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Grand Chief Jerry Daniels – Leader of the Southern Chiefs' Organization


Regional Times News Desk


11, 2017, and for the past eight months has been working hard to increase the qual- ity of life and job opportunities for the 33 First Nation Communities in the SCO. “My approach is always that we need to work together, we need to look at best practices in every file,” says Grand Chief Daniels. Like the Partnership of the Manitoba


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Capital Region (PMCR), one of the major items in our collective communities’ agen- das revolve around creating a regionally focused economic development that spurs good jobs and a strong workforce. Grand Chief Daniels has been a strong proponent of economic development initiatives in his own community of Long Plain First Nation where he helped establish a successful First Nations Urban Economic project leading to the development of the first Urban Reserve gas station in the Winnipeg Capital Region - the Petro Canada on 490 Madison Street. After eight months as Grand Chief, Dan-


Grand Chief Jerry Daniels – Leader of the Southern Chiefs Organization.


iels sees where the clear opportunities lie in regional collaboration across commu- nities. Grand Chief Daniels believes there is a tremendous opportunity in working


rand Chief Jerry Daniels has been leading the Southern Chiefs' Or- ganization (SCO) since January


together, “In land management, water, waste and wastewater infrastructure, solid waste management, protecting our lakes and our rivers and responding to emer- gencies.” He believes a huge opportunity exists to collaborate across these areas as well as others. As both the PMCR and the SCO continue


to plan regionally for economic integra- tion within all communities, we know there is the possibility of Urban Reserves coming to Winnipeg Capital Region. As far as a date and the ideal community to pilot this, Grand Chief Daniels says, “We want to have a meeting with our regional mayors and chiefs as well, so we’ve been pushing for that.” Initiating collaborative conversations


is the first step in building better relation- ships. Tat’s why the leaders from PMCR will be meeting with the leaders of the SCO in October 2017 for an informal breakfast to begin conversations that can help foster the relationships necessary to secure the future of all of our communities. “It will take many conversations to move forward together,” says Grand Chief Daniels, “I think through dialogue and relationship building, we can tackle tough issues, in- crease opportunities and prosper through our collectivity.”


Barkman Concrete builds solid foundations A


leader in the industry, with over 65+ years of experience, Barkman brings a wide array of knowledge


and expertise to the topic of pre-cast con- crete products and their applications. What started as a small hardware store in Steinbach, MB with less than ten employees has grown into a company that employs more than 300 peo- ple with three manufacturing facilities throughout Western Canada, shipping quality pre- cast products worldwide. We have embedded our roots in Western Canada and pride ourselves in being a family- owned Canadian company. Tis commitment to our roots was solidified when Barkman Concrete made the decision to build in Steinbach, MB a 43,000 square foot state- of-the-art paving stone factory in 2014. Tis investment shows Barkman’s pledge to maintain a firm foundation in Canada, continuing to employ Canadian families and manufacture Canadian-made prod- ucts for the next 69 years. Our product offerings range from pav-


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Barkman Concrete patio.


ing stones to slabs, retaining walls to landscape kits, site furnishings to steps, custom precast, and much more. Whether it’s a trenching job sent to Madagascar, a skatepark sent to Guantanamo Bay or paving stone sent to the local high school,


Barkman is proud to stamp “a Canadian Family Owned Company” on every prod- uct we make. To us, it’s not just concrete or a paving stone. It’s an art, a craft, and a tradition 69 years in the making, with our heart and soul poured into every piece of concrete we manufacture. A focus on product quality and customer


satisfaction means that all our products have been engineered to provide the ul- timate in durability, even in the harshest of climatic conditions. Moreover, through vigorous testing and top of the line quality control measures, Barkman ensures that all their products meet and in many cases, exceed CSA standards. A customer-first


focused company based out of Steinbach, Manitoba, Barkman is willing and ready to meet the needs of our customers by being both a supplier and a resource. Let us help you bring your ideas to fruition, through the creation of concrete solutions. Anthony Militano is Commercial Product Consultant for Barkman Concrete.


Manitoba residents make right recycling choices A


Sarah Wallace


bout 93% of Manitobans have easy access to a residential recycling program funded by Multi-Mate-


rial Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM), an industry-funded, not-for-profit organiza- tion. MMSM represents stewards — brand owners, producers, distributors and manufacturers — who pay fees to cover the costs of recycling their products and packaging. MMSM collects these fees and pays for up to 80% of residential recycling programs in municipalities across the province. Since it was launched in April 2010, MMSM has provided more than $70 million to Manitoba municipalities. Manitobans are now recycling more


than ever before! Since the launch of MMSM, Manitobans have diver ted 559,887,561.98 kg (559,887 tonnes) from


Fall 2017


landfill including over 85,830 tonnes in 2016 alone. To put that into perspective, that’s equivalent to approximately 311,048 four-door family vehicles! Many of the items we use every day like


paper, cardboard, glass and aluminum cans can be recycled into new products and packaging. Recycling ensures useful materials aren’t wasted and reduces the related consumption of raw materials and energy in manufacturing. When you recycle, you’re helping to protect natu- ral resources, improving the quality of groundwater and reducing the effects of global warming. Where does it all go? After the materials


are picked up from your home or local de- pot, they are taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). At the MRF, the materials are sorted by material type using equip- ment like star screens, optical sorters,


eddy currents and conveyor belts. Te ma- terial is then baled, sold and transported to be manufactured into new products. Te recyclable material in Manitoba typi- cally goes to Ontario (there are a number of plants in various locations), Minneapo- lis, Kentucky and sometimes China. Tis is dependent on market conditions and can change daily. Te only exception is how glass is treat-


ed in Manitoba. Due to a variety of factors and its high cost to transport, glass is processed locally and reused right here at home. In most cases, the glass is crushed at the local landfill and used for a variety of different things. In Winnipeg, glass jars and bottles are taken to the Brady Road Resource Management Facility, where they’re crushed to make road base. Te facility processes more than 5,000 tonnes of glass each year, which helps reduce the


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city’s costs for aggregate. In the end, it is being recycled and reused right here in the province. MMSM believes that education is the


key to increase recovery rates, getting residents to make the right choices when it comes to their blue bins. Education is needed to make sure people know what to recycle, where to recycle and how to recycle. To date, our comprehensive educational programs have encouraged participation, resulting in higher recovery rates, making consumers better recyclers. Remember, recycling is good for our


province and good for our environment. Keep your recyclables out of landfills to ensure a healthy planet for generations to come. Sarah Wallace is the Marketing and


Communications Specialist for Multi- Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM).


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