Manitoba begins consultations on new sustainable protein strategy

Manitoba begins consultations on new sustainable protein strategyMickey Dumont The Portage Citizen While Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced at Manitoba Ag DaysMManitoba Ag Days a provincial initiative to develop a first-of-its-kind sustainable protein strategy, Roquette Canada representatives were presenting a progress report to Portage la Prairie Rotarians. Speaking at the Rotary Club regular meeting, Roquette’s Human Resources Director - Canada Anumeha…

Roquette construction site still idle

Roquette construction site still idleMickey Dumont The Portage Citizen — Construction at the half-billion dollar Roquette site here remains stalled as the international plant-based food processor continues to fine tune its plans. Roquette did inaugurate a new pea protein production unit at its Vic-sur-Aisne, France site less than two weeks ago and will likely focus its attention on its…

Looking for business on the world stage

Looking for business on the world stageMickey Dumont The Portage Citizen — In the big picture, the end of April’s World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) meeting at Leeuwarden, Netherlands, Portage la Prairie may have been a bit player on the huge international stage, but our representative there had an ulterior motive. The WTCA conference saw a memorandum of understanding signed committing…

Of museums, senior care and transparency

Of museums, senior care and transparencyEarlier this month the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, the Honourable Janice Filmon, opened the doors to Government House and launched a new series of casual get-togethers she calls “Conversations and Celebrations”. I was privileged to attend the inaugural session on May 8 centered on the theme of building community. As speakers, the Lieutenant Governor had…

Council to hear tax incentive bylaw delegates

Council to hear tax incentive bylaw delegatesMickey Dumont The Portage Citizen —   At its 6 p.m. meeting tonight, city council will hear four delegates speak to the proposed tax incentive bylaw introduced three weeks ago. The bylaw is expected to hear second and third (final) readings tonight. Bylaw 18-8672, a tax incentive bylaw introduced April 23 during last council meeting,…

Roquette still “full speed ahead”

Roquette still “full speed ahead”Production pushed ahead into 2020 Mickey Dumont —  Portage la Prairie’s business community and coffee shops have been rife with rumours the half-billion dollar Roquette plant here, is in trouble. Rumours have been circulating for at least two weeks that work at the site has been halted, engineering cost overruns have escalated to nearly a billion…

Commercial real estate deals a sign of the times

Commercial real estate deals a sign of the timesLife-lease towers sell Mickey Dumont The Portage Citizen A mega million-dollar real estate deal finally cleared hurdles this month that saw Portage la Prairie’s life lease towers sold to a local investor. Dalton Estates, Queens Court and Windsor Park buildings, a total of 147 lease-life units, were sold at the beginning of April for an…

BOOM TOWN!

BOOM TOWN!BOOM TOWN! The Portage Citizen The “B” word is increasingly slipping off more local tongues. What does it mean?Quietly, but assertively, Vern May, Portage Regional Economic Development (PRED) executive director may be the first municipal official to state Portage la Prairie and area is in the midst of an economic boom. May’s economic development portfolio…

Real estate to make steady gains

Real estate to make steady gainsReal estate to make steady gains The Portage Citizen The coming influx of new workers and their families to Portage la Prairie attracted by new jobs at Roquette when it is built and when Simplot expands will put expected and unexpected pressure in the real estate market. “There will be a shortage of housing in…