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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."
Royal Canadian Mounted Police accepted their first female troop 40 years ago in September 1974. Sergeant Joanne Ryll explains the Commiss
There was a single car collision on Stone Bridge Crossing shortly after 3:00 Thursday afternoon. Steinbach RCMP Corporal Kyle McFadyen ex
Update: Thursday 9:55 a.m. A little more information has been released regarding an RCMP takedown in Steinbach Wednesday. It occurred in
After eight years as Councillor for the Kleefeld area, Clif Bakx has decided to run for Reeve of Hanover. He will challenge incumbent Reev
The Hanover School Division trustee for the Grunthal ward is running for re-election. Andrew Wiebe was first elected in 2010 and says the
A rash of accidents at the intersection of Highway #52 West and Industrial Road has caught the attention of Steinbach city council. Counci
There are two candidates seeking the Ward Six seat in the Rural Municipality of Hanover. Doug Wiens has announced he wil
Emergency crews were called to Highway 206, 1 mile north of Highway 52 around 4:15 Wednesday afternoon. Steinbach RCMP Corporal Glen Bind
Steinbach residents have another 1.2 miles of walking and biking paths available to enjoy the outdoors. Head of Parks and Recreation Ru
Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Highway 311 and Highway 12 at Blumenort at approximately 20 minutes to noon Wednesday.
There will be no election for Mayor in Steinbach next month. Chris Goertzen is back by acclamation after no challengers came forward. He l
The specialized solar powered electric ELF bike has been received for one Mitchell resident. Annette Krahn organized a fundraiser in earl
Beausejour RCMP say alcohol and speed are believed to have been factors in a fatal crash Tuesday night. They report a vehicle was northbou
Members of the Steinbach Legion have voted in favour of selling the Legion Hall. In a vote Tuesday night, there were 27 members in favour
Steinbach city council Tuesday night denied a Variance that would have allowed the Tyson Method to operate well in excess of the city's Ho
It appears the curling season in Steinbach will start on time. Some members had expressed doubt the new curling rink would be ready for th
The new Emergency Room in Steinbach will soon be ready for use. Jan Gunness with Southern Health-Santé Sud says they will officially mak
Accident on Highway 52 and Industrial Road Tuesday afternoon Emergency crews responded to an accident at the intersection of Industrial Roa
Another candidate has come forward for Hanover School trustee in the Niverville/Bothwell/Kleefeld ward. Shannon Friesen of the New Bothwel
The structure in a daycare or school setting brings a higher realization of head lice due to the closer head-to-head proximity. Southern
Members of the Steinbach Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion will meet Tuesday night (tonight) to decide whether to sell their hall locate
The Hanover School Division is waiting until the end of the month to record its official attendance numbers for the 2014-15 school year as
Manitobans head to the polls October 22nd for the Municipal and School Board Election. The deadline to be added to the v
The Rural Municipality of Hanover has hired a Manager of Recreation and Community Services. Lisa Baldwin of Niverville will fill the posit
Sleeping in the KR Barkman Park and being outside of their comfort zones is what 55 Steinbach and area CEO's get to experience Thursday ni
Alexa 'Strong' Rose Maria Charriere while at the Edmonton Children's Hospital A fundraiser is being held on Wednesday at the Frantz Motor
An annual fundraising event in Morris came to an end on the weekend. The final MCC Relief-Auction sale was held at the Stampede Grounds af
RCMP say a driver has been charged following a collision Friday evening on Clear Springs Road, two miles east of Highway #12. It occurred
Hanover School Division will start implementing the 'Respect For Human Diversity' policy which was created as per the Public School's Act.
The Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization has received less than two dozen damage claims from the Steinbach and Niverville areas follow
Provencher MP Ted Falk is back in Ottawa today for the resumption of Parliament. Falk says he has had a very busy summer criss-crossing th
The Carillon Toastmasters club in Steinbach has reached a significant milestone; 35 years of continuous operation. Sheryl Berglund has bee
Grunthal Centennial Park was the sight of 'Family Fun Day' on Sunday. The event featured a chicken barbecue, slow pitch tournament, beach
When constituents in the Rural Municipality of Ste Anne take to the polls for October 22nd's municipal election, there will be a new name
The late spring and wet summer has made it a challenging year for the Diamond Aces Radio Control Club. The club is for model airplane fly
The Niverville pool fundraising committee will soon be ramping up its campaign to raise $1.7 million for an outdoor pool and splash park o
Niverville Deputy Mayor John Funk is seeking another four years on Niverville Council. Funk has been on council for 25 years, serving as
There was a three car collision shortly before noon Saturday. Kleefeld Fire Chief John Schroeder explains what happened. "There was a bi
Sprague RCMP undertook an ATV awareness initiative over the summer. The initiative was conducted by RCMP taking an ATV onto trails in the
The 69th edition of the Hanover Ag Fair was only one month ago, yet organizers are ready to sit down and make some major decisions for yea