The province announced today that it will be reviewing the quality of French- language services it provides to francophone residents.
The Winkler Baseball Diamonds were packed with teams and supporters this weekend for slow pitch ball. The Big Hit Slow Pitch Tournament, which ran from August 18-20, was raising money for Children’s Camps International. This year, an anonymous donor matched donations up to $20,000, and doubled anything above $20,000. Last year pulled in about $20,000.
Carman’s local aircraft restorer and engineer, Bob Diemert, received a sterling silver commemorative coin in June featuring an illustration of the Hawker Hurricane to honour his contribution to Canada’s aviation history.
After extending the original challenge, the ParticipACTION 150 Playlist Community Challenge is complete. Morden pulled ahead to finish 120 out of 150 activities on the list and win the friendly competition between Winkler and Morden. “It was really great to see both communities engaging in our challenge and trying new activities."
Pembina Valley Humane Society’s renovation project received a jump-start on August 17. The Drive 4 UR Community event took place in the Access Credit Union parking lot, raising money for the kennel by getting people to test drive new Ford vehicles. “It feels amazing to see the public come out,” PVHS public relations chair Megan Rodgers said.
A number of piglets in England had their bacon saved from a barn fire.
On August 16, STARS helicopter touched down outside Boundary Trails Health Centre to deliver good news. Access Credit Union has pledged a $250,000 donation to STARS, which will be allocated over a five-year period. “At Access we do a lot in our communities, and we’re always looking for something that is a fit across our organization."
People in southern Manitoba will be able to take in a partial solar eclipse on Aug. 21, but Focal Point optometrist Jill Lautenschlager said it’s important to do so safely. “Using proper protection is important because the Sun is very harmful,” she said.
A group of internationally renowned musical artists will be performing as part of Plum Fest. Called the Rosemary + Eli and Celebrity Friends Concert, it takes place at 1 p.m. on Aug. 19 in the Plum Coulee Town Square.Violin sensation Rosemary Siemens and 35 time award winning Jazz Saxophonist Eli Bennett are hosting a public wedding the next day.
It’s all about honouring the veterans for Bruce Tascona, owner of the First World War Museum and host to the annual Day in the Trenches. Tascona operates the museum out of Silver Springs Bed & Breakfast and has built a set of trenches to give visitors an idea of what life was like in World War I.
The City of Winkler and the Rick Hansen Foundation celebrated recent accessibility improvements at the Winkler Arena on Aug. 11. “The Rick Hansen Foundation gave us $30,000 to do the work,” Harder said. “The city spent a little bit more, I think it was probably close to $45,000 to get the work done.”
After 34 years of service, Winkler Police Chief Rick Hiebert is retiring. “Everybody retires at some point,” Hiebert said. “I was told that you’ll know when the time comes, and for me it’s time. I think we’ve done some pretty amazing things here, and it’s time to let somebody else take the reins.”
The long-awaited upgrade of PTH 13 in Carman is finally upon us. Starting Monday, August 14, construction will be underway, beginning at the lights and heading north five kilometres.
Only 45 minutes after the store opening on August 10, the Winkler Dairy Queen had sold 70 Blizzards. Thursday marked Dairy Queen’s annual Miracle Treat Day. Participating restaurants from all around the country donated net proceeds from every Blizzard sale to the local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.
The Town of Carman has received $3.5 million in funding from the provincial government to help pay for a new water reservoir.
MLAs in Manitoba will be taking a pay freeze until the end of the next election. That message was reiterated by the Independent Commissioner appointed to decide MLAs salaries, allowances, and retirement benefits, Michael Werier. Werier decided that MLA pay should remain at $94,513 with a 0 per cent increase for 2018 and 2019.
The Office of the Superintendent for Financial Institution’s (OSFI) ban on the use of terms like ‘bank,’ ‘banker,’ and ‘banking’ by Credit Unions is making a stir in the federal political sphere.
The Carman Multicultural Committee has been hard at work on multiple projects to be held in the month of September.
A world wide leadership simulcast event is coming to Winkler and Al Ruttan of the John Maxwell Group is encouraging people to attend. Called Live2Lead, it will be presented at the P.W. Enns Centennial Concert Hall, in Winkler on October 6, 2017. It will be hosted by Dynamic Leadership with Al Ruttan.