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Friday, November 8, 2019 • Vol.112 No. 15 • Rivers, Manitoba

RiveRs BanneR Micah Waddell

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Stan Runions of Rivers has been living with Tourette Syndrome (TS) for nearly 30 years. Twenty years ago he became a member of Tourette Canada and the following year (2000), he was elected vice-president of the Westman TS affiliate unit, a position he held until that group folded in 2005. With no group in the immediate area, he let his membership lapse, until 2016 when he decided it was time to rejoin the cause. In those four years since, he has been an active member, travelling to Winnipeg once a month to attend meetings. He has also travelled to the capital city for other TS activities such as fundraisers, golf tournaments, barbecues, Christmas parties and special meetings held to plan the national conference, which Winnipeg hosted last month. It was then, that he was formally recognized for his efforts in the TS world in Canada. The three-day national convention included a banquet and awards ceremony, where he was surprised with an accolade. He was presented the Todd Alexson Award for “having met the challenge of living with TS and being an example/ inspiration to others.” The award is given in memory of Todd, who died accidentally, and as a tribute to his mother, who founded the Vancouver Island TS chapter. Kind Individual Stan was nominated for the award because he is a “kind individual who exemplifies dedication and perseverance. He has a

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great desire to give back to the Tourette community; he hopes in the future, to be a contact rep in the Westman region of Manitoba. Stan, as an adult Touretter, you are a role model and we wish Back row L/R: Meghan more people were like you.” Knelsen, Erich Schmidt, Information to support Thom Heijmans, Heather Gray,out Liliane Dupuis. Front those claims, as read row L/R: Minami Kijima, Haile when the award was pre- Chassidy Payette, Hubbard, Morgan sented, includes the fol-Ramsay, Bryce Summers, Quinn Hrabok. lowing: • 2016, leaving work early each month and driving 240 kilometres so he could be in the city by 7 p.m., only to drive back home the same evening and go to work the next day. • 2017, more monthly meetings as well as a trip Photo by Sheila Runions to Warren, Man. where he was invited to speak to “a large group of people about My Life with Tourette Syndrome.” He alsoBycompleted Sheila Runions Banner Staff fundthe Trek for Tourette raiser, by walking from Rivcans 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 ers to Wheatland and back. Grade 12 Interdisci- month-long promotion, which noon of March 21, where the When all was said and done, fantastic! We are very, very • 2018, monthly meetings plinary Studies in Science class culminated in a ceremonious food was weighed and sorted. the scales at Riverdale Harvest pleased.” and a full dayat off (much Elementary school staff memRivers Collegiate planned a presentation on March 20 to Although the project was a sen- noted a total of 434 pounds, “a credit to Springland project Mfg.!) for Riverdale Harvest. Riverdale Harvest president ior students brainstorm, the en- fabulous amount,” says Heather. ber/Harvest volunteer Yvonne PHOTO BY LORNE PERRIN so he could be in Winnipeg initiated a similar camtire high school was encouraged “We are so pleased they decided Crouch Dubbed the Boat Load of Food, Heather Gray and Liliane. to help those we serve. A lot paign in her school. That threeBecause the snow had melted to participate. The collegiate students secured a canoe from Tourette Canada president Janet Rumsey presents Stan Runions the Todd Alexson Award. for a three-minute MorRolling 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 ning News TV interview 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 leave product in to promote the Trek for with you scratch it and unpredictable, purposemy tics. athletes I am not sure why is unbelievable There the canoe; 87 pounds of food Church (home to of Riverhad to pay with food for certainlysmall. deserves some praise. non-perishables. Although theto Zion Tourette. That year, was he fully was collected from the younger Rather,God the teens the Tourette’s, canoe. 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Augustine is what a tic is like for then it is all worth it. was formed in 1976 and is of people diagnosed with TS registration table Schoolat hadthe tried Fill a Canoe me.” The more I try to supThose closing statements so vastly stretched (people- have this affliction. Because in conjunction the 10-day national conference and withpress them, the more violent surmise the definition of a wise) that conferences are tics produce movement or Festival du Voyaguer Winproviding entertainment at andinbig they become. My role model. held only when a group sound, they are the most nipeg in February. It was very the opening evening. tics come in different forms. As for the TV show, even commits to all the work obvious “symptom” of successful and whenever I hear food bank, my earsThere always are perkhead jerks, shoul- though members of the involved; the last national Tourette, but the disorder One in 100up!” people der twitches, nose twitches, Winnipeg chapter live in or conference was three years encompasses a number of thenthe brought the sugIn Warren, heShetold a atfew throat noisesTheand comorbidities such as obsesago. canoe Riversmuch closer to that city than Riverdale Harvest, crowd: When gestion peopletoask, Elementary School was sive compulsive disorder, others that come and go. My Rivers, Stan immediately Tourette Canada’s webwhich supported the idea and adequately filled. “What does Tourette’s feel Heather Gray attention defPhoto icitbyhypertics some days are not very site says, “Tourette Synvolunteered when an email asked her to present the promolike?” my answer has been: noticeable but the next day, was sent out to members drome is a neurological activity disorder, sensory “Imagine you have an itch they can be unbearable. It asking them to appear on disorder characterized by dysfunction, learning disin the middle of your back all depends on many factors: television. involuntary motor and abilities, panic attacks, rage, while you’re walking down am I stressed, tired, excited, Although TS affects one vocal tics. These tics are etc. Currently, there is no the street. It is in that sweet are my muscles sore? 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t seems like it should be the punchline of a joke about governments, but it’s the reality in Manitoba— in the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the Province lost money selling drugs. When Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries (MLL) released their annual report for the year ending March 31, 2019, it showed a $2.4 million loss on cannabis sales. With the timeline, Oct. 17, 2018, and the accessibility, retail locations within a 30 minute drive for 90 per cent of the population, set by the federal government, the Province was in a tough place. While the federal government mandated when and where legal cannabis needed to be available for purchase across Canada, it left how that was to be implemented up to the country’s individual provinces. In Manitoba, the retail locations are operated by the private sector, but all the product sold must be purchased wholesale through MLL. During the first year of legal sales, there were 21 retail locations in the province, 13 of which were in Winnipeg. The provincial government collects income from cannabis sales in the form of wholesale markups and a social responsibility fee, which is a 6 per cent tax on retailers’ annual revenues. In 2018-2019, this grossed $5.3 million for the province. On the flip side, the costs associated with the sale of recreational cannabis were $7.8 million, $4.1 million of which were one-time costs. That $4.1 million included expenses such as policy development, health and safety considerations, training, enforcement



Kate Jackman-Atkinson and a public awareness campaign. The Winnipeg Free Press quoted a Manitoba Finance official as saying they didn’t know if cannabis would be profitable in the 2019-20 fiscal year. Not unexpectedly, the first year of legal sales saw some challenges. There were supply shortages across the country and MLL reported that they received about 30 per cent of their expected product volumes. These supply problems are likely to have impacted prices. Statistics Canada reported that based on 11 months of prices reported by Canadians, while legal cannabis was about $10.71/gram, black market product was only $5.85/gram. For all the publicity about the legalization of cannabis, its sale is a very small portion of MLL’s operation. Last year, cannabis accounted for about 1 per cent of the Crown Corporation’s operating income. For comparison’s sake, in 2019, the operating income for cannabis sales was $3.4 million, compared to $286

Canada must consider war with great caution

t’s been a long time since the guns of WWI fell silent. One hundred and one years ago, in fact. Some of us are old enough to have known some WWI veterans. Most of us know WWII vets but, there are very few left with us. The Korean War was a much smaller conflict and it was almost 70 years ago. My brother was a Korean War vet, but he is gone now too. We have a number of military veterans with us who have served our country well in other places, in peacekeeping efforts, mostly in the Middle East. The irony of the opening sentence is that the guns have never actually fallen silent. Diminished yes, but silent, no. One has to wonder why we still have conflicts? There are many factors and while military action is still seen as a solution today, it rarely is the answer. Canada’s role as a military country has an interesting history. Our very nation was formed by war. The French colonists fighting the British in Canada’s early days, the government fighting the First Nations people and the Metis are all key points in Canadian history. Canada sent troops to the Boer War in the late 1800s. It is said Canada became a nation in WWI. By the time WWII came along, Canada became a major player in this thing called war. The 1950s saw the Korean Conflict and heavy Canadian involvement. Canada tried to be a peacemaker in the second half of the 20th century and on into the present day. By either war or peacekeeping standards, Canada has been pretty successful. After experiencing 400 years of military involvement, Canada needs to take a serious look at what the future holds. Hopefully, the next 100 years will look very different from

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million in liquor sales. It will be interesting to see how the sector develops in Manitoba, beyond the money the government does, or doesn’t make from it. The province is home to one publicly traded production and retail company, Delta 9. According to a press release, they reported a gross profit of $2.9 million in the second quarter of 2019. That’s almost $3 million more than in 2018, but the company still recorded a loss on operations. John Arbuthnot, Delta 9’s CEO, has talked about Manitoba’s cost advantages, including inexpensive power, rent and a relatively low cost of living. Legal, recreational cannabis was expected to fill government coffers and that hasn’t been the case, at least not yet. Though it could well happen and on Oct. 17, the next wave of products became legal. This second phase includes products such as edibles, beverages and topical products, though none are expect to be available for sale until mid December, once Health Canada has reviewed and approved them before they hit the market. As the market develops, more stores will open and product offerings will be expanded to include a wider audience of consumers, interested in different ways of consuming cannabis. However, these expanded offerings will likely come with added costs related to oversight, education and enforcement. The success of this experiment has yet to be determined.


Ken Waddell what the past 100 years has looked like. Hopefully, the results will be much different. Canada needs to take a serious look at what it can and should do. In spite of our great geographic size, Canada is still only a small percentage of the United States in population and economic capacity. That factor alone sets some boundaries about what we can and should do. Canada needs a strong and battle ready military on land, sea and in the air. We don’t have that right now, especially in the air and on the sea. Canada needs to have training and equipment that allows us to partner with our allies at home and, when necessary, abroad. That word, abroad, raises some serious considerations. Our interventions abroad were instigated out of the necessity of the times. Past decisions were made based on the best information available. It is unfair to criticize past decisions. To do so is a disservice to those who risked their lives for our sake. But future decisions and interventions need to be examined in the light of the best information available and of what we have learned from the past. Canada needs to be ready at all times to defend our borders and come to the defence of our allies. That said, I am not sure we should entangle ourselves in civil and religious wars

in far away places and, especially, in places where the people have no intention of sharing our view about peace and good government. In the bluntest of terms, if we intervene in countries that place little value on human rights or religious freedom, it is doubtful if we should send our people to die there. Canada is a relatively young country, but some of the places where we try to intervene have had a highly developed society for thousands of years. I doubt they are really prepared to take moral instruction or military intervention from us. Canada’s military needs to be ready to defend, to work at home, be ready to align with allies when necessary, but intervention should be done in a very measured and considered manner. Canada’s job is to build opportunity in Canada and defend Canada’s interest. If other countries like our approach, they are quite welcome to adopt it. However, we should tread very carefully, lest we think we can enforce our values in places where we are not welcome.

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Nov. 8: Oak River Legion Auxiliary, Remembrance Day Tea, 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 8: Rivers Legion Chase the Ace, 5 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Nov. 9: Got Trivia presented by Rivers Fire Fighters Association, 7 p.m. Nov. 10: Rivers Legion Bingo, doors open 12:15 p.m. Nov. 11: Remembrance Day Service, Rivers Collegiate, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11: Remembrance Day Luncheon, Legion Upper Hall, 12:15 - 2 p.m. Nov. 13: Rivers Game and Fish meeting, Lee’s Restaurant, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15: Rivers Legion Chase the Ace, 5 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Nov. 15: RACF granting evening Nov. 17: Strathclair Theatre Chorus Disney Dazzle concert, Rivers Collegiate, 7 p.m. Nov. 17: Rivers Legion Bingo, doors open 12:15 p.m. Nov. 18: Flu clinic, Riverdale Community Centre, Rivers, 1-7 p.m. Nov. 21: Shop the block, various participating businesses, 5 - 8 p.m. Nov. 21: Rivers 50+ Club meeting, 2 p.m. Nov. 22: Rivers Legion Chase the Ace, 5 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Nov. 23: H.E.L.P Christmas Bazaar, Rivers Legion, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nov. 24: Grey Cup Party, Legion Club Room, doors open 3:30 p.m.

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Home Bodies By Rita Friesen We will remember them...


Name: Dave Cluney Birthday: May 12 1958 Occupation: President of Rivers Legion Branch #75 First job: Underground Miner at Lanigan Potash SK Hobbies: Handicrafts from computer parts In Rivers/Rapid City/Oak River since: Grew up south of Rivers Where do you live? I have lived in Oak River since 1999 Hometown: Rivers Where did you attend school? Rivers Dream vacation spot: Scotland Favourite food: Homemade Pizza Favourite holiday: Christmas Favourite song or artist: Imagine by John Lennon

Favourite sports team: Jets Favourite animal: Great Danes Favourite TV show: The Daily Show Favourite actor/actress: Anthony Hopkins When you were 12, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to join the military. Comment: I have been a Legion member at the Rivers branch for 42 years. When I first joined the branch, it was always a popular place in town and well supported but as we lost more Veterans there was less support. We now find ourselves in the same situation as so many other Legion Branches across this country we are now on the verge of shutting down and need to rekindle our community support. There is really a lot going on at Rivers Legion so please stop by and see what we have to offer.

FAITHFULLY YOURS Neil Strohschein For your

tomorrow, we gave our today


his week’s column is an edited version of a ref lection I shared on Nov. 11, 2017 at the Remembrance Day service in the Kelwood Legion Hall. The year was 1944. Everyone in Europe and America knew that a major Allied invasion of France was imminent and on June 6, it happened. For the next 12 months, the eyes of the world followed the British, American and Soviet troops, as they made their way into Germany and to Berlin. In less than a year, the war in Europe was over. But while all of this was going on, a small contingent of British troops, with help from their allies in India and Nepal, were engaged in a battle to retain control over the road and ridge near Kohima, the capital city of the eastern Indian province of Nagaland. The battle of Kohima lasted 2.5 months. It was one of the costliest battles of WWII. In all, 4,064 Allied and possibly 7,000 Japanese soldiers were killed. One thousand, four hundred twenty of those killed in that battle are buried in the Kohima War Cemetery. A memorial to their heroic efforts also stands there. On its face, the following epitaph is engraved: “When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.” That is what we have the opportunity to do every Nov. 11. We can sit with our veterans and listen to their stories. We can learn about the conditions they faced as they fought

s the leading edge of the Baby Boomers, I rely on historians, neighbours and renown authors for my information of the impact of the Great Wars. My uncles seldom spoke of their experiences and that was not uncommon. The neighbour, also our van driver for several years, spoke of his time in the forces. As he aged and slowly lost mobility because of his injuries, it seemed to become easier for him to share thoughts. Not so much memories, but thoughts of combat and nations warring. Another gentleman in my home village did not need to speak of war and the crippling effects of war, for he walked with difficulty and effort, having suffered the effects of gas in the trenches. These were men I knew and respected, never taking for granted their contributions to my freedoms. “Rilla of Ingleside”, by L.M Montgomery, rendered a fair glimpse into the life of those who waited. Waited for word from sons,

in some of the worst hell holes on this planet and breathe a silent prayer of thanksgiving to God for the privileges we enjoy thanks to their dedication and sacrifice. But we need not stop there. We can spend a few minutes reading books, watching videos or listening to audio recordings of real soldiers fighting real battles and falling with their faces to the foe. From every book, every film clip, every still photo and every sound bite, we will hear their words: “For your tomorrow, we gave our today.” I’d encourage you to visit the war memorial in your town, stand quietly and read a few of the names engraved on it. They may not mean much to you, but please remember that those whose names you will read were once part of our communities. They attended our schools, played in our parks, worked on farms or in stores until Canada went to war; they were sent overseas and were killed in action. If they could speak today, they would say: “For your tomorrow, we gave our today.” If you don’t feel like standing outside, visit the exhibits at your local Legion Hall or museum. Look at the photos displayed there. Read the stories of those from your area who served in Canada’s military. Stand in silence, listen and you just might hear them say: “For your tomorrow, we gave our today.” Then think of the children and youth of your community; and of all the potential they have. Remember the young men and women whose potential died with them when they were killed in action. Hear them say: “For your tomorrow, we gave our today.” Finally, I urge you to offer this simple prayer: “Almighty God, in honour of those who died in the service of God, king and country; and so that my children and grandchildren will never have to suffer and die in war; I give myself in loving service to my family, community and country. For their tomorrow, I gladly give my today.”

lovers, husbands, schoolmates and chums that were overseas. The waiting grew wearying. From this book, I carry the phrase, “patience is a tired mare and yet, she plods on. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things, with courage, dignity and pride.” “The Diary of Anne Frank” was also a glimpse, into another side of the war story. Reading it as a youth, it was easy to identify with the isolation and frustration, the longings and the regrets. A glimpse into another world. As an adult, I watch the actions and bravery of our armed forces. Peace keeping missions, anything but peaceful. And yet, for the sake of this world’s peace, individuals still leave the comfort and safety of families and homes and willingly serve. We hear and read of PTSD, most of us never imagining the scenes replaying in wounded hearts and minds. As I watch my world, the work of our police officers, first responders, security

guards– well, these, too, are peacekeepers. I have wandered the beaches of Juno and Omaha. Explored the streets of Amsterdam, Moscow and Krakow. Mourned the reality of concent rat ion ca mps. Enormous world events. Different emotions in all these places. Different histories with very different endings. As we pause, in silence, at eleven o’clock on the morning of Nov. 11, each of us immersed in our own thoughts, there is a commonality, the freedoms we experience were hard fought for and we can never forget. The images of young men and women, bravely defending our nation and world freedom, past and present, serving, willing. Willing to face terrors, aware that not all warriors return, or return whole. It is with deepest gratitude that I wear the poppy, that I pause with countless others, that I now live with a deeper respect for all who served and serve.  As an elder, what I can now do is pray, “let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” Another teaching is “as much as possible, live at peace with all”. Small first steps that make a difference in my life, and my attitude! Thankful for all my tomorrows.

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Regarding education


Dear Manitoba Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen, My name is Seraphina Gilbert and I’m a grade 9 student at Rivers Collegiate Institute, in Rivers Manitoba, part of the Rolling River School Division. I have some very strong concerns about the PAX programs in our school. I am also concerned about the level of education I am receiving because we are all focused so much on PAX I’m sure you know what it is, but according to the Manitoba government website: ; “PAX teaches students autonomous self-control and self-management through collaborating with others for peace, productivity, health & happiness. PAX is an evidence-based, childhood mental health promotion strategy which combines the science from PeaceBuilders, Good Behavior Game & other studies.” Which in all honesty, it actually sounds like a good idea, until you hear how it’s been enforced on my high school courses. I come from a very loud class, and we are all very hard to manage, but that’s the way we always been, it’s all we know. We’ve never truly been disciplined, of course we’ve had to stay inside at break a few times but that’s never changed a thing. So, now we are in high school and things have not changed, but something is different. Our division superintendent has applied the PAX program. So, instead of actually getting disciplined as a class and as an individual, we now get rewarded. Not for being bad, but for giving the teachers and the classmates respect, handing in our class work on time, and basically at this point just for showing up. Last time I checked that’s expected, not just as students, but as human beings. This is just like giving my younger brothers candy every time they listen while I babysit. It’s just expected and we should not get rewarded for it. What happens when we get into the work force and after doing everything our boss asks, we expect 3 days vacation time? Thats the arrogant children the school systems are raising. I think the school system is too afraid to discipline us because, we will run home crying to our parents who will agree with the students, and thus a problem will be created between the school and parents. One of the rewards (and possibly the most common) is watching a movie. Which is completely stupid and a waste of time. If all we are going to do is watch a movie, what’s the point of even showing up? I would understand a documentary that’s related to what you’re learning, but no. Here’s a list of what I’ve already watched this year Wall-e, Nine to Five, Vertical Limit We’ve already watched three movies (and it’s only October), that’s more than what we should see a year. Would you like to know what the ideal number of movies we should watch a year is? Zero. Movies are for home. How were disciplined when you were in school? Not like this, I hope. I want to do big things when I’m older, and I’m terrified I am not going to have the educational necessities, because I will be too busy watching movies. We are so lucky to have education open to everyone. And I cannot believe we are wasting this gift on movies and learning how respect should be rewarded. I think we all need to grow up and learn that school is for education and to prepare us for real life. I want to thank you so much for your time. I really hope you will take my words into consideration, and understand that the PAX program is not working in the way it was originally intended. I hope this letter has inspired you to remove or update the program or at least speak to other students and parents to get their input into this issue. Sincerely, Seraphina Gilbert Rivers, MB (Reprinted with permission from Real Westman)

Rolling River Festival of the arts The calendar says that it is November (already) and that means it is time for the Rolling River Festival of the Arts (RRFA) committee to start planning and organizing for the 39th annual festival. It will be held March 16-20 of 2020. We are a small group of five members, and are working and trying very hard to keep this festival alive. Many festivals have fallen by the wayside due to a lack of volunteers. We don’t want that to happen to the RRFA. Our festival used to be two weeks long, now it is less than one week. Even though the time frame is shorter, it still takes work and dedication to keep it up and running. We could use your help, please. The more people there are the less work for each of us. Please consider joining us. It is a short commitment with very few meetings. Last year we only had three meetings and did a lot of our communicating by email. We realize that people are busy and short of time. Our first meeting will be on Nov. 12, at Tanners Crossing School at 7 p.m. and we are all finished with festival by early May, so a short period of time. Last year, we had approximately 150 entries including 100s of participants, with choirs etc. Our festival attracts people not only from Minnedosa, but from many communities in the surrounding area. The entry deadline is January 16, 2020. If we ended up having to quit, where would all these performers go to share their talents and the desire to perform? If you are interested in helping out with the festival, please contact Val Dornn at 204-867-2432. Thank you for considering joining the RRFA.

Believe It or Not Part One

Some of you may not be familiar with the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! line of stories that were created by Robert Ripley in the early years of the twentieth century. The reader was presented with an unusual and strange story that was so bizarre you were left wondering if it was even true. With this in mind, I would like to share a story with you. Gretta Vosper, a woman who wasn’t sure what her beliefs were, earned a Masters of Divinity degree at Queen’s Theological College in Kingston, Ontario and was ordained as a minister of the United Church of Canada. In 1997, she became the minister of West Hill United Church in Toronto and it appears that any beliefs she had in God declined over a period of time when she announced to her congregation that she was a non-theist. I wasn’t exactly sure what a non-theist was so I did have to look it up. Here is a brief definition along with some others to allow some context. A theist believes in a god or gods. A monotheist believes in one god. (Judaism, Islam, Christianity) A polytheist believes in multiple gods. An atheist denies the existence of god or gods. A non-theist has an indifferent or apathetic view. Not long after her announcement that she was a non-theist, Gretta quit reading the Lord’s Prayer in her church and attendance dropped dramatically. After hearing of some atrocities enacted in the name of god around the world, things apparently came to a head in Paris, France on January 7, 2015. Let me provide you with some brief details. Charlie Hebdo is a French satirical weekly newspaper that features cartoons, stories and jokes mocking various religions and groups. In 2011 and 2012 they featured cartoon images of Muhammed which resulted in them being attacked by two gunmen belonging to the Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda. The gunmen killed 12 people and injured 11 others in the attack praising Allah and yelling that they had revenged his prophet Muhammed. This was followed by other attacks in France by members of the same group Due to so much evil committed in the name of god, in this case the Islamic god Allah, Gretta announced she was now an atheist. This triggered a review by her church’s regional body, The Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada, to decide if she was fit to continue as a minister and possibly have her removed from ministry but Gretta and her congregation were standing their ground. During this standoff, Gretta gave an interview to the CBC in March of 2016 explaining her reasons for the stand she was making. Next week in Part Two I would like to share with you the reasons she put forward. John Klassen Rivers, Mb

Riverdale Palliative Care Hosts Community Memorial Service Riverdale Palliative Care will be hosting a community memorial service, called a “Service of Lights,” on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3:00 p.m. at St. James Anglican Church. Palliative volunteers and individuals from the area churches will lead the service. The service is open to anyone in the community who wants to gather to remember and reflect on the lives of people who have died in the past two years. A time of remembering, with a listing of names of people who have died, lighting of candles and distribution of flowers will allow guests to quietly reflect on the memories of their loved ones. If you have experienced the death of a family member or friend in the past two years and would like to take time to remember, please consider this your invitation to attend. Please feel free to bring other family members and friends. Some of our palliative volunteers will be attempting to contact families of persons for whom there has been an obituary posted in the Rivers Banner. If you have additional names of persons you would like to have honored in this way, please call Esther Krahn at 204-328-7189 or Dora Irvine at 204-328-7167. Refreshments will be served after the service. Grief is something we all experience at some point in our lives, and like the unique personality of people who have died and are being remembered, so is every person’s grief journey. There is no ‘one size that fits all’. However, taking time to remember and reflect can be a significant milestone in the grief journey. Talking about the lives of our loved ones, going down memory lane, having a good cry or laugh or simply being quiet in a world that is filled with noise and commotion can be good things to do to heal the grief that is experienced during the time of a death. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the grief of a family member or friend, please seek out some support to help you through this time. Grief and bereavement is being acknowledged at a national level on Nov. 19 and online information can be found at the Canadian Virtual Hospice at Local clergy, palliative volunteers, medical staff, funeral home resources are all available to talk about grief. If you would like further information, please feel free to call Esther Krahn.

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Wartime memories from Frank week 2 I would like to continue sharing more of Frank Forness’s wartime memories with our readers. Thank you to Karen for allowing me to read through her father’s journal and present some of the excerpts. These are in Frank’s words as he wrote them. Flashes of Memory: First Night in FranceSleeping under a loaded truck for protection from the Ack-Ack shrapnel falling to earth and finding out in the morning that the truck was loaded with ammunition. France in ’44- Finding a full liquor store with no one about. The entire section got lit up on rum and champagne then slept it off beside a brick wall. Awakened in the morning, we found that we had slept through a bombing raid and that our jeep was covered in debris from a great bomb blast that happened just on the other side of that same brick wall.

Frank Forness Vignettes: Be Careful when using Grenades- 1944 We of the South Saskatchewan, had taken over from the Hamilton Light Infantry and had successfully completed an attack on a Normandy town. The sun had not yet come up and I was doing recce for the lines to the forward companies. I remember that it was still and calm with no other person apparently about. I had passed some of the outlying buildings when

suddenly I was sure that I’d heard some movement back in a shed that I had passed. Knowing that the town had not yet been thoroughly cleared, I high ported my rifle and approached an open window. Again, there was definite movement. Digging out a grenade, I pulled the safety pin and called for whoever was in that shed to come out. Nothing happened but more movement was heard. I was about to throw the grenade when I thought perhaps a quick peek through the window would be in order. There in the shed was a goat, treading on the abandoned supply of German antitank mines. Possibly two to three hundred! Enough anyway to blow up the shed and sundry surrounding buildings- me included. Very quickly I replaced the safety pin. Check back next week for more of Frank’s war memories, “Lest We Forget”.

Chamber bits November 2019

By Dave Falkevitch Rivers Chamber of Commerce

Our last meeting on October 24th was well attended and we welcomed two new members. Some very lively and interesting discussion took place. Coming up on November 21st is the “Shop the Block Extravaganza” from 5-8pm. So far there are 12 businesses that will stay open plus there will be vendors set up in the Legion club room. The Legion club will feature snacks and drink specials. All ages welcome. You may contact Barb at (204)721-1148 for more information or to book a spot. Many of the businesses will feature a special of some description during the evening. Also, the Chamber of Commerce will offer Pet Pictures with Santa for a $5 fee. This will be held in the Butterfly Consultations building on second avenue. The Rivers Santa Parade will take place on November 30th and will

once again be an evening event. Prior to the parade at 4pm we will host a family movie at the Legion upper hall, free of charge. Popcorn and snacks will be available at a reasonable cost. After the parade, join us for hotdogs and hot chocolate in the open area across from the Legion. There are other activities planned for the kids throughout the day so watch the Banner for more details in the days to come. Once again, I would like to mention the “Chamber Bucks” gift certificates. If you have someone that is hard to shop for, consider giving “Chamber Bucks” that can be redeemed for anything you may want to purchase at any Chamber member business. If you are interested please call Jean at (204) 328-7316 or Dave at (204)729-7203. We also decided at the meeting to offer the use of the Chamber billboard sign to promote any community events at no cost. This would be on a first come first serve basis

and would not be for any commercial use. If you wanted to recognize a special birthday or occasion, that could be done for a minimal $10 fee. To reserve your spot contact Dave, (204)729-7203. The next meeting of Rivers Chamber of Commerce will be Thursday November 28 noon at Lee’s Restaurant. A reminder that anyone can join the Chamber for a nominal fee, including individuals interested in promoting our community and continuing to make Rivers a great place to live!

An invitation to see Manitoba agriculture Dear Prime Minister, On behalf of Manitoba farmers, I first want to congratulate you on your success and your party’s success in the most recent federal election. We look forward to working collaboratively with your government and the soon-to-be appointed Minister of Agriculture on issues such as stronger climate change programming, canola, trade, and enhanced programming for business risk management. The purpose of my letter today is to invite you to Manitoba and to my farm in Minto to meet with myself and many of our concerned farmers across this province. We have encountered drought and excess moisture in the same farming year, on top of trade disputes that have threatened our bottom lines, and we are looking for federal leadership to ensure that our operations remain sustainable so that we can continue to be an economic driver in this country. Since the election has concluded, we have heard a great deal from some Western Canadian politicians about separation from the rest of Canada given the lack of Western Canadian voices in your government. These discussions do not serve the best interest of our country and are not discussions Manitobans support. We do, however, have the need to hear from our federal government on the issues that we encounter every day. Regardless of the composition of the House of Commons, the federal government has the responsibility to hear all voices and make decisions in the best interests of all Canadians, not just the Canadians that voted for them. I believe strongly that no matter our political differences, we can work beyond those and move my industry and our country forward because we have the responsibility to work together in a collaborative way. My hope is that you will seriously consider my invitation so that we can discuss how your government can work with farmers like me going forward. We are all best served by working in unison, rather than in opposition. Sincerely, Bill Campbell President, Keystone Agricultural Producers




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RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF OAKVIEW – RAPID CITY WASTEWATER TREATMENT LAGOON EXPANSION – FILE: 157.10 A proposal has been filed on behalf of the Rural Municipality of Oakview by SNC-Lavalin for the construction and operation of an expansion for the Rapid City Wastewater Treatment Lagoon. The expansion would involve a new secondary cell located immediately south of the existing facility in NW 20-13-19W. Construction is anticipated in 2021. The expanded facility would continue to discharge treated effluent to the Little Saskatchewan River each year, during the period June 15 – October 31. Anyone likely to be affected by the above operation and who wishes to comment on the proposal should contact the department or Bruce Webb, Environmental Engineer in writing or by email to Bruce, not later than NOVEMBER 29, 2019. Further information is available from the online Public Registry located at: Information submitted in response to this proposal is considered public information and will be made available to the proponent and placed on the public registry established in accordance with Section 17 of The Environment Act. Environmental Approvals Branch Manitoba Conservation and Climate 1007 Century Street Winnipeg MB R3H 0W4 Toll Free: 1-800-282-8069 Fax: 204-945-5229 Website:

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Remembrance Day 2019

This year, for the 101st anniversary, we take a look back at stories from the 1919 Rivers Gazette . Kenton Legion # 118 Remembrance Day Service at Kenton Memorial Hall Monday, November 11, 2019 Potluck lunch to follow service Downstairs in Legion Lounge

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Rapid City woman turned her grief into something beautiful, and with it a thriving business opportunity; and it’s spreading like Wildflowers. Brenda Hunter Virden, Mb For Lacey Marshall of Rapid City, her mom’s inf luence, her own grit and determination, and the excitement to share a family tradition with her own daughter are ultimately the reasons why she began sewing just over a year ago. What started out as a desi re to sew some shirts for her and her young daughter, Maci, has turned into a full-blown business with her “Wildf lower Stitchin” brand of custom-made western shirts. “My Mom made all of our rodeo shirts when my sister and I were young,” recalled Marshall fondly. “I thought it would be really cool if I could do the same for my daughter.” While her mom, Kathy,


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w a s a n a c c ompl i s hed sea m st ress , she never had the chance to pass down that art to Lacey as planned. Unfortunately, their time was cut short, as Marshall’s mom passed away on September 24, 2015, after a lengthy battle with cancer. This followed on the heels of Dad, Terry Marshall’s sudden passing in January of the same year. That’s a hard pill for anyone to swallow, but Marshall’s parents’ had seemingly equipped her to olb ox wel l . H av i n g been born into an equine/ rodeo family, Marshall had learned early on the toughness, perseverance, loya lt y, responsibi l it y, work ethic, passion and sense of community that comes with the sport of rodeo, but also that being a girl was no excuse to not try new things.

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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 10th day of December, 2019, at the hour of 10:00 AM, at Riverdale Municipality, 670-2nd Avenue, Rivers, Manitoba, proceed to sell by public auction the following described properties: Roll Number 49065










LOT 21 BLOCK 2 PLAN 145 BLTO IN SE 1/4 7-12-22 WPM

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LOTS 13, 14 AND 15 BLOCK 3 L -$900 PLAN 190 BLTO IN E 1/2 7-12-22 B -$9,900 WPM



LOTS 18 AND 19 BLOCK 3 PLAN L -$600 190 BLTO IN E 1/2 7-12-22 WPM B -$8,200







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ROLLING RIVER SCHOOL DIVISION Statement of Operating Fund Revenue and Expenditures for the year ended June 30, 2019

Provincial Gov’t


$13,673,996 Provincial Funding of School Programs $ 9,857,331 Adult Learning Centre $ 121,499 Other Department of Education $ 543,410 Education Property Tax $ 2,270,924 Tax Incentive Grant $ 738,029 Other Provincial Gov’t Departments $ 132,803

Federal Government

$ 47,392

Municipal Gov’t (Net of Ed. Property Tax Credit)

$ 9,763,413

Other School Divisions

$ 65,000

First Nations

$ 1,254,225

Private Organizations & Other Sources

$ 164,483 Total Revenue

Kat Bridgeman Chief Administrative Officer Riverdale Municipality Phone: (204) 328-5300 Fax: (204) 328-5374

SINCE 2008

Thank you to all applicants for their interest in Rolling River School Division. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


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 Riverdale Municipality 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 25th day of October, 2019. Managed by:

Minimum charge: $5+GST Extra insertions: 1/2 original price

Amount of Arrears& Costs for Which Property May be Offered for Sale

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Expenditures Regular Instruction


Student Support Services

$ 3,020,729

Adult Learning Centre

$ 121,499

Community Education and Services

$ 29,420

Divisional Administration

$ 879,345

Instructional and Other Support Services

$ 526,742

Transportation of Pupils

$ 1,748,955

Operations and Maintenance

$ 2,953,384


$ 437,880 Sub Total Expenditures

$ 24,359,002

Transfers to Capital Fund

$ 666,056 Total Expenditures and Transfers to Capital Fund

$ 25,025,058

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Operating Fund Surplus (Deficit)

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Adjustment to Surplus (Deficit) Non Vested Accumulated Sick Leave

$ -46,217

Adjusted Operating Fund Surplus (Deficit)

$ 102,766


The above represents only the 2018-2019 Operating Fund Revenue and Expense Statement. A Consolidated Statement of Operating, Capital and Special Purpose Funds prepared to Public Sector Accounting Board standards is available for inspection at the Division Office in Minnedosa or on the Rolling River School Division web page at A resident elector, at his own expense, may have a copy of all, or any part of the report.

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Her Dad was none other than Terry Marshall, well-known area cowboy and former NHL draft pick of the St. Louis Blues whose claim to fame at the end of his hockey career, was appearing as an extra in the movie ‘Slap Shot’ with the legendary Paul Newman. Following his retirement from the hockey arena, Marshall took to the rodeo arena, participating regularly in rodeos across the prairies, first as a competitor and then as a pick-up man winning several titles most notably Manitoba Rodeo Cowboys Association (MRCA) team roping champion in 1986 and MRCA Pick-up Man of the Year in 1995. In the three years since their passing, Marshall became a mother herself. While on maternity leave in September of last year, she decided to do a deep clean of her house in anticipation of Lacey in her studio, in the midst masterpiece” returning to work as a hairdresser. “I came across this bag of fabric,” said Marshall sombrely. “It was a bag of seeded or planted.’ “In December I got my first order fabric that my mom and I had bought. and oh man, I was so scared…..was it She was (always) going to teach me how going to fit….was it going to be good to make my own western shirts.” enough…..was she going to like it….. Her mind was suddenly in a tailspin, but so exciting!” her grief was real and raw, and this The caring and creativity that nostalgic discovery brought everything she puts into every stitch started to the surface once again. to pay off. In true entrepreneurial “All my emotions were going crazy, I spirit, she began to think that if she was having a really hard time,” she said could just sell a few more shirts, that soulfully, “missing my mom and not maybe she could make enough extra having her see my little girl grow up.” money that she could stay home with It was in that moment that Marshall her daughter. decided to teach herself how to sew “I didn’t think that this would western shirts, just like her mother had. become such an amazing opportun“I told myself, enough with this ity,” said Marshall overwhelmingly. sadness, and I turned it into something started to take off for Business beautiful and positive!” beamed MarMarshall. Nowadays she works full shall proudly. time at home sewing shirts at her She took a leap of faith, and literally kitchen table and marketing them on jumped in with both feet. She watched her Wildflower Stitchin’ Facebook a lot of YouTube videos on how to sew, and pieced together some questionable page, while maintaining her career shirts in the weeks that followed, as as a hairdresser in Brandon three she figured things out. Her Mama days a week. After the Christmas rush is over, and Daddy had instilled that ‘never she hopes to move to a dedicated quit’ attitude, and she persisted until sewing shop which will help her she got it right. manage work/life balance, and also “I spent a lot of time calling my give her a chance to take stock of the Grandma and aunties for help on years’ events and work on growing how to do this or that! Snap chat is her business even more. a wonderful thing! I made about ten “This first year has been a whirlshirts before I posted something on wind of a year,” she said enthusiassocial media,” she admitted. tically, “I have so much excitement And when she did, word began to this business – it keeps me up about spread…..well, like wildflowers! at night!” It was only then that she decided that “I think the biggest turning point she’d better think of a name for her new for me was when I went to my first venture. She looked to guidance from big barrel racing (after I started sellher Mom, once again, for the answer. ing shirts), and I was sitting with my “She loved wildflowers,” Marshall family and we were like ‘Oh, that smiled. “She (always) had this beautiful one is mine…..and that one…..and garden with a ton of wildflowers and I that one’. It was truly an amazing thought it was so beautiful! I thought it feeling! I see pictures everywhere of (the name) was very fitting (as) I want my that little black and white patch.” shirts to spread like wildflowers, too!” She finally realized the satisfaction And just like that, Wildflower and sense of pride for a job well done Stitchin’ was born. that her mom had revelled in all those Marshall’s new business and her years ago when she had lovingly serendipitous discovery of it, is the sewed western shirts for her girls. epitome of a wildflower as defined by “I went from making one shirt Wikipedia as ‘a flower that grows in the every four days to making four shirts wild, meaning it was not intentionally


of creating another “wildflower

a day! Never did I think it would turn into an 8-week waiting list!” Marshall has sold her one-of-akind shirts to women involved in the sport of rodeo and the equine industry in general, in all three prairie provinces, BC and the US. “I try my very best to not make the same shirt twice!” said Marshall about the uniqueness of her product. “I love that each one is different in some way and I love picking out colors and prints to match someone’s (individual) personality.” Last week, Marshall posted pictures of two special shirts she had just completed, on her Facebook page which read: “Today I did something special in honor of my beautiful Mother. Miss Maci and I made Jerri-Lynn (her sister) and myself shirts out of fabric that was picked out by our mama! These two shirts have so much meaning to them and are made with a lot of love! September 24th was four years since her passing. She is the reason I believed in myself enough to start doing this! My mama is an inspiration to me every day and (in) every shirt I make!” This just goes to prove that Marshall made the right choice in taking the leap a year ago. Her mother is, and always has been, behind her every step of the way. She has this to say about her strong-willed mind set and tenacious attitude that has served her well in the rodeo arena of life: in losing her parents at a young age, becoming a Mom, following her heart and what she has learned in building her business so far. “If I have learned one thing in my life it would be that going through hard times CAN make you a stronger person. IF YOU LET IT. Work hard for what you want and don’t let anyone tell you that you CAN’T do it. Do something that excites you and that you are passionate about. YOU are a wildflower.”

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Legion Ladies Auxiliary

By Lisa Smith Rivers Legion Auxiliary The regular monthly meeting of the Rivers Legion Ladies Auxiliary was held Nov. 4, in the Rivers Legion upper hall. Fifteen members were in attendance and one guest. Sarah Plosker was installed as a new member. Minutes and reports were read and adopted. There were no new applications for membership this month. There were also no requests for donations this month. The Legion Ladies Auxiliary will be having a Remembrance Day luncheon at 12:15 p.m. following the service at Rivers Collegiate. There will be a bake table,

mystery prize table, quilt raff le and penny raff le table, with lots of great prizes. Hope to see you all there! The Ladies Auxiliary Christmas dinner will be on Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. A life membership has been accepted for Madame Jane Brown for her many years of service. Madame Jill White is the new kitchen cleaner. The Auxiliary will give out juice boxes for the Santa Claus Parade. Starting in 2020, the regular monthly meetings of the Rivers Legion Auxiliary will be moving to Tuesday. The next regular meeting will be held Dec. 10, at 7 p.m..


On this day Nov. 8 1889- Montana admitted as 41st state of the Union. 1931- Morley Safer, Canadian American TV newscaster (60 Minutes), was born in Toronto on this day (d. 2016). 1939- Failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler in Burgerbraukeller, Munich. 1960- John F. Kennedy is elected 35th President of the United States, defeating Republican candidate Richard Nixon who was the incumbent Vice President and eventually became 37th President. 1962- Canada's government orders the nickel changed back to round shape. 1974- "Greatest Hits" 11th studio album by Elton John is released. 1988- 900 die as earthquake hits China.

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