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Residents of Mosakahiken Cree Nation are marching to Winnipeg to raise awareness for the poor conditions of the road to their community and to pressure the Pallister Government to make much needed repairs to the road.

 

The road is said to have a lot of pot holes. Mosakahiken Chief Jim Tobacco says he is very proud of what these members of the first nation are doing to urge the Pallister government to make the repairs.

 

The protestors went through The Pas on Monday and they are expected to reach Winnipeg sometime tomorrow.

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Last Week, a five day Cree Language Summer Camp was held at Egg Lake by UCN. Around 10 people participated in the program and they learned all about the Cree Language and culture.

 

Alongside speaking the Cree language the participants also went on a traditional medicine walk, made some traditional crafts and foods, and made videos that will be posted to You Tube.

 

The main goal of the program was for the students to learn how to create relationships and how to have a good life.

 

Esther Sanderson, The Director of UCN’s Centre for Aboriginal Languages and Culture hopes to have the program again next year.

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The OCN Summer Traditional Pow Wow took place over the weekend.  They had approximately 130 dancers and six drummers along with visitors from outside the tri area including Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Japan. They also had different age categories and cash prizes for the dancers. The winners have not yet been announced.

 

Organizer Brian Ballantyne says he was honored to have the winner and the runner up of the Trappers Festival Fur Queen Competition at the Pow Wow saying that it showed respect for their way of life and he would like to thank them for taking part in the ceremony.

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38 years ago, Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope where he attempted to run across Canada to raise a dollar from every Canadian for Cancer Research and on September 16th you can keep Terry’s legacy alive. A Terry Fox Run is set to take place that day at The Pas Recreation and Wellness Centre.

 

The registration will begin at 1PM and the run begins at 1:30. Pledge forms are available at the Wellness Centre and you can make a pledge online at terryfox.org

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Thursday August the 9th was Dairy Queen Miracle treat day. The DQ here in The Pas took part in the annual fundraiser and money from each blizzard sold went towards the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. Alongside the DQ staff they also had some local volunteers to make and serve the Blizzards including some OCN Blizzard members that lived up to their name.

 

The total amount of money hasn’t been determined yet but The Pas Dairy Queen managed to make a total of 691 Blizzards. Sanked Verma the supervisor at Dairy Queen would like to thank the people of The Pas for participating and buying Blizzards

 

For more information on miracle treat day or to make a donation to the Children's Miracle network visit miracletreatday.ca

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallisiter spoke to Arctic Radio News and says his government has been working with the Federal Government with the ongoing issues with the railway to Churchill and the other communities on the line.

 

He stated the restoration of the rail line is important as well as reaffirmation that the Federal Government will continue to support Churchill’s port.

 

Pallister hopes a resolution will be made soon for the people of Manitoba and the rest of the country.

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According to a report, OmniTrax has said that they will start repairs on the washed-out rail line to Churchill this month.

 

The Denver-based corporation was ordered to repair the line by the Canadian Transportation Agency in June, and the company has said they have quote made progress in soliciting four reputable and experienced contractors to do the repair work.

 

The order from the CTA says that the US company, who bought the rail line 1997, must provide monthly progress reports on the repairs, and that if OmniTrax can't come up with the money for the repairs they have to put the line up for sale at a price set by Ottawa.

 

The recent report comes as talks regarding the sale of the rail line, and the Port of Churchill, seem to have stalled.

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister spoke to Arctic Radio News during his visit to The Pas to talk about healthcare reform in Manitoba, which is something that has been needed in the province for a long time.

 

The Pallister government has already implemented a number a changes to the system. In Winnipeg they consolidated emergency rooms which have shortened wait times by almost 20 percent and they are finding that by having fewer emergency rooms and ones that are better equip provides a better level of service since the rooms have all the resources needed for treatment.

 

In the past people in Manitoba went to hospitals for treatment but had to be shipped else ware to receive the treatment they needed, something that Pallister says was quote dangerous and not good.

 

They have also heard from people that provide healthcare that are dissatisfied with the way the healthcare system has been structured. Pallister says that people that work in the healthcare system have a lot of great ideas and they are looking at improving the provinces healthcare system by listening to those that work in health care.

 

Pallister concluded by saying that the myth about his government making cuts to healthcare is not true and they have budgeted more towards healthcare then the NDP ever did.

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There will be a traditional medicines workshop for youth at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre on August 22nd. The overall goal is to have indigenous youth learn about medicines that are a part of their culture as many of them may not use these medicines in their everyday life.

 

The class will be taught by Elders John George and Lillian Sinclair and the class runs from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. Students will learn about traditional medicines like cedar, sweet grass, and red willow and the will get to take a bag of medicine home with a smudge kit. The workshop is open to youth 12 and over and it’s free to attend with 15 spots available. To sign up or for more information call 204-627-7410.

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Premier Brian Pallister was in Thompson, Flin Flon, and The Pas Yesterday. During his visit he announced that first responders here in Manitoba will be getting an upgrade when it comes to their communication system.

 

The new system will include radios with built-in GPS and advanced radio encryption, ensuring the safety of those using it.

 

Pallister said that the 380-million dollar project was awarded based on tender, saying quote Manitobans are smart shoppers who expect the government to do the same.

 

During his visit to The Pas, Pallister Conducted a speech on how his government would be reforming health care in the province, How they plan to create jobs, how they would be regulating recreational marijuana, and he answered questions that local politicians and business owners had. He also praised The Pas Huskies for winning the good deeds cup and for giving back to the community.

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MKO now has a new Grand Chief. According to a report from the Canadian Press, Garrison Settee was elected as Grand Chief Yesterday replacing the outgoing Chief Sheila North. The votes were held on Opaskwayak Cree Nation at the Kikiwak Inn.

 

Photo Courtesy of mkonation.com

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The Wally’s Place Clearwater Lake Annual Boat Parade was held on Sunday. There were 30 confirmed entries but only 13 boaters took part in the parade due to water conditions. Each boat was decorated and had its own unique theme.

 

One boat was decorated as an Ice Cream Truck, Another one was decorated like a Hawaiian tikki bar, and the winner of this year’s parade was the Quiring family with their boat called “Under the Sea”

 

The turnout this year was good and Organizer Mary Ann Greenwood would like to thank all of the volunteers that helped out at the event and to their sponsors.

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Paddler Mike Ranta recently finished a long paddle from Fort McMurrary to The Pas Earlier this week, a journey that took a total of 37 days. He was joined by his dog Spitzii and his good friend Steven O’Neill. 

 

Ranta spoke to Arctic Radio News and said they had to overcome harsh weather at times but the people they met along the way were incredible and it was beautiful trip.

Ranta says the goal of this journey was to raise awareness for Canada’s first Nations People and Canadian veterans and he hopes to be able speak in the house of commons on their behalf someday.

 

Next year Ranta plans to paddle from Fort McMurrary to the McKenzie River

And then paddle the McKenzie river to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories the following year. He also plans to paddle across Canada in 2021.

 

You can follow Mike Ranta on his Facebook page called Mike Rantas Paddle.

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Last week The Town of The Pas’s Raw Pump One went down and a notice was sent out on social media informing residents to conserve water as the towns reservoir was running low.

 

According to a letter from Assistant Municipal Superintendent Chris McTaggart raw pump one was sent to Winnipeg to be repaired and a back up diesel pump was set up in case pump two stopped working.

 

The towns water plant is currently being supplied water with a blue pump at the towns boat launch and another pump has been ordered.

 

As of now the water plant will still be capable of supplying the town with clean and potable water.

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The results of The Pas and Area Animal Shelters Beer and Bacon Run for Under Achievers are in. The event was held at the Roy H Johnston Arena on July 28th and a total of sixteen hundred dollars was raised and there were 56 participants.

 

The participants took part in a 3K run while enjoying some beer and bacon and other fun activities. They would like to thank all those that volunteered, those that participated, and those that sponsored the event.

 

The proceeds raised at the run will be going towards the construction of an animal shelter for the community.

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It has been reported that local emergency personal have rescued someone from the Saskatchewan River inThe Pas earlier today just off Devon Park. No further information has been released at this time and no comments have been made. CJAR will keep you up to date on this story once the information is available.

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Kasper Transportation CEO Kasper Wabinski spoke to Arctic Radio News and confirmed that there will be a bus route from Winnipeg to The Pas. The route is expected to be in operation by October 31st the same day that Greyhound Canada announced that they would end their services in Western Canada.

 

The plan is to have the bus stop at the current Greyhound stop, Bluenose Bus Depot and Laundromat.  Last month Kasper Transportation announced that there will be a route from Winnipeg to Thompson as well but it is not yet known how they will be transporting passengers from The Pas to Thompson.

 

Kasper Transportation is currently waiting approval to add Flin Flon to their route. More information on the new routes will be released by the end of the month. You can keep up to date with Kasper Transportation on Facebook.

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The Springhill Dental Clinic recently held their first “Day of Giving Back” here in The Pas. Laura Atkins the office manager for Springhill Dental told Arctic Radio that the day was influenced by the good deeds that residents in Atlantic Canada did for stranded air passengers on 9/11 and this inspired Springhill Dental owner David Wolle to create the Day of Giving back.

 

Springhill Dental workers were given 100 dollars to buy people lunch, groceries, and other purchases which pleasantly surprised a lot of people. Atkins added that David Wolle is a very giving person that always wants to give back to the community. He has helped to provide dental care for people, has purchased clothes for the woman’s shelter, and provided food for school food programs.

 

It is not yet known if Springhill Dentals Day of Giving Back will be an annual event or not.

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Manitoba Public Insurance is reminding motorists to drive safely and exercise caution on the provinces roadways this long weekend. Drivers are reminded to always obey the speed limit, drive slowly in construction zones, wear seat belts, and to never drive while intoxicated or while using a hand held device.

 

In the past five years an average of two Manitobans were killed and another 86 were injured in motor vehicle accidents during the August Long Weekend.

 

Ward Keith from Manitoba Public Insurance says that even one fatality is too many and road safety is everyone’s responsibility.

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Flin Flon RCMP have made arrests after threats were uttered on social media

 

On Sunday Flin Flon RCMP received numerous reports of mischief to vehicles and property throughout Flin Flon. Several individuals took to a local Flin Flon Facebook page to vent about the mischief to property. That venting quickly escalated into hateful and threatening language against residents of First Nations communities.

 

The RCMP report they take these matters very seriously and immediately launched an investigation.

 

Two of the three female suspects, a 32-year-old female from Flin Flon and a 25-year-old female from Denare Beach have been arrested by RCMP for Uttering Threats and Public Incitement of Hatred.  A third arrest is pending for the same charges. All three suspects are cooperating with police.

 

The RCMP cannot release the names of the two females arrested as the charges have not been sworn before a court of law.

 

Many politicians and members of the First Nations community have openly condemned these social media postings. 

 

The investigation continues.

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At approximately 4:20 Tuesday afternoon, Creighton RCMP received reports that a vehicle had been stolen from outside a business on Main Street in Creighton. There was a 3 year-old girl in the backseat of the truck. Reports indicated the vehicle was headed toward Flin Flon and members from the Creighton and Flin Flon RCMP Detachments responded immediately and pursued the vehicle.

 

The pursuit ended just outside of Cranberry Portage when the stolen vehicle struck a spike belt and rear-ended a vehicle, rendering the suspect vehicle inoperable. The driver got out and fled into the nearby bush. At this time, officers located the 3 year-old unharmed in the backseat of the truck.

 

RCMP from Creighton, Flin Flon, Cranberry Portage and The Pas set up a perimeter in efforts to contain the man. A police dog from The Pas RCMP Police Dog Service Unit attended the scene and located the driver hiding under a vehicle in an outbuilding. The man is not cooperating with investigators and his indentity has not been confirmed.

As a result of this incident, an adult male has been charged with:

 

·        Kidnapping without a firearm,

        Theft of truck,

·        Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle,

·        Resist peace officer,

·        Abduction of a person under 16,

·        Operation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by police.

 

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Opaskwayak Cree Nation Musician Rhonda Head will be performing at the 10th Annual No Stone Unturned Concert in Winnipeg on August 25th. The concert is in support of missing and murdered woman in Manitoba.

 

Head has been performing at the concert off and on since it started and she wants to create awareness for missing and murdered indigenous woman because it is still a major problem across the country and the murder of Helen Betty Osborne had a profound effect on her.

 

The concert will be held at St James Park in Winnipeg from 2PM to 10PM.

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The Pas Community Choir will be begin their next session on September 6th at the Westminster United Church at 7PM. This is a great opportunity for those that enjoy singing and new and past members are welcome. The cost of the session is 30 dollars and it’s free to try.

 

Call 204-623-2242 for more information.

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Opaskwayak Cree Nation musician Rhonda Head will be at the Professional Woman’s Network Conference in Louisville Kentucky this weekend where she will be signing copies of her new book “Mezzo Soprano Memoirs of a Rez Girl”.

 

The book covers the life of Rhonda Head, her career as a musician, and the challenges that she had to overcome. Head said that it was hard to relive painful memories while writing the book but she looks forward sharing the story of her journey.

 

The book is expected to be available for purchase at pwnbooks.com

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The Opaskwayak Indian Days Sonny McGillivary Memorial Talent Show will take place at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre on August 17th.  Sonny McGillivary was a well known OCN member that had a talent for singing. The talent show is a singing competition that is open to people 18 and older and the entry fee is three hundred dollars a person.

 

There is a Grand Prize of three thousand dollars for the male and female categories and if you need more information call 204-620-2650.

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The Sam Waller Museum will be having two paint workshops for tweens in August. The two workshops will take place on August 8th and on August 15th at the museum from 2-4PM and the participants will learn how to paint a picture under the direction of an artist.

 

The courses are 20 dollars a person and the workshops are open to youth aged 8-12.

The maximum number of participants is 12 and if you want more information or if you would like to sign up your child call 204-623-3802.

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Aurora House is having two international recipe exchanges. One on August 9th and the other on the 23rd from 12-4PM.

 

The program will provide people with information about the shelter in a non threatening manner while getting people together to exchange recipes.

 

You can register by calling 204-623-7427 and child care will be provided to those that sign up.

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Childhood vaccine rates here in northern Manitoba are high according the Northern Health Region.

 

Stats from the NRHA say that the rates are in the 80-95 percent range, and vary depending on age and the type of vaccine.

 

The health region says that those numbers are very good, and are quote are reflective of our strong public health and community efforts.

 

The Medical Officers of Health for the region, Doctor Randy Gesell and Doctor Michael Isaac, said that high rates of vaccine coverage provides both individual and herd immunity, which protects those in the community who are more vulnerable to infection.

 

The World Health Organization recently released statistics for 2017, saying that just over 50 percent of the world has been vaccinated for measles and rubella, and that 20 million children worldwide did not receive full immunization last year.

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A northern Manitoba landmark is gone following a fire. 

 

The Ponton Service Station, located at the intersection of highways six and 39, went up in flames Saturday after the fire spread from two trucks in the back parking lot. 

 

The fire was contained to the building, and water bombers were used to battle the flames. 

 

A spokesperson for Cross Lake First Nation, who owns the station, said that even though it’s heartbreaking, they will rebuild. 

 

The spokesperson said that it shouldn’t be a problem getting to the next service station in the summer months, but that they quote better build something before the winter.

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Members of Unifor local 1403 have voted to ratify a new three year collective agreement with the employer Canadian Kraft Paper.

 

After three months of discussion the bargaining committee secured a contract that will improve the wages and working conditions and stability for The Pas and the mill. Other changes include an improved bereavement leave for 12 hour shift workers, a 10 percent training premium, improved paramedical benefits, and increased safety equipment allowance.

 

Unifor national president Jerry Dias would like to thank the hard work of the unifor members and says that Canadian Kraft Paper is a great example of how unions, employers, and the government can work together to help rural economies thrive. He added that Canadian Kraft Paper is critical to the economy of our region.

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The date for this years Walk a Mile in her Shoes Walk at the Otineka Mall is September 20th. The walk is an international men’s march where men walk in high highs in an effort to stop violence against woman.  If you would like to sign up or if you need more information call Aurora House at 204-623-7427.

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There will be a two day Traditional Drum Making Workshop at The Pas Friendship Centre on the 22nd and 23rd of August. The courses run from 6:30 to 8:30PM each day and the students will be guided by traditional carver and artist Irvin Head. Head is very well known in the art community and is considered by the friendship centre to be a very knowledgeable and humble teacher.

 

The workshop fee is $45.00 and the deadline to register is August 20th. There are only 12 spaces available so be sure to sign up at the friendship centre at 81 Edwards Avenue here in The Pas.

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The Rotary Club of The Pas is raising money to purchase two shelter kits from the charity ShelterBox. The shelter kits are distributed to people in places that have been affected by natural disasters and the kits contain a tent, cooking utensils’ and other useful survival items.

 

The Rotary Club is working in conjunction with ShelterBox to buy more of their shelter kits so that more can be distributed. The kits cost $1.200 dollars and this year’s goal is to buy more than one.

 

The Rotary Club is current selling tickets for a 50/50 raffle for 10 dollars each with a goal of raising $3,000 for two shelter kits. The draw date is September 1st

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A Youth Traditional Camp was held at OCN’s Moose Park on July 20th. The camp was open to OCN members aged 8-17 and 14 children attended. The children learned how to make bannock bread, how to set up traps, fillet fish, and how to make fire. The goal of the camp was to encourage youth to learn traditional ways of life in a world of technology.

 

Organizer Kristen Burns would like to thank elder Louise Ballantyne for teaching the youth how to make bannock, Omar Constant for teaching the youth how to set up traps and how to fillet fish, the Opaskwayak Health Authority for sponsoring this event and the OCN Fire Department for being on site for safety measures.

 

Burns hopes to have Youth Traditional Camps every year.

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There will be a Jordan’s Principle Summer Carnival at Oscar Lathlin Colligate on August 10th from 1 until 3PM. The purpose of this carnival is to give children that don’t have the opportunity to participate in carnival activities the chance to do so. There will be games, snacks, and prizes to be won and if you want more information call the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre at 204-627-7410.

 

Jordan’s Principle is a program that helps provide first nations children with the public services that they need.

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The Pas Municipal election is this fall and the town will be organizing two Council Candidacy Information Sessions at The Pas Council Chambers. The first session will be held on August 23rd at 5PM and the second one will be held on September 4th at 12PM.

 

These sessions are a great opportunity for residents that are interested in running for town office to learn about the responsibilities associated with being mayor or a council member and the expectations of the roles.

 

All candidates must me at least 18 years of age, a resident of The Pas for at least 6 months, and non residents of The Pas must own property within the town limits.

If you would like to run in this year’s election call 204-627-1108.

 

The election date is October 24th.

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This year’s Opaskwayak Indian Days will run from August 13th to the 19th on OCN. Barney Monias the recreation assistant for OCN and co-chair for the Opaskwayak Indian days says these festivities are important for OCN as it brings the community together and it brings in people from outside the community as well.

 

The main event this year is a canoe race and there will also be a parade, a community barbecue, and other activities. The theme for this year’s Indian Days is “We are Indigenous and Strong in 2018.”

 

If you want more information on the events call Nicole Lathlin at 204-627-7104.

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Missinippi Airways is now offering flights from Grace Lake Airport in The Pas to St Andrews Airport North of Winnipeg. A free shuttle service will also be provided to transport passengers to Winnipeg from St Andrews Airport and a one way ticket from Grace Lake to St Andrews is $560. A complete schedule of flights and ticket prices can be found on Missinippi airways Facebook page or at missinippiair.ca

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Clearwater Lake Provincial Park Celebrated Parks Day 2018 on Saturday with a variety of fun activities for people to take part in. They had a bike and wagon parade, a sand castle building contest, a water balloon toss, and treats to enjoy.

 

Approximately 150 people attended the Parks Day celebrations this year at Clearwater Lake and Parks Day is celebrated across the country to give people the opportunity to visit provincial parks without passes to see what the parks have to offer.

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Thompson Bus Limited was officially announced at Thompson City Hall late last week with the goal of providing transportation for both passengers and freight for Thompsonites and It has been reported that they are planning to expand their service to The Pas and Flin Flon as well.

 

Thompson Bus plans to offer limited service as of September First, with full service starting November First.

 

They don’t yet know what their schedule, routes or costs will be. For more information, or to keep up to date with the company visit Thompson Bus’s Facebook page.

 

Photo Courtesy of Facebook

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The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group has announced that they will be receiving another $50,000 from Community Places, a provincial grant.

 

Donations for the spray park have been provided by Canadian Kraft Paper, Twin Motors, and other private donors and the Manitoba Government said that if a certain amount of money was raised they would help with the long awaited project.

 

The construction on the park is expected to begin later this year near Centennial Park and the park will hopefully be operational by next summer.

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Desiree Lambert from The Pas Community Renewal Corporation spoke to Arctic Radio news last Friday to announce that they have been approved for $16,708 from Manitoba’s Neighborhoods Alive Program to establish The Pas Bear Clan Patrol Chapter. The Bear Clan Patrol program began in Winnipeg in the early 1990’s and members of the Bear Clan Patrol the streets of the community to help keep the community safe.

 

Lambert says Bear Clan Patrols are a community based solution to crime prevention and community safety. The Pas Bear Clan Chapter is expected to be launched in August or September and they are still looking for volunteers that would like to join. If you would like to be a volunteer, forms can be picked up at the Town of The Pas Municipal Office or by calling 204-978-0567 or 204-623-4269.

 

The Pas Bear Clan Patrol can also be found on Facebook.

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According to a news release from National Access Cannabis the company has entered a loan agreement with Opaskwayak Cree Nation which would see OCN lending 35 million dollars to National Access Cannabis and NAC plans to use proceeds from the loan to expand 50 to 70 cannabis retailers in Western Canada.

 

NAC CEO Mark Goliger stated in the news release that this financing will help fund the build out of their recreational cannabis retailers in Western Canada in time for retail legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada this October. OCN is expected to receive a commitment fee of $1,600,000 to $3,000,000 depending on repayment circumstances.

 

OCN Chief Christian Sinclair stated that OCN has always believed in and supported the vision of NAC and believes that this financing will allow them to build a dominant footprint of cannabis retail operations.

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A public hearing was held at the The Town of The Pas Municipal Office on Wednesday night regarding the proposal to rezone the Guy Hall. The Pas mayor Jim Scott told Arctic Radio news that there is an individual in the community that has rented the space from the owners of the Catholic Church and the individual wants to change the zoning to commercial central to accommodate a retail space in the building. There were no real concerns from the public on this matter but Mayor Scott says that the entrance and exit of the Guy Halls parking lot can be hazardous.

 

The entrance and exit of the parking lot is hazardous because it is an extremely high traffic location. People that exit the parking lot and head north on Highway 10 could cause traffic to get backed up. There were no concerns from the public on this matter but the town is looking at safer options for entering and exiting the property.  

 

The town is expected to move forward with a resolution for this application at a future council meeting and if the resolution is passed a traffic study may be required at the expense of the individual that submitted the application and there would also be a change in how the property is taxed.

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It has been reported that a tentative agreement has been reached between Canadian Kraft Paper and Unifor Local 1403 for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. No comments have been made as of now and we will keep you up to date on this story as the information comes in.

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The Wabowden RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver in a pickup truck heading North on Highway 6 last Friday. The police found the vehicle four kilometers south of provincial road 373 and saw it was driving erratically.

 

A traffic stop was put in place and one officer saw a small plastic bag thrown from the window. The officer located the bag and the contents of the bag was tested and determined to be cocaine.

 

The Pas Police Dog Services attended the scene and located another bag of cocaine near the vehicle and they also found open liquor, money, and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and a total of 57 grams of cocaine was seized at the scene.

 

There were four occupants of the vehicle and one of the occupants was 26 year old Christopher Head of The Pas who was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, Possession of Property obtained by crime and identity theft. The vehicles Driver Allan Cromarty of Norway House and Passenger Arnold Bourassa of Thompson have been given similar charges.

 

The forth occupant of the vehicle fled the scene on foot and the police are still searching for him. The missing suspects name is not known.

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Our member of parliament Niki Ashton recently released her MP report and said that she has visited extensively throughout our region. Ashton has visited many Northern Manitoba communities to talk to residents and listen to their concerns. Her report said that keeping in touch is her top priority.

 

During her visits she heard concerns about economic uncertainly in communities like Thompson and Flin Flon, and the ongoing railway crisis in Churchill. She also heard concerns about housing, health care, education and transportation.

 

Ashton said the one common message is that many people in this region feel that they are ignored and our region deserves better.

 

Correction: An earlier version of this story had a misspelling

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On the evening of July 11thThe Opaskwayak Cree Nation and The Pas RCMP executed a Controlled Drug and Substances Act Search Warrant at a residence on Jebbs Drive on OCN. The police seized six grams of cocaine, 550 pills, money, a rifle with ammunition, and drug paraphernalia.  

 

Dallas Packo aged 26 was arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, possession of property obtained by crime, careless use and unauthorized possession of a firearm, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

 

Cadance Packo aged 31 was arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and unauthorised possession of a prohibited weapon.

 

Both suspects have been remanded into custody.

 

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The Annual Million Dollar Hole in One is one week away. The event runs from July 24th to the 28th at the Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Club and all proceeds raised go towards the Country Club and The Pas Curling Club to help keep them in operation.

 

The qualifying rounds run from the 24th until the 27th and those that qualify can hit for the grand prize of one million dollars on the 28th.  Qualifiers will also receive some great prizes, including $25,000 off a vehicle at North Land Ford, $15,000 dollars for Northern Building Supplies, and $5,000 for Shane’s Music.

 

Early bird golf balls can still be purchased at the Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Club and a both Shane’s Music Locations until the end of this week.

 

 

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The 9th annual Clearwater Lake Marathon was held this past Sunday. A total of eight thousand six hundred and two dollars was raised towards the rotary kids with cancer and critically ill kids. The money raised will stay local and help families to offset the costs of staying in Winnipeg if they have children in long term care.

 

The 10th annual Clearwater Lake Marathon will run on July 21st 2019 and they welcome anyone that would like to volunteer at next year’s event.

 

The full results of the marathon can be found at clearwaterlakemarathon.com

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There is going to be two Youth Traditional Camps at OCN’s Moose Park on July 19th and the 20th and today is the last day to register. The first camp on July 19th is for youth ages 8-12 and the other camp on the 20th is open to youth 13-17. They will learn how to make fires, how to catch and fillet fish, set traps, and make bannock. Participants must bring their own fishing poles, and sun protection. Lunch and supplies will be provided.

 

A consent form must be signed by a legal guardian and the forms can be picked up at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre.

 

You can sign up by calling 204-627-7410 and the deadline is this afternoon at 4:30.

The camps will be rescheduled if the weather is bad.

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Indigenous electronic music group “A Tribe Called Red” performed at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre on July 12th and event organizer Rhonda Head says it was a big success and they had a great turn out.

 

The fans in attendance had a great time and with the help of various sponsors 538 youth received tickets to attend the concert.  Some of the sponsors were Travel Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, and Calm Air.

 

Rhonda Head would like to thank those that helped to sponsor the event.

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The Pas Fire Department responded to a small Dumpster fire at a back lane between Cathedral and Hogan Ave near Kelsey Estates here in The Pas late last week.

 

The page came in around 12:01 AM and the fire was put out with a compressed air foam system and the fire crews cooled the dumpster off after the fire was extinguished. The exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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The OCN Summer Traditional Pow Wow 2018 will be running from August 11th-12th at the OCN arbor site. Some of the dance categories this year include tiny tots, teens and adults, and golden age and there will also be a neck bone eating contest and a sweat lodge.

 

There will be free camping on site and applications for canteens, booths and tables are being accepted at a rate per day. If you wish to run a canteen at the event you are required to have a safe food handling certificate.

 

If you would like more information call 204-620-8064 or 204-620-8387. Alcohol and drugs are not permitted on the grounds during the event.

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There is a new petition on the NDP parties’ website that is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to save the greyhound bus routes. Greyhound announced recently that they would be ending operations in Western Canada and the petition states that not having these services is a problem for those that rely on bus travel for work, education and, health care and it may force people to resort to using unsafe forms of transportation.

If you rely on bus transportation you can find the petition at ndp.ca

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With the announcement that Greyhound will be discontinuing operations in Western Canada Manitoba Liberals are saying the provincial and federal governments need to step up to provide support for inter city transit not just transit systems in urban centres.

 

According to a news release thousands of rural and northern residents who depend on bus service will be left stranded in their communities without intercity bus services. Liberal MLA Judy Klassen says her constituents use bus service as their primary method of transportation for medical appointments and support is needed from both levels of government because if a large company like Greyhound can’t afford to service the routes it may be hard for smaller companies to do the same.

 

Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont says there is no clear path on where the province will invest the cash collected from Pallister’s proposed carbon tax, but a portion of the estimated 248 million dollars in net revenue could support intercity transit.

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Flin Flon’s MLA is calling for action from the Pallister Government following Greyhound’s recent announcement.

 

Tom Lindsey said that the current government has made quote deep cuts to northern and rural healthcare, and that the loss of Greyhound bus service will only make them worse.

 

Lindsey, who serves as the NDP’s labour critic, said that the Progressive Conservatives need to show leadership and make sure that rural and northern communities have access to transportation both now and in the future.

 

He added that the loss of the bus services will be compounded by the decision to privatize air ambulances.

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According to the Hudson Bay Railway, negotiations are once again on.

 

Sergio Sabatini, the president of HBR, told the media earlier this week that negotiations for the sale of the rail line resumed between OmniTrax and a consortium including Northern First Nations on Monday.

 

Sabatini said that they believe that an expeditious transfer of ownership is best for all concerned and that they are doing everything they can to make it happen.

 

HBR also confirmed that a request for proposal has been sent out for repairs, though they still plan on appealing the recent order to repair the line.

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A how to be an adult 101 course is being held at The Pas Friendship Centre on August 2nd. The course is being presented by Friendship Centre Youth Coordinator Holly Lajame from 5:30PM until 7:30 PM and the overall goal of the course is to prepare those that are leaving home for the first time and to help them avoid the pitfalls associated with adulthood. Lajame says that she meet a lot of young adults that didn’t know how to care for themselves.

 

The course will cover finances including budgeting and how to write a cheque, apartment hunting, safety, education, and life hacks including tips on how to get food and how to live cheaper.

 

The course itself is free and if you want more information call 204-623-1358

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The Wally’s Place Clearwater Lake Annual Boat Parade is set to take place on August 5th. The parade formation will begin at camper’s cove at 1:45 and the parade will begin at 2PM.

 

There will be a barbeque at the Clearwater Lake Hall afterwards at 4PM with smokies and coleslaw for only five dollars. Registration is free and you can register at Wally’s Place or by calling 204-624-5005.

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Last week, a historic partnership was forged between Nekote and Canadian Kraft Paper where they will form a new company called Nisokapawino Forestry Management Corporation. NFMC is expected to co mange 8.7 hectares of boreal forest while sharing responsibilities for forest management, protecting environmental values, maintaining sustainable forestry practices, and bolstering strong local economies.

 

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Chief Christian Sinclair stated in a news release that the partnership opportunities with Canadian Kraft Paper demonstrates that inherent treaty rights are reaffirmed, respected, and acknowledged by the signing of the agreement and Chemawawin Cree Nation Chief Clarence Easter stated that he was excited about the partnership and that Canadian Kraft Paper is the first company to recognize the value of working with first nations.

 

Nisokapawino is expected to be operational by July 23rd.

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A house fire broke out on Bignell Avenue early Saturday morning. The page came in around 6AM where it was reported that the fire was in the attic space of the residence. The fire crews were able to put the fire out quickly and it was determined that the fire was started by a lighting strike. The house also sustained some water damage.

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The Pas and Area Animal Shelter is having a beer and bacon run for underachievers on Saturday July 28th. The event will take place behind the Roy H Johnston Arena and participants can take part in the 3K route and enjoy some beer and bacon.  Early bird registration is only 40 dollars for adults and the early bird sale ends on July 14th. A link to the registration and more information on the event can be found online at The Pas and Area Animal Shelters Facebook group.

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Kasper Transportation has announced that they will be expanding their bus services to parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan starting on October 31st the same day that Greyhound announced they will be ending their services in Northern Manitoba and the Prairies.

 

According to a post on their Facebook page there is expected to be a route from Winnipeg to Thompson. It has not yet been determined if there will be a bus route to The Pas but the company is considering The Pas a potential location.

 

The company is looking for local feedback from residents that depend on bus travel. To submit feedback call 807-355-1900 or 807-355-0780 or email scott@gokasper.com

 

Kasper Transportation is a bus company based in Thunder Bay, Ontario and more information about the company can be found at gokasper.com

 

Photo Courtesy of Facebook

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A tribe called red takes to the stage the Thursday Night at the GLMC. The Show Will Also include a performance with MTV Music Video Award Winner Drezus, Doors will open at 5:30 and the show starts at 6pm at the GLMC for ticket information call 204-627-7100.

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It’s almost time to lace those runners for the clear water lake marathon set for this Sunday. This year’s event will feature something new, electronic chip tracking for more accurate timing. The event Starts at 10 am at the clear water lake airport hall and will see runners through a 1k, 5k, 10k, and 21k Course. Late registration and pledge forms can be found at clear water lake marathon dot com and will be accepted till the end of the day Friday.

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As of October 31, the only Greyhound bus route that will operate in B-C will be the one running from Vancouver to Seattle.The company says all other routes are being cancelled -- a decision Greyhound Canada senior vice-president Stuart Kendrick says is regretful. All bus and freight services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will also be axed on the same date and Kendrick says 415 employees and approximately two million consumers will be impacted. Kendrick said the decision will leave most of the affected communities with no other transportation options but the company says it had few options because a 41 per cent decline in ridership since 2010 -- as well as other factors -- make the service unsustainable.

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The University College of the North along with the First People's Development inc will be hosting a First Nations Robotics Workshop at the college. The course is a 2 week long work shop that will cover a variety of robotics basics including designing, building and testing your own robots. The course runs from July 16th to the 28th and registration is open to everyone from 12 years of age and older.

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Residents of the Town of The Pas are reminded that there will be a public hearing regarding the Guy Halls proposal to rezone their property at The Pas municipal office this month. 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 accomodate a potential retail space in the building.

One of the concerns raised by the town is that the entrance and exit of the building is located on a curve, which could potentially affect the flow of traffic.

 

The public hearing is set for July 18th.

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The guy hall is going to be holding the Memorial Gospel Jamboree on July 13th and the 14th from 7-12PM and July 15th from 1-7PM. There will be singing prayers, testemonies, healing, refreshments and more. Everyone is welcome to attend and other musicians and singers are welcome as well.

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The Date for the Crafty Chicks quilt show has been set for September 29th at the MMF hall here in The Pas on the club side from 11AM to 4PM. The quilt show is in conjuction with culture days and will give people a chance to look at a  display of quilts and give quilt makers the opportunity to display their work. The show will also have a log cabin quilt challenge where you can vote on the best Log Cabin quilt. 

If you would like to have your quilt on display at the show you can drop them off on September 28th at the Metis Hall from 5-7PM. 

 

For more information call Debbie Howell at 204-620-4540

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The Deal That Would Have Seen OmniTrax Sell the Hudson Bay Railway Has Fallen Apart. The Denver-based corporation says that they have been working with a consortium including northern First Nations for several months on a deal, though selling the railway to the group at this point quote may not be possible. 

 

The release from OmniTrax said that the transactions, which had previously been announced by the federal government, looks to have fallen apart. 

 

The company says that the outcome is unexpected and unfortunate and that they  offer their apologies to all who depend on the line. 

 

OmniTrax recently received an order from the Canadian Transportation Agency to repair the line, though no action has been taken as of yet.

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A First Nations Robotics Workshop will be taking place at UCN The Pas Campus Boardroom from July 16th to The 27th.  The program has been held at other first nation’s communities in the past to teach participants how to build Lego robots and how to program them.

 

The students  not only learn how to build robots but they will also learn about how technology will be a big asset in their future and the importance of robots in the next 100 years.

 

If you want more information on the course or if you like to sign up call Anderson at 204-987-9570 or 204-771-0128. Registration is free

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The winners for the 2018 Canada Day Parade are in. The winner of the best decorated float was Aseneskak Casino, The best marching group was won by The Pas Air Cadets, the best group award winner was the Lane Family, the winner of the best bike female category was Isabella Crozier and the best bike award in the male category went to Kain Bonnatyne.

 

The theme for this year’s parade was home town pride.

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Applications are now being accepted for The Pas Bear Clan Patrol. The Bear Clan Patrol originated in Winnipeg and their patrol was started to protect woman, children and vulnerable people on the city’s streets and the members advocate for these people in conjunction with patrolling the streets.

 

Linda Michelle a member of Winnipeg’s Bear Clan Patrol hopes that residents of The Pas will volunteer to be part of the patrol to help make their community safer. If you’re interested in joining the bear clan, application forms can be picked up at the town office at 81 Edwards Avenue. 


You can find out more about the The Pas Bear Clan Patrol on their Facebook page or by calling Michelle at 204-978-0567

 

Photo Courtesy of Facebook

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