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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 third annual Niverville Collegiate Institute Middle Years Science Fair was held on Thursday. Roughly 150 students had their projects
Thousands of Christians throughout southeastern Manitoba will participate in church services and family gatherings today to celebrate East
Every year since the mid 1990's, an Easter Sunday sunrise service has been held at Grace Mennonite Church. This year was no excepti
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger The province is funding 10 more RCMP officers in Manitoba. Premier Greg Selinger says the investment is p
“They told me right from the get go that I won’t beat this – that this would do me in.” Gillian Friesen’s cancer journey began
A Grade 5 student at Shevchenko School in Vita has had to spend the last two weeks at home because his mother refuses to have him vaccinat
This Good Friday members of the Steinbach Mennonite Church took part in a prayer walk through the streets of Steinbach. Pastor Heiko Giesb
A special Easter service will be held Saturday evening at the Chortitz Church in Randolph. The RM of Hanover moved in January to give the
Kleefeld School completed two fundraising programs and began a third on Thursday. The first program was run through the school's social j
Students at Stonybrook Middle School took some time to be kind to one another this week. The school combined a couple different anti-bully
Eight grade eleven students at Niverville Collegiate Institute worked together to paint a large mural inside the school entrance. The mur
RCMP have made an arrest in an unusual theft at Walmart in Steinbach. The incident occurred April 1st. A male stole a magnetic key that's
RCMP are seeking tips regarding a theft that occurred in Steinbach last Saturday, April 12th. Culprits broke into a vehicle parked at the
The Chief Executive Officer at Steinbach Credit Union likes what he sees at the construction site of their new building along Main Street.
The annual financial report from the Jake Epp Library caught city council's attention this week. The library ended 2013 with a $60,0
St Pierre RCMP are searching for 16 year-old Toni Rose Linklater. Linklater was last seen Monday evening wearing a black jacket and black
The Ebola Virus has already swept through 7 countries in Africa including Liberia, a country where Samaritan's Purse has been active for 1
A young girl and her closest friends are collecting dimes at school this week for Relay for Life. Marissa Friesen has relayed before
After years of planning, the Town of Niverville released the details of a proposed outdoor pool for the community Tuesday evening. The po
The Seine/Rat River Conservation District is hoping to attract a lot of people to the Tourond Creek Discovery Centre. It has been develope
Steinbach Progressive Conservative Member of the Legislature Kelvin Goertzen signs the book of condolences in the foyer of the Manitoba Le
A spokesperson for Hanover says it's her opinion the school division does a great job of welcoming newcomers to the region. Val Schellenbe
Steinbach city council approved a Motion Tuesday to apply for another RCMP officer for the city detachment. Councillor Cari Penner made th
A look at the Ste. Anne Hospital new operating room. The Ste. Anne Hospital Fund raised $35,000 through their on-line auction this y
A pet adoption fair was held in Steinbach over the weekend. Organizer Sonia Christ says the fair took place on Friday and Saturday,
A first-of-its-kind luncheon fundraiser for the SOS: Sharing Our Stories of Recovery from Mental Illness program was held in Steinbach on
The Southeast ATV Association held its annual general meeting on Saturday. At the meeting, Gary Gebhardt was re-elected as President for
Crews from Manitoba Hydro are installing some new light standards Tuesday along Brandt Street between Reimer and Friesen Avenues.
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"Our students made us very proud on Thursday." That is how Kim Poirier, Vice Principal at Steinbach Regional Secondary School summed up t
Every Tuesday evening, the basement of the Steinbach Fire Hall is transformed into a scenario that would make most of us cringe with fear:
The Reeve of Hanover says the community of Blumenort has passed one more hurdle in its effort to build a splash park. According to the Ru
The Steinbach and Area Lions Club held a 40th anniversary celebration Saturday evening. The club held a dinner party for roughly 13
For the second year in a row, St Pierre's Sugaring Off Festival had a great year despite a poor maple water harvest. Last year the festiv
Volunteers from the Steinbach Curling Club spent the day Saturday cleaning out the old rink and removing signs before the building is demo
Steinbach RCMP are asking for tips regarding a couple of break-ins over the weekend. One occurred Friday night or early Saturday near Zho
Steinbach RCMP arrested two impaired drivers over the weekend. Responding to a tip Friday evening at 10:00, officers sto
A man from the Tourond area is receiving provincial recognition. The Manitoba Historical Society invited all municipalities in the provinc
Steinbach city council plans to bring back an incentive program to stimulate the development of more senior's housing in the city. It offe
Since becoming a community owned team, the Steinbach Pistons have put together back-to-back successful financial seasons. The Pistons pla