Dawson Trail Dispatch December 2016

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Christmas Festivities Kick Off

Southeast Rebranded as “Sunrise Corner” In early November, the Rural Municipalities of Piney and Stuartburn launched their new regional tourism plan at a pancake breakfast in Sundown. Over the past few months, the municipalities have been working together on a tourism strategy to better promote communities and the area as a whole. Because of this partnership, this area will now be known as Sunrise Corner. RM of Stuartburn Reeve Jim Swidersky said the branding is part of a joint tourism strategy. “The sunrise brings new beginnings for the southeast corner of the province,” stated Swidersky. “The tourism plans bring communities together and offers to the public or tourists what we have.” The initiative was launched by the RM of Piney and the RM of Stuartburn along with Eastern Tourism and Tourism Manitoba. Sunrise Corner is in the works of launching a website that compiles all of the tourism information in the region so that visitors can easily access all of what the area has to offer. To find out more visit sunrisecornermb.ca.

The southern corner of the province including the RM of Piney and Stuartburn will now be known as Sunrise Corner. Santa listens intently to one of his many little visitors during Breakfast with Santa in St. Malo on December 3.

On the first weekend of December, several communities kicked off the holiday season with community Christmas Celebrations. The Lorette Family Fun group joined in with the RM of Tache to create their annual Christmas weekend on December 3 and 4. The ‘Elves Shelves’ market for kids took place on December 3 during the Christmas Market at Lorette Collegiate. Kids, 12 and under, had the opportunity to do their own Christmas shopping! An “elf” assisted the kids with their shop helping them pick out gifts for their pets

and family members, then wrapped the gifts with them. All gifts were 25 cents and various people donated and crafted items for the market. Proceeds from sales were donated to the Tache Food Bank. The day ended with a Christmas Parade, lighting of the community Christmas tree and fireworks. On Sunday the kids came out to Skate with Santa.

Kids 12 and under had the opportunity to do their own Christmas shopping during the Elves Shelves Market.

Fatal Collision Claims Life At approximately 10:30 pm on Saturday, November 19, St. Pierre-Jolys and Steinbach RCMP responded to a two vehicle head-on collision between a car and a pick-up truck on Highway 52, just west of Hwy 206. The lone occupant of the car, a 19-year-old male from Kleefeld was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver and passenger in the pick-up truck, a male and female, both 47 and from Mitchell, sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. Both were transported to hospital and are in stable condition.

Province to Review Public Libraries The province has launched a program and policy review of libraries and the services they provide across the province, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Rochelle Squires announced recently. “Libraries can build bridges between communities, inspire young readers and offer the key that unlocks the imagination,” Squires said. “We want to ensure the support we provide and the services that are offered are delivered as efficiently and effectively as possible.” While public libraries have undertaken significant modernization efforts, provincial policies have changed very little over the past 30 years the minister said. She added this review will look at issues affecting public libraries as well as identify priorities and opportunities for efficiency. The minister said stakeholder surveys and forums will gather information that will be used to guide the development of improved library policies, noting the goal is to achieve high-quality service at a reasonable cost to taxpayers. More information on how library service providers can contribute to this effort will be available in the coming weeks.

Ritchot Chamber Hands Out Business Awards By Marianne Curtis The Ritchot Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their 4th Annual General Meeting in Ile des Chênes on December 3 at the TransCanada Centre. The meeting was followed by a Gala evening that included a presentation of Business Awards. “We have a large number of great businesses in our area and we wanted to recognize them in a way they have not been recognized before,” explained Ritchot Chamber of Commerce President Larry Niebel. “We look forward to honouring more businesses in the years to come.” Several nominations were received in four different categories. The winners include Colibri from St. Adolphe, who was presented with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The St. Agathe Service Centre took home the Business of the Year Award and Centennial Gravel & Excavating from Ile des Chenes won the Corporate Volunteerism Award. A fourth award was added this year, called the Most OUTSTANDing Business Award and White Cap Distribution took home the prize. The RM of Ritchot was also recognized with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Award, which recognizes that the TransCanada Centre, Ile des Chenes Arena and Ile des Chenes Firehall have achieved green building certification. The business of the night also included the election of a few new executive members of the board. Roger Perron, who started the Chamber resigned from his position as Secretary/Treasurer but remains on the board. Marianne Curtis was elected as Secretary and Roger Brodier was elected as Treasurer. Niebel has one year left on a two-year term as President and Marc Palud is on his second two-year term as Vice-President. The Ritchot Regional Chamber of Commerce started out with a pool of only local businesses and now consists of about 70 members made up of businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the RM of Ritchot and even members from Niverville and Lorette. (Left) The winners of this year’s business awards include Kevin Lavallee and Barry Lavallee from White Cap Distribution, Alain Robert of St. Agathe Service and Bernie Petit from Centennial Gravel & Excavating. Representatives from Colibri were not able to attend in person to accept their award. Photo by Marianne Curtis

Seniors Assisted Living Opens in Steinbach By Marianne Curtis On November 25, a new affordable, assisted living project for seniors officially opened its doors in Steinbach, expanding the housing options for seniors in the region. Both the Federal and Provincial governments funded more than $2.3 million in the three-storey, affordable assisted-living life-lease property. The new development features 50 units and began accepting tenants earlier this fall. The building includes 21 two-bedroom and 29 one-bedroom units. Residents benefit from enhanced services available on-site including two meals served daily in common dining areas, scheduled social and recreational activities, and weekly housekeeping. In addition to government, funding the project was funded by the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) extension agreement. The total capital cost of the project was $12.6 million. Land and equity contributions were provided by Bridgepark Manor Inc. (BMI), the City of Steinbach and tenant equity. “It is great to see the next phase of Bridgepark Manor opening,” said City of Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen. “This facility provides a vital housing option for seniors that allows them to remain in Steinbach, close to loved ones and with access to essential supports and services.” Provencher MP Ted Talk partici-

The ribbon is cut to declare Phase 2 of the Bridgepark Manor, a new assisted living project in Steinbach, officially open.

pated in the grand opening ceremonies. “It is so important for seniors to be able to stay in their communities, close to family and friends. These new units will ensure that the seniors of Steinbach and the surrounding area have affordable housing that meets their needs,” stated Falk. Base rents will be set to Manitoba Housing’s current affordable housing rates for Steinbach. The property will be managed by BMI, a community-based non-profit organization. Bridgepark Manor Phase II was built as a direct addition to the existing 52-unit Bridgepark Manor, which was completed in 2012. Common areas will be shared by residents in both build-

ings. The new development is expected to create cost savings and efficiencies in the operations of both buildings. The property is also eligible for up to $600,000 under Manitoba’s Rental Housing Construction Tax Credit. The Federal and Manitoba governments recently announced an expanded commitment to the IAH agreement, representing more than $89 million over the next two years. The new funding is in addition to approximately $166 million in joint eightyear funding to help create more affordable housing options in Manitoba.

Hampers Spread Holiday Cheer By Marianne Curtis Almost every town or Rural Municipality is doing what they can to help provide for less fortunate families with the basic needs so children will not go hungry or without gifts this holiday season. In response to the growing need to make Christmas special for everyone, several organizations throughout the region are devoting their efforts to make Christmas special for everyone. Donations of all kinds including food, toys and gifts for children from newborn to seventeen are still needed by all these organizations. Monetary donations are always gratefully accepted. There is also a need for volunteers to assist each community organization with sorting, packing and delivery. The Dawson Trail Dispatch has compiled a list of organizations that are providing Christmas Hampers

this year in various areas. Anyone needing a hamper or knowing someone in need is encouraged to contact any of these organizations. St. Pierre-Jolys: For St. Pierre-Jolys, St. Malo, Otterburne, Dufrost, and surrounding areas. Donations can be dropped off at the Village Connection, in St. Pierre-Jolys by December 8. Hampers will be delivered December 12. Lorette and Landmark: For residents of the RM of Tache, the deadline to register for a Christmas Hamper is Dec 14. For information, please call Irene Bialek at 204-878-3562. Grunthal: Grunthal Caring Hands Food Bank is providing hampers for Landmark, Niverville, Ste. Anne, RM of Tache, St. Adolphe, Dominion City, RM of Reynolds, Richer, Vita, or St. PierreJolys services. Call 204-371-1394 to register. Vita: If you, or someone you know, is in need of a Christmas Hamper this year, please call Elda 204 -425-3105. Boxes for donations are set up at Schevchenko School and The Fresh Factory. Niverville: Offers assistance to those in need in communities that include Niverville, New Bothwell, Otterburne, St. Adolphe, Ste. Agathe, St. Pierre-Jolys and St. Malo. Call 204-392-5699 for more information. There is a need for new,

unwrapped toys. Donation boxes are located at Chicken Chef, Wm Dyck & Sons, Growing Minds Daycare and the Niverville Credit Union. Deadline for drop off is Dec 15. Ste. Anne: Knights of Columbus in Ste. Anne provides hampers for families within the RM of Ste. Anne. You can contact the parish at 204-422-8823 for more information. St. Adolphe and Iles des Chenes: The Ile Des Chenes Food Bank services the areas of Ile Des Chenes, St Adolphe and Grand Pointe. Call Lisa at 204-979-2175 Steinbach and Area: SouthEast Helping Hands in Steinbach delivers hampers to Steinbach, Blumenort, Mitchell and La Broquerie. Pickups can be made for people from Zhoda, Woodridge, Sandilands, St. Labre, or Marchand. Registration is now closed but emergency hampers may still be added. Call 204-326-2599 for more information. If you are looking to volunteer with Community Christmas, please contact Fran Schellenberg at 204-392-5962.

RHA Board Cuts and Appointments Announced In a November 7 announcement made by Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen, the province appointed new board members for all of the province’s five regional health authorities (RHA). In addition the board for Southern Health-Santé Sud is being cut from 15 members,

down to 12. Abe Bergen of Kleefeld has been named the new Chair for Southern Health-Santé Sud. Bergen is one of eight newly appointed members, which includes Ramona Coey (Lorette), Konrad Narth (Zhoda), Viola Peters (Steinbach), Patricia Brennan (Oak Bluff), Terrie Porter (Portage la Prairie) and Judith Siemens (Winkler), and Dr.

Desmond A. Leen (Headingley). Four members of the former board are returning, including former Chair Guy Levesque of Ste. Anne, Cheryl McKitrick, Vice-Chair (Crystal City), Elin Czeranko (Langruth), and Debbie Iverson (Carman).

Dummying Down Democracy

Heliport Now Open Atop Health Sciences Centre As the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living I was proud to take part in the grand opening of Manitoba’s first hospital-based heliport, which is now officially open atop the Health Sciences Centre. Originally scheduled to open in spring, the HSC heliport sits on the roof of the new 91,000-square-foot Diagnostic Centre of Excellence, located between the pediatric inpatient units of Children’s Hospital and the Ann Thomas Building. The Diagnostic Centre itself houses critical care services, including intensive care units, operating theatres and emergency departments. It will make a tremendous difference having the STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) Air Ambulance fly patients directly to the hospital, rather than having to land at the airport, and then be transported by ground ambulance. Our government knows this heliport will save lives, especially with nearly 30 minutes of saved travel time. Time will tell how many. Residents of the southeast often see the air ambulance responding to calls in the region. The southeast part of the province is one of the most frequent call locations for the air ambulance. I truly believe that the heliport is a system changer for patients and Manitoba is finally taking its place amongst other provinces that have the service. While Manitoba is looking into other facilities that are interested in having a heliport, there have been a growing number in Canada with 86 helipads

now in Ontario, 3 in Saskatchewan, 66 in Alberta, and 32 in British Columbia. With snow and sleet finally arriving in earnest within our province, it is a stark reminder of the unique climate we have on the Canadian prairies, and how they have always presented certain challenges for emergency vehicles. For an air ambulance to fly, they require 500 feet of ceiling and can negotiate through snow and rain, but the aircraft is unable to fly in freezing precipitation. Manitoba weather will always play a factor in the number of flights that would be restricted. Having the heliport so close to the HSC will also allow medical transport teams to be moved from the hospital more quickly to areas where they need to be moved, so patients will be able to enter care at a much faster rate. For most adult and pediatric emergencies such as trauma, stroke, burns and neurosurgical care, landing and having direct access to specialists will have a significant impact on survival and quality of life, and will improve patient outcomes. I appreciate your comments and concerns. If you have any comments on these or other issues, you can contact me by writing, C2-250 Main Street, Steinbach, MB, R5G 1Y9, by phone at 204-326-5763, by fax at 204-3469913, by e-mail at kelvin@kelvingoertzen.com or by visiting my website at kelvingoertzen.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Having suffered through the most toxic and most expensive American Presidential election in history the remainder of the world is cringing in anticipation waiting for the swearing in of the new administration on January 20. Even now, the“Twit in Chief” of the Tweeting world is giving clues by the answers he is broadcasting flavoured by his adolescent reaction to the media. His use of tweets to lambast anybody who does not glorify him gets a personal un-presidential reaction. This is not only excessively thin skinned it is teenage-like testosterone levels in a 70 year old defective teenager and the situation is bound to have too many uncivilized moments. Following the economic upheavals of 2008 resulting in the unprecedented, melt down of the world economy many other countries have had elections, which voters reacted violently against their perceived and real establishment lapse of judgement. Aside from the British “Brexit”, Iceland had political convulsions, which has seen a party called the Pirate Party taken part in the new Government. Xenophobia is part of the new Governments in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Denmark. Elections will happen in Italy, Holland and France within 6 or 7 months with xenophobia and nationalism put forward as the proposed solutions. All of the new postage size Balkan countries have revived the nationalistic feelings every second week if not more often. By this time next year in Europe, Germany may feel a little lonely holding on to the status quo. Is it the only country who remembers how dangerous nationalism, cultural purity and xenophobia can be? Must the rest of us relearn this lesson the hard way? The root cause is probably economics or the presumed continued lack of fairness on this subject. The 99 percent rebelling against the 1 percent is likely the reflection of these elections. Nationalism, trickle downeconomics plus the continuous political right wing and left wing sniping is not the answer. The Panama papers have put an exclamation mark on the subject. Economic democracy is the missing ingredient. It is amazing the feeling of contentment and acceptance of others that can be had with an adequate and constant flow of income and no fear of retirement on any given population. It should not come as a surprise that we in Canada are not immune to this cancerous malaise infecting the western democracies. International trade is also getting a black eye, less trade is not the answer, perhaps more focus on retraining would be helpful but trading and competition make our shopping carts much more affordable. Nationalistic governments also have their sights on killing the green initiatives that is pigheaded and wrong. It is true that nobody is prepared for a revolution to green but an evolution must persistently continue, science will not be denied, come to think of it, insurance premiums are creeping up and they will not be denied either. Violent weather is now more commonplace. Here at home we are having a race for the leader of the Conservative Party with 15 or so in the running for the privilege of leading the Conservative troops in the next election alongside shades of the Republicans in the USA. The leading candidate, Kelly Leitch is leaning on the power of her cornerstone policy. “Immigrants should be screened for Canadian values”. With that ambiguous dumb statement, a cross section of the xenophobic voting public will assume that their personal phobia is being acknowledged without her even pronouncing or spelling out how far her personal phobias go. For Canadians this is chicken shit, low, unconstitutional and embarrassing. Nevertheless, I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, doing on to others, as you would have others reciprocate on you and yours. Sounds like the basic principal of our constitutional Charter.

Time Needed to Discuss Dear Editor: A few weeks ago I went to see “Voices Among Us: Still listening.” I thought it was a lovely performance! The acting was phenomenal, the musical score was powerful, and the stories were emotional and moving. I saw many acquaintances in the audience and applauded a friendly face in the choir. As a theatre production, I give it full marks, and I congratulate all of those who collaborated to put this project together. The play was a clear and emotional presentation of the experiences members of our Steinbach community have endured. The hurt and alienation, as well as the joy of eventual acceptance by others, were poignant and powerful. My heart truly goes out to those that have been rejected by their family and community. Naturally, however, as a play, there is little to no room for dialogue. I understand and commend the Q&A that was available at the completion of the production: a space for those who wished to further understand or comment and affirm the experiences

showcased in the play. However, as this was a forum for expressing experiences and validating the experiences and emotions of others, it was not the place for dissenting opinion nor for the sort of critical, theological, or scientific questions I have about the claims made on stage. While the play brought questions to mind, I felt voicing them may have marred the hard work, time, and effort that went into such a production. I feel that there needs to be a conversation about how opposing views can be expressed without resorting to unnecessary rhetoric on both sides of the topic. For some time now I have felt and still feel that the language surrounding the LGBTTQI has been unfortunately polarizing and unnecessarily divisive. As a long-time resident of Steinbach I have not seen the “hate” or “homophobia” being reported in the area. Now, I’m not naive to know that it doesn’t exist in certain places. We are all flawed people. There are many Christians in town here that have not asked themselves why they believe so

strongly on the topic, nor could justify from the bible their traditional faith position. Conversely, there are genuinely lovely and empathetic people that are demonized and called “bigoted”, “homophobic,” and “homo-oppressive” for not supporting same-sex attraction. This naivety, on both sides, leads to potential knee jerk reactions and hurtful comments, for which we all suffer. It is my hope to continue open dialogue with people of varying beliefs, with the goal of all being free to clearly express one’s views without hurt or harm or shame. While this is a hope, I do feel that when our little town is characterized nationally as hateful and maligned as homophobic, comparing the social climate to that of Orlando and some congregations to that of the Westboro Baptist church, it compromises the LGBTTQI’s attempt to bring unity in diversity, and their voices fall on deaf ears. Chris Schroeder Steinbach, MB

Liberals Vote Against Transparency for Cash-for-access Fundraisers During the 2015 campaign, the Liberals made a big promise to Canadians that they would be a more open and transparent government. Fast-forward to today, and we are now learning about cash-for-access fundraising events (over 80, in fact) that the Prime Minister and his Liberal Ministers have attended since taking office. These events are attended by lobbyists, lawyers and other important groups who do business with the Government of Canada. The tickets prices are very expensive – meaning these people are paying thousands of dollars for exclusive access. The Prime Minister and Liberal Ministers should not grant preferential access to certain people or special interest groups just because they pay up, which is why Conservatives delivered a motion in the House of Commons to grant the Ethics Commissioner the power to investigate these cash-for-access schemes. When push came to shove however, the Liberals voted down this motion, which shockingly means the government can continue these cash-for-access fundraisers. Just as they broke their promise of a “modest” deficit, they continue to break their open and transparent promise with each and every secret

cash-for-access fundraising event. Prime Minister Trudeau Needs to Hear From You Since the release of the Liberal Government’s 2016 budget earlier this year, Canada’s economy has faced some significant challenges. Many sectors of the economy – particularly the oil and gas sector – are seeing huge job losses that are having a very negative effect on Canadian families. And although the Liberals promised not to raise taxes on businesses or the middle class Canadians those businesses employ, that’s just exactly what they are doing. From a new national Carbon Tax, to rolling back Tax-Free Savings Accounts, to eliminating tax credits for children’s fitness and arts activities, to cutting tax credits for student textbooks – this government insists on making life more expensive for families. This is in contrast to the previous Conservative Government’s focus on keeping taxes low for all Canadian families. Thanks to our initiatives, the average family saved $6,600 every year but those savings continue to disappear as this government moves forward. This is no coincidence and we can’t afford another repeat this time around.

The Liberal Government needs to hear from you. In preparation for Budget 2017, I will be sending out a pre-budget survey to get your input. These surveys should be arriving in mailboxes across Provencher early in the new year and I encourage you to take a moment to fill it out and return it postage-free to my office. I will then forward your responses directly to the Prime Minister’s office. Canadians deserve to have their voices heard, and for this government to take their feedback seriously. For more information on this or other issues please feel free to contact my office toll free at 1-866-333-1933 or at 204-3269889. You may also write my office at 76 PTH 12 N, Steinbach, MB R5G 1T4, e-mail me at ted. falk.c1@parl.gc.ca or visit my website at www.tedfalk.ca.

An Inclusive Manitoban Strategy that Matters the Most Our government is setting a new course for Manitoba. On November 21, we presented our second Throne Speech, outlining more steps we’re taking to lead Manitoba to economic opportunity and service improvements while putting the province on a responsible fiscal track. Delivered by Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon, the Throne Speech outlined the ambitious vision we have for Manitoba. While we build relationships based on trust and respect, we are listening to, governing for all Manitobans, and creating a stronger and more prosperous province. Our Progressive Conservative government is fixing Manitoba’s finances. We are completing extensive pre-budget consultations that were begun with Manitobans, and will continue with a fiscal performance review to ensure investments are made in areas that matter most. We are also ensuring all Manitobans get better results from the services they rely on. We will create a stand-alone Children’s Advocate to enhance the independence of this office and to increase child-welfare accountability. We will, as well, reform Manitoba’s Employment and Income Assistance program and

develop a housing strategy to address homelessness and affordability. Health care is important to all Manitobans. Through a sustainability and innovation review, our government will eliminate inefficiency and improve the entire health-care system’s effectiveness. We are developing a strategy to improve mental-health and addictions services, focusing on education and other measures to counteract the opioid crisis and to warn Manitobans about fentanyllaced drugs. In addition, we will form a provincial agency for doctor recruitment that considers the needs of urban, rural and remote communities. We are as well, focused on longterm economic development. Our government will introduce our Premier’s Enterprise Team that will help develop a provincial strategy for economic growth and diversification. We will prioritize investments in infrastructure, and will continue to engage Indigenous communities in eastern Manitoba and at Shoal Lake 40 First Nation on building roads and ensuring their communities benefit.

These are some examples of our government’s commitment to fix the province’s finances, repair our services and rebuild our economy. We will govern with integrity and inclusion, making Manitoba families safer and stronger. As this is my last article before Christmas, I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. This is the season of joy, so I hope you take some time to share it with family, friends and others – share in the spirit of the season. 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 legislative office at 204-945-4339 or by e-mail at dennis.smook@leg.gov. mb.ca.

Your Province - Your Budget Our new Manitoba government presented its second Throne Speech on November 21 to begin another legislative session. The Throne Speech outlined our ambitious vision for the province, including a commitment to build relationships based on respect and trust while we govern with integrity and inclusion. It also made clear that our government is setting a new course for Manitoba, leading to economic opportunity and improvements to front-line services while putting the province back on a responsible fiscal track. Following the previous NDP administration’s decade of debt, decay and decline, our Progressive Conservative government is correcting the course and listening to Manitobans. We will continue to govern for all Manitobans, fighting for changes that will create a stronger, safer and more prosperous province. The most important consultants at the table are Manitobans themselves. With this commitment to work in partnership with Manitobans, we are conducting broad, comprehensive and inclusive consultations as part of our government’s budget planning. Since October, Manitoba Finance and many of our MLAs have been actively reaching out in their constituencies for ideas and suggestions for the 2017 provincial budget. We are still accepting this input and feedback on our province’s finances and services. In the Dawson Trail constituency, I held a budget input meeting on November 18 in Ile des Chenes and gathered valuable input and suggestions. I encourage people to participate further by visiting YourProvinceYourPlan.ca, where they can create their own provincial budget and make suggestions in areas such as health care, red tape, infrastructure and innovation. They can also provide written submissions to my constituency office by mail to Unit B – 511 Main St., St. Adolphe, R5A 1A9, or by e-mail to ca.lagasse@ outlook.com.

The complete Throne Speech, and more information on the work our government is doing to fix our finances, repair our services and rebuild our economy, is online at gov.mb.ca. I welcome your feedback on the many changes and initiatives that will improve our province. In the Community In some of my previous columns, I’ve written about the importance of slowing down and being attentive in traffic since students went back to school. I recently took this message to the legislature. On November 10, I presented a Private Member’s Statement in the House on the importance of safe winter driving and vehicle maintenance, as well as on remaining attentive and not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. I feel very strongly that driving is a privilege and that everyone has a responsibility to ensure the safety of not only themselves but of the many others who use the roads in our communities. As we approach the season of Christmas festivities, please ensure you are enjoying the season with safe plans for transportation. As the holiday season starts, there are many things I am very grateful for - a warm home, a loving family, living in such a beautiful province and the privilege to represent the residents of Dawson Trail. If you have any questions, please contact my office by calling 204-807-4663 or by email, ca.lagasse@outlook.com. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Officer Enzo Puts the “Bite” on Elusive Fugitive On November 25 at approximately 6:10 pm Steinbach RCMP were investigating an earlier report of a stolen Bobcat when officers observed a truck and trailer on Fire Road 13 in the area where the Bobcat was reportedly last seen. When Members attempted to stop the truck, the vehicle fled. Members followed the vehicle and with the assistance of more Steinbach RCMP members, a roadblock was set up in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The vehicle attempted to evade the roadblock, and when unable to do so, rammed one of the Police vehicles. A passenger, Ricky Coltman, a 40 year old male from Winnipeg, exited the vehicle and was subsequently arrested. The vehicle continued to flee and it was reported that the driver of the truck

was in possession of a handgun. The vehicle then fled down nearby power lines until it became stuck. The occupants of the truck abandoned the vehicle and fled into the woods in the dark on foot. Steinbach RCMP located dozens of rifle rounds inside the vehicle. Cst. Henderson and RCMP Dog Enzo were dispatched. In just over 2 hours, Cst. Henderson and Enzo located Shawn Verestiuk, a 42year-old man from the Winnipeg area, hiding in a pile of brush. Ver- Cst. Henderson and RCMP Dog Enzo estiuk was arrested by police. Photo credit RCMP

Lost Hiker in Whiteshell Found A hiker who was reported missing in Whiteshell Provincial Park has been located. Falcon Lake RCMP has confirmed that a 33year-old woman reported missing December 2 has been found relatively unharmed. The woman who is an avid hiker set off on the Mantario Trail to Mantario Lake Wednesday to camp over night. She was expected back Thursday afternoon, but never returned. Falcon Lake RCMP was notified Thursday

evening that she was missing. A subsequent search discovered the woman’s car parked near Big Whiteshell Lake at the northern entrance of the Mantario Trail in the park. According to RCMP, a search team went out to look for the woman Friday morning. She was found later in the afternoon.

The woman was an experienced hiker who took food and a tent with her on the trip, but suffered mild hypothermia, RCMP said. The Mantario Trail is located 25 kilometers from the northern trailhead to Mantario Lake and is about 60 kilometers long.

Goertzen Remains AMM President By Marianne Curtis Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen will remain President of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) for the next two years after delegates voted on the matter during their recent 18th annual convention. Goertzen is already familiar with the position, after moving into the role of Vice-President in July 2014 when Doug Dobrowolski resigned to run in the provincial election. The former president challenged the leadership as Dobrowolski attempted to regain the position he vacated. Delegates voted overwhelmingly in favour of Goertzen with 442 votes, while his challenger claimed 199 votes. “It’s been a real pleasure these last sixteen months to serve as your President,” Goertzen told delegates. “This has been an important time for us as municipalities and I believe firmly that our effectiveness over the next two years will be crucial to the future of municipalities across the province.” Goertzen was elected to serve on the AMM Board of Directors in November 2010, and was elected Vice-President in November 2014. Joining him on the AMM executive is RM of Morris Reeve Ralph Groening, RM of Morris and Town of Morris Mayor Gavin van der Linde who were elected as Vice-Presidents. Also joining the AMM Board is RM of Hanover Reeve Stan Toews as the Eastern District Director. His election fills a vacancy so he will have to run for re-election at the June District meetings. As a board member, he said that he would be able to lobby for issues pertaining to the eastern region.

One of the main functions of the AMM is to lobby on issues that affect Manitoba Municipalities. Many of the issues are raised by members through resolutions or correspondence, which are then brought to the attention of the Manitoba or Federal government.

Other issues are initiated by senior levels of government when they draft legislation or regulations, which affect municipalities. The AMM also monitors and responds to any legislation that the province proposes that affects municipal government.

For the next two years, the AMM Executive is (l-r) Reeve Ralph Groening, RM of Morris, Vice-President, Mayor Chris Goertzen, City of Steinbach, President and Mayor Gavin van der Linde, Town of Morris, Vice-President.

Culprit Steals Copper and Cables from MTS Compound Steinbach RCMP responded to a break in at an MTS compound in Steinbach on the afternoon of October 31. The theft occurred between 4:30 pm on Friday, October 28 and 8 am on Monday, October 31. The culprit(s) took bundles of cable, copper, and a generator. 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).

Team Bothwell Cheese Wins First Place Bothwell Cheese took top spots with their Monterey Jack and Mild Cheddar cheese last week at the 89th Annual British Empire Cheese Show. The company also took second place with its Muenster and third place with its Parmesan. “2016 marks the 80th anniversary of our company and I’m proud to say that Bothwell is still a cheese that stands out in the industry,” said Bothwell Cheese President Kevin Thomson. “I’m personally quite pleased with our outcome at this show and that our attention to quality does not go unnoticed by our peers.” “This year’s British Empire Cheese Show was exceptionally tough with many new entries in the specialty class,” said Bothwell Cheese Production Manager Nathan Dueck. “Despite the strong competition, we placed well in the specialty categories and took home two first place spots. Our team should be very proud of these accomplishments.”

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Are Canadian Kids Too Tired to Move? The world’s first evidence-based guidelines to address the whole day are available in the new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth. The guidelines encourage children and youth to “SWEAT - STEP - SLEEP - SIT.” Kids who are tired out from running around sleep better and those who have slept well have more energy to run around. Society is starting to pay attention to the fact that the reverse is also true and troubling. Kids aren’t moving enough to be tired, and they may be too tired to move. A groundswell of interest in the connection between these behaviours is highlighting the fact that sleep deprivation is a problem in Canadian kids. For optimal health benefits, children and youth (aged 5 - 17 years) should achieve high levels of physical activity, low levels of sedentary behaviour and sufficient sleep each day. A healthy 24 hours includes: - Uninterrupted 9 to 11 hours of sleep per night for those aged 5 to 13 years and 8 to 10 hours per night for those aged 14 to 17 years, with consistent bed and wake-up times. - An accumulation of at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity involving a variety of aerobic activities. Vigorous physical activities, muscle, and bone strengthening activities should each be incorporated at least 3 days per week. - Several hours of a variety of structured and unstructured light physical activities. - No more than 2 hours per day of recreational screen time. - Limited sitting for extended periods. Preserving sufficient sleep, trading indoor time for outdoor time, and replacing sedentary behaviours and light physical activity with additional moderate to vigorous physical activity can provide greater health benefits for children. The full Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth Visit are available at csep.ca.

Kneeling Row (left to right) – Samuel Yu and Stu Penner. Middle Row (left to right) – Nathan Dueck, Angela Mollard, Kendra Vogt, Nicole Coldwell, Sara Chernos and Christina Henley. Back Row (left to right) - Clayton Wiebe , Levi Falk, Gil Dueck, Theo Driedger, Jonathan Sawatzky, Nick Friesen, Marlon Mallari, Jarvis Chen, Kristina Vranovic and Reinhold Sawatzky. Photo Courtesy of Bothwell Cheese

Photo Winners Announced in Piney

First place winner – Owl by Jennifer Greaves.

Over the past year, the RM of Piney hosted a photo contest to highlight the communities’, events and festivities that the RM of Piney has to offer, and to expand on the current library of photographs that the RM of Piney uses to promote the area. The municipality received many entries in two categories including communities and community events and festivities. Council encouraged entrants to reflect on the times that the communities have come together for in both joyous and devastating moments. One winner in each category was awarded $100. Third place winner - ATV Trail by Nicole Vinet.

Second place winner – Sunset Fishing by Tyler Stadnyk.

Landmark Athlete Named Tri-Star

Kaitlyn Warkentine

A grade 12 student from Landmark Collegiate has been named the most recent Tire Recycle Rural High School Athlete of the Week. On November 29, Kaitlyn Warkentine of the Landmark 96ers volleyball team became the first local student to earn this honour during the 2016-2017 school year. The 5’10” middle hitter led the 96ers to a tournament win at Treherne and 3rd place finish in Sanford. She also led them to a perfect 4-0 record in Zone 13 league play and helped them qualify for the Provincial “AAA” Volleyball Championships, which started December 1. In a statement, Coach Rob Giesbrecht praised their athlete. “Katy is a great leader who leads by example with her all-out effort and positive encouragement to her teammates.” “She is our ‘go to’ hitter when we need a big point, I can always trust her to get the job done. Katy has developed amazing court sense and ability to anticipate plays on defense. She is definitely a talented player in all aspects,” Giesbrecht added. Warkentine is a grade 12 student who maintains a 92% academic average.

Niverville Clinic’s Name Unveiled at Gala By Marianne Curtis One of the highlights of the Niverville Heritage Centre’s 10th Annual fundraising gala was the announcement that a 5,000 square foot medical clinic being built in the community will be called Open Health Niverville. Open Health Niverville will be located on the ground floor of the Niverville Holding’s life lease project. It will be a partnership between the Niverville Heritage Centre, Niverville Medical Clinic, the Town of Niverville, Southern Health – Sante Sud and Manitoba Health. The goal of the new Primary Care Access Centre is to create a single access point to appropriate health care services for the community and the region. The long-term plan is

to move towards 24-hour access, 7 days a week. Niverville Heritage Centre Board spokesperson Gordon Daman said the new clinic is expected to bring practitioners together. “From nurse practitioners to doctors, and mental health care workers this clinic will bring them all together as a one-stop shop for healthcare in the community of Niverville,” Daman explained. Services are expected to include access to primary care clinicians, such as physicians, nurse practitioners or physician assistants. It also includes access to the primary health care nurse, lab services, chronic disease team, public health, Family First program and Mental Health services. Dr. Chris Burnett, one of the founders of the Niverville Primary Health

Care Team said the new clinic was driven by the need for more space so the community can attract more doctors in the future. While not all of the services may have 24-hour availability, the hope would be to move towards extended hour accessibility. “We are hoping to get doctors to do a few shifts in the mornings, a few mornings of the week,” Burnette explained. “Some might even want to do evenings.” Over the next five years, funds raised at the annual Heritage Centre Gala will go towards the interior finishing on the centre. The cost is estimated to be $500,000. This year’s gala raised just over $50,000.

Founder of the Niverville Primary Health Team Dr. Chris Burnett, Southern Health – Sante Sud CAO Kathy McNeil, Niverville Heritage Board member Gord Daman, Niverville Mayor Myron Dyck unveil the new sign and the name of the new medical clinic being built at the Heritage Centre. Photo by Marianne Curtis

Truck Stolen From Richer On November 10, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen truck from Richer. The truck is described as a 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 SL, burgundy and grey in colour, with Manitoba plate EPE302. The truck also had a chrome grill, running boards, different rims, spray in bed liner, and a chrome tool box that are not in the photo. 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).


Alcohol and Fog Results in Vehicle Collision with Multiple Injuries On November 14 at 3 am, St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP responded to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 59, near Carriere Road. A southbound pickup truck was stationary on Highway 59 when it was rear-ended by a southbound SUV. The 24-year-old male driver and lone occupant of the pickup truck, from Alberta, was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The 16-year-old male driver of the SUV and a 16-year-old male passenger, both from Ile-desChênes and another 16-year-old male passenger from St. Adolphe were transported to hospital also with non-life threatening injuries. Both alcohol and reduced visibility due to fog are considered factors in the collision. RCMP report that the investigation is ongoing.

Local Coaches and Player Recognized by Baseball Manitoba By Marianne Curtis A baseball player from Blumenort and a pair of coaches from Ile des Chenes and Steinbach were among this year’s group of athletes recognized by Baseball Manitoba. On November 19, Baseball Manitoba named its 2016 award winners in 15 categories, along with three new inductees into the prestigious Honour Society. Included in the award categories for the Baseball Manitoba was the “Region of the Year”. Making the list was Nik Grenier from Ile des Chenes and Jamieson Krentz of Steinbach who coach for the Carillon League. They were named High Performance CoCoaches of the Year after leading the Carillon “AAA” 18U team to the “AAA” Provincials, where Carillon finished first overall with a 3-0 record but unfortunately a tough semi-final loss ended their season prematurely. As busy as they were with the 18U team, the pair coached the Eastman entry in the 2016 Manitoba Summer games, a team of

14U players from the region. At the Summer Games, the talented coaches led their squad to a surprise gold medal performance. Blumenort’s Cody Bartel, was named Midget Player of the Year. According to Grenier and Krentz who are his coaches, they knew early on that he would surpass their expectations. He became the team’s best hitter, batting a high average with power and filling any spot in the lineup that was needed. Additionally, his speed on the base paths made him a stealing threat every time he got on. “From his performance on the field to his attitude on the bench, he proved to be a leader on a very young team. Always happy to be able to play the game that he loves he led with hard work and heart,” said his coach. “In his third year of 18U, all the players on the team looked up to him and he was always there to give his advice; having Cody was like having another coach on the bench.” Bartel is now attending the University of Winnipeg and playing for the Wesmen baseball team.

Nik Grenier from Ile des Chenes and Jamieson Krentz of Steinbach are recognized by Baseball Manitoba as High Performance CoCoaches of the Year.

Blumenort ball player Cody Bartel was named Midget Player of the Year.


Actif Epica Gains International Distinction By Marianne Curtis Actif Epica, Manitoba’s most gruelling ultra endurance event has garnered exclusive status as the only event in Canada to serve as a qualifier for the internationally-renowned Iditarod Trail Invitational in Alaska, becoming one of only 7 events globally to do so. Spanning the Crow Wing Trail, Actif Epica is adding options for its 6th annual February event that will see contestants travel by bike to Winnipeg from as far as Emerson, a distance of 200km. The next event takes place February 18, and includes options of 120km, beginning in St. Malo for Cyclists or Runners, with newly added extended options for cyclists beginning in Emerson (200km) and for runners beginning in Ridgeville (162km). ITI Race Director, Kathi Merchant welcomed Actif Epica as a qualifier, saying it offers, “A great event that is challenging and rewarding to athletes and where they are allowed to learn about themselves, winter travel and the area in Manitoba.” Actif Epica Co-organizers, Ian Hall and David Pensato are excited to bring the race to a new level. “The Iditarod is really the Big One,” said Hall. “Everyone who competes in these kinds of ultra-endurance winter events dreams about getting in,

so for us to be a qualifier really gives Actif Epica a big boost.” Dubbed “A Celebration of Human Resilience” Actif Epica has drawn participants from as far as California, Colorado and even Brazil. Previous editions have drawn up to 80 registrants seeking a challenge, a number that is expected to increase with the race’s new status. The Crow Wing Trail provides a unique set of experiences to participants, traversing the Red River through southeastern Manitoba through to The Forks. Crow Wing Trail Association President, Murielle Bugera is also pleased with the new designation.

“Our communities are excited to welcome athletes from around the world. It can be difficult for us to imagine everyone who might benefit from a 193-km continuous trail, and here we have a perfect example!” The race has earned several distinctions, including being named as one of Canada’s 10 Big Rides (Canadian Cycling Magazine, 2013), a Manitoba Tourism Award for Event of the Year (2014) and one of Canada’s ultimate adventures (Impact Magazine, 2016). Registration for the 2017 edition ends December 31. Visit actifepi. ca for more information.

Actif Epica 2014

Bothwell Cheese Launches GMO Free Product Line By Marianne Curtis On November 29, Bothwell Cheese announced that they will launch a non-GMO Project Verified product line made with milk from dairy cows that are fed non-GMO crops in 2017. This distinction comes as Bothwell Cheese celebrates its 80th anniversary, having started as a cooperative in 1936 by a group of Manitoba dairy farmers. According to Kevin Thomson, President of Bothwell Cheese they will be the first Canadian cheese manufacturer in a position to offer cheeses made with milk that comes from dairy farms verified by the Non-GMO Project. “Bothwell Cheese has a long history of introducing innovations in cheese to provide customers with greater choice,” said Thomson. “Individuals and families are telling us they would like to be given more choice

and we are proud to be able to offer this as an option.” The Non-GMO Project Verification is the fastest growing label in the natural products industry, representing $19.2 billion in annual sales, and more than 39,000 verified products. Non-GMO Verified products are in demand and the seal is the most trusted non-GMO label among consumers. According to a 2015 Ipsos Reid Poll, 88% of Canadians believe labels (for GMO) should be made mandatory by the Canadian government, 87% said, because, “I just want to know what’s in the food I’m eating.” The Non-GMO Project’s Verification Program is North America’s only third-party program for verifying a product’s ingredients. Its seal gives shoppers the assurance that a product has completed comprehen-

sive third-party verification for compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. Bothwell Cheese has been growing steadily since it began as a cooperative in 1936. Recently, it purchased Notre Dame Creamery on October 31, a 95-year old company located in Notre Dame de Lourdes. Bothwell Cheese produces and distributes more than 25 varieties of premium cheeses through various national, regional and independent retailers. This announcement came on the heels of Bothwell Cheese’s most recent gold medal showing at the 89th annual British Empire Cheese Show where their Monterey Jack and Mild Cheddar took the top awards.


For Your Safety Be Wary of Counterfeit Goods Make sure the electrical goods you purchase are real - not counterfeit. If a price is too good to be true, it probably is. This old saying rang true when a teacher found glue guns being sold for $1 each. She thought she had found a bargain until a student was badly burned when one of the guns caught fire. This incident should never have happened. Even more troubling is that the glue guns had certification marks. However, as the investigation into this incident discovered, the trademarks were fake; the products counterfeit. Counterfeit lamps, circuit breakers, electrical receptacles, extension cords, power strips and surge suppressors have all been found in the market. Although the counterfeit product may look the same as the genuine product, many of them are substandard and fail to pass minimum safety tests. Counterfeit products can overheat or cause short circuits, leading to fire or shock hazards. Counterfeiters use inferior material and avoid key manufacturing steps to reduce the cost of their product, allowing them to be sold at prices no genuine brand manufacturer can match. In other cases they recycle old goods by repairing them with faulty or incompatible components, package them to look new, and sell them at rockbottom discount prices. Protect your family from counterfeit products by avoiding noname electrical products and bargains too good to be true. Check packaging for contact information; reputable companies are proud of their product and will provide a phone number and address. As a consumer, be wary when you spot bargain electrical goods.


Manitobans Asked to Share Ideas on Improving Health Care The Manitoba government is undertaking consultations to seek ideas and input from the public on improvements that will ensure the long-term sustainability of Manitoba’s health-care system, said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen. “Right now, the costs of the health-care system are not sustainable and we want to hear from Manitobans about what we can do better,” said Goertzen. “We are asking Manitobans for their ideas on how we can make the right choices to be more efficient, implement cost-effective new ideas and ensure quality care is available for many years to come.” The Manitoba government is working with the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation to develop and administer surveys seeking public and health-care provider feedback as part of the Health Care Sustainability and Innovation Review. The review is assessing spending against three criteria, economy (are activities implemented at a reasonable cost including the consideration of quality, per capita costs and unit costs for service delivery), efficiency (are the results appropriate when the investments are considered) and effectiveness (do actual outcomes meet the expected outcomes). The survey feedback will be used to inform the recommendations of the review, the minister said, adding an initial report is expected by the end of January 2017. The final report, expected later in the spring of 2017, will provide concrete recommendations with implementation plans, timelines and estimates of the savings projected as a result of successful implementation, Goertzen said. “Every choice we make affects not only the budget, but the care available to Manitobans now and in the years ahead,” said Goertzen. “We want input from Manitobans on how health-care spending should be prioritized, what ideas should be pursued and what concerns should be addressed.” To take the survey, visit gov.mb.ca./health/haveyoursay.

Ile des Chenes Doctor Frustrated with Council By Marianne Curtis A doctor attempting to construct a new building and establish a permanent doctor’s office in Ile des Chenes is growing frustrated with the RM of Ritchot after his project proposal was recently denied without a reasonable explanation. On October 19, the RM of Ritchot denied a side yard variance application applied for by Dr. Phillip Mark Hughes. Hughes, who lives in Ile des Chenes, practices medicine out of an office at the back of the local pharmacy three days week, while maintaining a practice in Winnipeg. His current location at the back of the Ile des Chenes Pharmacy is sufficient, but the growing demand for his services and limited space has him looking to establish his own office on Main Street, next to the community post office. “I bought that piece of property on Main Street with the plans to build a two story building for a clinic and to bring other practitioners to the community,” Hughes explained. “I do not understand why two councillors are so opposed to the project.”

Dr. Hughes has proposed the new building would have commercial bottom units and top units would be rentals as residential. He said that if the units do not rent out, they could easily be converted into commercial units, although there may not be a need for top floor commercial units in the community. Hughes said that the issue with council seems to be the rental suites upstairs. “If I am going to invest over a million dollars to build a new building, I want to make sure that I have steady income to support it,” Hughes continued. “I don’t think councillors understand that I am going to live up there. I am not ‘any renter’; I want to practice medicine in the community until I retire and I am willing to invest in the community to make it happen.” Only two outside objections were heard by council, before they denied the project. One was from the owner of the current building he is practicing in, Lise Giesbrecht and another from a local resident; both opposed to the residential portion of the project. Council moved to approve the ap-

plication with four conditions, including the submission of an Engineered Drainage plan; detailed surveyor’s site plan, provisions for six parking spaces assigned to the second floor dwellings and build a 6’ high fence on the south edge of the property. “I could work with these conditions, but they denied it anyways,” Hughes added. At the hearing, one councillor was absent. When the matter went to a vote, Mayor Jackie Hunt and Ron Mumchuk supported the project while Ernie Dumaine and Corrinne Webb opposed the project. Without a tie-breaking vote, the variance was denied. Despite the denial, Dr. Hughes is not giving up on the project. He has already submitted a new variance application to the RM of Ritchot. Once a hearing is called, he will also be presenting council with a petition currently on display at the pharmacy, which contains over 100 signatures in favor of his project.

RCMP Search for Stolen Dirt Bikes Steinbach RCMP received report of a break in that occurred on or around November 4 at a business in the 300 block of Highway 12 North. The suspect(s) gained entrance to the business and stole multiple dirt bikes. The dirt bikes are described as a white 2016 Husqvarna FC250, a white 2016 Husqvarna FE350, a blue 2005 Yamaha YZ144 and a grey 2014 Yamaha FZ09. 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).


Ritchot Mayor Launches Kindred Project By Marianne Curtis Two best friends from St. Adolphe are answering the need by Winnipeg Harvest to ensure that women requiring assistance have access to feminine hygiene products. On December 3, Jackie Hunt and Christina Redmond launched Kindred Project. At the end of the one day blitz, over $1,000 in cash and a truckload of supplies was collected at five different locations in Winnipeg. Hunt, who is also the RM of Ritchot’s Mayor, launched the program in response to a news article about how Winnipeg Harvest was starving for donations of feminine hygiene products. Last month, Winnipeg Harvest was only able to fill 52 out of 381 requests for products. “I was really moved by a video I watched that showed how women on the streets deal with their period and I was shocked,” Hunt explained. “They put their own lives at risk, dealing with something that every woman has to deal with so I decided to do something to help other women.” Inspired by a similar project in Australia, Hunt said she wanted to do something long term and sustainable to help women living in poverty or experiencing homelessness. Starting with a drop off bin at her parent’s house in St. James, the ladies have now placed donation bins in a number of locations throughout Winnipeg and about 50 individuals throughout Winnipeg have placed bins on their front porch for product drop off. “People don’t have to go door to door to collect them,” Hunt said. “Individuals can help by asking to host a bin and volunteers will come and empty it when it’s full.” Volunteers then sort the donations and put them into a smaller month’s supply of sanitary nap-

Jackie Hunt, founder of the Kindred Project with Charlotte, who donated a “boat load” of product during the one-day blitz.

kins and tampons in four different packages for women and Transmen. “It doesn’t matter whether we collect enough to give out a hundred packs or a thousand packs, we know we are taking care of women,” Hunt added. “My wish is that we won’t have to do drives every year, and that donations of feminine hygiene

products becomes a common donation.” The items will be disbursed to eight different organizations, in Winnipeg including Winnipeg Harvest, and Siloam Mission. Rurally, The Kindred Project has partnered with organizations in the region, including Helping Hands in Steinbach, food banks

Trespassers Caught On Camera On September 28 at around 9:30 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report of two males with backpacks who were trespassing at night on a property in the RM of La Broquerie. The males were wearing baggy pants, ball caps and book bags. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-3264452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

in Ile des Chenes, Morris, Steinbach and other organizations that help low income and homeless women in southern Manitoba. To support this endeavour, the Kindred Project accepts monetary donations online. For more information, visit thekindredproject.ca.


Baby Boomer Employment Program Up for Renewal By Marianne Curtis The St-Pierre Baby Boomers In/en Action (BBA) program is up for funding renewal and Ralph Collette with St-Pierre en Boom hopes that the federal government will continue supporting the valuable resource. The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) is a federal-provincial cost-shared program that helps unemployed older workers aged 55 to 64. St-Pierre en Boom is the only service provider of the program in southern Manitoba. The program, which specializes in helping people 55 to 64 years old return to the workforce in any capacity has helped hundreds of people since its conception in March 2011. “We are very successful in helping the older workers with many success stories. We know it can be very hard with career changes when we enter those years,” Collette explained. “It’s a huge advantage for a community like St-Pierre-Jolys to facilitate a program such as TIOW because it also promotes our area and shows our many students and teachers our wonderful community.” The program also helps the local economy with added visitors and employs many people around the program, he added. Unfortunately, a new session has not been scheduled because funding for the program is up for renewal by the federal government. The program’s Federal and Provincial Funding Agreement ends on March 31, 2017 and is up for renewal. The initiative helps older workers find programs and services that increase their ability to find work, reintegrate back into employment and ensure that they remain active and productive workers while their communities undergo adjustment. Older workers signing up for TIOW spend six weeks in a classroom setting, participating in workshops. The participants then have six weeks of follow up with the coordinators. They participate in assessments, job counselling, resume writing, interview techniques, mentorship, basic community skills upgrading and employer based work experience. The participants can also upgrade essential skills such as CPR, First Aid, and get help with criminal record and child abuse registry checks, and driver’s abstracts.

Lions Club Hands Out Cash Prizes The Ste Anne Lions Club recently announced the winners of their The funds raised through the draw will be put to good use in Ste. Anne to Christmas Cash Draw that took place on Saturday November 26 at the help those who need help. Lions Craft Sale. Should you like more information about the Lions or if you would like First place winning $375 was Darren S., second place winning $225 to join them, contact any local Lions member or find them on facebook at was Jeannine P., and third place winning $150 was Rick M. All were http://www.facebook.com/steannelionsclub residents of Ste. Anne.



Canada 150 Mural Unveiled in Steinbach

Arsonists Strike in Blumenort In the early morning hours on November 5, the Steinbach RCMP received a report of a fire at the parking lot of Terrain Transport in Blumenort. When police arrived on scene, two pickup trucks were already engulfed in flames and a third was damaged from the heat. Two people were observed leaving scene and arson is suspected. 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 1-800222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

Off-Road Side by Side Taken from Residence On November 14 at approximately 11 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a stolen side by side in the RM of Ste Anne. The off-road vehicle is described as a 2015 Grey CFMOTO ZF8E with Manitoba plate 9H749. The vehicle was last seen on Thurston Drive in the RM of Ste Anne. 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 1800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637). On November 2 and 3, over 400 local residents got together and painted a piece of this large mural, which will be connected, virtually with other murals across the country as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.

By Marianne Curtis For two days, more than four hundred Steinbach residents took part in painting workshops to create a unique community mural to be part of the celebrations commemorating Canada’s 150th Birthday in 2017. The Canada 150 Mosaic Team worked late into the night so that on November 4; the completed mural was unveiled at the grand opening of the Community Plaza, located in front of the T.G. Smith Centre.

The City of Steinbach is one of 150 communities across the country asked to take part in the Canada 150 Mosaic Project. Heather Chambers Ewen, Communications Coordinator for the City of Steinbach said the committee had a great response from the community and hundreds attended the unveiling. “Many of the attendees participated in Community Painting Workshops that took place earlier in the week and came to see their artwork as part of the larger mural, made up of over 700 painted tiles,” explained

(below)Mayor Chris Goertzen and his family show off two of the many pieces that they painted before they are placed into the overall image of the mural.

Ewen. “The City of Steinbach would like to thank residents for their participation in the Canada 150 Mosaic project and would like to recognize the Department of Canadian Heritage for their financial contribution.” The finished mural has the windmill as the central image, but also contains seven hundred smaller images paying tribute to the diverse backgrounds of Steinbach residents. It is also linked to approximately 150 other Canadian communities Continued on Page 18...

Copper Thieves Target Hydro Compound Steinbach RCMP has received report of a break in and theft at the Manitoba Hydro Compound in the City of Steinbach. The suspects cut the ends of multiple grounding chains and stole the copper lines. The break-in occurred sometime during the evening of November 8 and early morning hours of November 9. 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 1800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).


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participating in the Canada 150 Mosaic project. Each community’s mural incorporates a train car that symbolizes the connection of people across Canada. Although its permanent home will eventually be the Jake Epp Library, the mural will spend some time at City Hall and the Mennonite Heritage Village until after Canada Day 2017. To date Selkirk and Portage La Prairie are the only other cities in Manitoba participating in the project. The murals will be connected virtually to the other murals on Canada150Mosaic.com within the next two years.

Single Vehicle Rollover Claims 78 Year Old Woman A 78-year-old woman died and six other women were taken to a Winnipeg hospital with serious injuries after a single vehicle accident near Stuartburn on November 6. According to Morris and Emerson RCMP, on November 6, emergency crews were called to a single vehicle accident along Highway #59, north of Provincial Road 201. Investigators say the SUV containing seven women swerved, then rolled several times. Four passengers in the vehicle were ejected. The ages of the women were 81, 78, 73, 60, 61, 71 and 61. None of the women were wearing seat belts. STARS was called to the scene and assisted by RCMP, firefighters and EMS. RCMP believes speed was a factor in the collision.

Local Teachers Release Children’s Book By Marianne Curtis Two Steinbach Christian High School Teachers can now add published author to their resume after they recently released their first children’s book. On November 25, Jonathan Toews and Ryan Polinsky hosted a release party for Rudiger and the Painted Door at McNally Robinson Bookstores. Jonathan Toews, an English Language Arts teacher at Steinbach Christian School and the father to 3 young children, wrote

this story eight years ago when he was looking for engaging, fun, meaningful tales to tell his young daughter. “This project started many years ago; I was reading my daughter children’s books and I got the idea,” Toews explained. His longtime friend and fellow Steinbach teacher Ryan Polinsky provides the colourful illustrations. Polinsky, who is an artist and art teacher, and a father to three children, was excited to bring Rudiger’s world of imagination to life through his artwork. Toews said the highlight of be-

ing a published author is watching children’s faces when he shares Rudiger’s story to children’s’ audiences. Rudiger is a little boy who likes to play and have fun. Readers follow him though a painted door on an exciting adventure where his imagination comes to life in this vivid and engaging story about family, childhood, and fun. Rudiger and the Painted Door is available at McNally Robinson Bookstores and online bookseller Amazon.

Steinbach Christian High School teachers Jonathan Toews and Ryan Polinksky show off their first children’s book.

Fall Grants Assist Family Programs Healthy Child Coalition - South East (HCC-SE) has announced the recipients of their fall 2016-grant application process. Healthy Child Coalition – South East is one of 26 parent-child coalitions in Manitoba supporting programming for families with young children 0-5 years. Coalitions bring together representatives from schools, child care, health services, and other community organizations. As Coalition members, they share expertise, experience and resources to identify and address community needs and priorities. Coalitions support existing community parent-child programs but also support the development of new parent child initiatives that reflect each community’s diversity and strengths with the primary focus on positive parenting, nutrition and physical health, learning and literacy and community capacity building. Andrea Klassen, Coordinator for Healthy Child Coalition - South East (left) is shown providing the cheque to Vicki Olatundun from Steinbach Family Resource Centre who will use the grant to run their Coping with Change, Tick Tock Toddler Time, and Preschool Learn & Play programming.

The Fall 2016 grant recipients are Steinbach Family Resource Centre, Coping with Change, Tick Tock Toddler Time, and Preschool Learn & Play programming ($10,000), South Eastman English & Literacy Services, Families Learning Together program ($5,000), Hanover School Division Shake, Rattle & Roll programming ($2,200), Seine River School Division, Little

Learner Club ($10,000) and RM of Ritchot Recreation Department Shake, Rattle & Roll programming ($3,820). For more information on the Coalition and how it supports and promotes early child development and positive parent-child interactions in southeastern Manitoba go to healthychildcoalition.ca to learn more about.


Tache and Vita Get Tourism Funding for Projects By Marianne Curtis The RM of Tache and the community of Vita are among the 29 organizations recently awarded grants through the Tourism Development Fund. The Tourism Development Fund is set up to assist communities and local organizations in expanding and promoting their unique Manitoba stories. “These grants will help local communities improve the experience of visitors to all parts of our magnificent province, which will in turn contribute to the significant and growing impact the tourism industry has on our province’s economy,” said Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen. Grant recipients include the RM of Tache will receive $18,900 for the development of a park at the Centre of Canada site. RM of Tache Mayor Robert Rivard said the municipality is one-step closer to developing a park along Highway #1, thanks to the funding. Initial plans included constructing a monument, memorials and picnic structure that would have cost millions. Now the project has been downsized to consist of a picnic area and signage commemorating early explorers who came through Manitoba. “For now it’s just going to be very minimal and as the years go on we will keep increasing what’s going to be there,” said Rivard. “By midsummer we plan to have the parking lot, picnic tables and amenities in place.”

In the RM of Stuartburn, the Vita Community Recreation Centre was granted $10,000 to host the Vita and Area Winter Festival. The inaugural event is taking place January 14 and 15, 2017. RM Of Stuartburn Councillor Jerry Lubiansky said the money would be used to host the festival, which is a fundraiser for Vita’s Recreation Centre. “We are in dire straits right now, and it is close to closing time if we don’t get things going soon,” Lubiansky told media. “The event will also be a way to promote the community and centre.” Under Manitoba’s new government, the Tourism Development Fund has increased by more than 50 per cent to $297,000 for 2016-17 and has seen an uptake in applications for funding, the minister said, noting that today’s announcement includes grants to six northern organizations totalling $63,125. Tourism generates more than $1.6 billion in economic activity across Manitoba, including both permanent and seasonal jobs. The Manitoba government has committed to efforts that support the expansion of tourism-related opportunities and has increased funding to Travel Manitoba under Plan 96/4, an investment that will allow Travel Manitoba to expand marketing campaigns targeting Canada, the United States and overseas travelers.

Police Hunt for Early Morning Bandits Steinbach RCMP responded to a break and enter at the Mitchell Coop Gas Station early in the morning on November 8. The theft occurred at around 3:30 am. Bandits got away with cash, tobacco products and lottery tickets. If you have any information in re-

gards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-2228477 or manitobacrimestoppers. com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

WSO Holiday Tour to Make Stop in Steinbach The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will bring some Holiday cheer to southeast Manitoba in their Power Smart Holiday Tour on December 13 at the Steinbach Mennonite Church starting at 7:30 pm. The performance will include special Juno-nominated guests Erin Propp and Larry Roy this holiday season. The festive program features a variety of classic holiday favourites including “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Sleigh Ride” and a special reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” as well as a sing-along of beloved hymns. Propp and Roy will be accompanied by the orchestra as they perform their delightful arrangements of “What Child Is This”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and more. Local involvement includes the Eastman Youth Choir, visual artist Arlene Enns and Len Neufeld, President of Three Way Builders, has been presented with the opportunity to narrate the evening. Tickets are available at SAC. Cost for adults is $26, students $12, and Music & Theatre Students only $6. Local Community Christmas Care will be set up so bring an unwrapped toy for the onsite bin and support those in need.

Cooking - Kids in the Kitchen, Creative Cooking, Cake X-Travaganza Workshop, Dessert Art Workshop. NEW! Couples Cooking Workshop.

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Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops…Perfect Christmas Gifts On Tuesday, December 13 at the Steinbach Mennonite Church in Steinbach at 7:30 pm featuring our own Local Eastman Youth Choir, Local narrator Len Neufeld, artist Arlene Enns and Juno-nominated guests Erin Propp and Larry Roy. Grade 5 - 6 school students can enter to win a chance to be the WSO Maestro! Regular Adult Tickets $26 and Students $12; Theatre/Music Students $6, Seniors 2 for $44, Family Package 4 for $64 and Corporate 5 or more for $18. Call the SAC office at 204-3461077 purchase tickets online steinbachartscouncil.ca. NEW! Canvas & Cabernet…Paint Nites at SAC! Well, it was a huge hit and we are going to do it all again! Each month will feature different art themes – check the dates on our website. Next date is Thursday, December 15 at 6:30 pm. Theme is Jolly Holly! Art: Winter/Holiday scene. Sign up now - Only $35! Includes a fun evening of instruction by our experienced and energetic instructor Gabrielle Doll, all art supplies, delicious appetizers, and wine. Winter programs - Try any SAC Program for free! Returning Students - 15% off until Friday, December 16. New Students - 10% off until Friday, December 23. The Backyard Theatre Company – We Want You! Build your confidence, ignite your creativity and explore your imagination. Get involved with the community! Discover the process of preparing for a play, character building and scripts for a final Production on the SRSS Theatre stage, ages 5 - 17.

NEW! XCOMPANY Dance Studio - 12 Week Classes – no fundraising, or costume fees. Arts4Tots Preschool Program Dance4Tots, Intro Hip Hop, Hip – NEW! Montessori-Infused Hop, Intro Jazz, Jazz xcompany.net. Curriculum Why are we unique? The most creative way to learn for Great Musical Theatre Training ages 3 - 5 with specialists in dance, FUSION! Musical Theatre - Ages 9 music, drama and visual arts! Come - 14 and 15 – 19. MUSIC DANCE join Miss Pam and Miss Jen for DRAMA workshops by some of the a year full of creativity, arts, field industries finest…expand your triple trips, learning and more! Monday/ threat skills! $35 each - Oz auditionees only $20 each. Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. YOUR Voice, with Naomi Foreman – Monday, December 12 6 - 8 pm. Visual Arts Kids: Hand building with Clay, Art Acting the Part – Thursday, FebruAdventures, and Art X-Travaganza. ary 16, 2017 from 6 - 8 pm. Teens: Pottery Passion, Cartoon Il- Dance Your Feet Off – Thursday, lustration, Digital Photography, March 23, 2017 from 6 - 8 pm. Mixed Art for Teens. Adults: NEW! Art X-Travaganza Lights! Camera! Action! Square 1 for Adults, Abstract Acrylics, Con- Entertainment temporary Acrylics, Watercolors, NEW! Film Making Club - learn Beginner Oil Painting, Intro to the all the aspects, new skills, and new Pottery Wheel, and Digital Photog- friends! Come and check it out! Meeting on Tuesday, October 25 raphy. New! Workshops for Advanced art- at 7:30 pm. Call 204-346-1077 to RSVP. ists by Gabrielle Doll. Creative Wellness…because it’s good for you! Pilates - On the Ball, NEW! Power Pilates, NEW! Pilates Core Basic, Pilates Core Intermediate. Zumba - Get moving to fun, Latin beats! Great full-body workout. Bring a friend and join the fun! Belly Dance - Learn the rhythm, and style of belly dance. Interested in Music Lessons? NEW! We have a stellar lineup… some of the top instructors in the province are teaching at the Arts Centre now! Voice lessons and workshops - Dr. Shannon Unger; Cello - Natalie Dawe; flute - Katrina Distefano, Theory - Candace Hamm, Piano - Dr. Darryl Friesen. Call 204-346-1077 today. Check out steinbachartscouncil.ca website for bios, details and how to contact them. Community Programs Language Classes - French Beginner 1, NEW! Intermediate 1, Spanish Beginner 1 & 2.

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Hall Gallery Exhibit - ‘Our Culture, Our Community’ by Edmund Raguidin runs from Wednesday, November 9 – Monday, January 16, 2017. Join the South East Artists – Informal get together every Tuesday morning, from 9:30 - 11:30 am at the Arts Centre. Call Kim Gwozdz 204-326-6186. Check the 2017- 18 Exhibit and SOJE applications on website now. SAC Christmas Hours - SAC will be closed from Monday, December 26 – Tuesday, January 3 for the holidays.

Have a safe and happy holiday season from The Steinbach Arts Council Board and staff.


C ommunity E vents Giroux Bingo - Every Thursday at Giroux Hall. Doors open at 5 pm, Bingo starts at 7 pm. Hall rental information for Socials, weddings, family functions, Meetings and more please call Debbie 204-424-5506 or Mike 204-326-6260. Hadashville 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 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 204-296-8217. Quantum Dance Academy – Runs to Tuesday, May 23 2017 at 539 Main Street. For students aged 2-18 a variety of dance styles including ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap and more. The season finishes with a recital at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre. Contact Lee Miazga at quantumdanceacademy@gmail.com or 204- 880-5178. Parent Child Playgroup - On Wednesdays from 10 am – 12 pm at the School in room 142. Contact idc.mb.playgroup@gmail.com. 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. Yoga- On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the TransCanada Centre. Cost is $15 per class or 10 classes for $125. Zumba - On Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7 pm – 8 pm at the TransCanada Centre. 10 classes for $75 or $10 drop in. Contact sarah. abraham@gmail.com. 50+ Programs - At the Trans Canada Centre Indoor Walking - Mondays, Wednesday and Friday 9 – 10 am Yoga - Monday 10 -11 am Coffee Talk - Wednesday 10 - 11 am Block Therapy - Tuesday 10 - 11 am Water Colour Painting – Thursday 10 - 11:30 am Line Dancing - Thursday 7 - 8 pm Floor Curling - Friday 10 am – 12 pm Contact to register Mary Ann vintageclub@transcanadacentre.com, 204-339-6141. 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 204-878-4908 or email her at corinnaswetz@hotmail.com for more info and register. Kleefeld Community Playgroup - For parents, caregivers and children up to age 5. Activities include time for playing, stories, songs and snacks. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Kleefeld Rec Centre. Contact Irene Ascough 204-377-5013. La Broquerie Eastman Immigration Services International Cooking Classes – On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month in La Broquerie. Space is limited. Contact to register 204-3466609 or email lois@eastmanis.com. 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 Christmas Storytime & Crafts – On Saturday, December 10 at 11 am - English and 1 pm - French. Join us to make a thumbprint reindeer ornament at the Bibliothèque Taché Library. Notre Dame de Lorette Parish – Schedule for Christmas CelebrationsReconciliation / Penitential Celebration (Bilingual) – Sunday, Decem-

ber 11 at 7 pm - Church Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24, 5 pm (French), 7:30 pm (English) and 10 pm (French). Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25 - 10:30 am (English). Mary Mother of God (New Year’s Eve) – Saturday, December 31 at 5pm (English). Mary Mother of God (New Year’s Day) – Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 9 am (English) and 11 am (French) at 1282 Dawson Road. Contact 204-878-2221. 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. Marchand Craft & Bake Sale – On Saturday, December 10 from 10 am - 2 pm at the Community Hall. Â Looking for Christmas gifts? Shop a variety of items such as Christmas baskets, clothing, beauty products, kitchen items and even henna tattoos. Niverville The Crow Wing Toastmasters Club – Meets every Monday at 7:30 pm at the Niverville Heritage Centre. If you want to become a better speaker, run meetings that are more effective or develop leadership skills, a Toastmasters Club is the place to start. Contact Sheryl Berglund, Sberglund4@shaw.ca. 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 dropin 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. 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 204-3482433. 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. Randolph Christmas at Chortitz – On Saturday, December 10 at 7 pm the third annual “Christmas at Chortitz” German Carol event at 1 mile north of Hwy 52 on PR206, 1/2 mile west from Randolph corner. Audience carol singing. Program in English, most songs in German. Cost is Free. Hosted by Chortitz Church Heritage Committee. Contact Ernie 204-388-6146. Richer Young at Heart Dinner and Dance – On Saturday, December 17 from 5 - 11 pm at the Young at Heart hall. Bar opens at 5 pm, Supper at 6 pm and Dance to 11 pm with live entertainment Buckskin and Satin. Cost $20 each. Reserve your ticket contact Julienne 204-422-5662 or Irene 204-422-5932. 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 204-4225308. 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 2016/2017 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 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 204-437-2210, 204-4372209 or 204-437-4686. St. Adolphe Forever Young Dance Club – On Saturday, December 10 from 7 – 11 pm at the Pioneer Hall. Music by Mark Morisseau. Cost $15 (includes lunch). Reservations required please contact Rae 204-883-2440 or Denise 204-883-2429. Alzheimer Touch Quilt Winter Project - First meeting on Tuesday, December 13 at Ritchot Senior Services, 457 Main Street. Touch quilts can bring comfort, happiness, enjoyment as well lessen sadness and fear. Please join us, this winter in support of the Alzheimer Society. No experience no problem, we not only need help with sewing but also knitting, and smaller jobs such as pressing, cutting and organizing. Contact 204 883-2880, ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Dart Pocalypse – Nerf Gun Wars - On Tuesday, December 27 from 6:45-7:45 pm grades K-4 and 8-9 pm grades 5 – 9 at the Pioneer Hall. Safety goggles, nerf guns, nerf bullets and supervision provided. Parents are welcome to join in the fun with a ticket! Cost $10/person. Contact Nicole ntlind@mymts.net 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. Pickle Ball – On Thursdays from 6 – 7:30 pm hosted by Club Amical at the St. Adolphe school gym. Contact Alma at 204 883-2251. Athena Women’s Beginner Hockey – Contact Bahia Taylor, bahia@ envypaintanddesign.com for details and costs. Badminton Nights - At the school gym on Monday nights between 6 - 8 pm. $2 drop-in is required. Contact yvandupuis@gmail.com. Ritchot Senior Services - Summer Office Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am- noon at 457 Main Street. Contact 204 883-2880, Ritchotseniors@mymts.net. Walking Club: Travelling all around St. Adolphe for approximately 40-45 minutes and then finishing up with some stretching on the deck with Janice. Coffee talk: On Wednesdays. Join us for coffee talk outside on the deck, weather permitting. Enjoy coffee or tea, catch up with a friend, or perhaps challenge someone to a game of ladder ball, lawn darts, bocce, a round of disc washer toss or game of beanbag toss. Guaranteed laughs. Foot care: Clinic on Wednesday in Lorette, by appointment only. To reserve in St. Adolphe, Ste.Agathe, Ile-des-Chenes or Lorette contact Janice 204-883-2880. Every 6 weeks Cheryl Palmer, foot care nurse visits each location and provides foot care to help keep your feet feeling happy. Weekly Bingo – On Tuesday nights at the St. Adolphe Community Club. Doors open at 6 pm, 6:55 pm - Speedo Game, 7 pm - Early Bird Games, 7:30 pm - Regular Games. We hope to see you there! Proceeds will support the Community Club. St. Malo Sponge Puck Hockey – On Wednesdays at 8 pm at the arena. Come out and play for fun. Contact Gilles 204-347-5079. St. Pierre-Jolys Step Aerobics with Weights - On Tuesday and Thursday at 7 pm, at the ICSP School Gym. Contact Stephanie 204-320-2667, Louise 204-433-3839 or The Health Corner 204-433-3891. Diabetes Educational Resource Centre – On 2nd Thursday of the month from 1:30 - 3:30 pm at the DeSalaberry District Health Centre. Contact 204-346-6254.

Keep Your Gas Meter Clear Throughout winter (and especially after a storm,) keep an eye on your natural gas metre and external vents for snow or ice build-up. Snow and ice create a safety hazard because a build up on the gas metre can block the vent and allow excess gas pressure into your home causing an appliance to malfunction. Accumulated snow and ice can put stress on the meter piping and could cause a gas leak. Sidewall external vents are common in high efficiency natural gas furnace and water heating installations.

Keep the area around these vents clear year round to ensure safe operation of the equipment. It takes just a few minutes to keep your home safe with these tips: - Check your gas metre, gas piping and vents regularly for snow and ice build-up. - Gently remove snow from your natural gas metre with a broom or your hand. - When shovelling, don’t pile snow against gas equipment or vents.

- Clean and repair leaky eaves troughs to prevent ice and melting snow from dripping onto the natural gas metre. - Remove large icicles hanging over your metre and appliance vents. - Avoid using a snow blower in the area of your natural gas metre. - Never kick or hit the gas metre or its piping to break off ice or snow. If you have difficulty removing the snow or ice from your gas metre or regulator, call Manitoba Hydro at 1-888-6249376 (1-888-MBHYDRO).


C ommunity E vents Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba – Depression, bipolar, post partum mood disorders support group meetings held on the last Monday of each month at 7 pm at the Chalet Malouin boardroom. Located at the Health Corner DeSalaberry Hospital. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. Ste. Agathe Skate with Santa - On Sunday, December 18 at the Arena from 11 am - 1:30 pm. Pictures with Santa and family skating. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. Ladies Hockey – At the Arena. All levels welcome, including first timers. Contact cougarsrechockey@gmail.com for more info and costs. Cougars-Ladies Rec Hockey - Weekly Ice time Sundays at 6:45 – 7:45 pm until March 5, 2017 at the Arena. Cost $150/person per season, 21 ice times or drop in for $10/ice time. Contact cougersrechockey@ gmail.com. Walking/Running Club - A walking and running club held on various weekdays at 7 pm, contact carly.flowers@hotmail.com. 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 Christmas Lights Contest - On Thursday, December 15 from 7 - 8 pm. Do you want to enter? Make sure your lights are on from 7 - 8:30 pm. Contact 204-422-5459 or email recservices@steannemb.ca to make sure your house is in. Christmas Lights Seniors Bus Tour - On Thursday, December 15 at 7 pm. Make sure your lights are on from 7 - 8:30 pm while the Lions and their friends from the Villa tour the town on a school bus. Again, this year they will be voting which houses will be this year’s Christmas Lights Contest winners. Kids Christmas Craft Workshops – On Saturday, December 17 at 736 Traverse Rd. From 12 - 12:45 pm (2- 4 yrs) - must be accompanied by an adult, 1 - 2 pm (5 - 7 yrs ) (instructor led), 2:15 - 3:15 pm (8 - 12yrs) (instructor led) and 3:30- 4:30 pm (13 – 17 yrs) (instructor led). Cost is $5. Must pre-register please at recservices@steannemb.ca. Skate with Santa - On Sunday, December 18 an off ice letters to Santa station, small craft and pictures with Santa in the lobby of the Arena at 3:30 pm. On ice Skate with Santa from 5 – 6 pm. Helmets and Skates Please. No shoes! Free event. Splashpad/Skatepark Committee Raffle - A wine raffle to support the recreation master plan such as landscaping, lighting, paths and more. Tickets available at Ste. Anne Sundries, Old#12, Ste. Anne Hotel, Richer Husky, Ste.-Anne Physio and Town Office. We are also accepting donations of wine for our raffle if you want to help! If you want to sell tickets and help please email recservices@steannemb.ca One-day Photography Camp - On January 4, 2017. Recommended for ages 8 and up at 736 Traverse Rd. Cost $30 for the entire day! Bring a lunch. Contact recservices@steannemb.ca. International Cooking Classes - On the third Wednesday of the month from 6 - 8:30 pm. Learn to cook authentic and original foods from Columbia, India, Iraq, Philippines and Bolivia. Pre-register with the Town of Ste. Anne at 204-422-5293 or email town@steannemb.ca. Ste. Anne Cultural Committee - Invites artists of all kinds to their weekly open houses at 112 Centrale Ave. on Tuesdays from 9 - 11:30 am and Wednesdays from 7 - 8:30 pm. These gatherings are to bring artists together to work on and discuss their craft and there is no cost to attend. Contact Diane at 204-422-9599 or email cccsa@mymts. net. Seine River Services for Seniors – Services and programs for seniors. Income Tax help, Lifeline, mobility equipment, foot care, hair care, transportation, home maintenance, yard maintenance, Telecheck, E.R.I.K. program, puzzles and games. Shopping Trips to Winnipeg’s St.Vital Mall every first Thursday of the month, leaving at 10 am - 3 pm. Cost $15. Steinbach’s Clearspring Centre every last Thursday of the month, from 10 am - 1 pm. Cost $10. Contact Juliette Rowan at 204-424-5285 Community Resource Coordinator for local services or e-mail labseinerss@gmail.com. Ste. Geneviève Library Night - Bibliothèque Taché Library at the Community Centre

on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 - 8 pm, brings a large selection of books in both French and English, for children and adults. Special requests can be made to the librarian, bibliotachelibrary.com or in person. Come for a visit and see what we are all about. Steinbach Paint Night Fundraiser Steinbach Legion – On Thursday, December 8 from 7- 10 pm, 294 Lumber Ave., with Colleen Watchorn. Tickets $40 includes a light lunch. Text/call Audrey at 204-381-0558 or Juanita at 204-371-2116. Community Christmas Market – On Saturday, December 10 from 10 am - 4 pm at the Steinbach Legion Hall, 294 Lumber Ave. with 20 Plus vendors and a variety of items for sale. Christmas Craft Workshop – On Wednesday December 14 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Menno Mart Inc. A fun filled night featuring everything to enjoy some holiday magic and create your own beautiful Christmas decor. An instructor will guide you and your friends from start to finish as you transform a cupboard door into a lovely Christmas decoration, suited to your own tastes! Cosy $25 all supplies provided as well as refreshments. Space is limited. Contact by text/call Candice 204-371-1193 to sign up. Canvas & Cabernet Paint Nites - On Thursday, December 15 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the SAC 304 Second St. Cost $35. Each night includes instruction, all your art supplies, live music, delicious appetizers, and wine. Contact 204-346-1077 or register online at steinbachartscouncil.ca. Raffle Prize Draw – On Monday, December 19, the draw for winners will be made at 11 am. Hosted by the Friends of the Library are holding a fundraising event to help raise money for shelving. Tickets $2 each. 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 - Knit-Wits - Every 4th Friday of the month, from 6 – 9 pm at the Jake Epp Library. This is for anyone interested in fibre hand crafts such as knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, needlepoint etc. This is not a class but a casual knitting circle for all skill levels. Classic Movie Night – The 4th Friday every month. Free admission. Free Popcorn! All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 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 Betty-Lou Toews at 326-6397. Eastman Immigrant Services - Many events and activities to support and help you make new friends. Start to make this community feel like your home. Volunteer to help at our community events. Let’s Sew - On Tuesday’s from 1:30 – 3:30 pm., Sewing machines provided. 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. International Cooking Classes – On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month in La Broquerie. Space is limited. Contact to register 204-3466609 or email lois@eastmanis.com. Eastman Safety Upcoming Programs - Located at 385 Loewen Blvd. Register online at eastmansafety.ca or contact 1-204-371-1595. Mommies Group at Kidzone - On Wednesdays, from 9 am - 1 pm. Come by to meet other moms to chat with and get your kids to make some new friends. Cost $7, free coffee. Creativi-Tea Time - Need to relax and have some you time? Event runs every second Wednesday of the month, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Jake Epp Library. Come and go as it suits you. We’ll provide basic supplies, feel free to bring your own. Event includes tea and coffee.

friend, your strategies and games. Test your skills and have fun. Ages 14 and up unless accompanied by an adult. Contact 204-326-6841, programs@jakeepplibrary.com. Royal Canadian Legion - On 1st Tuesday every month 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 371-0824 or email eastmanmss@mts.net MS Monthly Self-Help group meeting - for people living with multiple sclerosis. The group meets on the second Thursday evening of each month from 6 - 7 pm at Fernwood Place apartments. Contact Nadine Konyk, Rural Client Services Coordinator at 1-800-268-7582 or email nadine.konyk@mssociety.ca. MS Lunch Group- On 4th Thursday of every month, from 12 – 1 pm at All D’s Restaurant 320 Main Street. Contact Stephanie Bevacqua 204-988-0904, Stephanie.Bevacqua@mssociety.ca. Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba individual and support groups - for persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bi-polar disorder and other mental health/emotional concerns. Meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Jake Epp Library from 7 – 9 pm. Contact Judy Dunn 204-444-5228. The Bethesda Regional Healthcare Auxiliary - meets on the first Tuesday of every month except for the months of July and August at the Bethesda Hospital. We welcome anyone interested in auxiliary work. Contact Verna Thiessen at 326-3028. Steinbach and Area Lions Club - Meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at the Magnolia Restaurant. Contact 204326-2313. Carillon Toastmasters - meetings are open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Thursdays at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library 255 Elmdale Street, 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 204-3460413. 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 1-855644-3515 or southernhealth.ca. General Free Monthly Bus Trips to the Casinos of Winnipeg- On Tuesdays, December 6 from 8:30 am - 7:15 pm. Join us for a great day of fun and friendship. Visit McPhillips Street Station in the morning and Club Regent in the afternoon. 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 to and from the casinos for those wishing to play. Bi-monthly overnight trips to South Beach Casino are also available, amazing prices on these trips so call for details. Contact Marilyn at 204-326-4939 for information and to reserve a seat.

Games Day & Games Night – Every 1st Saturday from 12 – 5 pm of the month 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

LED Lights - Safe and Efficient Want to save on your energy bill and improve your home’s safety this holiday season? It might be time to switch to LEDs. LED lights use up to 90 per cent less electricity and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent holiday lights. The good news doesn’t end there. With no filaments or glass bulbs to break, LEDs are more durable. They produce almost no heat, reducing risk of fire. LEDs are a great choice for outdoor application in Manitoba because they perform well in cold temperatures. LED

light strings are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours, making them the perfect choice for lighting up your home, your yard or your tree during the holidays. LED lights also have the following advantages: - Safety - LEDs are cool to the touch, reducing risk of combustion or burnt fingers. - Durability - LEDs are made with epoxy lenses (not glass) and are much more resistant to breakage.

For your safety: - Use indoor-rated LED strings for indoor displays and outdoor-rated strings for outdoor use. - Plug your lights in to test them, then unplug before installing them in your display. - Only connect LED strings to other LED strings. - Turn off all holiday lights before going to bed or leaving home. For more information on LED lighting, visit hydro.mb.ca/lighting.


2016 Year End Tax Tips The December 31 deadline is important for making charitable donations, incurring medical expenses, for contributing to spousal RRSPs (if you are close to retirement), contributing to RESPs, and for RRSP or RRIF withdrawals if you are in a low tax bracket. Do you need money from your TFSA (tax-free savings plan)? Take the money out before December 31 so you get that “room” back in January 2017. If you turned 65 in 2016 and do not have a private pension plan, convert some of your RRSPs to RRIFs and withdraw $2,000 to take advantage of the pension income credit. Also, December 31, 2016 is the final deadline for making any changes to your 2006 taxes. Why would you? Maybe you should have qualified for the Disability Tax Credit back then? Or maybe you incurred some capital losses that were not claimed? We need to get that adjusted now. December 31, 2016 is also the deadline to claim the Manitoba Primary Caregiver Tax Credit for 2013 (we can only go back three years). Or if we need to adjust the Pension Income Splitting, we can only go back three years. And if you should have claimed the $700 property tax education credit on your income taxes, we can only go back to 2013. Here are some other tax tips for 2016 from the entire Ste Anne Tax Service team. Anni: New for 2016 is if you have sold your principal residence since January 1, 2016, you need to disclose it on your tax return. Here’s what Canada Revenue Agency says, “Starting with the 2016 tax year, generally due by late April 2017, you will be required to report basic information (date of acquisition, proceeds of disposition and description of the property) on your income tax and benefit return when you sell your principal residence to claim the full principal residence exemption.” Bring us your lawyer documents that show the sale price and property description, and hope you remember when you purchased it. If you do not report it, the penalties are severe, $100 per month until you file the election, so you must disclose! Therese: Let us know if you have changed your mailing address and phone numbers (no longer have a landline?). And let us know if your banking has changed for direct deposit. And new for 2017 you can have pre-authorized debit for the amount you owe. Anni: Another reason to consider RRSP contributions especially if you have children under 18, your Canada Child Benefit is based on your family income which can be reduced by RRSP contributions, so tax savings can be increased substantially (especially if

combined family net income is $45,000 to 65,000). Call or email me for some “what if calculations” for your 2016 taxes before the RRSP deadline of March 1, 2017 to see what your tax savings could be. Ruth: Regarding medical travel expenses keep your 2016 wall or pocket calendar or wherever you record all your doctor appointments in. Use a medical log sheet to record the dates, doctor’s name, name of clinic or hospital, and number of km (must be more than 40 km one way, and for a medical service you cannot get locally. If you need a log sheet, drop by the office or call or email us for a copy. If you didn’t keep track of all your medical appointments, you can contact Manitoba Health and get a printout for the year. Therese: Regarding prescriptions, we recommend you go to your pharmacy in January and ask for a detailed list for the entire 2016 calendar year for each family member. Easier than keeping all those little receipts! Cheryl: Remember all medical expenses, premiums for health plans you pay yourself through work (keep your end of year paystub or get a letter), or pension, or paid directly for dental, chiropractor, eye exams and glasses, travel health insurance, portion of rent if you are in senior assisted living or supportive housing, laser eye surgery and any expenses that you pay out of pocket that is not covered by a health plan (excluding massage therapy). Anni: New for 2016 is the “Teacher and Early Childhood Educator School Supply Tax Credit”. Teachers and day care professionals bring us your receipts for supplies if you were not reimbursed. Darlene: The Manitoba Senior’s School Tax Rebate no longer has an application and deadline; it will be included on your income taxes. The maximum is still $470, but now it will be reduced once your family income exceeds $40,000. So bring your property tax bill to identify the Education portion. Therese: Students need to get their T2202a Tuition receipt on-line from University or College. Any unused tuition and education credits can be transferred to a parent, grandparent, spouse, or carry them forward and claim in a future year. Remember once you graduate, you can claim the Manitoba Tuition Fee Income Tax Rebate. And remember to claim your (official) Student Loan Interest as a credit. Cheryl: For those that are self-employed read your vehicle odometer on December 31 and hope you did on January 1 so you know how many km you drove for the entire year. And then we need your recorded log of business related trips. Stock up on some supplies so you can claim in 2016 and maybe

your capital purchases, too. Start organizing your receipts by category if you haven’t yet. It will be much easier to do it now rather than when you are nearing the filing deadline of June 15. Anni: So many receipts to keep, charitable donations; children’s activities for the fitness and arts (final year); RRSPs (remember the March to December 2016 and the January and February 2017 receipts); political donations; childcare; union dues and other professional fees; transit passes and receipts; and tool receipts if you are a tradesperson. Darlene: Keep your last pay stub of every year (forever!) in case you pay for disability premiums and can claim them as a deduction in the future if you are ever off work. And your health care premiums may be listed there, too. In 2016 all families with children under 18 will have the Universal Child Care Benefit ($60 or $160 per child) to claim as income for just the first six months; since July you have been receiving the combined Canada Child Benefit and it is non-taxable. To make it easier for you, we can access your file at CRA (with your written authorization); so if you are missing any Tax Slips (T4, CPP, OAS, EI, T4A, UCCB, etc), we may be able to retrieve them so you don’t have to go hunting or making phone calls. We expect CRA on-line filing to start February 13, 2017. We normally have access to tax slips for CPP and OAS already on that date, so if that is all you need, we can file your taxes starting mid-February! You don’t have to wait for them to arrive in the mail! If you haven’t gone south yet and need Snowbird Mail Service, give us a call and arrange pick up of your mail while you are gone. And remember Service Canada comes to Ste Anne (beside the Co-op) the third Thursday of every month, including December 15. A representative is there to answer any questions you have about CPP and OAS and you can get on-line access too. Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Frohe Weihnachten, Glaedelig Jul from the Ste Anne Tax Service team (Anni, Ruth, Cheryl, Darlene, Erik & Therese). 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.

Tools Taken from Steinbach Residence On November 22, the Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break in to a residential garage on Main Street in Steinbach. Various tools were stolen including a nine hp Crossman snow blower with a 24-inch blade, a 20-volt DeWalt combo drill/driver, a 20-volt DeWalt drill kit (drill, 2 batteries and a charger) and a DeWalt reciprocating saw. The items were stolen sometime between November 19 and November 22. 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).


Landmark Church Commits to Zambian Orphanage By Marianne Curtis On December 17, the Landmark Christian Fellowship is holding a very special cheesecake and comedy night fundraiser in support of an orphanage in Zambia. The one night event, featuring comedian Matt Falk as the entertainment is taking place so that the church can raise enough money to support a small Zambian orphanage for a year. Pastor Paul Martins said the church is hoping to raise enough funds to support an orphanage in Livingstone, Zambia. “We are going to support the cost of running the orphanage for one year. This means we are going to raise money for food, clothing, medication and education,” Martins explained. The orphanage is under the umbrella of Love’s Door, which is operated by former Landmark residents Dan and Regena Bumstead. The orphanage is home to twelve children and it costs about $10,000 to operate the facility for a year. Larry Reimer, spokesperson for Loves Door said that while it is difficult to raise money for a cause in another country, he believes it is necessary. “We have a responsibility to help others around the world, especially in a place where there is so much injustice,” Reimer explained. “A child in poverty there will never

get out; we have the infrastructure in place here. There, women without education live on the streets.” Two years ago Danielle Wollmann, her husband and 3 children spent three weeks volunteering in the orphanage and they saw the need first hand. “We sponsored three children and our Sunday school class sponsors a child, but seeing it for yourself changes your life,” Wollmann explained. “I knew the sponsorship program was doing good things, but to see the tremendous impact it has on these children is hard to describe!” She said many of the area children cannot go to school because their families cannot afford to send them. “They would gather around me and want to see the books and hear the stories. Most of them have never seen a book with pictures before,” Wollmann added. “So many of them would love to go to school, but just can’t. It’s very sad to see. There are so many children that need sponsorship!” Individual children can be sponsored though the Family Table program. More information is available at lovesdoor.org. The desert night fundraiser, featuring Matt Falk is taking place December 17 at the Landmark Christian Fellowship Church, Main Street. Admission is free, but RSVP is required as seating is limited. Call 204-3554928.

Locals Wowed by Sounds of Boogie Woogie Swing By Marianne Curtis For a one night show, the Sergeant Wilson’s Army Show rolled into town and performed before an eager audience at the Steinbach Royal Canadian Legion. The quartet originating from the Netherlands put on a show that had the sold out audience laughing and signing along with many familiar songs from the 40s and 50s. Under the command of Sergeant Wilson, Peggy, Rose, and Donna delivered the sounds of Glenn Miller, the swing of the Andrews Sisters, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Frankie Lane, Vera Lynn with skill. Legion President Bill Richards was pleased with the attendance and the show itself. “We didn’t know how much attention this show was going to bring but we sold out 170 tickets, and many more were interested,” said

Richards. The Sergeant Wilson’s Army Show has been making its way across Canada for the past few weeks. Finding themselves with some time between scheduled performances in Calgary and Thunder Bay, the quartet decided to add one more show to the tour and they picked Steinbach right off the map. “They phoned me up and asked if we’d be interested in having them perform in Steinbach,” Richards continued. “I didn’t expect this response. We are already talking about having them back next year.” The special performance in Steinbach was held as a fundraiser for the local legion. The money raised during the event is expected to help fund some of the needed renovations including replacing flooring in the front entrance, painting and upgrading the lighting.

Sergeant Wilson, along with Peggy, Rose, and Donna, from the Netherlands, perform before a sold out crowd at the Steinbach Royal Canadian Legion. Photo by Vintage And Vogue Photography

Danielle Wollmann from Landmark, reads to children in a small Livingstone suburb within Zambia.


Local Business “Pays-it-Forward”

Today House Coordinator Shannon Kehler, Ryan Bergen (seated) and Matt Bergen from A.C.T. Solutions give the new system a test run.

By Marianne Curtis A Steinbach computer business recently launched a “Pay-it-Forward” program that is expected to benefit non-profit groups throughout southern Manitoba. Matt Bergen from ACT Solutions has begun accepting old computers and rebuilding them to help folks in tough situations who struggle with access to a computer. “We want this program to help people by providing users with access in places that can actually help,” explained Bergen. “In the right place, one computer can help hundreds of people.”

ACT Solutions have opened up a drop-off depot at their Brandt Street location for used computers and accessories. The donated systems are wiped clean, tested and taken apart. Parts are then upcycled into rebuilt computer systems, which are then donated to domestic support organizations. For those worried about data left behind, hard drives are subject to a military grade permanent date wipe and complimentary confirmation report can be provided. Today House, the regions only emergency temporary shelter for individuals who are homeless or street involved was the proud recipient of

the first donated computer. “This computer is wonderful for our facility. Clients can use it to contact families or apply for jobs,” explained Today House spokesperson Shannon Kehler. “Before they would lose time by having to go elsewhere to access things like job searches or to investigate resources. Now they can do it onsite.” Bergen said the systems are put together specifically for a client, at no charge other than for software registration. “We will set up the systems the way an organization requires; this includes adding software to protect anonymity and security,” Bergen continued. Now that Today House’s computer has been installed, other organizations are lining up. Future recipients include Agape House, Steinbach Family Resource Centre, and Steinbach Community Resource Centre. Individuals using these resources who may need a computer for work or school may also apply. Approvals are granted on a case-by-case basis. Initially the plan was to keep the program in Steinbach, but Bergen welcomes organizations from communities throughout the region to apply. Organizations and individuals are encouraged to visit actsolutions.ca for nomination forms. Businesses or individuals wishing to donate old desktops or laptops, monitors, mouse, keyboards, or other components can drop them off at 90 Brandt Street in Steinbach. Arrangements can be made for pickup of large donations.

De Salaberry’s RM Denied Support in Request to Withdraw From the St. Pierre Veterinary Services District By Marianne Curtis The provincial Veterinary Services Commission has informed the RM of de Salaberry that they have ruled not to support the municipality’s bid to withdraw from the St. Pierre Veterinary Services District. This decision comes after a hearing took place in St. Malo on November 17 where over forty people attended. The evening hearing was called after the RM of de Salaberry passed a resolution to withdraw from the vet district. According to a letter from the Commission, they initially had a problem with overriding a decision of council. However, the information presented at the hearing clearly indicated that ratepayers and citizens did not support the council’s decision. At the hearing, eleven people made public presentations and an additional three written submissions were received by the Commission. “Overall, two submissions supported the resolution to withdraw; the balance was opposed to the resolution. A straw poll showed thirty people against a withdrawal, one in support of the resolution. With this very significant level of opposition, the commission was convinced to rule that the de Salaberry Municipality should not be withdrawn from the St. Pierre Vet District,” stated Dr. Allan Preston, Chair of the Veterinary Services Commission.

Residents objected to the withdrawal based on a number of factors, including the current service which is available 24/7; reasonable access to most farmers in the area; it provides local employment and the value added aspect of bringing shoppers into St. Pierre-Jolys. There were also concerns that service in Vita would be impacted as the vet Dr. Vanessa Graydon, currently divides her time between the two clinics. There is a concern that loss of de Salaberry as a partner could jeopardize the future of the clinic, and even force it to close. There are also concerns about the loss of fair compensation for members of the vet district, which currently compensates the veterinarian while capping fees charged to the client. The issue came to the table when the RM of de Salaberry asked the vet to provide a list of the type of animals she takes care of, and where they are from; along with her income based on these animals. When the vet declined that information, the municipality voted in favour of leaving the district. If approved, other members of the district would have to pay over $10,000 each or risk losing the vet and clinic. Members of the St. Pierre Veterinary District include the Village of St. Pierre-Jolys, RM of EmersonFranklin and the RM of de Salaberry.

Man Charged in St. Adolphe Drug Bust A Morden man has been charged after a marijuana grow-op was raided in St. Adolphe. On October 22, St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP executed a search warrant on one of the new town houses located in the community around 6 pm. Once inside, officers found 300 marijuana plants in various stages

of growth. Jason Reimer, 41, has been charged with production of a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act. Reimer had his first court appearance on November 24.


Time Travel Discovery! Well, I have discovered something amazing, something awesome, something that most everyone would’ve wanted at some point in their lives. I, Peter Martens, have discovered a time machine! I will admit that this time machine is not perfect, it does have some limitations. I can only go back in time, never forwards, I can travel for only an hour at a time (sometimes a little less), bad weather does seem to have adverse effects on my travelling and I don’t get to choose my destination. Although, I have found that with a bit of experience as to the day I activate the machine, I can loosely know my destination before I go. Now you’re probably all asking yourselves, “Why wouldn’t he go into the past, invest in Microsoft and then come back to the present and be fabulously wealthy?” Well, sadly that could have huge, destructive effects on the world, in our time frame. Also, when I go back in time I cannot physically interact with anything; that means no touching, no talking and no changing anything. Probably safer that way. While there would be some that would keep such a wonder to themselves, I won’t be greedy, no sir. This time machine is for everyone to share in. All you need to do is to turn your radio to 93.7 FM and tune in between 10 and 11 pm, Monday to Friday and you too can feel yourself whisked back in time. A time where Wild Bill Hickok and his sidekick Jingles still ride across the plains, a time when Abbott and Costello are still alive and well and making the world a funnier place, a time when crime dramas are still based on “real cases with only the names changed to protect the innocent”. On one of my journeys back in time, I heard a woman hosting a musical program and she was reading letters that had been sent to the station from men that were stationed overseas during the war. I’m not sure but I think that it might have been WWII. Hearing about these men fighting on the other side of the world touched me deeply. These were men (and the woman) who had lived, loved and by now probably died and yet, their voices along with a small shard of themselves lives on in these broadcasts. It is a treasure and an honour just to travel back and listen in. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

Thieves Target Barn in La Broquerie On November 10, the Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break in at a barn on Settlers Road in the La Broquerie area. Over the previous evening, thieves stole a quantity of tools including, a captive bolt gun used to euthanize animals. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at 204-3264452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).



Pat Porter Active Living Centre offers programs, activities, services and volunteer opportunities, striving to promote healthy and active living for older adults of the southeast region. We invite you to come, pay us a visit, and consider participating in some of our programs. Drop by the Centre Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information call the Centre at 204-320-4600 or go to patporteralc.com. Rentals and Functions: Book your next function at Pat Porter Active Living Centre. We can accommodate the following but are not limited to Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Banquets, Conferences, Family Gatherings and More! Contact Lynda at 204-320-4603 for more information. Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer with us – we could use volunteers in many different areas. Whatever your skill set or age, we have a place for you. Whether you can volunteer for an hour a month, week or day or several hours we can accommodate you with tasks. Call Lynda at 204-320-4603 for more information Up Coming Events: Please come by the Centre to pick up our newsletter for full details on all upcoming events. Annual Christmas Banquet: On Thursday, December 8 at 6 pm., Punch at 6:30 pm. Dinner is turkey dinner with all the trimmings! Entertainment the Pat Porter Active Living Centre Choir. Tickets $15 for members and $18 for non-members. If you could RSVP by Wednesday, November 30 this would help us with planning of the meal. Contact Reception 204-320-4600 or Lynda 204-320-4603. Annual Fundraising Banquet: On January 23, 2017, entertainment is Matt Falk. Pioneer Catering will be providing the meal for the evening. Punch 6 pm and Supper 6:30 pm. Call 204-320-4600 or Kim at 204-320-4602 for tickets or table sponsors. NEW PROGRAMS: Dancing Shoes: This program will run every Tuesday from 7 - 9 pm. A practice session with Old Time Country Music. Please bring your own CD to dance to! (No instructor or lessons being taught.) Program is $2 per person. REGULAR PROGRAMMING: Choir: Wednesdays from 10 am – Noon. Contact 204-320-4600 to register. Lin Wiebe is our new Choir Director. Chess/Scrabble/Crokinole/Yahtzee/Pool: Tuesdays from 7 - 9 pm. Come join in some evening activity. Crafty Corner: Fridays from 2 - 4 pm. Bring your craft (anything goes – knitting, scrapbooking, woodwork, etc), have some good conversation, coffee, and share in learning from each other. Fun Bingo: 3rd Thursday of each month from 10 – 11 am. No Cash prizes – fun prizes are offered to players. Movie Time: 4th Monday of each month from 1 - 4 pm. Bring a snack, we will provide coffee/tea. Family generated movies. Everyone welcome. Noon Meals Available: From Monday through Friday. Cost $6. Contact Deb 204-320-4605. Beltone Hearing Clinic: Third Friday of the month. Call 1-800-661-2653 to book your appointment. Foot Care Clinic: Foot care is available the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month and the third Tuesday and Thursday of every month. Call the Centre to book your appointment. Cozy Corner Coffee Time: Come join us at 10:30 every morning for coffee, tea, and a cookie. Meet new people and staff in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Drop in Billiards: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm. Computer Classes: Wednesdays, 9 am -1 pm. Contact 204-320-4600 to book an appointment Cards: 1 pm - 4 pm. Monday – Canasta, Wednesday - Cribbage; Thursday – Whist. Tai Chi: Monday evenings at 7 pm and Wednesday mornings at 10 am. Pickleball: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 am – Noon. Floor Curling/Shuffle: Wednesdays 1:30 – 4 pm. Old Time Country Jam: Wednesdays 7- 9 pm. Ho Model Railway Project: Monday - Friday from 9 am – 4 pm. Note – occasionally programs are cancelled due to special events. Please contact the Centre for confirmation of programs times and date. Membership at Pat Porter Active Living Centre - is only $25 per year. Memberships are due in January of each year. After January, memberships can be bought at $30. Membership is for those 55 years of age and older. Benefits include reduced program rates, a voice in business meetings, voting rights, and eligibility to serve on the board or committees.

We Wish you all a Blessed Christmas. May Joy, Peace and Love surround you and your family as you celebrate the holiday season.

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Celebrating Christmas With Family and Friends

Compiled by Marianne Curtis

The first Christmas was celebrated centuries ago with the birth of Jesus Christ and to honour the special day, churches throughout the southeast will throw open their doors and invite the community to join them throughout the month. We have compiled a list of church Christmas pageants, programs, choir services and even New Year’s services to help residents celebrate the season with family and friends. All services and events are open to regular attendees and the public. Please call ahead to confirm times or cancellations.





Blumenort EMC Sunday School Christmas Program December 18 at 9:30 am Christmas Day Service December 25 at 10:30 am Communion Service December 31 at 7 pm

Notre Dame de Lorette Parish Reconciliation/Penitential Celebration (Confession) December 11 at 7 pm Christmas Eve - December 24 at 5 pm (French), 7:30 pm (English) and 10 pm (French) Christmas Day - December 25 at 10:30 am (English) Mary Mother of God (New Year’s Eve) – December 31 at 5 pm (English) Mary Mother of God (New Year’s Day) – January 1, 2015 at 9 am (English) and 11 am (French)

Heritage Chortitz Church The annual Christmas at Chortitz will be held December 10, 7 pm at the Chortitz Church in Randolph. The evening will feature German and English Christmas carols, congregation singing, and special music. Free admission.

Calvary Chapel Middle School Christmas Party December 19 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm Jail Break Christmas December 21 from 7 - 9:30 pm

EAST BRAINTREE East Braintree Community Church Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 6:30 pm GRUNTHAL Grunthal Bergthaler Mennonite Church Christmas Party Wednesday, December 14 from 7- 9:30 pm Junior Youth Christmas Party/Caroling from 7-9:30 pm at church Christmas Party Senior Youth are invited December 16 with caroling at 6:30 pm KLEEFELD Kleefeld Evangelical Mennonite Church Sunday School Christmas Concert December 18 at 7 pm Christmas Day Service December 25 at 10:45am LANDMARK Prairie Rose EMC Candlelight Service December 17 at 7 pm Christmas Day no Sunday school; Worship Service begins on December 25 at 10:30 am Landmark Christian Fellowship Carols by Candlelight December 23rd 6:30-7:30 pm Christmas Day Service 10:30 am to 11:30 pm Heartland Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 6 pm

STE. AGATHE Paroisse Sainte-Agathe Messe de Noel 24 décembre – 19 h (chant) 19 h 30 (messe) Messe de la Veille du Jour de l’an 31 décembre – 17 h Dimanches – 9 h MORRIS Emmanuel Baptist Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service December 24 at 7 pm NEW BOTHWELL Bothwell Christian Fellowship Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 7 pm NIVERVILLE Fourth Avenue Bible Church Sunday School Program On Sunday, December 18 at 10:40 am Niverville Community Fellowship Musical presentation of ‘The Miracle on Main Street’ December 24 at 6 pm Day Worship service 10:45 am

ST. MALO Parish Saint-Malo & Blessed Margaret Church Christmas Eve Service at 7 pm (bilingual) and 11pm (French) Christmas Day Mass at 10:30 am (English) New Years Day Mass at 10:30 am ST. PIERRE-JOLYS Paroisse Saint-Pierre Christmas Eve Service at 5 pm and 10 pm Christmas Day Mass at 9:30 am St. Pierre Bible Fellowship Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 7 pm STE ANNE

Christ our Saviour Catholic Church Christmas Eve December 24 at 7 and 10 pm Christmas Day December 25 at 9:30 am Cornerstone Bible Church Sunday School Christmas Concert December 11 at 6 pm Candlelite Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 6 pm Evangelical Fellowship Church Christmas Program “Journey to Jesus” - December 18 at 10:45 am Sunday December 18 at 9:45 am - Journey to Jesus (walk through Nativity) Christmas Choir Sunday December 25 at 10 am -Worship & Communion Service Sunday New Year’s Day - Worship and Sharing Service at 10 am

Parish Sainte-Anne-des-Chênes Christmas Eve Service at 5 pm and 10 pm Christmas Day Mass 9:30 am

Evangelical Mennonite Church Ridgewood Sunday School Christmas Program December 18 at 10:30 am Christmas Day Service December 25 at 10:30 am

Dayspring Fellowship Christmas Eve Candlelight Service December 24 at 7 pm

Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church Choir Candlelight Service December 24 at 4 pm & 6 pm


German Church of God Children’s Christmas Eve Program December 24 at 6 pm German Christmas Service December 25 at 10:30 am New Years Eve Service December 31 at 7 pm

Paroisse de SaintJoachim Christmas Day Mass at 11 am

Southland Church New Year’s Eve Prayer Summit December 31 (all night) St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Sunday School Christmas Program December 18 at 9:30 am Christmas Eve Service “Journey Through Bethlehem December 24 from 5 - 7 pm Christmas Day Service December 25 at 10 am Steinbach CMC Church Christmas Eve Christmas Program December 24 at 7 pm Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Christmas Eve Service at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm Christmas Day Service at 10:45 am Steinbach Evangelical Mennonite Church Sunday School Christmas Program December 18 at 6:30 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – at 6:30 pm Christmas Day Service December 25 at 10 am Steinbach Mennonite Church Family Christmas Eve Service at 7 pm Christmas Program December 25 - at 9 am Weihnachtsprogramm Christmas Day Worship Service at 11 am followed by Christmas Dinner at 12 pm (all are invited) Steinbach United Church Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 7 pm


An Amazing Display of Power Colossians 3:1-2… (1) Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. (2) Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Sounds kind of pleasurable. It has that calming affect about it, not at all like the hurried stuff we see in the world today. We should try it! Sit back and let heaven fill our thoughts – our reflections – our meditations. Watch the stars on a clear night. Allow our thoughts to run among the stars and imagine for a moment we could be up there, beholding the wondrous beauty of God’s creative power. Wow! But wait a minute, you and I are still here living on planet earth and in a physical world at that. However, I do think that God has given us enough information in the Bible allowing us some liberty to stretch our minds and do some thinking outside this world of ours… Look at these verses one more time! As Christians, we sometimes forget the fact that Jesus said He was preparing a home in heaven for us or as we say, “That mansion in the sky.” Yes! It is natural for you and me to think about things down here on earth because this is where we live, breath, eat and sleep. But we have the right to think about heavenly things as well, and I think Christ has given us a special insight into that powerful creative work of God and into that, which is still waiting for us. However, would you agree that we should never be satisfied with our Christian walk when it is not going anywhere? We know that the Bible is always the place to go when we want to grow in Christ. It teaches us that we

are identified with Christ when we accept Jesus Christ into our heart. We believe that Christ died as our substitute. And when Christ rose from the dead, we can say that we have been raised to a new life, a life that has been set free from the penalty of sin, and the power to have the victory over sin. Yes! We also know and we realize that we still have a sin nature. There are times we find ourselves committing sin, we do not wish to commit sin, but we do. The answer for our setback is our identification with Christ. Christ is more than just our associate and partner; He is the one who walks alongside of us, like the footprints in the sand story that most of us remember. Someday soon - and I believe it is soon – you and I will hear the trumpet blast. It will happen in a flash. The Bible teaches (1 Corinthians 15:51-54) that it will happen in a moment, in the twinkle of an eye. There will be a trumpet call from the sky and all the Christians who have died will suddenly become alive with new bodies that will never ever again die. But then, those who are still alive shall suddenly be changed, and they too shall have new bodies. These earthly bodies of ours, these bodies that grow old and sick and die must be exchanged for new heavenly bodies that can never die, but will live forever… I hope we all desire – and yearn to be part of this group? But for now, it means we set our mind and heart on the things, which are above, on heavenly things, and not so much on the things of this world. We also take special care to remember that which Christ has done for us. That means we judge

everything in the light of the Cross never forgetting that Christ died for us to set us free from the judgment to come. Because of our new life in Christ, we now look at this world’s wealth, ambitions, and activities for what they are. Yes! Many of the things we do are necessary, however, we know we can look beyond our little tiny world around us and see what is waiting for us in heaven. We are part of God’s family, we identify with him, and He identifies with us. And as such, He includes us in His life, and we shall take part in His final victory. He loves us so much. He has made a place for us, and our victory is sure. To God be the glory, great things He has done. Merry Christmas… all the best in the New Year. Would you pray this prayer with me? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have the peace in my heart that I yearn for. I want that peace, joy and happiness that fulfills my heart’s desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honour Your Name. Amen.”

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips New Year’s Eve is one of the most festive nights of the year. Many people spend the final moments of the year celebrating with family and friends. As joyous as such celebrations tend to be, it’s important that New Year’s revelers keep certain safety precautions in mind when celebrating the end of one year and the dawn of the next. • Arrange for transportation in advance. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 304 people die in drunk-driving crashes in the days surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Eve each year. Before heading out on New Year’s Eve, celebrants should ensure their safety by arranging for transportation to and from the festivities. Choose a designated driver to drive throughout the night, or agree to utilize a taxi or shuttle service if everyone plans to consume alcohol. Men and women who volunteer to be designated drivers should be especially alert on the roadways, preparing to drive in potentially inclement weather and being on the lookout for fellow motorists who might be driving errati-

cally. If possible, take public transportation to and from the festivities so no one is tempted to drive after consuming alcohol. • Pick a meetup spot in case anyone gets separated from the group. New Year’s Eve celebrations in public places such as bars, clubs or town squares tend to become crowded as midnight draws near. It’s easy for groups of friends or family to be separated, so choose a meetup spot where everyone can gather after the ball drops. Choose a spot that’s well lit and easily accessible to all, and confirm the location of the meetup spot via a group text message before heading out for the night. • Stay sober. Many people feel pressured to overindulge with alcohol on New Year’s Eve, but men and women should be responsible with regard to their alcohol consumption. Overconsumption of alcohol makes it difficult for men and women to stay alert, and that loss of alertness can be difficult to manage on nights as hectic as New Year’s Eve. While it’s acceptable for men and women of legal drinking age to raise a glass of champagne at midnight,

it’s best to limit alcohol consumption throughout the festivities so the party is memorable for all the right reasons. • Be a responsible host. When hosting a New Year’s Eve party, hosts must prioritize the safety of their guests. Make sure guests don’t drink too much, which can leave hosts open to criminal or civil action should guests leave their home and cause an accident. Serve plenty of food and nonalcoholic beverages so guests who are drinking have something in their systems other than alcohol. Schedule things to do throughout the night so guests have more to do than drink alcohol. In addition, make room for potential overnight guests should someone be incapable of driving home at the end of the night. Keep contact information for local taxis or shuttle services readily available so guests know they don’t have to drive themselves home. New Year’s Eve is a festive night, but one where safety needs to be as big a priority as having a good time.


Consumer Protection Officer Offers Tips for Online Shopping The convenience and flexibility of online shopping is popular with Manitobans, especially leading into the busy holiday season. The Consumer Protection Office is reminding Manitobans how to shop safely online as they look for deals this winter. A good online shopping strategy is to visit the websites of familiar and trusted retailers. Otherwise, an Internet search may help to learn what other shoppers have to say about their experience with that vendor. Organizations such as the Better Business Bureau and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre can also be helpful in determining the credibility of a company. On auction sites such as eBay, where individuals and not businesses are the sellers, it is especially important to read reviews from other buyers. If an issue arises, reputable auction websites will have their own dispute resolution procedures, as consumer protection laws may not apply. Know the rules of the auction before making bids. Always confirm that websites are secure before providing any financial information. Look for ‘https://’ at the beginning of the web address, because the ‘s’ means the website is secure. Many web browsers will also indicate that a website is secure by placing an icon of a lock in the address bar. Look closely because each browser may use different security indicators. Review all items on the website’s checkout page to ensure the prices and other details are correct. Notice any extra costs such as taxes, shipping and handling, foreign exchange rates or custom duty fees that may be applicable. Before completing the transaction, take time to understand all of the terms and conditions of the purchase including how to modify, cancel or return an order.

Consider which payment option is right for you as many websites now offer various forms of payment through PayPal, Visa Checkout, credit card, debit card or virtual Visa debit card. Manitobans who pay by credit card for online purchases have extra protection if issues arise with their transactions. The Consumer Protection Act: - protects consumers against the unauthorized use of credit card information; - limits a consumer’s liability to $50 when credit card information is used without proper authorization; - provides the right to reverse or cancel a credit card charge if the consumer was entitled to a refund and has not received one from the vendor; - gives consumers the right to cancel a sale prior to receipt of goods or services if the seller has not provided certain information to the consumer; and - provides the opportunity to cancel an Internet sale if the seller fails to deliver goods or services. These tips are relevant year-round whenever shopping online. The Consumer Protection Office administers Manitoba’s consumer protection legislation and helps consumers and businesses effectively identify and manage marketplace issues. Manitobans are encouraged to learn more about consumer protection issues and their rights under the law. Download the free Consumer Protection mobile app from Google Play or the Apple App store. Manitobans can also contact the Consumer Protection Office at 204-945-3800, (toll-free) 1-800-782-0067, or by email at consumers@gov.mb.ca. More information is also available at gov.mb.ca/cca/cpo.


Conservative Leadership Candidate Takes in Provencher Banquet On Friday November 18, the Provencher Conservative Electoral District Association hosted its annual Fall Fundraising Banquet at the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum in Steinbach. Approximately 120 people from southeastern Manitoba attended the event. MP Ted Falk gave his constituents an update on issues that have been discussed and debated over the past year in Ottawa. Conservative leadership Candidate Andrew Scheer, MP for Regina Qu’Appelle, was the special guest speaker for the evening.

Conservative Leadership Candidate Andrew Scheer and MP Ted Falk

A Herald Shall Announce His Coming As we approach the Christmas season, what thoughts go through your mind? Most of us think of the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. But something interesting took place 2000 years ago just before Christ’s birth. In the Old Testament, God had revealed Himself through prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah. However, for about 400 years before Christ, there was silence from heaven and no new revelations had been given by God. God’s people were beginning to wonder if their God had forgotten them. The circumstance that broke God’s silence was not the birth of His Son but a series of events that directly pointed to Christ’s first coming. Luke 1, in the Bible, describes an older couple who desired for a long time to have a child, but had none. Their names were Zacharias and Elizabeth. He was a priest who executed his office of duty before God blamelessly. They were both descendants of Levi, one of Jacob’s sons. While Zacharias was faithfully doing his priestly duties, an angel of the Lord announced to him that he and Elizabeth would have a son. He was to be named John. This John would be filled with the Holy Ghost and cause many people to turn to the Lord. He would preach in the power and spirit of the old prophet, Elijah. He would turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and he would make ready

a people prepared for the Lord. We know this man as John the Baptist. He fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah 40:3, “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Now, there’s something else very interesting about John the Baptist and his parents. It has to do with the meaning of their names. Zacharias means ‘God has remembered.’ Elizabeth means ‘the oath (promise) of God.’ And John means ‘the grace of God.’ So after 400 years of silence, God remembered the oath of God and by the grace of God, He sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the promised Messiah and the Saviour of all mankind. When Christ died on a cross and shed His blood, He became the propitiation (payment) for the sins of the whole world. (I John 2:2) Is He your Saviour? Today, it may feel like God has forgotten us (as it appeared to be 2000 years ago) but let me assure you, He is still very much in control. As God sent a John the Baptist to herald Christ’s first coming, He is looking for someone to herald His second coming. By God’s grace would you be that one? May you and your family enjoy the true meaning of Christmas this season. God Bless.

Bobcat Stolen East of Richer On November 24, the Steinbach RCMP received a report of a Stolen Bobcat skid steer S-570, Serial # A7U713493 from the Richer area. The business is the old Double S Truck stop, which is now RVP Rentals. Some Sea-cans were opened as well but nothing was inside them. 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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