St. Vital community correspondent
Andrea Geary is a community correspondent for St. Vital and was once the community journalist for The Headliner.
Recent articles by Andrea Geary
KAP providing mental health support to farmers3 minute read Preview Monday, Jun. 1, 2020
Even in a good year farmers face stress caused by a variety of factors, but adding restrictions and fears arising from the COVID-19 pandemic increases their worries.
Keystone Agricultural Producers is offering a series of webinars until the end of June designed to address important issues such as labour concerns, lending and insurance, and possibly most importantly, mental health.
“We know mental health issues are a concern in the farming community,” Thea Green, KAP’s program manager, said.
Green said KAP is launching a new mental health project that will aim to train 500 farmers and others within agriculture across Manitoba to help identify and manage stress.
Healing through growing: Second year of farm project for Yazidi refugees3 minute read Preview Friday, May. 15, 2020
SFX holds line on mill rate2 minute read Preview Friday, May. 15, 2020
St. Francois Xavier council is proceeding with its municipal fibre optic project, but that isn’t raising taxes for local property owners this year.
Council passed its 2020-21 financial plan on May 5 with a municipal mill rate of about 9.3 which is the same as the 2019 rate.
The owner of a home assessed at $200,000 and located within the Prairie Rose School Division will receive a 2020 tax bill of $1,792 or $62 less than in 2019. For a home assessed at $400,000, the 2020 tax bill will be $3,585 or $123 lower than in 2019.
The owner of a home assessed at $200,000 and located within Portage la Prairie School Division can expect a 2020 tax bill of $2,003 which is $83 less than the 2019 bill. For a home assessed at $400,000, the 2020 tax bill will be $4,007 which is $165 less than the 2019 bill.
Identifying future transportation routes3 minute read Preview Monday, Feb. 10, 2020
One day an Elie resident who works in downtown Winnipeg might be able to save on gas and parking fees by using a park and ride service running from Red River Exhibition Park.
Stantec Consulting’s engineer Robert Kurylko recently completed a park and ride study commissioned by the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and Canadian Federation of Municipalities. The study examines the feasibility of a park and ride site in west Winnipeg and identified the best one of three possible locations within Red River Exhibition Park. This is shown as being located south of an area that is used as the site of a farmers’ market in the summer months. Just off Racetrack Road, this site is close to the Bell MTS Iceplex, Assiniboia Downs and the commercial/light industrial Westport Festival development.
An expanded parking lot could hold over 600 vehicles with drivers becoming transit riders for travel into Winnipeg.
The plan for a transit exchange includes two bus bays with heated shelters, bike storage, and an optional transit driver’s washroom.
Bear Clan starts Portage patrols2 minute read Preview Monday, Jan. 20, 2020
On Friday evening, volunteers with the new Portage la Prairie Bear Clan Patrol will take their first walk through Portage la Prairie streets.
“We’re excited and happy to have reached this stage,” said Vienna Muise, who is co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Council that oversees the patrol through a leadership committee.
Muise is also a community facilitator with the Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation which has helped the non-profit Bear Clan obtain government grants for patrol captain training and patrol supplies. There are now three people trained as captains.
“Training is a big part of it,” Muise said. The captains were trained in first aid, mental first aid, and non-violent crisis intervention as well in administering naloxone.
Knowing your rights2 minute read Preview Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
An upcoming program aims to educate tenants in Portage la Prairie about their rights and responsibilities.
Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation’s community facilitator Vienna Muise says the RentSmart education program can help renters and landlords. Trained as a RentSmart facilitator, Muise is offering a public session to teach the program’s basic level on Wed., Nov. 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the PCRC office (56 Royal Rd. N). The $10 entry fee covers the cost of the book participants are given.
“Knowing your rights — there’s a lot of power behind that,” Muise said.
She said the RentSmart program began in B.C. to address homelessness and assist people who have problems becoming renters because of issues such as bad credit or being a first-time renter.
Changes coming for Headingley RCMP4 minute read Preview Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
As of November 1, changes will come to both the Headingley and Stonewall detachments as they are combining to form a larger unit.
However, the officers will continue to report to and work from both the Headingley and Stonewall Detachments so the public can still expect to see officers in both community offices.
Stonewall detachment commander Staff Sgt. Kelly Glaspey has been visiting local councils over the past two weeks to inform them about the amalgamation of operations that’s said to be a six-month pilot project.
A statement provided to The Headliner by RCMP media relations reads “the goals of the amalgamation are to improve service delivery and attain administrative efficiencies. With a combined shift schedule there will be more police members working at any given time and these resources can be tactically deployed to where they are needed anywhere in the combined detachment area. This will allow for a more robust response for serious incidents which will provide an increase in both safety of the public and the police. The amalgamated detachment will also have more supervisors which will allow for more on shift supervision than either detachment currently has by itself. This will serve to ensure the efficient deployment of police resources while at the same time having an experienced member available to provide guidance and direction to our front line officers.”
Cartier taxes rise slightly2 minute read Preview Thursday, May. 30, 2019
Cartier reeve Dale Fossay said local taxpayers are receiving bills that are close to the same as they received in 2018 in terms of municipal tax.
“Council is pleased to provide the same services for almost the same money,” he said.
Council voted to accept the 2019 financial plan on May 13 with a budget of approximately $5.37 million compared to $5.13 million in 2018. It includes a mill rate increase of about .45 for a rural property and approximately .39 for a property located within the LUD of Elie.
Property owners within local improvement districts in Springstein, Elie North, Fort Rouge will see a higher mill rate based on the debenture for the infrastructure improvement in their district.
Headingley prepares to combat crime2 minute read Preview Monday, May. 27, 2019
With about 30 years of experience in rural crime prevention, Rosser Crime Watch members are ready to share their knowledge and experience with Headingley residents.
A group of Headingley residents has formed a committee working to introduce the Rural Crime Watch program to the community in hopes of slowing an increase in property crime. They are holding a public meeting on May 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Headingley Community Centre (5353 Portage Ave.).
A spokesperson for the group, who declined to be identified, said residents are worried about community safety and want to support the efforts of the Headingley RCMP members.
“It’s time to get some more ears and eyes out there for the police and community,” the spokesperson said.
No change to Rosser mill rate3 minute read Preview Wednesday, May. 15, 2019
RM of Rosser taxpayers will pay close to the same amount in municipal tax as they did last year.
Rosser council was scheduled to approve the 2019-20 financial plan on May 14 with a mill rate of 6.33, unchanged from 2018-19.
The mill rate for Interlake School Division also remained the same for this year.
The municipal budget for 2019-20 sits at approximately $5.69 million and is about $100,000 higher than the previous year’s budget.
Offering a welcoming home2 minute read Preview Thursday, May. 2, 2019
Seniors in the Portage la Prairie area will soon have another housing option.
Brandon-based home care and seniors’ housing provider Daughter On Call is partnering with Bridge Road Developments to build two 10-unit seniors’ housing buildings at 18th St. NW and Park Drive in Portage la Prairie.
“We are building two homes in Portage that will house about 20 people,” said Daughter On Call owner and CAO Gail Freeman-Campbell.
She said the homes are designed to accommodate older adults with dementia and chronic conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease in a long-term care setting.
Headingley holds line on taxes2 minute read Preview Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019
A steadily increasing tax base and prudent fiscal management are the factors that Headingley mayor John Mauseth credits with allowing council to vote in a financial plan on April 9 that contains no municipal tax increase.
“We try to operate as efficiently as possible,” he said.
The municipality’s total assessment value grew by four per cent from 2018-19 and the mill rate remains at 6.65 mills.
The owner of a property assessed at $250,000 will pay $1,662.50 for the general levy municipal portion of their 2019 tax bill. They will be charged a local improvement levy ranging up to $730, depending on the district in which they live. The education tax for a $250,000 property within the St. James Assiniboia School Division will be $3,362.50 and $3,112.50 for one lying within the Pembina School Division.
Camp supports youth experiencing loss2 minute read Preview Monday, Apr. 15, 2019
Tears of grief and happiness are likely to flow at Camp Bridges.
The weekend camp, held for the past 13 years, brings together youth ages seven to 15 from across Manitoba who have experienced the death of a loved one.
“It’s a really great opportunity for the kids to meet each other and realize that they aren’t alone,” said Heidi Wiebe, regional director – seniors, palliative care and Cancer Care with Southern-Health-Santé Sud.
The camp is planned for May 24 to 26 and held at Camp Wannakumbac in Clear Lake, Man. Organized by Southern Health-Santé Sud and Prairie Mountain Health, it is open to 50 campers. Wiebe said preference is given to those who live within the two health regions, but others are accepted.
Mobile donor clinic coming to SFX2 minute read Preview Friday, Apr. 5, 2019
St. Francois Xavier residents will soon have the chance to donate blood at a Canadian Blood Services mobile clinic close to home.
Territory manager with donor relations Steve Raizen said the clinic is setting up in the SFX Community Club (983 Hwy. 26) on Thurs., May 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. Those age 17 years and over are eligible to donate.
“Our goal is to collect 58 units of blood,” Raizen said.
The clinic in SFX will replace the one that was held in the St. Eustache Cartier Hall for the past 10 years.
New businesses arising in Portage2 minute read Preview Monday, Apr. 1, 2019
Roquette’s hiring fair on April 3 in Portage la Prairie is one of the signs that the city’s economy is thriving, according to Portage Regional Economic Development executive director Vern May.
The international company that employs over 8,000 people in 100 countries is staffing up for the pea protein production plant that will soon be built just outside city limits in the RM of Portage.May said, the new $400-million Roquette plant and the $460-million expansion of Simplot’s Portage potato processing facility offer local residents employment opportunities and will also bring in new residents.
“Now we’re seeing the tangible aspect of these projects,” he said, adding that municipal figures show $5 million spent on industrial construction in Portage in February.
“It’s created this incredible energy in Portage.”