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Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen has cancelled his Twitter account. He says he did so after getting some nasty comments about his position on Bill 18, the anti-bullying legislation.
"I wasn't getting a huge amount of negative feedback on Twitter but the type of comments that I was getting off of Twitter, in particular, were quite negative. They were in some ways somewhat abusive. I was concerned more because I have a young child at home and it would be very easy for him to check on an application on an iPad, for example, and see these sort of comments. He can read now and I didn't want him to be reading these sorts of things,"
Goertzen urges folks on both sides of the issue to be respectful in their comments so there can be a productive debate.
Meanwhile, Goertzen says he has received more than 8,000 e-mails opposing the Bill in its present form. He notes the discussion has now moved to Winnipeg and he's getting a lot of feedback from people there.
"Certainly the media perception is that this debate is limited to Steinbach. I would disagree with that from my own personal experience. What I would say is that this debate started significantly in Steinbach, I think that is correct. But I have seen, over the last couple of weeks, it has really shifted to Winnipeg. There are some very large churches in Winnipeg, Church of the Rock, Springs, that were talking about Bill 18 this weekend. So the volume of emails I'm getting now from Winnipeg has increased significantly about concerns about Bill 18."
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A Hanover School Trustee candidate is hoping voters will consider her experience on boards when casting their vote October 22nd. Kathi Be
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Parliament resumed sitting last Monday and Provencher MP Ted Falk says there is an upbeat feeling in the Conservative caucus. He notes man
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A woman from Steinbach is asking city council to change its By-Law for portable food vendors such as hot dog carts. Kathy Loewen says the
Construction on Kokomo Road has started on the north side of Highway 52. Kokomo Road may not have available access on Saturday or Sunday
The Chair for the Hanover School Board has announced she is not seeking re-election this fall. Ward One Trustee Marilyn
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Royal Canadian Mounted Police accepted their first female troop 40 years ago in September 1974. Sergeant Joanne Ryll explains the Commiss
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After eight years as Councillor for the Kleefeld area, Clif Bakx has decided to run for Reeve of Hanover. He will challenge incumbent Reev
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