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Morden & Winkler to host 2019 National Women’s Under-19 Championship!

MORDEN AND WINKLER TO HOST 2019 NATIONAL WOMEN’S UNDER-18 CHAMPIONSHIP
Manitoba welcomes up-and-coming women’s talent for first time

CALGARY, Alta. – The very best young women’s players from around the country will converge on Morden and Winkler, Man., next November to compete for gold at the National Women’s Under-18 Championship, marking the first time Manitoba will host the tournament.

“Hockey Canada is very excited to bring this event to Morden and Winkler next fall,” said Scott Smith, president and COO of Hockey Canada. “Historically, fans have had the opportunity to watch as Canada’s future superstars compete for their provinces before competing wearing the Maple Leaf at world championships and the Olympics.”

Morden is no stranger to successfully hosting national hockey events, having hosted the 2017 Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, while Winkler will host a Hockey Canada tournament for the first time.

“We welcome the chance to work with Winkler on hosting the National Women’s Under-18 Championship,” said Morden Mayor Brandon Burley. “Although both communities are capable of hosting large-scale events on their own, we are stronger together. We are excited to have the opportunity to build on the success of the Esso Cup.”

“Winkler has a history of hosting very successful events including Hockey Day in Canada, the Manitoba Games, the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts and the Viterra men’s provincial curling championship,” said Winkler Mayor Martin Harder. “Our community has always rallied around these events thanks to the strength of our volunteers. We look forward to hosting this and future events with our neighbours to the west.”

“It’s exciting to welcome Hockey Canada back to the region,” said Clare Agnew, co-chair of the host organizing committee. “There was such positive energy in the community during the Esso Cup, it makes planning this one even more exciting. The confidence of Hockey Canada and our understanding of its expectations makes for a great partnership.”

Historically, the event has netted more than $1.5 million in economic impact for the host region, and as with all Hockey Canada events, net proceeds will remain locally to support the growth of the game.

“Hockey Manitoba is extremely confident that Morden and Winker will present an exceptional atmosphere in order to guarantee a positive, successful and memorable event,” said Bill Whitehead, president of Hockey Manitoba. “Both communities have a deep history in the promotion and operation of events and are excited about the opportunity to stage the 2019 National Women’s Under-18 Championship.”

The National Women’s Under-18 Championship is held every year (excluding years where the Canada Winter Games take place), and features teams representing provinces and regions across the country. Ontario teams have won each of the 12 gold medals, while the host Manitobans will be looking to add a first national title to their two silver and three bronze medals.

For more information on Hockey Canada and the National Women’s Under-18 Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Winter Rec Update: Trails, Rinks and Snowshoes!

Winter Rec Update: Trails, Rinks and Snowshoes!

It’s time to get out the skates, skis and snowshoes! City of Morden Parks & Urban Forestry Department and Morden Fire Department are busy getting ready for rinks and trails! Shawn Dias, Manager of Parks & Urban Forestry gave the following update on outdoor rinks, “We have started Lions Park, Access Event Centre and Elks Park flooding and we’re planning to complete all 3 by the end of next week. We also cleared snow in the Morden Park Bowl and will head there next to flood once the other three are ready to go.”

Dias and staff have also developed a new ski trail route starting at Lake Minnewasta parking lot and going through the golf course. There are a few bare spots, but trails could be used over the weekend. Get the trail map here. Bring your own skis, or rent from Country Cycle for $20/day!

Morden Fire Department has been busy getting the rink ready at Wardrop and 8th St. Fire Chief, Andy Thiessen reported that they anticipate having it ready for Christmas break, weather permitting. The department will also be maintaining a rink on the Lake off Colert Beach. Last year Morden Fire Department supported the maintenance of Morden Lake Skating Trail along with Cole Hildebrand and staff from Capital Landscaping. They are hoping to do this again, but conditions do not look good. Conditions will continue to be monitored to see if this will be a possibility this year.

The City has started a free snowshoe rental program with funding from Southern Health- Healthy Living Together Grant. Snowshoes can be rented from Morden Drugstore during their store hours. It is also possible to reserve online at www.mordenmb.com/snowshoes. A friendly reminder to stay of ski trails if you are walking or snowshoeing.

City of Morden Rec Programmer has put together a list of activities to pursue over the winter. Find the list here, and enjoy all the opportunities to keep active and social over the colder months. The Winter/Spring Program Guide will be be available for download at www.mordenmb.com/programs on December 7. Paper copies of the guide will be available at the Access Event Centre, Civic Centre, Morden Library and Thornview Grocery.

Santa Photos Now Available for Download

On Friday, November 16 the 2018 Tree Lighting event officially lit up the holiday spirit in Morden.

The event featured the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree by Mayor Brandon Burley, marshmallow roasting, FUN & FIRE show, fireworks, and complimentary Santa photos by Steve Hiebert- Personal Expressions Photography.

The event also provided a number of opportunities to donate with a Girl Guide Cookie Sale, Morden Christmas Cheer Toy Drive,  non-perishable food collection for Donate Love and an opportunity to drop off gift-filled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Photos with Santa are available for download here.

Thank you to all the event sponsors: Giant Tiger, Simmons Multimedia, The Olive Tree, Personal Expressions Photography, Morden Drug Store, Morden Fire Department, City of Morden and Santa.

UPDATE! Boil Water Advisory Fairway Drive Lifted

The advisory below is no longer in effect as of 26th November, 2018.

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Please note boil water advisory for Precautionary Maintenance.

Affected properties: Fairway Drive West of #81

The advisory is in effect until 26th November 2018 unless we post notice of an extension.

Full details of the notice are here:

Fairway Drive Boil Water Advisory Notice

For information about what a Boil Water Advisory Means, see the attached:

Boil Water Fact Sheet

Council Compensation

Elimination of Federal Tax Exemption Causes Compensation Change for Morden Council.

Starting in 2019, the full annual indemnity and any per diems Council receives will be subject to income tax (federal and provincial) and additional Canada Pension Plan (CPP) premiums. This will result in a decrease in take home pay for each member of Council by an estimated 10% to 15%.

Following the lead of cities across Canada, the City of Morden is changing the way it compensates Council to make up for the loss of a federal tax exemption starting January 1, 2019.

Please read the attached for full details of Council’s decision.

 

Morden Press Release - November 2018 Council Compensation