While visiting Flin Flon Friday Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew commented on the Mining Communities Reserve Fund. Although the government says it is not available as it was allowed to fall below a set level Kinew says it should be. He says basically the Mining Reserve Fund was created to help communities in times of need and you paid into this fund during the good times and it should be there to help communities that are facing job losses now.
He notes the bigger picture is we need to have job creation in the north to be a big priority and they are going to keep pushing the government on that front. He says so far what they’ve been talking about is just a committee, it’s just a brochure but there hasn’t been real investment, they haven’t been putting resources to help create jobs.
Kinew adds a job is about having a pay cheque so people can provide for their families but it’s also about ensuring people have the pride, the dignity and the discipline that comes with work and that hits a community hard so his priority for the next election will be jobs and health care.
Construction of the town of The Pas spray park officially started last week and they are making great progress. Davide Novo from The Pas Families Building a Better Community told Arctic Radio News that they hope to have the concrete pad in place by the end of the week and ten days of construction work should get the park operational in time for summer.
You can keep up to date with the construction progress on The Pas Families Building a Better Community Facebook group.
Opaskwayak Cree Nation Chief Christian Sinclair recently conducted a presentation at Red River College.
The Presentation was based on the college’s new program called Cannabis 101, a program for students that want to pursue a career in the cannabis industry.
Sinclair was asked to make the presentation so that he could share the story of how OCN invested in the new industry.
According to Sinclair, OCN is one of the largest private share holders of National Access Cannabis.
Opaskwayak Cree Nation Vice Chief Jennifer Flett and Chief Financial Officer Nicole Mead recently spoke to Arctic Radio about how OCN is doing financially.
Mead says they have had a very exciting year with a lot of success with their business ventures and the community is now on their comprehensive community plan where they listen to the members of OCN and make strategic initiatives around what they have to say.
Mead added that she hopes to see an expansion of infrastructure on OCN in the future and as of now they are continuing to work on their lagoon to increase its capacity so that more houses and commercial buildings can be built.
Maple Bus Lines will begin their Thompson to Winnipeg via The Pas route on November 1st. The line runs Monday to Friday and the bus from Thompson to Winnipeg will leave at 8:15 in the morning, arrive in The Pas at 12:25 in the afternoon and, arrive in Winnipeg at 9:50 in the evening.
The Bus from Winnipeg to Thompson would leave Winnipeg at 7:15 in the morning arrive in The Pas at 4:10 in the Afternoon and finish in Thompson at 8:25 at night.
As of press time it has not been confirmed where the bus will stop in The Pas but they are expected to announce a location soon.
For more information follow Maple Bus Lines on Facebook or visit their website maplebuslines.com
photo courtesy of Facebook
Northern Quebec NDP MP Romeo Saganash says that he is hopeful that the Trudeau Government will follow through on creating a new statutory holiday to remember residential schools.
Saganash spoke to Arctic Radio News during a recent visit to Thompson, and said that while he is hopeful that it will happen, the Liberals have a track record of not delivering on very important promises to Indigenous people.
He said that as a former residential school attendee/ survivor, Canadians need the holiday to learn and educate themselves about residential schools.
Reports came from Ottawa two months ago that a new stat holiday was in the works and would be announced shortly, but nothing has followed as of yet.
Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey recently questioned the Pallister Government on safety in the workplace.
He asked the Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Blaine Pedersen, if he would reverse course and make investments to keep workers safe, adding that the Province has cut the advisory council on workplace health and safety and that workplace health and safety inspections have fallen by sixty percent.
Minister Pederson responded to the question, saying that the government is targeting inspections against those who are most likely to have accidents.
He added that their system is quote far better than trying to have as many inspections as possible with no real purpose.
In Question Period Wednesday and in a letter to Minister Jane Philpott MP Niki Ashton called for an inquiry into the death of Abraham Donkey. She explained Abraham, a 58 year old northern Manitoba heart patient died during a ten hour Greyhound bus trip to see a doctor in Winnipeg ten days after getting heart surgery noting Indigenous Services refused to send him by plane or with an escort.
Ashton stated systemic racism kills, systemic underfunding kills adding Abraham’s family is seeking justice and to ensure this never happens again. She asked will the Minister meet with Abraham’s family and will this government commission an inquiry into this inexcusable tragedy?
Prime Minister Trudeau stated the Department of Indigenous Services is looking into the details of this matter. He added this confirms the need for improved health services designed, managed and delivered by and for Indigenous communities something they will continue to work towards.
The Linkages in Northern Economic Development Conference will be held at the Kikiwak Inn on November 7th and the 8th.
Linkages is a partnership with The University College of The North and the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and the conference will cover economic development strategies for the north.
There are no more spots available for the conference but applications for a waiting list will be accepted until November 2nd. For more information visit ucn linkages dot ca or call 204-391-4419
The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Opasquia times and 102.9 CJAR are accepting nominations for the 2018 Citizen and Business of the year awards and the Long Service Volunteer Award.
The nominations are open to citizens and businesses in The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and The RM of Kelsey.
Nomination forms can be picked up at 102.9 CJAR, Opasquia Times, Shane’s Music, Paperworks Plus, and the Wescana Inn. The forms can be dropped off at any of these locations and the deadline to submit them is November 2nd at 4PM.
The winners will be guests of honor at a luncheon on November 24th. Additional Information and eligibility requirements can be found on the nomination forms.
Kevin Carlson is The Pas Friendship Centres new executive director. Carlson brings a lot of experience to the role as he has been involved with many community organizations like The Pas Kinsmen Club.
Carlson has also done some volunteer work within the communities and he accepted the opportunity to take the role of executive director when the opportunity arose.
Carlson looks forward to working with the friendship centres X Roads Teen Centre a safe place for teenagers to get together to learn some cultural activities and to have fun and he looks forward to working with the upcoming Christmas Hamper Toy Drive.
He concluded by saying he is really excited to work with the communities that the Friendship Centre services and he would like to invite residents to visit the friendship centre at 81 Edwards Avenue to meet the team.
Bell has started to phase out MTS when it comes to mobile devices. Bell MTS spokesperson Andrew Parkinson says that customers will be switched over to a Bell Mobility plan once they upgrade, and that Bell MTS plans will not be available to them.
Parkinson says that the changes will only affect cell phone users, and that there are no changes currently for Bell MTS home phone, internet or TV services.
Bell bought MTS back in March 2017 for almost four billion dollars, and said at the time that they would maintain the then-offered wireless price plans for at least a year.
It’s been just over ten years now since Niki Ashton was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Churchill - Keewatinook Aski.
Ashton recently spoke to Arctic Radio News to reflect on a decade in office and said that it’s been a tremendous honour, and that she’s very proud to represent both her hometown of Thompson and all of northern Manitoba.
She added that it’s been a privilege to work with inspiring northern and indigenous leaders, as well as community members and activists to address key challenges and bring to light opportunities in the region.
Ashton said that there is still a lot of work left to do, and that she in many ways has become more idealistic over the years.
If you’d like to hear from her on her time as an MP, as well as thoughts from both Ashton and northern Quebec NDP MP Romeo Saganash, tune in to Thompson Today on 102.9 CHTM tomorrow 12:40pm and 5:10pm for part one of a two-part interview
Recreational Marijuana is now officially legal across Canada and residents of the tri area will soon able to purchase marijuana at a store at the Otineka Mall on Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
The store which is a partnership with National Access Cannabis and Opaskwayak Cree Nation was set to open today but regulatory approval is still needed in order to open.
The store is set to open sometime in early November and National Access Cannabis will announce an official opening date soon.
MP Niki Ashton was officially nominated last weekend as the NDP candidate for the Churchill Keewatinook Aski riding for the 2019 Federal Election. Ashton has promised to stand up for key issues facing northerners including housing, health care, and good jobs.
She says the government has always left regions like ours behind and we provide a lot of wealth for this country and deserve better.
Ashton will continue visiting across the riding to speak out on the issues that matter.
The Northern Manitoba Sector Council has made arrangements with Chartered Professionals in Human Resources to provide seminars on the legalization of cannabis and the workplace.
The Council’s Executive Director Jamie Grant says there are several questions about the anticipated impact on the culture and safety in the workplace and this workshop is designed to cover topics such as developing an effective drug use policy and how to identify someone under the influence.
There will be seminars held in Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson.
The Seminar in The Pas will be held on November 1st from 9 am to 12 pm at the UCN Cafeteria. To register call the UCN Receptionist at 204-627-8500 extension 3
A new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says that high schools are not properly preparing graduates for work here in Manitoba.
Emily Hayes, a policy analyst with the CFIB who co-authored the report, spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that 61% of Manitoba employers polled said high school grads are not properly prepared for today’s jobs. Of those polled, only 30% said that they were satisfied.
The numbers for those dissatisfied in Manitoba is higher than the Canada-wide figure, which sits at 51%.
According to the report, 50% of employers in Manitoba were either very or somewhat satisfied with how colleges prepare youth for employment (national figure is 51%), while only 31% were satisfied with how universities prepared students (national figure is 51%).
Hayes said that there were two main recommendations from the report, one for high schools and another for government.
When it comes to the schools, she said that they need to do a better job at removing any stigma attached to the trades and traditional “blue collar” jobs, as “the workforce both today and in the future will need tradespeople as much as it needs tech workers and white collar professionals”.
On the government front, Hayes told Arctic Radio News that all levels of government need to address the higher hiring and training costs that small businesses experience when hiring inexperienced workers.
Our Member of Parliament says that she isn’t happy with the way the Pallister Government is dealing with climate change.
Niki Ashton spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that she is “deeply disappointed” by the recent decision to scrap the carbon tax and “ultimately their failure to contribute to a collective agenda on fighting climate change”.
She said that while a carbon tax isn’t the be all and end all as “a wide range of actions and tactic are needed to begin to fight climate change”, she is “very concerned” that “we have a provincial government that isn’t taking climate change seriously”.
When it comes to the Trudeau Government, Ashton says that there is still a lot left to be desired.
Ashton, who has been in office for ten years now, said that one side of their mouth (the Liberals) say their climate leaders, while on the other side they’re spending (our) money on a leaky pipeline. She added that the $4.5B purchase is not contributing to a solution, but rather is contributing to the problem.
Ashton said that northerners know first-hand what climate change looks like, and that as we’re living in increasingly uncertain times now is the time for leaders to step up.
The Precious Pet Kennels helped to prepare around 100 stray dogs over the weekend for their journey to dog rescues in Barrie, Ontario and Calgary.
Dog rescues are organizations that look after stray dogs and prepare them for adoption.
Two volunteers from Winnipeg came to The Pas to transport around 70 dogs back to Winnipeg where they will be looked after before they are sent to the Ontario rescue in Barrie but unfortunately, the Calgary Rescue didn’t show up to pick up the remaining animals.
The dogs need to be removed from the Precious Pet Kennels to make room so they will be kept in portable kennels at a Building owned by the Keewatin Railway until they can find rescues that will take them.
Bonnie Meadows from The Precious Pet Kennels is in need of volunteers to look after these animals.
If you want to volunteer call Meadows at 204-623-3608
The Pas Alliance Church will be participating in Operation Christmas Child again this year. Operation Christmas Child is a project that provides gift filled shoe boxes to children in desperate situations around the world and to remind children in less fortunate and war torn countries that they are loved and not forgotten.
Last year The Pas Alliance Church shipped 322 shoeboxes and this year’s worldwide collection goal is 11 million boxes. Shoe boxes collected in Canada will be sent to countries like Costa Rica, El Salvador, Senegal, and Ukraine to name a few.
The shoe box collection week in The Pas is from November 4th until the 11th and they can be dropped off at The Pas Alliance Church, The Grub Box or, The Pas Regional Library.
For more information Call Pat Tonn at 204-620-6811.
Moose Lake RCMP responded to a report of two overdue boaters on the afternoon of October 14th. At around 2 o clock on Saturday afternoon five fishermen in two boats left Moose Lake and headed towards the Big Island Camp about 10 kilometres southwest of the community but only one boat arrived at the camp.
Several locals went out to look for the two missing fisherman and the RCMP was notified at 4:10 on Sunday afternoon that the missing boat was located and the two males aged 39 and 49 were found dead.
Autopsies are scheduled and the investigation is ongoing.
Opaskwayak Cree Nations Aseneskak Casino has announced that Kelsey Bus Lines
2014 has received approval from The Manitoba Motor Transport Board to conduct
public bus transportation throughout Manitoba effective November 1st.
Passenger routes will include routes previously operated by Greyhound along with
additional routes and the rates will also be similar to the ones offered by
Greyhound. They are also expected to offer freight service once all required
training and equipment is acquired.
The companies buses have been used by schools, sports teams, and various other
agencies and they have also been used to assist in evacuations.
A Councillor candidate forum was held at The UCN campus cafeteria last Thursday evening. Many residents of The Pas attended and they had the opportunity to meet the candidates running for town council and ask them questions. Some of the questions asked by the public included things like:
What can be done to address policing costs, How should the town maintain Wadeluis Drive, and if they supported the rezoning of the Kelsey Glass Building to become an animal shelter.
The rezoning of the Kelsey Glass Building is something that many of the candidates said they are in favour of doing.
Another questions asked was whether or not they support the proposed special service levy, and many of the candidates said that they did not support the current proposed levy.
The election date is October the 24th
Justice Minister Cliff Cullen recently announced that the Manitoba Government has appointed Teresa McDonald as a provincial court Judge to serve in The Pas.
Cullen says it’s an honour to appoint a new provincial court judge that has demonstrated a commitment to Manitoba’s North throughout her career and she has initiated innovations that have improved access to justice in Northern Manitoba.
The official swearing in ceremony is set to take place in the near future.
The election for the Kelsey School Division Board is coming up and there will be a special candidate’s forum tonight at the Kelsey School Division Office Board Room from 6:30 until 7:30.
This will give residents an opportunity to meet the candidates in person and ask them questions.
The forum will be followed by the Kelsey School Divisions Regular board meeting.
The election is on October 24th from 8AM until 8PM and the polling locations are at The Town of The Pas Municipal Office and The Roy H Johnston Arena.
The Pas Kinettes are organizing a special mens night event on November 3rd at the Guy Hall. Teresa Roberts from the Kinettes said that because The Pas Kinsmen organized the ladies night out back in March, the Kinettes decided to organize a night for men
There will be a burger bar, a cash bar, and two hockey games on a big screen. The cost is 50 dollars a ticket and if you want more information or to buy tickets call 204-627-9725 or 204-620-8300.
They will be selling a maximum of 100 tickets.
The Pas RCMP responded to a call of shots fired at a residence on Tremaudan Avenue the morning of October 9th.
Officers arrived on scene and located a 41 year old male victim who had been shot multiple times. The victim was taken to the hospital with serious but non life threatening injuries.
Officers conducted a search of the residence where they located the firearm. There initial investigation determined that two males entered the home and had an altercation when the shots were fired and the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle.
Two suspects were later identified and a warrant for their arrests was issued. Clayton Joshua McKay aged 26, and 33 year old Opaskwayak Cree Nation Resident Ryan Todd Campbell are charged with two counts of uttering threats, along with aggravated assault, robbery with a firearm, discharge of a firearm with intent, and many other criminal code offences.
Anyone with information on the two suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6204 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477
These are the photos of the two suspects.
At the last regular meeting of council The Town of The Pas voted in favour of a variation application for Wuskiwi Sipihk Cree Nation.
This means that the cree nation will be able to rezone their property on Gordon Avenue to a Commercial Central Zone to build a structure that would provide office space along with a corner store.
It is not known when the construction will begin.
The Manitoba RCMP Search and Rescue Team is reminding people to enjoy the outdoors safely this fall and to take necessary precautions when engaging in outdoor activities.
The search and rescue team has already been deployed 24 times as of Tuesday and they have been involved in searches where the missing person was found deceased.
Since the weather changes quickly this time of year you are encouraged to dress for the weather and to bring a survival pack containing food, water, fire starting equipment, and other items to keep you warm.
You are also reminded to tell people where you are going and when you expect to return and bring a GPS and make sure that you know how to use it.
Leah Castel, a young woman from Pukatawagan that murdered her brother Willard Castel two years ago was found guilty of second degree murder in The Pas court Yesterday and was sentenced to life in prison.
She was also charged with aggravated assaulted after stabbing another man. She will be able to apply for parole in 10 years.
Selkirk based Maple Bus Lines has announced one of their routes will include The Pas as a destination.
Originally The Pas would not have been included in their routes until spring of 2019 but the bus is expected to make regular stops in The Pas as early as October 21st.
The stop is part of one of their Thompson to Winnipeg routes. The bus will leave Thompson at 7:55 in the Morning and arrive in Winnipeg at 8:20 in the evening.
The complete timetable for this route has not yet been released and it is not known what time the bus would arrive in The Pas or where the bus will stop.
Maple Bus Lines is one of many transportation companies filling the gap for Greyhound and you can keep up to date with them on Facebook.
Correction: An Earlier Version of This Story Said that Maple Bus Lines was Thompson based when in fact it is based in Selkirk
Septembers monthly mayor reports for The Pas, The RM of Kelsey and Cormorant have been released. The Pas had a total of 135 disturbances of the peace cases, 98 index checks, 85 mischief cases, and 19 assaults.
The RM of Kelsey had 13 Provincial Statutes, 11 Breaches of The Peace, 7 assaults, and 7 mischief cases.
The community of Cormorant had 8 offenses in total.
There will be a special supper at the Riverview in Thompson on October the 13th to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Niki Astons election as MP for The Churchill Keewatinook Aski riding.
The supper will be served at 6 in the evening and MP Romeo Saganash will be the keynote speaker.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 204-620-0404.
University College of The North is holding an Industry Engagement Night at their campus in The Pas November 6th.
Their Cooperative Education Coordinator Krystle Paskaruk says it offers UCN students the opportunity to meet one on one with as many employers as possible. She explains when she speaks about the Industry Engagement Nights she encourages them to go out and meet people, get some names, get some telephone numbers and get themselves connected to the future.
She adds there’s an opportunity for them to have meaningful conversations with employers and industry partners about career pathways, how to get their foot in the door, what kind of training they need, what a day in the life of this career looks like and really start some meaningful dialogue to advance them in their career path.
The event takes place November 6th from 5 to 7 at The Pas UCN campus as well as in Thompson on the 8th. Registration for interested employers is required by October 19th by contacting Krystle at 204-627-8557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week is fire prevention week and The Pas’ acting Fire Chief Randy Manych spoke to Arctic Radio to give some important fire prevention tips.
People are also reminded to practice evacuation drills in case there is a fire in your home and to have enough working smoke alarms.
This year’s fire prevention week theme is “Look, Listen and Learn. Be Aware Fire Can Happen Anywhere.”
You can learn more about fire safety at The Pas Fire Departments open house tonight from 5 until 7.
Another important fire safety tip is to close the door to your bedroom when you go to sleep to slow the spread of fire and to stop harmful gases from getting into the room.
You are also reminded to keep items away from heat sources and to never leave cooking unattended.
This year’s fire prevention week theme is “Look, Listen and Learn. Be Aware Fire Can Happen Anywhere.”
You can learn more about fire safety at The Pas Fire Departments open house tonight from 5 until 7.
The Thompson RCMP are looking for a missing teen who may have traveled to The Pas. The RCMP received a report on October 2nd that 16 year old Kelly John Castel was missing. He was last seen at his residence on McGill Place in Thompson on September 27th.
Castel is 5 foot 9, 135 pounds, and he was last seen wearing a black hoodie with stripes and carrying a grey backpack.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Earlier this week Opaskwayak Cree Nation had a flag raising ceremony at their Indian Days Park. OCN Chief Christian Sinclair says it was a historic day and a day of pride for the community as the flag identified Opaskwayak Cree Nations sovereignty.
Around 400 people attended the ceremony where they had drumming, prayers, and the singing of the honor song by the little Mihikanak Drum group and the Canadian anthem sung in Cree by the Joe A Ross School Choir.
The flag has OCN’s logo on it that features many symbols that represent different elements of Cree Culture.
On October 12th The Pas Precious Pet Kennels will be having a “before the snow files rescue” to help prepare two to three hundred stray dogs from The Pas and area for adoption.
Bonnie Meadows from The Pas Precious Pet Kennels says she needs all the help she can get and she also needs donations of cleaning supplies, food for the dogs, and money donations.
If you would like to volunteer to assist these rescued animals or to provide The Pas Precious Pet Kennels with the much need donations please call 204-623-3608.
On September 26th The Flin Flon RCMP executed a search warrant under the criminal code of Canada and the controlled drugs and substances act at a residence on Princess Boulevard.
The police seized 12 long barrelled firearms, a large sum of Canadian money, 3 kilograms of cannabis, 3 kilograms of cannabis edibles, and 3 kilograms of cannabis jam.
The Police arrested 36 year old Andrew Lyle Wotton at the scene and he was remanded into custody.
He was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of unsafe storage of a firearm, trafficking a controlled substance, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of property obtained by crime, production of a controlled substance, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
Theatre 53 is having auditions for their production on Neil Simons The Odd Couples female version on October 16th at the Westminster United Churches CE wing.
The auditions will begin at 7PM and the cast consists of 6 females and 2 males.
For more information call Barbara Shaw-Ings at 204-623-0717
The plays performance dates are April 11th until the 13th of 2019.
The Sam Waller Museum is having a paint workshop for tweens on October the 19th from 2 until 4 in the afternoon.
The workshop is being taught by Megan Trowell and students will learn how to create a beautiful painting.
The workshop is open to youth aged 8-12 and the registration fee is 20 dollars each.
For more information call the Sam Waller Museum at 204-623-3802. The maximum number of participants is 12.
The Town of The Pas’s Mayor Electoral Forum was held on Monday evening at the UCN Cafeteria. The forum gave residents the opportunity to meet the four candidates running for mayor and to ask questions.
A fair amount of residents were present at the forum and many of them had some good questions for the candidates like what they would do with the paper mills tax dollars or how they would clean up the downtown area if they got elected.
The four candidates running for mayor are Johanna McLaughlin, Herb Jaques, Brain Roque, and Mayor Jim Scott is seeking re-election.
The election date is October the 24th.
The final results of the 2018 smile cookie campaign are in. Tim Horton’s restaurants across Canada raised a record of almost 7.8 Million dollars this year in smile cookie sales that will go towards local charities and other community programs.
This year The Pas and area raised a total of $13,440 for The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group to build a spray park for The Pas.
Since the smile cookie campaign started in 1996 to raise funds for the Hamilton Children’s Hospital it has expanded to support over 500 charities and community programs nationwide.
Tim Horton’s president stated in a news release that the smile cookie campaign highlights not just the power of a smile but the amazing generosity of Canadians.
A union is saying that they want a coroner’s inquest done following a train derailment that killed one of its members.
Teamsters says that they have written to Manitoba’s Chief medical examiner asking for the inquest as the 38-year-old conductor who lost his life after paramedics weren’t allowed near the site for nine and a half hours.
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference vice-president Roland Hackl says that their hope is that an inquest will shed light on how this incident could have been prevented, and at the very least how to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
The derailment took place on September 15th near Ponton.
Niki Ashton is once again pushing Ottawa for action on housing in First Nations communities.
Our local Member of Parliament, who will shortly be celebrating a decade as our elected representative, recently spoke in the House of Commons about a visit she made to Red Sucker Lake over the summer. She said that she met a mother who told her she was happy that it was summer, as it meant that she could stay in her partially tarp-covered, bathroom-less house.
Ashton then asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau why his government is failing First Nations people across the country and failing to act on the housing crisis that Canada is facing.
The Prime Minister responded by saying that his Liberal government is pushing forward with their $40B national housing strategy to ensure that “more Canadians have affordable and safe places to live”.
Opsakwayak Cree Nations Child and Family Services is running “Nature calls a Walk in the Bush” on October 9th and the 10th. The two main purposes of the walk are nature therapy and relationship building.
The event will be at the OCN arbor site rain or shine from 6 until 8:30 in the evening. If you have any more questions or if you would like to sign up please call 204-627-7157.
A sign language course will be taught at The Pas Friendship Centre beginning on Thursday October 18th from 7-9PM and the course will continue to run Thursdays at the same time.
If enough people sign up it will also be held on Saturdays from 1 until 3 in the afternoon.
The course is being taught by Janice Morrish, a hearing impaired person who has a lot of experience using sign language.
If you are interested you can sign up at The Pas Friendship Centre or by calling 204-627-7506.
Another bus company has stepped forward to help fill the void when Greyhound packs up shop.
Maple Bus Lines, whose main office is located in Selkirk, will be offering trips between Thompson and Winnipeg daily Sunday through Thursday.
There will also be a route in service between Thompson and Cross Lake come November, with plans to expand service to include The Pas in 2019.
Maple Bus Lines says that their buses are equipped with washrooms, and their Thompson to Winnipeg route will leave at nine p-m, with arrival in Winnipeg scheduled for before six a-m.
Photo Courtesy of Facebook
This week is Canada’s national Breastfeeding week and the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre is having a breastfeeding contest.
The contest is open to all breastfeeding moms and the contest works by having mothers share their breast feeding stories and to give two reasons why they feel that breastfeeding is important for a growing baby on the Beatrice Wilson Health Centres Facebook page.
You can post a video or write a post to tell your story. The contest will run until this Friday. Call Kristen Burns at 204-627-7410 for more information.
Community members recently took time out of there day to paint a pride crosswalk on Cathedral Avenue near the Roy H Johnston Arena only for the paint to be washed out shortly afterwards.
It has been reported that there are plans to find some paint that won’t wash away and repaint the crosswalk sometime next spring.
The project was first coordinated by Terry McKellep and she was inspired to give The Town of The Pas a pride crosswalk after the town of Flin Flon painted one.
Niki Ashton says relief is the only way to describe the reaction to the announcement that a new northern led consortium will be taking over the Hudson Bay rail line and the port of Churchill. Relief because it means that repairs will be made to the rail line, because it means the port can reopen and because Omnitrax will no longer be able to hold the community of Churchill and the government of Canada to ransom. She says what we saw with Churchill and the rail line was the result of a disastrous privatization by the Liberal government in 1997.
Ashton adds it makes no sense to privatize strategic assets like Churchill. At a time when the federal government is looking at doing much the same with airports and other transportation infrastructure we need to recognize the degree to which privatization has failed in the past. She concludes the true credit for what has happened does not go to the federal government it goes to Churchill and the Northern First Nations that worked to find a solution.
Recently, members of The Pas Citizens on Patrol took time to clean up graffiti at Devon Park. Paulette Aamont the newly elected COPP coordinator says that members of the local COPP patrol the community to looking for graffiti and if they find any they cover it with paint.
She added that it’s part of their mandate to keep the community clean. If you find any graffiti here in town you are asked to report it by calling 204-620-1369.
Linda Geswin and Sandra Anderson from The Pas and Area Animal Shelter spoke to Arctic Radio News recently where they announced that they have negotiated the purchase of the Kelsey Glass building for an animal shelter in The Pas.
The Pas and Area Animal Shelter is waiting on the town to approve a zoning amendment application for the building because it is not zoned to accommodate an animal shelter at this time.
The application passed its first reading at the regular meeting of council on Monday night and it is expected to go through its second and third readings at the next meeting on October 9th
Photo Courtesy of Facebook
A public hearing was held at The Town of The Pas Regular meeting of council on Monday night regarding a rezoning application for a property owned by Wuskiwi Sipihk First Nation.
The First nations plan is to rezone their property on Gordon Avenue to a commercial central zone to build a structure that would provide office space along with a convenience store or a pharmacy.
No members of the public attended to voice their support or concerns and the town is expected to vote on this application at the next meeting on October 9th.
There will be a mayor electoral forum for The Town of The Pas at the UCN Cafeteria on October 1st from 7 until 10 at night. This is an opportunity for The Pas residents to meet the candidates running for mayor and to find out what they have planned if they are elected.
Those participating will also have the chance to ask the candidates questions.
The Candidates running for mayor for The Town of The Pas are Herb Jacques, Johanna McLaughlin, Brain Roque, and incumbent mayor Jim Scott.
The doors to the forum open at 6:30
The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter will be starting their Donate a Meal campaign next month.
They will be asking people to provide meals for the people at the shelter by either donating funds needed to prepare a meal or to prepare a meal themselves. This will alleviate some of the stress on the shelters financial operations.
If you are interested in taking part in the Donate a Meal Campaign you can call Chad Zolinski at 204-627-9092.
The Shelter will also be switching to their winter hours on October 1st. The shelter will be operating from 8PM until 8AM.
Last week was The Tim Horton’s Smile cookie week and this year the local Tim Horton’s raised a total of $13,440 breaking last year’s record of $10,600 dollars.
All proceeds will go to The Pas families building a Better Community Group to Build a Spray Park for The Pas.
The construction is expected be begin soon and the spray park is set to be operational by next summer. The spray park is being built at Centennial Park and you can keep up to date with The Pas Families BBC on their Facebook page.
Dianne Sanderson from the OCN Tim Horton’s would like to thank the staff and all those that took part in the smile cookie campaign this year.
Aurora House held the walk a mile in her shoes at the Otineka Mall on September 20th. The event involved men walking around the mall in high heels in an effort to put a stop to gender based violence.
The walk had a total of 18 regular participants plus 24 OCN Blizzard players and those that took part in the walk also raised $2,893 worth of pledges to go towards Aurora House’s programming and client research.
Aurora House workers would like to thank those that participated in the walk.
The Town of The Pas is participating in the 2018 Fall Cleanup Campaign which runs from October 15th to the 19th and they will be providing trucks for those that have unwanted items on their properties. The town is encouraging everyone to take part in the campaign and to have their properties cleaned.
People are reminded that, ashes, sod, dog waste, and material from dismantled structures and construction waste will not be collected and be sure to have your waste put outside prior to the pickup.
You are aslo reminded to ensure that all waste is protected from wind and animals and to place it in disposable containers.
A complete list of rules and more information can be found at the town of the community updates Facebook page.
The University College of the North is having a sisters in spirit walk of hope on October the 4th at 5PM.
The walk will begin at the OCN Blizzard office at the GLMC and they will make their way to UCN The Pas Campus.
There will also be a gathering at the UCN Mamawechetotan Centre with guest speakers and refreshments.
The run will take place rain or shine and everyone is welcome to participate.
For more information call Michelle Ballantyne at 204-627-8517.
The painting of the pride crosswalk for the town of The Pas will now be happening tomorrow at 1PM at the crosswalk located at Cathedral Avenue near the Roy H Johnston Arena. Everyone is welcome to help out with the painting and the road will be closed during the painting and drying.
The painting was originally scheduled for September 9th but was postponed due to bad weather.
The 2018 School Board Trustee election is up and coming and Edith Sexsmith of Ward 2 and Jennifer Olinyk of Ward 3 have already won by acclamation.
Vaughn Wadelius will be seeking re-election for Ward One and five other candidates are running for the same position. They are Amy Hopper, Kerri Huculak, Sharian Jones, Carole Reimer, and Trevor Yahnke.
The election is October 24th from 8AM-8PM at The Town of The Pas office and Roy H Johnston Arena
The Candidates for The RM of Kelsey election have been released. Reeve Rod Berezowecki, Larry Johnston of Ward 6, Neil Scott of Ward 2, and all three LUD Cranberry Portage Committee members have already been re-elected by acclamation. The other candidates running in this year’s election include:
Ward One: Wayne Anderson and Jarret Berezowecki
Ward Three: Bruce McLean, Bently Gluska, and Armand LeSann
Ward Four: Kelvin Dionne and James Berscheid
Ward Five: Peter Bieker and Douglas McKenzie.
The advanced polls will be on October 17th from 8AM until 8PM at The Pas’s RM of Kelsey Office for residents of all wards and at the LUD Cranberry Portage Office for Ward 5 residents only.
The election day is October the 24th from 8AM until 8PM at the Kelsey Office for residents of Wards 1, 3, and, 4, The Wanless Community Hall for Wanless Ward 4 residents only, and the Cranberry Portage Legion Hall for Ward 5 residents only.
The University College of The North recently announced the creation of The Centre for indigenous Community Development.
The goal of this centre is to help indigenous and northern communities to develop economically, socially, and culturally.
Former MKO Grand Chief Sheila North will be leading the new centre and she is excited to be leading this new initiative.
Ms North has been recognized for her efforts in building bridges between indigenous and non indigenous communities.
The Manitoba Personalized Lifestyle Research Program is looking to recruit 800 people from Manitoba to take part in a new study that they are conducting.
The study is set to look at how genetics and lifestyle interact to influance the development of chronic diseases.
Anyone that is 30-46 years of age and has lived in Manitoba for at least five years are eligible to take part in the study
For more information call 204-480-1042
The Manitoba Government will be mailing employment and income assistance for October early to avoid being delayed by a possible Canada Post Strike on September 26th.
Manitobans that receive payments or benefits by direct deposit will not be affected and due dates for provincial tax returns will remain the same.
If you need more information or if you have any questions about the provincial governments plan
Call 1-866-626-4862 or visit manitoba.ca/notice
Recently The Pas and Area Recycling Centre have had to pay extra to transport recycling out of town to get processed. They used to pay 45 dollars per metric ton and now they have to pay 110 dollars per metric ton due to rising costs of certain materials.
Workers at the recycling centre have started sorting out the materials before they are sent out in order to cut the costs.
Marjorie Greenwood the manager of the recycling centre does not expect residents to sort their own recycling but she says it would be nice if they did.
The Otineka Mall will be getting a new Marijuana Store in the near future. The set date for marijuana legalization in Canada is October 17th and the plan is to have the store open on the legalization date.
The store will be located beside North of 53 Paperwork’s plus where the old Bargain Shop Store used to be.
Ginger Martin, the CEO of the Paskwayak Business Development Corporation hopes that the business will be successful and she hopes it will improve economic development on the first nation.
The business is a partnership between National Access Cannabis and Opsakwayak Cree Nation.
The Tim Horton’s smile cookie campaign is underway and on the first day $1,075 dollars raised in cookie sales at the OCN Tim Horton’s location.
Proceeds from smile cookie sales will go towards the spray park for The Pas. If would like to order cookies you can find order forms on The Pas Families Building a Better Community Facebook page.
If you would like to volunteer to make the Smile Cookies at the Grub Box message Jodie Madden on Facebook.
The Opaskwayak Educational Authority is planning to update the information that they have on the students that attend their schools to update their records.
On September 21st OEA staff will be going door to door visiting members of OCN to provide updates on their children that are attending OEA schools.
The OEA is required to provide the government with accurate information on students. If you have any questions call OEA’s Director of Education Bev Fontaine at 204-627-7480.
The candidates for mayor and council for The Town of The Pas’s 2018 election have been announced. Mayor Jim Scott will be seeking re-election as mayor and Herb Jacques, Brain Roque, and Johanna McLachlan will be running against him.
Councillors Crystal Krost, Chad Zolinski, and Margaret Commodore have also announced that they will be seeking re-election.
As of press time the other registered candidates for council are Andre Murphy, Roland LaSann, Bill Ward, Trevor Lane, Carrie Atkinson, Joanie Snyder, Larry Forster, and Ivan Young.
The annual Northern Chambers of Commerce meeting took place in Flin Flon over the weekend.
Dianne Russell, past president of the Flin Flon Chamber of Commerce, spoke to Arctic Radio News about what was on the agenda.
She said that they discussed the federal funding announcement for the new Churchill rail line owners, as well as how tourism connects to economic development.
The meeting was attended by chamber members from Flin Flon, The Pas, Swan Valley as well as Thompson.
Last years’ meeting was held in Thompson, and there is not yet a location for next year.
The Pas Precious Pet Kennels and some animal rescue groups from Winnipeg worked really hard this past Sunday to help prepare 84 homeless dogs for adoption. The dogs were all strays from The Pas and Area, Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, Moose Lake, and Pukatawagan and they were all transported to Winnipeg.
The dogs that were transported to Winnipeg were also transported to Sudbury, Ontario where they will be sent to rescue groups that will rehabilitate the dogs to ensure they are vaccinated and healthy before they are adopted.
Bonnie Meadows from The Pas Precious Pet Kennels said it felt good to help these animals and if you want to hear more about the amazing work that The Pas Precious Pet Kennels has done you can hear Meadows on the morning wake up this Thursday at 8:15 here on CJAR.
The Town of The Pas has announced that there will be a public hearing regarding the proposed six hundred dollar per parcel of land special service levy with the goal of using the money to pay a portion of the costs of police services for The Town of The Pas.
This is not an additional levy it is simply a reworking of how the municipal taxes would be collected. The public hearing is scheduled for November 26th at 6PM at the Municipal Building. Letters regarding this proposed levy can be submitted to The Pas Municipal Building.
More information on the hearing can be found at Town of The Pas Community Updates Facebook page and the towns website townofthepas.ca
The RCMP Monthly Crime Statistics for the month of August have been released. The town of The Pas had mostly disturbances of the peace cases 117 in total, along with 79 mischief cases, 61 index checks, 29 assaults, and various other offenses.
The RM of Kelsey had mostly provincial traffic violations a total of 70, as well as 20 provincial statues, 19 mischief cases, 7 disturbances of the peace, 4 assaults, and 3 break and enters.
The community of Cormorant had 3 disturbances of the peace cases, 2 mischief cases, 2 mental health act cases, 1 missing person and 1 case of theft.