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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
May 20, 2009

Omand's Creek Clean-up

It's my sincere pleasure to report to the House on the very successful fifth annual clean-up of Omand's Creek, which occurred just this past weekend.

My honourable colleague, the Minister of Competitiveness, Training and Trade ((Mr. Swan), and I collaborated yet again this year for a very successful event, and this year we were very pleased to be joined by three of our other colleagues: the honourable Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mines (Mr. Rondeau), and the MLAs for Kirkfield Park and St. James, who all together cleaned up Omand's Creek, Truro Creek and Sturgeon Creek.

All of us, I'm sure, would like to pay full and proper respect and appreciation to all of the volunteers who came out and also to the local businesses who supplied us with some wonderful parting gifts and prizes for those hardworking volunteers.

The exotic items that we yanked out of the creek bed were many and varied this year. I think the winner would have to be the three-sectional couch that nine members of the military reserve were kind enough to manage to wrestle to shore. I know I also helped to take out some flooring, some wall and some roof from something that had been there and didn't belong there, and a couple of hub caps as well.

Mr. Speaker, as much as it's a little bit comical to look at what ends up in a creek bed, we are doing a community clean-up, and our long-term hope, of course, is that these clean-ups won't be necessary.

I think I'll close this members' statement on a very encouraging note. As we were enjoying some refreshments after our hard labour out at the community barbecue, several people commented to me that the overall amount of material this year is greatly reduced from what it's been in previous years. When our government brings in its new rules on banning any plastic bag, which is either not recyclable or compostable, I'm quite certain that we'll see another good step forward in reducing the amount of litter that clutters up our natural landscape in urban Winnipeg. Thank you very much.