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1956: Oliver awarded first place at Teenage Driving Road-e-o By Cecil Pittman The Neepawa Press

80 years ago Tuesday, May 26, 1936 At the recent convention of the National Parks Highway Association at Saskatoon, that body went on record as endorsing and officially recognizing the route through Neepawa, Dauphin, Roblin, Yorkton, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper and Vancouver. The Manitoba officers for 1936 are M. Baronie, Neepawa, chairman; Cyril Bates, Dauphin, vice-chairman; J. M. Fusee, Neepawa, secretary. 70 years ago Thursday, May 23, 1946 Former resident promoted by Swifts in States: Word has been received that Cecil Murray, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Murray, Neepawa, has been appointed as superintendent of Swifts’ new plant at Spokane, Washington. Mr. Murray has been employed with Swifts for a number of years. Leaving Neepawa, he found employment with the railway as a clerk at Melville, was married and went to Chicago on his honeymoon. 60 years ago Thursday, May 24, 1956 Stanley Oliver, 18-yearold son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Oliver of Oberon, last Saturday afternoon was judged winner of the Teenage Driving Road-e-o, in which posted an entry list of 34 local and district young people. Stanley, who is presently attending the Neepawa Collegiate, received a total of 431 marks out of a possible 500. He will leave June 9 to participate in the provincial finals at Brandon. 50 years ago Tuesday, May 24, 1966 Chamber of Commerce members will meet tonight (Wednesday) to discuss such topics as a recently completed consumer survey and the medical clinic situated in Neepawa. The survey was carried out during the past fall and winter, designed to examine the services offered in Neepawa and those which should be offered. The Chamber has also been involved in the proposed medical clinic project, which will come up for discussion. 40 years ago Thursday, May 27, 1976 Jack and Viola Stitt of


6 0 y e a r s a g o ; T h u r s d a y, M a y 2 4 , 1 9 5 6 : S t a n l e y O l i v e r c a p t u re d f i r s t p l a c e a t t h e l o c a l “ D r i v e r s R o a d - e - o ” . Neepawa will be travelling to Winnipeg this week, where Mr. Stitt will attend what is expected to be the last reunion of his old unit World War I pilots association. About 100 pilots are expected at the Fort Gary hotel May 26 to 28. With the youngest now 78 years old, it is expected that this will be the last gathering. – Mr. Stitt said that, “What seems like a few short years ago, our association had a roster of over 3,000. Now we number a few hundred across the dominion.” 30 years ago Thursday, May 22, 1986 Canada’s national animal is causing some problems in the Riding Mountain area. The National Park is a prime beaver production area, where populations have stabilized at the highest density recorded in North America. As a result, flood dam-

age adjacent to the park has increased. Both the federal and provincial governments have recognized the problem and have implemented a control program on land adjacent to the park. 20 years ago Tuesday, May 28, 1996 Federal Agricultural and Agri-food Minister Ralph Goodale moved quickly to close a loophole that allowed a former Gladstone area farmer to export grain to the US without a wheat board-issued license. An ambiguous phrase in the Customs Act left Dave Sawatzky, who now lives near Roseisle, off the hook after he was charged with illegally exporting wheat and barley to the US in September 1994. In a judgment that had grain prices jumping at the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange, provincial Judge Arnold Conner ruled the

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Customs Act was unclear about Sawaztky’s need to produce a Canadian Wheat Board license when exporting grain. 10 years ago Monday, May 29, 2006 Break-ins and vandalism marred an otherwise quiet long weekend in the

Neepawa area. Sometime during the Victoria Day holiday weekend, several decommissioned rifles were stolen during a break-in to the Neepawa Rifle Range building. “We have no idea what anyone would take them for,” said Dwayne Chute of the rifle club.


Chute, who would not say how many rifles were stolen, said the firearms – some from the 1950s – were on display in a locked case. “There was no need for this,” Chute said. “We’ve been in this building since the 1960s and this is the first time anything like this has happened.”

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Deficit puts a heavy burden on Manitoba families

According to the new Progressive Conservative government, the average family of four in Manitoba owes $3,066 because of last year’s provincial deficit. The Manitoba government overspent its income by more than $1 billion. Annual interest payments on that debt will be tens of millions. The political debate about the specific deficit number will go to and fro, but the important point is that Manitobans will be paying for this debt for generations. This is not a theoretical number. The people who lent Manitoba this money expect to be repaid with interest. But the political to and fro is still worth exploring. The new PC government certainly has every incentive to exaggerate the number and make the NDP look bad. And the NDP has every incentive to argue the converse. The reality is that most Manitobans are probably right to question both sides. Here are the numbers. In the 2015 budget, the NDP projected a core deficit of $422 million. Last March, the NDP released an update that showed the government had blown up the core deficit to $666 million. In fact, the NDP routinely missed its projections by hundreds of millions so it’s not hard to imagine the books they left behind after the election were works of fiction. Moody’s, an international bond rating agency, provided an objective third party perspective when it downgraded the province’s credit rating because of the “deterioration in Manitoba’s financial metrics.” Bond rating agencies don’t care about public opinion polls or which party is in charge. They care about numbers. And Moody’s didn’t like what it saw in Manitoba’s numbers. It’s important to calculate the numbers as accurately as possible, but the reaction to those numbers is even more important. On this front, there is an objective difference between the new government and the old one. When DBRS, another bond rating agency, criticized the NDP’s financial performance, Minister Dewar’s response was telling. “We have a plan,” said Minister Dewar. “Our plan is working.” According to the NDP, massive deficits that were routinely millions of dollars

higher than projected were happening according to plan and the plan was working. Minister Friesen is taking a decidedly different tone. “The consequences of this pattern of over-spending budgets are alarming,” said Minister Friesen. “It will take time to undo the damage we have inherited and to correct the course.” The difference of opinion over the extent of the deficit is less important than the difference in opinion over what to do about it. The NDP opted to do nothing. The PC’s say the finances need to be fixed. The PC’s are embarking on a value-for-money audit across government. The government has to find savings and that comes down to setting priorities. There isn’t enough money for every program. Bad programs, and even some good programs, will have to be cut to save vital programs. This is not a matter of political philosophy, but rather a matter of mathematical reality. But why is it necessary? The NDP say they were able to borrow at will without resorting to any “austerity.” What was wrong with the way things were going? Manitobans are paying a high price for previous governments’ deficits. According to the 2015 budget, it cost $842 million just to cover the interest on the provincial debt for one year. That’s before the current deficit ballooned by hundreds of millions of dollars. That’s money that went to bond fund managers rather than schools or hospitals or even paying down the debt. The interest on the provincial debt costs the average family of four in Manitoba $2,600 every year. Making hard decisions in government is still easier than the hard work Manitoban families have to do to earn the $2,600 they ultimately pay to cover interest charges. But acknowledging the danger of the deficit means that burden may someday be lightened. Todd MacKay Prairie Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Letters to the Editor Circulation Fixing Canadian grain transportation – finally?

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We are in the midst of a great shipping year for the Canadian grains industry. Canadian grain and oilseed exports will be at near record levels. There have been no big winter hiccups with transportation. Customers are happy and farmers’ bins will be empty by the time the crop year comes to an end. Some might think that this is an odd time to be talking about the systemic problems in grain transportation. "Some" would be wrong. This is exactly the right time to finally put the right fix in place to ensure that Canadian agriculture can meet the growing demands of our customers. In the 2013/14 crop year, the grain industry was hit with the transportation crisis that impacted the entire value chain. Not only were sales lost that year, but the transportation failures damaged Canada’s brand and reputation. Quite rightly, there has been a great deal of focus on that year – what went wrong and how to fix it? What is sometimes lost in the discussion is the fact that this is not the first time the transportation system failed Canadian farmers and exporters. A crisis led to the creation of the Grain Transportation Agency (GTA) in 1979. A crisis led to the dismantling of the GTA in 1996. Some of our best minds in the country have authored reports on fixing grain transportation. The Hon. Emmett Hall, Dr. Clay Gilson, Justice Willard Estey, and Arthur Kroeger are just a few examples. In fact, the books written

on this subject could fill a library. The latest edition of the volume of work is contained in the review of the Canada Transportation Act by the Hon. David Emerson. Grain transportation has been an unsolved intergenerational issue because the underlying problem of railway market power has never been addressed. Often policy discussions begin on the wrong foot with the basic assumption that there is a competitive transportation environment. We see that in the review of the Canada Transportation Act, an underlying assumption that competition exists where it does not. This assumption does not apply to Western Canadian grains because most shippers are served by one carrier and are subject to monopolistic pricing and service strategies. Because competition does not exist, the government has a role to play in establishing a regulatory structure that mimics a truly competitive and accountable system. A hallmark of any modern commercial relationship is that parties are held commercially accountable to each other for performance. Grain shippers are bound to performance standards with financial penalties through tariffs. But the accountability equation is currently one-sided. There is no mechanism for shippers to hold railways commercially accountable for their level of service. This needs to change. Canada exports over 20 million tonnes of cereal grains every year, worth about $10

billion. Virtually all of this grain moves to export position by rail. Every commodity value chain is engaged in significant investments in innovation designed to drive production up. But this will be wasted investment if we don’t have the ability to move grain to market. The profitability of every part of the Canadian agriculture value chain depends on our critical rail link. In the mandate letters given to both the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Minister of Transport, Prime Minister Trudeau has directed a full review of grain transportation. The work is to follow the tabling of the Emerson report on the Canada Transportation Act. This is the opportunity to finally fix the underlying issues that have led to recurring logistics failures. Canada needs appropriate, reasonablycrafted legislation and regulation that increases railway accountability. Without this, there is little that can be done to systematically address service failures. Mutual commercial accountability between shippers and railways, backstopped by legislation, is the prerequisite to preventing another grain transportation crisis. History shows that if the underlying structural issues are not addressed, transportation failures will recur. Canadian agriculture and the Canadian economy cannot afford for this to happen again. Cam Dahl President, Cereals Canada


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Mavericks blank Cubs in Santa Clara season opener By Eoin Devereux The Neepawa Press

The start of the Santa Clara Baseball League season did not go the way the Neepawa Cubs had hoped it would, as the team was shutout by the Minnedosa Mavericks 7-0. The game was played on Wednesday, May 18 in Minnedosa and was one of four opening night matches on the Santa Clara schedule. Elsewhere around the league on Wednesday, the Portage Padres knocked off the Austin A’s 11-5, the Plumas Pirates took down the Carberry Royals 10-3 and the Dauphin Brewers edged the Ebb and Flow Lakers by a 2-1 margin. As for the Cubs/Mavericks showdown, it was a very close contest early, with Minnedosa just holding on to a narrow 2-0 lead after five innings of play. In the bottom of the sixth however, the Mavericks were able to find their rhythm at the plate and generated an additional five runs to seal the win. Devon Ford helped lead the charge for Minnedosa, going two-for-four at the plate, with a pair of stolen bases and a run batted in (RBI). Pitcher Andrew Richards, meanwhile, picked up the victory on the mound, giving up just three hits. The stat sheet for Neepawa was not available before the publication deadline. As for the Cubs’ next game, it’ll be the home opener at the Fairgrounds on Wednesday, May 25. Neepawa will host the Ebb and Flow Lakers. Then on Friday, May 27, the Cubs will play another home game, this time against the Austin A’s. Opening pitch for both those games is set for 7:00 pm


Ten-year-old Hayden Delaloye of Neepawa competed in the Maple Leaf Jr. Golf Tour on Saturday, May 14. Delaloye shot a round of 77 (+ 6 for the men’s course) at the Transcona Golf Club. That impressive score, in some less than perfect golf conditions, secured Hayden the victory in the age nine-ten category.


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The Neepawa Kin Club will again be aiding in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis this year, through a fundraiser called “Coins for Cystic Fibrosis” on Saturday, May 28. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. This is no cure for cystic fibrosis. CF is a multiorgan disease, primarily affecting the lungs and digestive system. Kin Canada has been a major partner in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. Since 1964, Kin members have raised more than $42 million for cystic fibrosis research and patient care. When Kinsmen and Kinettes first joined the fight against CF in 1964, children with the disease

were not expected to live past the age of four. But today, children and young adults with cystic fibrosis are often living into their 30s and beyond. An extra year of life for a CF child has been earned for almost every year of Kin support. Cystic Fibrosis Canada could never have come so far, so fast, without the continued support of Kin. The Neepawa Kin Club’s “Coins for Cystic Fibrosis” is a three hour coin drive blitz at the end of the local fast food drive-thru, where our members (with their red Kin shirts) collect any loose change donations, after customers have made their purchases. Kin members will be collecting donations at the drive thrus from 12pm to 2pm on Saturday, May 28. The Kin Club will also be setting up a table to collect donations at the Neepawa

Fair after 2pm. Kin Canada is the nation’s largest all-Canadian service organization. More than 500 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin Clubs across the country work to better their communities, enhance the well-being of Canadians and improve the environment. Since its founding in 1920, Kin Canada clubs have donated more than $1 billion to Canadian causes and communities. The Neepawa Kin Club supports local, regional and national charities, organizations and people through countless hours of volunteering and through financial support. For more information on this event, or the Neepawa Kin Club, please feel free to contact Amanda Naughton-Gale at (204)2122560.

participating and this will be each one’s first time doing a piano exam like this. Two of the students are Bouchard’s and the other six are Critchlow’s students. Bouchard, who has been teaching piano in Neepawa for about 60 years, said this is the first time a piano exam will take place in Neepawa since he was a student. Previously, if a student wanted to take the exam, they would have to travel to Boissevain, as that was the closest place that the examiners visited. The CNCM examiner coming out this year is from Saskatchewan, Laurel Teichroeb. Bouchard said that the CNCM has been operating for about 15 years and the number of people using their curriculum has been steadily growing. He said last year in Manitoba, there were only exams taking place in Boissevain and

Winnipeg, but because it’s grown this year, there will be five or six communities in the province hosting the examiner. One student does the exam at a time. They will each play four songs, all in one genre or by one composer, with the students in lower levels playing for 10 minutes and the higher levels playing for 15 minutes. This exam is open to more styles of music, whereas many of the older ones only focus on classical. Bouchard said that one of the students is doing all jazz pieces, but with other curriculums, that wouldn’t be allowed. “When this new thing [CNCM curriculum] started, I thought, ‘Oh this is exciting,’ because there’s more variety,” noted Bouchard. The four pieces need to have variety in tempo and other components to prove that the

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This year, a few local piano students are in for a new experience, taking a piano exam in their home community. Belinda Critchlow and Remi Bouchard, two piano teachers in Neepawa, have been preparing their students for a piano exam since September. The exam is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 29. The exam is based on a curriculum from the Canadian National Conservatory of Music (CNCM) and they have designated examiners each year who travel to communities in which there are a lot of students taking that specific curriculum. “I guess they decided that since there were more here taking [the CNCM curriculum], that they should have an examiner here,” said Bouchard. There will be eight kids

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TOWN OF NEEPAWA BY-LAW NO. 3160-16 BEING A BY-LAW OF THE TOWN OF NEEPAWA TO REVOKE THE DESIGNATION OF A MUNICIPAL HERITAGE SITE KNOWN AS “THE CASTLE” AND LOCATED AT 344 MAIN STREET IN THE TOWN OF NEEPAWA WHEREAS By-Law 2954 of the Town of Neepawa designated “The Castle”, located at 344 Main Street in the Town of Neepawa on Lots 17/19, Block 80, Plan 348, as a Municipal Heritage Site pursuant to The Heritage Resources Act of Manitoba; AND WHEREAS the property and structure located at 344 Main Street, in the Town of Neepawa, has deteriorated and is no longer deemed a sustainable heritage site. AND WHEREAS Section 32 of The Heritage Resources Act, C.C.S.M.c.H39.1 provides authority for a municipality to revoke the designation of a municipal site as a heritage site. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Town of Neepawa, in meeting duly assembled, enacts as follows: 1) THAT the designation of “The Castle” as a Municipal Heritage Site, located at 344 Main Street in the Town of Neepawa on Lots 17/19, Block 80, Plan 348 be hereby revoked; and 2) THAT this By-Law No. 3160-16 hereby rescind By-Law No. 2954, with a copy hereto, to be served: • upon the Minister of Culture, Heritage and Tourism; • upon the owner of the said municipal site; • upon the Land Titles Office , Neepawa, Manitoba; and • by publication in one issue of a newspaper having general circulation in the municipality. DONE AND PASSED by the Council of the Town of Neepawa duly assembled in the Province of Manitoba, this 17 day of May, 2016. Adrian de Groot Mayor

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NACI shows its support for Fort McMurray By Kira Paterson The Neepawa Press

On Thursday, May 19, the entire student and staff body of NACI banded together to raise money for the victims of the Fort McMurray fires. The first fundraiser that day was a bake sale put on by the Grade 8 students. The students brought baking and mixed iced tea to sell during their morning recess and lunch break. Junior high, senior high and adults alike came by the table to get some treats while supporting a good cause. Then after lunch, Miss Spring’s Grade 9 Social Studies class took over with the talent show they organized. Entry in the show was open to students from Grades 6 to 12 and the entire school gathered in the gym to watch. Admission was by donation, and with the donation, attendees were given a ballot to vote for whichever act they liked the most. “Miss Spring introduced the idea of starting some activity that would benefit people around you and we started brainstorming and we came up with the talent show idea,” explained Claire Brister, one of the Grade 9 students involved in organizing the event. Kailyn Hanke, another Grade 9 student involved in it, said that the class didn’t really know about the fires until Miss Spring told them, so they all decided it would be good if they raised money for Fort McMurray. The class started planning the event only two weeks before the day the talent show happened. “I think for the time we planned it and did all the work, it went very well,” said Brister. “We put that together really quick,” added


Students lined up in the NACI lunch room to get some treats at the Grade 8 bake sale for Fort McMurray on May 19. The class also made posters telling about the dif ferent communities and organizations across Canada that have helped Fort McMurray in some way. “I think those went over well too, because the students could see the different things other people have done to try to help,” said Hanke. The girls said that both the talent show and bake sale combined raised about $2,200, which they will send to the Red Cross to be used to help Fort McMurray.

Hanke. They said that about 30 acts entered to be in the show, but because of time restrictions, they were only allowed to have 16 perform. “It went very well and we were happy to have everybody participate, because we weren’t sure how many people would want to come,” noted Brister. Hanke agreed, saying that they chose the talent show because they hoped it would get the whole school involved.

Vicky Elgert (left) and Jessica Gibson serenaded the audience with a love song from a Disney film.

To wash down all those cookies and cupcakes, the bake sale also offered iced tea for only 75 cents.

A variety of acts performed at the NACI talent show. Above: A dance crew got the crowd pumped up for the event. Right: Graeme Chapman (left) and Logan Enns played and sang a duet with guitar and ukelele.

The Grade 9 band class performed a percussion piece on garbage cans, coffee tins and buckets.

Fluoride will remain in Neepawa’s water supply Neepawa Town Council - Tuesday, May 17

By Eoin Devereux The Neepawa Press The addition of fluoride to Neepawa’s tap water will continue. On Tuesday, May 17, Town Council voted by a 4-3 margin to keep adding the chemical to the municipal water supply. The issue of whether or not to add fluoride has recently been renewed in cities across Canada, as communities such as Windsor and Calgary have debated whether or not the practice still has value. A request to reexamine the use of fluoride was first made back in January, by wastewater supervisor Howard Buffi. After several months of examining the pros

and cons of the continued usage of the chemical, the decision was made to keep using fluoride in the system. The cost of adding fluoride to the water supply is about $10,000 per year. Swimming Pool repairs completed Repairs at the Neepawa Swimming Pool have been completed. Some of the upgrades needed were to fix the drainage system in the shallow end of the pool and to repair the membrane in the kiddie pool. The total cost of the work was estimated at just over $44,000. A portion of that cost has been covered through grants that the town had applied for. With that work done, the pool began being filled with water on Tuesday, May 17. At

this time, the proposed opening day of Monday, June 6 will go ahead as planned. Heritage designation revoked A building known as ‘The Castle’ has lost its designation as a municipal heritage site. The structure, located at 344 Main Street, has been deteriorating for several years and had previously been declared unfit for habitation by Manitoba Health. While the building and the site are privately owned, Town Council has attempted to work with the owner about the situation, but to no avail. The revoking of the heritage designation allows the Town to move forward with clearing the property of the structure.

May 25, 2016 Neepawa Press  
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