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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."
Students from Southwood School had a lesson in waste management today. Tour guide and Head of Steinbach's Public Waste Department, Eldon W
There was a two vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon near Blumenort. Two cars collided at the intersection of Highway 12 and Provincial Ro
Crews come to the aid of a crane that landed in the ditch Tuesday morning along the Trans Canada Highway east of Winnipeg.
A local skywatcher says if there's no cloud cover Tuesday night we could be in for quite a treat. Ken McAllister of Steinbach says the ann
The Steinbach Fire Department was called to a location near Blumenort Monday night. Chief Kel Toews explains what happened. "The call cam
Steinbach RCMP caught an impaired driver Sunday evening. The motorist was pulled over on Highway #52, two miles west of Mitchell at 9:15 p
A man who moved from Ukraine a month ago says Steinbach is a much more honest community than what he's used to. In March, 29 year old Dmit
The City of Steinbach has started outdoor spring cleaning. Randy Reimer, head of Public Works, says the street sweeper was put into operat
Steinbach city council last week approved a By-Law to enact the 2014 Realty and Education Tax Levy. Brian Hrehirchuk, the city's Director
A Steinbach woman completed the Boston Marathon Monday. Thirty year-old Stephanie Gerbrand finished the 26.2 mile race in a time of four h
The Red River has now crested near Ste.Agathe. In its latest flood bulletin, the province says the Red River upstream of the floodway inle
On Thursday Mennonite Heritage Village is hosting a volunteer orientation. Development Coordinator Natasha Lapeire says they offer a uniqu
Fire officials say an electrical problem led to a blaze that destroyed a home in Lorette Saturday evening. All the occupants of the house
More Francophone Manitobans will be allowed to vote in Manitoba's french school division during the 2014 school board election this fall.
The Steinbach Christian High School is just a high school no more. The private school will be adding kindergarten to grade four students i
Mayor Chris Goertzen expects the construction sector in Steinbach is about to get very busy now that the weather is warming up. He says th
The Reeve of Hanover says a group of municipalities in the southeast continues to work together on wastewater initiatives. The group is un
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