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August 2017

 

August 2017

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July 2017

 

July 2017

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June 2017

 

June 2017

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May 2017

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April 2017

April 2017

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Production and design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, and Monica Guetre

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March 2017

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February 2017

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Managing Editor: Dan Guetre

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Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Larry Hurst, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

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January 2017

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December 2016

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November 2016

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July 2016 – Celebrating 20 years of Publishing

July 2016

Managing Editor: Dan Guetre

News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre

Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

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June 2016 – Celebrating 20 years of Publishing!

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News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre

Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

Production and design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, and Monica Guetre

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April 2016 – Celebrating 20 Years of Publishing!

April 2016

Managing Editor: Dan Guetre

News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre

Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

Production and design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, and Monica Guetre

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February 2016 – Celebrating 20 Years of Publishing!

Feb 2016

Managing Editor: Dan Guetre

News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre

Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

Production and design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, and Monica Guetre

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La Broquerie man charged for tanker theft

Marc-Chartier

Forty year old Marc CJ Chartier from La Broquerie faces numerous charges after an incident involving the theft of a tractor trailer and high speed chase in the United States.

By Marianne Curtis

A forty year old La Broquerie man is facing numerous charges after allegedly stealing a fuel truck and leading police on a high speed chase in the United States.

Marc CJ Chartier is facing numerous charges after an incident that took place on November 9 in Pennsylvania. During the early hours Northern York County Regional Police Department received a report of a stolen tractor trailer from Edris Oil. The 2012 White Volvo Cab was pulling a silver gasoline tanker. The operator of the truck advised that he had just hooked up to the trailer and had walked into the office.  When he exited the office the truck and trailer were gone, state police.

Two minutes later, police spotted the truck and attempted to stop it but Chartier refused to stop. Two additional cruisers joined the chase and were forced to avoid head-on collisions after he allegedly jumped lanes and headed straight for the police cars in an attempt to evade arrest.

Officers approached the vehicle while it was stopped at a red light but the driver took off before they could apprehend him. Afterwards he failed to stop at five consecutive red lights while warning oncoming drivers by applying his air-horn.

The chase finally ended when Chartier lost control of the rig while attempted to go onto an on-ramp. He lost control and hit the guard rail.

When officers approached the vehicle and demanded that he exit, he refused and was forced out by officers. Chartier was taken to area hospital and treated for minor injuries sustained in the accident.

Chartier was arraigned with numerous charges including: theft by unlawful taking; receiving stolen property; fleeing or attempting to elude and officer; aggravated assault; recklessly endangering another person; driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance and various traffic violations.

At last word Chartier was being held on $25,000.00 bail.

Chartier is employed as a truck driver by a Winnipeg company.

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La Broquerie and Steinbach increase childcare spaces

By Marianne Curtis

   Southeast residents looking for childcare will soon have access to more daycare spaces after the province recently announced the opening of more than 150 new daycare spaces.

   It was recently announced that more than $1 million is being invested in create a new childcare centre in Steinbach and to help an additional three – one in Steinbach and two in La Broquerie expand. An additional 158 daycare spaces are expected to be available for local families.

   Premier Greg Selinger made the announcement in person.

   “These new spaces mean more parents will have access to the child care they need to be able to work and support their families and thrive in their communities,” stated Selinger.  “We are funding more high-quality, licensed and reliable child-care options than ever before in Manitoba because it’s a priority for families.”

    Kinder Korner Early Learning Centre in Clearspring Middle School in Steinbach received funding for a new, satellite site of the existing Kinder Korner Early Learning Centre, at 307 Hanover St.  At the school, 67 new spaces were created including 12 infant, 40 preschool and 15 school age. The daycare will received an annual operating grant funding of more than $290,000.

    Also in Steinbach Happy Feet Early Learning Centre is getting funding to relocate and expand. This project created 44 new spaces including 12 infant and 32 preschool all of which receive annual funding of more than $239,000.  Including the expanded spaces, Happy Feet now has 76 child-care spaces, all of which are fully funded.  The new construction was approved for up to $316,000 in provincial support.

    In La Broquerie Treasure Keepers Children’s Centre in La Broquerie which is a licensed child-care facility that has  40 spaces consisting of seven infant, 18 preschool and 15 school-age spaces.

   The Arborgate Treasure Keepers Children’s Centre is a new satellite location at Arborgate School in La Broquerie which has 47 additional funded spaces including eight infant, 24 preschool and 15 school-age spaces with about $190,000 in annual support.

   The provincial government has more than doubled annual funding for child care to $143 million from $70 million in the past 10 years, Selinger noted.

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La Broquerie establishes notification policy

In the new year, RM of La Broquerie residents will begin receiving notifications in the mail after the municipality recently established a new development notification policy.

According to council, the municipality deals with several subdivision applications per year and concerns have been raised by neighbouring property owners that they are not always aware of development in their area. While legislation does not require a municipality to notify adjacent property owners that development is taking place nearby, the RM of La Broquerie has decided they would create their own policy.

Under the new regulation, the municipality will notify all property owners within 100 metres within the LUD of La Broquerie and 500 metres in the rural areas of any development applications. The new policy is expected to give ratepayers an opportunity to support or oppose an application before council makes any decisions on the matter.

The new policy comes into effect January 1, 2013.

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Habitat for humanity making progress on La Broquerie homes

 

In about four months this duplex in La Broquerie will be become home to two single-parent families from Steinbach. 

By Marianne Curtis

In about three months two excited families will be moving into new homes thanks to months of hard work by volunteers through Habitat for Humanity.

According to Harry Friesen, Director for Habitat Southeast Chapter at this time drywall is being completed on the two homes and families have been given a target move-in date for early February. Construction on the duplex located on HabsBay in La Broquerie began during in during the summer.

Friesen says they are grateful to businesses and the community for the support towards the project. To date, $63,880 in contributions of cash or gifts in kind has been received. Manitoba Lotteries is expected to match these donations up to $60,000 for the two homes. At the lock-up stage Manitoba Housing will contribute $64,600 also for the two homes. These contributions total $188,480 for this project, which has a proposed budget of $250,000.

Friesen says projects of this type can only move forward when people give of their time, talent and donations.

“Many people have been involved in family selection, daily job site coordination, book keeping and overall planning,” Friesen continued. “Volunteers have participated in work days and project fund-raisers. Time has been sacrificed to make this happen and I thank each one who has contributed towards such a positive achievement.”

After a lengthy screening process Veronica Banos and Maria Unrau and their families were chosen as the new owners. As part of the agreement, each family must put in 300 hours working on their own home.

The Habitat for Humanity Southeast Chapter is already looking towards their next build project. Two new habitat homes are expected to be built in Richer beginning in June 2013.

 

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Arborgate partially opened

Classes are going on in Arborgate School but not all the school is ready for occupancy.

 

On September 6 classes stated in Arborgate School in La Broquerie after the opening was delayed by a few days so workers could put the finishing touches on the project.

While the doors are formally open for classes not all the school is ready for occupancy. According to Principal Theresa Yestrau temporary classrooms are still being used while the school’s fire system is updated.

“We are only using a portion of the new building,” Yestrau explained. “All of the early years classes are in different spaces within the new building.”

Currently the grade three students are housed in the Library and the grade two classes are in the multi-purpose room. The science lab has also been taken over by the grade four classes.

“We had people all over the place,” Yestrau noted.

One of the major delays in the project has been the installation of a new fire system in the old part of the building. According to Yestrau, the fire commissioner requested the upgrade so that the system throughout the entire building was the same.

Work is expected to be complete in October.

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Arborgate students get extended summer

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Students attending classes in ArborgateSchool in La Broquerie will get a few extra days to enjoy their summer holidays after the division delayed the opening of the new school for a few days to finish preparing for classes. 

While the majority of students across the province return to classes a few days after the after the September long weekend students attending Arborgate School in La Broquerie received a few extra days off.

Mike Borgfjord, Seine River School Superintendent says that construction delays associated with the significant expansion project at ArborgateSchool has forced the division to hold off opening the doors until September 10.

“We need to move and get ready for the school year so we will not be opening the doors September 6 or 7,” stated Borgfjord. The majority of students throughout the rest of the division returned to classes on September 6.

Due to construction delays teachers and administration will only be allowed into the building one week before classes were expected to start, Borgfjord explained.

“A week to prepare everything just wasn’t enough time,” added Borgfjord. He added that the board has already worked on a contingency plan in the event opening day would be delayed. “We looked at all our options and worked on plans if and when things got delayed.”

Borgfjord added that the division is disappointed that classes will not start in La Broquerie like the rest of the division but the safety of student and teachers are forefront in their mind.

“We want to make sure students are safe and the staff is ready to start the year off correctly,” Borgfjord noted. “But anyone who has driven past the school can easily see all the work that still needs to be done.”

The new school Arborgate School addition has been designed as an LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Facility that is expected to serve the needs of the community for many years to come.

The new school is a two story building that adds new classroom space without losing any of the playgrounds. The new building increases the size of the school by almost 40,000 square feet.

The Arborgate School expansion will have capacity for 450 students, which is up from the previous capacity of 330 students.

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La Broquerie lagoon needs work

The RM of La Broquerie council will have to spend some money on the community lagoon after a recent report from Manitoba Water Stewardship.

RM of La Broquerie reeve Claude Lussier says that a report received by the municipality from Manitoba Water Stewardship outlines some general maintenance issues at the lagoon.

“The report indicates there is some cleanup that has to be done,” stated Lussier. Some of the issues are fairly minor. The report sites that a gate to the facility needs to be repaired and locked; and the fence around the lagoon has to be fixed.

The municipality will also have to work with the septic truck companies.

“We have to get information to make sure we know what is being dumped in the lagoon is from municipal residents,” Lussier continued.

The RM of La Broquerie has already squirreled away $50,000 to hire a company to clean the main cell of the lagoon.

“This has not been down for twenty-five years so it needs it very badly,” he added. Once the lagoon is dredged properly, the capacity is expected to increase up to 15%.

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Habitat homes underway in La Broquerie

 

Steinbach mom’s Veronica Banos and Maria Unrau give Habitat for Humanity’s Southeast Chapter’s project manager a hug during the building bee. 

 

 

On July 28, Habitat for Humanity’s Southeast Chapter held a building bee in La Broquerie where several people came out to help two single moms build their new home.

After a lengthy screening process two Steinbach families were chosen including Veronica Banos and Maria Unrau.

While both families will receive a new home, the summer just got busier for the pair. As part of the commitment, each family must put in 300 hours working on their own home. The new homes are expected to be complete in about ten months. The two new homes are being built on HabsBay, in La Broquerie.

Harry Friesen, director of Habitat for Humanity in southeastern Manitoba is pleased with the progress of their project in La Broquerie.

“The response from the area has been phenomiunal,” stated Friesen. “Buisnesses are calling and wanting to be a part of it, they offer to donate this and that.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to the project is encouraged to contact La Broquerie Lumber and speak to Farrel Rempel. La Broquerie Lumber has offered to match donations brought into the store up to $8,000.

The walls go up on a Habitat for Humanity home in La Broquerie thanks to the hard work of several volunteers. 

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La Broquerie deals with dangerous dog

A Jack Russel Terrier deemed a dangerous dog in the RM of La Broquerie is now residing in the RM of Ste. Anne.

On July 11, the RM of La Broquerie council hosted a public meeting in regards to an alleged dangerous dog living in the municipality. According to council at least two individuals were bit by the dog, who is owned by Tonya Hann. After listening to the victims, the municipality deemed the pup a dangerous dog under Bylaw No 8-2006.

“It is council’s opinion that the dog in question is a danger to the community,” stated council. “The said dog, a Jack Russell Terrier has been declared a dangerous dog.”

Hann was served with a dozen conditions if she decided to keep the animal. These conditions include liability insurance, fencing, muzzling and obedience training. These conditions also included leaving a $1,000 bond with the municipality until the conditions were met. The impounded dog would also only be released to its owner when the conditions were met.

Council have her ten days to comply.

According to Reeve Claude Lussier, the owner complied to some of the conditions, picked up the dog and moved to Richer.

“She has taken her dog back and we have notified the RM of Ste. Anne that she has moved there,” stated Lussier. “I hope and pray that no one gets bit in Richer.”

The RM of La Broquerie has taken steps to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again. Council passed a new animal control bylaw. The municipality is using the Portage La Prairie dangerous dog bylaw as a template. Council expects to approve the new bylaw on August 15.

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Sod turning kicks off construction in La Broquerie

 

By Marianne Curtis

   Construction of the long awaited seniors housing complex in La Broquerie kicked off recently with an official sod turning.

   On October 29, the Le Chalet seniors housing complex officially started with a ground breaking ceremony so that construction can begin. The La Broquerie seniors’ project has received support by $4 million in joint government funding and was led by Le Chalet de La Broquerie.

   The community raised $1 million towards the project through various fundraising events and donations from the public and private sectors.

   Provencher MP Vic Toews says that the federal government has contributed to the construction portion of the project while the province has committed to supporting the operations.

   “This project not only provides a place for seniors to live but it also stabilizes the population so that younger people stay in the community because their parents are staying,” stated Toews. “I commend the support shown towards this project by the community.”

    The significant expansion of the Chalet de La Broquerie Inc consists of adding twenty-four one bedroom units to the existing nineteen. They will be rented to low to moderate income seniors. Twelve one-bedroom units will be available on a Rent-Geared-to-Income basis.

   “There is a great need for this type of project as there was no other way to keep seniors in the community,” added Jeanne Beaupre, chairperson of the Le Chalet Board. “We are very excited to see this project moving forward.”

   Once the building is complete residents in the facility will have access to services such as meals, laundry, and housekeeping, as well as 24-hour supervision by a client care attendant. Other easy-to-access services will also be available, such as a common room and a multipurpose dining room.

   Funding for this project 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.

   Now that this portion of the project is moving forward, the Chalet board is setting its sight on adding a supportive housing complex in the future.

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La Broquerie council denies allegations

 

By Marianne Curtis

   The RM of La Broquerie council has officially denied allegations that they obtained private information regarding the employment of a previous employee without her permission and leaked it to the media.

   In a statement issued October 6, the RM of La Broquerie council publicly released their response to an investigation launched by the Ombudsman back in August. The investigation was launched after Lori Wood made a complaint alleging that the municipality and the reeve obtained and leaked her private information to a local radio station.

   The municipal council responded by saying that they have never obtained Lori Wood’s contract from the District of Stewart, British Columbia and therefore could not disclose a document that the Municipality never possessed, says the statement by council.

   Furthermore, the municipality says that until the District of Stewart contacted them looking for Wood after she did not come to work, the RM of La Broquerie was not aware that she was working there.

   “The Municipality was only aware that Lori Wood was on a paid leave of absence supported by a doctor’s note,” stated the municipality.

   An email provided by the RM of La Broquerie backs up the municipality’s claim.

   “Reeve Marielle Wiebe arid I discussed timing of Lori Woods employment with the District of Stewart on a couple of occasions, but at no time did the District of Stewart ever forward any information about Lori Wood’s employment contract or any other information from her personnel file,” stated the letter from Angela Danuser, Mayor of the District of Stewart. “At no lime was there ever a request for such information, if there was, this request would have gone through the formal freedom of information process.”     

   The RM of La Broquerie also denies allegations that the reeve was not in conflict of interest in relation even though she was named in the complaint yet she participated in the in-camera discussions.

    “There are no money issues benefiting any member of council and no conflict of interest issues exist,” stated council.

   The RM of La Broquerie council is still waiting for the Ombudsman to conclude this particular investigation.

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Unity wanted in La Broquerie

By Marianne Curtis

   With municipal elections around the corner the eyes of the southeast are focused on one of the most controversial municipalities in the province.  In recently months, the RM of La Broquerie has been subjected to numerous ombudsman investigations, RCMP investigations and public scrutiny. This is not making it easy for candidates when they are knocking on doors and making contact with voters.

   Councilor Jean Gagnon is challenging his counterpart, current reeve Marielle Wiebe for the seat at the head of the municipal table. He hopes to straighten things out and bring pride back to a municipality that has been brought to its knees.

   “There are a number of things that I would like to do when elected reeve,” stated Gagnon. “One of them is cleaning up the issues that have surfaced recently and correcting the mistakes that have been made.”

   Gagnon could be accused of being part of the problem because he has been a councilor in the municipality for over twenty-years. However, he is confident that while he has been silent in the past, he is no longer afraid to speak out.

   “I have obviously been saying something I shouldn’t have otherwise council would not be trying to keep me quiet,” he added, referring to a resolution of council to censure him two months ago. The resolution was made after he allegedly informed the ombudsman that council was not being honest in their responses to the numerous investigations.

   Gagnon is not the only one that is fighting for unity, transparency and accountability in the RM of La Broquerie. Former councilor Cornie Goertzen is making another attempt to return to the table after a four year hiatus.

   “Council has not always been united over the past four years and it is time for councilors to get back onto the same page,” stated Goertzen. “Municipal employees are afraid to open their mouths or they will lose their jobs and that needs to stop.”

   Ward 1 candidate Joseph Giesbrecht is new to the municipal field, however he is not afraid to help straighten things out even if it means taking on two incumbent councilors in the middle of the chaos, namely Ron Hamilton and Ed Oswald.

   “I can’t sit by and watch the municipality that my family now calls home fall apart,” noted Giesbrecht. “It is frustrating as a ratepayer to have questions and not get answers – we need an open government and I am prepared to be a part of it.”

   Former reeve Ken Mantie agrees and he is seeking election as councilor in Ward 2.

   “Whatever council is elected they are going to have a lot of cleanup to do,” stated Mantie. “There is a lot of work to be done.”

   Voters in the RM of La Broquerie have a long list of candidates to choose from when they head to the polls. There are eight candidates running for three seats in Ward 1 including Blaine Pasichnyk, Cornie Goertzen, Joseph Giesbrecht, John Stinson, Romanda Martens, Edwood Oswald, Darrell  Unger and Ron Hamilton. In Ward 2, seven candidates including Ken Mantie, Ken Tallaire, John Unrau, Claude N. Moquin, Wilfred Chabot, Richard Turenne and Ron Vielfaure are competing for three seats.

Photos by Marianne Curtis

This election signs in La Broquerie make it very clear what ratepayers will be looking for when they elect a new council on October 27.

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Livingstone named CAO

 

   The RM of La Broquerie has officially named John Livingstone as the new administrator for the municipality.

   On September 22, the RM of La Broquerie passed a resolution which officially named Livingstone as their new administrator. He was hired by the municipality as acting administrator in October 2009 and signed a two year contract with the municipality. That contract will expire in September 2011, confirmed Deputy reeve Jean Gagnon.

   Council offered him the position after the resignation of Roger Bouvier, who was hired as acting administrator after several employees including administrator Lori Wood went on stress leave earlier in the year.

   Prior to his arrival in La Broquerie, Livingstone worked for the City of Selkirk for seventeen years as director of finance until his employment was terminated in the middle of May without a public explanation.

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RCMP still investigating in La Broquerie

By Marianne Curtis

   The Steinbach RCMP are still investigating issues raised in the RM of La Broquerie.

   Steinbach RCMP Staff Sergeant Davy Lee has confirmed that his detachment is still investigating the hidden cameras installed throughout the municipal office, suspected gravel fraud and theft of the municipal gun.

   However he could not comment on the status of any of the files because they are still under investigation.

   The investigations were launched back in May at the request of the Department of Justice after damning allegations were made by former administrator Lori Wood to the Auditor General, Ombudsman and the province.

   The status of two other investigations seem have gotten lost in the shuffle. When asked if the RCMP is investigating alleged death threats against the office staff and an alleged assault of the municipal bylaw officer by a ratepayer, Lee admitted he had not heard of either file.

   While the RCMP don’t seem to know about the assault and the threats, ratepayers do.

   RM of La Broquerie resident Garry Poetker claims to have personally heard the death threats.

   “Councillor Ron Hamilton came to my house to discuss a matter and played me three voice mail messages,” Poetker claims. “In one, the ratepayer actually threatened to kill the staff, and in the other two he was threatening everyone.”

   Poetker says that he told Hamilton to take the voice mails to the police but was told that it was not necessary. Two days later, La Broquerie bylaw officer Tim Janes was allegedly assaulted by the same ratepayer over a culvert.

   “I was stunned when I heard that the bylaw officer was assaulted by that same person a few days later,” Poetker added. “When I asked the councilor about it, I was left with the impression that this person got what he wanted and council was afraid to stand up to him.”

    Janes would not speak on record about the assault other then to confirm that it did happen.  While Jane would not speak for fear of losing his job, former CAO Lori Wood stands behind her former staff member.

   “I have gone on the record to the RCMP about the death threats to the RCMP where I discussed the assault in detail and I was told the RCMP were going to pull Tim’s file and both were going to be investigated,” stated Wood. “I want to know why nothing has been done.”

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Ombudsman clarifies report on La Broquerie

By Marianne Curtis

   According to the Manitoba Ombudsman’s office, information recently released by the RM of La Broquerie pertaining to a recent investigation is in fact a report filled with recommendations.

   The Ombudsman’s Office has gone on record to clarify some confusion pertaining to the release of a recent report by the RM of La Broquerie.

   Last month, the Dawson Trail Dispatch, several residents and even members of the RM of La Broquerie council voiced confusion pertaining to a recent report released by the municipality.

   Reeve Marielle Wiebe released the information to the public as a “report”, however it had several recommendations and questions making it appear to be a letter to some members of council. Further confusion was added when the Ombudsman’s office itself stated to media that the investigation was ongoing and they still could not comment.

   Gail Perry, with the Manitoba Ombudsman, has confirmed that the document dated July 5 from her office “is the ombudsman’s report”.

   “The Ombudsman’s investigation has been completed as outlined in the report to Council,” stated Perry. “In the report we requested certain information from the R.M. and we are awaiting a response. After Council responds to the Ombudsman, the Ombudsman will report to the complainant about the result of the investigation.”

   She added that the Ombudsman may report publicly upon the completion of a particular case but investigation is done in private.

   “It has been the Ombudsman’s practice not to report publicly in circumstances where we are awaiting a response to the Ombudsman’s report,” she explained.  “However, once council has considered the report at the council meeting as required by the Act, it is in the council’s discretion whether or not it will release the report it received.”

   The report cited several issues within the municipality and the ombudsman made a number of recommendations. This includes ensuring that the builders who constructed a daycare center in La Broquerie remove a home that is still located on the property in contravention of the building bylaw and rezoning of one of the councilor’s properties after he constructed a dairy barn on rural residentially zoned property.

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Sexual assault charges laid against La Broquerie man

   The Steinbach RCMP have laid charges against a 23-year-old man after an alleged sexual assault that took place in the parking lot of the local hotel.

   A 23-year-old woman was attacked by a man while in her parked car at the La Broquerie Motel early last Saturday morning, Corporal Sean Grunewald said.

   The attack halted when another car entered the parking lot and the assailant ran off, police said. A search of the area by police failed to turn up the attacker.

   The woman was treated in hospital for minor injuries but has been released.

   After a few days of investigation Bradley Wiebe, age 23, of the RM of La Broquerie was arrested August 26 and charged with sexual assault and choking the woman into submission, police said.

   The Steinbach RCMP were assisted in the case by the Winnipeg Major Crime Unit and the Forensic Identifications Unit.

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