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Minimum Wage Rescued Swift Chicks Gain Their Wings Increases October 1

These four at-risk Chimney Swift chicks were saved thanks to the combined efforts of several volunteers and organizations, including Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre in Ile des Chenes.

By Marianne Curtis It has taken a team effort to rescue, rehabilitate and relocate four at-risk Chimney Swift chicks, including a stop at the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre in Ile des Chenes. According to Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires, it took Parks Canada, the Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative, 2 wildlife rehabilitation centres and provincial staff in Manitoba and Ontario, along with an airline and brewery, in ensuring the survival of the four young chimney swifts. In August, a nest fell from a chimney in a heritage building at the Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site in St. Andrews. Parks Canada staff discovered four young Chimney Swift chicks that had been abandoned and reached out to the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (PWRC). Manitoba

Sustainable Development was also contacted and based on the chicks’ needs a decision was made to transfer them to the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre. “The caring and commitment shown by all the partners in this rescue demonstrates that there are a lot of people with their hearts in the right place,” said Squires. Chimney Swifts are listed as a threatened species in Manitoba, with the population estimated between 300 and 1,000 birds. “Everyone in this remarkable collaborative effort went the extra mile, resulting in the introduction of these young birds to a new flock in order to survive.” In order to be released into the wild, the chicks needed to be part of a larger flock, but by the time they were ready, the adult birds had already left Lower Fort Garry. Under the care of PWRC, the young birds flew by commercial airline to Ontario. They received specialized care until they were re-

leased after two weeks of rehabilitation and flight training with other young Chimney Swifts. They were successfully released into a flock of 500 adult Swifts in the chimneys of a brewery in London. The Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre, located in the RM of Ritchot, is a municipality that has been an instrumental partner in protecting the Chimney Swift. In 2016, the municipality was named “Swift Champions by the Manitoba Chimney Swift Initiative for their ongoing support towards the support and protection of the endangered bird. In 2008, the municipality supported the construction of the Ferry Site tower, and in 2010, the municipality facilitated the relocation of the artificial tower from the municipal ferry site to the Church grounds. Finally, in 2015, `Council purchased the former Brodeur Brothers site where one of the five nesting sites in St. Adolphe is located.

Manitobans will see a minimum wage increase on October 1 as a result of The Minimum Wage Indexation Act. According to Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen it is important to raise the minimum wage. “Improving wages for working Manitobans is important to us,” said Pedersen. “The Minimum Wage Indexation Act provides a consistent and predictable way of indexing minimum wage with inflation through a fully transparent formula. It ensures Manitobans are able to take home more of their hard-earned money, while providing predictability for businesses that create jobs and generate growth in our economy.” Pedersen noted the increase of 15 cents per hour would raise the current minimum wage to $11.15 from $11 and ensure that Manitoba remains competitive with other provinces in its minimum wage. In comparison to Manitoba, on October 1, other Provincial-Territorial minimum wages across the country will be, Alberta ($13.60), British Columbia ($11.35), New Brunswick ($11), Newfoundland & Labrador ($11), Northwest Territories (12.75), Nova Scotia ($10.85), Nunavut ($13), Ontario ($11.60), Prince Edward Island ($11.25), Quebec ($11.25), Saskatchewan ($10.96) and Yukon ($11.32) The Minimum Wage Indexation Act provides a consistent and predictable way of indexing Manitoba’s minimum wage based on the change in the previous calendar year’s Consumer Price Index. Beginning in 2018, any adjustments to the minimum wage will be announced prior to April 1 to take effect on October 1 of each year.

RCMP Respond to Diving Accident at West Hawk Lake On September 30 at approximately 1:30 pm, officers from the Falcon Lake RCMP Detachment received a report of a male diver in distress at West Hawk Lake. The diver, a 55-year-old male from Winnipeg, was conducting a recreational dive with his wife when the accident occurred. The diver was pulled from the water and later pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigators believe the diver may have run out of air and suffered a medical issue as he surfaced. No foul play is suspected. The Falcon Lake RCMP continues to investigate.




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STARS on the Island Face Challenges By Marianne Curtis On September 14, eight Manitoba business and community leaders including the RM of Ste. Anne Chief Administrator raised more than $310,000 in the fifth annual Rescue on the Island fundraising event for STARS Air Ambulance. Jennifer Blatz was one of this year’s brave participants who volunteered to be taken to a remote island south of Pinawa. She said it is important to support an organization, which she believes could have helped her, personally back in 2008 when her son Griffin was born. After a difficult delivery, the infant required transport by ambulance to Winnipeg. “I did this to raise awareness of the need for regional support of STARS, and to pay forward the gift I was given with Griffin’s survival,” Blatz explained. “I can’t help thinking of how much faster that care would have arrived if STARS had been flying that year.” She believes that if her son had received critical care sooner, it would have helped alleviate the medical issues he experienced afterwards. “I can’t imagine how

Members of the Ste. Anne Fire Department present Jennifer Blatz with a contribution of $1,250 towards her over fundraising efforts for STARS on the Island.

many other people in Manitoba can relate with similar stories,” Blatz added. While on the island, Blatz, along with the rest of the stranded participated in a series of challenges, including a flight readiness race, a simulated medical scenario and survival challenges. The opportunity to learn more about STARS’ operations with hands-on action enabled participants to gain a deeper appreciation of the real-life challenges

faced by the STARS medical and aviation crew To be rescued, each participant aims for a goal of $50,000; Blatz has successfully raised $29,928 to date. Rescue on the Island has become STARS Air Ambulance’s largest one-day fundraiser in Manitoba, raising more than $1.4 million in the last five years. The final rescuestyle event of the year, CEO Rescue in the Rockies, took place in Alberta on September 29.

Falk Named Deputy Shadow Minister By Marianne Curtis Provencher MP Ted Falk is taking on a new role in Ottawa after being appointed as Deputy Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. “I am grateful to the Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer, for appointing me as Deputy Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour,” stated Falk. “In this new role, I will be working alongside MP Steven Blaney, who has been appointed Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.” Falk said he looks forward to his role, which will include tasks such as holding the Liberal Government accountable to Canadian workers. He is also committed to make sure that the government works collaboratively with the provinces, territories, and municipalities; the countries job market stays strong, and ensure that Canadians have the skills they need for the job market, and the economy of the future. “At the most basic level, this new responsibility is about im-

Provencher MP Ted Falk and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer discuss his recent appointment as Deputy Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

proving the standard of living and quality of life for all Canadians by promoting an environment amenable to the creation of good jobs and ensuring that Canadians have access to the skills training they need to be a part of Canada’s modern labour force,” Falk explained. Falk will remain a member of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources where he participates in the study of bills, government activities and expenditures, and issues related

to Canada’s energy, forest, minerals and metals, and earth sciences sectors. Despite the busy portfolios in Ottawa, Falk remains confident in his ability to continue to serve Provencher residents. “I am committed to doing my best to serve Canadians in these positions. I also want to be clear that my priority has been and always will be representing the residents of southeast Manitoba,” Falk concluded.

Thieves Heist Precious Metals On September 4, Steinbach RCMP responded to a report of a break-in at a residence in the RM of Reynolds. When police arrived on scene, the male resident of the home reported he kept his gold and silver bars in the residence and they had been stolen.

The investigation has determined that a substantial amount of gold and silver in small denomination bars (one ounce to 10 ounces, approximately the size of a business card) has been stolen from the residence. Anyone with information is asked to contact Steinbach RCMP at 204-

326-4452 or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800222-8477, submit a secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).


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Bethesda Primary Care Centre Opened By Marianne Curtis On September 21, Southern Health and the entire region celebrated the grand opening of the Bethesda Primary Care Wellness Centre. Located on Loewen Boulevard, in Steinbach, The Bethesda Primary Care Centre is a joint effort between the Bethesda Foundation, Bethesda Wellness Incorporated, Steinbach Family Medical and Southern Health-Santé Sud. The new facility provides space for 30 doctors and a pharmacy. It is considered a single stop centre for primary health, allowing patients to access family physicians, mental health providers and specialists. At the opening, Bethesda Foundation Chair Garth Reimer said the facility started as a dream and has finally become a reality. “Some of the smaller communities struggle with attracting doctors so we thought that with providing a top notch facility that was one way of attracting doctors,” Reimer explained. To ensure this, the Wellness Centre was designed to provide first class treatment in a modern facility with the latest technology so that doc-

tors can practice in a great environment. From the day it opened, twenty-three doctors started working and there are plans to recruit seven more. Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen said the unique facility will help improve access to health care for local residents and throughout the region. “More doctors will come to Steinbach because this is a state-of-the-art facility,” Goertzen said. “There are also more services under one roof, which are important to efficiency.” Health Minister and Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen said the project should serve as an example to surrounding communities. “It shows how different groups, and different providers can come together and work as a team,” said Goertzen. “The system is going towards the team approach to ensure that when a patient comes into the facility they have access to different practitioners and don’t need to go to a number of places.” MMP Architects collaboratively designed the 29,000 square ft facility that cost about $12 million. The interior space was designed

to allow individuality between the various tenants while still providing a cohesive overall appearance. The newly opened Bethesda Primary Care Centre is phase one. Phase two of the project is currently being built across the street and set to open November 1. Three more phases are expected to be completed in the future.

Representatives from the Bethesda Foundation, Southern Health-Sante Sud, Steinbach Family Medical, the Province of Manitoba, Steinbach Primary Care Pharmacy, and Dynacare gathered with the Steinbach City Council to mark the grand opening of Bethesda Primary Care Wellness Centre. Photo by Marianne Curtis

Spotlight on Change Returns to Southeast Region By Marianne Curtis If you are a woman over 40 who is struggling with what to do next in life, Spotlight on Change may be the program to help you jump-start your next stage in life. On October 16, an 8-week program called Spotlight on Change will be offered in Steinbach. The program, which is being offered by the Workplace Essential Skills Training Centre (WEST) in Steinbach, is free to unemployed women who are ready to explore their skills, abilities, strengths, interests, goals and their connection with meaningful employment. Mariette Kirouac said WEST is offering an exciting bring back another opportunity for unemployed women to make positive changes in their lives. “Following the success we had with Spotlight on Change

as a pilot project back in January - June 2017, we are very happy to bring it back for a new group of women,” said Kirouac. “This program is for women in our region, over 40 years old and at a turning point in their lives,” explained Kirouac. “If they have been out of the workplace for an extended period of time or facing an empty nest, this program will help them find fulfilling work.” Kirouac invites women over 40, who are ready to commit to an 8week (minimum 18 hours a week) in-class training program followed by a few weeks of job coaching. To find out more information, contact the Workplace Essential Skills Training Centre at 204-3262123. Space is limited and the deadline to apply is Friday, October 6.

Pre-Budget Meeting Scheduled for Ste. Anne Seven pre-budget public consultation meetings and telephone town halls are being held throughout Manitoba over the next few weeks including one in Ste. Anne. On October 26, a public town meeting is taking place at the Club Jovial, on Main Street in Ste. Anne, starting at 7 p.m. The Budget 2018’s pre-budget consultations will give Manitobans the opportunity to share their views on three key issues for the future including sustaining

health care, controlling marijuana use and balancing the budget. Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen was with the Premier when the meetings were announced. “Sustaining health care is the top priority of Manitobans. Here is a chance to say directly what your suggestions are to secure health-care services for patients and families,” said Goertzen. “A health-care premium is one option we want Manitobans to give their views on.”

In addition, to ensure every Manitoban has the chance to give their input, the province has launched a survey at manitobansmakingchoices.ca. Manitobans are encouraged to take the survey and have their say on a number of issues including legislation for marijuana use, balancing the budget and sustaining health care. To encourage as broad an engagement as possible, stakeholders will have access to an online Town Hall Tool Kit to assist in holding their own public meeting.




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Conservatives Stand Up For Canada’s Economy Last week I was honoured to accept a new role within the Conservative Caucus when I was appointed Deputy Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. At the most basic level, this new responsibility is about improving the standard of living and quality of life for all Canadians. By promoting an environment amenable to the creation of good jobs and by ensuring that Canadians have access to the skills training they need to be a part of Canada’s modern labour force everyone benefits. I am excited about these new responsibilities and I promise to do all that I can to use my influence to stand up for Canadian workers and Canadian job creators. Our Conservative Party came out of the gate strong and united as the fall session of Parliament began. The number one issue is of course the Liberal’s attempt to ram through tax changes for small businesses, farms and professionals. These tax changes will cripple the economy and force layoffs and foreclosures while leaving the private fortunes of the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and their friends untouched. In some cases, small businesses and family farms could see their tax rate go as high as 73%. That is outrageous and my colleagues and I are fighting hard to keep your money where it belongs, in your pocket. While tax issues are being given precedence so far this session, there are two other important economic issues that you should be aware of.

NAFTA: The Government is in the process of re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA is an agreement signed by Canada, the United States and Mexico creating trilateral free trade across North America. One-in-five Canadian jobs are created as a result of free trade agreements and it’s critical that Justin Trudeau protect these well-paying jobs. Sadly, with his record of ineffectiveness on foreign trade agreements, Canadians aren’t holding their breath. Trudeau’s failure to close the softwood lumber agreement with former President Obama means that President Trump now has that as a major bargaining chip to use against us at the negotiating table. Moreover Trudeau’s economic polices make it increasingly difficult for Canadian negotiators to make the case that US firms need access to the Canadian market. Border Security: Illegal migrants continue to flood over our border. The latest numbers show that since January of this year more than 13,000 illegal migrants have crossed into Canada—over 800 through our own riding of Provencher. The cost of processing, supporting and in many cases deporting these individuals is costing Canadian taxpayers in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Money doesn’t grow on trees. Those hundreds of millions have to come from somewhere. Either it will be taken from somewhere else (hurting the Canadians that money was

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earmarked for) or new taxes will be put in place to recoup the costs (again hurting Canadians). Moreover, it is unacceptable that those who enter Canada illegally should receive more generous benefits than many Canadian citizens enjoy. Those hundreds of millions of dollars should be going to benefit Canadians and to protecting our national security via border enforcement. The Government should be the champion of Canada’s fair and legal immigration system and those who work hard to enforce it, not those who flout it and enter illegally. How Justin Trudeau can think that a small business owner using a legal process in the tax code is cheating and unfair, but a person crossing the border illegally isn’t is beyond me. Rest assured, however, our Conservative team will continue to stand up for Canadians this fall; championing common sense economic policies that are inclusive of all Canadians, not just Justin Trudeau’s fortunate few. For more information on this or any issue please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1866-333-1933 or at 204-3269889. Visit me on Facebook at: Facebook.com/TedFalkMP. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12N, Steinbach MB, R5G 1T4, email me at ted.falk.c1@ parl.gc.ca or visit my website at tedfalk.ca.

Apparently, some of us in business are receiving a supposedly unfair advantage. Looking back at my fifty years of being in business, I remember the excitement good and bad, the long days, the struggles, but I always met payroll and other fiscal responsibilities. At the same time buying locally and donating locally is part and parcel of a community business. Under these rules and acceptable working class conventions, we hope that a lifetime of building up a business will give you and your partner enough to retire. Selfemployed professionals and farmers are also building assets with the hope of retiring with dignity. Many of us have done this with the good sense of incorporating. Our position in society is cemented by the fact that we create two-thirds to three quarters of our collective communities’ jobs. We work locally; we buy locally, so let’s compare this with large business. I would suggest they get a better expense account and more than their fair share of tax breaks. Otherwise, why would they continue to do their fair share of keeping tax havens in the business of hiding money? Here are some examples. Bombardier received one and a quarter billion for equity in their C-series and a loan. The CEO and board get millions in bonuses probably paid in stock shares to reduce taxes of course. Undoubtedly, it is hard work getting money from the governments and firing thousands of workers. The firm Mossack Fonseca got up one morning and 11.5 million files were stolen, 85 of these were of Canadians. These files are known as the Panama papers. We doubt very much these elite citizens were hiding pizza money. Nevertheless, they were in good company with Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko, Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s Prime Minister and Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe as some of the customers. So, any Canadian in that firm’s portfolio must not have been cheap pickens. We can’t say the above mentioned didn’t pay their taxes as of yet but don’t hold your breath.

The famous KPMG tax scheme, they selected Canadians with a minimum of $5 million to invest in (Offshore Company Structure) the Isle of Man, charging $100,000 per head for no taxes owed and absolute confidentiality, that alone is a good indicator of tax avoidance. Canada Revenue Services offered a secret amnesty to the accounting firm KPMG’s clients. Some of these Canadians have the Order of Canada medal. I do believe I have found another potential use for farmer’s underused pitchforks. Canada estimates between $6 billion and $7.8 billion a year ends up in off shore tax havens. Since 2010 only 49 Canadian have been convicted and assessed a measly $13.4 million in fines. Bitcoin and other crypto currencies are privately owned currencies with their own ATMs operating worldwide. Can you imagine an easier way to launder money? Even your grandmother could roll up to one of these ATM’s and deposit her yearly $10 dollars she hides from the government. You wouldn’t be able to wipe the grin off her face for weeks. Remember these currencies operate outside of any government control everywhere. It has the potential to damage or destroy any government’s fiscal needs. Now, there is an urgent problem for all governments to get together on. The government needs to ask themselves how many jobs are created by any of the above schemes excluding the rant on the middle class in the first paragraph. I would advise treading carefully. If you’re trying for economic fair play, you’re a few dollars short before you start.

Town Hall Discussions with Constituents Our Manitoba government has begun consultations on a number of issues preceding the formation of the 2018 provincial budget. On September 28, I had the opportunity to host a town hall meeting at the Howden Community Centre to discuss ways we could balance the budget, the sustainability of our health-care system and dealing with the upcoming Federal legalization of marijuana. Our constituency of Dawson Trail will have an opportunity for a second town hall meeting on these matters. Please join Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living, and me on Thursday, October 26 at Club Jovial in Ste. Anne from 8 - 9 pm. We will again focus on the Manitoba budget, the legalization of marijuana and the long-term sustainability of our health-care system. To learn more about these pre-budget consultations, and/or to have your say

on these issues via a survey, please visit ManitobansMakingChoices.ca. The survey will close on October 20. Outside of our government’s prebudget considerations, many fall events have filled my schedule in the past month. The Farm to School program had its Fall Fundraiser Kick-Off on September 22 with a Veggie Day Celebration. The event reminded me of how plentiful our farm harvests are here in Manitoba. As Thanksgiving draws near, I’m thankful for our hardworking farmers. I recently had the privilege of dropping off vegetables at a few local food banks. This is a great time of year to share wealth with those in need. On September 30, I attended St. Adolphe Neighbour Day in Cartier Park. I’m also looking forward to the Let’s Get Pumped Social in October in support of Diabetes Canada, as well as Take Your MLA to Work Day organized by

enVision Community Living. As part of this occasion, I have been invited to visit Normandeau Sheet Metal. I will also host another round of “Coffees with Bob”. Dawson Trail constituents should watch for details from me soon on social media and on my website, boblagasse.ca, for when I will be available in their areas for coffee and conversation. The first one will be held on Friday, October 27 from 2 - 3 pm at Capo di Grande in Ile des Chenes. Drop on by! Stay up to date by following me on Facebook. If you have questions or comments, I can be reached at 204807-4663 or by e-mail at bob.lagasse@ leg.gov.mb.ca.


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Pre-Budget Town Hall Planned The summer is leaving us and fall is slowly taking hold, as is our government’s strong fiscal plan for a responsible recovery for Manitoba. Our plan is working, as Finance Minister Cameron Friesen announced on September 19. The provincial summary deficit has been reduced to $764 million, according to public accounts for 2016-17. That’s $147 million lower than the deficit that had been budgeted for the fiscal year. This is the first time in five years that Manitoba’s deficit is lower than budgeted for, and it’s a direct result of managing expenditures, effective forecasting and meeting targets. However, while our government is putting Manitoba on the road to recovery, our province continues to suffer the consequences of the previous government’s fiscal failures. The costs of servicing the provincial debt, which had doubled in eight years under the previous government, remains a concern. About $930 million was spent to service the debt in 2016-17, and that is projected to grow to $991 million for 2017-18. That’s almost a billion dollars that goes to bankers and not to front-line services for Manitobans. Our government has to make smart choices with the money entrusted to us by Manitobans. To make these choices, we want to hear from Manitobans on pressing issues facing our province - particularly on balancing the budget, the sustainability of our health-care system and dealing with the upcoming Federal legalization of marijuana. We have launched pre-budget consultations on these matters to give people across Manitoba a real voice in the choices our government makes. We have posted an online survey at

manitobansmakingchoices.ca so residents of every part of our province can have their say. I encourage everyone to complete the survey and/or attend one of the many pre-budget consultation meetings to be hosted by Minister Friesen or by other MLAs in our government caucus. Detailed information on these public sessions is available at manitobansmakingchoices.ca. For the La Verendrye Constituency, I will hold a pre-budget town hall meeting on October 18 at 7 pm at the La Broquerie Hotel. Every voice matters in shaping Manitoba’s future. While these important consultations ramp up in the La Verendrye Constituency and elsewhere, we are also preparing to resume the legislative session in early October. I’m looking forward to getting back to work at the legislature as our government continues on its path toward making Manitoba the most improved province in Canada. 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.

Letter to the Editor: Clarifying Falk’s CPP Statement Dear Editor: Re: Liberal Plan Hurts Low-Income Canadians, Ted Falk, September 2017 I would like to clarify the information Mr. Falk provided. It is correct, the enhanced CPP income will bump many low-income Canadians from qualifying for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), but it should be noted that it does NOT affect anyone currently over 65 and will have little impact on those who are currently over 55. It will affect younger working Canadians as they (and their employers) will be forced to contribute more to CPP over their working lifetimes and if they have no other retirement income at 65, they may become eligible for the GIS, but it will decrease as their expected CPP income increases. Anni Markmann, Ste. Anne, MB

St. Malo Loses Lumber Yard

Anyone working on building projects in the St. Malo area will have to travel a little farther to get their material after the closure of the community’s only lumberyard. According to a notice issued by the St. Malo Co-op Board of Directors, the St. Malo Co-op Lumber Yard was officially closed on September 2. “After many years of monetary losses, the Board spent the past two years exploring and implementing all possible options. However, there

was no possible way, within the limited funds available, to make the lumberyard a profitable component of our Co-op,” stated the Board. The decision to close the lumberyard was made in order to stop any further deficits and be responsible to the members. The board promised to explore other possible solutions to provide these products to customers.

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Letter to the Editor: Defending the Right Dear Editor: In his September opinion piece, ‘The Alt-Right Ascendency of Hate’, Lee Guetre uses terms such as ‘right wing’, ‘fringe groups’, ‘hate-mongering’, ‘little mind’, ‘hate spewing’, ‘Nazi scum’, ‘knucklehead’, ‘Red Necks’ and ‘Alt-Right’. His name-calling of those with differing opinions reflects badly on him. Why are US citizens who object to the destruction of symbols of their history and culture all lumped together under the false label of ‘white supremacists’? He refers to ‘homegrown terrorists’, but it’s the actions of Antifa that the US Department of Homeland Security has formally classified as ‘domestic terrorist violence’ (Newsweek 9/1/17). Doesn’t he find it ironic that Antifa is using Nazi tactics against those they accuse of being Nazis? His criticism of the US is uncalled for. It’s superior to all other nations in that its citizens’ right to free speech is protected by its constitution. In Canada, freedom of opinion and expression is not absolute; a weasel clause in the Charter of Rights states that it can be limited. Check Parliament’s Bill C-16, as well as Motion 103 that can be quickly turned into law to make it a crime for Canadians to criticize a certain belief system. A veil conveys a sense of chastity to Mr. Guetre. It is a symbol and a powerful one. However, has he not considered that, with a certain belief system, it’s also a political statement and advertises the lower status of its women. It’s useful to remember that Canadians are a generally tolerant people in part because of the country’s history, culture, and Judeo-Christian heritage: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ (Bible, Matt 7:12). However, does he want that to be supplanted by something less tolerant? The question has nothing to do with nationality, race, or skin colour. Surveying news from around the world, it can be seen that, as the population with a certain belief system grows, there comes a tipping point where their power and influence begin to overwhelm the host culture. As a sidebar, 80 terrorists have been allowed to return to Canada (Macleans Oct.19/2014). Ray Kathwaroon, Winnipeg, MB






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Community Supports Recreational Opportunities for Children

Moni Loewen with Recreational Opportunities for Children (ROC) spokesperson Moni Loewen (middle) accepts a cheque raised from proceeds of Ste. Anne Co-op’s recent Fuel Good Day.

By Marianne Curtis

Thanks to customers who supported two businesses fundraisers, Smile Cookie campaign at Tim Horton’s and St. Anne Co-op’s the Fuel Good Campaign in September, Recreational Opportunities for Children (ROC) received tremendous financial support. As part of Fuel Good Day on September 19, five cents from every litre of fuel purchased at Ste. Anne Co-op Gas Bars was donated to ROC. At the end of the day, over 170,000 liters was pumped between eleven locations, which raised about $8,400 for the organization. “Ste. Anne Co-op is committed to serving the community and giving back, not just on this day but throughout the year,” said Henry Nickel, General Manager of Ste. Anne Co-op. Fuel Good Day is one of many ways we fuel our communities, whether it’s by sharing profits with our members or supporting local organizations that are doing important work right here in our own backyard.” Recreational Opportunities for Children (ROC) spokesperson Moni Loewen said this fundraiser made sense for the organization. “Ever since we began in 2009, we have

purchased fuel cards for our ROC families from Co-op to make sure the kids can get to their practices, games, and classes,” Loewen continued. “I can only remember a handful of times that there wasn’t a Co-op in the area and we had to purchase from someone else.” Fuel Good Day was celebrated at more than 380 Co-op gas stations across western Canada, each supporting a selected local charity, non-profit organization or community initiative. The second business to go above and beyond to help the ROC with its recreational opportunities for children was the three Tim Horton’s locations in Steinbach with their Smile Cookie campaign. The three locations sold more than 13,000 cookies raising over $13,000 dollars. Since 2009, Eastman ROC takes a handson approach with families to come up with a workable recreation plan and provides more that financial support for sports and physical activities. Activities include photography, music or singing lessons, gardening, dog obedience classes, dance, Kung Fu, Special Olympics, clay making, swimming lessons, soccer, creative writing and more. On average, Recreation Opportunities for Children Eastman works with about thirty children per year in communities including St. Malo, St. Pierre-Jolys, Steinbach, Niverville, Blumenort, La Broquerie, Pine Falls and Beausejour.

Ste. Anne Resident Appointed to Municipal Police Board Anni Markmann with Ste. Anne Tax Services is one of seven new members appointed to municipal police boards throughout the province. “Municipal police boards play an important role in ensuring safety for Manitobans,” said Justice Minister Heather Stefanson. “These boards provide governance, direction and accountability to local police agencies, whose priority is to protect their communities. I look forward to the important contributions these new members will make to their respective police boards.” The Police Services Act requires every municipality that operates a police service to create and maintain a police board. They provide civilian governance as well as administrative direction. Outside the city of Winnipeg, the province is responsible for appointing one board member. The remaining members are selected by municipal councils. Markmann is a certified financial planner and runs her own business offering financial advice to families, small business owners and seniors. She has also served on a variety of local boards including the Women’s Business Network Southeast Manitoba.


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It’s Flu Season!

Manitoba First to Introduce New Flu Vaccine for Personal Care Residents

Manitoba is the first province in Canada to introduce a high-dose flu vaccine to better protect vulnerable residents of personal care homes from influenza. “Studies show that people over the age of 65 that live in personal care homes are most at risk of complications or death related to influenza,” said Steinbach MLA and Health, Seniors and Active Living

Minister Kelvin Goertzen. “That’s why we’re the first in Canada to introduce this new type of vaccine to better protect these vulnerable people and keep them healthy when the flu starts to circulate this winter.” This year, the high-dose seasonal influenza vaccine is being offered to people 65 years of age or older who are living in a personal care

home. The vaccine provides a higher level of protection against two types of influenza A and one type of influenza B predicted to be circulating in North America this fall and winter. Lower respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia and bronchitis, are a leading cause of hospital admissions in adults aged 65 years or older, especially in frail older

adults. The number of personal care home residents admitted to hospital varies considerably between facilities, but is more frequent during the time of peak influenza activity. The minister noted public health officials will review data about the use and effectiveness of the highdose flu vaccine in personal care homes to support future vaccine decisions.

To protect people from getting influenza, Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living encourages all Manitobans to get a free flu vaccine early every fall. The flu vaccine is typically available from health-care providers in early October. For more information on seasonal flu and the flu vaccine, visit gov. mb.ca/health/flu.




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Fire Fighters Recognized During Ritchot Volunteer Night Holiday Classic in November - Royal MTC ‘A Christmas Carol’ on Sunday, November 19 at 7:30 pm, at the Pat Porter Active Living Centre. Watch Ebenezer’s epic transformation in this classic tale of compassion, hope and redemption that will leave hearts glowing. Tickets available now! - Get yours today. Music Students - Buy a ticket for only $6. Makes the perfect gift. Enjoy concerts all year round! Manitoba Theatre Centre - A Christmas Carol, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra - Hydro Holiday Tour, Quartetto Gelato, Mission Potluck, and added Attractions: A Fringed Family Day! Turnip the Music! concert, and The Middle Coast. New! Koncertz 4 Kidz Series - PTE - The Good, The Bad and the Munsch and Bubbleman. Register for Fall! Try Any Class at No Cost! It’s not too late to sign up. Teens - Mixed Art, Digital Photography, New! Video Game Programming. Adults - Beginner Watercolor Painting, Beginner Oil Painting, Abstract Acrylic Painting Beginner and Intermediate, New! Contemporary Acrylic, Intro to the Pottery Wheel. New! For Kids and Parents – Paint Parties at SAC. Canvas & Cabernet is back Join us on October 17 paint a sunset background. ‘Here Lookin’ at You’ with Arlene Enns. Only $35 for supplies, appetizers and drinks. New - Canvas & Colas, brings Paint Parties for ages 8 - 17. Make it an evening to remember with your parent/guardian/ partner. Join us on October 17 and paint “Who is your Friend” with Arlene Enns. Only $25 for supplies, snacks, and beverage. Backyard Theatre Company Wants You! Build your confidence, ignite your creativity and explore your imagination. For ages 5 - 17. New - Young Company Performance troupe in Steinbach, directed by Jeremy Plett and Malcolm Roulette. For ages 16 and over. 6 spots available - Arts4Tots Preschool Program - Montessori-Infused Curriculum. Why are we unique? The most creative way to learn with specialists in dance, music, drama and visual arts! Monday/Wednesday in the am or pm and Tuesday/Thursday in the am or pm for ages 3 - 5. Fall Workshops: Cake X-Travaganza - Workshop for ages 16 and over on Saturday, October 14 from 9 am – 12 noon. Love to decorate?...want to learn how? Experience cake decorating including sculpting, fondant, gum paste, piping and

decorating techniques. Couples Cooking- For ages 18 and up on Friday, October 27 from 5:30 - 9 pm. Food brings people together and tastes best when shared with your significant other. Join Chef Cassandra for an evening in the kitchen. Make this your Friday date night! New! Resin Workshop for ages 16+ on Saturday, November 18 from 10 am - 12 pm. Workshop Fee $45 and Material Fee $20. Instructed by Linda Klippenstein from Vancouver, BC! Create a beautiful maple cheeseboard with swirled resin art. Belly Dance Workshops for ages 16+ on Saturdays, September 23, October 14 and October 28 from 10 am – 1 pm with instructor Ildiko Gyarmati, learn proper dance posture, and fundamental Tribal troupe formations. NEW FUSION! Musical Theatre Master Classes– for ages 9 - 14 and 15 – 19. Become a Triple Threat! Music, Dance, Drama facilitated by David Klassen on Saturday, December 9 - Character Development, February 10 – Musical Theatre Ballad, March 24 - Musical Theatre UPTEMPO And April 28 – Dance Break! All participants will be scheduled for a 45-minute private music lesson in the afternoon, and invited to perform in a public master class in the evening. New! Southeast Centre for Music - Nathan Dyck – Guitar; Darryl Friesen – Piano, Hannah Humphries – Violin, Natalie Dawe – Cello, Candice Hamm – Piano & Theory and David Klassen – Voice. Please call us if you want your name on the list to study with some of the best teachers in the southeast! New! Aboriginal Art Classes filled up - new classes added! Moccasin Making with Donna – Wednesday, October 5. Make your own moccasins, mukluks, gloves and learn how to bead them yourself! Bannock Making with Helena – Saturday, October 28. Get creative in the kitchen with aboriginal art! Learn to make your own bannock! Purchase original art. Expressions ‘Recovery Through the Arts’ Next exhibit opening Annual Expressions. Come check out their artworks in the Hall Gallery, starting Friday, October 6. Artworks available for sale. Perfect gifts – unique and thoughtful. Artists - Join the Southeast Artists Group on Tuesday mornings at the Cultural Arts Centre. Many more details on steinbachartscouncil.ca.

A number of the current volunteer members of the Ritchot Fire Department, with one of three paintings commissioned to hang in all three municipal fire halls in recognition of the department’s 50th Anniversary. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis It was a big night for the Ritchot Fire Department during this year’s RM of Ritchot volunteer appreciation evening. At the event, which took place September 29 in Ste. Agathe, the entire department was recognized as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Ritchot Mayor Chris Ewen thanked the volunteers for their dedication to the municipality. “We are grateful to these brave men and women have taken time out of their lives to fight fires and ensure the safety of the entire municipality,” Ewen told those who attended the evening.

Lesley Gaudry, who spoke about some of the history of the department. “From when this department started in 1967, it has grown from a pumper truck that was also used to spray for grasshoppers to a department that will soon have three fire halls,” Gaudry said. “Whether the calls come in during the day or night, these guys are running into disaster; we are proud of our department.” In addition to recognizing the department as a whole, Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagasse was on hand to present a number of certificates to volunteers in recognition for their years of service. He presented Ritchot Fire Chief Scott Weir with

two certificates in recognition of 20 years service. Deputy Chief Paul Houle was also recognized for 20 years of service. Volunteer fire fighter Jeff Stefaniuk earned a 21-year certificate while Marcel Courchaine was recognized for 37 years on the department, making him currently, the longest serving volunteer on the department. An official 50th anniversary reunion is in the works, and the RM of Ritchot is hoping to include all former firefighters and their families. Residents are encouraged to submit the names of former members that should be included in the festivities to the municipality.

Alcohol May be Factor in ATV Accident On September 9, emergency crews were called to Broken Arrow Campground, south of Ile des Chenes in response to a sideby-side ATV rollover at around 7:45 pm. According to St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP, investigators believe the side-by-side was heading northbound along the ditch adjacent to the old 59 Highway when it rolled, ejecting both occupants from the vehicle. A 53-year-old male from Hughenden, Alberta, and a 36-year-old male from Calgary, Alberta, were transported to hospital by STARS with serious but non-life threatening injuries. One man was re-

Emergency crews wait for STARS to arrive after a side-by-side accident south of Ile des Chenes. Photo by Marianne Curtis

leased later that evening. Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in this collision. Both occupants were not wearing any helmets and it is unknown if seatbelts were in use.

Officers from the St. Pierre-Jolys Detachment continue to investigate. Charges have not been laid because it is unclear who was driving the ATV at the time of the accident.

Rest Haven Expansion Announced The province is building an additional 258 personal care home beds, including 140 beds in Steinbach at Rest Haven Personal Care Home. According to Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen additional personal care home capacity will be needed over the next 25 years to care for people with significant

needs and who can no longer safely remain at home or in supportive housing. “We remain committed to ensuring the right care is available at the right place and the right time, and moving forward on personal care homes is part of addressing this need,” said Goertzen. Design work will begin to support the development of three proposals,

including Rest Haven Personal Care Home’s expansion in Steinbach. Goertzen said the province is committed to contributing approximately $133,000 per bed toward the construction of 1,200 personal care home beds throughout Manitoba. Additional proposals will be assessed based on needs within the region and their ability to fit within the new mandate.


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Hadashville Employee Richer named “Rodeo the Year” Earns Safe Work Award By Marianne Curtis On September 27, Arleen Pluchinski from Pineland Forest Nursery was one of three recipients of SAFEty Awards presented by Workers Compensation Board (WCB) at the 5th annual SAFE Work Awards event. The criterion to win this award is that an individual demonstrates commitment to workplace safety, every day. Nominees are safety champions who go above and beyond to increase safety awareness for others and take an active role in making the workplace safe. Pluchinski works as a Resource Tech 2 at Pineland Forest Nursery, and has sat on her workplace’s safety and health committee for 13 years. Her nominator, Dennis LeClerc, credits her initiative for helping bring their incident rate down to almost zero. According to LeClerc, her achievements include training all employees to spot and control hazards, assess risks and find safer ways to complete tasks without injury. She felt there was a need for safe work procedures, so for every job at Pineland Forest Nursery she has written and implemented procedures, makes sure they are up-to-date, and ensures

that everyone is aware of how to do the job at hand safely. “She recognized the need for a strong, dedicated voice to advocate for worker safety issues, and stepped up to the task,” said LeClerc. “Her message to all staff is that there is nothing too small concerning the health and safety of our employees.” The SAFE Work Awards annually recognizes safety excellence in Manitoba workplaces. Each year, the awards celebrate an employer, a worker and a workplace safety and health committee for their outstanding work towards making their workplaces safer and healthier. For the first time the event combined the awards programs for eight Manitoba safety organizations, several Manitoba industries and in all thirteen awards were given out. SAFE Work Manitoba is the public agency dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness. Working with our partners in the safety community, we provide prevention education, safety programming, consulting and strategic direction to create a genuine culture of safety for all Manitobans.

The hard work of countless community volunteers from Richer Community Club earned a 4th Rodeo of the Year award for the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo.

By Marianne Curtis For the fourth time in five years, the Richer Roughstock Rodeo has claimed covetted the Heartland Rodeo Association’s title of “Rodeo of the Year”. Pat Stolwyk, with the Richer Community Club is thrilled that the Heartland Rodeo Association once again named the event Rodeo of the Year. “We are grateful to everyone who came out and once again made this year’s rodeo a big success,” said

Stolwyk. He said the key to their success is the support of the community, the businesses and the volunteers. “We had an amazing group of volunteers who worked tirelessly at turning the Richer Park into a rodeo site,” Stolwyk added. “This could not have happened without the hard work of the entire community.” This year’s Richer Rough Stock Rodeo attracted thousands of spectators and fans, along with over 200 competitors in bull riding, tie-down

roping, team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and saddle bronc. In addition, tons of activities for the entire family, including a trade show with over 50 vendors unique to the area, kid’s activities and live music added to the success of the weekend. The Richer Rough Stock Rodeo claimed the title in 2013 for their inaugural event and again, in 2014, and 2016. The Portage Ex Stampede claimed the 2015 award.

New Zealand Company to Build Largest Breeding Flock in Canada Near Zhoda Arleen Pluchinski (second from right), an employee from the Pineland Forest Nursery in Hadashville was recently recognized with a Worker SAFEty Award.

Donated Directory Marks Historical Cemetery The fifth generation of a family buried at the historic Prairie Grove Cemetery in Prairie Grove has donated a valuable asset to the site. According to Diane Heather, the new Prairie Grove Directory was donated by members of the Dunlop family from Rosewood, Manitoba, who are the great-great grandchildren of Thomas Dunlop, one of the founders of the cemetery. “They will represent the fifth generation of the Dunlop family to be buried in Prairie Grove Cemetery, which was established in 1879 on

land that was part of the Dunlop family’s original homestead in Prairie Grove,” said Heather. “We are grateful for this donation.” The directory was designed and constructed by Earl Asmundson of Piney so that when the doors open, a detailed map of the cemetery can be seen. The Prairie Grove Cemetery is located west of Highway #207 between Lorette and Deacons Corner. Located within the RM of Tache, it is still a functioning community cemetery and is operated in conjunction with the RM of Springfield. A committee of volunteers’ works at making the cemetery a visitor friendly place and with that thought in mind they have planted trees, placed benches, and a washroom on the property. A complete history of the cemetery is printed in the book Prairie This beautiful directory was recently donated Grove 1872 to 1968. to the historical Prairie Grove Cemetery.

The RM of Stuartburn and the Canada Sheep and Lamb Farms from Zhoda are conducting a survey to determine if there is an employee base for a future feedlot and sheep farm. Both the RM of Stuartburn and the RM of Piney see this as a valuable opportunity to the area due to the fact that there will be 50 positions open in the plant and six in the feedlot. Canada Sheep and Lamb farms is a business venture between Sarto Sheep Farms of Manitoba and the North American Lamb Company, a subsidiary of Integrated Foods in New Zealand. The goal of Canada Sheep and Lamb Farms is to build

the largest breeding flock in Canada, a minimum of 50,000 breeding ewes. There will be 50 positions available at the processing plant, including 44 hourly employees and 6 salary employees. There will be six positions available in the feedlot, as four hourly and two salaried. These are start up shifts that are expected to double once with the second shift. Our experience teaches us that effective management practices are necessary to maintain a healthy, happy and productive flock of sheep and shepherds. Sources say that animal care is top

priority at Canada Sheep and Lamb Farms while the company utilizing best practices in manure management and a crop rotation that eliminates the need for commercial fertilizer and minimizes opportunities for water contamination. Once complete, the new feedlot and processing plant at an investment of $15 million will be the largest employer in the RM of Stuartburn, with 200 positions eventually expected to be filled. Inquires on any of the jobs available can be made to the RM of Stuartburn at inquires@rmofstuartburn.com. The survey can be found at getfoureyes.com.


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C ommunity E vents 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 Harvest Dinner & Dance – On Saturday, November 4 at 6:30 pm in the Community Centre. Contact 204-381-1835 or friedensfeldcc@gmail.com. Giroux Bingo - Every Thursday at Giroux Hall. Doors open at 5 pm, Bingo starts at 7 pm. Hall rental information for Socials, weddings, family functions, meetings and more please call Debbie 204-424-5506 or Mike 204-326-6260. 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 Compost Bins - Available from Friday October 6 – Monday October 9 and Friday, October 13 – Monday, October 15 at various locations for residents to drop off their leaves and grass clippings and garden waste. No plastic allowed, bags must be emptied. No tree branches. 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. Parent Child Playgroup - On Wednesdays from 10 am – 12 pm at the School, Rm142. Contact idc.mb.playgroup@ gmail.com. 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. Yoga- On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the TransCanada Centre. Cost $15/class or 10 classes for $125. Zumba - On Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7 pm – 8 pm at the TransCanada Centre. 10 classes for $75 or $10 drop in. Contact sarah.abraham@gmail.com. 50+ Programs - At the Trans Canada Centre Indoor Walking - Mondays, Wednesday & Friday 9 – 10 am Yoga - Monday 10 -11 am Coffee Talk - Wednesday 10 - 11 am Block Therapy - Tuesday 10 - 11 am Water Colour Painting – Thursday 10 - 11:30 am Line Dancing - Thursday 7 - 8 pm Floor Curling - Friday 10 am – 12 pm Contact to register Mary Ann vintageclub@transcanadacentre.com, 204-339-6141. 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 Storytime and Craft - On Saturday, October 7, 11 am - English, 11:30 am – French at the Tache Library. Lego Club - On the last Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26 of each month from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at Tache Library. Join us to build, create & explore! Drop-in, no registration required. Contact 204-878-9488, email btl@srsd.ca. Poutine Night – On Friday, October 27 from 5 - 8 pm. Silent Action at the Dawson Trail Hotel, Innseine Bar. Cost $20. For tickets, contact Eveline Foisy 204-878-2405 or Michelle Tremorin 204-878-2315.

Community Christmas Market - On Saturday, December 2 at Lorette Collegiate, 1082 Dawson Rd. Vendors can apply for table rentals by contacting yvonneromaniuk@gmail.com. Grief Support Group - This fall to provide education about the grieving and mourning processes to individuals who have lost a loved one through death. The format is 9 weekly meetings of 2 hrs per week and group size will be limited to 6 participants. The facilitator will be Maryanne Rumancik and we will be following the program found in Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart (book with journal) by Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Suggested donation to cover book costs is $45. Registration deadline Sunday, October 1. Contact Fr. Charles Fillion 204- 878-2221 or Maryanne Rumancik 204-878-3901. Exact meeting time and day of the week TBA. 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. Ritchot Senior Services Foot Care Clinic - On Wednesdays by appointment. To reserve contact Janice 204-883-2880. With Cheryl Palmer, foot care nurse. Middlebro Fall Supper - On Saturday, October 7 at the Community Centre from 5 – 7 pm. Niverville Fairy Sculpting Parti – On Friday, October 6 at 7 pm south end of arena. In a few hours of fun, you will be guided into creating your very own Fairy House! We provide instruction, supplies, set up and clean up. No previous sculpting experience needed. Create a 4” house out of oven-bake clay, with a variety of colors available. Cost $35 + GST. Pre-registration is required. 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. 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. Randolph BBQ Fall Supper & Country Dance – On Saturday, October 14 starts at 5:30 pm at the Neufeld Garage. BBQ Pulled Pork Dinner plus an Ole Time Country Dance to follow with live music by Boots Randolph (Vic Froese & Friends). Cost Adults $25, Youth (ages 8 - 13) $12, Under 8 Free. Limited Seating. Contact for tickets Phone/Text 204-392-6520, Email neufeldgarage@gmail.com or send us a message on Facebook. Richer Annual Craft ‘N Bake Sale - Saturday October 7 from 10 am - 3 pm at the Young at Hearts Community Centre, 22 Dawson Rd W. 2nd annual fundraiser for Opening Doors to Success Inc. Canteen; 50/50 draw. Contact Sue 204-3810131 for info. 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. Richer Recovery AA - Group meets Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at LUD Hall in Richer. Contact Paul at 204-422-7673. Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides scholarships,

bursaries and prizes to students graduating grades 8 and 12. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult to be on premises and must play bingo. Doors Open at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart Club, 22 Dawson Rd. MGCC License # BI/BO4164. Contact Doreen Pchajek at 422-5243 or doreen@spmf.ca. Rosa Fall Supper - On Saturday, October 7 from 5:30 –pm 1 am at the Shevchenko Ukrainian Hall. Admission $22. Tickets at the door. Contact 204-427-3102. Sarto Ukrainian Dance Club – On Mondays from 7 - 8 pm at the Sarto Hall. Join the Sarto Polevnyi Ukrainian Dance Club for the season! You do not need to be Ukrainian to dance! Boys & girls, ages 3 to adult, no prior experience required! Cost starts at $150/year. Sprague Sprague & District Historical Museum - Open by appointment from June – September 30. Explore life as it was in the early days. Free Admission. Donations Accepted. Contact 204-4372210, 204-437-2209 or 204-437-4686.

day, December 14. Cost 10 classes for $40 and receive 1 extra class free, 5 classes for $20 or a $5 drop in fee. Includes cardio, muscle and yoga inspired classes all designed especially for everyone 50+. Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main St. St. Malo In a joint fundraising effort, the St. Malo Fire Department and the St. Malo Arena will be hosting Chase the Ace at the St. Malo Hotel every Wednesday starting October 4. Purchase tickets Wednesdays from 7 – 10 pm. Draws take place at 10:15 pm. Cost is $2/Ticket. LICENCE #: LGA 3748-RF26461. The fire department is raising money for their Wildfire Program. The arena is raising funds for a new Zamboni. So please come out for your chance to win and support these organizations that are a really important part of this great community of ours. 40th Anniversary Evening Fundraiser Garderie de Bambins - On Friday, October 13 at Iberville Church Hall. This is an 18+ evening with Cold Hard Cash a Johnny Cash Tribute Band. Doors open at 7:30 pm and show at 8:30 pm. Cost $15. All profits will go towards the purchase of noise barriers for the day care. Purchase tickets at Garderie de Bambins, 46 Benoit Street or call 204-347-5691 to reserve.

St. Adolphe Compost Bins - Available from Friday October 6 – Monday October 9 and Friday, October 13 – Monday, October 15 at various locations for residents to drop off their leaves and grass clippings and garden waste. No plastic allowed, bags must be emptied. No tree branches.

Fall Supper Fundraiser - On Sunday, November 5 from 5 - 7 pm at the Chalet Malouin.

Old Tyme Dance – On Saturday, October 14 from 7 - 9 pm, Pioneer Hall, 345 Hebert Road. Music with Buckskin & Satin. Reservations required. Contact Rae at 204-883-2440 or Denise at 204 883-2429. Admission $15 includes lunch.

Beginner Spanish lessons for adults – On Mondays, from 7 - 9 pm at the Ecole St Malo School Library. Cost $120 for 10 classes. Contact Josie at the Rat River Rec before Monday, September 11, 204-712-7773 or e-mail ratriverrec@hotmail.com to register.

St. Adolphe Parish Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 15 from 4 -7 pm at the Pioneer Hall, 327 St. Adolphe Rd. Turkey with all the trimmings, meatballs and gravy, veggies and mash potatoes, salads and coleslaws, beverages and a variety of desserts. Cost Adults $14, Children 6 - 12 years old $6, Children under 5 years free. Take-out meals $15 (pick-up time at 4:30 pm) No reservations! Tickets sold at the door! Contact Monica 204-299-9396 or Roger 204-688-3057. UFO (Un Finished Objects) - On Wednesdays, October 18 and October 25 from 9:30 -11:30 am at 457 Main St. Hosted by Ritchot Senior Services. Bring your unfinished crafting project and supplies. Everyone has at least 1 unfinished project whether it is knitting, sewing, crochet, needlepoint, you get the idea. See what everyone is working on, maybe find a new hobby or craft to take on. Home Care Presentation – On Tuesday, October 24 at 10 am, 457 Main St. Hosted by Senior Services with Debbie Harms RN, Regional Director, Home Care Southern Health. Informative session on the current home care program: What is homecare, What to expect from my home care worker, How do I start receiving home care, and How to work effectively with your home care worker. Men’s Bonspiel - From Thursday, October 16 – Sunday, November 19 at the Curling Club. Blind Calcutta, food available throughout the weekend. Entry Fee $160/team. Junior Curlers and Junior Teams welcome! To register, contact Dan at 204-612-5801 or curlstadolphe@gmail.com. Christmas Craft & Vendor Sale – On Saturday, November 4 from 9 am – 4 pm Community Centre 345 St. Adolphe Rd. Pickleball - Thursday evenings from 6 -8 pm at St. Adolphe School, 444 la seine street. Get Better Together - Wednesdays starts September 6 from 9:30 am -12 pm at Senior Services, 457 Main Street. The get better together program lets you take control and improve your quality of life! A 6-week program consisting of 2.5-hour sessions and focuses on supporting and teaching you how to control the pain, frustration and fatigue associated with suffering from chronic conditions. Lunch & Bingo - Every Thursday at the Le Club Amical, 344 Main Street. Home cooked meal only $8. Enjoy your meal at the Club or call ahead, pick up your lunch, and enjoy it at home. 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. Ritchot Senior Services – Monday - Thursday from 9 am- 2 pm at 457 Main Street. Contact 204 883-2880 or Ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Monthly Activities: Block Therapy - On first Wednesday of month 6 – 7 pm. Mood Disorders - Monthly Meeting - On first Thursday of the month at 2:15 pm. Cardio Fit - On Mondays from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Chair Fit - On Mondays from 11 – 11:40 am. Yoga - On Wednesdays from 1 – 2 pm. Muscle Fit - On Thursdays from 9:30- 10:30 am Foot Care Clinic - By appointment. To reserve contact Janice 204-883-2880. Cheryl Palmer, foot care nurse. Art Program - For the beginner artist and the advanced artist for 8 weeks on Mondays September 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 13 from 7 – 8 pm. Cost $80 all supplies included. Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main St. Fitness classes - Classes start Monday, September 11 – Thurs-

Annual Christmas/Craft Sale – On Saturday, November 25 from 10 am - 3 pm at the Chalet Malouin. Contact Aline 204347-5249 for more information or to book a table.

Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba - On the last Monday each month at 7 pm at St. Malo Church. For persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns; individual and support groups. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. St. Pierre-Jolys 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 Compost Bins - Available from Friday October 6 – Monday, October 9 and Friday, October 13 – Monday, October 15 at various locations for residents to drop off their leaves and grass clippings and garden waste. No plastic allowed, bags must be emptied. No tree branches. Walking/Running Club - A walking and running club held on various weekdays at 7 pm, contact carly.flowers@hotmail. com. 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 International Award Winning Singer - Every evening from Thursday October 5 – Saturday, October 7, at Club Jovial, 157 Centrale Ave at 7 pm. Enjoy Lorraine Hartsook from Eston, Saskatchewan hoisted by Ste. Anne Lighthouse Aglow. A Speaker, Singer and Author through music, scripture, story telling and humour you will experience an awakening of your faith. Free Admission love offering will be taken. CDs and books for sale. For information, call 204-371-6657. Joy Smith Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking – On Wednesday, October 11, at Club Jovial, 157 Centrale Ave, 9:50 am. Hosted by Ste. Anne Lighthouse Aglow, listen to Joy Smith who helps many young victims who have been exploited or trafficked by their abusers. She fights for the rights of women in Canada and around the globe and seeks to end human trafficking in Canada by raising awareness through education and providing funds to frontline organizations that rescue and rehabilitate victims of this heinous crime. Learn to Play Pickleball – Calling all active seniors. On Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 am, at the Ste. Anne Tennis Courts (weather permitting). You only need good clean running shoes, sunscreen, water, and a lawn chair (optional). Drop in fee of $3 or register $25 for the season. Contact Erika 204 422-5843. It’s Story Time at Your Library- Wednesday at 1 pm and Friday at 11 am at the Bibliothèque Sainte Anne Library. Come and enjoy story time with your preschooler. Please call or email to reserve a spot 204-422-9958 or email steannelib@ steannemb.ca. 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 - Bibliothèque Taché Library at the Community Centre on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 - 8 pm. A 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 Broadway at Its Best - On Thursday, October 5 at Grace Mennonite Church, 7:30 pm. Local Artists Sing Broadway. Cost Adults $20, Youth $12 and Music or Theatre Students Tickets $6. Purchase at SAC Office only. Call for tickets 204-3461077 or online steinbachartscouncil.ca. Annual Expressions Recovery through Creative Expression – From Friday, October 6 – Friday, December 1, at the Cultural Arts Centre Hall Gallery, 304 Second St. Quilt Show – From Friday, October 13 - Saturday October 14 from 9 am – 5 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Fundraiser hosted by MHV Auxiliary and Steinbach Quilters Guild. Lunch available. Cost $10. Wellness Symposium – On Saturday, October 14 from 10 am – 4 pm at 430 - Third St. (Grace Mennonite Church) Lower Level. Features booths and mini-lectures providing information on how to reduce your risk of getting a chronic illness. If you are already struggling with a chronic illness, learn about non-pharmaceutical options to help you cope with it. Refreshments available for purchase. No admission, donations to cover costs appreciated. Steinbach & Area Garden Club - On Monday, October 16, 7 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Iceland: Violets and Volcanoes, Gardens and Glaciers, Lupins, Larch and Lava. Gardens in Iceland, volcanoes growing flowers? Discover Iceland’s stunning beauty and remarkable horticultural practices, such as utilizing volcanic heat, to heat acres of greenhouses and melt snow on streets. Guest speaker Sara Williams, Horticultural specialist is author of numerous prairie gardening books and an entertaining educator. She has conducted international garden tours for many years, including Iceland. Invite your friends and join us for this sure to be fascinating travelogue and garden tour. Non-member fee $5. More info sagardenclub.com. Author Talks – On Tuesday October 17 from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library. An evening of dessert and discussion with two local authors. Arthur Adam & Gabriele Goldstone. Books will be available for sale. Arthur Adam a man of many talents even though he only has a grade 2 education. He looks forward to evangelize using Book 2 as a tool to proclaim the Good News today. Gabriele Goldstone, daughter of post-Second World War immigrants, is fascinated with her GermanRussian roots. Her MA in literature focuses on 20th century German writing, but she never found her family’s stories. She finally traveled to Ukraine and wrote the stories herself. Bethesda Book Faire – From October 19 – 21, at the Clearspring Centre, North #12 Hwy. From Thursday – Friday, 9 am – 9 pm and Saturday from 9 am - 4 pm. The 23rd Book Faire featuring used books sponsored by Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary. Contact 204326-3028 or 204- 346-1640. Superhero Craft Day – On Friday, October 20 from 10:30 - 11:30 am at the Jake Epp Library. There is no school! Bring your children, grades Kindergarten - 3, for a superherothemed craft day. Limited Space available. Advanced sign-up required. Cost is free. Agape House - Paint Night FUN-draiser – On Monday, October 23 from 7 - 9 pm at Smitty’s Restaurant with local artist, Colleen Watchorn, to benefit our women’s shelter programming needs. We hope you can join us. The featured image will be available to paint in two different colour options. Cost $35. NaNoWriMo Kick-Off – On Monday, October 30 from 7 - 8:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library. Interested in literature, are you a writer or maybe you want to write a book but haven’t got around to it. Join us for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), the craziest month of your life. The challenge is to write 50,000 words in just 30 days with the help and support of our library and other writers. Enjoy refreshments, writing and icebreaker games, and the company of other writers. Participants need to register to receive a Kick-off Goody Bag and reserve a spot at the Wind-up Party. 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 - Knit-Wits - 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.


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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. Upcoming Events: IELTS in Steinbach, November 2. Futsal, every Monday 9 – 11 pm at the EM Church on Main St. Southeast Entry Program Online: Learn about Health Care, Employment and Laws. To register for this 4-week online program, contact Josie@eastmanis.com , 204-346-6609 or email lois@eastmanis.com.

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The Bethesda Regional Healthcare Auxiliary - meets on the first Tuesday of every month except for the months of July and August at the Bethesda Hospital. We welcome anyone interested in auxiliary work. Contact Verna Thiessen at 326-3028. Steinbach and Area Lions Club - Meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at the Magnolia Restaurant. Contact 204-3262313.

Eastman Safety Upcoming Programs - Located at 385 Loewen Blvd. Register online at eastmansafety.ca or contact 1-204371-1595.

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 Street, Contact Sheryl at 204-326-7628 or Irene at 204-4245737.

Mommies Group at Kidzone - On Wednesdays, from 9 am - 1 pm. Come by to meet other moms to chat with and get your kids to make some new friends. Cost $7, free coffee.

Al-Anon Program – Meets on Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. Contact Lloyd 204-326-4365.

Creativi-Tea Time - Need to relax? Every second Wednesday of the month, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library. Come and go as it suits you. We’ll provide basic supplies; feel free to bring your own. Includes tea and coffee.

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.

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.

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.

Royal Canadian Legion - On 1st Tuesday every month 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. For the summer months, last meeting is in June.

Woodridge Vintage Swap Meet – On Saturday, October 14 at 10 am at the Community Recreational Park. South East Sno-Riders Buy-Sell-Trade Snowmobiles-ATVs-Trucks-Cars-Tractors Open to Anything. Vintage Parts-Clothing-AccessoriesCollectibles. Concession on site. Vendors $15, General Admission $5.

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 decisionmaking 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 MS Monthly Self-Help group meeting - for people living with multiple sclerosis. The group meets on the second Thursday evening of each month from 6 - 7 pm at Fernwood Place apartments. Contact Nadine Konyk, Rural Client Services Coordinator at 1-800-268-7582 or email nadine.konyk@ mssociety.ca. MS Lunch Group- On 4th Thursday of every month, from 12 – 1 pm at All D’s Restaurant 320 Main Street. Contact Stephanie Bevacqua 204-988-0904, Stephanie.Bevacqua@mssociety.ca. 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.

Vassar Fall Supper – On Sunday, November 12 from 4 - 6:30 pm at the Hall. Contact 204-437-3173.

The Mobile Clinic – Is onsite on the third Thursday of every month from 9 am – 4 pm at the Community Club. Contact for appointments 1855-644-3515 or southernhealth.ca. Zhoda Winter Festival Fundraiser – On Saturday, October 14 starts at 6 pm in the Hall. Fundraiser for Vita & Area Winter Festival - Elvis will be here. Spaghetti Supper served at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment by Corny Rempel. Contact Lucie at 204712-5442 or available at Sumthing Special for tickets. Cost $20. General Free Monthly Bus Trips to the Casinos of Winnipeg- Starts again in the fall. Let us do the driving! Join us for a fun filled day. Tour from 8:30 am - 7:15 pm. Begins at 8:30 am, pickups in Steinbach, Ste. Anne and Paradise Village. Must be 18 years of age or older. Prizes and cash giveaways every trip. Bingo played on the bus to and from the casinos for those wishing to play. Bi-monthly overnight trips to South Beach Casino are also available, amazing prices on these trips so call for details. Contact Marilyn at 204-3264939 for information and reserve a seat. Email your community event info to editor@dawsontrail.ca for inclusion each month

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Niverville Company Wins NEXTY Award By Marianne Curtis On September 15, the Great GORP Project from Niverville was named as one of only 21 winners of the New Hope Network 2017 Expo East NEXTY Award for outstanding new products in the natural products industry. The NEXTY Awards are given to products that display innovation, integrity and inspiration and help forward the work of the natural products industry to deliver more healthful, trusted and sustainable products to consumers. The award was won after the company submitted their GORP Protein Bar Ready

Mix an energy bar mix in Canada to the competition and it won for Best New Pantry Item. GORP’s Energy Bar Ready Mix contains the exact recipe to make GORP’s Energy Bars, so you can make it your own, at home. Colleen Dyck, Owner and Creator of GORP said this was the company’s first US Tradeshow so they are very excited about this award. “The thought behind our Ready Mix was that we wanted everyone to be able to enjoy a high quality protein bar, even if they are on a tight budget, because just like people deserve to have adventures, they also deserve healthy,

Reg Toews Heads Paramedic Self-Regulation Process By Marianne Curtis The province has announced that Reg Toews will lead the implementation of paramedic self-regulation in Manitoba. Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen said that Toews was the perfect candidate for the position. “Toews met with a wide range of emergency medical services (EMS) stakeholders and gained a significant amount of knowledge about paramedic self-regulation and potential implementation challenges,” said Goertzen. “This unique skill set, as well as his ability to work well with key stakeholders in the system and his strong negotiation skills, makes him the best person available to move this process forward.” His tasks will include the development of a transitional council under The Regulated Health Professions Act. Toews will also work with stakeholders to establish key processes and plans to transition the regulation of paramedics to a permanent council. “Selfregulation is a complex issue, but one that needs to continue

moving forward to support the professional growth of paramedics and to ensure quality care for Manitobans,” said Toews. The Regulated Health Professions Amendment Act proposes all regulated health professions be brought under one umbrella piece of legislation. Recently, the registered nurses profession transitioned under The Regulated Health Professions Act. The act sets out a new way of regulating who does what in the provision of health services, based on the concept of regulating specific health procedures. These activities must be performed in the course of providing health care by competent health-care professionals. The health professional must have the knowledge, competence and skills necessary to perform the act safely. Toews’ previous work includes a review of the province’s EMS system, as well as recent stakeholder consultation on paramedic self-regulation. For more information, on The Regulated Health Professions Act and to read the report on paramedic self-regulation visit gov.mb.ca/health/rhpa.

convenient, affordable food to take with them!” Dyck explained. “All of the premium dry ingredients have been sourced for you and prepared in a takeColleen Dyck, Owner and Creator of GORP in home pouch.” Niverville shows off the company’s recently GORP Protein earned NEXTY Award. Bar Ready Mix was one of 66 finalists selected by a national panel were created to recognize the of natural products industry most game-changing and inexperts from more than 420 spiring products in the natuentries across 21 Award cat- ral/organic CPG market today. egories. Products are nominated and NEXTY Awards are a twice- winners are chosen through annual award connected to a two-tier judging process by New Hope Network’s Natu- the New Hope Network conral Products Expo shows in tent team and a panel of indusMarch and September. They try judges.


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St. Malo Youth Represent at Nationals

Lise Catellier and Cody Gunderson of St. Malo both came home with medals as members of Team Manitoba.

Two youths from St. Malo returned home from Ontario and Quebec with extra hardware after representing Manitoba at the national level. Lise Catellier and Cody Gunderson each traveled to different provinces, on different teams as members of Team Manitoba in the National Championships. Catellier played as a member of Team Manitoba at the Baseball Canada

16U Girls National Championship in Vaughan, Ontario. At the competition, the team went 3-1 in round robin play and lost to Alberta in the semi-finals to play for bronze against Nova Scotia. Team Manitoba won that game 54. Catellier had two hits in the bronze medal game and scored the winning run. Gunderson travelled to Spruce

Photos courtesy of Monique Catellier and Kim Forest.

Grove, Alberta for the Baseball Canada Boys 13U Western Championships with the AAA Carillon Sultans team. He then travelled to Repentigny, Quebec for the 13U National Championships on Team Manitoba, where the team finished just out of the medals in fourth place. He was named Player of the Game in the bronze medal game against Quebec.

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Funding and Cannabis Top Cities Caucus Agenda When representatives of Manitoba’s ten cities met in Portage la Prairie on September 26 Federal funding and impending cannabis legislation were hot topics at the annual fall meeting of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) Cities Caucus. AMM President Chris Goertzen said Phase 2 Federal infrastructure investments topped the agenda at this year’s annual City Caucus meeting. “The Federal government has committed $81 billion to infrastructure over 11 years. This is a huge investment but since municipalities still collect less than 10 cents on every tax dollar, the cost-share becomes extremely important,” said Goertzen. Ottawa has committed a 40% cost-share, and has begun negotiations with the provinces. “We strongly hope that the province will also commit to 40%, leaving municipalities with a 20% cost-share. We feel this is fair and would ensure projects aren’t stalled due to lack of funding,” Goertzen added. The second issue on the agenda was cannabis legalization. Cities Caucus Chair, Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest, said the group has some major concerns as Canada moves towards legalization in July 2018 because there is still, “A lot of unknowns”. “This will have huge impacts on municipalities, as they will be responsible for updating bylaws, creating regulations and enforcing new rules. None of these responsibilities are clear yet and we are becoming concerned that there won’t be enough time to enact them before the deadline.” The impact on community policing and impending legislation was also raised, with members expressing concern about their ability to have the necessary resources in place. Other items discussed included Manitoba Hydro rate increases, carbon taxes and health care. The AMM Cities Caucus was formed in 2013 and is modeled after the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus. Members of the AMM Cities Caucus include Brandon, Dauphin, FlinFlon, Morden, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Steinbach, Thompson, Winkler and Winnipeg.


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His Work is Through You, Not By You Does Almighty God expect every one of His children (Christians) to always give Him their best? The answer may surprise you and many will not agree at first glance. But read through the whole article before you make your judgment. The answer to the above question is ‘No!’ If the answer were ‘Yes’, then our whole life would be ‘works based’ and the emphasis would be on us to perform. This was true in Old Testament times, under the Law, but today we are under Grace. The focal point of our lives today should be Jesus Christ and our Father and not what we can do for Him. Let’s look at two Scriptures that help show how we should live differently than the saints in the Old Testament times. In Ecclesiastes 9:10 it says, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” Solomon, in writing this book was looking for some reason for the existence of man “under the sun.” So the above verse has nothing directly to do with God. It’s just a good work rule for man in his work place. If you leave God out of the picture, it’s still a good rule today. But in the New Testament, God adds a completely new aspect to doing our work. In Colossians 3:23 He says, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” Now the emphasis has switched from the quality of the work we do, to the attitude we have in doing the work and Who we are really doing it for. All the work we do should be done heartily (eagerly, freely, with zeal and sincerity), as to the Lord, no matter who we are working for. The other big difference between Old Testament times and today is ‘Who’ is to do the work. In the Old Testament it says they were to use “thy might” to get the work done. Today Romans 12:1 says we are to present our bodies a “living sacrifice” to God to use as He sees fit. We are to heartily allow Him to work in and through us. It is now His work. Even Jesus Christ, when He was here as a human, said in John 14:10, “But the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” God will give you everything needed for every task He wants you to do and He will do the work through you, if you let Him. Therefore, the emphasis is not on you doing your best but rather, heartily yielding to God to do the work. Then the best work will get done for His honour and glory. God bless you and use you as you heartily yield to His individual will for your life.

Niverville MRI Proposal Illuminates Critics’ Lack of Logic By Todd MacKay Folks in Niverville have an idea. For years, people have been driving past the small town to get private MRIs just south of the border. What if people could purchase an MRI in Niverville? The Town of Niverville is exploring a partnership to open a private clinic where people can purchase MRIs. Some might imagine a world where Manitobans would have a shorter drive to get MRIs and medical technicians could get jobs in Niverville. Others imagine a much different world. “This new private MRI clinic will introduce a twotiered system where the rich can buy their way into treatment ahead of the poor, and that is simply not right,” said Darrin Cook, President of the CUPE Local 4270. Fortunately, we don’t have to rely entirely on imagination. People in Saskatchewan can pay for MRIs. So

how’s that working out? The Canadian Taxpayers Federation checked with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. Individuals in Saskatchewan have purchased more than 850 private MRIs since Mar. 31, 2016. For every one of those MRIs, the private clinics are required to provide a free MRI of similar complexity for someone on the public wait list, so more than 850 additional MRIs have been provided at no cost to the public health system. There’s more. Saskatchewan’s Workers’ Compensation Board and other insurance providers often pay for private MRIs. The two-forone requirements mean they also provide MRIs for someone on the public list. Since March 31, 2016, this has resulted in more than 1,500 additional MRIs being provided for patients from the public wait list. “A total of 2,378 MRI exams

have been completed since March 31, 2016, at no cost to the public system, contributing to improved access to MRI service in southern Saskatchewan,” states the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. The ministry points out that patient choice is one of many factors impacting wait times and it’s added capacity to the public system. The results are encouraging. “The wait time for elective MRI services in southern Saskatchewan over the past year has been reduced to approximately 110 days, almost half of what it was over a year ago.” There are, of course, alternatives to this all-of-the-above approach. “If we truly want to reduce MRI wait times, we need to invest in public MRI services,” said Cook. More money is always an option, but let’s look at the issue of public investment in healthcare. Manitoba spends $7,120 per person

on healthcare, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information. That’s second highest among the provinces. Saskatchewan spends $6,838 per person. It’s hard to believe that more money could improve the situation when Manitoba is already one of the biggest spenders on healthcare. Where exactly would more money come from? The province is running an operational deficit of $840 million. The budget estimated interest on the debt will cost Manitobans $911 million, but that was before interest rates ticked up and the province’s credit rating got another downgrade. It’s time for look at solutions other than more money because the province is out of money. There’s an amazing lack of logic in the opposition to the Niverville proposal. Critics oppose a so-called US-style system while Manitoban’s current system is prompting Mani-

tobans to cross the border to get actual US healthcare. Unions representing healthcare workers oppose Niverville’s plan to create jobs for healthcare workers. People calling for more investment in MRIs are telling Niverville not to move forward on the plan that could provide hundreds of MRIs at no cost to the public system. Not everyone is opposed to Niverville. The province still has to analyze the idea. But at least one person appreciates the initiative. “We’ve asked communities to be innovative and to be creative when it comes to health-care delivery,” said Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen when asked about Niverville’s proposal. “I am thankful and supportive of communities that bring forward innovative ideas.” Todd MacKay is the Prairie Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.


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A Clash of Attitudes

Menno Mart Donates to Steinbach Family Resource Centre Menno Mart Inc is a nonprofit organization, which raises money for charities within the community. It sells donated and other goods and directs profits to support local charities. Through their efforts, local needs are met and many goods are repurposed, diverted from the waste stream, reducing landfill excess. “Menno Mart is very excited and happy to be making this donation to a great charity like Steinbach Family Resource Centre,” said Bob Schinkel, Chairman of Menno Mart on the recent donation cheque for $1,000. “Steinbach Family Resource Centre is pleased to receive this donation,” said Vicki Olatundun with the Steinbach Family Resource Centre. “We are

MennoMart recently presented Steinbach Family Resource Centre with a donation cheque for $1,000.

a family resource centre in South Eastman where any family can come and find help. Our aim is to enhance health and wellness as well as learning and growth opportunities for young children and families in the com-

munity and all surrounding areas. We offer free programming and services for new and expectant families, early childhood education, parenting programs, cooking programs and more.”

Philippians 2:1-4… (1) Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, (2) then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. (3) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, (4) not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (NIV) All of us have witnessed events during the past year or so where people bumped their heads together hoping that we would take notice and come on side with their way of thinking. They turn their spin doctors free so they can attempt to shape our judgment, thinking that we will fit into their little world. These folks push their way to the front and try to sweet talk their way to the top of the pecking order. However, that is not what the Bible teaches about how we, as followers of Christ, should behave. Look at what the Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 2:1-4. I suppose I can get the idea here that if I have gained anything out of trusting Christ if Christ’s love has shaped my thinking and the Holy Spirit has taught us, then we must have a heart that cares for others. The Apostle Paul says, “Do me a favour. Agree among yourselves, learn to love one another, become spirit-filled friends.” I should not get pushy, always wanting to be ahead of the pecking order. I must be careful not to attempt to sweet-talk my way to the top. I must learn to put myself aside and help the other persons get to the top. I must not be obsessed which gets me the advantage or the approval of others. And finally, I must learn to forget myself long enough so that I can truly lend a helping hand to others. This is, after all, what I believe Christ taught when He walked on the face of the earth. We must remember that Jesus Christ wants us to follow in His footsteps. We all know that he had equal status or rank with God. We also know that he never took advantage of that status under any circumstances. Whenever He faced the challenge, He set aside the privileges of deity, of heaven’s glory and took the rank of a slave, becoming God-Man, becoming like you and me – being human! This was an extraordinarily, amazingly marvelous expression of love on His part. He did not claim special civil liberties. No! What He did was to live a selfless, obedient life, a life that took Him to the Cross, and there He became obedient to His Father’s will and died that we might have eternal life. Because Jesus was obedient to His Father’s will, God honoured him far beyond anything or anyone. If you and I can say that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Saviour of our life and we have confessed that we are sinners, then we become what the Bible calls a Christian. The day will come, however, when everyone will call Jesus Christ, “Lord.” But they will do so to the glory of God the Father. Christ’s whole aim was to draw human kind to God and His redeeming quality. In other words, Jesus attracts people to himself so that He might bring us to an understanding of what God is like, and His redeeming feature. Christ’s aim was to serve others no matter what that service might be. His goal was to teach us to take our eyes off our own selfish ambitions and to refocus our energy, serving others and there by, serving God. I understand this to mean that if I am a Christian I must not always think about myself, but rather think about the needs of others. If I am forever concerned with my own interests, I am bound to have a run in with others. If my whole life is a competition between me and others to win an earthly prize, then I will always be thinking of others as enemies or at least an adversary who should be pushed out of the way or destroyed. Concentration on myself, without doubt, will lead me to try to remove others; so, the aim of my life becomes not to help others up but to push them down. My concern is not my own glory but of the wonder of God’s majesty. The idea that you and I share the same Holy Spirit should bind us together with God and fellow human being. It is afterall the Holy Spirit who enables us to live that kind of life. If we live in conflict with one another that would perhaps show the world, the Holy Spirit does not guide us… To God Be the Glory. Would you pray this prayer with me, “Lord Jesus, come into my heart? Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have the peace in my heart that I yearn for. I really want that peace, joy and happiness that will fulfill my heart’s desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honour Your Name.” Amen.


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RCMP Letter Distributed in Error By Marianne Curtis St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP Detachment has confirmed that letters found in many residents’ mailboxes are not a hoax, and are in fact, a new attempt to deter the number of vehicle break ins occurring throughout the detachment. The letters, which were found in the mailboxes of Niverville residents, tell perspective vandals that, “There are no valuable items in this vehicle.” According to RCMP Media Relations Tara Seel, St. Pierre-Jolys officers got the idea from Alberta. “Officers are trying to find ways to combat vehicle break-ins and the signs were suggested,” said Seel. She noted that RCMP has also determined that many of the break-ins

are preventable because people leave vehicles unlocked, with valuables inside including garage openers. However, a crucial typo on the actual letterhead changed “mounted” police to “mounded” had residents wondering if this was a tactic of the burglars, not the RCMP. Seoul noted that the sign itself was distributed in error. “This was not the final product and was not ready to go to the printer,” Seel added. “We apologize for this error.” She noted that St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP officers would continue to work with Niverville and the surrounding communities on preventing crime despite this minor setback. Residents are reminded to keep their vehicles locked at all times, and not to leave valuables in their cars.

Former IDC based Software Company Gets Provincial Backing Residents in Niverville received these notices in their mailboxes, with typo.

The province is investing $270,000 in skills training at a local software company specializing in e-commerce and application development. Originally started in Ile des Chenes, Bold Commerce is one of Manitoba’s fastest-growing tech businesses and employs more than 155 Manitobans. The company specializes in e-commerce website design and application development, and is best known for the development of applications for Shopify the world’s largest e-commerce software platform. Yvan Boisjoli, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bold Commerce said Bold is grateful for the province’s support in helping them make an impact in Manitoba. “Bold has always wanted to make an impact in Manitoba, and something we learned very quickly was that having an onboard program and training within the first few weeks of hiring dramatically improved an employee’s chance for success,” said Boisjoli. The Manitoba government’s Industry Expansion Program will allow Bold to hire and train 81 new employees and 10 existing employees over two years, and will help Bold Commerce to maintain a highly skilled workforce to support its business expansion plans. This expansion is expected to enable the company to offer sustainable, well-paying employment opportunities that will contribute to Manitoba’s economy through an annual increase of approximately $4 million in net new wages. The Industry Expansion Program supports new or expanding Manitoba companies through investments in skills training for employees. The amount of funding provided through this program is directly linked to the number of good jobs that are created and maintained by the company, and to the economic benefit, they create.

Indecent Exposure Investigation Ongoing Steinbach RCMP is looking for information related to three incidents of a male with a similar description exposing himself to females in the Mitchell area. On August 17, at approximately 3:15 pm, police were notified that a 16-year-old female out walking her dog saw a blue sedan pass by her slowly and stop. When she walked past the vehicle, a male exposed himself to her. She ran away. On August 20, at approximately 7:10 pm, RCMP received a report that a 31-year-old female out jogging saw a blue sedan pass by her and stop. When she ran past the vehicle, a male exited the vehicle and exposed himself to her. He then jumped back in his vehicle and drove off. Further, along her route, the male repeated his actions. The female was able to call for a ride home. On August 31, just before 4 pm, a 41-year-old woman was walking her dog when she noticed someone following her. When she turned around, a male exposed himself to her and ran off. Although descriptions of the man vary slightly, police believe these incidents are related. The male is described as Caucasian, in his late twenties or early thirties. He has reddish blonde short hair with a full, scruffy reddish blonde beard. He is approximately 5’10” tall and has a medium build. In two of the incidents, he was driving a metallic blue sedan. RCMP has increased patrols in the area looking for this individual. Anyone with information is asked to contact Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452 or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).


La Broquerie Fire Chief Alain Nadeau (second from right) accepted the Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year Award at the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs event in Vancouver.

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Nadeau Named Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year By Marianne Curtis

Recently, I had the opportunity to help some relatives move from one house to another. Throughout my life, I have helped quite a few people move and plan on helping a few more before my time is up. I myself have moved several times as a child and a few more as an adult. As a child I probably wasn’t a whole lot of help although I do remember carrying a lamp in my arms as I walked down the street; we were moving only a block away and much was carried by us kids. This latest move was one of the best (could I mean easiest?) that comes to mind. Along with my truck, there were at least four other trucks, three trailers and a minivan to load up. While it did take up an entire day, it didn’t seem to be that bad. I do believe that it was made easier by the way, things were loaded into the trailers and that there were enough able-bodied folks to lift and move that which needed to be moved. In case any of you are planning on moving, allow me to give you some pieces of advice: Watch your fingers! Whether you’re carrying a box, a couch or a freezer be mindful of where your fingers are and whether or not they are going to fit though the doorway that you are about to walk through. Finding out that you’re not going to fit can be a painful thing. Before moving fridges and freezers, empty them! Common sense? Yes. Sadly, not everyone has the same level of common sense that you think they should. One handy thing to do is to empty the freezer/fridge items into pails, metal tin tubs or whatever you have handy that can bare the weight and the possible moisture from the frozen goods. Then you move the fridge/ freezer along with the food on the same vehicle and then, when you get where you are going you can empty the containers back into where they came out of. An efficient way to pack is also a big hassle saver. Load larger items into the trailer first then add some smaller items to fill the spaces between and around the larger items. Then add a few more larger items and repeat the process until the trailer is full. This type of packing/ loading is not for everyone but if you can find a person that has this skill and manage to put them in charge of loading then you are going to have less trips back and forth between homes and a much better time overall. Remember, books are great, books are wonderful but all those written words are heavy! When packing books, less is more. The less books that you pack per box, the more likely you won’t break the back of the people that are giving of their time to help you. Hopefully, these bits of advice can aid you in having a much more magical day as you continue your life’s journey in a new location. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

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La Broquerie Fire Chief Alain Nadeau said he is humbled by his recent recognition as Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) at a special event in Vancouver. Nadeau was recognized by his peers after being nominated by the RM of La Broquerie. Each year, the CAFC recognizes men and women for their outstanding contribution to fire services in Canada. Two awards are presented, one to a volunteer Fire Chief and one to a full time career Fire Chief from across the country. Nadeau was presented his

award on September 19 in Vancouver during the CAFC’s annual conference. He has been a volunteer firefighter for 38 years. Four of those years were spent as Deputy Fire Chief and the last dozen as Fire Chief. “We had a fire in our farmyard back when I was a young boy,” Nadeau recalled. “It really struck me watching that as a kid.” Nadeau said that many things have changed during his nearly four-decade long career. From the evolution of turnout gear to how fires burn. “Today’s house fires burn hotter and more toxic and crash rescues are more frequent and deadly,” Nadeau continued. “It takes a special person to be a volunteer firefighter.” To be recognized candidates must have made outstanding contributions

La Broquerie Fire Chief Alain Nadeau (second from right) accepted the Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year Award at the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs event in Vancouver.

to the betterment of their community and of the fire services industry over several years in areas such as safety, sustainable community program development, education, and commu-

nity service or policy development. Along with a trophy, $3,000 was donated in Nadeau’s name to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Ottawa at his request.


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Niverville Athlete First Tri-Star of the Year

Ashleigh Pastoor of the Niverville Panthers soccer team is the first Rural Athlete of the Week to be named this school year.

The Manitoba High School Athletic Association presents the Athlete of the Week award to outstanding rural and urban athletes weekly.

A Grade 12 student from Niverville Collegiate is the first local athlete to be recognized as Rural High School Athlete of the Week in the region for the 2017-2018 school year. Ashleigh Pastoor, of Niverville Panthers soccer was recognized after she led her team to a 6 win and 2 loss record so far this season. The 5’6” midfielder scored 5 goals to date, including two game winners and a hat trick. Coach Gerald Negrave said Pastoor is the, “Full package when it comes to athletics.”

“She is strong, fast, skilled and fiercely competitive. In a recent game she was bumped hard from behind by the opposition’s goalkeeper,” Negrave said. “Ashleigh turned around and scored 3 goals! She’s the person you want with the ball when the game is on the line.” When she is not on the soccer field or participating in track and field, Pastoor can be found studying to maintain a 92% average in the classroom.

TransCanada Supports Providence Science Program By Marianne Curtis On September 8, Providence College in Otterburne celebrated the installation of two pieces of state-of-the-art equipment for its burgeoning science program. The purchase was made thanks to a partnership with TransCanada made back in 2014. TransCanada representatives Steve Loney and Bryce Lord visited the Otterburne campus to install a plaque of recognition in the science facility. As a contribution to the institution’s IMPACT 2020 campaign, TransCanada’s donation yielded both a biological safety cabinet and a refrigerated centrifuge. Dr. Rebecca Dielschneider, Assistant Professor of Biology at Providence explained that the centrifuge was secured with lids that would contain anything hazardous. “Another really safe piece of equipment and vital for working with cells,” noted Dr. Dielschneider.

“With the cabinet we can work in a safe, sterile environment with really hazardous cells and materials, which is really important in the biological and health sciences,” said Dr. Dielschneider. The partnership between Providence and TransCanada was established in January 2014 following a pipeline explosion near Otterburne. TransCanada, which has natural gas and crude oil pipelines throughout Canada, set up an information centre on campus and quickly embraced the Providence community. Bryce Lord, TransCanada’s Vice President of Canada and Mexico Gas Operations said a tragic event brought the two partners together, but, “It brought us together, and that’s the positive thing in this.” “The lab looks amazing,” remarked Lord. “I’m glad we could be part of building all these great things for Providence.”

Dr. Rebecca Dielschneider Assistant Professor of Biology at Providence College shows Bryce Lord, TransCanada’s Vice President of Canada and Mexico the new the biological safety cabinet purchased thanks to a partnership between the two organizations.


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Father of Girl Killed in Ste. Anne Wants Crossing Changes

Teddy bears line the fence at a makeshift memorial for Kharma Brown, who was struck and killed by a train at this crossing in the Town of Ste. Anne. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis The father of an eleven-year-old girl who lost her life in a train accident in Ste. Anne is demanding that changes be made to protect pedestrians that use the crossing. Kharma Brown was riding her bike on September 15 when she was hit and killed by a train while on a designated path that crosses the tracks near the St. Anne Hotel. The tragic accident occurred September 15 around 5 pm. Sources say the young girl was wearing ear-buds and may have not heard the oncoming train. Randy Brown and his family recently moved to the community from Wichita, Kansas a year ago to get away from

the high levels of crime back in the States. “The world is a much darker place without her,” said Brown. The single father said he chose the community because he thought it was a safer place for his family to grow up. “I was scared for them so I brought them here,” he told the media, referring to the violence and crime back in the States. “That didn’t quite work out right.” In the past year, Brown said his daughter has used that crossing, “hundreds of times” without incident. He strongly believes the crossing does not provide the kind of protection needed for trains to come through at high speeds. “We can’t lose any more babies. I don’t

want anyone to have to go through what I’ve gone through,” he added. Minister of Transport Marc Garneau released a statement offering his sympathies to the family and community after hearing of the accident. “My top priority remains rail safety. My officials will work closely with the railway company, the municipality and all law enforcement officials in order to determine the cause of this tragic accident,” Garneau’s statement said. “Any safety deficiencies identified through a possible Transportation Safety Board investigation or Transport Canada’s inspections will be addressed immediately.” Under the Railway Safety Act railway companies and road authorities, usually municipalities or provinces are ultimately responsible for the maintenance and safety of grade crossings and for ensuring grade crossings are compliant with the regulatory requirements. In this case, the matter would be a Town of Ste. Anne issue. To assist the family during difficult time, the Ste. Anne Elementary School opened a Trust Account to raise money at the Caisse Financial Group Bank in Ste. Anne. The funds are slated to be used for a memorial bench to be placed in the community.

Imagine Run Adds Colour to Final Event By Marianne Curtis On September 23, over five hundred people converged at the heart of Niverville’s Hespeler Park to attend the tenth, and final Imagine Run. This year’s event added a splash of colour to the mix by inviting participants to be showered with coloured powder by spectators as they walked or ran the route. Founded by Jedd and Mona Stott of Niverville, for the past decade the Imagine Run has been organized annually by a The tenth and final Imagine Run added some colour Saturday afternoon at Hespeler Park committee of volunteers who care about in Niverville. suicide prevention and mental health. Stott founded the run after her own son Joey committed suicide in 2007. “Many people have lost loved ones to mental illness and suicide,” said Stott. “We want to erase the stigma of mental health and to break the silence and make it okay to get help.” Since Joey’s death, Stott and her family have become strong advocates to remove the stigma of mental illness and save lives by organizing the run each year. Proceeds from the race will benefit Manitobans by creating awareness of mental health issues and services available and provide funding for Eden Health Care Services. Participants completed a 5 km, a 10 km walk or a half marathon around the park. The run has been just one of several events that took place during the Imagine event. Back at the park, there were children’s entertainers, a petting zoo, live music, bouncy castles and a barbeque. While this is the last year for the Imagine Run, the organization plans will continue spreading their message. “This was our 10th and final run,” Stoff confirmed. “Imagine will continue to host other, smaller events, we are breaking away from the run to try something different!”

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Proposed Changes to Business Taxes This past summer, the Federal government has proposed a few changes to taxes that will affect incorporated small businesses. For the most part, I agree with the changes. It’s time for the more wealthy small business owners to pay more in taxes. There is much in the media about how the changes will negatively affect small businesses in our communities. I would like to explain the changes being proposed and which small businesses will really be affected. For most small-incorporated businesses earning under $150,000, which is by far the majority in Canada, the changes will have little effect on the business owners. It’s been reported that about 5% of Canada’s small incorporated businesses have had substantial tax savings from income splitting (they earn $200,000 to 500,000 per year). And many of these are professionals, are not the traditional “small mom and pop business”. The annual cost to the Federal government in taxes not collected from this loophole is about $280 million; the cost to provinces is about $110 million. I believe these tax dollars should come from these highincome small businesses instead of low and middle class Canadians. Those most likely to be affected by the proposed changes are the “high income professionals”, such as doctors, dentists, chiropractors, lawyers, accountants, real estate agents and life insurance agents. These are the ones that have been encouraged by tax accountants to incorporate in the past 10+ years, “In order to save tax dollars by sprinkling income.” Sprinkling income means they can share the profit of the business with their spouse and adult children and reduce the overall tax bill (several people claiming a total of $300,000 of income pay a lot less taxes than one person claiming $300,000 of income does). More traditional small businesses (small farms, restaurants, and small retail businesses) are less likely to benefit from income splitting and won’t be affected (or minimally) by the proposed tax changes. And yet various interest groups in the media are crying out these are the ones that are going to be negatively affected. First, full disclosure: my business is a small-incorporated business. The definition of small business is net annual profit of under $500,000. Most businesses with income under $150,000 will not be affected. And that is the majority of small-incorporated businesses in Canada. I want to quickly explain how business and personal taxes work. Generally, they are integrated. That means the taxes are generally the same regardless of how they are earned. A self-employed individual who earns $60,000 pays about the same amount of taxes as the corporation that pays about 12% tax on that $60,000 income, and then pays the business owner the difference and that individual pays tax on the $52,800. Generally, the total taxes paid are the same. If the taxes are the same or integrated, why incorporate? Mostly to defer the personal taxes, much like an RRSP. Defer taking money out of the business; the personal income and related taxes won’t be paid until later when the income may be lower. I also decided to incorporate to reduce my contribution to Canada Pension Plan (but that is another conversation). By incorporating my business, I am able to pay dividends (business profits) to myself and to my husband. (And adult children if we had any.) Again, full disclosure: I have taken advantage of this “tax loop hole” and have paid some of the profits from my business to my husband in the form of dividends. He does not contribute to the business in any meaningful way (he does not work in the business). So in the future, instead of sharing profits with him, I will need to claim all dividends from the business on my own personal tax return. Not a huge concern. Yes, more income taxes I will need to pay, but not a huge amount of additional taxes. And no reason to make any changes to my business or future plans. These seem to be the comments in the media: “The sky is falling! Businesses will close! Professionals will leave Canada go to the USA!” I disagree. Maybe it’s the tax accountants that are concerned they will have fewer clients if there is no overall tax savings to the high-income professionals and they won’t incorporate any more. A quick reminder of the last few Death Café’s for the year: Saturday, October 14 (inviting baby boomers with elderly parents), Thursday, October 19, and Thursday November 23. Call to sign up! Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact her at 204.422.6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or Info@SteAnneTaxService.ca.

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Falcon Lake’s Snowdance Festival Wins Tourism Award

Organizers of Falcon Lake’s Snowdance Festival of Music + Winter accept the Event of the Year, Budget under $5,000 award from Manitoba Tourism.

By Marianne Curtis On September 20, a new winter music festival that takes place in Falcon Lake earned a prestigious Manitoba Tourism Award during Travel Manitoba’s 19th annual awards ceremony. Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes won the Event of the Year Award, Budget under $5,000 Award for hosting their new Snowdance Festival of Music + Winter. “Our little Snowdance Music Festival was honoured with a Manitoba Tourism award this week,” stated a spokesperson from Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes. “A big thank you to Travel Manitoba for the recognition, and to all the volunteers, musicians, staff, patrons and the whole community of Falcon Lake who work so hard to put on that magical weekend of music at the lake!” Taking place mid-January, the event, which combines the talented artists that work at Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes with a passion for nature and winter sport, has resulted in a festival, which has had a

positive impact on the entire community of Falcon Lake. The music-filled event traditionally begins at the Curling Club where festivalgoers can watch great bands and curl at the same time. The weekend is filled with hands-on workshops, ski Joring behind horses, snow sculpting, a Turkey Shoot, open Curling/Hockey on the lake, night tubing, Alpine Ski Race, and a Polar bear swim/sauna. Also from the area, Raquel Lincoln earned the Award of Distinction, Individual for her innovative marketing and outstanding customer service. Her entrepreneurial success in the north Whiteshell includes turning Pinewood Lodge into one of the region’s top resorts and spearheading the area’s TransCanada Trail development. Nominations for the Manitoba Tourism Awards are submitted by industry peers and finalists and winners were selected by an industry-based judging panel. Winners receive a trophy and the right to use the Manitoba Tourism Award symbol for advertising and promotion as well as promotion on Travel Manitoba’s website.


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Fall Home Improvement Tips Get Your Home Fresh For Fall

If you think spring is the only time to take cleaning seriously, think again. After your home and central living areas receive a beating from a long summer of humidity, barbecues, sandy bathing suits, grass stains, muddy pets and dirty sports equipment, autumn is the perfect time to create a clean environment. Help your family flourish in a fresh home as the leaves begin to fall with these tips:

- Vacuum all surfaces. Chances are that your living spaces have seen a high level of (often dirty) traffic, so reinvigorate your home with a thorough clean. - Clean your fridge. Between platters of barbecue chicken, pitchers of lemonade and pounds of sliced watermelon, your fridge was likely working overtime for the past several months and could use a fall refresher. Wipe down all the shelves

with sanitizing wipes, discard old condiments and use baking soda to remove odours. - Kid-proof the garage. Some common summer chores and projects are for adults only. As the season for most renovation and gardening projects wraps up, place toxic materials such as paint, paint thinner, weed and bug killers, fertilizer and gasoline in high cabinets or lockable tool chests out of children’s reach. Use well-supported shelves to store cleaning solutions and vehicle fluids.

Fall cleaning is just as important as spring cleaning! You and your family spend more time indoors in winter than in summer.

Top 5 Kitchen Tech Products For Fall 2017 Technological innovation is spilling out of the smartphone and into the home. But what is worth the investment? Tech expert and author Amber Mac shares her picks for the top five kitchen tech innovations worth checking out this season. 1. Voice assistants. From the highly anticipated Google Home to the Amazon Echo, today’s voice-controlled devices are so much more than a speaker. These hands-free tools are smart digital assistants with ability to provide recipe ideas, control devices in your home and help you plan your next shopping trip. It’s the virtual assistant you didn’t know you needed. 2. App-controlled appliances. Handy downloads allow you to control your appliances through your phone. GE Appliances, a leader in connected appliances, just introduced their Wi-Fi Connect app, and

it promises to change the way you interact with your kitchen. Want to start preheating the oven for dinner on your drive home from work or get your cup of coffee brewing before you get out of bed? Not sure if you left the stove on when you headed to work this morning? Now there’s an app for that. These smart appliances are also compatible with other smart home apps. 3. Healthy gadgets. Drop Scale is a wireless kitchen scale and recipe app that makes it easy to take your cooking skills to the next level. The innovative platform intuitively guides you through finding, making and sharing a variety of delicious dishes. And by placing your cooking bowl on the Drop scale, you can use the app to monitor the ingredients you’re adding, ensuring you don’t use too much or too little of anything and allowing you

to adjust the recipe along the way if needed. 4. Smart indoor gardens. Indoor herb gardens make it easy to automatically grow year-round herbs right in your kitchen. Lack a green thumb? Not to worry — these tools automatically adjust watering and lighting for optimal growth. Some models even use an HD camera to capture time-lapse videos and track plant growth and health. 5. Robotic in the kitchen. Shaken or stirred? Making a cocktail has never been easier. The Somabar is the world’s first app-controlled robotic bartending appliance. With its streamlined design, you can order a cocktail through the app’s menu or customize your own based on ingredients you already have. By simply pressing a button you can even infuse bitters and make the perfect cocktail in seconds.


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Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

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Former Ste. Anne Fire Chief Headlines Hospital Campaign 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, pay us a visit, and consider participating in some of our programs and events. News and Activities Memberships: As of October 1, 2017, all regular program fees will be $2 if you are a member and $4 for all non-members. Purchase a 2018 membership for $25 per person and receive the remainder of 2017 for free! Memberships also give you a discount on other special events, discount on rentals and more! Rentals and Functions: We have 1 Hut available to rent immediately on a Permanent Basis! Please call Lynda at 204-3204600 or Kim at 204-320-4602 for further information. Book your next event at our facility! We can accommodate the following but are not limited to Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Banquets, Conferences, Family Gatherings and More! Call Lynda at 204-320-4603 for more information. For Sale: Pool Table $500 or best offer. Volunteer Opportunities: We are in need of Reception Volunteers! Call Lynda at 204-320-4603 for more information. Volunteer with us – we could use volunteers in many different areas. Whatever your skill set or age, we have a place for you. Whether you can volunteer for an hour a month, week or day or several hours we can accommodate you with tasks. Regular Activities: Make sure to check out our quarterly Newsletter. Friends Night Out: Next outing is at Geppettos (mini golf) at 2 pm. Call Lynda for more info. Fun Bingo: 3rd Thursday of each month from 10 – 11 am. No Cash prizes – fun prizes are offered. Movie Time: 4th Monday of each month at 1 pm. Next movie is “Daddy Day Care” on September 25. Family friendly movies. Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle: On Wednesdays from 1:30 - 4 pm. Pickleball: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays from 9 11:30 am. Drop in Billiards: Monday - Friday from 9 am - 4 pm. Cards: Monday – Canasta; Wednesday – Cribbage. All card games are from 1 - 4 pm. Ho Model Railway Project: On Wednesdays from 9 am - 4 pm. Choir: Wednesdays from 10 - 11:30 am. Dancing Shoes: On Tuesdays starting October 3 from 7 - 9 pm. Practice your dance moves to your own music. Computer Classes: On Wednesdays from 9 am - 1 pm. Call receptionist line to book appointment. Old Time Country Jam: On Wednesdays from 7 - 9 pm. New Connection: 1st Thursday of each month from 2 - 3:30 pm. Fitness Class: Will resumes this fall. Free Programs Crafty Corner: Every Friday from 2 - 4 pm. Bring your craft, anything goes – knitting, scrapbooking, woodwork, etc. Have some good conversation, coffee and share in learning from each other. Cozy Corner Coffee Time: 10:30 am every morning for FREE coffee, tea, and a cookie. Meet new people and staff in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Walking Program: Every Morning from 8:30 - 9 am on Weekdays in our Auditorium. FREE to the public! Enjoy Free Coffee or Tea after! Buddy Up: This program is designed to touch base daily (short phone call) with a buddy to act as a safety net. If you live alone or spend part of your week alone this would be a program for you! If you are interested, please contact Lynda 204-320-4603 for more details. Other Programs/Services Provided/Miscellaneous Information Noon Meals: Available Monday through Friday. Cost $6. Come join us for lunch. Call Deb at 204-320-4605 the day before or by 9 am that day to reserve your meal. Tai Chi: Monday evenings at 7 pm and Wednesday mornings at 10 am. Foot Care Clinic: Foot care is available the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month and the third Tuesday and Thursday of every month. Call Reception at 204-320-4600 to book your appointment. Beltone Hearing Clinic: Third Friday of the month. Call 1-800661-2653 to book your appointment. For more information on programs, events, activities or volunteer opportunities, drop by the Centre Monday to Friday from 8:30 am - 4 pm or call reception desk at 204-320-4600 or Lynda at 204-320-4603. Visit our website at patporteralc.com.

By Marianne Curtis Retired Ste. Anne Fire Chief Ken Dayment has found another way to help the community by sharing his personal story to help raise funds and awareness for the St Boniface Hospital Foundation. Dayment will be the face of this year’s fundraising campaign after spending countless hours receiving care at the St. Boniface Hospital. Thirty years ago, at the young age of 40, Dayment suffered a major heart attack. “I was only 40. It was terrifying. The doctors and nurses at St. Boniface Hospital literally saved my life,” Dayment recalled. “Afterwards, my doctor told me that my heart attack was caused by heart failure. Heart failure. At 40? Was my time up?” Over the years, Dayment has had many procedures at St. Boniface Hospital. Then two years ago, he had a complicated 12-hour surgery to repair one of his heart valves and to insert a new mechanical valve. “Before I left the Hospital, I had a pacemaker and defibrillator put in my chest to keep me alive. My family now calls me the Bionic Man!” Dayment joked.

Retired Ste. Anne Fire Chief Ken Dayment was asked to headline this year’s major fundraising campaign for the St Boniface Hospital Foundation. Courtesy of Ste. Anne Fire Department

Dayment said he has spent over 1,000 hours at the St. Boniface Hospital over the years, which makes him a perfect spokesperson for the facility. “The staff at St. Boniface Hospital truly rescued me; they fought for me every time, so that I could make it through with my condition. The doctors never, ever gave up on me,” Dayment continued. “I’ve relied on so many people at the Hospital, and because of them, and donors who support St. Boniface Hospital, I’ve been able to see my family grow,

and live my best life.” Dayment spent 40 years of his life as a volunteer fire fighter for the Ste. Anne Fire Department. “I’ve known what it means to fight against the odds. But this was the first time I needed to be rescued,” he confided. The St-Boniface Hospital Foundation is focused on achieving excellence in fundraising through the principles of transparency, accountability and efficiency.

Mock Crash Provides Valuable Training By Marianne Curtis On September 19, it was a busy day for everyone who participated in the city’s mock emergency event that took place in Steinbach. About one hundred and twenty-five people were involved in the pretend scenario, which portrayed what could happen if a truck pulling a tank of Anhydrous Ammonia collided with a car and a school bus on Loewen Blvd. Dennis Vassart, Emergency Planning Coordinator for the City of Steinbach said events such as this are crucial training for local emergency personnel. “It was great to have so many community partners involved,” said Vassart. “Interaction between emergency service departments is critical during a real emergency. We appreciate everyone that came out to participate and help stage things to be as real as possible. We had about 125 people involved.” A number of organizations participated, including the Hanover School Division, Southern Health-Santé Sud EMS and Bethesda Regional Health Centre, Steinbach Fire Department, and RCMP. A number of businesses and organizations also volunteered, including Stonybrook Middle School students and staff, and the students from SRSS Drama Club for portraying crash victims. “I think the exercise went very well,” said Vassart, “There is always room for improvement and that’s why we plan these types of events. It’s good to learn and improve from this type of situation, so we can be that much more prepared during a real emergency.”

Over 125 emergency firefighters, EMS, police and volunteers participated in a mock scenario involving a school bus, car and semi carrying Anhydrous Ammonia as part of a community emergency response training session.

Vassart noted that he was especially pleased with Steinbach Alert Now, the city’s emergency notification system. “The city would also like to thank the public, especially those that live in the immediate area, for their patience and cooperation during the exercise,” Vassart added. The system’s mapping function efficiently pinpointed residents that were in the evacuation area and then notified them by phone call, email, or text. He was also pleased that the event allowed the city to test a range of response plans, including setting up the Emergency Operations Centre and

a reception center for evacuees. Although the event is over, the responses from the event will now be reviewed and the city’s emergency plan will be updated as required.


Dawson Trail Dispatch

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

October 2017

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October 2017

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Dawson Trail Dispatch October 2017  

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