Friday, November 30, 2012

Upcoming Event - Maiko Rocks Pyramid in Winnipeg

Check out Moses Mayes  "Surviving Winter Series" featuring Maiko Watson on December 27th at the Pyramid Cabaret  check out for ticket details and the best deal $10.00 advance and $15.00 at the door. Hurry. The party on the 17th was a blast. You don't want to miss any - great music, great vibes and good times.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 29, 2012


Manitoba communities will benefit from enhanced funding for handi-transit services to help improve the quality of life for residents, through the expansion of the Regional Incentive Grant under the Mobility Disadvantaged Transportation Program (MDTP), Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux announced today.
“Providing Manitobans who have mobility issues with access to transportation helps maintain their quality of life and allows them to remain independent,” said Lemieux.  “We are pleased to expand this successful program, giving more communities the funds required to deliver handi-transit services.”
Four new Manitoba communities – Carman, Morden, The Pas and Lac du Bonnet – will now be eligible for this funding, bringing the total number of eligible regional handi-transit service providers to nine.
“Support for handi-transit services benefits residents and their communities, and we are pleased to see the expansion of these grants to assist even more communities,” said Doug Dobrowolski, president, Association of Manitoba Municipalities.
The province currently provides more than $1 million in annual operating and capital support for handi-transit services to 69 communities across Manitoba through the MDTP, which was introduced in 2011, Lemieux said.
Working with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities and individual municipalities over the past year, the province has revised the eligibility criteria to provide support to more communities that operate regional handi-transit services.
Regional incentive grants provide additional funds to encourage local handi-transit service providers to collaborate with other communities to maintain and expand the delivery of regional handi-transit services.
The Regional Incentive Grant program is available to handi-transit service providers who meet all of the following criteria:
  • provide a regional handi-transit service to two or more communities, 
  • serve a minimum combined population base of 5,000, and
  • receive a minimum 20 per cent of operating revenue from participating municipalities.
Funds for these grants are provided through the Building Manitoba Fund, which invests the equivalent of one percentage point of the provincial sales tax in transit and infrastructure projects that benefit Manitoba’s municipalities, the minister said.
“It’s important to build on the efforts of the many municipalities that already work hard to find ways of extending programs and services in their communities,” said Lemieux.  “We will work closely with the municipalities to help them partner with neighbouring municipalities and expand their options and opportunities to the benefit of everyone.”
For information on the Building Manitoba Fund and the Regional Incentive Grant Program, go to
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux (left) and Doug Dobrowolski, President, Association of Manitoba Municipalities were pleased with the announcement of New Active Transportation funding through the federal government’s Gas Tax fund to help municipalities finance active transportation projects.
Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux (left) and Doug Dobrowolski, President, Association of Manitoba Municipalities were pleased with the announcement of New Active Transportation funding through the federal government’s Gas Tax fund to help municipalities finance active transportation projects.
November 28, 2012


The Manitoba government has introduced legislation that would enhance the Community Schools Partnership Initiative (CSPI) and help all Manitoba schools strengthen community partnerships and student success by co-ordinating services and supports to students and families, Education Minister Nancy Allan announced today.
“We’ve seen the difference community schools make.  Community schools support the learning that is happening in the classroom by providing educational, social, cultural and recreational activities and strengthening partnerships with the community that improve opportunities for students families,” said Allan.
There are currently 29 schools throughout Manitoba that participate in the CSPI.  These schools link students and their families with services and programs such as nurse practitioners, summer and after-school programs, adult skills training and financial literacy, the minister said.
Florence Gray, a parent of a child at Dufferin Community School, believes community schools not only help children succeed but also help parents.
“The job training program for parents at my child’s school helped me to get into the Inner City Social Work Program at the University of Manitoba and to get a job supporting north-end students to complete their high school education through an after-school home work and mentoring program.  Our whole family has benefited from the community school programs offered at Dufferin Community School.”
The legislation would establish a Community Schools Unit in the Department of Education that would help all schools participate in a community schools network to share ideas to enhance programs and services for families.  A community advisory committee would be established to strengthen partnerships and provide advice to the Minister and Community Schools Unit, and co-ordinate the support of various departments that work with schools.
“Schools have deep connections in their communities and are providing services that make our neighbourhoods stronger and are helping our students get a better start,” said Allan.
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November 28, 2012


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Legislation Would Also Give Law Enforcement Enhanced Tools for Tighter Monitoring of Inmate Communication: Swan
The provincial government introduced legislation today that would continue to enhance the tools given to law enforcement and corrections to keep the public safe from threats made by inmates, Justice Minister Andrew Swan has announced.
“Threats and intimidation of the public will not be tolerated, especially from someone already in custody,” said Swan.  “We want to ensure the public is protected by making certain that an inmate’s activities can be monitored.”
The legislation, part of the Government’s Domestic Violence Strategy, would help prevent further abuse of those already victimized and make it more difficult for inmates to communicate for the purpose of illegal activity, the minister said.
“This measure will further help prevent people who are incarcerated from harassing victims and witnesses,” said Swan.
The proposed changes to the Correctional Services Act would clarify that corrections officials would be able to record inmate telephone calls.  This would make it easier to ensure consequences when witnesses, victims or the general public are subjected to threats, harassment and intimidation from people in custody, Swan said.
The legislation would not in any way affect inmates’ rights to speak confidentially with legal counsel, he added.
If there is probable cause that an inmate is communicating for the purpose of illegal activity, the proposed legislation would allow corrections to monitor the call and use the evidence in internal or criminal proceedings.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

November 26, 2012


The new, parent-friendly provincial report card is being distributed across Manitoba this month giving parents clear and uniform information about how their children are doing in school, Education Minister Nancy Allan said today.
“The new report card is written in plain language and clearly spells out both the child’s strengths and areas in which he or she needs more support,” said Allan.  “With a clear and understandable way of tracking how children are performing, parents and teachers will have the information they need to better support students and help them succeed.”
Allan also announced the province has released a new parent-friendly support document that will help Manitoba families better understand how to get the most out of the new report cards.  The booklet is currently available online in French and English at  The minister noted the booklet will available in 14 different languages in the spring.
“It is important the report card be clear and informative for every parent.  That’s why we are providing additional tools for parents who speak a variety of languages,” Allan said.  “We all want the best education for our children and these additional tools will help parents help their kids.”
The new report card was piloted in the 2011-12 school year in selected schools and is being implemented in 485 schools and 31 school divisions in 2012-13.  It has been mandated for use in all public schools in Manitoba by the fall of 2013.  In the past, report cards differed from division to division.
An advisory committee made up of members of the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils, the Manitoba Association of School Business Officials, the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents, the Manitoba Teachers’ Society and the Manitoba School Boards Association was involved in the development of the new report card.
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November 26, 2012


The Manitoba government introduced legislation today which would improve the process by which the Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS) investigates complaints, conducts internal disciplinary procedures and recuperates costs in cases of proven unprofessional conduct by a teacher.
“We are committed to working with the Manitoba Teachers’ Society to continue to ensure all teachers adhere to the highest professional standards,” Allan said.  “This will help ensure our students receive the quality education they need to succeed.”
The amendments come following the last MTS annual general meeting.   The society requested an increase in the range of penalties for members found to have engaged in unprofessional conduct or conduct unbecoming a teacher.  Following an MTS internal disciplinary review panel hearing, the society would be able to suspend or terminate a teacher’s membership in the society or impose a fine to help offset the costs of hearings related to investigations.
“Any profession worthy of the name is one that holds itself to the highest possible standards of conduct.  Teachers recognize the need to work together professionally and effectively, and never forget our duty to remain worthy of the public’s trust.  This legislative change is intended to provide our Professional Conduct and Review Committees with a greater and more nuanced ability to uphold those standards in those rare cases when infractions occur,” said Paul Olson, president, MTS.
“Along with initiatives, like the standardized report card and class size reductions for kindergarten to Grade 3, this legislation is part of a broader framework to work with teachers and parents to improve the overall quality of the education system in Manitoba and move the province to the top tier of educational achievement in Canada,” said Allan.
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November 27, 2012


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E-documents Would Make Courts More Efficient: Swan
Manitoba is proposing to allow the use of electronic documents in the court system, which would make police and courts more efficient, and continue to improve the justice system, Justice Minister Andrew Swan announced today.
“Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds.  We want to ensure that we use all the tools available to us to make the justice system more effective,” said Swan.  “We want our police to spend less time on paperwork and more time keeping our communities safe.”
The current system of documents in provincial court is mostly paper based.  The proposed changes would allow Manitoba Justice to take sworn statements or ‘informations’ electronically from police agencies.  Eliminating or reducing the use of paper would increase the speed with which a case moves through the criminal justice system by significantly reducing paperwork, said Swan.
This proposed amendment to the Provincial Court Act specifies that electronic documents could be filed with and created by the provincial court.  The amendment also specifies that an electronic signature as specified in the regulations would be considered valid.  The change would support ongoing work to develop and implement an electronic system in court and eliminate most of the paper processes currently used, the minister said.
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November 27, 2012


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New Active Transportation Fund Launched
Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 27, 2012 – New Active Transportation funding is now available to help rural communities start projects and improve local infrastructure designed to encourage people to use alternatives to motor vehicle transportation.
Municipalities and northern communities with populations of fewer than 50,000 residents are eligible to apply to the Active Transportation Fund, made possible by a $1-million investment from the federal Gas Tax Fund.
“This program builds on the Small Communities Transit Fund launched in 2010, making $1 million in federal Gas Tax funding available to cost-share active transportation projects with eligible municipalities over the next two years,” said the Honourable Ron Lemieux,Local Government Minister. “People are becoming more health and environmentally conscious and are switching to public transportation, bicycles and walking. As these activities increase, people will see improved health benefits, lower transportation costs and fewer cars and trucks on the road. Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions is good for us and for our environment.”
“Our Government is committed to supporting infrastructure projects in municipalities across Canada,” said the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia. “We are proud of our $1-million investment in this program which will help municipalities across Manitoba promote environmentally friendly transportation. The Gas Tax fund is just one of the ways our Government is carrying out our promise to help create jobs and stimulate economic growth across the country.”
The program provides 50 per cent cost-shared funding for eligible projects up to a maximum of $50,000 per project. Eligible projects include:
  • bike racks/lockers;
  • bike paths;
  • sidewalks and other pathways for pedestrian use;
  • lighting and signage on trails, sidewalks and bike paths; and
  • active transportation design/project plans that lead to future active transportation development.
“The benefits of active transportation for Manitoba communities are wide ranging,” said Association of Manitoba Municipalities President Doug Dobrowolski. “This initiative will reduce pressure on our over-burdened municipal streets and roads. The health of our citizens is also important to local governments. That’s why active transportation options are a win-win – they reduce costs and improve our quality of life.”
The Manitoba government is launching a dedicated active transportation website to promote and support small communities in developing sustainable active transportation options. The website offers Manitoba success stories; resources and tools for municipalities, schools and community groups; information on safety; maps of trails and pathways around the province; and information on programs and agencies that support active transportation. The new provincial government web address is
Together, all these tools and resources will help municipalities integrate active transportation planning, design and implementation with land use and transportation planning. Today’s commitments are part of the Manitoba government’s three-year action plan to promote and improve active transportation across Manitoba.
The Government of Canada’s Gas Tax Fund provides long-term funding to local governments to help them build and revitalize public infrastructure. In December 2011, the Government of Canada passed legislation to make the Gas Tax Fund a permanent annual investment of $2 billion per year. Through this fund alone, the federal government provides $66,157,000 in funding annually for municipal infrastructure in Manitoba.
The Government of Canada has engaged provinces, territories, municipalities and key stakeholders in a series of roundtables to guide the development of a new long-term infrastructure plan that will support job creation, economic growth and prosperity.  To improve infrastructure across Canada and ensure affordability and sustainability over the long term, the Government’s new plan will encourage greater use of public-private partnerships. This will help leverage new investments in infrastructure, while respecting Canadian taxpayers’ ability to pay.
Lemieux noted the Action Plan on Active Transportation is part of  Manitoba’s green plan called TomorrowNow, which sets out an eight-year strategic action plan for mobilizing Manitobans to work together to protect the environment, while ensuring a prosperous and environmentally conscious economy.  More information can be found at:
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November 27, 2012


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Residents to Benefit from Lower Utility Bills, More Efficient Homes, New Job Opportunities: Premier
The Power Smart Neighbourhood Project, a new energy and water efficiency initiative in the William Whyte neighbourhood of Winnipeg, will help local families save money by making their homes more efficient while creating jobs for local residents, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.
“Many homes in older communities have inefficient furnaces, poor insulation and old plumbing fixtures that waste water and energy, costing families more money,” said Selinger.  “Making life more affordable remains a priority for our government.  This project will help local families save money and improve their homes while creating jobs for local residents.”
The new project, a partnership between Manitoba Hydro and the North End Community Renewal Corporation, will give eligible William Whyte residents access to two programs that improve energy and water efficiency including:
  • Manitoba Hydro’s Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP), which allows for no-cost insulation and low-cost furnaces; and
  • for households ineligible for LIEEP, the Power Smart Pay-as-You-Save (PAYS) financing program, which will finance the upfront capital costs of eligible energy saving measures, using monthly bill savings as payment.
Selinger noted that work done under the project will be contracted to Manitoba Green Retrofits and Inner City Renovations, two non-profit social enterprises that train and employ people facing barriers to employment.
“Similar to the successful BUILD program, this project will provide hands-on training and create meaningful employment opportunities for residents of the local community,” said Selinger.
The project will be promoted through an outreach campaign that will include community events, door‑to-door canvassing and direct contacts.
Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart Program is recognized internationally as a model energy efficiency program, which has saved Manitoba families and businesses more than $600 million on their utility bills to date, Selinger said.
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Monday, November 26, 2012


November 26, 2012


The provincial government has introduced legislative amendments to the Planning Act and the City of Winnipeg Charter that would give municipalities the authority to encourage or require new residential developments to include homes that are affordable to low- and moderate-income households, Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux announced today.
“As the population of Manitoba continues to grow, there is definite need in communities across the province for affordable housing and density increases as new neighbourhoods are built,” said Lemieux.  “This will give municipalities another innovative tool to help create more opportunities for families to access affordable housing in their communities.”
The proposed amendments include:
  • specific zoning bylaw provisions that would allow municipalities to either take a mandatory or incentive-based approach to requiring affordable housing;
  • a requirement that would have the municipality define affordable housing in the bylaw, based on local context and needs; and
  • provisions on development agreements between the municipality and the developer that would intend on protecting the ongoing affordability of the housing units.
Current Manitoba planning legislation does not contain specific authority allowing municipalities to require developers to include affordable housing in new developments, Lemieux said.
“We are looking forward to taking advantage of this opportunity and strongly encourage other municipalities dealing with affordable housing challenges to do the same,” said Mayor Shari
Decter-Hirst, City of Brandon.
Consultations were held in 2011 with representatives from Manitoba Housing and Community Development, the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, the City of Winnipeg, the City of Brandon and community non-profit and affordable housing groups.  These discussions helped form the proposed legislative changes, Lemieux said.
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Arts and Crafts - Upcoming Event

Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) is once again offering a series of craft workshops, facilitated by newcomer immigrant women. This year's series starts with a family event, in celebration of the holiday season. Craft traditions from three different countries and cultures will be featured – Somalia, the Philippines and Denmark .

The workshop will at 611 Main Street on Saturday, December 8 from 1-4 p.m.
It is free, and materials are provided. Child minding is also offered.
Please see attached poster and/or visit for more information.
Thank you,
Erna Andersen
Outreach Coordinator
Mentoring Artists for Women's Art - MAWA
611 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1E1

Phone: 204-949-9490

Friday, November 23, 2012

November 23, 2012


Manitoba has introduced legislative amendments that would create new job-protected work leaves for parents of critically ill children and children who have died or disappeared as a result of crime, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard announced today.
“I can imagine nothing more painful than losing a child.  These changes will make sure parents in tragic circumstance don’t also have to fear losing their jobs,” said Howard.  “These new leaves will help them continue providing for their families during a very difficult time.”
Under the proposed amendments, parents would be allowed:
  • up to 37 weeks off work to care for a critically ill child,
  • up to 104 weeks off work if a child has died as a result of a crime, and
  • up to 52 weeks off work if a child has disappeared as a result of a crime.
To qualify, employees must have worked for the same employer for at least 30 days and the child must be under the age of 18.
The proposed amendments to work leaves under Manitoba’s Employment Standards Code are designed to complement new federal income support benefits.  The federal benefits will be available for parents of a murdered or missing child in January 2013, and for parents of a critically ill child in June 2013.
Employees entitled to such a leave from their job must be a person who has care, custody or control of the child and is considered to be like a close relative, whether or not they are related.
An employee wishing to take either one of these leaves would be required to give their employer advance notice of at least one pay period, unless this is not possible.  Notice of one pay period is also required when employees are returning to work early from the leave.
The leaves are based on unanimous recommendations by the Labour Management Review Committee, which is made up of business and labour representatives.
More information on the newly introduced job-protection leaves for parents is available at
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

November 21, 2012


The provincial government has introduced new legislative amendments that would better protect the privacy of Manitobans by making it an offence for an employee to use or access personal health information without authorization or to falsify that information, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.
“The Manitoba ombudsman made a recommendation to further strengthen the Personal Health Information Act and we are acting quickly to make these needed changes to ensure the privacy of Manitobans,” said Oswald.  “Employees will have to ensure they have the proper authorization before accessing someone’s personal health information, better protecting people across the province.”
The minister noted that while the legislation already includes penalties for disclosing personal health information, the ombudsman recommended including penalties for the inappropriate use of health information records.  The province is also introducing penalties for falsifying records similar to those in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta.
“To ensure families are getting the best possible care, it’s important that health-care providers can access the information they need,” said Oswald.  “These amendments will balance the information needs of health-care providers while ensuring a patient’s person and important information is protected.”
When passed, the amendments would allow individuals who wilfully look at another person’s personal health information without the appropriate authorization to be prosecuted, even if they do not disclose this information to anyone else.
The legislation would cover all types of personal health information including information stored in electronic health and medical records, the minister said.
“While electronic records improve patient care, privacy considerations are also key,” said Oswald.  “By making these changes now, they will be in place as the use of electronic health and medical records increases throughout the system.”
Individuals can face a fine of up to $50,000 if convicted of an offence under the act.
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Nurses and front office workers at Doctor's office must also be trained not to ask people to divulge personal information such as date of birth in a public space, instead they could ask the person to jot down the information on a piece of paper. I have heard unwanted info many times sitting in doctor's offices or hospital offices. This is not right and it is not respecting person's personal information.

Important new rules for New Building Warranties

Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau announces plans for new mandatory warranties that would protect Manitoba families purchasing newly constructed homes. Gloria Desorcy, executive director of the Consumers’ Association of Canada (Manitoba) and Mike Moore, president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association, were also on hand for the event.
Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau announces plans for new mandatory warranties that would protect Manitoba families purchasing newly constructed homes. Gloria Desorcy, executive director of the Consumers’ Association of Canada (Manitoba) and Mike Moore, president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association, were also on hand for the event.
November 22, 2012


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Consultations with Industry, Consumer Groups Generated Ideas: Rondeau
The province has a plan for new mandatory warranties that would protect Manitoba families purchasing newly constructed homes, Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau announced today.
“For many Manitobans, buying a new home is one of the most important investments they will make for their families’ future,” said Rondeau.  “Our plan will help protect Manitobans buying a new home with better, extended warranty protection against construction-related defects.”
Since launching the five-year consumer protection strategy, the Manitoba government has consulted with builders, warranty providers, engineers, architects and representatives of the Consumers’ Association of Canada, the Canadian Condominium Institute and the Manitoba Bar Association on how to better protect consumers.
“New home buyers are making significant financial investments and as a result are particularly vulnerable consumers,” said Gloria Desorcy, executive director of the Consumers’ Association of Canada (Manitoba).  “This new plan for mandatory home warranties will ensure Manitobans who experience construction-related problems on new homes are protected.”
The minister said that new home builders would be required to secure a warranty on new houses and condominium properties issued by a third-party warranty provider.  The minimum warranty coverage would be higher than that currently offered under existing voluntary home warranty programs.
The improved protections have the support of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association.
“This move will promote professional building methods and put everyone on equal footing,” said Mike Moore, president of the association.  “It’s a positive step for builders and new home buyers alike.”
The minister said that new protections would cover:
  • any defects in labour, materials and design in houses and condominium units for one year, and condominium common elements for 15 months;
  • major systems such as electrical and plumbing, and building code violations resulting in unreasonable health or safety risks or material damage to the home for 24 months; and
  • defects in the building envelope, including water penetration, for two years and structural defects for seven.
“This is a part of ongoing commitment to protect Manitoba consumers and ensure there’s fairness,” said Rondeau.  “We’ve introduced clearer rules for cell phone contracts, payday loans, debt settlement agency fees and car repair bills and I’m pleased to be moving forward with stronger protections for new home buyers.”
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Watch this it is so cool


 Watching this video I found my heart swelling with pride or something, I felt I was in that capsule and I was bursting with joy. I don't know why but that was how I felt. Check it out man.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Reinforcement for Norther Schools

Education Minister Nancy Allan and Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade Minister Peter Bjornson announce funding to support middle years trades training for rural and northern schools.
Education Minister Nancy Allan and Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade Minister Peter Bjornson announce funding to support middle years trades training for rural and northern schools

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Circles by Moses Mayes featuring Maiko Watson

This song is so cool - disco revival, nostalgia, nice feeling all around. Check out Maiko's silky smooth voice in this one. You will like it

This is the first  of a five part  winter series  in which release a new song each time.  The song is titled Circles.

  Maiko at the Pyramid Cabaret with Moses Mayes Band Novmeber 18, 2012. Was a great party. This was the first of the five part winter series. The next gig is on December 27 - great time to work off some of that excess calories! see you there

Upcoming Event - Sunrise Memorial - December 6

Everyone Welcome

Sunrise Memorial

to commemorate Canada’s
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Manitoba Legislative Building
8:00 a.m.

Guest Speaker: Ms. Wanda Siatecki
This year’s Guest Speaker will talk about the impact of
violence against women on friends and family.
Refreshments to follow

This year, we are collecting new unwrapped toys for children at
A Woman’s Place
Contributions are welcome!

Hosted by the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council
(Manitoba Status of Women)

Please RSVP by Monday, December 3 to 204-945-6281 or

Premier Greg Selinger and Health Minister Theresa Oswald are joined by cancer health care professionals at CancerCare Manitoba as they announce the provincial government is adding 50 new health professionals and launching four new regional CancerCare hubs in rural Manitoba to ensure cancer patients receive the fastest treatment in Canada.
Premier Greg Selinger and Health Minister Theresa Oswald are joined by cancer health care professionals at CancerCare Manitoba as they announce the provincial government is adding 50 new health professionals and launching four new regional CancerCare hubs in rural Manitoba to ensure cancer patients receive the fastest treatment in Canada.READ MORE

November 20, 2012


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Province Moving Forward With Aggressive, Comprehensive Strategy to Further Reduce Cancer Wait Times: Premier
To ensure cancer patients receive the fastest treatment in Canada, the provincial government is adding 50 new health professionals and launching four new regional CancerCare hubs in rural Manitoba, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.
“We’re focused on the things that matter most to Manitoba families and there’s nothing more important than ensuring your family gets the care they need, regardless of where they live,” said Selinger.  “New cancer treatment hubs in Brandon, Selkirk, Steinbach and Thompson will help more patients get the highest-quality care, closer to home, with less of a disruption in their day-to-day lives.”
Building on the first CancerCare hub launched in Morden/Winkler in 2011, the four new hubs are part of an expansion of 16 rural chemotherapy sites throughout the province, said Selinger.  The four new hubs, which will be opened over the next year, will better co-ordinate testing, referrals, diagnosis and treatment for rural Manitobans.
To further accelerate cancer testing, diagnosis and treatment for every Manitoban, the government has committed to hiring over 50 new front-line staff including:
  • eight more pathologists;
  • 35 more technologists;
  • two cancer testing co-ordinators; and
  • eight new positions in rural CancerCare hubs (social workers and patient navigators).
“With ongoing provincial and partner support to improve cancer services, including the most comprehensive cancer strategy in Canada, Manitobans will soon benefit from a wider network of CancerCare hubs,” said Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal, president and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba.  “The CancerCare hubs will facilitate rapid access and treatment right across Manitoba.”
The premier also released a new five-year provincial cancer strategy for a more integrated and cohesive approach to cancer that involves prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, palliative care and survivorship.  This follows the last five-year strategy, launched in 2007.
The new provincial cancer strategy seeks to prevent cancer and improve care and outcomes for those with cancer, the premier said, adding the new strategy includes:
  • monitoring research to update existing programs and implement new cancer screening programs to catch cancer earlier;
  • introducing digital mammography and expanding the Breast Health Centre;
  • expanding the use of advanced genetic and molecular cancer testing;
  • creating a provincial cancer surgery program;
  • developing a model for after-hours care for cancer patients;
  • supporting additional cancer research and clinical trials;
  • hiring more nurse practitioners and social workers in rural Manitoba; and
  • supporting the emotional needs of cancer patients and their families to help them cope during testing, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.
“When you or a loved one has cancer, the only thing you should be focused on is beating the cancer, not on scheduling appointments or worrying about the cost of needed medication,” said Health Minister Theresa Oswald.  “Our government is investing heavily in the cancer journey through such things as free cancer drugs, more health professionals, new CancerCare hubs, building a new CancerCare facility and speeding up diagnosis and treatment.”
“Our goal is to ensure that cancer patients are receiving the treatment they need, as soon as possible.  Today, we’re taking one more step forward in ensuring more patients receive the fastest treatment in Canada, within two months of any suspicion of cancer,” said Selinger.
Manitoba’s cancer strategy can be viewed at
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November 16, 2012


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Province Launches New, Enhanced GIS Map Gallery: Chomiak
Approximately 1,000 mining experts, geologists, Aboriginal leaders, government officials, investors and academics have gathered at the Winnipeg Convention Centre to share insight on the latest developments, opportunities and challenges facing the exploration and mining sector.
“We’re showcasing our mineral resource potential and related economic development opportunities, and building stronger industry, government and community relationships that enable us to move forward together,” said Innovation, Energy and Mines Minister Dave Chomiak.  “With two new mines under construction and several projects advancing toward development, Manitoba’s mining industry is poised for significant growth.”
Highlights of the convention include a trade show, a property showcase, and a variety of business and technical presentations including:
  • the latest findings on Manitoba’s geology, providing new insight on the province’s mineral potential to foster exploration in frontier areas, support further development in established mining districts and assist with community land-use planning and economic development efforts;
  • industry updates on exploration and mining activity in the province and overviews of industry trends;
  • Aboriginal-industry sessions on the business of mining and community engagement aimed at increasing Aboriginal participation and creating mutually beneficial partnerships; and
  • demonstrations of new online services.
The convention also features a public open house from 8:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow.  Activities will include panning for gold with champion panner Yukon Dan, digging for fossils with the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, free access to the property showcase highlighting Manitoba’s mineral investment opportunities and free access to the trade show, which features the latest industry products and services.
The minister also announced the launch of the new, enhanced geographic information system (GIS) Map Gallery, completely redesigned to improve reliability and functionality, and provide online access to informationthat helps define the province’s mineral potential, which is critical to attracting investment in exploration and mine development. 
“Our minerals strategy includes the enhancement and expansion of web-based services to increase our effectiveness in today’s global marketplace,” said Chomiak.  “Online services like the new Integrated Mining and Quarrying System and the completely redesigned GIS Map Gallery that provide geoscientific and mineral tenure information are key to helping companies move their projects forward or target new investment opportunities in the province.”
Mining and petroleum industries make up the second-largest primary resource industry in Manitoba’s economy, with 2011 production values of more than $3.2 billion and estimated capital expenditures of $1.3 billion, Chomiak said.  The industries account for approximately seven per cent of provincial gross domestic product and 13 per cent of total exports.  Annual employment over a recent three-year period averaged 5,800 people directly, with many others employed through the service sector and spinoff businesses.
For more information on the Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention and the GIS Map Gallery, visit and
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November 16, 2012


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Additional External, Internal Reductions also Indentified
The province will meet its commitment to reduce government-appointed agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs) by 20 per cent, Finance Minister Stan Struthers announced today.  In addition, he said, a cross-government review has identified a number of internal boards with government appointments and external boards that can be amalgamated or dissolved.
“Our commitment to reduce government-appointed ABCs by 20 per cent is part of the government’s balanced approach to find ways to reduce spending responsibly while protecting services Manitobans count on,” said Struthers.  “Many Manitobans have volunteered their time and energy to serve on their boards and, on behalf of the province, I want to say thank you.”
There are 114 government-appointed ABCs and 23 have been identified for amalgamation or dissolution.  Identified ABCs either have functions that can be moved into government or that align with the functions of other ABCs.  In other cases, provincial involvement was no longer deemed necessary, the minister said. In addition, nine ABCs with external and provincial appointments and three internal ABCs have been identified for amalgamation or dissolution.
“This process got off to a good start with the reduction of the number of RHAs to five from 11 and the merger of the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission and the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation,” said Struthers.  “We will work closely with each of these ABCs as we move through these transitions.”
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November 16, 2012


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Province Offers Additional After-school Support to Students, Families
Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson today urged First Nation and federal officials to come to an agreement on the resumption of classes as soon as possible for students of Lake St. Martin First Nation and offered new after-school program support for students and families.
“As soon as we were notified of the school closure, we arranged and offered alternate class space in the provincial school system to allow students to continue their studies together as a community,” said Robinson.  “Allowing the students to fall further behind with this offer sitting on the table would be nothing short of irresponsible.
“We have also offered to work with the community to quickly develop a program that would provide students with activities in the critical after-school hours and help them get through this difficult time.”
The after-school program would be modeled after the province’s successful Bright Futures program that partners with community organizations to deliver individually tailored supports including tutoring, outreach to increase family involvement in schools, mentoring, goal-setting, career exploration and bursaries in order to improve graduation rates and increase access to post-secondary education.
The provincial offer to work with the community to develop after-school programming could result in organized activities in areas such as:
  • sport, recreation and physical activity,
  • arts and cultural appreciation,
  • education and career exploration,
  • health awareness and life-skills development, and
  • leadership and service to community.
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The opening of the second session of the 40th Legislature – November 29, 2012
The opening of the second session of the 40th Legislature – November 29, 2012
November 19, 2012


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Speech a Balanced, Forward Looking Approach to Keep Building Manitoba: Premier
Today’s speech from the throne presented the next steps in keeping Manitoba moving forward through economic uncertainty by protecting and improving the things that matter most to Manitoba families, while finding responsible ways to reduce costs and better deliver government services, said Premier Greg Selinger.
The speech, which opened the second session of the 40th Manitoba legislative assembly, was delivered by Chief Justice Richard Scott, on behalf of Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee.
“With a balanced approach, we’ve kept Manitoba moving forward through the global financial crisis but it’s clear that uncertainty has become an ongoing reality for economies everywhere,” said Selinger.  “Manitoba’s fundamentals are strong and our plan will keep our economy growing, improve health care, create opportunities and ensure Manitoba remains a great place to live.”
The premier outlined highlights of the speech:
Growing the economy, creating jobs
  •     New rural economic development and improvements to cities with new road infrastructure, building on already historic road investments.
  •     Better supports for businesses with a new business succession resource centre and a single point of contact for Manitoba’s entrepreneurs.
  •     Steady economic growth with the addition of 75,000 workers to Manitoba’s labour force by 2020.
Improving health care
  •     Better care for seniors with improvements to home care and 200 new personal-care home beds in Winnipeg.
  •     Faster, more convenient access to testing and treatment for cancer patients with new CancerCare hubs in rural Manitoba.
  •     Improved access to family doctors with additional nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and dieticians for medical practices taking new patients.
Creating more opportunities
  •     Better education and training opportunities with new primary schools and new support for high school students to transition into apprenticeships. 
  •     More support for universities and colleges to increase enrolment by promoting Manitoba as a top destination for international students. 
  •     More mentorship opportunities for students with a new after-school leaders program.
Making Manitoba an even better place to live
  •     New measures to protect families dealing with new home construction, vehicle purchases and cable bills; and new tools to help low-income Manitobans purchase a home.
  •     Improvements to parks and park amenities, and the creation of new parks.
  •     Support for new research projects that will restore the health of Lake Winnipeg and protect the province’s water.

The premier noted the government is building on measures introduced in Budget 2012 that reduce administrative spending and help deliver government services more efficiently.  In particular, the government will work with municipalities to begin a process of amalgamation to better deliver local services.
“Our priorities are the priorities we’ve heard from Manitoba families,” said Selinger.  “Our plan is moderate and balanced:  streamlining and reducing costs, and protecting jobs and the services families count on.”

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

November 14, 2012


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Manitoba Schools Have Hired 79 New Teachers: Premier
The Manitoba government is making significant progress toward reducing class sizes with 79 new teachers hired by school divisions over the last year, ensuring students receive a quality education and the best learning environment possible, Premier Greg Selinger said today at École La Verendrye School.
“Today more than ever, success in life depends upon receiving the best-possible education and training.  Investing in smaller class sizes is an important step we can take toward ensuring our children have the attention they need to learn and reach their potential,” said Selinger.  “Our government understands that smaller classes mean more one-on-one time with teachers and a better quality of education for our students.”
The 79 teachers hired in the first year of the class size initiative are currently working in 31 school divisions and are having a direct impact on class size, resulting in:
  • a 20 per cent reduction in kindergarten to Grade 3 classes with 24 or more students,
  • 11 per cent more kindergarten to Grade 3 classes that have 23 students or less, and
  • 13.7 per cent more kindergarten to Grade 3 that have 20 students or less.
“The Winnipeg School Division’s mission is to provide a learning environment that promotes and fosters the growth of each student’s potential,” said Rita Hildahl, board chair of the division.  “Through the class size initiative we will continue to build a strong foundation for the future success of our students.”
The province announced earlier this year that school divisions in Manitoba will be required to cap their kindergarten to Grade 3 classrooms at 20 students by September 2017.  While 10 per cent of classrooms per division will be allowed the flexibility to go beyond the cap of 20 students, no classes will be permitted to have more than 23 students in a kindergarten to Grade 3 classroom.
In June, the province provided funding to hire additional teachers, provide professional development or commence planning to support and implement the initiative.
“Our plan for smaller class sizes is ensuring Manitoba students will benefit from more individual attention from teachers in the vital first years.  This is a step in the right direction for education in Manitoba,” said Selinger.  “Special thanks to the oversight committee which continues to provide valuable advice to government as we move forward.”                                
The Class Size Oversight Committee includes representatives from the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, Manitoba Association of Parent Councils, Manitoba School Boards Association, Manitoba Association of School Superintendents and Manitoba Association of School Business Officials.
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November 15, 2012


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Highlights from Consulting Firm Report Include Administrative Savings, Efficiencies, New Name: Chomiak
A report prepared by consulting firm MNP will guide the merger of the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission and the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, saving an estimated $3 million annually, Innovation, Energy and Mines Minister Dave Chomiak, minister responsible for gaming, said today.
“In Budget 2012, the merger of these two crown corporations was announced as a responsible way to reduce administrative spending, cut red tape and improve service for Manitobans,” said Chomiak.  “Our balanced approach is working and with this report and set of recommendations, we have a way forward that will get results.”
Highlights of the report include an estimated $3 million in recurrent annual savings after the transition period is complete through the elimination of executive and senior management positions, reduction of general costs and consolidation of vendor contract services, Chomiak said.  The report included organizational structures for the two new entities and guidelines for the development of a ‘single-window’ for front-line services.
The MNP report indicates that its recommendations will require at least 24 months to implement, dependent on the outcomes of co-location decisions, IT system plans and legislative changes.
To support its work, MNP reviewed more than 400 documents, conducted 82 interviews with key internal and external stakeholders, conducted five interviews with other jurisdictions and reviewed nine written submissions from external stakeholders.
Legislative changes are expected in spring that would create a new act for the merged corporations, Chomiak said, adding a proposed separate legislative act would amalgamate liquor and gaming regulations.  The MNP report on the merger is available at
The minister also said the new merged corporation will be named Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries and the new agency for liquor and gaming regulation will be named the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba.

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November 15, 2012


The Manitoba government will continue to provide support for successful initiatives that ensure Aboriginal and inner-city students have the supports and help they need to develop a positive identity, increase their academic skills, Education Minister Nancy Allan announced today at Rossbrook House.
“The Learning Always program at Rossbrook House provides a supportive, after-school learning environment where students can get assistance with their school assignments, strengthen their literacy and numeracy skills and access activities that expand their horizons,” said Allan.
The minister announced a total of $21,000 for this ongoing program which aims to provide a multitude of enriching opportunities and support for children and youth in grades 2 to 9.
The Learning Always program offers:
  • homework support;
  • educational activities such as computer, math and reading games;
  • a reading circle;
  • a healthy after-school snack;
  • traditional teachings; and
  • involvement with the arts.
“Children and youth are always learning – not only in school, but in their communities as well,” said Allan.  “Programs such as Learning Always, which emphasize the holistic nature of learning, are the key to ensuring student engagement in learning.”
The minister also noted that Rossbrook House was given an annual $40,000 grant to support three off-site school programs operated in conjunction with the Winnipeg School Division.  This grant will allow Rossbrook house to remain open for extended hours and supports cultural programming, outdoor education, books, and breakfast and lunch programs.
These school programs include:
  • Wi Wabigooni – an off-site classroom for grades 3 to 6 dedicated to supporting the Manitoba School Curriculum, providing public-speaking opportunities and preparing the annual Rossbrook house powwow.
  • Eagles’ Circle – an off-site classroom for grades 7 to 9 providing individualized programming intended to enhance pride in indigenous culture and provide additional support to students who have had difficulty in school.
  • Rising Sun – an off-site alternative classroom for students in grades 10 to 12 providing learning in a small group setting designed to advance cultural experiences, awareness of community issues and skill levels.
Rossbrook House provides over 2,000 Aboriginal and inner-city youth a place of safety 365 days a year, 24 hours a day including weekends and school holidays.  On any given day, Rossbrook House welcomes approximately 100 children and youth who range in age from five to 24 and offers a variety of educational and recreational programs for all ages.

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Education Minister Nancy Allan and Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Flor Marcelino visit with students and staff of Rossbrook House following Minister Allan’s announcement of support for an after-school learning program for inner-city youth.
Education Minister Nancy Allan and Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Flor Marcelino visit with students and staff of Rossbrook House following Minister Allan’s announcement of support for an after-school learning program for inner-city youth.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sharing the blessings

Needy families in two remote First Nations communities in Manitoba will be dining on steaks and chops thanks to observant Muslims in Winnipeg sharing their feast.
"In Islam when you give to charity you have to give the equivalent of what you provide your own children," said Hussain Guisti with the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation. "And we feed our children steaks and lamb chops."
The charitable foundation is shipping beef, lamb, goat and chicken to Shamattawa and Garden Hill, as well as potatoes, bread, carrots, milk, tea and sugar.
Guisti rounded up the donations from members of Winnipeg's Muslim community to mark Eid al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice, to show gratitude to God and to provide for the poor and needy.
"It's one of the most important holidays for Muslims around the world," said Guisti.
Eid-al-Adha marks the conclusion of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Many Muslims who are not performing the Hajj celebrate by making charitable donations, visiting friends and family, and enjoying festive meals. Read the rest of the story here:

Monday, November 05, 2012

November 5, 2012


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Winnipeg Blue Bombers Support Campaign to Break Silence on Violence Against Women
‘Be more than a bystander -break the silence on violence against women’ is the message of the new public awareness campaign encouraging men to speak out against domestic violence, which isbeing launched in partnership with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.
“Our Blue Bombers are recognized as role models and we appreciate their support in promoting the message that men can’t condone or participate in violence against women,” said Selinger.  “As highly visible celebrities in our communities, they help set an example and send the message that violence against women is wrong.”
“The Winnipeg Football Club is proud to help support and be role models in this new provincial campaign aimed at domestic violence.  Our players have stepped up and volunteered to help relay the message that this type of behaviour is unacceptable under any circumstance and to be more than a just a bystander,” said Blue Bomber president and CEO Garth Buchko.
The advertising campaign includes videos featuring Blue Bomber players Glenn January, Chris Cvetkovic, Andre Douglas, Cory Watson and Jason Vega.  The messages remind Manitobans to be more than a bystander and help break the silence on domestic violence that affects women, children and families.
A new multi-year domestic violence prevention strategy was also released by the province.
“November is Domestic Violence Prevention Month and this strategy focuses attention on the importance of taking an active role in identifying and dealing with abusive relationships,” said Selinger.  “This strategy was developed with input from provincewide public consultations, research and a strategy review committee.”
Manitoba Housing has visited every provincially funded shelter and completed a targeted maintenance program for the safety and security of clients and staff, the premier said. 
The new strategy has three themes:  supports for victims and families, interventions for people with abusive behaviour, and prevention, awareness and training.  Multi-year strategy items include:
  • investing over $1 million in capital improvements to shelters and other family violence facilities owned by the province;
  • developing supports for agencies and individuals to address the needs of women who use multiple provincially funded shelters frequently and for extended periods of time;
  • working with Aboriginal communities on specific strategies to address domestic violence;
  • providing ongoing, stable funding for A Woman’s Place to employ a lawyer to assist women affected by domestic violence with their legal matters;
  • offering supports to victims dealing with abuse by an immediate or extended family member;
  • working with provincially funded organizations to ensure recruitment and retention of qualified staff;
  • providing interpreters to assist those applying for protection orders;
  • piloting a family court support worker program through Victim Services that will offer support for victims of domestic violence who are also involved in a family court proceeding;
  • exploring legislative options to protect victims from harassment by in-custody offenders;
  • appointing Marlene Bertrand to lead the implementation of the strategy with a team of community and government representatives;
  • continuing to engage men and boys as allies in preventing violence against women; and
  • continuing to spend over $15 million annually on programs to help support victims of domestic violence and their children.
“This strategy is a blueprint for moving forward,” said Kim Storeshaw, director of A Woman’s Place.  “We want Manitobans to know that services are available to help families, women and anyone who witnesses domestic violence.”
Information and the videos supporting the Break the Silence campaign are available at and on Twitter @MBGov and help #StopTheViolence.
Confidential help is available any time at 1-877-977-0007 (toll-free).
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Premier Greg Selinger announces the beginning of the new energy-efficiency Pay-as-You-Save (PAYS) financing plan that will make life more affordable for Manitoba families. Left to right: James Allum, MLA for Fort Garry – Riverview, Scott Thomson, President and CEO of Manitoba Hydro, Dave Chomiak, Minister of Innovation, Energy and Mines, Premier Greg Selinger, Rob Altemeyer, MLA for Wolseley
Premier Greg Selinger announces the beginning of the new energy-efficiency Pay-as-You-Save (PAYS) financing plan that will make life more affordable for Manitoba families. Left to right: James Allum, MLA for Fort Garry – Riverview, Scott Thomson, President and CEO of Manitoba Hydro, Dave Chomiak, Minister of Innovation, Energy and Mines, Premier Greg Selinger, Rob Altemeyer, MLA for Wolseley

November 5, 2012


Manitoba Hydro’s new Power Smart Pay-as-You-Save (PAYS) financing program is now available to help consumers reduce energy consumption and cover upfront costs when they make energy-saving home improvements, Premier Greg Selinger and Manitoba Hydro CEO Scott Thomson announced today.
“Manitoba Hydro’s new Pay-as-You-Save program is the first of its kind in Canada.  With huge upfront costs gone, more families will be able to make smart, energy-efficiency improvements to their homes and save money each month,” said Selinger.  “Together, we’re putting efficiency upgrades to heating, insulation and home water heating within the reach of more families.”
In June of this year, Manitoba enacted the Energy Savings Act to encourage energy and water efficiency upgrades of existing homes and buildings.  In response, Manitoba Hydro launched Pay‑as‑You-Save financing.
Under this new program, Manitoba Hydro will finance the upfront capital cost of approved cost‑effective energy- and water-efficiency improvements to a consumer’s home.  Manitoba Hydro will recover the costs as customers pay back the financing with the savings on their bill.  The interest rate would be fixed at 3.9 per cent for the first five years.  The new program initially focuses on single‑family housing, but will be expanded to cover multi-unit residential, commercial and institutional buildings.
Energy-saving measures that can be financed under the program include high-efficiency gas furnaces, geothermal systems, insulation, drain-water heat recovery systems and water-saving toilets.
“Not only will this program save Manitoban families money, but it will have a significant impact on reducing our province’s energy consumption,” said Selinger.  “This is the kind of innovative thinking that grows from collaborations between government and industry partners.”
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Sunday, November 04, 2012

The Inspiration of We-Day and Craig Kielburger


We Day 2012 was a high energy event wit a packed program of people who are making a differennce in the world. There was music, snapshots of interview, greetings from local political leaders who were cheer leaders themselves. It is reported that more than 1000 local volunteers made this event possible and about 60 staff members from Toronto flew in to coordinate the event.
The 18000 participants  who congregated at the MTS Centre, all received invitation because they did something to make a difference in their community or in the world.
Aboriginal leader, Justice Sinclair appealed to the youths to help make it possible for his grand daughter and others like her to achieve equality and live in a society that respects differences and provide equal opportunity for all.

Craig and his brother Mark Kielburger, rolled out their new campaign for 2012-2013 and urged  participants to check out their new website and get involved.
Photos: Top: Spencer - the man without leg who successfully crawled his way up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the poor; Mr. Gorbachever Prime Minister of Russia, Craig Keilburger, firing up the crowd with his passion; students with their placards.

Friday, November 02, 2012

November 2, 2012


The provincial government is launching an external review of the Workers Compensation Board’s (WCB’s) process for setting employer premiums, which will look for ways to strengthen employer incentives for more effective injury prevention while targeting the illegal practice of claim suppression, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard announced today.
The minister said Paul M. Petrie of British Columbia, an expert on workplace safety and health issues, will work with the WCB and Manitoba Family Services and Labour staff to conduct the review, gathering input from groups across the province that represent injured workers, employers and organized labour.
“The review will help us in our development of a new injury-prevention strategy to transform the way we approach workplace injury and illness,” said Howard.  “The current method used to assess WCB’s employer premiums has been in place for over 10 years.  While it has mostly worked well, the review will look at ways to improve it by ensuring that injuries are reported and prevention efforts are rewarded.”
A separate, comprehensive analysis of injury-prevention activities in the province is currently underway to help reduce the number of workplace injuries and time-loss injury rates.  This analysis began in June and is a collaborative effort between industry, labour, stakeholders, the WCB, the Advisory Council on Workplace Safety and Health, and Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health.
The report on the WCB’s process for setting employer rates is to be submitted to the minister in the spring of 2013.
Over the last decade, the government has increased the number of safety and health officers, and inspections of Manitoba workplaces, updated safety and health legislation, improved training and launched the SAFE Work public awareness campaign, Howard said, adding this has led to a 41 per cent reduction in Manitoba’s time-loss injury rate.
More information on workplace safety and health in Manitoba is available at
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Français est ci-joint

The Continuing Education Division is pleased to announce that a limited number of subsidies are available for immigrants wishing to enrol in French language training at the Beginner 3 level or higher during the Winter 2013 session. To apply for the program, newcomers should fill in the attached registration and admission forms and return them with proof of citizenship or permanent residency to Université de Saint-Boniface by Thursday, December 20, 2012. The forms can be submitted by fax (235-4489), by mail or in person (Room 1411). Please note that all costs for the training are covered by the Manitoba Immigrant Integration Programs. Participants will therefore not be required to pay for their course material. The Continuing Education Division will contact applicants to confirm or not their registration.


Dans le cadre du programme de Français pour immigrants, la Division de l’éducation permanente a le plaisir d’annoncer le financement pour un nombre limité de places aux niveaux Débutant 3 et plus pendant la session d'hiver 2013. Pour faire demande d’admission au programme, il faut remplir les formulaires d’inscription et d’admissibilité en annexe et les faire parvenir à l’Université de Saint-Boniface avec une preuve de citoyenneté ou de résidence permanente au plus tard le jeudi 20 décembre par télécopieur (235-4489), par la poste ou en personne (bureau 1411). Veuillez noter que toutes les dépenses relatives à la formation sont payées par le Programme manitobain d’intégration des immigrants. Les participantes et participants n’auront donc pas à payer leur matériel de cours. La Division de l’éducation permanente communiquera avec les personnes faisant demande d’admission pour confirmer ou non leur inscription au programme.

Je vous serais reconnaissante de bien vouloir partager cette information avec les nouveaux arrivants et les nouvelles arrivantes qui pourraient s’y intéresser.

Gail Cormier, M. Éd.
Université de Saint-Boniface
200, avenue de la Cathédrale 
Winnipeg (Manitoba)  CANADA  R2H 0H7          
Téléphone : 204-237-1818, poste 446
Télécopieur : 204-235-4489