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Ile Des Chenes Welcomes Special Olympics Convoy Municipal Election 2018 Forums Local truck driver Rebecca J. Penner took her special cousin Angela Wiebe along for the ride when she participated in the event. While Angela is not an athlete, the event gave her a rare opportunity to ride in a big truck while her devoted cousin raised $2,250 for Special Olympics. Photos by Marianne Curtis

On September 22, nearly two hundred semi-trucks laid on their horns and roared down the highway from Ile des Chenes, before making a loop around the Perimeter Highway to raise funds for Special Olympics Manitoba. At the start of the day, the Trans-Canada Centre was filled to capacity as drivers and their families, along with local athletes gathered for breakfast prior to the parade, then back again for dinner. This is the first time the event has taken place in Ile des Chenes. The Special Olympics Truck Convoy is a unique partnership between law enforcement and the trucking industry that raises international awareness and raises funds for Special Olympics athletes to train in year-round sports activities. “The fact that Special Olympics can bring together law enforcement and members of

the trucking industry is a testament to how the athletes of Special Olympics are a true inspiration,” said Convoy com- Almost a hundred semi-trucks and trailers from companies throughout the region rolled out of Ile des Chenes as they participated in the mittee Chair Matt Basset. Darren Anderson with Spe- annual Special Olympics Convey. has raised over $500,000 for Special Olymcial Olympics Manitoba says it is awesome to see such a unique part- pics and this year’s proceeds are expected nership as the Convoy. “It’s awesome to to drive that amount to over $600,000. “All see such a unique partnership between us, funds that are raised here support programlaw enforcement, trucking associations ming in all seven of our regions in the provand the local community,” said Anderson. ince,” said Anderson. “This really helps us “It’s a nice way to come together and it with athlete development, coach developmakes our athletes happy and they come ment, volunteer training and a whole gamut out and get to ride in the trucks so they of things that really help us out.” For 50 years, Special Olympics has prohave a lot of fun.” Funds are raised for Special Olympics vided its athletes with the strength, determithrough a combination of drivers or com- nation and confidence to take on challenges panies registering their trucks, as well as in sport and in life, giving them the audacity to stare down any hurdle and respond private, in-person and online donations. Since 2008, the Manitoba Truck Convoy “Challenge Accepted”.

RM of Reynolds Election Q & A – On Wednesday, October 10 from 7 - 9 pm at the Hadashville Hall. Bring your questions for the candidates; they may get answered if time permits and if questions are deemed appropriate. RM of De Salaberry – St. Malo & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting a 2018 Candidate Meet & Greet on Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm in the Salle Iberville Hall (St. Malo Church Basement). Doors open at 6:30p.m. Town of Ste. Anne - Wednesday, October 10, starting 7 pm at the Club Jovial, 157 Centrale Ave in Ste. Anne. Get to know the candidates for Mayor and Town Council, hosted by Anni Markmann. RM of Ste. Anne - The Richer Community Club is hosting a public Reeve Candidate debate on Tuesday, October 9 starting at 7 pm at the Richer Young at Hearts Centre. Everyone in the RM of Ste. Anne is invited. Refreshments will be provided. RM of Piney - The Piney Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Municipal Candidate Meet and Greet on Thursday, October 11 at the Piney Community Hall starting at 7 pm.




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MTS to Expand into Woodridge, Zhoda and Stuartburn Three communities in the southeast are celebrating after Bell-MTS announced the construction of three additional cellular towers in the region. The new towers will be located in Woodridge, Zhoda and Stuartburn. Premier Brian Pallister was on hand to personally make the announcement at the La Broquerie fire hall on September 24. “Better, faster service not only helps protect Manitobans in times of emergency, but also improves daily life for those who work and call the area their home,” said Pallister. “We thank Bell MTS for following through on this promise. We’ll continue to work with industry partners, the business community and other levels of government to improve wireless access

in Manitoba, and look forward to further progress being made.” Per the announcement, Bell MTS will build three new LTE-advanced cellular sites in Woodridge, Zhoda and Stuartburn to extend wireless service to these communities for the first time. Falk credited Bell-MTS for hearing the concerns of people in rural Manitoba and acting on it. MLAs Dennis Smook and Cliff Graydon should also be acknowledged for their perseverance on this issue said Falk. “Together with municipal leaders from across the region, I have frequently met with telecom providers to emphasize how important cell service is to our local communities. Our message was simple, cell service is vital to business development, personal communication Premier Brian Pallister was on hand to personally announce that Bell MTS will be installing cellular towers in Woodridge, Zhoda and Stuartburn.

and safety,” said Falk. “I am encouraged to see that all the hard work of so many leaders here in southeast Manitoba is continuing to pay off.” In 2015, MTS announced they would be building a new tower to service a wide area in the RM of Piney. The following year, Bell-MTS announced three new towers along highway 75. “This is great news, but there is still a lot of work ahead of us to ensure that service is delivered to every area of Provencher,” stated Falk, before giving special recognition to the Southeast Cellular Coalition led by RM of Stuartburn Reeve Jim Swidersky. “This dedicated group of municipal leaders has worked tirelessly for improved cell service on behalf

of their residents,” Falk added. “This has truly been an example of a great team effort with everyone working together for a common cause.” Municipalities in southern Manitoba have been asking for better cell service for years, but the urgency was boosted after emergency crews were left scrambling when the Emergency Fleet Net system failed during a wildfire in Vita, followed by a massive snowstorm in the RM of Piney that knocked out power and communications to residents throughout the municipality. The Southeast Cellular Coalition was formed as a result. Residents can expect better cell coverage in the Woodridge area by the end of October, with Stuartburn and Zhoda to get hooked up by 2019.

The Bell MTS south east expansion of cell phone coverage is in addition to expanding internet service partially funded with $2.7 million announced back in January 2018 from the Federal Government’s Connect to Innovate program to improve connectivity for eight northern communities in Manitoba that was announced by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Premier Brian Pallister. The Connect to Innovate program in Manitoba is being used for underserved communities with access to high-speed Internet by upgrading capacity and extending access, building the digital backbone of high-speed Internet networks and also funding last-mile connections to households that don’t have high-speed Internet.

RM of Stuartburn Adds Cannabis Question to Ballots The RM of Stuartburn is giving residents the opportunity to speak out about allowing retail sales of cannabis within the municipality as part of the upcoming municipal election. According to the municipality, council has decided to give their rate payers the opportunity to express their opinions on whether the retail sale of cannabis will be permitted within the municipality.

Along with options of who to vote as reeve and councillors in Ward 2 and 4, voters will be asked to respond “yes” or “no” if licensed retail cannabis stores be allowed in the RM of Stuartburn. The City of Steinbach is also adding cannabis sales to their ballots. Municipal councils are expected to use this information to determine how to handle the business license situation once cannabis is legalized across Canada October 17. The province opened up the door to municipalities by suggesting that those who couldn’t decide to allow stores that sell pot to set up shop will be able to put the issue to a binding

plebiscite. This is expected to allow everyone to have a fair say in the process. A plebiscite can be triggered by a municipal council resolution or by a petition signed by at least 20 per cent of electors. According to the province, if a plebiscite results in a ban, no new licenses for a retail cannabis store will be issued and existing pot store licenses would be cancelled, effective six months after the plebiscite. By holding a plebiscite during a municipal election, the costs associated with holding a separate vote can be significantly decreased, plus it is expected to bring more people to the polls.

RM of Ste. Anne Reeve Debate Scheduled The Richer Community Club has planned a Reeve Candidate debate for 7 pm at the Young at Heart Club in Richer on October 9. While the format for the evening is still being worked on, there will be questions from the public and answers from the candidates. This is the perfect

opportunity to learn more about the people wanting to lead the municipal council and have a say on the direction you see the RM of Ste. Anne taking for the next four years. Everyone in the RM of Ste. Anne is invited. Refreshments will be provided.


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2018 Municipal Candidates Vie for Your Vote



On October 24 Manitobans will head to the polls to cast their votes. In the south east region there are 174 possible candidates with 26 of

the mayoral or councillors positions acclaimed. No ballots will be cast in Niverville or St. Pierre-Jolys as all candidates were acclaimed. Out of

the total candidates hoping to rep- 2018. resent their municipality the majorThe most contested polls are in the ity are male with women candidates City of Steinbach that has 6 counmaking up approximately 15% in cillor seats available with 10 candi-

dates vying for votes and the Town of Ste. Anne with 4 council seats available, voters will see 7 names to choose from on the ballot.

Here is a complete list of registered candidates: * Denotes incumbent.

LUD of Landmark (3 seats) Brent Beltz Steven Bowker Gerald Kroeker Jason Miller

Mel Kachur Curtis Dawydiuk Neil Warkentin Larry Pries John H. Giesbrecht Ward 5 Gord Meneer Darren Warkentin Ed Martins Ward 6 Jim Funk (acclaimed)

Bill Hiebert Jake Hiebert Mitesh Kumar Damian Penner Susan Penner Jac Siemens Alan Wiebe Michael Zwaagstra

RM of Stuartburn Reeve Jim B. Swidersky* David Kiansky Orest Paciorka Ward 1 Dan Bodz* (acclaimed) Ward 2 Wayne K. Penner Edward Penner Josh Gawronsky Ward 3 Jerry Lubiansky (acclaimed) Ward 4 Jim Marynowski Konrad Narth* RM of Reynolds Reeve David Turchyn* Trudy Turchyn Ward 1 Jessica Thurston (acclaimed) Ward 2 Nancy Garand Curtis J Buley* Ward 3 De-Ann Holmes* Larry Carefoot Ward 4 Blaine Webster Melanie Shendroski-Panych Ward 5 Michael Huzel* Robert Shendroski Ward 6 Kim Zalitach Nicholas Friesen Ward 7 James Colbert Alan Kelly* Harriet Yarmill RM of Ritchot Mayor Chris Ewen* (acclaimed) Ward 1 Yves Bérard Shane Pelletier* Ward 2 Ronald Mamchuk* Keith Pearce Ward 3 Curtis Claydon (acclaimed) Ward 4 Janine Boulanger* (acclaimed) RM of Tache Mayor Justin Denis Bohémier Robert Rivard* Ward 1 Jacques Trudeau* (acclaimed) Ward 2 George McGregor Hettie (Stam) Penner Ward 3 Lucille Brunette Alison Fox Ward 4 John Halabiski Joey Johnson Armand Poirier Steven Stein* Ward 5 Mark Brandt Bill Heather* Ward 6 Natashia Lapeire Andy Rivard* Daniel Ross Marc Ross

LUD of Lorette (3 seats) Heather Delaine Tim Graham Colleen Jolicoeur Carol Laramée Bill Lodge Denis Sarrasin RM of Piney Reeve Claude Dubois Wayne Anderson* Derek Barrow Ward 1 Ronnie Bugera Ken Prociw Ward 2 Dale Edbom (acclaimed) Ward 3 David Beaudry (acclaimed) Ward 4 Melanie Parent* (acclaimed) RM of De Salaberry Reeve Darrel Cure Marie Lefèvre Otterburne André Carbonneau Louis Courcelles Hans Gorter Dufrost Patrick Catellier Yves Maynard Wain (Grouchy) St. Malo Gabriel Gosselin Bruno Hébert Gaby Tétrault LUD of St. Malo (3 seats) Maurice Comeault Jason Czarnecki James Gosselin François Lambert RM of La Broquerie Reeve Cameron Peters Lewis Weiss* Ward 1 (3 seats) Alvin Derksen John Letkeman Darrell Unger Tyson Giesbrecht Ward 2 (3 seats) Shaun Sturby Laurent (Larry) Tetrault Ivan Normandeau Paul Gauthier John Unrau LUD of La Broquerie (3 seats) Rhéal Gagnon Gäétan Bisson Rick Lafreniere Claude Moquin RM of Hanover Reeve Stan Toews* (acclaimed) Ward 1 Peter Hiebert Travis Doerksen Ward 2 Bernie Stahn* (acclaimed) Ward 3 Bob Brandt* (acclaimed) Ward 4 Mel Funk

LUD of Mitchell (3 seats) Brian Esau (Chair) (acclaimed) Brad Kehler (acclaimed) LUD of Blumenort (3 seats) Roger Harder Kevin Medeiros Roberto Hiebert LUD of Grunthal (3 seats) Paul Perreaul Jake Peters Anita Funk Thomas Guenther RM of Ste. Anne Reeve Paul Saindon Shirley Hiebert Robert Desautels Donald Morin Ward 1 Sarah Normandeau Renald Courcelles* Ward 2 Jake Reimer (acclaimed) Ward 3 Brent Wery (acclaimed) Ward 4 Donald Perrin Bradley Ingles Fred Harder Ward 5 Patrick Stolwyk Robert Sarrasin Ward 6 Randy Eros* Raymond Michaud LUD of Richer (3 seats) John Lenton Barbara Dutiaume Norm Bremaud Sonya Wery Roger Godard Village of St. Pierre-Jolys Mayor Raymond Maynard (acclaimed) Councilors (4 seats) Paul Gauthier (acclaimed) Francine Roy (acclaimed) Town of Niverville (all acclaimed) Mayor Myron Dyck* Councilors (4 seats) John Funk Kevin Stott Chris Wiebe Nathan Dueck Town of Ste. Anne Mayor Donald Simard Michael Bernier Richard Pelletier* Gerald St-Laurent Councilors (4 seats) Tiana Bohemier Cornie Klassen Ginette (Gin) Gagnon Lyle Davis Travis Nault David Nelson Yvan St. Vincent

City of Steinbach Mayor John Fehr Earl Funk Paul Neustaedter Councilors (6 seats) Adam Crookes Cyndy Friesen




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Expanding Cell Service in Manitoba Expanded Cell Service for Southeast Manitoba As everyone who lives in rural Canada knows, there are many gaps in cellular service – and southeastern Manitoba is certainly no exception. Many of you have contacted my office over the past few years regarding this issue and I have made the expansion of cellular services for southeast Manitoba a high priority. Together with municipal and provincial leaders from across the region, I have frequently met with telecom providers to emphasize how important cell service is to our local communities. Our message was simple: cell service is vital to business development, personal communication and safety. We saw some progress in 2015 and 2016 when a total of four new towers were announced. And last week, we received even more good news – three more towers for Provencher. Credit must be given to BellMTS as well as the dedicated group of MLAs and Reeves for their tireless work to improve cell service for their residents. This has truly been an example of a great team effort with everyone working together for a common cause. Of course, we all know that there is still a lot of work ahead of us to ensure that service is delivered to every area of Provencher. These three new towers are another step in the right direction but there are still many rural areas across Manitoba that remain either unserviced or under-serviced. I will continue to work closely with

the various telecom companies and provincial and municipal officials to ensure that cellular services continue to expand across our region. Standing Up for Law-Abiding Firearms Owners Last week, I voted against the Liberal Government’s new firearms legislation, Bill C-71. The Liberal government introduced Bill C-71 in March, stating that this legislation was necessary in order to address gun violence. Unfortunately, instead of cracking down on criminals, the bill unfairly targets law-abiding hunters, farmers, and sport shooters with additional regulation. The legislation also fails to include any new measures to combat the escalating crime rates in our rural communities. A Conservative government elected in 2019 would repeal Bill C-71 and replace it with a law that actually targets criminals, cracks down on gangs, and respects law-abiding firearms owners. If Justin Trudeau really wants to tackle gun violence, Conservatives will be the first to support his efforts. But as long as he continues down his current path of attacking hunters, farmers, and sport shooters, he can count on us to defend these law-abiding Canadians every step of the way. Parliament Resumes – with Unexpected Twist On September 17, after a busy summer spent with constituents from across Provencher, it was time to get back to Ottawa to continue the work of keeping the Liberal Government accountable. However, this new session of Parliament came with an unexpected twist. On the first day back, Liberal Member of Parliament, Leona Alleslev,

announced that after careful consideration she had decided that she could no longer serve her constituents as a Liberal Member of Parliament. She then proceeded, amid thunderous applause, to walk across the floor and take her seat as the new Conservative Member of Parliament for the riding of Aurora - Oak Ridges - Richmond Hill. It was a brave and bold move for Ms. Alleslev to state that she had lost confidence in her own government. In her decision to join the Conservatives, she cited concerns with the economy, foreign policy, trade, and defence under the Trudeau government. She noted that her attempts to raise these concerns within the Liberal government were “met with silence.” Later she also stated “to have a strong economy and a strong country we need strong Federal leadership to rebuild our nation’s foundations…Today, we find ourselves at a tipping point in our country’s history. It’s my duty to stand and be counted. Our country is at risk.” As we continue with the fall session, along with our new colleague, Conservatives will continue to hold Justin Trudeau accountable for the illegal border crossings mess he has created in Emerson and other border communities. We will continue to advance initiatives to address rural crime and international trade. And we will continue to defend families who are seeing their taxes increase and jobs disappear under this government. We will put forward policy ideas that are focused on placing people before government and giving Canadians a principled, common sense, responsible alternative to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.

Making Real Progress in Manitoba September was a busy month, full of fun events to kick off the fall season in the Dawson Trail constituency and elsewhere in Manitoba. I was able to attend Koushkoupayh Days (Two Days the Métis Way) in Brandon. This is a weekend-long event that gathers people from all over Manitoba with the intent of educating and celebrating Métis culture, and I am pleased that I was able to take part. In early September, I participated in parades as part of Dawson Trail Days and Lorette Family Fun Days. As well, I helped serve food at a few of the fall suppers held throughout Dawson Trail. I’m glad that I was able to be out and about, interacting with constituents at these fun events. The past month also brought the first Rail Safety Awareness Week in our province. From September

24 to 28, I partnered with CN Rail, as well as a few of the schools in Dawson Trail, to educate Manitobans about rail safety. This effort followed the Legislative Assembly’s passing of my private member’s bill this past spring to establish the Rail Safety Awareness Week Act legislation to create an annual Rail Safety Awareness Week in late September. Rail Safety Awareness Week involves public education, and I encourage everyone to take part in any way they can. There are many more bills to come from our Progressive Conservative team. With the summer over, our government is resuming the legislative session and doing more work to fix Manitoba’s finances, improve provincial services and rebuild the economy. On the financial front, the Office of the Auditor General of Manitoba has now reaffirmed our responsible approach

to fiscal management and prudent budgeting. After forming government more than two years ago, we have hit and even outperformed our budget targets. In a recent report, the Auditor General has noted that under our PC government in 2016-17, the actual provincial deficit was lower than the budgeted deficit. We have also reduced the projected 2017-18 deficit to $726 million, which is $114 million lower than budgeted. And we are projecting a $521-million deficit for 2018-19. We are making real progress for Manitobans with effective fiscal practices while repairing, improving and protecting the services that families across our province value and rely on.


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Municipal Elections Start to Heat Up By Marianne Curtis Candidates vying for votes have started knocking on doors to look for support in the upcoming municipal election. Voters head to the polls on October 24 to choose representation for the next four years at the municipal level. The campaign just kicked off, but a variety of interesting developments have already surfaced. The RM of Ste. Anne is the municipality to watch this election after Art Bergmann decided not to run. Four candidates are competing for reeve including former councillor Paul Saindon. Saindon was recently suspended as the municipal fire chief pending an investigation by the fire commissioner’s office after various allegations against him surfaced. For the first time in two decades, there are also two women looking for support in the municipality. Shirley Hiebert is running for reeve and Sarah Normandeau is competing against former councillor Reynold Courcelles in Ward 1. Jake Reimer and Brent Wery were acclaimed in their wards. In the LUD of Richer, five people are looking to fill three seats, including Barbara Dutiaume and Sonya Wery who are the first two women to run for council in that community. Former councillor Raymond Michaud is also trying to reclaim his Ward 5 seat from incumbent Randy Eros. Michaud was asked to vacate council after he was charged for blowing up his farm. He was found guilty of arson and other related charges in 2003 and sentenced to 9 months house arrest after dousing the family farm with gas and diesel. Charges of assault were also laid, but dropped during the proceedings.

The City of Steinbach has three candidates running for mayor including John Fehr, Earl Funk and Paul Neustaedter. Former mayor Chris Goertzen has decided to move on. Some voters will also be able to weigh in on cannabis sales. An attempt to add a question addressing Sunday shopping in Steinbach to the ballot failed to get support in time to be included. RM of Hanover Reeve Stan Toews is the only representative to return as unchallenged. Councillors Bernie Stahn, Bob Brandt and Jim Funk return without competition as well, while six people are fighting for one seat in Ward 4, and three in Ward 5. In the RM of Ritchot Mayor Chris Ewen will continue working for another four years, along with Ward 4 councillor Janine Boulanger after they were acclaimed to second terms. This council was only elected a year and a half ago during a midsummer by-election. Long time St. Agathe councillor Jeannot Robert chose to not run again, and Curtis Claydon was acclaimed in his place. Incumbent Ron Mamychuk and Shane Pelletier have both been challenged in St. Adolphe and Ile des Chenes respectively. In the RM of Stuartburn elections, there are three candidates vying for reeve including incumbent Jim Swidersky. He is being challenged by former reeve David Kiansky and Orest Paciorka. Dan Bodz and Jerry Lubiansky were both acclaimed. The RM of Stuartburn is also the only municipality to add a plebiscite for cannabis sales to the ballot. RM of Tache incumbent mayor Robert Rivard has been challenged by Justin Denis Bohémier. Every

ward has at least two candidates looking for support. Jacques Trudeau was the only councillor to be acclaimed. Four people are looking to fill 3 positions in LUD of Lorette, and six are looking in votes in the LUD of Landmark. Only three of the five incumbents from the RM of Piney got in by acclimation. Reeve Wayne Anderson has been challenged by Derek Barrow and Claude Dubois. In Ward 1, Ken Prociw has been challenged by Ronnie Bugera. In the RM of De Salaberry, Darrel Cure and Marie Lefèvre are looking to become the new reeve. There are also three candidates in Otterburne, St. Malo and Dufrost looking for support. The LUD of St. Malo has four people competing for three vacant seats. La Broquerie reeve Lewis Weiss has been challenged by Cameron Peters, who sat at the table with him for the past four years as Ward 1 councillor. The municipality is divided up into two wards with three representatives each. Four candidates want to represent Ward 1, and five are looking for support in Ward 2. Long time councillor Wilfred Chabot has decided to call it a career. Meanwhile, four candidates are competing for three seats in the LUD of La Broquerie. RM of Reynolds reeve David Turchyn has been challenged by their former administrator Trudy Turchyn. Councillor Jessica Thurston was the only candidate to be acclaimed, while incumbents Curtis J Buley, De-Ann Holmes, Michael Huzel and Alan Kelly have all been challenged. Municipal Election day is October 24, with polls opening 8 am to 8 pm.

Infrastructure Improvements Coming for the Southeast It was a great day for southeastern Manitoba on September 24, as our region welcomed the upcoming expansion of high-speed wireless LTE coverage by Bell MTS. In La Broquerie, the company joined by Premier Brian Pallister and myself announced it will build three new LTE-advanced cellular sites in Woodridge, Zhoda and Stuartburn to extend wireless service to these areas. The investment is expected to benefit economic and social growth in our part of Manitoba through vastly improved wireless communications. The new tower in Stuartburn will provide coverage for residents and travellers along the southern-most section of Highway 59, and the Zhoda tower will do the same along Highway 12. The new towers are part of a project by Bell MTS to invest $1 billion over five years to expand next-generation broadband networks and services in our province. I want to thank the company for its investment, as cell phone coverage has been a constant issue in the La Verendrye constituency since I was elected in 2011.

In 2012, wildfires ravaged much of southeastern Manitoba and a breakdown in communications equipment created difficult and dangerous situations for residents and emergency crews. This improvement will greatly increase public safety and create opportunities for economic development in our region. Thanks also go out to the rural municipalities of Franklin, Piney and Stuartburn, which have lobbied since the fires in 2012 for the expansion of cellular service in the southeast. Their persistence has paid off. I will continue, along with our Manitoba government, to work toward a further expansion of cellular coverage in La Verendrye. Digital communications technology isn’t the only form of infrastructure our government is pushing to improve. Many drivers in southeastern Manitoba, when visiting east Winnipeg, will benefit from a new interchange on the North Perimeter Highway at Highway 59. We are opening the reconstructed interchange in stages and should have it fully open, weather permitting, by the end of October. We have invested $250 million in

the complex interchange’s many significant improvements, which eliminate safety concerns and operational issues for the 70,000 drivers who pass through it every day. The project at Manitoba’s busiest intersection began in July 2015, and involved construction of 11 overpasses along with a new road and paved pathway crossing below the Perimeter at Raleigh Street to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and emergency vehicles. Our government is ensuring Manitobans have quality infrastructure at major intersections across the province, for their safety and for the economy. As always, I look forward to hearing from you with your questions or concerns. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204-424-5406, at my legislature office at 204-945-4339 or at dennis.smook@leg.gov.mb.ca.

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Lagasse Kicks off Manitoba’s First Annual Rail Safety Week

On September 25, Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagassé, and the CN police kicked off Manitoba’s first Rail Safety Awareness Week with a special event at the Ecole IleDes-Chenes School. The event took place two days after Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler designating September 23 to 29 as Rail Safety Week in Manitoba. The designation came as a result of Bill 221, proposed by Lagassé earlier in the year. Lagassé believes that educating the public is an effective way of reducing railwayrelated accidents. “This is a year-round mission, however Rail Safety Week provides a great opportunity to get everyone, including students, involved,” Lagassé explained. Canada already has an annual Rail Safety Week in September, but Bill 221 makes Manitoba the first province to put Rail Safety Awareness Week into law. “During the awareness week, the Manitoba government would encourage citizens, employers and schools to cooperate with

rail companies to implement educational programming on railway safety,” Lagassé stated in a previous interview. “These programs would focus on spotting and avoiding the dangers associated with rail traffic, especially when it intersects with roads and walkways.” Each year, 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured while engaging in unsafe behaviour around tracks and trains. Basic rail safety includes being prepared to stop a vehicle at every rail crossing, never stopping a vehicle on the tracks and never trespassing on railways, which are private property. In 2017, there were 15 rail-crossing accidents in Manitoba that resulted in two fatalities and three serious injuries, in addition to one fatality and two serious injuries caused by trespassing on railways. One of these accidents took place in the Town of Ste. Anne when eleven year old Kharma Annette Brown was killed by a train while using a crosswalk in September.

Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagassé, along with CN Constable Lise Aquin and the Ecole Ile-Des-Chenes School Principal, Elizabeth Hammond. Submitted photo.

Forensic Audit Called on Kleefeld Rec Association The Kleefeld Rec Association is the subject of a forensic audit at the request of the RM of Hanover. This comes after the municipality announced at the end of August that they would take over the accounting currently undertaken by the organization. On September 12, the RM of Hanover Council agreed to hire the services of The Exchange Group to conduct a forensic audit of the Kleefeld Recreation Association. Pending the results of the audit, Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Rempel has also

been suspended from her duties on the committee until the completion of the audit. According to the RM of Hanover, a number of issues were uncovered during the 2017 audit. As a result, the municipality requested the books for 2018 and several findings led to the council’s decision to order the audit. A few days prior to the council’s decision, specific issues surfaced during a public meeting where the community

met with the Kleefeld Recreation Association. Residents asked specific questions about the Kleefeld Honey Festival, including the prize given to the Chili Cook Off winner, and issues with silent auction prizes that were won by children or the board members family and other inconsistencies. It is unknown how long it will take for the audit to be complete.

Providence Postpones Construction on Living and Learning Centre On September 18, Providence College was expected to break ground on a new residence and community life facility at the Otterburne campus. However, due to a lack of resources, the project has been put on hold until a later time. A Providence College spokesperson told media that the groundbreaking was postponed because they did not have the right resources in place to proceed with the project at this time however, they are optimistic that it will take place in the future. Named the Living and Learning Centre, the new facility was expected to open in September 2019. To be located west of Eichhorst Hall and directly south of the Re-

imer Student Life Centre, which houses the cafeteria, the three-story, fully-accessible facility will accommodate 112 students. Below the male and female residences on the second and third floors, the ground floor will contain staff apartments and community spaces such as a kitchen, a lounge, prayer rooms, a seminar hub and a laundry facility. This residence will replace the Bergen Hall dormitory that was destroyed by fire in June 2017. Shortly thereafter a committee was struck to guide the process for a new, state-of-the-art facility, and in January 2018 the Board of Gov-

ernors unanimously approved a $4 million increase to the IMPACT 2020 fundraising campaign. The goal is now $16.5 million, of which more than $12.3 million has been raised. While this amount is quite substantial, the spokesperson indicated that more money needs to be raised before they proceed. The Living and Learning Centre is expected to be a welcoming space, including Skype Rooms for international students, including structures that allow them to connect with one another and with relatives.

Landmark Man Gets Prison Time for Sexual Assaults A twenty-eight year old Landmark man has been sentenced to spend five years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting teenage boys and downloading child pornography. Twenty-eight year old Elgin Brent Penner faced the charges in a Winnipeg Court room on September 18. He was sentenced after pleading guilty to charges including sexual assault, marijuana trafficking and possession of child pornography.

The victims were 14 and 15 years old at the time of the assaults. Charges were laid in June, 2017 after Penner, known as Radek, failed to comply with an undertaking related to a charge of sexual assault which had occurred in May, 2017. Steinbach RCMP launched an investigation and began looking for additional victims. After the investigation, Penner was

charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, sexual invitation to touching, luring a minor, indecent exposure, making child pornography, indecent phone calls, trafficking marijuana, uttering threats, failing to comply with a recognizance and failing to comply with an undertaking. Penner will also be added to the sex offender registry.


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Municipal Elections Decided in Niverville and St. Pierre-Jolys The majority of the region’s municipalities, local governments and town councils are yet to be determined in the upcoming municipal elections, both the town of Niverville and Village of St. Pierre-Jolys is ready to get down to business. At the end of closing day for nominations on September 18, the entire current Town of Niverville’s council

was re-elected by acclamation, starting with Myron Dyck, who was acclaimed as Mayor for an additional four-year term. All four current councillors were also acclaimed, including John Funk, Kevin Stott, Chris Wiebe, and Nathan Dueck. The council in St. Pierre-Jolys, including the new mayor was acclaimed, but now the community is faced with

a different problem, there are still two vacant seats at the table. Raymond Maynard was acclaimed as Mayor, and incumbent councillors Paul Gauthier and Francine Roy were re-elected. However, with four councillor seats at the table, there are still two vacant spots. The newly elected council is expected to fill the two positions after officially taking office on October 25.

School Board Trustees Vie for Votes

Along with the municipal elections, school board trustees are also vying for your votes on October 24. Trustee ballots will be handed out at the same time and place you cast your municipal vote. Hanover School Division Ward 1: Niverville, New Bothwell, Kleefeld, Crystal Springs (2 Trustees) Shannon Friesen Carisa Klassen Jennifer Lavin Mary Yoder Ward 2: Landmark, Blumenort, Mitchell (2 Trustees) Lynn Barkman Sue Doerksen Ward 3: Steinbach (4 Trustees) Ron Falk Danielle Funk Joseph Giesbrecht Rachelle Jost Rick Peters Brad Unger

Ward 4: Grunthal (1 Trustee) Jonathon Driedger

Theresa Bergson Trina Wall

Seine River Ward 1 (3 seats) Warren Reavely Neal Reavely Greg Reid Gary Nelson Wendy Bloomfield Ward 2 (3 seats) Sean Maguet Jessalyn Cahill Jennifer Stefansson Vicky Kiansky Christine Roskos Ward 3 (3 seats) Wes Keating Ed Mantie

Borderland School Division Ward 1: Sprague, Piney area (1 Trustee) Jolene Bunn Tracey van Osch Tina Kolano Ward 2 Vita, Stuartburn, Sundown area (1 Trustee) Robert Pitura (acclaimed) Ward 3: Emerson, Ridgeville, Tolstoi area (1 Trustee) Gail Sutherland (acclaimed) Ward 4: Dominion City, Arnaud, Rosa, Woodmore area (1 Trustee) Albert Klassen (acclaimed)

Former St. Malo Program Director Publishes Book of Plays For several years, St. Malo has known Alix Babiuk as the woman who brought inspiration to the creative side of life by bringing dance, musical theatre and creative opportunities for children and people with special needs to the community. Now, she can add published author to her portfolio as she prepares to release her first book called Works for the Beautiful Mind. The book, published by McNally Robinson in Winnipeg, is a collection of 5 musical plays designed for production with special needs children, teens and adults. They can be used by teachers, drama departments or anyone wishing to put together a production with strong social messages. “This work was inspired by my work with special needs children,” Babiuk explained, who has an extensive theatre background, along with working with special needs and mental health agencies. “These plays can be used by teachers, drama departments or anyone wishing to put together a production.” Each play is designed to teach life lessons, in a manner that everyone can understand. Storylines include “What about Melinda?” which is a one woman play that addresses her struggle with mental health and “If you were Me” addresses bullying.

Another play, “Phantom of Ode Meter Creek” is based on the joys of living in a small town, and celebrates the community of St. Malo and the “importance of legacy” said Babiuk. Her most significant piece called “It’s too Hard to Hate” portrays one woman’s view on the Canadian Rights and Freedoms Act. A dancer since the age of two, Babiuk’s more recent experience in the Arts includes successfully forming the St. Malo - St. Pierre-Jolys Arts Council Inc. and running the program by bringing quality arts education in dance, theatre, visual arts and music to children and adults in the St. Malo, St. Pierre-Jolys and surrounding areas. One of the programs she brought to the community was the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Manitoba Hydro Satellite Program. During its inaugural season over forty-students participated in classes under the direction of instructors from the prestigious ballet school. “Works for the Beautiful Mind will be available November 1 at McNally Robinson, St. Pierre Pharmacy, St. Malo Coop, Su-

perValue Thrifty Pharmacy in Morris and Driven 2 Sew in Steinbach.

Works for the Beautiful Mind by talented St. Malo resident Alix Babiuk will be available locally and McNally Robinson Grant Park on November 1.






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It’s Flu Season! Get Your Flu Shot at these locations:

SEASONAL FLU INFO To protect yourself and your friends and family from getting influenza (the flu), Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) is encouraging all Manitobans to get their free flu vaccine EARLY fall and EVERY fall. An annual flu vaccine is especially important for those at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers and close contacts. This includes: - people 65 years of age and older - residents of personal care homes or long-term care facilities - children six to 59 months of age

- individuals with chronic health conditions - pregnant women - health care workers/first responders - regular caregivers of children up to five years of age - household contacts of anyone at increased risk of serious illness from the flu including those with infants under six months of age and/or expecting a newborn - Indigenous peoples Influenza Vaccine Eligibility Manitobans 6 months of age and older who are registered with Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) are eligible for influenza vaccine free-of-charge. MHSAL offers a high-dose inactivated influenza vaccine (Fluzone® High-Dose) to residents of long-term

care facilities (LTCFs) aged 65 years and older, including chronic care residents. Clients in interim/transitional care beds, respite care clients as well as new, unimmunized residents admitted to a LTCF during the flu season are also eligible. An intranasal influenza vaccine (Flumist® Quadrivalent) is available to healthy children two to 17 years of age. The intranasal influenza vaccine is also available to healthy adults up to 59 years of age who are needle averse and would otherwise refuse vaccination if only a needle option was available. International students and out-ofprovince visitors continue to be eligible to receive the flu vaccine free-of-charge regardless of third party insurance and/ or MHSAL coverage. Pneumococcal Vaccine

Manitobans over the age of 65 should also get a pneumococcal (Pneu-P-23) vaccine at the same time as the flu vaccine. Both the flu and the Pneu-P-23 vaccine are offered at no charge for people aged 65 and older as well as to some people two years of age and older who are at increased risk of pneumococcal infection. Most people need only one dose of Pneu-P-23 vaccine. Some people living with certain medical conditions require a second dose of Pneu-P-23 vaccine; talk to your health care provider to determine if/when a second dose is required. Additionally, some individuals living with certain medical conditions (ex: HIV) may also need another kind of pneumococcal vaccine, known as the Pneu-C-13 vaccine. If you are interested in finding out more about the Pneu-P-23 and/or

Pneu-C-13 vaccine, please talk to your health care provider or visit MHSAL’s website to see if you are eligible to receive the Pneu-P-23 and/or Pneu-C-13 vaccine free-of-charge. To get your free flu vaccine and/or Pneu-P-23 vaccine, visit your local public health office, nursing station, doctor’s office, pharmacy, ACCESS Centre, or the nearest immunization clinic. Remember to contact your health care provider first to check for flu and/or Pneu-P-23 vaccine availability. Remember! Your local pharmacist can also provide immunization services to people 7 years of age and older. If you have any questions about seasonal flu or pneumococcal immunization: Speak with a health care provider or call Health Links – Info Santé at toll-free 1-888-315-9257


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Misconceptions About Flu Vaccines By Diane Gudmundson, NP Now is the time of year to start planning to get vaccinated against the flu! It is recommended that we have annual flu shots for a very good reason, and sometimes people have wrong information about the flu shots or are afraid to get them because of misinformation. This article will give you some of the misconceptions about flu shots and then fill you in on the truth! Can a flu shot give you the flu? No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness. Flu vaccines given with a needle are currently made in two ways: the vaccine is made either with a) flu vaccine viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ and are therefore not infectious, or b) with no flu vaccine viruses at all (which is the case for recombinant influenza vaccine). The most common side effects from the influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches also may occur. In randomized, blinded studies, where some people get inactivated flu shots and others get salt-water shots, the only differences in symptoms was increased soreness in the arm and redness at the injection site among people who got the flu shot. There was no difference in terms of body aches, fever, cough, runny nose or sore throat.

Is it better to get the flu than the flu vaccine? No. Flu can be a serious disease, particularly among young children, older adults, and people with certain chronic health conditions, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes. Any flu infection can carry a risk of serious complications, hospitalization or death, even among otherwise healthy children and adults. Therefore, getting vaccinated is a safer choice than risking illness to obtain immune protection. Do I really need a flu vaccine every year? Yes. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for just about everyone 6 months and older, even when the viruses the vaccine protects against have not changed from the previous season. The reason for this is that a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccination is needed to get the “optimal” or best protection against the flu. Why do some people not feel well after getting the seasonal flu vaccine? Some people report having mild reactions to flu vaccination. The most common reaction to the flu shot in adults has been soreness, redness or swelling at the spot where the shot was given. This usually lasts less than two days. This initial soreness is most likely the result of the body’s early im-

mune response reacting to a foreign substance entering the body. Other reactions following the flu shot are usually mild and can include a low grade fever and aches. If these reactions occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days. The most common reactions people have to flu vaccine are much less severe than the symptoms caused by actual flu illness. What about serious reactions to flu vaccine? Serious allergic reactions to flu vaccines are very rare. If they do occur, it is usually within a few minutes to a few hours after the vaccination. While these reactions can be life-threatening, effective treatments are available. What about people who get a seasonal flu vaccine and still get sick with flu symptoms? There are several reasons why someone might get a flu symptoms, even after they have been vaccinated against flu. One reason is that some people can become ill from other respiratory viruses besides flu such as rhinoviruses, which are associated with the common cold, cause symptoms similar to flu, and also spread and cause illness during the flu season. The flu vaccine only protects against influenza, not other illnesses. Another explanation is that it is possible to be exposed to influenza viruses, which

cause the flu, shortly before getting vaccinated or during the two-week period after vaccination that it takes the body to develop immune protection. This exposure may result in a person becoming ill with flu before protection from the vaccine takes effect. A third reason why some people may experience flu like symptoms despite getting vaccinated is that they may have been exposed to a flu virus that is very different from the viruses the vaccine is designed to protect against. The ability of a flu vaccine to protect a person depends largely on the similarity or “match” between the viruses selected to make the vaccine and those spreading and causing illness. There are many different flu viruses that spread and cause illness among people. The final explanation for experiencing flu symptoms after vaccination is that the flu vaccine is not 100% protection and some people who get vaccinated may still get sick. The flu vaccines should be ready to administer early fall, so be sure to find out where to get yours done! Your local public health centre will have flu clinics, your doctors office will offer flu shots, or you can have them done in the comfort of your own home (or office) by calling the

private NP on Wheels service! The NP on Wheels service can add the flu shot (and the pneumonia shot) to any other home visit service for no extra fee! Call 1-877-510-1729 or email dispatch@nponwheels.com

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Ste. Agathe Celebrates Opening of New Fire Hall

RM of Ritchot Fire Chief Scott Weir (centre left) and outgoing Ste. Agathe councillor Jeannot Robert (centre right) cut the ribbon while (left to right) Morris MLA Shannon Martin, Ritchot Mayor Chris Ewen, Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagasse and councillor Ron Mamchuk look on. Photos by Marianne Curtis

On September 20, the RM of Ritchot Fire Department, along with the municipality and community celebrated the grand opening of a brand new fire hall in Ste. Agathe. The project, which got the green light back in March 2016, is strategically located at 368 Service Road, at the intersection of Highway 75 and Provincial Road 305. The need to build a third hall in the municipality was driven by the construction of a number of new subdivisions, along with two canola plants in the area which have contributed significantly to the growth of the community. Ritchot Mayor Chris Ewen, along with several members of council were in attendance at the grand opening. “This process has taken a few years now,” Ewen said at the grand opening. “I am confident that residents will be happy now that it is done. This new hall allows for the safe growth in our areas; we owe it to our volunteers to be able to present them with training and equipment in the community.” The brand new 60’ x 90’ building is the new home for fifteen volunteer firefighters. It features three bays for emergency vehicles, administrative offices, a 30-person classroom, a second-floor mezzanine area for training exercises and a kitchen. To ensure the project’s completion, the RM of Ritchot borrowed the $2.25 million needed for the project. The borrowing bylaw includes $1.5 million for construction of the fire hall, $500,000 for the first truck, $250,000 for the purchase of equipment and materials for the hall and truck as well as $250,000 for firefighter training. The final project costs rose to $2.86 million, putting the project $576,000 over budget. To cover this overage, the municipality transferred funds from the Gas Tax Reserve Fund. Prior to construction, a call out was made for Ste. Agathe residents to step up as volunteer firefighters, and the response was better than expected. RM of Ritchot CEO Mitch Duval confirmed that most of the new recruits live within the community. “One of the requirements is availability and proximity to the fire hall location,” Duval confirmed. He also anticipates that there will be more joining as the community grows. The RM of Ritchot fire department now has a total of 45 volunteer firefighters who respond to emergency calls, equally distributed among the communities of St. Adolphe, Île des Chênes and Ste. Agathe.

Ritchot Fire Chief Scott Weir and Deputy Chief Paul Houle were both presented with Exemplary Service Medals by Deputy Fire Commissioner Robert Pike on behalf of the Office of the Fire Commissioner as part of the evening.


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Richer Fire Chief and Firefighters Relieved of Duties Amidst “Allegations” On September 4 at a special meeting, the RM of Ste. Anne voted in favour of suspending their municipal fire chief and two firefighters pending an investigation after a variety of serious allegations surfaced within the department. According to the minutes, municipal council suspended Richer Fire Department members 25, 36 and 39 “without prejudice” effective immediately. In the same meeting, the RM of Ste. Anne council appointed Robert Randell to acting Fire Chief and Edward Belisle as acting Deputy Chief. According to CAO Jennifer Blatz, the public will have to draw its own conclusions on who was suspended based on the motions as she couldn’t discuss the issue. “The suspensions are in effect for an undetermined length of time while investigations are carried out regarding various matters which have been brought to the attention of the municipality,” stated the minutes. Council also authorized administration to bring the matter to the Fire Commissioners office and any other organization necessary to conduct a review and provide recommendations for the drafting of policies and procedures for the Richer Fire Department. According to Blatz, as of October 1, the matter is still being looked into. She could not provide any more details.

CEOs Brave Elements to Raise Funds for Today House Despite the cold and rain overnight on September 20, thirty-five business owners, executive officers and community members participated in the sixth annual Today House CEO Sleepout. Simone Penner, with Today House is grateful for those who braved the weather to raise funds for the facility, which provides emergency, overnight shelter in a safe environment for those in greatest need in the Steinbach area. “The CEO Campout helps us raise vital funds, while creating awareness about homelessness in Steinbach and the surrounding area,” said Penner. “Events like the CEO Sleepout are essential to funding this local work and ensuring that we are able to continue offering emergency shelter to those in need.” Penner said that all donations raised from this event goes to support Today House as it does not receive ongoing government financing. The CEO’s can raise money or donate outright to participate in the event giving them a hands on perspective on what the homeless face on a regular basis. Those attending took part in preplanned activities that include coming up with viable solutions to improve the situation for many in the community. They are encouraged to offer feedback, suggestions and other support on an ongoing basis, not just for the one night. Partners in the event include Helping Hands Foodbank, the local soup kitchen, Agape House, Today’s House and several outreach programs. Today’s House offers shelter to those in need from Monday to Friday to a maximum of four people by referral only.

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Former Lorette Teacher Found Guilty of Sexual Abuse On September 14, a former Lorette elementary school teacher was found guilty of sexually abusing an eight year old girl two years ago. Back in July 2016, Remi Dallaire was charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and making sexually explicit material available to a child. He plead not guilty to the charges. At the end of the trial, Dallaire was referred to as a predator when the Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Ken Champagne convicted him on all four charges. The charge of sexual assault was stayed. Prior to the judge’s ruling, the court heard testimony from the ten year old victim, her mother and the RCMP involved in the case. “It is a skilled example of grooming behaviour and I don’t hesitate in finding that the accused is a predator,” Champagne said in his ruling. “There is clear evidence of re-

peated sexual assaults.” Court also heard how the single mother, along with two young daughters, moved into an apartment across the hall from Dallaire. Not long afterwards, the mother admitted to becoming “smitten” with the accused after he spent time with the family. She allowed him to walk the child to school, where he was employed, and watched her after school until the mother returned home from work. After the mother was told by Dallaire that he was not interested in her, she allowed the daughter to continue spending time alone with the accused over several weeks. “There is no doubt that she held out hope that she could win his heart,” Champagne said. “That hope led her to ignore some very serious and dangerous signals about the accused intentions with [her daughter].”

Dallaire was charged after the child told her mother that she had been sexually assaulted by the man while he was house sitting across the street. The mother reported the allegations to the RCMP, who conducted a search of the home the incidents, took place. During the search, RCMP found evidence matching detailed descriptions given by the eight year old girl. A request to release Dallaire with conditions pending sentencing was denied due to the gravity of the crimes and risk of flight. He will remains in custody until sentencing takes place at a later date. RCMP say no other victims have come forward. The identities of the girl and her mother are protected under a publication ban.


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Lorette Family Fun Day a Huge Success

Lorette was full of superheroes during this year’s Lorette Family Fun Days parade.

Ryan Price’s Magic Show was a huge hit with Festival Goers.

For three days in the beginning of September, the community of Lorette was overrun with superheroes during the Lorette Family Fun Days held from September 7 to 9, making it the last summer festival for the year. “It was an amazing weekend,” stated event organizers. “We’d really like to thank our volunteers. It’s not easy giving up your weekend but we hope people had fun and we greatly appreciate the help, couldn’t do it without you. It was very nice to have so many community groups, volunteer as well.” Weekend activities began with PCW Wrestling and a showing of “Incredibles”. On Saturday, the community gathered in the Lorette fire hall for a pancake breakfast, followed by a Superhero themed parade with a variety of activities taking place both days. Highlights for Saturday night were fireworks and live music with Ricky Smits. Other activities on both Saturday and Sunday included bouncers, petting zoo, vendor fair, baseball tournament and numerous other family friendly activities. The Lorette Family Fun Days are organized by the Lorette Family Fun Group, which consists of a number of dedicated volunteers who organize and host a many community events throughout the year.

Program Helps Children Cope with Anxiety Southern Health Santé-Sud is launching a program that is expected to help promote strong mental health in children. Public Health-Healthy Living and the Parent Child Coalitions of Southern Health Santé-Sud have partnered to offer training sessions in Steinbach to parents and those working with preschool children, so that they can deliver the Handle with Care program within their communities. Dianna Meseyton-Neufeld, Healthy Living Facilitator with Public Health-Healthy Living said the program will be an asset to the region. “We heard from communities and our Flourishing Communities Advisory Group that there was a lack of mental health resources, training and skill development for this ‘younger age’ group,” said Meseyton-Neufeld. “The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority was offering this program which was showing good results, so we decided to organize training in our region.” The Handle with Care Program gives parents and caregivers of preschool children tools and training to gives them the tools to be the ones that start healthy patterns of relating to other people and build a feeling of security because it decreases the likelihood for issues later on in life. Research shows that increasing numbers of children report feelings of anxiety, making it important to help very young children develop the skills they need to build confidence, trust and strong, safe relationships. The program builds on community and parents’ strengths by focusing on four core areas that are important to building and promoting mental health in young children, including building trust and attachment, building and enhancing self-esteem, expressing emotions and relationships with others.


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Steinbach Man Gets 18 Months for Child Porn A Steinbach man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail after being sentenced for possessing child pornography. Wilmar Kehler was charged after a roommate alerted police that he was in possession of hundreds of child pornographic images on a computer. Steinbach RCMP investigated and found over 2,000 unique images on a computer. The images, which included children as young as six months up to 15 years old appeared to have been downloaded from the internet. Kehler will serve his sentence at the Headingly Correctional Centre where he is expected to receive treatment through the facility. Upon release, he will have two years probation, and be placed on the sexual offense registry. He is also not allowed to be around children and the internet for 10 years.

City Cautions Residents About Door-to-Door Sales

The best cowboys and cowgirls in the province came out to show off their stuff during the Heartland Rodeo Finals in Grunthal on September 15 and 16. Photo by Marianne Curtis

Over the weekend of September 15 and 16, the community of Grunthal played host to the Heartland Rodeo Finals. The two day event brought the seasons top rodeo competitors in Man-

itoba to the region to be named the best of the year. Heartland Rodeo President Rod Gladue congratulated all the participants and the final winners.

“This has been a great year for Heartland Rodeo and I truly believe it’s only going to get better,” said Gladue. Continued on Page 15...

The City of Steinbach has issued a warning to area residents after a rash of complaints about people going door-to-door claiming to be city employees, in some cases gaining entry into their homes. According to a recent notice sent out by the City, employees rarely require entrance into homes. “In those instances where entrance is required, our employees will have a city vehicle, wear a high visibility (fluorescent coloured) vest, and have a city identification card,” stated the public notice. If residents are in doubt about someone at their door, they are encouraged to request the employee’s name, department and purpose of visit and contact City Hall. “Our employees will be happy to wait outside of your home until verification is complete,” the notice assured. If confronted with a similar situation, the number to call is 204-326-9877.


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Fall Home Improvement Tips Small Makeovers, Big Style Impact

The right window coverings can add value, style and ambiance to your main living area.

Sometimes you want to create a major change in your home, but don’t want to shell out for an expensive renovation. Fortunately, you can use these tips to makeover any space. Kitchen: Instantly make this room look sophisticated and transformed with a new backsplash. Since it’s a relatively small surface area, you can splurge on more luxurious tiles to create the aesthetic of your dreams, whether it’s sleek and modern or rustic and country. Finish off the room by swapping out cabinet hardware for a fresh and polished look. Living room: The right window coverings can add value, style and

ambiance to your main living area. Frame the space with custom-designed window treatments that let you choose the perfect fabric, size and style, whether you have patio or sliding glass doors or a bay window. Custom shades offer both natural light and privacy, as well as energy efficiency and smart-home operating systems that move the shades automatically to their perfect positions throughout the day. Bedroom: Switching up the bed linens can have a major effect on the mood in your bedroom, whether you want to go for chic and cheerful or eclectic and bohemian. Just be careful not to be too matchy-matchy with your comforter, sheets and pillows

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— it screams bed in a bag, which lacks style and personality. Instead, add your own flair with a variety of colours and patterns for space that is unique to you. Bathroom: It’s wise to keep plumbing where it is, as moving the location of your sink or tub can be a pricey move that isn’t worth the expense. For a more affordable makeover, focus on decorative elements that can give you that home-spa feel. Add a bold frame to the vanity mirror and invest in open storage shelves. Store personal items in drawers or textured baskets, and line shelves with plush towels, candles and live greenery for a lush, comforting ambience.

Save Yourself Electrical Issues this Fall As summer transitions to fall, it’s time for you to make some changes too. Follow these electrical safety tips to stay safe this fall: - Store warm weather tools, such as lawn mowers and trimmers and drain the fuel if they aren’t electric. - Check cold weather tools, such as leaf or snow blowers for unusual wear and tear, especially on power cords. Replace worn parts before using. Apply the same check to all other outdoor electrical wiring and cords. - Use only weatherproof electrical

devices for outside activities. - Sweep dry leaves away from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords to eliminate fire risks. - Test your smoke and CO detectors. - Install a surge suppressor. It will reduce the chance of having your electronics damaged in the result of a power surge. It’s also important to do a few things to keep your furnace running all winter long. - Have a qualified heating contractor check your furnace and venting system. - During furnace maintenance, or after

home renovations, vacuum the registers and ducts to keep air moving freely. - Continue to clean the furnace’s air filter during the winter. A clean air filter will maintain the furnace’s max efficiency and extend its life expectancy. If you have an old furnace and you are planning on staying in your house for a few years, it might be worth buying a new one before it fails. A new furnace is safer, more reliable and its increased energy efficiency can pay for itself in the long run. Contact Manitoba Hydro for more information or visit hydro.mb.ca.


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Housing Coop Slated for Lorette

The Lorette Knights of Columbus are excited about a new 41 unit apartment complex proposed for Lorette.

The community of Lorette will soon have more housing options as the Taché Seniors Non-Profit Housing Cooperative Inc. moves forward with the construction of a new three story, 41 unit 55-plus housing complex. The new housing complex known as Rendez-Vous Estates, which is slated for construction by Taché Seniors Non-Profit Housing Cooperative will be located on 2 acres of land behind the former RM of Tache building, close to the Seine River said Leo Desmarais a Director from Taché Seniors Non-Profit Housing Cooperative Inc. The non-profit project is estimated to cost $13.5 million, which includes purchasing the land from the RM of Tache

for $458,300, and $10.6 million for actual construction. The balance covers, soft costs, contingency and loan interest. The money will be raised through membership shares ($4.5 million), grants, donations and an $8.6 million mortgage. The proposed three story housing complex will consist of 41 suites within a 55+ community. Available suites are either one or two-bedroom and are available in a various sizes to accommodate a tenant’s budget. All suites will have walk-in closets and storage, private balcony, and in-suite washer and dryer. Two Bedroom suites offer oversized bathrooms with large tub and walk-in shower. As a housing coop, members have a

Several Firearms Stolen On the evening of August 23 Steinbach RCMP were dispatched to a break and enter to a residence in the La Broquerie area where several firearms were stolen. No one was seen in the area during the time of the incident. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers. com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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vote in decisions about their housing and there is no outside landlord. The benefits of living in a housing coop include contribution to the governance of the coop, members are part of a community where neighbors look out for one another, housing can stay affordable because it is run on a non-profit basis and never resold. For a cost of $110,000, members can buy a one-time 100% fully refundable Membership Share to live in RendezVous Estates. Members will pay monthly fees, only enough to cover operational costs, repairs, and reserves; making it more affordable than average private sector rental costs. Upon departure, a member receives their membership share back with no interest.

Steinbach RCMP Respond to Indecent Act On September 13 at approximately 4:40 pm, officers from the Steinbach Detachment received a report of a male exposing himself to a group of children in the community of Mitchell. Officers attended the area, ensured the children were safe, and made patrols in an effort to locate the suspect. Although the suspect was not located in the area, the description of the man led officers to a residence in Mitchell. 27-year-old Tylor Jansen-Vandoorn, from Mitchell, was arrested and charged with committing an Indecent Act and was remanded into custody. If you have any info in regards to this incident or any other unsolved crime, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452, CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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Heartland Rodeo Finals continued..

“Congratulations to everyone that made the finals and congratulations to the members, contractors and host committees on a great year.” This year’s event was made special with two small changes. On Saturday, crews wore black and white in memory of Al Brown of Midnight Rodeo Company, who was a founding member. Then on Sunday, teams were “Tough enough to wear Pink” to show support for those affected by cancer. Proceeds from the 50/50 draw were also donated to help support those fighting cancer. At the end of the weekend competition, a total of $15,604 in cash prizes was presented to the winners with the highest payout going to first place. The first place winners included Leighton Dyck (bareback); Anthony Potvin (saddle bronc); Ory Brown (tie down roping); Hanna Kristjanson (goat tying); Stephanie Colli (Breakaway Roping); Janelle Darragh (junior barrels); Kalbry Pearson (ladies barrels); Dane Pearson (steer wrestling); Ed Loewen and Carl Brandt (team roping) and Karson Turel (bull riding). Part of the event included the election of a new board of directors. The Heartland Rodeo Association was created in 1995 to promote and continue the sport of rodeo in Manitoba, with the entire family in mind. The organization was built upon family oriented weekends, giving contestants of all ages the opportunity to compete in rodeo events. Today, it is still a strong and growing association, hosting rodeos throughout the year in various locations within the province. Competitors strive towards achieving the highest number of points in each of the 9 major and 2 minor events throughout the rodeo season. To end each season, the Heartland Rodeo Association holds a finals weekend, where the top qualifiers compete for a chance to win awards.


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Niverville Colour Run Supports Save a Dog Network On September 15, Hespeler Park in Niverville went to the dogs when the second annual Niverville Colour Run fundraiser took place in the community. The exciting and colourful event was an opportunity for supporters to get out and be active with their four legged friends, while raising money to Save A Dog Network Canada, one of the province’s largest rescue organizations. “We had an absolute blast at our colour run; what a beautiful day, surrounded by dedicated people wanting change for these unwanted and injured dogs,” stated a spokesperson. “Next year this will be a huge event and we cannot wait already.” Funds raised by participants of the This group of participants are ready to head out on the Niverville Photos by Save the Dog Network. 5 km colour run are slated to cover Colour Run fundraiser. costs associated with the rescue, including veterinary care for animals that come into their care. Event organizers want to thank the many people who helped make the event a success, including the participants, volunteers and a vast list of businesses such as Blue Grass Sod, Mr. Richards and the Niverville Credit Union. Founded in 2013, the Save A Dog Network Canada networks with approximately 30 First Nations communities, Shelters and Rescues. The volunteer run, nonprofit organization is dedicated to changing the lives of unwanted, abused and injured dogs in Canada. They provide assistance to northern communities by removing injured and unwanted dogs, while providing educa- One of the sponsored signs the running participants could see along the route. tion and resources to members of the community.

A “Fuel” Good Story

The generous support of the Clearview Co-op community will be a significant contribution to the programs and services in the Eden East area.

Clearview Co-op recently handed over a cheque of $9,428.05 to Eden Foundation on Friday September 28. The ‘Fuel Good Day’ was just ten days earlier, on September 18 when 5 cents of every litre that was pumped during the day was given to a local charity. Clearview Co-op chose to support the work of Eden Health Care Services that is provided in the Eastman region. Eden Health Care Services is a service provider to those who are on a mental health journey. In the Eden East region services provided directly are employment assistance to those eligible but still facing challenges and barriers in their job search, housing at Penfeld Court and Wilson Courts and counselling services through Recovery of Hope. The office at 21 Loewen Blvd. also houses the Wellness Library with a large selection of books and resources that focus predominantly on matters of mental health. This lending library is available to everyone. Eden Health Care Services also works in collaboration with The Crisis Stabilization Unit and Bethesda Hospital where more intensive case management is involved. The support of the community during Clearview Co-op Fuel Good Day is a welcome sign that mental health is being recognized as an important part of good overall health and it is rewarding to know that Eden Health Care Services is viewed as an important contributor and partner.


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Steinbach’s Burger Week Names its First “Steinburger” Award Southern Manitoba burger lovers proved they were up for the challenge after eating 3,200 burgers during Steinbach’s inaugural Burger Week. From September 8 to 14, burger lovers were invited to sample each of the specialty offerings created by a dozen local restaurants. At the end of the week, an average of 265 of the tastiest burger combinations was served, per restaurant. Ben Dueck, Steinbach Chamber Executive Director is excited by the results of the event. “What an amazingly successful first-ever Steinbach Burger Week! A huge The Maple Waffle Burger was named the inaugural winner of the “Steinburger” by the Judges of this year’s Burger Week being a huge hit with taste testers.

Falk Continues Work on Employment Ted Falk, MP for Provencher, took time to meet with the new Conservative Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour on Parliament Hill. Earlier this month, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer appointed Barlow to the employment portfolio. Barlow replaces MP Steven Blaney who has moved over to Canadian Heritage, Official Languages and La Francophonie. Last September, Scheer asked Falk to serve as Deputy Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. “I look forward to working with John as we continue to hold the Liberal government to account on behalf of Canadian workers,” said Falk. Falk also expressed his appreciation for Blaney. “I want MP Ted Falk with John Barlow, the new to thank Steven for his work on this file over the past year. Shadow Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. He will serve Canadians equally well in his new role.”

RCMP Looking to Bench Bat Thief On August 24 Steinbach RCMP received a report of theft from Source for Sports. A male entered the business and spoke with employees stating he was just looking. While employees were busy with other customers, the male took 4 bats and left out the front door without paying. Security footage caught the male entering and leaving the business. RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the male. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

thank-you to our 12 participating restaurants and to our local community for supporting this event by eating, rating, encouraging, and promoting!” said Dueck. Out of the dozen entries, the public selected their top three favourite burgers. The winner for the Best Tasting

Burger was the Salisbury House with their Sal’s Waffle Nip. The Most Creative Burger went to The Bomb created by New B’s Café. The coveted Judges Choice “Steinburger” was awarded to the Frantz Inn / R’bistro for their Maple Waffle Burger.


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Strength in Serving Not in Demanding The problem with our society today is that everyone wants the right to do whatever they think is right in their own eyes. People criticize those that submit to authority as weak and feeble minded. Let me suggest to you that it takes a lot stronger person with good character to submit and serve, than it does to rebel and demand your own way. There is an example of a donkey in the Bible that we can all learn from. Are you as smart as a donkey? In Luke 19, Christ rides into Jerusalem on a donkey. This young donkey had never been ridden before, but he made himself available for God to use him. He refused to let his family, friends, other jobs or hobbies keep him from doing what God wanted him to do. In verse 33 it says he was loosed so Christ could ride on him. One of the disciples untied him. To serve God properly, we must all be loosed from the bondage of sin. This only happens when we acknowledge and confess our sins to God and ask Him to forgive us and save us through the blood of Jesus Christ that he shed for us at Calvary 2000 years ago. Then don’t let the cares of this world tie you up. I Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him (God); for he careth for you.” Then this donkey was controlled. Even though he had never been ridden before, he never bucked or balked. He obeyed Christ and did everything he was asked to do, without complaining. This goes against a donkey’s nature. They are usually stubborn and refuse to obey. But in serving God, there is no place for pride. When this donkey walked down the streets of Jerusalem, he showed his humility. Jesus Christ was on his back and everyone along the streets was giving honour and glory to Christ. The donkey was never honoured once, yet he was the one that people saw doing the work. If we will let God use us, like Christ used this donkey, then Christ will be honoured, uplifted and His work will get done. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, are you as smart as a donkey? Are you available, loosed, controllable and humble to do God’s work behind the scene quietly, obediently and efficiently so that God is honoured and glorified? God is still looking for that kind of servant today. He will give you the strength and ability. All He’s asking for is your availability. If you aren’t a believer, then trust Christ as your Saviour today and let Him begin to use you, so He can be honoured and glorified through you. God bless you as you let God use you as He sees fit.

Minimum Wage: $15/hour? Manitoba’s minimum wage increased from $11.15 to $11.35 per hour effective October 1 2018. What if minimum wage was to increase to $15.00 per hour? I normally don’t provide too much of an opinion (publicly), but this is one issue I think I do need to debate. Ontario and Alberta have plans to increase their minimum wage to $15/hour in the near future. So what are the benefits to increasing the minimum wage to an arbitrary $15 per hour? I believe the positives outweigh the negatives. First, if you ask most small businesses what their number one challenge is, it is they need more customers walking through their doors buying their goods and services. If there are more people at the lower end of the pay scale making a bit more money, they will spend it. Higher wage people who make more money just tend to save it. In the Town of Ste Anne where I live near and have my office located in, we have seen rapid growth of multi-family dwellings in the past few years. There are more apart-

ments, more condos, more townhomes and more three- and fourplexes. This has been good for our community. One resident recently shared with me that he would have liked to see more single family homes coming to town. I explained that as a small business, we like to see many low cost multi-family units as it brings in many more “customers” to town. And these residents may be less likely to be travelling to Winnipeg daily to work and shop, so it is better for the small businesses in town. If we have six families living in the equivalent of one larger single family home lot, that is five more families that need the goods and services of the Town of Ste Anne. And if everyone making minimum wage or close to minimum wage is earning more, they will spend almost all of the increased cash flow. Good for businesses. Now isn’t it these small businesses that also employ the low wage earners? Yes, but it is also the big multinational companies like big retailers and fast food chains that employee lots of minimum wage earners and most of them are part time jobs. And

these companies make lots of profit partly because of the low wages they pay their employees. Time to shift some of this profit to the lower income employees. Is this Liberal or NDP thinking? Maybe, but I don’t think so. I am a conservative leaning individual, but I consider myself a “soft” conservative: I believe in less government, but I also believe in human beings and dignity. I think that many costly government problems (poverty, poor health, crime) could be partially solved by having the lower income individuals earning just a bit more. I have been somewhat influenced in the past few years by reading more and seeing first-hand the success of the “Nordic countries”: Denmark (where I have visited several times in the past 10 years because of family ties), Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. Normally these countries rank in the top “happiest” people in the world. Part of the reason is the high minimum wage, fewer hours worked, and taxpayer supported programs (health and child care). Are these people highly taxed? Yes,

but they recognize the benefits of higher income for all. They have a very large middle class; fewer lower income and fewer higher income than Canada. I don’t consider increasing the minimum wage to a “living” wage; I consider it a dignified wage. The ability to participate more fully in our economy. So if minimum wage increases to $15/hour don’t I have to pay my employees (who are paid more than minimum wage) more? Yes, but I believe my higher expenses will be offset by more revenue from more clients who can afford to pay for my services. I believe higher minimum wage may eventually reduce the size of government as there may be less government services needed if there is more money in the pockets of the lower income earners. More income to pay for prescriptions they cannot afford, more income to pay for better quality food. More cash to help keep them healthier.

Tell me what you think… and let your provincial elected officials know if you believe in a higher minimum wage; this isn’t a conservative vs liberal vs NDP idea. It’s dignity idea. On another note, a reminder that we will still have two more Death Cafés in October and two more in November, and possibly two more in January. What is a Death Café? The short definition at DeathCafe.com is: “At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink coffee or tea (or wine?), and discuss death. The objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” One of our recent participants said “everyone should attend a Death Café; so many questions I didn’t know I had; so much good information in a comfortable environment.” If you would like to be on our contact list, let us know. Anni Markmann is a personal income tax professional, a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging, and a Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact us at 204.422.6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or Info@ SteAnneTaxService.ca.


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St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP Search for Missing Man On August 29 at 8:15 pm, the St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP received a report of a missing 29-year-old male. William Pachniowski was last seen at his father’s residence in the RM of Stuartburn on September 12. Pachniowski is described as 5’9”, 175 pounds, with hazel colored eyes, and brown hair. The RCMP are concerned for his well-being and are asking anyone with information to call the St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP at 204-433-7433, or call 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).

William Pachnioski

RCMP Respond to Firearms Call In the afternoon of September 15 Steinbach RCMP were dispatched to 3 adult males outside a residence in Mitchell with hand guns. Members from Steinbach Detachment and Steinbach Traffic Services quickly responded to the call and located 2 men outside with black handguns and 1 inside a vehicle. Each male was safely arrested and upon investigation RCMP determined the handguns to be BB guns. The men were released and warned in regards to firearms safety. The RCMP reminds everyone to always be mindful when using BB guns that they can be perceived as real firearms to the public and police if used in an improper manner such as when carrying concealed, used for intimidation or impersonation of a real firearm.

Colossians 3:1-2… (1) Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. (2) Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Sounds kind of pleasurable. It has that calming effect about it, not at all like the hurried stuff we see in the world today. We should try it! Sit back and let heaven fill our thoughts – our reflections – our meditations. Watch the stars on a clear night. Allow our thoughts to run among the stars and imagine for a moment we could be up there, beholding the wondrous beauty of God’s creative power. Wow! But wait a minute, you and I are still here living on planet earth and in a physical world at that. However, I do think that God has given us enough information in the Bible allowing us some liberty to stretch our minds and do some thinking outside this world of ours… Look at these verses one more time! As Christians, we sometimes forget the fact that Jesus said He was preparing a home in heaven for us or as we say, “that mansion in the sky.” Yes! It is natural for you and me to think about things down here on earth because this is where we live, breath, eat and sleep. But we have the right to think about heavenly things as well, and I think Christ has given us a special insight into that powerful creative work of God and into that, which is still waiting for us. However, would you agree that we should never be satisfied with our Christian walk when it is not going anywhere? We know that the Bible is always the place to go when we want to grow in Christ. It teaches us that we are identified with Christ when we accept Jesus Christ into our heart. We believe that Christ died as our substitute. And when Christ rose from the dead, we can say that we have been raised to a new life, a life that has been set free from the penalty of sin, and the power to have the victory over sin. Yes! We also know, and we realize that we still have a sin nature. There are times we find ourselves committing sin, we do not wish to commit sin, but we do. The answer to our setback is our identification with Christ. Christ is more than just our associate and partner; He is the one who walks alongside us, like the footprints in the sand story that most of us remember. Someday soon - and I believe it is soon – you and I will hear the trumpet blast. It will happen in a flash. The Bible teaches (1 Corinthians 15:51-54) that it will happen in a moment, in the twinkle of an eye. There will be a trumpet call from the sky and all the Christians who have died will suddenly become alive with new bodies that will never ever again die. But then, those who are still alive shall suddenly be changed, and they too shall have new bodies. These earthly bodies of ours, these bodies that grow old and sick and die must be exchanged for new heavenly bodies that can never die, but will live forever… I hope we all desire – and yearn to be part of this group? But for now, it means we set our mind and heart on the things, which are above, on heavenly things, and not so much on the things of this world. We also take special care to remember that which Christ has done for us. That means we judge everything in the light of the Cross never forgetting that Christ died for us to set us free from the judgment to come. Because of our new life in Christ, we now look at this world’s wealth, ambitions, and activities for what they are. Yes! Many of the things we do are necessary, however, we know we can look beyond our little tiny world around us and see what is waiting for us in heaven. We are part of God’s family, we identify with him, and He identifies with us. And as such, He includes us in His life, and we shall take part in His final victory. He loves us so much. He has made a place for us, and our victory is sure. To God be the glory, great things He has done. Would you pray this prayer with me? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have the peace in my heart that I yearn for. I want that peace, joy and happiness that fulfills my heart’s desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honour Your Name. Amen”


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C ommunity E vents Dugald Mixed Doubles Curling League - On Tuesday Nights at 9:15 pm or Sundays at 1 pm at the Springfield Curling Club. Format will be regular Canadian Guidelines. Cost $130 per person for a minimum 20 eight end games. Contact Cam Magura at 204-771-0029, ckmagura@gmail.com.

Lego Club - On Thursday, October 25 from 6:30 -7:30 pm at the Tache Library. Join us to build, create and explore! Dropin, no registration.

Prairie Voices Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Springfield Library.

Vendors & Local Crafters Wanted - We’re looking for vendors, especially local crafters to rent table(s) for the Community Christmas Market on Saturday, December 1 at the College Lorette Collegiate. Contact yvonneromaniuk@gmail.com or 204-878-2857.

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.

Game Night – First Wednesday, of the month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Tache Library, 1082 Dawson Rd for ages 13 and up. Join us for monthly board game nights, cards, chess, Crib, Settlers of Catan and many more! Feel free to bring your own.

Friedensfeld Country and Western Dance – On Saturday, October 6 at 8 pm. Music by “D” Good Ole Boys at the Community Centre. Ticket $10. Silent Auction and Lunch served. No alcohol. Contact Bill Dueck 204-346-2445 or karendueck1333@ gmail.com.

Junior Youth – Every Wednesday from 7 - 8:45 pm at Seine River Church, 1464 Dawson Rd (east of rink) for ages 9 - 12. Free. No registration required. Non-denominational. Contact lorettejryouth@gmail.com, 204-260-9304.

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 Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 14 from 3:30 - 7 pm at the TransCanada Centre. IDC Seniors Group at Trans Canada Centre. Free Programs: Indoor walking–Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 9– 10 am. Yoga - Mondays from 10 – 11 am and Thursdays from 11 am – 12 pm. Pickleball - Wednesdays and Sundays from 1 -3 pm. Water Colours - Thursdays from 9 – 11 am. Taekwondo – On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Ecole Ile Des Chene School. Cost $40/month, family rates available. Contact Kangs.mb.ca, Master Bill Tam 204296-8217. Story Time in Pyjamas - Every Thursday evening at the Ritchot Library Ecole Regional Gabrielle-Roy at 6:30 pm. Ages 2-8 however all ages are welcome. Our Lady of the Roses Prayer Group – Meets on the first Saturday of every month, at 6:30 pm to recite the Rosary and learn about Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers and receive Blessed Rose Petals and other Sacramentals from Blessed Mother’s place of miracles. Contact Corinna 204878-4908 or email her at corinnaswetz@hotmail.com for more info and register. Kleefeld Community Playgroup - For parents, caregivers and children up to age 5. Activities include time for playing, stories, songs and snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Kleefeld Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 204-377-5013. La Broquerie Seine River Services for Seniors- Health Centre/Centre de Santé from Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Contact Community Resource Coordinator Juliette Rowan, 204-424-5285 or labseinerss@gmail.com. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Lorette Fall Supper – On Thanksgiving Sunday, October 7 from noon – 6 pm at the Parish Hall, 1282 Dawson Rd. All are welcome. Tickets at the door. Cost ages under 4 free; 5 - 12 $5 and over 13 $15. Community Christmas Market - On Saturday, December 1, from 10 am - 3 pm, at Collège Lorette Collegiate, 1082 Dawson Rd. For more details and table rental contact yvonneromaniuk@gmail.com or 204-878-2857. Seniors & Persons with Special Needs - Mondays and Thursdays from 9 am - 3 pm at the Club les Bles D’Or, 1254 Dawson Rd. A user Fee determined by Government of Manitoba. Meet new friends over activities for seniors in physical fitness, mobility, cultural enrichment, memory stimulation, games and health. A homecare assessment completed by a Case Coordinator from the Steinbach Service to Senior’s Board. After you are recommended, the coordinator will contact you for transport arrangements. Contact Maureen LeDressay, Program coordinator at 204- 878-2682. Leaf Art Craft - On Saturday, October 6 from 10:30 am – 1 pm at the Tache Library. Register at the library.

Chase the Ace Lottery – On Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm., draw at 8:45 pm at Dawson Trail Motor Inn Bar. Come, support this very much needed complex, at the same time have the chance to chose the Ace of Spade, and win the grand prize jackpot. Hosted by the Community Complex Fundraising Committee. New Horizons Seniors - Play cards, Scrabble and more. Drop in Tuesdays 1 - 5 pm at Foyer Notre Dame Lorette, 12 St. Amant Ave. Contact Iris 204-878-3552. Niverville GriefShare - If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one we wish to help, you get support and learn about the grieving process. Contact 204-381-1155 to register or go to Nivervillegriefshare.com. Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62-4th Avenue S.) Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com. Middlebro Fall Supper – On Saturday, October 6 at the Hall. New Bothwell Fall Supper – On Sunday, November 4 at the Bothwell Christian Fellowship. Paradise Village Paradise Squares Dance Club - On Tuesdays from 7 – 9:30 pm at the Paradise Village Rec. Hall. Modern Square Dancing is fun and a great social activity. Couples and singles are welcome. Contact Larry 204-422-5424. Pinawa Whiteshell Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 11:30 am at Whiteshell Laboratories, 1 Ara Mooradian Way. Sign-in required. Piney Fall Supper – On Saturday, October 20 from 4 – 6 pm at the community hall. 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 Prairie Attic Annual Christmas Market – On Saturday, November 3 from 10 am - 3 pm at the Neufeld Garage. Beautifully handcrafted gifts for that someone special, farmhouse décor and repurposed items to jewellery. Specialty soaps, infused oils and cozy knits. Grab some delicious soup or treats over coffee in Aunt Jessie’s café. Cost $2 entry at the door and 6 and under free. 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 6 from 5:30 -8 pm at the Hall. 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. St. Adolphe Parish Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 14 from 4 – 7 pm at the Pioneer Hall. Turkey with all the trimmings, meatballs and gravy, veggies, salads coleslaws, beverages and a variety of desserts. Cost Adults $14, Children 6 - 12 yrs $6, Children under 5 free. Take-out meals $15 pick-up time at 4:30 pm. No reservations! Tickets are only sold at the door! Contact Monica 204-299-9396 or Roger 204-688-3057. Curling Club - Start date for all leagues is October. No experience is necessary! Men’s Tuesday Night at 7 pm and 9:15 pm. Women’s Wednesday Night at 7 pm and 9:15 pm, cost $850/ team or Mixed Friday Night cost $750/team at 7 pm and 9:15 pm. Junior League cost $110/person, Saturday mornings, 10:30 am from mid-October - mid-February. Junior Learn-to-Curl cost $80/person, Saturday mornings, 9:30 am, mid-October - mid-February, 12 sessions. Adult Learn-to-Curl League cost $75/person, Thursday evenings, at 7 pm mid October - December). Contact curlstadolphe@gmail.com. Find your Flow Yoga – On Thursday’s until November 15 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the multipurpose room at the school. 8-weeks - Cost $80 or $12 drop in fee. Pre- registration preferred. The style is Vinyasa flow. Come prepared with a mat and water bottle. If you own yoga props please bring them. Email Aleah at info@lowkeyyogi.com to register. Emergency Preparedness Ritchot Senior Services - On Tuesday October 16 at 1 pm at 457 Main St. with the Canadian Red Cross guest speaker on emergency preparedness including safe winter driving. Call ahead to reserve a seat. Election Time Ritchot Senior Services - On Tuesday October 9 at 1 pm at 457 Main St. with guests Ron Mamchuk and Keith Pearce. Call ahead to reserve a seat. Municipal voting is at Club Amical 344 Main St. open for voting on Wednesday October 24 between 8 am and 8 pm for Ward 2. Foot Care Clinics Ritchot Senior Services – On Tuesday October 30 at 457 Main St. Keep your feet feeling healthy with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse By appointment only call Janice 204-883-2880. Mood Disorders Meeting: Every month, next meeting on Thursday, October 25 at 2:30 pm at 457 Main St. with Tara Brousseau, Executive Director for a support group, with topics on depression, bipolar, recovery, shame, resilience, mindfulness, meditation, coping and self soothing skills, interrelationship skills, seniors’ issues, distress tolerance and peer to peer support. All ages are welcome. Quilting & Knitting - On Wednesdays October 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 9:30 - 11:30 am at 457 Main St. Join us to create touch quilts for the Alzheimer society. Also knitting hats and scarves for the Kindred Project which will distribute them to women in shelters. Old Tyme Dance – On Saturday, October 13 from 7 – 11 pm at the Pioneer Hall, 345 Hebert Rd. Music by Jerry St. Laurent. Admission $15 lunch included. Call to reserve tickets Rae 204-883-2440 or Denise 204-883-2429. 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. St. Malo Fall Supper – On Sunday, November 4 from 5 - 7 pm at the Chalet Malouin. Cost Adults $15, Children 7 - 12 $8, under 6 free. There will be a silent auction and 50/50 draw at 7 pm. Chase the Ace – Every Thursday from 8 - 10 pm at the St Malo Hotel. Starting pot is $3,000. All profits to the Fire Hall and Arena. Do you want to learn how to dance? Arts for the Beautiful Mind, a non-profit arts organization in St. Malo that deals with productions and art workshops for Special Needs and Others is working cooperatively with Down by the River Productions for the dance workshops in St. Malo on Sunday, November 4, 2018 in the Iberville Hall (St. Malo Church basement). Workshops with dance instructor Alix Babiak take place starting 1-1:50 PM for ages 7 to 8; 2-2:30 PM is a Special needs workshop for ages 7-17; 2:45-3:30 PM for ages 9-12 and 4-5 PM for ages 13-17. Past Students from EPIC/SMILE

Of St. Malo Inc. may join the Teen Workshop from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 PM. Costs are $25 per workshop. For more information or to pre-register, call 204-347-5827 or arrive early for the workshop you wish to attend. St. Pierre-Jolys Army Cadets – Every Thursday until June 2019 from 6:30 - 9 pm at the community hall, 555 Hebert Ave. Join now the 3234-Manitoba Horse RCACC Army Cadets. Are you looking for fun, adventure and want to meet new friends? Leadership, citizenship, community service, sports, orienteering, canoeing, marksmanship, drill, band and more. For all youth aged 12 - 19. Enrollment is Free, No deadline to register. Contact Capt Roxanne Maynard, Commanding Officer 204-324-4034, roxanne.maynard@cadets.gc.ca. Stay and Play Group – Every Monday from 9:30 – 11:30 am at YFC Cinema. Snacks, coffee served, and childcare available. The Knights of Columbus - The St-Pierre Carillon Council – On the first Thursday of the month at 482 Jolys Ave. W. Contact 204-433-7633. Ste. Agathe Adult French Classes - Until May 2019 at the school. One evening per week on Monday or Tuesday, 2 classes each evening; first class from 6 -7:30 pm, second from 7:30 – 9 pm. Groups are determined based on French communication skills. No registration cost, just a $15 - 2 year membership to Pluri-Elles, a literacy advocacy organization in Winnipeg. Instructor is Guy Gagnon with over 35 years as a French teacher in francophone high schools. To register for 2018 email sugagnon@mymts.net. Everyone welcome. Seniors Group Card Games – On Tuesdays from 1:30 - 4:30 pm at the Community Centre, 183 Pembina Trail. Cost Membership $10 a year. Bring a friend Day. Contact 204-8822180. Taekwondo - Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15 - 7:30 pm at Ecole Sainte Agathe hosted by Kang’s Taekwondo Academy. Cost $40/month. Family rates available. Contact Jason Barnabe, jason.barnabe@gmail.com or 204-802-3458. Ste. Anne Agape House Vendor Event – On Friday, October 12 at 5 pm at Ste Anne Immersion School Gym, 167 St. Alphonse Ave. Get your shopping list ready and support our local vendors and a 50/50 draw. All table rental proceeds go to Agape House. Contact Christy Seniuk 204-392-2969 or seniuk2002@ shaw.ca. Meat Pie Sale Fundraiser - For Seine River Services for Seniors. Order a 1/2 pork and 1/2 beef traditional recipe. Cost 9 inch for $12 - 6 inch for $6. Deadline to order Thursday, November 1. Contact: Juliette Rowan 204-424-5285. Seine River Services for Seniors – Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Contact Juliette Rowan at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or e-mail labseinerss@gmail.com. Ste. Geneviève Library Night – On 2nd Tuesday every month, at the Community Centre from 6:30 - 8 pm. Large selection of books in both French and English, for children and adults. Special requests can be made to the librarian, e-mail btl@srsd.ca or 204-878-9488 or in person. Come for a visit and see what we are all about. Steinbach Steinbach & Area Garden Club - On Monday, October 15 at 7 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. “Designing the New Perennial Garden” with Lynsey Sable. Learn about the new perennialist wave that weaves our native plants into a novel garden design. Everyone welcome. Refreshments. Door prizes. Non-members $5. Visit sagardenclub.com. Annual Expressions Art Show – On Friday, October 5 at 7 pm the Opening Night Reception for to Recovery Through Creative Expressions in the Hall Gallery Steinbach Arts Council, 304 2nd St. with local artists, live entertainment, refreshments, free admission. Show runs until October 26. Contact Lim at 204-371-0824, eastmanmss@mymts.net. Minds in Motion Open House – Program runs Tuesdays, October 16 - December 4, from 9:30 - 11:30 am at Fernwood Place - 303 3rd St. Minds in Motion® is a 2-hour weekly program for 8 weeks for people living with early to moderate symptoms of dementia to attend with a family member or community friend. Includes physical activity, socialization and cognitive activities where participants will meet others who are living similar journeys Contact Kathy Diehl Cyr, Program Manager, 204-943-6622 ext. 203, 1-800-378-6699, alzheimer.mb.ca. Pirates of Penzance – Gilbert & Sullivan’s Play directed by David Klassen from Thursday, October 18 – Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 21 at 2 pm at the SRSS Theatre. Tickets Adult $18 and Students $12. Contact 204-346-1077.

RCMP D.A.R.E. Fundraiser Luncheon – On Tuesday October 23 from 11:30 am - 1 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village hosted by South Eastman Rotary Club annual Drug Abuse Resistance Education fundraising luncheon. Come see a presentation put on by students of the Hanover School Division and special guest speaker, Joanne Keeping, RCMP Superintendent. TAILS: Therapy Animals Involved in Literacy Skills - Sessions are 20 minutes every Tuesday after school for 10 weeks until November 27. Limited space available. Free, motivational, confidence building, low stress canine-assisted reading program for children who are experiencing difficulties with reading. Program partnership St. John Ambulance’s Animal Therapy Service Volunteers. Contact Madison Redekopp 204326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. The Art of Mennonite Clocks - An Exhibition of Mennonite Wall Clocks and Their Stories Spanning More Than Two Centuries. The joint exhibition showcases 33 clocks and their stories sponsored by the Mennonite Heritage Village and the Kroeger Clocks Heritage Foundation until April 2019 at the Mennonite Heritage Village, 231 PTH 12 North. Movie Night at the Library – Every 4 the Friday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library. We alternate between a family movie and a classic movie. Free admission and popcorn are included. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Madison Redekopp 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Breast Feeding Group – On Fridays at 10:30 am at the Steinbach Family Resource Centre for a support group, current information and a variety of presentations. Contact 204-3460413. Toddler & Me Story Hour - Classes offered three times a year for a 10-week session in Fall and Winter and a 5-week session in Spring. Classes are free. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, literacy and parenting tips, crafts and snack for parents and their children ages 1-3. Advanced In-person registration is required. Limited space available. Drop In Book Club – 2nd Tuesday every month at 7 pm in the Jake Epp Library. We’ll post the book for discussion that month and if you’d like to join us please stop by. If you want to start your own book club instead, you can always take advantage of our Book Club collections. No sign up required. Just read the book and come hang out. Knit-Wits Drop-In Club for Adults - Every 4th Monday of the month, from 6 – 9 pm at the Jake Epp Library. This is for anyone interested in fibre handcrafts such as knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, needlepoint etc. This is not a class but a casual knitting circle for all skill levels. Please bring your own items/supplies. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) – On Wednesdays, from 8:45 - 10:30 am at the Royal Canadian Legion. Cost $2/ week. A weight control support group that helps take off pounds sensibly and keep off pounds sensibly. Contact BettyLou Toews at 326-6397. Eastman Immigrant Services - Many events and activities to support and help you make new friends. Volunteer to help at our community events. Every Day English All Levels - Every Wednesday 1 – 3 pm. Reading & Writing – All Levels on Monday and Wednesday from 10 am – 12 pm. Pronunciation All Levels - On Monday and Wednesday from 7 – 9 pm at D4-284 Reimer Ave. Classes are free. Southeast Entry Program Online: Learn about Health Care, Employment and Laws. To register for this 4-week online program, contact Josie@eastmanis.com, 204-346-6609 or email lois@eastmanis.com. Eastman Safety Upcoming Programs - Located at 385 Loewen Blvd. Register online at eastmansafety.ca or contact 1-204371-1595. Creativi-Tea Time Adult Colouring Group - Twice monthly on the 2nd Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:30 pm and on the 2nd Friday from 1 - 3 pm at the Jake Epp Library. Cost Free. Join us for a time of relaxation, tea and colouring. Tea and supplies are provided but you are welcome to bring your own! Games Day & Games Night – Every 1st Saturday of the month from 12 – 5 pm and the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6 – 8:30 pm, at the Jake Epp Library. Come down to play strategy games. Bring a friend, your strategies and games. Test your skills and have fun. Ages 14 and up unless accompanied by an adult. Contact 204-326-6841, programs@ jakeepplibrary.com. Royal Canadian Legion - On 1st Tuesday every month until June at 8 pm and Ladies Auxiliary meets 1st Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Steinbach Legion Community Hall, 294 Lumber Ave. Steinbach Girl Guides - Every Tuesday at the United Church of Steinbach, 541 Main St. Registration for girls 5 - 17. Develop personal values and well-being, self-respect and respect for others; promote fun, friendship, adventure and challenges through new experiences; develop leadership and decision-making skills; give service to the community; value the natural environment. The Steinbach Rotary Club - meets every Monday at noon except when Monday falls on a long weekend at the Chicken


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Chef, 365 Main Street, visitors are welcome. Contact Cornie at 326-3155. Mental Health Information and Support sessions - for family and friends of people with mental health issues are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Eden East building, 21 Loewen Blvd. Contact Kim at 371-0824 or email eastmanmss@mts.net Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba individual and support groups - Meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 1:30 – 3 pm at The Eden East Office, 21 Loewen Blvd For persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. Steinbach and Area Lions Club - Meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Helping Hands. Contact Henry 204-392-7750 if you are interested in attending or joining. Carillon Toastmasters - Meetings open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Thursdays at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library 255 Elmdale St. Contact Sheryl at 204-326-7628 or Irene at 204-424-5737. Al-Anon Program – Meets on Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. Contact Lloyd 204326-4365. Al-Anon 12 Step Recovery Group - Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at United Church, 541 Main St, front door, ring doorbell. All are welcome. Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group starts at 4:30 pm at Steinbach Family Resource Centre B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 204-346-0413. Vassar Fall Supper – On Sunday, November 11 from 4 – 6 pm at the community hall. Vita Stand-Up Comedy Fundraiser – On Friday, October 26 at 7 pm featuring award winning Comedian and writer on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Dean Jenkinson at the Shevchenko School hosted by Vita & Area Winter Festival. Tickets are $15. Contact Lucie 204-712-5442, 204-371-0581, luciemaynard@xplornet.com. Woodridge The Mobile Clinic – Is onsite on the third Thursday of every month from 9 am – 4 pm at the Community Club. Contact for appointments 1-855-644-3515 or southernhealth.ca. Zhoda Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 21 from 4 – 6 pm at the community hall. Cost Adult $15, children (6 – 12) $7, under 6 free. Contact Denise 204-392-3714, dtysoski@ hotmail.com. General Free Monthly Bus Trips to the Casinos of Winnipeg- On Tuesday, October 9 join us for a fun filled day from 8:30 am - 7:15 pm. Begins at 8:30 am, pick-ups 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. Contact Marilyn at 204-326-4939 for information and reserve a seat. Please email us your events each month for inclusion at editor@dawsontrail.ca

RCMP Raid Residence Steinbach GIS in conjunction with Steinbach RCMP executed a CDSA Search Warrant on a residence on Reimer Avenue, in Steinbach on September 4. As a result of an Investigation, four people were arrested. One male is facing charges under the Criminal Code and the Control Drug Substances Act. The charges that he faces are for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Stolen Property Obtained by Crime. Methamphetamine was seized as well as multiple stolen items. Consequently three subjects have been released and the one male was remanded into custody to appear in Court. Names are not being released at this time due to ongoing investigation.

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Rewind that Moment

What would you do differently if you could rewind your life? How about rewind back for a day, what about five minutes? I’ve had this interesting thought brought to me by a game called, “Life is strange.” In the game, the character discovers that she has the ability to rewind her life by a few minutes at a time while keeping the knowledge that she gained in the future minutes. How could this be helpful? In a great many ways! One scene in the game, the character is talking to another girl and the girl is upset and unfriendly to the character and says that she doesn’t even know her last name. They even give you four options but without really knowing it I took a guess and got it wrong. It is at this point that she mentions what her last name is. I rewind a few minutes and tell her what her last name is and the girl becomes much friendlier and flattered that I actually know her so well. Another rewind moment in the game comes when a young man in anger throws a football to the ground which then bounces up and hits a nearby girl in the back of the head, hurting her quite badly. I rewind the time and ask the young girl to move and when she does, the football sails past and she is thankful that I “saved” her from harm. Now just think about all the times that having this ability could be as a wonderful skill to have! You’re having a good conversation when you accidentally blurt out something that you shouldn’t have and your friend gets upset. Just rewind and try again!

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How about the time that you had this really great meal and wish you could eat it all over again? While you could rewind time and do it again, I don’t think that it would be as good as before because you would already know that it is so good. Still, it might be fun to re-eat it. I think that one of the greatest ways in which this would be helpful is by helping a person to help themselves and others by dodging harmful situations. Imagine never being in a car accident again, never having stubbed your toe on the coffee table, never having to slip on the ice and throw your back out. There could be limitless ways in which such ability would be helpful. I would also like to say that having such ability would be chaotic if everyone had it. Two people bumping into each other might both reverse time and step to opposite sides of each other but what if one person rewound a little farther back than the other? Would there be a ghost image in one of their lives? Would there be a rip in the space-time continuum that would destroy life as we know it? Maybe it would continue to have a ripple effect and create alternate time lines? Ahhhhh!!! The pressure! Maybe it’s best if we don’t rewind the time that we are living. Maybe it would be best just to put down our cell phones and look at the world around us and enjoy the moments that we have. After all, you won’t get to rewind and do it again. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.


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Liquor Grab and Run Register now for Fall Programs! Try any class at no cost go online, call us or come into the SAC office to register. The Steinbach Arts Council is working on a great line-up of programs starting this fall, visit steinbachartscouncil.ca. Need assistance with programs? Check out our new Kreative Kids Sponsorship Program, with support from Ledingham GM. Call us at 204-346-1077 for more information. Backyard Theatre Company Wants YOU! - Build your confidence, ignite your creativity, and explore your imagination. Get involved with the community. Discover the process of preparing for a play, character building, practicing scripts and final stage production at the SRSS Theatre. Acting classes for ages 5 - 17. Advanced acting in the Young Company! Arts4Tots Preschool Program – Montessori-Infused Curriculum. Don’t miss out on your spot. Why are we unique? The most creative way to learn for ages 3 - 5 with specialists in dance, music, drama, and visual arts. Join Miss Pam and Miss Jen for a year full of creativity, arts, field trips, learning and more! On Mon/Wed or Tues/Thu, pm spots available. New! Homeschool Music Classes - Ages 5 - 12 for curriculum based music instruction taught by Gabriela Gallo. Contact scm@steinbachartscouncil.ca for details. Creative Wellness - Prop It Pilates, Lunch Time Pilates, Secrets to a Strong Back, Core Intermediate and Pilates on the Ball. New! B.O.S.S. Dance Academy - Introductory 12 week classes in Dance4Tots, Hip Hop. No fundraising, no costume fees – just try it out. Languages - Beginner German, French Beginner and Intermediate and Spanish Beginner and Intermediate. Visual Arts - Kids Art Adventures, Art X-travaganza, Teens Mixed Art, Pottery Passion, Cartoon Illustration and Adults Acrylic & Watercolor Painting and Intro to the Pottery Wheel. Aboriginal Arts - Mukluks, gauntlets, dream catchers, and bannock! Workshops - Wood Burning, Stained Glass, Resin Art, and more. Canvas & Cabernet Paint Nites - October 3 - Evergreen Evening Traditional and November 21 – Christmas Ornament Pouring (Makes great gifts!). Get your tickets now! From sophisticated to silly, there’s a show for you. Concerts - Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra - MB Hydro Holiday Tour, Manitoba Theatre Centre – Buying the Farm, Community Musical – The Pirates of Penzance, Casati – Musical Trio. Added Attractions: Turnip the Music! Concert – Sweet Water Creek & the Boy + the Sea, and a Fringed Family Day. Koncertz 4 Kidz! Series – Both Shows for $22 – PTE – Munschtopia and comedic duo James & Jamesy. New! SCU Koncertz 4 Kidz! Series - Two shows this year for families. The ever popular Robert Munsch Stories with Prairie Theatre Exchange, Munschtopia and James & Jamesy on Friday, April 5. Want Free pizza? Check out the Creative Youth Council! Stop in our info session on Tuesday, October 23 at 5 pm at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre, 304 Second St, Steinbach. Events for you, by you. Plan concerts; build business skills, experience marketing and sales….have Fun! Contact us at events@steinbachartscouncil.ca. New! Southeast Centre for Music - A Centre of Excellence. Call us if you want to study with some of the premiere teachers in the southeast. Violin – Peter Jo; Piano/Theory - Candace Hamm; Voice - Laurelle Froese, David Klassen; Piano – Jordan Martens; Cello – Natalie Dawes; Gabriela Gallo – Musical Theatre and home school classes. For teacher details email David Klassen, SCM Director at scm@steinbachartscouncil.ca. Hall Gallery Exhibits - 15th Annual Expressions – Recovery Through Creative Expression opening Night Friday, October 5 at 7 pm, running to October 26. Next Up: Dave Penner Hiatus from October 31, 2018 – January 3, 2019. Teachers celebrate creative learning! - Bring your class to our Out2Arts program. Workshops designed to work with your curriculum. Call Mandy to book your workshop. Opportunities for all grades, all curricula. Call 204-346-1077 for more details. View events and purchase tickets online steinbachartscouncil.ca.

On September 20 at 9:43 pm Steinbach RCMP responded to a panic alarm at the Manitoba Liquor Commission in Steinbach. Two individuals, male and female, were caught on video surveillance running out of the store with numerous bottles of liquor in hand. Both subjects were observed leaving in a silver 2003 Cadillac CTS4 with Manitoba Licence plate HVP 340. Police are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying the male and female involved in this incident. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Theft of Truck in Blumenort

On September 14 Steinbach RCMP received report of a stolen Red 2001 GMC Sierra, Manitoba plate FDG184 from a residence in Blumenort. The theft occurred while the owner was having lunch at his residence between noon and 1 pm. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Culprits Steal Meat and Tools

On August 24 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break and enter to a detached garage on Hanover Street in Steinbach. Home owners believe it occurred sometime between August 22 and August 24 over night. Culprits stole meat from the freezer, a welder, drill, 2 batteries and some screw drivers. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Tools Stolen from Canadian Tire On August 29 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft of tools that occurred at the Canadian Tire in Steinbach. A Caucasian male filled up with $200 worth of goods and ran off without paying. The suspect had dark hair and was wearing a grey sweater and dark pants. There were also 2 passengers in a vehicle who were described as blonde. RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the individual involved. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).


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Girls Got Gas

Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft of gas that occurred on August 23. Three females in a GMC pickup truck filled up with $94 worth of gas and drove off without paying. The driver had brown hair and a beige sweater on. The other two passengers were blonde, both wearing plaid shirts. RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals involved. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-3264452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Pat Porter Active Living Centre offers programs, activities, services and volunteer opportunities, striving to promote healthy and active living for mature adults of the southeast region. We invite you to come out (all ages are welcomed) and pay us a visit and consider participating in some of our programs and events. Visit our website at patporteralc.com. Memberships can be purchased for $30 per person.

Thieves Grab Jeep Investigation is continuing into a theft of a vehicle that occurred between 8:30 pm September 12 and 7 am and September 13 when unknown individual(s) stole a blue, Jeep Grand Cherokee, with Manitoba licence plate HVC 535 that was parked at a business on Keating Road. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Purse Snatched out of Residence Between 8 pm on September 2 and 10 am September 3 unknown individual(s) entered a house on Kroeker Avenue in the City of Steinbach and stole a purse the contents of which included a sizable quantity of cash. The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

RCMP Seek Witnesses to Brush Fire On September 3 at 4 pm Steinbach RCMP were called to a brush fire behind a property on Life Sciences Park Way. It appears that this fire could have been set by unknown individual(s) either intentionally or accidentally. Police would like to speak to any witnesses. The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Prevent Electrical Fires October 7 to 13th is Fire Prevention week - a good time to think about electrical safety habits. Using electrical equipment safely can prevent the majority of electrical fires. Be sure that you and your family practice the safe use of electricity to prevent an electrical fire from happening in your home. - Don’t overload outlets with too many plugs. Overloaded circuits can cause a fire. - Ensure that all cords are in good working condition. A frayed or damaged cord could be hazardous. - Make sure the cord is adequate for the job. Match the wattage or amperage on the appliance with that on the cord before using. - Don’t run cords under carpets or other obstructions. This may damage or overheat them. Additionally, overheated cords cause insulation to melt or burn away. Frayed or

damaged cords are also dangerous for this reason. - Keep smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in good working condition and locate them strategically in your home. Despite the best preventative efforts, fires can occur. Follow these guidelines in case of a fire: - Call the fire department immediately. If the Never use water to put out an electrical fire! fire is small, use a fire extinguisher to douse the flames. to use a chemical fire extinguisher Otherwise, get everyone out of the rather than water when putting out house at once, and wait for the fire an electrical fire. Never use water department. to extinguish an electrical fire as Electrical fires are different from it can result in serious electrical other fires in that they have a source shock. of electricity that is still conducting For more electrical safety inforcurrent. It is important to remember mation visit hydro.mb.ca.

News and Activities Rentals: We can accommodate Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Showers, Meetings and Family Gatherings amongst others. Call Lynda 204-320-4603 for more information and to book. Volunteer Opportunities: All ages are welcomed. Please call Lynda at 204-320-4603 for more information. We are looking for volunteers in sound technician, electrical, plumbing, cleaning, photography and general maintenance. Events/Presentations All events/presentations are open to all ages/everyone. Get Better Together – On Tuesdays October 30, November 6, November 20, November 27 and December 4. Free self-management program for people with ongoing health issues such as pain, fatigue, diabetes, depression, heart disease, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, asthma, anxiety, cancer or any ongoing health issue or disability. The program runs 2.5 hours a week. It teaches the skills needed to solve problems and set goals so that the participant can take better control of their health. The sessions provide health information and skills on healthy eating, exercise, and coping with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, communication, managing medications and working effectively with health care professionals. Call 204-346-6694 to register Regular Programs/ Activities Make sure to check out our Newsletter. Activities may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to other events on short notice, please check with Centre. All Programming, Activities and Events at the Centre are open to any age. Our programs are aimed for Senior’s however we welcome all and encourage you to come out and see what our Centre has to offer. For all Programs/Activities there is a fee of $2 for members/ $4 for non-members to participate unless otherwise stated. Tai Chi: Every Monday 10:30 – 11:30 am. Choir: Every Wednesday 10 – 11:30 am. Board Games: Tuesdays 10 - 11:30 am - Many to choose from. Computer Classes: Wednesdays 9 am - 3 pm. One-on-one 1 hour appointments. Ho Model Railway Project: Wednesdays 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle: Wednesdays 1:30 -4 pm. Advanced Pickleball: Monday, Thursday and Friday 9 - 11:30 am and Tuesdays 9 - 10:30 am. Beginners Pickleball: Mondays 1 - 3 pm. Drop in Billiards: Monday - Friday 9 am - 3 pm. Cards: Monday - Canasta; Wednesday - Cribbage; Thursday – Whist from 1- 4 pm. Old Time Country Jam: Wednesdays 7 - 9 pm. Dances: Friday, October 26 starts at 7 pm. Featured Band: Old Time Country Band. Advanced Tickets - $12 for Members/$15 for NonMembers. The week of the dance - all tickets are $20 for Members and Non-Members. Resume in fall: Fitness Class and New Connections Free Programs Walking Program: 8:30 - 9 am and 12 - 1 pm Monday – Friday in our Auditorium. Free to the public and any age is welcomed! Enjoy Free Coffee or Tea after! Crafty Corner: Every Friday from 2 - 3:30 pm. Bring your craft, anything goes knitting, scrapbooking, wood work, etc and have some good conversation, coffee and share in learning from each other. Cozy Corner Coffee Time: At 10:30 every morning for free coffee, tea, and a cookie. Meet new people and staff in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Other Programs - Services Provided Noon Meals: Available Monday through Friday. Cost $6. Come join us for lunch. Call Kitchen at 204- 320-4605 the day before or by 9 am that day to reserve your meal. Foot Care Clinic: 3 Foot Care Nurses are available on different days throughout the month. Call Reception at 204-320-4600 to book your appointment. Beltone Hearing: Call 1-800-661-2653 to book an appointment. Misc. Information Bike Rack: Our Centre is in need of a Bike Rack for our participants to park their bike in a safe area designated for bikes. If you have a bike rack you would like to donate for this cause we would be very grateful for contributing to our Senior Participants and the Centre. Please call Lynda 204-320-4600. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities, please drop by the Centre Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm, call Lynda at 204-320-4603 or the reception desk at 204-3204600, and Fax 204-320-9098.


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October 2018

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Niverville Athlete Named Rural Athlete of the Week On September 19, Shayna Pastoor of the Niverville Panthers soccer team was named as the first High School Rural Athlete of the Week from the southeast by the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association (MHSAA). The 5’4” Striker leads the Niverville Collegiate’s Panthers in scoring with 8 goals in 6 games. This included a game winner versus Garden Valley in the Winkler Tournament and a hat trick versus Gabrielle Roy in league play. She has also assisted on 6 goals for the Panthers, who currently lead the Zone 13 South League. Niverville Panthers coach Gerald Negrave says that Shayna is an “accomplished athlete with speed to burn.” “She moves faster with a ball at her feet than most people do in a straight out sprint. I’ve seen teams use two people to mark her and she still finds a way through,” said Negrave. “Shayna is a game changer whenever she takes the field.” A grade 12 student, Pastoor also participates in rugby and track & field.

Niverville’s Shayna Pastoor is the first MHSAA Rural Athlete of the Week to be named from the southeast region for the 2018-2019 school year.

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