Wall of ice destroys homes on Dauphin Lake

Lake ice on Dauphin Lake has stacked up to extensively damaged 20 homes on Friday. The ice pile up was due to the high winds on Friday. The damaged homes are located primarily on Lake View Drive, with some on Sombrero Drive and Beach Road in the Ochre Beach area.

According to Reeve Clayton Watts, no one has been hurt.

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Govm’t drops charges against Protesters – Rally Moved to Legislature

We just received this update in regards to the charges against the Farmers who conducted the protest at the Diversion.

The following is a copy of the email we just received at 9:59 PM this evening:
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Lake Manitoba Flood Rehabilitation Committee
Manitoba NDP government drops case

May 6, 2013 – Portage la Prairie – The Manitoba NDP government has dropped the case against Jonas Johnson aka Joe Johnson and unknowns in regards to the farmer rally on April 29 in protest of the government deciding to open the Portage Diversion and flow the water down the channel to Lake Manitoba.

The group protested the opening of the diversion because the government had failed to compensate adequately for the 2011 flood and wanted assurance government build the channel outlet at the north end of Lake Manitoba.

“There is nothing else against us and nothing to hold us back from holding a rally on Tuesday, May 7 at 10 AM, but at the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature,” said happy Kevin Yuill who helped organize the diversion protest. “We want to keep the pressure on because nothing has changed. We want compensation, the channel at the north end, and the diversion fixed up.”

When the government opened the diversion, within 30 hours, the heavy flow of water breached a half a mile of the dike, flooding 150 acres of Yuill’s winter wheat and the land of some other farmers.

During the negotiations, NDP government minister Steve Ashton agreed to a meeting with the group and Yuill wants to know when this meeting will take place Mr. Ashton.
“We are relieved we don’t have charges against us,” he said. “We made the government back off and more people in the province are now aware of our situation. That is huge, just huge.”

The deal, a real win for the farmers, was made with the crown, the government will not make any claims for costs and drop the case.

“We will not interfere with the flow of water and we never were going to,” said Yuill. “They agreed to drop the lawsuit and we agreed not to go for costs.”
Rally at the Manitoba Legislature

Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 7th
10:00 AM
It’s Time to Stand Together

For more information call:
– Kevin Yuill – 204-856-3258
– Harry Siemens – 204-332-0741 email harry@siemenssays.com

Please let everyone know that the location has been changed. This is very short notice and everyone that was intending on going to the Courthouse needs to know of the changes.

Blockade Participants Served – Rally being organized on Tuesday to show support

ALMS received this appeal for support regarding the recent action against the protest held at the Portage Diversion.

See below for a copy of the email we received.

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On Sat, May 4, 2013 at 3:58 PM, wrote:

It’s Time to Stand Together

Hello fellow members and friends,

Joe Johnson and Kevin Yuill both received subpoenas to court on Tuesday May 7, 2013 at 10 am, to a preliminary hearing to determine if the government can charge them for their actions at the Portage Diversion on Monday, April 29th. This hearing comes only one week after the rally. Some RCMP members were quite surprised the system could schedule a court date so quickly when it often takes months to hold a hearing for more serious crimes.

The government is accusing those at the Portage Diversion rally of putting points east of Portage and Winnipeg at risk. The media has reported and we keep hearing many times over how Minister Steve Ashton feels these actions were irresponsible and reckless. What Minister Ashton fails to recognize is that the organizers of this rally would have left at a moment’s notice to ensure no one would ever be at risk. The mediators recorded a conversation in that regard.

Many people feel the government is using Lake Manitoba residents as a smokescreen for other issues facing them such as the hike in the PST sales tax by one percent. Is it not irresponsible and reckless to use the real concerns and fears of Lake Manitoba people to divert attention away from their actions and their shortcomings? Minister Ashton’s actions are unacceptable and the court hearing is bordering harassment, and more…..

We would like to suggest that as many people as possible gather at the courthouse on May 7th in support of the rally at the Portage Diversion. Lake Manitoba residents need to continue lobbying for fair multi-year compensation and for additional drainage from Lake Manitoba. The hike in PST is a real issue for all Manitobans and this should not go unmentioned either. The Lake Manitoba Flood Rehabilitation Committee is in favour of a peaceful gathering and insists that committee members are respectful and peaceful in this process.

The hearing:

Date: Tuesday May 7, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM – (arriving at 9:00 AM may draw the media in before the hearing)

Provincial Court, Law Courts Building
Main Floor, 408 York Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0P9
Phone: (204) 945-3454
Fax: (204)945-7130

Parking at the Provincial Courthouse will be a problem and it may be in the best interest of groups to arrange for car pooling or chartering a bus from a common pick-up point outside of Winnipeg. The time frame is rather short so if you have any suggestions please share them with your local groups. As of yet, there are no formal arrangements for car pooling or a chartered bus.

Feel free to share this e-mail with others who are in support of the Rally at the Portage Diversion.

Together we are strong,
Tom