So I can vote… but Where? When? How?

Yesterday we shared that landowners are eligible to vote(in addition to residents) in the upcoming election for Ward 3. We urge all Delta residents and landowners to partipate in this important process and show your support for our Ward and the important work the RM does for us at Delta.

In terms of voting options, you have three:

  • Vote in Person on Election Day(Wednesday August 4th)
  • Advance Voting (Wednesday July 28th)
  • Mail-in “sealed” ballot (if you can’t attend in person)

You do NOT need to be in the province or a resident to vote – instead you can take advantage of the “sealed ballot” option. If you are planning on voting by sealed ballot it is strongly suggested you contact the RM office (instructions in Notice provided below) as soon as possible.

Details on these options, as well as a list of three candidates, are contained in the official announcement posted on the RM of Portage website.

For ease of reference, attached is a copy of the “Notice of By-Election” notice which contains Dates and as well as the instructions for Mail-in ballot (“sealed ballot”):

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Yes you can…Vote

As you may have heard, Terry Simpson, our long serving representative at the RM for Ward 3(which encompasses all of Delta Beach) is retiring. An election is being held shortly to fill his seat.

However, many of us are wondering…. can we vote in the election? I asked this question of Andrea McCabe, who is the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the RM of Portage, as well as the Senior Election official for the Election.

Here is what she shared:

If you are a resident voter, a person must be:
1. a Canadian citizen;
2. at least 18 years of age on election day; and
3. a resident of the local authority for at least six months on Election Day.

If you are a non-resident voter, a person must be:
1. a Canadian citizen;
2. at least 18 years of age on election day;
3. a registered owner of land in the municipality for at least six months on Election Day.

Please note that a maximum of two non-resident voters per property are permitted to vote in a municipal election. In order to be included on the voters’ list, each voter must obtain written consent from a majority of the registered landowners, and file this with the Senior Election Official. If the SEO does not receive the consent form from a non-resident voter that owns property with more than two other property owners, they cannot vote.

If the property is owned in a Corporation’s name then they are not entitled to vote. Only persons can vote, not companies.

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Spring Update

The warm weather has returned, may long has come and gone, and summer is soon upon us. Your Delta Beach Association has been busy, and there are a number of news worthy items to share!

Annual General Meeting
Hard to believe its almost been a year since our last AGM. This year due to the unpredictable nature of COViD, we’re going to be hosting our AGM online using ZOOM(if you haven’t used ZOOM yet, you are in for a treat). So circle the date and time, as our AGM will be held:
Tuesday July 6th at 7pm

We’ll be sharing the proposed agenda and pre-meeting materials at least 30 days before the AGM. Lots to talk about, including more plans and opportunities to get involved!

August BBQ
Mark your calendars, the annual Delta Beach Association BBQ will be held on August 7th!

Sandcastle Competition
With one of the nicest beaches in North America, how could we not have a Sand Castle Competition? Bring your “A” game, and get ready to show your fellow sun-burnt Delta Beach neighbours your architectural talents on August 14th at our DBA Sandcastle Competition!!!!

Delta is getting a Store!
In case you haven’t heard the news, we’re going to have a full-service store at Delta! Plans are for a 1200 square foot(whatever that is in metres) located on the west side of the channel – located just north of the Post Office boxes. Plans include groceries, hot food, ice cream, slushies, outside decks to sit and enjoy your food, wheel chair access, and more. The building will be in place once the annual road weight restrictions are lifting. Then some renovations and deck building will occur. We’ll keep you updated as work progress!

Tot Wheel (the Food Truck)
As we’re looking to have lots of fun activities around Delta this summer, what can be better than having take out food? We’re really excited to announce that Tot Wheels, the food truck, will be at Delta July 3rd and 4th!

New Transfer Station for Refuse and Recycling
As many of you know, we haven’t had a permanent home for the recycling and refuse transfer trailers – ever. For the past few years we have been using the old interpretative centre parking lot, but this was only a temporary solution. The RM of Portage has worked with the DBA to find a permanent solution, and we’re very pleased to announce that the new site will be located next to the MTS communications building. The RM is beginning construction shortly, and has been incredibly good to work with. This has been a coordinated effort as refuse is a DBA service, and recycling a RM service. As such we’re cost-sharing the project. The new station is expected to be in service on June 15th.

New Refuse Station Platform
As you may be aware the old wooden platform that is in place to allow easy access to the refuse transfer trailer has seen better days. We’re very pleased that a brand new, all steel unit is being made as we speak and should be in place soon!

Hat Fund Raiser
Remember those amazing hoodies and t-shirts that Mel Moran did last year? Well this year Mel came up with some amazing ideas for Hats, beer holders and more, and boy did everyone respond!!! Thanks to the wild interest we’ve raised $6,000 towards helping fund some of our DBA projects! Thanks everyone!

Donations
Speaking of donations, we’ve been applying the grants, and also had some very generous donations to help the DBA with some of the projects were taking on. To date we received:
Kevin & Iris Yuill $4,500
Portage Agri Sales $2,500
Shaun, Jennifer, Owen & Nathan Dyck Family  
Doug and Colleen Simpson
IG Wealth Management Matching Gift Program
Portage Country Club Wildlife Fund $1,900
Sirius Protection $500

So between the Hat Fund Raiser and the Donations, we’ve raised $18,000 towards renovating our Tennis Court area. So we’re really excited to share our plans for this are includes:

  • Re-doing the tennis courts to accommodate tennis, pickleball, basketball, and street hockey
  • Beach Volley ball area
  • Bocce Ball Court
  • Tether Ball
  • Picnic Shelter
Concept Drawing of new Recreation Area/Tennis Courts

Boat Launch and Marina Update
The Boat Launch and Marina committee met throughout the winter, and is still pursing a solution to the upkeep of the outer channel (ie. Enough Depth and width so that rescue boats can get out, and fishing/recreation boats can safely enter and exit the channel). Once we have assurance that there is a plan to maintain the outer channel, we will be going ahead with building the marina and relocating the boat launch – but until then, we’re in a holding pattern. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, there was a bit of a understand in the news media. We did NOT get anymore grants for the boat launch/Marina.  

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Reminder: Vote! Tomorrow is Advance Polling Day

Reminder to all Delta Beach landowners and/or residents, tomorrow is the Advance voting day.

Instructions are provided on the “Notice” below:

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Vote 2021: Thoughts on Delta from Ryan Kontzie

Here is our reply from Ryan Kontzie. Please note out of respect for the candidates, we have taken their emails and posted them directly to the website “as is” – so you will notice some formatting differences between each Candidate as they each have their own style.

1. What are some of the things that you would like to see done at Delta and how would you play a role?

I would like to see the playground brought back to life and made safe for our children with a crosswalk for the PR 240. The flood destroyed a lot of natural vegetation and I would like to encourage more trees/shrubs planted throughout.  The channel needs an annual maintenance plan for safe access in and out of the Lake. There are various poor cell reception areas within the RM including Delta, I would like to lobby provincial groups to improve the cell service in the area. I will be supportive to the DBA in improving infrastructure going forward to help the community.

2. The school and interpretative centre buildings which were destroyed by the flood of 2011 has resulted in the loss of a community meeting place and hub for activities and visitors.  The DBA is advocating to to replace these lost facilities with a multi-purpose facility which could be used for community meetings, interpretative centre for wildlife tourism, sporting events, social events and more. What are your thoughts on this, and how do you think you could assist?

I think a multipurpose facility would be a great asset to the DBA. I would assist in many avenues trying to find RM/Provincial/Federal grants that are available. 

3. How do you see the RM working with the DBA on future projects? What would you see as some of these future projects?

I think the RM and the DBA would work well together and communicate regularly. All projects going forward will have a voice with me in council and I will always encourage future growth.

4. There has been much in the news lately around the issue of safe boating access to Lake Manitoba via the Portage and District Boat Launch and Channel located at Delta. Most of the people using these are not Delta residents, but rather people from all round the RM of Portage. The DBA has been working with the RM, Province and Federal government to try and find a permanent solution to maintaining the outer channel (ie. occasional dredging) so that the RCMP can easily access the Lake for rescues, and to allow safe access for fishing and recreation. What are your thoughts on this issue, and what role would you play? 

This is one of my many concerns at Delta. An annual maintenance plan for the channel is needed, as this will always have sediment silting in filling the channel. Lake levels will change from year to year affecting the rate in which the channel fills in as well. My role in this channel would be to make sure that all departments involved are efficiently working together and effectively communicating.

I would like to thank the DBA for taking the time to contact me with their questions and concerns. I would look forward to working with the DBA if I were elected. I hope to see you all out on Aug 4th.  

Sincerely,

Ryan Kontzie

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Vote 2021: Thoughts on Delta from Barry Rud

Here is the reply we received from Barry Rud. Please note out of respect for the candidates, we have taken their emails and posted them directly to the website “as is” – so you will notice some formatting differences between each Candidate as they each have their own style.

Hi,

I am Barry Rud and I would like to be your council representative for Ward 3 Thank you for this opportunity to answer your questions about my candidacy as it relates to Delta Beach.

I have a particular soft spot for Delta Beach as I have been coming out here to sail since about 1974. My wife’s folks had a cottage on the east beach which we enjoyed until its sale. We purchased our property on the west beach in the late summer of 2010 just in time for the flood of 2011. It pretty much decimated what we (like many others) had, to a bare lot.
I have been a participant in, and a witness to, the hard work, and determination of my fellow Delta residents in building back better. In many ways we seem to be on the cusp of completing our recovery from the flood of 2011. There are many new and renovated cottages and homes. The trees are coming back and palpably; optimism on the beach.

Sincerely Barry Rud


1. What are some of the things that you would like to see done at Delta and how would you play a role?

• It is my belief that it is the cottage owners and taxpayers that will be directing me on what they would like to see done at the beach via their voice in the DBA and I will represent that voice to council. However, some of the important things to me personally are:

• To protect ourselves from a repeat of the flood in the next wet cycle. To this end I believe that we need to be advocating as an RM to ensure that the outlet channel at the north end of the lake is completed.

• I am struck this year by the improved water quality at Delta. Without the river silt and the nutrient runoff from the Assiniboine, our water is much clearer. It also appears much bluer than the green hue we have seen in years that the diversion has been used.
As an RM, I believe we should consider advocating to ensure that use of the Portage diversion is limited only to times when it is absolutely necessary to protect our downstream neighbours as it was intended.

• We should be insisting that dikes downstream are maintained and improved to the original standards to eliminate the need for diversion use for “ice clearing”.

• Any use of the diversion, however brief, should trigger an immediate beach cleanup by the province within a week or two of the completion of diversion operations. This would perhaps have an effect of really ensuring use was required.

• We should be advocating for exploration of ways to stop dead trees, which become dangerous deadheads and are a hazard to safe boating, from entering the lake in diversion outflow when it is required

• Advocacy for a cell provider to locate a tower at the beach would certainly enhance livability; but perhaps more importantly; it would allow for greater safety for swimmers and boaters in difficulty out on the water.

2. The school and interpretative centre buildings which were destroyed by the flood of 2011 hasresulted in the loss of a community meeting place and hub for activities and visitors. The DBA is advocating to to replace these lost facilities with a multi-purpose facility which could be used for community meetings, interpretative centre for wildlife tourism, sporting events, social events and more. What are your thoughts on this, and how do you think you could assist?

• I think that such a facility could be well used and could certainly be valuable as a community hub. Who knows….. Saturday night entertainment / dances could once again become a thing at Delta. I am wondering if the recent judge’s ruling that held the province responsible for worsening the flooding in 2011 could provide some foothold to pursue some funding from the province to rebuild this facility. Having been involved with non-profits boards for many years I am aware that there are often grants from various levels of government and private entities available for a variety of purposes. I would be prepared to work on a subcommittee and work as a liaison with the RM to try to find ways to leverage available grants and cobble together the funding to make this happen.

• User fees for outside groups could also be a sustaining source of revenue.

3. How do you see the RM working with the DBA on future projects? What would you see as some of these future projects?

• As your RM councillor I would see myself acting in a liaison role between the DBA and council.

• My view is that the DBA is the legitimate voice of the Delta community as a whole and my role at council would be to represent that voice. With that in mind, I will seek to attend DBA meetings in a non-voting capacity to understand and clarify the issues I am taking forward.

• I think that it is important for the Delta Beach taxpayers to have a voice in the ongoing development /redevelopment of the beach. In some of the discussions I have had with beach residents, I have seen a diversity of opinion on how the beach should be developed/ not developed. For some, development of the beach is an affront to what they hold dear about the beach, which is unspoiled nature, and others would like to see a much more commercialized beach town. I see the Delta Beach Association as being the legitimate arbiter of the diversity of those voices in developing the plan for the path forward.
If I am elected, I see my as role as representing The DBA position on issues to council and identifying it as such. I will encourage folks who are in contact with me who have divergent points of view to ensure their voice has been heard at the DBA and will also ensure that council is aware of the nature and scope of the divergence.

4. There has been much in the news lately around the issue of safe boating access to Lake Manitoba via the Portage and District Boat Launch and Channel located at Delta. Most of the people using these are not Delta residents, but rather people from all round the RM of Portage. The DBA has been working with the RM, Province and Federal government to try and find a permanent solution to maintaining the outer channel (ie. occasional dredging) so that the RCMP can easily access the Lake for rescues, and to allow safe access for fishing and recreation. What are your thoughts on this issue, and what role would you play?

• As a sailor and general boating enthusiast for many years I am keenly aware of the issue of the boat accessibility to the lake. This is being exacerbated by the current low lake levels. The problem for rescues is that typically it is the winds from the south that precipitate the need for rescues. The south winds push broken down vessels or inflatable toys off shore with their owners either riding or in pursuit. In both cases the wind and wave action near the beach can be minimal but once one leaves the wind shadow of the treeline, both the wind and waves grow quickly.

The south winds also create a wind tide that results in even lower water levels in the channel and passage can become impossible for any boat let alone the deep hulled police boat. The south winds also increase our temperatures which results in heavier use of the beach especially by those unfamiliar with its dangers. A solution to this is critical for safety but also for the viability of the proposed marina,


• I believe that the solution to this issue has begun in the consultation of the various stakeholders. Likely next steps should be getting all players to buy in to finding a solution together. Similar beaches /harbour arrangements should be examined and proponents consulted about how arrangements were made. A system of user pays one time or seasonal launch/ parking passes to recoup dredging costs could be explored.
In the interim, I think some other interim options should be explored for safety’s sake o Forming a safety rescue squadron of volunteers who have boats on anchor at the beach. Perhaps this could be mobilized through the use of a system similar to volunteer firefighters. This would be a most expedient way to get a rescue as it would not rely on picking up a boat in Portage and then trying to launch it in the channel. o Perhaps the RCMP boat could be moored on an anchor ready for use.

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Vote 2021: Thoughts on Delta from Kirk Gyselinck

Here is the reply to our questions we received from Kirk. Please note out of respect for the candidates, we have taken their emails and posted them directly to the website “as is” – so you will notice some formatting differences between each Candidate as they each have their own style.

Morning Scott!


Delta is certainly an important part of not only Ward 3, but for the whole RM as well as for Portage and surrounding area. Delta can and should be leveraged as a drawing card for folks to come and enjoy what we have to offer. I’m excited for the opportunity to champion for the needs of the Delta Beach Association. Being a local business owner, my position is that the more services and infrastructure offered; and ease of doing business would only have positive economic effects for the entire area.

I’m in full agreement that a community center would be a great addition at Delta. A facility with multi uses would be a great draw for Delta that could potentially generate revenue by renting it for private functions and events that would benefit the whole RM. This facility could also be a great place to educate folks and school kids on Delta marsh, the environment and conservation. I would champion this. I also feel I could be a great liaison with Delta Water Fowl, as I have had previous dealings, and working together with both entities for the greater good.

As a boater myself, I understand the need for safe and convenient places to launch a boat, especially with water levels as low as they have been lately, this is an ongoing challenge. A proper launch that is maintained well would definitely bring folks to Delta to enjoy the lake. I would champion this as well.

In today’s day and age, staying connected is so important to many people. High speed internet and cellular service are poor at Delta, I feel both of those should be advocated for.

Something I’d like to explore is multi use land access and trails. Delta is a beautifully unique area, and if there was hiking trails, bicycling, and ORV trails for people to explore, this would be one more great draw to the area.

What I will be bring to the table as councillor, is a fresh, progressive, objective perspective. I will be championing for whatever is for the greater good for the entire Ward as issues arise. Having Delta flourish only makes sense for the RM.

Thank you for this opportunity, and should I get elected, I look forward to working with DBA!

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RM By-Election Vote 2021: Thoughts on Delta – Meet the Candidates

Hi Everyone,

As you know there is a by-election coming up shortly to replace Terry Simpson who has retired for health reasons from representing us in Ward 3.

As you should know by now, most of us, regardless of whether living here permanently or not, are eligible to vote. We’re hoping that each property owner and each resident chooses to show their support for the RM and Vote!

To help you understand the candidates and their views on Delta, we asked each candidate a set of questions, and offered to post their reply on the website.

Here are the questions we asked:
1. What are some of the things that you would like to see done at Delta and how would you play a role?

2. The school and interpretative centre buildings which were destroyed by the flood of 2011 has resulted in the loss of a community meeting place and hub for activities and visitors. The DBA is advocating to to replace these lost facilities with a multi-purpose facility which could be used for community meetings, interpretative centre for wildlife tourism, sporting events, social events and more. What are your thoughts on this, and how do you think you could assist?

3. How do you see the RM working with the DBA on future projects? What would you see as some of these future projects?

4. There has been much in the news lately around the issue of safe boating access to Lake Manitoba via the Portage and District Boat Launch and Channel located at Delta. Most of the people using these are not Delta residents, but rather people from all round the RM of Portage. The DBA has been working with the RM, Province and Federal government to try and find a permanent solution to maintaining the outer channel (ie. occasional dredging) so that the RCMP can easily access the Lake for rescues, and to allow safe access for fishing and recreation. What are your thoughts on this issue, and what role would you play?

We’ll be posting their replies as we receive them.

Remember to Vote!

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Reminder to Absent/Away Landowners to Vote

As you know the upcoming elections for our Ward (Ward 3) are upon us. Supporting our RM by getting out to Vote is important.

If you aren’t in town, its easy to vote using the “sealed ballot” option.

The instructions are contained below (extracted from the official Notice published by the RM):

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Vote: Upcoming Election – Get to know the candidates

In case you’re wanting to know a little more about the three candidates running for the Delta Ward 3, portage online has run an excellent series of articles on each. For your reference, links to the articles are included below:

Ryan Kontzie

Barry Rud

Kirk Gyselinck

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Minutes from the May Executive Meeting

Hi all,

Attached is a copy of the minutes from our May Executive Meeting.

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