Dawson Trail Dispatch September 2022

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September 2022

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Labour Day Weekend Festival Caps Off Wonderful Summer Events Circuit

The Wonder Shows midway was a very popular part of the Dawson Trail Days.

The community of Ste. Anne was a busy place to be during the Labour Day Weekend as the 2022 Dawson Trail Days drew in large crowds for the 4-day festival. After cancelling their event the previous two years, organizers were able to come out swinging and the end result was a giant festival featuring Wondershows and acres of

Photo by Christina Leclerc

rides, a family fun zone filled with a petting zoo, hands on reptile display, face painting, baseball tournaments and more! Volunteers and community service groups all came together under the leadership of the Town’s recreation director to welcome the community and visitors from all over southeast Manitoba.

Phoenix Cheer demonstration, reptile display and dunk tank entertained visitors.

Photos by Sarah Normandeau

Rural Festivals Received Financial Support from Province Throughout the southeast this summer, many rural gatherings received financial support from the Province of Manitoba to help with costs of putting on the festivals. Out of the $215,000 in support, southeast Manitoba jurisdictions were awarded almost $46,000. To receive the funding, the festivals must be recognized as the community’s signature annual event and promote the understanding, awareness and appreciation of its heritage, culture and identity. Event funding included City of Steinbach, Summer in the City, June 17 to 19. ($8,055.32); Hanover Agricultural Society, Hanover Agricultural Fair, August 18 to 21 ($8,055.32); Richer Recreation Committee Inc., Richer Rough Stock Rodeo and Country Fair, August 5 to 7 ($8,055.32); Roseau Crossing Heritage Park and Pool, Dominion City Summer Fest, July 8 and 9 ($1,514.40); Rural Municipality of Hanover, Mitchell and Area Fun Days, July 9 and 10 ($2,490.70); Sainte-Agathe Community Development Inc., Festival d’Été Cheyenne Summer Festival, July 15 and 16 ($1,482.18); Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de La Broquerie Inc., Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste de La Broquerie, June 25 and 26 $4,174.26; Town of Niverville, Niverville Olde Tyme Country Fair, June 10 and 11 ($8,055.32); and Vita Canada Day Committee Inc., Vita Canada Day Celebrations, July 1 to 3 ($3,991.41).


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Richer Rodeo Follows 2022 Event Trend of Breaking Attendance Records

Photo by Myriam Dyck

The stands were packed for the opening ceremonies at the Richer Roughstock Rodeo 2022.

By Dan Guetre Over the summer community events in the southeast have seen record number of people taking part, and the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo was no exception. The mid-August weekend rodeo hosted in Richer saw their attendance rise from the pre-Covid pandemic 2019 event of about 6,000 to

almost 10,000 this year. This 80% increase could be a sign that two years of cancellations and lockdowns took a large mental toll and families are excited to see things return to normal. “As we were watching other communities hosting their events again, we noticed that as the summer progressed, so did high attendance at

those events,” said Pat Stolwyk, President of the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo Committee. “Thankfully, we were ready for this.” Stolwyk added that volunteers and sponsors stepped up to the plate and ensured a successful and entertaining weekend. “I can’t say enough about everyone that worked their butts off,”

added Stolwyk. “Even though we had a shorter period of time to organize this year’s event, the calls we made were met with ‘where do you need me?’. It shows that residents in small communities all over rural Manitoba were once again ready to wear their pride on their sleeve.” Stolwyk is proud that his community’s rodeo is growing and now

Attendance rose from the 2019 event total of about 6,000 to almost 10,000 this year. Photo by Dan Guetre

Pat Stolwyk, President of the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo Committee. said volunteers and sponsors stepped up to the plate and ensured a successful and entertaining weekend. Photo by Eldon Zigarlick

Indigenous hoop dansers performed.

Photo by Carmen Trudeau

considered to be one of the largest in the province. In all small communities, annual festivals are a chance to welcome friends, family, neighbours and visitors. Visitors not only add a mini financial boost to the community but leave with a defined knowledge of whom and what the community is noted Stolwyk.

Heartland Rodeo action.

Photo by Eldon Zigarlick

In all small communities, annual festivals are a chance to welcome friends, family, neighbours and visitors.

Photo by Myriam Dyck

Frog Follies Ready to “Jump to September” 15-18 The annual St. Pierre Frog Follies biggest change this year is the date it is being hosted. This year’s event will be held from September 15-18 giving south-

east Manitoba residents one more festival to look forward to before summer officially gives way to fall. The organizers are bringing

back all the festival favourites including a pancake breakfast, bingo, live entertainment, ball tournament, parade and the world famous frog jump!


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Personal Care Home Organizes “Scooter Parade” Through Community

Dozens of seniors cruised down the main street of the community in decorated mobile devices escorted by the Town of Ste. Anne Police.

The Villa Youville in Ste. Anne hosted a unique event in the community as it organized a “scooter parade” down Central Avenue. The August 23 event saw dozens of se-

Participants really enjoyed the scooter parade.

niors cruise down the main street of the community in decorated mobile devices escorted by the Town of Ste. Anne Police. Residents lined the street taking in the scene waving to the senior convoy.

Photos by Eldon Zigarlick

Eastman ATV Group Steps Up to Clean Along Dawson

By Dan Guetre

A group of outdoor enthusiasts have committed to cleaning a section along the Dawson Road in the RM of Reynolds. According to Reeve Trudy Turchyn, Eastman ATV, who already stays busy maintaining a network of trails throughout the municipality, has agreed to clean up to 8 km of road through the municipality’s Adopt a Roadway Policy. The club maintains, repairs, cleans, and grooms nearly 100 km of trails, day use (picnic) areas, culverts, signage, and bridges that are all used by a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts including but not limited to walkers, runners, horseback riders, cyclists, cross country skiers, snowmobilers, hunters, campers and more! They also organize and

promote the “ATV Ride for Mom”, an annual fundraiser for Cancer Care Manitoba. The municipality enacted the policy back in October of 2020 and will compensate groups who are willing to clean stretches of roads. Eastman ATV has a potential to earn up to $800 ($100 per km) for their efforts. The section Eastman ATV has adopted was recommended by one of the municipal councillors. “The local councillor advised that people’s yards fronting along Dawson Road are in desperate need of clean up and the ATV club was willing to step up,” stated Turchyn. The stretch is along the municipal portion of Dawson Road between Fire Roads 19A and 13.

Eastman ATV, who already stays busy maintaining a network of trails throughout the municipality, has agreed to clean Photo source Eastman ATV/Facebook up to 8 km of road through the municipality’s Adopt a Roadway Policy.

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Multi-Million Dollar Improvements Target Provincial Trunk Highway 75 The Manitoba government is investing more than $61 million to restore a segment of Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 75 from Morris to Ste. Agathe, as part of its $1.5 billion three-year commitment to improving Manitoba’s highway network. “Our government is committed to building safe, reliable infrastructure that supports economic growth and opportunity in our province,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk. “These upgrades will improve the efficiency of Canada’s international and inter-provincial trade flows and make travel on PTH 75 safer for everyone.” The minister noted PTH 75 is an important commercial route that supports the transportation of local goods, products and services to international markets. Work will include 27.7 kilometres of surface reconstruction, as well as shoulder, drainage and intersection improvements. The surface will be reconstructed using concrete pavement. “On behalf of the members of the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA), we welcome today’s infrastructure investment announcement,” said Aaron Dolyniuk, executive director, Manitoba Trucking Association.

“Road safety is a priority for the MTA and investments such as the one announced today will improve safety for everyone travelling this route. Furthermore, this investment in Manitoba’s main north-south trade route will allow our industry members to remain internationally competitive by providing a reliable, efficient goods-transportation network.” The existing pavement was constructed on PTH 75 from Provincial Road (PR) 205 to PR 305 in 1988 and from PTH 23 to PR 205 in 1991. Despite ongoing maintenance, the pavement has now deteriorated to the point where full reconstruction is required, the minister said. The work will be tendered as two separate projects. One project encompasses concrete reconstruction of the southbound lanes of PTH 75 from PTH 23 to PR 205, at an estimated cost of $29 million while the other is for concrete reconstruction of the southbound lanes of PTH 75 from PR 205 to PR 305, at an estimated cost of $32.8 million. The province plans to advertise tenders for the two projects in the spring of 2023. Both projects are expected to be completed in the fall of 2023, said Piwniuk.


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Canada’s Window to Defend the Arctic is Closing Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NATO head Jens Stoltenberg toured Canada’s Arctic. While he was careful not to criticize Canada, the message from Stoltenberg was clear: Canada needs to meet its NATO commitments, especially in the far North. The Trudeau Liberals have been in power for seven years, but they have yet to table an official policy on defending Canada’s Arctic. This apathy, along with increased Russian aggression and the recent pledges from Sweden and Norway to joint NATO, means the Arctic could quickly become the next ground-zero for military conflict. Canada shares stewardship of the Arctic with seven other nations (the Arctic Council): Norway, Denmark (via Greenland), Iceland, Sweden, Finland, The United States and Russia. The value of untapped Arctic resources has been estimated at $30 trillion. As sea ice melts, countries are positioning for a race among nations for oil, fish, diamonds and shipping routes, and Canada is being left behind. Russia has been making strategic

military and economic moves to secure their position in the Arctic. Russia has been steadily increasing their military presence in the region, rejuvenating hundreds of Cold War era bases, adding a new Arctic Command, four new Arctic brigade combat teams, 14 operational airfields, 16 deep water ports and 40 new icebreakers. The Russians have also moved both ballistic and low-altitude cruise missiles into the region. Russian bomber patrols have been steady in the region, and it was announced in 2019 that, for the first time in 30 years, the Russian Air Force would resume fighter patrols to the North Pole. Speaking at a defence conference in Ottawa in February of 2019, U.S. NORAD Commander General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, checked off an alarming list of recent aggressive military actions by Russia in the region and stated, “We haven’t seen this sort of systematic and methodical increase in threats since the height of the cold war…We face a more competitive and dangerous international security environment today than we have in generations.”

And this was before Russia invaded Ukraine. My colleague, Liberal MP John McKay, Canadian Co-Chair for the Permanent Joint Board on Defence with the U.S. has also expressed his fears. “We are not very well prepared… The window of opportunity is closing quickly, and I’m not sure Canadians are actually aware how quickly it is closing.” Russian commercial infrastructure has kept pace as well. A vast new gas field has been opened on the Yamal Peninsula on the central Russian coast. The Russian government has prioritized the development of the Northern Sea Route—Russia’s Northwest Passage—and cargo volume through the region is expected to more than quadruple. Stoltenberg also cautioned that China—quickly becoming a strategic ally with Russia against the West—is also positioning for a piece of the Arctic pie. Declaring themselves “near arctic” they have petitioned for membership in the Arctic Council. They are also in the process of building the world’s biggest ice breaker and they too are in-

vesting billions in research and energy infrastructure in the far north. Canada has little to compare. A road has finally been completed to the Arctic coast in the Northwest Territories and work on a northern port in Nunavut is underway but overall the state of our northern infrastructure remains dire. Canada’s military assets in the region amount to a small signals intelligence facility on Ellesmere Island, a naval refuelling station on Baffin Island and a small Joint Task Force North headquarters in Yellowknife (all with less than 100 personnel). Satellite surveillance of the region has been enhanced in recent years and defensive aircraft do cycle through, but our only permanent RCAF assets are four, forty-yearold, non-combat, transport planes. The closest thing to a permanent ground force in the region is the Canadian Rangers: roughly 1800 reservists who still carry WWII era rifles. We have one Arctic patrol vessel. Unlike our NATO allies, the Trudeau Government refuses to allow mass NATO military exercises in the region—a move many experts

agree would send a strong signal to Russia (and others) that Canada is not about to cede Arctic sovereignty. Moreover, in recent years, even our closest allies have contested Canada’s ownership of the Northwest passage. “The Northwest passage is Canadian waters, period,” stated Prime Minister Trudeau on Friday. I agree and commend the Prime Minster for his stance. That said, his own apathy on Arctic defence may soon see Canada lose those waters to competing—hungrier—nations. Canada’s window to defend the Arctic is closing. As time goes on, and other nations position to stake their claim on the Arctic and its allimportant resources, Canada must act to protect our own interests and sovereignty if we are to remain the true north strong and free.

New Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund Announced

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It is now officially September, which means that summer has come to an end and back-to-school season is in full-swing. Even though the summer season isn’t nearly long enough, I hope you were all able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather we had these last couple of months, and I hope that we continue to see a similar trend in the weeks to come. In August, I had a great time attending some wonderful events that were being held throughout our province. On the local front, I was able to attend the Richer Roughstock Rodeo with MLA for Fort Whyte, Obby Khan and participate in the Landmark Friendship Festival parade. Outside of Dawson Trail, I had the opportunity to visit several of the Folklorama pavilions. Manitoba is an incredibly diverse and culturally rich province, and I am glad that I was able to attend this wonderful festival and be immersed in just a few of the cultures that make up our

diverse population. I’d like to extend thanks to all the dedicated and hardworking individuals that made these fantastic events possible. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in the Dawson Trail Days parade in Ste. Anne. It was great getting to kick off the end of summer by handing out candy to constituents and spending time in the community. I would like to take a moment to highlight a recent government announcement. The new Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund will provide grants to support the arts, culture (heritage, public libraries, and ethnocultural organizations) and amateur sport sectors, enhancing Manitobans’ opportunities to access quality programming and facilities in their own community. Over three years, up to $100 million in funding will be distributed to support three programs: large capital projects, small capital projects and special initiatives, and com-

munity celebrations. The programs will allow local arts, culture and sport organizations to innovate and respond to emerging community needs, including those that are led by Indigenous, Francophone and ethnocultural communities. All eligible non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply.If you have questions about the fund and the application process, call 1-866 Manitoba (626-4862). 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 204-807-4663.


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Family Affordability Package for Lower Income Manitobans Inflation impacts us all, and our PC Government is committed to helping Manitobans combat rising costs with our new $87-million Family Affordability Package. This includes programs to help families with children, lowincome seniors, and Manitobans in need the most. Families with a household netincome below $175,000 will be receiving a benefit cheque of $250 with an additional $200 for each additional child. We estimate that 145,000 families with around 282,000 children will benefit from the approximate $63 million in benefits. We understand that low-income seniors are also struggling with rising costs, which is why our government is committing $300 benefit cheques to all senior households with less than $40,000 in family net-income. This $16 million initiative will help around 52,500 senior households living on fixed incomes. Our government is also increasing basic needs rates for Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) starting in October, 2022. This means that EIA general assistance clients will receive an additional $50 a month while all

EIA disability clients will receive an additional $25 per household each month. But our government’s initiatives don’t end there. As more Manitobans turn to food banks, we will be providing a temporary grant program through the Food Security Fund, which will help support community organizations with growing demands. Our government has also made important tax relief measures through Budget 2022, including expanding the child-care subsidy program for a $10/day daycare by 2023, phasing out education property taxes by introducing rebate cheques that averaged $500+ for households, introducing the new renters’ tax credit and providing rebate cheques to vehicle owners through Manitoba Public Insurance. After the NDP raised taxes, it was our government that lowered the PST from 8% to 7% in order to help reduce every-day costs for Manitobans. Our PC Government is supporting what matters to you, your family and your community. That’s why we created the new Arts, Culture and Sports in Community fund (ACSC). The $100,000 million over three years will enhance Manitobans

access to Arts, Sports and Culture through non-profit organizations programming and facilities. This year $34 million will be awarded to projects in Manitoba, followed by an additional $33 million per year in the following two years. The ACSC fund is split into three streams: Large Capital Projects between $300,000 and $5 million; Small Capital Projects and Special Initiatives for requests up to $300,000; and Community Celebrations for requests up to $5,000. Projects can range from the construction of a new community space to the modernization of HVAC systems, and everything in-between. Eligible non-profits may be amateur sports organizations, ethno-cultural organization, community festival organizations and more. To find out more information on eligibility, please visit Manitoba.ca/acsc.

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Latest Round of Provincial Park Improvement Projects Announced In Nopiming Provincial Park, thanks to funding through the Provincial Parks Endowment Fund, improvements will be made to picnic tables and campfire pits at backcountry canoe route sites along the Bird River, Seagrim’s Chain and the Rabbit River. Additionally, in the Whiteshell Provincial Park, funding is being allotted to accessibility projects which include the addition of eight new accessible campsites along with upgrades to 17 existing accessible campsites. Further, 10 new accessible button door openers will be installed on public buildings such as camp offices, washrooms and shower facilities. St. Malo Provincial Park will also receive funds to perform some beach improvements and solve some accessibility issues.

RFP a Result of Extensive Consultations Dear Editor, As the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Learning, I am writing to set the record straight on matters that have come to my attention in recent weeks. Following a media report regarding a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by my department a few weeks ago, concerns have been raised recently that I, as Minister, and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Learning, are not consulting with educators as we seek to make changes to our education system. This simply is not true. The curriculum development process involves extensive consultation with educators. Over the past year, the Curriculum Advisory Panel has done incredible work and provided advice on how we can better develop the curriculum. To dismiss the work of this panel is disrespectful to the tireless work they have contributed to this process. However, the best curriculum in the country will not result in needed improvements if it is not implemented with fidelity for all students. As an education system, we have a responsibility to understand the extent to which we are achieving our goals. The RFP issued by my department serves to advance several of the actions in our recently released Manitoba K to 12 Education Plan: A Roadmap in Response to the Recommendations of the Commission on K to 12 Education. Throughout 2019, the Commission heard from citizens across the province, educators among them, that improving learning outcomes for all Manitoba students requires the implementation of responsive and relevant curriculum, and safe and inclusive learning experiences, no matter where they live, their background or individual circumstances. Our Action Plan outlines steps to ensure that this is the case. The RFP was issued to identify a consultant to undertake extensive engagements and consultations over the next three years with Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning and our partners, including educators as a main contributor. This process will develop a model of program evaluation to measure and report on the effectiveness of provincial curriculum content, and gain an understanding of curriculum implementation across the province. This is essential to understanding when and what in our curriculums needs to be reviewed, and what supports are required for high quality implementation. This consultation does not take away from the important work of the Curriculum Advisory Panel, and the department’s extensive engagement with our education partners. I find it very unfortunate that the commentary I have seen recently would suggest that either I, or the department, are ignoring educators when making changes to education. As an educator myself, I know how important it is to hear the voices of those working on the ground each and every day. I can assure you that teachers, education partners, families and students will continue to be part of this process. It would not and cannot be done without them. Sincerely, Wayne Ewasko Minister of Education and Early Childhood Learning


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Don’t Dismantle a Universal Fairness in Canada By Monica Guetre Who doesn’t know the force behind our universal health insurance system and how it has offered peace of mind for all of us and for businesses that benefit from our tax dollars when they set up shop in Canada? That would be Scottish born Tommy Douglas; a 1944 Saskatchewan Premier introduced the grand idea of a universal health insurance system that was eventually adopted across Canada. The majority of Canadians of the time said… ”Wow what a great idea! Let’s do it because why can’t everyone get access to affordable universal health care? Why should my family lose all our life savings just to fix a broken leg, help my family member

who got polio or to have a baby? Why should I lose my home or why should I go bankrupt and lose my business built over years?” This “radical” healthcare concept didn’t happen overnight. Like all big shifts, such as the railway and highways that connect us, the big idea that would help future generations had to deal with an uproar of doom and gloom from many politicians, doctors, insurance companies and big businesses that fought against it. Thankfully it was the voters who decided rather than the minority but loud anti-change voices. There are three broad reasons why our universal health care is treading water today. Our current system is stretched after more than two years dealing with a pandemic resulting in medical professional and support staff burnt out. Decision makers didn’t foresee or chose no action to train so many more medical practitioners at all levels we direly needed. Now we need them all at one time. Another big issue is that we have not invested universally across every region in life saving modern day equipment. In the news today, similar to the naysayers in 1944, we are hearing about the doom and gloom from some politicians, some doctors, some individuals and some businesses. I guess they see an opportunity to tear it all down for their own self-serving agendas rather than swiftly making good decisions that sets us back on course. Partially our health care system failure stems historically from how the deal was struck between the federal, provincial and territo-

rial governments of the day. They decided what was federal and what provincial jurisdictions are. In other words, a federal government collects the taxes and sets national universal healthcare regulations. The provinces decide on the definition of “universal” within their respective boundaries and what health issues are covered. This division of jurisdiction needs to be revisited as the provinces-territories are not all following the Canada Health Act. Governments come and go but health care universality should not be dismantled because of a political agenda. The ‘number crunchers’ will continue taking into account, taxes collected, population re-distribution formulas, consider different health issues which may be costly and lengthy or may be prevalent in one jurisdiction geographically which drives the cost up more. Secondly, our universal system is failing due to the bureaucratic provincial medical colleges designed to exclude those trained from one province over another and those who are foreign trained at accredited education institutions, and which medical procedure a professional can practice. Thirdly it is due to the decade’s long self-made provincial roadblocks and meddling of politicians. It’s time to re-think jurisdiction and universal healthcare. Federal-Provincial-Territorial politicians have forgotten what Canadians voted for, the actual intent of universal healthcare. The Canada Health Act states the primary objective of Canadian health care policy is “to protect, promote and restore the physical and mental well-being of residents of

Canada and to facilitate reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers.” Politicians, medical boards, hospitals, clinics, educational institutions have a lot of work ahead to get rid of bureaucratic road blocks. Suggestions like removing the limits on the number of students allowed to study and removing barriers to allow practitioners to practice anywhere in Canada are a good start. Maybe each region should have a minimum and even a maximum threshold of the same expertise to address underserved areas. We could implement a mobile practitioner program like “doctors without borders” for all regions across Canada to address emergencies or even long term need. How about a mobile care unit for primary care that goes to each underserved community once a week, a mini-hospital-on-wheels. Let’s cost this out and see if it is more efficient compared with travelling to a centralized hospital that could be hours away. Can the experts take a look at what procedures can be moved into a local clinic or mobile unit, including procedures that need specialized medical equipment? I’ve always wondered why patients have to book a hotel room, or drive hundreds of kilometres or fly out of province to get life saving treatment. Currently, many families and non-profits groups are left to fundraise to pay for that medical trip that sometimes involves saving a life. Canadians from one province or territory visiting another should have free access to same medical care. Let’s think long-term since we are in need and will be in need for the foreseeable future. Why not add a federal incentive like free tuition for

all new students in all medical and health care fields with a caveat of working in a Canadian jurisdiction for a certain timeframe. An ambulance ride should not be considered a taxi service where we are charged some of the costs. For many of us living in rural areas, it is primary emergency care. Re-think “family” medical practitioner. Many of us don’t have a “family doctor” and never will because there are none available or the waiting list is hundreds and even a few thousand ahead. When thinking about long-term care combined with the benefit of family proximity, certainly a region should be able to find a facility close to the community the patient is from rather than 100’s of kilometres away. While homecare is still the best solution, when the family caregiver can no longer look after the patient at least family being close will help. For many, a critical time is between an emergency diagnosis and being referred to a specialist. We can allow the emergency practitioner to make direct appointments with a specialist team rather than being told to set up an appointment with your family doctor who many of us do not have. If you end up in emergency for a heart attack or stroke, the treatment plan should skip the “family” doctor step. The point is we don’t know how many practitioners we need for all fields in every region across Canada at any one time. We should be able to reduce the costs, be better prepared and improve our system by being pro-active with jurisdictions joining together to create a truly universal Canadian strategy.

New Trail Projects Unveiled Trails Manitoba has selected the first projects approved under the 2022 Trails Manitoba Grant Program, which is funded by the Manitoba government through an endowment fund with The Winnipeg Foundation. This includes the Manitoba Trails Improvement

Endowment Fund, the Manitoba Trails Improvement Fund – Rural, and the Manitoba Trails Strategic Fund. Various communities in southeast Manitoba have been awarded to create, enhance or maintain existing trails in their communities. Some of the communities receiv-

Ste. Agathe Project to Create Community Dock Receives Federal Funds

The Ste. Agathe Red River Access Project will see the addition of a community dock and boat launch at a historic river crossing in the Rural Municipality of Ritchot that will provide increased access to the Red River and allow residents and visitors to explore and enjoy their favourite water activities. This will be made possible in part as the Federal Government has approved $117,970 in funding. The funds are from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. These funds will be added to the proponents’ contribution of $176,955.

ing the grants include Ste. Agathe Baudry Trails Project ($30,000); Crow Wing Trail ($6,000); The Mennonite Heritage Village ($10,000); The Rosenthal Trail Project in Mitchell ($63,043.33) and La Broquerie ($75,000) for the Tetrault Road Trail. “Manitobans love to get outside

and enjoy the great outdoors, and our government is proud to share these investments in new and enhanced trails in our province,” said Climate and Parks Minister Jeff Wharton. “We are excited to help provide new ways for Manitobans to connect with nature and explore our province.”

Province Awards East Braintree Historical Site with Small Capital Grant

The Manitoba government has awarded $2,110 in Heritage Resources Conservation Grant funding to support Midwinter School in East Braintree for a wood window installation project. The Heritage Resources Conservation Grant provides funding to support projects that demonstrate a commitment to the conservation and long-term sustainability of legally protected heritage sites.


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Green Light for Wastewater Treatment in Four Southeastern Communities

September 2022

Municipality Reaches Out to Province to Fix Multiple Safety Issues with Provincial Road By Dan Guetre

Making the announcement of $39 million in funding to construct a regional mechanical wastewater treatment facility and collection network to service four communities in southeastern Manitoba in Niverville recently were Terry Duguid, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and member of parliament for Winnipeg South, on behalf of Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities; Manitoba Labour, Consumer Protection and Government Services Minister Reg Helwer and Stan Toews, chair of the RSR Wastewater Cooperative. Submitted photo

By Dan Guetre A very happy chair of the RedSeine-Rat (RSR) Wastewater Cooperative was on hand for the announcement of $39 million in funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba to construct a regional mechanical wastewater treatment facility and collection network to service four communities in southeastern Manitoba. Making the announcement in Niverville recently were Terry Duguid, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and member of parliament for Winnipeg South, on behalf of Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities; Manitoba Labour, Consumer Protection and Government Services Minister Reg Helwer and Stan Toews, chair of the RSR Wastewater Cooperative. The Red-Seine-Rat (RSR) wastewater treatment facility and conveyance system will provide the municipalities of Niverville, Taché, Hanover and Ritchot with a new regional wastewater treatment facility to help serve the current and future needs of a growing population. The work will include the installation of a wastewater conveyance system with approximately 90 kilometres of effluent pipeline as well as new lift stations and pump stations. “Niverville is one of the fastest growing communities in Manitoba,”

said Manitoba Labour, Consumer Protection and Government Services Minister Reg Helwer. “This project will allow the growth to continue in the rural municipalities of Hanover, Taché and Ritchot and all of southeast Manitoba, while safeguarding the environment.” Once completed, the RSR project will result in increased capacity to treat and manage waste and storm water, improve the environmental stewardship of the region and encourage continued economic growth. Further, the greenhousegas reductions achieved by moving these regional partners away from traditional wastewater lagoons to this new mechanical wastewater treatment facility will support both Manitoba and Canada’s emission reduction goals. Reeve Stan Toews, Rural Municipality of Hanover who is also chair of the RSR Wastewater Cooperative explained how, if things did not change, the existing model is projected to create over 3200 MT of greenhouse emissions. The project that was announced would decrease the emissions to only 23 MT. “That’s a staggering drop of 93% of greenhouse gases produced,” said Toews. “Investments in local infrastructure are critical for the longterm economic and environmental sustainability of our municipalities.” “As neighbours, Hanover, Niverville, Ritchot and Taché are com-

mitted to working collaboratively to seed opportunity for all our residents, businesses, and the many organizations who call our region home,” said Toews. “Working regionally on large projects like the RSR wastewater treatment facility ensures these investments are fiscally responsible for our ratepayers today and seed resilience in our communities for tomorrow.” Toews added that positioning the region for a more responsible future could add $19 billion in capital investment and 3,400 jobs within the next decade. The Government of Canada is investing more than $21.6 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Manitoba government is investing over $18 million and the contribution from the proponent is more than $70.2 million toward the $110 million in eligible project costs. In an additional announcement, St. Adolphe will receive funding to support the reconstruction of the existing pump stations and gravity outfalls to meet current design codes and standards. This project also includes riverbank stability improvements as needed to ensure long-term performance of the pump stations and adjacent flood protection dike. The Governments of Canada and Manitoba are each contributing over $3.6 million to this project.

Mitchell Woman Pronounced Deceased at Accident Scene At approximately 11:15 pm on September 1, officers from Steinbach RCMP responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 52 and Road 32 E (Bristol Road) located two kilometres west of Steinbach.

The investigation has determined that a southbound vehicle entered the intersection and was struck by a westbound vehicle. The driver of the southbound vehicle, a 37-year-old female from Mitchell, was pronounced

deceased on scene. A passenger in the westbound vehicle was transported to hospital with serious injuries. RCMP along with their Forensic Collision Reconstructionists continue to investigate.

The safety concerns with a Provincial Road running through the RM of Ste. Anne are starting to add up and the municipality is hoping the Province will listen and find a solution before more people are injured or another fatality is registered. The municipality has asked the Province multiple times to reduce the speed limit to 70 km/h on a section of PR210 on the east side of the Town of Ste. Anne. “We received no response to our initial request,” explained Deputy Reeve Randy Eros of a letter sent in 2020. “That’s not unusual, they receive quite a few requests from municipalities… we weren’t expecting an immediate response and knew it would follow due process.” “After a year with no response to our initial request we had staff reach out and ask about the status of our request and were told they were busy and hadn’t yet looked at it,” added Eros about a verbal exchange with the Province that took place in 2021. With council’s approval, Eros reached out to the Minister’s office “and after a bit of pushing I was able to get a response.” “The speed limit on PR210 east of Ste. Anne coming on to Dawson RD had been requested from MIT before the last accident which ended with a fatality,” confirmed Reeve Paul Saindon, “but no answer was received so we pursued this, driven by Councillor Randy Eros, to higher levels and we have since received a letter from MIT indicating the speed reduce signage would be coming shortly we are keeping an eye on this.” MLA Bob Lagasse was asked about the status of the request and while he did not respond directly, his office did email a statement. “Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure values hearing from the local municipalities, especially regarding measures that will improve safety on Manitoba roads,” wrote Lagasse’s office. “The department commits to having a review of the speed limit application on Provincial Road (PR) 210 complete and ready for discussion with the municipality next week.” His office also admitted that Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure (MIT) have a significant backlog of speed zone requests on the Provincial highway system. “The Traffic Engineering Branch is currently investigating options to address the backlog of requests,” they added. This is not the only safety concern about the PR210 as the RM of Ste. Anne is also concerned about an intersection where the Provincial Road intersects with the PTH12 just outside of the southwest corner of the Town of Ste. Anne. The RM of Ste. Anne, Town of Ste. Anne and residents in the area have complained multiple times over many years about the dangers of this intersection, which include many accidents, some even resulting in fatalities. “Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure has received and reviewed the draft In-Service Road Safety Review, which suggests a number of alternate solutions that the department could consider at this location,” read the statement released from MLA Lagasse’s office. “Once finalized and approval is obtained, a functional design study in the area of Provincial Trunk Highway 12 and PR 210 will be initiated, which will include public engagement to select the preferred alternative for improvement. The study is anticipated to take approximately 8 to 12 months to complete.” “MLA Bob Lagasse has been advocating for long term safety improvements to the intersection of PTH 12 and PR 210,” his office added in the email response. “The local MLA has had consistent communication with the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure’s office on this file.” In the email, Lagasse’s office pointed out that “additional incremental improvements have already been made to improve the existing intersection,” but did not elaborate what improvements have been made. “We only heard that there was supposedly 5 different options being explored,” said Reeve Saindon when asked about the process with the Province and a potential timeline, “but we have not seen them so we will just have to wait until that is clarified.”


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Reynolds Fire Department Quickly Rebuilding By Dan Guetre The RM of Reynolds is rebuilding its fire department after a mass resignation of firefighters, including its Fire Chief. The effort involves some assistance from a neighbouring municipality and some key hiring to bring the department up to comfortable staff levels. “The former Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief and two Captains resigned due to a personnel issue and a number of other firefighters verbally indicated that they would be resigning also,” said Reynolds Reeve Trudy Turchyn. A formal request from Reynolds for extra fire coverage was sent to the neighbouring RM of Ste. Anne Municipality with the latter approving it. “The RM of Reynolds was not confident that there would be reliable numbers responding from Reynolds Fire Department,” explained Turchyn. “Reynolds fire dept had a personnel issue that left them without proper service due to a lack of members,” confirmed RM of Ste. Anne Reeve Paul Saindon. “We were asked to cover a larger area than normal, as well as Whitemouth and West Hawk which we agreed to for the short term.” Turchyn is thankful for the assistance and agrees with Saindon that, “This is a temporary need until

RM of Reynolds Fire Department.

Reynolds Fire Department has stabilized.” On rebuilding the fire department, Turchyn said they are receiving significant interest from new recruits and the department is now at a complement of 12 firefighters. “We would certainly like to see this number grow to 17 or 18 firefighters by encouraging experienced firefighters to return to

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duty,” added Turchyn. Included in the new hires is Reynolds resident Don McDougall who takes on the responsibilities of leading the fire fighters as their new Fire Chief. McDougall, a former Captain with the Richer Fire Department has over 2 decades of training and experience under his belt. “It’s been almost 4 years that I

have not been on a fire department after serving for over 21 years,” said McDougall. “I look forward to continuing to serve for many more years.” “It’s had its challenges but we have had 6 members stay onboard and we’ve hired 5 new so we’re up to 12 total,” he added. “We have re-structured and put responding guidelines in place and have worked with other

departments on calls already.” “I have arranged level-one training for this fall and other training as well,” he said. “Everyone on the department is pumped for the future of the department.” McDougall also added that the municipality has supported everything they are doing and the lines of communication between the department and RM staff are very good.

Niverville Race Car Driver Takes Podium Finish in Germany Niverville area race car driver, David Richert, has taken another podium finish with a 3rd place result at Hockenheimring in Germany this weekend in the Drexler Automotive Formula 3 Cup. The two practice sessions went according to plan for Richert and the Franz Woess Racing team as they found their Volkswagen powered Formula 3 car in 2nd place for each of the sessions. Qualifying, originally scheduled for late in the afternoon, was cancelled due to an unfortunate serious incident in another championship which forced the stoppage of all track activity for the remainder of the day. Starting positions for the race where determined by lap times in Practice 2. Despite a last lap scare when his car became stuck in 4th gear, Richert was able to take another podium with a 3rd place finish in Race 1 and then narrowly missed a second podium in Race 2 by finishing 4th. “Although we were hoping to finish higher up the podium, I’m very happy with the progress we made throughout the weekend and I’m confident that we are now driving faster than we’ve done all season,” said Richert. “I expect we’ll be able to carry a lot of these positives into the next race weekend and continue pushing at the front of the field.” Richert has now solidified his position in the Drexler Automotive Formula 3 Cup and will finish no lower than 2nd overall in the championship standings. After a short summer break, the championship will resume in Brno, Czech Republic, from September 9 - 11.

Richert has now solidified his position in the Drexler Automotive Formula 3 Cup and will finish no lower than 2nd overall in the championship standings. Submitted photo


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Become a “Them” and Impact Your Community By Dan Guetre To many, the municipal and school trustee elections are a time to kind of sit back and let “them” look after it, an attitude that should be changed if we want to avoid having the region become stagnant. I am not saying this exists throughout all our municipal councils and school divisions, but the more we let “them” look after it, the more we take the risk that new ideas and opinions could become a rarity. I look at it this way, the more people who submit their candidacy, the more the status quo is woken up. Challenging, win or lose, is a wake-up call for those that may be taking the system for granted or just want to post a negative comment on social media but never took the plunge themselves. Registering to become a candidate (the deadline for most jurisdictions is September 20) is a pretty easy process. Get a few names on a form, turn it in and voila. Literally, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to run for municipal or school board positions. Well, unless of course you want to join the RM of Stuartburn’s Mars Mission Space Program (kidding of course). Don’t get me wrong though. It does take a dedication towards improving lives around you. It does take some selflessness. You may not always agree with your council’s decisions or the direction a school board is taking, but each of those individuals ran on a platform to make improvements. Even those who lost their respective election should be

commended for their decision to run. Whether the winner of the race wants to believe it or not, the ideas and views the losing candidate brought forth has influenced decisions during the term of the winner. Don’t only look at it as a challenge for you personally, broaden that view, and realize it is also a challenge you set in place for all the candidates, winners and losers. Additionally, it is a challenge that will resonate throughout your community long past the election. With that said, browse your municipal or school board website. The information is available regarding the 2022 elections. The date for registering, submitting your papers, campaigning, voting options and dates, etc. are all there. Call your municipal office or school board and ask what the compensation is for a Reeve or Mayor, a councillor, an LUD committee member or a school trustee. While the compensation level gives you an idea of what is expected of you, try to do more for the sake of your community. Treat the compensation as a way to justify your time given to public service, not as a way to get rich quick (if that is what you want… please see rocket scientist comment above). Whether you like what your current representative is accomplishing or not, issue them the challenge to do better by giving them food for thought by running. If you win, great. An election loss does not really mean you lose… the winner may just be more invigorated over the next four years.

Out Foxed

Every one loves to play in a fresh dirt pile and this young fox family is no exception as they move into the scrapings from a new garage build in La Broquerie West. Photo by Monica Guetre

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Municipality Proactive on Making Carpooling Easier By Dan Guetre One municipality has created an inexpensive solution for residents in the region who carpool to work or may think of carpooling as an option. The RM of Ste. Anne has set aside a portion of their existing parking area to accommodate a new Park and Ride lot. “As a council saw this as a need… seeing many cars parked along our road ways and service roads,” explained Reeve Paul Saindon acknowledging that many in the area were already carpooling. Council decided it was a great idea to reward those already carpooling and encourage more to consider it. “We have offered the parking lot at the RM public works entrance off of PR210 near PTH #12.” “This is a safe and secure spot and hope to see many cars parked daily as this means less cars burning gas,” added Saindon. Saindon is pleased his council is adding this easy green initiative with the costs associated being next to nothing. He believes this could go a step further with other areas in the municipality offering a similar dedicated zone. “We would be offering signage and public notification if other parking lots in our RM are interested in this model,” said Saindon.

Please park to the left along the wooden fence and keep the driveway clear for Public Works vehicles to drive through at all times. Submitted photo


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Species at Risk Spotlight Riddell’s Goldenrod By Norm Gregoire September marks the changing of summer to fall. It is a time for many species to prepare for the upcoming winter. I have always associated the goldenrod family with this time of year, as this is when they persist in their full glory. In Canada there are roughly 30 species of goldenrod, and in the tall-grass prairie we have our fair share. Out of these species one is considered at-risk and that is Riddell’s goldenrod. Riddell’s goldenrod is named after John Leonard Riddell, an accomplished American professor, botanist, writer, and medical doctor. It was not Riddell himself that named the flower, but a German botanist, Joseph Frank. The two men became acquainted as Frank travelled across the United States collecting specimens for the German Botanical Society. The Latin name for goldenrod is “Solidago” which translates to “make whole”. This is in reference to the family being quite medicinal. The plant can be used for anything from digestive issues to sore throats. Please note that only an experienced herbalist should make use of these medicinal properties. Riddell’s goldenrod may be easily confused with other goldenrod of the tall-grass prairie. They can reach heights of one metre tall and have yellow flower clusters that support tiny individual flowers. Riddell’s goldenrods have strongly curved and partially folded leaves, giving it a v-shape in cross-section. The habitat requirement for Riddell’s goldenrod includes large amounts of sunlight, especially in early growth development. With this in mind, disturbances such as grazing, drought and wildfire are key to where the flower will grow. These disturbances reduce competition from other species; reduce shading from the thatch layer (tightly intermingled layer of dead and living roots, leaves, and stems) and also keep woody encroachment at bay. Riddell’s goldenrod is found throughout the tall-grass prairie, most commonly in shrubby fens or ditches and road allowances. So why not visit the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve to see Riddell’s goldenrod for yourself? Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Event I am inviting all to a unique event “Writing the Tall Grass Prairie with Sarah Ens”. This is being held September 24, 1 -3:30 pm at the Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre near Stuartburn in Sunrise Corner, the far southeast corner of Manitoba. Spend an afternoon in the tall-grass prairie with poet Sarah Ens, as she shares from her latest book, Flyway, and explores this important natural landscape with a guided walk through the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve. After the reading and walk, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a free writing mini-workshop on Writing the Tall Grass Prairie. Space is limited for this dynamic afternoon and pre-registration is encouraged. Copies of Flyway will be available for purchase. This event is brought to you in partnership with Turnstone Press and the Manitoba Writers’ Guild. Go to natureconservancy.ca/en/where-we-work/manitoba/events/ writing-the-tall-grass for more information about the event. Please email me at sarcommunityliaison@gmail.com for any assistance registering or with any questions. See you there!

Riddel’s Goldenrod.

Photo by Norm Gregoire

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Construction Begins on Renal Unit at Bethesda Regional Health Centre Construction to establish a new renal unit that allows dialysis patients to receive care closer to home is now underway at Bethesda Regional Health Centre as part of the first phase of a significant capital project that will expand the site. “Manitoba is committed to strengthening health care by investing in bringing care closer to home and improving patient care for all Manitobans now and into the future,” said Health Minister Audrey Gordon. “The start of construction at Bethesda Regional Health Centre brings us one day closer to reducing the need for those living in or near Manitoba’s third largest city to travel elsewhere for care while providing the site with the necessary capacity to continue growing in the years ahead.” Construction and renovations launched mark an investment of at least $32 million, including providing space for 15 additional acutecare medicine beds and eight surgical beds, enabling the site to support additional surgical capacity in targeted areas; investing in the treatment of patients for a wide variety of needs, including palliative and end-of-life care, chronic and cardiopulmonary disease and women’s health; and pharmacy upgrades that support the delivery of chemotherapy services and establish Bethesda as a regional

hub for cancer services. “Ensuring Bethesda Regional Health Centre can meet the needs of a growing population well into the future is vitally important for both the people who call this city and surrounding area home as well as for the health region as a whole,“ said Jane Curtis, CEO, Southern Health. “We are thrilled to see construction begin on a project that will support more care closer to home for the people who live in or near the city of Steinbach, with expanded acute-care inpatient capacity and the establishment of renal services.” The new renal services at Bethesda follow a feasibility study and review that looked at the number and frequency of patients travelling outside the community for dialysis treatment. There are currently 23 hemodialy-

sis patients living in the province’s southeast catchment area who could benefit from the new, six-station unit at Bethesda, the minister said. “Providing kidney dialysis services in Steinbach will significantly improve quality of life for patients receiving this life-saving treatment,” said Dr. Mauro Verrelli, medical director, Manitoba Renal Program. “It will eliminate their need to travel to other cities multiple times per week to receive dialysis, saving them time and energy, and keep them close to the network of family and friends they rely upon for support.” The new dialysis unit at Bethesda is expected to come into service as soon as next summer, Gordon said. Construction on the overall project is expected to be complete by 2025, she added.

Architectural rendering of new dialysis unit when complete.

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Lorette Author Writes Final Book for Publisher Before Closing Up Shop A Lorette author will have a Meyer retires. published her book Three Days in new book published in the fall, Dianne Demarcke is not new to Rural Manitoba in 2020. marking the final book for Gold- the Dawson Trail Dispatch, preHer new book is called Memorock Press as its founder Dorene viously being featured when she ries of a Manitoba Childhood.

Dianne Demarcke and her first book.

Memories of a Manitoba Childhood cover.

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STARS Responds to Highway Accident

STARS helicopter landing on the Trans Canada Highway.

Photo Courtesy of Facebook/Richer Fire Department

Two large vehicles collided on the Trans Canada Highway at Richer on August 23. A westbound semi struck a north bound tandem gravel truck. Richer Fire Department was on scene in minutes followed by the RCMP and ambulance. The driver of the gravel truck, a 58-year-old female from St. Pierre-Jolys, was travelling northbound when it entered the intersection and was struck by a westbound semi, being driven by a 30-year-old male driver. STARS was called and airlifted the injured 58-year-old to the Health Sciences Centre with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the semi was not injured. Steinbach RCMP continues to investigate this collision, with charges likely.

Photo by Mackenzie Guetre

Traffic was stopped for some time at the intersection.

Working Around Power Lines? Look up and Live! Whether you work on a farm, in construction, or while completing chores around your home or cottage – there’s a chance you may come dangerously close to a power line. Take a second to look up and live! It only takes a second for electricity to kill if you don’t! Keep your distance! While it’s obvious that you should never touch a power line, operating equipment too close to a power line is risky too. The fact is, you or your equipment can attract electricity without even touching the wire itself. Electricity can arc or “jump” through the air space between a wire and a conducting object like a truck, a ladder - even you! The higher the voltage, the more likely it is for an arc to occur. Before operat-

ing farm equipment, dump trucks, bucket trucks, cranes, booms, excavators, backhoes, ladders, or other equipment with a long reach, check for power lines and be sure a minimum distance of 3 metres from lines can always be maintained. Keeping a safe distance away can save your life! Remember these safety tips: •Survey your job site before work begins and be sure you and your co-workers know where the power lines are, above and below the ground. Consider them energized and dangerous. • Keep yourself and your equipment, vehicles, ladders and tools at least 3 metres away (10 feet) from overhead power lines. • If 3 metres cannot be maintained, con-

tact Manitoba Hydro to cover or temporarily disconnect a power line so work can proceed safely. For underground electrical and natural gas lines, request a line locate at ClickBeforeYouDigMB. com well in advance. • Use a spotter on the ground to help you stay clear of overhead lines and other hazards while operating equipment. • Avoid storing material or equipment directly under power lines to prevent hazards. We know your time is important. We know keeping deadlines is difficult. But when you’re working around power lines, even in your backyard, it’s better to slow down, think and look up. Visit hydro.mb.ca/safety for more information.

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Annual Vegetable Drive Takes Place September With fall fast approaching, plans are underway for a Vegetable Drive in Whitemouth and Hadashville for the second year in a row. “We had a good start last year, but we hope to build on that and see even more participation this year. We know the generous spirit of the community and have already been getting lots of questions about this year’s vegetable drive,” said Lois Malmquist, from the Two Rivers Seniors Resource Council. “Many people even planned ahead and planted extra in order to have vegetables to share with us this fall!” Whether you planted extra or just happen to have extra to share, donating fresh produce and other food can really make a big difference. Kim Laurans, from the Lac du Bonnet & Area Food Bank, noted that the need is greater now than ever before. “Currently, we are putting together approximately 90 hampers a week, up from about 50 a week pre-covid. That works out to about 500 people on average each month. It’s a lot, and we appreciate all the help we can get.” Laurans added that the increased demand is, “Putting stress on our volunteer base, our cash reserves, and our capacity to meet the needs of the community.” Darlene Thom, from the Reynolds Food Bank, also commented that the needs in the community are great, which she believes is due in part to the massive price increases in fuel and groceries, and the cost of living in general. “Donations at this time are badly needed,” stated Thom. “Most of our clients are seniors and express what a big difference the food bank has made in their lives.” People who do not have a garden but wish to contribute are welcome to bring non-perishable items to the vegetable drive. All donations are welcome, but of particular value to food banks are items which have a long shelf life. Canned items of soup, fruit, and milk, boxed pasta or rice, and proteins such as peanut butter, canned fish, stew or beans, can safely be stored at the food bank until they are needed for distribution. Tea and coffee are also items which are much appreciated. With a combined effort from the Whitemouth & District Lions Club, the Hadashville Recreation Centre, Two Rivers Seniors Resource Council, the Reynolds Garden Club, and the Community Wellness Program (IERHA), the drive will have two drop off locations set up with volunteers to receive donations. All donations will be taken directly to local food banks. Residents may go to either the Hadashville Recreation Centre, or the Whitemouth Lions Park, on Saturday, September 10, from 10 am to 12 noon. All donations of produce are appreciated. Non-perishable items will be accepted as well as cash and cheques. Note that donations can be made at any time via e-transfer to: reynoldsfoodbank@gmail. com or to ldbfoodbank@gmail.com. For a complete list of food banks in the InterlakeEastern region, please go to ierha.ca/programs-services/life-style/food-nutrition.


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Council Steps Up to Try and End Impasse for Clean Drinking Water Source By Dan Guetre The RM of Reynolds Council has requested their CAO to direct Manitoba Water Services Board to investigate potential well sites in the area around Prawda, hoping to move forward on a decades old water quality problem.

“The private water co-op system has been allowed, by its members, to deteriorate to a level that water supply is not reliable,” explained Reeve Trudy Turchyn. “The system has been under a boil-water advisory for close to 20 years but the members of the co-op had not invested in

Municipality Recycling Program Continues with New Provider By Dan Guetre At the beginning of this year, municipal governments throughout the southeast have been working to put in place a new recycling program on the heels of the Eastman Recycling Services announcement they were no longer going to provide the service. The RM of Ste. Anne has recently announced that Emterra was awarded the contract to handle the residential recycling collection in their municipality. The multi-year contract, which expires in June 2025, is now in effect. The deal was arranged with the assistance of Multi-Materials Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM). MMSM is the not-for-profit; industry-funded organization that funds and provides support for the province’s residential recycling programs. MMSM works on behalf of the manufacturers, retailers and other organizations that supply packaging and printed paper to Manitobans. These businesses pay fees on the materials to MMSM, which are then used to reimburse municipalities for up to 80% of the net cost of the residential recycling system. According to CAO Mike McLennan residents can be confident with the fact that the contract amount is comparable to previous recycling budgeted amounts. Similar to other new contractors taking over various recycling programs in other southeast municipalities, Emterra’s recycling materials collected, as part of this contract, are taken to a processing location in Winnipeg. The sheds that residents had previously used to drop off recycling material have been removed and replaced with bins. Almost immediately after this took place, the bins in Richer were immediately overflowing. McLennan was able to address this issue. “There is the ability to adjust the number of bins if needed,” he said. “As we are early in the transition from the sheds to the bins, it is something that we are monitoring.” One other issue to iron out in the municipality is the pickup of commercial recycling. Previously this was handled by Eastman Recycling Services. According to various council members, this may not have the same structure as before. According to MMSM, only residential recycling is covered under their program. Reeve Paul Saindon stated that discussion at the next council meeting will try to address this shortfall and he hopes that businesses can store the recycling until a solution is found. For the municipal office team led by new CAO McLennan, one of the next items to look at is the garbage pickup contract for the community of Richer. “The RFP process has begun, for a 2-year agreement, with a submission deadline of September 23,” explained McLennan. “Proposals will be then reviewed with the LUD committee and Council.” He added that there are too many unsure factors that could influence a new service agreement and costs. “Council and the LUD will review and evaluate proposals as submitted,” he concluded.

upgrading their system during that time.” According to Turchyn, the Prawda Water Co-op members approached the RM of Reynolds to partner with Water Services Board to create a potable water system to supply the Prawda area, the cost of which would be split between the water users and the Water Services Board (WSB contributing to a maximum of $300,000). Currently, the co-op draws water directly from the Birch River which has high tannin/turbidity levels

which makes creating potable water very costly. “During droughts, the river stopped flowing and water began to grow algae,” she explained. “In order for Water Services Board to invest in this project, the water must be sourced from a drilled well.” In the past, the co-op has drilled several test wells and even looked into connecting to existing wells, but for one reason or another, a solution has not been discovered. “The well study for the area focused on tapping in to potential

water sources a kilometre from the pipeline but, either the landowners refused access, wanted compensation, or test holes were not sufficient,” said Turchyn. Turchyn added that council could even agree to create a new, municipally operated water system with the full cost being paid by the people who committed to a water connection and were included in the borrowing by-law. She said that council will be meeting virtually in the near future with Water Services Board.

Niverville Resident Convicted of Trafficking Wild Animal Parts Steinbach conservation officers who began a multi-agency investigation into the fur-dealing activities of a resident of Niverville in 2019 have resulted in a resident being charged and convicted. Throughout the investigation, officers gathered information suggesting the individual was illegally trafficking furs to locations across the world and failing to comply with provisions of the Wildlife Act. A search warrant for social media communications between the dealer and a US client uncovered information individuals were illegally buying furbearing animals (e.g., fisher and marten) from Manitoba trappers, and may also have been involved in illegal wolf, moose and caribou hunts in the area around

South Indian Lake. In October 2020, through a joint multi-agency operation, officers executed a search warrant at a Niverville residence and seized cellphones, computers, documents and an Arctic wolf pelt. Further investigation determined the individual had been involved in the killing of two moose out-of-season near South Indian Lake in January 2020, the killing and possession of a barrenground caribou near South Indian Lake in March 2018, and fur dealing without a licence between Sept. 1, 2019, and Feb. 23, 2020. Officers executed an additional search warrant at the residence, resulting in the seizure of illegally possessed barren-ground caribou antlers. Officers charged the in-

dividual with 23 violations of the Wildlife Act including killing big game during a prohibited time, possession of wildlife illegally taken, engaging in the business of trading furs without a licence, buying and selling wild animal parts without a licence and failure to submit transaction records. On June 28, the individual pleaded guilty to six counts of violating the Wildlife Act and received a twoyear hunting suspension, as well as $3,700 in fines and a $7,000 restitution order. Anyone with information on illegal activity is asked to call the local Natural Resources and Northern Development office or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) line at 1-800-7820076 (toll-free).

Fine Handed Down to Anti-Lockdown Pastor By Dan Guetre A pastor convicted of repeatedly violating Covid-19 gathering restrictions and public health orders has received a fine of just over $14,000 during sentencing recently. Tobias Tissen, who is the pastor from the Church of God Restoration south of Steinbach by Sarto, continuously defied the public health orders even after multiple warnings which were eventually followed up with tickets. Tissen at that time called what the government put in place illegal and when confronted by Provincial Health employees and eventually the RCMP, who he then accused of acting illegally. With the defense attorneys all requesting no fines be imposed, Provincial court Judge Victoria Cornick said during sentencing that a message must be sent that public health orders are to be respected and tickets alone did not seem to deter Tissen who re-

peatedly refused to comply. After this most recent court appearance and the fine imposed by Cornick, Tissen is continuing his rhetoric now adding the judicial system to the list of those operating illegally or unjust. “What is worse is these things are revealing to us how corrupt our court system is and how little we can depend on our justice system,” Tissen espoused on a video released on his Facebook page. “The fight is definitely not over,” warned Tissen in the video. “… and of course, I am considering all the options.” Tissen tried putting a positive spin on the resulting fine. “It’s definitely less than the crown attorney had asked for, but it’s still a crushing amount,” he said. Tissen was also given 7 years to pay it off as opposed to many fines levied by the courts which are due in a much shorter time period.

Four others, Patrick Allard, Todd McDougall, Sharon Vickner and Gerald Bohemier who defied public health orders also made appearances and were fined for similar breaches. While some said they are ready to appeal, Tissen did not go into specifics of what options he is looking at.

Tobias Tissen, who is the pastor from the Church of God Restoration south of Steinbach by Sarto, continuously defied the public health orders even after multiple warnings which were eventually followed up with tickets. File photo


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Manitoba Government Issues Cheques to Families and Seniors On Wednesday, August 31, our provincial government announced one-time payments to certain populations in our province, including families, some seniors, and an increase to the monthly payment for those Manitobans receiving EIA - Employment and Income Assistance. The $87million “Family Affordability Package”was announced to provide families with children, seniors living on a fixed income, and other low-income Manitobans with benefits to help ease the burden of rising costs due to inflation. The payments are income tested so not all families and not all seniors will receive these additional payments. Families Families with children under the age of 18 and household income of less than $175,000 in 2021 will receive a benefit cheque of $250 for the first child and $200 for each additional child. It is estimated that approximately 145,000 payments will be sent out to families with children for a total of $63.6 million, with an average payment of $440. For families with shared custody, we do not know yet how the payments will be issued; likely 50% to each parent? Children turning 18; we do not know what the criteria for the payment will be; is the eligible child under 18 as of December 31 2021? Or as of August 31 2022? Personally, I think the $175,000 threshold is too high for families to receive the one-time payment. It may have been better if it could have been tiered, just like the Canada Child Benefit, but that may have been an administrative hassle. However, the provincial government could have paid X% of what families are currently receiving for CCB and that would have been fair to families and taxpayers. Seniors An estimated 52,500 senior households with a family income less than $40,000 will get a $300 cheque in the mail if they rent or own a home and claimed the education property tax credit on their 2021 income tax return. We do not know the criteria for “senior”; is it 65+ as of December 31, 2021? Or 65+ as of August 31, 2022? We expect more details over the next few weeks. EIA and Rent Assist Manitobans receiving employment and income assistance (EIA), will also benefit through an increase to the basic needs rate starting in October 2022.

EIA general assistance clients without dependent children will receive an extra $50 per adult each month. All EIA disability clients will receive another $25 per household each month.We do not know what happens to the parents receiving EIA with children under 18; do they get a monthly increase too or just the one-time payments? The increase to EIA rates is something that will have a big impact on people on social assistance. It’s the first general rate increase in nearly 20 years. An extra $50 a month is going to help a lot of these individuals. Rent Assist Seniors with qualifying incomes who didn’t get the education property tax credit because they received employment and income assistance or rent assistance will still get a cheque. These low-income seniors do not claim the education property tax credit on their 2021 income tax return because of the provincial benefits they receive. Cheques in the Mail There is no need to apply. A cheque will be mailed by Manitoba Finance in the fall of 2022 (no specific date yet) to your address included on your 2021 tax return. If you need to update your mailing address, you will be able to access an online tool shortly. No announcement yet for those who do not or cannot access an online option; will there be a toll-free number? If you have moved and have mail forwarded then you should have the cheque redirected to your new address. This is a refundable tax credit and not taxable income, so no tax slip will be issued, and it is not included as income on your 2022 tax return. Low-income seniors who do not claim the education credit on their property taxes because they live with family or others will not qualify for these one-time payments. And what about those who have not filed yet? Will you get a cheque later? We don’t know those procedures yet. Income Tested Personally, I agree with these onetime payments being somewhat income tested. These groups are especially affected by inflation and did not benefit from other tax reductions made in the past few years. Other tax roll backs made in the past few years affected higher income Manitobans more then lower income individuals: reduction of the sales tax from 8% to 7%; elimination of provincial taxes on Will preparation, income tax preparation, home insurance, and person-

al services; elimination of probate fees; phasing out the education credit on property taxes. All of these tax reductions are considered regressive: meaning they help those with more higher incomes and more assets than those with less disposable income and fewer assets. Education Credit 2022 Taxes for Renters Good news for renters next year. Effective starting in the 2022 taxation year, Manitoba will replace the renter’s component of the Education Property Tax Credit with a new renter’s tax credit that will apply to renters of residential properties. The new credit will fix the annual claim amount at $525, the same amount as in 2021 under the previous tax credit program. The new credit will no longer be calculated based on 20% of annual rents paid and will instead be calculated as a fixed monthly maximum claim amount, based on the number of months spent renting in a given year. The monthly amount will be $43.75 and will not be income tested. About 45,000 Manitobans who receive non-EIA Rent Assist or who live in social housing will be newly eligible to claim the credit. There always seems to be something new announced by the federal or provincial governments. Lots of programs to keep track of for next tax season. CAI – Rural 10% Supplement Reminder from last month’s article to check the notice you received around July 15 regarding the Climate Action Incentive. If you are a couple living in rural Manitoba, check to see if your notice referred to the rural 10% supplement. If you think you were eligible, but did not get it, you can ask CRA to adjust the benefit. If you had your taxes completed at our office, we can look after it for you; just give us a call or an email. 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 (phone or text!) or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or info@ sataxes.ca.

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Ritchot Senior Services September Highlights Foot Care Clinics - All appointments are by appointment only. For more information, please contact Janice at 204-883-2880. Upcoming clinics: Ste Agathe Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 13. St. Adolphe Monday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 18. Ile des Chenes Tuesday, September 20 and Wednesday, September 21 Heart to Home Meals - To place your order please call 1-204816-8659 or 1-888-216-1067. Call Heart to Home and they will send you a menu or are available to pick up at Ritchot Senior Services. We ask you to please call or email Ritchot Senior Services after placing your orders and let us know you have placed an order. This will assist us in organizing volunteers for delivery of meals to you. Order your meals by: Wednesday, September 14, ready for pick up or delivery on Thursday, September 15. Wednesday, September 28, ready for pick up or delivery on Thursday, September 29. This service is available to all areas of the Ritchot Community including St. Adolphe, Ste Agathe, Ile des Chenes, Grande Pointe, Howden and Glenlea. There are no contracts, no minimum orders. Coffee with Friends – Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street St. Adolphe from 10 am – 11:30 am. Men’s coffee time Thursday, September 15. Ladies’ coffee time Thursday, September 22. $2 for bottomless coffee & a treat. Forever Young Old Time Dance – Saturday, September 10, 7 -11 pm. Entertainment by Mark Morisseau. Cost $16 and includes lunch and a chance to win a door prize. Please contact Jules to reserve your ticket 204-883-2440. Ritchot Senior Services & Comité culturel de Saint-Adolphe Bring you a day of music, friends and food Friday, September 9, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm at Ritchot Senior Services office, 457 Main Street, St. Adolphe Entertainment provided by Geneviève & Pierre Freynet. Admission $10, includes your afternoon of entertainment, lunch and a ticket for a chance to win a door prize. There will also be a 50-50 available and silent auction. You must pre-register to attend this bilingual outdoor event. To register, contact Janice 204-883-2880 or email ritchotseniors@ mymts.net. Fall Prevention Program Strength & Balance – Free, instructor-led group program designed to improve strength, mobility, flexibility, and balance for enhanced overall physical health and better functioning in daily activities. Participation in the program may also result in better mental health, reduced stress, improved memory and cognition, and increased self-esteem. Classes on Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:15 – 10 am until March 2023. Participants must commit to 2 classes a week for the 6 months. Mindful Movement – Free 45-minute mindful experience starting with a gentle range of motion warm up to awaken the body. Each workout will be slightly different, with focus on techniques such as strength, balance, and flexibility to different areas of the body. During each session we will also be taking time to learn and experience mindful meditation. On Mondays 9:15 – 10 am, starts September 19 until December 12. How well do you know your Ritchot Senior Services? Join us Tuesday, September 27 at 10 am. Come learn all about the services, programs and activities provided to the 50+ community. Refreshments will be served. Please pre register for this event by calling 204-883-2880 or email ritchotseniors@mymts.net.


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Beekeepers Lose Some Hives But Adjust with Mother Nature By Angelique Forest Honey lovers, bee-enthusiasts and nature fans everywhere can attest to the fact that bees are one of the most important contributors to our ecosystems, providing us with flowers, fruits and crops of all kinds. Thanks to the busy helpers, we are able to grow our own foods as well as get some sweet honey out of the deal. Without these little friends, survival would be a huge struggle and some argue we couldn’t survive without them at all. With one of the hardest winter’s we’ve experienced in years, according to Canadian surveys and experts Canada wide, we’ve lost a third of our bee populations. “The best way to describe this past winter would be too long and too many mites,” said Rhéal Lafrenière from the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development, who also pointing out some additional causes. “There are likely several reasons behind the higher losses this winter but most of them are likely connected to the abnormal weather conditions we

experience last year. The extremely hot, dry condition during the summer allowed honey bee population to boom but those conditions also favoured a boom in the population of varroa mites. Mite levels this fall were higher than usual and difficult to get under control before the colonies went into winter. We are expecting that some of the losses will be related to the typical problems we experience during stressful winters such as failing queens, as well feed related issues.” Local beekeepers near Niverville, Meaghan and Scott Beasant began beekeeping in the spring of 2016 when they started Bzzzant Honey. “To be honest, we began it simply because it interested my husband. We planned to only have a few hives for ourselves, but they did so well that we very quickly grew to about 8 to 10 hives which produced enough honey to sell to the people in our town and surrounding areas,” Meaghan Beasant said about the start of their venture.

But even the small operation noticed some loss this spring. According to Beasant, it hasn’t impacted their business seriously, but that is likely due to the small scale of their operation. “We also lost a third of our hives, as did our friend who is a career beekeeper in Gimli (he normally has around 200 hives),” explained Beasant. “The actual winter months weren’t necessarily what killed our hives, but more the spring that ended up being just another winter. It was just too long and too cold. It was even too cold to try to open the hives and get them extra food to make it through until the warm weather arrived.” According to Beasant, the demand for honey has also risen in the recent years, even for the smaller businesses. “We have had many regular customers for years now, but I have definitely started to notice more and more inquiries from new customers looking for local, raw honey,” said

Beasant. Beasant felt they were lucky this year even with the volatile weather. “Our hives… were not overly impacted by the flooding. They were in a relatively safe place. We will probably raise them up another foot going into this winter though just to be safe because the bottom boxes of our hives were almost under water when the flooding was at its worst,” she explained. “Our harvest season was of course at risk of being impacted because the fields couldn’t be planted until later than normal. However, because the summer this year has actually been slightly more moderate in temperature and a little wetter than past years, the crops seem to have flourished! We have also benefited from more scattered crops. Meaning, half of the fields within range of our bees were able to be planted on time as they weren’t flooded, and the other half were late being planted due to water. The result as the crops in one field begins to close; the other fields will still be in full bloom.” “We’re basically in the same boat as farmers… if the weather isn’t conducive to the fields being planted on time, the bees won’t have food in time and we can’t do a thing about it except ask Mother Nature to take it easy,” she added. “Other common struggles are varroa mites which completely infect a hive. They seem to be getting

more prolific every year so medicating the hives is a necessity these days.” Beekeepers have their own community and talk amongst each other to provide support. Beasant explains this is crucial to beekeepers success. “We absolutely speak with other beekeepers. You have to. Even if you read all the literature you can find on bees, nothing will ever fully compare to the advice of an experienced beekeeper,” she said. “Most beekeepers have their own preferences, style and tricks of the trade and getting multiple informed opinions go a long way to helping you find your own style and preferences.” “Also, beekeeping from location to location (especially province to province) can be very different,” she continued. “The prairies, for instance, have very extreme weather patterns when compared to Ontario and that needs to be taken into consideration. Knowing other beekeepers in the area to share their wisdom is very beneficial.” The Beasant’s passion may have started with Scott’s interest, but beekeeping has now become part of her as well. “Beekeeping has been one of the most fascinating adventures I have been on,” said Beasant. “Bees and their hives are beyond incredible! There is still so much humans don’t understand about them because they are just so amazingly complicated.”

Local beekeepers near Niverville, Meaghan and Scott Beasant began beekeeping in the spring of 2016 when they started Bzzzant Honey. “Beekeeping has been one of the most fascinating adventures I have been on,” said Meaghan. “Bees and their hives are beyond incredible! There is still so much humans don’t understand about them because they are just so amazingly complicated.” Photo source Bzzzant Honey/Facebook


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Lions Club Attracts a Host of Classics at Annual Car Show

There were some impressive 70’s era muscle cars on display, along with a wide range of other vehicles from many other decades to view.

Not just for the older crowd - all ages were represented with a healthy turnout of young people showing off their import cars.

In mid-August, the Ste. Anne Lions Club hosted their 3rd annual “Hot Dogs & Hot Wheels” Car Show in the park behind the church in Ste. Anne. Car owners answered the call with about 75 cars, trucks, motorcycles, and specialty vehicles on display ranging from classic cars, hot rods, customized cars, and a restored military vehicle. The Lions were kept busy cooking and serving food and drinks. They quickly sold out of hamburgers and almost did the same for the hot dogs.

More than 500 people came out to the free event to enjoy the cars and the weather. It was a great event for the community, and he really appreciated all the hard work that went into organizing it mentioned Corny Klassen, a councilor for the Town of Ste. Anne. Ste. Anne car owner Dan Gregoire, who was showing off his Cobra for the first time, said that he really appreciated being able to have an event like this so close to home. The Lions also ran a 50/50 draw

Mother nature cooperated by providing absolutely gorgeous weather for the event.

that brought the winner over $200. The Ste. Anne Lions Club would like to thank everyone who came out to the park and especially all the vehicle owners who were willing to come and show off their prized possessions. They also appreciated the Town of Sainte Anne and their maintenance crew for making sure the park was in such fine shape. Plans are already in the works for next year’s edition of the “Hot Dogs and Hot Wheels” Car Show in Ste. Anne sponsored by the Lions on August 15, 2023.

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The Wise Counsellor Do you have someone you go to for help, advice and counsel? When I was a young child growing up on the farm, if there was a problem I went to my parents. They were able to help me through what I thought to be impossible situations. As an adult, I still have people that I go to for advice, depending on the problem that has come up. These counsellors include a mechanic, a medical advisor, some pastors and other professionals. Everyone needs people like these in their lives to help them from making serious mistakes. In Galway, Ireland, the country’s oldest church, St. Nicholas Church, provides practical guidance for the community. Because the church towers over the town, its steeple can be seen for miles. For centuries, ship captains have used the church steeple to guide them into Galway Bay. God in Heaven knows we need direction in our lives. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth 2,000 years ago to die and shed His blood so our sins could all be forgiven. When we accept this truth and ask God to forgive us through Jesus Christ, He immediately does that and makes us a child of God. Now we have access to the best Counsellor in the universe. Isaiah 9:6 calls Him, Wonderful Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Every child of God has access to this counsel through the Spirit of God who indwells every believer. John 16:13 calls Him the Spirit of truth and He will guide you into all truth. This truth can be found in the Bible (John 17:17). Everyone has access to a Bible. Therefore, everyone has access to truth. You don’t have to have a university or college education to find the truth. So, if you need counsel today in your life, then read your Bible and let the Spirit of God guide you, if you are a Christian. If you haven’t trusted Christ as your Saviour, why not do that and then you can come to the wisest Counsellor on the planet for help and direction? God bless you as you seek and follow God and His will for your life.

Man Arrested and Murder Victim Located On August 27, RCMP received a call indicating that someone had been murdered in a Steinbach residence. When officers responded they discovered the suspect had already fled in a vehicle and had the deceased victim, 20-year-old Mackayla Roussin in the vehicle with him. Officers from multiple detachments, including Steinbach, Stonewall, Sprague and Headingley as well as officers from Traffic Services began an intensive search for the suspect. Winnipeg Police Service also assisted as the suspect’s residence was within the city. RCMP officers located the vehicle near La Broquerie and conducted a traffic stop on Highway 52, west of the town. During the arrest, the suspect was taken safely into custody and his vehicle caught on fire. Once the fire was extinguished by the local fire department, the vehicle was searched but the victim’s body was not located. Information was later obtained that directed officers to a remote ATV trail in a rural area south of the community of Woodridge, where the body of the woman was located. The suspect and victim were known to each other. On August 28, Josh Benoit, a 20-year-old male from Winnipeg was charged with 1st Degree Murder. He has been remanded into custody and appeared in provincial court in Winnipeg on August 29.

In Your Community Pat Porter Active Living Centre (Serving Seniors Inc.) is a nonprofit organization that provides programs, activities and services for seniors and members of the community. Seniors are the foundation of our community and our goal is to keep them a part of it for as long as possible. Read on to find out about everything we offer and how we can help you. Check out our Website for Programs & Events at patporteralc.com. Our Centre offers a great variety of events and programming weekly. Ranging from Fitness Programs to Recreational and Social Programs, there is something for everyone! Current Programs PPALC in Person Programs are growing - Registration required for ALL programs. Cost$2 members / $4 non-members. Evening Pickleball – Mondays, 7:30 – 9 pm. Register online patporteralc. com at the pickleball portal. Floor Curling – Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Choir – Wednesdays, 10 - 11:30 am. Everyone Welcome! Special Events Unlimited Pasta Fest - Enjoy our all you can eat pasta bar with garlic toast. Tuesday, September 13 at 121:30 pm. $12/person. RSVP in advance by calling 204-320-4600 Cutoff date is Friday, September 9. Painting Class with Doug is BACK - Tuesday, September 20, 1 – 4 pm. $20 members, $30 non members. All supplies included. Registration Required 204-320-4600. Pancake Breakfast - Thursday, September 29, 9:30 am – 12 pm. Cost $8 per person. Start your morning off with a stack of pancakes and

sausage from our Meals on Wheels kitchen. Stop by at the Centre anytime between 9:30 am – 12 pm. We Welcome You to Join Us Pat Porter Active Living Centre is hosting an afternoon of learning the history of Indian Residential Schools. We invite you to this opportunity to begin to walk the path of Reconciliation on Tuesday, September 27 starting at 12 noon. Jennifer Wood, Community and Commemoration Liaison, from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) will be speaking on the Residential School Experience and legacy. This will include a ceremony and cultural teachings followed by hand drumming and various dance demonstrations along with the teaching of each dance and what it represents. This will also include an authentic indigenous cuisine lunch from 121 pm. Cost of $12/person. Please call to make a reservation 204-3204600 before September 24. We ask you to listen with your hearts. We ask you to remember the children who never came home and the Survivors who did, beyond this week and the occasional headline. We ask you learn what it means to be Treaty people and how together we can ensure that the tragedy of residential schools is remembered—not for a few years, but forever. Offerings. 2022 Memberships Now’s the time to purchase your 2022 membership! Memberships are $30 each. Stop by the Centre to purchase yours! Why become a member? · Decreased program rates · Discounts on special events · Discount on rentals of the building

· Voting privileges at the Annual General Meeting · Supports the Centre directly so we can continue to provide programs, activities and services to you! Rentals We have rooms of a variety of sizes and prices. For pricing and room, availability visit our website patporteralc.com, email rentals@patporteralc.com or call 204-320-4600. Meals on Wheels A healthy, warm and delicious meal cooked fresh daily and delivered to your door. We have two Meals on Wheels programs running out of Steinbach and Grunthal. Meals may be purchased for $8 for delivery (residents of Steinbach & Grunthal) or pickup. A meal includes soup, a main dish, sides and dessert. Please call 204-320-4600 with any questions or to order a meal. To receive a same day meal, you must call before 9 am. Steinbach’s Accessible Transit Need a ride to an appointment or other errand? Steinbach Accessible transit can get you there. This service is available to residents of Steinbach. Please visit our website www. patporteralc.com for a full price list. Services are available Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. To book a ride, call 204-326-4055. If your call is not answered, leave a message with the answering service. Appointments must be booked in advance to ensure availability. Perogies Potato-Cheddar & Cottage Cheese - Freshly made and for sale! Handmade by staff at the Centre, these perogies are delicious and ready to be enjoyed. $7 per dozen. Please call 204-320-4600 to order.

Free After School Arts Program Is Back this Fall The Steinbach Arts Council is proud to bring back the popular After School Arts Program (ASAP) for a third year - thanks to community support through the 50/50 for Kids fundraising raffle. The funds raised were dedicated to improving and adding new classes to their popular community program. ASAP is a free drop-in program for Grades 5 to 12 which aims to bring kids together in a safe environment to learn through the arts. “We are very happy to be welcoming more ASAP classes that will allow for more students to join us this year. We were also able to provide more spots in some of our returning classes compared to last

year,” said Tonya Godee, their new Community Programs Coordinator who was tasked to oversee the program. “Also, we are currently renovating our Visual Arts room and it will be ready for when our ASAP visual art classes start. The newly renovated space will be a great place to create.” This year, ASAP’s focus is the overall wellness of kids through classes in Music & Creative Wellness. As planned, they have included new group classes taught by new instructors like fiddle, beading, and weaving and they promise there will be more in store soon. They have also brought back popular guitar classes with Willie Wiebe,

which now runs in multiple groups due to the demand in free lessons; pottery with Darlene Adamson, and Improv Theatre with long-time Backyard Theatre Company instructor, Alan Fehr. SAC is committed to breaking barriers of all kinds through ASAP by providing some of the best clinicians to teach and guide children, instruments, and materials to learn with, and even supply transportation to kids who require it to be able to attend the program. Online registration for all the classes mentioned are now open. Visit steinbacharts.ca/asap and students can explore their options today.


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Are We Exhausted Worn Out? Art Speaks Exhibit The Art Speaks Exhibit kicks off this year’s exhibit line-up, opening on September 9 7 pm with Arlene Enns & Kim Gwozdz’s artworks. Arlene Enns, who is a long time artist associated with the Steinbach Arts Council, is presenting Trying to Read the Writing on the Wall featuring acrylic and resin, and mixed media art. Arlene’s style boasts vibrant and abstract forms; come and see “Colour My World”, “Finger Painting”, and “Magenta Dance” among other works at our Centre. Sharing the Hall Gallery wall is Kim Gwozdz with her own exhibit, Paintings Tell A Story featuring acrylic art in different subjects. Kim is a member of the Southeast Visual Artists. Her pieces, “Birch in Fall,” “Kerosene Lamp”, “Mist in Moonlight”, and more will be displayed in our Centre. Get a SAC Concert Series Package We have once again lined up five amazing performances this year for our 20222023 Concert Series! Get yourself a ticket package and attend concerts in this schedule: Those Guys – Acapella Pops - 7:30 pm Thursday, October 6. Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – Holiday Pops - 7:30 pm Tuesday, December 6. Sultans of String – Juno-Nominated World Music - 7:30 pm Thursday, January 19, 2023. Assassinating Thomson – MTC Live Theatre - 7:30 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2023. Cathy Daniel and Darryl Friesen – Classical Mezzo Soprano and Piano - 7:30 pm Friday, March 17, 2023. For ticket package prices, call Tara at 204-346-1077.

Register for 2022 Fall Classes! We have lined up fresh classes so you can do something productive this fall. Divided by age-appropriate categories (for kids and adults), you can take classes in visual arts like pottery, watercolour, and digital photography. Or perform at the Backyard Theatre Company, FUSION Musical Theatre, or Steinbach Youth’s and Children’s Chorus. Visit steinbacharts.ca to register online today. Please note that we only take registrations over the phone for our flagship programs (BTC, SYC, Fusion). Free After School Arts Program (ASAP) is Back! If you are in Grades 5 to 12, we have free After School activities for you at the Steinbach Arts Council. We have brought back free group guitar lessons, pottery classes, and Improv Theatre. Plus, there are new activities such as After School fiddle, beading, weaving, and keyboarding! ASAP is a fantastic way to learn new skills and meet new friends. All materials provided. Call us if you need a ride! Check out our schedule online and sign up at steinbacharts.ca. Volunteer at SAC We are looking for people who are likeminded and love the arts as much as we do. As a non-profit organization, we would not have been able to thrive without volunteers who share their time, talent, and service. The Steinbach Arts Council would love to have you be part of our team. Volunteering is a great way to build your resume, network and be part of this vibrant community. We have opportunities to help in putting up our promotional flyers, setting up for events, theatre stage production, administrative work, and many more! We

are willing to train and introduce you to what our organization does. In return for your participation, we provide a volunteer certificate and a welcome packet. Put your name on our volunteer list today! Go to steinbacharts.ca/volunteer. Free Fall Concerts in the Park The Steinbach Arts Council is pleased to present two free Fall Concerts in the Park this September. Fall in love with live music all over again with this free outdoor concert series. Grab your lawn chair and meet up with your friends and neighbours at the beautiful KR Barkman Park and enjoy two of the finest family-friendly shows in the province. “We couldn’t be more excited to offer free, professional outdoor performances this fall,” said David Klassen, Executive Director of the Steinbach Arts Council “Our community deserves a great opportunity to attend concerts like this, and it is a way to engage our audiences after a long wait for in-person events.” Al Simmons On September 13, at 6 pm. Al Simmons is bringing his one-man, multi-prop, music-filled, off the wall performance to Steinbach! At once childlike in its simplicity and sophisticated in its execution, Al’s humour touches a responsive chord in people of every age. This Juno award winning local legend is sure to delight! Ça Claque! On September 22, at 6 pm. Get ready to clap your hands and tap your feet to the high-energy performance of Ça Claque! Feel the rhythm, experience ‘la joie de vivre’, and discover French Canadian and Métis folklore – traditional as well as contemporary – through music and dance.

Accessibility and Beyond Drive Thru Dinner Join enVision on Friday, September 23rd for the annual Fall kickoff to their Fundraising Campaign, the Accessibility and Beyond Drive Thru Dinner, in support of their Foundation. The Accessibility and Beyond Drive Thru Dinner is by reservation only! Reserve your dinner online at envisioncl.

com or by phone at 204-326-7539. Including steak sandwich, potato salad and baked beans from Merv’s Pitchfork Fondue and delicious dessert from Prairie Pickers Café. Their aim is to purchase an accessible vehicle, which will service people supported by enVision’s Residential Ser-

vices. Residential services are provided for people who need support in order to enjoy a full and meaningful life in the community. This essential vehicle will provide increased opportunity for people who use enVision’s Residential Services to access community places and events, and maintain important relationships.

Isaiah 40:27-31… 27) Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”? 28) Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29) He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30) Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall: 31) but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint. (NIV) Sometimes we just get weary of it all. Sometimes we are tired in body and in spirit. Our strength is exhausted, fed up with everyone and everything around us. By this time, we are ready to say things not everyone wants to hear. Have you ever felt like this? Unfortunately, one of the shortcomings of people, even Christian people, is that our strength is exhaustible. While we must face the reality that all of us deal with weariness, there is hope from the Scriptures of a deeper reality in which we can tap into the inexhaustible strength of God. Would it not be fantastic to be able to draw upon an unlimited reserve of power to get through the tough times? Young people; in the prime of their life, they at times stumble and fall. “Verse 30 speaks to the young.” And it is at this age that we did not realize that our strong energy levels would weaken. We thought we would always feel good as we felt when we were young, and we might even look better in older years than we did when we were young. However, these bodies, now much older and frail, once full of energy – have begun to run down. We walk about with aches and pains. This is the reality of growing older. But a mark of maturity is that we face life squarely as it is, and say to ourselves, “We shall rise above the noise, clatter of this world, and put our hope in God.” When we grow weary, we are also at risk to despair and depression. Scripture speaks about depression and despair; we know it to be true – we have from time-to-time experience episodes. It is extremely easy for a weary person to want to throw up their hands and quit. It is so easy to be negative and critical when we are weary. It is so easy to feel like everyone is against us. And it is so easy to feel sorry for ourselves when we are weary. The incredible promise of God is that “Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength.” Who are those? It is you. It is me because our only hope is in God. We live by listening for and hearing His voice. So, the contrast is between the helplessness of a weary soul and the vitality of a waiting Christian. When we trust in the Lord, we gain new strength. They are the believers. Those who walk; not by sight, but by faith in a risen Lord. We stand by a commitment: Trust in the Lord, we shall gain new strength. The idea here is that as we draw near to God, waiting upon Him expectantly in faith, trusting Him as our resource, that He will then impart to us His strength. The truth is that our strength runs out. What we need is new strength, and that is exactly the promise the Holy Spirit makes to us… To God Be the Glory Great Things He Has Done. Would you pray this prayer with me? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have peace in my heart. I really want that peace, joy, and happiness that I long for. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will bring honour to Your Name.” Amen.


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Celebrating Over 25 Years of Service to Our Communities!

C ommunity E vents Falcon Beach Farmers’ Market – Tuesdays, from 9 am – 2 pm at the Whiteshell Community Club 20 301 Pr, Falcon Beach. Contact 204-349-2293. Bingo – Wednesdays at 7: 30 pm, early bird games at 7 pm at the Whiteshell Community Club 20 301 Pr, Falcon Beach. Contact 204-349-2293. Friedensfeld Fall Dinner – Sunday, October 23 at 12 pm in the Community Hall. Contact 204- 326-2760. Gardenton Community Yard Sale – Saturday, September 17, 10 am – 3 pm at the Park. Hot lunch perogies/sausage, etc. At take-out window. $15 to rent a spot, bring your own table. $10 to rent table. Contact Rachel 204-4272256 or Lorrie 204-746-5995. Grunthal Family Fun Day - Saturday, September 10. Starts at 8 am, in the Centennial Park. Free pancake breakfast, slo-pitch tournament, VBS Recap and music, digging for silver, bubble soccer, laser tag, free public swimming, foam party, face painting, chicken BBQ, comedian, outdoor movie and fireworks.

Recently, I’ve had to say goodbye to a couple of close “friends” that I saw nearly every day. No, they didn’t pass away, not in the traditional sense; they merely gave their notice and quit working for the company that we both worked at. Both gentlemen left to pursue a higher education and for that I am happy. When people decide to learn more and to take up the challenge of bettering themselves, I applaud them and their endeavours. I wish them both a bigger, better and brighter future. What about those that are left behind? Sometimes, when someone leaves, you just shrug your shoulders and say, “meh.” This is especially true when the person that is leaving is not someone that you have much to do with. Someone that you’d “good morning” in passing or that you smile and make small talk with before going on with your day. There are also those that, when they leave, leave a bit of a hole in your lives. These are the ones that you looked forward to chatting with each day, the ones that made the day a bit brighter just by being there, the ones that could bring a smile to your lips when they said or did something silly. Yes, sometimes those that are left behind, to keep the work going, are forced to grieve in an odd, non-permanent fashion. Knowing that the ones that have left are not truly gone for good but are merely elsewhere eases the weight. Knowing that they are improving themselves helps too. Maybe it’s ridiculous to feel this type of grieving for those that are gone because in reality they are strangers. Strangers that are thrown together for a purpose until individuality drives them apart. It is kind of funny to think about a coworker’s quitting and the realization that there is not really a point to come into work anymore. No point until you realize that the real reason most everyone has for going into work is to earn money so that we can spend it on the necessities of life, such as food, shelter and Netflix. You know the basics. In the end, we must all know that the company we work for and the people we work with are only there for a time. So, take the opportunities to enjoy the moments that you share as long as you can. Try not to take the day and the work too seriously. You just never know when the person that is quietly working alongside you is going to drop their notice onto the boss’ desk and move on to something else. Maybe something with a bit of a higher wage. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

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Hadashville Grow a Row & Vegetable Drop off - Plant a row now, grow a row this summer, and drop off extra veggies in fall. Fall drop off will be Saturday, September 10, 10 am – 12 noon, two locations at Whitemouth Lions Park and Hadashville Rec Centre. Proceeds will be taken to local food banks to help residents in your area. For more info call Marilyn 204-348-7191 ext. 4240. Ile des Chenes Wildlife Haven’s Annual Open House – Friday, September 23 and Saturday 24 at Wildlife Haven Campus, 1028 Arnould Rd. Tickets $10/person (Kids 2 & under - free!). Please buy tickets online at wildlifehaven.ca/products/ wildlife-haven-open-house-1 or call 204-878-3740. Your chance to see the “behind-the-scene action” of the Vet Hospital, meet Wildlife Ambassadors and hear the favourite stories of the Wildlife Haven team members who care for Manitoba’s sick, injured and orphaned wildlife all year long. Proceeds from ticket sales will help provide medical treatment, nutrition and rehabilitation to patients in care at the Wildlife Haven Veterinary Hospital. La Broquerie Fall Supper – Sunday, September 11, 4 – 7 pm at the Arena. Cost 13 yrs and over $15, 6 – 12 $5, children 5 years and under free. Lorette Back to School Clothing Give Away – Saturday, September 10, 9 am – 3 pm at 1464 Dawson Rd. Seine River church annual clothing give-away. Infant, Children, Men, Women and Plus sizes. All items free, no trades necessary. Exchanges are welcome. Card Making Workshop – Friday, October 14, 7 – 9 pm at the Community Centre, 2nd floor. Take home 3 cards, bilingual cards available. Maximum 15 participants. Register by September, 30. Contact 204-878-3321 ext 108. Pansy Pansy Hall Fall Supper – Sunday, September 11 at the Pansy Hall. Supper served from 3 - 6 pm. Ukrainian Smorgasbord. Adults $20, Children 7-13 $8, 6 and under free. Cash Only, First Come, First Served. No reservations. Everyone Welcome! Contact Leanne Germain 204-434-6080, germainleanne@gmail.com.

1st Annual Richer Métis Fall Rendezvous – Saturday, September 17 at the Dawson Trail Park from 12- 4 pm. Admission free. Enjoy a traditional Métis lunch meal from 1-3 pm, including Tortière, meatballs and gravy, baked beans, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and beverage. Tickets for the meal can be purchased at the gate for $12 each; $6 for kids 12 years and under. Stay and shop at our trading post while you enjoy live traditional Métis music from 12 to 4 pm. Fun for the kids with face painting, activity centre and hayrides from 1 to 3 pm. 50/50 will be available. Proceeds from the event benefit Richer Métis Local. Contact richermetis@gmail.com. RM of Stuartburn Services to Seniors - Access Credit Union sponsored Free Shuttle for residents of the RM of Stuartburn, the first Friday of each month. Call to book a ride and do your banking and shopping locally or book your doctor’s appointment and we will get you to your appointment. Next Access Free Shuttle is June 3. Call 204-425-3701. Services to Seniors Steinbach Shuttle - Subsidized cost $15/person. Minimum of 8 participants required for the trip to take place. Departure from Shady Oaks at 9:30 am. Call 204-425-3701 to book a seat. Rosa Fall Supper – Saturday, October 1, 4 – 6 pm at the Shevchenko Ukrainian Centre, 19 Church Road. Pre-order and paid by September 25 (drive thru). $20 per plate. Etransfer available. Menu 2 pcs Fried chicken, 4 perogies, 3 cabbage rolls, mashed potatoes, meatballs & gravy, coleslaw and dessert. To place orders or have any questions text Ashley at 204-346-2245. St. Adolphe Curling Team Registration Open – Games start October 11. Fill out a registration form and email it back or drop by beginning September 14 at 7 pm. Contact curlstadolphe@gmail.com. Fees due before the start of the first game. Every curler must add $50 over and above their league fees; in return they will receive a Bartender Delight booklet to sell. You sell the tickets, you keep the money or you write your name on the tickets and take a chance on winning a prize. We may start a mixed doubles league if there’s interest. AGM Curling Club – Wednesday, September 14 at 7:30 pm at the curling club. The club will be open September 14 to accept registrations starting at 7 pm. We are hoping to start curling October 11th. Please don’t hesitate to forward the registration form to friends and family that are interested in curling.

Royal Canadian Legion Steinbach Branch - Meets first Tuesday of the month via Zoom at 7:30 pm; Ladies Auxiliary meets first Monday of each month, 7:30 pm. Steinbach Legion, 227 Main St – Unit 5. Email steinbach190rcl@outlook.com. Al-Anon - Monday 7:30 pm Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. For information call Lloyd 204-326-4365. Creative Writers Club - Second Wednesday every month at 7 pm. next one April 13 at the Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. This is not a class but rather a writing share group where we hope to foster and encourage our participants’ love of writing. Feel free to bring 5 pages of writing (single sided, double spaced) to share with the group. Our evening will begin with an ice breaker and then move into share time. Coffee and tea will be served. Contact Madison Redekopp email mredekopp@jakeepplibrary. com. Steinbach Professional Development Toastmasters Club – On Thursdays at 9:46 am, Eastman Education Centre, 385 Loewen Blvd. How can a person get the message across well, keep meeting participants engaged, and fully use the capabilities of videoconferencing platforms? What works? What doesn’t? What is the etiquette expected? Join us in person or by zoom on 12 pm every Wednesday. All guests are welcome! Contact Mark Hiebert 204-371-5197, email mhiebert@barkmanconcrete.com. Knit-Wits Fibre Craft Club- First Tuesdays of the month at 6 – 8 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, cross stitching and other types of fibre crafting? Join other adults for an informal knitting, crochet, etc. circle. All skill levels welcome. Please bring your own project/supplies. Craft Night - Wednesdays at 7 pm, Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Ages 16 years and up join us for a free event, with coffee and crafting. Our craft for the evening will be a beaded spring wreath. There is limited space available. To sign up, email mredekopp@jakeepplibrary.com.

St. Pierre-Jolys Registration 3234 Manitoba Horse Cadets – Registration starts September at the Community Hall. Activities on Thursdays, 6:30 – 9 pm from September to June. Cost is Free. Meet new friends, fun, adventures, leadership, citizenship, community service, drill band, orienteering, and more. Contact Captain Phil Atkinson 3234Army@cadets.gc.ca or phillip.atkinson@ cadets.gc.ca. Website 3234manitobahorse.ca.

Book Club - Meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 7 - 8:30 pm Jake Epp Library, 255 Elmdale St. Books are available at the circ desk as well as on our Libby App (free with your library card). Please sign up by email mredekopp@jakeepplibrary.com. Limited space available.

Ste. Genevieve Card Making Workshop – Thursday, October 13, 7 – 9 pm at the Community Centre. Take home 3 cards, bilingual cards available. Maximum 15 participants. Register by September 30. Contact 204-878-3321 ext 108.

Tolstoi Writing the Tall Grass Prairie – Saturday, September 24, 1 – 3:30 pm with guest writer speaker Sarah Ens on her book Flyway exploring this important natural landscape at the Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre.

Bike-A-Thon - in conjunction with the Fire Department Hall #3 on Sunday, September 18

Vita Steak Dinner and Social – Friday, September 30, dinner at 4-7 pm, social at 8 pm – 1 am at the Hall. Get your tickets in advance. Call/text Dorthea 204-392-4460 or Darcia 204-972-0687.

Fall Market - Sunday, October 2. The market currently has 25+ vendors booked so it looks like it should be another good turnout.

Piney Annual Fall ATV Derby – Saturday, September 24, 10 am – 3 pm. Register at the community hall. Prize money 20%, 15%, 10 %, 5% of total hands; All hands $5. Quick Pick at the Hall. Food available on the trail and at the Hall. Contact Wally 431-205-1248, Terry 204-795-8591 or Nancy 204408-0874.

Steinbach Teddy Bear Fun Day – Saturday, September 10 at E.A. Friesen Park, 10 am – 1 pm presented by Agape House. Free family event features a “clinic”, stuffy adoption station, arts and crafts, the SAYZOONS REC Wagon, face painting, story time as well as presentations from Wildlife Haven and local community safety ambassadors.

Richer Dawson Trail Beading Circle – Wednesdays, September 14 and 28, at 6 pm at the Musee Dawson Trail Museum. Would you like to work on your beading with other beading artists? Join us. No pre-registration required. Cost nonmembers $10 per person per day, free for museum members. Memberships can be purchased from yfontaine52@gmail.com.

Stone City Fall Bash - Free Event - Saturday, September 10, starting it off at 4 pm. Hosted by Stonehouse Covenant Church at A.D. Penner Park. With food vendors, bouncy castles, carnival games, prizes, and live music by three local bands from 7 – 10 pm.

Richer Recovery AA Group - Meets every Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at LUD Hall. If you would like more information, call Jeff at 204-371-5518 or Albert at 204-380-3058.

Steinbach & Area Garden Club – Monday, September 12, 7 – 9 pm, at the Mennonite Heritage Village. With guest speaker Dana Wood a registered Herbalist in Beausejour and a Professional Member of the Ontario Herbalists Association. She obtained her Certified Chartered Herbalist diploma from one of North America’s oldest herbal colleges - The Dominion College of Herbal Medicine. Membership Annual- Individual $20; Family $30. Contact email sagcnewsletter@gmail.com.

Safe Families Dino Dash - Saturday, September 24, 4 -7 pm, AD Penner Park. Sponsor a Dino; with a minimum donation of $1,000 you can have a dino represent you or your business. Contact us for the sign up form. Join us September 24 for our Dino Dash event. Entertainment includes hotdogs, mini donuts, bouncers, face painters and of course the grand event.

Steinbach & Area Lions Club - Meets second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm, South East Helping Hands. Contact 204-326-2313.

Fall Supper Drive-thru Fundraiser Vita & Area Winter Festival – Sunday October 3, 4 – 6 pm at the Curling Club. Enjoy pork tenderloin, baked potato, vegetables, coleslaw, bun, pumpkin desert. Cost $15. Contact Lucie 204-712-5442. Woodridge Fall Supper – Saturday, September 17, 4 – 6 pm at the Community Centre, 69 St. Denis Rd. Purchase tickets in advance from any WWC member or Vintage Corner Store before September 12. No tickets available at the door. Cost adult/teen $18, youth 6-12 $12, children under 5 free. Turkey, stuffing, meatballs, mashed potatoes, cabbage rolls, side dishes and desert. Email your events each month for inclusion to editor@dawsontrail.ca

2022 Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference Looks at Online Safety The line-up for this year’s Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference (MFWC) being held in Brandon at the Victoria Inn and Keystone Centre grounds promises to be topical with “Guilty, Until Proven Innocent” and a series of Lightning Talks about home safety, online security, passwords and safety on social media. The 2-day conference begins November 15 (Victoria Inn) with registration from 7 - 8

pm, followed by a Meet & Greet and a free Neurographic Art activity. On November 16 at the Keystone Centre grounds registration begins at 8:30 followed by keynote speaker Michelle Cederberg with Success-Energy Equation, Sherri Pauls with Guilty, Until Proven Innocent. After lunch the Lightning Talks take place with Graeme Kingdon speaking on home safety, Keeping you and your family safe, Fusion

Credit Union presenting Online Security and Passwords, Val Caldwell about safety on social media and Agvocating in 2022 by Adrienne Ivey. Conference registration fee is $100 due by November 1. Registration forms must be printed and can be either scanned and emailed to come2mfwc@gmail.com or mailed in to Kim Holtmann, Box 120, Rosser, MB, R0H 1E0.


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Eat Local on a Budget Part 4 Get Started with Milling Your Own Flour By Leah Bouchard You may notice a certain aroma when you drive past a grain field at this time of year. It’s the smell of grain ripening. The scent reminds me that it’s time to stock up on our families’ yearly supply of grain. We started grinding grain into our own flour five years ago and never have looked back. Although making flour may not fit everyone’s lifestyle, if you are an avid bread baker, and are interested in maximizing health or economy of your household’s grain intake, getting started with milling your own flour may be a perfect fit for you. Benefits of Home-Ground Flour First off, home-ground flour, consumed shortly after grinding, has a much higher nutrient content than store bought flour - which has usually been ground an unspecified time ago. Vitamins and other nutrients in the grain begin to break down as soon as the kernel is broken. True, often synthetic vitamins are added to store bought flours, but if you’re like me, you much prefer the real thing. Because of this, homeground flours boast much better flavour and quality than store bought counterparts. On a budget, home-ground flour also shines. With grain having a shelf life of up to 10 years, even if you do not consume a whole lot of bread, buying bulk grains will save you money in the long run.

Another attractive reason to switch to home-ground is the wide variety of grains and options that can be explored. This may be especially beneficial for those who follow a gluten free diet, or those who may be sensitive to glyphosate and prefer organic grains. I love to experiment with a wide variety of grains in my baking, such as spelt, red fife, buckwheat and einkorn. How to Get Started Upfront, you may need to invest in a home flour mill. For smaller amounts, a good quality coffee grinder can work, or even a high-powered blender, like Vitamix or Blendtec, may help you get started. But if you bake a lot, a dedicated mill becomes invaluable. (Many grain mills can also grind legumes, and even oily seeds and nuts.) Mills can be manual or electric and range in price from around $200 to $1,500. My mill was manual and when I realized that I didn’t want to spend hours cranking out flour before making a large batch of bread, my husband customized it with a motor which made the process much more efficient. (Some mills come with both manual and electric options.) Prairie Foods in Plum Coulee has a large selection of grain mills to choose from, as well as bulk whole grains. You can find a great video comparing several grain grinders at youtube.com/watch?v=K7p7d5lDn1o. Grain can be purchased in bulk from a variety of places. DeRuyck’s Top of the Hill Farm supplies many stores in

southern Manitoba and makes monthly deliveries to Can-Am Country Corner. Stop in to see what Can-Am Corner has in stock, or order ahead of time to choose from the full range of organic grains and package sizes. Buying directly from a farmer is also an option. As many farmers don’t usually sell direct to the public, make sure to bring your own bags or containers and buy in bulk to make it worthwhile for both parties. This year we had an excellent rye crop, and if you would like to purchase rye grain, you can find our contact information on our website farmgreenpastures.com. Home-ground flour should be used within a day of milling. If you will not be using it immediately, store it in the refrigerator or freezer to ensure the vitamins and minerals stay as intact as possible and prevent rancidity. And of course, remember to store your whole grains in a dry and cool location to maximize the storage potential. Grinding your own flour is a fun and interesting adventure that’s well worth the extra effort. To learn more, check out the many online resources on this topic or simply talk to your neighbour. You may be surprised how many people have experience with grinding their own grain. Brought to you by the Stuartburn Emerson-Franklin Local Food Initiative. Find us on Facebook.

Catalytic Converter Theft: What You Need to Know There have been a lot of challenges this year. With rising prices, supply chain disruptions and a scarcity of new vehicles, thieves are stealing vehicles and parts off cars. One part that’s grown in popularity among thieves is the catalytic converter – a valuable auto part that’s easier to steal than cars themselves. Across Canada, this type of theft is on the rise, so you should know the facts to help yourself stay protected. Catalytic converters and their value Since the 1970s, internal combustion engines use this exhaust emission control device to convert hazardous gases and pollutants into less toxic carbon dioxide and water vapour. The catalytic converter is the part that wraps around the exhaust pipe. The precious metals in it – platinum, palladium and rhodium, are what the thieves are after. A catalytic converter is an important part in your vehicle and having it stolen is a major inconvenience and expense. Not only is it a hassle to not have your car in working order when you need it, but due to the dramatic increase in these thefts and overall supply chain disruptions, parts can be on backorder.

This delay means it could take awhile before your vehicle is repaired. Catalytic converter theft prevention tips Here are some tips on how you can help protect yourself: - Consider having your VIN engraved onto your catalytic converter by specialist. This may make the resale more difficult at the scrapyard and can help identify the correct owner of the vehicle. - Park in your garage. If that’s not an option, park in a well-lit and secure area. - Consider buying a metal cage that can be installed to cover the catalytic converter.

Although a catalytic converter may appear small, replacing it could be costly, especially if you lack appropriate insurance. While the theft may not be obvious when glancing at your vehicle, you’ll be able to tell something is wrong when you start your car because the engine will make a loud roaring noise as you accelerate. The best step when you discover it’s missing is to file a police report and contact your insurance company. This way your vehicle and damages can be properly assessed. Find more information and tips at aviva.ca/en/about-aviva/protect-yourself-from-fraud/ Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

Preventing the theft is much less hassle than replacing it afterward.

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Bread from home-ground flour.

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

Side-by-Side and Trailer Stolen in St. Labre Area On August 28 Sprague RCMP received a report of a stolen side-byside and utility trailer from a cottage located in the St. Labre area along with other valuables. The offence happened within the last 24 hours prior to reporting it to police. The side-by-side is described as a 2012 blue Polaris Ranger 800 with Manitoba licence plate 2P336; and the trailer is described as a black/gray 16 foot Homemade utility trailer with Manitoba license plate S205X. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Sprague RCMP Detachment at 204-437-2041 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Blumenort Man Faces Charges as Two Pedestrians Struck with Vehicle

Thieves Steal Truck from Field

On August 6, around 2:15 am Steinbach RCMP received a report that a vehicle had hit 2 pedestrians on Dawson Road in Richer. Police responded and located two females with minor injuries and they were transported to hospital. A 23-year-old male driver from Blumenort was arrested and will be facing the following charges: Impaired Operation of Motor Vehicle over 80 mg% causing bodily harm x2, Impaired Operation of Motor Vehicle causing bodily harm x2 and Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle causing bodily harm x2. He also received a three month driving suspension as well as a serious offence notice for a licence review with MPI. He was released and his first court appearance in Steinbach Provincial Court will be October 20, 2022.

On August 7 at approximately 7:37 pm, Steinbach RCMP received a complaint of a truck being stolen from a field located at 20069 38 Road E in the RM of La Broquerie. The truck is described as a 2015 GMC Sierra with dually tires. It is maroon in colour with Manitoba plate KWW646. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 3264452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 or wmanitobacrimestoppers.com.

Truck Recovered, Trailer and Equipment Still Missing On Tuesday, July 26 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft that occurred overnight between 7 pm on Monday July 25 and 8 am on Tuesday July 26. A white GMC Sierra 2500 pickup truck bearing MB licence plate CEF 456 and a white Freedom trailer bearing MB licence plate CLF 714 were stolen from Penner Auction located on Brandt Street in Steinbach. The trailer had various lawn maintenance equipment inside including 2 Walker mowers, and a Kabota LX 3310 tractor with a mower deck attached. The truck has since been recovered in St Pierre-Jolys area however the trailer and other items still remain missing. If you have any information in regards to the above matter, you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or wmanitobacrimestoppers. com.

RCMP Investigate Rash of Vehicle Thefts Between August 19 and 22, culprit(s) attended a residence in the 37,000 area on Highway 210 near Giroux and stole a Tractor S656 Farmall with loader. A couple of days later, between August 24 (midnight) and 26 (11:30 am) a 2014 Ford F150 XLT, red in colour with Manitoba plate ESF796 was stolen from a business located on Clear Springs Road. Finally, between the hours of 2 am and 2:40 am on August 26, a black 2005 BMW X3 3.01 with Manitoba plate KTW666 was stolen from a residence located on Cambridge Way in Steinbach. RCMP believe these incidents are not related. If you have information regarding these thefts, please call Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-2228477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Steinbach RCMP Officers Violently Attacked During Arrest On August 21 at approximately 10:50 pm, Steinbach RCMP received a 911 report of a motor vehicle collision involving a deer that occurred on Provincial Road 302, near Provincial Road 303, located 5 km south of La Broquerie. While the female passenger was talking to 911, the male driver took the phone and advised everything was fine. When questioned further by the 911 operator, the male became belligerent and hung up the phone. Officers attended to the scene and as they arrived, the 62-year-old female passenger exited the vehicle and advised the officers that there had been no collision with a deer but that she had been assaulted by the male driver. As the officers approached the 36-year-old male to affect an arrest, he became combative and struck both officers repeatedly before he could be physically restrained with the assistance of other arriving officers. After his arrest, the accused, who continued his combative and belligerent behaviour, was taken to hospital for the injuries he sustained during his arrest. He was treated and released back into police custody where he was lodged in cells overnight. The two officers who had been assaulted were both taken to hospital when they were treated and released. Richard Larocque, 36, from Vita, was remanded into custody on charges of Assault, Aggravated Assault x2, Uttering Threats x2 and Resisting Arrest x2 for a court appearance in Winnipeg scheduled for August 23, 2022. Steinbach RCMP continue to investigate.

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Steinbach RCMP Search for Missing Teen On August 6 at 12:40 pm Steinbach RCMP received a report of a missing 16-year-old female from a residence located on Elm Avenue in the City of Steinbach. Morning Star Bear was last seen the evening prior at around 7 pm when she left her home with her boyfriend in a pickup truck and was believed to be heading to the 7-11. Bear is described as being 5’4”, 100 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black long sleeve shirt, black capris and white runners. Bear is believed to be in the City of Winnipeg. The RCMP and her family are concerned for her wellbeing. Anyone with information on Bear’s whereabouts is asked to call the Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-1234, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1800-222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Sawney Bean Vandalized On August 13 the Steinbach RCMP received a report of mischief at the Sawney Bean’s restaurant on Main Street in Steinbach. The owners reported that sometime between 11:30 pm on August 12 and 8 am August 13, the patio ramp was damaged by a vehicle. The Steinbach RCMP are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying any suspects or vehicles that were seen in the area. 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.

Driver Caught with Stolen Motorcycle On August 27 at approximately 4 am, Steinbach RCMP was patrolling Mitchell as a result of a complaint of a suspicious person. Police came upon a person driving a motorcycle and proceeded to conduct a traffic stop when the driver fled on foot. A foot pursuit ensued and the suspect was apprehended a short distance later. It was determined that the motorcycle had been reported stolen by the Winnipeg Police Service. Dustin Shelton is charged with Possession of Property obtained by crime over $5,000 x3, Driving while prohibited, Resist arrest, Possession of a controlled substance. He was remanded into custody.

Theft of License Plates Concern RCMP On July 26, Steinbach RCMP received a report of stolen license plates from a vehicle parked on Centre Avenue in Blumenort. The license plates are Manitoba CEA837. It is unknown when the theft occurred. 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.


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Three Youths Sought for Break In On August 2, St-Pierre-Jolys RCMP received a complaint of a Break and Enter at the South Oaks Elementary School located on Southwood Street in Grunthal. These 3 youth suspects, who were captured on surveillance video, appear eager to get back to school for wood shop class and felt it necessary to check out their classrooms before commencement of classes in September. If you can identify any of these suspects, especially the one who removes his red mask, please contact the St-Pierre-Jolys at 204-433-7433. Anonymous tips can also be made through Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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Thieves Steal Camper On August 31, Steinbach RCMP received report of a stolen camper. The camper was parked at a business South of Steinbach. The camper is described as a White 2007 Trail Lite Camper Trailer with Manitoba license plate 964DL. 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.

Thief Snags Motorcycle On August 31, Steinbach RCMP received report of a stolen motorcycle that had been parked at a residence in Steinbach on Barkman Avenue. The theft occurred over night between the 26 and 27. The motorcycle is described as a Red 2005 Honda Cruiser motorcycle with Manitoba license plate 4EX43. 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.

Joint Investigation Leads to 1st Degree Murder Charge in Bud Paul Homicide Investigation Lac du Bonnet RCMP Arrest Two Suspects and Recover Stolen Property On August 5 at approximately 10:25 am, Lac du Bonnet RCMP received a report that a stolen sideby-side off-road vehicle was seen towing a trailer on the service road beside Highway 44 in the RM of Lac du Bonnet. Officers attended immediately and were able to track the ORV and an ATV to a nearby gravel pit. One male, 36, from Ste. Anne, was

taken into custody without incident. The other male attempted to flee in the stolen ORV, which he couldn’t start, and then tried to flee on foot. He was apprehended by an officer. Matthew Martens, 31, from Steinbach, has been remanded in custody on charges of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Possessing Break-In Instruments, Possessing Weapons Contrary to Order, and

Resisting Arrest. The other male has been released to appear in court on similar charges. The ORV and ATV were stolen and the trailer being pulled by the ORV was full of stolen property from a break-in within the RM of Reynolds that had not yet been reported. The estimated value of the recovered stolen property is between $20,000 and $30,000.

RCMP Search for Stolen Pick Up On August 31 Steinbach RCMP The truck is described as a Grey received report of a stolen truck 2009 Chevrolet Silverado with parked at a residence in Steinbach. Manitoba license plate HYY303. The theft occurred over night beIf you have information regardtween the August 30 and 31. ing this matter, please call Stein-

bach RCMP at 204-326-4452, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at manitobacrimestoppers. com.

Over the course of the past two years, the Manitoba RCMP Major Crime Services, Winnipeg Police Service (WPS), and Manitoba First Nation Police Service (MFNPS) have been conducting a joint investigation into the homicide of Bud Paul, a 56-year-old male from Winnipeg. The investigation began on August 7, 2020, when a concerned coworker contacted the WPS and requested a wellbeing check on Bud Paul as he failed to attend work and couldn’t be reached for a number of days. Officers with the WPS immediately began their search and launched a missing person’s investigation. Three days later, on August 10, 2020, Bud’s burned-out car was discovered on Queen Street in Winnipeg; elevating the concern of investigators. On August 11, a body was located by MFNPS hidden in deep brush in Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation – approximately 100km south of Winnipeg. It was later confirmed to be the body of Bud Paul and deemed a homicide. As the investigation spanned three police jurisdictions, a decision was made to begin a joint investigation so that information and resources could be more readily shared. The joint investigation led officers to Neepawa, where surveillance video from a liquor store captured Bud Paul with two individuals. The video was from August 1, 2020, and was the last known sighting of Bud Paul alive. A plea to the public for any information about the two people in the video was issued on October 14, 2020. On December 17, 2020, new information led RCMP and WPS investigators to Bud Paul’s last-known residence on Hespeler Avenue in Winnipeg and a search was conducted. On the same date, the two primary suspects in the homicide were publically identified as a 36-year-old female and a 39-year-old male. Investigators also established that the suspects and the victim were known to each other. On December 20, 2020, the female suspect was arrested in Winnipeg and taken to Manitoba RCMP HQ for questioning. She was later released without charges. Between January 2021 and July 2022, investigators from all three police services conducted multiple interviews and followed-up on all tips received by the public. During this timeframe, forensic evidence was also examined by the RCMP laboratory in Ottawa as well as a laboratory in the United States. Through the use of the forensic evidence, tips from the public and statements taken from witnesses, Aaron Mousseau a 41-year-old male from Winnipeg was identified as being responsible for the murder of Bud Paul. On August 30, 2022, Aaron Mousseau, was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder. No additional charges are expected at this time.


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