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Cheryl Christian is mayor of the RM of West St. Paul and an early proponent of the code of conduct.

Anti-bullying law for municipal councils takes effect

The new rules lay out badly needed protections against workplace harassment, says one municipal mayor

New regulations to combat bullying within municipal governments have exceeded her expectations, says one of the original lobbyers for the law. “We raised so many concerns with the government to ask for protection, and it did,” said Cheryl Christian, mayor of the RM of West St. Paul. “It doesn’t mean that there’s not going to

Pasture forage for beef production requires better insurance options, the Manitoba Beef Producers says.

Waiting on word for forage insurance

Manitoba Beef Producers has highlighted forage insurance issues it would like to see addressed

Producers are waiting for details of the province’s promised forage insurance review. The province announced the review last year as producers came off another disappointing grazing season and were facing the prospect of feed shortages and high feed prices. Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen says he wants to get to the bottom of


Denys Volkov.

Volkov takes the reins at AMM

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities has a new executive director as the new year begins, the organization said in a news release January 2. Denys Volkov replaces retiring director Joe Masi. Volkov, who joined AMM in 2011, has “extensive knowledge of municipal Manitoba,” the news release said, citing 14 years of professional experience in the

VIDEO: Author examines rural communities’ key to survival

Doug Griffiths tackles 13 ways communities might accidentally be setting themselves up for failure when it comes to economic development

Doug Griffiths, along with Kelly Clemmer, is one of the author’s of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community and one of the most recent speakers at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual convention Nov. 25-27. Griffiths spoke on 13 ways in which he says communities might block their economic development, including encouraging residents to shop

Fred Tait argues for MBP to take action towards written permission for hunters during the Manitoba Beef Producers annual general meeting Feb. 7 in Brandon.

Hunting permission slips pitched

Producers say they’re sick of dealing with trespassers during hunting season and hope written permission rules might help them cope

Hunters would need written permission before their next trip onto private agricultural land, if the Manitoba Beef Producers gets its way. MBP will be lobbying to extend signed landowner access rules for hunters and require written permission from landowners. The province currently requires hunters to get permission before hunting or retrieving game animals, regardless of


“The big thing that’s making us grow is you (farmers)... because you’re investing in a family business and community.” – Brian Pallister

Pallister, Eichler venerate ag in Manitoba’s economy

The premier and agriculture minister spoke at Ag Days in Brandon

Everybody likes a pat on the back and Premier Brian Pallister and his agriculture minister, Ralph Eichler, gave Manitoba farmers one when they spoke here at Ag Days Jan. 22. Agriculture, they said, is a major driver of Manitoba’s economy. “I am proud to tell you that 72 per cent of the private sector capital

Manitoba communities say any new funding program that involves the federal government will feature more red tape and fewer repaired roads.

Road Rage: RMs call foul on infrastructure program end

The Municipal Road and Bridge Program will be sorely missed by local governments

Municipal leaders are up in arms over unexpected provincial cuts to a crucial program that helps pay for road and bridge repairs. A record number of councils backed a resolution condemning the end of the Municipal Road and Bridge Program at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual convention last week. The often-spirited discussion could have

RMs near halfway mark on hog barn rule revisit

The clock is ticking for municipalities to set their own size limits when it comes to conditional use for hog barns

Municipalities have a little over half a year left to review their policy on how big a new hog barn has to be before it sparks a conditional use hearing. The province rolled back its own conditional use requirements in June, part of a list of changes made to the Planning Act around large-scale livestock


Many communities say transitioning to the federal government’s ’Investing in Canada’ infrastructure plan will feature more red tape and fewer road repairs.

Rural municipalities decry infrastructure program end

The Municipal Road and Bridge Program will be sorely missed by local governments

Municipal leaders are up in arms over unexpected provincial cuts to a crucial program that helps pay for road and bridge repairs. A record number of councils backed a resolution condemning the end of the Municipal Road and Bridge Program at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual convention last week. The often-spirited discussion could have

The U.S. Midwest has been fighting emerald ash borer for years. Seen here is a residential street in Toledo, Ohio. Both photos were taken in the summer. The first is from 2006 when emerald ash borer was first discovered, the second shows the near-total devastation the pest caused by 2009.

LAID WASTE: emerald ash borer a looming threat

A concerted effort will be necessary to preserve ash trees that shelter homes and fields

A village council in Manitoba’s Interlake thinks it’s a good idea to prevent an invasive insect from destroying local trees. Dunnottar just doesn’t know what it would do if emerald ash borer (EAB) chews its way into town. “We’ve sort of been aware of it,” said Village of Dunnottar Mayor Rick Gamble. “But we’re not