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Aurora House is holding a vigil at The Pas Regional Library Annex for The National Day of remembrance and Action on Violence against Woman in observance of the 1989 Montreal Massacre.

 

The Vigil will take place on December 6th at noon with a community forum and luncheon to follow from 1-3 PM. There will also be art installations on display and Janet Head will be guest speaking.

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Manitoba Public Insurance is saying that October was a disturbing month for Manitoba’s Roadways. According to a news release 12,000 collision claims were reported and 12 people were killed in auto related collisions on public roadways. Collision counts were 8 times higher than October of last year.

 

Ward Keith from MPI says these trends are concerning and at this time of year it is really important to adjust driving behaviors as road and weather conditions fluctuate. Some of the tips MPI has for driving this winter include, being cautious when travelling on overpasses and bridges, and to give yourself five or ten extra minutes to get to your destination safely.

 

Other safety tips for driving in winter include. Keeping windshields clear of snow and ice and keeping washer fluid topped off, allowing yourself more time to stop as traction is reduced when roads are slippery, and to get winter tires if you do not have them.

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The monthly mayor reports for the month of October have been released. The Pas Saw a total of 158 disturbances of the peace, 102 index checks, 35 cases of mischief, and 30 assaults.

 

The RM of Kelsey had 51 provincial traffic violations 15 Breaches of peace, and 19 provincial statutes.

 

The community of Cormorant had a total of seven offenses most of them being disturbances of the peace.

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Churchill’s Mayor Michael Spence and The Pas Mayor Jim Scott announced their reactions to the news that the Federal Government is preparing legal action regarding OmniTRAX refusal to repair the Hudson Bay Railway and restore essential services to the North.

 

According to a news release Scott stated “The Current rail line owner has refused to talk directly to the northern communities about their plans and we watched in dismay as workers are laid off and rail maintenance is shipped south. He added that Omnitrax had almost 200 workers in Northern Manitoba and now it appears they are down to the final 8 in The Pas.

 

Churchill’s Mayor Michael Spence says with the Federal government ramping up action on this matter they can now begin planning for the 2018 season. He noted that there is still a lot of work to do to get ready for a transfer of ownership, repairing the rail line, and preparing for a successful and profitable shipping season.

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Members of the Clearwater Lake Social Club brought forward a special business proposal to The Pas Town Council on Monday evening. Club member Karen Driedger says they are looking at starting a marketing campaign and fundraiser where they would lottery off one of the lots at Clearwater Lake and the proceeds from those funds would go towards renovating the Social Club Hall.

 

The marketing campaign would be online and its purpose would be to get people interested in the lots that are for sale. The goal of having one piece of land won in a lottery is to build some excitement around the other lots that are for sale in The Clearwater Lake area.

 

Driedger went on to say that mayor and council responded with a lot of interest as well as some concern on how it would impact the rest of the community. The representatives from the social club hope to have more discussions with mayor and council on this plan in the future.

 

 

 

 

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The Autism Society of Manitoba is having a sensory friendly visit from Santa which is set to take place at the Opasquia School Gym on November 25th. The sensory friendly visit from Santa will take place from 9AM to 11AM in a quiet environment with no line ups and with sensory friendly lighting.

 

Participants will also have the opportunity to get their picture taken with Santa. Children on the autism spectrum often struggle with overstimulation and this can make activities like seeing Santa difficult.

 

You must register ahead of time in order to attend and you can sign up by calling Melanie at 204-623-3187 mel@northlandford.mb.ca

 

 

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Marigold Pre Schools 27th Annual Festival of trees is set to take place on November 25th at the Opasquia School from 12-5PM. The event will feature raffles, entertainment, tree displays, pictures with Santa and more. Admission is $5 dollars, children under 12 are free and the must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds will go towards the Marigold Pre School.

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The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin recently asked the Provincial Minister for Growth Enterprise and Trade during question period how many people were laid off at Omnitrax and if the Government received a notice from Omnitrax that they were planning to lay off employees.

According to the Provincial law, companies that plan to lay off 50 or more employees are required to provide the Government with ten weeks notice.

 

The Minster stated that 14,600 new jobs year over year have been created in Manitoba and he felt that the reason for the rail service issues was due to 20 million dollars given to Omnitrax by the previous government quote “disappeared”. He concluded by saying “We continue to work with the people in the North to create good paying jobs, and the north would benefit under our Government”.

 

 

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November 8th was Aboriginal Veterans Day and OCN Held a ceremony at the cemetery at Big Eddy to acknowledge the veterans of OCN. They had a small ceremony with flags and families members of OCN veterans had a chance to speak.

 

Vice Onekanew Jennifer Flett said that they are looking for input from community members on whether this ceremony should be the main ceremony for Aboriginal Veterans Day next year and the years to come.

 

People can give their input by attending Aboriginal Veterans Day meetings that are called by OCN. Flett added that the ceremony went really well and she would like to thank everyone that came out.

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This week is the last week to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. A project run by Samaritans Purse that sends gifts to less fortunate children in third world countries and this is the 20th year that it has being run in The Pas.

 

This year boxes can be picked up at the Library, The Grub Box, ACE Hardware the Northern Lights Dollar Store, or participating churches in town.

 

When you a fill a box you are asked to choose whether you will be giving the box to a boy or a girl as well as an age category. Shoebox items can include, toys such as balls, yo-yo’s, skipping ropes and school supplies. Shoeboxes cannot include any war related toys or toy weapons, used or broken items, food, liquids, aerosol cans, or glass items.

 

A complete list of items that can be packed can be found online at samaritanspurse.ca

filled shoe boxes can be dropped off at the regional library, the Grub Box or at participating churches.

 

The deadline to drop off boxes is November 18th.

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There will be a Remembrance Day Ceremony and parade in The Pas Tomorrow.

Participants of the parade will be meeting at the Legion Branch 19 at 10AM and they will leave at 10:30. Anyone can participate in the parade and the ceremony will begin at 10:45 at MBCI.

 

The Pas Mayor Jim Scott and OCN Vice Chief Jennifer Flett will be speaking and there will be a performance by some drummers and the MBCI choir and band. There will be 28 wreathes presented at this year’s ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by a luncheon in the legion club room for anyone that attended the service

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Today is the one year anniversary of the day that Canadian Kraft Paper an affiliate of American Industrial Acquisition Corporation purchased the paper mill here in The Pas.

A year ago things were not looking good for the mill as there were no paper orders, no contracts in place for fibre supply, a concerned uncertain workforce, and a mill that needed major maintenance.

 

Senior Vice President of AIAC Tony Zandos says that after a year they now have a strong order book, an abundant fibre supply, and major financing and equipment refurbishment programs have been completed.

 

Mill Manager Andre Murphy stated in a news release that they have a five year strategic plan for continued investments in capital projects that will see the mill evolve as they continue to produce high quality Kraft paper grades.

 

Zandos added that This Achievement would not have been possible without the vision, hard work, dedication, and commitment of all those employed at CKP and those that supported them along the way. Including The Town of The Pas, OCN and The RM of Kelsey.

 

Photo From: canadiankraftpaper.com

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Mike Williamson, The Mill Wright instructor at UCN is the winner of the Apprenticeship Instructor of the year award from The Apprenticeship Branch of Manitoba. Williamson was nominated by one of his students.

 

UCN Director of Communications Jim Scott says Williamson creates relationships with his students so that they feel more comfortable and that he is a very likable person who works well in his classroom.

 

Scott added that he is very proud of Williamson and that the award was extremely well deserved.

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The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin recently addressed the ongoing issues with The Hudson Bay Railway during Question Period of The legislative assembly of Manitoba and she asked what the government is doing to restore full rail service to Northern Manitoba.

 

The Minster of Infrastructure responded by saying he appreciates Lathlins passion on the issue. He added that fuel has arrived in Churchill via tanker and he asked members opposite if they would join with them in pursuing that the federal government lives up to the obligations of the railway.

 

According to Lathlin, reduced rail service means fewer jobs and fewer people living in the North. She said she learned that the cost of gas in Churchill was going to go up by 30 percent and that workers have been laid off at HBR rail. She says the government needs to pressure Ommnitrax to restore rail service to Northern Manitoba.

 

 

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The Clearwater Lake Social Club is running a meat draw on November 24th at 6PM. They event will also feature a silent auction a 50/50 draw and hot pulled pork on a bun.

 

Tickets are 5 dollars each and they can be purchased at Wally's Place here in The Pas or by calling Wes at 623-0301 or Celeste at 624-5162.  All proceeds will go towards renovations for the social clubs kitchen.

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The Ralls Island Community Park will be having a meat draw at the Allouette Hotel on November 24th. The event will be begin a 5PM and will feature three rounds of meat draws, and a 50/50 draw.

 

Admission is free and money raised at the event will go towards making repairs at the Ralls Island Community Park. The parks rink and warm up shack are both in need of maintenance. There are plans to have another Meat Draw at the Allouette Hotel on December 22nd. Jessica Chaplin the Treasurer of the Ralls Island Committee would like to thank everyone for their support.

 

 

Photo Courtesy Of Facebook

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With the recent announcement that The Hudson Bay Railway has laid off some of their employees and the rail line to Churchill not yet repaired The Pas Mayor Jim Scott says it’s obvious that the rail industry in Northern Manitoba is getting smaller.

 

He says the federal government needs to have a serious one on one discussion with Omnitrax the American Based company that owns The Hudson Bay Railway to make the repairs saying quote “They own a railway and they should be held responsible to fix it.” He added that it seems like nothing is being done to fix the railway.

 

 

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The Office of the Fire Commissioner is reminding Manitobans to check fire extinguishers in homes, offices, and vehicles after a recall was issued. According to a news release the recall affects two styles of fire extinguishers under the brand name Kidde and Garrison as well as push button pindicator extinguishers made between 1973 and August 15th of 2017.

The recall is due to incidents where the extinguishers have become clogged or required excessive force to activate.

 

You can request a free replacement fire extinguisher by calling Kidde at 1-855-233-2882 or at kiddecanada.com.

 

A full list of recalled products can be found at www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2017/65014r-eng.php

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The Diabetes Expo 2017 is set to take place on November 17th at the Kikiwak Inn from 11AM to 4PM.  The event will feature a cooking demo, a diabetes bingo, and community diabetes resources displays. The event is sponsored by the Opaskwayak Health Authority and the Northern Health Region. For more information call Shawn Yaremko at 204-627-7410

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There will be a sobriety dinner and dance at the OCN Veterans Hall on November 18th. The event is being held by The OCN Child and Family Services in partnership with The Beatrice Wilson Health Centers wellness and counseling department.

 

There will also be an AA round up at 10 AM before the event at the Veterans Hall and there will be speakers discussing their experience with alcohol and how they overcame their addictions. 

 

The sobriety dinner and dance will begin at 6PM and will feature entertainment by the C Weed Band and the OCN Little Eagle Hoop Dancing Group. The event will also feature presentations of people that have been sober and they will receive a certificate for their sobriety. If you would like to register or if you want to nominate someone for their sobriety call 204-627-7240

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Opaskwayak Cree nation has conducted a pilot project for growing vegetables using LED technology made by a South Korean Company that the community has partnered with. OCN members met with a South Korean Company visiting the area and they introduced the community to LED technologies for growing vegetables. One of the big advantages of this technology is that it can grow a head of lettuce every 28 days.

 

Chief Christian Sinclair believes that with impacts of climate change affecting the growth of foods it is essential that they explore new ways of growing food. Sinclair and Glen Ross will be going on a trade mission to South Korea to meet with the company that they partnered with and to look at how they can take this technology to the next level.

 

These foods being grown are currently being given to community members free of charge to help them change their diets. The next step is to try to sell these foods to store fronts on a larger scale. 

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The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre is running a diabetes bingo tomorrow from 12:10 to 1PM and from 7PM to 7:50 PM. Shawn Yaremko from the Paskwayak Health Authority told CJAR that the purpose of the diabetes bingo is a fun and educational way to promote diabetes awareness.

 

There are five main arenas on the bingo cards which cover understanding diabetes, technology used for diabetes, physical fitness, foot care, and how foods affect diabetes. The bingo is part of the community wellness challenge and you do not have to be part of the challenge to participate but pre registration is required. If you wish to participate in the diabetes bingo you are asked to register ahead of time by calling 627-1134.

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The Sixth Annual Zombie walk that was organized by Northland Ford this year was held last Friday. The purpose of the zombie walk was to raise awareness on food security issues and to gather non-perishable food items for the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter, School Breakfast Programs, and the UCN Student Services food bank. 

 

Even though the number of participants were down from last year they still had a great turnout and they were able to collect a fair amount of donations.

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19’s chase the ace has come a long way since it started back in January. The current jackpot is currently sitting at $321,000 and there are 15 cards left. The draws take place at the legion on Saturdays at 10PM and the holder of the winning ticket has a chance to win the remaining cards or the jackpot of $321,000. Tickets are sold between five and ten PM.

 

Twenty five percent of ticket sales go towards maintenance to the legion building. Because of Remembrance Day and another function there will only be two draws for November. One draw will be tomorrow and the other draw will take place on the 25th

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Niki Ashton MP for Churchill Keewatinook Aski welcomed twin boys to the world on Tuesday evening. According to Constituency Assistant Gordon Landrialt the babies were born sometime between 7 and 8 PM.  One baby weighed 6 pounds and eight ounces and the other one weight around six pounds. The names of the twin boys are not yet known.

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The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter has a received a tremendous amount of kindness from the Town of The Pas. The Stand up for Oscars Group Chair Olivia McCorriston says because of the generosity and ongoing financial contributions from the people of The Pas. The Shelter has been able to move to a 12 hour shift. This means that clients can stay at the Shelter from 8 o'clock in the evening until 8 o'clock in the morning. UCN Nursing and Millwright Students also gathered around 400 pounds of food donations for the shelter.

 

McCorriston would like to thank the UCN students for gathering food Donations and you can drop off food donations at the Shelter from 8PM to 11PM each day. Be sure to keep up to date with Stand up for Oscars Place Group by following them on Facebook.

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A two day workshop called Anxiety with Children is going to be held at The Pas Friendship Centre on November 30th and December 1st by the The NorMan Regional Parent Child Coalition. You can sign up for the workshop at the Friendship centre. The registration deadline is November 15th.

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Today is Halloween and Manitoba Public Insurance has some important safety tips for trick or treaters and drivers. Trick or treaters should never run onto roadways and they should always look both ways when crossing the road. It is also recommended that they wear reflective clothing to make themselves more visible to motorists and to walk facing traffic when there is no sidewalk.

 

If you are driving this evening you are asked not to speed and you should to slow down when you see children walking. Do not assume children see your vehicle as they may run in front of you. You are also asked to watch for children who may dart between parked vehicles. 

 

Reducing fatalities and injuries especially on high traffic nights like Halloween is a priority for Manitoba’s Public Auto Insurer.

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RCMP officers in Cranberry Portage and Flin Flon responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 10 approximately 35 Kilometers North of Cranberry Portage. Investigators believe a semi trailer unit being driven by a 34 year old male from Creighton, Saskatchewan was Southbound on Highway 10 when it entered the right hand side shoulder and over corrected causing the semi trailer unit to flip over on its roof.   

 

The Driver of the semi unit was pronounced dead at the scene and it is not known if the driver was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. The investigation is ongoing.

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The recent fundraising concert held for The Pas and Area Animal Shelter was a success. The event was held on October 21st at The Pas Legion Hall with the Bon Jovi Tribute band “Bed of Roses” Event Coordinator Cindy Zetterstrom says they had a full house and the committee is very pleased with the event turnout. The exact amount of money raised has not yet been determined.

 

Be sure to follow The Pas Animal Shelter Inc. on facebook to keep up to date with them and to find out about their fundraising events. Zetterstrom would like to thank the committee and the volunteers that helped to make the event a success.

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With Flu season well underway, The Northern Health Region has some important information about influenza. The illness is a viral respiratory illness that is more serious than a common cold, it is not a gastrointestinal illness.

 

The vaccine protects you from 4 different influenza viruses and the vaccine needs to be given every year because viruses in the community change and may be slightly different each year. Because the flu viruses in the vaccine are dead you cannot catch influenza from the vaccine.

 

The vaccine is 60-90 percent effective for healthly adults but less effective for the elderly and people that are ill. Immunization is essential for those at risk of serious illness from influenza as well as caregivers, health care workers, and daycare workers.

 

The Primary Health Care Centre will be having flu clinics at the Roy H Johnston Arena on October 30th, November 6th, and November 20th from 1-6PM.

 

 

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Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart announced that The Manitoba Government is partnering with OCN and Manitoba Aerospace to lay the foundation for a new manufacturing company in The Paskwayak region. The company would supply products for the aerospace industry.

 

Wishart stated in a news release that Manitoba is one of the largest aerospace hubs in Canada and this partnership will ensure the products and expertise needed for further growth and innovation are available.

 

OCN Chief Christian Sinclair stated that he looks forward to working with Manitoba Aerospace and bringing an indigenous voice to the Canadian aerospace sector.

The goal is to have the new facility up and running within two years.

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There will be a two day traditional parenting workshop The Pas Friendship Centre on November 14th and the 15th. The workshop is being held by the NorMan Regional Parent and Child Coalition. The workshop runs each day from 9:30 to 3:30 and lunch will be provided.

 

Space is limited so if you are interested call Marian at 204-271-3814.

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The Rotary Club of The Pas Recently announced that they received large amounts of funding from various groups and businesses for an Outdoor Rink for The Town of The Pas.

 

The Pas Minor Hockey Association donated $25.000, The Elks Hall Donated $5.000; The Knights of Columbus donated $2,000, the Rotary Club Donated $35,000, The Kinsmen donated $20,000, the town of the pas donated $22,000, and the grub box donated $35,000 thousand dollars.

 

Rotary member Jordan Krost would like to thank everyone that held fundraisers and pitched in to help raise money for an outdoor rink for the community.

 

Corrections: An Earlier Version of this story said that the Grub Box donated $22,000 when they really donated $35,000

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The Pas Town Councilors discussed the ongoing issues with the communities aging library building at Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Mayor Jim Scott told CJAR that the current building is suffering from structural issues and that they are looking at ceasing the funding for the building and to find an alternative location for the library.

 

According to a request form presented at the meeting, A possible alternative location for the library was the Sam Waller Museum but due to the weight load of the libraries books this idea was abandoned.

 

Scott would like to ensure residents that the town has no intention of closing the library even if it does have to move to a new location. At this time it is unclear where the library will move to and this issue is expected to be discussed by town council on a later date.

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The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce has put out a call for nominations for this year’s Citizen and Business of the year awards. Leah Yelland from The Chamber of Commerce told CJAR that this year there will also be an educator of the year award.

 

Nomination forms can be found on The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce website at thepaschamber.com, on their Facebook Page, at the Opasquia times, or here at CJAR. You can also receive a form by emailing tpchamber@mailme.com.

 

The forms must be in before 4PM on November 10th and they can be dropped off at The Pas Chamber of Commerce at the Opasquia Times, or CJAR.

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Early yesterday morning a fire broke out at the 100 block of Head Avenue here in The Pas. The page came in around 4AM and two garages, four vehicles and boat were also involved in the fire.

 

The Pas Fire Department is still in the process of investigation.

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The Stand Up for Oscars Group is having a public meeting at the UCN lobby this Saturday at 3PM. The group was formed over a month ago to keep the Oscars place Homeless Shelter in operation after The Pas Friendship Centre Announced they would be closing the shelter.

 

One of the main issues they will be discussing at this meeting is what they are going to do when the lease for The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter ends on March 31st of 2018.

They will also be talking about a volunteer report, a Christmas funding drive, and some new policies. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Emergency services from The Pas responded to an automobile accident on Highway 10 last Saturday morning, The accident occurred north of the Big Eddy Turnoff when an SUV with three occupants rolled over after crossing the centre line of the highway.

 

According to Chief Fire Prevention officer Randy Manych, The driver of the vehicle left the scene leaving behind the two passengers. The Pas Fire Department was the first to arrive on scene and they assisted the EMS with removing the vehicles passengers.

 

Manych added that the passengers were taken to hospital but It is not yet known if the occupants sustained any injuries or not.

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Northland Ford Here in The Pas is running the “We Scare Hunger” food drive again this year. This program has been run by Ford Canada in partnership with the Free the Children Initiative for the past four years. Some schools in The Pas/OCN have also been collecting food for this program. Such as MBCI, Joe A Ross School, Ecole Opsaquia School and Scott Bateman Middle School.

 

The food donations will be going towards school breakfast programs, Oscars Place, and UCN. Food donations can also be dropped off at Northland Ford or one of the participating schools.

 

Last year a total of 2,300 pounds of food were donated and the goal is to beat last year’s record. Keith Jaeger Sales manager for Northland Ford would like to thank all of the students and everyone in the community for their involvement.

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The 35th Annual Rotary Club of The Pas Lobster Fest is taking place at the Metis Hall on November 18th. Cocktails will be served from 6-7:30 PM, Lobster Supper will be served at 7:30 and a dance will take place from 9PM to 1AM. The event will also have entertainment by DJ Derek 4 Reel.

 

The cost is 50 dollars for one Lobster or Chicken Dinner. Tickets can be purchased from any rotary member. For reserved group seating call 204-623-1617. The deadline for reserved group seating is November 13th.

 

The rotary club would like to thank everyone for making the event a success for the past 35 years.

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The Pas Fire Department is looking for unwanted vehicles for their Upcoming Vehicle Extrication Seminar. They need at least eight to ten relatively intact vehicles.

 

If you have an unwanted vehicle that you would like to donate call or text 204-620-2474 or 204-620-2000 Chief Fire Prevention Officer Randy Manych says vehicles will be picked up free of charge.

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A mult imillion dollar maintenance project for OCN’s Aerated Lagoon is underway. The project involves having sod put over the aging lagoon. According to Community Works and Operations Manager Zacc Moore the lagoon has reached its life span and they received funding from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada to conduct the project.

 

The project will be conducted by a joint venture of the Paskwayak Construction Company and a company out of Dauphin called Strilkiwski Contracting Limited. The project will cost around 17.3 million dollars and the construction on the lagoon is expected to be completed by October of next year.

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The Pas Fire Department received a page of a vehicle fire about 80 kilometres south of The Pas late Wednesday afternoon. The fire occurred about 16 kilometres south of the number 60 turnoff and the caller informed the fire department that the vehicle had burst into flames after running into a ditch.

 

There were two occupants of the vehicle and one of the occupants sustained minor injuries and the vehicle was a complete loss. The fire was contained within a fifty foot radius of the vehicle and it did not spread to the nearby forest.

 

The exact cause of the fire has not been determined.

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The Pas Health Complex Incorporated is having a steak night with beer tasting at the Wescana Inn Beverage room on November 2nd. The event will feature a 50/50 draw, a tombola, and a silent auction. The Cocktail hour begins at 6PM and the steak supper is at 7PM.

 

The evening will also feature a 50/50 draw and a silent auction. Tickets are 30 dollars each or 240 dollars per table of 8. Tickets must be purchased in advance by October 27th and they can be purchased at the Wescana inn Front Desk or from Sue Lambert by calling 623-3824 or 623-1420 or Brooke Mclean at 623-6568 or 620-5171.

 

All Proceeds will go to the The Pas Health Complex Foundations Inc.

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On Tuesday Evening The Pas Fire Department responded to a call of a house fire on Sailboat Road at Clearwater lake. Chief Fire Prevention Officer Randy Manych says the call came in just before midnight and it was reported that there was an explosion and a fire. When the crews arrived the structure involved was consumed and a camper on the property sustained heavy damage.

 

Manych added that the house was gutted and under renovation which caused the fire to spread quicker. The exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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The Opaskwayak Cree Nations Annual General Assembly was held at the OCN veteran’s hall on Tuesday night. The primary focus of the assembly was to present the audit for 2016 and 2017 and to have OCN entities conduct presentations on their fiancial positions.

 

OCN General Manager Joan Niquinicappo says one of the most important pieces presented at the assembly was the management action plan which involves reducing the deficit, cost cutting measures, and balancing what OCN is able to provide for the community.

 

She added that she wants community members to be aware that there will be community consolations that will commence in November for planning and priorities and they need the communities input as what they see as a priority for OCN. 

 

If you were unable to attend the assembly, you can find copies of the presentations at the finance office at the Otineka Mall and the copy of the audit can be found online at the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Website.

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The Rural Municipality of Kelsey will be having their regular council meeting tomorrow night at the municipality office. Some of the items on the agenda include Transportation Resolutions, Council Reports, and other general business.

 

The meeting will begin at 6PM and everyone is welcome to attend.

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The Wanless Community Club Incorporated is having a Halloween social and elimination draw on October 28th at 9PM. Tickets are 20 dollars each and each ticket gets you into the social and you could win 250 dollars up to four times. You do not need to be in attendance to win. Tickets can be purchased from WCCI members.

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The Wanless Community Hall is having a Children and Youth Haunted Halloween Dance Party on October 27th from 7PM to 10 PM. There will be music, games, snacks, and a chance to win a prize for wearing a costume.

 

Parents and Guardians are encouraged to attend as well.

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The Stand Up for Oscars Place Group held a meeting on October 14th at the UCN Lobby. One of the main concerns talked about at the meeting is keeping the shelter doors open longer. At this time people can only come into the shelter at 9PM and they have to leave by 6:30 in the morning. Stand up for Oscars Group Chair Olivia McCorriston says that with the cold weather approaching the goal is to keep the shelter open from six at night until at least 8AM.

 

McCorriston added that they are also in need of volunteers to work at least one evening a week at the shelter and they are in need of food donations. If you would like to volunteer or if you would like to make food donations you can call McCorriston at 204-761-9244.

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The Substance Abuse workshop “Understanding the Impacts” will be held at the Constant Room at the Kikiwak Inn on October 24th and the 25th from 9AM to 3PM. The Facilitator is Peter Constant and Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

 

For more information you are asked to call the OCNCFS Family Enhancement at 627-7157.

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The Pukatawagan RCMP received a report of a missing man on October 13th just after 6:30 PM. 28 year old Warren Curtis Hart has not been seen in more than a week.

 

He is described as indigenous with short black hair, 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pukatawagan RCMP at 204-553-2342 or crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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The Pas Fire Department responded to a fire call at case towing late last Thursday night. According to Chief fire Prevention officer Randy Manych they received the page around 11:43 in the evening and the fire crews arrived about 10 minutes after the page came in.

 

Manych added that a storage building on the property burnt to a total loss, some vehicles were damaged, and two propane tanks had blown off. The crews did manage to save the Atco Trailer which acts as an office for case towing. Manych and the office of the fire commissioner have determined that this was an electrical fire.

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A new bylaw passed its first reading at last Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting. According to Deputy mayor Brain Roque there is a lane on Crosley Avenue that does not function as lane but is on the town maps and it is designated for the purpose of a lane.

 

Roque added that the town received a request from a land owner of the adjoining property next to the lane that is interested in acquiring the land that the lane is on. The first step for the town is to close the lane and The bylaw identifies two things, the first thing the bylaw indentifies is that the land is to be closed and it identifies how the land is to be used after the closure.

 

The bylaw will be brought up again for the second and third reading at the next council meeting.

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The RCMP have reported that missing Thompson teens Heather Flett and Judith Robinson have been located safely. Flett aged 16 was first reported missing on October 4th and Robinson aged 15 was reported missing on October 10th. The RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.

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The 2018 pre budget consultations for Manitoba will be happening this coming Monday at the Kikiwak Inn. Manitoba’s Minister of Finance Cameron Friesian, Ian Wishart Minister of Education and Training, and MLA Rick Wowchuck will be in attendance at the consultations to seek input from residents for the 2018 pre budget consultation process.

 

Darcie Thomson from the Province of Manitoba says this will be an excellent opportunity for community members to engage with the minister of finance and have their say on where they think money from the budget should be spent. Or to bring up any pressing issues that they have. The consultation will be open to the public between 1PM and 2PM and Thomson encourages everyone to attend.

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A resolution for a tipping fee incentive program for The Town of The Pas was carried at the town council meeting on Tuesday night. With a tipping incentive program the town will reimburse 50 percent of the cost of tipping fees after having a building demolished and rebuilt on the same property within two years of the date of the demolition. The contractor that’s demolishing and rebuilding on a property must apply for the 50 percent tipping rebate once all the conditions are met. 

 

Deputy Mayor Brian Roque voted against the resolution because he did not like some wording in the procedural part of the resolution. The goal of this program is to help with the demolition of old buildings in The Pas and initiate new construction projects.

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The Breastfeeding Buddies in The Pas OCN and area have announced the winners of the 2017 Breastfeeding Photo Contest. Tanis Bradburn Won first place, Crystal Salamanowicz won second, and Nicole Ducharme won third. The breastfeeding buddies thank everyone that entered the contest and for showing support for breastfeeding.

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The Northern Learning and Support Centre is running The Mental Health First Aid for Adults Who Interact With Youth Course. Tania Catalano the Resource Facilitator for NLSC says the course is intended for an adult audience whose primary focus is youth aged 14 to 25. The two day certificate course will be held on October 19th and the 20th from 9AM to 5PM.

 

The cost is fifty dollars to receive your course manual and the deadline to sign up is tomorrow at 4PM. Registration and payments can be made at the Kelsey School Division office at 322 Edwards Avenue.

 

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There are many reasons to celebrate Halloween and you can celebrate by supporting the spray park fund at the very spooky family dance at Mary Duncan School on October 29th from 1-3PM. The event is being run by The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group and all proceeds will go towards the spray park fund.

 

There will also be, a canteen, a pumpkin carving contest, a photo booth and more. Admission is five dollars a person, twenty dollars for an immediate family pass, and children under one year are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door, from group executive members, or at Funky Threadz.

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The Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba recently launched a province wide campaign to encourage Manitobans to set limits before participating in any type of gambling activity. Research determined that people who set limits have a lower risk of experiencing the negative effects of gambling.

 

The campaign is targeted at Manitobans 45 years and older since they are the age group least likely to set limits on gambling.

 

The campaign will run for six weeks and will be featured on radio, public space advertising, and other media. To learn more visit KnowMyLimits.ca

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The support for The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter from The community is continuing and last Friday a special event called “Cold Night Out” was held to support the Homeless Shelter. Participants of the event showed their support for the shelter and the homeless by staying outside all night living the life of a homeless person.

 

Olivia McCorriston the chair for the Stand Up for Oscars Place Group says they had a great turnout and a lot of the participants had an emotional response to this experience. Some of the participants included, Jennifer Flett Vice Onekanew for OCN, Chad Zolinski Town Councilor for The Pas, and MLA Amanda Lathlin.

 

The next Stand Up for Oscars Place meeting is scheduled to take place at the UCN Lobby this Saturday at 3PM and the next event being held to support Oscars Place will be held next month and will involve cleaning up the Shelter.

 

 

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Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen and Manitoba Public Insurance recently announced that October 15th is the first day of The 16th annual Citizens on Patrol Week.

 

Members of Citizens on Patrol volunteer alongside local law enforcement agencies to help keep their communities safe. They volunteer by going on patrol looking for criminal activity, displaying speed reader boards, patroling school crossing zones, and conducting seatbelt and cell phone use surveys.

 

Over the past year COPP volunteers have contributed nearly 15,000 patrol hours and more then 22,000 volunteer hours to the program and Cliff Cullen believes these community minded volunteers deserve a special recognition.

 

If you are interested in joining Citizens on Patrol you can visit the organizations website, citizensonpatrol.mb.ca or call 204-985-8849.

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The Storytellers film festival is having a special planning meeting on October 17th at A&W. If you are interested in volunteering to help make plans for the next film festival or if you are if you are interested in film making you are invited to attend. The meeting will begin at 7PM. You can keep up to date with the storytellers film festival on facebook

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You can show your support for breast cancer awareness by taking part in the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on October 18th starting at the GLMC. The registration is a 5PM and the walk will begin at 5:30. People are asked to wear pink and participants have a chance to win some great prizes. Youth must be accompanied by an adult during the walk.

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Halloween is right around the corner and The Pas Curling Club is celebrating with a curling Funspiel on October 28th. The Funspiel runs from 1PM until 9PM and will also feature a potluck, a costume contest, and cash prizes. The cost is 25 dollars a person and everyone is welcome. To find out more call Bonnie at 620-2263

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Town Council had a special meeting on Wednesday to talk about the ongoing issues with the rink at the Roy H Johnston Arena. Councilor Chad Zolinski says they talked about the state of the arena and the fact that there is no ice on the rink yet. The arena staff has had problems keeping ice on the rink due to leaks in the brine system.

 

Councilor Chad Zolinski added that they received a quote from a rink repair company that said it would cost $200,000 to fix the rink, If any repairs have to be made, the rink could be down for three or four months.

 

Ice has since been put onto the rink once again and the hope is that the ice will hold together so that the rink can be used. Town Council also discussed what they will do in the future so that they do not have this problem next fall. It is not yet known when the rink will be ready for skating.

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Next week is fire prevention week, and this year’s theme is “Every Second counts, Have 2 ways out? This involves having a fire escape plan where you have two exits in case one is blocked.

 

As part of fire prevention week there will be an open house at the fire hall here in The Pas. There will be refreshments and a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog.

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The Town of The Pas has announced that certain departments will be closed today from noon until the end of the business day to observe the loss of a co-worker.

 

The Departments that will be closed are The Town Hall, The Town Garage, The Arena, and the Engineering, Public Works, and Maintenance departments. The Sam Waller Museum will also be closed from 1PM to 3PM.

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This coming Tuesday, the Onuschekewuk Oath of office will take place at the OCN Arbor at 9AM. This ceremony is the swearing in of the three newly elected band councilors for OCN with a feast to follow at 11:30 AM. The three new band Councilors are Michael G Constant, William Lathlin, and Dale Knutson.

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This Friday night is the Cold Night Out event at Devon Park in support of The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter.

 

People in the community are gathering pledges to raise funds for The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter and they will be going out all night starting at 9PM, the time that the doors of the Homeless Shelter would open and they will stay out until 6AM.

 

This experience will give people an idea of what it is like to be homeless. The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin is one of the participants taking part in the event as well as OCN Vice Onekanew Jennifer Flett If you would like to take part and if you need a pledge form you can contact McCorriston at 204 627-9244 or email omccorriston@ucn.ca. The person that raised the most pledges will win a prize.

 

Correction: An Earlier Version of this story had the wrong email address listed. The address is omccorriston@ucn.ca

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The Monthly Mayor Reports for The Pas, The RM of Kelsey, and Cormorant for the month of September have been released. Most of the crimes committed in The Pas were disturbances of the peace totaling 137, The RM of Kelsey saw mostly provincial traffic violations a total of 85, and the town of Cormorant saw 5 breach of the peace cases.

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The Sam Waller Museum has a new exhibit called, Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada. It’s a travelling exhibit from the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre. It consists of a number of panels describing the story of Terry Fox and his run the Marathon of Hope. The Exhibit will be on display from now until December 31st.

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The Pas and Area Animal Shelter is running a fundraising social at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall from 8PM till 1AM on October 21st. The event features music by Bon Jovi Tribute Band “Bed of Roses” along with DJ Derek between sets.

 

Tickets are $20 each and they can be purchased at Shane’s Music at the Otineka Mall, Sound Innovations, Glow Day Spa, Funky Threads, The Pas Veterinary Clinic, and Animal Shelter Committee Members. You must be 18 years or older to attend the event.

 

Photo Courtesy of Facebook

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