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May 2020

Services Slowly Reopen

Parade Pays Tribute to Frontline Workers

Steinbach first responders held a parade to pay tribute to front line workers and seniors in the community.

As communities were forced into lockdown, focus turned to recognizing and paying tribute to those putting themselves at risk at the front lines in a safe but effective manner. In a special display of support, the Steinbach Fire Department, along with Steinbach EMS and members of the Steinbach RCMP detachment paid tribute to the hard working front line workers with a special parade on April 5. The entourage consisting of fire trucks, ambulances, police cars and SUV’s complete with lights, sirens and banners paraded past the Bethesda Regional Health Care Facility. The group also made its way past several of the senior care facilities in the community. Another view of the parade.

Manitoba will begin a careful, multi-phased effort to gradually restore services, open some businesses and increase recreational opportunities while maintaining social distancing. As of May 4, a variety of non-essential health-care and retail businesses will have the option to reopen under strict guidelines. All businesses and venues will be required to continue following social distancing and stringent cleaning practices to protect both employees and customers. Size restrictions of public and private gatherings of no more than 10 people will remain in place. Everyone is expected to continue to follow social distancing rules at all times and to stay home if they are sick. Travel restrictions will remain in place such as avoiding all non-essential travel outside of Manitoba, and requirements for self-isolation for 14 days following travel will continue. Priority elective surgeries have been restarted, diagnostics screening will resume and some nonessential businesses will reopen but must limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Services, businesses and venues include non-urgent surgery and diagnostic procedures; therapeutic and medical services; retail businesses; restaurants – patio/walk-up services; hair salons; museums, galleries and libraries; seasonal day camps; and outdoor recreation and campgrounds. The province will continually re-evaluate and adjust plans for further easing of secondary public health measures and may reintroduce others. As of June 1, public gathering sizes may be increased and more non-essential businesses will be considered for reopening including additional personal services, such as nail salons; restaurants – dine-in services; non-contact children’s sports; and film production. After that, public health measures may be eased further. As additional guidelines are developed, public gathering sizes will be increased and some non-essential business will fully open. Others may begin to reopen, such as bars, pools and spas, movie theatres and indoor recreational facilities. Travel restrictions may be eased. Specific considerations for other businesses and sectors may be made including performing arts venues; other non-essential businesses; tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists and tanning studios; and large gatherings/events. Mass gatherings such as concerts, summer festivals and major sporting events will not be considered before September 2020.






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Vassar Celebrates Resident with Birthday Parade By Marianne Curtis ping communities from celebrating banners and balloons to celebrate COVID-19 has stopped all family those they love. one of the community’s favourite gatherings, weddings, funerals and In a tiny community like Vassar, a resident’s was impossible to miss. birthday parties, but that is not stop- parade of fifty vehicles covered with On April 19, Joyce Cayer was surprised with a birthday parade in celebration of her 85 birthday. “My mom turned 85 and my sister secretly asked people to meet up in the hall and in order to obey the new social distancing laws, form a parade and surprise her,” explained daughter Kim Cayer. “The response was unreal! Fifty cars and more than a hundred people drove by but only a couple spectators. My mother cried from the third car to the fiftieth.” It would seem that COVID-19 may have revived the old fashioned “ticker tape parade” without the confetti. Many parents are being creative by planning birthday parades for celebrants unable to host birthday parties. The Town of Niverville Fire Department was the first to bring out their trucks and rescue equipment to conduct a random drive through

One of fifty cars that drove by the Cayer home in Vassar.

the community to raise the spirits of residents at the start of the shut down. Soon afterwards other fire departments got creative. The RM of Ritchot Fire Department is accepting requests to bring out their equipment and drive by homes in that municipality. The Steinbach RCMP Detachment joined the fun by sending out officers to pay socially distanced visits to children in that community. It is easy to plan a birthday parade. Select a place to gather, have fun decorating your vehicles and then parade slowly past the celebrant, singing and honking while maintaining safe social distancing standards. If dropping off gifts, leave them at the end of the driveway as appropriate. Be mindful of other traffic and obey all traffic laws. Have fun, and know that not only are you sending your love to someone special, but you are also cheering up a neighborhood. Driving along and come across a parade? Join in!

Long time Vassar resident Joyce Cayer was emotional when she was surprised with a community birthday parade when she turned 85 on April 19.

Photos supplied by Kim Cayer The Niverville Fire Department made several random trips throughout the community with lights and sirens going to raise the spirits of the community during this period of isolation. Courtesy of Niverville Fire and EMS

Summer Festivals Go Silent Due to COVID-19 By Marianne Curtis Each summer, community volunteers spend countless hours organizing and hosting a wide variety of community festivals. Sadly, as the province would be celebrating its 150th birthday, the festival season has gone silent amid fears of COVID-19. During these days of unprecedented health concerns and responding to the guidance of those managing the crises that the community, province and country is facing, community groups are answering the call to do their part to keep each other safe by either postponing or cancelling this year’s summer events. Steinbach’s biggest festival Summer in the City was one of the first to pull the plug on this year’s event. Carly Koop said they did not make the decision to cancel this year’s event lightly. “We cannot continue planning without assured financial support. We know the importance of our festival for creating and sustaining a sense of community in Steinbach, but we also recognize the financial strain many of our sponsors are under at this unprecedented time,” Koop explained. “We want Summer in the City for the year 2020, with plans to return bigger and better in 2021! We have reached out to this year’s band, Hunter Brothers, and we plan to have them perform in 2021.” People who have already purchased tickets can be refunded should they choose, or

they may hold on to their tickets for next year. Hanover AG Society announced the cancelation of two events including the Hanover Ag Society Spring Twist Off and Hanover Ag Rough Riding School which were both supposed to take place in May. Curtis Dawydiuk, Hanover Ag Society President added that the committee is still looking forward to hosting the Hanover Ag Fair August 13-16. “We are looking forward to overcoming this crisis and celebrating with our community,” said Dawydiuk. The St. Labre 200 committee also postponed their event. “Knowing that St. Labre 200 holds a special place in many people’s hearts we have decided to postpone this year’s event for the time being. We recognize that the 200 is near and dear to many people and we are hoping that a 2020 event will happen,” added the St. Labre organizing committee. Other events that have been confirmed as cancelled until next year include the Niverville Fair, Blumenort Summer Fair, St. Pierre-Jolys Frog Follies, Falcon Lake Meteor Days, Carrick Days, and Ste. Agathe’s Cheyenne Summer Festival. Events that have been postponed until a later date include the Red River Métis Expedition. At this time, Richer Rodeo is still planned for August 7-9 and Lorette Family Fun Days in September.


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Campground Bookings Open in May Taekwondo Students Donate Chocolates to Frontline Workers As the province begins to lift some of the banns, outdoor enthusiasts will be excited to know that provincial parks will be opening, which means camping season is upon us. On May 4, the Manitoba campground reservation system will open to the public and staggered dates will be offered to make it easier for people to reserve a site at their favourite campground. Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard thanked Manitobans for their commitment in acting on the advice our health-care experts to stay home for the benefits of themselves, their loved ones and their community. “It is through their dedication and actions that we are able to allow Manitobans to continue to visit our provincial parks, and we are pleased to open up our campgrounds for the season, with additional safety measures in place. I believe this is welcome news for many Manitobans and their families,” stated Guillemard. “I encourage everyone to keep practicing the fundamentals of good hygiene and social distancing while at home, and especially while enjoying some quality time outside with

By Marianne Curtis Front line workers have been the lucky recipients of delicious chocolates thanks to a fundraising initiative being undertaken by Spirit 1 Taekwondo. Last month, Lionel Bernier, with Spirit 1 Taekwondo Academy Lorette Branch explained how their organization received their annual fundraising chocolate shipment just in time for everything to shut down due to COVID-19. Undaunted by the sudden challenge of having to sell cases of chocolate bars, which is an annual fundraiser for the club, Bernier challenged the community to support the club by buying chocolates and donating them to critical line workers. “One of our parents, Jessica Ammeter of Lorette, is an ICU nurse at Health Sciences Centre. Another one of our red belt/black stripe is 45-year old Cheryl Rances an ICU nurse at Health Sciences Centre. Another of our black belts, 25 year old 2nd Dan Degree, is Dr. Unice Chang, who is a Medical Doctor at Health Sciences Centre. I have not heard from her since this COVID-19 crisis started,” Bernier explained. Bernier said that he has already purchased a case and donated them to STARS. “The chocolates were very, very happily received by today’s day crew,” said Sarah Painter on behalf of the STARS crew. “Thanks to the Berniers for sparking the generosity. I’m sure my colleagues will enjoy these treats during busy shifts. Much love to all for your thoughtfulness.” Another case was presented to the RM of Tache fire fighters, but Bernier said there are still some chocolates available that the club would like to sell. “I believe [we have] 13 cases left so, my challenge to you, would you consider buying a case to donate to the front line organization of your choice,” Bernier continued. “The rural hospital staff at Ste. Anne,

The STARS crew were happy recipients of a case of chocolates donated to them by people supporting Spirit 1 Taekwondo Lorette and Steinbach branches.

Steinbach, St. Pierre-Jolys or Steinbach RCMP or the firefighters at Lorette, Landmark, Steinbach. Or how about some kindness to our senior citizens cooped up in their nursing homes who are cut off from family.” To purchase chocolates contact Melody Tardiff at 204-792-6468 or email tardiff7@mymts.net to make arrangements for pickup of a case. Spirit 1 Taekwondo Academy provides traditional values and gold medal results in taekwondo classes in Lorette, Beausejour, Steinbach and Fort Garry-Pembina, Winnipeg, for ages four years and up. They are committed to the physical and mental advancement of their students, and believe that dedicated guidance and training are necessary

to achieve a strong mind, a powerful body, enduring discipline and ethical direction.

The RM of Tache firefighters were “thankful” for the donation to their department, according to Deputy Fire Chief Steve Stein.

Rural Communities Let the Bells Ring Every Sunday at noon, the bells of many rural community churches rang out for several minutes in recognition of those who have worked tirelessly on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. The Let the Bells Ring initiative technically started in BC with residents standing on their front porches or balconies every evening at 7 pm to make noise in support of front line workers. Locally, a resident’s request for the caretaker of the Ross Church led to a local initiative that saw churches in other communities ringing their bells as well. “I have been asked… if I would ring the bell at the church yard here in Ross, in solidarity with our neighbouring communities which will be

their loved ones, whether camping, at the cottage and throughout our beautiful parks.” Campers are reminded that gatherings are limited to 10 people or less and people must continue to practice good hygiene and social distancing protocols. Provincial parks will implement enhanced cleaning procedures and sanitization of public washrooms and shower facilities in the campgrounds. Staff will be monitoring to ensure social distancing is adhered to, especially in public areas like beaches and recreation areas. New this year, Manitobans can now buy a park vehicle pass online as part of the province’s new e-licensing program. To accommodate the high demand on the opening day of the parks reservation system, online and call centre services will begin at 7 am at prs.gov.mb.ca or 1 888-482-2267 (toll free). Check the website for call centre hours on other days. Customers making online reservations are advised to check their user IDs and passwords prior to May 4. For more information, visit manitobaparks.com.

doing the same,” Lesage explained. “During this COVID- 19 crisis, it is important that we all know that we are all in this together. When you hear the bell or at least know that it will be rung, please know that you are not alone in this fight.” Since the first Sunday of April, the bells have rung at high noon in Richer, Ross, Ste. Genevieve, Hadashville, Ste. Anne and Anola. Lyne Robson considers it a privilege to be ringing the bell at the Richer Museum. “We will continue this until this time of crisis is over,” Robson added. “We invite everyone to step outside and clap, sing, cheer, hammer a pot, whatever you want, just make yourself heard... and join us as we remind each other we are still here and thank all of those that

are working each day to keep us safe and fed.” The churches and organizations who have been participating in the Let the Bells Ring initiative include the Dawson Trail Museum in Richer, NotreDame-de-l’Annonciation Chaplaincy in Ross, Église de SainteGeneviève in Ste. Genevieve, St. John the Baptist Church in Hadashville, Sainte-Anne-desChênes Church in Ste. Anne and Ostenfeld Lutheran Church in Anola. There is parking available at all these locations and citizens are encouraged to come out and listen to the bells first hand while practicing social distancing.

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The Pandemic Tight Rope This pandemic beast is still amongst us. The next steps governments and societies are taking are scarier for those who are elderly or have previous underlying health conditions. They say that in the absence of a vaccine the only way forward is to create a sufficient number of people who have been infected, recovered and therefore immune. This protection method is called the “herd effect”. It’s not a cure for all but it provides enough workers to fire up the economy. The real problem with this approach is leaving out a portion of hard working people and many consumers from every day activities until such a time as a vaccine becomes the reality. It is basically leading a large portion of the population into the arms of the grim reaper and calling it acceptable. We have been through Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Ebola Virus Disease (EBV) and now the COVID-19 outbreak caused by a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARSCoV-2). These are some of the most recent examples of humans creating a path for viruses to jump from animals to humans. The cost of these stupidities caused by people is enormous. There is one thing we should take into consideration and that is global warming (Okay, I just heard the emphatic denial of a large block of the world population). But let’s consider intensified and expanding outbreaks of the Zika virus and West Nile disease, both of which are caused by a mosquito-borne flaviviruses which are vector-borne pathogens of global importance and how climate change is aiding the ever expanding range of the tick-borne illness, Lyme Disease. What about the millions of fauna and flora species which have disappeared due to our actions. Many of us still consider the potential financial profit a worthwhile part of the equation. Still not convinced yet? Well let’s consider the neighbouring Commander in Chief of the self proclaimed “free world’s” solution. I will supply the first gallon of Javex.

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Thank You Provencher As the number of new COVID19 cases appears to be on the decline, Canadians are hopeful that we will soon be able to start down the path toward a return to normalcy. The coronavirus has changed the day-to-day lives of Provencher residents in many ways. I wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all Provencher residents and, in particular, to the front line and essential workers who have seen us through the difficulties of the past two months. First of all, thank you to our health care workers: The doctors, nurses, healthcare aids, technicians and support staff, as well as those who work in pharmacies. Your tireless and selfless work is an inspiration to all Canadians. Thank you to those who staff our nursing homes and to our seniors for the sacrifices they have made. It is my prayer that you will be able to get out and see your loved ones soon. Thank you to those businesses deemed essential, which remained open to serve Canadians.

Thank you to their employees. And thank you to the truckers who kept us supplied. Thank you to our farmers and those who work in the food processing sector for keeping us fed. Thank you to our first responders for their consistently excellent work in our community. Thank you to parents. Many saw huge changes to their family routines. Many had to take on the task of caring for children during the school day and schooling their kids, often while working from home themselves. Thank you to teachers for keeping in touch with their students and providing work and supports for parents. Thank you to kids for being so resilient and understanding. Abrupt changes to routine, having to share a parent with older siblings, missing out on seeing friends and not being able to go and play at the park are all big sacrifices. Thank you to churches for being understanding and innovative during this time. You kept people’s faith and hope alive while protect-

ing their physical health through practicing social distancing. Thank you to our local media for their timely and measured reporting. And thank you to my provincial and municipal counterparts for their tireless work, serving our communities. Finally, to my staff and all those government employees who have stayed on to provide essential information and help Canadians access the benefits they need, thank you. For more information on this or any issue please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1-866333-1933 or at 204-326-9889. Visit me at Facebook.com/TedFalkMP. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12N, Steinbach MB, R5G 1T4 or visit my website at tedfalk.ca.

Federal and Provincial Help for All Manitobans On May 4, our province began a careful, multi-phased effort to gradually restore services, open some businesses, and increase recreational activities. A variety of non-essential health-care and retail businesses have been given the option to reopen, following strict guidelines. I’d like to thank everyone for doing their part to help flatten the curve and making it possible for us to begin restoring our province. We are still being very cautious, and I encourage you all to continue following social distancing protocols. More details can be found at manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices. Even though we have begun our phased approach to restoring services, our government is still offering many programs to help Manitobans through these stressful times. The Manitoba Economic Support Centre helps Manitoba businesses, charities and non-profits navigate federal and provincial programs that they may qualify for. The focus of this service will be to assist and support businesses, charities and non-profits in applying for the following: The federal government’s 75% wage subsidy (CEWS). As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March

15, 2020, to June 6, 2020. The $40,000 interest free line of credit (CEBA). This $25 billion program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small business and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced, due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus. The Manitoba GAP Protection Program (MGPP). The Manitoba Government is allocating $120 million to the Manitoba Gap Protection Program. The MGPP is available to any business in Manitoba who fails to qualify for Federal COVID-19 assistance programs. The province will advance each eligible business a non-interest bearing forgivable MGPP loan of up to $6,000. The Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program. Manitoba is investing up to $120 million in a new wage subsidy program to support employers from the private and non-profit sectors to hire high school and post- secondary students this summer. Employers are eligible to receive a $7 per hour wage subsidy, up to $5,000 per student, for a maximum of 5 students. The program is available for student employment between May 1 and September 4, 2020. For more information on the programs, call 1-888-805-7554 or visit manitoba.ca/supportforbusiness.

We recognize that this is a very stressful and uncertain time, so to support the mental health of Manitobans our province has invested in an internet-based therapy service program. The AbilitiCBT program is a free and confidential virtualtherapy platform and has proven to be one of the most effective and efficient therapy methods available. Individuals do not need to be referred to the program by a doctor; they can start anytime by completing the online assessment on the website. The program is guided by professional therapists and addresses mild to moderate anxiety symptoms related to the pandemic, such as, uncertainty, physical isolation, caring for family and community members, information overload, and stress management. Our government is committed to helping Manitobans navigate this challenging and unprecedented time. As always, my office is available to answer your questions or concerns. We’re more than happy to help. You can reach out at 204-807-4663 or ca.lagasse@outlook.com.


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We Will Pull Through This Together

As social and physical distancing measures continue, the residents of the Lac du Bonnet constituency are fortunate to have close access to some of Manitoba’s most scenic landscapes. I’ve heard from many of you who are feeling cooped up. As the weather warms, we can all begin to take advantage of Manitoba’s natural attractions. Our provincial government supports the development of trails in Manitoba’s provincial parks and with the help of Trails Manitoba, we are allowing for the completion of six trails in Manitoba provincial parks, including the South Whiteshell Trail, South Whiteshell Trail - Penniac Bay, and North Whiteshell emergency repair washout. It’s important at this time that Manitobans take the opportunity to connect with nature. So long as physical distancing measures are practiced, this can be an effective way to help guide us through the stress of the COVID-19 challenge. Our government is also taking steps in order to ease some of that stress for Manitobans. Throughout this pandemic our government has continued to function and is working to bring forward many programs to help Manitobans through these difficult times. One such program is the Manitoba

Economic Support Centre to help Manitoba businesses, charities and non-profits navigate the federal and provincial programs they may qualify for. The focus of this service will be to assist and support these sectors in applying for the following: The Federal government’s 75% wage subsidy (CEWS) - As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020. The $40,000 interest free line of credit (CEBA) - This $25 billion program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small business and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced, due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus. The Manitoba GAP Protection Program (MGPP) - The Manitoba Government is allocating $120 million to the Manitoba Gap Protection Program. The MGPP is available to any business in Manitoba who fails to qualify for Federal COVID-19 assistance programs. The province will advance each eligible business a non-interest bearing forgivable MGPP loan of up to $6,000. The Manitoba Summer Student Re-

covery Jobs Program - Manitoba is investing up to $120 million in a new wage subsidy program to support employers from the private and non-profit sectors to hire high school and post- secondary students this summer. Employers are eligible to receive a $7 per hour wage subsidy, up to $5,000 per student, for a maximum of 5 students. The program is available for student employment between May 1 and September 4, 2020. For more information on the programs, please call 1-888-805-7554 or visit manitoba.ca/supportsforbusiness. I ask that everyone be kind and considerate to others during this time. Offer help if you can and ask for help if you need. We are all in this together and we will pull through this together. Stay safe. If you have any questions or concerns please email me at wayne@ wayneewasko.com, or call me 204268-3282. Also, you can follow me on twitter @wayneewaskomla and friend me on Facebook.

Don’t Give up the Fight Thank you, Manitobans. Your efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve are paying off - our statistics are looking better. Frontline and essential services workers have done a great job helping Manitobans fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though our statistics look promising, we can’t give up this fight now. Throughout this pandemic our government has continued to function and is bringing forward many programs to help Manitobans through these stressful times. One such program is the Manitoba Economic Support Centre to help Manitoba businesses, charities and non-profits navigate federal and provincial programs that they may qualify for. The focus of this service will be to assist and support businesses, charities and non-profits in applying for the following: The federal government’s 75% wage subsidy (CEWS). As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March

15, 2020, to June 6, 2020. The $40,000 interest free line of credit (CEBA). This $25 billion program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small business and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced, due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus. The Manitoba GAP Protection Program (MGPP). The Manitoba Government is allocating $120 million to the Manitoba Gap Protection Program. The MGPP is available to any business in Manitoba who fails to qualify for Federal COVID-19 assistance programs. The province will advance each eligible business a non-interest bearing forgivable MGPP loan of up to $6,000. The Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program. Manitoba is investing up to $120 million in a new wage subsidy program to support employers from the private and non-profit sectors to hire high school and post- secondary students this summer. Employers are eligible to receive a $7 per

hour wage subsidy, up to $5,000 per student, for a maximum of 5 students. The program is available for student employment between May 1 and September 4, 2020. For more information on the programs, please call 1-888-805-7554 or visit manitoba.ca/supportforbusiness. I know that the last couple of months have been stressful on all Manitobans, but we are not alone in this fight. The entire world is fighting COVID-19, together. If we continue to practice safe social distancing, wash your hands frequently and only go out if necessary, together we will get through this. I look forward to hearing from you with your questions or concerns. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204-424-5406 or at dennis.smook@leg.gov.mb.ca.

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Manitoba’s Roadmap to Expanding Services Safely Manitoba will begin a careful, multi-phased effort starting this month to gradually restore services, open some businesses and increase recreational opportunities while maintaining social distancing advice. “We applaud Manitobans for doing their part to help flatten the curve and it is thanks to everyone’s tremendous efforts that we are able to announce today a gradual, safe restoration of services and easing of restrictions on businesses, allowing many to reopen, should they so choose,” Premier Brian Pallister said. “We must remain diligent in maintaining physical distancing and practising good hygiene, but our gradual, leveled approach will help us safely restore our services.” As of May 4, a variety of non-essential health-care and retail businesses have the option to reopen under strict guidelines. All businesses and venues will be required to continue following social distancing and stringent cleaning practices to protect both employees and customers. Size restrictions of public and private gatherings of no more than 10 people will remain in place. Everyone is expected to continue to follow social distancing rules at all times and to stay home if they are sick. Travel restrictions will remain in place such as avoiding all non-essential travel outside of Manitoba, and requirements for selfisolation for 14 days following travel will continue. Based on the evolving global public health recommendations and modelling, Manitoba is in a position to begin a methodical, phasedin approach to reopening businesses, said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer. “Our public health measures to date have helped us reduce case numbers and flatten the curve, but it is not practical to maintain these measures indefinitely,” said Roussin. “That is why we will gradually reduce these measures including balancing the need to protect vulnerable Manitobans from COVID-19 with the need to protect Manitobans from the unintended impacts of strict public health measures, which include health and social impacts.” Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic Economic Recovery Roadmap consists of multiple phases. It is critical to note the timing and specifics noted in each phase are subject to change, based on the advice of public health experts and a continuous assessment of transmission patterns and other factors. Full details are available at manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices. Restoring services (Phase One) began May 4. Critical public health measures and travel restrictions remain. Priority elective surgeries have been restarted, diagnostics screening will resume and some non-essential businesses will reopen but must limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Services, businesses and venues include non-urgent surgery and diagnostic procedures; therapeutic and medical services; retail businesses; restaurants patio/walk-up services; hair salons; museums, galleries and libraries; seasonal day camps; and outdoor recreation and campgrounds. The province will continually re-evaluate and adjust plans for further easing of secondary public health measures and may reintroduce others. Restoring Services (Phase Two) begins no earlier than June 1. Critical public health measures and travel restrictions may remain in place. Public gathering sizes may be increased and more non-essential businesses will be considered for reopening including additional personal services, such as nail salons; restaurants – dine-in services; non-contact children’s sports; and film production. In future Phases public health measures may be eased further. Additional guidelines will be developed, public gathering sizes will be increased and some non-essential business will fully open. Others may begin to reopen, such as bars, pools and spas, movie theatres and indoor recreational facilities. Travel restrictions may be eased. Specific considerations for other businesses and sectors may be made including performing arts venues; other non-essential businesses; tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists and tanning studios; and large gatherings/events. Mass gatherings such as concerts, summer festivals and major sporting events will not be considered before September 2020, Roussin noted. Child care plays an important role in restoring services, enabling parents to return to the workplace, and remains a priority. The Department of Families will continue to work with the child-care community to expand the temporary child-care services available, including a grant available to child-care providers seeking to open a new, home-based child-care service. More information on child-care services during COVID-19, including a self-serve child care website, can be found at gov.mb.ca/ covid19/infomanitobans/childcare. Businesses seeking further information should visit engagemb.ca. For current information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit manitoba. ca/covid19. A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID19 measures can be found at manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.






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New Wage Program to Help Students Get Jobs The Manitoba government has launched the Summer Student Recovery Plan, a new wage subsidy program to support high school and post-secondary students employed in the private and non-profit sectors. According to Premier Brian Pallister, the new wage subsidy program will support students and connect them to summer jobs that help pay for their studies and also provide the opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

“Students can help businesses adapt their workplaces for social distancing as work resumes and this new wage subsidy program will help offset staffing costs in this challenging time,” said Pallister. Under the new program, up to $120 million is available for employers to access a $7 per hour wage subsidy, up to a maximum of $5,000 per student. The program is open to Manitoba students aged 15 to 29, with an employment period

from May 1 to September 4. Employers can be subsidized to hire up to five students. Reimbursement will be provided at the end of the employment period, upon proof of payment of student wages. Employers must place students in jobs that can be accommodated

under current public health orders and be able to adapt to recommendations provided by public health officials over the summer. For the first two weeks of the program, priority will be given to employers who do not qualify for the various federal government as-

sistance programs. In addition to the subsidy program, Manitoba recently announced that it is deferring payments on student loans which will assist post-secondary students who are affected by the economic impact of COVID-19.

Subway Closes Doors in St. Adolphe After four years of operation in St. Adolphe, the local Subway has shuttered its windows permanently, and it had nothing to do with COVID-19. According to owner Jim Matthewman the decision to close permanently took place at the same time as the pandemic, but was not the reason they closed. “Unfortunately, in spite of a great deal of effort, including the sales and ads you helped us out with, our concept never caught on in St. Adolphe. Over time, our frustra-

tion grew to the point we had to take this action,” Matthewman explained. He further cited that the lack of community support was key in their decision and referenced a Commercial Development Forum on September 18, 2018, where a light snack was provided. “The meeting was led by local government leaders and had many local business people, including my wife Mary and I in attendance. At the meeting, the local government leaders who set the meeting up were stressing we should buy local,” Matthewman continued.

“I asked, during the public question and answer section, why they had bought the snack items including cookies for the meeting, at Sobeys and pointed out that not only were Subways cookies fresher, but our price was also cheaper.” Matthewman said he never got an answer. “I felt that action was significant given what we were supposed to be discussing. I have been at meetings in other small towns in which we carry on business and had never encountered such a situation,” Matthewman concluded.

Southern Region High on STARS’ Call List A recent report issued by STARS’ Manitoba for the period of March 15-31 shows that over the past ten years, Steinbach and area has seen a steady increase in call volumes. “We have been receiving requests from media for more information on STARS activities in the province and felt this was a forum to address those requests,” explained Chad Saxon with STARS’ communications on why the information was released now. During this period, STAR 7 flew 26 missions; fifteen were scene call emergencies while the remaining 10 were inter-facility transfers (IFT). One IFT was

flown to Steinbach. Scene call locations included Tolstoi, St. PierreJolys, Hadashville, Steinbach and Landmark. STARS Manitoba base flew 764 missions during the 2019 calendar year. That is a record for the base and was the highest among STARS’ six bases. Steinbach made the list as the third highest mission volume by municipality. Over the past ten years, STARS has flown 197 missions in the Steinbach region. In the first year that STARS operated in Manitoba back in 2011, they only flew 5 missions. Three years later that amount doubled to 15, and doubled again to the highest mission year ever in 2016/2017 at 36.

Over the past decade, STARS has been dispatched to an increasing volume of calls.

Stats show that Steinbach and area has the third highest call volume in the province.

In spite of COVID-19, STARS remains mission-ready at all of the six bases across western Canada. Medical crews and helicopters continue to be available for the next patient who needs them. Andrea Robertson, STARS President and CEO said that air medical crews routinely care for patients who may be afflicted with a range of communicable diseases. “We have protocols and training in place to ensure we can safely manage these illnesses, including COVID-19,” Robertson said. “We are also taking care of our staff and are making sure they can safely perform their duties as the situation evolves.”


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Great Bison Hunt Takes Over Lorette By Marianne Curtis With COVID-19 shutting down almost every activity in the region, the threat of getting sick or making others sick is worrisome. However, local residents are showing their spirit and finding unique ways to engage each other in a fun, unique manner. In Lorette, residents found a fun way to spend the month of April by participating in the “Great Bison Hunt”. Gary Hill, owner of KustomKutz came up with the ideas of a “Freddy Hunt” that would encourage families to get out and explore the community, while still maintaining social distancing standards. For those who do not know who Freddy is, a few years ago one of the bison living on a farm south of the community was known for escaping his fencing. Residents in Lorette adopted the furry animal and nicknamed him Freddy. At one point there were even t-shirts for sale with the slogan “Run Freddy Run”. “Freddy is our own community mascot,” Hill explained. Inspired by the massive beast, Hill designed and produced Freddy decals, and encouraged residents to participate in a scavenger hunt by placing decals in their homes or throughout the community.

A community scavenger hunt is taking place in Lorette, where 45 of these decals are located throughout the town. Find them all and you can win a prize.

“There are 45 Freddys with registered addresses and 14 in the wild,” Hill added. “The household with the most sighted will win a choice of prize. You will need to keep track of the addresses at which you sight Freddy and submit the list to be entered to win. Your own address does not count.” There was even one location with five decals so participants needed

the address and placement of all the Freddys. “We will be giving one free “Run Freddy Run” hoodie or two t-shirts to the winner who finds the most,” said Hill. “Let’s stay socially distanced out there; a hello from across the street or a wave can make us all feel connected.” The contest ended May 3.

Rat River Recreation Commission Reimagines Summer Programming As Phase One of restoring safe communities in Manitoba starts, many organizations are rethinking how they will be operating and delivering services in the future before opening their doors. These community organizations include programs like the Rat River Recreation Commission (RRRC) whose sole purpose is to deliver public recreation services to further the growth and development of the communities and individuals. According to Josie Unrau, RRRC’s Recreation and Wellness Facilitator, they have been working hard during this forced hiatus. “We are working hard to have things in place for some summer fun, although that may look a little different this summer,” said Unrau. The RRRC is looking for the community to help plan this summer’s program. An online survey avail-

able at surveymonkey.com/r/BWGWQWV allows residents to provide input on how they’d like to see programs develop. “If you have any suggestions as to what you would like to participate in this summer, please let us know,” Unrau added. “We want to thank everyone for your feedback as we reimagine recreation in our current circumstance.” The survey consists of only eight questions with the main one being to garner interest in workshops during the summer in months that are being considered within provincial guidelines. Suggestions include canning, paint class, edible plants, scavenger hunts, outdoor movie nights, kite making, online workshops, kayak clinics or yoga on the beach or in the park. There is also a question about day camps for children and if there was

interest in part time or full time sessions, and if the organization should run their successful adventure camp for 6-12 year olds again this August. A new idea being considered is the creation of a Leisure Kit Loan Program where planned kits are available to families. For example a sports kit would include different sports equipment, arts kits that include themed supplies such as a painters or drawing kit for kids or adults, or a games kit. As there would be a cost to this program, suggestions are also wanted on if it should be charged by the kit or through library membership. Information gathered from the survey, along with additional suggestions will be given consideration as programs are being planned. The results will be announced at a later date.

Producers Invited to Virtual Meeting The RM of Piney is inviting all agriculture producers in the municipality to a virtual meeting to discuss the draft municipal development plan. The Agriculture Virtual Meeting is taking place on Wednesday, May 13 from 7 pm to 9 pm via GoToMeeting. According to an official notice from council, the topic of the meeting will be the future of agriculture in the municipality.

“Join us as we discuss future growth within the RM of Piney and be a part of shaping the policies that will impact development within the Municipality. This includes input from agricultural producers and livestock operators,” stated the notice. The Virtual Agriculture Meeting will be accessible via computer, tablet, and smartphone or by using a phone connection to GoToMeeting. Those interested in attending

must submit a request in order to receive a meeting invitation. Participants will then be provided a meeting link and telephone conference call access number. The RM of Piney Development Plan is available for review online at rmofpiney.mb.ca. To participate email Martin Van Osch or martin@rmofpiney. mb.ca or Allison Driedger at bluestemdevelopment@gmail. com to request an invitation.

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Mother’s Day Activities That Don’t Require Going Out Mother’s Day is around the corner and this year, things are a little more complicated. While taking mom out for brunch or dinner may be out of the question, and visits may be limited to virtual encounters, there are still activities you can participate in that will make the day special for Mom. Make Her Breakfast in Bed Lapse back to your childhood tradition of a surprise tray-served brekkie, complete with a piping hot cup of coffee served just the way she likes it, eggs, bacon, and any other fixing you can imagine. Bonus points for freshly squeezed orange juice. Take Her on a Virtual Museum Visit or Tour Actual excursions are off the agenda for now, but thanks to the Internet, you can tour almost any museum, cultural institution and even landmarks around the world virtually. Learn more about her by spending time visiting places she would love to explore. Tend the garden with her If you are lucky enough to be at home with your mother on Mother’s Day, then why not help her out while she tends to her greenery. Hey, she nurtured you for so many years, didn’t she? Start a Puzzle There’s no better bonding than working together on something and puzzles offer plenty of opportunity for that. Order mom a puzzle from online and then put it together as a family. When you are done, add a coat of Modge Podge or put in a frame, sign it and it becomes a keepsake. Take a bike ride or a nice long walk If you live somewhere scenic and you can safely go outside, take her for a stroll or a hike. Or if she prefers biking, strap on a helmet and take her on a cycling excursion. Fresh air is always good for the soul. Make a pizza and settle in for one of her favourite movies Pick her favourite movie from your home collection and have a movie night. Make it extra special by making a homemade pizza with the family. Karaoke Pick out your favourite songs on YouTube and have a little fun. Invite family members in other locations to join via Zoom for even more great laughs.

Mother’s Day Donations Make Mother’s Day Special this year with a donation in her name to Steinbach Family Resource Centre. Even though it may look a little different this year, we’ve made it easy to recognize the impact mom has had on your life. A donation in her honour will help growing families in our community to find the connection and support they need for families to thrive. Simply visit www.steinbachfrc.ca and click the banner to make your online donation in honour or in memory of mom, grandma, or that special caregiver in your life. Send a personalized e-card right from the site, or watch your mailbox for your mother’s day card, our free gift to you. Your donation provides expecting and growing families with critical nutrition, education, and resources – and strengthens community across the Southeast. Include a special message to mom and we will recognize your gift on SFRC’s website to share with family and friends.




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Creating Your Own Backyard Oasis Our backyards are some of the best places to spend the summer months, especially if you’re practicing physical distancing and are tired of being cooped up indoors. Fortunately, it’s possible to transform your outdoor living space into a secluded, open-air retreat. 1) Bring the indoors out. We often hear about bringing the outdoors inside, but the reverse is also true when designing a luxurious extension of your home. Homey, lived-in touches can take your outdoor space from sterile and unfinished to cozy and inviting. Think patterned throw pillows, fluffy blankets for chilly evenings, outdoor rugs, colourful lanterns and decorative accessories like painted terracotta pots or metal tins. 2) Invest in comfy furniture. What’s the best part of your living or family room? Chances are it’s your comfortable couch or recliner. To recreate the same feeling, splurge on some soft furniture that’ll make you want to stay outside for hours reading a book or working remotely. It doesn’t have to break the bank either – you can DIY a cozy lounging bench with reclaimed wood and hand-sewn cushions with outdoor stuffing and fabric.

The Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre will be closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 Public Health recommendations. Staff will be available to answer questions via phone or email during our closure period. Contact info@steinbachartscouncil.ca or try 204-346-1077. Refunds and Credits Because of cancelled classes and concerts we have been working diligently to prepare for program credits over the last several weeks, and we appreciate your patience as we accommodate hundreds of customers who require credits and refunds for nearly 60 cancelled programs and concerts this winter. We want to make sure that the unused balance of your program fees is attended to, and we’d like to offer families who were registered in our Winter 2020 Programs

have the following options: 1. Convert the value of cancelled classes into a Donation to SAC and receive a tax receipt in recognition of your generous support. Many costs have been incurred, regardless of the class end dates. Your donation will go a long way in assisting SAC in continuing to deliver high-quality programming for next season. If this option is right for you, you may choose to donate the entire balance of your fees to SAC, or donate a portion and receive a credit or refund for the remaining amount. 2. Receive a SAC credit for any program, concert or event held in our 2020/2021 season, by transferring the value of cancelled classes to next year. 3. Request a Refund for the value of cancelled classes. In order to facilitate the dona-

tion, transfer or refund request, we are asking all patrons to complete our COVID Program Credit Form which will become available on our website soon. Submit by May 13, 2020. All requests will be processed by May 25, 2020. Get Ready to Unleash your Creativity in the Fall! After School Art Program (A.S.A.P.) set to launch next season. Just because our doors are temporarily closed, doesn’t mean that SAC isn’t growing. Scheduled to launch next season, the Steinbach Arts Council’s After School Art Program (A.S.A.P.) is a unique program, free of charge, designed to provide opportunities for youth to participate in creative activities, meet others from around the city/region and enjoy a safe experience which inspires their creativity, provides mentorship opportunities with older students and adults, and encourages overall character enrichment. Depending on what the government guidelines are and depending if school will be back in full session, we will decide how we will deliver the fall classes. Some may become available

3) Add a relaxing pool or spa. Water has a calming effect and is often linked to our favourite memories at the cottage or on vacation. A pool or spa can help transport you somewhere far away without leaving your home. A pool can help you and the kids get some exercise in while swimming laps, while a spa can soothe tired muscles after a long day hunched over your laptop. To reducing energy costs and increase longevity, consider using Nudura insulated concrete forms which provide superior insulation. ICF pools can also be custom-made to accommodate any design, making them a very versatile and efficient way to build pools (more information at nudura.com). 4) Go wild with greenery. Live plants can help you feel connected with nature, and tending to them can help you feel relaxed yet productive during isolation. A vertical garden can add visual interest, while trees and shrubs can provide shade and character. Aromatic herbs like lavender or rosemary offer pleasant scents and can spice up your cooking. And don’t be afraid to cut some flowers from your garden to place in vases or pots for beautiful finishing touches.

through virtual presentations. Some may be able to be held in our studios. Plan for enrolling in something new and creative because there will be opportunities for that. And everyone needs to get out and unleash their creativity! In the lineup are: Arts 4Tots Preschool Program, Backyard Theatre Company, B.O.S.S. Dance Academy, Pilates, French & Spanish, Visual Arts for Kids, Teens and Adults Workshops: Wood Burning, Stained Glass, Calligraphy 101, and more! Need financial assistance? Call 204-346-1077 for info about our Creative Arts Bursary Fund. New on SteinbachArtsCouncil.ca - “Creativity Never Quits” We’re working on collecting resources for our students and families, so you always have a place to go when you need to find something to satisfy the thirst for creativity. Watch for regular additions to our list of Instructor Recommendations. Do you have a great idea to share?

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Email David at performingarts@ steinbachartscouncil.ca, and we’ll share it! From Visual Arts, to music for children, dance and theatre we hope there’s something for everyone. Because Creativity Never Quits. Ever. Upcoming Shows Dependant on the government regulations of large gatherings in fall. That policy will determine the types and sizes of concerts which will be presented. Stay posted. Season Tickets It’s not too early. Get your name on the list of season subscribers today. Southeast Centre for Music Will feature the Steinbach Youth Chorus and Fusion Musical Theatre under the direction of Gabi Gallo. Music Lessons: Southeast Centre for Music - the Centre for Excellence Interested in music lessons? Don’t wait. Spaces available in most disciplines for Piano, Voice, Guitar, Violin, Cello and Theory. Exhibits Once the Centre re-opens, the Art will be back on exhibit.


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Gardening Picks Up Steam Thanks to Pandemic By Marianne Curtis Many garden centres opened their doors on May 1 after a few tense weeks of waiting to see how COVID-19 would affect their businesses. Initially, it looked like they would be unable to open, so greenhouse owners breathed a collective sigh of relief when the province lifted restrictions and declared them an essential service. Chris Maxemuck, owner of C&S Garden Centre in Lorette has been getting his produce and posies ready for customers in spite of the slower than average spring. “There are a lot of store changes, procedure updates, and safety equipment that needs to be updated,” Maxemuck said. Due to COVID-19, many families have turned to gardening as a means to occupy themselves during isolation, and a way to help sustain their families. To make things easier and encourage future gardeners, Maxemuck created “Gardening Care Packages”. Families had until April 26 to enter and win one of 100 care packages. “We have reached out to industry partners Premier Horticulture and McKenzie Seeds, and together we have created fun, educational care packages for kids and their

parents,” Maxemuck explained. “The care package included potting soil (Premier Horticulture), 4 packages of kid’s seeds - assorted (McKenzie Seeds) and some plant pots and tags courtesy of C & S Country Gardens.” If you’ve never tried to grow anything before or have, and do not have a green thumb, it might be a good idea to start off with a few store-bought plants to get your confidence up before you tackle anything more demanding. When visiting your local greenhouse, make sure to ask for help. “Gardening can be very simple with a little planning and we can help with that,” Maxemuck added. You don’t have to be a farmer with lots of equipment to have a wonderful garden. Many garden centres offer containers, soil, manure and tilling services as well. Things to consider when planning your garden include location. Open, sunny areas with a nearby water source and drainage are good choices. Container gardening is also a great option if space is limited and can still be productive. For example, a potato plant in a five gallon pail of soil can produce a bag of potatoes.

Chris Maxemuck is excited about another growing season and is ready to assist the most novice gardener with getting the most out of their garden. Photo by Marianne Curtis


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Teachers Reach Out to Students During Outbreak

When teachers made their way around the community of Steinbach to lift the spirits of their students, they were greeted by signs made for them. The Ste. Anne Elementary staff put together this messages and sent it out to students to let them know that they are missed.

By Marianne Curtis Students have been out of school for over a month now, and at this time classes won’t resume until September. As students and teachers adjust to a new normal which includes finishing the school year using distance education via the internet and social media, educators are finding unique ways to connect with students and let them know that they are missed. From personal messages, to dancing, to music videos, teachers across Manitoba are pulling out all the stops to reconnect with their students. In Ste. Anne, Ste. Anne Elementary staff sent a special message to their students through social media. According to Jamie Rodger, staff felt really disconnected from the students, and wanted to show they cared and were thinking of them. “It’s been difficult to not be able to see their faces, to talk to them, to hear about their day, we really miss them. So each staff member took a picture with a word and we made a collage and send it out to parents,” said Rodger. She said the response has been phenomenal. In Steinbach, Woodlawn teachers formed a parade and went to visit their students. On April 22, they took to the streets to visit their students, only to be surprised to find their students waiting for them, many with banners in hand. Teacher Kristen Nicole said it made her day to participate in the parade. “This made my heart so happy!!! Our students moved our hearts today, feel incredibly blessed to do this for them and be a part of this school community, cheering our ‘kids’ on to victory in their home learning!” said Nicole. Schools have been closed since March 23, but assignments and learning are to continue as teachers work remotely. Students won’t see their marks drop from where they were on the last day of class in March.


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Bridge Closes Gap to Grunthal Park Pedestrians walking or biking to the Grunthal Park will soon have access to a brand new bridge. The RM of Hanover put the bridge in place in March but had to wait until the ground was ready to open it for use. According to Councillor Jim Funk, the bridge is located along Wiens Road strategically placed across the Hanover Drain Creek along the path that follows Road 27N and 26E from Grunthal to the Grunthal Centennial Park. “Instead of making a walkway right alongside the asphalt of the road, we decided to go with a bridge over the creek,” Funk told media. The cost of the project is estimated at between $30,000 and $33,000 to complete. It was funded by the RM of Hanover using gas tax funding, and Community Development Initiatives.

Public Libraries Prepare to Reopen

Pedestrians can now sit and enjoy the creek.

RM of Hanover work crews place the new footbridge into position.

As the first phase of the government’s plan to reinstate services across the province, public libraries are preparing for the long awaited return of patrons and signed out books. As of May 4, libraries can begin accepting book returns. In preparation for opening the Bibliothèque Taché Library in Lorette librarian Shaunda Brommell has been busy implementing new protocols. While the library will begin accepting book returns, they will not be loaning out new materials, nor will anyone be allowed in the building yet. “As of [the first week of May] we will have the outdoor book return bin unlocked, and will be accepting book returns only at this point,” Brommell explained. “The safety of our staff, patrons and families are of utmost importance, and we are working to put in place the proper precautions prior to loaning out materials or welcoming the community into the building again.” The Bibliothèque Ritchot Library will also have a drop off bin outside each one of their three libraries in Ile des Chenes, Ste. Agathe and St. Adolphe. All late fees will be waived. At the time of publication, the Jake Epp Library in Steinbach, Bibliothèque Ste. Anne and Bibliothèque St. Pierre-Jolys had not yet announced if they were set up to accept returns. Returned materials will be quarantined for a two-week period prior to being checked in. In the meantime, anyone wanting library services can check out Bibliothèque Taché Library website at bibliotachelibrary.ca for a complete list of electronic resources such as EBSCO-host information databases, and eLibraries Manitoba for ebooks and audio-books. eLibraries is now available to anyone with a 204 or 431 mobile phone number. Further information about how to sign up can be found on the website.


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Migrating Bird Calls Flood Wildlife Haven Over the last few weeks of April, Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Ile des Chenes was flooded with calls and animals coming in for care or treatment. By April 24, volunteers had seen their one hundredth patient of 2020. One of these patients was a little male Northern Flicker who was found in a yard unable to fly. “It

is migration time for many birds coming back into Manitoba for the summer and most of the birds we get in at this time are victims of window collisions,” stated a spokesperson. “Thanks to all the people who have been contacting us and helping these birds get into care!” When finding a bird that has hit a window, let it rest about an hour to see if it recovers on its own. If it does not recover, place it in a box and contact Wildlife Haven at 204-878-3740 for further instructions on how to get the bird into care. The Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre is a registered nonprofit, volunteer-based charitable organization located in Ile des Chenes. They are dedicated to This little Northern Flicker needed some re- the rehabilitation and successful covery time at Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre release of wildlife back to their after colliding with a window. natural environment.

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Spotlight on Little Shed on the Prairie

Martens creates unique and custom crocheted clothing such as hats, slippers, scarves, stuffed animals and much more.

This month the Stuartburn Emerson-Franklin Local Food Initiative’s Local Producer Spotlight is on Little Shed on the Prairie with its unique perseverance and creativity. After her first child was born, Katie Martens picked up crocheting as a hobby and never looked back. She discovered she loved everything about yarn and creating beautiful crocheted pieces. When she and her little family made the big decision to go off the grid and homestead near Roseau River, her business, Little Shed on the Prairie was born. Martens creates unique and cus-

tom crocheted clothing such as hats, slippers, scarves, stuffed animals and much more. She takes orders from her website littleshedontheprairie. ca and her business is also online on Facebook and Instagram. Living a lifestyle of being debt free and self-reliant drives the family’s lifestyle and business. Their homestead is powered by wind and solar and they attempt to raise as much of their own food as they can. Although there are definitely challenges that come with homesteading, especially with two young children ages 3 and 6, Martens feels the benefit of self sufficiency far outweigh the challenges. In the future she dreams

of getting sheep and learning to spin her own yarn for her projects. Product can be purchased through Little Shed on the Prairie’s Facebook page and website. Custom orders are very welcome. There is currently about a week turnaround for an item. For more information contact Little Shed on the Prairie at Katie.martens123@gmail.com, phone 204381-6921 or visit the website at littleshedontheprairie. For more information on the Stuartburn Emerson-Franklin Local Food Initiative contact initiativelocalfood@gmail.com or find them on Facebook.

Vital Investment into Whiteshell Park Trails On April 24, the province announced that the provincial government is investing up to $500,000 to support the development of trails within two provincial parks, with most of the funding slated for projects in the Whiteshell. Municipal Relations Minister Rochelle Squires said accessing trails and pathways in a safe manner, while maintaining proper physical distancing, has become a respite during these unprecedented times. “Trails can play an important role in our recovery and rebuilding following this pandemic,” Squires said. With the assistance of Trails Manitoba, the funding an-

nounced will allow for the completion of three trail projects in Manitoba provincial parks and help link the 1,755 km Great Trail in Manitoba. These projects include the South Whiteshell Trail and South Whiteshell Trail – Penniac Bay and the North Whiteshell emergency repair washout. The other three projects include Cabin Lake Creek Pedestrian Bridge, the Centennial Trail – Hanson’s Creek Bridge Phase 2 in Winnipeg and a project in Spruce Woods Provincial Park. “Trails Manitoba played a valuable leadership role in the creation, maintenance and enhancement of trails across Manitoba, and we will continue to partner with organizations to provide Manitobans with more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors,

all year long,” said Squires. Erik Dickson, president of Trails Manitoba said they are grateful to the Province of Manitoba for its long-standing support of the provincial trail network. “This funding will help improve safety and accessibility in several beloved trails in our beautiful provincial parks as well as promotes sustainability in the adaptive re-use of two pedestrian bridges from Kings Park in Winnipeg,” Dickson added. Trails Manitoba was formed in 1993 to support growing interest in recreational trail development throughout the province. The organization is now the umbrella organization for 22 trails associations and is governed by a volunteer board with regional representation.

Province Implements New Wildlife Protection Measures Manitoba Climate and Conservation advises the current risk of wildfire is generally low across the province, with a significant amount of snow still on the ground in northern Manitoba. Human-caused wildfires, primarily grass fires, have been reported in the south. In order to reduce the risk of fire and the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for front-line firefighters, the province is asking the public to be particularly cautious when outdoors to prevent human-caused wildfires. Protecting front-line firefighters and support staff during the COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority to ensure they remain healthy and available to respond to wildfires during the upcoming season. In light of current events and as a wildfire prevention measure, provincial burn permits issued

under The Wildfires Act within the burning permit area will be limited to only essential crop residue burning and other required agricultural, municipal or industrial operations. Burning within the burning permit area requires the approval of an officer and may include a site inspection. Contact a Manitoba Conservation and Climate office for more information. The latest information on municipal and provincial burn restrictions can be found at manitoba. ca/wildfire. All applicable provincial and municipal burning approval processes must be followed before burning. Provincial burn permit holders must comply with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development’s guidance on crop residue burning and their municipality’s burning permit conditions, where applicable. Daily guidance for crop residue burning will be posted by 11 am at gov.

mb.ca/agriculture/crops/crop-residue-burning-program. Where there is a conflict, consult with a local Manitoba Conservation and Climate office or municipal authority for clarification. Provincial burn permits will not be issued for areas where municipalities have already implemented burning restrictions. Burn permit holders are reminded to check weather conditions, have adequate suppression equipment and ensure proper fuel breaks are in place before burning. Never leave an outdoor fire unattended and always extinguish it before leaving. Anyone using an ATV should stay on developed trails, stop frequently to check areas around the engine and exhaust for debris, and carefully dispose of any debris caught in equipment. A small shovel, axe, and fire extinguisher should be carried on ATVs at all times.


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Nature Conservancy of Canada Offers Perspective on Wildlife Sightings During this COVID-19 outbreak as we hunker down inside, many Canadians believe they have been observing more wildlife outside their windows, in their subdivisions and communities, which is noticeable as we see the many photos and videos posted on social media. However, a scientist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) said that in most cases it’s just that people have been able to slow down and notice these critters. Dan Kraus said in our daily travels and busy lives most of the wildlife has been there all along waiting for us to notice and discover it. “Because of how COVID-19 has forced many of us to slow down and stay home, many people are more tuned in to what nature is around us. We might be noticing the birds and other creatures that live around us more because we are less distracted compared to our usual routines,” said Kraus. Kraus, who is senior conservation biologist with the national land conservation group, said there are several reasons why there seems to be more animal sightings lately. One is that some wildlife are taking advantage of empty spaces while people spend most of their time in their homes. “The quieter environment certainly means that we also hear more birds, and animals that avoided people by mostly coming out at night maybe extending the hours that they are active,” said Kraus. He pointed out it is also a matter of seasonal timing. Spring is of course when the natural world starts to get busy with growth and reproduction. Migratory birds start returning or passing through our neighbourhoods. “Animals of all sorts are moving about more looking for a mate or building a nest or den. So this slow down of human society is happening right when the rest of nature is waking up and getting active. There’s a lot happening for any of us to notice, if we only pay attention!” Kraus noted that it is not even that un-

usual to have wildlife like bears or moose occasionally wander into cities in the spring, usually young males. Wildlife also come into our cities because of cleaner air and water and also because we have more habitat in our urban areas than in the past. “The majority of Canadians live in a place that historically had very high biodiversity. Some of the diversity is coming back thanks to conservation efforts and because wildlife is adapting,” he said. Kraus hopes these wildlife observations will give families a greater appreciation of nature and interest in the species that share our areas. To help people get their nature fix while being indoors, NCC has posted a series of activities on its website. They include a five minute daily nature challenge, crossword puzzles, colouring sheets and videos offering virtual hikes and walks of various Nature Conservancy properties in all ten provinces.

Local wildlife photographer Larry Trush of Paradise Village has spent some time capturing on camera various creatures who call southeast Manitoba home. There are an abundance of bird species throughout the area. Following are a number of native Manitoba birds species - we encourage you to get out there and spot them for yourselves!! Check them off as you spot each of the birds on this page...

Piney Chamber Reflects on Community’s Successes The Piney Regional Chamber of Commerce (PRCC) recently released their third annual year in review. According to Chairperson Jonathan Prevost the organization is proud of their achievements as they continue to build on the year over year success due to an engaged membership. Using funds received two years ago for an environmental scan of regional economic development, the next step was to review the findings and come up with a strategic plan that would work specifically in the RM of Piney. A small committee was formed, and they identified five key areas of focus. These five items are the development of a PRSS website, continue focus on youth retention and community awareness through the annual career symposium, com-

munity services co-op development and continue providing educational opportunities for members. “One key element in all this was the need to drive our local government to see the value in the position of an economic development officer for the RM of Piney to support further economic development and bolster the efforts of the PRCC,” Prevost explained in a release. “Local council supported this goal; the position was developed to be shared with the RM of Stuartburn to provide regional benefit.” Prevost also noted that the 2019 Career Symposium was the largest and most successful to date. “We continued our partnership with Ross L. Gray School as well as the RM of Piney and with support-

ive funding secured from provincial grants as well as grants from both the RM of Piney and Stuartburn we were able to create a memorable event for everyone,” Prevost continued. There were thirty exhibitors and several guest speakers. This year’s event would have hosted about 170 students from Ross L. Gray, Shevchenko and Arborgate schools and residents on April 23 however, due to the pandemic; it has been postponed until the fall. While the PRCC is primarily a business community, as a joint group they are active voices as advocates on a variety of issues in the region including regional health care changes, border services hours, regional cell and internet service, tourism initia- Signage in Sprague sponsored by the Piney Regional Chamber of Commerce reminds residents to shop local. tives and education.


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Is There a Person Wise Enough to Be God’s Counselor? Romans 11:33-36 … 33) Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 34) “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? 35) Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” 36) For from him and through and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (NIV) We understand the Apostle Paul wrote these verses under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Many of you folks who read this column told me that there are times in your Christian walk when your heart overflows with praise for what God has done in your life. You could not find the words to express that inner feeling deep down in your soul. I believe that is what the Apostle Paul is saying here. We feel the love and adoration that flows from the very depth of his heart. “Oh, what a wonderful God we have!” Paul says. How great is His intelligence, His comprehension, His good judgment and His faithfulness? How overwhelming it is for us to comprehend His judgements, compassion and methods. Is there any person so wise as to be that counselor and a guide to God? Let alone know the intelligence of the Lord? Is there somebody in the world who could do that? There is another question we must ask ourselves, “Has anyone ever given anything to the Lord first as payment for something in return?” That is exactly what Paul is asking in verse 35. Now,

if I think I have, I must remember that everything comes from God alone. All life lives by His power; everything is for God’s glory. It is an act of faith to believe that God made this world and the things which have materialized from the unseen things. Perhaps some believe that God created the world out of an existing matter which somehow came into being on its own. If that was so, that would mean that the world and all that is in it was created from the matter before there was a God. But that is not what the Bible teaches. It teaches that God created the world from nothing. It is God alone who created it by the word of His mouth. Faith is necessary for us to get a hold of that fact. We/I must remember that everything in the world is God’s. We must try our best to use it as God would have us use it. I must admit, there are moments in life when things seem to be out of control. Again, it is an act of faith to declare that God is in control. If we believe that this is God’s world, then into our lives comes a new understanding to a new sense of responsibility and a new power of acceptance; for everything belongs to God and all is in His hands. Tough as it may be, I have concluded that I am not able to understand everything; so, the only thing I can be sure of is that in the heart of God there is love for all God’s creation. If a person can say that all things come from God, that all things have they’re being through him, and that all things end in him; what more is left to say? We can agree that life is not always fair, and We/I do get a little undone from time to time. Nevertheless, God has given all of us a mind to think. My problem is that I do not always use that gift from God, and we are expected

to use our talents to the very limit. But I believe too that it is true that there are times when that limit is reached, all that is left then is to accept and acknowledge that God is in control. Having said all that Let us remember that when we battle with heartbreaking problems; to use every resource which our minds possess. We may not be able to say that we have solved the issue, but we can say that having done our best; we are content to leave it to the love and power of God. Many times, in life there is nothing left but to say, “We cannot grasp all there is to know, but with my whole heart I will always trust in the love of Christ.” To God Be the Glory Great Things He Has Done. Would you pray this prayer with me? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have peace in my heart. I really want that peace, joy, and happiness that I long for. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will bring honour to Your Name.” Amen.

Basketball Coach and Athletes Recognized On April 18, Basketball Manitoba announced the recipients of this year’s Basketball Manitoba Awards which recognizes feature players and coaches at the high school basketball level from this past year who had outstanding seasons along with other special recognition and service awards. The selections come as part of the nominations and votes cast from over 100 Manitoba coaches. Due to the COVID-19 health concerns in the community, Basketball Manitoba cancelled the in-person Basketball Manitoba Awards for the year. Recipients were recognized for an outstanding 2019-20 season the same day as the original All-Manitoba Banquet was set for. From Niverville, Dylan Peters of Niverville Collegiate was named to the 2nd A/AA/AAA Male All-Manitoba Team. Lorette Collegiate’s Janelle Chomini was named to the 1st A/AA/AAA Female All-Manitoba Teams while Naomi Brown from Ross L. Gray School in Sprague was named to the 2nd Team. Coach of the Year honours included

Ross L. Gray School coach Darryl Pedersen who was named “A “Coach of the Year. He also claimed the award in 2017. Earning spots on the A, AA, and AAA Boys Manitoba Graduating AllStar Teams were Daniel Martins from Ste. Anne Collegiate, Dylan Peters and Jackson Loepp from Niverville Collegiate, and Mark Antonio from Lorette Collegiate. This year two girls were named to the A, AA, AAA Girls Manitoba Graduating All-Star Selections team including Cidney Goodman from Ross L. Gray School in Sprague and Janelle Chomini from Lorette Collegiate. In previous years, a plaque mounted certificate was presented to the Major Awards recipients. Due to the pandemic, the event has shifted to online only certificates which were emailed to the winners for mounting at their own expense. For those who are receiving a scholarship as part of an award, Basketball Manitoba will be in touch with details on how to obtain the funds.


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Steinbach Chamber Hires New Coordinator The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Meghan Esau to the table as the new Membership Development Coordinator. According to the Chamber, Esau is a good fit because she is driven by a passion for local economic growth and building relaMeghan Esau is the new Membership Devel- tionships. opment Coordinator for the Steinbach ChamUpon completion of a Bachber of Commerce. Supplied photo elors of Science Degree from the

University of Winnipeg, Esau began her career in sales and management of large retail businesses. Through this work, she grew to fully understand the importance of community involvement, how local businesses are impacted by development and globalization, and that business leaders are stronger together. Esau who grew up in the area now lives in Steinbach with her two children and husband.

Bilingual Services Website Streamlined The provincial government has redesigned its bilingual service centres website to make it easier for Manitobans to find the services and information they need online. According to Municipal Relations Minister Rochelle Squires the redesigned website offers a more userfriendly experience, with a streamlined, modern design and improved navigation. “Our government is committed to improving Manitobans’ access to services in French, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when online services have never been more critical,” said Squires.

The bilingual service centres offer a one-stop shop where Manitobans can access information about programs offered by all three levels of government and numerous community organizations. The website is designed to help the public navigate government services more easily and find the appropriate program areas to contact for additional information across a wide variety of sectors. All six of the province’s bilingual service centres in Manitoba are located in designated bilingual regions of the province, which have a concentration of French-speaking

residents. Two are located locally. The Ste. Anne office services the Seine River Region and St. Pierre-Jolys serves the Red River Region. Each centre is unique and staff is available to help residents in the official language of their choice, French or English. To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, drop-in services are unavailable at the bilingual service centres at this time, but staff continues to provide assistance to the public by telephone (tollfree) at 1-866-267-6114 or email at csbsc@gov.mb.ca. To contact the centres directly call St-Pierre-Jolys (Red River Region) at 204-433-3340; or Ste. Anne (Seine River Region) at 204-422-7020.

Providence Welcomes New VP

Last month, Providence University College and Theological Seminary announced that Samantha Groenendijk is the new Vice President of External Relations. The decision was made as a result of a meeting with the Board of Governors that approved the recommendation from the search committee to promote Samantha to VP External. She now holds a position on Cabinet and leads/oversees the areas of Donor Development and Marketing. “I’m excited to welcome Samantha to the Cabinet table. She will add a new and needed dimension to our discussions,” said Providence President David Johnson. “Providence congratulates Samantha on her new position and responsibilities and looks forward to the positive contributions she’ll make to the future direction of our University College and Theologi-

cal Seminary.” Groenendijk has been working at Providence since 2014. She started in the Student Development Department, and then, after three years, moved to Donor Development. In her latest position, she’s served as the Director of Development, overseeing all of Providence’s donor relations and fundraising activities. She has a BA from Redeemer University and an MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Groenendijk made significant contributions to Providence’s Impact 2020, a five-year fundraising campaign that’s raised $13.9 million to date, and pioneered new institutional events such as Day4Prov. She replaces Cody Quiring who served at Providence for nearly five years but recently left to pursue other career opportunities.

Samantha Groenendijk is the new Vice President of External Operations at Providence in Otterburne

Providence College Postpones Graduation On April 15, Providence College announced that students had moved off the Otterburne campus and had completed their final assignments and exams online. It was also announced graduation ceremony scheduled for April 18 would take place in the fall on October 9 and 10 over the Thanksgiving weekend. Since it’s the end of the 2019/2020 academic year, Providence took a moment to celebrate the achievements of a number of students with academic and student achievement awards.

“Traditionally, we hold an annual Awards Lunch. This year, although it’s unconventional, we’re going digital with our award announcements,” stated a spokesperson. “To start, we’d like to congratulate our valedictorians Clark Nachtigall (UC) and Troy Dearborn (Seminary).” The valedictorian is a member of the graduating class who is selected jointly by faculty and the graduating class to speak on behalf of the graduates at Graduation.

A total of twenty-five students were named as winners this year including seventeen awards to University College students and eight awards to Seminary students. Providence is an accredited, interdenominational, multi-cultural, Christian institution that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Arts, Biblical Studies, Business, Professional Studies and Science. The facility is known as a learning community that transforms students into differencemakers, that teaches people to grow in knowledge and character for leadership and service.

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C ommunity E vents Let No One Be Alone - A week of awareness from May 3-9, 2020. It’s about connecting amidst COVID-19. Understand the importance of your own social engagement. Take time to “fill your tank”. It will allow you to be your best for others! Pick up the phone and call someone. Take part in a video chat. Write a letter and send it through “snail mail”. Create a “phone chain” check up. Invent ways to communicate non-verbally. Put a sign in a window saying you’re okay. Get out a family recipe, give it a try and share the results. Start a conversation by sharing old photos. Share your ideas and help make a change. A simple act of kindness can brighten someone’s day! Ile-des-Chênes Ritchot Senior Services: At this time our office is still closed but messages are being checked on a regular basis. Please leave your name and number at 204-883-2880 and your call will be returned as soon as possible or email ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Grocery Delivery – Groceries can be delivered right to your door. Contact 204-883-2880 or email, ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Foot Care Clinics – On Tuesday, June 9 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Pre-register, Janice 204-883-2880. La Broquerie Seine River Services for Seniors – Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Contact Mélanie Brémaud at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or labseinerss@gmail.com. Attention local business owners, friends and neighbours: We are putting out the call for help for our seniors who reside in local 55+ Centres and homes by requesting basic necessity donations such as non perishable food items and toiletries. A lot of our seniors do not have family that can help during this time and volunteers aren’t allowed to interact because of social distancing. If you are in a position to help, please do so. We are currently setting up donation drop off points so please keep watching our page for that information! For business owners: we are asking that you set up donation bins for our cause, we will arrange for pickup and delivery by utilizing the services of the seine River school division! Contact Rosalie Stelmack directly on Facebook, “See a need, Fill a need. Pay it Forward Program” Donation Drop Points: Marchand Grocery Lorette Ritchot Senior Services: At this time our office is still closed but messages are being checked on a regular basis. Please leave your name and number at 204-883-2880 and your call will be returned as soon as possible or email ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Grocery Delivery – Groceries can be delivered right to your door. Contact 204-883-2880 or email, ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Foot Care Clinics – On Wednesday, May 6 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Pre-register, Janice 204-883-2880. Weekly Meals: The group over at Le Club Des Bles D’or is offering weekly meals. Please remember when picking up your meal to social distance. The Club is providing a terrific service and we would like to see them be able to continue. They are located at 1254 Chemin Dawson Road. Phone 204-878-2682. You must place your order one day prior before 6:00 pm by calling and leaving a message. St. Adolphe Ritchot Senior Services Programs: At this time our office is still closed but messages are being checked on a regular basis. Please leave your name and number at 204-883-2880 and your call will be returned as soon as possible or email ritchotseniors@ mymts.net. Grocery Delivery – Groceries can be delivered right to your door. Contact 204-883-2880 or email, ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Foot Care Clinic – On Tuesday, May 12 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Pre-register, Janice 204-883-2880. Ste. Agathe Ritchot Senior Services Programs: At this time our office is still closed but messages are being checked on a regular basis. Please leave your name and number at 204-883-2880 and your call will be returned as soon as possible or email ritchotseniors@ mymts.net. Grocery Delivery – Groceries can be delivered right to your door. Contact 204-883-2880 or email, ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Foot Care Clinic - On Monday, May 11 at the Community Centre with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Pre-register, contact Janice 204-883-2880. Ste. Anne Seine River Services for Seniors – Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Contact Mélanie Brémaud at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or labseinerss@gmail.com. Seine River School Division Transportation Department - Free Delivery Services. Offering the services of their bus drivers to help out with delivering supplies, food or anything in that nature to those that are not able to get out and about. The service is free of charge! Please do not hesitate to get in touch. Contact Carole Carriere Administrative Assistant, Transportation, Seine River School Division Phone: 204-422-6222.

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

Pembina Valley Police Investigate Fatal Collision On April 9 at approximately 7:15 pm, Pembina Valley RCMP responded to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 23, at the intersection of Provincial Road 428, in the RM of Roland. The initial investigation has determined that a car travelling north on Provincial Road 428, came to a stop at the intersection of Highway 23, then proceeded through the intersection and collided with a semi-trailer going east on Highway 23. The driver of the car, a 17-year-old female from Morden, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her passenger, a 13-year-old male, was transported to hospital. The driver of the semi-trailer, a 50-year-old male from Steinbach, was not injured. RCMP are continuing with their investigation.

RCMP Pursuit Nabs Two Thieves On April 1 at approximately 5:50 pm, Beausejour RCMP received a report of a suspicious vehicle stopped near a residence located on Road 38 E, in the RM of Brokenhead. It was reported that two males and one female were seen unloading an ATV from a truck and trailer. When approached by a concerned citizen, the suspects loaded the ATV back onto the trailer and drove away. The concerned citizen followed the suspects to the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 44. At the intersection, the suspects exited their pickup truck and slashed the tires of the concerned citizen and sped off. The information was relayed to officers working in the nearby detachments and patrols were initiated. At approximately 6:45 pm, an officer, with the Selkirk Detachment observed the vehicle travelling southbound on Highway 59 and initiated a traffic stop. It was then that the suspect vehicle turned east onto Garven Road and then south on Fairview Road towards a dead-end. The vehicle then backed into the police vehicle and fled the scene. A pursuit was initiated down Garven Road until the vehicle entered the ditch and became inoperable. The two male suspects fled on foot while the female was arrested on scene. A short time later, information was received that two vehicles had been stolen near Garven Road. The reports indicated that one stolen vehicle was headed southbound on PR 207 and that the other stolen vehicle was heading eastbound on Springfield Road. While patrolling the area, a vehicle could be seen a significant distance from the police vehicles headed southbound on PR207 travelling at a high rate of speed. Officers pursued and when they approached the intersection of Hwy 1 and PR 207, they observed the stolen vehicle collide with a light standard. The male suspect then fled on foot running westbound in the eastbound lane of Hwy 1 where he was arrested by officers. RCMP have charged 26-year-old Tristan Michael Mariash with numerous Criminal Code offences as a result of the incidents. Charges include multiple property related offences, multiple driving related offences, assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, possessing a weapon and multiple charges for failing to comply with release conditions. He was remanded into custody. Charges are pending for the 27-year-old female. RCMP continue to search for the third male. The investigation is ongoing.

Thieves Steal Appliances and Yard Tractor On April 11 at approximately 7:23 am Steinbach Police received a report of a break-in and theft that occurred at a residence situated on PR #302 in the 40000 area between La Broquerie and Richer. The incident would have occurred between March 21 and April 11. Thus far police have been able to determine that culprit(s) stole a washer/dryer as well as a 26 HP Kubota (no year provided) Tractor with loader, snow bucket and back blade. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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Steinbach RCMP Search for Missing Youth On March 13 at approximately 11:30 pm, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a missing 17-year-old female. Gina Hill was last seen that day at approximately 11 pm, in Winnipeg. She is 5’5” in height, approximately 135 lbs, with short black hair and brown eyes. If you have information on her whereabouts please call Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Stolen BMW Found in Winnipeg On April 1 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen vehicle from a parking lot located on Henry Street in Steinbach. The theft occurred between March 28 at noon and April 1 at 5 pm. The vehicle described as a 2009 BMW 335X, black in colour with Manitoba plate KKL153 was located in Winnipeg the following morning. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Power Tools Stolen On April 2 the Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft of tools that occurred near Stonebridge Crossing in Steinbach. The theft occurred between March 31 at 8 pm and April 1 at 6 am. Thieves took a tool box from a pickup truck. In all thieves took a Milwaukee tool box, Dewalt Circular Saw, 2 Dewalt rechargeable batteries and a Dewalt Impact Drill. The tools are valued at $500. 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 Stopper at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Sprague RCMP Investigate Sandilands Break-Ins The Sprague RCMP is looking for public assistance as they investigate a number of break and enters specifically in the Sandilands area. According to Corporal Richard Graham with the Sprague Detachment, the Sprague RCMP have received reports of several Break and Enters to properties in and around the Sandilands area over the past couple weeks. “RCMP are actively investigating these matters and asking for the public’s assistance,” Graham stated. Anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in regards to these crimes is asked to contact the Sprague RCMP. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers. com. Graham further advised that office hours have been changed during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Hours have been reduced to one day a week on Thursdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Residents are asked to not attend the Sprague RCMP Detachment unless the matter is urgent. The number to call for non-urgent matters is 204-437-2041 and leave a message. For immediate police assistance call 204-437-2222 or 911. Those attending the detachment are reminded to follow the recommended social distancing practice, limiting nonessential travel, and washing your hands frequently. Manitoba is doing a great job so far, but we need to continue these practices to help “flatten the curve” and limit the spread of this virus. Graham also reminds the general public to not call Police for COVID -19 related matters. Reports of non-compliance can be made to the Manitoba Government Inquiry line at 204-945-3744.

Suspicious Fire Under Investigation On April 12 at 4:39 am Steinbach RCMP were dispatched to a structure fire in the Clearspring Greens development in Steinbach (Fairway Close). At the scene a storage shed on the property was a complete loss and a pickup truck parked in the driveway sustained significant damage. The fire appears suspicious in nature. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.


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Search Warrant Nets Stolen Property and Meth On April 18 the Steinbach General Investigation Unit (GIS) and Steinbach General Duty Detachment executed a Search Warrant at a residence on Stonebridge Crossing in Steinbach, Manitoba. Stolen property including an enclosed trailer and Methamphetamine were recovered at this residence. A 34 year old female from Steinbach will be facing charges of Possession of Stolen Property x2 as well as a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Purse Snatched from Seat of Car in Steinbach On April 23 at approximately 4 pm, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft from a vehicle that occurred on Main Street in front of the post office. Someone had opened an unlocked car door and stolen a purse from inside the vehicle. The purse was described as blue and white striped back pack style. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477 or www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Storage Units Targeted by Thieves Between April 19 and April 20, at some point during the night, several storage units on Highway 302 south of La Broquerie were broken into. Thus far police have been able to determine that culprit(s) stole paintball gun with the protective equipment. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Thieves Walk Away with Dirt Bikes Between the evening of May 2 and the early morning of May 3, 2 Blue Yamaha TTR 125 Dirt bikes were stolen from an address east of Steinbach near Road 36 North. Under the cover of darkness the dirt bikes were snuck off of the property and walked through the mud and onto Loewen Boulevard. The bikes are fairly new and in good condition. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Stolen Dirt Bike from Blumenort Steinbach RCMP were notified of a theft of a dirt bike that occurred in Blumenort on April 16 at some point between midnight and 8 am. The bike was stolen from a garage and is described as a 2017 Husqvarna. It is black in colour with white trim pieces attached. If you have any information regarding the above incident, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Thieves Damage Property at Landfill On March 16 Steinbach RCMP received a report from the Steinbach Landfill advising that around 3 am on March 16 two males entered the property and damaged some vehicles on the lot, as well as taking some car batteries. One of the male suspects was seen wearing a black winter jacket, blue jeans, and a dark toque with a red line running along the middle. The second male suspect was seen wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, with a white sweater underneath and a white neck warmer. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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Wellness Support Line The Wellness Support Line is a confidential phone number anyone can call to speak with a Mental Health Clinician. It’s normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Mental Health Clinicians are ready to listen, support, and refer you to local resources to help you during this difficult time. The Wellness Support Line is also for health care professionals in the Southern Health region to debrief and talk to someone out-

side their normal support network and workplace. If you are a health care professional, you can talk to another professional that will listen and help you decompress from the heightened stress of the workplace. The Wellness Support Line is run by Southern Health and Eden Health Care Services Mental Health Program. You can call the Wellness Support Line in Steinbach at 204346-7038 from 8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday. The Wellness Support Line is dif-

ferent from the Crisis Line Service. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, you should call the Crisis Line Service at 1-888-617-7715 or attend your local emergency department for immediate assistance. The Crisis Line Service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, providing community citizens of all ages experiencing a mental health or psychosocial crisis ongoing support, crisis intervention, consultation, referral to or suggest resources and education.

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Well Wishes Connects Patients and Residents with Families and Friends

As we experience this global pandemic, Manitobans have been directed by Public Order to stay at home if they can. We all have an important role to play to reduce health risks of COVID-19 by staying at home, not gathering in groups, and maintaining social distancing of two metres or more. It is vital for us all to do our part by keeping our distance so that we can

embrace each other more warmly tomorrow. We know that communication and connection is important for the well-being of our patients and residents. With this in mind, Southern Health-Santé Sud would like to share a new initiative called Well Wishes, which allows families and friends to connect via email with patients and residents in a Southern Health-Santé Sud facility.

People who are interested can visit southernhealth.ca where they will find a direct link to Well Wishes, an online platform for writing and sending messages to patients and residents at the click of button. We encourage families and friends to connect with their loved ones. We are confident that this online platform will help to bring a ray of sunshine to those in our care.


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Pat Porter Active Living Centre offers programs, activities, services and volunteer opportunities, striving to promote healthy and active living for mature adults of the southeast region. We invite you to come out (all ages are welcomed) and pay us a visit and consider participating in some of our programs and events. Visit our website patporteralc.com. Memberships: 2020 memberships available for $30 per person. Join now to enjoy our member’s benefits! Our Programs are Online! We are very excited to announce that some of our regular programs will be available online for you to participate in. Check out our Website! Coffee Corner: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 am. Join old and new friends and staff for a morning cup of coffee and chat! Fitness: Mondays – Yoga; Tuesday – Drumming; and Thursday - PACE at 1 pm. Stay fit in the comfort of your own home as you follow along live with our fitness instructor Carrie. If you do not have an exercise ball or drumsticks for drumming, they may be signed out at the Centre. Book Club: Friday at 1 pm. Grab a snack and get comfy as our Kitchen Coordinator Deb reads “Real Ponies Don’t Go Oink” by Patrick F. McManus. Here’s how it works. These programs will be hosted over the video conference platform called Zoom. If you are having trouble setting up zoom (zoom.us/download), email or call us at 204-320-4600 and we’ll be sure to help. Once you’re set up on Zoom, you will either email or call us to register for the programs you’d wish to participate in. From there we will send you an invite link to participate in the Zoom group. Free for a Week! We are offering these programs free of charge for the week of April 27 - May 1. Thereafter, there will be a monthly charge of $20 per participant for unlimited access to all programs. This payment can be in the form of an online credit card payment through our website, or you may stop by the Centre and pay in cash.

Preparing for the Eternal Trip Have many or all of your plans been put on hold? With the travel restrictions and the banning of social gatherings, there is a lot of uncertainty, fear and stress. No one knows what to expect next. Summer is coming and most people take their holidays during these warmer months. At this time it looks like going on a trip is more of a dream than a reality. All the preparations that we make may be in vain. But there is a trip that every human being will make. It comes at the end of your life. The timing for your trip may vary significantly from other people. The Bible tells us our time on earth is compared to a vapour, only here for a short time. At the end of this life, all of us enter eternity, where time does not exist anymore. While we are still alive here on earth, we are given the privilege and opportunity to prepare for our final trip to eternity. God gives us only two choices for our final destination; heaven or hell. Hell was created for the devil and his fellow workers. It was not created for man, but man goes there when he fails to make preparations for heaven. Romans 6:23 tells us, “For the wages of sin is death [hell]; but the gift of God is eternal life [heaven] through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus Christ, 2,000 years ago, allowed Himself to be crucified on a cross. His death and the shedding of His blood satisfied His Father in heaven, as the perfect payment for anything and everything man has, or ever will do wrong. Jesus Christ died in our place. Now the choice is yours. You can accept personally what Christ did for you, ask Him to forgive you and make you a child of God. The moment you make this decision, you have make preparation for your trip to heaven and cancelled your trip to hell. Nothing pleases God more than when people make this decision. When a person plans a trip down here on earth, they pack everything they think they will need. Packing for your trip to heaven is a little different. You can’t take anything with you, but as a Christian, you can send it on ahead. Living your life for God down here allows you to lay up treasures in heaven. (Matthew 6:20) Then, when you take your trip to heaven, you can enjoy your treasures for eternity. Even though trips here on earth may be cancelled due to circumstances, nothing can happen to cancel your trip to heaven, once you’ve trusted Christ as Saviour. If you haven’t trusted Him yet, you can cancel your trip to hell and have it rescheduled for heaven just by coming to God through Jesus Christ and accepting His free gift of salvation. Which trip have you made preparation for? Don’t put it off too long!

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GST, CERB, CEWS By Anni Markmann So many new acronyms or abbreviations created in March and April. So many new programs to learn about. Last month I tried to explain the newly created programs the federal government launched late March in response to the financial fallout of COVID-19. This month, we’ll review more of what we know and some of what we still do not know. GST Credit The GST Credit has been around for decades (1991). In March, the federal government announced they would give eligible taxpayers an extra GST credit. It would be equal to the annual amount. So if you normally received about $100 every three months from July 2019 to April 2020, you received an extra $400 on April 9. In April, many taxpayers who have never received GST credits or hadn’t for many years, found a GST Credit deposited to their account on April 9. We received some frantic calls from clients about this GST credit that suddenly showed up in their bank account. We heard from taxpayers with family incomes between $45,000 and about $55,000 that received the unexpected bonus GST credit. There was no formal announcement from CRA except that low and

“moderate” income Canadians would receive this credit. We determined that there were many moderate income families that received the unexpected credit. If you look at your 2018 tax returns and your combined family income was under $55,000, you likely received this “bonus” GST credit. If you can, spend it in your local community to help your local businesses and our economy. CERB The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) was announced in March and has been very well received. From the feedback I am getting from clients, it was easy to apply for, either on-line (CRA my account) or via the toll free number (1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041). The CERB, a $2,000-a-month benefit, was designed to quickly put cash into the pockets of millions of unemployed Canadians amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The CERB was created to help those who lost their income due to COVID-19, whether employed or self-employed. CERB payments will be made in respect of 4-week periods. And you need to re-apply for each of the 4-week periods. You can earn a nominal income of up to $1,000 over a four week period and not affect CERB. If you are self-employed, you meet the eligibility criteria if you stopped working due to COVID-19 and do not earn more than $1,000 in a period of at least 14 consecutive days in the first benefit period and for the entire four-week benefit period of any subsequent claim. If you are already receiving Employment Insurance regular benefits, you will continue to receive these benefits until the end of your benefit period. You cannot exit the Employment Insurance system to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit before the end of your Employment Insurance benefit period. You are eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit if you are a former Employment Insurance claimant who used up your entitlement to your Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020, and are unable to find work due to COVID-19. The date for which you would potentially become eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit would be the week following your last Employment Insurance benefit payment or March 15, 2020, whichever is most recent. You may not receive EI benefits and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for the same period. Students can apply for CERB. Applications must be made by the end of September. This is for students who cannot find employment because of COVID-19. The payment will be $1,250/ month (or $1,750/month with dependants or if you have a disability). A severance payment does not impact an individual’s eligi-


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Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

CECRA, CEBA bility for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. If you start back to work and your income from your employer is back-payed because your employer received the CEWS (see below), then you will need to pay back the CERB you received for the same period. The CERB is taxable and you will receive a tax slip for the income for 2020. (Next year’s tax season will be another interesting one.) CEWS The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy was introduced at the end of March but not with a lot of detail. As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020. This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis. An eligible entity includes individuals, taxable corporations, partnerships, non profit organizations and registered charities. Eligible entities will be able to access the subsidy if they have suffered a drop in gross revenues of at least 15% in March 2020, 30% in April 2020, and/or 30% in May 2020 as compared to the same timeframe in 2019 or to the average monthly revenue for January and February 2020. Eligible entities must apply before October 2020, attest that the application is complete and accurate, and have a business number for purposes of payroll withholding remittances on March 15, 2020 to qualify. CECRA The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance was announced in April. Small businesses with monthly rents of less than $50,000 will be eligible for a 75% reduction for April, May and June. 50% will be covered by the federal government. The remaining 25% will be covered by the lessor. Non-profits and charities will also be eligible. The details are extensive, so I suggest you go to the CRA site that explains it more. CEBA The CEBA was created to ensure that small businesses have access to the capital they need to see them through the current challenges. The Government of Canada launched the new Canada Emergency Business Account, which has been implemented by eligible financial institutions in cooperation with Export Development Canada (EDC). This $25 billion program provides interestfree loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced, due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus. This will better position them to quickly return to providing services to their communities and creating employment. Repaying the

balance of the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25 percent (up to $10,000). Contact your bank or credit union to find out more. CCB Increase For the month of May, there will be a one-time special payment. The Canada Child Benefit will increase by $300 per child for the one month only. Working from Home Many employees are working from home for the first time. You may be able to claim some of your home expenses on your income tax for 2020. First you will need a form T2200 signed by your employer that requires you to work from home. Next you need to measure out your “working area” and it cannot be used for personal use (mixed use is a bit more complicated). And what is the square footage of your entire home (main level if you have a basement)? Most employees can only claim a portion of their electricity and heat and regular maintenance. Only those receiving commission income can also claim part of their mortgage interest, property taxes, and home insurance and/or rent. What We Know for Now These are some of the programs we know about for now. If you need more details, I recommend you visit the Canada.ca website. And be cautious of scams by email or by phone. Thank you to those on the front lines: our health care workers and those in essential services businesses. Stay safe. 2019 Tax Deadlines At Ste Anne Tax Service, we are open and working hard to get taxes completed fairly quickly, but we are not allowing clients in our office; and likely will remain so for the rest of the tax season. We provide “curbside service”. We will meet you outside, or at your car to receive your documents or deliver your completed taxes. A reminder that the normal April 30 tax deadline has been extended to June 1. The selfemployed and their spouse have until June 15 (unchanged). Everyone has until September 1 to pay their taxes owing without additional interest. Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact us at 204-422-6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste. Anne (near Co-op) or info@ SAtaxes.ca.

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How to Manage Your Finances in Emergency Situations Emergency situations, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, can be very stressful. You may experience loss of income and face difficulties in making ends meet. But there are things you can do to manage your finances and make things easier for you and your family. Here are three useful strategies to get you started. 1) Have a budget. Having a budget is key for all circumstances, especially when you’re trying to manage through an emergency. It will help you assess whether you can keep up with your bills and maintain your current standard of living. If you need help, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada’s online budget planner is a great resource. 2) Be proactive by seeking help. If you’re having trouble paying your daily expenses or foresee financial challenges in your future, be proactive by seeking help. 3) A good first step is to contact your financial institution. Discuss your situation with them. They may be able to defer the payments on some of your credit products, like your mortgage. A financial professional, such as a licensed financial advisor or an accredited credit counsellor, can also help you develop a plan to deal with an emergency. 4) Borrow credit responsibly. During any uncertain period, try to avoid borrowing additional money as much as possible. But, if you must borrow, only borrow what you need and look for products with low interest rates and fees. Make sure you compare all your options and their fees, interest rates and repayment terms before choosing a credit product. Learn more about how you can maintain good financial health during challenging times at canada.ca/money. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com


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Dawson Trail Dispatch

The Way it is Said

Have you ever noticed how two people can say the exact same thing to one person and yet that person will respond positively to the one but negatively to the other? I find this fascinating and enjoy seeing it occur; not so much the negativity but the difference of reactions. While much of the way we interpret information from person to person is through our observance of body language and not the words that we use, for this month’s column I’ll just stick to the verbal aspect of it, both the words used and the inflection placed. When a person says to, “Have a nice day!” this can sound pleasant and upbeat but when you lower your voice a little more than normal and say, “Enjoy the next 24 hours,” then it comes across as a little bit threatening and not nearly as pleasant. Both phrases mean roughly the same thing but they can be taken very differently. When I told one of my co-workers to “enjoy the next 24 hours,” she became concerned and kept asking, “Why? What is happening in the next 24 hours?” I couldn’t stop myself from laughing and then I explained to her how the two phrases are similar and yet are taken very differently (I also explained that I had nothing abnormal planned to happened in the next 24 hours). Sometimes, when one of my children is misbehaving or when their antics have crossed the line from funny to not-so-funny, I find that it is often a very big help to deepen my voice, speak their name and stretch it out just a wee bit. This alone is often enough to get them to take notice and to realize that they should change the way that they are behaving. Sometimes, being the jokers that they are, they will mimic back with my inflection saying, “Daddy.” At this point, it is time for me to break out the look. The look that a Daddy has is like a super power and must be used wisely and with great care. Used too often and the look will lose its’ power because it will become commonplace, when it is used too little the child won’t know what to make of it and will probably just carry on. Sometimes, it might not even be how something is said but to whom it is said. For example, I’ve worked with people that can call each other rude, disrespectful names and yet, neither one will take offense. This is due to the longstanding relationship and understanding that they share. However, if a stranger were to walk in and start the name calling, I’m sure that either one of these ‘gentlemen’ would quickly make their feelings known on the matter and they’d probably throw in a few off-colour remarks about the stranger’s ancestry to boot. So remember to keep positive in these trying times and to remember to speak kindly to one another, after all, we don’t know what trials the person next to us is going through. One kind word can completely change another person’s day. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

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