After-School Programming

Attend an informational session on May 22/23 regarding upcoming plans for Fall 2018. Learn More...

A youth from Steinbach is urging city council to establish a Youth Council. Spencer Teetaert is a Grade 12 student at Steinbach Regional Secondary School and is president of the student council. He made a presentation to city council Tuesday night. Teetaert says he got the idea for a Youth Council while attending a Canada 150 youth forum in Ottawa earlier this year. He explains the purpose of such a council.

"The youth councils are a way to give youth a platform to share their ideas and to bring to life what they see as a need in the community. In other cities, they've brought mental health campaigns and infrastructure for youth, they've advocated for theatres and sports centres and stuff like that. It really is a platform for youth to bring (forward) what they want to see in the city."

Teetaert says it would also expose young people to civic politics. He notes such a council would have to be spearheaded by the city so that it can be sustained long term.

"We would need someone on city council to be involved in this idea, who is enthusiastic about it. I know, me personally, I'm going to be leaving in a year for school so I cannot spearhead 2017 09 spencer teetaert2Spencer Teetaertthe whole thing. But I know there are people in this community that are youth enthusiasts and would love to see this pull through."

Teetaert says, ideally, a youth council would be given a budget and the freedom to use it. He notes the City of Tecumseh, Ontario gives its youth council an annual budget of $5,000.

City councillors commended Teetaert for his proposal. Deputy Mayor John Fehr says it will need to be explored further before a decision is made.

"I guess the best way to do this is to look at all the pros and cons to it and see how we could do something like this practically. The logistics of it are always the thing that makes it work or not work. Hopefully, we can come up with something that's going to be workable for the youth and for council as well."

Fehr says Teetaert's proposal will be discussed at an upcoming city council study session.

More Local News

Southwood School Incident Leads To Reminders

The Superintendent of the Hanover School Division says nothing more has come of an incident last Thursday at Southwood School. Randy Dueck says staff spotted something out of the ordinary and took…

Cleaning Up After The Dust Storms

The Manager of Public Works and Operations for the Rural Municipality of Hanover says soil drifting this spring was the worst he's seen in many years. Wes Fehr says Sunday, April 29th was an…

After-School Programming

Attend an informational session on May 22/23 regarding upcoming plans for Fall 2018. Learn More...

2018 05 pine grove rest stop

Pine Grove Rest Area To Close?

Red marker shows the location of Pine Grove Rest AreaA popular rest stop on the Trans-Canada Highway may be closed. The Pine Grove Rest Area, just west of Hadashville, has had washrooms and a food…

No Change In Policy On U-Turns On Main Street

Steinbach city council has agreed to keep the current system of very few U-turns being allowed at intersections on Main Street. Some councillors had asked the administration for a study on the…

Municipalities Not Lifting Spring Road Restrictions

Spring road restrictions have now been lifted for provincial roads in southern Manitoba. But several municipalities, including the city of Steinbach, plan to keep their restrictions in place a little…

Hanover Fire Departments Attend Two Grass Fires Monday

Hanover Fire Chief Paul WiebeBoth Both the Kleefeld and Grunthal Fire Departments attended grass fires Monday evening. Hanover Fire Chief Paul Wiebe says Kleefeld was called to a fire on Highway 52…
2018 05 judge barkman

Justice Gordon Barkman Remembered As Being Fair And Patient

A lawyer from Steinbach has very good memories of Judge Gordon Barkman who passed away last week. Judge Gordon BarkmanJustice Barkman served on the County Court of Manitoba from 1972 to 1984 at which…
RCMP Logo

Driver Arrested After Incident Early Saturday

A woman was arrested on the weekend after driving in the wrong lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway and endangering police. RCMP report the incident happened just after 3:30 Saturday morning, about one…
2017 05 rcmp patrols

City Council Sets Police Priorities for 2018

Steinbach city council has done a review of its policing priorities. City councillor Michael Zwaagstra says police ask council each year to establish priorities that they should focus on. And he adds…
Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen

Treatment To Be Coordinated For Addiction And Mental Health Issues

Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen says his department is busy working on implementing a new mental health and addictions strategy. A government-commissioned report has shown about 80 per cent of people…
2018 05 ewen1

Ritchot Approves Broiler Expansion

Council for the Rural Municipality of Ritchot has given approval for a farmer south of Ile des Chenes to expand his chicken broiler operation. Mayor Chris Ewen says the owner of Falkdale Farms would…
rcmp24

Woman Charged With Domestic Assault

RCMP say a woman is facing charges of domestic violence after an incident in Steinbach during the weekend. Police officers were called to a residence at 7:40 Saturday evening. Their investigation led…

Steinbachonline.com is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login