductive choice to have children when you want to or not is based on, the reason they “Own” your body. What’s being said crystal clear is that, “No. You don’t have the choice.” “They” don’t Trust you to make the right decision for yourself. The majority of Canadians are saying we TRUST you to make the right decision for yourself. They are telling us, that women do not have a choice over their body or reproductive rights. They are telling women and girls, you can’t further your education; you can’t climb out of poverty; you can’t take that job or start that business; you and that boy had unprotected sex, oh well you’ll have to figure it out even though you’re in high school and can’t vote yet; it’s too bad you got raped so it must be your fault, live with that abuse for the rest of your life; you can’t dream; you can’t set goals; it’s not okay to stop having children; you can’t get life saving medical care; all because that Choice of making a very personal decision one way or the other is not yours to make. They are saying, it’s their decision, not yours. They are also saying because you’re not equal, when those laws are broken to save yourself, or have the misfortune of a miscarriage you can be imprisoned, your life and liberty can be denied and so will anyone who helps you in your time of need. Be wary when “They” start using “if” or “but”. Vote them out, stand up for Canadian women. Under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms which is under federal, not provincial, jurisdiction, in section 1 it guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. It states in section 7: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with fundamental justice. Settled Canadian law says section 7 includes decisions that intimately affecting private lives and the state should refrain from interfering in a medical treatment for a condition representing a danger to life or health. When medical treatment is denied it is an infringement to life and liberty. That infringement to security and liberty is compounded when a medical procedure is delayed; denied or inaccessible due threat of verbal or physical harm, geography, affordability, and bureaucratic road blocks or by zealous individuals. The questions to ask when faced with one of those “They”, “Is why a girl or woman should be compelled to use her body at the service of another’s?” Why would “They” make that demand of a girl or women? Why are “They” embracing the very same doctrine as the Taliban? Women have a Choice in this country; abortion is legal in Canada. The decision to be pregnant or not rests solely with the woman. And all options to make the right choice should be provided if you are ever seeking advice. In this country, you do not need permission of a parent or partner to have an abortion. You do not need a referral from a doctor. This is your Choice, your decision. TRUST yourself to make the right decision for you. You even have the choice of the morning after pill and it’s available free of charge to all women in Manitoba. If you need confidential help please reach out to a trusted medical professional; the Women’s Health Clinic at 204-9471517, toll-free 1-866-947-1517, or if hearing impaired TTY 204-956-0385; the Klinic Community Health Crisis Line (24/7) at 204-786-8686, toll free 1-888322-3019, Sexual Assault Crisis Line (24/7) 204-786-8631, toll free 1-888-2927565 and Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services (24/7) toll free 1-866-367-3276.

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Preserving, Promoting and Sharing Language and Culture By Dan Guetre

She added that the French culture is a reflection of the history of the community of Ste. Anne and gives a sense of identity and awareness and feeling of belonging. With the occasion, the committee was able to also focus on the talented contemporary artists that call Ste. Anne home. “Local talent is the main factor why our community supports many of our activities and to say we are proud of them is an understatement,” said Connelly. “Their willingness to share their talent has always been a key to our cultural identity.” Some of the local entertainment include a pair of fiddlers, Jasmine and Anne-Sophie Regnier, the duet of Gisèle Smith and Claudie Smith who performed on piano and fiddle, a Jazz band under the instruction of teacher Joël Rivard from pointe-des-Chênes school and Marcel Connelly, a multi talented performer and grandson of Diane who entertained guests with some close up magic armed with a deck of cards. “Cultural identity is an important contributor to people’s wellbeing,” added Connelly. “When I walk into a store in Sainte-Anne and I hear someone speaking in French I go out of my way to greet them because just by hearing the language I have a sense that I must know that person or I want to know that person cause I feel we have a bond existing even if I did not even see the person! Not sure if this makes sense but it is a feeling of identity and belonging.” While Diane Connelly jokes about her 27 years on the committee and how, “My knees are worn out from asking and begging for monies to keep providing the community with our mandate,” she is appreciative of the residents, businesses, various levels of government and other service groups who have helped them reach this milestone. “…if it wasn’t for them we would not be celThe Jazz band from the local French school jumped at the ebrating 50 years of existence,” she concluded. opportunity to entertain guests. Marking a special milestone of half a century, the Comité Culturel de Sainte-Anne welcomed the community to their 50th Birthday Celebration recently. “Any and all cultures are what shapes a community; it can influence and shape the health of a community, so to be able to celebrate 50 years of providing a sense of identity for our community and residents and being proud of our culture is has definitely had an impact on Ste. Anne,” said Diane Connelly, who has been with the committee since 1995. Reflectively, Connelly is passionate about the importance of their organization within the community. “The purpose was and still is to live and keep alive our culture through artistic and creative activities in the French language,” she explained. “Because assimilation of the English language is so prevalent and strong, our organization provides the members of the francophone community opportunities to keep our culture alive. Vivre et faire vivre la culture.”

Guests were greeted to treats and activities inside and outside the Club Jovial in Ste. Anne.

Young entertainer Marcel Connelly performed some table magic for guests.

Photos by Dan Guetre

“Save Our Water” Campaign to Raise Awareness on the Silica Sand Mining Project The Manitoba Eco-Network (MbEN), along with Our Line in the Sand Manitoba (OLS), Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition (MEJC) and What the Frack Manitoba (WTFMB) have launched the “Save Our Water” campaign to raise awareness about Sio Silica’s sand mining activities in southeastern Manitoba. Sio Silica has announced its intention to develop the Vivian Sand Facility and Sand Extraction Projects resulting in the groups to have serious concerns about the impact on the environment and the extremely important source of water for communities in southeastern Manitoba. The coalition is launching this campaign to raise awareness of the impacts to drinking water and to raise financial support so that they can hire independent experts to provide testimony at the Clean Environ-

ment Commission (CEC) hearing scheduled to commence this fall. The CEC hearing will allow participants to review in detail the proponent’s Environment Act Proposal in an evidence-based and independent forum and allow for cross examination to determine if the impacts on the aquifers and human health have been adequately considered and addressed. “Since 2001, it has been standard practice in Manitoba to establish a Participant Fund so that interveners can hire experts to effectively participate in the hearing process,” remarked Glen Koroluk, Executive Director of Manitoba Eco-Network. “Unfortunately, that practice has been ignored, and coalition members are put in a position to ask for public donations.” Learn more about Save Our Water at organizemanitoba.org/saveourwater.

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Roots of a Community on Display By Dan Guetre What began as a family research project to discovery his genealogy led to a massive community project which resulted in a comprehensive database of settlers linking contemporary residents to their descendents who braved a journey and created a community. A permanent display is now a focal point of the community giving residents and visitors a view into the past. Norman Lavack, a Ste. Anne resident viewed his retirement as an opportunity to take up a hobby and gather information to create a family tree. “The project started very innocently with my own family genealogy research. As a hobby at retirement, it took me 15 years or so, to do a comprehensive research of my own family genealogy which ended up with two books of discovery,” explained Lavack. “In so doing, I found articles, which I kept on reserve in case one day; about the old Dawson Trail and the local Hudson Bay Post.” “From there, I got interested in some of our local pioneer families,” added Lavack. “In the back of my mind, I could hear ‘If you don’t do it, who will?’.” He explained how one thing led to another until he met others with the same outlook and curiosity building a team that included Maurice Tétreault, Pierrette Sherwood, Richard Pelletier and Ken Malo. “I would be in charge of the research and the project, Maurice would build the Red River Cart and supervise the construction of the Timber Frame shelter, Pierrette would tie everything to the Dawson Trail History and supply the interpretive panels, Richard would supply the timber and his expertise with Timber Frame construction and Ken would volunteer in every capacity and have his artistic eye on the project,” said Lavack, defining the roles that soon began to develop. “Each of these people contributed in their own way, a piece of the puzzle.” Lavack and his team gathered local photos and details from various sources including the community cemetery, Parish and Provincial archives, newspapers, census, and even personal visits to family members of those who were recognized as descendents of the settlers. “The local families that I could reach were very enthusiastic,” said Lavack but admitted this took some effort to build the contacts. “That’s where I had trouble, because I did not know many descendants of the pioneer families. I could only give out an ‘All Out Invitation’ via Facebook, etc. and hope that people would respond.” This seemed to have worked as Lavack received about 20 solid responses. “They were eager to help in contacting their own family members and to supply extra information about their ancestors,” he said. There were times he even discovered something that was totally new to him and fed into his amateur historian passion.

Norman Lavack was able to bring it all together, history, cultures and families

“…many times, especially when I could find biographies or stories about certain individuals,” said Lavack. “…for example, Falcon Lake was named after one of our pioneers, Pierre Falcon.” Falcon settled in Ste. Anne after marrying local resident Florestine McGillis. Lavack added a unique twist to his research spending a lot of time tracing the matriarchal lineage of the settlers. “While doing the research on the pioneer families, I paid particular attention to the maiden names of the spouses, which at the time were often overlooked,” said Lavack recognizing the added difficulty as it was a male dominated society at the time and most records focused on the men. “These brave and courageous women often had large families, and made due with very little, often living in poverty. They brought up their children the best they could, while preserving their culture, their language and faith. They took care of the cooking, the gardening, the firewood, the animals and the general upkeep of their small farms. They were, more often than not, the backbone of their family and should be so recognized.” “When I first started the research, I knew perhaps 25% of the maiden names of these women,” added Lavack. “Today out of 290 families, we have more than 98% [with] only 5 of the spouse’s names missing.” “One striking example that one can find of women not being recognized as people is on the monuments where the names of the deceased would read for example, M. et Mme. Olivier Ducharme,” he said. “Who is Mrs. Olivier Ducharme? The matriarchal lineage was very important to me.” Lavack is hoping the legacy of this effort will lead to many positive outcomes. “To me, learning and not forgetting your past is important, especially when you see that many of our small towns around are growing at a rapid pace with a variety of people with different ethnic origins,” said Lavack. “Our local society is changing and evolving. It is up to us to educate them in our local history by establishing Pioneer Interpretive Sites, by naming streets and parks with Pioneer Names, etc.” “This site was dedicated to our brave and hard-working pioneer families, who settled in this area between 1850 and 1890,” stressed Lavack. “These families sacrificed so much to make this town and its surrounding area, which includes La Coulée, Thibaultville, St-Raymond, Giroux, Caledonia, Ste-Geneviève, En Bas de la Campagne (West section of the Parish), and Dufresne into what they are today.” “I hope others will get interested in their own family background, their own origins, their own culture and customs,” he added. Even with more than 15 years of sleuthing through local history, Lavack is confident that more details can be discovered and added to the story. “I hope one day to find more stories and photos about our pioneer families and assemble them in a book dedicated to them,” he concluded. “So, if your readers have stories or photos of some of these pioneer families (1850-1890), please pass them on to me. I would be grateful and I would put them to good use before they are forever lost and forgotten.”

The display lists some of the 290 families that settled in the region around the time the Dawson Trail was constructed.

He is hoping someone would come forward to fill the role of executive publisher and see the potential in helping develop a book.

The list of settler families can be found on the Town of Ste-Anne website or the Dawson Trail Treasures website.

Family members representing their ancestors join Norman Lavack in dedicating the new feature in the community.

A large crowd, including many descendents of the settler families, arrived to honour their past and take in the new display in the pocket park located at the west entrance into Ste. Anne. Photos by Dan Guetre

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RM Asking for Speed Reduction After Deadly Crash By Dan Guetre On the heels of a recent fatality following a single vehicle accident, the RM of Ste. Anne has decided to request from the Province of Manitoba a speed reduction on PR210 near the Town of Ste. Anne. In recent discussions, council would like to see the maximum traveling speed reduced to 70 km/h and Deputy Reeve Randy Eros has been tasked to reach out. Historically, the rural municipality has previously made the same request, once in writing in 2020 and again verbally in the summer of 2021. “We received no response to our initial request. That’s not unusual, they receive quite a few requests from municipalities; we weren’t expecting an immediate response and knew it would follow due process,” explained Eros. “After a year with no response to our initial request, we had staff reach out and asked about the status of our request and we were told they were busy and hadn’t yet looked at it.” Now, the RM of Ste. Anne is going to place another request. “In early June, with councils approval I reached out to the Minister’s office and after a bit of pushing I was able to get a response,” said Eros. “In a phone conversation with his office they confirmed that they will review our request this summer and get back to us by August with an answer on what, if any, action they will take on our request.” “I will chase it with the Minister’s office in late August if we’ve heard nothing,” added Eros. “We didn’t involve Bob at this point,” he said when asked if local MLA Bob Lagasse was assisting the municipality in navigating this ongoing concern. “If we are stalled again in getting an answer in August we will likely reach out to him.”

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Ritchot Council Denies Dog Breeding Variance Over Animal Welfare Concerns By Angelique Forest A Howden area woman who had asked for a variance on her property in the RM of Ritchot to expand her dog breeding facility from the current 15 to 40 dogs has been denied the variance by the RM of Ritchot Council. The denial came from Council to Svetlana Shakhov with no notice of opposition from the public. Council said they believed they had to make a decision based on their own experiences and concerns. “We as council have to base our decisions on what the applicant has been like as a current business owner, what their property currently has or will have to improve to maintain ‘x’ amount of animals, but we also believe that the quality of life for animals should be a consideration,” said Ritchot Mayor Chris Ewan. “The major concern from council was the amount of animals in the home, as well as it sounded from what they told us that they already were illegally over the original 15, which is a cause for concern,” added Ewan about the issues. “I

think 40 is an excessive amount, especially inside your home. It’s more [about] safety and animal welfare.” The type of dogs Shakhov breeds is rare, even in their native Japan. One breed she raises is the Shiba Inu which is a small to medium in sized hunting dog. Another breed she raises is the Shikoku Ken which is described as a larger version of the Shiba Inu. In total, there is said to be about 300 of this breed. Shakhov’s kennel is the second in all of Canada to be a breeder of this type of dog. According to Daniel, Svetlana’s son who helps run the kennel, the females are bred only once per year. The majority of the breeders are female, with only a few males. Additionally, they have recently obtained a pair of Shikoku Ken, a new pedigree they are hoping to begin breeding soon. Daniel highlighted the demand for this breed of dog and how word of mouth is increasing demand. There are wait lists for both breeds of puppies. He added that not all the dogs are being bred. They require the new limit in order to keep space for retired dogs once they

are done being bred. The request was for 40 but the kennel never intended to push that limit to its maximum, it was meant as a precautionary measure according to the owner. Regarding council’s concern for animal welfare, Svetlana wants to assure the public that the dogs undergo regular veterinary checks, which include tests specific to breeding. All the dogs are also up-to-date on their vaccinations. “We believe the applicant does care for the animals and gives them what is needed, but there were concerns about the space and where they stay in the winter (inside the home), among other things,” stated Ewan on behalf of council. Shakhov has since reached out to council, but says that she was told an appeal of the May 19 decision is not possible. While she has been welcomed to apply again in the future, she says they made it clear that any reapplication would likely have the same result. In response, Shakhov believes the only answer is to move to a municipality where she can have more dogs in her care.

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Western Prairie Fringed Orchid By Norm Gregoire There is an orchid that grows in southeastern Manitoba that is found nowhere else in Canada. This orchid depends on one of the world’s rarest ecosystems, the tall-grass prairie, to grow in. The orchid’s Manitoban population depends on only two known pollinators, uncommon species of sphinx moths. They depend on you and I for protection, ensuring that the next generation will be able to enjoy the beauty of this species at risk for years to come. Western prairie fringed orchids are special. This is the reason I have chosen to cover them first in this species at risk column. July is the month when western prairie fringed orchids are in bloom. What a bloom it is! Multiple, white flowers that are deeply fringed arrange themselves along the upper stem. There are usually 5-7 thin leaves scattered along this stem. Once fully grown, the plant can range from 40-90 cm in height, making it a real standout. Although they are admired by many orchid enthusiasts, more often than not, pollinators seem to pass them by. Partly due to their complex flower heads, only two known pollinators exist for this orchid in Manitoba. These sphinx moths are attracted to the orchids at night when the flower releases its fragrance. The moth will use its proboscis that is long enough to get at the nectar. While doing this, the moth’s head which is critically, just the right size, will pick up pollen to bring to the next

orchid. Such complex pollination needs are one of the reasons that western prairie fringed orchids are considered endangered. Some of the threats the western prairie fringed orchid faces are more commonplace in regard to all our species at risk in the tall-grass prairie, such as habitat loss. Suppression of fire, low genetic diversity and the altering of wetlands all play a role in the decline of this orchid. So, what is being done to protect such an incredible species? The Manitoba-based population is found in and around the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve in the Rural Municipality of Stuartburn. In fact, the discovery of western prairie fringed orchids in the late 80’s was one of the reasons for the establishment of the preserve. Preserve staff and other conservation groups’ work hard to implement land management best practices as well as conduct annual surveys to keep track of this magnificent flower. Generations of locals have been key to allowing the orchid to persist through agricultural practices such as grazing and haying. Community members have always loved the wildness of the tallgrass prairie and have always wanted to do what is best for their family and future generations, and that includes being a steward for the land. Funding has now been made available for community members to be aided in the preservation of this important area in the form of the Stewardship Credit Pilot Program.

In this incentive program payments are paid out to property owners who are lucky enough to own some of the last bits of tall-grass prairie. Additional payments are made if you are one of perhaps only a few dozen landowners across Canada who have western prairie fringed orchids. Preserving the quality of this habitat can be a win-win situation for both at-risk species and community members! If anyone is interested in learning more about western prairie fringed orchid or what you can do to help, please feel free to contact me at sarcommunityliaison@ gmail.com.

Western prairie fringed orchids grow in southeastern Manitoba and are found nowhere else in Canada. Photo by Norm Gregoire

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Summer Fun in the Sun Hanover’s “Back Porch” Jam Set to Kick Off

Sweet Water Creek

The Jake Brakes

In conjunction with Grunthal’s Farm to Table Market, Tuesday evenings will also feature Back Porch Jam at the Hanover Ag Fair grounds. Gates open at 6 pm and the series will run from July 19 to August 9 on the Mainstage.

Daniel Desorcy

The Cracked Eggshell

The line up includes; July 19 - The Cracked Eggshell; July 26 - Jaryn Friesen / Daniel Desorcy; August 2 - The Jake Brakes with Frannie Klein August 9 - Sweet Water Creek.

Franny Klein

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Summer Fun in the Sun Natural Ways to Deter Mosquitoes Reduce Chemical Exposure with this Guide By Angelique Forest Each spring we get ready by preparing and cleaning our yards to enjoy over the summer months. For some, this includes emptying standing water that can contribute to the growing mosquito populations here in Manitoba. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so empty, scrub, or toss things like buckets, baby pools, pots, garbage cans, and bird baths. Others choose to additionally fog to help rid themselves of the pests. Avoiding being outdoors during peak mosquito times, between dusk and dawn, isn’t always an option. Most of the leading mosquito sprays have harsh chemicals, like DEET, that may not be safe for children and animals. Oftentimes, some sprays are aerosols and can be dangerous and flammable, which can catch fire if freshly applied and you’re too close to the fire pit. What other solutions are there? For years, those who use essential oils will tell you that they work. There is significant research suggesting that natural ingredients are an effective way to repel mosquitoes. This is good news for people looking to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals, especially young children and pregnant people. Lemon eucalyptus oil, lavender, cinnamon oil, thyme oil, greek catmint oil, soybean oil, citronella, tea tree oil, geraniol, and neem oil. Additionally, the following

essential oils are effective against wood ticks; lemongrass, cedar, peppermint, thyme, and geraniol. Garlic oil repellents use essential oils derived from garlic plants and can also be used like the other oils, but additionally can be used to treat lawns. There are potential risks of essential oil mosquito repellent. Essential oils should never be put directly on the skin. They are always diluted in a carrier oil, such as almond oil. The recipe is usually 3 to 5 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil. Essential oils aren’t regulated, and it’s possible to buy a faulty product, so always buy from a reputable source. It’s also possible to have an allergic reaction to the active ingredients in essential oils. Before you use any new product, spot test the product on a small section of your skin and wait an hour or two to make sure that hives or burning sensations do not occur. According to healthline.com, DEET stands for a chemical named N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide and has some risks involved with use. It’s the active ingredient in various repellents, such as liquids, lotions, and sprays that you’ll find on store shelves. Products containing DEET are used to repel mosquitoes and other biting pests, like ticks, by pre-

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s… a Trampoline??? Many not-so-common objects have become tangled in power lines. Foil balloons, shoes, kites, remote-controlled aircrafts, and drones have all interfered. Sometimes they cause an explosion or fire. Sometimes they cause an entire neighbourhood to go dark. But each object can pose a serious safety risk around power lines. One item that might surprise you is a trampoline. Storms or high winds can blow a trampoline into power lines if it is not properly staked or secured to the ground. And because trampolines are made with aluminum, a conductive material, they can not only cause a power disruption, they also pose a serious safety risk to people nearby and a challenge for power line workers to remove. Here are some tips to prevent hazards around power lines: Trampolines: - Install u-shaped wind stakes over the base of the trampoline and into the ground, or use trampoline anchor kit. - Consider using sandbags which are a good, low-cost option. When laid on top of each leg of the trampoline, they provide enough weight to hold it down. - Place trampolines, play structures, swing sets and pools at least 3 metres (10 feet) away from overhead power lines. Balloons, Kites and RC Toys: - Keep foil balloons secured and attached to a weight so they don’t float away. - Never release metallic balloons into the sky. When you’re done with a balloon, puncture and deflate it before disposal. - Remind children to fly kites, remote-controlled aircrafts and drones in open fields, far away from power lines. - If a balloon, kite or other object becomes tangled in a power line, DO NOT attempt to retrieve it. A shock or electrocution may result. Call Manitoba Hydro at 1-888-624-9376 (1-888-MBHYDRO). Visit hydro.mb.ca/safety for more information.

venting the bugs from being able to sense human scent. To use DEET safely, make sure you don’t apply it to skin under clothing, or on irritated skin. Don’t apply it to your hands and face, where it may be consumed or run into your eyes. Try not to use too much of the product. When returning indoors, wash it off. Young children should not apply DEET alone, or near their eyes and mouth. Even with mosquito repellent, you may get itchy, painful mosquito bites. To treat mosquito bites at home, you can try rubbing apple cider vinegar at the site of the bite. Putting a slice of raw onion or freshly cut garlic on the bite can also provide relief and guard against infection. Over-the-counter anti-itch or antihistamine creams, like calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream, can help as well. Mosquitoes can bite through tight-fitting clothing, like tights or yoga pants. To protect yourself, the CDC suggests choosing loose-fitting clothes that cover both the arms and legs for the most protection. Use caution when using oils! Not all essential oils are safe for animals. Always read labels and/or speak to your veterinarian when trying new products around your animals that have potential to cause harm.

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Summer Fun in the Sun Province Advises Campgrounds Reopening in Whiteshell Provincial Park Manitoba Parks is advising of changes to flood-related closures and advisories at some provincial parks. Flood conditions continue to pose a risk to public safety, and all visitors are reminded to check and carefully monitor conditions prior to heading to provincial parks. Details on all flood-related closures and advisories in provincial parks are available at manitobaparks.com. Road closures remain in the east at Nopiming and Whiteshell provincial parks. All park visitors should check manitoba511.ca for potential detours before travelling to parks. Park visitors are reminded to obey road and trail closures, and not attempt to drive through flooded areas or across damaged bridges. In Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure is completing the removal of the emergency gravel road this week. Once completed, Provincial Road (PR) 307 will reopen to all traffic from the west entrance at Seven Sisters Falls to Nutimik Lake. PR 307 remains closed between Nutimik Lake and the Bannock Point Petroforms due to floodwaters over the Rennie River bridge at Heart Lake. Betula Lake, Bannock Point Petroforms and the Pine Point Rapids Trail can only be accessed from the south via Rennie. Seasonal campers at Betula, Dorothy, and Nutimik lakes and Opapiskaw Campground can return June 30. Nightly campsites at Betula and Nutimik lakes and Opapiskaw Campground will reopen July 1. Some campsites along flooded shorelines will remain closed. The White Lake campground will remain closed until at least July 15

and the Otter Falls campground will remain closed until at least July 29 due to continuing floodwaters in these campgrounds. Water fill stations and pump houses in the north Whiteshell region may be operating under a boil water order until the water tests safe for consumption. Campers, cottagers and residents returning to the park should be prepared to boil their water or supply their drinking water. Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure is continuing ongoing repairs of PR 307 and PR 309 throughout the north Whiteshell region. Expect delays when travelling in the park, use caution and drive slow when coming up to or passing work crews. Watercraft restrictions remain in place on lakes in Nopiming and Whiteshell provincial parks to limit erosion and property damage from boat wakes along flooded shorelines. Details on lake restrictions and boat launch closures are available at manitobaparks.com. Beach users in Nopiming and Whiteshell provincial parks are advised to use caution as swim buoy lines have not yet been installed in all designated swim areas and there may be submerged debris in swim areas. The Crescent Beach seawall at West Hawk Lake is closed. The Hunt Lake Trail, the Caddy Lake Tunnels and backcountry campsites on the Winnipeg River above Lamprey Falls remain closed due to high water levels. Travelling on the Winnipeg River above Lamprey Falls is not recommended. The Rainbow Beach Provincial Park campground is closed until at least July 8 due to continuing flood-

waters. The beach is open for day use. Water levels on Dauphin Lake remain very high and any strong northern winds pushes lake water into the park. The Birch Point Provincial Park campground and boat launch will remain closed until at least July 15 due to overland flooding. Water levels continue to rise on Lake of the Woods, which may result in an extended closure. Campgrounds in Camp Morton, Hecla/Grindstone, Hnausa Beach, Manipogo, Nopiming, Rivers, St. Malo, Turtle Mountain and Watchorn provincial parks also have some partial campsite closures due to wet conditions. Reservation holders will be contacted if they are affected by a campsite closure. If affected by a closure, reservation holders can request a full refund or move their reservation to another available location. Campers should not pre-emptively cancel reservations before being notified of a site closure, otherwise cancellation policies will apply. Closures may be extended if flooding and wet conditions continue. Manitoba Parks continues to closely monitor the evolving flood situation and assess conditions daily, and continues to coordinate with Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure, Emergency Measures Organization, Manitoba Conservation Officer Service, Office of the Fire Commissioner, Manitoba Wildfire Service and Manitoba Hydro in its response.

Outdoor Living with a Natural Gas Fire Pit Adding a natural gas fire pit to your outdoor living space is a convenient way to enjoy the ambience of an outdoor fire without the dangers of burning wood. But just because you’re using gas doesn’t mean you’re in the clear concerning safety. Before buying a fire pit: - Do your research to ensure the gas fire pit you’re considering will be suitable for the location where it will be installed and operated. Safe installation of your fire pit: - Ensure the location you’re planning is well away from adjacent walls, building overhangs, and clear of low-hanging branches or power lines overhead. - A gas fire pit must be installed on a non-combustible surface, meet heat

and ventilation requirements, and in an area free of combustible products, materials and debris. - A natural gas fire pit must only be installed by a licensed gas fitter who will obtain a permit, ensure it is installed and operates safely, complies with code requirements and the manufacturer’s installation instructions. - Once your natural gas fire pit is installed, contact Manitoba Hydro for an inspection. Safe operation of your fire pit: - It is a requirement of the licensed gas fitter to review the safe operation of the unit with you. - Natural gas fire pits must only be operated outdoors in well-ventilated areas to prevent a fire hazard and risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

- Never leave a gas fire pit unattended while it’s burning and keep children a safe distance away. - Do not use your fire pit for cooking unless it is approved for this purpose. - Do not line the fire pit with tin foil or put anything into the pit that isn’t approved by the manufacturer. Rocks, glass and simulated logs should be fire-pit approved. - Dirt, debris, spider webs and bugs can find their way into the unit that may affect its operation and safety. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to regularly clean and maintain your fire pit and use a recommended cover when it’s not in use. Visit hydro.mb.ca/safety.

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Richert Takes Two 2nd Place Finishes in Austria

Richert leaves Austria with a firm grasp on 2nd Overall in the 2022 Drexler-Automotive Formel 3 Cup championship standings.

A challenging weekend at the picturesque Red Bull Ring in Austria culminated with two more 2nd Place finishes for Niverville area race car driver, David Richert. After a poor qualifying performance saw Richert start Race 1 from 5th position, chaos broke out in the early stages of the race as several incidents including spins and crashes eventually brought out a safety car. Richert was able to capitalize

and continue advancing his way up the field to take 2nd place on the podium. In Race 2 on Sunday, Richert crossed the finish line in third behind Sandro Zeller and Tomas Chabr but was promoted to 2nd place after a penalty was handed out to Chabr. “I feel extremely fortunate to leave Red Bull Ring with a couple of podium finishes as I wasn’t able to achieve the type of performance I was hoping for from my-

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self,” said Richert. “I learned a lot though and we definitely made some progress this weekend, so there are a lot of positives to build from for the next race.” Richert leaves Austria with a firm grasp on 2nd Overall in the 2022 Drexler-Automotive Formel 3 Cup championship standings. The next race event will take place at the Vallelunga Circuit just north of Rome, Italy.

A challenging weekend at the picturesque Red Bull Ring in Austria culminated with two more 2nd Place finishes for Niverville area race car driver, David Richert.

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After Almost Four Decades, Wildlife Haven’s Impact is Unprecedented! By Dan Guetre With one of its missions of rehabilitating injured, sick and orphaned wildlife for their return back to the wild, 2021 was a successful year for the Wildlife Haven at its campus in Ile des Chenes. Now celebrating its anniver-

Executive Director of Wildlife Haven Zoe Nakata.

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sary, in July 2021, Wildlife Haven opened Manitoba’s first Wildlife Veterinary Hospital with a fulltime veterinarian on site which admitted and treated an astounding 3,108 wildlife patients. The patients treated ranged from 166

different species and include pelicans, eagles, owls, coyotes, otters, beavers, hummingbirds, rabbits, bats, turtles, snakes, ducks, songbirds and more. Even throughout the pandemic, the organization was able to adapt and move forward. “From adapting education programs and fundraising events to COVID safe formats, to developing and deepening meaningful partnerships with our friends at the Winnipeg Humane Society and Assiniboine Park Conservancy, and welcoming and training over 50 new volunteers, it’s been an amazing year!” stated Executive Director, Zoe Nakata and Board President, Steve Loney in their annual report. The ability to train an additional 50 volunteers during 2021 translates into an almost doubling of its team of active volunteers. Since its founding in 1984, the expanding facility has cared for over 50,000 wildlife guests.

Upon admission, it was determined that this Snowy Owl was most likely hit by a car. She was successfully released on February 3, 2022. Photo Credit: Wildlife Haven Annual Report

Wildlife Haven Launches the NEW Raptor Rendez-Vous By Angelique Forest Wildlife Haven by Ile des Chenes has launched a new presentation series where guests can get up close and personal with their Raptor wildlife ambassadors. The Raptor Rendez-Vous will be held at the Murray Education Centre & Outdoor Discovery Space. Each session features a question period where you’re able to ask the Rehab Team any questions you may have about these beautiful flying animals. The presentation will last approximately 60 minutes, and will be held in the new outdoor amphitheatre, located

at the Wildlife Haven Campus. At the recent kickoff of the series, Ash, a great grey owl and one of the wildlife ambassadors, was presented as her story was told. Ash has been with Wildlife Haven since 2018 and was brought into the centre as a fledgeling. She was found orphaned on the side of the ditch and rescued by humans. Ash imprinted on the humans during her 2 week temporary stay with them and was deemed unreleasable. Because of this, Ash is a friendly owl who enjoys spending time with humans. She weighs about 3 pounds and is Manitoba’s provin-

At the first Raptor Rendez-vous, guests heard the story of Ash the Great Grey Owl.

cial bird and the oldest on record made it to 18 years old. R2, the red-tailed hawk, is another ambassador that came to the centre in 2001 as a yearling from Victoria Beach. He was trapped in a tree, tangled by his falconer’s jesses and was starving and dehydrated. He belonged to a falconer and was therefore imprinted on humans. Manitoba Conservation fined the falconer and took his licence for not reporting R2 missing, as he should have and ownership was given to Wildlife Haven. Imprinted birds have lost many wild behaviours

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needed to survive on their own and don’t fear humans, putting them at risk in the wild. A previous red-tail that lived at Wildlife Haven was thought to be 33 years old. You can meet these ambassadors and others up close at the next Raptor Rendez-vous!

The schedule for the series is: July 8 at 2 pm July 14 at 2 pm July 22 at 2 pm July 29 at 2 pm For more info visit www.wildlifehaven.ca. Wildlife Haven is located at 1028 Arnould Rd. in Ile-des-Chenes.

R2, a red-tailed hawk is another ambassador who will be featured at the new series hosted at the Wildlife Haven campus.

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Residents Unable to Swim Until Council Gets Through New Permits By Angelique Forest Tara Gardai was feeling defeated this spring when trying to get all things in order for her yard. The summer months get hot and many residents set up pools to cool down with their families. Niverville Town council has implemented a new pool permit for residents. This includes having a fence around the property before putting up pools, filing paperwork and waiting for approval before proceeding to fill the pool with water. According to Tara, the paperwork hasn’t been addressed. “I created the Facebook post to try and get others to also email or call town council hoping that would create some action on the matter,” said Gardai. “I haven’t had anyone contact me saying they were in the same situation, mostly just messages about how in previous years a permit was never needed. They agreed with me that this new requirement should be put on hold until they had adequate staff to deal with the workload,” Gardai explained, frustrated that nothing is able to be done. Gardai explained that the process wasn’t hard, but took time. “I wouldn’t say we jumped through many hoops. There were many phone calls made to ask for more specific details on the requirements for the fence and pool location,” she said. “When I dropped off the permit paperwork I asked approximately how long until the permit would be ready and they told me a couple days. I called later that week and was told the person responsible for permits was out of the office that whole week and it would be ready when they returned. Then I called yesterday when they admitted that they didn’t have the staff to handle the large amount of permits that came in and that mine was nowhere near the top of the pile. They could not give me any hint of a time frame at all. That is when I decided to take it to the town council.” She wasn’t alone. Alicia Page, a member of the Niverville community page, commented in agreement to the post. “Yes I agree, needing a permit since this is brand new for us and we had to put up a fence,” said Page. “But there should be a reasonable time frame. I was told a few days when I first went in and now when I called they admit they have no staff to deal with it and a huge stack to go through.” Glen Zelinsky mentioned that if you have an existing pool you don’t need a permit and inspection. “I was happy to find that out,” he said. Darren Petty said he had been waiting over 3 weeks for a deck permit, which required him

to reschedule the builders due to the lack of permit. After much speculation and many comments, Mayor Myron Dyck decided to comment to ease the minds of residents and explain the situation from the council’s side. “I am sorry for the delay in permitting. With any employer there are times when a staff member is unable to come to work for reasons such as health,” explained Dyck. “For the sake of privacy I will not go into it but suffice it to say that this is a day to day matter and our town manager is working with this person to provide them work as they are able. Until such a time as one is officially off duty, hiring someone means paying two wages for the same work.” “Duties have been handed to other staff members but as we are an office of working parents of children and this is holiday time and so there is already staff doing more than their job right now to cover for those on vacation,” said Dyck. “The easiest thing to do is to throw more money at this but with the high cost of fuel and goods we are trying to keep property taxes low so as not to put a further burden on families. I ask for patience as we work through a health matter with a staff member. We love this person and it saddens us to see how one has to suffer and struggle through their day.” Chelsea Alderson, another commenter, seemed frustrated enough to admit she wouldn’t wait. “I would just do it too. They don’t have enough staff to deal with permits, they likely don’t have enough to deal with enforcement either.” She questioned the motives behind the need for permits, as they weren’t necessary before this year. “Is the town putting up fences around all the ponds? Especially the ones with parks by them?” Guy Robert also mentioned that residents should go ahead with their pools. “If they don’t have time to permit pools they won’t have time to check infractions…. Enjoy!” To which the Mayor quickly responded with “Different department!” The Mayor, seeing that residents questioned the reasons behind the permits decided to take a moment to explain why they are necessary. “So to the reason for permits. There are a few reasons. One is that in the past some pool owners have crossed town lands and done damage. Some have removed fences and not put them back properly, others have left large ruts and not filled them back in. This then means that the other residents of the town have to have their tax dollars go to fix things so that the pool owner can put in their pool. Thus permits

were established with a cost so as to ensure that if one needs to cross town property that we are aware of it so that the rest of the town does not have to pay for someone else’s carelessness,” said Dyck. “(Most everyone is great, but as you know if only takes one to not care to ruin things for others). The other reasons are that some people have put in a pool and not put in a fence. The Province has standards and requires that pools of a certain depth have a fence around. This standard was put in place as there had been instances of young children falling into pools and drowning. The outcry was for the Province to do something so they put in place needing a fence. Thus with a permit we know who is putting one in and that it is being done with a fence.” Mayor Dyck was quick to update the residents again after inquiring with the office. “Update on permits. Spoke with the office today and our town manager is busy reassigning duties,” he said. “All things permits including building permits, conditional use permits, and pool permits should be completed within the next two weeks.” After sharing sympathies and wishing the employee a quick recovery, Gardai still had questions. “Approximately how long between permits and getting the inspector to come so we can fill with water? You are not supposed to build a pool and not have water in it. It’s very costly to have water brought in so if I won’t be swimming until the end of July I am not sure if there is any point in trying this year,” noted Gardai. “Which leaves me having to contact the pool company to see if they will make some exceptions in case there is something wrong with our pool order. We won’t know in time to return. This whole thing is a big mess. Disappointing to say the very least.” The mayor’s only response was giving contact information for someone in office that may assist Gardai further. As of Thursday June 3, Gardai still had no proper answers. “So I have not heard anything back via email aside from 1 that said they would make sure my email was sent to the appropriate contact. No one has contacted me directly.” “Honestly I felt like the mayor was deflecting a little bit in some of the comments. My post and email was never about whether permits should or shouldn’t be required,” she said. “And to shift attention to the person that is ill/injured also wasn’t totally relevant. My heart goes out to them of course but that is where the town needed to hire someone to fill in.”

Local Professional Truck Drivers Recognized At the recent Manitoba Driver Awards Banquet hosted by the Manitoba Trucking Association, four local drivers were recognized for their excellence. Industry Excellence awards were given to David Read with Big Freight Systems and Ernest Harder, John

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Marsh and Norman Wieler, all drivers for Steve’s Livestock Transport. Annually, only ten professional drivers who epitomize excellence in the trucking industry are recognized. These drivers have demonstrated a commitment to the industry, safety,

customer service and their communities. They may have performed acts of outstanding bravery or courage; they may have driven many years accidentfree, or they may participate in events such as the Professional Truck Driving Championship.


A Hundred Years from Now

A hundred years from now… will I see what I “see” now? Know what I “know” now? and still believe what I By Arlene Derksen “believe” now? A hundred years from now … will I lament over losses and things I couldn’t change here on the planet? Still cry over “spilled milk”? A hundred years from now... will I remember the Country Rose patterned dishes handed down from generation to generation placed end to end on our 15-foot harvest table? A hundred years from now… will it matter what array of clothes hung in my closet from season to season, and how many sales I managed to find? Will the numbers on the scale (the judge), and the size of my clothes still want to dictate my self-worth? And will the size of my home and everything I spent money on over the years even matter? A hundred years from now … will the rings on my fingers still symbolize my status and who I am? Will I still be somebody’s? A hundred years from now … will I still worry for my children and grandchildren? Will it matter who said what and who did what? A hundred years from now… will I still “live in the moment” day after day, praying for every day to be better than the last in this fallen world walking through this life Journey? I believe… A hundred years from now… the many tears shed over a lifetime will be replaced with tears of joy, and everything I’ve experienced, every tear saved in a bottle by my God will be poured out for all eternity, every drop spilling into life Everlasting with unending joy and laughter. I believe… A hundred years from now… I will “see” like I’ve never seen before as clearly as I ever will, and I will smile and nod my head as ALL my many, MANY questions will be answered. I believe… A hundred years from now… the scale or measuring tape will not measure my worth, as the God of the universe will have deemed me beyond WORTHY. And I will finally believe it and know it fully. And my Everlasting crown of righteousness, an absolutely free gift from my God, will all be more than enough adornment for all eternity. I believe… A hundred years from now… my home will be a promised “Mansion over the hilltop” as the century old hymns tell, prepared just for me… personally by the one who knows us more than anyone ever has or ever will. I believe… A hundred years from now… the Country Rose china handed down from generation to generation, will be replaced by dishes made of pure gold, placed perfectly at each spot along the longest banquet table ever. A banquet of all banquets promised to all the saints that had accepted His free gift. And then my heart will overflow at the sight of my family… My children and my children’s children finding their seats, dressed in the finest robes of Heaven as each ones name was printed in gold on each chair. And finally… A hundred years from now… I will still “live in the moment”, but now with the cares of this Earth behind me, and I will live in much HOPE, the hope of FOREVER just beginning. And I will hug my mamas, my grandma, my baby. And so many more never ending hugs and all that will matter will be that moment I step into a new world. A hundred years from now.

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Collecting... A Piece of Us

I Love You More Than Pickles. Such a strange and funny phrase. This phrase is written on a small, ornamental sign that I have in my office. I’ve had it for years and it always brings a happy smile to my lips. I am always intrigued by the signs and the items that we, as people, surround ourselves with. Whether they are knick-knacks and brica-brac that clash with a room’s look, or whether they are a collection of spoons or pins that we display. It seems as though there are certain things that we are just destined to have about ourselves. I am always left to wonder why these items that we gather, collect and display are so important to us that we must take the time and energy to procure them. The purchase of the tiny spoons and pins that display a picture or logo of a place where we have travelled, a t-shirt whose image declares that ‘I survived (insert what you will here), or how about the woman in the movie whose lifelong goal was to collect a stamp in her passport. How about the items that do not serve to remind us of our travels but merely are important enough to us that we must gather them? Salt and pepper shakers pop first and foremost to mind as I’ve had a few relatives that have collected them over the years. While coins and rocks could prove to be valuable if you find the right ones that another collector desires, for most of us to part with a piece of our collection could be comparable to removing an arm or a leg to be sold off. Throughout my life of nearly forty-eight years, I have collected a great many things. It does seem to have been in my DNA to do so. While I was growing up, it was not uncommon to find an interesting rock in my pocket... even now it randomly still occurs. I went through a stage of stamp collecting, pin collecting and chess set collecting. There was even a point where I collected novels that were movie related or tied to a movie in some way, I did read quite a variety and expansive collection of stories and it was quite fun to compare the novels to the movies! I have found over time that my tastes and my life’s journey have changed and that I no longer need nor have the desire to continue these collections. Instead, now I get to step back and watch as my children collect some of the things that they are interested in and I have the wonderful pleasure of sharing in the joy as one of my children shows me the interesting rock that they have discovered on one of their walks. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

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Criminal Property Forfeiture Funds to Combat Theft and Property Crimes The Manitoba government is providing $20,500 through the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund to the Steinbach Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment and $17,500 to the Manitoba East District Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) to purchase equipment that will combat property crime in the region. “Our government is committed to reducing crime rates, promoting safer communities and supporting victims of crime,” said Steinbach MLA and Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen. “We are proud to support the Steinbach and East District RCMP’s efforts to reduce property crime and make their communities safer for business owners, property owners and everyday Manitobans who are effected by theft and attempted thefts.”

Goertzen noted the funding in Steinbach will be used to purchase surveillance equipment, including digital and thermal imaging cameras, which will not only act as a deterrent to reduce property crime rates in the region but also enhance the department’s ability to identify suspects and prosecute them. The Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team focuses on intelligencebased investigations into drugs, property crime and serious, prolific offenders within rural communities. There are currently three CREST teams in the province: one in the east, one in the west and one in northern Manitoba. Criminal property forfeiture funding will go to the Manitoba East District CREST area to support new equipment purchases to continue proactive policing measures that target property crimes.

“This funding will allow Steinbach RCMP to have modern surveillance equipment that will help us investigate property crime more effectively,” said Sgt. Joanne Ryll, Steinbach RCMP. “We can never have too many tools in our toolbox.” Since its inception in 2009, the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund has distributed more than $20 million back to communities throughout the province. The program seizes and liquidates criminal assets, and redirects funding to projects and initiatives designed to protect Manitobans and enhance public safety. The funds are provided to organizations across Manitoba whose important initiatives continue to build community, invest in youth and support victims of crime.

Canada’s Richest Companies Riding the Inflation Gravy Train By David Macdonald Inflation in Canada is the highest it’s been since the 1990s, but the reason behind the rising cost of living is different this time and rich corporations are part of the story. Canada hit a new all-time high in corporate profits between October and December last year – $139 billion in pre-tax profits, to be exact, according to Statistics Canada. And the party’s still going this year: between January and March 2022, corporations made $138 billion in pre-tax profits. Corporations’ gross profit margins have also hit a new high, reaching a record 10.9 per cent in the first quarter of this year. This means that corporations are avoiding being squeezed by high input costs (like gasoline) by passing all those costs, and then some, on to consumers. They’re turning the difference into profit for themselves. Canada’s big banks are driving a fair bit of this. In the first three months of 2022, they shattered previous profit records, but you didn’t see bank fees go down, did you? Russia’s war on Ukraine has driven global oil prices through the roof and Canada’s oil and gas extraction industry is enjoying its best three months ever in pre-tax profits, which are already at $12.6 billion since the start of this year. We all know that higher prices aren’t limited to the gas pump. There’s sticker shock at the grocery store, too, as the cost of things like meat and veggies are on the rise, with no sign of letting up any time soon. Guess what? Grocery stores booked $7.3 billion in pre-tax profit in 2021. That’s more than double what they were

clearing the year before the pandemic. Economists often tell complex stories about the cause of inflation, but sometimes it’s straightforward: large corporations with the ability to set prices can ratchet those prices up to pad their profit margins. That is what is happening in some key high-price sectors in Canada right now. So what can we do about it? Take away the incentive to ride the gravy train: tax large corporations making excess profits and use the revenues for public services that make life more affordable for everyone. Corporations always threaten to pass tax increases on to consumers, but when corporate taxes dropped like a stone in the early-2000s, none of that got passed along in lower prices. In its recent budget, the federal government announced measures to move in that very direction. It added an excess profits tax to banks and insurance companies that recorded more than $1 billion in taxable income in 2021. It also levied an additional 1.5 per cent tax for those same companies on profits over $100 million going forward. Great first step, but it’s not only banks booking record profits. According to data from the Globe and Mail, 51 public companies in Canada made more than $1 billion in profits in 2021. Banks and insurance companies account for 20 per cent of them. What about the rest? The federal government is leaving a pile of money on the table as the cost of living continues to soar. Almost a quarter of those companies are in the oil and gas sector – and making record-high profits in 2022. Tax them. The same could be said of grocery store conglomerates and high-tech companies that have been doing extremely

David Macdonald is senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a nonpartisan research institute.

well during the pandemic, despite the shock to the rest of the economy. Tax them. Canada should put those companies on a level playing field with other high-profit corporations. It’s only fair. Canada could dedicate those tax revenues to something helpful and practical, such as sending income transfers to those who need it as the cost of living outpaces wage increases. That’s a lesson we should take away from the early months of the pandemic when working people lost their jobs, and the Employment Insurance system proved to be utterly incapable of withstanding such a shock. The federal government offset that shock with the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Let’s do it again. Let’s create an antiinflation transfer to buffer the people who need it most from the latest shock to the system – inflation. Taxing the corporate inflation profit gravy train can help make it happen.

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Seed Saving Success Begins in Spring By Laura Reeves As we begin the planting season, saving seed is typically not top of mind. However, crop selection plays a big role in seed saving success. With a little forethought and planning we can continue to grow our favourite crops for years to come, and even pass them down through generations. Some crops, like corn, beans and squash, readily produce seed that is easy to harvest and save. But be aware that these plants are prone to hybridization, meaning they can cross pollinate, resulting in seed that is not true to type. Hybridization will not affect the current year’s fruit, only the seed inside. So, if you want to know how that funky-looking pumpcchini came about, you have to look back to what you (and your close neighbours) grew the year you harvested the seed. Commercially produced hybrid seed, such as peaches and cream corn, will produce deliciously sweet, bicoloured cobs the first year. However, seeds saved from these cobs still hold the original genetics of the parent plants and may produce cobs that are less sweet, unicoloured or have other less desirable traits. If you plan to save your seed, it’s best to start with nonhybrid types. Also remember that corn is wind-pollinated, so planting corn in wellseparated blocks rather than a couple long rows, and keeping prevailing wind directions in mind will minimize the chances of cross-pollination. You may have suspected that squash, melons, cucumbers, and gourds all belong to the same Cucurbit family. These plants have separate male and female flowers that are insect pollinated. Fortunately, cross pollination, and hence hybridization, can only occur between varieties of the same species. For example, all cucumbers belong to the Cucumis sativus species, meaning that all cucumbers can hybridize with each other. Cucumbers cannot hybridize with watermelons, though, because all watermelons are of the species Citrullus lanatus. Soft melons, like cantaloupe, honeydew and muskmelons can hybridize with each other because they are all Cucumis melo species, but they will not cross with watermelons, cucumbers or squash.

In Canada, all squash varieties (summer and winter squash) originate from only four species – Cucurbita maxima, Cucurbita moschata, Cucurbita pepo and Cucurbita argyrosperma. This means that you can grow up to four types of squash, one from each species while still preventing cross pollination of your favourite dark orange squash and zucchini (unless you’re dedicated to hand pollination). A simple internet search will quickly reveal which species your chosen squashes belong to. Remember, the current year fruits will be normal, but seed saved from them may turn into whacky hybrids that you may or may not like. So what about other veggies that don’t produce seed like carrots, beets and onions? It turns out that these plants are biennials, meaning they spend their first year storing energy and nutrient reserves in their large roots or bulbs and use these reserves to produce flowers and seeds the following year. The problem is, the roots are too good to leave in the ground, and if they are left, they don’t survive our cold winters. Fortunately, the solution to this problem is quite simple and lies in those sprouting root crops you have stored in your cellar. The next time you cut the top off of a carrot, be generous and leave a half inch or more of root on it. Allow the cut end to dry overnight and then place the top in a shallow pan of water making sure it’s not immersed. It won’t take long for green leaves to appear and within a week or two, you will see roots forming. This is the time to transfer the tops into potting soil. Once it’s warm enough, transplant them into the garden and watch them flower and set seed. Keep in mind that carrots can reach 3 – 4 feet tall, so choose your site accordingly. You can do the same with beets. Of course, you can plant the entire root, but why waste a whole carrot or beet when you only need to plant the top? If some of your plants don’t flower, don’t be dismayed they probably put their energy into regrowing roots. In this case, you’ll probably find a large tangle of new carrots when you dig them up. For onions, simply place the root ends in potting soil and watch them come alive again. Feel free to harvest the greens as

needed, just be sure to not take them all. It takes a long time for onions to flower and set seed, so expect to harvest the seed at the end of the growing season. If you have different types of onions, be sure to keep them separated to avoid hybridization. For more information and tips on saving seeds, along with an exhaustive list of which squash varieties belong to which species, be sure to check out How to Save Your Own Seeds: A Handbook for SmallScale Seed Production put out by Seeds of Diversity Canada. You can order this fantastic resource for only $15 (including shipping) from the Seeds of Diversity website, seeds.ca/store. In the meantime, if you have extra seeds to share and would like to trade them for something you don’t have, be sure to drop by the Community Seed Library located in Artisan Hall at Reimer Concrete and Building Supplies. This article written by Laura Reeves for the Stuartburn Emerson/Franklin Local Food Initiative. Laura is a botanist with over 20 years experience. Founder of Prairie Shore Botanicals in Gardenton Manitoba, an avid gardener and seed collector. In 2021 PSB began a native plant nursery and now offers a variety of native prairie and woodland plants.


Hybrid beans - Kidney x Scarlet Beauty.

Growing Support for Communities - Vegetable Drive The municipalities of Whitemouth and Reynolds are getting a head start on the 2nd annual fall Vegetable Drive in support of local food banks this year. “Last fall was our first year and we learned a lot,” said Shannon Malkoske from the Whitemouth & District Lions Club. “Mainly that we needed to get the word out sooner so people know about it! Also, getting the word out early means that if people chose to, they can plant an extra row in anticipation of the annual drive in fall.” Penny Samec, volunteer with the Hadashville Recreation Centre, added “It’s kind of funny. Last year, we worried that we would be overwhelmed with zucchinis, but we didn’t even receive one!” In fact, at the end of the day, the drive had accepted half a truckload of potatoes, numerous cucumbers, beets, beans, and other vegetables, as well as nonperishables. Penny noted, “A really nice

surprise was a case of honey from one local beekeeper! It was great to bring such variety to the local food banks.” The Reynolds Garden Club, a brandnew club in the RM of Reynolds, is participating in the project this year by encouraging their members to GrowA-Row for the drive. In a municipality without a grocery store, the club connects gardeners and helps them share their knowledge of growing produce and being self-sufficient. “Gardeners are generous people,” said Janine Bergamot. “It’s easy to dedicate a small part of a garden to help the community; there’s no size requirement.” Also supporting the endeavor are the Whitemouth & District Lions Club, the Hadashville Recreation Centre, the Two Rivers Seniors Resource Council, and the Community Wellness Program (IERHA). With rising food costs, the need to hold

such a drive this year has become even more apparent. In a recent interview with CTV News, Vince Barletta from Manitoba Harvest reported that they are seeing an increase of 42% in food bank use in one year (from last March to this March). “We are seeing at Harvest Manitoba, all across our province, a need for food banks, such as we have never seen it before.” The date set for the fall vegetable drop off is Saturday, September 10, 10 am – 12 noon, at two drop-off locations, the Hadashville Recreation Centre (Hadashville), and the Lions Park (Whitemouth). They will also be accepting cash, cheques, and non-perishable food items. All donations will be delivered directly to local food banks. For more information, please call Marilyn Sitar at 204-348-7191 ext. 4240. For a list of food banks in our region, go to ierha.ca/programs-services/life-style/ food-nutrition.

Canned turkey.

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Manitoba RCMP Water Safety Reminder With the summer season now officially here, the Manitoba RCMP would like to remind everyone to stay safe out on the water. For those of you who enjoy being out on a boat, paddle board, kayak, canoe, etc, please remember that water temperatures are still cold even though air temperatures are rising. Be aware of the wind and your surroundings and always wear a lifejacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD). On June 18, two young women, from Winnipeg, who were paddle boarding without lifejackets, had to be rescued out on Lake Manitoba after they were unable to return to shore due to the strong winds. Thankfully they were not injured but this incident could have easily resulted in tragedy. In partnership with the Life Saving Society, here are important safety tips: - Wear your lifejacket, - Learn to swim, - Always swim with a buddy, - Children and non-swimmers should always be supervised around water, - Be aware of cold-water risks, - Alcohol and water don’t mix - don’t drink and swim and certainly don’t drink and drive your boat. “It is very important to wear a lifejacket. Many serious incidents that occur on our waterways are as a result of not wearing a properly fitting lifejacket or Personal Flotation Device”, said Staff Sergeant Bob Chabot, Manitoba RCMP Inland Water Transport Coordinator. “When unexpected incidents occur, and a person ends up in the water, a lifejacket or PFD is your number one piece of safety equipment.” Following these safety tips will help make everyone’s experience on the water safe and enjoyable.


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Promise of Utopia, Delivering Chaos Have you ever heard anyone say, “We are living in the last days.” The term “last days” comes from the Bible. It has much to say about that time period, so that people can be warned and not be caught off guard. II Peter 3:3 says, “...there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts.” There has never been a generation of people like today who scoff at truth and ridicule and make fun of it. They make laws showing good to be evil and evil good. II Timothy 3:1-5 says, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” The above verses give a pretty accurate synopsis of our modern society. This is what happens when man leaves God out of their lives. Leaders of our world try to control weather, medicine, societies, communities, families, individuals and religions. They promise a utopia but instead deliver chaos. Luke 21 talks about signs in the sun, and in the moon and in the stars, also distress of nations, perplexity and men’s hearts failing them for fear in the last days. If the Bible were to stop at giving these warnings of the last days, then it looks like there is no hope for man. But Luke 21:28 says, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” For the Christian, the one who is trusting Jesus Christ as their Saviour, God promises to be our refuge in times of trouble and provide for all our needs and then take us to heaven to be with Him forever. The opportunity to turn to Christ is still open but one day it will be past. Don’t wait too long if you haven’t come to God through Christ yet. Christ is patiently knocking at your heart’s door asking to come in. Why not let Him in and then whatever happens in this world in these last days, God will take care of you

Garden Club Eyes Tech Upgrade to Attract Presenters By Dan Guetre The Reynolds Garden Club in Hadashville has received a $1,400 grant from Healthy Together Now which will allow them to purchase a portable projector to install in the Hadashville Recreation Centre with a bit left over to set aside as honorariums for professional presenters and speakers. “When starting up the club, I was having difficulty getting speakers to come out to a rural area,” explained Janine Bergamot with the Reynolds Garden Club. “They were more open to doing zoom presentations but there was no way to do that, and those that considered coming out declined when they felt they would not be able to present effectively without proper equipment.” “As the grant is designated to improve physical and mental health in underserved communities, this equipment will hopefully enable more members of the community to bring various information/experts to meet these needs,” added Bergamot. Bergamot is hoping to put the equipment in place before the fall. “We have a presenter scheduled for the garden club’s October meeting who will likely use it,” she said. She is also looking for potential presenters who would like to discuss possible topics relating to self-sufficiency, food security, foraging, gardening in general, gardening and physical-mental wellness, art and the healing benefits of gardening. You can reach out to the Reynolds Garden Club at growreynolds@ gmail.com.

Register for Summer Arts Day Camps Now The ever-popular Summer Arts Day Camps are now open for registrations. Gain access to the most sought-after creative summer camps in Steinbach, and experience music, drama, dance, crafts, games, sports, field trips, swimming, and of course, new friends. Each week is a unique theme for your kids to enjoy from themes that feature princesses, animals, space, video games, the sea world, and superheroes! Join one or join them all. Visit steinbacharts.ca/ sadc or call 204 -346-1077 today. New Classes Information We’re releasing new classes and events lineup information this July! Watch our website for more information on registrations for our flagship programs Backyard Theatre Company, FUSION Musical Theatre, BOSS Dance. We will have a new Fall schedule for visual arts classes, creative wellness, the free After School Arts Program, and more. At Steinbach Arts Council, we have classes for all ages. Arts4Tots Pre-school Program Registration is Open Are you looking for a creative preschool program for your tots?

Then look no further. Arts4Tots is a Montessori-inspired preschool program that offers a creative environment to learn, make new friends and have fun. We presently offer Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday sessions in the mornings from 9–11:30 AM and in the afternoons from 1 – 3:30 pm. Visit our website for more information or call us at 204-346-1077. Buy or Lease Art from SAC Does your home or business establishment need a pop of colour? The Steinbach Arts Council has a wide array of beautiful original art and prints from our local artists. Get your hands on artworks created by Dawn Schmidt, Arlene Enns, Dennis Fast, and so much more. Prints start at $99 or lease their art for $10-20/month. These are made from ready-to-hang high res canvas. That’s not all – a portion of the proceeds from your purchase directly go to these artists. Support our local art scene. For further details view our collection at steinbacharts.ca or call 204346-1077 It’s Time to Renew Your SAC Membership and Receive Great Benefits! Are you a previous SAC Member? Don’t forget to renew your

membership today. Anyone can be a SAC Member. We’ve lined up amazing benefits for you in appreciation of your support and you can use these benefits when you purchase a membership with us. 2021-22 SAC Member Perks: - 10% off at Santa Lucia Pizza (Steinbach location) - 10% off at Coffee Culture (Steinbach location) - 10% off at Za Pizza (Steinbach location) - 10% off at Chicken Chef (Steinbach location) - 10% off at Old Church Bakery - 15% off at Janzen’s Paint & Decorating (all art supplies) - $2 off a 10lb box of farmer sausage from Country Meat Deli - Discounts on SAC Concert Series Package - 10% discount on SAC additional attractions, concerts, and events as stated. - Reduced rental fees at SAC - Voting privileges at AGM Buy your membership online at steinbacharts.ca or call 204-3461077. Cost $15 for Individual Residents,| $20 for Individual Non-residents, $30 for Family Resident, $35 for Family Non-Resident.

Request for Speed Display Readers in St. Adolphe By Angelique Forest As the spring brings warmer weather, many Manitoban drivers feel more comfortable going the speed limit and beyond. Some say the speeds are getting excessive and have been a problem for years. “We are hearing from residents that speed throughout our communities, specifically St. Adolphe is a major issue,” said Chris Ewan, Mayor of the Municipality of Ritchot. Back at the beginning of May 2021, Keith Pearce had put out a re-

minder through social media’s community page for St. Adolphe that the speed limit is,”50 km per hour, not 90, or 80, or 70 or 60. But 50 km per hour.” The comment by Pearce suggests speeding was a problem then, and remains a problem now. It opened up a conversation with other town residents about potential solutions and calls for actions, ultimately with nothing resulting from it. Now, council has put in a request to the province to have speed dis-

play readers installed at the PR 200 and PR210 to gather data. “The best way to utilize the readers is to have them rotate to not cause complacency. [Council is] hoping to have drivers become aware of their actions, and think twice before dangerously driving through a community full of families, walkers, joggers, bikers,” said Ewan. The whole purpose behind it is for the safety of the town’s residents. “We just want a safe community,” Ewan concluded.

Attention New Home Owners in Lorette

Welcome to the growing community of Lorette! Have you purchased a home, townhome, or condo in the LUD of Lorette, in the last year? Do you have questions about your new community? The Welcome Basket Committee of the LUD of Lorette would be happy to answer some of those questions. We have a free basket of Gift Certificates, coupons, gifts, and infor-

mation which have been generously provided by the businesses and organizations in the LUD of Lorette. To arrange a short curbside visit please e-mail lorettewelcomebasket@ gmail.com, no strings attached. To apply, you must email your request to lorettewelcomebasket@ gmail.com only. You cannot contact us via Lorette Discussion Board or Facebook.

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July 2022


A Partnership with Jesus Christ In Your Community Pat Porter Active Living Centre (Serving Seniors Inc.) is a non-profit organization that provides programs, activities and services for seniors and members of the community. Seniors are the foundation of our community and our goal is to keep them a part of it for as long as possible. Read on to find out about everything we offer and how we can help you. Check out our Website for Programs & Events patporteralc.com. Our Centre offers a great variety of events and programming weekly. Ranging from Fitness Programs to Recreational and Social Programs, there is something for everyone! Current Programs All indoor programming requires preregistration. Please call 204-320-4600 to register. Cost $2 for member/$4 for non-members. Coffee Corner - Monday - Friday from 10 am – 12 pm. Pickleball - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 am -12 pm. Registration required. Beginner Pickleball – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2 – 3:30 pm. Registration required. Cards - Card Games are played Monday to Thursday from 1 – 3 pm and Friday 10 am-1 pm. Join a fun group playing a variety of card games every week! Monday’s – Bridge; Tuesday’s – Canasta; Wednesday’s – Crib; Thursday’s Canasta and Friday’s Phase 10. Laughing Yoga – Monday, 1-2 pm. Fitness Drumming – Tuesday, 1–1:45 pm. PACE – Wednesday, 1 - 1:45 pm. Old Time Country Jam – Wednesday, 7 – 9 pm. Yoga with Carrie – Friday, 9 - 10 am. Craft Corner - Friday 1- 3 pm. Steinbach Rockin’ Rollers – Sunday, 5 – 7 pm. A fun new roller-skating pro-

gram is now being offered at the Centre. All skill levels and ages welcome, and no pre-registration required. Cost to participate is $5 ($3 for Pat Porter members). Please bring your own roller skates. Special Events Canada Day Lunch - Wednesday, July 6 at 12 pm. $10 per person. Let’s Celebrate Canada! Join us for a southern fried chicken lunch with all the fixings. A fundraiser for the meals on wheels kitchen. Wear your red and White. Call the centre to reserve your spot. Celebrate our Fathers! - Wednesday, July 13 from 10 am -12 pm. Spend time with Dad. Fathers enjoy complimentary coffee/tea and a special treat. Additional guests $4. Please call to confirm your attendance 204320-4600. Cut off Monday, July 11 by 10 am. Note This Event Was Rescheduled from June 10. Pancake Breakfast - Thursday, July 28, 9:30 am – 12 pm. Cost $8 per person. Start your morning off with a stack of pancakes and sausage from our Meals on Wheels kitchen. Stop by at the Centre anytime between 9:30 am – 12 pm. 2022 Memberships Now’s the time to purchase your 2022 membership! Memberships are $30 each. Stop by the Centre to purchase yours. Why become a member? - Decreased program rates - Discounts on special events - Discount on rentals of the building - Voting privileges at the Annual General Meeting · Supports the Centre directly so we can continue to provide programs, activities and services to you! Foot & Calf Massage By appointment. We are excited to be able to offer foot and calf massages at

the Centre again. Treat your feet and calves to a relaxing massage. Our massage machines emulate the same techniques used by massage professionals and are a wonderful treat to incorporate into your day. Appointments last 30 minutes and are $2 for members and $4 for non-members. Call 204-320-4600 and treat your feet today! Rentals We have rooms of a variety of sizes and prices. For pricing and room, availability visit our website patporteralc. com, email programs@patporteralc. com or call 204-320-4600. Meals on Wheels A healthy, warm and delicious meal cooked fresh daily and delivered to your door. We have two Meals on Wheels programs running out of Steinbach and Grunthal. Meals may be purchased for $8 for delivery (residents of Steinbach & Grunthal) or pickup. A meal includes soup, a main dish, sides and dessert. Please call 204-320-4600 with any questions or to order a meal. To receive a same day meal, you must call before 9 am. Steinbach’s Accessible Transit - Need a ride to an appointment or other errand? Steinbach Accessible transit can get you there! This service is available to residents of Steinbach. Please visit our website www.patporteralc.com for a full price list. Services are available Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. To book a ride, call 204-326-4055. If your call is not answered, leave a message with the answering service. Appointments must be booked in advance to ensure availability. Perogies - Potato- Cheddar & Cottage Cheese - Freshly made and for sale! Handmade by staff at the Centre, these perogies are delicious and ready to be enjoyed. $7 per dozen. Please call 204-320-4600 to order.

Ritchot Receives Funding Towards Reserve Fund to Address Natural Disasters By Dan Guetre The RM of Ritchot has recently been awarded $52,788.96 from the Province of Manitoba’s 2020 Mitigation and Preparedness Program (MPP) payout to put towards an investment in a reserve fund. The MPP is available to municipal projects that mitigate against future disasters. Municipalities can apply to the program to be reimbursed for 100 per cent of their eligible Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) costs in exchange for investing the amount of their DFA deductible into an approved mitigation project or a reserve fund. The MPP opens when a DFA program is established for a natural disaster and the cost of the DFA program is sufficient to be eligible for federal cost-sharing arrangements. Municipalities were eligible to apply for MPP funding for two DFA programs

established in 2020. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk noted the MPP will be available to municipalities with a claim under the 2022 Spring Flood DFA program.

A total of 18 projects received over $717,000 in support through the MPP. The RM of Ritchot is one of six additional projects totaling $530,000 that have now had their MPP funding amount finalized.

2022 spring flooding damage is costing a lot in infrastructure repairs for municipalities.

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Philippians 1:3-11… 3) I thank my God every time I remember you. 4) In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5) because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6) being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7) It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8) God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9) And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10) so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11) with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. (NIV) In our Scripture text the apostle Paul makes us aware of a partnership between Jesus Christ and Christians everywhere. He goes on to encourage us to lift our heart in gratitude and prayer because of that partnership. Therefore, I think you would agree with me, that our desire should be to have a deep yearning within us to walk with Christ, so that we will continue to grow spiritually in the love and understanding that is so very necessary for our spiritual growth. There is a story that tells how a nurse once taught a man to pray and in doing so changed his whole life; this dull, disgruntled, and dispirited creature became a man of joy. The nurse used her hands as a method of prayer. Each finger stood for someone. Her thumb, close to her, reminded her to pray for those who were closest to her. The second finger used for pointing and it stood for all her teachers in school and in the hospital. Now the third finger stood for the V.I.P.s, the leaders in our communities. The fourth finger was the weakest, and it stood for those who were in trouble and in pain. The little finger was the smallest and the least important and to the nurse it stood for her… there must always be a deep joy and peace in bringing our loved ones and others to our Heavenly Father in prayer. There is another special day coming in the life of Christ. The first time was when He came as a newborn baby. However, this time He will come like a King when all believers in Christ can come to present Him with their love and devotion… One might say that only by the grace of God are we able to do that. The Apostle Paul prayed that his peoples love would grow greater every day. That love, which was not merely a sentimental thing, was to grow in knowledge and in sensitive perception so that they would be more able to distinguish between right and wrong. If we love any subject matter, we want to learn more about it; if we love any person, we want to learn more about that person; if we love Jesus, we will want to learn more about him and about truth. Love is usually sympathetic to the heart and mind of the one we love. If I blindly and without thought hurt the feelings of the one I claims to love, it is not love at all. When we love Jesus, we will be thoughtful considerate to his will and his desires; the more we love him; the more we will instinctively shrink from what is evil and desire what it right. Real love is usually not blind; it will enable us always to see the difference between the false and the true. So, then the Christian will cause no other to stumble. We are to live in such a way that the glory and the praise go to God. Christian goodness is not meant to win credit for us; it is meant to win praise for God. The Christian knows, and testifies, that we are what we are, not by our own unaided efforts, but only by our partnership in Jesus Christ and by the grace of God. To God Be the Glory Great Things He Has Done. Would you pray this prayer with me. “Lord Jesus, come into my heart? Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have the peace in my heart that I yearn for. I really want that Peace, joy and happiness that will fulfill my heart’s desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honour Your Name.” Amen.


July 2022

Don’t Take a Vacation from Electrical Safety Are you a backwoods camper or a five-star ‘glamper’? Whatever your style, a camping trip is the perfect family getaway. A folding trailer, a full-sized motor home or any other model of recreational vehicle (RV) provides many of the comforts of home while you enjoy the great outdoors. If you camp in an RV: - Know how much amperage your RV draws and how much is available. Attempting to draw more power than is available can damage the electrical source and potentially start a fire. - Test all ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to be sure they are working properly. - Bring a fire extinguisher rated for electrical fires. - Turn on your generator or plug in your RV before turning on any appliances inside the RV. If you use a generator: - Know the campground’s generator rules. Some campgrounds allow them only during certain hours while others don’t allow them at all. - Always turn off the generator before you go to sleep. - Be wary of generator exhaust to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. If you use the campground’s power outlet: - Use a power cord with a grounding wire and avoid using an extension cord by parking close enough to the electrical source. - Check to see if the campground power outlet is damaged before using – if it is, don’t use it and report it to the campground office. - Do not plug more than one RV into a single power outlet. And if camping in a tent is more your style: - Do not run extension cords into a tent, or use electrical devices in wet or rainy conditions to prevent a shock hazard. No matter how you camp, be safe around electricity for a riskfree experience with nature. Visit hydro.mb.ca/safety for more information.

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C ommunity E vents Buffalo Point Lake of the Sandhills Ladies Charity Golf Tournament - Friday, July 29 at 8:30 am. 15th annual Ladies Charity golf tournament. Funds raised in support of the Never Alone Cancer Foundation. They support people and their families that live in Southeastern Manitoba who are affected by cancer. Tournament is played Texas Scramble. Morning coffee and muffins, a silent auction, contests on the holes and dinner in the Bistro. Cost $145 per player. Cart rental $20. We have openings for teams of 4, or individuals that are interested. (We can place you on a team). Please email us at loshtourn@gmail.com if you have any questions, or wish to register. Falcon Beach Farmers’ Market – Tuesdays, from 9 am – 2pm at the Whiteshell Community Club 20 301 Pr, Falcon Beach. Contact 204-349-2293. Bingo – Wednesdays at 7: 30 pm, early bird games at 7 pm at the Whiteshell Community Club 20 301 Pr, Falcon Beach. Contact 204-349-2293. Gardenton Ukrainian Festival – Saturday, July 16 featuring Multicultural Entertainment. Admission $10, Kids 12 and under free. Church service 10:30 am on the festival stage. Stage show begins at 1pm with Zoloto Ukranian Dancers, Romanetz Ukarnian Ensemble, Druhzba Ukranioan Dancers, O. Koshetz Choir, Salsa Explosion Dance Ensemble, The Norman Chief Memorial Dancers, Jingle dancer Kelly Chinchilla, Indigenous Youth Hoop dancer Rylee Sandberg. Tour the museum and the original school house, Enjoy the delicious Ukrainian homemade cuisine, beer garden, children’s activities, Horse-drawn rides. Saturday Evening Dance and Late Lunch from 7 pm to 1 am. Music by Wild Ridge, admission $15. Contact Kelvin 204-425-8197. Grunthal Farm to Table Market - Tuesdays from July 19 - August 9, at 4 - 6 pm at the Hanover Ag Exhibition Park. Farmers & Artisans Market with amazing local vendors, food trucks and live music come together for a perfect summer evening. Hanover Ag Fair - Begins Thursday, August 18 at 5 pm at the Hanover Ag Exhibition Park. A 4-day festival with family fun. Hanover Ag’s Bull Riders Canada Invitational, motorsports, live concerts and more...including food trucks and a licensed patio, you can stay all weekend! Contact Tamara office@hanoverag.com. Hadashville Grow a Row & Vegetable Drop off - Plant a row now, grow a row this summer, and drop off extra veggies in fall. Fall drop off will be Saturday, September 10, 10 am – 12 noon, two locations at Whitemouth Lions Park and Hadashville Rec Centre. Proceeds will be taken to local food banks to help residents in your area. For more info call Marilyn 204-3487191 ext. 4240. Ile des Chenes Foot care clinic – Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday, July 27, with certified foot care nurse. Contact Janice 204-8832880 Ritchot Senior Services. Niverville Adult Dodgeball Drop In – Wednesdays until June 29 from 7 - 8 pm at the AMF Fieldhouse, Court 1, 501 Center Street. Grab some friends come and play. Cost $5 Drop-In Fee or $42.85 for 9 weeks. Adult Co-Ed Volleyball Drop In – Thursdays until June 30 from 8 -10 pm. Cost: $80/9 weeks or $10 drop-in. Pay on website recreation@whereyoubelong.ca. Contact 204388-4600.

Pansy Walkathon – Saturday, July 9 at 9:54 am. Join us at a walkathon and an outdoor concert, near the Hall. Contact Mel Kachur, 204-434-9397 or melvinkachur2@gmail. com. Richer Dawson Trail Beading Circle – Wednesdays July 6, 20, August 3, 17, and 31, September 14 and 28, at 6 pm at the Musee Dawson Trail Museum. Would you like to work on your beading with other beading artists? Join us. No preregistration required. Cost non-members $10 per person per day, free for museum members. Memberships can be purchased from yfontaine52@gmail.com. Christmas in July Painting Activity – Tuesday July 5 and 12, Monday July 18 and Tuesday, July 26 from 6 – 7:30 pm at the Musee Dawson Trail Museum. For kids aged 7 to 14. Space is limited please register with yfontaine52@gmail. com. Cost $10 per child per day, non-members cost $20 per child per day. All supplies included. Parents are encouraged to attend with their child. Young at Heart Club Dinner & Dance - Saturday, July 16 with music by Dennis Nykoliation Band. Cost is $25 per person and dinner at 6 pm. Music until 11 pm. Call Ron 431- 275- 0874 for tickets. Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating grades 8 and 12. Limited seats please reserve. Doors Open at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart Club, 22 Dawson Rd. MGCC License # BI/BO4164. Contact Doreen Pchajek at 422-5243 or doreen@spmf.ca. RM of Stuartburn Services to Seniors - Access Credit Union sponsored Free Shuttle for residents of the RM of Stuartburn, the first Friday of each month. Call to book a ride and do your banking and shopping locally or book your doctor’s appointment and we will get you to your appointment. Next Access Free Shuttle is June 3. Call 204-425-3701. Services to Seniors Steinbach Shuttle - Subsidized cost $15/ person. The next shuttle is Tuesday, June 7. Minimum of 8 participants required for the trip to take place. Departure from Shady Oaks at 9:30 am. Call 204-425-3701 to book a seat. Services to Seniors - Wednesday, June 8 fun trip of a greenhouse tour for all the gardeners. Cost is $20/person. Minimum of 10 participants required for the trip to take place. Departure from Shady Oaks at 9:30 am. Call 204425-3701 to book a seat. South Junction Southeast Farmers’ Market – Fridays from 3 - 8 pm until September 2. If you can’t make it, bake it or grow it, you can buy it at the Farmer’s Market at the Pine Grove Seniors facility rain or shine. Contact Jen at 204-423-2223 or Shawny 204-437-2600. St. Adolphe Coffee with Friends on the Deck - Men’s coffee time Thursday July 7, Ladies’ coffee time Thursday July 14 from 10 – 11:30 am. Cost $2 for bottomless coffee & a treat at Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street. Mindful Movement - Wednesdays and Fridays July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22 from 9-9:45am. Free classes. Senior friendly 45-minute outdoor summer mindful experience starting with a gentle range of motion warm up to awaken the body at Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street, outside in the backyard (weather permitting). Limited number of spaces available. Contact 204- 883-2880.

Foot care clinic – Monday August 22 and Tuesday, August 23 with certified foot care nurse. Contact Janice 204-8832880 Ritchot Senior Services. Heart to Home Meal Service -Available to all areas of the Ritchot Community including St. Adolphe, Ste Agathe, Ile des Chenes, Grande Pointe, Howden and Glen Lea. To place your order call 1-204-816-8659 or toll free 1-888-2161067. Wednesday July 6 meals are ready for pick up or delivery on July 7. Wednesday July 20 meals are ready for pick up or delivery on July 21. Menus are also available to pick up at Ritchot Senior Services or by calling Heart to Home. We ask you to please contact Ritchot Senior Services after placing your orders and let us know you have placed an order. This will assist us in organizing volunteers for delivery of meals to you. St. Pierre-Jolys Edible Plants Workshop – Friday, July 15 at 7 pm. Register by July 10 for this free workshop. Space limited. Meet at the Sugar Shack grounds. Bonfire and bannock included. Register online at rateriverrecreation.com Ray Gagne Memorial Golf Classic – Saturday, July 16 at the Maplewood Golf Club, 19113 Cure Rd, S. A fundraiser for the Rec Centre. Shot gun start at 1 pm. $125/person includes green fees, golf cart, dinner and prizes. Register your team of 4 at ratriverrecreation.com. Contact Jordan 204-712-0640. Ste. Agathe Cheyenne Summer Fest – July 15 – 16 at Cheyenne Park. Festivities begin with a parade. Family fun and contests. Join in the Family Feud, family ball tournament, pancake breakfast, children’s bubble soccer, face painting, horseshoe and, fris-nok tournaments, entertainment (registration $10), music, and fireworks. Admission $5, with kids 12 and under free. Foot care clinic – Wednesday, August 17 with certified foot care nurse. Contact Janice 204-883-2880 Ritchot Senior Services. Ste. Anne 125th Anniversary – July 10, 10 am at the Sainte-Annedes-Chênes parish. Celebrate the 125th anniversary of its historical church. Join in the activities with a liturgical celebration followed by a procession to Redemptorist Park where there will be a picnic atmosphere, including musical entertainment by local groups and other entertainment until around 4 pm. You can bring your picnic lunch or purchase food at the park. Please bring your lawn chairs. Steinbach Steinbach & Area Garden Club – Garden Walkabouts between 6:30 – 8pm. Informally touring local gardens on specific Wednesday evenings during the summer to learn from each other and enjoy each other’s company. Big or small, vegetable or flower, let’s share, encourage and be proud of the gardens we have created! Guests do not need to RSVP or commit, but please respect the time line. Contact email sagcnewsletter@gmail.com. Heritage Classic Car Show - Saturday, July 9 at 11 am, Mennonite Heritage Village, 231 PTH 12 N. Pre-register or register day of from 8 am - 11 am. Big Daddy Tazz will emcee the event. There will be activities, muffler rapping, face painting/airbrush tattoos and of course awards to follow. Look forward to seeing you there. Contact Patricia West, 204-333-7190, or heritageclassiccarshow@gmail.com.

Summer Movie Nights - Bring family and friends and join us for an evening of fun and popcorn and being in the Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. after hours. Admission and popcorn are free but be sure to bring a pillow to sit on. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Regular library services will not be available during movie nights. Schedule July 8, 7 pm Atlantis: The Lost Empire (rated PG), July 22 Double Feature, 6:30 pm A Bug’s Life (rated G) and 8:30 pm Spiderman: No Way Home (rated PG-13); August 5, 7 pm Encanto (rated PG), August 19 Double Feature, 6:30 pm Home (rated G) and 8:30 pm Cruella (rated PG-13) Creative Writers Club - Second Wednesday every month at 7 pm. next one April 13 at the Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. This is not a class but rather a writing share group where we hope to foster and encourage our participants’ love of writing. Feel free to bring 5 pages of writing (single sided, double spaced) to share with the group. Our evening will begin with an ice breaker and then move into share time. Coffee and tea will be served. Contact Madison Redekopp email mredekopp@jakeepplibrary.com. Steinbach Professional Development Toastmasters Club – On Thursdays at 9:46 am, Eastman Education Centre, 385 Loewen Blvd. How can a person get the message across well, keep meeting participants engaged, and fully use the capabilities of videoconferencing platforms? What works? What doesn’t? What is the etiquette expected? Join us in person or by zoom on 12 pm every Wednesday. All guests are welcome! Contact Mark Hiebert 204-371-5197, email mhiebert@barkmanconcrete.com. Craft Night - Wednesdays at 7 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Ages 16 years and up join us for a free event, with coffee and crafting. Our craft for the evening will be a beaded spring wreath. There is limited space available. To sign up, email mredekopp@jakeepplibrary.com. Book Club - Meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 7 - 8:30 pm Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Books are available at the circ desk as well as on our Libby App (free with your library card). Please sign up by email mredekopp@jakeepplibrary.com. Limited space available. Vita Summer Day Camp – Open to ages 5 to 14. Activities, crafts, games and much more. 10 spots per session available. Cost $50. Session 1 on July 11 – 15 and Session 2 on August 15 – 19, hosted at the Arena. To Register contact RM office 204-425-3218 or rmstuartburn.rec@gmail.com. West Hawk Lake Meteor Fest – Beginning Friday, July 8 to Sunday July 10 at West Hawk lake under the big tent and at the beach. Family event with live music, band on the beach, BBQ on the Beach, Street, Face Painting, Meteor Market, Early Bird Bingo, Kid’s parade, races and games, Candy Scramble, Scavenger Hunt, Sand Sculpture contest, transform into a Media Fest Mermaid, Diving for Dollars, Pancake Breakfast, and Worship Service. Meteor Market – Saturday, July 9 from 9 am – 2 pm. Book your table now. $15 per table, 2 for $25.Call Eunice 204330-4414. Submit your community events each month to editor@dawsontrail.ca to be included!

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New Journeypersons Honoured with Highest Achievement Awards Recently, a few southeast newly certified Journeypersons were among those who attended the 30th annual Apprenticeship Highest Achievement Awards ceremony at the Legislative

Building to accept their awards. Included in the Highest Achievement Awards category are James Funk, an Automotive Service Technician with OK Tire in Landmark,

Jonas Loewen, a Lather (interior systems mechanic) with Fuchs Decorating Inc. in Lorette and James Barkman, a plumber with Kleefeld Construction.

Eat Local on a Budget

An Excellent Resource for Gardeners By Janet Kroeker This column is all about local and it doesn’t get more local than eating many of your own home-grown garden vegetables and fruits. My partner Tim and I have attempted to grow more and more of our own produce since moving to the country twelve years ago. As we get older, we look to less labour-intensive ways to produce more food. When we do get a plentiful harvest, the challenge is to find the best ways to preserve and store it. This is a review of a resource we give very high marks to. If you are serious about growing your own food, please read on. The end of last winter we were intrigued to find an on-line class called Vegetable Academy billing itself as the place to find tools, meth-

ods and resources you need to grow your own food. We had weekly live lessons for 5 months which took a detailed, scientific, well researched and practical in-depth approach to producing garden food. The instructor, Jared Regier, lives in an urban prairie environment. He grows and stores about 70% of the fruits and vegetables his family of four eats year-round. On the Vegetable Academy website, you can take a quick quiz to identify what kind of gardener you are such as Hobby (you like playing with novel varieties), Kitchen (grow for fresh eating), Pantry and Homestead (grow and store for year-round use). To take the quiz visit, vegetableacademy. com/garden-type-quiz. There is also a free two-week online workshop to help you clarify

your growing objectives and leave you with a collection of strategies you can use to make progress in your garden at any time of the year. Visit vegetableacademy.com/growwithus. We are not being paid to promote this resource. My husband and I come away every time with a deeper appreciation for the helpful online ways the instructor makes new and older gardening techniques understandable and very practical with many helpful charts and how-to videos. Even after many years of gardening we have gained numerous helpful techniques and tools to take the guesswork out of growing food and move us closer to homestead gardening for year-round eating.

Gardening the Indigenous Way Means Building Relationships This month the Stuartburn EmersonFranklin Local Food Initiative asked Debra Henry, a local Anishinabe Woman from the Roseau River First Nation, to share some of her thoughts and family history with gardening.

Debra Henry

By Debra Henry When I reflect on my culture and gardening, the first thing that comes to mind is the teaching about the Three Sisters, which are Squash, Corn, and Beans. In our Indigenous culture our world view is about relationships. When it comes to gardening, traditionally, we refer to planting as a relationship. I have four sisters, and my sisters help me in my life as I help them. Indigenous planting as mentioned

above, the three sisters, are a reflection of our world view. The squash is planted around the perimeter. With their prickly stem they keep the animals out. This protects the corn, which is planted inside the squash perimeter. Next the beans are planted beside the corn, which helps the beans grow upward on the corn stalks, causing the beans to flourish with its vines. This is on the inner area of the squash plants, also protected from the animals. The three sisters help each other throughout their growing season. My grandmother loved gardening, as did my mother both of whom inspired and taught me to garden. They gardened and canned that which needed to be preserved because they loved their families. I spent a number of years living in Winnipeg. Since moving back on to the land I have started gardening. I especially like using the three sisters’ technique. Life is about relationships and growth, as is seen from the three sisters. Brought to you by the Stuartburn Emerson-Franklin Local Food Initiative. For further information visit online initiativelocalfood@gmail. com or find us on Facebook.

Right: Debra with her mom. Left: Debra’s grandmother.

The Three Sisters, which are Squash, Corn, and Beans. In our Indigenous culture our world view is about relationships. When it comes to gardening, traditionally, we refer to planting as a relationship, says Debra Henry.

July 2022


OAS 10% Increase for 75+

If you are 75 years old or older as of June 2022, you will get an automatic 10% increase of your Old Age Security pension starting July 2022. If you are turning 75 after June 30, 2022, you will receive the increase in the month following your 75th birthday. OAS July 2022 The “regular” OAS payment for July 2022 will be $666.83, and the amount for those 75+ will be $733.51. The July 2022 payment includes the quarterly increase for OAS: the monthly amount will increase from $648.67 that was paid April to June 2022 to $666.83 for July to September 2022. And the higher amount of $733.51 will be paid to those 75+. Guaranteed Income Supplement The increase in the OAS for those 75+ does not affect the calculation of your Guaranteed Income Supplement. The GIS is recalculated every July based on the previous calendar years’ net income. If your 2021 net income (total income less deductions) changed compared to your 2020 net income, your GIS will change effective July 2022. The net income CRA used excludes the OAS income. The OAS and GIS program has made some extra payments in the past 12 months. Last August 2021, seniors that were 75+ as of June 2022, received an extra $500 one-time lump sum payment. It was taxable income and you should have received a separate tax slip for it to include in your 2021 taxes. Working Seniors During April 2022, a one-time payment was made to working seniors who were eligible for the GIS, but also received CERB during 2020. Those who received CERB in 2020 because of reduced employment income due to COVID, had their GIS reduced effective July 2021. The one-time payment in April 2022 was intended to make up for the previous monthly reduction since July 2021. This special payment will be nontaxable and non-reportable. The payment will not affect income support programs such as provincially subsidized housing. Many seniors over the age of 65 years are still working (as employees or self-employed) to supplement their income. These seniors who continue to work, can earn up to $5,000 without any effect on their GIS. If you earn $5,000 to $15,000 the GIS is reduced, but not as much as regular income from interest or pension or registered funds. Once your employment income is more than $15,000 your GIS is reduced substantially. Adjusting Your GIS There are a few reasons your GIS can be adjusted. First, if you and your spouse no longer live together due to medical reasons, normally one spouse or

both spouses move to a personal care home, then you can request the GIS be based on each spouse’s respective income instead of combined income. One or both of you may see an increase in the GIS and it is backdated to the date you started living apart. Second, if you are a surviving spouse and included the $2,500 CPP death benefit on your own personal tax return, you can request Service Canada remove the CPP death benefit from the calculation. Third, if your income from pension or employment reduces substantially, you can request a review of your GIS. If you need help give our office a call. It can take many forms and many months for Service Canada to get the GIS adjusted. Climate Action Incentive Payment The CAI payment will be 15% higher than a year ago and will be paid throughout the year instead of part of the tax refund calculation. For an individual, last year it was $360. Starting July 2022, it will be $416 per year, paid in quarterly installments. The April 2022 payment will be combined with the July 2022 payment: $208 for an individual in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. 10% higher for those of us in the rural areas. Those of you that receive GST credits will be familiar with receiving government benefits on a quarterly basis. The CAI will be paid quarterly much like the GST credit. And to the same bank account. The additional CAI payment for a spouse is $208 and for each child under 18 is $104. For example, a family of four in Manitoba will receive $832 for the year: $416 July 2022, $208 October 2022, and $208 January 2023. Plus, those us living farther from Winnipeg, will receive an extra 10%. This rural family of four will receive $915 for the year. Death Café We plan to start up our Death Café again this summer now that we can meet in person again. To be on our contact list or to find out more, call or email our office. Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact Ste Anne Tax Service at 204-422-6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or info@sataxes.ca.


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

Steinbach RCMP Respond to Fatal Single-Vehicle Collision On June 4 at approximately 9:30 pm, Steinbach RCMP responded to a report of a single-vehicle collision at the bridge on Provincial Road 210, south of Provincial Road 207, in the RM of Ste Anne. Initial investigation has determined that a SUV was travelling northbound on Provincial Road 210 when it collided with the Seine River bridge. The vehicle then entered the ditch and rolled. The 48-year-old male driver from Steinbach, and lone occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced deceased on scene.

Public Can Help Identify Bike Thief On May 19 Steinbach RCMP received a report of stolen bicycle. On May 14 an unknown female gained entry to 171 McKenzie Avenue stealing a grey electric bicycle from the building. The bicycle is described as a grey Trek Verve 2 Plus E-Bike. Steinbach RCMP are seeking the assistance of the public to identify this unknown female, and any information regarding the location of the bike. If you have any information please contact Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers 1-800222-8477.

St-Pierre-Jolys RCMP Respond to School Safety Threat On June 3 at 1:50 pm, St-Pierre-Jolys RCMP received a report of a note found at École/Collège Régional Gabrielle-Roy in Ile-des-Chenes with comments that were construed as being threatening in nature. The threat indicated there could be an incident that may occur at the high school on June 6. Over the course of the weekend, officers worked diligently to discover who was behind the threat. Working with the Division Scolaire FrancoManitobaine (DSFM), a safety plan was put in to place for the arrival of staff and students on June 6. On that morning, officers from St-Pierre-Jolys, along with their Police Dog Services unit, attended to the high school to conduct a search of the property prior to the arrival of staff and students. Once the property was secured, they were allowed to enter. The investigation led to the Monday morning arrest of a 17-year-old male from southeastern Manitoba for uttering threats. He has been released from police custody and will appear in court scheduled August 12 in St-Pierre-Jolys. St-Pierre-Jolys RCMP continue to investigate.

Driver with Suspended License Charged for Causing Multi Vehicle Accident On June 1 Steinbach RCMP attended a multiple vehicle accident, involving 5 vehicles, on Highway 52 in the RM of La Broquerie. All 5 vehicles were travelling eastbound on the 52. A commercial vehicle, stopped to turn left into a driveway, near Borland Road. Three vehicles stopped on Highway 52 behind the turning vehicle. A pickup truck, did not stop, and drove into the rear of the last vehicle causing a chain reaction. All five vehicles sustained damage. While EMS attended, none of the occupants of the vehicles required further medical care. The pickup truck driver, a 39 year old, male driver from Marchand, was determined to have a suspended driver’s licence. He was charged with driving while suspended and driving carelessly.

Steinbach RCMP Respond to Stabbing On June 16 at approximately 8:20 pm, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stabbing that occurred in the 300 block of 3rd Street in Steinbach. Officers arrived to find a 29-year-old male with multiple stab wounds who was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The preliminary investigation has revealed that the victim had an encounter with another male when the assault occurred. This suspect did not remain at the scene and no arrest has been made at this time. Steinbach RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone with information regarding this assault to contact the Steinbach Detachment at 204-326-1234, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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Search is on for Motorcycle Thief On June 6 the Steinbach RCMP received a report of a motorcycle theft from an address by Kroeker Avenue in Steinbach. The stolen bike was described as a 2015 Triumph Daytona Motorcycle Manitoba License Plate 9FX56. Surveillance that was provided showed an unknown male walking onto the property and then taking the bike and started running away pushing the motorcycle along. The unknown male had put the motorcycle on the back of an older pickup truck U/K LP and left heading towards Highway 12. The motorcycle was recovered off the road as it had fallen off the truck on the corner of Reimer Avenue and Second Street in Steinbach. The motorcycle sustained damage to the ignition, the side mirror and the side body of the motorcycle. The Steinbach RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect. If you have any information regarding this matter, please contact the Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Steinbach RCMP Firearms Complaint Leads to Search Warrant and Seizure On June 5 at approximately 10:55 pm, Steinbach RCMP received a report from an individual who indicated that they had a firearm pointed in their direction from occupants in a suspicious vehicle in a local gravel pit. The suspect vehicle then fled the scene. A description of this vehicle was provided to officers. Patrols were made in the area and the suspect vehicle was later located at a residence located in the RM of Hanover. The vehicle’s engine was still running and two occupants were observed inside. Officers arrested the male driver and male passenger of the vehicle, both 26-years-of-age, without incident. The officers were then advised that the firearm, along with additional suspects linked to the vehicle, were inside the residence. Using a loud hailer, officers instructed the occupants to exit the residence. A 41-year-old male complied with instructions and exited the home. Other occupants inside the home refused to cooperate with the officer’s demands. The residence was entered and officers located a 38-year-old female and a 33-year-old male in the residence who were arrested without incident. A search warrant was drafted and executed where officers located and seized several firearms and ammunition. Trevor Berg, 41-years-old, from the RM of Hanover, was remanded into custody on charges including Unsafe Storage of a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm/Prohibited Weapon. In addition three males, all from Winnipeg, were charged and later released from police custody. The men were Daniel Foui (33) charged with Point Firearm x 2, Weapons Possession Contrary to Order; Robert Ingram (26) charged with Point Firearm, Fail to Comply with Probation and Erik Peterson (26) charged with Point Firearm, Possession of a Firearm/Prohibited Weapon x2, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime & Fail to Comply with Probation. A 38-year-old female, also from Winnipeg, was released without charge.

Thieves Snag Bike and Baby Carriage Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen bicycle and baby carriage from a residence on Crescentwood Drive in Steinbach. The bicycle is a black and green Supercycle Hardtail, and the baby carriage is a red Raleigh Cruise. It is believed the theft occurred between 3 am and 4 am on June 12. 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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Lawn Equipment Stolen from Business

Cycling Thief Drags Away Mower

On May 20 at approximately 3:19 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report of two Lawn mowers stolen from the ENNS Brothers parking lot on PTH 12 North in Steinbach. The Lawn mowers are described as a 2022 John Deere 1023E Green and a 2022 John Deere Z735M. Surveillance cameras show two unknown male suspects park a pickup truck with a utility trailer on Clearspring Rd. The males drove the lawn mowers to the trailer, loaded them and left heading north on PTH 12. Members were able to get the trailer plate; the trailer was later reported stolen from the Steinbach area. Trailer is still missing and is described as a 2008 Patriot, white in colour, with plate N854N. It is also believed the suspects attended the ENNS Brothers dealership the day prior to the theft. Attached is a photo of the suspect vehicle, a blue hatch back car with tinted windows, no plate was obtained. 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 23, the Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft of lawn mower from outside the Super Splash Shell station in Steinbach. An unknown male came to the location on a red bike and stole the mower. The male is described as Caucasian, thin beard, white hoodie, black shorts and Adidas shoes. The lawn mower was a grey self propelled Craftsmen lawn mower. The theft occurred on June 19 at approximately 7:30 pm. The Steinbach RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the male. 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.

July 2022


RCMP Search for Info on Stolen Truck Steinbach RCMP received a call on June 9 at 4:04 am reporting the theft of a truck from the 18000 area of 36 Road E. The theft occurred between June 8, 3pm and June 9, 4:04 am. The truck is described as a 1999 Ford F250 SD XLT, red in colour with Manitoba plate FKE680. The vehicle is missing the tailgate and there is damage to the front bumper. 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 1-800222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com

Drunk Driver Arrested After Driving Through Bar Patio

Fish Finder Stripped from Parked Boat On June 10, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen Garmin fish finder. The fish finder was attached to a boat located in the Thurston Drive area. The fish finder is black and has a Panoptics Cable Unit cabled to it. There was no damage to the boat from which it was taken. It is believed the theft occurred between June 6 and June 9. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

RCMP Want to Identify Pump and Dash Suspect On May 24, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft of fuel incident at the Mitchell Co-op gas station. An unknown female driving a tan coloured Dodge Avenger filled a jerry can with fuel and the vehicle before driving away without paying for it. The total value of fuel stolen was $140. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

RCMP Searching for Two Missing 14-yr Olds On June 29, 2022, RCMP received a report of two missing 14-year-old females from the RM of Desalaberry. It is believed that Heavenly Rae Fontaine and Avontai Hartleib left their residence sometime between 10:30-11:00 pm on June 29, 2022. They may be heading to Winnipeg and are believed to be travelling together. Heavenly Rae Fontaine is 4’11”, 120 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. Avontai Hartleib is 5’3”, 100 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. If you have any information on their whereabouts, please call St-PierreJolys RCMP at (204) 433-7908, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Steinbach Driver Recieves Serious Offence Notice for Reckless Speeds On Sunday, June 19 at 10:34 Steinbach Municipal Traffic Services and Ste. Anne Police Department charged a 23-year-old male resident of Steinbach with speeding after observing his vehicle to be travelling at 145 km/h in a 80 km/h zone on the east end of Main Street. The male driver received a Provincial Offence Notice for $901 and was issued a Serious Offence notice for review with MPI.

On June 16 at approximately 12:30 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report that a vehicle had driven through the patio building at the La Broquerie Bar. Witnesses stated that the driver was highly intoxicated. Upon police arrival, staff advised that the driver had fled the scene. Police could see the vehicle in the distance. When police approached the vehicle, they observed the vehicle spinning out and getting stuck in the ditch. The driver of the vehicle, a 34year-old male from Richer, was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. He was returned to the Steinbach Detachment where he eventually refused to comply with demand for alcohol samples. The driver will also be facing the following charges: Operation while Impaired (alcohol) of a motor vehicle, Mischief over $5,000 – Damage to property, and Dangerous Operation of a motor vehicle. The matter will appear at Steinbach Provincial Court on September 8.

RCMP Hunting for Owner of Black Truck Pulling Stolen Trailer On May 20, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen trailer that was parked in Martin Diesel’s yard. The trailer is white 2008 Patriot with license plate N854N. When the vehicle was stolen, it was towed by a black truck. It is believed the theft occurred at approximately 2 am that morning. 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 1-800222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.


July 2022

Celebrating Over 25 Years of Service to Our Communities!

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