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Steinbach city council voted 5-2 Tuesday evening to approve a Resolution calling on the province to review Bill 18, the proposed law against bullying. The motion was put forward by Councillor John Fehr.
"We oppose this Bill for the following two reasons. It is not specific as to what is perceived to be bullying and what the consequences are for those who choose to bully and it makes no provision for private schools and other schools to adhere to their faith principles."
Councillor Jac Siemens says, while he has concerns about Bill 18, he could not support the motion.
"It doesn't necessarily represent all the citizens in our community and, if we're going to take a stand as a council, we want to make sure we represent all facets of our community. But more importantly, this is not a situation that needs to be debated at city council. This is in the education field. If any councillor or any individual wants to oppose this, it is certainly their right to write a letter."
Councillor Cari Penner agrees and also voted against the motion because it does not represent the entire community.
Mayor Chris Goertzen says he can support the Resolution because it promotes a discussion that respects others' rights including religious freedom. He adds the letter he writes to the province will be inclusive of the opinions of all residents, not just the one group that has been very vocal on this matter.
"This motion says very specifically that we're going to express the concerns of the community and the concerns are actually quite diverse. We're going to make sure that we are inclusive in what we send to them and, at the same time, express the clear concerns that have been raised. We're really promoting a discussion that involves respect of others. We obviously would like the Minister to review the Bill to make sure it covers off religious freedoms and protection of religious freedoms as well as achieving the goal that is intended which is to eliminate bullying or reduce the amount of bullying that happens in all schools."
A Mennonite History professor from Steinbach says it's a bit of a misnomer that Steinbach and the RM of Hanover have traditionally been "d
Canada's International Development minister was in Arnaud Tuesday for round table discussions on global nutrition. Christian Paradis used
A longtime landmark in Steinbach is coming down. Jake's Husky, which has been at the corner of Highway #12 and Loewen Boulevard for almost
A fundraiser was held for a former unidentified firefighter during the Niverville Fire Department's open house. Fire Chief Keith Bueckert
Preparations for Pioneer Days in Steinbach are in high gear. Barry Dyck, Executive Director at Mennonite Heritage Village, says they are b
The Mayor of Ritchot says 2014 has been a slower year for construction in the municipality. Bob Stefaniuk says from January 1st to June 3
More than eighty riders took part in a motorcycle procession Tuesday in honour of the late John Friesen. The 63 year old, who co
While a few donations are still trickling in, the Anna's House Baby Bottle Drive has come to a close. The drive raised around $4,000 this
After a fire claimed the barn at Sunny Glade Farms near Blumenort on May 4, 2013 they have since rebuilt and are once again in pro
After three decades as a Councillor in the Rural Municipality of La Broquerie, Cornie Goertzen has decided to run for head of council. "O
The Reeve of Hanover says there's a plan in place to make Kleefeld's Main Street more aesthetically pleasing. Stan Toews says the municip
New trading post area (Photos by Richer Rodeo) People in Richer are working together to make their second annual rodeo bigger and better th
There will be a motorcycle procession in Steinbach Tuesday morning in honour of the late John Friesen. Friesen, who co-o
Ste Anne Council has approved a new subdivision on the east side of the town. The new development will total 118 lots over three st
With competitors from three different provinces, the Marchand Rodeo drew quite a crowd in its fifth year. The Marchand Rodeo is the reign
A man from Mitchell says he witnessed quite a spectacle on his yard the other day. Quintin Giesbrecht says a swarm of bees flew on to one
Steinbach RCMP caught three impaired drivers over the weekend. On Saturday at 1 a.m. a vehicle was stopped by officers on Highway #52, just
Motorists travelling on Highway #52 between Steinbach and La Broquerie can expect another week of road construction. Larry Halayko, the Di
The head engineer for the City of Steinbach says the intersection of Highway #12 at Park Road will not be as safe as it could be because o
Fewer building permits have been issued year-to-date for 2014 in the RM of La Broquerie than in the last two years. Reeve Claude Lussier
The fourth year of Community Futures Triple R's 'Biz Camp' wrapped up in St Malo Saturday afternoon. Biz Camp is designed to give kids ag
A storm system passing over the southeast generated a tornado warning Saturday evening. Environment Canada reports an eye witness saw a f
The Hanover Fire Chiefs Association is expanding its fire prevention program into two communities. Paul Wiebe explains this public educati
Residents living on Heritage Trail and First Avenue North in Niverville will likely see some construction in the coming months. The two r
The Odd Job Squad is a program through the Eastman Employment Centre that helps youth gain work experience during the summer. Engagement
Children ages five to twelve are participating in the Steinbach Art Council's annual Summer Art Day Camps. Camp Director Chelsey Hiebert
Through six months, 2014 is looking like a strong year for housing in the Town of Ste Anne. Ste Anne Mayor Bernie Vermette says they have
A funnel cloud was visible in the sky near St Pierre Friday afternoon. Mike Greenwood explains what he saw. "I'm the superintendent at M
Staff at Anna's House in Steinbach are gearing up for their big move. Executive Director Vicki Olatundun says the family resource centre w
Report of a theft was received by the Steinbach RCMP. Police say a 2009 Suzuki King ATV and a 2006 Continential utility trailer were sole
Steinbach Police and Fire crews were called to a fridge fire at the Pizza Hut in Steinbach at 11:40 Friday morning. Assistant Chief Mike
More summer weather could be on the way for southern Manitoba. That, according to Senior Climatologist Dave Phillips with Environment Cana
On August 1st, Niverville residents will no longer be able to use the RM of Richot's landfill. Niverville Council has been inform
The intersection in front of Grace Mennonite Church in Steinbach is undergoing a significant alteration. Third street from Mckenzie to Bar
"This is the first time I've ever heard of something like this." Those are the words of Liz Stephenson, a spokesperson with the Liquor an
It appears some gardens in the Steinbach area are having a banner year while others are lagging behind. That's the word from Hans Steinman
The Ste Anne Police Department is the recipient of a $2,000 donation from Ste Anne Minor Hockey. Police Chief Marc Robichaud says they ha
This motorist Thursday afternoon ended up on the boulevard along Brandt Street. No word on what caused the mishap. Emergency personnel wer
A charity barbeque in downtown Steinbach Wednesday raised hundreds of dollars for the southeast chapter of Habitat For Humanity. In fact,
Marchand is gearing up for its annual Ranch Rodeo this weekend. Spokesperson Tyler Wiens explains the difference between Ranch Rodeo and a