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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."
Police need your help in finding those responsible for a vandalism spree in Steinbach. RCMP report two camper trailer businesses along Hi
Two members of the Royal Family are coming to Manitoba next month. Dwight MacAulay, Chief of Protocol for the province, says Prince Charle
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Council for the Rural Municipality of Hanover has made a decision regarding a proposed dog breeding kennel northeast of Mitchell. Johann
Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen is continuing to push the Health Minister to reinstate full STARS air ambulance service as soon as possible.
A local Master Gardener is encouraged by the province's recent ban on pesticides. The Manitoba Government introduced legislation Tuesday t
Niverville council has approved the town's 2014 budget. The mill rate will be dropping slightly from 13.3 to 12.6 mills, and Councillor M
The Manitoba Government introduced legislation Tuesday that would restrict the use of synthetic chemical pesticides. The bill would forbid
Council for the Rural Municipality of Hanover could make a decision as early as Wednesday concerning a proposed dog breeding kennel northe
The Reeve of La Broquerie says it's been a very good spring as far as the snow melt is concerned. Claude Lussier says, despite a heavy sno
The snow has disappeared quite rapidly in recent weeks and a seed grower at Ste. Anne expects we'll see local farmers on their fields in e
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
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This Good Friday members of the Steinbach Mennonite Church took part in a prayer walk through the streets of Steinbach. Pastor Heiko Giesb
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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
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