A vehicle fire broke out at a residence on Settee Ave yesterday afternoon here in The Pas. Fire crews responded to the fire and they were able to contain the blaze. There is no word yet on what caused the fire. We will keep you up to date on this story as the information becomes available.
Davide Novo, The President of The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group conducted a presentation at The Town of The Pas council meeting on Monday night. Novo talked about their proposal to build a spray park in The Pas and how much it would cost to run and maintain. The goal is to get approval from the town that they will take over the spray park and its maintenance once it is complete.
Novo added that they are also looking at getting some grants from a provincial funding branch called Community Places to help make the spray park a reality but in order to get these grants they will need the support of the town to maintain and operate the park.
If the town is not prepared to maintain and operate a spray park the group will continue to look at other ways to ensure that The Pas gets one built.
The Pas Families Building a Better Community group has raised a total of $95,000 in community funds to build and maintain a spray park and they will be raising more funds by having a “touch a truck event” and possibly through the Smile Cookie Campaign this fall.
The Pas and Area Citizens on Patrol Program is celebrating its 25th year of service. The main Role of The C.O.P.P is to patrol the community and report any criminal or suspicious activity to the RCMP.
The C.O.P.P will be having an appreciation dinner for their volunteers this Friday night at UCN and local politicians including mayor Jim Scott and MLA Amanda Lathlin are expected to attend to say some words of appreciation to the members.
C.O.P.P Co-coordinator Elsie Reid would like to wish all the members well and encourages them to continue reporting to the RCMP. If you would like to join the C.O.P.P call Reid at 204-624-5663 or Jim Blake at 204-623-3705
The Town of The Pas has announced the registration dates for prospective candidates for the next municipal election. Registrations for people that wish to run for head of council is open from May 1st until September 18th and registration for people wishing to run as a councillor is open from June 30th to September 18th.
If you wish to run you must be a Canadian Citizen that’s at least 18 years of age on the day of the election and you must be a Manitoba resident and Voter in The Town of The Pas. To qualify as a voter you must be a resident or property owner of the municipality at least 6 months before the Election Day.
To register as a candidate for head of council or as a councillor you can pick up a registration form at The Town of The Pas Municipal Office or by calling Jenn Early at 204-627-1108. You will receive a 2018 candidate’s guide book upon completing the registration form.
The municipal election is October 24th
The Northern Learning and Support Centre will be hosting a webinar called Flip It Transforming Challenging behavior on May 3rd from 1 until 2PM. NLSC Resource Facilitator Tania Catalano says the webinar address the Flip It Strategy that’s designed to help children ages 3-8 to learn about their feelings, showing self control and controlling challenging behaviour.
The Northern Learning and Support Centre is located at 60-third street in The Pas. If you would like to reserve a spot for the webinar visit nlscmb.ca
The Ralls Island Community Park Highway Clean Up is set to take place on May 16th weather permitting. Garbage bags can be picked up at the main park building at 4:30 PM and you must bring you own gloves.
The annual general meeting for The Ralls Island Community Park Committee is expected follow at 7:30 PM at the Parks Main Building and elections for executives, president, vice president, treasurer and secretary will be held.
The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre is going to be having a Jordan’s Principle Telehealth session called Depression and Anxiety-Two sides of the same coin.
The presentation is being put on by the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre and the purpose of the session is to give information and strategies on how to recognize depression and anxiety and their similarities and how to cope with them.
The session takes place tomorrow from 2PM till 3PM and it is open to all Jordan’s Principle community workers, Family members, and Partners and tribal councils.
For more information call 204-627-7410
Featherstone Support Services is going to be bringing a special self awareness workshop to The Pas next month. Featherstone Support Services founder Holly Linski says it’s a two day workshop that is designed to implement and promote self awareness, goal setting, and to set a positive self image and its geared towards indigenous youth aged 12 to 17.
The program has been running successfully for the past four years for social assistance clients and the program has been modified to a younger demographic to help empower them to make positive life choices and prevent them from entering social assistance.
The workshops will run on May 14th and the 15th at the Kikiwak Inn. The Registration fee is $250 before May 4th and $275 after that and group rates are also available. A signup sheet can be found online at The Pas Community What’s Happening in The Tri Area facebook group or you can sign up online at featherstonesupportservices.com.
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The Canadian Red Cross would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of its volunteers in The Pas and area. According to a news release The Pas and areas 17 volunteers have devoted more than 220 hours to help people in need. Last year the volunteers went to Winnipeg, Brandon, and Thompson to assist 7,000 people that were evacuated from their homes due to forest fires.
The Red Cross has also presented five year milestone certificates to Jamal El Kadri, Katherine Johnson, and Melanie Young and three year milestone certificates to Carol Johnson and Michelle Sabet.
The Pas Red Cross team is always looking for new volunteers. If you would like to give back to the community and make a difference why not become a member of The Pas Red Cross. Visit redcross.ca/heroeswantedmb or call 1-866-685-4250 for more information.
Local NDP MP Niki Ashton is calling the Liberal Governments pipeline bailout wrong and that they are being quote divisive and unhelpful.
According to Astons MP report she stated that the Liberal Government has created a mess in The Trans Mountain Pipeline and she stated that they broke their promise to overhaul the environmental review system and they are ignoring the concerns of first nations and threatening punitive sanctions against BC including cuts to health care transfers.
Ashton added that the federal government should be a leader on climate change and that Canadians deserve better.
The Pas an Area Animal Shelter will be hosting a magic show featuring Magician James Grant.
The show takes place on April 27th at The Royal Canadian Legion Hall and there will also be a fish pond, face painting, glow sticks, hot dogs, and carnival games.
The Doors will open at 5PM and the show starts at 6. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids and they can be purchased from Sound Innovations or from The Pas and Area Animal Shelter committee members.
Travel Manitoba conducted a seminar at the Kikiwak Inn recently to talk about a program they created called “place branding”. Colin Ferguson the president and CEO of Travel Manitoba say’s the goal of place branding is to get communities to bring ideas forward for drawing tourists to the community.
The seminar had a good turnout overall and the participants of the seminar told Travel Manitoba the strengths and weakness of The Pas and the surrounding area. Travel Manitoba plans to put The Pas, OCN, and The RM of Kelsey in their materials.
Ferguson says tourism creates economic development opportunities, human resource management solutions, and it puts a great sense of pride in the communities.
Travel Manitoba’s responsibility is to market the entire province of Manitoba and they have spent a great deal of time marketing the north and they continue to increase that investment.
The Manitoba Arts Council is going to be holding a session at The Pas Regional Library tomorrow night. The purpose of this session is to get the latest information on their new online application system, changes to grant opportunities. and important dates.
The session begins at 5PM and will wrap up at 7:30.
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Students from Flin Flon and The Pas traveled to Thompson this past weekend to take part in the Northern Manitoba Regional Science Fair.
It took place Saturday at Ecole Riverside School and showcased projects by students from Grades 4 through 8.
Project categories included Physical and Environmental; Computer, Math and Engineering; Life; Health; and General.
Best in Fair was Jarek Osika from Flin Flon. He’ll be representing Northern Manitoba at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Ottawa from May 12th to 19th.
The other representatives for our region are Samara Green and Anaya Pernamand from Ecole Riverside School in Thompson.
This coming Tuesday the Canadian Revenue Agency will be conducting an information session about benefits at The Pas Friendship Centre.
They will be talking about benefits and credits that people could be entitled to when they file an income tax and benefit return as well as how benefits are calculated and how to apply for them.
They will also provide information on when you should contact the CRA.
The session will being at 3PM.
Pre Registration for The Pas Pre School Activity Centre is now open for children aged 3-5 for the upcoming school year. Shauna Rae Reinfort says this will give students a spot for the formal registration that is taking place in September that will guarantee them a place in the program in upcoming school year. Space is limited so if you want more information or if you would like to sign up your child call the preschool at 204-623-7700.
Opaskwayak Cree Nation Income Assistance will be helping residents of OCN to obtain government issued identification. Rona Bignell the Social Assistance Liaison for Opaskwayak Cree Nation Income Assistance says they will be helping residents to obtain documents like secure status cards, Social Insurance Numbers, Passports, Health Cards, and birth certificates.
Alongside legal documents they will also assist with Child Abuse registry forms and applications, Criminal record checks and vulnerable persons act.
These services will be offered at the old bowling alley location at the Otineka Mall from May 14th until the 18th and there will be a certified passport photographer during this time.
For more information call the income assistance office at 204-627-7171.
Flin Flon resident Brad Slugoski is going home over one million dollars richer after winning The Royal Canadian Legions Chase the Ace Jackpot inThe Pas over the weekend.
Slugoski's grand total was one million nine thousand eight hundred and seventy
dollars and he had been attending Chase the Ace since January 2017.
The next chase the ace will start this fall with a jackpot of over 239 thousand dollars.
Last week, The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin asked a few questions at the Manitoba legislature during question period regarding issues with Northern Airports. Lathlin says the current government has cut hundreds of thousands of dollars from the northern airports in the last budget and that they are now trying to download responsibility for Northern airports to local communities and councils and she asked who the minister consulted with prior to making the decision to divest itself in the responsibility of Northern Airports. Ron Schulur the minister of infrastructure responded by saying that they will continue to work with the North to help them grow and have them prosper.
Lathlin says Northern Airports provide essential services to many remote and isolated communities and they are the link to Manitoba’s health care system and they require serious investment to remain viable. When she asked if the government would offer any financial support of its downloads responsibility for Northern Airports. Minister Schuler said that they will continue to meet with people of the North and ask what they would like to see so that Northern Manitoba can grow vibrant and strong.
UCN’s Career expo 2018 is next Wednesday at The Roy H Johnston Arena from 9:30 AM to 3:30PM. There will be lots of hands on interactive displays and this is a great opportunity to help you find your career. Admission is free.
The Primary Health Care Centre here in The Pas is going to be having a “Craving Change Workshop on April 30th, May 9th, and May 14th. From 6-8PM. The workshop is designed to help you change your relationship with food and to help change your eating habits.
If you attend all three workshops you will receive a certificate of completion. If you would like to sign up call Louise Spence at 204-623-9681.
The Storytellers Film Festival 5th anniversary begins tonight and will run until Sunday at UCN. The festival will kick off with the Screening of The film “Empire of Dirt” at 7PM. Other films that will be shown include The Sun at Midnight, A Life on the Line, The Whale, Children’s Films from The National Film Board and many others.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served for a complete schedule of films or for more information go to The Story Tellers Film Festival Facebook Page.
After it was announced that The Pas Friendship Centre would be transferring the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter to The Manitoba Housing Renewal Corporation Olivia McCorriston, a longtime supporter of the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter spoke to Arctic Radio News where she said that it was excellent that Manitoba Housing has worked hard to secure the building and that they have heart for those in the community that are homeless.
While Manitoba Housing owns the building the Stand Up for Oscars Place Group will still be the tenant at the Shelter and they will be conducting the operations. McCorriston added that this is a great opportunity for The Stand Up For Oscars Place Group to start doing longer term planning and build partnerships to address the needs of the homeless population in The Pas.
The Humboldt Broncos have received a lot of support in the wake of the tragic accident that killed 16 people. To show respect for the victims the Kelsey School Division will be flying flags at their schools at half mast today.
You can show your support for the Broncos by wearing your favourite hockey jersey or green and gold clothes and by posting a picture of yourself on social media with the hashtag #jerseysforhumboldt
The Pas Friendship Centre recently announced that they have transferred The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter over to The Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation.
This arrangement will ensure continued operation of the homeless shelter in The Pas and the Friendship centre wishes The Manitoba housing And Renewal Corporation success moving forward.
Families minister Scott Fielding responded to this announcement by saying quote “everyone deserves a safe place to stay and we will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure adequate housing exists for Manitoba’s most vulnerable population.
The Town of The Pas had their regular meeting of council on Monday evening and RCMP Staff Sergeant Brent Mattice and a few other RCMP members attended to discuss the priorities for the town. The Pas mayor Jim Scott says there are three priorities that they are looking at. The First one that needs to be dealt with is the situation of organized crime and gang activity, the other is making sure the roads are safer in town, and one of the most important is dealing with violence in the community.
Scott says most of the towns violence is domestic and 9.9 times out of 10 these acts of violence are alcohol related. A lot of residents are afraid of going downtown because they are being harassed and having things stolen from them. People have called the police and they accused them of not arriving but according to Scott the police have been arriving but not in a timely fashion because they are busy.
People have almost stopped calling the police out of fear that they won’t arrive but Scott urges all residents to call the police if they are a victim of a crime or if you see a crime being committed. Mayor and council will be meeting with the RCMP again later to discuss ways to tackle alcoholism and violence in the community. Some of the options are bringing in legislation to change the hours of the liquor store and bringing in help for people with addictions and mental health issues.
The monthly mayor reports for the month of March have been released. The Pas saw a total of 178 Disturbances of The Peace, 108 prisoners held, 77 index checks and 47 mischief cases. The RM of Kelsey had mostly Provincial traffic violations a total of 43 along with 15 assaults, 11 provincial statutes and 7 disturbances of the peace.
Cormorant had one assault, one missing person, one case of mischief and one disturbance of the peace.
A community vigil was held at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre on Sunday were people paid tribute to the 15 people that died in a terrible accident involving the SJHL’s Humboldt Bronco’s bus on Friday. The crash occurred early last Friday evening 35 kilometers north of Tisdale Saskatchewan on the way to a playoff game.
Mayor Scott also conducted a speech at the vigil saying they are only just a bus ride away from a nightmare and he felt that this vigil gave people the chance to get out and get together during this difficult time.
RCMP The Pas has released the annual mayor reports for The Pas, The RM of Kelsey, and Cormorant for 2017. The town of The Pas had a total of 1983 Disturbances of the peace cases, 950 index checks, 489 cases of mischief, 453 provincial traffic violations, 379 assaults and many, false alarms, missing persons, and cases of theft.
The RM of Kelsey had 655 provincial traffic violations, 191 provincial statutes, 108 breach of peace cases, and 79 disturbances of the peace cases.
Cormarant saw 20 mischief and breaches of the peace cases along with 15 assaults, 14 disturbances of the peace and 9 break and enters.
The results are in for the 24th Annual Bill Bannock Classic Ice Fishing Derby. This year’s first place $25,000 winner is Leigh Johnson for catching a 63.5 centimeter fish, Trevor Thompson won second place and $12,500 for catching a 62.5 centimeter fish, and Jeff Koroz won third place and $7,500 for catching a 62 centimeter fish. More results are expected to be posted to The Bill Banncok Classic Ice Fishing Derby Facebook page.
Syrup from northern Manitoba is now being served at a high-end restaurant in New York City.
The syrup is made by Alan and Johanna McLauchlan at their facility near Wanless, which is only accessible by snowmobile in the winter, and by quad or boat in the summer.
Their family-run company, Rocky Lake Birchworks, was started around a decade ago, and now tap more than 15-hundred trees on the shores of Rocky Lake.
The McLuachlan’s are one of two birch syrup producers in Manitoba, and have had their products go to every continent.
While their signature product is the syrup, they also produce wild rice, salves and tea.
Alan McLauchlan said that there are a lot of good things in the boreal forest that can be used, rather than going in and quote cutting it all down.
Rocky lake Birchworks can be found on Facebook, and a bottle of their birch breakfast syrup will cost you 20 dollars.
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The Town Of The Pas, The RM of Kelsey and Opaskwayak Cree Nation are planning to enter the Smart Cities Challenge. Crystal Krost from the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre says The Smart Cities Challenges was put on by the federal government through the department of infrastructure and communities and it encourages communities of all sizes to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of residents through innovation, data, and connected technology.
The idea to enter the challenge was brought to the Tri Council and they thought that it would be a good idea to leverage the LED Smart Farm on OCN using prize money from the challenge.
The LED Smart Farm on OCN could potential provide food security for the region, battle the effects of diabetes, and provide grocers and restaurants with affordable fresh produce.
The tri community is eligible for all three of The Smart Cities Challenges cash prizes. One prize is up to 50 million dollars as well as two prizes of up to 10 million dollars and one prize of 5 million dollars.
The tri community could also be awarded $250,000 to move forward with a pilot project
Part of the application process is a community engagement process and two surveys have been created one for businesses and one for community members to fill out and express how they feel about this challenge and if they think it’s beneficial for the tri area.
The two surveys will be on the pas dot com until this Friday.
There will be a Jordan’s Principle Telehealth session at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre from the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre tomorrow from 2 till 3PM.
The session is about understanding intentional self harming behavior and all Jordan’s Principle community and principal workers, family members, partners and tribal councils are invited.
For more information call 204-627-7410
This year is The Pas Rotary Club’s 24th annual Bill Bannock Classic Ice Fishing Derby at Clearwater Lake. The derby is tomorrow starting at 10AM. Tickets can still be purchased at Petes Pro Tackle, Wallys Place at Clearwater Lake, Michael’s Esso, The Wescana Inn, or online at billbannock.com and tickets are $100 each.
This year there will be lots of cash prizes up for grabs including $25,000 for first place, $12,500 for second and $7,500 for third. 100 percent of funds raised at the derby will go back to the community and the Rotary Club would like to thank all the sponsors that have helped with the derby.
For more information you can check out the Bill Bannock Classic Ice Fishing Derby Facebook page or billbannock.com
The Sam Waller Museum has a new art exhibit titled “Breaking Borders. Most of the artwork on display was done by artists from Flin Flon and by The Pas based artist Frances Cooper.
Joanna Munholland museum curator and archivist says the best part of the exhibit is all of these pieces of art tell a story and come together to put on a remarkable show.
The exhibit has a wide variety of mediums like pottery, prints, oil paintings, and acrylics and some of the art pieces are for sale.
The exhibit will be on display until May 30th.
There will be a benefit social in support of Beulah Lathlin and her son this Saturday at the Wescana Inn. Lathlin and her son lost everything in a house fire in The Pas last month.
The social will begin at 9PM and will run until 1AM. The event will feature performances by two music groups and there will also be a 50/50 draw and a silent auction.
Admission to the social is $20 a ticket and they can be purchased at the door or by calling Lathlin at 204-620-4684.
Olivia McCorriston is organizing a special event set to take place on April 15th. The event will be at the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter and the goal is to show the homeless population of The Pas that the community cares about them.
McCorriston says the community has been amazing at bringing in donations of food and clothing to the shelter, but for the homeless to recover and to heal they need to know that they are cared for by using cultural support. She hopes to have a drum group, elders, a friendship dance, and some musicians at the event.
If you’re a musician or an elder that would like to attend you can call McCorriston at 1-204-761-9244. The event will begin at 3PM and everyone is invited.
The first course of The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre’s Grief Recovery method program was held on April third and they will continue to run on Tuesdays and Thursdays until April 26th. The program is being taught by Megan Lysohirka.
Lysohirka says lots of people do not know how to deal with grief in a healthy way and they instead deal with grief by using drugs or alcohol and this program will help to teach people how to grieve in a way that is not harmful.
Registration is now closed but the program is expected to run again later this year. For more information call The Opaskwayak Health Authority 204-627-7410.
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The Pas Fire Department received a report of a car fire at the staff parking lot of Scott Bateman Middle School this morning around 8:25. The vehicle was fully involved upon arrival and the fire crews had the fire put out and under control shortly after 9AM.
The cause of this vehicle fire has not been determined.
Last week, a public hearing was held regarding the proposed levy for police services in The Pas. The proposed police services levy would take policing costs out of the general budget and distribute them equally across the community. A lot of people came to the hearing to voice their opposition to the proposed levy.
Mayor Jim Scott says one of the main reasons behind the opposition was because residents that own a single family house didn’t think that it was fair that someone that owned an apartment building would pay the same fee.
Scott and enough councilors plan to defeat proposed levy at the next council meeting.
The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter is in need of donations for socks for people that use the shelter. Louise Dewar from The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter says that many people that use the shelter walk around all day and their socks are often badly worn and wet. With donations the shelter will be able to provide people with a clean and dry pair of socks.
The shelter is also in need of bread and ingredients to make soup. They are asking that people not donate macaroni or spaghetti to the shelter for the time being. If you would like to donate some socks or food to the shelter call 627-8834 or 620-5627 to make arrangements.
The Pas Town Council Carried the Sale of The Residential Lots Purchase Agreements at Monday night’s council meeting which authorized Mayor Jim Scott and the assistant Chief Administrative Officer Jennifer Early to sign off on the 31 residential lots that were purchased over the last month.
Mayor Scott says there is a serious lack of housing in The Pas and the sale of the residential lots means that 31 new houses will be built and create more houses for sale.
The people that purchased the lots bought them for $1,000 each and they have 24 months to build homes to lock up stage on the property.
At Monday Night’s Council Meeting the Public Utility Board-Rate Increase Board Order number 34 dash 18 passed its second and third readings which means the town of The Pas’s water rates will be increased on April 1st.
In 2016, a bylaw to raise the water rates passed its first reading and the town received approval for a rate hike from the water services board. There has not been a rate increase since 2012 and if a price increase is not submitted then the public utilities board can impose its own rate.
Registrations for low cost spay and neuter clinics at The Pas Precious Pet Kennels are now open and they will be held in May on the 5th, 6th,9th, and the 10th and the clinics are open to pet owners that make less than $40,000 a year per house hold.
The cost is $125 for a male pet and $150 for a female pet and everyone from the tri area and the communities of Moose Lake, Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, Cormorant, and Pukatawagan are invited to register for the clinics. Bonnie Meadows from The Pas Precious Pet Kennels hopes to have 100 registered by the end of the week. To sign up for the clinics call 623-3608.
There will be a special teddy bear clinic at the UCN lobby next Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The purpose of the teddy bear clinic is to reduce the fear that children have of getting checkups from doctors or nurses and to show that it can be fun.
Children will get to give their teddy bears X rays, bandage their injuries, and listen to their heartbeats. And they will also have a chance to colour and enjoy some treats.
The 11th Annual Traditional Graduation Pow Wow will take place at the UCN Mamawechtotan Centre on April 7th. All UCN graduates planning to attend are required to register by Friday March 30th at 4:30 PM. The Event itself will feature a pipe ceremony, a feast and a giveaway. The Graduation Presentation will take place at 3:30 PM. For more information visit ucn.ca/mamcentre or call Angie Cote at 204-627-8698.
Last week The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin asked a few questions about Workplace Safety during question period at the Manitoba Legislature. She started by extending condolences to the family of Todd Maytwayashing who passed away at a Manitoba Hydro site in Gilliam last month and she asked if the increase to safety measures for all workers will be resolved.
Blaine Pederson, The Minister of Growth Enterprise and Trade responded by saying that the death of any worker at any worksite is one we never want to see, and that there is an investigation into this accident and SAFE Manitoba continues to train with all our employers across the country and across the province and all employees to make sure that all workplaces are safe and sound.
Lathlin then said that a bill was introduced to dissolve the advisory council on workplace health and safety and announced more cuts in their budget. She asked if funding would be restored so that workers would be safe and Pederson responded by saying that the five year review of the workplace safety and health continues and the report is in the department.
Last week Travel Manitoba Ambassador Al McLachlan conducted a presentation at The Pas Chamber of Commerce monthly board meeting where he talked about the Northern Tourism Strategy. According to McLachlan the Northern Tourism Strategy has been developed from discussions from different stake holders in the North on how to increase tourism in Northern Manitoba.
McLachlan says tourism in the north sits about 115 million dollars and the goal is to bring the number up by the 2022. Travel Manitoba is now going to be doing some of the marketing for Northern Manitoba and through this strategy there will be more focus on the north.
During the meeting they also talked about different things that people could do to increase tourism. When it comes to tourism It’s important for people to promote tourism by telling others what they can get out of certain tourist attractions and its everyone’s responsibly to promote communities in a positive way to attract tourists.
When it comes to the recently announced federal budget, our MP says it is disappointing.
Niki Ashton said that the budget is full of half measures on childcare and clean drinking water for First Nations, while not addressing issues that the north is facing like the housing crisis, health care and education.
She added that the budget does not close stock option loopholes that benefit friends of politicians, and that the government has done nothing to go after tax havens that quote rob social services of well needed funds.
Ashton said that the budget is the same old policies with progressive language being used as a disguise.
The Town of The Pas has lost a fair amount of revenue with the ongoing situation with the Hudson Bay Railway not being repaired. This is mainly due to the fact that The Pas once had the ability to ship goods by train to places in Northern Canada over the years.
Jim Berscheid from The Hudson Bay Route Association says they are devoting a lot of effort to resolve this issue and they want to get the bay line open again and the port up and running because there are a lot of businesses that want to utilize the port. Berscheid is very optimistic that they will see some movement in the near future due to a large amount of interest in using the port.
He went on to say that The Hudson Bay Route Association will be having a social evening on April 4th followed by their annual general meeting on April 5th here in The Pas at the Kikiwak Inn and the AGM will give people and municipal representatives the chance to hear presentations and talk about the ongoing issues with the railway and the Port of Churchill.
Next Wednesday, The Pas Community Renewal Corporation is going to be running a free proposal and grant writing workshop at the Kin Centre at 324 Ross Avenue from 9:30 AM to 4:30PM. Seating is limited and the deadline to sign up is this Monday at noon. If you wish to sign up or if you would like more information call 204-623-4269
The Stand Up for Oscars Place Group Chair Chad Zolinski spoke to 102.9 CJAR recently to give an update on the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter. Zolinski says the number one issue is that the group does not have an alternative location for the Shelter once their lease expires on July 1st of this year and they are still looking for a new location.
Zolinski added that some of the Good Deeds Cup Prize Money that The Pas Huskies Minor hockey team won will be used to purchase military style cots so that Oscars Place Patrons won’t have to sleep on the floor.
The group is looking at expanding services and hours at the shelter and they will be meeting with community partners to see what plans they can put in place for the future.
At last Mondays board meeting, The Kelsey School Division Board of Trustees approved the budget for the 2018-2019 school year. The main focus of the meeting was to establish the budget for the upcoming school year and the budget is slightly over 21 million dollars. The school board plans to buy a new school bus and make repairs to the gymnasium ceiling at Opasquia School with some of the budgets money.
When approving the budget the board did not increase the special levy but the Manitoba Government divided the existing special levy between The Pas and The RM of Kelsey
If you have any questions or concerns about anything discussed at the meeting you can call the school division 204-623-6421.
This Saturday is the Wanless Winter Festival. The event will be held at the Wanless Community Centre starting at 1PM. The day features all kinds of children’s events including log throwing, arm wrestling, and snowman building as well as a “hunt for the ice fleas” activity for the family. The event is sponsored by The Wanless Community Club and Healthy Together Now.
The water rates in the Town of The Pas could be going up, if approved by town council. According to town councilor Chad Zolinski the town is required to conduct a water rate study every few years which is made based on expenses and income for the water and sewage rates.
Town council passed a bylaw back in 2017 to raise the water rates and they have received approval for a rate hike from the water services board and the public utilities board.
Town council is expected to vote on the second and third reading of the rate hike at the next town council meeting on March 26th. If it is passed the rates would go up on April 1st
This Friday there will be a special event at the Margret Henderson Parish Hall called “Living with Diabetes”. The event will be hosted by Eileen Personius and there will be presentations by elders, a traditional healer, and a nutritionist. The event begins at 9AM.
For more information call the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre at 204-627-7410
The Pas Community Renewal Corporation is calling all organizations to get their events in for Aprils Social Calendar. You can get your event in the calendar by calling 204-623-4269 or by stopping by their office at 1559 Gordon Ave. The deadline to submit events is March 28th at 4PM.
The Pas Handi Van Radio Pledge show was held last week and it was a big success. $11,498 in donations was raised and Val Miron the General Manager of The Pas Handi Van would like to thank the members of the public for their contribution to ensure that Handi Van operations can continue.
If you need the handi van you can call 620-2584 and if you have pledges that you would like to give you can call the Handi Van Office at 623-2036 or mail them to The Pas Handi Van, P.O Box 3028, The Pas. R9A 1R7
The Pas Town Council approved a resolution to move forward with a subdivision plan for a piece of land near the airport at Monday night’s council meeting.
According to Councilor Crystal Krost there is a lot of land surrounding the airport that belongs to the town and this resolution will focus on one area of land called the Orok siding.
Once the town sees’ more economic development they may look at developing other parts of the land at the airport.
The Pas Town Council discussed a new special service levy for the town of The Pas at Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
The proposed special service levy would pull policing costs out of the general mill rate and distribute them equally across the community. The town has been working on this levy for the past three years and they are still working on perfecting the levy. However, some members of the public have not shown approval for this proposed levy.
Town council has asked for more information on this proposed service levy and they will be meeting again to review the information and discuss the levy further. According to Councilor Crystal Krost it is expected that some changes will be made to the levy before it is passed such as pulling the commercial aspect out of the levy and possibly having different tiers of levies.
There will also be a public hearing on March 28th that will give the public the chance to voice their concerns or ask any questions that they have in regards to the proposed service levy.
Corrections: An Earlier version of this story said that the public hear would be held on March 26th when it is actually set to take place on March 28th
Mark your calendars, The Carrot Valley Community Centre’s indoor flea market and sale is set to take place on April 21st at the Carrot Valley Hall. The cost is 10 dollars for a table and tables are free for nonprofit groups. To book tables call Edith at 204-623-1954 or send a message to the Carrot Valley Community Centre on their Facebook page. All proceeds will go towards maintenance expenses for the Carrot Valley Hall.
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Registration is now open for The 2018 Trade Show and Sale run by The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce. The early bird deadline is April 13th at 4PM and early birds save $100 off their booth cost. After the early bird period registration will remain open until May 1st.
The trade show and sale is a great opportunity to showcase your business. You can register online at the pas chamber dot com or by calling Leah Yelland at 204-623-7256. The trade show and sale will run from May 10th to the 12th.
Liberal Indigenous and Northern Affairs Critic Judy Klassen says that even though the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry was released 30 years ago her people are still being haunted by systems that were imposed upon them and they have not received justice.
According to a news release from The Manitoba Liberal Party, Klassen is calling on the Minister of Justice to set up consultations with First Nations to change the indigenous injustice system to ensure that indigenous voices are heard.
Klassen says that the patronizing paternal polices handed down by consecutive governments to control indigenous peoples don’t work and they destroy indigenous communities and they perpetuate discrimination.
She added that this problem needs to be fixed before it fails someone else.
The Pas Fire Department responded to a house fire at Taylor Avenue on Monday. The page came in around 12:45 in the afternoon and they had the fire under control relatively quickly. The crews remained on scene for about two hours searching for hotspots.
The exact cause of this house fire is not yet known.
This Saturdays Chase the Ace at The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19 in The Pas is a big one. If you have the ace of hearts you could go home with $893,860 Tickets can be purchased at the Legion from 5 to 10 PM on Saturday. It is advised that you line up early to get tickets and you must be in attendance to win.
A news release from the Manitoba Métis Federation says the Manitoba Budget disregards the Métis Nation. Manitoba Métis Federation President David Chartrand stated that there is no reference to the Métis Nation and no accountability for the hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes that they have paid each year.
Chartrand added that the Pallister Government has chosen to select one indigenous group to focus on and will prioritize First Nations over Métis and Inuit peoples. Chartrand feels that the Pallister Government does not consider the Métis Nation important. He added that it’s been 148 years since Manitoba was brought into confederation by the Métis people and they continue to be disrespected time and time again.
Some Métis Representatives are in the legislative assembly and they will be asking very important questions come election time.
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The Manitoba Liberal Party believes that the 2018 Provincial Budget is taking from the poor and giving to the rich. Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont said in a press release that the Pallister Government is using federal funds to finance a tax cut for himself and the richest of Manitobans instead of investing in healthcare, social services, and education.
The Liberals have also said that the PCs are cutting funding to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba in the middle of a crystal meth crisis. They have made cuts to fire prevention and emergency preparedness on First Nations and they have made cuts to people on income assistance.
This Wednesday, There will be a Free Human Rights Education Session at The Pas Library Annex from 1-3PM. The presentation is being run by The Pas Community Renewal Corporation and the purpose is to deliver information on reasonable accommodation in the workplace. Local Businesses, organizations and service groups are welcome to attend. Seating is limited so if you would like to register call 204-623-4269.
The presentation is facilitated by the Manitoba Human Rights commission.
There will be an information session and potluck with the Immigrant Woman’s Counseling Services of The Winnipeg Co-Op Community Health Services on March 22nd. Aurora House Executive Director Donna Pritchard says the Immigrant Woman’s Counseling Services is a program that specializes in domestic violence and other comprehensive health care and legal advice for the community.
Pritchard added two staff members that work for the Immigrant Woman’s Counseling services will be conducting their service at the Aurora House Shelter in the afternoon on 22nd and the potluck will take place around 5:30 in the evening at Mary Duncan Schools Kitchen Facilities. During the potluck they will discuss the concerns and the needs of the newcomer community. For more information call 204-623-7427.
The Annual Jimmy Jackfish Ice Fishing Derby was held this past Saturday and a total of 656 people attended. The following are prize winners of this year’s derby.
Felix Spence from Thompson won the first place prize of $20,000 for catching a 30 inch fish, Colby Duliak from The Pas won the second place prize of $7,000 for a 29 inch fish, Jerry Kowlowski from The Pas won the $3,000 third place prize for catching a 27 inch fish, and Earl Easter from Easterville won 4th place and a pop up fishing tent worth $600. Ivan Hart from The Pas took home the 50/50 draw prize of $3,013.
The organizers of the derby would like to thank their sponsors, committee members and those that came out to make this year’s fishing derby a success.
The University College of The North in The Pas unveiled the completion of a 2 million dollar renovation of their science labs last Friday. This project has expanded UCN science lab spaces to respond to northern and indigenous research and educational priorities and to bring the labs to industry standards. Improvements to the lab include upgrades to chemical storage, fume hoods, and safety devices.
This project was made possible by investments made by UCN and the Governments of Canada and Manitoba. UCN invested $1.1 Million, The Provincial Government provided $450,000, and the Federal Government provided $550,000.
Manitoba Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart stated in a news release that modern science and technology infrastructure is essential for Manitobans to contribute to cutting edge research.
Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart unveiled the new primary care paramedic certificate program at The Pas campus of The University College of The North last Friday. The new program will give students the knowledge and skills needed to prepare them for a career as primary care paramedics.
Some of the skills they will learn include safely securing and transporting patients and administering appropriate emergency care. Wishart stated in a news release that they are committed to improving emergency services to ensure Manitobans are able to access the vital and often lifesaving services of paramedics which starts with better access to training.
The new program is expected to start accepting application in September of this year.
The Opaskwayak Cree Nation Indian Residential School Survivors TRC committee is hosting two conferences at the Kikiwak Inn’s Bignell Room. Some of the items that will be presented at these conferences include information on Indian Residential Schools, The 60’s Scoop, missing and murdered indigenous women, colonialism, and day school.
The conferences will be held on March 15th and the 16th and will run from 9AM to 4PM. If you would like more information you can call Muriel Young at 204-627-1540. The conferences are open to the public.
The Moose Lake RCMP has issued an arrest warrant for Edna McNabb. On February 23rd around 10AM Moose Lake RCMP became aware that McNabb was seen the community and as part of her court ordered 24 hour curfew she is not allowed to be within 20 kilometres of Moose Lake.
According to a press release The Pas RCMP conducted checks at McNabbs residence in The Pas but she was not there. McNabb is being charged with failing to comply with recognizance and she was on court ordered sanctions for charges of man slaughter and aggravated assault.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Moose Lake RCMP at 204-678-2399 or crime stoppers at 800-222-8477.
She is described as indigenous 5 foot 5 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes.
The monthly mayor reports for the month of February have been released. Most of the crimes committed in The Town of The Pas were disturbances of peace a total of 185, along with 60 index checks, 42 breaches of the peace, 42 mischief cases and 20 assaults. The RM of Kelsey had mostly provincial traffic violations and the community of cormorant had two assaults one case of mischief and one disturbance of the peace case.