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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, supported the idea and improved our which dust control trail bikes asked her to present the promo-

and soil conditions significantly. Our evenings begin at 6:30 p.m. with a Safety Meeting before we head out riding. Small MX bikes up to 65cc and

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

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

The canoe at Rivers Elementary School was are able to filled. use Several adequately

the track and area beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Ride Nights. We will continue with Wednesday Ride Nights through the month of September.

of our participants are female riders, and we are excited to see the girls out there getting into the two wheel action. The MB Provincial MX Series even has two Class-

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and Chimo Beach areas for to con-Right put away in the proper of place on are some tributions from the community. the shelving They were the Redline MXunits. ladies: When all was said and done, fantastic! We are very, very Makena Gourlay, Jordan the scales at Riverdale Harvest pleased.” Woloski, Paigeschool Brown, noted a total of 434 pounds, “a Elementary staff memBrixenber/Harvest Krieser and Sierra volunteer Yvonne fabulous amount,” says Heather. Crouch initiated a similar cam“We are so pleased they decided Mallette. to help those we serve. A lot paign in her school. That threeof times kids don’t get enough week effort simply encouraged credit but this group of students students to leave product in certainly deserves some praise. the canoe; 87 pounds of food All students stayed behind to was collected from the younger help check expiry dates, sort and group on Thursday, March 22.

es for Ladies to compete in. If you are unsure about what bike to purchase, feel free to ask for advice from one of our riders, parents and myself. Or we have a few models you can test

ride for a time or two. Photo by Heather Gray Safety is number 1, so it’s very important to get the right machine, and the right gear to ensure maximum fun for the riders.

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his week, there has been many things happening that will affect our lives. People in government make decisions and those decisions affect our daily lives. Here’s a few items that have come down that affect us both directly and indirectly. • Premier Brian Pallister resigned as Manitoba’s premier and Kelvin Goertzen was named Premier of Manitoba. Goertzen is likely the smartest parliamentarian in Manitoba. He will guide the government ably through the next few weeks while the PC Manitoba party selects a new leader. Goertzen will step down as premier as soon as a new leader is elected and sworn in as premier. If the new leader already has a seat in the Manitoba legislature, then they will be sworn in immediately and appoint a new cabinet. If the new leader doesn’t have a seat, they will have to run in a by-election and if they win, they will be sworn in as premier after the by-election and appoint a new cabinet. As we go to print this week, there are three candidates for PC Manitoba leader, including MLA Heather Stefanson, MLA Shannon Martin and former member of parliament, Shelly Glover. As the leadership election unfolds, there is a definite line in the sand between those who think the leader has to come from within caucus and those who think a change is needed and anyone in caucus is tainted goods as they should have stood up to Brian Pallister when it was felt he was too bossy

and too outspoken. Feeling Pallister was too bossy and too outspoken is matter of sharply debated argument. Pallister was exactly what the party needed at the time he was acclaimed. The party had been in opposition for 15 years, wasn’t all that f lush with cash and was very disorganized. I know, as I was on the provincial board and the level of management and financing of party affairs prior to Pallister was pretty bad. God knows I tried, but you have to remember in political parties, us poor country folks aren’t really smart enough to run important things like political parties. In this leadership race, they have set down a couple of rules that work against any outsider coming into the fray. There is a $25,000 deposit, but a candidate gets that back if they attain five per cent of the vote. The bigger roadblock is that the candidate and their team have to sign up 1,000 new or renewed memberships to get on the ballot. That’s a lot of memberships to sell and the time frame is tight. I believe it’s from Aug. 23 to Sept. 15. At the outset, the odds are weighted in favour of a sitting MLA and there have been suggestions that the race rules were purposefully fixed to favour Heather Stefanson. • On the federal election front, it has been stated that about the only person who wanted an election, over two years early by the way, was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He said he needed a new mandate. Two weeks ago I said, “Trudeau

Ken Waddell needs an election to satisfy his needs. If he wins a majority, he will resign soon and go on to something that pays better and is less work. This prime minister is allergic to actual work, by the way. Maybe he will get on at the UN or some corporate boards, whatever. If he gets a minority, same story, he will move on. If he loses, he will move on.” Trudeau’s excitement over an early election has been tempered by other circumstances. I don’t think he realized how upsetting it is to have an early election. Or how upsetting it is to have hundreds, if not thousands of Canadians and former Canadian army support workers trapped in war-torn Afghanistan. Trudeau looked pretty dumb trying to announce the election while some Canadians’ and Canadian supporters’ lives were at risk in a country that really doesn’t like us that well and whose new regime actually hates us. Add to all this turmoil the fact that government rules on COVID-19 are all over the map and it makes for a very angry electorate. Just think of some of

the stupid things that have been said surrounding C-19. Masks protect others, but not yourself. That’s nonsense. If a mask works, they protect both. Lockdowns will be for two weeks to f latten the curve. Well after 20 months and counting, we all know how well that worked out. Then there was that Dr. Tam advice to wear a mask if you were having sex with someone you don’t know. Really? If you are stupid enough to have casual sex, then I am not sure we want you in the gene pool anyway. The most galling one that is causing a lot of anger and frustration is that we were told if we reached 75 or 80 per cent vaccination rate, we could get back to normal. Manitobans reached that and we are far from normal yet. Governing is tough, I get that, but politicians and civil servants make it a lot tougher than it has to be. 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.

A timely reminder


any years ago, I attended a motivational seminar led by the late Charles Jones. He was widely known as “Mr. Tremendous;” due in part to the title of his best selling book “Life is Tremendous.” He shared many life lessons that night. Some made us laugh and some moved us to tears– but they all gave those in attendance much food for thought. I recalled one of his statements last week, as I was ref lecting on what had been three of the most turbulent weeks I’ve experienced in a while. Nothing serious or life-changing took place. Just a whole lot of little things– and they all happened at the same time. Thankfully, all issues were resolved satisfactorily and life has returned to normal. The Jones quote that I recalled was this: “In this life, I am always learning. I remember the times when I used to say: ‘This is one thing I’ve learned.’ And the moment I said that, God allowed me to go through an experience where I had to learn that lesson all over again.” Those words sum up the last three weeks of my life. From the moment I was old enough to begin helping on the farm, my days could best be described as unpredictable. King Solomon’s words– Do not boast

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about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth– became my motto. They still are. Now, I will be the first to admit that I have never been comfortable going with the f low and living one day at a time. I like to keep a detailed schedule and plan my days and weeks so that I can complete assignments and projects ahead of time. Adapting to life with a dog-loving stroke victim (my wife– the love of my life) forced me to make some major changes. Now I spend parts of each day doing for them what they cannot do for themselves– helping with meal preparation, laundry, running a “taxi” service with an exclusive clientele of two, and letting the dog outside at any hour of the day or night. And I would not trade the life I have now for anything. I love it. But, just as with many others, I can have weeks in which the list of appointments, work assignments and chores can pile up and instead of dealing with the issues one at a time like I usually do, I start to panic. My level of frustration increases and sometimes boils over in huge sighs that let everyone in the house know how upset I am right then. That’s when Jones’ words help me understand what’s happening. Just when I thought I had mastered

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the art of going with the f low and taking life one day at a time, God let me go through three weeks during which I had to relearn those lessons. But as I was doing so, he gave me an added gift– all the time I needed to complete every assigned task. As I write these words, I see how, when my panic level was at its highest, I received the mercy and grace to help in time of need that is available to all who seek it. Life since March of 2020 hasn’t been easy for any of us. The demands of day-to-day living are hard enough. COVID has made it that much harder. But the God in whom we believe is faithful. He urges us to ask for his help when the pressures of life become too intense. He will gladly give us all the help we need.

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Home Bodies By Rita Friesen


heading like that could imply so many things– welcome back to school, welcome back to living with a mask in a public space, welcome back fall…different things for different people. For me, today, I am welcoming back a set of books I gave away decades ago. I have not owned many sets of books. I have owned the complete set of ‘For Better or Worse’, eagerly awaiting the arrival of each new one, presenting them in the correct order on the bookshelf, reading them repeatedly and then giving them to a young woman would also shared my passion for the series. No regrets! I have owned the complete set of the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and have no idea to whom I gave them. And that’s ok. The set that returned to my care is the boxed, hard cover, released in the early ‘70s, Peanuts. Each book is a compilation of cartoons, in fact, each book is two books in one, both sides being the front. One volume, for example, has one front entitled ‘Sunday’s Fun Day, Charlie Brown’ and the other front is ‘You’re Out of Sight, Charlie Brown’. (You can tell I am the master of heavy reading!) The books are showing their age, the spines are weary, there are some loose edges on the covers; the

stories are the same! That entire series of cartoons, and TV specials, where popular for a very long time. Charles M. Schulz made a difference in his world. In my world. Some saw/see the stories as parables, some see/saw the stories as a modern interpretation of the gospel. What I see/saw are real life characters coping, thriving and surviving. There are days when I can totally identify with Charlie, as one more time he trusts Lucy to hold steady that football as he prepares to kick it into eternity, only to have her, swiftly, smugly jerk it away at the last minute. There are days when I am not unlike Linus, cherishing my security blanket, trying valiantly to set it aside, using it as a protection– defensively and offensively– ready to be mocked and ridiculed, even bargaining, to keep my token of safety. One series shows us how much Sally misses her school. The building is her friend, she talks to it, and in one strip, returning from a trip, she rushes up and hugs her beloved schoolhouse. The building is proud to be so loved and reminds any that wish to mock this relationship that his brother is the court house– don’t mess with them. Some days I am proud to identify with Pigpen, the task of the day has provided ample opportunity to get down and dirty. Difference here is that I am delighted to shed the dust and dirt of the day, and hopefully, do not carry a perpetual cloud of debris. And I love Snoopy, dancing his way through the pages, f lying his Sopwith plane and rising above the mundane. Charlie is the main character. He suffers from his unrequited love for the little red headed girl, he attempts endlessly to f ly his kite, he, mostly, faces each day with courage. May it always be so.

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his week my thoughts involve making plans. Some people enjoy making plans before they go on a trip, others like the unexpected outcome of a plan that was not made. I enjoy making plans, it is part of the fun of knowing what is to come. It happened several times in my life that the plans I made were for nothing, because the Lord had a total different and much better plan in mind for me. Even now when I sometimes rely on others to plan for me I need to take a step back and know that that it will all work out just right, because I know that God is in control and can change it if it would not be pleasing to Him. Over 200 times it talks in the Bible about trusting in the plans that God has for our life. Much wisdom is spoken to us in the Proverbs. Chapter 19:21 tells us “Many are the plans in a person’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” May we have peace and trusts the Lord’s plan for us.

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During the week of Aug. 23 to Aug. 29, Spruce Plains RCMP dealt with 56 police activities. Aug. 23: RCMP responded to a 911 call in the RM of Rosedale, where the caller stated there wasn’t an emergency, but that they were just looking for an update on a previous file they were involved in. Police explained to the caller that 911 is for emergencies only and to call the detachment for inquiries of that nature. Police received a complaint of an erratic driver in the RM of North Cypress-Langford. Extensive patrols wer e m a de, but the suspect vehicle could not be located. Aug. 24: RCMP were dispatched to a possible structure fire in the Municipality of WestlakeGladstone. Upon arr iva l, the f ire department in attendance determined it was a controlled burn. Police received a report of a suspicious person walking around the property of a residence in Gladstone. Police attended and discovered the suspect was attempting to serve legal documents to the home owner. Police responded to an abandoned 911 call at a home in Neepawa, which was determined to have been dialled accidentally by a resident in the property. Aug. 25: RCMP responded to a reported disturbance in Gladstone. Police attended, but did not locate any disturbance and confirmed with neighbours who reported not hearing anything. Police responded to another report of a disturbance in Minnedosa, where the source of the disturbance could not be located. Police received a report of fraud in the RM of MintoOdanah; the matter is still under investigation. Aug. 26: RCMP received a report of a stolen vehicle in Rapid Cit y and another report of a break and enter to the golf course, also in Rapid City. Both matters are still under investigation.

Police were dispatched to a two vehicle collision in Minnedosa. There were no reported injuries and one vehicle was towed as a result. Aug. 27: RCMP responded to an assault in Minnedosa, where one male was reported to have been assaulted by another male. The victim declined to proceed with charges so the matter did not proceed. Police attended a commercial alarm in Gladstone, where

the building was found to be secure with no signs of forced entry; the alarm was determined to be false. Aug. 28: RCMP were dispatched to a report of an intoxicated person at a business in Minnedosa that was causing a disturbance. The person was taken into custody and was released once sober. Police responded to a report of theft of personal items in Clanwilliam, where the complainant declined to proceed with charges. Aug. 29: RCMP received a complaint of a

suspicious person that was reported to have been banging on the complainant’s windows in Rapid City. Patrols were made, but no one was located in the area. Police received a report of fraud in Neepawa; the matter is still under investigation. RCMP conducted 19 traff ic enforcement actions during this reporting period.

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Pra ir ie Mounta in Health (PMH) continues ongoing efforts to recruit physicians to the region. One of the initiatives the region utilizes as part of its overall recruitment strategy is the provincial Medical Licensure Program for International Medical Graduates ( MLPIMG). The ‘IMG Program’ assists foreign-trained doctors in obtaining their medical license to be able to practice as a primary care (family) physician in Manitoba. “Over the past year, the region sponsored five physicians to participate in the ‘IMG’ Program,” said Brian Schoonbaert, PMH CEO. “After much considerat ion, doctors that have now successfully graduated from the program are being strategically placed at various sites within PMH communities (or nearby areas) that require additional sufficient physician resources.

This year, these communities include Killarney, Minnedosa, Roblin and Swan River. Physicians and anticipated start dates are: •Dr. Saheed Ba log un, Killarney Medical Clinic (commenced practice on Aug. 17); •Dr. Aisha Jan, Killarney Medical Clinic (anticipated start date Sept.15); •Dr. Ma na l E l-Ma zahy, Minnedosa Medical Group (anticipated start date mid-Sept.); •Dr. Michael Abdalmassih, Swan River Primary Care Centre (anticipated start date mid-Sept.); •Dr. Hina Atif, Roblin Medical Centre (anticipated start date early Oct.). In return for reg ional sponsorship, IMG doctors agree to practice in their respective communities for four years. The Program is supported by the University of Manitoba —Max Rady College of Medicine, the College of Physicians

and Surgeons of Manitoba and Manitoba Health and Seniors Care. “ T he I nter nat iona l Med ica l Graduates program is a wonderful example of partners coming together to keep M a n itoba n s hea lt hy,” said Minister of Health and Seniors Care Audrey Gordon. “The program supports physician placement in much needed rural communities throughout the province by matching them with internationally trained physicians. The province is proud to support this program and deliver quality care to all Manitobans.” During the next rotation, which is already underway, PMH is sponsoring f ive more IMG phy s ic i a n s who c ommenced their training program this past June. If successful, they will be able to commence practice within the health region sometime next fall (2022).

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MERLE MYLREA MYLREA: It is with deep sadness we announce the death of Captain Merle Mylrea on Thursday, August 12, 2021. Merle was born on November 11, 1950 and grew up in Oak River, MB. Upon graduation from high school, she enlisted in the Air Force. In addition to her international posts in Egypt and Germany, Merle served across Canada coast to coast. After 35 years of military service, she retired to Brandon, MB to be close to family. Having developed an appreciation for wine while in Europe, Merle became a certified sommelier. She enjoyed walking, her many pets and playing and watching a variety of sports. As a true animal lover, she also enjoyed living next to a greenspace with all the wildlife. She is predeceased by her parents Harold and Cora Mylrea. She is survived by her brother, Ron Bullock (Ethel) and nephew, David (Hua); sister, Norma Golden and niece, Kathy; brother, Morris Mylrea (Debbie) and nephews, Devin and Tristen. We would like to offer our sincere gratitude to all the amazing health care professionals who cared for Merle. After a grueling battle with cancer, she is now at peace. Please join us in celebrating Merle’s life at the Oak River United Church, 27 Limit Street, Oak River, MB on Monday, August 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Oak River Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6 or to a charity of choice. Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, Brandon, MB, (204) 727-0694. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.

Notice PUBLIC NOTICE R. M. OF OAKVIEW Public notice is hereby given that the annual financial report of the auditor for the R. M. of Oakview, for the year 2020, together with related financial statements, have been deposited in the Oakview municipal offices in Oak River and Rapid City and are available for inspection by any person, during office hours. Any person, at his/her expense, may make a copy or extracts therefrom. Dated at Oak River, Manitoba this 23rd day of August, 2021. Brent Fortune - Reeve R. M. of Oakview

R. M. OF OAKVIEW NOTICE OF ELECTION 2021 Ward 2 By-Election Results I, Diane Kuculym, do hereby certify that Robert Christie has been duly elected for the Ward 2 Councillor for the R. M. of Oakview for the rest of the term. Diane Kuculym -Senior Election Official R.M. of Oakview August 19th, 2021

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Manitoba expands vaccine passports for fully immunized individuals as of sept. 3 Indoor mask requirements began Aug. 28

Manitoba is expanding the vaccine passport benefit for fully immunized individuals that will enable businesses, services and events to be available w ithout capacit y limits or public health restrictions as of Sept. 3, Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon announced today. “T he emergence of the delta var iant has c h a n g e d t h i n g s s i gnif icantly. Now, public health off icials tell us the pandemic is one of the unimmunized and we must take these extra steps to protect the nearly 230,000 children who are not yet eligible for immunization,” said G ordon. “ M a n itoba’s vaccine passport benefit will help encourage greater vaccine uptake, which is necessary to protect our health-care system from the COVID-19 fourth wave.” Gordon a lso announced the new public health order requiring mask use in all indoor public spaces across the province will come into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 28. The province has developed new requirements for people to be fully immunized to participate in certain events a nd act iv it ies. T hese requirements will come i nto ef fect by publ ic health order on Sept. 3 for all health regions and will include: • indoor and outdoor ticketed sporting events and concerts; • i n d o o r t h e a t r e/ 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 recreat iona l faci l it ies (excluding youth recreational sport); and • orga n i zed i ndoor

group recreational classes and activities, and indoor recreational businesses. Children 11 and under who are not eligible to be immunized will be able to attend events and activities with a fully immunized adult. “ Un les s i m med i ate a nd st rong mea su res are taken, the fourth COVID-19 wave would likely lead to another round of business restrictions or closures. Such a scenario would be absolutely devastating to business and our community. The Winnipeg Chamber supports today’s actions to avert the human and economic turmoil being seen in other provinces,” said Loren Remillard, president and chief executive of f icer, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. “ We w ill continue to work with our members to ensure they have the tools they need to support the province's public health orders.” The minister noted these new public health orders complement the mandatory vaccination steps taken earlier this week requiring all designated provincial public service workers who have ongoing contact w it h vulnerable populations, especially children, to be fully immunized. These individuals will need to receive their first dose by Sept. 7 and their second dose by Oct. 17 to be fully immunized by Oct. 31. Designated employees who are not fully immunized or cannot provide proof of vaccination will need to undergo regular COVID-19 testing, up to three times a week for full-time employees, and provide proof of a negative test result before they can resume working. “As the restaurant industry continues to put the health and safety of Manitobans as their top priority, we recognize

the latest changes as a short-term measure that models a proactive approach to eliminate the requirement for more permanent restrictions that would cause further detriment to an industry that has faced monumental challenges over the last 16 months,” said Shaun Jeffrey, executive director and chief executive of f icer, Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association. Dr. Brent Rouss i n, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, said these public health orders will reduce the need for more stringent publ ic hea lt h rest r ict ion s a nd lo c kdow n s that would otherwise be necessary to combat the COVID-19 fourth wave and protect the province’s hospital and critical care capacities. “Ensuring that people a r e f u l ly i m mu n i ze d before attending higherrisk events, activities and services will help reduce commun it y spread of the virus,” said Roussin.

“A lready, we are seeing more of the newly identif ied cases are in people who have not yet been immunized, and we need to take these steps to protect them, others in their communities and the health-care system from the effects of the delta variant.” Manitoba released new COVID-19 case numbers today that show unvaccinated individuals are accounting for a significant proportion of all

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new cases. Of the 31 new cases identif ied today, 26 were in individuals w ho wer e u nv a c c i n ated. In the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, 13 of the 14 cases identified today were in ind iv idua ls who were unvaccinated. As of today, 76.2 per cent of Manitobans age 12 and up have received two doses of vaccine, and 81.7 per cent have received at least one dose. Roussin again noted

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PC Caucus selects Kelvin Goertzen as interim leader

Winnipeg, MB – The Manitoba Progressive Conservative Caucus has selected the Hon. Kelvin Goertzen, MLA for Steinbach, to serve as Interim Leader and Premier-designate. “There was healthy dialogue and discussion at this meeting on the future of our caucus and a desired path forward for an interim leader,” said Caucus Chair Greg Nesbitt. “It was unanimously decided that Kelvin Goertzen is the best person to lead us through this interim period until a new leader is selected in the fall. I have notified the Lieutenant Governor of the caucus’ decision.” MLA Goertzen has served as the MLA for Steinbach since 2003. He has previously served as Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living and Minister of Education. On January 5, 2021 he was appointed Minister of Legislative and Public Affairs and Deputy Premier of Manitoba.

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