Apr 15

Long-awaited rain over long weekend has southern Alberta farmers optimistic

The lack of snow and frost coming out of the winter months had farmers roaring to go; then a dry spring nearly turned the tables.

Ryan Mercer was about two to three weeks ahead of schedule.

“It seems like we’ve been seeding for about a month now, or over a month, and I guess it’s OK to be spread out a bit at harvest time, it’s nice if everything isn’t ready at once.”

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READ MORE: Rainfall, snowfall warnings in place for areas of central, southern Alberta

Once the crops were in, farmers were keeping an eye on the sky. In southern Alberta, precipitation was well below average —; until the May long weekend.

“It was dry in southern Alberta, but even dryer in central Alberta, to the point where they were even having wind erosion problems a few weeks ago, so this rain has been very beneficial,” added Ross McKenzie, a research scientist in Lethbridge.

“Most areas across Alberta had upwards of two inches, some areas even had as much as four.”

According to McKenzie, from May 18 to 24 Brooks saw 56 mm of precipitation, Bow Island had 47 mm, Lethbridge and Cardston saw 40 mm and Claresholm received 33 mm.

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Jennifer Dale with UFA said customers were reacting to the lack of moisture.

“We saw a lot more wheat and barley put in then maybe more of the high-crop input cost such as peas, lentils and canola, but then once we started to see the moisture in the forecast we saw the change back over to the high-input cost products.”

McKenzie said the rain came at just the right time for most grain farmers, but there are some producers that will still suffer from the early dry conditions.

“It was…a little bit on the late side for our range land and pasture land but, [but] better a little bit late than not at all.”

He added it’s important with unpredictable growing conditions like we’ve seen this year that producers grow a variety of crops because some do better in dry conditions than others.

Apr 15

Your Manitoba: May 2016

Your Manitoba May 31; St. Laurent, Man.

Submitted by: Daryle Friesen

Your Manitoba May 31; Rock Lake, Man.

Submitted by: Shirley Thompson

Your Manitoba May 31; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: James Panas

Your Manitoba May 31; Carman, Man.

Submitted by: Lori Wiebe

Your Manitoba May 31; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Gail Cabana-Coldwell

Your Manitoba May 24; Big Whiteshell Lake, Man.

Submitted by: Shauna Enns

Your Manitoba May 24; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Corrinne Adshead

Your Manitoba May 24; Selkirk, Man.

Photo Credit: Tom Walker

Your Manitoba May 24; Amaranth Beach, Man.

Submitted by: Taralynne Kleemola

Your Manitoba May 24; Gretna, Man.

Submitted by: Susie Teichroeb

Your Manitoba May 19; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Irene Hawkes

Your Manitoba May 19; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 19; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 19; Lake Francis, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 19; Teulon, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 17; Dorothy Lake, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 17; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Neil Longmuir

Your Manitoba May 17; Boissevain, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 17; Portage la Prairie, Man.

Submitted by: Carly Kontzie

Your Manitoba May 17; Roland, Man.

Submitted by: Rusty Graham

Your Manitoba May 13; Ile des Chenes, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 13; Pierson, Man.

Submitted by: Gail Daniels

Your Manitoba May 13; Ste. Anne, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 13; Gretna, Man.

Submitted by: Susie Teichroeb

Your Manitoba May 13; Stonewall, Man.

Submitted by: MaryAnn Wollman

Your Manitoba May 11; Gimli, Man.

Submitted by: Joan Mayhew

Your Manitoba May 11; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Neil Longmuir

Your Manitoba May 11′ Steinbach, Man.

Submitted by: A. Friesen

Your Manitoba May 11; St. Claude, Man.

Submitted by: Louise Rosset

Your Manitoba May 9; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Jeremy Desrochers

Your Manitoba May 9; Headingley, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 9; Lake Manitoba, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 9; Clear Lake, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 9; Tolstoi, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 5; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Carrie Bazylewski

Your Manitoba May 5; Lockport, Man.

Submitted by: Neil Longmuir

Your Manitoba May 5; Gimli, Man.

Submitted by: Ryan Ostertag

Your Manitoba May 5; Morris, Man.

Submitted by: Jennifer Rhymer

Your Manitoba May 5; Winnipeg, Man.

Photo Credit: Ray Cloutier

Your Manitoba May 3; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 3; Norway House, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 3; Pinawa, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 3; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 4; St. Norbert, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 2; Oak Hammock Marsh, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 2; Buffalo Point Resort, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 2; Homewood, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 2; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 2; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 4; East St. Paul, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 4; Riverton, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 4; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 4; St. Laurent, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 4; R.M. Springfield, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 6; Winnipeg, Man.

Submitted by: Kathleen Fonseca

Your Manitoba May 6; Minnedosa Lake, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 6; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 6; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 10; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 10; Lee River, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 10; Oak Hammock Marsh, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 10; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 12; Carberry, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 12; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 12; Riverton, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 12; Altona, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 12; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 16; Lake Brereton, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 16; West St. Paul, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 16; Rocky Lake, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 16; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 16; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 18; Lac du Bonnet, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 18; St. Anne, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 18; Sandy Hook, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 18; Laurier, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 20′ Deception Bay, Man.

Submitted by: Nancy Mann

Your Manitoba May 20; Clearwater Lake, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 20; Riverton, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 20; Patricia Prov. Park, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 20; Dorothy Lake, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 25; Macara Lake, ON.

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Your Manitoba May 25; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 25; Winnipeg, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 25; Brandon, Man.

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Your Manitoba May 25; Stonewall, Man.

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Apr 15

Elections BC recommends reforms for reporting political donations

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s electoral body is recommending three options for revamping how political contributions are reported after criticism about high-priced fundraising events.

Elections BC chief electoral officer Keith Archer says none of the options can be fully implemented before the next provincial election in May because legislative changes would have to be made.

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    Attorney General Suzanne Anton asked Archer last month to review how contributions are reported following complaints to the province’s conflict commissioner that Premier Christy Clark receives what amounts to gifts when people pay thousands of dollars to attend fundraisers and get exclusive access to her.

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    Archer’s report says B.C. could switch to reporting political contributions on a monthly or quarterly basis, within 24 to 48 hours of them being made, or within 10 days of a contribution.

    All politicians and registered constituency associations are currently required to file annual reports on all contributions they receive totalling $250 or more, while candidates and leadership contestants must file within 90 days of a vote.

    Ontario is the only other province requiring frequent disclosure, and Archer says switching to “real-time disclosure” within 24 to 48 hours of a contribution would make B.C. a leader in North America.

Apr 15

Paul Grebinski moves to heavyweight for Saturday Night Fights Round 11

REGINA – When professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debuted in Regina last November, it allowed some fighters to perform in front of their hometown crowd for the first time in years.

However that wasn’t the case for Paul Grebinski. He was slated to for a light heavyweight bout but failed to make the required 205 pounds at the weigh-in.

“[I] got a little on the sick side. I ended up not making weight, and it was a disappointing thing,” he explained.

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“I worked hard for a lot of years to be in [Regina’s] debut pro MMA event, but I guess I’ll settle for this instead.”

“As a coach I just thought, for Paul’s health 205 is behind,” AJ Scales said.

Scales is the head coach at Complete MMA, as well as the promoter for Saturday Night Fights. He’s been coaching Grebinski for almost a decade, and Scales says he knows when to push Grebinski, and when to pull him back.

For his training camp leading up to Saturday Night Fights Round 11, they decided it’s best to focus on training instead of cutting weight.

Grebinski began his last training camp around 250 pounds, and had to cut about 45 pounds. Fighters often refer to weight cuts as the first fight they need to win.

“You’re really stressed out the week of the fight because of making weight. Your diet obviously, depleting yourself, the dehydration process is all very grueling,” Grebinski said.

“You minus that out of the equation, and it’s a lot more enjoyable.”

On Saturday May 28, Grebinski returns to the ring to take on Manitoba’s Rick Genaille in a heavyweight collision. Cutting weight won’t be a factor for Grebinski, as the heavyweight division maxes out at 265 pounds.

“Paul’s a high level jiu-jitsu fighter, and has some great hands; some heavy hands. So let’s see them,” Scales said.

Grebinski has been investing time in his striking, and is banking on a highlight reel knockout at home; a moment he’s been waiting on for a long time.

Outside the ring, he’s a financial advisor with Sunlife Financial, so the big man knows the value of waiting for a big payoff.

Win or lose, some of that money may be coming Grebinski’s way as he’s had opponents become clients in the past.

“It’s kind of an interesting conversation piece, because at one point in time I’m fighting a guy, and then the next minute I’m trying to protect their wealth and health. It’s kind of a contrast in character,” he laughed.

Apr 15

Caddy Lake businesses recovering after wildfires

Cottagers and residents are back home and able to explore the burned out region around Caddy Lake, but business owners in the area are still feeling the effect.

The May long weekend usually draws hundreds of campers to the area, and with warm temperature in the forecast, business owners said they expected a bigger crowd.

“For us it was actually really busy,” Shannon Henwood, owner of West Hawk Lake Resort. “The campground didn’t look very busy though, which is unfortunate.”

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    The owner of Caddy Lake Resort said he noticed a 20 per cent drop in business from May long weekend last year.

    “The beaches are usually full especially with the beautiful weather we had,” Louay Alghoul said. “But it wasn’t as busy as we expected.”

    While the fires may have affected business over the long weekend, there will be an impact on the environment as well.

    “It’s a shift in the current environmental conditions,” Andrew Park from the forestry department at University of Winnipeg said.

    Park said that many insects and bird nests were likely destroyed, but new wildlife will be attracted to the area as the land regenerates.

    “You’ve liberated the forest floor from the vegetation that was there before,” Park said. “So you get a new growth of vegetation coming up that will be very attractive to white tailed deer and moose.”

    Evacuation orders have been lifted but crews are still in the process of containing fires in the region.