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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

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

Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre

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Dan Guetre: Editor, publisher, owner

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Marianne Curtis: journalist 

mariannecurtis@dawsontrail.ca

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Karen Jorgenson, Sales 

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June 2016 – Celebrating 20 years of Publishing!

may 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

Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre

CONTACT

Dan Guetre: Editor, publisher, owner

editor@dawsontrail.ca

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Marianne Curtis: journalist 

mariannecurtis@dawsontrail.ca

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Karen Jorgenson, Sales 

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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

Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre

CONTACT

Dan Guetre: Editor, publisher, owner

editor@dawsontrail.ca

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Marianne Curtis: journalist 

mariannecurtis@dawsontrail.ca

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Karen Jorgenson, Sales 

sales@dawsontrail.ca

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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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Karate comes to Ste. Genevieve

Shona McCormick is looking forward to offering an alternative activity for people of all ages after opening a karate school in the Ste. Genevieve Community Centre. 

By Marianne Curtis

Children and adults alike from Ste. Genevieve and area have a new recreational activity now that a karate club has set up shop in the local community centre.

On October 1, the first International Meibukan Gojyu Karate class takes place at the Ste. Genevieve Community Centre. Organized by Shona McCormick the classes are aimed at student’s ages 5 years and up, including adults.

The mother of five, who also teaches a similar class in Teulon says she started the club for several reasons.

“We have lived in the community for several years and I thought that giving rural children an opportunity to learn something that will not only benefit their physical health but also their mental health and well being and help parents with enhancement of self discipline and self confidence,” McCormick explained. “I also thought this is something that a lot of rural children miss out on the opportunity to do.”

She added that she has seen hundred of children over the past fifteen years receive benefits from having been trained in karate, including her own son.

“I have been training in Gojyu karate for almost 15 years and for most of those years (even before I was a black belt) I have taught children and in the later years have assisted in the teaching and coaching of adults,” explained McCormick. “I find that as adults training in a sport, one way to enhance your training is to teach children. Children ask a lot of questions and this ensures that you are taking time to think on what you are asking them to do to ensure that you are teaching them correctly. This also enhances your own training as now you start to think about how you are doing things.”

Meibukan Gojyu Ryu Karate is an art and a way of life, she added. “It is for everyone, not just children – even adults and seniors can participate.”

Registration is ongoing for children and youth ages 5 – 12 and adults ages 13 and up. Classes take place Monday and Thursday nights starting at 6PM for ages 5-8; 7PM for 9-12 year olds and 8PM for 13 years of age and up.

For more information call 204-422-9666 or 204-451-0824.

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Charitable act gets St. Genevieve woman fired

 

By Marianne Curtis

   A St. Genevieve woman is shocked and saddened after she was fired from her job because she was doing what she thought was the right thing.

   Vi Hancock was recently fired from her job after only a month after she was accused of stealing hundred of loaves of bread from the business. The forty-eight year old woman took the job at the well known discount store to help support her family while she continued studying to become a social worker.

   “My own dismissal was for an infraction I was not even aware of,” explained Hancock. “It related to the bread that was thrown out every Sunday, sometimes up to a hundred loaves, which were still reasonably fresh, and could be used to feed those less fortunate.”

   Hancock recalled how she knew of many parents that are struggling to feed their families so it seemed natural to rescue the hundred of loaves of bread regularly tossed into the dumpster. Once a single parent of six, insists she was only thinking of helping those less fortunate.

   “I am dumbfounded because the bread was on its way to the garbage and the assistant managers who were training me helped me bag and haul to my car after my shift was over,” furthered Hancock. “I brought it to a Seine River school, where I am currently working on my practicum in social work through the University of Manitoba.” 

   “The staff at the school has instituted a breakfast program for children K-8 who go without. Some of these children also do not bring lunches,” Hancock explained. “So, every Sunday, I would rescue the outdated bread and donate it to the program. I would also personally deliver some of it to area families that were low-income and had many children.”

   Sadly, Hancock’s charity came to an end when a store manager found and it was labeled as “theft” and she was fired.

    “The actions of the store manager, and those of the District Manager, shocked me,” she added. “They seemed content to let children go hungry in our area and take away my meager income.”

   Despite the difficulty she now faces in finishing her education, Hancock has no regrets.

   “Had I known it was their policy to ignore the hungry, I would have worked within the organization to change that,” stated Hancock. “In any event, I would do it again and again.”

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Tipping fees outrage residents

By Marianne Curtis

   Residents in the Ste. Genevieve area have been signing a petition that will be taken to the local and provincial governments.

   In an effort to encourage residents to recycle, many municipalities are increasing the rate that landowners pay when they come to dispose their own garage at the dump. So far over two hundred signatures have been collected in opposition of the RM of Tache’s plan to impose significant increases.

   Ste. Genevieve resident, Carmen Allard, said that she started the petition after hearing numerous complaints from local residents.

   “First off, we already pay for the landfill site through our taxes, we have to pay by debit card or credit card only, no cash will be accepted,” explained Allard. “So on top of paying to drive our garbage to the dump, we have to pay a transaction fee to the municipality for using the debit card or credit card, and then we have to pay a transaction fee to the bank or a credit card company.”

   The RM of Tache is implementing a fee scale that residents consider “absurd”. Users are being charged $5 for 1-5 bags of garbage; $10 for a car and trailer; $10 for a half ton; $25 for a 1 ton truck. Charges of $40 per tonne are also being implemented and trucks of this size will no longer be accepted the Monominto Transfer Station.

   Deputy Mayor Jacques Trudeau told residents at a town hall meeting that the municipalities are being forced to make the changes.

   “Do they really think they can “force” people to recycle more by charging them to take their garbage to the dump?” Allard asked. “Not only that, we already pay a levy on everything we purchase that can be recycled, so why are we paying three times for a well established recycling program?”

   Allard is concerned that charging more tipping fees in facilities such as Monominto, which is not a full scale landfill, will encourage residents to be more careless with garbage disposal.

   “[All] charging tipping fees will do is force people to burn more garbage at home increasing the risk of forest fires and pile the bags up outside the dump gates so the wildlife can tear it apart, making the entire area a dump,” Allard concluded.

   Allard hopes that the RM of Tache will come up with a better solution or at least officially notify residents. Currently most ratepayers are finding out about the tipping fees when they arrive at the facility. Many do not want to use their credit cards because they don’t want to leave that confidential information with staff in the event that the unattended facility will be broken into and the information stolen, she adds.

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Tache says ditch could help Ste. Genevieve residents

By Marianne Curtis

   The RM of Tache is optimistic that a drainage project that has been out of the spotlight for a number of years could be the solution to flooding issues in parts of the municipality.

   Last month, the Dawson Trail Dispatch reported that residents in the Ste. Genevieve area have been overwhelmed by water over the past few months. Residents claim the flooding is being caused by area peat moss plants and an alleged dike breach in May. Then the problem was made worse by heavy rains over the past few months.

   Carmen Allard spoke on behalf of almost two dozen frustrated St. Genevieve residents.

   “The overland flooding has been getting worse every year since the soil companies started their digging on Municipal road 50,” stated Allard. “Some people have had water in their basements this year that have never had before the rain and dike breach in May. Some have even said they didn’t get this much overland flooding during the flood in 97.”

   Mayor William Danychuk says that he empathizes with residents and is optimistic that council will find an acceptable solution to the problem.

   “Council is aware that there is a problem and we are taking the appropriate measures,” stated Danylchuk.

    One of the solutions being considered is revisiting a project initiated a decade ago. In 2000, the municipality’s of Tache, Ste. Anne and Springfield came together to consider the construction of a new diversion that would divert water away from farmland and into the Red River Floodway.

   The original proposal consisted of utilizing the existing ditch in the RM of Tache along the Trans Canada highway starting at the #12 highway on the north side until about 1 ½ miles from Deacons Corner. From there it would have swung north into the RM of Springfield for 1 ½ miles then traveled straight west to the floodway. The project was tabled after all parties agreed to the project except for Springfield.

   “They (Springfield council) opposed it at first but they are on board now,” Danylchuk noted. “This project could proceed once funds are available.”

   La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemieux produced a letter dated back in 2000 which tells the RM of Tache that the province was prepared to provide financing if council got support from its neighbours.

   “We made the commitment that we would have funding for the project,” Lemieux added. “The municipalities need to come together and make it happen.”

   In the meantime, the RM of Tache has acknowledged that summer rains have changed water volume and flow patters in the area and it has caused damage to municipal infrastructure.

   Council passed a resolution requesting that the Seine Rat River Conservation District initiate water retention projects upstream of this area to alleviate the additional pressure from changes to the upstream drainage. They have also asked the public works department to do survey the area to determine what other options the municipality has to alleviate the flooding problem.

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Settlement offices open in Steinbach

The ribbon is cut to officially open the Eastman Immigrant Services and the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce by Minister of Labour and Immigration Jennifer Howard, Premier Greg Selinger, President of the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce Keith Unger and Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen.

By Marianne Curtis

   The Steinbach Chamber of Commerce and Eastman Immigrant Services recently celebrated their new offices with the help of the premier and local politicians. The two entities relocated to spaces adjacent to the Provincial Court Offices a few months ago.

   Premier Greg Selinger, Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen and Mayor Chris Goertzen were all on hand to officially cut the ribbon for the new offices at 284 Reimer Ave.

   By consolidating all of its services in one easily accessible central location, the Steinbach office will be able to offer new immigrants to the Eastman region a single doorway to the services they need upon arrival in Manitoba, said the premier. 

   “We have the highest number of newcomers in the country this year and it is because of the way we actually help people settle in our province that is the key to the program’s success,” stated Selinger. “Eighty percent of the people that come in through the program are staying in the area they’ve settled.  They are staying in communities like this because they are accepting them, they are getting jobs and the help that they need.” 

   Settlement services are provided by Eastman Immigrant Services to newcomers living in Steinbach, Beausejour and Oakbank.  Services include orientation, employment counseling, job and language referrals, special events and activities. 
   Cenda Narvaez and her family is one of Eastman Immigrant Service’s success stories. She and her family immigrated from the Phillippines four years ago and used the program.

   “We moved to Steinbach because we had friends here and we could get jobs. When we got here in 2006 we went to the immigration settlement office in Steinbach and they were able to help us,” she explained.  One of her biggest challenges, besides the weather, was that it was difficult to come to Canada and try to practice her trade as a pharmacist but the settlement office has help her with getting recertified locally.

   “Thanks to the settlement office, I am now trying to reach my goal of being a pharmacist here in Steinbach which is our second home.” She added that she is also extremely grateful because as of this past June her eldest son was finally able to join his family in the area.  “Our family is now complete.” 

   Last year, Eastman Immigrant Services assisted over 200 new families settle in the region, while the number of clients accessing settlement services grew to over 900.  Many of the immigrants were from Germany, Paraguay and the Philippines.

    Through the Chamber of Commerce newcomers have access to job-specific language classes at four local workplaces including Biovail, Granny’s Poultry, Hytek and Barkman Concrete.  A new English Skills for Work program is also planned to begin in the fall of 2010.  Funding for these programs is being provided by the Province with over $700,000 coming into several different programs.

   Immigration to Steinbach has more than doubled from 138 newcomers in 2002 to 409 in 2009.  Overall, Manitoba received 13,520 immigrants in 2009, an increase of 20.5 per cent from 2008 (11,218), and 263 per cent over 1999 (3,725).

Cenda Narvaez is grateful to the help her family received from the Eastman Immigrant Services when her family settled into the area about four years ago.

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Ste. Genevieve residents want help with flooding

Marsh Road near Ste. Genevieve was washed out completely after water tore through the area after unprecedented rain fall and an alledged breach of a nearby dike in a nearby peat moss site. 

By Marianne Curtis

   A group of flooded out residents from the St. Genevieve area are angry and disappointed with the RM of Tache council after numerous pleas for assistance have fallen on deaf ears.

   Since the end of May, Carmen Allard along about sixteen other residents have been pleading to their municipal councilor to step in and help residents after many were flooded out by heavy rains.

   “In May, I asked my councilor to come in and do some ditch cleaning. We’d flooded last year and if the water would flow properly we would have less problems,” explained Allard. “Instead I was told that it would need surveys, permits and water stewardship would need to be involved and not to expect help for a couple of years – that was not an acceptable answer.”

   Then the rains came on the last weekend of May.

   “The dike to the nearby gravel pit was breached and they were pumping into the ditch onto Road 50 North. The water got so high that many homes were inaccessible – some only until recently,” Allard added.

   Vi Hancock was one of the residents unable to access her property. For the first three weeks in June, she was forced to leave her car parked on the road because her yard was underwater.

   “The RM came and looked but said that the water in our ditch was too high to do anything,” stated Hancock. “We were flabbergasted by that answer – all that needs to be done is have a machine dragged along the bottom and the water could flow away.”

   Shortly after the rains, Mayor Bill Danylchuk told media that the municipality had “sufficient resources to cover the overland flooding in the municipality.” Residents in the St. Genevieve area want to see some of that money spent in their area.

   “It would be nice to know when the residents of St Genevieve will receive the benefit of those “sufficient resources” then maybe the roads here that have been closed for two weeks will be open again,” Allard says. “The municipality wants to take over putting culverts on private property yet they can’t maintain the ones they have control over now so why give them more when they can’t get it right with the ones they already have.”  

   A third resident, who asked to remain unnamed says that he has flown over the area and witnessed first hand the damage being done to the area.

   “There are several peat moss sites in the area that are being pumped into the ditch – one has a 22 inch pump draining – one dyke breached and filled Fish Creek and then two days later it was blocked again,” he stated. “I hate to see what will happen when these companies leave the area – if those cells fill with water and then breach there will be a flash flood that will devastate St. Genevieve.”

   The group has been in contact with Water Stewardship, Cooks Creek Conservation, the RM of Tache and even Provencher MP Vic Toews office.

   “Neither the Provincial government nor the Federal government can help us out in this situation I already asked,” stated Allard. “It seems the RM of Tache has to pick up the phone and ask for us so I can’t see that happening anytime soon or maybe they all have broken fingers.”

   Despite ongoing attempts to get a response from the municipality, the residents have only received a letter from the municipality saying that a survey will be done on the ditch.

   “It’s like we are unimportant here in Ste. Genevieve – it sucks being Lorette’s poor cousin,” Hancock added.

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