Summer road re-cap

By David Portelance

      Media Relations Officer

Summer has come to an end in our province and even though it appeared to go by quickly, RCMP officers were kept very busy ensuring the safety on Manitoba roads.

From Victoria Day long weekend to Labour Day long weekend (May 16-Sept. 1), Manitoba RCMP issued approximately 10,000 tickets for provincial traffic charges. Roughly 6,300 of those tickets were issued for speeding offences alone, while several were issued for driving 50 kilometres per hour over the speed limit. RCMP also charged 489 individuals with Criminal Code impaired driving-related charges and issued an additional 263 alcohol and drug-related administrative suspensions, which vary in length from 24 hours for a first offence to 15-60 days for those with multiple offences.

Unfortunately, during that time frame, RCMP responded to 28 fatal motor vehicle collisions which resulted in 30 deaths. Although those numbers are down from the same period of time in 2013, (43 fatal motor vehicle collisions and 51 deaths), there is always room for improvement.

RCMP is challenging the public for the fall season to experiment: drive within the speed limit, buckle-up, drive sober and be aware of your surroundings while behind the wheel.

Results: Arrive alive and save money!

Home care — living with independence in your home

By Monica Truffyn

      Communications Coordinator

The MacKalskis have lived in their home for 40 years but when Bob became ill last year and ended up in the hospital, he didn’t know if he would ever be able to return. But with the help of home care and his wife Marlene, Bob is living comfortably in his home.  

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Bullying — everyone’s responsibility

By Mary Hall 

Director

Students throughout the province headed back to school with anticipation – excited to meet their new teachers and re-connect with friends. For most young people this was a positive experience; unfortunately for others, feelings of anxiety and fear as a result of bullying re-emerged. It is timely to gain a better understanding of this problem and share strategies to prevent it. Measures already in place include Manitoba’s Safe Schools Legislation and Bullying Prevention Action Plan, as well as numerous policies, programs and resources. The prevention of bullying requires a continued, concerted effort by government, schools, homes and the broader community. 

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Weather affects park entrants

By Jessie Bell

Due to excessive rainfall, activities varied at the nearby provincial park during the May 9-Sept. 7 season. Due to the rising water in Lake Wahtopanah, the lower camping sites were closed during part of July; however, kids loved running through three to four inches of water along the flooded sandy beach. District park supervisor James Lockie reported the park was full again in August, with skaters from the hockey school in Rivers. 

A number of improvements have been made or are scheduled for Rivers Provincial Park. Workers at the park created a drive-through site where two small sites were made into a large one, and some others are being lengthened to accommodate bigger recreation vehicles. Plans also include the extension of water services and electricity to the older sites.

A total of 30 bright-blue recycling bins were placed throughout the campground. A new concrete slab was poured at the boat launch and plans are underway for construction of a nearby fish-cleaning shack. In an attempt to discourage ATV operators from using the gravel pits, the park was fenced to include the pits. Lockie also noted the rapid growth of shrubs which had been planted between lots in the newer development at the start of the 2011 season.

My Fair Lady coming to Strathclair stage

By Courtney Newton

      Publicity Director

My Fair Lady tells the story of the over-confident Professor Higgins and his experiment that attempts to transform a cockney girl, Eliza, into a proper-speaking lady.

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