Have You Signed Up For Morenet?

Have you signed up for Morenet? Check Morenet.ca to see if you are in the green coverage area! 

The MLA for Steinbach is applauding a move by his government to update the rules on conduct and harassment for all provincial personnel. Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen says the 'Me Too' campaign has turned the spotlight on these issues and he wholeheartedly supports a review of government rules of conduct.

2016 05 kelvin goertzen3Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen"We are taking another look within the Legislature. That will be lead by Speaker Myrna Driedger. I know that when I was the House Leader, both in government and in opposition, we did put policies in place when it came to harassment. But those largely focused on the individual MLAs and how they interacted with each other. I think there was a recognition at that time it needed to be looked at and broadened in terms of how the staff is involved as well. I believe that led by Myrna Driedger, that will be happening and it's appropriate that that happens."

Goertzen says he has been involved in politics for many years both as a politician and a legislative assistant and it is important that people in all of those roles are treated with respect and equality and in a way that makes people feel safe and appreciated for what they do. He notes not all people are raised the same way on these matters but that's not an excuse to behave inappropriately.

"We all grow up in different environments but, at the end the day, we're all still responsible for how we conduct ourselves. And there are a lot of basic tenets that are not that hard to live by. Certainly, one of those that we believe within our own office and in my own constituency office is, let's treat people the way we would like to be treated. Let's treat people respectfully and let's treat people in a way that they feel that they are being fulfilled within their occupation."

Goertzen notes there will always be disagreements in politics which is where some people get off track and harass those who have different views than them.

"There are going to be disagreements but that doesn't mean that the respect that we have for each other as individuals, whether that's within a political party or across political lines, should be lost. It's a lesson for everyone, whether they are in politics or not, that we need to treat each other the way that we would like to be treated and to treat each other respectfully and fairly and equally, regardless of our political party and regardless of our gender and regardless of our views."

More Local News

Altona Police Investigating Profane Graffiti

Altona Police Service (APS) continue to investigate the spray painting of graffiti in several locations throughout the community earlier this week. Police received several reports Thursday from the…

Scoular Gives Back To Genesis House

Genesis House in Winkler received a nearly $5,000 boost on Friday from Scoular, a grain company with local offices in the Pembina Valley. Scoular's Cassy Harder explains staff donated money or…

Have You Signed Up For Morenet?

Have you signed up for Morenet? Check Morenet.ca to see if you are in the green coverage area! 

$670,000 Micro-Surfacing Continues This Weekend Between Morden And Winkler

Work continues on micro-surfacing treatments in the region. On PTH 14, westbound lanes are being micro-surfaced starting 1 km east of PTH 32 to the junction of PTH 3. The 6 km project has a cost of…

Family-Owned Winkler Business Expands, Passing The Torch

A Winkler family business celebrated a major expansion and a passing of the torch this week. "It has always been my desire... to transfer (the business) over to family or a special employee like John…

Altona Resident Receives National Recognition

An Altona resident and long time volunteer has received some national recognition. Bob Stoesz was in Ottawa yesterday to accept the Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award. Emergency Management…

RM Of Dufferin Strengthens Control Over Burning

Council for the RM of Dufferin has passed a By-law that makes it easier to issue a burning ban. In conjunction with area fire chiefs, council can institute a burning ban for a short period of time,…

Altona Student Wins Provincial Watershed Contest

A local student won first place for Manitoba's 2018 Caring For Our Watershed student contest. Noah Penner from W.C. Miller Collegiate in Altona won $3,000 from Nutrien to complete his project, as…

Pembina Triangle Mutual Aid District Assisting With Ashern Fires (VIDEO)

The number of people assisting the Office of the Fire Commissioner with several forest fires near Ashern continues to grow. Around 200 firefighters from across the province are pitching in, including…

GVSD Names First-Ever Pine Ridge Principal

The Garden Valley School Division (GVSD) has named the first-ever principal of the Pine Ridge Elementary School in Winkler. Renae Hildebrand, who is currently the principal of the Border…

Altona Councillor Eyes Mayor's Chair

A town councillor has thrown his hat into the ring to become the next mayor of Altona. Al Friesen intends to run for the town's top job in municipal elections scheduled for late October. Al…

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

Search the Biz Guide