It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with all the snow on the ground and that means it’s time for children young and old to visit Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas. But visiting Santa can sometimes be overwhelming for children on the autism spectrum.
This is why local autism mom Melanie Young had decided to arrange a “Sensitive Santa” which will be taking place at Northland Fords showroom here in The Pas on November 25th from 1 until 3 in the afternoon. This way children on the autism spectrum can visit Santa in a sensory friendly environment with no flashing lights, no loud music, and Santa won’t be as loud.
Pople attending the sensitive Santa will not have to wait in line as this is also something that children on theP spectrum often struggle with.
There will also be a photographer available to take photos. You must register ahead of time in order to attend and you can sign up by calling Young at 204-623-3187 The event is sponsored by Northland Ford and Autism Society Manitoba.
Last week the University College of the North In partnership with the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and Look North held a two day conference at the Kikiwak Inn Called Linkages in Northern Economic development.
UCN President Doug Lauvstad told Arctic Radio News that the idea behind the conference is to link governments, communities and organizations together and have a conversation about northern economic development for the future of Northern Manitoba. Lauvstad believes that there is potential for people to start small businesses here in the north.
The conference featured guest speakers including the CEO of AGT Foods Murad Al Katib where he said he had an optimistic view of how the north would benefit from the Port of Churchill including the shipping of western Canadian food products.
Opaskwayak Cree Nation Chief Christian Sinclair and Minister of Growth Enterprise and Trade Blaine Pederson also spoke at the conference.
Members of Parliament Niki Ashton and Georgina Jolibois are joining community efforts to save the obstetrical delivery program in Flin Flon, as it will force many Northern mothers and families to drive several more hours to access services in The Pas or in Prince Albert. Ashton says the closure of the obstetrics ward is shutting down a vital community service for an entire region adding instead of spending money on consultants, the provincial government should do what's necessary to reopen the obstetrics ward immediately.
Jolibois expressed concerns over the impact this interruption in services will have on mothers and families from northwest Saskatchewan from Pelican Narrows to Denare Beach noting First Nations and all communities in our region are some of the youngest in the country and they need access to birthing services in Flin Flon.
Jolibois and Ashton are joining a community based effort, as well as Manitoba MLA Tom Lindsay and Saskatchewan MLA Doyle Vermette, in calling for the Manitoba government to save these birthing services immediately. The service will be temporarily suspended by the Health Region November 18th after a clinical study showed issues dealing with volume, increasing gaps in service and resulting patient safety.
The winners of The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce, long service volunteer award and the citizen and business of the year awards have been announced.
The citizen of the year award winner is Christine Anderson for cleaning garbage off the streets of The Pas without ever being asked to do so and she volunteers to take care of the towns cross country ski trails, donates to the homeless shelter, and is the organizing force behind many local projects.
The long service volunteer award went to Saint Paul’s personal Care home resident Anita Fulmore for dedicating 40 to 45 years of volunteer work to the community and the Business of year award went to the Wescana Inn.
The awards will be handed out at the Wescana inn event centre November 24th from noon to 2 in the afternoon. Tickets for the ceremony are 15 dollars and are available at Paper Works Plus, The Opasquia Times, 102.9 CJAR, or from any Chamber of Commerce Board Member.
Five new members were appointed to the License Suspension Appeal Board last week. According to Infrastructure minister Ron Schuler the License Suspension Appeal Board works to grant conditional driving privileges with the public’s best interest in mind.
One of the newly appointed members is The Pas’s Jeffray Stepaniuk a senior instructor in natural resources management technology at the University College of the North. His responsibilities have included co coordinating and maintaining contact with other natural resource related organizations.
Schuler said he was very pleased to see the appointment of the new members and he expressed his appreciation to the outgoing members.
The Government of Manitoba and Canada have entered into an agreement to purchase and install directional highway and community boundary signage for Manitoba’s First Nations. Both governments will provide $200,000 each for the project.
Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler says the project will upgrade or replace highway signage for first nation’s communities located on Manitoba’s all weather highway network and the new signage will improve community visibility from our major highways.
Jane Philpott stated that it’s important to note that the new signs will be designed in consultation with elected leadership from these First Nations. A community review to determine the sign type and locations is expected to be conducted over the next year.
The RCMP would like to remind residents to be ice smart when heading onto the ice for winter activities. They note simple precautions can prevent winter fun from becoming tragic.
They remind you to be safe around lakes, rivers, creeks and open bodies of fast moving water by being aware of ice thickness. Ice should be 15 centimeters thick before you walk or skate on it, 25 centimeters before snowmobiling on it and at least 30 centimeters thick before you drive a vehicle on it.
Clear blue ice is strong while white or grey colored ice is not as strong. Stay away from ice that looks slushy, has thawed and refrozen, is near moving water or near a pressure crack. When snowmobiling wear proper gear, avoid alcohol or drugs, don’t go on the ice alone and carry safety gear like ice picks, poles and ropes as well as a first aid kit that includes cold weather supplies like a thermal blanket.
Correction: an earlier version of this story read on air said 15 metres instead of 15 centimetres.
As part of National Diabetes Month the Opaskwayak Health Authority will be screening “That Sugar Film” at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre on November 22nd beginning at 6:30 in the evening.
Shawn Yaremko learning circle facilitator for the Opaskwayak Health Authority says the film is a fun and comical approach to learning about the impact that sugar has on chronic diseases such as type two diabetes and the impact that sugar has on our health.
A dietitian will be available to answer questions after the screening of the film and there will a draw for a chance to win a 50 dollar healthy food voucher.
Space is limited so if you would like to see the film you are asked to call Yaremko at 204-627-7410.
Yesterday was a historic moment for Opaskwayak Cree Nation when they opened the first legal recreational cannabis store on a First Nations land in Canada.
The store is a Meta Cannabis Supply Co. outlet and it’s located at the Otineka Mall and it's a partnership with National Access Cannabis and Opaskwayak Cree Nation. The outlet will be staffed with trained OCN members that will ensure the safe and secure distribution of cannabis.
OCN is one of the biggest share holders of National Access Cannabis and Chief Sinclair who is also a NAC board member sees this investment as an economic breakthrough for the community and the goals of the investment will involve getting OCN out of debt and to invest in infrastructure and education.
The Grand opening of the store took place late yesterday morning with some speeches and an official ribbon cutting.
Opaskwayak Cree Nations Child and Family Services in partnership with the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre is having a sobriety dinner on November 30th from 5 until 9 in the evening and an AA Roundup on December 1st beginning at 9AM.
The sobriety dinner is held annually and they recognize people that have been sober and they give these people certificates for their sobriety. Chief Christian Seinclair will be a special guest at the dinner.
The dinner will be followed by a family fun dance with music by DJ Derek. Both events take place at the OCN veteran’s hall and there is no cost to participate. To sign up call 204-627-7157 or 204-627-7410
The Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation held a grand opening for their first women’s shelter on Tuesday.
Executive Director Susan Kobliski said it will house women facing family violence issues.
The shelter will serve women in Nelson House and those living in surrounding areas like Tadoule Lake, Lac Brochet, Churchill and Lynn Lake.
The women will have access to counselling and programs with an Indigenous focus, including smudging and medicine picking.
The shelter has hired nine people from the community, including two support workers, security staff and a child care worker.
The shelter will collaborate with other community services like the NCN Medicine Lodge, Nursing Station and NCN Family and Community Wellness Centre to ensure families receive the support they need to successfully move forward and break the cycle of abuse.
The Flin Flon General Hospital will be temporarily suspending obstetrical delivery services beginning at 8 am November 18th. Health Region CEO Helga Bryant says this is happening as their priority is patient safety for expectant moms and their babies after a study recommended this step be taken due to only occasional services being available by obstetricians and anesthesiologists.
She explained they had a recent external review of obstetrics in Flin Flon done and there were a number of issues that had been raised to the Chief Medical Officer as well as herself around their volume and their increasingly frequent gaps in service. She said this review was conducted by an esteemed obstetrician from the Health Sciences Center and nurse expert from Winnipeg and they concluded the service should be temporarily suspended.
Bryant says some deliveries will take place in The Pas where they have full services available or moms can make other arrangements with their care provider. She says pre-natal and post-partum services will continue to be available here. She adds the will again look at the provision of services once a clinical services plan is completed by the province next year.
Residents of The Pas and area are reminded that this week is collection week for operation Christmas child a program that gives children in third world countries shoe boxes full of Christmas gifts.
You can get shoe boxes at the Northern Lights Dollar Store, The UCN bookstore, The Grub Box and The Pas Regional library.
The filled boxes can also be dropped off at the Library and The Grub Box and The Pas Alliance Church will be open on November 10th and the 11th to collect boxes from 1 until 4 in the afternoon.
November 11th is the deadline to drop off boxes and additional information on the program can be found at samaritanspurse.ca or by calling 204-620-6811
The Province of Manitoba has been listed as one of the top ten regions to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet, a well known travel authority and publisher of guide books. Alan McLaughlin who works as a consultant for Travel Manitoba on The Northern Tourism Strategy says that this will mean big things for Manitoba in the coming year like the possibility of increased tourism for the province.
Lonely Planet outlined a lot of the popular tourist attractions that Manitoba has to offer including the town of Churchill and the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival and Manitoba was the only Canadian Destination included in Lonely Planet’s Travel destinations lists for 2019
McLaughlin says we need to get tourism ready for the province by thinking like tourists and thinking about what they would want to do and see if they visit our region and to give them the best experience that they can have.
The University College of The North in partnership with the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and Look North is hosting the Linkages in Northern Economic Development Conference at the Kikiwak Inn on November 7th and the 8th.
During the conference participants will engage in interactive discussions of northern economic development strategies, how to thrive in a time of change, innovation, and connecting the north to the rest of the world.
The conference will also have a number of guest speakers including Blaine Pederson, Minister of Growth Enterprise and Trade, and Opaskwayak Cree Nation chief Christian Sinclair.
For a full program of the conference visit ucnlinkages.ca
The Manitoba Métis Federation celebrated the completion of two new housing units here in The Pas last Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The new duplex on Bignell Avenue includes a 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom unit and this is the fifth housing project completed by the MMF since partnering with Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation back in 2013 to develop affordable housing for Manitobans.
Will Goodon MMF Minister of Housing and Property management said it has been years since they saw the need to starting building more affordable housing for citizens and these two new houses will benefit two Métis families living in the area
This Saturday, there will be a Red Cross standard first aid course from 9 AM until 5PM offered here in The Pas.
The course is known as “a new approach to standard first aid” and it will give participants the certification they need in a one day course instead of a two day course. Although it is a new course it is not a new certification.
The entry fee is $130 dollars a person and if you would like more information call 204-381-1311.
While in Churchill last week to celebrate the restoration of rail service, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took time to address climate change and what that will mean for Manitobans.
Trudeau said that communities like Churchill know firsthand what climate inaction looks like, and that starting in 2019 Manitobans will directly receive a climate action incentive.
He said that the incentive will help Canadians adjust to an economy in which pollution isn’t free, and that the average family of four in Manitoba will receive around 339 dollars per year,
The Prime Minister added that the rest of the money collected will be used for energy efficiency projects in schools, hospitals businesses and Indigenous communities.
He said that this will allow the country to protect the environment while continuing to strengthen the local economy.
A special meeting was held for Opaskwayak Cree Nation members at the Kikiwak Inn last Friday to give members information about proposed changes to their election code.
One of the biggest of these proposed changes to the election code is that the OCN chief and council would hold office for a two year term instead of a three year term if the changes were approved.
If you couldn’t make the meeting and you want to find out more about the proposed changes there is going to be another meeting at a later date but there is no set date for this meeting right now.
A document containing these proposed changes can be obtained from any band member on OCN and the referendum on these proposed changes is set for November 28th at the Otineka Mall from 9 AM to 8PM.
Contact an election board member at 204-627-7016 or 204-620-6158 for more information.
Local MP Niki Ashton released her latest MP report where she addressed Health Care issues in Northern Manitoba as well as her visit to the annual general meeting of the Northern Manitoba Regional Health Authority in Flin Flon to follow up on the health concerns of our region.
Ashton says we are very fortunate to have so many dedicated healthcare professionals in our region but these workers and their patients face many challenges.
People in our region have trouble accessing healthcare in ways that other Canadians don’t and this is due to the fact that many medical services are not available in our communities requiring people to travel long distances for treatment.
Ashton also talked about Abraham Donkey a heart Patient that died on a bus while going to a medical appointment and was not able to get an escort. She asked Prime Minster Trudeau to follow up with an investigation to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
The long term solution is to have more medical services available in our region and there are signs of progress particularly with the announcement of the new hospital in Norway House.
Ashton Concluded by saying that there is still a long way to go and she will continue to fight for improved health care in Northern Manitoba.
Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey questioned Health Minister Cameron Friesen last week about changes to the Northern Patient Transportation Program asking him stop the cuts.
He tabled a freedom of information request that he says shows that this government cut one million dollars from the NPTP escort subsidor and knows this decision was made at the Cabinet table because the information comes from a Department of Health funding letter.
Lindsey added the same freedom of information request shows the NRHA was forced to find an additional 450 thousand dollars in savings from the Northern Patient Transportation Program by making it harder for northern Manitoba patients to get escorts.
Friesen replied they became aware of all kinds of abuses to the program which is why the rules must be enforced to make sure the program continues to be able to have the capacity to respond to those who legitimately need the travel subsidy.
While in Churchill late last week following the arrival of the first train in 17 months, the Prime Minister announced funding for the community.
Justin Trudeau said that his Federal Liberal government is putting more than three point eight million dollars towards 40 projects that will increase tourism, provide skills training, and help offset the freight costs stemming from the rail closures.
He said that Ottawa is also committed to investing 43 million dollars over the next ten years to make sure that the rail line continues to operate properly.
Prime Minister Trudeau added that by opening the railway, Churchill is open to outside investments from companies like Bell.
The town of The Pas’s newly elected mayor and council will get down to business this evening at 6PM. There is no regular council meeting tonight but there will be two public hearings.
The first public hearing will begin at 6PM regarding an amendment to the zoning bylaw to permit an animal shelter in a commercial industrial zone and a conditional use application to permit an animal shelter at 63 16th Street West. The other hearing is about a variation application to permit the construction of a residence on a 33 foot lot.
The hearings will be followed by a committee of the whole meeting.
November is Crime Prevention Month and RCMP Constable Kruzer will be talking more about the campaign on the morning wake up tomorrow morning on 102.9 CJAR.
The interview is scheduled to air at 8:15 AM
The Pas Citizens on patrol group received the outstanding group award at the annual C.O.P.P conference in Winnipeg. The Pas C.O.P.P chairperson Paulette Aamot says the group has been active for the past 25 years, and this year they had a total of 3454 patrol hours , 3951 volunteer hours, and they are the eyes and ears for local law enforcement to keep the community safe. These are the reasons why she felt that the group won the award.
Aamot is hoping that the group will have more of a visible presence in the future so that residents know that they are still active and she hopes that more people will become members as well.
If you are interested in joining The Pas C.O.P.P you can call Aamot at 204-620-1369 or you can attend one of their meetings which take place the first Tuesday of every month at the RCMP Office at 6PM.
Photo Courtesy of http://www.citizensonpatrol.mb.ca/
The Monthly Mayor reports for the month of October have been released for The RM of Kelsey, The Pas, and Cormorant.
The Town of The Pas had mostly Index Checks a total of 155, along with 97 prisoners held, 85 disturbances of the peace cases, 83 mischief cases, 32 assaults and a handful of other cases.
The RM of Kelsey saw mostly provincial traffic violations a total of 65 and Cormorant had two disturbances of the peaces cases, one assault, one case of theft, and one mental health act case.
A memorial fund for Mary Claire De Guzman has been set up on gofundme.com. De Guzman was a migrant worker from the Philippines that worked at the Tim Hortons on Opaskwayak Cree Nation with a plan to have her family settle in Canada.
De Guzman suffered a stroke last month and was airlifted to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre for treatment but passed away on October 23rd.
Her family would like to have a funeral to commemorate her so any donations to her memorial fund will be greatly appreciated. The fundraising goal is $8000
The Pas RCMP received a call from the Wescana Inn on the afternoon of October 26th and it was reported that an unknown male pulled a knife on one of the employees in the VLT lounge. No one was injured and the suspect fled the scene before the police attended.
The RCMP later found and arrested 24 year old John McPherson and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, uttering threats, failing to comply with an undertaking, and forcible confinement.
Video surveillance of the incident was obtained and McPherson appeared in court on October 29th.
The Province of Manitoba is reminding seniors that the high dose influenza vaccine is once again available for residents of long term care facilities that are 65 years of age and older.
Health, seniors, and active living minister Cameron Friesen says the high dose vaccine is being made available free of charge for seniors at long term care facilities that have a higher risk of suffering from complications of the flu and the goal of offering this vaccine is to further mitigate the health risks that come for Manitobans living in these care facilities when flu outbreaks occur and he encourages everyone eligible to get this vaccine.
The flu vaccine and the PNEU P-23 vaccine which helps protect against Pneumococcal Disease is available at local public health offices, nursing stations, doctors offices, and access centres.
There will be a flu vaccine clinic here in the pas at the Roy H Johnston Arena on November 5th from one in the afternoon until 5:30.
Kelsey Bus Lines 2014 is beginning bus and fright service from Flin Flon to Winnipeg today and one of the stops on the route is The Pas.
The bus will stop in The Pas at 336 Fischer Avenue at 9:05 in the evening and depart around 9:30 before arriving in Winnipeg at 6:50. The bus from Winnipeg will arrive in The Pas at 6:20 in the morning and leave at 6:40 on the way to Flin Flon.
Kelsey Bus Lines 2014 is part of Aseneskak Casino Limited and it will soon be renamed Mahihkan the cree word for wolf.
More information on the routes and can be found at kelseybuslines2014.com The Flin Flon to Winnipeg and Winnipeg to Flin Flon Routes will now be running seven days a week.
Corrections: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect web address listed
Manitobans are reminded that stricter penalties for distracted driving come into force today. Infrastructure minister Ron Schuler says the growing threat of distracted driving has led the government to take important action.
Drivers will be subject to a three day roadside license suspension for the first time that they are caught using a cell phone or another hand held electronic device and a seven day suspension for a subsequent occurrence within 10 years.
Suspended drivers will also be required to surrender their licenses at the roadside.
Officers that charge a driver with careless driving will immediately notify Manitoba Public Insurance to review the driver’s record and to determine if further penalties are required.
Schuler added that by public education, legislation, and enforcement that they are working together with Manitoba Public Insurance to change the public perception and make distracted driving as socially unacceptable as impaired driving.
The Province has made appointments to the boards of the regional health authorities.
Cal Huntley of Flin Flon was re-appointed as chair of the Northern Health Region board, while Carrie Atkinson of The Pas was re-appointed as vice-chair.
Also re-appointed to the board were Anne Kenny Thompson of Lynn Lake and Elaine Kobelka of The Pas.
The health region boards are responsible for directing the management and affairs of the region to ensure the delivery and administration of health services.
Local MP Niki Ashton addressed the House of Commons last week on migrant worker Mary Clair De Guzman, A Filipino woman that was flown from The Pas to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre for treatment after suffering a stroke. While she was on life support De Guzmans husband and teenage daughter were desperate to see her.
Niki added that one of the doctors was told that immigrations said that they couldn’t do anything until De Guzman was dead. Ashton asked if the government would act immediately and bring De Guzmans family together.
The minister of immigration, refuges and citizenship Ahmed Hussen responded by saying that while he appreciated the question from Ashton he claimed he wasn’t able to give the details of immigration cases due to privacy laws but that he would talk with her privately on the matter afterwards.
Sadly De Guzman passed away on October 23rd and it has been reported that a local group is planning to raise funds to help De Guzmans husband bring her body back to the Philippines. De Guzman was working at the Tim Horton’s on Opaskwayak Cree Nation prior to her medical emergency.
The Pas Roadrunners Swim Club is running Operation Red Nose again this holiday season. Operation Red Nose is a program that provides free rides to community members in an effort to prevent impaired driving.
Operation Red Nose Will begin running on November 30th, and it will run throughout December on the 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, and the 31st.
If you wish to take part in the program email firstname.lastname@example.org and volunteer forms can be picked up operationrednose.com or the RCMP office.
Tonight is the official swearing in ceremony for Mayor and Council for the Town of The Pas and the Reeve and Council for The RM of Kelsey. The ceremony will be held at The Pas Municipal Building at 81 Edwards Avenue and it will begin at 6PM. everyone is invited to attend.
Herb Jacques was elected as The Pas next mayor having previously served as mayor from 2006-2010.
A term sheet providing for a new long term power sale was signed between Manitoba Hydro and SaskPower which will see up to 215 megawatts of renewable hydroelectricity flow from Manitoba to Saskatchewan beginning in 2022.
The new sale is expected to last up to 18 years with a potential extension of up to 30 years and Manitoba Hydro’s President and CEO Kelvin Sheppard says they anticipate that a final legal contract for the sale will be concluded in mid 2019.
This is the largest of the three recent major power deals made by the two provinces and Manitoba hydro suspects that they will supply up to 315 megawatts of hydroelectricity to Saskatchewan by 2022.
Tomorrow is Halloween and Manitoba Public Insurance has some Halloween safety tips for trick or treaters and motorists.
Trick or treaters are reminded not to run onto roadways, to look both ways before crossing, to cross at corners or intersections, wear reflective clothing to make yourself more visible to drivers, and walk facing traffic when there is no sidewalk.
Motorists are asked to drive the speed limit, slow down when they see children walking, and don’t assume that children can see your vehicle.
Fortunately not single pedestrian under the age of 18 has been killed in a motor vehicle collision on Halloween in the past 10 years according to data from MPI.
The RCMP arrested 20 year old Nikosis Bighetty On October 25th and charged him with manslaughter in connection to a homicide in Pukatawagan back in June.
On June 8th at 11:40 at night Pukatawagan RCMP received a report that an 18 year old man was transported to the local nursing station where was later pronounced dead and an autopsy determined that the man’s death was a homicide.
Bighetty and the victim knew one another and they are residents of Pukatagwagan.The RCMP continue to investigate
Bighetty is scheduled to appear in The Pas Provincial Court this morning.
The leader of the Manitoba NDP says that they are going to continue pressing the Province when it comes to Thompson getting money from the Mining Community Reserve Fund.
Wab Kinew recently spoke to Arctic Radio News, and said that few communities have paid more into the MCRF than Thompson, and now that the city is facing tough times it ought to be able to access the funds.
Kinew, who represents the Winnipeg riding of Fort Rouge, said that his party has been very clear about their interpretation of the Mining Tax Act, which governs the fund. He added that after speaking to City officials, he understands that Thompson now has some backing to their claim that the City does in fact qualify for money from the fund.
The governing Progressive Conservative government has maintained that that Thompson does not qualify. They have given multiple answers, including that the money isn’t accessible if the fund is under $10M, and that the fund is only for communities affected by ore depletion.
Kinew said that his party is going to continue focus on this issue, and will be asking the finance minister to help the City of Thompson out.
He added that there is a real job loss that is being felt here, and that the money is there to help mining communities during periods of job loss.
The broadcaster-turned-politician said that there is no more deserving community that fits the description of what this fund is supposed to do than Thompson.
Our Member of Parliament says that the new North American free trade agreement doesn’t help the average Canadian.
Niki Ashton spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that while the deal does help some people, it does not help the average Canadian.
She said that with the deal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put Canadians’ health at risk.
Ashton added that the Federal Government has bent regularly to the Trump administration, and that Canadians need a government that will “defend Canadians to the end”.
The leader of the Manitoba NDP says that he’s against the proposed amalgamation of the ridings of The Pas and Flin Flon.
Wab Kinew spoke to Arctic Radio News, and said that the north deserves proper representation.
He said that if one MLA has to serve a large geographic area, that each community will not get proper representation in the Legislature.
The Fort Rouge MLA said that amalgamation of the two ridings would not be respecting the diversity in different communities.
Kinew added that the Electoral Division Boundaries Commission has until the end of the year to present their report, but that he expected them to release a report in the near future.
Due to low ticket sales The Pas Health Complex Foundation will be postponing their annual steak dinner to December 7th and it will be held at the Wescana Inn.
Tickets for the event can still be purchased at the Wescana inn’s front desk and from foundation members.
Funds raised will go towards new beds for St Paul’s Personal Care Home here in The Pas.
If you have any question please contact Sue Lambert at 204-623-3824 or 204-623-1420.
The NorMan Jazz Festival will be hosted by the Flin Flon School Division this weekend. Band Director Kim Jones says bands from The Pas and Thompson will join Flin Flon bands with a total of 80 students taking part.
On Sunday the students will put on a concert at 1:30 at Hapnot Collegiate with all community members invited to attend. You will not only hear the student bands perform but also very high level jazz musicians from across the province playing traditional jazz.
The Official results of The Town of The Pas’s 2018 Municipal election and the Kelsey School Board election are in. Citizens of The Pas have elected Herb Jaques as there next mayor with 603 votes. Jaques previously served as The Pas’s mayor from 2006 until 2010.
The town has also elected Trevor lane with 1142 votes, Carrie Atkinson with 992 votes, Andre D Murphy with 961 votes, Bill Ward with 899 votes, Chad Zolinski with 881 votes, and Larry Forster with 863 votes as the new town councillors.
The Elected Trustees for The Kelsey School Board are, Kerri Huculak with 1126 votes, Amy Hopper with 1020 votes, Vaughn Wadelius with 880 votes, Sharain Jones with 855 votes, and Trevor Yanke with 834 votes.
This year’s election turnout was good 46 percent of eligible voters voting.
Members of Opaskwayak Cree Nation are being informed that there will be a special meeting on November the 2nd regarding proposed changes to the OCN election code.
The meeting will begin at 6pm at the Kikiwak Inn and the referendum vote for the proposed changes will be held on November 28th at the Otineka Mall from 9AM to 8PM. The proposed changes have not yet been released.
OCN members can also vote by mail but if you have not received your mail in ballot package you are asked to call 204-627-7016 or 204-620-6158.
There is also going to be an advanced poll and a mobile poll but the dates for these polls have not yet been confirmed.
Niki Ashton’s latest MP report says that more needs to be done to support education. According to her report our region is one of the youngest in the country and students, schools, and post secondary institutions continue to be underfunded by the federal government.
She added that the results of underfunding are clear with overcrowded schools and classrooms, schools in need of repair, and a lack of options and supports for students.
The auditor general made recommendations to end the educational funding gap for indigenous children and it was reported that the first nation’s educational attainment gap has widened despite an improvement in high school graduation.
Ashton believes that the Liberals can act now by ending the education funding gap, complying with the Canadian human rights tribunal rulings on discrimination against first nation’s children, and to implement the recommendations made by the auditor general.
The report concluded by saying that education is the key to our region’s future.
These unofficial results of the 2018 Municipal Election for The Town of the The Pas and The election for the Kelsey School Division Board of Trustees .
Herb Jaques is the mayor elect with 600 votes, Johanna McLauchlan had 386 votes
Brian Roque had 284 votes. and Jim Scott had 230 votes
Herb Jaques Previously served as mayor for The Town of The Pas from 2006-2010. The Town Councillors that were elected were Chad Zolinski, Carrie Atkinson, Andre D Murphy
Bill Ward, and Larry Forster.
The Elected Trustees for The Kelsey School Division Board were, Kerri Huculak, Amy Hopper,
Vaughn Wadelius, Sharain Jones, Trevor Yahnke.
The results for The RM of Kelseys 2018 Municipal election are in.
Wayne Anderson won ward one
Bruce Mclean won ward three
Jim Berscheid won ward four
and Peter Bieker won ward five
Reeve Rod Berezowecki, Neil Scott of Ward Two, and the Cranberry Portage committee members won by acclamation.
The Town of The Pas held their last regular meeting of council before the 2018 election on Monday night. The council meeting went by quickly and there was no committee of the whole meeting.
Mayor Jim Scott took time at the end of the council meeting to thank all the councillors for the hard work that they did for this community for the past four years.
The municipal election is today and the polls close at 8PM. The polling locations are at the Town Office and the Roy H Johnston Arena.
More information can be found at Town of The Pas Community Updates Facebook page.
The Sam Waller Museum has a traveling exhibit on display called Enemy Aliens--Internment in Canada from 1914 to 1920. Enemy Aliens was a term used during world war one to describe citizens of states that were at war with the British Empire and resided in Canada during the First World War.
Museum Director Sharain Jones says a lot of people are familiar with the Japanese internment in Canada during World War Two but there are many people that are unaware that people were interned during the First World War as well.
The exhibit is produced by The Canadian War Museum and The Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties foundation and it has about 25 panels that teach the history of these internment camps through text and images, and the museum was able to get this traveling exhibit through a grant from the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund.
The exhibit will be on display until November 30th.
When Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew was in Flin Flon Friday he was asked about changes to the electoral map. The Electoral Division Boundaries Commission has proposed combining Flin Flon and The Pas ridings, both NDP seats, into one. Kinew says the north deserves proper representation and if one MLA has to serve a huge geographic region in the north is every community in that region going to get the proper representation at the Legislature?
He adds on the party side if they have their MLA in The Pas and an MLA in Flin Flon one of them is going to lose out on this so it’s obviously a situation he doesn’t want to see because they’ve got two great MLAs and they’d like to have them continue to represent their communities and then also there’s differences regionally in the north so why not respect the diversity in different communities.
Kinew says the commission has until the end of the year to present their report but he understands they’re almost finished their work and will release their report in the near future.
The leader of the Manitoba NDP says that the best way to ensure that northern communities have doctors is to train them locally.
Wab Kinew spoke to Arctic Radio News during a recent visit to Thompson and said that in the long term, having locally trained doctors is one of the best ways for communities like Thompson and Flin Flon to retain health care professionals.
Kinew said that in the short term, there are options to attract doctors from other parts of the province (and country) such as offering a stronger financial incentive.
He also took time to address the decision by the Pallister Government to scrap the planned “Made in Manitoba” carbon tax, something that Kinew says is a mistake.
The former journalist said that his party had recently delayed the introduction of the tax because they wanted a plan that helps Manitobans be more environmentally friendly, as “what Pallister was proposing was basically just to take the money and run”.
Kinew added that now the Province is doing nothing for the environment.
The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed the Manitoba Legislature during question period recently regarding cuts made to Northern Manitoba Airports. Lathlin said the provincial government is making cuts to northern airports and as a result 20 airports in the North will not be able to clear snow from their runways on weekends unless there is a medical emergency.
She added that medical emergencies don’t take weekends off and there is no have time to wait for runways to be cleared. According to MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee over 2 million dollars in funding has been cut from northern airports and marine operations and many first nations’ leaders find these cuts appalling and unacceptable.
Lathlin asked if the government would reserve the cuts immediately and she also asked if the government would restore funding for weekend snow clearing at Northern airports and The Minister of Infrastructure Ron Schuler responded by saying that they will continue to clear the runways to the federally mandated standard. Lathlin believes this will mean no snow clearing on weekends.
The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed the Manitoba Legislature earlier this week regarding the death of Northern Manitoba patient Abraham Donkey who died from not having timely access to health care.
She added that the government’s failure to invest in northern infrastructures, their refusal to help people get health care in their communities, and making cuts to the Northern Patient Transfer Program and northern airports decrease the possibility that low income Northern Manitobans will survive when they need medical treatment. She asked if the government will recognize the danger of their approach and reserve what she calls reckless decisions.
Ron Schuler the Minster of Infrastructure responded by saying that they are focused on what is going on in Northern Manitoba and they will continue to stand up for the North.
While visiting Flin Flon Friday Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew commented on the Mining Communities Reserve Fund. Although the government says it is not available as it was allowed to fall below a set level Kinew says it should be. He says basically the Mining Reserve Fund was created to help communities in times of need and you paid into this fund during the good times and it should be there to help communities that are facing job losses now.
He notes the bigger picture is we need to have job creation in the north to be a big priority and they are going to keep pushing the government on that front. He says so far what they’ve been talking about is just a committee, it’s just a brochure but there hasn’t been real investment, they haven’t been putting resources to help create jobs.
Kinew adds a job is about having a pay cheque so people can provide for their families but it’s also about ensuring people have the pride, the dignity and the discipline that comes with work and that hits a community hard so his priority for the next election will be jobs and health care.
Construction of the town of The Pas spray park officially started last week and they are making great progress. Davide Novo from The Pas Families Building a Better Community told Arctic Radio News that they hope to have the concrete pad in place by the end of the week and ten days of construction work should get the park operational in time for summer.
You can keep up to date with the construction progress on The Pas Families Building a Better Community Facebook group.
Opaskwayak Cree Nation Chief Christian Sinclair recently conducted a presentation at Red River College.
The Presentation was based on the college’s new program called Cannabis 101, a program for students that want to pursue a career in the cannabis industry.
Sinclair was asked to make the presentation so that he could share the story of how OCN invested in the new industry.
According to Sinclair, OCN is one of the largest private share holders of National Access Cannabis.
Opaskwayak Cree Nation Vice Chief Jennifer Flett and Chief Financial Officer Nicole Mead recently spoke to Arctic Radio about how OCN is doing financially.
Mead says they have had a very exciting year with a lot of success with their business ventures and the community is now on their comprehensive community plan where they listen to the members of OCN and make strategic initiatives around what they have to say.
Mead added that she hopes to see an expansion of infrastructure on OCN in the future and as of now they are continuing to work on their lagoon to increase its capacity so that more houses and commercial buildings can be built.
Maple Bus Lines will begin their Thompson to Winnipeg via The Pas route on November 1st. The line runs Monday to Friday and the bus from Thompson to Winnipeg will leave at 8:15 in the morning, arrive in The Pas at 12:25 in the afternoon and, arrive in Winnipeg at 9:50 in the evening.
The Bus from Winnipeg to Thompson would leave Winnipeg at 7:15 in the morning arrive in The Pas at 4:10 in the Afternoon and finish in Thompson at 8:25 at night.
As of press time it has not been confirmed where the bus will stop in The Pas but they are expected to announce a location soon.
For more information follow Maple Bus Lines on Facebook or visit their website maplebuslines.com
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Northern Quebec NDP MP Romeo Saganash says that he is hopeful that the Trudeau Government will follow through on creating a new statutory holiday to remember residential schools.
Saganash spoke to Arctic Radio News during a recent visit to Thompson, and said that while he is hopeful that it will happen, the Liberals have a track record of not delivering on very important promises to Indigenous people.
He said that as a former residential school attendee/ survivor, Canadians need the holiday to learn and educate themselves about residential schools.
Reports came from Ottawa two months ago that a new stat holiday was in the works and would be announced shortly, but nothing has followed as of yet.
Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey recently questioned the Pallister Government on safety in the workplace.
He asked the Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Blaine Pedersen, if he would reverse course and make investments to keep workers safe, adding that the Province has cut the advisory council on workplace health and safety and that workplace health and safety inspections have fallen by sixty percent.
Minister Pederson responded to the question, saying that the government is targeting inspections against those who are most likely to have accidents.
He added that their system is quote far better than trying to have as many inspections as possible with no real purpose.
In Question Period Wednesday and in a letter to Minister Jane Philpott MP Niki Ashton called for an inquiry into the death of Abraham Donkey. She explained Abraham, a 58 year old northern Manitoba heart patient died during a ten hour Greyhound bus trip to see a doctor in Winnipeg ten days after getting heart surgery noting Indigenous Services refused to send him by plane or with an escort.
Ashton stated systemic racism kills, systemic underfunding kills adding Abraham’s family is seeking justice and to ensure this never happens again. She asked will the Minister meet with Abraham’s family and will this government commission an inquiry into this inexcusable tragedy?
Prime Minister Trudeau stated the Department of Indigenous Services is looking into the details of this matter. He added this confirms the need for improved health services designed, managed and delivered by and for Indigenous communities something they will continue to work towards.
The Linkages in Northern Economic Development Conference will be held at the Kikiwak Inn on November 7th and the 8th.
Linkages is a partnership with The University College of The North and the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and the conference will cover economic development strategies for the north.
There are no more spots available for the conference but applications for a waiting list will be accepted until November 2nd. For more information visit ucn linkages dot ca or call 204-391-4419
The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Opasquia times and 102.9 CJAR are accepting nominations for the 2018 Citizen and Business of the year awards and the Long Service Volunteer Award.
The nominations are open to citizens and businesses in The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and The RM of Kelsey.
Nomination forms can be picked up at 102.9 CJAR, Opasquia Times, Shane’s Music, Paperworks Plus, and the Wescana Inn. The forms can be dropped off at any of these locations and the deadline to submit them is November 2nd at 4PM.
The winners will be guests of honor at a luncheon on November 24th. Additional Information and eligibility requirements can be found on the nomination forms.
Kevin Carlson is The Pas Friendship Centres new executive director. Carlson brings a lot of experience to the role as he has been involved with many community organizations like The Pas Kinsmen Club.
Carlson has also done some volunteer work within the communities and he accepted the opportunity to take the role of executive director when the opportunity arose.
Carlson looks forward to working with the friendship centres X Roads Teen Centre a safe place for teenagers to get together to learn some cultural activities and to have fun and he looks forward to working with the upcoming Christmas Hamper Toy Drive.
He concluded by saying he is really excited to work with the communities that the Friendship Centre services and he would like to invite residents to visit the friendship centre at 81 Edwards Avenue to meet the team.
Bell has started to phase out MTS when it comes to mobile devices. Bell MTS spokesperson Andrew Parkinson says that customers will be switched over to a Bell Mobility plan once they upgrade, and that Bell MTS plans will not be available to them.
Parkinson says that the changes will only affect cell phone users, and that there are no changes currently for Bell MTS home phone, internet or TV services.
Bell bought MTS back in March 2017 for almost four billion dollars, and said at the time that they would maintain the then-offered wireless price plans for at least a year.
It’s been just over ten years now since Niki Ashton was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Churchill - Keewatinook Aski.
Ashton recently spoke to Arctic Radio News to reflect on a decade in office and said that it’s been a tremendous honour, and that she’s very proud to represent both her hometown of Thompson and all of northern Manitoba.
She added that it’s been a privilege to work with inspiring northern and indigenous leaders, as well as community members and activists to address key challenges and bring to light opportunities in the region.
Ashton said that there is still a lot of work left to do, and that she in many ways has become more idealistic over the years.
If you’d like to hear from her on her time as an MP, as well as thoughts from both Ashton and northern Quebec NDP MP Romeo Saganash, tune in to Thompson Today on 102.9 CHTM tomorrow 12:40pm and 5:10pm for part one of a two-part interview
Recreational Marijuana is now officially legal across Canada and residents of the tri area will soon able to purchase marijuana at a store at the Otineka Mall on Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
The store which is a partnership with National Access Cannabis and Opaskwayak Cree Nation was set to open today but regulatory approval is still needed in order to open.
The store is set to open sometime in early November and National Access Cannabis will announce an official opening date soon.
MP Niki Ashton was officially nominated last weekend as the NDP candidate for the Churchill Keewatinook Aski riding for the 2019 Federal Election. Ashton has promised to stand up for key issues facing northerners including housing, health care, and good jobs.
She says the government has always left regions like ours behind and we provide a lot of wealth for this country and deserve better.
Ashton will continue visiting across the riding to speak out on the issues that matter.
The Northern Manitoba Sector Council has made arrangements with Chartered Professionals in Human Resources to provide seminars on the legalization of cannabis and the workplace.
The Council’s Executive Director Jamie Grant says there are several questions about the anticipated impact on the culture and safety in the workplace and this workshop is designed to cover topics such as developing an effective drug use policy and how to identify someone under the influence.
There will be seminars held in Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson.
The Seminar in The Pas will be held on November 1st from 9 am to 12 pm at the UCN Cafeteria. To register call the UCN Receptionist at 204-627-8500 extension 3
A new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says that high schools are not properly preparing graduates for work here in Manitoba.
Emily Hayes, a policy analyst with the CFIB who co-authored the report, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that 61% of Manitoba employers polled said high school grads are not properly prepared for today’s jobs. Of those polled, only 30% said that they were satisfied.
The numbers for those dissatisfied in Manitoba is higher than the Canada-wide figure, which sits at 51%.
According to the report, 50% of employers in Manitoba were either very or somewhat satisfied with how colleges prepare youth for employment (national figure is 51%), while only 31% were satisfied with how universities prepared students (national figure is 51%).
Hayes said that there were two main recommendations from the report, one for high schools and another for government.
When it comes to the schools, she said that they need to do a better job at removing any stigma attached to the trades and traditional “blue collar” jobs, as “the workforce both today and in the future will need tradespeople as much as it needs tech workers and white collar professionals”.
On the government front, Hayes told Arctic Radio News that all levels of government need to address the higher hiring and training costs that small businesses experience when hiring inexperienced workers.
Our Member of Parliament says that she isn’t happy with the way the Pallister Government is dealing with climate change.
Niki Ashton spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that she is “deeply disappointed” by the recent decision to scrap the carbon tax and “ultimately their failure to contribute to a collective agenda on fighting climate change”.
She said that while a carbon tax isn’t the be all and end all as “a wide range of actions and tactic are needed to begin to fight climate change”, she is “very concerned” that “we have a provincial government that isn’t taking climate change seriously”.
When it comes to the Trudeau Government, Ashton says that there is still a lot left to be desired.
Ashton, who has been in office for ten years now, said that one side of their mouth (the Liberals) say their climate leaders, while on the other side they’re spending (our) money on a leaky pipeline. She added that the $4.5B purchase is not contributing to a solution, but rather is contributing to the problem.
Ashton said that northerners know first-hand what climate change looks like, and that as we’re living in increasingly uncertain times now is the time for leaders to step up.
The Precious Pet Kennels helped to prepare around 100 stray dogs over the weekend for their journey to dog rescues in Barrie, Ontario and Calgary.
Dog rescues are organizations that look after stray dogs and prepare them for adoption.
Two volunteers from Winnipeg came to The Pas to transport around 70 dogs back to Winnipeg where they will be looked after before they are sent to the Ontario rescue in Barrie but unfortunately, the Calgary Rescue didn’t show up to pick up the remaining animals.
The dogs need to be removed from the Precious Pet Kennels to make room so they will be kept in portable kennels at a Building owned by the Keewatin Railway until they can find rescues that will take them.
Bonnie Meadows from The Precious Pet Kennels is in need of volunteers to look after these animals.
If you want to volunteer call Meadows at 204-623-3608
The Pas Alliance Church will be participating in Operation Christmas Child again this year. Operation Christmas Child is a project that provides gift filled shoe boxes to children in desperate situations around the world and to remind children in less fortunate and war torn countries that they are loved and not forgotten.
Last year The Pas Alliance Church shipped 322 shoeboxes and this year’s worldwide collection goal is 11 million boxes. Shoe boxes collected in Canada will be sent to countries like Costa Rica, El Salvador, Senegal, and Ukraine to name a few.
The shoe box collection week in The Pas is from November 4th until the 11th and they can be dropped off at The Pas Alliance Church, The Grub Box or, The Pas Regional Library.
For more information Call Pat Tonn at 204-620-6811.
Moose Lake RCMP responded to a report of two overdue boaters on the afternoon of October 14th. At around 2 o clock on Saturday afternoon five fishermen in two boats left Moose Lake and headed towards the Big Island Camp about 10 kilometres southwest of the community but only one boat arrived at the camp.
Several locals went out to look for the two missing fisherman and the RCMP was notified at 4:10 on Sunday afternoon that the missing boat was located and the two males aged 39 and 49 were found dead.
Autopsies are scheduled and the investigation is ongoing.