Janice Morley-Lecomte

Janice Morley-Lecomte

Seine River constituency report

Janice Morley-Lecomte is the PC MLA for Seine River.

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Celebrating the fall season

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Celebrating the fall season

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 21, 2022

Fall has arrived. Students are back at school, sports programs have started, and leaves are starting to change colour and fall to the ground. As we prepare for the changing season, we also embrace the holidays and community events that have passed and are yet to be celebrated.

We are over a month into the new school year, and everyone has adjusted to being back in class after the summer break. Bell MTS donated backpacks to schools as part of its back-to-school backpack program. The backpacks were filled with pencils, pens, crayons, paper, and other school supplies. Thank you to Bell MTS for its ongoing generosity.

To help Manitobans combat rising costs, our government has introduced an $87-million Family Affordability Package. Inflation affects us all. The increased cost of groceries, fuel, and living expenses has impacted everyone, especially those living on fixed incomes. Our government remains committed to making life affordable for Manitobans and we will continue to address rising costs in our province.

Families with a household net income below $175,000 will receive a benefit cheque of $250 with an additional $200 for each additional child. Seniors are also struggling with rising costs, which is why our government is committing $300 benefit cheques to all senior households with less than $40,000 in family net income. Our government is also increasing basic needs rates for Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) starting this month. This means that EIA general assistance clients will receive an additional $50 a month while all EIA disability clients will receive an additional $25 per household each month. As more Manitobans turn to food banks, we will also be providing a temporary grant program through the Food Security Fund, which will help support community organizations with growing demands.

Friday, Oct. 21, 2022

Fall has arrived. Students are back at school, sports programs have started, and leaves are starting to change colour and fall to the ground. As we prepare for the changing season, we also embrace the holidays and community events that have passed and are yet to be celebrated.

We are over a month into the new school year, and everyone has adjusted to being back in class after the summer break. Bell MTS donated backpacks to schools as part of its back-to-school backpack program. The backpacks were filled with pencils, pens, crayons, paper, and other school supplies. Thank you to Bell MTS for its ongoing generosity.

To help Manitobans combat rising costs, our government has introduced an $87-million Family Affordability Package. Inflation affects us all. The increased cost of groceries, fuel, and living expenses has impacted everyone, especially those living on fixed incomes. Our government remains committed to making life affordable for Manitobans and we will continue to address rising costs in our province.

Families with a household net income below $175,000 will receive a benefit cheque of $250 with an additional $200 for each additional child. Seniors are also struggling with rising costs, which is why our government is committing $300 benefit cheques to all senior households with less than $40,000 in family net income. Our government is also increasing basic needs rates for Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) starting this month. This means that EIA general assistance clients will receive an additional $50 a month while all EIA disability clients will receive an additional $25 per household each month. As more Manitobans turn to food banks, we will also be providing a temporary grant program through the Food Security Fund, which will help support community organizations with growing demands.

Busy summer in Seine River

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Busy summer in Seine River

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

With summer ending and students eagerly looking forward to returning to school and reconnecting with classmates, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the last couple of months.

Summer was busy with many community events, parades, and local festivals. Canada Day celebrations started the summer with events honoring our country’s birthday. St. Norbert Farmer’s Market, open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, has welcomed many guests who enjoy the local music, while visiting the many artisans’ displays, baking and locally grown produce booths. It has been wonderful to see everybody out and about in the community. Folklorama showcased the diverse communities and talents of our province. Many community groups were able to get together for the first time in a couple of years, and hosted barbecues. Neighbours, families, and tourists were able to sample a bit of Manitoba on their holiday travels this summer.

Recently, there were some very exciting announcements made by the provincial government. The Heritage Resources Conservation Grant funding of $627,070 was awarded to 51 projects that will preserve and enhance heritage sites across our province. One of the recipients of this grant funding was the Trappist Monastery Guesthouse in St. Norbert. The Guesthouse received $20,250 to assist with the cost of repairing windows and flooring.

Small businesses are the backbone of any community. Recognizing their significance, the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant provides funding for training initiatives, that will in turn contribute to the development of a skilled and adaptable workforce and address the recruitment and retention issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The first intake of the 2022-23 Canada-Manitoba Job Grant closed June 10 and provided 375 businesses with more than $8 million in funding. The funding supported training to help businesses adapt their operations to address the impacts of COVID-19, resulting in nearly 5,500 employees trained. An additional $2 million in funding will be available for applications received in the second intake period, which will open in September 2022. Manitoba has already noticed the positive impact of the program. The unemployment rate was the lowest in July, across all the country. For more information on the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant, visit www.gov.mb.ca/jec/busdev/financial/cmjg/index.html

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

With summer ending and students eagerly looking forward to returning to school and reconnecting with classmates, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the last couple of months.

Summer was busy with many community events, parades, and local festivals. Canada Day celebrations started the summer with events honoring our country’s birthday. St. Norbert Farmer’s Market, open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, has welcomed many guests who enjoy the local music, while visiting the many artisans’ displays, baking and locally grown produce booths. It has been wonderful to see everybody out and about in the community. Folklorama showcased the diverse communities and talents of our province. Many community groups were able to get together for the first time in a couple of years, and hosted barbecues. Neighbours, families, and tourists were able to sample a bit of Manitoba on their holiday travels this summer.

Recently, there were some very exciting announcements made by the provincial government. The Heritage Resources Conservation Grant funding of $627,070 was awarded to 51 projects that will preserve and enhance heritage sites across our province. One of the recipients of this grant funding was the Trappist Monastery Guesthouse in St. Norbert. The Guesthouse received $20,250 to assist with the cost of repairing windows and flooring.

Small businesses are the backbone of any community. Recognizing their significance, the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant provides funding for training initiatives, that will in turn contribute to the development of a skilled and adaptable workforce and address the recruitment and retention issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The first intake of the 2022-23 Canada-Manitoba Job Grant closed June 10 and provided 375 businesses with more than $8 million in funding. The funding supported training to help businesses adapt their operations to address the impacts of COVID-19, resulting in nearly 5,500 employees trained. An additional $2 million in funding will be available for applications received in the second intake period, which will open in September 2022. Manitoba has already noticed the positive impact of the program. The unemployment rate was the lowest in July, across all the country. For more information on the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant, visit www.gov.mb.ca/jec/busdev/financial/cmjg/index.html

Summer announcements, best wishes

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Summer announcements, best wishes

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

The familiar buzz of mosquitoes, the hum of lawnmowers and the beautiful landscapes filled with blooming flowers welcomes the summer season. June was a busy and exciting month. Graduates celebrated with family and friends, school tours to the legislative building resumed and we finished another legislative session.

This session saw a total of 33 bills passed and I would like to highlight some recent announcements made by our provincial government.

First, more than $20 million is being allocated to build on previous investments in strengthening student support and learning across kindergarten to Grade 12 schools in the upcoming school year. This funding will help schools continue to address student learning with a focus on re-engaging students whose learning has been most disrupted during the pandemic. In response to consultations with school divisions across the province and as part of the government’s implementation of Manitoba’s K to 12 Education Action Plan, this $20-million fund will prioritize investments in literacy and numeracy, mental health and well-being, student re-engagement, and additional supports for students with diverse learning needs. In addition to the $20 million in funding, $3 million has been dedicated toward Teachers’ Idea Fund proposals that emphasize mental health and well-being. This includes initiatives that focus on social and emotional learning and provide enhanced mental health resources and support for the students and staff in schools.

Second, Minister of Education Wayne Ewasko, along with Karina Gould, federal minister of families, children and social development, announced a joint investment in child care; nearly $37 million will be allocated to implement a wage grid that will support wage equity for the early childhood workforce in funded child-care facilities. This investment will support dedicated staff who provide high-quality care and early learning opportunities that promote positive early childhood development outcomes, setting the stage for the lifelong success for young Manitobans. The funding will allow non-profit child-care boards to develop fair, consistent and competitive wage scales for early childhood educators and child-care assistants across the province.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

The familiar buzz of mosquitoes, the hum of lawnmowers and the beautiful landscapes filled with blooming flowers welcomes the summer season. June was a busy and exciting month. Graduates celebrated with family and friends, school tours to the legislative building resumed and we finished another legislative session.

This session saw a total of 33 bills passed and I would like to highlight some recent announcements made by our provincial government.

First, more than $20 million is being allocated to build on previous investments in strengthening student support and learning across kindergarten to Grade 12 schools in the upcoming school year. This funding will help schools continue to address student learning with a focus on re-engaging students whose learning has been most disrupted during the pandemic. In response to consultations with school divisions across the province and as part of the government’s implementation of Manitoba’s K to 12 Education Action Plan, this $20-million fund will prioritize investments in literacy and numeracy, mental health and well-being, student re-engagement, and additional supports for students with diverse learning needs. In addition to the $20 million in funding, $3 million has been dedicated toward Teachers’ Idea Fund proposals that emphasize mental health and well-being. This includes initiatives that focus on social and emotional learning and provide enhanced mental health resources and support for the students and staff in schools.

Second, Minister of Education Wayne Ewasko, along with Karina Gould, federal minister of families, children and social development, announced a joint investment in child care; nearly $37 million will be allocated to implement a wage grid that will support wage equity for the early childhood workforce in funded child-care facilities. This investment will support dedicated staff who provide high-quality care and early learning opportunities that promote positive early childhood development outcomes, setting the stage for the lifelong success for young Manitobans. The funding will allow non-profit child-care boards to develop fair, consistent and competitive wage scales for early childhood educators and child-care assistants across the province.

Local organizations get funding support

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Local organizations get funding support

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Wednesday, May. 25, 2022

We are well into May, which means that summer is right around the corner, This has been such a busy and exciting month, and with that in mind, I’d like to take a moment to highlight some recent announcements made by our provincial government.

The Building Sustainable Communities program and Green Team program recently announced the organizations and communities that were approved for grants, and I am so pleased to say that the Seine River riding received funding for local community projects. The St. Vital Mustangs, the largest recipient in Seine River, will see $300,000 in funding for the construction of a turf football field. The turf field will offer athletes from Winnipeg and surrounding areas an opportunity to play sports without the hindrance of weather and seasonal changes. Union Nation Métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba., the St. Norbert Arts Centre, St. Norbert BIZ, Rugby Manitoba and Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Winnipeg all received funding to assist with ongoing renovations and updates to their programs and youth employment projects. Congratulations to all the deserving recipients, and the tremendous work you do for our communities.

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I would also like to highlight a remarkable Manitoban who is bringing his talents all the way to South America this month. Vivek Bhagria is one of four individuals from Canada, along with eight players from the U.S.A., representing Canada in Lima, Peru at the Copa América de Talla Baja, an international soccer tournament, which roughly translates to the Americas Cup for Little People.

Wednesday, May. 25, 2022

Vivek Bhagria, at front, is one of four individuals from Canada, along with eight players from the U.S.A., who will represent Canada as part of a North American soccer team in Lima, Peru, at the Copa América de Talla Baja.

A quick roundup of March activity and events

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A quick roundup of March activity and events

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2022

Melting snow, potholes and the sound of geese honking are sure signs that spring has arrived. The warmer weather also brings to a conclusion the 20222 Last Snowman Winnipeg contest. Congratulations to Mr. Caspar and his snow couple Fern and Doris, on being the overall winner of the 2022 contest. Thank you to all who participated in this great winter activity.

Spring marks the beginning of a new legislative session and in a short time several bills have been passed. Bill 10 and Bill 12 are two of these. Bill 10 is an amendment to the Health Services Insurance Act, the Pharmaceutical Act, and various corporate statutes. It allows pharmacists to continue conducting COVID-19 tests, and for government-mandated boards to be allowed to meet and vote digitally. Bill 12 is the Peak of the Market Reorganization Act, which makes it possible for small market gardeners who grow root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions to sell directly to customers. Growers can now sell without the marketing board or restrictions based on the size of their farm. Peak of the Market will continue to operate as a not-for-profit in the province of Manitoba.

Asian Women of Winnipeg hosted an International Women’s Day event last month. AWOW is a wonderful non-profit organization that aims to promote, educate, and empower women living in Winnipeg. The event was a celebration to recognize Dr. Anju Bajaj, Dr. Kernjeet Kaur Sandhu, and Yenny Trinh for their tremendous achievements in their respective fields. Dr. Bajaj is the vice-principal and STEM Educator at Holy Cross School; Dr. Kaur Sandhu is a family physician; and Yenny Trinh is a lawyer. All are outstanding leaders in their communities, and it was an honour to be a part of an event celebrating the incredible women living in our province.

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, a week-long agriculture fair and exhibition, is held annually in Brandon during spring break. Unfortunately, owing to COVID-19, it hasn’t been held since 2019, which made its return this year even more exciting. The event is full of world-class show jumping, heavy horse competitions, livestock sales and displays, a hands-on agricultural education program, live entertainers, and much more.

Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2022

Melting snow, potholes and the sound of geese honking are sure signs that spring has arrived. The warmer weather also brings to a conclusion the 20222 Last Snowman Winnipeg contest. Congratulations to Mr. Caspar and his snow couple Fern and Doris, on being the overall winner of the 2022 contest. Thank you to all who participated in this great winter activity.

Spring marks the beginning of a new legislative session and in a short time several bills have been passed. Bill 10 and Bill 12 are two of these. Bill 10 is an amendment to the Health Services Insurance Act, the Pharmaceutical Act, and various corporate statutes. It allows pharmacists to continue conducting COVID-19 tests, and for government-mandated boards to be allowed to meet and vote digitally. Bill 12 is the Peak of the Market Reorganization Act, which makes it possible for small market gardeners who grow root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions to sell directly to customers. Growers can now sell without the marketing board or restrictions based on the size of their farm. Peak of the Market will continue to operate as a not-for-profit in the province of Manitoba.

Asian Women of Winnipeg hosted an International Women’s Day event last month. AWOW is a wonderful non-profit organization that aims to promote, educate, and empower women living in Winnipeg. The event was a celebration to recognize Dr. Anju Bajaj, Dr. Kernjeet Kaur Sandhu, and Yenny Trinh for their tremendous achievements in their respective fields. Dr. Bajaj is the vice-principal and STEM Educator at Holy Cross School; Dr. Kaur Sandhu is a family physician; and Yenny Trinh is a lawyer. All are outstanding leaders in their communities, and it was an honour to be a part of an event celebrating the incredible women living in our province.

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, a week-long agriculture fair and exhibition, is held annually in Brandon during spring break. Unfortunately, owing to COVID-19, it hasn’t been held since 2019, which made its return this year even more exciting. The event is full of world-class show jumping, heavy horse competitions, livestock sales and displays, a hands-on agricultural education program, live entertainers, and much more.

Plenty to celebrate in February

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Plenty to celebrate in February

Janice Morley-Lecomte 5 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022

Winter offers many opportunities for young and old to enjoy the abundance of outdoor activities. This year the increased snowfall has benefitted many outdoor enthusiasts, as they participate in their favourite winter activities. Outdoor parks are busy with people skating, skiing, walking, and enjoying the beauty of a winter wonderland. For others, the snow has meant a daily workout as snow is shovelled from sidewalks and driveways. Thankfully, the calendar has turned another page and we are in February, which brings with it warmer temperatures, noticeably longer daylight hours and the beginning of outdoor and indoor festivities.  Black History Month, Festival du Voyageur and the Chinese New Year are three of the many things celebrated February.  Music, activities, food, and artists share their talents with guests who visit the on-line or in-person venues. February is a month of celebrations honouring history, culture, education and family and friends.  Black History Month has events scheduled throughout the month, honouring the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities.  Festival du Voyageur, which runs Feb. 18 to 27, is the largest winter festival in western Canada, celebrates French-Canadian culture. This year, the 10-day festival will be hosted at an online venue and at its Fort Gibraltar location. This year is the year of the tiger on the Chinese calendar. Celebrated after the last new moon at the end of January, this year’s celebrations begin Feb. 1 and ended February 15. Happy new year to all who celebrate the lunar new year.  February is also I Love to Read Month, a month-long celebration promoting the importance of literacy. According to the Manitoba Reading Association, this year’s I Love to Read Month theme is Moving Forward with Hope. In the past, February has been a month full of book fairs and visits to local schools to read to the students. While we may not be back to celebrating in this manner, I am excited to participate in the festivities in whatever way possible and share with students the joy and value of reading. Budget 2022 online consultation feedback closed at the end of January, and I want to thank the many Manitobans who participated in the many online stakeholder and town hall discussions.  Feedback on Budget 2022 is important and gives insight to what matters to Manitobans and their families.If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out and contact my constituency office at Janice.seineriverMLA@mymts.net  

 

Winter offers many opportunities for young and old to enjoy the abundance of outdoor activities. This year the increased snowfall has benefitted many outdoor enthusiasts, as they participate in their favourite winter activities. Outdoor parks are busy with people skating, skiing, walking, and enjoying the beauty of a winter wonderland. 

For others, the snow has meant a daily workout as snow is shovelled from sidewalks and driveways. Thankfully, the calendar has turned another page and we are in February, which brings with it warmer temperatures, noticeably longer daylight hours and the beginning of outdoor and indoor festivities.  

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022

Winter offers many opportunities for young and old to enjoy the abundance of outdoor activities. This year the increased snowfall has benefitted many outdoor enthusiasts, as they participate in their favourite winter activities. Outdoor parks are busy with people skating, skiing, walking, and enjoying the beauty of a winter wonderland. For others, the snow has meant a daily workout as snow is shovelled from sidewalks and driveways. Thankfully, the calendar has turned another page and we are in February, which brings with it warmer temperatures, noticeably longer daylight hours and the beginning of outdoor and indoor festivities.  Black History Month, Festival du Voyageur and the Chinese New Year are three of the many things celebrated February.  Music, activities, food, and artists share their talents with guests who visit the on-line or in-person venues. February is a month of celebrations honouring history, culture, education and family and friends.  Black History Month has events scheduled throughout the month, honouring the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities.  Festival du Voyageur, which runs Feb. 18 to 27, is the largest winter festival in western Canada, celebrates French-Canadian culture. This year, the 10-day festival will be hosted at an online venue and at its Fort Gibraltar location. This year is the year of the tiger on the Chinese calendar. Celebrated after the last new moon at the end of January, this year’s celebrations begin Feb. 1 and ended February 15. Happy new year to all who celebrate the lunar new year.  February is also I Love to Read Month, a month-long celebration promoting the importance of literacy. According to the Manitoba Reading Association, this year’s I Love to Read Month theme is Moving Forward with Hope. In the past, February has been a month full of book fairs and visits to local schools to read to the students. While we may not be back to celebrating in this manner, I am excited to participate in the festivities in whatever way possible and share with students the joy and value of reading. Budget 2022 online consultation feedback closed at the end of January, and I want to thank the many Manitobans who participated in the many online stakeholder and town hall discussions.  Feedback on Budget 2022 is important and gives insight to what matters to Manitobans and their families.If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out and contact my constituency office at Janice.seineriverMLA@mymts.net  

 

Winter offers many opportunities for young and old to enjoy the abundance of outdoor activities. This year the increased snowfall has benefitted many outdoor enthusiasts, as they participate in their favourite winter activities. Outdoor parks are busy with people skating, skiing, walking, and enjoying the beauty of a winter wonderland. 

For others, the snow has meant a daily workout as snow is shovelled from sidewalks and driveways. Thankfully, the calendar has turned another page and we are in February, which brings with it warmer temperatures, noticeably longer daylight hours and the beginning of outdoor and indoor festivities.  

Notes from the legislature

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Notes from the legislature

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021

As we are now in the depths of the winter season, it can be difficult to find fun activities to take part in, but here are a few you should know about:

• This year, in lieu of the Breakfast with Santa, Dakota Community Centre will be hosting a Skate with Santa event on Dec. 23. Families can enjoy a great winter activity and get their pictures taken with Santa Claus.  

•  The St. Norbert Arts Centre is holding Community Sundays in December, featuring activities including an outdoor winter wonderland, featuring a bonfire, snow art, ice sculptures, hot apple cider, and much more.

 

Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021

As we are now in the depths of the winter season, it can be difficult to find fun activities to take part in, but here are a few you should know about:

• This year, in lieu of the Breakfast with Santa, Dakota Community Centre will be hosting a Skate with Santa event on Dec. 23. Families can enjoy a great winter activity and get their pictures taken with Santa Claus.  

•  The St. Norbert Arts Centre is holding Community Sundays in December, featuring activities including an outdoor winter wonderland, featuring a bonfire, snow art, ice sculptures, hot apple cider, and much more.

 

Notes from the legislature

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Notes from the legislature

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021

As we are now in the depths of the winter season, it can be difficult to find fun activities to take part in, but here are a few you should know about:

• This year, in lieu of the Breakfast with Santa, Dakota Community Centre will be hosting a Skate with Santa event on Dec. 23. Families can enjoy a great winter activity and get their pictures taken with Santa Claus.   

• The St. Norbert Arts Centre is holding Community Sundays in December, featuring activities including an outdoor winter wonderland, featuring a bonfire, snow art, ice sculptures, hot apple cider, and much more.

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Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021

As we are now in the depths of the winter season, it can be difficult to find fun activities to take part in, but here are a few you should know about:

• This year, in lieu of the Breakfast with Santa, Dakota Community Centre will be hosting a Skate with Santa event on Dec. 23. Families can enjoy a great winter activity and get their pictures taken with Santa Claus.   

• The St. Norbert Arts Centre is holding Community Sundays in December, featuring activities including an outdoor winter wonderland, featuring a bonfire, snow art, ice sculptures, hot apple cider, and much more.

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Winter is upon us in Seine River

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Winter is upon us in Seine River

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Friday, Nov. 26, 2021

The winter solstice is a few weeks away, but we are already enjoying our first snowfall. The season’s first snowstorm brought much-needed moisture, which benefits everyone, as we have just been through one of the driest summers in a while. 

Lower amounts of precipitation left many rivers shallow and affected many who live along the banks of the rivers. Wildlife, farms, and towns rely on the water that flows through the many rivers in Manitoba. Locally, those who live along the Seine River, home to many outdoor enthusiasts, will hope to see more water in the river next season.

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Take Your MLA to Work Day is a wonderful initiative dedicated to showcasing the skills and abilities of Manitobans with disabilities in the workplace.

Friday, Nov. 26, 2021

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Seine River MLA Janice Morley-Lecomte (at right) visited St. Norbert Co-op on Take Your MLA to Work Day.

Winter is upon us in Seine River

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Winter is upon us in Seine River

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021

The winter solstice is a few weeks away, but we are already enjoying our first snowfall. The season’s first snowstorm brought much-needed moisture, which benefits everyone, as we have just been through one of the driest summers in a while.  

Lower amounts of precipitation left many rivers shallow and affected many who live along the banks of the rivers. Wildlife, farms, and towns rely on the water that flows through the many rivers in Manitoba. Locally, those who live along the Seine River, home to many outdoor enthusiasts, will hope to see more water in the river next season.

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Take Your MLA to Work Day is a wonderful initiative dedicated to showcasing the skills and abilities of Manitobans with disabilities in the workplace.

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021

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Seine River MLA Janice Morley-Lecomte (at right) visited St. Norbert Co-op on Take Your MLA to Work Day.

Honouring a gutsy young man

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Honouring a gutsy young man

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 29, 2021

It’s almost the end of October, and another year is quickly coming to an end. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. October always brings about another legislative session, and this year was no exception. However, this past session, which saw some bills pass and legislation debated, lasted just a couple of weeks.

During the session, we passed legislation that was needed to finalize Budget 2021 and continue the effort of making life more affordable for Manitobans, while providing financial support in the fight against COVID-19.

The Budget Implementation and Tax Statutes Amendment Act, 2021 (BITSA), will establish a private sector-led economic development agency and set out the mandate, powers, and responsibilities for Invest Manitoba to facilitate and encourage economic development in Manitoba and to provide advice to the government about economic policy and incentives for economic development.

BITSA will also exempt personal services from retail sales tax, including hair services and haircuts, non-medical skin and esthetician services, body modifications and spa services; it will reduce payroll taxes for Manitoba’s small and medium-sized businesses, resulting in $9.7 million in savings benefiting 1,100 employers and exempting 240 employers entirely; it will improve the interactive digital media tax credit and small business venture capital tax credit; extend the cultural industries printing tax credit and community enterprise development tax credit; adjust the deadline for the frequent filming bonus for the film and video production tax credit; make the book publishing tax credit permanent; and establish a new teaching sxpense tax credit to top up the federal tax credit.

Friday, Oct. 29, 2021

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Nathaniel (left) and Kyle Brown recently served as honorary chairs of the Gutsy Walk and were honoured by Janice Morley-Lecomte in a private member’s statement at the Manitoba Legislature.

Honouring a gutsy young man

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Honouring a gutsy young man

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021

It’s almost the end of October, and another year is quickly coming to an end. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. October always brings about another legislative session, and this year was no exception. However, this past session, which saw some bills pass and legislation debated, lasted  just a couple of weeks.

During the session, we passed legislation that was needed to finalize Budget 2021 and continue the effort of making life more affordable for Manitobans, while providing financial support in the fight against COVID-19.

The Budget Implementation and Tax Statutes Amendment Act, 2021 (BITSA), will establish a private sector-led economic development agency and set out the mandate, powers, and responsibilities for Invest Manitoba to facilitate and encourage economic development in Manitoba and to provide advice to the government about economic policy and incentives for economic development.

BITSA will also exempt personal services from retail sales tax, including hair services and haircuts, non-medical skin and esthetician services, body modifications and spa services; it will reduce payroll taxes for Manitoba’s small and medium-sized businesses, resulting in $9.7 million in savings benefiting 1,100 employers and exempting 240 employers entirely; it will improve the interactive digital media tax credit and small business venture capital tax credit; extend the cultural industries printing tax credit and community enterprise development tax credit; adjust the deadline for the frequent filming bonus for the film and video production tax credit; make the book publishing tax credit permanent; and establish a new teaching sxpense tax credit to top up the federal tax credit.

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021

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Nathaniel (left) and Kyle Brown recently served as honorary chairs of the Gutsy Walk and were honoured by Janice Morley-Lecomte in a private member’s statement at the Manitoba Legislature.

The busy season falls upon us

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The busy season falls upon us

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Well, it’s official, fall has begun. The leaves have started to change colours, the weather has started to cool down, and we’re fully into the swing of back-to-school season.

Between the sadness of saying goodbye to summer, and the excitement of going back to school, it is a very bittersweet time of the year for many Manitobans.

An important part of the back-to-school season is the preparation and acquiring of school supplies for the upcoming year. I am happy that, thanks to Telus Kits for Kids, we were able to donate a number of backpacks, fully stocked with supplies, to the schools in our community. Every year Telus makes it possible for us to give back to the students in our community, and this year was no exception.

September also brings along Tim Hortons’ Smile Cookie Week. The funds raised through the sale of smile cookies will be donated to the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation and the St. Amant Foundation, to help support children and adults with disabilities. Smile Cookie Week is such a wonderful way for people to get a delicious treat while giving back to their community.

Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Well, it’s official, fall has begun. The leaves have started to change colours, the weather has started to cool down, and we’re fully into the swing of back-to-school season.

Between the sadness of saying goodbye to summer, and the excitement of going back to school, it is a very bittersweet time of the year for many Manitobans.

An important part of the back-to-school season is the preparation and acquiring of school supplies for the upcoming year. I am happy that, thanks to Telus Kits for Kids, we were able to donate a number of backpacks, fully stocked with supplies, to the schools in our community. Every year Telus makes it possible for us to give back to the students in our community, and this year was no exception.

September also brings along Tim Hortons’ Smile Cookie Week. The funds raised through the sale of smile cookies will be donated to the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation and the St. Amant Foundation, to help support children and adults with disabilities. Smile Cookie Week is such a wonderful way for people to get a delicious treat while giving back to their community.

The busy season falls upon us

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The busy season falls upon us

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Monday, Sep. 27, 2021

Well, it’s official, fall has begun. The leaves have started to change colours, the weather has started to cool down, and we’re fully into the swing of back-to-school season.

Between the sadness of saying goodbye to summer, and the excitement of going back to school, it is a very bittersweet time of the year for many Manitobans.

An important part of the back-to-school season is the preparation and acquiring of school supplies for the upcoming year. I am happy that, thanks to Telus Kits for Kids, we were able to donate a number of backpacks, fully stocked with supplies, to the schools in our community. Every year Telus makes it possible for us to give back to the students in our community, and this year was no exception.

September also brings along Tim Hortons’ Smile Cookie Week. The funds raised through the sale of smile cookies will be donated to the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation and the St. Amant Foundation, to help support children and adults with disabilities. Smile Cookie Week is such a wonderful way for people to get a delicious treat while giving back to their community.I would like to take the opportunity now to highlight a local family making efforts to educate individuals about puppy breeding.

Monday, Sep. 27, 2021

Well, it’s official, fall has begun. The leaves have started to change colours, the weather has started to cool down, and we’re fully into the swing of back-to-school season.

Between the sadness of saying goodbye to summer, and the excitement of going back to school, it is a very bittersweet time of the year for many Manitobans.

An important part of the back-to-school season is the preparation and acquiring of school supplies for the upcoming year. I am happy that, thanks to Telus Kits for Kids, we were able to donate a number of backpacks, fully stocked with supplies, to the schools in our community. Every year Telus makes it possible for us to give back to the students in our community, and this year was no exception.

September also brings along Tim Hortons’ Smile Cookie Week. The funds raised through the sale of smile cookies will be donated to the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation and the St. Amant Foundation, to help support children and adults with disabilities. Smile Cookie Week is such a wonderful way for people to get a delicious treat while giving back to their community.I would like to take the opportunity now to highlight a local family making efforts to educate individuals about puppy breeding.

Great summer weather offers needed normalcy

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Great summer weather offers needed normalcy

Janice Morley-Lecomte 2 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 8, 2021

What a lovely summer we’ve had!

Between the gorgeous weather and the easing of public health restrictions, it’s been a welcome treat after the challenging year we’ve all endured. It’s been so nice to regain some sense of normalcy, and I would just like to thank all Manitobans for coming together to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Over the past year, many activities we have come to cherish have had to be postponed or cancelled. It’s great to once again see baseball diamonds alive with activity and the Lacrosse fields utilized by the many leagues throughout our city.

Another great outdoor activity that has seen an increase in interest is canoeing, and several new launch sites have been built to accommodate this growing number of newfound canoers. LaBarriere Park, located outside St. Norbert, along the Seine River, known for its many paths, fields, and sport areas, now boasts of a canoe launch site. The new site is easily accessible and accommodates more than one canoe being launched or docked.

Wednesday, Sep. 8, 2021

What a lovely summer we’ve had!

Between the gorgeous weather and the easing of public health restrictions, it’s been a welcome treat after the challenging year we’ve all endured. It’s been so nice to regain some sense of normalcy, and I would just like to thank all Manitobans for coming together to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Over the past year, many activities we have come to cherish have had to be postponed or cancelled. It’s great to once again see baseball diamonds alive with activity and the Lacrosse fields utilized by the many leagues throughout our city.

Another great outdoor activity that has seen an increase in interest is canoeing, and several new launch sites have been built to accommodate this growing number of newfound canoers. LaBarriere Park, located outside St. Norbert, along the Seine River, known for its many paths, fields, and sport areas, now boasts of a canoe launch site. The new site is easily accessible and accommodates more than one canoe being launched or docked.

Enjoy the tastes of summer in south Winnipeg

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Enjoy the tastes of summer in south Winnipeg

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Monday, Aug. 9, 2021

Summer is well underway, and families have been enjoying the warmer temperatures and visiting some of their favorite summer getaways. Local campgrounds are booked, beaches offer relief from the heat wave, and others are discovering restaurants and drive-ins, the hidden gems, throughout our province.

Local organizations such as TJ’s Gift, Dakota Community Centre, and St. Timothy’s Knights Charity golf for St.Amant will be holding golf tournaments in August. Summer camps have re-opened, and league sports have officially started up. Events are a great way to bring the community together, get everyone outside in the fresh air, and allow people to get to know fellow community members.

This year, many festivals and community events are cancelled, eliminating the opportunity to try local foods made by our amazing local talents but many online sights have been born to fill this niche.  

A great online site, offering travellers names of local restaurants, is the Manitoba Small Town Drive-Ins Review, which  rates drive-ins throughout the province on its Facebook page.

Monday, Aug. 9, 2021

Summer is well underway, and families have been enjoying the warmer temperatures and visiting some of their favorite summer getaways. Local campgrounds are booked, beaches offer relief from the heat wave, and others are discovering restaurants and drive-ins, the hidden gems, throughout our province.

Local organizations such as TJ’s Gift, Dakota Community Centre, and St. Timothy’s Knights Charity golf for St.Amant will be holding golf tournaments in August. Summer camps have re-opened, and league sports have officially started up. Events are a great way to bring the community together, get everyone outside in the fresh air, and allow people to get to know fellow community members.

This year, many festivals and community events are cancelled, eliminating the opportunity to try local foods made by our amazing local talents but many online sights have been born to fill this niche.  

A great online site, offering travellers names of local restaurants, is the Manitoba Small Town Drive-Ins Review, which  rates drive-ins throughout the province on its Facebook page.

Enjoy the tastes of summer in South Winnipeg

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Enjoy the tastes of summer in South Winnipeg

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021

Summer is well underway, and families have been enjoying the warmer temperatures and visiting some of their favourite summer getaways. Local campgrounds are booked, beaches offer relief from the heat wave, and others are discovering restaurants and drive-ins, the hidden gems, throughout our province.

Local organizations such as TJ’s Gift, Dakota Community Centre, and St. Timothy’s Knights Charity golf for St.Amant will be holding golf tournaments in August. Summer camps have re-opened, and league sports have officially started up. Events are a great way to bring the community together, get everyone outside in the fresh air, and allow people to get to know fellow community members

This year, many festivals and community events are cancelled, eliminating the opportunity to try local foods made by our amazing local talents but many online sights have been born to fill this niche. 

A great online site, offering travellers names of local restaurants, is the Manitoba Small Town Drive-Ins Review, which  rates drive-ins throughout the province on its Facebook page.This year, Folklorama will be hosted virtually, with events to entertain and delight everyone. Folklorama began in 1970 and has grown into the largest and longest-lasting festival of its kind. The celebration of culture is shared with thousands of people every August. In South Winnipeg, we are fortunate to have many local restaurants that specialize in food from many cultures. 

Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021

Summer is well underway, and families have been enjoying the warmer temperatures and visiting some of their favourite summer getaways. Local campgrounds are booked, beaches offer relief from the heat wave, and others are discovering restaurants and drive-ins, the hidden gems, throughout our province.

Local organizations such as TJ’s Gift, Dakota Community Centre, and St. Timothy’s Knights Charity golf for St.Amant will be holding golf tournaments in August. Summer camps have re-opened, and league sports have officially started up. Events are a great way to bring the community together, get everyone outside in the fresh air, and allow people to get to know fellow community members

This year, many festivals and community events are cancelled, eliminating the opportunity to try local foods made by our amazing local talents but many online sights have been born to fill this niche. 

A great online site, offering travellers names of local restaurants, is the Manitoba Small Town Drive-Ins Review, which  rates drive-ins throughout the province on its Facebook page.This year, Folklorama will be hosted virtually, with events to entertain and delight everyone. Folklorama began in 1970 and has grown into the largest and longest-lasting festival of its kind. The celebration of culture is shared with thousands of people every August. In South Winnipeg, we are fortunate to have many local restaurants that specialize in food from many cultures. 

Pleased to support community projects

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Pleased to support community projects

Janice Morley-Lecomte — Seine River MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Jul. 12, 2021

June is a busy month for many families.  It embraces the ending of one school year, honours young adults as they graduate from high school or college and signals the start of summer. 

 The summer season offers the opportunity to visit local festivals, participate in summer camps and to visit with family and friends.

St. Norbert Arts Centre is always busy with young artists and visitors taking in the many sights. This summer the SNAC is offering three week-long summer camps for youth; garden walk-and-stretch events on Wednesdays and Sundays; and their famous community Sundays, to highlight a few. To learn more about the events and times, email Debbie at snac@snac.mb.ca.  

The Building Sustainable Communities program has been expanded for 2021 with up to $13 million available to support 305 community development projects. This program was developed to allow for community development projects that help build thriving, sustainable communities and we have expanded the program by over $5 million to include support for larger-scale capital projects as well as added funding to support pandemic recovery.

Monday, Jul. 12, 2021

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Seine River MLA Janice Morley-Lecomte; Marilyn Firth, manager of the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market; and Sandy Fox, president of the Farmers’ Market board, recently announced that the market had received funding for a new washroom improvement.

Pleased to support community projects

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Pleased to support community projects

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 6, 2021

June is a busy month for many families. It embraces the ending of one school year, honours young adults as they graduate from high school or college and signals the start of summer.   

The summer season offers the opportunity to visit local festivals, participate in summer camps and to visit with family and friends.

St. Norbert Arts Centre is always busy with young artists and visitors taking in the many sights. This summer the SNAC is offering three week-long summer camps for youth; garden walk-and-stretch events on Wednesdays and Sundays; and their famous community Sundays, to highlight a few. To learn more about the events and times, email Debbie at snac@snac.mb.ca.  

The Building Sustainable Communities program has been expanded for 2021 with up to $13 million available to support 305 community development projects. This program was developed to allow for community development projects that help build thriving, sustainable communities and we have expanded the program by over $5 million to include support for larger-scale capital projects as well as added funding to support pandemic recovery.

Tuesday, Jul. 6, 2021

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Seine River MLA Janice Morley-Lecomte; Marilyn Firth, manager of the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market; and Sandy Fox, president of the Farmers’ Market board, recently announced that the market had received funding for a new washroom improvement.

Plenty to celebrate, be proud of this June

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Plenty to celebrate, be proud of this June

Janice Morley-Lecomte — Seine River MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Jun. 7, 2021

June has officially begun, which means summer is right around the corner.

In addition to summer and warm weather, June honours many individuals but this year’s celebrations for Father’s Day may be different from those of the past. This year, families will honor dads through phone calls, FaceTime chats, other virtual arrangements or through the many memories they have of their fathers.

I would like to wish all fathers a Happy Father’s Day.

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Monday, Jun. 7, 2021

June has officially begun, which means summer is right around the corner.

In addition to summer and warm weather, June honours many individuals but this year’s celebrations for Father’s Day may be different from those of the past. This year, families will honor dads through phone calls, FaceTime chats, other virtual arrangements or through the many memories they have of their fathers.

I would like to wish all fathers a Happy Father’s Day.

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Youth jobs, Green Teams grants on tap

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Youth jobs, Green Teams grants on tap

Janice Morley-Lecomte — Seine River MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Wednesday, May. 19, 2021

I’m pleased to highlight a recent provincial announcement of over $25 million to support more than 8,000 youth employment opportunities this summer through the new Manitoba Youth Jobs Program and existing Green Team grants.

The new $15 million Manitoba Youth Jobs Program will provide employers a 50 per cent subsidy on wages paid to eligible employees during the period of May 1 to Sept. 30 this year, with a maximum of up to $25,000 per employer.

We anticipate the program will help more than 2,000 Manitoba employers recover from the pandemic and create sustainable long-term, seasonal and short-term employment opportunities for more than 6,000 Manitoba youth.

We are also investing more than $10 million in Green Team grant programs to help an estimated 2,000 young Manitobans find summer employment and gain valuable work experience. This includes nearly $9 million for the Urban and Hometown Green Team program and more than $1 million for the Manitoba Parks Green Team.

Wednesday, May. 19, 2021

I’m pleased to highlight a recent provincial announcement of over $25 million to support more than 8,000 youth employment opportunities this summer through the new Manitoba Youth Jobs Program and existing Green Team grants.

The new $15 million Manitoba Youth Jobs Program will provide employers a 50 per cent subsidy on wages paid to eligible employees during the period of May 1 to Sept. 30 this year, with a maximum of up to $25,000 per employer.

We anticipate the program will help more than 2,000 Manitoba employers recover from the pandemic and create sustainable long-term, seasonal and short-term employment opportunities for more than 6,000 Manitoba youth.

We are also investing more than $10 million in Green Team grant programs to help an estimated 2,000 young Manitobans find summer employment and gain valuable work experience. This includes nearly $9 million for the Urban and Hometown Green Team program and more than $1 million for the Manitoba Parks Green Team.

Youth jobs, Green Teams grants on tap

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Youth jobs, Green Teams grants on tap

Janice Morley-Lecomte 3 minute read Tuesday, May. 11, 2021

I’m pleased to highlight a recent provincial announcement of over $25 million to support more than 8,000 youth employment opportunities this summer through the new Manitoba Youth Jobs Program and existing Green Team grants.

The new $15 million Manitoba Youth Jobs Program will provide employers a 50 per cent subsidy on wages paid to eligible employees during the period of May 1 to Sept. 30 this year, with a maximum of up to $25,000 per employer.

We anticipate the program will help more than 2,000 Manitoban employers recover from the pandemic and create sustainable long-term, seasonal and short-term employment opportunities for more than 6,000 Manitoba youth.

We are also investing more than $10 million in Green Team grant programs to help an estimated 2,000 young Manitobans find summer employment and gain valuable work experience. This includes nearly $9 million for the Urban and Hometown Green Team program and more than $1 million for the Manitoba Parks Green Team.

Tuesday, May. 11, 2021

I’m pleased to highlight a recent provincial announcement of over $25 million to support more than 8,000 youth employment opportunities this summer through the new Manitoba Youth Jobs Program and existing Green Team grants.

The new $15 million Manitoba Youth Jobs Program will provide employers a 50 per cent subsidy on wages paid to eligible employees during the period of May 1 to Sept. 30 this year, with a maximum of up to $25,000 per employer.

We anticipate the program will help more than 2,000 Manitoban employers recover from the pandemic and create sustainable long-term, seasonal and short-term employment opportunities for more than 6,000 Manitoba youth.

We are also investing more than $10 million in Green Team grant programs to help an estimated 2,000 young Manitobans find summer employment and gain valuable work experience. This includes nearly $9 million for the Urban and Hometown Green Team program and more than $1 million for the Manitoba Parks Green Team.

Spring means plenty is happening

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Spring means plenty is happening

Janice Morley-Lecomte 2 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021

We have been in session for a little over a month now, and in that time many exciting announcements have been made.

 One announcement Manitobans always eagerly anticipate is that of the government’s annual budget. On April 7, the provincial budget was released. It was filled with important announcements highlighting our province’s finances and funding opportunities. If you were unable to virtually attend the budget speech and would like more information on the details of the 2021-22 budget, please visit www.gov.mb.ca

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Spring has officially sprung! With the beginning of spring, we have not only enjoyed warm weather and above-seasonal temperatures, we have also had the luxury of our greenhouses opening for our garden season.

Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021

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Seine River MLA Janice Morley-Lecomte (far left) was on hand to see Pam Hadder (middle) of Willow Place accept a cheque for $1,000 from Asian Women of Winnipeg, represented by Saadia Maryam (on the left) and Sharan Tappia (right)

Spring has sprung and plenty is happening

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Spring has sprung and plenty is happening

Janice Morley-Lecomte — Seine River MLA Constituency Report 2 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021

We have been in session for a little over a month now, and in that time many exciting announcements have been made.

 One announcement Manitobans always eagerly anticipate is that of the government’s annual budget. On April 7, the provincial budget was released. It was filled with important announcements highlighting our province’s finances and funding opportunities. If you were unable to virtually attend the budget speech and would like more information on the details of the 2021-22 budget, please visit www.gov.mb.ca.

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Spring has officially sprung! With the beginning of spring, we have not only enjoyed warm weather and above-seasonal temperatures, we have also had the luxury of our greenhouses opening for our garden season.

Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021

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Seine River MLA Janice Morley-Lecomte (far left) was on hand to see Pam Hadder (middle) of Willow Place accept a cheque for $1,000 from Asian Women of Winnipeg, represented by Saadia Maryam (on the left) and Sharan Tappia (right)