The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce held their annual general meeting on Wednesday night at the Rotary Room at the Sam Waller Museum. During the meeting Carrie Atkinson was elected the new Vice President and Chris Marsh was elected as one of the new board members.
Some of the items on the agenda included the financial report and resolutions to take to the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce. Some of these resolutions include a feasibility study on bringing natural gas to the North, putting rest stops and garbage cans at highway intervals, and ending daylight savings time in Manitoba.
If you would like to join The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce there are a few open positions including the president position. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining or to find out what other positions are open. Anyone can be on the board as long as they work for a business that is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Only one employee for each registered business can be considered for a position and they still have to be elected.
An employee of a contactor working for Manitoba Hydro suffered a fatal injury on Wednesday near the Northern community of Gilliam.
The accident occurred at Marshaling Yard 45 kilometers from Gilliam near the limestone generating station.
The worker was later transported to the hospital where he succumb to his injuries.
Manitoba Hydro CEO Kelvin Shepherd sends his thoughts and condolences to the workers family and says the incident was very sad and tragic.
Representatives from the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health and the RCMP are investigating.
The 1000th Block of Cathedral Avenue here in The Pas is now closed until further notice due to a water main break. For the time being drivers will be required to take a detour on Campbell Drive or Tremauden Ave. The town crews are working hard to fix the water main break but it is not known how long it will take to repair.
The Manitoba Chamber of Commerce held a special lunch gathering recently at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre in Winnipeg where Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Navdeep Bains answered questions regarding the future of Churchill and the closed rail line as well as tech, and trade in front of business leaders, Northern Representatives, and technology stake holders.
According to a news letter, Bains is hopeful that a resolution can be found with the current owners of the rail line to Churchill and he hopes that rail service will be brought back this year.
Bains also answered questions about how Manitoba fits into the government’s innovation agenda, the government’s arctic strategy, and how the federal government views Northern Manitoba, stating that the government sees the North as “Critical to Canada.”
When asked about the governments Arctic Strategy it was stated that It is not known when it will be released but Bains hopes that it will be released in a few months.
The Lions Journey for Sight started in Flin Flon this morning from the Victoria Inn. The Journey is the annual fundraiser for the Lions Eye Bank of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario. One of the organizers Dean Lounsbury from the Dauphin Lions Club says snowmobiles from across the province left Flin Flon today.
If you would like to make a donation. the snowmobilers will be stopping at the Kinsmen Club in The Pas tonight at 7:00
The snowmobilers will be joined by others from across the province as they wrap up in Brandon Saturday afternoon. The Journey for Sight raised just under 65 thousand dollars for the Eye Bank last year.
The Manitoba Historical Society is accepting nominations for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award. The award recognizes people interested in the preservation and promotion of the province’s history. The Society’s Gordon Goldsborough says nominations are open to anyone. He explains the award is intended primarily for people serving in the promotion of Manitoba’s history, so pretty much anyone who’s done things like writing books, various art projects, running museums, anything that has an aspect of preserving and promoting Manitoba’s history would qualify.
Nomination forms and more information are available on the websites of the Manitoba Historical Society www.mhs.mb.ca or the Lieutenant Governor at www.manitobalg.ca. The deadline is February 28th.
The Province has started to move from words to action with regards to the Look North report.
Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton was recently in Flin Flon, where he announced the northern steering committee, which will help co-ordinate and oversee the implementation of the Look North action plan.
Wharton said that the steering committee will lead the next phase of work to develop more detailed strategies and action plans to help unlock the tremendous economic potential that exists in the north.
OCN Chief Christian Sinclair, oversaw the report.
The full press release can be found here, and the list of committee members can be found below.
The RCMP received a report late Monday afternoon of a man who was threatening to harm himself on Highway 10 South of The Pas. Officers from surrounding RCMP detachments and the RCMP police dog services responded to the scene and they located the man in his vehicle unharmed. The man was taken to hospital and the highway was closed for about half an hour so the police could address the situation.
Last Thursday Afternoon, The Pas Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at a house on Hone Street. According to acting Fire Chief Randy Manych the fire involved combustible materials stored on the deck of the house
Manych removed the combustible material off the deck and it only took five minutes to put the fire out. Manych believes that the fire may have been caused by cigarette ashes. He would like to remind residents to exercise caution when storing combustible materials.
Manitoba’s Liberal Party Leader Dougald Lamont firmly believes that there needs to be a provincial strategy for extreme weather response for Manitoba’s homeless population to ensure that they have a warm place to stay.
Lamont stated in a news release that very few homeless shelters provide a place to stay 24/7 and they require people to leave during the day putting them at risk of frostbite or death from exposure. He added that this is a caring province where communities are stepping up to help but he feels the province isn’t pulling its weight.
Lamont is encouraging people to take action and help the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter here in The Pas by watching The Pas Huskies video for The Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup. If they win the cup they will receive $15,000 to go towards the shelter.
You can find the video on Chevrolet Canada’s You Tube Channel. The more views the video has the better the chance they have of winning.
The Pas Community Renewal Corporation is looking for applicants for a small grant fund from the Neighborhoods’ Alive Initiative. The small grant fund will support community projects up to five thousand dollars. The Pas Community Renewal Corporation is looking for applicants for a small grant fund from the Neighborhoods’ Alive Initiative. The small grant fund will support community projects up to five thousand dollars.
If you are a non-profit organization or community group that is planning a project or an event that would bring the community together in a positive way the TPCRC wants to hear from you. You must fill out your application 60 days prior to your planned event. If you wish to apply, stop by the TPCRC office at 1559 Gordon Avenue from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM or call 204-623-4269. Community based organizations do not have to be incorporated to apply.
Last Monday evening at around 6:30, The Pas RCMP responded to an injury of a taxi driver south of town. According to a news release from the RCMP the 15 year old male passenger in the taxi attacked the driver with a knife and attempted to steal cash. The driver was injured but his injuries were not life threatening.
The passenger cannot be named due to his age and he has been charged with aggravated assault and robbery.
The investigation is ongoing.
The Pas Community Renewal Corporation is asking organizations in The Pas and OCN for their events to put in February's Social Calendar. You can get your event in the calendar by messaging the TPCRC Facebook page, personal messaging Tessa Rae Rock on Facebook, emailing email@example.com, or by calling 204-623-4269. You can also drop off your information at 1559 Gordon Avenue.
The deadline to submit events is January 26th at 4PM.
The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin recently spoke to 102.9 CJAR to talk about her plans for 2018 and what she will be bringing to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly's spring session. Lathlin says she is currently planning a petition for The Pas citizens to sign as a way to advocate to get The Pas Health Clinic back on the provinces radar.
Lathlin says the clinic is badly needed in the region especially when there is a walk in clinic that has hours that change every week and that emergency rooms are being clogged with patients. She added that more doctors are needed and the doctors could have been housed at the health clinic which could reduce the cost of the Northern Patient Transportation Program.
If the cost of The Northern Patient Transportation program is reduced, patients would not have to travel to Winnipeg for treatment and they could receive treatment at home by seeing doctors housed at the clinic. Lathlin hopes to get as many signatures from residents and she will bring the petition to the spring session.
Lathlin went on to say that she also be discussing the lack of mental health and addiction centre’s in the North and the closure of rural medical emergency stations. She also looks forward to a couple of debates at the session including one on the legalization of marijuana and a bill regarding the amendment to the CFS act. The spring session will begin on March 7th.
Mark your calendars, A Texas Hold-Em tournament in support of Miss OCN Blizzard Gabby Umpherhille is being held at Kikiwak Inns Bignell Room on January 20th. The doors open at 10AM and the game starts at 1PM with a guaranteed prize of five thousand dollars for first place.
Advanced tickets are 60 dollars and there are currently 80 advanced tickets available. If you would like to purchase an advanced ticket or for more information call Herman Lathlin at 204-698-0199 or Lauren Melnyk at 204-620-6488. Tickets at the door will cost 80 dollars.
Umpherville will be running for the 2018 Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Fur Queen.
The support for Miss Missinippi Airways Cherilyn Muilenburg continues with a Family Fun Mini Trappers Night at UCN on January 26th. The event runs from 6-9 PM. Tickets are 10 dollars a person and children under 2 are free. Muilenburg is running for the 2018 Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Fur Queen.
The first council and committee of the whole meetings of 2018 for The Town of The Pas were held on Monday.
The council meeting went by relatively quickly but a lot was discussed at the committee of the whole meeting. Some of the items brought forward at the committee of the whole meeting included a variation application for a building on Constant Avenue, The updated EMO Plan, an engagement letter for the 2017 audit, and board reappointments for the Sam Wallar Museum.
A request also came forward with regards to Stand Up For Oscars Place requesting a meeting with council to discuss the ongoing issues with the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter. It has not yet been determined when council will meet with the Stand up For Oscars Place Group.
The next council and committee of the whole meetings are set for January 22nd
Olivia McCorriston the Chair for the Stand Up For Oscars Place group recently stepped down from her position and Louise Dewer will be filling the position as group chair.
McCorriston says she decided to step down because she is still working full time and she felt that Dewar was in a better place to be group chair because of the time that she has.
McCorriston will remain a board member for the group and will continue with fundraising and whatever needs to be done for the homeless shelter.
The group is currently working on fundraising to secure a new building for the shelter before the end of March. You can keep up to date with the Stand up for Oscars Place group on Facebook.
Yesterday, a new art exhibit called “Trying So Hard to Be So Hard” also known as “Hard Kids” opened at the Sam Wallar Museum. The Exhibit features Batik portraits done by artist Karen clark. The artwork was made using excessive layers of wax and dyes and the portraits contain various facial expressions.
Museum Director Sharain Jones says she likes how vibrant the fabric looks with the various types of wax and dyes that were used in the artwork. The art exhibit will be on display until March 23rd
This Friday night, the Alouette Hotel will be holding a meat draw from 5-7PM in support of Cherilyn Muilenburg. She will be running for the 2018 Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Fur Queen.
The event will also feature a 50/50 draw, cash calendars, and fur queen raffle tickets.
Zumba with Erin’s 2018 Winter and Spring Schedule has been released. Classes will be held every Monday this month at 5:30 PM and at 7PM on January 11th and 25th at the Legion Hall.
The entry fee is 7 dollars for a drop in, 35 dollars for a 6 class pass, and 50 dollars for a 10 class pass. Students will get 20 percent off a 10 class pass if they show a valid student ID.
To view the entire 2018 Winter and Spring Schedule or for more information to go Zumba with Erin’s Facebook page.
If you own a Ram 1500 model year 2009 through 2017 or a Ram 2500 model year 2010 through 2017, it might be part of a recall.
The recall affects 290,200 trucks across the country that have a steering column gear shift.
Transport Canada, who issued the recall, says that the brake transmission shift interlock may become inoperative in affected vehicles, which could allow the steering column gear shift lever to be shifted out of park without the brake pedal being pressed or the key in the ignition.
To find out if your truck is affected, you can click on the link here, by calling Chrysler at 1.800.465.2001 or by visiting the dealer.
Below is a chart of model years affected.
Pre-registration is now open for The Northern Manitoba Trapper’s Festival Stage & Talent Show. The categories range from 12 and under, 13 to 17 years, to 18 and over. Contestants are allowed only 8 participants per category.
Share your talent with the community and it could lead to cash and prizes worth one thousand two hundred and fifty dollars.
The show is at Margaret Barbour Collegiate Friday February 16 at 7 pm.
You can also register the day of the show when doors open at 6 :15.
To pre-register e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Moffat Family Fund is now accepting applications for 2018. In late 2001 Randy Moffat and his family established a fund through the Winnipeg Foundation with a gift of 100 million dollars. In 2018 sixty thousand dollars has been allocated to The Pas.
In order to disburse these funds in a fair and equitable way, a call for proposals is being done through the Kelsey Recreation Commission.
Applicants must be charitable, non-profit organizations. Applications can be picked up at the front desk of the Wellness Centre.
For more information contact Kelsey Recreation at 627 – 1131, fax 627 – 1147 or e-mail email@example.com.
Deadline for applications is Friday March 2nd at 4 : 30 pm.
You can fish with friends and family this year in the Bill Bannock Classic ice Fishing Derby, to be held on Saturday April 7th, 2018. When you buy an early bird ticket, ask for a group number. It will be given to a group to mention when they buy tickets. Maximum number allowed per group is 10, and Bill Bannock Committee members are the only ones who can make changes to the group numbers. Early bird tickets are available at the usual outlets and at www.tickettailor.com until March 21/18
The Numbers are in for Operation Rednose for 2017 in The Pas.
The free service gave a total of 382 rides this year, with 160 volunteers.
A total of 883 passengers were given safe rides home and volunteers drove a total of 5460 KM
This total put The Pas in 3rd place behind only Winnipeg and Portage and ahead of Thompson for rides.
In total six thousand, two hundred and sixty six dollars was donated to The Pas Roadrunners.
Operation Rednose thanks everyone who did their part to make the holiday season a little safer,
Karen Astrid Clark is interested in the social comment that artwork offers. Concern for people and the environment of her northern home are increasingly part of her subject matter.
The purpose of the hard project is to awaken empathy for the portrait subjects. The expression speaks of defense that is succesful or not so successful at hiding the emotions within.
Karen's hard portraits will be displayed at the Susan MacCharles Gallery at the Sam Waller Museum from January 8th to March 30th.
For further information call the museum at 623-3802 or email at Samwallermuseum@mts.net
The Pas Regional Library invites you to warm up with a good book and wants you to bring your children too.
Story hour will be starting again on January 11th and will run every Thursday until June 21st for Children ages 3-5 from 1030 to 1130 am.
To register your child call 204-623-2023, for $20 a session.
The Pas Regional library is located at 53 Edwards avenue
The Manitoba Infrastructure Water Management division warns people who still go outside in frigid temperatures and extreme wind chills that the dangers of thin ice still exist.
Areas currently affected are Big Lake to Jory Pumping station, Jory to Pasquia river and Pasquia river to town.
People are asked to take precautions around these areas which are also marked by signs.
There will be a pre- New Years social tonight in supportof Miss OCN Blizzard Gabby Umpherville. Gabby is a Fur Queen contestant in the Northern Manitoba Trappers festival. The social will be held in the Kikiwak Inn, Bignell Room with music by DJ Derek4Real. There will be OCN Blizzard's Chase the ace, door prizes, 50/50, silent auction and wild card. For tickets call MJ Jebb at 620-2106, Jaime Clemons at 623-5622 or Gabby at 978-1204. All proceeds go towards the Festival.
Since Winter isn't going anywhere, let's go out and enjoy it.
Snowshoes are available for use at The Pas Wellness Centre. They can be borrowed or used for the completion of the rental agreement. A refundable deposit is required by non-members.
Snowshoeing can be enjoyable even during a cold snap as long as you bundle up and get active.
For further information contact The Pas Recreation and Wellness Centre at 627-1134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents of Kelsey School Division Students and the general public are invited to attend a public budget consultation meeting Monday January 22 at 6:30 PM in the board room of the Administrative Building on 322 Edwards Avenue. The meeting is to provide opportunity for input regarding suggested items for the 2018-2019 budget year.
Information packages will be available at the meeting and board members will be available to discuss budget items with you. They can also be picked up at the office after January 2018.
The OCN RCMP responded to a weapons complaint at the Kikiwak Inn on Monday evening. According to RCMP Staff Sergeant Brent Mattice, members arrived almost immediately where they evacuated the patrons from the hotel for their safety and they apprehended the male suspect shortly afterwards. The suspect was in possession of a weapon which was seized by the RCMP.
The name of the suspect has not yet been released and the investigation is ongoing.
Local artist Veronica Thomas has been making beadwork to raise money for the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter. Thomas has made key fobs and earrings that say, “I Support Oscars Place” written on them. Stand up for Oscars Place Group Chair Olivia McCorriston says that she hopes to use the money raised to purchase cots for the shelter. The cost is 15 dollars for key fobs and 25 dollars for a pair of earrings To find out how to purchase the beadwork visit the Stand Up for Oscars Place Facebook group.
Tour Operator Frontiers North Adventures has released its first sustainability report. According to a news release the report uses the global reporting initiative which is the international standard in sustainable reporting to assess its environmental and social impact.
President and CEO of Frontiers North Adventures John Gunter says “We feel it is our responsibility to help maintain the integrity of the ecosystem in which we operate to ensure they remain healthy and intact for generations to come.”
The report was also able to determine the company’s overall energy use and GHG emissions. Since 2014 Frontiers North Adventures optimized their charter flight schedule, transition from propane to diesel powered heating systems on its road fleet, and they made an effort to operate systems only when they had to.
The Chase the Chill in The Pas is a local initiative where people leave knitted scarves and toques around town to provide warm clothing for less fortunate people. According to The Pas Chief Administrative Officer Randi Salamanowicz the local group placed more than 100 scarves and toques on The Town Office and Friendship Centre property over the weekend and on Monday the group was asked to remove the clothing that they left from the entrance way leading to the town office/friendship centre.
Even though they were asked to remove the clothes from the entrance of the town hall The Pas Chief Administrative Officer Randi Salamonwicz wants to clarify that she has no problem with the program.
You can keep up to date with the Chase the Chill in The Pas by following them on facebook.
The Pas Regional Library is inviting residents to the “Spirit of One Community Sculpture Unveiling” today from 10 AM to 6PM. Over the last couple of months a team of people from The Pas, OCN, and The RM of Kelsey Called “Culture Casters” went out in the community casting people’s fingers as a metaphorical way of asking residents what they could do to make the community better and they would write their ideas on cards. The Sculpture being unveiled is made out of the casted fingers from community members.
The project was orchestrated by local artist Karen Driedger and the sculpture will be on display at many different places in the Pas throughout the New Year.
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19 is having a “Let’s Get Lit-Glow Theme Boxing Day social in support of Miss Missinippi Airways Cherlyn Muilenburg.
The event will run from 9PM to 2AM on Boxing Day and there will be prizes, a raffle, and entertainment. Tickets are 20 dollars each and all proceeds will go to the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival.
Tickets can be purcahsed from Missinippi Airways or by calling 204-620-6566
Last Week, National Access Cannabis entered a limited partnership agreement with Opaskwayak Cree Nation and two other Manitoba First Nations to establish a retail recreational cannabis distribution network in Manitoba once the drug becomes legal. A partnership has also been established in Long Plain First Nation and Peguis First Nation.
National Access Cannabis CEO Mark Goliger stated in a news release that This partnership will not only support Manitoba’s indigenous first nations but also the province, in meeting obligations to provide Manitobans access to safe and legal cannabis.
NAC in partnership with the First Nations intends to build and operate a network of recreational cannabis stores on the First Nations owned land when they are legally permitted to do so.
The Pas Kinsmen’s annual ice shack raffle has started. The first prize is an Ice Shack Valued at $2500, and the second prize is ice fishing gear worth approximately $500 dollars. Tickets are ten dollars each and they can be purchased from any Kin member. The draw date is December 26th at 7PM
There will be a special Boxing Day social at the Guy Hall called Boxing Day Rendezvous in Support of Miss Carley Bearing and Auto Breanna Stoltz. Tickets are $15 dollars each and you are asked to wear Plaid. The event runs from 9PM to 2AM and there will be prizes, a 50/50 draw, and entertainment by DJ Derek 4 Real. You must be 18 or older to attend.
Reeve Rod Berzoweki says there was a variation order for a trailer placement in The Ralls Island Area of the RM of Kelsey and council sent it back for further information. This matter is expected to be brought back at a later date.
They also talked about road conditions and ongoing drainage works going on in the Valley and Ralls Island. There next meeting is expected to take place sometime in January.
The monthly mayor reports for the month of November have been released. The Pas saw a total of 142 disturbances of the peace, 109 index checks, 82 prisoners held, and 57 provincial traffic violations.
The RM of Kelsey had a total of 59 provincial traffic violations. 12 provincial statutes, 12 cases of Mischief, and 10 assaults.
Last weekend, MP Niki Ashton and her partner Bruce Moncur came to The Pas for Ashton's seasonal meet and greet. This year they had the pleasure of introducing their twin boys, Stephanos and Leonidas. Residents had the chance to meet Ashton and Moncurs children, socialize, and ask any questions that had.
Ashton said she was very proud of the leadership campaign saying that she managed to push the NDP to be a principled party and to reconnect with key values that the party has.
She added that she looks forward to pushing the key issues in the North including the ongoing situation with the railway to Churchill and to have Omnitrax out of the North.
The Pas Operation Rednose has given 197 rides to 464 passengers as of December 10th.
Operation Rednose provides free rides for people during the holiday season to prevent impaired driving and they are currently in need of volunteers for December 22nd and 23nd and New Years Eve. If you would like to help out call Tara at 204-620-5646
Each year the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce asks all the local chambers to submit resolutions to improve commerce and economic development throughout Manitoba
The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce is looking for local input on what resolutions could be brought to the MCC.
Some of the ideas the board has so far include, ending day light savings day, and rest stops and garbage cans at intervals along the highways. If you have a resolution that you would like to suggest you are asked let the The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce know in detail by January 4th. They can be contacted at email@example.com or by calling 204-623-7256. Resolutions will be discussed at The Pas and District chamber of commerce annual general meeting on January 17th at the Sam Waller royal room.
Visit mbchamber.mb.ca to learn more about the resolution process.
The Pas Town Council discussed the upcoming legalization of cannabis in Canada at Monday night’s committee of the whole meeting. According to The Pas Mayor Jim Scott communities across the province were notified that if they want to sell recreational cannabis in their community they need to make their indication clear to the Province of Manitoba by December 22nd otherwise they would be looked at as not interested in selling the drug.
The Town of The Pas wants to let the province to know that they support the sale of the drug in the community and they hope to collect revenue from the sales. Most of the council members are in favour of having a cannabis shop in The Pas and there has been some interest in the community to sell recreational cannabis.
Recreational cannabis is set to be legal nationwide in July of 2018.
The Stand Up For Oscars Place Group has announced that there will be a Christmas Dinner on Christmas day from 1-4PM at Oscars Place. For more information you can contact group chair Olivia McCorriston at 204-761-9244. You can keep up to date with Stand Up for Oscars Place on their Facebook group.
Last Week, The Pas Area Resident Al Mclauchlan was made the Tourism Consultant to roll out the Northern Manitoba Tourism Strategy for Travel Manitoba. Mclauchlan says he has been a big proponent for development and tourism in the North for many years and he sees the potential for tourism growth. He looks forward to traveling and meeting people and he will officially start work on December 19th.
Some of the attractions listed in The Tourism Strategy include, Clearwater Lake Provincial Park, Great White Bear Tours, and the Heritage North Museum. You can find a PDF copy of The Northern Manitoba Tourism Strategy at TravelManitoba.com
WSP was hired by Manitoba Housing to conduct a secondary and subdivision plan for a piece of land located east of UCN. Manitoba Housing has received interest from a local developer to build a 24 room housing unit and workers at WSP conducted an open house at UCN last Wednesday to give residents information about the secondary and subdivision plan and to allow them to bring up any concerns that they have.
Some of the concerns brought up at the presentation were the ongoing issues with the town’s sewage lagoon as well as issues with walkways between streets. Scott Rosin a Landscape Architect from WSP said that that another concern brought up at the presentation was that there are safety issues with walkways between streets, this is an issue that WSP will identify in their secondary plan and figure out how to overcome this issue.
The next step for WSP is to take the feedback they received and finalize their secondary plan which is expected to be submitted in early 2018. If you have any concerns about this project here is a link to a survey.
The Pas Regional Library is inviting residents to the “Spirit of One Community Sculpture Unveiling” on December 20th from 10 AM to 6PM. Over the last couple of months a team of people from The Pas, OCN, and The RM of Kelsey Called “Culture Casters” went out in the community casting peoples fingers as a metaphorical way of asking residents what they could to make the community better and they would write their ideas on cards. The sculpture being unveiled is made out of the casted fingers from community members.
The project was orchestrated by local artist Karen Driedger and the sculpture will be on display at many different places in the Pas throughout 2018.
With the rail line to Churchill still not repaired local NDP MP Niki Ashton stated that this has been a frustrating issue for so many people in Northern Manitoba and The Town of Churchill. Ashton found out that the federal government has directed Omnitrax the owner of the railway to begin reparations of the railway or else they will be sued.
Ashtons sees the federal governments approach to be positive but she is concerned that they may not be ready to repair the rail line in the New Year. She firmly believes that continued pressure to get Omnitrax out of Northern Manitoba is critical feeling that they are the reason behind the rail line not getting fixed.
The Manitoba NDPs Bill 211 has not received the support of the Progressive Conservatives. Bill 211 would have amended maternity and paternity leave legislation in Manitoba allowing parents to take advantage of new employment insurance provisions amended by the Federal Government which allow parents to extend leave benefits over 18 months as opposed to the previous 12 months.
As of now provincial legislation limits employees to 12 months of leave and without legislative changes. In Manitoba employees will not be guaranteed the right to return to their job if they choose to take advantage of the 18 month option.
According to a news release from the NDP, The Refusal of The Pallister Government to give parents the option to stretch maternity and paternity leaves is going to hurt families and they feel that the Pallister Government is not on the side of Manitoba Families.
With legalization of recreational marijuana on the horizon in Canada the NDP has expressed concern about the lack of supports for municipalities and communities regarding the legalization timeline.
Local NDP MP Niki Ashton says quote “legalization was a commitment made by the Liberals in the election and it took them a long time to get things moving.” There has been some concern that some jurisdictions will feel jammed with the July First 2018 timeline and that there needs to be resources to support communities in the face of this time line.
Ashton went on to say that most Canadians are in support of the legalization of recreational marijuana, but there needs to be implementation of the law so that everyone including the police can do the work that they need to do.
The Pas Kinsmen began their first day of christmas tree sales Yesterday. You can still purchase a christmas tree and help to support the club.
Tree Sales will run today and tomorrow from 4-8PM, this Saturday from 11AM to 6PM, and this Sunday from 11AM to 5PM at G&L Storage next to Northland Ford. You can also pick up ice shack tickets while you’re at it.
All the trees are Fraser Fir. For a list of tree prices go to The Pas Kinsmen’s Facebook Page.
The Pas Regional Library will be running their next session of story hour every Thursday from January 11th until June 21st. Every week will be a different theme and children will have the opportunity to play games, do crafts, and have stories read to them.
The program is open to children aged 3-5 and registration is open. Cost is $20 for the session and you can sign up by calling 204-623-2023.
MP Niki Ashton will be here in The Pas for her Seasonal meet and greet this Saturday at 1416 Gordon Avenue from 2-4 PM.
The meet and greet will give residents of The Pas the opportunity to bring up any concerns that they have and Ashton will also be introducing her twin boys.
The event is open to everyone.
Registration forms for The Pas Community Renewal Corporations Santa Claus Parade are now available. If you would like to sign up for the parade now is the time to do so. Forms can be found online at the TPCRC Facebook page or they can be picked up at the TPCRC office at 1559 Gordon Avenue.
This year the parade will take place on December 15th and it will begin at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre at 6PM and finish at the RHJ Arena. The parade will be followed by a free skate at the RHJ Arena from 7:15 to 9:15 sponsored by The Pas In Motion.
The deadline to submit registration forms is December 14th at 4:30 PM. For More information call Desarae Lambert at 204-623-4269.
The Pas Regional Library will be having a children’s Christmas party on December 11th.
The party will feature Christmas themed stories, crafts, snacks, and dancing.
The preschool party will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 AM and the kindergarten to grade five party will run from 1-3PM. Space is limited so sign up by calling 204-623-2023.
There will be a teen Christmas Dance at The Pas Friendship Centre on December 15th. The event will run from 7 to 10 PM and will feature music by DJ Derek. The Event is open to youth aged 13 to 17 and admission is by donation of non perishable food items for Oscars Place.
The event is being run by The Pas Family Resource Centre and The Pas Friendship Centre for more information call 623-6349.
The Opasquia School Gym held a sensory friendly visit from Santa Claus on November 25th. The event was run by The Autism Society of Manitoba and it gave children on the autism spectrum a chance to visit Santa in a sensory friendly environment.
Some of the ways they made Santa’s visit more sensory friendly was by having sensory friendly lighting and by having Santa speak in a quiet voice. The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin was present at the event to hand out Candy Canes and Flags.
The event also had a visit from Mrs Claus, Melanie Young a local Autism of Society of Manitoba volunteer would like to thank the volunteers that helped out at the event and The Autism Society for putting the event together.
The Sam Waller Museum held a paint workshop at the Wescana Inn on November 30th. The workshop involved participants painting an image of a lighthouse on a cliff under the direction of artist Fran Copper an artist that does a wide variety of artwork.
The museum is looking at running another art workshop within the first two months of the New Year but nothing has been planned as of now.
The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin acknowledged The Town of The Pas with a private member statement on Wednesday. The private member statement gives any MLA the opportunity to acknowledge a constituent or a community in recognition of commitment or leadership within their communities.
Lathlin went on to say that it was one year ago that The Pas almost lost the paper mill and she felt that it was beneficial to recognize and commemorate the community, paper mill employees, first nations leadership, local leadership, local business leaders, and union representatives for coming together and putting in hard work to find a solution during the potential crisis. The Private member Statement was accepted by The Pas mayor Jim Scott on behalf of The Community during question period
Earlier this week, The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin Addressed the Manitoba Legislature with a few questions regarding the Norway House compensation package for damage caused by flooding in the community.
According to Lathlin, part of the adverse effects agreement between Manitoba Hydro, Norway House Community Council, and the Manitoba Government where they signed an advanced agreement last year as part of the compensation package. Since the agreement was signed the community has not heard anything from the Provincial Government.
When Lathlin asked why the government has not responded to the communities concerns, Minister of Crown Services Cliff Cullen responded by saying Manitoba hydro is at the crossroads and they will be going through a rate review process. Lathlin added that the compensation of Norway House includes much needed land for housing, and economic development and there is no reason to delay the completion of this nearly finished process and she asked if the Government will implement this agreement to help Norway House grow their economy.
Cullen responded by saying the government is very proud of the consultations that they have had with the first nations communities which is very important as they develop all of Manitoba. He added that there has been a lot of discussion with individual communities of The North and would like to ensure that these discussions and consultations will continue. The Norway House community council mayor and the chief administrative officer were present in the gallery where they had hoped to meet with Premier Pallister to ask what he is going to resolve these ongoing issues. It is not known if they met with Pallister or not.
The Results of The Annual OCN Christmas Hamper Drive are in. With all the donations from community members a total of $28,211 was raised. All money raised will go towards providing food for less fortunate families this holiday season your donations are greatly appreciated and you can still donate. Go to OCN finance in the Otineka mall
The Town of The Pas Recently had an Operation Christmas Child shoebox drive. Operation Christmas Child involves packing shoe boxes full of Toys and other gifts for children in third world countries.
According to Local Area Coordinator Pat Tonn, A total of 322 shoeboxes were shipped from the collection centre here in The Pas. She added that Children in Africa, Central American and Ukraine will experience the joy that these gifts will bring them.
Shoeboxes can still be packed online at samaritanspurse.ca.
The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed the Manitoba Legislature recently by asking if the provincial government will reverse its harmful cuts to homecare. Lathlin was approached by a constituent at Pineview Manor who told Lathlin that she may be forced to move to a personal care home even though she is happy where she lives.
Heather Stefanson the Minister of Justice responded to Lathlins question by saying that after 17 years of quote “Mismanagement” of the health care system the province is in the situation that it is in today. She added that the Minister of Health is working with stakeholders to ensure that health care is there for Manitobans when they need it.
Lathlin added that the Provincial Government is also cutting funding for mental health and addiction services at the same time that they are predicting the loss of at least 1500 jobs in Northern Manitoba. According to Lathlin, in the face of job losses strong mental health and addiction support becomes an essential service especially in Northern Communities. She asked if the government would acknowledge that their plan isn’t working and instead commit to expanding on site access to mental health services in Northern Manitoba towns and First Nations.
Stefanson responded by acknowledging that there is work to be done to strengthen the system and improve access to mental health and addictions services throughout Manitoba. She added that they have engaged in the services of Virgo Planning and Evaluation to assist the government in developing a comprehensive mental health and addictions strategy. They hope to hear the outcomes of this report in the next few months.
During Question Period at The Manitoba Legislature recently The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin stated that the Provincial Government canceled many health care investments in Northern Manitoba including The Health Clinics in The Pas and Thompson.
When Lathlin asked if the Government would cancel the cuts and restore these much needed investments Heather Stefanson the Minster of Justice said that they recognize that changes need to take place in order to move forward with respect to the health care system in the province and they are planning to consult all Manitobans including those that live in the North.
Lathlin believes that the cancelation of these health investments are hurting the people of Manitoba especially those that live in The North.
The holiday season is among us and The Pas Family Resource Centre and The Pas Friendship Centre have started their annual Christmas toy Drive. Donations of toys and gifts can be dropped off at the following locations: Ace Hardware, Extra Foods, Home Hardware, or at the Friendship or Family recourse centre’s.
Your donation will help to make a child happy at Christmas time. The deadline to drop off donations is December 15th.
The Stand Up for Oscars Group is running a fundraiser called “Cot You Caring” for The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter. Money raised will go towards buying cots for the Shelter. The cots the shelter is in need of are medical cots that are $495 each. So far the group has been able to purchase 10 cots with a donation of $5000 and they are still in need of donations from the community to reach their goal of 25 cots.
Having cots will have many benefits such as keeping the heating costs lower, making it easier for people with joint issues to get in and out of bed, and to keep people off the floor. The Group is also planning on having a chase the ace to help raise money for the cots. If you would like to make a donation call Olivia McCorriston at 204-761-9244.
The 2017 Community Wellness Challenge Officially Wrapped Up last Wednesday with a celebration. Rus Thorne Regional Community Health Developer says the challenge involved members of the community filling out Wellness Challenge tick sheets that contained healthy behaviors such as eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and getting physical activity. If the participants took part in these behaviors they would mark them off their tick sheets.
Rus added that over 350 people took part in the challenge and he hopes that more people will participate next year.
A car fire broke out in the downtown area of The Pas early Yesterday morning. According to Chief Fire Prevention Officer Randy Manych the call came in around 1:34 AM and the vehicle was consumed by the fire.
The fire was put out relatively quickly and the exact cause of the blaze has not been determined.
The Stand Up for Oscars Place Group held a meeting last Saturday at the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter. During the meeting they went through some options on where they will move the Shelter at the beginning of April as The Pas Friendship Centre is not allowing the group to continue using their building after March of 2018. The Group is also planning a fundraising Chase the Ace and a cot drive for The Shelter.
There will be another community meeting on December 2nd where they will be wrapping cardboard boxes to put in stores around town to collect donations for the Shelter. You can keep up to date with Stand Up For Oscars Place by joining their group on Facebook.
A Christmas Concert is being put together in support of Miss Missinippi Airways Cherilyn Muilenburg who is running for the 2018 Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Fur Queen competition.
The concert will take place at the UCN Cafeteria On December 2nd that will feature performances by local talent.
If you would like to perform at the event or if you would like to buy tickets you can phone Muilenburg at 204-620-6566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are 15 dollars apiece and children under 5 are free.
The Pas Community Choir Presents “We wish you the Merriest” at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral on December 10th. The doors will open at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 7.
Admission is $10,00 for adults, $5.00 for children 6-16 and children 5 and under are free.
You can buy tickets at the door, The Pas Regional library, Shane’s music uptown, or e transfer email@example.com