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Trudeau Inspires Provencher Liberals By Marianne Curtis Despite the frigid temperatures a couple hundred excited Liberal supporters in Provencher came to Ile des Chênes to meet Federal leadership hopeful Justin Trudeau. On February 1, Trudeau made a brief stop in the community to gain national support as he makes a bid for the coveted position of Liberal leader. Trudeau admitted that Provencher will be a tough riding to claim, especially if current MP Vic Toews seeks re-election. In the last federal election, Toews dominated overall by claiming 70 percent of the votes. Liberal candidate Terry Hayward claimed seven percent of the votes. “To create a wave of growth we have to draw together in a common goal. Our current government has lost focus. They’ve forgotten they were elected to represent the people. Help us make it right,” Trudeau continued. “MPs are no longer the spokespersons for their constituents in Ottawa. Instead, they’ve become the spokesmen for Ottawa in their constituencies. Trudeau noted that with only 35 seats in the House of Commons every riding in the 2015 election will be a tough one for the Liberals. “We have to reconnect with every part of this country. That is why I am in Provencher; that’s why I went to Lethbridge Alberta, Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Oliver, in the Okanagan. Every single riding is worth exactly the same. We need to listen and engage with everyone,” Trudeau continued. “The government has broken the bond of trust. If politicians can show they

Disappearing By Marianne Curtis Over the past several months, by some estimates, roughly 50 dogs have gone missing in southeastern Manitoba sparking fears there is a dog napping network at work. And while the RCMP insist there is no evidence to support this claim, locals are becoming increasingly convinced the animals are being used as “bait” dogs to train other dogs to fight. Based on our research, the Dawson Trail Dispatch discovered over two dozen large breed dogs have gone missing since the beginning of December. A number of trends appeared, like several dogs from different homes in the same community all went missing the same day. Other communities such as Anola and Oakbank have seen an additional two dozen dogs disappear in the same time frame.

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Liberal leadership hopeful Justin Trudeau made a stop in Ile des Chênes to gain the support of voters in Provencher. Photo by Marianne Curtis

trust in Canadians then Canadians will once again trust their politicians.” Trudeau recognized that turning Provencher into a Liberal seat could be a challenge, however, he is confident that supporters will choose the best candidate for the job. “I am here today and I will be here to support any candidate that supporters pick as their representative,” Trudeau promised. “The challenge is the same across the country. Every riding is going to be tough but we have to trust the local Liberals to pick the best candidate.” While it is too early for candidates to step forward and announce their intent to seek the nomination as candidate, Terry Hayward is already planning ahead. “We can take Provencher back from the Conservatives,” he stated. “And this is the leader that we want.” Provencher was last under Liberal colours when David Iftody won the seat in 1993 and 1997 until 2000 when he was defeated by the then Canadian Alliance candidate, Vic Toews.

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Ile des Chênes Climber Ready for Everest By Marianne Curtis While most people head to a warmer climate during the Christmas holidays, an Ile des Chênes man headed to Antarctica where he successfully challenged Vinson Massif, one of the world’s highest mountains. Now Dean Carriere is focused on a new challenge, climbing Mount Everest and he’s heading there in March. A self-employed construction worker from Ile des Chênes, Carriere has spent the last three years preparing and challenging six of the highest mountains in the world. To date he has peaked Aconcagua, South America (6,935 meters); Denali, Alaska (6,194 meters); Kilimanjaro, Africa (5,895 meters); Carstensz Pyramid, Indonesia (4,884 meters), Elbrus, Russia (5,642 meters) and most recently Vinson Massif, Antarctica (4,894 meters.) “At mountain one (Aconcaqua) I did not think I would be at mountain seven but here I am,” Carriere said. Now Carriere has set his sights on the world’s highest mountain, Everest in Nepal. The regal mountain stands at 8,850 meters high and it will take two months to climb. The actual climb takes less time but several days must be spent in base camps so the human body can adjust to the altitude. “I will be putting my body through things it has never been put through. There is a dead-zone at 8,000 meters. Your body actually starts dying so the window to climb is small,” Carriere explains. “But I am confident and prepared. My goal is to summit the mountain.” He plans to make the climb using oxygen, which minimizes the damage to his body. Once Carriere completes his climb he will become a member of a unique group of about 350 climbers around the world that have successfully climbed all seven of the world’s highest mountains. He will also become one of the less than 20 climbers from Manitoba to complete the same feat.

After climbing the world’s highest mountains you would think that Carriere would become bored returning to construction. However, he already has plans for his next challenge. “I would like to cross country ski across Antarctica,” he added. The adventure he seeks consists of a 50day cross-country trek over pristine white snow that is rarely seen in populated areas. “Everything is so contained there. What comes with you, leaves with you. It is very important to keep it a clean environment.” Carriere has little over a month to prepare for the climb of his life. During this time, he hopes to gain attention and entice some sponsors. “My desire to complete the Seven Summits is evident. Funding to reach my goals is essential, helping me to move one step closer to every summit,” he added. “I am hopeful that someone likes the idea of me taking their flag or logo to the top of Everest and then using that as a promotion.” Anyone wanting to be part of this exciting adventure can check out Ile des Chênes resident Dean Carriere at the peak of Vinson Massif in Antarctica. Dean’s progress and plan at deancarriere.com.

Five Face Charges after New Bothwell Home Invasion By Marianne Curtis Five men are facing a number of charges after a frightening home invasion earlier in January that saw a female and her six-year-old child held at gunpoint while their home was robbed. Twenty-year-old Colin BernardinHebert of Blumenort, 19-year-old Cameron Dean Dueck of Steinbach; 19year-old Johnathon Joseph Day of Steinbach and 19-year-old Zachary Sean

Carver of Winnipeg along with a fifth 22-year-old man from Blumenort have all been charged with a number of weapons related offences after the midJanuary incident. On January 13, Steinbach RCMP responded to a home invasion near New Bothwell involving firearms. An investigation revealed that three or four unknown males wearing black balaclavas and carrying guns forced themselves into a camper in New Bothwell. The camper was occupied by a female and her sixyear-old child. Police said the suspects entered the trailer and discharged pepper spray while pointing firearms at the female and forcing her into a back room. While one suspect kept the woman at gunpoint, the other three suspects stole a variety of electric equipment from the residents. The female received medical attention for the pepper spray but was otherwise uninjured. Due to the nature of the crime,

Winnipeg RCMP Forensic Identification Section attended to assist the investigation. Two days later on January 17, the Emergency Response team surrounded a residence in Blumenort and soon afterwards two suspects were apprehended. Bernardin-Hebert was arrested and charged with 21 charges including Unlawful Confinement, Robbery with a Firearm, Extortion with Firearm, Possess Property Obtained by Crime, Break, Enter and Commit Theft, Wear a Disguise and numerous weapons charges. A second adult male was also picked up in the raid. He faces a charge of Possessing Property Obtained by Crime. Numerous items believed to have been stolen during the home invasion were recovered. The next day three more males were arrested and charged in relation to the incident. Dueck and Carver both face 23 charges

including Unlawful Confinement, Robbery with a Firearm; Extortion with Firearm, Assault with a Weapon x 2, Mischief, Possess Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose x 5, Possess Firearm Unauthorized, Possess Prohibit Weapon x 3, Point Firearm x 2, Break, Enter and Commit Theft, Use Firearm in Commission of Offence and Wearing a disguise. Day faces eight charges for his role in the incident including a number of restricted weapons charges including Possess Restricted Weapon, Possess Prohibited Weapon, Unsecured Handgun, Unsecured Shotgun, Possess Weapon Dangerous Purpose and Possess Handgun Dangerous Purpose. Steinbach RCMP located and seized weapons, including a handgun, a shotgun and a machete directly related to this investigation. All five suspects will make separate court appearances in February.


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Saskatoon Man Killed Near Richer A 42-year-old man from Saskatoon was killed just before 6 am on January 23 after he was hit while trying to flag down a semi for help on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Richer. RCMP said the man was near a 2000 Chevy Silverado that was stuck in the ditch. He apparently tried to flag down a passing semi when he was struck. Police said the truck had been stolen from a house nearby. The 66-year-old driver of the semi was not injured. A section of the Trans-Canada Highway was closed for several hours while officials investigated.

Steinbach RCMP investigate a pedestrian fatality near Richer.

HyLife to Expand Sales to Japan and China with Japanese Trading Company By Marianne Curtis On January 7, HyLife in La Broquerie announced that they have sold one third of the company to ITOCHU Corporation, a Japanesebased trading company. For the last two years ITOCHU, which owns several food companies, has been one of HyLife’s Japanese customers. Current HyLife shareholders and management will retain a majority interest in the company and the sale has been valued at about $56 million Canadian. HyLife was founded in 1994 when two family farms joined to create an integrated pork farm and business. They had initially planned to build OlyWest, a slaughter plant in Winnipeg, with two other partners. However, controversy and opposition to the plant and its location resulted in the partners,

Olymel LP and Big Sky Farms Inc. to pull out. In 2008, HyLife purchased an already operating federally inspected pork slaughter plant in Neepawa. After purchasing Springhill Farms and renaming it, HyLife Foods the company invested heavily in upgrades. In June, a second shift was added and production increased from 21,000 pigs per week to their target of 28,500 pigs per week. Back in 2007, the company bought a significant minority share in Tianzow Foods, which operates in Chonqing and Sichuan provinces in China. Claude Vielfaure, HyLife’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, explained that Itochu’s investment in the company will “position us to continue the growth of [HyLife]”. “We were always interested in

Hanover Names Assistant Superintendent The Hanover School Division has announced that Green Valley School Principal, Rick Ardies, has been named as the new assistant superintendent of the school division. Ardies fills a vacancy created when former assistant superintendent Randy Dueck was named superintendent. “He brings with him a great depth of understanding in student learning, engaging instruction and assessment practices that support student learning,” said Dueck. “Under his leadership Green Valley School has become exemplary in promoting social responsibility practices locally and globally.” As Assistant Superintendent, Ardies’ portfolios will include grade 7 – 12 curriculum, professional development, and transportation and student registration. He will work alongside Assistant Superintendent Chris Gudziunas who will continue to provide veteran leadership in report card implementation, grade K – 6 curriculum, technology and learning, and vocational learning. “I am very pleased to be working together with these two leaders who have a passion for student learning, and who have both exemplified a deep commitment to the work in Hanover School Division over many years,” Dueck added. In the month since Dueck took over the helm as superintendent, he said that despite spending five years as assistant superintendent he feels “a bit like a rookie” in his new leadership role. However, he is confident that this will change as he learns more about his new position.

getting a strategic partner to help with marketing and growing the company,” stated Vielfaure. He added that following the breakup of the OlyWest group, HyLife pursued obtaining a slaughter plant on their own. HyLife already exports pork products to Japan and it’s the destination for some of their most high value products. The investment in HyLife also complements some of Itochu’s other investments. “It’s very strategic on both sides,” Vielfaure added. With ITOCHU’s existing distribution and marketing network in Asia, specifically Japan and China, one of the goals of the investment is to grow sales in that region. Over the past five years, HyLife has invested heavily in growth at the plant. According to Vielfaure, the plan is to move forward while looking for efficiencies and better worldwide markets for the plant’s products. The history of ITOCHU Corporation dates back to 1858 when the Company’s founder Chubei Itoh commenced linen trading operations. Since then, ITOCHU has evolved and grown over 150 years. With approximately 130 bases in 66 countries, ITOCHU, is engaging in domestic trading, import/export, and overseas trading of various products such as textile, machinery, metals, minerals, energy, chemicals, food, information and communications technology, realty, general products, insurance, logistics services, construction, and finance, as well as business investment in Japan and overseas. ITOCHU has been referred to as the trading company with the strongest presence in China. ITOCHU said it also expects the HyLife deal to help expand its business with China’s Longda Foodstuff Group, a “significant partner” of ITOCHU’s, by way of “technical exchanges in the field of pig production.”

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Idle No More (With Conditions) The movement “Idle No More” is a response to bill C38 and C45, which included 77 different pieces of legislation. Many are environmental in nature and being piggy backed on the budget to bury them and not give them proper attention. It was a sneaky way for the Federal Government to behave but the law of the land legally ties them to meaningful consultation with Aboriginals on environment. The remainder of us should be so lucky. This concept may stop the Feds from riding rough shod over this very important principle. At least one can hope that the environment is given the consideration it deserves, but in the end, it may be just a minor speed bump for our slightly rambunctious Federal Government. Unfortunately the “Idle No More” movement was hijacked by a multitude of Aboriginal grievances and then manifested itself into a myriad of highway and train blockades, marches and other protests, drumming practice, and including a 44 day “fast” to bring about changes to perennial shortcomings on some reserves. No matter which way this subject is dissected there are more arguments created than solved and the feeling of frustration is simply not only an Aboriginal point of view. Canadians, by and large, are running out of patience. We also feel that the damaging of the economy by protests and still having to pay the total bill on demand is rubbing raw a few nerves. Watching the nation’s police force treating sabotage and threats as normal and minor occurrences without enforcing the law was an affront to us all. Court injunctions being trivialized was an eye opener. Watching a court order discarded on a railway crossing as a mere nuisance was embarrassing.

Other instances, which I found less than honest in the days of protest, were that environmental concerns are not a universal Aboriginal concern, far from it. Go to White Dog falls, garbage is knee deep, is this the only instance? No, far from it. If we did that in any Canadian urban setting we would be arrested or fined or both. Nurses and teachers working in fear on some reserves because they are white, is this criminal harassment? Or is it racism? Canadians are continuously paying the price for a large percentage of Aboriginal culture’s social problems, school dropouts, a higher percentage of criminal activity, family breakdowns, a higher percentage of children in care, etc. Is this racism or a just plain repetitive, destructive and costly reality? Can it be fixed without first acknowledging it exists? Watching the saga of Chief Spence’s 44 day fast yet coming out of that ordeal with a double chin, is this fish broth one could eat with a fork? Or is this racism based on a conspiracy of collective media touch up? Here we go again; CBC is in the doghouse one more time. But this is by miles not an accurate description of all Native bands, far from it. Many are industrious and would put many nonnative communities to shame. I have been on them and I was very impressed, as we should all be. This begs the question “where do the problems lie”? The lack of movement on Aboriginal affairs is frustrating all Canadians to the point of distraction. The Treaties, the Reserves and Indian Act should all be jettisoned to the garbage pile of history. I am not calling for a revolution but the start of a fast track evolution that is long overdue. I feel we must find a way

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to instill pride, not the kind you can buy, but the kind that inspires and improves the human condition. If one reads the treaties language such as Chief Ma-We-Do-Pe-Nais, who said upon signing Treaty 3 in 1873, “Now

you see me stand before you all, what has been done before you today has been done openly before the Great Spirit and before the people, and I hope that I may never hear anyone say that this treaty has been done secretly; and now in closing this council, I take off my glove and in giving you my hand, I deliver over my birth-right and lands for the promises you have made and I hope this will last as long as the sun goes around and the water flows”. For the terms given this was understood as ceding the land and nationhood. Never the less, the treaties, in real terms or historical terms, are not working and never did. If one was to put a finger on one reason, it may be the destruction of individual self-responsibility. Now the only way out is renegotiation and time. Goodwill may be a tough one but it must be tackled. Keep in mind that if it must be bought it is only will and not “goodwill”. It will require more than one generation to be accomplished.

International Minister’s Understanding is Shallow Dear Editor: Open letter to our MP Vic Toews Dear Mr. Toews, Please have a conversation with your colleagues in Ottawa on Haiti. Your government’s recent comments, more specifically the International Cooperation Minister, Julian Fantino, on the future of funding for new aid projects in Haiti has prompted me to send this open letter to you and the readers of the Dawson Trail Dispatch, fellow constituents. Mr. Toews, as associate professor and associate dean of the Faculté d’éducation (Faculty of Education) at Université de Saint-Boniface (USB), I have been fortunate to receive federal funding on two occasions (January 2012 and January 2013) from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. I have personally been to Port-auPrince, Haiti’s capital where the January 12, 2010 disastrous earthquake struck, for principal training and partnership building with a postsecondary institution on three occasions. I am returning in February of this year. This funding has supported education and training of principals in Haiti. Last spring, USB formalized an agreement with a postsecondary institution in Port-au-Prince enabling both institutions to focus on the building of strong professional partnership in the area of principal training, research in educational leadership and practicum training for principal candidates. In fact, this spring, a cohort of six principals from Haiti will be attending a month-long principal training course at USB, which will be comprised of university seminars and practicum training in Manitoba schools during the month of May. Rebuilding a country following a devastating earthquake in 2010, suffering and consequences much

greater in Haiti than in the U.S. following hurricane Sandy’s recent passage, without forgetting Haiti’s difficult past, historically and politically, requires a long-term commitment and continual dialogue between the government of Canada and Haiti’s political leaders. Your colleague, Minister Fantino’s comments on the lack of garbage pickup in the streets of Port-au-Prince seems to display a very superficial understanding of a complex situation. Michaëlle Jean, Canada’s Haitian-born former Governor General and at present special envoy to Haiti for UNESCO recently stated, “Where do you want them to find the means to do it?” (Referring to picking up the garbage). “You think it gives them pleasure to live with this garbage? No, not at all. On the other hand, they are overwhelmed.” Mr. Toews, I have seen the devastation in Port-au-Prince. I have spent many

So be it. The will to start is the difficult step. Time is needed to educate with the ability to function in the world economy as a goal, open and transparent government with the goal of individual empowerment. The ability to individually buy and sell property by all should become the norm. The most annoying telling points for all Canadians now is, “We will do better if you give us more money,” but the money pits of bad management and fraud are always half empty. Remember money cannot buy you a good politician. Can do attitude is still is short supply, unfortunately. Yet we are only happy if we can do for ourselves and conversely we are reduced to perennial complaining if our well-being is dependant on others. What is the desired result? Assimilation as a Canadian or just plain assimilation as a human being? If this is considered racism, we have a problem.

hours in principal training with colleagues, teachers and principals who are most appreciative of Canada’s support in these particular academic training initiatives that help build capacity of principals in schools, ultimately enhancing teachers’ professional growth and students’ learning. I am therefore asking you to have a conversation with your colleagues in Ottawa, especially the Prime Minister and the Minister of International Cooperation, Mr. Fantino. Please remind them that rebuilding a nation after such devastation requires time, well-managed resources and understanding of the complexities and challenges that people and political structures face in such situations. I would be very pleased to meet with you and your colleagues in order to share more specifically the benefits of this Canada-Haiti Academic Project and the importance of maintaining a strong support for long-term rebuilding initiatives in Haiti. Sincerely, Jules Rocque, Ph.D. Associate Dean/Associate Professor Université de Saint-Boniface Lorette, MB

Forced Amalgamation Heavy Handed Dear Editor: RE: “Small RM resists push to integrate” - Winnipeg Free Press Jan 26/13 FYI - the current Municipal Act reads - “A rural municipality may be formed for an area with at least 1,000 residents and a population density of less than 400 residents per square kilometer.” Nowhere in the Act does it state existing municipalities must have at least 1,000 residents to operate. While the 192 government communicators would have, you believe the minister of local government can force smaller municipalities to amalgamate; the Act does not give the minister the power to force amalgamation. This government has raised the specter of forced amalgamations to distract municipalities, including the City of Winnipeg, from the real issues they face. Some of these issues include balancing a budget each year, planning to meet infrastructure needs, and meaningful flood compensation from the deliberate flooding of Lake Manitoba almost two years ago. This NDP government is attempting to get its way by intimidating municipal leaders. This self-serving bunch is determined to have functional municipalities jump through hoops while it makes up the rules as it goes along. This is not democracy and it certainly is not responsible government, but it has become the norm in Manitoba. Surely, we can do better. Blaine Pedersen MLA, Midland Critic for Local Government


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Canada Summer Jobs Municipality A Lesson Not Learned Amalgamations Needed

I was pleased to launch the opening of 2013 Canada Summer Jobs application period on February 1 in Winnipeg. It’s an outstanding Government of Canada initiative that provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. Canada Summer Jobs benefits employers and students alike. Students benefit from gaining tangible work experience and earning money for the upcoming school year, while also helping employers fill job vacancies. Our Conservative Government designed Canada Summer Jobs to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities. Through this program, funding is provided to not-for-profit employers who are eligible for up to 100 percent of the provincial minimum hourly wage and mandatory employment-related costs. Public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees are eligible for up to 50 percent of the provincial minimum hourly wage for jobs they create for young people. The application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2013 is open until February 28. I encourage interested employers to apply online at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2013. To be eligible for a Canada Summer Job, students must be aged 15 to 30 years, registered as full-time students in the last academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the upcoming academic year. Students must also be Canadian citizens or permanent residents or have official refugee protection status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and they must be legally entitled to work in Canada. Our continued investment in Canada Summer Jobs will create thousands of jobs for students this summer, strengthening the local economies of communities’ right across Canada. Canada Summer Jobs is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). YES is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help youth to make a successful transition to the workplace. Through Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada is providing an additional $50 million over two years to enhance YES through a new initiative that will connect young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and help them develop tangible skills and gain work experience. To learn more about Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy and other youth employment initiatives, visit Youth.gc.ca. Our Government is focused on what matters to Canadians – jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce, and by investing in them, we are helping contribute to Canada’s long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity. Please feel free to contact my office if you have any concerns or issues you would like to discuss. You may contact my office toll free at 1-866-333-1933 or at (204) 326-9889 or in Lac du Bonnet at (204) 345-9762. You may write my office at 8 227 Main Street, Steinbach, MB R5G 1Y7, by fax at (204) 346-9874 or by e-mail at toewsv1@parl.gc.ca.

NDP Premier Ranked Last in Financial Management Last year the NDP government racked up a record $1 billion deficit. Premier Greg Selinger has said repeatedly that the massive deficit was simply the result of the 2011 spring flood. The Auditor General, whose job is to take a non-partisan look at the expenditures and financial practices of the province and to report on them, has reported what we knew all along that the NDP’s excessive spending habits are driving the deficit and not the 2011 flood. Is Mother Nature responsible for the deficit? The 192 communicators cannot spin the fact the NDP is responsible. The Auditor General’s report shows that only $440 million of the $1 billion was a result of the flood. That leaves $560 million to overspending and poor financial management. In December, Premier Greg Selinger was ranked last among all Premiers in the country on financial management ability. No doubt that was a bit embarrassing, for Manitoba’s former financial Minister. The NDP government continues to overshoot its spending targets and has doubled the debt from $13 billion to an excess of $27 billion. We as Manitobans should ask why the NDP is more willing to pay interest on its excessive spending rather than giving Manitobans the quality of services they deserve. The NDP promised no tax increases in the last election but brought in record tax increases in 2012. The NDP should start focusing on debt reduction not debt increase. Currently the NDP are running a $600 million annual deficit. The scary thing in all this is that they have to pay for it somehow, and that may mean tax increases. The NDP have spent so poorly, their only option may be to take more money out of the pockets of Manitobans to pay for their spending addiction. Manitoba’s deserve better. I welcome all comments and concerns you may have. If you would like to contact me, please feel free to call my office by phone at (204) 424-5606, by fax at (204) 424-5458 or by writing to Box 889 La Broquerie Manitoba R0A 2W0. You can also email me at dennis.smook@leg.gov.mb.ca.

Dear Editor: Rural communities always have been, and remain, central to Manitoba’s success. Most of Manitoba’s municipal boundaries have remained unchanged over the last century, and unfortunately, it’s starting to affect the services rural families depend on. Nearly half of Manitoba’s 200 municipalities do not currently meet the legal threshold of 1,000 residents as stipulated in the Municipal Act. One in four spends over 20 percent of their budgets on administration. Many haven’t been able to file the audited financial statements necessary to receive federal gas tax rebates. As a result, over $13 million in gas tax funding is sitting on the table instead of being invested in rural infrastructure. Our government and many municipalities believe we can do better. By working together to forge even stronger regional partnerships through municipal amalgamations, we can achieve administrative savings and greater efficiency while improving services for rural Manitobans. More regional collaboration will also enable smaller communities to take advantage of new economic development opportunities as they reduce costs through economies of scale. This approach to improving services and cutting administrative spending is working in other areas of government. Last year we reduced the number of Regional Health Authorities from 11 to 5, saving taxpayers $11m to date. We’ve had similar success reducing the number of school divisions from 54 to 37. We appreciate that it will require significant effort to amalgamate municipalities before the next round of elections. That’s why we’ve committed to be there to assist, every step of the way. We’ll do this by offering field consultants, guidebooks, online tools and information sessions in every region to help municipalities through this transition. We understand that local identity, local representation, service levels and taxation are all important concerns of Manitobans and their elected officials. We are listening, and we have tools available to municipalities in order to address these concerns. By working together we believe it’s possible to preserve Manitoba’s unique rural heritage while cutting costs and improving services for rural families. Sincerely, Ron Lemieux Minister of Local Government MLA for Dawson Trail

Residents throughout the southeast part of Manitoba know the pressures that our schools and educators are under. Growth has resulted in schools that are in need of space and many have seen portable classrooms become a permanent fixture on their schools. These space pressures are in addition to the demand that is placed on schools and staff to ensure that the main function of schools, to prepare our kids for the future, is being met. Already we know that Manitoba kids as a whole don’t score as well as kids in other Canadian provinces in core subjects like Math, Science and Reading. National testing tells us that. So when the NDP announce annually what the provincial funding will be for schools it should be with an eye to ensuring that both space and academic pressures are being met. After all, what parents are expecting most from the education system is that their kids are learning what they need to be successful and that they are in a safe and appropriate learning environment. The announcement late last month by the NDP education Minister however that funding for schools would go up just over 2% (around the rate of inflation) lacked any real indication of how the money would improve student outcomes or learning environments. The NDP seems to just pick a number close to inflation every year and that becomes the increase. The annual funding increase has become a bit like an episode of The Price Is Right. The NDP throw out a bid and hope that it’s close to what school divisions are looking for. What is absent is any real discussion on what is achieved with the funds. Are there plans and targets to improve test scores? To ensure that appropriate class space is available? What is the impact going to be on local school taxes? None of this seems to be considered as the NDP just announce a funding number close to the annual inflation rate and hope for the best. But the results show that this approach isn’t working. Our kids are not doing as well as their provincial counterparts and there are still over 500 portable classrooms attached to schools across the province and many of them are right here in the southeast. And all the while school taxes on the local level go up almost every year. We expect that our kids will, if they make mistakes, learn a lesson from them. The NDP have not learned the lesson that simply throwing out an arbitrary funding number each and every year without consideration of how it will impact what our kids learn, their schools or the local school taxes doesn’t work. It’s a mistake they keep repeating. I appreciate your comments and concerns. If you have any comments on these or other issues, you can contact me by writing, #3 – 227 Main Street, Steinbach, MB R5G 1Y7, by phone at (204) 326-5763, by fax at (204) 346-9913, by e-mail at kelvin.goertzen@leg.gov.mb.ca or by visiting my website at www.kelvingoertzen.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

The Trouble with Dogs Three years ago I came home to discover that my beloved husky cross had escaped through the gate and he was missing. He was locked in the yard but a careless visitor left the gate open and my pooch outsmarted everyone before anyone noticed. For four days, I scoured the streets, hung posters, and called the pounds and dog catchers. I was distraught. I had just about given up hope when a neighbour suggested I try a nearby RM of Ritchot pound, and lucky for me, I found my frightened pup in a kennel in the back. I sprung him from doggy jail and brought him home. I realize now how lucky I was. In the past few weeks I have been actively involved with trying to find lost dogs for some local residents. As a follower of the Southeast Missing Dogs Facebook page, I get updates and postings of missing pups. I’ve hit the streets despite the cold and helped search or done something as simple as click the “share” button. It’s a small thing, but if it brings home someone’s family member then it is time well spent. When I think of what could have happened to my four legged family member my skin crawls. At the time, my worst fear was that he would be hit by a car. I never contemplated that he could have been stolen, forced to fight or even tortured by a budding sociopath. I am not sure when I became such an animal activist. Maybe it was when I realized that cruelty to animals usually leads to cruelty to people. Maybe it was when I realized my spaniel cross is actually a therapy dog. I was suffering a deep depression and when I closed the doors on all human contact, she never left my side. Maybe I have finally discovered we are the keepers of our pets; when we take in an animal they become family. They have unique personalities, they love, they feel fear and they grieve. There is no such thing as a stupid animal. Some people were concerned about the feature we are running this month. We were accused of “fear mongering.” But how is raising awareness fear mongering? If there is a possibility that someone out there is targeting our pets, then owners need to take precautions. Not only for our pets. Animal abuse IS a gateway crime. If we ignore the fact that someone is sick enough to think it may be funny to skin a “dog like” animal and put it out for the world to see, what else are they capable of? The point is we do not know why there are so many dogs missing in the area. It could be a coincidence or it could be by design. The fact is, they are gone and their families miss them dearly. Be a good neighbour. Know your neighbour’s animals and be kind. Animals do escape from even the best pet owners. If you see anything suspicious, contact your local police department. Last but not least, in the day of the camera phone, take pictures if you suspect that someone is casing your area. If there is something criminal going on it will be stopped if everyone keeps their eyes open.


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Otterburne Graphic Designer Competes in Video Contest By Marianne Curtis A graphics designer from Otterburne was the first contestant to submit her entry into the “Just Watch Me” contest that honours disabled entrepreneurs. Candace Lipischak is the sole proprietor of Productions Canart Productions, a small business offering bilingual services in Graphic

Design and Desktop Publishing. “I’ve created everything from logos to business cards, posters and brochures to working on a newspaper spread as well as layout and design of a children’s book,” Lipischak explained. “To say the least, I absolutely love my job!” In 2000, Lipsichak was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. When working regular business hours became difficult after her diagnosis, she started her own business in 2007 to expand her creativity as well as supplement her income. She heard about the contest after visiting Community Futures to obtain a small loan to upgrade her computer software. “When I spoke with their representative, Dayna Lalchun, she helped me tremendously along the way. I mentioned the possibility of a grant,” Lipischak continued. “She

mentioned Entrepreneurs with Disabilities, as I had told her I have MS. A few weeks later the contest just so happened to open up and she suggested I look into it.” The “Just Watch Me” video contest encourages disabled entrepreneurs to share their business success story and inspire other people with disabilities to become their own boss. Two winners from both Manitoba and Saskatchewan will be awarded cash prices and a number of other tools that could assist in their business operations. “I wanted to relay the message that even people with a disability can do what they truly love and enjoy,” Lipischak, continued. “I’ve had a lot of support along the way from my family and friends and with the programs that have been available; however, I found the

2013 – Make it Creative Wellness – for You! Classes starting this month: Yin Yoga, Exploring Acrylics, and Teens ages 12-16 will love Clay: Intro to the Wheel. Learn new dances with The Dance Floor: Beginner 1 – Meringue, Beginner 2 – West Coast Swing and Intermediates – Bachatta or Rumba, or both! African drumming workshops for kids and adults are coming up on February 16th here at the Cultural Arts Centre. Please contact Coffieman at (204) 800-1781 to register. Classes coming up in March include Digital Photography for Kids, Teens and Adults, and Teen Art X-Treme, plus new four-week sessions with The Dance Floor Social Dance program – Country Two Step and West Coast Swing. Business Owners: It’s for team building and professional development through wellness, visual arts, cooking or language. Send two employees to a class of your choice and the third employee comes free. The First Dance workshops are perfect for Bride & Groom, Father & Daughter or Bridal Parties. Only two weeks and you’ll be good to go. February 3 & 10 at the Cultural Arts Centre - $35/couple for one day or $65/couple for both days. Customized workshops are also available. SPECIAL! Half off for ages 5-8 Acting Out! Theatre classes. Register today! The Arts4Tots Preschool Program is still taking students! Register your tot now for a creative learning experience that incorporates Music, Dance, Drama, Culture and Crafts into learning every week! You’re invited! Opening Ceremony for Inside Out on February 20th, 7 p.m. View artwork by the diverse group of grade 11 & 12 students from Steinbach Christian High School, who are bound together by an excitement and energy to create and experiment in the ever-growing realm of visual arts. Have you been to the Loewen Green Arts Scene? 306 Reimer Avenue – local artists, studio space, musicians at open houses – check it out online. Photo Contest – See this month’s theme on the Century 21 Gold Key Realty Facebook page, then submit your photo (don’t forget to tag ‘Steinbach Arts Council!’) for your chance to win $50, plus a tax receipt in your name for $100, donated to SAC. Calling all artists! Get your creative works on display at our Southeast Open Judged Art Exhibit. Local artists welcome, all ages! NEW registration deadline is March 1st. Download applications online at www.steinbachartscouncil.ca. More Opportunities for Artists: Be an exhibitor in 2013-14! Hold your own exhibit at the Cultural Arts Centre Hall Gallery (our new season starts Sept 2013 and runs until Aug 2014). A full exhibit requires 30 pieces, or you can apply for a half exhibit and, upon being selected, we will pair you with another half exhibit. Applications available online. Deadline: February 28th. Summer in the City Festival: Musicians, bands, singers, actors, dancers or visual artists (painting, pottery, drawing etc), and entertainers of all kinds are welcome to apply for a spot at the Festival on June 14-15, 2013. Applications due March 1st – available online. Performers Wanted: Steinbach Arts Council is looking for musicians for KR Barkman Concerts in the Park this summer. Concert dates are flexible and will take place in from May to July. Call to apply by March 1st. Destino: Coming up March 14 at the SRSS Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets now for this talented group combining pop and traditional music in a unique blend of past and present – melodic, inspirational, exciting and familiar. Destino has delighted audiences around the world. See more at www.destino4.com. The Cast has been announced for the Sound of Music community musical theater coming up April 18-21 at the SRSS theater. Shows run evenings: Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinee, 2:00 p.m. As the producer, it is a privilege for the Arts Council to work with the performers who have been selected for the musical. They reflect the wealth of immense talent in the area. To view the complete cast, please see www.steinbachartscouncil.ca. ‘Celebrate the Arts’… in Broadway Style! Our ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ Fundraising Gala is coming up on May 3, so save the date. Enjoy an exquisite evening, a delicious meal and dancing, and all the main attractions from downtown NYC! Early bird ticket deadline is April 3. Call now to reserve your table!

February 2013 video is truly a bonus.” Lipischak added that she is grateful for this video contest because it is an important social media tool where people can get a more intimate idea of what she and her business is about. The video contest is being run jointly by the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP). The contest is open to people with self-identified disabilities or ongoing health conditions operating businesses in rural Saskatchewan or rural Manitoba. The Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program helps rural entrepreneurs with disabilities to pursue their business goals by providing business advise, training, mentorship and access to repayable business loans. To view and vote for Lipischak’s

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Candace Lipischak from Otterburne is grateful for the opportunity to encourage other people with disabilities to consider owning their own business by participating in the “Just Watch Me” video contest.

video visit justwatchmecontest.ca. Winners will be announced on February 26, 2013.

Along the Road to Freedom Mennonite Women of Courage and Faith

Susanne Loewen Bergen by Ray Dirks.

Mennonite Heritage Village is pleased to present Along the Road to Freedom: Mennonite Women of Courage and Faith as shown through the art of Ray Dirks. On Sunday, February 10, at 3 pm the museum’s Auxiliary is holding the grand opening event starting with Faspa and followed by an opportunity to meet Ray Dirks and discuss the exhibit. The works in this exhibit will remember the lives of the Mennonite women who lived under Stalin’s ‘reign of terror’, and their journey to find a new home. Between 1947 and 1952, approximately 8,000 people escaped to Canada and another four thousand fled to Paraguay, many of these immigrating to Canada in the 1950s. What characterized this particular group of Mennonite refugees was the high number of female-headed families and the almost universal issue of missing family members. These women were not only victims of their circumstances but also agents of change. They were refugees of political upheaval and violence but they fought to find freedom. Drawing from archival photos and families’ stories, Ray Dirks has created a series of paintings intending to ‘honor the faith, love, suffering, and strength of Mennonite mothers who brought their children to Canada as refugees from Stalin’s horrors’. Ray Dirks graduated from the Mennonite Educational Institute in 1973, and studied commercial art and design at Vancouver Community College. He has worked as an artist and curator around the world, with solo exhibitions in Ethiopia, Cuba, India, the United States, and Canada and has participated in exhibitions and workshops in Kenya, Sudan, Trinidad, Cuba, and the Netherlands. He has also been involved with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) projects such as the exhibit Just Food: The Right to Food from a Faith Perspective. Dirks is currently the Curator of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery in Winnipeg.


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Sandilands May Lose Postal Services

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Canada Post is in the process of merging rural postal delivery and the future of the Sandilands post office is in question. According to the RM of Piney council, they have been consulted by Canada Post about the possible closure of the Sandilands Post Office. “Canada Post has put the onus on the RM of Piney for input and consultation within the community of Sandilands,” explained council. “The RM of Piney feels that Canada Post needs to be the primary contact and organize community input meetings and consultation meetings with the community of Sandilands about the Sandilands Post Office closure.” Council noted that they not in favour of the proposal. “[Council] is supportive of local postal services being delivered at the current level or better,” council continued. The RM of Piney said they are opposed to the closure of the post office as this would be a complete loss of postal services for the community of Sandilands.

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Niverville Chamber Wants Community Input

Local Athletes Named Tri-Stars

The Niverville Chamber of Commerce is asking residents to respond to a brief survey to find out what kind of businesses they would like to see in the community. “We provide you representation at the local and provincial levels of government where legislation impacting your business is enacted,” explained the Chamber. “As an active Chamber we take pride in our activities and special programs designed to improve business in Niverville.” The survey asks questions such as what kind of business people would like to see come to Niverville, what kind of employment opportunities, if the community would like to see business hours extended and a “wish list”. The survey also asks residents if they have ever considered opening a business in the community and if they have suggestions on how the Chamber could help make that happen. The survey can be found at surveymonkey.com/s/2DM2K6V.

By Marianne Curtis Two high school basketball players from separate schools were recently recognized by the Manitoba High School Athletic Association for their skills on the court. On January 22, Clayton Penner of the Steinbach Christian Flames Basketball team was named as TriStar Athlete of the Week. The 6’2" co-captain for the Flames has averaged 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 blocks per game, so far this season as the team is forward. The grade 12 student was named all-star at the Steinbach Christian tournament that took place the previous weekend where the team took the tournament during the final game. “Clayton is a selfless team player who shows great sportsmanship on and off the court,” said coach Landon Friesen. “He is very humble and very coach able.” Penner is also an active participant in the school’s volleyball and track and field teams while maintaining an 80 percent average in his studies. A week later Raymond Hiebert of the Ste. Anne Lynx basketball team was named Tri-Star Athlete of the Week. On January 29, the 6’4" forward averaged 30 points, six blocks and 12 rebounds per game. According to coach Erik Leefe, he helped lead his team to second and third place finishes in tournaments they have played this year and earned all-star recognition at both events.

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Above: Clayton Penner from the Steinbach Christian Flames. Below: Raymond Hiebert of the Ste. Anne Lynx.

“He works extremely hard in practice and games and is constantly working to make his teammates better,” Leefe explained. “He is extremely coach able and is always looking at ways to make himself and the team improve.” The grade 11 student maintains an 85 percent average while participating in volleyball, badminton and basketball. During the school year, the Manitoba High School Athletic Association names two students per week as Tri-Star Rural Athlete and Athlete of the Week. To be named Tri-Star Rural Athlete students are chosen from all of the province’s high schools.


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Local Life Coach Offers Healing Through Wellness Workshops By Marianne Curtis Bev Swanson is a Life and Wellness Coach who wants to teach and inspire people on how they can live purposeful lives with joy and passion. Swanson asks are you living by design or default and do you feel like you are thriving or simply surviving. “It’s always been important to me to be involved in meaningful work that is in alignment with my values,” explained Swanson. “As a catalyst for positive change, I am passionate about supporting and empowering others in their journey to wholeness.” Swanson says she helps people discover the unconscious beliefs that drive them through life. “We don’t know we have them, yet they are the force behind the decisions and choices we are making daily,” Swanson continued. “Most all of them are fear based, to say the least.” The coaching process works with those limiting beliefs and mindsets. It helps brings new awareness, drawing out insights and helping people connect to their own inner resources. This new shift in perspective awakens and empowers others towards a higher vision for themselves; what they truly want, not what they feel they are “supposed” to be doing. “It’s so gratifying to see people get excited about their lives,” said Swanson. Swanson is offering a Holistic Wellness Workshop on February 9, in Steinbach. At the workshop, attendees will evaluate aspects of their life to bring clarity to where they are in the present part of their lives. “You will come away with an understanding of the areas you are currently strong in, as well as those needing more support,” Swanson added. “You will gain an understanding of how each aspect affects all other areas.”

Heart and Soul

Life coach Bev Swanson helps people empower themselves through workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions.

She also offers one-on-one coaching conducted by phone or skype. “Today I coached an American woman who lives and works in Nairobi. She was referred to me through a former client I coached from Landmark,” she said. “It is such an honour to serve in such far reaching places, doing what I love to do.” Swanson is a Life & Wellness Coach, trained with an accredited institution of the International Coach Federation and owner of Conscious Life Coaching Services. With a background in theological studies and over 10 years in the counseling field, her niche is holistic wellness, MindBody-Spirit consciousness. To register for the workshop or for further information contact Bev@ConsciousLifeCoaching.com or call 326-4726.

February is “Heart Month” and everyone is encouraged to think about the fats eaten, their blood pressure, their cholesterol levels, their exercise and aerobics, and what weight they should maintain. Also, remember how smoking harms your heart. These things are so important to your heart health. And, without a healthy heart, we are surely shortening our life span. You must do your best. I have another belief about maintaining a healthy heart. I happen to think that if your heart is ‘happy’ and full of ‘love’, it can produce amazing health benefits. Of course, the physical care and maintenance of your heart is very important, but so many people need to learn that the ‘soul’ needs nourishing too. It is all part of being balanced (emotionally as well as physically healthy). Everyone works so hard and carries so many concerns keeping up to the demands in this society. We carry more work stress than ever before in the history of the “work day”. We are brainwashed to belong in the ‘run, run, run society. And we carry a fear that if we slow down, or stop to rejuvenate, others will get ahead faster. Some have been so programmed that they are no longer able to relax or learn the skills to calm their spirit. Yup, do you recognize anyone? How is your heart/soul? Needing some good care, I bet! Nurturing the soul should be a top priority for all men, women and children in this crazy world. As you learn to care for your soul, teach the children how to balance their life too and how to keep their heart healthy. Finding time to rest, time for the things that you enjoy, time for being kind to yourself and others, and feeding your heart love will also lengthen your life span. Here are your 10 commandments to practice: 1. Stop and just listen to absolute silence. This is when you hear your own mind and can feed it positive, loving messages. 2. Give yourself a little bit more time in the morning so you don’t need to rush. And enjoy the way to work. 3. Take note of things around you and practice being mindful of what you see, smell, and taste. Just improve your awareness. 4. Before bed, turn off all electronic devices and do a few muscle stretches. It removes the day’s stress. 5. Take a few minutes each evening (book on the night table) to read a book that has life lessons on wisdom and happiness. These motivational and spiritual readings can have a huge impact on your positive attitude. Having time to think will be better than watching TV late into the night. 6. Each week, on your day off, take time for an aroma therapy/Epsom salt soak in the tub, soothing the muscles and the mind. 7. Try to have regular massages. It is amazing how this boosts your ability to handle life’s stresses and increases your immune system. Visit your favorite spa and chill out! 8. Always, schedule some fun time with friends every week. Distractions are great destressors. 9. Fall in love! And if you have a love, spend a night away, all alone, with massage oils. NO TV, PHONES OR LAPTOPS! Just your favorite music, favorite food and favorite person. 10. Laugh! Laugh at yourself. Laugh at jokes. Laugh at whatever you can make funny. It is amazing how great you feel and how balanced and healthy you are if you give full attention to both “Heart and Soul.” So this February be really “Heart Smart” and teach yourself to care for the whole you. By loving yourself, honouring your spirit, and feeding your soul you will be happier, less stressed, have better health, and hopefully, a longer life. I can promise you that you definitely will have a smile on your face, a song in heart, and love to give. Happy Valentine’s to ALL! Raylene Snow is a health advocate, retired teacher and owner of Raylene’s Wellness Spa located south of Ste. Anne on Hwy. 210 S.

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Health Authority Renews Interest in Rat River Health Steinbach 55 Plus at the Pat Porter 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 and pay us a visit and consider participating in some of our programs. For more information drop by the Centre, Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm, call 204-320-4600 or online steinbach55plus.com. Membership at Steinbach 55 Plus is only $25 per year due in January of each year 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. Workshops/Groups - Monthly Programs: Centre closed February 18 for Louis Riel Day. Birthday Party - Wednesday, February 6 from 2 - 3:30 pm. All members with a birthday in that month are invited for complimentary cake and coffee. Guests are asked to pay $2. Beltone Hearing Clinic - 3rd Friday of the month from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm by appointment. Call Kim or Dave 1-800-661-2653. Toonie Movies - 4th Wednesday of the month at 2 pm. Cost $2 includes refreshments. Diabetes Support Group - 3rd Monday of the month at 1:30 pm. Contact Marilyn Wieler at 326-4499. Foot Care - Tuesday, February 5 and 19 from 8:30 am - 3 pm. Run by a professional foot care nurse. Cost $12. Bring your own towel. Call the centre to book an appointment. Fitness Classes are in full swing again with your instructor Christel Flaming. Discounts available on the full session price, as well as tickets still available. Come in and choose what option is best for you. Dance Lessons - Most Tuesdays and Thursday at 7 pm. Check schedule. Single Ladies’ Night Out - The first Friday of the month at 5 pm. Enjoy supper out at a local restaurant. Call the centre for the place to meet. Computer Lab - Monday to Friday from 9 am - noon and 1- 4 pm. Cost $1. Lessons with Alex Cupples every other Wednesday 9 am -noon. Call the Centre for more information and to book an appointment. Potluck Supper – Thursday, Februay 14 at 6 pm. Bring a large salad, dessert or buns. Cost is $5. The Old Time Country Jam is Sunday, February 17 from 1:30 - 4 pm. Ladies Billiards – Monday to Friday from 9 am - noon. Drop in Billiards – Monday to Friday from noon – noon - 4:30 pm Weekly Programs: Monday 9:30 - 10:30 am Fitness Class with DVD 1 - 4:30 pm Model Trains 1 pm Canasta 6 pm Wood Carving 7 pm Tai Chi for Beginners 7:30 pm Tai Chi Continued Tuesday 9:30 am - 3 pm Circle of Friends 7 pm Dance Lessons Wednesday 9 am Tai Chi 10 am Choir Practice 1 - 4 pm Cribbage 1:30 pm Floor curling 7 pm Old Time Country Band Practice Thursday 9:30 am Fitness 1 - 4 pm Whist Friday 9:30 am - 3 pm Circle of Friends Noon meals are available Monday through Friday. Cost $5. Call 204-3204605 by 9 am to reserve your meal for that day. Purchase your meal ticket at the receptionist desk before noon. Monthly menus available at the office or in the newsletter. Bring a friend. Volunteer Opportunities include perogy making, decorating and setting tables, birthday party hosts, food preparation and serving, clean up, greeters, receptionists. The Centre is looking to add some more content to the newsletter. If anyone has any jokes, stories or recipes that they would like to share, please feel free to email or call Kathy 204-326-4603 or ssinc@mymts.net.

The Rat River Health Council is feeling optimistic after a historic meeting with members of the Southern Regional Health Authority board of directors. The two organizations gathered at a special meeting last month where they agreed to work cooperatively to stabilize the practice environment and recruit doctors to the community. Emphasis was put on finding staff that will fit well in the community and in the De Salaberry District Health Centre. As a first step, the Rat River Health Council plans to introduce the organization to the youth in the community who are studying to be physicians or nurses, as well as to those who express interest. It is hoped that by conducting early discussions with students they will be encouraged to return to the area and practice locally once their studies are complete. The Rat River Health Council is committed to this process and will report updates as things progress.

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Grunthal’s Ball Park Gets Important Overhaul

The Grunthal Recreation Committee met with Provencher MP Vic Toews to discuss further plans for the community park.

By Marianne Curtis The community of Grunthal is celebrating the recent announcement of federal funding coming to the community to help enhance services at the Grunthal Centennial Park. Provencher MP Vic Toews met with the Grunthal Recreation Committee on January 23 to inform them that $26,800 will be coming to the community. The money will be used for park upgrades including upgrading the ball diamonds by resurfacing, replacing backstops, repairing fencing, and building dugouts. “Our infields need work. They are rough so we will be resurfacing them and putting up new fencing to make it safer,” Dyck explained. The RM of Hanover has also pitched in $25,000 towards the project, which will allow

Rude Little Ladybugs Coccinellidae. Ever since last fall, I don’t like them. What is a coccinellidae? Why it’s a ladybug, of course! (Don’t feel bad, I wouldn’t have known either). Why don’t I like them? Well, for starters, last fall my wife and I were working outside around the house and there were an insane number of ladybugs. They were flying around us as we tried to work. They tried to go up my nose, into my ears and they even tried to blind me by bumping into my eyes. I had to wear safety glasses just to survive. Despite the crazy number of little red attackers that were bombarding us, there were even more on the walls of our home. There were so many walking around on the walls. I almost thought that my house had been painted red! Even with all of them around and the aggravation that they’d caused I still tried to like them. This changed when the cold weather came along and I thought that I would be rid of them for a few seasons. Sadly, this was not meant to be. It seems that the little ladybugs felt that we had shared a few moments, had a few laughs and that now we’d grown so close that they could take the initiative and move on into my house. How rude can you be! These little girls, and guys, moved on in and now they walk where they want, flies into my face while I try to sleep and pretty much make a nuisance of themselves. What’s worse is that they have the guts to think that they can’t be touched because if you even think about touching them, they’ll give you the stink-eye and start emitting that terrible smell that only another ladybug can stand. Nasty little buggers! Now some people tell me that having a ladybug in your home is good luck. If this is true then I should’ve gone out and bought a lottery ticket because I’d be a guaranteed winner for sure. Hawaii here we come! Thankfully, the ladybug numbers have been dropping and there are less and less of them crashing at my house. I’m thinking that either they’ve died off or they’re just off hiding somewhere waiting for the chance to launch a fresh new wave of stinky terror. I’m sure that as time goes on I’ll forget about how they treated me and I’ll be able to put this issue between us to rest. After all, there’s really no point in holding a grudge, especially against a little species of beetles that don’t really care one way or another. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.

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Piney Says No to Amalgamation “Amalgamation is not and may not be a cost effective solution to municipal service delivery.” With all the talk of the province’s plan to get smaller municipalities to begin the process of amalgamation, the RM of Piney is taking a stand on the issue. The RM of Piney is the only municipality in our region to review amalgamation request to meet the province’s recent mandate that some municipalities join forces with their neighbours. Council confirmed they did consider amalgamation as requested by the province, but they decided against it. “At this point in time the RM of Piney sees no benefit to forced amalgamation and will not consider the matter further,” stated council. “Amalgamation is not and may not be a cost effective solution to

municipal service delivery.” The RM of Piney consists of a dozen communities with a total fulltime population of about 1,720 people as reported by Statistics Canada Census Division for 2011. While the municipality does not have a high population, it is one of the largest in the province and covers 2,433 square kilometers. Council is also opposed to forced amalgamation and is supportive of smaller municipalities and their efforts to protect their local identity. According to the Selinger government, 92 out of 197 municipalities in the province do not meet the legal threshold of 1,000 residents. As a result, the province is encouraging them to amalgamate with their neighbours. The province has three goals in mind with the proposal. It is expected to give municipalities a better ability to fund projects and access funding through provincial and federal programs, to improve the delivery of services and governance

the committee to resurface and improve all three of the park’s diamonds. “The Rural Municipality of Hanover is thankful to receive this funding under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund to enhance our baseball diamond facilities at Grunthal Centennial Park,” added RM of Hanover Reeve Stan Toews. “The partnership between the Government of Canada, the Rural Municipality of Hanover and the Grunthal Community Centre will allow the Town of Grunthal to continue to provide quality recreation to residents at this very important time of community growth and development.” “We never expected to get that much funding at one time for our baseball diamonds and we are grateful.” Dyck added. The next step will be to find capable volunteers that can help complete some of the work and help keep costs down. Baseball is a growing passion in the community and Grunthal recently had the highest number of registered players in the Carillon League. During ball season, the Grunthal Centennial Park sees nearly 300 visitors each night. The federal portion of the project was made possible through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund which committees $150 million towards the improvement of existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas as well as cultural and other community facilities.

in administration and as a call for the launch of coordinated efforts to promote economic growth, reduce fragmentation and improve regional thinking and action. While the province is calling for all municipalities to amalgamate voluntarily, all municipalities that fall below the 1,000-population threshold are expected to complete the amalgamation process by the 2014 municipal elections.


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More Than Just News! The Niverville Dog Adoption Fair is sponsoring a fundraiser comedy night on March 24 as part of an effort to raise funds for a reward leading to the arrest of persons responsible for dognapping family pets throughout the southeast. Entertainment will feature “Raise the Woof” from Los Angeles. All profits will go to help animal rescues with a portion going towards rewards for

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information that lead to the arrest of those responsible for the missing dogs in Southeast Manitoba. The event will be held at the Niverville Community Fellowship Church located at 116 3rd Avenue S in Niverville. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 each, available at Ruffmutts Grooming (18 Hill Crest Court), Niverville Bigway, or by calling Barry at 204-510-4229 or 204-388-9676.

Rink Opening Celebrated in Ste. Genevieve

Dawson Trail MLA Ron Lemieux (left) and RM of Tache Councillor Andy Rivard (right) help Ste. Genevieve Community Centre President Tashia Lapeire cut the ribbon and officially open the new community rink.

By Marianne Curtis On January 26, residents from Ste. Genevieve gathered at the local community centre to celebrate the grand opening of the new ice rink. Ste. Genevieve Community Centre President, Tashia Lapeire, is very excited that this project is finally complete and ready for the community’s enjoyment. “It was a great morning filled with sleigh rides, a Milk Jug Curling Tournament and public skating!” stated Tashia Lapeire. “Everyone enjoyed the free chilli and hotdogs and a special Ice Rink cake to celebrate the occasion.” The new rink was partially made possible through joint funding between the municipal, provincial and federal governments. Last fall the Ste. Genevieve Community Centre received $20,964 from the federal government toward upgrading the ice rink base from gravel to concrete. This amount was matched by the municipality and province. The community rink upgrade is expected to make the facility more functional by improving access and allowing the site to be used for a wider range of activities throughout the year. The new ice rink may be complete but it is just one-step in an ongoing community recreation plan that includes finishing a community playground and storage shed, added Lapeire. “Our current Executive Committee is seeking help in continuing the momentum and making our community even stronger,” Lapeire said. “We meet once a month and would love to see more people contributing to the positive change in our community!” The Ste. Genevieve Community Centre invites anyone interested in participating in the ongoing growth of recreation in the community to attend the organization’s upcoming general meeting. The meeting is scheduled to take place March 10 at the centre starting at 2 pm. Contact Tashia Lapeire at 204-422-9964 for more information.

Good Value in Manitoba! Have you been traveling lately? I was south for a bit in January and got a renewed appreciation for our market in Manitoba. One couple we met were of retirement age. They had been married for about a year after both having been widowed. They were now living in South Carolina in the husband’s house, which therefore meant that the wife needed to sell her house. So, in her soft and sweet southern accent she told me their story. The short version is that her house in Atlanta, Georgia, has been for sale for a year and there is no action on it. It just happens that she was a realtor in years gone by, so she wasn’t panicked. For one thing, she knew the market and understood that it was normal for that area. When we were down in Florida, there were a lot of empty spaces in their commercial/ shopping areas. Being south in, a more tropical climate does not mean it is paradise all around. Manitoba may have some extreme weather at times but we don’t experience the extreme fluctuation in our real estate market. In our travels, people would often ask how the real estate market is in our area (once they discover what I do for a living). My answer to them? We are very stable, I say, which causes their jaw to drop slightly. Then I explain. We don’t experience extreme spikes or peaks in our market, nor do we have huge dips, which indicate the price has dropped dramatically. Our market increases gradually, very moderate/temperate, unlike the -35C weather we’ve had. If you have any questions about a matter concerning real estate and the market climate, please call Eileen or Travis. Until next time…


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Love and Judgment John 3:17-21. 17) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18) Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19) This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20) Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21) But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”(NIV 1984) This month’s discussion paper brings us face to face with both love and judgment. It is much easier for us to talk about the love of God. But here we are faced with the love of God as well as His judgment. First, the apostle John writes that God so loved the world that He sent His Son to save the world. But then John also writes that Jesus said He came into the world to pronounce judgment on those who reject His message. Can both be true? Those who refuse to believe that Christ died for the sins of the whole world stand judged. Condemned by their refusal to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and died to save humanity from their sin. They and they only have decided their own fate. This is how judgment works. Judgment is the separation between our wantonness, shamelessness and lack of remorse and the love that Christ brought into the world. The love that Christ was talking about proved to be a great dividing influence in the world because people are so emotionally involved in a way of life that in the eyes of Christ is evil. Those who do evil things hate what Scripture teaches because it reveals their evil deeds. When we make the choice to remain enmeshed, trapped and spellbound in sinful behaviour and refuse to come to Christ, we pass judgment on ourselves in our own denial of the choices we have made. But, when people are confronted with what Jesus taught, some respond in a very positive way by accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior, who removes that future judgment. But what about believers/Christians: How does love and judgment affect the way we live our daily lives? The first thing we must remember is that Christ has died for all past and future sin in our lives. Having said that, I do not believe that we have the right to sin willfully. When we do sin, we can humbly come to Jesus to repent of our sin knowing that He will forgive us. But, we do not always come to Christ because we might be involved in, let’s say, “A secret sin.” It is in times like that, that the Holy Spirit wants to bring to our attention that what we are involved in is sinful. That attention getter might be carried out by Satan but conceived by God. Often the insults and buffeting we suffer will be of a spiritual nature as we struggle with holiness and perhaps even spiritual pride. Many times, we can hurt on various levels, not all of which are noticeable or in plain sight for others to see, we should never be surprised at how the thorn in our side will be noticeable because God wants us to understand that His love for us endures forever. When we Christians/believers find our faith being challenged with a spiritual pain (my pain maybe very different from yours) in our side, and that spiritual pain lingers in our life, we should not be disheartened or discouraged. Rather we should think of it as God continuing to be at work in our lives. His desire is for us to change whatever it is we are involved in. We may never know all the reasons why we have had to suffer all the thorns in our side. Remember the apostle Paul asked God 3 times for his thorn to be removed (2 Corinthians. 12:7-10). However, God said that His grace was sufficient for Paul. I believe that same grace is sufficient for you and me. Would you pray this prayer with me? “Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. I want my life to change. My thoughts and my attitude need to change. I do not have the peace in my heart that I yearn for. I really want that peace, joy and happiness that fulfills my heart’s desire. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will honor Your Name. Amen.”

Vigilance at Woodlawn Elementary School

On January 17 at approximately 12:30 pm, the Steinbach RCMP received a call of a suspicious male carrying what was believed to be a rifle case. The subject walked across the Woodlawn schoolyard and into a residential area. Police investigation quickly determined the identity of the subject and that it was a replica firearm. Police further determined there was no threat to public safety. The school took appropriate action as per their protocols to ensure the safety of the children and staff members.

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Does a Church Make a Christian? Dear Pastor: Do I have to go to church to become a Christian and do I have to go to church to stay a Christian? Many people have asked me this good question and it deserves an honest answer. Having been a veterinarian for many years (as well as a pastor), I like to use animal analogies to help illustrate a point. Putting a cow in a horse barn does not make it a horse. You can even saddle and ride it, but it’s still a cow. You may even put a harness on it and work your fields, but it’s still a cow. To change a cow into a horse would require ability beyond human capability or understanding. For us it would be an impossible feat. It would require supernatural intervention by a power much higher than us. Likewise, changing a natural man into a Christian requires the intervention of a Higher Power called God. God developed the method 2,000 years ago by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross and shed His blood to take care of our natural sinful nature. When we submit to God, acknowledge our need to change, and accept God’s way as the only way; then God does the changing inside us. He changes us from a natural man to a Christian. Acts 10:43 says, “Whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Become a Christian) Nowhere in the Bible does it say you must go to church to become a Christian. I knew a young lady several years ago who realized her need of a Saviour when she was out in her barn at night milking her goats. She did what Roman 10:13 says to do and God changed her into a Christian. She was not a church goer and I don’t believe she ever became a regular church attendee, but she’s still a Christian according to the Bible. The local church was established to be a help and encouragement for Christians and we are admonished to attend (Hebrews 10:25) but attendance never made or kept a person a Christian. It only helps us to live the Christian life that God has ordained for us. God Bless. David Millar has been involved with pastoral work for the past 22 years and is currently pastoring First Baptist Church in Steinbach.

All questions are welcomed and can be sent to dmillar@nlis.ca.

Prairie Theatre Exchange Hosts Pajama Party Auxiliary Revives Older Books By Marianne Curtis The Bethesda Auxiliary is already working hard on this year’s upcoming fundraising book sale. The annual event is held to raise funds to buy medical equipment for the Bethesda Hospital. The sale is normally only a three-day event in March, but this year the group has added a new component to their already successful fundraiser. A selection of gently used books are now available for sale at the Clearspring Centre every Tuesday from 9:30 am to 4 pm in the sorting section. Verna Thiessen, spokesperson for the group, explains why they made the change. “We are doing something different this year. We will be selling gently used books and not so gently used books for as little as fifty cents,” explained Thiessen. “We want to do justice to our donors; they graciously offer the books and we want to use them, not just recycle them.” The first sale took place January 26 and a number of books in less than stellar condition found new homes. “We didn’t sell a lot but that is more than we would have sold if we had just put them away,” Thiessen continued. The Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary annual book sale will take place at the Clearspring Centre from March 20 to 23. Funds raised at the event are going towards the purchase of suction machines for each room in the Bethesda Hosptial Rehabilitation Ward. To ensure the continued success of the sale, donations of books, records, tapes, magazines, puzzles, and games will be gratefully accepted until the week of the sale. While most types of reading material will be accepted, the group gratefully declines encyclopedias, weekly magazines, videos, DVDs and Condensed Readers’ Digests. Donations can be brought to the Clearspring Centre drop-off location outside of Sobey’s on Tuesdays between 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

On January 19, the Prairie Theatre Exchange and families from the area gathered at the SRSS Theatre for a huge pajama party. According to Shannon Neufeld, with the Steinbach Arts Council, the event was well attended and the evening was fun. “We had a lot of fun at our huge pajama party,” Neufeld said. Some of the highlights of the night were the performances by a grade 6 student from Blumenort School and a grade 1 student from Southwood School who were the Munsch Story writing winners. Both students read their stories to the audience at the start of the show. “Amber talked about running into the goal post during a soccer game and how she learned you should always look up and not down at the ball,” Neufeld recalled. “Bowen told a fantastic story that he wrote, without any help from his parents, about licorice that he split into pieces and then it jumped on him, so he split it into 63 pieces, ate it and told it that it had to live in his tummy. His mom said that he must have re-enacted the story, as she found him surrounded by pieces of licorice after he wrote the story.” This year the Prairie Theatre set was a huge teleportation device that transported the actors into the very brain of Robert Munsch, or so they thought. After going through five Robert Munsch stories, they discovered that they had traveled into books, which was equally as exciting as

Second Annual Actif Epica Ready to Roll By Marianne Curtis As riders sign up for the challenge, organizers of the second annual Actif Epica community festival are getting excited. The one-day event, which consists of a 130-kilometre bike

Alissa Watson and Gordon Tanner, starring as Elena and Isaac from ROAR, with the everso-cute ‘mouse’ at the Magical Mystery Munsch show and Community-wide Pajama Party on January 19 at the SRSS Theatre.

going into another “world” in the mind of Munsch. Parents and kids alike laughed and laughed at PTE’s renditions of Murmel, Murmel, Murmel, Look at Me, Millicent and the Wind, Mud Puddle, and ROAR.

challenge from St. Malo to St. Boniface, kicks off February 16. Ian Hall, one of the organizers of the event, says businesses, community organizations and fun-loving individuals have been busy organizing outdoor activities at festival sites along the Crow Wing Trail and will be promoted as part of the larger Actif Epica Winter Festival. In addition, he is inviting people to join the Coureur des Bois class for those with running experience. “If you are up for an 80-mile trek along rivers and across the open prairie we want you.” The starting line for the ride will be in St. Malo during the Festival des Amis with Festival du Voyageur hosting its finish line. Actif Epica expects to bring together Manitobans of all backgrounds, ages and activity levels to gather, participate and enjoy the outdoors in the winter. Festival sites in St. Pierre-Jolys, Otterburne, Niverville and St. Adolphe will provide warm checkpoints for the bike riders and form hubs for “Co-Actif “ events. From organized events like hockey, tournaments or birding walks to casual games of pick-up shinny and family winter picnics. Winnipeg’s Green Action Centre will host “Bougeons en hiver: The Jack Frost Challenge,” encouraging teams of 1-5 friends, family, co-workers or classmates to sign up to skate, bike, ski, snowshoe or walk a combined total of 130 km in the week leading up to Actif Epica. For more information visit actifepi.ca.


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Ambulance Station Sound of Music Cast from the Region Planned for Ile des Chênes The Southern Regional Health Authority has met with the RM of Ritchot council to discuss the establishment of an ambulance station in Ile des Chênes. According to the board, the Vice President of finance and capital and construction officers recently met with the RM of Ritchot to discuss options for locating the recently announced Ile des Chênes EMS station. Capital funding is already in place for the project and construction is expected to begin in the spring. However, the actual time frame of construction is dependent on how long it takes to transfer land for the project. While money has been committed for, the new station there is still the matter of finding money to operate the facility. The Southern Region Health Authority continues to work on this matter. Currently the area receives emergency medical services from De Saleberry Health Centre in St. Pierre. In contrast, the North East Health Association (NEHA) is removing the Reynolds Ambulance Service from Prawda and the Whitemouth, Falcon Lake and Ste. Anne Ambulance Services would then need to provide coverage along the highways and to the residents of Hadashville, Prawda, McMunn, East Braintree, Medika and Spruce Siding areas. NEHA had indicated that these ambulance services would be able to provide emergency services within 30 minutes to these areas with a system called ‘geo-posting’. The Reynolds Council questioned this response time and the communities are strongly opposed to the removal of the Reynolds Ambulance Service.

Wacky Sleds for Niverville Family Fun Day The Niverville Recreation Committee is excitedly preparing for their 3rd Annual Winter Family Fun Day. The one-day event, which is taking place on February 16, promises to offer families a vast variety of activities both indoors and out. The day will kick off at 9 am with a pancake breakfast. Funds will be going toward Recreation Opportunities for Children. According to Robyn Yates, Niverville’s Recreation program coordinator, there will be several new activities during this year’s festival. The first annual Chili Cook-Off is taking place in the afternoon. The winner will be chosen by anyone who purchases a bowl of chili. Also new, this year is the Wacky Sled Race where competitors use only cardboard, string, tape, garbage bags, paper and glue to make a sled and race down the hill. There will also be a snowman and snow fort-building contest. To enter, teams must register then build a snowman or fort, take a picture with at least one of the builders and send it to the Niverville Recreation Centre. Entries are due February 11 and voting will take place during the event. One of the highlights of the day will be when racers from Actif Epica will be stopping in all day. Top endurance athletes will be taking on an epic 130 km voyageur style bicycle or running trek across the prairie. Along with those fun activities, there will be skating all day on the outdoor rink, tobogganing, free curling events, snow painting, snowshoe races, horse drawn sleigh rides, free hot chocolate, and a bonfire to take off the chill.

In a few short months, the Sound of Music will take to the stage in Steinbach comprising of a cast of 44 talented performers throughout southern Manitoba. Over 160 actors from Steinbach, La Broquerie, Vita, Sprague and Niverville came out to audition for the Sound of Music, a community musical theatre directed by Ed and Millie Hildebrand and produced by the Steinbach Arts Council. Cindy Rempel Patrick, Steinbach Arts Council Executive is thrilled with the choice for Maria. “Kristy [Penner] came back to Steinbach a few years ago after graduating with her Theatre degree in Alberta and we’re thrilled that she is back on the home stage,” praised Patrick. The main role of Captain von Trapp is being filled by well-known local performer, teacher and director, David Klassen, who has performed with The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and in many Gilbert and Sullivan productions. The Von Trapp children will be played by Liesl Nicole Heide (Liesl), Caleb Penner (Friedrich), Emma

The RM of Piney council is looking into setting up a fire hall in the community of Woodridge. However, before they can proceed they need the commitment of several local volunteers. According to council, a new fire hall in Woodridge would be a major asset to the area. Over the past few years there have been several significant forest fires in the area, a year ago the hotel burned down as well as a local residence. When a fire occurs in the community, crews must travel from Piney or Sprague. The RM of Piney council is willing to establish a building and purchase the equipment needed for a fire hall but the community needs to be involved. According to Councillor Sian Barrow, volunteers are needed to make the fire hall a reality. “The RM is trying to get enough local enthusiasm for a fire hall in Woodridge,” explained Barrow. “It’s the usual thing, insufficient volunteers; partly that’s because Woodridge has so many seasonal property owners who obviously can’t commit, and nearly all the full time residents are aged about 93.” In order to bring a fire hall to the community, ratepayers need to step forward. “Woodridge must take the initiative and organize a volunteer base for the establishment of a fire hall,” Barrow continued. “A list of ratepayers who are willing to be a part of this process must be presented to council in order for a proposed fire hall to become a possibility.” In order for the department to be effective, at least a dozen volunteers would have to step forward. Twenty would be ideal, council noted. Anyone wishing to get involved is encouraged to contact Mario Boily at 204-429-2145.

Martens (Louisa), Mersadie Thiessen (Brigitta), Egan Schellenberg (Kurt), Emily GriffinBoily (Marta) and Deidre Penner as Gretl. Under the direction of Ed and

Millie Hildebrand, the Sound of Music will hit the stage April 18-21 in the Steinbach Regional Secondary School Theatre. Tickets are already available for purchase from the Steinbach Arts Council.

RCMP Search for Armed Robber On January 3 at about 4:20 pm, Steinbach RCMP were informed of an armed robbery with a firearm at a business on 1st Street in Steinbach. RCMP attended and secured the scene where investigation revealed that a male dressed in black, wearing a balaclava, entered the business and pointed a long barreled firearm at the business owner. The suspect then demanded cash from the cash register and safe before fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then entered a waiting vehicle that was parked nearby. Investigation indicates that the suspect vehicle circled the area prior to the suspect entering the

Firearms Fire Fighters Wanted in Woodridge Snatched By Marianne Curtis

Children throughout the region came out to audition as members of the Von Trapp children in the upcoming performance of the Sound of Music.

On January 10, RCMP reported a break in of a residential garage near the Town of Ste Anne. Thieves entered the garage and broke into a gun locker taking two .22 caliber rifles and some other miscellaneous items. The incident occurred overnight, between January 9 to the morning of January 10. If you have any information you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

business. Witnesses indicate that the suspect vehicle departed the scene with two males wearing balaclavas. No one was injured during the incident. The Steinbach General Investigations Section and the Winnipeg Forensic Identification Section also attended the scene. The suspect entering the business is described as a white male in his early twenties, standing about 5’10" tall with a slim build and was carrying a black coloured rifle or shotgun. The vehicle is described as a single

cab, red colored, 1996 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck. The truck had no tailgate and had a large amount of rust. Investigation further revealed that the suspect vehicle might have been stolen earlier on this date from the Town of Morris. RCMP are requesting that anyone having information regarding this crime to call the Steinbach RCMP at (204) 326-1234 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 780 TIPS (8477). The RCMP are advising the public not to approach the suspects, as they are armed and dangerous.

Niverville Area Home Invaded On January 17 at about 9 pm St-Pierre-Jolys RCMP were notified by a Niverville homeowner that while he and his family were in their residence an unidentified male had entered and stole several items. The suspect was interrupted by the homeowners and had reportedly run away. RCMP responded and, with the assistance of the homeowner, the suspect was apprehended a short time later. Cody Kehler (20) of Niverville has now been charged with being unlawfully in a dwelling house, theft under $5,000 and failing to comply with a probation order. He has been remanded into custody pending his court appearance. No one was injured and the RCMP continue to investigate.

Seeking Artists The Steinbach Arts Council is extending an invitation to artist and artisans to submit entries of their recent work to be exhibited in the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre Hall Gallery from September 2013 to August 2014. Each exhibit lasts approximately one month. Full exhibits are 30 pieces or apply for a half exhibit of 15 pieces and upon approval; you will be matched with another half exhibit. Submissions may include oils, acrylics, watercolors, charcoal, ink, pastel, photography, mixed media, pottery, crafts, etc. The initial entry must include two original pieces of artwork identifying the work shown, a listing of works, including titles, medium used, sizes and dates created, a recent biography, resume and/or curriculum vitae and a stamped, self-addressed envelope for return of material. The Exhibit Committee will discuss exhibition dates with the artist following a successful review. All entries must be submitted no later than Thursday, February 28, 2013. Entry forms are available at the SAC Office located at 304 Second Street in Steinbach or online at steinbachartscouncil.ca. If you have any questions, please call the SAC Office.


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Canadian FoodGrains Bank Seeks 30 Grow Projects By Marianne Curtis

By Marianne Curtis The Kleefeld Park will be undergoing some significant improvements after a recent funding announcement by the federal government. On January 23, Provencher MP Vic Toews informed representatives from the Kleefeld Recreation Association that a grant of $25,300 has been approved to improve services at the community park. The project includes upgrades and repairs to the baseball diamonds, soccer fields and tennis courts. “By making these investments in local infrastructure, we are helping boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for

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Provencher MP Vic Toews tells the Kleefeld Recreation Association that they now have funding for some significant improvements at the community park.

Canadians,” stated Toews. The federal contribution has been matched by the RM of Hanover and Reeve Stan Toews is pleased with the matched contribution. “The Rural Municipality of Hanover is thankful to receive this funding under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund to repair our baseball diamond and tennis court facilities at the Kleefeld Park,” added Toews. President of the Kleefeld Recreation Association, Gord

Meneer, is thrilled with the funding. “Our community is expanding and growing so there is a lot more demand on the park and facility,” Meneer explained. “This money is going to give us an excellent start on what we need to do.” Meneer added that the Kleefeld Park is a very popular place that sees up to 400 people per day for summer events, farmers markets, Christmas programs and even movies in the park.

Karate Students Ready Themselves for Yellow Belts in Ste. Genevieve Five months after the opening of a Karate Dojo in Ste. Genevieve the first class of students are ready for their level testing. This is exciting news, said Shona McCormick, owner and instructor at the Meibukan Karate in Ste. Genevieve. “My school teaches the art of traditional Meibukan Goju-ryi Karate,” said McCormick. “The school is currently very small with 11 students from the ages of 5 to 16 and more students are welcome.” On March 4, the majority of the students will be participating in the first grading (belt testing) of the school to receive their yellow belts. They are all currently white belts. “These students are dedicated and as their instructor I am very proud of their accomplishments,” McCormick continued. McCormick said that studying karate has been a great benefit to her students. She teaches a style of karate that is disciplined and teaches more than karate. “We emphasize respect at all times and to ourselves, each other, our families and friends and teachers,” McCormick added that karate also instills self-esteem and self-confidence, along with a sense of belonging. “Many of our students have “disabilities” and karate can help to overcome those,” she said. “Meibukan Gojyu Ryu Karate is an art and a way of life,” she added. “It is for everyone, not just children. Even adults and seniors can participate.” McCormick invites anyone interested to either call or come out to the center and observe a class. She also has a “one week free” offer that allows people to come and try out two classes before making a commitment. Registration is ongoing for children and youth aged 5-12 and adults aged 13 and up. Classes take place Monday and Thursday nights starting at 6 pm for ages 5-8, 7 pm for 9-12 year olds and 8 pm for 13 years of age and up. For more information, call 204- 422-9666 or 204-451-0824.

Medical Staff Shortage Closes Niverville Walk-in Clinic By Marianne Curtis Patients using the Niverville Medical Clinic are being advised that due to a doctor shortage services have been significantly cut back until a new doctor can be recruited. In the past few months, the clinic has lost the services of two nurse practitioners and a physician. This has left about 2,000 patients without a family doctor. “We are offering to cover their care, until a replacement can be found, so if you were a patient of nurse Celina, Nurse Caroline or Dr. Ali, you can continue to receive care through the clinic,” stated a clinic statement. Patients are requested not to schedule any physicals in the next three months. An additional 1,000 patients who come into the clinic from time to time will no longer have access to a doctor. “Unfortunately, we will not be able to care for those patients as of February 11,” the statement continued. “Only patients registered with Niverville Medical Clinic will be able to access care and services with us. The point of this is to provide the best possible access and care to those who have chosen to make their medical home at the Niverville Medical Clinic.” Several other changes have been implemented over the interim. The Walk-in clinic will be closed as of February 11 for an indefinite period. Walk-ins will be replaced by six appointment openings for urgent use only. Patients are encouraged to plan ahead to ensure no disruption in treatments or medications. The Niverville Medical Clinic will not be accepting any new patients until staff shortages are addressed.

The snow may be deep but farmers are already planning their upcoming crop season and the Canadian Food Grains Bank (CFGB) hopes their organization will be included as part of the planning process. In celebration of 30 years of harvesting crops for the hungry, the organization has put out the call for 30 grow projects in the province. Harold Penner, CFGB Manitoba Resource Coordinator, is hoping that this year will sprout 30 projects, to commemorate the anniversary. “We’ve had a lot of interest in the idea,” Penner said. “We’ve had one Hutterite Colony sign up already, too.” Historically in our region grow projects are planted near the communities of Blumenort, Landmark, Lorette, St. Pierre-Jolys and Niverville. Penner hopes this year there will be more. “So far we have three new projects for 2013 with the possibility of a 4th already in the discussion,” stated Penner. “With some extra acres in some projects, and hopefully no one pulling back, we could pass the 5,000 acre mark in Manitoba this year. This is very exciting indeed!” Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of Canadian church-based agencies working to end hunger in developing countries by increasing and deepening the involvement of Canadians in an effort to end hunger. Since 1983, the Foodgrains Bank has provided over 1.1 million tonnes of food and seed worth more than $682 million to millions of people in 78 countries. Today, the Foodgrains Bank is one of Canada’s leading food assistance organizations with support from the Canadian International Development Agency. Crops consisting of wheat, corn, barley, soybeans, peas, canola, sweet corn, silage and pumpkins are just some of the many different crops grown. Projects range from ¼ acre to several hundred acres. Nationally the CFGB has delivered $514,717,753 worth of programming and shipped 1,005,725 metric tonnes of food and seeds to 76 countries around the world.

Steinbach Youth Named Badminton Champ A Steinbach athlete is one of four badminton players recently named a Triple Crown winner. On January 20, the Manitoba Badminton Champions were crowned at the Winnipeg Winter Club. Kevin Barkman was named Triple Crown Winner in the Under 19 Category. This means he came out on top in all his matches while playing singles, doubles and mixed games. Barkman shone while he competed in Badminton Manitoba’s Premier Junior Tournament that highlighted some of the best talent in Manitoba who will be traveling to Saskatoon in late April to compete in the Yonex Canadian Junior Badminton Championships.


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Personal Income Tax 101 Canada Revenue Agency opens February 11. This means you can file your own electronically (note my caution later in the article), and those of us tax professionals can begin to e-file our clients’ returns and the CRA will start to process paper filed returns. Before we get into a review of the basics of personal income taxes, a quick note about the few items that are new this year: Family Caregiver Amount: This new federal credit adds $2,000 to existing credits (spouse, eligible dependent, children’s, and caregiver amount). If you claimed one or more of these credits in the past for an individual that is infirm and dependent on you, you can claim an additional $2,000 on top of the regular credit. You will need a signed statement from a medical doctor (you don’t send the statement in unless CRA asks for it, but get it now so you have it on hand; I hope to have a standard letter for the doctors to complete to make it easier). Manitoba Education Property Tax Credit for Senior’s basic amount changed from $700 to $1,025 (less 1% of net family income). This credit has increased to give more lower-income seniors a break on their property taxes. Did you know that 5.5 million taxpayers file their own tax returns (about 20% of all tax returns filed)? What tax savings are you leaving on the table when you file your own tax return? Medical expenses, pension split, disability tax credit, Manitoba caregiver tax credit, moving expenses, tradesperson’s tools expenses, public transit, children’s fitness and arts credits, Manitoba young adult fitness credit, tuition rebate, student loan interest, volunteer firefighter tax credit. There are lots of credits and deductions you could be missing if you don’t know about them! If you want to do your own taxes, at least get them done by a tax professional every 3-5 years so you know they are being done correctly! Or at least have them reviewed. I can’t count how much tax money I have saved people over the years. Are you complaining about the taxes you pay? We can all lower our taxes if we do not participate in the underground economy; don’t patronize businesses that don’t report income (offer a service for cash and not issue a receipt) and pay their fair share of taxes. It’s estimated to be $35 billion; if this income was properly taxed then we’d all be better off. OK, let’s get to some basics of personal income taxes; I retrieved much of this information from Wikipedia. Income taxes in Canada constitute the majority of the annual revenues of the federal and provincial governments. The Canadian income tax system is a self-assessment regime. Taxpayers assess their tax liability by filing a return with the CRA by the required filing deadline. CRA will then assess the return based on the return filed and on information, it has obtained from employers and financial companies, correcting it for obvious errors. A taxpayer who disagrees with CRA’s assessment of a particular return may appeal the assessment. Canada levies personal income tax on the worldwide income of individual residents of Canada. After the calendar year, Canadian residents file a T1 Tax Return. It is due April 30, or June 15 for self-employed individuals and their spouses. It is important to note, however, that any balance owing is due on or before April 30. Outstanding balances remitted after April 30 may be subject to interest charges regardless of whether the taxpayer’s filing due date is April 30 or June 15. The amount of income tax that an individual must pay is based on the amount of their taxable income (income earned less allowed expenses) for the tax year. Personal income tax may be collected through various means: 1. Deduction at source - where income tax is deducted directly from an individual’s pay and sent to the CRA. 2. Installment payments - where an individual must pay his or her estimated taxes during the year instead of waiting to settle up at the end of the year. 3. Payment on filing - payments made with the income tax return 4. Arrears payments - payments made after the return is filed Individuals who have overpaid taxes or had excess tax deducted at source will receive a refund from the CRA upon filing their annual tax return. An individual taxpayer must report his or her total income for the year. Certain deductions are allowed in determining “net income”, such as deductions for contributions to Registered Retirement Savings Plans, union and professional dues and childcare expenses. Net income is used for determining several income-tested social benefits such as the GST Credit, Child Tax Benefit, Pharmacare deductible, Personal Care Home fees, Old Age Security Repayment and others. Further deductions are allowed in determining “taxable income,” such as workers compensation, social assistance, guaranteed income supplement, capital losses, half of capital gains included in income, and a special deduction for residents of northern Canada. Deductions permit certain amounts to be excluded from taxation altogether. “Tax payable before credits” is determined using various tax brackets and tax rates. A percentage of the non-refundable tax credits are then deducted from tax payable and include items such as a basic personal amount, dependents, Canada Pension Plan contributions, Employment Insurance premiums, disability credit, tuition and education and medical expenses. These credits are calculated by multiplying the credit amount by the lowest tax rate (26% federal and Manitoba). This mechanism is designed to provide equal benefit to taxpayers regardless of the rate at which they pay tax.

A non-refundable tax credit for charitable donations is calculated at the lowest tax rate for the first $200 in a year, and at the highest tax rate for the portion in excess of $200. Donations can result in a reduction in taxes of up to 46 percent of the donation. This tax credit is designed to encourage more generous charitable giving. The following types of income are not reported or taxed in Canada (this list is not exhaustive): - gifts and inheritances; - death benefits paid from a life insurance policy; - lottery winnings; - winnings from betting or gambling for simple recreation or enjoyment (if you know someone who does on-line gambling for a living, this is taxable income and should be reported); - strike pay; - compensation paid to a victim of a criminal act or a motor vehicle accident; - certain civil and military service pensions; - war disability pensions; - income of First Nations, if situated on a reserve; - capital gain on the sale of a taxpayer’s principal residence; - Working Income Tax Benefit; - the Goods and Services Tax Benefit; and - the Canada Child Tax Benefit. Wow, that’s just the basics. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Looking forward seeing many of you over the next few months. Anni Markmann is a Certified Financial Planner, a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging and a Tax Professional living, working, and volunteering in our community. Contact her at (204) 422-6631, annimarkmann@mymts.net or 36 Dawson Road in Ste. Anne.


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Piney Council Invites Residents for Coffee

Grant Funds Help Hockey in St. Malo By Marianne Curtis The community of St. Malo is playing host to the Keystone Cup this spring and now they have some extra funding to help get the place in shape. Provencher MP Vic Toews was on hand to personally announce a federal contribution of $30,000 for arena upgrades at the St. Malo Community Club. President Justin Maynard is thrilled that when the 2013 Western Canadian Junior B Hockey Championship “Keystone Cup” comes in April the competition will take place in an upgraded rink. “This investment has allowed us to continue our efforts towards improving our arena and having a safe and fun rink for the entire community,” says Maynard. “We are very happy to get this done before the tournament.” The Keystone Cup is a six-team competition that brings together the provincial champions from across Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and BC, along with the host team. It is a four-day round robin tournament with the top four teams advancing to the Gold and Bronze medal games. Most of the upgrades including replacing the rink boards, doors and glass have already been done. These upgrades have made the arena a safer community facility for all to enjoy. “We overhauled all the boards,” Maynard added. “The doors to the

Pharmacy Opens in St. Malo

player gates, the main gates and put in all new glass.” They also purchased a zamboni. The project cost $60,000 with $30,000 coming in from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) toward this project. The RM of De Salaberry contributed $24,000. The remainder was raised during a fundraising golf tournament last summer. The Federal Government committed $150 million over two years for the CIIF. The Fund supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centers, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

RM of Ste. Anne Extends Recycling Contract The RM of Ste. Anne council recently agreed to extend the municipal recycling program for another year after reporting a successful run over the past twelve months. According to the municipality, council has deemed the program successful, although some adjustments to pickup times and locations need to be made. As a result, council voted in favour to

Niverville Honours Volunteer Husband and wife team Sheril Cyriac and Madhavan Ravivarma recently opened a brand new pharmacy in St. Malo.

By Marianne Curtis At the end of December, residents residing in the community of St. Malo no longer have to travel long distances to meet their prescription needs after a husband and wife recently opened a new pharmacy in the community. On December 24, pharmacist Sheril Cyriac and her husband Madhavan Ravivarma opened the doors to the St. Malo Pharmacy. “We want to provide the community with an independently owned neighbourhood pharmacy that is accessible and affordable,” says Cyriac. She is also involved with teaching, training and mentoring graduates during their practice and licensing portion of their studies. For the past three years, Cyriac has worked as a community pharmacist and manager for a national chain. She said her decision to open a pharmacy in St. Malo came from her positive experience as a community pharmacist. “We chose to open our business here because there wasn’t an established pharmacy and it is such a beautiful place to live,” Cyriac added. After falling in love with the community, the couple relocated to St. Malo, along with their two young daughters. St. Malo Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy that offers prescriptions and over the counter medications and is set up for online billing for all major insurance companies. Clients also have access to a blood pressure kiosk for use free of charge.

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The Town of Niverville recently recognized a long-standing volunteer in the community by naming him an honourary life member of the Niverville Fire and Emergency Services. According to council, Gary Macdonald has served the Niverville Fire and Emergency Life Member Services from August 2002 through January 2013 in an exemplary and professional manner. “Gary has served both in the roles of training and safety officer, often beyond the call of duty, calling on his vast experience in emergency services both on a regional and provincial level,” stated council. Council noted that the Niverville Fire and Emergency Services and the Town of Niverville appreciate and acknowledge their indebtedness to Macdonald for his “selfless community service”. As a result, council decided to show their gratitude by appointing Macdonald as an honorary life member of the Niverville Fire and Emergency Services.

signing another one-year contract for recycling services at a service cost of $450 per recycling day plus MMSM payments received by the municipalities. The RM of Ste. Anne council also established a committee, which will work to refine the contract, facilitate more recycling material pick-up and to negotiate additional costs to the program. Just over a year ago, the RM of Ste. Anne signed an agreement with Eastman Recycling Services in Steinbach. Under the agreement, the company provided recycling services every second Saturday from depots within the municipality. Recycling depots were then set up in Giroux, Richer, La Coulee and near Paradise Village.

Residents in the RM of Piney will have several opportunities to meet with their elected representatives during special “Coffee with Council” meetings. According to council, the purpose of the meetings is to give ratepayers within the RM of Piney an opportunity to join council for coffee and voice concerns or ask council any questions they may have. The three meetings will take place February 5 at the Evergreen Senior’s Club in Sprague; February 19 at the Over 40 Club in Piney; and February 20 at the Woodridge Community Club. All meetings will start at 7 pm and run until 9 pm.


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Dufrost Town Challenge Curling Bonspiel - 8th Annual, Skins Format on Friday, February 15 at 7 pm and Saturday, February 16 at 8 pm. Contact Rick or Glen 347-5588 or email dufrostcurling@gmail.com. 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 e-mail KSTA.academy@gmail.com. Kleefeld Community Playgroup - for parents, caregivers and children ages 0-5. 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 377-5013.

Piney Coffee with Council – On Tuesday, February 19 from 7 – 9 pm at the Over 40 Club. Prawda Circuit 30 - Alternate aerobic and weight exercises, with cool down and stretch exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, clean runners, and bring a bottle of water. Cost: $2/class Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm, in the Reynolds School Gym. Contact Wendy 204-348-2433. Busy Bodies Playgroup – Every Wednesday from 9 - 11 am at the Reynolds School Gym. Free to parents and children. Snacks provided. Contact Cassie 204-793-8290.

Richer 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 La Broquerie Open at 5:30 pm at the Young at Heart I’m Still Here – Seine River Services for Club in Richer. MGCC License # BI/ Seniors presents a powerful research-based BO4164. Contact: Doreen Pchajek at play that captures important aspects of, 422-5243 or email doreen@spmf.ca. and deepens understanding about the dementia journey from the perspective of St. Adolphe persons living with dementia and their The St. Adolphe Couvent/PCH Historical family partners in care. Viewing of the 60- Book Committee - publishing a bilingual minute video will take place in the Salle book about the St. Adolphe Couvent rebuilt Albert Vielfaure at Le Chalet, 93 Principale as a Personal Care Home. The Committee St., on Friday, February 22 at 2 pm. Use is looking for stories, pictures and related the Place Boily entrance. Everyone is documents when it was a Convent and welcome to at this free event. Contact school for local students and boarders. Juliette Rowan at 204-424-5285. We are looking for information from family and friends of former residents of the Lorette Personal Care Home and former Bibliothèque Taché Library - Building Fund employees. Contact and receive a for new library by purchasing gift/grocery questionnaire Rhéa Trudeau 204-883cards for Lorette Marketplace. 5% of sales 2181 or send information to St. Adolphe goes to new library. On Saturdays, February PCH Heritage Group Book 420 Main St. 2, 16 and on March 2 at 10 am. Pre- St. Adolphe, Manitoba R5A 1B7. activated and can be used same day. St. Pierre-Jolys Mitchell Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba 2nd Annual Mitchell Winter Carnival - – Depression support group meetings held On Sunday, February 17. Activities all day on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7 pm. at the arena, park and senior’s centre Located at the Health Corner DeSalaberry starting at 8 – 10 am with free pancake Hospital. Contact Judy Dunn 444-5228. breakfast sponsored by the Mitchell CMC. Contact Dick Penner 204-326-7903. Ste. Anne Bibliothèque Ste. Anne Library Used Book Breakfast and Social - every Tuesday Fundraiser – Sale of huge selection of used morning, 7:30 - 9:00 am except the last book proceeds will be used towards new Tuesday of the month when the social is library books. For further information call held instead. Lunch starts at noon at the Mona at 422-9958 or drop in at the library Mitchell and Area Seniors Centre. Contact at 16 Rue de l’Église. Cost of books $1204-326-6944. $5. Niverville Kindergarten Registration - Niverville Elementary, interviews (screening) will be held during the month of May but we need you to register by phone the week of February 11-15. Registration forms completed and returned to the school with a copy of your child(ren)s birth certificate by March 22. Contact the school office at 204-388-4861. Winter Family Fun Day - On Saturday, February 16. Tickets for the dog sled available at the Recreation Office for $3. Register for the Wacky Sled Race and enter your Chili for the Chili Cook-off. Contact 204-388-4078, activities at NivervilleRecreation.com Moms N’ Tots Playgroup - Moms with children up to age six. Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am located in the lower level of Fourth Avenue Bible Church (62 4th Avenue S.). Free drop-in program with coffee and snacks provided, along with a large open space for the kids to play while the moms visit. Contact Karen at klenzrpeters@hotmail.com. Paradise Village Wild West Dance - Dust off your boots it’s time to dance. On Saturday February 23, starting at 8 pm at 34 Paradise Dr. Wild Purple Productions will be holding a dance including a complimentary two-step lesson from 8 - 8:45 pm, a late lunch and door prizes. Bring your own beverages. Prepurchase tickets. Contact 204-663-6243 or debra@wildpurple.ca.

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or peruse our book lists. Meet some other Hockey For Seniors (60+) - One hour of book lovers too and bring a friend. At the fun, exercise, friendship at the Steinbach Jake Epp Library 255 Elmdale St. Arena on Mondays from 10:30 - 11:30 am. Contact Bob at 204-392-3596, Healthy Eating Cooking Classes - At South bob.r.barrow@gmail.com or Darrell at East Helping Hands a free workshop every 204-371-0229, djdlong@mymts.net. other Thursday. On February 7 at11 am 1 pm and Thursday, February 21 at 5 - 7 Steinbach Girl Guides - Every Tuesday at pm. Enjoy a meal with other community the United Church of Steinbach, 541 Main members as you learn how to plan and St. Registration for girls 5-17. Develop prepare healthy meals on a budget. personal values and well-being, selfContact Carol Vogt Funk at 326-2599 or respect and respect for others; promote fun, southeasthelpinghands@gmail.com to friendship, adventure and challenges register. through new experiences; develop leadership and decision-making skills; give Farm Succession Seminar - Friday, February service to the community; value the natural 8 at 9 am – 1 pm. This workshop brings environment. together a group of experts to give an overview of their role in the process as well Green Drinks South Eastman - South as knowledge in their expertise, followed Eastman Transition Initiative presents by an advisory panel with a lawyer, Green Drinks South Eastman. On the 3rd accountant, financial planner and MAFRI Tuesday of every month at 7 pm at LBees, staff at the Steinbach Legion, 294 Lumber 5-275 Main St. Grab a coffee and discuss Avenue, and Cost $20/person includes sustainable living. Contact lunch. Register in advance at your local rebecca_hiebert@yahoo.com. Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives office. The Steinbach Rotary Club - meets every Monday at noon at Steinbach 55 Plus MHV Auxiliary Faspa and Journey to Centre. Contact Cornie at 326-3155. Freedom Art Exhibit Opening - On Sunday, February 10 from 3 – 6 pm. Mental Health Information and Support Freedom Art Exhibit by Ray Dirks. Come sessions - for family and friends of people enjoy the stories behind the exhibit, an with mental health issues are held the 2nd old-fashioned Faspa and music at the Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8:30 pm Mennonite Heritage Village Auditorium. at the Eden East building, 21 Loewen Blvd. Contact Kim at 371-0824 or email On the Road to Freedom - Mennonite eastmanmss@mts.net Women of Courage and Faith by Ray Dirks will be opening in the Gerhard Ens Gallery MS Monthly Self-Help group meeting - for at Mennonite Heritage Village. Open people living with multiple sclerosis. The Monday - Friday from 10 am - 4 pm. group meets on the second Thursday Exhibit runs until March 8. evening of each month from 6 - 7 pm at Fernwood Place apartments. Contact Steinbach & Area Garden Club meeting Nadine Konyk, Rural Client Services on Monday, February 11 at 7 pm at the Coordinator at 1-800-268-7582 or email Mennonite Heritage Village. Presentation nadine.konyk@mssociety.ca. by Erna Wiebe owner of Oakridge Greenhouse. Topic “3 GARDENS 3 MS Lunch Group- on fourth Thursday of DESIGNS” for all gardeners on a city lot, every month, from 12 – 1 pm at the Village country property or in a condo. Green Restaurant. Contact Nadine Konyk, Refreshments and Door prizes. Everyone Rural Client Services Coordinator 326welcome. $5 walk-in fee. Contact 1434 or email sagardenclub.com or 204-326-2396. nadine.konyk@mssociety.ca. Dessert Night – On Tuesday, February 12 from 7 - 8:30 pm. Featuring P.S.Cake Designs’ yummy cupcakes for $1.50 each and free beverages. Entertainment Music and Word (featuring author, Karen Emilson of “When Memories Remain”) at the Jake Epp Library in the MPR, 255 Elmdale St.

Brag Time: Sharing Tales of Business Success – On Wednesday, February 13 from 7:30 -9 am at Uncle Jake’s Restaurant. WBN discussion led by Raylene Snow. Non-members welcome. No charge to attend event. Breakfast available at cost. Register and contact Tracey DrabykZirk at MAFRI tracey.drabykzirk@gov.mb.ca 204-266-1410 or Seine River Services for Seniors – Invite all Jeannette Brigit at Turning Points seniors interested in the Wii Bowling game info@turning-points.ca 204-898-5227. to come, try it out, and have fun. Monday afternoons, at Le Club Jovial. Contact: 2013 Crop Day - Annual one day seminar Juliette Rowan at 204-424-5575 with latest news on crop research, Community Resource Coordinator for production and marketing on Thursday, local Ste. Anne services or e-mail February 14 from 8:30 am- 3 pm. There will be agri-business displays, coffee, labseinerss@gmail.com. lunch. Registration is $5 per person at the Steinbach Legion Hall, 294 Lumber Ste. Geneviève S.G.C.C Annual General Meeting- AGM Avenue. on Sunday, March 10 at 2 pm, refreshments afterwards. Current Executive Committee Barriers to Inclusion - Public Forum on is seeking your help in making our Tuesday, February 19 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm community even stronger. Contact Tashia at Steinbach 55 Plus, 10 Chrysler Gate. at 422-9964 for more details or questions. Our aging population, those with physical The board meets once a month and would and mental disabilities and those who are love to see more people contributing to deaf, what may be their barriers? Access to health care, businesses and community positive change. services, and a sense of safety/experiences Library Night - Bibliothèque Taché Library of abuse and neglect. Light dinner/faspah at the Community Centre on the 2nd and provided. Everyone welcome. To register 4th Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 - 8 or to learn more contact Linda Peters at pm. Selection of books in both French and 204-371-9895 or Anne Kresta, English, all ages. Over 21,000 books Community Living Manitoba at 204-786including audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, large 1607. print books and magazines plus they can import books from any library in Manitoba. Annual Employment Fair - Tuesday, Special requests can be made to the February 26. Eastman Immigrant Services, librarian, Brandi Schmitz at 204-878 - Steinbach Chamber of Commerce and 9488, bibliotachelibrary.com or in person. Buller Centre invite employers to Employment Fair. Exhibitor space is limited - book early. Contact Marina at 204-346Steinbach Bethesda Auxiliary Weekly Book Sale - 6609. Weekly book sale, every Tuesday, starts February 5. Cost is 50 cents each. Contact Ladies Get Fit Classes - Sponsored by Verna Thiessen 204-326-3028 at the Eastman Immigrant Services, every Clearspring Centre (across from Blue Wednesday at 7:15 pm at the Woodlawn School gym. Aerobic, circuit training, Notes). weights, mats and stretching exercises. Adult Book Club - Starts Tuesday, February Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. 5 at 7 – 8:30 pm. Bring book suggestions Register contact Lois 204-346-6609.

Sloan.Cathcart@gov.mb.ca. Woodridge Coffee with Council – On Wednesday, February 20 from 7 – 9 pm at the Woodridge Community Centre. South East Sno-Riders Annual Club Ride – From Saturday - Sunday, February 23 24, from Woodridge to Lac du Bonnet for an overnight stay on Saturday and back to Woodridge on Sunday. Reserve a room contact the Glenn Howard Inn at 204345- 9000 and tell them you are with the South East Sno-Riders. Depart from the South East Sno-Riders Groomer Shed located just east off of Highway #210 on Tower Road at 9:00 am sharp. Vehicle & trailer parking is available at the groomer shed. General The Super Start Program, A Healthy Baby program with the Southern Regional Health Authority. Program for pregnant women and families with infants up to one year of age. Sessions include song and rhyme time, discussions and games on topics related to healthy babies and healthy moms. Door prizes, nutritious snacks and milk coupons for all participating expectant moms or mothers who have babies up to six months of age. Contact: Terry from Super Start at 346-7021 or just drop in. Blumenort - EMC Church on Thursday, February 7 and March 7 at 10 am – 12 pm Niverville - Community Fellowship Church on Tuesday, February 12 at 10 am – 12 pm Ste. Anne - Dayspring Fellowship Church on Wednesday, February 13 at 10 am – 12 pm Kleefeld – EMC Church on Thursday, February 14 at 10 am – 12 pm St. Malo -St. Malo School on Wednesday, February 20 at 10 am – 12 pm St. Pierre-Jolys - St. Pierre Health Corner on Thursday, February 21 at 10 am – 12 pm Ste. Agathe - Community Hall Centre on Tuesday, February 19 at 10 am – 12 pm Lorette - Seine River Church on Tuesday, February 26 at 10 am – 12 pm Mitchell - Fellowship Church on Thursday, February 28 at 10 am – 12 pm Grunthal - Family Hut South Oaks School on Tuesday, February 5 and March 5 at 10 am – 12 pm

Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba individual and support groups - for persons experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar 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. Free monthly bus trips to the casinos of Winnipeg for a fun day at the Casinos. The Bethesda Regional Healthcare Pick up in Steinbach at 8:30 am, Ste. Anne Auxiliary - meets on the first Tuesday of and Paradise Village at approximately 9 every month at the Bethesda Hospital. We am. Must be 18 years of age or older. Prizes welcome anyone interested in auxiliary and $10 cash for everyone. Bingo on the work. Contact Verna Thiessen at 326-3028. bus. Call Marilyn at 204-326-4939 for Steinbach and Area Lions Club date information and to reserve your bus seat. Next scheduled trips Tuesdays, Lions Club - meets on the second and February 12, March 13, and April 16. fourth Wednesdays of every month at the Magnolia Restaurant. Contact 204-3262313. Carillon Toastmasters - meetings are open to adults who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Thursday evenings starting at 7 pm at the Jake Epp Public Library 255 Elmdale Street, Contact Doreen 204-326-7525.

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Steinbach AA 12 Step Recovery Program Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7 On January 23 just after 4 am Stpm. Steinbach United Church, 541 Main St. Ring the front door bell. Pierre-Jolys RCMP, as well as local

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Young moms to be - Bi-weekly support dispatched to the scene of a fire at group starts at 4:30 pm at Anna’s House Schriemer Family Farms near B-11, Hwy 12N. Contact 346-0413. Vassar Vassar Snowmobile Derby – On Saturday, February 9. Breakfast from 9:30 - 11 am at the Vassar Hall. Registration at 9:30 am. One-stop checkpoint until 6 pm. Route is on a scenic trail with a Bonfire. Contact Dean Preteau at dapreteau@mymts.net or 204-437-2016. Whiteshell Winter Open House- On Saturday, March 2 from 1– 3 pm at the Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary. Dress warmly and celebrate winter recreation in the Whiteshell and check out a display of heavy equipment used in the park in the winter, including trail groomers and snowplows. Visit local trappers to learn about the wildlife in the park and take part in scavenger hunts for prizes. Be sure to enjoy free hotdogs and hot chocolate. Free event. Contact Park Interpreter’s office at 204-369-315, email

Otterburne. Fire fighters fought the blaze that seems to have started with the office and spread to the automated 100,000-square-foot cucumber greenhouse. St-Pierre-Jolys fire department were told by staff that there may be flammable products in the building and a safety perimeter was established upon arrival. An adult male was reported to have been transported to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner attended to assist with the investigation. An estimated 30,000 cucumbers were destroyed and damage could be between $4-6 million.


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Music Festival Warms Slopes in Falcon Lake

The ski slopes in Falcon Lake made an amazing backdrop for this year’s Falcon Ridge SnowDance Music Festival.

By Marianne Curtis For two nights in the middle of January, the ski slopes in Falcon Lake echoed with the sounds of music, song and dance. On January 19 and 20, the second annual Falcon Ridge SnowDance Music Festival took place. The event, which was hosted by the owners of Falcon Ridge Ski Resort, celebrated the fact that about 75 percent of their staff were also musicians. The SnowDance Music Festival kicked off on Friday with performances by Son Del Norte, The Crooked Brothers and PIE. On Sunday, there were several music workshops hosted by musicians and the afternoon was filled with music by The Heinrichs Maneuver, Red Moon Road, Scott Nolan and Ridley Bent.

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St-Pierre-Jolys RCMP Investigate Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision On January 25 just after 11 pm StPierre-Jolys RCMP, as well as local emergency services, were dispatched to the scene of a fatal two-vehicle collision on St. Mary’s Road, about 2.5 km south of the Red River Floodway. Investigation indicated that earlier in the evening a vehicle had gone off the roadway. Two adult males returned to the location with a pickup truck to attempt to pull the car out of the ditch. While working beside the road the men and the pickup truck were struck by a southbound 2002 Oldsmobile Alero. Both men were transported to hospital with serious injuries. A 51-year-old man from the RM of Ritchot died at hospital. His name will not be released. The second man, a 23-year-old from the RM of Ritchot, remains in hospital with serious undetermined injuries. There were two male occupants in the Oldsmobile, aged 19 and 18. They were not injured. Road conditions were reported as icy and snow covered. Alcohol is not considered a factor.

Blumenort Sees Rash of Crimes

On January 16 at approximately 5:45 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a burnt vehicle located on Aspen Road near Blumenort. The vehicle is a black Chevrolet or GMC regular cab truck, possibly a 20052006. Police are unable to determine the owner of the vehicle. At the same time, police received a report of a stolen grey 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab bearing Manitoba license plate FLK920. The vehicle has the Oak Lee Properties logo on both rear side windows. The vehicle was stolen sometime after 9 pm on January 15 in proximity of the burnt vehicle. Police also received a report that overnight a nearby property owner had noticed footprints around the property. Nothing appeared to have Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen congratulates Bill Wiebe for 35 years of service to the been taken. City. Shortly after 1:15 pm, police The City of Steinbach recently recognized a number of long-term received a call of two break-ins to employees for their years of dedicated service to the community. businesses located in proximity of Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen congratulated Bill Wiebe from the City’s Aspen Drive and Hwy 311 near Solid Waste department for 35 years of public service. Blumenort. Stolen from the Wiebe has been collecting garbage for the City of Steinbach since he businesses were two diagnostic started working for them in 1977. scanners (large and small), a pistol grip video camera, a small amount of cash, a drill set containing an 18 volt Milwaukee cordless drill, batteries, sawzall, circular saw and flashlight. The estimated value for the theft is approximately $4,000. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP at 326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 (TIPS) or at manitobacrimestoppers.com, or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).

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Community Spirit Remains Strong in Lorette By Terri Bennett The Lorette Family Fun Group, formerly known as the Optimist Club, is gearing up for another exciting year of family fun. The group works to provide activities for the community’s children and are responsible for fun events such as Movie Nights at Dawson Trail School and the Lorette Family Fun Days at the Lorette Community Complex. Currently they are working towards purchasing playground equipment to add to the Water Splash Park on Dawson Road. “I love doing this for the kids, this is why we started the group,” said Lou Peltier, founder and a volunteer for the group. Peltier heads up several fundraisers and is passionate about his commitment to making Lorette a safe and enjoyable place to live. In addition, he also champions the group’s Dreams Take Flight program, an exciting opportunity for two special needs children to visit Disney Land for a day. The group works closely with educators at Lorette’s three elementary schools to nominate children every year. The program has become a huge success in the community. Coming off another busy and successful Christmas season in 2012, after throwing a Toy Social raising over $1,500, collecting over 50 toys for those in need in the community and supplying the Santa float for the end of the Lorette Christmas parade, they are moving forward with numerous activities planned in 2013. Together, with President, Jessica Laluk, Peltier and the organization are working hard at pulling people together to keep the group going. They are looking to the Lorette community to support fundraising activities and to come out and volunteer. Being apart of the Lorette Family Fun Group is a great way to take part in community events, meet people, get involved in family fun close to home and there are no fees or huge commitments to join. The Lorette Family Fun Group believes that a community that sticks together stays strong together and ask that supporters come out to volunteer and take pride in doing your part. At the end of the day, the children benefit the most, learn by your example and will ultimately thank you. The group meets once a month, usually every third Tuesday starting at 7:30 pm at the Dawson Trail Motor Inn or for upcoming news and events an email can be sent to tecville75@gmail.com.

Thieves Make Off With Computers and Appliances Steinbach RCMP are investigating a break in to a local business in the RM of Ste. Anne on Highway 210. On Friday, January 4 at approximately 2 am, the suspects entered into the business and stole several items including computers and appliances. Police are requesting the assistance of the public to help identify suspects. If you have any information in regards to the above you are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204) 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to Crimes (274637).


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