MLA Report - Nov. 18, 2016

Volunteer efforts for Remembrance Day worthy of appreciation

I wish to thank the Royal Canadian Legion Burntwood River Branch 244 for hosting another successful Remembrance Day ceremony, as well as the Legion and Army Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada’s branch in Thompson for the generous hospitality at their receptions after the ceremony on Nov. 11. Volunteers work selflessly planning, organizing and hosting these events every year and their tremendous efforts are very much appreciated.

This past week has been Manitoba Addictions Awareness Week and in recognition, the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, the Keewatin Tribal Council, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre, Safer Choices Northern Network and the Northern Regional Health Authority’s Aboriginal Liaison hosted events to raise awareness of their efforts regarding culturally sensitive programs for harm reduction through education, prevention and treatment. I was pleased to attend a tea and bannock reception at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba building in Thompson with other dignitaries, followed by a tour of the facility. Thanks to Giselle Demeulle, Leslie Allard, Anita Lundie and Sharon Cordell for organizing this event, and to all those who help and offer hope to people in need.

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While attending the annual Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention in Winnipeg this week, I met with many junior and senior mining companies from outside our province, as well as local companies optimistically looking to invest more in Northern Manitoba. Promoting investment in the Northern Manitoba mining sector is one way our new government is working to fix the finances of the province, repair our services and rebuild our economy.

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