Under The Dome

Due to the blackout on government announcements during
the recent St. Boniface by-election, I was unable to write a
column that detailed some of the good things that have
happened in the Riding Mountain constituency.

I am pleased to announce that several projects have been
funded in the constituency by the Department of Sport,
Culture and Heritage over recent weeks.
The Beef & Barley Festival, held every October in Russell,
was awarded an operational grant of $2,069 under the
Community Festivals and Events program.
Two area regional libraries received operational grants.
Minnedosa was awarded $36,423, while Rapid City received
The Classic Garden Inc. in Birtle received funding of $404
to support Spring Classes at the Theatre.
The Shell Valley Romanian and Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Cemetery was awarded $5,097 under the Heritage Grants
Phase 1 of the Open Air Museum on Russell’s Main Street
was granted $10,000 under the Heritage Grants Program.

Green Team funding was awarded to nearly every town and
municipality in the Riding Mountain constituency for
grounds maintenance, conservation, community
beautification and childrens and youth recreation projects.
A total of $78,336 from the Department of Municipal
Relations was divided between the Binscarth Park and Pool,
Cardale Sports Committee, Little Saskatchewan River
Conservation District, Minnedosa & District Recreation
Commission, Municipality of Russell-Binscarth, Oak River
Community Association, Prairie View Municipality, Rural
Municipality of Ellice-Archie, Rural Municipality of
Oakview, Rural Municipality of Yellowhead, Rossburn
Recreation Commission, Town of Minnedosa, Riverdale
Municipality and the Riverdale Recreation Commission.

Prairie View Municipality has received $1,500 under the
Dutch Elm Disease Management Program administered by
the Department of Sustainable Development.

Several residents and former residents of the Riding
Mountain constituency have been appointed to boards by the
Provincial Government.
Harold Reid of Brandon was appointed to a two-term on the
board of Manitoba Hydro. Reid, who grew up in Isabella, is
a Chartered Professional Accountant with Sensus
Partnership of Chartered Accountants.
David Klassen of Russell, a licensed funeral director with
Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service, was appointed to a threeyear
term as a member of the six-person Funeral Board of
The Board is committed to enhancing funeral and cemetery
services within a fair, ethical and transparent marketplace.
Bryan Purdy of Winnipeg, who is the son of the late Ron and
Margaret Purdy of Shoal Lake, was appointed to a one-year
term on the board of directors of the newly-created Crown
corporation Efficiency Manitoba.
The mission of Efficiency Manitoba is to reduce power costs
Manitobans pay and to deliver improved energy saving
programs, in a cost-effective manner.
Jim Irwin of Lake Audy is one of eight members appointed
to the Expert Advisory Council for the Climate and Green
The panel will advise the government on implementing the
Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan.

Work continues on curve realignment, passing lanes and
paving on Highway 10 just south of Minnedosa. The project,
which began in 2016, is expected to be completed later this
Highway 16 from Newdale to Basswood received another
layer of asphalt earlier this spring tro complete work on the
stretch between Newdale and the junction of Highways 16
and 10.
Work is underway to pave Highway 83 north for 17.4
kilometres from the junction of Provincial Road 482. Also
included is a thin lift overlay of pavement on Provincial
Road 592 heading into Inglis. A hill on PR 482 is being cut
down and intersection improvements are being done on the
turnoff to the Asessippi Ski Area.

Greg Nesbitt is the Member of Legislative Assembly
for the Riding Mountain constituency. He can be
reached at 204-759-3313, toll-free 1-844-877-7767 or
by email at gregnesbittmla@mymts.net.