A Public Hearing to review the City of Morden’s 2018 Financial Plan (Budget)

Dec. 18th at 7 pm in the City of Morden Council Chambers. Copies of the Financial Plan will be available Dec. 15th.

The Member of Parliament for Provencher says he will continue to push the Liberal government to close the loophole currently being exploited by asylum seekers. Ted Falk is referring to the wave of migrants that have made their way from the United States to Emerson in recent weeks.

Falk says Canada has a responsibility to alleviate suffering and provide safety to immigrants. However, he says the migrants that are crossing into Canada at Emerson, in the dead of the night are not refugees.

"The United States of America is a safe country and there is no such thing as a refugee from the U.S.," says Falk. "They are not being persecuted there."

Falk says there is a safe, legal process in place at every Canadian airport and land border crossing for people to claim refugee status. But he says these migrants are being coached to purposefully avoid border crossings and are taking advantage of a loophole in the existing law.

Falk says the loophole being exploited is that these individuals are coming up to the border, walking around the port of entry, and instead entering through farmers' fields or through bushes. When they get on Canadian soil, they bang on peoples' doors asking for help, or in some cases will call 911 requesting to be picked up.

"We need to be generous but we also need to ensure the integrity of our border," says Falk. "We must always consider our national security and do our due diligence to make sure we know who is entering our country, where they are entering and why."

Falk says we also need to be sure the system is fair to those seeking to make Canada their new home. He notes for those taking advantage of the loophole, they are circumventing the process. They are processed as refugees and jumping the queue, getting ahead of those who are doing it the legal way.

According to Falk, the Liberal government says based on the Canada-U.S. Third Safe Country Agreement, once someone steps foot on Canadian soil they become our responsibility. The Liberals say we are then required to process them.

"I will continue to push the Liberal government to close the loophole that is currently being exploited and I will continue to voice the concerns of my constituents living along the border near Emerson who are expressing safety concerns within their communities," notes Falk.

He says in some instances, these migrants have come up to residences in the middle of the night, banging on doors and windows, asking for help.

"That creates a lot of anxiety for some of the residents and they are somewhat fearful," notes Falk. "That has been expressed to me that that's been happening and that the safety of our residents is paramount here."

Falk says his understanding is that the Americans are very aware of what is happening at the border. He says they notify Canadian law enforcement officials about any crossings at or along the border. Then, RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency have a heads-up that there has been a breach of our border and that they can expect a call from someone asking to be picked up.

"Just to be walking in communities or areas close to the border, there's nothing wrong with that, there's nothing criminal about that," explains Falk. "But it's when you cross the border into another country and you haven't done it at a port of entry, that becomes an illegal entry."

Falk notes many of those crossing into Canada have made a refugee claim in the United States but been denied. He says they have been asked to leave the United States and are instead coming to Canada to try an alternate method.

A Public Hearing to review the City of Morden’s 2018 Financial Plan (Budget)

Dec. 18th at 7 pm in the City of Morden Council Chambers. Copies of the Financial Plan will be available Dec. 15th.

More Local News

Gas Bar Robbed, Four-Year-Old Attacked By Dog, Police Report

Winkler Police are requesting the public's help regarding a recent break and enter. Police learned the Canadian Tire Gas Bar was broken into sometime during the early morning hours of December 10.…

Fred Penner Returns To Pembina Valley "My Parents' Stomping Grounds" (VIDEO)

At 71 years old, Canadian Icon Fred Penner continues to create and share his music with fans of all ages. Penner, best known for his long-running television show Fred Penner's Place. He recently made…

Morden Special Olympian Chrissy Peters Meets Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

From Morden to Austria to Parliament Hill, this was the journey for Morden's Chrissy Peters. She was recently recognized by the Prime Minister and the rest of the Federal Government after…

Monarch First SAFE Work Certified Foundry In Manitoba

There's been one work time loss accident in over 500 days at Monarch Industries in Winkler. The achievement is a reflection of the culture of safe work practices at the foundry. Monarch Industries…

Morden Brawl Injures Staff, Suspect Banned From Restaurant

A brawl involving half a dozen individuals ended without charges but one suspect banned from the Traveller's Inn in Morden. On December 9, Morden Police Services were called to Traveller's Inn around…

Manitoba Holds Off On Signing Marijuana Excise Tax Agreement With Feds

Despite getting a bigger share of the pot pot, Manitoba hasn't signed onto a marijuana excise tax agreement with the federal government. Initially, the federal government offered provinces a 50/50…

Missing Dogs Spark Warning from Municipality

A local municipality is warning pet owners about a recent rash of dog thefts. Emerson-Franklin CAO Tracy French says they've received several calls from local residents since November 15 who say…

Questions Surround Potential Morden/Winkler Police Merger

The Winkler and Morden police boards are in early conversations about the potential of merging the two services into one. "The services have worked well together for years," Winkler Police Board…

Border Valley Sno Goers Looks Forward To Another Season

The Border Valley Sno Goers are preparing for another snowmobiling season. Border Valley Sno Goers president Vern Wieler is one of the few remaining members who started the club in 1994. He said the…

Pedestrian And Traffic Study Part Of New GVSD School Planning

A pedestrian and traffic study will be conducted in the area near the site of Winkler's new K-8 school to be built west of 15th Street and south of Highway 14. Garden Valley School Division…

Snow Removal Parking Ban Fines Jump To $150 In Morden

Morden City Council has increased penalties and added a season-long ban to its winter snow removal parking by-law. Fines have jumped from $20 to $150. Public Works Manager Les Wieler said the by-law…

Emerson-Franklin Wants Input On Surplus Crown Land

The municipality of Emerson-Franklin wants to have some input on how crown land near the Emerson port of entry will be developed in the future. The province plans to re-design and re-align the…

New Pharmacy Honours Legacy Of Former Winkler Mayor

The pharmacy landscape continues to shift in Winkler to a more personalized approach, which may save the healthcare industry money down the road. "It involves working with the patient more closely...…

Falcon Lake Golf Course Pro Shop And Restaurant Torn Down

The pro shop and restaurant at the Falcon Lake Golf Course are being torn down. Harry Brotchie is the President and Owner of Lakeland Golf Management which runs the Falcon Lake Golf Course. He says…

Altona Police Department Receives Fraud Complaints 'Almost Daily'

Altona's Police Chief Perry Batchelor said the Altona Police Department receives calls almost every day regarding phone scams in the community. He noted most people are calling to inform police of…

Generous Donations Made To Rhineland Empty Stocking Fund (GALLERY)

Rhineland Empty Stocking Fund volunteers gathered this morning at the old Sawatzky's Furniture building in Altona. The volunteer-based organization starts preparing hampers in October. Eight…

Neubergthal and Winkler Farms Featured In New Documentary

After about two years of hard work and personal investments, Katharina Stieffenhofer has completed her documentary called 'From Seed To Seed'. "I am an independent documentary film maker, but only…

House Fire Survivor Joins Winkler Fire Service 'I've Set My Life To Help People' (VIDEO)

Cornie Klassen has been training to fight fires for the past 14 months. As a survivor of a house fire, Klassen still bears the scars of the inferno he now runs towards to save others. The experience…

Don't Forget Your Pets When The Temperature Falls

Now that the frigid temperatures are upon us, it's important to remember that your pets may need some special care during the cold weather. Veterinarian Dr. Tammy Dunbar says if it's too cold for you…

Mayors, Reeves Setting Regional Pot Guidelines

The Pembina Valley is coming together to tackle a gameplan on cannabis. PVRAM (Pembina Valley Reeves and Mayors) Chair Martin Harder says it's important to deal with the issue regionally. "So it…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

12
Dec
2017
Eden Health Care Family & Friends Support Group

12 December 2017 - 13 December 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Eden Mental Health Centre - Evergreen Building, Winkler





13
Dec
2017
Buhler Active Living Centre's - "Holly Daze" Toy & Food Drive in Support of Donate Love

13 December 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Buhler Active Living Centre, Winkler MB, Winkler





13
Dec
2017
Sound of Music Movie - Winkler Senior Centre

13 December 2017 1:00 pm

Winkler Senior Centre, Winkler





13
Dec
2017
Yaste of the Holidays

13 December 2017 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

United Church Basement Altona





13
Dec
2017
Taste of the Holidays - Newcomer Dessert Potluck

13 December 2017 - 14 December 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

St. Paul's United Church, Morden





13
Dec
2017
Welcome to Canada

13 December 2017 7:00 pm

Regional Connections





14
Dec
2017
Christmas Coffee with MLA Cameron Friesen

14 December 2017 10:00 am

Winkler Senior Centre, Winkler





Login