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James Teitsma for Radisson
James Teitsma for RadissonFriday, December 7th, 2018 at 7:25am

Christmas is often called the most wonderful time of the year. A time of joy and happiness, laughter and song. A time of fellowship and fun with family and friends. A time for exchanging gifts and for sometimes eating a little too much good food.

For many of us, Christmas is also a time to renew our faith in the namesake of the season. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.” That baby Jesus later grew up and taught us to love each other, to show kindness to each other and to live at peace with each other. That’s the true spirit of Christmas.

Christmas isn’t always a time of joy for everyone, though. It can be a time of loneliness or sadness. It can remind us of the limitations we face with the onset of old age or from living with a disability. It can also be a reminder of an empty place around the dinner table. For my family, this upcoming Christmas will be the first without my dad joining us. He passed away this past April.

Many others in our community find Christmas to be a time when they feel more isolated. As well, Christmas can be stressful for families because of financial pressures and expectations.

Since we know Christmas isn’t a time of joy for everyone, we should be motivated to do something about it by spreading a little bit of Christmas cheer.

One meaningful yet simple way to do that is to check out This organization delivers more than 15,000 gifts to seniors in our community every year. Locally, Jacob’s Trading at 1600 Regent Ave. West (Unit 11) is where you can get involved. Seniors who are impoverished or isolated are referred to this program by a health-care worker, personal care home, community group or member of the community. The seniors are then asked what it is they need or would like, and these wishes are subsequently filled by community members like you!

I encourage you to share Christmas with someone who needs it. Share Christmas with someone who needs you.

Together with my wife Joanne and our six children, I wish you all a Merry Christmas filled with love, joy and peace - and with hope for a better future.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

James Teitsma, MLA for Radisson
James Teitsma for Radisson
James Teitsma for RadissonThursday, December 6th, 2018 at 10:31am

December 6 is Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

This day marks the anniversary of the tragic and brutal murder of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989.

Today represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the reality of violence against girls and women in our society.

This day we remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence.

This day we must resolve to #DoSomething about it.

When reflecting on that tragic day over 25 years ago, feelings of despair, sheer agony and helplessness can overwhelm us. I've found myself watching this brief but powerful scene from the movie Polytechnique over and over. It's when the killer enters a classroom of about 60 engineering students, armed with a rifle.

He then separates the nine female students from the approximately fifty men and orders the men to leave. All the men leave, letting the door close silently after them. A minute later, the killer opens fire on the female students, killing six, and wounding the other three.

The scene is raw. It's powerful. It's horrible. No matter how many times I watch it, it continues to impact me profoundly.

As so many others have, I ask myself: what would I have done if I was in that classroom? The truth is, I don't know. None of us do.

But really, that's not the question that should be asked. What I should be asking myself - what we all should be asking ourselves - is:


What should I do if, and may God graciously prevent it, I find myself in such a horrible circumstance?

What should I do if I am faced with tyranny and oppression? With brutality and unspeakable evil?

What should I do to combat violence against girls and women in our society?

Will I stand in solidarity with the targets of violence?

Will I give of myself - even risk my life - to defends the rights and freedoms of others?

Will I resist oppression and tyranny with all my will and strength?

Or will I let the door close.... silently.

Freedoms aren't free. They are bought with a price.

Let today be a day of remembrance and a day of action.

But most of all, let it be a day of RESOLVE.

Today, I resolve to do what I can to prevent and stop violence against girls and women.

Today, I resolve to defend the rights and freedoms of all Canadians.

Today, I resolve not to be caught off guard, but instead to stand on guard.
James Teitsma for Radisson
Polytechnique: Remembering the Montreal Massacre
A scene from the movie Polytechnique that looks at horrifying massacre of 14 women at the École Polytechnique an engineering school in Montreal on December 6...
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James Teitsma for Radisson shared a link.Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at 8:31am
Christmas Wreaths for Transcona Veterans “ at the Transcona Field of Honour Posted on December 3, 2018 | by Darcy Robert Christmas Wreaths for Veterans in the Field of Honour- Transcona Cemetery By Peter and Audrey Martin In 2016, there was a Canada wide program called “Wreaths across Canada” ...
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James Teitsma for Radisson is with Nic Curry and 13 others.Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at 3:53pm
The all-party MLA choir tuning up for the Grand Finale of the Annual Manitoba Legislature Christmas #OpenHouse under the direction of Speaker Myrna Driedger and the able accompaniment of Rick Yarish and Cameron Friesen.


James Teitsma for Radisson
James Teitsma for RadissonThursday, November 29th, 2018 at 3:10pm
While a growing and aging population increase pressure on ERs across Canada, Manitoba is the ONLY province showing FASTER ER wait times.

The latest CIHI (Canadian Institute for Health Information) data shows the WRHA is the MOST IMPROVED health region in the entire country!

That holds true for both
- Time to see a medical professional; and
- Total length of stay in the ER.

Our government is delivering #BetterCareSooner. #mbpoli
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James Teitsma asks about wait time improvements
Radisson MLA James Teitsma asks Health Minister Cameron Friesen about the latest data released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information showing a maj...
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James Teitsma for RadissonTuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 3:33pm

Hopefully, that's what your cell phone will be telling you on Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 at 1:55pm.

Manitoba regularly conducts testing of the mobile alerting capabilities. It's important to know if the system if effective or needs further tweaks.

SO DON'T PANIC! It's only a test 🙂

Please Like & Share to spread the word so no one is surprised.


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