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The province’s education system is about to go through some sweeping structural changes. On Monday, Mar. 15, education minister Cliff Cullen unveiled the results of a much-anticipated report outlining proposed modifications to kindergarten to grade twelve education. The most notable suggestion made will see the removal of elected school boards, except for t he Fr a nc ophone school d iv ision. They will be replaced with a gover nment-appointed provincial advisory board and community councils for each schools. The adv isor y cou nci l w i l l consist of between six to 11 people. At least two of the members must be the parents of current public school students. Manitoba’s 37 school divisions would also be replaced with 15 regions, that will be overseen by a ‘Provincial Education A ut hor it y ”. T he A u -

thority will be made up of appointed members and take over the bulk Back row L/R: Meghan Knelsen, of ad m i n i st r at ive re - Erich Schmidt, Thom Heijmans, Heather sponsibilities, including Gray, Liliane Dupuis. Front ITMinami Kijima, Haile collective bargaining, row L/R: Hubbard, Chassidy Payette, resources and workforce Morgan Ramsay, Bryce planning. This new edu- Quinn Hrabok. Summers, cation model has been outlined in Bill 64, the Education Modernization Act, which was put before the legislature on Mar. 15. The hope is to have these infrastructure changes completed by July of 2022. Cullen noted that, if Photo by Sheila Runions approved, this shift in education are aimed at cutting $40 million in administration costs and By money Sheila Runions redirecting that to Banner Staff the classroom. 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. “Our system has more BY MICAH Pupils co-ordinated the entire the church basement the after- tributions from the community. the PHOTO shelving units. WADDELL They were March 9 edition, the (school board) trustees noon will of March 21, where the all Better was said Education and done, fantastic! We are (BEST) very, very promotion, which that Grade 12One Interdisciof the month-long most notable changes be occuring dueWhen to the Starts Today per capita than anywhere food and sorted. the Cliff scales Cullen at Riverdale Harvest pleased.” culminated in ceremoniousMar. plinary Studies in Science class announced strategy, ona Monday, 15was byweighed education minister is the end of all school divisions Elementary school staff memMarch 20 to Although the project was a sen- noted a total of 434 pounds, “a at Rivers planned a presentation else in Canada. OurCollegiate ad- such as Rolling River. on Schools like Rivers Collegiate (pictured above) along with Oak River, Rapid City and project for Riverdale Harvest. Riverdale Harvest president ior students brainstorm, the en- fabulous amount,” says Heather. ber/Harvest volunteer Yvonne ministration expenses as Elton will be affected by the shift in that administration will be more centralized. tire high school was encouraged “We are so pleased they decided Crouch initiated a similar camDubbed the Boat Load of Food, Heather Gray and Liliane. of costssecured are a canoe from a percentage students Because the snow had melted to participate. The collegiate to help those we serve. A lot paign in her school. That threethatkids unless youenough ers’ Society also expressed about still being mediocre the plan, indicating that we know higher than Rolling most other of times don’t get week effort simply encouraged so much, the canoe could not hosted a poor boy floor hockey River School Division chbuti ld y serious Cullen. concern the in hasn’t thoroughly ad- to add provinces,” Cullen credit this pover group oftstudents students to leave on product be portaged across theitstreet to tournament in which play,ress with ansaid. intent to are f ill itover,” with said the canoe; 87 pounds and of food River- one athletes had to pay with food for certainly issues f irst, deserves there’ssome nopraise. removal of principals of the biggest The shift innon-perishables. education Although the Zion Church (home ofdressed collected from the younger dale Harvest). Rather, issue the teens the canoe. Some also to All start students stayed behind to was campaign was fully organized students deal it. studentsneed looking at from Shift reaction from the Society. is in reaction to Manitoba by that class, the original idea carried bags, boxes and garbage canvassed Rivers, Oak River help check expiry dates, sort and group on Thursday, March 22. “There’s a lot of speak- all of those other things,” having some came of the low- MB Teachers Society from a suggestion made i n g t o out c ome s a nd said MTS vice president Additional stories on The Manitoba Teachest results inbymath and harvest volunteer Liliane ers’ Society (MTS) has achievements and assess- Nathan Martindale. the announcement on literacy in theDupuis. country. “I heard the ideaexpressed at a meet- concern with ments and test scores but The Manitoba Teachpage 4 “The time for excuses

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Education review long overdue

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he Province of Manitoba has received, and now released, a K-12 education report with 75 recommendations and Education Minister Cliff Cullen said the province has accepted all of them in spirit and principle. Some, but not all, are incorporated into Bill 64. Bill 64 is before the legislature now, but will not likely pass this spring, as the opposition has the right to delay up to five bills until fall. They will likely delay Bill 64. The K-12 report and Bill 64 are long overdue. Whether the 75 recommendations are the right ones remains to be seen. The public has only seen the contents for less than 24 hours at the time this column is being written on Tuesday morning. Rather than say each and every detail is the right direction or if all this planning will work out or not, it’s important to examine them. Minister Cullen said they had to do something and he’s correct. With admin costs appearing to be high compared to other provinces and with education results appearing to be low compared to other provinces, the need for action is evident. That said, many of the premises for Bill 64 are long overdue. Supporting education with land taxes is totally out of date. That change should have come about 40 years ago. Set up in the early part of the last century, education taxes on land was the way to go. Nearly every quarter section of land had a family

with kids living on it, it was assumed that most houses and businesses had kids living on the property. With that largely being the case, it somewhat made sense to tax land to fund education. Over the decades, the province has taken over some of the funding. Education serves all people, not just property owners. Education is a service to people so should be funded by all people. Land taxes need to go towards services to land such as roads, water, sewer and numerous other land based service needs. If the government can switch education funding off property and onto general revenue, it will be a good thing. Land owners can then invest their tax dollars in improving, or in some cases, even just keeping their land. Farmers and commercial building owners have been unfairly burdened with education taxes and it needs to end. It is among the changes that are 40 years overdue. We need to remember that the last major change to the education system was in 1966, which, by the way, is 55 years ago. That was when school divisions were enlarged and wide spread school bussing started. The school boards and school trustees are almost all mad about Bill 64 and that’s understandable. Also understandable is the government’s statement that school boards have spent most of their time agonizing over local tax rates and bargaining with teachers over wages. Bill 64 claims to place

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Ken Waddell teacher salary bargaining under a province wide authority. It may make a lot of sense and on the surface, it does make sense. It will seem harsh, but newspapers basically stopped covering school board meetings years ago. For the two nights a month it took to cover school board meetings, it seemed like there was lot of rubber stamping going on. Board members hands were tied by the province and as so much of the funding was coming from the province, is that a surprise. In recent years, it has been tough to get people to run for school boards. The third thing that jumps out is educational results. It’s reported that Manitoba is low on the Canadian charts by many measures. Defenders of the current education system say that those results are due to poverty. Could be, to some extent. However, if poverty were the criteria for a lack of success, it didn’t hold back my oldest brother, who served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 15 years and had a long career in

business and transportation. It didn’t stop my second brother from obtaining two university degrees and serving for many decades in the Ag industry. It didn’t stop me from obtaining a University degree and a reasonably successful career in business, politics and journalism. Poverty can sometimes be an incentive to succeed. The teachers union will be upset, because that is what they are paid to do. The school trustees will be upset, because their role is being re-assigned. The support workers union will be upset, but I am not sure why, as they will likely all have jobs and there may be more jobs in teaching and support services as money is shifted. I think everyone’s big concern is that governments of all political stripes have a huge propensity to screw things up. It’s our job as journalists, and as citizens, to make sure they don’t. If we aren’t up that task, then we are all in big trouble.

What is Easter? - part 1

With Easter just around the corner, I need to pause the series on false gospels and religions for the next three weeks to discuss the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. But before we do that, let’s have a brief look at the history of Easter and why Christ came to die. Easter is derived from the name of the ancient AngloSaxon goddess of fertility, Eostre (spellings vary) to whom sacrifices were made around the time of the Jewish celebration of Passover. The first Passover feast ocurred when the Israelites were rescued from slavery in Egypt under the leadership of Moses. The Israelites sacrificed a lamb or kid (without defect) and applied the blood to the sides and tops of the door frames so the Lord would “passover” their houses when He came to pass justice upon the homes of the Egyptians. The Passover was celebrated for centuries until Christ, the perfect and final sacrificial lamb, ended the feast and established the Christian Church ( Jews not recognizing Christ as their Messiah, continue to observe the feast.) When Christian missionaries evangelized some of the Anglo-Saxons, Eostre, their object of worship, was replaced by Jesus Christ, but the name remained with the customs of Easter varying around the globe. This time of year the Christian Church celebrates the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is the core of our faith. The Apostle Paul puts it this way: 1 Corinthians 15:14,17 - “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are

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still in your sins.” For the majority of people, Easter is an age old tradition of painting and hunting for easter eggs, along with eating chocolate bunnies. Because of the rabbit’s rapid breeding habits, somebody thought it made an ideal replacement for the goddess of fertility. As a child and parent, I loved the festivities myself until I started to realize that Easter had been hijacked by a chocolate rabbit and Jesus Christ was replaced as the object of worship. I have no problem whatsoever with children having fun and getting treats, but I take issue when the practice infiltrates the Church and Christ has to play second fiddle. Isaiah 42:8 - “I am the Lord...I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.” When a church does not put Jesus Christ front and centre, it has relinquished its title of a Christian Church. Now let’s discuss why Christ had to come. The disease of sin entered our world through Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God, and each one of us inherits the illness that has to be treated because God hates sin. The prophet Habakkuk wrote this: Habakkuk 1:13 -“Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.” Then listen to what the Apostle Paul said in his letter to the Church in Rome: Romans 3:10 - “As it is written: there is no one righteous, not even one.” Romans 3:23 - “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

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Home Bodies By Rita Friesen Choose our

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here is room between stimulus and our response. Through this space, you have the possibility to choose your own response.” Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor. That statement, standing by itself, is a powerful truth; standing in the shadow of the author, it is an even more powerful truth. After having stood in the shadows of the gates of Auschwitz and Birkenau, for me, it is a mind bending, healing and humbling truth. Frankl, a noted counsellor, teacher, humanitarian and scholar, lost his wife, parents and all but one member of his family to the horrors of man’s inhumanity to man, the Holocaust. While imprisoned, he counselled fellow victims, encouraging them to remember the good in the world, in their world. Ref lect back to happy times, beautiful places, loving people. Think on these things and never give up hope. One of his books, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, is still recommended reading. Frankl was able to speak his truth with love, despite, in spite of, the circumstances over which he had no control. No control over the circumstances, the possibility to choose his own response. When I ref lect on situations, such as the Holocaust, the refugee camps filled with the homeless and hurt-

ing, the outbreak of the Spanish f lu a hundred years ago, well, the list can go on and on. When I ref lect on these situations, I give humble thanks. I don’t like missing the holiday festivities with my family and friends. I don’t like missing the little joys like shopping and coffeeing. I don’t like the fear and uncertainty, the formation of groups with very differing opinions of what is true and what is scare mongering. There are rifts deepening in families and communities. I don’t like that either. I have a choice. I have a choice to think on those things that bring me peace of mind, a sense of purpose, satisfaction. If Frankl, enduring all that he felt and witnessed, could still be positive and helpful, then what is around me and before me pales in comparison. There is concern for the elderly that are isolated. There is concern for the youth that are lacking the experiences that we feel they deserve. When I was a child, a trip to town was not a given, but a privilege. To own a pair of skates was to be a “have”. The seclusion of my early farm life was wonderfully broken by visits from family and neighbours. I know we can’t have that, right now, but most of us do have the telephone, texting, Skype and Zoom. The young and the old have access to at least a visual connection to loved ones. We do want more for our children than we had as children. As did our parents, and their parents. “What man actually needs is not a tensionless state, but rather, the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.” Viktor Emil Frankl (1905 – 1997) We have the possibility to choose our own response.

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wo stories caught my attention this week. One mentioned what you need to do if you were poor and lived next door to someone who was rich and then talked about it if you were rich, lived next door to someone who was poor, and what the Bible teaches us what to do. Then I read an interesting story about two brothers who lived like poor fellows and they found out how rich they were after they died. They did not share anything with anybody. It made me thinking what I would do ….. It is so easy to love someone who is equal to us and become friends with them, but Paul tells us in Acts 20 when he says farewell to Ephesians elders that he “served the Lord with great humility and with tears” (vs.19). Peter tells us in Acts 10;42 that He ( Jesus) commanded us to testify that He ( Jesus) is the one whom God appointed and that everyone who believes in Him ( Jesus) receives forgives of sins through His name (verse 43).. There is no difference with who we share His love and His salvation.

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Centralization could negatively impact students BPSD superintendent reacts to K-12 Education Review results

Banner staff Rivers Banner The results of the provincial government’s K-12 Education Review has received its share of mixed reviews. Superintendent for RRSD Mary-Anne Ploshynsky said in response, “Education Minister Cliff Cullen provided a lot of information in his announcement on March 13 and we need time to process and unpack the information. RRSD will work with government and our regional partners Beautiful Plains SD and Park West SD, through the process of Education reform and the “Better Education Starts Today Strategy”. This is a major announcement and leaves our operational staff with stress and uncertainty related to job security. I want to emphasize that we have a lot of knowledge and experience in rural Manitoba and it is very important that rural job opportunities are provided in the new educational entities, either face to face or remotely depending on the role. I encourage the RRSD community to keep informed and to check out the following government website for updates on how the transition will occur at: bettereducationMB.ca Fall 2021 is the release of the roadmap for implementation of actions and timelines. Going forward, our goal will be to communicate with our staff and communities on whatever lies ahead as we transition into a new entity.” Bigger isn’t always better Jason Young, Beautiful Plains School Division (BPSD) superintendent, had a mixed reaction, with cautious optimism and concern. “Change is difficult and I will approach this change with an open and hopeful mindset that some positive changes can come of this for our students,” Young stated. “Our students have always been and must continue to remain at the centre of the decision making process.” In an interview before the review was published, Young had noted that amalgamations were expected, whether it was to come from this review or further down the line. However, previous amalgamations both

in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces have shown that method is not always beneficial. Young explained that the government has been putting out a consistent message that too much money is being spent on administration, in particular, school boards, and it should be reallocated directly to classrooms. Young noted that the Beautiful Plains School Board has always believed this exact sentiment, that money should be directed directly to the classrooms, where it can have the greatest impact on students. He added that every conversation that occurs among the BPSD board starts with the question, “how will this decision benefit our students?” The last amalgamation, which took place in 2001, came about because of similar statements of “unnecessary duplication”, with the estimate that the government could save up to $10 million by reducing school divisions from 54 to 37. “At that time, they used the same reason they’re using now, there’s too much administration,” he explained. In reality, the total spending in amalgamated school divisions went up by over $27 million in one year, according to the Provincial FRAME report of 2003/2004. “Effectiveness and efficiency [in schools] is based far more on the decisions that are made and the culture that exists than they are on size [of divisions],” Young expressed in that earlier interview. While the province’s announced changes to the education system are not defined as amalgamation, the grouping of 37 school divisions into 15 regions and transferring the majority of administration into one provincial authority can be seen as a form of amalgamation. Concern for communities could disappear Young noted that moving most of the administration duties to one centralized, provincial authority could end up making it more difficult for schools to get what they need for their students. “I can only speak from our local context in Beautiful Plains, where I know we have a Board of Trustees who genuinely cares about our students, staff and communities. They work hard

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to do what they believe is best for our kids, even when they know it may not be the most popular decision at times. This is a caring group who has earned my utmost respect by their actions and choices. I am not confident that one central authority will be able to duplicate this type of genuine concern for the communities we serve,” he expressed. While this change will be gradual, Young said that he expects to see the impact in schools as time rolls on. “I am certain as more time passes and decisions are made by people further removed from our communities that our schools will undoubtedly be impacted.” He continued, “I have always believed, through what I have seen with people, that relationships are key. The closer the relationship, and the more deeply a person knows someone, the more likely they are to try and do what they feel is best for that person. I see that with our parents, who care so deeply for their children. I see that with our staff, who know our communities and our families and I see that with our board, who represent the

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communities they serve. I hope that is not lost because out of that, the real loser will be our students.” While it is evident the potential challenges this changeover could pose, Young maintained that he will keep an open mind to this new system and see where it leads. “I’m open minded and will work to understand how this is going to help our students, how is this going to improve their chances of being successful.”

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Church Chatter

Dianne Kowalchuk Council Chair

Rivers United Church is moving through this pandemic like everyone else – with dogged determination and w ith hope for an end to the anxiety and separation. For most of the year, our church ser v ices have been delivered by e-mail, and we very much appreciate the dedication of Rev. Margret Kristjansson, Rev. Glenna Beauchamp, and others who provided these messages. Paper copies of the services have been handdelivered to those who do not have internet access. And so we are all connected on Sunday mornings. (If you would like to receive these services by e-mail, contact Donna Falkevitch at dfalkevi@ mymts.net .) Council and committee meetings have taken place on the Zoom platform. A council meeting was held in that manner

on March 9th. We are thankful for the technology that allows us to connect to do the work of the church. Some of the time at this meeting was spent discussing upgrades to the church bui ld ing t hat we are contemplating, such as roof repairs, replacement of the front steps, and painting. We also learned that Rev. Margret will be ending her time with Rivers United on June 30th. She has been a great blessing to us in the past two years. Worship while apart L ike a l l persons of faith, we believe in freedom of religious expression. We also value the

well-being of our church family and respect the expertise of the public he a lt h pr ofe s s ion a l s . Weighing all of these factors, it was decided that Rivers United Church will not hold in-person worship services until public health orders allow the public gathering of 50 people indoors. Easter is the most important day in the church calendar, but if we are not able to worship together in our sanctuary, then we will worship together while being apart. We will mark the Resurrection in our hearts and minds, and at the same time, pray for a day when all people can meet joyfully and safely.

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Fuel stolen in Rapid City By Cpl. Jacob Stanton Spruce Plains RCMP During the week of Mar. 8 to Mar. 14, Spruce Plains RCMP dealt with 35 police activities. Mar. 8: RCMP received a complaint of theft of fuel from a business in Rapid City; the matter is still under investigation. Police conducted a Covid compliance check in Neepawa. All person(s) were found complying with quarantine regulations. Mar. 9: RCMP re-

sponded to a missing person report in Basswood. A fter thorough investigation, the person was located safe and well, and the report was determined to be unfounded. Police received a call of a stalled semi in the RM of Minto-Odanah that was creating a dangerous traffic hazard as weather conditions were deteriorating. Police attended and learned a tow truck was on route. Mar. 10: Police conducted proactive traffic

enforcement, engaging with several motorists. Mar. 11: RCMP conducted Covid compliance checks at residences in Neepawa. All person(s) were found complying with quarantine regulations. Police received a report of a missing person in Kelwood. After investigation, the person was located with no cause for concern. Continued on page 7

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6 Rivers Banner March 19, 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 watch is issued when weather over the weekend as conditions are favourable to produce a tornado; however, Individuals should visit indicates vaccine have a warning is more serious. A warning thatbeen a adminisBulletin tered, including www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vacNews Media Services g was issued for your tornado has occurred or has a high likelihood of being73,009 first cine/eligibility-criteria.html to doses and 33,922 second doses. do? Are you familiar about to occur. Appointments and theyduring are eligible to This esponse plan and the The safestdetermine place toifbe a tornado is adata low includes spot vaccine Eligibility Criteria make an appointment. If eliadministered at is included in that in an interior room away from windows, such as an at in-medical clinToday, eligibility to be imgible, call (toll-free) 1-844-626ics and pharmacies, though with that document ner room in the basement or underneath the stairs to the munized at a super site or pop- 8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). there may be a slight delay in our family safe. basement. Rooms that have extra support in the walls up clinic is being expanded to Everyone who calls is screened reporting from some of these da sees the most tor- such as bathrooms are also ideal as bathroom pipes include individuals aged 77 or to ensure they meet current eli- locations. focused on southern provide extra support to the walls. MobileThis homes and older and First Nation people gibility criteria before booking week, Focused Imnces. With the peak camper trailers are very unsafe places to take shelter as (FITs) will aged 57 or older. munization Teams an appointment. y time between April they are not anchored to the ground. Over the weekend, criteria The average wait time for visit more than 70 congregate heart were of a expanded potentialto also include: Get informed stay safe. For information living facilities with an estithe calland centre is expected to bemore 43 tornadoes occur visit: Public Safety Canada http://www.publicsafety. • health-care workers, who less than 10 minutes and a call- mated 3,600 beds. The first gc.ca/res/em/nh/to/index-eng.aspx Environment may or may not provide dir- back option is available. An ordose of vaccine will be provided een a weather watch Canada http://www.ec.gc.ca. ect patient care, working in online booking tool is currently to all eligible and consenting

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outpatient health care settings being tested. More information residents. To date, more than including clinics, diagnostic will be provided about this op- 6,900 residents at 253 conimaging, laboratories, patient tion when it becomes available. gregate living facilities have transport, blood donor centres, The Covishield (AstraZen- received their first doses of the surgical centres, elderly day eca) vaccine is now available COVID-19 vaccine. programs and home-based through some medical clinThe Morden super site, care (expanded to include ics and pharmacies. Nearly located at the Access Event workers without direct patient 200 locations throughout the Centre, will open on March 22. care, no age restrictions); and province have received 18,000 The Winnipeg super site at the • people working in congregate doses. For more information RBC Convention Centre has living facilities (no age restric- about this vaccine, including expanded to include the third tions). its eligibility criteria and how to floor and is expected to launch Appointments are currently NDREAaccess it if you are eligible, visit this month as vaccine supplies available for the super sites in www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vac- become available. t DAMSON Winnipeg, Brandon, Thomp- cine/eligibility-criteria.html. Pop-up vaccination clinics er Minnedosa-based mobile dental hygienist son, Selkirk and Morden and will begin this week in rural Roberds • Residential & Commercial sites located across at pop-up Vaccine•Administration and northern Manitoba comPersonal care homes Farm Wiring & Trenching -5 p.m. the province. Home care To date, 106,931 doses of munities, for people who meet

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• 18,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine. An additional 20,500 doses of Moderna vaccine have been received by the province and will be reflected in tomorrow’s online dashboard.

This week, the province expects to receive 14,040 doses of Pfizer. All data in this bulletin is current as of March 14, unless noted otherwise.

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Spruce Plains RCMP Report M a r. 12: RC M P r e sponded to a disturbance at a residence in Gladstone. After discussion with the complainant, solutions were provided and no further police action was required. Police received a report of mischief in Clanwilliam. Police spoke with the complainant who was looking for advice and did not wish to proceed with charges. Mar. 13: RCMP received a report of a single vehicle rollover in the RM of Rosedale. Neither the driver or passenger were injured and the vehicle was towed. Wet and muddy roads were to blame. Police responded to a report of a possible impaired driver in the RM of Rosedale. Patrols were made but the suspect vehicle was not located. M a r. 14 : RC M P r e sponded to a report of a domestic assault taking place in Glenella. Police attended, spoke with all involved parties where there was no disclosure of an assault, no injuries and no concern for safety. Police received a report of a court order being disobeyed in Minnedosa; the matter is still under investigation.

RCM P conducted nine traffic enforcement actions during this reporting period. Public service announcement If you have any information about these crimes or any other cr imes, please contact your local RCMP Office or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Due to t he on-goi ng COVID-19 Pandemic, the Neepawa and Minnedosa RCMP detachments advise they will be limiting front counter services at the det a c h ment s u nt i l f u r t her notice. We request that you contact each detachment at 204-476-7340 (Neepawa) or 204-867-2916 (Minnedosa) to inquire about criminal record checks or to f ile a report. Leave a message if needed and it will be checked the following business day. Do not leave a message if you require immediate police assistance. You must dial 204 - 476 -7338 ( Neepawa), 204-867-2751 (Minnedosa) or 911 to have a police officer respond to you promptly.


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