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Amanda Lathlin Speaks out on the Lawsuit Involving The Town of the Pas and Volunteer Fire Fighters

Amanda Lathlin spoke out in the House of Commons during question period recently to speak out against the lawsuit being filed against The Town of The Pas and volunteer firefighters.


The lawsuit was filed by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries and the owner of the former Town Centre Hotel for the way that the volunteer fire fighters fought the fire that destroyed the hotel two years ago to compensate for their loses and Lathlin says the lawsuit was filed under the guidance of Premier Brian Pallister.


Colleen Mayer the Minister of Crown Services accused Lathlin of putting false information on the record and clarified that the Manitoba Government is not suing the town or individual fire fighters, and that the claim was filed by the insurance company that insures Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries for their Loses.


However,Lathlin pointed out that the statement of claim explicitly Identifies Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries as the plaintiff asking for compensation for the value of their video lottery terminals that were destroyed in the fire and related equipment damages.


Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries stated on social media that they already received compensation payment and they have no reason to take part in the statement of claim.


Lathlin went on to say that the volunteer fire fighters worked hard to put out the fire at the Town Centre Hotel but the fire rekindled and the building was destroyed despite their efforts and it saddens her to see the actions of this current government.



The Pas Kinsmen's 10th Anniversary Ladies Night

The Pas Kinsmen held the 10th anniversary ladies night on March 16th at the UCN cafeteria.


Kinsmen Co Chair Dan Kecskes spoke to Arctic radio news and said this year’s event was a big success. They sold 99 of their 120 tickets and everyone enjoyed the meal that was served and the prizes that were up for grabs.


The money raised will go towards community projects and at this event they made over four thousand dollars.


The original purpose of the ladies night was to give back to the wives of the Kinsmen members.

NDP Bill to make National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a Statutory Holiday Passes

NDP MP Georgina Jolibois’ Bill C-369 to make the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a statutory holiday has passed in the House of Commons.


Jolibois says it’s an important step towards reconciliation and after 151 years of pain and suffering inflicted on indigenous Canadians, there will now be a time to reflect and build relationships to strengthen Canadian society. 


She added that they heard from many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people that wanted this done.


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is September 30th.

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Makes a Statement Regarding The Lawsuit for The Town of The Pas

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries made a statement on social media In Response to the report that the owner of the former Town Centre Hotel and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries were filing a lawsuit against The Town of The Pas and six volunteer firefighters for negligence in the way they fought the fire that destroyed the Town Centre Hotel two summers ago.


MLL’s statement said quote they were not advised of the filing of the statement of claim and they have already received payment for their Video Lottery Terminals that were lost in the fire and have no reason to take part in the statement of claim.


As of news time, the Town of the Pas has not made an official statement regarding this lawsuit.

Thoughts on the 2019 Budget Survey

Local NDP MP Niki Ashton is asking people to fill out a survey to give feedback on how they feel about the 2019 Federal Budget. 


Ashton stated on social media that the budget itself does not cover, on reserve housing, policies to solve the housing crisis, or the cleaning of mould from Northern homes. The budget also fails to meet the priorities of Northern Manitobans such as housing, health, and jobs.


In Her newest MP report she said the budget of 2019 was the last chance for this government to put Canadians first but instead Canadians received a budget that maintains business as usual and continues massive giveaways to big corporations while people struggle to make ends meet.


A report from the Canadian press says the Liberals have committed 4.5 billion dollars to improving living conditions for indigenous peoples.


A link to the survey can be found on Niki Ashton’s Facebook page or at

Pallister Announces New Dialysis Beds While In Thompson

The Pallister Government is set to invest almost $5.2M for dialysis services in the Province.


Premier Brian Pallister was in Thompson earlier this week to make the announcement, alongside the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living Cameron Friesen.


The announced investment includes $2.4M this year, and will see in-centre dialysis expanded to accommodate an additional six patients in Thompson.

Friesen said that receiving services closer to home is integral to the government’s approach to improving Manitoba’s health system, and that expanding dialysis services in communities will make it easier for Manitobans living with kidney disease and kidney failure to access the health care that they need.


NDP leader Wab Kinew spoke to Arctic Radio News afterwards, and said that the missing piece to the announcement is prevention.

Kinew said there is a lot that could be done to help prevent and manage diseases like diabetes at home, such as diet and exercise, which would help prevent dialysis from happening later on.  


Other facilities that will see expanded dialysis services include Portage la Prairie, Pine Falls, Hodgson, the Boundary Trails Health Centre and Winnipeg.

Kelsey School Divisions Last Board Meeting

Kelsey School Board Chair Vaughn Wadeluis spoke to Arctic Radio News about some of the items brought up at the last school board meeting. He said that the 2019-2020 budget passed and it was the same as the draft budget that had been brought up at the previous board meeting.


During the meeting they also passed the 2019-2020 school year calendar. More Information on the 2019-2020 budget and the calendar for the upcoming school year can be found at

Public Hearing Next Month For Town of The Pas By Law 4592

The Town of The Pas is having a public hearing for the proposed amendment of by law number 4592 next month.


Jenn Early the assistant CAO says the public hearing is about lake front lots at the airport subdivision. Originally when the subdivision was done there was a requirement to have a 100 foot setback from the high water mark as outlined by respective government regulations.


If the amendment is approved residents will have a 75 foot set back from the high water mark allowing people to build closer to the water.


The public hearing will be held on April 23rd at 6PM at Council Chambers at the Municipal Office.



An Information Session on Your Role in Care giving Being Held Tonight

The Primary Health Care Center is hosting a telehealth session tonight presented by the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.  The session will deal with the stress and guilt of care giving for someone with a chronic illness.


Presenter Ruth Thomson will talk about how to assess ones situation to look at ways you can reduce your stress by being practical and having realistic expectations of yourself and by using community supports. 


The session will be held at the Primary Health Care Centre here in The Pas from 6:30 to 8PM.  To register online go to, or call 1-800-378-6699.

Lawsuit Against The Town of The Pas and Volunteer Firefighters For The Town Centre Hotel Fire

It has been reported that Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries And the owner of the
Town Centre Hotel are suing The Town of The Pas and Volunteer firefighters for negligence for the way that they fought the fire that destroyed the Town Centre Hotel in the summer of 2017.

Firefighters put out the first fire that broke out, only for a second fire to
break out half an hour later.

Manitoba Liqour and Lotteries had Lottery terminals in the hotel at the time of the fire and the owner had a large sum of money that was also lost in the fire, resulting in a large loss for both parties.

As of news time no offical statment has been made by the town of The Pas.


This Saturday, a support walk for the fire department and the volunteer fire fighters will be held from 1-3 in the afternoon at 81 Edwards Ave.

Amanda Lathlin Addresses Funding Issues Child Care Services in Budget 2019

Last Week, The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed the funding issues for child care services in budget 2019.


Lathlin stated that Manitoba parents need access to affordable, high quality child care but budget 2019 appears to be putting child care further out of reach for parents in Manitoba.


Page fifty in the budget indicates an over one point four million dollar cut from child care, which will mean less support for kids in daycare and early childhood educators.


The wait list for child care is still growing and there are nearly eighteen thousand children currently on the wait list.


Lathlin added that child care continues to be put out of reach of parents because of inadequate funding spaces and costs forcing them to delay their return to work or not return at all.


She chided the Pallister government for not committing their own funding for new child care spaces and believes that federal funds should enhance investments in child care and not backfill the lack of provincial funding.

2019 On the Right Road to Reducing Fatalities with below Average Crash Count in a Decade

In the first two months of this year, five people were killed on public roadways here in Manitoba which is significantly lower than the same time frame in 2018 where thirteen people were killed.


That’s according to a new report released by Manitoba Public Insurance last week. Last year, during the first two months there were three fatalities involving off road vehicles in the province but so far this year there have been no fatal off road vehicle accidents in Manitoba.


Manitoba Public Insurance states that every Manitoban has the power to bring the fatality count down to zero by changing how we think of road safety, the way we drive, and the decisions we make behind the wheel.

Student Writes A Threat on the Washroom Wall at Scott Bateman Middle School

According to a notice sent out by Scott Bateman Middle School a student wrote a threat on the wall of the boys washroom saying that there would be a shooting on March 18th.


The RCMP has been informed of this incident and they are trying to find the person that wrote the threat and they have spoken to students during assembly recently. The school and the police will do everything they can to ensure the safety of the students.


We will keep you up to date on this developing story as the information comes in.

Niki Ashton Calling For a Universal Pharmacare Program

Local NDP MP Niki Ashton is calling for a universal phramacare program.


In her newest MP report, she pointed out that nearly two million Canadians can’t to afford to fill their prescriptions and for many people this means more trips to the doctor or the hospital hurting their health and costing more in the long run.


As a result hundreds of premature deaths occur each year among working age Canadians that are unable to afford their prescriptions.


Ashton stated that the best solution is to build a universal single payer pharmacare system instead of protecting the profits of big pharmaceutical and insurance companies.


She ended her report by saying in Canada all it should take is a health card not a credit card to stay healthy.

Wab Kinew Announces New Critics for Health and Families in Preparation for More Provincial Cuts UPDATED

Wab Kinew the leader of the Manitoba NDP’s announced a revamped shadow cabinet to continue to hold the Pallister government accountable for deep cuts to health care, education, and jobs.


The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin was named deputy whip of the official opposition, and critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Critic for families, and critic for persons with disabilities.


Wab Kinew says they have heard from families and workers who are losing their services due to Brain Pallister and the NDP’s are fighting hard against his quote reckless plan to cut from hospitals and schools and they are ready to take that fight back to the legislature and stand up for Manitoba families.


Kinew will take on the role as critic for Manitoba Hydro. 

Community Wellness Challenge 2019

The Community Wellness Challenge will be held from April 29th until May 26th. The challenge is a free event that is open to anyone in the tri area that’s four years of age or older and it’s a challenge that will allow participants to improve their lifestyle.


Participants also have a chance to win some prizes and you can register on your own, with your family, a team of four, partners of two, or as a group.


Registration will be open in April and if you want more information call Russell Thorne at 204-627-6419

The 43rd Northern Juried Art Show May 6th until the 12th.

If you want to showcase your artistic skills while trying to win a little cash, now is your chance.


The 43rd Northern Juried Art Show is taking place in Thompson from May 6th until the 12th.


The show is open to all artists ages 18 and over who live north of 53 here in Manitoba, as well as those living in Creighton and Denare Beach.


There are seven categories for this years’ show; painting, watercolour, drawing and printmaking, crafts, fibre art, photography and sculpture.


There is also a youth category for youth aged 5 to 17.


There is a 15 dollar per piece entry fee, which is due by April 7th.


For more information or if you would like an entry form call 204-670-4515 or email

Your Children Can Help Name Future Police Dogs

The RCMP are inviting young people across the country to help name thirteen German Shepherd puppies born at the Police Dog Service Training Center.  Inspector Bill Long says the rules are simple.  Names must begin with the letter M with no more than nine letters,


The name must have one or two syllables, contestants must live in Canada and be 14 years old or younger, and only one entry per child will be eligible and entries must be received by March 26th.


The thirteen children whose puppy names are selected will each receive a laminated 8 by 10 inch photo of the puppy they named, a plush dog called Justice and an official RCMP baseball cap.  For information on how to enter by mail or online go to your favorite search engine and type in Name the Puppy Contest 2019.

Canada Post Community Foundation for Children Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Grants

Help could be within reach if your youth program needs financial assistance.

The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children is now accepting applications for 2019 grants.


Over one million dollars is available for charities, school programs and groups that serve the needs of young people.


Despite the broad range of youth programs in Canada, Canada Post says that it will not give a grant to sports teams, trade shows, conventions, events or debt reduction campaigns.


Applications are due by April fifth, and the recipients will be notified by August.


More information and a link to the grants can be found here:



Community Meeting Held for Northern Manitoba Snowmobile Tourism Strategic Plan

A presentation and discussion on the Northern Manitoba Snowmobile Tourism Strategic Plan was held on Monday at the Sam Waller Museum.


Al McLaughlin a consultant for Travel Manitoba who was hired to develop the Northern Tourism Strategy spoke to Arctic Radio News, and explained that these meetings are being held to report back to communities about a report that was generated at the snowmobile summit held in Snow Lake last November. 


The turnout of the presentation in The Pas was good with lots of people giving positive feedback and more meetings will be held in other Northern Manitoba communities this week.

Town of The Pas Council Votes in Favour of Handicap Loading Zone Signage

The Town of The Pas Mayor and Council voted in favour of a resolution to put up signage at the Handicap loading zone at Ecole Opasquia School during Monday night’s council meeting.


Two months ago, Ecole Opasquia School submitted a letter to town council to request new signage at their handicap pick up and drop off zone in front of the school on 8th street to allow for accessible parking.


The school currently doesn’t have enough space to pick up and drop off handicap students requiring parents and care givers to park further away or wait for a spot to open up.


The town is expected to put the signage up sometime this spring.

MLA Amanda Lathlin Addresses Child Care Funding Levels

The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin spoke in the Manitoba legislature recently on child care funding levels in Manitoba.


According to Lathlin the provincial government has shortchanged child and family services authorities even though the number of children in care exceeds eleven thousand and this year’s budget does not come close to what the government spent this past year on children in care and in the past year the government budgeted nearly 513 million dollars for children in care which Lathlin says is not enough.


Lathlin accused one of the ministers of failing to adequately consult with indigenous child welfare agencies before a system wide implementation of block funding and as a result indigenous children in care could be at risk due to inadequate funding. Lathlin asked the Government many times during question period if they would do the right thing and restore the funding for children in care.


Heather Stefanson, the Minister of Families responded to Lathlin by saying that budget 19-20 offers fifteen million dollars more then what will be available through block funding for authorities in CFS which will be good for children in the province and it will allow them the opportunity to use funds towards preventive measures towards reunification with families.


Stefanson added that they have worked very closely with the indigenous leadership council, indigenous authorities, the Indigenous Grandmother Leadership Council, and agencies involved in the system.


She concluded her response by saying that they have heard that Manitobans felt that the agency should be able to keep that children’s special allowance for those children and they ensure that that will happen.


A Pedestrian Injured on Highway Near Flin Flon Last Night

Around 9:45 last night RCMP were called to an accident just outside Flin Flon on number ten highway. 


A vehicle had hit a pedestrian.  The pedestrian was transferred to the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg and is reported to be in stable condition.


No further details are available as the investigation continues.

Februarys Monthly Mayor Reports

February’s monthly mayor reports for The Town of The Pas, The RM of Kelsey and Cormorant have been released. The Pas had a total of one hundred and fifty two disturbances of the peace, eighty two mischief cases, seventy two index checks, twenty six assaults and various other offences.


The RM of Kelsey once again say mostly provincial traffic violations a total of forty two and Cormorant had two cases of mischief, two assaults, one case of impaired driving, one case of theft, and one mental health act case.

Review Ordered For Safety and Security at Manitoba Health Care Facilities

Health, Seniors, and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced yesterday that The Manitoba Government issued a request for proposal to review security programs, services, and systems at key heath care facilities across the province.


Friesen says it’s our responsibility to ensure that health care facilities throughout the province are safe for everyone and the review will report back on varying levels of staffing and training standards that are in place at these facilities and a plan will be created to ensure the continued safety for all Manitobans that work at or visit these facilities.


Facilities in Thompson, Flin Flon, and The Pas may be part of the review.


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