Dawson Trail Dispatch May 2018

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Wildfires Ravage the Region

Wildfire rages in Zhoda. RM of Stuartburn reeve Jim Swidersky lost everything except his truck and the clothes on his back.

By Marianne Curtis Several communities were on alert April 29, when several wild fires, pushed by heavy winds, threatened several communities including Carrick, St. Labre, and Badger. In Zhoda, RM of Stuartburn Jim Swidersky reeve lost everything he owned, except his truck and the clothes he was wearing. He says he was about to leave for the Jets game when he noticed the colour of the sky. “I kept trying to water down the roof

and then my garage (caught fire). Then my hydro line fell off and I lost water pressure and the battle was done,” Swidersky told media. “Within 20 minutes, I had lost everything.” According to RM of La Broquerie Fire Chief, the department was called to a wildfire south of Zhoda at about 4:30 pm. The fire destroyed one home, and threatened several others after it jumped Highway 12. The first fire broke out along Fire Guard 14 east of Carrick Sunday night

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and strong winds combined with dry conditions pushed the fire towards Badger. Monday morning crews were still battling blazes close to the community. Gary Friesen, Manitoba Sustainable Developments says while the cause is not known, the fire did originate near a railway line. All burn permits have been cancelled for eastern and central Manitoba and will not be lifted until conditions improve.

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Municipal Act to Be Strengthened to Protect Elected Officials Almost a year after bullying allegations surfaced in the RM of Ritchot, which led to the resignation of the former mayor and several councillors, the province has committed to reviewing the Municipality Act to identify opportunities to strengthen protections for municipal officials. According to Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton, “Elected officials are expected to govern in the best interests of their communities, and the province wants all employees have a right to a respectful workplace,” said Wharton. “The province will review The Municipal Act and other relevant legislation to identify opportunities to strengthen municipalities’ ability to enforce violations of their codes of conduct.” Any potential amendments would require careful consideration and would be developed in consultation with municipalities and other stakeholders, he added. Under The Municipal Act, all municipalities are required to adopt a code of conduct that establishes guidelines on acceptable behaviour for council members in dealing with each other, employees and citizens. AMM President Chris Goertzen said everyone deserves a safe and respectful work environment including municipal elected officials. “We look forward to working with the minister to determine ways to strengthen not only the legislation around harassment and bullying in municipal workplaces, but our ability to enforce the rules,” stated Goertzen. Wharton noted that the majority of councils strive to carry out their responsibilities and exercise their authority in accordance with good governance practices and their code of conduct, however, violations continue to be an issue and enforcement of violations is a challenge for many councils. The province will be consulting with both the Association of Manitoba Municipalities and the Manitoba Municipal Administrators Association through a series of roundtable discussions across the province in June and September where input will be gathered on potential legislative changes. The matter will be discussed in the RM of Stuartburn at the Vita Hall at the June District meetings on June 22. The Manitoba government has already taken steps to reduce workplace harassment by instituting a ‘no wrong door’ approach back in February so that government of Manitoba employees can bring forward complaints without fear of reprisal by providing additional reporting avenues.

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Rail Safety Awareness Week Bill Passes Second Reading Earlier this month, Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagassé, was successful in gaining second reading support of a private member’s bill, called the Rail Safety Awareness Week Act. Bill 221 proposes to establish an annual Rail Safety Awareness Week in the second week of September. Lagassé believes that educating the public is an effective way of reducing railway-related accidents. “During the awareness week, the Manitoba government would encourage citizens, employers and schools to cooperate with rail companies to implement educational programming on railway safety,” said Lagassé. “These programs would focus on spotting and avoiding the dangers

associated with rail traffic, especially when it intersects with roads and walkways.” Canada already has an annual Rail Safety Week in September, but, if approved, Bill 221 would make Manitoba the first province to put Rail Safety Awareness Week into law. “Though railways fall under Federal jurisdiction, the province can use educational programs in an effort to reduce injuries and deaths through heightened awareness,” he added. Randy Brown, the father of 11year-old daughter Kharma Annette Brown was in the audience as Lagassé spoke in the Legislature. The young girl was killed by a train in Ste. Anne while using a crosswalk

and was struck and killed by a train in the Ste. Anne area in September 2017. “As a father, I am deeply saddened by the tragedy and my heart aches for those who loved her,” added Lagassé. “Those of us with the power to act, to improve things, have a responsibility to do so. I have put this bill forward to prevent such accidents from happening in the future.” In 2017, there were 222 railway incidents across Canada, including 72 fatalities and 44 serious injuries. In Manitoba alone last year, there were 19 railway incidents resulting in three deaths and five serious injuries. Now that Bill 221 has gained sec-

The family of Kharma Brown was in the Legislature gallery when Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagassé’s Rail Safety Week in September, otherwise known as Bill 221 gained second reading.

ond reading, it goes to the committee to the bill can be proposed at this stage for detailed consideration on a stage. If the bill is amended, it is reclause by clause basis. Amendments printed prior to third reading.

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Otterburne’s Providence College Holds Four Graduate Ceremonies

During April, Providence University College & Theological Seminary graduated 175 students in four different ceremonies.

Over the course of five days, Providence University College & Theological Seminary in Otterburne presented 175 Doctoral, Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees, Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates and Diplomas. Graduation week began April 18, with 11 graduates completing the Mile Two Discipleship School. Then on April 20, forty-three students received TTESOL Certificates during a morning ceremony. The TESOL International Association, formerly

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, is the largest professional organization for teachers of English as a second or foreign language. It was noted that many of these graduates were unable to attend the function as they were already working in the field. On April 21, 41 students graduated with Master of Arts degrees; thirtytwo were in Master of Arts in Counselling or Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, and two grads received their Doctor of Ministry

designations. Ceremonies were completed April 22, with 49 graduating from Providence University College with a Bachelor’s degree, six of which were Bachelor of Business Administration degrees, obtained through the Providence-based Buller School of Business. Highlights of the prestigious event were 9 Finland and 1 Greenland-based student obtaining their Diplomas in Biblical Counselling through a Providence program of-

ATV Trails Open to High Fire Hazard Conditions The fire risk is high throughout the region, and the Woodridge ATV Sandhogs are reminding riders to use caution when using the trails this spring. As per a notice posted on the groups Facebook page, the Woodridge ATV

Sand Hog executive warned riders to use caution when using back country trails. It was posted on April 25, after a fire condition changed quickly and helicopters were seen in the area monitoring the situation. “Please be careful in the back country folks, it is very dry out there,” stated the notice and advising riders that updates would be posted as the fire ratings change. Riders are reminded that a Very High fire rating is level 4 out of 5. After level 5 the bush trails are shut down. Riders were also reminded to use caution when using trails that cross over fire guard roads in the area because they are being used as a logging truck routes. The risk of fire is high, according to the sign outside the March- “Please take note of and Ranger station on April 25.

these as a fully loaded rig cannot stop that fast!” stated the notice. Fire bans have been implemented across southern Manitoba, including the RM’s of Ritchot, Tache, Hanover, Ste. Anne, Tache, Hanover, St Anne, La Broquerie, Stuartburn, Reynolds, Piney and EmersonFranklin. Residents and visitors are reminded to check local municipal websites for further details on how the ban affects back-yard fire pits.

Photo courtesy of Providence College.

fered in Finland. An honorary Doctorate was presented to Rev. Dr. Samson Hkalam. He is the top administrator of a 400,000-member Christian denomination in northeast Myanmar, recognized with an honorary Doctor of Divinity.

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Constitutional Crises in the Making, Perhaps Oil pipelines and carbon taxes along with political differences are creating upheaval in a number of provincial legislatures. The results of these political tussles between some of the provinces and the Federal Government could destroy Canada as an entity as we know it if the provinces are not kept in check. The very fabric which is Canada is at stake. Matters which are mobility of people and mobility of goods which cross provincial boundaries cannot be at the mercy of provincial whims. Matters such as carbon tax should be set within national parameters. This is what Canada is all about. If we left it to the provinces the country wouldn’t last a week. Nevertheless off to the courts it is for a couple of Premiers. Motives are political ego and ideological politics awash in plenty of rhetoric. The Premier of Saskatchewan wants immunity from carbon tax and the Feds have an agreement with the world to reduce carbon presumably for the survival of mankind. Who is going to win? Regardless of which side anyone of us are on can anyone see a consensus by the provinces if we leave it to them? The Premier of BC doesn’t want pipelines which are interprovincial. Would this not be equivalent to cutting off railways and roads at their border? It is obvious that this is not going to happen. So why don’t we ship oil by rail or truck? The answer is pipelines are more efficient. The oil being transported to Asia will replace coal and possibly nuclear energy if their own countries are earthquake prone. The bottom line is whether or not we ship the oil; it will not stop its usage until something better is invented. All goods in the world that are transported by truck need fuel, electrical for a short run is possible if you can plug it in, but regardless on a long run where the battery sizes could potentially be half the weight allowed on our highways, carbon efficiencies would amount to nothing. This puts a crimp in long haul transportation if we are to discount diesel fuel. The court will do the right think but delays could be crucial. This political kerfuffle makes us look like dummies on the international scene. Leave this to the provinces, they have had more than 100 years to establish free trade amongst themselves, and we haven’t yet met one enlightened Premier. But how many have we met with an inflated ego? Bottom line is we have oil and we can be part of today’s reality and that it is still very much in need; our responsibility is to be greener at it.

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Justin Trudeau’s Very Bad Week Kinder-Morgan Pipeline & Canada Summer Jobs: It’s been another bad week for Justin Trudeau. He continues to fail at securing an agreement between the Alberta and BC Governments over the building of a controversial oil pipeline. This past week he also failed to convince Kinder-Morgan (the company building the pipeline) that their investment in Canada was secure which resulted in the company pulling their funding from the project. The loss of this project will cost Canadians $80 billion and more than one hundred thousand jobs. Despite these failures, Mr. Trudeau declared “this pipeline will be built.” Unfortunately he left off the end of that sentence: with your tax dollars. Then it was discovered that the Liberals had given Canada Summer Jobs grants to an environmentalist group called Dogwood BC. The job posting was for an assistant to “help our organizing network stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project.” When asked why the Federal Government was funding a group that was actively working, not only against the national interest, but against his own government’s policy Mr. Trudeau replied: “We believe in free speech and we believe in advocacy on this side of the House.” Mr. Trudeau went on to state “We will not remove funding from advocacy organizations because we as a government happen to disagree with them.” Really? That’s exactly what the Liberals have been doing for months to faith-based organizations. Some 1,500 faith-based charities have been rejected for Canada Summer Job Funding because they could not in good conscience sign an attestation forcing them to agree with Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party values. Not only does this show how little the Liberals care about getting this vital pipeline built, it is also further proof of their utter hypocrisy. Illegal Border Crossings It’s official. After more than a year of verbal gymnastics, Justin Trudeau has finally admitted that crossing the border illegally is indeed illegal. Last week I stood up in the House of Commons and asked the Prime Minister the following question: “Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister misled many would be migrants to illegally cross the border. In response to a problem of his own making, the Prime Minister is throwing Canadian tax dollars at a problem with no concrete plan. And yesterday the Prime Minister refused to even commit to a plan. Can the Prime Minister tell this House: Does he believe it is wrong to illegally cross the border and jump the queue?” The Prime Minister responded: “Mr. Speaker not only have I answered that question today, I’ve answered it many times over the past months: Crossing a border between official border crossings is illegal.” That came as news to everyone since the Prime Minister has stubbornly refused to call illegal border crossings illegal since the crisis started, referring to them instead as “irregular”. We are more than a year into this crisis - with some 20,000 illegal migrants already here, overloading our immigration, social and education services - and the Prime Minister finally took step one – admitting that it is illegal. Step two would be to admit that the illegal entries are actually a problem. Step three would be to come up with a plan to solve the problem. Step one and two should have been done within days, and Conservatives have been asking the Liberal Government to come up with a plan ever since this crisis began. But at the speed with which he is dealing with this issue, it could be years before we make any headway whatsoever. For more information on this or any issue please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1-866-333-1933 or at 204-326-9889. Visit me on Facebook at: Facebook.com/TedFalkMP. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12N, Steinbach MB, R5G 1T4 or visit my website at tedfalk.ca.

Provincial Government Seeks Your Ideas for Economic Growth Mother Nature seems to be holding spring back this year. We have not been blessed with a lot of double-digit temperatures or precipitation in April. The lack of rain has led to some extremely dry areas in our province. Because of these dry conditions, municipalities have issued burning bans. I ask everyone to respect these bans. It does not take much for a fire to get out of control and when it does, it can cause severe and extensive damage in a short time. Having been a volunteer firefighter for many years, I’ve seen what a fire can do. Please think before you strike that match. Hopefully the beginning of May will change this, and give us the moisture and temperatures we need to make everyone happy. I know that many farmers are just itching to get their equipment onto the fields and their crops into the ground. I wish all farmers a great crop in 2018. Farming plays an important role in Manitoba’s economy. When Manitoba’s farmers have a good year, Manitoba has a good year. Speaking of the economy, under the leadership of Dave Angus, former CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and Barb Gamey, founder and CEO of Payworks, our government has partnered with local chambers of commerce and has held meetings in Brandon, Winnipeg and Thompson with stakeholder groups to guide the development of a new provincial economic growth strategy. Additional meetings and roundtable discussions will be held throughout the province in the weeks ahead. Our Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Blaine Pedersen, has stated that the province wants to ensure the economic growth strategy meets the needs of Manitobans and our economy. The views of business, industry, economic development agencies, stakeholders and Indigenous businesses and organizations will be essential in developing this strategy. This process is for all Manitobans. I encourage all of you to visit our website at gov.mb.ca/egs/and submit your ideas. After completing these consultations, our Manitoba government will work with key economic development organizations to shape a further strategic direction. Finally, I wish our Winnipeg Jets all the best in the remaining NHL playoff rounds in their quest to win the Stanley Cup and bring it home to Manitoba. Go Jets go! As always, I look forward to hearing from you with your questions or concerns. I can be reached at my constituency office at 204-424-5406, at my legislature office at 204-945-4339 or at dennis.smook@leg.gov.mb.ca.

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RM of Hanover Recognized for Being Prepared

RM of Hanover Reeve Stan Toews accepts the Community Emergency Preparedness Award from AMM President Chris Goertzen and Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton.

The RM of Hanover is one of three municipalities in the province to be recognized with a Manitoba Community Emergency Preparedness Award in 2018. According to Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler, the award recognizes communities with programs meeting or exceeding recognized national and international standards for emergency preparedness. “While emergency preparedness is the responsibility of individual citizens, the private sector and all levels of government, municipalities form the foundation of effective emergency management,” stated Schuler. “These recipients have shown excellence in developing and maintaining their programs. They have accomplished this through effective hazard and risk assessment, preparation, maintenance, exercising of their emergency plans, and public engagement.” The emergency management teams in these municipalities, directed and supported by their elected leaders, set a high standard in reducing the risk of disaster impacts on their communities. They

accomplished this through effective hazard and risk assessment, preparation, maintenance, exercising of their emergency plans, and public engagement. RM of Hanover Reeve Stan Toews credits the municipality’s emergency measures officer Denis Vassart for being meticulous about his job as being. “Dennis Vassart is a very dedicated Emergency Coordinator,” praised Toews. “He keeps meticulous records and keeps committees up to date.” Holding mock disasters to practice the plan is also part of their preparedness plans success. Awards were also presented to the RMs of Cartier, and Louise. The Southern Emergency Response Committee consisting of the RM of Stanley and the cities of Morden and Winkler, was also recognized. The award is presented annually and includes public recognition by the Manitoba government, a framed certificate and road signs stating, ‘We are a Prepared Community’, to be placed at the municipality’s discretion.

Legislating Rail Safety Awareness Week On April 20, I had the opportunity to speak in the Legislature about two more Dawson Trail heroes, Kaelie Spokes and Sarah Voth. Both students, who are in kindergarten and Grade 5 respectively, have been nominated by their teachers for Seine River School Division Student Citizenship Awards in their age groups. The Seine River School Division recognizes the importance of affirming young leaders, and these two students are being recognized as exemplary in exhibiting kindness and a willingness to volunteer in the classroom. Kaelie’s welcoming nature and willingness to help others, regardless of ability, is commendable for her age. And Sarah’s reputation for volunteering, going on mission trips and playing sports has made her a standout nominee. Both will continue to do wonderful things in any community they are a part of; Dawson Trail is lucky to have them in ours! I also had the opportunity in April to see my private member’s bill, the Rail Safety Awareness Week Act, pass in the Legislative Assembly on second reading and at the committee stage, and move on to an upcoming third and final reading. Bill 221 proposes to establish an annual Rail Safety Awareness Week in the second week of September. Educating the public is an effective way of reducing railway-related accidents. During this Awareness Week, the Manitoba government would encourage citizens, employers and schools to co-operate with rail companies to implement educational programming on railway safety. These programs would focus on spotting and avoiding the dangers associated with rail traffic, especially when it intersects with roads and walkways. Canada has an annual Rail Safety Week in September, but Bill 221 would go further in making Manitoba the first province to put Rail Safety Awareness Week into law. In 2017, there were 222 railway incidents across Canada, including 72 fatalities and 44 serious injuries. In Manitoba alone last year, there were 19 railway incidents resulting in three deaths and five serious injuries. Here in the Dawson Trail constituency, there was a railway-related tragedy last September. As a father, I am deeply saddened by it. Those of us with the power to act, to improve things, have a responsibility to do so. I have put this bill forward to prevent such accidents from happening in the future. Stay up to date by following me on Facebook. If you have questions or comments, I can be reached at 204-8074663 or by e-mail at bob.lagasse@leg.gov.mb.ca.

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LaB CDC to Host AGM The La Broquerie Community Development Corporation (CDC) invites the public to attend its Annual General meeting on Monday, May 14, starting at 6:30pm. It will be held at the RM of La Broquerie Council Chambers, 123 Simard Street. For more information contact the projects officer for a copy of the proposed agenda, the 2016 AGM minutes and the 2017 annual activities’ report, email sdclabroquerie@gmail.com or call 204-371-0379. Beverages and a snack will be provided.

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Lorette Home Hardware Awarded for Retail Excellence By Marianne Curtis The owners of Lorette Home Hardware were thrilled and humbled to receive the Home Hardware Proud of My Home Award in the category of Best Home Hardware Store Under 6,000 Sq. Ft. On April 14, David and Jessica Audette were honoured to be one of 7 stores recognized within the award categories from among the close to 1,100 stores across Canada. The award was presented to the couple during Home Hardware’s annual Spring Market on April 14 in St. Jacobs, Ontario. David Audette said that he is extremely proud and humbled to be recognized in this fashion. “This recognition from Home Hardware is really a reflection of the support this community has given our store, and clearly demonstrates the hard work our staff put in every single day,” said Audette. “Customer service begins with a welcoming smile at the door and ends with a happy customer.” To receive the Proud of My Home Award, recipients must demonstrate excellence in Staff performance and customer service, interior presentation, including clear signage, tidiness, and merchandise presentation and displays; exterior presen-

Lorette Home Hardware Building Centre, Dealer-Owner, David Audette receives the Proud of my Home Award for Best Home Hardware Store under 6,000 Sq. Ft. (L – R): Terry Davis, Home Hardware President and CEO, David Audette, Dealer-Owner, Lorette Home Hardware, Dale MacPherson, Senior Director of National Operations, Heather Brincheski, Regional Sales and Operations Manager, Melina Audette and Lucas Audette.

tation, including cleanliness and attractive window displays; staff training; and participation in dealer network initiatives. Each store must demonstrate a commitment to high performance retail standards, along with the preservation and enhancement the brand in their markets. Terry Davis, President and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited noted at the awards event. “Lorette Home Hardware truly embodies the

values on which Home Hardware was founded on, which includes value, service and dependability.” “I would like to emphasize how thankful we are to be able to serve a community that has been so good to us over the last 27 years,” Audette added. “This is a testament to the commitment of our staff and demonstrates the strong support we receive from our community. This is truly their Home!”

Community Clean Up Days! Spring has sprung and now that the snow has vanished, the dirty remnants of winter have left behind a variety of litter throughout southern communities and ditches. In an effort to bring the community together and clean up, many towns have organized specific events to encourage participation. Here are some of the events taking place during May. Town of Ste. Anne Come and help clean up the community. Meet at 10 am, on May 12 at the Ste. Anne splash park to see what areas need cleaning and join us back in the park at noon for some lunch provided by the Ste. Anne Lions Club. La Broquerie Register your mile(s) or equivalent area now at La Broquerie Rona, farrel@lablumber.com or call 204424-5333. Then from May 4 to 12, pick up your garbage bags, pickers and safety vests at Rona during regular business hours 8 am to 6:30 pm Monday to Friday and from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturday. Free T-shirts for first 100 volunteers that come in. Clean up your area, return your bags to Rona site and claim your prize draw tickets and volunteer appreciation Hot Dog Lunch tickets. A pick-up service is available for oversized and hazardous materials.

Steinbach The annual Pickup and Walk community clean up event will take place in Steinbach on May 5 or rain date on May 12 as a collaborative effort between Steinbach churches and the city. Anyone wanting to participate can meet at T.G. Smith Arena in Steinbach at 9 am. Volunteers will be dispatched in groups and supplied with maps, routes, and garbage bags. People are encouraged to wear rubber boots, gloves and to dress for the weather. A thank you lunch will be provided, free of charge, back at the arena at noon.

Woodridge Woodridge Community Cleanup is Saturday, May 5. Meet at the community centre for 9 am. Dress appropriately and bring garbage gloves. Free hot dogs and drinks for volunteers afterwards. Niverville Town Cleanup Days is on May 11 and 12. Bins will be available at the Arena Grounds for dropping off larger items that cannot be placed in regular garbage disposal. Drop off hours are Friday, May 11from 12 - 8 pm, Saturday, May 12 from 8 am - 5 pm.

On April 24, volunteers from the St. Adolphe Bible Fellowship Church hit the streets of St. Adolphe to clean up the community. Photo courtesy of St. Adolphe Bible Fellowship Church

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May 2018

Steinbach Chamber’s Spring Banquet Inspires Leaders for Tomorrow

It was a full house for the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce’s annual spring banquet.

On April 24, the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce hosted their 64th annual spring banquet. This year’s event featured keynote speaker Kirstine Stewart, one of Canada’s most high-profile women in business. She has worked as Twitter’s Managing Director, Head of Twitter Canada, and helped to launch Dragon’s Den on CBC. Stewart spoke on how modern workplaces need new leaders who value partnership, collaboration and empathy. Some of the key takeaways from her talk were how to address innovation from different perspectives and how to thrive on the risk of business. She pointed out that sometimes people get confused between innovation and technology and business owners should use technology to push their innovations forward. “Technology has really broken down the barriers. You can set yourself up in a space as you are

doing today with your radio interview, sitting on the side of a table with your iPhone,” Stewart told the crowd. “We have capabilities now that we never had before that were really concentrated in big cities. They are now open to all. That creates a huge opportunity for smaller communities to thrive.” Stewart also spoke about how the biggest risk can be staying right where you are and how business owners and leaders need to create a trusting place in order to make change a positive thing. “The best way for businesses to thrive on social media is to protect their client’s safety by being respectful with their data and to be a safe haven for their customers.” Attendees were inspired by her explanation that when, “We take risks, and we do them together” and by doing so, we can “Be the leaders of tomorrow”.

Keynote speaker Kirstine Stewart inspired attendees with her explanation that when “We take risks, and we do them together” and by doing so, we can “Be the leaders of tomorrow”.

Youths Facing Charges after Crashing Stolen Vehicle On Sunday, April 22, at approximately 3 am, Steinbach RCMP observed a vehicle speeding within the City of Steinbach, running 2 stop signs and colliding with a tree on Wilson Street at Hespeler. Police investigated and now four youths will be facing charges of theft of the motor vehicle, possession of property obtained by crime,

operation of a motor vehicle while pursued by police, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. The RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance. Police had also located in a bushy area near the Steinbach Arena a red and white dirt bike that was stolen on the same morning.

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Niverville Songwriter Named Artist of the Year On April 16, Niverville songwriter Jordan St. Cyr was named as the winner of the first annual Christian International Talent Contest, CMUnited talent contest. CM United’s annual is a chance to get discovered and further a career as a Christian Music Artist. St. Cyr began his musical journey at the age of 14 writing poems and lyrics that longed to reveal the deeper things of life. St. Cyr’s current single “In My Lifetime” has garnered international attention, winning 1st place in the Nashville based Unsigned Only competition, judged by such artists as Bart Millard (Mercy Me), David Crowder (Crowder), and Aaron Schust. He was also named 2017 Nashville Rising Star winning songwriter and is currently touring across the US and Canada. The contest gives artists an opportunity to showcase their talent and compete online against other talented musicians instead of in a public venue similar to Canadian Idol. Founded in 2001, CMUnited is a free membership organization that networks Christian songwriters, worship leaders, artists and bands. CMUnited hosts international talent contests quarterly, and they also host the longest-running Chris-

Niverville’s Jordan St. Cyr has been named Artist of the Year.

tian song writing contest in existence. A few days later, the International Song writing Competition announced their 2017 winners in the most prestigious and respected song writing competition in the world. The event received more than 16,000 entries from 140 countries.

St. Adolphe Teen Wins Scholarship

Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagassé, presents Jazmin Boisclair with the prestigious Nellie McClung Trailblazer Scholarship. Supplied Photo

By Marianne Curtis A grade 12 student from St. Adolphe was one of five women presented with the prestigious Nellie McClung Trailblazer Scholarship. Dawson Trail MLA Bob Lagassé, MLA for Dawson Trail was pleased to personally congratulate Jazmin Boisclair of St. Adolphe for being awarded the prestigious Nellie McClung Trailblazer Scholarship. The Manitoba Government and the Nellie McClung Foundation award the Trailblazer Scholarships to female high school students considering careers in the fields of science, technology, engineer-

ing and math (STEM), business, or under-represented trades. “I am very proud that Jazmin’s accomplishments have been recognized with this scholarship,” said Lagassé. “She is an outstanding ambassador for our area and I know she will continue to achieve great success in her academic career and as a leader in the community.” Boisclair is one of five Grade 12 students from across Manitoba who was awarded a $1,000 scholarship based on their aptitude in an area of study that could lead to further education or careers in STEM, business, or under-represented trades. An additional five awards of $1,750 were granted to female students who are in their first year of post-secondary study.

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SITC Announces 10th Anniversary Concert Lineup By Marianne Curtis In preparation for the 10th anniversary celebrations of Summer in the City (SITC), organizers have pulled out all the stops with this year’s music lineup which is scheduled to take place June 15, 16 and 17. To the delight of country fans throughout the region, Canadian Country superstar Terry Clark is taking over the main stage on Friday night. The 3-time Juno Award winner and the 8-time CCMA Entertainer of the Year has also been crowned CCMA Female Vocalist of the year five times. She still holds the honour of being the only Canadian female artist to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. She has 13 Top Ten singles, with six number ones in Canada and US including “Better Things To Do,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” and “Northern Girl”. On Saturday, the main stage will feature classic rockers Juno Album of the Year winners Honeymoon Suite and Winnipeg-based Harlequin as co-headlining acts on the main stage Saturday night. The show will be starting earlier in the evening as well, to give concert goers an opportunity to enjoy both bands. Expect to hear Honeymoon Suite perform some of their classics, including “New Girl Now”, Country superstar Terri Clark is heading the SCU Main Stage Friday Night. and “Burning in Love”. In 1986 they won the Juno for Group of The Year. Winnipeg based Harlequin is still a staple of rock radio in Canada, where the band’s old and new hits receive remarkable amounts of airplay. With plenty of family activities including a midway, great meals at the food trucks and many vendors, visit the festival on Father’s Day for Worship in the City. The morning service will be led by Danny Plett & Project Worship with guest speaker Mark Hughes from Winnipeg-based Church of the Rock. The music lineup for Sunday’s Wor- Classic rock fans will be ship in the City is just as stellar with treated to a Toronto-based band Manic Drive double bill headlining the SCU Main Stage for a Saturday free evening concert at 6 pm. Comenight when dian Matt Falk and Christian pop/worWinnipeg’s ship band The Color will take to the Harlequin stage before Manic Drive closes the (right) and Ontario’s evening off. Honeymoon Suite (above) share the main stage for an extra long concert event.

On Sunday night a free main stage performance, including Manic Drive (left), Matt Falk (right) and The Color (below) will close out this year’s festival.

Tickets for Friday and Saturday main stage events are available to purchase May 1 at summerinthecity.ca.

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Nominations Open for Business Awards Steinbach’s business community is asking the public if you have experienced amazing customer service or if you know of a business that is always supporting fundraising efforts or community events and is there a young entrepreneur that you think will be a future leader in our community. Ben Dueck, Executive Director of the Steinbach Chamber is excited about the upcoming business awards. “It’s exciting to celebrate business in Steinbach, recognizing success and community involvement,” said Dueck. “Steinbach is a special place, and these awards acknowledge the role business plays in making this city unique.” Nomination forms are now available from the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The public is encouraged to submit nominations in five award categories including Business of the Year, Customer Service, Community Involvement, Future Leader and Non-Profit. Nominations will be accepted online at the Chamber website starting May 11. Nominations can also be submitted by filling out a nomination form at the Chamber Office. An independent selection committee, consisting of community members, carefully reviews and evaluates submissions. The public will be asked to go to the Chamber’s website between June 20 and July 18 to select the business they feel is most deserving of the Customer Service Award. The nominee with the highest number of unique public votes receives the award. “These business awards are meant to represent the thoughts of the community of Steinbach, so be sure to nominate a business for their excellence in one of the award categories,” said Dueck. The winners will be announced and awards presented at the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting held on September 25.

Pickup Stolen from Farm Property On April 9 Steinbach RCMP were apprised of a Break and Enter that occurred over night at the HyLife Farm situated on Hwy 302 and Road 24 North in the RM of La Broquerie. A Red Dodge Ram with Licence Plate EBP 107 was stolen from that location. Police are requesting any information regarding the break in, or the whereabouts of the truck. If you have any information regarding this incident 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).


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Ste. Anne Area Author Celebrates Release of Novels A Ste. Anne area author is celebrating the recent release of two novels, and the soon-to-be release of a third book in a four book series of young adult novels. A Nova Scotia native, Christine Frances settled in Ross for a few years before moving to Richer where she wrote her books. After a lot of research and hard work, her first book Taming of the Beast, was accepted for publication by Devine Destinies in January. “Finishing my novel was on my bucket list, which I fulfilled in 2016. I never dreamed of publishing my book, but my sister was adamant that I give it a shot,” Ste. Anne area author Chrisine Frances. Frances explained. “Though they are not a children’s book, I still read most of the book to my granddaughters.” The four book series is considered a mystery, paranormal romance for young adults that teaches readers to embrace their differences. “My book teaches you that no matter how different you are, you are still an amazing person who has so much to offer to society,” Frances explained. “It also teaches you that if a person is different from what you would consider as normal, take a chance and get to know them Taming of the Beast and Journey into the for who they are the inside. My Unknown are available on Amazon. second granddaughter is credited with naming the third book.” Taming of the Beast is the first book in a four book series titled Lord of His People. Taming of the Beast was released in June of 2017. The second book in the series called Journey to the Unknown was released in November 2017. This summer, the third book, Discovery of the Lion People is scheduled to be released. France’s books are currently available only in e-book format on the publishers’ website or Amazon. Paperbacks are expected to be released at a later date.

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Rescued Eagle on Its Way to Ile des Chenes Wildlife Haven in Ile des Chenes is receiving a new guest after locals and RCMP in Lynn Lake were able to rescue an injured Bald eagle. On Tuesday, April 25, the Lynn Lake RCMP received a report from a local resident that they had rescued the injured eagle from the slush on the lake and it was now inside their van. The officers arrived with a dog kennel and, with the use of snowmobile mitts, were able to transfer the eagle from the van to the kennel without further injuring it or the officers. The injuries suffered by the eagle are unknown at this time. Arrangements have been made for the eagle, now referred to as “Slushie” by the locals, to be transported to Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre RCMP in Lynn Lake were able to rescue an injured Bald eagle. for examination.

Basketball Manitoba Recognizes Local Hoop Stars By Marianne Curtis On April 14, several high school basketball players and two coaches from Lorette, Niverville, Vita and Ste. Anne were recognized by Basketball Manitoba. Each year, Basketball Manitoba proudly presents the All-Manitoba Teams, Players of the Year, Coaches of the Year, Special Recognition Awards and Coaching Service Awards to those who have excelled on the basketball court at the high school level this past season. This year’s winners include Keegan Beer, from Niverville Collegiate who was named AA Male Player of

the Year. The A Female Player of the Year honour was awarded to Megan Wiebe from Shevchenko School. As part of the event, top players from across the province are invited to play against each other in the AllManitoba games. Parker Davis from Niverville Collegiate, Coltin Penner, from Shevchenko School and Alex Dejong from Ste. Anne Collegiate was among the 10 A/AA/AAA Male team members. The only local female invited to join the competition in the A/AA/AAA Female All-Manitoba Team’s level was Hanna Hamm from Shevchenko School in Vita. Two coaches from the area were also recognized. Penny Hovorka-Al-

cock from Shevchenko School was named A Girls Coach of the Year and Richard Toews from Niverville Collegiate was named AA Boys Coach of the Year. As a result of the Basketball Manitoba Awards A, AA, AAA Girls All Star Game, Megan Wiebe from Shevchenko School and Cathlin Berndt from Niverville Collegiate were both named Home Run Sports Players of the Game. Izaiah MaplesStevens from Lorette Collegiate was named Home Run Sports Players of the Game at the end of the Basketball Manitoba Awards A, AA, AAA Boys All Star Game.

Funding Supports At-Risk Youth and Crime Prevention Program in Steinbach The Manitoba government is funding $50,000 in Steinbach to support Headway, a program that brings together social service agencies, police and community organizations to provide comprehensive supports for at-risk youth and their families. Headway focuses on at-risk youth aged 12 to 19 who live in the Hanover School Division, have complex challenges and are involved with multiple social service agencies. The program brings together

the youth, their families and their service providers once a month to identify the root causes of their issues and then develops a plan focused on long-term success, reducing negative behaviours and improving health and wellness. “This program is making a difference for young people and their families in Steinbach and the surrounding region,” said Kelvin Goertzen, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister. “Headway helps

ensure youth can access all of the existing services and supports that might benefit them, in a coordinated and compassionate way.” Headway has been in place since 2016 and also receives funding and in-kind support from the Hanover School Division, Manitoba Child and Family Services, the RM of Hanover, the RCMP, local businesses and clubs, and private donations. For more information about Headway, visit headwaysteinbach.ca.

Thieves Target Service Vehicle and Tools On April 22, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a theft that occurred overnight from a truck at Imperial Metal Industry in Blumenort. It was reported that unknown suspects smashed the head lights of a service vehicle and stole tools that were kept inside. The RCMP are requesting the assistance from the public with any information. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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Piney Career Symposium a Huge Success Locks Cut to Gain Access The Piney Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with the Ross L. Gray School in Sprague hosted their 1st annual career symposium on April 13. Chamber President Jonathon Prevost said the event “exceeded expectations” and are calling it a huge success for the students, staff and community. The inaugural event was held to give everyone an opportunity to network and showcase the business community within the RM of Piney. A total of eighteen different businesses and organizations set up tables in the Ross L. Gray School, giving students an opportunity to see what jobs or opportunities were available to them after graduation. Presentations were also open to the public. It was also an opportunity to find out what jobs were available locally, with the main opportunities in the area being business, horticulture, forestry and health care. There was a variety of speakers at the event, including representatives from Borderland School Division Apprenticeship Program, Access Credit Union

Between the April 8 and 10 at least two individuals cut the locks of the storage units at a storage compound in the RM of La Broquerie. Once inside the individuals rummaged though the units stealing belongings. The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information 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).

Local Business Directory Nicole Fontaine, Information Officer at World Trade Centre Winnipeg, was on hand to present their services, resources and the opportunity to discuss entrepreneurship with the grades 7 - 12 students and the community.

and Community Futures Triple R. Those considering opening their own business were treated to a special afternoon session with Nicole Fontaine of the World Trade Centre where she discussed the ins and outs of entrepreneurship and owning your own business.

Prevost noted that those in attendance left with a firm grasp of programs offered in the area, loan programs available to small business and entrepreneurship. The Piney Regional Chamber of Commerce is hoping to make this a yearly event for students and the community.

Cannabis Hot Topic at AMM Gathering Cannabis legislation remains a hot topic among municipal officials when the city leaders gathered in Brandon for the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) meeting in the middle of April. Starting April 11, almost 700 municipal officials gathered to discuss a number of items, including the 2018 Federal and Provincial budgets and policing costs. But one of the biggest issues continues to be the upcoming cannabis legalization and regulation. The AMM’s position is that municipalities should be closely consulted throughout the process, and tools and resources should be provided to help municipalities prepare prior to and following legalization.

AMM President Chris Goertzen said it is essential for the cities to work together on issues like cannabis legalization. “There are many questions around this issue, but what is certain are increased challenges and costs for municipalities,” he explained.””We look forward to working with the Province to address both.” The AMM also wants a fair revenuesharing model that respects municipal authority and recognizes rising policing costs. Late last year, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) advocated that one-third of cannabis excise tax revenues flow to municipalities. In response, the Federal government agreed to release half of its share to the provinces specifically to support municipal costs. The AMM has requested 33 per-

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

RCMP Investigate Break and Enter

Stolen Snowmobile

On April 11 Steinbach RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter on Wilson Street in Steinbach. Individuals cut the lock on an outdoor shed and took a lawn mower, summer tires, wagon and some copper wire. The incident happened over night and RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance with any information that will solve the crime.

On March 29 Steinbach RCMP received a report of a suspicious dark coloured GMC or Chevy truck in the area of High Point Lane. Shortly after midnight the truck was observed dragging a snowmobile off a property. Steinbach RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating those responsible.

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cent of the tax revenue to cover start up costs. Cannabis is expected to be legalized in Canada in July. So far out of 137 municipalities, 97 are in favour of retail stores setting up to sell pot, 18 have indicated no and 22 are undecided. There has been a variety of responses throughout the region. The RM of Stuartburn said, “No” while the municipalities of Hanover, La Broquerie and the City of Steinbach along with the Town of Ste. Anne made the undecided list. The AMM Cities Caucus was formed in 2013 and includes the City of Steinbach, along with Brandon, Dauphin, Flin Flon, Morden, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Thompson, Winkler and Winnipeg.

RCMP Need Assist in Finding Dirt Bikes Between April 27 and April 28 unknown individuals entered a private residence in the RM of La Broquerie. Once inside the garage, they stole 2 Husqvarna Dirt Bikes. One is a 2014 model and the other is a 2015 model. Both are white and yellow in color. Police are requesting any information regarding this break and enter and the whereabouts of these dirt bikes.


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Taekwondo a Family Affair

The Bernier family is a first in Taekwondo for Manitoba. Lionel Bernier (right) welcomes his 7 year old granddaughter, Rya Bernier, into the black belt level after she tested for her 1st Poom Black Belt. Lionel’s son Aaron completes the three generations involved in the sport. They train out of Spirit 1 Taekwondo Academy in Lorette.

ATV Accident Claims Kleefeld Woman The community of Kleefeld is mourning after the sudden loss of 21-year-old woman after a side-by-side accident that took place east of the community on April 21. According to RMCP, the crash occurred in a field just off Provincial Road 27 East

after 4 pm in the RM of Hanover, east of Kleefeld. When police arrived on scene the woman was suffering from life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital via STARS.

A twenty-year old female passenger did not sustain any injuries. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor and the driver was not wearing a seat belt or helmet. RCMP are continuing to investigate.

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Community Grant Program Addressing Women’s Priorities Community organizations are invited to apply for one of four grant programs geared towards funding community development projects and initiatives. The government is funding more than $20 million in community development programs for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Applications are now being accepted for the Community Places Program, Hometown Manitoba, Neighbourhoods Alive! and Partner 4 Growth. Projects that support women’s safety and reduce rates of violence against women, priority will be given to new applications focused on four additional areas. These include projects that enable and support women’s empowerment and support for women in vulnerable situations. Other priorities include economic development that aligns with regional strategies, key repair of high-priority community assets, initiatives concentrating on community, heritage, tourism and recreation facilities and projects and social innovation like support for social enterprises, projects that include a social return on investment (SROI) evaluation and projects that target measurable social outcomes. Successful applications must show how they will support planning, building and sustaining communities, and provide an overall positive benefit for their community. For the first time, the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) will be involved in the evaluation process for community development programs. AMM involvement will continue to align key priorities between provincial and municipal partners to ensure the community benefit is maximized at the local level. Chris Goertzen, President, AMM said that they are pleased to have an expanded role on the selection committee and look forward to evaluating what are sure to be very worthy applications to these programs. “Community development projects are essential to promoting economic development and sustainability in our local communities, our regions, and our entire province,” said Goertzen. Application deadline is May 28. For more information, or to submit an application, visit gov.mb.ca/mr/bldgcomm/intake.


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Honour and Glory with Sweet Savour When a person becomes a true Christian, their natural desire is to please God, or be pleasing to Him. II Corinthians 2:15 says, “For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ…” How does a Christian get to this point? First, let’s look at what “savour” means. It is similar to the word “flavour” meaning something that is pleasing, acceptable or agreeable. Savour is mentioned over 60 times in the Bible and most occurrences use the term “sweet savour.” We can be a “sweet savour” to God or a “stinking savour” to God (only mentioned one time in the Bible). This principle is more easily understood when we look at the food we eat. Most of our food is very bland and has little “savour”, so we add things to spice it up to make it pleasing or acceptable to our taste. We may add a bay leaf, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, etc. Not everybody has the same taste preference so we would each have our food prepared differently. If Christians are compared to the food we eat, and God is like the people who enjoy the food, then our desire as Christians should be to be savoury to God (be pleasing, acceptable and agreeable). But, just like food that can’t savour itself, neither can we as Christians. The cook prepares the food just the way he wants it. Likewise God has a plan for each individual Christian and His desire is to savour him/her according to God’s will. Then we become a sweet savour of Christ to God. We then remind Him of His Son, Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul had the right idea in I Corinthians 9:22, “To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men.” Paul let God flavour (savour) him whatever way God wanted so he could reach all different kinds of people. If you want to impress someone, you cook a meal for them, exactly how they like it. Now you have someone on your side. Likewise when God wants to reach someone for Himself, He chooses His savoury servant, who is specially prepared for the occasion and brings the two together. In the book of Esther, God brought Esther, His savoury servant into contact with King Ahaseurus. This got the king to change his mind and instead of killing all the Jews, he had their lives spared and even blessed them. Our desire ought to be to let God savour us to be the vessel of His choice to do whatever He wants. This is the only way we can be pleasing and acceptable to God. He is pleased and we get blessed for being submissive and obedient to Him. God bless you as He makes you a “sweet savour” for His honour and glory and pleasure.

I met a Death Doula! Last November, I met a Death Doula. His name is Gerald Fournier. Yes, I said “Death Doula”… so what is a Death Doula? You may have heard about a Birth Doula; a Birth Coach, someone that works with the expectant mother and supports her and the family before birth, during birth, and after birth. A Death Doula provides similar support to the family, works with the dying individual and their family, before death, during death and after death. This new but important professional supports end of life care. They work in concert with the health care professionals that provide the physical care to the dying person. The Death Doula helps more on the spiritual side, the emotional side, the

mental side, the holistic family side. They provide support in many ways depending on the needs of the dying person and their family to help create legacy projects, help with reconciliation, plan vigils for the dying, advocate for the dying person and their family, ensure documents are in place such as Wills, Power of Attorney, and Health Care Directives; help clarify roles before and after death. A Death Doula walks along-side the family providing support, helping them access resources they may not be aware of and provide services that may not be available from our current health care professionals including palliative care. They spend a lot of time with the dying person and their family getting to know them, creating relation-

ships, and helping them to prepare for death ensuring they know what to expect and ensuring the surviving family members have as much closure as they need before, during, and after the death. They assist with the transition from life to death, for the entire family. Why do we need a Death Doula? Our culture has changed over the years, over the past 100+ years. Death has been removed from the family home and has been institutionalized and sanitized. We have removed the preparation of death. We no longer experience what someone goes through when they die. We no longer witness an older family member dying at home. I think it’s time we brought dying back to the living. We need to experience someone else’s dying so we know what to

expect when it is our turn. Or when someone close to us dies. I wish I had a Death Doula in my life when my father was dying. It may have opened up some communication and helped me create my parents’ legacy while my father was still alive instead of me trying to do it on my own now for the past few years. I think my father had a good death, but if I had a Death Doula involved I would have the comfort of knowing that yes, he did have a good death. As my father was dying in a personal care home in Winnipeg, I was called in one Saturday because “he had become unresponsive”. When I arrived, I was told they wanted to call an ambulance… I was completely against it. He doesn’t need to go to a hospital. He needs to be

made as comfortable as possible while he dies naturally. They administered morphine for comfort care. These health care professionals didn’t seem to know how to help my father or his family experience a peaceful, natural death. He died the next morning. This was November 2014. He was 94. Unfortunately, I don’t think my experience would have been much different today. We don’t seem to have time for dying. No time to look after the dying. We are not comfortable around those who are dying. We don’t know what to say or what to ask. A Death Doula helps us with that. I’m not implying our current health professionals are not competent. I

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Why Do We Fear Death?

I Met a Death Doula! continued... believe they have been trained to focus on treating the illness and keeping people alive as long as possible. And they don’t have the time to spend with families to answer questions they haven’t even thought of; about what to expect in the upcoming months, weeks, or just days. Coaches and Financial Advisors like me are trained to give you answers to questions you don’t even know you have. Same for Death Doulas. They are death coaches; they help answer questions you don’t even know you have. A Death Doula helps us experience a comfortable death; a quality death. One that everyone can be comfortable

with. Have peace with. And be happy with. And have no regrets. Mr Fournier explained, “We live in a death phobic culture, which creates poverty; a poverty of literacy around dying and grieving. In the North American culture, we find ourselves well protected from being obliged to know all there is to know about dying, about dying well. Most often we are afraid of the dying experience; we don’t want to know what the dying go through, what we as survivors will go through,” explains Gerald. “We don’t need grief counsellors,” says Gerald. “We need grief educators. We need to be taught alternative way of grieving and mourning our dying and dead loved ones.” A Death Doula provides support

to move the dying and their family to experience a peaceful and enhanced dying experience, to “die well”. We need to relearn about death and dying, that death is a part of living. I encourage you to find out more about what a Death Doula does. If you think you need one in your lives right now, please contact Gerald Fournier now by email, fourng241@gmail.com or phone at 204-803-0182. Our Death Cafes will be starting up again in July. If you would like to be on our contact list, please call our office! Anni Markmann is a Personal Income Tax Professional and Certified Financial Planner; living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact us at 204-422-6631 or 36 Dawson Road in Ste Anne (near Co-op) or Info@SteAnneTaxService.ca.

1 Corinthians 15:51-58… 51) Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed 52) in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed 53) For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54) When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory. “ 55) “Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death is your sting? “ 56) The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57) But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58) Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (NIV) Seldom do I write to you folks about death. We always want to stay on the living side of things and not think too much about the dying side of things. But perhaps I should. The reason I say that, is because you and I often sit back and in silence wonder what is out there, what will happen when we die? One moment we are here, and the next moment we are in eternity. Thoughts like that can send shivers up our spine; even frighten us if we do not know the answer for one of life’s most perplexing mysteries. But really it should not frighten us. Oh! I could tell you that I am so righteous and holy that for me there is no fear of death; that would be stretching the truth just a little. No sensible person dies without some form of uncertainty, some form of doubt that grabs our attention. What we need at this moment is some form of assurance from a higher power to calm our heart and soul, for the Bible does just that. The Scriptures tell us that Adam, the earthly man, and all his descendants, “That is you and I,” receive natural, earthly bodies. Christ, however, the man from heaven who came in a human body received a glorified, spiritual body following His resurrection. In the same way, our earthly bodies which now die, and decay are different from the bodies we shall have when we come back to life again for they will never again become sick and die; but they will be full of glory and strength. Our human bodies at death are weak and tired, but when they will come back to life they will be superhuman bodies. The Bible teaches that an earthly body made of flesh and blood cannot get into God’s heaven. These perishable bodies of ours are not made of the right stuff; they are not the right kind to live forever. But at the resurrection, we shall all be given new bodies! It will happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trumpet shall sound. For there will be a blast from this trumpet so loud that all the Christians who have died will hear… all who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour before they passed away will suddenly become alive with new bodies. Bodies that will never again get sick and old, bodies that will never again feel pain, bodies that will never again die; but listen, there is more. If you are still alive when this happens, your bodies will undergo the same change and it will happen faster then you can blink your eye. Why do we fear death? Perhaps it comes from the fear of the unknown. But maybe it comes from the sense of sin. If we do not have the assurance of salvation in our heart, if we have never sought Christ’s forgiveness, then there will be this sense of sin that makes us fear meeting a Holy God. So long as we see in God only judgment, there will be no hope for us. But that is precisely what Jesus came to abolish. He came to tell us that God is love that we can go to him, not as a judge, but to a Father who waits for us to come home. Because of that, Jesus gave us the victory over death: Christ displaced the fear of death by demonstrating to us the wonder of God’s love. To God Be the Glory Great Things He Has Done. Would you pray this prayer with me, “Lord Jesus, come into my heart? Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have the peace in my heart that I yearn for. I really want that Peace, joy and happiness that will fulfill my heart’s desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honor Your Name.” Amen.


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C ommunity E vents Dugald Mixed Doubles Curling League - On Tuesday Nights at 9:15 pm or Sundays at 1 pm at the Springfield Curling Club. Format will be regular Canadian Guidelines. Cost $130 per person for a minimum 20 eight end games. Contact Cam Magura at 204-771-0029, ckmagura@gmail.com. Prairie Voices Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Springfield Library. Falcon Lake Alcoholics Anonymous - Whiteshell group meets every Wednesday and Saturday at 8 pm in All People’s Church, Falcon Lake. Come and meet with us or call 204-349-2374. We can help. Grunthal Spring Rodeo – Begins Friday, May 25 – Sunday, May 27. Starts at 6:30 pm, Hanover Ag Exhibition Park. The Heartland Rodeo will entertain the public. The Rough Stock School is a 3-day event of in-class and practical training in bull & steer riding and bull fighting and the Gymkhana is a great warm up event to the weekend. Children’s activities, canteen and beer gardens all weekend as well as a dance on Saturday evening under the white tent. Cost $12. Hadashville Circuit 30 - Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Rec Centre .Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost $2/class. Contact Wendy 204-348-2433. Tae Kwon Do - Every Wednesday at 6 pm at the Hadashville Community Club (Reynolds Recreational Centre) from 6 years old to adults. Pursue a black belt or learn new skills, great stress release and have an excellent workout at the same time. Cost after registration fee is $40/month per person. Ask about 2 week free trial. Contact Shelly at 204-426-5266 or KSTA. academy@gmail.com. Ile-des-Chênes Wildlife Haven Annual Open House Fundraiser - On Sunday, May 6 from 12 – 4 pm at the TransCanada Centre. Admission $10 adults, kids 12 and under free. Raffles, bake sale, light refreshments, guest speakers, and guided tours. Call 204878-3740 or email info@wildlifehaven.ca for info. IDC Seniors Group – All Activities at the Trans Canada Centre Seniors Lunch – On Wednesday, May 11 doors open at 11:30 am. Cost$10 per person, entertainment provided by Mr. Ken Magic, the Magician. Guest Speaker, The Kidney Association of Manitoba – On Friday May 11 at 1 pm. Free Programs: Indoor walking - Mondays & Wednesdays from 9 – 10 am. Yoga - Mondays from 10 – 11 am. Pickleball - Wednesdays and Sundays from 1 -3 pm. Water Colors - Thursdays from 9 – 11 am. Block Therapy - Fridays from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Taekwondo – On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Ecole Ile Des Chene School. Cost $40/month, family rates available. Contact Kangs.mb.ca, Master Bill Tam 204296-8217. Story Time in Pyjamas - Every Thursday evening at the Ritchot Library Ecole Regional Gabrielle-Roy at 6:30 pm. Ages 2-8 however all ages are welcome. Our Lady of the Roses Prayer Group – Meets on the first Saturday of every month, at 6:30 pm to recite the Rosary and learn about Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers and receive Blessed Rose Petals and other Sacramentals from Blessed Mother’s place of miracles. Contact Corinna 204878-4908 or email her at corinnaswetz@hotmail.com for more info and register. LDN Auto and Salon 421 Community Event, May 12th from 10 am – 4 pm. LDN Auto Service will be hosting its second annual free bicycle tune-up and barbecue event. Bring your bicycle by and pick up a free kids ticket to Red River Co-op Speedway. Salon 421’s SST Spring Savings and Pay It Forward Event. Free make up and hair consults all day long, no appointments needed. Come learn how to achieve any style or look you’ve been thinking about. Help make another less fortunate woman’s day brighter by bringing in those hairstyling products that you are no longer using, we will donate them to Osborne House Women’s Shelter, and give you 15% off any hair product purchase that day. Massive savings on all SST Cosmetics. Kleefeld Annual Community Garage Sales – On Saturday, May 19 starting at 9 am rain or shine. Community Playgroup - For parents, caregivers and children up to age 5. Activities include time for playing, stories, songs and snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Kleefeld Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 204-377-5013. La Broquerie Seine River Services for Seniors- Health Centre/Centre de Santé from Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm. Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Contact Community Resource Coordinator Juliette Rowan, 204-424-5285 or labseinerss@gmail.com.

Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Lorette Quality Palliative Care and the Sanctity of Human Life – On Friday, May 11 join us at the Notre Dame de Lorette church for a prayer and solidarity with a Mass at 9 am and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will follow; Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 pm with Adoration to 8:45 pm at which time Benediction will take place. Contact the NDL parish office at 204-878-2221 or Mae at 204-878-3265. Join us in person or in prayer. Seniors Group Lunch Program - Lunch available every Tuesday and Friday. Please reserve your meal one day prior before 6 pm by calling 204-878-2682 and leave message. Lego Club – On Wednesday, May 30 and Thursday, May 31 from 6:30 -7:30 pm at the Bibliothèque Taché Library, 1082 Dawson Rd. Join us to build, create & explore! Drop-in, no registration required. Game Night – First Wednesday, of the month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Tache Library, 1082 Dawson Rd for ages 13 and up. Join us for monthly board game nights, cards, chess, Crib, Settlers of Catan and many more! Feel free to bring your own. Junior Youth – Every Wednesday from 7 - 8:45 pm at Seine River Church, 1464 Dawson Rd (east of rink) for ages 9 - 12. Free. No registration required. Non-denominational. Contact lorettejryouth@gmail.com, 204-260-9304. Chase the Ace Lottery – On Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm., draw at 8:45 pm at Dawson Trail Motor Inn Bar. Come, support this very much needed complex, at the same time have the chance to chose the Ace of Spade, and win the grand prize jackpot. Hosted by the Community Complex Fundraising Committee. New Horizons Seniors - Play cards, Scrabble and more. Drop in Tuesdays 1 - 5 pm at Foyer Notre Dame Lorette, 12 St. Amant Ave. Contact Iris 204-878-3552. Mitchell Peace River Gospel Church Soup & Pie Fundraiser – On Friday, May 11 from 5 - 7 pm at the Senior Community Centre, 130 Ash St. Everyone welcome. Enjoy delicious homemade soups, pies; music, live auction, silent auction. Cost donation for church building fund. Niverville Niverville’s Wetlands an Evening in Honour of G. Jim Buys - On Sunday, June 3 at Niverville Heritage Centre, 100B Heritage Trail celebrating 33 years of service with the Town of Niverville. Tickets are $50 each and will be on sale until May 16. Contact feedback@whereyoubelong.ca or call 204388-4600. Proceeds to support an educational viewing area for the Wetlands. Calling All Women Interested in Hiking - Enjoy the outdoors for health & fun in Hespeler Park. Looking for a lady’s hiking group in Niverville? Join us in our Park on weekdays and Saturdays. Also evening hours. No advanced experience and no expensive hiking outfit required. Free! Contact Doreen 204 - 557- 8310, leave a voice mail or dorien@uniserve.com. GriefShare - If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one we wish to help, you get support and learn about the grieving process. Contact 204-381-1155 to register or go to Nivervillegriefshare.com. Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62-4th Avenue S.) Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com. Paradise Village Paradise Squares Dance Club - On Tuesdays from 7 – 9:30 pm at the Paradise Village Rec. Hall. Modern Square Dancing is fun and a great social activity. Couples and singles are welcome. Contact Larry 204-422-5424. Pinawa Whiteshell Toastmasters – On Tuesdays at 11:30 am at Whiteshell Laboratories, 1 Ara Mooradian Way. Sign in required. Prawda Circuit 30 - Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost $2/class, Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Reynolds School Gym. Contact Wendy 204-348-2433. Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am at the Reynolds School Gym. Free to parents and children. Snacks provided. Contact Cassie 204-793-8290. Richer Local Métis Federation – On Saturday, May 5 from 11 am – 3 pm at the Young at Heart Hall. Local Métis Federation and Regional MMF office will host and process Citizenship, Harvester, card replacement or card renewal. Cost $10. All children must obtain their own membership card. Also processing, Métis Conservation Trust Fund stickers and Big Game Tag. Cost $25.

Each Harvester must return used and unused past year’s tags, bring their harvester card with them and complete a questionnaire once at the hall concerning Big game hunt. Cash only accepted at this hosted event. Contac visit the MMF website for needed documents, mmf.mb.ca.doc.

Fitness Program – Until May 31 every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday includes cardio, muscle and yoga inspired classes all designed especially for everyone 50+ at 457 Main St. Cost: 10 classes for $40 and receive 1 extra class free, 5 classes for $20 or $5 drop in fee.

District Schools Heritage Association Dinner Fundraiser – On Saturday, May 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Frantz Inn. Annual fundraising dinner, silent auction, 50/50 draw. $22 per person. All are welcome. Contact Helen Feniuk at hfeniuk@ hotmail.com or at 204-453-4041 for tickets/further info.

Craft and Bake Sale Fundraiser – On Saturday, May 12 from 10 am - 3 pm at the Richer Young at Heart Community Centre. Just in time for Mother’s Day! Fundraiser in support of Helping Hooves Manitoba a Non - Profit Charitable organization that supports breast cancer patients with out of the pocket expenses such as gas money for appointments, daycare and wig costs not covered by the province! Come out and support our cause.

St. Malo Métis Local - Attention Métis hunters & fishermen the annual Harvesters, Membership/Citizenship drive will be on Wednesday, May 16 starting at 4:30 pm at St Malo EPIC, 112 St Malo Street. Cost for stickers $25 for membership, $10 citizenship, $10 each for harvesters. If you need stickers make sure you bring your harvester’s card. MMF mobile will be there. For more information call Edith 204-347-5435.

Celebrate the Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary – On Tuesday, May 8 at Clearspring Centre from 4:30 – 7:30 pm celebrating 80 years of community service in the health field. There will be a short program at 6 pm. With the folding of our organization we also want to celebrate the continuing of the Book Faire by ROC Eastman, We invite all customers, donors, volunteers and the public to enjoy the refreshments and find out more about ROC and learn about the legacy of the Auxiliary.

Richer Community Club Chase the Ace! - Every Saturday at the Richer Inn from 5:30 - 7:45 pm. Tickets only $1 each. Jackpot is growing! Door prizes on random Saturdays ranging from glassware to Jets tickets and jerseys! Bud, Spud and Steak Special and more! Check out and like Richer Community Club Facebook page for updates. LGA License #1392RF.

Chase the Ace – Every Wednesday, at the St. Malo Hotel, hosted by the Fire Department and the St. Malo Arena. Purchase tickets from 7 - 10 pm, draws take place at 10:15 pm. $2/Ticket. License#: LGA 3748-RF-26461. The fire department is raising money for their Wildfire Program. The arena is raising funds for a new Zamboni. So please come out for your chance to win and support these organizations that are an important part of this great community of ours.

Manitoba Day – On Saturday, May 12 from 9 am - 5 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Village for a Manitoba Day celebration and ceremony. For further information visit mhv.ca.

Adult & Teen Challenge Concerned Persons Support Group Join us Thursday evenings at 7 pm, in the Richer Fellowship Church, 50 Southeast Drive. If you have a relationship with someone who has a life-controlling problem, join us for this nine-week Living Free course. Receive encouragement and support in a safe setting, and learn practical ways to best help your loved one. Contact Pastor Ben Funk at 204-326-2254 or phone the church at 204-422-5308. Richer Recovery AA - Group meets Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at LUD Hall in Richer. Contact Paul at 204-422-7673. Monday Night Bingos - To raise funds for Stacey Pchajek Memorial Foundation Inc. The foundation provides scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students graduating grades 8 and 12. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult to be on premises and must play bingo. Doors Open at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart Club, 22 Dawson Rd. MGCC License # BI/BO4164. Contact Doreen Pchajek at 422-5243 or doreen@spmf.ca. Sarto Ukrainian Dance Club – On Mondays from 7 - 8 pm at the Sarto Hall. Join the Sarto Polevnyi Ukrainian Dance Club for the season! You do not need to be Ukrainian to dance! Boys & girls, ages 3 to adult, no prior experience required! Cost starts at $150/year. Sprague Spring Fundraiser - On Saturday, May 12 at the Evergreen Senior’s Centre in Sprague from 10 am to 1:30 pm. There will be a bowl of chili, hotdogs and drinks for purchase, a silent auction, 50/50 draw, bake sale and a raffle (1st prize-BBQ, 2nd prize 10 pc Copperware Cook Set, 3rd prize garden tools). Contact Georgina 204-437-4606 or Darlene 204-437-3238 for information or to purchase tickets. Sprague & District Historical Museum - Open by appointment from June – September 30. Explore life as it was in the early days. Free Admission. Donations Accepted. Contact 204-4372210, 204-437-2209 or 204-437-4686. St. Adolphe AGM – On Thursday, May 10 at 7 pm, Ritchot Senior Services 457 Main St. come by to hear what we have been up to this past year and share your suggestions as to what you would like to see happening in the future. Old Tyme Dance – On Saturday May 12 from 7 – 11 pm at the Pioneer Hall. Cost $15 includes lunch, Music by Country Plus. Contact to reserve tickets Rae 204 883-2440 or Denise 204 883-2429. BINGO – On Wednesday, May 16 from 1 -3 pm at Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main St. Join us for an afternoon of fun and games. Bring your lucky charm, fun prizes to be won, laughs guaranteed. Please call ahead to reserve a seat. Perennial share – On Tuesday, May 22 pm at Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main St. Share your plants, dig out a little bit of this a little bit of that and bring it by, see what others have brought and take something new to your own garden. Spring Fundraiser – On Saturday June 2 from 10 am -2 pm at Ritchot Senior Services 457 Main St., our 5th annual spring fundraiser Jour de Plaisir - a Day of Fun with silent auction, bake sale, BBQ lunch, and outdoor games. Monthly Mood Disorders Meeting – On Thursdays at 2:30 pm at Ritchot Senior Services 457 Main St. Topics includes depression, bipolar, recovery, shame, resilience, mindfulness, meditation, coping and self-soothing skills, interrelationship skills, seniors’ issues, distress tolerance and peer to peer support. Everyone is welcome. Lunch Program & Bingo – Every Thursday at the Le Club Amical, 344 Main St. Call ahead for take-out or eat in. Cost $8. Contact 204- 883-2491. Pickleball - Thursday evenings from 6 -8 pm at St. Adolphe School, 444 la seine street. C.H.I.L.D program – On Wednesdays from 9:30 - 10:30 am at Ecole St. Adolphe School. Children’s introduction to learning and development. Contact sas@srsd.ca or 204-883-2182.

Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba - On the last Monday each month at 7 pm in the Chalet Malouin Activity Room. For persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns; individual and support groups. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. St. Pierre-Jolys Stay and Play Group – Every Monday from 9:30 – 11:30 am at YFC Cinema. Snacks, coffee served, + childcare available. The Knights of Columbus - The St-Pierre Carillon Council – On the first Thursday of the month at 482 Jolys Ave. W. Contact 204-433-7633. Ste. Agathe Zumba – On Wednesdays until May 23 from 7 – 8 pm at the school gym. Cost $60 for the full session (8 classes) or $10 drop in fee with Janice Jablonski, certified Zumba Fitness Instructor. Contact 204-712-6265. Seniors Group Card Games – On Tuesdays from 1:30 - 4:30 pm at the Community Centre, 183 Pembina Trail. Cost Membership $10 a year. Bring a friend Day. Call 204-882-2180. Taekwondo - Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15 - 7:30 pm at Ecole Sainte Agathe hosted by Kang’s Taekwondo Academy. Cost $40/month. Family rates available. Contact Jason Barnabe, jason.barnabe@gmail.com or 204-802-3458. Ste. Anne Creation Ministries - On Saturday, May 5 starting at 2 pm, Club Jovial 157 Centrale Ave with Richard Fangrad. Doors open at 1 pm. Genesis and the origins issue at 3:30 pm, Noah’s Flood including questions about the Ark, the flood, fossils, rock layers, the origin of nations and language and more, Supper at 4:30 pm, Biology and the Bible: Question and Answer Forum at 6 pm. Resources available for purchase. Free will offering. Junior High Students to adults will find this easy to understand. Contact 204-371-6657 or creation ministries.com. Need Help Dealing with Abuse of Any form - On Wednesday, May 9 from 10 am to the evening hosted by Ste. Anne Agape Ministries. Attend the talk with Joanne Langford from Bolivia at 47 Centrale Ave, to share her insights on this subject. Space limited please reserve your seat. Contact Lucille 204-371-6657. AGM Seine River Services for Seniors – On Tuesday, May 15 at Le Club Jovial, 157 Centrale Ave. Doors open at 11:30 am. Everyone welcome. To register contact Juliette Rowan at 204424-5285 before Monday, May 7. Ste Anne Hospital Health Walk – Saturday, June 2 at 10:30, Ste Anne Hospital. Fun for the entire family! Prizes, Games, Music, Face Painting, 4 km walk, Teddy Health Clinic bring your favorite stuffed animal and more. Cost Free. Get your registration and pledge forms on our web site.fondhopitalsteanne.ca. Participants enjoy a free BBQ. Seine River Services for Seniors – Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Contact Juliette Rowan at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or e-mail labseinerss@gmail.com. Ste. Geneviève Library Night – On 2nd Tuesday every month, at the Community Centre from 6:30 - 8 pm. Large selection of books in both French and English, for children and adults. Special requests can be made to the librarian, e-mail btl@srsd.ca or 204-878-9488 or in person. Come for a visit and see what we are all about. Steinbach MS Support Meeting – On Thursday, May 3 from 11:30 am 1:30 pm. Join us at our monthly Lunch and Learn. For location and additional information, contact Ada Jane at 204-9439595 ext 4904 or adajane.Okonkwo@mssociety.ca.

Annual Stone Bridge Community Garage Sale – On Saturday, May 12 from 9 am - 6:30 pm at Stone Bridge Community. Find something you never knew you wanted at all the garage sales on the east end of Stone Bridge Crossing, including Coral Cove Granite Park Boulevard and Castlerock Cove. Steinbach & Area Garden Club - On Monday, May 14 at 7 pm, at the Mennonite Heritage Village. “What’s New in the Greenhouse?” with Erna Wiebe, Oakridge Greenhouse and Garden Centre. Find out which annuals, perennials and vegetables are being offered this spring. Plus - member perennial plant exchange. Everyone welcome. Door prizes. Refreshments. $5 for non-members. Contact sagardenclub.com for more info. Owning Your Financial Future: Managing Debt and Making Credit Work for You – On Tuesday, May 15 from 7 - 8 pm at the Jake Epp Library, Multi-Purpose Room. A financial literacy seminar taught by CPA Rene Ritchot. The topic of the seminar will be This Free. There is a sign up as there is limited space. Sign up in-person, by phone or email to Jake Epp Library. Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser – On Thursday, May 17 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Legion Community Hall. Cost $5 for spaghetti with meat sauce or tomato sauce with garlic bread and beverages. Cribbage Night – On Friday, May 25 at 7 pm, Legion Community Hall. Come join us in an evening if fun and games! Cost $5. Classic Movie Night at the Library – On Friday, May 25 from 7 – 9 pm at the Jake Epp Library. Join us for a film based on a classic book! Free admission and popcorn. Showing “Jane Eyre” starring Mia Wasikowska (rated PG). All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Pancake Breakfast – On Saturday, May 26 from 8:30 - 11:30 am at the Legion Community Hall. Cost $5 for pancakes, sausage, bacon and beverages! Hope to see you all there! Teddy Bear Fun Day – On Saturday, June 2 from 12 - 3 pm at the E.A. Friesen Park. Cost Free. Breast Feeding Group – On Fridays at 10:30 am at the Steinbach Family Resource Centre for a support group, current info and a variety of presentations. Contact 204-346-0413. Toddler & Me Story Hour - Classes offered three times a year for a 10-week session in Fall and Winter and a 5-week session in Spring. Classes are free. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, literacy and parenting tips, crafts and snack for parents and their children ages 1-3. Advanced In-person registration is required. Limited space available. Drop In Book Club – 2nd Tuesday every month at 7 pm in the Jake Epp Library. We’ll post the book for discussion that month and if you’d like to join us please stop by. If you want to start your own book club instead, you can always take advantage of our Book Club collections. No sign up required. Just read the book and come hang out. Knit-Wits Drop-In Club for Adults - Every 4th Monday of the month, from 6 – 9 pm at the Jake Epp Library. This is for anyone interested in fibre handcrafts such as knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, needlepoint etc. This is not a class but a casual knitting circle for all skill levels. Please bring your own items/supplies. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) – On Wednesdays, from 8:45 - 10:30 am at the Royal Canadian Legion. Cost $2/ week. A weight control support group that helps take off pounds sensibly and keep off pounds sensibly. Contact BettyLou Toews at 326-6397. Eastman Immigrant Services - Many events and activities to support and help you make new friends. Volunteer to help at our community events. Every Day English All Levels - Every Wednesday 1 – 3 pm. Reading & Writing – All Levels on Monday and Wednesday from 10 am – 12 pm. Pronunciation All Levels - On Monday and Wednesday from 7 – 9 pm at D4-284 Reimer Ave. Classes are free. Southeast Entry Program Online: Learn about Health Care, Employment and Laws. To register for this 4-week online program, contact Josie@eastmanis.com, 204-346-6609 or email lois@eastmanis.com. Eastman Safety Upcoming Programs - Located at 385 Loewen Blvd. Register online at eastmansafety.ca or contact 1-204371-1595.

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Royal Canadian Legion - On 1st Tuesday every month until June at 8 pm and Ladies Auxiliary meets 1st Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Steinbach Legion Community Hall, 294 Lumber Ave. Steinbach Girl Guides - Every Tuesday at the United Church of Steinbach, 541 Main St. Registration for girls 5-17. Develop personal values and well-being, self-respect and respect for others; promote fun, friendship, adventure and challenges through new experiences; develop leadership and decision-making skills; give service to the community; value the natural environment. The Steinbach Rotary Club - meets every Monday at noon except when Monday falls on a long weekend at the Chicken Chef, 365 Main Street, visitors are welcome. Contact Cornie at 326-3155. Mental Health Information and Support sessions - for family and friends of people with mental health issues are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Eden East building, 21 Loewen Blvd. Contact Kim at 3710824 or email eastmanmss@mts.net Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba individual and support groups - Meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 1:30 – 3 pm at The Eden East Office, 21 Loewen Blvd For persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. Steinbach and Area Lions Club - Meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Helping Hands. Contact Henry 204-392-7750 if you are interested in attending or joining. Carillon Toastmasters - Meetings open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Thursdays at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library 255 Elmdale St. Contact Sheryl at 204-326-7628 or Irene at 204-424-5737. Al-Anon Program – Meets on Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Cultural Arts Centre back door, downstairs. Contact Lloyd 204-326-4365. Al-Anon 12 Step Recovery Group - Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at United Church, 541 Main St, front door, ring doorbell. All are welcome. Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support group starts at 4:30 pm at Steinbach Family Resource Centre B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 204-346-0413. Tolstoi Chili Supper and Live Auction Fundraiser - On Friday, May 4 at 6:30 pm at the Hall. Doors open 5:30 p.m. with cash bar. Ticket $12. Contact Blaine 204-425-3547 or Susan 204-296-0629. Proceeds to Sundown Ukrainian Orthodox Heritage Church. Whiteshell Star Gazing – On Saturday, May 19 from 9 – 10:30 pm at the Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary. Join our guest speakers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada as we gaze at the stars and hear stories from the astronomers, while looking through their high-powered telescopes. Join us afterwards inside the Visitor Centre for hot chocolate. In case of cloudy skies, program will be rescheduled for Sunday, May 20 Contact office 204-369-3157 or ParkInterpretation@gov.mb.ca. Woodridge The Mobile Clinic – Is onsite on the third Thursday of every month from 9 am – 4 pm at the Community Club. Contact for appointments 1-855-644-3515 or southernhealth.ca. General Free Monthly Bus Trips to the Casinos of Winnipeg- On Tuesday, June 12. Join us for a fun filled day. Tour from 8:30 am - 7:15 pm. Begins at 8:30 am, pick-ups in Steinbach, Ste. Anne and Paradise Village. Must be 18 years of age or older. Prizes and cash giveaways every trip. Bingo played on the bus. Contact Marilyn at 204-326-4939 for information and reserve a seat.

Email your community events to us at editor@dawsontrail.ca for inclusion each month!


Hello Spring! Are You There?

Creativi-Tea Time Adult Colouring Group - Twice monthly on the 2nd Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:30 pm and on the 2nd Friday from 1 - 3 pm at the Jake Epp Library. Cost Free. Join us for a time of relaxation, tea and colouring. Tea and supplies are provided but you are welcome to bring your own! Games Day & Games Night – Every 1st Saturday of the month from 12 – 5 pm and the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6 – 8:30 pm, at the Jake Epp Library. Come down to play strategy games. Bring a friend, your strategies and games. Test your skills and have fun. Ages 14 and up unless accompanied by an adult. Contact 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com.

May 2018

As I stand at my window, I look near and I look far and yet there is no snow to be seen. Oh glorious day! The weather has turned warmer, the grass (if you look close enough) has some green showing and there are about a million little birds on my driveway. I’m not sure what all those birds can be finding on that hard patch of earth but if I’d guess and would say ants. About a week before, these cute, little feather-balls invaded, I had seen a whole army of ants trying to build an anthill on the driveway. Perhaps the ants

decided to throw a house (anthill) warming party and someone invited the birds without thinking it through completely. Either way, I like watching these little tweeters hopping to and fro, pecking at whatever catches their fancy. Another sign that winter has been chased away is that my children are wanting to go and spend time outside. Much like black bears that have been slumbering the cold months away, they slowly emerge from their hibernation and head outside to stretch their limbs. It is often just after their emergence that I hear the words, “Daddy, can you get our bikes out?” Of course I can! To see my little ones ripping up and down our driveway is one of those great sights that, as a Daddy, I get to see. Inevitably, my

oldest son will begin to build a ramp consisting of a few bricks and a board and then I get the joy of watching them jump their bikes off the edge of the ramp while my wife cringes inside herself. Thankfully, they haven’t built anything too crazy, yet... One sign that spring is nearly here is specific to my home. It starts by me getting up and walking from one room to another. Behind me will come the sound of little claws as they tap on the floor at my heels. As I go back into the previous room the tapping at my heels will follow. It seems that our little dog, a PoodlePomeranian mix, is under the impression that if either my wife or I move then it must be to heed to her constant wish to be going through the door to the outside. Now it’s not that

we keep her inside constantly, she spends plenty of time outside but the issue is that she has a short coat of fur. When she goes outside to answer nature’s call, to sniff noses with our cat or to just go out and bark at what she thinks she should be barking at, she gets cold quite quickly and wants to be let back inside. A few moments later, she has forgotten that she was cold outside and back out she wants to go. As the weather warms this will be less of an issue but for now, with the cold breezes, this can get to be a bit of a bother for my wife and I. Speaking of which, our little dog is staring at me and so I guess I’ll go and let her out for another couple of minutes. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.


May 2018

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Service to Our Communities!

Dawson Trail Dispatch

What’s in a healthy lawn?

Lawns produce oxygen: 2,500 square feet of turf releases enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe for a year. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

A healthy lawn does more than just please the eye — it provides a whole range of environmental, social and economic benefits. Trees, shrubs and turf help remove smoke, dust and other pollutants from the air and keep people healthy. Experts also tell us that having just one healthy tree on the front lawn removes the same amount of carbon dioxide from the air that’s emitted from driving a car 17,700 kilometres. Lawns also produce oxygen: 2,500 square feet of turf releases enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe for a year. Lawns and gardens also play an important role in improving water quality and preventing soil erosion. Data show that a well landscaped property helps prevent pollutants from running into the water supply, reduces surface water runoff, and reduces storm drain flooding. A dense cover of plants and mulch holds soil in place and keeps sediment out of lakes, streams, storm drains and roads. Studies also show that people are willing to pay more for well landscaped homes — up to 11 per cent more than for a home with a poorly maintained property.

Managing Wetness in Your Yard Before the first summer storm hits this year, take some time to protect your property against flooding. Protect doors and windows. Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and the base of ground-level doors. Install flood shields or barriers for basement windows and doors, making sure the tops of the shields extend above ground level. Safeguard water systems. Install backwater valves or plugs for drains, toilets and other sewer connections. Make sure your sump pump is working and install a battery-operated backup, in case of a power failure. Facilitate drainage. Water should drain away from your property and neighbouring properties. Check that your roof and eaves are draining properly in heavy rains and make sure downspouts extend at least two metres away from your basement wall. Prepare for flooding. Raise large appliances, furnaces, hot water heaters and electrical panels up on wood or cement blocks above the potential water level. If an item can’t be raised, consider anchoring it and protecting it with a floodwall or shield. Move furniture, valuables and electronics to the safest place in

Consider planting a “rain garden” by using landscaping as way to catch and disperse water in the soil near your property. Use native plants and vegetation that will resist soil erosion.

your property that is least likely to be affected by flooding. Add some greenery. Consider planting a “rain garden” by using landscaping as way to catch and disperse water in the soil near your property. Use native plants and vegetation that will resist soil erosion. Check outdoor grading. Make sure that your lot is properly graded. If possible, build up the ground around your property so that water can drain away from basement walls. Find more information at www.canada.ca/flood-ready. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

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Helpful Tips When Landscaping Your New Home Gardens and landscaping can turn your home into a beautiful oasis and boost its curb appeal. Before you dig that koi pond however, you need to be aware of the risk of poorly planned landscaping that could result in unintended water penetration of your home. In trying to beautify the exterior, you could end up with a leaky basement while also jeopardizing your new home warranty. As the homeowner, you are responsible for taking care of your new home. This includes not altering any soil grading your builder has put in place to protect from water penetration. If your landscaping ideas require any changes to the slope around your home, this could lead to poor surface drainage, ponding, flooding, basement dampness, or foundation settlement — all of which could result in damage that may not be covered under your new home warranty. So, before you start making any plans that could impact any of the drainage systems on your property, be sure it won’t cause water to accumulate anywhere near your home’s foundation. This is important for projects as simple as planting flowers and more complex ones like installing a pool, deck or even a second driveway, Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you’re embarking on any landscaping projects this season: Make sure the land slopes away from your house so water does not accumulate near the foundation of your home. Extend downspouts so water flows away from the house and does not collect next to the basement walls and windows. Ensure surface drainage is directed away from window wells and exterior stairwells.

In trying to beautify the exterior, you could end up with a leaky basement while also jeopardizing your new home warranty.

Don’t cover up exterior weeping holes. These allow water inside a home to move outside and evaporate. Raising the grade above weeping holes could allow water to back up and weaken your foundation. It could also encourage insects or small animals to enter your home.

It’s important to know that lot grading requirements vary in different municipalities. Before making changes to your builder’s grading, check with your local building department to understand the requirements that apply to your home.

Keep Your Stubble Fire Under Control Stubble burning and grass fires are common ways to eliminate overgrown areas. Although it may be effective, be sure safety precautions are in place and keep a close watch over your fire to ensure it doesn’t get out of control. Uncontrolled stubble and grass burning can damage utility poles and interrupt electrical service to the community. Landowners must keep safety in mind and take these precautions when burning: Check with your municipality for regulations before you start your fire. Information is available at gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops regarding current burning restrictions. Clear the area around the base of hydro poles that might be in the burn area and set up fireguards to protect them. Make sure your fire will not pass under a power line. Be proactive and call the fire department immediately if your fire appears to be getting out of control. If a hydro pole is down, stay clear of the area. Fallen poles and downed power lines are extremely dangerous. Do not touch or attempt to move these lines. Call Manitoba Hydro immediately. As a landowner, you are responsible for damage caused by your fire and may be held liable for the replacement or repair of utility poles. Keep a close eye on your fire this season to prevent power outages and repair costs.

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Tick Season Has Arrived!

It may still seem early in the season, but residents from around the region have been reporting wood ticks found on themselves or their pets.

It may still seem early in the season, but residents from around the region have been reporting wood ticks found on themselves or their pets. Blacklegged ticks are most commonly found within and along the edges of wooded or forest habitat and in areas, with thick, woody shrubs and other vegetation that provide sufficient cover and typically high humidity. They are also more likely to carry the agents that cause tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis. The level of risk can vary within each Lyme disease risk area, based on whether the habitat is suitable for blacklegged ticks. In humans, Lyme disease can be prevented by wearing long pants, and long-sleeved shirts when in the outdoors. Make your yard unfriendly to ticks by clearing wooded areas, keeping the underbrush to a minimum, and putting woodpiles in areas with lots of sun. Use insect repellent and be vigilant. If a tick is found, remove it properly with tweezers. Pets are especially at risk for Lyme disease. It can be prevented by vaccinating and by preventing tick bites. There are also products available for the prevention of bites. If you suspect finding an infected tick, place it into a sealed container and take it you’re your local vet or doctor’s office. Manitoba Health has conducted passive tick surveillance since 1995. Ticks found by veterinarians, doctors and the public are sent to Cadham Provincial Laboratory for identification. Blacklegged ticks are then submitted to the National Microbiology Laboratory, where they are tested for the causative agents of four tick-borne diseases of public health importance. Manitoba Health uses the information about where blacklegged ticks are found, along with other information, to decide when and where to send workers out into the field to look for blacklegged ticks. The Lyme disease risk areas are based on the results of active surveillance.

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How to Open Your Yard for Spring With warmer days and spring cleaning on our minds, people across the country are gearing up for a deep clean of their homes. And while you’re getting into every crevice in the house, don’t forget the yard outside. Remember that outdoor maintenance can be just as important as indoor work for keeping your home in top shape and ready for living. A recent survey showed 91 per cent of Canadians spend up to six hours per week on yard work at their home. With the right kickoff strategy and tools, you can minimize your work throughout the year. Wait until your lawn is dry. Keep yard maintenance minimal while your grass is still wet. Heavy foot traffic on a wet lawn may damage the grass and its roots, causing more work later if you need to re-sod. Clean up debris. During the winter, a blanket of snow may cover any remaining debris in your yard, but now that the snow

has melted, it’s time to clean up any leaves you may have missed, branches that have fallen, and any garbage in the area. Prepare for your first cut of the season. The grass may be fragile, so it’s important to use sharp blades for a clean cut and no tears. Ideally, cut no more than a third of the height of the grass to maintain healthy growth and a lush lawn. Aerate your lawn. From dealing with thatch and water pooling to weed and insect resistance, starting the season off with aeration will help keep your lawn healthy during the spring and summer months. It’ll also minimize any additional work needed to address these issues. Consider composting. This sustainable activity puts organic household waste and garden refuse like grass cuttings, tree and hedge trimmings, leaves and withered flowers to good use. Compost will create a natural fertilizer containing the valuable nutrients that you need for a healthy garden and lawn. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

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Tips for Refinishing Old Furniture

Bringing old furniture back to life can be a fun project that adds style to your home, but there are some hazards.

You’ve found the ideal chair at your neighbour’s garage sale — it just needs a little TLC before it will look perfect in the bedroom. Bringing old furniture back to life can be a fun project that adds style to your home, but there are some hazards. As you pick up refinishing products, you’ll notice many have hazard symbols on them. Here are some tips to make sure you stay safe as you bring new life to your old furniture: Read the label. Follow all safety and usage instructions on the label, including how to dispose of any leftover products. Work in an area with lots of ventilation. Refinish old furniture outdoors, if weather permits. If you work inside, open the windows to make sure there is plenty of ventilation. Do not use sanders, heat guns or blowlamps. This can create dust and fumes that contain lead. Use a chemical paint stripper. Ideally, choose one with a paste that can be applied with a brush. Paint strippers also contain substances that may be harmful, so use them carefully. Keep children and pregnant women away from the work area. This will help ensure their safety. Always wear safety glasses, gloves and a good-quality breathing mask. The product label will provide more detailed information on personal safety equipment you should use. These are essential to protect you and your family. Store materials properly. Make sure that you store refinishing chemicals in a dry, cool place. Keep any hazardous material away from children’s reach. Dispose of refinishing waste materials properly. It can be very dangerous to throw away rags, paint cans, and other materials that have been used for refinishing furniture. Aside from starting a fire, they can also cause serious damage to the environment. Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com

Click Before You Dig, Drill or Excavate At this time of year many Manitoba homeowners are itching to get outside to begin working in their yards. If you’re among this group and if you’re planning any project that involves excavation – like digging postholes for a fence, planting shrubs, installing a sprinkler system, or even putting in a new garden or flower bed – find out the location of underground natural gas and electrical lines before you dig. This could save your life and the lives of those around you. Every year, homeowners and contractors in Manitoba damage buried utility lines on their property or job sites resulting in costly repairs, injuries, lawsuits and tragically, even fatalities. These accidents can be easily prevented with a free line location. Manitoba Hydro is part of the ClickBeforeYouDigMB.com service provided by the Manitoba Common Ground Alliance. A landowner can request natural gas and electrical line locates, along with many other utility locates, with one online request or phone call. ClickBeforeYouDigMB.com is free, simple to use and available 24/7. Once an online request is submitted and the locate is scheduled, Manitoba Hydro will mark underground natural gas and electrical lines free of charge, so work can proceed safely. Since joining ClickBeforeYouDigMB in 2016, Manitoba Hydro has seen a 30% increase in locate requests. Plan ahead You must send a locate request to ClickBeforeYouDigMB.com at least three full work days before you intend to begin any project that involves excavation or disturbing the ground deeper than 15 cm. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can call ClickBeforeYouDigMB at 1-800-940-3447.


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Vita and Steinbach Athletes Named Tri-Stars Volunteer Opportunities: We are looking for volunteers with electrical, plumbing and receptionist background. If you enjoy taking pictures we would like to have a volunteer who would take pictures of our special events. We are also looking for a few active individuals who would be interested in supervising some of our rentals. You would be trained and receive an honorarium for this volunteer posting. All ages are welcomed. Please call Lynda at 204-320-4603 for more information. Rentals: We can accommodate Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Showers, Meetings and Family Gatherings amongst others. Call Lynda 204-320-4600 for more information and to book. Events/Presentations: All events/presentations are open to everyone. Pick Up + Walk – On Saturday, May 5 come join Pat Porter Active Living Centre. Contact Lynda at 204-320-4603 by April 27. Painting Class – On Friday, May 11 from 2 - 4 pm enjoy an afternoon of painting with instructor Colleen Watchorn. Learn the basics of painting and create your beautiful masterpiece. RSVP by Friday, May 4. Call 204-3204600. Out With Friends – On Friday, May 18 at Assiniboine Downs. Leave PPALC (car pool) at 5:30 pm. For all single men and women. RSVP by Monday, May 14 and Wednesday, June 13 the Goldeyes. Tickets approximately $20 depending on size of group. Car Pool. RSVP by Friday, May 18 (Hard Deadline) Call Reception 204-320-4600. 50s, 60s, 70s Dance – On Friday, May 25 from 7 – 11 pm with live entertainment “The Cracked Eggshell”. Advanced tickets $11 for members and $13for non members. At the door $16. Quick & Easy Cooking Class - Tuesday, May 29 at 1 - 4 pm. Lunch Ideas. $5 per person. Join registered dieticians for an afternoon of cooking fun. Learn how to make quick and easy lunches. Call 204-320-4600 to register. RSVP by Tuesday, May 22. Regular Activities: Make sure to check out our Newsletter. Activities may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to other events, please check with Centre. Please note that all Programs, Activities and Events at the Centre are open to any age. Our programs are aimed for Seniors however we welcome and encourage you to come out and see what our Centre has to offer. All Programs/Activities have a fee of $2 for members, $4 for non-members to participate unless otherwise stated. Fitness Class: Tuesdays from 10:45 – 11:45 am. Tai Chi /Exercises: Thursdays from 1 – 2 pm. This class is open

to all ages-PPALC Class Ho Model Railway Project: Wednesdays 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Movie Time + Potluck: Starting at Noon. Bring a lunch dish to share and stay to watch the movie! Next Movie is on Monday, May 28 - “Gus”. Free Popcorn! Floor Curling/Floor Shuffle: Wednesdays 1:30 - 4 pm. Advanced Pickleball: Mon, Thurs and Fridays 9 – 11:30 am. Tuesdays 9 – 10:30 am. Beginners Pickleball: Mondays 1 – 3 pm. Drop in Billiards: Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm. Cards: Monday – Canasta and Wednesday – Cribbage. All card games are from 1 – 4 pm. Choir: Wednesdays 10–11:30 am. Computer Classes: Wednesdays from 9 am – 4 pm. One-on-one 1 hour appointments. Old Time Country Jam: Wednesdays from 7 – 9 pm. New Connection: 1st Thursday of each month 2 – 3:30 pm. Need to make a new connection (friends), new to the community or new in your living arrangement, come join us. Call Lynda 204-320-4603 Free Programs: Walking Program: Monday – Friday from 8:30 – 9 am and 12 – 1 pm in our Auditorium. Free to the public and any age is welcome! Enjoy Free Coffee or Tea after! Crafty Corner: Every Friday from 2 - 3:30 pm. Bring your craft (anything goes – knitting, scrapbooking, wood work, etc) and have some good conversation, coffee and share in learning from each other. Cozy Corner Coffee Time: 10:30 every morning for free coffee, tea, and a cookie. Meet new people and staff in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Buddy Up – This program is designed to touch base daily (short phone call) with a buddy to act as a safety net. If you live alone or spend part of your week alone this would be a program for you! If you are interested, please contact Lynda 204-320-4603 for more details. Other Programs/Services Provided/Misc. Information: Noon Meals: Available Monday – Friday. Cost $6. Come join us for lunch. Call Kitchen at 204320-4605 the day before or by 9 am that day to reserve your meal. Foot Care Clinic: 3 Foot Care Nurses are available different days throughout the month. Call Reception at 204-320-4600 to book your appointment. Beltone Hearing: Call 1-800661-2653. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities, drop by the Centre Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, call Lynda at 204-3204603 or call the reception desk at 204-320-4600. Fax 204-3209098. Visit our website at patporteralc.com.

Hanna Hamm from Shevchenko School in Vita.

This past month, two local athletes, one from Vita and one from Steinbach were named Powerland Rural High School Tri-Star Athlete of the Week for their stellar basketball skills while representing their perspective schools on the court. On April 3, Hanna Hamm of the Shevchenko Sabres basketball team was named. She helped lead the Sabres to 5 tournament wins this season and a silver medal at the Provincial “A” Basketball Championships, where she was named a Provincial All-Star. Over the season she averaged 15 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks. According to Coach Penelope Hovorka-Alcock, “Hanna has shown to be effective in the post position, especially with her great drives and outside the paint shots.” “Along with her basketball ability, Hanna is a true leader who always modeled a calm and positive attitude for the team to follow,” said HovorkaAlcock. “As a coach, I feel honoured to have had Hanna on the Sabre basketball team due to her determination to become a more competitive and strong player on the basketball court while bringing a positive attitude to the team.”

Ian Penner from Steinbach Christian High.

When not on the court, the Grade 12 student maintains a 75% academic average, while also participating in volleyball and track & field. On April 11, Ian Penner of the Steinbach Christian Flames basketball team joined the Tri-Star roster after the 5’9” point guard led the Flames in scoring, averaging 20 points, 7 assists and 5 steals per game. He helped his team earn a spot at this year’s Provincial “AA”

Basketball Championships. “Ian provided steady leadership on and off the floor, making a big impact on the floor, despite suffering through a few injuries throughout the season. Ian really stepped up for his team. Ian is an excellent play maker, with the ability to finish around the rim and make the outside shot,” said Coach Dewayne Penner. In Grade 12, Penner maintains a 72% academic average, while also participating in volleyball.

La Broqerie CDC Announces Spring Clean Up From May 4 through May 12, community members in La Broquerie and Marchand are encouraged to sign up to clean a mile as part of the Tim Hortons Team Up to Clean Up/Équipé pour Nettoyer. The Community Development committee (CDC) is offering free cleanup supplies will be provided and all volunteers will be celebrated at a wrapup barbeque on Saturday, May 12. All registered volunteers will be eligible for prize draws. “As part of the May 4 kick-off, the two schools, École St-Joachim and Arborgate School, will Team-up as well to clean up the Town of La Bro-

querie. That’s over 800 students and staff pitching-in! Community groups, businesses and residents are invited to sign up to clean-up the rest of the Municipality’s remaining approximate 200 miles of side roads, highways and parks,” said Farrel Rempel, resident and co-organizer. “Last year saw a record amount of volunteers, over 1,100 totalling over 2 tons of waste. The engagement is spreading.” Tim Hortons Team Up to Clean Up campaign aims to beautify the community through the efforts of thousands of volunteers picking up litter in their neighbourhoods. “We

are thrilled to be partnering with the very enthusiastic SDC La Broquerie CDC to help bring Team Up to Clean Up to the RM of La Broquerie,” said Take Pride Winnipeg! Community Engagement and Operations Manager, Colleen Kurlowich, Co. “The more people coming out to help keep our province litter-free, the better!” For more details on how to register or to pre-register, visit the Rona La Broquerie Lumber or contact Farrel at farrel@lablumber.com or 204-4245333. For more details on all cleanup events across southern Manitoba, please visit takepride.mb.ca.

Greatest Show Ever Presented in Steinbach On April 18, the community was treated to The Greatest Show Ever, when this year’s Backyard Theatre Company held their yearend performance at the SRSS Theatre. Some of the skits included the Cookie Crime Scene, Mission: Not Impossible but still somewhat difficult, Please Read Instructions and Cry

Acting, It’s Not My Fault, Vitaly the Trust Worthy Guy, Eight Years, The Ransom Dilemma, Bob is on the Job, The Winter of Our Discontent and The Show Must Go On. Early bird registration is over, but there is still time to register for the program. Registration is now open

for Acting Out! For ages 5 – 8, Dramatic Discovery for ages 9 – 11, The Actor’s Studio for ages 10 – 12, The Audition for ages 12 - 17 and the new Young Company for aged 17 and up Performance Troupe. To find out more info, contact Steinbach Arts Council at 204-346-1077.

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Province to Investigate Driver Training On the heels of a devastating semi-trailer and team bus accident in Saskatchewan, which claimed the lives of 16 players, coaches and support staff from the Humboldt Broncos, the provincial government is looking into a standardized system of training and certification for commercial truck drivers. Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler made the announcement on April 26. He said the province’s first priority is public safety on roadways and that is why work has started to consider how a stan-

dardized system could work in the trucking industry,” Schuler said. “This is something the trucking industry has asked for and we want to work together in a collaborative way to see how this would work in Manitoba,” said Schuler. He said work will be done through Manitoba Infrastructure, Manitoba Education and Training, and Manitoba Public Insurance. A standardized system of training would allow for a uniform standard for all truck drivers across the province and would allow road safety to

be the number one priority in issuing licenses. Educators in the province already provide training, approved by the province and Manitoba Public Insurance, to the current National Occupational Standard. However, there is no current requirement for new drivers to access this training. Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan have either already changed their standards or are in the process of working and engaging with stakeholders on upgrading to this standard.

Sprague Slated to Celebrate 50 Years of Basketball In the middle of May, the community of Sprague will be celebrating 50 years of basketball in the community school with a special celebration. The event is being hosted by the Sprague and District Historical Museum, which is run by retired teacher Doris Havorka. Havorka’s family was instrumental in starting the program in the community. Fifty years ago, the program started while her husband served as the school principal, because there was very little for the youth to do in Sprague.

Havorka hired the first head coach in 1968 and since then, all four of their daughters have been key players back in the 1980s and 1990s and now their granddaughter has taken up the game. This legacy will be celebrated in May 19, with a dinner and dance. A special invitation has been issued to former players, and coaches to come reminisce, share stories and remembers the good times at Ross L. Gray School. As part of the celebratory event, the Ross L. Gray School will be

open from 1 to 5 pm for tours, and a basketball scrimmage from 2 - 4 pm. Dinner is at 6, followed by a community dance. Ticket prices range from $20 for dinner, entertainment and dance, $15 for dinner and dance or $10 for the dance only. Tickets are available at Carl and Kays, Wild Hair and Tanning, the Vassar Store and South Junction Coop or by calling Doris at 204-437-2210, Betty at 204-4372209, Melissa at 204-437-3290 or Norman at 204-437-2535.

Vandals Fail to Sour Annual Sugar Festival

Vandals entered the Cabane à Sucre and dumped sugar water and other materials throughout the building. Photo by Musée de Saint-Pierre-Jolys Muséum

Organizers of this year’s annual Sugaring Off Festival at the St. Pierre-Jolys Cabane à Sucre are pleased with this year’s event, despite starting off on a sour note. On the morning of April 5, volunteers were called in for an emergency cleanup after vandals entered the building and left a huge mess. St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP said that the suspects entered the building through an unlocked door and poured maple syrup all over the floor, and on the furniture. Volunteers were called in to clean up the site before students arrived for scheduled tours. Nothing was reported missing, and RCMP continues to investigate. The setback did not put a damper on the rest of the festivities which took place on April 7 and 8. For a few days prior to the event, over 800 students toured the grounds and participated in special activities and then nearly 500 visitors per day attended the festival over the weekend. The two day festival celebrates the tradition of tapping Maple tree sap to make syrup and maple butter. As part of the celebrations, visitors to the Cabane à Sucre were shown how to properly tap a Maple tree for the sweetness inside, then the dehydration process, and given the opportunity to sample the finished product. The weekend event schedule included maple taffy on snow, an interpretive centre demonstrating the production of maple syrup, horse wagon rides, museum tours, traditional French-Canadian dining and local entertainment.

RCMP Nab Flasher with Public Help

Between April 17 and April 19, Steinbach RCMP received several complaints of a male indecently exposing himself in the vicinity of the Steinbach Bethesda Hospital area. Through witnesses and the public’s assistance, a 46-year-old male from Steinbach was arrested and will be facing four counts of Indecent Exposure.

Pre-Registration Day for Fall Programs! Don’t miss your chance to register for fall with 10% off ! - On Thursday, May 31 from 9 am – 8 pm. Register online steinbachartscouncil.ca, call Office 204-346-1077 or came down to the centre. - Arts4tots Preschool Program $25 off. - Backyard Theatre, Summer Arts Day Camps, visual arts, painting, cartooning, pottery, creative wellness, languages, creative cooking, dance and more. Beginner Pilates - Try It! Short and sweet. Join our lunch time Pilates class beginning May 3 and running Thursdays from 12:10 -12:50 pm for six weeks, for $66. This is perfect for working people and if you want to see if Pilates is the solution to your wellness! New Acrylic Pour Party with Arlene Enns. Try a new medium of art right here in Steinbach. Make a beautiful and creative piece of art by learning different acrylic pouring techniques on canvas. 2 Sessions for only $50 on Wednesdays, May 9 and May 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at The Steinbach Arts Council. 2018 Summer in the City Headliners! Tickets on Sale May 1. The SCU Mainstage is exploding with talent. Canadian country artist Terri Clark is headlining the Friday night concert. Terri is a 3-time Juno Award winner and the 8time CCMA Entertainer of the Year, crowned CCMA Female Vocalist of the year five times. She holds the honour of being the only Canadian female artist to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Saturday night classic rock has an amazing double billing, Honeymoon Suite and Winnipeg-based Harlequin! This show will start earlier to give concertgoers a full experience with both bands. Honeymoon Suite and Harlequin are staples in Canadian rock touring North America. Toronto-based band Manic Drive is headlining at Sunday’s Worship in the City’s free evening concert. Juno Award winning Manic Drive topped Billboard’s Christian Radio Charts over ten times, and has an impressive touring career with some of CCM’s top artists. Summer Early Bird Registration - Summer Arts Day Camps Join the fun and creativity this summer! We offer 7 camps infused with music, dance, drama, visual arts, field trips, community outings, recreation, swimming, splash parks and more. Two Sep-

arate age groups for ages 5 - 8 and 9 – 12. Sign up by Friday May 4 and receive 10% off. Seven Exciting Themes: Disney (July 2 - 6) Under The Sea (July 9 - 13) Olympic Sports (July 16 - 20) Outer Space (July 23 - 27) Woodlands Exploration (July 30 - August 3) Wacky Workshop (August 7 - 10) 4 Day Camp Marvel Superheroes (August 13 - 17) Calling All Volunteers! Summer in the City is just around the corner. We are looking for creative volunteers in the Artist Tents– help the artists, meet the public and have fun! Interested? Call 204-346-1077. KR Park Concerts in the Park - Fresh air, Green Grass, and Hometown Entertainment. Coming soon! KR Barkman Concerts schedule for May and June online. These are free concerts in KR Barkman Park on Main Street, proudly sponsored by Barkman Concrete Foundation. Visit steinbachartscouncil. ca for schedule. Arts4Tots Preschool Program Why are we unique? The most creative way to learn for ages 3 - 5 with specialists in dance, music, drama, visual arts, culinary and more. Following our creative calendar each month, we have weeks full of fun, creativity, learning, field trips and guests. Call us now to get registered for the fall. W start in September. The Backyard Theatre Company -We want you! Experience scripts, improv., character building, perform on stage and build your confidence. Take the stage in a Christmas Showcase, local festival and final production at the SRSS theatre. For ages 5 - 16. Get signed up for September. New Young Company – Performance Troupe for Ages 17 +. Get involved in the community in a creative way. Looking for Board Members: If you are interested in living in a great community, and value the arts, please send in your resume to info@steinbachartscouncil. ca. We are looking for people from the education, business and creative young demographics to apply. Governance Board meets once a month (policies, strategic planning, and vision); attend a minimum of 3 SAC events per season. Volunteers needed for Summer in the City Artist Tent – fun and creativity guaranteed!


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Sea Cadets Dawson to Celebrate 20 Years at Review The Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Dawson in Lorette is getting ready for their annual review ceremony. While the review is normally a yearly event, this year the group is showcasing two decades of success. Members of the 330 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Dawson will parade in their Annual Review ceremony on June 2 at the Heartland Church, in Landmark. The Reviewing Officer for this event will be Brigadier-General D.B. Cochrane, Commander of 2 Canada Air Division. All former staff and cadets of the 330 Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps Dawson are invited to join. During the event a demonstration of skills is planned and organized by the cadets themselves, including displays

showcasing their training over the year and what they have experienced at summer camps. The annual review completes the local training for the Dawson cadets for the year. Applications for the new training year are already available. Sea Cadets are sponsored by the Navy League of Canada and supported in partnership by the Canadian Forces. The program promotes citizenship, physical fitness, teamwork, leadership and Canadian Heritage amongst our youth. The program is open to all youth ages 12 to 18. Enrollment and uniforms are provided at no cost. To RSVP for the review, or for the upcoming year contact Jason at Jason. palansky@cadets.gc.ca.

A&W Theft Inside Job On March 24 Steinbach RCMP responded to a report of a robbery at the local A&W. After conducting their investigation, RCMP concluded that there was no robbery. Two individuals, Reece Kirkpatrick and Geoffrey Walls, gained access to the business with the help of employee, Morgan Wynn.

Reece Kirkpatrick was taken into custody shortly after the discovery. RCMP have issued an unendorsed warrants for arrest for Morgan Wynn and Geoffrey Walls. The two have yet to be taken into custody. All three have been charged with Theft under $5,000 as well as other offences.