Dawson Trail Dispatch November 2018

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Youngest Taekwondo Assistant Instructor Named

Elisabeth Fust with the children’s class she instructs twice weekly in the Lorette Branch of Spirit 1 Taekwondo Academy. Often assisting her are the poom and colour belts on the right. Photos courtesy of Spirit1 Taekwondo Academy.

Beginning in April 2017 after achieving the rank of Red Belt, Elisabeth Fust took the initiative of helping Master Michael Tam of Spirit 1 Taekwondo Academy in instructing the children’s class, which at the time consisted of about 15 little ones. She continues to be the prime instructor of this children’s class today. Fust achieved her 1st Poom Black Belt on October 7, 2017 at the age of 14 years and on October 6 of this year she earned and was promoted to the rank of 2nd Dan Black Belt. For this achievement and her continuing commitment to the children in taekwondo from Lorette and surrounding area, Master Tam instructed that Fust shall now have the title of Assistant Instructor in Spirit 1 Taekwondo Academy. She becomes the youngest recognized instructor in the academy.

During the annual Awards and Dinner hosted by Master Tam recently, he recognized Fust with the “Role Model of the Year Award”. Kimi Marasigan also was recognized with this award for her assistance with the children’s class, for her bearing in class as a martial artist, and her medal winning feats at tournaments. Knight Marasigan was award- Elisabeth Fust posing with her Role ed the “Best Manner of the Year Model of the Year Award presented to her by Master Michael Tam. Award” and Rya Bernier, Casia Schreyer and Carrie Sutherland were awarded the “Exceptional Branch “Ironman” for 2018. Taekwondo Spirit Award”. Rya Melody Tardiff was awarded Bernier was also awarded the the “Outstanding Member of Grand Champion, Taekwondo the Year Award”. Holistic Award for the Lorette Master Michael Tam holds a Branch. 5th Dan Degree Black Belt in Seven year old Janelle Schrey- Taekwondo. He is registered er was named as the Lorette with Taekwondo Manitoba

Rya Bernier posing with her Grand Champion - Taekwondo Holistic Award presented to her by Master Michael Tam.

and Taekwondo Canada and is affiliated with World Taekwondo, Seoul, South Korea. Inquiries on joining their taekwondo family can be sent to bernier1949@gmail. com or call 204-878-2198.

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Operation Red Nose Gearing Up for Another Season By Marianne Curtis In a few weeks, Operation Red Nose Steinbach/La Broquerie will roll onto the streets for its sixth season of operation within the region and it is not too early to think about volunteering. Operation Red Nose Steinbach/La Broquerie is organized and operated annually by the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) from Ecole St-Joachim, in La Broquerie as a school fundraiser. This year, the service has expanded to include St. Malo. The group has partnered with the communities including the City of Steinbach, RM of La Broquerie and Steinbach RCMP to ensure its success. François Grenier, Operation Red Nose Coordinator said the group is committed to saving lives, improving roadway safety and starting the conversation with our students and communities about responsible consumption of inebriating substances. “The Operation Red Nose project fundraising from the ride service also allows our school to fund special projects within our school and community,” explained Grenier. “These projects impact the lives of students and families by supporting improved recreational and cultural opportunities and providing safer equipment.” It also gathers a community of volunteers that share a common cause for an evening and have fun while helping out, he added. Since the inception of Operation Red Nose Steinbach/ La Broquerie, $27,594 has been raised through generous donations from clients. This money has gone directly to different youth programs, whether cultural or sports. Past projects include a school walking path, picnic tables and new bleachers in the school gym. Last year the funds helped put together a big gathering that got La Broquerie moving (Ca bouge ici). “This was an opportunity for the community to exercise together and do different workshops, young and old then share in a supper and finish with a talent show of all the youth from the school,” Grenier explained. “This year the money is going into helping for Jerseys for the improvisation team and theatre equipment for the acting and band classes.” The official season for Operation Red Nose Steinbach/ La Broquerie will be launched on November 16 at Hylife Centre in La Broquerie. The service will be available starting November 30 and run every weekend until New Years. Businesses interested in sponsoring the service have until November 15 to guarantee their logo’s are on posters and table tent cards. To find out more information visit their website at OperationRedNoseSteinbachLaBroquerie.ca and to either volunteer or arrange a service call 204-424-9555.

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St. Labre 200 Celebrates a Decade of Supporting Community Programs On October 16, the organizers of St. Labre 200 committee handed out four grants to organizations from southern Manitoba during their annual general meeting. Since its inception ten years ago, the St. Labre 200 committee has donated thousands of dollars to different local organizations in what they call the Give Back to the Community campaign. St. Labre 200 spokesperson Joël Grenier said the group is proud to support the many local organizations. “We are proud to have donated $18,000 back to the community of which $4,000 to each of the organizations,” said Grenier. The proceeds from this year’s event was divided between four worthwhile local organizations, including Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation from Ile des Chenes, St-Malo Catholic Camp and Youth for Christ in Steinbach. Grenier credits the dedication of volunteers, sponsors and close to 1,500 people who come to this unique back yard gathering for the event’s ongoing success. In order to make sure that this annual event is accessible to as many families as possible, the admission is free. But… Be a Fan... Bring a Can! All money raised and all dry goods received are donated to the region’s soup kitchens or food banks through South East Helping Hands. This year the organization collected $476 and donated 455 pounds of food. The St. Labre 200 is a 2-day go-kart build off competition where fourteen teams are challenged to build their own gokarts within 24 hours. Teams build go-karts from scratch on the first day and race their new creations the next day in a fast paced nail biting 200 lap race on a quarter mile dirt track. The winner earns the right to hoist the coveted Sparkplug Cup. Planning is already underway for next year’s event.

Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre in Ile des Chenes was one of 4 non-profit groups who received funds from the St. Labre 200 Giving Back to the Community campaign.

A cheque is presented to Youth for Christ in Steinbach.

St. Malo Catholic School received a $4,000 grant.

St-Labre 200 is a 200 lap 1/4 mile dirt track race in St-Labre, MB. This is a one of a kind event where the race vehicles don’t even exist a day before the start of the race. Teams are challenged to build a vehicle within 24 hours with whatever materials they want. All teams are given the same mandatory parts for power train and wheels. This gives all teams no distinct advantage when it comes down to amount of power and gear ratio. All of the teams tools and equipment are packed up and brought back home the next day but now teams have a brand new cart that they get to keep to ride around the yard and race in next year’s Alumni Race.

Habitat for Humanity Southeast Chapter receiving their donation.

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Community Challenge Raises Funds for Lorette Arena By Marianne Curtis For three days, the Lorette Arena was abuzz with activity while the 36 Hour Community Challenge took place. From October 12-14, residents were given an opportunity to support the project with the purchase of a $10 hockey puck, chosen as a symbol of people willing to provide financial support, volunteer time and work cooperatively to achieve a common goal. Approximately 1,500 hockey pucks were sold and over $16,000 was raised towards a new sports complex for the community. According to Chris Maxemuck, co-organizer of the 36 Hour Hockey Marathon, “The community overwhelmingly exceeded their goals.” The event was designed to energize the local residents to get involved and work together to achieve a common goal in a positive and respectful manner while raising funds and asking residents to sign an optional pledge of support for a new Community Complex. It also provided an informal setting for residents and individuals running in the upcoming Municipal election. “I can proudly say I did not have to solicit any businesses or farmers for donations. Individuals generously stepped up for the community to help out,” Maxemuck said. “The highlight of the event for me was to see all the people work together to

Chris Maxemuck, co-organizer of the 36 Hour Hockey Marathon and Vic Black from Dawson Trail Service who was one of many local business people who purchased 100 pucks.

achieve a common goal.” In 2002, The Lorette Arena was scheduled to be closed due to reported mold issues in the arena. In response, a group of 42 dedicated players, volunteers and a lot of community support helped raise approximately $80,000 for a new arena. The 36 Hour Hockey Marathon Group feels that the current facility is well beyond its useful life and with community support a new facility is just on the horizon. “As a community, we need to come together and show our elected officials that recreational activities are very important to the well being of our community,” he added. In total, the 36 Hour Hockey Marathon has raised in excess of $100,000 for a new Community Complex since March 2002. Looking forward, Maxemuck said that there are other surprises planned specifically for November 15 and December 15. “I would like to continue to raise funds, awareness and positive energy for a new Community Complex,” he added.

Province to Investigate Bipole III The provincial government has committed to conducting an independent review of two Manitoba Hydro mega projects that have been plagued by substantial cost overruns. According to the province, Manitoba Hydro proceeded with the development of the Bipole III transmission line and converter station project (Bipole III) and the Keeyask Generating Station project during a time when the market price for energy was declining. As a result, Manitoba residents are now being forced to deal with costs and billions in related cost overruns through increases in electricity rates that far exceed the expected rate of inflation. Back in May, Premier Brian Pallister had suggested that a review was needed after the Public Utilities Board granted an electricity rate increase of 3.6 per cent, less than half of what the Crown Corporation sought. The province has hired Gordon Campbell, the former Liberal premier of British Columbia to conduct an economic review of the planning and decision-making processes related to the recently completed Bipole III and Keeyask Generating Station. Campbell has been tasked to investigate to what extent Manitoba Hydro pursued these two projects whether they were necessary, or not at the time to meet the province’s then-anticipated electrical needs in a timely and cost-effective manner. He is also expected to investigate the directions that the government gave Hydro to promote economy and efficiency in the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of power in the province and the result in Manitoba Hydro having to address matters beyond its statutory mandate. He will also look into what extent the estimated net benefits projected at the planning stage for Bipole III and Keeyask were determined to be in accordance with best practices, applicable for such projects and if demonstrably superior to the estimated net benefits of proceeding with other options that were available to address the province’s then-anticipated electrical needs in a timely and cost-effective manner. Part of Campbell’s review will determine what prudent steps the government and Manitoba Hydro can take to restore the corporation’s financial health, given the government’s ongoing obligation to ensure that provincial finances are managed responsibly and that Manitoba has an attractive investment environment. The Bipole III transmission line was completed this summer. In 2007, the cost for the project was originally $2.2 billion, and then adjusted to $3.3 billion in 2011 and $4.6 billion in 2014. In its latest annual report, Hydro says the total estimated cost is $5.04 billion. The Keeyask generating station project was originally estimated to cost $6.5 billion and expected to be in service by November 2019. In March 2017 that cost estimate was revised by Hydro to $8.7 billion.

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Tache Food Bank Drive Fills the Shelves At the beginning of October, the Tache Food Bank was facing a serious shortage of food. The need was so urgent that they put out a call to the community and held a municipal wide food-drive from October 15 to 28. According to spokesperson Lisa Woods, the Tache Food bank provides support to many people within the community, including children. Wood said that the fall season can be strenuous on the food bank as they tend to receive fewer donations over the summer. While the RM of Tache provides financial support to the organization, the growing demand had pushed them towards the red, so the food drive acted as both an awareness campaign and a means to fill the shelves. Woods said there has been a notable increase for a number of their most needed food items. Items in high demand include infant formula, canned fish, canned meat, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruit. During the two week food drive, enough donations came in to help feed ten families for one pickup. While there was no infant formula donated, there was enough cash donated to make that specific purchase. The Tache Food bank was established in 2002, after 8 volunteers determined that the annual Christmas Hamper drive was needed throughout the entire year. Since

Tache Food Bank volunteer Hellen Townsend and Coordinator Irene Bialek show off the stocked shelves. Photo courtesy of RM of Tache

then the organization has grown both in volunteers and families that they provide. The Tache Food bank currently assists 37 families, including eight infants under 18 months of age.

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Surprise, Surprise, We Don’t Trust Politicians Our trust in our Manitoba communicator in chief has slipped all the way down to 24 % since the Premier has changed his mind on charging a carbon tax instead to stand with Saskatchewan and Ontario on quitting the Federal carbon tax scheme. The approval rating for the Premier is now at 24% compared to the Prime Minister’s at 40% on this question. It turns out that the provincial government has more in its plan than a carbon tax but it is not communicated well enough for us to know much about it. Nevertheless the Fed’s carbon tax is meant to accelerate the consumer’s needed negative attitude to carbon tax emissions. The recent release of negative effects of worldwide emissions seems to underscore a greater urgency in the revised timeline for an overdose of carbon. The Premier insists that he is acting with true diligence. His forthcoming plans would be helpful but all that has reached us is his reneging on his tax plan, an action which surprised the hell out of us. This looks more like a political need than anything else. Ethical and leadership is not something I or anyone else can see in this mess. Bipartisan politics yeah, that’s another story, or should I say the story. Fake news of which we hear so much these days doesn’t start with the media; its origin has always been for a political assist. The other half of the Manitoba political story is that municipal council hopefuls are getting acquainted. I find the participation dismal again. I feel something could improve participation. Instead of all councils being voted at large, one could even throw in a twist, and the one with the most votes get to be mayor/reeve. The main problem with ward voting is it facilitates a form of populism. The councillor has too often a narrow view for his ward’s citizen and too often against others which could be either urban dwellers or farmers. There are many other factors to create an “us” versus “them” situation. When I was reeve we had to build two additions to personal care homes. One was in a predominantly Mennonite community and the other a predominantly French Canadian community. When I heard, “I’m not going to help those people,” because of a different address or because of a different culture, it was to say, “embarrassing”. Voting at large would expose all of council to different cultures and a need to seek more votes. School trustee’s election is a different situation and garners generally a lower percentage of voters. I also find they don’t communicate with voters well. In this last election I would have had to go to the polls to find their names never mind what they stood for. They could use more voter draw but they may consider my input argumentative and or negative and they could be right on both counts. Let’s see if they can figure it out.

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An Unprecedented Intrusion into the Private Lives of Canadians When it comes to their personal information, Canadians believe that their government has a duty to protect that information as well as respect the privacy of their personal financial lives. That’s why this week’s news that the Canadian Government is snooping on the financial transactions of Canadians across the country is so shocking. Newly revealed documents show that Statistics Canada is asking Canadian banks for the financial transaction data and personal information of 500,000 Canadians, without their knowledge or consent, to develop a “new institutional personal information bank.” The personal banking and financial transactions being requested include bill payments, cash withdrawals from ATMs, credit card payments, electronic money transfers and even account balances of Canadians from coast to coast. Every time you make a withdrawal, pay a bill or transfer funds, your government will know about it - and Canada’s banks and credit unions are powerless to stop it. In fact, they won’t even be allowed to let you know when it’s happening. The Liberal Government does not seem to understand that Canadians’ personal financial information belongs to them and they have a right to know when it is being accessed and for what purpose. This is a disturbing and unprecedented intrusion into the private lives of individual Canadians. As media have reported when this story came to light, it’s such a ridiculous idea that it actually sounds like a crazy conspiracy theory. Sadly for Canadians, it’s not. While the Prime Minister continues to defend this appalling overreach into Canadians’ private lives, Canadians are left shaking their heads in disbelief. He doesn’t seem to understand that he is missing the entire point. It’s not about trying to protect your privacy AFTER he’s taken it… it’s the fact that he thinks he is entitled to take it in the FIRST place! As the Official Opposition, Canada’s Conservatives will continue to call on Justin Trudeau to protect the privacy of Canadians and put a swift end to this outrageous government intrusion. Liberals Soft on Terrorism A high-profile Canadian member of ISIS has been arrested by Syrian forces while attempting to return to Canada. Mohammed Ali left Canada to join ISIS in 2014. Aside from serving as a sniper, he also engaged in propaganda, using social media to encourage others to join ISIS and conduct terrorist attacks. Syrian forces want to hand Ali, and a dozen other ISIS fighters who hold Canadian citizenship, over to the RCMP. However, the Government says there is no guarantee that the ISIS fighters would face arrest upon their return. Unbelievable as it may seem, the Liberal Government has been actively reaching out to imprisoned terror suspects in Syria about coming back to Canada. The parents of alleged ISIS member “Jihadi Jack” Letts, a dual U.K.-Canadian citizen, have also been lobbying the Government to allow him to come to Canada. Despite the fact that Letts and his parents are all facing serious terror related charges in the U.K. it appears that the Liberals are considering allowing him to come to Canada as well. In contrast, our former Conservative Government passed a law to strip terrorists of their Canadian citizenship. However, Justin Trudeau and his Liberals repealed that law. Recently, the Liberal Government also brought forward Bill C-75, which reduces the penalties for serious crimes such as; participation in a terrorist group; leaving Canada to participate in a terrorist group; and advocating or promoting commission of a terrorism offence. Under the new legislation, judges would now have the ability to impose reduced sentences for these crimes - from jail time down to a simple fine. Conservatives believe that any individual who took up arms against Canada and our allies by joining ISIS should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We have given the Liberals the tools they need to hold ISIS terrorists accountable, and to protect Canadians. It is shameful that in case after case they are unwilling to use them. The security of Canadians is Andrew Scheer’s top priority. Conservatives will continue to hold Justin Trudeau and his Liberals accountable and will focus on ensuring that Canadians are protected from those who would do us harm. For more information on this or any issue please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1-866-333-1933 or at 204-326-9889. Visit me on Facebook at: Facebook.com/TedFalkMP. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12N, Steinbach MB, R5G 1T4 or visit my website at tedfalk.ca.

New Stuartburn Reeve Disappointed in Plebiscite Results By Marianne Curtis During recent municipal elections, residents in both the RM of Stuartburn and the City of Steinbach said “no” to cannabis sales within their communities. In Steinbach, “no” votes were over 2-1 against permitted licensed cannabis shops with 3,696 votes against and 1,703 votes in favour. In the RM of Stuartburn, the results were fairly similar with only 237 “yes” votes and 400 voters opposed. Newly elected RM of Stuartburn reeve David Kiansky, voiced disappointment that residents voted against allowing licensed retail cannabis stores open within the municipality. Kiansky, noted that while he had no part of the decision making

process that called for the plebiscite, he says that he will abide by the results. Kiansky is well versed with the area, having served several terms as reeve previously. He returned to council after beating incumbent Jim Swidersky by a mere 12 votes. “When I was campaigning, many of the seniors felt that a dispensary in the area would have been good for the community,” Kiansky stated. “Commerce is commerce! The federal government made it legal and it would have been a good business to have in our area.” Using Vita as an example, Kiansky added that a legal dispensary would have brought people into the region that may not normally travel into the community.

“I believe we are missing out on an opportunity here,” Kiansky continued. “At one time, alcohol was illegal, and that changed. Now this is legal, and we need to stay current with the times.” The province opened up the door to municipalities by suggesting that those who couldn’t decide whether to allow stores that sell pot will be able to put the issue to a binding plebiscite. This is expected to allow everyone to have a fair say in the process. According to the province, if a plebiscite result in a ban, no new licenses for a retail cannabis store will be issued and existing pot store licenses would be cancelled, effective six months after the plebiscite.

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Lorette Community Organizations Recognized in Legislature

Volunteers from Thrifty Treasures and the Taché Food Bank who were recognized in the Legislature by Bob Lagassé for their hard work in the community. Photo courtesy of RM of Tache

On October 29, Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagassé recognized the volunteers of the Taché Food Bank and Lorette Thrifty Treasures as Dawson Trail Heroes in the Manitoba Legislature. In a special member statement, Lagassé asked members of the Legislature to recognize the hard work of the 45 volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to make Lorette Thrifty Treasures a success. The organization has been in business for over 25 years, and is comprised of 45 volunteers who dedicate their hard work and time to make it a success. “They have done an immense amount of good for their community as well as surrounding areas,” Lagassé explained. “On top of being an important community gathering spot, they also encourage others to reuse and recycle.” Money raised at Thrifty Treasures is used for residents and charities,” Lagassé continued. In 2017, through their hard work and dedication, $30,000 in donations went to local families and worthy causes. The Taché Food bank was established in 2002, after 8 volunteers determined that the annual Christmas Hamper drive was needed throughout the entire year. Since then the organization has grown both in volunteers and families that they help. Using monetary donations collected from businesses, schools and churches, the organization uses the money to purchase groceries for families facing hardships and financial difficulties. “It is through the commitment and hard work of volunteers that make communities like Lorette even stronger,” Lagassé added. The Taché Food Bank and Lorette Thrifty Treasures are both located in the old RM of Tache municipal office on Main Street in Lorette.

Local Woman Appointed to Provincial Mental Health Board A Steinbach woman is among a dozen new members appointed to Manitoba’s Mental Health Review Board. The review board hears applications regarding decisions about specific aspects of the admission and treatment of patients in a designated psychiatric facility. There are 27 members on the board, which is broken down to include eight lawyers, 11 psychiatrists and eight public members. The most recent appointment, which took place on October 3, including six lawyers and six public members is Steinbach resident Candice Cancade who was named among the six public members to the board. Cancade is an executive assistant with Schinkel Properties Inc. She is also a part-time rural liaison for Siloam Mission in Winnipeg and parttime operations manager for South East Helping Hands in Steinbach. Other volunteer experience includes the South Eastman Mental Health Advisory Council and the South Eastman Region Suicide Prevention Committee. The new appointees were appointed to two- and three-year terms. The start dates and terms of the appointments have been staggered to allow for the uninterrupted continuation of the board’s day-to-day operations.

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Educational Priorities in Manitoba I would like to start by congratulating all the mayors, reeves, councillors and school trustees who were elected in this fall’s municipal and school board elections. It is also important to thank those who were not successful in their bids to be elected. Elections are an important part of the democratic process and would not be possible without the candidates. I look forward to working with all of them. Our Progressive Conservative government is committed to greater transparency and public engagement in our education system, and has resumed the practice of publishing results of Grade 12 provincial tests at the school division level. It’s the first time in 20 years that Manitoba’s divisional assessment results of Grade 12 provincial tests have been made public. During the 17 years of neglect under the previous NDP government, Manitoba’s educational results were consistently at the bottom among all provinces in literacy, math and science. Manitoba students lagged about one year behind in reading and science and more than half a year behind in math compared to students in our neighbouring provinces. The test results for school divisions will provide important context for our government’s upcoming review of Manitoba’s kindergarten to Grade 12 education system. The review will involve public consultations on many issues, including the quality of education across the province. Education is among the services in which our Manitoba government continues to make record investments. Health care and family services are others. And we are doing this while surpassing our deficit reduction targets and continuing on a pace to balance the provincial budget during our second term. While reducing the deficit, our government has significantly increased expenditures in health care by $386 million, in education by $399 million and in the Department of Families by $288 million over what the NDP budgeted for these services in 2015. Public accounts for the 2017-18 fiscal year show we have decreased the provincial summary deficit to $695 million, which is $145 million lower than the budgeted deficit of $840 million. This is real progress for fiscal sustainability, and for protection of the services Manitobans rely on. Through smart fiscal management, we are moving our province in the right direction. As always, I look forward to hearing from you with your questions or concerns. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204-424-5406, at my legislature office at 204-945-4339 or at dennis.smook@leg.gov.mb.ca.

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Marchand Home Gets Renovated as Act of Kindness By Marianne Curtis The home of an avid community volunteer in Marchand is being completely redone, thanks to a pay it forward program called Heavenly Pines Act of Kindness recently launched by Heavenly Pines, near Piney. Since October 13, Jeanna Parisien’s home has been transformed thanks to the efforts of Rosalie Stelmack, Office Administrative Manager with Heavenly Pines Wood Inc. and her family.“I came up with this idea because I noticed a real need in my own community,” Stelmack explained. “I want this program to be seen as real community spirit by seeing a need and helping to fill it.” Parisien was chosen by Stelmack, because she is one of the most avid volunteers in the community. “I chose Jeanna as my Pilot Project because she was the one I noticed always gives herself fully to every event we have in Marchand. She’s the one that is always the first to volunteer for everything but she never asks for anything,” Stelmack explained. “In the summer of this year, I went to Jeanna’s home and saw that her floors were horrible. I’m shocked that she didn’t fall through they were so bad. She never said a word.” Working at a company that makes flooring, Stelmack approached the owners of Heavenly Pines with the plan to fund raise and purchase the flooring with her staff discount. She started raising money in a variety of ways to pay for the project. “I real-

ized that I have a real opportunity to make an actual difference,” Stelmack added. “Once the renovation started, we realized really quickly that the floors were not the biggest issue, she had in her home.” There was a need to replace windows, insulation, siding, and flooring in the bathroom. With the help of fundraising and generous donations of materials and labour, the estimated $39,500 project was completed by the end of the month. Parisien was overwhelmed by the generosity of the community and hard working volunteers such as Chris Stelmack, a skilled tradesman who volunteered his time to the project. “The overwhelming response of support and donations from fellow community residents, and neighbours has put me in a euphoric state of mind,” said Parisien. “All I can do is hope that I can continue to do more for the community in the future. I have faith that kindness is rewarded with kindness in return.” The program is not limited to home renovations. “Right now we are actively seeking funds to help a woman in Vita cover the costs of her medication,” Stelmack continued. “I am meeting with a board member from the Carrick community; we want to help them build a new playground, so we are getting everything together for that.” To find out more about the program, contact Heavenly Pines Wood Inc. at 204-423-2116.

Jeanna Parisien (left) is grateful for the hard working volunteers such as Rose Holme, Chris and Rosalie Stelmack and their daughter Taylor who have helped transform her home through the Heavenly Pines Act of Kindness program. Photo by Marianne Curtis

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Cut Hours Proposed for Border Crossings According to Provencher MP Ted Falk, the Canada Border Services Agency is planning on changing the hours of operation for the border crossings at Piney, South Junction and Tolstoi , decreasing them across the board. Currently the Tolstoi and South Junction crossings are

open from 8 am to 10 pm. The proposed change is to decrease the hours of operation to 8 am to 6 pm from the day after Labour Day until Victoria Day. Although a less drastic decrease, the rest of the year would still see a bottleneck of hours open, from 8 am to 8 pm.

Piney border crossing is currently open from 9 am to 10 pm. The proposal is to decrease the hours to 9 am to 5 pm. “I am working closely with the RMs in the area and will be talking to Minister Goodale about the situation on Tuesday,” says Falk.

School Zone Applied in St. Pierre-Jolys Drivers traveling through St. nard. “So council put in a request request was approved after about Pierre-Jolys are being cautioned to Manitoba Infrastructure. The three months.” about their speed after new speed zones were applied along Highway 59. The Village of St. Pierre-Jolys recently passed a speed zone bylaw to create a 30km/h speed stretch starting at Ecole Real Berard, all the way to the Caisse Financial building. Previously, the speed limit was 50 km/hr. The newly acclaimed Mayor Raymond Maynard said it is important for the safety of the children. “We received a number of requests from concerned residents requesting the change,” said May- Drivers are cautioned about a new 30km/h speed zone along Highway 59, through St. Pierre. Photo by Gerald Fontaine

Goertzen Receives Mandate Letter

On October 18, Kelvin Goertzen Minister of Education and Training received a letter from the Premier which lays out the mandate for his department. Goertzen said the letter contains some expectations that are already known, such as doing a review of the education system next year which will include a look at merging school divisions. But he adds it also asks him to implement province-wide bargaining for teachers. In the letter, Pallister lays out the expectation that each Minister will provide leadership and effective management of their respective portfolios. The letter states that Goertzen is responsible for a number of commitments including launching an independent review of Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education to im-

prove educational outcomes for elementary and secondary students and responding to the recommendations of the College Education Review to improve student outcomes, better align college education with labour market needs and universities. This could include school board amalgamations. Goertzen is also expected to ensure the apprenticeship program provides access to training, supports and certification of skilled workers to help meet the needs of Manitoba industry. He is expected to expand and improve scholarships and bursaries through private sector partnerships, and ensure they enhance opportunities for students, especially those who are financially disadvantaged in securing rewarding jobs. Another task, is to integrate the student loan program with the Gov-

ernment of Canada to streamline and simplify the application, management and repayment system for student loans, ensure newcomers receive the support they need to find jobs, and that the Federal government fulfills its responsibilities in supporting them as they pursue new opportunities. Goertzen is also expected to work with the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Relations, to expand the scale of Treaty Education across the province to ensure that more students and teachers learn about Treaties and the Treaty Relationships. As part of his mandate he will need to implement province wide bargaining for teachers to reduce bargaining costs and reducing the number of employable Manitobans on welfare to instead connect them with training and job opportunities.

Save the Date - New Years Eve Fundraiser for STARS If you do not have plans for New Years Eve then mark your calendar because there will be a Masquerade Party at the Mennonite Heritage Village to help raise awareness and funds for STARS. Hosted by Juergen Schubert and Shirley Barca, the event is expected to draw a large crowd in support of the life saving organization. “For many year’s we have hosted an open house on Boxing Day. Instead, we are going to have a New Year’s Eve

party,” Barca explained. “It will be spectacular lights and entertainment with amazing food all night long. At midnight a bottle of champagne will come your way and you won’t want to miss the countdown! More fun than even watching the ball drop in New York City.” A portion of the money raised is going to support STARS. “For all of you who know where we live, we feel so strongly that STARS is a necessary service,” said Barca, who owns a large ranch in the Zho-

da area with her husband Juergen Schubert. “We hope to never ever have to use it, but should something ever occur, we would for certain feel blessed to have STARS available.” A limited number of tickets are available and organizers are hoping to be sold out by December 15. The New Year’s celebration will have live entertainment, cocktails and appetizers throughout the evening. Tickets are $75 and available by calling 1-800-920-2157.

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November 2018

Remembrance Day LEST WE FORGET

WWII Veteran Reflects on War Amps’ 100 Years On November 11, Second World War veteran Charlie Jefferson will not only be thinking of all those who have served and continue to serve on behalf of Canada, he will also be reflecting on the 100th anniversary of The War Amps, an organization which has supported him and generations of amputees. In March 1945, Jefferson was serving as a Lieutenant with the Queen’s Own Rifles Regiment in the Rhine Valley, Germany. He was injured by an anti-personnel mine explosion, resulting in the loss of his left leg below the knee. When he returned to Canada, he was greeted by a war amputee veteran who reassured him that living with an amputation would not be a barrier to a successful life and that The War Amps would be there to support him. The War Amps was started in 1918 by amputee veterans returning from the First World War to help each other in adapting to their new reality as amputees. They then welcomed amputee veterans following the Second World War, like Jefferson, sharing all that they had learned, as well as starting the Key Tag Service to allow these new members to gain meaningful employment and provide a service to the public. Jefferson said that he gained practical advice from fellow amputee veterans, like how to protect the skin on his stump from blisters. He adds that the moral support he received was just as important because it made him feel like he was not alone. “It became easier to accept your amputation and helped make the most of what you’ve got

left,” said Jefferson. Over the years, he “paid it forward” by visiting new amputees in hospitals and at their homes to provide the same guidance that he had been given. “I would tell them what success I had and what was working for me, so there was a comradery and information transfer,” he said. This peer support was then passed on to a new generation. In 1975, war amputee veterans recognized that their knowledge and experience could help others so they started The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, which provides financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs and regional seminars to young amputees. Rob Larman, Director of The War Amps PlaySafe/DriveSafe Program, lost his right leg in a train accident

Charlie Jefferson passes down the advice he learned from fellow amputee veterans to members of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program. Photo Courtesy War Amps

Remembrance Day Services 2018 RM of Ritchot – Starts 10:40 am at 352 St. Adolphe, lunch to follow at the Club Amical at 344 Main St. Niverville – Starts 10 am at Niverville Heritage Centre, 100 Heritage Trail. Lunch to follow. St. Pierre-Jolys - Starts 10:45 am at the Rec Centre Hall, 545 Ave Hebert. Bilingual Ceremony and a lunch to follow. Steinbach – Starts at 10:45 am at Pat Porter Active Living Centre, 10 Chrysler Gate. Lorette – Starts 10:30 am at the Community Spirit Park,Station Rd. Whitemouth – Starts 10:30 am at the Whitemouth Community Centre, 61 First St.

at the age of 14 and grew up with the CHAMP Program. “On Remembrance Day, I think of the incredible legacy these First and Second World War ‘amps’, like Mr. Jefferson, have created for all amputees in this country,” said Larman. “I’m proud to, in turn; help the younger amputees who have come after me.” When war amputee veterans started The War Amps, they could not have predicted that their founding principle of “amputees helping amputees” would still be going strong 100 years later. Thanks to the public’s continuing support of the Key Tag Service, The War Amps vital programs for amputees across Canada will carry on long into its second century.

November 2018

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Deer Collisions Doggy Daycare Expands in Ile des Chenes High in Eastman By Marianne Curtis

The Eastman region remains number one for vehicle-deer collisions, according to Manitoba Public Insurance. Eastman, which includes the communities and areas of Steinbach, Lac du Bonnet, Anola, Birds Hill Park area and Falcon Lake experiences an average of 1,700 collisions yearly, based on Dim your headlights—your brights may cause a deer statistics collected from to freeze on the road Photo courtesy of MPI 2013 to 2017. Of note, the city of Winnipeg dropped one level to No. 6 on the list of top vehicle-deer collision regions in the province, which is released annually by Manitoba’s public auto insurer. According to Satvir Jatana, Vice-President responsible for Communications, Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI), there are nearly 7,000 vehicle-deer collisions yearly in Manitoba. “Our goal is to see that reduced through education, awareness, emerging driver-assist technologies and drivers taking preventative steps,” said Jatana. “At this time of year in particular, there’s an increased likelihood of encountering these animals when travelling through these zones. Awareness is one key to preventing a collision.” On average, about 400 people are injured in wildlife-related collisions yearly. Over the last 10 years, seven people in Manitoba have been killed in crashes caused by an animal on a road. Overall, Manitobans are involved in more than 11,000 vehicle-wildlife collisions yearly according to Manitoba Public Insurance data. To avoid wildlife collisions, MPI reminds drivers to reduce speed and drive with caution while scanning the road, shoulders and ditches. Animals are more active at dawn, dusk and at night; be extra alert near brush or tall grass and watch for reflection on eyes or a dark silhouette. Do not swerve if an animal crosses your path, brake firmly to reduce the impact.

A new partnership for Tender Touch Pet Grooming and Dog Daycare in Ile des Chenes will give canine parents more options to send their pup off to make friends and have some fun. Eleven years ago, Jane Seath opened Tender Touch Dog Daycare two days a week to compliment her already successful full time grooming business. Open six days a week, Tender Touches grooming service boasts a waiting list of almost a year, for evening and weekend appointments. Seath admits that the decision to sell half of the business to someone else was not an easy decision, but finding the right partner helped. “I made the decision to sell because I wanted to focus my business on grooming. With the daycare, I was spreading myself thin,” explained Seath. “I am not going away, just bringing my business to its full potential.” Seath admits to receiving previous offers to purchase the business, but it was never the right fit until now. “Tammy wanted a job, and I asked her if she ever thought of owning a daycare and it went from there,” Seath continued. “It feels really great to hand off half of my business to people who will make it better.” Lauris Kleven and Tammy Thomson’s relationship with Tender Touch began about seven

years ago as grooming clients, then daycare clients with their own dogs. As of October 1, they officially took over the daycare after shadowing Seath for about a month. “We wanted to ensure that we gave the same quality that was offered by Jane before and we wanted to meet the existing clients,” explained Kleven. Having grown up on a farm, Thomson is excited about getting back to the animals. The former project manager has added a personal touch to the facility. From the moment you walk through the door, the daycare is designed with dogs in mind. Each pup has their own bucket for treats and leashes, and the indoor facility

is just like home. The facility also has an outdoor courtyard for answering natures call, and playtime. The daycare is currently operating on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 am to 6 pm, with Tuesdays being for small dogs and Wednesdays for large dogs. There are plans to offer more days as the demand grows. The facility has a non-aggression policy and all dogs go through a screening process, which includes an inspection by the couples own dogs. Clients can purchase one, five, or ten day passes. To find out more, contact Tammy at 204-223-1588.

Jane Seath welcomes Tammy Thomson and Lauris Kleven as partners in her business, Tender Touch Pet Grooming and Dog Daycare in Ile des Chenes. Photo by Marianne Curtis

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November 2018

Raise the Rotors Supports STARS

On October 19, a Marchand couple hosted a special fundraiser in support of STARS as a way to say thank you to the organization instrumental in saving one of their lives. Hosted by Rachel and Lee Schmidtke, the family style dinner featuring live entertainment with comedian Matt Falk raised several thousand dollars for STARS. The family decided to host the event as a means to say thank you, to STARS in saving Lee’s life after he hit a deer while driving his motorcycle three years ago. Schmidtke credits the quick action by STARS medics, along with the hospital treatment her husband received for his survival and subsequent recovery. “We wanted to do our best to keep STARS on the cutting edge of technology and they need our funds to do that,” Schmidtke told media. “They are a vital service to us in the southeast and I think it’s really important for everyone to be on board

Grant Therrien, Provincial Director STARS and Rachel Schmidtke, Raise the Rotors Event Organizer accepts a $1,000 cheque from Tammy Bydeley, Team Leader BSI Insurance Steinbach Branch.

ing services funded by individuals, with such a great organization.” STARS is a charitable, non-profit organizations, businesses, event organization committed to life-sav- partners and governments.

Gabrielle Roy Girls Claim Cross Country Championship By Marianne Curtis On October 17, the Collège régional Gabrielle-Roy Varsity Girls Cross Country team returned to Ile des Chenes with the Provincial Championship after competing in Roseisle. Coach Colin Tétrault said that he is proud of the girls, because although they are in other sports such as volleyball, soccer and Ringette, they were able to endure some, “Pretty hard cross country practices at lunch hour and balance their schedules.” “Before the year started, we knew [the girls team] that we had a chance at winning provincials because we were Runner up last year behind Westgate,” Tétrault explained. “Our returning girls definitely wanted to win Provincials so we had to recruit a few other girls who were going to be dedicated.” Cross country is a long distance race, 4 km for Varsity Girls which takes place in a natural setting with some natural obstacles instead of on a race track. For example, there are steep hills, mud, some puddles and long grass. Over a hundred students in each category raced at the same time.

The winning team Collège régional Gabrielle-Roy Varsity Girls Cross Country proudly displays their provincial banner. (l-r) Alexis Bartlett, Elena Chammartin, Katérine Aminot, Émilie Dornez, Brynna Gumieny and Tara Boulanger.

“As a coach, and not really a runner, I wanted to offer better practices for our girls so I was fortunate enough to get a parent on board [Joe Chammartin] who was knowledgeable in this sport and showed us new drills to try and more efficient ways to run,” Tétrault explained. He noted that in Ile des Chenes, athletes do not have the luxury of having hills to train on. Instead they used a new exercise room in the school for training. To practice, athletes used the

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settings on the treadmills to simulate cross country running. “It was really nice to see how happy and emotional the girls were because I know how hard they worked,” Tétrault added. “It is difficult for most students to stay committed to such a sport because of how physically and mentally demanding it is. I believe that is why this group of girls is so special. They didn’t quit regardless of the situation.”

Annual Lobsterfest Raises Much Needed Funds

The Ste. Anne Hospital’s 13th annual fundraising Lobsterfest was so successful that over $52,250 was raised for the region’s second largest hospital. On October 27, 220 people gathered in Niverville’s Heritage Centre to feast on 1,000 pounds of fresh New Brunswick lobster that was brought in specifically for the event. “We are a little bit lower than last year,” said Lorraine Roziere, Executive Director for Ste. Anne Hospital Fund. “But, higher than the eleven previous years.” The money raised by the annual Lobsterfest goes towards new equipment and construction projects, she noted.


November 2018

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Black Bears Caught Napping in Lines On October 31, two black bear cubs were spotted taking a nap on a hydro pole near Sundown. Manitoba Hydro crew members were on their way to work when they spotted the pair resting on the pole. The utility company cut off the electricity to the section of line around the bears so they were safe and started working on a plan to get them down. Workers were seen approaching the young bears in a cherry picker to coax the cubs down and by early afternoon they were back on the ground. “Definitely not a call our line workers go to every day,” Manitoba Hydro tweeted. “Let’s hope these cubs learned that hydro poles aren’t the best place to snooze.” Staff was unsure why the bears climbed the pole, guessing that they may have been spooked by something over night.

Right: Bears up the pole. Above: Line workers in a cherry picker persuading the bears to come down. Photos courtesy of Manitoba Hydro

November 2018

Falk Believes Legalization Was Rushed


This month marijuana was legalized in Canada and Provencher MP Ted Falk has serious concerns about the consequences. Falk believes that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed to adequately address the many concerns of municipalities, law enforcement, employers, scientists and doctors about his cannabis legalization legislation. “For example, the Trudeau government confirmed that there is no conclusive way to determine if someone is driving high. This has left our law enforcement officials in limbo, with several police forces across the country refusing to use government-approved testers,” Falk explained. Falk cites a Probe Research/Winnipeg Free Press poll taken earlier this year which shows that amid unanswered questions, a majority of Manitobans (68%) support a zero-tolerance approach to policing drivers with even small traces of cannabis in their system until scientists develop a reliable roadside test for cannabis impairment. “The lack of public education on this issue has also left many Canadians unsure of how this will impact border crossings between Canada and the United States,” Falk continued. The safety concerns of employers, workers and Indigenous communities have not been addressed by the Federal government, Falk stressed. “To add insult to injury, the Prime Minister has failed to explain how his plan will keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and profits out of the hands of criminals,” he continued. According to Falk the medical community has been vocal with their concerns regarding marijuana legalization and how it will negatively affect young people. He said that Dr. Laurent Marcoux from the Canadian Medical Association testified at the Standing Committee on Health stating that, “We still want to set the age at 21, and maybe 25, because the damage done to the brain will be permanent.” “Sadly, concerns such as this have fallen on deaf ears,” Falk noted. “Justin Trudeau’s lack of leadership on his signature file and his rush toward legalization has resulted in confusion and concern from coast to coast.”


November 2018

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Manitoba Chamber Recognizes Local Businesses By Marianne Curtis On October 26, two businesses from southern Manitoba were recognized with Manitoba Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. During a special banquet, Keystone Western from Grande Pointe, and Barkman Concrete from Steinbach were among nine prestigious businesses recognized. Grande Pointe based company Keystone Western Inc. took home the Outstanding Medium Business of the Year honours. Celebrating over 25 successful years, Keystone Western Inc. is a quality provider asset-based logistics solutions company for TL and LTL dry van and open deck shippers throughout North America. Keystone also offers freight forwarding services, logistics audits, shipment lane costing and carrier optimization. Keystone was recognized for their success which is driven by its proven consultative business approach, industry flexibility, unique corporate culture and professional working environment, which drive both business and personal growth for its customers, employees and investors. The

success of Keystone Western has directed them away from being a basic provider of trucks and rates, to becoming a logistics consultant and business partner. Founded in Steinbach, Outstanding Long-term Achievement went to Barkman Concrete. For 70 years, Barkman has developed a name as an innovator and an industry leader in precast concrete manufacturing. What started as a small septic tank producing operation, is now a company that offers the most diverse, quality-tested precast product line for residential, commercial, and agricultural applications in Canada. Barkman currently employs over two-hundred people in three different locations. For the past three decades, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) has celebrated the best of the province’s business community each year with awards that celebrate diverse businesses throughout Manitoba. With finalists representing all corners of the province, the awards also recognize the contributions of companies and individuals that make a lasting impact on our province.

Along with MCC Board Chair Paul Holden, Karen Holden, Government Relations with Rogers Communications Canada presents Keystone Western Vice President Dave Tardi with the award.

WAA President and CEO Barry Rempel presents Barkman Concrete President Alan Barkman with the award alongside MCC Board Chair Paul Holden.

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Local Volunteer and Businessman Honoured with Tourism Awards A volunteer from Falcon Lake and an eco-tourism visionary were among ten people and organizations recognized during Travel Manitoba’s 20th annual Manitoba Tourism Awards. The Manitoba Tourism Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the provincial tourism industry, including promoting Manitoba as a destination, providing memorable service to visitors and developing the tourism industry. According to Colin Ferguson, Travel Manitoba President and CEO, “Manitoba’s success as a tourism destination is linked directly to the achievements of those businesses and individuals who have been recognized by the Manitoba Tourism Awards.” Cris LaBossiere was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award for devoting a significant amount time to Manitoba’s tourism industry with a lasting impact on tourism. He was recognized for being a passionate volunteer who built one of the highest quality mountain biking experiences in Manitoba, the Five Diamonds route at Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes. The Award of Distinction - Individual was presented to Mike Reimer from Ile des Chenes for demonstrating the ability to successfully satisfy visitor expectations, contributing to the professional image of Manitoba’s tourism industry and setting an example that others can aspire to. Reimer is the visionary and driving force behind Ile des Chenes based Churchill Wild which has brought luxury ecotourism to northern Manitoba for the past 25 years. The 11 winners were among 31 finalists selected from a pool of 71 nominees. Nominations for the Manitoba Tourism Awards are submitted by industry peers. Finalists and winners are selected by an industrybased judging panel. Winners received a trophy and the right to use Cris LaBossiere’s dedication and passion for the Five of Diamonds and Blue Highway the Manitoba Tourism Award sym- mountain bike routes in Falcon Lake earned him the Volunteer of the Year award at the Manitoba Tourism Awards. bol for advertising and promotion. Photo courtesy of Eastman Tourism

Skull Found North of Ste. Anne On October 27, at approximately 7 pm, Steinbach RCMP received a report of possible human remains in the RM of Tache. A male was hunting in the area of 52 N, five miles north of Ste. Anne and found what he thought to be a human skull. Officers, along with specialists from the Forensic Identification Unit, attended the scene and it was confirmed that it was human remains. At this time, it is believed that the remains have been there for an extended period of time but the exact timeframe is unknown. An investigation to identify the remains is ongoing with assistance from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

November 2018


Annual Harvest Festival Raises Almost $68,000 Over 250 people came out to Otterburne last month for the annual Providence College Harvest Festival celebration. The event, which attracts new and long-time supporters, alumni, faculty, students, board and corporation members, raised $67,821.40 through gifts, table sponsorships and a generous $20,000 match. The funds will be directed toward scholarship and bursary offerings at Providence, which currently benefit about 175 students, including those designated by the Myitkyina Kachin Baptist Association in Myanmar. The connection between Providence and Myanmar’s Christian community was a prominent theme at the Harvest Festival. After dinner, President Dr. David Johnson recapped the November 2017 trip to the country’s northeastern Kachin State undertaken by a Providence contingent. “Providence has a reputation among the Kachin for training their leaders,” he said. “We are asking you to partner with Providence in training leaders for the church of the future.” La Wom Gumling, a Kachin alumnus of Providence, was profiled in a video shown to the audience that underlined the importance of scholarships. Following a Thanksgiving-style dinner of turkey, stuffing, potatoes and salad dressed with Prairie oils, guest speaker Dr. Tremper Longman turned to Proverbs to discuss the topic of generosity in Old Testament Wisdom Literature. Musician Cody Anderson and his band then provided an enjoyable performance, part of which drew from his latest album, “Hymn and Chorus.”

Over 250 people packed Providence College during this year’s annual Harvest Festival to raise money for scholarships and bursaries in support of their students.


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Register NOW for Fall Programs! Try any class... at no cost! Go online, call us or come into the SAC office to register. The Steinbach Arts Council is working on a great line-up of programs starting this fall! Need assistance with programs? Check out our new Kreative Kids Sponsorship Program, with support from Ledingham GM. Call us at 204.346.1077 for more information. Backyard Theatre Company Wants YOU! Build your confidence, ignite your creativity, and explore your imagination. Get involved with the community! Discover the process of preparing for a play, character building, practicing scripts, and final stage production at the SRSS Theatre. Acting classes for ages 5 - 17. Advanced acting in the Young Company. Arts4Tots Preschool Program - Montessori-Infused Curriculum. Don’t miss out on your spot. Why are we unique? The most creative way to learn for ages 3 - 5 with specialists in dance, music, drama, and visual arts. Join Miss Pam and Miss Jen for a year full of creativity, arts, field trips, learning, and more! Mon/Wed or Tues/Thu, pm spots available. New! Homeschool Music Classes - Ages 5 - 12 classes for curriculum based music instruction taught by Gabriela Gallo. Contact scm@steinbachartscouncil.ca for details. Start Planning for our Winter season, starting January 2019! Creative Wellness: Beginner: Lunch Time Pilates, Secrets to a Strong Back. Intermediate: Core Intermediate, Pilates on the Ball, Prop It Pilates. New! B.O.S.S. Dance Academy: Introductory 12 week classes in Dance4Tots (3-5), Jazz (6-9 or 10+), and Hip Hop (6-9 or 10+). No fundraising, no costume fees – just try it out! Languages: Beginner German, Intermediate German, Workplace German, French Beginner & Intermediate and Spanish Beginner & Intermediate. Visual Arts: Kids: Art Adventures (5-8), Art X-travaganza (9-12), Hand Building with Clay (6-12) Teens: Mixed Art (13-17), Pottery Passion (13-17), Cartoon Illustration (10-16), Video Game Programming (11+), Advanced Video Game Programming (15+) Adults: Abstract Acrylic, Contemporary Acrylic & Watercolour Painting, Intro to the Pottery Wheel, Adult Digital Photography, Smart Phone Photography. Aboriginal Arts: Mukluks, Gauntlets, Dream Catchers, Moccasins, Bead Work and Bannock! Workshops: Wood Burning, Stained Glass, Calligraphy, Resin Art and more! Canvas & Cabernet Paint Nites: November 21 Christmas Ornament Pouring (Makes great gifts!). Take four personally painted ornaments home for only $40. Call 204346-1077 today to secure a place on our pre-registration call list. Get your tickets now from sophisticated to silly, there’s a show for you! Concerts: Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra - MB Hydro Holiday Tour, Manitoba Theatre Centre – Buying the Farm, Community Musical - The Pirates of Penzance, Casati Musical Trio. Added Attractions: Turnip the Music! Concert, Sweet Water Creek & The Boy + the Sea, A Fringed Family Day. Koncertz 4 Kidz! Series – Great Christmas Gifts for families! Experience both concerts for kidz for only $22! The ever popular pyjama party, with Robert Munsch Stories performed by Prairie Theatre Exchange – Munschtopia! on Friday, January 18, 2019 and adventures with the imagination comedy duo James & Jamesy on Friday, April 5, 2019. Pick your seats today! New! Southeast Centre for Music - A Centre of Excellence. Call us if you want to study with some of the premiere teachers in the southeast. Violin – Peter Jo; Piano/ Theory - Candace Hamm; Voice - Laurelle Froese, David Klassen; Piano – Jordan Martens; Cello – Natalie Dawes; Gabriela Gallo – Musical Theatre and homeschool classes. For teacher info/details email David Klassen, SCM Director at scm@steinbachartscouncil.ca. Hall Gallery Exhibits - Dave Penner Hiatus, until January 3, 2019. To view the 2018-2019 Exhibit Schedule visit steinbachartscouncil.ca. Teachers celebrate creative learning. Bring your class to our Out2Arts program – workshops designed to work with your curriculum. Opportunities for all grades and all curricula. Call Mandy to book your workshop 204-346-1077. View all events and purchase tickets online at steinbachartscouncil.ca.

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Toils – Actions – Deliverance! James 2: 14- 19 --- verse - 26) ... 14) What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15) Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16) If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17) In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18) But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19) You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that and shudder… verse 26)…As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. (NIV) Notice the title: Works-Deeds-Salvation… If those words in the title somehow mirror my understanding of Scripture, then perhaps I need to search for a deeper understanding what James is teaching… There are some who might have an understanding that salvation is achieved by works and deeds and then at the end of life we some how receive salvation because we have been good and decent folks. But the Bible teaches that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ and works or deeds are the result of our faith in Christ. That is not to say that people do not do good deeds even if they have not accepted Christ as their Saviour. They do and there is nothing wrong with that. This Scripture lesson can be confusing, therefore; let me put it this way. I believe Scripture teaches that no one person is saved by works or good deeds done, neither can a person be saved without producing good works and deeds. We are not saved by deeds; we are saved so we can do good deeds. Both faith and deeds

are essential to a well-balanced Christian faith. All of us know some folks that give us an earful on how great a faith they possess. But when that profession of faith lacks the daily discipline and lifestyle based upon the teaching of Jesus Christ, something is wrong. Suppose we meet a person, no let us make it a little more personal: suppose someone in my own family be it in my church or in my home has neither clothes nor food to take care of themselves and I express my sincerest sympathy for their sad state, then do nothing to help them during hard times, what use is that? What use is sympathy without some attempt to help turn those people’s misfortunes into something positive? I think we could then say faith without deeds is dead. There is something wrong when I express these great and noble Christian values and then make no attempt to put into action deeds that will bring comfort and help to others. I have found that every time I feel very noble and then take no action I am less likely ever to act. In a sense, it is true that I have no right to say I feel sorry and make all sorts of noble gesture unless I at least try to put that sympathy into action. A noble feeling is not something in which to wallow in; it is something which requires

discipline and sacrifice and I must somehow find a way to turn that noble gesture into the kind of stuff that makes life easier for the suffering person. What have I been trying to say? Well, let us see if you agree. There is the temptation even as a Christian to turn a blind eye when a need is brought out into the open. And then there is the temptation to try and earn God’s favour. There is also the temptation to use little achievements to compare me with others, of course to my advantage and their disadvantage. But Christians must guard against this type of behaviour. We must remember that all good things “whatever they might be” come from God… To God Be the Glory Great Thing 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.”

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November 2018


Let His Light Show the Path How many times have you wondered what the next step in your life should be? Many of us have fears, doubts and questions because we don’t want to make a mistake. The wrong decision could negatively affect our personal life, our marriage, our family, our business and our reputation. The Bible gives direction in these areas. Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” A good person is one who has come to God through His Son, Jesus Christ, and has a hunger or thirst for the things of God. When Christ was here on earth, in John 8:12, He told the people, “I am the light of the world, he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Although Christ is not here on earth today in person, we can still find Him through the Bible, the Book God gave us. In it, in John 12:36, Christ said, “While ye have light believe in the light (Jesus Christ), that ye may be the children of light.” When we put our faith in God (through Christ), He gives us light to walk by. This light can be found by reading the Bible. Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word (Bible) is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Have you ever been out in the dark, when the only light you have is a lantern? It sheds light for you to see your next step, but not much further. You hope that out there beyond your light, there will be a suitable path to take that keeps you safe and gets you to your destination. All you can see is the here and now. Beyond that is a walk of faith. When I was a young lad on the farm, a friend came over. We were playing in the barn, crawling over hay bales in the dark at night. My friend had the flashlight, he was ahead of me. But he was not careful to shine it in front of him. Suddenly he disappeared. He fell into a feed chute that went down about 15-20 feet into a wooden feed manger for the cows. He got some pretty good bruises and a lump on his head but it could have been much worse. Almost everyone has access to a Bible. They can learn about Jesus Christ, the Light of the world. But just like my friend, what good is a light if we don’t use it properly? Christ will direct your steps one at a time. By faith you will reach your final destination if you trust, believe, follow and wait upon Him. Turn all your fears, doubts and questions over to Christ. I Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Let Him direct your steps. You won’t be disappointed!

CRA Scammers are After Your Money The CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) scams continue although the frequency has dropped significantly recently. The drop in these types of scam phone calls is due to a recent successful raid and arrests made in India at the end of October of one site that was making these calls to many Canadians. They exist and many others exist because they are successful at convincing some Canadians that we owe Canada Revenue Agency money. Though the scam itself has existed in India for close to a decade, these sorts of police raids are exceedingly rare. The October arrests mark the first in two years. But there are likely many more of these centres, so expect more scam calls to continue. The scammers are very convincing and very scary to some people. Even I have received a message on my home phone. They are very threatening and very persistent. They make you believe that you owe CRA money and that you will be arrested and brought to court. They say you can avoid that if you make a payment.

The CRA scam typically begins with a robo-call claiming to be from the CRA and telling the recipient that they owe taxes. The target is informed that they must call back or face arrest and imprisonment. Call spoofing technology is used to make it appear the number is in Canada, and sometimes even originating from a legitimate CRA contact centre. Those who call back are subjected to further threats, but then offered a one-time chance to pay and settle the matter. Thousands of Canadians have done exactly that over the past several years, at an estimated cost of more than $10 million, falling prey to the dozens of call centres using the same scheme. The victims that are often the most vulnerable are the elderly or immigrants to Canada. But almost anyone can be a victim since the calls are very believable. While the RCMP has scored some limited success with the latest raids, they emphasize prevention over prosecution. In other words, they want Canadians to know what the

scam sounds like so they can avoid becoming a victim. On the CRA website, there is information about how to recognize a scam and summarized below. First, check your most recent Notice of Assessment that you received last spring after you filed your 2017 Income Tax Return. Was there an amount owing listed on the Notice? If not, it’s very unlikely you owe CRA anything. If you really are not sure, then call CRA at their general inquiries line 1-800-959-8281. It can be difficult to reach them at times (especially Mondays and Tuesdays), so keep trying. Or give our office a call. If we have your authorization on file, we can look up information on your CRA account. If you have not dealt with us before, with your signed written authorization, we normally can quickly access your CRA account to find out if you owe them any money. Don’t hesitate to contact us for your own peace of mind. Don’t believe the scammers. And it’s ok to hang up on them. Even if it happened to be a legitimate call

from CRA, they are used to taxpayers hanging up on them. If we determine you do legitimately owe CRA money, I can contact them on your behalf to determine how much you owe and what your options are for repayment. Some scams have been by email; even I received one. First look at the email (do not open any attachments). If it has any detailed information like saying how much you owe or how much your refund will be, this is a scam. Emails from Canada Revenue Agency NEVER include that information. Legitimate emails from CRA only say “you have mail” and you need to log on to your CRA account to retrieve the mail. Be very careful with your personal information. Do not provide it to anyone you do not know. And do not pay money to anyone just from a phone call. If you are not sure, please feel free to contact our office. Whether you are a client or not, we will help you. Anni Markmann is a personal income tax professional, a Certified

Professional Consultant on Aging, and a Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact us at 204-422-6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or Info@ SteAnneTaxService.ca.


November 2018

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

C ommunity E vents Dugald Mixed Doubles Curling League - On Tuesday Nights at 9:15 pm or Sundays at 1 pm at the Springfield Curling Club. Format will be regular Canadian Guidelines. Cost $130 per person for a minimum 20 eight end games. Contact Cam Magura at 204-771-0029, ckmagura@gmail.com. Prairie Voices Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Springfield Library. Falcon Lake Alcoholics Anonymous - Whiteshell group meets every Wednesday and Saturday at 8 pm in All People’s Church, Falcon Lake. Come and meet with us or call 204-349-2374. We can help. Friedensfeld Annual Holly Jolly Craft and Vendor Sale – On Saturday, November 17 at 10 am in the Hall, 32004 Rd 35 E. Free admission and door prizes. Over 45 vendors, crafters and bakers! Your one-stop-shop for everything on your holiday list. Contact Mary Fehr 204-392-2464, mitchy1319@yahoo.ca. Hadashville Circuit 30 - Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Rec Centre .Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost $2/class. Contact Wendy 204-348-2433. Tae Kwon Do - Every Wednesday at 6 pm at the Hadashville Community Club (Reynolds Recreational Centre) from 6 years old to adults. Pursue a black belt or learn new skills, great stress release and have an excellent workout at the same time. Cost after registration fee is $40/month per person. Ask about 2 week free trial. Contact Shelly at 204-426-5266 or KSTA. academy@gmail.com. Ile-des-Chênes Craft & Trade Show – On Saturday November 24 from 10 am – 3 pm at the TransCanada Centre, 1 Rivard St. Cost is a non perishable food item for local food bank or $2. Door prize and canteen available. Contact Cathy 204-261-6417. IDC Seniors Group – At the Trans Canada Centre. Free Programs: Indoor walking – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9–10 am. Yoga - Mondays from 10–11 am and Thursdays from 11 am–12 pm. Pickleball - Wednesdays and Sundays from 1 -3 pm. Water Colours - Thursdays from 9–11 am. Taekwondo – On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Ecole Ile Des Chene School. Cost $40/month, family rates available. Contact Kangs.mb.ca, Master Bill Tam 204296-8217. Story Time in Pyjamas - Every Thursday evening at the Ritchot Library Ecole Regional Gabrielle-Roy at 6:30 pm. Ages 2-8 however all ages are welcome. Our Lady of the Roses Prayer Group – Meets on the first Saturday of every month, at 6:30 pm to recite the Rosary and learn about Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers and receive Blessed Rose Petals and other Sacramentals from Blessed Mother’s place of miracles. Contact Corinna 204878-4908 or email her at corinnaswetz@hotmail.com for more info and register. Kleefeld Community Playgroup - For parents, caregivers and children up to age 5. Activities include time for playing, stories, songs and snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Kleefeld Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 204-377-5013. La Broquerie Seine River Services for Seniors- Health Centre/Centre de Santé from Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Contact Community Resource Coordinator Juliette Rowan, 204-424-5285 or labseinerss@gmail.com. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Lorette Rendez-Vous Estates Info Meeting - On Wednesday, November 7 at 7 pm at Club Les Bles d’Or Hall, 1254 Dawson Rd. Open to the public. Contact emailInfo@rendezvousestates.ca or Leo at 204-961-1442. Community Christmas Market - On Saturday, December 1, from 10 am - 3 pm, at Collège Lorette Collegiate, 1082 Dawson Rd. For more details and table rental contact yvonneromaniuk@gmail.com or 204-878-2857. Lego Club – On Thursday, November 29 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Tache Library. Join us to build, create and explore Drop-in, no registration required. Paint Night for Kids – On Tuesday, December 4 at 6:15 pm at the Tache Library. Join Deb from Highland Art Studio for the evening of painting. For Children 8 years old & up. Cost: $10.00/child. Register at the library. Seniors and Persons with Special Needs - Mondays and Thurs-

days from 9 am - 3 pm at the Club les Bles D’Or, 1254 Dawson Rd. A user Fee determined by Government of Manitoba. Meet new friends over activities for seniors in physical fitness, mobility, cultural enrichment, memory stimulation, games and health. A homecare assessment completed by a Case Coordinator from the Steinbach Service to Senior’s Board. After you are recommended, the coordinator will contact you for transport arrangements. Contact Maureen LeDressay, Program coordinator at 204- 878-2682. Ritchot Senior Services Supper Available - Every Tuesday and Friday at Club Des Bles D’or, 1254 Dawson Rd. Please reserve your meal one day prior, before 6 pm by calling 204-8782682 and leave a message. Vendors & Local Crafters Wanted - We’re looking for vendors, especially local crafters to rent table(s) for the Community Christmas Market on Saturday, December 1 at the College Lorette Collegiate. Contact yvonneromaniuk@gmail.com or 204-878-2857. Game Night – First Wednesday, of the month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Tache Library, 1082 Dawson Rd for ages 13 and up. Join us for monthly board game nights, cards, chess, Crib, Settlers of Catan and many more! Feel free to bring your own. Junior Youth – Every Wednesday from 7 - 8:45 pm at Seine River Church, 1464 Dawson Rd (east of rink) for ages 9 - 12. Free. No registration required. Non-denominational. Contact lorettejryouth@gmail.com, 204-260-9304. Chase the Ace Lottery – On Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm., draw at 8:45 pm at Dawson Trail Motor Inn Bar. Come, support this very much needed complex, at the same time have the chance to chose the Ace of Spade, and win the grand prize jackpot. Hosted by the Community Complex Fundraising Committee. New Horizons Seniors - Play cards, Scrabble and more. Drop in Tuesdays 1 - 5 pm at Foyer Notre Dame Lorette, 12 St. Amant Ave. Contact Iris 204-878-3552. Mitchell Annual Auction Sale - On Friday, November 9 at 5 pm, Senior Centre, 130 Ash St. for Hoffnung Fuer Alle Church (Hope For All Church) Mission Sisters. Doors open 5 pm, soup and dessert supper 5:30 - 6:30 pm, suggested donation $10/person, bake sale and silent auction 5 pm, auction sale 7 pm. Niverville GriefShare - If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one we wish to help, you get support and learn about the grieving process. Contact 204-381-1155 to register or go to Nivervillegriefshare.com. Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62-4th Avenue S.) Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com. Paradise Village Paradise Squares Dance Club - On Tuesdays from 7 – 9:30 pm at the Paradise Village Rec. Hall. Modern Square Dancing is fun and a great social activity. Couples and singles are welcome. Contact Larry 204-422-5424. Pinawa Whiteshell Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 11:30 am at Whiteshell Laboratories, 1 Ara Mooradian Way. Sign-in required. Piney Christmas Bazaar – On Saturday November 17 from 10 am – 3 pm at the Community Centre in support of 4-H clovers. Table rentals $15 each. Contact Jen 204-423-2223, Coba 204-429-2281 or Piney4hclovers@yahoo.com. Community Christmas Hamper Food Drive - On Saturday November 17 from 10 am – 3 pm at the Community Centre hosted by 4-H clovers. All monetary and non-perishable food is welcome Prawda Circuit 30 - Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost $2/class, Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Reynolds School Gym. Contact Wendy 204-348-2433. Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am at the Reynolds School Gym. Free to parents and children. Snacks provided. Contact Cassie 204-793-8290. Richer Community Club Chase the Ace! - Every Saturday at the Richer Inn from 5:30 - 7:45 pm. Tickets only $1 each. Jackpot is growing! Door prizes on random Saturdays ranging from glassware to Jets tickets and jerseys! Bud, Spud and Steak Special and more! Check out and like Richer Community Club Facebook page for updates. LGA License #1392RF. Adult & Teen Challenge Concerned Persons Support Group Join us Thursday evenings at 7 pm, in the Richer Fellowship Church, 50 Southeast Drive. If you have a relationship with someone who has a life-controlling problem, join us for this nine-week Living Free course. Receive encouragement and

support in a safe setting, and learn practical ways to best help your loved one. Contact Pastor Ben Funk at 204-326-2254 or phone the church at 204-422-5308.

pm at the Pioneer Hall, 345 Hebert Rd. Music by Jerry St. Laurent. Admission $15 lunch included. Call to reserve tickets Rae 204-883-2440 or Denise 204-883-2429.

Richer Recovery AA - Group meets Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at LUD Hall in Richer. Contact Paul at 204-422-7673.

C.H.I.L.D program – On Wednesdays from 9:30 - 10:30 am at Ecole St. Adolphe School. Children’s introduction to learning and development. Contact sas@srsd.ca or 204-883-2182.

Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating grades 8 and 12. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult to be on premises and must play bingo. Doors Open at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart Club, 22 Dawson Rd. MGCC License # BI/BO4164. Contact Doreen Pchajek at 422-5243 or doreen@spmf.ca. Sarto Ukrainian Dance Club – On Mondays from 7 - 8 pm at the Sarto Hall. Join the Sarto Polevnyi Ukrainian Dance Club for the season! You do not need to be Ukrainian to dance! Boys & girls, ages 3 to adult, no prior experience required! Cost starts at $150/year. South Junction Southeast Farmer’s Market Christmas Market Day - On Saturday, December 8 at the Pine Grove Seniors Club from 10 am - 3 pm. The Piney 4-H Clovers will be hosting a Christmas Hamper food drive at the Christmas Market Day. Sprague Sprague & District Historical Museum - Open by appointment from June – September 30. Explore life as it was in the early days. Free Admission. Donations Accepted. Contact 204-4372210, 204-437-2209 or 204-437-4686. St. Adolphe Curling Club - Men’s Tuesday Night at 7 pm and 9:15 pm. Women’s Wednesday Night at 7 pm and 9:15 pm, cost $850/ team or Mixed Friday Night cost $750/team at 7 pm and 9:15 pm. Junior League cost $110/person, Saturday mornings, 10:30 am from mid-October - mid-February. Junior Learn-to-Curl cost $80/person, Saturday mornings, 9:30 am, mid-October - mid-February, 12 sessions. Adult Learn-to-Curl League cost $75/person, Thursday evenings, at 7 pm mid October - December). Contact curlstadolphe@gmail.com. Bus trip to St. Vital Mall – On Tuesday November 6 at 10 am – 2 pm meet at Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main St. A limited number of seats will be available so please call soon to reserve a seat. Cost $5/person. Guest Speaker - Golden Bee Senior Services - On Tuesday November 13 at 10 am with Monica Phaneuf to talk about Golden Bee Senior Services, at the Ritchot senior services, 457 Main St. Offering companionship, playing cards, reading the newspaper, going for walks, light housekeeping, organizing and laundry, non-medical in-home care, errands, transportation to and from appointments. Please call ahead to reserve a seat. Find your Flow Yoga – On Thursday’s until November 15 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the multipurpose room at the school. 8-weeks - Cost $80 or $12 drop in fee. Pre- registration preferred. The style is Vinyasa flow. Come prepared with a mat and water bottle. If you own yoga props please bring them. Email Aleah at info@lowkeyyogi.com to register. Bingo – On Tuesday November 20 from 1 - 2:30 pm at Bible Fellowship Church. Cost admission $2 and there will be fresh homemade cinnamon buns coffee and tea. All games are for fun prizes. Contact Janice 204-883-2880 to reserve a seat. 50+ Fitness - Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays at Ritchot senior services, 457 Main St. Fitness program includes cardio, muscle and yoga inspired classes all designed especially for everyone 50+. Cost buy 10 classes for $40 and receive 1 extra class free, 5 classes for $20 or a $5 drop in fee. Chair fit – On Mondays from 11 – 11:20 am at Ritchot senior services, 457 Main St. Join us for a free quick 30-minute workout. Foot Care Clinics Ritchot Senior Services – On Wednesday, December 19 at 457 Main St. Keep your feet feeling healthy with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse By appointment only call Janice 204-883-2880. Mood Disorders Meeting: Every month, next meeting on Thursday, November 29 at 2:30 pm, 457 Main St. with Tara Brousseau, Executive Director for a support group, with topics on depression, bipolar, recovery, shame, resilience, mindfulness, meditation, coping and self soothing skills, interrelationship skills, seniors’ issues, distress tolerance and peer to peer support. All ages are welcome. Quilting & Knitting – On Wednesdays November 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 9:30 - 11:30 am at Ritchot Senior Services 457 Main St. Join us as we continue to creating touch quilts for the Alzheimer society and knitting hats and scarves for the Kindred Project for distribution to women in shelters in Winnipeg this winter. Pickleball - Thursday evenings, from 6 – 8 pm at St. Adolphe School, 444 La Seine St. Contact 204-883-2491. Lunch Program & Bingo – On Thursdays at Le Club Amical, 344 Main St for only $8. Eat in or call ahead for takeout. Contact 204-883-2491. Old Tyme Dance – On Saturday, November 10 from 7 – 11

St. Malo Chase the Ace – Every Thursday from 8 - 10 pm at the St Malo Hotel. Starting pot is $3,000. All profits to the Fire Hall and Arena. St. Pierre-Jolys Army Cadets – Every Thursday until June 2019 from 6:30 - 9 pm at the community hall, 555 Hebert Ave. Join now the 3234-Manitoba Horse RCACC Army Cadets. Are you looking for fun, adventure and want to meet new friends? Leadership, citizenship, community service, sports, orienteering, canoeing, marksmanship, drill, band and more. For all youth aged 12 - 19. Enrollment is Free, No deadline to register. Contact Capt Roxanne Maynard, Commanding Officer 204-324-4034, roxanne.maynard@cadets.gc.ca. Stay and Play Group – Every Monday from 9:30 – 11:30 am at YFC Cinema. Snacks, coffee served, and childcare available. The Knights of Columbus - The St-Pierre Carillon Council – On the first Thursday of the month at 482 Jolys Ave. W. Contact 204-433-7633. Ste. Agathe Annual Craft & Bake Sale Fundraiser - On Sunday, December 2 from 10 am - 4 pm at the Cultural & Community Centre. Le Studio Dance Performance Team is hosting in Ste. Agathe Adult French Classes - Until May 2019 at the school. One evening per week on Monday or Tuesday, 2 classes each evening; first class from 6 -7:30 pm, second from 7:30 – 9 pm. Groups are determined based on French communication skills. No registration cost, just a $15 - 2 year membership to Pluri-Elles, a literacy advocacy organization in Winnipeg. Instructor is Guy Gagnon with over 35 years as a French teacher in francophone high schools. To register for 2018 email sugagnon@mymts.net. Everyone welcome. Seniors Group Card Games – On Tuesdays from 1:30 - 4:30 pm at the Community Centre, 183 Pembina Trail. Cost Membership $10 a year. Bring a friend Day. Contact 204-8822180. Taekwondo - Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15 - 7:30 pm at Ecole Sainte Agathe hosted by Kang’s Taekwondo Academy. Cost $40/month. Family rates available. Contact Jason Barnabe, jason.barnabe@gmail.com or 204-802-3458. Ste. Anne Seine River Services for seniors – Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Contact Juliette Rowan at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or e-mail labseinerss@gmail.com. Ste. Geneviève Library Night – On 2nd Tuesday every month, at the Community Centre from 6:30 - 8 pm. Large selection of books in both French and English, for children and adults. Special requests can be made to the librarian, e-mail btl@srsd.ca or 204-878-9488 or in person. Come for a visit and see what we are all about. Steinbach NaNoWriMo - Come Write In- On Friday, November 9, Monday, November 12, Saturday, November 24 and Tuesday, November 27 at 6 pm at the Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. The goal for the month of November is to write 50 000 words in a month. Be part of a supportive writing group who will take this writing roller coaster together. Change of scenery so you don’t become a hermit), writing with fellow authors, word wars, snacks, outlets, extension cords and free WiFi. Contact Madison Redekopp 2043-266-841 or programs@ jakeepplibrary.com. MHV Christmas Market – On Saturday, November 10 from 10 am – 4 pm at Mennonite Heritage Village, 231 PTH 12N. Over 30 vendors or for a toonie enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride (weather permitting) or create a special Christmas Craft in the new Children’s Craft corner and a chance to get your Adventure Raffle ticket to enter to win one of five trips to destinations around the world. Free Admission. Contact Jo-Ann 204-326-9661, joannf@mhv.ca. Southeastern Manitoba Festival – Registration on Monday, November 12 at 4 pm. Registration deadline is December 1. The Festival runs February 18- March 19, 2019. Take part in a fun, educational, and inspirational festival and the disciplines of speech/theater arts, vocal, piano, choir, musical theater, or dance. Competitive and non-competitive entries welcome. Professional adjudicators help you improve and encourage continued development of your skills. Visit semf.ca or contact Sharon Guenther semfpresident@gmail.com.

Steinbach & Area Garden Club - On Monday, November 12 at 7 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. “Art in the Garden”, a visual tour of the MosaiCanada 150/Gatineau 2017 horticultural exhibit composed of inspirational plant sculptures. Linda Schroeder, avid gardener, art enthusiast and MHV board member. Everyone welcome. Refreshments. Door prizes. Non-members $5. Visit sagardenclub.com, contact Anne Peters 204-326-2396, agpeters@mymts.net. Sandilands Ski Club AGM – On Thursday, November 22 at 6:30 pm at the Pat Porter Active Living Center, 10 Chrysler Gate. All skiers and individuals interested in becoming skiers are welcome. The ski club is a volunteer organization that maintains and grooms ski trails in Sandilands Provincial Forest near Marchand and at Quarry Oaks and Fly-in golf courses. The club also offers Jack Rabbits, educational program for children and their families. Contact Geralyn Reimer 204-3711371, kereimer14@gmail.com. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – On Thursday, November 22 at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. A solo performance in the style of Charles Dickens’ presentation by Alberta actor John D. Huston. One Night Only. Tickets $12 available at the Circ Desk. Limited tickets available. Contact Madison Redekopp 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Minds in Motion Open House – Program runs Tuesdays, until December 4, from 9:30 - 11:30 am at Fernwood Place - 303 3rd St. Minds in Motion® is a 2-hour weekly program for 8 weeks for people living with early to moderate symptoms of dementia to attend with a family member or community friend. Includes physical activity, socialization and cognitive activities where participants will meet others who are living similar journeys Contact Kathy Diehl Cyr, Program Manager, 204-943-6622 ext. 203, 1-800-378-6699, alzheimer. mb.ca. TAILS: Therapy Animals Involved in Literacy Skills - Sessions are 20 minutes every Tuesday after school for 10 weeks until November 27. Limited space available. Free, motivational, confidence building, low stress canine-assisted reading program for children who are experiencing difficulties with reading. Program partnership St. John Ambulance’s Animal Therapy Service Volunteers. Contact Madison Redekopp 204326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. The Art of Mennonite Clocks - An Exhibition of Mennonite Wall Clocks and Their Stories Spanning More Than Two Centuries. The joint exhibition showcases 33 clocks and their stories sponsored by the Mennonite Heritage Village and the Kroeger Clocks Heritage Foundation until April 2019 at the Mennonite Heritage Village, 231 PTH 12 North. Movie Night at the Library – Every 4 the Friday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library. We alternate between a family movie and a classic movie. Free admission and popcorn are included. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Madison Redekopp 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Breast Feeding Group – On Fridays at 10:30 am at the Steinbach Family Resource Centre for a support group, current information and a variety of presentations. Contact 204-3460413. Toddler & Me Story Hour - Classes offered three times a year for a 10-week session in Fall and Winter and a 5-week session in Spring. Classes are free. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, literacy and parenting tips, crafts and snack for parents and their children ages 1-3. Advanced In-person registration is required. Limited space available. Drop In Book Club – 2nd Tuesday every month at 7 pm in the Jake Epp Library. We’ll post the book for discussion that month and if you’d like to join us please stop by. If you want to start your own book club instead, you can always take advantage of our Book Club collections. No sign up required. Just read the book and come hang out. Knit-Wits Drop-In Club for Adults - Every 4th Monday of the month, from 6 – 9 pm at the Jake Epp Library. This is for anyone interested in fibre handcrafts such as knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, needlepoint etc. This is not a class but a casual knitting circle for all skill levels. Please bring your own items/supplies. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) – On Wednesdays, from 8:45 - 10:30 am at the Royal Canadian Legion. Cost $2/ week. A weight control support group that helps take off pounds sensibly and keep off pounds sensibly. Contact BettyLou Toews at 326-6397. Eastman Immigrant Services - Many events and activities to support and help you make new friends. Volunteer to help at our community events. Every Day English All Levels - Every Wednesday 1 – 3 pm. Reading & Writing – All Levels on Monday and Wednesday from 10 am – 12 pm. Pronunciation All Levels - On Monday and Wednesday from 7 – 9 pm at D4-284 Reimer Ave. Classes are free. Southeast Entry Program Online: Learn about Health Care, Employment and Laws. To register for this 4-week online program, contact Josie@eastmanis.com, 204-346-6609 or email lois@eastmanis.com. Eastman Safety Upcoming Programs - Located at 385 Loewen Blvd. Register online at eastmansafety.ca or contact 1-204371-1595.

Dawson Trail Dispatch Creativi-Tea Time Adult Colouring Group - Twice monthly on the 2nd Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:30 pm and on the 2nd Friday from 1 - 3 pm at the Jake Epp Library. Cost Free. Join us for a time of relaxation, tea and colouring. Tea and supplies are provided but you are welcome to bring your own! Games Day & Games Night – Every 1st Saturday of the month from 12 – 5 pm and the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6 – 8:30 pm, at the Jake Epp Library. Come down to play strategy games. Bring a friend, your strategies and games. Test your skills and have fun. Ages 14 and up unless accompanied by an adult. Contact 204-326-6841, programs@ jakeepplibrary.com. Royal Canadian Legion - On 1st Tuesday every month until June at 8 pm and Ladies Auxiliary meets 1st Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Steinbach Legion Community Hall, 294 Lumber Ave. Steinbach Girl Guides - Every Tuesday at the United Church of Steinbach, 541 Main St. Registration for girls 5 - 17. Develop personal values and well-being, self-respect and respect for others; promote fun, friendship, adventure and challenges through new experiences; develop leadership and decision-making skills; give service to the community; value the natural environment. The Steinbach Rotary Club - meets every Monday at noon except when Monday falls on a long weekend at the Chicken Chef, 365 Main Street, visitors are welcome. Contact Cornie at 326-3155. Mental Health Information and Support sessions - for family and friends of people with mental health issues are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Eden East building, 21 Loewen Blvd. Contact Kim at 371-0824 or email eastmanmss@mts.net Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba individual and support groups - Meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 1:30 – 3 pm at The Eden East Office, 21 Loewen Blvd For persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. Steinbach and Area Lions Club - Meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Helping Hands. Contact Henry 204-392-7750 if you are interested in attending or joining. Carillon Toastmasters - Meetings open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Thursdays at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library 255 Elmdale St. Contact Sheryl at 204-326-7628 or Irene at 204-424-5737. Al-Anon Program – Meets on Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. Contact Lloyd 204326-4365. Al-Anon 12 Step Recovery Group - Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at United Church, 541 Main St, front door, ring doorbell. All are welcome. Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group starts at 4:30 pm at Steinbach Family Resource Centre B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 204-346-0413. Vassar Fall Supper – On Sunday, November 11 from 4 – 6 pm at the community hall. Vita Supper and Dance – On Saturday, November 10 from 5 pm – 12 am at the Friendship Centre with Old time music by Wild Ridge Band. Everyone welcome! Advance tickets only, no tickets sold at the door. Hot meal provided. Cost $15. Contact 204-425-3706. Craft Sale – On December 15 from 10 am - 3 pm fundraiser at the Shevchenko School for the Vita Community Child Care Centre. Bring a tin for the bin and receive a FREE single rainbow auction ticket. Complimentary coffee and baked goody while you shop! To book a table $25 plus small prize donation for game contact Mandy 392-1172. Vita & Area Winter Festival – On Saturday, January 19 and Sunday January 20 from 12 - 11:59 pm. Fun for the whole family. Stay and Play – On Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am, at the Shevchenko School for children ages 0 - 5 along with their parents/caregivers are welcome to join us for a fun, free, educational learning program. Crafts, snacks, songs, games and story time! Facilitator: Andrea Smith. Contact Penny Horvorka-Alcock 204-425-3535. Woodridge The Mobile Clinic – Is onsite on the third Thursday of every month from 9 am – 4 pm at the Community Club. Contact for appointments 1-855-644-3515 or southernhealth.ca. Zhoda Open Season Dance – On Saturday, November 10 from 8 pm – 1 am at the Community Hall, Road 16N and Balla Rd for the 5th Annual Open Season Dance. Tickets $10 at Sumthing Special in Vita or at the door. Gun Raffle and Ice Fishing Package Raffle. Contact Denise 204-392-3714, dtysoski@ hotmail.com. Please email us your events each month for inclusion at editor@dawsontrail.ca

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

November 2018


Workplace Strangeness I’ve heard that there is a nasty flu bug going around and I’ve seen my wife suffer through it to a degree beyond any that I’ve seen her experience before. It now appears that my beautiful daughter too is beginning to show signs of being sick, although I think that hers is just a teary-eyed, sore throat type of cold. My two sons do not appear to have caught anything yet. Thankfully, I rarely get sick. Other than the odd sniffle or a slight cough, I can usually just keep on truckin’. One day at work, I was beginning to think that maybe I’d been bitten by some kind of strange “bug” and that I was now coming down with something much worse than your typical cold or flu. As I was travelling down a long hallway at work, I passed a large, walking, strip of bacon. The funny thing is, other than the fact that a strip of bacon just walked past me, is that this particular piece of bacon had a full beard on it. Weird, right? As I continued down the hallway I passed my supervisor who, to me, looked like a giant banana! I quickly stopped and mentioned to my supervisor that I must be hallucinating because of seeing the bearded, walking bacon and now the sighting of a giant banana. I also mentioned that if I saw anymore strange things that I might have to go home to rest. My supervisor merely laughed and walked on. While I did manage to make it through to the end of my shift, I did end up seeing more bizarre sights, a couple of which were a picture of a frightfully scary witch, one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men and a giant gnome. The gnome, with his conical red hat, wide belt and bushy beard even had balls of fluff on the tips of his shoes. A strange sight but also thrilling because, after all, it’s not every day that you get to see a mythical creature walking about. All in all, they were quite strange things to see at my workplace. I’m told that this happens a lot near the end of October but I can’t recall quite this level of weirdness. Thankfully, we have passed by the oddness of October and are heading into the normalness of November. Oh, and if you should see my mother about, please be sure to wish her a happy birthday! Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.


November 2018

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities! If you have any information in regards to any item here you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Pat Porter Active Living Centre offers programs, activities, services and volunteer opportunities, striving to promote healthy and active living for mature adults of the southeast region. We invite you to come out, all ages are welcomed, pay us a visit and consider participating in some of our programs and events. Visit our website at patporteralc.com. News and Activities Rentals: We can accommodate Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Showers, Meetings and Family Gatherings amongst others. Call Lynda 204-320-4603 for more information and to book. Volunteer Opportunities: All ages are welcomed. We are looking for volunteers in the following areas: receptionist, sound technician, general maintenance, cleaning and photographer. We are in need of a receptionist for Thursday afternoons 12:30 - 4:15 pm. Please contact Lynda if you are able to help out. No computer knowledge is necessary. Events/Presentations: All events/presentations are open to all ages. Old Time Country Dances: Friday, November 30– Featuring Steve Ambrose Band at 7 – 11 pm with a night lunch at 9 pm. Advanced Tickets are $12 for Members/$15 for Non-Members. All tickets the week of the dance Nov 26-30 are $20 for Members and Non-Members. Potluck – Thursday, November 8 at 6 pm. “A Tribute to Remembrance Day”. Please RSVP a week in advance if you can come join us. Receptionist will let you know a dish that you can bring to share. We provide the meat. Fee is $6 per person. Call 204-320-4600. Craft + Bake Sale – Friday, November 23 from 9 am – 5 pm. Enjoy baked treats and homemade crafts from a variety of vendors. A canteen will be available by the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Vendors – tables are $25 each or $30 for an electrical site. Please call Lynda at 204-320-4603 to book your table. RCMP Fraud and Scams Information Session – Thursday, November 29 from 1 - 2 pm with Cst. Dennis Redikop to discuss the impact of fraud on individuals, families, our finances and how we can protect ourselves. RSVP by Thursday, November 22 by calling 204-3204600. Regular Programs/Activities: Make sure to check out our Newsletter. Activities may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to other events on short notice. Please check with Centre. Please Note: Our programs are aimed for Senior’s however we welcome any age and encourage you to come out and see what our Centre has to offer. All Programs/Activities have a fee of $2 for members/ $4 for non-members unless otherwise stated. Tai Chi: Mondays 10:30 - 11:30 am. Choir: Wednesdays 10 - 11:30 am. Board Games: Tuesdays 10 - 11:30 am. Many to choose from. New Connections: 1st Thursdays of the Month. Computer Classes: Wednesdays from 9 am - 3 pm. One-on-one 1 hour appointments. Ho Model Railway Project: Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Out with Friends: Friday, November 16 – Board Game Night at PPALC from 7 – 9 pm. Bring a snack to share. RSVP by Friday, November 9. For our Single Men and Women. Movie Time + Potluck: starting at Noon. Bring a lunch dish to share and stay to watch the movie! Next Movie is “Soul Surfer” on Monday, November 26. Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle: Wednesdays 1:30 - 4 pm. Advanced Pickleball: Mon, Thurs and Fridays 9 - 11:30 am. Tuesdays 9 - 10:30 am. Beginners Pickleball: Mondays 1 - 3 pm. Drop in Billiards: Monday - Friday 9 am - 3 pm. Cards: Monday - Canasta; Wednesday - Cribbage; Thursday –Whist from 1 pm - 4 pm. Old Time Country Jam: Wednesdays 7 - 9 pm. Free Programs: Walking Program: 8:30 - 9 am and 12 - 1 pm, Mon – Fri. in our Auditorium. FREE to the public and any age is welcomed! Enjoy Free Coffee or Tea after. Crafty Corner: Every Friday from 2 - 3:30 pm. Bring your craft (anything goes – knitting, scrapbooking, wood work, etc) and have some good conversation, coffee and share in learning from each other. Cozy Corner Coffee Time: 10:30 every morning for FREE coffee, tea, and a cookie. Meet new people and staff in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Other Programs + Services Provided: Noon Meals Available Monday through Friday. Cost $6. Come join us for lunch. Call Kitchen at 204- 320-4605 the day before or by 9 am that day to reserve your meal. Foot Care Clinic: Call 204-320-4600 to book your appointment. Beltone Hearing: Call 1-800-661-2653 to book an appointment. Misc. Information: 2019 Memberships: Can be purchased for $25 per person starting until Tuesday, January 15, 2019. After January 15, 2019 cost is $30 per person. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities please drop by the Centre Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Further information call Lynda at 204-320-4603 or the reception desk at 204-320-4600 and Fax 204320-9098.

Stolen Skid Steer

Between 9 am and 6:30 pm on September 25, a 2008 John Deere 325 skid steer had been stolen from a residence on Sunset Lane in the RM of Tache. The skid steer is yellow and black in colour with a digging bucket attachment on the front. The investigation is ongoing.

RCMP Seek Witnesses in Trailer Theft Between 5 pm on October 23 and 12 noon on October 24 a landscaping trailer was stolen from a business on Friesen Avenue in Steinbach. The trailer a Suretrac brand, black in colour, 5x10 feet, singe axle, with a 1 foot high pressure treated wooden enclosure. Police would like to speak to any witnesses.

Break In at Golf Course On October 4 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break and enter to the old Cottonwood Golf Course on highway 1 in the RM of Ste Anne. Suspects pried open the clubhouse door and broke a window to a detached garage.

Thieves Steal Tools from Trailer Between 5 pm on October 16 and 7 am on October 17 a construction site on Grandview Crescent in Steinbach had an enclosed trailer broken into, once inside, the suspect(s) then proceeded to steal a generator and a reciprocating saw. Police would like to speak to any witnesses.

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Gravel Pit Targeted by Thieves On September 29 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break and enter to a gravel pit situated on Fire Road 13 in the RM of Reynolds. The incident occurred on September 29 at 4:47 pm. Suspect(s) broke into the fence and took a numerous items. To break-in, they used a white pickup truck to ram a vehicle blocking the entry. Various tools, storage, and a loader was damaged. RCMP are still investigating.

Trailer and Race Car Stolen Between 9 pm on Saturday, October 20 and 6 am on Sunday, October 21, trailer was stolen from a lot on Westland Drive in the RM of Hanover. The trailer is white in colour, with licence plate 974BT. Inside the trailer was a black 1967 Pontiac Acadia with Licence plate CL02941. RCMP are continuing to investigate.

Rural Community Mailbox Stolen On October 23 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen green Canada Post mailbox. The mailbox was located at the intersection of road 40N and Highway 12 in the Rural Municipality of Hanover.

Mischief at Kehfab On September 25 Steinbach RCMP received a report of mischief that occurred over night on September 23. A male entered the yard at Kehfab on Acres Drive and cut a large hole in the boat tent located on the lot.

Theft of ATV Police would like to speak to any witnesses about a theft that occurred on October 9 at approximately 11:20 pm. An unknown suspect entered a storage compound on #52 Highway in the City of Steinbach. Once inside the compound the suspect proceeded to steal a 2009 Suzuki King Quad, yellow in colour. The investigation is ongoing.

Suspect Caught on Camera On August 8, RCMP received a report of a lost wallet in the Grandview area of Steinbach. When police contacted the owner of the wallet he reported his ATM card had been used moments later in Tim Horton’s on Brandt and then again at Shopper’s Drug Mart. A photo of the possible suspect is included from video footage obtained.

Steinbach Detachment Issues First Charges Under the Cannabis Act On October 23 at 11 am, Steinbach RCMP received information that the occupants of a motor vehicle were consuming cannabis. After making contact with the vehicle driver and occupants they were all subsequently arrested under the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act. A 16 year old, male resident of Steinbach was issued 2 tickets. One ticket under the Highway Traffic Act for “Unlawful Transportation of Cannabis in or on a Vehicle” and “Possession or Consumption of Cannabis by a Young Person”. Fines totalling $909 were issued and 29.5 grams of cannabis was seized as an individual under the age of 19 in Manitoba can not possess any cannabis.

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Niverville Teen Named Rural Athlete of the Week

Tri-star - Carly Mahoney is the first MHSAA Rural Athlete of the Week to be named from the southeast region for the 2018-2019 school year.

On October 2, Carly Mahoney of the Niverville Panthers soccer team was named as the first High School Rural Athlete of the Week from the southeast by the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association (MHSAA). As a defensive midfielder, Mahoney led the Niverville Panthers to first place in Zone 13 South. Co-captain of the team, her selfless play and hard work help lead the Panthers to an undefeated record in League play with only 2 goals allowed in 6 games. Coach Gerald Negrave said the team’s success depends on her efforts. “Carly puts the team first and her individual accomplishments second. She is a fierce defender who makes opposition forwards work for every metre of ground,” said Negrave. “Carly has prevented many, many shots on net and numerous goals this year.” When not on the soccer field, the grade 12 student is focused on maintaining a B+ average. Mahoney is the second student athlete in the region to be named this season; she is also the second to play for the Niverville Panthers Soccer team.

A Pair of Fuel Thieves Fill ‘er Up Steinbach RCMP received a report of theft of gas at Coop Gas bar located on Highway 52 in Steinbach. On September 17 just before 6:30 pm, 2 male suspects fueled up an older Chevy pickup truck and jerry cans of Premium gas worth $170 and left without paying. The first male is described as a Caucasian wearing a cowboy hat hiding his face, a dark coat, and blue jeans. The second male had darker skin, was wearing sunglasses and a hoodie was partially hiding his face. The suspect’s vehicle did not have any visible licence plates. RCMP is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects in the attached photo. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

November 2018


Appointments Announced for Southern Health Board On October 26, the province announced this year’s appointments to the boards of five regional health authorities, including Southern Health-Santé Sud. The boards of regional health authorities are responsible for directing the management and affairs of the region to ensure the delivery and administration of health services.

In Southern Health, Abram Bergen from Kleefeld, has been reappointed as chairperson. Ramona Coey from Lorette and Patricia Brennan from Oak Blugg have also been reappointed. New members of the board include William Osachuk from Gardenton and Debbi Bergner-Fortier from Letellier.


November 2018

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

St. Malo Haunted House

For two days, the old abandoned school located on Main Street in St. Malo was transformed into a haunted house that drew spectators seeking a scare from miles around. “The amount of love, support and attention this event has been getting has been...well a little overwhelming,” stated a post by the St. Malo Haunted House Committee. “Will this event happen again, you may ask? Not at this location, but we haven’t ruled out hosting another “Haunted House” if a suitable venue presents itself.” Open only for two days, on Halloween Night, and November 2, the eight room school house was transformed into a terrifying display by volunteers as a fundraiser for the St. Malo Community Arena. The St. Malo Halloween Haunted House “committee” would once again thank all of the volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual/family sponsors, as this event wouldn’t have been the same without their support. Photos by Agnes Gosselin

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