"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”

Henry D. Thoreau




Addressing our Vulnerability

IceStormPowerLinesYou can't turn on the news these days without being inundated with stories of hurricane damage. Two weeks ago it was Harvey, and the damage was from flooding, more than it was from strong winds. Last week the news was about Irma. Irma's damage came mostly as a direct result of the strong winds. I don't know about you, but as I watch this, I have two emotions: one is compassion for the people affected, and the other thankfulness that we are not affected.

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Hurricane Harvey – Is Steinbach at Risk?

As I wrote this post, we were experiencing a massive thunderstorm, part of a system moving through the Province from north west to north east. It lasted a while on and off.

The rain was hitting the roof so hard it had overflowed the eavestroughs, and the wind was making the trees sway about, and so my thoughts turned to Houston and areas to the south of us, and I asked myself if Steinbach is at risk from an event like Hurricane Harvey?

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September Garden Tour

Join us at Rebecca and Sheldon Hiebert's garden and learn about raised beds vs. traditional gardening, use of clover to fix nitrogen in an orchard and see a wide range of fruit trees and bushes.

When: Thursday Sept. 7, 2017, 7pm-9pm
Where: #36115 Road 39E, RM of Ste. Anne

Drive east on Loewen Blvd. from Steinbach for 5-6 miles. Drive north on Road 39E for 3/4 mile. The house has a blue roof.


Strong Communities

On our trip from La Broquerie to Ottawa, my wife and I have had the opportunity to stop and visit in plenty of small towns. Talking to the locals, the story is frequently the same. "The young people are all leaving. Ever since (X) industry left town, there are no jobs. People want to stay but they can't, and the town is dying."

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The Driving Paradox

According to a recent survey, 78% of Canadians know their driving has a negative environmental impact, but they are not likely to give up their vehicles even when they could easily use other forms of transportation. Were that survey done in Steinbach, how would it look?

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