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Pool upgrades urgently needed for 2019 season

posted by Kathy Carr

he Carberry Plains Community Centre has an active swimming pool during the summer season. Between swimming lessons, aquafit classes, lap swim, school swim and public swim our swim­ming pool sees a variety of patrons throug­hout the summer. 
Swimming is one of Carberry and Area’s main opportunities to be physically active in the summer months. The pool is an essential component to the Town and Municipality’s recreation department, and an ideal gathering spot for members of the community, from infants to seniors.  
The current pool, which was constructed in 1998, is in need of some substantial up­grades after 20 years of serving the community. 
Most pressing, is the replacement of the entire pool liner, which has already doubled its life expectancy. This liner has held up impeccably, until recently, when wear and tear has become evident.  During start-up this season, the liner became torn in various places when the pool was filled with water, and had to be patched up to limp through the summer. The pool is losing water through the liner daily. We can’t thank the staff enough for their commitment to maintaining water levels and the proper chemical balance to en­sure the pool is safe and remains open until the end of the season. Our pool includes a zero-entry zone, leading to the shallow area, connecting to the slide section, which leads to the four lane 25-meter component. Rep­lacing the liner in this custom pool has been quoted at $152,550. Unfor­tuna­tely, without replacing this liner before the summer 2019 season, it is quite likely that the pool will not be operational.  
The second project neces­sary at the pool is the replacement of the current water slide. The slide needs to be upgraded to a safer and more enjoyable slide that will accommodate a variety of ages. The current slide is not an ideal size for a parent to take a small child down, so children must use the slide alone. The slide no longer has a working water component, which makes use difficult. Safety is our main concern with the project, and the replacement is essential. The expec­ted cost of replacement is $39,550. We are pleased to report that we have recently been awarded a $13,645 grant from Community Places for the slide project!    
The third improvement that is on our radar for the near future is painting the structural beams. They will need to be scraped and re-painted. This is a time-consuming project that will require special equipment.  
These three improvements are quoted at al­most $200,000. These renovations will require community support, in conjunction with capital savings and grant re­quests.  
Please join us at our August 31st event, and help kick-start our fund­raising efforts! The pool will be hosting a Free Swim Fundraiser on Friday, August 31 from NOON – 6:00 p.m. We will be taking a silver collection for swimming and will be hosting a fund­raising BBQ and a 50/50 draw.  
While we work away at securing partial funding through grants, we invite the community to take part in helping us bring these projects to life. If you are able to make a contribution to our pool renovation proj­ect, please send your donation to:
Town of Carberry/Mun. of NCL Pool Reno­vation Project 
Box 130 Carberry, MB R0K 0H0
If sending in a cheque, please make it payable to the Mun. of NCL.

by Carberry & Area Parks and Rec Board 

Town Council Steve Denton named as new Fire Inspector for Carberry & NCL

posted by Kathy Carr

The August meeting of the council of the Town of Carberry was held on Tuesday August 14, in the council chambers, with Mayor Olm­stead in the chair, and all councillors but Mann present, along with CAO Jones.
With the opening formalities complete, there were no planning concerns and no delegations, so attention went to financial concerns, and the July expenditures of $140,075.36 were app­roved for payment.
There followed a series of resolutions re­quested by the auditor, that confirmed earlier ex­penditures, and allcated them to their appropriate reserves.
The next item to receive attention was By-Law 5/2017, the Traffic and Parking By-Law. This is a complex document that lays down all the regulations about the use of vehicles in the town. It gives the placement of ‘Yield’ and ‘Stop’ signs, parking regulations, crosswalks, speed restrictions, and handicap spots. It tries to balance convenience against safety. There was much discussion of the choice between ‘yield’ and ‘stop’ signs. The former is enough to confirm who has the right of way, but the latter is better for safety at a busier intersection. Overuse of ‘stop’ signs is annoying at best, and often a cause of impatience, which is a danger in itself. Council has been conferring back and forth with Foreman Sudak about the choice and placement of signs.
Another detail that may well change with the new by-law is the re­moval of all angle parking. With the increasing size of vehicles, there are too many problems of congestion and visibility associated with angle parking, and rather than leave one or two hold-outs, it is going to be simpler and safer to suspend it altogether.
The by-law, with the evening’s comments, will be tabled and passed back to Foreman Sudak.
Unfinished Business
Resolutions from the Joint Meeting
Council approved the enrollment of Nelli Sippel to the Municipal Employee Benefit Pro­gram and Blue Cross. Cost will be split 50/50 between the Town and North Cypress Langford.
Council approved ACAO Fraser to attend a Munisoft Refresher Course in Winnipeg on October 15, 2018 at a cost of $175 plus lunch and mileage. These costs will be split 50/50 with NCL.
Council agreed to purchase the Cemetery Ad­ministration program through Munisoft at a cost of $1299. The cost will be shared 50/50 with the Municipality of North Cypress Langford.
Other Unfinished Business
Council agreed to purchase the building and land at 314 Fourth Avenue from Don Scott at a price of $75,000. There is an allotment of $50,000 in this year’s budget for this purpose, so it was agreed to pay $45,000 at once and retain $5,000 for possible legal and administrative costs of the purchase, and pay the balance in 2019. Council already have offers to remove the building if they decide to use the land otherwise.
General Business
Council approved the donation of municipal records to the Manitoba Archives.
Council accepted with regret the resignation of Travis Lozinsky as Public Works Assistant Foreman. They also appointed Steve Denton to be a Fire Inspector for the Town of Carberry and the Municipality of North Cypress Langford. His wage of $25/hr. will be paid by whichever municipality he is performing his inspections.
Council discussed the matter of custom work by Public Works employees. Work such as the trimming of hedges that overhang public sidewalks has sometimes been done at no expense to the property owner, but proper practise is to inform the landowner that the work must be done by the landowner within a definite time limit, or it will be done by town employees at the landowner’s expense. The present work order/ invoice system is clearing up inconsistencies of this sort.
The course of action is simple where the problem is safety-related and the tree or hedge is the property of the landowner. Where it gets more complex is when the tree is town property, and a landowner wants it trim­med or removed for non-safety-related reasons. In this case, the proper practise is for the land­owner to request the change from council, and on approval to pay the expenses of the pruning or removal themselves.
As a further complication, there are a few trees that have been pruned free for safety reasons in the past often enough to create a precedent in these individual cases.
Council discussed some safety concerns over the laneway running between Toronto and Main behind the Municipal Office, and the one running behind Main Street from Third south to the first laneway. This area is much used for pedestrian traffic (including children at play), heavy truck deliveries, and for access to the public parking south of the CVM, and there are visibility and manoeu­vering concerns at the junction.  It may be safest to close the entrance to the lane from Toronto Street, and by painting and bollards to keep the turning area clear. The Fire Department, Works Foreman and the adjacent landowners will be consulted before steps can be taken.
The presentation that Dr. Marie North and Cats TNR made in a delegation to the Council of North Cypress Langford was copied to the Council of the Town of Car­berry as well, and there was considerable discussion at Council. Carberry has long been sensitive to the issue of strays and feral animals, but has been unable to enforce the By-Law it has in place for lack of any Animal Control Officer or By-Law Enforcement Officer. Research has been done as to the ways other administrations have handled the problem, but the problem is complex and costly. A full-time position would have to cost a minimum of $40,000 in wages and benefits, and then to that would be added the costs of a vehicle and equipment such as traps, nets and gloves. Even if that expense could be budgeted and put in place, the officer would be faced with the problem of what to do with an animal once caught. There is no local pound, kennel or shelter; Bran­don’s are full, and Neepawa Cats TNR volunteers are already overextended. A difficult problem, and one that, as the presentation underlines, is not going away.
Mayor Olmstead agreed to join the committee that NCL and the cat rescue people are forming. 
Develop­ment Coor­dinator will be asked to research the requirements for setting up a kennel, in the hope that one can be encouraged to set up here.
As required by the Municipal Act, council approved an operating deficit recovery method for the year 2015 in regards to the fire line extension debenture.
At the request of the developer, the road to be built for Ryan Develop­ments’ duplex will be called Brettell Road, in honour of Ryan’s step-father.
A patient  wrote to council to comment on some concerns she had with the Carberry Health Centre arising out of a recent stay there. She will be thanked for her contribution, and her concerns will be borne in mind by the Health Committee, but council has no direct input on matters controlled by Prairie Moun­tain Health.
Another letter was received from ratepayers who wrote to object strenuously to the placement of a pair of dumpsters opposite their front door on Third Avenue. They pointed out that they are ugly and at times very smelly, degrade property values and reduce needed parking spaces. Council agreed that there was little advantage to their present placement, and that they should be moved to join the group of dumpsters by the tracks opposite the Carberry Motor Inn, where a locked compound is to be created in the future. A letter will be sent to thank them for their interest and concern.
Around the Table
John Anderson retur­ned to a couple of his long-standing concerns: Have we any more information on the procedure by which Morden offers its citizens free Internet? Questions have been asked and answers promised, but it is high time to push again for those answers. Secondly, where are we at with fundraising for the new Rec Centre? Word from the Rec Board is that matters are progressing. Ander­son feels that we should get moving or just forget it.
CAO Jones wanted to discuss how we should progress with paving in the absence of some of the expected funding support. Several approaches were discussed, but for now the little we have to spend will not draw one of the big paving companies out here during their busy season. Perhaps we can get some small projects done later in the fall when they’re less busy, and we can see what’s available in the budget clearer.
Councillor Mac­Gregor raised the matter of the next cell in the lagoon. Where are we at?  CAO Jones will bring an update to the next meeting.
Mayor Olmstead has heard that the Forces are going to dispose of some Leopard tanks to be used as memorials or static displays. There are several strings to the gifts — transportation will not be provided by the military, for example — but the procedure for requesting and acquiring such hardware is now available. Personally, he would like to see a 105mm howitzer as used by our local 1RCHA and the local 26th Field reserve regiment, but the Leopards have connections to Shilo and this area too. Apparently there is a local committee working on this for a display at the Museum grounds, and we should wait to hear their intent and their presentation. In addition, we might look into federal funding to give our nearly century-old war memorial a cleaning.
With that, council adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

by John McNeily

NCL Council - Mill Rate must be harmonized and equalized by 2022

posted by Kathy Carr

The council of North Cypress Langford met on Monday, August 13 for their regular meeting. To start with, they sat as a public hearing to consider conditional use and variance orders.
The first variance order was proposed by Brian Michalenko on behalf of K.F. RailPorts Corp, who are applying to build a bulk fertilizer storage and sales facility for ADM Agri Industries. Their plan is to take advantage of ADM’s rail spur to service a facility that would receive bulk fertilizers by rail car, blend and distribute them to trucks. The planned capacity of the facility is 5000 Tonnes. It would utilize ADM’s existing road access, ad­ding to the traffic only the outbound fertilizer deliveries; the inbound would be by rail.
The original ADM facility was built when the area was zoned for agriculture, and was unrestricted as to the height and placement of the structures, but the zoning is now M-Industrial, which carries a maximum structure height of 30 feet. K.F. would like to build a storage building and bins 43 feet in height, served by a bucket elevator with a maximum height of 92 feet. This is considerably less than the adjacent bins and elevator which rise to considerably greater heights. Michalenko assured council that the facility was planned to be as dust-free as possible, and well away from adjacent farms and dwellings. The only variation would be for the heights of the structures.
The facility will em­ploy a minimum of two, and more in the busy seasons. Local craftsmen will be used wherever possible during construction. KF RailPorts hope to have as much of the construction as possible done before winter sets in, so time is of the essence.
The other public hearing was over Conditional Use order CU04-18, a request by Clint and Jen Wiebe to put a single-family rural non-farm dwel­ling on a 2.75 acre severed portion of NE11-14-16 WPM. The land contains a dugout and some natural wetlands, and the applicants wish to install a septic field. Manitoba Sus­tainable Development has indicated that it would approve a septic field if it can be located with sufficient setbacks from the wetlands, wells, and property lines. They would not oppose the filling of the dugout, but would not like to see the wetlands chan­ged. The Planning Officer is not sure the field’s setback from the wetlands will allow the dwelling to be located inside the normal setbacks of 125’ from the property lines at the road allowances.
A neighbour of the property, Sherry Grant, appeared before council to oppose the granting of the Conditional Use, on the grounds that it didn’t seem possible to locate the septic field far enough from the watercourse to avoid runoff into the creek that passes on downstream south of her property. She is also concerned that the dwelling would have to be placed so close to their shared property line as to be disagreeably near. Council thanked her for sharing her concerns.
Council returned to their regular meeting and welcomed a delegation from veterinarian Marie North, and from Cats TNR spokesperson Linda Desjardins. They came to discuss the growing problem of stray and feral cats in this as in many other municipalities. In particular, there have been problems in the Wellwood area. In a recent effort, Cats TNR took 38 cats from Wellwood, and despite that there has been sufficient frustration that some have taken such extreme measures as the use of inhumane and illegal traps and even firearms within the town boundaries. North points out that the present situation leaves people little recourse but to come to her and demand some action. She feels that the existence of the Animal Control By-law is not enough without some sort of enforcement. She and the volunteers of the TNR have put countless hours into the care and rehoming of stray and feral cats. TNR have spent $30,000 in fundraised money, and North has donated about $50,000 in professional services to neuter and care for cats this year. North points out that there is a very real danger of burn­out and “compassion fatigue,” as each case develops, and euthanasia becomes so often necessary. Small animal vets are among the most prone to suicide. Each volunteer is involved because of a love of the animals, and an endless round of strays and feral fosterlings can be cripplingly distressing. What she would most like to see is some viable animal control and subsidized neutering program. She would certainly be open to performing the surgeries at a negotiated price. A tax on intact animals would go a long way towards reducing the growth of the population. She pointed out that one intact female cat can be the source of as many as 200 animals over a two-year period.
The second presenter was Linda Desjardins of Cats TNR. She outlined the work that their group has done in the Wellwood area, and pointed to the rescue of seventeen cats in October of ’17, and 38 in June of ’18. She was incensed by the discovery of cats caught in illegal and inhumane leghold traps in the easily entered rink. The discovery of cats dead of bullet wounds in nearby dumpsters exposed the very real danger of firearms used in a built up area. She countered the claim that cats damage buildings with the advantages of the rodent control they provide. She pointed out that they had done a sweep of the Neepawa Fair Grounds and re­homed or found the owners of about two dozen cats, but sent eight feral animals back to the barns neu­tered, where they have been doing an excellent job of vermin control, as admitted by the Neepawa mayor. The policy of “catch and kill” doesn’t solve as many problems as it creates. New fertile animals take up the territory and the problem returns with them.
The small number of TNR volunteers is pre­sently caring for 62 cats. This is a problem that is large and is not going away. What is most needed from their viewpoint is a place to keep the animals; somewhere secure and heated.
Reeve Adriaansen thanked the presenters for their well-expressed concerns, and for the work that they have done already. He explained the difficulty that the Municipality has had filling the post of Animal Control Officer. The cost of salary, supplies and equipment can range very high, and reducing the offer makes the job unattractive. He offered to form a committee with the presenters to discuss ways to combat the problem. He agreed that there is no way that Dr. North should be expec­ted to assume the responsibility for the municipality’s strays, nor for tracing owners or collecting the fines that might be levied. Dr. North offered that what she does, she sees as her public service, but wishes to keep herself from overload.
CAO Jones pointed out that in the area served by the Carberry detachment the only peace officers available are the RCMP, whose duties do not allow them to spend much or any time on municipal by-law enforcement. It leaves the administration with little recourse but to write fierce letters, which is not the most effective means of animal control (particularly of feral animals, who don’t have mail service). Efforts are under way to create a by-law enforcement officer to be shared among nearby municipalities, but not enough prog­ress has yet been made.
Some of the problem at Wellwood came from a well-meaning citizen who undertook to put out feed for the animals, and thereby encouraged the swarm as well as opportunistic wildlife such as skunks. 
Desjardins explained that in the various areas of the country, animal control takes different forms. Some simply catch and euthanize; some set fines and fees that control the animals on a cost-recovery basis; some catch and spay/neuter, and some mandate “no breeding.”
She emphasized that this is a crisis that is not going away, and that those like herself, who have been addressing the problem on a volunteer basis are stretched to the point of burn-out. She welcomed the prospect of talks with members of council about what can be done, and expressed a feeling that “we made some prog­ress.”
There was another delegation, on a completely different matter. Wendy Wolfe and Dolores Mack­symchuk came from Mani­toba Municipal Relations to discuss the Special Service Levies for the various Recreation Districts. They also took the opportunity to discuss the whole matter of differential mill rates. At amalgamation, North Cypress and Langford opted to retain different mill rates for the maximum eight year period, but the understanding is that these must be harmonized and equalized by 2022. 
The use of different rates is just a transitional tool towards eventual equality.
The mechanism for equalization is to gradually remove expenditures from being allocated to the original districts, and put them over to the general ‘at large’ mill rate. So far this is happening a bit too slowly, and Wolfe and Macksymchuk had prepared a plan for moving forward on this problem, and a spreadsheet of the effects this would have on sample properties in the two districts. There is not going to be any extension of the authority to set differential mill rates.
Where there are differences in services among properties, the Municipal Act provides tax tools to ensure fairness. Chief among these are Special Service Levies, which allow the municipality to bill the costs of services only to those receiving them. At present, North Cypress Langford has three special service levies: recreation services in its five recreation areas (Brookdale-Oberon, Well­wood, Edrans, Langford and Carberry); garbage collection and landfill services in North Cypress; and dust control service in the Brookdale area. Each special service may be assessed by a number of methods — per parcel, by frontage, by acreage or by assessment — and the related expenses removed from the differential mill rate or the general mill rate, thus evening the ‘at large’ mill rate to what serves all ratepayers, and can properly be equalized.
Applying a constant mill rate to the different recreation areas has revealed some inequalities, as the separate rec boards each have different approaches to spending. Some spend less than their allocation and save the balance for special projects, some spend all their allocation and more. Each has different facilities and programs to fund. If there is to be equity, the special service levy must be tied to actual expenses. There is also a consideration whether the levy should continue as a mill rate of assessment, or be on a per property basis. Recreation needs are more closely tied to residential properties than to acreage or assessment. Catchment districts are also to be considered.
There are many things to be taken into account in drawing up the tax budgets for the coming years, and the deadline for equalizing the mill rate will be 2022 no matter what.
Council thanked Wolfe and Macksymchuk for their presentation, and returned to their regular meeting.
Returning to the Con­ditional Use application for the Wiebes, council discussed the application and the concerns raised by Sherry Grant at the public hearing. The proximity issues are hard to address where the two adjacent properties are on separate sections, assuming the proper setbacks are maintained. More troubling is the siting of the septic field relative to the existing watercourse, and for that, the expertise is with Manitoba Sus­tainable Development. Their ex­perts will have to approve the siting of a field, and if they are satisfied there should be no grounds for concern. The application was approved on condition that all the requirements of Manitoba Sustainable Development are met.
The application for a Variation Order for the ADM Industries proposed Bulk Fertilizer Facility was approved.
An application by Byron and Betty Steen to subdivide their 6.68 acre yard site at NE21-11-14WPM was approved, on condition that a Conditional Use order be granted allowing a single-family non-farm dwelling in an AG zone, and that a Minor Variation Order be obtained to slightly dec­rease the required minimum setbacks adjacent to a government road al­lowance for the dwel­ling, the barn and an accessory shed.
The August Financial Statement, accounts, and direct deposits totalling $1,108,833.96 were approved for payment.
Unfinished Business
Westlake Employment Skills and Services sent word that they have received their funding from the Town of Neepawa, and asked that North Cypress Langford forward their assessed support payment. Since the assessment takes into account actual use figures as well as gross population, it was accepted, and will be paid. 
The group asking to connect properties along Highway 16 east of Neepawa to the NCL water system needs to present evidence of interest in the area. To this end they will need a map of the area and have to do some direct canvassing. NCL’s present rate for a hookup is $16,400, and this will have to be supplemented by funding from higher levels of government to make the extension viable.
The CAO asked if she is to advertise at once for an animal control officer, and if so, what she should offer as incentive. Is it to be full or part time, or retainer plus call-out? Since a committee of council will be discussing just such matters with the morning’s presenters, it is too early to answer the questions, so it’s too early to advertise.
From the Joint Meeting
Council approved the enrollment of Nelli Sippel in the Municipal Emp­loyee Benefit Program and Blue Cross, effective July 25, 2018. Costs to be shared 50/50 between NCL and the Town of Carberry.
Council approved ACAO Trish Fraser to attend the Munisoft Refresher Course in Win­nipeg, October 15, 2018 at a cost of $175 plus lunch and mileage. Costs to be shared 50/50 bet­ween the Municipality and the Town.
Council approved the purchase of the Cemetery Administration program through Munisoft, at a cost of $1299, shared 50/50 between North Cypress Langford and the Town of Carberry.
General Business
Rates for the summer and winter use of a 2017 CAT 160M Grader were set at $224.40/hr. and $259.08/hr. respectively.
Council approved the donation of the municipal records to the Manitoba Archives. 
As part of the application process to the Public Utilities Board to raise the utility rates, ACAO Fraser has to send a deficit application, which will outline the present problems; the rate is unchanged since 2011, since then the rates paid to Neepawa have increased.  Currently NCL is charging a minimum fee based on the size of the meter the residents are using as well as an administration cost of $17 to cover the administration end of things.  This deficit application has to precede the application to adjust the water rates.
It is more than time to flush the main water lines. It is a job that is impossible to accurately quote, be­cause there is no way to know in advance what problems will be encountered, and what will be needed in the way of excavation and parts to correct them. A complete job may well cross the $100,000 threshold above which competitive tendering would normally be required. The problem is complicated by the fact that one contractor, Tim’s Plumbing & Heating, has become thoroughly familiar with the system in a way it would take competitors a long time to equal. Council is pleased with Tim’s work, and would rather not take the risks associated with a possible change. It was decided to ask Tim’s Plumbing & Heating to flush the main lines, and to spend no more than $30,000 in 2108. The money is to come from the Utility Reserve.
In cooperation with the Town of Carberry, council resolved to appoint Steve Denton as Fire Inspector for the Town and North Cypress Langford. His wage was set at $25 per hour, to be paid by the municipality in which he performs the inspections.
Public Sector Digest offers to find grants for which the municipality may apply for various projects. There are three levels of membership, at $290, $590, and $700 per year. It is unclear whether this is a service that can’t just as easily be performed by staff. No decision was taken.
A house in Brookdale burnt in 2011, but its site has been levied for the Brookdale sewer. As there is no building and no connection there, the levy has been removed from the tax bill. Similarly the lot will no longer be assessed for dust control.
Council opened a tendered chequing sub account for the perpetual care funds for the cemetery. This will serve to clarify the cemetery’s bookkeeping.
Added to the Agenda
As a result of a tree falling and blocking a machinery road some time ago, Brent Calvert has been accessing one of his fields through his yard site. The field is now leased for potatoes, and he would like to have the road cleared. It is short work for a cat, and Spud Plains has equipment there already, and will do the work for less than the cost to take the municipal cat there. Spud Plains will be approved to do the work.
The Office of the Fire Commissioner advises the municipality of an occupancy permit issued to Spud Plains Farms 
The Spruce Plains Detachment of the RCMP sent the July monthly statistics. Councillors noted that there has been an apparent increase in the frequency and seriousness of break-ins and truck thefts, with a busy season coming up. They asked if someone from the detachment could attend the next meeting to hear their concerns. The CAO will invite the detachment to send a delegation.
Prairie Benchmark sent word of their work restoring survey monuments in the municipality. 
Whitemud Watershed sent a request for a letter of support for water retention projects to come from the Lake Winnipeg Basin Fund. The municipality must offer in-kind services to assist with the projects, but may not be required to deliver on the offer. The letter was approved.
A request came from Water Resources to explain the 9” drain under PTH 464 at Brookdale, why it was installed and by whose authority. Norm Campbell, who was on the council at the time recalled that it was in 2011 (the flood year) that the drain was required to draw water off to the creek to the south. Permission was granted by the Highways department.
Around the Table
Councillor Tolton advised that the Canadian Forces are retiring 40 Leopard tanks, and are making them available for war memorials. He understands that a group may come to the next joint meeting to discuss acquiring one for this area.
Councillor Drayson noted that Grady Stephen­son had offered to put some summer students to work cleaning up the Lang­ford shop. Some work appears to have been done, but considerably more could be, if Grady could manage it.  Also, he knows of two ratepayers at Lake Irwin who are interested to be connected to the municipal water supply. The ACAO will proceed with the arrangements.
Reeve Adriaansen would like to see a second recycle bin placed at Brookdale. The present one is almost always overfilled.
The CAO presented the boundary agreement bet­ween NCL and the RM of Elton for signature, and noted that there will be a hearing of the Highway Traffic Board on August 29 in Brandon. Among the things to be discussed is the access to Highway 5 for the Lessard/CFB Shilo service road. She asked for someone from council to attend with her.
The reeve wound up the discussion by reminding everyone that in the next month we should all be very watchful on the roads for trucks and machinery involved in harvest, and particularly for the return of school buses to the roads as term restarts.
The meeting ended at 2:10 pm.

by John McNeily

Front Page for Monday, August 20, 2018

posted by Kathy Carr

Burn ban in effect

posted Aug 13, 2018, 9:15 AM by Kathy Carr

for Carberry & North Cypress-Langford residents effective August 9, 2018 at 8:00 am This includes fireworks, burn barrels and fire pits. Anyone who contravenes the burn ban is subject to a penalty and are also responsible for all costs incurred by the Municipality for fire protection and suppression operations should the fire department be called to extinguish the fire. Any questions, call the Municipal Office at 204-834-6600.

Machine de Cirque – not your average Circus

posted Aug 13, 2018, 9:14 AM by Kathy Carr

A covered RV with the Machine de Cirque logo on it rolls into Car­berry Fairgrounds on Monday afternoon. It takes a bit of negotiating, but technician Leondre and road manager Valerie find an angle to park at where the ground is level and there will be enough space for their lighting equipment and rollout stage to be set. Valerie lets me know that the cast will be arriving shortly to start setup.  Sure enough, a medium sized van appears; the cast comes out, lathers up with sunscreen and sets to work pulling rigging, lights, speakers, props, costumes, and instruments out piece by piece from the RV.  
The performers and two crew members work seamlessly in a routine that has clearly been carefully orchestrated to set up; all the lighting, sound equipment and con­vertible stage into the awe inspiring spectacle that is the modern circus show Truck Stop. They take four hours to transform a covered RV into an interactive set that portrays six different environments, they take a short break for food and water, and then start running their routines and getting ready to perform. 
The audience starts filtering in an hour before the performance is set to start. People begin setting chairs at a small distance from the rope stretched across the front of the performance area. The performers notice this and moments before the performance is about to start they encourage everyone to move closer to the stage and the crowd eagerly accepts this in­vitation.  
The intimacy of being so close to the acrobats as they perform their routines is exhilarating. The energy is electric and the crowd is captivated from the moment the performers begin flying around the interactive set. The show un­folds and through careful set design, contemporary movement in­tertwined with astonishing acrobatics the audience is being transported through time and space. It doesn’t matter what age you are or what experience you have with performance art; this show uses humor in a way that strikes a universal chord with any audience, so that anyone can understand and en­joy the performance.
The Machine de Cir­que performance of Truck Stop here in Ca­rberry was an amazing experience that the Carberry Plains Arts Council feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to provide for this community. We would like to thank Alan Christison, Bob from The Robin’s Nest, Meyer’s Meats, and Falk Pharmacy for everything they contributed to make this astounding performance happen here in Carberry.

by Amy Urquhart

Front Page for Monday, August 13, 2018

posted Aug 13, 2018, 9:12 AM by Kathy Carr

Improving physical literacy with Confi-dance Mini Camp

posted Aug 7, 2018, 9:20 AM by Kathy Carr

It’s no secret that young people today are being deprived of opportunities for physical literacy. A recent report com­piled by Healthy Together Now cites that not only is physical literacy imperative to a child’s physical development, but it also has a significant impact on their cognitive development as well, informing their ability to; process information, regulate emotions, problem solve and acquire new skills.  Phy­sical literacy alone is a very important piece of a child/adolescent’s development, so imagine an opportunity for physical literacy that not only inspires children to engage but also allows them to experience and understand other cultures in a way that leads them down the path of self discovery. 
Artistic director of Difini Dance Studio Productions Stephanie A.E. Strugar is all too familiar with utilizing cultural dance to get kids in touch with their bodies, emphatically connected to experiencing different cultures, and excited about striving with their peers toward a common goal. Step­hanie has been involved with a variety of community organizations in her home base of Winnipeg, helping to develop programming that engages groups such as; at-risk youth, newly arrived immigrants, and individuals of all ages with special needs and abilities.  She has always been passionate about celebrating diversity through her work with plus sized performers, being a plus sized performer herself she has always been interested in breaking the mold of audience expectations regarding what a beautiful performer should look and move like.  
When I first reached out to Stephanie in Sep­tember of 2017 about the possibility of her coming to Carberry to provide a summer program to local children and youth, and also mentor our local instructor Taylor Orc­hard who has steadily been developing programming for other surrounding communities, she immediately had me excited about what could be accomplished.  I was im­mediately drawn in by her energy, vision, and honesty.  When I gave her a clear picture of the op­portunities and needs I had identified within the community of Carberry within days she had the concept for Confi-dance Mini Camp worked out; a free program open to mothers and children of all ages using cultural dance, props, and an interactive/on demand for­mat that works with the needs and interests of participants in the moment. On Tuesday, July 24, when I obser­ved the two instructors working side by side; Step­hanie and local instructor Taylor Orc­hard, I was profoundly moved by how engaged and effected the kids were by working with these two talented ladies. The children who participated were so excited to try the variety of cultural dances they were presented with, when the emotion and meaning with regard to these dances was exp­lained; the execution seemed to reveal something unique about each child that wasn’t readily apparent when first meeting them.  Children I had known through the Carberry Plains Arts Council’s After School Arts program would light up and forget how cool they were as they fearlessly and un-self consciously threw themselves wholeheartedly into the choreography.  Taylor’s sweet and supportive instructional style beautifully contrasted Stephanie’s earnest and passionate immediacy. 
I attended the Mommy and Me in Motion class offered by the program with my autistic three year old and was amazed by how easily he connected with the other children when the ribbon props were introduced; the connection to the prop through movement seemed to momentarily liberate him from his sensory issues so he could be free to interact with the other children. The fun and fluid environment promoted by Stephanie Strugar and Taylor Orchard was just the kind of support I crave as a mother to a disabled child looking for opportunities to connect my child with his community.
I am so proud of the way Taylor Orchard has excelled through this journey with Stephanie A.E Strugar of Difini Dance Studio Produc­tions and also of the participants who invested everything they had in this opportunity for physical literacy, self-expression, and personal development.  Special thanks to Healthy Together Now and The Carberry and Area Com­munity foundation for their generous contributions to this valuable community programming.

by Amy Urquhart

Front Page for Monday, August 6, 2018

posted Aug 7, 2018, 9:19 AM by Kathy Carr

Crerar Stars With Magic

posted Jul 30, 2018, 9:48 AM by Kathy Carr

Cassie Crerar (14) is a very strong fastball pitcher with 16 U Westman Magic in the seven team Manitoba Super Ladies League, and has high ambitions to improve. She is the youngest player on the team. Her league play concludes this weekend and this is followed by provincial playoffs with hopes to advance to the nationals scheduled for Winnipeg.
Cassie will celebrate her 15th birthday October 16 and will enter grade 10 at Carberry Collegiate in September where she is a member of the principal’s honor roll with an average of 95%. She is a peer mentor and does enjoy badminton and volleyball. She also play the flute in the school band.
In her last pitching assignment, she blanked the Eastman Selects 8-0 at Blumberg Park in Winnipeg. The Magic won the second game 10-5 for a sweep. Her pitching repertoire includes a fastball (54-57 mph), a change up (35 mph), a drop ball, a riser and a curve. This requires a lot of practice which inc­ludes two to three weekly pitching sessions in a Brandon gym throughout the winter months. She is highly motivated to be the best that she can be with hopes to get a college scholarship.
Two of her biggest fans are parents, John and Cathy, while her Magic coaches, are Krista Carlisle, Cara Miller and Lindsay Hex­tall who speak highly of her. 
Carlisle, a former Neepawa teacher, said, “Cassie works hard, loves the game, is smart and a good kid. Cara Miller is her pitching coach.”
Crerar likes to play first base when not pitching and plans to play with the high school Cougars for the next three years. “We have a closely knit group of girls and should do well with more competition.” Cassie enjoys all her catchers but does pitch a lot to Lian Flett.
Some of her highlights this year include winning gold at Regina plus some key games with the Cougars, who won the Zone title in Neepawa (10-7) and their provincial opener at Winkler over Russell (6-2).
Cassie wears a mask and wrist guard to help guard against injury at this high level of fastball. She has been accepted recently by the Softball Academy in Winnipeg for Saturday practices October through March. Another recent experience was attending a scouting clinic in Fargo, N.D.
With plenty of skills, ambition, and support this young lady exhibits great potential.

by Gladwyn Scott

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