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Westoba Place at the Keystone Centre in Brandon was transformed into a cowboy’s fantasy for the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) elite Cup series event June 18, with 750 literal tons of dirt being trucked in and a steel setup equivalent in length to six football fields. Competitor Blake Smith had his career-first PBR Cup series event win with 77 points, in front of a sold-out crowd. Lonnie West took second place with 57.5 points, and remains #1 overall in the 2022 PBR Cup series. Logan Biever finished third with 42 points. The PBR was created in 1992 by a group of 20 bull riders who wanted to break away from general rodeos and make bull riding into a stand-alone sport. Bull riding is, after all, the most popular of the seven traditional rodeo events. Today, there are over 600 bull riders from Canada, the United States, Australia, Brazil, and Mexico who hold PBR memberships, competing in numerous PBR championships and other televised events, with millions of dollars in prize money. PBR Canada began in 2006, and the elite Cup Series launched in 2016. This year’s Cup series started in Red Deer on June 11, goes through MB, BC, SK, AB, with national finals in Edmonton Nov 11-12. Brandon was the only stop in MB in this series and this was the first time it has ever been in Brandon. The bulls are the animal super-star athletes and are treated like members of the family (don’t worry, the cowboys are treated pretty well too). Competitors ride different bulls every time—it’s not like equestrian sports where each rider has their specific

animal teammate. The bull pen for each event is set via the country’s Livestock Director. In 2021, competitor Dakota Buttar started the PBR Canada National Finals asBack the row #1 L/R: Meghan Knelsen, Erich Schmidt, contender, but unfortunately Thom Heijmans, Heather a groin injury sustained at Dupuis. Front Gray, Liliane L/R: Minami Kijima, Haile the end of the regularrow season Hubbard, Chassidy Payette, was re-aggravated during theRamsay, Bryce Morgan Summers, finals and forced Buttar to Quinn Hrabok. the sideline the last day of the event. Cody Coverchuk caught up and surpassed Buttar, who was 53.66 points ahead, and came out in first place in the Finals, his second career national championship victory. There are now three riders who have won the PBR Canada Championship more than once: Zane Lambert (twice), Aaron Roy (three times), and Coverchuk(twice). Lambert competed this past By Sheila Runions weekend in this year’s PBR Banner Staff Canada Championship.s He r e p or t e d i n t he tion to the schools. tied Jared Parsonage for fourth Pupils co-ordinated the entire March 9 edition, the Grade 12 Interdisci- month-long promotion, which place. Lambert is a Manitoban plinary Studies at heart, having been born and in Science class culminated in a ceremonious at Rivers Collegiate planned a presentation on March 20 to raised in Westbourne, Maniproject for Riverdale Harvest. Riverdale Harvest president toba, although heDubbed now resides the Boat Load of Food, Heather Gray and Liliane. in Alberta. He was happy to a canoe from Because the snow had melted students secured Rolling answer questions fromRiver theSchool Division so much, the canoe could not withexcited an intent Banner, and we’re to to f ill it with be portaged across the street to non-perishables. Although the Zion Church (home of Riverprovide the reader with this campaign was fully organized dale Harvest). Rather, the teens exclusive interview. by that class, the original idea carried bags, boxes and garbage

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A high octane event hosted by the PBR for the first time in Brandon MB, this sport truly showcases the skill of riders and the animals alike. Blake Smith of Abbey, SK ranked 66 in the world giving it his best aboard one of the PBR bulls.

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cans from the school foyer into the church basement the afternoon of March 21, where the food was weighed and sorted. Although the project was a senior students brainstorm, the entire high school was encouraged to participate. The collegiate hosted a poor boy floor hockey tournament in which to play, athletes had to pay with food for the canoe. Some students also canvassed Rivers, Oak River

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

put away in 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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by harvest Interview with Zane volunteer self to constantly improve? DadLiliane still have a farm. Dupuis. Lambert A: Every day I write down Q: Does anyone else in your “I heard the idea at a meetQ: How did ing youinget into my goals. Then I go after small family do this or are you the Brandon. St. Augustine the sport? goals and larger, long-term black sheep of the family? School had tried Fill a Canoe A:Throughfamily &friends, with the in conjunction A:10-day All my other siblings goals. Festival Winalso rodeo competing let du meVoyaguer to haveincompeted Q: Do you have any family, in high school nipeg in February. It was very bull riding. At the young age rodeo children? but none took it to the successful and whenever I hear of 10, I won a membership toearsprofessional A: Two boys, 3 years old food bank, my always perk level. the Jimmy Lawrence School and 6 months. Q: Who do you look up to? up!” Sheathen brought A: theMy sugin Saskatchewan; he’s retired Q: What’s it like for them dad, lots of good bull The canoe at Rivers Harvest, professional bullgestion rider. to Riverdale riders and past champions, Elementary like School seeing was you compete? which supported the idea and Q: Did you grow up on a Beau Hill. adequately filled. A: It’s pretty cool when they asked her to present the promofarm? Q: What’s your training get to come see, but I’m not sure A: Yes, until I was seven regimen like? they fully understand it yet. years old. I believe we grew Q: I’ve heard bull riding A: In winter, I go for bike peas and wheat, but I was so rides; in summer, I run a lot. described as the most dangeryoung, I can’t quite recall. After Year-round I’m in the gym, ous 8 seconds in sports—you that, we had hobby farm with strengthening my core. must be an adrenaline junkie! lots of 4-H animals. Mom & Q: How do you push your- Is it scary?

A: It’s not scary for me because I’ve been doing it a long time. I don’t think what I have is fear, just respect for the large animals. Q: Do your instincts just take over? 8 seconds is not much time to think! A: Yes, good survival instincts are key. Q: Are you on the road a lot? A: Yes, especially through the summer months. Rodeo is around four months of the year; the Professional Bull Riders is more like 9-10 months a year. Q: What do you do in your downtime? A: Because I’m on the road

a lot, when I’m not bull riding I like to be at home, working on my yard or in my shop. Q: For someone interested in getting into the sport, how do you start? A: Bull riding schools and camps in springtime, look to your local rodeo association, and go to rodeo school and learn from the best. Q: Do you have any connecPhoto by Heather Gray tions to Western Manitoba? A: When I was in high school rodeo, I competed across Manitoba, in all the small towns.

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“Good enough!” isn’t good enough

That’s good enough is an often stated message. It’s also not true. It’s a cop out, an excuse to avoid excellence. Excellence should be the goal, good enough is a fall back position when you can’t achieve or perhaps can’t afford excellence. I do not believe in over achieving or killing ourselves in pursuit of perfection but in so many ways we fall short of excellence when it could be achieved. Columns could be better written, stories better researched. Roads could be built better and made smoother. Maybe potholes could actually be filled in. Urban planning could be done better. No, “good enough” is not good enough. Our education levels could be higher and better. Our buildings could be more efficient and more economical. And speaking of buildings makes me think of housing. We can’t really say we are short of housing in Canada when many people have two or three houses. We can’t legislate against that situation but I do cringe when people say we are short of housing and they may own two or three. They can only live in one at a time. I don’t have a solution, maybe somebody else does but at least, mathematically speaking, in Canada, we are not short of housing. As for towns and RMs, the question they are always facing is “Are we doing all we can” and if so how to pay for it? Having been a member of council on two occasions and having covered mu-


nicipal politics for over 30 years, I have a bit of an insight as to how things work. There is never enough money to get everything done that needs to be done. Sometimes there isn’t enough money to even complete the urgent projects. One thing councils could do is to apply more pressure through AMM on the senior levels of government to implement “one envelope” funding. That would mean that instead of providing project by project funding on a pieve meal application basis, municipalities would get funding on a predictable annual basis. As it is now everything from rec centres to f lood damage to water sewer and road construction is dependent on applying for funds and hoping you get to the serving pot before the food runs out. It makes for a very wasteful and messy process. In many cases, senior levels of government insist on overengineering projects. Two examples are the Park Lake bridge at Neepawa and a bridge at Neepawa Golf Course. Millions are being wasted on those two projects alone due to over-engineering. A regular letter-to-the-editor writer, Fred Tait, questioned me when I said we may have more civil servants than we need. I suggest that he look at the provincial and federal government and ask if we had “one envelope” funding from senior governments to municipalities if we would need so many people overseeing and complicating project applications.

Ken Waddell As a province we certainly fall short of excellence. Manitoba, is still a have-not province. One internet chart shows that the feds send Manitoba over $2billion in transfer payments. We should hang our collective heads in shame. That Manitoba, as rich in people, resources, land and market opportunities has to be on the federal welfare roll is mind boggling. “Good enough” is clearly not good enough for us as province. Just being “Good enough” failed us immensely in our provincial response to Covid-19. We fell far short in the care of our elderly. What we asked of our care workers was wrong at many points as well. The biggest shortfall was provision of ICU beds. North Dakota has far more than Manitoba and that just doesn’t seem right. Some would ask, why we would need more ICU beds. We were “good enough” before. Were we? We didn’t have enough for C-19, we may be short again. If we have another pandemic, or a disaster in the future, we will be short again. Just imagine if we had a major hotel fire, gas explosion

or an air crash in Manitoba. We simply aren’t prepared for a major incident and C-19 proved that point clearly At all levels of government and business, we could do more. We could be better, faster and more productive. And with less stress. We could grow more of everything, process more food, mine more minerals. There is no limit to the potential for Manitoba and Manitobans. The biggest challenge for us all is that we could do more. Yes, “Good enough” has to go as we continue to strive for excellence. Manitoba should spend less time on re-jigging slogans and more time on actually re-jigging our policies, procedures and planning. Excellence has been achieved in Manitoba bit nearly often enough. Let’s hope we can get where we need to be so that excellence is achieved far more often than just “good enough”. 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.

Constructive criticism

n this series of columns, I am offering some practical suggestions to help us express our displeasure with policies proposed or actions taken by those in authority; whether they are at the local, provincial or national level. In expressing displeasure, we want to do more than just speak words of criticism. We want to offer creative alternatives to the measures being proposed and we want to speak so that people will listen, will take our words seriously and will act on them. This is where many of today’s protests fail. When you read the signs protesters display or listen to the words they speak, one thing becomes clear. They have identified the issues that concern them and who, in their view, is responsible for the concerns they have. But their protests achieve very little; mainly due to the attitudes they display, the language they use and their conduct during the event itself. If we wish to speak so that others will listen, we must do three things. First, we must respect the positions people hold even though we find it difficult (or at times impossible) to respect the people themselves. Human history is filled with stories of Kings, Emperors, Prime Ministers and other political leaders who were some of the nastiest wretches to ever slither across the pages of human history. They

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weren’t the type of people you’d invite to your house for Thanksgiving dinner; and if you met them on the street, you’d be tempted to cross over to the other side just to avoid eye contact with them. But they were the heads of state and as such, they were to be respected because of the position they held. That applies today as well. Heads of state are people. They aren’t perfect. They have personality traits or beliefs that bother or offend some of us (which may explain why we didn’t vote for them). But they were elected in a free and fair election and, until their term expires, they are the heads of state; and are worthy of the honor due to all duly elected heads of state. Second, we must limit our criticism to actions and avoid, at all costs, trying to guess their motives for doing something. You and I can’t read minds; so it is inappropriate for us to suggest that the actions of our heads of state are the result of sinister motives on their part or are part of some global conspiracy for world domination. But, thanks to electronic and print media, we can easily verify inappropriate actions and offensive words and base our criticism on facts that those being criticized cannot refute. Third, we must be factual in our criticism. It’s not enough to merely say: “I don’t agree with this proposal” or “I don’t think your actions were appropriate.” Why

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don’t we agree with their proposals; or why do we feel they acted inappropriately in certain situations? When evaluating government proposals, I like to give the people who drafted them the benefit of the doubt. They believe that their proposals will address the concerns of those in need. But while some proposals may be quite effective for those who live in major urban centers, they may cause more problems when implemented in rural Manitoba. Public input (facts and figures that reveal the negative impact a proposal will have on us) is an essential part of the democratic process. If our input leads to change, great. If it is ignored, mocked or ridiculed, we have another option. More on that in two weeks.

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Home Bodies By Rita Friesen On being alien *Guest column by my sister Bea Toews


ita is one of my younger sisters. She and I were born in Winkler Manitoba and lived on a farm in Kane until 1954 when our family moved to a farm in Graysville. Dad sent me to help my Grandmother in Morden in January 1962. Our paths diverged so widely then that we sometimes speak of our relative experiences as if we are strangers rather than blood relatives. Let me explain. In 1971 after having completed University, become a teacher, married and born a baby boy, my husband and I decided to teach in Australia. Rita stayed in Manitoba. That’s 51 years of being on different continents. I visited Canada every couple of years and Rita visited me in Australia. We took trips to Malaysia, Moscow and Paris together. But basically she became more and more involved in her life in Manitoba and I became more and more narrow in my appreciation of Canada. Were it not for family and friends, I would not visit. However, I still sound like a Canadian. My accent has not left me. Some Australian (a lot, actually) words have entered my vocabulary. But I sound like a Can-

adian. And that’s no bad thing. Why does that make me an alien? When I speak, people assume I am from Manitoba and that I should know what is going on. I don’t, though, as I am an Australian citizen and know what’s going on there. I feel like an alien in Canada. Now consider this. In Australia, I know who was elected (Labour) what COVID did to us (not good) what is happening to the Great Barrier Reef (it’s bleaching) why Uluru should not be climbed (it’s sacred to aborigines) and so on. But I sound like I “ just got off the boat”. When I meet someone new, the first personal question they ask is “Are you American or Canadian?” After my withering answer, they ask “ How long have you been here?” When I say “50 years”, they invariably (tritely) say “You haven’t lost your accent”. No, I have not lost my accent. I was an adult when I immigrated, visited Canada often, and worked abroad for eighteen years with American and Canadian teachers. I sound Canadian. But I know more about Australia than many people who were born there. I try to become involved in the life of the communities in which I live. Now that I am retired I walk with one group, raise money for education of children with another, and work in an Op Shop (thrift shop!). But I don’t sound like I belong in Australia. I am constantly being treated like an alien. Let me be brief and succinct. In Canada I feel like an alien but am treated like I belong: in Australia I feel like I belong but am treated like an alien. In both countries my families are the reason I visit (Canada) and stay (Australia). It’s easy being in a third country – Thailand springs to mind. I am an alien and I know it and am treated as such. How easy is that?


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his week we were invited to another bbq. This time it was for seniors in our district. It was for those 55 and over so some of the younger seniors came also. It was such an uplifting experience to see people with walkers and wheelchairs having a great time. Even buses arrived from the extended care . and the staff helped with handing out food or getting a plate ready. What a great way to treat the seniors during senior week. I wonder if maybe this was the only time during the year they were getting out from where they lived. There are many very lonely elderly people who have no family to care for them. I thank the Lord for giving these people an opportunity to enjoy a special outing an socialize with others. God has told us to love Him with our whole heart and our neighbour as our self. I felt this was demonstrated here. .

Happy Father’s Day Sarah Plosker Rivers Banner Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June—June 19 this year. It’s perhaps an understated celebration—no bouquets of f lowers for dad. It doesn’t quite have the same sentimental note as Mother’s Day. Father’s Day has in fact been celebrated since the middle ages in Catholic countries in Europe as St. Joseph’s Day on Mar. 19 every year ( Joseph being the virgin Mary’s husband, and legal father of Jesus Christ). The tradition continues in Europe as well as Latin America to this day. Father’s Day as we know it was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd in 1910, in honour of her father William Jackson Smart, an American Civil War veteran and widower (Sonora’s mother died giving birth to her sixth child). There was a Father’s Day service held in 1908, the brainchild of Grace Golden Clayton, to honour the men who died in the Monongah mine disaster—the worst mining accident in American history. The service for the mining incident is seen as a one-time event to honour the sacrifices of men, so she is typically not credited for founding Father’s Day. Father’s Day is meant to honour fathers and paternal bonds. And what better way to do that than a new set of golf clubs and a grilled steak. Although, all your dad really needs is a hug and an “I love you”—deep down, he’s a big softy just like mom!

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Fire depts. search along Assiniboine

Search crews stopped to coordinate their plan of action.

Sarah Plosker Rivers Banner The Rivers/Daly Fire Department was called to assist the Whitehead Fire Department with a possible water rescue shortly after 3 p.m. Fri. June 17. The Rivers crew deployed their boat and side-by-side, conducting both a downstream search as well an upstream search along the Assiniboine River, from the Grand Valley bridge to the city

of Brandon. A ground search was also done. The Rivers crew searched alongside Whitehead Fire, the Brandon firefighters, and STARS air ambulance, looking for a missing per son whose vehicle was found by the bridge, after not being heard from since 8:30 a.m. that day. The 41-year-old man, Jordan Ross, was last seen leaving his home near the Grand Valley Park campground in the RM of Whitehead,

to do some work in the campground. His vehicle was later found parked in the shoulder of Hwy 1, near the Assiniboine River. Search continues The search efforts continue, with Rivers Fire deploying a water rescue team over the weekend to assist. With a heat warning in effect, crews from Oak Lake/Sifton Fire Department, Rivers/Daly Fire Department, Wallace

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Q: How long have you been an Auxiliary Officer with Rivers Police Ser v ice and what did you do before you came to Rivers? A: I have been with R ivers Pol ice Ser v ice since January 2022 and currently work full-time as a 911 Operator / Police Dispatcher for the Brandon Public Safety Communication Centre. Q: D o you h ave a family? Any pets? A: I am married with four children including twins and we have a rescue dog and hairless cat. Q: What’s your favourite movie? A: Jurassic Park Q: What’s your favourite food? A: Mexican - burritos, tacos, quesadillas, I love it all!

Q: Who inspires you? A: I am inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger because he came from humble beginnings and reached t he pinnacle of success in multiple industries.

Q: What are your longterm career aspirations? A: I plan to pursue a career in law enforcement and will also be studying to become an addictions counsellor.



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Sarah Plosker Rivers Banner Fishing is a lot of fun. But what do you do once you catch the fish? You can practice catch and release or learn to fillet. Earlier this month, at the Becoming an Outdoors Woman event organized by the Manitoba Wildlife Federation, Bruce Nohlgren and Chase Dreilich taught numerous women how to fillet in several hands-on work shops. Br uce has been instructing at BOW for many years. His passion is moose hunting up north. Chase is the MWF Recreat iona l A ngl i ng Coordinator, and it was his first time instructing at BOW. Fully prepared Bruce and Chase came prepared with a cooler full of Walleye. The fish were donated, and they didn’t know what to expect until they opened it up. In other years, they’ve received perch, jackfish, or a mix of different species. Br uce ex pla ins how both large and small fish are hard to fillet; like all things in life, there’s a happy medium. These Walleye were on the large side, which meant lots of meat for the freezer, but they were a bit hard to handle, especially with small hands. Bruce recommends wearing gloves because the scales can be sharp. He uses a dollar store scrub bush and some water to scrub some of the slime off the fish so it’s easier to handle. Bruce started the workshop going over the different f illeting knives, including his favourite: a commercial carbon steel filleting knife from a store out of Selkirk. The carbon steel holds an edge longer than stainless steel, so you need to sharpen it less often, but it can rust, so you need to be more ca ref u l w it h properly washing and storing it. He also suggests sharpening a spoon to remove the cheek meat. Chase goes one step further, and after filleting and removing the cheek meat, he cuts off the pectoral fins, which includes a chunk of meat leftover from the filleting process.

How to fillet a fish

These “f ish popsicles”, also known as freshwater shrimp or butterf lies, are fantastic deep fried. You can even eat the fins— Chase says they’re just like potato chips. By the time you’re done filleting a cooler full of fish, you have a whole extra meal with the pectoral fins, so don’t let those goodies go to waste!

A dull knife is dangerous To f illet a f ish, you should use smooth, f luid movements. You’re not sawing with the knife. A sharp blade is extremely important; more accidents happen with a dull blade than a sharp one. Make a cut behind the fins just after the head. Cut as deep as you can go, about halfway through the fish, then turn your blade and make a cut parallel to the table, angling the blade down slightly, and cut down the length of the fish, all the way to the tail. Always angle down to get the most meat possible. If at any point your blade gets stuck, you’re probably stuck on the backbone. Wiggle/angle your blade up slightly, then back down, and you should get around the obstacle. Two ways Bruce and Chase demonstrated two ways to remove the r ib cages, either with the rib cage facing up or with the skin of the fish facing you and the rib cage underneath. Both methods see your knife running along the rib cage, trying to keep as much meat as you can. The pectoral line needs to be removed; it’s essentially a line of bones that runs down the middle of the fish, almost until its tail. Make a long incision on the thick side of the fillet, running parallel to the line. Then come at it from the thin side of the fillet, angling up slightly, meeting your earlier cut. That will remove the long strip of meat. Bruce also demonstrated “Et hyl’s method”. She was the fastest filleter back in Bruce’s heyday. Her method involved cutting the head straight off, then cutting down the center of its


stomach until its cloaca and removing the guts. This technique is fast but seems more for experienced filleters. Most fish are filleted in a similar manner, though Jackfish are a little different because they have a Y-bone, but unfortunately there weren’t any to practice on. Time to go fishing and practice filleting!





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Sarah’s Science Corner Is it a liquid or a solid?

Sarah Plosker Rivers Banner Make some goop that has the properties of a liquid and a solid. This hands-on Let’s Talk Science activity is best suited for children in Kindergarten to Grade 4 and teaches them about chemistry and physics. This is also a great sensory activity to do with toddlers. What you need •Shallow dish (large Tupperware container, roasting pan, clean takeout container, etc) •Stir stick •Cornstarch •Measuring cup •Water •Food colouring (optional) •Large buttons (optional)

What to do 1.Place 2 Cups of cornstarch in the dish. 2.Add a few drops of food colouring to the cornstarch (this is optional). 3.Add 1 Cup of water to the mixture and stir thoroughly. If the mixture is too stiff, just add a few teaspoons of water at a time. You should be able to stir the final product but it should not be too “liquidy”. 4.Have the kids grab some of the goop with their hands. Have them observe what happens when they squeeze it. If they can’t grasp it into a ball, add another teaspoon or two of cornstarch. 5.Add the buttons randomly into the dish so the kids can search for them (this is optional). Be careful to watch the kids at all times

if you do this; buttons can be a chocking hazard. What’s happening? Cornstarch goop is a very peculiar substance as it has the properties of both a solid and a liquid. It is a suspension, meaning that solid particles of cornstarch are suspended in water. When the mixture is squeezed or pressed the molecules line up in a regular pattern, as they do in a normal solid. This makes the goop feel and act as a solid. When the pressure is released the molecules form the random arrangement of a liquid and the goop suddenly flows. Why does it matter? All fluids have a measurable viscosity. Viscosity is the thickness or resistance

to flow of a liquid. Water, for instance, has a low viscosity because it pours easily. In comparison, honey is a very thick liquid and can take a long time to pour, so it has a high viscosity. Normal f luids, called Newtonian fluids, change viscosity only when the temperature changes. That is, when honey is warmed up it is easier to pour, but when it is cooled down it is much harder to pour. Cornstarch goop is an example of a non-Newtonian fluid. The viscosity of the goop can be changed by temperature and also by pressure. Quicksand is also non-Newtonian fluid. That's why the best way to get out of quicksand is to move slowly. Too fast and the quicksand will stiffen like cornstarch

goop. Investigate further •Hold the mixture in your hands, squeeze it, let it go and find out what happens to the mixture in each case.

•Try putting the goop mixture in a fridge or freezer for 30 – 60 minutes. How does the cold temperature affect the goop?


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The Manitoba government is investing in three programs – a Youth Leadership Council, a Safe Ride pilot program and an initiative to support front-line youth care practitioners – to better support the health and well-being of youth throughout the province, Families Minister Rochelle Squires announced today. “Our government is committed to supporting the development of healthy children and youth, who are the future of our province,” said Squires. “We are investing in these three programs to proactively improve the services they receive that promote their health, well-being and safety.” Manitoba Families is creating a Youth Leadership Council to engage community experts and youth from across the province to provide their perspectives, insights and advice on current and emerging issues for youth who access services offered by the department including those who: •are in the care of child and family services agencies, •live with disabilities, •live with families that receive Employment and Income Assistance, •live in Manitoba Housing, and •have experienced homelessness. The Youth Leadership Council will reflect the diversity of Manitoba including 2SLGBTQQIA+ youth, the minister noted. The council’s initial project will be to produce a high-level report about the effects of COVID-19 on youth who receive services from Manitoba Families’ programs, as well as recommendations on how to modernize and adapt these programs to better address the needs of youth. The council will be active for the next two years and will be co-chaired by Kerri Irvin-Ross, executive director at The Link: Youth and Family Supports. “I am excited to walk alongside youth and community members from across Manitoba to listen, learn and work toward building systems that honour the gifts of youth and are responsive to their unique needs,” said Irvin-Ross. Continued on page 8

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Safe ride pilot program More from page 7 “I encourage youth from across Manitoba to apply for this exciting opportunity and help lead this important initiative.” Manitoba Families is currently recruiting five community experts from organizations that provide services to or promote the rights of youth, as well as six youth members aged 15 to 21 that reflect Manitoba’s diversity to become council members for the first oneyear term beginning in the fall. Youth members will benefit from the mentorship of experienced community leaders and will receive an honorarium for their participation and one youth member will be appointed as co-chair of the council. Applications are due by Aug. 31. The application form is available at www.gov. mb.ca/fs/youthcouncil. The Safe Ride pilot program is a new initiative of Manitoba Families, in partnership with the Child and Family All Nations Coordinated Response Network (ANCR), which helps facilitate the safe return of absent and missing youth in care, the minister noted. This $1.7-million initiative will reduce the risks for youth in care by ensuring they always have access to safe transportation back to their placement. The Safe Ride program is currently available Tuesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m., but its schedule may be adjusted if needed. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide this important service that ensures the safety of our children. The dedi-


Sat. June 11 marked the 18th annual Knit in Public day, with knitters young and old from across the world participating. This reporter was attending the Becoming an Outdoors Woman event organized by the Manitoba Wildlife Federation, and a few of the women took part. Yours truly took it a step further by doing some spinning, a process that turns wool into yarn. The international Knit in Public day started in 2005; it’s celebrated on the second Sat. in June. Sarah Plosker, spinning (left) and Marissa Boss, knitting (right).

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cated safe rides teams are in the field meeting youth where and when they are most in need and getting them to a safe place,” said Sandie Stoker, executive director, Child and Family All Nations. “We recognize the efforts of the service partners that saw the need for this resource and helped to develop and resource the program. In the first month since the program has gone live, we have provided over 100 safe rides for children in care.” Following the success of the 2021 funding initiative that supported professional development activities for youth care practitioners, the Manitoba government is investing an additional $4.91 million to further support the group care sector’s workforce, Squires noted. Community care providers, who provide placement resources to youth in care in licensed group care settings, will have sufficient flexibility to determine how to best use the funding to respond to critical front-line staffing pressures. “The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated pressures experienced by staff who work tirelessly to provide high-quality essential services for youth,” said Squires. “This funding will promote a trained and knowledgeable workforce, which will provide stability within the group care sector and better meet the needs of youth receiving services.” For more information on the Youth Leadership Council, visit www.gov.mb.ca/ fs/youthcouncil.