Scott Johnston

Scott Johnston

Assiniboia constituency report

Scott Johnston is the PC MLA for Assiniboia.

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Information for seniors in Winnipeg

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Information for seniors in Winnipeg

Scott Johnston 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Many of my constituents have requested information for seniors’ services in Winnipeg. As my constituency has the largest population of seniors in Manitoba, I would like to provide this valuable public information should some of our seniors not have easy access to the internet:

Age and Opportunity Winnipeg has been providing services to older adults for 65 years and assists seniors with home care, rental assistance, health services, home maintenance, legal affairs, ERIK (Emergency Response Information Kits) and elder abuse prevention services. For information about their programming and services please visit their website at www.aosupportservices.ca or call the downtown location at 204-946-5667.

The St. James-Assiniboia 55+ Centre provides a wealth of services and activities for seniors in the community. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for seniors by providing educational, recreational, health and social opportunities. Visit their website to view their newsletters at www.stjamescentre.com or call at 204-987-8850 for information about programming.

Protection for Persons in Care Office is a provincial government office. If you are concerned that a senior in a personal care home, hospital or health facility is experiencing abuse please contact their office at 204-788-6366, email at protection@gov.mb.ca or visit their website at protection@gov.mb.ca/health/protection .

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Many of my constituents have requested information for seniors’ services in Winnipeg. As my constituency has the largest population of seniors in Manitoba, I would like to provide this valuable public information should some of our seniors not have easy access to the internet:

Age and Opportunity Winnipeg has been providing services to older adults for 65 years and assists seniors with home care, rental assistance, health services, home maintenance, legal affairs, ERIK (Emergency Response Information Kits) and elder abuse prevention services. For information about their programming and services please visit their website at www.aosupportservices.ca or call the downtown location at 204-946-5667.

The St. James-Assiniboia 55+ Centre provides a wealth of services and activities for seniors in the community. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for seniors by providing educational, recreational, health and social opportunities. Visit their website to view their newsletters at www.stjamescentre.com or call at 204-987-8850 for information about programming.

Protection for Persons in Care Office is a provincial government office. If you are concerned that a senior in a personal care home, hospital or health facility is experiencing abuse please contact their office at 204-788-6366, email at protection@gov.mb.ca or visit their website at protection@gov.mb.ca/health/protection .

Provincial grants help strengthen our community

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Provincial grants help strengthen our community

Scott Johnston 2 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

It is an honour to serve as Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care in the Manitoba egislature. As minister, I have a very focused agenda to implement all 17 recommendations of the Stevenson Report to assist seniors. I am committed to working collaboratively on our mandate to improve care in our personal care homes and build a stronger foundation for improved seniors care in Manitoba.

I would like to thank and acknowledge the key participants; health care consultants, personal care home operators and other staff involved for their planning, oversight and advice, development of practical resources and tools for implementation.

Our government recognizes the importance of these changes and commits to continued progress and sustained action. To read the Stevenson Report and view the progress update, please visit our website at: www.gov.mb.ca/health/maples_review.html

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Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

Assiniboia MLA, Manitoba’s Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care (fourth from left), helps cut the ribbon at Rest Haven Personal Care Home in Steinbach upon the completion of their facility expansion. Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen is third from left.

Looking forward to spring progress

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Looking forward to spring progress

Scott Johnston 3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2022

I was pleased to head back into the fourth session of the 42nd Legislature on March 1 for the start of the 2022 spring session. I am honoured and eager to participate in this government’s unveiling of our new path forward with Premier Heather Stefanson and I am looking forward to representing Manitoba’s seniors in my new role as the minister of seniors and long-term care. This department is particularly of interest to me, as Assiniboia has such a large representation of seniors who have contributed so much to their communities.

Health Minister Audrey Gordon and I, together with our colleague Sarah Guillemard, minister for mental health and community wellness, will work collaboratively on our mandate to improve the quality of life for all Manitobans. As minister for seniors and long-term sare, I have a very focused agenda to implement all recommendations of the Stevenson Report.

“These changes will help strengthen the care provided in all Manitoba personal care homes and will make a real difference for families, staff and residents in long term care,” Premier Stefanson said in a news release.

(To read the Stevenson Report and view the progress update, please visit our website at www.gov.mb.ca/health/maples_review.html)

Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2022

I was pleased to head back into the fourth session of the 42nd Legislature on March 1 for the start of the 2022 spring session. I am honoured and eager to participate in this government’s unveiling of our new path forward with Premier Heather Stefanson and I am looking forward to representing Manitoba’s seniors in my new role as the minister of seniors and long-term care. This department is particularly of interest to me, as Assiniboia has such a large representation of seniors who have contributed so much to their communities.

Health Minister Audrey Gordon and I, together with our colleague Sarah Guillemard, minister for mental health and community wellness, will work collaboratively on our mandate to improve the quality of life for all Manitobans. As minister for seniors and long-term sare, I have a very focused agenda to implement all recommendations of the Stevenson Report.

“These changes will help strengthen the care provided in all Manitoba personal care homes and will make a real difference for families, staff and residents in long term care,” Premier Stefanson said in a news release.

(To read the Stevenson Report and view the progress update, please visit our website at www.gov.mb.ca/health/maples_review.html)

Hoping for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Hoping for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic

Scott Johnston 2 minute read Friday, Jan. 14, 2022

The start of another new year brings us renewed optimism as we finally say goodbye to 2021.

I would like to wish to my Assiniboia constituents a happy new year and all the best for a safe and prosperous 2022. It is my hope and prayer that very soon we will see an end to the COVID-19 pandemic as more and more Manitobans receive their first, second and third vaccine doses.

Between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve our government announced that limited supplies of KN95 masks would be available to the public at our constituency offices. We were pleased to supply KN95 masks over the break to Assiniboia constituents on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thank you to all families who contacted our office for masks. I also provided KN95 masks to the Assiniboia West Recreation Association and the Heritage Victoria community Centre to help ensure that, even during the restrictions of COVID-19, kids, parents and volunteers could have masks available to them while warming themselves inside the clubhouse.

Friday, Jan. 14, 2022

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Assiniboia MLA Scott Johnston recently presented Courtney Czezowski of Assiniboia West Recreation Association with KN95 masks. Heritage Victoria Community Centre also received a supply.

Happy holidays… and here’s to a new beginning

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Happy holidays… and here’s to a new beginning

Scott Johnston 3 minute read Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

I would like to wish all of my Assiniboia constituents a very merry Christmas, happy holidays and blessings for a prosperous New Year; all the best in 2022.  

This year, with vaccinations and the diligence of Manitobans we will be able to celebrate Christmas with family, friends and neighbours. I am so pleased parents, children, grandchildren and all family members are able to share the warmth and spirit of the season.  

Thank you for doing your part. As your MLA I wish to express my appreciation for assisting your government to protect you, your family and your neighbours by getting vaccinated. I thank you, as we continue to fight COVID together.

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Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

I would like to wish all of my Assiniboia constituents a very merry Christmas, happy holidays and blessings for a prosperous New Year; all the best in 2022.  

This year, with vaccinations and the diligence of Manitobans we will be able to celebrate Christmas with family, friends and neighbours. I am so pleased parents, children, grandchildren and all family members are able to share the warmth and spirit of the season.  

Thank you for doing your part. As your MLA I wish to express my appreciation for assisting your government to protect you, your family and your neighbours by getting vaccinated. I thank you, as we continue to fight COVID together.

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Making history while remembering our veterans

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Making history while remembering our veterans

Scott Johnston 2 minute read Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

As Manitoba’s special envoy for military affairs I was honoured to recognize our Canadian Armed Forces for their service, past and present, and I am greatly humbled by their sacrifices.  

On Remembrance Day, Manitobans joined fellow Canadians across the country at the 11th hour to pause and reflect in gratitude on our veterans, who fought for the freedoms and democracy we enjoy today.

It is so important for Manitobans to teach the next generation about the ultimate sacrifices made by the tens of thousands of Canadians who lost their lives in service to their country, beginning with the First World War.

Our awareness of those sacrifices during the First World War, Second World War, Korean War and more recent conflicts must not be diminished or forgotten.  Lest we forget.

Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press
Heather Stefanson was sworn in as Manitoba’s 24th premier, and the first woman to hold the office, on Nov. 2.

It’s a busy time of year

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It’s a busy time of year

Scott Johnston 3 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021

The fall season has always been traditionally a busy time for families and this year has been no exception. Our students have gone back to school and we are preparing our homes, cottages and yards for the onset of winter.  

The Manitoba legislature resumed on Oct. 6 to complete the final stages of implementing Budget 2021, which helps make life more affordable for Manitobans while providing support in the fight against COVID-19.

The condensed two-week sitting will focus on completing the Budget 2021 financial process, including the introduction and passage of the Budget Implementation and Tax Statutes Amendment Act.

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Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021

The fall season has always been traditionally a busy time for families and this year has been no exception. Our students have gone back to school and we are preparing our homes, cottages and yards for the onset of winter.  

The Manitoba legislature resumed on Oct. 6 to complete the final stages of implementing Budget 2021, which helps make life more affordable for Manitobans while providing support in the fight against COVID-19.

The condensed two-week sitting will focus on completing the Budget 2021 financial process, including the introduction and passage of the Budget Implementation and Tax Statutes Amendment Act.

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It’s a busy time of year

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It’s a busy time of year

Scott Johnston 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

The fall season has always been traditionally a busy time for families and this year has been no exception. Our students have gone back to school and we are preparing our homes, cottages and yards for the onset of winter.  

The Manitoba legislature resumed on Oct. 6 to complete the final stages of implementing Budget 2021, which helps make life more affordable for Manitobans while providing support in the fight against COVID-19.

The condensed two-week sitting will focus on completing the Budget 2021 financial process, including the introduction and passage of the Budget Implementation and Tax Statutes Amendment Act.

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Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

The fall season has always been traditionally a busy time for families and this year has been no exception. Our students have gone back to school and we are preparing our homes, cottages and yards for the onset of winter.  

The Manitoba legislature resumed on Oct. 6 to complete the final stages of implementing Budget 2021, which helps make life more affordable for Manitobans while providing support in the fight against COVID-19.

The condensed two-week sitting will focus on completing the Budget 2021 financial process, including the introduction and passage of the Budget Implementation and Tax Statutes Amendment Act.

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Enjoying new duties as military envoy

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Enjoying new duties as military envoy

Scott Johnston 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 22, 2021

In my first duty as Manitoba’s military envoy, I was pleased to be invited by Maj.-Gen. Eric Kenny, Canadian NORAD region commander, for the honorary colonel change of appointment ceremony at 1 Canadian Air Division on Aug. 12.

I would like to thank Barry Rempel for his many years of dedicated service as honorary colonel of 1 Canadian Air Division headquarters at 17 Wing. Barry was appointed the inaugural honorary colonel in 2012 and after nine years has passed the torch to Don Boitson.  

Both men have extensive knowledge and experience in the aviation industry and I am certain that Don, although he has big shoes to fill, will continue to promote and sustain the strong community support and connect Canadians with their Air Force in all parts of the country.

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Wednesday, Sep. 22, 2021

In my first duty as Manitoba’s military envoy, I was pleased to be invited by Maj.-Gen. Eric Kenny, Canadian NORAD region commander, for the honorary colonel change of appointment ceremony at 1 Canadian Air Division on Aug. 12.

I would like to thank Barry Rempel for his many years of dedicated service as honorary colonel of 1 Canadian Air Division headquarters at 17 Wing. Barry was appointed the inaugural honorary colonel in 2012 and after nine years has passed the torch to Don Boitson.  

Both men have extensive knowledge and experience in the aviation industry and I am certain that Don, although he has big shoes to fill, will continue to promote and sustain the strong community support and connect Canadians with their Air Force in all parts of the country.

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Happy to serve as Manitoba’s new military envoy

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Happy to serve as Manitoba’s new military envoy

Scott Johnston 3 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021

I was pleased and honoured to accept the Premier’s appointment as manitoba’s Special Envoy for Military Affairs as Waverley MLA Jon Reyes moves into his new role as the Economic Development and Jobs Minister.

St. James-Assiniboia has a long and proud history with the Canadian Armed Forces in our community because of the 17 Wing Canadian Forces Base. We host and house many of Canada’s military personnel and certainly recognize their significant contributions to the province of Manitoba.

I have in the past participated in many 17 Wing events and commemorations and I look forward to this new opportunity to better understand the needs of our military personnel.

In my new role I will serve as the provincial government’s official point of contact for military members and their families, in both regular and reserve force units. I will liaise with the Canadian Armed Forces and Military Family Resource Centres to enhance provincially-delivered services to provide better outcomes for members of the military, their families and our veterans.

Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021

I was pleased and honoured to accept the Premier’s appointment as manitoba’s Special Envoy for Military Affairs as Waverley MLA Jon Reyes moves into his new role as the Economic Development and Jobs Minister.

St. James-Assiniboia has a long and proud history with the Canadian Armed Forces in our community because of the 17 Wing Canadian Forces Base. We host and house many of Canada’s military personnel and certainly recognize their significant contributions to the province of Manitoba.

I have in the past participated in many 17 Wing events and commemorations and I look forward to this new opportunity to better understand the needs of our military personnel.

In my new role I will serve as the provincial government’s official point of contact for military members and their families, in both regular and reserve force units. I will liaise with the Canadian Armed Forces and Military Family Resource Centres to enhance provincially-delivered services to provide better outcomes for members of the military, their families and our veterans.

A roundup of St. James constituency news

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A roundup of St. James constituency news

Scott Johnston 3 minute read Friday, Jun. 25, 2021

I am so pleased to see that so many of my constituents have been getting their families vaccinated against COVID-19.  

The third wave of the pandemic has been very challenging but we have endured. I would like to sincerely thank all my constituents and Assiniboia businesses who have painstakingly followed the guidelines and health restrictions through the course of this unprecedented pandemic.

Presently, we have already exceeded the July 1st immunization target of 70 per cent aged 12 and older vaccinated with their first dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with their second doses. Well done.  There is light at the end of the tunnel.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our personal care homes for their due diligence in mitigating the spread of the virus and keeping our most vulnerable population as safe as possible.  

Friday, Jun. 25, 2021

I am so pleased to see that so many of my constituents have been getting their families vaccinated against COVID-19.  

The third wave of the pandemic has been very challenging but we have endured. I would like to sincerely thank all my constituents and Assiniboia businesses who have painstakingly followed the guidelines and health restrictions through the course of this unprecedented pandemic.

Presently, we have already exceeded the July 1st immunization target of 70 per cent aged 12 and older vaccinated with their first dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with their second doses. Well done.  There is light at the end of the tunnel.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our personal care homes for their due diligence in mitigating the spread of the virus and keeping our most vulnerable population as safe as possible.  

Gratitude for those at the Grace

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Gratitude for those at the Grace

Scott Johnston 2 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 2, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and its third wave have taken a toll on all Manitobans. As someone who represents an area near the Grace Hospital, I am so grateful to know that Manitoba has such incredible health care heroes doing their best to keep this awful virus under control.

Now is not the time for political opportunism by our opposition.

I know just how hard staff are working at all hospitals in Manitoba, and they know as well as I how hard it is to find staff to work in hospitals when there is a health-care staffing shortage in Manitoba; something that has been an issue for decades in jurisdictions across North America.

To combat this, we have been adding nurses across the province to address COVID-related challenges. At least 60 full-time-equivalent nursing positions are being added to intensive care units across the province, including 12 for Grace Hospital’s ICU. Another 24 nursing students are completing their practicum training at Grace Hospital and will be offered positions there as well.

Wednesday, Jun. 2, 2021

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Assiniboia MLA Scott Johnston is grateful for the health-care heroes at Grace Hospital.

Budget 2021 offers important support, relief

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Budget 2021 offers important support, relief

Scott Johnston 3 minute read Tuesday, May. 4, 2021

I am pleased to highlight some of the very positive initiatives that our government presented in the last month’s 2021 provincial budget.

Let me first acknowledge the dedication and commitment to the people of Manitoba that our finance minister continues to display.  I had the pleasure of working with Kirkfield Park MLA Scott Fielding as Legislative assistant for Finance and I am always impressed with the expertise our government of Manitoba can depend upon within the Finance department.  

The first priority of Budget 2021 is to continue to protect Manitobans through the ongoing pandemic. The second priority is to advance jobs and economic recovery as we put COVID-19 behind us. This budget is designed to continue to create comfort and security for the people of Manitoba.

In Assiniboia, with our significant seniors’ population, these increased expenditures will continue to help the needs of those Manitobans who have supported and built this great province. This government has announced an additional $9 million investment that will add more than 120 personal care home beds and $50 million to speed up wait times for surgeries such as hip and knee replacements.

Tuesday, May. 4, 2021

I am pleased to highlight some of the very positive initiatives that our government presented in the last month’s 2021 provincial budget.

Let me first acknowledge the dedication and commitment to the people of Manitoba that our finance minister continues to display.  I had the pleasure of working with Kirkfield Park MLA Scott Fielding as Legislative assistant for Finance and I am always impressed with the expertise our government of Manitoba can depend upon within the Finance department.  

The first priority of Budget 2021 is to continue to protect Manitobans through the ongoing pandemic. The second priority is to advance jobs and economic recovery as we put COVID-19 behind us. This budget is designed to continue to create comfort and security for the people of Manitoba.

In Assiniboia, with our significant seniors’ population, these increased expenditures will continue to help the needs of those Manitobans who have supported and built this great province. This government has announced an additional $9 million investment that will add more than 120 personal care home beds and $50 million to speed up wait times for surgeries such as hip and knee replacements.

Education bill addresses inconsistencies

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Education bill addresses inconsistencies

Scott Johnston 3 minute read Monday, Apr. 5, 2021

The Manitoba government was elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2019. One of its platforms was to address education reforms and as part of that initiative created the Manitoba Education Review Commission.

The commission was made up of members from various backgrounds and was tasked to assess all aspects of the existing Manitoba education structure. As part of the commission’s review, it called for public input as well as opinions and observations of Manitoba stakeholders.

The government received the commission’s recommendations and developed a long-term strategy for the future of Manitoba education resulting in Bill 64.

After reviewing the recommendations and study of education in Manitoba, our government took the position that one of the challenges of Manitoba education was an inconsistency in delivery of education.

Monday, Apr. 5, 2021

The Manitoba government was elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2019. One of its platforms was to address education reforms and as part of that initiative created the Manitoba Education Review Commission.

The commission was made up of members from various backgrounds and was tasked to assess all aspects of the existing Manitoba education structure. As part of the commission’s review, it called for public input as well as opinions and observations of Manitoba stakeholders.

The government received the commission’s recommendations and developed a long-term strategy for the future of Manitoba education resulting in Bill 64.

After reviewing the recommendations and study of education in Manitoba, our government took the position that one of the challenges of Manitoba education was an inconsistency in delivery of education.

Recognizing our community’s finest

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Recognizing our community’s finest

Scott Johnston 3 minute read Monday, Mar. 8, 2021

As we continue to be challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic we cannot lose sight of those individuals who actively seek to make our community a better place to live and thrive and I wish to recognize them.

I am very pleased to share the stories of five such individuals in St. James-Assiniboia who were honoured as part of Honour 150 - Connie Newman, Elaine Stevenson, Robert Williams, Andrew Stambrook and Tom Dercola.

Connie Newman is a former teacher and principal in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division. Connie continues to volunteer and is very involved with the Assiniboia Youth Community Resource Centre, the St. James-Assiniboia Parent and Child Family Coalition and also the St. James-Assiniboia 55-plus Active Living Centre. Connie is now working with the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba as they move the 55-plus centre from Deer Lodge Hospital to the St. James Civic Centre.

Andrew Stambrook has been a mental health advocate with youth in our community for many years and is reducing the barriers and stigma of mental health, one school at a time. Andrew has been a volunteer with Big Brothers, has mentored three children and eventually served on their board of directors.

Monday, Mar. 8, 2021

Connie Newman, executive director of the Manitoba Association of Seniors Centres, is one of the Honour 150 honourees.

Generosity abounds in our community

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Generosity abounds in our community

Scott Johnston 3 minute read Monday, Jan. 11, 2021

The St. James-Assiniboia area is filled with individuals, organizations and businesses who, despite their own financial hardships, are generously giving back to our community.

The Grace Hospital Foundation has received donations of food, refreshments, sweet treats, gifts, flowers and cards of thanks for the dedicated work of our frontline health care workers. I would like to thank all the contributors, who have made a difference in the lives of so many in our community.

Our most challenged business sector has been the hospitality industry. To their credit, many restaurants, hotels, and food providers have risen to help our community.  I have maintained a regular rapport with Jon Einarson, the executive director of the Grace Hospital Foundation and it is so humbling to hear of so many businesses helping others when they themselves are challenged.  

I would like to recognize just some of those in the hospitality industry who have been so supportive of frontline workers at the Grace Hospital — Little Goat Restaurant, Silver Heights Restaurant, D’Jays Restaurant, Pad Thai Restaurant, Cottage Bakery and Café, The Westhaven Retirement Community, Mr. Perogie, Olympia Diner, Chicken Chef and Red Bull.

Monday, Jan. 11, 2021

The St. James-Assiniboia area is filled with individuals, organizations and businesses who, despite their own financial hardships, are generously giving back to our community.

The Grace Hospital Foundation has received donations of food, refreshments, sweet treats, gifts, flowers and cards of thanks for the dedicated work of our frontline health care workers. I would like to thank all the contributors, who have made a difference in the lives of so many in our community.

Our most challenged business sector has been the hospitality industry. To their credit, many restaurants, hotels, and food providers have risen to help our community.  I have maintained a regular rapport with Jon Einarson, the executive director of the Grace Hospital Foundation and it is so humbling to hear of so many businesses helping others when they themselves are challenged.  

I would like to recognize just some of those in the hospitality industry who have been so supportive of frontline workers at the Grace Hospital — Little Goat Restaurant, Silver Heights Restaurant, D’Jays Restaurant, Pad Thai Restaurant, Cottage Bakery and Café, The Westhaven Retirement Community, Mr. Perogie, Olympia Diner, Chicken Chef and Red Bull.

Holiday wishes and a fond farewell

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Holiday wishes and a fond farewell

Scott Johnston 3 minute read Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

I wish to take this opportunity to wish all a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays as we enter the festive season.

I know that you have been told time and time again we must all pull together and follow the restrictions our dhief public health officer has laid down.

I wish to assure you the measures our government have taken to address COVID-19 have not been implemented without anguish. Asking people to compromise their Christmas or holiday festivities is one of the hardest things we have had to do.

We must continue to protect our families as well as our neighbours. We must not let this virus spread and the only way to do that is to continue to fight the best way we know how — by limiting our interactions.

Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

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Gale Pearson was a registered nurse at Grace Hospital for many years. She sadly succumbed to cancer in July and will be sorely missed.

Remembering, restrictions and a new office

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Remembering, restrictions and a new office

Scott Johnston 3 minute read Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

As the former MLA for St. James it was my honour to lay a wreath for the Manitoba Government at the

Bruce Park Cenotaph from 2016 to 2018.  As the current MLA for the Assiniboia, I was honoured, along with my colleague, Kirkfield Park MLA Scott Fielding, to lay a Government of Manitoba wreath at the Anavets service in 2019.  

Owing to COVID-19 restrictions these Remembrance Day services were cancelled this year.

In speaking with many of my constituents I know how dedicated and committed they are to recognizing our veterans as well as supporting our military. Many brave women and men died for our country so that we as Canadians can have a better life. We owe it to them to survive and prosper. We will never forget their service to country.

Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

As the former MLA for St. James it was my honour to lay a wreath for the Manitoba Government at the

Bruce Park Cenotaph from 2016 to 2018.  As the current MLA for the Assiniboia, I was honoured, along with my colleague, Kirkfield Park MLA Scott Fielding, to lay a Government of Manitoba wreath at the Anavets service in 2019.  

Owing to COVID-19 restrictions these Remembrance Day services were cancelled this year.

In speaking with many of my constituents I know how dedicated and committed they are to recognizing our veterans as well as supporting our military. Many brave women and men died for our country so that we as Canadians can have a better life. We owe it to them to survive and prosper. We will never forget their service to country.

A way forward and a fond farewell

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A way forward and a fond farewell

By Scott Johnston 2 minute read Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

On Oct. 7,  Manitoba Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon delivered the speech from the throne, opening the third session of the 42nd legislature.

The speech put forward a focused agenda with the goal of creating a more secure Manitoba both during and after the pandemic.

The Protecting Manitobans Agenda outlines five guaranteed commitments:

• Protecting health care — Ensuring funding and resources from across governments are dedicated first and foremost to health-care needs;

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

On Oct. 7,  Manitoba Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon delivered the speech from the throne, opening the third session of the 42nd legislature.

The speech put forward a focused agenda with the goal of creating a more secure Manitoba both during and after the pandemic.

The Protecting Manitobans Agenda outlines five guaranteed commitments:

• Protecting health care — Ensuring funding and resources from across governments are dedicated first and foremost to health-care needs;

Grace Hospital to honour longtime patron

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Grace Hospital to honour longtime patron

Scott Johnston 3 minute read Monday, Sep. 21, 2020

On Weds., Sept. 9, Premier Brian Pallister announced the second session of the 42nd legislature will resume on Oct. 7 at 1:30 p.m.

I look forward to the delivery of the throne speech as it sets out the agenda of the government and allows the public to understand the initiatives that are being presented.  It is my hope that the legislature continues as close to normal as possible, while following COVID-19 guidelines appropriately.

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Established in 2019, the Pearl McGonigal Award celebrates a lifetime of achievement of patrons of the Grace Hospital Foundation. This year the Grace Hospital Foundation is recognizing R.W. (Bob) Cunningham.

Monday, Sep. 21, 2020

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The St. James Historical Museum (3180 Portage Ave.) is a gem in the community.

Honouring a worthy Manitoban

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Honouring a worthy Manitoban

By Scott Johnston 3 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020

I hope all the members of our community are enjoying the seasonally warm weather we have experienced this August.

I had the opportunity to get out and visit with many folks in our community and look forward to having further opportunity as we proceed to, hopefully, a promising September.

My office has remained open through the summer giving us the additional opportunity to meet with many Assiniboia constituents and we look forward to sharing their concerns and constructive suggestions.

As our children return to school this fall, our government’s shared goal with our school divisions is for kindergarten through Grade 12 students to return with as much in-class learning as possible while staying safe.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020

Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Stuart Murray, former MLA for Kirkfield Park and leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba, was named to the Order of Manitoba on July 15.

A quick roundup of Assiniboia news

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A quick roundup of Assiniboia news

By Scott Johnston 2 minute read Monday, Jul. 27, 2020

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Doug Mackie, chair of Men’s Sheds Manitoba to discuss the programs offered to help retired men in the St. James-Assiniboia area.

Men’s Sheds recognizes that retired men have a great deal of shareable knowledge, skill and experience. At Men’s Sheds they are given a safe, comfortable and inclusive setting within which to socialize and make new friends and improve their mental well-being.

Men’s Sheds serves to enrich their lives, their families and their community. For more information please visit their website at www.menssheds.ca

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Monday, Jul. 27, 2020

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A flock of sheep has been helping 'manage the vegetation' at Living Prairie Museum for the past couple of weeks.

Happy Canada Day, everybody!

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Happy Canada Day, everybody!

By Scott Johnston 2 minute read Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2020

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all a joyous Canada Day.

Living in the greatest country in the world, we have a lot to celebrate. We can take heart and comfort in knowing that we as Canadians have been protected during the global pandemic. Canada is the envy of the world and our citizens have much to be proud of. Our country is made up of a number of different philosophies and opinions and that is what makes it great.

At a time of crisis, we came together and have courageously fought COVID-19 and will not let our guard down until we have defeated it.

I’m proud to be a Canadian and proud to be a Manitoban!

Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2020

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all a joyous Canada Day.

Living in the greatest country in the world, we have a lot to celebrate. We can take heart and comfort in knowing that we as Canadians have been protected during the global pandemic. Canada is the envy of the world and our citizens have much to be proud of. Our country is made up of a number of different philosophies and opinions and that is what makes it great.

At a time of crisis, we came together and have courageously fought COVID-19 and will not let our guard down until we have defeated it.

I’m proud to be a Canadian and proud to be a Manitoban!

Let’s keep taking care of each other

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Let’s keep taking care of each other

By Scott Johnston 2 minute read Tuesday, Jun. 2, 2020

First, I would like to indicate how proud I am of the precautions and diligence that our community has taken in dealing with the COVID-19 challenges.

It is truly inspiring to see the responsibility that our community continues to display in looking out for themselves, looking out for their children, looking out for their grandchildren and looking out for their neighbours.

These situations are not normal by any means and represent a significant change to people’s daily lives. I am truly humbled by the commitment and dedication of all of those on our front lines as well as those working behind the scenes to ensure we get through this.

Our government has determined, on the advice of the chief provincial medical health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, that we are now able to proceed to Phase 2 of our provincial reopening strategy. “Our province is in a good position to safely begin to restart our economy but there is still a-ways to go to reduce the health risks of this pandemic,” Premier Brian Pallister said.

Tuesday, Jun. 2, 2020

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Nicole McAlpine has been recognized by Hockey Canada as coach of the year for her work with under-served student athletes in the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy.