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.
Registration is open for Simonhouse Bible Camps Summer programs. The summer programs include, Senior High for children 14-17, Junior High for ages 11-13, Junior for age’s 8-10 and mini mee for ages 6-8. You can sign up online at simonhouse.ca or by calling 204-687-3340.
Local MP Niki Ashton spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that Morneau talked about the north being majestic and that he wants to tour it, but the budget doesn’t have any solutions or commitments when it comes to issues like job loss.
She added that our region is going through a difficult time, and the budget doesn’t reflect it. Ashton said that it speaks to how the government is “out of touch” with what the region is going through. The MP said that the government needs to be on board to help find a solution to protect and create northern jobs.
Ashton added that there were some important commitments made in terms of child welfare for First Nations.
The Manitoba government has launched an online survey as part of ongoing consultations to support the development of a new poverty reduction strategy. Consultations began last November with a call for written submissions, workshops and lived experience conversations.
More than 230 people have shared their experiences and ideas at in person sessions in seven communities including Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson. The survey is now available and all Manitobans are invited to respond.
The survey has been created with information collected from the recent in person consultations and will remain open until March 23rd.
For more information on how to participate in the survey or provide a written submission visit their website at: gov.mb.ca/allaboard or by calling 204-945-3469.
The University College of The North in partnership with The Kelsey School Division and Skills Canada held the 2018 Northern Manitoba Skills Challenge in The Pas on February 28th. The event had 32 competitors from many Northern Manitoba communities where they took part in a series of challenges.
This year’s challenge had many local winners including Sage Ducharme from Margret Barbour Collegiate and Cody Johannes from The University College of The North won gold and silver medal respectively in cooking, Angel Head from Mary Duncan School won silver in Hairstyling, Justin Marlow from MBCI won gold in Heavy Equipment Service, Joshua Bignell from Margret Barbour Collegiate won the bronze medal in Information Technology Software for Business Solutions. Mackenzie Linklater from MBCI won gold in public speaking, Meghan McMillan from MBCI won Silver in Welding, and MBCIs Caileigh Muilenberg and Redthunderchild Sinclair won gold and silver respectively in Job Search.
Technical Vocational Education Consultant Kim Poirier says students who participated worked hard for their achievement and she wishes them the best of luck as they continue their learning and skill development.
The inaugural general meeting for The Pas and Area Animal Shelter will be held at the back room of A&W on March 20th at 7PM. The meeting will give people the chance to hear what the shelter has been working on and elections are expected to be held for board members.
If you would like to vote, a membership is required. The membership fee is 10 dollars a year for adults 18-59 and 5 dollars a year for seniors. These fees are payable at the AGM.
There will be a Walk for Justice today to honour Colton Boushie, Tina Fontaine and their families.
Walkers will meet at The Town of Pas Building this afternoon at 4:30 proceed through the Opasquia Mall and then gather at the Kikiwak Inn. Refreshments words of encouragement and a round dance will follow. Participants are encouraged to bring signs and drums.
The Kelsey School Division had a board meeting last week where a public presentation was held regarding the proposed budget for the 2018/2019 school year. Chairperson Vaughn Wadelius says the board has worked through a number of steps over the last couple of months and they have a list of capital projects that the school administrators presented and the next step is to review these projects along with what Manitoba Education had announced for support for education.
While considering the proposed budget the board had to look into some of things that The Manitoba Government announced including the withdrawal of the provincial tax incentive grant that will cost the school division $50,000 a year. Wadelius stated that the School divisions revenues based on September enrollment are unpredictable as of now and once they get the final revenue figures finished they will be able to lock in a budget. The plan presented was based on no requirement for a special levy increase this coming school year.
The overall budget is approximately 20 million dollars and the budget is expected to be approved at a meeting later this month.
The University College of The North is offering a course that specializes in traditional handicrafts. The program is called Introduction to Traditional Handicrafts. Students will learn how to make traditional crafts from Aboriginal Artisans.
The program will be held from April 9th until May 11th and the cost of the program is $1,498. For more information call Community Education Coordinator Dianne R Pelly at 204-620-1705. The deadline to apply for the course is March 23rd.
Canadian Olympic Medalist Brigette Lacquette will be speaking at The Roy H Johnston Arena tomorrow night at 7:15. Lacquette won silver medal at the 2018 winter games playing for the Canadian Woman’s Hockey Team. Admission is free and if you plan to attend you are asked to RSVP The Pas Huskies on Facebook.
MBCI Graduates are selling raffle tickets for a Winnipeg Jets Weekend Getaway. The grand prize features 2 Winnipeg Jets Tickets, a Calm Air Flight for 2, a one night stay in the Best Western Plus Pembina, and a $50 dollar Boston Pizza Gift Card.
The second prize is an interior and exterior vehicle cleaning courtesy of Great North GM. The raffle tickets are 10 dollars each and the draw will take place on March 9th.
All proceeds will go towards MBCI 2018 Graduates. For more information call Kelly Armstrong at 204-623-3485
The Pas RCMP responded to a report of a man that suffered a gunshot wound to the lower body. The police responded to the report around 8:46 in the evening on Monday where they found an injured 50 year old man. The victim was outside of his apartment when he was shot and he was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The police have conducted searches of the crime scene and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is ask to call the The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6204 or crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477
The conditional use application to move the Oscar Place Homeless Shelter to 202 Edwards Avenue was denied at Monday nights council meeting. Councilor and acting chairperson for The Stand Up For Oscars Place Group Chad Zolinski says a lot of people that came to the public hearing two weeks ago were concerned about having a homeless shelter in the business section of the town, which is one of the reasons why the application was denied. Zolinski voted against denying the application.
Many residents came to the meeting to voice their opinions on the matter with many upset about their decision. Amanda Lathlin was in attendance at the meeting and she hopes that funding can be secured to keep the shelter at its current location.
The Stand Up For Oscars Place Group will be considering alternative locations for the shelter and they will be having a public meeting on March 15th at the shelter to give people updates on their operations and to discuss their situation.
A town hall forum was held at the Métis Hall here in The Pas a few weeks ago where residents had the opportunity to bring up concerns that they had regarding health care in Northern Manitoba to The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin.
Lathlin says some of the concerns brought up were long wait times in the ER waiting room, the need to have access to health care services within our region rather than having to send patients to Winnipeg for treatment and jurisdictional issues in regards to access to provincial health care on reserves such as disability services.
Lathlin went on to say that holding these town hall hearings is important because she will be able to share these concerns with the minister of health in an effort to make positive changes to the health care system.
Lathlin was supposed to conduct the hearing alongside NDP Leader Wab Kinew but he did not arrive until much later due to a delay. Lathlin and Kinew will be bringing these concerns to The Manitoba Legislature on March 7th.
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont and Liberal Health Critic Jon Gerrard visited The Pas and OCN recently to hear concerns that locals had with the health care system. They held a hearing at The Pas Library on Monday evening and in OCN yesterday morning.
According to Lamont one of the concerns that people brought forward included, the high cost of travelling to Winnipeg for medical treatment and there is inequity with funding for people with disabilities on reserve vs. off reserve and he would like to have fair funding and provisions of services whether they live on or off a reserve.
He added that a lot of people are very frustrated with the state of health care right now.
All of these concerns will be brought to the provincial legislature on March 7th.
There will be a special presentation this evening at The Anderson Inn meeting room that will give people information on self employment. The presentation is being run by The Communities Economic Development Fund and they will be answering questions that people have in terms of self employment.
Admission to the presentation is free and you can register by calling 204-778-4138 ext 221.
The presentation runs from 7-8 PM
RCMP in Chemawawin Cree Nation received a report on February 24th of an abandoned vehicle on the road leading to the Easterville Airport.
Officers found blood when they searched the vehicle and they started looking for the last known person that drove the vehicle.
A 30 year old man from Easterville was found dead the next day and the police are investigating the death as a homicide.
The Pas Huskies minor hockey team is the winner of this years Chevy Good Deeds Cup. The announcement was made earlier this morning on TSN and in addition to the cup they have also won $15,000 that they plan to put towards. The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter. The staff at CJAR would like to congratulate the Huskies for winning this award and for their hard work and dedication that they have done for the community.
This evening the Town of The Pas is having their council and committee of the whole meetings, According to the council meetings agenda a road closing bylaw amendment and the conditional use application for 202 Edwards Avenue are some of the items that will be brought up at the meeting.
There will be a public hearing for a variation application from Delmer Rookes for an area on Constant Avenue prior to the council and Committee of the whole meetings.
The public is welcome to attend and the agendas for these meetings can be found online at townofthepas.ca
The Pas Golden Age Group is looking at putting in a bid to have The Pas host the 2019 Alcoa Manitoba 55 Plus Games. A bid for the games must be put in before the end of March and the host community is expected to be announced in April.
In preparation for the bid an organizational meeting will be held on February 28th at 324 Ross Avenue to select a Chair, A Vice Chair, A Treasurer, and a secretary. They will be checking out the communities support and what events the town can run and where they can be held.
Up to 15 hundred people could be participating in the games which would bring visitors to The Pas and help to strengthen the economy.
Economic Development Coordinator Kim Ballantyne was asked to take on a project to offer customer service training to front line employees from businesses in The Pas and OCN.
Ballantyne stated in a news release that by training workers to provide effective customer service, The Pas and area would be able to brand the community as a good place for tourists to visit.
A few businesses in The Pas and OCN such as The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce and Paskwayak Business Development Corporation will be sending their employees to attend a two day workshop at the Kikiwak Inn on February 27th and 28th where they will cover customer service, team building and conflict resolution, and handling difficult situations.
This Monday is the last day to submit events for The Pas Community Renewal Corporations Social Calendar for the month of March, to get your event on the calendar call 204-623-4269 or by stop by their office at 1559 Gordon Avenue. Events must be submitted before 4PM.
Manitoba Liberal Health Critic John Gerrard is launching a number of public hearings across Manitoba to hear the opinions and needs of Manitobans in regards to the provinces health care system.
Gerrard stated in a press release that they launched this effort because they are seeing an unprecedented level of concern with the impacts of the Pallister Governments cuts to health care.
One of these public hearings will be held at The Pas Library Annex from 7-9PM on February 26th
The 2018 Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival has come and gone and the 2018 Fur Queen is Miss Missinippi Airways Cherilyn Muilenburg. Miss OCN Blizzard Gabby Umpherville won first princess and Miss Northland Ford Andrea Moerike won second princess. For more results of trappers festival events go to the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Facebook page.
One of the biggest events of the 2018 Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival was the World Championship Dog Sled Race. Erick LaForce from Lanoraie Quebec placed first, Anny Malo from St Zenon Quebec came in Second, and Lina Streeper from Fort Nelson BC won third place.
You can find the results of other trapper’s festival events on The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Facebook page.
Yesterday, The Manitoba Liberals presented their recommendations for the provincial budget to finance Minister Cameron Friesen. Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont stated in a news release that their first major recommendation is for the province to stop raiding hydro of more than $380 million dollars a year and the other recommendation was to have the government focus on growth and revenue and start investing instead of making cuts.
Lamont added that the Pallister Governments approach to making cuts has been shown to be quote outdated. The goal of the remaining recommendations is to make improvements and investments that will hopefully result in long term cost savings for the province.
For a complete list of recommendations made by the Manitoba Liberals visit manitobaliberals.ca
Member of Parliament Niki Ashton visited several communities including Flin Flon over the last couple of weeks. She says one of the major issues facing these communities is unemployment and inequality stating our region has been ignored.
Ashton reports when Parliament resumed sitting she rose in Question Period to call out the decades of policies that are failing our region including privatization, job killing trade deals and foreign takeovers and a tax system that is rigged against working people and killing jobs.
In terms of the port of Churchill she has called for it to be re-nationalized and developed in partnership with First Nations and northern communities. She adds we can take action to protect and enhance resource based jobs including promoting value added jobs, we can make the tax system fairer and ensure the wealthy pay their fair share, we can ensure that more of the wealth generated in our region benefits northern and Indigenous people and this starts with them having a say over development in their communities.
The Kelsey School Division had a board meeting last Monday. Chair Vaughn Wadelius said it was a relatively short meeting and the board set up a couple of meeting dates to begin a developing the budget for the 2018/2019 school year.
For more information on what was discussed at the meeting visit kelseyschooldivision.com
The provincial government has been giving a failing grade when it comes to education from Dougald Lamont and the Manitoba Liberal Party.
In a recent release, the party says that the Pallister government has done nothing to improve Manitoba’s education system, and that they have failed Manitobans with cuts to twenty-one school divisions.
They added that the government has shown zero leadership on Indigenous education issues, with the graduation rates for Indigenous students sitting at 47.6 percent.
The Liberals added that this is an issue about the future of the province, and that the Conservatives seem to think they can quote cut their way out of problems.
The Pas Mayor and Council brought up a new land development initiative at the committee of the whole meeting on Monday night. According to Mayor Jim Scott the plan is for the town to sell off lots that the town owns for $1000 each to broaden the communities’ tax base and spur some construction.
People that buy lots will be required to have their construction projects on lock up phase within 24 months. This initiative will be brought up at a future town council meeting.
The Town of The Pas has announced that they will be having a public hearing for a special service levy for policing services in the community. Mayor Jim Scott says there is no control over the cost of policing and the plan is to take the cost of policing which is about 2.5 million dollars out of the budget and put the money into a special levy.
The purpose of this service levy is to allow everyone in the community to receive the same policing services and to pay the same amount of money for the services regardless of whether residents live on a small piece of property or a large one.
The public hearing for this levy is set to take place next month.
Manitoba Liberal Party Leader Dougald Lamont recently spoke to 102.9 CJAR to talk about current issues in Northern Manitoba. One of the big problems is the rail line to Churchill not being repaired. Lamont says it’s terrible that the rail line has been quote “left to rot” and he firmly believes that there is no reason why the province can’t take over the rail line and get it fixed. Lamont added that the best option is to get Omnitrax the owner of the railway out of the picture entirely and have the province take over the railway, rebuild it, and then allow someone else to run the railway.
Another issue Northern Manitoba faces is cuts to health care. According to Lamont there have been lots of cuts made by the Palliser Government to health care such as cuts to air ambulance services and he beleives the government should listen to the experts that are telling them to put a stop to the cuts. He added that there needs to be stability and the province can afford a better health care system.
Lamont plans to tell the Pallister government what he has heard from Manitoba residents that feel that they have been betrayed by the provincial government.
Manitoba’s Liberal party leader Dougald Lamont visited 102.9 CJAR recently to talk about issues in Northern Manitoba. According to Lamont some of the the issues are the 7.9 percent increase in Hydro rates, cuts to health care, housing and homelessness in The Pas and local pharmacies losing contracts to service personal care homes.
Personal care homes in the north have been getting service from local pharmacies and these pharmacies have lost their contracts to a company based in Ontario and owned by Shoppers Drug Mart.
Lamont believes that this will lead to pharmacies going out of business and these local pharmacies deliver services to people that the new company won’t be able to do.
Lamont will be taking these issues to the provincial government.
A public hearing was held on Monday at The Pas town hall regarding an application submitted by Manitoba housing to use the building at 202 Edwards Avenue as the new location for the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter. Former Stand Up for Oscars Place member and The Pas resident Olivia McCorriston watched the hearing online and said she did not a have a problem with the people that were against the proposed location but she was not happy with what some people said at the hearing.
McCorriston says a letter was presented at the meeting that contained remarks that she felt were inappropriate and set a bad tone. She was also bothered by people that said quote “Let it just shut it down and see what happens.
Even though McCorriston is no longer a member of Stand Up for Oscars Place she still cares very much about the homeless population and believes that having a homeless shelter in the downtown area would help to keep the area clean by providing public bathrooms and other services to keep the homeless off the streets.
A resolution for the application will be voted on at the next council meeting.
A public hearing was held at The Pas Town Hall on Monday Evening regarding an application made by Manitoba Housing to use the 202 Edwards Avenue building as the new location for the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter. Harold Smith Executive Director for Northern Housing Operations was present at the meeting to discuss the plan and answer questions from the public.
A number of residents and business owners attended the hearing and at least a dozen of them did not support the idea of having a homeless shelter in the downtown area. The main reasons behind the opposition were concerns that an increased homeless population in the area could affect local businesses in the downtown region due to mischief, public intoxication and violence.
The town has also received letters of opposition from businesses saying that while they support having a homeless shelter in the community they do not approve of the proposed location. The current zoning by-law only allows for a Homeless Shelter to be in a commercial area and Manitoba Hosing cannot continue paying the lease for the shelters current location at The Pas Friendship Centre.
The Pas Mayor Jim Scott says that he does not support the application and says that a decision on what to do with the Homeless Shelter must be made before March 31st.
Scott is hoping to have the town meet with The Pas Friendship Centre, Manitoba Housing, OCN, and The RM of Kelsey to try to figure out a way to keep the homeless shelter at its current location.
Mayor and council are expected to vote on the application at the next council meeting on February 26th and Scott believes that the resolution will be defeated unanimously.
Kent Whaley, The President of The Rotary Club of The Pas Spoke to 102.9 CJAR to talk about what the club has done recently and what they have planned for this year. The club made a donation to The Pas Precious Pet Kennels to run a spay and neuter clinic this spring and they sponsored the Bill Macdonald Basketball Tournament.
Their next big project is the Bill Bannock Ice Fishing Derby which takes place on April 7th and the money raised from this derby will go towards community projects. Whaley reminds people to get their Polaris ranger tickets that are on sale this week during the trapper’s festival and they will be sold at Extra Foods and The Grub Box over the next few weeks. The draw will be made at the Bill Bannock derby on April 7th.
You can keep up to date with the Rotary Club of The Pas on Facebook.
The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin and Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew will be conducting a special meeting at the Club Room of the Métis Hall here In the Pas this evening to talk about health care in Northern Manitoba and to listen to concerns that residents have regarding health care.
The meeting is part of Kinew’s Health Care Tour and the meeting will begin at 6 o’clock
Twin Motors in The Pas has been nominated for The Manitoba Family Enterprise of The Year award.
Twin Motors Sales Manager Luc Haukaas says the award is from Manitoba’s Family enterprise xchange that showcases multi generational family businesses that demonstrates dedication to their employees and the community.
Haukaas went on to say that everyone that works at Twin Motors really cares about the community and the level of customer service that they provide is a big part of why they were nominated.
The winner is expected to be announced on March 14th at a ceremony in Winnipeg.
Joe A Ross School will be having a Growing Indigenous Families Together Literacy night from 5:30 until 7PM for children under 6 and their families on February 22nd. The evening will involve meeting with families and talking to them about how they can encourage literacy in their own family environment so that their children can be prepared to learn how to read by the time they go to school.
The event will also give children and their parents a chance to hear some stories and nursery rhymes and do crafts. Parents must sign up with their child’s teacher in order to attend. For more information you can call Moore at 204-623-4286
As part of the Jordan’s Principle Information Series, There will be a special presentation on physiotherapy by Tara Lester, Staff Physiotherapist from the Northern Health Region at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre on February 20th from 2 until 3PM. Snacks will be provided.
There will also be a presentation on occupational therapy on February 26th. Marni Streit and Lindsay Fingland will be conducting the presentation from 2 until 3PM. For more information on these presentations call the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre at 204-627-7410.
This Monday, The Town of The Pas is having their first council and committee of the whole meetings for the month of February. There will be a public hearing regarding an application made by Manitoba Housing to use a building at 202 Edwards Avenue for the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter that will take place prior to the meetings.
Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend. You can find agendas for these meetings online at townofthepas.ca.
The Pas Huskies Minor Hockey Team is in need of your support to win the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup and $15,000 for The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter. You can support them by attending a street dance on February 16th in front of the Lido Theatre at 1PM. The event is part of the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival and there will also be music by DJ Derek and a chance to win some prizes.
Please wear red or Huskie Gear to show your support for the team. You can also help the team by posting on social media why you think they should win the good deeds cup and the prize money, be sure to include #IamWithTheHuskies and #GoodDeedsCup in each posting, the winner of the good deeds cup will be announced on February 26th.
Last Friday evening, the Norway House RCMP arrived at the local bar to conduct a foot patrol. As the officers exited their vehicle, they observed an individual exit the bar who they knew to be wanted by the police.
Officers approached the individual and placed him under arrest. Once arrested, the accused was searched and officers located 21 grams of crack-cocaine, 4 grams of cocaine, 28 grams of marihuana, and a small quantity of cash.
22-year-old Malcolm William McLeod of Norway House was arrested and remanded into custody on numerous drug and Criminal Code related charges.
The investigation continues.
Local MP Niki Ashton says that the issues faced by the people of Northern Manitoba continue to be her top concern.
She says that she addressed the ongoing uncertainty of the region, specifically the loss of jobs, in the first day that Parliament was in session in 2018.
Ashton said that while the Prime Minister was lecturing in Switzerland about inequality, trade deals, privatization and foreign takeovers are seeing jobs being taken away, the Port of Churchill shut down, and up to 90 percent unemployment in Indigenous communities.
She concluded by saying that she will continue to be a voice for the issues in our region.
Opaskwayak Chief Christian Sinclair recently spoke to 102.9 CJAR about the work that he has done with the Look North Strategy. Sinclair says they have engaged with an Indigenous person from New Zealand to bring an indigenous perspective into the planning process.
This has helped engage the first nation’s people of The Pas, Flin Flon, Churchill and Thompson in the process of the strategy. The Purpose of the Look North Strategy is to improve economic development, housing, employment and infrastructure in Northern Manitoba.
The next step is too facture all of these elements into a plan that will help to reinvigorate Northern economies.
The Plan is expected to be finalized at the end of June.
Next Thursday, there will be a special event at UCN called “Weaving Our Stories.” Don Robertson, a Cree elder from Norway House and his son David will be sharing stories about family and growing up in the North. The event runs from 6-9PM and admission is free. Tea and Bannock will be served.
Opaskwayak Cree Nation has put in a bid and a financial investment to distribute marijuana once it becomes legal this summer. OCN invested 3 million dollars with a Cannabis company through the Toronto Stock Market.
With this investment in the stock market their stock has climbed as high as a dollar 17 and they have quadrupled their investment in four and a half months turning their 3 million dollar investment into 12 million.
Sinclair added that the Manitoba Government issued a request for proposal that would allow four master licensees’s to operate marijuana retail operations. OCN submitted their proposal along with 100 other companies and if they are chosen they have a plan in place to roll out and build Marijuana outlets across the province in first nations and urban environments.
The Stand Up for Oscars Place Group is in need of donations of ingredients for soup to feed people at The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter. Foods such as meats, vegetables and baked goods will be accepted. If would like to make a donation call Louise Dewar at 204-620-5627 or Andrea at 204-620-6773 to make arrangements.
OCN Chief Christian Sinclair recently spoke to 102.9 CJAR to talk about a feasibility study that was initiated with the aerospace industry. Sinclair says they wanted to look at ways to diversify the economy of OCN and the region and to look at what products they could manufacture. The Paskwayak Business development has considered two products that OCN could manufacture.
The two products that could be manufactured in OCN will be analyzed through a business analysis to see what the feasibility would be to develop these products in the community. It is not known what products have been considered by the Paskwayak Business Development. The overall goal is to try to make profit and create new jobs for OCN and the region.