On Tuesday Evening The Pas Fire Department responded to a call of a house fire on Sailboat Road at Clearwater lake. Chief Fire Prevention Officer Randy Manych says the call came in just before midnight and it was reported that there was an explosion and a fire. When the crews arrived the structure involved was consumed and a camper on the property sustained heavy damage.
Manych added that the house was gutted and under renovation which caused the fire to spread quicker. The exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
The Opaskwayak Cree Nations Annual General Assembly was held at the OCN veteran’s hall on Tuesday night. The primary focus of the assembly was to present the audit for 2016 and 2017 and to have OCN entities conduct presentations on their fiancial positions.
OCN General Manager Joan Niquinicappo says one of the most important pieces presented at the assembly was the management action plan which involves reducing the deficit, cost cutting measures, and balancing what OCN is able to provide for the community.
She added that she wants community members to be aware that there will be community consolations that will commence in November for planning and priorities and they need the communities input as what they see as a priority for OCN.
If you were unable to attend the assembly, you can find copies of the presentations at the finance office at the Otineka Mall and the copy of the audit can be found online at the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Website.
The Rural Municipality of Kelsey will be having their regular council meeting tomorrow night at the municipality office. Some of the items on the agenda include Transportation Resolutions, Council Reports, and other general business.
The meeting will begin at 6PM and everyone is welcome to attend.
The Wanless Community Club Incorporated is having a Halloween social and elimination draw on October 28th at 9PM. Tickets are 20 dollars each and each ticket gets you into the social and you could win 250 dollars up to four times. You do not need to be in attendance to win. Tickets can be purchased from WCCI members.
The Wanless Community Hall is having a Children and Youth Haunted Halloween Dance Party on October 27th from 7PM to 10 PM. There will be music, games, snacks, and a chance to win a prize for wearing a costume.
Parents and Guardians are encouraged to attend as well.
The Stand Up for Oscars Place Group held a meeting on October 14th at the UCN Lobby. One of the main concerns talked about at the meeting is keeping the shelter doors open longer. At this time people can only come into the shelter at 9PM and they have to leave by 6:30 in the morning. Stand up for Oscars Group Chair Olivia McCorriston says that with the cold weather approaching the goal is to keep the shelter open from six at night until at least 8AM.
McCorriston added that they are also in need of volunteers to work at least one evening a week at the shelter and they are in need of food donations. If you would like to volunteer or if you would like to make food donations you can call McCorriston at 204-761-9244.
The Substance Abuse workshop “Understanding the Impacts” will be held at the Constant Room at the Kikiwak Inn on October 24th and the 25th from 9AM to 3PM. The Facilitator is Peter Constant and Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
For more information you are asked to call the OCNCFS Family Enhancement at 627-7157.
The Pukatawagan RCMP received a report of a missing man on October 13th just after 6:30 PM. 28 year old Warren Curtis Hart has not been seen in more than a week.
He is described as indigenous with short black hair, 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Pukatawagan RCMP at 204-553-2342 or crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The Pas Fire Department responded to a fire call at case towing late last Thursday night. According to Chief fire Prevention officer Randy Manych they received the page around 11:43 in the evening and the fire crews arrived about 10 minutes after the page came in.
Manych added that a storage building on the property burnt to a total loss, some vehicles were damaged, and two propane tanks had blown off. The crews did manage to save the Atco Trailer which acts as an office for case towing. Manych and the office of the fire commissioner have determined that this was an electrical fire.
A new bylaw passed its first reading at last Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting. According to Deputy mayor Brain Roque there is a lane on Crosley Avenue that does not function as lane but is on the town maps and it is designated for the purpose of a lane.
Roque added that the town received a request from a land owner of the adjoining property next to the lane that is interested in acquiring the land that the lane is on. The first step for the town is to close the lane and The bylaw identifies two things, the first thing the bylaw indentifies is that the land is to be closed and it identifies how the land is to be used after the closure.
The bylaw will be brought up again for the second and third reading at the next council meeting.
The RCMP have reported that missing Thompson teens Heather Flett and Judith Robinson have been located safely. Flett aged 16 was first reported missing on October 4th and Robinson aged 15 was reported missing on October 10th. The RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.
The 2018 pre budget consultations for Manitoba will be happening this coming Monday at the Kikiwak Inn. Manitoba’s Minister of Finance Cameron Friesian, Ian Wishart Minister of Education and Training, and MLA Rick Wowchuck will be in attendance at the consultations to seek input from residents for the 2018 pre budget consultation process.
Darcie Thomson from the Province of Manitoba says this will be an excellent opportunity for community members to engage with the minister of finance and have their say on where they think money from the budget should be spent. Or to bring up any pressing issues that they have. The consultation will be open to the public between 1PM and 2PM and Thomson encourages everyone to attend.
A resolution for a tipping fee incentive program for The Town of The Pas was carried at the town council meeting on Tuesday night. With a tipping incentive program the town will reimburse 50 percent of the cost of tipping fees after having a building demolished and rebuilt on the same property within two years of the date of the demolition. The contractor that’s demolishing and rebuilding on a property must apply for the 50 percent tipping rebate once all the conditions are met.
Deputy Mayor Brian Roque voted against the resolution because he did not like some wording in the procedural part of the resolution. The goal of this program is to help with the demolition of old buildings in The Pas and initiate new construction projects.
The Breastfeeding Buddies in The Pas OCN and area have announced the winners of the 2017 Breastfeeding Photo Contest. Tanis Bradburn Won first place, Crystal Salamanowicz won second, and Nicole Ducharme won third. The breastfeeding buddies thank everyone that entered the contest and for showing support for breastfeeding.
The Northern Learning and Support Centre is running The Mental Health First Aid for Adults Who Interact With Youth Course. Tania Catalano the Resource Facilitator for NLSC says the course is intended for an adult audience whose primary focus is youth aged 14 to 25. The two day certificate course will be held on October 19th and the 20th from 9AM to 5PM.
The cost is fifty dollars to receive your course manual and the deadline to sign up is tomorrow at 4PM. Registration and payments can be made at the Kelsey School Division office at 322 Edwards Avenue.
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There are many reasons to celebrate Halloween and you can celebrate by supporting the spray park fund at the very spooky family dance at Mary Duncan School on October 29th from 1-3PM. The event is being run by The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group and all proceeds will go towards the spray park fund.
There will also be, a canteen, a pumpkin carving contest, a photo booth and more. Admission is five dollars a person, twenty dollars for an immediate family pass, and children under one year are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door, from group executive members, or at Funky Threadz.
The Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba recently launched a province wide campaign to encourage Manitobans to set limits before participating in any type of gambling activity. Research determined that people who set limits have a lower risk of experiencing the negative effects of gambling.
The campaign is targeted at Manitobans 45 years and older since they are the age group least likely to set limits on gambling.
The campaign will run for six weeks and will be featured on radio, public space advertising, and other media. To learn more visit KnowMyLimits.ca
The support for The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter from The community is continuing and last Friday a special event called “Cold Night Out” was held to support the Homeless Shelter. Participants of the event showed their support for the shelter and the homeless by staying outside all night living the life of a homeless person.
Olivia McCorriston the chair for the Stand Up for Oscars Place Group says they had a great turnout and a lot of the participants had an emotional response to this experience. Some of the participants included, Jennifer Flett Vice Onekanew for OCN, Chad Zolinski Town Councilor for The Pas, and MLA Amanda Lathlin.
The next Stand Up for Oscars Place meeting is scheduled to take place at the UCN Lobby this Saturday at 3PM and the next event being held to support Oscars Place will be held next month and will involve cleaning up the Shelter.
Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen and Manitoba Public Insurance recently announced that October 15th is the first day of The 16th annual Citizens on Patrol Week.
Members of Citizens on Patrol volunteer alongside local law enforcement agencies to help keep their communities safe. They volunteer by going on patrol looking for criminal activity, displaying speed reader boards, patroling school crossing zones, and conducting seatbelt and cell phone use surveys.
Over the past year COPP volunteers have contributed nearly 15,000 patrol hours and more then 22,000 volunteer hours to the program and Cliff Cullen believes these community minded volunteers deserve a special recognition.
If you are interested in joining Citizens on Patrol you can visit the organizations website, citizensonpatrol.mb.ca or call 204-985-8849.
The Storytellers film festival is having a special planning meeting on October 17th at A&W. If you are interested in volunteering to help make plans for the next film festival or if you are if you are interested in film making you are invited to attend. The meeting will begin at 7PM. You can keep up to date with the storytellers film festival on facebook
You can show your support for breast cancer awareness by taking part in the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on October 18th starting at the GLMC. The registration is a 5PM and the walk will begin at 5:30. People are asked to wear pink and participants have a chance to win some great prizes. Youth must be accompanied by an adult during the walk.
Halloween is right around the corner and The Pas Curling Club is celebrating with a curling Funspiel on October 28th. The Funspiel runs from 1PM until 9PM and will also feature a potluck, a costume contest, and cash prizes. The cost is 25 dollars a person and everyone is welcome. To find out more call Bonnie at 620-2263
Town Council had a special meeting on Wednesday to talk about the ongoing issues with the rink at the Roy H Johnston Arena. Councilor Chad Zolinski says they talked about the state of the arena and the fact that there is no ice on the rink yet. The arena staff has had problems keeping ice on the rink due to leaks in the brine system.
Councilor Chad Zolinski added that they received a quote from a rink repair company that said it would cost $200,000 to fix the rink, If any repairs have to be made, the rink could be down for three or four months.
Ice has since been put onto the rink once again and the hope is that the ice will hold together so that the rink can be used. Town Council also discussed what they will do in the future so that they do not have this problem next fall. It is not yet known when the rink will be ready for skating.
Next week is fire prevention week, and this year’s theme is “Every Second counts, Have 2 ways out? This involves having a fire escape plan where you have two exits in case one is blocked.
As part of fire prevention week there will be an open house at the fire hall here in The Pas. There will be refreshments and a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog.
The Town of The Pas has announced that certain departments will be closed today from noon until the end of the business day to observe the loss of a co-worker.
The Departments that will be closed are The Town Hall, The Town Garage, The Arena, and the Engineering, Public Works, and Maintenance departments. The Sam Waller Museum will also be closed from 1PM to 3PM.
This coming Tuesday, the Onuschekewuk Oath of office will take place at the OCN Arbor at 9AM. This ceremony is the swearing in of the three newly elected band councilors for OCN with a feast to follow at 11:30 AM. The three new band Councilors are Michael G Constant, William Lathlin, and Dale Knutson.
This Friday night is the Cold Night Out event at Devon Park in support of The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter.
People in the community are gathering pledges to raise funds for The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter and they will be going out all night starting at 9PM, the time that the doors of the Homeless Shelter would open and they will stay out until 6AM.
This experience will give people an idea of what it is like to be homeless. The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin is one of the participants taking part in the event as well as OCN Vice Onekanew Jennifer Flett If you would like to take part and if you need a pledge form you can contact McCorriston at 204 627-9244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The person that raised the most pledges will win a prize.
Correction: An Earlier Version of this story had the wrong email address listed. The address is email@example.com
The Monthly Mayor Reports for The Pas, The RM of Kelsey, and Cormorant for the month of September have been released. Most of the crimes committed in The Pas were disturbances of the peace totaling 137, The RM of Kelsey saw mostly provincial traffic violations a total of 85, and the town of Cormorant saw 5 breach of the peace cases.
The Sam Waller Museum has a new exhibit called, Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada. It’s a travelling exhibit from the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre. It consists of a number of panels describing the story of Terry Fox and his run the Marathon of Hope. The Exhibit will be on display from now until December 31st.
The Pas and Area Animal Shelter is running a fundraising social at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall from 8PM till 1AM on October 21st. The event features music by Bon Jovi Tribute Band “Bed of Roses” along with DJ Derek between sets.
Tickets are $20 each and they can be purchased at Shane’s Music at the Otineka Mall, Sound Innovations, Glow Day Spa, Funky Threads, The Pas Veterinary Clinic, and Animal Shelter Committee Members. You must be 18 years or older to attend the event.
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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19 here in The Pas is now running shuffleboard every Monday at 7PM. The cost is two dollars a person in general and five dollars a person for tournaments.
It is open to both legion members and non legion members and you do not need to be experienced to participate. 10 percent of the money taken in will go to the legion to pay for shuffleboard supplies. For More information call 204-679-8192.
The Stand up to Save Oscars Place Fundraising event last weekend at the UCN cafeteria featured a 50/50 draw, baked goods, live music and a silent auction. Olivia McCorriston says they raised over $1,800 at the event.
If you would like to help raise money for the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter you can bid on some fine art work at the Stand up For Oscars! Auction Facebook group. The next Stand up to Save Oscars Place Public Meeting will take place on October 14th.
Breastfeeding Buddies in The Pas/OCN area is having a photo contest in support of Breastfeeding week. Simply upload your photo to The Breastfeeding Buddies in The Pas OCN area Facebook page for a chance to win one of three gift cards. The first place winner will receive a $100 gift card for the Grub Box, The Second Place Winner will receive a $50 gift card for Extra Foods, and a $25 dollars Giant Tiger gift card will go to the Third place winner. Be sure to include #NorthernMBBF2017, #WBW2017, and #Breastfeeding when you upload your photo. The deadline is this Saturday.
The Pas Kinsmen Club year is underway. The Club got there year started on the right foot when they volunteered their time at the OCN Blizzard Home opener at the GLMC on September 22nd. Members served free hot dogs and sold 50/50 tickets to people attending the game. The Club is also marking the 18th year running there very successful and award winning “Goals For Cystic Fibrosis Campaign”.
On September 23rd they team up with The Pas Rotary Club to Run Fords Drive One 4UR community. Along with the $20 dollars Ford of Canada Gives for each test drive the club ran a BBQ and car wash to help raise money for a new outdoor rink. The total amount raised at the event has not been determined.
Corrections: An Earlier Version of this story said the Kin Club Volunteered at the Blizzards Season Opener. It was Actually the Blizzards Home Opener.
The Pas Fire Department responded to a fire at a vacant building on Head Ave near the Alouette Hotel on Sunday evening. The fire broke out around 10PM and the crews had the fire put out relatively quickly. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The people of OCN have voted and the results of The Band Council Election are in. The Three new elected band councilors are William Lathlin, Dale Knutson, and former OCN Chief Michael Constant. These positions will be in place for the next two years.
The Town of The Pas will be having an open house regarding the town’s sewage lagoon upgrades as it is now past its capacity. The community had an engineering firm come in to look at the various options to upgrade the lagoon to provincial standards.
The Town of The Pas Councilor Chad Zolinski told CJAR that the open house will give people the opportunity to meet with the management team from their engineering department and the engineering firm that conducted the study on the lagoon.
The Manitoba Water Services Board and Manitoba Conservation will also be there to provide some insight on what will be done to the lagoon. The open house is set to take place on October 25th at the town office council chambers between 4-7PM.
The Christ Church Hall Across from The Public Library is having a Fall Craft Show on October 21st from 10AM to 3PM. If you would like to have a table at the show, call Misty at 204-620-5895. Cost is $20 a table.
The town of The Pas’s support to keep the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter open continues. There will be a Stand up To Save Oscars Place meeting tomorrow afternoon in the UCN lobby at 3pm.
This meeting will inform the community where The Stand up to Save Oscars Place Group is in regards to negotiations with The Pas Friendship Centre and Manitoba Housing.
The Town of The Pas’s support to keep the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter open continues with the Stand Up to Save Oscars Place fundraising event taking place at the UCN Cafeteria Tomorrow night. The event is completely community driven.
The event will take place from 7 PM until midnight and will feature live music, refreshments, and an art auction.
New ideas are always being brought before town council and at Monday nights Committee of the Whole meeting the town of The Pas discussed the possibility of having a Tipping Fee Incentive Program here in town.
A Tipping Fee Incentive Program works by having the town reimburse 50 percent of the cost of tipping fees after having a building demolished and rebuilt on the same property within two years of the date of the demolition.
Chief Administrative Officer Randi Salamanowicz says other communities have tipping incentive programs and that it would be advantageous for The Pas. The hope of having this program is to help with the demolition of old buildings in The Pas and initiate new construction. The program will be discussed again at a future meeting.
Mark your Calendars, The Christ Anglican Church is having the “Foodsafe” food handling course on October 18th. From 8:30AM to 4:30 PM. The Registration Fee is $75 dollars and the course is being taught by James Dean.
If you would like to take part in the program contact James Dean at 204-623-3790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groceries will once again be available at OCN. “Family Foods” is expected to open sometime next month at OCN’s Otineka mall. The grocery store will be owned and operated Nelsen House First Nation.
Ginger Martin The CEO of Paskwayak Business Development Corporation says that there is a huge need for a grocery store in OCN. The store will help to benefit the community by providing jobs and traffic for the mall.
Martin said the target opening date was October 4th but that could be pushed back by a week.
Honouring our missing and murdered aboriginal woman. The sisters in Spirit Candle Light Vigil and Walk of hope will take place on October 4th starting at UCN. The event is being run by the Mamawechetotan Centre in Partnership with a few organizations from OCN.
After the walk they will also be hearing from some of the families’ that have been affected by having their sister or mothers murdered or gone missing as well as releasing balloons in memory of aboriginal woman that lost their lives. For more information call Angie Cote at 204-627-8698.
A four year collective agreement was made between The Town of The Pas and Canadian Union of Public Employees local 745 at Monday nights council meeting. This agreement provides a salary and working conditions for employees of the town of The Pas.
Chief Administrative Officer Randi Salamanowicz says a collective agreement is a guideline for the town employees and the employer that helps insure that both parties are carrying out what was agreed upon under the union contract. The Contract also looks out for health, safety, and benefits of the employees.
Salamanowicz added that with this agreement the town will be able budget appropriately over the next four years and they will have a general idea as to what the wages are going to be and what will be required as part of their yearly budget. The agreement will also provide the next elected council with the opportunity to become familiar with the existing union contract.
UCN is running a High Intensity Interval Training Exercise Course every Tuesday from October 10th to November 28th. The Course is being taught by Darcy Hanchuk.
The cost to register is $50 and UCN Students can join with a $25 deposit that will be returned if 80 percent of classes are attended.
If you want to sign up or would like more information you can contact UCN recreation Director Denise Duncan at 204-627-8535 or email email@example.com. The deadline to register is this Friday.
Olivia McCorristion, The Chair for Stand Up to Save Oscars Place Group told CJAR that the doors of the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter will now stay open until March 31st of 2018.
McCorriston added that even thought they have an extension to keep the shelter open there is no programming for Shelter operations right now.
She went on to say that as of October first the Shelter will be run by the community and not by The Pas Friendship Centre and they still need people to come forward and volunteer in any way they can.
If you are interested in volunteering you can call McCorriston at 204-761-9244
Stand Up to save Oscars Place was formed as an effort to keep the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter in Operation.
The UCN Food Pantry is in need of donations for the school year. The UCN food pantry was established to help students make ends meet though generous donations. Some of the items that can be donated include non-perishable food items, personal hygiene items, and fresh meats.
Donations can be dropped off at box at the Mamawechetotan Centre at UCN or you can call Angie Cote at 204-627-8698.
The Aurora House Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event took place at the Otineka Mall on September 21st. The goal of the walk is to help bring an end to domestic violence and gender based violence.
The event involved men walking in high heeled shoes around the mall to show their support. Participants also submitted pledges for Aurora House to offset uncovered expenses and this year they raised approximately $3.819. The Kinsmen and Rotary Clubs made significant contributions.
Aurora House Executive Director Dawna Pritchard said in an email that this year’s event was a big success and would like to thank the community for their support.
Aurora House provides support for victims of domestic violence.
The 20th Annual Northland Ford Run for Breast Cancer will take place on October 1st here in The Pas. The registration is at 1PM and the run will begin at 1:30 PM at the Anglican Church. Participants can run either 5 kilometers or 1 kilometer.
If you would like to raise funds for The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation before the run date, Pledge forms can be picked up at Northland Ford, Cook and Cooke Insurance, and The Grub Box.
Pledge forms can be dropped off at the Anglican Church on the day of the run.
Last week, Tim Hortons held their Smile Cookie Campaign and every dollar from each cookie sold went to The Pas Families Building a Better Community group to build a spray park in The Pas. According to Co-Chair Fundraising Organizer Marcia George the total amount raised this year was $10,600.
The Smile Cookie Campaign helps to support local Charities across Canada and The Pas Families Building a Better Community group has been involved with this fundraiser for the past few years. The group is currently working on an updated construction plan for the spray park.
The Stand Up to Save Oscar's Place Committee held a meeting at UCN on Tuesday night.
They talked about the possibility an alternative building to use as a homeless shelter incase they are unable to use the Oscar's Place Building.
As of now the committee does not have any financial resources to purchase the building. Committee Chair Olivia Mccorriston added that they may be able to rent the shelter but the cost to rent the shelter is not known.
The Committee was formed to help save the Oscar Place Homeless Shelter after it was announced by The Pas Friendship Centre that they would be shutting down the shelter due to financial issues.
Their will be another meeting at the UCN Lobby tomorrow at 3PM and the Committee will be meeting again next Tuesday.
Correction: An Eariler Version of the Story said that Saturdays meeting will take place at the OCN lobby when it is in fact taking place at the UCN lobby.
There will be a special workshop at The Pas West Centre this coming Tuesday called “What’s Your Message"
Today is the last day to sign up for the program and you can register by calling 623-8474. The workshop is expected to run from 10AM to 3PM.
The Hudson Reykdall Mobile Clinic came to The Precious Pet Kennels to provide spaying and neutering to low income pet owners from September 14th and the 15th. Bonnie Meadows from The Precious Pet Kennels said was very happy with the turnout and hopes that the Clinic will come next year.
The Rick Palmer Memorial Golf Tournament takes place on Saturday the September 30th at The Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Club. The tournament is stroke play format with a cost of $70 a person. All proceeds go towards upgrades for the Pro-Shop and the Rick Palmer Memorial. You can sign up at the clubhouse or by calling 204-627-2300
The “How Attachment Shapes our Lives” Workshop is set to take place on October 5th here in The Pas. The Workshop will feature Occupational Therapist Kim Barthel as a speaker. Barthel says attachment is all about early childhood relationships between parents and children and that these relationships can be tricky for children with developmental disorders.
The registration deadline for the workshop has been extended to September 22nd and there is still some space left. The Registration fee is $25 dollars and you can sign up by calling Joanne Wyman 204-623-9649. The workshop will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion here in The Pas from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
There will be a special work shop The Pas West Centre at 60 Third Street West on September 26th called “What’s Your Message. The Workshop is being run by Workplace Education Manitoba and it will run from 10AM to 3PM. The workshop will help businesses communicate their messages to customers. To reserve your spot call 204-623-4874.
The Canadian Red Cross evacuation response that supported the people of the first nations communities of Wasagamack, Garden Hill and St Teresa Point wrapped up yesterday with the final evacuees returning home. The Residents of these communities were evacuated due to wildfires. There was a full evacuation of Wasagamack and some people with health concerns were evacuated from Garden Hill and St Teresa Point.
Shawn Feely Vice President of Manitoba and Nunavut Canadian Red Cross stated in a news release that even though it was a stressful time for the evacuees it is good that they are able to return to their homes and resume their lives.
He added that he was proud of the Red Cross team and volunteers that did an incredible job providing support to more the 6,300 people.
The RM of Kelsey held a council meeting last Thursday. There were a number of delegations at the meeting that had some concerns about drainage issues in the areas around the golf course and the Agricultural Grounds.
The Concerns were specific to some of the proposed changes to the pumping guidelines and rules for agricultural drainage in the Valley and how they would affect there area.
It was a decision by the farmers association and the province to look at changes to make pumping rules more sustainable and workable going into the future. These proposed changes were discussed at an open house at the RM office last month.
Reeve Rod Berezowecki wants to assure the delegations that their concerns are valued and they will be making decisions with the delegations concerns in mind.
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The Pas Fire Department responded to a house fire on Aspen Street in The RM of Kelsey last weekend. According to Chief Fire Prevention officer Randy Manych, the call came in around 3:30 on Saturday afternoon. The house that caught fire was a building that had been set on fire a few years ago.
Chief Fire Prevention officer Randy Manych believes the fire have have been set on purpose.
The Pas helping hands 4H club is having a canning and baking competition. Entries can be dropped off at the Kin Centre on September 29th from 6-7PM. Jams, Jellies, preserves, cakes and cookies are some of the items that can be entered.
They will also be having a Culture Days Event at the Kin Centre on September 30th. The event will feature Cultural Craft Tables, the Local 4H culture art gallery, and more. The event runs from 1-3PM and entry is free.
There will be a special fundraising event for The Oscar’s Place Homeless Shelter on September 30th. The event will be held at the UCN Cafeteria and will feature, live music, an art auction and refreshments.
The event is a way for the community to come out and show their support for the Homeless Shelter and help to raise the funds that are needed to keep the shelter in operation.
The Pas Friendship Centre announced that they would close the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter on the 30th of September.
The newly formed Stand Up to Save Oscars Place Committee had a meeting at the UCN board room last Wednesday night. The main purpose of this meeting was for the Committee to organize themselves. Olivia McCorristion, The new chair for the committee says they will now be able to start making decisions on how to save The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter from closing.
Chad Zolinski is the vice chair of the Committee and they are still looking for more volunteers to join the committee.
The group also discussed applying for grants to help pay for the shelters expenses but the Committee needs to be incorporated before any money flow.
The Committees next meeting will be held on Tuesday at 7PM.
The Pas Regional Library is having a, create your own book cover contest. The contest is open to all ages and it is a great opportunity to get creative. You are asked to submit your entries the week of September 25th and all submissions will be put into a draw on September 29th. For more information call 204-620-2023.
NDP Health Critic Matt Wiebe recently stated that Manitoba Premier Brian Palliser’s proposed health tax would cost thousands of dollars a year for most Manitoba families.
According to a news release Wiebe said “The Premier has broken his word to Manitobans once again and that he is demanding Manitobans either pay thousands more each year or accept more massive cuts to our health care system. He added that it is an admission of failure on the part of the premier.
Wiebe says Palliser’s deep cuts, user fees, plans for privatization and now a new tax are turning the health care system into a two tier American Style System where money Trumps medical need.
The Kelsey School Division held their first Regular Board Meeting of the 2017-2018 school years on Monday.Superintendent Julia Mckay says they had swearing in ceremony for Gianna Catalano the new board youth representative, and they did nominations and elections for chair and vice chair person of the board. Vaughn Wadeluis is still the chair person and Claudette Garrow is still the vice chair.
The next meeting is scheduled to take place on September 25th.
The Pas Fire Department responded to a call for a fire at The Rotary Park on Cathedral Avenue on Wednesday night. The page came in around 10:18 in the evening and upon arrival they found a play structure on fire. The fire was apparently started when someone wrapped clothes around the structure and lit them on fire.
Chief Fire prevention Officer Randy Manych says the police informed him that there was a group of around 20 youth at the park earlier in the evening and they believe that they may be the same group that started the fire.
The Pas Town Council discussed the possibility of running The Pas Community Ambassador Program once again at the committee of the whole meeting on Monday. The program was last held from September 8th to December 31st of 2015.
The program involved having a couple of ambassadors on the streets which built a relationship with people living on the streets. According a report the ambassadors also helped to bring attention to the ongoing needs of the homeless population.
Mayor Jim Scott put forward a request form for Manitoba Liquor and lotteries to provide $15,000 to run the program. Council will discuss the Ambassador Program again on a later date.
Opaskwayak Cree Nation has made a large investment in National Access Cannabis a medical cannabis company. OCN Chief Christian Sinclair told CJAR that after an announcement was made by the federal government that they were going to be legalizing Cannabis in Canada by July 2018 they looked into how legalization could benefit OCN.
If National Access Cannabis has a decent stock price OCN will be able to make profits from the shares that they purchased and the plan is to use the profits to combat poverty in the community and for other things that the community needs.
Sinclair added that cannabis is now being recognized as a medicine rather than a drug as it has many medicinal purposes. He also said that with OCN being one of the most economically advanced first nations in Canada they always want to look at where they can capitalize on opportunities for the benefit of their people.
The 9th Annual Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Clubs 9th annual Par Three Fundraising Tourney is this Saturday. The entry fee is $100 a player or $400 a team. The Tee off is 11AM to sign up call 204-627-2300. All Proceeds will go towards improvements for the golf course.
The Pas Fire department responded to a report of a fire around 9:18 on Monday night when children were reported to have set fire to a plant at a residence on Crossley Avenue.
The fire was put out relatively quickly. There is an Identification on the children responsible but it is not known if they have been caught or not.
Monday was a busy day for The Pas Fire Department. The first call of the day came in around 12:05 for a minor car accident at the corner of third and Crossley.
The next emergency call came in around 4:35 from an apartment block on Second Street when an unintended pot burnt some baby bottles and set off the fire alarms, and another call was received around 9:18 in the evening when children were reported to have set fire to a plant at a residence on Crossley Avenue.
The monthly mayor reports for The Pas, The RM of Kelsey, and Cormorant for the month of August have been released. Most of the offenses committed in The Pas were disturbances of the peace a total of 171, The RM of Kelsey saw mostly provincial traffic violations totaling 34, and Cormorant had mostly breach of peace offenses.
Theatre 53 will be having auditions for their spring production of Cinderella on October 16th. The auditions will be held at the Kelsey Community School music room. Auditions are open to youth 12 years and older and adults. People auditioning must come prepared to sing.
The second stand up to save Oscars Place Meeting was held on September 9th at the UCN lobby. The meeting was attended by concerned citizens to determine how to save the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter after The Pas Friendship Centre Announced that
they were going to close the shelter at the end of the month.
Several people came forward with ideas on how they could raise money to keep the shelter running including a Go Fund Me Page and donation boxes. The goal is to try to raise at least $4,000 a month to go towards operating costs. Three budgets from The Pas Friendship Centre were presented at the meeting with one budget stating that it would cost around $200.000 a year to operate the Shelter based on 10 hours of operation a day.
A few meeting participant’s volunteered to become committee members
for the stand up to save Oscars place group and they will be having a meeting at UCN this Wednesday to decide on a plan.