Movin’ On fulfills dreams at Dakota House3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2023
Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
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Our mistake1 minute read Preview 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.
Elmwood Giants ‘drive for five’ still alive in playoffs2 minute read Preview Friday, Jul. 22, 2022
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.
Free Press Community Review weekly video update for July 20, 20221 minute read Preview Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022
Volleyball Manitoba AGM to be held on Sept. 61 minute read Preview 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 all3 minute read Preview 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 organizations3 minute read Preview 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.
Parties must work together on cost of living3 minute read Preview 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.