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The Rage continue their incredible season with 11-00-00-00 record Back row L/R: Meghan Knelsen, Erich Schmidt, Thom Heijmans, Heather Gray, Liliane Dupuis. Front row L/R: Minami Kijima, Haile Hubbard, Chassidy Payette, Morgan Ramsay, Bryce Summers, Quinn Hrabok.

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Rivers/Elton Rage captain Cameron Ramsay mid play Sheila during a overwhelming 10-0 victoryBy over theRunions Souris Banner Staff Sabres in Souris last Saturday.


By Micah Waddell Rivers Banner The Rivers/Elton Rage has gone undefeated this season in an unusual turn of events considering their guaranteed spot in the AA high school provincials in this 2019/2020 hockey season. Spectacular play

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 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 non-perishables. Although the Zion Church (home of River- athletes had to pay with food for certainly deserves some praise. the canoe; 87 pounds of food campaign was fully organized dale Harvest). Rather, the teens the canoe. Some students also All students stayed behind to was collected from the younger by that class, the original idea carried bags, boxes and garbage canvassed Rivers, Oak River help check expiry dates, sort and group on Thursday, March 22. 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 has had the Rage up!” partici- School. Hockey glues the Virden Golden Bears (as advantage. On Sunday twelve players play on the Sheracking then brought the sugplayers together from the of Monday 13-2-00-00) the Rivers/Elton Rage team this year, they have pate in 11 games, The canoe at Rivers gestion to Riverdale Harvest, the southern up an incredible 11-00- four school inElementary night away from will take the fight to the grown up alongside each School Tuesday was which supported the idea and adequately filled. their home arena, stats portion of the province 00-00 record thus far. The Raiders from Wawanesa other and have Photo by played Heather Gray asked her to present the promo-

team this year contains a great bunch from four different high schools in the Westman area, Rivers Collegiate, Elton Collegiate, Sioux Valley School and Birdtail First Nation

and it appears to be a good mesh. A difficult and highly anticipated trio of faceof fs awa ited t hem a s of Tuesday. The team faced of f ag a i nst t he

from t hat ga me were not updated at the time of production. Saturday night expect to see the team take on the Sandy Bay Badgers (13-00-0000) with the home ice

(13-00-1-00). Each of the three teams they face in this short period of time are diff icult opponents with more games played in the current season then the Rage. Ten grade

toget her before, team captain Cameron Ramsay leads the others as one of the major players this season.

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Special delivery

f your parcel of gifts arrived in time for Christmas, you’ll know that Canada Post has made parcel delivery its priority. It’s not surprising, the internet has forced almost every business to re-evaluate how and where it makes its money. It’s clear that parcel shipping is where Canada Post’s growth will come from. Between 2017 and 2018, overall volumes were down almost 4 per cent, with only domestic parcels (10.9 per cent) and overall parcels (21.7 per cent) showing gains. This trend has continued into 2019 and in their Q3 report, Canada Post says, “There were no significant changes to our strategy during the third quarter of 2019. We remain focused on growing our Parcels line of business by supporting Canadians’ changing postal needs and ensuring we meet our service commitments.” While the corporation noted that their Parcels line of business grew by $22 million in the third quarter of 2019, this growth was less than the declines in revenue from their core Lettermail ($49 million) and Direct Marketing ($14 million) lines of business. This year, Canada Post was expecting its peak season to run from Nov. 11, 2019 to Jan. 12, 2020, to handle all the holiday shipping and returns. To meet this, the Crown Corporation hires more than 4,000 seasonal workers, doubles their transportation capacity, expands delivery to weekends and extends customer service hours, something we saw locally with the post office open until 7 for the week before Christmas


Kate Jackman-Atkinson Canada Post has been upfront about the importance it places on their parcel delivery line of business, in fact, their 2018 annual report noted their core strategy was to grow the business by being the country’s parcel delivery leader. It’s a good strategy– focus on what you can grow and don’t worry about the rest. Canada Post has a monopoly on the door to door delivery of lettermail across Canada, so they don’t have to work very hard to protect that side of their business. And if every piece of mail has to be handled and sorted, it makes sense to be paid $20 or more for a parcel, than about $1 for a letter. The problem is that this philosophy is gutting the lettermail side of their business. As the Christmas crush ramped up, and the post office was open later, first class mail was days behind. On Friday, Dec. 20, we at the Neepawa Banner & Press finally got the mail that hadn’t

The right answers

he upcoming leadership race for the Conservative Party of Canada will prove to be a fascinating political event. The generally liberal media can hardly wait to pounce on every word and facial expression spoken or displayed by the candidates. The ones who show themselves to be the most at odds with the mainstream media will suffer the worst. After all, we must realize that the CBC and their gaggle of mindless media followers are the real rulers of Canada. Any candidate who seeks their blessing will have to bow down at the alters of political correctness, mindless climate panic and untamed government spending. The easily offended will cause waves of outrage unless the candidates properly bow to the media’s wishes. Due to the short timeline (June 2020) and the high admission fee ($300,000), the field of leadership candidates will be restricted to those who can access money within the fairly restrictive rules. It certainly won’t be anywhere near the multi-million dollar insanity that exists in the United States and that is likely a good thing. So what should a prospective Conservative candidate say on the campaign trail? Here’s some questions that are likely to come up and a suggested response. Q. What is your stand on a woman’s right to choose? A. A woman has the right to make the decision to have an abortion, but it needs to be an informed decision. The number of abortions in Canada is dropping and that is a good thing. All abortions result in the death of a baby. All abortions have significant physical and emotional consequences for the mother, be it short term, long term or intermediate term. No woman should ever feel pressured to have an abortion. Anyone who objects to abortion by harassing or demonstrating are short-sighted and misguided and should devote their money and efforts towards supporting women who decide to birth their babies and may need various kinds of help. It should also be

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arrived Wednesday or Thursday. And on Tuesday, Dec. 24, mail from Friday, Monday and Tuesday finally made it into our box. We aren’t the only business that was waiting days on cheques and other documents to arrive. Certain types of parcels ship with a guaranteed delivery date, the same isn’t true for other products. It isn’t just letter customers that are getting the short end of the stick. Other mailing customers, such as subscription newspapers, were slow to arrive. These are customers that week in, week out pay postage and in many rural communities, are among their local post office’s largest customers. Canada Post should turn a profit and it’s clear that parcels are the only place they’re seeing growth. However, it’s a shortsighted plan that sees them focus on parcel delivery at the expense of everyone else. Customers have options and its easier to keep a customer than get a new one; lettermail customers can (and are) increasingly moving toward receiving their bills and making their payments online. These customers won’t come back. Direct mailing customers can move to other delivery methods. Parcel customers are spoiled for choice, not just from Purolator, which is 91 per cent owned by Canada Post, but also the myriad of other national and regional services. Canada Post can decide its best plan for achieving profitability, but customers should know where they rank in priority.


Ken Waddell noted that there is no term limit in Canada for an abortion and when term limits were voted on at the CPC Montreal convention, they were defeated 50.5 per cent to 49.5 per cent. (I know, I was there). Q. Where do you stand on same sex marriage? A. If people want to get married, they have the legal right to do so in Canada. If a faith-based group chooses to not sanction certain marriages (same sex, divorced etc.), then they should have the right to do so. Marriage is a faith based sacrament and shouldn’t even be required to be licensed or approved by the government anyway. Q. But what is your personal view on these issues? A. My personal view is just that, my personal view. If a question comes up for a vote in parliament, I will vote according to the wishes of the majority of my voters. If my personal view can’t come along side on a particular issue, I will tell my voters why I made a decision and let them decide if they want to re-elect me in spite of our difference of opinion, if there is one. Q. What do you think about governments bailing out businesses such as SNC Lavalin and Bombardier? A. As a Conservative, I don’t believe that governments should bail out businesses and if elected, I would work towards phasing out any and all government bail-outs and subsidies. Q. Do you believe in climate change? A. Yes, I do. The climate has always been changing. Western Canada was once covered by glaciers (and lakes) and now ranges

from farm land to deserts. Carbon dioxide is not harmful to the environment, but is essential for plant growth, which in turn is essential for the release of oxygen into the atmosphere. Without carbon dioxide, we don’t have plants, so both the meat eaters and vegetarians die of starvation. Q. Don’t you believe in cleaning up the environment? A. For sure I do. We need to have good environmental regulations and an excellent recycling program, neither of which we have right now. Q. Where do you stand on First Nations issues? A. The First Nations communities were messed over badly in the last two centuries. The Indian Act needs to be abolished. First Nations people need to be deeded the land their houses are on and if they want to stay, great. If they want to move on, they should be allowed to sell. Until all people are able to own their own homes if they wish to do so, there will continue to be huge social problems. Owning a home, a farm or a business is essential to maintaining our economy. Those are the answers Conservative leaders should be able to speak out and if they do, they stand a chance of getting elected. If they can’t or won’t speak out these answers, they are only Liberals in costume. Disclaimer: The writer serves as a volunteer chair of the Manitoba Community Newspaper Association. The views expressed in this column are the writer’s personal views and are not to be taken as being the view of the MCNA board or Banner & Press staff.

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Jan. 11: Rivers Rage home game, RCC, 7 p.m. Jan. 12: Rivers Rage away game, Wawanesa, MB, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14: Rivers Rage home game, RCC, 8 p.m. Jan. 16: Rivers 50+ Club meeting, 2 p.m. Jan. 17: Rivers Rage home game, RCC, 8 p.m. Jan. 22: RDHA meeting, Kiwanis Courts, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22: Rivers Rage away game, Neepawa MB, 7:30 pm. Jan. 24: Rivers Rage away game, St. Rose du Lac MB, 7 p.m. Jan. 28 - Feb. 2: Rivers hosts the 2020 Scotties. Jan. 28: Diabetes Clinic, Riverdale Health Centre, 8:15 a.m. Feb. 20: Rivers 50+ Club meeting, 2 p.m. Feb. 25: Diabetes Clinic, Riverdale Health Centre, 8:15 a.m. Feb. 26: RDHA meeting, Kiwanis Courts, 1:30 p.m. Mar. 19: Rivers 50+ Club meeting, 2 p.m. Mar. 24: Diabetes Clinic, Riverdale Health Centre, 8:15 a.m. Mar. 25: RDHA meeting, Kiwanis Courts, 1:30 p.m. Apr. 16: Rivers 50+ Club meeting, 2 p.m. Apr. 22: RDHA meeting, Kiwanis Courts, 1:30 p.m.

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Home Bodies By Rita Friesen Made me think


Name: Virginia Mathison Birthday: January 8 Occupation: MSR at Westoba Credit Union First Job: Waitress Hobbies: Going to the lake, enjoying my animals In Rivers/Rapid City/Oak River since: 2011 Where do you live? “Bray’s Old Place” Hometown: Pierson, Manitoba Where did you attend school? Pierson MB, Martensville SK Favourite or Dream Vacation Spot: anywhere hot Favourite Food: Pizza Favourite Holiday: Christmas Favourite Music, Song or Artist: Country Favourite Animal: Dogs, Cats, Cows, Donkeys Favourite TV show: 90 day fiancée When you were 12, what did you want to be when you grew up? Psychiatric Nurse Comment: My husband and I both come from small towns and are very fortunate to be raising our boys in such a welcoming community similar to the ones we grew up in. I enjoy meeting new faces at work and conversing with those in the community.

On this Day Jan. 10 1839 - Tea from India first arrives in United Kingdom. 1938 - Frank Mahovlich, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left winger (six time Stanley Cup winner) and politician was born in Timmins, Ontario. 1946 - UN General Assembly meets for 1st time in London. 1956 - Elvis Presley records single “Heartbreak Hotel”. 1964 - “Introducing the Beatles” released 1st Beatles album released in the US. 1989 - LA Kings center Wayne Gretzky becomes NHL’s all-time leading scorer in combined regular season & playoff points; four assists in 5-4 home win over Edmonton brings his total to 2,011, one more than Gordie Howe. 2005 - A mudslide occurs in La Conchita, California, killing 10 people, injuring many more and closing Highway 101, the main coastal corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles, for 10 days.

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had picked up a daughter at the airport and the next day, we had driven to Carman. As we were heading home, she remarked, “I never knew you were a storyteller.” Thankfully, it was dark and the expression on my face went undetected. Didn’t know that I was a storyteller? She was quick to add– “you’re a very good one.” I was stuck on her not knowing I am a storyteller. Fixated, really. These chats I have with all of you, every week, is storytelling. The ref lections I deliver every Sunday is storytelling. Then I got to thinking. This daughter left home for Grade 10, and other than for holidays or brief periods of time, didn’t live at home. When at home, there were always other people present and she and her father had a wonderful close relationship. I didn’t figure largely in her life. Don’t misunderstand, we are close and love each other deeply, haven’t spent a great deal of time with just the two of us. And that’s okay. This last visit would be one of the first times it was just the two of us, with time to talk of mice and men. Figuratively, not literally. The other point that I con-

FAITHFULLY YOURS Neil Strohschein Looking ahead


ast week’s column was the first in a series of four New Year’s reflections. It was a look back at the highlights of my 2019. My hope was that, after reading last week’s column, you would take some time to recall your memories of the past year and thank God for his goodness to you and to those that you know and love. Now it is time to look ahead and to think about what we want to accomplish in 2020. My goal for this year and the remaining years of my life is: To use my time, talent and treasure as God directs and helps me, to add value to the lives of everyone I meet. In 1991, thanks to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Canadians became very familiar with this concept. Mulroney introduced the Goods and Services Tax (GST), a levy patterned after the Value Added Tax (VAT) currently paid in many European countries. Both taxes are applied at every level of the manufacturing, wholesale, retail and service industries. For example, the factory that takes a sheet of aluminum and turns it into pop cans adds value to the raw material that was used. So do the factories that paint product labels on the outsides of the cans, the factories that fill them with pop, the truckers who deliver the canned pop to retail stores and the retailers who sell them to us. Every step in the process adds value to the raw materials, so every step is taxed.

Who are we?

sidered was that Ed loved to tell stories and in many situations, I was his wing man, setting the stage for him to regale those gathered with pitiful jokes and real life stories. The exchange in the car, a perfect place to talk, was an eye-opener, for both of us. This summer, I had the opportunity to meet with a young couple. During the conversation, I mentioned to the young woman that sometimes men have difficulty talking about what is important to them. It helps to set the stage and open the conversation and then listen as much for what isn’t being said as for what is being said. Understanding me fully, she met my gaze and replied, “I don’t mind if he doesn’t talk, as long as he listens.” She did not mean that he had to obey, to be compliant, but that what she needed to say would be received with respect. It was one of those titbits in a conversation that could have slipped away unnoticed, but it stuck with me. Sticks with me. How much gentler our world would be if we were heard, if our heart’s cry was heard and respected. It’s strikes me as odd, these nuggets that I cherish. I have many conversations in the course of a week, each one a gift, and somehow, these two simple statements linger and provoke more contemplation. In turn, I wonder which words I have uttered, in jest or in anger, or in sharing, that have struck a deep cord in my listener. I have a bit of a twisted sense of humour, a survival technique, and there have been times my expressions have been less than stellar. Some haunt me to this day and there are some of which I am quite proud. May the words for which I am remembered be gentle, kind and encouraging. Now– how does this concept apply to ordinary people like you and me? We add value to the lives of others whenever we do something for them that improves their quality of life, brightens their day, encourages them or makes their lives easier. For example, I know of several elderly folk who never have to worry about getting their driveways and sidewalks cleared of snow in the winter or getting their lawns cut in the summer. They have loving neighbours, family or friends who do this for them. They don’t charge for their services and would be offended if people offered to pay them. Their acts of kindness add incredible value to the lives of those who benefit from them. Sometimes, a simple “thank you” can have the same effect. Front line service providers rarely hear from those who appreciate their work. If someone isn’t happy, they will hear about it immediately. But if someone stops by their place of work, sends a text, email or calls them on the phone to say “thank you for a job well done,” it will often provide them with the motivation they need to keep working in a difficult and often thankless position. By offering a simple “thank you,” we can add great value to their lives. These are two examples of a concept that the ancient Biblical writers encouraged us to follow. They used the word “edify,” which means “to build up, strengthen or encourage.” We “edify” others when we do things for them that they can’t do for themselves; when we thank them for a job well done or when we take time away from our work to help a colleague work through a work problem that he or she is having a hard time solving. I would encourage us all to make this coming year one in which, through our words and actions, we seek to add value to the lives of others. Our world has far too many critics. We need people who will tell us what we’re doing right and urge us to keep doing it. Who can help identify the members of this curling team? The name of the presenter? The year this was taken? Can anyone guess at which annual Rivers bonspiel this took place? If you have some or all of these answers please call Micah at 328-7494, pop in to see him or email Donna at

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Believe it or not

Time for Action vs. Debate?

I would like to expand on the excellent comments made by Ms. Mary Lowe’s Letter to the Editor in the Dec. 13 Banner, “Hot House Earth?”. I also take exception with Mr. Waddell’s article “” A number of questions”.. His personal perspective on climate change is narrow-minded, and based solely on attending one conference by a climate change skeptic (Mr. Patrick Moore). Mr. Waddell’s main point in his article is “the lack of intelligent debate” and unanswered “deeper questions”. He minimizes the danger of climate change for future generations and discredits Ms. Greta Thunberg. I am a retired environmental engineer/college instructor and have been following and been involved with climate change issues throughout my 40 year career. Mr. Waddell introduced Mr. Robert Moore as being a “former Green Peace Founder”. For the record, his name is actually Mr. Patrick Moore and he was not a truth to be known than so co-founder of Greenpeace (according to Greenpeace). Mr. Moore is a “climate change skeptic” and a public be it. What offends me is relations consultant for various industries including , nuclear, coal, oil and gas . He misrepresents himself as when people in authority, an “environmental expert.” Mr. Moore believes “that carbon dioxide levels(CO2) levels are dropping and “that who in my opinion, ap- we need more , not less , and that C02 levels have little if anything to do with global warming.” It is interesting pear to have such limited that. Donald Trump (POTUS) recently ( March 2019) quoted Mr. Moore, in that “The whole climate crisis knowledge of Scripture is not only Fake News, it’s Fake Science”. Statements by these climate change deniers are dangerous to the and in turn mislead com- survival of our planet and future generations. mon folk like you and me. I would like to point out to Mr. Waddell that the unanswered “deep questions” he raised in his article What results is a weak have been all answered by the science community. Last month, Winnipeg scientists were among the 11,000 and diluted belief of the scientists who signed onto a declaration of “Climate Emergency.” Scientists claim that unless we limit global Word of God, the Gospel temperatures to between 1.5 C and 2 C we are headed towards an environmental crisis. The Intergovernand Christ Himself. And mental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that future generations will face the most severe impact of not just that, but in some climate change including frequent extreme weather events (forest fires and f loods), pests, disease and rising cases an outright disbelief water levels if temperatures and concentration of greenhouse gases continue to rise. of the very Creator and We have debated the climate change issue for over 40 years but globally have made little progress towards Saviour of the world!! reducing greenhouse gases. Contrary to the belief of Mr. Moore, it has been recently reported at the UN Please feel free to con- that greenhouse gases accelerated to a new peak in 2018. The high concentration of CO2 have reached levels tact me at jgklassen@ not seen since those seen 3 to 5 million years ago. if you have Scientists have shown that the high rate of warming any questions. I would over the last 20 years cannot be explained as part of love to hear from you! the natural process . What is particularly alarming to myself and other engineers/scientists is the rate of John Klassen, temperature increase in northern Canada , which is Rivers, Mb. three times faster than the global average resulting in the rapid melting of Arctic sea ice and the thawing . E of permafrost N IME I agree with Ms. Greta Thunberg that we “should e n Advertising listen to deadline: the science .and act now.” ime We have run out of time for further debate on cliAdvertising mate change .

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In part six of the Believe It or Not letters, I’ll wrap up with some f i na l st atement s t hat Dr. Richard Bott, the moderator of the United Church of Canada had to say reg a rd i ng t he matter of a minister who had declared herself an atheist and was allowed to continue ministering at her church, then finish with some comments of my own. Dr. Bott stated: • I hope that people across the church will join me in holding the Rev. Gretta Vosper, the cong regat ion of West Hill United Church, and Toronto Conference in our prayers. May we work together to mend the Creator’s hurting world, to celebrate Christ’s everloving presence, and to be pushed to new places by the Holy Spirit’s call. • I believe that God continues to call us to be people who love and, in that love, to be communities of faith where all are welcome, whatever you believe or don’t believe. This is where I have to ask some questions: • How does one go about praying to God and expect His call when one doesn’t even believe in Him? • If one doesn’t believe in God, how is it then possible to celebrate His Son’s (Christ) ever loving presence? Jesus said in John 16:26: • “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father the Spirit of Truth who goes out from the Father He will testify about me.” • Referring to the above verse, how is one directed by t he Holy Spir it if there’s no God or Son of God to send Him? • And finally, how does a Christian Church function biblically if there is no Christ who is the head of the Church? I know there are some who are offended by what I have been writing but if that’s what it takes for the

Help your child succeed in school: Build the habit of good attendance early School success goes hand in hand with good attendance


Did you know? •Starting in Kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school. •Missing 10 per cent (approximately 2 days per month or 18 days per year) can make it harder to learn to read. •Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two day s every few weeks. •being late to school may lead to poor attendance. •Students who have a pattern of absenteeism beginning in grade 1 are more likely to drop out of school. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school – and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they can learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college and at work. What can you do? •Tell your children their education matters. Their job is to attend school on time every day. •Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. •Lay out clothes and pack back packs the night before. •If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to a teacher, school counsellor, or principal on how to support your child to feel comfortable going to school and learning. •Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call a family member, a neighbour or another parent. •Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session. •Keep track of how many days your child has missed school. When do absences become a problem? •Chronic Absence - 18 or more days •Warning Signs - 10-17 days •Good Attendance - 9 or fewer absences (Note these numbers assume a 187-day school year) Adapted from the following sources: www. pa rent-institute .com

January 9, 1930 The big w inter fair at Brandon will be held March 17 to 21 and one of the biggest attractions will be the cattle sale to be held under the auspices of the Manitoba cattle breeders association that week. This sale is usually one of the big features of the show, coming as it does on the Thursday of fair week and drawing a very large number of outside buyers to the city for that occasion. Entries have to be in by February 1 according to the rules laid down for the sale, as all animals are subject to the tuberculin

test and must be tested by inspectors before the animals can enter the ring here. The sale is expected to draw a large entry of bulls and big prices are expected. January 11, 1940 A special meeting of Rivers School Trustees, in accordance with the Public Schools Act, was held on Wednesday, Jan. 3, in the school, at 8 p.m. The sec.-treas. presided and asked for nominations for the chairmanship of the board for the year of 1940. On the motion of T.W. Offen, seconded by Mrs.

Looking Back A. Wareham, Mr. J. T. Bowman was unanimously re-elected Chairman. On taking the chair, Mr. Bowman thanked the trustees for their renewal of confidence and voiced the hope that the same happy relations would continue throughout this year, as in the past.

last approximately one and one-half to two hours. R. G. Sinclair, mayor of Rivers, will be in charge of the official opening and it is hoped that several other dignitaries will be on hand to assist him. A draw will be made to determine the winner of a mantel radio, which will be offered as door prize. A 24 cent ticket will entitle the holder of the lucky ticket to admission and 100 votes for favorite candidate for queen.

January 12, 1950 The rink board have a big night lined up for the official opening of Rivers Arena. Miss Jackie Porteous, professional of the Brandon Figure Skating Club, will bring out a very interesting and entertaining program, which will

January 14, 1960 Is the elk, or wapti, too numerous in Manitoba for the public good? Perhaps

ment parking lot. The woman’s husband, who was the co-owner of the truck, admitted to an MPI adjuster that he was last to drive the truck, taking it to a friend’s house. He admitted to consuming “several” beers and then walking to a nearby bar where he and friends continued to consume alcohol. Upon returning to his friend’s house, the husband

said he decided to leave his truck parked and walk home. The husband speculated that someone must have stolen his key fob from his jacket while he was partying at the bar. An investigation was launched due to several irregularities around the husband’s story. An MPI investigator was able to locate a surveillance camera located

January 10, 2020 Rivers Banner 5 for its own? What assets and liabilities derive from its present status? The elk recently came to public attention as a result of an announcement by the Manitoba Minister of Mines and Resources, that a special hunting season was being opened on its lands adjacent to the boundaries of Riding Mountain National Park. It was explained that this was necessary because unseasonably deep snow had limited the elks natural food supply in the forest and on wild lands and many animals were taking up the slack by eating grain that had

been snowed under in October and by raiding farmers hay stacks. Thus weather created a problem that required measures to protect the public. As most Manitobans know, the elk here is, except for sparse populations in a few other localities, largely confined to the Riding Mountain National Park and its fringes. In these rather extensive confines it is numbered in the thousands– (5000) and is a common sight to people travelling through the park.

across the street from the crash scene. Surveillance footage clearly showed the truck being driven erratically into the well-lit parking lot, hitting a number of vehicles. Footage also showed the driver exiting the smashed vehicle, locking it and then staggering away.

After watching the surveillance footage, the husband withdrew the claim and agreed to pay the damages for the other vehicles, resulting in a claims saving of more than $15,000 to MPI ratepayers.

Manitoba Public Insurance unveils Top Five Frauds of 2019

Staged collision. Bogus bodily injury claims. A drunk driver exposed by surveillance cameras. These are some of the auto insurance frauds that took place last year and are highlighted in Manitoba Public Insurance’s annual Top 5 Frauds. “MPI releases its annual top five fraud list to raise awareness about the costs related to auto insurance fraud about $50 per customer yearly,” said MPI’s Chief Operating Officer, Curtis Wennberg. “The list is compiled based on the unique circumstances of each fraud, financial savings to MPI ratepayer, and investigative excellence in unearthing the fraudsters.” Anyone with information about auto insurance fraud is encouraged to call the Manitoba Public Insurance TIPS Line: 204-985-8477 or toll-free 1-877-985-8477. All calls are anonymous. Suspicious claims are handled by MPI’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU). As of the end of this November, claims savings are more than $10.2 million with the SIU closing nearly 1,200 investigations. No. 1: “Prison blues” A Winnipeg man suffered serious injuries as the result of a motor vehicle collision. He began receiving income replacement payments of $3,600 monthly. However, as the months passed, MPI’s case manager regularly had difficulties locating and communicating with the man. The man eventually sent a lengthy letter to his case manager, explaining he was feeling emotionally distressed and needed a “mental break and holiday.” He further stated that he would be out

of touch for several months as he would be staying at a remote cottage in northern Saskatchewan. An investigation was soon launched based on the man’s reluctance to provide contact information. It was subsequently discovered that the man was actually incarcerated in a federal prison automatically making him ineligible to receive any payments from MPI. The man’s benefits were terminated resulting in an estimated savings of nearly $200,000. No. 2: “Smile for the camera” The registered owner of a vehicle opened a physical damage and theft claim after her pick-up truck was found badly damaged in an apart-

See next weeks paper to read numbers three, four and five.

Christmas Cheer would like to thank the following for their donations to the annual campaign: Kirk and Gail Bridgeman Jean Young Harrow Community Club Raeleen Vassart Stan and Sheila Runions Elizabeth Kudra Doug and Dawn Dickenson Lorna Greer St. James’ Anglican Church Jean Ryall Heritage Co-op, Rivers Marlene Robins CrossRoads Community Church Barb Angus Kevin and Jaimee Waldner Rivers 50+ Club Riverdale Early Learning Centre Pat Vreeman Rolling Dale Enterprises JoAnn Brandon Gary and Allison Pomeroy Michelle McFadden Rivers/Daly Firefighters Association Rivers United Church’s White Gift Service Brandon’s 46th annual Original Christmas Craft Sale Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Parish Group THANKS ALSO TO: Zion Church for storage space/assembly location; Rivers Home Building Centre for transportation of the food order; Rivers Heritage Co-op for grocery deals/order; the volunteers who packed hampers and anonymous donors.

Through your support, 27 hampers were provided to Riverdale residents.

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Courts. New members are always welcome. We usually have two R i v e r d a l e D i s t r i c t fundraisers each year EA Health Aux iliar y is a starting with the FlorON dedicate group of vol- ence Nightengale Tea hygienist unteers who work many and Bake Sale on the • Residential & Commercial raise money to f irst Saturday in May. omeshours• to Farm Wiring & Trenching help support our local By popular demand we - Rivers health Brandon care services in- brought back the penny 6 cluding our ambulance raff le and thanks to the .com 204-761-2192 service and our fire de- generosity of the compartment. The auxiliary munity we had plenty of ge started in 1959 and we CMAgreat raff le items. The ra f f le item t h is ent. are still going strong.Shaping thelarge Future We A hold meet ings on year was a patio ice chest CCOUNTING SERVICE 7893 the fourth Wednesday of which was won by Kenzie Certied Management Accountants every month 1:30 p.m. in McNish. Cash raff le winHamiota:of 71 the MapleKiwanis Ave. 204-764-2544 ners were Jean DeLoux, the lounge Lynne Madden RDHA President

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Wendy Peters and Jack Werstiuk. We were entertained by the children’s choir from rivers elementary led by Duncan Martin. Kids were treated to kid friendly desserts after their performance. Duncan played his violin for us tooand that was amazing. He is a great musician. The second fundraiser was in November when the Strathclair theatre Chorus came to town. We have brought them here four times and each time they played to a full house. The chorus

is made up of people who donate their time and talents to help other groups raise money. They are wonderful people and we are so thankful that we have been able to bring them to Rivers. Four new examination tables for the clinic were purchased by us in conjunction with Rivers and Area Health Foundation and a grant from the Rivers and Area Community Foundation. The auxiliary purchased a new otoscope for the do c t or s of f ic e a nd a large donation to the lab

& X-ray department for new lead aprons for the tech n icia ns, a nd new portable X-ray stand and a new blood draw chair. Alll equipment purchased was to replace well used and worn out items dating back many years. We purchased first aid kits and a couple of temporal thermometers for the new day care in Rivers. We work with the Rivers Ag Society to help prepare and serve barbeque supper following the fair in July. Our groups work well together and

we have fun We also support CFS each year as the money raised by them stays in t he commun it y. Each year we present an award to a student graduating from Rivers Collegiate who is entering medical field. This years winner is Allison Pomeroy. We enjoy t he work we do but our success depends on the people of Rivers and area. We cant do what we do without you! We wish everyone a happy and healthy 2020.

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Charlotte Mary MacDonald MacDonald – Charlotte Mary MacDonald; of Rivers, MB; beloved wife of the late Bob MacDonald; mother of Alan, Diane (Tom), Lenny; grandmother of Kaila (Trevor), Dana( Bryan), Brittany (Kirby); great grandmother of Theo; passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon, MB on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 93 years of age. A service to celebrate Charlotte’s life will be held at a later date. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Charlotte’s memory to the Riverdale PCH or Riverdale Palliative Care Program, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0. Messages of condolence may be shared at www.campbellfuneralhome. ca. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are in care of the arrangements. (866) 620-2744

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Heritage Co-op Rivers Donates $300 to Rivers Minor Hockey

MARCH 16-20, 2020

Piano & Vocal/Choral in Minnedosa Dance in Rivers Entry deadline: Thursday, January 16, 2020 No late entries will be accepted. Submit entries to: Rolling River Festival of the Arts Attn: Shelley Hume Box 333 Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 Printable entry form and addendum are available at under Community OrganizationsRolling River Festival of the Arts The syllabus (outlining classes) is at Regional and School Libraries; forms and addendum on-line and at Minnedosa Pharmacy, and Rivers Home Hardware SUBMITTED PHOTO

Left to right: Payton McNish(Peewee Boys team) Kenzie McNish (President - RMH) and Valerie Collins (Store Manager) participated in a cheque presentation as Heritage Co-op Rivers shows support for Rivers Minor Hockey.

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