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Joyce ShraderJoyce Shrader, Executive Director of the Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre

500 million-1.5 billion children experience violence each year. In Canada 10-16% of grade 1-12 students report being bullied in the past 2 months, and 9% of female and 13% of male youth report experiencing dating violence.

These stats need to change, and that is the goal of the RespectED program. Their aim is to create safe environments, free from violence and abuse, especially for children and youth.

The Portage Harmony Project, lead by Joyce Shrader is bring in the Canadian Red Cross and their Respect Ed program to educate people in our community and surrounding area on healthy relationships. The course essentially teaches people to be teachers themselves so that they can help and educate the people in their lives that they come in contact with. The course is great for school counsellors, church leaders, and leaders in our community in general, especially those who are involved with youth work. 

Joyce helps by explaining it further.


If you want to sign up for the course give the Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre a call at (204) 239-5234

For details on RespectED click here

There is more info on RespectED on the Family Abuse Prevention Centre site. Click here 


Happy Earth Day to you!  Here's 10 Fun Facts about Earth Day you might not know!


  1. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
  2. Earth Day originated in the US but became recognized worldwide by 1990.
  3. On Earth Day 2009, Disney released a documentary film called “Earth” that followed the migration paths of four animal families
  4. On the very first Earth Day, 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution. An environmental movement was born as a result.
  5. Every year on April 22, men, women, and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet. Even here in town it's Clean Up The Crescent Day!
  6. Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day while he was working as a US senator.
  7. Earth Day was renamed officially by the UN in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day.
  8. Some schools and communities celebrate Earth Day for a whole week to expand the time frame that people focus on the earth and how they can preserve it.
  9. Two Years ago on this day, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
  10. During the Earth Day celebration in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan.

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Hockey Pool Results Apr 24 11

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Here are the standings of the Mix 96 Playoff Pool. 

*Current as of Thursday Apr 24 6AM

mixblog - twentybucksPRED Executive Director Douglas Barill at their Royal Road offices.

How far can a $20 go in our community?

That was the question last week when Douglas Barill, the Executive Director of Portage Regional Economic Development joined us on the show. He brought along a $20 bill from his own pocket to give away to someone on the air who was willing to go spend it first at a business owned by a Portager... and then present their receipt to the PRED office to collect the cash.

It was a simple idea that spread. Hear what happened next:

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It was a bit of a spontaneous radio promotion, one that got people asking themselves questions about who owned what in the city - giving credit to those small and medium business owners who are the backbone of our local economy.

So, how far do you think $20 from everyone in our community can go?

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The Wedding Planner contest is on now! Brought to you by Schapansky's Florists in Portage the contest involves submitting the name of a couple getting married in 2014. By submitting you have a chance at winning a $10 gift card if your submission is read on the air! Every couple entered will be entered into the draw for a $200 wedding rental at Schapansky's Florist.

Here are the $10 gift card winners so far!

Dawn Froese

Rhonda Calder

Dixie Creasy

Lois Mauthe

Sharon Lloyd

Candace Boschman

Tammy Adams

Kristen Lilley

Jani Witoski

Yvette Cuthbert

Kim Sissons

Janice Wiebe

Michelle Huyber

Micheline Major

Claudia Sanderson

Amanda Gerbrandt



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