Dawson Trail Dispatch July 2024

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Richer’s Community Spirit Stronger than the Storms on Canada Day

With many Canada Day events rained out and postponed across Manitoba on July 1st, community spirit prevailed in Richer. When they said “rain or shine,”, they meant itdespite 30mm of rain they celebrated. Afternoon activities were held in the Dawson Trail Museum, and the evening activities were held at the Dawson Trail Park in the Premier Multiplex, which comfortably holds about 1,000 people. The evening was wrapped up with an excellent fireworks display, which could be viewed from the Multiplex or from vehicles to stay dry.

This social media post by President of the Richer Community Club Dan Guetre sums up the spirit of Richer:

“Many are asking if Richer Canada Day is cancelled? OUR RESPONSE… Richer is becoming defined as a community that can set a goal and is willing to search out various paths to achieve that goal. Canada Day is an example. During the 2 years of having to follow public health orders, the community still hosted successful Canada Day Celebrations. One year we created a drive in events delivering hotdogs, popcorn, drinks, and activity bags for children to the family cars parked in and around the park… and capped off the evening with a fireworks show. The following year, we turned the community into a huge block party by having teams of volunteers deliver food and fun to driveways and people parked in the community, and again capped off the evening with a high altitude fireworks show. This year… a bit of rain (ok, maybe more than a bit. LOL) is not going to dampen our spirits to find a way to celebrate this day. ... Is Canada Day in Richer cancelled? Heck NO, we found the path and it is a go.” Richer Canada Day Celebrations.

Funding Supports Trails Across Southeast Manitoba

The Manitoba government along with Trails Manitoba has awarded slightly over $125,000 to support 5 recreational trail projects across southeast Manitoba.

“The Trails Manitoba grant program is creating pathways to health and quality of life for all Manitobans,” said Jeana Manning, board president, Trails Manitoba. “We honour the volunteer trail builders and the construction teams and supporting partners who have brought this funding to life, creating connections to Manitoba’s stunning landscapes. We look forward to strengthening our ongoing partnerships with the Manitoba government, private funders and all our collaborators, supporting exceptional trails for generations to come.”

Grants were awarded to Crow Wing Trail Maintenance Project received $7,000 for maintenance; New Interpretive Panels and Wheelchair-friendly Outhouse - Agassiz Interpretive Trail, Vita received $14,500; Coin Rendezvous Corner Rest Area & Trailhead, St. Malo received $75,000; Blumenort South Trail by Mitchell received $22,024 and Tourond Creek - All Weather Trail Enhancement led by the Seine Rat Roseau Watershed District received $7,506.

The Trails Manitoba grant program annually provides new recreational trail opportunities, improves the quality of existing trails through enhancements and provides necessary funding for continued trail maintenance. Eligible applicants include trail associations, municipalities or other not-for-profit groups with means to provide continued stewardship of trails.

Photos by Dan Guetre

Pat Porter Active Living Centre to Host 2025 Manitoba 55+ Games in Steinbach

Excitement is building in Steinbach as the Pat Porter Active Living Centre prepares to host the prestigious Manitoba 55+ Games in 2025. Set against the backdrop of the vibrant southeast community, the games promise not only spirited competition but also a celebration of active living and community camaraderie.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase our thriving community and the exceptional facilities we have here at the Pat Porter Active Living Centre,” exclaimed Audrey Harder, Executive Director. “These games are not just about competition; they are about fostering friendships, laughter, and the joy of shared interests among our members over the age of 55.”

The Pat Porter Active Living Centre, once a well-kept secret, has transformed into a hub of activity and community engagement under new leadership.

“We are no longer a secret,” Harder added. “Our facility offers outstanding programs for all

and we are eager to share this with participants from across Manitoba.”

The decision to host the Manitoba 55+ Games in Steinbach was met with enthusiasm, bolstered by the City’s reputation as a welcoming and safe community, conveniently located near Winnipeg.

“When we bid to host these games, we were confident in our facilities and knew our proximity to Winnipeg would attract participants and spectators alike,” Harder explained.

Mayor Jeff Fawcett of Brandon, a previous host city, praised Steinbach and Mayor Earl Funk for their hospitality and readiness to embrace the games.

“Their enthusiasm underscores the community’s commitment to making these games a success,” remarked Harder.

Preparations are already underway to ensure a seamless event.

A host team is being assembled, experts in various sports are being sought out, and plans for event schedules, locations, and transportation are being finalized. Community engagement is also key, with efforts to secure sponsors, recruit volunteers, and organize a memo-

rable banquet evening.

The games, which include events like curling on March 4th and 5th, followed by various competitions on June 3rd, 4th, and 5th, are expected to draw over a thousand athletes from across Manitoba. The new Southeast Events Centre will also be utilized to host some of events.

“We anticipate these games will not only highlight active aging but also contribute significantly to our local economy,” Harder added.

Reflecting on the impact of the games, Harder emphasized their role in promoting healthy, active lifestyles among Manitobans of all ages.

“Active aging in Manitoba coordinates these games as a testament to the vitality and engagement of our older population,” she said.

As the countdown to the Manitoba 55+ Games in Steinbach begins, anticipation is high for what promises to be a memorable showcase of athleticism, community spirit, and the best that southeast Manitoba has to offer.

For more information about the games and to get involved, visit the Active Aging in Manitoba’s website at activeagingmb.ca.

RM of Piney Continues Life-Saving Partnership with STARS

The RM of Piney is proud to announce its ongoing partnership with STARS, a crucial program providing life-saving emergency medical services. The Municipality supports STARS through two key donation initiatives, underscoring the community’s commitment to rapid emergency response in remote areas.

The first initiative is a $1.00 per capita donation, making the RM of Piney one of the first municipalities in Manitoba to adopt this model. The second is the STARS Fund-a-Flight pro gram, a four-year commitment of $5,400 annually. These dona tions significantly enhance the STARS team’s ability to provide critical care across the munici pality. In 2023 alone, STARS responded to seven emergency calls in the RM of Piney.

“If our support helps save one life, it’s worth every penny. We are proud to partner with such a dedicated operational and medi cal team that can reach our re mote communities within min utes,” stated RM of Piney Reeve Wayne Anderson.

vast and remote area, adjacent to the Lake of the Woods, is vital for industries such as peat moss production, agriculture, forestry, and tourism. The rugged terrain and extensive trail systems make the presence of STARS even more critical during emergencies.

For many residents, STARS provides a life-saving difference, offering emergency hospital access within minutes compared to the po-

tentially hour-long drive to the nearest hospital in Steinbach.

The RM of Piney’s continued support of STARS reflects its dedication to the well-being and safety of its residents, ensuring that even in the most remote areas, help is never far away.

For more information on the STARS program and how to support it, residents are encouraged to visit the RM of Piney website.

The RM of Piney encompasses 12 communities spread over an area of 2,400 km², with 70% of the territory covered by the Sandilands Provincial Forest. This

For many RM of Piney residents, STARS provides a life-saving difference, offering emergency hospital access within minutes compared to the potentially hour-long drive to the nearest hospital in Steinbach. The RM of Piney’s continued support of STARS reflects its dedication to the well-being and safety of its residents, ensuring that even in the most remote areas, help is never far away. Submitted photo

Celebrating Over 25 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Vita Canada Day Enjoyed by Attendees Despite the Weather Challenges

The organizers of the Vita Canada Day celebrations were kept on their toes with challenges from the weather this year. Due to the muddy conditions and heavy rain, Monday’s events were moved to Sunday where possible, and in the end Monday’s events were cancelled as it was just too wet and muddy on the grounds.

Thanks to some fancy footwork by their dedicated organizers and volunteers, a good time was had despite these challenges. The following was posted on their social media:

“Well that’s a wrap on Vita Canada Day 2024. It was a challenging year dodging the rain clouds during set up, the event and now during take down which caused us to have to cancel day two and reschedule events on the fly! Sorry for the inconvenience this caused!

“But…..we did have the perfect weather for two days so the grounds could dry and we could host day one of our events! We had the best day and the attendance was awesome!

“Thank you to all our volunteers and attendees! We couldn’t do this without you!

“Thank you to everyone sponsored our event or helped in any way!

“Thank you to all the participants who were challenged with getting to and from their spot on the muddy grounds, many needing a pull!

“Thank you to our families and friends for pitching in…pumping water, setting up in the rain and pulling peoples vehicles out!

“And thank you to our community and surrounding areas who supported us in any way!”

The fireworks had to be changed on the fly from Monday to Sunday, but a spectacular 20-minute show by Canfire was well attended.
Canadian Wrestling’s Elite put on a great performance. Photo by Marty Goldstein /
Heartland Rodeo Association events ran through the weekend. Photos Vita Canada Day/ Facebook
The event was well attended with lots of children’s activities available.
The food trucks kept the crowds fed. Photo Little Red Mini Donut Trailer / Facebook

Common Sense Solutions

After nine years of Justin Trudeau, life has never been so hard for working Canadians.

Canadian living standards are in sharp decline after Trudeau made it difficult to do business and earn powerful paycheques.

The Liberal-NDP coalition has driven up the cost of everything with their inflationary taxes and continue to keep pressure on higher interest rates with their reckless inflationary spending.

That’s why Common Sense Conservatives have been fighting hard in Parliament, holding the LiberalNDP coalition accountable until a Conservative Government can bring common sense to Ottawa.

I often get asked by folks, what are Conservatives doing for us in Ottawa? Well, here’s a taste of what Conservatives have accomplished since January.

Conservatives have four main priorities; axe the tax, build the homes, fix the budget, stop the crime. We believe these four things best represent the priorities of Canadians from coast to coast.

To that end, this session Conservatives have opposed Justin Trudeau’s inflation-driving carbon tax at every turn.

We forced Trudeau and the Liberals to reveal their own secret parliamentary budget report which proved the carbon tax is hurting Canadians.

We opposed the inflationary taxes that increase the cost of everything by forcing multiple votes on their April 1st carbon tax hike.

We forced a non-confidence vote

on the carbon tax to allow Canadians to vote in a carbon tax election.

We called for called for a summer tax break, axing the carbon tax, the federal fuel tax, and the GST on gasoline and diesel until Labour Day.

We fought to pass Bill C-234 in its original form to axe the carbon tax for Canadian farmers.

We introduced Bill C-396 to remove the GST from the carbon tax.

We called for a pause on the carbon tax on home heating.

We got the House together to call on Justin Trudeau to convene an emergency carbon tax meeting with all 14 first ministers.

Only a Conservative Government will axe the tax.

Conservatives have also offered common sense solutions to end the housing crisis.

Conservatives have advocated firing the government gatekeepers who keep new homes from getting built affordably (or in some cases getting built at all) with their endless red tape and exorbitant fees. We proposed penalizing municipalities that do not get homes built and a building bonus for those who do.

The Liberals are also trying to take our commonsense idea of using federal land for housing.

We also forced a vote on Bill C-356, the Building Homes, Not Bureaucracy Act which would get homes built faster (sadly this too was defeated by the NDP-Liberal costly coalition).

We’ve proposed numerous bills and ideas to fix the budget.

Conservatives have highlighted the inflationary spending in the Liberal-NDP budget and demanded a path back to balance to bring down inflation and interest rates sooner.

We’ve opposed Justin Trudeau’s agenda of economic vandalism at every opportunity, including fighting back against the latest Liberal tax on doctors, homebuilders, plumbers and small business owners.

Conservatives were successful in passing Bill C-241 at 3rd reading to allow tradespeople to deduct travel expenses.

We have also conducted numerous investigations into the myriad of Liberal scandals and demanded the Trudeau Government ensure taxpayers are repaid all funds paid to ArriveCan contractors and subcontractors who did no work.

We have also announced that within 60 days of our election, Pierre Poilievre will name a Tax Reform Task Force of entrepreneurs, inventors, farmers, and workers to design a Bring it Home Tax Cut that will allow workers to bring home more of each dollar they earn to reward work and cutting the paperwork and bureaucracy in the tax system by at least 20%.

Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh also continue to ignore the crime and chaos in our streets, letting dangerous, repeat, violent offenders out on bail and funding dangerous drugs with taxpayer dollars.

Conservatives stood up for lawabiding Canadians who are tired of chaos and crime and called for an end to the government’s taxpayerfunded dangerous drugs regime, forcing them to stop their policy of legalizing hard drugs in BC.

We proposed concrete measures to address the auto theft crisis that’s being caused by Liberal-NDP softon-crime policies.

We passed Bill C-270 at 2nd reading to end internet sexual exploita-

tion, Bill C-320 at 3rd reading to promote transparency and rights for victims of violent crime, and Bill C321 (at 3rd reading) to support and protect first responders and health care workers who face violence while serving our communities. Conservatives introduced numerous bills to ensure tougher sentences for criminals.

Bill C-379 to seek tougher penalties for repeat car thieves.

Bill C-381 to protect Canadians from becoming victims of extortion. Bill C-351 to keep serial killers in maximum security prison.

Bill C-376, which prohibits violent criminals from owning weapons. Bill C-370 to protect victims of serious crimes.

Bill C-364 to enact harsher penalties for perpetrators of rural crime.

On top of that, Conservatives have exposed historic corruption at Trudeau’s Green Slush Fund, on the ArriveScam app, and in government contracts with their friends at McKinsey.

We are exposing and holding this failed and corrupt government accountable at every turn.

Life wasn’t so hard before Justin Trudeau, and it won’t be this hard after he’s gone.

Only Common Sense Conservatives will continue to fight for Canadians by axing the tax, building the homes, fixing the budget and stopping the crime.

2025 Property Re-Assessment Notices Have Been Mailed

Every 2 years, the Province of Manitoba adjusts property assessment values according to how the real property market values shift over time. These values are then used by the Rural Municipalities for tax purposes. Many property owners are noticing a significant increase in the 2025 valuations. Please know that does not mean that there will be a proportionate increase in taxes. Municipalities will set the 2025 taxes, based on the needs of the municipality for that calendar year.

If the new value assigned to your property is the amount you would expect to receive if you sold the

property, then this is considered fair market value. If the valuation exceeds what you believe the property could be listed for, or if there are any other concerns with your assessment (i.e. such as structures which were removed from the land still being assessed), then please contact Manitoba Assessment Services directly at 204326-9896 or assessment@gov. mb.ca to discuss the matter. More information is available at the Government of Manitoba Property Assessment Services at www.gov. mb.ca/mao/public/ . Assessment Services is responsible for the assessment of all real and personal property in the province, excluding property in the City of Winnipeg, delivered through 10 District Offices. The City of Winnipeg is responsible for property assessment services in Winnipeg. In Manitoba, property is assessed at market value in accordance with The Municipal Assessment Act. Market value is the most probable selling price of the property had it been sold by a willing seller to a willing buyer. Regular reassessments ensure that property assessments keep pace with real estate market conditions, and taxes are distributed fairly to property owners.

Inaction and Broken Promises

The Spring sitting of Manitoba’s legislature ended on a positive note for our caucus with Progressive Conservative bills receiving Royal Assent. My own bill to recognize Tyndall Stone as Manitoba’s official stone was one of the three bills passed. Bill 201, The Manitoba Emblems Amendment Act (Provincial Stone), states that, “The stone geologically known as mottled and fossiliferous dolomitic limestone belonging to the Selkirk Member of the Ordovician Red River Formation that is quarried near Garson and Tyndall is hereby designated as the official stone of Manitoba.”

We also passed Riding Mountain MLA Greg Nesbitt’s Bill 211 to support the Provincial Parks Endowment Funds through the sale of Manitoba Parks themed automobile license plates. The endowment fund was created under our PC government to help fund conservation and improvements to our Parks well into the future while encouraging philanthropy for conservation efforts through donations and bequests. Stay tuned for more information on when these new plates will go on sale.

Lastly, Bill 202, sponsored by MLA for Spruce Woods Grant Jackson, designates April 26 as Community Foundation Day. This marks the date when Canada’s first community foundation, The Win-

nipeg Foundation, was established by William Forbes Alloway and his wife Elizabeth Alloway in 1921. Manitobans have a great reputation for being generous with their donations and their time as volunteers, and this day of recognition will propel these charities forward.

Our PC Caucus has also been calling on the NDP government to lower the breast cancer screening age to 40. Manitoba is the only province in Canada to have not reduced the age for screening. Data shows that rates of breast cancer in women under 50 have significantly increased. Screening women aged 40 to 49 is associated with notably higher survival rates. PC Health Critic Kathleen Cook said, “A plan to lower the breast cancer screening age in Manitoba is needed now, and this shouldn’t be a partisan issue.”

Premier Wab Kinew and his NDP government are off to a rocky start and have not introduced much new legislation nor have they made clear what direction they want to take our province. So far, they have crammed a number of changes into their budget bill, including increased subsidies for their own party. They have also broken their promise to freeze hydro rates by instead legislating a 4% increase every year to Manitoba Hydro customers. They have broken their promise to main-

tain education property tax rebates at 2023 levels by instead capping the rebate next year. In the meantime, they are raising school taxes and education property taxes on homeowners at the local level to as much as 17%.

The NDP are not stopping there. They are also raising income taxes on physicians, and skilled workers, while offering no plan on how they will recruit and retain health professionals to Manitoba, another NDP promise. Plus, ER and surgical wait times are going up instead of down.

Violent crime and property theft also appear to be on the rise after Wab Kinew broke his promise to introduce bail reforms. As Premier, he promised he would take on grocery stores and lower the price of groceries in Manitoba, but we all know that food prices have continued to rise under his government and he has remained silent on the subject in the six months since he made that commitment.

After making significant promises when in opposition and during last year’s election campaign, it is becoming clear that the NDP are not as advertised and the honeymoon period is over.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the graduating Class of 2024. I would also like to thank all the educators and sup-

Ted Falk Tables

Bill C-400 to Preserve Cash Access in Canada

Provencher MP Ted Falk has introduced new Federal legislation aimed at ensuring continued access to and use of cash across Canada. Bill C-400 formally titled “An Act to establish a framework for the continued access to and use of cash in Canada and to make related amendments to other Acts.” It was recently tabled in the House of Commons.

“…I had the honour of tabling Bill C-400 An Act to establish a framework for the continued access to and use of cash in Canada and to make related amendments to other Acts, in the House of Commons,” said Falk.

The Bill proposes a National Framework to secure the availability and usage of physical cash in an era increasingly dominated by digital and plastic currencies. Falk emphasized the importance of cash for many Canadians, particularly the vulnerable populations within his riding of Provencher and across the nation.

“In a world where commerce is

moving at a rapid pace towards plastic, online, and digital currencies, many Canadians, including many in my riding of Provencher, are concerned about their access to and ability to still use cash as currency,” Falk stated. “For millions of Canadians, particularly the most vulnerable folks in our population, physical cash is essential to everyday life.”

Falk highlighted that charities, community organizations, and remote communities heavily depend on cash transactions to fulfill their missions and support their constituents.

“Likewise, charities, community organizations, and remote communities rely on cash to achieve their worthy goals,” he noted.

Furthermore, Falk pointed out the privacy advantages of using cash.

“In a world where governments, banks, and corporations are increasingly infringing on the privacy rights of Canadians, cash remains the only truly anonymous form of payment,” he said.

The proposed legislation not only aims to protect access to cash but also seeks to amend existing laws to safeguard the currency.

“This Bill calls for a National Framework to ensure people continue to have access to cash and the ability to use cash in Canada,” Falk explained. “This legislation would also amend the Currency Act to limit the Minister’s ability to arbitrarily and unilaterally call-in banknotes, and the Bank of Canada Act to ensure the central bank does not develop, or replace hard currency, with a digital dollar.”

Falk concluded by emphasizing the broad benefits of Bill C-400.

“This common-sense legislation will benefit vulnerable Canadians and those who work so hard to support them and further enshrine the essential and fundamental freedoms of Canadians,” he said.

The tabling of Bill C-400 marks a significant step in the ongoing debate over the future of physical currency in an increasingly digital world.

port staff that help guide our youth through their education journey. Your education will always be one of your most valuable possessions. Nurture it and it will serve you a lifetime.

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 X (formerly Twitter) @wayneewaskomla and friend me on Facebook. Wayne Ewasko is the MLA for Lac du Bonnet.

The Power of Positive Politics

If you were in Manitoba on the evening of Tuesday, June 18, 2024, you might have felt a tremor beneath your feet; an aftershock of a substantively changed political landscape. The whole province felt a seismic political shift as the Manitoba NDP won a by-election in the long-standing Tory stronghold of Tuxedo. Newly minted NDP MLA Carla Compton made history by winning the typically very affluent and blue Tuxedo seat for the very first time since the conception of the constituency.

How did the MB NDP do it?

To be fair, the Manitoba PCs were not ready for this contest after they fell so definitively to the Kinew juggernaut. They were, and in fact still are, leaderless, broke, and lost in the political wilderness after a disastrous 2023 provincial campaign that has left them scrambling for answers as to why they were rejected so profoundly by Manitobans. The loss in Tuxedo will only lead to more headscratching from the Tory brain trust as to how they have become so detached from mainstream voters. How could they have lost the former PC leader’s home seat of Tuxedo? Why is the MB NDP so popular with Manitobans, and with Canadians writ large? And why is Wab Kinew the most popular Premier in Canada, according to the June 2024 Angus Reid poll?

Perhaps the most distinctive reason is that the Manitoba NDP ran a campaign of not only civility but hope. They had a positive vision for Manitobans about improving healthcare and making our lives more affordable. Cutting the gas tax immediately challenged climbing interest rates and gave Manitobans relief while setting a positive course so that working families could feel savings immediately. Rural ERs are reopening. People are feeling positive about the future again. The message was clear – Wab Kinew believes in One People and One Manitoba, where all of us can benefit from pragmatic prairie NDP policies.

But moreover, the Manitoba NDP won against Stefanson’s PCs, both provincially and now in her seat of Tuxedo, because they embraced the power of positive politics. Even now, the MB PCs have only doubled down on divisive rhetoric regarding issues such as 2SLGBTQ people, against funding local initiatives like the Taché Community Centre (now fully funded thanks to Wab Kinew), and on attacking the personal character of our Premier. The MB NDP, on the other hand, ran an issue-based campaign that embraced what Manitoba could and should become – a “have” province that embraces all our peoples, and has a positive vision for economic prosperity.

It remains to be seen what will develop in the political landscape over the next few years as we approach another provincial election in 2027. Perhaps the PCs will try to rebrand under a new leader and offer some coherent counter vision to the MB NDP’s. But as of right now, Manitoba’s PCs have only their negative politics to focus on and no plan for the future of our province.

And who knows? If the MB NDP can win in the traditional PC fortress of Tuxedo, where else can their vision of One Manitoba win next? Brandon West, Selkirk, and Dawson Trail were all seats within 600 votes of flipping orange in Election 2023, just the same as Tuxedo. Could these constituencies outside the perimeter also garner NDP MLAs in 2027?

With such a pragmatic and inclusive vision of the future, the power of positive politics might just help us see orange in Southeast Manitoba once again.

Tache Community Centre Borrowing Bylaw to Protect Against “Worst-case Scenario”

According to the RM of Tache, only about a half a dozen residents turned out for new Tache Community Centre project borrowing By-Law public hearing on May 28.

“No objections were raised at the meeting and the information provided in the related presentation was well received and the project and By-Law were supported at the hearing,” said Tache CAO Ken Allen.

Allen added that the $6 million borrowing by-law was needed to minimize project risk.

“In addition to our cost reduction efforts, in order to minimize project risk, the RM is preparing for the potential worst-case scenario by enacting the borrowing By-Law with a maximum limit of $6 million,” explained Allen. “Note that while we work to finalize the design, we are mindful of the need for fiscal responsibility.”

He explained that council’s intention is to minimize the amount of borrowing required to complete the project and borrow as little as possible. Even the interest rate on the

borrowing by-law is being looked at with Allen hinting they are shopping around.

“In terms of interest rates, the RM of Tache is exploring its options at this time,” he pointed out.

“Adjustments to the initial plans are being considered to seize cost-saving opportunities without compromising on quality, functionality, and programming,” continued Allen. “While the final project cost is yet to be determined, we are confident in our ability to deliver a facility that is both affordable and sustainable for our residents.”

The current focus of the project management team is on refining and finalizing the center’s design to ensure it aligns with the aspirations of the community, he noted.

“Collaborating closely with stakeholders, the goal remains to deliver a modern, functional space that reflects the values of inclusivity and accessibility,” he said.

Next steps include finalizing the design, issuing the RFP with the goal of having shovels in the ground by November.

HyLife Driver Brings Home Double Awards, Including Best in Manitoba Win

A dedicated livestock driver with HyLife has achieved an exceptional milestone by winning two prestigious awards.

Mario Bulacso, from Steinbach, recently walked away with the 2024 MTAVolvo Trucks Canada Manitoba Driver of the Year Award and the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) Inland Industry Excellence Award.

These awards recognize professional truck drivers who have demonstrated exceptional performance, commitment to the industry, safety, and community service. This double recognition underscores Mario’s unwavering dedication to his profession, animal welfare, and safety standards.

“It is always a tough choice for Driver of the Year, but Mario is an excellent choice this year,” said Aaron Dolyniuk, Executive Director, Manitoba Trucking Association.

“He prioritizes safety and animal care, is a cheerleader for the industry and a great ambassador. His efforts to support other drivers are what trucking is about: helping each other and working together to get the job done safely. He embodies everything we talk about as key components of our industry: safety, community, care, and professionalism.”

With more than 18 years of experience in the Hog

Industry, Mario has fostered a tight-knit community on the road, offering guidance, support, and camaraderie.

For the past two years, he has also served as a HyLife Driver Representative, a role he proudly embraces.

“I was very surprised,” said Bulacso. “I like to help new drivers hauling livestock every day. My wife opened the letter, and she was very happy. She said, ‘You deserve that!’ I said, ‘Maybe I do’. She knows how hard I work every day answering the phone and helping drivers.”

The HyLife leadership applauded these accomplishments adding that Bulacso’s passion for driving radiates through his work ethic.

“He exemplifies what it

means to be a dedicated ambassador for livestock driving, tirelessly advocating for the industry and its potential,” said Ron Schellenberg, Chief Supply Chain Officer, HyLife. “In the past year alone, Mario has referred nine drivers who now work for HyLife; this is unprecedented and highlights his ability to connect with people and share the opportunities available in this field.”

Bulacso’s exceptional achievements and unwavering dedication to his profession make him a deserving recipient of both awards, added Hylife in a written statement. “His impact on the trucking industry, commitment to safety, and outstanding acts of service have set a high standard for all drivers.”

Mario Bulacso’s exceptional achievements and unwavering dedication to his profession make him a deserving recipient of both awards added Hylife in a written statement. “His impact on the trucking industry, commitment to safety, and outstanding acts of service have set a high standard for all drivers.” Submitted photos
Mario Bulacso, from Steinbach, recently walked away with the 2024 MTAVolvo Trucks Canada Manitoba Driver of the Year Award and the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) Inland Industry Excellence Award.

RM of Ste. Anne Now Officially Bilingual

At a recent RM of Ste. Anne council meeting, councillors passed a historic bylaw by joining the Association of Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (AMBM).

Over 25 years ago, former municipal Reeve Lee Guetre had initially brought the idea to his council hoping they would vote in favour of joining the cultural and economic organization. Unfortunately, during his term and a half at the helm of the municipality, council declined to move ahead.

“25 years ago Reeve Lee Guetre, who was very passionate as Reeve worked hard on giving his constituents the support they deserve,” said current Reeve Richard Pelletier. “Sadly, not enough of the Councillors shared his vision when it came to this topic.”

Pelletier believes that his council is a reflection of what the residents want and he is grateful to see this bylaw come into affect.

“25 years ago we had a foundation, today we have the whole building,” noted Pelletier.

“During the last municipal election, residents were loud and clear on what they wanted,” said Pelletier. “Their message to us was they deserved to be respected and they wanted us to make the RM of Ste Anne a good place to live.”

Pelletier believes that this decision by council is a direct result of the choices residents made when casting their ballots.

“Residents in the municipality are the ones that deserve the credit for this recent decision,” he added. “I am proud to be part of this council, all of who are extremely passionate about their municipality.”

Guetre, who briefly attended the event marking the approved legislation, said he was impressed to see this council unify and join AMBM. He added that the criteria for joining may have been less lucrative during his administration and the current system AMBM has in place made it more attractive.

“We are proud of our culture, we want French to keep

its place in Manitoba with our children, grandchildren, etc.,” said Pelletier.

Going beyond the cultural significance, Pelletier believes this recent decision will, more importantly, open up vast economic opportunities for the municipality.

“They (AMBM) are a very large growing group with a strong voice. They will be giving us support for bilingual translation when required,” he said. “Additionally, they will represent all of us, 16 municipalities now, at the provincial and federal government levels and lobby for improvements in health care and education.”

Pelletier also noted that AMBM will also work with them to attract businesses to the community, and this can even come through financial support and employee recruitment. AMBM has two established branches, CDEM and Eco-West, both geared to development.

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AMBM Welcomes New Bilingual Municipalities

In a significant development for bilingual governance in Manitoba, the Association of Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (AMBM) has officially welcomed four new members: the rural municipalities of Piney, Sainte-Anne, Grey and, Lorne.

These municipalities recently passed their third and final reading of the municipal by-law framework for the provision of services in both official languages, known as the Municipal Maturity Model (3M).

Ivan Normandeau, President of the AMBM and Reeve of the Rural Municipality of La Broquerie, announced the news and expressed his congratulations to the new members.

“Our warmest congratulations go to these four local governments for recognizing the added value of Manitoba’s two official languages, and for making a formal commitment to the development, sustainability, and vitality of Francophone and bilingual communities within their boundaries,” said Normandeau.

The AMBM recently celebrated this milestone with a reception at the Sugar Shack in the Village of Saint-PierreJolys. The event brought to-

gether around sixty people, including Manitoba’s bilingual municipal leaders and other stakeholders of the AMBM Group.

Normandeau emphasized the cultural and economic significance of promoting and protecting the French language in Manitoba.

“The French language represents our collective will to celebrate, promote, and protect our linguistic heritage, which makes us unique and underpins our prosperity,” he said. “Promoting and protecting the French language is an immense responsibility, but also a source of incredible opportunities for the cultural, economic, and social development of our French-speaking and bilingual communities. [And] for our entire province.”

The new members join the AMBM at a time when the association is poised to offer substantial support through its subsidiaries, the Economic Development Council of Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM) and Eco-West Canada (EWC).

“By joining the AMBM, [they] gain access to the collective muscle of the AMBM Group,” Normandeau noted.

The AMBM, CDEM, and

EWC are already working with the new members to identify priority projects and support their growth, attractiveness, and prosperity. The addition of these four municipalities also strengthens the AMBM’s influence, now representing 16 municipalities dedicated to bilingualism.

Normandeau highlighted the pivotal role of the 3M in this expansion.

“The 3M is the perfect tool for AMBM member municipalities to self-assess, set concrete targets, and measure their progress and investment in official languages,” he explained. “Ultimately, the 3M completes the continuum of government services in both official languages in Manitoba.”

Looking ahead, the AMBM plans to support municipalities in assessing their progress on the 3M and setting future targets, starting in the fall of 2024. This initiative is supported by the Manitoba government’s Department of Municipal and Northern Relations, which recognizes the 3M’s potential to strengthen the municipal-provincial partnership.

ated… a nice location along the Trans Canada Highway in the center of Canada,” emphasized Pelletier. “We have some great agriculture land and great potential for commercial and industrial development. We hired a consultant that’s going to work with CDEM to recommend locations, and as a council, we

will make land available for new businesses, and promote our municipality to prospective businesses.”

As for Eco-West, Pelletier is looking forward to working with them whether it involves promoting programs where they can help with residential or commercial energy efficiency, an electric vehicle program or assisting in developing public transportation.

“We need to spend less time on the road, more time with friends and family, bring our work closer, and maintain local education and healthcare,” shared Pelletier on his vision for the rural municipality.

RM of Ste. Anne Council with Reeve Richard Pelletier (centre left) and former Reeve Lee Guetre (centre right) formalizing the passing of a historic bylaw in which the Municipality joins the Association of Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (AMBM). Going beyond the cultural significance, Pelletier believes this recent decision will, more importantly, open up vast economic opportunities for the municipality.
Photo by Dan Guetre

Sprague RCMP Urges Community to Combat Littering in RM of Piney Mitchell Elementary School Introduces Traffic Safety Plan

The Sprague RCMP detachment is calling on residents to help address the ongoing issue of littering within the RM of Piney. Cst. Mitchell Butler of the Sprague RCMP released a statement highlighting the problem and encouraging community action.

“Here at the RCMP detachment, we want to raise awareness to the public about littering that has been occurring in the municipality. There have been reports to the RM of Piney about individuals not disposing of their waste properly,” said Cst. Butler. “If it is reported or witnessed that someone is littering, there are hefty fines that can occur for such behaviour. The severity of the littering determines how high the fines are.”

Cst. Butler emphasized the importance of community involvement in maintaining the cleanliness and health of the RM.

“I want to make sure that everyone in the community is working together to keep the RM clean and healthy. Littering has been occurring on crown land as well as along roadways,” he explained.

Residents are urged to remain vigilant and report any instances of littering they observe.

“As a member of the RM, keep an eye out for such actions and you can report them. Make sure to gather as many details as you can. Hopefully, together we can help reduce the amount this is happening,” Cst. Butler added.

For more information on transfer site locations and times, residents are encouraged to visit the RM of Piney website.

Mitchell Elementary School is gearing up to tackle longstanding traffic concerns with a proactive new plan set to roll out this September. Tim Fehr, spokesperson for the Mitchell Local Urban Development (LUD) Committee, outlined the initiative aimed at enhancing child safety during peak drop-off and pick-up times.

“The safety of our children is paramount,” said Fehr, explaining the urgency of addressing the current traffic challenges on Willow Street. “The existing two-way traffic setup poses significant risks as parents manoeuvre through the area to drop off or collect their children.”

Fehr detailed the proposed solution, which involves converting Wil-

low Street into a one-way street during school hours. This change will enable parking on both sides of Willow Street, all moving in the same direction. The committee believes this adjustment will not only streamline traffic flow but also create a safer environment for children crossing the street.

“We anticipate this will provide a more predictable and controlled situation,” Fehr said optimistically. The plan is scheduled to be implemented by the beginning of the upcoming school year, marking a significant step towards improving overall safety in the vicinity.

While acknowledging that all residents of Mitchell will be affected to some extent, Fehr explained that families with school-going children will notice the

most substantial impact.

‘We urge all residents, whether directly affected or not, to take note of these upcoming changes,” he added.

To ensure transparency and address any concerns from the community, a representative will be present at the upcoming ‘Meet the Teacher’ event. This platform will allow residents to seek clarification and provide feedback on the new traffic management strategy.

As Mitchell Elementary School prepares to usher in these changes, the community eagerly anticipates a safer environment for its youngest members. With the support and cooperation of all residents, the vision of a secure and efficient traffic flow around the school premises looks set to become a reality.

Caisse Members Approve

Merger with Assiniboine and Westoba Credit Unions

Members of Caisse Financial Group recently voted in favour of a merger with both the Assiniboine and Westoba Credit Unions.

When all is said and done, the merger will create a uniquely Manitoban credit union that will be one of the largest credit unions in the Province and in the top 10 within Canada.

The Boards of Directors for all three cooperatives had recommended the merger to make them stronger and more sustainable. They need size and scale to meet member, employee, and community needs and wants now and into the future.

Members from both Assiniboine and Westoba also voted in favour of the proposal.

The merger was a fundamental change and required not less than two-thirds of the financial co-operative’s votes cast on the Special Resolution to be in favour, in order for the Special Resolution to pass. Online voting concluded on June 19 with each financial institution hosting a live on-

line video stream announcing the results to their respective members.

The resolution was passed with 89% of Assiniboine members, 84% of Caisse members, and 88% of Westoba members voting in favour.

The merger is expected to take place effective January 1, 2025, after obtaining all necessary approvals, and will rebrand to create the Assiniboine Credit Union / Caisse Assiniboine. This new credit union will have a combined 50 branches, 216,000 members, $9.6 billion in assets, and the widest geographic reach of any credit union in Manitoba.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Caisse members to get what they need and want while preserving French services,” said Caisse Board Chair, Réal Déquier.

“This merger makes us stronger and more sustainable, while honouring our Francophone roots. We are now in a better position to compete with larger credit unions, banks, fintechs, and other major financial services providers. We can also now provide our members competitive

rates, fees, and innovative products and services that only larger entities can offer,” he added.

Currently Caisse Financial Group has 35,000 members and over $2 Billion in assets. Historically, it was the first officially registered financial co-operative in Manitoba, established in St. Malo in 1937

Seine River School Division Starts Search for New Superintendent as Position Filled in the Interim

In a recent letter to parents, the Seine River School Division (SRSD) announced that they have hired someone to fill the Superintendent/CEO position temporarily while they start the search process for a permanent administrative leader.

Reg Klassen, who recently retired as Superintendent of the Frontier School Division after 15 years; will step into the SRSD position on August 19 and remain until the trustees complete a hiring process.

According to the letter issued to parents, Klassen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, Arts and Education as well as a Masters Degree in Educational Administration. He has over 30 years of education experience in Manitoba as a Classroom Teacher, Guidance Counsellor, Resource Teacher and School Administrator.

“[Klassen] is not interested in this position on a permanent basis,” noted Wendy Bloomfield, Chair of the Seine River School Division.

“Because of the timelines, and the potential that a new Superintendent from outside of SRSD would need to give notice (likely six months), the Board felt that it would be good for our system to have an Interim Superintendent managing things until a new person was in place.”

Bloomfield added that SRSD currently have two Assistant Superintendents, who may or may not be interested in applying and the Board felt that it was important to have someone who is not a poten-

Controversy Erupts as Steinbach Man Caught Dumping Cat Leads to Business Backlash

A recent incident involving the alleged dumping of a cat has sparked outrage and condemnation in the region, leading to severe repercussions for the individual and his associated business. According to reports from Craig Street Cats, an animal welfare organization, the incident unfolded on May 7, and has since ignited a firestorm of controversy.

Lynne Scott, spokesperson for Craig Street Cats, expressed deep concern over the incident and its implications.

“The report we received indicated

tions of posting this and decided that we should post and deal with any consequences that may follow,” the post read defiantly. “Let’s be very clear: there is no ‘his side’. This act is both illegal and cruel. End of story.”

Despite the widespread condemnation, attempts to reach the owner of the business, for comment were unsuccessful. The owner had removed all personal and business details from social media and could not be reached for an interview regarding the incident.

Lynne Scott further highlighted broader concerns regarding animal welfare practices in the region.

“Unfortunately, incidents like these are not isolated. We receive reports of cat dumping almost daily,” she lamented. “There is a pressing need for stronger provincial animal welfare laws and adequate funding for investigations into animal abuse complaints.”

The fallout from the incident has also touched upon broader issues within the community, including allegations of lax animal welfare standards in rural municipalities surrounding Steinbach.

“The entire area is noted as an animal welfare wasteland,” Scott criticized, pointing to concerns over licensing practices for commercial breeding operations.

In response to the incident and subsequent backlash, Scott emphasized the importance of accountability and ethical responsibility.

“We expect all members of our community, including businesses, to adhere to legal and moral standards when it comes to animal welfare,” she asserted.

tial candidate in the Superintendent position.

Similar to previous hires for the position, SRSD has brought in consultants.

“We have used consultants to hire the new Superintendent in SRSD since we hired Wendell Sparks back in the late 1980s,” explained Bloomfield.

Duties of the consultant will be to solicit input from various stakeholder groups as to the required/desired education, experience and attributes of the new Superintendent, she added.

Once this step is complete, the consultant will then assist the Board with the recruitment process, including drafting and distributing the posting, contacting some potential candidates, receiving inquiries and applications, assisting with screening, interviewing and reference checking.

“The Board is ultimately responsible for the selection of the new Superintendent, the consultant facilitates that process with the Board,” said Bloomfield. “The positing is in the works, but not yet finalized.”

In the meantime, once Klassen as-

sume the temporary role, Bloomfield explained “he will be key to staying on top of the deficit reduction plan as presented to the province and ensure we are following through.” If, during the course of his work in the Division, other ideas surface to assist with achieving these goals, Bloomfield is confident Klassen will bring them forward for the Board’s consideration.

As the controversy unfolds, community members continue to express their dismay and demand justice for the mistreated animal. The incident has reignited discussions on animal welfare laws and ethical responsibilities towards animals in Steinbach and its surrounding areas.

Editor’s note: We have blurred the vehicle logo and license and removed the business and owner’s name from the article.

The photo posted on social media.
Reg Klassen, who recently retired as Superintendent of the Frontier School Division after 15 years; will step into the SRSD position on August 19 and remain until the trustees complete a hiring process. Submitted photo

Summer Storms Can Bring Down Power Lines, Know What to Do

While exciting to watch, thunderstorms, intense wind and hail can wreak havoc on trees and power lines. Contact with a downed power line can be fatal. Discuss these life-saving tips with your family:

- A downed power line is dangerous and must be treated as an emergency. Report a downed line to 911 or to Manitoba Hydro at 204-480-5900 or 1888-MB-HYDRO (1-888-624-9376).

- Keep yourself and others at least 10 metres away from a downed power line (the length of a bus) and anything it may be touching. The ground, surrounding water or objects near a downed power line can also be energized.

- Never attempt to move a downed power line out of your way or remove branches or other debris from it. Doing so may result in serious injury or death.

If you are in a situation where a power line is touching your vehicle, follow these steps:

- Stay inside the vehicle as it may be dangerous to exit. The vehicle and ground may be energized.

- Back the vehicle away from contact with the line if it is safe to do so.

- Call 911 and warn others to stay 10 metres away.

If a fire or other immediate danger forces you to exit, do not simply step out of the vehicle as your body can make a path for electricity to the ground – resulting in electrocution.

Follow these steps:

- Open the door wide and stand on the edge of the vehicle.

- Hold your arms tightly at your sides.

- Jump without touching the vehicle and ground at the same time and land with your feet together.

- Don’t run! SHUFFLE (keep both feet touching) or HOP (keep both feet together) and continue moving in this way for a distance of at least 10 metres from the vehicle and the downed line.

- Do not return to the vehicle until Manitoba Hydro advises it’s safe. Visit hydro.mb.ca/safety for more information.

Ste. Agathe Bridge Construction to Begin

The Manitoba Government announced that construction will begin on the Louis Riel Bridge in Ste. Agathe on PR 305 this summer. The construction period will occur in three stages and will span approximately two and a half years, subject to contractors’ final scheduling.

For Stage 1 the focus will be on substructure construction in summer 2024 with minimal to

no impact on traffic as construction occurs under the bridge. Stage 2 will affect the eastbound lane of bridge rehabilitation from fall 2024 to fall 2025. Stage 3 will see construction move to the westbound lane of bridge from fall 2025 to fall 2026.

The bridge will remain open during construction with a single lane controlled by signal lights at each end of the bridge (east-

bound and westbound). Pembina Trail will be closed at PR 305 during Stages 2 and 3 of construction except vehicles travelling eastbound on PR 305 will be permitted to turn right onto Pembina Trail. Pembina Trail is anticipated to close in October 2024 at the start of Stage 2 construction and will remain closed for the duration of the construction period.

Species at Risk Spotlight: Small White Lady’s-slipper

The summer months in the tall-grass prairie are when this endangered ecosystem is at its best. It seems every few days a new species of wildflower comes into bloom, and native grasses such as big blue stem and prairie cord grass grow taller and taller each day.

This is why I recommend that folks visit often during this time; there is so much to discover! During some of the first visits of the season, I have noticed that there is a family of orchids that everyone from grandchildren to grandparents excitedly points out when they first see them: “lady’s-slipper!” Such a uniquelooking flower is hard to ignore. A species at risk, the small white lady’s-slipper, is part of that eye catching family.

Small white lady’s-slipper is a perennial orchid that grows 10–35 cm tall. The slipper-shaped flower, which blooms from May through June, is white in colour with light purple veins. A single plant can have between 3 and 60 stems, with each stem surrounded by 2-4 leaves and a single, sometimes double, flower. Hybridization with yellow lady’s-slipper may occur, making identification challenging.

The unique shape of the flower is what catches the eyes of admirers of this species, but onlookers

may not realize just how special the orchid is. The shape has adapted to act as a temporary trap for visiting pollinators, ensuring that they move past reproductive parts and promoting cross-pollination when visiting another small white lady’s-slipper. Researchers have witnessed a pollinator take over 15 minutes to find its way out of the flower. What’s harsh is that this pollinator did not even get the reward of nectar from the flower. Small white lady’s-slipper are considered false pollinators and do not give out these rewards. This is a form of deceptive pollination where the flowers falsely advertise a reward to trick the pollinators into paying a visit. A final noteworthy fact about small white lady’s-slipper is that they may take as much as 16 years to bloom! The complexities of this species at risk are incredible.

Small white lady’s-slipper grow in soil that is moist and rich in calcium. They are generally found in open areas that are impacted by natural disturbances such as wildfires and light grazing. When these disturbances do not occur, the small white lady’s-slipper can be negatively affected by woody plant encroachment. Approximately 80% of the known grow sites for small white lady’s-slipper in Manitoba occur near roadways; therefore, the activities in-

volved in maintaining these areas may pose a risk for the species. Unfortunately, growing near roadways also allows for easier access for illegal harvesting. The admiration of lady’s-slipper makes it a common target for folks who want to add it to their backyard flowerbed. What might not be known is that the lady’sslipper requires a specific soil fungus to germinate, so when moved, an imbalance in soil composition would ultimately spell doom for the orchid.

These unique orchids depend on wild areas like the tall-grass prairie as their last stronghold. In Manitoba, we are fortunate to share a home with many amazing species, and the small white lady’s-slipper is one that I hope we’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.

Adventures with Nature Norm

A great feature of visiting the tall-grass prairie as an orchid enthusiast is that from May to September, there is always an orchid species in bloom. Although the small white lady’s-slipper season is coming to an end, by joining the July 6th edition of Adventures with Nature Norm, you’ll be able to see western prairie fringed orchids in full bloom! These orchids are found nowhere else in Canada! For more information on this event or any orchid-related questions, please reach out to info@ sharedlegacymb.ca.

Photo by Nature Conservancy Canada
Small white lady’s-slipper is a perennial orchid that grows 10–35 cm tall. The slipper-shaped flower, which blooms from May through June, is white in colour with light purple veins. A single plant can have between 3 and 60 stems, with each stem surrounded by 2-4 leaves and a single, sometimes double, flower.

Wildlife Haven Appeals for Support to Save Endangered Red-Headed Woodpecker and Others Like It

Wildlife Haven has issued an urgent call for donations through its recent email campaign, highlighting the critical situation of an endangered Red-Headed Woodpecker currently under their care.

Zoey Nakata, Executive Director of Wildlife Haven, provided an in-depth look at the medical journey and efforts needed to save this bird, emphasizing the organization’s ongoing need for financial support.

“We have an endangered Red-Headed Woodpecker who is in serious trouble and needs our help right away. This beautiful bird has a broken wing and bite wounds. She needs surgery and medication immediately to survive,” Nakata explained.

The woodpecker’s plight is a stark reminder of the broader challenges faced by wildlife due to habitat destruction and human activities.

“Here’s what’s happening: so many wild animals are getting hurt due to severe damage to their natural habitats and human disturbances. Over 200 patients per week

need care at the Wildlife Haven Veterinary Hospital,” Nakata stated.

Detailing the woodpecker’s condition, Nakata shared the dire state in which the bird was found.

“The Red-Headed Woodpecker was found on the ground, weak, covered in bugs, dirty, and unable to fly.

The rescuer told us she was attacked by a cat. She urgently needs the expert care of our medical team so that she can have a second chance at life,” said Nakata.

Upon arrival at the Wildlife Haven Veterinary Hospital, the woodpecker received immediate attention.

“We knew the situation was urgent as soon as this patient came to our doors. Our team immediately worked to stabilize her, remove the insects and dirt from her skin and feathers, clean her bite wounds, and begin to diagnose what was causing her so much pain. An X-ray identified two broken bones in her right wing. Despite her injuries and state of suffering, the patient was feisty and fighting for her life. It was a good sign

and gave us hope,” Nakata recounted.

The first 48 hours were crucial for the bird’s survival.

“During her first two days in care, our team focused on getting her stable and controlling her pain. She received antibiotics, pain control medication, antiinflammatory medication, and specialized nutrition.

On day three, she was doing better and ready for the next step in her treatment – surgery,” Nakata said.

Dr. Daniela, the organization’s veterinarian, performed a critical surgery to repair the woodpecker’s wing.

“Our veterinarian, Dr. Daniela, performed the first surgery to repair her wing. To stabilize the fracture, a pin was inserted in one of the broken bones. This will encourage the bone to heal in the correct position and help her fly again. The surgery was successful, and we are preparing the care plan for the next steps in her recovery,” Nakata detailed.

Is it Time for a Trim?

Trees add beauty, shade and value to our homes but it’s important for homeowners to keep their trees from growing too close to power lines and other electrical equipment.

Here’s why:

- Tree branches that come down during storms or high winds can bring energized power lines down with them, creating a severe safety hazard.

- Fires, power outages, and risk of severe shock by touching a tree can also result from trees growing into power lines.

Before trimming or removing a tree:

- Check the area for power

lines. Keep yourself, your equipment and all parts of the tree at least 3 metres away from the power line.

- If you have a tree in your yard that is touching a power line, don’t attempt to prune or remove it yourself. Trees are conductors of electricity and a shock could be fatal.

- Contact a qualified arborist to trim trees near power lines. They use specialized tools and bucket trucks that do not conduct electricity. Contact us for a temporary electricity disconnect before trimming takes place.

If a tree on public property leans close to overhead lines, trimming or removing the

tree is the responsibility of the city, town, or municipality. See Tree Trimming at hydro.mb.ca for full information.

Before planting a tree or shrub:

Tree trimming safety should begin during the planning stages of your landscaping. Before you plant, look up. If it appears that your tree will eventually grow into or touch an overhead power line, find a location that will not cause problems in the future. See Right Tree, Right Place at hydro.mb.ca to help choose the right plants and make good long-term landscaping decisions.


If you see a tree that is too close to a power line, report it to Manitoba Hydro at 204-480-5900 or 1-888MB-HYDRO (1-888-6249376). Visit hydro.mb.ca/ safety for more info. Call 911 if a tree is touching or leaning over overhead lines or hydro pole,

- smoking, sparking, or

- making a loud zapping or popping noises

Stay at least 10 metres away. Do not trim the tree or move any power lines.

The road to recovery for the woodpecker includes ongoing physiotherapy, medications, and additional surgeries.

“This endangered Red-Headed Woodpecker requires physiotherapy three times per week, medications to prevent swelling and infection, and checkup x-rays. This week, she will need more surgery to remove the pin and further repair the wing. Later, she’ll need flight training and a specialized diet

throughout her stay here. Dr. Daniela is hopeful for a full recovery, with a possible release in about 8-10 weeks,” Nakata explained. Nakata also highlighted the financial burden of wildlife care. “Each day in the wildlife hospital costs over $50 per patient. She’s been with us for 18 days already. RedHeaded Woodpeckers are very special because there aren’t many of them left. They

are listed as threatened on the Manitoba Endangered Species Act, which means they could disappear forever if we don’t act quickly,” she urged. Wildlife Haven is appealing to the community for donations to support the care and recovery of the Red-Headed Woodpecker and other wildlife patients. Every contribution helps ensure these animals receive the treatment they need to survive and thrive.

Wildlife Haven is appealing to the community for donations to support the care and recovery of the Red-Headed Woodpecker and other wildlife patients. Every contribution helps ensure these animals receive the treatment they need to survive and thrive. Photo Wildlife Haven / Facebook
a qualified arborist to trim trees near power lines. They use specialized tools and bucket trucks that do not conduct electricity. File photo

Otterburne Curling Club Undergoes Major Renovations to Enhance Comfort and Energy Efficiency

The Otterburne Curling Club has recently completed significant renovations to improve its energy efficiency and comfort for players, thanks to a successful collaboration among local organizations and community efforts.

Martha Petrusevich, a dedicated fundraiser and project coordinator from the RM of De Salaberry, spearheaded the initiative alongside Albert Poirier, a board member of the curling club. Their diligent efforts to secure funding bore fruit with a substantial $106,000 grant from the Arts, Culture, and Recreation Grant program. Additional financial support included $17,144 from Efficiency Manitoba, $20,000 from Village Connection, a thrift store located in St. PierreJolys, and $31,000 from the RM of De Salaberry. The community also demonstrated its unwavering support, raising $31,000 through various fundraising activities and donations.

The primary focus of the renovation was to address the inadequacy of the existing insulation. Previously, the club’s insulation was rated at R5, which proved insufficient in maintaining a comfortable temperature. This not only resulted

in an uncomfortably cold environment for players but also led to high heating costs.

The newly installed spray-on insulation boasts an impressive R24 rating. This significant upgrade not only reduces the cost of heating the building but also ensures a much more comfortable environment for all who use the facility. The improvements have already made a noticeable difference, with the

curling rink now being warmer and more inviting.

“The old insulation made it challenging for us to maintain a comfortable temperature in the club, which was a major deterrent for both players and event organizers,” said Poirier. “With the new insulation, we are excited to offer a more pleasant experience that will encourage greater participation and increase rentals of our facility.”

The renovations at the Otterburne Curling Club are expected to have a lasting positive impact on the local community. Not only do they enhance the user experience, but they also align with broader energy efficiency goals, reflecting a commitment to sustainability.

“The improved insulation means we can now host events without worrying about excessive heating costs or discomfort,” added Poirier.

“It’s a win-win for our community, both in terms of financial savings and the overall enjoyment of our facilities.”

The Otterburne Curling Club’s revitalization project stands as a testament to the power of community collaboration and the positive outcomes that can be achieved through dedicated efforts and strategic funding. With its enhanced facilities, the club is poised to become a hub of activity, fostering a love for curling and community spirit for years to come.

According to Petrusevich, a special thank you is extended to all the volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to make this project a reality. She noted that over 380 volunteer hours were contributed, with notable contributions from local electrician Jeremy Poirier, who volunteered his expertise for the electrical work. Other local volunteers included Albert Poirier, Justin Poirier, Miguel Poirier, Pat Morin, and Leo Deval. Their hard work and dedication were instrumental in the successful completion of the renovations, exemplifying the community’s strong spirit and commitment to supporting local initiatives.

The Otterburne Curling Club’s revitalization project stands as a testament to the power of community collaboration and the positive outcomes that can be achieved through dedicated efforts and strategic funding. Submitted photos
The primary focus of the renovation was to address the inadequacy of the existing insulation.
“With the new insulation, we are excited to offer a more pleasant experience that will encourage greater participation and increase rentals of our facility.” said Albert Poirier, a board member of the curling club
A special thank you is extended to all the volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to make this project a reality. Over 380 volunteer hours were contributed,

Another Challenging Tournament for Aethos Taekwondo

This was held at Lavallee School in Winnipeg and was hosted by the Ultimate Taekwondo Super Series (UTSS). The tournament featured three events - sparring, pat-

terns, and board breaking with sixteen Taekwondo clubs participating and presenting 160 competitors. Coaches for Aethos Taekwondo were Charlie Tardiff, Edric Comia, and David Lemoing who were a busy crew for the sixteen Aethos students participating in the sparring event.

The forty-two Aethos competitors did themselves and their instructors proud for their classy performances and respectful conduct at the tournament.

These young people brought home forty-five medals which illustrates the hard work they put into their training for the competition. Fourteen Gold, fourteen Silver, and seventeen Bronze medals were won overall.

Many competitors from the various clubs felt that this was a tough tournament as winning a medal was not an easy accomplishment. That observation is explained by the large number of competitors that necessitated divisions of five and six competitors which were the most common at 52%.

Of note were the accomplishments of nine competitors who managed to win a medal in all three events they competed in. Consequently, they were recognized in a special post titled Star Performances on the UTSS facebook page. Amazingly, five of those are members of Aethos Taekwondo: Anna Diadiun, Antony Bobrowski, Corbin Woodhall, Rhames Martin, and Devon Nichol.

Back row: Jocelyn Kropodra, Ana Bivol, Rynn Todd, Rhames Martin, Antony Bobrowski, Anna Diadiun, Camryn Redhead. Seated: Master Elisabeth Fust, Master Lionel Bernier. Second row: Angelina Bobrowski, Cosette Karasevich, Vivaan Thakur, Felicity Mousseau, Owen Cortez. Front row: Yakiv Sydoriakin, Julian Bye, Frederik Kehoe, Reese Paul, Devon Nichol.
Charlie Tardiff, Master Lionel Bernier, Melody Tardiff, David Lemoing, Kolton Caron. Second row: Finley Chislett-Funk (at far left) and Conner Caron-Chaput (at far right). Front row: Colton Neufeld, Bodhi Johnson, Aubree Woodhall, Shaniah Alger, Tyler Caron, Alice Leclair, Corbin Woodhall.
Photo by Nicki Woodhall
Photo by Gaiden Bernier
The Lorette and Ste. Anne branches of Aethos Taekwondo once again took to the mats on June 1 at the 13th annual Community Challenge Invitational Taekwondo Tournament.

Celebrating Over 25 Years of Service to Our Communities!

How to Ditch Fast Fashion and Start Loving Your Clothes

Back in university, I took a random fashion history course (which turned out to be about a lot more than just fashion). There, I learnt about fast fashion: the modern phenomenon where clothing is produced quickly and cheaply to keep up with the great demand. Most of our clothes are products of ‘fast fashion’. Here are some quick facts:

- About 85% of textile ends up in landfills every year, and washing artificial fibres releases the equivalent of 50 billion plastic bottles into the environment each year (Earth.org)

- Fast fashion is a human rights violation because it depends on cheap labour and toxic, unsafe working conditions.

- Much of second-hand fast fashion clothing gets shipped back to the countries of origin and discarded because of its poor quality, polluting landfills in those countries, and creating an overflow of unwanted textiles (Boston University of Public Health).

When COVID-19 hit, I made a commitment to combat fast fashion by making whatever clothing I could and buying second hand. This commitment has led me down a relaxed, inspired, and creative journey that I want to share with you. Get ready to start loving your clothes!

Step 1: Buy Second Hand

In attempt to keep second hand clothes from clogging landfills in other countries, I like to shop second hand. You can often find very good brands at extremely good prices. Facebook Marketplace – if you keep your eyes open, you can find expensive brand names for up to 50% off the regular price! If you know which brand and size you’re looking for, using FB Marketplace could work for you. I’ve found Sorel winter boots and beautiful Hudson’s Bay parkas on Marketplace. Remember, these are individual sellers selling USED clothes.

Styles Encore & Plato’s Closet in Winnipeg, MB – Styles Encore buys used clothing and resells it for up to 75% off the regular price. I find awesome brands there like Banana Republic, Gap, Anthropologie, and Silver. It’s my go-to for work wear.

Local thrift stores and Value Village– find one you like and frequent it often so you don’t miss the styles and sizes that suit you. Thrifting can actually make shopping fun because you find little surprises everywhere!

Step 2: Be Selective

Do we really need that many clothes? I prefer to have fewer clothes that I really LOVE than a lot of clothes I’m reluctant to wear. When you have to shop, ask yourself the following questions:

Will I wear this in more than one situation? Is it comfortable and the perfect fit? Is it made of natural fibre? Natural fibre is biodegradable, skin compatible, and less toxic. It can be composted at the end of its life without causing harm. Additionally, some natural fibre can even be found locally. Even though buying wool, hemp, or organic cotton can be more expensive, I find less is more. I also figure I can afford to ‘donate’ some money towards the pollution crisis in India by NOT buying polyester clothes. I usually try to answer ‘Yes’ to at least 2 of these questions before buying it (even if it’s cheap!).

Step 3: Mend & Replace YouTube can teach you how to replace a zipper in that new winter jacket, sew underwear, and help you repair a hole in your cashmere sweater. You can also find a local seamstress or tailor who can help you with this. Once you are more selective in your shopping habits, you’ll actually WANT to mend your clothes because you love them so much. I hope this helps!

For more information on local fibre, check out pembinafibreshed. com or visit the local food initiative blog localfoodinitiative.ca. Brought to you by the Stuartburn EmersonFranklin Local Food Initiative, localfoodinitiative.ca.

3 Timeless Looks for Women This Summer

Whether you enjoy sporting the latest fashions or couldn’t care less about them, many women still worry about wearing something age-appropriate. While it may be tempting for some to keep up with trends to avoid looking out of touch, it’s not always great for our wallets or the environment. Here are three wardrobe staples you can continue to wear for years to come, no matter your age or stage of life.

The perfect denim jacket

The humble jean jacket is the perfect way to dress down your favourite all-purpose dress or make workwear separates look less stuffy – and the principle holds whether you’re 16 or 60. It’s perfect for transitional weather as the seasons change.

Find one that suits your shape and you’ll be reaching for it whenever you need another layer in the spring, summer and fall.

Simple sneakers

Sneakers are the best of both worlds in terms of style and comfort. You can run around town or chase after children or stroll through the office in them in your younger years. But you can also keep walking confidently in sneakers years after you give up on uncomfortable heels and unsupportive flats. They provide the proper cushioning you need at any age, but even more so in your golden years. You can’t go wrong with a pair in white, which goes with everything. Although, branching out with an eye-catching colour can add just the right amount of fun to any outfit.

The little black…bathing suit

We all know the little black dress is a wardrobe must-have, but another staple to have in black is the swimsuit. Whatever your age or your lifestyle, you’ll need a swimsuit at some point. And while swimwear is a great area to experiment with wild patterns, cuts and colours, just like a black dress or sweater, a black bathing suit will always look current and appropriate, whether you favour a high-neck one-piece like La Vie en Rose’s crossfront style or a cheeky bikini. Find more tips and tricks for finding the right swimwear for you at lavieenrose.com/en/swimwear/black-swimwear. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

Whether you enjoy sporting the latest fashions or couldn’t care less about them, many women still worry about wearing something ageappropriate. Photo courtesy of www.newscanada.com

Fast fashion: the modern phenomenon where clothing is produced quickly and cheaply to keep up with the great demand.
Natural fibre is biodegradable, skin compatible, and less toxic. It can be composted at the end of its life without causing harm. Submitted photos

Canadian Dental Care Plan – Disability or Children Now Qualify

Last December 2023, the federal government announced the introduction of the new Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP). The Plan will help make the cost of dental care more affordable for eligible Canadian residents. About 9 million Canadians do not have access to dental care coverage. They have no access to dental insurance through their work, a pension plan, or a private plan.

The CDCP will provide coverage for those without access to dental insurance and who have a family income of under $90,000.

The application process started in December 2023, beginning with the oldest of seniors and now all seniors 65 and older can apply if you haven’t already.

And the application process recently opened to families with children under 18 and those who have a valid Disability Tax Credit Certificate.

You can currently apply through Service Canada if you are:

- 65 or older;

- 18 to 64 and have a valid Disability Tax Credit Certificate; - Family with children under age 18; - 16 or 17 and live independently from your parents.

You must have filed your 2023 tax return and have received your 2023 Notice of Assessment.

Disability Tax Credit

Starting June 27, 2024, all adults 18 to 65 with a valid Disability Tax Credit Certificate can now apply. Check your Disability Tax Credit status. Is it indefinite and you do not need to re-apply Or is there an expiry date? If it expired 2023 or earlier and you believe you still qualify, make sure you get a new Disability Tax Credit Certificate completed by your doctor and submitted to CRA.

Applying on behalf of your child

Also starting this year on June 27, families with children under the age of 18 can apply. You can apply on behalf of your child if you are the parent or legal guardian of the child and the child is under 18 years old.

If you have shared custody of a child, do not submit multiple applications for a single child. Only one parent should apply per child. If you have a shared custody agreement for the child, eligibility for the plan and the amount covered is based on the parent or legal guardian that applies to the Plan. The child’s eligibility and amount covered may change if another parent or legal guardian applies for that child.

You Do NOT have access to any type of dental insurance

You are only eligible for the CDCP if you do not have access to any type of dental insurance or coverage through:

- Your employment benefits or a family member’s employment benefits, including health and wellness accounts;

- Your pension benefits or a family member’s pension benefits this includes federal, provincial and territorial government employer pension plans;

- A professional or student organization (chamber of commerce or university); coverage purchased by you or a family member or through a group plan from an insurance or benefits company;

- If you purchased your current dental insurance policy privately, you’re not eligible for the CDCP while that coverage is in effect. Exception: You may be eligible for the CDCP if you’re retired and you opted out of pension benefits before December 11, 2023, and you can’t opt back in under the pension rules.

The tax slips issued by your employer or pension payer now indicate if you have access to a health plan or not.

Dental coverage through government social programs

If you have dental coverage through a provincial, territorial, or federal government social program, you can still qualify for the CDCP. If you qualify, your coverage will be coordinated between the plans to make sure there is no duplication or gaps in coverage.

Apply online or by phone

You’ll need to provide all of the following information about yourself and your spouse or commonlaw partner (if you have one) and your child’s (if applicable): Social Insurance Number (SIN), date of birth, full name(s), and home and mailing address. You and your spouse or common-law partner (if applicable) must have filed your tax return for 2023 and have received your Notice of Assessment.

You are encouraged to apply online. If you can’t apply online, you may apply by phone 1-833-5374342.

Applying with the help of someone you trust

You can ask a trusted person to help you apply online or by phone. This could be a: friend, relative, caregiver, translator, or interpreter, or friendly tax professional!

If you apply by phone, you must be able to give clear consent that you agree to let them help you.

The applicant will immediately be notified whether they have been successful in applying and are eligible. They will also receive a letter confirming this information.

Dental coverage through government social programs

If you have dental coverage through a provincial, territorial, or federal government social program, you can still qualify for the CDCP. If you meet all the eligibility criteria, your coverage will be coordinated between the plans to ensure there are no duplication or gaps in coverage.

Sun Life is the Provider

Once an individual is determined to be eligible, Service Canada will share the applicant’s information with Sun Life, who will enrol eligible applicants in the CDCP and will send them a welcome package, including information on the CDCP, coverage details, their member card, and the start date of their coverage. What is covered?

The plan will cover services by dentists and dental hygienists, as well as specialists including oral surgeons and periodontists. Examples of services that will be covered include cleaning, polishing, sealants and fluoride; examinations and x-rays; fillings and root canals; prosthodontic services such as complete and partial removable dentures; deep scaling and extractions.

When booking an appointment with an oral health provider, ask if they have enrolled in the CDCP.


Exactly how much will be paid?

Only a percentage of eligible expenses will be paid at the established CDCP fee rates. This will depend on the family income as follows:

- No co-payment for those with family income under $70,000; the plan will cover 100% of the expenses (up to the maximum CDCP fee rates);

- A 40% co-payment for those with family income between $70,000 and $79,999;

- A 60% co-payment for those with family income between $80,000 and $89,999.

Fee Schedule

The CDCP will only pay for oral health care services covered within the plan at the established CDCP fees. These fees are not the same as the provincial and territorial oral health associations suggested fee guides that providers often use to charge for oral health services. People covered

under the CDCP may have to pay any additional charges directly to the oral health provider.

When booking your appointment, ask the oral health provider if your bill will be higher than the established CDCP fee so you know what your actual out of pocket costs may be.

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 (phone or text!) or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or info@sataxes.ca.

Woodridge Quad Adventures Launches with Exciting Opportunities for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts in Manitoba have a thrilling new option on their doorstep as Woodridge Quad Adventures officially opens its doors in the next few weeks. Offering a range of exhilarating quad biking experiences amidst the picturesque Sandilands Provincial Forest, the venture aims to cater to riders of all skill levels.

“We are thrilled to announce the launch of Woodridge Quad Adventures,” exclaimed Steve Hutchinson, co-founder and enthusiast behind the venture. “Our goal is to provide unforgettable quad biking experiences that showcase the natural beauty and excitement of the trails here in Woodridge and beyond.”

Based in Woodridge, at the heart of the Sandilands Provincial Forest, Woodridge Quad Adventures promises a variety of packages tailored to different levels of expertise.

“From our beginner-friendly Squirrel package to the more challenging Bear package for advanced riders, there’s something here for everyone,” Hutchinson explained. Hutchinson, who developed a passion for quad biking since his teenage years, emphasized the quality and safety of their fleet.

“We’ve invested in primarily new Yamaha quads, including an Outlander model that accommodates two riders,” he said. “Our plans include doubling our fleet to meet growing demand.”

Looking ahead, Hutchinson and his team envision expanding their

combining the thrill of quad biking with the tranquility of Manitoba’s lakeside retreats,” he shared.

Safety is paramount at Woodridge Quad Adventures, with each tour led by guides equipped with CPR certification. Hutchinson, a seasoned firefighter and member of the Woodridge Fire Department, brings over a decade of experience in emergency response and small engine repair to the table.

“We are also excited about our partnerships with local businesses like Woodridge Campground and Woodridge Lodge,” added Susan Hryniewiecki, co-founder of Woodridge Quad Adventures. “Our grand opening package includes a 2 1/2-hour quad tour followed by an overnight stay at Woodridge Campground, with options for upgraded experiences at Woodridge Lodge.”

Hryniewiecki highlighted the versatility of their offerings, catering not only to individual adventurers but also to corporate groups seeking team-building experiences or unique retreats.

“We’re offering a complementary quad tour to any business interested in promoting or incentivizing their teams,” she announced.

As Woodridge Quad Adventures embarks on its maiden journey, both Hutchinson and Hryniewiecki are enthusiastic about the future.

“We’re at the beginning stages of something special here,” Hutchinson remarked. “We can’t wait to see how our vision grows and evolves as we introduce more riders to the thrill of quad biking in Manitoba.”

RCMP Underwater Recovery Team Wants You to Put Them Out of a Job


or PFD as appropriate. Avoid obstacles. Don’t swim alone. Stay away from fast-moving water. Always swim sober. Submitted photo RCMP

or into the dam. Even de-commissioned dams or bridge structures can be dangerous due to hazards that accumulate underwater by these structures that can entangle a swimmer.

For more information on Woodridge Quad Adventures and booking inquiries, interested parties can contact Steve at 204-7955619 or Susan at 204-381-8655.

The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) was in Lac du Bonnet on June 27 to bring awareness to some of the causes of drowning. URT has been called out to four drownings already in 2024, and if previous years tell us anything it is that they can expect to be called out to more.

“When my team arrives on scene, it is not typically in a rescue capacity,” said Corporal Kathryn Ternier, Head of the RCMP URT. “We are coming to recover someone from the water. I am asking you, the public, to put me out of a job recovering drowning victims.”

While URT also dives to assist other RCMP units in locating items underwater that are related to an investigation, it is the grim task of recovering drowning victims that keeps URT busy.

“We talk a lot about life jackets and personal floatation devices,” said Corporal Ternier, “and they are so crucial to water safety. However, we also need to be talking about what happens that lands people in the water or makes them unable to survive in the water once they are in there.”

Regardless of how strong a swimmer one feels they are, there are obstacles in the water that can affect anybody’s ability to stay afloat. Dams can be very dangerous. They create powerful currents and turbulence that can pull swimmers underwater

Fast-moving water is another concern. Many people like to hike by rapids or camp close to fastmoving water, but this is not always a good idea when children are involved.

“We have seen family hikes turn deadly because they decided to hike near swift-moving water and a child slipped and went in the water,” said Corporal Ternier. “Always keep a safe distance from the water if you are not wearing a lifejacket or PFD. Three metres to 10 feet is a good rule,” she added.

The beach is another place things can go wrong quickly. “We have seen instances where parents look away from their child for an instant at the beach, as short a time as putting the camera down, and trag-

edy has struck,” said Corporal Ternier.

“One of the keys to being safe in, on or around the water is being prepared. That means knowing what the weather will be like, having the right equipment such as a lifejacket, and being ready to enter the water even if you have no plans on going into the water,” said Stacey Grocholski, Executive Director of Lifesaving Society Manitoba. “It is also imperative that children are always supervised. Manitoba is among the provinces with the highest number of drowning deaths per capita of children 5 and under.”

Corporal Ternier emphasizes that she does not want people to be fearful of the water, but to respect it.

Practice vigilance – know the body of water you are swimming in, and if you are unfamiliar, ensure you are wearing a lifejacket or PFD as appropriate. Avoid obstacles. Don’t swim alone. Stay away from fast-moving water. Always swim sober.

“Water is very unforgiving,” Corporal Ternier said. “One slip of your foot and you could be fighting for your life.”

Corporal Ternier emphasizes that she does not want people to be fearful of the water, but to respect
Practice vigilance – know the body of water you are swimming in, and if you are unfamiliar, ensure you are wearing a lifejacket
Based in Woodridge, at the heart of the Sandilands Provincial Forest, Woodridge Quad Adventures promises a variety of packages tailored to different levels of expertise. Submitted photo

Celebrating Over 25 Years of

5 Ways to Support Backyard Pollinators

The TurfMutt Foundation reminds everyone about the important role backyards and community green spaces play for these small but mighty backyard critters and their pollinating powers. Pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we take, according to the Pollinator Partnership.

“Our cities and neighbourhoods have disrupted the natural ecosystem pathways that pollinators rely upon, but our backyards and community parks can help by providing these important creatures a vital link to habitat and food,” said Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the TurfMutt Foundation. “We encourage every homeowner and community to plant flowering plants and shrubs, in addition to trees and grass, in their managed landscapes.”

Here are 5 ways homeowners can support pollinators in their own backyard:

1. Remember Right Plant, Right Place - Select flowering plants that thrive in your yard’s conditions, taking into consideration things like climate zone, soil type, the sun/shade ratio and average rainfall. If a plant has evolved to thrive in your microclimate, it’s a good bet the pollinators in your community will prefer it, too.

2. Have a Balanced LandscapePlant a healthy balance of real grasses, garden flowers, shrubs and trees that bloom at different times of the year. Different coloured plants that have their own smell and grow to various heights will attract different types of pollinator species. By keeping this in mind and planting accordingly, you can provide year-round pollinator support.

3. Create a “Target” - Plant in clusters to make plants an easy target for pollinators to find. This will also increase pollination efficiency. It’s easier, faster and less wasteful for

pollinators to work on a single plant species in one central area versus having to seek our individual plants.

4. Right-Size Your Effort - Remember, the size of your yard doesn’t matter. Pollinator pit stops can be created anywhere from urban condominium balconies and small home yards, to large estate lots and farms. Creativity is all that is needed. Window planters, patio containers, raised garden boxes, and even hanging planters can all offer nectar to pollinators. If you have no outdoor space to call your own, consider volunteering for a local pollinator organization, at a local park or community garden.

5. Remember the “Extras” - Pollinators are hard-working and they need clean water and a place to rest. Backyard water sources can be in the form of a water feature or birdbath. You can even set out a shallow water container filled with rocks for pollinator perching.

Know the Warning Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke

The hot summer heat is here, and with it comes the risk for heat-related illnesses. Heat-related illnesses can range from mild conditions like heat cramps and rashes to moderate illnesses like heat exhaustion, and more severe outcomes like heatstroke. As the body gets hotter, conditions can quickly get worse.

Being proactive to mitigate the risk of all heat-related illnesses is important. Also critical is to watch for the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion because it can lead to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition.

Heat exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to overheating. It can be caused by being exposed to high temperatures, particularly when there is also high humidity, or as a result of intense physical activity. Although it can present differently for different people, there are common signs and symptoms to watch for.

Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion:

High body temperature

Confusion and lack of coordination

Skin rash

Muscle cramps

Dizziness or fainting

Nausea or vomiting

Heavy sweating


Rapid breathing and heartbeat

Extreme thirst

Dark urine and decreased urination

If you or someone around you experiences any of these symptoms during extreme heat, immediately stop all activity, move to a cool place and hydrate - water is best. If symptoms get worse or don’t improve, seek medical assistance.


Heatstroke is the most serious form of heat-related illness. It occurs when the body can no longer control its own temperature. Heatstroke requires emergency treatment. If left untreated heatstroke can damage vital organs, with damage worsening the longer treatment is delayed, or can cause death.

Signs and symptoms of heatstroke:

High body temperature

Confusion and lack of coordination


Severe nausea and vomiting

No sweating

Very hot, red skin

Rapid breathing and heart rate

If you recognize these signs and symptoms in yourself or someone else, call 911 immediately and try to cool yourself or them down while help is on the way. Move the affected person to a cool place or shade, remove excess clothing, apply cold water to large areas of their skin and fan the person as much as possible. Do not leave the person alone until medical assistance has arrived.

Learn more about heat-related illnesses at canada.ca/health. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

Pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we take, according to the Pollinator Partnership.


Country Truckin’ Concert Fundraiser – Friday, July 26 from 5 – 11 pm on 100 Centre Ave. Featuring headliner Doc Walker & local musicians, a truck show, food trucks and more! PBX Truck Service invites you to join us as we come together as a community to raise money for three local charities (ROC, Headway, & YFC Blumenort)! For more information visit pbxtruck.ca/country-truckin.

Falcon Lake/Whiteshell

Boreal Shores Art Tour - Saturday, August 17 from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, August 18 from 10 am to 4 pm. A self-guided art tour featuring artists and galleries throughout the beautiful and diverse Boreal forest and shore regions of Eastern Manitoba. Stop for lunch or coffee at one (or more) of the fabulous restaurants along the Tour route. Contact Norine Harty 204-795-1115, coordinator@borealshoresarttour.ca.

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.


Ukrainian & Multicultural Festival – Saturday, July 13 at the Park. Celebrate heritage and culture at this unique event. Featuring traditional homemade food, dancing and live entertainment, gift shop! Tour the museum, indulge in borscht, perogies and cabbage rolls, and enjoy stage shows staring at 1 pm with Ukrainian dance and singing performances by Zoloto, Bulla Nahkra Quuens, Romanetz, Island Breeze Manitoba, Ukrainian Newcomer Adult Choir and Druzhba. Kids’ activities and beer gardens will be available all day, 7 pm Zabava & Perogy Sausage Night. Adults $20, children 12 and under free.

Coffee Connections - All adults ages 55+ are welcome to join us at the New Horizon Centre for a time of visiting, while enjoying coffee, tea and refreshments. Join us and bring your friends. There is no cost. Contact Anita Funk 204-371-9134.

Ile des Chenes

Raptor Rendezvous – On Saturdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, and August 3, 10, 24 from 2 - 3:30 pm at Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre. Free on-site presentation at the Murray Education Centre at Wildlife Haven. Learn all about what has been happening behind the scenes in our Wildlife Veterinary Hospital from one of our very own Wildlife Rehabilitators. Meet a few of our non-releasable wildlife ambassadors and learn a bit about their journey.

Yoga - Gentle yet invigorating morning yoga for women and men 55+, and evening yoga for mature teens and adults at the TC Energy Centre. Contact Juliette at yogaforyoumanitoba@outlook.com.

La Broquerie

Farm & Community Market – On Saturdays, at 9 am, at the La Broquerie Hotel grounds. Join us for our regular market event with live entertainment, local growers, makers, and artisans. “Friends of the Market” get deals each week - we’ll see you under the cow! Contact Sarah Wieler 204-202-1785, coordinator@labroqueriemarkets.ca.

Drop-in Community Bike Repair Workshop – Tuesdays, 6 – 9 pm at La Bikequerie Inc, 36016 PR 210, and (the old Southeast Vet Clinic) Come; learn how to fix your bike. Bring a friend! We also have used bikes for sale. Contact Jacinthe Wiebe, 204-346-1515 or labikequerie@gmail. com.


Coffee/Craft Group – Meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 1 -3 pm at Kinsman Centre. Drop in to say hello. Contact Laurie@rmtache.ca for more details.


Bibliothèque Taché Library - Silent Book Club on Tuesday, July 9, from 2 - 4:30 pm. LEGO Day Thursday, July 11 at 11 am. Dianne Demarcke Reading/Three Days in Rural Manitoba on Saturday, July 13, at 11 am, Games & Puzzles on Wednesday, July 17, at 11 am, English CPR Training on Wednesday, July 24 from 1 -3 pm, French CPR Training Thursday, July 25 from 1 – 3 pm and Story time & Craft (FR) Saturday, July 27 at 1 pm. Sign up for the TD Summer Reading Club and receive your booklet that you can use to track your reading and an online QR code

to continue the fun and activities online! Do not forget to bring your booklet to the library to check in on your reading and we will add a sticker for every accomplishment!

BBQ for Seniors and Family Members - Saturday, July 27 from 12 - 4 pm at Spirit Park on Station Rd. free BBQ and entertainment event for seniors aged 55+ with hotdog, drink, and bag of chips. Family members can purchase the same for $4. Features entertainers and information booths showcasing the services offered by Tache Senior Services. Contact laurie@rmtache.ca for more information.

Public Skating – Sundays at the Community Complex from 11am-Noon. Mark your calendars, sharpen up those skates and we will see you there!

Monthly foot clinics - Tache Senior Services hosts foot clinics in Lorette and Landmark. Contact laurie@rmtache. ca for more information.

Yoga - Gentle yet invigorating morning yoga for women and men 55+ at the Lorette Community Complex. Contact Juliette at yogaforyoumanitoba@outlook.com.

Welcome New Residents - Welcome to the LUD of Lorette.

Have you purchased a home, townhome, duplex, or condo in the LUD of Lorette, in the last year? The Welcome Basket Committee has a free basket of gift certificates, coupons, gifts, and information from local businesses and organizations in the LUD of Lorette. No strings attached. To arrange a visit please e-mail lorettewelcomebasket@gmail.com.


Ball Hockey – Every Tuesday until July 30 from 7 - 9 pm for ages 5-13 at the Arena and is free! Just bring your hockey stick and some running shoes to join the fun! RM of Hanover Recreation 204-346-7825, rec@hanovermb.ca.

Toast & Coffee – On Tuesdays, drop-in for toast and coffee for $2 and a menu is available with prices according to what you order at the Mitchell and Area Community Centre, 130 Ash St. Contact Jane Penner 204-346-2469, jpenner@jantre.com.

Paradise Village

First Annual Artists and Garden Walk – Saturday, August 10 from 10 am to 4 pm. Join us for our first Annual Artists and Garden Walk. Beverages and snack swill be available in the Community Center. If it rains, the Artists showings will be held inside the Community Centre. For more info call Linda at (204) 793-4564.


Floor Curling - Every Tuesday 7 pm, in Community Hall. Pickleball - Every Wednesday 7 pm in the Community Hall. Archery - Every Thursday at 7 pm in the Community Hall.

Volunteer Drivers Needed – we are looking for volunteer drivers who can help seniors to appointments. If you have a driver’s license and clean abstract we would love to hear from you. Contact Rachel Lachnit resource coordinator 204-437-2604.


Active 55+ - Every Thursday, from 1 – 4 pm, until September 5 at the Dawson Trail Park. It’s free to play pickleball, badminton, volleyball, croquet, corn hole, ladder ball toss and much more. Join us from 1 – 2 pm for Certified Yoga instructor sessions and healthy fruit and veggie platters from 2 – 2:30 pm. All 55+ adults welcome!

Richer Museum Farmers Market will be held Saturday, July 20th at the Museum grounds from 10 am to 2 pm.

Richer Roughstock Rodeo will be held August 9-11th at the Dawson Trail Park. See www.richerrodeo.ca for more info.

RM of Ritchot Southman Saints Lacrosse. Registration Open - Coach Matt is offering programs to the end of June from U7 to U17. For more information email Matt at saintslacrosse@ shaw.ca.

Services to Seniors - Free Shuttle for residents of the RM 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. Call 204-425-3701.

Services to Seniors Steinbach Shuttle - Subsidized cost $15/person. 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.


Summer Picnic Party – Saturday, July 20, 12 – 4 pm at the Park. Free park entry. Join us for family friendly fun. Bring your favourite picnic basket and join us for a fun afternoon. Toddler friendly sensory station, bubble party, craft table, volleyball, soccer, scavenger hunt, mini kite racing, glider racing, horseshoe competition, RC Show & Shine. Canteen opens for drinks, candy, chips, free bottled water. Bring a Tin for the Bin in support of La Broquerie Helping Hands Food bank.

South Junction

38th Annual All Families Slow Pitch Tournament – Saturday, July 27 (Rain Day July 28). Limited to 8 teams, guaranteed 3 games. Payout for each win. Gate entry is free, rainbow auction, music, food, beer garden. Contact Mitch Gobeil 204-437-2343, m.gobeil@mymts.net.

Farmers’ Market – Every Friday from July 12 to September 6, from 3 – 8 pm at the Pine Grove Senior’s Centre.

Exercise for Fun and Health – Mondays and Thursdays, at 9:30 am the Pine Grove Senior Club. Come join us, we have treadmill, exercise bikes, weights and Just Walk Video. Contact Rachel, resource co-ordinator 204-4372604.

Meet Your Neighbours Coffee Group- Mondays, at 1 pm, Pine Grove Seniors Club, Highway 12 and Prevost St. and Thursdays at 1 pm at the Evergreens Senior Club at the Hall by railroad tracks.


Kids Club – Wednesdays from 7 – 9 pm at the Community Fellowship Church. For all children ages 5 and up.

Sprague Service to Seniors Seeking Volunteers - Seeking individuals to assist and to provide a few services to seniors within our community such as snow removal, transportation for a fee, volunteers in the congregate Meals Programs as well as home cleaning services to seniors for a fee. A criminal record check is required for cleaning services and transportation. Email lgdseniors@gmail.com with your rates and for information, or call 204-437-2604.

St. Labre

St. Labre 200 – Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6, 24 teams build their go-cart on Day One and on Day 2, race a 1/4 mile on a dirt track. Both days a Mini-Train and a new BMX Track open to all. Enter at your own risk. On Friday, July 5, a Kids Zone from 10 am - 8 pm. Entertainment with The Revolving Doors 8:30 pm. Saturday, July 6, Kids Zone 9:30 am - 6:30 pm. Rubber Boot Toss, 1 pm – Kids, 3 pm – Men’s, 5 pm – Women’s. Excavator Rodeo July 6, Saturday, 9:30 – 11:30 am and 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Free for anyone to try and chance to win $100 with a $20 entry if you can beat the pro from Townline Excavating. All proceeds go towards Giving Back to the Community. Kid Bike Race Saturday at 10 am for different age groups. Bring your bike and race around the actual race track.

St. Pierre-Jolys

Edible Plants Workshop – Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Sugar Shack grounds. Free event! Limited space, register by Wednesday, July 10 online at ratriverrecreation.com.

Ste. Anne Villa Youville Fundraiser Golf Tournament – Friday, August 23 at Oakwood Golf Course. Registration 10 am and starts 11 am. Registration deadline Tuesday, July 30. Cost $125/ player or $500/ team, lunch included. 50/50 & Silent Auction. Prizes for Longest Putt, Longest Drive, Closest to the pin chip, Closest to the pin drive. Contact Celeste Pattyn 204-422-3002, cpattyn@villayouville.ca. Meat Draw - Every Saturday from 1 – 4 pm at the Ste Anne Hotel. Draws every 1/2 hr. Must be in attendance to win. All proceeds go to the Ste Anne Lions Club.

Ste. Geneviève Library Night - Tache - Every Monday, from 6 - 7:30 pm at the Community Centre.


Steinbach and Area Garden Club - 25th Anniversary Garden Tour & High Tea. Sunday, July 14, tour 8 gardens, 1 – 4 pm, High Tea, 3 -5 pm for $15. Join us for an enchanting afternoon of blossoms, creativity and special art display from talented local artists and live painting sessions. Tickets are limited. Contact a board member or Mennonite Heritage Village at Eventbrite.com.

Heritage Classic Car Show - Saturday, July 20 at 8:30 am at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Admission Adults - $15/ Seniors & Students - $12 / Children - $8 / 5 & Under – Free. Join us for a pre-show breakfast at the Livery Barn Restaurant at 8:30am.

Pioneer Days - Saturday, August 3 to Monday, August 5 at 9 am at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Enjoy pioneer demonstrations baking bread in the outdoor oven, milling wheat in the windmill, blacksmithing, rope making, printing at the Print Shop, steam-powered activities, sawmill, and much more! Admission $15 adults, $12 seniors (65 and up), $12 students (ages 13-22), $8 children (ages 6-13), free for ages 5 and under.

Chase the Ace Fundraiser - Steinbach and Area Animal Rescue – On Mondays at Smitty’s Restaurant. Tickets on sale 6:30 – 8:30 pm, draw at 8:45 pm. 2 tickets for $5. The progressive jack-pot is at $2,054. Winning ticket receives 10% of nightly ticket sales or 50% if the Ace is drawn. Have fun while supporting animals and maybe walk away with some cash!

Fung Loy Kok Tai Chi - Thursdays at 10 am at the United Church, Christian Ed building, 541 Main St. Develop a mind that is dynamic yet clear and calm and a spirit that is resilient yet light and peaceful. Tai Chi reduces stress, builds strength, flexibility and balance. Start anytime. Contact Veronica Klassen 204-326-1713, vronklas@ gmail.com.

Steinbach Sizzlers 4-H Club - Contact Tatiana Tuttosi loonlover06@gmail.com.meetings at Steinbach United Church, CE Building, 541 Main St.

Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Group - Thursdays, at 1 pm. Registration required. Contact Maggie@steinbachfrc.ca, 204-346-0413.

Royal Canadian Legion Steinbach Branch - Meets first Tuesday of the month via Zoom at 7:30 pm; Ladies Auxiliary meets first Monday of each month, 7:30 pm. Steinbach Legion, 227 Main St – Unit 5. Email steinbach190rcl@outlook.com.

Al-Anon – Mondays at 7:30 pm Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. Contact steinbachafg@ gmail.com.

Creative Writers Club - Second Wednesday every month at 7 pm 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 Wednesdays at 12 - 1 pm, Eastman Education Centre, 385 Loewen Blvd. Join us in person or by zoom. All guests are welcome! Contact Mark Hiebert 204-371-5197, email mhiebert@barkmanconcrete.com.

Knit-Wits Fibre Craft Club- First Tuesdays of the month at 6 – 8 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, cross stitching and other types of fibre crafting? Join other adults for informal knitting, crochet, etc. circle. All skill levels welcome. Please bring your own project/supplies.

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.

Steinbach & Area Lions Club - Meets second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm, South East Helping Hands. Contact 204-326-2313.


Adventure with Nature Norm – Prairie Orchids with Nature Norm! Saturday, July 6, with two departure times, at 8 am -10 am and 10 am -12 pm. All are welcome for this free adventure to learn about some of the 37 orchid species in Manitoba’s including the Western Prairie Fringed Orchid, found only in Manitoba. You will be provided binoculars and a set of walking sticks (limited supplies). Starting point at the Agassiz Interpretive Trail, 7km west of Vita on Hwy 201. Hope to see you there! Register with Norm Gregoire 204-408-6166, info@sharedlegacymb.ca.

Vita Adventure with Nature Norm – Prairie Orchids with Nature Norm! Saturday, July 6, with two departure times at 8 am -10 am and 10 am -12 pm. All are welcome for this free adventure to learn about some of the 37 orchid species in Manitoba’s including the Western Prairie Fringed Orchid, found only in Manitoba. You will be provided binoculars and a set of walking sticks (limited supplies). Starting point at the Agassiz Interpretive Trail, 7km west of Vita on Hwy 201. Hope to see you there! Register with Norm Gregoire 204-408-6166, info@sharedlegacymb.ca.

West Hawk Lake Meteor Fest – 21st Annual – Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14. Friday begins with 6:30 pm Early Bird Bingo - 50/50 Draw under the Big Tent, hot dogs, chips, hamburgers and drinks available and from 8 - 11 pm Music by The Discmen Set up beside Meteor Mike’s. Saturday, Meteor Market under the Big Tent, 10 am Kid’s Parade and prizes for best dressed, pony rides, coloring contest for ages 3 – 11, candy scramble and Kid’s Games, scavenger hunt, Meteor Fest Mermaids by Blue Oasis Dive Centre. Transform into a mermaid! Learn how to swim with a tail, play games and take photos. Must be able to swim 10m unassisted. Pre-register and $10 fee per participant. At 2 pm Diving for Dollars, $2. Register for boys and girls categories for ages from 8-16 years at the West Hawk Marina. At 6 pm Early Bird Bingo - 50/50 Draw, 7:30 – 11 pm Big Crush at Main Beach Dusk-Lighted Boat Parade. All welcome to light up your boat and participate. Contact: btalling@gmail. com. Sunday 9 am Yoga at the main Beach $10, 9 – 11 am Pancake Breakfast under the Big Tent, Worship Service, 12 noon Ice cream eating contest at CBC store, 1 - 2:30 pm Sandsculpture Competition at the main beach-No registration needed, Pickle Ball Tournament, contact Amanda: amanda@littledoerksen.com.


Summer Fun on the Ridge – Saturday, July 27, 11 am – 4 pm at M.A. Querel Park. Activities include Kids on the Ridge Fun Zone, horseshoes, treasure hunt, bouncer, kids, adult and family races. Bring your lawn chair. Free BBQ lunch hotdog, hamburger, snack, dessert and drink.

Wellness Wednesdays – On Wednesdays, 1 – 4 pm at the Community Club. Join us for pool, cribbage, darts, pickleball, board games, cards, ping-pong and puzzles. Coffee, tea, pop $2, water $1 or bring your own beverage.

Please email events to editor@dawsontrail.ca for inclusion each month

Foreign Interference

Exploits Our Naiveties

The majority of us really do care about democracy. But what’s worrisome lately is the exponential growth of foreign interference. It doesn’t even live in the shadows anymore like in some Cold War spy novel. This type of interference sows seeds of doubt, so that fear and hate govern our very outlook on our family, friends and neighbours. Sowing seeds of doubt has grave repercussions for a democracy and it affects our very Canadian vision for our country.

Foreign interference pushes on societal levers of ignorance and our naivety born from inexperience, like a young person who hasn’t yet been exposed to the myriad of different philosophies and values that surround us every day. Detrimental influence is particularly effective on vulnerable communities and those who are gullible. Unfortunately, being gullible means some folks are more easily convinced by another’s

opinion. This is why scammers are so effective at what they do when they drain your life savings.

Generally a gullible person tends to ignore red flags while dealing with others, falls for scams or schemes more easily and is swayed by others’ emotions and behaviour. They can also be naive and unsuspecting of another person’s motives.

Whether someone is duped by foreign actors or not, depends on your knowledge, level of civic involvement as well as your own personal experience living in a democracy. In our democracy some people take pride in not casting a ballot while others eat and drink politics. It comes down to our own freedom to choose.

Or is it really a choice anymore?

With millions of online opinions and high pressure influences coming at us everyday maybe we need to relook at whether we automatically give the “benefit of the doubt” or hone our skills so that we critically ask questions.

In May, the “Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference in Federal Electoral Processes and Democratic Institutions” was made available to all of us. If you’re into freedom and democracy, I’d encourage you to check the 193 page report out at foreigninterferencecommission.ca.

The report highlights the difference between foreign influence which is legal and interference which is not. Interference looks at making a person of influence, such as a govern -

ment official, into someone who is indebted to secure future favours or be the voice of propaganda, causes confusion, discord and conflict, erodes our trust in our elected government and shakes up our faith in democracy. Ultimately this interference denies us our right to vote and our fundamental freedoms.

Fortunately there’s a few things that each if us can do to avoid falling for foreign political interference and even those pesky nondemocratic influencers.

Always ask yourself if the source of information is trustworthy, credible or not. Remember if it’s “too good” or “too bad” to be true, then research the thing or situation to determine if it’s true. By checking the source you’ll find out pretty quick if it’s a bunch of hooey or the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

Yes it’s good to keep an open mind but if it feels negative or wrong then a healthy dose of scepticism is okay too even if it makes a conversation a bit awkward.

Don’t be afraid to ask your questions. If the response to your question is scorn, threats, harassment, intimidation, even too glib or flippant rather than respectful or thoughtful, well you’re probably dealing with purposeful interference or at the very least an ignorant person or even some sort of artificial intelligence. In those cases move on because they are wasting your time.

Ritchot Senior Services July Event Calendar

Ritchot Senior Services will be closed Monday, July 22 to Monday, August 5 for summer holidays.

Group Outing – Join us Tuesday, July 9 as we take a trip to the Halfmoon Drive Inn in Lockport. We’ll leave the RSS at10:30 am, enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends from 11:30 am1:30 pm, and hop back on the bus at 1:45 pm to return. You must register to attend this event, space is limited. Bus fee is $5. Lunch at your own cost.

Summer Time Fun - Wednesdays July 17, 12 – 2 pm an afternoon picnic you won’t want to miss! Delicious food, sunny skies, friends and fun. After we feast, it’s game time with classic yard games and a whole lot of laughs. This event is free but you must register in advance.

Coffee – Thursdays, July 11 and 18 from 10 - 11:30 am. Indulge in the perfect blend of activity and sociability! $2 for bottomless coffee and muffin. Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street, St. Adolphe.

Walking Club – Mondays, July 8 and 15 at 10 am. Join the RSS Walking Club! Stay active this summer while exploring the Friendship Trail and Old St. Adolphe Park, while spending time with friends. We start with shorter walks and gradually increase the distance. RSS provides Trek Poles for added stability. To join the club, simply register, and you’ll receive weekly emails detailing each week’s adventure.

Mindful Mornings – Fridays, July 5, 12 and 19 at 9:30 am. Imagine a quiet summer morning, listening to the

birds, feeling the sun on your skin, and enjoying the grass beneath your bare feet. Join us for a gentle range of motion workout that includes balance exercises and muscle release techniques to enhance your flexibility, all while learning the importance and benefits of mindfulness. We’ll use trek poles and picnic tables to assist with balance as you find your perfect spot in the sun or shade.

Foot Care Clinics - By appointment only. For more information, please contact Janice at 204-883-2880.

Upcoming clinic dates:

Ste Agathe – Wednesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 25.

St. Adolphe – Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4.

Ile des Chenes – Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17.

Little Wins for Big Payoffs

Happy rainy new month to all of you! I hope that you are all doing well and managing to stay dry. For those of you that read my last month’s column, I have an update.

Last month, when I mentioned that I had not been able to find a set of wayward keys, I mentioned how I hoped and prayed that by writing about the keys that their location would be revealed to me. Guess what. That’s right! The very next day, I was led to the lost keys location! Ironically, it was a spot that I, and my wife, had searched a couple of times before but we had never taken our fingers and hooked them in and around to check the backside of the cubbyhole. My wife was very surprised when I later revealed the keys to her.

Last month, I made a noticeable difference in my journey to organize and minimalize the things in our home. This has been an ongoing journey that is made up of small steps and big gains. It did not take a short while to gather all of this stuff and it will not take a short while to reduce it all either. I’m okay with that.

The difference that has really encouraged me to continue on my quest of reduction was this month when I managed to clean up and clean out the closet shelves in my home office. In my closet I have six shelves (if you count the floor, which I do). Previously, I had cleaned out the floor shelf and placed the keepable items into plastic totes and removed the items that are no longer needed. Old papers to the garbage and sellable items to the pile to be later advertised for sale online.

Last month, I was alone in the house and I had the desire to tackle more of the shelves. A daunting task if you had seen how much was there but, with a deep breath, I plunged in. I was amazed by the amount of unnecessary stuff that was tucked away on each of the three shelves that I battled. Old papers, books galore, video games, receipts from several years ago, a couple of DVDs that I didn’t even know that we had. They list went on and on. My garbage can became fuller and fuller. Later on, like a proud toddler drawing his first picture, I brought my wife and children in to see my glorious handiwork. While they seemed impressed, I was shocked that they were not inspired to do cartwheels, burst out in song or even launch off fireworks at the beautiful sight that the closet now possessed. I guess that it means more to me than it does to them.

That is okay.

I can tell you that all my little wins along my journey of decluttering are making a positive difference in my life. I am able to find things more quickly, I am able to sell some of the items so that others can enjoy them instead of the items gathering dust and it brings me great joy to look over and see the clear lines of the closet with the items on it arranged nicely and cleanly.

I love how the little wins keep adding up to a big payoff. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

NEW! Tot’s Summer Arts Day Camp

Our pilot project, Tots Summer Arts Day Camp at the Steinbach Arts Council (SAC), offers a variety of themed weeks designed for children aged 3-4. From exploring animals and art to diving into fairy tales and science, each week promises to deliver a fun and educational experience for our young participants.

Pick your Week:

Zoologists Week (4 days): July 2 – July 5

Fairy Tale Week: July 15 – July 19

Little Olympians Week: July 22 – July 26

Science Discovery Week (4 days): August 6 – August 9

Choose your week between July 2 and August 9 and register your tots for either the AM or PM sessions. Secure your spot today at steinbacharts.ca/tots-sadc/ or call us at 204.346.1077.

Summer Arts Day Camp

Your favourite Summer Arts Day Camp is back at the Steinbach Arts Council. From July 2 to August 9, choose your themed week and dive into a world of creativity and excitement. Whether you’re passionate about art, music, dance, drama, or even sports, we have something for everyone.

Join us to make new friends, explore your artistic talents, and create lasting memories. Our dedicated camp director and expert clinicians are committed to providing a safe and enriching environment for all participants. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to ignite your passion for the arts this summer. Open to children ages 5-8 and 9-12 spots are filling up fast! Register today at steinbacharts.ca/sadc/ or call us at 204-346-1077.

Bursaries Available for Camps and Classes

The Steinbach Arts Council offers several bursary funds to support children and newcomers in accessing their arts and culture programs. The Steinbach Dodge Creative Kids Bursary Fund provides financial assistance to families in need, helping to eliminate barriers and create opportunities for children to develop their skills and well-being through the council’s diverse offerings.

Additionally, the Roxanne Klassen Memorial Fund is available to assist new Canadians, whether families looking to attend cultural events or students hoping to build their artistic abilities. The Vera Friesen Memorial Fund also offers camp bursaries for children to attend the council’s Summer Arts Day Camps. These bursary programs demonstrate the Steinbach Arts Council’s commitment to inclusion and making their enriching programming accessible to all members of the community.

To apply for these bursaries, please visit us at 304 Second St to fill out a form or visit steinbacharts. ca/bursaries to learn more.

Register Your Child at Arts4Tots

Is your child between the ages of 3-5? Our unique Arts4Tots Preschool Program blends Montessoriinspired learning with professional arts instruction in music, theatre, visual arts, and dance, fostering imagination and academic growth. With a curriculum that celebrates culture, focuses on essential developmental skills, and offers both indoor and outdoor lessons, we provide a nurturing environment for your tots to thrive. Register now to give your child the gift of creative learning and personal growth.

Limited spots available! For more information, go to steinbacharts.ca/arts4tots or call Cassandra at 204-346-1077.

Fall Classes Start

Just a reminder to our participants that Fall Classes registration for all ages will open online and over the phone starting July 24. This includes registrations for our flagship programs such as: Steinbach Children’s Chorus & Steinbach Youth Chorus (Grades 2-4, 5-8)

FUSION Musical Theatre (Grades 2-4, 5-8)

Backyard Theatre Company (Ages 5-8, 9-12)

BOSS Dance Introductory Classes (Ages 3-5, 6-9) ASAP After School Arts Program for Grades 5-12

Please stay tuned for schedules on classes in pottery, everything art, and creative wellness workshops and more! To get updates, we encourage you to sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter. You can find our newsletter registration form on our website, steinbacharts.ca.

Rental Opportunities at SAC

The Steinbach Arts Council takes pride in offering a diverse range of rental options tailored to various events. Our venue features four multi-purpose studios, a meeting room, gender-neutral and stalled bathrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen. Additionally, our facilities include an enclosed nature-inspired playground with a theatre stage, providing a perfect setting for children aged 1 to 5 years old to engage in creative play.

From music and dance recitals to intimate gatherings, our facilities are designed to meet your event needs seamlessly. If you’re looking for a venue that combines functionality with artistic ambiance, look no further than the Steinbach Arts Council. To book, contact Jemil via email at office@steinbacharts.ca.

Pat Porter Active Living Centre (Serving Seniors Inc.) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the community with various activities with various activities that promote good mental health and an overall healthy lifestyle. We strive to offer programs and events that address your physical, social, cultural, intellectual, and emotional wellbeing. To learn more visit our website patporteralc.com.

Serving Seniors Inc. & PPALC AGM 2024 – New Date - Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to change the date. Our new AGM date is Tuesday, July 30. At 5 pm free BBQ before meeting. AGM starts 6 pm. Please RSVP.


The majority of our programs are $2 for members and $4 for non-members. Programs are subject to change. Please check daily sign-up for updated hours.

New Programs:

Darts, Shuffleboard and Air Hockey - Wednesday mornings 9 am – 12 pm.

Family Pickleball - Typical Times are Monday 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Registration required at patporteralc.com. Times are subject to change. Please check Sign-up for updated hours.

Have you ever wanted to teach your family how to play Pickleball? Now you can! Rent a court for just $5 and teach your kids/ grandkids your favourite sport. The minimum age of children is 6.

Special Events:

Perogy Bee - Thursday, July 11, 1 – 3:30 pm. We are making cottage cheese perogies.

If you would like to be a volunteer and help with rolling, pinching, scooping, and boiling please sign up. This afternoon is a great opportunity to get out of your house, enjoy a conversation and help make delicious food. Call us to signup to be a volunteer or to order ahead.

Movie Matinée: Wonka at Thursday, July 18, 1:30 – 3:30 pm. $5/person. Price includes a drink and popcorn. Canteen will be available as well. Remember your lawn chair.

Regular Programs:

Coffee Corner - Monday to Friday starts at 9:30 am. Cards & Games - Monday to Friday, 1 – 4 pm.

Fun Bingo – Free - Wednesday July 10 and 24, 4 -6 pm.

Country Jam – Continues into the summer on Wednesdays, 7 – 9 pm.

Fitness Classes:

Beginner Zumba - Fridays July 12 and 26, 6 -7 pm. Cost $3/$5. Sign up online.

Pointed in the

Have you ever wondered if you are going the right direction in life? There are way too many options, and it would be so easy to choose the wrong one.

The story is told of a bewildered man who drove down a street half asleep; not noticing that all the arrows along the route pointed the opposite way. He was stopped by a policeman who asked, “Where do you think you’re going?” The man answered, “I don’t know for sure Officer, but I guess I’m late. Everybody else is coming back.”

Ignoring signs on a one-way street can cause a serious accident. But the consequences of going the wrong direction in life are far worse. Just as there are warning signs on a street to help us choose the right road to take, God has erected warning signs to help us choose the right pathway in life. Often the circumstances in life seem to all turn against us. This may be a sign that God is trying to get your attention. God may send someone to give you a warning or word of advice. Also, God has written a Travel Guide for all of us. It

Laughter Yoga – Mondays, 1 – 2 pm.

Walking – Free, Monday to Friday, 8:30 - 8:50 am and Tuesday & Thursday 12-1 pm.

Fitness Drumming – Tuesdays, 1 – 2 pm.

Circuit Training – Mondays, 10 -11 am.

PACE – Wednesdays, 11:45 pm.

Floor Curling – Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm.

Yoga with Carrie – Fridays, 9 – 10 am.

Pickleball: Registration required at patporteralc.com. Times are subject to change. Please check Sign-up for updated hours. Typical Times 9 am – 12 pm, 12 – 1 pm and 4 pm –6 pm.

Intermediate Pickleball –Mondays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Advanced Pickleball – Mondays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm.

Beginner Pickleball - Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays, 1 - 3:30 pm, Tuesdays 2 – 4 pm and Fridays 10:30 am – 12 pm.

Badminton – Mondays and Wednesdays, 12 – 1 pm and Fridays 4 – 6 pm.

2024 Memberships: Memberships are still available.

Get your member discount for programs and events for $30!


We have rooms of a variety of sizes and prices. For pricing and room, availability visit our website patporteralc.com, email rentals@patporteralc. com or call 204-320-4600. Meals Program:

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 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 or cancel a same day meal, you must call before 9 am.

Steinbach Accessible


Need a ride to an appointment or other errand? This service is available to residents of Steinbach. Please visit our website patporteralc.com for a full price list.

Services are available Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm and weekends.

To book a ride, call 204326-4055. If your call is not answered, leave a message with the answering service. Appointments must be booked in advance to ensure availability.

Right Direction

is called the B-I-B-L-E (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth). In this Instruction Manual, you will find everything you need to avoid serious accidents and wrong choices in life. The Bible tells us of a Saviour, Jesus Christ, and when you choose Him as your Saviour, He becomes your Friend and your Guide from here to Eternity.

Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and he (good man) delighteth in his (God’s) way.” Jesus Christ wants to deliver you from eternal death and give you

eternal life and take you to heaven one day. But until that day comes, He will offer to be your Pilot on life’s journey. Who are you trusting on the road of life?

True or False

Exodus 20:16…

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour... (NIV)

Just like all the other great commandments of God, the violation of this commandment is out of control in this world of ours.

It is part of a human condition that has existed ever since Eve believed the lies of the serpent in the garden; it is simply sin. Each one of us knows that we will be in danger to somebody’s lies daily.

Now most people believe lying is wrong, even those who are not Christians believe lying is wrong; and yet, so many people are dishonest. There are some folks who cannot discern the truth or who will lie on an impulse. But most people lie for a reason, and the motivations for not telling the truth is simple… but tough to overcome.

When being truthful becomes painful we will at times avoid the confrontation. I find it extremely difficult to be honest with certain people. A person who is honest every time must maintain a pretty high standard of discipline. Folks who believe their own excuses when they engage in self-deception… they lie to themselves. We see this on TV all the time as people delude themselves into thinking that they are righteous enough, moral enough, and good enough to enter God’s kingdom on their own merit. Their delusion either comes from ignorance of the truth or wilful denial of the truth.

Is it possible that there are folks who lie to a god – a god they have created in their heart for themselves. It is the lies made to a god who can be deceived and fooled . . . they mistake this created god for the one true God who knows all. Before we can convey the truth, we must know the truth. It is not enough to know of the truth or that there is a truth, but we must have a relationship with the truth, which means a relationship with Jesus Christ. However, we should know when and how to be tolerant because society believes truth depends upon our point of view.

The Christian sees truth as unconditional, the humanist views truth through the eye of the beholder. You and I know that God sees all and is aware of the total background of our hearts. It is impossible for us to deceive God. Before we formulate a deception in our mind and heart. We must also understand that God knows all and sees all, including the very sinful depths of our hearts. We cannot deceive God because He knows of our attempts to deceive Him even before we formulate the deception in our minds. We cannot ever fool the Creator of the universe.

Finally, we must know that we will fail. But the good news is that no matter how miserably we have failed and will fail, God’s grace is sufficient to forgive our sins if we will only trust Him to do so. Our hearts must be right. We must tell the truth all the time in love. Love without truth is unreliable, sometimes blind. Spoken without love, it can turn people away from the gospel. When truth and love are intermixed in an individual or a church, then we have what Jesus Called “the salt of the earth,” and we can preserve and bring out the beauty of our faith. 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.


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).

Officer-Involved Shooting Results in One Dead and One in Custody

As of approximately 3 am on June 5, there was a large police presence in Niverville in relation to an officer-involved shooting, with an adult male deceased on scene. RCMP and Winnipeg Police Service were the area of Drovers Run, blocking off the area for a large portion of the day.

The RCMP were tracking a stolen black Ford F-350 from Cypress River, MB as it headed towards Winnipeg and continued to flee, first to Otterburne and then to Niverville. Winnipeg Police Service Air1 assisted in the pursuit.

Three persons were inside the vehicle, and following a cruiser being rammed in Otterburne, police fired upon the vehicle.

David Burling, 29, fled the Niverville scene after hopping into another vehicle, abandoning his two passengers, a woman who was later released by the police without charges, and a deceased male who was fatally shot by the police during the Otterburne encounter.

Burling was arrested when he was discovered later in Springside, Saskatchewan.

Burling was charged with two counts of committing assault against a peace officer with a weapon, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, failure to stop, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. He remains in custody.

Steinbach RCMP Respond to Fatal Pedestrian-Train Collision in La Broquerie

On June 23, 2024, at approximately 12:40 pm, officers from Steinbach RCMP responded to a report of a pedestrian having been struck by a train at the railway crossing located on Rue Principale in La Broquerie.

Officers attended the location and located a 78-year-old female, from Winnipeg, who was pronounced deceased at the scene. Steinbach RCMP, along with CN Police, continue to investigate.

RCMP Search for Liquor Store Thief

On May 25 at about 6 pm the Steinbach RCMP received a report of a liquor store theft that occurred in Steinbach. The male is described as Caucasian, wearing sun glasses, a white sweater, dark baseball cap, and dark pants. The thief left the location with a 1.75 L of Smirnoff and a case of Budweiser.

Any information regarding the identity of this individual can be direct ed to the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Manitoba Crime Stopper at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

RCMP Traffic Services Respond to Fatal Collision in West St. Paul Missing Woman Found Submerged in Pond

On June 6, at approximately 12:10 pm, RCMP Eastman Traffic Services was conducting speed enforcement on southbound traffic on Highway 8 when an officer heard a collision behind them at the northbound intersection of Highway 8 and Northumberland Road in the RM of West St. Paul.

The officer was on scene immediately and found an unresponsive 76year-old female driver and injured 76-year-old male passenger, both from Winnipeg, in one SUV. Emergency Medical Services was called and a nurse who was passing by stopped to assist. Both occupants were transported to Winnipeg hospital, where the female succumbed to her injuries and the male remains in stable condition.

Investigation determined that an SUV was westbound on Northumberland Road when it proceeded from the stop sign entering Highway 8. The SUV was then struck on the driver’s side of the vehicle by a northbound SUV.

The 27-year-old female driver of the northbound SUV, from Ste. Agathe, was not physically injured in the collision.

Lac du Bonnet RCMP Respond to Fatal Three-Vehicle Collision

On June 21, 2024, at approximately 10:20 pm, Lac du Bonnet RCMP responded to a report of a three-vehicle collision on Highway 11, near Bilan Road, located just to the west of Lac du Bonnet.

A pickup truck, being driven by a 32-year-old male from the RM of Lac du Bonnet, was travelling south on Highway 11 when it crossed over the center line and collided with a northbound SUV, being driven by a 34-year-old female from Utterson, ON. Her vehicle then entered the east side ditch and rolled.

A second pickup truck, being driven by a 60-year-old male from Winnipeg, was travelling behind the SUV and swerved in an effort to avoid colliding with the pickup. This second pickup truck entered the ditch and collided with the SUV.

The 34-year-old female of the SUV was pronounced deceased on scene. The 32-year-old male driver of the first pickup truck was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The 60-year-old male driver of the second pickup suffered minor physical injuries.

Lac du Bonnet RCMP, along with a Forensic Collision Reconstructionist, continue to investigate.

Speeder Caught Doing 152 in 80km/h Zone

On June 11, at approximately 12:00 pm, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team searched an area where tracks were discovered leading into a pond in the Molson, Manitoba area and located a submerged vehicle.

When the vehicle was removed a body was located inside the vehicle.

Investigators believed the remains to be those of 29-year old Brittany Storey who went missing on June 6. Friends and family reported to police that Brittany Dawn Storey was in the Rennie area on a group chat with friends when she reportedly announced she had struck a tree and the call was lost. Despite repeated attempts, nobody was able to reach Storey on her phone. Storey had not shown up for work nor returned to her residence in Winnipeg. She had not been active on social media.

The RCMP utilized both their Remote Piloted Aircraft Services drone and the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) in the air assisting with their search.

Following an autopsy, it was confirmed the woman was Storey and she had died as a result of her vehicle entering the water. The family was notified.

There is no criminality to the events that caused her death.

“We thank everyone for their care and concern for Brittany and for helping in any way they could to find her,” said Sergeant Laura LeDrew of RCMP Major Crime Services. “It is not the ending any of us hoped for. As this is a non-criminal matter, we will respect Brittany’s privacy and that of her family and will not be providing further information.”

Keep all vehicles locked. Check on your neighbours.

Call 911 if you suspect a crime is in progress or has occured!

Be aware of happenings in your neighbourhood and report suspicious activity to the authorities.

Summer Promotion Test for Aethos Taekwondo

Aethos Taekwondo continued their summer agenda with their 8th colour belt promotion test on June 22 at the Ste. Anne French Immersion School. This time of year always sees an exodus of students due to their involvement in other summer sports such as soccer and baseball, still, thirty-nine students attended this test to earn their next belt level. Three others who were unable to test on the Saturday completed their test the following Monday. Those missing this test will have to wait until October 5 for the next one.

Distinguishing themselves at the test were a number of students, earning nominations for various awards spanning a range of techniques performed, personal growth in the sport, and conduct to name a few. These nominations are submitted by the testing com-

mittee. Earning awards were: Chase Caron (Improved), Miella Sabourin, Conrad Schroen, and Julia Lavich (Excellence), Angelina Bobrowski (Outstanding Performance), Jocelyn Kropodra (Best Taekwondo Techniques), Felicity Mousseau, Mia Wikander, and Camryn Redhead (Best Poomsae), Hope Daniels (Best Push-ups), Owen Cortez (Best Arm Blocks), Anna Diadiun and Julienne Gloria (Best Stretching Techniques), and Aubree Woodhall (Best Uniform Snap).

Board breaking routines were a part of the Aethos Taekwondo promotion tests from the very beginning which has become an exciting finish to the event. Earning the Best Board Breaking award for the guys was Rhames Martin with a running & flying side kick and for the girls, Janelle Schreyer took that honour with a spinning hook kick. Another feature was added upon completion of this test and that was allowing the red belts with black stripes the opportunity to showcase the form they

will need to perform at their upcoming black belt test, namely the form called Koryo for the 1st degree. Performing Koryo were Nicholas Sarkonak and Corbin Woodhall.

Anna Diadiun performing her stretching routine which shows the perfect form of posture, focus and foot placement. Diadiun is a Ukrainian war refugee who joined Aethos Taekwondo on August 2022. She and her mom have since attained Canadian citizenship.
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Camryn Redhead performing Aethos Taekwondo’s traditional birthday push-ups. She turned 10-years old on Saturday.
6th row: Hadi Dajani, Conrad Schroen, Hope Daniels, Tara Funk, Colin Kehler, Antony Bobrowski, Angelina Bobrowski, Camryn Redhead, Kai Baxter. 5th row: Janelle Schreyer, Owen Cortez, Chase Caron, Anders Schroen, Gaiden Bernier, David Lemoing, Reid Ammeter, Rhames Martin, Jocelyn Kropodra, Anna Diadiun. 4th row: Corbin Woodhall, Carter Tardiff, Charlie Tardiff, Melody Tardiff, Master Lionel Bernier, Master Elisabeth Fust, Rya Bernier, Edric Comia, Casia Schreyer, Nicholas Sarkonak. 3rd row: Conner Caron-Chaput, Joseph Gatien, Eathen Caron, Kolton Caron, Finley Chislett-Funk, Reese Paul, Julienne Gloria, Cosette Karasevich, Devon Nichol, Felicity Mousseau. 2nd row: Miella Sabourin, Andre Sabourin, Mia Wikander, Tyler Caron, Julian Bye, Aubree Woodhall, Alice Leclair, Mia Schroen, Jerren Gloria. 1st row: Liam Wikander, Jaeanna Gloria, Bodhi Johnson, Evangeline Baggs, Shaniah Alger.
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