Friday, May 23, 2014

Kevin Chief, Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities and minister responsible for relations with the City of Winnipeg within the Department of Municipal Government announced $1 million in funding from the province for renovations to the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool. The province and city also announced more than $421,000 in additional joint funding through the Building Communities Initiative (BCI)

May 16, 2014


Winnipeg, MB—A partnership between the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg and the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg is providing more than $4 million in funding to return the Sherbrook Pool to its place as an important health and fitness facility for Winnipeg’s core area communities.
“For decades, the Sherbrook Pool has been an important site for water fun, sports and fitness programs benefiting people of all ages, from children and youth in the Sharks Swim Club to seniors, and we will help to ensure the legacy continues,” said Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief, minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg. “Water activities are an excellent form of recreation, supporting health and fitness and a great way for families to enjoy their time together.”
Renamed the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool, funding for the renovation project includes $1 million from the province through the Manitoba/Winnipeg Infrastructure Agreement (MWIA), more than $421,000 in cost-shared funding from the Building Communities Initiative II (BCI II) between the province and the city, approximately $1.7 million from the City of Winnipeg, and a $1-million Sponsor Winnipeg contribution from the Kinsmen Club for enhancements.
“Affordable recreation opportunities in Winnipeg is our priority and I am very proud that we have worked together along with the community to reopen the doors to the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool so we can get families and aquatics lovers back in the water,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “I want to thank the Province of Manitoba for their commitment to this facility and to the Kinsmen Club for their support as inspiring corporate sponsors."  

Rehabilitation of the Sherbrook Pool will include structural repairs to the roof, support beams and pool tank, mechanical repairs to the water service, drainage and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, electrical and fire alarm system upgrades as well as change room improvements.

“The Kinsmen Club is proud to have supported such legacy projects in Winnipeg like the Children's Museum, the Kinsmen Reh-Fit Center, the Kinsmen Discovery Center at the Assiniboine Zoo, and now the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool,” said Raj Phangureh, President of the Kinsmen Club. “We hope that our contribution to this worthwhile cause will help make the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool the facility that future generations from around the entire city will be proud to visit.”

The Sherbrook Pool was closed in 2012 for safety reasons following inspections that detected structural concerns with the building, which is more than 80 years old. Repairs to the building systems and structure are estimated to require 9-12 months, with a goal of re-opening in late 2015/early 2016.

The MWIA is a six-year, $220-million provincial capital funding program providing support for Winnipeg transportation and community recreation infrastructure, funded through the province’s Building Manitoba Fund.

The BCI is a multi-year, cost-shared capital initiative developed jointly by the Manitoba government and the City of Winnipeg.  The goal of the funding is to support community revitalization through improvements to local infrastructure in targeted older neighbourhoods and contribute to the vitality, safety and health of communities throughout the city.

Sponsor Winnipeg is a partnership program which provides public-spirited individuals, businesses, corporations, foundations and community groups with opportunities to sponsor a wide variety of City of Winnipeg assets and programs, in return for naming rights, legacy opportunities and other marketing benefits associated with sponsorship of City facilities and services. This continuing program supports the City’s commitment to deliver high-quality services to the citizens of Winnipeg by generating new revenue sources.

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Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection Minister Ron Lemieux along with Don Murray of the Manitoba Securities Commission (left) and Brian Collie of the Manitoba Real Estate Association (right) announce additional protection for consumers when buying or selling real estate.

May 20, 2014


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Modernized Legislation would Protect Families, Ensure Level Playing Field for Real Estate Agents: Minister Lemieux

The Manitoba government is proposing legislation today that would ensure transparency and fair service for families when buying or selling homes, Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection Minister Ron Lemieux said.
“The Manitoba government will introduce new rules to ensure families get clear, fair service from real estate agents whenever they buy or sell a house,” Minister Lemieux said.  “A home is the biggest purchase most families make in Manitoba.  Our legislation will require agents to act in the best interests of families to protect their investments.”
The minister noted the housing market is constantly changing, which creates challenges for families as they buy or sell homes.  In some situations, homebuyers and sellers can face multiple bids or agents will represent both the buyer and the seller, which creates confusion over divided loyalties and uncertainty about what fees will be charged, he added.
The proposed real estate services act would address these and other concerns and would also ensure real estate agents are working on a level playing field, the minister said.  Steps to help protect families when buying or selling a home would include:
  • listing online all agents and any disciplinary findings against them, so prospective clients could search to confirm an agent is legitimate and if they have a clear record;
  • requiring a service agreement that explains the role of the agent in helping their client and an upfront agreement about the agent’s sales commission and fees;
  • requiring agents to tell home sellers of all offers on their home in multiple-offer situations;
  • requiring an agent representing the homebuyer and the seller to inform both clients of the possible conflict before a sale is finalized;
  • establishing a new code of conduct that would guide responsible services and avoid
    conflicts-of-interest, like the advertisements and marketing of homes-for-sale would have to be accurate and truthful, clients information would have to be kept confidential and agents would be required to disclose to clients if they have a personal or family interest in a sale;
  • establishing a stronger complaints and disciplinary process with broader disciplinary powers that would include mediation, suspension or termination of licence; and
  • increasing the range of maximum fines to $100,000 for agents and $500,000 for brokerages from the current rate of $1,000 for agents and $2,000 for brokerages, and agents could also face up to two years in jail for breaching the act.

Real estate agents and brokers are regulated by the Manitoba Securities Commission, but their existing legislation is more than 60 years old, the minister noted.

“We are pleased the Manitoba government is taking this initiative to modernize the real estate services act.  As a profession, we have provided considerable input, advice and recommendations over a number of years of consultation,” said Brian M. Collie, CEO, Manitoba Real Estate Association.  “Many of our recommendations are already implemented and we also look forward to continuing this partnership to ensure that buying and selling homes and properties in Manitoba is a positive community-building experience.  Organized real estate is privileged to hold this important role and responsibility.  We always want to strengthen the best consumer protection practices and to enhance our profession’s role in building a better Manitoba.”

More than 500 Manitobans participated in the province’s online consultation about their concerns regarding real estate services and how homebuyers and sellers should be treated.  The survey found:

  • the majority of participants agreed that agents explained their role and answered their questions;
  • agents were the most helpful in identifying defects in homes for potential buyers;
  • slightly more than half the participants felt their agent represented their best interests;
  • more than 20 per cent said their agent did not sign an agreement with them or explain their sales commission or fees upfront; and
  • more than half of homebuyers and sellers experienced multiple offers or a bidding war, but more than a third of those said their agent did not explain how that process works.

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Fish Recognition

May 22, 2014

Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship Gord Mackintosh and Minister of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection Ron Lemieux announce the Walleye to be named Manitoba’s new provincial fish


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Plains Bison, Big Bluestem Grass Would also be given Provincial Recognition: Minister Lemieux

Manitobans have chosen the walleye, Plains bison and Big Bluestem grass to become official symbols under proposed amendments to the coat of arms, emblems and the Manitoba tartan act introduced today, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh and Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection Minister Ron Lemieux announced.

“Following extensive public input, Manitoban’s voices were heard loud and clear; they love to fish, and whether they call it a walleye or a pickerel, there’s no question this fish represents a huge part of our provincial history,” Minister Mackintosh said.  “From a child’s first fish, to one pulled in from a commercial fisher’s net, nothing represents a Manitoba catch like the walleye.”

Recreational anglers spend about $98 million on activities and supplies according to a 2010 survey and another $100 million is spent on other fishing-related purchases, which helps support Manitoba’s economy and tourism efforts, said Minister Mackintosh, adding the commercial fishery is also a vital part of the economy.  Walleye exports represent about two-thirds of the $29 million in annual income for commercial fishers.

Along with the provincial fish, the Manitoba government also added two more symbols that help define the province’s heritage and history.

“We are pleased to announce and formally recognize the Plains bison as the provincial mammal and Big Bluestem as the provincial grass,” said Minister Lemieux.  “The bison has long been a symbol of the province and we have proudly added the walleye and Big Bluestem grass to reflect our rich history and natural resources.”

As part of the provincial fish selection process, Manitobans were asked to send in their fishing stories and nearly 4,000 submissions were received.  From that group, 20 have been randomly selected to win a free, 2014 conservation fishing licence.  As the provincial fish, the walleye will also be the subject of the annual stamp-painting competition meaning a walleye will be showcased as the stamp on the 2015 provincial fishing licence.

The selection of a provincial grass was identified by a local committee who consulted with the public, carefully researched the suggestions and recommended Big Bluestem as a provincial symbol, said Minister Mackintosh.                                                                                     

Establishing a provincial fish, mammal and grass is consistent with TomorrowNOW, Manitoba’s Green Plan to establish the province as an eco-learning capital by working together to protect the environment while ensuring a prosperous and environmentally conscious economy.

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May 22, 2014





Municipal Government Minister Stan Struthers (right) was joined by Clare MacKay (Vice President, Marketing and Communications, The Forks) and Tim Scott (Vice President, Marketing, CAA-Manitoba) for the launch of the first public electric-vehicle charging station now located at The Forks Market.


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New Website to Provide Information on Clean-energy Electric Vehicles

The Manitoba government and The Forks have partnered to launch Winnipeg’s first, publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging station to support and encourage the use of clean, electric-powered transportation, Municipal Government Minister Stan Struthers announced today at The Forks.

“Although electric vehicles are still a relatively new concept, we are pleased to support the installation of this charging station at The Forks, providing a handy, central location where owners of electric cars can recharge their batteries,” said Minister Struthers.  “As electric vehicles gain acceptance and popularity, our province’s low-priced electricity will help make this option more affordable and an attractive alternative to fossil-fuelled vehicles.”

The new electric-vehicle (EV) charging station is installed at a dedicated EV-only parking space located near The Forks Market main entrance by the Pancake House restaurant.

“We’re thrilled to be the first public EV station in the city.  With the number of visitors we welcome and our own target zero initiatives, it makes perfect sense,” said Jim August, chief executive officer, The Forks.  “We hope to add the success of this EV station to a list of green initiatives that include a geothermal heat-pump system, converting waste fryer oil to biofuel, a site-wide recycling and biocomposting program, and many other initiatives.”

Minister Struthers noted while the purchase price of an electric vehicle is currently higher than an equivalent gasoline-powered vehicle, over time it is expected that fuel savings, reduced maintenance and increased availability of these vehicles will help balance the price difference.

The province plans to support additional installations of EV charging stations for public use at other sites such as Assiniboine Park.  The level two chargers provide 240 volts and will give a full charge in approximately half the time of a level one charger, which is like a block heater and provides 120 volts.

Minister Struthers also announced the launch of a new website at:,that provides information on available services for electric vehicles.  The website was prepared jointly by the province, the Canadian Auto Association (CAA) Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Public Insurance and Red River College.

“The accompanying website will help people understand why this technology is important, provide basic information on the benefits of electric vehicles, and give details on the research and results of testing these vehicles,” Minister Struthers said.  “This project plays an important role in our provincial clean-energy strategy and electric-vehicle road map that will produce environmental and economic benefits now and in the future.”

The charging station and website are part of Manitoba’s electric-vehicle roadmap which includes an electric bus developed by the Manitoba government, Red River College, Mitsubishi, New Flyer Industries and Manitoba Hydro.

For more information, visit

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy mother's day

Your Children

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you, they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite.
And He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hands be for happiness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
So He loves the bow that is stable.

Khalil Gibran


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

New York Trade Mission

May 7, 2014


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Manitoba Business Leaders Join Provincial Government to Expand Opportunities, Grow Economy, Create Jobs: Premier Selinger
NEW YORK—Premier Selinger is here this week to meet with business leaders and independent economic forecasting agencies to highlight the advantages of investing in Manitoba and promote the province as a travel destination. 

The premier, who recently met with newly appointed United States Ambassador Bruce Heyman, emphasized the importance of Manitoba’s economic ties with the United States.

“We must stay focused on steady economic growth and job creation as North America continues its slow recovery from recession,” said Premier Selinger.  “Strengthening our relationship with our largest international trading partner will mean more good jobs for Manitoba families and more opportunities for Manitoba businesses.”

The United States is Manitoba’s largest international trading partner with $8.4 billion in U.S. exports in 2013, representing 67 per cent of all provincial exports.  According to the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, Winnipeg does $330 million worth of bilateral trade every year with New York, New Jersey and Long Island, making it Winnipeg’s top U.S. metro trading partner.

The premier cited New Flyer Industries as an example of local companies leading the charge to grow that figure, recently announcing a deal with the New York City Transit Authority to provide 276 electric buses. 

The mission will include an event to highlight tourism opportunities in the province including the Journey to Churchill exhibit that will open later this year and a special performance by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

“Tourism plays a major role in the Manitoba economy.  Our polar bears and world-class cultural institutions, such as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, are a big part of that,” said the premier.  “Exciting and unique new attractions like the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Journey to Churchill at Assiniboine Park are nothing short of game-changers for the industry.”

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Minister Steve Ashton and MLA Nancy Allan celebrate the launch of PRIDE North of 55 today at the Manitoba Legislature.

High Qualifty Child Care Spaces In View

Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, with children from Horizons Children's Centre in St. James, where she announced a new five-year plan to provide more high-quality child care for Manitoba families, along with 5,000 more funded spaces and $25 million to build or expand child-care centres


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5,000 More Funded Spaces, $25 Million to Build, Expand Existing Child-care Centres: Minister Irvin-Ross

The Government of Manitoba is launching a new five-year plan to create more high-quality child care for families across the province including investing in 5,000 more child-care spaces and another
20 new or expanded child-care centres, Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today.

“For parents, having access to affordable, high-quality early learning and child care makes a world of difference because it means they can focus on their jobs, training or education while knowing their children are safe and in good hands,” Minister Irvin-Ross said.  “As Manitoba’s population and economy continue to grow, we must keep investing in the future through a strong system of early learning and child care.”

In fall 2013, Deanne Crothers, MLA for St. James, undertook a series of public consultations on behalf of Minister Irvin-Ross, visiting communities across the province to hear Manitobans’ ideas about how to build a stronger system, the minister said.  The advice from parents, early childhood educators, centre directors, home-based providers and others, has helped to form the basis for Manitoba’s new five-year child-care plan, the minister added.

The five-year plan includes:

  • investing in 5,000 new and newly funded spaces;
  • investing an additional $25 million to continue building and expanding 20 early learning and
    child-care centres;
  • supporting higher wages for workers through regular operating grant increases to centres including a two per cent operating grant increase for wages starting January 2015; 
  • developing a special, new wage-enhancement grant in specific support of long-term early childhood educators working in centres;
  • providing new supports for licensed home-based child-care providers;
  • improving the online registry and child-care website to make them more parent-friendly; and
  • creating an Early Learning and Child-care Commission to look at the future of child care in Manitoba and ways to redesign Manitoba’s system to better meet the needs of Manitoba families and grow into  the future.  

“Quality child care keeps Manitobans working and is an essential service for most young families,” said Pat Wege, executive director, Manitoba Child Care Association.  “It’s great that the new long-range plan will take us into the future by investing in new spaces, community-based facilities, the child-care workforce and a new strategy to ensure a modernized infrastructure on which to grow.”

“We are pleased the Manitoba government is continuing to invest in more child care and more
child-care centres,” said Allyson Cruise-Scarpino, executive director, Horizons Children’s Centre.  “High-quality child care is vital to parents who need to work to support their families and want to know their children are safe.”

“In the past, economic uncertainty meant deep funding cuts to child care in Manitoba with a complete freeze on new child-care spaces,” Minister Irvin-Ross said.  “Critics have again called for drastic cuts to supports families rely on, but we know that investments in the early years will give our children the strong start they need to be successful.”

The minister said that since 1999, the Manitoba government has laid a solid foundation to grow and build early learning and child care including:

  • nearly tripled annual funding for child care to more than $147 million, an increase of about
    174 per cent;
  • funding more than 12,600 child-care spaces, an increase of more than 80 per cent;
  • establishing a first-ever capital building fund with funding commitments to build or expand more than 100 child-care centres;
  • increasing wages by nearly 60 per cent and introducing a provincewide pension plan for child-care workers;
  • introducing age-appropriate curricula and enhanced quality programming; and
  • keeping Manitoba child care the most affordable in Canada outside of Quebec. 

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Clean Energy Dream

Scott Thomson, president and CEO, Manitoba Hydro, Municipal Government Minister Stan Struthers, Mayor Sam Katz, Stephanie Forsyth, president and CEO, Red River College, and Paul Soubry, president and chief executive officer, New Flyer Industries joined media and guests on an in-service demonstration of the new prototype all-electric bus currently being used to shuttle Manitoba Hydro employees.

May 2, 2014


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Manitoba's New Electric Bus, Charging System will Revolutionize Clean-energy Public Transportation Systems: Minister Struthers

The first made-in-Manitoba electric transit bus used to shuttle Manitoba Hydro employees from their Taylor Avenue office building to the new downtown location, along with a new rapid-battery charging system, were showcased in Winnipeg, Municipal Government Minister Stan Struthers said today.

The prototype electric bus was developed through a partnership between the Manitoba government, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), New Flyer Industries, Manitoba Hydro and Red River College (RRC).  The vehicle was tested extensively by the partners and has now passed the real-world test of operating in Winnipeg winter conditions.

“We are extremely proud of this partnership and the technology that resulted in this truly innovative electric bus,” said Minister Struthers.  “Testing a new unique on-route rapid charging system, which is the first in Canada, and moving the electric bus into regular service is a tremendous step forward for clean, green technology that is already catching the eye of various North American transit authorities. Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels is good for the environment, our health and business.”

The Province of Manitoba, MHI, and Manitoba Hydro each contributed $1 million toward developing the prototype electric bus.  In partnership with the City of Winnipeg, four more electric buses are being produced that will be added to Winnipeg Transit’s fleet and used on regular transit routes.  The prototype bus will remain on loan to Winnipeg Transit until all four new electric buses have completed the testing phase.

“The return of electrically powered public transportation to the streets of Winnipeg is an exciting development for Manitobans and Manitoba Hydro,” said Scott Thomson, president and CEO, Manitoba Hydro. “During this initiative we were part of a team that developed a high-capacity charging system which is the first of itssize in Canada.  This charging system can fully charge the electric bus in under 20 minutes and can replenish the energy used during one hour of operation in under four minutes.  At Manitoba Hydro, we have to ensure that our electrical-distribution system will be able to economically and safely handle the impacts of more electrical vehicles.  This new bus is helping us assess that impact.”

“Having our first battery-electric, heavy-duty Xcelsior transit bus finish its year-long validation phase and enter daily service in Winnipeg, operated by our partners Manitoba Hydro and Red River College, and with the support of Winnipeg Transit will provide invaluable insights into day-to-day real-world operational issues.  This project, together with an additional six battery-electric buses currently being built by New Flyer, validates our view that electrification of transit buses is not a matter of if, but when.  We remain committed to our leading position in the market, technology, safety and reliability to ensure best value for the taxpayer,” said Paul Soubry, president and chief executive officer, New Flyer Industries.

“Red River College has a history of innovating, promoting and performing applied research in the sustainable transportation sector.  We are a leader in applied research in this country and we are proud that we could offer our deep technical expertise to this project,” said Stephanie Forsyth, president and CEO, Red River College.  “Working alongside Manitoba Hydro, New Flyer, Mitsubishi and the City of Winnipeg demonstrates how vital applied research projects are and how they can have an immediate real-world impact.  We look forward to our ongoing participation in this exciting project.”

Red River College instructors were involved in the assembly of the electric-bus battery and the system that connects the battery to the bus.  The charging system is activated when the bus drives up and a bar on top of the bus automatically lifts to connect to the charger.  The speed and efficiency of this charging system, which can replenish the energy used during one hour of operation in under four minutes, will benefit transit schedules and rider convenience.

“The City of Winnipeg is proud to partner with the Province of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, New Flyer, Mitsubishi and Red River College on this progressive and innovative project,” said Mayor Sam Katz.  “City council is committed to supporting opportunities that provide economic growth in our community and that showcase the leadership found in our city.  We’re eager to share Winnipeg Transit’s expertise with our project partners during the testing phase of this project and look forward to further testing four state-of-the-art electric buses later this year.”

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Science Fair is for all Students -

May 7, 2014


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Science Rendezvous gets Students Excited about Science: Minister Allum

Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum is encouraging Manitobans to attend Science Rendezvous, a countrywide science and technology festival taking place this Saturday, May 10.

“With so many career opportunities in science, technology and trades here in Manitoba, our government is pleased to support educational opportunities that help students get excited about science and the possibility of careers in the science field,” said Minister Allum.  “Science Rendezvous makes science accessible with engaging, informative and interactive events that help students stay connected and engaged with learning.”

More than 150 volunteers are helping to organize the festival, which will include interactive displays, hands-on activities for kids, science shows, tours of research facilities and cutting-edge research.

“The goal of Science Rendezvous is to reveal the fun side of science.  It’s not just memorizing formulas out of textbooks – it’s also getting your hands dirty and satisfying your curiosity,” said Kelsey Miller, executive director.  “By breaking down stereotypes about science, we hope to light the spark of curiosity in our nation’s youth and inspire the next generation of researchers and innovators.”

“Science Rendezvous is a wonderful way to promote science awareness in Canada,” says Dr. Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international), University of Manitoba.  “Bringing the public in to interact with scientists who can share their passion for discovery and innovation directly engages people on an individual basis and makes them aware of the importance of science in today’s world.”

“Our faculty loves Science Rendezvous,” says Dr. James Currie, dean, faculty of science at the University of Winnipeg, which hosted about 300 to 400 visitors during last year’s event.  “We turn our building into a science museum for the day and members of the public come to get fun, hands-on experience in chemistry, physics, anthropology and science of all sorts!  It’s a great way to help the community interact with the work of our researchers.”

The Manitoba government is providing support for the festival through the five-year Science Education Action Plan, which includes funding for science classroom renewal, teacher training and new strategic partnerships to promote the province’s science programming.

The plan ensures high school students have access to the best labs and equipment, and are taught according to a continually updated science curriculum.

Science Rendezvous events in Winnipeg are being held at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.  For more information, go to

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Seniors are in the Money!!

May 2, 2014


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Senior Homeowners to Save up to $1,335 this Year on Property Taxes: Minister Howard

Senior homeowners can start applying this month for the new Seniors’ School Tax Rebate, the first step in the Manitoba government’s plan to eliminate school taxes for seniors by 2016, Finance Minister Jennifer Howard announced today.

“Seniors have spent decades helping to build Manitoba and our government is helping to make seniors’ lives more affordable this year with our new Seniors’ School Tax Rebate,” said Minister Howard.  “With our new school tax rebate on top of existing education property tax credits, seniors can save up to $1,335 off their property taxes this year.”

Seniors can start applying when they receive their property tax statement from their local municipality.  Residents of Winnipeg, Brandon and several other communities will receive their property tax statements this month, while some municipalities will send out their tax bills over the summer or early fall.  To qualify for the new tax rebate, a senior must:

  • own and live in their home,
  • be at least 65 years of age by the end of 2014, and
  • have school taxes not already fully covered by the existing Education Property Tax Credit.

Applications and more information are available online at or by calling the tax assistance team at 204-945-7555 in Winnipeg or at 1-855-893-8266 (toll-free).

“We have been working hard to help seniors stay in their own homes longer,” said Healthy Living and Seniors Minister Sharon Blady.  “Our government’s new Seniors’ School Tax Rebate will help make seniors lives more affordable and complements other supports such as our Caregiver Tax Credit and eliminating home-care user fees.”

There’s an estimated 80,000 homes owned by seniors in Manitoba.  About 10,000 senior homeowners already have their school taxes fully covered by the Manitoba government’s Education Property Tax Credit (EPTC) and this year an additional 7,200 senior households will no longer pay school taxes with the new Seniors’ School Tax Rebate.  A maximum rebate of $235 is available in 2014, in addition to the $700 in Education Property Tax Credit and up to $400 in the Seniors Education Property Tax Credit top-up, the minister said, adding the rebate will increase in 2015 and by 2016 will fully cover school taxes for seniors.

Based on concerns raised by several Manitobans, the province will be setting a rebate limit for luxury homes, a move that would affect less than one per cent of senior homeowners starting in 2016, Howard noted.                                                                             

All Manitoba households, regardless of age and whether they rent or own, can receive the basic Education Property Tax Credit of up to $700.  The Manitoba government has nearly tripled the EPTC since taking office, making it the second most generous property tax credit in Canada.  More information about the EPTC is available at

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