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The RM of Kelsey held a public hearing at the Royal Canadian Legion to allow RM residents to voice their concerns or their opposition towards a special service proposal for road maintenance.

 

These services are currently provided by the RM with the rural mill rate and the proposal was to move some of the costs of these services from the mill rate into a special service levy. If the proposed levy becomes a reality it will be based on an equal amount per role number and the rate will be $285 dollars.

 

One concern that some rate payers had was that there are some lower assessed properties that pay a lot less than $285 dollars for these services.

 

Reeve Rod Berezowecki says the municipality is trying to bring some fairness back to the tax system; and the goal is to have RM residents pay a tax rate that better indentifies the level of service that they receive.

 

This matter will be talked about at this evening’s council meeting and they will discuss what they heard from residents at the hearing and whether or not they will go forward with the proposed service levy.

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The Kelsey Recreation Centre is now accepting applications for Camp Callitwatchawanna,  A summer camp that will run from July 3rd to August 24th and its open children ages 5-12.  Only five year olds that have attended kindergarten are eligible.

 

Each week at camp will have its own special theme like, Mad Science, Career Week, and around the world in four days.

 

If you would like more information or if you would like to sign up call 204-627-1134 or stop by the Kelsey Rec Centre.

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The Medical Officer of Health For Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness issued an extended heat warning yesterday for The Town of The Pas and the surrounding areas. Environment Canada and Climate Change Canada is forecasting high temperatures over the next several days.

 

The warning may be extending into other areas of Northern Manitoba as well. Heat related illnesses are preventable and the health effects associated with heat can be reduced by, drinking plenty of water before you feel thirsty, limiting alcohol consumption, planning outdoor activities when the weather is cooler, wear loose fitting and light coloured clothes and a wide brimmed hat, and never leave a child or a pet in a parked vehicle in direct sunlight.

 

Symptoms of heat illnesses can include dizziness, fainting, nausea or vomiting, headache, and fast breathing. We will bring you up to date on the heat advisory as the information comes in.

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With the recent announcement that the Manitoba Government would allow municipalities to conduct plebiscites to prohibit cannabis retail stores. The Pas mayor Jim Scott spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that the chances of legal cannabis stores being banned from The Town of The Pas is quote “Impossible”.

 

He said that having cannabis stores is something that the town supports 110 percent and having cannabis stores will be a revenue maker and it will give people the chance to be entrepreneurs in the community.

 

Recreational Cannabis is expected to be legalized across the country later this year.

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A man is facing several charges, including sexual exploitation of minors, following what started as an investigation into meth trafficking.

 

A joint investigation by RCMP in OCN and The Pas found methamphetamine during a traffic stop of the suspect, and further investigation uncovered the sexual exploitation of multiple youth.

 

64-year-old Eric Richards faces seven charges, including three counts of sexual exploitation of a young person and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

 

Richards remains in custody and is awaiting a court date.

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Tim Horton’s Annual Camp Day took place on June 6th and a total of four thousand five hundred and sixty dollars was raised at the Tim Horton’s Location on OCN and the total amount raised across the country was 13 million dollars.

 

Camp day is held every year to send less fortunate children to summer camp and this year’s donations will send 20,000 children to camp. Donations can still be made year round online at timhortons.com or through donation boxes at some Tim Horton’s locations.

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The Paskwayak Business Development Corporation will be having an information session tonight about cannabis at the Kikiwak Inns Bignell Room.

 

At 5PM the session will begin with a presentation by Evan Lobster from National Access Cannabis on The Benefits and Risks of Cannabis, followed by a presentation by Bonita Lane from Scotiabank about self directed investing in the cannabis industry at 5:30, and a presentation by Jaimin Patel from Super Thrifty on medical cannabis at 6:15.

 

Everyone is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served for more information call Elsie 1-204-627-7200.

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Next Tuesday, The Pas Family Resource Centre will be screening the film Indian Horse the story of a Young Canadian First Nations Boy that survived residential school. The first screening will be at 2PM and the other screening will be at 7PM at the Metis Hall at 1505 Gordon Ave.

 

The film will be introduced by an elder that survived residential school. There will also be refreshments served and a silver collection will be accepted at the door with proceeds going towards youth and cultural education and activities. Tickets are free and you can get tickets by calling 204-623-6349.  The limit is 2 tickets a person.

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In the House of Commons Wednesday MP Niki Ashton noted a few weeks ago the Prime Minister spoke to the New York University grad in the United States.  She said while he philosophized in the United States here at home our grads are facing a challenging time and she wants to invite him to attend any one of our grads in the north here in Canada to hear their stories. 

 

She explained Thompson is faced with the loss of the smelter and refinery, First Nations are facing continuing high unemployment and under funding of education and Churchill is still faced with the shutdown of the port and rail line.  She noted he could attend any grad in virtually any community across Canada to hear what young people are facing in terms of sky high tuition fees and precarious employment but she doubts if he will.

 

Ashton added she believes he doesn’t want to listen to young people who are concerned about the environment, growing inequality and their economic future leaving them to believe his government is not only not part of the solution but is increasingly part of the problem.

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Earlier this week The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed the Manitoba Legislature about Northern Manitobans Economy and the community economic development fund. She stated that over one thousand three hundred and fifty people have jobs in Northern Manitoba as a result of the Communities economic development fund but the Pallister government cut the contribution to the fund by over thirty percent and the fund is now providing less loans then it did two years ago and that loan activity to fishers has dropped last year by eight percent the same fishers that were promised by the Pallister government.

 

Lathlin also pointed out that the Pallsiter government has estimated that at least fifteen hundred jobs will be lost in Northern Manitoba in the next two years.  She asked why the Minister is damaging the Northern economy and why the government is turning its back on Northern Manitoba and Minister of Growth Enterprise and Trade Blaine Pederson responded to these questions by saying quote “Speaking of Damage, that would be the previous government’s economic development plan and we’ll have a much better plan coming forward with the good work of Dave Angus and Barb Gamey."

 

He added that they will continue to work with the north as well as all of Manitoba.

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The Town of The Pas is holding a public hearing at The Pas Municipal Building on June 25th to give residents a chance to ask questions or voice their concerns about Manitoba Housings Plan to build a multifamily residential building near the UCN campus.

 

Since The Town of The Pas is in desperate need of housing and because the proposed area has always been an anticipated spot to build a residential building, Town council is not expected to receive a lot of concern from the public.

 

If you are unable to attend the public hearing you can inform town council of your concerns about the project by writing them a letter.

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The Town of The Pas Voted in Favour of a variation application for 416 Bignell Avenue at Monday night’s council meeting.

 

With the resolution passed the individual that submitted the variation application will now be able to build a two family dwelling on a site that was originally zoned for only one home.

A public hearing was held before the council meeting to give residents a chance to voice their concerns but there were none.

 

This project will be beneficial for The Pas as the community is in desperate need of housing.

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Tara Manych the principal of Mary Duncan School is the winner of the 2018 UCN Lorimer  Award. The award is given to those that make contributions in the educational field that have made a constructive impact north of the 53rd parallel.

 

Manych says she was very humbled to receive the award as her own mentors were also recipients.

 

She would like to thank all of those that nominated her for the award.

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The Town of The Pas will be holding public hearing regarding the Guy Halls Proposal to rezone their property. The Town received an application from the guy hall to turn their building from an open space recreational zone to a commercial central zone to accommodate a potential retail space in the building.

 

The Pas’s Chief administrative officer Randi Salamanowicz added that one of the concerns raised by council is that the entrance and exit of the building is located on a curve which means that the flow of traffic on the road could be affected.

 

The public hearing is set to be held at The Pas Town Hall on July 18th

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The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life took place over the weekend across the country and The Pas’s relay for life was held at The Roy H Johnston Arena on June 9th.

 

This year The Pas’s Relay for Life did not have lot of participants with only about 22 people signed up but they did manage to raise approximately twenty three hundred dollars to go towards fighting cancer. 

 

The hope is to have more local participants at the next relay and the Canadian Cancer Society would like to know from the general public where they think the next relay for life should be held and what date it should take place.

 

If you have any suggestions for the next relay for life call Kelly Graveline at 204-623-3687 

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The Monthly Mayor Reports for May 2018 have been released. The Town of The Pas had mostly disturbance of the peace cases a total of 163, along with 105 prisoners held, 83 index checks, and 53 provincial traffic violations.

 

The RM of Kelsey once again had mostly provincial traffic violations a total of 108 as well as a few assaults, disturbances of the peace, provincial statutes, and mischief cases.

 

The community of cormorant’s offences included 6 assaults, 3 disturbances of the peace, 2 provincial traffic violations and one break and enter.

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There will be a yard sale on Saturday June 16th at The Anderson Inn parking lot in support of The Pas and Area Animal Shelter.

 

The sale is set to take place from 9AM to 12 PM and tables are available for rent for 10 dollars each. If you would like a table you can send a message to Lynda Cain Geswin on Facebook.

 

The sale will be cancelled if it rains.

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With summer on the way Manitoba Public Insurance is reminding all motorists that there is an increase in recreational and commuter cyclists on the roads and on average 4 cyclists are killed in motor vehicle accidents a year in Manitoba and about 100 are injured.

 

Drivers are reminded to leave a distance of at least one metre when passing a cyclist even if it requires you to change lanes to make a safe pass, be cautious at intersections and watch for cyclists when making a left or right turn, and to watch for cyclists when opening the door of your vehicle.

 

Cyclists are reminded to always follow the rules of the road including stop signs and stop lights and to never pass stopped vehicles in the same lane or when stopped at an intersection as the driver may not see you.

 

MPI’s ultimate goal is to have zero fatalities and injuries on Manitoba’s Roads.

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The Tim Horton’s at Opaskwayak Cree Nation participated in the annual Tim Horton’s Camp Day on Wednesday.

 

On Tim Horton’s Camp Day money from coffee sales go towards the Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation to send less fortunate children to summer camp and OCN”s Tim Horton’s raised additional funding by having a barbeque.

 

A total of four thousand five hundred and sixty dollars was raised locally from the coffee sales and from the barbeque to send kids to summer camp.

 

If you would like to make a donation or to learn more about Tim Hortons Camp Day Visit

timhortons.com

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There is a new art exhibit at the Sam Waller Museum called “Out of The North”. The artwork at the exhibit was done by Flin Flon artist Lois Pederson and they are paintings of scenery inspired by Northern Manitoba.  This is the second time that Lois Pederson has exhibited her work at the Sam Waller Museums Gallery. 

 

The paintings are for sale and the exhibit will be on display until September 27th and you can call the museum at 204-623-3802 for more information.

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Ecole Opasquia School is this year’s recipient of the Indigo Love of Reading Fund Grant. The school has applied for this grant for many years and they now have $70,000 that they plan to use to purchase thirty five hundred new books for the schools library. 

 

There are also plans to create family literacy kits and take home mini libraries with some of the funding to help students develop of love of reading.

 

For the past 14 years the love of reading foundation committed 28 million dollars to more than 3,000 schools.

 

Ecole Opasquia School is dedicated to fostering literacy with the students.

 

Photo from: https://opasquiaschool.wordpress.com/

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The RM of Kelsey council has scheduled a public hearing at The Royal Canadian Legion Hall in The Pas regarding a special service proposal for road maintenance, grading, and snow removal services.

 

According to the public notice The RM provides these services with the costs included in the RM’s rural mill rate and the proposal is to move some of the costs of providing these services from the mill rate to a special service levy. The hearing will be held on June 19th starting at 6PM and it will give RM of Kelsey residents a chance to ask questions or voice their concerns or oppositions that they have regarding this proposal.

 

You can find a copy of the special service proposal at the municipal office at 264 Fischer Avenue in The Pas. You can also fill a written objection with The RM’s Chief Administrative Officer at the municipal office.

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The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is having a diabetes walk at The Roy H Johnston Arena on June 24th. The check in for the walk begins at 1PM and the walk starts at 2PM.

 

The purpose of the walk is for the community to come together to support research for type one diabetes and raise funds. Around 300,000 Canadians live with the disease. 

 

Type one diabetes is an auto immune disease and once you’re diagnosed you are insulin dependent for life. It’s mostly children that are diagnosed with the disease but adults can be diagnosed as well.

 

This year NHL player Maxi Domi is the spokesperson for JDRF and he lives with type one diabetes.

 

If you would like to volunteer for the walk or if you would like a pledge form call 204-953-4477 or visit jdrf.ca

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The Town of The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation and The RM of Kelsey have become finalists in The Smart Cities Challenge along with 20 other communities across Canada. The Smart Cities Challenge was put on by Infrastructure Canada and communities that apply for the challenge are eligible to win cash money to go towards projects that would benefit community residents.

 

If they win the Tri Area will put the prize money towards developing the LED smart farm for OCN which would allow the growth of local produce and promote food security for the entire area.

 

The winners of the smart cities challenge will be announced in the spring of 2019 and the Tri Area could be awarded with a 10 Million dollar grant.

 

As a finalist the tri area has already been awarded with a $250,000 grant to develop a proposal and business plan for the LED Smart Farm.

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The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed the provincial legislature last week regarding the community of Cross Lake being in dire need of a medical facility. Lathlin Stated that Cross Lake is Manitobas 10th largest community but it does not have 24 hour in-patient health care. Woman in child birth and patients with acute care have to be flown out of the community to get the care that they need.

 

She added that the 1964 agreement states that the province has a role in the delivery of health care for Cross Lake and she asked if the province will partner with the Federal Government to bring forward this important community investment.

 

Minister of Health Kelvin Goertzen responded to this question by saying that officials from his department have had discussions with representatives from Cross Lake and the Federal Government and they have been challenged with getting long term funding from the federal government. Lathlin Then asked why Minister Goertzen was ignoring access to health care services and for the people of Cross Lake.

 

Goertzen said quote We’ve recognized that there are many challenges when it comes to providing health care in the north and that The Pallister government made specific efforts when it came to getting additional funding. That effort was made on behalf of those living in the north and they have had some success.

 

He added that suicide of young people is one of the most tragic things happening in Canada and that people are making efforts to prevent suicide but more needs to be done and he doesn’t believe that there is a health minister in Canada that doesn’t recognize that.

 

 

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With the Help of Fifty Three Thousand Six Hundred and Seventy Dollars worth of funding from The Federal Aboriginal Languages Initiative The University College of the North will be offering a 5 day Cree Language Camp at Egg Lake.

 

The camp will be held on the week of August 5th. UCN’s Senior Administrator Doris Young stated in a news release that the camp will offer a fun Cree learning experience where they will produce 5 Cree language videos for YouTube and they will put on a puppet play at the end of the program.

 

The camp itself is organized by Young and Esther Sanderson the Director of UCN’s Centre for Language and Culture.

 

For more information you can call Young or Sanderson at 204-623-0973 or 204-620-2355.

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Opaskwayak Cree Nations Community meeting will be held at the Kikiwak Inn’s Bignell Room on June 13th. The meeting runs from 6:30 to 9:30 and there will be door prizes for people to win.

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The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre ran a walking Wednesday program that was started to encourage people to get some physical activity. The program wrapped up on May 23rd and they had an average of 65 people walking each Wednesday.

 

The programs grand prize winner of a fit bit was April Harris. Harris took part in the program with her classes from Oscar Lathlin Collegiate.

 

Shawn Yaremko from The Beatrice Wilson Health centre would like to thank those that took part in the program and she would like to thank Yvonne Fenner a gym teacher from Oscar Lathlin Collegiate and Resource Teacher Jamie Moore from Joe A Ross School for their participation and for helping to get the students active.

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Repairs are expected to be underway in the very near future following an announcement by the Federal Government that OmniTrax has reached a deal to sell the port of Churchill and the only land connection the northern community has to the south.

 

The Denver-based corporation has stuck a deal with a group which includes Missinippi Rail and One North. Jim Carr, the Minister of Natural Resources, said that "the people of Northern Manitoba have long understood the value of the rail line" and that "this agreement allows those most affected to have a direct stake in the future and long-term interests of their communities".

 

The deal was reached in principal, with legal issues that have to been sorted out before repairs can start. 

 

According to the release, the agreement includes the participation of 30 First Nations and 11 non-First Nation communities here in the north, as well as seven Kivalliq communities in western Nunavut. 

 

The specifics of the deal have not yet been announced. 

 

 

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The Sam Waller Museum will be having a special painting class for tweens aged 8-12 on June 16th from 2PM to 4PM. The course will be taught by a Belgian rotary exchange student named Zoe.

 

The course is currently full but Jones will continue to take contact information from people that are interested in taking the course so that another one can be held. All proceeds from the workshop will go towards The Rotary Clubs Polio Plus Initiative. 

 

For more information call 204-623-3802

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A Tribe Called Red is coming to Opaskwayak Cree Nation and they will be performing at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre on July 12th. A Tribe Called Red is an indigenous electronic music group from Ottawa and the show will begin with an opening act by Drezus.

Tickets are available now and they can be purchased at Shanes Music at the Otineka Mall, OCN Shell, and from Carla Constant.

 

Photo Taken From Facebook

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The Town of The Pas has announced that there will be a public hearing in regards to the construction of a duplex at 416 Bignell Avenue. Mayor Jim Scott told Arctic Radio News that the person that purchased the lot has plans to build a duplex but the lot is a full sized residential lot that is zoned for only one home.

 

The public hearing is set to be held on June 11th to give residents the opportunity to voice their concerns about the potential variation.

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The Pas Primary Health Care Centre will be having a stress management group session on June 14th. In this session they will help participants how to cope with stress, learn about mental health problems, and they will talk about the difference between anxiety and depression.

 

The session runs from 1 until 4Pm at 111 Cook Avenue. If you would like to sign up call Shellie Verville at 204-623-9638 or Lori Veito at 204-623-0872.

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The Pas Primary Health Care Centre is having a group session on cholesterol and blood pressure on June 5th. Participants will learn about heart healthy eating, how certain foods affect your cholesterol, how to control your blood pressure and more.

 

The session runs from 1PM till 4PM at 111 Cook Avenue. To register call Louise Spence at 204-623-9681 or Lori Veito at 204-623-0872.

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The 2018 Financial plan for The Town of The Pas passed its second and third
readings at last nights council meeting. Some of the items on this year's
financial plan include an increase in policing costs and the completion of the
Larose Avenue Project.


The plan can be found on the towns website, townofthepas.com and if you
have any questions or concerns about the plan you can call Graham Kahler at
204-627-1107.

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The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group has announced that they received a one thousand dollar donation from Missinippi Airways to go towards a spray park for The Town of The Pas.

 

The group has expressed their gratitude for this donation on social media and if you or your business would like to make a contribution to the spray park fund you can contact The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group on Facebook.

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A Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries MS walk was held here in The Pas this past Sunday morning. The walk began at 11AM at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19. A total of four thousand one hundred and forty five dollars was raised for the walk online thirty two percent of their goal.

 

Money raised will go towards improving the lives of Canadians that live with Multiple Sclerosis.

You can learn more about Multiple Sclerosis by visiting mssociety.ca

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The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group has announced that they have received $75,000 in donations to go towards the long awaited spray park for the community.  Group Chair Davide Novo Spoke to Arctic Radio news and said that they got a commitment from Canadian Kraft Paper for five thousand dollars a year for five years, along with donations of $25,000 from Twin Motors and Destination Marketing.

 

Novo added he is very happy with these donations and is very grateful that the community is coming forward to help make the project a reality.  Novo encourages other business to be part of this project and if you or your business would like to contribute to the project you can contact The Pas Families building a better community group on Facebook

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Last week’s radio pledge show that CJAR ran for The Pas Health Complex Foundation was a big success. A total of forty thousand three hundred and twenty eight dollars and seventy cents was raised in the two days that they were on the air which included a twenty thousand dollar donation from a man in Kelowna BC.  

 

The Pas Health Complex will be using the money raised to purchase beds for St Paul’s Personal Care Home. The care home needs a total of 60 beds which will cost a total of three hundred and ninety thousand dollars.

 

The beds have been ordered through the health complex and they are expected to be in place by mid October to late November.  The foundation is anticipating more donations and they are still being accepted. If you would like to contribute you can mail your donations to box 541 or you can drop them off at Cooke and Cook Insurance.

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The monthly mayor reports for April 2018 have been released. The Town of The Pas saw mostly disturbance of the peace cases a total of 151, 108 prisoners held, 75 index checks, 53 provincial traffic violations, 37 assaults, and 37 cases of mischief.

 

The RM of Kelsey had mostly provincial traffic violations and the community of cormorant had two disturbances of the peace, two assaults, one, and break and enter, one drug case, and one case of theft.

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The Moose Lake RCMP received a report of an assault with a weapon at a residence on Popular Street in the community early last Saturday morning. Police were advised that a 20 year old male had been sprayed with bear mace.

 

The suspect was indentified as 20 year old Michael Campbell and he was located at a nearby residence and was arrested for assault with a weapon. He was searched by police and they found 33 grams of cocaine and large amount of Canadian money on him.

 

Campbell has also been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime, and resisting arrest. He has since been released and he will appear in The Pas Provincial Court on June 4th

 

The investigation is continuing.

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The Town of The Pas held a public hearing on Wednesday evening to give people the opportunity to learn about this years financial plan and to ask questions or bring up any concerns that they had.  The financial plan was presented at the hearing and according to the presentation there will be a decrease in assessment, an increase in the mill rate, a policing cost increase, a deficit recovery, and the completion of the Larose Avenue Project in this year’s financial plan.

 

The entire financial plan presentation can be found online at townofthepas.ca If you have any questions or concerns about this year’s financial plan you are asked to contact the pas controller Graham Kahler at 204-627-1107.

 

The financial plan passed its first reading on Wednesday night and it’s expected to pass its second and third readings at Monday night’s council meeting.

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The Pas is one step closer to finally getting a spray park. Recently The Town of The Pas voted in favour of a resolution to take ownership of a spray park in the community. Davide Novo the Chair of The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group told Arctic Radio News that the town’s decision is a giant leap for the community and he is glad that the council see’s the benefits of the project. 

 

The group has been trying to get a spray park in the pas for many years and they are now eligible to apply for The Community Places Grant that will help them to offset the costs of a spray park once it is built.

 

They must have the application in by May 28th and they won’t know whether or not they are approved for the grant until later this summer.

 

The group has more great news for the spray park that they will be announcing soon.

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After much discussion, The Pas town council voted in favour of a resolution to take ownership of a potential spray park at last nights special council meeting.


This means that The Pas Families building a better community group will be able
to apply for grants that would help them to offset costs of a spray park for The
community.

The grant applications have to be submitted by May 28th.

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Featherstone Support Services held a two day awaken the spirit self awareness workshop from May 14th until the 15th.   The purpose of the two day workshop was to promote self awareness to indigenous youth and to help them set up a positive image.

 

Holly Linski The founder of Featherstone Support Services says the workshop had a good turnout and the students learned how to believe in themselves once the workshop was over and the students let their boundaries down and came together as one.

 

The workshop had about 21 people in total from various Manitoba first nations and Brandon. Linski is hoping to hold another workshop in August. Visit featherstonesupportservices.com to learn more.

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Local MP Niki Ashton held a live question and answer session on Facebook earlier this morning regarding the one year anniversary of The Railway to Churchill being shut down.

The shut down has had some negative repercussions from an increase in food prices in Churchill to jobs losses.

 

Ashton stated that the federal government needs to step in and get the railline up and running and to get Omnitrax out of Canada feeling that the American company does not care about the north and that the port and railline should be taken back.

 

Ashton is encouraging everyone to take a survey to let her and the NDP party know their priorities for the north. The survey can be found on nikiashton.ndp.ca. The video of this mornings livestream can be found on Ashton's facebook page.

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The rail line to Churchill is no closer to being repaired, reopened or sold by OmniTrax than it was this time last year.

 

A consortium of Manitoba First Nations and the iChurchill group had announced earlier this month that they had entered into an agreement with the owner to acquire the port and rail line. The release, which came from Peguis First Nation, said that the deal would be concluded in June, while a request for proposals to fix the line would be out in the days following their release.

 

iChurchill officially announced yesterday that they have officially pulled their offer, and now claim that the federal government never took their bid seriously and were “unwilling to engage in meaningful dialogue”.

 

Louis Dufresne, the CEO of iChurchill, said that when the group met with the government’s negotiator he made “made it clear that the government is willing to deal only with one specific company, a Toronto-based financial firm”. He added that the Government of Canada was willing to make a financial contribution to repairing the railway, but that “such a contribution is only available to the financial firm at this time”.

 

iChurchill, through a news release, went on to say that they had signed a letter of intent with OmniTrax back in March, and that the Denver-based company had notified the government that they had come to terms with a perspective buyer. OmniTrax was not mentioned by name in the Peguis First Nation press release which came out May 3rd, though it was mentioned this time.

 

Dufresne said that once OmniTrax told the government negotiator, Wayne Wouters, about the signed letter, they were told that the government was “pressing ahead with another firm” and that he (Wouters) indicated to OmniTrax that he had no interest in meeting with the iChurchill group.

 

The rail line, which serves as the only landline to Churchill, has been out of service since May 2017 after sections were washed out due to flooding.

 

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The Town of The Pas will be having a special council meeting tonight at 6:30. The meeting is set to take place after the public hearing for the 2018 budget and the meeting will include the first reading of this year’s financial plan and they will be voting on whether or not the town should take ownership of a spray park in the town.

 

The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group is planning to apply for grants that would help them get the money they need for the park but they can’t apply for these grants until the question of ownership is dealt with. The grant applications have to be in before May 28th.

 

Mayor Jim Scott believes that the resolution for the Town to take ownership of the spray park will pass and The building a better community group will continue raising funds to offset the costs of a park once its completed.

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Last Wednesday The Annual Ralls Island Community Park Highway Clean Up took place along with the annual general meeting of the Ralls Island Community Park Committee at the park’s main building. Elections were held for committee executives and Dave Ferguson was elected president, Desirae Stait was elected vice president, Aynsley Hume was elected secretary, and Meghan Colgan was elected treasurer.

 

They would like to thank everyone who took part in this years highway clean up. You can keep up to date with The Ralls Island Community Park on their Facebook Page.

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Around six o’clock Saturday morning Flin Flon RCMP were called to a disturbance on Bellevue Avenue.  They found an altercation in which two people had been stabbed.  A 23 year old Flin Flon woman was transported to hospital where she later died from her injuries.  A 22 year old Flin Flon woman was transported to hospital in stable condition.

 

A 23 year old Flin Flon woman has been charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of attempted murder and is to appear in Provincial Court in The Pas today.  The investigation is ongoing with assistance from the RCMP Major Crimes Unit and Forensic Identification Services.

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The Kelsey School Division held a board meeting on the evening of May 14th where two presentations were conducted. The Students services coordinator discussed the student services that are currently being offered by The Kelsey School division and Meaghan Dunnigan the french immersion teacher gave a presentation on the french immersion program.

 

Kelsey School Division Chair Vaughn Wadelius spoke to Arctic Radio News and said the french immersion program has been offered at the Kelsey School Division for the past 37 years and the demand for the program continues to grow.

 

According to a provincial assessment 75 to 88 percent of students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 are achieving at an above level of reading and writing in English, French reading and writing and mathematics. It was also reported that number skills are high for students at the middle school level. Wadelius says these results are very encouraging.

 

The board meeting highlights can be found at the Kelsey School Division Website ksd.mb.ca.

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Randy Maych acting Fire Chief for the Town of The Pas recently spoke to Arctic Radio News to talk about forest fire safety.

 

Some of his forest fire prevention tips included, clearing your yard of clutter to eliminate fuel for fires, ensure that your cigarettes are completely extinguished before you dispose of them, and to avoid riding off road vehicles in grassy areas if they do not have a spark arrestor.

 

Forest fires can also be caused by open burns and Manych says you should always have a way to put out the fire in case it gets out of control.

 

More information on wildfires and burn restrictions can be found online at gov.mb.ca.

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The Manitoba Métis Federation has been working hard to build affordable homes and they celebrated the completion of two new homes in Selkirk earlier this week.

 

The MMF has announced that they will be conducting their next housing project here in The Pas. The MMFs mandate is to supply affordable housing to Métis citizens, and Will Goodon MMF’s minster of housing said in a news release that affordable housing allows Métis citizens and their families maintain a good quality of life.

 

We will provide more information on the MMF’s Housing plan for The Pas as the information becomes available.

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On, Sunday May 27th the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries MS walk will once again take place in The Pas. Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world and the walk is a demonstration of how you can help change the lives of those affected.

 

The Pas resident Melanie Young was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and she said in a press release that the MS walk helps those that are living and affected by MS to become more visible in the community and it raises awareness about the disease.

 

This year’s event will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19. The Check in for the walk begins at 9:30 AM and the walk will begin at 11:00. To register visit mswalks.ca.

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Everyone who uses our roadways has a right to expect that they will arrive at their destination safely” said Ward Keith Vice President, of Manitoba Public Insurance. This Victoria Day weekend, the MPI’s roadwatch begins and will continue until November. The program is now in its 20th year and has managed to take nearly 2,000 impaired drivers off the streets in the last 8 years.

 

With Road Safety at the forefront the launch of this year’s roadwatch will align with Canada Road Safety week a national effort that raises awareness about safe driving habits that began on May 15th and will wrap up on the 22nd.

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Local NDP MP Niki Ashton says it’s time to improve employment insurance sick benefits. Ashton and her NDP colleagues called on the federal government to increase sickness benefits from 15 to 50 weeks. Ashton said that they added their voices to Marie Helene Dube who started the petition “15 weeks to heal is not enough”

 

More than a third of Canadians who claim EI need more than the 15 weeks maximum currently offered.

 

Thousands of people across the country are in need of these benefits and Ashton says the government cannot ignore them.

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Gary Hopper The Funding Coordinator for the Northern Gateway Community Chaplaincy  was present at The Town of The Pas’s Council meeting on Monday night to discuss the towns decision not to fund the NGCC this year due to economic circumstances.

 

The NGCC is a program that was started back in the year 2000 and they help to provide resources and rehabilitation for the homeless population and they received a letter from the town that they could not provide funding for them this year.

 

The NGCC has received funding from outside resources and The RM of Kelsey is planning to provide them with 15 thousand dollars. The town of The Pas is the main source of funding for the program providing 20 thousand dollars each year and If the town does not fund the NGCC the future of the program will be in jeopardy.

 

Many residents came to talk to council about their interactions with the homeless here in The Pas and to show their support for the NGCC.

 

Hopper is hoping that the town will reconsider their decision not to fund the program.

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The Town of The Pas decided to table a resolution for the long awaited spray park for the community.

 

Council members were concerned about taking over the operational costs of the spray park and it was decided that it would be best to table the resolution it until the next meeting to double check the cost of operating the proposed spray park annually.

 

For the past ten years The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group has been trying to get a spray park for the town and this resolution will allow the group to apply for grant funding for the park. When they apply they will tell the grant provider that once they construct the park the town will agree to look after the operation costs of the park.

 

The next council meeting is May 28th.

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The Pas RCMP responded to an incident that took place in front of the post office on May 10th just before 4:30PM.

 

It was reported that a suspect showed another person a weapon that appeared to be a firearm. It was later determined that it wasn’t a firearm and that it appeared to be a can of mace.

 

Due to the possibility of the weapon being a firearm the RCMP conducted a high risk arrest scenario.

 

No one was injured during this incident and the accused has been remanded on breach of probation and weapons charges.

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The Pas Community Development Corporation and UCN organized a special presentation that was conducted by North Forge President Jeff Ryzner.The presentation was held last Tuesday at UCN and North Forge is an organization that helps entrepreneur’s to make their business ideas a reality.

 

The Pas Community Development Corporation is looking at creating a North Forge in The Pas Region. Kimberly BallantyneThe economic development director for the CDC says it’s important for the region to have a North Forge because the community needs to start creating more businesses and this program will work with local entrepreneurs on their ideas to help them be successful. 

 

Ballantyne added that she will be hosting a meeting early in June and she will be inviting other local businesses and organizations to be a part of their project team.

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The Pas Health Complex Foundation is having a Wine Tasting fundraiser on June 7th at the Wescana Inns Upper Banquet room at 7:30PM.  The event will have a variety of wines to try and there will also be a 50/50 draw and a silent auction.  All money raised will go towards The Pas Health Complex Foundation and they will be putting the money towards buying new beds for The Saint Paul’s personal Care Home.

 

Tickets are 30 dollars each and can be purchased at the Wescana Inns front desk, at the Liquor Mart or by calling 204-623-3824 or 204-623-1420.

 

Tickets must be purchased before June 3rd.

 

 

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The three boys who lost their lives just over two weeks ago were honoured last week in the House of Commons.

 

Niki Ashton delivered a member’s statement, in which she called on everyone to work together with First Nations to build communities that kids can be safe in from bike paths to lights on roads.

 

Ashton said that the boys were like any other kids across Canada, enjoying one of the first days of warmer weather, and faced challenges that are quote all too common on First Nations.

 

She said that not only were the boys on a gravel road with no lighting, but that one of the boys lived in a trailer with 17 other people after his mother committed suicide last year.

Ashton concluded her statement by saying that everyone will work to build safer communities across the country for kids like Keethan, Mattheo and Terrence.

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The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre is having a Food Safe Food Handing Course tomorrow in their classroom from 8:30 AM to 4PM. The course is open to all OCN members with a maximum of 30 participants.

 

If you want to attend the course call 204-627-7416.

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Oscar Lathlin Collegiate's 4th Annual Interschool Pow Wow will be held at The Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre on May 25th at 1PM. Students from Schools across Manitoba will be participating including ones from the Kelsey School Division, Peguis First Nation, Saint Theresa Point First Nation, and Sapotaweyak Cree Nation. Registrations for the Pow Wow are still being accepted.

 

The Pow Wow has different age categories including nursery to grade two, grades three to five, grades 6-8 and grades 9 to 12 and participants in all categories are eligible for some great prizes.

 

If you would like to register call 204-623-5259 or you can sign up at the door of the GLMC before the Pow Wow begins.

 

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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The Northern Learning and Support Centre here in The Pas is holding a sharing circle that will feature a video chat with Mike Masse.

 

Masse is a holistic therapist that will give an overview of what mindfulness is and how to apply it to the lives of parents and children.

 

Resource Facilitator Tania Catalano says it’s important for children to learn about mindfulness because it can help them to cope with stress and anxiety.

 

You can sign up for the program online at nlscmb.ca or call 204-620-5775.

Seating is limited to 20 people.

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The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre has announced that there will be a baby food Making Class on June 19th as part of their Maternal Child Health Program.

 

The idea of the course is to teach mothers how to feed their babies in a healthy way to save money on baby food. They will be showing participants how to prepare baby food using a method that would preserve the foods nutrients.

 

The course will run from 1:30 until 3:30PM and it will be held at the Beatrice Wilsons Health Centres classroom. If you would like more information or if you would like to sign up call 204-627-7410

 

The first ten participants will receive a free magic bullet blender.

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MP Niki Ashton delivered a Members Statement in the House of Commons this week honoring three children who died last month…..

 

“I rise  to celebrate the lives of Keethan Lobster, Matthew Moore-Spence and Terrence Spence. These beautiful bright 13 and 11 years old boys from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation who died on April 28 like so many kids cycling , enjoying the first days of warmer weather when they were struck by a drunk driver.
Unlike so many other kids they faced challenges all too common on First Nations . Not just the gravel road with no lighting. 
 Keethan’s mum committed suicide a year ago. His grandmother  had raised him since then in a trailer that was home to 18 people.
Keethan had a dream. His last words to his Uncle Curtis Lobster were “I am  going to graduate from college like you uncle.' 

In Canada one of the wealthiest countries in the world ..in 2018 we have to ask ourselves why?”
                                                                                                                                             Ashton added we need to work with First Nations to build communities that kids can be safe in from bike paths to lights to roads.

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Niki Ashton and the Federal NDP are once again calling for a national pharmacare program.

Ashton said recently that while medicare covers many critical health services, there is more that needs to be done.

 

She said that too many cannot afford the medication to treat their medical condition, and that a national program would save the medical system money.

 

Ashton added that the country quote needs national leadership on this key issue, and that there is no coverage for dental care and not enough in place for mental health services.

She concluded by saying that it’s time to complete the original vision and intent of universal health care, starting with a national pharmacare program.

 

Universal healthcare was brought in during the 1960’s and was pioneered by Tommy Douglas and the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation in Saskatchewan.

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The Manitoba government along with Tourism Manitoba has designated the Flin Flon Station Museum a new Star Attraction.  The Chair of the Museum Board Tom Heine says the Board is really pleased as they have been trying for about five years to achieve that designation.  He explains essentially its recognition by Travel Manitoba that they are an attraction worth seeing so it basically forces them to not up their game but to maintain the Museum as an attraction that tourists are wanting to come to see.

 

The Star Attractions program provides access to highway directional signage, ensures marketing support and highlights the attraction in its annual Inspiration Guide, online and in various marketing programs. There are now 63 Star Attractions in Manitoba

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The Town of The Pas will be holding a hearing for the 2018 budget at The Pas Municipal Building on Wednesday May 23rd. Mayor Jim Scott says the town will be presenting this year’s financial plan in detail and it will give residents the opportunity to ask questions about the budget or to voice their opposition.

 

The hearing will begin at 6pm and residents are encouraged to attend.

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The Pas Citizens on Patrol Program began their annual Speedwatch program Yesterday. The Speedwatch program was started a number of years ago by Manitoba Public Insurance as a road safety initiative.

 

The C.O.P.P records the speed of every vehicle that goes by and If they find a vehicle traveling 20 or more kilometres over the speed limit they get the license plate number and make and model of the vehicle and report it to the RCMP. The C.O.P.P will then send a report to Manitoba Public Insurance from the patrol so that MPI can use the statistics to set up programs for road safety. 

 

The C.O.P.P set up near the Metis Hall on the highway yesterday but they were forced to pack up early due to strong winds. Fortunately they did not record any vehicles traveling 20 or more kilometres over the posted speed limit.

 

The speedwatch program will continue to run from now until November 1st.

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Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont recently stated that the Progressive conservative’s legislation on Marijuana needs to be amended.

 

The way the current amendment is written would mean that an 18 year old could go to jail for a year or face a $100,000 fine for possession of Marijuana because the Pallister Government has set the legal age for buying, using, and possessing the drug at 19.

 

People 17 and under would be covered by the Youth Criminal Justice Act but this amendment would mean that 18 year olds could face the same punishment intended for more serious offenses.

 

Lamont stated in a news release that it defies common sense to throw an 18 year old in jail for a year or fine them for something perfectly legal for people 19 and older.

 

The Manitoba Liberals are expected to introduce a report stage amendment to Bill 11 later today that would reduce the legal age to 18 to purchase marijuana legally in Manitoba.

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The Town of The Pas will be participating in the 2018 Spring Cleanup Campaign from May 22nd until the 28th. According to a notice from the town they will be providing trucks for the pickup of yard waste.

 

If you want yard waste picked up from your property there are certain rules that must be followed. Some of the rules include protecting waste from wind and animals and putting waste in disposable containers.

 

If you have an old vehicle that you would like removed from your property you are asked to call 627-1125 for arrangements.

 

A complete list of regulations and more information can be found on the town of The Pas Community Updates Facebook Page.

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The Kelsey School Division is having Welcome to Kindergarten Orientations at both of their Schools. The First Orientation will be held tonight at Kelsey Community School at 6PM and Tomorrow night Ecole Opasquia School will have their orientation at the same time.

 

The program gives students the chance to partake in activities and to give their parents the opportunity to see what their children will be doing in preparation for attending school in the fall. These orientations have been held for a long time and this year new activities will be showcased including ones that focus on motor skills and early literacy activities.

 

Children born in 2013 are eligible to attend kindergarten and if you have not registered your child Contact the Kelsey Community School at 623-7421 or Ecole Opasquia School at 623-3459 and they will walk you through the registration process.

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The Pas Fire Department responded to a small fire yesterday afternoon. The fire occurred on a balcony at an apartment complex on 7th Street near the UCN campus.  It is not known how long the fire crews were on scene and the exact cause of the fire is not known either.

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