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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."
With many cottage owners heading back to their summer getaways this weekend, the province has put out a reminder that bears have awoken fr
There was a drug bust in Steinbach Friday morning. At around 9:30 am, RCMP responded to a domestic assault in Steinbach. While at t
A spokesperson for Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach says what's been going on at the museum this week is almost like a very mini ve
The topic of composting came up at Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen's latest Open Door session on Friday. Goertzen says a number of residen
Over 450 students swarmed the streets of Niverville Wednesday afternoon. Following an appreciation barbeque lunch, the students took to t
After nearly 26 years as a firefighter and 16 years as Niverville Fire Chief, Ferd Klassen is retiring. Klassen has been the Fire Chief s
May Long traditionally has a reputation of being one of the wettest weekends of the year. So wet it keeps campers from pitching thei
RCMP are seeking public assistance in identifying two males who were involved in some mischief at McDonalds restaurant in Steinbach Wednes
Police have released photos of a suspect who is wanted for theft at the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission outlet in Steinbach on April 27
Police are looking for a stolen sport utility vehicle. Steinbach RCMP report the 2005 Ford Excursion was parked on Therrien Street in Rich
Steinbach Progressive Conservative MLA Kelvin Goertzen says his party is having success in stalling Bill 20. That's the legislation which
About two dozen businesses have signed up for a Steinbach Chamber of Commerce promotion called "Sales in the City". Chamber Executive Assi
A local green thumb says the prolonged winter has thrown off some of the historical do's and don'ts when it comes to gardening. "It's a f
Those who are planning to do some camping, gardening or relaxing this May long weekend can expect precipitation and lots of it. "We'
It was no ordinary Garbage and Recycling Day Five in Steinbach this past Tuesday. Winds gusting up to 80 kilometres per hour sent ga
Two different projects received grants from the provincial government this year for community places. The small tire park at Southwo
An associate pastor at Southland Church says they expect to complete work this week on a massive playground structure at the Steinbach Soc
When Robert Ross was asked to attend the monthly Legion meeting, he didn't think anything of it. When the meeting finished and ever
A spokesperson with Manitoba Parks says the slow melt may be a factor in why campsites are slow to fill for the May Long Weekend. "It's p
Steinbach residents were caught off guard earlier Wednesday afternoon when they saw a 50 passenger regional jet fly approximately one thou
RCMP are investigating a pricey theft in Blumenort. Police were informed Tuesday that someone had broken into an enclosed Manitoba Hydro w
Steinbach RCMP are looking for a vehicle that did some damage at the La Broquerie Hotel. Police say they were told on Tuesday that someone
A number of firearms have been stolen in a break-in near Richer. RCMP report it occurred Tuesday a mile northwest of the community. The re
The leader of the Manitoba Conservative Party says he's not overly concerned by the lack of competition for the Tory nomination in the Mor
Brian and Roger Schellenberg recently sold their family business Schellenberg's in Kleefeld. The store had been a part of their family sin
A Family Medicine Training Centre is being created at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach with funding from the province announced last week. S
Cancer Care Manitoba is reminding people to take care in the sun this summer. Elizabeth Harland is a Cancer Prevention Project Coordinator
Fire departments in New Bothwell, Kleefeld, Grunthal and Steinbach were all busy Tuesday battling fires. From tree fires to grass fires, at
Manitoba Hydro reports many customers in the province have been without power for parts of Tuesday due to strong winds. Spokesperson Glen
A unique play is coming to Steinbach Wednesday night sponsored by the Mennonite Central Committee and El Dad Ranch near Steinbach. Ron Jan
The final results are in for the 6th annual Run For Mom, held Sunday in Steinbach. The top three finishers in each category are as follow:
About 50 people turned out for a public information meeting in Dominion City last week to hear more about a seniors housing proposal.
STARS Air Ambulance will now have a presence on the ground. The organization needed a couple of vehicles for the services that the
The City of Steinbach plans to stay on top of the mosquito situation again this year. Russ Dyck, head of Parks and Recreation, says their
Homeowners in St. Pierre can expect an average tax increase of about $35.00 this year. Mayor Denis Fillion says a new budget was introduce
Shannon Martin The Manitoba Conservative Party has its candidate in place for an upcoming by-election in the constituency of Morris. Shanno
An old dairy barn went up in flames Monday afternoon southeast of Grunthal. Grunthal Fire Chief Paul Wiebe says fire crews from Grunthal
Steinbach Fire Chief Mark Loewen calls it a mystery. He's referring to Monday afternoon's fire at Reimer Overhead Doors, which is three m
St. Pierre Big-Way Foods is throwing the Canadian pharmaceutical world into shock with their new pharmacy, which will open it's doors this
A car full of youths ended up in police custody in Steinbach early Saturday morning. RCMP say they received reports just after midnight o