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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."
With competitors from three different provinces, the Marchand Rodeo drew quite a crowd in its fifth year. The Marchand Rodeo is the reign
A man from Mitchell says he witnessed quite a spectacle on his yard the other day. Quintin Giesbrecht says a swarm of bees flew on to one
Steinbach RCMP caught three impaired drivers over the weekend. On Saturday at 1 a.m. a vehicle was stopped by officers on Highway #52, just
Motorists travelling on Highway #52 between Steinbach and La Broquerie can expect another week of road construction. Larry Halayko, the Di
The head engineer for the City of Steinbach says the intersection of Highway #12 at Park Road will not be as safe as it could be because o
Fewer building permits have been issued year-to-date for 2014 in the RM of La Broquerie than in the last two years. Reeve Claude Lussier
The fourth year of Community Futures Triple R's 'Biz Camp' wrapped up in St Malo Saturday afternoon. Biz Camp is designed to give kids ag
A storm system passing over the southeast generated a tornado warning Saturday evening. Environment Canada reports an eye witness saw a f
The Hanover Fire Chiefs Association is expanding its fire prevention program into two communities. Paul Wiebe explains this public educati
Residents living on Heritage Trail and First Avenue North in Niverville will likely see some construction in the coming months. The two r
The Odd Job Squad is a program through the Eastman Employment Centre that helps youth gain work experience during the summer. Engagement
Children ages five to twelve are participating in the Steinbach Art Council's annual Summer Art Day Camps. Camp Director Chelsey Hiebert
Through six months, 2014 is looking like a strong year for housing in the Town of Ste Anne. Ste Anne Mayor Bernie Vermette says they have
A funnel cloud was visible in the sky near St Pierre Friday afternoon. Mike Greenwood explains what he saw. "I'm the superintendent at M
Staff at Anna's House in Steinbach are gearing up for their big move. Executive Director Vicki Olatundun says the family resource centre w
Report of a theft was received by the Steinbach RCMP. Police say a 2009 Suzuki King ATV and a 2006 Continential utility trailer were sole
Steinbach Police and Fire crews were called to a fridge fire at the Pizza Hut in Steinbach at 11:40 Friday morning. Assistant Chief Mike
More summer weather could be on the way for southern Manitoba. That, according to Senior Climatologist Dave Phillips with Environment Cana
On August 1st, Niverville residents will no longer be able to use the RM of Richot's landfill. Niverville Council has been inform
The intersection in front of Grace Mennonite Church in Steinbach is undergoing a significant alteration. Third street from Mckenzie to Bar
"This is the first time I've ever heard of something like this." Those are the words of Liz Stephenson, a spokesperson with the Liquor an
It appears some gardens in the Steinbach area are having a banner year while others are lagging behind. That's the word from Hans Steinman
The Ste Anne Police Department is the recipient of a $2,000 donation from Ste Anne Minor Hockey. Police Chief Marc Robichaud says they ha
This motorist Thursday afternoon ended up on the boulevard along Brandt Street. No word on what caused the mishap. Emergency personnel wer
A charity barbeque in downtown Steinbach Wednesday raised hundreds of dollars for the southeast chapter of Habitat For Humanity. In fact,
Marchand is gearing up for its annual Ranch Rodeo this weekend. Spokesperson Tyler Wiens explains the difference between Ranch Rodeo and a
Residents of Hanover will not be voting in a liquor referendum October 22nd. Reeve Stan Toews says the municipality had been getting every
Citizens on Patrol Steinbach (COPP) initiated the 'Speedwatch' program in Steinbach Wednesday afternoon. Several COPP members set up a ra
Steinbach has its fourth candidate for Hanover School Trustee in the October election. Her name is Julie Loupin. She has served on the Par
The Steinbach Fire Department was called to Blumenort at 11:00 Wednesday night. Chief Kel Toews says there was a vehicle fire on Country Lan
The Friedensfeld Community Hall was vandalized this week. Graffiti was painted both on the building and the Friedensfeld Park sign behind
Police are investigating an ATV theft near Marchand. Steinbach RCMP report an orange 2014 Polaris Ranger 900 XP was stolen from a propert
The director of Roseau River Bible Camp says volunteers and seasonal staff are working tirelessly again this summer to offer campers an ex
Steinbach continues to be the number one region for home sales in the province. That, according to Peter Squire, MLS Market Analyst with W
The Executive Director of the Steinbach Arts Council has added her voice to the many who are remembering John Friesen, who co-owned Friese
Police are investigating a break, enter and theft near Paradise Village. Steinbach RCMP were called to a storage trailer on July 22, 2014
Photo courtesy Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition The 51st Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition in Morris is now history. Manitoba's biggest rode
"What really stands out for me about John is that he was just a totally passionate person." Those are the words of Earl Unger, Pastor at
A doctor with Southern Health-Santé Sud is urging us to protect our skin from the sun. Chief Medical Officer, Doctor Denis Fortier, says
The Seine-Rat River Conservation District wants to get more people engaged in improving waterways here in the southeast. District Manager