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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. Pupils co-ordinated the entire the church basement the after- tributions from the community. the shelving units. They were March 9 edition, the Grade 12 Interdisci- month-long promotion, which noon of March 21, where the When all was said and done, fantastic! We are very, very plinary Studies in Science class culminated in a ceremonious food was weighed and sorted. the scales at Riverdale Harvest pleased.” Elementary school staff memat Rivers Collegiate planned a presentation on March 20 to Although the project was a sen- noted a total of 434 pounds, “a project for Riverdale Harvest. Riverdale Harvest president ior students brainstorm, the en- fabulous amount,” says Heather. ber/Harvest volunteer Yvonne 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. Because the snow had melted to participate. The collegiate to help those we serve. A lot paign in her school. That threestudents secured a canoe from Rolling River School Division so much, the canoe could not hosted a poor boy floor hockey of times kids don’t get enough week effort simply encouraged product with an intent to f ill it with be portaged across the street to tournament in which to play, credit but this group of students students to leaveFILE PHOTO in Zion Church (home of River- athletes had to pay with food for certainly deserves some praise. the canoe; 87 pounds of food non-perishables. Although the The 2021 hunting season has begun. For the moment archers take to the bush to wait for white tail deer in their tree stands. But come October black powder campaign was fully organized dale Harvest). Rather, the teens the canoe. Some students also All students stayed behind to was collected from the younger firearms and in November high-power rifles willclass, be used. Withidea thatcarried comes inadvertant risk tocanvassed hunter and non-hunters alike. It is highly outdoors, on Thursday, March 22. bags, boxes and garbage Rivers, Oak River help check expiry dates,recomended sort and group when by that the original regardless of whether or not you are hunting, wear brightly colored clothing (for hunters it is required to be blaze orange during black powder and rifle). Though came to from a suggestion made by to harvest volunteer the mass majority of Manitoba hunters aim make safety Liliane a priority, accidents can still happen and it is everyone’s resposibilty to limit their occurance. A positove turn of events has taken placeDupuis. in the game zones surrounding the Rivers area, a second deer license may be utilized for an antlerless animal. This is due heard the idea at a meetto the boom in population for the white tail “I deer during 2020. Make sure to consult the maps in the Manitoba Hunting Guide to determine if you fall under the game ing in Brandon. St. Augustine zones where the second license is available. 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 sugThe canoe at Rivers gestion to Riverdale Harvest, Elementary School was which supported the idea and adequately filled. Photo by Heather Gray asked her to present the promo-
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That can’t happen here!
ften you hear people say, “That can’t happen here, can it?” Well, don’t be too sure. Many unthinkable things have happened in Canada. We are awfully close to having COVID-19 vaccines compulsory and they already are compulsory to go to a hockey game or a restaurant. It would appear that vaccines are effective in controlling C-19, but for them to be compulsory for everyone is a step too far, in my opinion. We have had vaccines for a long time, from small pox to polio and the list goes on. Some vaccines are compulsory for international travel. If you are wondering if compulsory vaccines are part of a long term plot or plan, you may be correct. In the Sept. 4, 2021 Winnipeg Free Press, it was reported that a group of three authors in the journal Bioethics in 2017 suggested that a comparison be drawn between people who might refuse a vaccine and the conscientious objectors of WWII. It says that people who won’t take a vaccine might have to do some service or pay in some way. Note this was written before the C-19 pandemic came into being, but the concept is gaining traction. I think it is wrong in so many ways, but it could still come about. Canada did allow for conscientious objectors during WWII and a lot of them came from the Mennonite com-
munities. They did medic work or worked in various lumber and work camps. It was certainly better than the way the Allied forces treated soldiers who objected to fighting in WWI. To its shame, Canada put 26 soldiers to death by firing squad when they refused to fight or deserted. France executed over 900 soldiers, including many who refused to storm Vimy Ridge one more time. The head of the French army rounded up 200 men who he deemed as deserters and blew them up with artillery fire. Those kinds of actions seemed to cut down on disobeying orders and seem extreme in today’s world, but a government can go to extreme measures to enforce its will on people who disagree with a certain policy. Some say the C-19 vaccine is an experiment, and it was, at one time. However, it isn’t an experiment now, as it has been obviously tested millions of times. That said, why are vaccinated people getting C-19? Why are some fully vaccinated people dying? We need to be understanding about people who feel they have genuine concerns. I don’t have much patience with people who don’t want to get vaccinated and are simply being contrary or obstinate but there are some real reasons for concern. I know of three cases where families are convinced that the vaccine triggered a resurgence of cancer in their family members’ bodies and two have resulted in death. Don’t know, could be, but
Ken Waddell you won’t easily convince the affected families that it wasn’t so. As to a grand scheme or grand plot against society, I do believe there are forces at play that aim to destroy. The communists, socialists and anarchists have all exhibited varying levels of destructive tendencies. Looters are unscrupulous opportunists. Capitalists have done some very stupid things, sometimes with malice and intent and at other times out of ignorance or blindness. When we are trying to figure out what is happening and why, please hear me out over the next few sentences. Don’t just dismiss it as mere Bible thumping. Read it, think about it and then make up your mind for yourself. A lot of really good things happen and a lot of really bad things happen. Here’s the deal. There is a God who created the world and everything in it, including humans. He created them with a free
will. There is God, the Creator, there is Heaven, there is Hell and there is the Devil, the destroyer. God loves us, the Devil hates us and will do anything he can and use anyone or any movement he can to destroy people. The Devil wants us dead and the sooner the better, in his mindset. Within that context, everything that is going on makes sense. Good things are happening and some bad things, too. There is truth, lies and downright dishonesty coming down. It is hard sometimes to differentiate, but we have to keep on trying. God is the answer, the Devil is not. That’s how I see it.
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Made to move
he trip from my home to the college at which I took my last two years of ministerial training took me past one of Alberta’s major oil exploration companies. This firm built and operated huge drilling rigs that were capable of drilling to depths of five miles or more. They were designed for use in the harsh climate of Canada’s north. Every necessity and amenity required to operate these rigs efficiently was hidden behind insulated panels, making it easy for the crew to operate the rig even in the harshest conditions. The work is hard and dirty. The hours are long. But being in a setting where every thing you need is indoors under one roof makes life and work aboard one of these units much easier; especially in the dark, cold days of winter. Building one of these rigs takes a lot of time. The one I watched being built took over two months to manufacture, assemble, equip and test before it was ready for its first assignment. But once in the field, I was told, the rig could be broken down, loaded on trucks, moved to a new site and reassembled in less than two weeks. These huge units were made to work. They were also made to move. The same is true of the massive carnival rides that draw so many to the midways of major exhibitions
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work protecting the berries. One staple to go and the unit ceased to cooperate. Now the coffee is cold, but it’s coffee, so I enjoy a mouthful while examining the stapler. There are staples in it, and pointing at the earth, I shot and one pops out. Returned to fence, shot a blank. I repeated that process three times and headed into the shop for more staples. I only needed one more fastener to complete the task. Adding more did the trick, and so I settled back in my chair with the dregs of a cold cup of coffee. Sitting is challenging for me. I saw the dahlia stalk that bent under the weight of a gorgeous blossom. Might as well trim it off, rescue the flower and chop the rest into the compost bin. While there, I saw that it was time to dampen the bin and turn the compost. Later? Naw, done sitting for now. I have discovered that changing tasks frequently prevents sore muscles. I will abide by that theory rather than accepting the reality that I am easily distracted! I did settle in my chair. Watched the sparrows respond to the freshly filled feeder. Felt the breeze on my face, appreciated anew the evergreen next door. Usually I only notice the evergreens in the winter when I give ardent thanks for their colour in the bleakness of the whiteness. I will notice them more in summer, a firm resolve. My chair is beside the raised garden beds, in the shade of the old apple tree, a perfect spot on any day. And as I jumped up to attack a project, and settled back for a moment, I acknowledged that this my life. There are endless things to see and do and be a part of. The sitting is an interlude that recharges my battery. I am doing life my way, thankfully, it works for me!
Home Bodies By Rita Friesen I tried, I really tried…
ast Monday, a long weekend Monday, was a perfect do nothing day. In the morning, I indulged in a late breakfast, gaming time and then lunch with the grands. The plan was to continue with this carefree attitude well into the day, mayhaps into the evening. The cup of coffee in the lawn chair holder cooled as I got up to check on netting for the strawberries. I am not netting against birds, but against my little dog. I have given up trying to find ripe raspberries– she likes them barely pink– but am not willing to grant her the strawberries. It is a new planting and promises to do well. The netting that covered the cauliflowers and broccoli was in storage, so I hauled that out. Sat for a moment, then measured and found out that the piece of netting was too short. Sipped cool coffee while I debated the next step. Sought out a large section of netting– nope– that will be perfect to cover the raspberries next year. Digging deeper into the gardening section of my garage, I located a short length of the netting, enough to complete the covering if I use the first section I found. Sat for another minute. Then, armed with the stapler, set to
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People’s Party candidate looks to shake up status quo in Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa riding People’s Party of Canada candidate Donnan McKenna remembers vividly the moment that motivated him to throw his figurative hat into the political ring. “I watched in Calgary, police officers assault a boy because he didn’t have a mask on and was skating outside. I was disgusted,” said McKenna. T h e i n c i d e nt M c Kenna refers to is a video shared on social media that shows a tense confrontation in Calgary back in December. The incident was between a 21-year-old and Calgary
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FOODS Meat Cutters/Production Personnel Our people, perseverance, integrity, and exceptional partnerships have led HyLife to becoming Canada’s leading pork producer and global exporter of high quality pork products. The growing demand for our pork in Japan and China means we need exceptional people to help deliver our company vision. We have expanded our Neepawa facility to increase our overall production by 15% and in turn created new jobs throughout the company. As a Meat Cutter/Production Personnel you will be a critical member of our team in the creation of our world class product. Our positions range from working on our slaughter production floor to shipping the final packaged product, with everything in between! With our wide variety of jobs, excellent people, and our drive for innovation you will certainly find a job that suits you! Responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to: • Slaughter and eviscerate hogs for further processing • Harvest and package edible offal • Process pork carcasses into primal cuts • Butcher and package pork primal cuts into value added specifications for local, national and international premium markets • Carry out other tasks related to processing of meat for shipping to customers or storage • Sanitation People who will succeed as members of our team will: • Enjoy working in a fast paced, stable long term work environment • Appreciate working in a culturally diverse workplace. We employ people from all over the world! • Treat people with dignity and respect • Open to working in colder/warmer environments • Physically Fit • Experience as an industrial butcher or trimmer is an asset
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New public health orders effect as of Sept. third Indoor mask requirements, proof of vaccination requirements
Submitted Manitoba News Media Services New Manitoba public health orders have made mask use mandatory at indoor public places and set out the circumstances where proof of vaccination will be required, which will enable businesses, services and events to be held without capacity limits or public health restrictions as of Sept. 3, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced today. “These orders will inform and guide us as we work to avoid the most serious effects of a fourth wave, and address the threat posed by the delta variant,” said Roussin. “By continuing to encourage Manitobans to get vaccinated, and supporting businesses and services as they take the steps to
comply with these orders, we can work together to get through these difficult times.” These orders came into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, with some exceptions to provide a short grace period for some sectors. These new orders include reducing the maximum number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings to 500, down from the current limit of 1,500. This will take effect on Sept. 7 and includes summer fairs and festivals. Fairs and festivals will be allowed to operate above that limit, subject to protocols approved by public health. Museums and galleries will be allowed to open, but will be required to ask for proof of vaccination from visitors to access indoor areas. This will take effect on Sept. 7.
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Wedding receptions held in licensed premises will be subject to the same rules as restaurants and licensed premises, and guests will have to show proof of vaccination. There will be a grace period to Sept. 7 to allow individuals to adjust their plans. Also on Sept. 7, food courts will be required to comply with the same rules as restaurants for dine-in patrons and require proof of vaccination if they choose to open for options other than take-out. As a reminder, the province has developed new requirements for people to show proof of vaccination to participate in certain events and activities. The following changes have been previously announced, and take effect Sept. 3 for all health regions: •indoor and outdoor ticketed sporting events and concerts;
•indoor theatre/dance/symphony events; •restaurants (indoor and patio dining); •nightclubs and all other licensed premises; •casinos, bingo halls and VLT lounges; •movie theatres; •fitness centres, gyms and indoor sporting and recreational facilities (excluding youth recreational sport); and •organized indoor group recreational classes and activities, and indoor recreational business. Children born after Dec. 31, 2009 who are not eligible to be immunized will be able to attend events and activities with a fullyimmunized adult. Roussin notes these public health orders will reduce the need for more stringent public health
restrictions and lockdowns that would otherwise be necessary to combat the COVID-19 fourth wave and protect the province’s hospital and critical care capacities. “We must continue to take steps to encourage people to be fully-immunized before attending higher-risk events, activities and services because we know - and the data is showing us - that when people get vaccinated it helps slow the spread of the virus,” said Roussin. “We must continue to be vigilant and follow the basics, or more drastic restrictions will be needed to keep us all safe.” Roussin thanked the businesses and organizations that have been taking steps to follow public health orders and urged the public to be patient and supportive of these businesses and their employees.