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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."
The Kleefeld, New Bothwell and Grunthal fire departments took part in some joint training exercises over the weekend. It was the fi
The Hanover School Division is exploring the idea of no longer offering grade 9 in its schools in New Bothwell, Blumenort, Mitchell and Kl
Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen says the Cities Caucus of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities is continuing to press Ottawa to commi
If all goes according to plan, curlers in Steinbach will be throwing rocks at the new rink in a week. That, according to Steinbach Operati
Providence University College received a large donation to be put towards the school's soccer pitch from TransCanada Pipelines Friday afte
poses with the Friday afternoon Literacy Upgrading Computer class. Minister of Multiculturalism and Literacy, Flor Marcelino, visited
Emergency crews were called to the scene of Grace Mennonite Church in Steinbach Saturday evening. Steinbach Deputy Fire Chief Ron Chausse
The Mayor of Steinbach says the city needs a downtown grocery store. Chris Goertzen says on February 28, 2013, Extra Foods turned the lig
Red Rock Bible Camp and Roseau River Bible Camp directors say they had an excellent summer. Roseau River Director Duane Goertzen notes th
Steinbach Christian High School was host to the fifth annual Grandparents Day. Grandparents of all 27 students were able to spend Friday m
The Province of Manitoba says the number of home school students in the Southeast is on the rise. Although the 2014 enrolment number
Provencher Liberal candidate Terry Hayward feels the Harper Conservative Government was too hasty in sending the Canadian Air Force into t
Canadian Blood Services says there has been a wonderful response in the Steinbach and Niverville areas after it issued a special plea for
The advance poll in the Steinbach city council election Thursday drew 317 voters. That's up slightly from the 274 voters who cast ballots
Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach is now officially open. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this week opening the twenty thousand squ
Steinbach Regional Secondary School held it's annual Options Day Thursday. Grade 12 Guidance Counsellor Michael Thiessen explains Options
Anna Meneer is running for Hanover School Division Trustee in the newly created Ward 1 of Niverville, Kleefeld, New Bothwell and Crystal S
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A car and a semi collided at the intersection of Main Street and Highway #12 just before 7:00 Thursday morning. Steinbach Assistant Deputy
"There's no question that we would be concerned about that." Those are the words of Randy Dueck, Superintendent for Hanover School Divisi
Advance polls are taking place today in the Steinbach city council and Hanover school board elections. The polling stations are set up at
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This morning concluded the third annual Green Valley School thanksgiving food drive. Vice-Principal Rachel Thiessen says the final tally
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Niverville Council Candidates were asked about emergency services at a Candidate Forum hosted by the Niverville Chamber of Commerce. Here
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Manitoba Hydro says an electrical outage here in the southeast Monday was likely caused by farm equipment. Public Affairs Manager Scott Po
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The voters of Steinbach are giving some clear messages to city council candidates as they campaign for the October 22nd civic election. Th
Friday will mark the two year anniversary of the closure of the Emergency Room in Vita. ER services became temporarily unavailable October
Collection of non-perishable food items for South East Helping Hands starts on Tuesday. Spokesperson for Farm Credit Canada Wade Nerbas e