The Imagination Library is a program that allows children an opportunity to read for free. The Aseneskak Casino Fundraising Committee will be hosting a monster bingo this weekend as a fundraiser for the Program. Shirley Barbeau with the Casino says “The proceeds raised will go towards to the Imagination Library, to pay for postage of shipped books”. Children from the 6 communities that partner in the Aseneskak Casino are able to sign up and receive one free book a month. The Monster Bingo is this weekend at the veterans Hall.
Adults in The Pas are invited to a parent group this week. Towards Flourishing is a program on Mental Health Promotion for Families. The program will be held on Thursday and again on March 30th at The Pas Family Resource Centre. It’s an opportunity to learn simple strategies that you can use every day to increase your mental wellness. Sessions begin at 1:30pm and to register you can call 204-623-6349.
The Town of The Pas announced yesterday there will be no town of The Pas Council, or Committee of the Whole Meeting’s next week. The meetings were scheduled for Monday March 27th but have been cancelled. All agenda items will be dealt with at the regularly scheduled April 10th meetings. Town of The Pas council meets every second and fourth Monday of the month for their town council, and committee of the whole meetings.
A date has been set for the 2017 The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce Trade Show. The Show will be held from May 11th to 13th this year at the Roy H Johnston Arena. Early bird vendor registration is now available until the end of the week. To register for your spot at the 2017 Trade Show, or for more information you can email email@example.com. The annual show brings together exhibitors from all over the country to showcase their crafts and talents.
Ecole Opasquia School and Kelsey School will be taking registration for Kindergarten in April. Children born in 2012 are eligible to attend Kindergarten starting this September. Registration will be accepted at both schools on April 12th. It starts at 6pm and they ask you bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization record for verification. Registration may only be completed by the child’s parent or legal guardian. For more information you can call Ecole Opasquia School at 204-623-3459 or Kelsey School at 204-623-6421.
The Christ Church Men in Aprons are hosting a fundraising Breakfast in The Pas. This Sunday the Men in Aprons are raising funds for The Pas Handivan by hosting a breakfast for the community. There is no set price for breakfast as their will be a silver collection at the door. The breakfast begins at 11:45am at the Christ Church. The Pas Handi-van is a non-profit organization that provides affordable transportation services to mobility limited children and adults. They provide transportation to those within a 5 kilometer radius of The Pas.
The University College of the North will be hosting an open house next week.
Anyone is invited to the open house and it’s for people who would like to learn how they can grow their future at their own pace.
You can also meet with current students, instructors and staff to learn more about the variety of programs available.
It will be held on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm.
There will also be a chance to win a two-thousand dollar tuition credit.
Three mushers who went missing in stormy weather on their way to a sled dog race in northern Manitoba have been found.
a family member told CBC on Thursday, they found the three and are transporting them slowly to Leaf Rapids.
14 year old Ryley Froelich left Thompson with two adult mushers and roughly 30 dogs on Monday evening, before the blizzard hit. They were in a truck heading to a dog sled race in Brochet.
Environment Canada said Blizzard conditions arrived in Thompson overnight into Tuesday and by the time it moved out late Wednesday, it had dropped 50 centimetres of snow.
There is no further information at this point about when and where Froelich and the man and woman were found.
The Northern Health Region is hosting two programs for cardiac patients and family next week. They will be held March 14th at The Pas Wellness Centre in the Multi Purpose Room. From 1pm to 2:30pm, Derrick Sanderson a Director of Pharmacy will be presenting on “Reviewing Heart Medications”. From 2:45pm to 4pm, Russell Thorne a Community Health Developer will be presenting “Sleep for Optimum Health”. For more information or to register you can call Lori Veito at 627-6418. The programs are open to anyone.
School has been cancelled for today and now tomorrow across the entire Kelsey School Division.
With the dumps of snow our area received busses took students home at noon yesterday.
As for safety of the students classes have been cancelled for the entire day, and should resume as scheduled Thursday.
A long time business in The Pas is closing its doors this evening for the final time. Dennis Watier Owner of Watier Jewelers says it’s an emotional time for his family. Watier Jewelers first opened its doors in 1961 and is going on 57 years in our community. They will be celebrating their last day today with coffee and cupcakes.
The Kinsmen Club of The Pas is hosting another major fundraiser over the next few months. The Kinsmen Club will be raffling off a $2,000 broil king BBQ. There are 3 different prizes available and for tickets you can get them from any Kinsmen member or at Northland Ford. Only 1200 tickets were printed. For more information you can visit their website thepaskinsmen.ca.
The University College of the North will be hosting an open house in the middle of March. Anyone is invited to the open house and it’s for people who would like to learn how they can grow their future at their own pace. You can also meet with current students, instructors and staff to learn more about the variety of programs available. It will be held March 16th from 4pm to 7pm. There will also be a chance to win a two-thousand dollar tuition credit.
Premier Biran Pallister and Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen have announced the next phase of the government's "Look North" strategy.
Pallister explained the strategy encourages those from outside northern Manitoba to consider investing in the region.
It includes a website - look north M-B dot C-A - which has information on building a business in northern Manitoba.
It also encourages Manitobans to share their vision and love for the north by submitting short videos and photos or through social media by using the hashtag Look North M-B.
A plan i salso in development to engage First Nation communities with interest in increasing their participation in the economic benefits of mining.
Three northern economic summits will be held in The Pas, Thompson and Churchill in April.
Premier Brian Pallister was on hand in The Pas yesterday to not only kick off Trappers Festival, but to announce a funding investment for UCN. Pallister talked about the relationships between different levels of government and their importance by saying "we have to work together, i'm pelase to have worked well with Mayor Jim Scott and OCN." Yesterday they announced a 1-million dollar investment in renovation of science labs at UCN. The science labs are used annually by 120 students and are expecting to be renovated by next school year.
Its day 2 of the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival today. After the opening ceremonies and the torchlight parade yesterday, today is the first full day of events. Starting today at 10am is the start of the World Championship Sled Dog Race at Halcrow Lake. Later this afternoon The Snow Sculpting and Decorating contest judging begins at 2pm. Day 2 of Trappers Festival wraps up this evening with the Community Competition Night.
This trapper’s festival the Kinsmen Club of The Pas will be welcoming National Dignitaries to the weeklong events. Every year the Kinsmen Club put in hundreds of volunteer hours into the dog sled races and this year will be no exception. Kevin Carlson, The Pas Kinsmen Club President said, “I cannot tell you just how thrilled we are to have our national president James Doerr and District Governor John DeBeer with us for trapper’s festival.” Last year the club put in 1207 service hours to successfully run the World Championship 10 sled dog race, the Jack McPhail 6 dog race, Joe LeClerc 4 dog race and the Shell Kinsmen Junior race.
The Pas RCMP have apprehended 3 suspects in a Friday morning house robbery. The Pas RCMP received a report of a robbery this morning and responded. The Three suspects fled in a vehicle but we’re apprehended. RCMP Media Relations say it doesn’t appear they're any injuries and the investigation is ongoing, updates will be available as they’re provided.
Representatives of the OCN Blizzard are making a trip to Thompson to meet with Northern Leaders tomorrow morning. Nathan McGillivray an OCN member and one of the OCN Blizzard Founders says the OCN Blizzard Board of Directors and staff will be in attendance along with OCN members, Northern Chiefs and Northern residents. The meeting is being hosting by Chief Marcel Moody of Nelson House and other communities are expected to attend. The focus the meeting is to look for support and financial contributions from other Northern Communities and try to keep the OCN Blizzard in OCN for future years.
A request from the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce has yielded positive success. They asked Chambers across the province to write to local MPs to persuade the Trudeau government not to implement a tax on health and dental benefits which would prevent many employers from providing this coverage. Northern Chambers sent letters to MP Niki Ashton and encouraged their members to do the same. Manitoba Chambers President Chuck Davidson says the campaign yielded positive results. He says the Chambers across both Manitoba as well as Canada stepped up and expressed their concern about the potential impact this was going to have on small businesses. Davidson adds this has shown what can be accomplished by Chambers of Commerce when they have a common goal and message.
The Kelsey School Division are hosting a public meeting in regards to their 2017-18 budget year. Tonight is the night to have your voice heard or ask questions as everyone is welcome to attend the public meeting. It will be held at the MBCI Library at 7pm. It’s an opportunity to provide input regarding suggested items for the budget year. Budget items will be on display and Board members will be present to discuss them. The Preliminary Budget will be tabled on Feb 6th.
You can take a food handling course here in The Pas. If you’re interesting in working in the food industry or would just like more knowledge on safe food handling the course is for you. The food safe, food handling level 1 course, will be offered Monday at the Christ Church Anglican Hall. It will run from 8:30am to 4:30pm and the instructor is James Dean. For the cost and to register you can email James at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-623-3790.
The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival brings the return of the King Trapper Competition. King Trappers will compete in over 20 events and Diane Buck the organizer of the competition says “The marathon snow shoe race, I believe Chris Perchaluk won that event, with a time of 1 hour and 26 minutes.” Those wanting to compete can pre register by calling Diane Buck at 623-4579 or 620-4947. There’s big prize money available for the Trapper Competitions including $1,200 and more for King Trapper.
The Northern Health Region is hosting a program for cardiac patients and family in 2 weeks. The program in early February coincides with Heart Month which is recognized as February. The program is being held February 7th at the Primary Health Care Centre and anyone is welcome. Presenters will be speaking on Blood Pressure and the Food you Eat, as well as Managing Cholesterol and Triglycerides. To register you can call 627-6418, or 623-9681.
The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival is 4 weeks away and decorations are almost ready to be set up. Trappers Chairperson Sonny Lavalee says they’re currently working on getting slabs ready so they can be distrusted to local businesses. They will be setting up slabs at the Wescana Inn this year so they can be disturbed easily. You can reach Lavalee at 620-1704 to pre order slabs for your business.
If you’d like to help those affected by the Acres Manor fire you still can. Right now they’re looking for people to help with the temporary moving process. Close to 100 residents are moving items from the apartment to new homes and need help. Building renovations are set to begin and all items are asked to be moved by Saturday. If you can lend a hand or a truck to help you can call Gary Hopper at 204-623-0200, 9am to 6pm today or tomorrow. Hopper also said he believes everyone has found tentative homes but if not, they can also call.
Residents of The Pas living with Diabetes, or those who are at risk of it are welcome to participate in a class. The beginner resistance band class will be held in early February and is open to anyone. The class is being held by the Northern Health Region in accordance with Kelsey Recreation. Pre registration is required and you can do that by calling The Primary Health Care Centre at 204-623-9650. You can also drop in on January 30th between 1 and 4pm to register. Deadline is February 1st. The 6 weeks of classes will begin on February 7th from 10:30am to 12noon.
The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival annual Talent and Stage Show will take place on the Friday of Trappers this year. February 17th at 7pm from MBCI the show will take place and their looking for registration now. Only 8 competitors are allowed per category and they include ages 12 and under, 13 to 17, and 18 and up. Big prizes are available as $1,250 in prize money is up for grabs, first prize will take home $500.
Residents affected by the fire at Acres Manor last week are still looking for accommodations. Immediate accommodations for families with children are needed as well as accommodations for single people/couples. If you have rental space available they ask you post in the Facebook group “Housing for Displaced Acres Manor Fire Victims” or else call the town and leave your contact info. Donations still needed right now include food, snacks, gift cards for food, and restaurants. There is still no clear timeline as to when people will be let back in.
OCN Public Works will be repairing multiple water breaks in the Timberland Trailer Court today. Residents living in Timberland will have their water shut off today from 9am to 5pm approximately while repairs are done. They ask you store enough water for the day and remember to shut off your hot water tank breakers to prevent the elements from burning out. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Zacc Moore at 204-627-7051.
There will be a public meeting on Wed. February 1st in the Margeret Barbour Collegiate Library at 7pm regarding the 2017 – 2018 school budget year. Like past meetings budget items will be on display and board members will be available to discuss them. The Preliminary Budget will be tabled Monday February 6th. Questions of clarification can be asked at the regular board meeting Monday February 27.
The Northern Manitoba Trapper’s Festival is just 5 weeks away and one of the many events surrounding it is the Torchlight Parade Wednesday February 15th. All groups, individuals and businesses who want to enter a float can pick up registration forms at Pineview Realty, The Opasquia Times or at 102.9 CJAR. The Theme for the parade is “Remembering the Kings and Queens in 2017.” For further information contact Teresa at 627 – 9725 or Jim at 623 6100.
If you love animals and have some artistic talent The Pas and Area Animal Shelter need your help. The staff is busy looking after stray cats and dogs and don’t have time to design a logo.They are looking for a logo that will be instantly recognizable and will grab a lot of attention.
Any artist that can help is asked to enter your submission by Saturday January 28th at 5pm.
E-mail submissions to email@example.com or drop them off to Kristin at the The Pas Regional Library.
Country Gospel Jamboree
This weekend you’re invited to join in on a time of musical reflection. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish presents a country gospel jamboree this Saturday the 14th at 7:30 pm and Sunday the 15th at 2:30 pm.
The performance will feature Father Armand Le Gal, OMI accompanied by Jeannine Guyot. Tickets will be sold at the door only with all proceeds going to the Our lady of the Sacred heart Cathedral.
The performance will feature Father Armand Le Gal, OMI accompmanied by Jeannine Guyot.
CPR and First Aid training
Next week you can take CRP and First Aid Training in The Pas.
The training will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday next week and space is limited.
It will be held at Christ Church Hall at 1 Saskatchewan Crescent, from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Training is for ages 16-29 and registration deadline is Friday.
For questions or information you can contact Krista Tooley at 204-620-2373.
Aboriginal Youth Employment Prospects Projects
This week The Pas Friendship Centre is hosting Aboriginal Youth Employment Prospects Project Workshops.
The Theme for the 4 days of workshops is Enabled, Empowered, Educated and Employed.
The week begins with 2 days of essential job skills workshop today and tomorrow.
There will also be a sexual health presentation on birth control, a cooking circle, and a painting with Sydni workshop.
Everyone is invited and for more information you can call The Pas Friendship Centre at 204-627-7504.
With Christmas and New Year's Day landing on a Sunday, some of the Town of The Pas Offices will be closed a little longer than usual. The Landfill will be closed this Friday the 23rd at noon and will re-open on Wednesday the 28th. The Pas Civic Centre will close at noon on Friday and will re-open on the 28th. It will also be close January 2nd and open January 3rd. For further information visit The Town of The Pas Community Updates Facebook Page.
The Pas RCMP released their monthly crime stats numbers for the month of October. Over the month of October the local RCMP responded to 4 incidents of disturbing the peace, 2 of impaired and 3 of assault in the RM of Kelsey. Across the Town of The Pas they also responded to 141 incidents of Disturbing the peace, 9 of impaired and 32 of assault. Also in The Pas they responded to 3 incidents of Break and Enter, 27 of Theft and 3 of Drugs. In the RM of Kelsey those numbers were lower as they responded to 0 incidents of Break and Enter, 3 of Theft and 0 of Drugs.
Students graduating from the Law Enforcement certificate program at UCN can now directly apply to the RCMP without taking the entrance exam. Jim Scott from UCN Communications Dept. says this speaks volumes for their Law Enforcement program. "It means a great deal to University College of the North. We've been saying for quite some time that our Law Enforcement Program is one of the best you will find in the country, and this just proves it." The RCMP entrance exam is is an online exam normally required by applicants as part of the selection process. The exemption is effective for graduates beginning in June 2017.
102.9 CJAR, the Opasquia Times and the Town of the Pas present the Citizen and Business of the Year. Nomination forms can be picked up here at 130 – 3rd St. W, The Opasquia times, the Library, and the Chamber of Commerce. Shirley Barbeau says anyone who does something extra is eligible . "Somebody that really makes your life better by them showing up on time for work, and really putting themselves forward, and giving you above and beyond of what you would ever expect." The Awards Dinner and Presentation is Wednesday Nov. 23rd at the Kikiwak Inn.
The OCN land authority is holding a by-election for 2 vacant positions to sit as members. Gloria Asmus from the band office tells where members can vote. "At the Otineka Mall, from 9am to 8pm. If you need have anymore questions you can contact Evelyn Genaille, the Electoral Officer at 204-627-7148." Evelyn can also be reached when you call toll free 1 – 800 – 265 – 9638.
On Saturday October 29th The Pas RCMP responded to a call about a vehicle in the ditch on HWY. 10 near the weigh station. The vehicle had rolled, landing on it’s roof.
The driver and the only other occupant, a 19 year-old female from Clearwater Lake appeared to be uninjured but were transferred to hospital. Alcohol is believed to be a factor.
RCMP are continuing their investigation.
“Looking After Eaxh Other Day’ is an intense day of learning and supports for service providers along with focused discussions about FASD related case examples.
It’s a full day of activities starting tomorrow at 8:45 am at the Kikiwak Inn presented by the FASD coalition of Manitoba.
Shine Some Light Day is a Day of Learning about supports for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder as well as it’s services and stories. This will be going on all day until 4 pm at the Kikiwak Inn.
Participants will learn from people with FASD, therapists, mental health and social workers and talk about “Looking After Each Other”, an event that’s happening tomorrow.
The Pas Arts Council welcomes “Everything Fitz.” A family of musicians who specialize in old time fiddling and Ottawa Valley Step dancing. They have won a number of awards and are pretty famous across Eastern Canada. Bonnie White tells how you can get tickets.
"We have them out in the community, both Shane's locations and The Pas Regional Library. Plus they can get them online at our website through our new PayPal account, so it's really easy to get them. You can print off your receipt and bring it with, or you can send me a quick text or email, or a note on our webpage and let me know that you purchased tickets, so I can grab them and write your name on the back of the tickets. I will be at the door, so anyone who buys tickets and wants to give me a call, that won't be a problem at all, we will have them sitting there waiting for you."
You can get further information from The Pas Arts Council’s website.
Manitoba Opera presents The Barber of Seville. A free performance at The Pas regional Library.
It’s a musical comedy for Ages 4 to 100 styled and performed by inventive musical comedian Al Simmons. Simmons has translated and condensed the opera to a 45-minute comical look at love, greed, deceit and close shaves.
The Barber of Seville is for one show only, Saturday, November 5 at 2pm.
Compassionate Friends are not counsellors or therapists, they are people who have journeyed the same road you are now travelling if your family is grieving the loss of a child. Lee Ferguson has information about an upcoming sharing circle.
"It's a place for people to talk about their loss and their emotions that they are going through at the time, and they go through many different kinds of emotions when you are grieving a child. And they get to vent that out, and cry and that is just a more natural healing."
The next sharing circle is Monday, November 07 at the OCN CFS Main Office, 225 Waller Road. For further information call Lee at 1–204–472–3968.
A Program to Keep Our Children Safe is Running for Halloween Again This Year.
The program is called Partners in Safety and will be available to help children who are out trick or treating tonight. Regional Manager for Emergency Services for the Northern Health Region Ken Gurba says when kids are out vehicles from Emergency Medical Services, RCMP and the Fire Department will be there. He explains they go out in their marked emergency vehicles and the staff arewearing their uniforms and they make a visible presence on the streets. He says if any child gets either lost or bullied or has any problems whatsoever they can flag down any of the multiple emergency vehicles that will be cruising the streets on Halloween.
The Partners in Safety Program will run from 4 to 7:30 this evening in Northern Health Region Communities.
Thanks to a quick response from the OCN fire department Thursday night a fire was contained to limited damage. Joan Niquanicappo the Opaskwayak Cree Nation General Manager talks about more about the damages.
"The Hilda Young Child Care Centre, a section of it that was on fire, but we did get a quck response from the OCN RCMP and the OCN Fire Department, they were able to minimize the damage to the facility."
The OCN RCMP is still investigating and it does appear to be arson. The fire started with a play structure that then spread to the side of a storage shed, and to the siding of the child care building which sustained heat damage.
The Town of The Pas released their monthly crime stats numbers for the month of September. Over the month of September officers responded to 179 incidents of disturbing the peace, 31 of theft and 4 of impaired in The Pas. Compared with August Disturbing the Peace and Theft numbers rose while impaired dropped. In the RM of Kelsey they responded to 7 incidents of Disturbing the Peace, 6 of Theft and 3 of Impaired. Those numbers rose in Disturbing the Peace and Theft incidents while dropping in impaired.
Gun violence and Drug Trafficking was the target of an RCMP Operation last week. 17 police officers and members of different RCMP teams took part in the the deployment. Two search warrants and a consent search of a residence were completed on houses in Grand Rapids. As a result of the search, police located and seized cocaine, marijuana, hash oil, trafficking paraphernalia, Canadian currency, cell phones and a stolen firearm. Six adults and one youth, all from Grand Rapids, were arrested and charged with multiple offences. Two males from Chemawawin were also arrested in the community as a result of enforcement efforts. The “D” Division Action Response Team is a crime-reduction strategy that involves leveraging RCMP resources to address specific emerging public safety issues.
Zombies will walk the streets of The Pas tomorrow. The Pas Community Renewal Corporations annual Zombie Walk is back. The TPCRC’s Community Facilitator Desarae Lambert explains where you can get more information.
"We also have a Facebook event page for the Zombie Walk that has all the details and everything; the route of the walk and thanking all of our sponsors. People can just go to our Facebook and like that event page."
The walk will begin at 5:30 at the royal Canadian legion. They ask every to bring and donate non-perishable food items or personal hygiene products.
The Hope North Suicide Prevention Committee is hosting a presentation in The Pas tomorrow night. Teresa Roberts a Co-Chair of the Hope North Suicide Prevention Committee explains why the presentation is important.
"It helps reduce the stigma that's associated with having a mental illness. And it will help people to understand how they can work with their mental illness and that there is hope for recovery."
The presentation is tomorrow night at Mary Duncan school beginning at 6:30pm. For more information on the presentation tune intotomorrow morning’s Wake Up with Mark Andrews and Teresa Roberts at 8:15am.
It was a busy day for Health Professionals as the 3rd annual Northern Health Summit was held in The Pas yesterday. At the Annual general Meeting of the Northern Health Region CEO Helga Bryant said their strategic directions are to improve population health, deliver quality accessible and compassionate services, be sustainable and innovative organization, and be an employer of choice. The northern Health region administrative costs for 2015-16 totaled over 13 million dollars while total expenses reached over 98 million dollars. Throughout the day health leaders from across the Northern health region met in The Pas to discuss and explore health issues and identify priority concerns.
MBCI High School will remain open this week and its classes as usual. RCMP officers have arrested a 15 year old male in connection to threats made towards the school. The youth has been charged with uttering threats and was to appear in The Pas court yesterday. Media Relations with the RCMP, Tara Seel, says RCMP continues to investigate and is working closely with school officials. Seel says “there does not appear to be a threat to public safety”. MBCI and the Kelsey School Division have sent messages to inform all parents and guardians that classes will remain as scheduled.
The people of Grand Rapids now have a new Nursing Station to service them. The brand new Nursing Station opened on Friday. Grand Rapids Mayor Robert Buck says the facility will provide a higher quality of health care services for the people of Grand Rapids and will eliminate the gaps in health care services. The 7-thousand square foot facility replaces the nursing station built in 1983 and includes 3 exams rooms, 1 two stretcher trauma room and offices for visiting professionals. The province invested more than 8.2 million dollars in the project and an additional 1.2 million for a traditional healing room.
Members of 17 northern communities met on Friday to sign a memorandum of understanding in support of regional economic development. The Pas Mayor Jim Scott explains why the signing is important.
"Well because it shows unity, the communities that are affected the most by the railroad, are the ones that are most involved in getting that railroad moving forward. It really is a show of unity and solidarity."
The northern group has now created a committee headed by the Mayor of Churchill Mike Spence and the Chief of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation Christian Sinclair. The committee will now work towards development in regards to the bay line. 102.9 CJAR will have updates as they become available from the committee.
The Opaskwayak Cree Nation and the Opaskwayak Health Authority are hosting a vision clinic this week. The vision clinic is held as a chance to have your eye sight checked. For eligibility and an appointment you can call 204-627-7414. Optometrist Dr Dawn Dunford will be in The Pas to host the clinic. It will be held both Thursday from 9am to 4pm and Friday from 9am to 3:45pm at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre.
A walk for breast cancer is a chance for you to support and raise awareness this weekend. The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre is putting on the breast cancer awarenesswalk on Saturday starting at the GLMC. You can crawl, walk or run the 5 kilometers. Prizes are available and they ask you bring your family for fun, information and support. For more information you can contact Shawn Yaremko or Christine Wilson at 204-627-7461.
Zombies will walk the streets of The Pas next Friday. The Pas Community Renewal Corporations annual zombie walk is back. The TPCRC’s Community Facilitator Desarae Lambert explains where you can get more information. "We also have a Facebook event page for the Zombie Walk that has all the details and everything, the route of the walk, and thanking all of our sponsors. People can just go to our Facebook and like that event page." The walk will begin at 5:30 at the royal Canadian legion. They ask every to bring and donate non-perishable food items or personal hygiene products.
The Pas and OCN men will dawn bright red high heeled shoes tomorrow for the annual Walk a mile in her shoes event. The Aurora House is putting it on for the women’s shelter and Dawna Pritchard the Executive Director says it’s a fun event. "Well it's a fun event that can involve people in a discussion on gender violence, and it gives men the opportunity to actually support a women's shelter.We'd like to see people sponsoring a friend to dawn the red high heels and walk around the Otineka Mall." The Walk a mile in her shoes event is tomorrow as the men will take a lap around the Otineka Mall. To register you can call the Aurora House at 204-623-7427.
Flu shot clinics are coming up soon in our area. Immunize Canada says it’s important to get your flu shot. Director of Infection Control and Prevention at Mount Sinai Hospital Allison McGeer has more. "You're getting your flu shot for two reasons, first is to protect yourself from serious illness, but the second important thing about getting a flu shot, is when you get it you also protect the people around you." The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends that all Canadians six months of age and older and people at high risk receive the influenza vaccine. Stay tune to 102.9 CJAR for dates of flu clinics in our area.
This Friday representatives from communities across northern Manitoba are meeting in The Pas. The communities along the bayline formed the Northern Delegation with the goal to ensure the continuation of the shipping season. Mayor Jim Scott speaks on the importance of the bayline. "A couple of years ago, I thought we had made a pretty good showing of how important it was we be a transportation hub, and if you take out the railroad, that's a very important part of that hub, and that, we just simply cannot allow that to happen. We need to find out how we can move this forward, one way is to put a letter of support in, so we can start meeting with the federal government on this, and that's what this is all about." This comes after OmniTrax announced in July the 2016 grain season had been cancelled. A memorandum of understanding has been drafted that seeks the support of the region, town council is in full agreement of the contents. The northern delegation will be holding the signing ceremony at the Kikiwak inn on Friday.
This is the final week to take part in the annual Fall Cleanup Campaign. The 2016 Fall Clean Up Campaign ends on Sunday and Town of The Pas Council and Staff encourage all residents to lend a hand. Town staff are picking up refuse from now until the end of the weekend. Residents should have all refuse protected from wind and animals, all refuse should be place in disposable containers if possible and no bag tags are required. Also where there is a back lane, pile refuse at edge of the lane bordering property line and stack to allow room for vehicles.
You can join in the celebration of the Cree language tomorrow. The Opaskwayak Cree nation along with the Opaskwayak Educational Authority is holding the Cree Language Celebration. Everyone is invited to attend as there will be a grand entry, opening prayer and remarks, round dance and the honoring of elders and teachers. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the creation of the Cree dictionary and to honor those who helped create it. It’s being held at 5pm at the OCN Veterans Hall.
A walk for breast cancer is a chance for you to support and raise awareness this weekend. The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre is putting on the breast cancer awareness walk on Saturday starting at the GLMC. You can crawl, walk or run the 5 kilometers. Prizes are available and they ask you bring your family for fun, information and support. For more information you can contact Shawn Yaremko or Christine Wilson at 204-627-7461.
Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen announced Friday the passing of a regulation by the Manitoba Government, to support and facilitate the acquisition and continued operation of the Kraft Paper mill in The Pas by American Industrial Acquisition Corporation. The mill which is currently owned by Tolko had announced in August its intention to close the mill by Dec. 2nd. On Sept 23rd, Tolko received a letter of intent from AIAC to acquire the Tolko Manitoba Kraft Paper Unit and Solid Wood Business Unit. The letter of intent included a number of requests of government and existing employees in order to ensure job protection through the seamless transition of the business and minimal operational disruption. The AIAC acquisition will allow for the preservation of existing jobs, both directly at the mill in The Pas and in affected support sectors including wood cutters.
Kids can have fun on Saturday with a back to School Family Carnival taking place in OCN. The back to school Carnival will be happening at Oscar Lathlin Collegiate from 1 to 4pm. They also ask you bring non-perishable food items for donations. Kids are welcome to enjoy an afternoon of fun treats and games but must be accompanied by an adult. For more information you can contact Barney Monias at 204-627-7070.
Have you ever thought about, or pictured a male taking a lap around the Otineka Mall in red high heels. Next Friday they will as the Aurora house is hosting their annual Walk a mile in her shoes fundraiser. Dawna Pritchard the Aurora House Executive Director says it’s a important fundraiser for the shelter. "Well most shelters are underfunded in a lot of areas, so it goes to our programming, buying activities for the kids, purchasing towels, we're always in need of towels at the shelter, bedding, replacing different capital cost items because none of our funding covers any of the capital costs." Walk a mile in her shoes is next Friday at 6pm at the Otineka Mall. They ask you register by calling the Aurora House at 204-623-7427.
Correcting youth homelessness across the province is the goal of a new group that’s launching an action plan today. The “Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness” is a group created to prevent and end youth homelessness by implementing a community based strategy that ensures youth and their families have what they need to thrive. The group is launching their action plan in Winnipeg today and will target all youth across the north as well. Winnipeg is unique in Canada for the high proportion of Indigenous youth experiencing homelessness. They say it’s related to resource distribution and colonialism. Young people arrive in Winnipeg from remote communities for opportunity, employment and education and too often, they become homeless.
A new sport to The Pas is almost ready for everyone to enjoy. Disc Golf is a new sports being set up in The Pas, It’s a 9 hole game similar to Golf and Sam Mags one of the organizers of Disc Golf The Pas says it’s starting to become popular. "Each hole has a par. Usually a par is around three throws, but there are some par fours there. It is the fastest growing sport in North America. Right now they're predicting, by the year 2020 there will be more disc golf courses, than regular ball golf courses." Mags says it’s similar to golf in each hole has a par and is counted in the amount of throws it takes to get it in the basket. Kelsey Rec has worked on getting the 9 hole course set up in The Pas.
This week is used every year to remind everyone of the dangers of house fires, as well as bring awareness and promote prevention. Its Fire prevention Week across Canada and here in The Pas, Randy Manych Town of The Pas Fire Prevention Officer has more information on plug ins. "Plugs have two holes for a reason, unless you are using an approved expansion bar that's CSA approved or UL listed, it shouldn't really be plugged in. The overloading of course, leads to heating of the wires, which then of course, can lead to a fire. Get proper extension cord use, you don't want to be using the same plug you're plugging your vehicle in with, that your plugging in your computer at home, or any other device." Fire prevention week runs the second week of October every year. Manych also says it’s also a great time to check you smoke detectors and if they’re more then 5 years old they need to be replaced.
Residents of The Pas will hit the town to help clean up the streets and prepare for winter once again this fall. The 2016 Fall Clean UpCampaign starts on Tueday and Town of The Pas Council and Staff encourage all residents to lend a hand. Town staff will be pickingup refuse from Tuesday to Friday next week and again from Oct 17th to 23rd. Residents should have all refuse protected from wind and animals, all refuse should be place in disposable containers if possible and no bag tags are required. Also where there is a back lane, pile refuse at edge of the lane bordering property line and stack to allow room for vehicles.
It’s that time of year again when The Pas Chamber of Commerce, 102.9 CJAR and the Opasquia Times present the Citizen and Business of the year for 2016. Shirley Barbeau with The Pas Chamber of Commerce names some of the businesses of the year from previous years. "So there's community supporters like that, businesses such as Shane's Music, Paperworks Plus, The Grub Box, The Kikiwak, Berscheid Meats, Funky Threadz, Sweatshop Boxing and Arctic Beverages from last year. Definately names that you hear in the community, and there's so many more businesses that help so many times." To nominate a citizen or a business forms can be picked up and returned to 102.9 CJAR, Opasquia Times and The Pas Regional Library. Awards Dinner and Presentation is November 23rd at the Kikiwak Inn.
The Pas Correctional Centre and Manitoba Justice later this month will be hosting a session for people looking for a career opportunity. The information session will be held in The Pas, October 20th at the Pas Friendship Centre from 2pm to 7pm. It’s your opportunity to learn more about the Correctional Training Program opportunities with The Pas Correctional Centre. Representatives will provide information on the training program, position requirements and more. For more information you can call 204-945-5032 or Angie Nikolychuk at 204-627-8344.