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There’s more to the story than ‘meets the eye’. That’s what author Gordon Goldsborough illustrates in his book entitled “Abandoned Manitoba” which provides the reader a glimpse into more than 30 abandoned sites across the province – including locally in Brandon – describing features and what caused each site to go deserted. “The idea was that in each case, I wouldn’t just show pictures of what it looked like, I would write about what it meant and how Manitoba has changed through the years,” said Goldsborough, who was in the Wheat City recently, presenting the book to locals at the Brandon Library. The head researcher, webmaster and past president of the Manitoba Historical Society, Goldsborough has helped map out more than 6,200 historical sites across the province over the past few years – this included sites no longer in use. “About a year and a half ago, I was approached by a producer at CBC Radio if I’d be interested in coming on their radio program and talk about the things that I had seen, so I did and it was a lot of fun.” Goldsborough was eventually talked into doing a weekly radio appearance and would later be approached by a publisher who wanted him to write a book about his findings. “I guess I didn’t think through it very carefully because to fill a few minutes of radio is one thing, but to write an actual book where you’re fairly authoritative, is quite another,” he said with a laugh. “So it meant quite a bit of extra time to research a lot of those places.” Goldsborough wound up picking 36 historical sites in the book which include stories on the abandoned Manitoba Pool grain elevator, which at the time, was located in the village of Helston (which is now the municipality of Glenella-Lansdowne). The elevator, which was built back in 1905, was originally capable of holding 25,000 bushels of grain. It would later be demolished in the summer of 1946 and replaced with a 40,000-bushel structure. The elevator would eventually close in December 1978. “Underneath the story of that elevator is a bigger story about how agriculture has changed in the last 20 or 30 years,” he said. “Most people are familiar with that change,” he continued. “We’ve gone through a whole bunch of small wooden elevators to today where we have just very few
enormous concrete ones. That implies there’s been a major change in the way that farming is done today. It also means that instead of using a horse drawn wagon to tow the grain to market, a lot of farmers now have to use a whole fleet of semi trucks.” Instead of driving only a few miles to the elevator, now some farmers are often routinely driving somewhere in the neighbourhood of 100 miles or more to get to an elevator these days, he says. “What that means is that the road transportation network has had to change. Now that we have good roads over much of the province, what it implies is that if you live in a small town, in the past, you would’ve bought all your groceries in that small town. You would’ve socialized in that small town, your kids would’ve gone to school in that small town, you would’ve attended church in that small town. “Well now that there’s a road where you can go anywhere you want, that spells the end of small town life because then you can go to the bigger town, the bigger grocery store, the bigger church, to the bigger school and to the bigger grain elevator. “There’s a major story that is tied up and symbolized by that grain elevator.” Another site in the book is the Little Saskatchewan River generating station, which is also known as the Brandon Dam, 10-Mile Dam or Minnedosa River Hydro Plant. This structure was the first hydroelectric power generating station in the province. Built in 1900, it provided power to the city of Brandon via a 14-kilometre transmission line. The power station was later decommissioned in 1924 and the final remains of the dam were destroyed back in 1948.
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Gordon Goldsborough is the author of “Abandoned Manitoba.” The book focuses on 36 historical abandoned sites in the province, including locally in Brandon.
“If you asked where was the first big power dam in Manitoba was, some people who know a little about history would say the one at Pinawa out in eastern Manitoba. Well, they’d be wrong.” Abandoned Manitoba can be purchased at Coles at the Brandon Shoppers Mall as well as several different outlets in Winnipeg, including McNally Robinson and Chapters. Folks can also purchase the book online at greatplains. mb.ca, Amazon and Chapters-Indigo. Folks can also contact Goldsborough directly for a copy at 204-782-8829. Goldsborough is also a member of the department of biological sciences at the University of Manitoba. He’s also a water quality specialist and chair of the Manitoba Water Council and a representative for Canada on the international joint commission’s International Red River Board.
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to offer a hot meal to those that may otherwise go without food.” Established through the Brandon Area Community Foundation, 100 Women Who Care is a group of women who share a common desire to give back and inspire local philanthropy in their community. With files from release
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Shelley Mortensen, the chief librarian at Brandon Public Library, is concerned about what’s to come after the provincial government recently launched a policy review of public libraries province-wide. “I guess you never know when they start a review what direction they’re going to go in,” she told the Journal. A release issued last week states that while public libraries have undertaken significant modernization efforts, provincial policies have changed very little over the past 30 years. The review by the province is expected to look at the issues impacting public libraries – and at the same time, “identify priorities and opportunities for efficiency,” says Rochelle Squires, minister of sport, culture and heritage. “We want to ensure the support we provide and the services that are offered are delivered as efficiently and effectively as possible.” Squires went on to say in the release that stakeholder surveys and forums will be used to guide the province on developing improved policies, adding that the goal is to “achieve high-quality service at a reasonable cost to taxpayers.” Mortensen says there has been some initiatives from library boards asking the province to look at the funding formulas that have been in place for some time for public libraries. “Whether that’s part of what has created this initiative I’m not sure,” she said. She went on to say that there is concern
The City of Brandon has hired a contractor to widen and strengthen portions of Brandon’s south dike system as part of its 2016 south dikes work project. Permission has been granted to conduct 24-hour work along specific areas of the dike, which began Nov. 25 and will conclude Dec. 16. The 2016 south dikes work project will see a number of areas of the city’s existing dike system on the south side of the Assiniboine River from 26th
on her part about a possible reduction in services. “I guess you go in thinking maybe they’re going to say, ‘hey we’re going to give you more money’. But you never know that for sure.” The official opposition meanwhile is of similar belief urging the provincial government to guarantee that the review of the system doesn’t result in reduced library services. “We are deeply concerned what this will mean for valuable social and cultural assets like libraries,” said NDP Interim Leader Flor Marcelino in a statement. “The government should listen to Manitobans and ensure it preserves and supports our important cultural institutions.” Trevor Surgenor, director of the Manitoba public library services branch, says there’s no reason for stakeholders to be fearful. “The review process is focused on determining how we can best support library development in Manitoba. So we’re going to work with stakeholders across the province to better understand their needs.” There are currently 56 public libraries which consist of 118 service points in the province. The Western Manitoba Regional Library consists of a Brandon branch as well as branches in Carberry/North Cypress, Neepawa, Glenboro and Hartney/ Cameron. The province says more information on how library service providers can contribute to the review will be available in the coming weeks.
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Street to the Third Street dam reinforced and widened as part of the larger, multi-year Brandon flood protection system enhancements project. Conducting such work prior to the onset of winter is being done proactively to prepare for any potential spring flooding that Brandon may experience as a result of 2016 excessive moisture levels. As per the extension, overnight work being conducted will be limited to the area north of Hilton Avenue between 24th Street and 18th Street North;
and the area north of Parker Boulevard between 18th Street North and Eighth Street North. Activity will be limited to the movement and placement of material on the dike only and will not include any truck travel through the affected areas. In being granted this extension, the contractor is required to hand-deliver notification ahead of the scheduled 24-hour work to all residents in the area between Third Street North and 34th Street, from the Assiniboine River over to the Cana-
dian Pacific Railway tracks. In addition, the contractor must adhere to the requirement not to undertake any of the above 24-hour work in the residential-adjacent areas between the Third Street Dam and the Brandon Co-op Feeds terminal, and further, that any lighting used in this 24-hour work faces toward the Assiniboine River and not affect traffic flow. The City of Brandon asks for the public’s understanding and patience while this period of 24-hour work is completed.
However, if members of the public with concerns regarding this work should require, the following phone numbers have been made available for followup questions or concerns: Allen & Bolack Excavating Ltd (204573-7544); Tri Wave Construction (204-761-2564); City of Brandon Engineering Services (204-729-2214); Brandon Police Services (204-729-2345). With files from release
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Trolls. No, Iâ€™m not talking about those little dolls with the wacky hair from years ago. Iâ€™m referring to those on the internet. Unfortunately, in todayâ€™s society, there are those behind a keyboard who have a penchant for spewing awful things to people. Those who look to initiate vicious insults â€“ or even worse, threats of violence. For as much as I enjoy social media and what it represents, a quick Google search on my computer shows a long list of deplorable tweets from a select few in society that make me shudder in disgust. Some of these â€˜trollsâ€™ are racists, bigots, fascists â€“ you name it, theyâ€™re out there. Social media has provided these types a voice, a microphone to showcase their disgusting thoughts for the world to see. This type of behaviour is despicable and because these views are showcased
online practically on a dayto-day basis, Iâ€™m afraid of whatâ€™s to come in the future. So what do we do about this? Maybe those at the top, those selected to represent, will provide a good exampleâ€Ś(Sigh) I was disheartened with the amount of hate showcased online by folks during the U.S. election campaign. Through all of it â€“ all the negativity, all the amped-up criticism â€“ so many people fell victim to threats, were belittled, were
harassed. Yes, the candidates didnâ€™t help. But thatâ€™s an excuse. A â€˜cop outâ€™ for people to lash out. Political ideologies aside, whereâ€™s the respect? For many, thereâ€™s none. I remember a time before social media, before we doled out our thoughts, our instant analysis. Back then, I watched the six oâ€™clock news for political unrest and racial tension around the world. Now, I see it on a continual basis on my Twitter timeline.
Is this over-stimulation? Should we go back to the days of before Facebook, before Twitter? At least then, I can pretend. I can go back to actually believing every once in a while that society in general has grown up. I wouldnâ€™t be reminded so many times that there remains people out there who continually spew hate. Iâ€™ll leave you with a quote from Mike Zimmer, the head coach of the NFLâ€™s Minnesota Vikings. It resonates with me when it comes to this topic. â€œFaith is belief without proof.â€? I have faith that maybe one day, itâ€™ll be different. But do I believe itâ€™ll happen? Iâ€™ve yet to witness any proof.
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opinion Dear Premier Pallister, I have concerns and am speaking out for the despair of Lake Winnipeg and our precious water sources in Manitoba. On the website of Canadian Dimension magazine, of June 30, 2007, author, Cy Gonick wrote about hog politics. He tells us: “This kind of intensive hog production causes air pollutionnoxious odours, toxic gases and drug pollution. As well, antibiotics, growthpromoting chemicals and other veterinary drugs end up in the animals themselves and enter the environment through their manure and urine, contaminating the water, the soil and our food. And also with this, more evidence has emerged connecting mega hog barns to increased damage to Lake Winnipeg.” I will remind you premier, that when the NDP
An open letter to the Premier were in opposition, and prior to becoming government in 1999, they too expressed grave concerns of the hog industry attaining a foothold in Manitoba. They also voiced concerns about the vast quantities of manure, the water contamination, the environment and implications of social sustainability. Yet, basically nothing has evolved for the better in the past years of the NDP banner. They became government and those concerns apparently disappeared as they exchanged seating positions in the Manitoba Legislature – and the swine herd continued to steadily increase by several million animals. Those same concerns are prominent and with us, even today. Sixteen-plus years have gone by and yes, there have been some minor changes and promises to improve. Recently, however, there has been a resurgence in
Manitoba’s factory hog industry and plans to further increase hog production are presently being undertaken. Hog feces stored in more of the cheaper structures promises more nutrient leaching and increases the danger and probability of contamination. Pig waste is appropriately categorized and recognized as a hazardous waste. What odour control measures are being put in place and how is that going to be addressed? For this is also a health issue. A questionable and threatening undertaking Mr. Pallister, for research has determined that hog manure is the biggest single risk to Lake Winnipeg. And furthermore, studies carried out in Manitoba over the past several years, and reported by Manitoba Conservation, have concluded that earthen storages seep and are a threat to ground and surface water. This is not the advanced
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technical protection that is required and needed to protect the environment and our water sources from pollution. The red tape reduction task force being conceived needs to be reminded that the enactment of the Save Lake Winnipeg Act was totally supported in the Manitoba Legislative in June of 2011. The NDP government passed the Save Lake Winnipeg Act to keep phosphorus out of Lake Winnipeg, cracking down on hog manure entering our waterways and protecting wetlands. Lake Winnipeg has recently been declared as the most polluted fresh water lake in the world. What a shameful example and cost we bear to conduct ourselves in the name of opportunistic development, that pollutes our most vital and life resource: water. It is time for all governments to deal with water issues and address the
sources of contaminates and pollution, otherwise Canada and particularly Manitoba, will be known as the land of dying lakes and rivers. Governments can no longer be in denial about water problems and simply turn their backs on the situation. It is also time to recog-
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Get it gift wrapped by CNIB How would you like a little help wrapping those Christmas gifts, while helping a great cause at the same time? The Canadian National Institute for the Blind in Brandon will be operating a gift wrap centre from Dec. 2-24 at the Shoppers Mall. As the title sponsor of the event, the Shoppers Mall has teamed up with CNIB this holiday season to provide the gift wrap, bows and venue space. The gift wrap centre, located in front of where the old Safeway was, will be open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closing at 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The cost to get your gifts wrapped is a donation. No gift is too big or too small to wrap, with all proceeds going to CNIB.
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Random musings from the keyboard
President elect Donald Trump is a tweeting twit. It seems that if ‘The Donald’ doesn’t like you he goes on a tweeting rant on Twitter. Doesn’t this remind you of the spoiled brat we all knew? The kid who would go home with his bat and ball if we didn’t play by his rules? Do you get the feeling that once elected, ‘Twitter Trump’ might be spending two-to-three hours a day tweeting? Is it too late to buy shares in Twitter’s parent company? – Now that Santa has officially arrived in Westman...tis the season. Falalalala. If you’re looking for a way to make a little extra cash this holiday season and to help make it a little more bearable, how about starting a Christmas pool?
Co-workers, friends and family could each chip in $5 or $10. Some of the topics for the pool could include: How many times will you hear Feliz Navidad between now and Dec. 25? How many times will you hear Happy Holidays? How many times will you hear Merry Christmas? How many times will someone say you can’t use one of the above phrases? How many Christmas cards will you get by old fashioned ‘snail mail’? How many times will you hear the phrase “best holiday prices ever!” How many times will you actually get kissed
under the mistletoe? How many slices of fruitcake will you actually eat during the holidays? How many insincere ‘Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas’ will you hear from store employees? Feel free to add your own suggestions to the pool… – It’s the one thing everyone loves about the holidays: You pull up to your favourite store and spend about 15 minutes trying to find a parking space and it seems everyone else and their mother-in-law is doing the same thing. After two or three near-collisions you finally find a spot, pull in and discover you can barely open the car door. Options are to try and wiggle your way out of the car. If you have a van, get to the middle seat and use the side door
or else you can pull out and spend another 10-15 minutes trying to find a spot close to the store. Once you get into the store, it looks exactly like the parking lot. Shoppers with carts blocking aisles, bumping into you and generally making you wish why the @#$% you decided to go shopping today. Makes you want to try online shopping from the
comfort of your favourite chair... – Is there such a concoction as scrambled egg nog? Sounds like the ideal holiday breakfast. Scrambled rum egg nog with pickled sausages (and I mean pickled). – As John Wayne would say, “Well pilgrim, what ya gonna do?” Now that American Thanksgiving has come and gone, thoughts
and spending has turn to Christmas. There’s a Black Friday. Why not a ‘Taupe Tuesday’ where everyone gives their debit and credit cards the day off. Thought for the week: Does Santa’s beard tickle Mrs. Claus when they stand under the mistletoe?
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Physical activity tips for youth Be active at home, at school, at play - inside or outside - with family and friends. You’ll have more energy, feel healthy and strong, and good about yourself. Every step counts. Try to do an hour every day of moderate- to vigorousintensity activity. Choose vigorous activities at least three days a week. Get stronger by doing activities that build muscles and bones at least three days a week. Combining aerobic and strengthening activities will improve your health and well-being. Tips to help you get active What activities you choose to do is up to you: • Walk, run or bike instead of getting a ride • Do something you enjoy - run, jump, swim, skate-
board, snowboard, ski, skate, toboggan • Check out yoga, hip-hop, or aerobics classes • Try indoor rock climbing, play soccer, ride a bike • Take the dog for a walk • Dance to your favourite music • Rake the leaves, shovel snow, carry the groceries home • Join a team at your school • Choose activities you like or be creative and try something new • Set physical activity goals with your friends and family • Reduce screen time Health Benefits • Meet new friends • Do better at school • ncrease your concentration • mprove your self-esteem • Build stronger bones and muscles • Improve your mental
health • Improve your fitness • Improve your posture and balance • Reduce your stress • Have a strong heart • Helps with healthy growth and development What is moderate aerobic activity? Moderate-intensity aerobic activity makes you breathe harder and your heart beat faster. You should be able to talk, but not sing. Examples of moderateintensity physical activity include walking quickly, skating, bike riding and skateboarding. What is vigorous aerobic activity? With vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, your heart rate will increase even more and you will not be able to say more than a few
words without catching a breath. Examples of vigorous activity include running, basketball, soccer and cross-country skiing. What are strengthening activities? Muscle-strengthening activities build up your muscles. With bonestrengthening activities, your muscles push and pull against your bones, helping make your bones stronger. Examples of musclestrengthening activities include doing push-ups and sit-ups, lifting weights, climbing stairs and riding a bike. Examples of bonestrengthening activities include running, walking, yoga and jumping rope. Combine aerobic and strengthening activities To achieve health ben-
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As with people, barrels and bottles come in all shapes and sizes, and vary from region to region and country to country. In Burgundy, France, Pinot Noir is either fermented and/or aged in 228-litre oak barrels, the traditional barrel of Burgundy. In contrast, Bordeaux’s standard barrel, the barrique, is 225 litres in size. The size and composition of those used in Burgundy and Bordeaux are used the world-over by producers inspired by the wines of these famed wine-producing regions who wish to produce wines using the same barrels and barrel-aging regimen. The back label of a wine bottle often contains a statement regarding whether the wine has been aged or fermented (or both) in a barrel. Which barrel? Is the barrel used or unused? What species or type of wood was used in production? Where did the wood originate? Was the wood growing in the wild or a tree farm? What size of barrel? Size, composition, structure and barrel maker matter – also whether the barrel has been used in the past and if so what it was used for? A small barrel has a higher wood-to-
wine ratio giving a wine aged in smaller barrels more oak aromas and flavours than wine aged in a large barrel. Used barrels do not impart the same bold wood character than new barrels do, but instead result in softer wines with less obvious wood influence. Wood effect also varies according to the number of times the barrel has been used because with each use, wood influence – such as tannins, wood aromas and flavour – decrease. A one-year old used barrel imparts more wood character than that of a fouryear-old used barrel. An Australian wine label I came upon claimed the wine was aged in a hogshead barrel. This practice seems to be gaining ground although it’s difficult to know as until relatively recently. The term hogshead was seldom mentioned on a wine label. The majority of consumers assume barrel size and composition does not vary. This particular barrel capacity is 300 litres. Another practice is to use barrels previously used in the production of spirits. Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Barossa Shiraz is an example of this practice. This ripe full-bodied and dense Australian Shiraz from the renowned Barossa Valley was produced by using both traditional French oak barrels and Scotch whiskey barrels. A puncheon barrel is made in two sizes, either 200 litres or 300 litres, and the barrel known as a pipe ranges in size from 500-630 litres. Pipes are used for port and cognac production and the size of barrel depends not only on the country where the wine is made but also whether the wine is to be shipped or matured in barrel. Of interest, it’s an English tradition to gift a newborn with a 534- litre barrel of port from the vintage of the child’s birth year. The port is left to age in barrel until the child is of legal drinking age and is consumed at that time. Bottles come in all shapes and sizes. Although some shapes and colours are completely random, while some reflect the traditions of a particular country or a
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Ten Thousand Villages to hold day-long celebration Ten Thousand Villages is inviting everyone to come and join them for a day-long celebration at their shop in downtown Brandon. This celebration, says Lynn Nightingale, manager of Ten Thousand Villages in Brandon, is an opportunity to thank the community for supporting the store. “Our community supports us all year long but people were particularly patient with us during the major renovations we did this spring,” said Nightingale. “We just really want to thank everyone for continuing to come to our store, and for all the kindness we experienced during all of the adventures we’ve had this year.” Ten Thousand Villages purchases products from artisans in developing countries around the world, many of whom are in small rural villages. “Brandon is kind of like our village”, said Nightingale. “We’ve got a really supportive community here, and we want to celebrate all of the things that we are able to accomplish together both here at home and around the world.” The festivities will take place on Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Ten Thousand Villages, 829 Rosser Avenue. The celebration will include store-wide discounts, prizes and giveaways, sampling of Fair Trade treats and complimentary gift wrap.
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Tree of Memories service a ‘quiet time to remember’ Terri Eger Westman Journal email@example.com
The holiday season can be a time of joy, but for families who have suffered a loss, it can also be a time of mourning. For nearly two decades, Brockie Donovan has brought people together for a commemorative service at the beginning of the Christmas season. The 19th annual Tree of Memories service will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Central United Church in Brandon. “Holidays can trigger intense emotions,” said Kelly Lumbard, commu-
nity events coordinator with the funeral home. “By coming together and being in a place where other families are affected by loss you get a real sense of community. It’s a quiet time to remember and know that you’re not alone.” Anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one is encouraged to contact Brockie Donavon prior to the event. Staff will prepare an ornament with the name of your loved one and have it ready for you to hang on the tree the night of the service. Last year, the service attracted close to 800 people who all hung spe-
cialized ornaments on the tree and took part in the service. Through comforting words, song and a special candle lighting tribute, the service provides those in attendance an opportunity to reflect on their loss and move forward during the holiday season. “The candle lighting portion of the service is really beautiful,” Lumbard said. “The lights are all turned down and hundreds of candles fill the room. “You can look around and know that everyone is sharing in your loss,” she continued. “You can also see families with
young children and know that the world is still full of life.” The service is open to anyone who has suffered a loss. Whether that loss has taken place recently or is from several years ago, whether the service was performed by Brockie Donovan or held outside of the country, it doesn’t matter. “There are people who will attend for the first time and we have others who come every year,” Lumbard said. “The service has become part of their ritual for the holiday season and they find comfort in attending.” Following the service,
family members are welcome to take their specialized ornament off the tree and take it home with them. Alternatively, the ornaments will be removed and organized for pick up at Brockie Donovan within the next week. “The Tree of Memories is a symbolic gesture which allows each of us
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Supported employment agencies merge in Brandon Lanny Stewart Editor email@example.com
You can call it a cliche all you want, but Tracy Williams is happy Career Connections is now considered a ‘one stop shop’. The employment agency in Brandon, which specializes in working with people with disabilities, recently announced it’s added Westman Employment Services to its umbrella of services it provides to its clients in southwestern Manitoba. The idea behind the move was to eliminate some of the barriers individuals with disabilities are faced with when it comes to finding employment, says Williams, a longtime executive director at WES who has since taken on the same role at Ca-
reer Connections, replacing the late Kevin Boyd, who passed away earlier this year. “It’s the best thing for the community to have all these services under one location,” she told the Journal. Williams says plans are in place to dissolve Westman Employment Services entirely by mid-February. A total of six staff members - Williams included - ended up recently transitioning from WES and Avis’s Place, a drop-in centre for adults with intellectual disabilities (associated with WES) to Career Connections, which is currently fully staffed and ready to meet all its clients needs. Williams says moving forward, not only will Career Connections continue to provide assessment modules to determine a client’s strength and
limitations, but also more workshops on top of what it already offers. “Everybody has the right to work and now I don’t have to refer them. Now they all come to one place,” she added. She says replacing Boyd, a man who played a key role in finding employment for people with disabilities in the community for many years, will be difficult. “That was one of the things that I had to wrap my head around,” Williams said. “I don’t know if I’ll ever replace Kevin but I want to make sure that his legacy lives on. Kevin will always be a big part of this agency.” For more information about Career Connections, go online to cciwestman.ca or contact the office directly at 204-728-9594.
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Tracy Williams has transitioned into the executive director role at Career Connections in Brandon.
Brandon police officers recognized Two Brandon Police officers recently received excellence in law enforcement awards for their outstanding contributions to their police services and communities. Constable Bruce Ewanyshyn, who has been with the BPS since 1990, is a specialist with the Forensic Identification Unit, along with Constable Jay Palmer, a police service dog trainer with the BPS, were among the 19 Manitoba officers honoured. “These officers have served the citizens of Manitoba with honour and distinction, demonstrating leadership and a commitment to excellence in policing and law enforcement,” said justice minister Heather Stefanson in a release. “Their passion and dedication, combined with their willingness to put themselves in harm’s way
to protect others, make Manitoba a safer place for all of us to live. I congratulate each of the officers being recognized with this award.” “The efforts of the men and women recognized with this award are sometimes taken for granted, but when you see their hard work on a daily basis, it is nothing short of amazing,” said Ian Grant, president of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police. “They are involved in dedicated investigations that may result in real personal safety risks, in community-oriented crime prevention and engagement efforts, and countless hours of volunteer service. On behalf of all of our member agencies, we congratulate this year’s recipients for all they do for Manitobans.”
The excellence in law enforcement awards were established by the provincial government to recognize extraordinary efforts by police officers in Manitoba. Award recipients are selected by a committee representing the Brandon Police Service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Winnipeg Police Service and Manitoba Justice. More than 120 police officers have received this award in recognition of outstanding contributions to their communities, their police service or the betterment of law enforcement in Manitoba.
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Reduction of red tape a hot topic at annual AMM convention Journal Staff Westman Journal firstname.lastname@example.org
A review of regulations was discussed at length at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual convention, which took place recently in Winnipeg. The discussions regarding this topic come after the provinceâ€™s throne speech late last month in which the government is conducting an overall review, planning to relax regulations governing public-private partnerships. Ghris Goertzen, AMM president, says itâ€™s time for many of the regulations,
which are decades old, to be looked at extensively or even eliminated all together. â€œThat certainly was a dominating factor in a number of resolutions and I think Westman was highlighting those as important,â€? Goertzen told the Journal. â€œWe think we have a good partnership with the provincial government and that theyâ€™re willing to look at reviewing regulations because we want to do government better and we think we can be a good partner in helping them achieve that because itâ€™s
not only going to make the government more efficient locally but itâ€™ll also save the province more money as well,â€? he added. Brandon mayor Rick Chrest attended the convention and says heâ€™s all for the review. â€œThe province has said that theyâ€™ll be consulting with municipalities when they do that so thatâ€™s also good news, so weâ€™ll be glad to work with them to find the best and most efficient way of doing things moving forward.â€? Chrest says he was pleased to see a resolution put forth by the RM of
Russell/Binscarth who lobbied the province to work with the Saskatchewan government in an effort to deal with drainage issues and its impact on flooding in several municipalities across Manitoba. â€œNeedless to say Brandon had a high involvement in that particular is-
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