Heber Garcia is a resident of River East, an avid soccer player, and was once partly responsible for creating a bar made of ice. Why is this important? Because it’s Manitoba Landscape Architecture Month, and landscape architecture, among many things, is about people and the communities that connect them.
The column “Platinum Jubilee medal recipients,” by Fort Garry MLA Mark Wasyliw (Free Press Community Review, West edition, July 27, 2022), incorrectly stated that Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee medals have been awarded.In fact, the medals have not yet been officially awarded. The information was released prematurely.MLA Wasyliw and the Free Press Community Review regret this error.
With the Manitoba Junior Baseball League regular season wrapped up, the Elmwood Giants’ drive-for-five was still alive heading into playoffs.
Elmwood, which has won the provincial title for the past four years in a row, finished the regular season on top of the eight-team league, going 21-3. Defence and pitching were key to the team’s success.
Volleyball Manitoba has announced its annual general meeting is scheduled to take place on Tues., Sept. 6. at 7 p.m.
Along with tending to formal business items at the event, at least six director positions on the organization’s board will be up for election, organizers say.
Nominations are due by Tues., Aug. 23. More information will made available in the near future.
Go online at www.volleyballmanitoba.ca to keep updated.
While summer is never long enough in Winnipeg, we certainly know how to get outside and enjoy it while it’s here. And I’m happy to see residents of West Winnipeg have been making good use of the new recreation facilities the city has invested in over the past few years.
The pickleball courts at Bourkevale Community Centre have been packed with players this spring and summer. In fact, pickleball has become so big — it’s North America’s fastest-growing sport — the city is investing in another new facility next to the St. James Rods field.
The $415,000 project will include eight new courts, making it large enough to host city or provincial tournaments. A sod-turning was held in early July and work should be completed by the end of the summer.
I’ve been happy to support the Winnipeg West Pickleball Club in their efforts to grow the sport in the St. James ward. Pickleball is a great activity that can be shared by players of all ages and genders, and it’s especially popular among our senior population.
The Manitoba government provided $9 million this year for the province’s Green Team program. Priorities for the 2022 summer season focus on:
• community-based organizations and municipal governments that can offer full-time employment opportunities for youth;
• projects that support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts; and
• projects that can demonstrate community need and partnerships.
With the cost of food, gas and housing skyrocketing, I know many seniors and families in St. Vital are struggling to get by.
Manitobans work hard so they can support their families, pay the bills, and save for their futures. Right now, the average paycheque isn’t keeping up with the rising cost of living. The provincial government has a role to play in helping Manitobans through these tough times – that’s why my NDP caucus colleagues and I have been calling on the Premier to take the cost-of-living crisis seriously.
We’ve called for the creation of an all-party committee to tackle the crisis of rising food costs. Statistics Canada has shown the average grocery bill has risen almost 10 per cent in the last year, leaving more and more families relying on food banks. Harvest Manitoba and other foodbank organizations have reported a 4 per cent spike in the number of individuals and families in need — this includes families right here in St. Vital. We should all work together to find solutions that make groceries more affordable regardless of which party we represent.
Another way the provincial government can directly impact the cost of living is through Manitoba Hydro rates. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Progressive Conservative government has raised Hydro rates through legislation twice, bypassing the PUB, the independent oversight board they tried to eliminate through Bill 35. I will continue to fight to ensure that rates are affordable in St. Vital and are set through an independent process meant to protect Manitobans. I continue to call on the PC government to ensure that Hydro rates are affordable for Manitobans.
Sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with or find out what government is doing to improve things for citizens. Family, work, community, and other obligations can take all of our time and focus, especially over the summer. So, I want to highlight a few things our government is doing to make life better for you, and all Manitobans.
Before concluding the spring legislative sitting, we worked hard to ensure that all Manitoba homeowners would receive their education property tax rebate cheques promptly. For reasons I can’t pretend to understand, the opposition attempted to delay the required legislation. They only relented when we made it clear we were willing to continue working through the summer as long as was needed to get it through. If you rent your home instead of owning it, you will benefit instead through the Manitoba residential renters tax credit.
Government’s work continues through the summer. This past week alone we announced investments of nearly $170 million to improve and update transit in Winnipeg, over $15 million invested in bilingual municipalities through the Building Sustainable Communities, and Urban and Hometown Green Team funds, as well as expanding eligibility of the high-dose flu vaccine this fall, and offering free entry to provincial parks from July 11 to 17. Those are just a few highlights. Clearly, we do not take the summers off.
Ever since I was first elected, I have been advocating for coverage for cochlear implant sound processors. Previously, replacement processors and upgrades were only covered for children under 18. I was very excited to hear that my efforts at advocacy were successful and that same coverage will be extended to all adults. This removes a tremendous financial burden from affected families and individuals and improves their quality of life.
You may have heard about a tragic case of elder abuse in a Winnipeg care home. In June, family members of 15 residents were notified that their relatives in care had allegedly been abused and assaulted.
The people who were allegedly hurt were seniors, some with dementia, some in their 90s. They were defenceless and in some cases, couldn’t even speak. My heart breaks for them and their families.
A whistleblower complaint was ignored until a second one was made at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Both the health authority and Extendicare admitted policies and procedures weren’t followed.
This shouldn’t happen to anyone, not even once. If it happens even once, people need to be free to speak up without fear of reprisal.