End of question period raises questions

End of question period raises questionsDuring the Nov. 13, 2018 city council meeting’s question period, Mr. James Kostuchuk asked Mayor Ferris if council would consider eliminating question period due to 'grandstanding' by the public. Mayor Ferris answered ‘yes, they would’.  To see his question and Mayor Ferris's reply, you can watch the video on the city's YouTube channel (1:16:46). Having…

City council to give first reading to kill question period tonight

City council to give first reading to kill question period tonightUnbelievable! Nothing less can be said about any political body at any level that purposely stifles any avenue of communication with those who put them in office. It is inconceivable, even unconscionable that Portage la Prairie city council would consider eliminating Question Period from its regularly scheduled meetings. Yet that’s what Portage la Prairie will…

City council displays lack of vision with new causeway detailed design

City council displays lack of vision with new causeway detailed designWe will have accomplished very little if on Jan. 28 Portage la Prairie city council votes to approve the recently revealed $7 million dollar causeway design. If anything, voters here leading up to the October 2018 municipal election voiced concerns over the inclusion of roundabouts on the proposed new causeway and that of a design…

HUB gives city council progress report

HUB gives city council progress reportMickey Dumont The Portage Citizen The Portage HUB, a community mobilization initiative designed to be proactive in identifying social ills through a wider net to help citizens in need, gave Portage la Prairie City Council an update of its progress since launching in May. Central Plains RCMP Inspector Jarrid St. Pierre, at right and Portage…

City honours Youth Member

City honours Youth MemberTee-Tee Appah was honoured with a plaque by Portage la Prairie city council on Aug. 13. Appah was presented the plaque in appreciation of her volunteer time as Youth Member of Council for 2017-18.

Build a bridge, not a dam

Build a bridge, not a damCity council’s current causeway plan is a mistake that will kill any future our rare jewel of a lake may ever have to offer us.  When the present causeway was built, the lake was cut in two with no way by water to travel from one side to the other. A second serious problem —…

Museum “friends” group calls meeting

Museum “friends” group calls meetingMickey Dumont The Portage Citizen — With the recent announcement the Fort la Reine Museum’s executive director/curator contract has not been renewed and a new opening day has not been scheduled, a group — members and supporters of the museum — is forming to try and learn what direction the museum’s board is going. The…