Morden’s Multicultural Winterfest Is Coming

Morden’s Multicultural Winterfest is Saturday, Feb 16, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at... Details Here

The Province is taking a hard look at the K-12 education system, including the effectiveness of local school divisions.

There are currently 290 school trustees in Manitoba. "I need to be convinced that's the right number," Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen says, adding they will consider consolidating school division in the province.

"Do you have less school divisions? Do you have school divisions at all? The answers to those questions are important to determine how you pay for the system," Goertzen adds.

An eight-person commission will conduct an extensive consultation across the province on a wide range of topics such as student learning, teaching and whether to merge school divisions or get rid of them entirely.

Premier Brian Pallister says a review of the education system has not taken place since the 1960's, "and a lot has changed," he says.

He notes the province is struggling, ranked 10th in student outcomes in science, math, and literacy. "This is not acceptable," Pallister says, adding they are looking for feedback from parents, teachers and business leaders.

For those advocating for local school boards, Pallister says, "we're not going to do things the same old way and finish last, that's not going to happen, but we don't have preconceived notions."

"We've got to be open to new ideas and new ways of doing things," he adds.

The commission will provide its report to Goertzen by February of 2020.

More Local News

Local Entrepreneurs Make A Deal On Dragon's Den

Local entrepreneurs faced the dragons of Dragon's Den and came away with a $400,000 deal. Browse by G owners and husband and wife team Giovanna Minenna, and Scott Russell pitched the capital…

Modern Roof Trusses Built To Carry Heavy Snow Weight

If you're concerned about the weight of snow on your rooftop, you can save yourself the worry. Myron Derksen, the chief building inspector for the MSTW Planning District, says modern roof trusses are…

Morden Police Encourage Reporting Of Suspicious Activities

"We always encourage people to call; no call is too trivial. We'd rather show up and find out it's nothing than find out after that something did occur, and somebody could have called to prevent it."…

Romance Scams Cost Canadians Millions

RCMP report Canadians were scammed out of $22.5-million through the Romance Scams in 2018. That's only what has been reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Of that total, over $812,000 was lost…

Province To Review Youth Justice System

When 60 percent of youth in correction facilities also involved in CFS, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen says it's time to create a more comprehensive approach. The provincial government is undertaking…

Multicultural Winterfest Returning To Morden For 11th Year

After 10 successful years of sharing the variety of cultures in the Pembina Valley, the Multicultural Winterfest is coming back for the 11th year this Saturday. One of the organizers, Jewel White,…

Local Businesses Warned Of Phone Hack

A number of local companies are dealing with the fallout of having their phone systems hacked. Solutions IT's Wes Ens explains a number of businesses have reported their phone system being hacked and…

School Looking Into Social Media Post Insulting Prime Minister

A local teacher came under fire Thursday after posing with a politician and holding sign with a disparaging message regarding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The post has since been deleted from the…

Buhler Active Living Centre Celebrates Valentines By Supporting Katie Cares

This Valentine's Day Buhler Active Living Centre (BALC) spread the love, approaching Katie Cares to be the recipient of their February fundraiser. The evening filled with delightful food and music by…

UPDATE - Tactical Team Spotted In Altona Friday Morning

There is nothing to report after members of the Regional Support Tactical Team were spotted in Altona Friday morning. Altona Police Chief Perry Batchelor says the incident, at an apartment complex…

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

Search the Biz Guide

Login