Free access: Access to provincial parks will be free again this year, but camping, seasonal rentals and user fees will rise, the province announced last week. Detailed information on campground opening dates and campground rules is available at www.manitobaparks.com,1-800-214-6497 (toll free) or 945-6784 in Winnipeg. Most campgrounds open the weekend before May long weekend. Northern campgrounds, and those at Grand Beach, Lundar and St. Ambroise open on the May long weekend. As in the past, there is no liquor allowed for the May long weekend. FCC Award: Ste. Anne area farmer Marg Rempel is one of five women chosen from across Canada to receive Farm Credit Canada’s “Rosemary” award for 2010. The program was established in 2005 in honour of Rosemary Davis, FCC’s first board chair. Candidates are chosen for their leadership, giving back to their community and Canadian agriculture, their passion for agriculture and their vision for the industry’s future. Winners receive an all-expense paid trip to attend the 2010 Simmons School of Management leadership conference in Boston on April 30. MWI speaker: A pioneer in Canadian politics, Flora MacDonald will be in Morris in May to address the 100th Anniversary convention of the Manitoba Women’s Institute. MacDonald, the first Canadian woman to seek the leadership of a major political party, “epitomizes the success any Canadian woman can aspire to in this great country,” the MWI says in a release. The convention, May 13-15 recognizes the contribution the institute has made to rural quality of life since it was started by Adelaide Hunter Hoodless.
– Staff Speaking up: The federal government has invested $100,000 to the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture.
The only competition of its kind in Canada, Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture brings together youth to speak and debate on emerging issues in the industry. Last year, the competition marked its 25th anniversary with more than 20 representatives from across the country competing in both junior and senior competition levels. Funding for CYSA is used to promote outreach and support as well as enhance competition-day activities.