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Friday, January 15, 2021 • Vol.113 No. 20 • Rivers, Manitoba

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The rifle range (lef t) aims to be a large improvement over the previous range, with fixed shooting positions and various target s tands set at mul t iple dis t ance s , rather than multiple shooting benches set at ranges with only one target berm.

Back row L/R: Meghan Knelsen, Erich Schmidt, Thom Heijmans, Heather Gray, Liliane Dupuis. Front row L/R: Minami Kijima, Haile Hubbard, Chassidy Payette, Morgan Ramsay, Bryce Summers, Quinn Hrabok.

The range has been upgraded with a proper gate and fence and will remain Runions c los e d unPhoto t il bya Sheila t ime when all regulations are me t and s afe t y precautions are in place.

Can collections for canoes

By Sheila Runions Banner Staff

By Micah Waddell Rivers Banner The Rivers and Area Game and Fish Association has been hard at work on a local, registered and safe firing range for quite some t ime now, w it h changes to the existing range (now closed) being required to meet certain regulations. The old range faced to the east making the only shooting lane directly at the train tracks. The shotgun range faced the train tracks and rail bridge, making a safety hazard. New rules will be put in place, such as if there is more than one person shooting, one has to act as the range officer and hours will be daylight only. Members will get a key which will change annually. The range will be rent-


cans from the school foyer into s r e p or t e d i n t he tion to the schools. Pupils co-ordinated the entire the church basement the afterMarch 9 edition, the Grade 12 Interdisci- month-long promotion, which noon of March 21, where the in a ceremonious plinary Studies in Science able and private shooting things. food was weighed and sorted. f lags class have culminated been erected at Rivers Collegiate planned a presentation on March 20 to Although the project was a senA separate part of the will be limited during large and the entire shooting project for Riverdale Harvest. Riverdale Harvest president ior students brainstorm, the enproject from theschool range, events and competition. range has been fenced off tire high was is encouraged Dubbed the Boat Load of Food, Heather Gray and Liliane. getting education centre The new range will bring new gate installed at had Because the snow meltedanto participate. The collegiate students secured a with canoeafrom so One much,goal the canoe notforhosted a poor boy floor hockey Rolling River set up the community with it some features suchSchool theDivision entrance. for could be portaged across theto street to tournament in which intent tothe f ill it with will educate the public on to play, as a rif le rangewith withantarget range be to have non-perishables. Although the Zion Church (home of River- athletes had to pay with food for boards set anywhere from advanced enough facili- things such as f ishing, campaign was fully organized dale Harvest). Rather, the teens the canoe. Some students also ties toidea hostcarried competitions nature and theOak River 25 metres to by 200 bags, boxes andhunting, garbage canvassed Rivers, thatmetres class, the original in various with expansion came to from400 a suggestion made categories from outdoors. This centre aims by in harvest volunteer Liliane pistol competitions to clay to bring a benefit to the metres or more the fuDupuis.range pigeon shoots and archery entire community of south ture. A new shotgun heard the idea at a meetfor clay pigeon“Ishooting 3-D shoots. western Manitoba. The ing in Brandon. St. Augustine will be included in the The Rivers and Area project is being introduced School had tried Fill a Canoe project with both shootingwithGame and Fish Associa- in hopes of bringing back in conjunction the 10-day du Voyaguer Wintionin received a $100,000 programs such as junior and launchingFestival platforms nipeg in February. It was very from the province rif le and archery. The in place. At the start, the grant successful and whenever I hear clay pigeon launchers will under the FWEF (Fish and idea is to give kids somefood bank, my ears always perk have to be provided by the Wildlife Enhancement thing productive to do and up!” Fund) for the purpose of teach them about nature shooter until such time She athen brought the sugcanoe at Riversand sustainability. The to Riverdale Harvest, introducing aThe safer shootthat a more gestion permanent Elementary School was which supported the idea and for filled. the building for the education solution can be found. ing environment adequately asked her to present the promo-

Berms along the sides of each range were raised from their original heights to exceed requirements and new shooting tables have been set up at both the new rif le range. New

area. The F WEF is a government fund derived from the sale of hunting licenses, for the increase in animal population and harvester education and training among other

centre will be where the old range is, with ample parking. We hope to see these facilities available in the near future, a date will be announced closer to that time.

and Chimo Beach areas for contributions from the community. When all was said and done, the scales at Riverdale Harvest noted a total of 434 pounds, “a fabulous amount,” says Heather. “We are so pleased they decided to help those we serve. A lot of times kids don’t get enough credit but this group of students certainly deserves some praise. All students stayed behind to help check expiry dates, sort and

PHOTOS WADDELL put awayBY inMICAH the proper place on the shelving units. They were fantastic! We are very, very pleased.” Elementary school staff member/Harvest volunteer Yvonne Crouch initiated a similar campaign in her school. That threeweek effort simply encouraged students to leave product in the canoe; 87 pounds of food was collected from the younger group on Thursday, March 22.

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Manitoba Agriculture a shadow of what it once was


hen word came down last week that the Province of Manitoba was closing 20 Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) offices across the province, it came as a bit of a jolt. MASC offices were formed a number of years ago, when Manitoba Agricultural Credit Corporation and Manitoba Crop Insurance were combined. This latest move from Manitoba Agriculture is part of a 25 year shrinking of Ag services by the province. I guess we will see if anyone agrees, but it is my experienced opinion that Manitoba has a definite problem with its ever shrinking Ag department. Agriculture, along with all the related businesses and food production, processing and export is a huge part of the Manitoba economy. The province, through several different governments and two different political parties, has basically killed off the once strong Manitoba Agriculture department. About $370 million, or two per cent of the Manitoba government budget, is spent on Agriculture. That seems out of proportion with how important agriculture is to Manitoba. Let me give a bit of history. Back in the 1950s, the Manitoba Department of Agriculture had about 40 offices across Manitoba. Commonly known as the Ag office or Ag-rep office, they were considered an important part of a district or region. There were offices in places like Carman, Portage, Neepawa, Ste. Rose, Shoal Lake and many other locations. Most were staffed by an Ag-rep, a person who had a degree in Agriculture or pos-

sibly a Masters degree. In some places, like Neepawa, there was an Assistant Ag-rep and there was always a secretary. There was also a Home Economist, who might be headquartered in one town, but would serve two or three Ag-rep districts. The situation remained pretty much unchanged into the 1970s and ‘80s. In 1971, as a recent graduate with a U of M Ag degree, I came to Neepawa to work as an Assistant Ag-rep under the guidance of Allan Nebbs. Two years later, I was transferred to Gladstone to start up a new office. Ag offices were responsible for many things, not the least of which was the administration, teaching and guidance


Ken Waddell administered it. You could order grass seed and shelter belt trees. In short, the Ag office was a rural hub of activity and information. Those functions have been mostly killed off. Much of the “advice” section has been taken over by the agronomy

Ag offices were responsible for many things, not the least of which was the administration, teaching and guidance of the 4-H program.

of the 4-H program. Most towns, and even many country school districts, had one or more 4-H clubs. Ag offices were responsible to administer all MDA programs and many others, as well. They set up farm accounting, farm management courses and welding courses. They provided advice and written material on every aspect of farming, including crop production, livestock and pasture management, along with farm machinery and engineering advice. If the government had a rural based program, the Ag office

industry and that has been a good thing for the most part. However, there is one major problem with the agronomy based model and that is every last person in the industry has a product to sell. That can be problematic. The Ag-rep gave out advice knowing full well that the advice handed out was not attached to sales in any way. Over the years, Ag-reps have been phased out, so were Home Economists, assistant Ag-reps and secretaries. Some would rightly claim that the loss of the secretary was the biggest loss. An Ag office

that had a good secretary was a wonderful thing, as they were a huge help and source of encouragement. From a newspaper point of view, Ag-reps and Home-Ecs actually wrote columns that had good information in them. If a newspaper, radio or TV station wanted information, all they had to do was call the Ag office and get an interview. Oh no, not now. If you want to talk to any government agency now, you have to get an interview arranged by a central person in provincial communications. The point is that governments have slowly choked off a part of agriculture and its potential for growth by abandoning rural people, farmers and, perhaps worst of all, rural youth. Some would argue that, oh well, we have the internet and we can find all that stuff out online. Yeah, well how’s that working out for us all now? Would it not be better to have trusted local, unbiased information to assist the growth of our most important industry, agriculture? I think so, but as has become the pattern of governments, nobody is listening.

The names of Jesus Christ part two

This week, we continue to look at names and titles held by The Lord of Lords and King of Kings who holds the keys to death and life. The Door: John 10:9 - “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved…” Scripture is clear, Jesus Christ alone is the way of salvation and the only way into heaven. Eternal life is not available to any who refuse to acknowledge Him as Lord and Saviour - Matthew 10:32. The Eternal One: Revelation 1:18 - “I am the living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Jesus spoke these words to the Apostle John, affirming that He indeed is the risen Christ and has the keys to Heaven and Hell. God: John 14:9b,10a - “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?” This was Jesus’ reply to the Apostle Philip when He asked to see the Father, and this is but one of countless verses showing that Christ is indeed God the Son. The Head of the Church: Colossians 1:18 - “And He is the head of the body of the church…” Jesus Christ redeemed and purchased the church by His blood when He was crucified on the cross. The church is His and His alone. Our High Priest: Hebrews 7:26 - “Such a High Priest truly meets our need - one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.” In the Old Testament, the priests were to offer sacrifices on behalf of the Israelites for their transgressions. The High Priest was the only one who could perform the task annually on the Day of Atonement. Christ’s death was sufficient to replace the need for any and all future

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sacrifices - Hebrews 7:27. The Holy One: John 6:68,69 - “Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.’” Immanuel: Matthew 1:23 - “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means God with us.” When Jesus raised a widow’s son from the dead, the people were filled with awe and said that God has come to help His people - Luke 7:16. Our Intercessor: Hebrews 7:25 - “Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” Jesus: Matthew 1:21 - “She will give birth to a son, and they will name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” The Hebrew name for Jesus is Yehoshua which was later shortened to Yeshua, and the English variant is Joshua. Jesus is the English variant of the Greek name lesous, pronounced eesoos. It means “God saves.” King: John 1:49 - “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” The Apostle Nathanael made this reply when Jesus told him he knew him intimately even though they had never met. King of Kings: Revelation 17:14 - “They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings - and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.” The Book of Revelation tells us that Jesus will reign over all things when He returns. The Lamb of God: John 1:29 - “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” The Day of Atonement, or Yom Kip-

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pur, is the holiest day of Judaism. In ancient times, goats, sheep and lambs were sacrificed on this day for the forgiveness of sins for the people. Jesus Christ is the once for all sacrifice that did away with the old sacrificial system. Life: 1 John 5:12 - “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” Jesus Christ is the life - John 14:6 The Light of the World: John 8:12 - “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” Jesus fulfilled a centuries old prophecy made by Isaiah regarding a great light that was to come into the world. Isaiah 9:2 and Matthew 4:16 The Lion of Judah: Revelation 5:5 - “Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep! See, the lion of the tribe Judah...has triumphed…’” Jesus came as a descendant of Judah, one of the sons of Jacob and one of the tribes of Israel. Upon His second coming, Christ will come in power, glory and majesty and put all things under His authority. Anyone whose name is not written in His book of life will be thrown into the lake of fire - Revelation 20:15. My friend, if you want to escape the lake of fire and have eternal life, you must believe in the Son of God as your Lord and Saviour! The Bible is unequivocal on the matter! More names to come next week and, as usual, if you have any comments, concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me at jgklassen@icloud.com

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days were that he felt he was too old his friends didnt think so but he did. some day he said he would like to change his friends said what would you be he said i want to be a wizard. a wizard yes. he even sang on his way home this is the song he sang….I want to be a wizard, I want to be a wizard, I really really want to be a wizard i will be. (insert hand drawn picture of a dwarf, aptly titled– the dwarf ) he sang that all the whay home. I love that story, no matter which grandchild crafted it. As I read and re-read it, I see the spelling mistakes, the grammar errors and the dreams. I am thankful that I was not present at its creation, carefully pointing out the mistakes and cramping the f low of the story! I also remember Ed drawing me aside and mentioning, carefully, that if I continued to correct our children’s grammar when they were telling me something, they would soon stop sharing. I stopped correcting, for I wished to hear their hearts. Within the binder are pages from colouring books, hand crafted cards, random drawings and more stories. There was a secret club– oh, I want in on that– and one page has the simple notation: “were on our way to give Rita her biggest dream. ohohoh”. Now I wonder what my dream was back in the 1990s, early 2000s! My heart warms that the young girls knew I had a dream and they wished to fulfil it. Carefully coloured pictures of Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Madeline, self portraits… As I sift and sort, I re-live those days of the busy household. Kids of all ages filling the big old house and loving it, and us. And it is good.

Home Bodies By Rita Friesen Creations of the grandchildren


leaning the upper shelf of the closet in my office, I once again opened a turquoise binder, the remnants of creative endeavours of my grandchildren, in their early years. I thought it may be time to discard the folder, but as I sat and reviewed their works and my memories, the item, in its entirety, went back on the shelf. (In my own defence– the stack of scrapbooks from the royal visits of the ‘50s and the early ‘60s and the scrapbook of my early attempts at art, school assignments and all, did not make the cut!) Moved that stack with me at least four times…. Treasure one: a hand printed story, so the grammar and spelling are as written.

The Dwarf Who Wanted To Change Chapter one A long time ago there lived a dwarf not that big about three feet he wore a brown hat brown shirt and even brown shoes. he wore green pants that his mother made him when he was just a wee little lad. his favorit animal is a lizard he has one her name is Lize. he really liked wizards, mermaids and even humans which he has never saw one before. he carried a pole with a red cristal. Some days were good and some bad. the bad

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his past Christmas I received a book called “Then sings my soul” by Robert J. Morgan. There are 52 hymns that inspire prayer in a prayer journal. When I read through a few of the stories that were written because of the situation the author was in I was astonished to read about some of the tragedies and hardships these writers had gone through before writing some of the most well known hymns. During this time of isolation many of us have hardships, disappointments and terrible experiences to endure. But like the writers of many of our hymns we need to seek Jesus, commit all our sorrows and pain to Him. He is there waiting for us to come and lean on Him. He will give us the rest and tranquility we need. Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who are burdened and weary, and I will give you rest.” David tells us in Psalm 22:26 that “those who seek the Lord will praise Him.” Let us praise Him this week with singing and reading some of those beautiful hymns.

On this Day Jan 15

1919- Two million gallons of molasses f lood Boston Massachusetts in the “Great Molasses Flood” when a storage tank burst, drowning 21 and injuring 150. 1929- Civil Rights Activist, Martin Luther King Jr., was born on this day in Atlanta Georgia. 1943- World’s largest office building, the Pentagon is completed to house the US military. 1949- A Canadair North Star aircraft makes the first non-stop f light across Canada. Taking off from Halifax, it lands in Vancouver 8 hours and 32 minutes later. 1968- Bill Masterson, a Canadian-American NHL player, became the first player to be fatally injured during a game ( Jan 13). He died on this day at age 29. 1973- US President Richard Nixon suspends all US offensive action in North Vietnam. 1974- TV sitcom “Happy Days” begins an 11 year run on ABC, starring Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross and Ton Bosley. 1986- Montreal’s rookie goaltender Patrick Roy records his first of 66 career NHL shutouts, in the Canadiens’ 4-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets at the Forum. 2001- Wikipedia a free Wiki or content encyclopedia is launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. 2009- Miracle on the Hudson-Pilot Chesley Sullenberger lands US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in NYC. All passengers and crew members survive.

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To adhere to government guidelines, all in-person church activities have been suspended. We encourage you to visit our Facebook page: Rivers Community Church, where you can watch devotional videos.

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Riverdale meeting minutes RM Riverdale Dec. 1, 2020 A letter from a ratepayer was reviewed and filed and the CAO is to respond. Public Works & Utilities-Report submitted by J. Worth, Utility-reviewed and filed. R iverdale Campg round-Preliminar y washroom design was reviewed. Council approved the proposed path works for the installation of fibre optic cable, as submitted by RFNow. RM Riverdale purchases portable radios Dec. 15, 2020 meeting minute notes: Municipal Operations Manager report-reviewed and filed. Monthly Police Report-Chief B. Klassenreviewed and filed. The List of Accounts submitted to Council, tota l l ing $475,837.42,

were passed for payment. Council adopted an interim budget of all operating and capital expenditures of the municipality for the period Jan. 1, 2021 until the adoption of the annual budget. Council approved the draft copy of the 2019 Financial Statement. Council approved the purchase of portable radios for $15,966.54.

solved that By-Law No. 2020-13, being a By-Law of Riverdale Municipality to amend its bylaw No. 2019-05 authorizing the expenditure and borrowing of money for the development of 17 two acre residential lots on the South side of Memorial Drive for resale be given 3rd &and final reading. Carried.

RM Riverdale Special meeting Dec. 17/2020 Memorial Drive Subdivision: Falkevitch-Tait: Be It Resolved that By-Law No. 2020-13, being a ByLaw of Riverdale Municipality to amend its bylaw No. 2019-05 authorizing the expenditure and borrowing of money for the development of 17 two acre residential lots on the South side of Memorial Drive for resale be given 2nd reading. Carried. Tait-Smith: Be It Re-

Santa’s travel ban lifted RM special meeting Dec. 21, 2020 M c Fa d d e n - S m it h : W hereas Santa Claus (hereinafter referred to as “Santa”) delivers presents to many good children t hroughout R iverda le Municipality on the eve of Dec. 24, into the early hours of Dec. 25 annually; and Whereas Santa’s services are deemed essential by Riverdale Municipality; and whereas Santa h a s s p oken w it h t he

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R i ver d a le Mu n ic i p a l C ou nc i l a nd v a r iou s healthcare professionals to determine a plan for best practices for his annual deliveries; and whereas Santa has been self-quarantining with Mrs. Claus, his reindeer and all the elves; and whereas there have been no cases of Covid-19 in Santa’s workshop and no travel to or from his workshop has occurred; now T herefore B e It Resolved T hat Sa nt a may enter the home of any child on his “nice” list who may reside in Riverdale Municipality, to deliver presents, provided that: All children in the home are asleep in order to ensure proper physical distancing; and a l l ch i ld ren l isten to their families regarding COVID-19 protocols in the lead up to Dec. 24 in order to ensure the safety of Santa.

Food drive donation

Submitted Vincent Taylor-John

Did you know? 27.4 per cent of children under six in Manitoba live in poverty, that’s one in four children. For all children in Manitoba it’s 31.6 per cent, that’s one in 3.2 children. After the holidays are all ways are hard time. My name is Vincent Taylor-John, I’m from here in Rivers Manitoba, and I’m home schooled, in the 9th grade. For the month of January, I will be accepting donations for our local food bank (Riverdale harvest). I will be accepting canned goods, such as soups and protein in a can, as a part of this food drive. I have no goal, just trying to get as much as possible. You can contact me using my email vtjohn06@icloud. com. I am willing to do contactless pick up around town. Thank you for your time and consideration. Have a nice day, thank you.

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During the week of Public service anJan. 4 to Jan. 10, Spruce nouncement Plains RCMP dealt with you have any inIf 41 police activities. formation about these Jan. 4– RCMP received r i me s or a ny ot her c a call about a puppy that crimes, please contact was left abandoned in your local RCMP Ofa box. The puppy was fice or Crimestoppers at re-homed shortly after. 1-800-222-8477. Police responded to two Due to the on-going business alarms, one in COV ID-19 Pandemic, Minnedosa and one in the Neepawa and MinneNee paw a . B ot h wer e dosa RCMP detachments determined to be false. advise they will be limitJa n. 5 – RC M P re ing front counter services sponded to a barn fire in at the detachments until the Municipality of Harfurther notice. rison Park. There were We request that you no animals inside the cont act each det achbarn and there were no ment at 204-476 -7340 injuries. Police received (Neepawa) or 204-867a c a l l f rom someone 2 916 ( M i n nedos a) to who came across items inquire about criminal under a bridge in the RM record checks or to file a of Minto-Odanah that report. Leave a message would suggest someone if needed and it will be was living there. Police checked the following attended and did not lobusiness day. cate anyone or any signs Do not leave a message of recent activity. if you require immediate Ja n. 6 – RC M P repolice assistance. You ceived a report of an unmust dial 204-476-7338 safe driver in Neepawa. ( Ne e paw a), 2 0 4 - 8 67The suspect driver could 2751 (Minnedosa) or 911 not be located. Police to have a police officer responded to anot her respond to you promptly. report of an erratic driver in the RM of North Cypress-Langford. Patrols were made but the vehicle could not be located. Ja n. 7– RC M P re sponded to a report of a person sleeping in the lobby of a rest stop in the RM of Minto-Odanah. The person returned to their vehicle shortly after. Police conducted a Covid compliance check in the Municipality of Westlake-Gladstone, all per son(s) wer e fou nd compliant with regulations. Jan. 8– RCMP were dispatched to a business in Gladstone where a per- Contact Us Assisted Living for Seniors son was causing a disturb- Kinsmen Kourts 2 307 Davidson St, Neepawa, MB ance. Police attended and (431) 351-0611 spoke with all parties, and kinsmenkourts2@yahoo.com Opening soon in 2021! Assisted Living for Seniors the matter was resolved. Visit us on the web: www.KinsmenKourts2.ca 307 Davidson St, Neepawa, MB Contact Us: Police received a missing Opening soon in 2021! Kinsmen Kourts 2 person report in Minne(431) 351-0611 dosa, who returned home kinsmenkourts2@yahoo.com shortly afterwards. Police responded to a report of Visit us on the web: a person at a business in www.KinsmenKourts2.ca Serving the community's greatest need Neepawa who was not Serving the community’s complying with public greatest need health orders. The sus-

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Submitted River & Area Community Foundation

The Rivers and Area Community Foundation were proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) Round one of ECSF was distributed over the summer and Round two launched on Oct. 5, 2020. With Round two, we’ve invested an additional $30,000 through the ECSF towards local charities and other qualified donees supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability during this crisis. We are pleased to announce the ECSF has supported projects including: • $9,902 was invested to fund Rivers Collegiate Physical Education to provide bicycles for the outdoor recreation/education program; • $2,900 was invested to fund Razzamatazz Dance Club to provide more equipment and a sanitizing sprayer to comply with health regulations; • $2,760 was invested to fund Rivers Curling Club to provide personal protect-


pect had left prior to police arrival. Jan. 9– RCMP conducted a wellbeing check on a person in Neepawa, who was found to be fine with no cause for concern. Police received a complaint of persons not complying with public health orders at a residence in Neepawa. Police attended and did not find anyone being uncompliant. Jan. 10 – RCMP responded to a complaint of persons not complying with public health orders and possible impaired drivers at a residence in Rapid City. Police attended and did not find any ev idence of noncompliance or impaired drivers. Police received a report of persons breaking and enter ing into vehicles in Minnedosa and a report of stolen fuel from a business in Rapid City. Both matters are still under investigation. Police received a call of a moose on the loose in Neepawa. The moose was guided back out of town safely. While some people found this “amoosing”, the culprit’s identity will remain “anonymoose” at this time. RCMP conducted 17

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ive equipment and a sanitizing sprayer to comply with health regulations. Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared over 11 months ago, communitybased charities and nonprofit organizations have been working tirelessly to provide emergency support, in particular to individuals and communities experiencing heightened vulnerability. Charities, nonprofit organizations and First Nations governments are pillars of their communities who are working tirelessly to serve their communities. We know the need for funding is still significant and we’re continuing to advocate for broader recovery and stabilization support for the charitable sector. There will be an announcement on Jan. 14, regarding all the projects and work across Canada regarding the Emergency Community Service Fund. Please check the Community Foundations of Canada website www.communityfoundations.ca.


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6 Rivers Banner January 15, 2021 onrmed touchdown Environment Canada is the authority on weather Killarney. If there is bulletins, though we may also hear from Manitoba er the past few weeks Weather Network and other local media outlets more pen here. There were immediately. A tornado is issued disinforwhen weather addition to PDF replicas, website problemswatch with spreading Submitted over the weekend as conditions are favourable to produce a tornado; mation, have doubled down however, by e-editions and mobile apps. News Media Canada a warning is more serious. A warning indicates that a manufacturing some tailor-made Editor’s note: This editorialhas piece g was issued for your tornado occurred or has a high likelihood of beingGoogle is deliberate and disinformation of their own. was written and distributed by News do? Are you familiar about to occur. deliberately misleading Recently, as part of their highesponseMedia planCanada, and thethe national Theassociation safest place to beglobal duringlobby a tornado is a to low spot Google also claims that it “does priced campaign of the community industry,room fight any from restraints on theirsuch wealth at is included in that newspaper in an interior away windows, as annot in- earn meaningful revenues representing hundreds of members in basement and power, wrotethe to every with that document ner room in the orGoogle underneath stairs tofrom the news.” We will leave it to every safe. province and territory. It discusses you to decide what constitutes in have Ottawa. our family basement. RoomsMP that extra support in the walls a recent lobbying campaign from to “meaningful revenues” for a Google claims did not pipes da sees the most tor- such asGoogle bathrooms are also idealthat as itbathroom Canadian members of parliament (MP). cause “the disruption of the news- company that earned more than focused on southern provide extra support to the walls. Mobile homes and C$200 paper model,”toimplying nces. With the peak camper trailers are verybusiness unsafe places take shelter as billion in revenues in 2019, This fall, Canada’s local news that what it dismissively refers to and is setting new revenue records y time between April they are not anchored to the ground. publishers, big and small, came as “legacy media”For hasmore not kept up in 2020. heart together of a potential Get informed stay safe. information to urge the federal govern- and with changing technology. In fact, Google also neglects to acknow43 tornadoes occur Public Canada http://www.publicsafety. ment — and MPs ofvisit: all parties — toSafety Canadian newspaper publishers, ledge in its letter that it and its fellow gc.ca/res/em/nh/to/index-eng.aspx or Environment join with democracies around the large and small, have been in the internet monopoly, Facebook, een a weather watch Canada http://www.ec.gc.ca. world in fighting Google and Fa- forefront of adapting to the digital combined collect 80 per cent of

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cebook’s relentless attacks against local news. The two web giants use their monopoly positions to deny local newspapers the revenues — primarily from advertising— that pay for real journalism. A list of comprehensive actions that are needed to loosen this unfair market stranglehold were outlined in an aptly named report: “Levelling the Digital Playing Field.”

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all online advertising revenues in Canada. Google’s omissions of facts and context are deliberate — and deliberately misleading. So are claims such as “Google does not set ad prices…(they) are driven by real time auctions.” Google uses its immense size and wealth and its uncontested market domination to lay claim to the lion’s share of all advertising. By any measure, this is an abuse of power. Google technology powers the ad systems used to display ads on publisher websites; is used to offer those placements to the market for


Innovation on a local level For example, La Presse transformed its news business with the development of mobile and desktop digital products, as well as a free tablet edition, which ultimately replaced all printed products. In smaller, non-urban markets, NDREA independent publishers like the Google’s double down Banner & Press and t DAMSON Neepawa on disinformation Island Press Inc. have developed er Minnedosa-based mobile dental hygienist Roberds Since then, Google and Face- podcasts • Residential & Commercial and digital video series to book, already in hotcare water for their complement Personal homes • Farm Wiring & Trenching their print editions, in -5 p.m. Home care



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purchase (bidding); is the base for the systems used in bidding on the placement of those ads; is used for targeting consumers and tracking how those ads perform; and is used to verify the deliverability of those ads. There is no aspect of digital advertising that Google does not touch. This, coupled with its dominance as a search engine, where people routinely go to find news stories, makes it a clear monopoly. Google is the auction, the auctioneer, the product, the buyer and the seller. The letter MPs received from Google is part of a stepped-up effort on the tech giant’s part to fight back against what is a growing rejection of its abuse of power in democracies around the world.

Google vs the World Google would have you believe that not only is News Media Canada wrong, but so too are our country’s closest allies — the United States and the United Kingdom. Another close ally, Australia, is taking decisive action to ensure a fair online market for media in that country. Given our similar legal and federal political systems, and our similar cultures and econ-

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MPs must protect Canadian businesses All it requires is for our MPs to exercise their responsibility to protect Canadians and Canadian businesses of all sizes from the predatory and destructive practices of a powerful monopoly, and to ensure fair competition. Interests as powerful as Google and Facebook won’t allow this to happen without a fight. News Media Canada will continue to champion the interests of local news and the communities across Canada. These are the women and men in newsrooms across Canada. Real journalists, reporting real news and using new, innovative ways of reaching Canadians. News Media Canada will continue to fight for them and their communities, even in the face of powerful multinationals that produce no journalism and seek to strip the profits from the work of others. We hope that, by taking the legislative action we outlined in our report, MPs from all parties and all regions in Canada will stand with us.

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PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to subsection 318(1) of The Municipal Act, that the Council of Riverdale Municipality has scheduled a public hearing in Redfern Hall, Riverdale Community Centre in Rivers, Manitoba on the 9th day of February, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. to present the following special service proposal:

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The total cost of Police Protection services for Riverdale Municipality is $470,000.00 In addition, any unforeseen costs or un-anticipated expenditures will be funded by the General Operating Fund. This proposed By-Law will replace the per parcel rate currently levied in Riverdale Municipality under the authority of By-Law No. 2018-02 which is to be repealed. The Special Service Tax will be charged on all benefiting taxable, grant-in-lieu, and otherwise exempt properties as follows:

This past year because of Covid 19, the annual Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge looked different than usual. However the purpose remains the same, to support our community moving forward. The Rivers and Area Community Foundation would like to thank everyone for all the support it received during the annual Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge. With your support, the matching gifts from The Winnipeg Foundation and the Province of Manitoba, we were able to grow our unrestricted funds by $5,985.00. The interest from these funds is used to provide grants to the many projects in our area. As always it is “for the good of our community”.

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This Special Service Tax will raise $470,241.00 A written objection may be filed with the Chief Administrative Officer at the Riverdale Municipal office, 670 – 2nd Ave Rivers MB, or by email at cao.riverdale@ mymts.net, prior to the commencement of the hearing. At the hearing, Council will hear any potential taxpayer who wishes to make a presentation, ask questions or register an objection to the special service proposal. All objections, written or verbal, must be filed prior to the adjournment of the hearing and must include the name, address and property description of the person filing the objection and the grounds of their objection. ** Due to current Public Health Orders, we ask that those interested in participating, please contact the undersigned to RSVP so appropriate arrangements can be made **

• Confirmation of residency in one of the following Municipal Corporations: Hamiota, Oakview. Prairie View or Wallace-Woodworth: for a period of at least 3 years prior to graduation from either the Birtle, Elton, Hamiota, Minnedosa, Rivers, Strathclair or Virden Collegiates.

Copies of the special service plan are available at the municipal office at 670-2nd Ave and on the municipal website at www.riversdaly.ca.

• Be a 4th or 5th year student at a university or recognized educational institute.

Kat Bridgeman, C.M.M.A., Chief Administrative Officer Riverdale Municipality, Box 520, Rivers, Manitoba ROK 1X0 Email to RSVP: cao.riverdale@mymts.net or call (204) 328-5300

• Provide proof of registration in an eligible program, • A statement of current academic standing and • A personal resume. Applicant may only receive this bursary once. Applications may be obtained from Vaughn Wilson Foundation Administrator (vwilson@ inetlinkwireless.ca) Submit applications with documentation to: Box 671, Hamiota, MB R0M 0T0 DEADLINE: March 1, 2021

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The Manitoba government is extending the Manitoba Br idge Grant application deadline until Jan. 31 and expanding eligibility to offer financial support and protection for more small businesses through the current public health orders, Premier Brian Pallister announced today. “Small businesses, charities and not-for-profit organizations continue to do their part to protect the health and safety of Manitobans and follow the restrictions under the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System,” said Pallister. “As expanded public health restrictions are necessar y to protect Manitobans and reduce COVID-19 cases, we are extending the Manitoba Bridge Grant to help more businesses make it through this critical time and eases some of their financial pressures.” To ref lect the extension of the public health orders announced Jan. 8 and to ensure small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-prof its and charities get the support they need, the province is inviting businesses to apply for the Manitoba Bridge Grant until Jan. 31, 2021. Pallister also conf irmed eligibility has been expanded

for hotels, resorts, lodges and outf itters, travel agencies, janitorial services companies and owner/operators of licensed passenger transportation businesses that have seen demand for their services impacted by the public health orders. T he prov ince f irst announced the Manitoba Bridge Grant Nov. 10, 2020, to provide $5,000 up-front to businesses, not-for-prof its and charities directly impacted by the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System and temporarily ordered to close their storefronts to the public. The province announced a program expansion Dec. 8, 2020 to support home-based businesses indirectly impacted by Manitoba COVID-19 public health orders, with up to $5,000 based on 10 per cent of their most recent calendar year revenues. The province had committed to providing an equal second payment if public health orders remained in place past Jan. 1, 2021. Those payments were made between Jan. 8 and 10 and recipients notif ied of the deposit via email. To date, the Manitoba Bridge Grant program has pa id approx imately $104

million to 10,740 eligible applicants, which includes the first payment Nov. 16 to Dec. 31 and second deposits this past week. The total includes approximately $94 million to over 9,40 0 store-front businesses that received two $5,000 up-front payments. It also includes approximately $10 million to more than 1,300 home-based businesses in two equal payments of up to $5,000. The average payment to home-based businesses is $3,605, or a total of $7,210 on average to each business. Beginning Jan. 12, new applicants to the Manitoba Bridge Grant that were ordered to close their premises will be entitled to a one-time payment of $10,000, whereas eligible home-based business applicants will receive a maximum payment of $10,000. “Our government remains committed to delivering the right programs at the right t imes in response to t he COVID-19 outbreak to help individual Manitobans and businesses t hrough t hese challenges,” said Pallister. “Manitoba is providing one of the most broad-based, accessible and generous business support programs in Canada.” Pallister noted the province

has committed approximately $420 million in COVID-19 supports to Manitoba businesses this fiscal year through programs such as the Manitoba Bridge Grant, Manitoba Gap Protection Plan, Back to Work in Manitoba Wage Subsidy and measures such as the elimination of the provincial sales tax (PST) on property insurance and Manitoba Public Insurance rebates. This also includes initial supporting funds of up to $50 m i l l ion for busi ness groups such as the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Winnipeg to provide a detailed plan to government on longterm recovery funding this month. More information about the Manitoba Bridge Grant is available at https://www.gov. mb.ca/covid19/programs/ br id ge - g r a nt .ht m l. Bu s inesses that require assistance in completing the online form can contact Manitoba Government Inquiry at 204-9453744 or 1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862). Manitobans can learn more about COVID-19 supports for businesses at https:// ma n itoba.ca/suppor t sforbusiness.

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