Dawson Trail Dispatch May 2024

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Richer Wins Bid to Host Manitoba High School Rodeo Finals

After a short two years of hosting a high school rodeo in the community of Richer, the organizing committee was recently awarded the Manitoba High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) Finals for 2024.

“Taking into account our park and facility, and the dedicated hard work by our volunteers over the past two years, the provincial association had confidence in the bid we put in to host their finals,” said Mark Lanouette, President of the Richer High School Committee. “We were able to successfully meet their criteria, and even plan for some added fun for the kids and their families.”

The MHSRA was formed over 25 years ago with the goal to allow both

senior and junior high school students a chance to compete and hone their skills and rodeo education. Many of these students continue on with rodeo competition after they graduate.

The youth involved are held to the highest standard of conduct and sportsmanship and the organization encourages the kids to continue on with their education.

“Hosting a high school rodeo is our opportunity to encourage our youth and promote positive values,” said Lanouette. “Hosting the finals is going to be exciting for both our committee and the competitors.”

In addition to hosting a 3-day competition for the finals, the local committee is tasked to create a banquet and

prom along with an awards ceremony.

The Richer High School Rodeo Finals is scheduled for June 7 to 9 with the competition kicking off starting at 9 am each morning at the Dawson Trail Park in Richer.

There is free admission for all spectators to watch the competition.

“We are inviting everyone to come and watch and cheer on these kids as they compete,” added Lanouette. “These kids are exciting to watch.”

According to the local committee, they have booked Bigg Smoak BBQ to be on-site with their food truck for all three days.

For more information please reach out to Mark Lanouette 204-371-2775 or marklanouette@gmail.com.

Town Council Moves Forward Ste. Anne Arena Feasibility Study

The Town of Ste. Anne Council is taking the first step in securing the future of the Maurice Chaput Arena in Ste. Anne with the announcement of a feasibility study.

The period of 2022 and 2023 could be viewed as a wake up call for the community as it struggled with infrastructure failure and the costs of repairs, and now the Town is moving forward address the community’s needs.

“The Arena feasibility study is in the preliminary draft stage,” said Marc Darker, CAO for the Town of Ste. Anne. “We are hoping to gain a better idea of the future needs and anticipated future expenses, or options for expansions.”

A timeline has not been worked out yet to complete the study and very little information was provide by the Town.

“Our goal is to have a workable draft in the near future for council’s review,” added Darker.

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The Richer High School Rodeo Finals is scheduled for June 7 to 9 with the competition kicking off starting at 9 am each morning at the Dawson Trail Park in Richer. There is free admission for all spectators to watch the competition. File photo

Imperial Oil Approved for Extended Noise Exemption

Imperial Oil returned to the RM of Ritchot Council seeking an extension to their previously approved exemption to the noise by-law. The extension, presented by the CAO Mitch Duval and approved by Council, extends the noise exemption until May 31.

The matter was introduced by Duval during a council session where he highlighted Imperial Oil’s request for an extended noise bylaw exemption for the ongoing works required to repair the pipeline under the Red River.

“[There was] a request from Imperial Oil, who we all know, they came to council for an exemption to the noise by-law because of the works going on,” explained Duval. “The extension is as a result of construction delays I believe, so the new time period

would be from April 19 – May 31, and Imperial Oil has been in consultation with neighbours to let them know what is going on.”

The initial exemption was granted in a quickly organized Public Hearing back in mid-March, and allowed for 24-hour, and potential loud, construction activities from April 22 to May 17. During that meeting, Council even added an additional week to the exemption period that was requested by Imperial Oil representative. This was done with a recommendation from the CAO, who had cautioned council about potential delays in such complex repair project.

Although council, during their March meeting, believed any changes would require a new Public Hearing, they moved forward at the recent meeting with the additional extension via a simple resolution from council.

Mayor Chris Ewan defended the decision to grant the extension without convening another Public Hearing, citing the continuity of the project scope, other than granting an additional couple of weeks, along with the urgency of the situation. He reiterated the importance of repairing the pipeline, considered to be important infrastructure that affects Manitoba, and acknowledged Imperial Oil’s proactive efforts to engage with residents impacted by the construction.

The pipeline consists of two separate fuel lines which both require repair. Imperial Oil has informed the province the repair operation will focus on bringing one line back into service first so the flow of fuel can be partially restored while repairs to the second line are completed.

The repair work is expected to be completed by mid-June.

Food Cycler Launches Pilot Program in Ritchot to Tackle Food Waste

The RM of Ritchot has embarked on a pilot program in partnership with Food Cycle Science to address the issue of food waste in the community. With over 50% of household waste composed of food waste, the municipality is taking proactive steps to reduce its environmental impact and extend the lifespan of its landfill.

Dominique Lemoine, Assistant CAO at the RM of Ritchot, emphasized the municipality’s commitment to promoting composting and reducing its carbon footprint.

“Food waste is a big problem that has a strong municipal impact as it can extend the lifes-

pan of our landfill,” said Lemoine. “We’re just trying to be conscious about the environment.”

The FoodCycler Pilot Program, led by Ottawa-based company Food Cycle Science, has a limited participation in the municipality so residents were urged to sign up quickly.

“Their pilot program only allows for a commitment of 100 participants at a time in each community,” explained Lemoine.

Reflecting on the overwhelming community interest, Lemoine noted, “All 100 program spots were filled on the first day of registration.”

As a result, the municipality is considering the possibility of a second round of ordering to accommodate the growing demand.

Participants in the pilot program will receive FoodCycler units within 2-3 weeks, with an estimated delivery in mid-May. Over the course of 12 week pilot project, residents will track their usage, and the data will be compiled by Food Cycle Science to assess the effectiveness of food waste diversion in the municipality.

“If the program is successful, there could be grants to help expand the program locally or move into a second round of the pilot program,” Lemoine added, highlighting the long-term goals of the initiative.

The pilot program represents a significant step forward for Ritchot in its efforts to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship within the community.

Steinbach Chamber to Host Sold Out Second Annual Culinary Extravaganza

The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Steinbach event is sold out according to their website ticket portal.

The event scheduled for May 28 will see the Steinbach North Airport transform into a culinary haven for food enthusiasts and social butterflies alike. Set against the backdrop of the airport’s taxiway, attendees will be treated to an unforgettable outdoor supper experience that celebrates the best of local cuisine

Guests lucky enough to secure a ticket can anticipate pulling up a seat at a communal long table, creating the perfect ambiance for mingling and savoring a sumptuous meal made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. From farm to table, the menu promises to showcase the diverse flavors and culinary expertise of Steinbach’s vibrant food industry.

Accompanying the gastronomic delights will be a selection of fine wines, carefully curated to comple-

ment the evening’s culinary offerings and enhance the overall dining experience.

“This event is a celebration of Steinbach’s rich culinary heritage and the remarkable talents of our local chefs and producers,” expressed a representative from the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce. “We’re thrilled to provide a platform for the community to come together, reconnect with old friends, and forge new connections over a shared appreciation for good food and company.”

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Town Eying Neighbouring Municipal Land for Potential Growth

The Town of Ste. Anne is hoping for a bit of breathing room as developable land available within their borders is becoming rarer. They are in the early stages of annexing some surrounding parcels of land from the RM of Ste. Anne.

According to Town of Ste. Anne CAO, an application requesting the transfer of land from one municipal jurisdiction to another has been sent to the Province’s municipal board for review.

Annexing land is not simple and requires multiple steps and negotiations with the Town of Ste. Anne multitasking throughout the process.

“The Town has contracted Scatliff Miller Murray to explore the annexation needs of the Town,” explained Darker. “It is designed to determine the current land available, and the future considerations for future growth.”

He added that the affected private land owners have also been con-

sulted in addition to joint meetings held with the RM of Ste Anne council who would have to potentially give up the land.

Darker believes the neighbouring RM of Ste. Anne is open to the town’s needs.

“The RM has signed an MOU that indicates this is a friendly annexation and supports the Town need for growth, and recognizes the benefits to RM residents of available current/future services,” added Darker.

If the proposal passes through the Municipal Board, the loss of RM’s assessed taxable land will be discussed and negotiated, something on the agenda at a future date.

“Taxes have yet to be discussed as that is a future discussion after the municipal board’s review of the proposed lands,” said Darker.

Darker was unclear on what the actual timetable for the process will be, he is hopeful that the finalization could be later this fall.

Line Item on Proposed Municipal Budget Raises Eyebrows

You can’t blame the Town of Ste. Anne residents who have reached out after noticing that the 2024 Financial Plan showed Chief Administrative Officer and Staff costs have gone from an actual 2023 expense of $375,440 to a 2024 budgeted amount of $682,539. This represents an increase of $307,099 or just a bit less than double over the previous year.

Town of Ste. Anne CAO Mark Darker took the time out to explain the perceived increase including a new position, an internal housekeeping move of expenses from one department to another and some reclassifications of positions that increased the wages paid.

“The Town has added a position of the Planning & Economic Development Officer for 2024, which has been added to this line item,” said Darker.

Darker did not elaborate on the cost of this new position.

He added that a decrease in the wages for the Transportation Services budgeted for 2024 was part of a reclassification that now lists those expenses under the Chief Ad-

ministrative Officer and Staff line in the 2024 budget. The wages line for Transportation Services shows a decrease of approximately $80,000 for 2024.

“Also, some reclassification of wages was done in 2024 to reflect changes in position titles and job duties, resulting in the decrease in transportation wages to an increase in administration wages,” responded Darker.

Darker is also proud that council and his administrative team have held the line on taxes for 2024.

“With the growth of the Town from continual developments, this has increased the total assessable properties each year, providing the Town the ability to maintain the municipal mill rates over the last number of years,” noted Darker. “In 2024, the mill rate has decreased by 0.060, for a total mill rate of 15.776 (compared to 15.836 in 2023).”

He emphasized that Council recognized the challenging economic times in which we all are collectively facing, with rising costs all around, and its financial impact in many different ways. Decisions were made with this in mind.

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Proposed annexation in acres from RM of Ste. Anne to Town of Ste. Anne. Submitted graphics

Trudeau’s COVID Corruption, Cronyism, and Coverups

Last Wednesday marked a historic event in Canada’s Parliament. For only the second time in our nation’s history, a private citizen was called before the bar of the House of Commons to be questioned and officially admonished by Parliament.

Kristian Firth, Co-founder of consulting firm GC Strategies, was one of the main players in the development of the disastrous Arrive Can App.

The ArriveCan app was designed as a contact tracing tool in the early days of COVID-19. It quickly became a symbol of this government’s failure, overreach, and corruption.

The RCMP have opened criminal investigations (13 at last count) into the how the government contracts for the ArriveCan app were awarded—including into Firth and his company. There are allegations of identity theft, fraudulent forged

resumes, contractual theft, fraudulent billing, price fixing, and collusion—all with senior bureaucrats in the Trudeau Government.

ArriveCan could have been created at the price tag of $80,000. The Trudeau Government spent just under $60 million—750 times the original budget. That’s based on the available records. The cost could be higher still as Auditor General Karen Hogan noted in her scathing report, the final cost would be impossible to determine due to poor, often negligent, record keeping.

The Trudeau Government are alleged to have rigged the ArriveCan contract so it would end up with a well-connected two-person IT consulting firm, GC Strategies. The Trudeau Government even let GC Strategies create the requirements for the contract to ensure no one else could get it.

Firth and his partner, Darren An-

thony, did no actual work on the app, yet they received over $19 million of taxpayer money. Investigations have since revealed 76% of ArriveCan contractors did zero work on the project despite getting paid millions.

(GC Strategies has been awarded $60 million in government contracts during Trudeau’s time in office, including receiving contracts since the ArriveCan app fiasco came to light.)

Firth was previously censured by the Commons Government Operations Committee. The committee subpoenaed Firth after he refused two previous summonses to testify. He then refused to answer questions or provide documents.

Firth has denied and continues to deny any wrongdoing and stated that he was “not ashamed” for his role in the corruption scandal. He has also steadfastly refused to answer the most pressing question of all: Who in the Liberal Government is he covering up for?

As my Conservative colleague MP Larry Brock asked him: “Does Mr. Firth think the Prime Minister or Liberal cabinet ministers should be at the bar answering questions today instead of himself, or is he willing to go to jail for them?”

Someone in the Trudeau Government must take responsibility and be held accountable.

ArriveCan launched April 29,

2020. It was developed and implemented by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). That should put former Public Safety Minister and current Defence Minister Bill Blair in the hot seat.

It is worth noting that of the four times in our nation’s history a person has been called to the bar in Canada, two have taken place under this Prime Minister.

In 2021, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) head Iain Stewart was reprimanded by the House for his refusal to hand over documents related to the actions of Chinese military scientists in Winnipeg’s high security National Microbiology Lab. Justin Trudeau went so far as to sue Parliament to keep these documents hidden—not as it turned out on national security grounds but on the grounds they showed his government to be embarrassingly incompetent at best, or, at worst, complicit in covering up for communist China.

While the activities of these Chinese spies took place under former Minister Ralph Goodale, the investigation—or better put, the coverup—also took place under Bill Blair.

There are also ties to other high profile Liberal staffers in the Prime Minister’s and Deputy Prime Minister’s offices.

Disgracefully, as Mr. Firth’s questioning was about to begin, the Liberal House Leader tried to get

him off with claims he was unwell due to mental strain and thus should not be questioned. This clumsy attempt at political self-preservation was met with a collective “get real” from the Opposition and, I would imagine, any Canadian who had tuned in to watch.

Despite Parliament passing a motion, the Liberal Government has made no effort to re-coup the millions in taxpayer funds from the fraudsters. Firth and many other Liberal insiders like him got rich off the backs of suffering Canadians during COVID-19 and they will keep their money—your money—as long as this corrupt government has something to hide.

ArriveCan is just the latest chapter in the seemingly endless saga of cronyism, corruption, and coverups under this Prime Minister.

Justin Trudeau is not worth the cost and not worth the corruption. Canadians deserve answers and Conservatives will continue our fight to get to the truth.

Only Conservatives can and will restore ethics, accountability, and trust to Canada’s government.

Tache Community Centre at “Refining” Design Stage

While many residents of a community social media page have decided to not hold their breath for the new Tache Community Centre to become a reality, the RM of Tache wants to assure their residents that the project is progressing.

“I can tell you that the new Tache Community Centre project is moving forward and when constructed will benefit all residents in the municipality including Lorette, Landmark, Ste. Geneviève, Ross, Linden, and beyond,” said Tache CAO Ken Allen.

According to Allen, there are some details that still require to be addressed on a couple of fronts before shovels hit the ground.

“Currently, the focus of the project management team is on refining the design to ensure it aligns with the aspirations of the community,” explained Allen. “Collaborating closely with stakeholders, the goal remains to deliver a modern, functional space that reflects the values of inclusivity and accessibility.”

The Municipality is also looking over the concept and costs.

“While working to finalize the design, we are mindful of the need for fiscal responsibility and the

cost estimate for the project is yet to be finalized at this time,” added Allen.

Allen noted that funding contributions for the project are coming from both the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba. With external funding contributions totalling approximately $13.3 million, including the recent Provincial announcement of $5 million.

He added that the RM is anticipating breaking ground on the new Tache Community Centre later this fall with more information and project details provided in the weeks and months ahead.

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Budget Lacking Economic Vision

Spring is in the air in Manitoba and with that comes budget time in the Manitoba legislature. We have witnessed two budgets in the past few weeks in Manitoba and in Ottawa; both the NDP provincial budget and the Federal Liberal budget seem to be following Justin Trudeau’s motto that “budgets balance themselves.”

A policy that will work no better for the NDP here in Manitoba than it has for Trudeau after 9 years.

The debt of the Federal government is approaching two trillion dollars and the interest on that debt has now reached $54 billion annually; endangering Canada’s triple A credit rating. Taking their cues from Justin Trudeau, Wab Kinew and his finance minister are on their way to adding over $5 billion to the net debt of our province by next Spring. To put that in perspective, it took 8 years and a major pandemic crisis to accrue the last $9 billion of net debt. At the NDP’s current spending rate, they will add close to $20 Billion in debt to Manitoba in the next four years.

Budget 2024 was a disappointment for education with almost no new investment. Instead, the NDP have asked school divisions to raise your school taxes at the local level to fund our K-12 education system. They are scrapping the school tax rebate and are ending the phase out of education property taxes, which would have seen homeowners and farmers pay no more school taxes by 2028 under our PC plan. This NDP tax increase on residential homeowners will have Manitobans paying $148 million more in taxes next year to fund over $3 billion in NDP election promises.

Thankfully our PC income tax changes that indexed tax brackets every year since 2016, and significantly bumped up the Basic Personal Amount to over $15,000 last July 1, have been left in place and are still helping Manitobans. We are also benefiting from new tax brackets that started January 1, passed

in last year’s PC budget that is significantly reducing taxes on families. The tax changes we introduced will make Manitoba more competitive with neighbouring provinces, and will help attract professionals and workers to settle in Manitoba to grow our economy.

We are successfully holding this NDP government to account, but unfortunately, they have decided to cut the infrastructure budget by $163 million. Roads and highways are getting a 10% cut under the NDP, which will lengthen the wait periods for needed reconstruction and repair of our provincial roads.

The NDP have refused to deliver on their promise for real bail reform and Premier Kinew has been all over the map on the federal carbon tax. He has refused to stand with the seven other Premiers across Canada calling on the Federal government to stop the carbon tax hike. Not only has the NDP refused to remove the carbon tax from home heating bills, they have also broken their promise to freeze Manitoba hydro rates. If you see the petition to remove the carbon tax from home heating at a local business in your community, I encourage you to sign it.

So far, this NDP Budget revealed little economic vision and no plan to balance the budget. It offers only higher consumption taxes, school taxes and education property taxes, cuts to the roads and water budget, cuts to Justice and crime prevention, cuts to childcare, more delayed surgeries, and no plan for healthcare.

On a brighter note, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Brokenhead River Community Hall on its 40th anniversary and the Lions Club of Pinawa on celebrating their 60th anniversary. Thank you for the years of service to our community.

I also want to congratulate all Manitoba recipients of the 2023-2024 Building Sustainable Community (BSC) Grants. As a result of the 2023 BSC

grant application intake from last January, over $1 million in funding was approved for community projects within the Lac du Bonnet Constituency alone. Some of these include Garson arena upgrades, Tyndall Curling Club upgrades and Community Centre Splash Pad, Beausejour Curling Club Rocks and Rings youth program, Beausejour Pickleball Club equipment and Mooswa Lake Snowriders trail maintenance enhancement, Victoria Beach’s Senior Centre, fitness, tennis and ice rink facilities improvements and upgrades, Snow Drifters Snowmobile Club replacement groomer, Pine Falls Handivan replacement, St. Georges beach and outdoor space upgrades, Lac du Bonnet arena and Bowling Alley upgrades, Pinawa Club and arena upgrades, Hadashville community welcome signs and Ste. Rita Community Club revitalization.

We still have not heard anything from the new NDP government on the Building Sustainable Communities Fund program and it appears that they have removed it in their Spring Budget. If there is a future granting program established, I will do my best to keep our local community organizations informed on when and how to apply.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at wayne@ wayneewasko.com, or call me at 204268-3282. Also, you can follow me on X (formerly Twitter) @wayneewaskomla and friend me on Facebook.

Wayne Ewasko is the MLA for Lac du Bonnet and the Interim Leader of the Official Opposition

Provincial Budget Lacks Economic Nutrition

The NDP have been using the analogy about the economic horse is what pulls the social cart. This budget starves the horse and weights down the cart.

Any tax changes that offered real support to Manitobans are leftovers from the former PC Government budget plans and most of the NDP’s changes either don’t take effect any time soon or are temporary. They are increasing the fuel tax back up to 14 cents per litre on October 1st while starving on our highways and water infrastructure capital budgets.

Manitobans concerned about the rising cost of living crisis won’t see a lot of relief in yesterday’s budget. With debt servicing now consuming 10 cents of every dollar, taxpayers have to be very concerned and wary of what is planned down the road.

The NDP are raising school taxes and reversing the phase out of the education taxes while cancelling some tax credits. We have to ask what plans they have to

raise taxes in the future to pay for their excessive spending and borrowing.

With infrastructure top of mind for many people in southeast Manitoba it is very concerning to see 163 million dollar cut to infrastructure capital investment. That is more than a 10% cut to the highways infrastructure budget. There are many highways and provincial drainage needs and concerns in our corner of the province that are limiting our economic growth and prosperity and this cut in crucial investment is concerning for me as I look at our tremendous growth potential.

Our corner of the province has benefited from two very valuable grant funds. These are the Building Sustainable Communities fund and the Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund. Both of which have made valuable investment into each of our communities helping community organizations build or expand and supported municipalities with crucial investments. Both of these funds did not have any commitment in

the 2024 budget. Some notable local investments through these funds were the New Bothwell rink cover, Grunthal Drop Zone expansion, La Broquerie Minor Baseball Association and the St. Pierre-Jolys Library.

The largest investment we are seeing in this budget is in a healthcare plan that hasn’t worked in the past. The idea of throwing money at a problem in healthcare doesn’t work and this NDP government should have realized that from previous experience. There is commitment to opening Winnipeg ERs that are currently urgent care but no commitment to strengthening rural healthcare delivery. There was talk about repairing the entire healthcare system but the plans haven’t followed. We saw a commitment to hiring 1,000 new healthcare workers which in theory is necessary but where will they come from. We currently have vacancies in healthcare across the entire province.

Konrad Narth is the MLA for La Verendrye.

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Piano Trio Concert Booked

The Steinbach Arts Council (SAC) is set to enchant audiences with an evening of musical mastery as they proudly present the Desautels Piano Trio in concert on Thursday, May 9, at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 430 - 3rd Street. The performance is scheduled to commence at 7:30 pm, promising an unforgettable experience for music lovers of all ages.

Comprised of esteemed professors from the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, the Desautels Piano Trio brings together a trio of virtuosic talents: Oleg Pohkanovski on violin, Minna Rose Chung on cello, and Judith KehlerSiebert on piano. Renowned for their individual expertise and collective synergy, these musicians are poised to deliver a captivating performance that transcends boundaries and resonates deeply with audiences.

Audience members can anticipate an electrifying program that show-

cases the trio’s remarkable virtuosity and musical finesse. From classical masterpieces to contemporary compositions, the Desautels Piano Trio will dazzle with their dynamic interpretations and soul-stirring performances, promising to leave listeners spellbound and inspired.

Tara Schellenberg, Performing Arts Coordinator at SAC, expressed her excitement at bringing such esteemed artists to the local community.

“Judy Kehler-Siebert is a local piano legend, and witnessing her play live is truly awe-inspiring,” remarked Schellenberg. “I am always thrilled to showcase local talent through our concert series, and the Desautels Piano Trio is a shining example of the exceptional calibre of musicianship we have the privilege of hosting.”

For those eager to experience this musical extravaganza firsthand, tickets are available for purchase through the SAC website at stein-

bacharts.ca or by contacting Tara directly at 204-346-1077. With anticipation building and

tickets expected to sell quickly, music enthusiasts are encouraged to secure their seats early for what

promises to be an evening of unparalleled musical brilliance and inspiration.

Tot’s Summer Arts Day Camp: A Creative Adventure Awaits!

The Steinbach Arts Council (SAC) has announced the launch of Tot’s Summer Arts Day Camp, a thrilling new initiative designed specifically for children ages 3-4. Promising six weeks of creativity, exploration, and fun, this innovative summer camp is set to provide tots with an unforgettable summer experience like never before.

From July 2 to August 9, young campers will embark on a journey of discovery as they delve into a diverse range of art, theatre, dance, music, sports, and culinary activities. Each week will feature a unique theme, ensuring that there’s something for

every tot to enjoy and explore. Tots can register for a week or mornings or afternoons.

“We are thrilled to introduce Tot’s Summer Arts Day Camp, extending the excitement and learning opportunities to children ages 3-4,” exclaimed Cassandra Kornelsen, Manager of Community Programs at SAC. “Building on the success of our Arts4tots Preschool Program, which operates from September to June each year, we are excited to bring the magic of creativity and fun into the summer months.”

With themes ranging from Zoologists to Fairy Tales, Little Olympians to Time Travelers, and Science Discovery, tots will have the opportunity to engage their imaginations,

develop new skills, and create lasting memories in an inclusive and stimulating environment.

“Tot’s Summer Arts Day Camp offers parents the perfect opportunity to give their children a fun and enriching summer experience,” explained Kornelsen. “Our camp focuses on fostering creativity and providing a wide range of activities that cater to the unique interests and developmental needs of preschoolaged children.”

Registration for Tot’s Summer Arts Day Camp is now open, with limited spots available on a firstcome, first-served basis. For further details and to register, interested parties can visit steinbacharts.ca or contact SAC at 204-346-1077.

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Comprised of esteemed professors from the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, the Desautels Piano Trio brings together a trio of virtuosic talents: Oleg Pohkanovski on violin, Minna Rose Chung on cello, and Judith Kehler-Siebert on piano. Submitted photo The Steinbach Arts Council (SAC) has announced the launch of Tot’s Summer Arts Day Camp, a thrilling new initiative designed specifically for children ages 3-4. Submitted photo

St. Labre 200 Set to Celebrate 15th Anniversary with Record-Breaking Registration

Excitement is already building as the annual St. Labre 200 gears up for its 15th year anniversary celebration on July 5 and 6. Joel Grenier, one of the organizers of the event, shared his enthusiasm for this year’s festivities and highlighted the growth and success of the event since its inception in 2009.

“We are really excited for this year’s event. It will be our 15 year anniversary,” expressed Grenier.

“The first year had 8 teams compete, and we have been growing since then. The concept of building the first day and then racing it the second keeps people excited for this unique and award-winning event.”

Registration for this year’s St. Labre 200 was met with overwhelming demand, as all 24 team slots were filled within the first 10 minutes.

“Registration was healthy and sold out quickly. We even have a waiting list in case any spots open up,” said Grenier.

In addition to the traditional races, organizers are planning to add more races to this year’s event and bring back some alumni races and specialty races, promising an actionpacked weekend for participants and spectators alike.

“We’ve been able to keep it free for the public to attend due to our generous sponsors and supporters,”

Seniors Land Program to Help with Aging at Home Upgrades

One southeast seniors’ organization is welcoming an announcement by the current Provincial Government to move forward on a program the previous government had promised about a year ago but had not followed through on due to their defeat in the election.

Eligible seniors can now apply for the Safe and Healthy Home for Seniors Program, a $1.5-million program to help cover the cost of home accessibility and safety upgrades.

“This program is one part of our plan to support vulnerable seniors,” said NDP Health, Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Uzoma Asagwara. “Sometimes, simple modifications or additions are all that’s needed to make a home safer. We know this can make all the difference to preventing injury in the home and as a result, taking pressure off emergency rooms. It’s also important for a senior who’s ready to leave the hospital and recover at home or to a senior who needs to make some adaptations to remain more independent.”

While a similar program was described in the massive Seniors Strategy Report commissioned by the PC government, the current NDP Minister seemingly agrees it was a good idea.

While it may have been originally announced by the former government, Heather Dean, Chair of the Seine River Services for Seniors is not one to look a gift horse in the mouth. The group focuses on seniors living with the Town of Ste. Anne and the rural municipalities of Ste. Anne and La Broquerie.

“I believe this announcement is exactly the same as the Manitoba Seniors Home Modification program announced a year ago on April 13, 2023 by Minister Scott Johnson in the Manitoba Seniors Strategy,” noted Dean.

“Any government initiative to help seniors live independently with dignity at home as long as possible is wonderful,” added Dean. “Grab bars and railings for increased safety and ramps for accessibility may make the difference between staying at home or needing to move to an alternative living arrangement.”

Seniors aged 65 and older and family members who have seniors living with them can apply for funding of up to $5,000 ($6,500 in rural and remote areas) to help fund basic home adaptations that are essential for daily living. Applicants can apply for a grant every three years, to a lifetime maximum of $15,000. To be eligible, the applicant must have a combined household income of $60,000 or less.

The funding can be put toward the cost of essential accessibility solutions and could include: - adaptations that increase safety, like grab bars, bathtub safety rails and increased lighting; or - accessibility improvements for daily activities, such as zerothreshold showers and widening doorways.

The program will be administered by March of Dimes Canada a national charity committed to championing equity and empowering ability.

“March of Dimes Canada has a proven track record of transforming lives through home adaptations,” said Jason Lye, vice president, community support services, March of Dimes Canada. “Even the simplest home modifications can be life-changing in enabling someone to live safely and independently at home. We look forward to helping Manitoba seniors do just that.”

For more information on the program visit marchofdimes.ca and follow the Programming and Services link or call 1-866-906-6006.

noted Grenier, emphasizing the community’s involvement and support for the event.

As anticipation builds, Grenier expressed excitement about the new ideas and innovations that each team will bring to the competition.

“I am looking forward to seeing

the new ideas come out. It’s amazing how much the go-karts can look different yet they all have the same basic components,” he remarked.

The celebration will kick off on July 5 with live music by The Revolving Doors in the evening, while participating teams will be

hard at work building their go-karts in preparation for the races the following day. With record-breaking registration and a line-up of exciting activities, the 15th annual St. Labre 200 promises to be a thrilling and memorable event for participants and spectators alike.

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ROC Eastman Annual Golf Tournament Entries Open

Recreational Opportunities for Children (ROC) Eastman is gearing up for their highly anticipated second annual charity golf tournament and extending a warm invitation to all golf enthusiasts to join them on the course this spring. With a commitment to providing access and breaking barriers to recreation participation for youth in the region, ROC Eastman is rallying support through this exciting fundraising event.

Scheduled for Saturday, June 1, the tournament will take place at the picturesque Maplewood Golf Course in St Pierre-Jolys. Teams of four are invited to participate, with 100% of the proceeds going directly back to ROC Eastman to support their youth-focused initiatives.

By participating in the charity golf tournament, golfers have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people in our region, noted ROC Eastman in a recent statement and every dollar raised will help them provide access to recreational activities and programs, empowering youth to thrive and succeed.

Teams can be comprised of friends, family, coworkers, or clients, with players of all skill levels welcome to join in the fun. Whether seasoned golfers or beginners, everyone is encouraged to participate. Co-ed teams are welcome, and while golfers of

any age are permitted, youth players must register with an adult.

For a team registration fee of $500, participants will enjoy a full day of golfing festivities, including 18-hole green fees and carts for four golfers, a delicious meal available at their convenience throughout the day, and a drink ticket redeemable for a regular or alcoholic beverage.

Adding to the excitement, the tournament will feature hole contests and the popular putting challenge 50/50 contest, offering participants the chance to test their skills and win fantastic prizes.

Businesses interested in supporting the event can do so through various sponsorship options starting at just $100. From prize sponsors to hole sponsors and beyond, there are opportunities for businesses of all sizes to get involved and show their support for ROC Eastman’s mission.

To register a team or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, interested parties are encouraged to visit www.roceastman. ca/golf or contact Steph at steph@roceastman.ca or by phone/text at 204-381-4698. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a day of golfing for a great cause and help ROC Eastman make a positive impact on the lives of youth in the community. Register your team today and tee off for a cause!

Spring is Here! Time to Protect Your Pet from Parasites

As temperatures rise and flowers bloom, pet owners across the region are preparing for outdoor adventures with their beloved pets. However, amidst the excitement of spring, Clearspring Vet Hospital issues a vital reminder: it’s also the season for parasites.

In a recent notice distributed by Clearspring Vet Hospital, pet owners are urged to implement comprehensive protection plans to shield their pets from the lurking threat of parasites. While some parasites may show minimal or no symptoms initially, they can escalate into severe infestations if left unchecked. To combat this risk, preventive medication is crucial.

Ensuring your pet is protected against parasites is paramount they emphasized. Preventive measures not only safeguard your pet’s health but also contribute to their overall well-being.

Alongside preventive medication, Clearspring Vet Hospital provides additional recommendations to fortify your pet’s defence against parasites:

- Routine Checks: Regularly inspect your pet for signs of parasites, especially after outdoor activities.

- Avoid Contact with Animal Feces: Keep your pet away from feces of other animals and supervise them closely in public parks.

- Maintain a Clean Yard: Regularly clean your yard to minimize the presence of parasites.

- Steer Clear of High-Risk Areas: Avoid areas with tall grass, as they may harbour parasites.

- Ensure Clean Water: Discourage your pet from drinking from still water or puddles, which can be breeding grounds for parasites.

- Regular Veterinary Checkups: Schedule routine checkups with your veterinarian to monitor your pet’s health and address any concerns promptly.

By adopting these preventive measures and staying proactive in our approach, we can significantly reduce the risk of parasite infestations in our pets.

As spring unfolds, Clearspring Vet Hospital encourages pet owners to prioritize their pet’s health by implementing a robust parasite protection plan. With vigilance and proactive care, pets can enjoy the wonders of spring without falling victim to parasitic threats.

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Preventive measures not only safeguard your pet’s health but also contribute to their overall well-being. Submitted photo

Has Your Marital Status Changed?

When your marital status changes, it is important to let various government agencies know. There are many benefits and programs that are based on family income, so these programs need to know about your change in marital status.

When you become married or commonlaw, the dates need to be shared with Federal and provincial organizations so your benefits are correctly calculated.

As we have been processing tax returns during the past few months, we see many clients that have amounts owing to Canada Revenue Agency for their various benefits programs because the clients did not notify CRA of their change to their marital status, most often from single or separated to common law.

Also, when you separate (live separate and apart) after being married or common law, you may be eligible for an increase in the benefits.

Canada Revenue Agency

The most impactful changes are the benefits that are administered by Canada Revenue Agency CRA, including Canada Child Benefit, GST Credit, and the Canada Carbon Rebate.

Canada Child Benefits

This program provides additional taxfree income to parent(s) with children under 18.

When a single parent gets married or begins to live with a common law partner, it is important to advise Canada Revenue Agency. The date of common law may be immediately when you move together if you are both the parents to the child, or if you as the single parent are financially dependent on your new common law partner. If both of you are financially independent, the common law status may be only after 12 months if both of you are not the parents of the child (ren).

And both common law partners need to contact CRA separately either online or by phone and use the same date. Otherwise CRA has incomplete information and cannot calculate your benefits. If CRA does not have all the information it needs, your benefits could stop until they get the information they need from both partners.

When you separate, or no longer live together, you are only able to notify CRA of your new status after 90 days and then CRA will back date the separation date.

GST Credit

The Goods and Services Tax Credit is another program administered by CRA. Like the Canada Child Benefit program, the GST credit is calculated based on family income.

When you become married, it is important to contact CRA so the GST credit is correctly calculated for both of you. When you move together and you do not have children, normally the common law date is 12 months after you move together. Both partners need to contact CRA separately to advise of the common

law date which is normally at the 12month anniversary of when you moved together.

If you separate, you can contact CRA after 90 days to have the GST credit recalculated.

Canada Carbon Rebate

The newest program administered by CRA is the Canada Carbon Rebate (CCR), previously known as the Climate Action Incentive. This rebate is also based on family status. All families are eligible to receive the CCR regardless of level of income. Unlike the CCB or GST credit, this credit is not based on family income, but it is only paid to one family member. So, if you marry or become common law (12-month anniversary), it is important both of you contact CRA so the CCR can be recalculated based on your new marital status.

If you do not notify CRA at the right time, CRA may backdate the calculations and one of you will need to repay one or more payments and the other partner will receive more.

Service Canada

The Guaranteed Income Supplement GIS is administered by Service Canada as part of the Old Age Security OAS program. The GIS is also based on family income and needs to be recalculated when you marry or become common law. Unlike the above programs, common law is immediate and not 12 months later. So, if you are receiving GIS and decide to marry or live common law, you need to contact Service Canada immediately.

Manitoba Pharmacare

In Manitoba, your prescriptions can be covered by Manitoba Health once you reach your deductible limit. This deductible is based on family income. When you marry or become common law you do need to contact Manitoba Health and update your new martial status whether you are now married or common law (immediately not 12 months later) or when you separate.

Employer Programs

Ensure your employer is also notified of your marital status change so programs they may offer can be updated. Date of common law may vary depending on their definitions, so you will need to check with them.

Insurance Policies and Registered Plans

When your marital status changes, review all of your life insurance policies and your registered plans like RRSPs, RRIFs, TFSAs. Does the beneficiary need to change?

Wills & POA & HCD

Your legal documents may need to be updated too. Or maybe you need to have them created if you do not have them already. Review all the documents you may have. If you marry, you need to get a new Will; the old Will may be null and void when you re-marry. If you separate, you may want to update your legal documents.

The above list is only the major items that come to mind, you may have other products or plans that also need to be reviewed when your marital status changes.

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

You have until June 15, 2024, to file your 2023 tax return if you or your spouse, or common-law partner, are self-employed. However, although your 2023 tax-filing deadline is June 15, 2024, your payment is still due on April 30, 2024 to avoid interest charges on any balance owing.

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Aethos Taekwondo Hosts Belt Promotion Test

On April 13 at the Ste. Anne French Immersion School, Aethos Taekwondo held their 7th colour belt promotion test. Of the eighty students currently holding colour belt ranks in the Lorette and Ste. Anne branches, fifty-one participated in the test with three others testing separately a few days later. All ranks of colour belts were sought by the students who ranged in age from 5 to 45 years old.

As is customary for Aethos Taekwondo, some students were recognized by the testing committee either for their improvement since the last test, for certain categories of the various Taekwondo techniques performed, for their work ethic during the test or for their conduct during the test. Receiving the most prestigious award was Miella Sabourin (yellow belt) who was nominated for the Most Im-

proved certificate. Improved certificates went to Aubree Woodhall (blue belt/red stripe), Tara Funk (green belt/ blue stripe), Camryn Redhead (green belt), and Angelina Bobrowski (yellow belt). Sixteen additional certificates covering a range of categories were also awarded. The testing committee consisted of Masters Lionel Bernier and Elisabeth Fust, Carter Tardiff, Charlie Tardiff, Rya Bernier, Casia Schreyer, Melody Tardiff, Gaiden Bernier, and David Lemoing. The test conductor was Edric Comia.

For the second time in Aethos Taekwondo’s short history since 2022, an adult, Tara Funk, was promoted by two ranks from a green belt to a blue belt. This happens when a student has previously earned a Most Improved or Improved certificate and, within a twelve month period covering the four promotion

tests held during the year, is nominated for the second improved certificate. Previous double rank nominees were Ana Bivol in October 2022, Kaiden Neufeld and Anna Diadiun both in April 2023, Vivaan Thakur and Colin Kehler both in October 2023, and Corbin Woodhall in Jan-

uary 2024. Colin Kehler was the first adult promoted by two ranks.

Another milestone was reached when the Bivol family of mom, Svetlana and her three children, Ana, Daniel, and Denis all tested together for belt ranks of yellow belt/ green stripe (Svetlana and

Denis), blue belt/red stripe (Daniel), and red belt/black stripe (Ana). This is the first

time this has happened at a regular scheduled colour belt promotion test.

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(Typhon) Bernier. 3rd row: Reese Paul, Vivaan Thakur, Eathen Caron, Kolton Caron, Janelle Schreyer, Yakiv Sydoriakin, Frederik Kehoe, Zara Desmarais, Chase Caron, Hadi Dajani, Lexie Noël, Béatrice Bohémier. 2nd row: Julian Bye, Conner Caron-Chaput, Finley Chislett-Funk, Quinton Taylor, Everly Musyoka, Théodore Desmarais, Kohlt Catellier, Leo Cabana, Xavier Sarrasin, Joseph Lemoine, Alice Leclair, Miella Sabourin, Colton Neufeld. Front row: Daniel Bivol, Tyler Caron, Andre Sabourin, Shaniah Alger, Quinton Sarrasin, Kamdyn Musyoka, Bodhi Johnson, Aubree Woodhall, Denis Bivol, Corbin Woodhall. Photo by Nicki Woodhall Svetlana Bivol with Daniel, Ana, and Denis. Photo by Lionel Bernier L-R: Melody Tardiff, David Lemoing, Colin Kehler Casia Schreyer, Rya Bernier. Photo by Anna Marie Rivest L-R: David Lemoing, Melody Tardiff, Rya Bernier, Master Lionel Bernier, Tara Funk, Charlie Tardiff, Casia Schreyer. Photo by Anna Marie Rivest

The St Malo Lake Committee, which had been dormant for a number of years, was re-established in July of 2023 in order to look at ways to improve water quality, manage water levels, protect, and enhance ecosystem health and ensure the integrity of reservoir. They are a sub-committee of the Rural Municipality of De Salaberry and includes representatives from various Manitoba Natural Resources departments such as the District Park Manager, the Eastern Park Specialist, and the Eastern Region Fisheries Manager.

“Many local residents have seen changes in the lake and surrounding area over the last 30 years and feel there are many sites that need to be cleaned up, restored and improved to ensure it remains a vibrant and enjoyable recreational destination for the thousands of people who visit the area every year,” said RM of De Salaberry Reeve Darrel Curé, who has a seat on the committee. “There is an interest in improving the water quality and reducing the sedimentation of St. Malo Lake.”

Protecting St. Malo Lake Revived St. Malo Provincial Park Boasts a Creative History

water quality deterioration by introducing excess nutrients and pollutants.

“This degradation in water quality can have adverse effects on aquatic ecosystems and may lead to the displacement or endangerment of native species,” he explained. “Simultaneously, the rampant growth of vegetation along the lake’s banks and surface restricts navigation and obstructs recreational areas. This vegetative overgrowth can exacerbate the sedimentation issue by trapping sediment and exacerbating shoreline erosion.”

The St. Malo Lake Committee, comprised of dedicated individuals, is currently spearheading an effort to conduct a comprehensive bathymetry survey of St. Malo Lake which recently started on April 29.

...St. Malo Lake faces several challenges, including significant sediment deposition and extensive vegetative growth.

Curé says there is a vision, to ensure St. Malo Lake remains a popular and desirable destination where people can enjoy water-based recreational activities and feel safe with the quality of the water and surrounding environment.

According to Curé, St. Malo Lake faces several challenges, including significant sediment deposition and extensive vegetative growth.

“These issues can lead to degradation of water quality, alteration of habitat, difficulties in navigation and recreation, erosion along the shoreline, and the need for ongoing management efforts,” he added. “Addressing these challenges requires implementing strategies such as sediment removal, shoreline stabilization, nutrient management, erosion control measures, and promoting sustainable land use practices in the lake’s watershed.”

At present, St. Malo Lake grapples with two primary concerns: the accumulation of sediment and the proliferation of dense vegetation, both of which impede the lake’s recreational utilization, he noted. “These issues pose significant obstacles to activities such as swimming, boating, and fishing, thereby diminishing the overall enjoyment and accessibility of the lake for residents and visitors alike.”

He pointed out that the sediment build-up not only reduces the depth of the lake but also contributes to

“This survey, undertaken in collaboration with AAE Tech Services, is crucial for assessing changes in reservoir depths over the past decade and providing valuable insights necessary for the implementation of remedial actions to address any environmental concerns,” he said. He added that this project is the first step of many to ensure the success of this endeavor and safeguarding the future of the lake’s ecosystem.

The St. Malo Lake Committee’s immediate focus involves seeking provincial and federal funding to support the implementation of remedial measures aimed at addressing environmental concerns.

“This entails advocating for financial support from government authorities to facilitate the execution of initiatives aimed at mitigating the identified issues and restoring the ecological balance of the lake,” said Curé. “These remedial actions may include sediment management strategies, vegetation control measures, and other initiatives designed to improve water quality and enhance the overall health of the lake ecosystem.”

By securing funding, the committee aims to advance its efforts in safeguarding the environmental integrity and recreational value of St. Malo Lake for the benefit of the community and future generations.

“The committee remains optimistic that through collaborative efforts and proactive engagement with key stakeholders and the relevant governmental bodies that the vision of ensuring the sustainability of the St. Malo Lake can be realized for future generations,” assured Curé. He pointed out that collaboration among various stakeholders is crucial for effectively managing these challenges and preserving the health of the lake.

Sixty five years ago, a reservoir created to control the flow and water availability for nearby communities, soon evolved into the creation of a new Provincial Park which now hosts almost 250,000 visitors annually.

Saint-Malo Provincial Park has been a popular recreation area for many years but many who visit are unaware of the history of the key attraction, the man-made lake.

The park is located on a reservoir known as St. Malo Lake which was created by the construction of the Rat River dam by the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration in 1959. The dam was built to control the flow and availability of water for nearby communities harnessing the Rat River which flows into the reservoir from the southeast and exits heading westward towards the Red River.

The resulting reservoir had the additional benefit of creating a “lake” that is suitable for recreational use. The construction of the dam led to the designation of Saint-Malo Provincial Park on the northern shore of the reservoir in 1961. The park is 148.35 hectares (approximately 1.5 square kilometres) in size.

Saint-Malo Provincial Park has over 250,000 visitors each year. In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Saint-Malo, the community on its doorstep, had a population of 1,323 which means the population of Saint-Malo increases by over 200% during the summer holidays.

Today, visitors to Saint-Malo Provincial Park can choose from a variety of recreational activities including swimming, sunbathing, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, sail boarding, hiking, cycling, and participating in interpretive activities.

The park provides a range of recreational facilities that offer a high level of service and convenience. Developed campground bays, beaches and day use areas give the park a natural looking but somewhat modified landscape.

Powerboats are prohibited on the reservoir, thus providing canoeists and board sailors with calm waters and a sense of peace and quiet that is not found on many other busy lakes.

Park facilities include a campground, two unsupervised beaches, beach volleyball courts, picnic shelters, trails, a privately operated concession and miniature golf course, playgrounds, a boat launch and dock, and modern and non-modern washrooms.

The campground is one of the largest in the provincial park system and includes sites nestled within the forested area of the park as well as along the shore of the reservoir. St. Malo offers both nightly and seasonal campsites as well as three small group camping areas. In total there are roughly 450 campsites providing a mix of basic and electric service. The campground is open from mid-May to early September and experiences high levels of occupancy.

In terms of visitation St. Malo has the second busiest campground in the provincial park system.

The park’s trails are popular for hiking and cycling in the summer. They are suitable for those with a novice skill-level and are appropriate for family use. The 1.6 kilometre Tallgrass Parkland Self-guiding Trail opened in 2004 and offers park users the opportunity to explore aspen/oak forest and tall grass prairie remnants. The Trans Canada Trail also runs through the park, entering on the east side and exiting on the west.

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Editors Note: We would like to thank Reeve Darrel Curé for taking the time to answer questions, not only about the challenges faced by St. Malo Lake, but adding details of the history of the park. His co-operation echos the pride he displays for his municipality.

RM of Piney Initiates Wildfire Disaster Management Scenario Planning Process

In a proactive move to enhance its wildfire disaster management capabilities, the RM of Piney has announced the commencement of an eight-month scenario planning process. This initiative aims to equip the municipality with robust strategies to prevent, mitigate, and respond effectively to wildfires.

RM of Piney’s CAO, Martin Van Osch, expressed the municipality’s enthusiasm for the upcoming planning process.

“We are excited to embark on this journey of preparedness and resilience. By conducting scenario planning, we aim to identify potential challenges and develop comprehensive strategies to address them,” stated Van Osch in a written statement.

The scenario planning process invites participation from individuals willing to contribute their insights and expertise. Participants will be compensated for their time and are expected to attend three half-day sessions at the RM of Piney municipal office. Van Osch emphasized the importance of active involve-

ment from community members in shaping wildfire management strategies.

“If you are interested in joining this crucial planning effort, we encourage you to reach out to us,” Van Osch urged. Prospective participants can contact Martin Van Osch at 204-437-2284 or Allison Driedger at 204-392-3849. Alternatively, they can email bluestemdevelopment@gmail.com.

Selection criteria for participants will consider factors such as availability, place of residence, and knowledge of the local area. The RM of Piney seeks individuals committed to contributing meaningfully to the planning process and ensuring the community’s preparedness for wildfire incidents.

The initiation of the wildfire disaster management scenario planning process reflects the RM of Piney’s proactive approach to safeguarding its residents and natural environment. By harnessing collective expertise and engagement, the municipality aims to strengthen its resilience and readiness in the face of potential wildfire threats.

Species at Risk Spotlight: Canada Warbler

For bird-watching enthusiasts, there is no better month to spend outside than May. The spring migration brings hundreds of species to Manitoba, with millions of birds either passing through on their way north or settling down in their chosen corner of Manitoban prairie, wetlands, or forest to carve out a nesting area. The Canada warbler is one of many species that chooses to spend its summer in southeastern Manitoba, and if you are lucky enough to see one hopping throughout the foliage, it can be a highlight of a birding season.

You don’t have to be a bird watcher to appreciate the beauty of a Canada warbler. The bright yellow plumage throughout the breast and onto the neck pairs well with the mottled black necklace and slate grey back. Although this is most noticeable in breeding males, females and juveniles will have a similar appearance. There are many different species in the warbler family throughout Manitoba, so making a proper identification can be tricky. I find warblers to be very active birds, never staying still for very long, which I think adds to the fun of watching them.

If you have your heart set on trying to find a Canada warbler over the next few months, then you should focus your search on their preferred habitat. Canada warblers prefer mixed woodlands with a dense under story and an abundance of insect prey. Survey the under story for quick movements and get familiar with the call of the Canada warbler, as learning bird calls can really aid in making a proper identification.

Ironically, the Canada war-

bler doesn’t spend a whole lot of time in Canada compared to other species of birds that nest here. They are generally some of the last birds to appear and the first to leave. Perhaps they received the name “Canada” due to having eighty percent of their breeding range in Canada.

The Canada warbler migration route can take them as far south as the Andes Mountain range in South America, where they spend their winters on the forested slopes. A threat that Canada warbler is dealing with is the rapid deforestation on this overwintering ground. As a long-distance migrator, there are many obstacles to avoid, such as predation and striking man-made objects like buildings and vehicles, and there is always the chance to have to deal with inclement weather conditions.

When we welcome back migratory birds to the tall-grass prairie, it can be easy to forget the incredible journey a species like the Canada warbler undertakes. They are a species to admire and to enjoy spending time with year after year. Canada warblers add a bright spot to the landscape and are a species at risk that I hope you get the opportunity to get to know.

Adventures with Nature Norm

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with Nature Norm! Join me for a morning of birdwatching on May 11th, with two departures at 8 am -10 am and 10 am -12 pm, starting at the Agassiz Interpretive Trail 7 km west of Vita off Highway 201. Whether you are an avid bird watcher or a beginner, please join us to learn about all the new migrants seen on the trip, with a focus on the species at risk in the tall-grass prairie. Please contact Norm at info@sharedlegacymb.ca for more details. I hope to see you there!

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You don’t have to be a bird watcher to appreciate the beauty of a Canada warbler. The bright yellow plumage throughout the breast and onto the neck pairs well with the mottled black necklace and slate grey back. Although this is most noticeable in breeding males, females and juveniles will have a similar appearance. There are many different species in the warbler family throughout Manitoba, so making a proper identification can be tricky. Photo by Gerald Deboer / submitted by Norm Gregoire

Southeast Wins Multiple Manitoba Good Roads Awards

Association (MGRA) announced who the winners were out of 81 rural municipalities, 20 towns and villages, 21 supporting members and 2 individual members.

For judging purposes the MGRA has

2 judges assigned per district who make their decisions over each summer.

This year, in April one of the big winners for southeast Manitoba was the RM of Reynolds who earned a top award for “Most Improved Municipal Roads, District 2: MGRA Judges Shield”.

Also in District 2 the winner of the Class 8 “Best Farm Home GroundsFort La

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In the “Urban Beautification Competition” the Village of St. Pierre-Jolys’ hard work was recognized in the population category of 1,001-2,000 with the Western Financial Group Shield award.

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Emile Champagne Footbridge over the Seine River in Ste. Anne in summer of 2023. Photo by Ginette Perron The RM of Reynolds earned a top award for “Most Improved Municipal Roads, District 2” from the MGRA. Hermann and Sheryl Grauer of the RM of La Broquerie took home an award for “Best Farm Home Grounds” at the recent MGRA gathering. In the “Urban Beautification Competition” the Village of St. Pierre-Jolys’ hard work was recognized recently by the MGRA. Reine Museum Shield” Hermann Grauer Broquerie.

How to Choose the Perfect Patio Furniture

Are You Opening Your Cottage?

May is the time when many Manitobans are looking forward to opening their seasonal “home away from home”. But winter may have brought some unexpected hazards.

Follow these tips to make sure your electrical system operates safely when you open your cottage.

When you arrive:

- Look for damage to power lines leading to your cottage. If you see a downed or sagging line, stay clear and contact us immediately.

- Do the trees appear to be too close to the power lines? For your safety, contact a qualified arborist to trim them.

Before turning on the power at the main switch:

- Check all wiring that runs exterior equipment (such as water pumps) to be sure it’s intact. If it’s damaged, remove the associated fuse or turn off the circuit breaker and contact a licensed electrician.

- Ensure all appliances and electrical devices are unplugged or switched off. Clear any debris from the stove-top elements and baseboard heaters.

- Fill the hot water tank.

- Check all appliance and other electrical cords for signs of wear, cracking, or rodent damage.

- Check the chimney and clear any debris such as bird’s nests or leaves.

- Ensure all branch circuits are in the “off” position in your electrical panel. After you turn on the main switch, turn them on one at a time to avoid surges that can damage your appliances or electronics. If you have a fuse box, plug in or switch on appliances and electrical devices one at a time.

- If using an extension cord to bring power to your deck, dock, or backyard, make sure it is designed specifically for outdoor use. Remember that extension cords are for temporary use only. Visit hydro.mb.ca/safety for more information.

Whether you’re enjoying a morning cup of coffee, din ner with family or entertaining guests, furniture adds function ality to your outdoor space. With the right pieces, you can greatly enhance the usability, comfort and overall appeal of your patio or deck. Consider your wants and needs

Choose from a wide variety of materials, colours and styles that best suit your personality or the theme you’ve envisioned for your backyard oasis. If you only use your patio occasion ally, a few basic items will suf fice. But, if you entertain fre quently or spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, shop for multipurpose items that can stand up to wear and tear. Think about the material

Look for patio cushions with polyester fibres that allow water to run off and air to filter through, keeping them fresh. Cushions that have patterns on both sides allow you to flip them periodically, helping them maintain their appearance and shape. If portability is important, choose lightweight frame materials for furniture, like plastic and aluminum. If you don’t plan to move them often, or if they’ll be exposed to wind, go with heavier materials like wood and wrought iron.

Choose the type of patio set

Is your backyard oasis for hosting or relaxing? The an-

swer to this question will determine what type of patio set you will want to choose. Outdoor dining sets allow you to host sit-down meals for up to ten people. Bistro sets are the perfect size for small patios or balconies.

Conversation sets mimic the look of an indoor family room with a coffee table and various types of seating like loveseats, benches and chairs.

Some models include gel-fuel fire pits built right into the table. Lastly, sectional sets would suit a more relaxing environment as they typically come in two or four combinations.

Head to your local building supply store, such as The Home Depot, to check out the wide variety of patio collections available.

Furniture as final touches

Add an umbrella to shade seating areas and create a more comfortable environment. Choose mesh materials to filter sun while still allowing air to flow in and out.

Move your cushions to a cool, dry location when they aren’t in use for prolonged periods of time (always clean them first).

If you have limited space, use outdoor storage bins or deck boxes. Enjoy your patio when the weather cools with accessories like patio heaters and portable fire pits. Keep your furniture in top form with covers that help prevent mildew and weather damage.

Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

Blumenort Set to Enhance Greenspaces with Grant-Funded Improvements

Residents of Blumenort can look forward to several improvements to their greenspaces following the approval of a grant for community enhancement projects. Kevin Medeiros, Chair of the LUD of Blumenort, provided details on the upcoming developments aimed at enhancing connectivity and beautifying public areas.

“The grant was for some sidewalks in Blumenort to connect Edgemont to Stoney Creek,” explained Medeiros. “Additionally, we’re extending sidewalks from Stoney Creek to a greenspace on Harvest Bay.”

These sidewalk expansions are poised to improve pedestrian access and connectivity within the community, facilitating safer and more convenient travel for residents.

In addition to the sidewalk projects, Blumenort plans to install a new welcome sign at the east entrance, accompanied by landscaping enhancements. “We’re excited to unveil a new welcome sign that will greet visitors as they enter our community,” said Medeiros. “The landscaping around the sign will add to the aesthetic appeal of the area and create a welcoming atmosphere.”

Furthermore, the community is undertaking an overlay and drain-

age improvement project along the pathway adjacent to the pond on Oakdale.

“This improvement project aims to enhance the functionality and longevity of the pathway, ensuring it remains a pleasant recreational space for residents to enjoy,” stated Medeiros.

These initiatives represent a concerted effort by Blumenort to invest in its greenspaces and infrastructure, fostering community pride and enhancing the quality of life for its residents. The grant-funded improvements underscore the community’s commitment to creating vibrant and accessible public spaces for all to enjoy.

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Is your backyard oasis for hosting or relaxing? The answer to this question will determine what type of patio set you will want to choose. Outdoor dining sets allow you to host sit-down meals for up to ten people. Photo courtesy of News Canada

Have the Best Lawn on the Block This Spring

Once your lawn is established, water deeply (unless it has rained) with at least two to three centimetres (one inch) of water per week to encourage healthy roots.

Winter weather plus Canadian lawns, equals a spring refresh. Proper care as the warmer weather approaches will bring your green space back to life. Here are some simple tips to ensure your lawn is the best on the block this spring.

Clean up

Out with the old, in with the new. Gather and discard all the old, dead foliage and debris that appeared in your yard over winter so there’s fresh space to grow.

Aerate the soil

Aerating means puncturing holes in your lawn so water, air and nutrients can reach the roots. It’s best to aerate when your grass is in its peak growing season so it can recover quickly – think early spring. If you have high-traffic areas or heavy clay soil, you will want to aerate every year. If you have sandy soil or your lawn is growing well, you can aerate every two to three years. Check your local hardware store, such as The Home Depot, for tool rental options.


Thatch is a layer of living and dead grass, stems and roots that form between the green grass and the soil surface. Some thatch is helpful – it conserves ground moisture, cushions turf and insulates the soil from extreme temperatures. But too much thatch can repel water, dry up roots and provide cover for unwanted insects. If your thatch layer is more than two centimetres (three-quarters of an inch) thick, it’s time to de-thatch your lawn so air, water, nutrients and fertilizer can reach the soil better, and it can drain more effectively.


Extra seeding can repair bare patches and create a thick lawn that crowds out weeds, insects and disease. The best time to overseed your lawn is mid-April to mid-May. Purchase grass seed appropriate for the conditions you’re growing in, such as an all-purpose blend for a lawn that receives an average amount of sun. Lightly rake the soil to create seed-soil contact, but don’t cover the grass seed or it won’t sprout.

Water frequently

Lastly, grass seeds need direct sunlight and regular moisture to begin to sprout, which can take up to three weeks. Be vigilant and water the seed daily, ensuring it stays moist but not wet. Once you start to see the grass seed begin to sprout you should begin to cut back on watering. Water new and established lawns early in the morning to avoid losing any moisture to evaporation. Also, avoid watering at night – your lawn will likely stay wet, providing an ideal environment for disease. Once your lawn is established, water deeply (unless it has rained) with at least two to three centimetres (one inch) of water per week to encourage healthy roots.

Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com


 Celebrating Over 25 Years of Service to Our Communities! Dawson Trail Dispatch May 2024
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Who was Joseph Cashawa: a journey of discovery by

Joseph Cashawa was a First Nations man from Sagkeeng First Nation, which was previously called “Fort Alexander” by European fur traders.

When he was a band member, his Indigenous name was “Kah saw ay”, hence where Cashawa comes from.

Joseph lived with his parents in Sagkeeng up until 1854 when his mother died. He was around 13 years old at the time. After that, he lived with Augustin Nolin in St-Boniface, and Augustin brought him up. In 1870, he moved in to Augustin’s son’s house, Charles Nolin, in Ste-Anne. Charles Nolin was a prominent Métis leader as well as Louis Riel’s cousin. Joseph then married a Métis woman named Marie Rose Payette in 1878.

In treaty annuity paylist records, Joseph was listed as “Kah saw ay (Nolin man)”.

Historical records display other variations of his name in records: Ka-sha-waap, Joseph Saulteaux, along with variations of his last name such as Cashawap, Koshawap, Koshawapp, Cashawa dit Nolin, and Cashawa-Nolin. Most Indigenous people did not know how to read or write in English or French at the time so the “Indian” agents on reserve (who were European settlers) and those who collected information for census records wrote names as what they sounded like phonetically.

Joseph’s father was named “The Two Hearts”, and had more children after the passing of Joseph’s mother. Thanks to treaty annuity pay list records, the name of Joseph’s half brother was discovered, Duncan Twoheart, who was known to have found a gold mine in Bissett. This led to the finding of descendants of Duncan online, many who still live in Sagkeeng area or who still have family there.

According to Julie, she had no knowledge about who her great great grandfather was, let alone his name, prior to the summer of 2021.

He had 9 children with Marie Rose Payette, including Julie’s great grandmother Emerence. His occupation was a hunter/guide/ labourer.

“I believe he spoke Ojibwe, French and English,” added Julie. “He did not know how to read or

write in English and French.”

He received a medal of bravery during an 1897 prairie fire for saving children out of a burning building.

There is also a passage about Joseph in a Paroisse Ste-Anne history book and how he accompanied M. Giroux, the first priest of the church, on a mission. It said “An Indian named Joseph Cashawa accompanied him. This Indian had always stood out for his spirit of faith and his bravery”.

“This told me everything I needed to know about what kind of person he was,” Julie added.

Joseph Cashawa passed away on April 5, 1921.

“I believe he was born on December 2, 1841… although other records suggest 1844, so he would’ve been around 79 years old when he passed away,” noted Julie.

In 2021, Julie found out that Joseph Cashawa and his wife were buried in the cemetery of the Paroisse Ste-Anne, and shortly after contacted the church and spoke to Louise Fillion, who is the administrative assistant there.

“She also put me in touch with Norbert Ritchot, who is a volunteer with the church and very familiar with the cemetery,” said Julie.

“Both Louise and Norbert were extremely kind and helpful. They looked at an old map that was located in a vault and told me they knew exactly where Joseph and Marie Rose were buried but that there was no tombstone, probably due to one never being placed or that a wooden one had been placed but had since disintegrated.”

When she visited Ste-Anne for the first time in September 2021, she had a grave marker with their names put in at that location.

“Also during my visit of September 2021, I had asked Norbert if there were spots I could check out from the old Dawson Trail,” explained Julie. “It turned out that there was a festival for the 150th anniversary of the Dawson Trail, which I attended, and I also visited the Dawson Trail Museum.”

At the event, Julie met Winston Wuttunee, a renowned Cree entertainer and respected Elder, who was performing at the festival.

“[Wuttunee] sang a song for me and said a prayer on stage, thanks to Norbert,” noted Julie. “It was a very unexpected and special


It wasn’t long before more details of the heroic efforts of her ancestor were brought to her attention.

“I had read about Joseph saving children in a prairie fire in a letter written by my great grandmother but didn’t know what that was about,” she explained. “When I attended the open house at the Dawson Trail Museum in May 2022, Pierrette Sherwood (who was spearheading the Dawson Trail Arts and Heritage project) showed me a paragraph about this on the Dawson Trail Treasures website that provided more information I wasn’t aware. I was teary-eyed while reading it!”

Julie was now faced with the knowledge on how her great great grandfather directly shaped the future of the community.

“From what I’ve read, my great great grandfather was an exceptional man - I feel proud to be one of his descendants and to have the honour of carrying on his legacy,” said Julie. “I’ve been on this amazing journey of reconnecting with my Métis and First Nations roots for the past year thanks to him and his wife, and I always feel a strong connection when I visit Manitoba. I know that he’s watching over me.”

Julie explained how her great uncle was killed in action during WWII’s Battle of Hong Kong in 1941 and how this led to the discovery of a medal awarded to her great great grandfather.

“In his military file, there was a letter written by his mother, Emerence (Joseph’s daughter) in 1943. In one part of the letter, she wrote ‘The Lord knows we are all born to participate when our help is needed in my family. Here I have my father’s medal of bravery of risking his life in saving six children from a burning building during a prairie fire in 1897. He almost lost his sight then dear Dad,’” Julie elaborated.

According to Julie, meeting a family descendant who is around due to Cashawa’s actions was memorable.

“This was very unexpected! Going to the open house of the Dawson Trail museum that day, I did not expect to see more information about the heroic act that Joseph did, let alone meet one of the descendants of the Godard family,” she explained. “I felt a connection to Roger that is beyond words - we share something in common that is special.”

Knowing that research into our ancestry is not always easy and immediate, Julie does have some advice for those on the path of discovery.

“I would say that it’s never too late to look into one’s ancestry,” she said. “It’s something

The path to discovering your past takes connecting with sources you never knew existed to put the puzzle together, such as records that are not always consistent. In this case, Joseph was recorded with various renditions of a name.

I had tried to look into a little over the years, but I wasn’t successful. In 2020, at 38 years old, I took my search more seriously by contacting the provincial governments for information. They were mostly unable to provide me with information due

to the Privacy Act, so I then hired a genealogist in 2021, which was the best decision I could have ever made, as she found everything I was looking for within a few hours. I wish I had done it sooner but better late than never!”

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

Discovering Heroic Ancestor’s Forgotten Act of Bravery in Historic Manitoba Fire

In a heartwarming tale of familial discovery and resilience, Julie Carver of Ottawa unraveled a century-old mystery surrounding her great-greatgrandfather’s courageous act during a devastating forest fire in Manitoba. What began as a journey to honor her ancestors’ memory led to the unearthing of a forgotten chapter of heroism.

In September 2021, Julie Carver embarked on a journey from Ottawa to Sainte Anne, Manitoba, to pay homage to her forebears by installing a grave marker for Joseph Cashawa and his wife. Little did she know that her pilgrimage would uncover a remarkable tale of bravery and survival dating back to October 2, 1897.

During her research into her family’s history, Carver stumbled upon a letter penned by her great-grandmother in 1943. The letter recounted an extraordinary feat of valor attributed to Joseph Cashawa: the rescue of a family from a raging inferno. Intrigued by this revelation, Carver sought further information at the Dawson Trail Museum in Richer, hoping to validate the story.

To her astonishment, Carver’s inquiry led her to Thérèse Bourgouin and Roger Godard, descendants of the family saved by Cashawa. As the pieces of the puzzle fell into place, Roger Godard recounted the harrowing events of that fateful day.

“It was my grandmother Marie-Louise Godard and her children whom Joseph Cashawa rescued,” explained an emotional Roger Godard.

The fire, which originated near Marchand and swept through the forest towards La Broquerie, Thibaultville (now Richer), and Brokenhead, was fueled by dry conditions and a ferocious south wind. Marie-Louise Godard, alone at home as her husband had ventured to St. Boniface, found herself facing the advancing flames.

With quick thinking and maternal instinct, Marie-Louise rounded up her livestock and

sheltered her children in the cellar. As the fire encroached upon their homestead, she faced the daunting task of rescuing her family from the engulfing inferno. It was then that Joseph Cashawa, a Saulteaux guide traversing the nearby Dawson Road, emerged.

Amidst smoke and flames, Cashawa bravely led Marie-Louise and her children to safety at Lac Bossé, shielding them from the ravages of the firestorm. The reunion with Marie-Louise’s husband, who encountered Cashawa on his journey back home, brought both relief and sorrow as they surveyed the devastation wrought upon their property.

Lucienne Richard, another granddaughter of Marie-Louise Godard, recalled the family’s subsequent struggles, includ-

The Dispatch would like to acknowledge the extensive historical research undertaken by the Dawson Trail Commemorative Project and researcher Mireille Lamontagne. We would also like to thank Julie Carver for visiting Richer and Ste. Anne, and taking the time to talk about her family.

ing a winter spent in makeshift accommodations dubbed “little Bethlehem.” Yet, amidst the hardship, Marie-Louise’s recounting of their miraculous rescue remained a poignant testament to their enduring resilience.

Though the fate of the physical Medal for Bravery awarded to Joseph Cashawa remains unknown, Julie Carver finds solace in the gratitude of the Godard descendants, who continue to cherish the memory of their ancestor’s selfless act after 125 years. The discovery of Joseph Cashawa’s heroic legacy serves as a poignant reminder of the power of courage and compassion in the face of adversity, echoing through generations with tears and tales of survival.

 Celebrating Over 25 Years of Service to Our Communities! Dawson Trail Dispatch May 2024
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A copy of the letter discovered written by her Great Grandmother provides clues to her Great Great Grandfather’s act of bravery. Julie has an emotional opportunity to meet with Roger Godard, a descendant of the family her Great Great Grandfather rescued during a massive regional fire. Marriage record.

Falcon Lake/Whiteshell

Mini Mystics, Mediums & Mindfulness – Psychic Fair Market Saturday, June 8, 1 – 7 pm, at the Community Club, Falcon Beach. For more information contact regenesisboho@ gmail.com.

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


AC Music Fest – Saturday, June 1. Park gates open at 1 pm. Bring a blanket, bring a friend. Relax in the shade while you enjoy the live music – we’ve got something for everyone’s taste. $12.50 for perogy & sausage dinner from 5 - 7 pm. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Contact for tickets and information, Rachel 204-427-2256. Entertainment by Damn Straight, Stonewalled, Blues Dogg, Generation Gap, and The SJ Brakemen.

Multicultural Festival – Saturday, July 13. Come celebrate heritage and culture at this unique event. Featuring traditional homemade food, dancing and live entertainment! Tour the museum, indulge in borscht, perogies and cabbage rolls, and enjoy the Ukrainian dance performances. Kids activities and beer gardens will be available all day. $15 at the gate. $15 Evening Dance and Perogy Dinner.

Coffee Connections - All adults ages 55+ are welcome to join us at the New Horizon Centre for a time of visiting, while enjoying coffee, tea and refreshments. Join us and bring your friends. There is no cost. Contact Anita Funk 204371-9134.

Ile des Chenes

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

La Broquerie

Steinbach Arts Council Fundraising Gala - Friday, May 3 at Bentwood Hall, 41 Sunrise Lane. Tickets (portion tax receiptable) cost individual $125 or table of 8 at $925. Cocktails 6 pm, Dinner 7 pm, SAC highlights, auction, jewellery raffle, live art at 8:15 pm. Purchase tickets at SAC office or call 204346-1077.

Drop-in Community Bike Repair Workshop – Tuesdays, 6 – 9 pm at La Bikequerie Inc, 36016 PR 210, and (the old Southeast Vet Clinic) Come; learn how to fix your bike. Bring a friend! We also have used bikes for sale. Contact Jacinthe Wiebe, 204346-1515 or labikequerie@gmail.com.


Personalized 55+ Resistance Training Program – On Wednesdays, May 8 - June 26, from 11 am - 12 pm. At the Kinsmen Centre, 191 Robert Koop Rd. Cost $80 + GST for the full 8 Week Program. Live One Life Coaching is Partnering with the Tache Senior Services to offer this RT Band Program specially designed for our senior community. To Enrol contact Erin@ liveonelifecoaching.com or Call/Text 204-299-2021.

Elvis and Johnny Cash Make Their Debut - Saturday, May 18 at 7 pm sharp at the Kinsman Centre, 191 Robert Koop Rd. Experience a thrilling performance by Corny Rempel live in concert! Get your tickets today for only $15 each. Be sure to arrive early as doors open at 6:30 pm and seating will be filled quickly due to its rush nature. Contact laurie@rmtache.ca for tickets. Or visit the RM of Tache for pick up. Enter for our door prize. Dainties and coffee will be served.

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

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Fire Station - Saturday, June 1 from 8 - 11 am. This year’s delicious pancake breakfast includes silent auction, apparatus tours. This is a great opportunity to meet community members and your local firefighters. See you there!

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


Craft Sale - Saturday, May 11 from 9 am -3 pm, at Club Bles D’Or, 1254 Dawson Rd. Come on down and support our local talent. There’s something for everyone!

Teen Depression Information Evening - Wednesday, May 15 from 7 – 9 pm at the Parish Hall, 1282 Dawson Rd. For parents, families, educators and public. Speakers from Teen Challenge and Mood Disorders MB. We believe Knowledge is Power! No charge and light refreshments served.

Tache Library Events – Join us with Nadia L. Hohne, “how to write a story” on Wednesday, May 1 at 6 pm, Joanna Cacao “Life of a Cartoonist” on Thursday, May 2 at 5 pm, Star Wars Story Time on Saturday, May 4 at 10:30 am, LEGO Night on Thursday, May 9 from 5 pm - 7:30 pm, Silent Book Club on Tuesday, May 14 from 6 pm - 8:30 pm, Games & Puzzles on Wednesday, May 15 from 5 pm - 7:30 pm, Book Club “Circe” by Madeline Miller on Thursday, May 16 from 7 pm - 8:15 pm, and Heure du conte et bricolage mai 25 13h.

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

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

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

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


Annual Community Garage Sale Day – Saturday, May 25. The streets are filled with people.

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

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


MB Makers Market – Saturday, May 11, 10 am – 3 pm at the Heritage Centre, 100C Heritage Trail & 101-2nd Avenue. Exclusive market for hand-made items. Admission monetary donation.

Paradise Village RM Ste. Anne

Annual Community Garage Sale/Fundraiser - Friday, May 31, 9 am - 6 pm and Saturday, June 1 from 9 am - 2 pm. Everyone welcome! Fundraiser for Ste. Anne Food Bank.


Mother’s Day Tea – Saturday May 11, annual Mother’s Day Tea, 11 am – 3:30 pm, at the Community Centre.

Farmers’ Market – Saturday May 11 with baking, crafts, plants, sewing and more at the Community Centre. Games begin at 11 am. Free will offering for lunch. Proceeds donated to Area Bank. 50/50 draw, Rainbow Draw, door prize draws

3-person Archery Shoot Out - Thursday, May 23 at 7 pm, indoors at the Community Hall. Free event, bows will be supplied by Piney Recreation. Contact R. Schwegel at 431-996-5686.

Piney Kite Carnival - June 23, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Curling Rink Field.

ATV Mud Run and Corn Hole Tournament – Saturday, June 8.

Admission to grounds $5 per person, 15 years and under free.

Mud Run register at 9 – 11 am, race at 12 pm. ATV classes for youth, adults, Pro and SXS. Cornhole Tournament register at 2 pm. Beer garden, free camping and hot food available. Call Wally Gushulak 431-205-1248

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

Volunteer Drivers Needed – we are looking for volunteer drivers who can help seniors to appointments. If you have a driver’s license and clean abstract we would love to hear from you.

Contact Rachel Lachnit resource coordinator 204-437-2604.


A Night of Murder and Mystery - Friday, May 10. Doors open 6 pm, starts 7 pm at the Young at Hearts Club. Join us for a 1950’s theme, 7th annual coffee house and live entertainment. Cost $25/ticket includes beverage and dessert. Hosted by Ste Anne Lion’s Club. Tickets available at AJ Fiola Insurance or any Ste. Anne’s Lion Club member.

Young At Heart Dance – Saturday, May 18. Doors open at 4:30 pm, Dinner at 6 pm and dancing until 11 pm with music by music by Gemstars. Tickets are $25 per person, and can be reserved by calling Ron at 431-275-0874.

Chase the Ace - every Saturday night at the Richer Hotel. Tickets on sale from 5 pm to 7:45 pm. Draw is at 8:15 pm. Tickets $1 each. Organized by the Richer Community Club, see Facebook page for more info.

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

Services to Seniors - Free Shuttle for residents of the RM the first Friday of each month. Call to book a ride and do your banking and shopping locally or book your doctor’s appointment and we will get you to your appointment. Call 204-425-3701.

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

Sandilands AGM – Saturday, May 4, 2 pm. Members only. Fore more information contact sandilandscommunityclub@gmail.com.

Community Clean Up Day - Saturday, May 4 at 4 pm. Join us to clean up our community. Fore more information contact sandilandscommunityclub@gmail.com.

Playtime in the Park – Friday, May 10, from 1 - 3 pm. Fore more information contact sandilandscommunityclub@ gmail.com.

Community Wide Yard Sale – Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 9 am – 5 pm. Fore more information contact sandilandscommunityclub@gmail.com.

South Junction Financial Literacy Workshop - Wednesdays, until May 8 at 1 pm, at Piney Regional Services. Free workshops. Build savings, increase cash flow, manage debt, long-term goals, preserving wealth. Call Teresa Milne 204-362-7654, Rachel Lachnit 204437-2604.

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

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

Sprague Quilt Show and Sale – Tuesday, May 7 10:30 am – 1 pm. Soup, sandwich, pie and coffee available, quilt raffle and 50/50 draw. Everyone welcome.

Come & Visit Stay to Play – Tuesday, May 7, 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Ross L. Gray School for babies and children up to age 5 and their care givers/parents. Free event. Contact Carly Chubaty, chubatyc@blsda or Adriane Culleton, culletona@ blsda.ca, Ashley Milne, almbri@hotmail.com or call 204437-2175.

Parent Drop-in – Fridays, May 10 and May 24. Free event. Meet and connect with other parents, activities, crafts and games, group discussions. Snacks will be provided. Contact Quinn BrandtQ@blsd.ca, 204-324-6491.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser – Saturday, June 1, 8 – 11 am at the Community Centre. Free will offering. 50/50 draw, come visit friends and enjoy a great breakfast. Everyone welcome!

Texas Hold’em Tournament - Saturday, June 1. Register at 11 am Community Centre. $30 entrees, 3 re-buys up to first break. Contact Gloria Van Dyk 204-437-5032. Food for purchase available.

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

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

St. Pierre-Jolys

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

Ste. Anne

AGM The Ste-Anne Food Bank, Accueil Kateri Centre –Thursday, May 30, 7 pm at the Ste-Anne Roman Catholic Church, 162 Centrale Ave. Guest speaker Daniel Lussier, CEO of Réseau Compassion Network. “With a spirit of love”, Réseau Compassion Network. All are welcome!

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

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


Steinbach and Area Garden Club- Planting Pansies for Moms Saturday, May 11, 10 am at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Celebrate Manitoba Day and plant some pansies for mom. Email sagardenclubinfo@gmail.com.

Amazing Race Steinbach & Area - Saturday, May 11 at 12:30 pm. 1st Place: $50 Prize! 2nd Place: $25 Prize! A series of mental and physical challenges, racing for the fastest time against other teams! Teams of 2, ages 16+. Cost $80/team. Maximum 6 teams. Sign up deadline: May 3. Text or Call: 431205-3321, or amazingracesteinbach@gmail.com.

The Chrysalis Fund Spring Fundraiser - Wednesday, May 15, 7 pm at Mennonite Heritage Village. Women and the Circle of Giving – We’re excited to be joined by Accent Singers (formerly Accent Women’s Ensemble) directed by Meredith Hutchinson.

The evening will also feature a fashion show with our very own local “star” Olive Grace Co. Tickets $20. Available at Olive Grace Co Clearspring Centre and Steinbach Arts Council 304 2nd St or email office@chrysalisfund.ca. Refreshments will be served!

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

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

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

Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Group - Thursdays, at 1 pm. Registration required. Contact Maggie@steinbachfrc.ca, 204346-0413.

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

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

Creative Writers Club - Second Wednesday every month at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. This is not a class but rather a writing share group where we hope to foster and encourage our participants’ love of writing. Feel free to bring

5 pages of writing (single sided, double spaced) to share with the group. Our evening will begin with an ice breaker and then move into share time. Coffee and tea will be served. Contact Madison Redekopp email mredekopp@jakeepplibrary.com.

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

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

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

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

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

Vassar Piney Regional Chamber of Commerce Meeting – Thursday, May 9 at 7 pm in council chambers or via Zoom. Guest speaker Noel Linsey executive director of Eastman Tourism sharing marketing tools. Contact info@pineyregionalchamber.ca.

Vita Adventure with Nature Norm – Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with Nature Norm! Join me for a morning of bird watching on Saturday, May 11, with two departures at 8 am -10 am and 10 am -12 pm, starting at the Agassiz Interpretive Trail 7 km west of Vita off Highway 201. Whether you are an avid bird watcher or a beginner, please join us to learn about all the new migrants seen on the trip, with a focus on the species at risk in the tall-grass prairie. Hope to see you there! Register with Norm Gregoire 204-408-6166, info@sharedlegacymb.ca.

Canada Day – Monday, July 1. Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Slow Pitch Tournament, Kids Activities, Rodeo, Vendor Market, Beer Gardens, Gardenton Park Canteen, Food Trucks, Bingo, Chainsaw Carving, Lawn Mower Races, Arm Wrestling, Fireworks and more!

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


Community Clean-Up – Saturday, May 4, meet at the Hall at 9 am. All volunteers treated to a BBQ hot lunch. Dress for the weather. Wear gloves and safety vest.

Métis Mobile Clinic –Thursday, May 16, 10 am – 3 pm at the Community Hall, 69 Denis St. Everyone welcome! Blood sugar testing, cholesterol levels, 5-minute health check-in, Call ahead for vaccine and foot care appointments 1-833-3901041 extension 3, email clinicinfo@mmf.MB.ca.

Car Show on the Ridge Fundraiser – Saturday May 25, 10 am – 4 pm. Rain date Sunday, May 26. Car show register at 8 am by donation at the MA Querel Park. Public admission free. Tail Gate Swap Meet -bring your own table, BBQ lunch, beer garden, 50/50 draw and silent auction. Net proceeds go to purchase of Mark-3 portable wildfire pump and forestry gear for the fire department and completion of the community club’s new ice rink shelter.

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

Please email events to editor@dawsontrail.ca each month

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Jurisdictional Vacuum- The No Man’s Land of Healthcare

Between the Federal and Provincial-Territorial jurisdictions a self-imposed vacuum in healthcare is harming all of us. Under our confederation, the provinces within our man-made boundaries have exclusive powers over hospitals, excluding Federal and First Nation’s jurisdiction. This power was granted in the Constitution Act, 1867. Notice that the jurisdictional power is over “hospital”, not healthcare.

Federal health legislation arises from federal spending power. This is where the Canada Health Act becomes important for all of us, since it covers federal funding for certain health services and importantly - the criteria that provincial laws must satisfy a certain criteria to receive full funding under the Canada Health Transfers. Back in 1982 the Supreme Court defined healthcare as a shared re-

sponsibility and later added it as an “area of concurrent jurisdiction”.

Our Provincial Jurisdictional State of Healthcare

Each of our lives can be turned upside down leaving many families devastated when tax dollars are mismanaged and our publicly funded health care is dismantled – it’s most especially devastating to us who call rural areas home.

Over time we’ve seen Manitoba’s health care dollars ending up increasingly focused into larger urban areas. Extrapolating from that thought - you could even say health care money flowed to where the votes are concentrated. This has left the rest of us in a vacuum where healthcare is not accessible.

Living in rural Manitoba means medical care is load-and-go to an ever increasing distant healthcare facility. We‘re very cognizant of the possibility we won’t get our family or friend to a hospital in time. It also means if we require a long term stay, we deal with added travel and someone to look after our children, elderly parent, pets, home, farm, or small business just to recover.

The important point to remember in our health care debate is “it is publicly funded” by all of us – it’s supposed to be free, accessible and life-saving from coastto-coast-to-coast.

Too many provinces abdicate re-

sponsibility of spending our public funds and instead use political spin “woe is me” in order to hide mismanagement under the guise of standing up to the “big bad” Federal government. We certainly know what that’s like in Manitoba, and that political party got voted out.

Elected officials need to get real. Too often Provincial politicians are fond of pointing out that under the Canada Health Act “the provinces and territorial governments are responsible for the management, organization and delivery of health care services for their residents.” Show me a Canadian who really cares about legislative boundaries when it’s all about physical and mental health emergencies.

So what happens when a provincial government doesn’t do right by us? Well for healthcare, the answer is in black and white printed law. In reality, the responsibility for health care is shared. The Federal government is “responsible for setting and administering national standards for the health care system” in the Federal Healthcare Act.

Now Let’s Fix the Problems

Some of these suggestions are definitely going to be controversial!

1. Get rid of the costly middleman. Find funds and efficiency by eliminating the Regional Health Authorities. We need to ask our-

selves should we be paying for 2 levels of bureaucracy in healthcare? Most funds would be available for the frontlines.

2. Healthcare practitioners should be listened to and should be respected when setting the standards of care, determining equipment needs, number of doctors, nurses, and support staff and this should be based on population needs and geographical distance.

3. Medical colleges – should not limit enrolment thresholds anywhere in this country for medical schools and training. If a student has a calling then this should be encouraged.

4. All Provinces and the Federal government should re-evaluate the funding of medical colleges so that more front-line professionals are trained.

5. It’s time the Federal and Provincial/Territorial governments set a Canadian standard to rid ourselves of domestic and international borders and wage disparities that are holding us back from hiring healthcare professionals.

6. Get rid of the borders so that all Canadians have access to publicly funded healthcare with crossprovincial agreements.

7. Provincially set the top threshold for the cost of administration based on the demographics and geography of regions.

8. Instead of centralizing everything in Winnipeg or another large urban centre go all in on regional front-line hospital centres. A de-

termining factor for a hospital becomes geographical distance and speed.

9. Regional hospitals open 24/7 become responsible for frontline local healthcare based on geographical distance and population needs.

10. Regional hospitals should have the equipment they need for diagnostics such as the ability to make a hip replacement.

11. Smaller front-line healthcare services could be a combination of medical clinics staffed by nurse practitioners, registered nurses and first responders. Mobile clinics can offer many services and even utilize some on-line access to a medical professional based at the regional health care facility.

12. Ensure that smaller healthcare clinics have the ability to do proactive health care, plus tackle long term care and emergencies such as fixing a broken bone or doing minor surgeries.

13. Set the base pay for our medical professionals equally with an added top-up for medical professionals and support staff who work in rural and remote areas.

14. Reach across to our neighbouring provinces and First Nation communities to establish regional healthcare agreements making their facilities accessible to everyone in the same geographical area. When it comes to healthcare it doesn’t matter who you are or where you live - it only matters if it saves lives fast.

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An Eternity of Spring is Yours

Spring has come! There is new life beginning wherever you look! The grass is turning green with new growth. The flowers in the flower garden by the house are pushing up new shoots. The new leaves are beginning to appear on all the trees. The chirping of birds that have been away all winter are back building their nests gives an anticipation of new life. Frogs are letting us know that they are now ready to add to this new life. The gardens that have been stagnant all winter are now beginning to show new life. Farmers are busy on their fields planting new crops that are beginning to show new life as you drive by them. Spring is a wonderful season with new life pictured all over.

Spring is a picture of the new life that God makes available to every human being. It includes physical and spiritual life. Because our first parents, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, the curse of sin is on all of us. This curse brings death. But God has given us hope. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth, who lived a sinless life. He willingly died to take the penalty of our sin upon Himself. He conquered death and now offers us new life. When a person believes in their heart that Christ died for them, then He forgives all their sin, and gives them new life.

When you receive this new life from Christ, it’s even more exciting than the new life of spring. The new life of spring only lasts for a season, then fall comes and the new life dies and is gone. But new life in Christ is eternal. It never dies. As a Christian, when this life down here on earth comes to an end, we have a home prepared in heaven, where we will live forever.

With this new life in Christ, you can enjoy every season down here, and look forward to spending your new life for eternity in heaven. Do you have this new life through Christ? Don’t put it off! One day it may be too late.

Rock Piles and Grass Seeds

Hello and welcome to the month of May. May is a wonderful month because the land truly begins to wake up. These are the days when the weather is warmer but not too warm, some bugs are out but not like the crazy days later on when the mosquitoes are going nuts. Nope, these are the days when it becomes nicer to work outside. Now that the snow has melted away and will stay away, I can see the mess that is my yard and all the tasks that I need to... no, want to do are accessible to me. I could leave the yard a mess but

that would drive me up the walls.

Last summer we had water lines buried on our property so that has taken quite the toll on the yard. There are muddy sections where the grass was torn up during the digging and these areas will need more dirt added to them to raise them up since the other dirt has settled over the winter. The bare areas will also need grass seed spread upon it to make it pretty once again and to bind the soil together. Also, there were an uncountable number of rocks that were pulled from the earth and I now have numerous rock piles of various sizes scattered around my property and they all need to be gathered together and piled up into one location.

Of course, some would see these tasks as something to hire out or to avoid altogether; I see the gathering of rocks, the moving of dirt and the general task of making my property prettier as a fun thing to do. Sure it’ll take a lot of time, sweat and maybe a bit of blood, I have a tendency to scrape my knuckles

when moving rocks, I do think that the physical exercise along with the feeling of accomplishment that comes from getting things done will make it all the more worthwhile.

There is also the build up of stuff that has gathered over the years and has been hiding within my garage and sheds. If you have been reading my column for any length of time, I’m sure that you’ve noticed that I have been become more and more of a person that is working towards removing clutter and the unnecessary from my life. Organizing and finding a home for the things that bring joy into my life and the lives of my family has become a greater focus for me over the last number of years. One day, I hope to truly refer to myself as a minimalist but until then, I still have a long way to go and, dear readers, that is okay because every step forward, no matter how small, is a step of progress and betterment of our lives. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

Mother’s Day: 3 Sure-fire Ways to Show Your Mom Some Love

Mother’s Day is on the second Sunday of May every year. This year, that means it’s on Sunday, May 12. Which also means you don’t have a lot of time to pull together gifts and ideas to show her how important she is to you.

Here are three ideas to get you started.

A shared interest

Your relationship with your mom can be complicated. Consider finding fresh ways to connect this Mother’s Day and then seeing where they lead you. Taking advantage of a shared interest can be a great way to create a reliable conversation starter or spend low-key time together. For example, if you’re both into history you could introduce her to a podcast like Parks Canada’s ReCollections, which brings listeners fascinating stories from national historic sites across the country. That should get you talking.

A favourite scent to savour Candles, perfumes, bath bombs and the like are classic gifts for mom, containing essential oils that provide exquisite scents that transport her to another time or place. Just remember that even though essential oils are substances made from plants, that doesn’t mean they are always safe. Under the federal government’s Chemicals Management Plan, Health Canada has been evalu-

ating the safety of different essential oils. Keep an eye out for any findings and remind mom to always follow the product’s directions. A delicious meal Brunch or breakfast in bed is a classic Mother’s Day gift that never goes out of style. Consider switching it up a little this year by opting for a theme. It could be anything from creating an international feast to choosing only local ingredients. Give traditional brunch options a twist; think huevos rancheros, a sweet and crunchy salad, or get fancy by grilling asparagus wrapped in prosciutto.

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Candles, perfumes, bath bombs and the like are classic gifts for mom, containing essential oils that provide exquisite scents that transport her to another time or place.
Taking advantage of a shared interest can be a great way to create a reliable conversation starter or spend low-key time together.
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Pat Porter Active Living Centre: Connections in the Community

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

Current Programs:

The majority of our programs are $2 for members and $4 for non-members. We will be closed May 20. Programs are subject to change. Please check daily sign-up for updated hours.

Coffee Corner - Monday to Friday starting at 9:30 am.

Cards - Monday to Friday 1 – 4 pm.

Fun Bingo – Free - Wednesday May 1 and1 5, 4 -6 pm.

Country Jam – Wednesdays, 7 – 9 pm.

Fitness Classes:

Line Dance Class - Please sign up at the Centre or call 204-320-4600. Thursday May 2 and 23 at 1 – 2 pm.

Beginner Zumba - $3/$5. Sign up online. Fridays 6 – 7 pm. Except May 17. Laughter Yoga – Mondays, 1 – 2 pm. Except May 6.

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

Fitness Drumming– Tuesdays, 1–2 pm.

Circuit Training – Mondays, 10-11 am.

Rockin’ Rollers – Sign up Online. Sundays at 2 - 4 pm. Grab your roller skates/blades and stroll around our gym to great music. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

PACE – Wednesdays, 1 - 1:45 pm.

Floor Curling – Wed, 1:30-3:30 pm. Yoga with Carrie – Fridays, 9 – 10 am. Except May17.

Square Dancing - $5 - Will be accepting new dancers September 2024. Last day will be May 7, on Tuesdays, 7 – 9 pm.

Pickleball - Registration required at patporteralc.com. Times are subject to change. Please check sign-up for updated hours.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays, 9 am – 12 pm.

Thursday and Fridays, 9 - 10:30am.

Monday and Wednesdays, 12 – 1 pm. Fridays, 4 – 6 pm.

Intermediate Pickleball - Monday Evenings, 3:30 – 7:30 pm.

Advanced Pickleball - Monday Evenings, 7:30 – 9:30 pm.

Beginner Pickleball – Mondays, 1 – 3:30 pm, Tuesdays, 2 – 4 pm, Wednesdays, 1 – 3:30 pm (1 court), and Fridays 10:30 am – 12 pm.

Badminton - Registration required at patporteralc.com. Monday and Wednesdays, 12 – 1 pm and Friday 4 – 6 pm.

Special Events:

Mother Day’s Tea - Thursday, May 16, 2 – 4 pm. Free event. Bring yourself, your mum, your favourite female mentor and your grandma to our annual Mother’s Day Tea. This is a free event for the women in our lives that we wish to celebrate with dessert and tea. If this is something that interests you, please give us a call or sign up at the Centre by Monday, May 13.

Perogy Bee - Monday, May 6, 1 – 3:30 pm. We are making cottage cheese perogies. If you would like to be a volunteer and help with rolling, pinching, scooping, and boiling please sign up. This afternoon is a great opportunity to get out of your house, enjoy a conversation and help make delicious food. Call us to sign-up to be a volunteer or to order ahead.

Dinner and Dance: The Cracked Egg Shell on Friday, May 24. Doors open at 5 pm. Dinner at 5:30 pm and Dance at 7 pm. $25 for Members, $30 for NonMembers, $20 for Dance Only. Join us for food, entertainment and music. Menu is Soup, Pulled Pork, Bun, Po-

tato Chips, Coleslaw, Dessert and Night Lunch to follow.

Prior to the event, tickets can be purchased at the Centre or by calling 204320-4600.

Painting Class - Tuesday, May 21, 1 – 3 pm. $20 members, $30 non-members. This minimalist-styled painting is the perfect addition to any home and perfect for beginners. All supplies are included. Please sign up at the Centre or call 204320-4600.

2024 Memberships - Memberships are still available. Get your member discount for programs and events for $30!

Pancake Breakfast- $8/plate - Thursday, May 30, 9:30 – 11 am. Join us for a delicious meal of pancakes and sausage. All proceeds go to our Meals on Wheels program.

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

Meals Program: A healthy, warm and delicious meal cooked fresh daily and delivered to your door. We have two Meals on Wheels programs running out of Steinbach and Grunthal. Meals may be purchased for $8 for delivery or pickup. A meal includes soup, a main dish, sides and dessert. Please call 204-3204600 with any questions or to order a meal. To receive or cancel a same day meal, you must call before 9 am.

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

Southeast Open Judged Exhibit: A Celebration of Artistic Talent in the Southeast

In a vibrant tribute to the creative spirit flourishing within the southeast region, the highly anticipated Southeast Open Judged Exhibit Opening Ceremony is set to captivate art enthusiasts and community members alike on May 10 at 7 pm. This annual event serves as a dynamic showcase of the diverse talents emerging from the Southeast, offering a platform for artists of all ages and mediums to shine.

The upcoming opening ceremony promises an evening brimming with artistic exploration and discovery as attendees are invited to immerse themselves in a stunning array of artworks spanning various genres and mediums. From traditional to contemporary, each piece offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of cultural and personal narratives that define the southeast’s artistic landscape.

“This exhibit is more than just a display of artwork; it’s a celebration of the artists themselves,” remarked Camila Funes-Giesbrecht, Assistant Arts Instructor Coordinator. “The Southeast Open Judged Exhibit provides a unique opportunity for the community to connect with the creators behind the masterpieces, fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of the artistry on display.”

With submissions pouring in from across the southeast, the exhibit promises to showcase the region’s rich cultural heritage alongside the innovative and contemporary movements shaping the art world today. From intricate paintings to captivating sculptures, each artwork tells a distinct story, inviting viewers to embark on a journey of exploration and interpretation. In addition to the unveiling of the art-

works, attendees can look forward to an evening of elegance and inspiration, complete with music, refreshments, and the chance to be among the first to view the gallery. The event also marks the culmination of the judging process, with select works receiving recognition for their innovation, creativity, and impact, underscoring the importance of supporting and honouring artistic talent within the Southeast community.

As anticipation builds for the Southeast Open Judged Exhibit Opening Ceremony, art enthusiasts, family members, and community members are encouraged to mark their calendars and join in this celebration of creativity and expression. With each brushstroke and sculpted form, the Southeast’s artistic legacy continues to evolve, leaving an indelible mark on the cultural landscape for generations to come.

Bored –Who – Me?

Philippians 4:10-13… 10) I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11) I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12) I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13) I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (NIV)

We may think it is a good thing to be satisfied with life. There are those who think it is a good thing to feel dissatisfied, they say then we push ourselves to greater achievements.

We might get the idea that when we talk about contentment we are speaking about complacency. But complacency is undesirable. When I become complacent, I lose the desire to work hard, and I really do not care if I succeed. But we are not talking about complacency here. No, we are talking about godly contentment. We are talking about the idea of being at peace with God in every situation, good or bad.

Life has taught us that people are desperately seeking contentment. Everyone would like to find a place of peace and rest, where they can find fulfillment and simply enjoy life. They would like to find a place where they could feel relieved and relaxed. Is there such a place? Countless folks think not. They think that way because they have not found such a place and because no one they know has found it either. But the apostle Paul thinks there is such a place, that he has found it, and that we can find it too. He tells us that he found the secret. It is the secret of contentment.

God uses those times of difficulty in our lives to do his greatest work in us. It is true. We learn the most important lessons in life through the challenging times. God builds into us character and compassion through the rough places. I know that has been true for me and it has been true for you. We need to look at the changing circumstances of our lives and ask what God is teaching us through them. We might find lessons so valuable that, given the opportunity, we would not change the demanding times if we could.

I can do all things through him who gives me strength (verse 13). We make it apply to any and everything. And there is no doubt that through Christ we can do everything . . . everything he calls us to do. But it is within the context of dealing with the difficulties of life that Paul makes this statement. What he is saying is that he can deal with any situation through the power of Christ. There is no trouble, or conflict, or difficulty that cannot by the power of Christ be conquered. Christ was the secret of his success. We can go through anything because we are not alone. Christ lives in us and through us.

We must train ourselves to remain fixated on Christ. So often we look to so many other things. It is at times like that we become bored – uninterested – tired – fed up… It is exactly at such a moment when we have exhausted all our options that we must turn to God in prayer to ask for his help. God ought not to be our last resort. He ought to be our first thought… our first consideration. Christ is the key to everything for us. He is the key to our contentment. He is the key to our peace. He is the key to us being able to weather the storms of life. Christ will be with us every step of the way, even when we cannot see the next step. He will be our guide. He is the key to everything.

“To God be the Glory great things He has done.”

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

May 2024


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Speeding Vehicle Results in Driver Ending Up in Hospital

At approximately 11:27 pm, on April 6, Steinbach RCMP were advised to be on the lookout for a white Dodge Caravan travelling all over the road east on Highway 52.

The vehicle had just proceeded west on Highway 52 when the speed of 180 km/hr was detected on police radar. Even as police activated their lights, the vehicle continued to travel at a high rate of speed and did not stop for police. Police deactivated the emergency lights and did not pursue in the interest of public safety.

Police then observed the Caravan’s brake lights come on at the curve where Loewen and Hwy 52 meet. It was immediately followed by a cloud of dust. The driver had lost control and drove over several cement curbs, rolled at least once before coming to rest.

The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, a 24-year-old male from Otterburne suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital. Police continue their investigation.

Headingley RCMP Lay Drug Trafficking Charges on Steinbach and Ste. Anne Residents

On April 10, at approximately 8:10 am, Headingley RCMP received a report of a single-vehicle collision on Highway 3 near Brunkild. When police attended the scene, the vehicle had been in the northwest ditch and was being towed out. It appears the vehicle had hit the ditch at approximately 1 am.

The male driver of the vehicle appeared to be impaired, and a female had been located sleeping in the backseat of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted after illegal cigarettes were located on the driver. The search located crack, cocaine, drug trafficking paraphernalia, and an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency.

The 43-year-old male from Steinbach and the 21-year-old female from the RM of Ste. Anne were arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

Officers used the roadside Approved Drug Screening Equipment on the driver, and it came back positive for cocaine. Charges are pending.

Both suspects were released with a future court date. The driver also had his licence revoked.

Keep all vehicles locked. Check on your neighbours.

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

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

Manitoba RCMP Warn Public About Banking Scam

Manitoba RCMP is warning the public about interac e-transfer scams that are becoming more prevalent.

In these instances, the victim receives an email which appears to be from someone trying to send them an interac e-transfer. At first glance it appears legitimate and when the victim clicks on the link and enters in their banking credentials, the scammers are able to steal the banking login information. This gives the scammers access to the account which allows them to withdraw large sums of money. Scammers are becoming more and more sophisticated, so extra caution is needed before you accept an e-transfer. Here are some tips on what to look out for:

- If you are not expecting any money don’t click on links and try to deposit money.

- Check the email closely, even though it may be personally addressed it does not mean it is legitimate.

- Use Interac e-Transfer Autodeposit. If you have Autodeposit set up,  Interac e-Transfer transactions sent to your email address will automatically be deposited into your bank account; Autodeposit is the secure way to accept Interac e-Transfer.

- Create strong passwords.

- Be conscious about what you share online, including personal identifiable information that hackers can use to access your accounts. If you were defrauded please contact your local police and report it. For more information on how to protect yourself from frauds and scams please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit Makes Numerous Arrests in Southern Manitoba

Over an eight-day period at the end of March, the Manitoba RCMP Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit executed five search warrants, made four arrests, and removed three children under six years of age from situations where they were being sexually abused and exploited. From those five search warrants, executed from March 18 to March 25, tens of thousands of child pornography images were located.

Three different southern Manitoba communities were involved. The RCMP will not be identifying any individuals or communities that were part of the investigation to protect the identity of the victims.

The four individuals arrested were all male, aged 37, 40, 42, and 56. All of them were charged with Distributing/Uploading/Possessing Child Pornography, and one of the suspects was additionally charged with Making Child Pornography.

The RCMP National Child Exploitation Crime Centre provided reports to the Manitoba RCMP ICE Unit that assisted them in locating these individuals and executing some of the search warrants.

“This is four arrests and three children removed from traumatic situations in a span of only 10 days. I wish I could say that this is a success, and it absolutely is in terms of getting these kids to safety, but it is really a drop in the bucket when it comes to the material we seized,” said Corporal Gord Olson of the RCMP ICE Unit. “I know people will be surprised at how much child sexual abuse and exploitation material we encountered, but the truth is this problem is prolific. It is in every community, and so many children are affected by it. We continue to do everything we can to combat child exploitation and encourage parents to be mindful of how your children are engaging on social media.”

Manitoba RCMP Roving Traffic Unit Seizes Large Amount of Cocaine

On March 29 at approximately 7 pm, the Manitoba RCMP Roving Traffic Unit stopped a westbound vehicle on the Trans-Canada Highway in the RM of Reynolds. Officers had reason to believe the driver of the vehicle, a 29-year-old male from Alberta, was in possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

After the vehicle was stopped, officers conducted a search. The search located a sophisticated aftermarket compartment in the rear of the SUV that contained 61 kg of cocaine. Officers seized the cocaine and took the driver into custody.

On April 14, 2024, at approximately 3:30 pm, Lac du Bonnet

RCMP received a report of a vehicle in the bush at Highway 11 and Petersen Road in the RM of Lac du Bonnet. Officers attended and located a deceased male in the bush outside of the vehicle. The surrounding area was searched and nobody else was located.

Investigation determined the northbound vehicle was travelling on Highway 11 at a high rate of speed when it missed the bend in the road, entering the ditch and striking an approach, which caused the vehicle to go airborne into the wooded area. The 43-year-old male from Pinawa was ejected from the vehicle.

A RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstructionist is assisting with the ongoing investigation.

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Steinbach Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary Hosts Fundraiser to Support Local Food Banks

The Steinbach Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary #190 is launching their annual cash calendar fundraiser and the goal this year is aimed at supporting local food banks in Steinbach and Ste. Anne.

With daily prizes ranging from $25 to $100 throughout the month of June, participants have the chance to win big while making a positive impact in their community.

For just $5 per ticket, supporters can purchase a chance to win one of the daily cash prizes, with a special $50 prize up for grabs on Father’s Day. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly towards aiding veterans and assisting those in need within the community.

“The Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary is dedicated to supporting both our veterans and our local communities,” explained a representative from the Steinbach Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary. “Through initiatives like the cash calendar fundraiser, we aim to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those facing hardship while also honouring the legacy of our veterans.”

The fundraiser has garnered support from community members and organizations alike, with the Pat Porter Active Living Centre generously

offering to assist in ticket sales.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of support from our community partners,” wrote the Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary in a statement. “Their assistance ensures that we can maximize our fundraising efforts and reach as many individuals in need as possible.”

Tickets for the cash calendar fundraiser can be purchased by contacting Jean at 204-326-2751 or emailing the Auxiliary at Steinbach190LA@hotmail.com. Additionally, tickets will be available for purchase at the Pat Porter Active Living Centre, providing convenient access for those interested in supporting the cause.

The fundraiser will run until May 31st, with daily draws taking place throughout the month of June to select prize winners. All purchased tickets are eligible for all 31 random draws, offering participants multiple opportunities to win. Winners will be notified by phone by the Ladies’ Auxiliary in June.

As the Steinbach Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary continues their mission to support veterans and uplift local communities, they invite residents to participate in this impactful fundraiser and join them in making a difference in the lives of others.

Ritchot Senior Services May Event Calendar

AGM - Wednesday May 15, 6:30 pm Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street, St. Adolphe. Come learn about all the wonderful things RSS did this past year. Would you like to be a part of this great organization? We’re accepting nominations for Board President, Vice President and Members at large.

Let No One Be Alone – Tuesday, May 7, 11 am – 1 pm, Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street, St. Adolphe. We all know someone who lives alone. Let’s dedicate this week to raising awareness and make sure that those living alone feel our care and support. We invite you to join us for lunch. Come reconnect with friends, enjoy a delicious lunch and engage in some fun games. Lunch will be served at no cost, but you must pre register for this event.

Mothers Day Tea – Friday, May 10, 11 am – 1 pm Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street, St. Adolphe. Celebrate Mother’s Day in style, have fun and showcase your fanciest hat for a chance to win a prize! Indulge in a delightful selection of fancy sandwiches, tea, sweet treats, and enjoy a memorable time filled with joy and laughter. No Cost but you, must pre register.

Coffee – Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16 and 30 from 10 - 11:30 am. Indulge in the perfect blend of activity and sociability! $2 for bottomless coffee and muffin. Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street, St. Adolphe.

Bingo – Tuesday, May 28, 1:30 - 3 pm at Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street, St. Adolphe. Play for fun prizes. $2 admission includes 2 cards, additional cards available for .50 cents each. You must pre register for this event.

Group Outing – Oakridge Greenhouse & Café on Monday, May 13. We’ll be hopping on the bus and heading to Oakridge Greenhouse to do some shopping and enjoy a special lunch with friends. After lunch you will have time to

make your final decisions before boarding the bus to return back to Ritchot Senior Services. Lunch options will be provided after you reserve your spot. Cost $5 to reserve your bus seat on the bus. Lunch cost extra. Limited number of seats available so reserve soon.

Lunch & Learn – Friday, May 17, at10 am, Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street St Adolphe. Learn about the Canadian Dental Care Plan. Representative from Service Canada will cover eligibility, application process, what is covered and how to be aware of scams. Please bring your letters of invitation if you wish to apply with their help. To apply, you must have valid ID and know your Social Insurance Number.

Canada Revenue Agency will also be presenting on Disability tax credit, Pension income splitting, Multigenerational Home Renovation Tax Credit, Canada caregiver credit, home accessibility tax credit, Medical expenses and Scams awareness. Following the presentation, lunch will be served. This is no cost but you must register.

Fundraiser Used Book – Garage Sale – Saturday, May 25, 9 am -1 pm, Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street St Adolphe. Something for everyone.

St. Adolphe Old Time Dance – Sunday, May 26 from 1-5 pm at Pioneer Hall, 345 St. Adolphe Rd. Entertainment provided by Dennis Nykoliation Band. Door prizes, 50-50 and cash bar. Lunch provided. Cost $20. Please reserve your ticket in advance, by calling Jules 204-883-2440.

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

Upcoming clinic dates:

Ste Agathe – Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2. St. Adolphe – Tuesday, May 21, Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday May 23. Ile des Chenes – Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5.

Country Tales: Rock ‘N Roll

Having a fresh cold orange juice on a warm spring morning while looking over the field was always the best way to start the day. Row after row all we could see were specks of white. Not snow, not rabbits... just hundreds of new rocks. They grow magically every spring. Nothing left to do with them but make a rock garden. With the help of some good friends, bribed with cold brews as a reward, we put the old Dodge 800 flat deck in gear and let it roll! The whole truck was loaded in no time at all. If you really want to rock n’ roll, pick rocks.

Service to Our Communities! Dawson Trail Dispatch May 2024

Experimenting with Local Colour: Natural Dyes

Since getting my own wool spun into yarn several years ago, I have experimented with natural dyes from local materials. Although chemical dyes may produce more vibrant colour, I choose to work with plants and other natural materials I find around my farm. I find natural hues bring a connection to the seasons and land - as well as comfort that it is not polluting soil and water.

While I am not an expert in dying by any means, I have found some interesting colours and inspiration while dying my own yarn. Many plants, veggies, or fruits can be used, such as onions, avocado, black beans, coffee, and beets. I have found some of the best colours close to home. Golden rods make amazing yellow. Black beans turn my wool beautiful grey blue. And red onion skins create a gold colour sometimes ranging to hunter green. Onion skins offer a good start to dying because they reliably produce strong colour. If you keep onions over the winter, in spring, you’ll have a ton of onion skins to experiment with. There are also some common local flowers that make excellent dyes such as Yarrow, Golden Rod, Zinnia, Black Eyed Susan, and Marigold.

Sometimes the colour turns out differently than expected. When I was making sauerkraut one day, I was amazed by the bright purple colour of the red cabbage juice. Thinking it would make an excellent dye; I tried it, and was surprised that the colour came out as very light lilac rather than the pink I expected. Beets turned out to be another surprise. Although bright pink in their cooking water, they dyed my wool a chocolate tan colour.

Many factors affect final colour. Mordanting with alum and cream of tarter can make the colour more definite and long-lasting. You can find instructions for mordanting online. Also experimenting with the PH of the dye bath using vinegar and baking soda change the final colour. Adding iron will affect the shade as well. I have found it is wise to dye a little bit of fibre first to find out what colour you will end up with before making a big batch.

To start, you will need some basic tools like a large pot, a wooden spoon, and a heat source. A propane burner outside works well. Some people do solar dying and that involves leaving the fibre in the dye bath in a sunny spot. Although solar dying is easy, I find simmering the fibre in the dye liquid yields quicker more consistent results. Detailed instructions to dying can be found in various places online.

The downside of using natural dyes is that not all natural dyes are very colour fast, especially when exposed to a lot of sunlight. My son’s toque, which was originally an orange colour from onion skins, is now a light yellow two years after dying it. I am careful to keep my sweater, dyed with black beans, in a drawer away from sunlight when I am not wearing it. When you see the beauty of natural colours, the changeability may not bother you. When an item has lost some of its vibrancy, you could dye it again, or embrace the lighter colour for the beauty of what it is.

Changing our preference from unnaturally bright colours to enjoying natures’ beauty brings unexpected joy, variety and creativity. If you are interested in experimenting with natural dyes, don’t be afraid to jump right in and start with material close to home.

Pembina Fibreshed has a list of natural dying resources on their website. Check it out at fromfieldtoskin.com/resources.

Brought to you by the Stuartburn Emerson-Franklin Local Food Initiative. Find them on Facebook or email initiativelocalfood@gmail.com.

 Celebrating Over 25 Years of Service to Our Communities! Dawson Trail Dispatch May 2024
Yarn is dyed with red cabbage (left) and coffee (right). Yarn is dyed with golden rods (left) and black beans (right). Submitted photos Leah Bouchard

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