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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-807-4663.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.