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Dawson Trail Dispatch

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Red River Métis Expedition Recreates Historic Journey

After a seven day journey by dog sled Armand and Kelly Jerome arrive at the Whitemouth River near East Braintree to mark the end of leg one of their historic Red River Métis Expedition 2020 as part of Manitoba 150 celebrations. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis On February 20, about fifty supporters gathered at the end of Trail 29 on the Whitemouth River near East Braintree to meet the first leg of a historic re-creation of the Red River Métis Expedition. In honor of Manitoba’s 150th birthday Armand and Kelly Jerome plan to arrive at Upper Fort Garry on May 12 in an oxcart after this historic journey. Dubbed the Red River Métis Expedition 2020, the trek recognizes a significant point of Manitoba history. In the spring of 1870 in Manitoba Col. Garnet J. Wolseley led British troops across the Dawson Trail. Their

goal was to smother a small resistance in the Red River Colony led by Louis Riel, and bring the area into the fold of the Dominion of Canada. The events of that journey, later named the Red River Expedition, became a defining moment for the Métis nation and the soon-to-be province of Manitoba. “This expedition is the dream of my husband Armand and through the tremendous help of the wonderful people that have so graciously given their time this dream is coming together,” said Kelly. During this journey, the couple will travel along the historically accurate trail ride across the DawContinued on Page 2...

March 2020

Local Events Get Manitoba 150 Funding

The Manitoba 150 Host Committee Inc. has officially announced the list of communities and community organizations slated to receive funds through Celebrate 150. Celebrate 150 is providing $1.3 million to 85 projects across the province to help communities deliver one-time, event-based initiatives in celebration of Manitoba’s 150th anniversary in 2020. Making the list are just over a handful of festivals within the southeast region including the City of Steinbach, the RM of Ste. Anne, La Broquerie CDC, South Whiteshell Trail Association, St. Adolphe Community Club, Town of Niverville and Town of Ste. Anne. Events span a variety of initiatives including music, sports, history, art, theatre, food, film, dance, education, and multicultural programming. According to the announcement, the selected applicants reflect Manitoba, its beauty, people, culture, and history. Applicants were invited to be inclusive, diverse, and promote the involvement of all Manitobans. “We were blown away by the creativity, the sense of inclusion, and the positive response to Celebrate 150 from Manitobans. With this lineup of engaging, entertaining, and exciting events, the celebration of Manitoba’s 150th year since joining Canada is going to be epic,” stated Monique LaCoste and Stuart Murray, Co-Chairs of Manitoba 150. “We hope that people across the province will take part in the celebrations.” Manitoba 150 Host Committee said that based on the tremendous response from across the province, it’s evident that Manitobans are overflowing with ideas of how to celebrate in 2020. More than 450 submissions were received. The complete listing of Celebrate 150 funding recipients promises a full year of celebratory events across the province to commemorate Manitoba’s 150th anniversary. With a commitment to ensuring that communities in all reaches of the province have opportunities to celebrate close to home, Celebrate 150 is providing funding to initiatives across all seven regions of Manitoba. With Celebrate 150 providing partial funding for these community events, the investment in celebrations across the province is greater than $4.6 million.






March 2020

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Red River Métis Expedition Recreates Historic Journey

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Ag Literacy Month Launched in Mitchell

About fifty people gathered, including traditional musicians to greet the travellers as they arrived in authentic style. Photo by Marianne Curtis

son Trail, the first Canadian trail built in the 1800s that runs along the Seine River. While this may seem like an extreme adventure, Armand has been preparing for it his entire life. He has been part of planning many significant trail journeys since 2001. This included helping organize an exhibition along the historical Crow Wing Trail from Emerson to St. Norbert. His most significant journey took place over a two year period taking nine weeks from 2004~2005 dubbed “The 800 Miles to Batoche”. “It is now our dream to complete one final Red River cart journey before ‘our’ saddles are hung and tools put aside and so for two years now we have been scouting trail and connecting with the people who have so generously donated their time, effort and fabulous input into the planning of this expedition,” Kelly continued. After years of planning, the journey began on February 13 when the couple left Kenora, Ontario to cross Lake of the Woods via dog

sled to arrive at their final destination along the Whitemouth River. Now they will prepare for the next and final leg of the journey that will leave from the same location on April 15 to begin the month long trek into Winnipeg with ox carts. “Much of the trail is under water and there is no way to cross the river with a cart now since there is no bridge so we decided on dog sled, it is also a tribute to the Métis people,” Armand explained. “We just want to make people realize that it was Louis Riel and the Métis that were instrumental in creating Manitoba. “I wanted to make sure the Métis would be involved in this, that we would have a voice in these celebrations.” When the Red River Métis Expedition 2020 hits the trail again in April, the group will head out along the historic Dawson Trail with ox cart. Along the way a number of events will take place as the group arrives in various communities including Richer, La Broquerie, Ste. Anne and Lorette.

Manitoba Minister of Education, Kelvin Goertzen helped launched March as “Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month” Submitted photo in Manitoba by reading to the Grade 2 students at Mitchell Elementary School.

During the month of March, thousands of students will participate in Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba’s (AITC-M) flagship program, Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM) in March. The theme for CALM in Manitoba in 2020 is “Technology”. Volunteers will play AITC-M’s new Agriculture Innovation activities with students, read books related to technology in agriculture and share their agriculture story. Through CALM, students put a face to agriculture and make a connection to food and the journey it takes to their plate. 165 volunteer agriculture professionals will share their story with students across the province. On February 28, Manitoba Minister of Education, Kelvin Goertzen was on hand to personally celebrate the launch of CALM with the grade 2 students at Mitchell Elementary School in Mitchell. While there, he read an agriculture-related book with students, teaching them how technology in agriculture has advanced. The event was all part of a joint launch with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource

Development Minister Blaine to officially proclaim March 2020 to be Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month in Manitoba. “We are thrilled to have Minister Pedersen and Minister Goertzen celebrate CALM with students. It’s a perfect opportunity to bring agriculture and education together,” said Sue Clayton, AITC-M’s Executive Director. “We envision a future where all Manitobans are agriculture literate. Giving students opportunities to learn where their food comes from is integral to achieving our vision.” CALM will build on its past success of connecting people who work in agriculture with teachers and students across the country, which is crucial for informing future consumers, many of whom are three generations removed from life on the farm. In 2020, CALM will reach 8,206 students in 403 classes with a team of 165 volunteers in 188 schools in Manitoba. AITC-M is a non-profit, charitable organization that delivers curriculum-based programs, activities and resources for teachers and their students to learn more about agriculture and the role it plays in our province.

Ste. Anne Councillor Part of STARS Rescue Fundraiser This summer, one of the RM of Ste. Anne municipal councillor’s will be one of six individuals deliberately stranded on a remote island with nothing but her cell phone. On June 11, RM of Ste. Anne Councillor, Sarah Normandeau, along with a handful of other individuals will be dropped off on an island somewhere in Manitoba as part of a unique fundraiser called Rescue on the Island for the STARS rescue team. The goal of the event is significant funds for the organization before they can be rescued. STARS is a charitable organization that cares for and transports critically ill and injured patients, Lemay added. STARS currently average 6 missions per day across

western Canada. Each member of the group fundraising is challenged to raise $100,000 by collecting pledges through phone calls from the island to family and friends. When the group is not trying to raise funds to get off the island, they will be kept busy with various challenges including shelter building and medical challenges including CPR. Money raised from the event will go towards building a hanger for the province’s STARS helicopter. Once it is set up, the public can contribute to the fundraiser by visiting Normandeau’s page rescueontheisland.ca.


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March 2020



Town Takes Providence College Over Niverville Celebrates Medical Clinic Grand Opening of By Marianne Curtis After a month of careful research and deliberations the Town of Niverville through Niverville Healthcare Services will assume responsibility for Open Health Niverville as of March 2. Last month, the town hired an independent expert to evaluate the long term and short term sustainability of the clinic after Dr. Chris Burnett, who has operated the Niverville Open Health along with his wife Dr. Mairi announced they needed to step back after she was diagnosed with a serious illness. With both doctors taking a leave of absence the clinic was forced to temporarily suspend services to over 6,500 patients in Niverville and the surrounding area. “This step, a critical recommendation in the report, will address the concerns expressed about health care availability in the community through the provision of path to stable complement of healthcare professionals in Niverville,” said the Town in a statement. “The goal will be to return the level of service to previous levels over the next six to twelve months.” Niverville Healthcare Services is in the process of securing a business manager who will report directly to the board and the Town’s CAO. A board will be appointed by council and consist of two or three members of council, Niverville Chamber of Commerce, a member at large, and a clinic representative. “This new manager will be responsible for ensuring efficient and effective client-centred care is a positive customer service environment and in a fiscally accountable manner during this transition period ensuring a long-term future for

Open Health,” stated council. The team has also been tasked with the responsibility of actively recruiting additional professionals, along with working with those already in place to expanding services and hours over the next few months. Drs Chris and Mairi Burnett are grateful for the Town’s leadership in this situation and the solution presented by council for the long term sustainability of the facility. “We fully support the current change and could not have asked for better new guardians for the vision of health care in this area,” said Burnett. “To be able to hand over the vision of Niverville Medical Clinic to a community board, answerable to elected officials, is a worthy step and will secure Niverville’s place as a destination for health care.” The operating model for Open Health will remain a social enterprise. The plan is to develop the clinic in a similar fashion as the Mayo Clinic where all profits are reinvested into the health care needs of the community. The Town of Niverville is also providing a short term grant to provide fiscal support during the transition from a deficit to profit centre. “The report mentioned Mayo as a previous example, we think now of The Mayo Clinic as being this large resource out there but it too had humble beginnings and it has been mentioned for some years as where we would like to proceed, but a “Mayo” for a 21st century primary care delivery,” Burnett added. During this transition period, Open Health is open but with limited hours and services.

Immigrant Services Offers New Classes Eastman Immigrant Services (EIS) is excited to announce the launch of two new classes for newcomers. Offered through the Steinbach Chamber is the Eastman Immigrant Services (EIS) program which is the largest initiative offered by the organization. The primary focus of EIS is to optimize successful settlement for newcomers, making the transition to a new community a positive experience, both for newcomers as well as the receiving community. One of the new programs is Computers @ Work which focuses on computer skills in the workplace as well as accessing online training, webinars and programs. The course aims to give participants skills to enhance self-directed learning, online learning, word processing for work, and presentation skills. Classes will take

place from 1-3 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until June 24. The second program is English Classes for Newcomers (CLB 5+) which offers assessment for newcomers to know their CLB level for classes; a learning plan to help reach future goals; identification of Canadian cultural cues in the workplace; appropriate workplace communication; identifying rights and responsibilities of employees and employers and more. These classes take place Mondays through Thursdays, depending on the level, from 6 – 8 pm, until June 26. Employers with employees who are newly settled here, or know of a newcomer who could benefit from these can contact Gwen Reimer, EIS Program Director, at 204.346.6609 or email gwen@eastmanis.com.

Muriel Taylor Hall

In a special ribbon cutting ceremony Providence celebrated the grand opening of Muriel Taylor Hall with Ralph Eichler, Minister for Economic Development and Training, MLAs Andrew Smith and Dennis Smook, Providence College President Dr. David Johnson, Providence’s President, student Emily Wiebe and members of the contracting team Pico Architecture, Grant Design Group and Three Way Builders. Submitted photo

On February 10, Providence College staff and students celebrated the grand opening of Muriel Taylor Hall with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. Muriel Taylor Hall, named after one of the first professors of Biblical Studies at Providence, is a three-storey, 22,500 square foot student residence that fulfills the college’s vision for an on-campus living and learning hub not only offering dormitories on the second and third floors, but modern facilities for classroom use and meetings on the first floor. “Our new residence is designed to support the mission of Providence through facilitating student learning, faith development and community building,”

said Marlin Reimer, Providence’s Associate Vice-President for Student Life. “Our students are now enjoying a residence that is modern, comfortable and allows them to connect with other students and faculty, staff in a variety of ways.” The $7.5 million project was planned with Providence students in mind. There are designated quiet spots for students to study and pray, and a large open-concept space for students to hang out around a fireplace, cook, eat together in a contemporary kitchen, watch movies on flat screen TVs and play some ping pong. The new building was planned and designed to replace the men’s residence Bergen Hall that burned down in June 2017. The project

was funded through insurance money as well as financial support raised through the Impact 2020 fundraising campaign. This building is in addition to a number of renovation projects tackled over the last five years including new classrooms for the Buller School of Business, a stateof-the-art science lab, a Welcome Centre for students, new fitness centre, a beautiful school courtyard and improved internet capacities with fibre optics installed and new wireless access points on campus. Providence is working strategically to position itself among the top Christian universities in Canada, offering accredited university and seminary programs with flexible learning environments.




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Making Our Communities Safer As we welcome the month of March, we also begin the spring sitting of the Forty-Second Legislature. I look forward to a busy one as our PC Government continues its mandate of fixing Manitoba’s finances, repairing our services and rebuilding Manitoba’s economy, on its way to making Manitoba Canada’s most improved province. This past week I was honoured to be at RCMP Headquarters D Division, where Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced that the Manitoba government will invest nearly $2.5 million dollars annually to hire 11 sheriff’s officers in the eastern district and will assume responsibility for transportation-related costs, which will include the purchase of 7 new sheriffs vans for prisoner transport, as well as air travel costs for communities only accessible by air. Our government believes that communities are better served when police officers are actively patrolling their community, focusing on the core policing work of crime prevention, intervention and investigation. Sheriff’s officers will assume responsibility for transporting inmates to and from circuit court locations in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) eastern district and will also provide security at these locations. In the past, RCMP officers have been responsible for providing these services. The transition is expected to be complete within the next six months. This means more police officers will be patrolling communities in eastern Manitoba, doing their core policing work and are there for when Manitobans need them the most. The eastern district is bounded by Garden Hill in the north, east to the Manitoba-Ontario border, south to the American border and to the east-side of Lake Manitoba. It includes RCMP Detachments in Altona, Arborg, Berens River, Emerson, Garden Hill, Gimli, Little Grand Rapids, Peguis, Powerview-Pine Falls, Selkirk, St. Pierre-Jolys, Steinbach and Stonewall. The Manitoba government continues to invest in other initiatives that support the goals of the government’s Policing and Public Safety Strategy and the Safer Streets, Safer lives Strategy. Just recently we announced plans to invest $1.9 million to support the expansion of RCMP crime reduction and enforcement teams including a five-member unit for the eastern district. Crime reduction teams focus on serious, prolific offenders and drug dealers. As always, I look forward to hearing from you with your questions or concerns. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204-424-5406 or at dennis.smook@leg.gov.mb.ca.

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A Busy Month in Ottawa It’s been a busy month in Ottawa. NSICOP It began with some very good news. I had the honour of being named to the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP). NSICOP is mandated to review national security and intelligence activities carried out by the Government of Canada, including those undertaken by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Communications Security Establishment, the RCMP, the Canada Border Services Agency, and the Department of National Defence. I am humbled and excited to be serving on NSICOP. It’s a weighty responsibility, but I look forward to conducting these duties to the best of my abilities. MAID Last week, the Liberal Government tabled Bill C-7, expanding access to medical assistance in dying (MAID). Bill C-7 repeals the requirement that the patient’s death must be ‘reasonably foreseeable’ for them to be eligible for MAID. It would also remove the 10-day “reflection period” which served to ensure individuals had appropriate time to consider their decision. Canada’s Conservatives are closely

reviewing the government’s new legislation. Our Party’s priority is ensuring safeguards for the most vulnerable, as well as for the conscience rights of physicians and other healthcare professionals. Illegal Blockades Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to capitulate to radical activists blocking Canada’s infrastructure. Despite (finally) demanding the blockades come down, Mr. Trudeau has failed to back up his demands with action. Emboldened by the lack of federal leadership, these activists have set up more blockades and protests all over Canada including here in Provencher. This is unacceptable. Many people have lost their jobs; Canada’s economy has lost hundreds of millions of dollars and every day law-abiding Canadians have been prevented from getting to work. Last week, Canada’s Conservatives put forward the following motion, “That the House stand in solidarity with every elected band council on the Coastal GasLink route, the majority of hereditary chiefs, and the vast majority of the Wet’suwet’en people, who support the Coastal GasLink project, and

condemn the radical activists who are exploiting divisions within the Wet’suwet’en community, holding the Canadian economy hostage, and threatening jobs and opportunities in Indigenous communities.” Sadly, Conservatives were the only party to support the motion. The courts have ruled that these blockades are illegal and must end. The Prime Minister has the authority and the imperative. It’s time for him to act. Coronavirus The World Health Organization has declared a global emergency over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Health officials have confirmed 12 cases of the coronavirus in Canada - five in Ontario and seven in BC. The Government of Canada is keeping Canadians updated on the situation and I will continue to monitor its response, closely, to ensure it meets the health needs of all Canadians.

True Reconciliation Matters in Manitoba The Dawson Trail community has been very active the past few weeks. February was I Love to Read Month, so I spent lots of time visiting the different schools throughout the riding and reading to the students. We gained a few new schools this year due to the boundary changes, so it was nice to see all the new faces. On February 17, I attended the 5th annual Louis Riel Day celebration in Anola. It was a great day spent learning about and celebrating traditional Métis culture. On March 2nd, I hosted another Coffee With Bob event, this time in Landmark, where I was joined by MP Ted Falk. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and chatted with us, it was a great time, and I’m looking forward to hosting another one soon. It has also been a very active time for government as well. On February 20, our government signed a memorandum of understanding with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC). This was to formalize discussions toward an agreement on the transfer of our province’s northern airports and marine opera-

tions to Indigenous ownership and operation. This agreement gives Indigenous people independence in controlling the transportation infrastructure they depend on daily and benefits northern economies. The northern airports and ferry infrastructure provides a lifeline for remote communities, as it enables the transportation of medical patients, essential supplies such as food and medication, and provincial service staff from several departments. Our government is committed to maintaining this vital service at current or improved levels, and finding a solution that ensures uninterrupted, reliable and cost-effective services for all Manitobans who rely on them. In 2019, our government sold Grace Lake Airport, near The Pas to Missinippi Airways. Expanding on that, our province has broadened its discussions with Indigenous partners through the AMC to consider transferring assets, ownership, and operations of Northern Airports and Marine Operations (NAMO) to the jurisdiction of Manitoba’s First Na-

tions. The transition of assets will begin this summer, and in the upcoming months, our government and AMC will work diligently to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. This agreement is a critical step toward furthering true reconciliation in Manitoba. I think of important actions like these as our government begins its legislative session. I’m reminded of the important and humbling work our government does as we gather to continue putting our ambitious agenda on the table. Our PC government will be working hard to move Manitoba forward. I’m glad to be back in the Legislative Chamber, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we will be able to achieve for Manitobans.


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Schuler Visits Schools for I Love to Read Month Ron Schuler, MLA for Springfield-Ritchot spent February engaging with students in his constituency for I Love to Read Month. “Reading can connect us all,” said Schuler. “Learning to read with a parent, teacher or librarian can set the stage for our youth to build relationships and become successful at all levels of education.” While reading and speaking to students in Grades 1-9 at schools in the community, Schuler presented framed commemorative Manitoba 150 photos of Manitoba’s Legislative Building. The framed photos serve as a reminder of the province-wide Manitoba 150 celebration. Among the schools Schuler visited was the brandnew Niverville High School, where he spoke to Grade 9 students about Manitoba’s legislative processes and the province’s 150th anniversary. The Progressive Conservative Government has announced plans to build 20 additional schools across the province and continue capital investment in existing schools. “Investing in education is to invest in our youth, and investing in our youth is to invest in our future,” said Schuler. “I Love to Read Month reminds us that reading and writing skills are the foundation of a solid, well-balanced education.”

Ron Schuler presenting a framed commemorative Manitoba 150 photo to Vice Principal of Niverville Elementary School, Jolene Kehler. Submitted photo.

Keeping Manitoba’s Outdoors Healthy If you happen to get outdoors this week, try taking a moment to stop and appreciate all of nature’s beauty our province has to offer. The Lac du Bonnet constituency in particular is home to a variety of events that encourage people to get outdoors and embrace the magnificence of our winters. In early February I had the pleasure of attending the 46th annual Beaver Days put on by the Whiteshell Community Club and then there is the always popular Lac du Bonnet Fishing Derby. In March we always look forward to the Canadian Power Toboggan Championship races in Beausejour and then there is the Falcon Lake Winter Fishoff which also takes place in March, just to mention a few. Whatever the season, spending time outside always reminds me why preserving our rich, natural Manitoban ecosystems is of great importance. It’s a priority for our PC government. It’s a priority for me. Our government’s Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan is better for the economy, better for the environment and better for our future. It exceeds the federal government’s own targets, and it does so without a punitive and

ever rising carbon tax. In 2019 alone, Manitoba spent over $2 billion on green energy projects. These projects provide clean, green hydro-electric power that eliminates use of coal and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. By introducing the strongest biofuel standards in the country, our government has taken the equivalent of 100,000 vehicles off the road — these new standards will reduce Manitoba’s emissions by almost 400,000 tonnes. For more information on the Made in Manitoba Green Plan please see: https://www. gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/climatechange/federal-benchmark-assessment.pdf . In addition to our government’s real climate action, we’ve taken steps to make sure Manitoba is open for business. By breaking down silos, reducing trade barriers, and lowering taxes, our government continues to create a business friendly environment which s led to January’s largest month-over-month job increase in Manitoba since the financial crisis of 2008. Not only were jobs added in January, but the unemployment rate was further reduced this month to 5.2%. Manitoba

now has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country, while increasing the labour force participation rate. While increasing job numbers, we’ve also lowered taxes — creating a healthy and vibrant economy. We’ve already reduced the PST by one per cent, saving Manitobans over $75 million. We’ll continue to make life more affordable with our 2020 Tax Rollback Guarantee, which will include eliminating the sales tax on home insurance and phasing out the education property tax once we’ve balanced the budget. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at wayne@wayneewasko.com, or call me 204-268-3282. Also, you can follow me on twitter @wayneewaskomla and friend me on Facebook.

Falk Appointed to Security and Intelligence Committee Ted Falk, MP for Provencher, has been appointed to the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP). NSICOP, established under the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act, is a multi-party committee that includes representatives from both the House of Commons and the Senate. The Committee is mandated to review national security

and intelligence activities carried out across the Government of Canada, including those undertaken by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Communications Security Establishment, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Department of National Defence, and others. Due to the nature of their work, all committee members hold Top

Secret security clearances and are permanently bound to secrecy under the Security of Information Act. “I am humbled to be serving on NSICOP,” said Falk. “It’s a weighty responsibility, but I look forward to conducting these duties to the best of my abilities.” Falk previously served as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.

March 2020

The Politics of Protest and Self Leadership The majority of Canadians had to educate themselves on the subject of the Wet’suwet’en Nation’s laws and its people, and their, if not unique, very different situation. Hereditary leadership is not commonplace in our society; even the house of Windsor is apolitical and in effect subservient to parliament. No question land rights in Canada are complicated and based in our collective history. As European colonizers arrived, each Indigenous Nation, including the Wet’suwet’en, continued to maintain their own unique and specific set of land laws. Today Canadian courts continue to recognize that Indigenous laws are part of Canada’s legal system, including as a basis for Indigenous land title. Elected Band Councils formed under the Indian Act do not have the authority to make decisions on non-ceded traditional territory, Under international and British law at the time of colonization, unless Indigenous people were conquered or treaties were made, the Indigenous interest in their land was to be respected by the law of the European colonizing nation. The British Crown did not conquer or make a treaty with the Wet’suwet’en, much of British Columbia was never ceded to colonization. The Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en asserted their territory claim that predates British Columbia and the province’s entry into Confederation. The right to use and access land or exclude others from it is part of what Canadian courts have already ruled on. Aboriginal title, including Wet’suwet’en land title, takes precedence over the Crown’s underlying interest in the land. Any land use agreement would need approval by the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs. It turns out that the gas pipeline should have got one more signature of acquiescence. The Hereditary Chiefs needed to give consent. Also it seems that on this subject not all of the Wet’suwet’en people are against this new pipeline. The protest of sympathy across Canada was to say the least a bit surprising. The economic costs to the Canadian economy were considerable and quite unnecessary as the end result will prove dialogue is the answer. The sympathetic blockades were a waste of time and money. If any other group of Canadians blocked the traffic at the exit of any reserve, we may find ourselves charged with domestic terrorism. The ramification would be swift and the treatment would reflect that we broke the law or many laws. The personal cost to each protestor would be considerable. Yet we watch this unfolding on TV and know full well that we will pay the full price for this attack on the economy. The leadership of First Nation people would probably find it more effective if they adopted a different approach. Look at the Bear Clan and its patrols. This respected organization, demands personal action, cooperation and an ecumenical approach to good citizenship. This should be a template for addressing the over representation of First Nations people who are incarcerated for non-violent crimes, from historic and current abuses, dependence on drug and alcohol, for victims of FAS. Much of this you don’t need a budget for, you need human input. The training on effective blockades is down pat, now let’s move on. Canadians are told time and time again to butt out of reserve politics. OK, show us what you can do. I appreciate that a budget would be needed for some of the above. Keep in mind that blockades should not be on the agenda. Throughout human history, human nature has shown us that it does best when it participates in self help. It might be time to expand the Bear Clan leadership across this country.






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Beaver Days Celebrated in Falcon Lake

The Beaver Days Mascot takes a spin around Falcon Lake during this year’s celebration.

For two days, the community of Falcon Lake was bustling with activity during the 46th annual Beaver days which took place February 8 and 9. Hosted by the Whiteshell Community Club the event was jam packed with activities for all ages to raise money for the facility. The weekend kicked off with a community pancake breakfast, followed by snowmobile demo rides, snowmobile poker derby, a braid, beard and mustache competition, and the 4 on 4 hockey tournament. Other popular activities included the radar runs, kids’ activities and crafts, horse drawn sleigh rides, community home cooked turkey dinner, and family skating. On Sunday, festival activities continued with a baking contest, braid, beard and mustache, vintage snow mobile show and radar runs.

The winners of the Best Moustache were Jada, Natalie, Jakobi, and Tessa.

Steinbach Honours Manitoba’s Birthday

Hundreds of people came out to the TG Smith Centre in Steinbach on February 17. On a day officially declared Louis Riel Day, the City of Steinbach welcomed the community to a celebration in honour Manitoba’s 150th birthday. The one day event officially called Manitoba Homegrown Celebrate 150 Family Day took place in and around the T.G. Smith Centre and included free, fun activities for the whole family. From face painting and fire shows to speed skating, curling, crokinole and crafts.


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Richert Returns to the European Race Circuit

Get ready for another exciting professional racing season as Niverville native David Richert hits the European circuit later in March.

Niverville born professional race car driver, David Richert, has signed to compete with Inter Europol Competition for the 2020 race season. Richert will be driving a Formula Renault 2.0 in the Ulti-

mate Cup Series, a championship featuring events on current and former Formula 1 circuits throughout Europe. “It’s a great feeling to know that I will be back in a race car shortly

and I am extremely excited to reunite with Inter Europol Competition once again to make that happen,” said Richert. “Poland is now my second home so I am very proud to partner with a team that will have a Polish flag on the side of the car. I have a huge amount of respect for the progress that Inter Europol Competition has made as a team so I hope I can contribute to the continuation of that progress.” After growing up as a farm boy on the Canadian prairies, Richert began his pursuit of advancing into the highest levels of motorsport, a 20 year journey that has seen him grow from racing go-karts in Manitoba to formula cars in Monaco. With the support of an enormous number of people, Richert has been able to battle through the difficult challenges of a sport driven by financial resources. This year marks a reunion for Richert and “Inter Europol Competition powered by Keese Motorsport” who first competed together in 2014. The partnership has seen

Richert experience time in several cars within Inter Europol Competition’s stable including a Formula Renault 2.0, GP2, and LMP3 car. Inter Europol is a Polish bakery situated new Warsaw, Poland, that delivers bread and bread related products to over 30 countries worldwide. The first race weekend of the Ultimate Cup Series will take place at Circuit de BarcelonaCatalunya in Barcelona, Spain, from March 20-22. Richert launched his professional driving career after being selected by Volkswagen as one of the top young race car drivers in North America and competed in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup. Recently, he became one of the only Canadians to ever complete a race through the streets of Monte Carlo at the world famous Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix weekend. In 2020, Richert will race with Inter Europol Competition in the Ultimate Cup Series.

Falk Frustrated Over Blockades On February 24, commuters were delayed when protestors set up near Deacons Corner in a show of solidarity with the Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in British Columbia. While this was just a minor traffic delay locally, cross country blockades have caused issues right across the country for over two weeks. Provencher MP Ted Falk, voiced frustration over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s failure to take action to resolve the illegal blockades crisis in a recent statement. “For the past two weeks, illegal blockades have negatively impacted Canadians from coast to coast. Radical activists opposing an energy project are holding our country’s economy hostage and the Trudeau Liberals have failed to take action to bring an end to these blockages,” stated Falk. “As a result of their inaction, many Canadians have been prevented from getting to and from work. Small businesses and farmers have struggled to get their goods to market, and a significant number of Canadians are suffering jobs losses.” Falk further stated that, “While all Canadians have the right to freedom of speech and the freedom to protest

peacefully, all of us also have a responsibility to obey the law.” He went on to say that as Prime Minister, it is Justin Trudeau’s duty to ensure the rule of law is upheld. “This project has been approved by all levels of government including indigenous leaders, and is the express wish of a majority of affected

Winter Festival Time in Grunthal

Grab your gear and head out to the Grunthal Winter Carnival on the weekend of March 6 to 8. Family friendly events that appeal to visitors of all ages are taking place over three days at the Grunthal Arena, Dropzone, Hanover Ag Fairgrounds, and South Oaks. On March 6, the weekend kicks off with Pickleball at South Oaks School, followed by a Skate-a-

indigenous communities. Moreover, the courts have ruled that the blockades are illegal and must be removed,” Falk continued. “Over the past two weeks… Mr. Trudeau has tried to pass off the responsibility for ending these illegal blockades to the RCMP, OPP, the provinces and Indigenous leaders.”

Falk pointed out that Trudeau has yet to offer solutions and refused to offer meaningful answers to reporters’ questions about how he would restore order. “The Prime Minister must do his job and act now to restore road and rail access at all illegal blockade sites.”

On February 24, supporters of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs in BC showed solidarity by setting up near Deacon’s Corner.

thon at the Arene and Pool tournament at the Drop Zone. The next morning hustle over to the Grunthal Arena for a community pancake breakfast, followed by the Vintage Snowmobile Show at the arena. After, watch or join the sleds on a 15 mile cross country snowmobile ride. Other activities include sleigh rides, face painting, crib tournament, and

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

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Healthy Sexuality Relationships are important to our well-being. Strong social connections help us solve problems and overcome challenges. There are many types of relationships in our lives. These can be with family, friends, co-workers, neighbours, as well as intimate or sexual partners. Don’t forget You! There is one important relationship that is often overlooked. Our relationship with ourselves. It is important to respect and value ourselves before getting into intimate relationships with other people. Having a good sense of personal identity and self-esteem will set a foundation for establishing strong, healthy relationships with others. Healthy Relationships Considerations of a “good” relationship are greatly influenced by society. Beliefs and practices about romantic relationships, marriage and sex vary around the world. Similarly, affection is expressed differently across many cultures. A healthy relationship requires self-awareness of our own feelings and values, as well as respecting our partner’s. Some key components of healthy relationships include: compatibility, communication, honesty and accountability, shared power, healthy physical boundaries, healthy emotional boundaries, trust and caring, nurturing our full selves. Consent and Sex Sexual relationships can be a very pleasurable and positive part of life. Clear expectations, communication and boundaries are important. Within any healthy relationship, neither person should feel pressured to have sex. There should be no expectations around sex even if someone has paid for a date or if you have been together for a long time. If you decide to have sex, there is a shared responsibility around consent – every single time. This includes checking about using contraception to avoid pregnancy, as well as using protection to prevent infections. Consent cannot be obtained if substances are impairing either partner’s ability to make decisions.




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Marchand Water Plant Claims Prestigious Award

Peter de Jong, owner of Canadian Gold Beverages proudly shows off a bottle of award winning “Sparkling Lemon Water” in front of their Marchand bottling plant.

On February 22, Canadian Gold Beverage from Marchand claimed a silver medal at the 30th Anniversary Berkely Springs International Water Tasting Competition. Canadian Gold Beverages, which is located in Marchand, has earned ‘silver’ for their locally produced and bottled creation “Sparkling Lemon Water”. Canadian Gold Beverages was the only Canadian bottling company that made it to the finals in this year’s Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition. When Peter De Jong purchased the Canadian Gold Beverages in September of 2012 and reopened it, the company already had a credible track record. Since claiming their first gold medal in 2009, the company has been a consistent medal winner over the past twelve years.

Join the Steinbach Storm Ready Team The City of Steinbach Storm Ready Team is currently seeking six volunteers to act as weather spotters in times of severe weather, such as a tornado. Spotters must be residents of Steinbach or live within a 10 km radius of Steinbach. Each team consists of four members and is “on call” for one week per month during the months of May through September. Denis Vassart Emergency Planning Coordinator explaining the process said when needed, storm watchers are notified by weather radio, text, telephone, or cell phone and asked to watch the sky for signs of severe weather developing. The Spotters will then contact the Emergency Operations Team, local radio outlets and Environment Canada if severe weather is imminent. “Should a tornado touchdown in Steinbach, spotters will be asked to do a preliminary damage evaluation of their designated area and report this information to the Emergency Operations Centre Team so they can formulate a plan of action and keep the general public informed,” explained Vassart. Spotters are provided with training both in-house and by Environment Canada, as well as guidelines on how to report a sighting and action checklists. In 2010, the City of Steinbach became the first community in Canada to be certified as “Storm Ready”. Questions and comments can be directed to Vassart, at 204-392-5996 or by e-mail at dvassart@steinbach.ca.

The City of Steinbach Storm Ready Team is currently seeking six volunteers to act as Photo by Myriam Dyck weather spotters in times of severe weather, such as a tornado.


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Lorette Photographer Focuses on Rural Communities By Marianne Curtis A professional photographer from Lorette has found a unique way to celebrate the province’s birthday with the release of a coffee table book that features fifty-four rural communities. Three Days in Rural Manitoba is the direct result of a three day adventure by Dianne Demarcke, a professional photographer and writer from Lorette. She, along with two friends hit the road on a quest to explore some of the communities in Manitoba where she took photos of unique features and landmarks. When Demarcke arrived home, she thought; why not share these photos with more than just family and friends? And the idea was born to publish Three Days in Rural Manitoba. “Manitoba is a land of gently rolling fields and wide river bends where the early fur trade began, transcontinental rail routes ran, and grain elevators stood tall and proud,” Demarcke explained. “Our rural landscape is rapidly changing and once thriving communities are fast becoming ghost towns. “In this book, I am highlighting some of these small towns with photographs and short historical descriptions.” Twenty-one communities from southern Manitoba are featured in the book with photos and a small write up including Buffalo Point, Carrick, Grunthal, Kleefeld, La Broquerie, Landmark, Lorette, Marchand, Middlebro, Niverville, New Bothwell, Otterburne, Pansy, Sprague, Steinbach, St. Adolphe, Ste. Anne, St. Pierre-Jolys, Stuartburn, Woodridge and Zhoda. Demarcke is the owner and operator of Dianne Demarcke Photography in Lorette, Manitoba. She has served on the board of directors of the Professional Photographers Association of Manitoba in the role of Education. She currently resides in Lorette where she continues to write and take photographs. This book is being launched just in time for the 150th birthday of Manitoba. An official launch celebration is taking place on July 11 at 7 pm at McNally Robinson Bookstores in the Grant Park Mall.

Three Days in Rural Manitoba takes readers on a photographic journey through fifty-four rural communities in celebration of Manitoba’s 150 birthday.

Dianne Demarcke and her two travel partners Claudette and Henri-Paul who helped her notice the many unique buildings and sites to photograph along our roads and byways. Submitted photos

‘Lend me a Tenor’ is Community Theatre at its Comical Best SouthEast Community Theatre recently made its debut with Ken Ludwig’s comic play, “Lend Me a Tenor.” Directed by Jeremy Plett, this hilarious play tells the story of an opera company encountering one catastrophe after another, with slamming doors and mistaken identities. The opera’s big night is saved in grand, farcical fashion. The Play is about the renowned tenor Tito Merelli who signed on to play Pagliacci at a Cleveland opera company in the fall of 1934. He arrives late and, through a set of crazy

circumstances, passes out after taking a huge dose of tranquilizers. Believing that the divo is dead, the excitable opera manager taps his hapless assistant, an aspiring singer named Max, to suit up as Pagliacci and replace Merelli. Meanwhile, the tenor’s jealous wife, his ambitious female co-star, Max’s young girlfriend and flirtatious head of the opera guild, are on the scene fighting, sometimes literally for the star’s attention. The cast list’s Max (Kenton Dyck), Maggie( Michelle Plett ), Saunders(Alan Fehr), Tito Merelli

(Michael Dueck), Maria (Lori Hiebert), Bellhop (Jacob Tamlin), Diana (Lauren Skye), and Julia (Deb Rogalsky). If you are in need of a laugh be sure to secure your tickets soon for the SouthEast Community Theatre Debut of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor. The play will take place at the SRSS Theatre. Tickets are $18/adult, $12/student and show times are Friday, March 6, 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 7, 2:00 pm and a matinee on Saturday, March 7, 7:30 pm.

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Entrepreneur Explores European Business Opportunities

It has been a year since Sue Leclair started writing her own chapter of the story after taking over the only bakery in Grunthal. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis

An entrepreneur from Grunthal is eager to implement some new ideas locally after spending ten days touring various bakeries in France and Belgium as part of a rare business opportunity. Earlier this month, Sue Leclair spent ten days touring six countries in Europe along with twenty other Canadians on a well planned tour to learn about business in Europe. As the owner of A Baker’s Story in Grunthal, Leclair was excited to participate in the rare opportunity thanks to a grant from World Trade Centre Winnipeg. The World Trade Centre Winnipeg (WTC Winnipeg) provides support to Manitoba companies looking to grow their business beyond Manitoba and provides services to international companies interested in doing business with Manitoba companies. “I didn’t even know this grant existed, but someone suggested it to me, and I applied. I was the only female Francophone entrepreneur from outside of twenty others who were from the Ottawa region,” Leclair explained. “It was an amazing opportunity and well put together by the organizers. They set up meetings with specific people for me, for example marketing specific for bakeries.” Leclair said she was surprised at how easy it would be for her, as a Francophone entrepreneur to establish a business in Europe.

“When you see the potential and opportunities, they have a lot of traditional baking, but there is a lack of options for the tourists as there are not a lot of cookies, donuts or things that cater to American tastes,” Leclair noted. “It was also an opportunity to see what I can bring back here and offer in my bakery.” While relocating her business could happen in the future, at this time Leclair is focused on building her legacy in Grunthal as the owner of the community’s only bakery. Nine years ago, Leclair purchased “The Pretzel Place” which provides products at the stadium and other

venues. Her product was created in Grunthal, so when the opportunity arose last year to purchase the family owned Grunthal Bakery, she took the chance. “I was up for a new challenge,” Leclair said. “What I did not expect was the learning curve that went from producing a few products to creating over a hundred different products.” Paying tribute to the long family legacy established in the community, Leclair renamed the business to A Baker’s Story to acknowledge the privilege of carrying on the story.

One of the highlights to Leclair’s trip was meeting Canada’s Ambassador to France Isabelle Hudon. Submitted photo

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Skip-O-Potamus Local Food Initiative Producer Spotlight Each month, the Stuartburn Franklin-Emerson Local Food Initiative profiles a local producer of the area whose homegrown products are available for purchase. This month nis Skip-O-Potamus owned by Shauna and karl Wagonhoffer. Handcrafting, taking raw ingredients and transforming them into something new and useful has always intrigued Shauna Wagonhoffer. Knowing she created something appreciable gives the Stuartburn mother of four great joy. “As a teen I became fascinated with the idea that lye [made from ashes] and fats or oils could become something cleansing. Making soap seemed both incredible and impossible. My mom encouraged me to try and had me meet with a friend of hers who was also interested in learning. We forged ahead together, mixing our lye with trepidation and breathing a huge sigh of relief as our first bars came out actually looking like soap! Waiting the six weeks for it to cure before trying it was a true exercise in patience,” said Shauna. “After that first batch, I was hooked. I moved ahead trying new formulas and scent combinations, making soap for family and

friends,” explained Shauna. “Twenty years later, Karl started to see the possibility for a business. I looked into all the notifications and labeling laws and quickly became overwhelmed. He encouraged me and helped me do all the hard stuff so I could do the part I enjoy, actually make the soap!” Soap is made in small batches to help ensure quality and cured for at least six weeks for hardness and longevity. Ingredients are locally sourced, sustainable and organic wherever possible. “It’s been fun to learn every part of the process, from rendering lard to packaging, and to continue to try new ideas and formulas,” said Shauna. “We strive to make products that are safe and healthy for the whole family.” Wagonhoffer’s interest in soap led to thinking about all the other skin care products. As a result, they now offer shampoo bars, lip balm, lotion bars, beard balm, whipped body butter, sugar scrubs, bath bombs and bath salts. “We also make laundry soap and stain sticks for pre-spotting laundry,” said Shauna. Currently, you can purchase SkipO-Potamus products by e-mail at kswagenhoffer@gmail.com or phone 204-425-3089.

Shauna and Karl Wagonhoffer with their four children keep traditions alive with homemade soaps and beauty products. Submitted photo

Fatal Highway Vehicle Collision On February 16 at approximately 6:30 pm, RCMP responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 52, just east of Steinbach. The initial investigation has determined that an SUV travelling westbound on Highway 52, was attempting to pass another vehicle when it collided head-on with a car travelling eastbound. The driver of the car, a 78-year-old male from La Broquerie, was taken to hospital in critical condition. His passenger, an 81-year-old female from La Broquerie, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the SUV, a 29-year-old male from Steinbach, was taken to hospital with serious injuries and charges are pending. Steinbach RCMP, along with a Forensic Collision Reconstructionist continues to investigate. If you were a witness to this collision or have any additional information to share with police, please contact Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-1234.


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Niverville to Host Manitoba Games The Town of Niverville is excited about their success in obtaining the bid to host the 2022 Manitoba Games. On February 25, the Province of Manitoba, Sport Manitoba, and Manitoba Hydro gathered in Niverville in make the announcement. At the same time, Sport Manitoba announced the Games will take place from February 26 to March 5, 2022. Niverville was one of the communities across the province that bid to host the Games based on their ability to stage the sport competitions. Sport Manitoba and the Manitoba Games Council conducted bid and site evaluations and make recommendations to the Board of Sport Manitoba. After careful review and evaluation, the Manitoba Games Council concluded the criteria to the hosting standards were met and Niverville was awarded the 2022 Games. Myron Dyck, Mayor of the

Town of Niverville said the community looks forward to welcoming everyone to the town. “The community of Niverville is honoured at having been selected to host the 2022 Manitoba Winter Games powered by Manitoba Hydro. We look forward to welcoming with open arms the athletes, their coaches, their parents, and all the fans to our town. We can’t wait to show you our warm rural hospitality!” The Manitoba Games 2022 is expected to bring hundreds of athletes to the community to compete in events including alpine ski, badminton, cross country ski, curling, figure skating, futsal, gymnastics, hockey, ringette, speed skating and wrestling. As host community, the Town of Niverville will have to contribute to the event. When the town put in their bid in 2019, their contribution was estimated at about $75,000.

The 2016 Summer Games in Steinbach generated $2.6 million in economic activity in Manitoba, including a $1.5 million boost to provincial GDP and $660,000 in visitor spending. Sport Manitoba will work with the Niverville Bid Committee over the next six months to transition their committee into a Host Society and recruit key volunteers for their executive and board. The Town has named Chantel Todd and Angela Janz as Bid Committee Co-Chairs. Administered by Sport Manitoba, the Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro are the largest ongoing multi-sport event in the Province. The Manitoba Games is a major sport development program of Sport Manitoba that follows the Olympic cycle, taking place every two years, alternating between summer and winter events.

President & CEO of Sport Manitoba Jeff Hnatiuk addresses an audience while (left to right) Niverville Mayor Myron Dyck, Minister of Sport, Culture, & Heritage Cathy Cox, Director of Corporate Communications for Manitoba Hydro Scott Powell, and Bid Committee Co-Chairs Chantel Todd and Angela Janz look on.

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Beware of Electrical and Natural Gas Dangers During Spring Flooding Many Manitobans have experienced basement flooding. During the spring thaw and throughout the summer, take precautions to stay safe if water threatens your lower level. In a flood situation both electrical and natural gas safety are extremely important. If a flood-related electrical or natural gas emergency occurs in your home, call Manitoba Hydro immediately at 204-480-5900 (Winnipeg) or 1-888-624-9376. For your safety and to minimize flood damage to electrical and natural gas equipment in your home, consider the following: Before Flooding Occurs: - Move appliances to the upper levels of your home if you can, and raise electrical equipment off the floor using shelving and tables. If the basement floor is dry, turn off the main power switch. Call Manitoba Hydro to shut off the natural gas supply to your home. If Your Basement Floods: - Do not enter flooded basements or buildings. They may contain energized water from electrical wiring or appliances. Serious hazards will result when water and electrical systems mix. - Do not attempt to turn off the main power switch and do not attempt to disconnect gas appliances. Call Manitoba Hydro to arrange for disconnection of the power at the pole and the natural gas service. After The Flood Has Receded: - Contact Manitoba Hydro to find out if it is safe to enter your home. If you smell gas or suspect a gas leak, leave immediately and call Manitoba Hydro from a safe location. - If electrical or natural gas service to your home was shut off, call Manitoba Hydro to have your service reactivated. - Have a qualified electrician clean, dry and test your electrical panel and any electrical wiring in your home before turning on the power. - If your natural gas appliances have been flooded, arrange for a licensed heating contractor to inspect them and determine whether they need to be serviced or replaced. You can also learn about power line hazards in flooded areas at hydro.mb.ca/safety/storms_and_floods/#flood.

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Local Musician Pledges to Raise a Million Country musician Quinton Blair is kicking off a mighty initiative this month after announcing that he plans to raise $1 million for communities in rural Manitoba before he quits playing music. Local country music lovers are familiar with Quinton’s music as he is one of the favourite talents who performs regularly at community festivals throughout the region. The four time MCMA awardwinner is a proud Manitoban with a strong track record of being involved with non-profit organizations. “Spending as much time in rural Manitoba as he does, he has recognized the reality of budget restrictions on rural communities and the non-profit organizations that play such a big role in the local social landscape,” said Nanci Dagg with Quinton Blair Music. “He and his team are focused on helping communities come together and rally around a cause.” Individuals and businesses are invited to join the venture by partnering on a variety of levels through monthly subscriptions which ensure the operating costs of these performances remains low which allows him to leave more money in the communities he reaches. Other ways to help can be in the form of advertising sponsorship or to invite Quinton Blair to your community. “He can work alongside a small Local country musician Quinton Blair is always a crowd pleaser when he takes to the stage at community festivals throughout the region. Photo by Marianne Curtis committee to provide a first-class, Blair’s first fundraising event happens on March 13, in Dau- ing dates continually being an- visit quintonblair.com or follow low-risk fundraising initiative,” for his million-dollar endeavour phin, Manitoba, with new, upcom- nounced. For more information, him on social media. promised Dagg.


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Local Curlers Claim Junior Championship

The Canadian Men’s Juniors National Team and their coach celebrate a gold medal win after claiming the World Junior Curling Championship after competing in Russia. Supplied photo.

Four local boys have returned home triumphant after claiming the Junior Curling Championship in Krasnoyarki, Russia from February 15 - February 22. As part of Team Canada, the Manitoban Junior Curling team claimed the title after the team defeated Switzerland 7-2 in the final on February 22. The team is skipped by Jacques Gauthier, from Lorette and consists of Jordan Peters (vice-skip), Brayden Payette as second and Zack Bilawka as lead. As representatives of Manitoba, they claimed Canada’s 20th gold

medal win at the World Juniors. Gauthier told media after the game that, “It’s unreal. It was our first final and the boys played really well. To the fans back home and the girls’ fans cheering us on, thank you so much for sticking with us and following along the whole week, making us feel like we weren’t in the middle of Siberia by ourselves.” Canada opened the scoring in the second end with a single point and then doubled their lead to 2-0 in the fourth end with a single-point steal against Switzerland.

In the seventh end, Switzerland gave up a steal of two points to extend Canada’s lead to 6-1. In the eighth end, Switzerland came up just short to give Canada a single-point steal and a 7-1 lead. With a final point in the ninth end, Team Canada became world champions for the third time in a row. The Manitoba’s Women’s Junior Curling team also claimed the title. The last time the men and women’s teams both brought home gold was at the 2018 championships in Scotland.

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On February 26, the RM of Piney council made available 440 cords of wood for sale, which was left behind as part of the MB-MN Transmission Line Project. As the line has been constructed, eight foot lengths of poplar, spruce, tamarack and cedar has been stockpiled and given to the municipality for disposal. A public notice issued by the RM of Piney that states, “Through the MB-MN Transmission Line Project, the RM of Piney has approximately 440 cords of wood available to residents in the RM of Piney at $10/cord administration fee and will be available at the Menisino disposal site.” Permits are available at the RM office at a limit of 1 permit per household to a max of 10 cords. In the first two weeks only 5 cords per permit may be accessed, after the end of two weeks an additional five cords to the maximum limit can be picked up. Residents have raised concerns that the municipality may be profiting from wood that was left behind for free by construction crews. While the RM of Piney offered no explanation for the fee, the RM of Ste. Anne passed a resolution for wood available under the same terms in their municipality. On February 25, Ste. Anne council voted to charge a $10 fee per cord to offset costs associated with having an employee onsite to monitor residents and have them sign a waiver to protect the RM from any injuries resulting to cutting or loading the wood on municipal property. RM of Ste. Anne residents are limited to five cords per household.


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2019 Taxes, What’s New We are just a couple of weeks into the 2019 tax season and here are a few good news items for many taxpayers in Manitoba. The Refundable Tax Credits are higher than previous years and tax refunds are slightly more for almost all of our clients so far. Climate Action Incentive The carbon tax rebate has increased from $170 to $243 for an individual in Manitoba and the amounts for spouse and dependent children have also increased. This will increase your normal refund or reduce your normal taxes payable. Keep in mind that the price of fuel will increase again April 1 2020. And the increase in fuel prices increases the costs of everything we buy (if you bought it, a truck brought it). If you can reduce your direct pur-

chase of fuel then you will be better off. And that is the “incentive” of this refundable tax credit: encourage you to use less fuel. Eventually it may really make a difference in “locally produced products” and there will be a huge financial incentive to “buy locally”. Canada Child Benefit The Canada Child Benefit has increased again, so you will notice the improved amount starting July 2020 (based on your 2019 family income). This improved non-taxable benefit has really helped families financially and have lifted many families out of poverty. Canada Worker’s Benefit This refundable tax credit has been increased for those with lower earned income. I’ve already noticed more clients are receiving this credit

compared to the previous years, or they are receiving more. The CWB is calculated using all of the following information: working income, marital status, net income, eligible dependents, and disability tax credit. Manitoba Education Property Tax Credits For taxpayers who pay property taxes or rent, and have lower net family income, there may be more refundable credits available. The base amount reduction of $250 has been eliminated so there may be more credits available. The credits are based on income, so it depends on how your income has changed from 2018 to 2019. April 30 Generally the tax returns we have processed so far, the refunds seem

to be larger than the previous year because of some of these refundable tax credits. When your taxes are filed electronically, the refunds are normally received in 8-10 business days. And refunds that are direct deposit are the quickest. The tax filing deadline is April 30 2020 for most taxpayers. If you or your spouse is self-employed, the filing deadline is June 15, but amounts owing will start adding interest on May 1. Get your taxes filed as soon as possible so you can get your refund as soon as possible. Even if you will owe, you can still get them filed now and only pay for them on or about April 30. We look forward to looking after your 2019 income taxes during the

next several weeks. And for some of you, meeting with you later in the year: planning your income and taxes for 2020 and beyond. Because as some of you have found out: “Good Tax Advice can be your Best Investment”. Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact us at 204-422-6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Coop) or info@SAtaxes.ca.

Tips on Choosing the Right Mortgage To get a good deal on buying a home or property, it is important to choose the mortgage that best suits your needs. When shopping for a mortgage, it’s

crucial to understand some of the options and features available to you: 1. Amortization period versus mortgage term The amortization period is the length of time it will take you to pay off the mortgage in full. If your down payment is less than 20 per cent of the purchase price of your home, the longest amortization period allowed is 25 years. The longer the amortization period, the lower your payments. However, keep in mind that the longer you take to pay off your mortgage, the more interest you will pay over time. The mortgage term is the length of time your contract is in effect. It can range from a few months to five years or more. At the end of each term, you must renew your contract,

unless you are able to pay your mortgage off in full. If you want to renegotiate your mortgage agreement or pay off your mortgage in full before the end of the term, you may have to pay a prepayment penalty. The amount of the penalty depends on your type of mortgage and the terms of your mortgage agreement. The renewal of the contract is a good opportunity to re-evaluate your needs in order to choose the mortgage that suits you. You do not have to renew your mortgage with the same lender. You can choose to deal with another lender if their terms better suit your needs. Check with your lender to find out if there are any costs as-

Take the confusion out of mortgages and understand what you are committing to.

sociated with such a transfer before you begin the process. 2. Fixed versus variable interest rates Fixed interest rates do not change over the term. This may be better for you if you prefer to pay the same amount throughout the term of your mortgage. Variable interest rates may increase or decrease over the term. This means that it’s possible to get a lower rate when you renew, depending on the market. But, it’s also possible that the new rate could be higher. Before taking out a mortgage, find out about all the terms and conditions set by your lender and carefully assess your needs in order to choose the mortgage that is right for you. 3. Renewal after a term If your mortgage contract is with a

federally regulated financial institution, such as a bank, the lender must provide you with a renewal statement at least 21 days before the end of the existing term. A renewal statement must contain the same type of information that is in your current mortgage contract, such as: the balance or remaining principal at the renewal date, the interest rate, the payment frequency, the term and any charges or fees that apply. The renewal statement must also specify that the interest rate offered in the renewal statement won’t increase until your scheduled renewal date. If your lender decides not to renew your mortgage, it must notify you at least 21 days before the end of your term. Find more information at canada. ca/money. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com


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Protecting Your Financial Information

No one wants to wake up and find out that money has disappeared from their bank account, or that their credit card has been used for purchases they did not make. But, this is a reality that many Canadians have experienced. An ill-intentioned person can steal your identity and access your personal finances. There are a variety of ways they might do this, whether by accessing your information online, by phone, by mail or other means. Fraudsters are especially looking for personal information such as your name, address, bank or social insurance account number, date of birth or personal identification number (PIN). To prevent identity theft and fraud, keep your personal information in a safe place by taking steps such as: - Avoid opening e-mails or clicking on links that you find suspicious. - Shred your mail and documents containing your personal or financial information before throwing them out. - If you change your address, inform your financial institution and the post office. You can also redirect your mail to your new address to make sure that your change of address works. - Do not save your credit card numbers and passwords online.

If you think you’ve been scammed and suspect that you are the victim of identity theft or fraud, or you have unwittingly provided your personal or financial information to a fraudster: - Change your passwords immediately and replace them with secure passwords. - Regularly review your bank account and credit card statements to make sure there are no suspicious transactions. If in doubt, contact your financial institution. - Order and carefully examine your credit report and check for anything unusual. An individual with access to your accounts can, among other things, steal your money, apply for a personal loan, order a credit card, open a line of credit, and even apply for a mortgage in your name. Each of these possibilities could have a negative impact on your reputation with lenders. If you are the victim of identity theft or fraud: - Contact your financial institution and your credit card company. - Contact Canada’s two credit bureaus, Equifax and TransUnion, and ask them to place a fraud alert on your credit report file. - Report the fraud to your local police and file a report on the incident. - Contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Article courtesy of newscanada.com

Three Common Mistakes That Lead to Insurance Fraud When real customers unknowingly buy fake insurance policies from fraudulent actors, it’s called seller fraud. A fraudster will offer discounted insurance and take the victim’s money in return for home and auto insurance pink slips that are invalid or forged. Unlike claims fraud, where fraudsters use fake accidents or reports to cash in on real insurance policies, seller fraud is easy to avoid. Three common mistakes that can lead to fraud are trusting the wrong individuals, seeking impossible rates, and overlooking important details. Who to trust Avoid falling prey to a fraudster by checking online for a licence. A legitimate broker or agent is an individual or firm that sells insurance policies to clients and has a licence number from their provincial regulator. Direct-toconsumer insurance companies are federally regulated and licensed to sell insurance policies directly to the end customer. TIP: A broker is paid in commission by the insurance company it sells a policy from. Legitimate brokers don’t charge a fee in most jurisdictions. Reasonable rates Shopping around for insurance is the easiest way to find your best rate. Different companies will offer different rates. But, if one indi-

vidual offers a surprisingly better rate than all the others, you might want to think twice. “Insurance rates are based on pooled risk — companies need to collect enough money to pay out claims in a given year,” says Roger Dunbar, the senior vice president of home and auto insurer Sonnet. “Generally, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.” TIP: Ads promoting cheap insurance for high-risk drivers are an example of a red flag. Insurers tend to charge high-risk drivers more because of their driving history. Check the details The devil is in the details. If an insurance policy includes misrepresented information, such as unlisted high-risk drivers or the wrong address, it can be cancelled and claims can be denied. Make sure you personally review the information on your policy to avoid losing money and failing to have proper insurance coverage in place when it counts. Fraudsters may also use fake identities to set fake policies. If an insurer contacts you about a policy you never set up, don’t ignore it. You can report suspected insurance fraud to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. Find more information at IBC.ca. TIP: A history of misrepresenting information makes it harder to get insurance coverage in the future – check the details. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

No one wants to wake up and find out that money has disappeared from their bank account, or that their credit card has been used for purchases they did not make. Find more information at canada.ca/money.


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All About Seeds is a Gardener’s Favourite Activity in February The Roseau River, Woodmore Women’s Institute’s Food Safety Initiative event was the place where 30 or so folks gathered on February 7 to talk about, exchange and to buy those magical little bullets called seeds. Folks in the region brought their favourite seeds to share. This is our version of Seedy Saturday, we called it Seedy Friday. Our special guest speaker was Rachelle Ternier, all the way from Cochin, Saskatchewan. She lives on the family farm beside a small lake, the home also of the family business, Prairie Garden Seeds. Rachelle and her father Jim have been encouraging home gardening and seed saving since 1986. The seed business is a labour of love as they grow out a huge collection of open-pollinated seeds. These are seeds that can be saved and that will remain true when grown again which Jim has been collecting for 34 years.

Rachelle brought a whack of seeds to our event and quite a number of sales were made as quite a few of us bought our 2020 seeds for the garden. We fortunately got first pick before she headed to the much busier Seedy Saturday in Winnipeg, and the seed event in Brandon on Sunday. Gardeners, mark your calendar for April 30, 6:30 pm when we invite you to join us again at the Roseau River Park Hall to hear our guest Mick Mansfield from Winnipeg. He will talk about all things related to owning a back yard greenhouse. We will also have a plant exchange. If you so choose we invite you to bring house plants, extra seedlings and perennials.

Favourite seeds brought by participants to a Woodmore Women’s Institute’s Food Safety Initiative event in February.

Janet Kroeker a Woodmore Women’s Institute’s Food Safety Initiative member and one of the organizers of the event.

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Microgreen Grower Sprouts in IDC

Tiffannie Pierson owns and operates Sweet Prairie Greens, a year round microgreen farm located in Ile des Chenes. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis An Ile des Chenes entrepreneur is proving that not a lot of space is needed to enter the market and become one of three trusted microgreen grower and suppliers in the province. Tiffannie Pierson owns and operates Sweet Prairie Greens, a year round microgreen farm that grows organic microgreens and shoots for restaurants, home cooks and families. Located within a room of her home, she started the business in June 2019 after returning from ten months of living on a sustainable living organic farm in British Columbia. “I got interested in sustainable produce after doing an internship on a microgreen farm,” Pierson explained. “I learned everything

from how to grow, to how to educate people on uses, growing and many methods of sustainable living.” Pierson noted the education process of how to use microgreens and their benefits is the biggest part of the business. While the use of microgreens is common in some parts of the country they are fairly new to Manitoba. “I decided to open here because there is a space in the market for it in Winnipeg; and it is a year round available sustainable produce,” she added. “Our vision is working in harmony with our communities and the environment that directly support those communities. Becoming more self-sustainable and creating food security and safety in Winnipeg and other communi-

ties in Manitoba.” Microgreens are young vegetable greens that are approximately 2.5–7.5 cm tall, which takes about 7-12 days depending and the plant. They have an aromatic flavour and concentrated nutrient content and come in a variety of colors and textures. Microgreens are considered baby plants, falling somewhere between a sprout and baby green. They can be used in salads, wraps and other cooking. Now that Pierson has established her grow cycles and found a local market, which includes Bigway in Niverville she is looking forward to teaching classes this summer. She will be offering sessions on how to grow greens, sustainable living and composting among other subjects.

What is a GFCI and How Can it Save Your Life? Is your home equipped to protect you and your family from electrocution? A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is a special type of outlet designed to trip when it detects that current is flowing along an unintended path – through a human body or water for example. Using a GFCI can prevent serious electric shock, which can stop the heart or cause serious burns. They can also prevent a fire from occurring when a live wire touches a metal conduit. GFCIs should be installed in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, garages and outdoors or anywhere appliances or power tools are used in close proximity to water. This is because water or wet objects are able to conduct electricity very easily and in-

crease your chance of shock. While GFCIs are required by code in new kitchens, bathrooms, unfinished basements and outdoor receptacles, owners of older houses can retrofit GFCI receptacles at those locations. Test Your GFCI Because lightning and other power surges can damage a GFCI’s delicate circuitry at any time, GFCIs should be checked monthly. How can you test it? Push the “Reset” button of the GFCI outlet to prepare the unit for testing. Plug in a night light and turn it on. Then push the “Test” button on the GFCI. The night light should go OFF when the “Test” button is pushed. If the light stays on, the GFCI needs to be replaced. Contact a licensed electrician to check the GFCI and correct the problem.

Temporary or portable GFCIs can be used for construction or outdoor projects; however they should be tested before each use. They should not be used as a permanent alternative to a regular GFCI. If the Plug Doesn’t Fit … Modern electrical outlets are grounded to help prevent shocks. They accept three-pronged plugs and polarized ones, with one prong wider than the other. Never alter a plug by clipping off the round grounding prong and never file down the wide polarized prong. They are there to protect you from severe electrical shock and protect equipment from damage. When replacing old ungrounded outlets, have a licensed electrician upgrade your wiring system to accept grounded receptacles.

STARS Called for Snowmobile Accident Speaker and seed grower Rachelle Ternier.

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At approximately 6:55 pm on February 21 Steinbach RCMP responded to a snowmobile collision a few miles south of Marchand. The driver, a 36 year old male

from La Broquerie was found unconscious but breathing. He was transported to hospital via STARS where he is now in stable condition. Investigation is still ongoing to

determine exactly what caused the snowmobile to become airborne and lose control upon landing. Alcohol is not considered to be a factor.


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Family Resource Centre Receives Funding from MDRT The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Foundation Canada has granted Steinbach Family Resource Centre $2,500 to support the School Supply Drive. Steinbach Family Resource Centre supports education in our community. Part of that support is to ensure that every student across the southeast is prepared for what the new school year brings. Whether it is a shiny new pencil case, or a brand new backpack, donating school supplies is an easy way to connect with students in the community and have a positive impact on their learning experience. Basic needs like pens, pencils, paper and tools help students engage in lessons and improve overall attendance, helping children to overcome instability and identify as students. The Steinbach Family Resource Centre’s annual School Sup-

The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Foundation Canada has granted Steinbach Family Resource Centre $2,500 to support the School Supply Drive. Submitted Photo

ply Drive provides new school sup- Canada will support the purchase plies to families in need across the of quality backpacks and supplies to southeast. The grant from MDRT support this goal.

Income Contributes to Health Throughout Region

Southern Health-Santé Sud is calling attention to the biggest contributor to the health of our region, income, after it was found to be a significant factor in a recent health assessment. When Southern Health released their 2019 Community Health Assessment on February 18 it was one of the healthiest regions in the province. The report also points out that disparities still exist in different geographical areas and across different population groups. Some of the factors affecting this inequity include wide income gaps across the region. The Community Health Assessment provides an overview of the health status, determinants of health, and health system use of residents who live in Southern HealthSanté Sud (SH-SS). Data gives the board an idea of how healthy the region is and what areas need focus on to improve health over the next five year. Tipping the population count at 204,274, Southern Health-Santé Sud has a diverse population. The population has increased by 9% in the past five years, representing the largest percentage of growth in the province. Looking forward, the region has the largest projected growth with an anticipated increase of 25% by 2030. According to the assessment, the average household income is $61,000 in Southern Health-Santé Sud. While this might seem ‘average’ in terms of stats, it is important to note that the income gap between the highest and the lowest districts is $52,000. “Imagine how that amount of money might affect the options and choices for a household,” stated Southern Health-Santé Sud in a release. “Regardless of where we are on the spectrum income gap affects us all. As income goes down, peo-

ple get sicker and die earlier.” Despite this, the assessment also shows that this area is one of the healthiest regions in Manitoba, despite increasing rates of some chronic diseases. Life expectancy was among the highest in the province and the region was significant-

ly better than the provincial average on many health outcomes. Southern Health-Santé Sud says that action is needed to address the social and economic factors to reduce and eliminate health inequities however this goes beyond the health care system.

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Dealing with a Lengthy Winter Power Outage The impacts of the October storm are still vivid memories for many Manitoba Hydro customers. Blizzards, ice storms and heavy snow can cause power outages from a few hours to several days. Even fog and a heavy frost can suddenly affect power lines. Are you prepared for an extended winter power failure? Manitoba Hydro experience in responding to a crisis has taught us the more prepared we are, the less severe the consequences. The same can be said for you and your family – the better you plan ahead, the better you’ll cope when trouble hits. The most crucial part of any emergency plan is first acknowledging that things can go sideways with little notice no matter where you live in Manitoba. The next step is talking about it with your family and preparing an emergency plan for your home. Draw a floor plan of your home, showing the locations of exits, where to shut off natural gas, power and water, and where to find the fire extinguisher and how to use it. Also, plan how to meet and contact one another if you’re not all at home. You should also put together an emergency kit. Everyone should know where it’s kept and what it contains. Emergency Kit A kit doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive, but rather items you likely already have that can be easily found during an emergency. It should include: • Candles and matches. • Flashlights with fresh batteries. • A wind-up or battery powered clock. • A portable battery operated radio to keep you informed on the status of a power outage. • A supply of non-perishable food that doesn’t need cooking like crackers, cereal, trail mix, dried fruit, granola bars, peanut butter and canned food like fruit and tuna – don’t forget a manual can opener or multipurpose tool. • Potable water – at least four litres of bottled water per person, per day. • Hand sanitizer. • Extra blankets or sleeping bags. • Cellular phone and car charger as well as an extra power bank. Remember, you need dry chargers and batteries, so have plastic zippered bags in your kit to keep them protected. • First aid kit. You can buy a first aid kit at most drugstores or make your own containing basic items. • Extra pet food, if required. For more tips on how to prepare for a power outage, visit hydro.mb.ca.

What is Pole Top Fire Season?

A recently released Community Health Assessment by Southern Health-Santé Sud shows that in our region, there is a 12-year gap in life expectancy between women in the lowest and highest income districts.

Fires on top of hydro poles are a common cause of electrical outages in Manitoba They most often occur in the spring, but can happen at any time of year. Why do pole top fires happen? Insulators, typically made of porcelain and polymer, are used to attach power lines to wood distribution poles. Dirt and grime can build up on these insulators throughout the year. The build-up can be worse in the winter before the first big spring rain helps to clean the insulators and restore their insulation properties. While cracks or lightning damage can cause an insulator to fail and create a pole fire, usually it is humid weather that contributes to the risk of pole top fires. Dense fog, very light rain, or light, wet snow can all provide the right conditions. The moisture in the air combines with the dirt on the insulators to allow an electrical short circuit, which can cause a fire. The short circuit trips a switch, cutting power to the lines, much like the fuses or breakers in a house. The tripped switch causes an outage, which could be limited to a small area or could involve a large number of customers. Sometimes the pole may burn through, leaving the top of the pole, cross-arms and insulators suspended by the power lines. Or power lines can break from the weight. If you see a hydro pole on fire, call 911.


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Say What We Ought to Say Have you ever been in trouble for something you said and then regretted it later? An honest answer would be, “We all have”. How do we get ourselves in such predicaments? If we could just control our tongues, this would never happen. In the Bible, in James 3:6, the tongue is called a fire, a world of iniquity and it defiles the whole body. Verse 8 says, “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” We can say the sweetest thing one minute and then the next minute; destroy all the good we tried to do. First, we need to realize that whatever comes out of our mouth was already in our heart. Matthew 12:34 says, “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Therefore it’s really our heart that needs help and not our tongue. There are seven types of tongues listed in the Bible, but only one is good. There’s the backbiting tongue that spreads gossip behind people’s backs. There’s the deceitful tongue that purposely tries to mislead others. The lying tongue avoids truth. A forward tongue is rebellious and not willing to submit to authority. The naughty tongue is mischievous and bad. A perverse tongue is obstinate, contrary and stubborn. The only good tongue in the list is a wholesome tongue that utters kind and pleasing words. We are instructed in Psalms 34:13, “Keep thy tongue from evil and thy lips from speaking guile.” It is humanly impossible for an individual to do this in their own strength and ability. So why would the Bible tell us to do something we can’t do? God wants us to go to Him for help. He is waiting for us to call out to Him. Only Almighty God can make us what we ought to be and say what we ought to say. But He will only help us when we ask Him. Are you willing to go to God for help today? Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Are you tired of losing the battle in life? Turn to God today and He will help you with all your struggles.

Steinbach Athlete Earns Prestigious Scholarship By Marianne Curtis

This year’s Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Memorial Volleyball Scholarship recipients were James Duerksen, Tyson Koop, Taylor McGillivray and Supplied photo Devon Borody.

A Steinbach Regional Secondary School (SRSS) athlete has been named as a recipient of this year’s Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Memorial Volleyball Scholarship from the Manitoba High School Athletic Association. On February 12, Tyson Koop of the SRSS Sabres was named as one of the recipients of the Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Memorial Volleyball Scholarship for 2019-2020. During the school year, Koop maintains an academic average of 94.2% and is looking to pursue a career in the medical field. Koop was named a Provincial All-Star and played in the Final Four of the 2019 Boston Pizza AAAA Provincial Volleyball Championships. He was also named a Player of the Game and League AllStar in his League Championships. He is hoping to continue to play volleyball at the highest level he can reach. Along with volleyball, Koop is involved in the Southeastern Manitoba music festival as a pianist and vocalist. He leads a junior youth group at his church, and he was a counsellor at the Red Rock Bible Camp. He is also a math and science tutor, volunteers at

the local hospital, is involved in the game club, trivia team, grade wars, and he is sponsoring a child through Compassion Canada. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to five players within the province. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be proceeding to a post-secondary institution and have a minimum 65% academic average. The individual must have proficiency in volleyball, while academic standing, community activities, and citizenship are also considered. The Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Memorial Volleyball Scholarships are awarded annually in memory of Selkirk, Manitoba volleyball player, Dr. Dale Iwanoczko. Iwanoczko played volleyball with the University of Manitoba Bisons where he was named a five-time AllCanadian. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Manitoba, before passing away at the age of thirty, from Hodgkin’s disease. A number of Dale’s friends, have organized an annual golf tournament to raise funds for this scholarship named in his honour and memory.


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The Wonder of a Child-Like Faith Luke 18:15-17… 15) People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16) But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17) Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (NIV) When Jesus was preaching and teaching during His time on earth, parents would bring their children on their first birthday so that they would receive the blessing of Christ. That is what fathers and mothers sought Jesus to do for their children. That is what mom and dad do today when they dedicate or consecrate their children to the Lord. That is what I believe these mothers wanted from Jesus in the gospel story found in your Bible. The disciples thought that Jesus already had a busy schedule, and surely, He could do without the mothers bringing their children to Him. You see they thought that Jesus was weary, He was overworked, He was worn out. He should not be bothered by the noise of little children running about. Often at home, we may say to a little child, “Do not bother mommy or daddy, we are tired and have other things on our mind.” Maybe the disciples felt the same way. But what did Jesus say? In other words, what Jesus is telling us is that we must have the faith of a little child to be part of the kingdom of God. Sounds rather strange; ... To become like a little child before we can enter heaven... I am not sure I understand! But look at the story again! Little children came to Jesus without pretense and fear. They had complete faith that he would receive them and treat them kindly. They marvel at the beauty of a ladybug in their hand. They enjoy the aftermath of the worst blizzard. When we were young, did we ever doubt where the next meal was going to come from or if we would have clothes to wear? If we ever went away with our parents, we believed that they knew where they were going and that they would find their way back home again. Our trust in our parents was absolute… our trust in Christ should be just as certain as a child’s trust in their parents. They are not like us older folks who live in a world that has grown old and tired. Children live in a world that has a sort of an afterglow where God is never far away. There are times when children will disobey their parents, they will whimper, they will complain… but their character and personality are to obey. They understand that they should submit to the parents’ wishes, they are not content when they break the rules. There are times when parents are somewhat unjust to their children. We expect from them a degree of obedience, of wholesome manners, of improved language, of trust which we sometimes fail to do ourselves. They understand that mom and dad’s words should be obeyed. But even when parents fall short, the child has an amazing capacity to forgive and to forget. Many times, we admonishment them for doing the very things we are guilty of. There have been times when others have treated us rather disrespectfully. We find it difficult to forgive. But the child forgives and forgets and does not even realize it when they are young. It would be a much better world if we would forgive and forget as a child does. Jesus reminds us that we must have a childlike spirit to enter heaven. We must become as a little child. In other words, we must be willing to forgive and to forget, that after all is the childlike spirit. That it is a sin when we live only for ourselves. When we shut our ears to the voice of God as it is written in the Scriptures. When we fail to practice the love and mercy taught by Jesus in the Bible. But on the other hand, salvation, the way to heaven, comes to us when we put our childlike trust in Jesus Christ. When we tell others with our mouth that Jesus Christ is our Lord and believe in our own heart that God has raised Him from the dead, we will be saved. For it is by believing in our hearts that we become right with God, and when we tell others with our mouth about our salvation, that brings confirmation to our faith. To God Be Glory Great Things He Has Done. Would you pray this prayer with me? “Lord Jesus come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have peace in my heart. I really want that peace, joy, and happiness that I long for. Please let the holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will bring honor to Your Name.” Amen.


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C ommunity E vents Dugald Prairie Voices Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Springfield Library. East Braintree St. Patrick’s Day Dessert and Story Telling – On Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 pm at the East Braintree Community Church. Share your favourite St. Patrick’s Day joke or story. Come see what’s new at the EBT Church. Call 204-972-0333. Falcon Lake Alcoholics Anonymous - Whiteshell group meets every Wednesday and Saturday at 8 pm in All People’s Church. Come and meet with us or call 204-349-2374. We can help. Friedensfeld Whist Card Game – On Friday, March 13 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 22 at 2 pm at the Community Centre. Family friendly. Youth as young as 10 years can play too. Players change trade seats as rounds are won or lost, and by the end of the 20 rounds, you will have played with or against almost everyone there. $5 fee for each player. Coffee and Pop included and a snack is provided after the game. Smaller children can play and run in the centre while parents play and visit. Contact Charlene Freund 204-381-1835, friedensfeldcc@ gmail.com. 307 Stoneybrook RCAC Squadron - On Thursday nights at 6:15 pm at the Community hall, 32004 Road 35E. Free Program. Cadets participate in a range of training over the course of the school year and over the summer at one of the Summer Training Centres. Subjects include Citizenship, Leadership, Aviation, Aerospace, Navigation, Drill, Physical Fitness, Aircrew Survival, and Marksmanship. Cadets are expected to assist in fundraising to put towards training facilities and costs associated with some optional activities. To register come in person or contact 307rcacs@gmail.com. Grunthal Winter Carnival - From Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8. Pancake Breakfast, Skating, crafts, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, broomball, toboggan races, hockey skills, ringette and lots more! Hadashville Senior’s Social Club - Every Wednesday at 1 pm at the Recreation Centre. For all seniors in the area meet to play cards, shuffleboard, air hockey and pool. Coffee is on and a meal at 2:30 pm. Pool players also gather on Mondays and Fridays if there is enough players. Contact Anthea Lewis 204-8801015. Reynolds Moms & Tots Playgroup – On Wednesdays until June from 10 am – 5 pm. Crafts, Gym Use, Playroom, Snack, Outdoor Play. Contact Angie Hood 204-295-4010 Ile-des-Chênes TAMS Taekwondo – On Tuesday and Thursday from 6 - 8 pm at the Ecole IDC School. Contact Master Jackson 204-7821240, tamstaekwondo.com or tamstaekwondoidc@gmail. com. Ritchot Senior Services at the TransCanada Centre. Call 204339-6141 for more information. A variety of events and activities are available at the TC Energy Centre, 1 Rivard St. Call Dena at 204-878-4915 for more information. Foot Care Clinics – On Monday, March 30 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Call Janice 204-883-2880. Story Time in Pyjamas - Every Thursday evening at the Ritchot Library Ecole Regional Gabrielle-Roy at 6:30 pm. Ages 2-8 however all ages are welcome. Kleefeld Soccer Registration Night – On Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 pm, Rec Centre, 100 Park Ave. For children age 5 - grade 12. All games played at Kleefeld Park on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 – 8 pm. Soccer starts Monday, April 27. Wind-up on Wednesday, June 17 at 7 pm. Registration fee $25 per child. Includes soccer shirt and wind-up party. Online kleefeldpark.ca/parkrec/sports/soccer. Paymentt by March 11. Contact Becky Guderian 204-377-9173, soccer@ kleefeldpark.ca. Community Playgroup - For parents, caregivers and children up to age 5. Activities include time for playing, stories, songs and snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 204-377-5013. La Broquerie Chase The Ace – On Wednesdays at 6 pm at The Frantz Inn, Hwy 52. Tickets $1 each, from 6 - 8 pm. Draw takes place at 8:10 pm. If the Ace is not pulled, the winner will take home 10% of that night’s ticket sales and 45% will be added to the next week’s Jackpot. Every week that the Ace of Spades in not pulled, the pot grows larger! Funds raised to support Agape House. Contact 204-326-6062. Seine River Services for Seniors - Monday to Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm - Help and support with E.R.I.K. kits and other forms, foot care, transportation services, friendly visitors, homecare services, illness, grief, housing, finances. We are currently in search of volunteers who would love to help seniors with transportation, cooking, cleaning and friendly visits. If you have any questions contact the community resource coordinator, Melanie Bremaud at 204-424-5285 or labseinerss@ gmail.com.

Lorette The Métis Red River Cart Expedition and Workshops Information – On Thursday, March 12 at Le Club des Bles d’Or, 1254 Dawson Rd from 6 – 7 pm. Join us for light refreshments and an update about what we have been up to since our last meeting. Share your ideas with us. Visit our website lorettemetislocal.ca or FB Lorette Métis Local. Contact lorettemetislocal@ gmail.com. Lorette Métis Local – Holding a Citizenship Drive on Saturday, April 18 from 12- 3 pm. Come apply for citizenship or renewal by email at lorettemetislocal@gmail.com to reserve a spot or for more information on what is required to apply. Please visit our website on Face Book for application forms and documents required for your application at lorettemetislocal.ca. Kidz Craft – On Saturday, March 7 from 11 am – 1 pm at the Taché Library. Join us. Register at the library. Adult Craft Club – On Wednesday, March 11 at the Taché Library, 1082 Dawson Rd. Drop-in, no sign up required. Lego Club – On Wednesday, March 25 from 6:30—7:30 pm at the Taché Library. Join us to build, create & explore! Drop-in, no registration required. Writers Group – Every Thursday from 6:45 to 8 pm at the Taché Library. For all levels and abilities welcome. Share your writing with others, share feedback and discuss writing related issues. Ritchot Senior Services: Supper - Every Tuesday and Friday at Le Club des Bles D’. Please reserve your meal one day prior, before 6 pm by calling 204-878-2682 and leave a message. Foot Care Clinics – Wednesday, March 18 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Call Janice 204-883-2880. Attention Newcomers - Have you purchased a home or condo in the area, over the last year? The Welcome Basket Committee of the LUD of Lorette would be happy to answer questions. We have a free basket of coupons, small gifts, samples, brochures, and business cards which have been generously provided by the businesses and organizations. To arrange a visit please e-mail lorettewelcomebasket@gmail.com. No strings attached. PTSD Support Group – Every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the RM of Tache office, Hwy 206. Volunteer support meeting for posttraumatic stress disorder support group. Chase the Ace Lottery – On Thursdays from 7 - 9 pm with the draw at 9:15 pm at Dawson Trail Motor Inn Bar. Come, support this very much needed complex, at the same time have the chance to chose the Ace of Spade, and win the grand prize jackpot. Hosted by the Community Complex Fundraising Committee. Junior Youth – Every Wednesday from 7 - 8:45 pm at Seine River Church, 1464 Dawson Rd (east of rink) for ages 9 - 12. Free. No registration required. Non-denominational. Contact lorettejryouth@gmail.com, 204-260-9304. Mitchell Seniors’ Breakfasts – Every Tuesday, from 8 - 9:30 am at the Seniors’ Centre, 130 Ash St. Open to all. Cost $3 to $6. Bring a friend and enjoy the fellowship. Contact Jane Penner, 204-346-2469, jpenner@jantre.com. Niverville GriefShare - If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one we wish to help, you get support and learn about the grieving process. Contact 204-381-1155 to register or go to Nivervillegriefshare.com. Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62-4th Avenue S.) Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com. Paradise Village Paradise Squares Dance Club - Modern Square Dancing is fun and a great social activity. Couples and singles are welcome. Contact Larry 204-422-5424. Pinawa Whiteshell Toastmasters – Tuesdays 11:30 am at Whiteshell Laboratories, 1 Ara Mooradian Way. Sign-in required. Prawda Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am at the Reynolds School Gym. Free to parents and children. Snacks provided. Contact Cassie 204-793-8290. Richer Richer Recovery AA - Group meets Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at LUD Hall in Richer. Contact Paul at 204-422-7673. Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating grades 8 and 12. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult to be on premises and must play bingo. Doors Open at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart Club, 22 Dawson Rd. MGCC License # BI/BO4164. Contact Doreen Pchajek at 422-5243 or doreen@spmf.ca.

Randolph Community Potluck –AGM-Entertainment - On Wednesday, March 25 at 6 pm, Neufeld Garage Community Centre. Please bring a salad or dessert to share. Main dishes and refreshments provided by the Board Directors and Advisors. The AGM will follow the meal. Andrew Unger (The Daily Bonnet) & Erin Koop Unger (Mennotoba) will share their wit and satire after the AGM, to make this a fun-filled evening for all. Contact Karen Peters 204-371-0129 or Terry Neufeld 204-2690664, neufeldgarage@gmail.com. Sarto Ukrainian Dance Club – On Mondays from 7 - 8 pm at the Sarto Hall. Join the Sarto Polevnyi Ukrainian Dance Club for the season! You do not need to be Ukrainian to dance! Boys & girls, ages 3 to adult, no prior experience required! Cost starts at $150/year. Sprague Sprague & District Historical Museum - Open by appointment from June – September 30. Explore life as it was in the early days. Free Admission. Donations Accepted. Contact 204-4372210, 204-437-2209 or 204-437-4686. St. Adolphe Ritchot Senior Services Programs: Programs located at 457 Main St. Lunch at the Club – Every Thursday, at Club Amical 344 Main St. A homemade meal available for $8. Call to place your take-out order 204-883-2491 pick-up at 12 pm or enjoy your meal with friends while dining in. Guided Snow Shoe Hike - On Tuesday, March 10 at 9:30 am, on the trails around the community. Never tried it before the Snowshoe 101 clinic is for you. With Lesley Gaudry of Nature’s Edge Tourism guiding. When we return enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a good stretch. You must pre-register for this event before Thursday, March 5. Cost $10. Old Time Dance - On Sunday, March 15 from 1 – 5 pm at the Pioneer Hall, 345 Hebert Rd with Mark Morisseau. Admission $15, lunch included. Reserve tickets. Rae or Jules 204-883-2440. Bingo – On Tuesday March 24 from 1 - 2:30 pm. $2.Games played for fun prizes. Please call ahead to reserve a seat, 204-883-2880. Green Thumb Club – On Tuesday March 31 at 10 am. Get your seeds started to transplant them into our garden later this spring. Stop by over the summer to water, weed and enjoy the flowers and veggies that help to create our beautiful outdoor garden space. Men’s Coffee Time - On the first Tuesday of the month at 10 am, 457 Main St. Gentlemen it’s your time. Stop in for a cup, chat with friends or maybe a game of cards. Cost $2 for coffee and snack. Foot Care Clinic – On Tuesday, March 17 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Call Janice 204-883-2880. Chair Fit – On Mondays from 10:45 - 11:15 am. Free. Gentle workout to help strengthen and lengthen muscles, improve range of motion from a chair or using a chair. Wear clean supportive foot wear. These classes are designed for those that are new to exercise, recovering from injury or just enjoy a gentler exercise experience. You will never be asked to get down on the floor at anytime during these workouts. Quilting & Knitting – On Wednesdays from 9:30 – 11:30 am until March 11. Join on creating lap quilts for the Alzheimer society. We need volunteers to help not only with sewing but cutting, ironing, and organizing. Knitting is your thing, no problem we also knit scarves, toques, mittens and slippers that are then donated to different organizations and are shared with those in need over the cold winter months. Strength & Balance Advanced – On Mondays March 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 9:15 - 10:15 am. Cost $20. Focus is on muscle strength and balance using resistance tools such as weights, resistance tubing and body weight. Rolling & Yoga Advanced – On Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Cost $20. You must pre register for this class. A fuse of yoga and foam rolling to strengthen your muscles and learn how to release the tension. A limited number of rollers available so you may need to bring your own. TNT Tone n Tighten Advanced- On Thursday’s March 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 9:15 -10:15 am. Cost $20. You must pre register. One-hour class with resistance tools such as tubing, weights and balls to help improve your muscular strength and endurance. All equipment will be provided, but don’t forget clean supportive footwear. Senior Skate – On Thursdays, from 2:30 – 4 pm at the Rink. Pickleball 50+ - On Thursdays, from 6 - 7:30 pm at the St. Adolphe School Gym. Contact Maria and Gerard 204-7713162, email thegills@shaw.ca. Beginners encouraged to come out and try. C.H.I.L.D program – On Wednesdays from 9:30 - 10:30 am at Ecole St. Adolphe School. Children’s introduction to learning and development. Contact sas@srsd.ca or 204-883-2182.

St. Labre St-Labre 200 Team Registration – Registration open until Sunday, March 31. The St-Labre 200 will be held July 3 and 4. Visit stlabre200.ca or call 204-899-6964 to register. St. Pierre-Jolys Sugaring off Festival – Starts on Saturday, April 4 at 10 am. Time to celebrate with local Maple Syrup at the Musee StPierre-Jolys Museum. Army Cadets – On Thursdays, from 7 – 8:30 pm, Community Hall, 545 Hébert Ave. Join the 3234-Manitoba Horse RCACC Army Cadets. Leadership, citizenship, community service, sports, orienteering, canoeing, marksmanship, drill, band and more. For all youth aged 12 - 18. Enrollment is Free, No deadline to register. Contact Capt. Roxanne Maynard, Commanding Officer 204-324-4034, roxanne.maynard@ cadets.gc.ca or 3234mbhorse.info@gmail.com. Stay and Play Group – Every Monday from 9:30 – 11:30 am at YFC Cinema. Snacks, coffee served, and childcare available. The Knights of Columbus - The St-Pierre Carillon Council – On the first Thursday of the month at 482 Jolys Ave. W. Contact 204-433-7633. Ste. Agathe Foot Care Clinic - On Monday, March 16 at the Community Centre with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Preregister, contact Janice 204-883-2880. Seniors Group Card Games – On Tuesdays from 1:30 - 4:30 pm at the Community Centre, 183 Pembina Trail. Cost Membership $10 a year. Bring a friend Day. Contact 204-8822180. Taekwondo - Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15 - 7:30 pm at Ecole Sainte Agathe hosted by Kang’s Taekwondo Academy. Cost $40/month. Family rates available. Contact Jason Barnabe, jason.barnabe@gmail.com or 204-802-3458. Ste. Anne Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Support Group – Second Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm, Villa Youville. Support group for people who want to inform themselves with current information that will help improve the quality of life. Seine River Services for Seniors - Monday to Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm. Help and support with E.R.I.K. kits and other forms, foot care, transportation services, friendly visitors, homecare services, illness, grief, housing, finances. We are currently in search of volunteers who would love to help seniors with transportation, cooking, cleaning and friendly visits. If you have any questions contact the community resource coordinator, Melanie Bremaud at 204-424-5285 or labseinerss@ gmail.com. Ste. Geneviève Library Night – On 2nd Tuesday every month, at the Community Centre from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Large selection of books in both French and English, for children and adults. Special requests can be made to the librarian, e-mail btl@srsd.ca or 204-878-9488 or in person. Come for a visit and see what we are all about. Steinbach Southeast Open Judged Art Exhibit – Opens Friday, March 6 at 7 pm until Wednesday, April 15 at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre, 304 Second St. World Day of Prayer Service – On Friday, March 6, 7 pm, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 465 Henry St. Guest speaker Rev. Elaine Sauer, former Bishop of the MNO Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Program written by women of Zimbabwe. Theme: “Rise! Take Your Mat & Walk”. Coffee following service. For more information call 204-3263758, office@stpaulsteinbach.org. Calligraphy Workshop - On Saturday, March 7, 9 am – 12 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre, 304 Second St. Ages 12 and up welcome. Member cost $35, plus $20 material fee. Nonmembers $55, plus $20 material fee. Fee includes use of tools, paper, and take-home calligraphy kit. Contact 204346-1077. Steinbach and Area Garden Club - On Monday, March 9 at 7 – 8:30 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. “Monarch’s and Other Manitoba Pollinators” with Cathy Shaluk, Monarch Butterfly Network of Canada, Regional Representative. Discover the amazing lives of the Monarch Butterflies and our many other native pollinators. Learn about ways in which we can help them locally. Also Seed Exchange. Non-members $5. Contact Anne Peters 204-326-2396, agpeters@mymts.net. Visit sagardenclub.com for information and cost. Nobody’s Perfect – On Fridays, March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 17 and 24 from 1 - 3 pm, Family Resource centre. Free support for Moms and Dads of children from birth to age 6. Register 204-346– 0413, Maggie@steinbachfrc.ca. Diamond Aces RC Flying Club Annual Show – On Saturday, March 14 at 10 am, Clearspring Centre. Pilots available to chat and answer questions. If you have a plane to display, bring it along and join the fun. Please bring a card bearing your name and airplane details to include in the display. Contact Larry Moore 204-326-2919, larry.moore@mymts.net.

Book Sale Fundraiser – From Thursday – Saturday, March 19, 20, and 21, 9:30 am - 9 pm Thursday and Friday, and from 9:30 am - 4 pm Saturday at the Clearspring Centre. ROC Eastman, Recreation Opportunities for Children, is sponsoring their semi-annual book sale. Call 204-371-2887, moni@ roceastman.ca. ROC the Rink – On Thursday, April 2 at 5 pm, TG Smith Centre, 321 Elmdale St. Charity hockey tournament with all proceeds going to Recreation Opportunities for Children Eastman. 4 divisions; adult recreational, adult competitive, corporate recreational and corporate competitive. Players under 18 are welcome to play, as long as they have full cage and mouth guard. Weekend includes pancake breakfast, shoot to win contest, kids’ activities, silent auction, free family skate, and more. Register a team contact steph@roceastman.ca, Steph McLean 204-392-5782. TAILS: Therapy Animals Involved in Literacy Skills - Sessions run every Tuesday, for 8 weeks, until March 17. Children must have basic reading skills to be registered for this program. A free, motivational, confidence building, low stress canine-assisted reading program for children who are experiencing difficulties with reading. This program provided by the partnership with St. John Ambulance’s Animal Therapy Service Volunteers. Contact Madison Redekopp 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Write or Wrong: Creative Writers Group – Meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Writers, join us for our Creative Writers’ Group. Enjoy the company of fellow writers and if you would like, bring a selection of writing to share and have critiqued (max. 5 pages). For ages 16 and up. Contact Madison Redekopp, 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Steinbach Sunset Riders Light Horse & Pony 4H Club – 4-H is about developing new leaders. Contact Tara Reimer 204-3926308, tara@cloud9ranch.ca. Steinbach Sizzlers 4-H – On Mondays at 7 pm, United Church, 541 Main St. Join the fun of Learning to Do by Doing! Work on projects like woodworking, cooking, baking, sewing, welding, photography and many more! For children 8 years old and up. Contact Tatiana 204-429-2107, loonlover06@ gmail.com. Steinbach Alpha Unit - Meet up every Sunday at Clearspring Centre mall from 8 - 10 pm for a truck and car club. Any and all vehicles are welcome to join or if you just want to come down to check it out everyone is welcome. Contact Beau Friesen 204-381-0647, beaufriesen98@hotmail.com. Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi – On Wednesdays, at 7 pm at the United Church, 541 Main St. Ancient Taoist Tai Chi art develops a strong body, balanced and energetic mind that is calm and clear, creative and dynamic. Learn 108 moves of Taoist Tai Chi and feel the benefits. All of our classes are led by qualified instructors. Contact Veronica Klassen 204-3926565, Winnipeg@taoist.org. PTSD Support Group- On the last Thursday of each month, at 7 pm at the Steinbach Legion. Volunteer support group meeting for posttraumatic stress disorder. Movie Night at the Library – Every 4th Friday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library. We alternate between a family movie and a classic movie. Free admission and popcorn are included. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Madison Redekopp 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Breast Feeding Group – On Fridays at 10:30 am at the Steinbach Family Resource Centre for a support group, current information and a variety of presentations. Contact 204-3460413. Toddler & Me Story Hour - Classes offered three times a year for a 10-week session in Fall and Winter and a 5-week session in Spring. Classes are free. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, literacy and parenting tips, crafts and snack for parents and their children ages 1-3. Advanced In-person registration is required. Limited space available. Drop In Book Club – 2nd Tuesday every month at 7 pm in the Jake Epp Library. We’ll post the book for discussion that month and if you’d like to join us please stop by. If you want to start your own book club instead, you can always take advantage of our Book Club collections. No sign up required. Just read the book and come hang out. Knit-Wits Drop-In Club for Adults - Every 4th Monday of the month, from 6 – 9 pm at the Jake Epp Library. This is for anyone interested in fibre handcrafts such as knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, needlepoint etc. This is not a class but a casual knitting circle for all skill levels. Please bring your own items/supplies. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) – On Wednesdays, from 8:45 - 10:30 am at the Royal Canadian Legion. Cost $2/ week. A weight control support group that helps take off pounds sensibly and keep off pounds sensibly. Contact BettyLou Toews at 326-6397. Eastman Immigrant Services - Many events and activities to support and help you make new friends. Volunteer to help at our community events. Southeast Entry Program Online: Learn about Health Care, Employment and Laws. To register for this 4-week online program, contact Josie@eastmanis. com, 204-346-6609 or email lois@eastmanis.com.


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Games Day & Games Night – Every 1st Saturday of the month from 12 – 5 pm and the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6 – 8:30 pm, at the Jake Epp Library. Come down to play strategy games. Bring a friend, your strategies and games. Test your skills and have fun. Ages 14 and up unless accompanied by an adult. Contact 204-326-6841, programs@ jakeepplibrary.com. Royal Canadian Legion – Meets on 1st Tuesday every month at 8 pm until June and Ladies Auxiliary meets 1st Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Steinbach Legion Community Hall, 294 Lumber Ave. Steinbach Girl Guides - Every Tuesday at the United Church of Steinbach, 541 Main St. Registration for girls 5 - 17. Develop personal values and well-being, self-respect and respect for others; promote fun, friendship, adventure and challenges through new experiences; develop leadership and decision-making skills; give service to the community; value the natural environment. The Steinbach Rotary Club - Meets every Monday at noon except when Monday falls on a long weekend at the Chicken Chef, 365 Main Street, visitors are welcome. Contact Cornie at 326-3155. Mental Health Information and Support sessions - Family and friends of people with mental health issues are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Eden East building, 21 Loewen Blvd. Contact Kim at 371-0824 or email eastmanmss@mts.net. Steinbach and Area Lions Club - Meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Helping Hands. Contact Henry 204-392-7750 if you are interested in attending or joining. Carillon Toastmasters - Every Thursday at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library, 255 Elmdale St. Meetings open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Contact Irene at 204-424-5737. Al-Anon Program – Meets on Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. Contact Lloyd 204326-4365. Al-Anon 12 Step Recovery Group - Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at United Church, 541 Main St, front door, ring doorbell. All are welcome. Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group starts at 4:30 pm at Steinbach Family Resource Centre B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 204-346-0413. Vita Supper and Dance – On Saturday, March 14 from 5 – 11 pm at the Vita Friendship Centre. Admission $15. For tickets call 204-425-3706. Advance tickets only. No tickets sold at the door. Hot Ukrainian Supper. Music by Wild Ridge Band. Everyone Welcome! Fish Fry – On Sunday, March 15 from 12 – 4 pm at the Vita Hall. For more information please call Nettie, 425-3951 or Nell, 425-3820. Battle of the Sexes Bonspiel – Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29 at starting at 12 pm. $180 per team. Guaranteed $500 prize for first place (based on 24 teams). Contact Jerry 204-425-3095 to enter or for more info. Stay and Play – On Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am, at the Shevchenko School for children ages 0 - 5 along with their parents/caregivers are welcome to join us for a fun, free, educational learning program. Crafts, snacks, songs, games and story time! Facilitator: Andrea Smith. Contact Penny Horvorka-Alcock 204-425-3535. Woodridge Vintage Snowmobile Show and Shine – On Saturday, March 7 at 9 am, Community Club. South East Sno-Riders host their 10th annual event and 20-mile ride on a non-designated groomed trail. All snowmobiles manufactured in 1995 and older will be able to participate in the Show & Shine with trophies awarded for different categories. $10 entry fee per snowmobile includes a drink and hotdog at the half way point of the ride. All the proceeds donated to the Never Alone Foundation, a nationally registered charity committed to improving the lives of people affected by Cancer. The Mobile Clinic – Is onsite on the third Thursday of every month from 9 am – 4 pm at the Community Club. Contact for appointments 1-855-644-3515 or southernhealth.ca. To have your event featured in this listing, please email your events each month to to editor@dawsontrail.ca

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Eastman Safety Upcoming Programs - Located at 385 Loewen Blvd. Register online at eastmansafety.ca or contact 1-204371-1595. Creativi-Tea Time Adult Colouring Group - Twice monthly on the 2nd Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:30 pm and on the 2nd Friday from 1 - 3 pm at the Jake Epp Library. Cost Free. Join us for a time of relaxation, tea and colouring. Tea and supplies are provided but you are welcome to bring your own!

March 2020

Last month I had a blind date and it was not with my wife. It had all started so innocently. My wife, kids and I went to the Jake Epp Library one Saturday afternoon and after looking, and finding some books to read, I spotted what would become my blind date. She was standing among the books near the checkout counter and I just couldn’t stop myself from checking her out. I’m not totally sure what it was that drew my attention to her, it could have

been the tropical island that she wore or it could have been the air of mystery about her. Whatever it was, I was intrigued. After all, when you find a book wrapped in white paper with an island drawn on the front and a few scarce words of description, how could I not want to go on a blind date with this book? Arriving home, I removed the wrapping from my blind date book to discover that the book was titled Eve (written by the author of The Shack). As I began to read this book, I found myself slightly confused and a small feeling of uneasiness began to quell up within me. I’m not sure if it was the style of

the writing or just that the storytelling wasn’t clear enough for me but I was becoming worried that this blind date was not going to go so well. Thankfully, after a few more pages, things seemed to settle down and I began to really enjoy spending my time with my blind date on the tropical island within the pages before me. As time went on, I found myself wanting to spend more and more time with my blind date. It seemed that more and more, as I found a minute or two without obligation, that Eve would once again leap into my arms and I would lose myself to her.

Sadly, much like this column, even the most joyous tales must come to a conclusion and the journey that Eve and I took is no exception. While it was not love at first sight, the time that Eve and I spent together will be remembered for quite some time to come and, as of this writing, has had a profound effect on my thoughts. If you get the chance to spend time with Eve I would highly encourage you to do so. Who knows, it may just be the love that you’ve been searching for. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.


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March 2020

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

RCMP FILES Southeast Open Judged Exhibit - Opening night on March 6 at 7 pm running until April 15. The SOJE is one of the biggest highlights of our visual arts season as it celebrates displays of art by amateur artists from all over the southeast region. This year, over 100 entries of juvenile and adult original local artwork will be showcased featuring photography, pencil drawings, watercolor and acrylic paintings, sculpture, pottery, and so much more. Spring Break Out Camps - Sign up before February 15 and get $10 off. Camp for ages 5 - 7 and 8 - 11 from March 30- April 3, 9 am-4 pm. We have music, drama, visual arts, dance, field trips, swimming and much more! Winter Program and Classes: Celebrating 40 years of the arts. Try any class at no cost. Online at steinbachartscouncil.ca, by phone at 204.346.1077, or come into the SAC office to register. Need financial assistance call 204-346-1077 for info about our Creative Arts Bursary Fund. Benefits of the Backyard Theatre Company: The Backyard Theatre Company (BTC) offers a variety of theatre programs for ages 5 - 17. Helps build people skills, confidence, and ignites creativity. Join us for a free class. B.O.S.S. Dance Academy - Introductory 12 week classes in Dance4Tots, Hip Hop and ballet now available until age 9! No fundraising, no costume fees – just try it out. Languages - French Beginner & Intermediate. Visual Arts - Kids Art Adventures, Art X-travaganza, Teens Mixed Art, Pottery Passion, Cartoon Illustration and Adults Painting with Colleen Watchorn- Contemporary and Abstract Acrylics. Workshops - Wood Burning, Stained Glass, Calligraphy 101, and more. Groove with Nancy McNaughton - Saturday, March 4, from 9:45 -11:45 am and Wednesday, March 7 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at SAC. $49 per person. A fun dance experience that nurtures the mind body, heart and soul. No experience required. Call 204-878-0262 to register. Upcoming Shows: Community Drama “Lend me a Tenor” - Friday, March 6, 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 7, 2 pm and 7:30 pm at the SRSS Theatre. Tickets $12/$18. One hilarious catastrophe after another, this comic play will have you laughing. A stellar cast of locals, its Southeast Community Theatre’s SAC debut! Community Musical - Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man”. Starts on Thursday, Saturday, April 16 to April 18 at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, April 19 at 2pm, SRSS Theatre. Tickets $12/$20. One of the most famous musicals of all time, this Tony Award winning Musical Comedy is fun for the whole family. All Tickets available online, or by phone at 204.346.1077. Season Tickets: It’s not too early. Get your name on the list of season subscribers and never worry about missing a single concert next season. Call David Klassen or Tara Schellenberg at 204-346-1077 to secure your seats! Southeast Centre for Music: Steinbach Youth Chorus - Under the direction of Gabriela Gallo, it’s the perfect singing opportunity for students aged 9 - 13. Call today for information on the 2020-2021 Season. Music Lessons - Interested in music lessons. Spaces available in most disciplines: Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Musical Theatre and Youth Choir. Call or email today, and connect with a teacher that’s right for you. Email scm@steinbachartscouncil.ca. Now accepting KR BARKMAN Concerts in the Park applications for summer, 2020. Visit our website to apply. Giveosity Fundraiser – Last week to enter for a chance to win. Support SAC and win $2,500! Make a donation to SAC and have the opportunity to win $2,500 cash or take the $2,500 Expedia ‘travel anywhere’ gift card. Visit Giveosity.com/SAC, text “SAC” to 393939, or stop by the SAC office to make a donation and be entered in the draw. Save the date for our annual Celebrate the Arts Fundraising Gala. Theme is Paint the Town, on Friday, May 1. Join us for a fun evening with friends while supporting the arts. This event includes food, wine, entertainment, art auction, and dancing. Call 204-346-1077 for more details. Visit www.steinbachartscouncil.ca for tickets and full info!

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

Jeans Snatched from Store On February 24 at 7 pm Steinbach RCMP received a call from the manager of Warehouse One to report a theft of 14 pairs of blue jeans valued at approximately $1,400. Two males, indigenous in appearance, had entered the store and while one male distracted the clerk the second male walked to the jeans aisle and swiped an entire shelf into a large bag and ran out of the store. Video surveillance from Mark’s Warehouse provided the attached photos of both males. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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Oil Tank Stolen On February 11 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft to a seasonal property on road 38E in the RM of Tache. Individuals gained access to the property by damaging the front gate and doors. The only thing taken from the property was an oil tank. The individuals were likely using a pick-up truck for transportation. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Thieves Steal Tools from Multiple Locations On February 3 Steinbach RCMP were notified of two thefts that took place over the weekend of January 31 to February 3 which are believed to be linked to the same suspects. Roc Wind Construction had a trailer parked in a compound located behind Timber Falls in Steinbach. Over $5,000 worth of tools were stolen from the trailer. On the same night, across the street, a Manitoba Hydro compound was breached, where multiple rolls of copper were stolen from a shed and over $5,000 of tools were also taken from a trailer belonging to Jelcan INC. If you have any information regarding these tools or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Keep Eyes Peeled for Utility Trailer

Church Snowblower Stolen

On January 20 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen utility trailer. The registered owner of the trailer believes it was stolen between the dates of January 1 and January 19 from a parking lot on Brandt Street. The trailer is described as an STS Utility Trailer with Manitoba plate Z409F. If you have any information on the whereabouts of the truck or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

On February 12 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break-in to a shed at the Grace Mennonite Church. It was reported that their green John Deer snow blower, model 1032D was stolen from the shed over night. The thieves were able to cut the lock and gain entry to the shed. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Roving Traffic Unit Seizes Contraband On February 10 at approximately 3 pm, the RCMP Roving Traffic Unit conducted a traffic stop on a westbound vehicle located on Highway 1, near Falcon Lake. Following a discussion with the two occupants of the vehicle, an inspection of the load uncovered 120 cases of illegal tobacco containing 1,200,000 cigarettes. RCMP has arrested two males, 47-year-old Issa Ahmad and 40-yearold Behzad Ahmed, both from Edmonton. The two are facing charges under the Criminal Code of Canada for trafficking contraband tobacco, the Tax Administration and Miscellaneous Taxes Act (TAMTA) and the Excise Act, 2001. If convicted, the two males could face a mandatory triple tax penalty of $1,080,000 under the TAMTA. Both males were originally remanded into custody and have since been released on court imposed conditions for a court appearance scheduled March 2 in Winnipeg. The RCMP Roving Traffic unit continues to investigate.

Thieves Cost Business Utility Trailer On February 13 at approximately 11am, Steinbach RCMP received a report from Friesen Machine Works advising that between February 11 at 5 pm and February 12 at 8 am, someone stole a black utility trailer from their lot. The trailer is described as a Novae 2012 with Manitoba plate 203CL. If you have any information regarding this incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment or Crime Stoppers


Dawson Trail Dispatch

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

RCMP Looking for B & E Camera Footage On February 11 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break-in to a residence on 3rd Avenue in Blumenort. Individuals are believed to have gained entry through the back garage door and used the back alley between 3 Avenue and 4th Avenue to transport items out of the area. Electronics, food and several other personal items were taken from the home. Police believe this occurred between the dates of February 5 and February 11. It is also suspected that the individuals used a sled to transport the items. RCMP are asking residents to check their home security cameras for anything suspicious during this time frame. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Mechanically Inclined Thief Snags Snowmobile Steinbach received report of a stolen snowmobile between February 23 at approximately 5:30 pm and February 24 at 6:30 am. The incident occurred on Fire Guard Road 13 near Richer. The snowmobile had mechanical issues at the time. The snowmobile is described as a blue 2011 Yamaha FX Nytro bearing Manitoba plate 3S230. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Dodge Pickup Loaded with Tools Stolen RCMP in Steinbach received a report of a stolen 1995 Dodge Ram pick-up truck bearing Manitoba plate HHP 679. The vehicle is a two tone grey/green colour. The truck also had tools in the box, framing and finishing nailers and other items. The truck was stolen from Oakview Avenue in Mitchell between February 23 at approximately 10 pm and February 24 at 7:20 am. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 or manitobacrimestoppers. com.

Dealing with Melting Snow on Your Roof It may look pretty, but a blanket of snow on the roof of your home can lead to big problems. Weight is the main reason you don’t want too much snow on your roof. There’s a risk of structural damage if the snow piles up too high. And if you try to get rid of the snow yourself, safety is essential. Wet snow weighs about 6 times as much as dry snow. Pay attention to weather reports and storm warnings to make sure you don’t get caught off guard. After snow falls, see how it feels when you’re shovelling your sidewalk or driveway – you’ll know in a hurry if it’s the wet, heavy kind. Another serious hazard to your roof is damage caused by ice dams. When heat rises through your roof, or outside temperatures rise and fall, moisture from melting snow can refreeze, causing ice to build up around your eaves and under your shingles. Not only is ice heavier than snow, it also expands as it freezes, This pushes shingles out of place, opens up cracks and potentially leads to leaks. How to tell if there’s a problem There are several warning signs that the weight of snow on your roof is too much for your house to handle. If doors on the upper floor of your home start to rub or stick, the weight of the snow could be distorting the frame. You may also see cracks, bulging and warping on interior walls and ceilings, or even hear unusual cracking and creaking sounds. An ice dam is created when rooftop snow melts during the day and then freezes again at night around the edges or eavestroughs. As this barrier of ice gets bigger, it prevents further melting snow from draining off your roof. When water has no way of getting off your roof, it pools there and backs up under the shingles and into your home, where it can cause damage to the wood structure, insulation, ceilings, wall finishes, furnishings and personal belongings. On the outside, ice dams are not

Spring thaw makes the now wet snow on your roof weigh 6 times as much as cold dry snow.

only a safety concern – they can also cause damage to eaves and lead to the buildup of a white, powdery residue (known as efflorescence) on concrete and brickwork. You’ll be able to see an ice dam by visually inspecting your roof from the outside. The most common telltale sign is icicles hanging from below the eaves. The easiest, safest way to remove excess snow is with a roof rake. This tool, which typically comes with a long, extendable handle, looks like an oversized version of the device used to rake up the chips from a casino’s roulette table. Standing on solid ground, reach up to your roof and use the rake to pull the snow down, one long strip at a time. Make sure to position yourself a safe distance away from where the falling snow will land – you’ll be pulling down a heavy load each time. It’s important not to pull too hard or dig too deep with the blade of the rake – you don’t want to damage the shingles. Rather than trying to remove every last flake, aim to leave 10 or 15 centimetres of snow behind. The goal is to get rid of excess weight without affecting the integrity of the roof’s waterproof barrier. Unfortunately, roof rakes don’t work for every homeowner. If your

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home has multiple stories or a flat roof, it may be necessary to get up there and shovel some snow off. This task is typically best left to professionals, but can be handled by wellprepared, safety-conscious DIY enthusiasts. If you do shovel your own roof, never tackle the job by yourself. Make sure to have at least one partner with you in case of an emergency. Before you climb, be certain your ladder is securely planted, and that each rung is free of slippery snow and ice. Once you’re on the roof you should always use a safety harness attached to a secure anchor, such as the chimney, to prevent falls. Always work with a plastic shovel to avoid damaging the shingles. Start by clearing snow drifts away from chimneys and parapets, or any roof equipment. Never pile up snow on your roof – you’ll only exacerbate the weight problems down below. As much as possible, don’t leave footprints behind after you finish – these hard-packed areas are likely to turn into ice. Finally, make sure the area below the roof is kept clear of people. Mark out the space where snow will land with a barrier or caution sign if possible. Article and photo courtesy of Newscanada.com / Canada Post

Memberships: 2020 memberships available for $30 per person. Join now to enjoy our member’s benefits! Check out our website and register to receive your newsletter by email. Other Programs and Services: Monday to Friday Full lunch: $7 or Soup lunch (Soup, dessert and a biscuit) for $3. Call kitchen at 204-320-4605 the day before or before 9 am to reserve your meal. Foot Care Clinic – Call reception at 204-320-4600 to book your appointment. Beltone Hearing – Call 1-800-661-2653 to book appointment. Community Financial Counselling Services: Monday, March 16. Call 1-888-573-2383. Cottage Cheese Perogies - For sale $6 per dozen. Transportation – Need a ride to an appointment and or in need of some help with cleaning or yard work? You may qualify for our services. Call Carrie at 204-320-4604 for a small fee. Equipment Loan Program – Wheelchairs and walkers for temporary use available, contact Carrie at 204-320-4604 for more info. Friendly Visitor – Do you want to have someone spend some time with you either at home or out in the community? Do you know someone who is unable to leave their home often but would benefit from a friendly visit? Call Carrie and she will try to match someone up with a friendly visitor. Volunteer Opportunities: All ages welcome to volunteer. Call Sonja at 204-320-4603 for more information. We are looking for Friendly Visitors, Maintenance, Meal Delivery, & Office Support. Specials Coming Up: Cooking Demo – Thursday, March 26, $6 per person. Call for details and to register. Pancake Breakfast – Fourth Thursday of every month, $5 per person, 9 am – 11 am. 2020 Gardening Workshop – Seed Staring 101 – Thursday, March 19, 2 – 4 pm. Call to register. Fraud Prevention – Wednesday, April 1 from 10 - 11:30 am. Call to register. Regular Programs and Activities: Activities may be cancelled due to other events on short notice. Please check with the Centre. All of the programs, activities and events are open to any age. Our programs are aimed for seniors but we welcome and encourage all to be a part of what we have to offer. All programs and activities are $2 for Members and $4 for Non-Members unless otherwise stated. Drop-in: Billiards – Monday – Friday, 9 am - 3:30 pm. Book Club – Every Tuesday from 11 am -12 pm, every Friday 1 -2 pm. Cards: Monday – Friday Cards and Games 1 – 4 pm. Choir – Wednesdays 10 – 11:30 am. Computer Classes - Wednesdays from 9 am – 2 pm one on one 1 hour appointments. Dance Lessons - Mondays 7 – 8 pm, instructor Ron and Margaret Doerksen will teach waltz, polka, 2-step, heel-toe, seven-step and more. $2 member, $4 non- member. Exercise Classes- Tuesday Fitness 1 -1:45 pm and Thursday PACE 1 – 1:45 pm. Fitness Drumming - Wednesday - 1 – 1:45 pm, 10 sessions. Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle - Wednesdays 1:30 – 4 pm. HO Model Railway Project - Tuesdays & Fridays 10 am–4 pm. Old Time Country Jam – Wednesdays from 7 – 9 pm. Out with Friends – On Fridays, March 13 and 27, 7 – 10 pm, bring a snack, play board/card games, and enjoy the evening together. Beginners Pickleball - Mondays and Fridays 1 – 3 pm. Advanced Pickle Ball - Monday to Friday 9 - 11:30 am. Tai Chi - Mondays 10 – 11:30 am. Yoga with Carrie - Every Monday from 1 – 2 pm. Free Programs: Walking – 8:30 – 9 am and Noon – 1 pm, Monday to Friday. Crafty Corner – Every Friday 2 - 3:30 pm. Cozy Corner Coffee – Every day 10:30 am. Enjoy a complimentary coffee an occasional treat and some great conversation. Homework Club – need help with school? Get help with all things school from educated volunteers! Mondays 4 – 6 pm. Rentals: We accommodate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, showers, meetings, family gatherings and much more. Call Sonja at 204-320-4603 for more information and to book. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities please drop by the Centre Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm.

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Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Tiny Gallery Launched in Mitchell

Photos by Vanessa Friesen

Inside the Tiny Gallery.

The gallery’s inaugural exhibit, Outside Looking In, is a series of large-format photographs taken by Ross over a two-week period in 2019.

Until March 2, visitors to the Mitchell Arena noticed a unique installation before they entered the building after Manitoba visual artist Alexandra Ross launched the Tiny Gallery. The unique phone booth-sized structure was created as a portable art gallery bringing contemporary art to rural Manitoba communities. The Tiny Gallery provides a gallery space for rural artists, and to make contemporary art accessible for people who live beyond the Perimeter Highway. The gallery’s inaugural exhibit, Outside Looking In, is a series of large-format photographs taken by Ross over a two-week period in 2019. The black-

and-white images capture the empty buildings against the stark backdrop of a prairie winter. These structures hold a unique place in small towns. For some, rural arenas bring to mind minor hockey, community events, and childhood memories. For others, these buildings represent social isolation and an absence of shared interests. “In the end, these arenas are just buildings,” said Ross. “It is the community that brings them to life.” The Tiny Gallery was placed in Mitchell until March 2, before be-

ing moved to Grunthal at the Red Wing Diner. Its next stop will be the Niverville Arena before making a stopover at the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus is planned for later in spring. Ross’ prior solo exhibits include The Vanishing Grasslands (2015) and Anthropocene (2019). Her installations have also appeared at the Winnipeg Folk Festival (2017, 2018) and Summertide at The Forks (2017). The Tiny Gallery was made possible by grant funding from the University of Manitoba’s School of Fine Arts Students Association (SOFA).

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