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Sarah Plosker Rivers Banner The Statistics Canada 2021 Census data was announced Feb. 9 and the official numbers are in: Riverdale Municipality’s population has shrunk from 2,133 people in 2016 down to 1,803 in 2021; a decrease of Photo by Sheila Runions 15.5 per cent. Riverdale Municipality covers an area of 576 square kilometers, with a population density of 3.1 people per square kilometer. Unfortunately, the data is just that: numbers. Statistics Canada does not FILE PHOTO provide an explanation for why the numbers are what Colonies are stimulated to swarm during spring when warmer weather, together with an abundance of nectar By Sheila Runions they are. Mayor Todd Gill of Riverdale said Banner that the Staffand pollen, provide ideal conditions for the colony to increase rapidly. numbers are presently under review. cans from the school foyer into and Chimo Beach areas for con- put away in the proper place on s r e p or t e d i n t he tion to the schools. The RM of Elton showed an increase of three people: Pupils co-ordinated the entire the basement after- tributions theional community. thein-person shelving units. were March 9 edition, the thefrom reg mally butThey over the last fewchurch years too, the business, Sarah Plosker up from 1,273 people in 2016 to 1,276 people in 2021. Grade 12 Interdisci- month-long promotion, which noon of March 21, where the When all was said and done, fantastic! We are very, very with people wanting to associations are a mix of Zoom lately. 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Dubbed the Boat Load ofgetting Food, Heather into Gray homewho gather educaand Crouch activities geared toMBA Chairperson Ian of Oakview increased 18.6 per cent: from 1,626 people in aare toand help those we serve. A ward lot paign in her school. That threethethe snow had melted to recom participate. The scollegiate students secured canoe from andBecause hobbyist and smallsteading seeing tional connection Steppler mend 2016 to 1,928 in 2021. With a land area of 1,142 square Rolling River School Division so much, the canoe could not hosted a poor boy floor hockey of times kids don’t get enough week effort simply encouraged i mp or t a nc e of b e i n g doi n g s ome r es e a r c h purposes. The province scale operat ions. The with of an 1.7. intent to f ill it with be portaged across the street to tournament in which to play, credit but this group of students students to leave product in kilometers, Oakview has a population density self-suff Readers hasfor three regional as-praise. 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n Monday of this past week, Canada’s pr ime minister, Justin Trudeau, implemented the Emergencies Act. It shouldn’t have been a big surprise. The Emergencies Act replaced the former War Measures Act which, as the name implies, is implemented in times of war. Justin’s father, and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, implemented it during the FLQ crisis in 1970. The difference then was that the FLQ crisis came after years of unrest in Quebec over independence and after years of demonstrations, unrest, bombings, two kidnappings and a murder. The only reason Trudeau junior did the emergencies thing is so he could somehow magically walk in his father’s footsteps. There was no need in this 2022 version of unrest for bringing in the Emergency Act. Several provincial premiers, including Manitoba’s Heather Stefanson, have said so publicly. It’s hard not to imagine that the fact that the truckers convoy, turned blockade, is camped out right in front of Trudeau’s office wasn’t part of the decision. In spite of mainstream media doing their best to paint the blockade as violent and dangerous, so far, it is mostly not that at all. That said, I believe the convoy has made its point and it’s time to go home. The longer it stays, and the harder some

politicians and mainstream media try to paint the blockade as something more than it is, the greater the chance it will morph into something violent and dangerous. Case in point, protesters blocked the Ambassador Bridge at Windsor. It was a significant blockade and it was also illegal. It took a bit longer than one would think to clear out. It should have taken place sooner, but police did peacefully clear the bridge. Some politicians were making more of it than it actually was. It’s generally acknowledged that $400 million a day in goods f low across that bridge. That is quite likely true, as a single truck could carry a million dollars of goods and it’s not hard to imagine that 400 trucks a day go across the bridge. However, one politician said in seven days there were huge losses. I am sure there were some losses, but most of those goods were delayed, not lost. There’s a difference. And that one small difference is indicative of what is wrong with this whole situation. There are a lot people saying things that aren’t quite what they may be. I admit, I may have made mistakes in things I have written over the years. It’s bound to happen, but the bigger problem is that every statement needs to be examined for its facts. Who said it and why? Is it the truth? There may not be a lot of lies out there, but there

Ken Waddell certainly is a shortage of facts. Perhaps the biggest problem is that many politicians can’t figure out why the truckers (and many other people) are angry. It’s simple, really, and yet, it’s complex. People don’t like to be forced to do things. Vaccinations are being forced. Instead of being angry that somebody isn’t getting vaccinated, maybe listen to their reasons. A few people feel the vaccine isn’t safe and it isn’t completely safe. Some feel the vaccine triggers medical reactions, the experts admit that. I know of four people who “seemed” to react badly to the C-19 vaccine. Three are dead and the fourth one is in hospital, clinging to life. The following quote from Tuesday’s Winnipeg Free Press on the leaked convoy donor’s list illustrates people’s frustration with over-bearing governments. It states, “Some donors did not want to discuss the fundraiser. The hacked database includes email addresses for

professors teaching at the universities of Manitoba, Winnipeg and Brandon University, one of whom reacted with anger when contacted. “You’re contacting me with illegally obtained financial information. And you’re wondering how I feel about the fusion of state, corporate and financial power to subvert legal, grassroots movements,” she replied in an email to the Free Press. “Honestly, what is wrong with you?” Throughout all this situation, remember to question everything you see or hear. Just try to do it nicely. 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 & Press staff.

A timely reminder


t is 739 BC and we are standing on a quiet street outside of a modest home in the city of Jerusalem in ancient Israel. Here we see a young man, sitting quietly in a corner of his yard, wiping tears from his eyes. We listen as he shares his story. His name, we learn, is Isaiah. He is a descendant of David and a close relative of the current king. But he is not a civil servant. He is a preacher. Despite his youth, he has already delivered a few sermons that have given hope and encouragement to some, while infuriating others. But he stopped preaching the day Uzziah, one of ancient Israel’s greatest kings, died. For several weeks, Isaiah wept uncontrollably. Uzziah was the only king Isaiah had ever known and he was a good friend. Uzziah’s death hit him hard. Then, for reasons no one could explain, his demeanor changed. He still wept, but his face radiated peace, hope and optimism– something he hadn’t shown in a long time. Isaiah tells us that a few days before our arrival, he saw a vision. He was able to look into the heavens and see God, sitting on his throne, in a position of absolute authority, fully aware of everything that was happening in his creation, and in full control of all its stars, planets and people.

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This vision, he tells us, taught him an important lesson. Israel’s king may have died, but Israel’s God was very much alive. He was in full control of their nation. He would take care of them. They had nothing to fear. This story reminded me of an event that happened when I was 12 years old. The first Canadian Prime Minister I remember was a man from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan– John George Diefenbaker– known affectionately as “Deif the Chief.” In early 1963, a Conservative minority government, led by Diefenbaker, had been elected. It was doomed from the start. After losing a confidence vote in Parliament, another election was called and this time, Diefenbaker’s Conservatives were defeated. For many western Canadians, including members of my own family, Dief ’s defeat was like the end of the world. They had nothing personal against his successor, Lester B. Pearson. But Pearson was a Liberal, and in an Alberta, which at that time had seen a succession of Social Credit governments led by “Bible Bill” Aberhart and E. C. Manning, electing a Liberal government was sure to usher in years of doom and gloom. But, few of those predictions came to pass. The sun still rose each morning. The four seasons came at their usual times. Our lives went on much the same

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as before. We felt the impact of some of the Pearson government’s policies, but it was not nearly as bad as some had predicted. Life went on and we lived it one day at a time. Over the past few months, I have drawn much comfort and encouragement from the lesson Isaiah learned after King Uzziah died. This world has become a scary place in which to live. COVID-19 is an ever-present concern. But it is just one of many issues that could plunge this world into an economic or political crisis that could be far worse than anything we have seen since the end of World War II. I don’t know what the future holds. What I do know is this– God is still on his throne in heaven. If we put our faith in him, he will enable us to face every tomorrow without fear.

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Home Bodies By Rita Friesen


ne of my dear and trusted friends uses the expression showing you what’s in my pocket, grants courage and permission to look into your own’. Perhaps that is not verbatim; the truth is that when someone is open and honest with me about their world, and struggles, I feel safe enough to explore, and analyse my thoughts and actions. One of my goals, for me, always, is to speak the truth that way, I never have to try to remember what I told one person and if the story changes for another audience! As I mature and memory becomes more elusive and evasive, it is truly an asset to know that my story never changes it is the truth. One example of sharing of life’s lessons and the repercussions would be the work I did with a student minister (and I am trained and qualified to be a mentor to one!). Early in our getting to know one another, I shared that much of who I am, and who I aim to be, stems from the reality that my mother did either truly not like me, or, granting grace, was unable to ever show acceptance or appreciation. To me. Later, as the two of us grew comfortable with searching for growth avenues and became stronger faith followers of our chosen leader, the God of the Bible, she shared

that from the moment I was open and honest to share my early years trauma, (or whatever word works best that I have not yet found!), she knew she could trust me. I showed her what was in my pocket, and she could empty hers with and to me. This week, I am down to shaking/picking the lint out of my pocket corners! I am discouraged and dismayed by the events unfolding in my world, in the world, in our world. The lines of division are becoming stronger and blacker; the threat to Ukraine, the unrest in my beloved Canada, in my beloved community and in my beloved family. There are days that I am tempted to stuff my head under the covers, not even reading a book with a f lashlight, simply soft, warm darkness. There are days I have not the energy to place a friendly, caring call. Those days a letter works best. There are not many of these days of darkness and despair, for I walk with and in faith. But they come. I remind myself to look for the helpers. That saying I first heard from a parent comforting her child, witnessing a horrific scene. There, in that scene, where emergency responders, doctors, fire-fighters and police officers. The helpers. Today was a day I needed to notice the helpers. To seek scenes of compassion and caring. And they appeared. Simple acts of kindness that I am certain the helper wasn’t aware of the depth of the gift. I needed to hit reverse before completing a swing from a parking lot and enter the street. One of these magnificent huge farm pickups was approaching. I could see the smile as the driver stopped where he was and waved me through. For me, that moment, that gift, changed my day. Be the helper.

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Volunteer tax help 2022 Warren Smallwood Rivers MB Volunteers will be helping to file income tax returns again this year. The program will run from March 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021. Warren will be available at Zion Church three times a week to hand out packages, receive returns for processing and to return completed returns at the following times during March. In April the time will be on Thursday only. Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program is a free program for people with simple tax returns and income at or below a certain level. The following income levels qualify: $35,000 Single people Couples $44,000 Single parent with a child $35,000 (Add $2500 for each additional dependent) This program cannot be used if there is income from a business, farming, rental property or capital gains, or if someone is bankrupt or deceased. There are three simple steps to getting income tax returns prepared. The first is to pick up the package of information at Zion Church. Fill out and sign a form and return it with all of the appropriate tax slips and paperwork. Due to some changes in the format of some paperwork the information form must be filled out. If you come with all your slips on the first visit, be prepared to fill in the information form before your return can be accepted. Some of the forms people forget include information about rent or property taxes paid, educational expenses and fees for daycare or children’s programs or medical costs. Some of these can increase the refund amount. A volunteer will then complete your tax return and print out several other forms. They will then phone you for permission to file your return electronically. They will also tell you when to come back to pick up personal material. There is no need to mail anything, but all paperwork must be kept in case Canada Revenue Agency wants to see it. In Rivers the program is offered by Prairie Mountain Health. For more information call Warren at (204) 328-7251. Additional information can be found on the Canada Revenue Agency web site, https://www.canada.ca/en/ services/taxes/income-tax/personal-income-tax.html


By Chad Carpenter

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Outdoor skating rink near Rivers

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Did you know that Rivers has its very own outdoor skating rink? Located a mile east of town, all the way down 4th Ave past the soccer fields, down Aspen trail, is a large pond that has been turned into a skating rink thanks to brothers Bill and Dale Kroeger, who flooded the ice with water at the start of winter using a generator and sump pump, to make the surface nice and smooth, and have been shoveling the area ever since. With the amount of snow we’ve been getting this year, it’s been a lot of work! Bill says one of the hardest things is that the latest fluctuations in temperature have brought about rain followed by snow, which is very difficult to deal with, as it can cause the surface of the ice to become pebbly in texture (check out our Jan. 21 issue of the Banner, which featured a Science Corner article on the hidden heroes

of hockey: ice technicians). The other hard part is that now the snow banks they’ve created from shoveling all winter are a good four feet high, so it takes more and more effort to f ling the snow over the banks. He says he and his brother are obsessed with keeping it clear, especially now that they’ve gone this far. He is thankful there’s two of them, and notes that it’s a good workout and actually fun in a way. The duo got the idea last year, when Covid restrictions meant there was no indoor skating for a good portion of the winter. They decided to keep it up again this year. Although there are less people coming compared to last year, people do come when the weather is nice. The brothers like seeing the fresh skate marks when they come to shovel; it motivates them to know it’s being used and that people are having fun there, especially on days when it takes one person nearly two hours


to shovel the entire rink. They have the rink divided into two sections connected by a curved path, with the smaller section intended for little kids. The two sections together actually measure longer than the indoor rink at the Riverdale Community Center, although not quite as wide. The pond-turned-skating-rink is in an area lower down from the Aspen trail, away from the wind, nestled and completely surrounded by bull rushes, with a big beaver dam in the middle. Bill has been told that it is spring-fed. The sign nearby says that the area was first dug out by CN Rail, which used the gravel for its rail lines. Bill is often at the rink early in the morning or later in the afternoon, shoveling in the dark with his headlamp. He says you can get the real feel of nature that way; it’s earie with the coyote howls in the background. Earlier this winter, when the ice was just

Bill (left) and Dale Kroeger (right) who runn this icy operation. Bill at the rink with his blue shovel. Bill describes “BLUE” the shovel, as his partner out there on the ice.

4” thick and crystal clear, Bill saw a beaver swimming right underneath of his skates, which was a surreal sight. He recommends walking the Aspen trail to get outside and get away from it all; unfortunately, it’s not groomed so there’s too much snow to walk at the moment, but snowshoeing is an option. The trail can be accessed

from the west, but Bill and Dale have been coming in from the east so they can get closer to the rink. They would like to acknowledge help from Mayor Todd Gill, who plowed a path with his bobcat so they didn’t have to walk such a long ways in the snow before shoveling. They appreciate it! Bill was an electrician and then manager, working

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in CFB Shilo for 31 years before retiring two and a half years ago. He continues to do electrical jobs in Rivers. Dale works shift work as a fireman in Shilo. Bill says they plan to keep the rink clear for as long as possible; they like doing it, and they are too stubborn to quit. Good thing!

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Rivers Police Service showcase Sarah’s Science T he R i v e r s Po l ic e Service consists of five reg ular members and seven auxiliaries. Here, we feature a Q & A with one of their auxiliary members. Travis Lindsay joined the RPS team last spring as a volunteer and has dedicated countless hours to our community. Many will recognize his photo as he is often stopping it at our local businesses, volunteering at events like Touch a Truck, etc. and riding with our members actively enforcing laws. Q: How long have you been a police officer with Rivers Police Service and what did you do before you came to Rivers? A: I am an Auxiliary Constable with the River s Pol ice S er v ice. I joined in April of 2021. Prior to joining Rivers Police Service, I graduated Police Studies and lived on a small acreage outside of Carberry, MB.

Q: Are you an introvert or an extrovert? A: I am very much an extrovert! When you see me don’t be afraid to say hello or spark a conversation!

If you’ve gained a few pounds from the holidays and winter hibernation, it might make you feel better to know that your weight is based on Earth’s gravity, and that your weight would be different if you were on another planet. In this Let’s Talk Science activity, we learn how to convert weights of objects from what they weigh on Earth to what they weigh on all the other planets in our solar system. This activity is best suited for grades 6-9. For those of us who learned about the solar system prior to 2006, I’ll note that the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto from “planet” to “dwarf planet”, so it’s not a part of the exercise. All you need for this activity is a calculator, pencil, and paper, along with the gravitational factors provided below.

Rivers Police Service auxiliary member Travis Lindsay













Q: What are your longterm career aspirations? A: My long-term career aspirations would be to be hired and join the Emergency Response Team. While working as a Police Officer I want to lead and live a healthy lifestyle while making a positive and lasting impact on the community I serve.


Q: When you were a kid, did you want to be a police officer when you grew up? If not, what did you want to be? A: I have always been interested in serving a community. I really started to get involved in my community around 2018 and started volunteering with some local support groups. I met a few Police Officers from differing communities and that’s where my interest truly solidified.



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Q: Any personal information you’d like to share? A: I am from a large family; I have a total of 5 siblings. The ages of my siblings range from 6 to 22. I have three dogs at home: a Chocolate Lab named Apollo, a Pomeranian Poodle named Tucker, and a Pitbull/ Bulldog named Dart.






What is your weight on another planet?


Q: What was the best adv ice you were ever given? A: The best adv ice I have ever received is “Give your heart but keep your head.” Always be kind and caring but look out for yourself in the process.


Do not be afraid to set boundaries in your life and let it be known when the boundaries have been crossed.


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What to do 1. Record your weight in pounds 2. Calculate your "new weight": multiply your weight by each of the gravitational factors for each planet: Mercury’s is 0.38, Venus’ is 0.91, Earth’s is of course 1, because that’s what all the other gravitational factors are based off of, for Mars it’s 0.38, Jupiter 2.54, Saturn 1.08, Uranus 0.91, and Neptune 1.19. Continued on page 7


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Justice minister seeks action on illegal guns, first nations policing and legal aid with all justice ministers

Manitoba Government News Media Services Provincial and territorial justice ministers, from across the country will meet with the federal justice minister virtually next week, where Manitoba will focus on priority issues including the extension of the Guns and Gangs Violence Action Fund (GGVAF), expansion to the First Nations and Inuit Policing Program (FNIPP) and Legal Aid, Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today. The meeting between federal, territorial and provincial minister’s of justice will be an opportunity to discuss the current situation, challenges, and long-term priorities in each province, as well as an opportunity to raise concerns regarding the invoking of the Emergencies Act by the federal government, noted Goertzen. “Going after illegal guns and gangs remains a priority for Manitoba and it is key in improving safety in our province,” said Goertzen. “The joint Guns and Gangs

Violence Action Fund is an important federal-provincial partnership that we need to see renewed to help keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals and break up gang activity.” The five-year federal GGVAF funding agreement, ending in 2022-23, has supported initiatives by the Winnipeg Police Service and Brandon Police Service to disrupt and supress gun and gang crime, and has supported the establishment of the new intelligence database, which will facilitate intelligence sharing and co-ordination between Manitoba’s police agencies. Goertzen indicated he also intends to advocate for greater federal support for First Nations policing, which has been implemented in some First Nations communities in Manitoba, but which he would like to see expanded to additional communities. “We have repeatedly heard from First Nations leadership that they would like to see the First Nations policing program expanded. We support that call and will

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be advocating for greater support from the federal government for First Nations policing to both better serve and better improve the safety on First Nations communities.” said Goertzen. The FNIPP is a costshared responsibility at 52 to 48 split between federal and provincial funding and Manitoba has been underfunded since the beginning of the FNIPP in 1991, the minister noted. Manitoba currently receives just 7.5 per cent of federal funding under the FNIPP nationally, though has the secondlargest First Nations population. This funding serves 30 per cent of the First Nations communities in Manitoba, which leaves 70 per cent not served by the FNIPP. Goertzen noted that Legal Aid will again form a significant part of the discussions with Manitoba seeking an arrangement that better provides access to the justice system for those who cannot afford representation. “Legal aid is one of the cornerstones of an effective justice system and Manitoba

has continued to fund legal aid to ensure its viability, despite limited funding support from Canada,” said Goertzen. “Our government will continue to advocate the federal government increase its share of the legal aid program.” Manitoba receives federal funding for legal aid expenditures related to criminal, immigration and refugee matters. Since 1972, federal funding came close to covering 50 per cent of its costs. However over the years, Manitoba’s cost increased while federal funding remained the same, noted Goertzen. Under the current agreement, 50 per cent is based on a ‘needsbased formula’ and the remaining 50 per cent is based on historical allocations. Manitoba will advocate for a funding agreement that is solely based on need, which will reflect the demand for service in Manitoba, the minister added. The meeting between federal-provincial-territorial justice ministers will occur virtually from Feb.22 to 24.

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Madilee Gillis was recently presented a Reading Award certificate form the Prairie Crocus Library, for reading 498 books in 2021! When asked what her favorite book was, she was quickly to respond “All of Them!” Currently she is enjoying the “Bad Guys” junior series by Aaron Blabey. She asked me if I’ve read them, and strongly encouraged me to. I accepted her challenge, and when I finish the series of 14 books I’ll have to compare notes with her. She also mentioned about 5 books are read at bedtime every night. Way to go Madilee! The Non-Resident Reading Award was given to the Stewart family from Oak River (Nate, Brooklyn & Bridget) who read a combined 698 books last year. Very proud of you kids! Our top Adult reader for 2021 was once again Reading Award recipient Madilee Wayne Brown who read Gillis


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Rolling River School Division SUMMER STUDENT POSITIONS Administrative Assistant (16 weeks - May 16 to Sept 2, 2022 Maintenance Worker Assistants Position #1 (16 weeks - May 9 to Aug 26, 2022) Position #2 (8 weeks - July 4 to Aug 26, 2022) Positions are based at division offices in Minnedosa, Manitoba. For more details and application information, please visit our website at www.rrsd.mb.ca select Employment then Summer Student Positions. Thank you to all applicants for their interest in Rolling River School Division. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

FOODS Meat Cutters/Production Personnel Our people, perseverance, integrity, and exceptional partnerships have led HyLife to becoming Canada’s leading pork producer and global exporter of high quality pork products. The growing demand for our pork in Japan and China means we need exceptional people to help deliver our company vision. We have expanded our Neepawa facility to increase our overall production by 15% and in turn created new jobs throughout the company. As a Meat Cutter/Production Personnel you will be a critical member of our team in the creation of our world class product. Our positions range from working on our slaughter production floor to shipping the final packaged product, with everything in between! With our wide variety of jobs, excellent people, and our drive for innovation you will certainly find a job that suits you! Responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to: • Slaughter and eviscerate hogs for further processing • Harvest and package edible offal • Process pork carcasses into primal cuts • Butcher and package pork primal cuts into value added specifications for local, national and international premium markets • Carry out other tasks related to processing of meat for shipping to customers or storage • Sanitation People who will succeed as members of our team will: • Enjoy working in a fast paced, stable long term work environment • Appreciate working in a culturally diverse workplace. We employ people from all over the world! • Treat people with dignity and respect • Open to working in colder/warmer environments • Physically Fit • Experience as an industrial butcher or trimmer is an asset

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If you have the qualifications and the passion to meet this challenge then we would like to explore your potential. Please apply online at http://hylife.com/current-opportunities/ or email to jobs@hylife.com or mail to PO Box 10,000, 623 Main St E, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0.


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For example, suppose on Earth your child weighs 100 pounds. Their weight on Mercury would be 100 x 0.38=38 pounds. On Venus it would be 100 x 0.91=91 pounds, and so on. What’s happening? Your weight is a measurement of the amount of pull of gravity between you and the planet you are standing on. The mass

of the planet you are standing on and the distance you are standing from the centre of the planet affects your weight because the farther you are from the centre, the weaker the pull of gravity. Why does it matter? Gravity has a serious impact on the body. Our bodies are adapted to living with gravity; weight is the resistance to gravity we encounter on Earth. Our everyday movements on

Earth help to keep our muscles and bones strong, as we are constantly working against gravity to stand up, walk, run, and climb stairs. During extended periods of time in space, a person’s muscles weaken and their bones lose calcium because of the absence of gravity. Astronauts who are working in space for more than a few days must do daily resistance exercises to work their muscles in order to maintain their strength and bone mass so they can return to Earth healthy.


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In this week’s “recipes with a story” column, our featured recipe comes from K r yst a l Huston of Rivers. If you have a recipe (and a story) you would like to be featured, please email me at sarah. plosker@gmail.com

Fry bacon until crispy and set aside. Keep the drippings. Put butter and diced onion in the pan, cook over medium until tender (3-5 minutes). Add garlic for the last 30 seconds. Sprink le in f lour and whisk until smooth. Using a large pot, add chicken broth, f lour mixture, milk, heavy cream, salt, pepper, and diced potatoes. Stir well. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook until potatoes are tender (15 minutes) Reduce heat to low, remove about ha lf of soup and puree unt i l smooth. Return pureed soup to pot. Add bacon, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. Simmer for 15 minutes then serve. **optional: top with extra sour cream, chives, cheese, and bacon


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