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Journey for Sight

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 The Journey for Sight, a snowmobile fundraising event, originated in Birtle, Manitoba in 1983. This ride was initially one sled-one rider collecting pledges for worthwhile causes. Today, snowmobile riders from Northern, Central and Southern Manitoba, and most recently, from Northwest Ontario, will typically ride a minimum of 200 kilometres visiting various communities collecting pledges before a rendezvous in Brandon for the presentation of funds and guest speakers. To date more than $2,00,000 has been raised.

 Riders and crew graciously accept cash or cheques. Gifts of $20 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt. Expenses incurred for the Ride are paid by the participant or a sponsoring Lions Club. The Ride will be stopping at Irwin Auto in Sinclair, Saturday, January 19 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. in Pipestone.

Canada’s 20 most dangerous places.

Based on Statistic Canada data compiled by Maclean’s for its annual ranking of Canada’s most dangerous places, these are the 20 places in Canada with the highest level of overall crime.

 20. Hinton, AB; 19. Lethbridge, AB; 18. Terrace, BC; 17. Penticton, BC; 16. Dawson Creek, BC; 15. Cold Lake, AB; 14. Grande Prairie, AB; 13. Lloydminister, AB and SK; 12. Selkirk, MB; 11. Whitecourt, AB; 10. Prince George, BC; 9. Langley, BC; 8. Quesnel, BC; 7. Williams Lake, BC; 6. Red Deer, AB; 5. Portage la Prairie, MB; 4. Prince Albert and Area, SK; 3. Wetaskiwin, AB; 2. Thompson, MB; 1. North Battle, SK.

Changes to Assiniboine Community College

 Students will no longer have to pay a $95 fee to apply to the Adult Collegiate operated by Assiniboine Community College.

 The removal of the application cost comes after a two-year trial period in which the application fee was waived, thanks to support from the Assiniboine Community College Foundation.

 “It’s a good thing, in terms of making the classes affordable and accessible to mature students who want to get their high school credential or upgrade so they can take a post-secondary program,” said Kate Pelletier, Dean, Trades, Technology and Access Programs, which includes responsibility for the Adult Collegiate.
 Students in the Mature Student High School program are not charged tuition to attend. However, they do pay small course fees of about $46 per course. Students who have not completed a high school diploma may take up to eight courses tuition-free.

 Assiniboine’s Mature Student High School program provides student supports and classes to prepare them for academic and career success, with a schedule that fits students’ needs in either day or evening programs. The program is offered both in Brandon and at the college’s Parkland campus in Dauphin.

 The next intake in both locations begins January 7, 2019.

 The program is designed for those who need to finish high school, improve their grades, are missing a prerequisite for post-secondary studies, or have been out of school for a long time.

 A personalized education plan is developed with each student to address his or her specific needs, including those who need upgrading for post-secondary entrance requirements.

 Students attending the college’s Mature Student High School program come from Brandon, Dauphin, and surrounding communities. Many are single parents. Students’ ages range from 19 to 64 years old with around 35 per cent identifying as First Nations, Metis or Inuit.

Just for Laughs

 Tim decided to tie the knot with his long time girlfriend. One evening, after the honeymoon, he was assembling some loads for an upcoming hunt. His wife was standing there at the bench watching him. After a long period of silence she finally speaks. “Honey, I’ve been thinking, now that we are married I think it’s time you quit hunting, shooting, and fishing. Maybe you should sell your guns and boat.” Tim gets this horrified look on his face. She says, “Darling, what’s wrong?”  “Whoa! There for a minute you were sounding like my ex-wife.” “Ex-wife,” she screams. “I didn’t know you’d been married before!” “I wasn’t.”


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