Dawson Trail Dispatch March 2024

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Para Alpine Program Launched to Break Down Accessibility Barriers

The Manitoba Alpine Ski Division (MASD) is embarking on a new initiative, the Manitoba Alpine Ski Division - Para Alpine (MASD), aims to make adaptive skiing more accessible to Manitobans with disabilities. This program seeks to eliminate financial barriers and create recreational opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Chris Maxemuck, an initiative representative for MASD, is dedicated to bringing the joy of adaptive skiing to Manitobans with disabilities. He emphasized the family-friendly nature of adaptive skiing, making it an inclusive activity suitable for people of all ages.

“Adaptive skiing is quite a bit different from hockey; it is a family activity for people of all ages and abilities,” explained Maxemuck. “The space used in skiing is always outside and gives individuals the opportunity to enjoy a Manitoba winter while zipping down a ski hill under control.”

The call to action is for individuals with disabilities in Manitoba to experience adaptive skiing, recognizing the effort required to raise awareness. The MASD aims to develop para alpine athletes, emphasizing the need to build up adaptive ski programs in Manitoba for long-term competitiveness at provincial and national alpine racing events.

“As a resident of Lorette, Manitoba, I would love to see residents of southeastern Manitoba with disabilities get the opportunity to try adaptive skiing,” Maxemuck added.

Maxemuck was the founder of the Lorette 36-Hour Hockey and has also been an advocate for the sport of sledge hockey.

To encourage participation, Manitoba Alpine has secured funding to cover the cost of lift tickets, lessons, and rentals (if equipment is not available in the MASD equipment pool). This offer is valid until March 30, 2024, providing an incredibly generous opportunity given the usual costs associated with Alpine skiing. For instance, a three-hour adaptive ski lesson typically exceeds $250 plus taxes.

The ski hill, Holiday Mountain, is actively monitoring snow conditions, with most runs having an excess of three feet of snow. Predicting the ski hill to remain open until the end of March, MASD invites Manitobans with disabilities to take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the thrill of adaptive skiing in the picturesque winter landscape.

Residents seeking employment opportunities within the local community are invited to mark their calendars for the upcoming 2024 Job Fair, organized by Eastman Immigrant Services in collaboration with the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce. The event aims to connect job seekers with over 20 local employers, providing a platform for networking, inquiries, and job applications.

The Job Fair will be held on Thursday, March 21 from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm at the Pat Porter Active Living Centre, 10 Chrysler Gate in Steinbach.

The Job Fair promises an opportunity for attendees to engage with representatives from a diverse range of local businesses in Southeast Manitoba. Job seekers can explore career prospects, seek information, and make valuable connections with potential employers.

Over 20 local employers are confirmed to participate, representing various industries. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes, as many employers will be actively accepting job applications during the event.

Some of the featured employers include Accurate HD, Big Freight Systems Inc., Clearview Co-op, enVision Community Living, HavenGroup, HyLife Initiative for Just Communities, Luxe Cleaning Co., Maple Leaf Agri-Farms, PBX Truck Service, Penn-co Construction, Penner International, Premier Tech, Racka Roofing, RCMP, Southern Health-Santé Sud, Steve’s Livestock Transport, TD Canada Trust and Tim Hortons.

The event is open to everyone, and there is no pre-registration required. Job seekers are encouraged to attend, connect with potential employers, and explore the diverse array of career opportunities available in the local community. For further information, individuals may contact Eastman Immigrant Services or the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce. The organizers look forward to welcoming job seekers and employers alike to this collaborative and dynamic networking event.

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Kyle Calder, who played in and helped organize the sledge hockey game for the 36-Hour Hockey 21st Anniversary Event in Lorette with Chris Maxemuck. “With support from Holiday Mountain, I taught Kyle how to ski various terrain at the ski hill and move around on the ski independently,” said Maxemuck.
Steinbach Annual Job Fair Coming Up Soon
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Province Denies Sand Extraction Project License Due to Serious Concerns of Risks

Premier Wab Kinew and Environment and Climate Change Minister Tracy Schmidt announced the Manitoba government’s decision to withhold an environmental license for the Vivian sand extraction project in the Rural Municipality of Springfield. The move comes after extensive examination and consultation.

“Our government will always put the health and safety of Manitobans

first, and this includes ensuring communities have safe, clean drinking water,” stated Premier Kinew. “After taking the time and doing our due diligence, our government has come to the decision that the risks of this proposal outweigh any potential benefits.”

Environment and Climate Change Minister Tracy Schmidt based her decision on the information and data provided by experts, including the

report by the Clean Environment Commission (CEC), and consultations with impacted communities and First Nations. The CEC report highlighted severe environmental concerns related to the project, which aimed to extract sand through aquifers supplying drinking water to approximately 100,000 Manitobans.

“We have a responsibility to ensure we are not endangering Manitobans’ drinking water,” said Min-

ister Schmidt. “This proposal failed to adequately consider long-term impacts, including potential aquifer collapse. That’s why we made the decision not to issue a license for the Vivian sand extraction project.”

The Manitoba Eco-Network and Our Line in the Sand, two organizations opposing the project, celebrated the government’s decision while acknowledging the stress and frustration faced by community members during their fight to comprehend the project’s impacts. The proposal’s limited scope, covering only five years of a projected 24-year project,

contributed to significant information gaps. Additionally, a cumulative effects assessment, considering the combined impacts with other activities, was notably absent from the proposal.

“We commend Manitoba for listening to the community and to the scientific evidence,” said Tangi Bell of Our Line in the Sand. “This project raised too many risks for Manitoba’s precious aquifers.”

“This decision illustrates the need to improve Manitoba’s environmental assessment process to enable better environmental decision-making,”

added Bell. “There needs to be more opportunities for meaningful public engagement and supports for citizens seeking to protect their homes and livelihoods.”

“This project never made sense for the region or for Manitoba,” said Glen Koroluk, Manitoba EcoNetwork Executive Director. “[The] announcement confirms the importance of evidence-based decision-making.”

Minister Schmidt highlighted the extensive opposition voiced by Manitobans, including the Springfield community, local leaders, scientists, and environmental advocacy groups, during the CEC hearings. The rejection of the Vivian sand extraction project underscores the government’s commitment to informed, evidence-based environmental decision-making.

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Premier Wab Kinew visited Anola to make the announcement that the Provincial Government is denying the license for Sio Silica to move forward on their silica sand extraction project. Submitted photo

Blumenort and Grunthal LUD’s Development Surge Results in Expansion Land Approved

As development continues to gain momentum, the Local Urban Districts (LUDs) of Blumenort and Grunthal are undergoing significant expansions to accommodate the growing needs of their communities.

In a letter from the Minister of Municipal and Northern Relations, Ian Bushie, council was informed that their submission was approved.

“I am pleased to advise that, in accordance with council’s request, the expansion of the Local Urban Districts of Blumenort and Grunthal has been approved, effective January 1, 2024,” wrote Bushie.

With a current population of 2,831 people, Blumenort is making strides in both residential and commercial growth. The LUD has expanded its borders southwards by approximately 20 acres. The robust commercial and business sector in Blumenort has played a pivotal role in driving job creation, consequently expanding the residential base.

The strategic positioning of Blumenort, with proximity to services in Steinbach, access to two major highways, and a relatively short distance from Winnipeg, has contributed to its appeal as a destination for both businesses and residents. The

expansion aligns with the municipality’s vision for sustainable development and enhancing the overall quality of life for its residents.

Grunthal, with a current population of 2,105 people, is experiencing growth on the eastern front. The LUD has expanded its borders eastward by an impressive 98 acres.

Grunthal, often recognized for its small-town charm, is equipped with all the amenities one would expect in a community of its size.

The expansion in Grunthal is a response to the increasing demand for residential and commercial spaces.

The town’s commitment to providing essential services and fostering a

sense of community has contributed to its popularity among residents. Grunthal’s expansion signifies a proactive approach to accommodating growth while maintaining the qualities that make it a desirable place to live.

Both Blumenort and Grunthal showcase a dedication to smart urban plan-

ning and community development. The expansions not only respond to the current needs of the municipalities but also lay the groundwork for future sustainable growth. As these LUDs continue to evolve, they remain attractive destinations for those seeking a blend of rural tranquility and urban conveniences.

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Blumenort has expanded by adding approximately 20 acres to the south. Grunthal has expanded eastward with an additional 98 acres. Submitted photos

Canadians Should Think Twice About ‘big government” Programs

Since March of 2022 the Liberal Government has been in a “confidence and supply” agreement with the NDP.

The NDP will keep the Liberal Government in power until the next scheduled election in fall of 2025 in exchange for prioritizing key parts of the NDP’s socialist agenda.

In short, Justin Trudeau has bought their support with Canadians picking up the bill.

So far, they have brought forward four NDP priorities: dental care, “anti-scab” legislation, paid sick leave, and reached an agreement for a new national pharmacare plan.

Universal dental care and pharmacare sound nice but Liberal-NDP talking points rarely reflect the reality and shortcomings of these programs.

Canadians should be allowed to see the fine print before agreeing to fund another big government program.

Let’s start with dental care.

$13 billion initially and an annual cost of roughly $4.4 billion.

The fact that 2/3 of Canadian households already have dental coverage (making a universal government plan unnecessary) aside, I recently had a conversation with a dentist who expressed concern that the Liberal NDP coalition were lying to Canadians about their new dental care plan.

The pitch from the government has

been simple; kids under 12 and now seniors with a household income under $90,000 are eligible for the new coverage program.

While this program will benefit some families, there is a lot of fine print that Canadians should be aware of.

The first is, if you have existing coverage or access to coverage, you are ineligible. If you give up your existing plan, you are ineligible.

Second, dental care is not part of provincial health care apparatuses. It is a private business. Under the plan it appears you can only go to specific dentists who have agreed to the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP), limiting your choice of dentist. The fact that the majority of Canadian dentists oppose the plan and have yet to enrol will further limit your freedom to choose.

Third, your dentists can bill you for the balance between what the CDCP pays and what the dentist ultimately charges, so you are still paying out of pocket. If they choose not to do so, they are paying out of pocket for the government’s failures and risking foreclosure. Hardly fair to either side.

Fourth, while it is true Canadians at the $90,000 per year income mark or less qualify, anyone over $70,000 will not be eligible to receive the benefit in full. Those who earn $7079,000 will only qualify for 60% of the coverage and those $80,000

and above will only be eligible to receive 40% of the coverage.

Then there’s Pharmacare.

Price tag: About $40 billion (about $13.4 billion annually moving forward).

Again, there is no need for a big government program here.

80% of Canadians already have access to prescription drug coverage.

Had the government proposed a modest program to provide coverage for those less fortunate Canadians who do not have access to coverage, or better yet allowed the provinces to fulfill their constitutional mandate to deliver healthcare and funded provincial efforts, I dare say Conservatives could have supported it.

Instead, we have another big government top-down approach that could see Canadians lose their existing coverage or have to settle for less. All so Jagmeet Singh can move Canada further in the socialist direction and Justin Trudeau can maintain his grip on power.

Moreover, this is the same government that can’t get a passport printed in a timely manner.

Ask public servants how the Phoenix pay system or the switch over to a different insurance provider has worked out.

Do we really trust them to re-vamp our healthcare?

Canadians don’t need more bu-

reaucrats “administrating healthcare”. We need healthcare!

Millions of Canadians don’t have a doctor and struggle to get basic healthcare services.

Trudeau promised 7,500 new doctors and nurses. Where are they?

What about $4.5 billion for mental healthcare, an exponentially greater need—especially post-COVID restrictions.

The reality is this Liberal-NDP costly coalition is more interested in power and self-interest than in the health needs of Canadians.

Justin and Jagmeet just aren’t worth the cost.

Canadians can’t afford more big government programs. Many are struggling just to feed and house themselves.

Conservatives want Canadians to have great healthcare.

Instead of pie-in-the-sky programs we’ll bring in targeted, commonsense reforms like credential recognition for doctors and nurses and focus on funding frontline care.

We’ll bring home healthcare for Canadians.

Dear Editor:

I am writing to let you know how much I appreciate your newspaper and all the excellent information it contains. I especially want to let you know how much easier I find it to read the section with borders between the articles where you did the months review from 2023. I look forward to picking up a copy every month.


Common Sense Opinion Piece

Dear Editor:

I really appreciated Monica Guetre’s piece in the January 2024 Dawson Trail Dispatch [It’s About Context – Not the Word]. Her call for common sense and compassion is just what we need right now. The article was backed up by valid historical context and by clarity of definitions. I commend the Dawson Trail Dispatch for running such perceptive articles.


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NDP Provincial Government Silent on Community Funding Timelines

February is “I Love to Read” month in Manitoba, and I’ve had the absolute pleasure of reading to students in schools across the Lac du Bonnet constituency. As a former teacher and guidance counsellor, I always enjoy visiting our schools and seeing the optimism in the bright faces of Manitoba students.

As a former teacher, I also see the value in report cards. As the Official Opposition, our PC Caucus issued a report card assessing the NDP’s first 100 days in government following their $3 billion in election promises.

Despite running their entire campaign on healthcare, Premier Wab Kinew’s NDP government has failed to provide any plan to bolster staffing and retention of healthcare workers. They have simply relied on re-announcing multiple PC projects and initiatives as their own. What’s worse is that the only new steps the NDP have taken so far is to cut outof-province surgeries, making Manitobans wait longer in pain. The NDP has defunded international nurse recruitment and abandoned our plan to build 6 new personal care homes for seniors, including one that was ready to be built in Lac du Bonnet.

With regard to crime, Premier Kinew promised to reform bail at the provincial level within his first

100 days in government, despite bail being the federal government’s responsibility. The premier failed on his promise as the NDP have yet to produce any policy to improve public safety in Manitoba. By refusing to stand up to Justin Trudeau and promptly demand bail reform, the NDP’s inaction puts Manitobans at risk while crime increases in our communities.

Meanwhile, as students enjoyed their winter break, Premier Kinew revealed that his NDP government will “probably” abandon the building of 9 new schools and 660 daycare spaces. As of mid- February, the education minister failed to offer a timeline for when planning will continue for these new schools. These cuts will make classrooms more crowded, reduce resources for students, and eliminate childcare options for Manitoba families.

In announcing next year’s school funding, the NDP also made it clear that they are delaying any reform of the education funding model, which means 10 of 37 school divisions will receive increases of less than 1% this year, including Sunrise School Division, far less than the inflationlinked increases the NDP promised. When asked what school divisions should do to meet the NDP’s funding shortfall, the NDP suggested

school divisions raise taxes on local residents.

Our PC Team believes that all Manitoba students should have the same opportunities for success no matter where they live, their cultural background or their personal circumstances. The NDP are playing favourites and under funding some school divisions at the expense of those students. We will be advocating that all students and school divisions should get the same level of funding and resources. The NDP should keep their promised increase to match inflation and treat school divisions fairly.

It’s almost Spring and for the last 5 years our local governments and non-profit organizations would normally be submitting their Building Sustainable Communities (BSC) grant applications. The BSC program was launched in 2019 to offer grants for capital infrastructure and community initiatives and is crucial to local development, especially in rural Manitoba. The application intake should have opened in December, however, the NDP remain silent as to the future of this important program. The NDP’s usual excuses of being new to government and needing more time doesn’t fare

Holding the Provincial Government to Account

Despite being the shortest month of the year, February always packs in enough fun to keep anyone busy.

What makes this especially true for me every year is getting to participate in “I Love to Read” Month festivities, taking the opportunity to visit a number of schools and read to students around the Dawson Trail constituency.

This year, I had the pleasure of reading to over 40 different classrooms! Every visit was a unique experience, where I had so much fun sharing these wonderful stories to students, answering their imaginative and curious questions, and being able to share with them the value and joy of reading. I’m so glad that I was able to once again participate in “I Love to Read” Month, and I’m already looking forward to next year!

In other news, it was recently announced that the proposed Sio Silica sand mine in the RM of Springfield will not be moving forward, following a review of information from experts, consultations with the impacted communities and First Nations, and a report from the Clean Environment Commission (CEC).

As your MLA, I have always

and will continue to listen to you and to advocate for your concerns.

Regarding the sand mine, I pushed for the silica project to be brought forward to the CEC because it is of utmost importance to do everything that we can to protect our environment so that we can continue living long, healthy, and safe lives.

With that said, I was disappointed in the NDP government’s lack of urgency against a historic environmental crisis last month, when more than 228 million litres of raw, untreated wastewater spilled into the Red River and Lake Winnipeg from the City of Winnipeg. For over two weeks, the NDP remained hands-off as Manitoba experienced its worst sewage leaks in decades, offering no help to immediately stop the crisis. While the sewage system is primarily a municipal matter, the health of the Red River and Lake Winnipeg (the tenth largest freshwater lake in the world) concerns all Manitobans.

The NDP government failed to inform impacted communities, including downstream First Nations, who’ve stressed the fact that they were not notified about the leak. I was even more dismayed to learn that the NDP environment minister

was unaware of the unfolding catastrophe until it was mentioned to her in passing by a chief.

Now that March is here, my PC colleagues and I will be holding the government to account during the spring legislative session for a range of issues that matter most to Manitobans, including the Dawson Trail constituency. The NDP government will also be releasing their first-ever budget this month, revealing to Manitobans exactly which services they’ll have to cut and which taxes they’ll have to raise in order to pay for their $3-billion in election promises.

For more updates and information, visit my website at boblagasse.com. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my constituency office at ca.lagasse@outlook.com or 204807-4663.

with this well-established program as all it required was an announcement and the desire to invest in Manitoba communities. The Arts, Culture and Sport in Community (ACSC) Fund created in 2022 has also gone missing under the NDP, and they were late announcing the intake for the Green Team program on January 31. As the Official Opposition, we are calling on the NDP for timely answers regarding these grant programs so local governments and non-profits can continue to plan or look for other options, instead of waiting for the NDP to show up. The NDP has chosen to play politics and cast blame instead of implementing any of their own plans on critical files that are important to Manitobans. For these reasons, we have given the NDP a failing grade on their first 100 days in government.

Whether you attended the Festival du Voyageur, took in one of the many local community markets and family events, or visited with your loved ones, I hope you were able to enjoy some time in celebration of Louis Riel Day in Manitoba.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at wayne@wayneewasko.com, or call me at 204-268-3282. Also, you can follow me on X (formerly Twitter) @ wayneewaskomla and friend me on Facebook.

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RM of Ste. Anne Advocates for Provincial Review of Municipal Fine Ceilings

The RM of Ste. Anne council is asking their administration to reach out to the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) to lobby the Province for changes in the upper financial ceiling for municipal fines that can be imposed.

Mike McLennan, CAO for the RM of Ste. Anne, highlighted that the Municipal By-Law Enforcement Regulations, which establish the maximum fine amounts, were last adjusted in 2016.

The recent need to scale back fines for the Animal Abandonment By-Law enactment prompted the council’s call for a review.

“When developing and adopting the Animal Abandonment ByLaw, the hope had been to set a fine amount large enough that would have acted as a deterrent for those considering abandoning animals. This fine amount was ultimately limited because of the regulation,” McLennan explained.

Due to restrictions outlined in the General Enforcement By-law, the municipality is constrained from imposing fines exceeding $1,000.

“We had also wanted to mirror Provincial speeding fines, however as we enforce our speed limits through our General Enforcement By-law, we are not authorized to impose any such fine over $1,000. There are other similar municipal by-laws where Council may have wanted to encourage compliance with a stronger fine, however we are limited by this provincial regulation,” said McLennan.

“This effort to have the Province review their maximum fine amount in their regulation was not spurred by any specific event or incident.

As we’ve seen inflation increase dramatically over the years, we have been adjusting our budget, fees, and fines accordingly to keep up with the changing cost of living,” McLennan clarified.

He further highlighted a disparity in maximum fines depending on whether municipalities enforce by-laws under the Provincial Offences Act or the Municipal By-law Enforcement Act. By-laws drafted under the Provincial Offences Act permit a maximum fine of $5,000, while those under a General Authority By-Law are limited to $1,000. McLennan emphasized the need for a review, considering the pros and cons associated with each route and the impact of inflation on the cost of by-law services.

“Anytime the Municipality must provide By-law enforcement due to contraventions, the imposition of fines is meant to deter further incidents. Our goal is always to obtain voluntary compliance so that we don’t have to impose fines, however the necessity of providing by-law enforcement comes at a cost, and fines help remove that cost from the taxpayers and impose it on the offenders creating the need in the first place,” said McLennan.

The RM of Ste. Anne Council’s aim is to address these limitations to ensure effective by-law enforcement and maintain a balance between encouraging compliance and addressing the financial implications of providing these services. The requested review by the Province could potentially lead to adjustments in the fine ceilings, providing municipalities with greater flexibility to address specific community needs.

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Protecting Us from the On-line Haters

Unless you don’t have a cell phone, tablet, smartwatch, or computer, being human will mean you’re connected to every person, close to 7.8 billion of who. also have access to social media. And not everyone is your friend! The realty is there are more bad people out there that can screw up your life.

Before 1983 those bad people didn’t know or even cared about you or your family since they were thousands of kilometres away. We only had to be mindful of bullies, abusers and criminals in our neighbourhoods. Before the internet most of us were minding our lives, growing up, going to school, working, vacationing, volunteering, celebrating and raising families.

For 40 years these very nasty people have gotten better at knocking on your door. Maybe you, your child, your parents and even your employer have already been victimized, changing the life you dreamed of into a nightmare.

It is completely impossible for even an adult to protect themselves from haters all on their own. Unless it’s your chosen calling figuring out 100% cyber security there aren’t a lot of us that can go it alone when the record needs to be set straight, let alone being a victim of cyberbullying and cybervictimization. What about the majority of victims who are children, youth, seniors, First Nations, those with disabilities, visible minorities, women, men and gender diverse? For those that have been attacked and terrorized what nightmare is controlling their life?

Living anywhere and especially in rural Canada it also means you don’t have a choice on whether you can fully break free from the internet since most of us do our banking, schooling, work remotely, find information and access both government and business services on-line and yes even file our taxes. Many of us use the internet for really good things like socializing, or to keep in contact with our real family and friends or our community groups.

Because social media on-line service providers have left these wide open doors and windows into our lives for these creepy crawlies, isn’t it time to make these businesses accountable? How do we get these doors and windows closed?

One of the Statistics Canada’s February 2024 reports describes

how on-line haters attempt to make us not only feel unsafe, they encourage others to go out of their way to make life unbearable for others, even causing suicide.

This report says exposure to online hate and violence can come in many forms including disinformation that manipulates with intent or exaggerates the truth to cause harm or misinformation that is verifiably false, inaccurate, or misleading. Much of this information contains undertones of aggression and can promote or propagate hate.

I would ask; who’s got the time to verify all this information thrown at you on the internet?

Stats Canada also reports that from 2018 to 2022, a vast majority (87%) of people charged with or suspected of cyber-related hate crimes were men or boys. The average age of these cyber-related hate crime perpetrators was 27 years for both males and females.

It’s a situation where the young and old are asking who we turn to for help. How do we make the madness stop?

There are way too many victims in Canada.

Statistics Canada also reported that young people aged 15 to 24, women (25%), that is 1 in 4, were two and a half times as likely as men (10%) to receive unsolicited sexually suggestive or explicit images or messages. Almost half (46%) of First Nations young people living off-reserve experience cyberbullying. This is nearly double the share of non-Indigenous young adults (26%). LGBTQ2 young adults were more likely than their non-LGBTQ2 counterparts to have experienced cybervictimization at 49% versus 23%. 39% of young adults with a disability experience cyberbullying compared with 17% of the nondisabled young adults.

Our Federal government MPs are hoping to change this with a laser focused law called Bill C-63, the “Online Harms Act”. In its first reading it looks to significantly amend the Criminal Code, the Canadian Human Rights Act and create an Act respecting the mandatory reporting of Internet child pornography by persons who provide an Internet service making these online companies and individuals transparent and accountable. The new law also defines the social media service provider as someone who enables a user to communicate content to the public.

The new legislation is focused on “on-line safety” and “content” that expresses hatred, detestation or vilification of an individual or group of individuals contrary to the Human Rights Act. Included is content that advocates genocide, encouraging a person to commit physical violence against a person where there is a se-

rious threat or a person’s life is endangered or cause property damage; content that incites violent extremism or terrorism, content that induces a child to harm themselves or used to bully a child. The law would cover perpetrators who sexually victimizes a child or revictimizes a survivor and intimate content communicated without consent.

Besides individuals facing a criminal charge the individual faces a penalty of up to a maximum of not more than 6% of the gross global revenue of the person that is believed to have committed the violation or $10 million, whichever is greater.

Notice the word “global”. That’s because social media providers don’t need a border to make their money.

Rightfully though, there are concerns about the “Online Harms Act” that it will stifle free speech, think about a comedian that finds humour in a raunchy joke about women or a politician that goes off on a tirade about all the woes of a country are caused by immigrants. Where does the line get drawn?

And we certainly know we can’t legislate morals - but we can make laws that hold each of us accountable to everyone else in society and help keep us safe, like wearing a seat belt and don’t text or drink while driving.

Notable is that part of this “Online Harms” Bill revives a repealed section of the Canadian Human Rights Act, and the prohibition of on-line internet hate speech.

And the new law aggressively goes after these on-line haters with targeted hate-crime offences that carry penalties of up to life imprisonment. Life in prison, that’s a biggie!

Fortunately the proposed new law defines a hate crime as an offence motivated by hatred including based on race, gender identity or expression, religion, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sex, age or sexual orientation and increases the penalty for promoting genocide.

This new law also create a new Digital Safety Commission that we can report to and that public social media providers are mandated to report to and be accountable to. But what is concerning it doesn’t limit the commission’s powers from obtaining material without due process.

We certainly can’t control everything thrown at us in life and maybe the act of self-reflection, expecting more from ourselves is one of the brakes we impose on our selves before posting on-line hate.

What ever you think about the new law, I encourage you to read it because it will change yours and especially every young person’s life – hopefully for the good.

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Winter in the Redemptorist Park in Ste Anne taken Feb 2018. Photo by Ginette Perron.

Lacrosse Enthusiast Aims to Cultivate the Sport in Southeast Manitoba

Lacrosse, often referred to as the National Summer Sport of Canada, is finding a new advocate in St. Adolphe resident Matthew Girardin, a lifelong enthusiast, player, coach, and referee with a passion to expand the game in southeast Manitoba.

Girardin’s journey with lacrosse began at the age of 10, and now at 41, he remains deeply committed to the sport.

“Lacrosse has been a passion of mine for most of my life. I started playing when I was 10, (I’m now 41),” he shared. His extensive involvement includes playing, coaching, and officiating at national and international levels. With three of his four children taking up the sport, Girardin’s commitment to lacrosse is a family affair.

Inspired by the desire to share his love for the game, Girardin is spearheading the creation of the Southman Saints, a lacrosse team representing southeast Manitoba.

“The game of Lacrosse itself has inspired me to grow this game outside of the perimeter,” Girardin expressed. With lacrosse flourishing in provinces like Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, Girardin envisions a similar growth in the local community.

Yet, Girardin’s vision goes beyond just a team; he aspires to establish multiple teams across various age groups. Recognizing the challenges involved, he agreed that this is not like a “beer league” hockey team;

becoming a team as part of a league involves a lot of coordinating and potentially many volunteers to run a program.

The RM of Ritchot has extended support for the lacrosse program, providing grant money and promotional support over the years. Girardin envisions Ste. Agathe as the “home” community for the Southman Saints, hoping to represent various age divisions in the Winnipeg League.

Registration is open to participants of various skill levels, with Girardin emphasizing the accessibility of lacrosse for newcomers.

“That’s the nice part of Lacrosse, because it is such a new sport to so many athletes there is always room to start at any age,” he noted. Acknowledging the equipment challenge, Girardin highlighted that the

U7 and U9 age groups require only a stick, gloves, and a helmet, making it more accessible.

However, he emphasized the need for volunteers, coaches, and participants to ensure the success of the program.

“In order for this to be a success, we need as many volunteers as possible,” Girardin concluded, underscoring the community-driven spirit behind his ambitious lacrosse initiative.

Girardin’s goal is to field U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 teams.

Registration is open until March 15 for the Saints organization. For more information contact saintslacrosse@ shaw.ca or register at saints.rampregistrations.com. If you would like to help coach please register through the same Ramp registration page as a player. Once registered they will be in contact with you regarding clinic dates and additional information if needed.

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Did You Know? Anyone Playing Hockey Should Consider Playing Lacrosse, too

From Gretzky to Tavares, Shanahan to Stamkos, Canadian-born NHL players recommend playing lacrosse in the summer to improve hockey skills.

Hockey players excel in Lacrosse and, in turn, they become markedly better hockey players. Both hockey and lacrosse are high tempo, physical team sports that have similar elements to the game. Both sports utilize 5 players and a goalie, three periods and strategy of developing odd-man situations to create scoring opportunities. Comparatively, lacrosse is a much less expensive sport than hockey and uses much of the same protective upper body equipment.

NHL hockey players who benefited from playing lacrosse include Wayne Gretzky, Connor McDavid, Brendan Shanahan ,Steven Stamkos, Mark Scheifele, Owen Power, Brandon Montour, David Bolland, Ryan Getzlaf, Brendan Smith, Sean Monahan, Reilly Smith, Darnell Nurse, Max Domi, Ben Eager Nick Paul, Brett Ritchie, Connor Brown, Ryan Strome, Nick Ritchie, John Tavares, Joe Nieuwendyk, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic, Doug Gilmour, Matt Moulson, Gary Roberts, Jordan Eberle, Paul Coffey, Cody Hodgson, Paul Kariya, Gordie Howe, Rick Dudley,Bobby Orr, Darren Pang, Jason York, Shawn Simpson, Mark Stone, Bob Probert, Cliff Ronning, Adrian Aucoin, Jack Bionda, Devin Shore, Jason Ward, Dustin Brown, Gerry Cheevers, John Barrett, Doug Favell, Marc Savard, Lionel Conacher, Matt Barnaby, John Ferguson, Ron Meighen, Dave Andreychuk, Seth Griffith, Kyle Quincey, Dan Ellis, Kyle Turris, Riley Nash, Mike Ridley, Codi Ceci, Doug Evans, John Maclean, Sam Gagne, and Brian Bellows.

Registration is open to participants of various skill levels, U7 and U9 age groups require only a stick, gloves, and a helmet. Submitted photos

“I could hardly wait to get my lacrosse stick out and start throwing the ball against the walls and working on our moves as we played the lacrosse equivalent to road hockey,” said Wayne Gretzky in an interview. “All the good hockey players seemed to play lacrosse in those days and everyone of them learned something from the game to carry over to the other - things athletes can only learn by mixing up the games they play when they are young.”

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Tache Mayor Armand Poirier met with some inquisitive youngsters during “I Love to Read” month with a visit to a local school. He and his wife paired up to entertain the kids. “Marcia and I had an incredible time reading to the K-2 students at École Lorette Immersion for ‘I Love to Read Month’,” noted Poirier on his social media page. “We spent time in each classroom, reading and answering questions the students had about their community and what it’s like to be Mayor.” Photo Armand Poirier / Facebook

RM of Taché’s New CAO Fitting in with Municipal Team

The Rural Municipality (RM) of Taché proudly introduces its new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Ken Allen, who has seamlessly integrated into the municipal team, bringing a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to the role.

Originally from Winnipeg, Ken Allen, along with his family, made the strategic decision to call the RM of Taché home three years ago.

“We were attracted to the RM because it offers the best of both worlds, many amenities available locally, a strong sense of community, country lifestyle, and the close proximity to Winnipeg, just a 15-20 minute drive away,” shared Allen. “I highly recommend living in the RM of Taché and encourage folks to check out what we have to offer.”

Allen, a University of Manitoba graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education, brings over 30 years of municipal government administration experience. His extensive background includes roles in strategic planning, corporate communications, human resource development, employee leadership training, public engagement, and project management.

In his first three weeks as CAO, Allen has experienced a warm welcome from elected officials and the management team. He took the time to reflect on his initial impressions.

“It’s a positive team environment, and I’ve hit the ground running as I moved into the role, which is action-paced and involves managing both the day-to-day business of the RM and overseeing exciting projects such as the new daycare facility in Lorette, the new Taché Community Centre project, and the Centre of Canada site,” he said.

Expressing his excitement and motivation for the new role, Allen said, “Things are going well, and I am excited to put my skills and experience to work on behalf of the community I live in.”

Top priorities for Allen include the review and refinement of the preliminary design for the new Taché Community Centre project. He emphasized the collaborative effort with the architectural firm to finalize the plan in the coming weeks, incorporating potential cost savings without compromising the quality of the facility.

Looking ahead, Allen envisions focusing on community growth, business attraction, enhanced public communication, and the creation of a leadership development program to support employees and succession planning efforts.

Outside of work, Ken Allen is an outdoor enthusiast, enjoying activities such as hiking the trails in the RM, nature photography, and gardening.

Taché Mayor Armand Poirier expressed satisfaction with Allen’s early days in office.

“From my observations, he is being well received by the public, Council, management, and employees. His steady hand administrative style is a good fit for Taché,” said Poirier.

Ken Allen assumed the duties of CAO on February 12, and the RM of Taché anticipates a period of growth and positive development with him on the team.

RM of Ste. Anne Stirs Debate While Looking into a Campground Added Levy

At a recent meeting of the RM of Ste. Anne Council, a seemingly innocent discussion has raised the ire of some local season campgrounds in the municipality.

After approving a conditional use and variation order to allow a developer to take the next steps in developing a campground, discussion veered to how seasonal residents at the campground do not contribute to the costs of the upkeep of the municipal lagoon.

Mike McLennan, CAO for the RM of Ste. Anne, clarified the current taxation system, stating, “Currently, taxation in the RM of Ste. Anne is entirely Assessment Based, with the valuations determined by the Provincial Assessment Officer. Municipal and school taxes are then levied on the properties based on those valuations, with the registered property owners being liable for all tax amounts owing to the Municipality. All municipal taxes collected go towards all municipal services, including the lagoon.”

Addressing the potential for changes in taxation methods, McLennan added, “At this time, there is no active discussion regarding how the RM raises taxes. Council is very focused on ensuring fair and equitable taxation. Conversations may be had regarding this matter in the future; however, there are no active discussions or planning occurring at this time.”

McLennan did admit that while investigating a new levy was not a priority, it may be looked into after their work on the budget is completed.

He emphasized that any changes in the method of taxation, such as imposing a special service levy or a local improvement levy, would involve public hearings with all stakeholders to ensure transparency and inclusivity.

The discussion arose from concerns about the impact of effluent on the municipal lagoon, with seasonal campgrounds adding pressure to its

functioning over time.

McLennan explained, “The more effluent that is added to the municipal lagoon, the more pressure is added to its ability to function over time.”

Dan Manaigre, a resort owner within the RM of Ste. Anne, contested the Council’s perception, stating, “Council seems to be misinformed and unaware of the taxes they collect from campgrounds. Our 2023 Municipal Tax bill was over $87,000. We create over 70 jobs every summer, and never mind the outside money that comes to the municipality.”

Ray Turenne, owner of a seasonal campground in the RM of Ste. Anne, raised concerns about potential additional fees, saying, “The RM only takes from us; they do nothing to help us. No amenities are provided by the RM. Gravel provided… NO, sewage handling… NO, garbage pick up… NO, water management… NO.”

“During the summer months our clients do spend money a lot of money to the other businesses in the RM,” added Turenne. “In these trying times you want to add another fee to us in which we would have to put forth onto our patrons? Camping is a hobby for many blue collar workers and if our fees get too high then the hobby of camping will be unaffordable for many.”

Both Manaigre and Turenne echoed the belief that the continual adding of fees could make this hobby unaffordable and then the patrons will be gone and so will the revenue for the RM and local businesses.

Some of the campgrounds the RM of Ste. Anne currently hosts are Lilac Resort, Wild Oaks Campground, Rock Garden Campground, and Ridgewood South Golf Course & Campground.

Discovery Toys in Lorette Launches Easter Basket Drive for Local Kids in Need

Discovery Toys (DT), a local play advisory group, is gearing up for their annual Easter Basket Drive to bring joy to kids in Women’s Shelters, Ronald McDonald House Manitoba, Dignity House Inc., and other crisis shelters across Manitoba.

Lorette resident, Tia Sunley is a DT Educational Leader and explained that each year all the DT Advisors in Manitoba get together to host a Donation Drive.

Creating Easter Baskets for these kids is the goal and they hope to provide over 250 Easter Baskets this year across the province.

Individuals or businesses can sponsor a basket for $30 each, contributing to the assembly of high-quality, fun-

filled baskets. Each basket includes a Discovery Toys game and/or toy, a book, toiletry products, Easter candy, and other delightful treats.

“Any sponsorship valued at $100 or more will get your logo on our Donation Drive Banner, along with shoutouts on Instagram and Facebook,” she added. “We also provide a special thank you gift for our $100 plus sponsors at the end of the drive.”

The initiative not only brings happiness to children during the Easter season but also supports families seeking assistance. Donations of toiletries, individually wrapped nutfree treats, and other miscellaneous stuffers are also welcomed.

As Discovery Toys in Lorette rallies the community for this cause, they

aim to surpass their previous years’ efforts, making a positive impact on the lives of children and families facing challenging circumstances. You can reach out to Tia at 204-2906897 or email discoverytoys.tia@ gmail.com or scan the QR Code.


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The Rural Municipality (RM) of Taché proudly introduces its new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Ken Allen, who has seamlessly integrated into the municipal team, bringing a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to the role. Submitted photo Some of the campgrounds the RM of Ste. Anne currently hosts are Lilac Resort (top), Rock Garden Campground (middle), Wild Oaks Campground (bottom), and Ridgewood South Golf Course & Campground. File photos

SAC Celebrates Culture & Heritage with Multi-Generational and Wellness Workshops

The Steinbach Arts Council is presenting a series of workshops that celebrate the rich diversity of culture and heritage in our region.

The Cultural, multi-generational workshops will feature a variety of activities, including creating Mennonite Floor Patterns and Place Mats with Margruite Krahn, creating Ukrainian Culinary dishes with Cassandra Kornelsen, learning Métis Jigging with Janessa Roy, creating Métis Finger Weaving with Brett McPherson, and creating Métis Borealis Beading with Melanie Gamache. These workshops are a great opportunity to learn new skills and techniques, while also exploring the unique cultural traditions that make our community so special.

Aside from the cultural workshops, the Steinbach Arts Council is presenting a series of Wellness Workshops. These workshops will feature a low-impact fitness class, a culinary session with Cassandra

Kornelsen for creating healthy treats, and a soap and bath bomb crafting session with Patricia McPherson using essential oils. The aim of these workshops is to promote physical and mental well-being while offering an enjoyable and engaging learning experience.

“The work we do is important. Our city is home to one of the largest Arts Centres in western Canada, and we believe that we can improve quality of life for residents in and around our city with our programming, especially when there is so much evidence that arts and culture are directly related to the well-being of society,” said David Klassen, Executive Director of the Steinbach Arts Council. “By investing in personal wellness, we’re investing in a healthy community. By offering cultural learning opportunities, we believe we can strengthen friendships and relationships. By passing down cultural traditions, we believe that we can strengthen ties between generations.”

For more information, or to register for a workshop, please visit the Steinbach Arts Council website or call 204-346-1077.

Seine River School Division Custodians End Strike, Reach Agreement

Custodians from the Seine River School Division (SRSD) have voted to accept an improved offer from their employer, effectively bringing an end to their strike that lasted just over two weeks. The agreement, ratified on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, is a positive outcome following negotiations and the involvement of a conciliator.

MGEU President Kyle Ross expressed satisfaction that a resolution was achieved at the bargaining table, emphasizing that strike action should not have been necessary for such an agreement.

Key Terms of the Agreement:

- Wage Increases: Members will receive general wage increases ranging from about 16% to just over 20% over the four-year agreement, spanning from July 2021 to June 2025.

- Additional Benefits: The agreement includes enhancements in overtime and callout provisions, longservice allowance, and family-related leave.

Ryan Anderson, Superintendent of the Seine River School Division, highlighted the significance of the agreement and commended the dedication and perseverance demonstrated by all parties involved

in reaching a resolution.

“The new agreement signifies a significant milestone in negotiations, demonstrating the commitment of both parties to finding common ground and ensuring the well-being of all stakeholders involved,” stated Anderson.

The comprehensive agreement reflects the Division’s commitment to fair compensation and acknowledgment of the valuable contributions made by its custodial staff. Anderson expressed gratitude to all involved parties for their collaboration and commitment to resolving the matter.

“The dedication and hard work of our custodial staff are integral to maintaining safe and clean environments within our schools. We extend our sincere gratitude to all parties involved for their collaboration and commitment to resolving this matter,” added Anderson.

The Seine River School Division eagerly anticipates welcoming back its custodial staff under the terms of the new agreement, fostering a strengthened partnership between the Division, its employees, and the wider community. The resolution marks a positive step forward, ensuring stability and a conducive environment for all stakeholders.

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Métis tradition and culture is just one focus of a new series of cultural and wellness workshops planned by the Steinbach Arts Council. Janessa Roy shows a couple of children some of the basic steps the make up the Red River Jig. Brett McPherson will walk participants through the Métis finger weaving process. Photos by Dan Guetre Photo by Caleb White Custodians from the Seine River School Division (SRSD) have voted to accept an improved offer from their employer, effectively bringing an end to their strike that lasted just over two weeks.

RCMP Issues Warning Against Tax Season Fraud, Urges Vigilance

As tax season kicks off, the RCMP is cautioning residents about the surge in fraud-related activities. Individuals are urged to exercise extreme caution when sharing personal information and to remain vigilant against potential scams, especially those impersonating the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA).

Cst. Mitchell Butler of the Sprague RCMP emphasized the importance of being cautious about disclosing personal information and highlighted the heightened risk during tax season.

“Tax season has begun, and subsequently, there is an increase in fraud-related activities. We ask that you be careful of whom you disclose personal information to and be wary of individuals calling or texting that claim to be the Canadian Revenue Agency,” he stated.

In case anyone falls victim to a scam and has given away sensitive information or lost money, immediate action is crucial. Butler urged individuals to contact the RCMP and the CRA at 1-866-274-

6627. Additionally, if there is suspicion of deceptive or fraudulent activities, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre should be notified promptly. The centre plays a vital role in compiling information and investigating such incidents, and they can be reached at 1-888495-8501.

Butler further advised residents not to follow any requests from suspicious individuals, especially those attempting to deceive or defraud for money. These scams can take various forms, with perpetrators often resorting to tactics like convincing victims to send gift cards through the mail.

“Hopefully, this season, we can avoid these kinds of problems. If you ever get asked to do this or notice another family member or loved one falling victim to a similar situation, let them know!” urged Cst. Butler.

The RCMP’s warning comes as a proactive measure to safeguard residents against potential financial scams during the tax season, ensuring the community remains vigilant against fraudulent activities.


Tax-Time Guide - Tips for Stress-Free Filing

News Canada (NC) recently published a few helpful tips for stress free tax-filing.

“The tax deadline is inevitable every year, whether it fills you with a deep dread or you actually enjoy putting everything together. Here are some important things you should know this year to help you get your taxes done as easily and effectively as possible. File your taxes to be eligible for the new Canadian Dental Care Plan

The federal government is phasing in the Canadian Dental Care Plan to help cover the cost of oral health care for Canadians who have an annual family income of less than $90,000 and no access to dental insurance. In order to be eligible, one of the requirements is that you have filed last year’s tax return – so that’s another reason to get filing.

Find free tax help across the country

If you have a modest income and simple tax situation, you may be able to have your taxes done by volunteers at a free tax clinic. They can help make sure you get the benefits and credits you’re entitled to. Volunteering for the Community Volunteer Income Tax program (CVITP), run as the Income Tax Assistance – Volunteer Program (ITAVP) in Quebec, can also be a great opportunity to give back.

Prepare in advance

Early preparation can also help make tax time more efficient – and maybe save you money. Before you sit down to file, make sure you have your details and documents ready, from T4s to donation receipts. If you don’t qualify for CVITP/ITAVP assistance, consulting a financial advisor from a

reputable company like IG Wealth Management can make preparing easier and ensure you maximize tax credits and deductions, and stay on top of deadlines.

Doing your taxes may net you some cash

Even if you didn’t have any income last year, file your tax return. Doing it may even put some money in your pocket. Aside from the possibility of a refund, doing your taxes is the only way to receive many of the federal benefit or credit payments you could be eligible for. Register for direct deposit from the Canada Revenue Agency to get your money in as little as eight business days of filing.

Own residential property in Canada? You should know about the

Underused Housing Tax (UHT)

This tax is different from the vacant housing taxes of some municipalities and provinces. While the UHT doesn’t apply to many Canadian homeowners, it’s still up to each owner 2024 Tax Deadline to confirm if they’re affected or not.

If you’re required to file a return for the 2022 or 2023 calendar year, make sure the Canada Revenue Agency receives your return(s) and payment(s) by April 30, 2024, to avoid penalties and interest.

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Kate Moore is Senior Editor for News Canada. if you didn’t have any income last year, file your tax return. Doing it may even put some money in your pocket. Aside from the possibility of a refund, doing your taxes is the only way to receive many of the federal benefit or credit payments you could be eligible for. Photo News Canada

You Have a Bare Trust!

The 2023 personal income tax season has been underway since February 19, 2024 when CRA opened to e-filing. And for most taxpayers, there are not a lot of changes compared to the 2022 tax year.

But there is a major change in reporting Bare Trusts as of December 31, 2023. Do not stop reading thinking that this does not apply to you!

We have started asking all of our clients if they have a Bare Trust … any many do, but do not know it.

Does this situation describe you?

Here are some examples of Bare Trusts that taxpayers are unaware of:

- I am a joint account holder on someone else’s account; for example, you may have been added to your parent’s (or another individual) bank account to help with financials;

- I have an account that is joint with others to help me with financials, for convenience or for estate planning reasons; for example, you may have added an adult child(ren) or another individual to your bank account;

- I am a joint owner on property to co-sign the mortgage or credit line; for example, your adult child needed you to co-sign the mortgage so they could buy the home; UHT (Underused Housing Tax) return is also required (December 31, 2022 only)… more about that later;

- My home is in joint names with my parent(s) so I could qualify for the mortgage; UHT is also required; read more later.

- My child (or anyone else) is a joint owner on my home or other property or bank account for convenience or estate planning purposes; UHT may be required (December 31, 2022);

- I own my home with my spouse, but only my name is on the property; for example, when a home is purchased, only one spouse was available to sign documents; or the spouse moved in after the home was purchased; UHT may also be required (December 31, 2022);*

- My parent has gifted property (cottage, rental, farmland) to me, but (only) their name is still on the property; and I use the property or I receive the revenue generated by the property; farmland or other property;

- I own any other property and have added my child(ren)’s names;

- I opened accounts in trust (informal) for my children or grandchildren; What is a Bare Trust?

As the above examples show, when the legal owners are different than the beneficial owners, then a Bare Trust exists. Someone is holding some or all of the assets in trust (informally) for someone else. When the assets are disposes (sold or when someone dies), the legal owner(s) may or may not become the owner of the asset.

What is a Bare Trust tax return?

If any of the above situations apply to you, you may need to file a T3 Trust return. There is normally no taxes owing, but you MUST file the return to avoid penalties.

Information about all the parties (legal owners and beneficial owners) is required to be reported. You can check out CRA’s online information, but I recommend you get professional help to process this new requirement by CRA.

The normal filing date for T3 Trust returns is March 31 each year. But since this is the first year for the new filing requirements, CRA has announced they are waiving the penalties for this first year for Bare Trusts only. The penalties for not filing or filing late are steep: $25 per day late, minimum $100, maximum $2,500.

There are some exceptions to filing if the assets are under a certain limit, but I would rather discuss it with the client before determining a tax return is not required. There are too many “it depends” scenarios to describe in an article.

Why does CRA care?

For most of the above situations, CRA really does not care about. However, there are some bare trust situations that CRA is interested in; and future taxes may be payable on future capital gains; or perhaps the income has not been reported by the correct party: the beneficial owners.

But for CRA to find out about these taxable situations, they need to cast a wide net to get ALL bare trusts to report. Once they have everyone in the net, they let most of the “fish” go (most of the situations above) until they get the “fish” they are really looking for… the ones that will have some taxable situations that other-

Important Tax Dates 2024

February 19, 2024 – This is the first day you can start filing your 2023 tax return online. If you file on paper, you should receive your income tax package in the mail by this date.

April 30, 2024 – This is the deadline for most Canadians to file a tax return. By filing your tax return on time, you’ll avoid delays to any refund, benefit, or credit payments you may be entitled to. If you owe money to the CRA, this is also the payment deadline. You’ll avoid late-filing penalties and interest by filing and paying on time.

June 15, 2024 – If you or your spouse or common-law partner are self-employed, this is the deadline to file your tax returns. As this date falls on a Saturday, your return will be considered filed on time if the CRA receives it or it is postmarked on or before June 17, 2024. If you owe money to the CRA, you’ll still need to pay by April 30, 2024, to avoid interest.

wise may have been undetected and unreported (intentionally or unintentionally).

I have met with a few clients that have Bare Trusts that may have future tax situations. Majority of the clients we have met or spoken with so far either do not have any Bare Trusts, or may need to file a T3 Trust Return, but there is likely no tax to be paid.

Underused Housing Tax UHT

And there are a few Bare Trust situations that hold residential property that may require a UHT tax return to be filed. These are for December 31, 2022 only. CRA has changed the rules and filing dates a few times in the past 12 months, so we do have until April 30, 2024 to file these returns that are dated December 31, 2022.

Asking ALL clients

This is one more question we have to ask all our client this year: do you have a Bare Trust situation that we need to review? We will determine if you need to file a T3 Trust tax return and if you need to file a UHT tax return. We invite all our clients to call our of-

fice to discuss any potential Bare Trust situations even if you are not quite ready to file your 2023 personal income tax return quite yet. If you are not a client, we suggest you review CRA’s online information about Bare Trusts.

Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact Ste. Anne Tax Service at 204-422-6631 (phone or text!) or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or info@ sataxes.ca.

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Pat Porter Bids to Host 2025 55+ Summer Games

Backed with official support from the City of Steinbach, Pat Porter Active Living Centre could become the host for the 2025 55+ Summer Games.

After voting to draft a letter of support for the bid, council reflected on how the timing could not be better with the Southeast Events Centre construction moving along, with its completion and grand opening before the summer games.

“We have been in discussions off and on over the last 6 years since I have been here, however, we just didn’t feel like we were able to be ready for it. Our centre at the time was struggling financially and with membership,” stated Audrey Harder, the executive director of the centre, highlighting the journey leading to this significant decision. “As the years progressed and we saw more opportunity and we are at a growth period we felt like we could do more to make this happen successfully.”

Harder noted that Russ Dyck from Steinbach Parks and Recreation has played a pivotal role in initiating discussions and exploring how the Pat Porter Active Living Centre could contribute to the success of the 55+ Summer Games.

“The opportunity to showcase our community and other communities in the southeast is something we don’t want to pass on!” exclaimed Harder, emphasizing the communal spirit and the potential for positive regional exposure.

Having been actively involved in the 2011 edition of the 55+ games, members from the centre are no strangers to the energy and enthusiasm that these events bring.

“Many of our members attend the games throughout the province and enjoy challenging their abilities and meeting new people,” shared Harder, reflecting on the positive impact of the games on the active senior community.

If the bid passes, the Steinbach and surrounding areas will play host to various events, with the Southeast Events Centre serving as a primary venue. The Pat Porter Active Living Centre is positioned as the secondary location for events and functions, showcasing the collaborative effort to make the games a memorable experience.

Harder highlighted the significance of the application and the subsequent review by members of the Active Aging in Manitoba (AAIM) Board and the Bid Selection Committee. Potential host communities may be asked to make a bid presentation, with the decision set to be made at the end of April and officially announced in June at the Brandon 55+ Summer Games.

“We are very hopeful for this year and want to be a part of the games. Our organization is committed to ensuring all people have access to opportunities to be healthy, active, social, and stay in their community home for as long as possible,” expressed Harder, emphasizing the broader mission of promoting an active and stigma-free aging experience.

As the community eagerly awaits the outcome of the bid, the prospect of hosting the 2025 55+ Summer Games presents a unique opportunity for Steinbach to showcase its vibrant spirit, communal values, and commitment to active aging.

City’s Community Scavenger Hunt the Biggest Yet!

The Steinbach Family Resource Centre recently concluded its annual community-wide scavenger hunt, running from February 1 to 19, with the grand prize draws held at Funk’s Toyota on February 20. This year marked the fourth edition of the event, featuring 25 activities and garnering remarkable community engagement.

With almost 2,200 entries across the various activities, the 2024 scavenger hunt achieved its highest level of participation yet, showcasing the community’s enthusiasm and support. Twenty-four sponsors contributed to the success of the event, highlighting the collaborative spirit within Steinbach.

The highlight of the grand prize draw was the announcement of the winner of the Custom Vacation Package valued at $2,500. The fortunate recipient was Celine Sonnenberg.

Several other lucky participants were also rewarded with game prize packs corresponding to specific activities. The winners and their respective prizes included: For the Right Price (Candace Hofer) a Kitchen Prize Pack; Pup Patrol (Irene Engbrecht) the Sports Prize Pack; Special Delivery (Maggie

Celine Sonnenberg was the lucky winner of the Custom Vacation Package. Submitted photo Ginter) with the Rec Room Prize Pack; Code Red (Levi Falk) a Patio Party Prize Pack and Whodunit (Greg Vandermeulen) winning the Handyman Prize Pack.

Notably the most played game during the scavenger hunt was “Code Red” at the library, showcasing the popularity of this particular activity.

This year’s grand prize winner activity was associated with RONA La Broquerie Lumber which added an exciting dimension to the winner’s experience.

The most visited activity was

hosted by Canadian Tire drawing significant community attention. The success of the Steinbach Family Resource Centre’s community-wide scavenger hunt reflects the vibrant community spirit and the positive impact of collaborative efforts. With the fourth year witnessing unprecedented participation, organizers are already looking forward to the possibilities and excitement that the fifth year of the event may bring. The community eagerly awaits the next edition of this tradition.

New Canadian Dental Plan Offers Vital Coverage for Seniors, Applauded for Seamless Rollout

The recently introduced Canadian Dental Plan tailored for seniors is garnering positive feedback for its seamless rollout. One regional seniors’ resource group praised it for its accessibility and straightforward application process.

Forest the experiences of the clients she has assisted.

“I was able to help one eligible older adult navigate their successful application. The process, as outlined in the promo tools from the federal government, is clear and easy to do,” she added.

“So far, I have had some conversations with seniors regarding this new program. I particularly appreciate the ease of the rollout for this program,” said Melanie Brémaud, Senior Resource Coordinator at the Seine River Services for Seniors. She emphasized that the steps outlined in the promotional tools from the federal government align precisely with

Brémaud shared a specific instance where she guided a client through the automated call application process. The individual is now eagerly awaiting their package from Sunlife Insurance, which will include an ID card, granting them access to dental care. Brémaud noted the client’s anticipation for a dental cleaning, free of charge, under the new program.

The Canadian Dental Plan for seniors marks a crucial step in addressing the oral health needs of older adults. By offering coverage and simplifying the application process, it aims to ensure that seniors can access essential dental care without unnecessary hurdles.

As more seniors become aware of and enrol in the program, the positive experiences shared by early participants, such as the one highlighted by Brémaud, may encourage broader participation. The Canadian Dental Plan is poised to make a meaningful impact on the oral health and overall well-being of seniors across the country.

Business Expo in Ritchot Allows Businesses Learning and Networking Opportunities

The Ritchot Edge Business Expo held in late February at the TC Energy Centre in Ile Des Chenes was a fantastic and successful event according to organizers. The RM of Ritchot and the Ritchot CDC were described as the “driving force” for bringing the event to the community and region.

Source: Edge Business Expo/Facebook

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As the community eagerly awaits the outcome of the bid, the prospect of hosting the 2025 55+ Summer Games presents a unique opportunity for Steinbach to showcase its vibrant spirit, communal values, and commitment to active aging. Submitted photo

A Celebration of Artistry: Dual Exhibit Opening at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre

In an ode to the vibrant art scene, the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre (SAC) is set to unveil a captivating dual exhibit featuring Wanda Slawik’s “Manitoba - My Love” and the late Willi Richardson’s “Off the Wall - A Tribute Exhibit in Memory of Willi Richardson”.

Wanda Slawik’s “Manitoba - My Love” promises an immersive journey into the heart of Manitoba through a series of evocative pieces capturing the essence and beauty of the province. Slawik’s artist statement sheds light on her inspiration, expressing a mission to

forth the intrinsic beauty of each moment. She aims to connect viewers with the rich visual and spiritual mosaic that is Manitoba.

The late Willi Richardson’s “Off the Wall - A Tribute Exhibit in Memory of Willi Richardson” stands as a poignant tribute to Richardson’s enduring love for the arts. Curated alongside Slawik’s showcase, this exhibit serves as a moving homage to Richardson’s legacy, featuring a diverse collection of works that continue to inspire audiences. Richardson, who previously exhibited “Manitoba Treasure” at the Steinbach Arts Council

Hall Gallery in 2022, viewed art as more than just a pastime.

“It is a true privilege to collaborate with Wanda and Willi’s daughter Candis Richardson. This upcoming exhibit holds a unique significance that resonates deeply with me. I have affectionately coined this showcase ‘Heart on a Sleeve’ as it beautifully encapsulates the heartfelt connection both artists are generously sharing with us.” says Camila Funes-Giesbrecht, Assistant Arts Instructor Coordinator at SAC. “This exhibition not only honours the artistic brilliance of both Slawik and Richardson

“Off the Wall”

but also serves as a testament to the enduring power of art to connect, inspire, and transcend. Join us in celebrating these two remarkable artists and their profound impact on the arts community.”

Both exhibits will be on display until April 5.

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Wanda Slawik’s “Garden of the Sun” is part of the “Manitoba – My Love” exhibit. bring A Tribute Exhibit in Memory of Willi Richardson. Photos steinbachartscouncil.ca

Species at Risk Spotlight: Mapleleaf Mussel

Throughout Manitoba, we are fortunate to have an abundance of waterways. Whether we enjoy them for recreation or rely on them for day-to-day living, waterways are essential for life. Waterways are also often at the forefront of discussions with regard to the health of a natural area. When we have healthy waterways, it usually coincides with the surrounding ecosystem being healthy. That being said, it is important to monitor our waterways to ensure a healthy future, not just for human residents but also for the many species that rely on them as habitat. By monitoring species like the mapleleaf mussel, we can keep track of how our local waterways are faring.

At first glance, many of Manitoba’s mussel species may look alike. The main identifying feature of mapleleaf mussels is the nodules on the shell. No other mussel in Manitoba has them. The mapleleaf mussel was named due to its similarity in shape to the maple leaf and the dark ridges on the shell that can be compared to the growth rings of a tree. They are usually brown to yellowish green in colour and have a light-coloured inside shell. This species is considered a large mussel in Manitoba, measuring twelve centimetres across.

The main reason why monitoring the health of mapleleaf mussels is so important regarding the health of a waterway is because they are filter feeders. The mapleleaf mussels spend most of their lives in slow-moving rivers with clay or hard-packed bottoms, like the Roseau River in the tall-grass prairie natural area. It is here that they are filtering the water for essential nutrients that they rely on. In turn, they also filter the water from harmful particulates such as algae and bacteria.

When living in a healthy water system, the mapleleaf mussel has a lifespan that can reach over sixty years! The life cycle of a mussel is more complex and interesting than you may think. Spawning begins in late spring; the male will release sperm into the water, and the female will siphon it in. The brood will develop inside the mother’s shell.

When leaving the mother, the young mussels are known as glochidia. The glochidia are a form of parasite, as when they are ready to leave the mother, they need a host species to survive. In the case of the mapleleaf mussel, in Manitoba, they rely on channel catfish as hosts. When the time comes for release from the mother, she will attract the host by protruding a piece of her body called the mantle. Think of this almost as bait for the channel catfish. As the host is attracted to investigate the mantle, the mother mussel will release her brood. The hope is that they are able to attach themselves to the gills of the host and absorb nutrients for approximately two months before they drop off. It should be noted that, besides a polluted waterway, another big factor that contributes to the success rate of mapleleaf mussels is the presence of non-native mussels such as zebra or quagga that can outcompete them for habitat.

I find it interesting that a seldom-seen species with such a complex lifecycle can still be a big part of environmental health here in the tall-grass prairie natural area. Mapleleaf mussels play a key role in the health of our waterways, and in doing so, they truly deserve a spot in this shared ecosystem. If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me at info@sharedlegacymb.ca.

At first glance, many of Manitoba’s mussel species may look alike. The main identifying feature of mapleleaf mussels is the nodules on the shell. No other mussel in Manitoba has them. The mapleleaf mussel was named due to its similarity in shape to the maple leaf and the dark ridges on the shell that can be compared to the growth rings of a tree. They are usually brown to yellowish green in colour and have a light-coloured inside shell. This species is considered a large mussel in Manitoba, measuring twelve centimetres across. When living in a healthy water system, the mapleleaf mussel has a lifespan that can reach over sixty years! Submitted photo by Scott Gibson

RM of Ritchot Invests in Energy Efficiency Position for Sustainable Future

In a strategic move toward environmental sustainability, the Rural Municipality of Ritchot has created the position of Energy Efficiency Advocate and now seeking a qualified person to fill it.

We had the opportunity to interview, to gain insights into the reasons behind this initiative and its potential benefits.

“The RM decided to create the position as part of a partnership with Manitoba Hydro/Efficiency Manitoba,” explained Ryan Faucher, Economic Development Officer. “As the RM has multiple facilities, opportunities to reduce their operating costs through efficient improvement is a win/win for us.”

With a 2-year contracted position now advertised with an annual salary of $45,000 to $65,000, Ritchot created a plan where external funding can pay a larger portion of this.

“The position is funded 80%20% by Efficiency Manitoba, up to $40,000 per year, with the RM funding the remaining,” noted Faucher. “The annual cost is expected to be $10-20k depending on the qualifications of the individual.”

Even the burden of this lower net cost may be mitigated even further.

“Within the RM facilities themselves, we expect to have a positive

return from the position through identifying opportunities, tracking utility use, and proactively addressing utility waste,” he said. “As an example benefit - the RM recently undertook a project through Efficiency Manitoba to upgrade lighting in our arenas at no cost to the RM.”

The RM of Ritchot is striving to be the “most energy efficient” municipality in Manitoba. They have started to establish EV stations, a ride share program and eyed energy efficiency in some of their infrastructure.

“The RM is doing its best to provide residents with opportunities to learn and experience ways to become more energy efficient and climate-conscious,” added Faucher. “The Energy Efficiency Advocate will be trained on the full range of programs offered by Efficiency Manitoba as well as the ability to access experts within the Efficiency Manitoba network.”

When becoming more energy efficient, there are some areas that the Municipality feels can be looked at for improvements, such as certain municipal operations, a deeper dive on infrastructure and sharing information and ideas with residents and businesses.

“Energy waste/reduction can

range from lighting to insulation, to building envelope improvements. With a wide range of facilities and ages of them, we expect multiple opportunities,” said Faucher. “For residents, the position will be active in the local communities promoting and explaining Manitoba Efficiency programs. We expect the person to be proactively engaging with local trades and businesses to become a matchmaker between residents and local contractors able to complete efficiency upgrade projects.”

Currently, there are other municipalities already employing this concept and model.

“While we believe each community’s opportunities will vary, the person will be trained by Efficiency Manitoba and networked with other Energy Efficiency Advocates,” he explained. “Currently, the communities of Selkirk and Sioux Valley have people in a similar role.”

The RM of Ritchot’s commitment to energy efficiency is not only a step toward a greener future but also a strategic investment with potential long-term benefits for both the municipality and its residents.

If you feel you may be the right person for the job, to apply you can email your cover letter and resume to info@ritchot.com - attention Ryan.

Two Southeast Municipalities Moving Forward to Join Bilingual Organization

The RM of Piney and the RM of Ste. Anne in southeast Manitoba are moving closer to becoming members of the Association of Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (AMBM) following the recent passage of necessary by-laws.

Mike McLennan, CAO for the RM of Ste. Anne, confirmed that the second reading of the 3M by-law required for membership was passed during a meeting on February 2. Simultaneously, the RM of Piney advanced with a similar by-law, bringing both municipalities a step closer to joining the AMBM.

Post 2nd reading, McLennan outlined the subsequent steps in the process.

“We are coordinating the next steps with the AMBM. The By-law requires third Reading from Council to be officially enacted. However, one of the requirements of the AMBM is to do a kind of inventory of the services we currently offer, establish standards for the types and levels of services we can and want to eventually offer, and create a plan for achieving those goals,” he explained.

Once the third reading is completed, both municipalities plan to publish meeting minutes, public notices, and other notifications in both official languages. McLennan emphasized his municipality’s commitment to evaluate and improve service delivery and accessibility in both English and French. McLennan also highlighted priorities, such as translating essential documents, including by-laws and policies, into both official languages. Road signs are also set to become bilingual as part of this initiative when replacements are required or new ones need to be erected.

“Our Zoning By-Law, for example, is a by-law we reference often, and having it available in both official languages would only be of benefit to the community,” McLennan explained. “With the AMBM’s guidance, we plan on conducting an inventory of materials and services and prioritize the items that need to be addressed as we transition to an official bilingual municipality,” Membership in the AMBM provides access to services and resources through its sub-organi-

zations, including CDEM and EcoWest, both focused on economic development streams. McLennan noted that while no specific projects have been identified at present, the RM of Ste. Anne is enthusiastic about accessing these organizations and exploring potential projects in the near future.

The attempt to consider membership in the AMBM in the late 1990s by the RM of Ste. Anne was unsuccessful due to prohibitive conditions, particularly regarding staff requirements. However, recent changes in membership criteria have made it more accessible for smaller municipalities, enabling the RM of Ste. Anne and the RM of Piney to engage with the AMBM and work toward achieving official bilingual municipality status.

“The RM of Ste. Anne sees this initiative as furthering our simultaneous goals of improving our overall accessibility. Becoming an officially bilingual municipality may have the associated effect of opening up many more opportunities for growth, economic development, and diversity in our communities,” McLennan concluded.

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City to Add Voice to Man’s Mission to Make Crosswalks Safer

A local resident’s crusade to make crosswalks safer in Steinbach recently received a boost in support as the city council has unanimously decided to send a letter to Manitoba Infrastructure (MI) in support of Rapid Flashing Low Level Pedestrian Crossing Light.

Bob Barrow recently took the time out to approach council to discuss a different way of warning drivers an active crosswalk is coming up with the addition of lights that effectively are more in your face as opposed to solely being up high.

A detailed pilot project in 2016 found driver compliance rates increased 100 per cent at certain distances at pedestrian crossings with both overhead flashing lights and side-mounted beacons indicating a Rapid Flashing Low Level Pedestrian Crossing.

“The low level lights will get those

lights down to about 7 feet,” he explained. “And there’s 2 lights, they’re rapid flashing, some places they’re red, some places they’re yellow, but they’re very difficult to miss.”

Barrow explained to council he had one purpose, to “actually to save lives.” He cited an incident in Winnipeg from a few years previous that resulted in an 8 year old child losing their life.

“What got me going on this was a sad, very sad death 3 years ago in Winnipeg on St. Anne Road,” said Barrow. “As you will know from my documentation an 8-year-old boy got killed crossing St. Anne’s, three cars stopped, one didn’t. The one that didn’t stop hit him and kill him.”

Barrow explained to council that MI promised to do a study but that was years ago and to date he has not heard anything back.

He noted to council that Steinbach’s busy roads have some crosswalks that

could parallel the Winnipeg situation.

“Crosswalks that are being mentioned are on Main Street between Quality Detail and Jodoin Law Office, it leads to Elmdale School,” he explained. “Another one is between the bowling alley and 7-11 across Brandt Avenue, both very busy roads as you all know.”

Barrow told council that he has witnessed some close calls.

“…on December 15, I was parked myself on Main Street [and] I witnessed 3 young girls crossing the crosswalk,” he told council, and noted that three cars stopped but “unfortunately the fourth car didn’t stop.” He was thankful that the girls had just stepped off the median at the time but if the timing was slightly different it could have been tragic.

Barrow also reminded council about an incident 3 years ago where “a young fellow was hit on Main Street because the sun was in the

Just Around the Corner: Seniors’ Wellness Expo Promises a Day of Enriching Activities and Information

A community-focused Seniors Wellness Expo is gearing up for a day of wellness and learning and is scheduled for March 14 at the Centre de l’Amitié on 97 Principale Street in La Broquerie.

“We are expecting 75 to 100 participants to attend – maybe more,” said Melanie Bremaud, Senior Resource Coordinator at the Seine River Services for Seniors.

The expo will feature 20 booth presenters, four guest speakers, and a Thai massage therapist available to book treatments. An emcee will guide the day’s proceedings, ensuring a smooth flow of activities. The event will also offer a variety of home-made snacks and lunch prepared by the committee of the Centre de l’Amitié.

Bremaud highlighted the diverse offerings at the expo.

“Along with all the great information participants can bring home, there will be activities to participate in such as horticulture, yoga, and

raffles. There will also be some free French books to take home, courtesy of Pluri-Elles,” she noted.

Addressing the success of previous expo held in Ste. Anne last year, Bremaud shared positive feedback from participants.

“We had about 45 participants come in to enjoy that event, sharing that they learned many new things that will be helpful for them to continue living at home independently,” said Bremaud.

Unfortunately, Bremaud mentioned that these two expos might be the last ones due to the discontinuation of funding but stressed that home grown grassroots efforts could give new life to these informative events.

“This project was mainly funded by a federal grant called New Horizons for Senior Programs. We have reached out to local businesses to support some expenses,” she explained. “If there are individuals who would like to take this idea in hand and get some funding, we’d be happy to collaborate with the planning.”

Recognizing the collaborative effort behind the expos, Bremaud expressed gratitude for the team she has working with her.

“Our assistant, Suzanne Brémaud, has been a great support to planning the events. The board members of SRS have advocated for this project and volunteered at the events,” said Bremaud. She added that the committee members of both senior clubs where they rented to hold the events have been phenomenal with catering and having accessible venues.

“We are honoured with volunteers who show up and give us a hand with preparations prior to the events, as well as during. We are fortunate to work with organizations and speakers who have the well-being of seniors at heart, enriching the experience for the clients participating at the events. We also have great communities in our area, which makes efforts such as this a success,” concluded Bremaud.

eyes of the driver” who didn’t see the kid crossing.

Barrow added that the lack of response from MI was a bit frustrating.

“I haven’t heard back [from] MI about this study, I probably never will, it’s been 3 years now,” he said.

Steinbach Mayor Earl Funk easily rallied the city council to approve the support for Barrow’s idea. Council will combine Barrow’s presentation with a letter from the City asking MI to support the additional lighting. Council noted that their jurisdiction did not allow them to install the lights themselves as the Province was responsible for those major road crosswalks.

“Obviously we want to have the safest crossing possible and if we’re able, if the province is able to make these types of changes I think this would be very positive so I certainly support the request,” noted councillor Michael Zwaagstra.

Mayor Funk added that this was a chance to add an extra layer of safety.

“Without any lights on a crosswalk, then as people use them, it can spell tragedy for the person walking,” he said. “I think this is probably a good way to add another layer of safety at these crosswalks… to help make our crosswalks safer for the young, our future, the young kids that are using them.”

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Bob Barrow has all councillors agreeing to support his safety concerns regarding Steinbach crosswalks. Eye level lights. Submitted photos

In the Moment - Hope, personal stories of meeting God in each moment of inspiration

A Hundred Years from Now

A hundred years from now… will I see what I “see” now?… know what I “know” now?… and still believe what I “believe” now?

A hundred years from now … will I lament over losses and things I couldn’t change here on the planet?… still cry over “spilled milk”?

A hundred years from now... will I remember the Country Rose patterned dishes handed down from generation to generation placed end to end on our 15-foot harvest table?

A hundred years from now… will it matter what array of clothes hung in my closet from season to season, and how many sales I managed to find?…

Will the numbers on the scale (the judge), and the size of my clothes still want to dictate my self-worth…? And will the size of my home and everything I spent money on over the years even matter?

A hundred years from now … will the rings on my fingers still symbolize my status and who I am?… Will I still be somebody’s?

A hundred years from now … will I still worry for my children and grandchildren?… will it matter who said what… and who did what?…

A hundred years from now… will I still “live in the moment” day after day, praying for every day to be better than the last in this fallen world walking through this life Journey?

I believe… A hundred years from now… the many tears shed over a lifetime will be replaced with tears of joy, and everything I’ve experienced… every tear saved in a bottle by my God will be poured out for all eternity, every drop spilling into life Everlasting with unending joy and laughter.

I believe… A hundred years from now… I will “see” like I’ve never seen before… as clearly as I ever will, and I will smile and nod my head as ALL my many… MANY questions will be answered.

I believe… A hundred years from now… the scale or measuring tape will not measure my worth, as the God of the universe will have deemed me beyond WORTHY… And I will finally believe it… and know it fully.

And my Everlasting crown of righteousness, an absolutely free gift from my God, will all be more than enough adornment for all eternity.

I believe… A hundred years from now… my home will be a promised “Mansion over the hilltop” as the century old hymns tell, prepared just for me… personally by the one who knows us more than anyone ever has or ever will.

I believe… A hundred years from now… the Country Rose china handed down from generation to generation, will be replaced by dishes made of pure gold, placed perfectly at each spot along the longest banquet table ever. A banquet of all banquets promised to all the saints that had accepted His free gift.

And then my heart will overflow at the sight of my family… My children and my children’s children finding their seats, dressed in the finest robes of Heaven as each ones name was printed in gold on each chair.

And finally… A hundred years from now… I will still “live in the moment”, but now with the cares of this Earth behind me, and I will live in much HOPE … the hope of FOREVER… just beginning…

And I will hug my mamas… my grandma… my baby… And so many more…never ending hugs…and all that will matter will be that moment I step into a new world A hundred years from now.

RM of Stuartburn Implements Amended Animal Control By-law to Address Concerns

The RM of Stuartburn has recently passed an amended Animal Control By-law, aiming to address concerns raised by residents about issues such as loose animals and animal excrement in various areas within the municipality.

Reeve Michelle Gawronsky highlighted the need for these updates, stating, “The reasoning for the update was due to the numerous complaints received through our RM office and Council in 2023.”

To ensure a comprehensive and effective revision, the RM of Stuartburn enlisted the services of municipal lawyer Greg Tramley from McCandless & Tramley, who specialize in these matters. The amendments bring several key changes to the Animal Control By-law.

Some of the notable updates include: - Clearer definition of the maximum number of dogs/cats, specifying its

applicability to urban zones only.

- Strict prohibition on permitting dogs or cats to run at large anywhere in the municipality.

- Mandatory requirement for all owners of cats and dogs to have current rabies vaccination.

- In urban zones, owners must pick up any excrement left by their animals (applicable to all animals, not specific to just cats and dogs).

- Prohibition on leaving a dog or cat, either permanently or temporarily, without providing for its continued care.

- Clarification and cleanup of the wording related to the establishment of a pound, appointment of duties of the animal control officer, and pound keeper.

- Updated enforcement section, requiring further detailing in a Municipal Enforcement By-law to establish a penalty scheme for violating any conditions of the Animal Con-

trol By-law.

- Establishment of fees for euthanizing in the event such action becomes necessary.

“Our original by-law was done in 2003, which only dealt with dogs in the villages of Vita, Stuartburn, Sundown, and Gardenton, considered our Dog Control By-law,” noted Gawronsky.

She further explained that in 2021, council had expanded the scope, renaming it the Animal Control Bylaw to include cats, setting limits for both dogs and cats, and updating definitions and sections related to pounds and pound keepers.

Residents are encouraged to visit the municipal website to review the complete text of the amended Animal Control By-law. The updates are part of the RM of Stuartburn’s ongoing efforts to maintain a safe and harmonious community for all residents and their pets.

Stuartburn Prescribed Burn Association Initiative Prepares for Council Presentation

A groundbreaking initiative led by the Stuartburn Prescribed Burn Association (SPBA) is set to take centre stage at the upcoming presentation scheduled for March 21 in front of the RM of Stuartburn council. The SPBA, consisting of a dedicated steering committee, aims to revolutionize prescribed fire management in the region.

Laura Reeves, steering committee member, highlighted the collaborative efforts involving Bert Baumgartner, a Stuartburn resident and former volunteer firefighter, and Kale Cohen, a Winnipeg resident with extensive experience in prescribed fire management. Cohen, it is noted, upon learning of the SPBA’s plans, promptly offered support in establishing and running the prescribed burn association, bringing valuable knowledge in both classroom and fire line training.

Reeves expressed gratitude for the strong backing from essential partners, including the RM of Stuartburn, the Stuartburn Fire Department, Nature Conservancy of Canada, and Canadian Prairies Prescribed Fire Exchange. The SPBA, in conjunction with the RM, recently applied for federal funding to support training and acquire equipment. Reeves emphasized the association’s determination to move forward, even if alternative funding sources are not

secured, relying on landowners’ contributions.

The SPBA initiative originated from conversations among neighbours seeking to address land-related challenges, such as aspen and shrub encroachment and the risk of uncontrolled wildfires. Reeves recalled the frustration over barriers hindering prescribed fires, leading to the formation of the SPBA. The association envisions a collaborative approach, sharing resources, equipment, and knowledge across property lines within the entire RM of Stuartburn to enhance safety and improve wildlife habitat and pastures.

The SPBA is currently in the process of drafting protocols, drawing inspiration from established U.S. Prescribed Burn Associations (PBAs). The forthcoming presen-

tation in March in front of the municipal council aims to introduce the SPBA to the community, encouraging membership and support.

Additionally, an intensive weeklong Training Exchange (TREX) event is scheduled for May 6-10, 2024, at Manitoba Tallgrass Prairie in the RM of Stuartburn. Organized by the Canadian Prairie Prescribed Fire Exchange and hosted by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the TREX event aims to integrate a diverse group of fire practitioners, fostering collaboration and expertise sharing.

As the SPBA gains momentum, its innovative approach to prescribed burn management promises positive impacts on safety, ecological conservation, and community resilience within the RM of Stuartburn and beyond.

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The Stuartburn Prescribed Burn Association (SPBA) aims to revolutionize prescribed fire management in the region. Submitted photo

Seine River School Division Announces Cancellation of Kids at Play (KAP) Program Leaving Parents Frustrated

In response to budget constraints and financial miscalculations, the Seine River School Division (SRSD) has made the difficult decision to discontinue the Kids at Play (KAP) program starting from the 2024-2025 school year. The announcement came after a recent Board of Trustees meeting, where a motion was passed to cease the program due to significant deficit challenges faced by the division.

Parents who were unable to attend or view the meeting received an email from the Division’s Superintendent, Ryan Anderson, conveying the decision’s impact on the KAP program. The program will continue for the current school year but will be absent in the upcoming academic year.

“The KAP program has been an integral part of early years programming, complementing kindergarten programs across the school division for several years,” expressed Superintendent Ryan Anderson in the letter. He acknowledged the program’s substantial role in supporting early learners but emphasized the need to address the financial constraints faced by the division.

The decision stems from a need to rectify the school division’s deficit position, and Board Trustees Chair, Wendy Bloomfield, shed light on the complexities that led to this challenging choice.

According to Bloomfield, over the past several years, there have been a number of factors which have contributed to the serious deficit position currently facing the Board. In no particular order, some

of these factors include:

- Minimal provincial funding, not keeping on pace with inflation;

- A hiring freeze on all senior administrative position imposed by the previous government;

- Restrictions on the Board’s ability to tax;

- The uncertainty with respect to Bill 64 led to unexpected changes in our senior administration positions;

- With changes in these administrative positions, some interim, there was financial information that would have normally been brought forward to the Board for decisions, but that information, for whatever reason, was not presented;

- Market volatilities and supply chain issues, much due to the pandemic, led to increases in the cost of supplies.

“Fundamentally, this decision was made due to the significant deficit the division is facing. Kids at Play (KAP) is a non-mandated program which means we receive no funding from the Provincial Government to operate it,” explained Bloomfield.

Other cuts made to the budget either approved or under consideration are:

- Fee for Service for non-funded K-

4 students living between .8 and 1.6 km from school - savings approximately $150,000;

- Re-instituting fees for some schoolbased activities - final numbers to be determined;

- Not purchasing any new buses in the upcoming fiscal year - savings approximately $1.0M;

- Some adjustments to staffing levels for both teachers and educational assistants - final numbers to be determined;

- Approval of an increase to local property taxes - final rate to be determined.

Bloomfield highlighted the dilemma faced by trustees in balancing the costs of the KAP program against potential reductions in staffing and increased class sizes. The decision-making process took into account the division’s commitment to providing appropriate educational programming within the mandated guidelines.

“All trustees have acknowledged the benefits and value of the Kids at Play (KAP) program. The only factor in consideration is the cost of the program and the fact that this program is not funded by the provincial funding formula for education,” said Bloomfield. “If the decision was not made… the Board would have been faced with reducing staffing across the board and potentially increasing class sizes and reducing support services such as resource, guidance and clinical supports for all 4,500 students in Grades 1-12.”

Despite recognizing the challenges parents may face with childcare arrangements, Bloomfield expressed hope that providing a six-month notice period would allow families to make necessary adjustments.

“The responsibility of the Board of Seine River School Division is to provide, within the mandate of The Public Schools Act of Manitoba, appropriate educational programming for all students,” she added.

The SRSD intends to balance its budget over the next three years, with plans to eliminate the current deficit by the end of the 2026/2027 fiscal year. Budget considerations,

including taxation levels, will be discussed at the public budget meeting on March 5 and decided upon during the Board meeting on March 12.

The division acknowledges the difficulty of this decision while underscoring its responsibility to make decisions for the greater good, considering a wide range of interests and opinions.

“While we empathize and understand where parents are coming from with respect to the elimination of the Kids at Play (KAP) program, we must also take into consideration all points of view including our staff, principals, senior administration and the broader community, including taxpayers,” said Bloomfield. “The trustees of Seine River School Division take very seriously their collective responsibility to listen to a wide variety of interests and opinions and at the end of the day make decisions that balance the needs, sometimes competing needs, for the greater good.”

No sooner was the decision an-

nounced at a board of Trustee’s meeting, a string of social media comments were posted on personal pages, community pages and on a page specifically created to allow parents to discuss the school division and the recent problems with their budget.

The school division’s decision impact on families, children, and staff prompted emotional responses, reflecting a community grappling with the consequences of the program’s discontinuation.

Social media posts included:

“They said because kids have daycare now, they assume that they’ll still have a daycare spot once the child goes to kindergarten.”

“This is true school is not mandatory until grade 2...wish they would have thought about anything else besides saving their butts.”

“I’m convinced they have no idea what they are doing on that board.”

“At this point should we [be] making a petition for the board to resign?”

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KAP is an extended day kindergarten program. Students are provided with rich learning experiences by an Early Childhood Educator who incorporates developmentally appropriate practices which complement our Kindergarten Program. Photo srsd.ca

Falcon Lake/Whiteshell

Bonspiels Mixed - Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10 at the Curling Rink. Early Bird rates available. 50/50 and contest prizes. Contact for information and registration Janet Harbottle 204-792-3919, mothership@mymts.net.

Bingo – Wednesdays at 7: 30 pm, early bird games at 7 pm at the Whiteshell Community Club 20 301 Pr, Falcon Beach. Contact 204-349-2293.


Whist Drive – Sunday, March 10, 2 – 5 pm at the Community Centre. Enjoy games of whist and a meal. Cost $10/person. Contact 204-371-7220 or friedensfeldcc@gmail.com.


Spring Craft & Bake Sale – Saturday, April 20, 10 am – 2 pm at the Community Hall. Canteen with hot perogies, sausages and homemade soup. Contact Rachel 204-427-225 to book your table early, space limited.


Fresh Flower Spring Topiary Design – March 20 6:30 – 8 :30 pm at the Community Centre 423 Bernat Rd. Work alongside experienced floral designers, Brenda and Abby, from Fleuriste XO Flowers to create a long-lasting springtime topiary. Cost $55 Taxes not included.


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

Ile des Chenes

Bunny Bites – Saturday, March 23, 2 – 4 pm, at the TC Energy Centre. Cost $55 taxes not included. Explore the art of cookie decorating and elevate your skills with Jolynn from Jo’s Cookie Co Each class is approximately 2 hours and suitable for ages 12 and up.

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

La Broquerie

Spring Break Camp – March 25 -28, 9 am – 4 pm at the Hylife Centre, 22 Arena Rd. Cost $80. Ages 6 -12 years; fun and creative games, crafts and activities, arts and sports. Contact 204-424-5251, lsprograms@rmlabroquerie.com. Register at labroquerie.com/p/recreation.

Drop-in Community Bike Repair Workshop – Tuesdays, 6 – 9 pm at La Bikequerie Inc, 36016 PR 210, and (the old Southeast Vet Clinic) Come; learn how to fix your bike. Bring a friend! We also have used bikes for sale. Contact Jacinthe Wiebe, 204-3461515 or labikequerie@gmail.com.


55+ Resistance Training – Wednesdays, March 6 - April 24, 1-2 pm at the Kinsman Centre, 191 Robert Koop Rd. Cost $80 for the full 8 weeks. Contact erine@liveonelifecoaching.com or call/text 204-299-2021

C ommunity E v E nts

Canadian Wrestling’s Elite 3/30 Point To Prove Tour - Saturday, March 30, at the Kinsmen Community Centre (191 Robert Koop Rd.). VIP Doors 6 pm, doors open 6:30 pm, bell time 7 pm. Tickets VIP First Access Ticket $20 ($25 at the door), General Admission $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Advance Tickets Available at Freedom Foods (236 Main St.), Mitchell Express Foods (37 Centre St N), Rona La Broquerie Lumber (23 Lumber Ave.), and Purchase tickets online at cwetickets.com.

Seniors Strength Circuit with Patricia - Thursdays, until May 30, 1:30-2:30 pm. Cost $90 for 9 classes at the Kinsman Centre, 191 Robert coop Rd. Register yoginnature@ hotmail.com or Call/text: 204-290-5336.


Service Canada - Apply for New Dental Plan – Monday March 11, 1 – 3 pm at the Arena, 1420 Dawson Rd behind the canteen. Information on the Canada dental plan and help you apply. Contact laurie@rmtache.ca for more information.

Tache Library Events - Lego Night, Thursday, March 14 from 5 - 7:30 pm. Additional hosted events include MARIJO L’heure du conte Saturday, March 16 at 12; Cours d’arrangement floral avec XOFleuriste (adulte), Tuesday, March 19 at 6 pm; Games & Puzzles Night on Wednesday, March 20, at 5 - 7:30 pm and Heure du conte et bricolage on Monday, March 25 at 12. The Colouring Draw is Due March 23.

Alzheimer’s Manitoba - Once a month care partner support groups on March 19, April 16, and May 21 from 10 am11:15 am. Meetings offer the opportunity for care partners to meet and share information and feelings about their experiences of caring for a person with dementia. Meetings are at The Club Bles D’Or, 1254 Dawson Road Contact laurie@rmtache.ca for more information.

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

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

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

Fitness Classes for Active Older Adults- Every Tuesday at 10 am, until mid-June at the Les Club Bles D’or. Strengthening using body weight, bands and free weights. Sign up $9 to mid-June or $10 drop-in. Contact Laurie, laurie@ rmtache.ca or Tobi Ann 204-801-3133.

Welcome New Home Owners - Welcome to the growing community of Lorette! Have you purchased a home, townhome, duplex, or condo in the LUD of Lorette, in the last year? Do you have questions about your new community?

The Welcome Basket Committee of the LUD of Lorette would be happy to answer some of those questions. We have a free basket of gift certificates, coupons, gifts, and information which have been generously provided by the businesses and organizations in the LUD of Lorette. To arrange a short visit please e-mail lorettewelcomebasket@ gmail.com (no strings attached).

Middlebro Paint the Winter Blues Away – Thursday, March 14, 1 – 4 pm with instructor Treena Baize at the Community Hall. Book early space limited to 20 people. Open to seniors +55. Free of charge includes coffee, tea and snack. Call Rachel 204-437-2604

Mitchell Adult Card & Board Game Club – Until June 25. Tuesdays 1 – 4 pm and Thursdays 6: 30 – 9; 30 pm at the Recreation Centre. $2 drop-in fee.

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

Piney Floor Curling - Every Tuesday at 7 pm, Community Hall.

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

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

Richer Young At Heart Dance – Saturday, March 16. Dinner is at 6 pm and dancing until 11 pm with music by Gerry St. Laurent Band. Tickets are $25 per person, and can be reserved by calling Ron at 431-275-0874.

Richer Recovery AA Group - Meets every Monday from 7:308:30 pm at LUD Hall. If you would like more information, call Jeff at 204-371-5518 or Albert at 204-380-3058.

RM of Ritchot

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

Services to Seniors - Free Shuttle for residents of the RM the first Friday of each month. Call to book a ride and do your banking and shopping locally or book your doctor’s appointment and we will get you to your appointment. Call 204425-3701.

Services to Seniors Steinbach Shuttle - Subsidized cost $15/ person. Minimum of 8 participants required for the trip to take place. Departure from Shady Oaks at 9:30 am. Call 204-4253701 to book a seat.

South Junction

Southeast Farmer’s Market – Market Saturday, March 23 from 10 am - 2 pm at the Pine Grove Seniors. 5050/ draw and canteen.

Exercise for Fun and Health – Mondays and Thursdays, at 9:30 am the Pine Grove Senior Club. Come join us, we have treadmill, exercise bikes, weights and Just Walk Video. Contact Rachel, resource co-ordinator 204-437-2604.

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


Little Raiders Pre-School – Thursdays, March 7, March 21, April 4 and April 25, 4: 30 – 5:30 pm at the Ross L. Gray School, Kindergarten room. For ages 4 to 5 years. Library is open to caregivers to stay with younger children. Snacks provided to preschool children. Register with Carly Chubaty, chubatyc@blsd.ca or Melissa Goulet @gouletm@blsda.ca.

Volunteer Firefighter’s Spring Fling Fundraiser – Saturday, March 23, at the Community Hall, 8 pm - 1 am. Entertainment RLG High School Band and Universal DJ music, Silent Auction and 50/50 draw. Cost $10.

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

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

St. Pierre-Jolys

Paint Night - With Arlene on Tuesday, March 12 at the Rec Centre, 6 - 8 pm. Cost $40. Visit ratriverrecreation.com to register.

Yin Yoga - With Lise, Wednesdays from April 10 - May 1 (4 sessions) at 7 - 8 pm in the Sugar Shack. Cost $50. Visit ratriverrecreation.com to register.

3234 Manitoba Horse Cadets – Join us for fun and adventure every Thursday until June, 6:30 – 9 pm at the Community Hall. For ages 12 – 18. Cost is Free. Meet new friends, fun, adventures, leadership, citizenship, community service, drill band, orienteering, and more. Contact Captain Phil Atkinson, phillip.atkinson@cadets.gc.ca. Website 3234manitobahorse.ca.

St. Malo

Emergency First Aid and CPR Course – Saturday, March 30, 9 am – 2:30 pm at Epic Smile. Cost for registration is $95. Visit ratriverrecreation.com to register.

Ste. Anne

Drop-in Curling Nights – On Saturday March 9. No experience needed, just need clean indoor runners or curling shoes to have a great time. Registration 6:30 pm, first draw 7 pm. 2 draws 4 ends each. Sign up as individuals or team of 4. Cost $10/player cash only. Upstairs lounge open, cash only. Contact Sonya 204-293-8186.

Open Bonspiel – Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17 at the Curling Club rink. Cost $200/team, 3 games guaranteed, cash prizes, supper included Saturday night. 32 team maximum. Cash bar and canteen open all weekend. Call or text Jordyn 204-371-7549 to register.

Meat Draw - Every Saturday from 1 – 4 pm at the Ste Anne Hotel. Draws every 1/2 hr. Must be in attendance to win. All proceeds go to the Ste Anne Lions Club.

Ste. Geneviève

Home Routes Tour Concert - Thursday, March 14, 7:30 pm join us at the Community Centre for an amazing night with Franco-Manitoban artist Andrina Turenne, inspired by the rich history of Manitoba’s Red River! Tickets $25 (12 and under free) available at Ste. G’s Store or by etransfer to sgcctreasurer2020@gmail.com (be sure to include the names of all guests.

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

Steinbach Steinbach and Area Garden Club- Backyard Greenhouses Monday, March 11, 7 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Mick Manfield presents “Owning a Hobby Greenhouse” where he will talk about the 5 basic types of hobby greenhouses, site selection, some important considerations before purchasing a greenhouse and more importantly lessons learned from owning a hobby greenhouse. Email sagardenclubinfo@gmail. com.

Job Fair – Thursday, March 21, 3:30 – 6 pm at Pat Porter Centre, 10 Chrysler Gate. Meet local employers face-to-face; apply for a job in your local community. Contact Lindsey@ eastmanis.com.

Art Show and Sale – Saturday, April 20 at Clearspring Centre from 10 am - 4 pm. Southeast artists will be painting on site and you will have an opportunity to buy local art.

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

South East Artists - For all visual artists we meet once a week until May 2024 on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Steinbach Arts Council to paint in any medium you want. For more information contact Ginette at gperroncreations@ gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

Creative Writers Club - Second Wednesday every month at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. This is not a class but rather a writing share group where we hope to foster and encourage our participants’ love of writing. Feel free to bring 5 pages of writing (single sided, double spaced) to share with the group. Our evening will begin with an ice breaker and then move into share time. Coffee and tea will be served. Contact Madison Redekopp email mredekopp@jakeepplibrary.com.

Steinbach Professional Development Toastmasters Club – On Wednesdays at 12 - 1 pm, Eastman Education Centre, 385 Loewen Blvd. Join us in person or by zoom. All guests are welcome! Contact Mark Hiebert 204-371-5197, email mhiebert@barkmanconcrete.com.

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

Craft Night - Wednesdays at 7 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Ages 16 years and up join us for a free event, with coffee and crafting. Our craft for the evening will be a beaded spring wreath. There is limited space available. To sign up, email mredekopp@jakeepplibrary.com.

Book Club - Meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 7 - 8:30 pm Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Books are available at the circ desk as well as on our Libby App (free with your library card). Please sign up by email mredekopp@jakeepplibrary.com. Limited space available.

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


Vassar and Area Minor Ball Registration Open – For ages 4 to 18 years. Contact vassarbaseball@hotmail.com.

Piney Regional Chamber of Commerce Meeting – Thursday, March 14 at 7 pm in council chambers or via Zoom. Contact info@pineyregionalchamber.ca.

Vita Vita and Area Minor Ball – Until Friday, April 5 registration Open – For ages 4 to 18 years. Contact vitaball.rampregistrations.com. Contact Kelcie 204-392-5846, vitaminorball@ gmail.com.

Mommy & Me Coffee – Tuesday, March 19, 9:30 - 11 am at the Bible church. If you have an infant or toddler and are looking for a group to connect with, join us! Contact Corissa at 204-381-6066.

Presentation Stuartburn Prescribed Burn Association – Thursday, March 21 at 7 pm, in Council Chambers. A community led initiative led by land owners to reduce wildfire risk, improve native habitats and habitats.

Annual Battle of the Sexes Bonspiel – Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24, Register by Monday, march 18. Hosted by the Curling Club. 3 games guaranteed. Cost $200/team, each team must have all male or female curlers. For details, contact Jerry 207-371-0581 or 204-425-3095.

Fundraiser Vita Area Food Bank – Buy your raffle ticket until Saturday, March 23. Tickets available from board members, Sumthing Special, Clearview Co-op (Vita Location only), and during the craft sale at the Community Hall on March 23.

Easter Craft & Bake Sale - Saturday, March 23, 10 am – 3 pm at the Community Hall. Hot lunch, canteen, 50/50 draw, kid’s activities. Table rentals call Crystal Adolphe 204-3929801, vitahallevents@outlook.com.

Fish Fry Fundraiser – Saturday, April 6, 3 – 6pm at the Community Hall. Cost $15. Battered fish, home fries, coleslaw and desert.

2024 Green Career Symposium – Saturday, April 16 at the Community Hall.

Spring Fling Dance – Saturday, April 27, 8 pm – 12:30 pm at the Hall. Entertainment Universals Music. Cost $15 includes perogy and sausage meal.

Snowshoe Lending Program – RM of Stuartburn has snowshoes and trekking poles available for free. Different sizes for all. Reserve first come first serve basis. Pick up and return at Municipal office 108 Main St. North, Monday – Friday 8 am – 12 pm and 12:45 - 4 pm. Call 204-425-3218 to reserve a pair.

Woodridge Sandhogs Fundraiser Social – Saturday, March 30 at 8 pm at the Community Centre. Cost $15, includes midnight lunch. Live Band Club Wagon Creek and auction in support of the maintenance and sustainability of the Sandilands ATV trails. Text or call Steve, Gord or Garry, 204-392-2945, 204-3716707 or 204-380-9624.


All Thumbs Quilting Guild Show – Monday, April 20, 10 am – 3 pm at the Hall. Entry $5. Lunch available and Silent Auction.

General Proposal Writing Condensed Presentation - Take your project from idea to reality! March 12 from 6 - 9 pm via ZOOM with Sharalyn Reitlo, Community Futures Winnipeg River. Coordinating projects and applying for grants. Key components of projects and funding proposals, Proposal writing tips to strengthen your grant applications, Project funding sources in addition to grants and finding the right funders to match your project goals. To claim your spot, please call 1-877-9799355 or email wellness@ierha.ca.

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Wildlife Haven’s Art for Wildlife Online Auction Raises Over $44,000

Wildlife Haven’s annual Art for Wildlife Online Auction, held in midFebruary, proved to be a resounding success, showcasing local artwork from talented Manitoba artists. The auction not only celebrated creativity but also aimed at supporting wildlife conservation efforts.

Local artists generously contributed their pieces to the auction, showcasing the rich artistic talent within Manitoba. The diverse range of artworks captivated bidders, featuring pieces with winning bids as low as $30 and reaching impressive high of $1,725 for a dye on silk piece called Fallen Log by Phil Brake.

In a heartening display of community support, the auction raised an impressive total of $24,348. This substantial sum will contribute directly to Wildlife Haven’s ongoing efforts to rehabilitate and care for wildlife in need.

Adding to the impact, every dol-

lar raised up to $20,000 during the month of February received a matching contribution from the Bob Williams Foundation. This generous gesture effectively amplified the community’s contributions, demonstrating the collective commitment to wildlife welfare.

Wildlife Haven expressed gratitude to the local artists who lent their talents to the cause and to the bidders who participated in the auction. The success of the Art for Wildlife Online Auction exemplifies the power of community engagement and the shared dedication to preserving and protecting

Manitoba’s diverse wildlife.

The funds raised will play a vital role in supporting Wildlife Haven’s initiatives, ensuring the continued care and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife. The organization looks forward to leveraging this success to further its mission of wildlife conservation in the region.

As the community comes together to appreciate art and contribute to a meaningful cause, Wildlife Haven extends its heartfelt thanks to all participants for making the Art for Wildlife Online Auction a tremendous success.

Steinbach and Area Animal Rescue Seeks Support for ‘Shelter Shower’ Ahead of Grand Opening

As the eagerly anticipated grand opening of Steinbach and Area Animal Rescue’s (SAAR) new facility approaches, the Board and volunteers are buzzing with excitement. With the finishing touches being applied to their new home, SAAR is gearing up to fulfill its mission of providing a safe haven for animals in need.

The dedicated efforts of trades’ people and the unwavering support from the communities they serve have brought SAAR to this pivotal moment. The new facility promises to be a cornerstone in animal wel-

Amazon gift list. This curated collection includes essential items that cater to the needs of the rescue animals, ranging from cozy beds for a good night’s sleep to durable toys for playful afternoons.

With items priced between $10 and $160, the “Shelter Shower” offers an opportunity for everyone to contribute, regardless of budget. SAAR emphasizes that choosing an item from the list is not just a gift but a lifeline for an animal awaiting their forever home. Every donation, no matter the size, makes a significant difference in the lives of these animals.

SAAR extends a warm invitation to the community to be part of their story from the very beginning. Interested individuals can browse the Amazon gift list by scanning the provided QR code or by visiting

steinbachanimalrescue.com/donate/ and clicking on the Amazon Shelter Shower link.

Your contribution brings SAAR one step closer to their spring grand opening and contributes to making a lasting impact on the lives of countless animals. Join SAAR in creating a brighter future for our furry friends.



Ritchot Senior Services March Calendar of Events

Coffee – Thursdays, March 7, 15, 21 and 28 from 10 - 11:30 am.

$2 for bottomless coffee and muffin. Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street, St. Adolphe.

Bingo – Tuesday, March 26, 1:30 - 3 pm at Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street, St. Adolphe. Play for fun prizes. $2 admission includes 2 cards, additional cards available for $0.50 each. You must pre register for this event.

Indoor Cycle – Mondays, March 18 and 25, from 10 - 10:30 am. Using a pedal exerciser (provided). Pedal along while enjoying the company of friends. This is not an instructor led class, but I will be there to encourage you along at your own pace. Please pre register for this activity, drop in available if space allows.

Back to Basics – Balance – Fridays March 8, 15 and 22, 10 - 10:30 am. A free series of dynamic 30-minute, active, and informative sessions designed to refresh and enhance your understanding of fundamental balance exercises. Dress comfortably in clean indoor athletic shoes or supportive footwear, and workout-ready attire. Space is limited, so be sure to pre-register to secure your spot.

55+ skate - The ice is yours to conquer every Friday from 4 - 5 pm. Gather your skates and friends and head to the St. Adolphe arena for an exhilarating lap (or 500!) of fun and exercise. Don’t forget to gear up with your helmets – safety first!

Groovin’ Through the 60s and 70s - Join us Thursday, March 14 from 2 – 3 pm as we enjoy a Live Music Concert. “The Family Planners” a Winnipeg funk/soul group that have dedicated themselves to the groove, to making people move, to live music performance of covers and originals including music of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Elton John, The Commodores, Burton Cummings. Bus leaves from Ritchot Senior Services at 1 pm for 123 Doncaster St in Winnipeg. Cost $17. Limited number of tickets are available, you must pre-register to attend.

Keep on Your Feet Lunch & Learn – Tuesday, March 19 at 10 am with Victoria Lifeline to empower you to remain in your own home and keep your independence. You will learn practical, applicable tips on how to prevent falls. Presented by Tina Plett, certified in fall prevention. Following the presentation lunch will be served. There is no cost, but you must pre-register to attend.

St. Adolphe Old Time Dance – Sunday, March 24 from 1-5 pm at Pioneer Hall, 345 St. Adolphe Rd. Entertainment provided by Mark Morisseau. Door prizes, 50-50 and cash bar. Lunch provided. Cost $20. Please reserve your ticket in advance, by calling Jules 204-883-2440.

Howden Hobbies Quilting & Knitting – Wednesdays, March 13 and 27, 9:30 am – 1 pm at the Howden Community Centre, 1078 Red River Dr. This year we will be working on two very important projects. Continue to create lap quilts for the Alzheimer society and knit lap blankets that will be donated to Palliative Care MB. All supplies will be provided. Coffee and tea available. Bring along your lunch, spend time with community members that have the same passion as yourself and make a difference.

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

Upcoming clinic dates:

Ste Agathe – Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21. St. Adolphe – Tuesday, April 2, Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday April 4.

Ile des Chenes – Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13.

Heart to Home Meals -To place your order please call 1-204-8168659 or 1-888-216-1067. Call for a menu or pick one up at Ritchot Senior Services. Call or email Ritchot Senior Services after placing your orders to let us know you have placed an order. This will assist us in organizing volunteers for delivery of meals to you. Meals ready for pick up or delivery the following day. This service is available to all areas of the Ritchot Community including St. Adolphe, Ste Agathe, Ile des Chenes, Grande Pointe, Howden and Glenlea. There are no contracts, no minimum orders.

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With the finishing touches being applied to their new home, Steinbach and Area Animal Rescue’s (SAAR) is gearing up to fulfill its mission of providing a safe haven for animals in need.
photo steinbachanimalrescue.com
This substantial sum will contribute directly to Wildlife Haven’s ongoing efforts to rehabilitate and care for wildlife in need. File photo

Living with Hope

Do you ever think of the future and what it holds for you personally or for the whole world? It is normal for a person to have goals and ambitions in life but what happens after they’ve been fulfilled? Is there nothing more to life than a few short years on earth and then off we go into oblivion? Most of the world seems to operate on that principle, but the Bible gives us much more insight, instruction and information on the future.

Man worries about climate change, world-wide pandemics, wars, civil unrest and the threat of nuclear attack and pollution but you seldom hear man concerned about Jesus Christ returning to earth. He was here physically on earth 2,000 years ago. He lived 33 years and then died on a cruel cross. He willingly allowed this to happen so He could pay the penalty for the sins of the whole world. He was buried in a tomb but rose from the dead three days later. He was seen in His new body by over 500 people at one time. Forty days after His resurrection, Christ went back to heaven, but before He left, He told people He would return.

In the last Book of the Bible (Revelation) Christ said He was returning to this earth. He repeated this message at least eight times in Revelation. Why is He returning? How is He returning? What are His plans and how do you fit into them?

When Christ was here the first time, He not only provided salvation (penalty for sin paid for) but He also left instructions on how to live the Christian life. A big part of that life is living in hope, looking for His return. In John 14:2, 3, when Jesus was preparing to go back to heaven, he said, “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

The Christian’s hope or earnest expectation is that Jesus Christ will return soon to catch away His bride (Christians). Not only will Christ catch away His bride but then He will send judgment on the ungodly that are left behind. This time is known as the Great Tribulation. After this, Christ returns to set up His Kingdom on earth for 1,000 years. At the end of this time, there is a final judgment. People who have turned their backs on God will be cast out of God’s presence forever, but those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will spend eternity with God.

A person really doesn’t need to worry about all the terrible things going on in the world today. God will take care of them all, in His time. What we need to concern ourselves with is whether our names are in the Lamb’s Book of Life or not. Once you’ve settled this issue, then you can rest from your worries about everything else and put your hope and trust in Jesus Christ. He will not fail you!!

Spring Break out Camp: A Fun-Filled Week of Arts and Creativity for Kids!

The Steinbach Arts Council (SAC) recently announced the return of the Spring Break out Camp, sponsored by Canadian Tire Steinbach. This camp offers an exciting opportunity for children aged 5-8 and 9-12 to engage with the arts during their upcoming spring break.

Campers will have the chance to explore various artistic disciplines such as music, theatre, visual arts, and dance. This sponsorship enables SAC to provide a range of activities designed to inspire creativity and foster a love of the arts among young


In addition to the arts-based activities, Spring Break out Camp also offers plenty of games to keep campers active and engaged. Additionally, bursaries are available through the Steinbach Dodge Creative Kids Bursary Fund, ensuring that financial barriers do not hinder any child from participating in this enriching experience.

The camp will run from March 2529, and is open to children of all skill levels. Camila Funes-Giesbrecht, former camp director at the Steinbach Arts Council, expresses her enthusiasm for hosting yet another

year of Spring Break out Camp. She emphasizes the significance of this camp experience for children in our community and guarantees an amazing way for them to spend their spring break.

“Our team of dedicated and experienced counsellors will ensure that campers have a safe and enjoyable experience, making new friends and creating memories that will last a lifetime,” said Funes-Giesbrecht. Register now to secure your child’s spot. For more information and registration, visit their website at steinbacharts.ca or call us at 204326-1077.

Fusion Musical Theatre to Perform Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The Steinbach Arts Council’s Fusion Musical Theatre is thrilled to showcase the beloved Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast, produced and directed by the talented Gabriela Gallo. Catch one of six shows at the SRSS Theatre, running from Saturday, April 27 to Sunday, April 28 at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm or 7:00 pm.

In this classic tale, Belle, a bright and beautiful young wom an, is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff, and learns to look beyond the Beast’s exterior to recognize the true heart and soul of the hu man prince within.

Director Gabriela Gallo brings a fresh and fun approach to this beloved story.

“This ensemble of over 110 kids is full of energy and talent this year,” says Gallo. “Students from grade 2 to grade 8 are work ing tirelessly to prepare an amaz ing production for our commu-

nity, and I am blown away by their enthusiasm and love for musical theatre. It is a joy to teach each and every one of them!”

Audiences can expect a feast for the senses, with stunning sets, costumes, and all of your favourite songs from the original Disney film. The Steinbach Arts Council’s Fusion Musical Theatre is committed to providing the best theatrical

experience to the community. The upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast is set to offer a memorable experience for all ages.

Tickets are now available for purchase at the Steinbach Arts Council’s website, or by calling 204-3461077. Tickets are sure to sell fast. Don’t miss your chance to be swept away by this timeless tale of love, sacrifice, and redemption.


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Annual Southeast Open Judged Exhibit – Applications Open

The Steinbach Arts Council (SAC) is thrilled to announce the opening of the Southeast Open Judged Exhibit (SOJE) for artist applications. This is an amazing opportunity for all adult and youth artists residing in the Southeast region to showcase their talents and creativity.

The open call for submissions runs until April 19, so make sure to mark your calendars and submit your applications before deadline. With a wide variety of mediums accepted, including oil, acrylic, watercolour painting, charcoal,

ink, pastels, coloured pencil, printmaking, mixed media, digital art, photography, pottery, sculpture, crafts, and fibre arts, there is something for every artist to showcase. SAC encourages all artists to submit their work, regardless of their skill level. SOJE also offers competitive and non-competitive categories for all artists.

“The Steinbach Arts Council loves to bring local artists together of all skill levels. SOJE is a great opportunity for all artists in the Southeast region to come together,” noted Camila Funes-Giesbrecht, Assistant Arts

Instructor Coordinator. “We can’t wait to see the variety of mediums and talent that will be showcased this year.”

Please note that due to the limited space in the gallery, artists may only enter one artwork per person. A registration fee of $10 is applicable to adults, and there is no fee for ages 17 and under. You can apply today by visiting steinbacharts.ca/exhibits.

SOJE will be available for public view from May 1-31. Visit steinbacharts.ca, call 204-3461077 or email info@steinbacharts.ca for more information.

0 Celebrating Over 25 Years of Service to Our Communities! Dawson Trail Dispatch March 2024

Celebrating Over 25 Years of Service to Our Communities!

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

Current Programs: We will be closed

Friday, March 29. The majority of our programs are $2 for members and $4 for non-members. Programs are subject to change. Please check daily sign-up for updated hours.

Annual Fundraising Banquet

This year we are rockin’ and rollin’ to the sixties/seventies decade. So grab your bellbottoms and your tye dye, this is a night you won’t want to miss! The Very Groovy Things Band, Wednesday, March 6 $60/person ($40 tax receipt). Doors open at 5 pm with bar, dinner at 6 pm and get your groove on starts at 7:30 pm. Our annual fundraising banquet is just around the corner. Call 204-320-4600 to buy tickets. Dinner includes Caesar salad, rotisserie pork loin, stuffing, scalloped potatoes with pancetta, garlic and butter green beans and lemon cheese cake with blueberries.

Current Programs

Coffee Corner - Monday to Fridaystarting at 9:30 am.

Cards - Monday to Friday, 1 – 4 pm.

Fun Bingo – Free - Wednesdays, March 13 and 27, 4 -6 pm.

Country Jam – Wednesday, evenings 7 – 9 pm. Except March 6.

Fitness Classes:

Line Dance Class – additional times,

Thursdays March 7 and 28, 1 – 2 pm and March 14, 6:30 – 8 pm. $2 for members, $4 for non-members. Please sign up at the Centre or call 204-320-4600.

Laughter Yoga – Monday March 18, 1 – 2 pm.

Zumba – Register at patporteralc.com.

Fridays except March 29, 6–7 pm

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

Fitness Drumming–Tuesdays, 1–2 pm.

Circuit Training –Mondays, 10-11 am.

PACE – Wednesdays, 1 - 1:45 pm.

Floor Curling – Wednesdays except March 16, 1:30 - 3:30 pm.

Yoga with Carrie – Fridays, 9 - 10 am. Square Dancing - $5. Tuesday Evenings 7 – 9 pm. Accepting new dancers in September.

Kids Pickleball - $1. Mondays, 4 - 5:30 pm. Registration required at patporteralc.com.

Pickleball - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday except March 6, 9 am –12 pm and Thursday and Friday, 9 am -10:30 am; Wednesdays except March 6, 4 – 6 pm; Friday March 1 and 15, 4 - 5:30 pm , March 8 and 22, 4 – 6 pm. Registration required at patporteralc. com.

Intermediate Pickleball - Monday Evening, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Registration required at patporteralc.com.

Advanced Pickleball - Monday Evening, 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Registration required at patporteralc.com.

Beginner Pickleball- Monday, 2 -4 pm, March 11 at 1 - 3:30 pm. Tuesday 2 – 4 pm; Wednesday except March 6, 1 – 3:30 pm (1 court). Thursday March 7 and 28, 2 - 4pm March 14, 10:30 am – 12 pm and Fridays, 10:30 am -12 pm. Registration required at patporteralc.com.

Badminton - Mondays and Wednesdays 12 – 1 pm and Wednesdays, 4 – 6 pm (except March 6) and Friday March, 1 and 15, 4 – 5:30 pm. Registration at patporteralc.com.

Special Events

Perogy Bee - Monday, March 11, 1 – 3:30 pm. We are making cottage cheese perogies. If you would like to be a volunteer and help with rolling, pinching, scooping, and boiling please sign up. This afternoon is a great opportunity to get out of your house, enjoy a conversation and help make delicious food. Call us to sign-up to be a volunteer or to order ahead.

Disability Tax Credit – Free on Thursday, March 14,10 am – 12 pm. Ever been confused by the Disability Tax Credit Information or do you need help to sign up for it? This is the place for you. Join us for a morning of discussion where we break down the Disability Tax Credit in a way that makes sense. This is a free event for anyone

to attend.

Cooking Demo - $9 Thursday, March

14 2 – 4 pm. Learn a new recipe focused on brain health that is both affordable and delicious! If this is something that would interest you, please sign up at the Centre.

Painting Class - Tuesday, March 19 1 – 3 pm. $20 members, $30 non-members. Join our March painting class and learn how to paint thunderstorms. If you would like to see the demo, it is on display at the Centre. All supplies are included. Please sign up at the Centre or call 204-320-4600.

Pancake Breakfast- $8/plate - Thursday, March 28, 9:30 - 11am. A delicious meal of pancakes and sausage. All proceeds go to our Meals on Wheels program.

2024 Memberships

Memberships are still available. Get your member discount for programs and events for $30!


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

Meals Program

A healthy, warm and delicious meal cooked fresh daily and delivered to your door. We have two Meals on Wheels programs running out of Steinbach and Grunthal. Meals may be purchased for $8 for delivery (residents of Steinbach and Grunthal) or pickup. A meal includes soup, a main dish, sides and dessert. Please call 204-320-4600 with any questions or to order a meal. To receive or cancel a same day meal, you must call before 9 am.

Steinbach Accessible Transit

Need a ride to an appointment or other errand? This service is available to residents of Steinbach. Please visit our website patporteralc.com for a full price list. Services are available Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm and weekends. To book a ride, call 204-326-4055. If your call is not answered, leave a message with the answering service. Appointments must be booked in advance to ensure availability.

Stuartburn Council Explores Restarting Citizens on Patrol Program

In a recent public meeting, the Councillors of the Rural Municipality (RM) of Stuartburn took a significant step towards reviving their Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) chapter. The COPP initiative aims to engage community members in actively contributing to local safety efforts by monitoring and reporting suspicious or criminal activities.

Reeve Michelle Gawronsky provided some insights into the meeting.

“It was extremely well attended with approximately 130 people participating,” she stated. The event saw the presence of notable figures, including RCMP

members Sgt. Wiens and Cpl. Dodds, and guest speaker Tim Driedger from the Grunthal COPP, who shared their community’s success story achieved in just three months.

Gawronsky further noted the diverse representation at the meeting, with attendees including a representative from Ted Falk’s office, MLA Konrad Narth, and three Councillors from the RM of Emerson-Franklin. While an invitation was extended to the RM of Piney, their prior commitment prevented attendance, but collaborative efforts are expected in the future.

The meeting generated substantial interest, resulting in 22 applications sub-

mitted for COPP participation. Gawronsky encouraged potential volunteers, stating, “People can contact me directly for an application, as well as the RM office.” The applications are currently undergoing a vetting process, including criminal checks.

The COPP program serves as a valuable community-driven initiative, empowering residents to actively contribute to the safety and security of their neighbourhoods. As the RM of Stuartburn progresses in revitalizing the COPP chapter, it reflects the commitment of the community to collaborative efforts in crime prevention and enhanced community well-being.


Had a Dream

Psalm 23…1-6… 1)

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2) He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3) he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4) Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5) You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. 6) Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (NIV)

I had somewhat of an unusual curious dream during the other night – my dream was pointing me to a future monthly editorial: I was to write – using the Scripture references of – Psalm 23 and Mark 15 verse thirty-four – These are well-known Scripture lessons. With the help of the Holy Spirit’s guidance, to help me bring honour and glory to our heavenly Father I shall try and penetrate – enter the heart and mind of Jesus Christ as He hung on the cross and cried out – My God! My God! Why have you forsaken Me?

With my limited understanding – as a mere human being, I have a problem understanding how Christ’s unlimited wisdom moulds me/us into His very own image. This why – why tendence causes nothing but fear and a worried spirit. Somehow hundreds cannot believe, or assume that Jesus Christ, the very Author of life itself, really does not know what He is doing with us.

Countless have tried to unmask – unveil that penetrating cry. Jesus after all had taken our temptations and shouldered our trials. He suffered the failures of family, friends – not to mention the hatred of our adversaries. I believe He had experienced all of life’s failures – one He did not know, the enormousness result of sin that it separates us from God. Sin puts a barrier between us and God; this was one encounter that Jesus had not experienced – because He never had sinned.

The Lord is my Shepherd even when I have walked through the darkest part of my life… Jesus – hanging on the cross cried out “My God! – My God! Why have You forsaken Me? “My natural tendencies are to fear, worry and ask why Jesus cried to God like that. Did my sins and the sins of the world cause Christ that unimaginable – pain in His heart? I believe it did – He paid the ultimate – supreme sacrifice on my/our behalf, so that we can walk in Christ’s presence for the rest of our lives here and eternity.

When people, circumstances or events beyond our/my control tend to disturb us, it is possible to be content and satisfied when these outside forces are stabilised by the presence of God’s Spirit in us. It is this daily walk with our Lord that will produce in us a mind at rest and stability. As the Bible points out, if we allow God’s Spirit to work in our lives, contentment, love, patience, gentleness, and peace will come. What a contrast, what a difference this is to the tempers, frustrations, and irritableness which ruin the daily conduct of so many of God’s children.

Despite this perverse wayward behaviour, I am so glad God did not give up on me, on us. He did not let us drift helplessly. The only possible motivation is His own love, His care and concern for us as His very own. And despite us doubting Him, despite our wavering about His management of our affairs, He has picked us up and tenderly and lovingly restored our faith in Him this Easter Season.

To God be the Glory Great Things He Has Done.

Would you pray this prayer with me? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart? Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have the peace in my heart that I yearn for. I really want that Peace, joy and happiness that will fulfill my heart’s desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honour Your Name.” Amen.

Dawson Trail Dispatch March 2024

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

Manitoba RCMP Lay Charges in Human Smuggling

On January 27 at approximately 3:45 am, the Manitoba RCMP Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET) received information from the United States Border Patrol (USBP) of a group of unknown individuals walking northbound along a rail line towards the Canadian border near Emerson.

The individuals were noted to be wearing proper winter clothing and likely to cross into Canada within the hour.

Officers from IBET attended to the area and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle, located at the intersection of PR 201 and PR 200 near Dominion City, which was registered to a rental car company.

The vehicle contained a driver and seven male occupants, aged 49, 44, 37, 34, 33, 28 and 27 who were confirmed to be foreign nationals from the Republic of Chad.

The 49-year-old male driver, Saleh Youssouf, from Calgary, was arrested for human smuggling under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and remanded into custody where he appeared in court in Winnipeg on January 29, 2024.

The other seven individuals were arrested under the Customs Act and turned over to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Immigration officers at the Emerson Port of Entry.

Young Driver Charged for Cruising Down Sidewalk RCMP Arrest Driver of Stolen Vehicle

On February 20 at approximately 3 pm, a 16-year old male driver from the RM of La Broquerie was observed speeding northbound on Giesbrecht and ran the stop sign at Reimer Avenue. The driver then made a u-turn and drove southbound on the sidewalk along Giesbrecht Street

The driver was charged for careless driving, fined $672 and a disobey -

Steinbach RCMP are asking the public to help identify a male suspect wanted in connection to a theft at the Shoppers Drug Mart.

On October 30, 2023 Steinbach RCMP received a report of theft a little over an hour after the incident took place. The theft oc curred at around 8:20 am when a suspect entered the store, stole merchandise and ran out of the store.

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 1-800222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

At 7:35 pm on January 27, Steinbach RCMP were alerted that a stolen vehicle was on Rockwood Street in Steinbach. RCMP located the vehicle and a17-year old male from Steinbach was arrested and remanded into custody. The 17-year old is pending charges of Possession of Property obtained by Crime over $5,000, Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose x 3, Fail to Comply with a Condition of a Release Order x4 and Fail to Comply with a Probation Order x 4.

In-home Compost Unit Project Presented to Municipalities as Way to Manage Landfill Volumes

Food Cycle Science, a Canadian company specializing in food waste diversion solutions, has proposed its innovative in-home compost units, known as FoodCycler, to the Councils of both the RM of Ritchot and the Village of St. Pierre-Jolys.

The program’s goal is to transform food waste into a natural soil amendment, offering an efficient and decentralized approach to waste management. The FoodCycler is a compact appliance that swiftly converts food waste, including meat, bones, pits, eggshells, dairy, and paper towels, into a dry, sterile, and odourless biomass with various beneficial

as a natural fertilizer.

Brigitte Kirady is the municipal program coordinator for Food Cycle Science. She explained how the program is currently having success in over 120 municipalities across Canada.

Kirardy said the technology significantly reduces the weight and volume of food waste by approximately 90%, requiring minimal energy consumption equivalent to having a laptop plugged in. The decentralized approach offered by FoodCycler eliminates constant labour, trucking, and maintenance costs associated with traditional waste management methods.

“We’ve partnered with Montcalm, Stonewall, West St. Paul,

Portage La Prairie, and Gimli in Manitoba. Rural communities like Ritchot and St. Pierre-Jolys are excellent candidates for the benefits of this program,” stated Kirady, underlining the eagerness of Manitobans to actively participate in diverting food waste.

If a municipality signs on, residents interested in the program can purchase the FoodCycler at a highly subsidized cost of $150 (2.5L model) or $300 (5L model) through the Municipal Program. After registration and purchase, residents are encouraged to track the number of cycles over 12 weeks and complete a survey to evaluate the program’s success. The collected data can support

future waste management decision-making, potentially expanding the program to more households.

Chris Ewan, the Mayor of the RM of Ritchot, expressed the municipality’s keen interest in implementing the subsidy program. Ewan highlighted the environmental and financial benefits of the proposed initiative.

“This is a subsidy program, where we would cover a portion of the cost of the equipment. Residents can save upwards of $300 to $500, I believe,” said Ewan. “The goal is to lessen the loads at the landfill and expand the longevity of the landfill cells.”

RCMP received a report of a pack age that was stolen from a residence within the City of Steinbach. The theft took place at approximately 4 pm on February 15. Door camera footage shows an unknown suspect approach the door and then leave.

If you have any information regarding this matter, please contact the Steinbach RCMP at 204-3264452, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip on

on your neighbours. Call 911 if you suspect a crime is in progress or has occured! Be aware of happenings in your neighbourhood and report suspicious activity to the authorities.

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Brigitte Kirady, with Food Cycle Science makes a presentation to RM of Ritchot council. The FoodCycler Maestro.

A Colourful Character

Greetings to all, I hope that you are having a great end of winter. A few more days of cold, ice and stormy weather to usher out the winter season and then we can get ready for the warm, sunny days of springtime.

How many of you have ever watched videos on YouTube or seen photos on your social media feeds where people have had run-ins with interesting characters while shopping or just going about their daily errands. While this can happen in all types of stores and locations, it does seem that there is one store where sightings of strangeness are most common. Maybe it’s because of their later store hours or maybe it’s because everyone likes to shop there, it does seem to be a magnet of the weirdness. Granted, I think that most of these occurrences take place in the United States, I do feel that they are becoming more and more popular in Canada.

I recently had an encounter that I thought would be worth sharing.

My wife and I were wandering around the store and picking up a few small items when we wandered into the electronics section of the store. Glancing at a couple of movies, we picked one and after talking it over, decided to buy it. Walking further, we came to a section that was selling television seasons and what did I see but a complete set of the show “Quantum Leap”. Seeing that the price was fair, I picked the series off the shelf and placed it into our shopping cart. This was an item that my wife and I had wanted to buy for years.

This was when we heard a voice from behind us asking us what we’d found. Facing the young man as he stepped up next to our cart we told him and mentioned that we’d been looking for it for quite sometime. He reached into our cart and asked where we’d found it, I pointed to the now empty spot on the shelf. “You took the last one, B*****ds.”

Shocked by the phrasing directed at us and that he’d taken it out of our cart, I was relieved when he put it back into our cart. At this point I thought that the encounter was over but I was in error.

He began to point out different TV series and asked if I’d seen them while tossing in colourful words that I don’t care to use. Some I had seen and some I had not. I joined in this game of his and pointed out several to him but, with our differences in ages, he had not seen most of what I had grown up with. When he asked my age and I told him, he was surprised since he figured that I was mid-20s, maybe mid-30s. I told him that he could’ve said that I was mid-40s and I still would’ve been flattered. He roared with laughter and continued to point out series.

My wife and I slowly wandered down the aisle and had reached the end of the aisle when he came over and asked if I could buy him a couple of seasons of Duck Tales. I laughed at the silliness of the request. “It was worth a shot,” he said before turning and going back down the aisle to return the Duck Tales to the shelf.

Later, as we made our way towards the checkouts, we crossed paths again when he placed a large stuffed lion into our cart so that “my wife could hug that when I wasn’t home”. I took the lion out of the cart and put it back where it belonged.

Sometimes, the characters you meet can make a regular day into a memorable one.

Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

New Supported Employment Program Empowers Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

In a groundbreaking initiative, young adults with intellectual disabilities are set to enhance their skills and connect with their communities through a newly launched supported employment program. EnVision in Steinbach stands among the nine chosen service providers participating in this pilot project.

Minister Nahanni Fontaine of Families highlighted the significance of this program, emphasizing that, for many young individuals, a job transcends a mere paycheque. It serves as a pathway to fostering independence, building relationships, and nurturing self-confidence. The program aims to assist young Manitobans with intellectual disabilities in discovering and excelling in employment opportunities tailored to their needs, contributing to the overall goal of making workplaces in Manitoba more inclusive.

The Improving Quality of Life Employment Pilot Project developed in collaboration with Community Living disABILITY Services

(CLDS), employment service providers, and Abilities Manitoba, is designed to offer comprehensive employment services to young adults aged 18 to 25. These services include transition planning, identifying employment prospects, job skills and employment preparedness training, and job coaching.

The programming is scheduled to commence this spring for adults aged 21 to 25, followed by a rollout this summer for those aged 18 to 20. By providing essential resources and support, the program aims to empower young adults with intellectual disabilities, fostering their personal and professional growth.

This initiative aligns with the broader vision of creating a more inclusive society by breaking down barriers and offering meaningful opportunities for skill development and community engagement. The pilot project reflects a collaborative effort to ensure that every young Manitoban, regardless of ability, has the chance to thrive in the workforce and contribute to the community.

Country Tales: Waterfowl

Thinking back on fond childhood memories, I thought getting six geese was a great idea. In my mind there was no sign of lawn cigars, chewed up snowmobile trailer wiring or the massive amount of yard feathers.

I remember kind Hector, the goose we hand-fed because he was born with half a beak. Grandma had me crawl under the deck to be hissed at while fetching large goose eggs from their nest to make the most amazing white cake that baked yellow from all the yolk. On extra hot summer days we’d fry an egg in the backyard with just the heat of the sunshine.

Something happens at some point when turning into adults. We once saw the beauty and joy in playing with the animals as kids, now I see the mess grandma had to clean up behind us.

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Keeping backyard geese seemed like a good idea at the time. Photo submitted by Darlene Kuchar

Habs Celebrates 75-Year Legacy with Special Events

history. Julie Gagnon, a representative from Le Club Sportif de La Broquerie, is a member of the 75th Anniversary Committee.

“Le Club Sportif and a 75th Anniversary Committee have organized a couple of events throughout this hockey season to celebrate this incredible milestone,” said Julie Gagnon, reflecting on the historic journey of the La Broquerie Habs.

In September 2023, Le Club Sportif kickstarted the celebratory season with a Golf Tournament uniting community members and hockey enthusiasts. October had a special Habs Alumni day, where past players rejoined the community to relive cherished memories.

Highlighting a major event organized by the 75th Anniversary Committee, Gagnon

ing a memorable experience.

“Our 75th Anniversary committee organized the Montreal Canadiens Alumni game in January, where they played against our local Habs Alumni. Our event was a huge success,” said Gagnon.

Gagnon expressed her gratitude to the sponsors who played a crucial role in making the Montreal Canadiens Alumni game a reality.

“Our Montreal event was sponsored by companies and the people attending the game,” she noted, emphasizing the community’s involvement in supporting and celebrating the La Broquerie Habs’ legacy.

As the La Broquerie Habs Hockey Team continues its journey with pride, the 75thanniversary celebrations stand as a testament to the enduring spirit of the team and its profound impact on the community. The La Broquerie Habs remain an integral part of the region’s history, connecting generations through a shared passion for hockey and community camaraderie.

Submitted photos

Spring is Pole Top Fire Season

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.

Stay clear of a pole that is on fire and always stay clear of downed power lines.

If you see a hydro pole on fire or a downed line, call 911.

Visit hydro.mb.ca/safety for more info.

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The Habs and Montreal teams. “Our 75th Anniversary committee organized the Montreal Canadiens Alumni game in January, where they played against our local Habs Alumni. Our event was a huge success,” said Julie Gagnon, a representative from Le Club Sportif de La Broquerie, is a member of the 75th Anniversary Committee. A face-off moment during the Montreal/Habs game, featuring hockey players who were members of the original teams from 1948-1955. This photo captured the spirit of the first Habs hockey team in 1948-49.
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