Cindy Lamoureux

Cindy Lamoureux

Tyndall Park constituency report

Cindy Lamoureux is the Liberal MLA for Tyndall Park.

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The significance of park naming in Tyndall Park

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The significance of park naming in Tyndall Park

Cindy Lamoureux 2 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

Over the last couple of years, Tyndall Park has officially named two parks. One in honour of an important person and the other in recognition of a historic incident. I would like to talk briefly about these two parks here.

George Heshka Park — Almost a year and a half ago, the park on westbound Burrows Avenue at King Edward Street was officially named George Heshka Park. Many of you, myself included, remember Mr. Heshka as our principal at Sisler High School, where was principal for 40 years, beginning in 1980, and transformed Sisler into one of the Top 10 high schools in Canada, according to Macleans magazine. He was also a good-hearted, intelligent, and caring man who always made us feel safe. Principal Heshka positively affected the lives of thousands of students not only in the North End, but also our school system at large.

Mr. Heshka contributed so much to our community and to all of us who live here. He passed away in March 2021, butwill always be cherished and loved.

Komagata Maru Park — A couple of weeks back, the official city sign went up on Kaur Umber Trail for the Komagata Maru Park. To provide a bit of background, in 1914, there was an incident here in Canada that is now known as the Komagata Maru incident. The federal government, with the support of other governments and many other stakeholders at the time, turned away a ship with hundreds of South Asian migrants aboard, many of whom were Sikh, that had landed in Vancouver. In 2016, our Prime Minister formally apologized in the House of Commons for the role the federal government played in this incident. Following the apology, some community-minded people thought it would be appropriate to look for a park that could be named as a commemorative park.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

Tyndall Park MLA Cindy Lamoureux looks forward to naming more parks in her electoral district.

Recognizing Canada Day in Tyndall Park

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Recognizing Canada Day in Tyndall Park

Cindy Lamoureux 3 minute read Wednesday, May. 25, 2022

I recognize I am biased on this issue, but I believe Canada is the best country in the world to call home. Canada as we know it today became a federation of provinces back in 1867, and we will be recognizing Canada’s 155th birthday this coming July 1.

We have not been able to have our usual Canada Day celebration in Tyndall Park for the past two year, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, we are excited to share that we are going to try our best to make up for it this year

Canada’s birthday has always played a big role in my life and holds a special place in my heart. I grew up attending this annual event and, as I got older, I was unofficially promoted to the position of face painting and hosting games. Since being elected as an MLA in 2016, I have co-hosted this annual event in Tyndall Park. I am very much looking forward to being able to gather with the community the way we have in previous years prior to the pandemic.

My father, MP Kevin Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), and I want to extend an open invitation for you, your family, and friends to join us on July 1 this year as we restart our annual Canada Day event behind Tyndall Park School, alongside the Tyndall Park Community Centre.

Wednesday, May. 25, 2022

Tyndall Park MLA Cindy Lamoureux (at right) and her father, Winnipeg North MP Kevin Lamoureux, will co-host their annual Canada Day celebration in Tyndall Park on July 1.

Celebrating I Love to Read Month in Tyndall Park

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Celebrating I Love to Read Month in Tyndall Park

Cindy Lamoureux 3 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2022

One of the things that make the month of February so special to me is the opportunity to celebrate I Love to Read Month together with our students and teachers.

Tyndall Park is home to seven amazing elementary schools: Prairie Rose, Shaughnessy Park, École Stanley Knowles, Meadows West, Garden Grove, École Waterford Springs, and Tyndall Park School.

What I appreciate the most about I Love to Read month is connecting with our schools, sharing ideas, and learning together. This year, the theme was about reading around the world, so the students taught me lots about many of our different languages and cultural values. On one of the days, it was the National Flag Day for Canada, so the students shared the history and importance of our own flag.

One thing I’ve noticed over the years is how particular books have remained consistently popular among the students. The Orange Shirt Story is the true story that inspired the Orange Shirt Day movement. It tells the story of a child who was sent to a residential school for the first time. On her first day at school, she proudly wore a shiny orange shirt her Granny had bought for her, but when she arrived, she was told that she could not wear her favourite shirt. It was taken away from her and never returned. This is a heartbreaking but very important story to continue sharing.

Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2022

Tyndall Park MLA Cindy Lamoureux enjoys participating in I Love to Read month each year.

Appreciating our health-care workers

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Appreciating our health-care workers

Cindy Lamoureux 3 minute read Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021

Our health-care system is essential to a functioning province and that is why our health-care workers deserve to be treated fairly and with the utmost respect. Furthermore, they deserve to be properly thanked and acknowledged for the work they have been doing and continue to do to keep Manitobans safe and healthy.

For nearly two years now, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, people working in our health-care system have been forced to work long shifts, put themselves in vulnerable situations and sacrificed so much of their own lives. They workers have given time, put themselves at greater health risks and sacrificed not being at home with their families as much. We all need to be concerned that our health-care workers are not overcome by pandemic fatigue.

I believe that sometimes it can be easy for us to take our health-care system for granted. Many of us who were born and raised here in Canada have never feared not being able to access health-care resources. Today that is changing — just look at the growing number of procedures being delayed because of COVID. The pandemic means our resources are sparse, and we all need to do our part in this pandemic by trying our best not to spread the virus. Being fully vaccinated and getting a booster shot is important — but we can still do more.

With the emergence of the Omicron variant, it is important that we prevent our hospitals from becoming overrun and having to send patients out of province. This means we must be careful and continue to follow public health orders, even though I know we are so tired from the past two years.

Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021

Our health-care system is essential to a functioning province and that is why our health-care workers deserve to be treated fairly and with the utmost respect. Furthermore, they deserve to be properly thanked and acknowledged for the work they have been doing and continue to do to keep Manitobans safe and healthy.

For nearly two years now, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, people working in our health-care system have been forced to work long shifts, put themselves in vulnerable situations and sacrificed so much of their own lives. They workers have given time, put themselves at greater health risks and sacrificed not being at home with their families as much. We all need to be concerned that our health-care workers are not overcome by pandemic fatigue.

I believe that sometimes it can be easy for us to take our health-care system for granted. Many of us who were born and raised here in Canada have never feared not being able to access health-care resources. Today that is changing — just look at the growing number of procedures being delayed because of COVID. The pandemic means our resources are sparse, and we all need to do our part in this pandemic by trying our best not to spread the virus. Being fully vaccinated and getting a booster shot is important — but we can still do more.

With the emergence of the Omicron variant, it is important that we prevent our hospitals from becoming overrun and having to send patients out of province. This means we must be careful and continue to follow public health orders, even though I know we are so tired from the past two years.

Fred De Villa is one of the Honour 150

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Fred De Villa is one of the Honour 150

Cindy Lamoureux 2 minute read Friday, Nov. 26, 2021

In celebration of Manitoba’s 150th anniversary, Honour 150 was established to recognize 150 outstanding individuals in the province who have given back to our community and have enriched the places in which we love, work, play and come together in unity.

It gives me great pride to say that Fred De Villa was one of the 150 recipients of this amazing recognition.

Mr. De Villa loves our community and truly wants to enrich all of our lives. Back in the early 1970s and ’80s, Mr. De Villa became involved in many community-driven projects that helped integrated newcomers into our province, strengthen our diversity and brought lasting friendships among people despite differences in their backgrounds.

Personally, Tito Fred has greatly affected my life. The stories he has shared with me of his experiences throughout the years continue to inspire me throughout my career in politics.

Friday, Nov. 26, 2021

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Tyndall Park MLA Cindy Lamoureux presented Honour 150 recipient Fred De Villa with a certificate and medallion in recognition of his contributions to our community.

Crime and safety in Tyndall Park

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Crime and safety in Tyndall Park

Cindy Lamoureux 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 29, 2021

The issue of crime and safety has been a top issue for many here in Tyndall Park. Through emails, phone calls and on social media, I’ve been made aware of issues including ongoing substance use, car racing, harassment, break-ins, vandalism, and domestic abuse. Many of these incidents occur late at night.

I am thankful to many of you who have brought these issues to my attention, and I agree that these issues have to be addressed immediately. I share this because we have a responsibility to our community to do what we can to ensure and create a safe neighbourhood. We also have a responsibility to educate and provide services to those who may need them.

I would also like to highlight some incredibly hardworking and dedicated members of the community who are going above and beyond to ensure that Tyndall Park and the North End at large are as safe as possible. This past month, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of evenings walking with them.

One of these groups is the NorthWest Watchers, which is led by Garry Alejo and Marby Aguilar. The NorthWest Watchers patrol the Tyndall Park Area weekly in order to create a strong physical community presence.

Friday, Oct. 29, 2021

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Tyndall Park MLA Cindy Lamoureux recently spent time patrolling the community with the NorthWest Watchers and 204 Neighbourhood Watch.

Judges must be accountable on sexual assault law

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Judges must be accountable on sexual assault law

Cindy Lamoureux 2 minute read Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Over the last year, I have been working towards the provincial government passing important legislation that would mandate provincially appointed judges to take formal courses dealing with sexual assault.

A similar bill was introduced nationally for federal judges, and it is important that Manitoba follows suit as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, sexual assaults continue to happen across the country, including here in Manitoba. As a result, many cases end up in the courts and we must ensure that those making life-changing decisions are educated and equipped to deal with them in a professional and sensitive manner.

Last year, I introduced Bill 215, which would ensure that all individuals being considered as judges complete education in sexual assault law. The bill also requires the chief judge to establish and implement a continuing education program for judges and judicial justices of the peace. The program would be made public and would be reviewed annually to ensure accountability.

Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Over the last year, I have been working towards the provincial government passing important legislation that would mandate provincially appointed judges to take formal courses dealing with sexual assault.

A similar bill was introduced nationally for federal judges, and it is important that Manitoba follows suit as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, sexual assaults continue to happen across the country, including here in Manitoba. As a result, many cases end up in the courts and we must ensure that those making life-changing decisions are educated and equipped to deal with them in a professional and sensitive manner.

Last year, I introduced Bill 215, which would ensure that all individuals being considered as judges complete education in sexual assault law. The bill also requires the chief judge to establish and implement a continuing education program for judges and judicial justices of the peace. The program would be made public and would be reviewed annually to ensure accountability.

Return of Filipino Street Festival was fabulous

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Return of Filipino Street Festival was fabulous

Cindy Lamoureux 2 minute read Monday, Sep. 13, 2021

The past year has been difficult for so many people, which is why it was a breath of fresh air to be able to celebrate the two-day Manitoba Filipino Street Festival right here in Tyndall Park on Aug. 29 and 29.

The Manitoba Filipino Street Festival is much more than just an annual weekend of performances and exhibits. It is a time for the community to get together, and celebrate culture and diversity.

I would like to extend a special thank you to all who organized, performed, volunteered, and attended this year’s 2021 Manitoba Filipino Street Festival. We also need to send a grateful shout out to the chairpeople and dedicated volunteers of the MFSF - Ley Navarro and Rowena Oquendo. Without these two individuals planning and organizing all year long, the MFSF would not be the incredible success it is.

Every year, with the exception of 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an extensive list of exhibitors for those attending to visit and learn from to make the festival a great experience for all.

Monday, Sep. 13, 2021

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Tyndall Park MLA Cindy Lamoureux (second from right) enjoyed a fun evening at the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival, which was held Aug. 29 and 29.

Celebrating Folklorama’s timeless charm

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Celebrating Folklorama’s timeless charm

Cindy Lamoureux - MLA for Tyndall Park 3 minute read Friday, Aug. 6, 2021

I hope you and your loved ones have all been remaining safe and having some fun reconnecting throughout the summer as COVID-19 restrictions begin to be lifted.

As most of you will already know, the theme for Folklorama 2021 is “One unified virtual experience. One multi-cultural fusion event,” and I thought I would use this opportunity to share a little bit about Folklorama’s virtual program.

Folklorama 2021 is running between Aug. 6 and 8, and for the first time in the history of Folklorama, members of the ethno-cultural communities that make up all the pavilions worked diligently to create a virtual showcase of their heritages.

This year, along with all the performers, Folklorama held a virtual market, a food week and a 50/50 contest.

Friday, Aug. 6, 2021

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Tyndall Park MLA Cindy Lamoureux writes that she can’t wait to visit Folklorama’s Mabuhay pavilion once again, as she did in 2019 (pictured here).

Acting on reconciliation

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Acting on reconciliation

Cindy Lamoureux - MLA for Tyndall Park 3 minute read Friday, Jul. 9, 2021

The continuing discoveries of children’s bodies in unmarked graves at former Indian Residential Schools in Canada has sparked a lot of conversation. We are certainly way past due for real action and reconciliation, which is why all governments and elected officials must do their part to work toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.

I believe there are various ways we can approach this, but here are a few working ideas in which I would like to hear back about:

As many of you know, my father, who is the MP for Winnipeg North, and I host a Canada Day celebration for our community every year. Over the years, we have hosted several Indigenous performers who have been amazing. However, I believe we need to go beyond celebrating Indigenous culture through performances and do even more. We need to be creating the opportunity for elders and those in the performance groups to talk, teach and connect with others in attendance. One way of doing this would be by creating an education segment in our agenda.

Furthermore, with respect to Canada Day specifically, I would like to set up an area where people can come to learn about our history — including residential schools. My hope is that this will provide an opportunity for more people to learn about Canada’s true history.

Friday, Jul. 9, 2021

The continuing discoveries of children’s bodies in unmarked graves at former Indian Residential Schools in Canada has sparked a lot of conversation. We are certainly way past due for real action and reconciliation, which is why all governments and elected officials must do their part to work toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.

I believe there are various ways we can approach this, but here are a few working ideas in which I would like to hear back about:

As many of you know, my father, who is the MP for Winnipeg North, and I host a Canada Day celebration for our community every year. Over the years, we have hosted several Indigenous performers who have been amazing. However, I believe we need to go beyond celebrating Indigenous culture through performances and do even more. We need to be creating the opportunity for elders and those in the performance groups to talk, teach and connect with others in attendance. One way of doing this would be by creating an education segment in our agenda.

Furthermore, with respect to Canada Day specifically, I would like to set up an area where people can come to learn about our history — including residential schools. My hope is that this will provide an opportunity for more people to learn about Canada’s true history.

Support small businesses in Tyndall Park

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Support small businesses in Tyndall Park

Cindy Lamoureux - MLA for Tyndall Park 3 minute read Monday, Jun. 14, 2021

Throughout the pandemic many businesses have been struggling to get by.

While I am grateful for the Manitoba Bridge Grant program, I do believe it needed to have a broader scope and be more inclusive to support all businesses. This inclusivity is something I am continuing to push for with the provincial government. I currently have an ongoing dialogue with the minister of crown services specifically for taxi drivers who have been left out.

With that said, another great way to support small businesses is by promoting them and sharing them with one another. Please show your love by supporting our local businesses here in Tyndall Park.

Need some car maintenance or detailing? Visit 4D Auto Detailing or Axle Auto Parts.

Monday, Jun. 14, 2021

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Small businesses in Tyndall Park, such as The Icing Castle, need our support to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Answering your vaccine questions

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Answering your vaccine questions

Cindy Lamoureux - MLA for Tyndall Park 3 minute read Friday, May. 14, 2021

Getting vaccinated is very important not only for you as an individual, but for all of us as a community.

I understand there are concerns and for some, these concerns are factoring into decisions around receiving the vaccine. If you are feeling concerned, please speak with a health-care professional because vaccines are safe, effective, and our new normal begins when we have reached our maximum number of people being vaccinated.

Manitoba vaccination rates are doing well, and chances are by the time you are reading this, you will be eligible to make an appointment.

All of Tyndall Park falls under community-based eligibility, which means everyone who is 12 and older, or working in specified jobs in the area, is now eligible to apply for and receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Friday, May. 14, 2021

Getting vaccinated is very important not only for you as an individual, but for all of us as a community.

I understand there are concerns and for some, these concerns are factoring into decisions around receiving the vaccine. If you are feeling concerned, please speak with a health-care professional because vaccines are safe, effective, and our new normal begins when we have reached our maximum number of people being vaccinated.

Manitoba vaccination rates are doing well, and chances are by the time you are reading this, you will be eligible to make an appointment.

All of Tyndall Park falls under community-based eligibility, which means everyone who is 12 and older, or working in specified jobs in the area, is now eligible to apply for and receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Budget does not address needs of Manitobans

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Budget does not address needs of Manitobans

Cindy Lamoureux - MLA for Tyndall Park 3 minute read Thursday, Apr. 22, 2021

The provincial government released its 2021 budget on April 7, and what I am hearing from the residents in Tyndall Park is that there was a lot missing in terms of addressing the needs of Manitobans during a pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, it has become evident that we need more money invested in our mental health resources. More attention needs to be brought to a Pharmacare program ensuring Manitobans are not having to choose between shelter, food and prescribed medications. And it is imperative that nurses have a new contract, as they have been working without one for over four years.

The budget also does not address the needs of Manitoba’s early childhood education and K to 12 education system. It is going to be critical to our post-pandemic recovery that families can go back to work and right now, these resources are not in place.

Our K to 12 teachers and school administrators have gone above and beyond and done an incredible job of adapting to keep students safe and educated. In meetings with several school divisions, we have heard they are facing significant shortfalls — including being able to adequately assist children with learning disabilities. Yet recently, the premier said he thinks it’s right for teachers to have to spend their own money on supplies for their classrooms. This statement is completely unacceptable.

Thursday, Apr. 22, 2021

The provincial government released its 2021 budget on April 7, and what I am hearing from the residents in Tyndall Park is that there was a lot missing in terms of addressing the needs of Manitobans during a pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, it has become evident that we need more money invested in our mental health resources. More attention needs to be brought to a Pharmacare program ensuring Manitobans are not having to choose between shelter, food and prescribed medications. And it is imperative that nurses have a new contract, as they have been working without one for over four years.

The budget also does not address the needs of Manitoba’s early childhood education and K to 12 education system. It is going to be critical to our post-pandemic recovery that families can go back to work and right now, these resources are not in place.

Our K to 12 teachers and school administrators have gone above and beyond and done an incredible job of adapting to keep students safe and educated. In meetings with several school divisions, we have heard they are facing significant shortfalls — including being able to adequately assist children with learning disabilities. Yet recently, the premier said he thinks it’s right for teachers to have to spend their own money on supplies for their classrooms. This statement is completely unacceptable.

Recognizing teachers and celebrating reading

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Recognizing teachers and celebrating reading

Cindy Lamoureux - MLA for Tyndall Park 2 minute read Thursday, Mar. 25, 2021

Celebrating I Love to Read Month is definitely one of the best parts of being an MLA, because it is an opportunity to speak directly to students and teachers together.

I really appreciate having the opportunity to spend some real time meeting with teachers and students and learning all about their great ideas for our province.

This year was a little different considering it was all virtual, but I must say that the schools in my constituency — Tyndall Park, Garden Grove, Meadows West, Stanley Knowles, Prairie Rose and Shaughnessy Park — far exceeded my expectations and made celebrating I Love to Read Month virtually not only possible, but also fun and informative.

Between the 14 classrooms, I read a broad series of very important books. Some were fun, silly and lighthearted like Curious George and Have You Filled a Bucket Today?. Others were more serious and informative, such as the The Orange Shirt Story and Uniquely Wired.

Thursday, Mar. 25, 2021

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Tyndall Park MLA Cindy Lamoureux was pleased to take part in I Love to Read Month.

The importance of a national pharmacare program

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The importance of a national pharmacare program

Cindy Lamoureux - MLA for Tyndall Park 3 minute read Monday, Feb. 22, 2021

Living in a pandemic for the last year has highlighted our health system and the incredible work our health-care providers and administrators do every day in our hospitals, long-term care homes, clinics and more.

For myself, it has further highlighted what our province could be doing to better support those in our health-care fields as well as Manitobans who struggle to afford prescribed medications.

This is why it is critical that as a province we start pushing for a national pharmacare program.

For those not familiar with the idea, this would be a prescription medication insurance for all, whereby all Canadians would have access to prescribed medication based on their needs.

Monday, Feb. 22, 2021

Living in a pandemic for the last year has highlighted our health system and the incredible work our health-care providers and administrators do every day in our hospitals, long-term care homes, clinics and more.

For myself, it has further highlighted what our province could be doing to better support those in our health-care fields as well as Manitobans who struggle to afford prescribed medications.

This is why it is critical that as a province we start pushing for a national pharmacare program.

For those not familiar with the idea, this would be a prescription medication insurance for all, whereby all Canadians would have access to prescribed medication based on their needs.

Expanding caregiver support and the bridge grant

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Expanding caregiver support and the bridge grant

Cindy Lamoureux - MLA for Tyndall Park 3 minute read Monday, Dec. 28, 2020

A few weeks ago, the provincial government announced the Caregiver Wage Support and the Manitoba Bridge grant.

Many of you reached out to express your concerns about being deemed ineligible, despite how essential your hard work is during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is extremely disappointing to see so many of our essential workers not receiving the recognition or support they need.

The Caregiver Wage Support program should include health-care workers such as nurses, medical assistants and receptionists, dentists and dental assistants, front-line lab workers, lab technicians and technologists, pharmacy employees, home care workers and attendants, residential support workers, dietary aides, care home nurses and support staff. It should also include child-care workers such as teachers, special education staff, administrators, educational assistants, early child-care workers, and custodial staff.

Recent public health orders have made it very difficult for businesses to stay afloat. At such a turbulent time in our economy, we must stand up for independent and small businesses. They are the backbone to our economy and play a huge role in making Manitoba the beautiful province that it is.

Monday, Dec. 28, 2020

A few weeks ago, the provincial government announced the Caregiver Wage Support and the Manitoba Bridge grant.

Many of you reached out to express your concerns about being deemed ineligible, despite how essential your hard work is during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is extremely disappointing to see so many of our essential workers not receiving the recognition or support they need.

The Caregiver Wage Support program should include health-care workers such as nurses, medical assistants and receptionists, dentists and dental assistants, front-line lab workers, lab technicians and technologists, pharmacy employees, home care workers and attendants, residential support workers, dietary aides, care home nurses and support staff. It should also include child-care workers such as teachers, special education staff, administrators, educational assistants, early child-care workers, and custodial staff.

Recent public health orders have made it very difficult for businesses to stay afloat. At such a turbulent time in our economy, we must stand up for independent and small businesses. They are the backbone to our economy and play a huge role in making Manitoba the beautiful province that it is.

November was Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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November was Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Cindy Lamoureux - MLA for Tyndall Park 3 minute read Monday, Nov. 30, 2020

November was Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when we look at going the extra mile to raise the profile of the consequences of domestic violence.

On Nov. 18, I introduced legislation in the Manitoba Legislature that would mandate provincial-appointed judges to take a formal course dealing with sexual assault. It also proposes that the Criminal Code require judges to provide their reasons for the decisions made in sexual assault proceedings.

I am hopeful that this legislation will gain the unanimous support of all parties. National legislation calls for federal judges to show they have participated in a program related to an understanding of the myths and stereotypes of sexual assaults.

Similar legislation has been passed in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador and we need to have it passed here, too, as Manitoba still has an exceptionally high rate of domestic violence and the numbers are getting worse under current pandemic restrictions.

Monday, Nov. 30, 2020

November was Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when we look at going the extra mile to raise the profile of the consequences of domestic violence.

On Nov. 18, I introduced legislation in the Manitoba Legislature that would mandate provincial-appointed judges to take a formal course dealing with sexual assault. It also proposes that the Criminal Code require judges to provide their reasons for the decisions made in sexual assault proceedings.

I am hopeful that this legislation will gain the unanimous support of all parties. National legislation calls for federal judges to show they have participated in a program related to an understanding of the myths and stereotypes of sexual assaults.

Similar legislation has been passed in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador and we need to have it passed here, too, as Manitoba still has an exceptionally high rate of domestic violence and the numbers are getting worse under current pandemic restrictions.

Manitoba needs a seniors’ advocate

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Manitoba needs a seniors’ advocate

Cindy Lamoureux - MLA for Tyndall Park 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

Over the past few weeks the idea of having a seniors’ advocate in Manitoba has gained a lot of traction.

I want to use this as an opportunity to share with you how this idea came to light and why I believe Manitoba could greatly benefit from having a seniors’ advocate.

Prior to being an MLA, I worked for the Long Term and Continuing Care Association of Manitoba. This is where I first started learning about the issues facing seniors here in our province. When I was elected in 2016, I continued to learn from constituents who are seniors about concerns related to home  care visits, needed renovations, prescription medications, ambulance fees and placement in care homes.

Home care visits take place all over the world and I have come to understand that some of Manitoba’s issues with home care could be better prevented. For example, home-care workers should not have to rush from one side of the city to the other within a 30-minute time span. Some workers are feeling too rushed and some individuals receiving home care are unsatisfied with the care they receive.

Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

Over the past few weeks the idea of having a seniors’ advocate in Manitoba has gained a lot of traction.

I want to use this as an opportunity to share with you how this idea came to light and why I believe Manitoba could greatly benefit from having a seniors’ advocate.

Prior to being an MLA, I worked for the Long Term and Continuing Care Association of Manitoba. This is where I first started learning about the issues facing seniors here in our province. When I was elected in 2016, I continued to learn from constituents who are seniors about concerns related to home  care visits, needed renovations, prescription medications, ambulance fees and placement in care homes.

Home care visits take place all over the world and I have come to understand that some of Manitoba’s issues with home care could be better prevented. For example, home-care workers should not have to rush from one side of the city to the other within a 30-minute time span. Some workers are feeling too rushed and some individuals receiving home care are unsatisfied with the care they receive.

Back to school in Tyndall Park

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Back to school in Tyndall Park

Cindy Lamoureux - MLA for Tyndall Park 3 minute read Tuesday, Sep. 8, 2020

With the school year starting up, a lot of parents, teachers and students have been feeling a wide range of emotions, specifically in relation to COVID-19. 

I want to use this opportunity to share some information I gathered from a meeting I had a couple of weeks ago with the minister and deputy minister of education.

During this meeting I asked a total of 36 questions that were submitted to me from constituents. The Q-and-A is posted on my social media, but for the sake of this column, I am going to condense the answers.

Children with underlying conditions or allergies: If a child has an underlying health condition and a note from their physician advising they not return to school, schools are able to use discretion for distance learning if the school has the resources. Parents and teachers can work to ensure children can do their schooling from home. If a student has allergy symptoms, it will be at the teacher’s discretion to send that child home.

Tuesday, Sep. 8, 2020

With the school year starting up, a lot of parents, teachers and students have been feeling a wide range of emotions, specifically in relation to COVID-19. 

I want to use this opportunity to share some information I gathered from a meeting I had a couple of weeks ago with the minister and deputy minister of education.

During this meeting I asked a total of 36 questions that were submitted to me from constituents. The Q-and-A is posted on my social media, but for the sake of this column, I am going to condense the answers.

Children with underlying conditions or allergies: If a child has an underlying health condition and a note from their physician advising they not return to school, schools are able to use discretion for distance learning if the school has the resources. Parents and teachers can work to ensure children can do their schooling from home. If a student has allergy symptoms, it will be at the teacher’s discretion to send that child home.

Helpful information for constituents

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Helpful information for constituents

Cindy Lamoureux - MLA for Tyndall Park 3 minute read Monday, Aug. 17, 2020

Over the last few months, many constituents have called my office about past and current programs offered my provincial and federal governments.

Because of this, I want to use this opportunity to share some answers as well as ways to reach out to me if you have further questions or thoughts to share.

Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) — Many Canadians have lost income because of the COVID-19 pandemic. CERB has been implemented for those whose hours have been affected and may need help making ends meet. CERB is still open if you have lost your job due to the pandemic. You can continue to collect as long as you are making an active effort to find employment.Risk recognition — The risk recognition program provided a one-time payment to eligible essential front-line workers who took extraordinary risks to make sure that Manitobans are safe and had their needs met. This program has now closed. The deadline was June 29 and you can no longer apply. If for whatever reason you applied successfully and had not received your money by Aug. 7, please contact 1-888-805-7554. Child tax benefit (CCB) — This past May, there was federal a top-up for the CCB. This meant an extra $300 per child for 2019-20. This was a one-time payment. This past July, the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit increased once again to keep pace with the cost of living. A calculator to estimate the increase can be found here: https://biturl.top/vI32aqDisability credit — People with disabilities have been facing additional challenges through this pandemic. If you are already receiving a disability tax credit or you will be applying for one before Sept 25, you may be eligible for up to $600.Senior rebate — Seniors, those 65 years or older, were eligible to receive a $200 cheque from the provincial government. Unfortunately, you can no longer apply as the deadline has passed. If you did not receive a cheque in May or June, you can claim the senior rebate on your 2020 tax return. Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) boost — If you were receiving OAS, you were eligible for a one-time payment of $300. If you were receiving GIS you were eligible for $200. If you were receiving both OAS and GIS, you were eligible for $500. Unfortunately, this program is now closed and you can no longer apply. My hope is that by providing some of this information, I am able to answer some of your questions.

With that said, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at cindy@gocindy.ca or by calling 204-615-9961.

Monday, Aug. 17, 2020

Over the last few months, many constituents have called my office about past and current programs offered my provincial and federal governments.

Because of this, I want to use this opportunity to share some answers as well as ways to reach out to me if you have further questions or thoughts to share.

Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) — Many Canadians have lost income because of the COVID-19 pandemic. CERB has been implemented for those whose hours have been affected and may need help making ends meet. CERB is still open if you have lost your job due to the pandemic. You can continue to collect as long as you are making an active effort to find employment.Risk recognition — The risk recognition program provided a one-time payment to eligible essential front-line workers who took extraordinary risks to make sure that Manitobans are safe and had their needs met. This program has now closed. The deadline was June 29 and you can no longer apply. If for whatever reason you applied successfully and had not received your money by Aug. 7, please contact 1-888-805-7554. Child tax benefit (CCB) — This past May, there was federal a top-up for the CCB. This meant an extra $300 per child for 2019-20. This was a one-time payment. This past July, the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit increased once again to keep pace with the cost of living. A calculator to estimate the increase can be found here: https://biturl.top/vI32aqDisability credit — People with disabilities have been facing additional challenges through this pandemic. If you are already receiving a disability tax credit or you will be applying for one before Sept 25, you may be eligible for up to $600.Senior rebate — Seniors, those 65 years or older, were eligible to receive a $200 cheque from the provincial government. Unfortunately, you can no longer apply as the deadline has passed. If you did not receive a cheque in May or June, you can claim the senior rebate on your 2020 tax return. Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) boost — If you were receiving OAS, you were eligible for a one-time payment of $300. If you were receiving GIS you were eligible for $200. If you were receiving both OAS and GIS, you were eligible for $500. Unfortunately, this program is now closed and you can no longer apply. My hope is that by providing some of this information, I am able to answer some of your questions.

With that said, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at cindy@gocindy.ca or by calling 204-615-9961.

Tyndall Park continues to persevere

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Tyndall Park continues to persevere

Cindy Lamoureux - MLA for Tyndall Park 2 minute read Monday, May. 25, 2020

All of our lives have been impacted over these last few months, some in very intense and severe ways, others more subtly.

COVID-19 has created social distancing and many practices that have meant lack of human contact. The loss of  regular activities and pastimes has been exasperated by the fear of being infected by the novel coronavirus or knowing someone who has been affected by it. With all of these components, if you feel your mental health has been affected please know that you are not alone.

It is critical that we are practising compassion. I also think it is important to reinforce the basics: make sure you’re getting enough sleep, create a disciplined schedule for yourself, eat healthy. Get outside when possible. It is also important to be kind to yourself and compassionate to others. If you’re in need of additional resources, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office or a public resource right here in Tyndall Park, such as Norwest Access Centre at 795 Keewatin St., 204-938-5900.

Every day I have been receiving inquiries about CERB, flight itineraries, gardening centres, PPE, and more. I want to send a huge thank you to my constituents who have taken the time to reach out. I am honoured to represent Tyndall Park and contribute to our community positively in anyway I can.

Monday, May. 25, 2020

All of our lives have been impacted over these last few months, some in very intense and severe ways, others more subtly.

COVID-19 has created social distancing and many practices that have meant lack of human contact. The loss of  regular activities and pastimes has been exasperated by the fear of being infected by the novel coronavirus or knowing someone who has been affected by it. With all of these components, if you feel your mental health has been affected please know that you are not alone.

It is critical that we are practising compassion. I also think it is important to reinforce the basics: make sure you’re getting enough sleep, create a disciplined schedule for yourself, eat healthy. Get outside when possible. It is also important to be kind to yourself and compassionate to others. If you’re in need of additional resources, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office or a public resource right here in Tyndall Park, such as Norwest Access Centre at 795 Keewatin St., 204-938-5900.

Every day I have been receiving inquiries about CERB, flight itineraries, gardening centres, PPE, and more. I want to send a huge thank you to my constituents who have taken the time to reach out. I am honoured to represent Tyndall Park and contribute to our community positively in anyway I can.

Here’s some basic pandemic information

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Here’s some basic pandemic information

Cindy Lamoureux - MLA for Tyndall Park 4 minute read Friday, Mar. 20, 2020

I am sure anyone reading this has already read a lot of news regarding the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19. I wanted to use my column this month to talk about the virus, precautions we can be taking, and information that is important to know; What is coronavirus (CoV)?According to the World Health Organization, CoV “are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).”

Common signs of infection:According to the Government of Canada website: “Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.

"Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest-known infectious period for this disease. Scientists are currently investigating if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms. While experts believe that it is possible, it is considered to be rare at this point.

"Symptoms have included: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and pneumonia in both lungs. In severe cases, infection can lead to death. Those most at risk are those with an already compromised immune system.”

Friday, Mar. 20, 2020

I am sure anyone reading this has already read a lot of news regarding the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19. I wanted to use my column this month to talk about the virus, precautions we can be taking, and information that is important to know; What is coronavirus (CoV)?According to the World Health Organization, CoV “are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).”

Common signs of infection:According to the Government of Canada website: “Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.

"Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest-known infectious period for this disease. Scientists are currently investigating if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms. While experts believe that it is possible, it is considered to be rare at this point.

"Symptoms have included: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and pneumonia in both lungs. In severe cases, infection can lead to death. Those most at risk are those with an already compromised immune system.”

Celebrate at the Legislature

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Celebrate at the Legislature

Cindy Lamoureux - MLA for Tyndall Park 2 minute read Monday, Nov. 25, 2019

Time sure is flying by this fall as the Manitoba Legislature goes back to session. Over the next few months, there are many upcoming activities I would like to invite you to.

I am hosting a constituency Christmas party on Sat., Dec. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Tyndall Park Community Centre. I encourage you to come out and bring your loved ones. There will be games, food and good company.

Additionally, on Sat., Dec. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. the Legislature is hosting its annual holiday party at the Legislative Building where you can take photos with Santa, eat, and mingle inside various caucus rooms. You will be able to meet the politicians who represent Manitobans all over the province. This is a truly unique experience that I would highly recommend attending.

The last thing I would like to invite you to is Question Period in the Manitoba Legislative Building. This is an opportunity to witness how provincial legislation is formed and debated on. I would love to host you at the Legislature and bring you into the chambers for question period.

Monday, Nov. 25, 2019

Time sure is flying by this fall as the Manitoba Legislature goes back to session. Over the next few months, there are many upcoming activities I would like to invite you to.

I am hosting a constituency Christmas party on Sat., Dec. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Tyndall Park Community Centre. I encourage you to come out and bring your loved ones. There will be games, food and good company.

Additionally, on Sat., Dec. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. the Legislature is hosting its annual holiday party at the Legislative Building where you can take photos with Santa, eat, and mingle inside various caucus rooms. You will be able to meet the politicians who represent Manitobans all over the province. This is a truly unique experience that I would highly recommend attending.

The last thing I would like to invite you to is Question Period in the Manitoba Legislative Building. This is an opportunity to witness how provincial legislation is formed and debated on. I would love to host you at the Legislature and bring you into the chambers for question period.

Ready to serve Tyndall Park

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Ready to serve Tyndall Park

By Cindy Lamoureux 5 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019

Let me start off by saying how much I appreciate the support that the residents of Tyndall Park demonstrated this past provincial election.  I am incredibly honoured to be the MLA for our community. Tyndall Park is filled with exceptional people who reflect a wide array of skills that contribute to our province.  While door-knocking during this past provincial election, the two biggest issues I was hearing at the door was health care and public safety. I am committed to fighting for these issues as they are our needs and rights here in Tyndall Park. I believe Seven Oaks Hospital should be expanding its services. Our population continues to grow and I am going to fight for our community to have access to these services so that we do not have to travel across the city during rush hour to visit our loved ones in the hospital. We should not have our health care and lives jeopardized by having to commute further when there is a hospital in our community with the resources that could help us closer to home.  I am also going to be looking into ways to keep our community safer. Between the meth crisis and frequent break-ins, people are going as far as to padlock their fences. It is wrong for people in our community to feel this way, and we must do more to improve safety. We need more community watch programs, we need programs such as youth justice committees, and we need neighbours to know each other and watch out for each other. I am going to work towards this. My passion for Tyndall Park continues to grow as I continue to get to know so many of you. I want to see the schools prosper, the community centres be well-utilized and most of all the people in our community be proud knowing that their voices are being heard inside of the Manitoba Legislature.  If you have questions, ideas, or concerns about our community, or are in need of advice for provincial casework, please do not hesitate to be in touch with me. You can email me at cindy@gocindy.ca, find me on social Media at @Cindylamoureuxtyndallpark or call my office at 204-615-9961. Lastly, I have continued with my weekly McDonald’s every Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the McDonalds on Keewatin and Kinver. Please do not hesitate to come by to meet me and share any concerns you may have about our community. Once again, thank you for the tremendous support this past election and I am so thankful to have this opportunity to serve all of you.

Let me start off by saying how much I appreciate the support that the residents of Tyndall Park demonstrated this past provincial election.  

I am incredibly honoured to be the MLA for our community. Tyndall Park is filled with exceptional people who reflect a wide array of skills that contribute to our province.  

While door-knocking during this past provincial election, the two biggest issues I heard about at the door were health care and public safety. I am committed to fighting for these issues as they are our needs and rights here in Tyndall Park. 

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019

Let me start off by saying how much I appreciate the support that the residents of Tyndall Park demonstrated this past provincial election.  I am incredibly honoured to be the MLA for our community. Tyndall Park is filled with exceptional people who reflect a wide array of skills that contribute to our province.  While door-knocking during this past provincial election, the two biggest issues I was hearing at the door was health care and public safety. I am committed to fighting for these issues as they are our needs and rights here in Tyndall Park. I believe Seven Oaks Hospital should be expanding its services. Our population continues to grow and I am going to fight for our community to have access to these services so that we do not have to travel across the city during rush hour to visit our loved ones in the hospital. We should not have our health care and lives jeopardized by having to commute further when there is a hospital in our community with the resources that could help us closer to home.  I am also going to be looking into ways to keep our community safer. Between the meth crisis and frequent break-ins, people are going as far as to padlock their fences. It is wrong for people in our community to feel this way, and we must do more to improve safety. We need more community watch programs, we need programs such as youth justice committees, and we need neighbours to know each other and watch out for each other. I am going to work towards this. My passion for Tyndall Park continues to grow as I continue to get to know so many of you. I want to see the schools prosper, the community centres be well-utilized and most of all the people in our community be proud knowing that their voices are being heard inside of the Manitoba Legislature.  If you have questions, ideas, or concerns about our community, or are in need of advice for provincial casework, please do not hesitate to be in touch with me. You can email me at cindy@gocindy.ca, find me on social Media at @Cindylamoureuxtyndallpark or call my office at 204-615-9961. Lastly, I have continued with my weekly McDonald’s every Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the McDonalds on Keewatin and Kinver. Please do not hesitate to come by to meet me and share any concerns you may have about our community. Once again, thank you for the tremendous support this past election and I am so thankful to have this opportunity to serve all of you.

Let me start off by saying how much I appreciate the support that the residents of Tyndall Park demonstrated this past provincial election.  

I am incredibly honoured to be the MLA for our community. Tyndall Park is filled with exceptional people who reflect a wide array of skills that contribute to our province.  

While door-knocking during this past provincial election, the two biggest issues I heard about at the door were health care and public safety. I am committed to fighting for these issues as they are our needs and rights here in Tyndall Park.