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The 2017 Voyagers Rendezvous Canoe Race began in Rocky Mountain House Alberta on July First and they finished in The Pas area 23 days later.

 

Event Coordinator Cathy Schwengler says the race was inspired by a similar canoe race that took place on Canada’s 100th anniversary. The paddlers received a warm welcome from the residents of Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

 

All of the paddlers were indigenous and Schwengler believes that they were ambassadors for their communities that spread positive messages for indigenous people across the country.

 

The canoe teams paddled a total 1600 kilometers and visited a total 21 communities. Schwengler would like to thank the Opaskwayak Cree Nation for their hospitality.

 

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The Pas and Area Animal Shelter Incorporated has been working for seven months fundraising and planning for a new animal shelter in The Pas. The goal of having an animal shelter will help to combat the number of stray pets in the community.

 

Member Lorraine Mcintosh says the organization is trying to decide whether they will build a new building for the Animal Shelter or purchase a building from one of three business owners that are willing to sell their buildings. 

 

The organization will meet again next week and Mcintosh hopes they will make their final decision.

 

Photo Courtesy of Facebook

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The Pas Alliance Church is running the Mysteries inc. In Search of the Truth Day Camp from July 31st until August 4th. The camp features bible stories, games, and snacks and it will run each day from 1:00-2:30PM. The camp is free and is open to children aged 5-12. Call Pastor Randy Smith at 623-3742 for more information.

 

Photo Courtesy of Facebook

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The Opaskwayak Cree Nation recently issued a public statement regarding the recent acts of violence in the community.

 

According to a news release there are vulnerable persons in the community and elders require the communities support and assistance in protection.

 

Community members are reminded not to intervene if acts of violence are occurring as this is a risk to personal safety.

 

Acts of violence or our suspicious activity should be reported by calling 911 or the RCMP at 204-627-6200.

 

You can also contact Joan Niquinicappo at 204-627-7161 if you have any suggestions for community groups.

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There will be a boat parade at Clearwater Lake on August 6th as part of The Pas Homecoming 2017 Celebrations.  People that have boats and sea doo’s are invited to decorate them take part in the parade. Participants are asked to bring their boats to camper’s cove by 1:45 on August 6th.

 

The parade will start at camper’s cove and follow the shoreline to pioneer bay.

If you need more information or if you want to register your boat you can call Wally’s Place at 624-5005

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Last Week,The Pas Mayor Jim Scott had a meeting with RCMP Staff Sergeant Brent Mattice. Scott says the meeting was called over concerns that there may be an arsonist in town. Despite all of the recent fires the RCMP is very certain that there is no arsonist in The Pas.

 

They aslo talked about the traffic service in the community. A few years ago a deal was negotiated where the traffic services division in Cranberry Portage was to transfer to The Pas. The main reason behind the transfer is the policing rates are the highest expense that the town pays for, just under three million dollars a year.

 

Scott hopes increase the number of members assigned to traffic services in The Pas.    

Overall Mayor Scott had a good meeting with sergeant Mattice

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A Terry Fox Run is set to take place here in The Pas On September 17th at The Pas Recreation and Wellness Centre. Registration begins at 1PM and the run begins at 1:30.

 

Pledge forms can be picked up at the rec centre. Visit terryfox.org to learn more about the terry fox foundation.

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The Pas Homecoming has almost 200 people signed up and there is still time to register. People that sign up have a chance to win a framed photograph of the pas and area. You can register by emailing The Pas homecoming 2017 at outlook dot com or by picking up a registration form at Pineview Reality.

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The Metal Mel Memorial Run and Poker Derby takes place tomorrow in memory of Mel Burgera.  The run begins at Kens Shell Service at 4PM and participants are asked to show up at 3:30 to register. The event will take place rain or shine and all proceeds will go towards The Palliative Care Program. For more information call Keith Burgera at 1-413-229-3067.

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The Town of The Pas crews will be conducting maintenance today and tomorrow at the 300 block on Paul Avenue and the 200 and 300 block of Bell Avenue. The water will be shut down during work hours and residents living in the area have been notified.

Residents are asked to drive carefully around the construction zone.

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NDP labour critic Tom Lindsey is urging premier Pallister to start working with the federal government, the City of Churchill and the surrounding communities to take over the rail line to Churchill before it is too late to make repairs.

 

Lindsey believes that if these delays continue Churchill and other northern communities will face economic disaster and residents will face great personal hardships as supplies become more expensive and difficult to obtain.

 

Omnitrax said that there is a very narrow window left this summer for repairs to be completed.

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The Manitoba NDP leadership race will feature two outstanding candidates for party leadership that will square off in debates across the province.

 

Provincial Secretary and Leadership Election Officer Keith Bellamy said in a news release that Steve Ashton and Wab Kinew represent clear options to lead the party.

 

The Leadership 2017 forums started in Brandon on the 18th. The next meetings take place in Gimli today, Thompson on July 24th and Winnipeg on July 26th.

 

The forums will be broadcast through the parties Facebook page and posted afterwards at youtube.com/NDP Manitoba.

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The Town of The Pas held a special meeting on Monday to make sure that everyone is heading in the same direction regarding the ongoing issues with Grace lake Airport.

 

According to The Pas Major Jim Scott The Provincial Government announced in April they were ceasing there funding for The Grace Lake Airport that would eventually result in the airports closure.

 

Shortly after the announcement Missinippi Air asked for a letter of support on their effort to take over the ownership of Grace lake Airport and they were offering up the opportunity to mediate, so that both airports in The Pas could be seen in a viable and positive way.

 

Scott went on to say that the town hopes that the mediation can take place sooner or later, because they do not want to displace anyone or have people lose jobs. They want to ensure that The Pas Airport is no longer in a situation where it is losing money.

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A letter from the OCN Blizzard Board was discussed at last weeks committee of the whole meeting at The Pas Town Hall. The letter stated that the OCN Blizzard Board met with council to talk about the status of the Junior A Team.

 

The Blizzard asked if the Town would allow them to hold two games at the Roy H Johnston Arena, and they requested if they could provide in-kind memberships for players to practice at the Wellness Centre. A resolution to grant the team these requests is expected to be passed at the next council meeting on August 16th.

 

Last winter the OCN Blizzard was notified that they would close at the end of the season and The Town of The Pas provided the team with a five thousand dollar donation towards their annual operations.

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A culture camp is being held at Egg Lake North of OCN from July 25th until the 27th. The bus will leave at Tim Hortons at 8AM daily and camp will start with an opening prayer. The camp will feature drum making water teachings, music workshops, sweat lodges, and more. For more information call 627-7157.

 

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The Pas and Area Animal Shelter has started an online art auction to raise funds for the Animal Shelter. There are all kinds of art and photographs to bid on while you support a good cause. You can go to the online auction at tpaas2017.eflea.ca The auction ends on July 28th at 8PM.

 

Photo From: https://tpaas2017.eflea.ca/

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The Pas Community Renewal Corporation began their Get Caught in Motion Challenge on July 14th and it will wrap up on October 14th.  TPCRC will be looking for people on the streets doing something physically active for a chance to win a great prize.

 

If you see someone doing physically activities that promote health you can nominate that person at 623-4269 or tpcrc.dev@live.com.

 

The challenge is open to Residents of The Pas, OCN and The RM of Kelsey.

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The monthly mayor reports for the month of June have been released. The Pas saw a Total of 152 disturbance of The peace cases, 28 cases of assault, 31 provincial traffic violations, 31 cases of theft, 45 mischief offenses, 24 missing persons, and 100 prisoners held.

 

The community of Cormorants offence rate was relatively low with only 6 offences committed all together. Most offences committed in The RM of Kelsey were provincial traffic violations, 55 in total.

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Early last Friday Morning, The Pas Fire Department responded to a structure Fire on Constant Avenue. Fire crews received the call around one in the morning and they were able to contain the blaze to one bedroom.

 

Chief Fire Prevention Officer Randy Manych stated that the house was in bad shape and has been vacant for quite some time. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

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The Pas Slo Pitch League will be having three games starting at 6:30 PM. Team T Plays the Stompers at Arena 1. The Fireballs face Tipsy 10 at Centennial Field, and The Paperworks Pounders take on the Alloettes at Kinsmen Field.

 

At 8PM the Hits and Giggles Play the Master Batters at Arena 1, The OCN Jac’s play the Balls Deep at Centennial Field, and the Blue Jays play the Son’s of P’s at Kinsmen Field.

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The Pas Community Development Corporation report was brought before town council at Wednesday night’s council meeting. The corporation is funded almost exclusively by The Town of the Pas and they are required to give an update on what is going on within the organization twice a year.

 

Mayor Jim Scott says they gave some information about the work they did during the scare last year at mill and they talked about hiring someone to work with the destination marketing group.

 

The corporation is also planning to send a letter of support to Missinippi Air to remain at Grace Lake Airport and to operate there.

 

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A public hearing was held at The Pas Town Hall on Wednesday night regarding a variation application submitted by Michael O’Rourke for Michael’s Corner Store. O’Rourke is hoping to get a drive way entrance for a Tim Hortons drive thru at the corner store.  O’Rourke has been working on this plan for the past 16 months with the town.

 

One resident voiced her concern about the variation saying that it could lead to increased traffic putting people’s safety at risk. The application is expected to be brought up again at next month’s council meeting.

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A variation application for 330 Fischer Avenue was passed at town council on Wednesday night. The application was submitted by Michael O’ Rourke and he will now be able to operate four parking spots on the property.  O'Rourke plans to start redevelopment of the building soon. There will be 1500 square feet on the bottom floor of the building and there will also be a couple of two bedroom apartments on the top floor.

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The Town of The Pas Public Works Department will be turning off the water main on the 200 and 300 block of Edwards Avenue for repairs today and tomorrow.  The water main will be turned off around 7:15AM and is expected to be restored 4PM on both days. The town is recommending that you turn off your water heater until the repairs have been completed.

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Early Monday morning the OCN Fire Department received a call of a possible structural fire at The Old K Centre Building. The fire crews arrived to find a fire at the back of the building and they had the fire out in a few minutes.

 

Fire Chief Gordon Lathlin said there was residue on the concrete of a flammable liquid, which may have been a contributing cause of the fire.

 

The Old K Centre building is being used for storing housing equipment. The investigation is ongoing.

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Danny Halpin, from The Pas Kinsmen Club will be will running a marathon Called “Marathon for CF” on August 13th in Saint John, New Brunswick. The goal is to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis.

 

Halpin got the idea for the Marathon after hearing an inspirational speech at The District Convention by a young man from The Pas with Cystic Fibrosis.

 

The Marathon is 42 kilometers which Halpin estimates will take him 3 hours and 10 to 20 minutes. You can keep up to date with Halpin at the Marathon for CF Facebook page or you can track is progress at thepaskinsmen.com.

 

 

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The Roy H Johnson arena is having the annual Kelsey Recreation kids carnival on July 29th from 1 until 5 PM at The Roy H Johnston arena. The event will feature all kinds of children’s activities for children to take part in.

 

For more information you can call the Kelsey Rec Centre at 627-1134.

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Bonnie Meadows, from The Pas Precious Pet Kennels is still looking for people to sign up for the Hudson Reykdall Mobile Clinic. The program is run by Dr. Keri Hudson Reykdal and provides spaying and neutering for pets belonging to low income pet owners. So far, only three people have registered and at least fifty people are needed.

 

Bonnie hopes to have the clinic at the Kennels from September 14th to the 15th. She is also in need of at least 10 volunteers to help with the dogs at the clinic. The cost is 100 dollars for a male pet and 125 dollars for a female.

 

If you would like to be a volunteer or to register for the clinic you can stop by the Precious Pet Kennels at 4 Meadows Road or you can call Bonnie at 623-3608.

 

Photo from: http://www.hudsonreykdalvet.ca/

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The annual CJAR Million Dollar Hole in One Event runs from July 11th till the 15th from 12PM till 9PM and on July 16th from 11AM until 3PM.

 

Proceeds will go towards the golf club and the curling club here in The Pas. Today is the last day to get early bird tickets for 15 dollars which can be purchased at the Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Club and Shane’s Music.

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The Pas’s 9th Annual Street Festival takes place on August 5th. Registrations are now open for vendors that wish to take part in the festival. To sign up you can find a registration sheet at The Pas Community Renewal Corporations Facebook Page.

 

For more information call 204-623-4269 or email tpcrc.dev@live.com

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The Pas Town Centre Hotel has burnt to a total loss in this morning’s fire. According to a report from The Canadian Press, firefighters responded to a report of a garbage fire around 3AM next to the hotel, before dealing with a grass fire near the establishment a couple of hours later.

 

There are no reports of any injuries and CJAR will continue to provide updates as the information comes in.

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A fire has fully engulfed the oldest hotel in The Pas. The Town Centre Hotel fire started around 4 o'clock this morning and fire fighters and the RCMP are on site. The police have set up road blocks in a two block radius of the hotel and they are asking residents to stay away from the area until further notice.

 

The cause of the blaze is not yet known. 102.9 CJAR will bring you updates as they become available.

 

Correction: An Earlier Version of this Story had the name of the hotel misspelled.

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The Pas Homecoming is set to run from August 5th and the 6th at The Roy H Johnson Arena.  President Chairmen Jim Lamontagne says 104 people signed up for the homecoming but they are still in need of volunteers.

 

For more information you can call Jim Lamontagne at 204-623-6100. Registration forms can be found online at The Pas Homecoming 2017 Facebook Page or at www.thepascommunity.com

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The Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay for the 2017 Canada Summer Games will be coming through The Pas and OCN on July 10th. After being nominated to be torch barrier by town councilor Chad Zolinski, The Pas Mayor Jim Scott was chosen to carry the torch. Mayor Scott is very excited for this opportunity of a lifetime.

 

The torch relay is expected to start at 10:30 AM at the OCN Arbor and will wrap up at The Pas Manitoba Hydro Building. The 2017 Canada Summer Games are being held in Winnipeg from July 28th until August 13th.

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This year’s Canada 150 celebrations were a big success here in The Pas. The events included a parade, a flag raising ceremony, fireworks, and a free family screening of Despicable Me 3 at Lido Theatre.

 

Parade participants had the opportunity to win awards for their floats. The winners this year are: Great North GM for the best theme float, Pride for the best decorated float, The best marching group award went to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19; The Sanderson Family won for the best decorated ATV, and the best decorated bike awards went to Azerielle and Anaka.

 

The Pas Community Renewal Corporation would like to thank all sponsors and volunteers that helped to make this year’s Canada Day celebrations a success.

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Missinippi Airways has set up donation bins at three stores in The Pas for people to leave non-perishable food items for the Town of Churchill’s food bank.

 

The donation bins can be found at Giant Tiger, Extra Foods and the Grub Box.  The airline has already made one trip and they plan to make their next delivery run to Churchill in a few days.

 

Rail transport to the Northern Manitoba community has been affected by flooding of the rail line.

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NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton recently visited The Pas and Opaskwayak Cree Nation.  Ashton was invited to speak to a group of young OCN leaders and had the chance to listen to their priorities’ and concerns.

 

She also stopped by The Pas and met with MLA Amanda Lathlin who Ashton says has been advocating strongly for The Pas Constituency and the North.

 

Ashton will be visiting London, Ontario later this week and she will be taking part in the next leadership debate in Saskatoon on July 11th.

 

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The Wescana Inn is holding the first “Raise the Woof” comedy night on July 14th. The event will include a 50/50 draw, celebrity items, a penny parade, and a chance to win a limited edition print donated by Robert Bateman.

 

Tickets will be available for sale today at the Grub Box from 4PM to 6PM. They can also be purchased at The Wescana Inn, The Pas Library, Northern Vet Clinic, and Shane’s in OCN.

The event runs from 8-11 PM and all proceeds will go towards The Pas and Area Animal Shelter.

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Last Week, Growth Enterprise and Trade Minister responsible for the Office of the fire commissioner Cliff Cullen, announced that The Manitoba government is working to update regulations for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes.

 

Cullen stated in a press release that they look forward to hearing from Manitobans as they work to modernize outdated permit and inspection requirements while reducing administration burdens associated with enforcement rules.

 

The OFC has prepared a discussion paper on the proposed change. The paper can be found online at www.firecomm.gov.mb.ca.

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Last Week, NDP Families Critic Nahanni Fontaine stated that the Pallister government should guarantee supports for children with special needs and not cut them.

 

The Pallister Government recently halted funding to the child care inclusion support program during a review only to restore it after a lot of pressure from parents and families.

 

Fontaine said in a news release that Manitobans have spoken strongly and supports for vulnerable children are off limits to this government’s agenda.

 

The province recently signed a federal agreement that will bring millions of dollars for Manitoba Child Care.

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Bonnie Meadows, from The Pas Precious Pets Kennel is hoping to have a low income mobile spay and neuter clinic called the Hudson Reykdal Mobile Clinic come to The Pas to provide spaying and neutering for low income pet owners.

 

The mobile clinic will be in Flin Flon on September 12th and the 13th and Meadow wants them to come to The Pas from September 14th to the 15th.

 

The clinic is run by doctor Dr. Keri Hudson Reykdal and she needs at least 50 people to register. If you wish to sign up or if you want more information call Bonnie meadows at, 623-3608.

 

It is not yet confirmed if the clinic will be coming or not.

 

Photo Coutest of: http://www.hudsonreykdalvet.ca/

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The Allouette Hotel will be holding a meat draw on July 7th. The goal of the draw is to raise funds for David Manuliak’s family to visit him in Winnipeg while he receives medical treatment.

 

The event begins at 5pm and you must be 18 or older to attend. For more information you can call Stephanie at 204-620-2885.

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Findings from a recent speed awareness campaign found that 9,400 vehicles exceeded the posted speed limit. In total, 38,000 vehicles were monitored during the Citizens on Patrol Spotlight on Speed Week that ran in 29 communities from May 1-6.

 

The Citizens on Patrol Program is a grass roots initiative focused on community safety. Speeding claims about 21 lives a year in Manitoba and last year was the deadliest year for the provinces highways as many crashes were speed related.

 

The importance of safe speeds is heightened even more with the arrival of the Canada Day weekend.

 

The ultimate goal is to make roadsways safer for everyone this year.

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Manitoba Public Insurance, in partnership with Bike Winnipeg and the Green Action Centre are encouraging motorists to leave a safe distance when passing cyclists.

 

Some safety tips for drivers include: leaving a distance of at least one metre to ensure a safe ride, take extra caution at intersections and watch for cyclists when making turns, look for cyclists on sidewalks when entering and exiting roadways, and watch for cyclists before opening your car door when you are parked.

 

Cyclists are reminded to always follow the rules of the road and never pass stopped vehicles in the same lane. There is an average of 180 bicycle-vehicle collisions in Manitoba and education and heightened awareness about the one metre distance rule are positive steps in making cycling a safe experience for motorists and cyclists.

 

The program will also work to ensure children that they are able to safely bike to school and engage in healthy school travel. For more information you can contact Manitoba Public Insurance at 204-985-7300

 

 

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Michael O'Rourke, the owner of True Blue Developments submitted two variation applications to the town of The Pas.  The variation application for 1508 Gordon Avenue was carried at Monday nights council meeting, but they voted to repeal the old application for 330 Fischer Avenue.

 

One of the issues with 330 Fischer Avenue is that it does not have enough parking spaces. O'Rourke has put a plan put together that would allow him to operate with four parking stalls. The new variation application for that building is expected to be passed at the next council meeting on July 12th.

 

O'Rourke, hopes to use the building at 1508 Gordon Avenue for his business and he hopes to turn the building at 330 Fischer Avenue into a retail store and two apartments upstairs.

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The Pas Mayor Jim Scott announced that residents on Larose Avenue will be getting a letter detailing the schedule as to how their front street will be affected by construction.

The letter is expected to be given either this week or next week.

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The Great Canadian Impersonation Contest will take place at Devon Park on Canada day here in The Pas

 

The contest involves choosing a song to perform by a Canadian artist and when you perform you must do your best to impersonate the singer that you chose.

 

The entry fee is 20 dollars and you can sign up by calling 623- 1954 or 623-6771. June 28th is the last day to register. If it rains, the event will be held at Christchurch Anglican Hall.

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UCN will be having an information session for a piece of land owned by Manitoba Housing near UCN. The workshop is being run by WSP and the goal is to get community feedback about what could be built and what the needs of the community are.

 

The workshop will run tomorrow from 11:30 Am to 2PM and from 4:30 to 6 PM.

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RM of Kelsey Council members discussed the amount of rainfall that the area has been receiving at last weeks council meeting.

 

The RM is having extreme moisture conditions due the large amount of rain in the area

and livestock producers are affected with wet pasture conditions and that has created many challenges such as, finding forage for the winter and finding a place to put their cattle.

 

There isn’t a lot of preparation residents can do, but homeowners can use sump pumps in their basements to take care of the run off. The RM tries to make sure that drainage ditches are cleaned and working properly as well.

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Doug Lauvstad has been appointed as University College of The Norths new President and Vice Chancellor. He will be replacing Konrad Jonasson who is retiring after 30 years at UCN.

 

Lauvstad  is originally from The Pas and he brings a lot of experience to the role. He has served as Chair of the Board of The Northern  Health Authority for 10 years and was a member of the apprenticeship and Trades Certification Board.

 

He also holds a Master Degree in business administration and he has been heavily involved in local economic development issues throughout the north as well as education and training.

 

He will take over the senior leadership role on August First.

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The Bring Your Own Chair Canada 150 events are set for next week but there have been a few changes to the parade.

 

The Float formation will begin at 10AM at the Roy H Johnson parking lot and the parade will start at 11AM. The flag raising ceremony will be held in Devon Park after the parade.

 

Registrations for the parade will be open until June 30th and everyone is encouraged to register.

 

If you wish to register you can contact Desarae Lambert at 623-4269. You can find the parade route map at the Bring Your Own Chair Canada 150 events facebook page.

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The past few days have been busy for NDP leadership hopeful Niki Ashton. Tonight she will be participating in The Toronto Leadership Debate: Labour Justice Our Future.

 

The goal of the debate is to hear what NDP Leadership candidates have to say about issues that affect workers, families and communities.

 

Tomorrow she will be present at the 2017 Trans march in Toronto and her next meet and greet is scheduled to take place in Brantford, Ontario on June 24th.

 

You can keep up to date with Niki Aston on her Facebook page.

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NDP MLA for Flin Flon Tom Lindsey is calling on the provincial government to send workers to conduct inspections to assess the extent of the damage along the rail line to Churchill. To make sure repairs can start as soon as possible.

 

Lindsey stated in a news release that there is still no action on the part of Omnitrax and there has been no meaningful support from the Pallister government to the people of Churchill.

 

The rail service may not run again until next spring.

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Margret Barbour Collegiate Student Gabby Umpherville is the winner of this year’s premier healthy living award for youth.

 

Gabby volunteered at a program called Run and Reach a program that motivates kids to stay healthy and to exercise. Gabby received the award at a ceremony at the legislative assembly in Winnipeg.

 

She is currently in Grade 12 and she plans to attend UCN this fall.

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The Pas Cats and Kittens held an adoption fair at Ace Hardware Last Weekend. The Pas Cats and Kittens is a small shelter that helps to provide homes to stray cats.

 

Raffle tickets were also sold at the fair to support the new animal shelter for The Pas. The first prize is Robert Bateman print and the second prize is a photograph by Andre Brant.

 

The draw for the raffle is going to take place on July 14th at the raise the woof comedy show at the Wescana Inn Event room. An event that will raise funds for the Animal shelter.

 

 

 

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Canoe enthusiast Mike Ranta and his dog Spitz have embarked on a cross Canada Canoe trip. The goal of the trip is to show appreciation and awareness for PTSD for first responders and to say happy birthday to Canada on its 150 anniversary. 

 

Mike and Spitzes Journey began on April 1st in Bella Coola, British Columbia and will finish on Cape Breton Island. He recently made a stop in The Pas. You can learn more about Mike Ranta by following him on Facebook at "Mike Ranta’s Paddle."

 

Photo Courtesy of Facebook

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The “Into the wild” summer camp will be running for six one week sessions from July 4th until August 11th. The activities and programs at the camp include: field trips, arts and crafts, water games, and more.

 

You can register at The UCN Lobby on June 22nd, June 23rd and June 26th from 4:30 until 6:30 PM. Spots are limited and are granted on a first come first serve basis.

 

Cost is 25 dollars and the camp is open to ages 7 to 13. For more information call Darcy Hanchuk at 620-3371.

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The Opaskwayak Beatrice Wilson Health Centre will open a new physician clinic. The Clinics run from June 26th starting at 1PM and until 28th and from July 4th up to July 7th.

 

Appointments can be made by calling 204-627-7410. Please remember to bring your health card and any medications you are currently taking. Same day appointments will be made until the clinic is full.

 

All OCN members are welcome.

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Last Week, Churchill Keewatinook MP Niki Ashton spoke in the House of Commons to address the crisis in Churchill. 

 

She said Northern Manitoba has given a great deal to Canada and that it is time for the federal government to step up to nationalize the port and rail line.

 

She then asked the federal government what they plan to do to address the crisis in Churchill and Liberal Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau responded by saying that "a plan is being developed to ensure that both the Port of Churchill and the airport are capable of addressing the needs to resupply the people of Churchill."

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The Pas Community Clean Up has been rescheduled for tomorrow night. Participants will meet at the legion 5 o clock and they will be provided with gloves and garbage bags.

Free hot dogs and water will also be provided to the cleaners.

 

The Pas Action Centre would like to thank their sponsors, Recycle everywhere, The Grub Box, and The Pas and District chamber of Commerce. 

 

To sign up for the clean up or for more information call 623-5320.

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The Town of The Pas has decided to move forward with the demolition of a derelict residence on 7th street here in The Pas. According to Chief Administrative officer Randi Salamonowicz the property was acquired by the town through a tax sale and they have not been able to sell the property.

 

The demolition is expected to begin once their equipment they ordered arrives and time permits their crews to begin the work.

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The Opasquia Agricultural society is having an ATV and horse Poker Derby at the this Sunday.

 

The ATV’s will start at the AG grounds at 2PM and the horse will start at Ralls Island at noon. Their will also be a hot dog roast after the events are done For more information you can contact Steve at 204-978-0003.

 

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The Pas Kinsmen Club has had a very successful year and has received a number of services awards.

 

The First Awards were handed out last Friday during the service luncheon and Achahk Dumas Ward and his mother talk to the delegates about how he has been dealing with his double lung transplant and how he appreciates The Pas Kinsmen and Kin Canada for continuing to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. 

 

The Club won the Kinsmen Service awards of the year for their annual dog races. Member David Harmon won the Frank Denner Kinsmen Senior Bulletin Award, the District Two Speakers, Award, and the District Two Kinsmen and Kinette Public Relations Award alongside Kevin Carlson.

 

Member Bruce Trampe received the Kin Joke off Award and all other awards went to the Thompson and Flin Flon Kin Clubs.

 

 

 

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The Pas Town Councilor and business owner Margret Commodore brought forward a request for the community to have a no loitering by-law.

 

Commodore says that she has been harassed by several intoxicated people and her business has suffered some damage. These problems are not confined to her business but to the downtown area of The Pas as well.

 

She feels that having a no loitering By Law people will feel more comfortable going to downtown businesses.

 

The Town of The Pas is looking at hiring a consultant to determine the best way to move forward with this issue.

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Tom Lindsay the MLA for Flin Flon has sent letters to the premier of Manitoba and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging both levels of government to act immediately to address the crisis in the town of Churchill and the North resulting in the closure of the OmniTrax rail line.

 

Lindsay stated in a news release that residents of Churchill and other Northern Communities are running short of supplies and the regions economy is in jeopardy. He went on to say that they can’t afford the high cost of flying in supplies and they can’t wait a year for the line to be repaired.

 

In The short Term the province and the federal government must help to offset the costs of delivering supplies by air.

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Churchill Manitoba’s Mayor Michael Spence said in a press conference yesterday that the closure of the Hudson Bay Railway is an unprecedented event for Canada’s only arctic seaport, the Kivillaq region and the Town of Churchill.

 

The Community is calling on all orders of government to ensure the work to repair and reopen the rail line begins immediately.

 

The town of Churchill wants to ensure all Canadians that the community is still open for business and that all governments must continue to support the town during the height of tourist season and the Canada 150 celebrations.

 

It could take up to five weeks for Omnitrax to assess the flood damage to the rail line something that mayor Pence thinks is unacceptable.

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A petition and a letter was brought before the town of The Pas on Monday requesting that the town close the foot path between Trager Drive and Cudmore Street.

 

According to the letter there a number of reasons behind this request including vandalism, illegal drug use out of the public’s sight, and a disregard for cleanliness. 

 

Local property owners are also dissatisfied with the costly repairs as the walk way will be damaged again.

 

The town is expected to bring up this issue at the next committee of the whole meeting.

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Michael O’Rourke from true blue developments submitted a variation application for 1508 Gordon Avenue to the Town of The Pas.

 

He plans to use this location for his true blue constructions business. A public hearing was held on Monday night because the front of the building is 19ft and 19.05 feet from his property line and the towns zoning by law requires the building to be 30 feet from the front property line.

 

O’Rourke was present at the hearing but there were no concerns about the variation. The decision for the 1508 Gordon Avenue application will be made at the next council meeting on June 26th.

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Flin Flon Pride will be having their first pride celebration this August from the 18th until the 19th. The celebration will feature a flag raising, a pride parade, a community fair and much more.

 

Flin Flon pride is extending their invitation to residents of The Pas to take part in the celebration. For more information you can follow Flin Flon Pride on facebook.

 

Photo Courtesy of Flin Flon Pride Facebook Page

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A variation application brought to town council by Micheal O’Rourke from true blue developments was discussed at Monday nights committee of the whole meeting.

O’Rourke sent an application for 330 Fischer Avenue.

 

O Roruke met with the town of The Pas’s chief administrative officer, and the assistant CAO and he agreed that he would have 4 parking spaces behind the property and to have just a retail business on the main floor.

 

Due to a town by-law that requires O’Rourke to have five parking spaces on the property and he only has room for four. He hopes to fix this issue with another variation application which is expected to be discussed at a public hearing on June 26th.

 

Correction: An early version of this story said 330 Fisher Avenue was to be turned into a Pizza Hut, that was not correct.

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On June 3rd, The Kinsmen Club of The Pas presented the Kinsmen and Rookie of the year awards at the governor’s ball at the district convention.

 

The Kinsmen Club Rookie of the year award went to Josh Lamontange who served on the executive as a director and was instrumental at many of the clubs service projects throughout the year.

 

Kinsmen members Mike Roberts and Domenic Granata caught the interest of so many club members that they both won the kinsmen of the year award. This marked the first time that the kinsmen of the year award was won by a tie in 57 year history of the club.

 

Kinsmen Club President Kevin Carlson congratulates all three members and thanks the citizens of The Pas and the surrounding area for all the support they have provided to the Kinsmen Club.

 

Jason Oswald will be taking Carlsons place as president of the Kinsmen Club this coming year.

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The Kelsey Recreation Centre is running a summer day camp called “Camp CallitwhatChawanna” from July 4th until August 25th

 

Each week at camp has its own theme with various activities for that your children can take part in. The theme for week one is called “Welcome Explorers” For more information call 204-627-1134.

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Killarney Manitoba will be running the 2017 55 plus games from June 13th till the 17th.  The games are an initiative with Healthy Manitoba to encourage seniors to get active and to interact with other people.

 

The participants will take part in non athletic games as well like Scrabble, and Cribbage for people who are not able to be fiscally active.

 

The Pas resident Linda Buchanan will be participating.

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The 2017 Local Art Show is on display at the Sam Waller Museum. This year’s show is called “Building the Past, Celebrating the Future”.

 

There are two cases set out. One case has artifacts celebrating the indigenous past and immigrants of this area. The other case celebrates the history of the community building and courthouse with some artifacts from when the museum was the courthouse and community building.

 

There is also some objects from Sam Wallers collection that are not on permanent display. The exhibit will be on display from now until September 30th.

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The Pas Regional Library will be running the National Aboriginal Day Film Festival on June 21st in the Annex.

 

The festival will feature some short films made by aboriginal people along with two feature length film. Admission is free and the festival runs from 6 until 10:30 PM.

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