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June 2016 – Celebrating 20 years of Publishing!

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Ste. Genevieve arena gets funding boost

The Ste. Genevieve Community Centre committee accepts a contribution towards a renovation project from Provencher MP Vic Toews.Ste. Genevieve community centre

   The Ste. Genevieve Community Centre will finally be able to replace their gravel ice rink base with a concrete one after a recent funding announcement by the federal government.

   On November 30, Provencher MP Vic Toews was on hand to present a cheque to the Ste. Genevieve Community Centre committee for rink improvements.

   Tashia Elias, President, Ste. Genevieve Community Centre is pleased with the announcement.

   “We are thrilled to have a concrete surface for our community ice rink,” said Elias.“The funding from CIIF and the RM of Taché has made this dream a reality, and we appreciate the support to become a strong community with more to offer our residents.”

   Funding of $20,964 went towards upgrading the ice rink base from gravel to concrete. The upgrade has helped make the facility more functional by improving public accessibility and allowing it to be used for a wider range of sports, recreational activities and community events throughout the year.

   CIIF supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure accessible to the public. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is delivering the Fund in Western Canada with an allocation of $46.2 million over two years.

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Feds invests to help youth in Steinbach get jobs

 Provencher MP Vic Toews was on hand to personally award a $151,000 grant so that Segue Career Options in Steinbach can provide programming to assist help young people prepare for the workforce.

By Marianne Curtis

Provencher MP Vic Toews was on hand to personally announce new funding in support of youth in Steinbach. The funding is expected to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to enter and succeed in the job market.

“I am very pleased that Steinbach youth will benefit from the workshops offered through the Skills Link program,” said Toews. “Our government’s Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow.”

Segue Career Options is receiving over $151,000 from the Skills Link program to help 20 youth overcome barriers to employment. Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES).

YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed. YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer.

Debra Stockwell, Program Director, Segue Career Options was pleased with the announcement.

“Segue Career Options would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada for the Skills Link funding for our youth employment project in Steinbach,” stated Stockwell. “This funding is essential to assist youth in our community and surrounding areas to make a successful transition into employment or return to school.”

The participants in the Segue Career Options project will attend skills workshops on topics including computer use, problem solving and time management. Participants will then gain hands-on experience through work placements with local employers in fields such as retail, administration and the skilled trades.

The Government of Canada is also helping youth prepare for, find and maintain meaningful employment through enhanced online services available at Youth.gc.ca.



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Provencher MP Vic Toews was on hand to personally award a $151,000 grant so that Segue Career Options in Steinbach can provide programming to assist help young people prepare for the workforce.


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Seniors housing get funding

   Seniors housing in three communities have received a much needed funding boost thanks to a recent funding announcement.

   Provencher MP Vic Toews recently announced that $4,561,500 in federal funding from the Economic Action Plan is being funneled into seniors housing projects in Ste. Anne, St. Malo and Grunthal.

   The Menno Home in Grunthal will receive $4.45 million in funding towards the construction of a new forty-two bed low income seniors housing .

   The Villa Youville in Ste. Anne is getting $99,000 to renovate eleven units and St. Malo’s Chalet Malouin will receive $12,500 for sixteen units.

   Repairs that are eligible for funding include general improvements, energy-efficiency upgrades or conversions, and modifications to support people with disabilities.

   The federal funding was made available through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the federal government’s plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs during the global recession.

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Province gives funds to library

By Marianne Curtis

   The province recently committed money towards a proposed expansion of the Jake Epp Library in Steinbach. Premier Greg Selinger delivered the news to personally that the province will be investing $600,000 in provincial funding towards the library.

   “Libraries offer opportunities for people to learn, develop and grow,” said Selinger.  “We are pleased to help Steinbach promote sustainable communities by supporting projects such as this.”

   Mayor Chris Goertzen was pleased with the announcement which essentially supports a project that has caused some controversy in the community.

   “This will ease the burden on tax payers,” stated Goertzen. He added that his council will continue to lobby the federal and provincial governments for more money.  

   The proposed library project has been estimated to cost about $2.8 million.  This cost estimate has raised opposition from residents in the community.

   The Citizens for Steinbach group formed when the project was first initiated. The group of residents raised concerns with the Steinbach city council that proceeding with the project would impose a significant tax increase and a debenture would place an unneeded debt on the record books.

   Spokesperson Susan Penner says that commitment from the province will not be enough to alleviate the tax burden on residents. 

   “Although it may appear that this makes the library expansion more affordable, the reality is the grant covers only about 20%, or one-fifth, of the total $2.8 million expansion project,” stated Penner. “This is still a far cry from the two-thirds grant support the mayor and council had stated was needed for this project to go ahead.”
   She added that the grant would probably be used to cover the expected cost overruns of the project.

   “The city will likely go ahead with the $2.8 million borrowing by law anyway, which means the tax impact on residents remains exactly the same,” she added. “In short, the grant does not address concerns about tax increases and long-term debt.”

   The City of Steinbach is currently proposing a $2.8 million borrowing bylaw. Due to the number of objections a municipal board hearing is taking place August 16 at the Heritage Center in Steinbach.

   The Steinbach library expansion plan includes doubling the square footage to just over 18,000 square feet.  Plans include the construction of a large multi-purpose room that can be used by the public or as extension of the children’s area, as well as new reading and display areas, new technical support services, additional washrooms and enlarged stack areas.

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