Dawson Trail Dispatch October 2019

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Wastewater Truck Convoy Supports Rates Rise in Special Olympics Stuartburn

Almost two hundred semi-trucks and trailers from companies throughout the region rolled out of Ile des Chenes as Photos by Marianne Curtis they participated in the annual Special Olympics Convey.

By Marianne Curtis On September 13, the air horns sounded as nearly two hundred semi-trucks pulled out of Ile des Chenes to roar down the highway before making a loop around the Perimeter Highway in support of Special Olympics Manitoba. At the start of the day, the TransCanada Centre was filled to capacity as drivers and their families, along with local athletes gathered for breakfast then back again for dinner. This is the second 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. Funds are raised for Special Olympics through a combination of drivers or companies registering their trucks, as well as private, in-person and online donations. Since 2008, the Manitoba Truck Convoy has raised over $500,000 for Special Olympics and this year’s proceeds are expected to drive that amount to over $600,000. For over 50 years, Special Olympics have provided its athletes with the strength, determination and confidence to take on challenges in sport and in life, giving them the audacity to stare down any hurdle and respond “Challenge Accepted�.

Trucks and drivers gather along both sides of old Highway 59, just south of Ile des Chenes.

RM of Stuartburn residents who require their septic tanks to be regularly cleaned may see an additional surcharge added to their fees now that the municipality has gained approval to up their sewage hauling rates charged to haulers. The amended bylaw was approved on September 3 after the RM of Stuartburn council received approval from the Public Utilities Board (PUB) to revise the rates they charge for the Vita Wastewater Utility as set out in By-law No. 150-18. The current rates compared to those calculated by the accompanying rate study are noted as an Annual Service Charge of $1.76 that is raised to $2.88; Wastewater (per REU) that was at $138.24 will rise to $226.41 and the annual charge of $140 will rise to $229.29. In Public Utilities Board Order No 122/19 the Municipality also received approval to recover the utility operating deficit incurred in 2018 in the amount of $14,065. The method of recovery approved by the PUB is a rate rider of $45.19 per Residential Equivalency Unity (REU). The rate rider is for one year only, effective January 1, 2020. This means that on a 2020 tax bill, for 1 REU a revised annual rate of $229.29 plus the $45.19 rate rider = $274.48, will be applied. Most homes are 1 REU while some multi-family dwellings, small and large businesses will be more than 1 REU. By-law No. 150-18 was first brought to the table back in November 2018, with final reading given earlier in September. The last time the municipality amended their rates was back in 2009. As per the bylaw, effective January 1, 2020 septic service haulers are expected to pay $35 per load for septic material hauled from residents outside the boundaries of the LUD of Vita. One load is described as from one septic tank. According to RM of Stuartburn council, this means that when a resident calls to get their septic tank cleaned, the septic hauler may charge an extra $35 fee to cover the sewage truck dumping charge that the municipality is charging the hauler directly. Septic haulers who service residents in the RM of Stuartburn are encouraged to contact the municipal office to arrange a gate access card prior to January 1, 2020.

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Provencher Residents Head to the Polls By Marianne Curtis On the heels of the provincial election, Manitoban’s will once again go to the polls on October 21 with the rest of the country to cast their ballots in the upcoming Federal election. Locally, Provencher residents have four confirmed candidates vying for their vote including incumbent Conservative MP Ted Falk. Falk said that if re-elected, he would continue to work hard on behalf of constituents with a focus on lowering taxes, creating jobs and advocating in Ottawa. “For the last four years, the Liberals have sought to raise taxes on everything from small businesses and family farms to health benefits, to the small employee discounts minimum wage workers receive. They also saddled Canadians with a massive Carbon Tax all to pay for their out of control spending,” Falk stated. “Canadians need tax relief, not more new taxes. You cannot tax your way to a stronger economy any more than you can tax your way to cleaner environment. That’s why the first act of a new Conservative government will be to scrap the Liberal Carbon Tax.” “We will also introduce a Universal Tax Cut. We will eliminate the taxes from the taxes on EI maternity and paternity benefits,” said Falk. “We will introduce a tax credit for energy saving renovations and we also plan to eliminate the GST from home heating and electricity bills.” The Conservatives would keep the Liberal’s tax rate decrease for small business at 9 per cent and make the tax system easier to navigate. Initially the Conservatives said that they would balance the books in two years and are now aiming to do it over five years instead. A community organizer, author, and health care researcher, Liberal candidate Trevor Kirczenow’s family’s roots go back eleven generation. He and his husband live on an acreage near Dugald

with their two children, ages 8 and 4. “Excitement is starting to build as more people around Provencher are finding out that there is a serious alternative to the incumbent in our riding,” Kirczenow said. “Constituents are talking about their struggles to find affordable childcare, wanting better support for small businesses, not being able to afford their medications and divisive politics.” “If re-elected, the Liberal Party will increase the Canada Pension Plan survivor’s benefit by 25% for an increase in the maximum benefits of more than $2,000 a year,” said Kirczenow. “We’re also going to increase Old Age Security after age 75 by another 10%, which will lift another 20,000 seniors out of poverty.” “Canada has been fighting hard for open markets abroad and this must remain a priority,” said Kirczenow. “Our free trade agreements give producers access to about 1.5 billion consumers in more than 50 countries.” The Liberal Party’s policy on a balanced budget and debt reduction is to continue with their measured approach. “Of all the G7 countries, Canada currently has the lowest debt burden,” he said. “Our debt-to-GDP ratio was already low in 2015, and continues to drop over the past four years. Today, Canada is spending less on debt-servicing than it did under Stephen Harper. We are in good shape.” Kirczenow hopes the Liberals remain in power so they can proceed with a national pharmacare program. “The Parliamentary Budget Officer, who determines the cost of proposed legislation, conservatively estimated the annual savings potential of a national pharmacare plan at $4.2 billion. Other studies suggest much higher savings. A national Pharmacare program would be both compassionate and fiscally responsible,” he explained. At the doors, Green Party candidate and off grid farmer Janine Gibson said when she speaks to residents, they are voicing financial insecurities, extreme weather events and

health concerns. “We want to create a Green economy, increasing the types of jobs people here in Provencher want and need. This shift will result in greater family and environmental resilience,” Gibson explained. “Our Vision Green platform presents how we can improve our health care, address addiction issues and support greater mental health through progressive funding.” “Our agricultural families and workers are among the hardest working Canadians and are uniquely positioned to make some of the most important reductions in Canadian GHG emissions,” said Gibson. New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Erin McGee who recently ran in the provincial election for La Verendrye is vying for Federal votes. She lives in Ile des Chenes and works for the Manitoba Nurses Union, serving as President of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union Local 342 for over a decade. The Party’s priorities include addressing Climate Change by electrifying transit fleets by 2030 and eventually make rides fare-free. Waive the federal tax on zero-emission vehicles and re-establish the rural bus service cancelled by Greyhound. They have also promised to spend $15 billion retrofitting buildings and create a “climate bank” to invest in renewable energy and clean technology. On Child Care the NDP would increase affordable, not-for-profit child care yearly and build on the child-care programs already in place in some provinces as well as implement a national school nutrition program. For health care they would expand the current system to include mental health, dental, eye and hearing coverage and propose a pharmacare for all, drug program. The NDP have put no time line to balancing the Federal budget and would balance the books when prudent. Wayne Sturby has been named as the People’s Party of Canada candidate but he was not yet confirmed as of press time.

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Where the Federal Provencher Candidates Stand on a Few of Your Issues There are five Federal candidates vying for your election vote in Provencher on October 10. Do you know who they are and what their priorities are?

Ted Falk – Conservative Party of Canada*

Ted Falk, Conservative candidate.

Incumbent candidate Ted Falk was first elected in the 2013 byelection and re-elected in the 2015. He was actively involved in the community before entering politics, and volunteered his time with local community organizations or operating Diamond Construction with his partner. Ted and his wife Irene have been married for 38 years. As a Member of Parliament there is not always a lot of free time, but when he does have time to relax he enjoys riding horses, flying, and spending time with his 10 grandchildren. Priorities: Carbon Tax – Scrap the Carbon Tax. Leave it to the provinces to decide if they want to put a price on carbon. Replace with green technology. Canadian Oil and Pipelines Expand oil and gas sector and use constitutional powers to declare construction of pipelines to be in

Janine Gibson – Green Party of Canada Janine has represented the Green Party in a number of elections, both Federally and Provincially. She lives off-grid and runs her own business as an organic inspector, a role which sees her frequently campaigning for improvements in government standards. She brings with her not only a devotion to ecological principles, but a strong sense of social justice and responsible economics. Putting people to work in jobs they love and building environmental resilience like retrofitting our communities with increased insulation reducing heating and cooling costs; supporting food producers in shifting toward resilient, organic agriculture with a higher net return, giving education at all levels, the support it needs. Priorities: Guaranteed Annual Income - To reduce the number of people living below poverty and the working poor but also in the middle class which will reduce poverty induced crime. Agricultural Families and Workers - Are among the hardest working Canadians and are uniquely positioned to make some of the most important reductions in Canadian GHG emissions, increase local jobs, keep more money in our communities, improve the net return per acre, improve our food security and increase our carbon sequestration. Carbon Fee and Dividend Plan - Carbon fees collected at the well head or coal mine will be paid out to every Canadian on a per capita basis to foster the efficient and more sustainable use of dwindling fossil fuels, and it will also serve as a fair and efficient income redistribution mechanism. Transportation Climate Change - A massive re-investment in transportation. All new cars to be electric by 2030 and invest in a national grid for these

Janine Gibson, Green Party candidate.

vehicles across the country. Reinvest in Canada’s rail systems. Make the purchase of bicycles GST-free. Budget and Debt Reduction Living within our means with costed and balanced budgets in five years by increasing the corporate tax rate to 21 per cent, raising $2 billion from a wealth tax, a new tax on sugary drinks and a financial transactions tax of 0.5 per cent. National Pharmacare - An immediate implementation. Day Care Spaces – A National Plan, to include both unsubsidized and subsidized. Canadian Oil & Pipelines – Transport oil to Canadian refineries to decrease the dependence of imported fuel and help us transition off this addiction. Retraining

of oil field workers to green jobs improving resilience is a crucial aspect of Green policies for a Greener Economy. Small Business – Bring in a law to force government to consider the impact on small businesses for all future legislation. Implement a Green Venture Capital Fund for green business start-ups and eliminate the need for a small business to file taxes multiple times. How can a voter reach the team: Box 689 Steinbach, Manitoba R5G 1M5 204-434-6018 204-557-2529 Email janine.gibson@greenparty.ca Website:greenpartyprovencher.ca Facebook: GreenPartyofCanada Continued on page 5...

the national interest. Overturn legislation restricting the movement of oil tankers off the coast of BC. Transportation Climate Change - Close the gap between conventional and electric vehicles but no timeline. Scrap the Canada Infrastructure Bank, which has funded transit. Revive a public transit tax credit. Universal Tax Cut - For two-income couples earning an average salary they would save $850 per year. Health Care - Increase health transfer payments by at 3% every year and uphold other parts of the health accord. No to a national pharmacare program. EI Parental Benefits - Eliminate the Tax on maternity and parental EI payments Budget - Promise to erase the deficit while cutting taxes in part by cancelling at least $1.5 billion in corporate handouts and subsidies.

The books would be balanced over five years. Tax Credit - For Energy Saving Renovations. A 20 per cent green homes tax credit for up to $20,000 spent over two years to pay for energy-saving renovations. GST - Eliminate GST from home heating and electricity. Home Ownership - Reviewing the mortgage “stress test” for first-time buyers. Small Business - Repeal changes and make the tax system easier to navigate. Keep small business tax rate at 9 per cent. How can a voter reach the team: 237B Lumber Ave, Steinbach, MB. R5G-0T6 204 346-6750 Email: votetedfalk@gmail.com Website: tedfalk.com Facebook: cpcpcc

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How Dare We? It’s amazing how our children have mobilised so quickly and created a world organization. It is amazing is how indifferent some of our politicians seem. Yet science does not appear ambiguous in their latest pronouncements. I would have thought that displaying a wee bit more leadership would be the order of the day. Communicating the way forward would, at the very least, try to instill some confidence. We have politicians that have belittled the leadership in this movement. These same people are probably climate change deniers. They are probably adherents of the old adage “whomever dies with the most wins”. Our country has 6,000 km east to west. We are a population that must travel and carry and deliver all of our goods from coast to coast to coast. Yet, I don’t see any urgency to use electric mode for trains or any end in sight for gas powered vehicles. I could see thousands of jobs created to build an electrified double track railway across Canada with a marshalling yard for container drop off at all large cities for electric trucks to deliver to the final destination. Now I am not suggesting that this must be the way to start... I’m just saying jobs can be created. We have to start and that start needs to be big for the next generation and for many years to come. Paying for the cleanup for the next 20 years of storms and the increasing acreages of burnt forests is going to cost how much? And what are we going to have after a cleanup? That is too heavy a price to pay for just a change of scenery. And what will that scenery look like? We are losing flora and fauna at an accelerated pace; plus there is no guarantee that planting a crop or harvesting a crop will be successful. Our forever climbing insurance bills and other costs just to live may not be sustainable. The only constant will be the increased cost. It might not be time to “man the life boat” just yet but it seems foolish to wait until that is the only thing left to do because you now realize yesterday was the deadline. What are we passing on to our grandchildren? History will be, if it is still written, very insulting to them. Our legacy could be pathetically insufficient. Yes how dare we indeed.

The First 100 Days Plan for Manitobans This is my first column for the Dispatch since the recent provincial election, so I would like to thank Manitobans for exercising their democratic right to vote. I have special thanks for the constituents of La Verendrye for putting their confidence in me to represent them as their MLA for a third term. It’s an honour to serve this constituency, and I will work hard for everyone who lives here. I’m back to work with my colleagues at the legislature, forging ahead with the work we started when our government was elected in 2016. With a renewed mandate from Manitobans after September’s election, our Progressive Conservative team is beginning this new term with a bold action plan for our first 100 days. Our government will immediately begin to implement our new fivepoint Moving Manitoba Forward Guarantee of record tax relief, better health care sooner, more schools for students, more jobs for Manitobans and a made-in-Manitoba solution for

climate change. By the 100th day of this term on December 20, we will have introduced 20 new bills to bring lower taxes, better services and a stronger economy for all Manitobans. The 100-day action plan includes legislation for our 2020 Tax Rollback, which will mean savings of at least $2,020 over the next four years for the average taxpayer. It also includes progress toward the creation of 200 new nursing positions and a $90-million reconstruction of St. Boniface Hospital’s emergency department. In addition, the plan will bring further movement on the construction of 20 new schools across Manitoba. The economy is a key part of the action plan. During our first 100 days, we are hosting the first Manitoba Jobs Summit, working on improvements recommended in a new planning and zoning review, advancing the elimination of interprovincial trade barriers and consulting the pri-

vate sector on our goal to end the use of single-use plastic bags. Throughout these first 100 days and the next four years, we will keep our promises as our government has done since our first term began. We have completed 90 per cent of our commitments from 2016, and continue to work on the rest. As well, we will continue to consult residents of La Verendrye and people across our province while moving Manitoba forward. I look forward to hearing from you with your questions or concerns. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204-424-5406 or at dennis. smook@leg.gov.mb.ca.

New Term, New Mandate With a new mandate from Manitobans for our provincial government, I’m pleased to have the privilege of serving and representing the Dawson Trail constituency for another term at the legislature. I’m grateful to voters who put their confidence in me in this recent general election. As well, I thank everyone who participated in democracy by casting a ballot for any candidate in Dawson Trail on September 10, and at advance polls. On September 25, I joined Premier Brian Pallister and the other members of our Progressive Conservative government caucus as we were sworn in as members of the Legislative Assembly. And this week, our newly re-elected government has begun another legislative session with a goal to introduce 20 bills by December 20 – the 100th day of the new term - as we continue our hard work to bring

Manitobans lower taxes, better services and a stronger economy. Like our government has done since we were first elected in 2016, we are committing to keeping our promises to Dawson Trail constituents and all Manitobans in this new term. In the past 3 1/2 years, we have completed 90 per cent of our commitments made in 2016, including lowering the provincial sales tax rate, reducing health-care wait times and investing more than $1 billion annually in strategic infrastructure. We are continuing to work on the rest of those commitments. During the coming months, I plan to take some time to get to know Dawson Trail residents who are new to the constituency because of changes to its boundaries. I plan on hosting one of my regular Coffee with Bob events in Anola soon, as well

as attending a range of community events. Some of these events are fall suppers, where I have the pleasure of helping to serve with other volunteers. These suppers bring communities together with delicious food and great fellowship, and give everyone who attends a chance to catch up with friends. The new term has begun for our government as we move Manitoba forward. I’m looking forward to getting back to work for Dawson Trail residents, at the legislature and in our constituency.

MLAs Sworn In

Bob Lagasse being sworn in.

On September 25, the newly elected Progressive Conservative MLAs were sworn in, just in time for a new session of the Legislature to begin. All incumbent MLAs were re-elected, including Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagasse, La Verendrye MLA Dennis Smook, and Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen. In a newly reconfigured Springfield-Ritchot constituency, Ron Schuler was re-elected. The new session of the Legislature began on September 30.

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Where the Federal Provencher Candidates Stand on a Few of Your Issues

Trevor Kirczenow – Liberal Party of Canada A community organizer, author, and healthcare researcher, Trevor Kirczenow lives on acreage near Dugald with his husband and two children. Family is important to him and raises his kids in a rural setting the way he grew up noting that their family farming roots in Canada go back eleven generations. He was a tenured violinist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and currently volunteers as a Director and the breed registrar for the Ojibwe Horse Society, a national not-for-profit which aims to preserve and educate about Canada’s only indigenous-developed horse breed. As part of his work for the Society, Trevor collaborates with breeders and genetics experts across the continent. Priorities: Healthcare - Signed a health care funding agreement with the provinces and territories that increased health care transfers by 3% with more funding for mental health, ad-

dictions and home care programs. Implement a National Pharmacare Program to prevent costly hospitalizations and serious health complications so that people can afford life-saving medications and no longer have to choose between medications and putting food on the table. Old Age Security & Canada Pension Plan – Increase Survivor’s Benefit by 25% to a maximum of more than $2,000 a year and increase Old Age Security after age 75 by another 10% to lift another 20,000 seniors out of poverty. Agriculture and More International Trade Agreements – More Free Trade Agreements to access the 1.5 billion consumers in more than 50 countries. Investments into programs that diversify and increase Canada’s grain sector, as well as growing the international market reach for our beef industry and continuing to invest in building local markets.

Carbon Tax and Rebate Program – Expand carbon tax exemptions on farm operations and offer rebates for farm upgrades that improve efficiency. Provide additional incentives for farming methods that conserve water and sequester more carbon in the soil. Balanced Budget and Debt Reduction – Continue a measured approach. Of all the G7 countries, Canada currently has the lowest debt burden. Our debt-to-GDP ratio was already low in 2015, and continues to drop over the past four years. Currently Canada is spending less on debt-servicing than it did under the Conservatives. Canada Child Benefit - A further 15 per cent increase for families with kids under one and make Parental benefits tax-free. Create another 250,000 new child care spaces and plan to reduce childcare fees by 10%. Low-Carbon, Low-Pollution Pollution cannot be free, and cleantech must be developed and sup-

Erin McGee – New Democratic Party bon Tax and the rebate program and crack down on heavy emitters so that the biggest emitters of carbon bear the most burden. Transportation Climate Change - Electrify transit fleets by 2030 and eventually make rides fare-free. Waive the federal tax on zero-emission vehicles and re-establish the rural bus service cancelled by Greyhound. Spend $15 billion retrofitting buildings and create a “climate bank” to invest in renewable energy and clean technology. Child Care – Increase affordable, not-for-profit child care yearly and build on the child-care programs already in place in some provinces. Implement a national school nutrition program. Health Care - Expand the current system to include mental health, dental, eye and hearing coverage and propose pharmacare for all drug programs. Balanced Budget - Balance the budget when prudent but there is no target date. Home Ownership - Scrap the federal GST/HST for those constructing new affordable units. Reintro-

duce 30-year terms for mortgages insured by the CMHC for first-time buyers and give low-interest loans to retrofit houses. Add 15 % surtax on foreign buyers. Seniors Strategy - A national strategy for dementia and a prevention plan for elder abuse. Also making the Caregiver Tax Credit refundable, to help those who look after seniors. Taxes - Increase capital gains rate from 50 to 75 % to pay more income tax on profits from stocks or the sale of properties other than a primary residence. Move the top federal personal income tax rate from 33 to 35 per cent and impose a one per cent wealth tax on those making more than $20 million. Pipelines - Give provinces veto power over national infrastructure projects that run through them, including pipelines. Small Business - Cap on the fees small businesses pay credit card companies. Keep the small business tax rate at 9 % and change rules for family transfers to avoid the unfair tax treatment. How can a voter reach the team: 1-866-525-2555 Website: NDP.ca Facebook: NDP.NPD

Wayne Sturby – People’s Party of Canada (NOT CONFIRMED)

funding and managing health services by replacing federal health transfer with tax points and allowing provinces to raise their own money. Also wants more options for private healthcare. Housing – No Policy details available. Blames high housing costs in Toronto and Vancouver on zoning regulations and high immigration levels. Small Business - No Policy details available. How can a voter reach the team: Website: peoplespartyofcanada.ca Facebook: ppcprovencher

Erin McGee, New Democratic Party candidate.

From Ile des Chenes, Erin McGee works for the Manitoba Nurses Union, providing administrative support for front-line workers and union representatives. She sees how health care cuts hurt nurses, patients and their families, and strongly supports a public health care system that works for all of us. She wants to work to fix the health care crisis. Erin has served as President of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union Local 342 for over a decade. Priorities: Carbon Tax – Continue the Car-

Priorities: Carbon Tax – Get rid of the carbon tax. Allow provinces to reduce emissions through their own programs if they choose. Transportation and Climate Change - No Policy released. Opposes subsidies for zero-emission vehicles. Child Care – No Policy released Seniors - No Policy released Climate Change - Do nothing and leave it to the private sector to find solutions. Withdraw from the Paris accord, get rid of green subsidies.

Pipelines - More pipelines and would use constitutional powers to declare pipeline building to be in the national interest in any Province. Taxes – Implement a two-bracket Federal income tax. Make everyone who earns more than $100,000 pay 25 per cent which is less tax when compared to the current rate. Balanced Budget - Eliminate the deficit within two years and maintain a balanced budget after that. No details available. Health Care - Making provinces and territories fully responsible for

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ported. Cut taxes by 50 per cent for companies behind zero-emission technology or products. Move away from oil dependency towards clean technology without leaving anyone behind is a priority and an economic opportunity. Transportation Climate Change - Subsidies for zero-emission vehicles so that all new sales are zero-emission by 2040. Taxes – Continue with the tax rate reduction on earnings and raise the basic personal income tax deduction to $15,000 for anyone earning under $147,000. Home Ownership - First-time home-buyer subsidies of 10 per cent on a new home purchase and 5 per cent on resale homes. Loosen restrictions in expensive markets and impose surtax on absentee foreign owners. Interest-free loans up to $40,000 to make homes resilient to extreme weather. Small Business – Already lowered small business tax rate from 10.5 to 9 % as promised. Now will provide cash to entrepreneurs to build startups and eliminate the tax “swipe fee” merchants pay to credit

Trevor Kirczenow, Liberal candidate.

card companies. How can a voter reach the team: Box 376, Dugald, MB R0E 0K0 204 900-9509 204-900-9509 Email: info@trevor-liberal.ca Website: trevor-liberal.ca Facebook: trevor-liberal.ca

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Documentary Features Niverville Farmer On October 15, the long awaited documentary featuring Niverville area farmer Colleen Dyck will be on a movie screen in Winnipeg. In the middle of March, Dyck ventured to Kenya after being chosen to spend one week on the farm of a female small-scale farmer by Canadian Foodgrains Bank. While there she documented her learning and experiences. The purpose of the video is to take viewers along on Dyck’s journey as she connects with Lucy Anyengo, who farms on less than one acre of land on the Uganda-Kenya border. For an entire week, Colleen worked on the farm alongside Anyengo, taking part in daily chores, and learning the joys and challenges of small-scale farming in Kenya. Those challenges include everything from dealing with a lack of rainfall and unpredictable weather, few social security nets and poor soil fertility. The documentary called “Common Strength” features Colleen and Lucy’s experiences of learning and connecting with and from one another for seven days. The film illustrates the common strength of women farmers around the world. The documentary starts at 6:30 pm at the Park Theatre with free admission. Dyck is a local entrepreneur, wife and mother from Niverville who along with her family runs a 14,000 acre grain and oilseed farm. She also founded and runs an energy bar business.

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Wildlife Haven Celebrates New Campus Opening

Hundreds of people lined up for a rare opportunity to tour the inside of the newly completed Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre campus in Ile des Chenes.

By Marianne Curtis

vation education program is astounding.” Volunteers were kept busy over the summer, between moving into the new facility and seeing an increase of more than 40% more wildlife than other years. They have also started hosting youth within the new education centre where they are taught about wildlife stewardship and habitat protection. For over 30 years, Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre has been

caring for injured and orphaned wildlife from all over Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. Its mandate is to receive and care for injured and orphaned wildlife for release back to the wild. They also provide and promote public education in wildlife preservation and conservation with our Education Ambassador program. The new Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre campus is located at 1028 Arnold Road, east of Ile des Chenes.

On September 22, hundreds of people came out to the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre (WHRC) to celebrate the official grand opening of their new campus in Ile des Chenes. During the celebration guests had an opportunity to meet the Wildlife Ambassadors and participate in a rare inside tour of the new campus. Organizers say this was a great opportunity to explore the new facility and see how WHRC operates at the new campus. The $2.5 million project was launched 5 years ago after securing a 50-year community landlease partnership with TransCanada Corporation to build a permanent Hospital and Education Centre to care for injured wildlife and to educate the public and a variety of enclosures for recovering wildlife. “Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and donors, the faith in a vision and your buy-in as a member of our community, we have moved into the brand new Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre Campus,” stated a spokesperson. “The impact that the new campus has on the ani- During the celebration guests had an opportunity to meet the Wildlife Ambassadors and parmals in care and on the conser- ticipate in a rare inside tour of the new campus. Provided photos

Co-op’s Fuel Good Day Supports Envision On September 17, over $10,800 was raised for the enVision Foundation during Clearview Coop’s annual Fuel Good Day. Each year, Coop selects a different charity to support during Fuel Good Day during which 5 cents from each litre of fuel sold is donated. This year, they also donated $1 from every coffee and drink sold. Jeannette DeLong, enVision Executive Director said that the generous donation will kick off fundraising for an additional respite residence. EnVision Foundation is a non-profit community-based organization committed to delivering supports and services that provide people who live with an intellectual disability, opportunities for personal growth, development and a place to For one day, 5 cents a litre from fuel sold on September 17 went in support of enVi- live the life of their choosing in a community. sion Foundation.

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Ritchot Unveils Business Incentives The RM of Ritchot Council has developed a creative way to promote the economic growth throughout the municipality by introducing a Tax Incentive By-Law. On September 11, Ritchot Mayor Chris Ewen introduced a new partnership between municipal government and commercial entities with a strategic plan for growth that includes a first of its kind tax break in Manitoba. The municipality has approved a new by-law that waives municipal taxes for commercial properties on a sliding scale tax rebate to businesses for up to five years and 100% return. “The business incentive by-law has been a discussion piece of this municipality and many others for a number of years… council took it upon ourselves to stop talking and start acting,” explained Ewen. “It will give businesses to get a complete municipal tax rebate.” The remittance is based on a sliding scale. For example the first year businesses assessed between $100,000 $250,000 can get a 100% rebate for one year; which decreases to 75% in year 2; 50% in year 3; 25% in year 4 and 10% in year 5. “We have structured this by-law so that any business small or large,

new and current business can benefit from it,” Ewen continued. “Our goal as a municipality is to create long term strategic relationships with our commercial and industrial partners investors.” Manitoba Chamber of Commerce President Chuck Davidson praised the RM of Ritchot council for leading the way in finding a way to add to the local economy. “It’s not the government’s role to

create jobs; it’s the businesses role to create jobs. It’s the local government that creates the climate that local businesses will grow their businesses; it will never be the government who will be responsible for job creation,” Manitoba Chamber of Commerce President Chuck Davidson stated. “The local government is a great example of looking at ways to increase their tax base and add to the local economy.”

The Ritchot Community Development Corporation also redeveloped their Main Street Enhancement Grant which is available to any business within the municipality. The funds available are a matching 50/50 grant with a value of up to $5,000 for up to a $25,000 budget. The Main

Ritchot Mayor Chris Ewen announced a number of incentives designed by the municipality to encourage businesses to set up shop in the municipality. Photo by Marianne Curtis

St. Malo Wellness Expert Releases First Book By Marianne Curtis A St. Malo area wellness farm owner has found a unique way of giving animals a voice by creating a series of books that use real farm animals to help connect children with their emotions and struggles. Using the natural instincts of a pair of fainting goats that call Lil’ Steps Wellness Farm home, owner turned author Lucy Sloan helps children cope with their anxiety in Cindy and Cristabelle’s Big Scare.

“I wanted to write this children’s story for kids to be able to connect their own stories with the animals on the farm. This is really the foundation to animal-assisted therapy in helping kids to connect to their own emotions and struggles,” Sloan explained. “I am hoping that kids will be able to know they are not alone in having struggles and there are ways to feel better.” Sloan partnered up with Joanne Lariviere to publish Cindy and Cristabelle’s Big Scare which consists of

Lucy Sloan, owner of Lil’ Steps Wellness Farm in St. Malo is excited to release her first book Cindy and Cristabelle’s Big Scare, along with a toolkit designed for kids to be able to have strategies to address anxiety. The different tools include Wilbert a pig, squishy, bubbles and muddy puddy, and a worry box. Photo by Marianne Curtis

a story, and activity book that parents can do along with their child to build strategies for addressing worry and fear. “I am hoping to write a series with a variety of topics that include other mental health difficulties such as depression, struggles with emotional regulation such as anger, and the importance of self esteem and confidence,” said Sloan. “I have a whole Farmyard full of different animals with all of their stories and I’m very excited to share them with kids who can benefit and help with their own struggles.” A book launch celebration is taking place at noon on October 19 at Lil’ Steps Wellness Farm, just south of St. Malo. The event includes a special book reading by Corny Remple from Mix96, along with face painting, a petting zoo and refreshments. Gate tickets of $7 include a $5 discount off a book and 3 and under free. “And of course... you will be able to meet the characters of the book; Wilbert the Pig and Cindy and Cristabelle the Fainting Goats,” Sloan invites. The Lil’ Steps Wellness Farm located near St. Malo is an animal assisted wellness farm for children between 6-18 years old with various needs such as Autism, ADHD/ADD, anxiety and depression. Ten percent of all profits go to sending kids from low income families to day camps or receive counselling at the facility. Cindy and Cristabelle’s Big Scare is available on Amazon, McNally Robinson Bookstores, and lilstepswellnessfarm.net.

Street Enhancement Grant supports projects that focus on the upgrading of building exteriors, signage and external spaces in main street areas.

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Niverville Celebrates 50 Years Since Incorporation

Dancers from Island Breeze Manitoba added an island flavour to the morning service with their colorful performance.

Throughout the day on September 8, over a thousand people gathered in the spacious Hespeler Park where the community celebrated the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of Niverville. In 1969, Niverville withdrew from the RM of Hanover to become incorporated into a village then as a town in 1993. Organizer Roger Armbruster said the event was held not only to celebrate 50 years of Niverville’s history, but to honour those who pioneered the land, including the First Nations, Métis, Mennonite, Scottish and English as, “We build their legacy to welcome the refugees to Niverville as a place where they belong.” “True unity begins at the local level, and works outward from there. It does not begin at the national level and filter down from there, because the spiritual life of a nation always

reverts back to whatever is sustained and maintained at the local level,” said Armbruster. He also noted it was important to recognize the role of the first Métis people in welcoming the first Mennonite settlers in the area. The festivities kicked off in Hespeler Park with FOGA, followed by a community worship service with music by Jordan St. Cyr, Alisa Tina Moose with Native Hand Drum and Island Breeze Manitoba. Hundreds enjoyed a community lunch of farmer sausage patties, fry bread and bannock hosted by the community churches. Kids’ entertainment and other activities included music with Circle Drive, bouncers, face painting, balloon artists, fire trucks, scavenger hunt, spike ball, beach volleyball, and tons of other family activities. The day ended with a spectacular fireworks display.

Niverville Divided Over Recreational Cannabis Outlet Issue Later in November, Town of Niverville residents will have their say on whether or not a recreational cannabis retailer can open up shop in the community. Even with the vote over a month away two sets of signs are cropping up in the community with “Support Economic Growth” and more recently “Say No to Drugs”. Local resident and businessman Derek Lepp has been encouraging Niverville’s own Jordan St. Cyr took to the stage in the afternoon singing In My Lifetime, which won 1st place in the Nashville-based Unsigned Niverville residents to vote in supOnly Competition. Photos by Marianne Curtis port of the business because it was a vote for economic growth in the community. “Many people think this is just about a dispensary, but it is about wanting to see Niverville continue to grow in a progressive way by supporting small, medium and large size businesses in our community,” Lepp explained. He went a step further by purchasing pro-economic developments signs and placing them throughout the community with the

help of supportive volunteers. A week later, another set of signs starting cropping up throughout the community. No one has taken responsibility for the “say no to drugs” signs. Back in July, the Town of Niverville council denied a conditional use application put forward by cannabis retailer Canna Cabana from coming into town. Council voted again on the matter on August 20 and the vote was split, with the Mayor as the tie breaker. At the time, it was decided that a plebiscite would best settle the matter by giving the community an opportunity to voice their opinion. The actual vote is taking place on November 26 from 8 am to 8 pm at the Town office. There will be no advance polls. There is only one question with a yes or no answer on the ballot, “Should licensed retail cannabis stores be allowed in Niverville?”

Derek Lepp’s signs were the first to go up throughout the community in favour of economic development.

No one knows who is responsible for the new crop of signs going up around town.

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Celebrating 70 Years of Community Service The Steinbach Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary #190 is celebrating their 70th Anniversary this October. They formally received their Charter from the Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Provincial Command on December 9, 1949. The Auxiliary started with a small group of dedicated women who worked to raise funds to assist returning war veterans and their dependants as well as the local hospital and other charities. They reached their peak membership during the 1980s with about 35 members. Their numbers have fluctuated over the years and they have a current membership of eleven dedicated women. Proceeds from fundraising efforts are donated to charities that assist the less fortunate. At one time they canvassed door-

to-door for the March of Dimes. For many years, the Auxiliary assisted with the Legion Poppy Campaign by visiting every business along Main Street to offer poppies to owners and their employees. In recent years, donations have gone to the local soup kitchen, Bethesda Hospital Foundation, Helping Hands and the United Appeal program. The Auxiliary has sponsored a child through World Vision for nearly 20 years, provided bursaries to students in their first year of university or college and sponsored a trophy for the top first year Cadet of the local Stoneybrook Cadet Squadron #307. The biggest fundraising project undertaken was the development of a cookbook in the 1980s. The idea grew from including Auxiliary’s not only

within the Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario region to one that covered all of Canada. The cookbook has been reprinted several times is still available for purchase from the Auxiliary. Over the years, they have heard how cookbooks have been shipped around the world to family and friends. To celebrate their 70th Anniversary, the Steinbach Ladies’ Auxiliary is organizing a special dinner on Saturday, October 26th and hope that former members along with family, friends and the public will join them to reminisce and renew friendships. Live entertainment will follow the meal. Everyone is welcome to attend, tickets can be purchased by calling Shirley at 204-326-3220 or Jean at 204-326-2751.

Richer School Library Could Benefit from Indigo Book Foundation The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation recently announced the launch of its 2019 Adopt a School program, now in its 11th year supporting children’s literacy. From September 14 to October 6, Indigo, Chapters and Coles stores, together with their communities, will fundraise for local high-needs Canadian elementary school libraries, with 100% of funds donated directly to the schools. This year, in addition to in-store fundraising, supporters will be able to purchase books from a participating high-needs school’s book registry, and Indigo will match the donation. “A lifelong love of reading and educational success is possible for every Canadian child,” said Heather Reisman, Chair of the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. “However, we face a significant challenge with the funding of public elementary school libraries across Canada where small or nonexistent library budgets are the reality. The

burden is unfairly falling on our teachers who are putting their hands into their own pockets to buy books and educational resources for their classrooms. We as a country need to do better to ensure that all students become engaged readers.” Indigo founded the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation in 2004 to raise awareness about the lack of funding for public elementary school libraries, while helping to put more books into the hands of Canadian children. They believe that the right book at the right moment can change a child’s life forever. Richer School will participate in the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation’s Adopt a School program, running until October 6, 2019. This fundraising initiative connects Indigospirit Oakville with Richer School and the surrounding community to help provide support for much-needed additional library resources. With an

inadequate library budget of less than $30 per student for the entire year, this local school will now have an opportunity to upgrade its library collection and enrich the lives and education of its students. Supporters can participate by making a donation in-store or through the Adopt a School registry at indigo.ca. Each school’s unique registry will consist of 50 books for supporters to shop during the campaign. When a book is purchased from a school’s registry, Indigo will double the impact of each customer’s donation by providing an additional copy of that book to the school, enabling even more children and youth to benefit. The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation believes that the right book at the right moment can change a child’s life forever. To help the Richer School’s students and library visit chapters.indigo.ca/enca/list and find Richer School.

Bethesda Foundation Launches Fundraiser On September 15, the Bethesda Foundation launched its largest ever capital fundraising campaign by announcing their plan to raise $15 million, $10 million of which has already been raised quietly. Bethesda Foundation Board Chair Garth Reimer stated that, “In 2005 we embarked on an aggressive fundraising campaign to build a CancerCare Centre and Obstetrics wing at Bethesda Regional Health Centre, as well as a redevelopment of the Emergency Department. The time has come for new healthcare needs in our community to be fulfilled.” The Caring Together Campaign informally began a few years ago with funds being raised to complete the Bethesda Primary Care Centre and Stonebridge Wellness Centre. Now Bethesda Foundation will engage the entire community in the campaign, to raise funds for some additional much-needed healthcare services. Linda Peters, Executive Director for Bethesda Foundation said the goal is

aggressive but not impossible. “Keep- facility would have private rooms for ing healthcare services close to home patient dignity, plenty of green space is always our goal,” said Peters “And to promote tranquil and serene surwe look forward to seeing the commu- roundings, and spaces for families to nity participate with us to make these gather. Refurbishment of the surgical deprojects a reality during our Caring Topartment at Bethesda Regional Health gether Campaign.” One of the projects is the expansion Centre has also been identified as in of the Rest Haven Nursing Home. Per- need of an upgrade, so that doctors can sonal care home beds have been an ur- continue performing surgeries and atgent need in the community for many tracting quality surgeons to the comyears. The Province announced that munity. the 60 bed facility will more than double to a total of 143 beds. The Bethesda Foundation also has a vision to provide enhanced palliative care services to Steinbach and area. Peters said they want to create a space that is a peaceful, a homelike environment, for The Caring Together Campaign is expected to raise $15 million to those who require upgrade existing services and provide new health care for Steinbach end-of-life care. This and the surrounding region. Supplied photo

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Teen Faces Charges After SRSS Lockdown

A 15-year-old male is facing multiple charges in connection with a September 19 incident which led to the lockdown of Steinbach Regional Secondary School, while all other schools in the city were placed into hold and secure mode. Just after 3 pm, Steinbach RCMP responded to a call where it was reported that a student had brought a pellet gun to school and threatened another student. After conducting a search of the school, RCMP determined the suspect had left the area. Thanks to tips from the public, the suspect was eventually located around 4:30 pm outside a residence on McKenzie Avenue. The teen was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, uttering threats and assault. The pellet gun was later turned into police by another youth.


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It’s Flu Season! Flu Myths and Facts Myth: I don’t need to get a flu vaccine until someone I know is sick. Getting the vaccine early in the season is actually better for you and those around you. It can take up to two weeks for the protection in the vaccine to be effective. Once you know someone is sick they could have already passed it onto you as it can take days to start showing symptoms. The earlier you get the vaccine, the better protected you are. Myth: I never get sick, so I don’t need to get vaccinated. You can be infected with the flu and spread it, even if you’re not showing symptoms. Getting the vaccine means you can also help protect others from getting sick, especially those who have medical conditions or infants too young to get immunized who are more likely to have complications from getting the flu. Myth: I don’t have the time to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated takes about 30 minutes. If you get sick, the flu can last for several days or weeks. It can also lead to more serious problems like pneumonia and bacterial infections that can sometimes result in hospitalization. No one has time for that. There are many different type of health care providers who can administer the vaccine including physicians, public health nurses/mass clinics, and pharmacists (for those 7 years of age and older).

Myth: It’s complicated to get the vaccine because there isn’t a flu clinic near my home or work. Flu clinics are just one great option where people can get their flu vaccine. You can also go to your doctor/nurse practitioner or even to the local pharmacy. Myth: I think flu vaccines have the potential to create strains that are vaccine-resistant, like what can happen with the overuse of antibiotics. The influenza virus already mutates frequently. That’s why there is a new flu vaccine every year. The strains that are within the vaccine changes to match the strains that are expected to be circulating and that may cause the most severe illness. Myth: It is better to be naturally exposed to the flu to keep natural defenses strong. Influenza can spread very quickly and easily. Some people may get the flu and be contagious, but never show symptoms. They may be ‘building’ their own immune system, but also could be exposing someone with a weaker immune system to the virus, leading to serious consequences for them. People infected with the flu can spread it to others up to 6 feet away from them. In addition, since the flu strains that circulate change year over year it is unknown how the flu may affect a person once infected and person could risk becoming severely ill from the flu. Creating immunity against the flu one year may not protect you from the flu in the following year because the flu virus changes so frequently. That’s why the vaccine protects both you and others. Myth: Last time I got the flu vaccine, it made me sick. Some people may get flu-like symptoms for a few days after the vaccine and think that they are getting the flu, but that is your body building up the antibodies to learn how to fight the virus if in the event you are infected. Some people experience varying levels of these symptoms, or none at all. Every person is different. If you did get sick after getting the vaccine, it’s most likely you were incubating the illness before the vaccine could take effect. Or, it was a different kind of respiratory illness caused by another virus or bacteria, and not the influenza virus. Myth: There isn’t much evidence that pregnant women should be vaccinated. Data shows that pregnant women are at a higher risk of complications or hospitalization related to influenza. There is also evidence that the vaccination of pregnant women protects their newborns from influenza and influenza-related hospitalization. It is recommended that all pregnant women get immunized against the flu.

Is it a Cold or is it Influenza? Symptom




Common, high Rare (39 - 40°C or 102 - 104°F), may last three to four days




General aches, pains Usual, often severe Sometimes; slight Fatigue, weakness Usual, often severe, Sometimes; can last up to 2 to 3 quite mild weeks Extreme exhaustion Early and prominent


Stuffy nose






Sore throat



Chest discomfort Common; can become severe Cough Hacking cough

Sometimes; mild to moderate Sometimes

Complications Bronchitis; pneumonia can be life-threatening

Sinus congestion or earache


Frequent hand washing

Annual vaccination, antiviral medicines (see your doctor), Frequent hand washing

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Get Vaccinated - Don’t Spread the Flu 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 the following chronic health conditions: - An immune system weakened by disease or medical treatment (ex: cancer). - Cardiac or pulmonary disorders (ex: cystic fibrosis, asthma).

- Long-term acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin®) therapy, for those between six months and 18 years of age only. - Neurologic or neurodevelopment conditions. - Diabetes and other metabolic diseases. - Renal disease. - Anemia or hemoglobinopathy. - Obesity (body mass index = 40). - Pregnant women. - Health care workers and 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 less than 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. International students and out-ofprovince visitors continue to be eligible to receive the flu vaccine freeof-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 manitoba.ca/health/ publichealth/cdc/vaccineeligibility 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 Pneu-P-23 vaccine availability. Remember, your local pharmacist can also provide immunization services to people 7 years of age and older.


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Volunteers Needed for Lorette Arena Canteen By Marianne Curtis After months in limbo a group of local volunteers have stepped up to open and run the canteen in the Lorette Community Complex. Cassie Hardman-Carriere explained how she decided to step up and work with the municipality to open the canteen during the upcoming season. Earlier this year, the RM of Tache upset complex users by suddenly deciding to shut down the canteen effective the 2019-2020 season. This decision was made after the municipality attempted to run the canteen for two seasons with little success. “They [council] recognized that it could be run better… the municipal-

ity has been very accommodating with helping us to set up and run the canteen this season,” said HardmanCarriere. “I thought of opening it up as a private business, but decided that it would be better to have it community run. They are very happy to have someone step up to reopen it.” Now that a volunteer committee is set up, eager canteen volunteers are needed to work canteen shifts. Shifts are 3 hours long from 5 -8 pm weekdays, and 8 am to 6 pm weekends until March. Volunteers are encouraged to work in pairs. “Anyone over the age of sixteen can volunteer for the Lorette Arena Canteen,” Hardman-Carriere added.

“You don’t have to have kids in a program to volunteer either.” The majority of users during those times are part of either the hockey, skating or ringette programs. Once the canteen is up and running, the group will be releasing an updated menu which includes healthier food options, along with the regular arena fair. There are also plans to offer a weekend special to entice community members to join arena users for dinner. All profits raised through the sales of items at the Lorette Community Complex canteen go towards the fundraising efforts to build a new facility.

Youngest Bodybuilder Heading to Edmonton

In preparation for an upcoming competition Carson Plaisier trains daily with personal trainer Chad Miazga from FineCut Fitness at Anytime Fitness in Lorette. Photo by Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis

Members of the Lorette Arena Canteen committee are (in no particular order) Cassie Hardman-Carriere, Tracey Carter, Erin Gelineau, Liesa Chapman and Laurie Gelineau. Kristin Swain and Chris Mararinec are missing from the photo. Photo by Marianne Curtis

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A nineteen year old bodybuilder from Lorette is hoping to motivate other youth off the couch and into a healthier lifestyle while earning himself the title of being the youngest pro bodybuilder in the country. While Carson Plaisier did not set out to be the youngest professional bodybuilder in Canada, hard work and dedication that started five years ago when he was inactive and overweight is starting to pay off. “I was obese and not happy with myself so I started forcing myself to go to the gym twice a week,” Plaisier recalled. “I stopped playing competitive hockey… I was never the best player, but for this, I had the right genetics and mindset.” Under the guidance of Chad Miazga, personal trainer with FineCut Fitness, Plaisier has gone from trying to lose weight and feel healthier, to becoming a star athlete. “To compete at this elite level of body building is tough for a nine-

teen year old but Carson is full of determination,” Miazga explained. “He works hard in all areas of the sport and now he is the youngest bodybuilder in Canada.” Bodybuilding is the process of developing muscle through the combination of weight training, increased caloric intake, and rest. Competitive bodybuilders spend weeks of training for events including body prep, working out and diet, plus working on posing and even working on their tan. “With great discipline comes a lot of sacrifice, but good things can arise,” added Plaisier. “I am not out drinking or partying, it’s become a different addiction.” When he is not working as an HVAC apprentice, Plaisier is preparing for his first international competition. “I want to be the WNBF body building champion of the world,” Plaisier declared. On October 19, he will be competing at the WWMF Pro-WNBF Canada Pro/Am Intercontinental & Edmonton Naturals which is a Super Pro Qualifier.

In May, Carson Plaisier earned a first place in his first Open Men’s Bodybuilding competition at the Winnipeg Naturals.

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Lorette Family Fun Day a Huge Success

The weather was perfect for the kids to enjoy the many outdoor activities during the fair, including bouncers and miniature golf.

For three days at the beginning of September, the community was bustling with activity during Lorette’s Family Fun Days. This year’s event took place from September 6 to 8, which makes it the last official community summer festival in the southeast 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 who volunteered as well.” Weekend activities kicked off with CWE Wrestling and a showing of “Back to the Future”. On Saturday morning the community gathered in the Tache Firehall for a pancake breakfast, before lining up to enjoy the community parade. Highlights for Saturday night were the fireworks and live music with Hometown Shame. Other activities that took place both Saturday and Sunday included bouncers, petting zoo, vendor fair, baseball tournament and many other family friendly activities. The Lorette Family Fun Days is organized by the Lorette Family Fun Group, which consists of a many dedicated volunteers who orga- The first annual Lorette Family Fun Day’s BBQ competition was a huge nize and host a number of community events throughout the year. success.

Open Farm Day Invites Public to Explore the Industry On September 15, ten southern Manitoba farms opened their gates and welcomed the public to explore rural life during the 10th annual Open Farm Day. The one day event officially began the fourth annual Farm and Food Awareness Week. Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler said, Open Farm Day has been an excellent educational tool for Manitobans of all ages and continues to grow each year. “Visiting farms to see first-hand how they operate and where our food is produced is a tremendous learning opportunity,” said Eichler. Open Farm Day is an opportunity to ask questions, take a tour, try some food, participate in various activities, learn more about Manitoba farm operations, how and why food is grown and produced, environmental stewardship and agriculture’s history. Open Farm Day is organized by the Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies so that the public can learn about modern and historical agricultural practices and day to day life with farmers offering a unique educational experience. Many sites included demonstrations, markets, tours and other recreational activities. Visitors stopped at Living Well Farm in Grande Pointe, the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre in Glenlea, Trehane Holsteins in Niverville, Mennonite Heritage Museum and Penner Pumpkin Farms in Steinbach, Kismet Creek Farm and CD Trees/Redpoll Farms in Sarto, and Hanover Ag Society in Grunthal. In addition participants made their way to the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre in Stuartburn or headed to St. Labre to visit Moonshadow Holsteins which were open for the day.


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Fall Home Improvement Tips How to Prepare Your Home for Cooler Weather blockages that could build up over winter. If you see cracks or seam separations in your eavestroughs, fix them with caulking. 4. Shut off your home’s exterior water supply and drain all exterior water lines and hoses. You should leave the taps open a bit – this will prevent any remaining water in the lines from freezing and damaging the water supply line. 5. Have a professional roofing company inspect the roof to ensure that shingles, flashing and chimney caps are all in place and properly sealed. 6. Clean and test all your exhaust fans, including dryer vents, stove vents and furnace vents. Clean or replace your furnace filter and consider having your furnace serviced to prepare it for winter. 7. Inspect your gas or wood-burning fireplace and chimney dampers, and have them serviced or cleaned if necessary. Inspect eavestroughs and downspouts. Remove any leaves or debris that can create messy, smelly blockages that could build up over winter. 8. Clean our your ducts to improve your indoor air quality over the win- YARD MAINTENANCE: propriate, staining. Don’t forget to is sheltered. ter and decrease allergens. 14. Organize room by room. When 9. For the yard, trim back over- properly store cushions and outdoor grown and dead limbs in your hedges tablecloths so that they can be used swapping out seasonal clothes in to protect them for the winter. Don’t again next season. Garden tools also your closet, take some time to make forget to trim your trees, especially need a good cleaning or wipe down sure you still need or use each item. If not, recycle or donate it. those close to the house, garage or before storing for the winter. Keep in mind that you can donate shed. INTERIOR MAINTENANCE: 10. Clear old plants and weeds 13. Test all smoke alarms and car- unwanted clothing, textiles and small from your garden bed or pots to make bon monoxide detectors to make sure household items, such as small garden tools, instead of throwing them it easier for spring planting and keep they are in good working order. out. Charitable organizations like insects at bay. If not using winterized DECLUTTER: pots, bring them indoors. Moving inside, plan and prepare Diabetes Canada are always looking 11. Clear leaves from the lawn, aer- before you start. Make sure you have for donations. You can donate your ate and consider a fall fertilizing. reusable boxes and bags on hand and wares at one of their donation bins or 12. Decks and garden furniture create some storage space indoors or schedule a home pickup at declutter. will need a good cleaning and, if ap- out. If outside, make sure the space diabetes.ca. Clear leaves from the lawn, aerate and consider a fall fertilizing. With autumn’s arrival, it’s time to get your new home ready for winter before the inclement weather arrives. New homes today come with a warranty, however it’s important to know that if issues arise in during the warranty period that can be traced back to a lack of proper homeowner maintenance, they won’t be covered. To ensure that your warranty rights are protected, here are some fall maintenance reminders for your new home: EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE: 1. Check your windows and doors, inside and out for any cracks or separations around the frames. Apply caulking to any damaged areas. This will prevent water penetration or heat loss. 2. Look for damage or wear to the weather-stripping on your exterior doors and replace if necessary. This keeps warm air from seeping out of your home and costing you more to heat over the winter. 3. Inspect eavestroughs and downspouts. Remove any leaves and debris that can create messy, smelly

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Updating Your Wiring? Know the Risks

A carefully planned home renovation will increase the value of your home and reduce costly mistakes. Most homeowners do not have the training or experience needed to safely perform home electrical work. Manitoba Hydro wants to help keep you safe. Before undertaking a do-it-yourself project, consider the following tips to make sure you do so safely: - Know your own skill level. Arrange for a licensed electrician to upgrade your wiring or any part of your electrical system. - Before any work is done, ensure power to the circuit is shut off using the circuit breaker in the main service panel. - Unplug any lamps or appliances before repairing them. - Never touch plumbing or gas pipes when working on electrical projects. Using power tools is a necessary part of many home renovations. When using a power tool, be sure you are doing so safely. Here are some easy ways to stay safe with power tools: - Many power tools use a significant amount of electricity. Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) with power tools to protect against electric shock. - Never use power tools near live wires or water pipes. - Use extreme caution when cutting or drilling into walls where electrical wires or water pipes could be hidden. - If your power tool trips a safety device, take the tool to an accredited repair shop. - Use power tools with insulated grips. In addition to these important rules of thumb, the proper gear will help ensure you avoid injury while working on your home’s electrical equipment. Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) like safety goggles, hearing protection, a dust mask, protective and insulated gloves, a hard hat and safety shoes whenever you’re working on a home renovation project. For more information about electrical safety, visit Manitoba Hydro’s website at hydro.mb.ca.

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Fall Home Improvement Tips 3 Big Home Décor Trends for Fall 2019

First impressions are made at the front door, and the entryway gives guests their first glimpse of your interiors.

This time of year isn’t just about books and backpacks – it’s also about giving your interiors an update. Here’s a look at the top trends this autumn and how to try them at home to create beautiful rooms you will love. First impressions are made at the front door, and the entryway gives guests their first glimpse of your interiors. To help you make a strong

statement, Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, shares three tips for creating a memorable entryway that will set the tone for your entire home. 1. A fresh coat of paint. A great starting point for sprucing up this focal point is by adding a fresh coat of paint to the front door and trim, inside and out. Of course, freshly painted walls in a coordinating colour will

keep the space looking sharp and make your home even more inviting. “Whether you prefer neutral, bright or bold hues, using multiple shades of the same colour is a great way to add dimension without causing a cluttered look,” explains Grech. When using bold shades like blue and red on the front door, it is important to keep in mind that the colour is only as good as the quality of paint you’re using. Benjamin Moore Aura Grand Entrance provides a rich, lustrous finish and is great for interior and exterior use.” 2. Accessorize with stripes. Entryways can often follow a cookie-cutter design scheme with little to no pattern. To give yours more personality, try accessorizing with stripes. “Stripes can visually elongate even a small foyer, and rugs are a great way to incorporate this trend and define the space,” says Grech. From black and white to multi-colour stripes, this finishing touch will create a striking first impression for your home. 3. Accentuate with lighting. As important as good lighting is for great photos, it’s also essential for home design. Natural light brings life to any space during the day, so keep the windows uncovered or use sheer fabrics in the entryway. Alternatively, if you don’t have a window in your front hall, bring the feeling of the outdoors in with a nature-inspired

colour scheme for walls and furni- from reclaimed wood. Conscious consumption: Forget ture. “Minimizing contrast will help keep this space looking light, bright buying something without a second and inviting,” advises Grech. For thought as to where and how it was evening light, don’t forget a state- produced. Today it’s all about ethical ment lighting fixture to add a func- and intentional shopping for items that are sustainable and well-made. tional beauty. Rich, luxurious spaces: After When it comes to fluffy duvets, years of the cool, restrained style of blankets and pillows, it’s never been minimalism, we are now embracing easier to find locally sourced, humaximalism with interiors that are mane and ethical down. Look for the bold and dramatic. This trend means Downmark label on products, a Caspaces that are warmer and richer, as nadian non-profit that certifies strict we move to surround ourselves with quality standards and ethical harvestour favourite things and mix and ing practices. Find a list of member match elements and aesthetics. Think manufacturers and where to find deep jewel-tones for wall colours and their products at downmark.org. Article courtesy of newscanada.com furnishings and layers of cozy, natural fabrics and materials. Bold and artistic pieces: Similarity is out and incorporating unique, interesting items that tell a story and bring out your own personality is in. This means opting for more handcrafted or statement pieces that create visual interest and are anything but bland and boring. Get the look at home by letting your creativity shine with furniture and décor that inspire you or you’ve always wanted to try, like a traditional clawfoot tub, luxe canopy bed or one-of- It’s never been easier to find locally sourced, humane a-kind rustic tables made and ethical down pillows, duvets and blankets.

Tips for Fueling Your Outdoor Power Equipment This Fall Autumn is coming soon, which means fall leaves and yard work. Homeowners are opening up their garages and sheds and getting out their mowers, trimmers, blowers, power washers, and other outdoor power equipment to use for fall chores. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing power equipment, small engine, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, provides these tips to get “backyard ready” for fall starting with proper fueling of your equipment. “You want your equipment available when you need it, and that starts with proper maintenance and fueling,” said Kris Kiser, OPEI President and CEO. “Always check which fuel you’re buying before filling up.” Four questions to ask before you start fueling outdoor power equipment: 1. Have you read the owner’s manual for the equipment? Always follow manufacturer’s fueling recommendations and use the type of fuel specified. 2. Is the fuel in your equipment fresh? Fuel should not sit in the tank for more than 30 days. Untreated gasoline (without a fuel stabilizer) left in the system will deteriorate, which may cause starting or running problems and, in some cases, damage to the fuel system. 3. Did you purchase the correct fuel? What goes in your car or truck may not be the correct fuel to use in your outdoor power equipment. There are many choices at the pump today, and you should only use E10 or less fuel in any outdoor power

You want your equipment available when you need it, and that starts with proper maintenance and fueling.

equipment. Some gas stations may offer 15 percent ethanol (E15) gas or higher ethanol fuel blends, but any fuel containing greater than 10 percent ethanol can damage – and is illegal to use, says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) –in small engine equipment not designed for it. 4. Are you using a fuel additive or the manufacturer’s fuel? Many manufacturers make fuel additives and fuels, sold at retail locations, to improve equipment performance and mitigate any fueling problems caused by ethanol-based fuels.

Check with your manufacturer’s recommendations and make the best choice that will keep your equipment running strong all season. “It’s also important to drain fuel tanks before storing equipment for the winter,” he said. “Fuel more than 30 days old isn’t good for machines. Also service and winterize your lawn mower, string trimmer, leaf blower, and other outdoor power equipment before storing so it’s ready to get jobs done.” For more information on safe fueling go to LookBeforeYouPump.com.


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Words of Encouragement Have you ever needed encouragement? Every one of us needs it and the more often it comes the better it is for us. The dictionary says to encourage is to inspire with confidence of success and to give strength of mind. When we go about our daily tasks, our work seems easier and much more enjoyable when we are encouraged. Also we tend to get more accomplished when encouraged. There is an example in nature that demonstrates the importance of encouragement and working together to get the job done. Wild geese fly at speeds of 40 to 50 miles per hour, traveling in a ‘V’ formation. As each bird flaps its wings, an updraft is created for the bird behind it. They can go 70% farther in a group than if they flew alone. The birds behind honk an encouragement to those up front to stay on course and maintain their speed. In the Bible, in Acts 18, Apollos came to Achaia to encourage the Christians and it says he “helped them much”. Also in Deuteronomy 1:38 Joshua is about to take over leadership of Israel from Moses and take them into the Promised Land. Moses admonishes the Israelites to “encourage him.” Sometimes there is no one around to encourage us. Then we need to look at the example of David in I Samuel 30:6. It says, “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God”. When you have made the Lord God of heaven your God, then, when you get discouraged, God will be there for you. I Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him (God); for he careth for you”. Do you know someone today who needs a word of encouragement? Why not give them a call? Do you need encouragement? Then encourage yourself in the Lord. Much more will get done if we strengthen and help one another.

Changes to Manitoba Property Taxes Last Spring, the Manitoba government announced some changes to the property taxes, but there was no big announcement, so even someone like me who tries to stay on top of tax changes didn’t even catch it. Our property taxes are made up of two items. First is the municipal taxes that are paid to the municipality we live in. The second portion is the education taxes that are paid to the school division we reside it. The first change I heard about was for the residents of mobile home parks, such as Paradise Village in the RM of Ste Anne. These residents do not own the land, but for almost 30 years, they have been able to apply for the $700 education credit to reduce the property taxes they pay at the end of October. So even though they do not own the land, they have received the property tax bill related to their own home and the total bill was reduced by $700 like the rest of us homeowners. Effective this year, they are no

longer able to apply to have the $700 credit to reduce their property taxes. They have to pay the full amount of the property tax bill by October 31st and then receive the $700 credit when they file their income taxes next Spring 2019. So although they do eventually have the same outcome, they are “out the $700” for about six months. They have to come up with the $700 now by October 31 and get it back next Spring. For many of the residents, it may be an inconvenience, but to some residents it may be a real hardship. Some may not be able to pay their property taxes in full and may incur additional interest (1% per month) until they can pay it in full next Spring when they get their income tax refund that includes the $700 credit. The other change to the property tax credits are for those with lower-valued homes. I only heard about this change in the past month even though the changes were quietly included in the 2018 provincial budget.

Until 2019, homeowners could access the full credit amount even if they paid less than $700 in school taxes – as long as their school taxes and municipal taxes combined were over the $700 threshold. Some residents paid only $250 for their total property tax bill (the minimum charge). Not anymore. Effective 2019, if the education portion of the property taxes is less than $700, the municipal taxes will not be reduced. There are some examples of residents that have seen their net property taxes increase from $250 to over $700. It’s estimated about 25,000 Manitobans are affected by these changes. I have seen a few media reports that have reported the changes and have called them a tax increase on the poor. That is not quite correct. I agree it may be a hardship to have to pay the full amount now, but once the 2019 income taxes are filed next Spring, the credit will be paid as a refundable tax credit on the income taxes. So the

net amount is the same, it will just take six months to get the credit back. And any unpaid amount at the municipal office will be charged interest: likely 1% per month. From what I see on the Manitoba tax assistance office website, the calculations on the income tax form for 2019 has not changed, so overall the outcome is the same. You will just need to wait for the credit with your income tax refund. The usual School Tax Credit for homeowners or tenants 55+ and family income less than $23,800 has not changed. And the Seniors’ School Tax Rebate (up to $470) has not changed either. I’ll try to find out why the government chose to go this route and upset many seniors and many low income seniors if the net outcome is the same. Has the government saved money in their tax office by reducing the number of staff that handled this in the past? We’ll have to wait and see what happens next tax season.

If you are looking for a group of people to talk with about death and taxes; join me, “the Death and Tax Lady”, for an open conversation about “Life and Death” at an upcoming seminar we are in the planning stages for an event some time at the end of October. Call us to be put on the invitation list so when we have more details we can invite you. Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact Ste Anne Tax Service at 204-422-6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Clearview Co-op) or info@sataxes.ca.

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Why Do I Feel Guilty?

Community Rallies Around Family of Five Southern Manitoba has been rallying around a family of five who lost their home in a devastating house fire on September 10, near Kleefeld. According to Hanover Fire Chief Paul Wiebe, the Kleefeld Fire Department was called out at 10:49 am to a yard along Road 28 East. When crews arrived on scene an attached garage was engulfed in flames and spreading to the home. The Grunthal and New Bothwell Fire Departments assisted. The family was at home at the time and called 911. No one was injured in the blaze. The home was a complete loss. Rosalie Stelmack, stepped in on behalf of SANFAN (See A Need, Fill A Need) by collecting for immediate needs until their insurance policy kicked in. “Even though this family has house insurance, the common misconception is that the affected families receive something immediately. Unfortunately, that is not the case and it can take 7-10 days, on a couple of cases it had taken two weeks before the family receives anything in the way of financial assistance,” Stelmack explained. “This is a family of 5, who lost everything at the beginning of the school year.” The family has found a place to live as of October 1. SANFAN is a non-profit, community service program that is all about the ‘Golden Rule’ which is ‘to treat others the way you want to be treated’. “It’s about helping to bring community spirit back into

our communities by seeing not only the individual needs, but the needs of families or even entire communities,” Stelmack added. To find out more about the program, email seeaneedfillaneed2019@gmail.com.

A family of five from Kleefeld lost their home and belongings during a devastating house fire on September 10. Supplied photo.

Hebrews 10:22-27… 22) let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water, 23) Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24) And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25) Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 26) If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27) but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (NIV) Why should I feel guilty? What have I ever done that should cause me to go on a guilt trip? After all, I am a Christian and Christians are guilt-free. Right! Oh, I wish that were true, but it is not. I am no different than anyone of you folks reading this column. No different at all. I know why I get that guilty feeling, and; I am sure you do likewise. It is so easy to do what others do and become a rather selfish Christian. But it should not be that way, there is a better way and we should make it a point to go for the best. There are reasons for this guilty feeling: I can think of a few without really thinking too hard about it. How about saying things about a person that is not true? Do you mean gossiping? Well, that will do it every time for me. I feel extremely bad afterward. Here is another one; not being truthful! Do you mean that? Sure I do. We say that politicians blush when they tell the truth. I am the opposite and so are the good politicians and so are you. We blush when we do not stick with the truth. And that is the truth. But I am thinking about another one if we deliberately go about sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth; after we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. The Bible teaches us that we are to draw near to God, in other words, live and do the things that we learn from Scripture. There are some conditions given for drawing near to God: We must never forget the privilege of worshiping God. Going to church, even if the sermon is poor and the worship superficial, the church service still gives us the chance to show the world what side we are on. We must be sincere in our worship, with true hearts, fully trusting that God will hear our prayers because we have accepted His Son Jesus Christ who made us faultless when He died for us on the cross. That means we have total freedom from a sense of guilt, that guilty feeling deep down in our hearts will be gone and that freedom is based on the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ. We should do our very best when it comes to encouraging others. It is so easy to laugh and say all sorts of nasty things about them and their goals, to pour cold water on their enthusiasm. The world is full of people who suppress people’s faith; however, you and I have a Christian sense of duty to encourage one another. Is it not true that a word of praise, thanks, or appreciation or cheer has kept many a person on their feet? We should do our best so that they will not be tempted to give up their Christian struggle and turn their backs on Christ. None of us who have become part of God’s family makes a practice of sinning. We do not have to, for Christ, God’s Son, holds us securely and the devil cannot get his hands on us. To God Be the Glory Great Things He Has Done. Would you pray this prayer with me? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have peace in my heart. I really want that peace, joy, and happiness that I long for. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will bring honour to Your Name.” Amen.


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Recognizing Mental Health Recovery in Expressions Exhibit Upcoming Concerts Homecoming, 2019! - Thursday, October 10, 7:30 pm, Steinbach Mennonite Church. Tickets $20/$12 It’s SAC’S Concert Series opener - one of our biggest events of the year! A fundraising concert, celebrating some of our favourite local performers and professional artists. Hear some of “Steinbach’s Own” as they return to their home stage. From classical and musical theatre to folk, from published authors to celebrated actors, there is something for everyone. Purchase online, or at SAC. Choral Extravaganza - October 20, 2:30 pm, Steinbach Mennonite Church. Teakle Family Circus and More - November 15, 7 pm, SRSS Theatre Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Holiday Tour - December 10, 7:30 pm, Steinbach Mennonite Church. Families - Take advantage of our Just for Kids ticket pricing - two Shows for $22! (Teakle Family Circus and The Paper Bag Princess. Season Tickets: It’s not too late to purchase season tickets! Call SAC today at 204-346-1077 to secure your seats for the season. Giveosity Online Fundraiser - Your chance to Win a Trip for your family while supporting the Steinbach Arts Council! Full details online at giveosity.com/sac. Fall Programs & Classes: Register now for Fall Programs! Celebrating 40 years of the arts - Try any class… at no cost! Online at steinbachartscouncil.ca, by phone at 204-346-1077, or come into the SAC office to register. Need financial assistance? Call 204-346-1077 for info about our Creative Arts Bursary Fund. Benefits of the Backyard Theatre Company: The Backyard Theatre Company (BTC) offers a variety of theatre programs for ages 5 - 17. It opens up opportunities to break out of your comfort zone and make lifelong friends. It builds people skills, confidence, and ignites creativity. Join us for a free class to check out all the excitement. Steinbach Youth Chorus: Southeast Centre for Music is offering the Steinbach Youth Chorus under the direction of Gabriela Gallo, the perfect singing opportunity for students ages 9 -13. Register today. Music Lessons: Southeast Centre for Music - A Centre of Excellence. Interested in music lessons? Don’t wait! Spaces still available in most disciplines - Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Musical Theatre and Youth Choir! Email scm@steinbachartscouncil.ca for info. Arts4Tots Preschool Program: Montessori-Infused Curriculum. The most creative way to learn for ages 3 - 5 with specialists in dance, music, drama, and visual arts. Join Miss Pam and Miss Jen for a year full of creativity, arts, field trips, learning, and more! Mon/Wed or Tues/ Thu, afternoon spots available. Creative Wellness: Prop It Pilates, Lunch Time Pilates, Secrets to a Strong Back, Core Intermediate, Pilates on the Ball. B.O.S.S. Dance Academy: Introductory 12 week classes in Dance4Tots, Hip Hop. No fundraising, no costume fees – just try it out! Languages: New Beginner German, French Beginner & Intermediate and Spanish Beginner & Intermediate. Visual Arts: Kids - Art Adventures, Art X-travaganza, Teens - Mixed Art, Pottery Passion, Cartoon Illustration, Adults - Acrylic & Watercolor Painting, Intro to the Pottery Wheel. Workshops: Wood Burning, Stained Glass, Resin Art, and more. Canvas Paint Night: On October 10, Canvas & Colas (kids & adults) 4:30 – 6 pm, Canvas & Cabernet (age 18+) 6:30 – 9 pm. Hall Gallery Exhibits 16th Annual Expressions – Recovery Through Creative Expression. Opening Night Friday, October 4, 7 pm. Exhibit runs until October 29. Next Up: South East Artists: Arts Journey – Then & Now,| November 6 – December 20. 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.

The opening ceremony for the 16th Annual Expressions: Recovery Through Creative Expression is on Friday, October 4 at 7 pm to celebrate recovery and promote positive mental health. A free community event, Expressions is held annually in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week. Its purpose is to showcase and celebrate the individuals who use art in their mental health recovery journey and to promote better understanding of mental illness in our region. This is the eighth year in partnership with the Steinbach Arts Council. The artists, who are from various communities in the southern area of Manitoba, express themselves through a variety of media. The Exhibit takes place at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre Hall Gallery on Friday, October 4 at 7 pm and will run until October 28. The opening ceremony which includes live

A free community event, Expressions is held annually in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week.

entertainment by local performers is open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Donations on opening night will go to the Expressions Event Fund. Kim Heidinger, Expressions Chairperson and Peer Support Worker for the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society,

said, “This event is near and dear to my heart as it fulfills my passion for stigma reduction in mental health. My message about Expressions is, ‘See the person, not the illness.”

SAC Kicks off 40th with a Homecoming to Remember The Steinbach Arts Council (SAC) is thrilled to open its 40th Anniversary Concert Series with a unique celebration of local talent, featuring professional artists of all disciplines who have grown up on the local stage in Steinbach. These artists are graciously donating their talents to help make this fundraising concert a success, and to give back to the community that supported them from the beginnings of their careers. Each has played a monumental role in developing and nurturing the arts in both the local community and southeast region, and continues to do so as they pass their

passion for the arts on to others. “The generosity of these artists is remarkable, and the fact that they are so eager to perform on their home stage speaks volumes,” said David Klassen, Director of Performing Arts for SAC. “We have a community of artists that really value giving back and that will certainly be evident at our Homecoming Concert. I know it will be a highlight for me this year.” The Homecoming Concert lineup includes Michelle Sawatzky, Emcee, singer/radio personality, David Klassen, Voice, Darryl Friesen, Piano, Katrina Tamagi, Voice, Mary Ann Loewen, Author, Andrew Unger,

Author of the Daily Bonnet, Tracy Penner, Actress, Willie Wiebe, Guitar, Rosemary Siemens, Violin and many more, coming together to make the evening a huge fundraising success. Homecoming, 2019 is set to take place on Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 pm in the Steinbach Mennonite Church. From classical and musical theatre to folk, from published authors to celebrated actors, visual artists and more there is truly something for everyone. Tickets can be purchased online at steinbachartscouncil.ca, at the SAC Office at 304 Second Street, or by phone at 204-346-1077.

Celebrate SAC’s 40th Anniversary by Trying Something New this Fall This fall is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the arts by trying a new program at the Steinbach Arts Council. With the 2019-2020 season marking its 40th anniversary, the Steinbach Arts Council anticipates a highly creative fall with some regular program favourites and a few new and exciting programs and workshops too. SAC’s programs typically fit into one of five categories: Theatre, Visual Arts, Creative Wellness, Community Programs, and Dance. Backyard Theatre Company - Re-

nowned for their classes which build confidence and ignite creativity in ages 5 to 15 plus. Whether you’re trying acting for the first time, or want to hone in on a particular theatrical skill, the BTC is for you! Visual Arts - Features a variety of artistic mediums and genres, including Digital Photography, Pottery, Cartooning, Mixed Art for Teens, Water Colours and Ink, and other specially formalized classes for children. Creative Wellness Program - Provides a variety of Pilates courses as

well as Belly Dance. Community Programs - Include SAC’s well known Arts4Tots Preschool Program, Language and Cooking Classes. BOSS Dance Academy - Offers 10 week intro courses in Little Ballerinas for ages 3 - 5 and Hip Hop for ages 3 - 5, 6 - 9 and 10 plus. With over 60 programs to choose from, there is literally something for all ages! For more details or to register, visit steinbachartscouncil.ca, call 204 -346-1077, or stop by the SAC office at 304 Second Street.

Senior’s Conference Slated for Piney New in 2019 the Southeast Centre for Music is offering the Steinbach Youth Chorus under the direction of Gabriela Gallo. It’s the perfect singing opportunity for students ages 9-13.

On Monday, October 7, the Everyday Living 55+ Senior Living Conference is taking place at the Piney Community Hall at 9 am. The free event, including lunch is being hosted by the LGD of Piney Community

Resource Council. Residents in the area are asked to come out and enjoy a fun and educational day of learning about topics that affect the daily lives of seniors. There will be a number of speakers

and activities including a fall art project, Yoga with Tina, the RCMP, Elder Abuse, Revenue Canada, the Canadian Deprescribing network and more. Space is limited. RVSP at 204-4372604 by October 4.

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East Braintree Men Rebuild Historic Wagon

Paul Feilberg, Dave McCallum and Bill Stevenson are working together to restore “The Yellow Fellow” to its former glory. Supplied photos

For the past few years, a group of volunteers have been reconstructing a 100 year old hay wagon called “The Yellow Fellow” at the Midwinter Heritage Site in East Braintree. According to Margaret Feilberg, President of Midwinter Heritage Association, David McCallum did not know his grandfather was a Wheel-Wright until after graduating from a Wheel Wright workshop in British Columbia. “Now he is carrying on the family tradition by doing just that. He has re-built many antique wagons in recent years,” Feilberg explained. “The hay wagon was exposed to the moody Manitoba elements, and over time became derelict and very much needed to be restored.” Each fall, McCallum holds workshops in the RM of Reynolds area so that people can be shown how to make a wagon wheel. At this time, he is instructing several volunteers from Midwinter Heritage Site on how to re-construct a 100 year old hay wagon. “The “Yellow Fellow” was once used to haul hay for cattle and horses in the fall, and then the wheels were taken off in the winter, and skids were put on to haul wood through the snow,” she added. The wagon was donated to the Midwinter Heritage Site by Lorraine Kerr. It originally came from the Ernest Gauthier homestead. The property changed hands several times, and was once owned by the “Gladiolia Man”, George Hornick, who grew and sold thousands of gladiola flowers to flower shops in Winnipeg. The project started in 2013 with seven volunteers, but that number has dwindled off to three. “The volunteers meet often to work on the wagon- they take their time with everything, have many coffee breaks, but are making slow progress,” Feilberg add-

Building one of the wagon wheels is a fine art.

ed. “It has been a costly endeavor, as although volunteers meet regularly, there are some things they cannot accomplish or re-build themselves, and Midwinter Heritage has had to pay for any outside work.” As part of the restoration, the group has kept all the medal and steel bits from the original wagon and the hubs of the wagon were re-constructed by Dwayne Danley of British Columbia. A company in Pennsylvania re-made the spokes. “The volunteer’s jobs are to carve the spoke ends to make a tenon to fit into the outer wheel, also called a fellow and then into the hub. This is an age old art, now almost lost. The volunteers have immense respect for the wheel wrights of pioneer days,” Feilberg concluded. One of the highlights of the project took place in spring of 2017, when a fire permit was obtained, and 9 volunteers built a huge hot fire in the gravel parking lot. The rims of the wagon were heated until sizzling hot then placed on the wooden wheels. Volunteers very quickly poured cold water on them, to shrink the rims and make them adhere to the wooden wheels. Once the wagon is finished, it will be on display at the Midwinter Heritage Site in East Braintree.


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Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

C ommunity E vents Dugald Prairie Voices Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Springfield Library. Falcon Lake Alcoholics Anonymous - Whiteshell group meets every Wednesday and Saturday at 8 pm in All People’s Church, Falcon Lake. Come and meet with us or call 204-349-2374. We can help. Friedensfeld 307 Stoneybrook RCAC Squadron - On Thursday nights at 6:15 pm at the Community hall, 32004 Road 35E. Free Program. Cadets participate in a range of dynamic training over the course of the school year and over the summer at one of the Summer Training Centres. Subjects include Citizenship, Leadership, Aviation, Aerospace, Navigation, Drill, Physical Fitness, Aircrew Survival, and Marksmanship. Cadets are expected to assist in fundraising to put towards training facilities and costs associated with some optional activities. To register come in person or contact 307rcacs@gmail.com. Grunthal Artistic Connections – On Tuesdays, November 5 – December 10 at 9:30 am. “Strengthening Parent/Child Relationships Through Art” offered by Agape House at the New Horizons, 109 Main St. Free. Making art, and getting to know your child in a new and creative way together. Recipes available for all homemade art materials. Offered to anyone raising a child who is 6 or younger. Childcare will be available for children 7 and up, if needed. Space is limited. Please register ASAP. Contact Donna 204-326-6062, childrens@agapehouse.ca. Hadashville Fall Supper - On Saturday, October 19. Doors open 4:30pm, Dinner at 6 pm. Adults $20, Children 7 – 12, $8 and under 6 Free. Advance tickets required. Contact Maureen 204-4265261 or Donna 204-426-5448. Everyone is welcome. Reynolds Moms & Tots Playgroup – On Wednesdays until June from 10 am – 5 pm. Crafts, Gym Use, Playroom, Snack, Outdoor Play. Contact Angie Hood 204-295-4010 Ile-des-Chênes Ritchot Senior Services at the TransCanada Centre. Call 204339-6141 for more information. Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Seniors Conference – On Saturday, October 19, 9 am – 4:30 pm at the TransCanada Centre. Fee $10 includes lunch. Morning session Mental Illness, Mental Health, Mental Well Being. Afternoon sessions Loss of Life and Grief Support, Personal Safety, Mindful Movement and Get Better Together. To register call 204-771-0560 or online at ritchot.com. Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 20 from 3:30 – 7 pm at TransCanada Centre. Cost Adults $14, Seniors $12, Students $10, Children (4-10) $5 and 3 & Under are free. 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. 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 Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 204-377-5013. La Broquerie Chase The Ace – On Wednesdays at 6 pm at The Frantz Inn, Hwy 52. Tickets $1 each, from 6 - 8 pm. Draw takes place at 8:10 pm. If the Ace is not pulled, the winner will take home 10% of that night’s ticket sales and 45% will be added to the next week’s Jackpot. Every week that the Ace of Spades in not pulled, the pot grows larger! Funds raised to support Agape House. Contact 204-326-6062. 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 Craft Time - On Saturday, October 5 from 10:30 am—1:00 pm come make Paper Bag Monsters at the Bibliothèque Taché Library. Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 13 from noon – 6 pm at Notre Dame de Lorette Parish Hall, 1282 Dawson Rd. Lego Club – On Wednesday, October 30 from 6:30 pm— 7:30 pm at the Bibliothèque Taché Library. Join us to build, create & explore. Drop-in, no registration required. Vendors / Local Crafters Wanted - We’re looking for vendors, especially local crafters to rent table(s) at the Lorette Community Christmas Market which will be held on Saturday, December 7 at College Lorette Collegiate. Contact yvonneromaniuk@gmail.com, 204-878-2857.

Ritchot Senior Services: Supper - Every Tuesday and Friday at Le Club des Bles D’. Please reserve your meal one day prior, before 6 pm by calling 204-878-2682 and leave a message. Attention Newcomers - Have you purchased a home or condo in the area, over the last year? The Welcome Basket Committee of the LUD of Lorette would be happy to answer questions. We have a free basket of coupons, small gifts, samples, brochures, and business cards which have been generously provided by the businesses and organizations. To arrange a visit please e-mail lorettewelcomebasket@gmail.com. No strings attached. PTSD Support Group – Every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the RM of Tache office, Hwy 206. Volunteer support group meeting for posttraumatic stress disorder support group. Chase the Ace Lottery – On Thursdays from 7 - 9 pm with the draw at 9:15 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.

Roseau River Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 20 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm at the Roseau River Bible Camp, Hwy 59 south.

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.

joys and challenges of fatherhood. For Dad’s with kids’ age 0 – 6 yrs. Registration required, childcare provided. Call Maggie 204-346-0413, maggie@steinbachfrc.ca.

Sarto Ukrainian Dance Club – On Mondays from 7 - 8 pm at the Sarto Hall. Join the Sarto Polevnyi Ukrainian Dance Club for the season! You do not need to be Ukrainian to dance! Boys & girls, ages 3 to adult, no prior experience required! Cost starts at $150/year.

Ste. Agathe Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 6 from 4 – 7 pm at the Community Centre. Roast turkey, ham, meatballs, stuffing, potatoes, veggies, coleslaw, and deserts. Cost Adults $15, 6 – 12, $7, 5 and under free. Take out service available. Call Tara 204-391-0100, taragoller@hotmail.com, Guy 204770-1700 or Jean-Claude 204-298-7045.

Steinbach and Area Garden Club - On Monday, November 25, 6:30 pm at Sunshine Nursery. “A Green Christmas” workshop. Create an artistic piece using natural materials. Led by Janet Blatz, Master Gardner in-training and seasoned grower. Everyone welcome. Visit sagardenclub.com for information and cost.

Sprague Stomper Taw Connors a Tribute to the Legend performed by his son - On Saturday, October 12. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Show starts at 7 pm at the Community Hall, Hwy 308. Live for One Night Only. Advance Tickets $30, Tickets at the Door $35. Meet and Greet following concert. Tickets at Carl and Kay’s Fine Foods in Sprague and Coop Card Lock in South Junction. Dry Camping available on the Hall grounds. Contact Gary Gebhardt 204-437-2247, rebelrunner@live.com. 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.

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.

St. Adolphe Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 20 from 3:30 – 7 pm at the Pioneer Hall. Cost: Over 12 $14, Kids (6-11) $6, 5 and under free. Take-out $15.

Middlebro Fall Supper – On Saturday, October 5 from 5 – 7 pm at the Community Centre. Cost Adults $15, children 6-12 $6, 5 and under free.

Curling Club League Registrations Open - Men’s League: Tuesday nights starting October 8, 6:30 and 8:45 draws. Rockettes Ladies Morning League: Tuesday mornings, no experience necessary. Contact 204-883-2269, CherylKennedyCourcelles@ hotmail.com. Ladies League: Wednesday Nights starting October 20, 6:30 and 8:45 draws. Adult Learn-to-Curl (6 sessions): Starting the week of October 20 (day of week and time TBD). Mixed League: Friday Nights starting October 11, 7 and 9:15 draws. Junior League: Saturday Mornings from October 19 through mid-February (12 sessions), 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Junior Learn-to-Curl: Saturday mornings from October 19 through mid-February (12 sessions), 9:30 - 10:20 am. All leagues are subject to a minimum number of registrations. Register curlstadolphe@gmail.com.

Mitchell Seniors’ Breakfasts – Every Tuesday, from 8 - 9:30 am at the Seniors’ Centre, 130 Ash St. Open to all. Cost $3 to $6. Bring a friend and enjoy the fellowship. Contact Jane Penner, 204-346-2469, jpenner@jantre.com. New Bothwell Fall Supper – On Sunday, November 1 from 12 pm – 2 pm at Bothwell Christian Fellowship Church. Niverville GriefShare - If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one we wish to help, you get support and learn about the grieving process. Contact 204-381-1155 to register or go to Nivervillegriefshare.com. Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62-4th Avenue S.) Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com. Paradise Village Paradise Squares Dance Club - On Tuesdays from 7 – 9:30 pm at the Paradise Village Rec. Hall. Modern Square Dancing is fun and a great social activity. Couples and singles are welcome. Contact Larry 204-422-5424. Pinawa Whiteshell Toastmasters – Tuesdays at 11:30 am at Whiteshell Laboratories, 1 Ara Mooradian Way. Sign-in required. Piney Fall Supper – On Saturday, October 19 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm at the Community Hall. Roast Beef/Horseradish, Perogies/ Cream Sauce, Cabbage Rolls, BBQ & Gravy Meatballs, Turnips, Carrots, Baked Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Homemade Dinner Buns, Salads and a Variety of Home Baked Desserts. Adults - $15, Children (Ages 5 - 10) $8. Contact 204-423-2332. Prawda Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am at the Reynolds School Gym. Free to parents and children. Snacks provided. Contact Cassie 204-793-8290. Richer Richer Metis Local Citizenship Drive – On Thursday, October 3 from 3 - 7 pm at the Young at Hearts Hall, 22 Dawson Rd W. Mobile situated outside for applications. Also a meeting in the hall from 3 - 5 pm to accept nominations for chairperson, vice-chairperson and secretary/treasurer with the vote from 5:01-5:30 pm Cards till 7 pm. 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 & Dance – On Saturday, October 5 at the Shevchenko Ukrainian Hall. Supper served from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Adults - $22, Ages 6 to 12 - $10, 5 and under free. Cash Bar/Silent Auction. Music by High Profile. Contact 204- 4273102 or 204-427-2944.

Ritchot Senior Services Programs: Located at 457 Main St. Chair Fit – On Mondays from 10:45 - 11:15 am. Free. Gentle workout to help strengthen and lengthen muscles, improve range of motion all from a chair or using chair for stability. Wear clean supportive foot wear. These classes are designed for those that are new to exercise, recovering from injury or just enjoy a gentler exercise experience. You will never be asked to get down on the floor at anytime during these workouts. Strength & Balance – On Mondays and Fridays from 9:15 - 10:15 am. Runs until February 2020. Free. A 6-month program includes a variety of exercise for balance and/or strength as part of a Falls Prevention Program. Participants must commitment to 2x a week for the 6 months. Limited space available. Yoga Strong – On Wednesdays, September 11, 18, 25 and October 2. Cost $20. 1-hour class of yoga poses/exercises to increase muscular strength & endurance, balance and flexibility. Class is done barefoot. Bring your own yoga mat but. Limited space available. 20:20 – On Thursday, October. 3. Cost $20. 1-hour class to strengthen the heart by increasing the heart rate with aerobic exercise for 20 minutes followed by 20 minutes of strength work using hand held weights and resistance tubing. Limited space available. Block Therapy – Thursdays, October 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 6 -7 pm. 6 weeks for only $48. Uses a Block Buddy (supplied), to bring heat into an area and melt frozen fascia (connective tissue), releasing it from the area and thereby promoting increased blood and oxygen flow. Program open to all ages. Mood Disorders Meeting – On Thursdays at 2:30 pm, 457 Main St. with Tara Brousseau, Executive Director for a support group, with topics on depression, bipolar, recovery, shame, resilience, mindfulness, meditation, coping and self soothing skills, interrelationship skills, seniors’ issues, distress tolerance and peer to peer support. All ages are welcome. 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, October 27 from 4 - 7 pm at Chalet Malouin, 14 Hilaire St. Purchase 50/50 at the administrative offices. Draw to be held at the Fall Supper. St. Pierre-Jolys Army Cadets – On Thursdays, from 7 – 8:30 pm, Community Hall, 545 Hébert Ave. Join the 3234-Manitoba Horse RCACC Army Cadets. Leadership, citizenship, community service, sports, orienteering, canoeing, marksmanship, drill, band and more. For all youth aged 12 - 18. Enrollment is Free, No deadline to register. Contact Capt. Roxanne Maynard, Commanding Officer 204-324-4034, roxanne.maynard@ cadets.gc.ca or 3234mbhorse.info@gmail.com. Stay and Play Group – Every Monday from 9:30 – 11:30 am at YFC Cinema. Snacks, coffee served, childcare available.

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 Fall Supper - On Sunday, October 6 from 3 - 7 pm, at the Ste. Anne Collegiate’s gymnasium, 197 St. Alphonse. Cost $15 per person, 13 years old and over, $5 per child from 5 - 12 years, under 4 is free. Traditional menu with turkey and stuffing, meat balls, ham, mashed potatoes, homemade bread and pies, and much more. Take-out meals available. A silent auction and all profits will go towards the Parish’s good works, including Kateri Centre. Guests are invited to contribute to the food bank by bringing non-perishable foods. Looking for volunteers. Contact Martine 204-223-0054 or smrtmarty@gmail.com. Piano Lesson - With Josue Beaudoin, on Monday nights at 112 Central Ave. Cost $200/10 lessons payable to the Cultural Committee of Ste. Anne. Contact 201-422-9599, cccsa@mymts.net. 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 Mélanie Brémaud at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or labseinerss@gmail.com. Ste. Geneviève Library Night – On 2nd Tuesday every month, at the Community Centre from 6:30 – 7:30 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 Free Learn to Curl Clinics – From Monday, October 7 – Saturday, October 12, 6 - 8 pm, at Steinbach Curling Club, 357 Elmdale St. Open to all ages and skill levels. Equipment provided but bring a clean pair of running shoes. Contact Lynne Lee 204-905-1150, lynnelee2015@gmail.com. Write or Wrong: Creative Writers Group – Normally meets on the second Tuesday of every month. For October meet on Monday, October 7 at 7 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Writers, join us for our Creative Writers’ Group. Enjoy the company of fellow writers and if you would like, bring a selection of writing to share and have critiqued (max. 5 pages). For ages 16 and up. Contact Madison Redekopp, 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. ROC Eastman Book Fair – On Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18, from 9:30 am – 9 pm and Saturday, October 19 at 9:30 am – 4 pm, Clearspring Centre. Many categories to choose from. Wheelchair accessible. Contact Moni Loewen, moni@roceastman.ca, 204-371-2887. Steinbach and Area Garden Club - On Monday, October 21, 7 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village. “Getting to the Root of The Problem: Bugs, Plants and Digging For Solutions”. Bring your plant problems (specimen or photo) to this interactive session to promote good plant health. Dorthea Gregoire, PhD in entomology and avid gardener; Elizabeth Teichroeb, plant enthusiast and houseplant specialist Everyone welcome. Refreshments. Door prizes. $5 non member admission. Visit sagardenclub.com. Nobody’s Perfect – On Fridays, October 4 and 11 from 1 – 3 pm at the Family Resource Centre 101 North Front Dr. Support for moms and dads with children aged 6 and under. Meet with other parents of young children and discuss real life solutions and find positive ways of parenting. To register call 204-3460413, Maggie@steinbachfrc.ca. Minds in Motion – On Tuesdays, October 15 - December 3 from 9:30 - 11:30 am at Fernwood Place 303 3rd St. Cost $65 each. Combines physical activity, socialization and cognitive stimulation for people with early to moderate symptoms of dementia to attend with a family member or community friend. To register 1-204-326-2002. There’s a Dad for That – On Tuesdays, October 29, November 5,12,19,26 and December 3 from 6 – 8 pm at the Family Resource Center. Interactive, support group focusing on the

Steinbach Sizzlers 4-H – On Mondays at 7 pm, United Church, 541 Main St. Join the fun of Learning to Do by Doing! Work on projects like woodworking, cooking, baking, sewing, welding, photography and many more! For children 8 years old and up. Contact Tatiana 204-429-2107, loonlover06@ gmail.com. Steinbach Alpha Unit - Meet up every Sunday at Clearspring Centre mall from 8 - 10 pm for a truck and car club. Any and all vehicles are welcome to join or if you just want to come down to check it out everyone is welcome. Contact Beau Friesen 204-381-0647, beaufriesen98@hotmail.com. Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi – On Wednesdays, at 7 pm at the United Church, 541 Main St. Ancient Taoist Tai Chi art develops a strong body, balanced and energetic mind that is calm and clear, creative and dynamic. Join us to learn 108 moves of Taoist Tai Chi and feel the benefits. All of our classes are led by qualified instructors. Contact Veronica Klassen 204392-6565, Winnipeg@taoist.org. PTSD Support Group- On the last Thursday of each month, at 7 pm at the Steinbach Legion. Volunteer support group meeting for posttraumatic stress disorder. Movie Night at the Library – Every 4th 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. 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 – Meets on 1st Tuesday every month at 8 pm until June 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

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

October 2019


The Force is Strong in this Family respect for others; promote fun, friendship, adventure and challenges through new experiences; develop leadership and decision-making skills; give service to the community; value the natural environment. The Steinbach Rotary Club - Meets every Monday at noon except when Monday falls on a long weekend at the Chicken Chef, 365 Main Street, visitors are welcome. Contact Cornie at 326-3155. Mental Health Information and Support sessions - 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 - Every Thursday at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library, 255 Elmdale St. Meetings open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Contact 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. Vasser Fall Supper – On Sunday, November 10 from 4 – 6 pm at the Community Hall. Vita Stay and Play – On Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am, at the Shevchenko School for children ages 0 - 5 along with their parents/caregivers are welcome to join us for a fun, free, educational learning program. Crafts, snacks, songs, games and story time! Facilitator: Andrea Smith. Contact Penny Horvorka-Alcock 204-425-3535. Woodridge The Mobile Clinic – Is onsite on the third Thursday of every month from 9 am – 4 pm at the Community Club. Contact for appointments 1-855-644-3515 or southernhealth.ca. Zhoda Fall Supper – On Sunday, October 20 from 4 - 6 pm at the Community Hall. Cost Adults $15, Children 6 - 12 $7, 5 and under free. Winter Festival Fundraiser – On Saturday, November 2 at 6 pm, Zhoda Community Hall, 42168 Rd, 16N for Vita and Area. An evening of Rock ‘n’ Roll with Elvis & Johnny Cash. Doors open at 5:30 pm, supper 6 pm. Tickets $25. To reserve contact Lucie 204-712-5442, luciemaynard13@gmail.com or Jerry 204-371-0581. To have your event featured in this listing, please email your events each month to to editor@dawsontrail.ca

Cooks Creek Conservation Looking for Past Board Members The Cooks Creek Conservation District is in the midst of planning an event to celebrate its 40th year. They are seeking the contact information of all former board members for the event taking place in late October. If you have served on the board in the past, please email with your contact information to cccd@mymts.net as soon as possible. All Board Members are looking forward to hearing from everyone to celebrate this milestone.

Since I was a child, I have liked Star Wars. I can remember one of my earliest school memories of playing in the school yard with a Chewbacca and a Boba Fett action figure, my friend had a Luke Skywalker. As I’ve grown older

I’ve watched each of the original movies countless times and have enjoyed them immensely. Once my wife and I had children of our own, they too fell in love with the Star Wars universe and can often be seen running throughout the house with light sabers swinging about. It is a common occurrence where one of us will be holding out a hand, fingers spread in an attempt to playfully “use” the force on one another. Sometimes, the salt shaker or the ketchup bottle will be pulled into the outstretched hand from across the table (with a little help from Daddy). What I and the rest of my fam-

ily are very excited about is that now my two youngest children are old enough to watch the Star Wars movies. This has been years in the waiting for me as I didn’t want them to see them too soon but to be of an age where 1) it wouldn’t scare them, 2) that they would enjoy the movie for what it is and not be confused that this might be real-life and 3) that they would understand the storyline without me stopping the movie every five minutes to explain why so-and-so is doing what he/she is doing. Now, when we sit down to watch a movie from the Star Wars franchise and I hear the whine of a Tie

Moving on a Plan for Southeast Economic Success Representatives of the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce met with the Hanover Community Development Corporation (CDC) to discuss the recent announcement that Hanover Council is looking to develop an economic development strategy for the municipality. In the meeting, members of Hanover Council shared the plans that they have been working on, the direction they are hoping to go, and some of the challenges that they have encountered. The

Steinbach Chamber’s President, Tim Schmitt, and Vice-President, Wayne Patram, were glad to have the opportunity to meet with the Hanover CDC and are excited about the work they are doing. The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce not only wanted to meet with Hanover CDC to hear about their economic development plans, but also to show support for their efforts as success in Hanover will also have a positive impact on businesses in Steinbach. “The growth and development of towns, cities, and municipalities affects the neighbouring commu-

nities,” said Tim Schmitt. “The entire southeast community benefits when any part moves forward and grows.” Many success stories in the southeast region are based on partnerships where two or more groups worked together to achieve a larger goal. The communities of Steinbach, Hanover, and hopefully others in the southeast will continue to find opportunities to work together to bring more businesses, products, services and jobs to the region said Schmitt.

Seniors Invited to One Day Conference By Marianne Curtis For one day, seniors throughout the region are invited to participate in the first ever HealthyMind Healthy Body Seniors Conference. The event, hosted in partnership with Southern Health and the Vintage Club IDC/Grande Pointe is taking place on October 19. The conference is geared towards all 55+ and older adults, seniors and their supports in the region. Vivian Berube, Vintage Club - IDC / Grande Pointe board member and spokesperson said the event is in keeping with the club’s mission statement to organize and promote a variety of activities for seniors including social, physical and mental

health programs based on their identified needs and interests. “For the past year, we have been working collaboratively with the Municipality of Ritchot and Southern Health- Santé Sud to develop education and content to assist our seniors in living a more enriched and meaningful community life,” Berube explained. The day’s agenda includes a full slate of special guests including keynote speaker Dr. Denis Fortier, Southern Health’s Vice President of Medical Services. There will also be a number of educational sessions that would interest seniors throughout the area. Topics include Mental Health, Mental Wellness, and Mental Wellbeing, loss of life and grief support, personal safety, Mindful Movement and Get Back Together

& It’s Safe to Ask. “The structure and content of the day’s sessions were developed to address the feedback we received from our seniors in 2018,” she added. “We will be harvesting seniors’ recommendations and suggestions at the day’s end. This will help us determine and develop one day workshops, weekly sessions and ongoing community outreach support, if there is a need and desire.” The HealthyMind Healthy Body Seniors Conference is taking place October 19, at the TransCanada Centre in Ile des Chenes from 9 am to 4:30 pm. There is a $10 fee to attend and lunch is included. Register at 204-771-0560.

Fighter zipping past or the sound of two light sabers connecting in battle, I can see in the faces of my children that same awe, love and enjoyment that I too feel. Now we can talk about the adventures that the characters are having, we can discuss how cool something was and we can talk about what we think may or may not happen in future movies. I can remember as a kid feeling the excitement and wonder of these movies and stories and I’m glad that I am now able to share this more deeply with my family. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

Vita Arena Will Open this Season

Vita residents have stepped up to keep the doors of the community’s only recreation facility open this winter by volunteering. This comes after news hit the streets that the arena would not be opening this season due to a lack of parent volunteers needed to serve on the board. Initially Shirley Wiebe an arena board member said that at least four additional board members were needed to get things going at the local facility. “It would be nice if we could have a board of about nine or ten people, four of them on the executive and the others as volunteers,” Wiebe explained. At the September 25 annual arena board meeting, over two dozen people attended and now the committee sits at a dozen members. “It was amazing. The community came together,” Wiebe said. She noted that a number of people at the meeting said they were unaware of the shortage of volunteers. Volunteers are used for everyday things like running the canteen, making schedules, and making sure the ice gets flooded when required. This year, the Vita Arena will be relying on the weather before installing natural ice when the weather gets cold instead of operating the artificial ice plant. They have not used it for the past few years due to the cost of operations.

Tim Hortons Smile Cookies Support ROC From September 16-22, proceeds from every Smile Cookie purchased at Tim Hortons in Steinbach went in support of Recreational Opportunities for Children (ROC). ROC Eastman connects local children and their families to positive recreational opportunities. These opportunities encourage children to find belonging, gain confidence and foster healthy communities.


October 2019

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

RCMP FILES If you have any information in regards to any item here 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).

Trio of Liquor Thieves On August 1 at approximately 4 pm two males and a female entered the Steinbach Liquor Mart. All three individuals appeared indigenous in decent. After strolling around the store for a period of time the female picked up and paid for one can of product but the two males selected product and exited the store without making any effort to pay. The Steinbach RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying any suspects.

Thief Targets Blumenort Vehicles On August 7 Steinbach RCMP received multiple reports of motor vehicle thefts in the Town of Blumenort, which happened overnight. Valuables and cash were stolen from vehicles. One reported that their pick-up truck was stolen but has since been recovered. Through police investigation a female suspect has surfaced and police are asking the public to assist in identifying the suspect. The suspect was driving a black/dark blue newer model Ford Fusion vehicle. Police would also like to remind everyone to lock their vehicles and not leave valuable items in the vehicle.

On August 17 three unknown suspects followed an unsuspecting customer to a cash register at Walmart and were able to steal her credit card and PIN number. While the customer paid at the cash register, one female suspect seen standing behind her was able to obtain the PIN number as she watched while it was entered on the machine. Shortly after, a male suspect is seen distracting the customer by dropping money on the ground and telling the customer that it belonged to her. While this happened, the female suspect behind her is seen taking the credit card from the machine. Each suspect pays for small items and then exits the building at different times. The same suspects were later seen using the stolen card at Canadian Tire and Shoppers Drug Mart in Steinbach. The Steinbach RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying any suspects.

A theft from a home on road 34 East in the RM of Tache occurred between August 30 and September 2. A trailer with two Snowmobiles described as a black Polaris 600I and a grey Yamaha RX1 were taken. Items also taken from the property include a pool heat pump, a Pentair circulating pool pump, a Polaris robotic pool vacuum and a Delta UV pool light. The pool equipment, all new from 2019, are valued at approximately $10,000. The Steinbach RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying any suspects.

Enclosed Trailer Stolen from Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft of trailer that occurred at Kal Tire in Steinbach between August 20 and August 21. The trailer was parked next to the building in the parking lot and was taken at some point overnight. The trailer is described as a 2016 Lightning brand trailer with a silver aluminum lining. The interior has a black and white checkerboard floor with a custom built shelf. The Steinbach RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying any suspects.

Pickup and School Bus Collide

Beware of SIN Scam

At approximately 7:40 am on September 6 Steinbach RCMP responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a school bus from the Hanover School Division and a pick-up truck. The collision occurred near the intersection of Ash Street and Highway #52 in Mitchell. Initial investigation revealed that the school bus driver was proceeding east onto Highway #52 from the median and collided with a pick-up truck also proceeding east on Highway #52. In all, 45 children were onboard the bus. None suffered any injuries and were taken to the Mitchell School to wait for parents. Both drivers also did not suffer any injuries. The investigation continues.

The Steinbach RCP have issued a warning that there have been a number of calls received by the public regarding a new scam. Individuals have received an automated message stating that their SIN card has been compromised and that they are to provide specific information as requested in the message. The Anti-Fraud Centre is aware of the scam and has information. If you received a call from 1-888-495-850, this is the toll free number for the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and it is being spoofed. No representative from this office is trying to reach you. Fraudsters are making their phone number with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centres. When you miss a call and the caller does not leave a message, do not return the call. If it is important, they will call you back. If it is a long distance number, you could be charged long distance fees. If you spot a scam or have been scammed, get help. Contact your local police, the Canadian Anti‑Fraud Centre and the Competition Bureau. To help reduce the risk of identity theft and other types of fraud never give personal information such as a Social Insurance Number or credit card number over the phone unless it’s to a trusted person or you initiated the call yourself. When someone calls unexpectedly and requests your personal or financial information, try calling the organization first to verify that the request is legitimate. The Government of Canada or reputable firms never ask for personal information without significant safeguards. For further information on types of scams, visit the Government of Canada, Competition Bureau’s “The Little Black Book of Scams”.

On September 5 at approximately 11:05 pm, Oakbank and St. PierreJolys RCMP responded to a serious collision involving a motorcycle and a vehicle on Road 207 south of Highway 1, in the RM of Springfield. The investigation determined that a vehicle travelling north on Highway 207, crossed the centre line and collided with a motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle, a 24-year-old male from Lorette, was pronounced deceased at scene. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, 31-year-old Jasen Chevalier of Ile Des Chenes, was arrested and charged with Impaired Operation of a Conveyance Causing Death and Impaired Operation of a Conveyance with blood alcohol concentration equal to or exceeding 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood causing death.

RCMP Looking for Liquor Thief On August 17 at approximately 5:52 pm, Steinbach Police received a report of shoplifting at the local Liquor Mart. One adult male refused to pay and walked out of the store. Police are asking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in this matter. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Planned Distraction Nets Thieves Credit Card

Thieves Grab Snowmobiles & Pool Equipment

RCMP Make Arrest in Fatal Collision

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Former Reservist Linked to Hate Group Disappears Manitoba RCMP continue to seek assistance in locating missing male. On September 2 at approximately 3:55 pm, officers from the Sprague RCMP detachment received a report of an abandoned vehicle located on a rural property in the RM of Piney, located off of Highway 12 near Road 81E. Police confirmed the vehicle belongs to Patrik Mathews, a former military reservist linked to a global neo-Nazi group. A search of the immediate area did not locate him. The vehicle is believed to have been parked at this location for approximately a week. The RCMP believe Patrik may be under a significant amount of pressure due to this ongoing investigation and the extensive media coverage it has garnered. Anyone who sees him is asked to call police immediately and to avoid engaging with him. The 26 year old was last seen by family members in Beausejour on the evening of August 24. Efforts to contact and locate him by family and police have, so far, been unsuccessful. Patrik is described as 5’10”, 180 pounds, with blue eyes and blond hair. Anyone having information in relation to this investigation can contact the Beausejour RCMP at 204-268-1234 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-2228477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Cameras Snap Liquor Thieves On September 9 Steinbach RCMP received a report of theft from the Liquor Mart. Two Males wearing high visibility vests stole approximately $840 worth of alcohol and left in a grey Toyota pickup truck. The first male is described as approximately 6 ft 2 in with a slim build wearing a black hat, blue jeans and denim jacket. The second male was described as being approximately 5ft 10 in with a medium build wearing a black sweater with blue jeans and a beige hat. RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying these suspects.

On September 15 at approximately 10:54 pm Steinbach RCMP received a complaint of a break-in in progress at a gravel pit in Reynold’s Ponds. The complainant captured images of the culprits believed to be responsible. RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying these suspects. If you have any info in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment or Crime Stoppers.

Stolen Security Camera Results in Close Up On September 17 at 2 am two females and a male are observed to enter the lobby of an apartment on Loewen Blvd. The male is seen to walk up to the security camera, remove it and steal it. RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying these suspects. If you have any info contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment or Crime Stoppers.

Steinbach RCMP received a report of a motor vehicle theft in the Mitchell area on Sunday September 8. The vehicle was last spotted on Highway 52. Members of the RCMP quickly attended the area and patrolled for the vehicle. The vehicle was located abandoned in a field a short time later. Cpl. Henderson, from Steinbach Police Dog Service, and “Gainer” were requested to attend. “Gainer” was able to track the suspect to a nearby residence and a Youth was arrested for possession of property obtained by crime.

On September 9 around 12:20 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a single vehicle rollover at the intersection of PR 311 and 302 in the RM of Ste. Anne. Two males, aged 17 and 15, were injured in this accident and one of the males was taken via STARS to HSC in Winnipeg. Police are still investigating this accident to determine if drugs and/or alcohol are a factor. A Traffic Analyst attended the scene to assist with determining the cause of the accident, including speed. Police are also investigating the activities of the 2 males prior to the accident occurring.

Thief Targets Vehicle Contents On September 5 Steinbach RCMP received a report of theft from a motor vehicle on Southwood Drive. A resident reported that their truck had been rummaged through and a cell phone taken. This is believed to have occurred over night. Another vehicle was vandalized in the same area.

ATV Stolen from Residence

Arsonist Suspected in House Fire At approximately 7 pm on September 9 Steinbach RCMP along with the Steinbach Fire Department and EMS, responded to a house fire situated at 277 McKenzie in Steinbach. Smoke could be seen coming out of all windows and doors. Steinbach Fire Department managed to extinguish the fire with the building still remaining standing. Investigation has revealed that the fire most likely started in the basement and arson is suspected. There were no tenants residing in the residence at the time. No estimate of damage available.

Steinbach RCMP received a report of theft of ATV from a residence situated at 47 Road N in the RM of Ste Anne that occurred between September 10 and September 12. The ATV is described as a 2019 CANAM 1000, yellow in colour with licence plate 3L986. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

RCMP Search for Stolen Dirt Bike RCMP received a report of a theft of dirt bike that occurred on 1st Street in Steinbach. The dirt bike was secured in a pickup box in the owner’s driveway and was taken at some point over night on August 19. The dirt bike was a 2003 Honda XR-100R, red and white in color, with Monsters decals. The Steinbach RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying any suspects.

Stolen iPhone Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen iPhone from the Clearsprings Mall washroom. The theft occurred on August 8 when the owner inadvertently left the phone in the washroom. The iPhone is described as an iPhone X 64GB silver in colour.


Youth Tracked By RCMP Canine

STARS Called Out to Rollover Suspects on Quad

October 2019

Be aware of happenings in your neighbourhood and report suspicious activity to the authorities. Check on your neighbours. Call 911 if you suspect a crime is in progress or has occured!

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 welcome, pay us a visit and consider participating in some of our programs and events. Visit our website at patporteralc.com Memberships: 2019 memberships available for $30 per person. Join now to enjoy our member’s benefits! Check out our website and register to receive your newsletter by email. Other Programs and Services: Monday to Friday Full lunch: $7. Soup lunch: Soup, dessert and a biscuit $3.Call kitchen at 204-3204605 the day before or before 9am to reserve your meal. Foot Care Clinic - Call reception at 204-320-4600 to book your appointment. Beltone Hearing - Call 1-800-6612653 to book an appointment. Community Financial Counselling Services - Mondays, October 7, November 18, and December 16 - call 1-888-573-2383. Cottage Cheese Perogies - For sale $6 per dozen. Transportation - Need a ride to an appointment and or in need of some help with cleaning or yard work? You may qualify for our services. Call Carrie to help arrange this for you 204-320-4604 for a small fee. Equipment Loan Program - Wheelchairs and walkers for temporary use available, contact Carrie at 204-320-4604 for more information. Friendly Visitor - Do you want to have someone spend some time with you either at home or out in the community? Do you know someone who is unable to leave their home often but would benefit from a friendly visit? Call Carrie and she will try to match someone up with a friendly visitor. Volunteer Opportunities: All ages welcome to volunteer. Please call Sonja at 204-320-4603 for more information. We are looking for Friendly Visitors, Maintenance, Meal Delivery, and Office Support. Specials Coming Up: Cooking Demo – Thursday, October 31, $6 per person. If you are tired of the “same old same old” for lunch come to our cooking demo where we will make some new and fresh lunch ideas for you to taste. Call to register. Pancake Breakfast - Third Thursday of every month, $5 per person, 9 am - 11pm. Alzheimer Journey – Wednesdays, October 9 and November 20 at 2pm, free. Register or purchase tickets: Old Time Country Dance - Featuring “the Mosaics” Friday, October 25, from 7 - 11pm. Cost: $12 for members, $15 for non-members, and $20 at the door. Potluck - Thursday, October 10, at 6 pm. Call to register.

Regular Programs and Activities: Activities may be cancelled due to other events on short notice. Please check with the Centre. Please note: All of the programs, activities and events are open to any age. Our programs are aimed for seniors but we welcome and encourage all to be a part of what we have to offer. All programs and activities are $2 for Members and $4 for Non-Members unless otherwise stated. Drop-in: Billiards - Monday - Friday 9 am - 3:30 pm. Book Club - Every Tuesday from 11 am -12 pm and every Friday 12 pm Cards: Monday - Canasta 1- 4 pm, Tuesday - Euchre 2 – 4 pm, Wednesday - Cribbage 1 -4 pm, Thursday -Whist 1:45 - 4 pm, Bridge - Friday 1 – 4 pm. Choir - Wednesdays 10–11:30 am. Computer Classes - Wednesdays from 9 am -2 pm one-on-one 1 hour appointments. Exercise Classes - Tuesday Fitness 1 - 1:45 pm and Thursday PACE 1 – 1:45 pm. Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle Wednesdays 1:30 – 4 pm. HO Model Railway Project Wednesdays and Fridays 10 am -3:30 pm. Movie Time Potluck - “A Dog’s Journey” Monday, October 28 noon. Bring a small lunch dish and enjoy a movie and fellowship. Old Time Country Jam - Wednesdays from 7 - 9 pm. Out with Friends – Friday, October 18, 7 – 10 pm, bring a snack, play board/card games, and enjoy the evening together. Perogy Bee – Monday, October 7, call if you want to help out with making perogies. Beginners Pickleball - Mondays and Fridays 1 – 3 pm. Advanced Pickle Ball - Monday to Friday 9 - 11:30am. Tai Chi - Mondays 10 - 11:30 am. New: Fitness Drumming - Wednesdays starting October 2, 1 - 1:45 pm, 10 sessions. Craft & Bake Sale – Friday, November 1, 9 am – 8 pm, for more information call 204-320-4603. Free Programs: Walking - Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 9 am and Noon-1 pm. Crafty Corner – Every Friday 2 3:30 pm. Cozy Corner Coffee – Every day 10:30 am. Enjoy a complimentary coffee an occasional treat and some great conversation. Rentals: We accommodate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, showers, meetings, family gatherings and much more. Call Sonja at 204-320-4603 for information and to book. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities, please drop by the Centre Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Call Sonja at 204-3204603 or the reception desk at 204320-4600, Fax 204-320-9098.


October 2019

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Children’s Backyard Gardening Wraps Up for Another Year The annual harvest feast was a colourful cornucopia of garden bounty. Some of the junior gardeners and their families as well as interested community folks, gathered Saturday, September 7 to share garden inspired potluck style dishes. The harvest feast marks the end of the 5th annual Children’s Backyard Gardening program facilitated by the Woodmore Women’s Institute Food Security Initiative in partnership with teachers from Roseau Valley School in Dominion City and Shevchenko School in Vita. Many of the gardeners arrived with a variety of produce harvested from their gardens to show to the assembled guests. One young gardener, when asked what his star performer was, said, “The zucchini. You should have seen how big it got!” Before the feast, all the junior gardeners were invited to a cooking lesson where they learned to make quesadillas and salsa with produce from the garden. Teacher mentors made several visits throughout the summer. Jamie Felsch, from RVS, visited gardeners on the west side and Pam Storoschuk, from Shevchenko, visited those on the east. Children were challenged by many of the things that challenge all gardeners. Weeds that want to outgrow plants, lack of rain and unwelcome visitors such as deer, small critters and flying insects. Felsch and Storoschuk gave the young gardeners much needed guidance and encouragement.

The Woodmore Women’s Institute believes strongly in introducing food gardening to young children at this naturally curious stage of life.

Junior gardeners were invited to a cooking lesson where they learned to make quesadillas and salsa with produce from the garden.

Many of the gardeners arrived with a variety of produce harvested from their gardens to show to the assembled guests.

The Woodmore Women’s Institute believes strongly in introducing food gardening to young children at this naturally curious stage of life. To nurture and care for a small plant or seed, and watch it flourish into something that can be eaten, is an ordinary

occurrence and yet magical when you see it happen in front of your eyes. Parents and grandparents have found that it is an antidote to screen time and becomes a bonding time between them and the children. The annual harvest feast was a colourful cornucopia of garden bounty.

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