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Do you have your Emergency Preparedness Kit ready?

posted Dec 10, 2018, 8:52 AM by Kathy Carr

With the interesting fall weather we had this year, along with those incredibly foggy days the first weekend in December where the power was out for extended periods of time, we were reminded that we should always have an emergency preparedness kit ready to go. Whether you decide to purchase one or create one yourself,  EMO Coor­din­­a­tor Brad Wells thought this list from the Red Cross would be a great tool in helping us pre­pare for any possible emergency situations in the future.
• Water - You and your family may be without water for days in the aftermath of a disaster. The Red Cross recommends that each person store one gallon of water per day for at least three days. This supply will provide water for drinking as well as limited cleaning and cooking.
• Food - When preparing for a disaster, store at least three days of non-perishable, nutritious food that requires little or no water or cooking to prepare. Don't forget to store a manual can opener with non-perishable food items. When assembling items, remember that you and your family may be without water, gas, or electricity for an unknown period of time.
• Medications - When assembling a preparedness kit for you and your family, remember that pharmacies may be closed in the wake of a disaster. Be sure to include a week's supply of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Also keep a list of all medications and dosages, allergies, doctors' names, and nearby hospitals.
• Radio - Your home, or even neighborhood, may lose power in the aftermath of a disaster. Keep a battery-powered or hand-crank radio in your kit. Don't forget to include extra batteries in your kit to ensure you and your family stay informed throughout the course or aftermath of a disaster.
• First Aid Kit - In­juries are a common oc­currence in a disaster. Be prepared to treat yourself, your loved ones, and others who need help.
• Personal Documents - You and your family may be displaced after a disaster. Be prepared, ensuring you have all necessary records with you - ID, passport, birth certificate, and insurance policies. Also keep an extra set of eye glasses, contact lenses, a cane, hearing aid batteries, or any other personal items you may need.
• Contact Info - Keep a list of family phone numbers and addresses as well as a copy of your out-of-area emergency contact card in your preparedness kit. 
Note that it is often easier to make a long-distance call rather than a local call after a disaster strikes.
• Map - Include a detailed map of the surrounding areas with highlighted evacuation routes. Following a disaster, roads may be closed and travel out of the affected area may not be possible. Become familiar with alternate routes to and from your home.
• Money - Following a disaster, banks and ATMs may be closed. Keep small bills and change on hand to buy necessary supplies like water.
• Clothing - You and your family may be forced to evacuate your home in a hurry without time to pack accordingly. Keep an extra set of warm clothes and sturdy shoes in your preparedness kit to ensure you're equipped to evacuate if needed.
• Sanitary Supplies - Include extra toilet paper, feminine supplies, personal hygiene products, bleach, and any other personal products you may need in your preparedness kit.
• Pet Supplies - Re­mem­ber to include your pets in the plan. Make sure to assemble things your pets will need during a disaster, like food, leashes, medicine, etc.
• Tools - Keep an adjustable wrench in your preparedness kit to turn off your gas if necessary. Other tools may include a manual can opener, plastic sheeting, garbage bags with ties, and duct tape.
You should always keep your kit where it is easily accessible and al­ways remember to check your kit every six months and replace any items that become outdated.  

Joint Council - Property crimes have decreased slightly

posted Dec 10, 2018, 8:48 AM by Kathy Carr

The Joint Councils of Carberry and North Cypress-Langford met in the council chambers on Monday evening, Decem­ber 3, with Reeve Adriaan­sen in the chair, and all members present except Councillor Sudak, who arrived later.
The first item of business was a delegation from the RCMP, Corporal Jen McKinnon of Spruce Plains Detachment, who presented the crime statistics for the quarter from July to the end of September. She also presented the comparable statistics for the same period last year. The comparison showed that on the whole, there is a slight decrease in property crimes in the area; the Highway Traffic Act violations are variable as they depend on the activities of the members who specialize in them.
Corporal McKinnon has been working on a thirty or forty-minute Power­Point presentation on how to prevent and reduce property crime and how to give the public the best information on how to discourage rural crime, and what can be done if it is happening. She would like to give the presentation sometime in January, and asked councils to choose a date and a venue, and advertise the event. She will make the presentation, and hopes to have it structured so that other constables can also make it. She agreed that presenting it in Wellwood and/or Brook­dale would also be desirable.
Part of the reason she is making the presentation so that it can be given by others is that she has learned that she is to be transferred out of the detachment in early Feb­ruary. The staf­fing at Carberry is presently down by three, two transfers and a maternity leave, but there is a cadet selected for the detachment, and the selection of a replacement commander is under way.
In response to questions, Cpl McKinnon reported that the changes occasioned by the legalization of cannabis are slowly rolling out to the front lines. They will still be working with the old guidelines for intoxication until December 18, and there will be a learning curve to deal with the new problems. They do not anticipate many new cannabis smokers as a result of legalization, but they are apprehensive about the effects of edible products, both from their perspective of enforcement, and from the public having to learn their new tolerance and metabolization limits.
To another question, she revealed that there seems to be an increasing use of methamphetamines. They are cheap to manufacture, and are being used to cut other drugs. For the moment at least, the greatest concern of the detachment has been with users self-reporting when the paranoid delusions become too severe. Her staff have been working hard to “keep an ear to the ground,” and accumulate enough information to enable some arrests.
Her problems getting medical clearance to house the inebriated are getting less; hospital staff have become more and more helpful in getting clearances in a timely way as it helps them too.
Council thanked the corporal, and wished her good fortune in her new placement. She thanked them, and assured them that the posting has been a very good one, and one that will quickly be filled, as it is one of the most desirable.
Unfinished Business
Council approved a motion to close the office on Monday December 24 this year, and to close it at 12:00 noon on Monday the 31st.
An update was given on the preparations for the Staff Christmas Party. The number of acceptances so far received is less than expected; there will be about 80 guests, and the liquor licensing authority has exempted the event from the need for security. There are some presents prepared, and recognition for retiring members of the councils. The Legion will be looking after the catering. The event will still be held in the hall despite the lower numbers, and the doors will open for cocktails at 6:00. The meal will be served at 7:00.
Another piece of old business is the digital sign that has finally been arranged between the councils and the high school. The best news is that with the commitment from a sponsor to provide $25,000, the sign is almost entirely paid for. As it stands, the school and school division have committed $10,000, councils have committed $5,000 from each and the Community Foundation has committed $5,000. The invoice is for close to $50,000 so all that will be needed is the tax and some installation costs. The CAO was asked to bring the insurance details, the ongoing maintenance costs, and the plans how to provide access to the messaging system to the next meeting of each council.
In response to questions from Councillor M. Tol­ton, it was conceded that this is not a necessity, but it had been agreed as much as two councils ago that such a community sign would be a desirable method of keeping the public informed, and providing a bit of community cohesion. Most small municipalities in the area have one — Austin, MacGregor and Neepawa all do.
General Business
Thanks are due to the whole of the office staff, who have stepped up in the absence of Teresa McConnell to take on duties in addition to their own. Teresa Fiskel has taken on the job of payroll, Trish Fraser has been answering the auditors’ questions, Tricia Zander has been helping out, and Nelli Sippel has been doing the journal entries. The CAO spoke warmly of the spirit of teamwork and cooperation, and asked that councillors who want any extra work done remember that everyone is already working flat out.
RFNow, a distributor of high speed internet connectivity, has advised councils of their plans to run a glass fibre cable through the municipalities. They will be asked to come before councils with their proposals.
Minister of Municipal Relations Jeff Wharton sent a release outlining provisions of the Red Tape Reduction and Gover­n­ment Efficiency Act that have been requested by the AMM. There are several details that will make planning and auditing changes more streamlined.
The suggestion was made by Councillor Ander­son that mileage be offered to any community member nominated by motion of council who is obliged to travel out of the town or municipality to fulfill their duties to the board on which they sit. In particular, he wanted assurance that citizen members nominated to the library board be given mileage if they have to attend meetings of the regional board in Bran­don. The decision will be placed before the separate councils at their next meetings.
Committee Reports
The CAO reports that with the election over, she has been working to familiarize the new councilors with the details of their new job. She also thanked the office staff for the spirit of teamwork that had enabled them to take up Teresa McCon­nell’s duties in her temporary absence.
She attended the Highway Traffic Board hearing in November, and also the AMM Con­vention, of which the highlight for her was the presentation by Darby Allen, the Fire Chief at Fort McMurray during the recent wildfires.
The ACAO has been spending most of her time finding documentation for the auditors, who are reaching the end of the 2017 audit. She has also taken her final examination for her Municipal Administrator’s course. She attended her first AMM convention, and like the CAO was most impressed by the Fort McMurray Fire Chief. She expects soon to be into the pre-budget work.
The manager of Parks, Facilities and Sanitation reports that with the arrival of winter, the parks are closed and plans are being prepared for next year’s construction season. The rink has been very busy. At the transfer station, metals are being collected, and a canvas building is being sourced. A promotion by MMRC will be exchanging used oil for new in the new year; watch for the advertisements.
The Recreation Prog­rammer had lots on the go this month.  Craving Change averaged 6-7 participants each evening, R J Waugh has hall walking From November to March, you can enjoy the warmth and stay off the ice.  November 7 ­­­safe­TALK suicide prevention presentation from PMH had to be rescheduled to due an illness, look for this March 2019.  Novem­ber 19th was the learn to make Kom­bucha and 7 registrants attended.   Decem­ber 1 – Winter­Fest! Lots of events planned.  (and as Council has reported  the event went over very well, with lots of attendance).  Decem­­ber 4th the CP Holiday Train – Rec, Arts and CDC provided cookies, and hot chocolate. December 10th offering another acrylic pour class, this class has 17 registered. Rock club will continue until Decem­ber 20th and had 19 children at­tending weekly, working on youth events for January, and talking with Brett Ken­nedy for a Valentine’s Day themed cake decorating class in February.
The Arts Council reports lots of support for the program by chef Lani Parker on preparing appetizers and dainties for holiday entertaining. The recently held Hand Made Market drew 21 vendors, and the addition of live entertainment was an enjoyable bonus, but drove the event slightly into the red. There was a dance concert on Novem­ber 25, with eight performances, and the next semester of classes is set to run from New Year until March 22. The summer dance camp program is going to be a bit more expensive this year, and the administrator’s hope is that some fundraising will be done to allow it to be offered at the same price as before, so as not to exclude any of the young participants.
The Community Centre is looking at the possibility of backup power for the rink, which may cost as much as $30,000. Because the rink is considered a refuge centre in the Emer­gency Measures plan, this would be an important improvement, and may be eligible for grant money offered for EMO facilities.
The Cemetery will soon be advertising for next year’s flowers. They will be doing extra paving next year since they missed this year, and the columbarium’s pad will be repaired first thing in the spring.
The CDC has been busy with election details. She did not find that the outsourcing of the Senior Election Official saved her or any of the staff any work compared to the last election. Though she was thankful for the knowledge and experience she got working with the SEO, she wouldn’t recommend the expense next election.
The hall has been at its busiest through the holiday season. The large fridge had to be replaced with the help of a new restaurant supply dealer, Grand Valley Restaurant Equipment. The IODE contributed $1,500 to the purchase. Her list of bartenders is quite short; she would like some new names — particularly for New Year’s Eve.
The Holiday Train stopped in Carberry, and the CDC, the Arts Coun­cil and the Rec board will be handing out hot chocolate and cookies at the event. She encouraged councilors to participate in the handouts.
The CDC continues to maintain the website, keeping up with all the Christmas events and fundraisers, and suppor­ting the Christmas Mad­­ness. She attended the Min­nedosa/Neepawa  What’s the Big Idea? Promotion, and got lots of useful ideas. She will be attending Tourism West­man’s social media workshop.
Evergreen reports that the hold-up with the Gasifier has been the US partner, who has been unable to source parts to Canadian specifications. A new partner has been found in Alberta, and a new contract signed. Work is going ahead, with delivery scheduled for June of 2019. They are hammering out Human Resource policies.
The Fire Department has been keeping up with their housekeeping, and has attended several vehicle fires and collisions. They are gearing up for their annual ball, and hope for a good turnout.
The Library board has two new councillors, Blair and Sudak. They returned from their first regional meeting to report that the per capita assessment will rise from $10.80 to $11.00. The Carberry branch has a new head librarian, Car­son Rogers, who is originally from Glenboro. He has several events plan­ned, including a Christ­mas event on December 20.
The Museum just held a concert of the Strathclair Theatre Chorus, which drew an audience of over a hundred. They held a 50/50 and got better than $100, and they took the opportunity to publicly thank Marjorie Kemp­thorne for her many years of work for the museum. They are not sure whose duty it is to check the museum through the winter months. It was explained that though Grady does occasionally check the place, it is low enough on his priorities that the museum board should do the regular checks.
The Planning District has appointed Mayor Olm­stead to head the board. The Planning Docu­ment they have been preparing is down to the final edit stage before going to the government, but it is certainly going to draw some objections, especially around some rural residential areas near the town of Neepawa.
The Handivan now has two regular drivers, which is an improvement, but they still need more drivers. The audited figures for 2017 have been submitted to the people who administer the grants for the mobility disadvantaged.
MP Robert Sopuck and MLA Eileen Clarke have sent invitations to their Christmas Open Houses.
Crime Stoppers have sent a request for funding on a per capita basis. This will work out to more than has been given in the past. Councils will each look at this at their regular meetings.
Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton and Deputy Minister Jan Forster invite councilors to their reception at the Legislative Assembly.
The AMM will have further information on the soon to be mandatory Code of Conduct for elected officials in the near future. The CAO will make this available to all members of councils; and they will learn more at the Municipal Officials Seminar in the new year.
Around the Table
Councillor Blair asked for a report from the AMM convention that he had been unable to attend. He was advised that the Premier and the whole Cabinet had been present, and had been readily available to municipal officials and answered questions to the best of their ability in the format presented, though not always to the satisfaction of those in attendance.  Almost all the resolutions proposed in the pre-convention program had passed smoothly. Of the entertainment provided, all were impressed by Darby Allen, the Fire Chief who had faced the wildfires at Fort Mc­Murray. Those who attended also praised the presentation by Rick Hansen on respect and access in the workplace.
Councillor Murray reported that he had attended the provincial vet board meeting. Two board vets have been closed, and the infrastructure of several others is such that they are considering selling them off to private practice. A development in animal care came on December 1, when it became mandatory to have a prescription for all biologicals for animal use. There is more and more emphasis on traceability of all animals raised for slaughter. It is already mandatory, but there will be increased enforcement to get the small herds to comply.
Councillor Muirhead noted that the new fire hall is planned in a location very close to the railway tracks. Since one of the most serious threats of fire hazard is the growing use of rail cars to ship flammables, is this wise? Councillor Sudak commented that from the cab of a train you can see just about every fire hall along the right of way throughout western Canada. Ap­parently history hasn’t flagged this as a problem; the Fire Commissioner has approved the location.
Councillor Drayson offered his thanks to those who helped with the Santa Parade on December 1.
Councillor Olmstead offered congratulations to the Fire Department on a well-planned Firemen’s Ball. It was a success with a large turnout and an enjoyable program.
Councillor M. Tolton suggested that the emergency vehicles should have their warning signs in metric dimensions; schools haven’t taught Imperial for several decades now, so fewer people understand the warnings.
Mayor Olmstead asked if anyone had thoughts on how the AMM might improve their convention. One suggestion many agreed on was to improve the seating; it could properly be wider and better up­holstered. Muirhead sug­gested that there could be a provision for people to prepare their questions ahead of time in the event that they might have too little nerve to deliver them properly on the floor. At one time this was the only way the government would accept questions, but things are a bit more spontaneous now.
There had been in the neighborhood of 900 delegates present. The AMM maintains a staff of no more than 10, which makes their achievement very imp­ressive overall.
Councillor Anderson wanted the municipalities to be designated “government bodies” for the purposes of the Whistleblower Protection Act. This is necessary for the provisions of the act to apply to the employees of the two municipalities, and would require a motion to request it.  More information will be forthcoming on this in the future.
Anderson also reported that he had attended the Heritage breakout at the AMM convention, and noted that there are provisions for partnering with the Community Foundation and the Winnipeg Foundation to receive matching funds for any heritage-designated endowment. The minimum endowment for this program is $10,000.
Councillor Blair asked if it would be appropriate to send a gift of thanks to the office staff who have been working so hard in the absence of the CFO and the presence of the auditors. He was assured that the best thing would be to personally offer thanks to the staff.
Reeve Adriaansen apologized for introducing a negative note, but felt that the throwing of candy during the Santa Parade had created some real dangers. It isn’t just the candy landing in the muddy slush of the street; it was landing so close to the floats that children were tempted out into the path of the floats for a serious safety hazard. He commended the CAO and the CDC for walking along and handing the candies out directly, and suggested that the ground rules for future parades should require anyone with candies to distribute do so directly rather than throw them at random. He met with general agreement. Safety is too important, especially with children.
The CAO added her congratulations to the Fire and Rescue for their Firemen’s Ball, and apologized to Councillor Sudak for failing to acknowledge him as a councilor, having seen him as a Firefighter. Sudak graciously dismissed her worries.  Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm 

by John McNeily


posted Dec 3, 2018, 10:24 AM by Kathy Carr

Carberry will be bracing for an invasion of the body slammers on Wed­nesday, December 12th with Canadian Wrest­ling’s Elite rolls into town for a pro wrestling showdown at the Carberry Memorial Hall.
Canadian Wrestling’s Elite is a Winnipeg-based touring professional wrestling troupe that is approaching its 10th anniversary in 2019. To date, they have presented more than 450 events across the five western Provinces, most recently completing a 32-consecutive night tour, which included cities from Kelowna, BC to Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Their relationship with rural Manitoba has included a multi-year relationship with towns including Virden, Souris, Morden and Dauphin to date, among others.
“We selected Car­berry for the upcoming event because of the active recreation schedule that the community presents,” says CWE Champion Danny Dug­gan. “While we have been building our audience in larger cities like Regina, Cal­gary and Kelowna, we have found that the mid-sized communities like Carberry create a great opportunity for us to build a relationship with the town and the audience. Wrestling at this level can be very ‘up close and in your face’ and the smaller venues give us a greater platform to create an experience that is very individual and engaging for the audience.”
The 31 year old Dug­gan, is one of the most prolific wrestlers of his generation, and 2018 has been a banner year for this ambitious Winni­pegger. Not only has he just returned from wrestling and travelling on that record-breaking 32 consecutive night tour across five Provinces, he was also the featured star of a CBC documentary “Ring Warriors” which was released regionally earlier this year and has now been selected for a national screening in the coming months.
Among the other wrestlers scheduled to appear in Carberry include “Mr. Beefy Good­­ness” Vance Nevada. A 25 year veteran of the mat game, Nevada was born in Souris and launched his career in Winnipeg in 1993 before going on to appear in more than 1,500 matches from coast to coast in Canada and select dates in the U.S. In addition to his body of work as a wrestler, he has also penned an acclaimed historical text about the sport in the Western Provinces “Wrestling in the Canadian West” (2009, Crowbar Press) and has mentored a number of stars on their path to wrestling stardom. Three of his former students are on television weekly for World Wrestling Enter­tain­ment – Kyle O’Reilly (NXT) and Sunil and Samir Singh (RAW).
“You’d think after all of those years and all of those matches that I would have laced up my boots in Carberry by now,” says Nevada. “I’ve competed in Neepawa, Glenboro, Brandon and Portage – but this will be my first appearance in Carberry in this capacity. I’m very excited to compete there. The CWE has been doing great things for communities across the country and I’m very proud to be a part of the roster when they are bringing this type of family-friendly entertainment to communities. It was a match just like this in Souris in 1986 that sparked my interest in the sport and it has been a great career for me.”
Advance tickets for the event will be available at Hometown Fit­ness and the Westman Reptile Gardens as well as at the door. Organizers are suggesting that if the turn out for the debut event in Carberry is encouraging that they will look to add the community as a more regular touring stop in the coming months. Further details about the event can be found on the league’s Facebook page @CWEcanada

McCain invests 30 million in Carberry Plant

posted Dec 3, 2018, 10:23 AM by Kathy Carr

Portage la Prairie, MB – McCain Foods (Canada) announced today infrastructure investments totaling $75 million for its Portage la Prairie and Carberry, Manitoba facilities. The investments further strengthen the company’s potato processing presence in Western Canada. 
“Our investments at both the Portage la Prairie and Carberry facilities are testaments to McCain’s ongoing commitment to growers, employees and the communities in which we operate in Manitoba,” said Jeff DeLapp, President, North America, McCain Foods Limited. “McCain is a proudly Canadian family-owned business that values the foundational relationships shared with Manitoba growers. Together we continue to strengthen and grow our businesses in both Manitoba and Western Canada.” 
From 2016 to 2019 McCain has committed a $45 million investment in the Portage la Prairie facility, including the installation of new high efficiency potato sorting system, as well as cutting edge processing and packaging equipment. A new on-site wastewater treatment, upgrades to the facility’s heating, freezing and refrigeration systems will help to improve the facility’s environmental footprint, and revamping the potato receiving area will allow multiple truck deliveries to unload efficiently at the same time. 
Just over $30 million investment has been com­mitted to the Car­berry plant over the same time period, including the new installations of auto sampling equipment, a blanching system, and improved heating and refrigeration systems for the entire facility as well as other upgrades. 
“While we complete our investments in the Portage la Prairie facility, I am pleased to announce that Dale Collingridge, Production Manager at the Carberry facility and a 42-year McCain emp­loyee, has agreed, together with the support of the Portage la Prairie leadership team, to oversee the potato receiving area until the multi-million investments are completed,” added DeLapp. 
Manitoba growers annually harvest about 26,300 hectares of potatoes, which represents about one-fifth of Canada's total potato crop. The $75 million investment from McCain is reflective of the continued demand for McCain frozen potato and potato specialty segments in both the retail and food service businesses and signals the company’s long-term commitment to Manitoba. 
Today, more than 550 employees work at the two facilities in Manitoba and are part of a proudly Canadian-based company with a global enterprise, including more than 21,000 employees operating out of 52 production facilities on six continents with sales in excess of CDN $9.5 billion. 
With few exceptions, McCain’s potato products are made from local potatoes grown on farms close to our facilities, which are spread across Canada in Manitoba, Alberta, and New Brunswick. McCain works closely with these agriculture partners, both growers and schedulers, to ensure a genuine commitment to long-term business partnerships. 

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posted Dec 3, 2018, 10:21 AM by Kathy Carr

The Holiday Train is stopping in Carberry!

posted Nov 26, 2018, 7:48 AM by Kathy Carr

This year is an exciting year for Carberry when it comes to the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train!! On December 4 the train will be making a stop and a live performance featuring Terri Clark, Kelly Prescott and Sierra Noble will take place from 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on 4th Ave. between Main St. and Simcoe St.
Join us prior to the show for Hot Chocolate and Cookies, sponsored by the Carberry Plains Arts Council, Carberry and Area Parks and Recreation and Community Development Coordinator. 
Please bring a healthy, non-perishable food item or a cash donation for the Carberry and Area Food Bank. 
If you wish, bring a blanket and your own seating. 
We are excited to report that Santa will be in attendance and will have a special treat for the children!!  
This is a great opportunity to mingle with members of your community while catching a fun performance and seeing the beauty of the Holiday Train up close!!
Reminder the Handivan will be out and about town for pick ups for those in need. $6.00/person for a warm seat on the bus, with pick up and drop off right at your door. Please call Debbie at 204 834 6613 to register. 
Hope to see you on the 4th!

Seanster and the Monsters come back to Carberry

posted Nov 26, 2018, 7:47 AM by Kathy Carr

Remember the first time you saw a musician or band play music right before your very eyes?  For some of us lucky people that experience came at a very young age; we remember the energy of the musicians and the way they connected with the audience, the feeling as the sound filled the room.  Some very lucky children in 2016 had the opportunity to experience this at the Santa Claus Parade after party hosted at R.J. Waugh School with Seanster and the Monsters as the live musical act.   Seanster and his Monsters strive to make their music not only a memorable and impactful experience for the children. Their shows are intended for, due to their interactive nature to get parents and older siblings involved in the performance as well.
At a board meeting last winter, board member Candace Church put it best “after they were finished, I couldn’t wait to buy a CD!”  As parents, we’re all too familiar with noxiously repetitious ditties like “baby shark” that seemed cute at first but just make us want to hide under a rock after hearing over and over and over... However, you will notice that the original tunes performed by the live band Seanster and the Monsters are just plain well written songs that have accredited them with nominations for awards such as; the Western Canadian Music Awards, an Independent Music Award, and honorable mention in the International Songwriting Competition.  Their infectious energy, spontaneous comedic banter, and awesome music with wide range appeal can be enjoyed by the whole family.  So bring everyone down to R.J. Waugh Gym after the Santa Claus Parade for a live performance by Seanster and The Monsters at 1:30 p.m. with cookies, cocoa, and an appearance by Santa himself! The event is free of charge, however silver collection donations will be graciously accepted.
For more information email Amy Urquhart, administrative director for the Carberry Plains Arts Council at

By Amy Urquhart

Mazier nominated as Conservative candidate for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa

posted Nov 26, 2018, 7:44 AM by Kathy Carr

JUSTICE, MB – Dan Mazier is the new Con­servative Party of Canada candidate for the 2019 federal election for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa.
Regional Organizer Gus Nelson made the announcement in Minne­dosa on November 10, following four nomination meetings at which local members of the Con­servative Party of Canada could cast their votes.
“I am honoured and humbled to run in the next election as a Conservative candidate,” Mazier said. “It has been a busy few months getting to nomination meetings, and I commend both Ben Fox and Floyd Martens on their well-run campaigns.”
Current Member of Parliament, Robert So­puck, announced in May that he will not be seeking re-election during the next election. Sopuck is finishing out his last term and was at the announcement in Minne­dosa eager to shake hands with his future successor.
“I have seen first-hand the impact that Bob has made on his constituents over the last eight years,” Mazier said. “I will have some big shoes to fill and I am looking forward to working closely with him and getting his advice as we head toward my federal election campaign.”
Mazier has already begun to assemble a campaign team, including some familiar faces from his nomination campaign team.
“I could not have won this first race without the support of my wife Leigh, our family and so many friends and volunteers,” he said. “Thank you to all of them, and the whole Conservative membership in this area. This is an important part of how democracy in Canada works and I am happy to be a part of it.”
The federal election is expected to be held on October 21, 2019.
More information about Mazier, and up­dates on his future campaign, can be found at

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posted Nov 26, 2018, 7:39 AM by Kathy Carr

McCain Foods French Fry plant sits on an important piece of history

posted Nov 19, 2018, 9:42 AM by Kathy Carr

CARBERRY, MB – Who knew that a strategically critical Royal Canadian Air Force Training Base was located on what is now the site of McCain’s French fry facility in Carberry, Manitoba? This rich piece of fascinating history was brought to life by the McCain team who in­stalled a special memorial in the office, displaying a variety of memorabilia to showcase the role that the Carberry community played in historical, global events. This is especially timely as Canada recognizes the 100th anniversary of Remembrance Day this weekend.
Many McCain emp­loyees and grower partners have direct ties to the air force base through family members who served there during the war. One employee, in particular, is Glen Cry­derman, an Indus­trial Millwright who has been a member of the Car­berry team for twenty-four years. He was named after his grandfather “Glen Cryderman” who was a bombing instructor on the Base, training the young British commonwealth airmen. He attempted to go overseas after another member of the Cry­derman family lost his life in the conflict, but the Canadian military would not allow him to go, so he remained in Carberry serving as a bombing instructor until the end of the war. 
We are grateful to the men and women who served our country at home and abroad, and we will never forget their sacrifices.  
The Royal Air Force (RAF) opened No. 33 Service Flying Training School (SFTS) here in December 1940 after a year of construction. As with all RAF training facilities in Canada, the station was subject to Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) administrative and operational control and formally became part of the British Common­wealth Air Training Plan in 1942. The school closed in November 1944. The French fry journey on this site started in 1961.  McCain Foods acquired the site in 2004 from Midwest Foods. 
McCain Carberry is very proud of this rich piece of history. Some of the memorabilia: A vintage RAF airman’s uniform from the training times between 1940 and 1944. Vintage propeller from an Anson aircraft - the plane that was used to train the British pilots. Aerial photograph of the air base, including the runways. War time photos of the building on the Carberry site. People arriving at the Carberry Train station getting ready for Training. 
Canadians and Americans killed while training at the Service Flying Training School No. 33 were returned to their home communities for burial. Australian, New Zealand, and British fatalities were buried in the military cemetery at Brandon, Manitoba.

submitted by McCain Foods

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