Dawson Trail Dispatch September 2021

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Hanover Ag Fair Celebrates 75 Years

September 2021

Provencher Candidates Ready for Fall Federal Election By Marianne Curtis

Dawson Shannon claimed day two of the Hanover Ag BRC Invitational by being the only rider who rode two bulls for a total of 163 points. Photo by Carey Lee

On August 19 and 20 the Hanover Ag’s Bull Riders Canada Invitational took place in Grunthal. During this event, some of Canada’s top bull riders competed over two days for $10,000 in prize money. Previously voted The 2019 Bull Riders Canada Event of The Year by participating contestants, out of 60 events that season, organizers were excited to be back again for 2021.

The unique 2-day format is the only such event in Manitoba seeing the riders compete not only for the day title but also the event title as well. The 2-day format gave extra opportunities to win but it also added more challenges. In a back-to-back event like this, cowboys could be riding 4, 6, or even 8 bulls in a 24 hour period. Continued on Page 2...

Crowds lined up along the streets to enjoy the first Hanover Ag Parade to travel throughout the community in two years. Photo by Gundi Manteufel-Grajciar

Voters across Canada will be heading to the polls to either re-elect a Liberal government or turn the tide blue or green from coast to coast. Voters can either vote in-person on Election Day September 20 from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm or choose to vote at an advance polling station between September 10‒13 from 9 am to 9 pm, or at an Elections Canada office from now through September 14. If you wish to vote by mail, you should apply by September 14, and have your vote delivered to the return address printed on your mail-in voting kit by September 20. For more information go to elections.ca. Here at home, candidates have stepped up to vie for your support in the upcoming federal election. In every election there are many voters who voice strong opinions but do not voice their opinion in the polls, where it actually makes a difference. Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen issued a poignant reminder of where speaking up really makes a difference. “Now that a federal election has been called, my suggestion would be, instead of just venting on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram about what you do or don’t support about the political parties, call up your local candidate of choice and offer to volunteer,” suggested Goertzen. “My experience is that nothing you or I say on Facebook changes anyone’s mind. It’s easy to post away and is an expression of free speech, but it isn’t moving any votes. Get involved in any way you can on a campaign if there are issues that really concern you.” There is still time to register to vote in the upcoming election. Visit elections.ca before September 14 to register online or in person at any elections Canada office before 6PM. Continued on Page 8...

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Another view of the parade.

The long round of Day 1 kicked off with rides from veterans Cody Coverchuk, Aaron Roy, and Tim Lipsett as well as rides from young guys, Dixon Tattrie, Blake Smith, and Riley Gagnon. The top ride of the night belonged to Aaron Roy who conquered LSB’s Mogley for a whopping 90.5 points, the highest score of the night and eventually the entire weekend. Thanks to an earlier 84 point score on LSB’s Possible Kish, Roy would end up winning Day 1. Rain added a challenge to Day

Photo by Gundi Manteufel-Grajciar

two for rookie Jaden Ozirney, and veterans Dawson Shannon, Cole Hartman, Aaron Roy, and Cody Coverchuk. Despite the challenge, Coverchuk claimed the highest score of the day, 86.5 on MVB’s Merlin Long Back. At the end of a grueling Day 2 in the mud, Dawson Shannon stood victorious with 163 points on 2 bulls, the only Day 2 rider to cover both. The overall weekend winner was Aaron Roy with his Thursday score of 174.5. He was awarded $10,000 cash, the highest award offered at any bull riding event in Manitoba.

On August 21, the multiclass demo derby delivered on the promise of a satisfying crunch-slam-bam the crowds were waiting for. Hundreds of spectators filled the stands as cars battled it out on the mud.

A shot from Scott Predonic’s go-pro provided a unique view of the demolition derby that fans in stands will never get.

Richer Community Pulls Together for Vaccination Clinic By Myriam Dyck The Richer Community Club (RCC), in partnership with Premier Tech Horticulture, held a pop-up vaccination clinic at the Premier Tech Multiplex in Dawson Trail Park in mid-August. Organizers said the clinic was held in the spirit of pulling together as a community and “Getting back to what matters.” In response dozens of volunteers came out to greet the public displaying friendly smiles while keeping the burgers and popcorn flowing. Participants enjoyed being out in the beautiful weather while listening to live music from the busking stage. A ‘wandering’ magician was also on hand to entertain the public while they waited post-vaccination. Intended to provide easy walkup access with no wait time for area residents and employees of area businesses who might have difficulty making it to other locations due to their work sched-

ules, the event was a definite success according to the RCC and Premier Tech Horticulture representatives. Local families and staff from local businesses took the plunge and rolled up their sleeves. The vaccine shot was even administered to a few people on their way to cottage country and residents from surrounding communities. “We are just thrilled with the community participation and happy to help,” said Jamie Mclennan, manager at Premier Tech Horticulture. According to Mclennan, Premier Tech Horticulture employs many local residents so this was a good opportunity to help them get vaccinated and increase workplace safety. Many Premier Tech employees were also on hand to volunteer through the Friday afternoon and evening. Over half of the attendees who came to receive Pfizer/Moderna vaccinations were there for their first dose. Vaccination team member Sheri St. Laurent noted that this was a much higher percentage than the supersites were currently seeing,

indicating that this pop-up event format was reaching people in communities who had not started the vaccination process yet. ‘It’s so important to reach out like this into new areas. Each new person that becomes fully vaccinated can prevent many other people from getting infected, especially as the Delta variant spreads in Manitoba,” explained St. Laurent. “The results are exponential.” Currently almost 90 percent of new known COVID-19 infections in Manitoba have been in people who are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated. While vaccinations do not completely remove the possibility of transmitting the virus to others, they do significantly reduce the risk of hospitalization, serious longterm illness, or death. As restrictions lessen and people return to more normal activities, it is expected that the rates of transmission may rise again but having a high percentage of the population fully vaccinated will ensure that hospitals are not overwhelmed.

Volunteers donning the green shirts were busy handing out burgers, popcorn, brownies and drinks at Richer’s Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic. Photo by Myriam Dyck

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Lions Club Puts on “Hot Dogs and Hot Rods” Show On Wednesday August 25, the Ste. Anne Lions Club hosted the second edition of the “Hot Dogs and Hot Rods” car show in Redemptorist Park in Ste. Anne. With about 70 new, custom, and restored vintage vehicles spectators had many to appreciate. Organizers reported that compared to 2019 there were 25 to 30 more vehicles at the event than the first show in 2019. 2020 had to be cancelled due to COVID health measures but with the easing of restrictions the Lions felt they could hold the event this year. Lions’ spokesperson Chris Barnard said, “There are cars here from all over the area as well as from Winnipeg.” He added, “The turnout tonight was much better than we had anticipated because we had to postpone the event from Tuesday to Wednesday because of the threat of rain. The weather really cooperated today though, and the park is in perfect shape, not too wet but also not too dry.” The Lions estimated that between 250 and 300 spectators came out to marvel at the beautiful cars and trucks. There were also a lot of younger children out with their parents. One car owner mentioned that he thought the venue was perfect because he could park on well cut grass and the roads are all paved. He said he would definitely be back for the next one. Car owners appreciated that they did not have to pay a registration fee to attend and the spectators did not have to pay an entrance fee. It was all free. “We just wanted to have an event that everyone could come to and enjoy themselves. This was not done

With about 70 new, custom, and restored vintage vehicles spectators had many to appreciate. Submitted photos

as a fundraiser but as a community service project. That’s what Lions are all about, community service,” said Barnard on the decision for the free event. “We may have made a couple of dollars from the sale of hot dogs and water but the main focus was providing a place to have fun.” One of the highlights of the show was the South East Military Vehicle

Club who had a number of their units on display. Gord Falk with the South East military Vehicle Club said he was extremely impressed with the venue and the spectators saying, “I really like coming to this show. The people are very respectful of my vehicles and displays. They only look and don’t touch.” Beach’s Sugar Shack from Grand

Beach was on site selling fresh “Movie-Style” and flavoured popcorn which was a big hit and “Dan the Popcorn Man” was very pleased with the event. “It was worth it to come out and meet all of these wonderful people here in Ste. Anne,” said Dan the Popcorn Man. “I love doing events like this because it helps get the word out about my business and

I get to serve a whole new crowd by being here.” Lions Club President, Gary Marriott said they are looking ahead to next year’s event. “The plan is to hold the 3rd edition in July of next year and if it goes well we may even do another in August, but that is yet to be decided,” said Marriot. “All in all, it was a wonderful evening in Ste. Anne.”

“Play Music on the Porch Day” Celebrated in Lorette The Worldwide Play Music on the 2022 Worldwide Play Music on Porch Day brought bargain hunters to the Porch Day at www.playmuLorette’s annual garage day sale, on sicontheporchday.com. Convent Crescent. The neighbourhood celebrated the unique day that celebrates world peace. The day was created to ask ‘what if everything stops for one day and all we do is listen to music?’ It is held on the last Saturday of August. It started in 2013 and organizers decided to share this idea with the world and to their surprise the idea spread even faster than they could have ever imagined. According to their website, by 2018 thousands of musicians from at least 70 countries and over 700 cities participated and the movement continues to grow every day. Musicians from across the globe, regardless of their differences, are finding common ground through music. Anyone, from individuals to communities can officially register for the

The Worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day brought bargain hunters to Lorette’s annual garage day sale Photos by Malley Dunn

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The Fourth Wave Has Arrived

Leadership Anyone? The government has put in place a mandate which hopefully will go a long ways in giving us a chance in gathering sufficient numbers to have functioning herd immunity. The COVID-19 virus has morphed into an entity which is much better at infecting new targets and any future variants could prove disastrous, this has now become a race. The solution is found in the approximate 20% of the population which has refused to be vaccinated, who have made this virus thrive and impossible to extinguish. The reason given by the naysayers are mostly ignorant and anti-science except one which was that the new COVID-19 vaccine was still classed as experimental. This was technically true but the millions of injections world- wide which has saved countless lives already, has now been approved for use. And it even has been approved for a booster shot in some countries to carry us over the winter months. I find it surprising that 20% of the North American population has obviously failed science class. Counted amongst this number of ignorant skeptical people, even includes our own MP Mr. Falk. In his op-ed in the Dispatch for August, he is adamant that the Federal Government should be concentrating on inflation and the economy. He continues to be dismissive of reality with no concern about the thousands of deaths across the country or the millions world-wide, or that people couldn’t work, feed their family or keep a roof over their head. I would suggest that the first step is full employment. Instead Falk is on the sidelines with the 20% whining. What I expect out of my MP is leadership, what I got was whimpering bullsh-t. The south eastern part of the province is awash with nonsense about this virus. People are more afraid of this new vaccine than the virus itself. The result of this fear is manifesting in some trying to inject livestock medication as a cure. Sounds like somebody who graduated from the Trump university rather than one of our great Canadian higher learning institutions. In the end the resulting solution, is mandating vaccinations just like we have already. I wish we would have started there. Our economy would be humming now; we’d be celebrating family time, or eating corn on the cob and home-made pies at one of our great festivals. Leadership anyone!

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Supporting our Farmers Hit By Drought Rain over the last couple of weeks has been a welcome site to Manitobans. Although the amount of precipitation received is still a long way from the normal rainfall Manitoban normally receives over the spring and summer. These rains have been crucial in battling the drought that Manitobans faced in spring and early summer. Many parts of Manitoba experienced wildfires that necessitated the implementation of fire and travel restrictions. Recent rainfall has allowed the Manitoba Wildfire Service to remove the last of the fire and travel restrictions that had been in place in Area 4. This is the large area north of the Wanipigow River, east of Lake Winnipeg to the Ontario border, including Atikaki Provincial Park and north to Poplar River. Manitobans are reminded there are still some areas where the risk of wildfire may still exist even after the rain, therefore caution is required. For further information and

to confirm area restrictions before heading out go to gov.mb.ca/sd/ fire/Restrictions. Many municipalities have implemented burning restrictions, so please check with local municipal offices for more information. The province will not issue burning permits within or areas bordering any municipality where burning restrictions are already in place. Our Agriculture community has been hard hit by this drought, especially the livestock producers who are struggling to maximize use of existing pasture and produce winter feed for their animals. Since dry conditions are affecting much of the prairies, there are limited options to source feed, resulting in very high feed prices. Manitoba is already seeing the effects of these factors, with Manitoba auction markets reporting large volume sales of all classes of cattle. The livestock industry is important to Manitoba’s agriculture sector and the provincial economy. Livestock receipts in 2020 totaled $2.36 billion, representing about one-third of the province’s $7.02 billion in total farm receipts. There

have been some joint Federal-Provincial programs announced to support livestock producers affected by this year’s drought conditions, with more to come. Minister Eichler has noted more programs are currently being developed. Programs are close to final stages of development and further details will be announced soon. Those interested in the AgriRecovery programs can subscribe to the province’s newsletter at manitoba.ca/agriculture and follow the Manitoba Agriculture Twitter account, @MBGovAg to be notified when applications for these programs are available. As always, I look forward to hearing from you with your questions or concerns. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204424-5406 or at dennis.smook@ leg.gov.mb.ca.

Funding Supports Local Community Groups Premier Brian Pallister recently announced his planned departure from public life, as he will not be seeking reelection. I respect his personal decision and wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavours. In light of the Premier’s decision, a new leader will have to be chosen to lead the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba and assume the role of Premier of Manitoba. The leadership race has already begun, with Heather Stefanson throwing her hat into the ring. I have decided that I will be supporting her as the next leader of the PC party. In order to have your voice heard, sign up or renew your PC membership at pcmanitoba.com/become_a_ member. I look forward to seeing who the next leader of the PC Party will be, and how

they will lead our party and government forward in the goal of improving our province and the lives of Manitobans. I’m pleased to share new investments our government is making in our community through the Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage. The Ste. Anne Roman Catholic Church has received $25,000 through the Heritage Conservation Grant Program to undertake capital upgrades including repair doors, windows and restore masonry. Additionally, the Dawson Trail Heritage Tour Initiative: Wayfinding Trail Markers and Interpretive Exhibits has received a $7,500 Heritage Grant to continue work on the Dawson Trail interpretive plan. This includes erecting multilingual wayfinding markers along the length of the historic trail to develop heritage interpretive exhibits at key points along the route. These investments will help improve the lives of residents and build thriving

and sustainable communities for generations to come. I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage all Manitobans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to continue following public health orders. All Manitobans aged 12 and up are eligible to book an appointment to be vaccinated. For more information and to book an appointment, please visit protectmb.ca or call 1-844-626-8222. For more updates and information, visit my website at boblagasse.com. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my constituency office at ca.lagasse@outlook.com or 204807-4663.

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Provincial Milestones Reached and Back To School Safely Conservative Agenda Another milestone in our reopening path has been reached, in which 80 per cent of Manitobans age 12 and over has received their first dose and 75 per cent their second dose, ahead of the September long weekend. This achievement coincides with the first full week of new COVID orders and guidelines as further restrictions are loosened that include unlimited visitors to your household, optional mask-wearing at indoor public places and the full opening of retailers, day camps, gyms, libraries and restaurants throughout our community. I encourage all Manitobans to continue to follow the fundamentals and strongly recommend wearing masks at indoor public places. Please respect businesses that choose to request masks be worn in their businesses for the protection of their employees and customers. We know that students learn best in the classroom. We are pleased to have all students and staffs return to full-time in class learning, while continuing to follow the recommended public health fundamentals. The return to school plan will help to ensure schools stay open and adjust with additional measures, as needed, to address changes in local community or school situations. Given the current public health circumstances, we will have some measures in place, but we know the benefits of students of being in

class. This will mean the return of extra-curricular activities and fulltime learning. We will continue to work with Public Health and school divisions as we proceed through the year. There will be measures like cohorts for younger students, and masks are strongly recommended. We will be actively reviewing these plans as well before the school year begins. The 2021-22 school year will focus on addressing the mental health and well-being of students and the education workforce in order to address the pandemics impacts on learning. We recognize the challenges that everyone involved has had to endure, especially our teachers and school staff, over the last 18 months. Tip sheets and resources for student mental health and well-being are available as follows: - Tips for students –edu.gov.mb.ca/ k12/covid/support/tips_students. - Tips for Parents and Caregivers – edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/covid/support/ tips_parents. - Tips for Teachers – edu.gov.mb.ca/ k12/covid/support/tips_teachers. - Resources for Youth and Adults – www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/covid/ support/tips_resources. - More information on Manitoba Education’s COVID-19 response can be found at edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/ covid. - The COVID 19 dashboard for Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools

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can be found at manitoba.ca/covid19/schools. Finally, I want to circle back to remind everyone the way out of the pandemic is a simple message: please get vaccinated, not once but twice. Manitoba is leading the country in vaccination rates. We continue to encourage all Manitobans who can get vaccinated to do so. A renewed focus on immunizations for school-aged youth will launch this fall. Immunization teams will attend all schools with students aged 12 to 17 to provide first and second doses, beginning in areas with lower vaccine uptake. This plan will be expanded to youth aged 5 to 11, once COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use from Health Canada. There is still time to get the shot and get your name automatically entered for the “Vax 2 Win” lottery. More information can be found at protectmb.ca/lottery. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at wayne@wayneewasko.com, or call me at 204-268-3282. Also, you can follow me on Twitter @wayneewaskomla and friend me on Facebook.

Reflections on Afghanistan Dear Editor: When an explosion rocked Kabul’s airport last week, an already dire situation reached a new level of devastation. Over 170 people were killed and more than 150 were injured. Afghans who were killed in the suicide bomb strike had been at the airport amongst thousands of others desperately trying to get out of Afghanistan in the face of a resurgent Taliban. Despite the United States’ clear indication that it would be withdrawing from Afghanistan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was caught unprepared. Valuable time was wasted – time that could have been used to rescue thousands of men, women, and children – including Afghans who worked alongside Canadian and allied troops in the fight to combat terrorism. Before it ever really began, the Canadian effort to rescue the brave interpreters, support staff, and refugees was over. As I’ve been out on the campaign trail, many people have shared their dismay that Canada didn’t do more, earlier. For local veterans who served in Afghanistan, it’s personal. They built friendships with the Afghan support staff who served with them. They understand the risk these people took helping Canadians and our allies – and the cost they’d pay if the Taliban ever got ahold of them or their families. Tragically, the cost of delayed action is high. The time to rescue so many has run out. Thousands of Afghans are experiencing unspeakable grief and fear thanks to the Taliban. There will be a time and place to assess this failure in leadership, but there’s a more pressing question to consider right now: How can we help? As Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said, there are three concrete things Canada can and should do right away. First, we must rededicate ourselves to work with our allies and Afghanistan’s neighbours to help anyone able to flee the Taliban. Second, let’s work with our allies to establish humanitarian and refugee corridors and get as many people safely away from the Taliban as possible. And finally, let’s provide political and material support to Afghans resisting the Taliban occupation. We owe much to the courageous Afghans who supported our cause. We need to stand up for those who stood with us. Ted Falk Conservative Candidate for Provencher

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trained and receive $54.65 for the training session. Hired poll workers work primarily at polling places where electors go to vote. Various positions will be available, from the deputy returning officer, who handles the ballots, to the information officer,

Dear Editor, Aneen Minister Goertzen, In light of yesterday’s announcement of Premier Brian Pallister’s intention to resign, I am respectfully calling on your PC Government to immediately withdraw the five bills the Official Opposition designated on March 24, 2021: Bill 16, The Labour Relations Amendment Act; Bill 35, The Public Utilities and Ratepayer Protection and Regulatory Reform Act; Bill 40, The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Amendment and Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Amendment Act; Bill 57, The Protection of Critical Infrastructure Act; and Bill 64, The Education Modernization Act. As you are fully aware, these bills represent the central parts of the outgoing Premier’s legislative agenda. Manitobans have made it clear that they do not support an agenda that attacks the rights of front-line workers, increases hydro rates at the cabinet table, increases privatization in the midst of an addictions crisis, criminalizes free speech and the right to assembly, and cuts to our children’s public education system. It is imperative your government listen to Manitobans by immediately withdrawing these five bills and stop the implementation of the outgoing Premier’s legislative agenda. Our NDP Caucus is more than willing to work with you to that end and I look forward to your timely and positive response. I am happy to meet with you discuss this issue further. Meegwetch, Nahanni Fontaine Opposition House Leader MLA for St. Johns

Lagassé Hiding from Constituents

Dear Editor, On August 19, Shannon Dueck wrote an article entitled “Southeast MLAs endorse Stefanson in leadership bid” in Steinbach Online. Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagassé, when speaking about Heather Stefanson, is quoted as, “It’s that willingness to listen. I just find that’s a good quality in a leader, one that’s willing to listen and still make the tough decisions when needed to be made.” Just to be clear, many constituents have been trying to get in touch with Lagassé since early July regarding Bill 64. We have called and emailed his office multiple times. He has not returned our phone calls. Instead, his assistant sent both of us canned responses as to why Bill 64 is good for rural communities citing the BEST strategy. This is not an isolated incident. It is Lagassé’s job to contact his constituents. Yet he refuses to respond. Who is responsible for holding MLAs accountable? First he is in favour of Bill 64. He voted for Bill 64 on the first reading. Now he is demonstrating divided loyalties. Lagassé is speaking out of both sides of his mouth. He owes it to his constituents to explain how he can vote for a bill, gaslight us with talking points in favour of Bill 64, and now reject Bill 64 when his political career is in jeopardy. With the Premier stepping down and a new leadership race ensuing there is much uncertainty and we need our MLAs available and accountable. Good MLA leaders respond to their constituents even when there are tough questions. It is their job. Lagassé has been in hiding and refused to speak up about Bill 64. Now he is hiding behind Stefanson. This is not leadership. This is not leadership that can be trusted. We encourage all constituents to contact their local MLAs with any questions and concerns. And, you should expect a response. Susan Ciastko Chris Wiebe Lorette, MB who directs electors to the appropriate table. Work days are Friday, September 10 to Monday, September 13 for advance polls and Monday, September 20 for Election Day. All poll workers will be required to wear a mask at all times on

Elections Canada sites to provide a safe environment for workers and electors. Those interested can apply online or contact their local Elections Canada office at elections.ca, their local Elections Canada Office or call 1-800-463-6868.

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Breaking Bread Together It’s hard to believe that we are already approaching the latter part of summer. It seems like just yesterday we were eagerly waiting for the snow to melt so we could get outside and enjoy our favourite outdoor summer activities. Now, as we slowly sneak up on fall, we must make a concerted effort to squeeze in as much summer as possible before the cool weather shows up. During the pandemic, what we often miss most is visiting, entertaining, celebrating and socializing; getting together with friends and family to share a meal. There is no better way to break bread with loved ones than an old-fashioned, backyard barbeque. Whether it’s the company, the food, or the atmosphere, you would be hard pressed to find someone who

doesn’t enjoy eating something hot off the grill with the people they love. It is the ideal time to practise all those cooking skills you perfected during the pandemic! Many Manitobans took the opportunity to try more cooking at home; experimenting with new recipes, spices, vegetables, or maybe even some new oils in their cooking and baking. Interest has surged in gardening and its natural conclusion, canning. More than half of all Canadians are growing their own fruits and vegetables to integrate into their meals. Locally sourced produce at market gardens and businesses dispersed throughout the constituency of Springfield-Ritchot are also a great way to get local and fresh produce. After all, there is no better time than now to buy local products and support local businesses as we make our way out of this pandemic. Luckily, Manitoba is filled with countless local options to supply and support any good barbeque. Springfield-Ritchot has a deep connection to many locally sourced meat products. For example, Carvers is a well-

The Missing ‘Common Sense’ Link to Vaccinations Dear Editor: This has been a difficult year and a bit for all of us. We have been told the same message over and over, get the shot so we can return to normal and see family and friends again. This is good advice but those who choose not to get vaccinated do not seem to be convinced by these well-meaning arguments. I am most happy to reply to Lee’s editorial (The Petri Dish of the Unvaccinated, Dawson Trail Dispatch – August 2021). Lee, you took a different approach to point out the importance of the vaccine pointing out a large list of diseases that “are defeated” when populations are vaccinated. We have forgotten about these vaccinations with the passage of time and we are healthier (and perhaps alive) for it. You have listed the common excuses and answered them with science and biblical references. Finally I enjoyed further references of well known medical issues from a broken bone to cancer and how we would seek medical advice. Lee, your new and refreshing approach to give people a different perspective may just be the missing piece that may have those who have doubts some sober second thoughts. I have shared this article with both my sons, my wife and my coffee group (we meet outside socially distanced) and happy to say they all loved your thoughtful words. Paul Simpson Whiteshell

known butcher shop where 100% of the meat comes from Manitoba and supports local farmers. The beef is supplied by a farm near Dugald and is processed at Manitoba’s only federally certified ruminant processing facility. This kind of business represents a uniquely Manitoban operation that supports the economy within the province, and further solidifies the importance of buying local products and supporting local businesses. As we get back to doing the things we love, such as backyard barbeques, please consider supporting our local small businesses who continue to provide us with the goods and services that are so important to us and to our economy. I am privileged to serve you and your family as your MLA. I welcome your questions, comments, and concerns by email at Ron@RonSchuler. com or by mail at Box 150, OakBank, MB R0E 1J0. By emailing or writing me with your views, you are helping to keep our government informed on what our citizens are thinking and feeling, and I sincerely thank you for that.

Thank You for Putting Restrictions on Unvaccinated Dear Editor, Thank you to our Manitoba Public Health Officials. Thank you for putting the restrictions in place to acknowledge and “reward” those of us that “do the right thing” by getting vaccinated. We have done what you asked of us to protect ourselves and those around us who cannot be vaccinated: those under 12 and those who cannot for medical reasons. Finally, those of us who are vaccinated can “get back to normal”. I can attend a concert, I can go to a restaurant with fellow like minded individuals, I can get back to Curling and other group activities knowing that those around me have also been vaccinated. We are concerned about the “fourth wave”. We are vaccinated to reduce the spread of this more virulent virus, the Delta Virus, and to reduce the pressure on our hospitals. We respect our doctors and nurses and all medical professionals. We salute all you have done for us so far in the past 18 months and thank you for your continued dedication to keeping all of us alive regardless of our choices. The rest of you who have chosen not to be vaccinated can stay at home: you can work, learn, and live remotely; except for essential services. I hope you will tire of the remoteness and realize in order to get “back to normal” you will learn to trust the science and use reason and eventually get vaccinated. I will welcome you back into our normal social life with open arms and a hug. Anni Markmann, Ste Anne, MB.

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Manitoba Expands Vaccine Passports for Fully Immunized Manitoba is expanding the vaccine passport benefit for fully immunized individuals that will enable businesses, services and events to be available without capacity limits or public health restrictions as of September 3, said Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon. “The emergence of the delta variant has changed things significantly. Now, public health officials tell us the pandemic is one of the unimmunized and we must take these extra steps to protect the nearly 230,000 children who are not yet eligible for immunization,” said Gordon. “Manitoba’s vaccine passport benefit will help encourage greater vaccine uptake, which is necessary to protect our health-care system from the COVID-19 fourth wave.” Gordon also announced the new public health order requiring mask use in all indoor public spaces across the province that came into effect on August 28. The province has developed new requirements for people to be fully immunized to participate in certain events and activities on September 3 for all health regions and will include indoor and outdoor ticketed sporting events and concerts; indoor theatre/dance/ symphony events; restaurants (indoor and patio dining); nightclubs and all other licensed premises; casinos, bingo halls and VLT lounges; movie theatres; fitness centres, gyms and indoor sporting and recreational facilities (excluding youth recreational sport); and organized indoor group recreational classes and activities, and indoor recreational businesses. Children 11 and under who are not eligible to be immunized will be able to attend events and activities with a fully immunized adult. “Unless immediate and strong measures are taken, the fourth COVID-19 wave would likely lead to another round of business restrictions or closures. Such a scenario would be absolutely devastating to business and our community. The Winnipeg Chamber supports today’s actions to avert the human and economic turmoil being seen in other provinces,” said Loren Remillard, president and chief executive officer, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. “We will continue to work with our members to ensure they have the tools they need to support the province’s public health orders.” The minister noted these new public health orders complement the mandatory vaccination steps taken earlier this week requiring all designated provincial public service workers who have ongoing contact with vulnerable populations, especially children, to be fully immunized. These individuals will need to receive their first dose by September 7 and their second dose by October 17 to be fully immunized by October 31. Designated employees who are not fully immunized or cannot provide proof of vaccination will need to undergo regular COVID-19 testing, up to three times a week for full-time employees, and provide proof of a negative test result before they can resume working. “As the restaurant industry continues to put the health and safety of Manitobans as their top priority, we recognize the latest changes as a short-term measure that models a proactive approach to eliminate the requirement for more permanent restrictions that would cause further detriment to an industry that has faced monumental challenges over the last 16 months,” said Shaun Jeffrey, executive director and chief executive officer, Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association. Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, said these public health orders will reduce the need for more stringent public health restrictions and lockdowns that would otherwise be necessary to combat the COVID-19 fourth wave and protect the province’s hospital and critical care capacities. “Ensuring that people are fully immunized before attending higher-risk events, activities and services will help reduce community spread of the virus,” said Roussin. “Already, we are seeing more of the newly identified cases are in people who have not yet been immunized, and we need to take these steps to protect them, others in their communities and the health-care system from the effects of the delta variant.” Manitoba’s COVID-19 case numbers show unvaccinated individuals accounting for a significant proportion of all new cases. To date 76.2 per cent of Manitobans age 12 and up have received two doses of vaccine, and 81.7 per cent have received at least one dose. Roussin again noted that public health officials recommend that private businesses and organizations follow the province’s lead and consider mandating COVID-19 vaccination for their employees to protect their customers and staff, and to reduce the chance of an outbreak at their workplaces.

Dog Park Opens in Steinbach

(left to right): Councillor Michael Zwaagstra, Mayor Earl Funk, Russ Dyck, Manager, Parks & Recreation get ready to cut the ribbon for the City’s first dog park. Supplied photos

On August 21, the City of Steinbach held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the official grand opening of the city’s first dog park. A number of dogs were on hand to check out the new park, including Steinbach’s Mayor Earl Funk’s dog, Teddy. The dog park cost about $50,000 and was pre-planned as part of the City’s 2021 capital budget. The new dog park caters to its four-legged community members with water fountains, play structures, stick libraries, plastic bag dispensers, and even fire hydrants. It also has separate areas designated for small and large dogs. The dog park is located at the northwest corner of L.A. Barkman Kinsmen Park, which is accessible off Woodhaven Avenue. Parking is available directly beside the park. The City of Steinbach is the second community in southern Manitoba to build or designate an official dog park. In 2016, volunteers fundraised and created the Niverville dog park with the support to the Town of Niverville.

City of Steinbach Mayor Earl Funk with his family dog, Teddy at the new dog park.

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Here are Your Official Federal Candidates Conservative Party of Canada – Ted Falk Ted Falk was first elected Provencher’s Member of Parliament on November 25, 2013 and was reelected in 2015 and 2019. Falk was actively involved in the community long before entering politics, whether volunteering his time with local community organizations or operating his successful small business. “Justin Trudeau triggered an election because he figured he could win big while Canadians were distracted with the consequences of COVID19 and the economic challenges created by the virus and his government

alike,” Falk stated. “That’s why the Trudeau Liberals have yet to lay out their platform – even though Justin Trudeau knew weeks ago he’d be calling an election. After years of scandal and mismanagement, the Liberals simply have nothing to offer Canadians but more of the same.” “This election is about who Canadians can count on to bring us out of this recession and rebuild our economy,” continued Falk. “From the get go, Canada’s Conservatives presented a complete, detailed platform to Canadians. It’s all there in

black and white.” Falk added that the Conservatives wasted no time bringing forward a plan because they know families, businesses, and workers are struggling. “We’re focused on helping our families and communities come back stronger by creating jobs, increasing wages, and getting Canada’s economy back on track,” said Falk. “Canada’s Recovery Plan will secure the future for all Canadians.” He is married to his wife Irene and together they have 3 adult children and 10 grandchildren. Ted Falk hits the campaign trail in Steinbach.

Liberal Party of Canada – Trevor Kirczenow Trevor Kirczenow calls himself a champion for a better future in Provencher. The Dugald area resident lives with his husband and two children on a small farm raising chickens, turkeys, goats, and rare-breed Ojibwe horses. Trevor earned an honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia out of an early interest in how the government could improve people’s lives. He is a spokesperson with the grassroots group Emergency Diabetes Support for Manitobans, and avid violinist who has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. “I’m running again because I feel this is a particularly important election. I

think Canadians have some big choices to make about where we should go from here, after all we’ve been through during this pandemic,” said Kirczenow. “I’ve been hearing at the doors and on the phone that many constituents appreciate our federal government’s handling of the pandemic, particularly the support programs that have kept many businesses afloat during such a difficult time.” “On the local level, I’ve heard repeatedly from constituents who are concerned about protecting our water supply, in particular with regard to a proposed silica sand mine in Vivian in the RM of Springfield. The mining process involves going into the aquifer that many residents in Provencher rely upon, in-

cluding those in the RM of Taché,” Kirczenow added. “I share these concerns. I’m not convinced that the province will exercise appropriate caution on this matter, since it has already waived the more rigorous Clean Environment Commission hearings and decided to go instead with public hearings hosted by the mining company itself. Water is our most important resource.” Kirczenow is eager to listen to and advocate for all voices from around Provencher. He believes that together we can work to build a more inclusive, secure and better future for the people of Provencher and all Canadians. Liberal Party candidate Trevor Kirczenow

Green Party of Canada - Janine Gibson Janine Gibson is an agricultural consultant with 30 years experience in promoting more resilient solutions to operations management. She studied psychology and english at the University of Winnipeg and human ecology at the University of Manitoba. She is the owner/operator of Creative Health Consulting. As the Green Party’s candidate, Gibson plans to use her experience to bring important perspectives on resilience to government discussions and policies. “The people of Provencher deserve choice on the ballot, which is why I run. Earning the national average for the Green Party in a conservative riding like Provencher sends a LOUD

message to all parties that people care about these destructive extreme weather events, which will only continue until we address climate change and reduce our GHG emissions,” Gibson stated. “In addition to encouraging organic Ag management I also support a guaranteed annual income, as this will reduce health care and crime costs.” Gibson is passionate about using resources wisely and being truly conservative in that regard. She believes that the wise use of resources can be applied to building teams capable of addressing current challenges today, without borrowing from our children’s futures. Green policies can ease the short-term

pain of transition for long term gains. “Research shows poverty is a leading cause of crime. Let’s stop bailing out oil companies with billions and instead ensure all children get a stress free upbringing by reducing poverty and treating addictions as health care issues not crime issues,” Gibson concluded. Gibson is a proud mother and grandmother, and lives with her grandson and partner. She looks forward to working on behalf of all her constituents to build policies that address core issues like housing, poverty, healthcare and of course environmental justice. Green Party candidate Janine Gibson.

Peoples Party of Canada - Noel Gautron From Ile des Chenes, Noel Gautron has lived his entire life in Provencher and he cannot imagine putting down roots anywhere else. He has worked here for the past seven years in the field of logistics as both a driver and a dispatcher. Gautron signed up with the party in 2018 and ran in Elmwood-Transcona in the 2019 election. In January of 2020 he took on the position of provincial coordinator for the party. As Canada continues to battle a pandemic, Gautron admitted that he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. Having said that, Gautron said he is open to get-

ting the vaccine but is waiting until he sees the results of some long-term testing. “I find I’d be more comfortable with that, especially with the kind of the early results with some of AstraZeneca,” he pointed out. He added that he is supportive of those who might need the vaccine because of pre-existing conditions. “Certainly in those cases, I’d be very supportive of people getting the shots,” he said. “Overall, I view the whole issue as kind of a personal medical choice, something that should be kind of talked about between the individual and their

physician.” In Manitoba, the province has placed restrictions on what the non-vaccinated sector can attend or be part of. Gautron says he finds it constrictive. “Ultimately, it is the right of the business owner to make those sorts of decisions,” he stated. “Ultimately, I think at least for myself the businesses that have chosen to make such policies, I probably won’t be giving them my business afterward.” Gautron vows to continue to fight to preserve the liberties and values of residents in Provencher. People’s Party of Canada candidate Noel Gautron

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Should I Vote By Mail? We know many voters are asking themselves this question. It’s a secure and flexible option growing in popularity, but not everyone knows how it really works. Here are the steps: Step 1 - Apply to vote by mail by Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 pm. - For most electors, the simplest way to apply to vote by mail is online. They can also fill out an application form online, print the application form and send it by mail or fax, or contact Elections Canada to get one. - You must submit a copy of your proof of identity and current address along with your form. Step 2 - Once your application is accepted, we will mail you a voting kit. It includes instructions, details about deadlines, a pre-addressed and prepaid return envelope, additional security envelopes to protect the secrecy of your vote and a special ballot on which to write the name of the candidate you are voting for. Step 3 - Mail your completed ballot back by the deadline on Election Day. - Simply drop the envelopes containing your marked ballot into any mailbox or bring it to a Canada Post outlet. There is no cost -you do not need to add a stamp. Important messages for electors who consider this option: - Plan early. Deadlines apply, and you must allow enough time for your special ballot voting kit to reach you and for you to return your marked ballot to Elections Canada by Election Day. - Your ballot is your responsibility. Your marked ballot must arrive at Elections Canada by the deadline on Election Day, or it cannot be counted. Check the instructions in your voting kit. If you’re afraid to miss the deadline, seal your marked ballot in the envelopes, and: - Mail it back using an expedited parcel service at your own cost, or - Return it in person at your Elections Canada office, or - Drop it off at your assigned polling station on Election Day, or - Have someone you trust do it for you.

- Once you have applied to vote by mail, you can’t change your mind and vote in person at advance polls or on Election Day. Your name will be crossed off on the list of electors. - Voting by mail is secret and secure. Read on the Vote-by-mail security features and safeguards. - Voting by mail is particularly convenient for electors: - who are part of a vulnerable population - who cannot wear a mask - who are in self-isolation - who have or may have come in contact with Covid-19 - who study or work away from home - who will be away from their riding during advance or election day polls and prefer not to vote early at an Elections Canada office. We are working hard to process vote-by-mail applications and send electors their voting kits as quickly as possible. Typically, the process takes up to 72 hours, but things may take a bit longer over these first few days as we get things up and running. Voting kits are coming soon. We appreciate your patience. Voting at advance or election day polls is still the simplest and most efficient option. A number of health and safety measures are in place at each polling location to keep you safe. For more information, Canadians can visit elections.ca, contact their local Elections Canada Office or call us at 1-800-463-6868. For those having trouble applying online, here are some tips for completing your application: - Use a mobile phone to apply using the mobile network. If possible, you can use the phone to take and upload images of your ID, and to complete and submit your application. - Visit a local library, coffee shop, grocery store or other establishment that offers WIFI access and apply online from there; - Ask someone you trust, like friend or family member with internet access to let you use their connection to apply, or to print an application form and scans of your ID for you to complete and mail the application at

your convenience. - Be mindful of deadlines. - In some remote communities with limited internet access, application kits are available at the local Canada Post locations. Applications are available at the following Canada Post locations. There is an option for electors to drop off their special ballot on election day. This option will be available at almost every polling location across Canada on election day. At a small number of polling locations in remote ridings, electors who show up at the polls to submit their marked special ballot will be asked to vote using a regular ballot instead. Ballots are counted at the returning office in order to protect the secrecy of the vote and ensure that in locations where only one or very few electors drop off their special ballot on election day, those electors cannot be identified when counting is done. If the distance between the polling location and the returning office is too great to ensure those special ballots can be delivered on or shortly after election night, we will ask those electors to vote using a regular ballot. Elections Canada will not proactively contact you to confirm that we received your ballot, but there are ways you can check. To do so: If you applied online to vote from within your electoral district, you can check the status of your ballot here, using the Registration Request Reference Number displayed on your screen after you submitted your request. Simply click on the ‘check the status of your request’ link from the Welcome page and enter your Registration Request Reference Number and Last Name. If you applied in any other way, you can check the status of your application or returned ballot by contacting 1-800-463-6868. Remember that your ballot may be in the mail system for several days. Elections Canada can only confirm the status of your ballot once it has arrived and been processed.

Falk Asked to Disclose Compliance with Conservative Party Covid Rules Treaty One Territory, Métis Homeland, Dugald, Provencher Conservative Party of Canada candidate Ted Falk is still not disclosing his COVID-19 vaccine status, or if he’s complying with his own party’s required daily rapid testing even as the province of Manitoba is reporting a concerning increase in infections in the area. The riding includes the RM of Hanover, which reports having among the lowest vaccination rates in the country. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole issued a statement that his party’s candidates must either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or take daily rapid Covid tests during the campaign. The Conservative Party has not clarified whether or how it will enforce its daily Covid testing requirement for any candidates who have not been fully vaccinated. Conservative Raquel Dancho, seeking re-election in Kildonan-St. Paul, has publicly confirmed she is taking daily tests because she is not yet fully vaccinated. “Is Mr. Falk complying with his party’s rules? Is he taking daily tests or has he been vaccinated? And if he’s not following O’Toole’s rules on this, will there be any consequence for him?” asked Trevor Kirczenow, Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Provencher. O’Toole’s Conservatives have decided on an approach that strongly encourages vaccination, without going so far as to endorse mandatory shots for those who want to participate in certain types of activities. Both the Liberals and the NDP are requiring their candidates to be fully vaccinated noted Kirczenow. “It’s an issue of both safety and leadership,” said Kirczenow. “Candidates should not be putting people at risk when they campaign and meet constituents. Also, as leaders in the community we have an opportunity to encourage others through our own actions. This is an opportunity to save lives. It’s not too late for Mr. Falk to get himself to the Steinbach supersite and demonstrate now to his many followers on social media that he will do the right thing to protect his community. If he does, I think it will make a big impression on people. Others will follow.” While Manitoba isn’t yet seeing the fourth wave that is already emerging in other parts of the country, health experts worry that it is looming. Chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin says he supports any measures that increase vaccination rates.

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Liberal Candidate in Provencher Undeterred by Vandalism, Theft While vandalism and theft of campaign signs are perennial problems on the campaign trail, Liberal candidate for Provencher Trevor Kirczenow says this year is different. “It’s difficult to keep a sign up for more than 24 hours in some parts of the riding this time around,” says Kirczenow. “Our dedicated volunteers are out replacing signs every day, which takes a lot of energy and money. It’s a shame that a few angry people are trying so hard to disrupt our democratic process. This did not happen to anywhere near the same extent in 2019.” Tampering with or stealing a political sign is a criminal offence that can bring up to five years of jail time. Local RCMP have said they will be on the lookout. Kirczenow says that while he’s having a much harder time with signs in Provencher compared to 2019, the response he’s getting at the doors is more positive. “It’s not getting me down,” says Kirczenow. “Maybe it attracts voters’ attention even more, because it’s like Christmas lights going on and off. Signs go up, signs disappear, and signs go up again in slightly different spots the next time, and so on. All the constant changes must be getting plenty of notice.”

Damaged campaign sign with rut showing where a vehicle left the highway to drive it over, near Blumenort. Submitted photo


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FederalProvincial Partnership Makes Funding Available to Farmers The Manitoba government in partnership with the Federal government is making available $62 million in programs under the AgriRecovery framework that will be designed to support livestock producers affected by this year’s drought conditions, to ensure producers have options to retain and care for their animals while also supporting the longer-term sustainability of the livestock sector. According to the province, programs are currently being developed and will include funding for feed assistance, feed transportation, cattle transportation and a herd rebuilding program. “Keystone Agricultural Producers welcomes this announcement and will continue to work with the provincial government, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation and Manitoba’s farm organizations to ensure that programs address the challenges facing producers across our province,” said Bill Campbell, president, Keystone Agricultural Producers. “Our Government is doing everything it can to support farm families so they can get through these challenges today, and be better positioned for a sustainable future. Today’s commitment of up to half a billion dollars shows we stand ready to contribute our share toward AgriRecovery programs with the provinces. We are united in our goal of ensuring that farmers are fully supported through this crisis,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. Last month, the Manitoba government asked the federal government to conduct an AgriRecovery assessment to determine if drought-related expenses would be covered under the program. Earlier this month, the Government of Canada announced it is ready to invest $100 million in its share of AgriRecovery programs due to drought and wildfires in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, and is ready to seek further funding as needed. Programs will be developed to meet the specific needs of each jurisdiction. Meanwhile farmers requiring assistance in funding to improve their water sources have an extra month to get their applications in after the province extended the application deadline for Ag Action ManitobaAssurance: Beneficial Management Practice (BMP 503) to October 1 from September 1. According to Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler extending the application deadline will ensure that more producers will be able to apply and get assistance when they need it most. The Ag Action Manitoba Program Assurance under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, helps agricultural producers protect ground and surface water sources that are essential to ensuring the health of livestock and ground water sources. To date, the province has received almost 100 applications for a total of $630,000 in funding for the Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas BMP. Items eligible for cost-shared funding include water source development, constructing new or rehabilitating existing wells or dugouts, installing solar, wind or grid-powered alternative watering systems, permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts; and permanent pipeline development. More details on the program are available at gov. mb.ca/agriculture and agriculture.canada.ca.

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Providence Hosts Golf Tournament Fundraiser On August 10, Providence hosted its 23rd Annual Golf Classic at Quarry Oaks Golf Course near Steinbach. More golfers than ever showed up in support of Providence students. Over 160 golfers registered for the tee time tournament helping to raise approximately $70,000 through the generous golfers, prize donors and sponsors. For 23 years, the tournament has been an important tradition where the Providence community comes together to support student scholarships. When asked about the importance of supporting Providence students, organizer Gina Turnbull commented on how she remembers, “Being a Providence student, and how scholarships made a Christ-centered education an affordable option for me. Because of this event, more students have the opportunity to experience that impact as well.” The tournament provided an opportunity for many to meet Providence’s new President Dr. Kenton Anderson who golfed along with his wife Karen. “The 2021 Providence Golf Classic was a great experience. I always enjoy golf, but as the new president, it was particularly meaningful for me to meet so many of those who support and partner with

Providence,” said Dr. Anderson. “This is an amazing community and that was on full display at the tournament. I thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you all again next time.” This year, golfers enjoyed some new additions to the tournament such as playing Corporate Ball, a Providence Trivia Challenge, and ending the day with a de-

licious treat from The Churro Stop. The winning team consisting of Clark Nachtigall, Evan Nachtigall, Ryan Masters and Nathan Heppner for their winning score of -16 will soon have their names engraved on the 23-year-old trophy. Plans are already in the works for the 24th Providence Golf Classic on June 14, 2022.

Over 160 golfers enjoyed a day on the course as they tee’d off during the Providence’ Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament. Submitted photo

Celebration to Immerse Visitors in Métis, Francophone and Indigenous Cultures A new Francophone and Indigenous Spirit celebration will showcase Métis, Francophone and Indigenous cultures in Richer, Manitoba on September 17-19. Le Rendezvous will be a celebration of the three cultures who have historically worked and lived together in the area. The cultural diversity and historical respect for each other has created a successful and thriving region. The weekend will focus on the pride of the core founders of the province in a community where the majority of the population is still made up of the descendants of these settlers and First Nations residents. With funding from MB150, the local municipal government and various other sponsors, the weekend celebration will treat the public to the sights, sounds and tastes of the cultures. “We started planning this event in 2020 then the pandemic came around and we have had to postpone,” said Dan Guetre, one of the organizers of the event. “We never gave up the idea though and now we are ready to present this new community festival to the public.” Another highlight is the Historic Trail Ride. “Not only are we celebrating MB150 with this unique experience, but we are also celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Dawson Trail. It was referred to as ‘Canada’s first Great highway to the West’ and used by settlers starting in 1871,” explained Guetre. “The event will actually kick off with the arrival of

Red River Carts, wagons and riders on horseback who will be recreating what new arrivals experienced when travelling along a route that still shows signs of the corduroy base of logs laid down to create the foundation of the trail.” Historically, it was a route that would forever change the fate of Manitoba and country. Cultural Sights and Sounds Le Rendezvous will feature multiple venues in Richer hosting music, art, crafts and food. The committee is also arranging for teams of horse and wagons to escort visitors between venues such as the Dawson Trail Park and the Dawson Trail Museum. “We are booking entertainment that will allow guests to experience something of all the cultures that have settled in the area. We are focusing on both historical and contemporary shows,” explained Guetre. “There is going to be a huge variety of acts catering to everyone’s tastes.” With live music, dance, interactive crafts and art displays, Le Rendezvous committee members are focusing on giving guests an immersive experience. The Dawson Trail Museum will be opening its doors and grounds to displays, a craft and farmers market, music and more. The Dawson Trail Park will feature live music on multiple stages, story tellers, a historical interpretive display (including two giant teepees), inter-

active displays, and lots of food. The Dawson Trail Arts and Heritage committee will be featuring a special group art exhibit themed “The Journey”, with artist talks and curatorial presentations planned throughout the weekend at the museum grounds. At the Dawson Trail Museum, they will mark the 150th anniversary of the trail by unveiling of a historical map, commemorative trail plans and 150th anniversary cake. The weekend will also feature an expanded traditional Fall Supper bringing both the community and guests together. “We have all experienced a tough go of it over the past couple of years and creating Le Rendezvous is our community’s way to create a fun, family oriented weekend open to anyone that wants a semblance of ‘normal’ back in their lives,” said Guetre. “We are going to keep it inexpensive for all guests and focus on treating Manitobans to our way of life with a historical and contemporary mix.” More information is available at the Richer Community Club Facebook page or by contacting Dan Guetre, Richer Community Club Inc. dan@richerrodeo. ca, Pierrette Sherwood, Dawson Trail Arts & Heritage Tour Committee, pspapillon@ gmail.com, Yvonne Fontaine Godard, Dawson Trail Museum, yfontaine52@ gmail.com and David Graham Entertainment Programmer at dajgraham@gmail. com.

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Province Releases Road Upgrade Report On August 26, the Manitoba government’s strategic approach to plan and improve specific trade and commerce routes for the provincial highway network received a majority consensus from EngageMB feedback. According to Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler the province has heard from Manitobans, municipalities and industry on planning and prioritizing highway projects in Manitoba so we can continue to build and maintain a robust highway network that supports the economy through access to interprovincial and international markets. “Our government will use the feedback to help direct our investments toward critical shipping routes in Manitoba.” The proposed Trade and Commerce grid builds on the existing network of highways that support Manitoba’s heaviest highway loading to ensure Manitobans have a reliable connection to highways that support the movement of goods. The proposed grid is more than 7,000 km of provincial roads, with nearly 6,000 km of the grid already supporting Manitoba’s heaviest truck loads. When com-

pleted, the grid of trade and commerce routes will represent 36.5 per cent of Manitoba’s allweather provincial road network. “The Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) welcomes the provincial commitment to improve and invest in a robust highway network that helps mitigate damage on municipal roads. Improving transportation mobility will not only boost economic linkages but will also build stronger local communities throughout Manitoba,” said Kam Blight, president, AMM. Schuler noted that allowing heavier loads or greater truck weight limits on Manitoba’s highways will lead to fewer shipments to transport goods resulting in cost savings for businesses. International, interprovincial and regional goods movement is an integral part of Manitoba’s economy and the province’s highway network plays a vital role in enabling market access. The province hopes that over the next decade, Manitoba will be seen as a national transportation hub, linking east to west, north to south, enabling strong economic activity within and across the borders.

These highways are proposed to be upgraded to officially become part of the province’s trade and commerce routes for the provincial highway network. Submitted photos

Community Rallies Around Grieving Family The community has poured out their love in support of a Manitoba family left mourning after a highway collision claimed the lives of two teenage girls through a fundraiser that has raised $77,846. On August 8, at around 12:50 pm St. PierreJolys RCMP along with Ritchot Fire Department and EMS responded a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 75 and Provincial Road 305 in Ste. Agathe. The investigation determined that a vehicle, being driven by a 17-year-old female with a 15-year-old female passenger from Roseau River were travelling westbound on PR 305 when it entered the intersection and was struck by a northbound semi, being driven by a 54-year-old male from Winnipeg. Both occupants of the vehicle were pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the semi had no physical injuries. St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP along with the Criminal Collision Investigation Team and

a Forensic Collision Reconstructionist continue to investigate. Jared and Colleen Fast close friends of the family started a fundraiser to help cover the costs incurred by funeral expenses and loss. The GoFundMe campaign has raised about five times its original goal. Duane and Sylvia Goertzen, parents of the two sisters’ 15-year-old Acacia and 17-yearold Sophie said they are grateful for the “extreme generosity” of Manitobans. “With hearts that are broken, we are yet blessed beyond words,” they said in a joint statement. Fast confirmed the crash occurred while the girls were on their way to a wedding shower that was planned for their older sister. He added that the girls’ parents, who are the executive directors of Roseau River Bible Camp just over an hour south of Winnipeg, plan to establish a memorial fund to send more children to summer camp in honour of their daughters.

Money raised through a fundraiser will go towards a memorial fund in memory of 15-year-old Acacia and 17-year-old Sophie Goertzen. Submitted photo

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Horsing Around and Helping Out

Getting around the property on her crutches and ride-on lawn mower, Brittany Payjack was front and center with a big smile to help her students throughout the show and keep things running smoothly.

By Myriam Dyck On the last weekend of August, Manitoba’s equestrian community held a unique fundraiser called the “Break a Leg” Benefit Show near Ste. Genevieve to support one of their own As a young professional horse trainer and competitive rider, Brittany Payjack moved her business to Dufresne and then a year later expanded to a larger facility with an indoor arena for year-round training near Ste. Genevieve. In spite of the pandemic restrictions, she continued to have horses in training and boarding at her facility, though she could not teach as many lessons or be open to the public all the time. Over the summer as restrictions eased and small horse shows were starting to be

held again, Brittany was thrilled to be able to get her beloved show horses out again and scheduled a trip to Spruce Meadows in Alberta for a week of show jumping competition on the national stage. Unfortunately only a week before leaving for Alberta she sustained a complex leg fracture in a freak accident while working on the ground with a young rescue horse. Extensive surgery was required and she is still a few months away from being able to ride again. As a professional rider and trainer, this injury has put Brittany’s own career on hold as she focuses on rehabilitating and recovering. As a self-employed horse person, this has been a challenging time as she navigates injury rehab while sustaining her boarding facility and horse train-

(Above) Brittany still working hard coaching and taking video of a training horse despite being on crutches.

BP Sporthorses had a yard full of horse trailers and spectators were parking on the road on Sunday.

ing, sales and coaching business. This benefit schooling show was organized by her friends as a way to uplift, motivate and support Brittany through this challenging time and help her out as she currently has to pay staff to do most of the work she normally did herself (from dawn to dusk)! Not one to sit still for long, Brittany and her fiancée Derek have continued to improve the facility over the summer. Brittany was out mowing grass on the ride-on mower about a week after she got home from the hospital and built a large showjumping grass ring out back. Hundreds of people over the course of the weekend showed up at BP Sport Horses to check it out and show their support by donating, buying lunch and entering for chances to win prizes. Businesses sponsored prizes and tables were set up to sell crafts and equipment. Local (and not so local) horse owners entered their horses in classes ranging from costume classes and gymkhana games to competitive show jumping. “The support has been amazing,” said Kathyln Hossack, one of the organizers. “Just on Saturday we counted over 300 people that came through. We already know the show was a huge success and full of great memories for participants!” “With tears of joy in my eyes and my heart full of gratitude I thank the people who have made Day 1 of this horse show a success. To see the smiles on everyone’s faces as they received their ribbons, got through their rounds with confidence, and enjoyed this sport we all love so much filled my soul with the longing I’ve had to compete myself,” explained Brittany in a Facebook post. “Watching everyone enjoy themselves made me so very happy and lifted my spirits as I go through the difficult experience of rehabbing my injury. The support of everyone allows me to breathe and have faith that it will all be okay.” Getting around the property on her crutches and ride-on lawn mower, Brittany herself was front and center with a big smile to help her students throughout the show and keep things running smoothly. “I can’t believe the turnout we got,” she said. “I really appreciate the support from everyone. I should be able to start riding gradually again over the winter. I miss riding so much right now but at least I am catching up on paperwork!”

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Ten Youths Win Scholarships in Vax Lottery Ten Manitoba youth have been named as the province’s first Vax to Win lottery winners after their decision to be immunized has resulted in each of them winning a $25,000 scholarship. Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Minister Wayne Ewasko said that he was proud of how Manitoba’s youth have stepped up to be vaccinated, for their decision to protect themselves, their families and their communities. “I’d like to congratulate them all, and wish them the best of luck in their lives and studies going forward. They have bright futures, and we are confident these scholarships will be put to great use,” he said. These individuals have each won a scholarship worth $25,000 are Kaylee Keefe, Chelsea Thiessen, Bea Catalla, Kaden Rozdeba, Kayla Harper, Crosby Wright, Ella Curtaz, Jordyn Recksiedler, Emma Curtaz, and Shaira Garcia The scholarships were given out regardless of heath region and will be held in trust until winners choose their post-secondary education plans. A week earlier the first set of winners was drawn in the province’s Vax to Win lottery.” Their decision to be vaccinated and protect themselves and their community against COVID-19 has resulted in each of them winning $100,000,” said a news release. One of the seven winners named was Jacqueline Martel from Southern Health–Santé Sud health region. The deadline to be entered in the second lottery is September 6. To be eligible to win the second draw, individuals must have received their second dose of vaccine on or before that date. Winners will be announced later in September and will include three $100,000 prizes (Winnipeg Regional Health Authority); four $100,000 prizes (Southern Health/SantSud), Prairie Mountain Health, Interlake/Eastern and Northern health regions); and 10 more $25,000 scholarships available to youth 12 to 17 years of age.


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Join the Steinbach Chamber’s Online AGM The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce is preparing for their upcoming annual general meeting. Taking place on September 28, the event will be held live online starting at 9:30 am. Those attending the online meeting the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce will present its 2020 audited financials and yearto-date 2021 financials. Chamber of Commerce President Wayne Patram is expected to speak regarding Chamber activities and initiatives. There will also be a formal introduction of the 2021/2022 Board of Directors. Pre-registration is required by contacting the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce before September 24. The Steinbach Chamber has also announced that they have moved the date of the 2021 Steinbach Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards to October 5. At that event, the winners of this year’s business awards will be named. This year, a record number of twenty local businesses have been nominated for the Customer Service Award. Other awards to be presented that night will be the Young Entrepreneur Award, Community Involvement Award, and the coveted Business of the year.

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Drive for Hygiene Products Surpasses Expectations

Janessa Roy led a dance-a-thon to raise awareness and collect products for Moon Time Sisters.

By Marianne Curtis In spite of being forced to shut down an hour and a half earlier than expected due to rain, an Ile des Chenes woman managed to collect a few thousand packages of feminine hygiene products and is getting ready to ship them for use by women in northern communities. On August 22, Janessa Roy hosted an event at the Ritchot walking bridge in Ile des Chenes where she was joined by several local performers. “Due to rain, we had to wrap up pretty quickly so I wasn’t able to properly express my gratitude,” said Roy. “I’d like to start by thanking all of the performers, Karla Mozdzen, Blain Constant , Masoom & Archita Patel, Christine Lamontagne, The Sun Runner, Mes Jolies,

L’Ensemble Folklorique, and Accalia Danse.” At the end of the day, the final count of 3,773 donations was made of items including pads, tampons, cups, and liners that were dropped off during the event. “Last but not least, thank you, yes, You. The rain might have forced us to stop the show an hour and a half early but product and monetary donations poured in even harder,” Roy added. Roy enjoys sharing her love for jigging and Métis heritage. This gave her the idea to use those skills as an opportunity to raise awareness and collect feminine hygiene products that will be re-distributed into first nation communities. She said that most women take it for granted, but in northern communities and reserves, hygiene products are either inaccessible or priced be-

yond the range of most users. “In some communities, a box of tampons can cost up to $40 while in the lower mainland, the costs are more reasonable at $9 per box,” explained Roy. “Our mission is to ensure Indigenous menstruators across Manitoba have access to these products at affordable prices.” Seeing a need locally, Roy volunteered to spearhead a Moon Time Sisters chapter in Manitoba. Moon Time Sisters is a collective of people who want to support young menstruators in northern and remote communities in Manitoba. The organization’s first drive, in the spring of 2017 collected over 96,000 tampons, pads, and hygiene products to share with 15 different communities. Originating from Saskatchewan, chapters have since opened in Ontario, BC and now, Manitoba.

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Roy is raising money and collecting donations of various types of product, for re-donation where needed by hosting a unique event. “Right here in Manitoba, strange taboos and a lack of resources can make managing menstruation difficult, even dangerous. This is affecting the health and safety of Manitoba’s menstruators and this needs to change,” Roy stressed.

This is just a sample of the items collected during the short event. They will be shipped and redistributed within northern communities.

Bystander Helps Save Woman in Ste. Agathe A Manitoba police officer and a bystander rescued a woman struggling in the Red River on August 3, said RCMP. That evening, St-Pierre-Jolys RCMP got a call around 5:30

pm about a woman in distress on the bridge that crosses the Red River on Provincial Road 305 in Ste. Agathe, about 35 km south of Winnipeg. Minutes after arriving on scene,

the officer spotted the woman in the water, struggling to stay afloat as the current carried her downstream, said RCMP in a news release. The officer and a bystander jumped in, swam to her and pulled

her back to shore. Paramedics were called and the woman was taken to hospital. No information about her current condition or how she ended up in the water was released.

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Drowning Death Launches St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP Respond to Awareness in HEART The recent drowning death of a man in West Hawk Lake has lead to a significant fundraiser in recognition of the HEART rescue team. On August 7, 2021, at approximately 6:40 pm, Falcon Lake RCMP received a report of a possible drowning on West Hawk Lake. Officers were advised that two males; ages of 52 and 51 from Winnipeg had jumped off a pontoon into the lake and immediately began having difficulty in the water. Lifejackets were thrown to both males but the 52-year-old male was not able to reach it in time. He was seen going under and not resurface. Falcon Lake RCMP, with assistance from Manitoba Conservation and the local Fire Department, searched the water in the area but were unable to locate the victim. That is when the Hutterian Emergency Aquatic Response Team (HEART) arrived and began an underwater search.

At approximately 4:20 am the next morning, the body of the 52-year-old had been recovered from the water. “After searching through the night, we were able to locate the victim and with the help of the RCMP, he was recovered from a depth of 145 feet. We thank you for your prayers and support. Please continue praying for this family as they now have to try to find healing,” stated a HEART spokesperson. Falcon Lake RCMP continues to investigate. Over the past three years, eleven recoveries HEART has been involved with have been for victims who broke through thin ice and drowned. Several victims’ families have gratefully donated money or work in kind in gratitude for their tireless voluntary efforts. For example, a recent family donated enough funds to help with a needed boat repair on the team’s main vessel. At this time, a fundraiser is underway

A screenshot of video posted by the HEART team while they combed West Hawk Lake for a drowning victim.

to help the team purchase a hovercraft that can travel safely over virtually any surface including swift water, thin ice, snow, and even land. “Thin ice is too unstable and dangerous to safely support the weight of our search team and equipment. Often, the victims’ families have had to wait for many excruciating months for the ice to either melt or thicken sufficiently for us to conduct a safe and effective search and recovery,” the spokesperson added. After much research and consultation, HEART has placed an order for this hovercraft with the manufacturer and hopes to raise the $130,000 to purchase it in time for the winter. Donations can be made in a couple of ways including by cheque which can be sent and made payable to HEART Team Inc Box 819 Morris, MB R0G1K0 or E-Transfers to HEARTeaminc@gmail.com or paypal. com/ca/fundraiser/charity/4105116. Tax receipts are available.

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Affordable Housing Grant Available in Steinbach The City of Steinbach would like to draw attention to Provincial grant funding with the financial assistance of the Government of Canada that is currently available to spur on local investment in affordable housing projects. In Steinbach, $1.3 million will be contributed towards projects that meet criteria identified by the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation (MHRC). This grant is best suited to developers, non-profit organizations, and those who already have planned activities and development for multi-unit housing that may fit within the grant funding model. According to council, the MHRC grant is for qualifying affordable housing projects in the range of $50,000 - $65,000 per qualifying affordable housing unit. Affordable housing ei-

ther developed or redeveloped under the grant funding must remain affordable housing for a period of 20 years. “Affordable Housing” means modest in terms of floor area and amenities, based on household needs and community norms, and geared to lower moderate income households whose total household income meets or falls below the Income Limit, as determined by Manitoba Housing. These rates are households without children with an income of $63,450 or family households with children or dependents with an income of $84,600. Rent must be at or below median market rent level for the municipality or applicable region ranging from $583 for a studio apartment to $1,240 for a 4 bedroom apartment including essential utilities such as heat, water and sewer.

Eligible projects may include rental housing or homeownership including new construction, conversion from nonresidential to residential use and rehabilitation of vacant, derelict residential building. The project must also provide homeownership opportunities for lowto-moderate-income families including capital funding for new construction and first-time homebuyer assistance. Essentially, any housing project that provides affordable housing for low-to moderate income households where the unit affordability is maintained for at least 20 years can be eligible, council explained. Project proposals must be received no later than December 31, 2021 and completed by March 2023. Project applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

Motorcycle Fatality

A St. Andrews man lost his life along River Oaks Road after losing control of his motorcycle, say RCMP. At approximately 3:35 pm on August 19, St.PierreJolys RCMP and EMS personnel responded to a report of an unresponsive male on River Oaks Road, in the RM of Ritchot. According to RCMP, the report also indicated that a motorcycle was in a nearby ditch. EMS responded and began resuscitation efforts but the 56-year-old male succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene. At this time, RCMP believe that the male lost control of his motorcycle on River Oaks Road. No other vehicle is believed to be involved in the accident. St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP along with a Forensic Collision Reconstructionist continue to investigate.


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Tache Senior Resources Foot Clinics

RCMP Respond to Multiple Vehicle Collision Fatalities

Our Foot Nurse Ursula looks forward to meeting you. Primary visits are $50. Returning visits are $45 and $5 extra for fingernail cut. Cash or cheque accepted at the time of service. Receipts will be provided for tax and insurance purposes. Contact Ursula at 204-381-0759 for an appointment. Landmark Clinic - At the Landmark Christian Fellowship Church, 172 Main St on September 21 from 9 am -1 pm. Lorette Clinic - At the Club Des Bles D’or, 1254 Dawson Rd on September 22 starting at 9 am.

Steinbach Burger Days Returns 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 second annual Burger Week. This year, a record breaking nineteen local restaurants have created signature burgers to tickle the taste buds for the 4th Annual Burger Week. These mouth-watering burgers are being offered for one week only. From September 11 to 18, burger lovers are invited to sample each of the specialty offerings then vote on them online. Not only do testers get to sample a variety of creations, there are opportunities to win daily prizes for participating. Also new this year, the Chamber has announced a Grand Prize VIP Tour featuring driver service, special VIP entrance to two Burger Days restaurants, and a local product gift basket (valued at $500). While enjoying these unique creations, take a selfie, and post it on Facebook/Instagram with the tag #SteinbachBurgerDays to be entered to win one of several prizes. The public can rate each burger creation online and enter to win one of many prizes by September 18, 2021 at 11 pm. Selections include, Bigg Boy (Bigg Smoak BBQ), Thee Ultimate Chester (Blatz B-Stro), CaesBurger, (Boston Pizza), Perogy Burger (Chicken Chef), The Bocephus (Chinos Bistro), Domino’s Cheeseburger Pizza (Domino’s Pizza), Double BBQ Mac ’n’ Cheese Burger (Doener Grill Express), SchmountFatboy (Georger’s Burgers & Sub), The Dorado Burger (Golden Fried), Dynamite Prime Burger (Hespler’s Cookhouse & Tavern, A Little Bite of Heaven (Lecoka Café/Pita Hut), Big Mary (Mary Brown’s Chicken), Gouda Burger (MJ’s Café), Farmer’s Bounty (New B’s Café), The Texas Scramble Burger (Quarry Oaks), Sweet Whiskey Prime Rib Burger (R-Bistro), The ‘It’s All About The Sauce’ Burger (Santa Lucia), The Banh Mi Burger (Sawney Beans), and Smitty’s Smokehouse Burger (Smitty’s). Winners will be named in three categories including Best Tasting Burger; Most Creative Burger and Best Presentation. The winner will be announced on September 23. Last year, the winner for Best Tasting Burger was Bigg Smoak’s Bigg Soak BBQ Burger Bigg Boy. The Most Creative Burger was won by Hespeler’s Cookhouse & Tavern for The Drunken Homesteader and Best Presentation went to Quarry Oaks for The Back Nine Burger.

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A community fundraiser has raised a significant portion of money to help the three children left behind after an accident claimed the lives of parents, Robert and Angelika Hartfelder. Submitted photo

Once again, the community has shown their love and supports towards three little orphaned girls after a two vehicle accident claimed the lives of both their parents, and their maternal grandmother. According to RCMP, on August 21 at 2:30am, Headingley Traffic Services RCMP received a report of a two vehicle collision on the Perimeter Highway, approximately one kilometre west of St. Anne’s Road. The preliminary investigation has determined that a car was travelling west, in the eastbound lane, when it collided head-on with a minivan. The 26-year-old female driver of the car from Winnipeg, was pronounced deceased on scene. The three occupants of the minivan including the 26-year-old male driver and a 24-year-old female passenger, both of Steinbach and a 63-year-old female passenger from Germany were pronounced deceased on scene. Headingley Traffic Services RCMP, along with a Forensic Collision Reconstructionist, continue to investigate and are asking anyone who may have witnessed this collision to please call 204984-6913 to speak with an officer. Family friend Manuel Stripling has identified the couple as Robert and Angelika Hartfelder. He said the couple were on their way home from the airport with Angelika’s mother who just arrived from Germany when the accident took place. The young couple has left behind three daughters, aged 3, 2, and five months old. Stripling is organizing a GoFundMe fundraising appeal on behalf of Nelli Hartfelder with a goal to raise $45,000. At the time of print, over $66,760 raised.

Returning Providence Students Must Be Vaccinated As Providence continues to monitor COVID-19 developments, such as the concerns around the increasing number of cases of unvaccinated people contracting the Delta variant, Providence has found it necessary to revise their policy. Effective for the 2021-22 academic year, Providence will require full vaccination and/or proof of negative testing at reasonable and appropriate intervals for all staff, faculty, and students who are engaging regularly with the campus community. This requirement will take effect at some point later this fall so as to give staff and students adequate time to respond. A specific timeframe is still to be determined.

Additional information will be provided to Providence community in the coming days, including details about requests for medical exemptions. Providence’s President, Dr. Kenton C. Anderson said that, “Although in some ways this decision is regrettable, it is an unavoidable one.” “Our primary concern is the health and safety of our community. Due to the increased threat of the Delta variant, we need to protect ourselves against any potential outbreaks of COVID-19 across our campus, and any legal ramifications we’d face as an institution if we fail to take the necessary precautions now,” said Anderson. Anderson went on to say that he can appreciate the disruption that a change

to the current policy may cause to some members of the community. Although he is sympathetic to the situation, he feels Providence has little choice but to go in this direction. A finalized decision will be made official by the Board of Governors. Providence has also considered what other post-secondary institutions are doing in response to the ongoing pandemic. Over the past several months, careful plans have been made for inperson classes, implementing strict mask guidelines, physical distancing protocols, and classroom capacity limits. Pop-up, mobile clinics will also be available on campus for students who have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated.

Chamber Pleased with Backyard Tourist Participation The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce says their inaugural year for the Backyard Tourist contest was “successful”. According to the chamber, proud participants shared photos showing their support of local businesses for an incredible local tourism prize pack ($150 value), filled with gift cards to

a variety of local tourism and hospitality businesses which was awarded to ten lucky supporters. The Steinbach Chamber said that they are deeply appreciative of funding we received through the Federal Government’s Strategic Initiatives Program (SAP) – Shop Local Initiative grant. Funding programs from all

levels of government have enabled the Chamber to invest funds into our local community and provide further education surrounding the ‘support local’ initiative. “Thank you to everyone who participated in spreading the word and supporting local during the Backyard Tourist campaign” added the Chamber.

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Doc Walker to Perform at Hanover Ag Exhibition Park Music fans are ready to celebrate as headliner Doc Walker appears live on stage on Saturday, September 11 at 7 pm on the Mainstage at Hanover Ag Exhibition Park in Grunthal. With over 20 top 10 singles in total, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year.

In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life. They are currently working on new music to be released later this year. The concert will also feature Daniel Desorcy and Kayla Luky. Daniel Desorcy is a French Métis singersongwriter from La Broquerie. His soulful tenor voice and prolific writing skills have garnered him a secure place within the country music genre.

Singer-songwriter Kayla Luky hails from Grandview. Her music is described as too country for country and too country for folk. Luky’s songs are soaked in alcohol, dirt and sorrow, honouring the roots of real country music. Event tickets are $25 each and food services will be available on site. For more information, contact Tamara Martens at 204-688-3584, email secretary@hanoverag.com or contact Curtis Dawydiuk 204-371-2950, email president@hanoverag.com.

Niverville Mom Launches Home Delivery Service By Marianne Curtis A twenty-eight year old mother has come up with a unique way to remain a stay at home mom and operate a small business. Coming up with the catchy name of To ‘n’ From Niverville, Angelique Forest is hoping to make home delivery easier for rural residents. Her business provides door-to-door delivery of food, packages, and other times at an affordable rate. “When trying to come up with a name, I tried to think of the area I serviced. I knew people were a mix of generations and I wanted it to be something that represented that when thinking of a messenger. “To ‘n’ From” seemed so catchy and equally diverse (the town name can change if needed in the future),” explained For-

est. “The business was inspired by the less capable. I knew what it was like to have little help and less time or access to certain luxuries. Being in a rural area, I’ve heard the question many, many times, ‘Who delivers? I wish we had skip’.” As a specialty courier type of business, To ‘n’ From Niverville provides access to those who may not have any vehicle or alternative options for delivery of food and items under 30lbs. “Due to COVID, the business was created with the idea that the restaurant industry, who has taken quite the hit during the pandemic, does not suffer more than it has,” said Forest. “On the contrary, we don’t charge restaurants, only those ordering the food.” “We have delivered foods from many local hotspots, such as Foodie

Panda, Gan’s kitchen and New B’s, Bigg Smoak’s BBQ in Steinbach has a permanent promotion going on for $10.99 delivered anywhere within the delivery range,” Forest continued. To ‘n’ From Niverville’s delivery range consists of southern Winnipeg (south of Bishop Grandin) all the way to Steinbach and surrounding areas. The Towns included are Ile Des Chenes, Grande Pointe, St, Adolphe, Glenlea, Ste. Agathe, New Bothwell, Lorette, Linden, Landmark, Ste. Anne and Blumenort. The business specializes mostly in Urgent/Immediate delivery, however there is reduced pricing for those with a more flexible time frame (delivery within 24 hours of pick-up). To find out more visit their website at tonfromniverville.ca.

Angelique Forest founded To ‘n’ From Niverville to make life easier for rural residents and as a means to support her two children. Photo by Marianne Curtis

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Steinbach Chamber Hosting Election Forum On September 16, the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce is hosting a 2021 Federal Election Forum on 6 - 8 pm. This event will broadcast the forum live via SteinbachOnline.com that evening, so voters can join in from the comfort of their own homes or wherever they may be. With the Federal election taking place in September, this may be one of the only opportunities to hear what each candidate has to say, live and online. This event will be a moderated Question & Answer period. You can submit your questions online before September 12, 11 pm. Please note, not all questions submitted will be used. The following candidates will take part in the 2021 Federal Election Forum: Ted Falk Conservative Party, Trevor Kirczenow Liberal Party, Janine Gibson Green Party and Noel Gautron People’s Party.



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The Rock That Keeps Us Upright What helps keep you going in your life? There are troubles all around us that threaten to overwhelm, discourage and defeat us. Some have a favourite hobby that helps relieve pressure. (Mine is gardening) Some have a close friend they can talk things out with. Others turn to alcohol or drugs. Some go to a doctor to get pills to help. But there is Someone we can take all our troubles to and He has promised to help. Jesus Christ, in Matthew 11:28, says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” They tell me that every sailboat has a heavy lead weight in its keel. Without this stabilizing weight, strong winds and waves would topple the boat over and it may sink. There are still winds and waves that come against the boat and it may lean badly at times, but the lead weight will always keep the boat upright and prevent it from taking on water and sinking. Jesus Christ offers to be that stabilizing force in each of our lives to prevent shipwreck and loss. The Apostle Paul met Christ on the road to Damascus. It totally changed his life. He wrote in II Corinthians 4:8,9, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” Paul found that giving his life to the Lord and trusting in God did not prevent problems in life; but it sure gave him Someone to help him through all his trials. Have you turned to Jesus Christ in your life? Are you giving Him a chance to help you with your life’s problems? If not, Revelation 3:20 tells us He is at your heart’s door, knocking. He’s just waiting for you to invite Him in. Why not let Him in? I will close with the words of a hymn that have been a blessing to many. “Will your anchor hold in the storms of life, When the clouds unfold their wings of strife? When the strong tides lift and the cables strain, Will your anchor drift, or firm remain? We have an anchor that keeps the soul Steadfast and sure while the billows roll, Fastened to the Rock which cannot move, Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love.” Is Jesus Christ your Rock today?

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SAC Memberships – Get Yours Now! New SAC memberships are coming up this fall, and we will have new benefits from local merchants for our members to enjoy. Purchasing an SAC membership is a great way to support the Arts Council and also benefit from great business discounts. Purchase your membership by visiting SteinbachArts.ca or by calling 204346-1077. 2021-2022 SAC Member Perks: - 10% off at Santa Lucia Pizza (Steinbach) - 10% off at Za Pizza (Steinbach) - 10% off at Chicken Chef (Steinbach) - 10% off at Coffee Culture (Steinbach) - 10% off at Old Church Bakery - 15% off at Janzen’s Paint & Decorating (all art supplies) - $2.00 off a 10lb box of farmer sausage from Country Meat Deli - Discounts on SAC Concert Series Package - 10% discount on SAC additional attractions, concerts, and events as stated - Reduced rental fees at SAC - Voting privileges at AGM

Register for Fall Programs Today The Steinbach Arts Council is excited to announce out list of Fall classes, beginning in September 2021. Our classes have been spruced up for the new season. We’ve done a review and made our classes even better than before. A mix of new and old, we’ve improved our class outlines, and planned for progressive learning in every area. What’s new at SAC? Learn Beginner German - Learn something new this fall for work or personal use. Our skilled teacher will make language learning fun and interactive. Learn to Paint - with our watercolour class with our talented local instructor, Arlene Enns. Create beautiful artwork as you learn new skills and useful techniques. For Teens - “Inspired by the Greats” for Teens is new this year - a 6-week “tour” of some of history’s greatest visual artists. Learn to create art that’s influenced by some of the world’s masters, like Van Gough, Monet and more. Abigail Martens will guide your young artists through the most creative Fall session to date. New Creative Wellness - Barre inspired Pilates and Fitness on the Ball, with personal trainer, Nicole

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Friesen, and Beginner and Intermediate Yoga with Alisa Harder. These 4-week classes will keep you busy all Fall. Register now by calling 2043461077, or by visiting our website for online registration made easy. Planning for Music Lessons this Fall? - The Southeast Centre for Music has highly qualified instructors in piano, voice, violin, cello, guitar, musical theatre, music theory, and music therapy. As part of the Steinbach Arts Council’s educational offerings, SCM strives to meet the teaching needs of our community, reaching the high level of musical education that has become an expectation in the Southeast. Whether you are a child or adult, beginner or advanced student, SCM works to find the teacher that is right for you and provides learning and performing opportunities for all musicians who study here. Welcome to our newest piano teacher, Julie Sidorchuk! She’s accepting new students – Don’t delay, call today. Interested in other music lessons - Visit our website and read all about our amazing lineup of teachers. Let us help find the right music instructor for you.

Portage La Prairie Hospital to Benefit Southern Residents A new hospital in Portage La Prairie will offer more inpatient beds, expanded medicine and surgical capacity, and an improved emergency department to serve Portage la Prairie and many Southern Health Sant/Sud communities. At a cost of $283 million the new Portage District General Hospital will replace the current 88-bed Portage District General Hospital, which opened in 1956. The new hospital is designed to be bigger so as to provide the community and the region with a modern facility and access to many services that previously may have required multiple trips to Winnipeg or Brandon. Jane Curtis, CEO for Southern Health said the new facility will improve services for residents

living throughout the region, not just those in the Portage La Prairie area. “In addition to expanding clinical opportunities, this new modern facility will further enhance patient care, confidentiality and comfort for people in this region, and provide a better working environment,” shared Curtis. “I would like to acknowledge the commitment and collaborative spirit of the community and partnerships, including the Portage District General Hospital Foundation and the province.” The new, two-storey hospital will be at least double the size of the existing facility and is expected to include a minimum of 90 acute care inpatient beds. It will allow increased day surgery capacity so more patients can have procedures performed without needing to travel

to Winnipeg, Brandon or elsewhere in the health region along with an expanded emergency department designed to best practice standards that include treatment and assessment rooms, a trauma room, stretcher bay and an ambulance bay. There will also be enhanced space for a number of programs including diagnostics, dialysis, palliative care and various outpatient services, which include lab and rehabilitation. Southern Health is the fastestgrowing health region in the province, with its population growing by 14,000 in the past five years to approximately 212,000. Construction of the new hospital is expected to be completed in 2025. Full details of the services to be available in the new facility are being finalized in consultation with clinical leaders and the health region.

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Has Your Income Dropped in 2021? Will your family’s income be less in 2021 than it was in 2020? There are many reasons your income may have dropped. Employment income may be less, pension income may have dropped, investment income may be less. Often this happens to older taxpayers, but some of these topics may affect those under 65 too. If so, there are a few organizations you may want to notify to increase your income or cash flow or to reduce your expenses. Pharmacare Manitoba Health sends out letters every April to let Manitobans who have already enrolled in the provincial pharmacare plan know what their deductible is for the current year: April 1 2021 to March 31 2022. The Pharmacare deductible is the amount your family will pay for eligible prescriptions before Manitoba Health will pay for them until March 31 2022. This annual deductible is based on your family’s income of 2019. If your family’s income decreased by more than 10% from 2019 to 2021, you can request the deducible be recalculated based on your estimated 2021 income. You can obtain the form (projected income worksheet) on the Manitoba Health website, or call our office and we can help you. This form does need to be completed before March 31 2022. And if you have already spent quite a bit on medications that exceed the new deductible, you may get a refund from Pharmacare. Pharmacare Instalment Payment Program Did you know that you can pay your annual pharmacare deductible with monthly payments? If your monthly drug costs are more than 20% of your average monthly adjusted family income, you may qualify. Check out Pharmacare’s website, or give us a call and we can help you. Guaranteed Income Supplement If you are 65+ and if your pension income or employment income has dropped substantially, you can request the GIS be based on your current 2021 income instead of your 2020 income. The GIS is recalculated each year for the July 2021 to June 2022 period and is based on your previous year or 2020

taxable income. If you normally receive GIS, and your income from employment or pension income has declined, you can request GIS recalculate your income based on your 2021 income instead of your 2020 income. If GIS agrees with your application, they will back date the new amount of GIS to July 2021. If you have never applied for GIS and you think based on your 2021 income you may qualify, it is worth applying for. Even if you do not qualify now, you might in the future, and at least Service Canada will review it each year once you have applied. If you are not sure, give us a call. GIS and employed Guaranteed Income Supplement has changed in the past couple of years and allows low income seniors to earn more from employment or self- employment income and not have the GIS reduced quite as much. It’s possible you didn’t think you qualified for GIS because you were still working, but maybe now you will. If you are 65+ and without your employment income, your other income like pensions (excluding OAS) are under $18,000, and your employment or selfemployment income is under $15,000, you may qualify for the GIS. If you are not sure, give us a call. Tax Installments If you paid more than $3,000 for your 2020 taxes that were due April 30 2021, you may be required to make installment payments for your 2021 taxes. Canada Revenue Agency doesn’t want to wait until next April 2022 for you to pay what you may owe for 2021. What are your options? If your income will not be the same and you know for sure you will not owe more than $3,000 in taxes for 2021 you can decide not to pay the installment amount requested. If you are wrong and you do owe $3,000 or more, then CRA will add interest to the amounts you did not pay in time. Their interest rate is 6% annually; so, if you were required to pay $1,500 September 15 and $1,500 December 15 and you didn’t, the added interest will be about $90. If you have never experienced installment payments before, you may be required to pay September 15 and December 15 2021 for the 2021 tax year. Plus,

you will be required to pay 25% of your 2020 taxes owing March 15 and June 15. Your 2022 quarterly installment for next September and December will be recalculated after you file your 2021 taxes. To avoid quarterly installments, you can also increase the amount of tax deducted on your sources of income to bring your taxes payable under $3,000. I have assisted clients have just a bit more tax deducted from CPP or OAS so they get their amount owing under $3,000 each year. Old Age Security Reduction Occasionally, your OAS will have additional tax withheld if your income was high in one year (more than $80,000). Normally, it’s a one-time event because of a reported capital gain from the sale of a cottage or farmland. If the income will not be repeatedly high, then we can request this extra tax not be withheld. A form (T1213OAS) is completed listing your expected income for 2021 and the credits you will claim and the tax you will have deducted from your various source and any tax installments you may have made already in 2021. CRA will complete an estimated 2021 tax return; and if you will not have any taxes payable they will reduce or eliminate the extra tax they are withholding until June 2022. This can increase your cash flow between now and June 2022. If you do not complete this form, or CRA does not accept your request, and too much tax was deducted, you do get it back in the form of a tax refund. If any of the above items trigger some questions, please give our office a call and we’ll see how we can help you. Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact Ste Anne Tax Service at 204-422-6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or info@sataxes.ca.

Goertzen Responds to Pallister’s Retirement On August 10, Premier Brian Pallister announced that he would not be seeking re-election as a member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. “After almost 10 years as the MLA for Fort Whyte, and more than five years as our province’s premier, I believe now is the time for a new leader and premier to take our province forward,” said Pallister. “The honour of my life has been serving as your premier.” Pallister went on to say that his “team” entered office facing enormous challenges from the very beginning. “We charted bold new directions to fix the finances repair our services, and rebuild the economy of Manitoba,” said Pallister. “Most important of all, we did what we said what we would do. We are a clean government with integrity. I am

most proud of that.” While Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen is Deputy Premier, this does not mean that he wants to become the province’s twenty-third premier. Goertzen said that he has no intention of seeking leadership position now that Pallister has made this decision official. “The PC Party is now beginning the process of selecting a new leader and by extension, a new Premier. Many of you have reached out wondering what my role will be in this process and whether I would consider running for the position. I will not be seeking the job of leader of the PC Party,” Goertzen announced. “At this stage of my life and career, I feel I have several responsibilities. The primary one is to my wife and son who,

like so many, have gone through an extraordinarily difficult time this past year. The past 18 months have caused us to lean and rely upon each other more as a family, and it has provided us new and better perspectives.” He added that as Deputy Premier, “I am aware of my responsibility to assist the government, our Caucus, and Manitobans in this time of transition. When I was a new MLA I relied on those who had long track records of service to play that role in times of transition, and I am now happy to offer that same support to government and my colleagues.” Goertzen said he looks forward to supporting the new Premier while working hard at his favourite job “being the MLA for Steinbach.”

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How Do We View the Cross? 1 Corinthians 1:1819... 18) For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God... 19) For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” (NIV) The story that Christianity must tell sounds at times as being foolish to those who are perishing. And the reason being that it shows how mere human wisdom and understanding is almost certain to fail. It is an undeniable fact that for all its wisdom people in general are still seeking a God whom they have never found. Even currently of enlightenment a great number of folks have failed to understand who God is. Some brilliant astronomers search the heavens; map the very orbits of the planets. However, none made a proclamation that their telescopes found where God lives. The details of a world invisible to the human eyes have been investigated, analyzed, cut up and put back together again. But never has anyone ever stated that they have seen God through their microscopes. Had they looked a little closer, they would have seen the marvelous work of God’s creative power. Intellectual heavy-weights study and read; they probe this and poke at that, they have turned every rock upside down to find how they can discredit the creative power of God. It is not achievable to find God through humanistic research… no way that human wisdom will ever find God. One more imprudent thought. It seems incredible to many folks that one who had ended his life upon a cross could be Jesus Christ, God’s Chosen Son. You see in Jesus’ day, folks were guided only by what the letter of the law stated, that meant that anyone who was hung on a cross was considered as being cursed, and they never dreamed of a suffering Saviour. Some thought that God was unable to feel the hurts of his people. Their reasoning was; if He can feel sorrow, pain, anger, grief; well then, someone motivated God. They can now say that God is no greater than the person who influenced Him. It seems so incredible to think that one who had to suffer as Jesus had suffered could be the Son of God. It is no wonder that the story of Christ on the cross is hard to accept. But what looks like foolishness to us, is wiser than all the combined wisdom of humans; what looks like God’s weakness is stronger than all the might of humans. How do we view the cross? What do we think of when we hear or read about the death of Jesus on the cross and then three days later, he rose again? Do we think it is foolishness? Or can we be persuaded to think that it is the very power and wisdom of God. Some will, however; stand back; beat their chests, suspicious, clamoring for a credible sign. Strange, the human mind wants more proof before they will turn to the cross for salvation. We may have to step on our pride before we can accept the fact that God’s foolishness is after all wiser than our wisdom, and His weakness far stronger than our strength. The cross and the resurrection is the only hope that Christians have. It tells us that God loves us, and that he will forgive us. Many folks think it is too complicated to come to this Jesus who hung on a cross. But Jesus wants us to trust him. We are to come just as we are and invite him into our hearts; To God Be the Glory Great Things He Has Done. Would you pray this prayer with me? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have the peace in my heart that I yearn for. I want that peace, joy and happiness that fulfills my heart’s desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honour Your Name. Amen.”


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Southeast Event Centre Gets the Green Light The Southeast Centre in Steinbach is no longer a long term dream. Under the Investing in Canada Plan, a partnership between the Government of Canada and Manitoba, MP Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages recently announced funding to build a multi-use Southeast Event Centre in downtown Steinbach as part of a renewal of the T.G. Smith Centre site. The Government of Canada is investing more than $9.5 million in this project through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Manitoba is funding over $7.9 million, and the City of Steinbach is contributing approximately $22.6 million toward eligible costs for the project. “Facilities like the Steinbach Event Centre we’re announcing today bring people together to learn, to connect, to grow. This Centre is an essential piece of Steinbach’s downtown renewal, and a vital part of the region’s

culture and recreation infrastructure with a multi-generational approach to community programming,” said Duguid. “I wish to congratulate our provincial partners and the City of Steinbach for this project, which will accommodate a wide range of activities and events for the benefit of an even greater number of residents. Our government will continue to support projects like this across Canada, because we know that when all communities thrive, we all benefit.” “Local leaders and residents have dreamed of a new event centre for many years, as a place where we could cheer on our favourite team, hear local performers and hold special events. Today this vision is becoming a reality and everyone who has played a part should feel proud of making this announcement happen,” said Kelvin Goertzen, Steinbach MLA and deputy premier of Manitoba. “This is a historic moment for Steinbach, made possible by the largest investment partnership between the public and private sector and resulting in recreation, arts, economy, and culture all to-

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Stolen Adult Tricycle Hwy #52 The Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft of bicycle on July 30. The bicycle is described as a blue Schwinn Meridian adult Tricycle with a black wire basket on the back, similar to attached picture. The bicycle was parked outside a residence off highway 52 in Steinbach. If you have information regarding this matter, please call Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1800-222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

gether in one space benefiting everyone in the southeast region,” said Steinbach Mayor Earl Funk. The Southeast Event Centre will be a multi-use venue that will accommodate cultural, economic

and recreational uses and events. The main venue, a 2,500-seat spectator facility, is designed to accommodate the many needs of the community with multi-mode capacity for trade shows, ceremo-

nies, concerts, ice related use and recreational activities. Once completed, the Centre will connect to the existing T.G. Smith Centre, Steinbach Curling Club and other existing venues.

The facility includes a main venue that can be used for concerts, events, ice sports, tradeshows, and ceremonies with 2,400 spectator seats as well as a 500 seat multi-use hall/gymnasium and atrium. The Southeast Events Centre will be located downtown, replacing the current Centennial arena, and connecting to the existing community plaza, T.G. Smith arena, Steinbach Curling Club, and theatre.

Thief Grabs Bikes in Blumenort Steinbach RCMP received a report of 2 bicycle thefts during the night of August 10th between the hours of 11:00PM and 04:00AM. Two bikes were stolen off a truck where the straps were cut off. The vehicle was parked on Pleasant Drive in Blumenort. If you have information regarding this matter, please call Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-2228477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com

Deck Fire Investigation Continues Around 8 am on July 30, tenants of a residence on the 100 block of Reimer Avenue advised their deck was on fire. The fire was able to be extinguished by the homeowner. The investigation is currently ongoing and Steinbach RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance to gather additional witnesses or information regarding the incident. If you have information regarding this matter, call Steinbach RCMP at 204-3264452, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Loud Minivan Stolen Giroux Sometime on August 17 a 2005 Green Honda Odyssey minivan with licence plate ELK 287 was stolen from a residence in Giroux. The vehicle does not have a muffler on it, which makes it loud and distinguishable. If you have information regarding this matter, please call Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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School Athletic Programs Expected to Return The Manitoba High School Athletics Association (MHSAA) is excited to be planning the return to high school athletics programs throughout the province. On August 18, the MHSAA stated that the safety of all involved with school sport is the priority of the MHSAA and directives from the Government of Manitoba take precedence over any decision made at the MHSAA, school division or school level. However, in accordance with the Government of Manitoba’s Public Health Orders, the MHSAA’s “Return to School Sport” plan permits school sport to return. It should be

emphasised that this plan is current and fluid. “The MHSAA will continue to re-evaluate and adapt as new information and guidelines become available, with the best interest of our student-athletes always in mind,” stated a release. “It is vital that before any Return to School Sport occurs, to consult and obtain approval from school division’s administration, or school administration for independent schools. Further, each school’s administration will be responsible to determine how Return to School Sport will be implemented in their building, ensuring all current Provincial

Public Health Orders are followed and each sport specific Return to Play Protocol is being adhered to.” The MHSAA will permit exhibition and league play provided that the Zone receives approval from their respective school division(s), or school(s) administration for independent schools. All current Provincial Public Health Orders must be followed and the sport specific Return to Play Protocol must be adhered to. No out-ofprovince teams are permitted to participate. This means that hosting and participating in tournaments within Manitoba may proceed.

Ritchot and Falcon Receive Dike and Dam Funding The community dikes in St. Adolphe and Ste Agathe will be raised to the 1:200 flood protection levels thanks to joint funding announced by the Governments of Canada and Manitoba. On August 13, the government announced more than $146.5 million in joint funding for 11 projects across Manitoba to support green infrastructure. The projects will rehabilitate key water and wastewater infrastructure, as well as raise, rehabilitate, and replace dikes and dams to community needs and make these Manitoba communities even more resilient. By raising the dikes in St. Adol-

phe and St. Agathe to the 1:200 year flood protection level, this will provide protection and safety to the communities and surrounding areas for years to come. The project also includes riverbank stabilization measures. The Federal and Provincial governments will contribute over $2.8 million in joint funding to these two projects with the RM of Ritchot paying the remaining third percent of the costs. Further east additional funding of $800,000 has been approved for a project in Falcon Lake and Whiteshell Provincial Park for the Falcon Lake Dam Control Structure

Replacement. The money will be used to replace a deteriorating stoplog controlled timber box culvert at the Falcon Lake Dam. Funding for these projects is through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. Federal funding is conditional on fully satisfying environmental assessment requirements and consultations with Indigenous groups. The Government of Manitoba is funding more than $67.8 million. In all, contributions to the communities towards their respective projects are over $43.2 million. Funding recipients are responsible for any additional project costs.

Don’t Take a Vacation from Electrical Safety Are you a backwoods camper or a five-star ‘glamper’? Whatever your style, a camping trip is the perfect family getaway. A folding trailer, a full-sized motor home or any other model of recreational vehicle (RV) provides many of the comforts of home while you enjoy the great outdoors. But to be sure that fun and adventure are the memories of your trip, follow these electrical safety tips. If you camp in an RV: - Know how much amperage your RV draws and how much is available. Attempting to draw more power than is available can damage the electrical source and potentially start a fire. - Test all ground fault circuit in-

terrupters (GFCIs) to be sure they are working properly. - Bring a fire extinguisher rated for electrical fires. - Turn on your generator or plug in your RV before turning on any appliances inside the RV. If you use a generator: - Know the campground’s generator rules. Some campgrounds allow them only during certain hours while others don’t allow them at all. - Always turn off the generator before you go to sleep. - Be wary of generator exhaust to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. If you use the campground’s power outlet:

- Use a power cord with a grounding wire and avoid using an extension cord by parking close enough to the electrical source. - Check to see if the campground power outlet is damaged before using – if it is, don’t use it and report it to the campground office. - Do not plug more than one RV into a single power outlet. And if camping in a tent is more your style do not run extension cords into a tent, or use electrical devices in wet or rainy conditions to prevent a shock hazard. No matter how you camp, be safe around electricity for a riskfree experience with nature. Visit hydro.mb.ca/safety for more information.

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Motorcyclist Airlifted After Steinbach Collision On August 13, 2021 at approximately 1:45 pm, Steinbach RCMP were dispatched to a collision between a motor vehicle and motorcycle at the intersection of Brandt and Friesen streets in Steinbach. Investigation determined that the driver, a 37-year old male from the RM of Ste Anne of a Saturn SUV was southbound on Brandt when he observed the motorcycle being driven by a 43-yr old male from Gardenton heading northbound on Brandt losing control, swerving into his lane and colliding with the SUV. The SUV driver was not injured however the motorcycle driver sustained injuries and was airlifted to Winnipeg Hospital and was later reported to be in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Another vehicle ahead of the SUV was believed to have been involved in the collision but later determined that it was not. The Traffic Reconctructionist attended the scene and investigation continues.

Endangered Poweshiek Skipperling Hot Topic at Prairie Day On August 14, the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve hosted its annual Prairie Day event. During the day, guided walks took place at the Prairie Shore Trail which included guest presentations at the Gardenton Park and Museum. During the event, visitors had an opportunity to learn about the amazing species that call this prairie region their home. Guided walks highlighted the amazing diversity of the prairie landscape from bees and birds to wildflowers and trees and see examples of prairie management and the effects of the 2020 windstorm. Staff from the Assiniboine Zoo was also on hand to share what they are doing to help the endangered Poweshiek Skipperling in the wild. Norm Gregoire, Community Liaison explains that the Poweshiek skipperling is a small butterfly dependent on tall-grass prairie as habitat but is also needs help from people to ensure that it does not disappear entirely. “There are many hard-working people who are doing just that,” Gregoire explained that the Assiniboine Park Conservancy runs a captive rearing and head starting program with help from Nature Conservancy of Canada, University of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba and Environment and Climate Change Canada. “The goal of this program is to help boost the population to more sustainable levels. During the peak emergence period in the beginning of July, I was able to accompany the team as they released Poweshiek Skipperling back into the wild.” Gregoire said the Poweshiek Skipperling deserves just as much attention as the endangered giant pandas. “For me I see these species equally as I believe they play their own role in their own ecosystem. The only difference is the Poweshiek skipperling is found in our homeland so it’s up to us to take care of it,” Gregoire concluded. The establishment of the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve in 1989 secured some of the largest and highest quality parcels of tall grass prairie remaining in the province. With the addition of the Nature Conservancy of Canada to the Preserve partnership, the Preserve has grown in size to nearly 6,000 hectares. To date, nearly 1,000 species have been documented for the area, several of which are considered rare. The Preserve also provides habitat for many provincially rare species, some of which have very limited distributions.

The endangered Poweshiek Skipperling is one of the many rare species that live within Submitted photo the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve.


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Eastman Tourism Announces New Regional Initiatives Eastman Tourism recently announced two new regional tourism initiatives that are in the first stages of development. In partnership with

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Seine River Superintendent Steps Down By Marianne Curtis After thirteen years as the superintendent of Seine River School Division, Michael Borgfjord has stepped down from his position. According to Seine River School Division Board chairperson Wendy Bloomfield, Borgfjord has stepped down and the board has appointed two co-superintendents to fill the vacancy. “As a direct result of the potential damaging effects of Bill 64, the Board of Trustees has had to regretfully announce that our Superintendent, Michael Borgfjord, will be leaving Seine River School Division effective Friday, September 3 to pursue opportunities outside of Manitoba Education,” said Bloomfield. Borgfjord has been Superintendent since August 4, 2008 and has worked respectfully and diligently to support students, staff and all of our communities in building strong, inclusive and more equitable systems, Bloomfield continued. “He has always been a powerful advocate for staff professional development and for building effective and collaborative school teams to enable our students to achieve considerable academic successes. Michael’s belief in and support for our Division’s core values of Honesty, Respect and Empathy have ensured that we serve all students and staff with the utmost caring, dignity and respect.” “It is a sad day as both Seine River School Division and education in Manitoba have lost a truly loyal, dedicated and amazing visionary leader,” Bloomfield concluded. As a result of Borgfjord’s exit, the school appointed Simon Laplante from August 30, 2021 to June 30, 2022 and Elaine Lochhead effective October 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) as co- Superintendents. Bloomfield describes Laplante an outstanding school and system leader who has been an instrumental leader in the school division communities. Over the past three years he has served the division as principal of École St. Adolphe School and École Ste. Anne Immersion School. Prior to that Laplante was the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Seine River School Division and was a longterm principal of École St. Norbert Immersion. Lochhead recently retired from her 11-year career as Assistant Superintendent of Student Services on June 30, 2021. Bloomfield said she was an instrumental leader in developing one of the most inclusive systems in the province and is a passionate advocate for strong learning environments. “We are extremely fortunate to have two experienced and talented leaders assist our schools’ transition during the 2021-2022 school year. We are deeply grateful that Elaine and Simon are willing to take on these roles and wish them much success in their one-year terms,” Bloomfield concluded.

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Hello and good morning, I hope that you’ve all had a nice, uninterrupted slumber. Me? Anything but. Last night, I was snug as a bug in my bed. The blanket was pulled up tight to my chin and I was peacefully sleeping in warmth and comfort. All that joy soon came to an abrupt end as a smoke alarm in our house started to scream. Since this rarely happens, my first thought was that it was my wife’s alarm

clock and, for the first few seconds, I didn’t really pay it too much attention. Of course, when the alarm didn’t stop right away, I sat up and tried to wake up enough to figure out what was going on. That is when the alarm stopped ringing. Still thinking that it had been my wife’s alarm clock, I asked her what was going on. She replied that it was the smoke alarm. Immediately, my heart sank. With the alarm stopping on its on I knew what the issue would be... a worn out battery. This has happened few and far in the past and it always seems to be the highest smoke alarm in the house that alerts us in the darkest parts of the night that it wants its battery changed... almost like a newborn baby. After a quick walk around the house to ensure that there was no smoke, my wife and I talked it over. Figur-

ing that we could deal with this in the morning, she and I went back to bed... our silent alarm clocks showing the time to be around two-thirty in the morning. Sadly, sleep was not meant to be as, a few minutes later, the smoke alarm chirped once again. Just a couple of high-pitched chirps and then it once again went silent. Being a trooper, I figured that that would be that and I could now fall back asleep. Sadly no. The smoke alarm, the trickster that it is, waited about a half hour, until I had nodded off once again, before it let loose a horrible scream. Enough was enough. Getting up, I went to the front door, put on my shoes and was about to head outside to the garage to get my step ladder when the smoke alarm decided that now was a great time to start a long continuous screaming session.

Knowing I could do nothing about it without the ladder, I darted out the door. A few minutes later I was up on the step ladder and removing the smoke alarm’s weak battery. Thankfully, the alarm did not start screaming while I was face-to-face with it, had it done so, I might’ve taken a tumble backwards! For the rest of the night, my wife and I did not really sleep well, half expecting the smoke alarm to scream again and half because our bodies and minds had woken up enough that they figured we should start the day. We resisted the urge and attempted to sleep. I think today is going to be one of those, bleary-eyed, groggy minded days. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.


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Dawson Trail Dispatch

Alarm Bells for Canadian Icon Needing Our Help The Canadian Lakes Loon Survey (CLLS), a 40-year report has been released and the results are telling scientists that the Common Loon, Gavia immer, is experiencing mysterious declines in the number of chicks surviving to adulthood. Thousands of volunteer Citizen Scientists have been watching loons on lakes across Canada and submitting their observations since 1981. The massive amount of information that has been collected has contributed to loon and lake conservation and increased public awareness of the importance of loons and healthy lakes. Researchers with Birds Canada have also used the data to identify that in the past three decades there has been a significant decrease in the number of Common Loon babies raised to independence across most of southern Canada, referred to as Common Loon productivity. “This result is monumentally important because these declines have been formally documented in only one other study focused on a single county in northern Wisconsin,” said Dr. Doug Tozer, Director of Waterbirds and Wetlands for Birds Canada. “Without the dedication of the volunteers providing reliable, carefully collected data the world would have no idea the Common Loon is in trouble in such a wide area!” The drop in Common Loon productivity raises alarm bells regarding the species and the health of our lakes. Scientists throughout North America

are not sure why it is happening. Massive amounts of CLLS data in the biggest study of its kind to date allowed researchers to test the influence of more than a dozen different factors. These included acid rain, fish mercury contamination, shoreline development, boating activity, predation from Bald Eagles, competition from Double-crested Cormorants and weather variables. After ruling out many possible causes a working hypothesis dubbed the “acid-mercury-climate” hypothesis is being explored. Further research is underway to test whether the complex interplay between damage from acid rain, mercury pollution, and ongoing climate heating may be at least partly to blame for the decline in loon productivity. Volunteers will be needed to continue this work to find the cause and determine conservation actions that will halt the decline and provide a positive future for our iconic Common Loon and our lakes. Other ways to help include minimizing boat wakes, using non-lead fishing tackle, disposing of fishing lines properly, reducing your carbon footprint and allowing native wetland plants to provide shelter for chicks and fish habitat to feed loons. “Let’s face it; without the haunting cry of a loon from a distant lake, the northern woods would just feel wrong,” said Tozer. To find out more about Birds Canada and the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey, tips to help loons, and how to

Common Loon

Photo by Mark Peck

get involved visit birdscanada.org/ loons. Birds Canada is the country’s leading national charitable organization dedicated to bird science and conservation. In addition to leading over 35 wildlife research and monitoring programs, including the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey, Birds Canada provides information and engagement opportunities for bird enthusiasts of all ages and knowl- Thousands of volunteer Citizen Scientists have been watching loons on lakes across Canada edge levels. Photo by David Gignac and submitting their observations since 1981.

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