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Dr. Marie North named Veterinarian of the Year

posted Feb 11, 2019, 9:56 AM by Kathy Carr

During the Annual General Meeting at the 2019 Manitoba Veteri­nary Technologist Assoc­iation at the Central Canadian Veterinary Conference in Winnipeg, Dr. Marie North of the Carberry Small Animal Veterinary Clinic was named the Veterinarian of the Year by MVTA. This award is given to a veterinarian for their advocacy, education, professional ad­vance­ment and utilization of the unique skill sets of veterinary technologist in the workplace.
Dr. North was nominated for this award by fellow co-worker and Regis­tered Veterinary Tech­nologist Joelle Flynn. In her nomination letter, Joelle and the co-ordinator of Cats TNR Neep­awa had this to say about why Dr. North was very deserving of this award. Below is a copy of the nomination letter that Joelle sent in.
 Dr. North has an incredible commitment to her staff, to make the best working environment pos­sible, to seek im­p­rovement within the team and to work as a cohesive unit. She also immensely values working closely with our local cat rescue, Cats TNR Neepawa, to improve the health of, spay, neuter and vaccinate the local stray population. Her commitment to top notch, progressive and LOVING care for ALL animals, is inspiring and up­lifting. Dr. North provides approximately 90% of Cats TNR Neepawa’s medical and surgical care; donating thousands of dollars each month in time, service and product. The co-ordinator of the organization says this about Dr. North, ‘Oh gosh, for one, her dedication to helping us save stray and feral cats. The extras she does without charging for the benefit of the cat. Her love of animals and her selflessness to help them. She is fair and above all honest. Truly dedicated to our cause.’
Dr. North’s innate desire to provide our patients with elite medical care is what fuels her passion for continuing education and implementing advancement in the field. She treats all of our patients, homeless or with paying owners, with the same love and care that she offers her own pets.
Dr. North, who opened the Carberry Small Ani­mal Clinic on January 5, 2015, had no idea she had been nominated for the award. When she found out that she had won, Dr. North said “It feels very wonderful, but also very humbling to know that I have colleagues that think so highly and have the same passion and drive that I do.” 
Congratulations to Dr. North on receiving this award, we are extremely lucky to have her part of our community.

Cold weather calls for good books

posted Feb 11, 2019, 9:54 AM by Kathy Carr

With all the chilly weather and snowstorms there is no better time to be curled up at home with a few good books! Did you know that you do not even need to come to the library to have access to some great reading? Your library card allows you to access ebooks, audiobooks, movies, television, comic books, and magazines all online for free! Your membership gives you access to different apps on your phone or tablet that greatly expand the amount of material available to you.  If you are heading away on vacation and wanting to do some reading, this is a great way to travel light and not worry about due dates. 
If you are wanting to access some of our online resources, but are not sure exactly how to do so, we are hosting a workshop to show you exactly how they work. On February 26, from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. we will be hosting a free workshop at the library that will cover everything you need to know about our online resources. We will go over using the Wes­tern Manitoba Regional App, which allows you to see what you currently have out, renew your books, place requests, and browse the catalogue. We will also be going over using the Overdrive and Hoopla apps, which allow you to access a massive selection of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and much more.
Our book sale continues this week and now you can fill a bag of books for $3.00! There are lots of great DVD’s and magazines for sale as well. New stock is constantly being added to the sale so make sure to take another look and you might find a book you love.
If you are looking for something to do over spring break we will be offering a youth drawing class for ages 11 and up. This is a free class that runs for five days, from March 26–30 running in the afternoon from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Registration is open and there are still some spots available. 
Storytime continues to take place on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Join us in reading some fantastic stories and making a fun and easy craft. For Valentine’s Day we will have a special story time, featuring some Valen­tine’s treats!
If you have any questions or interest about the services and programs we offer at the library, please feel free to contact us at 204-834-3043 or carson@wmrl.ca, we would be happy to help. 

by Carson Rogers

Front Page for Monday, February 11, 2019

posted Feb 11, 2019, 9:53 AM by Kathy Carr


Joint Council - Corps of Commis­sion­aires makes impressive presentation

posted Feb 4, 2019, 11:28 AM by Kathy Carr

The Joint Councils of North Cypress-Langford and the Town of Carberry met on January 28 in the council chambers of the Municipal Office with Mayor Olmstead in the chair, CAO Jones, and all councillors present except Jackson and Drayson.
Delegations
A delegation from the Corps of Commis­sion­aires, represented by Garry Smith was brought before Council. After commenting on how many friendly waves he had received as he passed through the town, he got down to business and explained that since the province empowered municipalities to enforce their own by-laws in 2013, his organization has undertaken by-law enforcement for 22 municipalities. As a certified trainer they provide a 40-hour training course all security guards must receive in Manitoba and a further 68-hour training to become Com­mis­sionaires to those that they consider promising. Extra courses on by-law enforcement and animal control are also offered.
There are three points at which a complaint may be addressed: Nothing is done without a signed complaint. [This is already true of the current by-law enforcement procedures] At the first, when the of­fender is approached with the concerns of the municipality, a voluntary compliance is best. The next stage involves doing the investigation to establish the case for the complaint, and confronting the offen­der with the documented case, and demanding compliance. The third stage is taking direct action to correct the complaint and adding the costs to the tax bill of the offender.
They find that on the average, they can expect a 66% reduction in by-law offences by the third year of their administration. When people know the by-law, and know that there are consequences for an infraction, there is much less likelihood the by-law will be ignored. Examples of by-laws they enforce include parking, unsightly properties, animal control, derelict buildings and vehicles, and such things as misdirected irrigation.
The Corps has four types of contract with their municipalities: In the case of larger municipalities, they can provide resident officers on permanent contract. Other municipalities can contract for a certain number of hours of service per month. Thirdly, the Corps can offer ‘on call’ service, where officers come to address problems on an ad hoc basis, with a response time of typically two to five days. Billing for that service is on an hourly basis, plus mileage from their dispatch point.  The fourth type of contract is to be ‘on call’ with a guarantee of immediate service rather than going on a wait list with the regular ‘on call.’ 
Commissionaires are not Peace Officers; they can’t, for example, stop a car or deal with criminal charges. That is the job of the RCMP. That said, Commissionaires work regularly with the police when necessary, and can provide competent documentation and support.  Council thanked Mr. Smith for his brisk, clear presentation.
Discussion ensued re­garding the presentation, the town councillors were generally impressed and in favour, while the rural councillors were less sure of the need in their jurisdiction. The CAO will definitely follow up. 
The next delegation was from Jason Dickson on behalf of the Spruce Woods Junior Rifle Club, who are raising funds to send a sizeable team to the Manitoba Junior Rifle Champion­ships to be held in Thom­pson in May. 
They have calculated they need to collect $6500, and are already more than $4300 to their goal.
There are fewer clubs these days; only ten clubs in the province, down from over 20 at the peak.  Carberry has 42 members and is one of the larger. They used to cut off membership at 50 and had a waiting list for membership.
Councillors agreed that the Junior Rifle program was a valuable amenity, especially in a rural community. Despite a reluctance to open the door to the requests of sporting organizations this was thought a unique enough circumstance to warrant support, and $600 was voted to the organization, half from each municipality. The likelihood that Carberry is scheduled to be the next host of the provincial championships was also a strong consideration.
Amy Urquhart, the Arts Council’s coordinator, asked to negotiate a fee for the Council’s after-school program to use the basement of the Old Town Hall. The program pre­sent­ly uses the school (at no charge) but is unable to store any of their materials, and cannot offer snacks. The Old Town Hall has a kitchen, and storage space available. Ms. Urquhart is offering to pay a small fee each school day, and to step aside on days when the space is rented by outside organizations. 
Council discussed the request, and agreed that the building committee should make arrangements with Ms. Urquhart.
Unfinished Business
A standing desk has been ordered for Teresa McConnell, paid out of the Health and Safety budget.
Jesse Gingras, who has been on staff as a utility employee, had his wages set, retroactive to the first of the year.
The Manitoba Weed Supervisors’ Association will be meeting in Car­berry on March 13, and the CAO took names of those who would attend on behalf of their councils.
The new Recreation Complex came up for further discussion. Jamie Smart, the head of the Recreation Committee requested that councils set up a fundraising account for the new facility. There is a need to prepay the entertainment and catering for the upcoming Sport­man Gala event which will kick off an ambitious fundraising schedule. Smart asks councils to provide the seed money, and to underwrite any possible loss the fundraiser may suffer. Such guarantees are requested by other fundraising ventures, and rarely drawn on; they are to comply with the licen­sing requirement.
Council agreed to set up the fund, and provide seed money of $10,000 and a guarantee as reques­ted with the seed money to be repaid after the event. A recorded vote was reques­ted and it passed with with a majority of Council with nays from Councillors M. Tolton and R. Muirhead.
Returning to the matter of financing a facility, Councillor Muirhead is insistent that there is little wrong with the current community centre that would justify the unprecedented expense of a new facility. Other Councillors countered that the plan is to have funding ready for when in the normal course of a building’s life, it does need replacement. By then, it will be far too late to attempt to amass the needed millions. There is also the suggestion that in view of the rising costs of construction, sooner is more cost effective than later. There is no question that the availability and quality of recreational facilities is an important deciding factor for potential newcomers. There is an engineering assessment of the life expectancy of the present facility pending, and the discussion was tabled until the facts are available.
The Request for Pro­posals on the proposed fire hall expansion is reported to have drawn more than 20 hits on MERX, the government tenders website. This is encouraging as the last round only had six inquiries.
Attempts to get quotes for a backup battery system for the CPCC have run up against problems with the existing wiring but is still being worked on.
All joint employees have been advised of the provisions of the Whist­leblower Act, as mandated.
Councillor Tolton’s concern to see our Fire and Rescue Department acquire flowing grain entrapment rescue equipment was raised. It was suggested that he talk first with the Fire Department about the acquisition, training and deployment.
The Municipal Of­ficials’ Seminars are coming up in Winnipeg in mid-March. The MOS is similar in scope to the AMM convention, but much more focused on breakout sessions and seminars covering practical details of municipal ad­ministration. Accomo­dations and at­ten­dance were discussed.
Councils discussed the invaluable role played by Bill Kalinowich in the Ice Plant Project at the Com­munity Centre. It was agreed to express councils’ appreciation with an appropriate gift and a heartfelt thank you.
General Business
ACAO Fraser will graduate from her MMAA course at a gala event in Brandon on April 30, 2019. Tickets are $50, and councillors and administration are encouraged to be there in her support.
CP Rail have asked to make a presentation to councils on their services to the community, with a particular mention of safety concerns and financial support of community ventures. An offer to at­tend a Joint Council meeting will be forwarded.
The Manitoba Municipal Administrators’ Association will hold a course on By-Law Enfor­ce­ment in Brandon on March 1, 2019. CAO Jones was approved to attend, with the costs borne equally by NCL and Carberry. The course costs $249.
Council agreed to pay for the necessary repairs to the diesel generator at the Fire Hall that backs up the fire line pumps at a cost of $4863.41.
Committee Reports
The CAO reports that 2018’s year end and the start of 2019 are going well, with the FO and ACAO working to separate out the sub-board accounts for the new year. She has met with the sub boards, and they have been shown the intended advantages of the new system recommended by the auditors.
Ongoing projects such as the Rec By-laws for NCL are being wrapped up; preparations to re-hire last year’s weed student are in place, and budget talks are under way. Strategic Planning sessions will be scheduled for both councils.
Condolences were sent to Shannon and Jasmine Downey. Jayson Downey worked 20 years for the town, and was a firefighter for 25 years before losing his battle with cancer.  Both Council's echoed the sadness of the loss of a good man that gave back to his community.
The ACAO is working on year end in anticipation of the 2018 audit, and working to separate out the sub-boards for the coming year. She has been doing pre-budget meeting and preparations for the NCL budget.
The Manager of Parks, Facilities and Sanitation reports that green team applications are already in the works for summer help.
The CPCC saw a synchronized skating competition draw around 240 skaters and a total crowd of 600 to the rink on January 19. Staff of the booth and facility did a great job. Preparation is in hand for the McCain Classic Bons­piel.
Pool renovations are planned for early enough in spring that a regular opening schedule is expected.
The Fire Hall RFP was sent direct to the previous bidders, and posted on the MERX site. Closing date is March 1, and award date is set for March 15.
Manitoba Sustainable Development has been insistent on changes to procedures at the transfer stations and lagoons. Some changes will require funding, but the details aren’t ready yet.
The cemetery flowers have been ordered already from the current supplier.
The Financial Officer has been busy finishing up details of the town’s 2017 audit, completing the year’s payroll and pension plan figures to get the T4s out, preparing for NCL’s GST audit, and checking and balancing the joint account entries in each municipality’s ledger. For year-end, the Payables and Receivables of both municipalities must be balanced. Detailed budget talks to ensue in February.
The Recreation Prog­rammer sends a list of the programs completed and planned. Yoga is continuing despite the loss of the local yoga instructor. 
Several programs are being offered with help from the Community Foundation. Grants are being sought for Green Team and Canada Sum­mer Jobs to get summer day camp staff covered. The 2019 budget is being hammered out. She will be attending the Rec Con­nec­tions Conference in February, and has planned to have spring mass registration on March 19 & 20.
The Archives have been fairly quiet through January, with regular tasks such as scanning pictures, and updating histories and obituaries. The Archivist has been asked to do a monthly article for the paper.
The CDC/Hall report shows the hall to be very busy with attention to repairs, upgrades, and inspections from health and liquor board. The website it is being modified to make things easier to find. The raised beds are almost all reserved for the summer, and the Friends of Camp Hughes interpretive panels are almost ready.
Evergreen Environ­mental is seeing inquiries from municipalities and first nations about partnering. 
They have adopted their 2019 budget, and appear to be in a surplus situation (pending the audit) for 2018. Having done repairs on their baler, they are considering rep­lacing or refurbishing it in 2020 as well as the High Hoe.
The Fire Department held a very successful Firemen’s Ball that raised over $13,500 towards equipment purchases. These have included a couple of sets of turnout gear, respirators for use at wildland fires, and equipment for air bottles — new gauges on the rescue truck, and some used but inspected breathing apparatus. They acquired two sets of auto cribbing with help from the Community Foundation. Chief Loney and Captain Udey attended a table-top exercise with Grand Valley Mutual Aid and in conjunction with GVMA they are developing a new personnel accountability system. GVMA will be hosting the Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs 2019 Con­ference in Brandon.
The department is excited about the planned extension to the Fire Hall, and thanks the councils for their support and en­couragement.
The Library Board reports that their new librarian has set up a youth drawing club and a book club. A new cleaner has been hired. 
The Museum Board had a successful fund­raiser with the Strathclair Theat­re Chorus, netting them almost a thousand dollars to be used for repairs to the Gingerbread House. They are looking at another Celtic music fundraiser to be held on March 17, St. Patricks Day, more details to follow.
The Cypress Planning District have been examining their budget in the light of having taken on a full time assistant and reviewing various building and development fees.
Service for Seniors is planning a shopping trip to Brandon, a trip to the movies in Glenboro, and visits to the Brier. Several exercise and enrichment courses are available to seniors with the help of the Community Foun­dation. The Handivan is up to date on its maintenance, and research on a new van purchase and funding grants is ongoing.
Communications
The Fire Department sent in the annual statistics for 2018, which showed 75 calls in NCL and 24 in the Town of Carberry.
The Manitoba Elec­toral Boundaries Com­mis­sion sent its completed report, which has adjusted the ridings of Manitoba to give, it is hoped, fairer representation to each area. Carberry and North Cypress will continue in Agassiz Con­stituency.
Canadian Beverage Recycling sent their 2017 Audit Report. 
The AMM reports that their efforts in conjunction with the FCM to have CRA reinstate the one-third tax exemption which has been in place since 1953 for Council remuneration have been unsuccessful. This amounts to a cut in pay to all elected officials, and a windfall to the Revenue Agency.
Added to the Agenda
Grady Stephenson, the Manager of Parks, Faci­lities and Sanitation, has sent a request that the simple details of the transfer stations be returned to the care of the Public Works department and its foreman. He will continue to address the larger issues of licensing and compliance with provincial regulations, but the day-to-day concerns are as much Public Works’ as his. The Personnel Committee will discuss this in the near future.
Around the Table
Reeve Adriaansen reported that he and the Mayor attended a meeting with the Beautiful Plains School Division’s board and been treated to an informative presentation on their activities and thanked Superintendent Jason Young for his work in preparing and presenting the information. Mayor Olmstead agreed with the  Reeve on the quality of the presentation and the changes coming to the education system will have to be carefully watched, with their true effect on fiscal thrift and student outcomes watched closely.
Councillor Muirhead reported that he had attended the RCMP’s presentation on reducing rural crime, and had come away better informed and yet worried about the very scant police staffing that we live with. He wondered if it would be better if councils got more proactive in seeking increased police presence. He asked what made it possible for the Town of Rivers to maintain its own police force.
While it is possible locally, it is well beyond the costs covered by the provincial government for protective services. There are salaries, extensive equipment requirements and even real estate concerns, and when all is said and done, you still have to call in (and pay) the Mounties for all major crimes.
He asked that the officers who made the presentation be sent letters of thanks and commendation, which Council supported.
Councillor M. Tolton had questions about the EMO plan and hazardous goods on the railways passing through town.  He was assured that there would shortly be a tabletop exercise presented by EMO Brad Wells to familiarize especially new council members with the preparations in place.
He also suggested the Co-op’s Community Spaces Program and the Murphy Foundation have monies available for community projects.  The in­formation will be passed on to the CDC.
Councillor Anderson raised an alarming story he has heard running through the grape vine around town. The story says that NCL is considering splitting off from Carberry and taking the greater part of the administrative staff with them. The CAO and Mayor also confirmed that the staff and various citizens had also heard such a rumor, and it was having a detrimental effect on morale among staff unsure of their job security. This was emphatically denied by those on NCL Council that any such plans are in place or had been discussed and no councillor had heard anything that might contribute to such an idea. 
A citizen brought forward a suggestion that rather than a ‘complaint’ form, there could be a‘comment’ or even ‘compliment’ form.  The CAO thought that might already be in place on some of the forms, and agreed that it was a balance that should be maintained. Councillor Sudak mentioned that bouquets more often come through social media, and that he had made a habit of posting them in the office and shop when he was foreman.
Mayor Olmstead mentioned that there should be some guidelines and policies about recognition of long service, volunteerism, special birthdays or anniversaries, and other matters that merit the formal approval of the municipalities. 
Council Pictures will be taken in March, formal attire was suggested.
Last Minute Business
Council passed resolutions establishing a matrix for future raises and cost of living allowance for all Parks and Recreation employees to keep them on a consistent grid with other employees. Council also passed a motion setting the wage of Diane Fast, who serves in the booth at the CPCC, with Parks and Recreation, and at the cemetery in the summer.
With that, councils adjourned the meeting at 10:20 p.m.

by John McNeily

Front Page for Monday, February 4, 2019

posted Feb 4, 2019, 11:26 AM by Kathy Carr


New Renaissance coming to Carberry Collegiate

posted Jan 28, 2019, 11:19 AM by Kathy Carr

With today’s access to information and networking resources; opportunity can come knocking from miles away. You don’t have to live in a big city to benefit from the outstanding musical talent bursting out from all corners of the country.  It’s not surprising to find youth involved in promoting music and live performances by professional musicians in small communities across Canada, and Carberry is no different.
The local Youth Ad­visory Council, facilitated by Manitoba Arts Network and mentored by the Carberry Plains Arts Council has been instrumental in engaging Carberry Collegiate students with high energy live acts such as; Speed Control, a Yukon based power trio who perfor­med at the school in March 2018. This event was organized, promoted, and facilitated by members of the Carberry Youth Ad­visory Council who are themselves students at Carberry Col­legiate. Speed Control’s performance and workshop was a success at uniting students, teachers, and parents alike with their Canadian Rock Classics revue. The band’s pop-punk original tunes were also a great hit with parents and students, the catchy and infectious choruses were easily echoed in unison by the Carberry audience.
Following the success of the Speed Control gig, the Carberry Youth Advisory Council complied and conducted a student opinion poll to represent the voice of their fellow students and from there determine what types of musical acts to bring to Carberry in the future, the results are in! Carberry Col­legiate students have voted to bring Winnipeg band New Renaissance to Carberry; hailed by Winnipeg’s Uptown Magazine as high energy and anthemic.  
New Renaissance has championed recognition as band of the month by Winnipeg rock station Power 97. Their 2015 album release titled’ Test of Time’ was heralded as one of Winnipeg’s top three albums by Win­nipeg’s weekly urban journal The Uniter. In addition to being featured at the Canadian Music Week stage held in Toronto, Ontario; New Renais­sance has en­joyed an opening spot with acts such as; Buck­cherry, The Trews, and Bleeker Ridge. If you’re more of a sports fan than a music fan, you probably still have heard the band’s hugely successful single “voices” at a Winnipeg Jets home game or their single “Face to Face” at Mani­toba Moose Games.  
New Renaissance is scheduled to play Car­berry Collegiate on Thurs­day, March 21 on international pledge to eliminate racism day.  The Carberry Youth Advisory Council is currently looking for new members interested in participating in the cultivation of a local youth led music scene here in Carberry. Members must be between the ages of 13 and 25, all interested inquiries please email the Carberry Plains Arts Council at  crbyarts@wcgwave.ca

by Amy Urquhart

Front Page for Monday, January 28, 2019

posted Jan 28, 2019, 11:15 AM by Kathy Carr


Join us for Tabletop Game Day

posted Jan 21, 2019, 9:04 AM by Kathy Carr

As everyone is settling into the New Year, at the library we have been getting ready for a year full of fun programs and events. We are excited to be offering some new programs, along with ones that we have previously held. Here are just a few of the programs and events that we will be offering over the next few months. 
Storytime has made its return in the New Year. Storytime is a program for pre-school aged children, where they can join us to read along with some of the great children’s books we have here at the library. After the stories are finished there is craft time, where you can make a fun and easy craft to take home. Story­time takes place every Thurs­day at 10:00 a.m. for the remainder of the school year. 
As a part of the new programs we will be offering at the library, we are putting on two book clubs, one for youth ages 9-12 and the other for teens 13 and up. The youth book club will be reading The Blackthorn Key, and the teen book club will be reading Turtles All The Way Down. Each club will meet for an hour to discuss the book and partake in an activity related to the reading. The youth book club will meet on February 19, and the teen book club will meet on February 20. Both clubs will take place from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Regis­tration for these book clubs is now open, and copies of both books can be picked up at the library. 
Another program we are holding at the library is a youth drawing class. The program is in partnership with the Carberry Arts Coun­cil. The class will take place over spring break, March 26th – 30th from 2 - 3 p.m. The program is free to enter and open to ages 11 and up. Registration for this event is now open, and you can sign up by contacting us at the library. 
Also new to the library is Tabletop Game Day. On Satur­day, January 26 from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., join us at the library to take part in all kinds of tabletop gaming fun. We will have a collection of games available for anyone to come and play. There will also be a game of Dungeons and Dragons that anyone is welcome to join, whether you are a rookie adventurer or ex­perien­­ced role-player. Also, feel free to bring your own tabletop game to play, anything from Monopoly to Magic the Gathering. No registration for this event is required, it is simply drop in and play! 
If you are looking to build your book collection at home, we will be having a major book sale in February! Star­ting on Tuesday, Feb­ruary 5, and going until Friday, February 15, you can come down to the library and check out some of the great books we will have on sale. During the second week of the sale, books will be priced by the bag! This is a great opportunity to get some new reading material and support your local library.
We are happy to be providing a wide variety of events and programming for all ages at the library, all of which are free to enter. If you are interested in registering for any of these programs, or just have further inquiries, please feel free to contact us at the library; 834-3043 or Carson@wmrl.ca, we would be happy to answer any questions you have!  

by Carson Rogers

NCL Council - Zoning for Cannabis still a concern

posted Jan 21, 2019, 9:03 AM by Kathy Carr

The Council of North Cypress-Langford met on Monday morning, January 14, with Reeve Adriaan­sen in the chair, and all councillors present except Jackson. Also present were CAO Jones, Development Officer McEntee, and Manager of Parks, Facilities and Sanitation Stephenson.

Finance and Accounts
With the agenda and previous minutes accepted, the accounts were referred to council, and cheques and direct deposits totaling $7,283,432.02 were approved for payment. The very large amount included the forwarding of the Education Tax levies to the four divisions serving the municipality.
An Interim Operating Budget was passed to bridge the time until the 2019 Financial Plan is adopted.

Planning Matters
Council has received a proposal to subdivide a yard site in SW 36-12-13 WPM just east of Edrans. I. & M. Buhler wishes to sever a 10.4-acre site from a 117.58-acre parcel present­ly owned by L. &M. Bauman. Though the site is slightly over the maximum size of 10 acres, that can be varied, and the remainder of the parcel is still well over the minimum size of 80 acres that the agricultural zoning requires. Council approved the subdivision, with conditions that a Conditional Use Order be granted for a rural non-farm dwelling; the necessary size variation be granted; and also a variation for the setback of one of the outbuildings.
Bill 19, the Planning Amendment Act, among other items raises the issue with regard to the threshold at which livestock producers must obtain a Conditional Use Order and it now gives a Municipality the ability to raise this threshold above the current Provincial 300 Animal Unit limit. This is also the limit and at which the requirement for a manure management plan and a technical review kicks in. At the moment, the North Cypress Zoning By-law puts the threshold at 250 Animal Units (AU), while the Langford By-Law puts it at 200 AU. The changes to the Planning Act are aimed at easing the restrictions on intensive livestock operations to boost the agricultural economy, but there are in this area some concerns about keeping the aquifer uncontaminated. This has led to the more conservative thresholds. Development Officer McEntee advised council that the new Cypress Development Plan will follow the provincial threshold of 300 AU. At this time Council moved to retain the current thresholds in their two Planning By-laws. When the new Development Plan has been approved and the Zoning By-Laws are reviewed the matter can be revisited. Provin­cial regulations have superseded most conditions that municipalities might earlier have made regarding the storage, handling and disposal of manure and only limited conditions regarding these items can be im­posed by the municipality. 
Zoning for cannabis is still a concern as the implications of legalization are considered. The municipality is in the process of amending the North Cypress Zoning By-Law to allow can­nabis sales as a Conditional Use in a General Develop­ment District. Provincial and federal regulations are framed with urban enterprises in mind, but Council enquired if cannabis sales could be considered as a permissible or conditional accessory use in an agricultural or rural residential zone? The Planning Officer was asked to look into this possibility — subject, of course, to the various licensing regulations that the federal and provincial governments may establish. On the matter of production of cannabis, the regulations and security concerns require that the production be in a ‘licensed facility’ which would normally be a greenhouse environment. As such, it would seem to fall under the heading of specialized agriculture, which is a simple permitted use of land in an agricultural zone. No changes would seem to be required but this would need to be verified. Pro­cessing of cannabis will be heavily regulated, and will probably be required to take place in an industrial zone.
When considering how and whether to permit certain uses of land, it is important to remember that if there is a ‘permitted use,’ then it is not required to come before council; if it is a ‘conditional use,’ then council may have control of how it takes place. A letter will be sent to Community & Regional Planning to get clarification of the necessary amendments to the Zoning By-laws.
Bob Dane had requested as early as 2017 that land he owns to the south of his present developments be re-designated from AG to Rural Residential, in order to set aside properties of 15 to 25 acres in size as acreages where animals might be kept, particularly horses, and hobby farms. At the time, Community and Regional Planning had previously informed the Planning District that it was not interested in approving additional RR designated lands around Carberry, because there was already a lot of land so designated to both the east of and west of town that was not taken up. They did not accept Mr. Dane’s contention that the uses and clientele were not similar. At the request of North Cypress-Lang­ford Coun­cil, the Plan­ning District offered to put the change into the new Develop­ment Plan on which they were working, but received strong opposition from the pro­vince as the draft copy of the Plan was passed around for comment. In order to smooth the passage of the Document, they withdrew their attem­pt to re-designate Dane’s land. Dane was notified of the change, and of the government’s opposition to the re-designation. Coun­cil agreed that Dane has been an effective developer, and that his assessment of the demand for the larger properties was likely accurate, but had to accept the opposition of Community and Regional Planning. Dane will be sent a letter advising him of the routes forward available to him after the Development Plan is in place.
Rod McLaren has asked council for permission to carry on a business repairing and certifying agricultural and heavy equipment and transport vehicles on land he leases from A&M Farms at the old Bar 5 site. The permission is required for MPIC to grant him a license to perform safety inspections. There are two forms under which such an occupation might be considered in an AG zone on an agricultural parcel. It must in either case be accessory to the primary agricultural use, which is not a problem. It may be a ‘home occupation,’ which is a permitted accessory use, and is restricted to the occupant(s) of the dwel­ling. Alternatively, it may be a ‘home-based business,’ which is a conditional use, and may have up to five employees, and is still required to be an accessory use to agriculture. In general Council was supportive of McLaren’s operation and the services it would provide to area residents and business, however based on Mc­Laren’s description of his operation they determined that it better fit the definition of a home-based business and as such any approval would be subject to him obtaining a Conditional Use Order.

Unfinished Business
Council approved the 2017 Audited Financials as presented by MNP at the December meeting. Blair expressed concern that the Audit was being approved on the basis of a draft before it was presented as final. The procedure will be examined at a later date; it is important that the audit be approved promptly, as the province apportions money only on the basis of a complete accepted audit.
The new recreation lands, which were purchased back in 2007, have seen little change. There was to have been a soccer field, and a campground, and there was a study done that arrived at a figure of $30 million for completion of a new facility. There have been several starts at fundraising for the facility, and there has been a levy on the tax bill that has put aside $60 thousand a year. That fund is presently at $900,000. It is high time that a plan was drafted for the future of recreation facilities, and Town Coun­­cil has asked that the matter be discussed at the next joint meeting. Stephen­son pointed out that it is almost impossible to make informed choices about the need for upgrades without a competent engineering study of the life expectancy of each of the components of the existing facility. He estimates such a study to cost about $15 thousand. He was encouraged to get a letter from the Rec Board requesting such a study to the Joint Coun­cils.
Waste Management has remained a difficult issue. The burning practises at the Transfer Station have been censured. All that may be burnt is tree waste and untreated lumber. Ply­wood and OSB may not be; they have to be treated as other construction waste and put in the bin. The number and thus the cost of bins will rise considerably, and more loads will have to be weighed and charged for. A covered space for hazardous waste such as paint, lights and batteries will have to be created, possibly a fabric shelter. There is some question whether the municipality can afford to run both the Carberry and Fairview transfer stations, especially if they each have different lists of things they can accept. Langford has reduced its number of sites from four to one, and the Brookdale and Wellwood sites are closed, but must be officially decommissioned, which may have costs associated. The province requires that a plan be in place by April 1, which isn’t far away.
Ray Drayson was confirmed in his appointment to the Evergreen board, with Fred Jackson as his alternate.
By-law 6/2018 will have to be repealed. It deals with the recreation special levies which did not prove to have the desired effect. Council directed its administration to make the preparations for the formal repeal.

General Business
Council added the assessment changes to the tax assessment roll, for a total gain of $21,063.14
The AMM is holding a training seminar for councillors in February. All councillors were app­roved to attend at a cost of $40 plus meals and mileage.
Council approved Grady Stephenson and Brianna Renwick to at­tend the Rec Connec­tions Conference in Winnipeg. Costs will include registration of $490 each, plus hotels for three nights, mileage and suppers. Costs will be shared 50/50 with the Town of Carberry.
Council will support the Hudson Bay Route Association with a contribution of $300.
Council approved payment of $602.01 as membership dues to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Properties whose taxes are in arrears since 2017 will be sold at auction to recover taxes and costs on October 2, 2019.
Councillor Drayson was appointed to the Friends of Camp Hughes Committee.
The CAO, the ACAO, and the Financial Officer were authorized to sign for the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford and sub board accounts.
The administration wanted to remind council and the public that there is a formal complaint procedure, and that if a letter of complaint is received that is unsigned, it cannot be acted on, no matter how justified it may be.
Council approved the purchase of a banner ad for the Manitoba Men’s Curling championship at a cost of $170 plus taxes.
Emergency Measures Officer Brad Wells was approved to attend the EMO Emergency Manage­­ment Training workshop January 31 in Brandon. Costs of mileage and lunch will be shared 50/50 with the Town of Carberry.
Foreman David Chand­ler will resign effective January 18, and Council accepted his resignation with regrets. His replacement, Darcy Saun­ders was hired effective January 14 as the new foreman, and his wages were set according to the collective agreement with the union.
As a procedural re­quirement, Council confirmed that the Carberry Plains Museum operates as a distinct entity under the authority of the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford.

Communications
The Examiner of Surveys sends word of the restoration of survey monuments along the hydro line at 28/33-9-13W, and at ¼N25-12-13W.
Wellwood Community Club sent a letter of concern about the special recreation levy as it applied in their area. This is a problem being ad­dres­sed; the approval of the repeal of the levy by-law was passed today.
Katie Cares, an organization that runs a respite home adjacent to Boun­dary Trails Hospital, asks for a per capita donation of support.
Spruce Plains Detach­ment of the RCMP sent its December Statistics.
Spruce Woods Junior Rifle Club is seeking to raise funds to send several teams to the provincial competition in Thomp­son. They will be asking for donations from the joint councils.
D. Chubak requests treatment of the road into Hylife Foods. His re­quest was forwarded to Neepawa.
Ronald McDonald House Charities are asking for a letter of support.
Jerry Godin Public Sector Partners are offering assistance in Asset Management. Their letter will be brought before Joint Councils.
The Premier’s Volun­teer Service Awards are looking for nominations for this year’s awards.
Multi-Material Steward­ship Manitoba, the organization which oversees recycling, advises that NCL will receive $39,931.98 in four installments for their recycling in 2018.
HAND, the organization that performs home support and Handivan services in Neepawa, asks for support for 2019. Coun­cil granted $500.
A group from Bois­sevain invites NCL to a meeting on January 31 to discuss local concerns in Manitoba’s rural southwest as will be brought before the AMM.
The Manitoba Good Roads Association will be holding their annual awards banquet on March 18 in connection with the MOS seminars at the Delta in Winnipeg.

Around the Table
Councillor Olmstead announced that the Wellwood Recreation Committee has set the date for the Wellwood Bonspiel as January 25-26, and the Poker Derby will be held on February 9.
Reeve Adriaansen wished to publicly thank Dave Chandler for his many years of service, and concur with the resolution expressing regrets to see him go.
Grady Stephenson noted that the committee preparing for the Fire Hall Expansion had taken on Councillor Ray Muirhead from the town, and asked if NCL would also send someone to them. Coun­cillor Harold Tolton accepted the position.
Stephenson also noted that he is presently listed as EMO Wells’s alternate, but that he has been promoted in the Fire Department, and will now have duties during an emergency that will prevent him from staying at the coordinating table with (or instead of) Wells. A new deputy EMO will have to be found.
The Building Com­mittee has met, and discussed the priorities for their usual $30,000 allotment. They identified as priorities the reshingling of the Municipal Office, at $9,000; repairs to the brickwork at the Museum for $6,500 +tax; repairs to the brickwork at the Library for $1,000 +tax; and $15,000 for a full renovation of one side of the ballpark washrooms (the next side to be done next year). This would more than spend the $30,000, but there was about $15,000 underspent last year, which would excuse the request for $35,000 this year. There are other projects bidding for the building committee’s attention if money is available: The parking lots on the new land next to the Municipal Office and between the CVM and HMS; the foundation of the Old Town Hall, and several other brickwork projects.
The Council went in camera at 1:45 to discuss personnel matters and came out of in camera to adjourn the meeting at 2:03 p.m.

by John McNeily

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