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Dawson Trail Dispatch

Celebrating 25 Years of Service to Our Communities!

September 2020

Tache Councillor Raises Alarm Over Silica Sand Testing

Celebrating 25 Years of Rural Reporting Compiled By Marianne Curtis Twenty-five years ago the very first copy of the Dawson Trail Dispatch rolled off the press. Today, the Dispatch is one of the few independent newspapers left in the province. Since then, 2.25 million combined print copies have been distributed throughout approximately fifty-three communities in southeastern Manitoba. Dan Guetre, the owner and Managing Editor, started the successful monthly newspaper on the belief there was a need for a newspaper in the southeast region that focused more on the rural communities. “There were interesting stories everywhere, and while the newspaper in the area of the time did a good job, most of the news was Steinbach focused. The smaller population centres were constantly being overshadowed. The Dawson Trail Dispatch was created to fill this void,” said Guetre. “I remember the feeling of visiting the printer when the first issue was coming off the press. There was excitement and anxiety at the same time. Now, 25 years later, the anxiety may be gone, but the excitement still exists.” Guetre did not just want to start a newspaper; he wanted to create a legacy while paying homage to the region he personally decided to call “home”. “From a historical perspective, the Dawson Trail was key to bringing many of the original settlers to the area. It seemed appropriate to name this new venture after the original route many of our ancestors travelled to discover a new life in the west. Using the word Dispatch seemed appropriate since historically it referred to a message that needed to be delivered,” Guetre added. Continued on Page 2...

The cover of the inaugural Dawson Trail Dispatch in September 1996.

On August 22, RM of Tache councillor Armand Poirier raised the alarm that the community of Lorette should be concerned about proposed silica sand testing in the area. According to Poirier, the RM of Tache council was recently informed by Manitoba Conservation and Climate that testing for one of CanWhite’s proposed silica sand mines is to be completed by December 31, 2020. “This testing is to be conducted just outside the town limits of Lorette, approximately two miles from our town well,” said Poirier. “CanWhite is authorized to pump up to 143,000 cub metres (143 million litres) of water from the wells for testing and analysis.” Poirier said that testing, “May directly affect our local water supply and quality for the community and that of 64 thousand other residents who depend on this aquifer.” “If CanWhite is satisfied with the test results the consequences of this include but are not limited to water quality and quantity, but to all facets of our infrastructure and our well being,” Poirier continued. “The RM council is very concerned about these developments.” Poirier further suggested that residents campaign their MLA, the mayor and other members of council on this issue to make sure they opinions were expressed. As a result of this campaign, Councillor Steve Stein has confirmed that Can White has changed their mind at this time. “CanWhite has decided not to proceed with the drilling of the test well at this time,” said Stein. “We will continue to engage them, and the minister in charge of mines to ensure our water source is protected.” RM of Springfield residents raised the alarm in July when it was disclosed that CanWhite Sands Corp. is planning an $80-million project that would extract and process the resource from a large area in the municipality. But the project is facing fierce opposition from some members in the community, who are voicing concerns over the facility’s impact on the environment and the Sandilands aquifer that provides water to a number southeast communities. They were also concerned about dust particles in the air that contain silica, which can cause silicosis, an incurable and deadly lung disease. Silica sand is used in a variety of products, including glass, batteries and an many construction products.






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Celebrating 25 Years of Rural Reporting

Managing editor Dan Guetre spends his holiday time volunteering at community events. Over the years he has sat on various non-profit boards and offers peer support for many young entrepreneurs throughout the region. The annual Richer Rodeo is one of the many events he volunteers for.

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Marianne Curtis has written for the Dispatch for over 20 years. Once on board, she quickly took over the lead writing role and has never looked back.

An interesting part about the start of the paper is that Guetre started it with only $500 in the bank. “It took a bit of creativity financially to start the newspaper as I didn’t have a lot of cash to throw towards it. I had recently become a single dad and purchased a modest home to raise my two year old in,” Guetre explained. “The key to the success of the Dawson Trail Dispatch has always been the team and the communities we serve, and the rapport we have built over the years by listening to the locals.” Guetre noted that what started out as an idea and a team of one, quickly turned into a team of many as the newspaper grew and was delivered to an expanding area eventually incorporating the entire southeast. Part of these partnerships included a freelance staff that includes marketing director Karen Jorgenson and lead writer Marianne Curtis. “I started with the Dispatch about twenty-one years ago,” recalled Jorgenson. “I enjoy working with the business community helping to promote their business/services and have always believed in supporting local and have always believed in our newspaper. We are ‘more than just news!’ The local business community needs our support especially at this very not-normal time in our lives.” Even with COVID-19, the dedicated staff has not missed a beat, and instead of focusing on the negatives going on,

Myriam Dyck has spent over a decade working with the Dispatch (not quite a rookie). Starting with designing advertising, she has expanded her role to include design and layout of the publication.

they have proudly spotlighted the wonderful people and communities who continue to thrive no matter what comes their way. “I started covering news for the Dispatch twenty-three years ago this month and grown throughout the process, just like the communities we have covered,” recalled Curtis. “I cut my teeth covering the budding and expanding livestock industry which was sometimes controversial and over the years I have wept and cheered alongside families as they’ve shared their stories. It is always an honour and a privilege to be such an integral part of the process.” Myriam Dyck could be considered the “rookie” of the team. She joined the publication over 13 years ago as a graphic designer and has now taken over most production and layout duties. “Working for a smaller community newspaper makes you become a jackof-all trades!” says Myriam. “With a large newspaper some designers only do certain ads and others do a few pages or sections of layout each. With the Dispatch I have long-standing relationships with many of our advertisers which makes it easy to keep a consistent style and branding year after year. Then on ‘layout Monday’ I switch roles as I go along, assembling a very large jigsaw puzzle. From finalizing advertisements in the morning through editing all the

Karen Jorgenson joined the Dawson Trail Dispatch team over 20 years ago to handle sales and marketing. While she enjoys the high impact work, there is time to sit back and relax with family.

photos, bringing in all the stories from the columnists and journalists, formatting every page of the whole newspaper to fit everything in (while not forgetting anything important) all the way to sending it to press late at night or in the wee hours when done and proofed. It challenges me as a designer and is very satisfying as each month’s issue is ‘put to bed’ and it feels like my baby each time I get to see it in print a couple of days later. Plus I feel like I have my finger on the pulse of southeastern Manitoba.” Even columnists have had longevity with the Dispatch. Anni Markman, Peter Friesen and Lee Guetre have been there since the early days making their unique contributions and perspectives part of the landscape. Others have joined the team over the years. The Dispatch has always maintained its core value of being accessible to as many residents as possible ensuring all opinions are welcome. Many smaller newspapers have either closed their doors or sold out to the larger publishers while the Dispatch has maintained its unique identity. “I had an opportunity to sell about ten years ago but it fell through when I asked for too many guarantees for the team I worked with to be kept on. In all honesty, I am proud of our independence... we are locally owned, locally run and can focus on issues that may be overlooked by a management team that may not have the personal investment in our communities,” Guetre added. He added that the biggest challenge has been learning one’s limitations. “As a community newspaper, the team we have created have a common personality trait, we want to help everyone. Whether it is a community event or a new business, we want to be there and promote and help,” Guetre concluded.

Thank you to our advertisers and communities for joining in our celebration marking this milestone anniversary!


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Government Rolls Out COVID-19 Response Levels On August 19, our government announced the launch of a new online public health tool that connects Manitobans with more detailed information about the current risk of COVID-19. The #RestartMB Pandemic Response System provides individuals with clear, timely, and localized information about the specific measures being taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This new system allows public health officials to apply and effec-

tively communicate specific changes and related pandemic containment measures by localized site, region, or sector to Manitobans as needed. By applying targeted measures focused on containing specific outbreaks, instead of applying province wide restrictions, we will be able to minimize the impacts on the economy and services for Manitobans, while ensuring that public health remains a top priority. The four colour-coded response levels are:

- (Red) critical – community spread of COVID-19 is not contained and/or there are significant strains on the healthcare system; - (Orange) restricted – community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring, public health measures are being taken to manage the negative impact on human health and/or the health system; - (Yellow) caution – community transmission of COVID-19 is at low levels; and - (Green) limited risk – the spread of COVID-19 is broadly contained, and a vaccine and/or effective treatment is available. The system launched with a province wide level of ‘caution’, meaning COVID-19 is still a

threat across Manitoba, but community transmission levels are low. The system outlines steps Manitobans should be taking at each response level, as well as public health orders and guidance for businesses, service providers, and other sectors. Visit manitoba.ca/covid19/prs/system for more information on the COVID19 indicators and the four response levels. Manitobans, at all response levels, should continue to follow public health fundamentals. Those include: - Always stay home when sick, even if mildly ill; - Enhanced hand hygiene; -Maintain physical distancing; and - Wear masks in public indoor settings where physical distancing is

not possible. Please remain vigilant and continue taking the necessary precautions to ensure your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of those around you. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office at ca.lagasse@outlook.com or 204807-4663. We’re in this together. Bob Lagassé, MLA for Dawson Trail.

Focus on Pandemic Fundamentals to Restart Manitoba As we move forward through this pandemic, our government’s number one priority is to ensure the health and well-being of all Manitobans. Manitoba’s response to COVID19 has been led by scientific evidence and from the advice of our public health professionals. We will continue to listen to our experts as the risk of COVID-19 is still present and the virus will be active into the foreseeable future. Using the advice from our health professionals, our government has launched the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, a new public health online tool that connects Manitobans with clear, timely, and more detailed and localized information about the current risk of COVID-19 and the specific measures being taken to reduce its spread. The #RestartMB Pandemic Response System sets out four colour-coded levels with easily identifiable symbols. The four colour-coded response levels are: - (Red) critical- community spread of COVID-19 is not contained and or there are significant strains on the health-care system; - (Orange) restricted- community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring, public health measures

are being taken to manage the negative impact on human health and/or the health system; - (Yellow) Caution- community transmission of COVID-19 is at low levels; and - (Green) limited risk- the spread of COVID-19 is broadly contained and a vaccine and/or effective treatment is available. Manitoba is at the yellow level but as we have seen a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in some areas, I would like to remind everyone to focus on the fundamentals for reducing the risk of COVID-19. As a reminder, these fundamentals include maintaining social distancing of at least 2 meters from others and wearing masks when that’s not an option, washing your hands often, practicing proper cough etiquette and most importantly staying home if you are sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested. For more information on #RestartMB Pandemic Response System please visit manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs. As we move towards the fall, new proactive and preventative measures will be added to our health-care facilities to ensure the risk of exposure to this virus is minimized for patients and our dedicated front-line clinical staff who care for them.

Effective September 1, 2020, all visitors arriving at health-care facilities will be required to wear non-medical mask to be permitted into the site. The requirement also extends to outpatients attending appointments at clinics within hospitals and health centres throughout the province. By following and supporting a number of public health measures, Manitobans have put the province in a good position to continue a safe, balanced approach to ease public health measures. Although much of the talk has been about COVID-19, as I drive through rural Manitoba, I get to see some familiarity from previous years – our farmers are working hard taking their crops off the fields. I would like to wish them all the best for a safe and plentiful harvest. 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.


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Fundraiser Supports RCMP Officer in Cancer Fight A Steinbach RCMP officer battling a strain of cancer not covered by Manitoba health care services received a huge boost when the community gathered for a fundraising BBQ in his honour. On August 21, the community was invited out to enjoy pork on a bun for a mere $5 in support of Constable Ken Friesen. Friesen has been diagnosed with a form of cancer that requires a treatment not covered by provincial health care. Seeing a need, his daughters, along with the Steinbach RCMP detachment took charge and organized the fundraising BBQ. Friesen told media that he was blown away by the response. “As RCMP we deal with a lot of negatives, but this was such a positive,” Friesen told media. “I am completely overwhelmed.” Every dollar counted, with the funds going towards his medical care. While the majority of the money raised was from lunch, there were a few larger donations. Local Matters, a thrift store in Steinbach was one of the largest donors at the event. Chris Giesbrecht, who owns the store, presented a cheque for $1,000. “The RCMP have cared about Local Matters, they have helped us out and local people matter to us,” said Giesbrecht. Steinbach RCMP Staff Sergeant

Provencher MP Ted Falk and his wife Irene offered their support to Constable Ken Friesen durSubmittted photo. ing the afternoon fundraiser.

Harold Laninga said the detachment was glad to give back to one of their one, who has given so much himself. Laninga recalled how Friesen held a fundraiser for a fellow officer’s daughter a few years back. “This is just a small way of paying that kind-

ness forward,” said Laninga. Friesen noted with gratitude that so many officers, some who just completed night shifts were able to still help and support the event. The money raised from the BBQ will go towards Friesen’s care.

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Falk Believes O’Toole Can Unify Canada Provencher MP Ted Falk believes that the victory of Erin O’Toole as the new Conservative Party of Canada leader on August 24 was a good result. O’Toole became the third leader of the Conservative Party of Canada after three rounds of ballots, replacing Andrew Scheer. “Last Sunday’s results capped off a long and unprecedented campaign. It was a long night, but I was very pleased with the result,” Falk stated in a release. “Erin O’Toole is a unifying figure. He reached out to all corners of our party to win the leadership. Now, he will reach out to all Canadians and unite our country.” During the leadership campaign Falk did not publically endorse any candidate. “While I chose not to publicly endorse any one candidate during the race, I assured Erin he would be on my ballot and I was in regular communication with him, Dr. Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan throughout the campaign,” Falk continued. According to Falk, many in the press predicted an easy victory for former Cabinet Minister Peter McKay. Instead, O’Toole emerged the victor on the third ballot. “The polling companies and the national media once again got it wrong, discounting the strong voice that Social Conservatives have within the Conservative Party of Canada,” Falk added. “Now, I’m excited for Canadians to get to know Erin O’Toole. I think they’re going to like what they see.” O’Toole attended Royal Military College and served Canada in the armed forces for 12 years. He has a law degree from Dalhousie University and has served Canada as an MP and Cabinet Minister. “He’s a leader in Caucus, good on TV, and strong in the House. He’ll be a great leader and a great Prime Minister,” Falk praised. “These are challenging times. Canada needs a real leader. Erin O’Toole is that leader. As we look at the possibility of another election this fall, I know Erin will be ready to lead us.”

Tache By-Election Draws 4 Candidates On September 23, residents in Lorette are taking to the polls in a special by-election to elect a new member to the RM of Tache council. Four hopefuls have put in their name onto the by-election ballot after a vacancy was created when Bill Heather passed away a few months ago. Seeking the position as Ward 5 councillor are Victor Black, Joyce

Christie, Marcel Manaigre and Nicolle Mostkven. Voting will take place September 23 at the Lorette Parish Hall between 8 am and 8 pm. Residents will need identification to cast their vote. Advance polls will be held September 16 at the Lorette Parish Hall from 8 am to 8 pm. These accommodate persons who are qualified to vote, but

who have reason to believe that they will be absent or otherwise unable to attend their voting place on Election Day. Other options to vote are available by contacting the RM of Tache. The RM strongly suggests that voters wear a mask when attending the voting place. Hand sanitizing solution will be available and physical distancing guidelines will be in place.

Erin O’Toole, newly elected leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, and family. Photo from erinotoole.ca






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CERB and Employment Insurance The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will end on September 26 and will be replaced by the traditional Employment Insurance (EI) and three new EI benefits. I will briefly review all of the benefits and provide some recommendations to reduce any potential required repayments. CERB Ends September 26 CERB has been available to employees and the self-employed who had their income reduced because of the COVID19 pandemic. It has been in place since March 15 and will end on September 26 for a total of 28 weeks. You can still apply for it until December 3, 2020. The payment is $2,000 per four week period and the maximum that can be earned is $14,000. This is taxable income, but there was no tax deducted. Those who received it should expect to pay 26 to 46% tax on this income. Next tax season, February to April 2021, your tax reconciliation may be quite different than previous years. If you received CERB and employment income or self-employment income for

the same period, you may need to repay some or all of the CERB. I recommend you repay any CERB owing by December 31, 2020. We do not know yet when Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will start auditing the CERB payments, but employers will be contacted to confirm when employment income was earned and paid. There may be a tax reporting issue for those who repay some or all of the CERB benefits: the amount repaid may not appear on the tax slip. So keep good records of any benefits you repay so we can claim it as a deduction. Most CERB recipients will be transitioned back to the EI program after September 26 if you are still not working because of COVID-19. The CERB program was administered by CRA, so after September 26, you will need to apply for EI via Service Canada. CRB, CRSB, CRCB There are three new benefits available to those who are not eligible for traditional EI benefits. These new benefits will be administered by CRA and not Service Canada.

Paradise Village Couple Donates Tabs A pair of seniors from Paradise Village recently surprised Tabs for Wheelchairs with a significant donation to the organization. Seventy-two year old Anna and her ninety-five year old husband Julien have been collecting these tin can tabs over the past three years. According to Bob Barrow with Tabs for Wheelchairs, that was the last time the couple donated a similar amount. “Thanks to Julian and Anna for their dedication and devotion to the Tabs for Wheelchairs program,” said Barrow. “They donated a similar amount, only 3 years ago!” Normally Tabs can be dropped off at various businesses and schools throughout the region but due to COVID-19, that has changed temporarily. Tabs can now be delivered directly to Trailblazers Life Choices, located on Main Street west, in Steinbach, or to Western Scrap in Winnipeg. Tabs for Wheelchairs is part of Holy Cross School in Winnipeg’s outreach program which coordinates a plan to have a large number of organizations throughout Manitoba collect pop can tabs. These tabs are recycled to provide funds for a wheelchair for students in need within Manitoba.

Seventy-two year old Anna and her ninety-five year old husband Julian collected tabs over three years for the Tabs for Wheelchairs organization.

CRB, Canada Recovery Benefit, is for those who are self-employed or employees that were not eligible for regular EI (not enough hours). The CRB will provide $400 per week for up to 26 weeks to those workers who are still not able to work due to the pandemic, or their income has decreased. You must be available and looking for work and you must re-apply every two weeks. If your net income for 2020 is more than $38,000, you will need to repay some of the CRB. (Start thinking RRSP contributions to lower your net income). The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) is a new benefit for workers who are ill with COVID-19 or need to self-isolate. It will pay $500 per week for up to two weeks. This benefit is available to employees and the self-employed. The third new benefit is the Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB). It will provide $500 per week for up to 26 weeks if you are unable to work because you must care for a child or family member with a disability because their daycare or care facility or school is closed due to COVID-19; or because they cannot attend for medical reasons. EI or CRB Repayment If you receive EI or the new CRB in 2020, you may want to get an estimate of your 2020 taxes in January or February 2021 to see if it makes sense to buy some RRSPs. Buying RRSPs may help reduce or minimize some of the repayments that would otherwise be payable when you file your 2020 taxes. EI repayment occurs when net

income exceeds about $68,000. The new CRB repayment occurs at only $38,000. Tax Deadline September 30, 2020 If you have an amount owing from your 2019 taxes, you can pay in full by September 30 and not have any interest added to the amount owed. If you haven’t filed your 2019 taxes yet, you have until September 30 to file and have no late-filing penalty if you pay the amount owing in full. If you have not filed yet, any benefits you received since July from Canada Child Benefit, GST Credit, or Guaranteed Income Supplement may need to be repaid. They were estimated based on your 2018 income, but will be reversed in October 2020 if you have not filed your 2019 taxes. Next tax season will be different because of all the new taxable benefits many of our clients will have received in 2020. I suspect there will be fewer or lower tax refunds and more “taxes owed”. 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 Co-op) or info@SAtaxes.ca.


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Accident Closes Westbound Trans Canada Highway at Richer The westbound lanes of the Trans Canada Highway were temporarily closed around midnight on Sunday, August 16 at the Richer junction due to an accident involving a semi and a minivan. The minivan driver and passenger were southbound on PR302 when they attempted to turn west on the Trans Canada. They struck the side of a semi that was westbound. Richer Fire Department, ambulances and RCMP quickly responded to the scene. Minor injuries were only reported. A westbound lane of the highway was opened up again at around 1:30 am.

Emergency services at the scene.

Photo by Dan Guetre.

Pedestrian Fatally Hit on Trans Canada

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Richert Keeps Sharp Go-Carting Before European Race Tour Niverville-born professional race car driver David Richert has returned to racing locally with the Manitoba Karting Association in preparation for his European events. Earlier this year, Richert, was set to race cars throughout Europe then, as with everything else, COVID-19 interrupted all plans. Having signed a contract with Inter Europol Competition, a Polish owned racing team, Richert was just two days away from leaving for Barcelona and the first race weekend of the Ultimate Cup Series where he was set to drive a Formula Renault 2.0 race car in mid-March. “Thankfully we made the right decision to stay in Canada as the coronavirus was just starting to advance across Europe,” said Richert. “It was tough to see everything cancelled as I had spent many months preparing for the start of the season, but everyone across all walks of life is in the same boat so that’s just the way it is.” As the summer started, Richert began looking for a way to stay fit and keep his skills sharp while waiting for international travel to open up once again. This ultimately led him back to his roots and participation in the

Manitoba Karting Association (MKA) where he first got his start in motor racing back in 2002 - 2004. Richert has already completed a couple of race events in the very quick Rotax DD2 around the kart track in Gimli, Manitoba. “It’s a lot of fun to be back driving karts and 120 km/h still feels quick when your seat is just 1 cm off the ground, plus it’s an excellent way to work on fitness training,” Richert continued. Richert intends to do a few final days of preparation with a kart in Manitoba before heading to Europe and competing with Inter Europol Competition in the Ultimate Cup Series this fall. Growing up driving a tractor on a grain farm near Niverville, Richert was selected by Volkswagen as one of the top young race car drivers in North America and competed in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup. He recently became one of the only Canadians to ever complete a race through the streets of Monte Carlo at the world famous Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix weekend. In 2020, Richert will race with Inter Europol Competition in the Ultimate Cup Series.

A 47-year old man who was walking along the Trans Canada Highway was killed early Sunday, August 16 when he was struck by a westbound semi and a car. Richer Fire Department, ambulance and RCMP responded to the call just after 4 am but the victim passed away at the scene. The incident occurred about 3 km west of Richer.

Professional race car driver David Richert in his Rotax DD2 kart while racing in the Manitoba Karting Association in Gimli.

AMM Convention to Go Virtual For the first time in history, the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) has decided to forgo their annual fall gathering for a more socially acceptable meeting. Throughout AMM history, the annual convention has been the primary event for Manitoba’s municipal officials to gather, learn, debate and reconnect with colleagues. Denys Volkov, Executive Director for AMM explained that the decision was made given the COVID-19 pandemic. “The AMM Board of Directions has examined all options on how to proceed with the annual convention while ensuring the safety and health of our membership and event participants,” said Volkov. According to Volkov, the overall attendance reaches 1,300 people, including

members, quests, exhibitors and provincial government staff. Holding a live event at this scale would put attendees at risk under current circumstances. “The 22nd annual convention of the AMM will be a virtual event with a focused agenda that will include the annual business meeting, reports, resolutions and executive elections,” added Volkov. This year’s event will take place on November 23. Details on the virtual convention and how to participate or vote in the executive elections and resolutions will be available the first week of September. Volkov noted that the AMM continues to represent Manitoba municipalities with one voice and wants to bring the membership together in the safest way possible.


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Get Sarah Off the Island! On September 9, RM of Ste. Anne Councillor, who is also the Recreation Director for the Town of Ste. Anne, Sarah Normandeau, along with a couple of other individu-

als will be dropped onto an island somewhere in Manitoba as part of a unique fundraiser called Rescue on the Island for the STARS rescue team.

With nothing but their cellphones, the group’s goal is to raise a minimum of $50,000 in funds each for STARS before they can be rescued off the island. At the time of printing she had already raised $26,363. Normandeau is participating in the event because she’s known two people who have had to use STARS. “Without STARS I’m sure she’d tell you herself that she may not even be here today without that service. Her resilience impacted me hard, as it did many of us, and continues to do so today, it is inspiring.” Normandeau explained. “I understand the importance of STARS, and the fact that they are there for all of us. STARS provides precious seconds to get a loved one to where they need to be for their best chance at survival, and STARS is just that, our BEST chance in those circumstances where each and every single moment counts.” To help with the cause, a number of businesses both in Ste. Anne and Richer are donating funds or portions of sales towards helping Normandeau reach her goal of raising $50,000. Most notable Town of Ste. Anne Recreation Director and RM of Ste. Anne councillor Sarah Normandeau is the grassroots fundraising indi(right) is raising funds for STARS as part of Rescue from the Island. viduals are also creating.

Grassroots Fundraiser for STARS A great day at Clearview Coop in Ste. Anne recently as Sarah Normandeau kept her promise and took on all challenges and dares to raise funds for a great organization, STARS. She sang, danced, competed in physical challenges and more. Thanks for DJ Brenton from Summer Bounce for taking an idea and coming through 150%. Over $2,200 was raised from businesses and residents from both the Town of Ste. Anne and the RM of Ste. Anne. Normandeau, a councillor for the RM of Ste. Anne and Recreation Director for the Town of Ste. Anne, has set a goal of raising a minimum of $50,000 for STARS. She will finish off this fundraiser by participating in the STARS Rescue on the Island on September 9.

Sarah took on all challenges and dares from the crowd.

Photos by Dan Guetre

STARS is a charitable organization that cares for and transports critically ill and injured patients. The rescue organization currently averages 6 missions per day across western Canada. Each member taking part in Rescue on the Island are challenged to raise their financial goal by collecting pledges through phone calls from the island to family and friends. When

the group is not trying to raise funds to get off the island, they will be kept busy with various challenges including shelter building and medical challenges including CPR. Money raised from the event will go towards building a hanger for the province’s STARS helicopter. To contribute to the fundraiser visit Normandeau’s page rescueontheisland.ca.


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Greener Municipal Shop Construction Underway for RM of Ste Anne

Nick Thiessen, General Manager of Three-Way Builders with RM of Ste. Anne Reeve Paul Saindon, Chief Administrative Officer Jennifer Gilmore, and Operations Manager Kevin Medeiros break ground on a new public works shop in the RM of Ste. Anne. Supplied photo.

Construction is underway on a new public workshop in the RM of Ste. Anne after the municipal council officially broke ground on the project. According to Jennifer Gilmore, RM of Ste. Anne Chief Administrative Officer the new shop will be located on the same property as the existing municipal building and current public works shop. “The Request for Proposals was sent out and council selected the proposal from Three Way Builders of Steinbach, which included some green initiatives, namely Mechanical Green Ventilation which will result in a 50% energy reduction,” said Gilmore. This means the project falls completely in line with the reduction of the municipality’s Green House Gas (GHG) emissions under the Climate Change Local Action Plan managed by the Federation of Canadian Munipalities (FCM), Climate Protection (PCP) Program.

The new shop is approximately 8,000 square feet. It will include six equipment stalls, a wash bay, mezzanine, office space and a brand new Emergency Operations Centre. “The new building will also be outfitted for a future generator for emergency purposes and a number of other state-of-the-art features,” Gilmore added. RM of Ste. Anne Reeve Paul Saindon said the project has been in the works for about ten years. While the municipality took out a debenture for just over $2 million for the project, he noted that this does not mean taxes will go up. “We just paid off our new municipal building,” Saindon told media. “Taxes will basically be the same as it was.” The RM of Ste. Anne hopes that the building will be complete before the end of the year so that employees will be able to work indoors during the winter months.

Ste. Anne Lagoon Gets Funding The RM of Ste. Anne will now be able to proceed with lagoon upgrades and expansion thanks to a recent funding announcement by Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagassé. Lagassé, welcomed an announcement from Central Services Minister Reg Helwer that the province was providing more than $50 million in 42 new water and waste infrastructure projects as part of the #RestartMB program. “We want to help municipalities with immediate projects that improve quality of life,” said Minister Helwer. “These projects will not only help increase clean drinking water and advance our clean sewer projects to help keep our rivers and lakes safe, but will help boost our provincial economy too.” The RM of Ste. Anne’s proposed Waste Water Lagoon upgrades/expansion made the shortlist for funding. “As we see populations growing in rural

Manitoba towns, cities and municipalities, our infrastructure has to grow with them,” said Lagassé. “Our Progressive Conservative government is proud to make these important investments in local infrastructure projects that ensure Manitobans have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services.” Projects were prioritized based on those that could be accomplished in a limited time-frame, public health concerns, environmental issues, and regional servicing. Funding these projects will provide safe drinking water, environmentally sustainable wastewater treatment and promote economic opportunities in rural Manitoba. The #RestartMB Program is the Manitoba government’s roadmap to recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has earmarked more than $2 billion in investments in public health preparedness, jobs and economic stimulus to protect Manitobans and their livelihoods.


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Grand Pointe Steinbach Trucking Company Burger Purchases Darcol

During a time where some businesses are struggling, a Grande Pointe trucking company is celebrating a recent fleet expansion. On August 10, Keystone Western in Grande Pointe celebrated the recently acquisition of Darcol International, a transportation and logistics company based in Winnipeg. Darcol International is an asset-based transportation company that provides TL, LTL, and Post-Audit services. It also offers specialty equipment moves. According to Keystone, this complementary acquisition adds capacity that will allow both organizations to leverage their industry expertise in

order to enhance the unique service offerings of both Keystone Western Inc. and Darcol International. “This acquisition builds on the Keystone Western strategy of managing transportation services while providing logistics solutions and maintenance for the transportation industry. By acquiring Darcol it expands on Keystones abilities to offer and provide additional services to its clientele along with increasing the overall size of the organization through additional fleet drivers, staff, and truck and trailer equipment,” said a representative. Keystone Western Inc., based out of Grande Pointe is an asset-based

logistics solutions company offering dry van and open deck services to shippers throughout North America. They provide a complete package of solutions that include Intra-Canada, Intra-US and Cross Border services for all mode types. They also offer freight forwarding services, logistics audits, shipment lane costing and carrier optimization. This expands upon the overall transportation offerings of Keystone Western so that they can provide multiple services to the industry and its customers. The investment represents an important strategic opportunity to further offer logistics solutions across North America.

Darcol International is now part of the Keystone Western fleet after a recent acquisition.

Transportation Plan Subject of Upcoming Meetings The RM of Piney council is looking for community input on developing a sustainable transportation service plan for the municipality. The municipality is currently hosting a survey where residents can weigh in on the subject of public transportation. “The RM of Piney has heard many express the need for transit and is now collecting information on

travel, including potential transit users. The results of the survey will be used to develop and evaluate transit options to meet identified needs and expectations,” said council. The survey can also be printed and dropped off at the stores in Sprague and Woodridge. As part of the survey the municipality is hosting three community open houses where people can

participate in the development of a transportation plan. The first of the three meetings is taking place at the Piney Community Centre on September 9, followed by the second at the Sprague Community Centre on September 21 and the Woodridge Community Centre on September 24. Video call-in is an option by pre-registering in advance with the RM of Piney.

Days Return

Burger enthusiasts of all ages will be thrilled to know that for one week in September, local restaurants will be eagerly looking for support as they compete for votes during the community’s annual Burger Week. This year, fifteen local restaurants have created signature burgers to tickle the taste buds for the 3rd Annual Burger Week. These mouth-watering burgers are being offered for one week only. From September 12 to 19, burger lovers are invited to sample each of the specialty offerings then vote on them online. Selections include BBQ Burger (Bigg Smoak), Big Mary (Mary Browns) Honey Bacon Cajun (Boston Pizza), MJ’s Café Naohbaa Burger (MJ’s Café), Big Red (Chicken Chef), Café B’s Island Burger (New B’s), The Farm Boy (Chino’s Bistro), Back Nine Burger (Quarry Oaks), Double Doener Smash Burger (Doener Grill Express), Gourmet Surf & Turf Burger (R-Bistro), The Golden Bacon Cheese Burger (Golden Fried), The DFB (Sawney Beans), Monte Bennie Burger (Smitty’s), The Meg (Lecoka Café / Pita Hut) and the Drunken Homesteader (Hespeler’s Cookhouse & Tavern, Niverville). Not only do testers get to sample a variety of creations, there are opportunities to win prizes for participating. While enjoying these unique creations, take a selfie, and post it on Facebook and Instagram with the tag #SteinbachBurgerDays to be entered to win one of several prizes. Winners will be named in three categories including Best Tasting Burger; Most Creative Burger and Best Presentation. The winner will be announced on September 25. Last year, the winners were Extreme Bacon Brie Burger (Quarry Oaks) named Best Tasting Burger, the Giggly Pig (R-Bistro) as the Most Creative Burger and The TKO (New B’s Cafe) which won Best Presentation. The public can rate each burger creation online, and be entered to win one of many prizes. The deadline for this portion is September 19 at 11 pm.


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Ste. Genevieve Athlete Wins Award

Emilie Dornez from Ste. Genevieve has signed on with the Universite de St-Boniface sports teams.

A high school graduating athlete from Ste. Genevieve is one of eleven students to earn an academic scholarship from Sport Manitoba. On August 19, Sport Manitoba awarded a total of $16,000 in academic scholarships to 11 high school students, six university students, and four Manitoba coaches. The awards included the Manitoba Foundation for Sports Scholarships, Bud Tinsley Sport Leadership Scholarship, Sport Manitoba Coaching Bursaries, and Princess Royal Pan Am Scholarship. Emilie Dornez from Ste. Genevieve earned a $500 High School Scholarship towards her education at the Universite de St-Boniface. The College Regional Gabrielle Roy graduate will be participating in

soccer, cross country, and basketball while attending the Universite de St-Boniface. Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO, Sport Manitoba congratulated all the winners. “It is a real pleasure to recognize and support the athletic and academic success across Manitoba that these devoted individuals have demonstrated, and provide them with opportunities to continue to grow and excel within their chosen discipline,” said Hnatiuk. “Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients! Wishing you all the very best in your next steps forward.” Sport Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba.

Gymnastics Club Opens in Grande Pointe Prairie Reign Gymnastics was founded by Andrea Conquergood, Amanda McCormick and Corie McCormick Colliou in March 2020. The three put a plan in action after another gymnastics club announced it would no longer provide classes for competitive athletes, resulting in the displacement of more than 25 young athletes. The vision of Prairie Reign however, began many years earlier, as a childhood dream for both Amanda and Corie. The sisters envisioned a gym where each child is given quality instruction, regardless of their level or any real or perceived limitations. Their vision was to see a gym where fun and play come first, and the end result is not nearly as important as the lessons learned along the way. A gym that focuses on character building, improving

self-esteem and celebrating teamwork. Prairie Reign is that gym they explained. Under the direction of the skilled trio, a number of programs are being launched. These include camps and in-service day programs, gymnastics for all ages, team competition, before and after school programs, birthday parties, parent’s night, open gym and private classes. Registration is now open for a variety of different fall sessions for from mommy and baby sessions to children and adults. There is also a before and after school sports programs for school-aged children in Grande Pointe complete with safe transportation. Visit prairiereigngymnastics.ca for more information or contact info@prairiereigngymnastics.ca. Spots are limited.

Some of Prairie Reign’s competitive athletes had their first class in the new gym after five months of not being able to do what they love most.


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Richer Man Charged in Courthouse Bomb Threat Police have a man in custody in Steinbach RCMP successfully disconnection with a bomb threat posed of a suspicious package at the phoned into the courthouse in Stein- Steinbach Law Courts Building after bach last month. someone called in a bomb threat on July 30. According to RCMP, police responded to a bomb threat over the lunch hour after an anonymous caller contacted 911 and stated there was a bomb in the washroom inside the Steinbach Court Office. Immediately, numerous RCMP officers attended and evacuated the building and surrounding areas with the assistance of Manitoba Sheriff’s office. A suspicious device was located in the men’s washroom, and the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) neutralized the device, thus rendering it safe. Upon further inspection, it was determined to be what police have called a “hoax deChristian Peter Jaques vice.”

On August 26, the RCMP announced that a 41-year-old from Richer was arrested. “This was a reckless and dangerous act that was intended to disrupt and obstruct our justice system,” said Manitoba RCMP spokesperson, Sgt. Paul Manaigre in a release. “This threat caused the court building to close and required a number of police resources and other first responders to be on scene for an extended period of time. Our investigators will always do everything they can to ensure that anyone who attempts to intimidate our courts is held accountable.” Christian Peter Jaques is charged with intimation of a justice system participant, obstruction of justice, public mischief, and mischief over $5,000.

Two More Charged in Murder of Steinbach Man A group of four people have now been charged with first-degree murder in relation to the death of Gerbard Reimer-Wiebe. Bobbi Lynn Hall, 26, and Chelsea O’Hanley, 24, both of Winnipeg, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Reimer-Wiebe. According to police, they were arrested August 5 and 6, respectively. Kyle Evan Sinkovits, 29, and Jonathan Bradley Narvey, 25, both from Winnipeg, were already charged with first-degree murder at

the end of July. All four are also charged with forcible confinement and indignity to a human body. The remains of the twenty-seven year old father of two were found June 24 on Baker Street in Portage la Prairie. Four days earlier, there was a fire at an address in Winnipeg’s North End that later became part of the investigation. RCMP believe Reimer-Wiebe was killed at that home, on Alfred Avenue, and transported to Portage la Prairie.

Investigators released pictures of four people of interest captured on surveillance footage in a Portage la Prairie convenience store on the morning of June 20. RCMP were inundated with more than 250 tips in two days. Reimer-Wiebe was originally from Bolivia. He moved to Steinbach, and was living in Winnipeg before his death. Investigators learned he had regularly stayed at homeless shelters in Winnipeg.

Steinbach Man Charged with Winnipeg Robbery A Steinbach man remains in custody facing a long list of charges after Winnipeg police were called to a robbery on Henderson Highway on August 10. Winnipeg police said the suspect unsuccessfully demanded money from a business before fleeing in a truck that had been reported stolen. The vehicle was spotted a short time later at a restaurant farther down Henderson. The man fled and drove danger-

ously through North Kildonan with police in pursuit. Police were able to take a suspect into custody after he tried to ditch the truck in the 200 block of Edison Avenue. The vehicle had been stolen a week and a half earlier from Fort Alexander Manitoba. Further investigation linked the suspect to three other convenience store robberies that took place earlier in August in Winnipeg including one on Main Street, Henderson

Highway and Springfield Road. A firearm was pointed at an employee in the second robbery. Twenty-five year old Kyle Jeremey Pelletier is facing almost two dozen charges including three counts of robbery, flight while pursued by a peace officer, armed robbery using a restricted firearm, and three counts of failing to comply with conditions. He remains in custody.

RCMP and MFNPS Investigate Human Remains On August 11, 2020, at approximately 12:45 pm, Manitoba First Nation Police Service (MFNPS) responded to a report of found human remains, in a wooded area, just outside the community of Roseau River.

The RCMP Major Crime Unit were notified and are assisting MFNPS with the investigation. The identity of the remains is unknown at this time. On August 12, 2020, Search and

Rescue conducted a comprehensive search of the area. MFNPS, RCMP Major Crime Services, Forensic Identification Services and the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, continue to investigate.

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Colette’s Creations A Local Food Initiative Producer Spotlight

God made human beings to drive on hope. What hope drives you? Some hope they win the next lottery. Some hope their rich relative dies and leaves them a fortune. Some hope for health and happiness. Others may hope for a nice home and family. All of the above

are wonderful things to have but what happens when your hope is taken from you. Now your hope looks hopeless. Things that we hope for on this earth, are fleeting and often undependable (Here one day and gone the next). But there is a hope that is completely dependable. This hope is the Almighty God of heaven. In Psalm 146:5 it says, “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob (the God of heaven) for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.” David said, in Psalm 38:15, “For in thee, O Lord, do I hope.” God also has given us the Bible (His Word) to hope in. Psalm 119:114 says of God, “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” When your hope is in God, He will forgive your sins and make you His child. His Spirit comes to indwell you to comfort, strengthen and guide you through life’s journey. The Bible says He will never leave us nor forsake us. Therefore in God, there is always hope. I John 5:4 says, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” God gives us faith and hope for every situation in life if we will trust Him. There’s an interesting fact about the Bible. The word “hopeless” is not found in it. Hopeless means there can’t be any hope. That would be a completely impossible situation. But nothing and no one is ever hopeless. They may be without hope at that specific time, but if they would turn to God; then they would have hope. God is the source of our eternal hope. Because of salvation through God’s Son, Jesus Christ, one day every child of God will be in heaven. So if you are reading this article and feel hopeless or without hope, then turn to God now and receive hope from Him. There is no problem in life He cannot solve. So why not hope in the Lord?

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Colette Leclair loves creating bags for clients.

Each month, the Stuartburn Franklin-Emerson Local Food Initiative profiles a local producer of the area whose homegrown products are available for purchase. Sewing has been Colette Leclair’s passion since the birth of her first granddaughter fourteen years ago. “The first item I made was a simple baby quilt, and from there many more quilts ensued, for family and friends,” Leclair recalled. “The first bag I learnt to make was with Colleen Copeland at the Emerson seniors centre using strips of cotton fabric. This first bag is still in use as my computer tote when heading to the campground in spring.” “I am a visual learner so ‘You Tube’ has become my go-to for bag tutorials. My favourite bag designer is Sara Lawson from ‘SewSweetness.com’. Her patterns and easy-to-follow tutorials have led to this bag addiction,” she added. Leclair now makes many types of bags, wallets, cosmetic totes and other items that can be sewed. “I spend many winter hours at my sewing machine customizing bags. I try to never use fabrics twice for the same bag pattern but have used scraps to make wallets and coin pouches,” Leclair continued. “During the summer I tend to slow down on sewing but this year at Sunset Oaks campground I’ve sewn many face masks due to the pandemic. I’ve also had time to make 5 backpacks with matching lunch bags for my grand kids.” The bags Leclair creates are versatile products that use various types of fabrics from 100% cotton, cork, leather, flannel, and fusible foam for structure. “I take pride in the work I do. For me, when a bag is done and I see the reaction of the owner, that is payment enough. Mostly I charge for fabric and materials but my time is free. For me, it’s a happy place to be sitting at my sewing machine and creating something for others to enjoy,” Leclair concluded. To find out more about Colette’s Creations visit Facebook or call 204-209-0113(cell) or 204-758-3958(home). She will also be at the next Submitted photos. Corner Farmers’ Market on September 16.

A collection of bags that will be available from Colette Creations at Corner Farmers’ Market.

Steinbach Re-Postpones Steinbach Chamber to Host Awards Canada Day Celebrations The City of Steinbach has again postponed its Canada Day celebration, this time to an undetermined future date. Earlier this summer a tentative postponement date had been set for September 6. However COVID-19 restrictions are not anticipated to allow for the celebration to proceed at that time. According to a City spokesperson, Steinbach will continue to follow all provincial public health orders and guidelines. When guidelines allow for the event to take place safely, a new date will be considered so that the community can celebrate together. The City of Steinbach continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. Providing essential services continues to be a priority while protecting the health and well-being of residents and employees. Updates on the COVID-19 situation as it relates to City of Steinbach facilities, services and programs will continue to be posted at steinbach.ca.

The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to celebrate their local business community at their upcoming annual general meeting. Taking place on September 22, at the Friedensfield Community Centre, the Steinbach Chamber will be celebrating the nominees and recipients of the 2020 Business Excellence Awards. Four awards will be presented that night including the Future Leader Award (5 nominees), Community Involvement Award (4 nominees) Non-Profit Excellence Award (2 nominees) and Business of the Year Award (12 nominees). Ten local businesses were nominated for the coveted Customer Service Award, and the award will go to a business which is recognized by public vote for outstanding quality and consistency of their customer service. The awards’ ceremony will take place from 5-7:30 pm unless circumstances change.


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Providence Prepares for Welcome Week While the majority of schools are still trying to sort out their back to school plans during the pandemic, Providence in Otterburne is gearing up for Welcome Week. Welcome Week begins Friday, September 4, with the arrival of new students on the Otterburne campus. It will include a variety of activities such as campus tours, chapels, orientation, Capture the Flag, Archery Tag, bonfires, and a free concert featuring Winnipeg band ‘Bold as Lions.’ Once again this year, all new students will make their way through “the funnel” where they’ll be led through registration, receive their residence keys, connect to WIFI

and have their photos taken. All events will follow physical distancing protocols. Parents or guardians are welcome, but school officials are asking that other members of the family stay at home to help with this year’s COVID-19 limitations on numbers of people occupying indoor and outdoor spaces. Campus tours will begin in the early afternoon on Friday, and parents will have the chance to participate in their own orientation session later in the afternoon. Supper will be served for all, starting at 4:30 pm. All-day Saturday will be dedicated to activities for new students only, giving them a chance to get

to know each other. Then, Sunday will begin with morning chapel, after which returning students will be welcomed back to campus. Archery Tag will kick off at 3:00 pm and the day will end with a pizza party in Muriel Taylor Hall, “The Hub.” Morning chapel will also take place on both Monday and Tuesday and will be followed by new and returning students taking part in academic orientation. The evenings will feature comic introductions and residence care group meetings. Classes begin September 9 at 8:30 am, but Welcome Week festivities will continue, finishing with a Friday night barbeque and ‘Bold as Lions’ concert.

Search Underway for New Providence President Providence College has officially begun their search for a new president. On August 17, the Presidential Search Committee for Providence University College and Theological Seminary announced that Nelson/ Kraft and Associates has been retained to support the committee’s search for Providence’s next president. “This is a step forward in our search for a new president,” said Libby Hanna, Board Member and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “We are excited about our partnership with Nelson/Kraft. The firm has a notable reputation in conducting executive searches and helping organizations in ministry contexts. We feel they will help us find the right person to serve as our 15th president.” According to Kathryn Mulolani, Director of Marketing, two senior partners at Nelson/Kraft, Larry Nelson and Mark Kraft, will co-

lead the presidential search. “They come to us with a great deal of experience in executive search processes for non-profit and charitable organizations,” added Mulolani. “Furthermore, they understand the ethos and context of Providence as Mark and his wife have both attended classes in the Seminary.” The search for a new president commenced after current president David Johnson announced his plans to retire in June 2021, back in March. He has served at Providence College for thirty years. Soon afterwards, the Providence board formed a search committee consisting of alumni, staff, faculty, student and board member. This committee decided early-on that they wanted to engage the services of an executive search firm who would be able to execute a professional process and identify strong presidential candidates. Hir-

ing Nelson/Kraft offered the institution a unique and robust approach to their executive searches with a mission to move organizations toward excellence and to be successful in achieving their purposes. It is their belief that starts with finding the right leader. Providence is seeking an energetic, experienced and accomplished leader with a passion and vision for Christ-centered higher education to fill this role. The new president will lead Providence in the fulfillment of its mission, vision and values, positioning Providence to thrive now and in the future. A website has been established for the presidential search at prov. ca/why-providence/office-of-thepresident. Nelson/Kraft asks that all applications, including a resume and cover letter, be sent to Mark Kraft at info@nelsonandkraft.com no later than September 12, 2020.

Resource Centre Collects Supplies for Students Back to School in 2020 is impacting families with additional stress and financial strain as COVID-19 protocols and supports are changing daily. You can support families and teachers with your donation of basic supplies. The Steinbach Family Resource Centre is in the middle of their 2020 school supply drive. They kicked off the event on August 27 at Canadian Tire in Steinbach. Donating school supplies is an easy way to have a positive impact on a student’s learning experience, despite new challenges this year. Jo-Anne Dalton, Executive Director Steinbach Family Resource Cen-

tre said that as of August 26, they already had applications for 100 students. “Last year we supported 215 students with the majority of applications coming in the final two weeks before school started,” said Dalton. “We anticipate the same level of need this year.” The most needed items are fabric masks, 2” binders, scientific calculators, metric rulers, glue sticks, white erasers, geometry sets, backpacks, markers, highlighters, dry erase markers, and pencil crayons.” To help support the cause, Canadian Tire is offering pre-packaged school supply bundles for $20, $50

or $100 each. “Our Annual School Supply Drive in partnership with Canadian Tire and Staples Steinbach provides families with the opportunity to donate new school supplies to families across the southeast who are unable to purchase the necessary school supplies for their students,” Dalton continued. Dalton said they are also looking for crafters. “We are accepting donations of fabric masks in all sizes to support new COVID-19 back to school mandates,” Dalton added. Families needing support with school supplies can fill out an application at steinbachfrc.ca.

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Made for the Eternal Kingdom 1 Corinthians 15:35-42… 35) But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36) How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37) When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38) But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39) Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh; animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40) There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41) The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. 42) So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; (NIV) Before we begin to try to interpret this section of Scripture, we would do well to remember one thing. All through it the Holy Spirit is directing the apostle Paul to talk about things that no one knows much about. None of us here have died and come back to tell us what it was like on the other side; therefore, we must remember that he is not talking about verifiable matters of fact, but about matters of faith. Paul is trying to express the inexpressible and to describe the indescribable, and he is using human ideas and human words and human things that we are all familiar with. From the day we are born we must deal with some form of pain. Early in life, we find that pain is not a thing we want to experience very often. We do not like pain, and who can blame us. I do not know anybody who has ever told me that they are simply crazy about pain and enjoy every moment of it… it is rather the other way. For the Christian, however, there is good news. The good news is that although we cannot do anything about the fact that we are growing old and one day we must die, one day also, we will be raised from the dead. The Bible teaches that we will get new bodies. In our resurrection, we will receive one that is different from our current one yet will still reflect who we are. It will be made for the eternal kingdom. It will be a glorious, powerful, eternal, and spiritual body like the body Jesus has. This changes everything. This gives us hope. The apostle Paul takes the similarity of a seed. He says that the seed is put in the ground and dies, but in due time it rises again and, does so with a vastly different kind of body from that with which it was sown. Paul is showing us that there is an end to this life, and then we enter a different life, but life continues. The seed is dissolved; when it rises again, there is a huge difference in its body. The seed that you and I plant in the ground breaks down, but yet it does not take long for a new plant to poke its way to the surface: despite the change and the difference, it produces the same kind of seed that we had planted. So likewise, our earthly bodies will dissolve; they will rise again in a vastly different form, but it is the same person who rises. Dissolved by death, changed by the resurrection, it is still we who exist. One of the blessed hopes of every Christian is that one day Jesus will return to this earth of ours and give to all who have accepted Him as their Lord and Saviour and new Spiritual Body. One of the questions that come to mind today will be answered; just what kind of body will we receive? On the surface, it seems to be a reasonably valid question. Not only will we have a new one, but the new one will be fitted for eternity. Unlike the one we currently have, which is made for this world, our new resurrection bodies are going to be made for eternity . . . the present one is a natural body; the future one will be spiritual. But in the life to come we will be such that the Spirit can truly fill us, as can never happen here, and the Spirit can truly use us, as is never possible now. Then we will be able to render the perfect worship, the perfect service, the perfect love; that now can only be a vision and a dream… 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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School Zone Speed Limits Back In Effect Now that summer is over motorists are reminded to drive with extra care in school zones as thousands of students return to school. The return to school will see vehicular and pedestrian traffic greatly increase in school areas. Motorists are advised to drive with extra caution and be alert to the increased presence of children. Most towns and municipalities have posted reduced speed limits in school zones, along with established times in which the speed reduction is in effect. While the majority of speed reductions are at 30 km effective dates and times vary by municipality.

Ile-des-Chênes Ritchot Senior Services: Office is open Monday-Thursday 9 am – 2 pm. Before entering you will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure. Hand sanitizing and physical distancing measures will be mandatory. Contact ritchotseniors@mymts.net or call 204883-2880. Your call will be returned as soon as possible. All programs and activities require preregistration. If you have preregistered for an event but find yourself feeling unwell on the day call or email to let us know you will not be attending. Grocery Delivery – Groceries can be delivered right to your door. Contact 204-883-2880 or email, ritchotseniors@mymts.net. La Broquerie Garden Tour and Flower U-pick – On Saturday, September 5 at 10 am, Masagana Flower Farm, 38159 43E Road. Join us every day for a Garden Tour and Flower U-pick! Register online masaganaflowerfarm.com/experiences. Private bookings can be arranged in advance. Learn about how we turn our lawns to garden beds, what flowers we grow and how we harvest our flowers - in bouquets, for plant dyeing and in dried and pressed flower art. Bring home a handpicked flower bouquet, free for every registrant. $30 per person, 13 years and above includes a flower bouquet, 12 years and under free. Everyone’s safety is top priority. Before the tour take the questionnaire at sharedhealthmb. ca/covid19/screening. Please let us know if we can arrange for another date. Feel free to bring snacks during the tour, especially water. Contact Lourdes Still 204-998-8459, email masaganaflowerfarm@gmail.com. Seine River Services for Seniors - Monday to Friday from 9 am - 4:30 pm. Help and support with E.R.I.K. kits and other forms, foot care, transportation services, friendly visitors, homecare services, illness, grief, housing, finances. If you have any questions contact the community resource coordinator, Melanie Bremaud at 204-424-5285 or labseinerss@ gmail.com. Attention local business owners, friends and neighbours: We are putting out the call for help for our seniors who reside in local 55+ Centres and homes by requesting basic necessity donations such as non perishable food items and toiletries. A lot of our seniors do not have family that can help during this time and volunteers aren’t allowed to interact because of social distancing. If you are in a position to help, please do so. We are currently setting up donation drop off points so please keep watching our page for that information! For business owners: we are asking that you set up donation bins for our cause, we will arrange for pickup and delivery by utilizing the services of the seine River school division! Contact Rosalie Stelmack directly on Facebook, “See a need, Fill a need. Pay it Forward Program”. Lorette Ritchot Senior Services: Office is open Monday-Thursday 9 am – 2 pm. Before entering you will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure. Hand sanitizing and physical distancing measures will be mandatory. Contact ritchotseniors@mymts.net or call 204883-2880. Your call will be returned as soon as possible Grocery Delivery – Groceries can be delivered right to your door. Contact 204-883-2880 or email, ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Foot Care Clinics – On Wednesday, September 9 with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Pre-register, contact Janice 204-883-2880. Weekly Meals: Le Club Des Bles D’or is offering weekly meals. Please remember when picking up your meal to social distance. The Club is providing a terrific service and we would like to see them be able to continue. They are located at 1254 Chemin Dawson Road. Phone 204-878-2682. You must place your order one day prior before 6:00 pm by calling and leaving a message. St. Adolphe Ritchot Senior Services: Office open Monday - Thursday 9 am – 2 pm. Before entering you will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure. Hand sanitizing and physical distancing measures will be mandatory. Contact ritchotseniors@mymts.net or call 204883-2880. Your call will be returned as soon as possible. Grocery Delivery – Groceries can be delivered right to your door. Contact 204-883-2880 or email, ritchotseniors@mymts.net. St. Pierre-Jolys Free Special Waste Recycling Event – On September 26 from 10 am – 2 pm at the De Salaberry Landfill Site, Hwy 59, south of St. Pierre-Jolys on Berard Road. Recycle household paint, flammables, corrosives, toxics and pesticides chemicals, fluorescent tubes and CFLs. Ste. Agathe Ritchot Senior Services: Office open Monday - Thursday 9 am – 2 pm. Before entering you will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure. Hand sanitizing and physical distancing measures will be mandatory. Contact ritchotseniors@mymts.net or call 204883-2880. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

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Returning to Classrooms Safely and With Confidence No one is certain what this school year will look like. But one thing parents, students and teachers can do is make sure they’re prepared to face any obstacle. Health and Safety will play a large and important role when returning to school this year. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for students for as they return to school: 1) Remember to practice good hygiene: Now is a perfect time to stress good hand-washing skills. At home, remind little ones to practice handwashing for at least 20 seconds each time. They can sing happy birthday or another song verse that lasts 20 seconds to make it fun and memorable. While it may be difficult to teach kids not to touch their face, consistent reminders are a good way to help them remember as best they can. When they’re back in the classroom, they’ll take these lessons with them. 2) Physically distance when possible: Teaching kids that they have to stand two metres apart from each other is difficult, especially when they have friends they haven’t seen in months. Explaining that everyone is keeping their distance

to keep their friends and families safe is key to helping young kids understand. Give them an example to visualize what two metres looks like, like a hockey stick or the height of a door. This way, when they return to classrooms, they’ll understand the guideline. 3) Be equipped with the right supplies: Students will need many unexpected essentials on their back-to-school list this year. In addition to a new backpack and pencil case, facemasks, hand sanitizers and cleaning supplies will also be on the shopping list. Make facemask shopping fun by choosing a trendy design that kids will be excited to sport. Equip them with multiple hand sanitizers so when one gets lost, they have quick access to another. Staples Canada has taken some of the work out of deciding the right health and safety items for backto-school with their new school kit, that includes supplies like trendy facemasks and useful hand sanitizers. Find out what else you can do to return to school with confidence at staples.ca/backtoschool. Article courtesy of newscanada.com

Top Homework Tips for Kids of All Ages While lots of kids love school, it can be hard to feel the same way about homework. Here are some A+ homework tips to help your child reach their full potential. Designate their own workspace. Whether they’re 6 years old or 16, make sure your child has a dedicated workspace for their homework. If they have a clean and consistent place to work, it’s easier to get started. One pro tip is that students who work in the open are more accountable to their work—it’s easy to see how they are doing their work, and you’re around to provide help and answer questions. Choose a consistent time. Set aside half an hour for a break after school, then it’s time to get to work. Tackling homework before dinner means less time to stress and more time to finish it before bed. Setting a consistent time helps create

a habit that will allow your child to have a consistent and balanced schedule. Make it more approachable. Some students may have one subject they dread more than others. To help pique their interest, try relating homework to everyday life. Statistics Canada is a great resource for this—you can use their free online information about your community to help your child learn about populations, local history or data management in a way that’s less abstract than plain numbers on a page. This year, in preparation for the 2021 Census, Statistics Canada has created a curriculum-aligned classroom-ready activity kit for teachers to use in classes across the country. Ask your child’s teacher about how they’ll be using the 2021 Census Teacher’s Kit this year. Article courtesy of newscanada.com

Grocery Delivery – Groceries can be delivered right to your door. Contact 204-883-2880 or email, ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Foot Care Clinic - On Monday, September 14 at the Community Centre with Ursula Giesbrecht certified foot care nurse. Pre-register; contact Janice 204-883-2880. Ste. Anne Seine River Services for Seniors - Monday to Friday from 9 am - 4:30 pm. Help and support with E.R.I.K. kits and other forms, foot care, transportation services, friendly visitors, homecare services, illness, grief, housing, finances. If you have any questions contact the community resource coordinator, Melanie Bremaud at 204-424-5285 or labseinerss@ gmail.com. Steinbach Shades of Autumn Craft/Vendor Sale – On Saturday, September 26 at 10 am, at the Pat Porter Active Living Center, 10 Chrysler Gate. Seeking vendors and crafters. Silent Auction, 50/50 Raffle and lunch served to vendors along with an 8 ft. table and two chairs - $45 for a spot. Come on out and get that unique gift. Collecting a Silver Coin donation or a tin-for-the-bin with all proceeds going to the Christmas Cheer Board. Contact Jenny Wiebe jwiebe84@outlook.com.

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Students who work out in the open instead of in their rooms are more accountable to their work—it’s easy to see how they are doing their work, and you’re around to provide help and answer questions.


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Celebrating 25 Years of Service to Our Communities!

RM of Piney Working on Trail Plan According to the RM of Piney newsletter, the municipality is in the process of developing a plan to improve active living within the region. Over the next year, the RM of Piney will be developing a plan to improve active living within the region’s communities. “This plan will guide the future development of walking, bicycling, cross country skiing, and physical activity within the municipality, promoting healthy and vibrant communities,” stated the notice. The RM of Piney council is planning a number of open houses for early 2021 where residents will be able to submit their input.

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Not a Comedy!

SAC Excited to Reopen Doors in September The Steinbach Arts Council is excited to announce that they will reopen their doors in September. Despite some distancing requirements and some adjustments to the maximum number of students in each class, SAC plans to offer a balanced selection of classes for the upcoming year, with extra attention being placed on health and safety. SAC’s programs typically fit into one of five categories: Theatre, Visual Arts, Creative Wellness, Community Programs, and Dance. Backyard Theatre Company is renowned for their classes which build confidence and ignite creativity in ages 5 to 15+. Visual Arts features a variety of artistic mediums and genres, including Digital Photography, Pottery, Visual Arts Classes for kids, and other specially formalized classes for children. Creative Wellness and Community Programs include SAC’s well-known Arts4Tots Preschool Program, Language and Cooking Classes. BOSS Dance Academy offers 10week intro courses like Little Ballerinas for ages 3-5 and Hip Hop for ages 3-5, 6-9, and 10+. “There couldn’t be a better way to start our season,” said David Klassen, Director of Programming. “After four months with our doors locked to the public, our staff can’t wait to start interacting with the community again, taking registrations for many of our most popular classes. No matter who you are, we have something to keep you physically, mentally, and creatively healthy.” Visit their website for details. Steinbach Arts Council, providing a safe, healthy and creative place to learn.

September 2020

I like to watch movies. Most of us do. They can bring us along on great adventures, we can be a part of epic tales that span multiple worlds and we can cheer on the separated lovers when everything works out and true love is found. We can laugh with (or at) the silly antics of amazing comedic actors and we can grimace as the mask wielding maniac does what he does. Movies are amazing because

they have the ability to have us, the viewers run through the gauntlet of human emotions. One evening a few weeks back I wanted to watch a comedy, something funny to make me laugh and to cheer me up. Turning on Netflix I had spotted a movie titled ‘Escape Room’ and thought that this one looked like a funny comedy. Shaking my head now, I think back and realize that I should’ve read the description and the genre listing for this one prior to watching. This movie was not a comedy. The movie started out with a man, covered in sweat, standing before two pillars. He is desperately trying to solve a tricky puzzle. With glee in his fright-filled eyes he does manage to solve the puzzle and is

presented with a key that is actually two keys attached, one key facing forward and one backward. Now he must choose which key to insert in which pillar to secure his freedom. Right or wrong he only gets the one chance. As I’m watching this movie, waiting for the humour to kick in, the man drops to the floor and dies of a poisonous injection. It is at this point that I stop the movie and go back to the menu to read the genre listing and discover that this movie is not a comedy but is listed as a horror. Shaking my head, I tried to watch a bit more but the part of my brain that wanted a comedy was too strong. With my brain marching around in circles and waving signs of unrest, it isn’t long before I head

back to the menu. Searching, I find what does appear to be a comedy. I read the description and genre listing closely to avoid another horror mishap and begin to watch. Yes, comedy! Humour! Funny! Just what my brain wanted. In time, I did manage to go back and complete “Escape Room” but it was on an evening when my brain was okay with watching something a bit more serious and dark. Thankfully, there are a great amount of movie-magic adventures out there awaiting us. Whether we are looking for dark and serious or lighthearted and funny, there is a tale worth watching... just be sure to read the description first... Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.


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Celebrating 25 Years of Service to Our Communities!

RCMP FILES Working to keep our kids safe SAC is committed to keeping your families and staff safe and healthy, so we’ve invested a lot of time and energy in planning. Here are several things we’re doing at SAC: - Reduced class sizes - Staggered class times - Hand sanitizer and traffic flow signs - Encouraging face masks - Public health consultation - Increased cleaning Our office is practicing increased awareness of distancing within our team, only conducting necessary and brief exchanges within two metres of others. Encouraging phone calls instead of faceto-face interactions. Do you have new suggestions for making our Centre the safest it can be? Get in touch! Call 204.346.1077, or email DKlassen@steinbacharts.ca. Award-Winning Dance Instruction at SAC Returning to SAC with their popular 10-week dance classes, BOSS is an award winning, locally run dance studio that values personal growth. They provide an encouraging environment for students to explore and grow as they experience skillful dance instruction, all while keeping our kids physically distanced! Register now for Little Ballerinas Ages 3-5 & 6-9, and Hip Hop Ages 3-5, 6-9 & 10+. Backyard Theatre Company – Focus on Film Backyard Theatre Company is back with new and exciting curriculum! Jeremy Plett, Artistic Director along with Director, Alan Fehr will be returning to inspire the creativity of our young actors. Your kids will learn voice projection, storytelling, improvisation, memorization, and learning the art of Film Actimg! Take the stage in our local festival and final production. Classes include a variety of ages. Get the details on the SAC website and call to register – spaces may be limited! Digital Photography Do you want to learn to capture the beauty of a prairie sunrise or capture the joy on your child’s face the first time they ride their bike? Then Digital Photography is the class for you! Get to know your digital camera and gain meaningful experience as you learn how to take a great photograph. Sign up today and grow your skill and confidence as a photographer. Arts 4 Tots – Reduced class sizes for a safe place to grow. Arts 4 Tots consists of daily activities that include Montessoriinspired programming like drama, art discovery, music, dance, science and math, educational materials, crafts, storytelling, and snack time. The Steinbach Arts Council is committed to providing a safe, healthy and creative environment for your kids. Arts 4 Tots is taking phone registrations for Fall 2020. We’re looking forward to another exciting year in Arts 4 Tots…Steinbach’s most creative way to learn, for ages 3 - 5! We still have room in our Monday and Wednesday afternoon class –visit SteinbachArtsCouncil.ca for details. Community Classes SAC provides many programs for our community. Classes range from language learning to creative wellness and much more. Come learn something new this year. - Learn French for a new job, to communicate with your friends or simply for fun. French instructor, Heidi Groenheide, does an amazing job of making language easy by focusing on conversational learning. - If you are passionate about fitness and want to improve your strength, coordination and balance, then our Creative Wellness classes are for you! SAC is offering Pilates classes with Kimberly Koop, starting in September. Don’t miss out on these popular classes, including “Pilates On The Ball”, “Pilates Core” and much, much more! Southeast Centre for Music - Fusion is a musical theatre program for young people (8-14) who love to sing, dance and act. - Steinbach Youth Chorus is an opportunity for young people (914) to learn and sing in a choir. - Tiny Tunes is a music class (0-5) that was developed to provide opportunities for families to engage in music together. - Music Lessons including Candace Hamm, piano; Jordan Martens, piano; Hally Friesen, piano; Alyssa Hildebrand, voice; Peter Jo, violin; Natalie Dawe, cello; Brandon Post, guitar; Beth Janzen, Music Therapy. Watch for outdoor concerts this fall! More information to come. Online registration is now open! Along with the classes listed above, we also offer Pottery, Art X-travaganza (9-12) and much more. If you have a COVID credit from last year, call us today to use that towards your registration. For more information, email scm@steinbachartscouncil.ca or call 204-346-1077.

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

Naked Driver Involved in Accident At approximately 4:16 pm, Steinbach RCMP responded to a single motor vehicle collision near Park Road and Highway #12, Steinbach. Witnesses state that the vehicle hit the shoulder of the southbound lane of Highway #12 near the intersection of Highway #12 and Park Road with enough speed that it propelled the vehicle across the 2 westbound and eastbound lanes of Park Road landing in the grass near one of the local vehicle dealerships. The 33-year old male from Swan River and lone occupant of the vehicle was found to be naked in the vehicle. He sustained head injuries and was transported to hospital. His injuries did not appear to be life threatening. Police continue their investigation.

RCMP Respond to Fatal Collisions In one 24-hour period RCMP officers responded to two separate vehicle fatalities in mid-August. At approximately 4:05 am, on August 16, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a vehicle-pedestrian collision in the westbound lane of Highway 1, west of Richer between Road 41E and 42E, in the RM of Ste. Anne. The investigation has determined that a semi, travelling westbound, struck a 46-year-old man, from Steinbach, who was walking on Highway 1. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene. Later that afternoon, at approximately 4:30 pm, Falcon Lake RCMP responded to a report of a multiple-vehicle collision on Highway 1, two kilometers west of the Falcon Lake exit, in Whiteshell Provincial Park. Officers believe a vehicle, being driven by a 20-year-old male from Prince George, BC, was travelling eastbound on Highway 1 when his vehicle veered into the oncoming lane of traffic after negotiating a curve. The vehicle then struck a pickup truck before colliding with a westbound semi. The 20-year-old male was pronounced deceased on scene. No other injuries were reported.

St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP Recover Stolen Property On July 10, as a result of an ongoing investigation, officers from the St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP executed a search warrant at a storage locker on Provincial Road 311, located east of the community of Niverville. The search of the storage locker resulted in the recovery of over $20,000 in stolen property including firearms, ammunition, bicycles, sporting goods equipment, tools and other various property. Some of these items have been linked to recent break-ins as well as thefts reported in the Niverville area. Efforts continue to seek out the owners of the remaining recovered property. RCMP have identified and laid charges against the tenant of the storage locker but have yet to locate him. An arrest warrant has been issued for 27-year-old Cody Kehler, of Niverville, who is facing charges of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Theft and numerous firearm related offences. The RCMP are asking anyone who may have seen Kehler, or may have information on his current whereabouts, to contact the St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP at 204-4337433, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers. com. St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP continue to investigate. Cody Kehler

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Stolen Motorcycle Between August 4 and August 5, at some point during the night, a white motorcycle with black and blue pinstripes was stolen from a back yard on Main Street, in Steinbach. The bike was blue and gray in colour with Manitoba Licence plate number 7DM72. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Robber Takes Scooter On August 7 the Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft of a purple Honda Jazz Scooter with license plate 6AZ63 from the Southwood Drive area. Nothing else was damaged or stolen. The theft occurred sometime between August 3 and August 7. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

ATV Stolen from Steinbach Residence On August 12 the Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen ATV from a residence on Coral Crescent in Steinbach. The ATV was stolen sometime between 5:30 pm on Friday, August 7 and 5:30 pm on August 12. The ATV is a 2008 Suzuki Kingquad with a camouflage pattern. It has a storage unit on the back seat, black in colour. It also has a custom steel bumper, yellow lift springs, PVC pipe snorkels on the front end, 28 inch Mudzilla tires and a winch. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Stolen Vehicle Torched On July 30 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen vehicle that occurred over night. Unknown suspect(s) were able to steal a grey Chrysler PT Cruiser that had been parked on the side of Reimer Avenue in Steinbach. Later on the same day, the vehicle was located burnt in Kleefeld. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).


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Hazmat Robber Absconds with Cash from Landmark Credit Union

Bethesda Healing Garden Vandalized

St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP are asking for your help in identifying a robbery suspect who walked into the Landmark branch of the Niverville Credit Union at 10 am on August 26 and demanded cash from the employee. The suspect entered the bank wearing a white-coloured hazmat suit and wearing a respirator. He was carrying a white board which he used to communicate with the employee. No weapon was produced and the suspect walked out two minutes later with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen getting into a white car parked near the bank. If you have any information or can identify this suspect, please contact the St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP at 204433-7433. Anonymous tips can also be made through Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting manitobacrimestoppers.com.

On August 4 at approximately 11 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report of mischief to the Healing Garden situated at the Bethesda Hospital grounds. The mischief appears to have occurred on Sunday night, August 2. The damage consisted of trees being cut, flowers ripped out and shrubs being damaged. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Equipment and Tools Stolen from Rural Shop

Culprits Ransack Garage in Steinbach and Steal Car On July 30 unknown suspect(s) broke into a home garage located on Blair Bay in Steinbach. The suspect(s) rummaged through personal property inside the garage while leaving items scattered across the garage floor and stole a grey 2006 Honda Accord. While trying to get the vehicle out of the garage, the suspect(s) caused extensive damage to the back bumper and passenger side door, while also damaging another vehicle that was parked on the driveway at the side of the garage door frame. The car was later found abandoned in Winnipeg by Winnipeg Police Service. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-2228477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

On Saturday, August 1, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break-in that took place the night prior at Prairie Truck Service and Mobile Repair in the RM of Ste Anne. At approximately 9 pm, two individuals were seen entering the lot. A Red Dodge Ram truck was observed inside the lot. Thieves stole various equipment, tools and a service truck that is an old ambulance with Prairie Truck Service and Mobile Repair decals along the side. RCMP are asking the public for help to identify the individuals that were seen on the property at the time of the event. If you have any information in regards to the matter above, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Vandals Target Vehicle Mirrors Vandals Damage Steinbach Curling Arena Roof The Steinbach RCMP are investigating damage to the Steinbach Curling arena that occurred on August 13 at around 11:30 pm. Three males were caught on security camera climbing the exterior pipe of the building onto the roof, causing the pipes to be ripped off of the wall. They also damaged an air intake valve on the roof and the eaves trough. As a result of all this damage rain water got into the arena. The Steinbach RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the following suspects. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

On August 4 at 3:11 pm, Steinbach RCMP received a report of mischief to several vehicles parked at 284 Reimer Avenue, Steinbach. The incident occurred overnight. Three trucks and an SUV had their side mirrors damaged by what appears to be a BB gun or pellet gun. If you have any information regarding the above incident or any other information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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Memberships: 2020 memberships available for $30 per person. Join now to enjoy our member’s benefits! Please read carefully as programs have been temporarily altered. Phone ahead to register for programs, as space is limited. Walking: Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 9 am. Coffee Corner: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 am - 12 pm. Pickleball: Monday & Wednesday, 9 am - 11:30 am. Beginner Pickleball: Monday 1:30-4 pm and Friday 9 - 11:30 am. Drums Alive!: Tuesdays, 1 - 2 pm. Yoga: Monday, 1 - 2 pm. PACE: Thursdays, 1 - 2 pm. Floor Curling: Wednesday 1:30-3:30 pm. Computer Classes: Wednesday 1:1 classes by appointment. Book Club: Fridays, 11 am - 12 pm. Craft Corner: Fridays, 1:30 - 4 pm. Games: Bingo on Friday, September 4 and 18, 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Badminton: On Tuesdays and Fridays, September 1, 11, 15, 25 and 29, from 2 – 4 pm, limited space available. Please follow the Pickleball signup link on our Webpage. Special Events: Paint Workshop – On Thursdays, September 17, 24 and October 1, 2 – 4 pm. $10 per person. Space is limited. Call to register 204-320-4600 Community Resources: Are you or is someone you know in need of help during this difficult time? We are here to help if you need assistance getting groceries, transportation or a meal delivered to your home. Call Carrie at 204-320-4604 if you or someone you know is in need of any of these services or has questions. PPALC Community Calendar Book: The Community Calendar book runs from 2020 - April 2021 and contains a variety of local business coupons as well as a place for you to record important phone numbers. Only $10 with over $300 worth of savings inside! All proceeds go towards maintaining the Centre for you and providing the programs you know and love. Call us at 204-320-4600 to arrange for pickup. Meals on Wheels: Getting tired or running out of ideas of what to cook? Our Meals on Wheels Program may be just what you’re looking for. Get a warm, delicious and nutritious meal (including dessert) delivered to your home or now again available at the centre for only $7. To see what’s on the menu daily visit our web site, PatPorterALC.com. Make sure to refresh the site to reflect changes. Ways to Order: Call the kitchen at 204-320-4605 to place an order. You may order a single meal or meals for the week or whole month. To receive a same day meal you must call before 9 am. Payment can be either a credit card payment over the phone or an invoice at the end of the month. Rentals: Looking for a nice place to have your business meeting, family event or celebrations? Give us a call, e-mail or come to the centre and let us know how we can help you. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities from Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm, call Sonja at 204-320-4603 or the reception desk at 204-320-4600.


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Celebrating 25 Years of Service to Our Communities!

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