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The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

Manitoba Lighthouses Crime Prevention Program: An independent study has found that Manitoba's Lighthouses program has been a successful crime prevention program for at-risk youth. The program helps fund after-school activities organized by and for young people in schools, friendship centres and other facilities. Five new sites have been created, including the Flin Flon site. The Flin Flon Lighthouses program is aimed at young people ages 10-14. Community partnership is critical to the success of the Lighthouses program. The Indian and Metis Friendship Centre, the Flin Flon Community Resource Centre, Ruth Betts School, and the Elks Club are among the organizations involved in this positive program. For more information contact the Flin Flon Indian and Metis Association at 204-687-3900. Sod Turning Ð Snow Lake Personal Care Home Extension I was very pleased to be involved in the sod turning ceremony in Snow Lake on Friday, November 28th. Actually Mayor Zamzow and I turned frozen gravel, but the action was meant to be symbolic. The cement had been poured earlier. The two-bed personal care home extension to the Snow Lake Health Centre is finally underway. Thank you Snow Lake for your patience and perseverance and a big thank you also to Drew Lockhart and the Norman Regional Health Authority representatives, the District Health Council representatives, and the numerous local citizens, health workers and visitors that attended the sod-turning ceremony. Hometown Manitoba Hometown Manitoba is a new $500,000 two-part program designed to assist rural and northern Manitoba. It provides funding for projects that enhance community areas and public places. Hometown Main Streets Enhancements is the other part of the program that upgrades buildings, structures and other spaces. For some northern communities the program will contribute up to half of total eligible costs. For a list of eligibility criteria and an application, call Leo Prince at 204-945-2427. Addressing Northern Concerns The new direction that the people of Manitoba chose in 1999 was reaffirmed in the recent Throne Speech. Addressing northern concerns was an important focus of the Throne Speech. The government strongly supports the Northern Development Strategy initiated after the 1999 election. The NDS is designed to improve the quality of life, expand educational and employment opportunities and create services and investment in northern communities. NDS addresses concerns that were ignored for over a decade. New Departments of Government Our government continues to modernize its operations to make government more proactive and effective. In our last mandate a new department was created to focus on energy, science and technology. There is great potential for further Hydro developments, and for development of wind power, ethanol and hydrogen fuels. Manitobans want clean and green energy sources. In this Throne Speech two new departments were established to address new and emerging issues. The Department of Healthy Living is focused on the prevention of disease and promotion of fitness. The Department of Water Stewardship will bring together the various agencies and departments that have been responsible for our precious water resources. The focus is on safe drinking water, pollution control, future recreation opportunities and potential Hydro developments.