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practice some interior fire attacks, as well as learn some fire behaviour. They also Back got some hands-on row L/R: Meghan experience with Knelsen, Erich Schmidt, setting up water supply and practicing Heijmans, Heather hoseThom control. Gray, Liliane Dupuis. Front row L/R:the Minami Kijima, Haile Jim Duthie Thanks Deputy Chief Chassidy Payette, for Hubbard, organizing the burn and to all Morgan Ramsay, Bryce members who attended.Thank you to Summers, Quinn Hrabok. the Friesen family for allowing the use of their buildings for training purposes.



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offrom Rapid a passion for volleyball to pursue cans the City schoolhas foyercombined into and Chimo Beach areas for con- putand awayfood in the proper place on s r e p or t e d i n t he tion to the schools. Zane Dyck a career. Pupils co-ordinated the entire the church basement the after- tributions from the community. the shelving units. They were March 9 edition, the

Grade 12 Interdisciplinary Studies in Science class at Rivers Collegiate planned a project for Riverdale Harvest. Dubbed the Boat Load of Food, students secured a canoe from Rolling River School Division with an intent to f ill it with non-perishables. Although the campaign was fully organized by that class, the original idea came from a suggestion made by harvest volunteer Liliane Dupuis. “I heard the idea at a meeting in Brandon. St. Augustine School had tried Fill a Canoe in conjunction with the 10-day Festival du Voyaguer in Winnipeg in February. It was very successful and whenever I hear food bank, my ears always perk up!” She then brought the suggestion to Riverdale Harvest, which supported the idea and asked her to present the promo-

month-long promotion, which noon of March 21, where the When all was said and done, fantastic! We are very, very is ultimately helping hand in the sport food was weighed and sorted. the scales atwhere Riverdalehis Harvest pleased.” culminated in a ceremonious Lindsay McLaughlin a total of 434 pounds, community “a Elementary staff mempresentation on March 20 to Although the project was apassion sen- noted lies, competing byschool taking a ACC ber/Harvest Yvonne Riverdale Harvest president ior students brainstorm, the en- the fabulous amount,” says Heather. with Brandon Volcoaching role volunteer for the Forhigh school was encouraged “We are so pleased they decided Crouch initiated a similar camHeather Gray and Liliane. Zane tire Dyck is set to leyball Club alongside rest Elementary school Because the snow had melted to participate. The collegiate to help those we serve. A lot paign in her school. That threecompete for the Cougar who team. volleyball many athletes of times kids don’tmove get enough week effort simply encouraged so much, the canoe could not hosted a poor boy floor hockey 2022-23 Cougars. gottoaleave lot product of en- in credit but this group of students “I’ve students be portaged across theMen’s street toVolleyball tournament in which to on play,to become the canoe; pounds of food Zion Church (home of River-this athletes had to pay with food for certainly deserves some praise. roster upcoming fall. “Zane is an athletic thusiasm and87dedication was collected from younger dale Harvest). Rather, theZane teens Dyck the canoe. studentsplayer also All students behind to to volleyball,” saidthe Dyck. is aSome 6’ left who has stayed the abilcarried bags, boxes and garbage canvassed Rivers, Oak River help check expiry dates, sort and group on Thursday, March 22.

side product of Rapid City, MB. Dyck played volleyball for the Elton Collegiate Sabres this past season where he was acknowledged as a player of the game during the Manitoba High School Athletic Association AAA provincials. He is a multisport athlete, The canoe at Riversenjoying golf in his leisure Elementary School time was as well as competadequately filled. ing and captaining the S abr e s ho c ke y t e a m . The sport of volleyball

ity to play multiple posit ions,” sa id Coug a r s head coach Joel Small. “ He work s ext remely hard and has shown great improvement throughout his senior year. We are excited to start working with him and unlock his full potential.” Dyck is a member of t he Met is nat ion and is an engaged student athlete serving on the Elton Collegiate student council. He also lent a

“I love the sport and want to succeed.” D yc k ’s br ot he r a ttended the college’s Carpentry and Woodworking program but Zane plans to take a different approach to trades. Dyck has enrolled in the college’s Culinary Arts program for the fall. “Healthy eating choices and cooking are Photo by Heather great life skills… and Gray I love eating!” said Dyck.

It never seems to end

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We are being plagued with problems that never seem to end. The latest is winter. Last week’s big snow and blow was a blockade to what we assumed might be a normal spring. As this column is being written on Tuesday morning, two more storms are in the forecast. Seems like crop seeding and gardening will have to wait for a while longer. If it’s any consolation, Spring has come late before and it has come a lot earlier. In contrast to this spring, I can well remember a March 29 in the 1970s when my fall seeded alfalfa crop was in the 3-5 leaf stage on that date. This year, you can hardly find the field let alone any green sprouts. The most annoying thing about the everlasting swings in weather is not that they are happening but that people are amazed or alarmed that the swings are happening. It has always been thus with one season being different than another and one decade or century being different than another. And, yes, the climate changes and the earth warms up and cools down. And this will really irritate some people but mankind’s activities have a lot less to do with the changes that some media people believe. The ice age was not caused by mankind, neither was the little ice age. In contrast, much of our arctic areas were once tropical. Mankind didn’t cause those changes either.

The other ongoing plague is how we approach Covid. As was predicted, “everyone” is getting Covid now. Many have been double or triple vaccinated. In contrast, there are people who were not vaccinated at all and they have escaped C-19 so far. It would appear that no matter how hyped up the media health officials got themselves, the vaccine was not a cure and not being vaccinated has had mixed results ranging between not being infected to mildly ill to very sick and even death. Same effects as being vaccinated but stats so far do show better results with being vaccinated as to not being vaccinated. As we move now to two and a half years of battling C-19, a lot has been learned. But a lot has not been learned or at least not adopted. C-19 is still happening in large numbers in care homes and unending amounts of restriction contortions don’t seem to be working. What is happening is that costs, stress and efforts are wearing down staff and residents. Another distressing factor that I have mentioned before is how little emphasis has been placed on treatments. In a press conference, I asked Dr. Roussin what the treatments were. He deferred to Manitoba Health and the very short list I was given was disturbing to say the least. That list is even more disturbing now as


Ken Waddell many, many treatments have been available but not made generally known to the public. I am reading a book by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. titled, The Real Dr. Fauci. Fauci is the very old head doctor guy in the United States and it seems that Kennedy brands him correctly as believing if a person got Covid, they should stay home until they couldn’t breathe any more and then go to the hospital. That seems to be what happened many health compromised care home residents. It turns out there are dozens of medications, treatments and nutritional supplements that can be applied. Some are very simple ( and cheap). The fact that many of these somewhat effective solutions were ridiculed by academics, politicians, the health departments and the media is disgusting to say the least. As I have written before, nutrition and

vitamins are major line of defence against any disease. Vitamin D (sunlight) being a major one. In the winter, getting direct sunlight is tough. In a care home it’s nigh unto impossible. Vitamin D is just one treatment among many. Ignoring possible treatments and preventions for Covid is like not shovelling the snow off the sidewalks or plowing our streets and roads. It may save some time or money but it’s going to cost in the long run. Yes, the snow will eventually go away but just like Covid, it will be back and we better keep our snowplows, shovels and remedies close by. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this column are the writer’s personal views and are not to be taken as being the view of the Banner staff.

Old Man Winter back with a vengeance

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Early in the week of April 10, Environment Canada announced that a winter storm would wreak havoc in Southern Manitoba starting Tuesday evening and lasting several days. And indeed it did! While some did not believe the warnings that this would be the worst blizzard in decades, others knew that their aching bum knee or arthritis flair-up meant that Environment Canada was correct in their prediction. The blizzard featured 90 km/h winds and zero visibility. The storm was caused by a Colorado Low, which is an area of relatively low pressure that develops on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains, near Colorado.

Sarah’s Science Corner How can I make an egg float?

It’s that time of year when the chickens are laying like crazy. I’ve got 15 hens and some days I find 18 eggs in their nest boxes. These girls are working overtime! If you’ve got eggs to spare, here’s a simple Let’s Talk Science activity you can do that teaches kids aboutearthsciences and physics. In this activity, find out if you can get an egg to float. Learn how the density of matter affects the buoyancy of objects. This activity is best suited for Grades 1-5 children.

•One whole uncooked egg •Spoon for stirring •30 ml of salt (2 tablespoons) •500 ml of warm water (2 cups) What to do: 1.Place the egg in the container. 2.Add 500 ml of warm water to the container 3.Stir gently and observe the location of the egg in the container. 4.Add salt, stir to dissolve and then watch the egg. What do you observe?

What you need: •Transparent container (at least 500 ml)

What’s happening? Objects in water float or sink based on their relative density

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Motorists were cautioned to stay home and not to engage in any non-essential travel. Highways between Rivers and Brandon, including portions of the #1 and #10 highways, were closed Wednesday and Thursday, although adventurous people took to the backroads to make the journey. Even when the highways opened up on Good Friday, they were extremely icy and some continued to use the back roads for the increased traction. Environment Canada ended the winter storm warning on Thursday, although snow and high winds continued through the weekend. Temperatures dipped down to -12 degrees Celsius. For reference, the daily average high and low temperatures in midApril are 11 degrees Celsius and 0 degrees Celsius, respectively. Brandon airport reported 12 centimetres of snowfall over the course of the two-day storm, which was on the low end—Onanole

(mass per unit of volume) compared to the water. The egg is more dense then the water, so it sinks. The molecules that make up an egg are packed tightly in a small amount of space. Water is not as dense because its molecules are not packed as tightly– there are fewer molecules in the same amount of space. However, when the salt is added, you are adding more matter (salt molecules) to the water. The salt crystals dissolve and turn the water into a solution that is denser than the egg. This is why the egg floats. Why does it matter? You can use water to test how fresh your eggs are. Very fresh eggs will sink to the bottom and lay on their sides. Not-so-fresh

(but still safe to eat) eggs will stay at the bottom but stand on their smaller/pointier end. These “mature” eggs taste the same and have the same amount of nutrients as a fresh egg. These eggs are perfect for making hard boiled eggs as they'll peel without sticking to the white, and their whites are easier to whip into meringue when making desserts. If an egg floats in water without salt being added, then it’s gone bad and you shouldn’t eat it. Enough oxygen has permeated the shell to form an air pocket large enough to keep the egg afloat in water. More generally, the different densities of matter allow materials to be used in different ways. For instance, an anchor is made of dense iron so that it will sink

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received a whopping 80 centimetres. Those who were not impressed by the amount of snowfall must have made a wish on a shooting star, because the snow started back up on Easter Sunday, with Environment Canada issuing a snowfall warning for Southern Manitoba. Luckily, no major calls were reported by Rivers Police Service or Rivers/Daly Fire Department due to the extreme weather. Police Chief Lon Schwartz and another constable chose to stay right in Rivers during the closure so the town didn’t run the risk of no police response due to closed highways. Now, April showers bring May flowers, but what do April blizzards bring? Here’s hoping this is winter’s last hurrah!

to the bottom of a lake or ocean to hold a boat in place. On the other hand, life jackets are made of materials that are less dense than water and are used to help a person float. Density is also very important for the proper functioning of the human body. For example, at high altitudes, such as on top of a mountain, it is harder for us to breath because the air is less dense. This means that the air has less molecules per unit of volume and therefore there is less oxygen in each lungful of air. This makes breathing difficult and will make your muscles tired more easily. Some people bring bottled air when climbing very high mountains such as Mount Everest to make sure they are breathing in enough

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oxygen. Investigate further •Does the amount of salt needed to make the egg rise change with the size of the egg? •What happens if you use cold water instead of warm? •What happens if you use a hard-boiled egg instead of an uncooked egg? •Can you make the egg float just above the bottom but not at the surface of the water? If so, how does the amount of salt required to do this compare to the amount needed to get it to float at the surface? •Do you think it would be easier to float in the ocean or in a swimming pool?

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Home Bodies By Rita Friesen Words, words, words...


ntriguing, enticing, inciting, soothing….there is a word for almost every thought and emotion. In general, words are my friends. In my earliest years my ears were attuned to the English language, but also to the Low and High German languages. There was a time I could converse, moderately, in the common dialect of the Mennonite community, Low German. There was a time when you would not have sold me a pig in a poke in the High German language, and I could follow a Sunday morning sermon that language of the church. Now, not so much! There are occasional phrases that I have retained, ditties that were taught to me, and snippets of songs, fun and formal. My Sister the Elder was fluent in all three languages before she attended school, at which time she was also an easy reader. Languages still are important to her, learning the basics in several of the countries in which she lived and taught. Now she is learning Spanish because she wants to! Books were very much a part of our childhood home. Some of which are no longer socially acceptable, thankfully. ‘Little Black Sambo’ is a screaming example of that. My father had tucked the volume of ‘Gone With the Wind’ well behind any other books in our modest library, making it all the more enticing! My dad was a farmer/teacher,

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or teacher/farmer, depending on which family member is consulted. He excelled in teaching English, had bits of poetry for every occasion, and appreciated Shakespeare’s works, and understood the works of Robert Frost. This is a prelude to the words that intrigue me this week. ‘Skirl’, defined as a shrill sound, associated most times with the bagpipes. [“Onomatopoeia is the process of creating a word that phonetically imitates, resembles, or suggests the sound that it describes.” That is how I hear skirl. (Onomatopoeia and alliteration outrank metaphors and similes for me). ] Having digressed, I will resume my chain of thoughts. I love the sound of bagpipes, they call me from wherever I am and from whatever I am doing. The other word, also relating to sound, is thrum. I love to pause and listen, intently, for the thrum of the earth. The word originated back in the 1500’s, relating to the continuous, rhythmic, humming sound of a stringed instrument. I found a quote that captures this for meA Blessing for Everyone - The Chained Muse... May the earth feel your love. May the thrum of the earth dance through you. May you fall in love with that dance. “ The other word that has enticed me this week is ‘waft’. To me this embodies the movement of a soft, gentle, fragrance moving through the air. The examples dictionaries give are not always in keeping with my perceptions! “the smell of rancid fat wafted through the air’, and the origin comes from the slow movement of barges up the rivers. Also not a distinctly pleasant scent thought. The word was very popular in the early 1800’s, swooped low in usage in the late 1900’s and is now making a steady resurgence. So many words, so many usuages.. enjoy your ability to speak and read.

Easter egg hunt

T he E a s t er B u n n y visited the Rivers Legion on Sat. Apr. 16, leaving Easter eggs and goodies for local children to find. The Legion Entertainment Committee members Caroly n Phil lips and Sharon Thomson or g a n i zed t he event , originally planned for the Cenotaph park (unfortunately, Mother Nature had other ideas!) Ca roly n ex pl a i ned: “We scrambled to pull together a “park like” atmosphere and a huge

t h a n k-you h a s t o g o out to Barb’s Creations of Rivers who donated the greenery, waved her magic wand, and created all the centrepieces and decor.” The Legion supplied all the eggs and candies. A total of 42 little egg hunters came to the event, accompanied by parents and guardians, and Carolyn and Sharon are hoping for many more next year, in what will be an annual event going forward. Children ran around the upstairs of the Legion in search for eggs. Some were a l most i n pla i n

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sight, for the younger children, and some a little more hidden. Each child was allowed to find one egg, which they then turned in for a toy (in fact, they got to keep the egg too, which was filled with candy). There were about four or five folding tables lined end to end, completely full of toys, and children got to pick out their toy themselves. There were also raff le tickets given out to each child to put in paper bags for larger prize draws (about a dozen larger/ more expensive toys). A livestream video was

done of the draws, and parents came later to collect the prizes. Carolyn says they have quite a few toys leftover so they’ll be planning a summer event to spread more joy to the children of our town. The event could not have happened without the generosity of nearly 30 sponsors, who contributed either cash donations or toys. A special thank-you to Lawrence Murray for all his help moving things in and out of the Legion (not to mention up and down the stairs!)


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beautiful long week end. For some four days not to have to go to work for some, for others cleaning up piles of snow. There is also a lot of sickness going around. One of the care facilities was isolated. I had looked forward to go and play there on Good Friday. I know some people that are worried about getting sick and miss their trip to Hawaii. They canceled the family gathering. People are frustrated, downhearted. Our plans are getting spoiled. We keep postponing our plans because of sickness or restrictions. We are not content with the situation we are in. Paul warned us for that. But my heart is still full with the knowledge that we just celebrated that Christ is alive. He died and rose again so that we can have forgiveness of sin and that a perfect life in Heaven can be ours if we have accepted that we are sinners and that Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. He will give us the peace and contentment that we need. Do not delay.

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Rivers/Daly Fire Department

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On Mar. 18, the Rivers/ Daly Fire Department announced some major changes to the fire department leadership. After serving for 30 years as the Deputy Chief, Jeff Worth retired as Deputy Chief, but has stayed on as an active firefighter. He just can’t quit, “nor will we let him!” Fire Chief Richard Brown said, jokingly. A huge thank-you Jeff for your years of dedication. Brown added “Jeff’s contributions have impacted so many people, and we are thankful for everything he has done.” Fire department members voted in their first meeting in January on who will replace Jeff in the Deputy Chief roll, and the announcement was made on Mar. 18. Jim Duthie has been promoted from Captain to Deputy Chief. Of course, with Jim moving up to Deputy Chief, that opened up a Captain position. John Bigelow has been promoted from Firefighter to Captain. The fire department thanks Jim and John for their time served so far, and they look forward to working with them in their new rolls. After 35 years with Rivers, and 40 years of firefighting total, Jerry Johnston has retired from the fire service. Jerry dedicated much of his life helping family, friends, neighbours, and strangers in their time of need. He mentored a number of firefighters during his career, and his wealth of knowledge cannot be replaced. The fire department thanks Jerry for everything he has done for Rivers. He will be missed. At their annual fire department Christmas party in December, members were honoured with years of service gifts. They also gave thanks to the members who have moved on from the fire department, and thanked the past officers who have either stepped down from the officer roll, or retired. They combined both 2020 and 2021 years of service, as they were not able to gather in 2020 for the usual annual celebration due to Covid lockdowns. To those members who have since moved on from the fire department, thank you for your years of service: Jesse Cords, Hadi Dehais, and Jeremy Grudeski. Thank you for your years as Captain and Deputy Chief: Byron McMurachy—

Captain (2018), Jerry Johnston—Deputy Chief (2019), and Jeff Worth—Deputy Chief (2021). The firefighter of the year award reflects the firefighter's attendance to calls, practices, extra-circular events, and always going above and beyond the calls of duty. Firefighter of the year 2020 went to Kora-Leigh Adam, and Firefighter of the year 2021 went to Steve Hamm. Members with five years of service were recognized: John Bigelow, Darren Frederick, Dave Creighton, Kora-Leigh Adam, and Cody Sedgwick. Ryan MacLellan was recognized for ten years of service, and Brayden Johnston for 15 years of service. Finally, Jerry Johnston was recognized for 35 years of service. Congratulations to all of you, and thanks to everyone for your support and contributions.

After 35 years with Rivers, and 40 years of fire fighting total, Jerry Johnston (left) has retired from the fire service.

After serving for 30 years as the Deputy Chief, Jeff Worth (left) retired as Deputy Chief. Both presented by Fire Chief Richard Brown (right).

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Trouble times indeed

Dearest John Feldsted,

Mr Waddell and Mr Feldsted prove once again they have no conception of the impending and present dangers of climate change. They persist in their delusion that oil and gas lead to prosperity and not to the unfortunate runaway heating of the planet. Mr Waddell states, “The ongoing nonsense about leaving the gas and oil industry in the past and doing it very quickly is basically stupid.” I would suggest watching the climate train barreling toward us and not moving off the track is stupid. Humanity uses 100 000 000 barrels of oil a day. The earth has no way to get rid of excess CO2. It is here to stay and here to heat for years to come. Mr Feldsted is equally unaware of our dire situation as he writes that no person or group can force their beliefs on others or impose their ideology on him. Mr. Feldsted must surely understand the difference between belief as opposed to scientific facts. Climate change is not a belief, just look around you at the destruction it is causing, nor is it an ideology, it is a fact and we are only beginning to feel the consequences. If you don’t want to pay for climate solutions today rest assured you and I will be paying much much more in the near future. Mr Feldsted talks about inefficient impractical and unreliable dreams of an energy nirvana. Green energy has proven itself to be very efficient, practical and reliable. Solar panels produce energy on cloudy days, electric cars are by far superior to gas cars. They have 20 moving parts as opposed to almost 2000 moving parts in a gas vehicle. This is the future, not nirvana. Hope you get on board.

I am sorry you are so angry about the electric car industry. You say you have no intention of buying one and I don’t think anyone will force you to. The government subsidizes many industries in our country, Oil and gas and conventional farming are two that I have a feeling you are a supporter of. The subsidies allotted to oil and gas and conventional farming far out weigh those to electric vehicles. There are many people in our country who are big supporters of the electric car industry and are waiting to get one. These peoples desires are just as valid as yours. I understand your logic, when you pay for something you are invested in it. I do not think anyone is getting a huge deal on an electric car. They are an investment. There are waiting lists to get electric cars, many 2022 models are already sold out. When there are waiting lists for a commodity is it not wise to invest in it? When you think about who has the money in our country, does it often correlate to land ownership and making money off of resources? (Or loaning money) The land has the ability to provide people with wealth. Or has from a previous generations. And what demographic of our population owns the land and manages these resources? …They have the privilege to own land, take out a loan, and manage resources and make money. Having privileges does not make your opinion any more valid then those who do no have such privileges. Yes, there are some who have larger loans and depts to manage but these are usually paired with privileges.

Sincerely, Mary Lowe

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Your comment “pay up or shut up,” is obnoxious. Canada has put copious amounts of money towards aspects of our culture you support. Since you brought up “the unacceptable reductions” to your “standard of living” At the moment, I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but because of our “standard of living” or “living choices” we are effecting the earths climate and atmospheric makeup. In an attempt to stop or limit the extreme climate events and extinctions that are happening and will happen, our country is attempting to reduce the amount of climate changing gases we are putting into the atmosphere. Electric vehicles seem to be one of those avenues. They are not perfect, they will challenge our electrical grids, and our sources of “clean” energy also have their downfalls, but it is a hope. Your distaste for Trudeau is evident yet I don’t think you can blame him for Canada not being “a self sustaining powerhouse”, he has only been our prime minister for 6 years. Were we a self sustaining powerhouse before that? Nope. And he bought an oil pipeline. Your comment about President Putin’s intelligence is very thoughtless and uncaring. You sound like a very privileged person, probably never have had to deal with racism, poverty, sexism… and I think you should consider there are many other people who haven’t had the privileges you have. (It is not that they don’t deserve them) There are also many people who have different opinions, different things they find important. They are Canadians too. Joey Sue Green Rapid City, MB

Editor’s note: Two points to consider: CO2 is essential to plant growth and therefore food production and electric cars are not yet feasible, especially for longer trips like the ones rural people have to make to access things like health care and employment.


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The Manitoba Sheep Association represents over 400 com mercia l a nd purebred sheep producers across the province. Their mission statement is: “To initiate, support, and conduct programs and activities designated to stimulate and improve the economic well-being of all segments of the Manitoba sheep industry.” The history of the MSA is rather interesting: In 1904, the Manitoba Sheep Breeders Association was formed, which focused nearly exclusively on purebred stock. Commercial producers felt excluded, and formed the Manitoba Lamb Feeders A ssociat ion. Over the course of several decades, both organizations were active.

However, the province’s sheep industry decreased in size starting in the 1940’s, and in 1981 the two groups amalgamated under the name of the Manitoba Sheep Association. W het her you’re a l a r ge sheep producer or just a hobby farmer with a few sheep, when a sheep leaves its home farm, it needs to be tagged through a national ID system. This ear tag allows the sheep to be traced back to their home farm, for traceability purposes. Any sheep breeder who buys the tags can request a refund on their purchase, but if they don’t request a refund, they become members of the MSA for that year. The MSA receives 25 per cent of the “check-off fee” per tag purchased in Manitoba, which helps the organization continue to operate.

Rachelle Pulak of Riverdale Municipality is a sheep producer and member of the MSA. She raises registered purebred Icelandic sheep on her farm Prairie Pond Icelandics. She manned the MSA booth at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair this past March. She always loves to talk sheep! Morgan Moore, from just outside of Brandon, is the Chairperson, and Simon At k inson, who operates Atkinson Livestock near the intersection of the 270 and #1 highways, is the Vice Chairperson. Pulak says it’s encouraging that small niche producers have found room for sheep in their ag operations. “Sheep producers are eager to help new people in the industry. No secrets and no competition. A rare quality indeed!” Moore stated: “The

sheep production model has been very attractive to families with smaller children who are looking for opportunities to engage in agriculture with their children involved. Given the small size and ease of handling, the industry appeals to many women in agriculture.” The industry offers a variety of niche focus areas: extensive and intensive meat production, fibre production and marketing, and a robust breeding stock sector. There are three dedicated auction markets in Manitoba: Winnipeg, Grunt ha l, and Virden. Besides auctions, Tony and Simon Atkinson are bonded lamb buyers with buying stations at Mountain Road and Brandon, respectively. The meat market demand for lamb in Canada is very strong.

Presently all of the lamb produced in Canada is consumed in Canada, yet we only supply 38% of the domestic market. That means that for every lamb that is grown and butchered in Canada, we still import (and eat) two more. That’s a lot of lamb chops on the dinner table. “So a Canada/US border closure will never devastate the sheep industry like it would hogs or beef ” explained Moore. Between Covid and international politics bringing uncertainty to many areas of industry, this “grown in Canada, eaten in Canada” market might be attractive enough to add some sheep to your farm. The MSA website contains a wealth of information and resources for sheep farmers.


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Rivers Wetlands Project

8 Rivers Banner April 22, 2022

Sarah Plosker Rivers Banner

In the Banner’s Apr. 8 issue, it was reported that the Rivers 50+ Club is the best kept secret in Rivers. Well, now I have numerous people offering alternative suggestions for the community’s best kept secret. One being the Rivers Wetlands Project. The Rivers Wetlands Project started as a high school project in the 201213 school year to preserve and showcase the value of wetland. It’s one of approximately 22 similar facilities in Canada. A wetland is a distinct ecosystem that is f looded by water either permanently or seasonally. Marshes and swamps are prime examples of wetland habitats. The project was funded through an initial grant from Ducks Unlimited Canada. Students from Rivers Collegiate Institute, with support from school staff, worked tremendously hard on developing a Ducks Unlimited Canada Wetland Centre of Excellence. Some of the kids walked back and forth from the school to the area to work on developing trails and boardwalks, identifying different plants, birds etc., creating

interpretive signs, setting up a wind-powered aeration system, and leading guided tours for students from surrounding schools. Students developed a 5-year work plan for the Rivers Wetland Centre of Excellence, which included identifying and implementing projects, action items such as identifying community partners and making presentations to those groups, and securing a lease from the municipality to use municipal property, which was a reclaimed CN gravel pit, for the Wetland Centre of Excellence. The Wetlands Centre of Excellence is located along the Aspen Trail and includes a fire pit, dock, and an outdoor classroom. Part of this area includes the large pond that brothers Bill and Dale Kroeger turned into an outdoor skating rink, featured in the Feb. 18 issue of the Banner. This project has won nu merou s g r a nt s a nd even national conservation awards: The Rivers Wetland Learning Center of Excellence was chosen by the Canadian Wildlife Federation to be the recipient of the Youth Conservation Award in 2016. This National award recognizes the contribution of youths

or youth groups to wildlife or habitat conservation projects. The Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District recognized the Rivers Wetland Centre of Excellence as their 2016 Conservation Award recipient. Rivers Collegiate “is very proud of the efforts of our students` development and implementation of wetland conservation education programming for grade four students at our Wetland Learning Center of Excellence”. Daniel Kiazyk, the lead teacher of the program for many years, was recognized in 2017 by the National Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) with its Educator of the Year distinction, and the RCI received the Environmental School of the Year distinction. The R ivers Wetland Centre of Excellence has approximately 15 partners and contributors, including local, regional, provincial, and national organizations. Close to home, Riverdale Municipality, Rivers and Area Game and Fish Association, Healthy Rivers, Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District, Rivers Train Station Restoration Committee, Brandon City

Environment Committee, and the Brandon & Area Community Foundation have all contributed. Individual community members have also been strong supporters. Mike Klassen, principal at RCI, states “Our local Town and Municipal government councils have been wonderful supporters of the project over the years”. They wrote up an agreement to work on the wetlands area, providing machinery and extra people whenever needed (e.g. in creating the bus loop, mowing the trail, tilling of the invasive clover etc.). The project leaders have also worked prov incia l ly w it h M B Parks, Fort Whyte Alive, and Ducks Unlimited MB, and nationally with Parks Canada, Royal Roads University, Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College, and Ducks Unlimited Canada. These organizations prov ided infor mat ion, expertise, and training of RCI students to deliver programming to younger students. RCI students also helped form a partnership between CN Rail and Tree Canada, which provided grant money for the mass planting of over 180,000 tree seedlings. Un for t u n a t e l y, t he

Secret Recipes from Rivers Mammas & Grannies

Sarah Plosker Rivers Banner

In this week’s “recipes with a stor y” column, our featured recipe is a homemade salad dressing from Myrtle Wooldridge, President of the Rivers 50+ Club. She’s lived in Rivers for nearly 50 years and has been using this recipe for 68 years! If you have a recipe (and a story) you would like to be featured, please email me at sarah.plosker@gmail. com Salad Dressing 2 tsp mustard 1 tsp salt 2 Tbs flour 1 cup white sugar 2 eggs, beaten together for few seconds. 3/4 cup of vinegar

1 cup water 2 Tbs butter or margarine—optional

Mix dr y ingredients together and then add eggs to mixture. Add liquid ingredients to mixture. Cook until mixture thickens, stirring while ingredients cook. If recipe is too tart or sharp, reduce the amount of vinegar. You can thin the dressing with a small amount of milk just before putting it on the lettuce. From Myrtle: When we have a family meal, usually we all contribute to the meal. I am always asked to bring a lettuce salad. Apparently everyone in the family likes the dressing; it is homemade. The recipe came from my mother-inlaw who got if from her

daughter. It is very easy to make and keeps well in the fridge. I also like it for potato salad and devilled eggs. I started helping my Mother bake when I was 10 years old. A lot of my Mother’s recipes came

out of her head: a cup of this, a dash of that, a bit of something else. And always farm-fresh cream. I was the oldest daughter in a family of 6 children. To this day, I still love to bake.

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website for the wetlands project, developed by RCI students, was deleted by the company that hosted the website. It was unrecoverable. A great deal of information on the project was lost. The lead teacher for the program, Daniel Kiazyk, retired last year. He did a tremendous amount of work over the span of the wetlands implementation. Others from RCI involved i nc lude pa st teacher s Denis Mulaire (Shops Teacher) and Terry Radcliffe (classroom Teacher), and Ted Mayor (Head Custodian). Klassen has

a l so worked to g reat lengths on the project, and his passion for the project is evident when talking to him. Klassen added, “The Wetlands Centre of Excellence is currently in a bit of a holding pattern as we revamp prog r a m m i ng for it .” Ducks Unlimited has provided ongoing training throughout the pandemic, which will help the group move ahead with further programming in 2022-23. The vision of the project is to continue well beyond the initial 5-year plan, to become a sustainable community endeavour.