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Two weeks ago, The Province of Manitoba announced that The Pas’s Grace Lake Airport would be shutting down due to the unfeasible population base in the community.

Missinippi is the main airline that uses the Grace Lake Airport. June 15th is the deadline to have airplanes and other vehicles removed from the airport property.

 

Closure of the airport is expected to allow greater efficiencies for the Clearwater Lake Airport, and allow the land of Grace Lake Airport to be used for other economic purposes.

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The Pas and Area animal Shelter is having a wine and cheese tasting event at the Wescana Inn bar On April 28th. The evening will feature wine specialist Michelle Reid to give advice on wine and cheese pairing, and an unveiling of new plans for an animal shelter for The Pas.

 

The event runs from 7-9PM, tickets can be purchased at Funky Threads, Brena Deans, Shane’s Music, The Veterinary Clinic, Anderson Inn and Suites, and the Wescana Inn.

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Cari Kirkness a 28 year old Single mother of two was diagnosed with a rare yet life threatening form of strep throat called Streptococcus. OCN Chief Christian Sinclair has already made a one-thousand dollar donation to help Cari and her family.

 

Cari will need to move to a new one Storey home and a wheelchair accessible van. Donations can be dropped off at CJAR until 4:30 PM. They can also be dropped off with Cari’s cousin Melissa at Warehouse One.

 

 

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The Town of The Pas's 2017 financial plan was presented at a public hearing on April 18th

The hearing gave residents a chance to review the financial plan and to ask any questions that they had.

 

The number one goal of this years budget is to maintain a zero percent increase in property taxes.The budget will go through its second and third readings at the next council meeting.

 

If you have any questions regarding this year’s financial plan you can contact chief financial officer Jodie Madden at 204-623-1107. You can find a PowerPoint presentation about the financial plan on the town’s website: www.townofthepas.ca

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Career Trek is having Trivia Trek Rumble of the North at the Royal Canadian Legion on April 22nd, featuring a night of fierce competion.

 

Career Trek brings grade five and six students to post secondary institutions to show them different occupations in a hands-on way.

 

The event begins at the legion at 7:30 and you can get tickets by calling 204-620-7098.

 

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The UCN Language and Arts Festival will run on April 25th and the 26th at the The Pas’s UCN Campus. The festival focuses on encouraging creative writing among high school students.

 

The event will feature keynote speakers Lauren Carter, Ariel Gordon, and Duncun Mercredi. There will be a banquet and readings on the 25th at 5:30 PM and a grand finale concert on the 26th at 7PM.

 

The goal of the festival is to encourage high school students to get involved with creative writing. For more information visit www.ucn.ca

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A total of 113 people have been evacuated from their homes in the Bracken Dam area of Opaskwayak First Nation due to flooding caused by ice jams on the Carrot and Saskatchewan Rivers.

 

The Canadian Red Cross has assisted residents in finding temporary shelter as well as providing food and other support services.

 

Bracken Dam evacuees are currently staying in hotels in The Pas.

 

We will keep you up to date on this story as the information becomes available.

 

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The Pas resident Janet A Michelle is now the owner of a new 2017 Honda Civic Coupe EX-T the Grand Prize for Tim Hortons Roll Up the Rim to Win.

 

Janet received her new car at the Tim Hortons at the Otineka Mall on April 13th.

The contest runs for six weeks and players have until May 4th to claim their prizes, Other prizes include pre-paid credit cards, Smart TVs, and food items at Tim Hortons.

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The Manitoba Government has appointed eight new members to the University College of the North Governing Council.

 

Tracy Como, a Cranberry Portage resident and director of the Métis employment department for the MMF was appointed as a member for a term of office that will end on June 30th 2018. The Pas residents Edith Sexsmith, Linda Markus, and Sharain Jones were also appointed as members

 

Ian Wishart Minister of Education and Training stated in a press release that the candidates bring an impressive array of wisdom and experience that will benefit the college community throughout their terms.

 

The UCN’s Governing Council is responsible for determining the college’s mission, vision and values.

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The 2017 Financial Plan for the Town of The Pas has been completed.

 

This years plan involves a zero percent increase in taxes, a grant for Canadian Kraft Paper, and the Larose Avenue project.

 

The Financial Plan will be presented at a public hearing on April 18th to give residents a chance to ask questions about the plan.

 

Mayor Jim Scott says he is very proud of the work that was put into this year’s budget. Residents of The Pas can pick up a copy of the financial plan at the town office.

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The Pas RCMP responded to a house fire at a residence south of The Pas on the evening of April 6th.

 

The fire occurred on Grymonprez Road and the house was completely engulfed by the time officers and firefighters showed up.

 

Once the fire was brought under control, firefighters found the bodies of two occupants and autopsies will be conducted to confirm their identities.

 

The cause of the fire is not yet known and the investigation is ongoing.

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Niki Ashton the MP for Churchill–Keewatinook Aski began the Prairies Economic Justice Tour in Thompson earlier this week. The tour is part of her campaign and it’s aimed at bringing forward the voices of Canadians struggling for economic justice.

 

Ashton says, "We need to make sure we are standing up for working people, and those struggling through poverty. We want to hear these stories and the way people are fighting back and we want to work with people in solidarity."

 

Ashton recently visited Prince Albert and Edmonton and will be visiting other communities in Alberta and Saskatchewan during the month of April. Ashton is also running for NDP leadership. You can find out more about her campaign by visiting nikiashton2017.ca.

 

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A new fire bylaw for The Town of The Pas passed its first reading at Monday night’s council meeting. 

 

Mayor Jim Scott says, "We previously refered to our firefighters as volunteers that is not factual they are paid employees. We removed the word volunteer from the bylaw to clean up the language and make it valid."

 

The bylaw must go through two more readings before it gets enacted. You can find out more about the bylaw on the towns website: townofthepas.ca

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The 23rd Annual Bill Bannock ice fishing derby results are in. Crosslake Resident Paul Mcivor took home the $25,000 prize with a 60.01 CM fish. Derek Kerwin of The Pas Won the 16 foot aluminum boat with a 60.00 CM fish, and Brady Fidirchuk clinched third place with a 59.01 CM fish taking home a new ATV.

 

Joey Foxton, Leigh Johnson, and Wade Roberts of The Pas managed to take home some prizes as well. A total 13 fish were caught at this year’s derby.

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The Pas Fire Department was able to contain an early morning blaze this morning at the HBR rail yard after a pile of railway ties caught fire. The call was received around 5:30 and it took fire department four hours to reduce the fire to white smoke.

 

It is not known what caused the fire but Chief Fire Prevention Officer Randy Manych believes it may have been set on purpose.

 

The investigation into the cause is still underway.

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The Storytellers Film Festival is having a National Canadian Film Day 150 Screening on April 19th in The Pas.

 

The screening will take place at the Wescana Inn’s event room and will feature three full length movies along with some local short films. The movie Angry Inuk will be shown at 5 PM, Followed by Corner Gas the Movie at 7PM, and My Winnipeg at 9PM.

 

Admission to the event is free and you can find out more about National Canadian Film Day 150 by visiting canfilmday.ca

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Kelsey Community School and Ecole Opasquia School will have Kindergarten registrations on April 12th at 6PM.

 

Children born in 2012 are eligible to sign up for kindergarten for the upcoming school year which begins on September 6th. Parents are asked to bring their children’s ID to the registration.

 

 

 

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Manitoba Hydro is reminding residents that spring is the time of year for pole fires. Spring humidity mixed with winter grime on power insulators can cause short circuit fires on hydro poles.

 

Pole fires can cause power lines to drop to the ground and become a risk to public safety. Pole fires and downed power lines should be reported to Manitoba Hydro by calling 1-888-MBHYDRO.

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Three people were injured in a two vehicle collision involving a car and an SUV in the The Pas on Wednesday.  The accident happened at the intersection of Fischer Avenue and 7th Street.

 

The two occupants of the SUV sustained minor injuries and were transported to hospital. The driver of the car was also injured but was not taken to hospital.The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been laid.

 

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The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba is having a community forum in The Pas. The forum is called “Fentanyl and Other Drugs, what Youth and Families Need to Know”.

The forum will take place at the Margaret Barbour Colligate Institute on April 11th from 7 until 9 PM.

 

The evening will include an expert panel that will answer questions that community members have, along with presentations from doctors and other agency representatives. Public education is one of the mandates of the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba. More information can be found at afm.mb.ca.   

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The 2017 Canada Summer Games are coming to Winnipeg this July. The torch relay will run through the The Pas on July 10th. They are looking for residents of The Pas and the OCN to be torch bearers Jeff Nnatiuk the President and CEO of the 2017 Canada Summer Games says “We’re looking for people within the communities to nominate torch bearers. Best way to do it is to go to your hydro office and pick up a nomination form.” All Torch bearers must be at least 12 years of age and they will be required to walk at least 200 metres. The nomination deadline is April 12th and the winners will be announced on the 12th of May.

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The RCMP have released their monthly crime statistics report for the Town of The Pas and the RM of Kelsey. During the month of March The Pas saw 163 incidents of disturbaning the peace, 23 assaults, and 7 incidents of drugs. The RM of Kelsey saw 8 disturbing the Peace incidents, 4 cases of assault, and no drug related incidents.

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The Look North Initiative has been conducting summits with Northern Manitoba community leaders regarding economic development. Cliff Cullen, Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade says “it’s a really good chance for us to get the key stakeholders together and talk about the future. We’re really interested in growing the economy in Northern Manitoba”. Once the summits have been completed, the provincial government will conduct a report on the Northern findings. The summit moved to Thompson from The Pas and will conclude in Churchill tomorrow.

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The 23rd annual Bill Bannock Classic Ice Fishing Derby is back for another year of fun, and great prizes!

Pick up a ticket, and you could win up to 25 thousand dollars if you catch the lucky fish with extra prize money is available for those that fish at both.

The Derby is set for Saturday with the Flinty derby in Flin Flon set for Sunday.

Tickets can be bought online at www.billbannock.com, from any rotary member, and at sponsor locations around town.

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The Northern Learning and Support Centre will be presenting a webinar on Anxiety Disorders and Autism. April is known as Autism Awareness Month and NLSC Resource Facilitator Tania Catalano explains what the presentation is expected to cover. “This one is going to identify common anxiety based conditions symptoms and behaviors, exhibited by people with ASD.” The webinar will be held at Mary Duncan School on April 6th from 9am until 10:30am. You can register at nlscmb.ca.

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The Sam Waller Museum has a new exhibit called “Gone Wild’, the artwork of Lois Pedersen. Museum director Sharain Jones tells us about the artist. “She’s an artist that’s based up in Flin Flon, and she’s painted all her paintings with alcohol ink, so a number of these paintings they look quite abstract.” The paintings will be held on display until May 25th daily from 1pm until 5pm at the Sam Waller museum.

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Late last week members of the RCMP North District Crime Reduction Enforcement Team and the Wabowden RCMP initiated a traffic stop near Wabowden.

The male driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was arrested in relation to an ongoing investigation, and his vehicle was searched.

Officers found a large sum of cash, 103 pounds of marijuana and nine pounds of a marijuana derivative known as “shatter.”

Jackson Chanthachith, 34, of Calgary, Alberta, has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Marihuana, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Marihuana Derivative and Possession of the Proceeds of Crime Under $5000.

He was remanded into custody.

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M-K-O Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson has announced they are leading an interim mental health and wellness coordination initiative over three years for Manitoba First Nations.

She says many of their people are suffering and not able to access the mental health support they need.

She announced a Mobile Mental Health Crisis Response Team is now in place to support both northern and southern First Nations.

She adds they look forward to three Community based Wellness Teams that are being led by three Tribal Councils in Manitoba and look forward to building on this interim measure to ensure long term sustainable mental wellness supports are in place.

A new MKO Crisis Response Line will also be available soon that will be shared widely with Manitoba First Nations and Health Canada has launched a new Indigenous Help Line operation 24-7 toll free at 1-855-242-3310.  

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Theatre 53’s next play will be held in April. Barb Ings Director of Bedtime Stories says “Bedtime stories is a comedy by a well known Canadian play write Norm Foster”. The play will be held for 3 performances over April 20th and 22nd. Each show will begin at 7:30pm and be held at the Westminster United Church.

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Next week you enjoy the musical talents of Daniel Gervais and Clinton Pelletier in The Pas. The 6th and final concert of the home routes concert series will take place on Wednesday. Clinton and Daniel won Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2010 Western Canadian Music Awards with their debut gypsy jazz album. The concert series ran from September of 2016 through to April of 2017, and saw artists from across the country perform in The Pas. Next week’s concert will begin at 7:30pm at the Sam Waller Museum.

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The Imagination Library is a program that allows children an opportunity to read for free. The Aseneskak Casino Fundraising Committee hosted a monster bingo this past weekend as a fundraiser for the Program. Shirley Barbeau a marketing coordinator with the Aseneskak Casino said it was big success. “We’re great full so many people came out to support the cause. Even though the weather was questionable, it was nice so many people came out to support the Bingo.” Children from the 6 communities that partner in the Aseneskak Casino are able to sign up and receive one free book a month. Money raised from the bingo will go towards literature shipping costs, as well as local volunteer groups.

 

                          

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The Pas Fire Department is currently looking to add members. Randy Manych the Town of The Pas’ Chief Fire Prevention Officer says the department does different types of rescues and training. “We do water rescue, we do rope rescue, we do confined space. These are all things that are all difficult to find the time to do every Wednesday night”.  If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer fire fighter, you can get more information at the town office. All fire fighters must be 18 years of age or older. They like to have 25 to 28 members in the department.  

 

                                      

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The Pas Fire Department responded to a call of a fire late Monday Night. Town of The Pas Chief Fire Prevention Officer Randy Manych has more on the fire on Bignell Avenue. Maynch says they received the fire call around 12:30am and remained on the scene until 4am. There are no reported injuries and just a loss of personal property. Fire Fighters were able to save the house along with neighboring buildings.

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Adults in The Pas are invited to a parent group tomorrow. Towards Flourishing is a program on Mental Health Promotion for Families. The program will be held on tomorrow  at The Pas Family Resource Centre. It’s an opportunity to learn simple strategies that you can use every day to increase your mental wellness. Sessions begin at 1:30pm and to register you can call 204-623-6349.

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The Aboriginal Youth Employment Prospects Project is hosting a Youth Drumming Session in The Pas tomorrow. Val Charlotte will be leading the session. It begins at 6pm at The Pas Friendship centre. The reason for hosting the drumming session is because they held a drum making workshop this past weekend. For more information or to register for the session you can call Tooley at 204-627-7504.

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The RCMP are inviting young people across the country to help name thirteen German Shepherd puppies born at the Police Dog Service Training Center.  Senior Trainer Sergeant Eric Stebenne says the rules are simple.  He says they’re looking for names that start with the letter K, names must not be more than two syllables and no more than nine letters, participants or contestants must live in Canada and be 14 years of age and younger, only one entry per participant and they have to have the entries no later than April 11th. For information on how to enter by mail or online go to your favorite search engine and type in Name the Puppy Contest 2017. 

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The Pas Handi-Van held their annual radio pledge show on 102.9 CJAR last week. Val Miron the office manager for the Handi-Van has more on what was raised. “This year’s radio pledge show was beyond anything that we had anticipated. The total funds raised in the community were $9,130. Bill Hedberg matched the donation for a total of $18,260.” The money raised from the pledge show will go to operating costs for the next year.The Pas Handi-van is a non-profit organization that provides affordable transportation services to mobility limited children and adults.

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The First Nations of Northern Manitoba Child and Family Services Authority announced on Friday they have reached and signed a co-management agreement, with the Island Lake First Nation Family Services.

 

Bryan Hart the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Authority says “The Northern Authority looks forward to working in a collaborative manner with the board to support the operations."

 

The terms of the agreement will look at addressing labour management issues, and ensure fiscal management and reporting.

 

The agreement says both authorities will establish a work plan to be approved by both groups within 30 days.

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 The Aboriginal Youth Employment Prospects Project will be hosting a few workshops in The Pas this weekend.

 

Starting Saturday the first workshop will be held, hand drum making with the 7 teachings from 10 to 3pm with Terrance Thomas.

 

If you can’t make it today it will be offered again on Sunday at The Pas Friendship Centre from 10am to noon.

 

Only 20 spaces are available and if you’d like to participate they ask you register by calling Krista Tooley, project coordinator at 204-627-7504.

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The Imagination Library is a program that allows children an opportunity to read for free. The Aseneskak Casino Fundraising Committee will be hosting a monster bingo this weekend as a fundraiser for the Program. Shirley Barbeau with the Casino says “The proceeds raised will go towards to the Imagination Library, to pay for postage of shipped books”. Children from the 6 communities that partner in the Aseneskak Casino are able to sign up and receive one free book a month. The Monster Bingo is this weekend at the veterans Hall.

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Adults in The Pas are invited to a parent group this week. Towards Flourishing is a program on Mental Health Promotion for Families. The program will be held on Thursday and again on March 30th at The Pas Family Resource Centre. It’s an opportunity to learn simple strategies that you can use every day to increase your mental wellness. Sessions begin at 1:30pm and to register you can call 204-623-6349.

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The Town of The Pas announced yesterday there will be no town of The Pas Council, or Committee of the Whole Meeting’s next week. The meetings were scheduled for Monday March 27th but have been cancelled. All agenda items will be dealt with at the regularly scheduled April 10th meetings. Town of The Pas council meets every second and fourth Monday of the month for their town council, and committee of the whole meetings.

 

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A date has been set for the 2017 The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce Trade Show. The Show will be held from May 11th to 13th this year at the Roy H Johnston Arena. Early bird vendor registration is now available until the end of the week. To register for your spot at the 2017 Trade Show, or for more information you can email tpchamber@mailme.ca. The annual show brings together exhibitors from all over the country to showcase their crafts and talents.

 

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Ecole Opasquia School and Kelsey School will be taking registration for Kindergarten in April. Children born in 2012 are eligible to attend Kindergarten starting this September. Registration will be accepted at both schools on April 12th. It starts at 6pm and they ask you bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization record for verification. Registration may only be completed by the child’s parent or legal guardian. For more information you can call Ecole Opasquia School at 204-623-3459 or Kelsey School at 204-623-6421.

 

 

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The Christ Church Men in Aprons are hosting a fundraising Breakfast in The Pas. This Sunday the Men in Aprons are raising funds for The Pas Handivan by hosting a breakfast for the community. There is no set price for breakfast as their will be a silver collection at the door. The breakfast begins at 11:45am at the Christ Church. The Pas Handi-van is a non-profit organization that provides affordable transportation services to mobility limited children and adults. They provide transportation to those within a 5 kilometer radius of The Pas. 

 

                  

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The University College of the North will be hosting an open house next week.

 

Anyone is invited to the open house and it’s for people who would like to learn how they can grow their future at their own pace.

 

You can also meet with current students, instructors and staff to learn more about the variety of programs available.

 

It will be held on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm.

 

There will also be a chance to win a two-thousand dollar tuition credit. 

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Three mushers who went missing in stormy weather on their way to a sled dog race in northern Manitoba have been found.

 

a family member told CBC on Thursday, they found the three and are transporting them slowly to Leaf Rapids.

 

14 year old Ryley Froelich left Thompson with two adult mushers and roughly 30 dogs on Monday evening, before the blizzard hit. They were in a truck heading to a dog sled race in Brochet.

 

Environment Canada said Blizzard conditions arrived in Thompson overnight into Tuesday and by the time it moved out late Wednesday, it had dropped 50 centimetres of snow.

 

There is no further information at this point about when and where Froelich and the man and woman were found.

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The Northern Health Region is hosting two programs for cardiac patients and family next week. They will be held March 14th at The Pas Wellness Centre in the Multi Purpose Room. From 1pm to 2:30pm, Derrick Sanderson a Director of Pharmacy will be presenting on “Reviewing Heart Medications”. From 2:45pm to 4pm, Russell Thorne a Community Health Developer will be presenting “Sleep for Optimum Health”. For more information or to register you can call Lori Veito at 627-6418. The programs are open to anyone.

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School has been cancelled for today and now tomorrow across the entire Kelsey School Division.

 

With the dumps of snow our area received busses took students home at noon yesterday.

 

As for safety of the students classes have been cancelled for the entire day, and should resume as scheduled Thursday.

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A long time business in The Pas is closing its doors this evening for the final time. Dennis Watier Owner of Watier Jewelers says it’s an emotional time for his family. Watier Jewelers first opened its doors in 1961 and is going on 57 years in our community. They will be celebrating their last day today with coffee and cupcakes.

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The Kinsmen Club of The Pas is hosting another major fundraiser over the next few months. The Kinsmen Club will be raffling off a $2,000 broil king BBQ. There are 3 different prizes available and for tickets you can get them from any Kinsmen member or at Northland Ford. Only 1200 tickets were printed. For more information you can visit their website thepaskinsmen.ca.

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The University College of the North will be hosting an open house in the middle of March. Anyone is invited to the open house and it’s for people who would like to learn how they can grow their future at their own pace. You can also meet with current students, instructors and staff to learn more about the variety of programs available. It will be held March 16th from 4pm to 7pm. There will also be a chance to win a two-thousand dollar tuition credit. 

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Premier Biran Pallister and Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen have announced the next phase of the government's "Look North" strategy.

 

Pallister explained the strategy encourages those from outside northern Manitoba to consider investing in the region.

 

It includes a website - look north M-B dot C-A - which has information on building a business in northern Manitoba.

 

It also encourages Manitobans to share their vision and love for the north by submitting short videos and photos or through social media by using the hashtag Look North M-B.

 

A plan i salso in development to engage First Nation communities with interest in increasing their participation in the economic benefits of mining.

 

Three northern economic summits will be held in The Pas, Thompson and Churchill in April.

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Premier Brian Pallister was on hand in The Pas yesterday to not only kick off Trappers Festival, but to announce a funding investment for UCN. Pallister talked about the relationships between different levels of government and their importance by saying "we have to work together, i'm pelase to have worked well with Mayor Jim Scott and OCN." Yesterday they announced a 1-million dollar investment in renovation of science labs at UCN. The science labs are used annually by 120 students and are expecting to be renovated by next school year.

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Its day 2 of the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival today. After the opening ceremonies and the torchlight parade yesterday, today is the first full day of events. Starting today at 10am is the start of the World Championship Sled Dog Race at Halcrow Lake. Later this afternoon The Snow Sculpting and Decorating contest judging begins at 2pm. Day 2 of Trappers Festival wraps up this evening with the Community Competition Night. 

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This trapper’s festival the Kinsmen Club of The Pas will be welcoming National Dignitaries to the weeklong events. Every year the Kinsmen Club put in hundreds of volunteer hours into the dog sled races and this year will be no exception. Kevin Carlson, The Pas Kinsmen Club President said, “I cannot tell you just how thrilled we are to have our national president James Doerr and District Governor John DeBeer with us for trapper’s festival.”  Last year the club put in 1207 service hours to successfully run the World Championship 10 sled dog race, the Jack McPhail 6 dog race, Joe LeClerc 4 dog race and the Shell Kinsmen Junior race.

 

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The Pas RCMP have apprehended 3 suspects in a Friday morning house robbery. The Pas RCMP received a report of a robbery this morning and responded. The Three suspects fled in a vehicle but we’re apprehended. RCMP Media Relations say it doesn’t appear they're any injuries and the investigation is ongoing, updates will be available as they’re provided. 

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Representatives of the OCN Blizzard are making a trip to Thompson to meet with Northern Leaders tomorrow morning. Nathan McGillivray an OCN member and one of the OCN Blizzard Founders says the OCN Blizzard Board of Directors and staff will be in attendance along with OCN members, Northern Chiefs and Northern residents. The meeting is being hosting by Chief Marcel Moody of Nelson House and other communities are expected to attend. The focus the meeting is to look for support and financial contributions from other Northern Communities and try to keep the OCN Blizzard in OCN for future years.

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A request from the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce has yielded positive success.  They asked Chambers across the province to write to local MPs to persuade the Trudeau government not to implement a tax on health and dental benefits which would prevent many employers from providing this coverage.  Northern Chambers sent letters to MP Niki Ashton and encouraged their members to do the same.  Manitoba Chambers President Chuck Davidson says the campaign yielded positive results. He says the Chambers across both Manitoba as well as Canada stepped up and expressed their concern about the potential impact this was going to have on small businesses. Davidson adds this has shown what can be accomplished by Chambers of Commerce when they have a common goal and message. 

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The Kelsey School Division are hosting a public meeting in regards to their 2017-18 budget year. Tonight is the night to have your voice heard or ask questions as everyone is welcome to attend the public meeting. It will be held at the MBCI Library at 7pm. It’s an opportunity to provide input regarding suggested items for the budget year. Budget items will be on display and Board members will be present to discuss them. The Preliminary Budget will be tabled on Feb 6th

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You can take a food handling course here in The Pas. If you’re interesting in working in the food industry or would just like more knowledge on safe food handling the course is for you. The food safe, food handling level 1 course, will be offered Monday at the Christ Church Anglican Hall. It will run from 8:30am to 4:30pm and the instructor is James Dean. For the cost and to register you can email James at deanfoodsafe@hotmail.com or call 204-623-3790.

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The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival brings the return of the King Trapper Competition. King Trappers will compete in over 20 events and Diane Buck the organizer of the competition says “The marathon snow shoe race, I believe Chris Perchaluk won that event, with a time of 1 hour and 26 minutes.”  Those wanting to compete can pre register by calling Diane Buck at 623-4579 or 620-4947. There’s big prize money available for the Trapper Competitions including $1,200 and more for King Trapper.

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The Northern Health Region is hosting a program for cardiac patients and family in 2 weeks. The program in early February coincides with Heart Month which is recognized as February. The program is being held February 7th at the Primary Health Care Centre and anyone is welcome. Presenters will be speaking on Blood Pressure and the Food you Eat, as well as Managing Cholesterol and Triglycerides. To register you can call 627-6418, or 623-9681.  

 

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The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival is 4 weeks away and decorations are almost ready to be set up. Trappers Chairperson Sonny Lavalee says they’re currently working on getting slabs ready so they can be distrusted to local businesses. They will be setting up slabs at the Wescana Inn this year so they can be disturbed easily.  You can reach Lavalee at 620-1704 to pre order slabs for your business.

 

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If you’d like to help those affected by the Acres Manor fire you still can. Right now they’re looking for people to help with the temporary moving process. Close to 100 residents are moving items from the apartment to new homes and need help. Building renovations are set to begin and all items are asked to be moved by Saturday. If you can lend a hand or a truck to help you can call Gary Hopper at 204-623-0200, 9am to 6pm today or tomorrow. Hopper also said he believes everyone has found tentative homes but if not, they can also call.

 

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Residents of The Pas living with Diabetes, or those who are at risk of it are welcome to participate in a class. The beginner resistance band class will be held in early February and is open to anyone. The class is being held by the Northern Health Region in accordance with Kelsey Recreation. Pre registration is required and you can do that by calling The Primary Health Care Centre at 204-623-9650. You can also drop in on January 30th between 1 and 4pm to register. Deadline is February 1st. The 6 weeks of classes will begin on February 7th from 10:30am to 12noon.

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The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival annual Talent and Stage Show will take place on the Friday of Trappers this year. February 17th at 7pm from MBCI the show will take place and their looking for registration now. Only 8 competitors are allowed per category and they include ages 12 and under, 13 to 17, and 18 and up. Big prizes are available as $1,250 in prize money is up for grabs, first prize will take home $500.

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Residents affected by the fire at Acres Manor last week are still looking for accommodations. Immediate accommodations for families with children are needed as well as accommodations for single people/couples. If you have rental space available they ask you post in the Facebook group “Housing for Displaced Acres Manor Fire Victims” or else call the town and leave your contact info. Donations still needed right now include food, snacks, gift cards for food, and restaurants. There is still no clear timeline as to when people will be let back in.

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OCN Public Works will be repairing multiple water breaks in the Timberland Trailer Court today. Residents living in Timberland will have their water shut off today from 9am to 5pm approximately while repairs are done. They ask you store enough water for the day and remember to shut off your hot water tank breakers to prevent the elements from burning out. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Zacc Moore at 204-627-7051.

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There will be a public meeting on Wed. February 1st in the Margeret Barbour Collegiate Library at 7pm regarding the 2017 – 2018 school budget year. Like past meetings budget items will be on display and board members will be available to discuss them. The Preliminary Budget will be tabled Monday February 6th. Questions of clarification can be asked at the regular board meeting Monday February 27.

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The Northern Manitoba Trapper’s Festival is just 5 weeks away and one of the many events surrounding it is the Torchlight Parade Wednesday February 15th.  All groups, individuals and businesses who want to enter a float can pick up registration forms at Pineview Realty, The Opasquia Times or at 102.9 CJAR. The Theme for the parade is “Remembering the Kings and Queens in 2017.” For further information contact Teresa at 627 – 9725 or Jim at 623 6100.

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If you love animals and have some artistic talent The Pas and Area  Animal Shelter need your help. The staff is busy looking after stray cats and dogs and don’t have time to design a logo.They are looking for a logo that will be instantly recognizable and will grab a lot of attention.
 
Any artist that can help is asked to enter your submission by Saturday January 28th at 5pm.
E-mail submissions to lmgeswin@mts.net    or drop them off to Kristin at the The Pas Regional Library.
 
 

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Country Gospel Jamboree
 
This weekend you’re invited to join in on a time of musical reflection.  Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish presents a country gospel jamboree this Saturday the 14th at 7:30 pm and Sunday the 15th at 2:30 pm. 
 
The performance will feature Father Armand Le Gal, OMI accompanied by Jeannine Guyot. Tickets will be sold at the door only with all proceeds going to the Our lady of the Sacred heart Cathedral.
The performance will feature Father Armand Le Gal, OMI accompmanied by Jeannine Guyot.
 
 
 
 

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Aboriginal Youth Employment Prospects Projects                                 

 

This week The Pas Friendship Centre is hosting Aboriginal Youth Employment Prospects Project Workshops.  

The Theme for the 4 days of workshops is Enabled, Empowered, Educated and Employed.

The week begins with 2 days of essential job skills workshop today and tomorrow.

There will also be a sexual health presentation on birth control, a cooking circle, and a painting with Sydni workshop.  

Everyone is invited and for more information you can call The Pas Friendship Centre at 204-627-7504

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With Christmas and New Year's Day landing on a Sunday, some of the Town of The Pas Offices will be closed a little longer than usual. The Landfill will be closed this Friday the 23rd at noon and will re-open on Wednesday the 28th. The Pas Civic Centre will close at noon on Friday and will re-open on the 28th. It will also be close January 2nd and open January 3rd. For further information visit The Town of The Pas Community Updates Facebook Page.

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