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Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

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.

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Rosser fire department to host open house

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Rosser fire department to host open house

Staff reporter 1 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

ROSSER

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ROSSER

FPCR Weekly Video Update for Sept. 7, 2022

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FPCR Weekly Video Update for Sept. 7, 2022

1 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

Free Press Community Review editor John Kendle chats with Simon Fuller, reporter for the East edition, about Centre Flavie's new home on Archibald Street in St. Boniface, as well as an upcoming mental health and wellness expo presented by Sara Riel, Inc.

https://youtu.be/ps49WDyH4FU

 

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See you at the Veggie Van

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See you at the Veggie Van

Anne Hawe 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

Fireweed Food Co-op’s Veggie Van has been offering local fruits and veggies at subsidized prices this summer since July.

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Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

Fireweed Food Co-op’s Veggie Van local fruits and veggies at subsidized prices to residents in northwest Winnipeg. Resident Gloria Knott (left) is a big fan. “It’s so cheap, I use it every week” she enthused.

Super gardener

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Super gardener

Derek Dabee 2 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

Mary Perera loves gardening and she is very good at it. Mary is recognized as a super gardener by her neighbours and friends.

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Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

Avid Maples area kitchen gardener Mary Perera with some items of her harvest.

Dancers walk above the rest

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Dancers walk above the rest

Andrea Geary 1 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022

Photo by Simon Fuller

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Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022

Our mistake

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Our mistake

1 minute read Friday, Jul. 29, 2022

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.

— Staff

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Friday, Jul. 29, 2022

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.

— Staff

FPCR weekly video update for July 27, 2022

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FPCR weekly video update for July 27, 2022

1 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

Simon Fuller of the Free Press Community Review’s East edition tells editor John Kendle how a shortage of lifeguards has affected Happyland Pool in St. Boniface, and about an e-waste recycling drop-off to be held July 28 at Glenwood Community Centre in St. Vital.

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Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

Kilcona Park’s Harbour View in need of major revamp

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Kilcona Park’s Harbour View in need of major revamp

By Sheldon Birnie 4 minute read Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

NORTH KILDONAN

TRANSCONA

Kilcona Park is one of Winnipeg’s four regional parks and Harbour View was its crown jewel.

But lately some residents have found Harbour View more of an eyesore than a point of pride.

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Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

Lately, some residents have found Kilcona Park’s Harbour View to be more of an eyesore than a point of pride.

Holiday spirit alive and well in July

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Holiday spirit alive and well in July

By Sheldon Birnie STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

ELMWOOD

A lot of folks in the Elmwood area are going to find themselves on Santa’s ‘nice’ list this holiday season.

Area residents and those who commute along Nairn Avenue have likely noticed a friendly Santa — known as ‘Santa on Nairn’ greeting passersby with a smile and seasonal attire. On July 3, vandals knocked St. Nick off his stand at 641 Nairn Ave. and smashed him to pieces.

“He was dressed in Canada Day garb and Canada flags and all that,” said Richard Holm, who curates Santa on Nairn’s attire with his wife, Nicole. “He was irreparable.”

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Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

Nicole and Richard Holm are the caretakers of Santa on Nairn Ave. The iconic East Elmwood statue, located at 641 Nairn Ave., was recently vandalized beyond repair. However, a grassroots GoFundMe campaign has replaced the statue and covered costs of installing security cameras to keep an eye on Saint Nick.

Elmwood Giants ‘drive for five’ still alive in playoffs

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Elmwood Giants ‘drive for five’ still alive in playoffs

By Sheldon Birnie 2 minute read Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

ELMWOOD

ST. BONIFACE

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.

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Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

ELMWOOD

ST. BONIFACE

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.

West End, Corydon host concert series

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West End, Corydon host concert series

Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

WEST END

CORYDON

Summertime in west Winnipeg is sizzling with a lineup of free outdoor musical performances.

The West End BIZ and Corydon Avenue BIZ are each hosting public concert series featuring genres for all sensibilities.

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Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

The West End BIZ has partnered with Folklorama and Curbside Concerts Canada to bring musical performances to Central Park on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon throughout July and August.

Acomi opens a second location in Fort Rouge

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Acomi opens a second location in Fort Rouge

Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

FORT ROUGE

African Communities of Manitoba Inc., a non-profit group that provides resources and programs to individuals of all ages, recently launched its second hub at a new, central location.

On July 10, Acomi welcomed the public to 301 Nassau St. N. to view the modern, tech-forward facility.

“In the past 10 years, our population and community has grown, so we needed a bigger space,” said Chuks Ojidoh, the director of community programs for Acomi. “We also needed to be more accessible to people who live in different areas of the city.”

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Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

(From left) Rami Saad, project manager for African Communities of Manitoba Inc.; Dorothy Lynnette Harmon, youth engagement co-ordinator; Chuks Ojidoh, director of community programs; and Titi Tijani, president, are just a few of the team members running the non-profit’s new community resource centre at 301 Nassau St. N.

Dream team welcomes local apparel company onboard

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Dream team welcomes local apparel company onboard

By Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

ST. JAMES-ASSINIBOIA

A gym and barbershop in Silver Heights has found the final puzzle piece in its goal of being a one-stop shop where clients can leave feeling and looking their best.

Dream Bootcamp and Dream Barbers, which operate under one roof at 2179 Portage Ave., recently welcomed The Collab Shop to the team.

The Collab Shop’s co-owners Robert Berboso, 27, and Rodney Francisco, 39, look forward to bringing their limited-edition, local, and vintage apparel to a wider audience.

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Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

Mark Antonio (right) co-owns the Dream Barbershop, a Silver Heights business that shares a building with Dream Bootcamp, a gym owned by his business partner and fellow West End native Lendyll Soriano. The Dream Barbershop and Dream Bootcamp recently welcomed a pop-up version of the Exchange District store, The Collab Shop, under its roof.

Free Press Community Review weekly video update for July 20, 2022

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Free Press Community Review weekly video update for July 20, 2022

John Kendle 1 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

Katlyn Streilein, community journalist for the Free Press Community Review’s West edition, tells editor John Kendle about a new location in Fort Rouge for the African Communities of Manitoba (Acomi), and she also tells the story of Sydney Nachtigall, a West St. Paul soccer player who will be on Team Manitoba at the upcoming Canada Summer Games in August in Ontario’s Niagara Region.

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Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

Eyes on crime

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Eyes on crime

Cody Sellar 2 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

BY CODY SELLAR

STAFF REPORTER

POINT DOUGLAS

A longtime community leader wants the city and its citizens to shift its approach to crime prevention.

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Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

Community activist Sel Burrows is calling for a more complete approach to crime prevention.

Local upgrades continue in our community

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Local upgrades continue in our community

Devi Sharma 2 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

As your city councillor, I have recognized and heard our community’s need for more free recreational family activities.

I was so excited to finally announce on July 4 that we will be having a new free outdoor spray pad in Adsum Park at the Maples Community Centre. After initiating and working with the community centre executive and city departments, we were able to access provincial and federal funding to go along with the city money I had already secured for our area.

It took many months of planning and meetings for this to come together, resulting in a new 3,000-square-foot, accessible spray pad. It will include new walkways, benches, picnic tables, bike racks, shade structures, and upgraded landscaping. This will be a destination point for families when it is hot and, by keeping it free, the spray pad will be accessible to all in this well-used recreation hub in our community.

Another project approved on July 5 was my motion for new traffic control signals at the north intersection of Templeton Avenue and McPhillips Street. This signal is necessary because of growth in traffic volumes on Templeton, which have greatly increased in recent years in part due to housing growth in the area, increased commercial activity, the new transit route, and the new École Templeton School.

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Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

Old Kildonan city councillor Devi Sharma is pictured with neighbourhood children at the July 4 announcement of a new spray pad at Maples Community Centre.

Ground broken for new pickleball courts

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Ground broken for new pickleball courts

Staff reporter 1 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

It won’t be long before the sound of pickleballers rallying will echo through North Kildonan.

On July 14, ground was broken on a project to revitalize Jill Officer Park (1410 Rothesay St.), turning the four tennis courts in place into two tennis courts and two pickleball courts. Funding for the $230,000 project comes from the 2022 community and neighbourhood parks capital fund.

“I am proud to have secured funding for new and upgraded amenities at Jill Officer Park in recent years,” Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) said in a statement.

“The new pickleball courts and upgraded tennis courts are an important addition to this well-used community hub that includes a splash pad, play structure, River East Arena, Peguis Trail Health & Fitness Centre, and a paved running oval that is also currently being upgraded.”

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Members of the pickleball community are pictured with Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan), Coun. Sherri Rollins (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry), gold medal winning Olympian Jill Officer and her daughter Carmyn.

Volleyball Manitoba AGM to be held on Sept. 6

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Volleyball Manitoba AGM to be held on Sept. 6

Staff reporter 1 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

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.

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Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

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.

New facilities offer outdoor opportunities for all

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New facilities offer outdoor opportunities for all

Scott Gillingham 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

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.

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Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

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.

Green Team helps community organizations

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Green Team helps community organizations

Myrna Driedger 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

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.

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Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

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.

Honouring disability rights activist Jim Derksen

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Honouring disability rights activist Jim Derksen

Lisa Naylor 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

Jim Derksen was a Wolseley resident, disability rights activist, and friend to many. He died earlier this month at the age of 75. Jim was a well-known member of our community. I’ve heard from many people about his influence on their lives and it is clear he will be sorely missed. I offer my sincere condolences to Jim’s family and friends.

Jim began using a wheelchair at the age of six, owing to complications from polio. Several years later, he spoke up when he was being mistreated in the hospital. Jim’s self-advocacy was effective, and the mistreatment stopped. This marked the beginning of his lifetime of disability rights activism. Jim would go on to become a founding member of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities. He also chaired the Winnipeg Taxicab Board in the 1980s and brought in wheelchair-accessible taxis. Jim was instrumental in enshrining disability rights in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

When I sat down to learn from Jim a few years ago he didn’t just want inclusion, he insisted on the recognition of disability as something good and to be valued as part of the natural diversity of human life. Jim reminded me often that there is still much work to do surrounding human rights and supports for disabled people. Earlier this year, a woman living in Toronto made headlines when she found that it was easier to access Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) than it was to receive the supports and housing she needed. This is unacceptable. No one should have to turn to MAID due to poverty or a lack of supports. Jim was a strong advocate on this issue.

Here in Manitoba, the PC government must do much more to support people living with disabilities. Urgent investments need to be made to ensure that disabled Manitobans have access to appropriate supports and affordable housing. The province should also work with organizations such as Barrier Free Manitoba and Abilities Manitoba to improve accessibility in public spaces and to solve the support-worker labour crisis.

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Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

Jim Derksen and Wolseley MLA Lisa Naylor, pictured together at the Wolseley Farmers’ Marketin 2021.

Parties must work together on cost of living

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Parties must work together on cost of living

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

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

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

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

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

Productive summer for your government

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Productive summer for your government

James Teitsma 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

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.

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Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

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.

Seniors’ whistleblowers must be protected

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Seniors’ whistleblowers must be protected

Dougald Lamont 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

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.

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Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

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.

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