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Crown seeks jail for teen who drove into pedestrians

Jordan Ross 5 minute read 2:27 PM CST

A judge will decide next month whether a teen who drove an SUV into three of his peers in the parking lot of the Steinbach Regional Secondary School deserves to spend time in jail.

Supporters of the victims and the driver packed the courtroom gallery for a tearful sentencing hearing in Steinbach last Thursday that stretched to nearly two hours as lawyers laboured to justify two very different sentences.

Crown attorney Inderjit Singh argued for 12 months of custody followed by 12 months of probation and an 18-month driving ban. The first eight months of custody would be served in a juvenile detention centre and the remaining four in a community setting.

Defence lawyer Candace Olson argued for a conditional discharge with 18 months of probation and a 12-month driving ban.

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COLUMN: Report From The Legislature – Looking forward to visiting schools

Bob Lagasse, MLA for Dawson Trail 2 minute read Preview

COLUMN: Report From The Legislature – Looking forward to visiting schools

Bob Lagasse, MLA for Dawson Trail 2 minute read 2:23 PM CST

On Jan. 18, we had our first Coffee with Bob of the new year. It was hosted at Villa Youville in Ste. Anne, and featured performances by a local fiddle player and a local guitarist. I also had the pleasure of being accompanied by our Premier, Heather Stefanson and Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care, Scott Johnston. I had a lovely time listening to some great live music, chatting with constituents, and taking some time to showcase our riding and community members to our Premier and the Minister. I look forward to hosting another Coffee with Bob soon.

It’s almost February, which means I Love to Read Month is right around the corner. I Love to Read Month is an event in which schools across Manitoba dedicate time to celebrating the importance of literacy. In the coming weeks, I look forward to visiting local schools throughout the Dawson Trail constituency, reading to students, and sharing with them how important reading is, but also how enjoyable and fun it can be as well. Every year, I also answer any questions the students have about our provincial government and my role as their local MLA, and I am looking forward to hearing what unique and interesting questions they will have for me this time. I Love to Read Month is one of the events I look forward to every year, so I am excited and grateful to once again have the opportunity to participate in the festivities.

For more updates and information, visit my website at boblagasse.com. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my constituency office at ca.lagasse@outlook.com or 204-807-4663.

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2:23 PM CST

On Jan. 18, we had our first Coffee with Bob of the new year. It was hosted at Villa Youville in Ste. Anne, and featured performances by a local fiddle player and a local guitarist. I also had the pleasure of being accompanied by our Premier, Heather Stefanson and Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care, Scott Johnston. I had a lovely time listening to some great live music, chatting with constituents, and taking some time to showcase our riding and community members to our Premier and the Minister. I look forward to hosting another Coffee with Bob soon.

It’s almost February, which means I Love to Read Month is right around the corner. I Love to Read Month is an event in which schools across Manitoba dedicate time to celebrating the importance of literacy. In the coming weeks, I look forward to visiting local schools throughout the Dawson Trail constituency, reading to students, and sharing with them how important reading is, but also how enjoyable and fun it can be as well. Every year, I also answer any questions the students have about our provincial government and my role as their local MLA, and I am looking forward to hearing what unique and interesting questions they will have for me this time. I Love to Read Month is one of the events I look forward to every year, so I am excited and grateful to once again have the opportunity to participate in the festivities.

For more updates and information, visit my website at boblagasse.com. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my constituency office at ca.lagasse@outlook.com or 204-807-4663.

St Malo Warriors christen new ice plant with convincing victory

Cassidy Dankochik 4 minute read Preview

St Malo Warriors christen new ice plant with convincing victory

Cassidy Dankochik 4 minute read 2:21 PM CST

It was fitting on a night where the community was celebrating a new piece of equipment in the St Malo Arena, the hometown junior hockey team came out with a workman-like performance to pick up a victory.

Dignitaries, politicians and stakeholders came together before the start of the St Malo Warriors game against the North Winnipeg Satelites Jan. 20 to celebrate the building’s new ice plant.

The new plant paid immediate dividends for spectators, as fans enjoyed a more comfortable atmosphere while watching the Warriors demolish their opponents in a 6-1 victory.

The plant and dehumidifier may be in place to help extend the building’s life, but as a bonus, the excess heat generated by the system is pumped into the arena to keep temperatures from falling too low.

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2:21 PM CST

La Vérendrye MLA Dennis Smook, speaks to the crowd before puck drop. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

Peavey Mart coming to Steinbach

Jordan Ross 2 minute read Preview

Peavey Mart coming to Steinbach

Jordan Ross 2 minute read 10:14 AM CST

Steinbach’s retail sector will expand next year with the construction of a Peavey Mart store along Highway 52 West.

Peavey Mart will open a 30,000-square-foot store and greenhouse in the spring of 2024, the company announced Friday on Facebook.

“It’s a perfect market for us,” Jeff Crump, Peavey Mart’s senior vice-president of store operations, said in a phone interview. “We thrive in small ag markets.”

Schinkel Properties will build and lease the store.

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10:14 AM CST

Steinbach’s retail sector will expand next year with the construction of a Peavey Mart store along Highway 52 West.

Peavey Mart will open a 30,000-square-foot store and greenhouse in the spring of 2024, the company announced Friday on Facebook.

“It’s a perfect market for us,” Jeff Crump, Peavey Mart’s senior vice-president of store operations, said in a phone interview. “We thrive in small ag markets.”

Schinkel Properties will build and lease the store.

Winter in the Village an opportunity for growth

Greg Vandermeulen 2 minute read Preview

Winter in the Village an opportunity for growth

Greg Vandermeulen 2 minute read 10:11 AM CST

by GREG VANDERMEULEN

The addition of Christmas lights, a snowshoe trail, kick-sled rentals, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a warming fire and more have helped the Mennonite Heritage Village reach for their goal of becoming a year-round destination.

Executive Director Gary Dyck said a pair of grants made the recent investment possible.

“There was always this desire to be a year round museum,” he said. “We have the galleries, but we wanted somehow to use the village more than just in the summer months.”

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10:11 AM CST

GREG VANDERMEULEN THE CARILLON
A new way to experience the Mennonite Heritage Village.

Steinbach Sabres basketball season tips off

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Preview

Steinbach Sabres basketball season tips off

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Yesterday at 5:24 PM CST

While other sports enter the stretch run of a long regular season, the high school basketball schedule in Manitoba is a sprint to the finish.

The Steinbach Regional Secondary School (SRSS) Sabres tipped off their season in the first tier of the South Central Athletic Conference (SCAC) on Jan. 9, and will finish Feb. 22.

Even with the short runway to get prepared for any post-season, the Sabres boys varsity team has kept busy, playing in three tournaments before their league schedule began, and have scheduled two more for late-January/early-February.

Head coach Jeff Dykerman said while the Sabres haven’t gotten off to a great start, he was happy to see his team get back into the win column against the J.H. Bruns Broncos with a 63-48 win Jan. 18 in Steinbach.

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Yesterday at 5:24 PM CST

Rovic Duaqui had a solid outing for the Sabres against the Broncos, pulling down 11 rebounds and adding 6 steals. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

RCMP renews call for tips in family’s fatal border crossing

Jordan Ross 2 minute read Preview

RCMP renews call for tips in family’s fatal border crossing

Jordan Ross 2 minute read Yesterday at 4:02 PM CST

Investigators are asking the public to help fill in a two-day gap in the known movements of a family of four from India who died of exposure in a field near Emerson while trying to walk into the United States.

The bodies of Jagdishkumar and Vaishaliben Patel, and their children Vihangi and Dharmik Patel, were discovered about 12 metres from the international border on Jan. 19, 2022.

Investigators believe the family was dropped off near the border and was attempting to cross into the U.S. on foot with a larger group of people when they became separated in temperatures that reached -35 C.

One year later, RCMP say they have pieced together the family’s travel timeline but still know little about the Patels’ movements between Jan. 14 and 16, when they travelled from southern Ontario to the Emerson area.

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Yesterday at 4:02 PM CST

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RCMP are still trying to determine how the Patel family travelled from southern Ontario to the Emerson area between Jan. 14 and 16, 2022.

Searching for stolen trailer

Greg Vandermeulen 1 minute read Preview

Searching for stolen trailer

Greg Vandermeulen 1 minute read Yesterday at 3:57 PM CST

RCMP don’t have much to go on when investigating a stolen trailer.

In a Friday press release police said they’re not even sure when the 2020 grey Apogee utility trailer with license plate 191FL was stolen.

Instead they say it was stolen from a Dufresne residence sometime in December.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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Yesterday at 3:57 PM CST

RCMP HANDOUT

The stolen trailer is similar to this photo from the manufacturer.

Big tests ahead for Sabres as hockey season enters stretch run

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Preview

Big tests ahead for Sabres as hockey season enters stretch run

Cassidy Dankochik 3 minute read Yesterday at 12:28 PM CST

With four games remaining on their schedule, the Steinbach Regional Secondary School (SRSS) Sabres were still alive for a first-round playoff bye.

The Sabres sit in fourth place as of Jan. 24, nine points behind third-place Westwood. The top three teams in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League’s (WHSHL) top division will get a bye, with the 10 remaining teams playing in a first-round three-game series.

John Laninga is the head coach of the Sabres, which have been snake-bitten against the three top teams in the division this season. Steinbach is winless against Garden City, St Pauls and Westwood.

“We’ve been in those games, one or two goal games for the most part,” Laninga said.

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Yesterday at 12:28 PM CST

A Steinbach player a third period goal against Oak Park. The Sabres are currently fourth in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League's top division, in line for a home playoff series in the quarter-finals, if they can hold onto one of the top four spots. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

COLUMN: Think Again – Forced conformity is not tolerance

Michael Zwaagstra 4 minute read Preview

COLUMN: Think Again – Forced conformity is not tolerance

Michael Zwaagstra 4 minute read Yesterday at 11:24 AM CST

“Ivan Provorov went to a hockey game, and a culture war broke out.” That was the headline of a recent Wall Street Journal article.

The headline summarized quite well what happened when Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov chose not to participate in the NHL’s “Pride Night” where players wore LGBT-themed jerseys and had rainbow tape on their sticks. Media commentators wasted no time going after Provorov for his alleged bigotry and intolerance.

For example, NHL writer Rachael Millanta angrily tweeted, “Being LGBT+ is not a ‘choice.’ Being ignorant, obnoxious, and homophobic is a choice.”

Other commentators went so far as to suggest that Provorov should go back to Russia if he won’t participate in Pride events. Social media was filled with angry rhetoric by people who would no doubt describe themselves as supporters of diversity.

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Yesterday at 11:24 AM CST

“Ivan Provorov went to a hockey game, and a culture war broke out.” That was the headline of a recent Wall Street Journal article.

The headline summarized quite well what happened when Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov chose not to participate in the NHL’s “Pride Night” where players wore LGBT-themed jerseys and had rainbow tape on their sticks. Media commentators wasted no time going after Provorov for his alleged bigotry and intolerance.

For example, NHL writer Rachael Millanta angrily tweeted, “Being LGBT+ is not a ‘choice.’ Being ignorant, obnoxious, and homophobic is a choice.”

Other commentators went so far as to suggest that Provorov should go back to Russia if he won’t participate in Pride events. Social media was filled with angry rhetoric by people who would no doubt describe themselves as supporters of diversity.

After-school program supports rec for students with disabilities

Nicole Buffie 4 minute read Preview

After-school program supports rec for students with disabilities

Nicole Buffie 4 minute read Yesterday at 11:21 AM CST

It’s 4 p.m. in the foods and nutrition room at Steinbach Regional Secondary School and the smell of bacon wafts through the room.

Today’s menu is Caesar salad, spaghetti and meatballs and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Rachel Friesen, 13, doesn’t attend SRSS yet, but loves to cook. She’s no stranger to the kitchen, having known her way around a cutting board since she was only two-years-old.

“My favourite is mac and cheese,” she said while manning the spaghetti station. Soon, Friesen and nine other teens participating will sit down to eat the meals they’ve cooked, with a bit of socializing between bites.

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Yesterday at 11:21 AM CST

NICOLE BUFFIE THE CARILLON

Macy Smith, 15, prepares orange bell peppers for spaghetti sauce during a cooking class with a group of nine others participating in new, after-school programming geared toward students with disabilities within Hanover School Division.

Pistons goalie Wasik commits to Air Force Academy Eagles

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Pistons goalie Wasik commits to Air Force Academy Eagles

1 minute read Yesterday at 2:00 AM CST

by CASSIDY DANKOCHIK

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Phone threats prompt middle school closure

Nicole Buffie 2 minute read Preview

Phone threats prompt middle school closure

Nicole Buffie 2 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

RCMP and the U.S. department of homeland security are investigating a series of threatening phone calls made to Clearspring Middle School Wednesday and Thursday which prompted the closure of the campus Friday.

“Clearspring Middle School received a voice message today from an unknown caller issuing a direct threat to CMS for tomorrow,” Superintendent Shelley Amos wrote in a Jan. 19 notice posted to the Hanover School Division’s website.

RCMP Sgt. Paul Manaigre said the school received two threats, one on Jan. 18 and another the following day.

The first threat, made on Wednesday, advised a student would be bringing a gun to school the following day. HSD contacted Steinbach RCMP and their investigation “did not reveal any credibility to it”, Manaigre said in an emailed statement.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

GREG VANDERMEULEN THE CARILLON

Clearspring Middle School was closed to students Friday after the school received a series of threatening phone calls, which were later traced to a U.S. phone number. RCMP and the U.S. department of homeland security continue to investigate.

RCMP investigate church break-ins

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RCMP investigate church break-ins

Greg Vandermeulen 2 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Police are investigating break-ins to three Steinbach churches in three days as possibly related.

RCMP issued a press release Tuesday, asking the public to help solve the break-ins which took place from Jan. 15-17 at Steinbach Christian Mennonite Church, First Baptist Church and Covenant Reformed Church.

The first incident took place at 9 a.m. on Jan. 15. The thief stole a soundboard from the Steinbach Christian Mennonite Church.

The second report was filed at 1:30 p.m. Police say the First Baptist Church was broken into overnight. Stolen was the Sunday offerings and RCMP say damage was caused to the interior.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

RCMP HANDOUT

This image from the Covenant Reformed Church surveillance camera shows the suspect.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Searching for historic photo

Dr. James Urry, Wellington, New Zealand 1 minute read Preview

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Searching for historic photo

Dr. James Urry, Wellington, New Zealand 1 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

I wonder if your readers might be able to assist me. Currently I am finalising my selection of illustrations for my forthcoming book on Grunthal to be published by the University of Toronto Press later this year. I am searching for a good copy of this picture of the 1967 Centennial fair held in Grunthal in 1967. This enhanced picture copied from the book Grunthal History is of a float with a display of the new Canadian flag, the Queen of Grunthal, Melita Driedger with Ken Holme on the tractor. If any reader has a better copy of this picture or another of the float, I would be glad to hear from them. I can be contacted by email, james.urry@vuw.ac.nz or people can phone Ernie Braun, in Niverville at 204-388-6146.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Making way for future trash

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Making way for future trash

Greg Vandermeulen 3 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

A newly opened cell at the Steinbach landfill will extend the lifespan of the site for 12-13 years.

While the first phase of this plan began when former Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen tossed the first bag of trash into the cell in 2010, the second phase completes the southern half of the space allotted.

A third phase is planned for the space between the old hill and the new hill and will give the community another 25-28 years after the second phase is filled.

Eldon Wallman, solid waste manager for the City of Steinbach said estimates are based on tonnage, and growth projections, though he added the tonnage is not rising as fast as population in the area.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

GREG VANDERMEULEN THE CARILLON

A landfill employee moves and compacts trash as the current cell nears capacity.

COLUMN: Viewpoint – The benefits of international travel

MaryLou Driedger 4 minute read Preview

COLUMN: Viewpoint – The benefits of international travel

MaryLou Driedger 4 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

When you read this I’ll be in Tanzania spending time with Steinbach friends at a lodge near Mount Kilimanjaro run by former Manitoba residents Darryl and Shirley Peters.

Before I left someone asked me if I thought it was selfish to travel. They were feeling pressure from their religious community to curtail personal pleasure trips because of their harmful environmental impact. Should responsible world citizens just stay home?

I thought about that as I packed for Tanzania. Although I knew my trip would contribute to the warming of the planet many things I’d do if I stayed home would be ecologically unfriendly too, like turning up the heat in my condo, driving my car, and eating imported foods.

Travel has expanded my world view and taught me so many important lessons. I can’t imagine giving it up. I know you can read about other countries, and watch films about them, but I’ve discovered those things pale in comparison to the new understandings and insights you gain from actually visiting a place.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

When you read this I’ll be in Tanzania spending time with Steinbach friends at a lodge near Mount Kilimanjaro run by former Manitoba residents Darryl and Shirley Peters.

Before I left someone asked me if I thought it was selfish to travel. They were feeling pressure from their religious community to curtail personal pleasure trips because of their harmful environmental impact. Should responsible world citizens just stay home?

I thought about that as I packed for Tanzania. Although I knew my trip would contribute to the warming of the planet many things I’d do if I stayed home would be ecologically unfriendly too, like turning up the heat in my condo, driving my car, and eating imported foods.

Travel has expanded my world view and taught me so many important lessons. I can’t imagine giving it up. I know you can read about other countries, and watch films about them, but I’ve discovered those things pale in comparison to the new understandings and insights you gain from actually visiting a place.

Morden man charged in rural bank heists

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Morden man charged in rural bank heists

Jordan Ross 3 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Police have charged a man from Morden in connection with five bank robberies committed across southern Manitoba over an eight-week span.

Brett Ashton Krashel, 30, faces four counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery. He remains in custody following a Monday court appearance.

Manitoba RCMP detailed the work that led to Krashel’s arrest during a press conference at “D” Division headquarters in Winnipeg Jan. 19.

“This was not an easy investigation,” RCMP Insp. Tim Arseneault said.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

RCMP HANDOUT

RCMP say the man who attempted to rob TD Canada-Trust in Steinbach on Nov. 10 of last year was 30-year-old Brett Ashton Krashel of Morden.

EDITORIAL: Transit systems need to be developed

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EDITORIAL: Transit systems need to be developed

Greg Vandermeulen 4 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

The City of Steinbach and Town of Niverville have passed on an opportunity to be part of a regional transit study, despite the growing need for transit.

Both communities are in different situations.

Niverville, is still a smaller centre, a town of about 6,000.

Steinbach however is the province’s third largest city, with about 18,000 residents.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

The City of Steinbach and Town of Niverville have passed on an opportunity to be part of a regional transit study, despite the growing need for transit.

Both communities are in different situations.

Niverville, is still a smaller centre, a town of about 6,000.

Steinbach however is the province’s third largest city, with about 18,000 residents.

Pistons D-man makes NHL scouting mid-season rankings

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Pistons D-man makes NHL scouting mid-season rankings

1 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

It’s been a whirlwind start to 2023 for Steinbach Pistons defenseman Warren Clark.

The 2004-born defender was first named one of the the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s (MJHL) players of the week, and in the second week, he was the only MJHL player to make NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings for North American skaters.

Clark, born in Riverside, Ont., has already announced a commitment to play his college hockey at St Cloud State University in Minnesota.

A rookie defender, Clark has been an anchor on the Pistons blue-line, racking up big minutes and points for a squad which has top-end forward talent.

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Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

Warren Clark skates up the ice while playing for the Steinbach Pistons. Earlier in the week, Clark was named to the NHL's mid-season draft rankings. (Cassidy Dankochik The Carillon)

Christmas Day robbery investigated

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Christmas Day robbery investigated

Greg Vandermeulen 1 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

RCMP are searching for a suspect who gave themselves a Christmas present of stolen cash.

In a Jan. 11 press release, police said they were called to the Great Canadian Dollar Store on Christmas Day and believe the break and enter occurred sometime that morning.

“It is believed that the front door was pried open,” they stated in the press release. “Cash was stolen from the business.”

Surveillance footage shows a suspect with long blonde hair, wearing jeans, yellow and black gloves, a black toque, and ski goggles. The suspect was viewed on surveillance footage between 6:50 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Dec. 25.

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Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

RCMP HANDOUT

Police are interested in learning the identity of this suspect.

COLUMN: Rethinking Lifestyle – A locally appropriate heating system

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COLUMN: Rethinking Lifestyle – A locally appropriate heating system

Eric Rempel 3 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

A hundred years ago, residents of southeastern Manitoba kept their homes warm burning wood harvested locally. This was logical because everyone was living within a few miles of readily harvestable firewood. It was not so for all prairie communities. Some communities were far from a good firewood supply, and others, like Winnipeg, had already become too big to depend on biomass fuel in close proximity.

It was the communities without ready access to firewood that first discovered and developed coal deposits. Coal was attractive because it was significantly denser than firewood, which made it easier and cheaper to transport. Steinbach, the village, soon noted that advantage to coal and followed the trend. Coal was followed by heating oil and electricity, and later, within the memory of many of us, natural gas. Many rural residents in the Southeast were hooked up to natural gas within the last 20 years.

Did you catch that? A hundred years ago our communities depended on the renewable harvest of the local forest to keep them warm. Today we depend on electricity generated thousands of miles to the north, and non-renewable natural gas from underground deposits a thousand miles to the west.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not advocating a return to the past. We would be foolish to heat our homes today the way homes were heated a hundred years ago and ignore the significant advances made by technology and science with respect to heating with wood. If everyone in Steinbach heated their home with wood, we would have a serious smog problem in our city.

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Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

A hundred years ago, residents of southeastern Manitoba kept their homes warm burning wood harvested locally. This was logical because everyone was living within a few miles of readily harvestable firewood. It was not so for all prairie communities. Some communities were far from a good firewood supply, and others, like Winnipeg, had already become too big to depend on biomass fuel in close proximity.

It was the communities without ready access to firewood that first discovered and developed coal deposits. Coal was attractive because it was significantly denser than firewood, which made it easier and cheaper to transport. Steinbach, the village, soon noted that advantage to coal and followed the trend. Coal was followed by heating oil and electricity, and later, within the memory of many of us, natural gas. Many rural residents in the Southeast were hooked up to natural gas within the last 20 years.

Did you catch that? A hundred years ago our communities depended on the renewable harvest of the local forest to keep them warm. Today we depend on electricity generated thousands of miles to the north, and non-renewable natural gas from underground deposits a thousand miles to the west.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not advocating a return to the past. We would be foolish to heat our homes today the way homes were heated a hundred years ago and ignore the significant advances made by technology and science with respect to heating with wood. If everyone in Steinbach heated their home with wood, we would have a serious smog problem in our city.

Niverville annexation clears final hurdle

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Niverville annexation clears final hurdle

Nicole Buffie 2 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

A proposed land annexation has passed one of its final hurdles to pave the way for future development in Niverville.

On Tuesday evening council passed a resolution to approve the annexation of 2,600 acres of land from the RM of Hanover to support the town’s future expansion, the second annexation since 2017.

In 2015 the Manitoba Municipal board denied a similar proposal in which the ask was for 1,100 acres, but settled on 340 after a provincial report cited concerns about the annexation, including loss of agricultural land. The land was officially annexed in 2017.

Only six years later, the town needs more.

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Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

A proposed land annexation has passed one of its final hurdles to pave the way for future development in Niverville.

On Tuesday evening council passed a resolution to approve the annexation of 2,600 acres of land from the RM of Hanover to support the town’s future expansion, the second annexation since 2017.

In 2015 the Manitoba Municipal board denied a similar proposal in which the ask was for 1,100 acres, but settled on 340 after a provincial report cited concerns about the annexation, including loss of agricultural land. The land was officially annexed in 2017.

Only six years later, the town needs more.

COLUMN: Carillon Flashback February 13, 1974 – Snow Festival kicks off Steinbach’s Centennial

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COLUMN: Carillon Flashback February 13, 1974 – Snow Festival kicks off Steinbach’s Centennial

Wes Keating 4 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

Taking a page from Beausejour’s book on winter festivals hosted every March, Steinbach kicked off its 1974 centennial celebrations, with an event called “Fun in the Snow”, and like their neighbors to the north, a celebrity snowshoe race was a featured item during a full afternoon of activities at the community’s fair grounds.

The RM of La Broquerie reeve proved to be the outdoorsman in the group, stomping his way to victory over RM of Hanover Reeve John Harms, RM of De Salaberry Reeve Zeph Audet, and the rest of a field of seven area mayors and reeves.

“Voyageur” Lacoste, otherwise known as Reeve Rene Lacoste, loped over the finish line in an easy win to earn the title of ‘Snowshoe King of the Southeast’.

Reeve Lacoste denied accusations after the race that he’d been on a special diet of Habitant pea soup for the last week, and had vigorously trained at a wilderness camp in the Marchand Lake area in preparation for the event.

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Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

CARILLON ARCHIVES

Winners of the mayors’ and reeves’ snowshoe race at Steinbach’s Fun in the Snow event were Reeve Zeph Audet, RM of De Salaberry, winner of the True Grit Award; RM of La Broquerie Reeve Rene Lacoste, who finished first and RM of Hanover Reeve John Harms, who was a close second.

AS I SEE IT COLUMN: Anti-vaxxers shamelessly use NFL accident to promote COVID lies

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AS I SEE IT COLUMN: Anti-vaxxers shamelessly use NFL accident to promote COVID lies

James Loewen 4 minute read Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023

It never ceases to amaze how some conservatives will use any event, no matter how low they have to go nor what bottom of the barrel they have to scrape, to spread lies and unfounded conspiracies about COVID.

So it really came as no surprise when anti-vaxxers sprung into action a couple of weeks ago after a player in the NFL – Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills - was administered CPR on the field. Hamlin was taken off the field in an ambulance and the NFL cancelled the game.

In a matter of minutes, conservative anti-vax snake oil salesmen were spreading unfounded lies that Hamlin’s on-field heart attack happened as result of Hamlin reacting to a COVID vaccine, instead of the most-likely real cause which was commotio cordis, a cardiac condition brought about by blunt impact to the chest area directly over the heart that causes it to stop beating.

There is so much that is wrong and evil and despicable when lies are used to spread propaganda that it’s hard to know where to begin with the conservative campaign of lies after Hamlin’s horrific collision.

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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023

It never ceases to amaze how some conservatives will use any event, no matter how low they have to go nor what bottom of the barrel they have to scrape, to spread lies and unfounded conspiracies about COVID.

So it really came as no surprise when anti-vaxxers sprung into action a couple of weeks ago after a player in the NFL – Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills - was administered CPR on the field. Hamlin was taken off the field in an ambulance and the NFL cancelled the game.

In a matter of minutes, conservative anti-vax snake oil salesmen were spreading unfounded lies that Hamlin’s on-field heart attack happened as result of Hamlin reacting to a COVID vaccine, instead of the most-likely real cause which was commotio cordis, a cardiac condition brought about by blunt impact to the chest area directly over the heart that causes it to stop beating.

There is so much that is wrong and evil and despicable when lies are used to spread propaganda that it’s hard to know where to begin with the conservative campaign of lies after Hamlin’s horrific collision.

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