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Friday, February 7, 2020 • Vol.112 No. 25 • Rivers, Manitoba

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By Micah Waddell Rivers Banner The opening ceremonies for the 2020 Scotties began with an address by Mr. Resby Coutts of Curl Canada, thanking all who attended, volunteered and those who competed dur i ng t he tournament. Following the initial address, the teams and colours paraded, out led by a wonderful Scottish pipe band. Addresses were heard from Mayor Todd Gill and others. Doreen Bate, a 94 year old resident of Rivers and an avid and very capable curler, threw the first rock, with sweeping from two students from RCI. At the opposite end of the ice marking centre for Doreen was Dorothy Beadie, 92 years of age. Following the ceremony, the teams were led off the ice and returned to the dressing rooms. A busy centre The tournament was a f lurry of excitement and organized chaos as crowds number ing in the hundreds attended t he R ivers Community Centre for this huge event. The new hotel was booked full with those coming to support their area team from out of town, restaurants were so full it was hard to get in for lunch. The curling was ext remely enter t a i n i ng, daily 50/50’s were held, live music was held in the caboose, the canteen over-f lowed. A progres-

sive 50/50 was also held t o he lp s upp or t a nd honour the familyBack of Aly row L/R: Meghan Knelsen, Erich Schmidt, Jenkins, won by Dwayne Thom Heijmans, Heather Campbell of Hamiota, Gray, Liliane Dupuis. Front he donated $500row of L/R: hisMinami Kijima, Haile Hubbard, Chassidy Payette, winnings to the family, Morgan Ramsay, Bryce making the total Summers, raised Quinn Hrabok. for the Jenkins’ $4,200. Temp o g a s st at ion lounge a was a popular place to attend, not only because of t he d r in k specials with curlingthemed names, but due to the feeling you were already a part of the communit y when you walked in. Sunday, t he end of the tournament, was announced to be a “Super By Sheila Runions C u r l S u n d a y,” disBanner Staff counted day passes were s r e p or t e d i n t he tion to the schools. sold to bring in a crowd Pupils co-ordinated the entire March 9 edition, the for the final two games Grade 12 Interdisci- month-long promotion, which plinary Studies in Rivers. Those who in Science class culminated in a ceremonious Rivers Collegiate planned a presentation on March 20 to were unable toatattend the project for Riverdale Harvest. Riverdale Harvest president semi-final and final in Dubbed the Boat Load of Food, Heather Gray and Liliane. person were able to watch Because the snow had melted students secured a canoe from on Sportsnet Rolling west. River TheSchool Division so much, the canoe could not with an intent to f ill it with be portaged across the street to f inal match-up, Team non-perishables. Jones and Team Einarson Although the Zion Church (home of Rivercampaign was fully organized dale Harvest). Rather, the teens was a close battle all the by that class, the original idea carried bags, boxes and garbage way to the tenth end. came from a suggestion made Jones with the hammer, by harvest volunteer Liliane Dupuis. trailing by one point, heardone the idea at a meetEinarson stole“I for ing in Brandon. St. Augustine in a very crowded house. School had tried Fill a Canoe Jones final rock missed with the 10-day in conjunction its mark at the centre, Festival du Voyaguer in Winnipeg in February. It was very hitting one of three of successful and her guards during thewhenever I hear food bank, my ears always perk attempt to sneak by. up!” All in all, the comShe then brought the sugThe canoe at Rivers munity of Rivers gestion toand Riverdale Harvest, School was which ing supported area the idea and Elementary the surround adequately filled. asked her to present the promoput on a wonderful event enjoyed by thousands of people. The word around the ice was of praise and appreciation for all volunteers, sponsors and participants.

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cans from the school foyer into the church basement the afternoon of March 21, where the food was weighed and sorted. Although the project was a senior students brainstorm, the entire high school was encouraged to participate. The collegiate hosted a poor boy floor hockey tournament in which to play, athletes had to pay with food for the canoe. Some students also canvassed Rivers, Oak River

and Chimo Beach areas for con- put away in the proper place on tributions from the community. the shelving units. They were When all was said and done, fantastic! We are very, very the scales at Riverdale Harvest pleased.” PHOTO BY MICAH WADDELL noted a total of 434 pounds, “a Elementary school staff memAbove: Team Einarson fabulous amount,” says Heather. ber/Harvest volunteer Yvonne o f G i m i Man i t o b cama a similar “We are so pleased they decided Crouchlinitiated following theschool. oneThat point to help those we serve. A lot paign in her threeof times kids don’t get enough week encouraged steal ineffort thesimply tenth end credit but this group of students students to leave product to seal their victory at in certainly deserves some praise. the canoe; 87 pounds of food the Manitoba Scotties All students stayed behind to was collected from the younger Tournament of Hearts. group on Thursday, March 22. help check expiry dates, sort and

A very crowded house made for a spectacular last rock for the w i n n i n g t e a m, a s i t snuck past the three guards placed by team Jones to land squarely on the button. PHOTO BY CRYSTAL JOHNSON

Lef t: Skips from the three top teams in t h i s y e a r ’sPhoto S cbyoHeather t t i e Gray s provincials, (top) Kerri Einarson, (lef t) Tracy F l e u r y a n d (r i g h t ) Jennifer Jones.

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No one size fits all solution


here’s no problem that can’t be solved through increased regulation. At least that was the take-away from a panel tasked with updating Canada’s telecom and broadcast laws. While the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel’s report, a year-anda-half in the making, includes 97 recommendations, one has really raised concern with Canadians, and for good reason. Recommendation 56 suggests that the existing licensing regime in the Broadcasting Act be accompanied by a registration regime. Such a change would require a person carrying on a media content undertaking by means of the Internet to register, unless otherwise exempt. While the stated goal is to level the playing field between Canadian broadcasters, who have to pay licenses and fees, and their online competitors, who don’t, the wording is too broad. Does every podcaster in their closet need a license? How about every blogger, hyper local news site or Facebook group? The idea of requiring media outlets to be registered smacks of authoritarianism and it’s a flavour Canadians don’t much like. Perhaps it all boils down to concerns over the stated “heart” of the recommendations, with the report saying, “This new model would bring all those providing media content services to Canadians– whether online or through conventional means, whether foreign or domestic, whether or not they have a place of business in Canada– within the scope of the Broadcasting Act and under the jurisdiction

Kate Jackman-Atkinson of the CRTC.” The problem is that while we want Netflix, Facebook and Google to no longer have an unfair advantage over Canadian broadcasters, we don’t want to see the vast number of small players, from one person and their camera, to small local newsrooms, subject to control and pressure from government. The problem is that registration is a key part of this and any registration model requires a government bureaucracy and enforcement to oversee it. In the days since the story broke, the government has backed away from the licensing aspect. On Monday, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault called a press conference to clarify earlier comments. He was quoted by the CBC, saying “Let me be clear. Our government has no intention to impose licensing requirements on news organizations, nor will we try to regulate news content.” But this idea is baked into so many of the recommendations. The internet has resulted in the proliferation of more news

sources than we could ever have imagined a few decades ago and this fracturing of the media landscape has created some problems. It has bred click-bait, fabricated stories and a lack of accountability that comes when you can’t march right down to a media outlet and talk to someone in charge. It has resulted in coverage that often resembles a plague of locusts, swarming from story to story, leaving nothing in its wake. It requires those consuming the news to be more vigilant than in the past. But it has also created space for more voices, allowed citizens to report their own experiences and allowed people to access a much broader range of news. Despite concerns, many of the recommendations are positive. For example, there is an entire section about making advanced telecommunications more accessible; a recommendation that the CRTC should expand its information gathering and reporting on network neutrality and one that Canadians should be able to access and consume media content safely and securely and be assured that their data and privacy are respected and protected. It also recommends requiring foreign subscription services to collect GST on subscriptions, an unfair advantage they currently hold. I don’t envy the committee, there are clearly issues that need to be addressed, but it’s hard to use regulation to solve problems almost entirely related to the internet’s everchanging and fluid nature.

The Iowa disaster


onday was supposed to be a highly celebrated kick-off for the United States presidential election. The first round of candidate nominations took place in Iowa and is called the Iowa caucuses. It is a somewhat complicated process, where voters gather in a central location for each district and vote for the candidate of their choice. As I understand it, the Iowa system is not a simple ballot box vote where the ballots can be counted and re-checked. One set of video coverage showed people actually lining up in corners of a gymnasium for their chosen candidate and a count took place. If their candidate didn’t get enough votes to meet a minimum pre-stated threshold, the voters had the option of shifting to another candidate or to an “undecided” category. I had never really paid attention to the process closely and am not certain of the details, but somehow, this gathering and shifting all gets recorded and reported to a head office and soon after the “voting” takes place, the results get posted and convention delegate numbers are announced. On Monday night, it was obvious that confusion was surpassed by chaos as the Democratic machine in Iowa couldn’t get the results together and make an announcement. Seeing as there were many candidates, all with hundreds of volunteers and numerous staff, it is no small wonder there was confusion. Some said the phone lines got overloaded. Some said a computer app failed. I suspect with so many thousands of Democrats involved in individual campaigns, that there simply wasn’t enough experienced people to

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Ken Waddell actually run the process. At any rate, the process failed and by early Tuesday morning, there were no official results. In fact, unofficial results were all subject to conjecture and wishful thinking by various candidates. The ironic net result was that the Democrats failing to exhibit capacity or competence to run a simple, one state nomination process, gave the Republicans and President Donald Trump a huge boost. Without even saying anything, the message, albeit perhaps unfair, was that if the Democrats couldn’t run a nomination, how could they be trusted to run the country? Fox News stated it this way, “It was a colossal failure on Monday night that will only fuel the criticism of the state’s first-in-the-nation role, with rules so complicated that journalists had trouble explaining them and the Democratic apparatus couldn’t even count the votes.” CNN reported, “Representatives of presidential campaigns were not invited into the state party’s war room, which is standard practice. But as the night wore on without word, one said: ‘It’s clear that something has gone wrong.’” The biggest surprise of the night was that the results didn’t come in on time.

The second biggest surprise is that Fox News and CNN actually looked like they agreed on something for once. On Tuesday morning, it was reported that candidates had moved on to the next nomination process in New Hampshire. They all claimed to have done well in Iowa, but they really don’t know. One candidate said they had 1,000 staff and volunteers working on their campaign this week. The number of staff and volunteers and the obscene amount of money spent shows some major flaws in the U.S. system. Some candidates are raising hundreds of millions of dollars in donations. In contrast, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Michael Bloomberg are reported to be funding their own campaigns. The U.S. process is definitely flawed, but it does make for an entertaining spectacle. Hopefully, they get a good president out of the process, but it is looking pretty grim right now.

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Home Bodies By Rita Friesen Not yet grown up


common question when getting to know a person is to ask where they grew up. Here’s a sad fact that many of you already know– I have not yet grown up. I can be a grown up when required, but there are times when my behaviour indicates clearly that I have not fully grown up. True story: I have always loved to play hide and go seek. As a child, with the neighbour children and cousins, using the perimeter of the yard as the boundaries on a summer or winter night. Enjoyed a great game with youth that I have been privileged to work with. And with my grandchildren. My oldest grandchild was under six when we were playing the game in the farm house. It was my turn to hide and I tucked myself into a dark corner, totally out of sight. He searched and searched, until I relented and began the “Marco”… “Polo”, to betray my position. When he finally located me, I told him I had been afraid that I was going to have to stay hidden until I was old and grey. With a puzzled look he replied, “Grandma, you are old and grey.” I was not yet 50! Greying, but not all grey, and never feeling old. Name: Jocelyn Beever Birthday: September 12 Occupation: Administrative Coordinator, University of Manitoba, Brandon Satellite Campus First Job: Babysitting Hobbies: Reading, kayaking, curling (coach/ umpire) & baseball (scorekeeping/stats) In Rivers/Rapid City/Oak River since: Birth Where do you live? On a farm near Rivers Hometown: Oak River Where did you attend school? Oak River Elementary, Oak River Junior High, Rivers Collegiate Favourite or Dream Vacation Spot: Favourite – Arizona and Vancouver Island; Dream – Still on my bucket list are East Coast, Europe and Hawaii Favourite Food: Fresh cherries. Seasonal produce – garden potatoes, peas, beans, carrots. Favourite Holiday: Christmas – because Dale does such a good job of decorating the house and yard. Favourite Music, Song or Artist: I listen to a few genres - Classic Rock, Pop, Country, Rat Pack, Big Band with too many favourites to list Favourite Sports Team: My kids’ teams, Blue Jays and curlers too numerous to list. Favourite Animal: Our German Shepherds Favourite TV show: Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries, Bull Favourite Actor/Actress: Tom Hanks for the multitude of characters he can play. When you were 12, what did you want to be when you grew up? I have no idea, possibly a nurse. I have always respected that profession. Comment: I am so proud of Riverdale for putting on such a good show for the Scotties curling this past week. So many ideas came to fruition and wowed our visitors. Most of all, I am proud of our ‘heart’ – I refer to the auction for Canadian Cancer Society and the progressive 50/50 for the family of former curler Aly Jenkins. I am happy to see the young people choosing to settle in Rivers and get involved in the community. Let’s keep our community vibrant and alive by supporting our local businesses so it continues to be a destination for generations to come.

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FAITHFULLY YOURS Neil Strohschein Owning past mistakes


ach week as I prepare these columns and email them to The Banner & Press, I say a silent prayer of thanks for the technology that makes doing this so convenient. Most of the time, my documents reach the Editor’s desk with no problems. But there are times when nothing gets through; and that’s what happened about 12 years ago. An update to Apple’s operating system meant that the office computers could no longer open any files I sent. Fortunately, we were able to figure out a temporary solution to that pesky inconvenience; one that we still use today. Once this crisis was over, I spent some time reading technical support articles related to this problem. One statement in one article caught my eye. “You may not be the one who caused this problem,” the article read, “but you are the one who has to fix it.” In other words, I had to “own” the problem and take the first steps to help resolve it. These words came to mind again two weeks ago; as I was reading an article on the Fourth Crusade. It was one of the darkest periods in ancient church history. The Crusaders ran out of money at Constantinople. They were just half-way to their ultimate destination— Jerusalem. When those in charge of Constantinople refused to give the Crusaders more money, they attacked, conquered and looted the city, took everything of value that they could find and then returned home. They never made it to Jerusalem. The results were predictable. The western and eastern churches were already divided over doctrinal and organizational matters. The events that took

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So why this trip down memory lane? The other day, I was playing hide and go seek with my dogs. They are very good at it, and I have to dupe them long enough to slip into a hiding place. I chose a new spot the other day and it slowed them down. I had left the door of the coat closet at the entrance open and as they headed to the feeding room right after our walk, (as the tradition dictates!) I ducked into the closet. Far back, as far back as I could. They paused at the food station, realized I had not followed and then began their search. Checked the bathroom, the bedroom, scented down the hall and over to the door we had just come in. I watched them, sitting there, eyes alert, certain that I should be entering any moment. Then back down the hall and one more loop through the house before returning to the door. Last point of appearance. They didn’t whine or bark, just eagerly waited. After their third search proved unsuccessful, I did the “Marco” with them, in a deep whisper voice. Now they were on point! It was only when Henry Hoover connected with my eyes that the barking began. What fun– for me– and then they got their after walk snack. Back in elementary school, we read the poem “One, Two, Three!”, by Henry Cuyler Bunner. It is the story of a grandma and her crippled grandson playing hide and go seek without moving. “And they never stirred from their places, right under the maple tree– this old, old, old lady and the boy with the lame little knee– This dear, dear, dear old lady, and the boy who was half past three.” It is my ardent prayer that when I AM an old, old, old lady, that someone will still play with me! place during the Fourth Crusade just made things worse. Traces of animosity between the two groups still exist; and the animosity will not be removed until those with the authority to do so begin the process of reconciliation. A good first step, according to one historian whose work I recently reviewed, is for leaders of both sides in the dispute to “own the mistakes of the past,” make heart-felt apologies and each seek the forgiveness of the other for wrongs that were done. While they may not be the ones who did the wrongs, they are the ones who must take the first steps to make them right. Here in Canada, we have had to take similar action in dealing with the legacy of the residential schools. I applaud government and church leaders who, with sincerity, devotion and faith have taken the first steps on what will be a long road of healing and reconciliation. And I pray that they will not stop working until the healing is complete. But this principle isn’t limited to major issues like the Crusades, church schisms or residential schools. It applies to every instance where, at some time in the past, someone has done something that caused great and lasting physical and emotional pain to someone else. The offender and the victim may both have died; but their descendants are still living and it is up to them to make things right. What should they do? First, admit that the painful events took place. Then, reach out to each other. Sit together, talk together and listen to each other’s stories. Apologize, seek forgiveness and take concrete steps to build a new relationship of love, acceptance, forgiveness and trust. Most of all, seek God’s help as you do this. He hates division and discord. He wants to see healing and reconciliation as much as we all do. Your Home... Your Future... Our Commitment!

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Different view on CBC

The CBC is a boondoggle! Wow! Mr. Waddell certainly has it in for our national independent news outlet. I wonder if it would be preferable if some wealthy Canadian bought it and used it as Rupert Murdoch did in Australia. Murdoch has strong ties to the coal industry in Australia, he also owns most of the media in Australia as well as Fox News in America. Murdoch’s private ownership of the news media has become a platform of misinformation. The largest problem is the reporting on climate change, or lack there of, which has led to a lot of denial in the population. The recent fires in Australia have no doubt clarified the reality of climate change to these unfortunate Australians. Private ownership of the media is not always so damaging, but the power of an individual owner is always a worry. The CBC is owned by the public, it is not owned by the government it operates as a separate entity. The BBC in England is the same type of public media, free of interference from individual wealth and power. CTV and Global are also very good news organizations in Canada. We are very fortunate that they are owned by fair minded folk. The CBC does have more money to spend on programing, which is why they are able to bring so much Canadian culture in the form of music from across the country and award-winning television productions which are seen in many counties other than Canada. They are also able to gather trusted information from around the world. The CBC has taken me to far away places with so many stories that would not easily be covered by the other news agencies. The CBC has educated the public on the plight of refugees, it gives these people a face and shows how dire their circumstances are. The CBC has taken us into First Nations communities and shown us the injustices that these people have and continue to endure. The CBC story Mr. Waddell refers to as poorly thought out was about how the environment would benefit by switching from natural gas to electricity. This story is about natural gas which contains methane and is 30 times more damaging than carbon dioxide when it escapes into the atmosphere. When natural gas is produced, they use a process called fracking, copious quantities of water, chemicals etc. are forced down wells polluting the water to push gas out the well. We have all seen the pictures of people’s well water being lit on fire due to the movement of ground water. Another problem is that when natural gas is produced and moved through the infrastructure, it will often leak out into the atmosphere. Mr. Waddell argues about the economics of money wasted and does not accept the large amounts of money that will be wasted on up-grading infrastructure needed for natural gas recovery, transportation and eventual clean up of polluted sites. Non-renewable sources of energy are quickly becoming obsolete giving way to cheaper, cleaner, more practical and dependable renewable sources such as wind and solar. The likelihood of coal and natural gas being developed as new energy sources is highly unlikely and our hydro infrastructure will need to be upgraded most likely for transportation purposes. This CBC interview had a much different effect on me than it did on Mr. Waddell. Isn’t this a good thing for Canada to have many different ideas and insights? To me, the CBC is well worth the billion-dollar price tag for the information that it gives and the understanding that follows being informed.

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Rage correction


It was brought to the attention of the paper that the goalie noted in last week’s paper is Rivers resident Connor Dawson. Not Ashton Wombiniska, who no longer plays for the Rivers Rage. The incorrect information was obtained through the Manitoba Advertising deadline: High school Hockey website. 12 noon Tuesday


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Doreen Bate,”Local C e l e b r i t y,” a s s h e was deemed at the banquet, delivers the first rock during the opening ceremonies of 2020 MB Scotties, h e l d in R i ve r s t hi s past week. The 95 -year old life member of Rivers Curling Club is aided by Scot ties Sponge To w e l m a s c o t . Doreen curled r e gular l y in Ri ver s for over 40 years and represented our club in provincials at the Senior and Golden Gals levels in lat ter years.


Looking Back February 6, 1930 A fairly well attended meeting of the curling club was held in the town hall on Monday evening. President T. W. Offen in the chair. The most important business was planning for the annual bonspiel, which on resolution of Rev. Na sh, seconded by A. D. Aitken, it was decided to commence on Monday next, Feb. 10. Other arrangements were then proceeded with as follows: The fol low ing were

appointed to a prize committee: H. M. Ha r vey, A l f Wareham, Mr. and Mrs. Hedberg. The financing of the bonspiel was discussed and a motion by J. E. Thompson, seconded by Rev. Nash “that prize committee be given appropriation of $90, to be raised as follows, $1 for every member and balance take from the treasury,” was carried. February 8, 1940 At the present time,

when peace, liberty and freedom of speech and religion are being destroyed in many parts of the globe, the defense of these things we hold as precious as life itself, becomes a very interesting national problem. Any enlightenment on this problem of the country’s military defenses can be hailed as a public service. “Wings of the Navy” is a motion picture that will quicken the pulse of every true Canadian. It tells a love story of absorbing interest, with John Payne

Someone you need to know, part one

In my previous letter I mentioned some well known people that have been labelled by some as trouble makers, rabble rousers and movement makers. And I also mentioned that I would tell you about a man who was given the same labels, but the movement He made became the largest and most influential of all time. Speaking of time, He was so influential that He split time. His movement began approx. 2,000 years ago and continues to influence millions upon millions even to this day, but not always positively because He also continues to be a person of great controversy. Just as He is loved and adored by many, He is also hated and despised by many. For myself, He is my beloved Lord and Saviour, while to others, He is just another historical figure, a myth, a preacher and teacher who taught us to do nice things and to some just, a swear word. Oh but He is so much more than that! When you think of others that have had such a tremendous positive influence, who comes to mind? In my previous letter, I mentioned Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. as others who were also trouble makers and obviously started movements of their own. Gandhi was born in India in 1869 and he was very instrumental in gaining India’s independence from British rule in 1947. Unfortunately he died soon after in 1948. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American civil rights advocate who was born in 1929 and died in 1968. MLK worked tirelessly for the rights of his fellow black Americans and there is no doubt that his work led to the much needed improvement of their rights. There are so many more that we could discuss, but I have to say that as wonderful as these people are, none of them can compare to the one I have in mind. As I mentioned earlier, He was so influential that He split time in the fact that we describe events as occurring before and after His birth. Before His birth, we use the letters BC (before Christ) and AD for the years after His birth. (AD is Latin for anno domini - which means in the year of our Lord). Think of it. Someone who actually split time!! Who else can make that claim? It’s become obvious now that I’m referring to Jesus Christ and surely you must admit that He has made an impression on most of you whether good or bad. As I said, He was a figure of controversy two thousand years ago and remains so today. But who is He and why is He so influential? What did He actually do and why is He revered by so many? He claimed to be the Son of God, but was He? He was even more than that! My desire is to explain everything in a series of forthcoming letters, which is not an easy task, because there is so much to discuss, so bear with me and hang in there because it’s going to be quite a ride! As a side note, do you know how these three men died? They were all murdered. Both Gandhi and MLK were assassinated, while Jesus was crucified. John Klassen Rivers, Mb. jgklassen@icloud.com

and George Brent as rivals for the hand of the fair Olivia de Haviland. A picture that both young and old will enjoy, at four star theatres this week. We urge you to see it. February 9, 1950 E x p er i ment a l f a r m off icials spiked rumors about how cold it used to get in the good old days, this morning when they released figures that show that January 1950 was the coldest January in the 61 years for which records are available here.

February 7, 2020 Rivers Banner 5 The mean temperature for the month was 17.6 degrees below zero (F) which is almost 15 degrees colder than that of the mean temperature for the previous records. The coldest previously recorded temp was 15.1 below zero. Minimum reading during the month was 43 below on Jan. 26 and again on Jan. 30. The h igh w a s fou r above on Jan. 21. During the month there were 135.5 hours of sunshine while not a record it stands high

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February 10, 1960 Co-operation has been the keynote regarding the successful launch of the Riverdale Hospital. From the initial stage, through the preliminary planning and the forming of committees from representatives of Daly a nd R iver s c ou nc i l s , to the organization of au x i l ia r y g roups a nd hospital board personnel, the community spirit has been strong and purposeful.

Snoman celebrates National Snowmobiling Environment Month

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Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. and the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) reminds r iders to keep nature beautiful as we celebrate National Snowmobiling Environment Month during February. Through the Snowmobile Responsibly campaign introduced by CCSO, Snoman encourages ever yone to take personal responsibility for their decisions and actions on the snow this winter. Rider decisions “ Ever y d ay, r ider s make many important, snowmobile-related decisions that can impact their personal well being, that of others and of the natural setting in which they ride,” said Yvonne Rideout, Executive Director, Snoman. “Decisions should be based on obeying applicable laws and rules, using good common sense, riding with care and control and making smart choices.” Some of the key messages touted by snowmobile organiza-

tions are: Respect sensitive areas; Stay on the trail; No trespassing on private property; Protect wildlife; Embrace new technologies; Maintain your sled; A nd leave tracks, not trash.

Good news story “Snowmobiling is a good news story because snowmobiles have impr o v e d c o nt i nu ou s l y thanks to oil injection, sound reduction measures, variable height exhaust valves, direct injection, on-board computers, and new 2-stroke and 4-stroke engine technologies that comply with EPA requirements,” said Alan Butler, President, Snoman. “We ask snowmobilers to re-

frain from using after market pipes that increase noise and annoy others.” Keeping nature beautiful Keeping nature beautiful during each and every ride depends primarily on the personal decisions and actions of each rider, so choose to snowmobile responsibly this winter. Snoman Inc., a notfor-prof it organization, is dedicated to providing strong leadership and support to its member clubs to develop safe and environmentally responsible snowmobile trails to further the enjoyment of organized recreational snowmobiling in Manitoba.

Denbie Ranch & Guests Bull Sale

Saturday, Feb 22nd, 2020 2:00 P.M. @ Ste. Rose Auction Mart 64 Bulls Sell

3 Breeds

Red Angus, Charolais, Red Angus x Simmental– Hybrids

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railers are very unsafe places to take shelter as not anchored to the ground. formed and stay safe. For more information 6 Rivers Banner February 7, 2020 blic Safety Canada http://www.publicsafety. /em/nh/to/index-eng.aspx or Environment http://www.ec.gc.ca.

Riverdale Municipality Jan. 21, 2020



Council donated $50 towards the 39th Annual Rolling River Festival of the Arts being held in Minnedosa March 16 to 19. The dance portion is being held in Rivers on March 20. Five Star Ranch is experiencing periods of water loss and the Utility Department is to investigate. Public Works staff is to be available during the Scotties for snow/ice/slush removal. EA Lots and streets to be cleared for parking. Chief B. Futrell presented the monthly police ON report. hygienist The Accounts, totalling $690,723.41 were passed for payment. • Residential & Commercial plans to utilize the assistance provided by the Brandon Community Planning omes Council • Farm Wiring & Trenching Service Office on preparing the amendment for Zoning By-Law No. 2016-12. Brandon Rivers A grant application- is to be submitted to Building Sustainable Communities Program 6 Railway Themed RV Park. A partnership is to be explored for a washroom/ l.com for a 204-761-2192 shower building. The municipality has redeemed Roll No. 167800, Lots 18 & 19; Block 3 Plan 190 age BLTO through tax sale. CMA ent. Riverdale Municipal Development Plan By- Law 2014-01, as amended, was given Shaping the Future A CCOUNTING S ERVICE third and final reading. 7893 Certiedto Management Accountants A bylaw provide for Firefighting and Emergency Services is under review.

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Help Wanted ValleyView Ag is seeking a seasonal floater operator for the upcoming fertilizer season along with a tender truck driver to start early April. Floater operator will be required to operate newer model 8400 terra gators with a raven viper 4 monitored GPS. Applicant must have experience in this field and able to work long hours in peak season months. Truck driver. Tender truck driver must have class 1 license and able to work long hours. Full time employment is available for the right applicant. Text or call. 204-867-7113. email robboyd109@gmail.com

In memory

In memory of Jim Boles

Thank you

~ Love Joan and Family ~

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HIP/KNEE Replacement?

McSherry Auctions

Other medical conditions causing TROUBLE WALKING or DRESSING?

Estate & Moving

The Disability Tax Credit allows for $2,500 yearly tax credit and $20,000 Lump sum refund.

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Spring Gun Auction

Sat March 28th @ 9:30 AM

Vintage Service Station & Coca Cola Sign Sale Sat April 4th @ 10 AM Consignments Welcome!

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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 4th day of March, 2020, at the hour of 10:00 AM, at Rural Municipality of Oakview, 10 Cochrane Street, Oak River, Manitoba, proceed to sell by public auction the following described properties: Roll Number

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Sealed, written tenders for the property situate in the RM of Elton and described below will be received by: MEIGHEN, HADDAD LLP 110-11th Street Brandon, Manitoba R7A 4J4 Attention: Patrick D. Sullivan PARCEL ONE: NW ¼ 24-12-19 PARCEL TWO: Pt. NW ¼ 14-12-19 PARCEL THREE: NE ¼ 14-12-19 PARCEL FOUR: Pt. NE ¼ 11-12-19

Sealed, written tenders for the property situate in the RM of Minto-Odanah and described below will be received by: MEIGHEN, HADDAD LLP 110-11th Street Brandon, Manitoba R7A 4J4 Attention: Patrick D. Sullivan PARCEL ONE: Pt. NW 1/4 6-13-18 PARCEL TWO: Pt. SE 1/4 6-13-18 PARCEL THREE: SW 1/4 6-13-18

CONDITIONS OF TENDER 1. Interested parties must rely on their own inspection and knowledge of the property and not on any representations made by or on behalf of the Vendor. 2. Tenders must be received on or before 4:00 p.m., on February 21, 2020. 3. Tenders must be accompanied by a $1,000.00 deposit cheque payable to Meighen, Haddad LLP. Deposits accompanying unacceptable bids will be refunded. 4. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. 5. Parcels may be sold individually or as a package.

CONDITIONS OF TENDER 1. Interested parties must rely on their own inspection and knowledge of the property and not on any representations made by or on behalf of the Vendor. 2. Tenders must be received on or before 4:00 p.m., on February 21, 2020. 3. Tenders must be accompanied by a $1,000.00 deposit cheque payable to Meighen, Haddad LLP. Deposits accompanying unacceptable bids will be refunded. 4. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. 5. Parcels may be sold individually or as a package.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE 1. The closing of any purchase and sale resulting from an accepted tender will take place on the 1st day of April, 2020, which will be the closing date. 2. The bidder whose tender is accepted will be required to complete an agreement covering terms and conditions of sale. 3. In addition to the deposit, the balance of the accepted tender must be paid within 30 days from the date of notification of tender acceptance or evidence provided that the purchase funds will be available under conditions acceptable to the Vendor. If the balance of the accepted tender is not paid within the set time limit the deposit paid may be forfeited as liquidated damages and not as a penalty. 4. Possession will be provided to the Purchaser as of the closing date. 5. The successful bidder will be responsible for real property taxes commencing January 1, 2020. For further information contact Meighen Haddad LLP at 204-727-8461

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE 1. The closing of any purchase and sale resulting from an accepted tender will take place on the 1st day of April, 2020, which will be the closing date. 2. The bidder whose tender is accepted will be required to complete an agreement covering terms and conditions of sale. 3. In addition to the deposit, the balance of the accepted tender must be paid within 30 days from the date of notification of tender acceptance or evidence provided that the purchase funds will be available under conditions acceptable to the Vendor. If the balance of the accepted tender is not paid within the set time limit the deposit paid may be forfeited as liquidated damages and not as a penalty. 4. Possession will be provided to the Purchaser as of the closing date. 5. The successful bidder will be responsible for real property taxes commencing January 1, 2020. For further information contact Meighen Haddad LLP at 204-727-8461


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Amount of Arrears& Costs for Which Property May be Offered for Sale $1,805.89



















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I would like to send out a big thank you to the Jennifer Jones team… Also Coach Jill Officer with the Tracy Fleury team for using our facilities while they curled here in the Town of Rivers for the Manitoba Provincials. Staying both at my residence and at the Home & Away Lodge. ALSO: A big thank you to the Town of Rivers and its many volunteers for putting on such a huge event…

Passed February 3rd, 2018

Though your smile is gone forever, your hands we cannot touch, we’ll love you Jim forever and miss you very much


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

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Help Wanted

FOODS Meat Cutters/Production Personnel Our people, perseverance, integrity, and exceptional partnerships have led HyLife to becoming Canada’s leading pork producer and global exporter of high quality pork products. The growing demand for our pork in Japan and China means we need exceptional people to help deliver our company vision. We have expanded our Neepawa facility to increase our overall production by 15% and in turn created new jobs throughout the company. As a Meat Cutter/Production Personnel you will be a critical member of our team in the creation of our world class product. Our positions range from working on our slaughter production floor to shipping the final packaged product, with everything in between! With our wide variety of jobs, excellent people, and our drive for innovation you will certainly find a job that suits you! Responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to: • Slaughter and eviscerate hogs for further processing • Harvest and package edible offal • Process pork carcasses into primal cuts • Butcher and package pork primal cuts into value added specifications for local, national and international premium markets • Carry out other tasks related to processing of meat for shipping to customers or storage • Sanitation People who will succeed as members of our team will: • Enjoy working in a fast paced, stable long term work environment • Appreciate working in a culturally diverse workplace. We employ people from all over the world! • Treat people with dignity and respect • Open to working in colder/warmer environments • Physically Fit • Experience as an industrial butcher or trimmer is an asset

Current starting wage is $14.50/hour plus $1.00 per hour perfect attendance incentive! Wage scale extends to $21.55/hour We believe that our success is founded on the strength of our team. As such, we place a great deal of emphasis on attracting, developing and retaining good people, and consider every one of our employees to be a highly-valued member of the HyLife family. To that end, we are committed to providing a working environment that not only fosters personal growth, but also recognizes our employees’ contributions towards the common goal of our company’s success because of this HyLife has been recognized as a Platinum Member of Canada’s Best-Managed Companies. If you have the qualifications and the passion to meet this challenge then we would like to explore your potential. Please apply online at http://hylife.com/current-opportunities/ or email to jobs@hylife.com or mail to PO Box 10,000, 623 Main St E, Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0. We thank all applicants, however, only those under consideration will be contacted

Manitoba Community Newpaper Association Province Wide Classifieds NOTICES Advertisements and statements contained herein are the sole responsibility of the persons or entities that post the advertisement, and the Manitoba Community Newspaper Association and membership do not make any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness, truthfulness or reliability of such advertisements. For greater information on advertising conditions, please consult the Association’s Blanket Advertising Conditions on our website at www. mcna.com. Do you have a PRESS RELEASE / MEDIAADVISORY that needs to go out? Let us help you with that! Though we cannot guarantee publication, MCNA will get the information into the right hands for ONLY $35.00 + GST/HST. Call MCNA (204) 947-1691 for more information, or email classified@mcna.com for details. www.mcna.com FOR SALE BATTERIES FOR EVERYTHING. Automotive, farm, construction, ATV, marine, motorcycle, golf carts, phones, tools, radios, computers etc. Reconditioned, obsolete and hard-to-find batteries. SOLAR equipment. The Battery Man. Winnipeg. 1.877.775.8271 www.batteryman.ca

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Growing Orchids

By Patricia Hanbidge School of Horticulture

This week we are talking orchids for a couple of reasons. One of my favourite people in the world recently passed. Among other things, she was also an orchid addict and over her lifetime grew hundreds if not thousands of orchids. Sharing her knowledge and helping others to become better stewards was always important so read on and learn more about how you can grow orchids. One of her favourite sayings was that orchids are not difficult to grow – just grow the orchid that suits the conditions in your home, and be careful, as growing orchids can be addicting! Purchase sensibly When growing orchids, it is important to purchase sensibly. Also, for beginners, it is more satisfying to buy mature plants that are in bloom. Purchase plants that will suit your growing conditions and also try to duplicate the natural growing conditions of the plant. An easy orchid to begin with is the Paphiopedilum (paf-ee-oh-ped-i-lum), commonly called the slipper orchid. They were first brought into cultivation in 1819 and are found n at u r a l l y t h ro u g h o u t much of tropical Asia to northern India and the lowlands of the Philippines. The different species are found at various elevations in their natural range. Most are terrestrial (ground-dwelling), but a few are also lithophytic (cliff-perching). While they all trace their ancestry to tropical forests of Southeast Asia, most of the paphs of easy culture today are hybrids developed from the original jungle-dwelling species.

Large and strikingly coloured A cup-like lip called the pouch characterizes the flowers of paphs and by a prominent dorsal sepal, which is often large and strikingly coloured. The flowers of most have a thick, fleshy appearance, and may be so glossy that they seem almost to have been polished. An individual flower remains on the plant for up to four months. The plants have stiff, waxy or leathery leaves that are usually either glossy green or mottled. Masses of hairy roots are abundant in the potting medium of wellestablished plants. The best way to care for any plant is to provide growing conditions that resemble those found in its native land. Since most of these plants would normally inhabit a shaded jungle floor, they are intolerant of direct, intense sunlight. An east window, which exposes them to direct sun only in the early morning, is ideal. High humidity They require high humidity of at least 40 to 50 per cent, along with gentle but steady air circulation. A small fan in a far corner of the room or a ceiling fan will maintain circulation. Avoid cold drafts as they can cause the flower buds to blast (brown and die). Standing the pots on shallow pans of pebbles and water helps increase the humidity directly around them. Most paphs are considered “cool growers” with low light requirements. Daytime temperatures should fall in the range of 21 to 27 C (70 to 80 F). The green-leafed

paphs prefer minimum night-time temperatures of about 10 to 13 C (50 –55 F), while those with mottled leaves require night temperatures a few degrees warmer. Regular watering Finely chopped fir bark makes an excellent growing medium, but bottom drainage should be enhanced with something like styrofoam “peanuts.” Since they cannot store water, paphs require regular watering, but the medium should never be completely saturated or

root rot is likely. Watering should be done early in the day so the foliage can dry before night. Only mild fertilization is required, so fertilizing with 30-10-20 at about 1 ml/L (1/8 tsp/gal) every six weeks is probably adequate. You may use 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp.) of oyster shell on top of the potting mix to add some additional lime. Watch for more articles on growing orchids so you too can enjoy these exotic but not so difficult to grow plants.

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