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ArtsForward in Neepawa is displaying their first new exhibit in almost a year. Set up in the gallery for the month of October is “Whimsical Meanderings”, a series of watercolour paintings by Kenton Manitoba artist Mary Lowe. Lowe’s series was developed through experimenting with watercolour pigments dropped in water, with salt applied, creating pat terns and shapes from which she creates her images. While every p a i n t i n g h a s a ve r y obvious subject, upon closer inspection, each one reveals hidden pic tures within the painting.

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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.

Can collections for canoes

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s r e p or t e d i n t he March 9 edition, the Grade 12 Interdisciplinary Studies in Science class at Rivers Collegiate planned a project for Riverdale Harvest. Dubbed the Boat Load of Food, students secured a canoe from Rolling River School Division with an intent to f ill it with non-perishables. Although the campaign was fully organized by that class, the original idea came from a suggestion made by harvest volunteer Liliane Dupuis. “I heard the idea at a meeting in Brandon. St. Augustine School had tried Fill a Canoe in conjunction with the 10-day Festival du Voyaguer in Winnipeg in February. It was very successful and whenever I hear food bank, my ears always perk up!” She then brought the suggestion to Riverdale Harvest, which supported the idea and asked her to present the promo-

tion to the schools. Pupils co-ordinated the entire month-long promotion, which culminated in a ceremonious presentation on March 20 to Riverdale Harvest president Heather Gray and Liliane. Because the snow had melted so much, the canoe could not be portaged across the street to Zion Church (home of Riverdale Harvest). Rather, the teens carried bags, boxes and garbage

The canoe at Rivers Elementary School was adequately filled.

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.

Photo by Heather Gray

More history lessons

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have said many times that history, or the past, is a great place to visit, but a poor place to live. Our problem today is that our history is hardly ever visited and examined and yet we let the dark shadows of history affect us and we don’t even know why. Canadians are under the impression that we are peace-loving, apologetic people who want to be left alone to make our own decisions. The assumption is that we have always been that way. That assumption is far from the truth. Before the European settlers came to what is now known as Canada, there were a large number of people groups who hunted, gathered, f ished and farmed. Sometimes, they got along. There was trade and some cooperation. But it wasn’t always the case. There were conf licts, lots of them. Some were over buffalo hunting, some over women and slaves, some about jealousies. There is evidence of many battles. I recently read a book by John Houston about Inuit history. Houston spent many years living in the north, often in tents or igloos. He heard the stories and saw the places where the people told about their history. One story that stood out to me was about some hunters who travelled into unfamiliar territory. The local hunters took exception to the perceived intrusion, didn’t know these new people and

simply attacked them, slit their throats and left their bodies on the ice f low. There may have been many periods of peace along the way, but war and violence has marred everyone’s history. Champlain came to what is now Quebec in 1608. Yes, he traded and did a lot of things with the “Indians”, but he killed a fair number, too. The First Nations people often returned the favour. I am reading a detailed history of the development of the city of Halifax. The First Nations people raided and killed the newcomers for years. However, the lure of a deep sea port at Halifax, the “Warden of the North” was too strong a need to be snuffed out by “Indian” raids. To be sure, the British killed a lot of people, their own and their enemies, as they wrestled Halifax into being. Over the centuries, the British government prevailed and made Halifax into an important sea port for military and trade purposes. The British method of maintaining peace and progress involved a lot of non-peaceful processes. Errant soldiers or sailors were simply shot or hung. One British appointed governor took particular delight in knowing that, so he built his grand house on a hill overlooking the city square. He could, therefore, observe the public hangings that took place as a method of keeping

Ken Waddell all varieties of dissent and disobedience in line. The War of 1812-14, between the United States and the British portion of what is now Canada, saw thousands of people killed as successive raiding parties went back and forth. What is now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island was destined to be the United States’ 14th colony. Decades of intrigue, negotiations and trade failed to bring it into the US fold and thousands of lives were lost in the battles. It was a matter of great disappointment to the U.S. that the now Canadian provinces didn’t become part the United States of America. Fast forward to the mid 1800s and there were ongoing battles between First Nations People and many between First Nations and Europeans. By 1869, Canada had decided to take over the north-west from The Hudson’s Bay Company. Problem is, the government of Canada didn’t tell the locals. The

first time the residents of Red River (now Winnipeg) and surrounding area heard about it was when the surveyors showed up. After the troubles at Red River that resulted in a few deaths and the 1885 “Riel Rebellion” that resulted in a lot more, Canada went into a more passive form of killing off their own people. First Nations people died of starvation, disease ravaged all communities. Residential schools resulted in a lot of deaths, which has scarred our nation. The underlying issue is that violence, force, coercion, ignorance and sheer stupidity needs to be removed from our governance. You would think that, with centuries of re-learning, that lesson would sink in. Unfortunately, the situation we find ourselves in today would indicate we have more to learn. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this column are the writer’s personal views and are not to be taken as being the view of the Banner & Press staff.

Three days of fame


n Sept. 24, 1988, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson made Canadian and Olympic history. He won the 100 m sprint in 9.79 seconds, becoming the fastest male sprinter to that date. But his claim to fame would be short-lived. Three days later, Johnson made history again when a urine sample collected after the race was found to contain traces of stanozol, an anabolic steroid. His performance had been enhanced by the use of a banned substance. Johnson was disqualified, his medal was taken from him and his record time purged from Olympic and Canadian records. In the months that followed Johnson’s disqualification, he admitted to having used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) on several occasions and the times he recorded in those events, along with any medals he won, were also revoked. One of the reasons Johnson gave for his use of PEDs was that “other elite athletes were doing it and he needed to do the same to stay on an equal level with them.” His argument wasn’t accepted, but his statement would prove to be very true indeed. As subsequent investigations by a Canadian Commission of Inquiry, various athletic bodies, law enforcement agencies in the United States and a US federal grand jury would discover, “ juicing,” a slang term for using PEDs, was a common practice– not

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only in amateur sport, but also in professional sport– especially major league baseball. There is, however, much more to this story– some of which has yet to be told. Despite the best efforts of athletic federations and sports bodies worldwide, PEDs continue to be used. The list of athletes and coaches serving four year suspensions for cheating is growing, as is the list of those barred for life thanks to repeated offenses. While people who cheat can be found in all walks of life, they all share one thing in common. They have an inappropriate view of success. To them (and to many others), success is measured by public recognition, money in the bank and the ability to enjoy a lifestyle that few others could ever hope to achieve. They will do whatever they must– even cheat– if that’s what it takes to achieve their dream of success. But, just like Ben Johnson learned, any success gained by cheating will be short-lived. As I noted in an earlier column, there are consequences to every choice we make– and if we choose to cheat, we will spend the rest of life looking over our shoulders, watching for that one person who may know something we don’t want him or her to know and who, given the right time and circumstances, may be prepared to reveal that knowledge. King Solomon must have anticipated such a pos-

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sibility when he wrote these words: “No one who conceals transgressions will prosper, but one who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13) Solomon knew something that many of us choose to overlook. We can take every possible step to conceal inappropriate acts. But there is a God in heaven who sees and knows everything we have done. And one day, everything done in secret will be revealed and those who have committed these acts in secret will be judged and punished for the things they have done. Then, the whole truth will be revealed. Then we will know the full extent of the immoral, illegal and sinful acts of which people are guilty– all done in the name of success. God will right all wrongs one day and justice, denied to so many for so long, will be served.

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Home Bodies By Rita Friesen Finding your roots…


ne of the programs that I follow as often as I am able is the show by that name. I am amazed at how the tale unfolds, at how many generations back the researchers can go, and at the depth of details. My heritage is traced through many generations, by dedicated family members with a sense of purpose in finding our roots. I was blessed to know well two sets of grandparents and one set of great grandparents on my father’s side. I am amazed at family similarities, likes and dislikes, physical appearances, capabilities and traits. One of my father’s cousins took the search further and collected a medical genealogy. I am humbly thankful that anxiety and/ or depression missed me, though affecting too many of my immediate family. I recall clearly that, as a child, it was my fervent prayer that I was adopted, that the group defined as my family could not, would not, be truly mine by birth. I was wrong. They are mine. I am thankful for each one of them for the life lessons that they taught me, with word and action. They directed my life choices in that I knew who and what I wanted to be, to become. Kinder than, as smart as, more accepting than, and a seeker of truth as. Each one guided my

decisions and actions. The program, Finding Your Roots, frequently reveals occupations and possessions/professions that the seeker of their history never imagined. That has not happened to me. I am not the first in my lineage that is a story teller. As the stories were told, I listened with intent. Some of the events do seem to be far-fetched, but I do not question the veracity of the recounting. My grandmother was the oldest in a large family and so her children– my dad and his siblings, were that same age as their aunts and uncles, the children of the younger members of grandma’s family. My dad told of the delightful visits of the aunts and uncles to the family farm. My uncle Bill was a rascal, a beloved and mischievous lad who died at the age of 15 in a tragic farm accident. Bill, and his uncle Bill, would sniff gas from the barrel until they reeled about the yard. Dad did not partake. When I relayed this story to one of my aunts, she was deeply affronted. “That’s a lie! That never happened!” was all she was able to process. And that’s ok, for her brother was an icon to and in the family. I did not, do not, doubt the account, for dad spoke this while of sound mind. On my maternal side, we have the history of my grandfather literally shooting his son on a Sunday morning. Uncle had been instructed to feed the horses, and he deferred, reminding his father that it was Sunday, and no hurry. After another order, and another refusal, my grandfather left the room, returned and shot his son in the thigh. Long story short, at the age of 15, my uncle walked from Southern Manitoba to Saskatchewan. I only knew him as an active member of the family. What will my story, my history, add to the archives?

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his week I wondered about God’s Creation.. Why did He create man and woman? They filled the earth with children. He created the animals and we realize that we have dominion over the animals, not cruelty. Even as a child I got angry with my neighbor when I saw him being cruel to a cat. now at an older age I can live in a place where I can have the company of my dog and a lovely chirping bird. However if I could not look after myself anymore and probly my pets there would not be another place in this town and in many, many places in Alberta, or any other province in this country that I could take my dear pets. Often to the elderly the pets are the only ones left to love. God create them to have a function in life, to give comfort and love to those around them. “God made the wild animals according to their kinds……… And God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:25).” God saw all that He had made, and it was very good …...” Genesis 1:31. Let’s not neglect our pets..

Community Calendar Oct. 28: Crib at the Rivers Legion, 7 p.m. Oct. 29: Rivers Legion Chase the Ace. Oct.29:HalloweenTriviaattheLegion(downstairs) Oct. 31: Bingo at the Legion, Doors open at 11:30, early birds start at 1 p.m. Nov. 4: Shop the Block 4-8 p.m. Nov. 4: Jingle all the way with H.E.L.P. River Legion 4-8 p.m. (upstairs) Nov. 4: Crib at the Rivers Legion, 7 p.m Nov. 5: Rivers Legion Chase the Ace. Nov. 7: Bingo at the Legion, Doors open at 11:30, early birds start at 1 p.m. Nov. 11: Remembrance Day.

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Under the Dome

Manitoba Legislature passes budget bill in condensed fall session Greg Nesbitt MLA The fall sitting of the third session of the 42nd legislature concluded late in the evening on Thursday, Oct. 14. During the condensed six-day session, Bill 74, the Budget Implementation and Tax Statutes Amendment Act, 2021 (BITSA) received Royal Assent. The Bill supports our government’s budget commitments and continues the important work of making life more affordable for all Manitobans while providing significant financial support in the province’s fight against COVID-19. With the resignation of former Premier Brian Pallister, the Progressive Conser vat ive Par t y of Manitoba is in the process of choosing a new leader. Voting is underway and t he new leader – and new Premier – will be announced on Saturday, Oct. 30. The Legislature will resume at the call of the government. New legislation amending the Petty Trespasses Act, the Occupiers’ Liability Act and the Animal Diseases Act is now in effect. Trespassing is an impor tant issue in r ura l Manitoba, because every landowner has the right to have their property res pected . Fa r m s a nd rural property need to be protected as a business, but also as people’s homes. Trespassing can expose farms and food production facilities to biosecurity risks that could spread disease and may cause injury and stress to farm animals. Bi l l 62, t he A n ima l Diseases Amendment Act, strengthens legislation to protect biosecurity zones in place on agricultural operations, and help to protect l ivestock from biosecurity breaches during transport and at foodprocessing facilities. Bill 63, the Petty Trespasses Amendment and Occupiers’ L iabi l it y Amendment Act, removes the need to confront tres-

passers where possible, by making entry onto certain specified premises without permission an offence, unless the person has a lawful excuse for doing so. Our government has listened to Manitobans and their concerns about rural crime, and we are proud to be providing landowners with greater protection from civil liability for the actions of trespassers. The bills are in response to concerns raised about rural public safety and crime, and puts Manitoba in line with other jurisdictions. A mend ment s to t he Occupiers’ Liability Act ensure a landowner’s legal responsibility for injury is fair and reasonable when someone is on their property without permission. Previously, owners, occupiers or tenants of premises had the same level of legal responsibility for injury or harm to criminal and non-criminal trespassers. The Villages United Early Learning Centre Inc. in Hamiota recently received funding of $11,750 under the M a n itoba Ch i ld Ca re Sustainability Trust. Budget 2020 established an innovative $11.5 million trust to ensure the ongoing sustainability of Manitoba’s licensed child care facilities, through long-term sector investment in the form of an endowment fund. The Trust provides eligible, licensed child care facilities with one-time f u nd i ng to u nder t a ke innovative projects that support infrastructure and programming improvements, equipment, as well as professional development and learning opportunities for child care staff, with the goal of enhancing inclusive and accessible services. Several libraries in the R iding Mountain constituency received funding under the Rural Library Technolog ical Sustainability Grant program. These grants are intended to assist libraries in continuing to maintain and upgrade services and resources.

Receiv ing fund ing were the Reston District Library $3,584.73, the R apid C it y Reg ion a l Library $2,048.42, the Minnedosa Regional Library $3,584.73 and the Border Regional Library $7,169.46. A s well, the Reston District Library received $27,880.50 in operating funding for the 2021-22 fiscal year. Just a reminder that if you or anyone you know is celebrating a birthday or anniversar y and is eligible for special greetings from elected officials, please contact our office or go to the website www. gov.mb.ca/leg islature/ g reet i ng/i ndex.ht m l. For greetings specif ically from the Queen or the Governor General of Canada, please request at: w w w.gg.ca/en/contactus/birthday-anniversarygreetings. Birthdays from age 65 and up in five-year increments are recognized, as are anniversaries from 50 years and up in five-year increments. There is also special recognition available for Century Farms. Greg Nesbit t is t he Member of Legislative Assembly for the Riding Mountain constituency. He can be reached at 204 -759-3313, toll-free 1- 84 4 - 877-7767 or by email at gregnesbittmla@ mymts.net.

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flocking to the slopes,” said Paul Pinchbeck, President of the Canadian Ski Council. “Skiing is fun, safe and accessible to everyone with great initiatives like the Snow Pass and online ticket purchases.” Canadian slopes had a good year in terms of visits from Canadians despite some provincial shutdowns for safety precautions. “We know without a doubt, it’s safe on the slopes. And this year, people are continuing to be cautious so they’re looking for ways to have fun and stay healthy. Skiing and snowboarding are the perfect solutions!” As more and more people

choose to stay within Canada for their winter vacations, coast to coast we have some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. “You don’t have to travel far, get on an airplane, or risk your health to have fun this winter. Last season was the best skiing we’ve seen in years, and the winter forecast for the coming year is more of the same – perfect conditions on the slopes, right here in Canada,” shared Pinchbeck. Snow Passes are on sale now through the Canadian Ski Council’s website, skicanada.org or go to snowpass.ca.

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Here and there By Gladwyn Scott Rivers Banner

• The RM of Oakview h a s he lp e d publ ic i z e the Cardale community sports heritage with a beautiful sign near the ball diamond, commemorat ing t he Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame i nduc t ion of Gr a eme Shaw (2000) and Bruce Stephens (2019). Their Cardale Cougars Bant a m s/ M id g et s/ Bi s on s (1971-75) excelled at the Provincial and Western Canada tournaments in Westlock and Barrhead, Alberta will be inducted with the class of 2020 on June 4, 2022 at Morden. • The Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame held its fall meeting September 22 v ia Zoom w ith 16 members present. This organization will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2022 and is looking for some special activities to celebrate. They plan to hold a second annual golf tournament in Neepawa during the summer (date to be determined). Selected for induction in June of 2023 in the class of 2021 are eight individuals; Corey Billaney (Boissevain), Jeff Bouchard (St. Boniface), Junior Brake (Boissevain), Keith Carriere (St.Laurent/E l mwood), Pat t i Hacault (Holland), Laurie Langrell ( Warren/

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Bills 62 and 63 are key tools in protecting biosecurity Submitted Manitoba Pork


A new sign has been installed by the RM of Oakview to spotlight Cardale’s sports heritage.

Balmoral), Todd Smith (Hamiota – deceased), a nd T homas Sm it h (Steinbach – deceased) plus four teams: Hamiot a Roy a l s Juven i le s - 1966 Western Canada Champions, Minnedosa Mavericks (2006-15) - ten consecutive Santa Clara League championships, Reston Rockets (2009-13) - top MSBL team, nationals at Prince George, BC and St. John’s, Nf ld, and Norwood (1953-6) Winnipeg champions. Banquets have not been held for two years, but the class of 2020 will be honoured June 4, 2022. Many organizations have had to postpone banquets during the last two years. Rick Brownlee, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame executive director,

explains that they plan to host two banquets, Nov 4 and Apr. 21, to induct one half of their class of 2021 each time, at the Victoria Inn, Winnipeg with a limit of 300 at each event. The Manitoba Volleyball Hall of Fame plans to host a banquet Saturday, Nov. 27 in Brandon with a strong Westman representation. Further details will be available soon. • Carson Bjarnason (16) of Carberry, the Brandon W heat K ings back up goalie, made 39 stops and was named first game star Oct. 11 as the Wheaties doubled the host Regina Pats 4-2. • T he A mer ican land border will be open in early November for nonessential traff ic if fully vaccinated.

Manitoba Pork Council applauds the provincial government for their work to bring forth assent on Bills 62 and 63 in a timely manner. Now that both pieces of legislation have been made law, farmers have been provided with direct assistance to ensure the health and safety of the animals under their care. Farmers have been provided with critical tools to protect the integrity of our food system. “Throughout the COV I D -19 pandemic, Manitobans have f irsthand experience when it comes to methods that farmers use every day to

attempt to suppress the spread of a deadly virus,” Manitoba Pork chair Rick Préjet said today. “Tools like contact tracing, physical distancing, enhanced cleanliness measures, and ultimately, vaccines, are key biosecurity measures used by hog farmers as well, to protect the health of the animals under their care. The province’s commitment to protecting biosecurity on our farms demonstrates how vital it is to keep our livestock healthy.” Farmers closely restrict contact with the outside world through enhanced biosecurity protocols, such as keeping records of all movements on and off the

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farm, exceptional cleaning and disinfection, and requiring showers both upon entry and exit of a barn facility. These steps are key to limiting disease and contaminants that could force entire herds to be culled. “The legislation also helps protect farm families and their staff from potentially dangerous encounters with illegal trespassers. This is an important safety measure that we support,” noted Préjet. Manitoba Pork looks forward to continuing to work with the provincial government to protect the health of animals and the safety of the farmers who care for them.

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Current starting wage is $15.15/hour plus $1.00 per hour perfect attendance incentive! Wage scale extends to $22.10 per hour We believe that our success is founded on the strength of our team. As such, we place a great deal of emphasis on attracting, developing and retaining good people, and consider every one of our employees to be a highly-valued member of the HyLife family. To that end, we are committed to providing a working environment that not only fosters personal growth, but also recognizes our employees’ contributions towards the common goal of our company’s success because of this HyLife has been recognized as a Platinum Member of Canada’s Best-Managed Companies. If you have the qualifications and the passion to meet this challenge then we would like to explore your potential. Please apply online at http://hylife.com/current-opportunities/ or email to jobs@hylife.com or mail to PO Box 10,000, 623 Main St E, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0. We thank all applicants, however, only those under consideration will be contacted


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Sealed, written tenders for the lands described below will be sold by: SIMS & COMPANY Barristers & Solicitors Box 460, 76 Main St. S. MINNEDOSA, Manitoba ROJlEO Attn: Norm Sims, Q.C. Phone: 204-867-2717 Email: nsims@simsco.mb.ca LAND FOR SALE: Parcel A: E ½ 31-14-21, WPM (RM of Oakview) 317.84 total acres (as per property assessment) approximately 290 cultivated acres, (owned by Frances Radcliffe) Parcel B: W ½ 31-14-21, WPM (RM of Oakview) 310.17 total acres (as per property assessment) approximately 283 cultivated acres (owned by Radcliffe Farms Ltd.) CONDITIONS OF TENDER: 1. The owners make no representation with respect to the property. 2. Prospective purchasers shall rely on their personal inspection and knowledge of the property. 3. Tenders are to be for both parcels of land. 4. Written tenders shall be received on or before November 8111, 2021 5PM local time, at the address above. 5. Envelope containing tenders must be marked “TENDER”. 6.Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. CONDITIONS OF SALE: 1. Each tender submitted shall be accompanied with 10% of the tender price, payable to SIMS & COMPANY, which shall form the deposit on any successful tender. 2. The balance of any accepted tender shall be paid within 30 days from the date of notification of tender acceptance, or evidence provided that the purchase funds will be available under conditions acceptable to the Seller. If the balance of the accepted tender is not paid within the set time limit, the deposit may be forfeited as liquidated damages and not as a penalty. 3. Adjustments for real property taxes shall be made as of the possession date. 4. All land is sold subject to existing utilities and other caveats or right-of-way agreements registered against title. 5. All mines and minerals, if any, shall be retained by the Seller. 6. The successful bidder on W ½ 31-14-21 WPM, will be required to enter into a Share Purchase Agreement, satisfactory to the Seller, to purchase all outstanding shares of RADCLIFFE FARM LTD. 7. Seller reserves the right to evaluate and select offers based on the Seller’s own internal criteria and to accept or reject any offer submitted in Seller’s sole and absolute discretion. 8. The successful bidder will be required to complete and execute an Offer to Purchase in a form satisfactory to the Seller.

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Public Works Equipment and Road Maintenance Operator- Full Time The Rural Municipality of Oakview, features the communities of Oak River, Cardale, Rapid City and Basswood within a total area of 1120 square km, and a population of approximately 1626 residents. Under supervision of the Manager of Public Works, the successful applicant will operate municipal equipment, perform regular maintenance on all municipal equipment and any attachments, maintain municipal roads and ditches. General duties include: operating municipal equipment as and when required to maintain roads and ditches, streets, lanes, public spaces (grading in the summer and snow plowing in the winter). Check on road signs and replace any that are in disrepair or are missing, mark roads with proper signage if required, recondition machinery in off season, and all other duties as prescribed. Although work will be primarily assigned in a designated area, either urban, utility, or rural, assistance may be required by other Public Works Departments. Assistance must be given based on qualifications, availability, ability, and need. Applicants should have experience operating and maintaining heavy equipment including, but not limited to, graders, loaders, gravel trucks, mowers, etc. Have good mechanical aptitude. Be willing to learn and continue professional development efforts. Have a valid Class 5 Manitoba Driver’s License, and a Class 3 Drivers License would be an asset. The right candidate can expect a comprehensive salary and benefits package consistent with the collective agreement to be negotiated. Individuals interested in this position should send a resume and cover letter to CAO Marci Quane, RM of Oakview, PO Box 179, Oak River, MB, R0K 1T0, or email cao@rmofoakview.ca. The selection committee intend to review applications as early as November 1st, 2021; however, applications may continue to be accepted until the right candidate is found. We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


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Pursuant to subsection 367(7) of The Municipal Act, notice is hereby given that unless the tax arrears for the designated year and costs in respect of the hereinafter described properties are paid in full to the Municipality prior to the commencement of the auction, the Municipality will on the 17th day of November, 2021, at the hour of 10:00 AM, at Rural Municipality of Oakview, 10 Cochrane Street, Oak River MB, proceed to sell by public auction the following described properties: Roll Number



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The tax sale is subject to the following terms and conditions with respect to each property: • The purchaser of the property will be responsible for any property taxes not yet due. • The Municipality may exercise its right to set a reserve bid in the amount of the arrears and costs. • If the purchaser intends to bid by proxy, a letter of authorization form must be presented prior to the start of the auction. • The Municipality makes no representations or warranties whatsoever concerning the properties being sold. • The successful purchaser must, at the time of the sale, make payment in cash, certified cheque or bank draft to the Rural Municipality of Oakview as follows: i) The full purchase price if it is $10,000 or less; OR ii) If the purchase price is greater than $10,000, the purchaser must provide a non-refundable deposit in the amount of $10,000 and the balance of the purchase price must be paid within 20 days of the sale; AND iii) A fee in the amount $309.75 ($295 plus GST) for preparation of the transfer of title documents. The purchaser will be responsible for registering the transfer of title documents in the land titles office, including the registration costs. • The risk for the property lies with the purchaser immediately following the auction. • The purchaser is responsible for obtaining vacant possession. • If the property is non-residential property, the purchaser must pay GST to the Municipality or, if a GST registrant, provide a GST Declaration. Dated this 29th day of September, 2021. Managed by: Marci Quane Chief Administrative Officer Rural Municipality of Oakview Phone: (204) 566-2146 Fax: (204) 566-2126

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Patricia Hanbidge Orchid Horticulture Trees have many other benefits which we often do not think about. They contribute to the health of our planet and help to fight against climate change. Trees have the ability to capture and store carbon in their biomass - their roots, branches and even their stumps. Even more exciting is that the older a tree is, the better it can absorb carbon from the atmosphere. Research has shown that almost 70% of the carbon stored in trees is accumulated in the last half of their lives. It is only a theory, but it is thought that older trees will store more carbon because they are at the top of the tree canopy and thus have consistent access to the sun. However, it is not just the height of a tree that is important, as trees will store more carbon in propor-

tion to their size. This happens through the process of photosynthesis, where the trees will take the energy from the sun, and along with carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, will convert it into carbon based sugars that are then stored in the tree and allow the tree to do its daily work. Older trees are more efficient in the storing of carbon as they are less sensitive to changing weather conditions. When you look at the rings of life of a tree by taking a crosssection of the trunk, those rings tell a story. By studying the rings themselves, you are told a story by the tree. It tells you of years of plenty, those of famine and it shows that almost half of the carbon stored occurred in the last quarter to half of the life of the tree. We should consider the worth of old age trees in our battle against climate change. The areas on earth which are not occupied by humans

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are very important. Not including the oceans, which are also an important carbon storage area, forests store around 90% of the biomass on the surface of the earth. In particular, tropical forests remove enormous amounts of carbon globally every single year. Plants have the ability to convert carbon dioxide from our atmosphere into a form which makes it difficult to release back into the air. Trees, being the most visible part of our landscape, have an extremely high value. Green spaces in our urban areas are not only aesthetically pleasing, they actually have the ability to cool off urban heat islands. This cooling effect is fact. It is cooler to stand in the shade of a tree than in the shade of a building due to some of the processes that are occurring in the tree itself. The leaves will reflect light and heat back upwards while they are providing shade, but

the process of transpiration will release water into the air which actually lowers the ambient temperature. There have been countless studies done which also reflect this great phenomenon. Urban forests do combat the urban heat wave. Even a reduction of 10% in the canopy in an urban forest can increase the mean temperatures in the urban area by up to 10°. The opposite is also true by increasing the urban green cover by 10% can reduce that temperature increase in the concrete jungle to only 1°. We all know that plants have the ability to improve the quality of the air around us. They have the ability to extract a wide range of air pollutants that are emitted by traffic, industry, building materials and furniture. They also release oxygen into the air which improves the quality of the air we breathe.

Our forested areas contribute to flood and water management. They facilitate the infiltration of rain water into the ground so developing green spaces is essential to improving our green infrastructure. Runoff is a concern as it has a huge impact on our water man-

agement practices. We should think about ensuring that our green space development is an integral part of the overall plan for water management. So as you can see, there are both obvious and less obvious reasons to value our green spaces and especially the trees!

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