Jamie Moses

Jamie Moses

St. Vital constituency report

Jamie Moses is the NDP MLA for St. Vital.

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Orange Shirt Day should be a stat holiday

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Orange Shirt Day should be a stat holiday

Jamie Moses 3 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

The fall session of the Legislature resumed at the end of September. During the summer break, I had the chance to be out in the community, on doorsteps across St. Vital.

Many community members in St. Vital and around our province have expressed the importance of acknowledging how devastating the impacts of residential schools were and still are, as well as how important it is to implement the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

In one of those calls to action, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called for Sept. 30 to be marked as a day to honour residential school survivors and reflect on reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

In 2017, Opposition leader Wab Kinew introduced and helped pass a bill to proclaim Orange Shirt Day in Manitoba. In 2021, the federal government proclaimed Sept. 30 a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and made it a statutory holiday for federal workers.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

The fall session of the Legislature resumed at the end of September. During the summer break, I had the chance to be out in the community, on doorsteps across St. Vital.

Many community members in St. Vital and around our province have expressed the importance of acknowledging how devastating the impacts of residential schools were and still are, as well as how important it is to implement the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

In one of those calls to action, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called for Sept. 30 to be marked as a day to honour residential school survivors and reflect on reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

In 2017, Opposition leader Wab Kinew introduced and helped pass a bill to proclaim Orange Shirt Day in Manitoba. In 2021, the federal government proclaimed Sept. 30 a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and made it a statutory holiday for federal workers.

Helping with the back-to-school crunch

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Helping with the back-to-school crunch

Jamie Moses 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

As students, teachers and school staff head back for another school year this September, I want to wish them well on a safe and healthy return.

September is a very expensive time for a lot of families, with the purchase of school supplies, new clothes and all the other costs of going back-to-school. To help St. Vital families, Victor Mager school held a donation drive on Aug. 20, collecting school supplies, clothing and other new or used items. I met some wonderful people there as I dropped off a backpack full of school supplies. Thank you to everyone who supported this donation drive and the work done to break down barriers to education in our community.

The rising costs families face aren’t limited to back-to-school expenses. We can all see that it is costing a lot more just to get by. When you buy your groceries or fill up at the pumps, it seems the cost of everything is going up and up. Manitoba continues to have one of the highest rates of inflation in all of Canada. It’s getting even more expensive to live and work in this province and wages simply aren’t keeping up.

We’ve got to do more to help everyone in St. Vital and across Manitoba through this affordability crisis.

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

Jamie Moses, MLA for St. Vital, has been delivering backpacks filled with school supplies to local schools for families in need. (Backpacks and supplies were donated by Bell Canada.)

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Parties must work together on cost of living

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Parties must work together on cost of living

Jamie Moses 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

With the cost of food, gas and housing skyrocketing, I know many seniors and families in St. Vital are struggling to get by.

Manitobans work hard so they can support their families, pay the bills, and save for their futures. Right now, the average paycheque isn’t keeping up with the rising cost of living. The provincial government has a role to play in helping Manitobans through these tough times – that’s why my NDP caucus colleagues and I have been calling on the Premier to take the cost-of-living crisis seriously.

We’ve called for the creation of an all-party committee to tackle the crisis of rising food costs. Statistics Canada has shown the average grocery bill has risen almost 10 per cent in the last year, leaving more and more families relying on food banks. Harvest Manitoba and other foodbank organizations have reported a 4 per cent spike in the number of individuals and families in need — this includes families right here in St. Vital. We should all work together to find solutions that make groceries more affordable regardless of which party we represent.

Another way the provincial government can directly impact the cost of living is through Manitoba Hydro rates. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Progressive Conservative government has raised Hydro rates through legislation twice, bypassing the PUB, the independent oversight board they tried to eliminate through Bill 35. I will continue to fight to ensure that rates are affordable in St. Vital and are set through an independent process meant to protect Manitobans. I continue to call on the PC government to ensure that Hydro rates are affordable for Manitobans.

Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

With the cost of food, gas and housing skyrocketing, I know many seniors and families in St. Vital are struggling to get by.

Manitobans work hard so they can support their families, pay the bills, and save for their futures. Right now, the average paycheque isn’t keeping up with the rising cost of living. The provincial government has a role to play in helping Manitobans through these tough times – that’s why my NDP caucus colleagues and I have been calling on the Premier to take the cost-of-living crisis seriously.

We’ve called for the creation of an all-party committee to tackle the crisis of rising food costs. Statistics Canada has shown the average grocery bill has risen almost 10 per cent in the last year, leaving more and more families relying on food banks. Harvest Manitoba and other foodbank organizations have reported a 4 per cent spike in the number of individuals and families in need — this includes families right here in St. Vital. We should all work together to find solutions that make groceries more affordable regardless of which party we represent.

Another way the provincial government can directly impact the cost of living is through Manitoba Hydro rates. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Progressive Conservative government has raised Hydro rates through legislation twice, bypassing the PUB, the independent oversight board they tried to eliminate through Bill 35. I will continue to fight to ensure that rates are affordable in St. Vital and are set through an independent process meant to protect Manitobans. I continue to call on the PC government to ensure that Hydro rates are affordable for Manitobans.

Spring cleanups and the end of the school year

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Spring cleanups and the end of the school year

Jamie Moses 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2022

After a very long and snowy winter, I’m pleased to finally enjoy some warmer weather. This is also the time of year that community members gather to clean up our neighbourhood. The Greenway organized its annual community cleanup of the trail in south St. Vital on Saturday, May 14.

I want to applaud The Greenway organizers and volunteers who consistently make a positive contribution to our environment in St. Vital.

As the weather warms, it’s also a signal that the school year is nearing an end. I want to thank all students, educators, administrators, support staff and all who work and learn in our schools. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, you responded by coming together as school communities. You took care of one another and put in the hard work to make these past school years happen as smoothly as possible.

While we have faced challenges, I want to congratulate all the amazing young leaders who have positively affected their school communities this year. Every year I am proud to recognize one deserving student from each of our St. Vital high schools (Centre scolaire Léo-Rémillard, Collège Jeanne-Sauvé, Dakota Collegiate, Glenlawn Collegiate, as well as the St. Vital Adult Education Centre) with a community-based scholarship. Although scholarship winners have not been selected as I write this, I would like to take the time now to publicly congratulate the scholarship recipients from the graduating classes of 2022. Our community is so proud, and I can’t wait to see what your future holds.

Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2022

(From left) St. Vital MLA Jamie Moses and his daughter clean up The Greenway with community volunteer Tyler Blasko and Greenway board member Mike Moyes.

Issues to keep focused on in this session

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Issues to keep focused on in this session

Jamie Moses 2 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2022

As I returned to the legislature alongside my colleagues for our spring sitting, I wanted to provide a brief update on the key issues my NDP colleagues are focused on now and in the months to come.

We’re going to continue fighting for better quality healthcare services for Manitobans. Progressive Conservative cuts to our health-care system have left our health-care workers exhausted and the system at a breaking point. Patients continue to be transferred hundreds of kilometres away from their homes in order to receive medical care.

At the beginning of April, over 160,000 Manitobans continue to face challenges as they wait to receive the diagnostic tests and surgeries they need. This is absolutely unacceptable. Manitobans deserve better, and I’ll continue working to hold the PC government to account for these and other healthcare-related failures that we have seen.

We will never forget that our health-care system became overloaded and 57 critical-care patients were flown out of province. During that dark moment, Krystal Mousseau, a 31-year old mother of two, died during an attempt to transfer her out of province to Ontario. She died on May 25, 2021.

Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2022

As I returned to the legislature alongside my colleagues for our spring sitting, I wanted to provide a brief update on the key issues my NDP colleagues are focused on now and in the months to come.

We’re going to continue fighting for better quality healthcare services for Manitobans. Progressive Conservative cuts to our health-care system have left our health-care workers exhausted and the system at a breaking point. Patients continue to be transferred hundreds of kilometres away from their homes in order to receive medical care.

At the beginning of April, over 160,000 Manitobans continue to face challenges as they wait to receive the diagnostic tests and surgeries they need. This is absolutely unacceptable. Manitobans deserve better, and I’ll continue working to hold the PC government to account for these and other healthcare-related failures that we have seen.

We will never forget that our health-care system became overloaded and 57 critical-care patients were flown out of province. During that dark moment, Krystal Mousseau, a 31-year old mother of two, died during an attempt to transfer her out of province to Ontario. She died on May 25, 2021.

Young people inspire hope at a bleak time

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Young people inspire hope at a bleak time

Jamie Moses 4 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022

 

Once again, this year didn’t start off the way many of has had hoped. These past few months have been challenging for so many in St. Vital, as a record number of Manitobans have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 and as we continue to lose more of our loved ones to this pandemic. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost someone during this difficult time. What has consistently been a source of hope, however, is all the incredible young people that call St. Vital home. It has been uplifting to spend February safely visiting classrooms across St. Vital to share some stories with the students for I Love to Read Month. I want to thank all the schools who invited me to participate.A huge thank you as well to all the teachers and school staff who not only ensured I Love to Read Month was a success again in such difficult circumstances; but who have been on the front lines ensuring that our kids safely get the education and support they need to learn and grow. Sharing in the joy of reading with so many young learners in their classroom is one of the most enjoyable parts of my role — it’s even better I get to celebrate Black History Month with them at the same time. Sharing books like Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, by Vashti Harrison, which has many stories of Black people who have made significant achievements, will hopefully inspire today’s youth to do the same.This Black History Month, I am proud to work with the BIPOC student committee at Dakota Collegiate and the students at Glenlawn Collegiate. It’s fantastic to see all the work they have been doing to not only bring BIPOC students together but to inspire their school community and St. Vital to do more to promote equity and equality in our community. Thank you to the student leaders and school staff organizers for doing such important work to build a more inclusive school environment. This is work that will undoubtedly have lasting benefits throughout the entire school year and beyond. As always, please feel free to get in touch with me by email at Jamie.Moses@yourmanitoba.ca or by phone at 204-219-5407. Best wishes and stay safe. 

Once again, this year didn’t start off the way many of has had hoped. These past few months have been challenging for so many in St. Vital, as a record number of Manitobans have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 and as we continue to lose more of our loved ones to this pandemic. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost someone during this difficult time. 

What has consistently been a source of hope, however, is all the incredible young people that call St. Vital home. It has been uplifting to spend February safely visiting classrooms across St. Vital to share some stories with the students for I Love to Read Month. I want to thank all the schools who invited me to participate.

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022

 

Once again, this year didn’t start off the way many of has had hoped. These past few months have been challenging for so many in St. Vital, as a record number of Manitobans have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 and as we continue to lose more of our loved ones to this pandemic. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost someone during this difficult time. What has consistently been a source of hope, however, is all the incredible young people that call St. Vital home. It has been uplifting to spend February safely visiting classrooms across St. Vital to share some stories with the students for I Love to Read Month. I want to thank all the schools who invited me to participate.A huge thank you as well to all the teachers and school staff who not only ensured I Love to Read Month was a success again in such difficult circumstances; but who have been on the front lines ensuring that our kids safely get the education and support they need to learn and grow. Sharing in the joy of reading with so many young learners in their classroom is one of the most enjoyable parts of my role — it’s even better I get to celebrate Black History Month with them at the same time. Sharing books like Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, by Vashti Harrison, which has many stories of Black people who have made significant achievements, will hopefully inspire today’s youth to do the same.This Black History Month, I am proud to work with the BIPOC student committee at Dakota Collegiate and the students at Glenlawn Collegiate. It’s fantastic to see all the work they have been doing to not only bring BIPOC students together but to inspire their school community and St. Vital to do more to promote equity and equality in our community. Thank you to the student leaders and school staff organizers for doing such important work to build a more inclusive school environment. This is work that will undoubtedly have lasting benefits throughout the entire school year and beyond. As always, please feel free to get in touch with me by email at Jamie.Moses@yourmanitoba.ca or by phone at 204-219-5407. Best wishes and stay safe. 

Once again, this year didn’t start off the way many of has had hoped. These past few months have been challenging for so many in St. Vital, as a record number of Manitobans have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 and as we continue to lose more of our loved ones to this pandemic. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost someone during this difficult time. 

What has consistently been a source of hope, however, is all the incredible young people that call St. Vital home. It has been uplifting to spend February safely visiting classrooms across St. Vital to share some stories with the students for I Love to Read Month. I want to thank all the schools who invited me to participate.

Health care remains in crisis

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Health care remains in crisis

Jamie Moses 3 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022

Happy new year!

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday season. Although this year’s celebrations weren’t what we had hoped for, I hope we all were still able to connect, one way or another, with the ones we love.

I am pleased to see that many people in St. Vital have received and are making appointments to receive their booster shots. The vaccine booster is a critical tool to keep yourself, your family, and our community safe as the pandemic continues. In the next few days, I will be getting my booster shot. If you still need to book your vaccine appointment, please do so online using the vaccine finder or by phoning the vaccine call centre at 1-844-626-8222. Contact my office if you need assistance with booking a vaccine appointment.

However, as we all step up time and time again, making the commitments and sacrifices necessary to keep our communities safe, the Stefanson government has failed to do the same — following in Brian Pallister’s footsteps.

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022

Happy new year!

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday season. Although this year’s celebrations weren’t what we had hoped for, I hope we all were still able to connect, one way or another, with the ones we love.

I am pleased to see that many people in St. Vital have received and are making appointments to receive their booster shots. The vaccine booster is a critical tool to keep yourself, your family, and our community safe as the pandemic continues. In the next few days, I will be getting my booster shot. If you still need to book your vaccine appointment, please do so online using the vaccine finder or by phoning the vaccine call centre at 1-844-626-8222. Contact my office if you need assistance with booking a vaccine appointment.

However, as we all step up time and time again, making the commitments and sacrifices necessary to keep our communities safe, the Stefanson government has failed to do the same — following in Brian Pallister’s footsteps.

Students continue to brighten St. Vital

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Students continue to brighten St. Vital

Jamie Moses 2 minute read Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021

I want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank some of the incredibly talented student artists in St. Vital. For the second year in a row, I am happy to display some amazing artwork created by young artists from Glenlawn Collegiate and Dakota Collegiate.

Thank you to Jillian B., Cindy Y. and Ashley A. from Glenlawn Collegiate, as well as Jamie H., Mahrukh K., Kyle G., Hanna P., Danielle E., Queenie P. and Bella from Dakota Collegiate. Thank you also to their teachers Shawna McLeod and Cloyd Barth for their work to inspire these creative students.

Since the Manitoba Legislature currently has a hybrid in-person and virtual sitting format, I have been delighted that some of the artwork has been visible as a backdrop during my participation in the virtual Legislature. I have received compliments on the beautiful artwork from my colleagues in the Legislature, and I proudly tell them that it was made by local St. Vital students.

If you’d like to see all the wonderful artwork, please feel free to stop by my constituency office during office hours at 878 St. Mary’s Ave.

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021

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St. Vital MLA Jamie Moses shows off the artwork of local high school students in his constituency office.

History made with the Emancipation Day Act

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History made with the Emancipation Day Act

Jamie Moses 3 minute read Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021

Though our return to the legislature this October may have been brief, my colleagues and I were able to achieve a lot for Manitobans in that short time.

We forced the government to withdraw five of their most unpopular bills — including Bill 64, held the government to account for the ongoing crisis their health-care cuts have caused and I’m proud to share that we were able to pass my first piece of legislation, Bill 232 - the Emancipation Day Act.

Bill 232 officially recognizes Aug. 1 of every year as Emancipation Day. It marks the day in 1834 that the Slavery Abolition Act took effect in Canada and across the British Empire — a significant step towards the end of slavery and the first of many steps in a long, arduous journey towards true equality for Black people in Canada. It is a journey that is still unfinished today.

I put forward this bill on behalf of a strong and vibrant community of Black people in Manitoba, and I’m honoured to be the first Black man in Manitoba history to have a bill pass in my name. However, this would not have been possible without the support of so many incredible community partners, such as Black History Manitoba, whose office is located in St. Vital, and African Communities of Manitoba. I also want to thank my NDP caucus colleagues for their support; I am so proud to be part of a team that is committed to doing the hard work to dismantle racism in our society.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021

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St. Vital MLA Jamie Moses celebrates the unanimous passing of the Emancipation Day Act alongside Nadia Thompson (right), chair of Black History Manitoba and community activist and educator Segun Olude.

The importance of truth and reconciliation

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The importance of truth and reconciliation

Jamie Moses 3 minute read Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

I want to acknowledge a very important date that recently passed - the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, on Sept. 30. It was day to reflect on and honour the lost lives and survivors of residential schools.

We still have to go one step further, though, and recognize it as a statutory holiday here in Manitoba.

On Sept. 22, along with my NDP colleagues, I visited the site of the former residential school in the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation in Brandon. We learned about the years of work to locate unmarked graves. Spending time listening to elders has shown me that there is a long road to go in the healing process and that we all play a part in working toward reconciliation in our province.

I spent Sept. 30 with my wife and our children at the Orange Shirt Day powwow in St. John’s Park. It was a day filled with the music and  dance, and the resilience of Indigenous peoples. The day also carried the dark memories of Canada’s residential schools and the often-untold sufferings that Indigenous children went through.

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

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St. Vital MLA Jamie Moses and his family were among those who attended the Orange Shirt Day powwow in St. John’s Park on Sept. 30

Bill 64 is dead but there is still much to do

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Bill 64 is dead but there is still much to do

Jamie Moses 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2021

As schools across Louis Riel School Division re-open and a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic looms, many in our community are worried what this will mean for our kids’ educations, our job security and, most importantly, for the health and safety of our community.

Right now, all our focus should be on these most pressing concerns - strengthening health care, supporting our schools, and keeping life affordable for working families in St. Vital. Unfortunately, we are not seeing this focus from the Progressive Conservative government.

My team and I spent the summer canvassing throughout St. Vital, listening to concerns of families in our community. That’s why I know how many people in St. Vital don’t support this government’s legislative agenda - including Bill 64.

Back in the spring, my NDP colleagues and I delayed Bill 64 and four other pieces of legislation to this fall. Without that delay, Bill 64 would have already passed into law.

Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2021

As schools across Louis Riel School Division re-open and a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic looms, many in our community are worried what this will mean for our kids’ educations, our job security and, most importantly, for the health and safety of our community.

Right now, all our focus should be on these most pressing concerns - strengthening health care, supporting our schools, and keeping life affordable for working families in St. Vital. Unfortunately, we are not seeing this focus from the Progressive Conservative government.

My team and I spent the summer canvassing throughout St. Vital, listening to concerns of families in our community. That’s why I know how many people in St. Vital don’t support this government’s legislative agenda - including Bill 64.

Back in the spring, my NDP colleagues and I delayed Bill 64 and four other pieces of legislation to this fall. Without that delay, Bill 64 would have already passed into law.

Vaccine accessibility in St. Vital

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Vaccine accessibility in St. Vital

Jamie Moses 3 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021

As more and more people in our community are receiving their first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, I have been happy to work with community leaders doing the work to increase accessibility of the vaccine right here in St. Vital.

After advocating for local vaccine access in the Legislature and writing to the health minister twice about the importance of community vaccine clinics I am pleased to see them happen in St. Vital.

Leaders in our community, such as Angela from the Marlene Street Community Resource Centre, and its staff and volunteers, have been working hard organizing two pop-up vaccination clinics right here in St. Vital. The first one was a great success and I was glad to have been able to stop by to chat with residents and bring some water and ice, graciously donated by Sobeys.

I also want to thank Melissa and Michaela from the René Deleurme Centre in the Louis Riel School Division for all the work they put in organizing their own vaccine clinic. Their leadership and planning helped to get families who may not have had otherwise had the opportunity, a chance to get vaccinated locally. I was thrilled to help out and talk with so many in our community who were taking advantage of the easily accessible clinic.

Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021

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Jamie Moses, MLA for St. Vital, and staff volunteering at the Rene Deleurme Centre vaccine clinic.

Congratulations to our scholarship winners

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Congratulations to our scholarship winners

Jamie Moses 3 minute read Friday, Jul. 23, 2021

With school done for the summer, I wanted to take a moment to thank from the bottom of my heart all the students, educators, administrators, support staff and all who work and learn in our schools.

In the face of this crisis, you responded by coming together as school communities, taking care of one another, and put in the hard work to make these past two years happen.

With so many students going above and beyond during this difficult school year, I want to congratulate all of the amazing students who have made positive impacts on their school community this year.

I was proud to recognize a few of these students by awarding a graduating scholarship to one deserving student from each of our St. Vital high schools.

Friday, Jul. 23, 2021

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St. Vital MLA Jamie Moses congratulates two recent graduates of Dakota Collegiate.

Congratulations, 2021 graduates!

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Congratulations, 2021 graduates!

Jamie Moses — St. Vital MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021

Congratulations to all our high school graduates. We know that the public health measures have sadly made it more difficult for us to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of our future leaders in graduation ceremonies.

As graduates, your last couple years of high school have been like no other, with public health restrictions making it more difficult to see the people and do the things you love.

While the frustration of dealing with challenges you’ve faced has been tough, know that the strength and determination that got you to this point is the same strength and determination that will fuel your future success in life.

Our community will get through this temporary crisis and I have no doubt that the graduates of 2021 will be working to help build a better world for us all.

Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021

Congratulations to all our high school graduates. We know that the public health measures have sadly made it more difficult for us to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of our future leaders in graduation ceremonies.

As graduates, your last couple years of high school have been like no other, with public health restrictions making it more difficult to see the people and do the things you love.

While the frustration of dealing with challenges you’ve faced has been tough, know that the strength and determination that got you to this point is the same strength and determination that will fuel your future success in life.

Our community will get through this temporary crisis and I have no doubt that the graduates of 2021 will be working to help build a better world for us all.

Vaccines in arms are the best way out of this

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Vaccines in arms are the best way out of this

Jamie Moses — St. Vital MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Thursday, May. 27, 2021

In St. Vital and across the province, it’s now been over a year since many family members and friends were able to gather in person. As we experience the third wave of this COVID-19 pandemic, I know we are all tired and all miss these connections now more than ever.

Fortunately, vaccines provide us with light at the end of the tunnel.

Just recently, my wife and I received our first doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the RBC Convention Centre supersite. By just receiving this one shot I felt relief knowing I’m doing what I need to do to protect those within my family and our community. Thank you to the countless staff at vaccination sites across the province working tirelessly to get shots into the arms of Manitobans as quickly as possible.

As vaccine eligibility expanded in May, I know that many people throughout St. Vital are looking to get vaccinated. However, I also know many people face barriers to getting the vaccine; from parents needing to arrange childcare for their appointment to some who simply are unable to access transportation or are unable to navigate downtown to visit the super site.

Thursday, May. 27, 2021

In St. Vital and across the province, it’s now been over a year since many family members and friends were able to gather in person. As we experience the third wave of this COVID-19 pandemic, I know we are all tired and all miss these connections now more than ever.

Fortunately, vaccines provide us with light at the end of the tunnel.

Just recently, my wife and I received our first doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the RBC Convention Centre supersite. By just receiving this one shot I felt relief knowing I’m doing what I need to do to protect those within my family and our community. Thank you to the countless staff at vaccination sites across the province working tirelessly to get shots into the arms of Manitobans as quickly as possible.

As vaccine eligibility expanded in May, I know that many people throughout St. Vital are looking to get vaccinated. However, I also know many people face barriers to getting the vaccine; from parents needing to arrange childcare for their appointment to some who simply are unable to access transportation or are unable to navigate downtown to visit the super site.

Bidding adieu to Maurice Allard

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Bidding adieu to Maurice Allard

Jamie Moses — St. Vital MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2021

Throughout these past 14 months, small businesses in St. Vital have had to face incredible challenges and changes in the way that they operate. Like many of you, I have been choosing to support our St. Vital local businesses and I encourage everyone the same.

It has been heartwarming to see in the face of these challenges that our local business leaders have stepped up to support one another. At the end of last year, we saw the Old St. Vital BIZ provide $675 each to their 150 member businesses, a total of $100,000 in financial assistance through their economic recovery recognition program. Thank you to the Old St. Vital BIZ board for supporting our local business community during these difficult times.

I want to also take this opportunity to recognize the retirement of Maurice Allard, executive director of Old St. Vital BIZ.

Allard says he will miss the people and the relationships he has developed over the years - being known by name in the Mayor’s office isn’t too shabby, either. A highlight for him during his time at the BIZ has been the St. Vital Watershed public art project. Working with actual canoes, altered, and stood on end, local artist Collin Zipp placed a display at the corner of St. Anne’s and St. Mary’s roads with historical neighbourhood references to the 1820 Métis settlement and dates marking the levels of Winnipeg’s great floods.

Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2021

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St. Vital MLA Jamie Moses (left) and retiring Old St. Vital BIZ executive director Maurice Allard, pictured recently at the BIZ offices.

Education plan gets a failing grade

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Education plan gets a failing grade

Jamie Moses — St. Vital MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2021

In St. Vital and across the province, we know that our schools are the beating hearts of our communities. Schools where our children go to learn not only about math, literacy and science but also how to be active and engaged citizens in the world around them.

On March 15th, the long-awaited K-12 education review and the accompanying Education Modernization Act, Bill 64, was released. It’s clear that in Bill 64, the Pallister government is planning to do to education what it had already started to do to health care - cut funding and centralize power at the cabinet table and make things more challenging for the most marginalized individuals in our community.

Bill 64 removes all locally elected school boards and trustees, eliminating Louis Riel School Division and combining it with all others in Winnipeg - creating a school region with over 100,000 students. This bill replaces locally elected representation with volunteer parent councils and an appointed provincial education authority appointed to serve on behalf of the premier and minister of education, not our communities.

The new PC plan falsely claims that it will give parents a greater ability to have a say in their child’s education but ultimately the minister will have the final say.

Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2021

In St. Vital and across the province, we know that our schools are the beating hearts of our communities. Schools where our children go to learn not only about math, literacy and science but also how to be active and engaged citizens in the world around them.

On March 15th, the long-awaited K-12 education review and the accompanying Education Modernization Act, Bill 64, was released. It’s clear that in Bill 64, the Pallister government is planning to do to education what it had already started to do to health care - cut funding and centralize power at the cabinet table and make things more challenging for the most marginalized individuals in our community.

Bill 64 removes all locally elected school boards and trustees, eliminating Louis Riel School Division and combining it with all others in Winnipeg - creating a school region with over 100,000 students. This bill replaces locally elected representation with volunteer parent councils and an appointed provincial education authority appointed to serve on behalf of the premier and minister of education, not our communities.

The new PC plan falsely claims that it will give parents a greater ability to have a say in their child’s education but ultimately the minister will have the final say.

Education plan gets a failing grade

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Education plan gets a failing grade

Jamie Moses — St. Vital MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2021

In St. Vital and across the province, we know that our schools are the beating hearts of our communities. Schools where our children go to learn not only about math, literacy and science but also how to be active and engaged citizens in the world around them.

On March 15th, the long-awaited K-12 education review and the accompanying Education Modernization Act, Bill 64, was released. It’s clear that in Bill 64, the Pallister government is planning to do to education what it had already started to do to health care - cut funding and centralize power at the cabinet table and make things more challenging for the most marginalized individuals in our community.

Bill 64 removes all locally elected school boards and trustees, eliminating Louis Riel School Division and combining it with all others in Winnipeg - creating a school region with over 100,000 students. This bill replaces locally elected representation with volunteer parent councils and an appointed provincial education authority - an authority appointed to serve on behalf of the premier and minister of education, not our communities.

The new PC plan falsely claims that it will give parents a greater ability to have a say in their child’s education but ultimately the minister will have the final say.

Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2021

In St. Vital and across the province, we know that our schools are the beating hearts of our communities. Schools where our children go to learn not only about math, literacy and science but also how to be active and engaged citizens in the world around them.

On March 15th, the long-awaited K-12 education review and the accompanying Education Modernization Act, Bill 64, was released. It’s clear that in Bill 64, the Pallister government is planning to do to education what it had already started to do to health care - cut funding and centralize power at the cabinet table and make things more challenging for the most marginalized individuals in our community.

Bill 64 removes all locally elected school boards and trustees, eliminating Louis Riel School Division and combining it with all others in Winnipeg - creating a school region with over 100,000 students. This bill replaces locally elected representation with volunteer parent councils and an appointed provincial education authority - an authority appointed to serve on behalf of the premier and minister of education, not our communities.

The new PC plan falsely claims that it will give parents a greater ability to have a say in their child’s education but ultimately the minister will have the final say.

Happy to participate in I Love to Read, BHM

Jamie Moses — St. Vital MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Preview

Happy to participate in I Love to Read, BHM

Jamie Moses — St. Vital MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021

It was so exciting this past month to visit classrooms virtually across St. Vital to share some stories with the students for I Love to Read Month.

Although this year looked a bit different compared to last year 0151— reading the books to my laptop was quite the change — I want to thank all the schools who invited me to participate.

A huge thank you as well to all the teachers and school staff who not only made I Love to Read Month a success in a year like no other; but who have been on the front lines ensuring that our kids safely get the education and support they need to learn and grow.

Sharing in the joy of reading with so many young learners in their classroom is one of the most enjoyable parts of my role. It was fun to read some amazing books by local authors like Deborah L. Delaronde’s Louis Riel Day: The Fur Trade Project. It was also great to celebrate Black History Month at the same time by reading Kadir Nelson’s Nelson Mandela.

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021

It was so exciting this past month to visit classrooms virtually across St. Vital to share some stories with the students for I Love to Read Month.

Although this year looked a bit different compared to last year 0151— reading the books to my laptop was quite the change — I want to thank all the schools who invited me to participate.

A huge thank you as well to all the teachers and school staff who not only made I Love to Read Month a success in a year like no other; but who have been on the front lines ensuring that our kids safely get the education and support they need to learn and grow.

Sharing in the joy of reading with so many young learners in their classroom is one of the most enjoyable parts of my role. It was fun to read some amazing books by local authors like Deborah L. Delaronde’s Louis Riel Day: The Fur Trade Project. It was also great to celebrate Black History Month at the same time by reading Kadir Nelson’s Nelson Mandela.

Proud to display local student art

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Proud to display local student art

Jamie Moses — St. Vital MLA Constituency Report 2 minute read Monday, Feb. 1, 2021

The arts bring beauty and joy into our lives and our community, especially with the challenges that we have faced in the past year.

My office has been able to partner with local St. Vital art students at Glenlawn Collegiate and Dakota Collegiate Institute to display student art pieces and show off their amazing creative abilities.

From Dakota, we have two amazing pieces from Grade 12 student Hyeonji Oh, a watercolour on paper and an acrylic on paper. A third piece by Grade 12 student Marissa Wiebe is a collection of five paintings depicting skeletons. The project was inspired by the isolation during the pandemic.

From Glenlawn, we have a beautiful three-painting trio by student Bailey Biswanger depicting trees through the seasons, as well as Yueqi Wang’s piece portraying very realistic water jars.

Monday, Feb. 1, 2021

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Jamie Moses shows off art by local high school students at his constituency office.

There is hope for this new year

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There is hope for this new year

Jamie Moses — St. Vital MLA Constituency Report 2 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday season.

I know for me and my family it certainly was different to share greetings through video calls instead of giving hugs. Though, it did warm my heart to know that I was doing my part to keep my family and community safe by staying physically apart. I hope that you all were still able to connect safely with your loved ones.

Before the new year, I was happy to spread a little holiday cheer around the St. Vital community.

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday season.

I know for me and my family it certainly was different to share greetings through video calls instead of giving hugs. Though, it did warm my heart to know that I was doing my part to keep my family and community safe by staying physically apart. I hope that you all were still able to connect safely with your loved ones.

Before the new year, I was happy to spread a little holiday cheer around the St. Vital community.

The holidays will be different, but still special

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The holidays will be different, but still special

Jamie Moses — St. Vital MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Dec. 7, 2020

The holidays are fast approaching and if one thing is clear it’s that our celebrations are going to look a lot different this year compared to years past.

The ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases will make it difficult for us to connect with friends, family and our community during this very unique holiday season.

For my family it will be quite the change of pace, without the numerous holiday dinners, breakfasts and parties here in St. Vital that normally fill the month of December.

Whether it was the breakfast with Santa at Windsor Community Centre or the holiday carnival at Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre, my family and I will greatly miss the opportunity to chat with the many wonderful folks who call St. Vital home. My kids will especially miss their annual photo op with the big man himself, Santa Claus. Though they haven’t gotten to share their Christmas wish-list in person this year, I’ve made sure to pass it along to the proper authorities at the North Pole.

Monday, Dec. 7, 2020

The holidays are fast approaching and if one thing is clear it’s that our celebrations are going to look a lot different this year compared to years past.

The ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases will make it difficult for us to connect with friends, family and our community during this very unique holiday season.

For my family it will be quite the change of pace, without the numerous holiday dinners, breakfasts and parties here in St. Vital that normally fill the month of December.

Whether it was the breakfast with Santa at Windsor Community Centre or the holiday carnival at Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre, my family and I will greatly miss the opportunity to chat with the many wonderful folks who call St. Vital home. My kids will especially miss their annual photo op with the big man himself, Santa Claus. Though they haven’t gotten to share their Christmas wish-list in person this year, I’ve made sure to pass it along to the proper authorities at the North Pole.

It’s time for government to help people

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It’s time for government to help people

Jamie Moses — St. Vital MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

Throughout this pandemic, Manitobans have come together and made sacrifices to protect their families, communities, and our province.

Additionally, we have all committed to these efforts to protect the most vulnerable among us, such as the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions which could make contracting COVID-19 even more dangerous.

Unfortunately, while our neighbours here in St. Vital as well as other Manitobans have stepped up, following the public health guidelines to keep each other safe, the Progressive Conservative government has failed to act.

Long lines at testing sites and lack of resources in contact tracing have created a backlog in identifying positive cases. I have heard from local seniors and families in St. Vital who are concerned about long-term care facilities and that an outbreak could occur in St. Vital that would overwhelm our healthcare workers. Additionally, lacklustre supports for our students and little to no help for Manitoban workers and small businesses have left many struggling.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

Throughout this pandemic, Manitobans have come together and made sacrifices to protect their families, communities, and our province.

Additionally, we have all committed to these efforts to protect the most vulnerable among us, such as the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions which could make contracting COVID-19 even more dangerous.

Unfortunately, while our neighbours here in St. Vital as well as other Manitobans have stepped up, following the public health guidelines to keep each other safe, the Progressive Conservative government has failed to act.

Long lines at testing sites and lack of resources in contact tracing have created a backlog in identifying positive cases. I have heard from local seniors and families in St. Vital who are concerned about long-term care facilities and that an outbreak could occur in St. Vital that would overwhelm our healthcare workers. Additionally, lacklustre supports for our students and little to no help for Manitoban workers and small businesses have left many struggling.

Green space, play structure enliven our community

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Green space, play structure enliven our community

Jamie Moses — St. Vital MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

2020 has been a year filled with challenges, so it is great for our community to have an opportunity to celebrate the Bishop Grandin Greenway with the opening of the Bittersweet Way and marking the organization’s 20th anniversary.

I was grateful to help celebrate by attending the opening of Bittersweet Way. This new green space at the corner of St. Mary’s Road and Bishop Grandin Boulevard provides a place for our community to come together and share in the natural beauty and rich history of the land we now call St. Vital. I was pleased to have the opportunity to throw some “seed bombs” into the greenway along with city councillor Brian Mayes (St. Vital) and MLA for Riel Rochelle Squires, which will hopefully continue to beautify the area.

Since 2000, Bishop Grandin Greenway volunteers have put in countless hours to create a network of natural spaces and trails along Bishop Grandin Boulevard. They have planted trees for re-oxygenation, restored wildlife habitats and shown us all that a healthy community means having a healthy planet.

Thank you to all the board members, especially past-presidents Michelle Meade and Murray Gibson, along with current president Derick Young. With every year and every new project, their vision of providing a green, healthy and sustainable community for all of us has become a reality.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

2020 has been a year filled with challenges, so it is great for our community to have an opportunity to celebrate the Bishop Grandin Greenway with the opening of the Bittersweet Way and marking the organization’s 20th anniversary.

I was grateful to help celebrate by attending the opening of Bittersweet Way. This new green space at the corner of St. Mary’s Road and Bishop Grandin Boulevard provides a place for our community to come together and share in the natural beauty and rich history of the land we now call St. Vital. I was pleased to have the opportunity to throw some “seed bombs” into the greenway along with city councillor Brian Mayes (St. Vital) and MLA for Riel Rochelle Squires, which will hopefully continue to beautify the area.

Since 2000, Bishop Grandin Greenway volunteers have put in countless hours to create a network of natural spaces and trails along Bishop Grandin Boulevard. They have planted trees for re-oxygenation, restored wildlife habitats and shown us all that a healthy community means having a healthy planet.

Thank you to all the board members, especially past-presidents Michelle Meade and Murray Gibson, along with current president Derick Young. With every year and every new project, their vision of providing a green, healthy and sustainable community for all of us has become a reality.