Eight months out from an election, Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government is breaking out the chequebook to help the public cope with inflation.
Nearly 700,000 cheques will be mailed out to Manitobans over the next six weeks, Premier Heather Stefanson announced last Thursday at a supermarket in Winnipeg.
“Food and transportation costs have risen dramatically in the last few months, putting pressure on family finances,” she said. “But every family’s circumstances are different, and they will know how to best spend this money to help them make ends meet.”
Seniors, couples, and individuals with or without children who lived in Manitoba on Dec. 31, 2021, and whose net family income was less than $175,000 on their 2021 tax return, will receive a cheque.
Council and administration in the RM of Hanover attempted to quell resident concerns regarding a development that will encroach on their rural backyards.
A near-unanimous vote ruled in favour of a 16-lot rural development, designed by Kleefeld Developments, southwest of Mitchell near the junction of Provincial Roads 34N and 30E, much to the dismay of those who spoke against it at the 45-minute public hearing.
Eight residents who say they will be affected by the development relayed their concerns to council, with most worried drainage will become an issue.
Planning Manager Jeremy Neufeld told delegates to “trust” administration’s process when overlooking projects with potential drainage issues.
Last week the 44th Parliament of Canada resumed sitting.
This session will look very similar to previous sessions. The same Liberal Ministers making the same excuses for the same failures, and presenting the same government-focused “solutions” that have led to the current state of affairs.
As our leader, the Hon. Pierre Poilievre eloquently and clearly laid out last week, Canada just feels broken these days. Government services have declined steadily. Canadians are not getting value for money for their tax dollars, and every time the government tries to “fix” the problem it only serves to make it worse.
It gets worse because the Liberal/NDP Government’s solution to the issues facing Canadians—issues that (in most cases) government has caused—always seems to be more government. More bureaucrats, more web portals, more forms, more hoops, and red tape. Above all, more money.
Council and staff in the RM of Hanover say a new purchase for the works and operations department will help streamline maintenance for the municipality and improve services in the future.
The municipality recently approved the purchase of a ConX Wireless system, a GPS system which will be equipped on the RMs maintenance fleet to track operations.
Council voted to authorize the $15,350 purchase last Wednesday, to which some questions about the upfront cost were raised.
Coun. Roberto Hiebert told council the benefits outweigh the costs.
It was nearly seven years ago that I had the honour of taking the oath of office as a cabinet minister in the provincial government. It is both a humbling and a daunting experience. One that is both exciting and a little frightening at the same time as you take on a responsibility for a section of the government.
On Monday of this week, it was easy to recall those feelings watching four Progressive Conservative Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), take their oath of office to become first time cabinet ministers. There have been several cabinet shuffles since our government first took office and each one is special for new ministers and their families. It was especially meaningful to be able to welcome their friends and family members to the Manitoba Legislature to watch in person this unique honour.
Joining the provincial cabinet this week are Janice Morley-Lecomte (MLA for Seine River) who becomes minister of mental health and community wellness, James Teitsma (MLA for Radisson), the minister of consumer protection and government services, Obby Khan (MLA for Fort Whyte), the minister of sport, culture and heritage and Kevin Klein who took the oath of office as the minister of the environment and climate change.
For each of these new ministers, Monday is both a day they will never forget and signals a time of intense learning of their new areas of responsibility. I wish each of them well and I look forward to serving with them.
Hockey fans that are old enough to remember Bobby Hull will have their own personal story about the Golden Jet. This is one of mine:
When the World Hockey Association (WHA) was formed in 1972 my dad had the prescient thought that it could one day merge with the NHL, so he got season tickets. (Little did we know that the WHA hockey would be vastly superior to NHL hockey.)
One of the perks of being a season ticket holder was getting to skate with the Jets. At that skate my dad took a picture of me with Bobby Hull that is one of my personal treasures.
Fast forward a few years and when Bobby was teamed up with Swedes Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg, the Hot Line – one of the best lines the sport of hockey has ever or will ever see – was born.
COLUMN: Report from the Legislature – Celebrating community involvement with Platinum Jubilee medals3 minute read Preview Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023
Volunteering is an important part to the growth and health of a community. Towns, cities, and RM’s thrive when people give of their time to make them a more desirable place to live. Even the small things, such as picking up trash in the park, giving a ride to a neighbor, or bringing treats to those in a personal care home, will have a butterfly effect. These little acts of kindness will inspire kindness in others. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal is meant to award these virtues and acts of service, as it is based on the example Her Majesty set for us.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a perfect example of what it means to serve for the betterment of the community around you. Her entire life was dedicated to serving the people of the Commonwealth. She lived a life of quiet service, aiming always to be a bastion of strength for people to look towards. It is this example of dedication to the people of their community, serving without expecting anything in return, that is celebrated with the presentation of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal Awards.
For the RM of Springfield, I presented the awards to former Mayor Tiffany Fell, Gerald Palidwor, and Bev Zarazan. For the RM of Ritchot, the awards were presented to Mayor Chris Ewen, Shaun Crew, and Janine Boulanger. Finally, the awards for the Town of Niverville were presented to Mayor Myron Dyck, Shirley Hoult, Libby Hanna, and Gordon Daman. I am very pleased for the opportunity to honour the people who have helped make our communities what they are today.
There are many tangible ways in our communities that actions taken by these recipients have benefited us. The Niverville CRRC, the Dugald Estates Complex, and the Grande Pointe Homeowners Association are just a few examples of hard work and time that these recipients have put into making their communities a better place to live, work, and play.
February marks Black History Month across the world, and one youth group is making sure their history is marked properly in Steinbach.
A group from the black community will be undertaking a series of workshops and activities at Steinbach Regional Secondary School to showcase black culture and their contributions to Canadian society.
“We don’t want to highlight disparages among each other, we’re celebrating black culture and the black contribution to Canada,” said Neville Hamilton.
Hamilton runs IRAL Creatives, a youth group which meets every Sunday at Di Reggae Grill, Hamilton’s restaurant on Main Street, to help develop artistic skills and foster a culture of creativity among youth of colour in the city.
A man and a woman from Ste Anne face a slew of drug and weapons charges after a joint police investigation into cocaine trafficking that culminated in the search of two homes.
On Friday evening, RCMP and the Winnipeg Police Service raided two homes at the centre of a cocaine trafficking investigation that began in January.
One of the homes is located on Dawson Road in Ste Anne and the other on Alfred Avenue in Winnipeg, the WPS said Saturday in a release.
Items seized from the Ste Anne residence included a .22-calibre rifle with two loaded magazines, a loaded .22-calibre revolver, a 30-06 pump action rifle, a loaded .22-calibre rifle, various .22-calibre rounds, a pellet rifle, a compound bow with arrows, a cell phone, five grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of $500, and drug paraphernalia including scales, score sheets, and drug packaging materials.
The Local Urban District (LUD) of La Broquerie committee is proposing a mill rate decrease and several roadwork projects for 2023.
The committee’s 2023 service plan was presented to council last Wednesday. It will be bundled into the RM of La Broquerie’s annual budget later this winter.
The committee wants to lower the mill rate by 2.86 percent, to 0.699 from 0.719.
Proposed street upgrades include the installation of a sidewalk on Choiselat Street and repair work on Nadeau Street. An old sidewalk will be removed along Savard Street, and curb repairs will be carried out on Normandeau Bay. More streetlights will be installed on Desgagne Street near Gamache Bay and Simard Street.
Dear Money Lady,
My adult daughter just moved back home to save money and brought her boyfriend with her. I like the boyfriend, but right now he doesn’t have a job. I always told my kids I would help them as best I could – but I never thought they would come back to live with me. I am 74 and I like living on my own and I don’t think I can afford to keep them here. Please help.
(PS: they also have two big dogs and I have a 12-year-old cat – ouch!). Margaret
I feel for you Margaret – you need to set some ground rules – NOW !!
The Steinbach Arts Council is excited to announce the remaining three concerts in our newly launched Studio Series, sponsored by Oak Leaf Promotions. This series features in house concert-style performances held in the beautiful SCU Studio, located at the Steinbach Arts Council. Exceptional artists connect with a small audience creating an experience that is intimate, captivating, and extraordinary.
Karen Santos- Soprano, artist
Megan Dufrat- Piano
7:30 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2023