Last week, Tim Hortons held their Smile Cookie Campaign and every dollar from each cookie sold went to The Pas Families Building a Better Community group to build a spray park in The Pas. According to Co-Chair Fundraising Organizer Marcia George the total amount raised this year was $10,600.
The Smile Cookie Campaign helps to support local Charities across Canada and The Pas Families Building a Better Community group has been involved with this fundraiser for the past few years. The group is currently working on an updated construction plan for the spray park.
The Stand Up to Save Oscar's Place Committee held a meeting at UCN on Tuesday night.
They talked about the possibility an alternative building to use as a homeless shelter incase they are unable to use the Oscar's Place Building.
As of now the committee does not have any financial resources to purchase the building. Committee Chair Olivia Mccorriston added that they may be able to rent the shelter but the cost to rent the shelter is not known.
The Committee was formed to help save the Oscar Place Homeless Shelter after it was announced by The Pas Friendship Centre that they would be shutting down the shelter due to financial issues.
Their will be another meeting at the UCN Lobby tomorrow at 3PM and the Committee will be meeting again next Tuesday.
Correction: An Eariler Version of the Story said that Saturdays meeting will take place at the OCN lobby when it is in fact taking place at the UCN lobby.
There will be a special workshop at The Pas West Centre this coming Tuesday called “What’s Your Message"
Today is the last day to sign up for the program and you can register by calling 623-8474. The workshop is expected to run from 10AM to 3PM.
The Hudson Reykdall Mobile Clinic came to The Precious Pet Kennels to provide spaying and neutering to low income pet owners from September 14th and the 15th. Bonnie Meadows from The Precious Pet Kennels said was very happy with the turnout and hopes that the Clinic will come next year.
The Rick Palmer Memorial Golf Tournament takes place on Saturday the September 30th at The Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Club. The tournament is stroke play format with a cost of $70 a person. All proceeds go towards upgrades for the Pro-Shop and the Rick Palmer Memorial. You can sign up at the clubhouse or by calling 204-627-2300
The “How Attachment Shapes our Lives” Workshop is set to take place on October 5th here in The Pas. The Workshop will feature Occupational Therapist Kim Barthel as a speaker. Barthel says attachment is all about early childhood relationships between parents and children and that these relationships can be tricky for children with developmental disorders.
The registration deadline for the workshop has been extended to September 22nd and there is still some space left. The Registration fee is $25 dollars and you can sign up by calling Joanne Wyman 204-623-9649. The workshop will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion here in The Pas from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
There will be a special work shop The Pas West Centre at 60 Third Street West on September 26th called “What’s Your Message. The Workshop is being run by Workplace Education Manitoba and it will run from 10AM to 3PM. The workshop will help businesses communicate their messages to customers. To reserve your spot call 204-623-4874.
The Canadian Red Cross evacuation response that supported the people of the first nations communities of Wasagamack, Garden Hill and St Teresa Point wrapped up yesterday with the final evacuees returning home. The Residents of these communities were evacuated due to wildfires. There was a full evacuation of Wasagamack and some people with health concerns were evacuated from Garden Hill and St Teresa Point.
Shawn Feely Vice President of Manitoba and Nunavut Canadian Red Cross stated in a news release that even though it was a stressful time for the evacuees it is good that they are able to return to their homes and resume their lives.
He added that he was proud of the Red Cross team and volunteers that did an incredible job providing support to more the 6,300 people.
The RM of Kelsey held a council meeting last Thursday. There were a number of delegations at the meeting that had some concerns about drainage issues in the areas around the golf course and the Agricultural Grounds.
The Concerns were specific to some of the proposed changes to the pumping guidelines and rules for agricultural drainage in the Valley and how they would affect there area.
It was a decision by the farmers association and the province to look at changes to make pumping rules more sustainable and workable going into the future. These proposed changes were discussed at an open house at the RM office last month.
Reeve Rod Berezowecki wants to assure the delegations that their concerns are valued and they will be making decisions with the delegations concerns in mind.
Photo Courtesy of: rmofkelsey.ca
The Pas Fire Department responded to a house fire on Aspen Street in The RM of Kelsey last weekend. According to Chief Fire Prevention officer Randy Manych, the call came in around 3:30 on Saturday afternoon. The house that caught fire was a building that had been set on fire a few years ago.
Chief Fire Prevention officer Randy Manych believes the fire have have been set on purpose.
The Pas helping hands 4H club is having a canning and baking competition. Entries can be dropped off at the Kin Centre on September 29th from 6-7PM. Jams, Jellies, preserves, cakes and cookies are some of the items that can be entered.
They will also be having a Culture Days Event at the Kin Centre on September 30th. The event will feature Cultural Craft Tables, the Local 4H culture art gallery, and more. The event runs from 1-3PM and entry is free.
There will be a special fundraising event for The Oscar’s Place Homeless Shelter on September 30th. The event will be held at the UCN Cafeteria and will feature, live music, an art auction and refreshments.
The event is a way for the community to come out and show their support for the Homeless Shelter and help to raise the funds that are needed to keep the shelter in operation.
The Pas Friendship Centre announced that they would close the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter on the 30th of September.
The newly formed Stand Up to Save Oscars Place Committee had a meeting at the UCN board room last Wednesday night. The main purpose of this meeting was for the Committee to organize themselves. Olivia McCorristion, The new chair for the committee says they will now be able to start making decisions on how to save The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter from closing.
Chad Zolinski is the vice chair of the Committee and they are still looking for more volunteers to join the committee.
The group also discussed applying for grants to help pay for the shelters expenses but the Committee needs to be incorporated before any money flow.
The Committees next meeting will be held on Tuesday at 7PM.
The Pas Regional Library is having a, create your own book cover contest. The contest is open to all ages and it is a great opportunity to get creative. You are asked to submit your entries the week of September 25th and all submissions will be put into a draw on September 29th. For more information call 204-620-2023.
NDP Health Critic Matt Wiebe recently stated that Manitoba Premier Brian Palliser’s proposed health tax would cost thousands of dollars a year for most Manitoba families.
According to a news release Wiebe said “The Premier has broken his word to Manitobans once again and that he is demanding Manitobans either pay thousands more each year or accept more massive cuts to our health care system. He added that it is an admission of failure on the part of the premier.
Wiebe says Palliser’s deep cuts, user fees, plans for privatization and now a new tax are turning the health care system into a two tier American Style System where money Trumps medical need.
The Kelsey School Division held their first Regular Board Meeting of the 2017-2018 school years on Monday.Superintendent Julia Mckay says they had swearing in ceremony for Gianna Catalano the new board youth representative, and they did nominations and elections for chair and vice chair person of the board. Vaughn Wadeluis is still the chair person and Claudette Garrow is still the vice chair.
The next meeting is scheduled to take place on September 25th.
The Pas Fire Department responded to a call for a fire at The Rotary Park on Cathedral Avenue on Wednesday night. The page came in around 10:18 in the evening and upon arrival they found a play structure on fire. The fire was apparently started when someone wrapped clothes around the structure and lit them on fire.
Chief Fire prevention Officer Randy Manych says the police informed him that there was a group of around 20 youth at the park earlier in the evening and they believe that they may be the same group that started the fire.
The Pas Town Council discussed the possibility of running The Pas Community Ambassador Program once again at the committee of the whole meeting on Monday. The program was last held from September 8th to December 31st of 2015.
The program involved having a couple of ambassadors on the streets which built a relationship with people living on the streets. According a report the ambassadors also helped to bring attention to the ongoing needs of the homeless population.
Mayor Jim Scott put forward a request form for Manitoba Liquor and lotteries to provide $15,000 to run the program. Council will discuss the Ambassador Program again on a later date.
Opaskwayak Cree Nation has made a large investment in National Access Cannabis a medical cannabis company. OCN Chief Christian Sinclair told CJAR that after an announcement was made by the federal government that they were going to be legalizing Cannabis in Canada by July 2018 they looked into how legalization could benefit OCN.
If National Access Cannabis has a decent stock price OCN will be able to make profits from the shares that they purchased and the plan is to use the profits to combat poverty in the community and for other things that the community needs.
Sinclair added that cannabis is now being recognized as a medicine rather than a drug as it has many medicinal purposes. He also said that with OCN being one of the most economically advanced first nations in Canada they always want to look at where they can capitalize on opportunities for the benefit of their people.
The 9th Annual Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Clubs 9th annual Par Three Fundraising Tourney is this Saturday. The entry fee is $100 a player or $400 a team. The Tee off is 11AM to sign up call 204-627-2300. All Proceeds will go towards improvements for the golf course.
The Pas Fire department responded to a report of a fire around 9:18 on Monday night when children were reported to have set fire to a plant at a residence on Crossley Avenue.
The fire was put out relatively quickly. There is an Identification on the children responsible but it is not known if they have been caught or not.
Monday was a busy day for The Pas Fire Department. The first call of the day came in around 12:05 for a minor car accident at the corner of third and Crossley.
The next emergency call came in around 4:35 from an apartment block on Second Street when an unintended pot burnt some baby bottles and set off the fire alarms, and another call was received around 9:18 in the evening when children were reported to have set fire to a plant at a residence on Crossley Avenue.
The monthly mayor reports for The Pas, The RM of Kelsey, and Cormorant for the month of August have been released. Most of the offenses committed in The Pas were disturbances of the peace a total of 171, The RM of Kelsey saw mostly provincial traffic violations totaling 34, and Cormorant had mostly breach of peace offenses.
Theatre 53 will be having auditions for their spring production of Cinderella on October 16th. The auditions will be held at the Kelsey Community School music room. Auditions are open to youth 12 years and older and adults. People auditioning must come prepared to sing.
The second stand up to save Oscars Place Meeting was held on September 9th at the UCN lobby. The meeting was attended by concerned citizens to determine how to save the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter after The Pas Friendship Centre Announced that
they were going to close the shelter at the end of the month.
Several people came forward with ideas on how they could raise money to keep the shelter running including a Go Fund Me Page and donation boxes. The goal is to try to raise at least $4,000 a month to go towards operating costs. Three budgets from The Pas Friendship Centre were presented at the meeting with one budget stating that it would cost around $200.000 a year to operate the Shelter based on 10 hours of operation a day.
A few meeting participant’s volunteered to become committee members
for the stand up to save Oscars place group and they will be having a meeting at UCN this Wednesday to decide on a plan.
Rhonda Head, a musician from Opaskwayak Cree Nation has received two nominations for The 2017 Native American Awards. One nomination is for best female artist and the other is for best gospel and inspirational recording. The awards take place on October 14th at the Nigara Falls Casino. You can vote for Rhonda Head online at nativeamericanmusicawards.com
Photo Courtesy of Facebook
According to a report, Opaskwayak Cree Nation has spent $3M on shares of a medical marijuana company.
OCN Chief Christian Sinclair said that the 10% ownership of National Access Cannabis is in preparation for the legalization of cannabis next year. Chief Sinclair added that in the past marijuana has been a part of the war on drugs, but now could be a part of the solution in the effort to end poverty in the community.
Sinclair added that the decision was one that has been unanimously accepted by OCN leadership and the Council of Elders.
Prime Minister Trudeau announced in the spring that marijuana will be legal across the country by July 1st, 2018.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to National Access Cannabis as National Access Canada
The Pas Families Building Better Communities is fundraising money to build a spray park in The Pas and one of the fundraisers they have been doing for the last couple of years is the smile cookie campaign through Tim Hortons.
Smile cookies can be purchased at Tim Hortons this week until sunday the 17th for one dollar each and 100 percent of donations will go towards the spray park If you would like some cookies delivered to your business or organization to help support the cause you can request an order sheet by emailing email@example.com and you are asked to send the order forms 24 hours in advance and they can be or faxed to 623-2589 or you can send them back via email.
Fur Queen Candidates for the 2018 Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival are now being accepted. If you are 18-24 years of ages you can apply. Applications are available by calling Krista Tooley at 204-620-2373 or email Kristaleetooley@gmail.com. The Application Deadline is September 30th
Manitoba Public Insurance will be providing funding to police agencies to conduct enhanced speed enforcement in school zones during the month of September.
Minister of Crown Services Cliff Cullen stated in a news release that combining enhanced public awareness about school zone safety with the high visibility of police enforcement serves as a reminder to all motorists to slow down and drive with caution in school zones.
Drivers are reminded to look well ahead to spot school buses and school zone signs, and to wait for children to complete cross the road before proceeding. They are also reminded to stop at least five metres behind a school bus and not to pass them when their stop sign is out and their upper red lights are flashing.
The Pas Friendship Centre recently released a statement regarding the closure of The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter. According to their statement the TPFC has had to pay for the accumulated deficits incurred over the years by the shelter and they have not received any additional municipal, provincial, or federal dollars for the shelter.
Because of these difficulties TPFC is in a large amount of debt and they will continue to have the debt payments down the road. Applications for grants and funding have been submitted for financial support but the applications were not successful as many other communities have similar demands.
The shelter often receives donations of personal items and financial contributions from members of the community and the statement concluded by saying that it will take a community effort to overcome the challenges that the homeless shelter continues to face.
The shelter is expected to close on September 30th at 7AM.
Ashley Trampe, a local physiotherapy student is taking part in Shinerama A Fundraiser where University Students raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. She is the daughter of Bruce Trampe a well known member of The Pas Kinsmen.
If you would like to make a donation you can find a link to Trampes page on The Pas Kinsmens Facebook page.
UCN instructor Olivia McCorriston announced on the community Facebook group that the next Stand Up for Oscar’s Place meeting will take place this Saturday at the UCN Lobby at 3PM.
It was announced that the Oscar’s Place Homeless Shelter would be closing its doors at the end of the month and one of the items on the meetings agenda is to create a plan to help keep the shelter running.
Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting.
The Pas Kinsmen held the True North Mud Run last weekend and they had a great turnout. There were 161 runners and they raised around ten thousand dollars.
The Pas Kinsmen made a commitment last year to put twenty thousand dollars towards an outdoor rink for The Pas and the money raised at the mud run will go towards that commitment.
David Harmon from the Kinsmen Club says they appreciate everyone’s support and they hope to do the event again next year.
Manitoba Public Insurance is warning residents that because we are in the midst of harvest season, Large Agricultural Equipment will be traveling on public roads. Keith Ward from Manitoba Public Insurance says it’s important that both producers and motorists do their part to stay safe on the road.
Farm equipment is large and slow moving and producers need to ensure their equipment is properly lit when travelling and motorists need to be fully aware of their surroundings especially in rural areas where harvesting is taking place.
On average there are about 20 collisions yearly in Manitoba involving agricultural equipment and passenger vehicles.
With the announcement that Oscar’s Place Homeless Shelter will be closed on September 30th Mayor Jim Scott says it will have a large effect on the homeless population in The Pas saying that they will have to sleep outside during the cold winter months.
Chief administrative officer Randi Salamanowicz is also concerned about the homeless having to sleep outside in the winter. Scott has requested an operational annual budget from the friendship centre to find out how much it costs to operate Oscar’s Place. Scott added that they need to find a solution to help keeping the Shelter open instead of having it closed.
There will be a suicide prevention day walk here in The Pas on September 10th.
The walk begins at the Royal Canadian Legion at 4PM and will finish at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre. People are asked to meet at the legion at 3:30 PM
There will also be a free Barbeque and cake, and live entertainment. Participants will also be eligible for prizes at the end of the barbeque. For more information call 204-978-0608.
After an announcement was made last week by The Pas Friendship Centre that they were ceasing operations of The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter due to poor funding and support, UCN Instructor Oliva McCorriston called a special meeting that took place at the UCN lobby on September 2nd.
The meeting gave residents the opportunity to voice their concerns about not having a homeless shelter in The Pas and their ideas of how they could raise funds to keep the shelter running. Some people in attendance had a personal connection to homelessness.
The next step is to determine the operating costs of running the shelter by gaining information from The Pas Friendship Centre and to start fundraising as soon as possible.
MLA Amanda Lathlin was present at the meeting and she said she was proud of the
community for coming together to help their less fortunate community members.
There will be another meeting on a later date to discuss the fundraising plan and what else can be done to save the shelter. The plan is to have this meeting with the friendship centre
The Town of The Pas Recently announced that they have reached a tentative agreement between CUPE Local 745. Mayor Jim Scott says Town Council and CUPE have been negotiating a contract for their collective bargaining agreement.
The group representing CUPE are going to take the contract back to their membership. The Contract will be discussed at the next Committee of the Whole Meeting on September 11th before being brought to town council for a ratification vote at the council meeting on September 25th.
According a public notice from the Pas Friendship Centre, They will no longer be operating the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter and the shelter is set to close on September 30th
The shelter did not receive the support and funding needed to continue operations but The Pas Friendship Centre on Edwards Avenue is expected to stay open.
According to a post on The Pas Community Whats happening in the Tri Area Facebook group there will be a special meeting at the UCN Lobby this Saturday called "Stand Up To Save Oscar's Place" in an effort to try to save the shelter.
If you are interested in becoming a babysitter there will be a Red Cross Babysitting course at the Roy H Johnston Arena on October 7th from 9AM to 5PM. The course is open to people 11 and older and it will teach you the skills needed to become a good babysitter.
Participants are asked to bring a lunch, and a doll if they have one and they are required to attend the course for the complete 8 hours.
The Cost to participate is $35.00 which includes a babysitting manual. For more information call The Pas Recreation and Wellness centre at 204-627-1134.
Manitoba NDP President David Woodbury announced that Winnipeg Based Comedian Lara Rae will be an emcee for The Manitoba NDP leadership convention Dinner.
Woodbury stated in a press release that Lara Rae is one of Winnipeg’s Finest Comedic talents. Woodbury added that as a strong voice for the arts and LGBTTQ communities they are excited to have her host the leadership convention dinner.
Lara Rae is also the co-founding artistic director of the Winnipeg comedy festival.
The Manitoba NDP leadership convention dinner takes place on Friday September 15th at the RBC convention centre in Winnipeg.
NDP MLA Rob Altemeyer and NDP MP Daniel Blaikie joined forces recently after learning two potentially dangerous water diversion projects in North Dakota have not been referred to the international Joint Commission.
The IJC is guided by the boundary waters treaty and resolves disputes whenever the actions of one country affects waterways in the other. Blaikie announced that he is the sponsoring MP of an official House of Commons petition calling on the Trudeau Government to refer both projects to the IJC for immediate review.
Blaikie stated in a news release that The Trudeau Government must step in to ensure these projects receive the full scrutiny of the Canadian and US Governments.
He added that Lake Winnipeg is already in distress and there is real concern that the North Dakota projects will increase the risk of contaminates and foreign species entering Lake Winnipeg via the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.
A recent fire report from Manitoba Sustainable Development and the Office of the Fire Commissioner says hot, dry and windy conditions have elevated the wildfire danger in many areas of Manitoba.
There have been more than 497 fires this season. People are reminded to exercise caution while taking part in outdoor activities, always stay on developed trails when driving all terrain vehicles and to stop frequently to check areas around the engine and exhaust for debris and carefully dispose of any debris found.
People are also reminded to only use designated fire pits for campfires and open burning is not permitted between April 1st and November 15th without a permit.
You can report wildfires by contacting local emergency services at 911 or you can contact the forest fire tip line at 1-800-782-0076. More information on wildfire prevention can be found at gov.mb.ca.
The RCMP has released the name of the person charged in relation to the fire at The Hawaiian Restaurant here in The Pas This Past Sunday.
Skywalker Castel aged 18 from Pukatawagan has been charged with two counts of arson and mischief over $5000 and has been released pending a court date.
The RCMP Launched an investigation into the cause of the fire and it was determined with the assistance of the Office of the Fire Commissioner that the fire was deliberately set.
The Restaurant was not in operation and although the building sustained extensive damaged there were no injuries as a result of the fire.
The new school year is right around the corner and The Pas Public Safety Officer Harley Bon has some important back to school safety tips for both parents and children.
He said it is important to drop off children at designated drop off spots at their schools, and that children should always look both ways before crossing the street.
Bon would also like to remind motorists not to go around school buses when there sign is out and there lights are on. Going around a school bus like this can put a childs life in danger.
There will be a self management program offered here in The Pas for anyone with an ongoing health condition called “Get Better Together.
The course will cover various topics such as physical activity, setting goals and action planning. To find out where the course is being held in The Pas or if you have any questions you are asked to contact Russell Thorne at 204 627-6419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manitoba Public Insurance and the RCMP have partnered in a joint public awareness and enforcement campaign specific to gravel roads to help reduce the number of injuries, and deaths from accidents on gravel roads in the province. On average nearly 500 people are injured in crashes on gravel roads annually and about 14 people are killed in these crashes.
One of the goals Manitoba Public Insurance has to heighten awareness about the challenges associated with driving on gravel roads is to enhance its high school driver education program. This will help to expose all teen drivers with training on how to properly control their vehicle on gravel.
Some of the safety tips for driving on gravel roads are keeping a good distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you to prevent dust from blocking your vision and if you lose control take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want to go.
A fire broke out at the old Hawaiian Restaurant building on Fischer Avenue in
The Pas on Sunday. Emergency services got the call around 9:09 AM.
The Pas RCMP have arrested an 18 year old man who they believe is resonsible for fire.
CJAR will keep you up to date on this story as the information becomes available.
The Pas Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from The Pas Health Complex last Wednesday Evening.
Chief Fire Prevention Officer Randy Manych told CJAR the page was received around 8:25 in the evening and the report came in as smoke on the fourth floor of the building.
The so called smoke on the fourth floor was later determined to be steam from a shower which set off a smoke detector.
The situation was under control before the fire department had to do anything.
Chief Fire Prevention Officer Randy Manych said there were a lot of emergency calls made on Saturday August 19th
According to Manych there was smoke in town from the forest fires and people were making phone calls because they were under the impression that there were fires in town.
Manych says that people need to be aware that when there is smoke that unless they have an exact location of where the smoke is coming from to refrain from calling 911. Forest fire information can be found online at: gov.mb.ca.
The Who Says We Need Fresh Air Project being run by Marie Leblanc may end up running Tomorrow night at The Opasquia Times building if it rains tonight.
Leblanc will still be there tonight checking on rain at 8:30 if you wish to stop by and talk.
She thanks you for your support and she hopes to see you Tonight or Tommorow Night
There will be a community Wellness Challenge here in The Pas and the surrounding areas starting on October 16th. Regional Community Health Developer for Northern Health Region, Russell Thorne told CJAR the challenge involves keeping track of simple wellness tips and setting challenges for yourself. For example, you can challenge yourself to take part in more physical activities or to eat a healthy diet.
The registration will start on September 18th. For more information you can call Thorne at 204-627-6419 or by emailing email@example.com
Correction: An earlier version of this story said the registration starts after September 18th when it fact the registration starts on September 18th
The Kinsmen Club of The Pas won two club awards at Kin Canada’s National Convention in Halifax last week. The first award they won was the Hal and Espeth Memorial Service Award. The award is given to the best service project across the country The Pas Kinsmen submitted their work that they do for the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival with the world championship dog races.
The second award the club won was the Bill Skelly Award for their work with the OCN Blizzard on the goals for CF. Where each goal scored at a home game has a 10 dollar contribution from the club towards Cystic Fibrosis and every shutout that a Blizzard goalie makes throughout the season has a 25 dollar contribution. The campaign raised 1200 for cystic fibrosis this past hockey season.
Along with the two club awards The Pas Kinsmen Club also won three Maple Leaf Awards of Distinction, an Outstanding Club Award, and many others. For a complete list of awards visit thepaskinsmen.ca.
Past President and Kinsmen member Kevin Carlson would like to thank the community and those that came out to help out with the dog races during the Trapper’s Festival.
The Neighbourhoods Alive! Program is accepting funding applications and program staff will be coming to The Pas on August 31st. The session will be held at 1559 Gordon Avenue at 3:30 PM and all interested groups are invited to attend.
Desarae Lambert from The Pas Community Renewal Corporation added that the program assists local nonprofit organizations to revitalize designated neighborhoods and communities in Manitoba though a range of locally planned and supported projects.
If you are unable to attend you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winnipeg based artist and The Pas native Marie Leblanc will be conducting a special art project here in The Pas called “Who Says We Need Fresh Air.” The project involves a projection of quotes from sufferers of multiple chemical sensitivities and environmental illnesses. The quotes will give people an idea of what these people go through every day with these illnesses.
Leblanc herself has multiple chemical sensitivities and she would like to hear from anyone who has an environmental or chemical sensitivity or knows of someone that is affected by these sensitivities. You can email her at email@example.com
The project will take place at the Opasquia Times Building at 8:30 PM on Friday.
Manitoba NDP President David Woodbury recently announced that Dr. David Suzuki will be a guest speaker at the parties’ leadership convention dinner on September 15th.
Woodbury stated in a press release that Dr. Suzuki is a champion of progressive values as leader in the fight against climate change and an advocate for social and environmental issues in partnership with indigenous communities.
In 2016, under the previous NDP Government Manitoba became the first province in Canada to sign the Blue Dot Declaration. An initiative led by Dr. Suzuki that commits the government to ensuring a healthy environment for all Manitobans’.
Woodbury says they look forward to welcoming Dr. Suzuki to Manitoba as they gather in Winnipeg and prepare to elect their next leader.
The Pukatawagan RCMP responded to an assault in the community on the morning of August 19th. A 17 year old male victim of the assault was sent to the hospital where he died of his injuries.
RCMP major crimes services and Puckatawagan RCMP later arrested two males from the community Alexander Bear aged 20 and Reshawn Muskwa aged 19. Both men remain in custody and have been charged with manslaughter. The investigation is ongoing.
The 52nd Opaswayak Indian Days were held last week from August 14th to the 19th. Even though planning for the event started late OCN recreation assistant Barney Monias says the turnout was pretty good.
Some of the events held this year included the Mickey Constant Memorial Dry Dance, the Canoe Classic, and a Long Distance Foot Race. The theme for this year’s Indian days was “The Year of Our Language.”
The Pas RCMP Staff Sergeant Brent Mattice was present at last Wednesday’s committee of the whole meeting to discuss the town’s curfew by law in the midst of ongoing concerns of vandalism and youth walking the streets at night causing mischief. The By Law was first enacted back in 1998 but it has been difficult for the town to enforce.
Mattice added that the town wants to let residents know that the curfew by law is a tool that can be used to eliminate any further vandalism. The By Law was first enacted back in 1998 but it has been difficult for the town to enforce.
Mattice would like to remind parents to know what their children are doing at all times and to have them home at a decent time.
Winnipeg based artist and The Pas native Marie Leblanc will be conducting a special art project here in The Pas called “Who Says We Need Fresh Air.” The project involves a projection of quotes sufferers of multiple chemical sensitivities and environmental illnesses. The quotes will give people an idea of what these people go through every day with these illnesses.
Leblanc herself has multiple chemical sensitivities and she would like to hear from anyone who has an environmental or chemical sensitivity or knows of someone that is affected by these sensitivities. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The project will take place at the Opasquia Times Building at 8:30 PM on Friday.
The Pas and Area FASD Committee is running a conference called “How Attachment Shapes Our Lives”.
Occupational therapist Kim Barthel will be speaking at the conference and she says attachment is all about early childhood relationships between parents and teachers and how these relationships help to develop the brain.
These relationships can be tricky for children with developmental challenges and the conference centre’s around how adults can help or advance their children development.
The Conference will take place in The Pas on October 5th at the Royal Canadian Legion from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. To register for the conference call 204-623-9649 the deadline to register is September 15th.
Correction: An Earlier Version of this Story said the conference was being run by the FASD Diagnostic Coordinator Joanne Wyman. It is actually being run by The Pas and Area FASD Committee
The Pas Town Councilors agreed that they would authorize the public works department to investigate and plan improvements to the new sewage lagoon for The Pas at last weeks council meeting.
Deputy Mayor Brian Roque says there are serious issues with the current sewage lagoons capacity.
Roque added that because of a high cost issue, the town has to make a plan and look at the steps to achieve a lagoon system and process that will handle all the communities’ needs.
The Pas Community Choir will be starting a new session on September 7th at the Westminster United Church on Edwards Avenue.
The cost is 30 dollars for the session. For more information call Andrew at 204-623-2136.
Everyone is welcome to join.
At Wednesday night’s council meeting the town of The Pas agreed that they would provide some in kind sponsorship to the OCN Blizzard.
Mayor Jim Scott says the town will be paying for two games here in The Pas during the upcoming season Roy H Johnston Arena. One of the games will be played during The Trappers Festival.
The team will also be allowed to use the Wellness Centre to workout.
Scott added that having a hockey team is important for the community and that the Blizzard is a very strong franchise.
The Pas Town Council carried the variation application for 702 and 728 Gordon Avenue at Wednesday night’s council meeting. The Application was submitted by True Blue Developments owner Michael O Rourke to have a drive thru for a Tim Horton’s Express at Michaels Corner Store. Mayor Jim Scott told CJAR that the variation application also allowed for a number of objects to be located where they were at the business and where they potentially could be.
Although the application was carried, Deputy Mayor Brian Roque and Margret Commodore voted against the variation out of concern for the safety of children. Commodore felt that having a drive thru would increase traffic and put the safety of children at risk because the business is not far from Opasquia Elementary School and Ecole Opasquia. A couple of citizens present at the meeting were concerned about children’s safety as well.
Mayor Jim Scott voted in favour of the variation saying that O Rourke has helped to provide jobs in the community and young children would not be at risk of traffic because they are often driven to school by their parents.
Bonnie Meadows from The Pas Precious Pet Kennels is looking for people to sign up for The Hudson Reykdall Mobile Clinic that she hopes to have here in The Pas from September 14th to the 15th.
If more people do not sign up, the mobile clinic could end up being cancelled. Meadows added that they are also in need of volunteers to assist with the animals and donations of gift cards from restaurants and gas stations for the mobile clinic workers.
If you would like to donate gift cards, sign up for the clinic, or volunteer you can call 623-3608. The cost to have your pets spayed and neutered is 100 dollars for male pets and 125 dollars for female pets.
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There will be a registration night at the A&W here in The Pas for The Pas Pre School. The event takes place on August 30th at 7PM and space for children is limited. The goal of the Pre School is to help prepare children for kindergarten.
If you are interested in signing your children up for the program email
Last week, The Pas Diary Queen held the annual DQ Miracle Treat Day. On Miracle Treat Day, money from each Blizzard treat goes towards local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to support research, purchase equipment, and to help children that can’t afford certain types of health care.
The money raised this year will go towards buying a Neuro Microscope for a children’s hospital in Manitoba, an instrument that will make it easier for surgeons to operate brain tumors. Donations can still be made at The Pas’ Diary Queen anytime through their donation box.
The Kelsey Recreation Annual Parade of Programs will be held at The Roy H Johnston Arena from 11AM until 2PM on September 16th.
The parade gives residents the opportunity to see what activities and organizations there are in the community. The Roadrunners Swim Club, The Pas and Area Basketball Association, and Zumba with Erin are some of the organizations that are expected to be present at the Parade of Programs.
If you would like to register your organization call The Pas Recreation and Wellness Centre at 627-1134.
There will be a Town Council and Committee of The Whole Meeting tonight here in The Pas.
Some of the items on the council meeting agenda include dealing with a variation application for a Tim Horton’s Express, authorizing the public works department to investigate designing a new sewage lagoon, offering the OCN Blizzard some In kind sponsorship, and taking back control of the disc golf set up in the park.
Some of the items that will be talked about at the committee of the whole meeting include a curfew for young people in the community, and purchasing a sweeper for The Clearwater Lake Airport.
These will be the first Council and Committee of the whole meetings since last month.
The Manitoba Provincial Government will be conducting road work here in The Pas in the next few weeks.
According to a media spokesperson, The 10.5 million dollars project will involve paving Provincial Trunk Highway 10 from Cook Avenue North to The railway crossing 600 metres South of Provincial Road 287 for a total distance of 18.6 kilometres.
They will also be paving provincial road 285 from Highway 10 to the east junction of Kryschuk.
Motorists will experience some delays in these construction areas as there will be some speed reductions and one way streets.
The estimated completion of the road work is next summer.
The Opaswayak Indian Days traditional events for men and woman aged 40 to 54 years of age takes place on Thursday at OID park from 10 AM to 6PM and on Saturday from 9AM to 12 PM. The entry fee is 2 dollars per event with cash awards of 50 dollars for first place, 40 dollars for second and 30 dollars for third.
The Summer Traditional Pow Wow 2017 was held last weekend at the OCN Arbor Site. There were a lot of young people that participated and one of the goals of the Pow Wow was to encourage young indigenous people to continue to follow their culture.
The Pow Wow’s visitors were not limited to locals. They also had visitors from as far away as Toronto and even the United States.
The Opaskwayak Indian Days Senior Traditional Events will take place at OID Park this Thursday from 11AM until 6PM and on Saturday from 9AM until 12 PM. These events are open to men and woman aged 18 to 39. Cost is 2 dollars per event with cash prizes of 40 dollars for first place, 30 dollars for second and 20 dollars for third. Some of the events include tea boiling, moose calling, and nail pounding.