St. Adolphe Couple Shares Memories of Haiti
Steinbach Trucker on Ice Road Truckers By Marianne Curtis When the ice roads open in northern Manitoba this month a seasoned winter road driver from Big Freight will be making his runs accompanied by a camera man. This February, when the province’s ice roads open, History Channel’s documentary style reality series called “Ice Road Truckers” will start filming Season 5. Steinbach truck driver Farley Fries will be joining this season’s show. A driver with Big Freight in Steinbach, he has been delivering goods to remote communities via ice roads for over 26 years without incident. “As long as you have lots of food and warm clothes you will be okay,” Fries said. “There are situations when you are alone and you don’t see anyone for a day or two – you get weary out there but as long as your truck is running, everything is good.” “Ice Road Truckers” spans two months in the lives of six winter road drivers who haul vital supplies to remote locations over frozen lakes that double as roads. “I’ve seen the show and it will be different here,” stated Fries. “They are used to mountains – here we are on swamps, muskeg and rocks.” Last March local ice road truckers made national news after getting stuck in northern Manitoba when the ice
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Rita Courchaine admits that it was difficult to leave the little orphans she cared for, but she is looking forward to returning to the orphanage soon.
By Marianne Curtis While many people were heading south to soak up the sunshine and enjoy warmer weather, a St. Adolphe couple spent their winter vacation volunteering at an orphanage in Haiti. It has been a year since Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake which caused major damage to Port-au-Prince and affected nearly 3 million people. While the devastation has been shown world-wide on the news, Marcel and Rita Courchaine say that seeing the country first hand was shocking.
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The Ste. Anne Hospital is gearing up for their next significant fundraiser with the return of their Online Auction. Proceeds from the week-long event go towards an expansion project at the local hospital. Colleen Rivard, with Ste. Anne Hospital, is optimistic that the auction sale will do well. “For the first year it was a success and we are hoping this year to make it even better,” stated Rivard. “The goal is to raise $1.5 million and we are on our way.” The upcoming auction is taking place in April with bidding taking place from April 5-15. Items up for auction will be primarily building supplies, equipment rentals and excavation work. This year tradesman’s services and landscaping material will also be part of the auction. “The idea was to auction off building material so that bidders would get items at a discount price,” Rivard
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Continued from page 1 roads deteriorated so badly that big trucks were bogging down in the muskeg. The plight of the drivers was heard by the producers of History Channels’ Ice Road Truckers and it was decided to tape the next season here. Fries, who normally runs alone, will be making his runs with a camera man riding shotgun. “I am not sure how long he will ride with me or how long he will last,” Fries laughed. “The way they work now they are in a hotel for the night or a campsite – the way we run we could be gone four or five days without seeing a hotel or campsite.” Fries will be taking the crew on his runs up to Lac Brochet and into Ontario to Hudson’s Bay and James Bay. He expects to be hauling building materials for homes, construction sites, schools, and nursing stations. His loads could also include 30,000 to 50,000 gallon tanks. The ice road season is expected to be open for about six weeks with the roads being closed at the end of March. Season 5 of Ice Road Truckers is expected to air on the History Channel during the winter of 2011.
Marcel Courchaine plays with one of the little girls that live at the God’s Littlest Angels Orphanage in PetionVille, Haiti.
Continued from page 1 “Both of us were speechless from the airport until we reached the orphanage. To see the devastation, to see the tent cities and ruins; there were people on the streets everywhere, selling what they could,” recalled Rita. “I went there with a bit of a hero-mentality and seeing that opened my eyes. I was asking myself what am I doing, how am I going to make a difference, do they even want us here – it not that easy to solve these people’s problems and there is so much that needs to be done.” The couple’s final destination was God’s Littlest Angels, a Haitian orphanage located above Petion-Ville, a suburb of Port-du-Prince. The majority of the children at the orphanage are between the ages of newborn and seven years old. “It has been a dream of mine since a teenager to do something like this, I used to work in daycare,” Rita explained. “Rather than spending money on a vacation we decided to make a difference – we came home with the knowledge that life is not something to take for granted. There is so much we can do for people – we have so much.” While in Haiti the couple worked alongside Haitian nannies who take care of 30 children, all under the age of two. They spent one day playing with the older children that are housed in a separate facility. “Working with the kids was absolutely incredible. They come up to you with their arms open, it was fun and really rewarding,” Rita continued. “The older ones didn’t even have grass to play on – they had a cemented playground but they were happy.” The couple were really affected by the Haitian women who cooked at the orphanage. “They all had stories of great losses, yet they were amazing – they were singing while they worked, they were happy and resilient,” she added. “We take so much for granted here at home.” The pair learned firsthand how privileged life is in Canada, when the Haitian election took place a week after they arrived. “We were locked in our compound for three days after the election because of demonstrations on the street – we found out later we were only two kilometres from the President’s house, so they were closer than we thought,” explained Rita. “We ran out of fruit and had to conserve water but these were minor inconveniences compared to feeling safe and protected.” The couple have been home for a month but they are already planning their next trip. “We are definitely going to go back. We just don’t have a date yet,” Rita confirmed. The couple are grateful to the people from Red River Mission in St. Adolphe for their support during this adventure. Red River Mission is a not-for-profit and local initiative that supports the less fortunate at a local and global level. To find out more about the Red River Mission go to www.redrivermission.org.
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Local Task Force Takes on Drugs By Marianne Curtis In the last year and a half the Steinbach Task Force on Drugs has come a long way and they hope that with the support of the City of Steinbach and the Steinbach RCMP they will continue to be successful. At a recent council meeting, task force chairperson Randy Hildebrand gave an update on the successes of the organization since their inception. “Knowing that within our community drugs are a real issue, we can really see the value of working together as partners to see this issue is resolved together,” Hildebrand said. Hildebrand explained that the task force started a year and a half ago with a letter from a parent who was concerned about the availability of drugs at the Steinbach Junior High and Steinbach Regional Secondary School. “We are focusing on the drug issue and have come up with a mandate dealing with teenagers, primarily 12 to 18 year-olds, in the Steinbach area,” adds Hildebrand. The task force’s mandate looks at prevention, education, restoration and justice. “The first thing we realized that we are short on addiction foundations in the area – we have one person that goes from Falcon Lake to Deacon’s Corner, down to Emerson and Sprague – that was not enough,” Hildebrand continued. In response, the Hanover School Division created a .75 position and a worker now does drug counseling to students in both Steinbach high schools, Grunthal, Niverville and Landmark. The Task Force has also encouraged the creation of a mentoring program through BackStage, the drop-in center in Steinbach. “Many of these kids need a positive role model in their life – there are about forty to fifty teenagers that would benefit from having an adult mentor,” he added. Youth for Christ has started a program called “One on One” and they have hired someone to run it in Steinbach starting this spring. “People may not be willing to work with 30 teenagers at the drop-in center but they feel more comfortable working one on one – these are the people that we need,” he stressed. Hildebrand said that this biggest impact that has been seen in the last year and a half though was when the Steinbach RCMP and Ste. Anne Police worked to create the “General Investigation Unit.” For six weeks last fall the Steinbach RCMP and Ste. Anne Police departments joined together to form a General Investigation Section (GIS). The combined effort between the two departments saw eleven people charged with drug related offences and four fire arms were seized along
with drugs, including crack cocaine, powder cocaine, ecstasy, marihuana and mushrooms. “We noticed a drastic reduction of criminal activity in the community – it had an immediate impact,” Hildebrand said. “We hope that this becomes a permanent program.”
Fundraiser continued... Continued from page 1 added. “The donors are also seen as leaders within southeast as well as having buyers purchase more material from them.” Last year, at the beginning of August, was the first time that the Ste. Anne Hospital held an online auction. There were 23 items ranging from construction items to excavation work and equipment rentals. The items were valued at $37,000 and the auction made $11,000 in profit. While the auction did well, organizers decided that the auction would take place earlier in the season so that buyers can take advantage of their items during prime construction season. The Ste. Anne Hospital Fund is trying to raise $1.5 million toward the future surgical expansion at the Ste. Anne Hospital. The project includes the development of two operating rooms, endoscopy suite, recovery room and a patient solarium lounge in the local hospital. Once the surgical suite is complete the Ste. Anne Hospital will be able to offer full time operating services and alleviate some of the pressure on Bethesda Hospital’s surgical department.
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$22-Million Investment for 2011 Spring Flood Battle
An Election in the Air The Prime Minister has announced at every opportunity that he does not want an election, and the onus for plunging us in an election lies with the opposition. That is a complete and disingenuous statement. First, the government’s job is to govern and in this case by convincing some members of the opposition to vote with them or seek a new mandate. The Opposition’s job is to criticize and offer alternatives. But the only one who can plunge us into an election is the Prime Minister and his only deep guiding principle will be the polls. How will this scenario unravel? First, Parliament will be called and a budget will be presented. To get this all-important piece of legislation passed it will require one of the opposition parties to vote with the government because the governing Tories are short of a majority of votes. A defeated budget means a defeated government. Already they have let it be known what the budget will be in broad strokes. Tax cuts of two percent to corporations, $9 billion for the next generation of fighter jets and continuing to be tough on crime. The Liberals have said “no” to some of these ideas and the Bloc wants many billions for Quebec for their yea vote on the budget. Yes, its blackmail. This will leave the NDP, which has indicated that they may support the budget if a certain number of their social conditions can be met. So it comes down to which of the opposition parties can be bought off for the required votes to pass the budget. If the passage of the budget fails, the Prime Minister has two choices to “suggest” to the
insurance costs associated with this change, needed education innovation and leadership, the growing gap in wages and benefits of the public over the private sector, a transportation industry that reflects 6,000 kms of very thinly populated geography, the middle class is getting relatively poorer and the effective Governor General - call an election redistribution of wealth to maximize job creation to all or to ask for the opposition to corners of Canada are among form a government. I know the some of the subjects that will second one is not likely. I’m just pointing out the rules of the game. require leadership. What we have now is So the crux of the matter will be continued political noise in loud decided by the polls. If Harper and obnoxious volumes. We have feels they are sufficiently in his ideologues preaching to the favor, you can bet that he will converted and demonizing adjust the budget so as no everybody else who may think opposition party can possibly differently with TV commercials support it, and conversely, if he that reach only the self-made or does not like the array of tea dimwits. How can you run a leaves, the budget is going to be continuous political campaign NDP friendly. He will not call an with your strong points by election per se, he will dictate by attacking the other guy on his actions what maneuvering room the opposition will have (to irrelevant childish nonsense? Does this mean your ideas are so support on not support the budget) if he wants an election or flawed or bankrupt that you can’t sell them on their own merits? not, regardless of the baffle gab Yet, all politicians wrap being spewed in the month’s time themselves in the flag and appear leading to the budget. to be for protecting free speech, This situation will feed us a freedom of thought and all those steady diet of political stories, other good things written in the comments, misinformation and unbelievable tall stories, but sadly Constitution that guarantee and protect us if we are different. I am very little vision. The direction we should go, the sure this applies to having ideas that must be developed as a different political ideas. Are we trying to emulate the nation to keep us in the status we are accustomed to, will all be less Yanks where politics has become a blood sport? It would be nice if than a footnote in the political firestorm for a continued survival we were able to conduct of this minority government or an ourselves with a somewhat higher level of maturity. Or is it election of another one of the wishful thinking on my part? I am same. patiently waiting to be pleasantly I don’t know who our next political giant could be, but one is surprised, fully prepared to be disappointed once again. needed. Health care, changing weather with the extra liability for
2011 – The Year of the Entrepreneur Our government remains firmly focused on the economy as we navigate through the worst financial times faced by Canadians in a generation. As we mark the completion of many of the measures announced in Canada’s Economic Action Plan and continue our transition back to a balanced budget, we applaud the initiative and entrepreneurial spirit that has helped Canadians weather this financial storm. That is why Prime Minister Harper has designated 2011 as the Year of the Entrepreneur. Small businesspeople are playing a major role in Canada’s economic recovery and while our government has helped create over 460,000 jobs since July 2009, we know that much work remains.. Marking 2011 as the Year of the Entrepreneur is a symbolic beginning to what will be a challenging time for the country as we try to balance growth with financial prudence. Our dependence on small business as the engine that drives our country’s economy has prompted us to seek the advice of entrepreneurs from a wide variety of backgrounds across Canada. Right here in Manitoba, we have been listening to the needs of those entrepreneurs whose businesses support the economy of our province.. To that end we have continued to reduce taxes on businesses and are currently engaged in talks with stakeholders to reduce the red tape bogging down business success. Canadians have worked hard together to come out of this recession in better shape than our neighbours to the South and our G7 counterparts. That work must be allowed to continue. Designating 2011 the Year of the Entrepreneur will serve as a guide as we focus our energy on developing policies that make sense and will ensure that small and medium sized businesses are well positioned for what they do best, driving the economy forward. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The province will invest $22 million in equipment and technology to improve flood-fighting capacity and preparedness as Manitoba faces the potential for widespread spring flooding, Premier Greg Selinger recently announced. About $21 million of the $22 million will go towards acquiring resources and equipment as required to further support the level of provincial flood fighting and preparedness including: - Two additional mobile sandbag machines and related equipment for a total of five machines for deployment where needed; - Additional portable diking systems including; - 43 kilometres of box-like frames that are filled with gravel or sand to be used in areas where heavy current and debris might be issues; and - an additional 28 kms of water-filled portable flood barriers, bringing the total provincial stock to 83 kms, of which 30 kms will be in rapid deployment trailers; - 500,000 sandbags for a total of 2.2 million and 10,000 super sandbags for a total of 20,000; - 20 new steamers and trailers for deicing drains and ditches for a total of 57; - Two additional ice-cutter vehicles for a total of seven for use with Amphibex machines; - Three additional amphibious vehicles for a total of six to support Amphibex operations; - More portable temporary bridges for use in restoring access if crossings are damaged; - Computer software upgrades to collect and analyze water levels and flows; and - Expansion of the provincial emergency co-ordination center. In the 14 years since the 1997 flood, the province has invested over $1 billion in flood-protection infrastructure, most notably in the floodway expansion and the enhancement of community ring-dike systems. During that time, the province has also acquired a significant arsenal of flood-fighting equipment. In addition to the $21 million for flood
equipment and technology, the premier has also announced that up to $1 million will be made available for rural municipalities to start typical flood preparation works such as cleaning ditches, steaming culverts or constructing temporary dikes. The funding will assist municipalities in flood-prone areas outside of Winnipeg, with the assurance that financial support is available. The province will be issuing additional flood outlooks in February and March with more precise forecasts closer to the spring melt. The premier noted the province is supporting the development of a sumppump and in-line sewer backup-valve incentive program by the City of Winnipeg, to help residents reduce the risk of basement flooding in preparation for spring flooding. The province will make equivalent funding available to municipalities outside of Winnipeg that create similar programs. Over the next few months, the province will continue to work with municipalities to plan and prepare for the potential of significant spring flooding. We will continue to provide updates so Manitobans can be aware and ready for any possible impacts in their communities. Information is also available at www.gov.mb.ca/waterstewardship/ floodinfo/index.html. As always, I appreciate hearing your comments and thoughts on these and other provincial initiatives. I encourage you to contact me by e-mail (email@example.com), by phone (8784644), or by mail at 101-1309 Dawson Road, Box 517, Lorette, MB R0A 0Y0 and together we can continue to move La Verendrye and Manitoba forward.
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War Resisters Protest in Steinbach
War resister Joshua Key was among a dozen participants of a peaceful protest against Canada’s deporting American war resisters that took place in Steinbach outside of Provencher MP Vic Toew’s office.
By Marianne Curtis About a dozen supporters of the struggle of American war resisters in Canada picketed the Steinbach office of Provencher MP Vic Toews recently and delivered a letter requesting an emergency meeting with Toews and other Conservative Members of Parliament.
The rally, which was part of an across-Canada week of action by the Keep Resisters in Canada Campaign, took place outside of Toew’s constituency office in Steinbach on January 19. The contingent consisted of members of the Keep Resisters in Canada Campaign, Peace Alliance Winnipeg, the Council of Canadians
(Winnipeg) and Project Peacemakers along with war resister Joshua Key, his wife Alexina and their children. The rally supported Joshua Key, a veteran of the “illegal” Iraq war, who is at a critical stage in his refugee claim process. He has been in Canada for about six years and is trying to claim refugee status. “The reason I am here is because of what I witnessed in Iraq,” Key said when asked why he was in Canada. “You live in limbo – you don’t know what is going to happen next.” Key admits that he is not facing deportation at the moment but his application is “on the line”. However, about 80 other war resistors are facing deportation, he added. In the letter to Toews the group showed concerns about how the government has deported two war resisters to date; both ended up serving lengthy jail sentences in military prisons, experiencing cruel treatment. Citing the Iraq war as “illegal and unjust”, the group feels that the government should not support it by sending American soldiers back to the United States to be punished for disagreeing with the war.
Hose Explosion Sends Firefighters to Hospital By Marianne Curtis The Tache Fire Department is looking into the life expectancy of hydraulic hoses on their jaws-of-life equipment after an incident that took place during a rescue sent two firefighters to hospital. On January 9, the RM of Tache Fire Department responded to a single vehicle accident east of Lorette on Hwy 207. A vehicle had left the road and crashed into the ditch pinning the driver beneath the dashboard. The fire department responded with the jaws-of-life. According to Chief Peter Skjaerlund, firefighters were extricating the man from the vehicle when one of the hydraulic hoses on the jaws-of-life exploded, spraying two firefighters in the eyes and mouth with fluid. “The two fire fighters were rushed to the Ste. Anne Hospital for treatment,” stated Skjaerland. “They will be fine.” The remaining crew managed to extricate the 35year-old Lorette resident from his vehicle using sawsalls and hand tools. He was taken to hospital in stable condition. Contact with hydraulic fluid is not normally cause for alarm but it can cause minor skin irritation with prolonged exposure. Medical assistance is required immediately if ingested. It can cause nausea, dizziness and general discomfort but long term effects can be serious if not treated immediately. Skjaerlund said that this was an unusual incident. “A failure like this is extremely rare,” Skjaerlund said. “From now on we will be maintaining and replacing the hoses more regularly.” Hydraulic hoses have a limited life span, as indicated by the manufacturer. Things that can reduce the life expectancy of the hoses can be environmental, such as temperature extremes, sunlight, and chemicals that can degrade the rubber; rubbing against other hoses or objects can wear down the outer cover; pressure surges; vibration and improper length or routing that causes tension and bending can reduce the life expectancy by as much as 90 percent.
DARE Program Expands For the past few years, Grade 6 students from Steinbach had access to the DARE program after the Steinbach RCMP started teaching the course in the community. The program has seen such success that the detachment is expanding the program to four other communities in the RM of Hanover. Constable Kevin Wynn, the community liaison officer for the Steinbach RCMP, recently told the RM of Hanover council that the detachment is expanding the DARE program to schools in New Bothwell, Kleefeld, Blumenort and Mitchell. The DARE program, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education is a 17-week program, lead by an RCMP officer. It focuses on various issues pertaining to peer pressure, fighting violence, along with drug and alcohol abuse. It is specifically designed to reach students at a Grade 6 level.
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Liberal Candidate Steps Forward in La Verendrye
La Verendrye Liberal candidate Monica Guetre spent some time this summer travelling the constituency. Here she visited a corn field with farmer Ralph Gowan as he explains the work he is doing on genetic breeding.
By Marianne Curtis An RM of La Broquerie woman is the second official candidate whose name will be on the ballot when voters head to the polls during the next provincial election. At the end of January, Monica Guetre was named the official Liberal candidate for the revamped constituency of La Verendrye. While the election is still several months away and Guetre just got nominated, she already has extensive knowledge of the region and voter issues. “When I was campaigning during the previous election it became very apparent that eastern Manitoba was being ignored,” Guetre explained. “Right after the election I started to go around again – it’s such a big riding so you want to speak to as many people as possible.” Guetre said she’s been throughout the riding already and was surprised at how similar the concerns are across the board. “There are some issues that are exactly the same,” Guetre continued. “It doesn’t matter what party you support, the concerns are the same. She has learned that water management, drainage retention, flooding, drinking water and communications are the top issues in this area. Guetre is no stranger to provincial politics. She first stepped out two elections ago and ran as the Liberal candidate in Steinbach. In the last provincial election she ran in the constituency of Emerson. While she was unsuccessful in both bids, Guetre is confident that La Verendrye is finally ready for a change. “La Verendrye does not have good representation and has been ignored for too many years,” she stated. “You have to address the needs of the area – you can’t make policies and make decisions without knowing what your voters consider are the priorities.” As a lifetime Liberal member Guetre is the Director of the Manitoba Liberal Party in the Riel Region and a member of the La Verendrye Liberal constituency association. She has also won the Margaret Workman Award that is awarded to a Liberal member who goes beyond the call of duty. So far, the only other candidate to step forward to compete for the La Verendrye seat is Tory candidate Dennis Smook from Vita.
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Lorette École Lorette Immersion’s Kindergarten Information Night will he held on Thursday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. Registration for Kindergarten at École Lorette Immersion will be held on Wednesday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The annual Lorette Winter Carnival will be held from February 3 – 6. Events for the entire family! Richer PHASE IV - CHURCH ROOF RENOVATIONS, the Enfant-Jésus Heritage Site in Richer is hosting a Community Planning Meeting on February 14th at 1 p.m. For more information, please call Yvonne at 422-9369 or Marcel at 422-6880. St. Malo The St. Malo Festival of Friends will be held from February 17 – 20. Winter activities for the entire family. Everyone welcome. Steinbach Eating disorders are about more than food. Getting information and support from professionals is the key to recognizing and recovering from an eating disorder. Wednesday, February 9 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Jake Epp Library in Steinbach (255 Elmdale Street). Registration is recommended by calling 346-7034 or 346-7001. Community Kitchen Food Processing – Monday, February 14th, in Steinbach at the South East Helping Hands Food Bank, 525 Main St. from 10 am – 3:30 pm. This free workshop will show you how to expand your business by processing food in a local community kitchen. The workshop will include: information on personal hygiene, allergens, cross- contamination, buying safe ingredients, traceability, basic microbiology and cleaning, hear from the experts on packaging and nutritional labeling requirements for retail, a Provincial Inspector will let you know what the regulations are and how to get a permit and find out what is required to set up a licensed kitchen in a community facility. You must register for this free workshop in advance by February 7. Lunch will be provided. For more information and registration call the Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives GO Office at 392-7268 or email email@example.com It’s the Steinbach Arts Council’s 2nd Vegas Style Fundraiser! Come to the Centre for a night of Vegas games and entertainment. Participate in the Texas Hold ‘em Tournament and win great prizes! ‘One Night in Vegas... Steinbach Style’ will happen on Friday, Feb 4th at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre. Entertainment by Corny ‘Elvis’ Rempel. There will be delicious refreshments and beverages. There are nearly $2,000 in prizes to be won! Texas Hold ’em Tournament - $75/person. Doors will open at 8 pm and the tournament starts at 9:30 pm. Buy-ins for first hour! All Tickets include: one free beverage, food, free game tokens and entertainment.Vegas Night - $25/person – starts at 8 pm. There will be games tables and prizes to win. There are limited spaces so please register in advance - 346-1077. You don’t have to be a gambler, or a card player to enjoy this evening – lots of other games and chances to win prizes! The main attraction is a guaranteed evening of fun and laughter! Don’t miss it! FREE MONTHLY BUS TRIPS TO THE CASINOS OF WINNIPEG. Join us for a fun day at the Casinos. Pick up in Steinbach at 8:30 a.m. and Paradise Village approximately 9:00 a.m. Must be 18 years of age or older. Prizes and cash for everyone. Bingo on the bus. Call Marilyn at 326-4939 for date information and to reserve your seat on the bus. LET’S ADDRESS EMPLOYEE RETENTION. Everything you need to know about employee retention. Join the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce February 17th from 9 am– 11am. Registration fee is $25.00. Call 326-9566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to register! Steinbach Legion Cribbage on February 11 & 25th. Everyone is welcome! Whether you are a pro or just learning, come out for an evening of fun. Registration begins at 7pm and Game starts at 7:30 pm. The cost is $5/person and includes a snack, a light lunch and prizes. Falcon Lake Annual Beaver Days will take place from February 18 – 20. Indoor and outdoor activities centered around the Whiteshell Community Centre. Everyone welcome! Ste. Genevieve The Ste. Genevieve Community Centre is holding its annual Casino Night on Saturday, February 12. Come and join us for a fun evening and contributing to a good cause! Doors open at 7 pm and tickets are $10/person. Wear red to be eligible for an additional prize. For tickets, call Lucy at 422-6144. General The super start program, a healthy baby program run through South Eastman Health. This is a program for pregnant women and families with infants up to one year of age. Each session includes a song and rhyme time, discussions, and games on topics related to healthy babies and healthy moms. We offer a door prize and a nutritious snack. Also, we have milk coupons for expectant mothers and mothers who have babies up to six months of age who participate in the program. This month, our session will be held on… Tuesday, Feb 8 from 10 am – 12 pm at the 4th Ave. Bible Church in Niverville. Wednesday, Feb 9 from 10 am – 12 pm at the Dayspring Fellowship in Ste. Anne. Thursday, Feb 10 from 10 am – 12 pm in Village Oaks, Kleefeld. Tuesday, Feb 15 from 10 am – 12 pm at Mitchell Mennonite Church. Thursday, Feb 17 from 10 am – 12 pm in the St. Pierre Health Corner, 354 Prefontaine av. Tuesday, Feb 22 from 10 am – 12 pm in the Ste. Agathe Hall. Wednesday, Feb 23 from 10 am – 12 pm at the Community Health office beside the pharmacy in Lorette. For more information please call terry from super start at 346-7021 or just drop in.
Town of Ste. Anne Office Slated to Relocate At a recent meeting, the Town of Ste. Anne council authorized their administrator to start the paperwork that will see the town office located at 181 Centrale Ave on the market. In a few short months the Town of Ste. Anne offices will be relocating to the, almost completed, Bilingual Services Building at the west end of the community. The new building is anticipated to be complete this spring. Upon completion, the Bilingual Services Building will offer access to provincial staff from Francophone Affairs Secretariat, Manitoba Family Services and Consumer Affairs, Manitoba Conservation, Manitoba Water Stewardship and Employment Manitoba. The Town of Ste. Anne will also share the building with other tenants, including South Eastman Regional Health Authority employees and the Community Development Corporation. Citizens will be able to obtain information in the official language of their choice at the new Bilingual Service Centre.
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Hanover Removes Smoking Shelter By Marianne Curtis The Hanover School Division has removed a designated smoking area from the grounds of the region’s largest high school after controversy was raised over its initial installation. In a statement issued by the Hanover School Division, the board said that “after consultation with the Department of Education, Hanover School Division has dismantled the designated smoking area on the Steinbach Regional High School grounds in preparation for semester 2. “The Hanover School Division and the SRSS remain strongly committed to do what we can to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students and to remain responsible to our community,” said the statement. The Hanover School Division and
the SRSS decided to install the designated smoking area for students in an effort to work with both smokers and area neighbours, explained principal Luis Reis. He said that the students themselves built the structure. “It was a two sided Plexiglass barrier so that students have to remain in the specific area,” Reis explained. “We are very proud of the project – the students made the barrier and we very proud of the job they did.” While the school designated a smoking area on school grounds, Reis said that their intention was never to promote smoking. “We are not promoting smoking,” stated Reis. “The division is committed to smoking cessation and we are looking at reducing the smoking in students but we are also trying to work with our neighbors on this.”
Initially the students were permitted to smoke in front of the school next to Mackenzie Avenue but complaints from neighbours and the recent installation of several portables in front of the school forced the board to look at another solution. Even the RCMP supported the move, sighting the old site as a safety and public nuisance issue. RCMP Constable Kevin Wynn felt the new smoking area was a good move from his perspective. He said that over the years the detachment has had many complaints of trespassing and littering from residents along Mackenzie Avenue. “There is no law against students smoking or possessing tobacco,” explained Wynn. “We had a large group of students engaged in an activity near a busy roadway – safety of the students is paramount. It wasn’t a huge problem but there were concerns from the public.” There have also been concerns raised about the street side location of the smoking students being used to exchange drugs. “Having the students congregate near the streets does make it convenient for things like that to happen, such as different transactions that might be made during school hours,” Wynn confirmed. Initially the Hanover School Division stood by their decision to support the smoking area, however, after meeting with the province the decision was made to remove it. The
Department of Education has an since 2008. However, it is not legally agreement with school divisions to binding and contains no penalty ban smoking on school grounds clause for schools that disregard it.
De Salaberry is Looking for Public Works Foreman The RM of De Salaberry council has put out a call for a new public works foreman after terminating the employment of their previous employee. “Council has determined that it is in the best interests of the municipality to terminate the employment of the public works superintendent,” states the resolution of council. The decision was effected December 15. According to council, the municipality is looking for someone able to work with the municipality’s administration along with council. They would be responsible for the entire RM of De Salaberry public works department, which includes two full-time employees and at least six part-timers. The municipality hopes to have the position filled so that the successful applicant can start their duties on April 1.
A New Addition This year my wife and I started off the year quite different than we ever have before. No, it doesn’t involve multiple New Year’s resolutions that no one will ever keep. No, this year it was something extra special. This year we gave birth to a healthy, eight-pound baby boy. The delivery of our youngest son was quite different from that of our daughter. Where she took her sweet time being born at the end of a 52hour labor, my little son was in more of a rush and came out after a shorter but much more intense 4-hour labor. One thing I realized during this stay in the hospital was that while delivery is very hard on the woman it is also very hard on the man (or other support person). After all, the woman always has a bed to lie on, the man not so, he has to make do with standing for hours, sitting in uncomfortable chairs or stretching out on the cold, hard floor. Another thing that is harder on the man is when the woman is going through intense pain. While the pain she is experiencing is natural (still hurts like a bugger though) her body is made to handle it. The man on the other hand must watch and be unable to do anything effective to help ease her pain; this is a torture on most men as we would sooner be the ones hurting. Also, when the woman is going through this agony she is usually clutching the man’s hand. Clutching and squeezing and yes, sometimes crushing the man’s hand, a pain that is neither natural nor meant for a body to be experienced. While this painful hand crushing is going on, the man is still expected to smile and be encouraging to the woman’s breathing, which is hard when the man feels his bones grinding into powder. Now that we are home and everything is going well, I find myself being the one that my other two children turn to when they need anything, anything at all, at any time of the day or night. Since my wife must focus mostly on the baby, I find myself enjoying this new position as the servant of the children. Any runny nose, spilled liquid or dirty diaper and I’m there. When all is said and done, all the pain, sleepless nights and deafness caused by a baby crying in your ear for extended periods are well worth it. Until next time, take care and keep your world spinning.
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Auxiliary Wants Used Books By Marianne Curtis The ladies from the Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary are once again looking for the public’s help to make their annual spring book sale a rousing success. Over the past several years, the organization has collected thousands of books and other reading materials for resale. Money raised during the subsequent fourday book sale is earmarked for special purchases that benefit the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach. The Bethesda Auxiliary Book sale is scheduled to take place on March 23 to 26 at the Clearspring Center in Steinbach. To ensure the continued success of the sale, donations from the public The ladies from the Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary are already working hard at sorting are needed. books for their upcoming spring book sale. Verna Thiessen from the Bethesda Photo by Marianne Curtis
Arborgate Construction Slated to Start The Seine River School Division is looking forward to an exciting spring once construction begins on the new addition at Arborgate School in La Broquerie.
According to Mike Borgfjord, Superintendant of the Seine River School Division, the tender process is moving forward and equipment is expected to arrive at the site soon. “There is lots of work that needs to be done and coordinated,” Borgfjord stated. There are currently 200 students taking classes in portables who will be excited to see the new school open during the next school year. “There is a lot of anticipation from students and the community,” he added. Plans include maintaining classes without interruption during
the construction phase. The new school has been designed as an LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Facility that will serve the needs of the community for many years to come.
Auxiliary said that 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 will not accept encyclopedias, weekly magazines, videos, DVDs or Condensed Readers Digests. Donations can be brought to the Clearspring Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The drop-off location is in the mall, in the former SAAN Stores location. There is also a drop-off bin at Sobey’s. “We are extremely grateful for the space that we have to collect and sort our books,” said Thiessen. She added that there is a need for volunteers to either come sort or to help during the actual sale. Those wishing to participate can contact
Verna at 326-3028. The money raised during this year’s sale is earmarked toward raising almost $70,000 toward the purchase of a gamma probe that will be used at the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach. The specialized equipment is used primarily for sentinel lymph node mapping and parathyroid surgery. Since 1980, the Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary has presented nearly $400,000 worth of equipment to Bethesda Hospital. The group is dedicated to raising money to buy needed medical equipment that is not funded by Manitoba Health. Cash donations are also being accepted. They can be mailed to the Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary at 316 Henry Street, Steinbach R5G 0P9.
Plans for the new school show it as being a two story building that adds new classroom space without losing any of the playgrounds. The new building will increase the size of the school by almost 40,000 square feet.
The middle school expansion at Arborgate School is planned to have capacity for 450 students; it currently stands at 330 students and is growing by about 40 students every year.
Construction of the addition at Arborgate School in La Broquerie is expected to begin this February.
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Falcon Lake Youth Wins Sir William Stephenson Scholarship The University of Winnipeg presented the 2010, Sir William Stephenson scholarship to Caleigh Christie of Falcon Lake. The scholarship was established in 1984 by the intrepid Sir William Stephenson through The Winnipeg Foundation. This award awarded annually to up to two students may receive who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, superior leadership qualities and the potential to make a valuable contribution to Canada. Caleigh is a Geography honors student at U of W. She is president of the Geography student association, leading founder of the ice riders cycling club, assistant Biathlon coach for Canada Winter Games, and known leader in environmental movements and improvements at the U of W. Sir William Stephenson was born in Winnipeg in 1896. He served in both world wars, was an ace pilot in the First World War and a top British spy in the Second World War. From the Manchester Guardian Weekly, “Ian Fleming served under Stephenson and there is not much doubt that elements in James Bond 007 make up were devised from Stephenson, not least his love for fancy gadgetry.”
NDP Continues to Dither on Ankle Bracelets After three years of analyzing the GPS monitoring program as a way of keeping tabs on chronic offenders and high-risk car thieves, Manitoba’s tired 11-year NDP government still can’t decide whether to continue the program or scrap it says Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen. “Manitobans cannot continue waiting for action from this NDP government on crime. You cannot stop chronic offenders with chronic government analysis,” says Goertzen. “Prosecutors have indicated that ankle bracelets work. Other jurisdictions have indicated that electronic monitoring works. So why is the NDP stalling?” Premier Greg Selinger claimed on October 13th his government was two months away from “evaluating the experiment that we had a few years ago” and issuing a report on the findings of the ankle bracelet pilot project. “Selinger’s last promise on ankle bracelets is nearly a month overdue, and still there’s no report and no decision,” said Goertzen. “He needs to publicly release the details of the GPS monitoring pilot so we can debate its merit and make a decision on it.” Goertzen noted that for many of these high-risk individuals the best place for them is a jail cell, however if they are in the community, the next best thing is around-the-clock monitoring.
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Steinbach Humane Society Pulls Plug By Marianne Curtis After nearly three years in operation, the Steinbach Humane Society is shutting down their operations and not accepting any more animals. The Steinbach Humane Society was founded in June 2008 by Karen Pruden and Lisa Rogal. Without a formal location, the organization has relied on volunteers that could foster cats and dogs until a new home was found. “We can’t stay open longer due to lack of funding and manpower,” stated Rogal. “Our focus is on finding forever homes for all the precious furry friends in our care.” There are currently twelve pets that need to still find permanent homes before the organization calls it quits. Since the Steinbach Humane Society organized, Rogal estimates that about 300 animals have been rescued and found new homes. Despite a high success rate, the organization was unable to raise enough money to keep the
organization afloat and proceed toward their dream – building a humane society building in the community. The organization is also looking for help in paying off $3,900 in vet bills to Dr. David Millar and the Old Country Vet. Two fundraisers are scheduled to help cover those costs. On February 19 there is a fundraiser at Rumor’s Comedy Club and on March 19 there will be a Bud Spud and Steak Dinner in Steinbach. Anyone wishing to either adopt one of the remaining animals or take part in the fundraisers is encouraged to contact Lisa at email@example.com.
Cadets Gather for 24-Hour Fundraiser
Despite increasing their visibility this past year by participating in events like community parades, the Steinbach Humane Society is being forced to shut down operations due to lack of support.
The Royal Canadian Sea Corps Dawson is holding a 24-hour fundraising evening on February 5. According to Lieutenant (Navy) Denis Côté, the Royal Canadian Sea Corps Dawson cadets will be holding the fundraiser to support the Tache Food Bank, the Dawson Trail School Breakfast Program and the Navy League of Canada. This is the second time that the cadets have hosted a 24-hour fundraiser. Last winter, the group gathered at the Dawson Trail School and played Rock Band for 24 hours. Nearly $2,000 was raised with half donated to the Red Cross in support of Haiti relief efforts.
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Grant Helps Expand Training Abilities By Marianne Curtis The local sea cadet troop is thrilled to be able to add a second boat to their training fleet after receiving a grant from the Manitoba Community Services Council. According to Lieutenant (Navy) Denis Côté, the Royal Canadian Sea Corps Dawson recently received funds for the special project. The second boat, christened Dawson II, will be used by the cadets for water training. The Royal Canadian Sea Corps Dawson has nearly 50 cadets, which parade out of Lorette. The troops learn and participate in a variety of activities such as sailing, power boating, seamanship, rope work, sports, fitness, rifle safety and marksmanship. “This training program, as well as the dedication of staff and crew, has been instrumental with RCSCC Dawson being awarded the Top Sea Unit in all three Prairie Provinces,” stated Côté. To help the unit continue with their water training, the Manitoba Community Services Council
The Royal Canadian Sea Corps Dawson recently added a second boat to their fleet which will be used to help the cadets gain their sea legs and perfect their water craft skills.
donated money toward the purchase of the Dawson II. It has been almost two years since the RCSCC Dawson unveiled their first water craft, which they christened Dawson I. “We want to thank them for their financial support to the cadet program,” Côté added. Cadets is a national program for youth ages 12 to 18 who want to
make new friends while participating in fun and challenging activities. Anyone interested in joining the Cadet Program is welcome to find out more at www.cadets.ca, calling the local sea cadet unit at 270-0066, or visiting on a Thursday evening (7-9 p.m.) at Dawson Trail School in Lorette. There is no cost to join or for uniforms.
Ritchot Worried About Flood Forecast By Marianne Curtis
potential is still dependent on weather conditions from now through to the spring melt. The amount of additional snow and rain, plus the timing and rate of the spring thaw and the timing of peak flows in Manitoba as well as other states and provinces will have a significant effect on the flood potential. Localized overland flooding is expected in most of southern Manitoba and could occur during the early part of the run-off period due to ice jams, snow blockages or frozen culverts in river channels, drains and ditches.
If the weather remains favorable, homes in the Red River Valley that are protected by dikes would not get flooded, however transportation would be disrupted due to the closure of roads and highways. With more precipitation, levels would rise above 1997 levels. While homes would not likely be flooding, transportation and access would be reduced for three weeks. Based on the current conditions, significant overbank flows are expected on most tributaries with the problem growing worse dependant on further precipitation.
The RM of Ritchot is already cringing after the province recently released the first spring flood forecast of the year. While the outlook is based on current conditions and speculation, flooding is anticipated at a higher level than normal. Manitoba Water Stewardship’s first spring flood outlook for 2011 indicates the potential of flooding is high for much of Manitoba, including the Red River Valley. High river flows, above-normal snowwater content in the snowpack, and an expected cooler and wetter spring have increased the probabilities of significant flooding. With average weather along the Red River, a flood the size of 2009 is anticipated while unfavourable weather could result in a flood of 1997 levels, predicts Water Stewardship. With average weather along other rivers and streams in Manitoba, flooding is still anticipated and, with unfavorable weather, significant flooding could occur. RM of Ritchot Mayor Bob Stefaniuk said that his municipality is already preparing for the worst. “We have about 70,000 sand bags in stock, 200,000 thousand on order and millions on demand if we need them,” stated Stefaniuk. “The worst part is all the stress that it puts people under – until the flood is over you don’t know when it’s going to stop. People are already getting With water lapping at the top of the ring dike in St. Adolphe, locals gather to fill sandbags anxious.” during the flood in 2009. However, the spring flood Photo by Marianne Curtis
Rash of Break-Ins On January 3 Steinbach RCMP investigated multiple break and enters at the Giroux Community Hall, La Broquerie Arena, Kleefeld Recreation Centre, RM of Hanover Kleefeld Office, and Barkman Cartage located in Kleefeld. It appears that an undisclosed amount of money was taken from the locations and, in one case, McPhillips Street Station Break Open tickets were also taken. Officers attended all the locations to gather evidence left at the scenes. It appears that a vehicle may have been seen in the early morning hours at the crime scenes. Police believe that the break and enters were committed by the same suspects. RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance, by reporting any suspicious persons, vehicles or other activities in their communities. Anyone with information on this incident is asked is asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP Detachment at (204)326-1234 or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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Funding Available for Sump Pump Installs Southeast residents may get some financial assistance to install sump pumps and backup valves in their homes. Recently, the city of Winnipeg laid out a policy that will see residents reimbursed for the installation of sump pits and back-up valves. They have decided to subsidize these installs to help homeowners cope with the recent flood forecast which is predicting flooding at a 1999 level. Now the province has committed to meet with municipalities outside Winnipeg to discuss the possibility of cost-sharing similar programs in the rural areas. Premier Greg Selinger encourages homeowners to take action. “We strongly advise homeowners to take action to protect their properties from the risk of sewer back-up,” Selinger said. “There is a risk of damage for unprotected homes but there is still time for homeowners to install sump pumps and backwater valves.” The subsidy program will pay up to 60 percent of the cost of installing a sewer/drainage backup system to a maximum of $3,000 per household (up to $1,000 toward the installation of an approved in-line backwater valve and up to $2,000 toward the installation of a sump pump and pit drainage system). The installation must be done by a licensed plumber to ensure that permits and inspections are done. New homes are not eligible as sump pumps and backwater valves are required under the building code.
Steinbach 55 Plus 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 call the center at 320-4600.
Special events coming up in February 2011 Old Time Country Dance: Friday, February 25, 8:00 p.m. to 12 Midnight with live band The Country Play Boys. Tickets in advance: $8 member, $10 non member, $12 at the door for all. Light lunch will be served.
Monthly Programs Single Ladies’ Night Out: The first Friday of the month at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy supper out at a local restaurant. Call the center for place to meet. Foot Care: The first and third Tuesday of the month from 9:00-3:00 p.m. Run by a professional foot care nurse. Cost: $25. Bring your own towel. Call center to book an appointment. Pot Luck Supper: The second Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. Main dish and beverages are provided. Cost: $5.00 per person. Bring along a casserole, salad or desert. Call center to reserve your seat. Birthday Party: The first Wednesday of the month. All members with a birthday are invited for complimentary cake and coffee. Guests are asked to pay $2.00. Entertainment provided. Perogy Bee: The first Monday of every month. Beltone Hearing: The third Friday of each month. Call 1-800-661-2653 for appointment. Brain Injury Support Group: The last Monday of the month. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Weekly Programs Monday
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Fitness Class 1:00 p.m. Canasta 1:00 p.m. H.O. model railway project 7:00 p.m. Wood Carving 7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Tai Chi Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Adult Day Program Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Fitness Class 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Tai Chi 10:00 a.m. Choir practice 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cribbage 1:30 p.m. Floor curling 7:00 p.m. Old time country band practice Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Bridge and Whist Friday 8:30 - 3:00 p.m. Adult Day Program Noon meals are available Monday through Friday. Cost $5.50. Call 320-4605 by 9:00 a.m. to reserve your meal for that day. Purchase your meal ticket at the receptionist desk before noon. Monthly menus are available at the office or in the newsletter. Bring a friend. Billiards: Monday to Friday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Computer Lab: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cost $1. There are lessons with Alex Cupples on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Call the center for more information. Volunteer Opportunities include perogy making, decorating and setting tables, birthday party hosts, food preparation and serving, clean up, greeters, receptionists, etc. We welcome new volunteers. Membership at Steinbach 55 Plus is only $20 per year. Memberships are due in January of each year. Membership is for those 55 years of age and older. Benefits include reduced program rates, a voice in business meetings, voting rights, and eligibility to serve on the board or committees. For more information on our programs, activities or volunteer opportunities, drop by the Center Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or call 320-4600 or go to 222.steinbach55plus.com.
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Snowmobile Season in Full Swing By Marianne Curtis Manitoba’s winter recreation season is in full swing and snowmobile enthusiasts are reminded to keep safety in mind while enjoying the outdoors. With trails open across the region, riders are being urged to take extra precaution, especially when traveling through the Whiteshell. Whiteshell Provincial Park, which includes Falcon and West Hawk Lakes, offers ten different trail systems across the park. All trails in the Whiteshell are open for the season. In addition, several local resorts are offering a comfortable wilderness retreat, with some trails leading out from their front doors. However, caution is advised as snow cover can be deceiving and sometimes hides open water. The insulating snow cover paired with the milder temperatures has prevented the ground and water from freezing. Trails located in provincial parks have speed limit and warning signs posted along hills and curves. Prudent driving combined with the proper equipment and well-maintained snow machines will mean an enjoyable, safe riding experience. Provincial natural resource officers and the RCMP travel the trails to ensure safe riding practices. It is an offence to drink and drive when operating a snowmobile. In addition to trails maintained by Snoman, the province grooms about 1,100 kilometers of trails within provincial parks, including the Whiteshell Provincial Park. Riders using the groomed trail network within these parks are required to purchase and posses a valid Snopass. Manitoba has approximately 12,000 kilometres of groomed trails on Crown and private lands that are maintained by the Snowmobilers of Manitoba (Snoman) organization to ensure the public have a safe ride. Weekly updates on trail conditions are available on Snoman’s website at www.snoman.mb.ca.
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Journey For Sight Breaks Records
Hanover Supports Community Projects
By Marianne Curtis The Steinbach Lions Club is thrilled with the response to this year’s Journey for Sight. From January 20 to 23, a dozen snowmobile riders took to the trails in southern Manitoba to raise funds for the Lions Eye Bank. This year’s ride was so successful that it managed to break a fundraising record for the local club. Sam Slobodesky, on behalf of the Steinbach Lions Club, is pleased with both the number of riders and the amount of money that was raised by the group. “We had 17 riders start off in Moose Lake and Buffalo Point and come with us despite the bitter cold,” recalled Slobodesky. “The southeastern group raised $20,596 in pledges with a few more yet to come in, which will put the group in excess of $21,000. This is a record for this group.” The group made several stops over the next few days where they collected pledges and were even joined by other riders. In total the members of the Steinbach Lions Club participants traveled 630 kilometers by sled. At the end of
Explosion Rips Through Barn Emergency services responded to a methane gas explosion in a hog barn in the RM of Ritchot shortly after 5:30 p.m. on January 20. The Puratone owned barn, located on Leblanc Road, suffered structural damage to its northeast section when an equipment malfunction
A record 17 snowmobile riders participated in the 2011 Journey for Sight which took place in the middle of January and raised more than $20,000.
the Journey for Sight, an impressive 70 sleds arrived at the Brandon Airport for closing ceremonies and to present their pledges, Slobodesky added. Each year, for the past 27 winters, the Journey for Sight ride has taken place to raise money for the Lions Eye Bank. Since
caused a spark and ignited a build-up of methane gas within the structure. There were no injuries to personnel or livestock with the damage being restricted to the west building. The investigation indicates the explosion was accidental.
1986 the Journey for Sight has raised more than a million dollars for the Lions Eye Bank. The money is used to fund recovery, evaluation and distribution of eye tissue for transplantation, research and education.
The RM of Hanover council has given their support to a number of community projects that are looking for provincial funding. Council recently voted in favor of supporting eight improvement projects in four communities throughout the municipality. Committees from Blumenort, Kleefeld, Grunthal and New Bothwell are all looking for project grants from Hometown Manitoba. Hometown Manitoba is a program under the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) that provides financial support for rural and northern community projects initiated by local communities, organizations, cooperatives and businesses that enhance public places and building exteriors. The program also aims to promote unique identities and themes that define a community. The RM of Hanover is supporting three projects in Blumenort. The Blumenort Recreation Association would like a new rook for the skating rink building, a backstop and fencing for baseball and trenching to drain water towards the back of the park. The Kleefeld Recreation Association would like to see a computerized sign erected and the construction of new energy efficient washrooms in the community park. The Grunthal Community Center Board would like to put a new roof on the community’s arena and New Bothwell Recreation Association wants to paint the rink and replace the puckboard at their facility. Hometown Manitoba contributes up to 1/3 of total eligible project costs to a maximum of $5,000. The local/ municipal government must contribute a minimum of 1/ 3 of eligible project costs, in cash, with the balance being provided by the project proponent. Deadline for applications is March 15.
Marihuana Grow Op Raided Shortly after 8 am on January 6, members of the Winnipeg Drug Section, RCMP Emergency Response Team, Steinbach RCMP and the Office of the Fire Commissioner executed a search warrant at a residence in the La Broqerie area. During the search a sophisticated marihuana grow operation supporting in excess of 1,500 plants was discovered. Two adults residents of the home, a male and a female, were taken into custody and charged with the production of marihuana and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
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Seine River Changes Priorities By Marianne Curtis The Seine River School Division has gone over their list of priorities for the division and made some significant changes. According to board chairperson Wendy Bloomfield, the division has added some new statements to their list of priorities and is working on the language of others. Each year the Seine River School Division board of trustees sits down and goes over their list of priorities for the school year. Normally the division deals with this business earlier in the year, but due to the fall elections the new trustees were given an opportunity to catch up before any decisions were made. “The priorities will be in place for the next four years,” said Bloomfield. “These are big priorities and we do not expect to get them done within the first year.” The six priorities that the board plans on focusing on over the next four years include encouraging evidence based decisions that support ongoing excellence. The division wants to develop a plan to enhance the Arts throughout the division and explore early childhood development. They also plan to review programs and space requirements to better assess future development and building plans. Among the priorities is a commitment to consult with schools, communities and local governments throughout the division in the development of a plan for community engagement and building in relationships with employees and employee groups. Bloomfield adds that by having a clear list of priorities the board of trustees can assess how well they are doing as they work their way through the next four years of their terms.
Info Session Held for Newcomers Thirty-seven newcomers to the Steinbach area attended an information session at the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce office in early January. This session was hosted by Eastman Immigrant Services, a program of the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce, and was facilitated by Maggie Dominowski, a Manitoba Provincial Nominee Officer. Dominowski spoke about the various options available to immigrate to Manitoba, and specifically about the process of sponsoring friends and family through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. The goal was to help the newcomers in the region with family reunification and sponsorship questions. With guidance from Eastman Immigrant Services, local newcomers are likely to help other foreign family members and friends immigrate to Manitoba. Sessions such as this one will ensure continued population growth in the area.
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Grow Project Raises Money for Arena Renovations on the St. Pierre Recreation Center will proceed with a little funding boost through a unique community project. Last year the Farmer’s Field and Community project was created to help raise funds for the St. Pierre recreation center. Alain Robidoux, spokesperson for Farmer’s Field and Community, explained that project consisted of seeding donated fields to raise money for the community’s recreation center. The unique fundraising project was a combined effort between local businesses, volunteers and farmers. The feed and seed were donated, along with help from Prairie Aviation, Cargill and Catellier Seeds. “The fertilizer and some of the chemical had to be purchased,”
explained Robidoux. “The field work was all done by local farmers who donated the machinery, fuel and most of their time.” Robidoux said that he is grateful for all the participation the project gained. “We thank all the people and organizations that contributed to our project this past summer,” Robidoux continued. “Without their support and helping hands it would not have been possible to undertake such a project.” The final numbers are finally in and the Farmer’s Field and Community Project was able to donated $21,151.95 to the St. Pierre Recreation Center. The money is being used in renovating the facility’s canteen and kitchen. The renovations are expected to be completed by the end On behalf of Farmer’s Field and Community, Allain Robidoux presented a cheque for over $21,000 to the St. Pierre Recreation Committee to assist with kitchen renovations in the of March. facility.
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Newcomer Fair Expected to Help Immigrants By Marianne Curtis On February 23, immigrants and newcomers alike are invited to Steinbach 55 Plus for the second annual Immigrant and Newcomer Employment Fair. Eastman Immigrant Services along with the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce is hosting the one day event, which is expected to connect those seeking employment with prospective employers. Last year, the event drew over 200 prospective employees. There will be an employer information session with a speaker panel consisting of various employers who will speak on topics related to employer expectations. The second part is an employment fair where job-seekers could converse with local employers that are hiring, apply on available positions and submit their resumes Prospective employers at the fair include the Hanover School Division, Steve’s Livestock, Sawney Beans, enVision Community Living, Steinbach Chamber, Best Way Lawn Care & Services,
Last year over 200 prospective employees gathered at the Steinbach’s 55 Plus Centre to find out how they can be successful in finding a job.
Canadian Tire, Biovail, Hytek Ltd., Ste. Anne Co-op, Canada Safeway, Palm Lite Electric, Service Canada, and Employment Manitoba. The Immigrant and Newcomer Employment Fair will take place on February 23 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Steinbach’s 55 Plus at the south end of Steinbach. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. To either register as a guest or as an employer call 326-5159.
Steinbach Residents Charged in Pyramid Scheme
Health Board Chair Calls It Quits South Eastman Health’s board of directors have to look for a new chairperson after Aurele Boisvert announced that he will be stepping down at the end of March. Boisvert was first appointed to the board by Manitoba Health back in 2003 and appointed chairperson a year later. His term with the board expires March 31 and he was offered the position for another year but he declined. “There is no health crisis going on and the board is in good hands,” stated Boisvert. “It’s a good time for new blood and a new leader.” Manitoba Health will now have to appoint a new chairperson from either the existing board members or a new member. Boisvert says he is looking forward At the end of March Aurele Boisvert will no to moving on and getting involved longer be South Eastman Health’s board chairperson. in a field other than healthcare.
Ste. Anne and Area Schools Receive Increase in Provincial Funding The Manitoba government has once again demonstrated its commitment to students and their families by increasing investments to Ste. Anne and area schools, La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemieux announced recently. “We have acted when parents have told us they want schools that better meet the needs of their children,” Lemieux said. “We’re making report cards more parent-friendly ensuring
kids stay in school or career training until they are 18 and are providing investments that will make a real difference in our children’s future.” Lemieux said the Manitoba government has responded to the needs of Manitoba students by increasing funding to the Seine River School Division by $480,000 and increasing funding to Division Scholaire Franco-Manitobaine by $1 million.
Vehicle Stolen in Niverville
as it was left running in the driveway. The vehicle (with keys) was stolen between midnight and 12:30 a.m. while it was being warmed up. Police are seeking public assistance in locating the vehicle and those responsible for its theft.
Three women and a man from Steinbach have been arrested and charged in relation to an alleged pyramid scheme after an investigation by the RCMP. A black 1995 Pontiac Sunfire On January 13 the Winnipeg Commercial Crime Section charged 13 individuals and a corporation in connection bearing Manitoba license FJE 314 with an alleged Pyramid Scheme. Those charged include the Business In Motion International Corporation from Mississauga, Ontario and director Colin Fox, also from Ontario. Four other individuals from Ontario, one from was stolen from a residence on 4th Street S., in Niverville on January 21 British Columbia and seven individuals from Manitoba were also charged. Among those charged are David Kauenhowen and his wife Cornelia Kauenhowen, along with Annie Petkau and Katharine Reimer. All four are from Steinbach. Police began their investigation following complaints about “Business in Motion” in and around Steinbach. The charges related to activities that allegedly took place between Spring 2008 and Fall 2009. Corporal Chris Lambert from the RCMP Commercial Crime Section said that the scheme was based on recruiting an ever-growing number of investors. “The initial promoters recruit investors who are expected to bring in more investors,” explained Lambert. “Recruiting newcomers is more important than selling products.” No new money is created in the scheme and investors that get in early take their profits. When no new investors are found those at the bottom of the pyramid lose their money. Lambert doesn’t anticipate any new charges are expected in the case.
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Renters Could Get Dinged for False Alarms
Goertzen Presses for Construction Start Date for Emergency Room Steinbach MLA, Kelvin Goertzen, is once again pressing the NDP government to get construction started on the long delayed Emergency Room expansion at Bethesda Hospital, a project which was announced nearly four years ago. “The delays have passed the point of ridiculous already,” said Goertzen. “It’s long past time that this project gets going and gets completed. It’s critical to the community, to patients and to medical staff at Bethesda.” Goertzen noted that the repeated delays would almost be comical if it weren’t such a serious project in need of completion. He says there are no excuses which justify this kind of delay noting that the Empire State Building was planned and built in 27 months and it’s expected the Winnipeg Stadium will take about 30 months from start to finish. By the time it’s done, the Steinbach ER expansion will have taken longer than those two projects combined. “There has been an incredible will shown by the Bethesda Foundation in fundraising for this project. The will they have shown needs to be matched by some political will by the NDP government,” said Goertzen. Last spring the NDP Health Minister vowed that the project would be underway by the fall of 2010. With that deadline long past, Goertzen has written directly to Premier Greg Selinger asking that the project move ahead immediately. “The Premier needs to step up and get this project moving The old saying, ‘better late than never comes to mind,’ but I don’t think anybody expected it to be this late,” said Goertzen.
Health Committee Appointments Made The City of Steinbach has reappointed four members to the Steinbach Community Health Committee (SCHC). The committee’s mission is to improve health services provided within the city limits but affects the entire region. City of Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen is pleased with the group’s efforts. “The SCHC have done excellent work over the past year addressing health care issues which affect our entire community and region,” stated Goertzen. “I look forward to seeing what they will accomplish in the coming year.” In the meeting Councillor Cari Penner, who is representing council on the Committee, stated that the committee has been working actively to advocate for health care services in Steinbach. She went on to mention that the Committee has created two subcommittees, one for Health Infrastructure and the other for Physician Recruitment and Retention, and that they have participated in a resident physician retreat to strategically promote Steinbach as a prime place in which to practice medicine. Dr. Hang Trinh, Bob Frey, Henry Klassen and Bernie Stahn will continue to serve on the SCHC along with existing members Dr. Mark Duerksen, John Stinson, Marg Rempel and Barry Dyck.
The Town of Ste. Anne has put the onus on people renting the arena and curling facilities to be more responsible when it comes to generating false alarms. At a recent meeting of council, an amendment to the Ste. Anne Fire Department False Alarm Policy was made that states a renter or lessee will be responsible for the cost of all false alarms on the rental once they are given the code or key to the property until they return the key or the code is cancelled. “This policy does not apply to regularly scheduled ice renters booking through the town during the season, but does apply to the canteen rental and the curling lease,” said council. The false alarm charge could be waived by the Town if it is determined that the alarm was a town problem. The Village of Ste. Anne council hopes that the new policy will cut down on the number of accidental set-offs because it costs taxpayers every time the trucks roll. When a fire alarm is received by the monitoring station, the fire department is dispatched immediately and then the key holders are notified. Once a fire department is dispatched it is nearly impossible to cancel unless a false alarm is confirmed. By then, many times, the fire department is already on scene and the Town of Ste. Anne is on the hook for the costs associated with paying for the equipment and manpower.
Armed Robbery in La Broquerie On January 18 at about 9:20 pm members of the Steinbach RCMP responded to a robbery at the Le Deanneur Shell Station in La Broquerie. When members attended they learned that a male suspect entered the store wearing blue coveralls and a ski mask. The male demanded cash and showed the clerk a can of pepper spray. The clerk turned over an amount of cash and suspect fled the store on foot. The store clerk was not hurt. A police dog from the Winnipeg Police attended but was unable to locate the suspect. The suspect was described as being skinny, approximately 140 pounds and around 5 feet, 9 inches tall. If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP at (204) 326-1234 or Crime Stoppers.
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Wrestling Club Brings Home Gold and Silver! Members of the Niverville Wrestling Club/Wranglers Wrestling returned home recently from a tournament in Flin Flon where they had six athletes participate, bringing home five gold and one silver medal. Gold Medalists: Aiden Bruce, Rachel Alder, Nathalie Turrenne, Caroline Tess, and Marx Sychiliyango. Silver Medalist: Dylan Lagasse. There were teams from across Manitoba and Saskatchewan participating in this tournament. For information on wrestling and other recreational opportunities in Niverville, please visit the Recreation Department website at www.NivervilleActiveLiving.com or call Recreation Director Donna Watts at 388-4600 ext 110.
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RRSPs – To Buy or Not to Buy?! So it is “RRSP time” again; the time of year when you see lots of advertisements and maybe get some calls from your banker or financial advisor asking for your RRSP contribution by March 1. How do you know if you should or should not? Let’s start with who should be buying an RRSP. And remember the tax savings on buying RRSPs are a tax deferral. The tax refund you may get is only temporary. You will pay tax on them some other time in the future. Those of you who have company sponsored RRSP or pension plans that have a matching program (you put in so much and your employer matches so much) should definitely be maximizing what you can. You want to get the most the employer will match. It’s free money; you definitely want to take advantage of it! If your taxable income is fairly high (over $41,000) you should probably buy an RRSP (but only enough to reduce your income to $41,000). From $41,000 to about $67,000 you are in a 35% tax bracket; you save 35% in taxes for the amount of RRSPs you buy (I should say you “defer” the taxes). The top bracket is taxable income over $127,000; those individuals would save more than 46% taxes. If you are anywhere over $67,000 you probably should be buying an RRSP. If you notice some hesitation in my words, it’s because RRSPs still may not make sense for everyone even if your income is over $41,000. It also depends on how much taxes you’ll pay when you take them out. Of course that’s hard to know today. But if you are 55+ and closer to retirement, it’s a bit easier for a tax professional like me to estimate what your income and the taxes will be once you are 65+. If you end up taking out the RRSPs at the same or higher tax bracket, it’s likely not a good idea to buy them today; you are likely losing some other tax credits at 65+ too. If you are under 55 and have income more than $41,000 then buying an RRSP likely makes sense. If you are more than 55, get some retirement income projections and some advice first. Are Spousal RRSPs still a good idea?
First, let’s review Spousal RRSPs. It allows one spouse in a higher tax bracket to buy an RRSP and get a tax deduction, but the RRSP is in the name of the other spouse who will withdraw it in the future (hopefully at retirement time) and at a lower tax bracket. With the Pension Income Splitting allowed on tax returns, it’s not quite as crucial as it used to be for those families that are expecting a company pension plan. But for the 2/3 of the rest of the population (including me!) who do not have a company pension plan, Spousal RRSPs may be a good idea to split future income during retirement before both of you are age 65? Again this is ideal for spouses who have quite different levels of taxable income now and at retirement. So for those of you who I’ve indicated maybe should not be buying an RRSP (your income is less than $41,000), how should you be saving for your future? Well, since 2009, the new TSA (taxfree Savings Account) has become a great place for everyone else who wants to save some money for the future, but either should not or cannot buy RRSPs. Of course if you have some high interest rates on some of your debts, you should probably tackle those first. Either get them paid off as soon as possible, or get them converted to a lower interest rate by asking for a lower interest rate on your credit card (yes you can ask them!) or transferring the balance to a lower rate card or credit line or other debt. What about RRSP loans? I consider them a forced type of RRSP savings. If you do have a high income, but no cash to put into the RRSP by March 1, an RRSP loan may be an option. First, only buy what you can pay off in the next 12 months; so you have cash flow again a year from now. If and when you get your Tax Refund, put it against that RRSP loan (or another loan that has a higher interest rate) so you can get it paid off sooner. And then you can take that same payment you’ve been used to and put it in a monthly RRSP to get started on your 2011 RRSP contribution. Anni Markmann is an independent financial planner and tax professional working, living, playing, and volunteering in our community. Contact her at 422-6631 or firstname.lastname@example.org or at 107 Central Avenue in Ste. Anne.
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SCU First Canadian Credit Union to Offer U.S. RRSP Steinbach Credit Union has announced the launch of a U.S. dollar RRSP investment option available to its members for the 2011 RRSP season. This is the first offering of its kind by any Canadian credit union. “We are proud to be the first Canadian credit union to provide this unique offering to our members, said Glenn Friesen, CEO of Steinbach Credit Union. “This option allows our members to take advantage of a strong Canadian dollar, whether they are planning to vacation or retire to the U.S., or simply looking to diversify their investments.” Offering a higher rate of return than SCU’s classic U.S. chequing account, 0.25% versus 05%, this new RRSP maintained in a floating rate deposit account earns interest at US rates. Investing when the Canadian dollar is strong allows members to also take advantage of anticipated value fluctuations between the Canadian and US currencies. All deposits are held in Canada by SCU and are guaranteed 100% by the Deposit Guarantee Corporation of Manitoba. A minimum $2,000 investment is required and regular exchange rates apply when investing and/or redeeming US dollars. Steinbach Credit Union is the largest credit union in Manitoba, and 7th largest in Canada, with over $3.2 Billion in assets and 75,000 members.
Changes to Mortgage Rules As realtors we often come across people asking questions such as: What’s my house worth? When is it a good time to sell? When is it a good time to buy? Is it better if I wait…? How do I get my house in proper shape for selling? Our goal in writing this column is to assist you with answering the many questions that sellers and buyers have. Recently the Canadian Real Estate Association informed us of future government changes to mortgage rules. One of the things that is changing is the maximum mortgage amortization period is being reduced from 35 years down to 30 years. You might ask ‘What does that mean to me as a seller?’ In our opinion, it is going to create an influx of buyers wanting to take advantage of a lower mortgage payment. Buyers may want to purchase a more desirable home now, rather than waiting longer and only being able to afford a lesser home (in their opinion). A word of caution to “for sale by owners”… this group of buyers will need to be properly qualified. This type of market and conditions may bring out some buyers who aren’t able to qualify for a mortgage at the present time. If this buyer attempts to buy your property it may cause your property to be held in limbo (off the market) for a few weeks causing you to miss a truly qualified buyer. As realtors we, along with other professionals, have the ability to bring you qualified buyers. Another change announced is the maximum amount of value of a home that can be re-financed. It will go from 90 percent to 85 percent. This is crucial to those investors who buy rental property or ‘rent-to-own’ property. This will affect the investor by reducing the amount of investment capital available to them. It is now an opportune time for investors to purchase before this happens. One other thing that had been rumored to change was the minimum down payment required. So, the good news for home buyers is the down payment is still at the regular 5 percent. However, there are still some lenders who are able to arrange financing if you haven’t had the chance to save for your 5 percent down. Until next month… Travis Olifirowich (371-7223) and Eileen Lewis (371-0255) are with Prudential Riverbend Realty. For information on this article feel free to contact them.
St. Pierre Centre Helps Cut Red Tape
In an effort to cut the red tape when establishing businesses in Manitoba, the province recently established the Manitoba Business Gateway in five bilingual service centres in the province, including one in St. Pierre. The Manitoba Business Gateway is expected to streamline the entrepreneurial process by providing access and referrals to a wide array of services, including financial programs, skills development and business expansion. The program also includes access to people that can help entrepreneurs and employers cut red tape and become more successful and competitive.
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Christian Infants 1) Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2) Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3) now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2: 1-3 NIV) The apostle Peter calls us “newborn babies.” We know infants have but their mothers and fathers to take care of them. They are totally helpless and dependent from the rising of the sun to the going down of the sun. We know that they need food, clothing, and a place to live. They need mothers and fathers who will provide the necessary protection and needs of a family. I suppose the apostle is saying that we, as Christians, are totally dependent on God. New Christians/believers soon realize that becoming followers of Christ does not give us special power. However, as followers we understand that we have access or right to the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ. As we grow in faith, we also become aware of the longing in our heart, a new appetite for the things of God. As we begin to spend time reading the Bible, we find that we were being fed spiritually. We become conscious that we are not strong enough on our own; we need the Holy Spirit and the community of faith – the church – to hold us up. The apostle Peter describes or explains it in such a way that we can share this new experience. Peter says that this new life within us is the same as newborn babes’ desire for milk. Ours is spiritual milk. We have tasted of the Lord’s goodness and trustworthiness. We understand that this new desire in our heart can be fed by searching scripture and spending time in prayer. The more we read the Word of God, the more we think about it, and the stronger our faith grows. Growing up in our salvation invites us to realize that we are really only visitors on earth. Our real home is being prepared for us in heaven. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we seek to keep away from the evil that seeks to disrupt and corrupt our relationship with Christ. We understand that no Christian can really stay the way he or she was. Therefore, the apostle Peter urges us to have no part in that which would detract from our relationship with Christ and hinder our spiritual growth. Rather, we are to set our heart on that which can help us mature in our faith and enjoy Christ-filled lives. When we talk about a Christ-filled life, we mean to say that it is a life of reverence. It is an attitude of my mind which makes me aware that I am always in the presence of God. Therefore, life for us Christians is like living in the very shadow of eternity. We do not only think of where we are at the present, but also where we are going; we are going to live with Christ. That means life in this world should be very important to us because it is leading to the life beyond. I think you would agree that we as Christians can never forget what it cost for us to have eternal life. It cost the life and death of none other than Jesus Christ. Life to us becomes so important that we do not want to waste or throw away the glory that awaits us. I cannot think of a Christian who would want to throw away unlimited joy which is there for us. The Christ-filled life is life that must show a sincere desire to love others. We must always remember that we have been reborn, not of earthly parents, but of the Holy Spirit. Reborn by the Spirit of God in Christ Jesus, we have been remade and because we have been reborn or remade; the Holy Spirit lives in us to transform us into the very likeness of God. You and I know that the primary attribute of God is love. Therefore, if we have been reborn or remade into God’s image, it is natural for us to love one another. 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 don’t have peace in my heart, I really want that peace, joy and happiness that I long for. Please let the Holy Spirit help me be the kind of Christian that will bring honor to Your Name.” Amen.
Rental Properties to be Discussed in Niverville The Town of Niverville council is organizing a citizen round table discussion around the topic of rental housing. At a recent public meeting regarding the redevelopment of the
Lilac Apartment site, some current tenants suggested they would be interested in discussing ideas around housing alternatives. The town has seen a large number of rental apartments redeveloped into condominiums over the past few years. The round table will be held on February 9th. Anyone interested in sitting in on this discussion is asked to email email@example.com. To ensure good discussion, the group size will be limited.
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Municipality Supports Heritage Efforts
Volunteer Donates Annual Grant
A committee of volunteers from St. Malo have formed a committee with the purpose of taking care of the St. Malo Museum. The St. Malo Museum Committee, with Florence Beaudry at the helm, is a six-member group that wants to preserve and protect the community’s museum. The museum, which is located along Hwy 52, houses a vast array of local artifacts. The group’s first priority is to secure the museum structure to protect the artifacts inside from the elements. The committee also has recently met with the St. Malo Chamber of Commerce, as well as receiving monetary support from the RM of De Salaberry Council in the amount of $5,500 over the next two years. These funds will go towards the local committee’s heritage initiatives. Florence Beaudry, of the Musé St. Malo Museum committee receives support from the RM of De Salaberry and Economic Development office for their museum and heritage projects.
Seine River Nominates Trustees The Seine River School Division board of trustees recognized two board trustees for their long terms of service to the division. At a recent board of directors meeting, trustees nominated Theresa Bergson for 12 years of service. Vice-chairperson Gary Nelson was also nominated. He has served on the board of trustees for Seine River School Division for 20 years.
Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary chairperson Phyllis Toews (left) accepts a grant for the organization from volunteer Mary Wiebe.
The Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary is once again a recipient of a $500 from the Royal Bank of Canada. Mary Wiebe, a retiree from the Royal Bank of Canada, donates about 60 hours of her time to the Auxiliary over the year. In addition, she applies annually for a special grant that RBC makes available to retirees for an organization at which they volunteer. Verna Thiessen, Auxiliary spokesperson says that Wiebe is one of the organizations many faithful volunteers. “We are extremely grateful for all the time and help that Mary gives us,” says Thiessen. Over the last nine years, Wiebe has donated $4,500 to the Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary through the program.
Senior Employment Program Going Well Four months after the launch of a program designed to keep older adults in the workforce for a longer period, it is going well in the region. Sixteen employers in the southeast have stepped forward and voiced an interest in a new Steinbach Chamber of Commerce program that is designed to help older employees find jobs or stay in the workplace longer. In September the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce launched a new program called ThirdQuarter. Since then, 59 workers have found or are looking for employment through the program. ThirdQuarter.ca is a website designed to connect employers who value experience with people in their 50s and 60s who want to reverse or delay their retirement plans. The website offers applicants an opportunity to do self-assessments on the website, which helps workers identify their transferable skills. They then post their skills on the website and connect with firms that are looking for those highly valued essential skills. The on-line service is being piloted to rural and small towns in 16 communities across British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Atlantic Provinces over the next two years. The program is made possible with funding from the Government of Canada’s Office of Literacy and Essential Skills.
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Taste of Festival Du Voyageur Hit and Run Driver Sought in St. Malo by RCMP
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For four days in February, the St. Malo Provincial Park is playing host to the Festival of Friends. The annual festival is expected to offer a spectacular celebration of culture, cuisine and tradition. The St. Malo Provincial Park will be bursting with culinary experiences, fantastic regional cultural entertainment and wonderful winter family activities. Friday’s highlights include Movie on Ice, fireworks and entertainment by the Les Girls. Saturday activities include a vintage snowmobile parade, hockey game with Winnipeg Jets alumni, On Sunday, the car races on ice and live entertainment by the Luzzif Classic Rock Band, Bernie Elastic and his Rubber Band, Michael Audettle and Tickle Trunk. Other activities include ice fishing, skating, snow maze, snowshoeing, horse drawn hayrides and much more. In February 2008, the first Festival of Friends was held during the Louis Riel long weekend to celebrate “Joie de Vivre”. Since then the festival has partnered with the Festival du Voyageur which draws more people out for the event. The purpose of the St-Malo Festival of Friends is to spread the Joie de Vivre and re-live the culture of the era. It is a way of promoting French/bilingual artists and making the bilingual aspect of the Province a major economic force and an asset to the province.
Niverville Goes Green
On January 27 at 10:30 pm the Steinbach RCMP received a report of a hit and run collision at the intersection of Giesbrecht Street and Ellice Avenue in Steinbach. The investigation revealed that a northbound car collided with a westbound vehicle. The northbound vehicle left the area and could not be located. It is described as a smaller car, possibly a Honda Civic, and it will have damage to the front passenger side area. There were no reported injuries. Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the vehicle that fled the scene. If you have any information, you are asked to Arlene Schultz (left) presents the $800 donation to Susan Berry (centre) and Meghann contact the Steinbach RCMP at Galbichka. (204) 326-4452 or CrimeStoppers at The 2nd annual Lorette Community Christmas Concert was held Sunday 1-800-222-8477. December 5th 2010 at the Notre Dame de Lorette Church in Lorette. This year the concert featured six local performing groups who entertained the large crowd with a wide variety of seasonal music. This spring, Niverville residents will be able to easily locate recycling Concert organizers, Arlene Schulz and Denise Reimer, wanted to show bins throughout the community. their support for Bibliothèque Taché Library which offers opportunities The Town of Niverville council recently decided to encourage recycling for children, youth and adults in all communities within the RM of Taché on the streets by making it easier for residents recycle their beverage to learn, develop and grow. Since learning that the library board is working containers and other recyclables. towards building a new facility which will allow them to provide a full At a recent council meeting it was decided that the town would invest in range of relevant programs and current resources, they decided to donate 26 secure beverage containers and mixed recycling bins. These bins will the proceeds of the concert to the ‘Building Fund’. be distributed throughout Niverville at various locations including along Board Chair Susan Berry, Vice-Chair Yvonne Romaniuk and librarian community trails, parks and various other public areas. Meghann Galbichka were very excited to receive a cheque for $800 and Installation of the bins will begin when weather permits. expressed sincere appreciation for their generous support.
Toews Encouraged by Government Investment in More Jobs for Students in Provencher
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Provencher MP Vic Toews is further encouraged by the prospects of employment for young people in Provencher thanks to significant investments made by the federal government. Students across Provencher will see an increase in job opportunities thanks to an additional permanent investment of $10 million into Canada Summer Jobs programs across Canada. This raises the total budget of the program to $107.5 million. “Ensuring students are offered the opportunities to gain valuable summer work experience is important for their future employment prospects,” said Toews. “This announcement is not only a welcome investment in job creation and the future of our youth, but also our economic prosperity.” The funding will be available to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses to create high-quality summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students and intend to return to school in the next school year. “Given the winter season, we know that the summer may seem a long way off,” concluded Toews. “However, I encourage youth to apply as soon as possible in order to take advantage of the available summer job opportunities.” Applications for employers are available now and must be submitted by February 28. Interested employers can apply online at www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2011 or at their local Service Canada Centre.
Stuartburn Administrator Announces Retirement
Reimer has announced her retirement. Reimer began her career with the municipality as a secretary 35 years ago and after three years took on the responsibilities of chief administrative officer. Since the beginning of her career Reimer has worked with 11 different groups of municipal representatives. Her retirement comes into effect June 1. The RM of Stuartburn council has After 35 years of service in the RM not stated when they will begin of Stuartburn, administrator Judy looking for a replacement.
Housing Round Table Planned Niverville Council will be organizing a citizen round table discussion around the topic of rental housing. At a recent public meeting regarding the redevelopment of the Lilac Apartment site some current tenants suggested they would be interested in discussing ideas around housing alternatives. The town has seen a large number of rental apartments redeveloped into condominiums over the past few years. The round table will be held on February 9th. Anyone interested in sitting in on this discussion is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure good discussion, the group size will be limited.
La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemieux presents a cheque to the Seine River School Division for the French Second Language Revitalization Programming.
Ron Lemieux, MLA for La Vérendrye and Minister of Local Government presented a cheque of $22,600 to Michael Borgfjord, Superintendent of the Seine River School Division for French Second Language Revitalization Programming. The French Language Revitalization Program seeks to give French Second Language instruction in Manitoba new momentum through the strengthening and improvement of programs, professional development for teachers and greater teaching resources. The Seine River School Division will be able to implement new initiatives with this particular funding:
- development and retention strategies of students as well as the promotion of French Second Language courses; - development and enrichment of programming and innovative teaching approaches for French as a second language; - acquisition and development of tools to measure students’ second language skill; - access to French cultural activities and workshops for students; and - access to French language courses, professional learning and mentorship programs for teachers. The amount of $22,600 represents the first installment of the grant of $56,500 for 2010-2011, provided for the undertaking of various projects for the Seine River School Division.
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