The Pas Local News

The Construction Safety Association of Manitoba Classes Offered Last Week

The Construction Safety Association of Manitoba is pleased with the number of participants at their safety training classes last week.

 

The safety classes were open to people working in all industries, with participants having backgrounds in construction, manufacturing, education, and business.

 

Locally, the courses were held at the Kikiwak Inn on June 10th and some of these courses offered were Safety Skills for Supervisors, hazard recognition and control, and safety representative and committee training.  There are plans to have more of these courses in Northern Manitoba this fall.  

Niki Ashton Continues the Fight for Single Payer Pharmacare

Last week during question period, MP Niki Ashton called on the liberals to commit to single payer pharamacare. Ashton says that people in our north and across Canada have been forced to make impossible choices because of the high cost of medication and that it’s inconceivable that in 2019 people have to choose between buying food and medication.    

 

When she asked if the Liberal government would implement universal comprehensive public pharmacare Minister of Health Ginette Pititpas Taylor responded to Ashton saying our government is absolutely committed to making sure every Canadian has access to a national phramacare program and the work is underway.

 

35 million dollars was put towards the creation of a Canadian drug agency and a billion dollars towards the situation of rare deceases and the government will continue to work with provinces and territories, indigenous leaders and the health care sector to ensure that pharmacare becomes a reality for all Canadians.

 

The NDPs recently announced that their health care plan involves a universal public pharmacare program.

Ken Klyne Running for The Peoples Party of Canada for Our Federal Riding

Ken Klyne former resident of the Snow Lake Area and the current president of the Manitoba Prospectors and Developers Association will be running in the Peoples Party of Canada in the federal election for our riding.

 

The Manitoba Prospectors and Developers Association advocates for prospectors and tries to educate the public about prospecting issues.

 

When asked why he decided to run in the Federal election in the PPC. Klyne said it was mainly because of his position as president of the Manitoba Prospectors and Developers Association and one of his biggest goals is to promote the mining industry in Manitoba.

 

Thompson RCMP is looking for a Missing Man

Thompson RCMP is looking for a missing man.

 

Police received a report about a missing 50-year-old man last week, who has not been seen or heard from by his family in over four months.

 

Blaine Ashley Birkholz is described as five foot ten and 180 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes, and is very transient in nature.

 

He is believed to be in Thompson, The Pas, or Winnipeg.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6911, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Cyara Birds Campaign for The Federal Conservative Party

Little Black River First Nation resident Cyara Bird will be running for the Conservative Party on our federal riding in the upcoming federal election fulfilling a lifelong dream.

 

Bird was motivated to run even more after experiencing racism in her life for being indigenous. That’s when she knew that someone is needed in politics that won’t tolerate bullying, to make changes, and to be a voice for indigenous peoples and everyone else. She also feels that indigenous peoples are often underrepresented in the House of Commons.

 

Three Candidates Running for Chief in This Year's Election on Opaskwayak Cree Nation

The candidates list for the upcoming election on Opaskwayak Cree Nation has been released.

 

As of now three candidates are running for Chief, Knutson and William McGillvary will be running against incumbent Chief Christian Sinclair who is seeking re-election.

 

A total of 15 candidates are running for councillor positions.

This year’s election is scheduled for September 19th.

A New Pride Cross Walk For The Pas

Plans are in the works to repaint the cross walk here in The Pas located near the Roy H Johnston Arena and Kelsey School. The cross walk was painted last year but it didn’t last long due to the poor quality of the paint used.

 

The plan is to repaint the cross walk in the next couple of weeks using a paint that is more durable that will last all summer and volunteers will continue to re paint the cross walk with pride colours every year.

 

Trent Allen, the president of The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce approached town council last week and the town is fully on board with this project. He says all they need is a donation of good quality paint that will last the town will provide them with the paint that they need.

A Mothers Ongoing Battle to Help Her Daughter

Former Resident of The Pas Olivia McCorriston is a hard working mother that always puts her children first no matter what especially her daughter Tina Hardman who was born with Global Delay and Attention Deficit and has had many ups and downs in her life.

 

McCorriston has always encouraged her daughter to work, to go to school and to volunteer because she believes everyone has something to contribute. Finding work for Hardman was a major obstacle, at first she was put in a work assistance program that had her working menial tasks for no money but despite this obstacle she did eventually get a part time job at an office and she has been attending Stevenson Britannia Learning Centre recently Graduating as valedictorian and earning her grade 12.

 

Working the part time job at the office inspired her to attend Red River College to learn office skills.  She informed her support worker that she was ready to attend only to find out that she will have to wait six months in order to get an appointment from marketabilities to help her with college fees and to help her get work. Without this funding assistance from marketabilities she will need a student loan and that will be hard for her to receive due to her disability.

 

McCorriston still firmly believes that we need to pay attention to people in society that aren’t being helped and she has no doubt her daughter will become successful in the end despite the lack of provincial support and she plans to contact education minster Kelvin Goertzen about this issue.

Co-Op Donates $25,000 to Upgrade Centennial Park

Co-op Community Spaces has announced that they will be providing $25,000 to The Pas Families Building a Better Community to make upgrades to Centennial Park.

 

The funding will be used to upgrade the play structure near the new spray park allowing residents and visitors to have a safe and accessible place to play.

 

Davide Novo, President of The Pas Families Building a Better Community says the group is thrilled to receive this funding for the next phase of their project.

Information Session on Sixties Scoop Compensation

There will be an information session this coming Monday at the Kikiwak Inn’s constant room regarding compensation for survivors of the sixties scoop.

 

People eligible include treaty status or those eligible for status that were placed in non indigenous foster homes between 1951 and 1991.

 

The information session runs from 1 until 4:30PM and the deadline to submit claim forms is August 30th of this year.  

Niki Ashton Calls on The Federal Government to Stand Up For Indigenous Peoples in the Region in the midst of Life Flight Privatization

MP Niki Ashton Once again called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stand up for indigenous peoples in our region during question period earlier this week. 

 

She stated that the privatization of the lightflight air ambulance service in Manitoba goes against the wishes of Northern residents including indigenous peoples and doctors.

 

When asked if the federal government would step in to ensure the health and safety of Northern Canadians this is what Prime Minister Trudeau praised Ashton for bringing the issue forward and stated that conservative premiers and politicians see health care as a business.

 

He added that access to health care is a fundamental right for all Canadians and they will continue to work with provinces and partners to ensure that access to health care is protected as a Canadian right for everyone.

Canadian Red Cross Community Barbeque at the Wescana Inn

The Canadian Red Cross will be having a free barbeque tonight at the Wescana Inn.

 

If you are interested in joining the Canadian Red Cross this is a good opportunity to learn more about the organization and how to become a member.

 

Canadian Red Cross is an organization dedicated to humanitarian aid and assisting vulnerable people in Canada and in other parts of the world.

 

The barbeque will be held from 5PM Until 7PM

Traveling Exhibit on Display at the Sam Waller Museum

There is a new traveling exhibit at the Sam Waller Museum on loan from the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum called Canola: A Story of Canadian Innovation.

 

According to Museum Director Sharain Jones the exhibit was produced to mark the 50th anniversary of this made in Canada crop.

 

The exhibit is very interactive and it gives people a chance to learn how the crop was developed and how it has seen use in transportation and in the food industry and how it will benefit people in the future.

 

The museum is open daily from 1 until 5 PM and the exhibit will be on display from now until September 30th.

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce Running the Sherry Bottle Recover Program Again

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce recently received a grant that will allow them to run their Sherry Bottle Recovery Program Once again.

 

The program will work by having volunteers collect empty triple X Sherry bottles in exchange for money. If you collect 100 bottles you will earn 10 dollars.

 

Everyone is welcome to take part and you can collect bottles any time. Jenn cook from the Chamber of Commerce will be at the Fire Department every Tuesday this summer from 12 until 1PM to collect bottles.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation History Recourses Book Launch

Opaskwayak Cree Nation has announced the completion of a history resource book for the students of Joe A Ross School and Oscar Lathlin collegiate that explores the rich history of the community. The book is called “Opaskwayak Cree Nation-Exploring and Reconnecting with Our Past”.

 

A special press conference will be held this afternoon at 1:30 at the OCN veteran’s hall where Chief Christian Sinclair, Education Director Bev Fontaine and the book’s author Blanche Cowley Head will speak about how the book will teach students about the history of OCN through the school curriculum.

2019 UCN Nursing Bursary Awarded at The Town of The Pas Council Meeting

During Monday night’s council meeting the Town of The Pas presented the 2019 UCN Nursing Bursary to Ama Foriwa. Foriwa relocated to The Pas in 2015 after completing the RPN program in Toronto and during her time in nursing school her plan was to work up north after researching the opportunities available to nurses in our region.

 

After working for three years she decided to return to school to learn more about the nursing world and she will be entering her third year of the Bachelor of Nursing Program at The Pas UCN campus this September.

 

Foriwa looks forward to what the future holds in The Pas and area. The bursary of $1000 was provided to UCN by the Town of The Pas.

Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is Accepting Nominations for their Annual Manitoba Business Awards.

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is accepting nominations for their annual Manitoba Business Awards.  The organization has six Chamber awards and two Lieutenant Governor Awards. 

 

If there are businesses out there who you think are doing an outstanding job whether they’re a small, medium or large the organization would like to see them nominated for these awards.

 

The deadline for nominations is June 30th and the awards will be presented at a gala in late October.

 

You can find nomination forms at their website www.jointhechamber.ca or www.mbchamber.mb.ca.

Press Conference on the Latest in Information technology upgrades for Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Opaskwayak Cree Nation is celebrating the successful completion of phase one of a critical network infrastructure upgrade.

 

Before this upgrade was made OCN had used an outdated network that could not provide the best technological and communication services to its members. The upgrade will allow for high speed internet, Wifi in public spaces, and an improved phone system to name a few.

 

A press conference was held in the O&O Chambers this morning where OCN Chief Christian Sinclair and Bell MTS Vice President Ryan Klassen spoke about the importance of this project.

Royal Canadian Legion Chase The Ace Winner

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19’s Chase the Ace was held last weekend.

 

The winner was legion member Norine Sinclair who is now over four hundred thousand dollars richer.

 

Sinclair was not available for comment.

Mays Monthly Mayor Reports

The monthly mayor reports for May have been released. The Town of The Pas had mostly Disturbances of the Peace and Mischief cases a total of 177 and 129 respectively and 206 prisoners held.

 

The RM of Kelsey once again had mostly provincial traffic violations 75 in total and the community of Cormorant had one assault, one mischief case, one disturbance of the peace case and one case of uttering threats.

A Big Night For Vincent Squires Crew Chief for the Canadian Snowbirds

Vincent Squires, the Crew Chief for the Canadian Snowbirds will be taking part in a snow bird flyover at the Toronto Raptors NBA Finals Game tonight.

 

Squires grew up here in The Pas and in Thompson and is a graduate from RDPC.

 

His interest in aviation began in his teen years while flying with his uncle in The Pas igniting a desire to see the world.

CJAR Pledge Show for Ryder Armstrong Results

102.9 CJAR held a pledge show last week in support of Ryder Armstrong a local boy that is fighting Grade 4 Brain Cancer in his spine.

 

The pledge show raised a total of $9.300 and Ryder’s Friend Evander Richards helped to collect $362 worth of donations.

 

Donations are still being accepted and if you would like to make a donation call Alyssa Whitehead at 204-617-7899 or find her on Facebook as Lissa Whitehead.

6th Annual Northern Health Summit

The Northern Health Region has announced that the 6th annual Northern Health Summit will be held on September 24th at the Kikiwak Inn.

 

The theme for this year’s summit is Awakening Cultural Awareness the Road to Reconciliation.

 

This year’s summit will be a continuation from last year and they will talk about and explore how the region can address the calls to action in the truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s report.     

 

If you want to attend you are asked to RSVP by August 30th. For more information call the regional office at 204-627-6800

Nomination Meeting for Opaskwayak Cree Nations Upcoming Election Held Last Night

The nomination meeting for Opaskwayak Cree Nations upcoming election was held last night at the Kikiwak Inn’s Bignell room. 5 chief candidates were nominated and 23 councillor candidates were nominated.

 

As of news time Dale Knutson and William McGillivray have accepted their nominations as chief candidates and 11 out of the 23 councillor candidates have accepted their nominations.

 

Candidates have until June 13th to accept their nominations and voting for this year’s election will be on September 19that the Kikiwak Inns Bignell Room with advance polls at the Otineka Mall on September 10th.

2019 Community Wellness Challenge Results

The Community Wellness Challenge was held from April 29th until May 26th allowing people in the tri community to improve their lifestyles in a fun way.

 

The challenge worked by having participants follow a check list of healthy habits such as getting exercise and eating healthy for a chance to win some cool prizes.

 

A celebration for the challenge was held on Wednesday night at the Roy H Johnston Arena and a number of prizes were awarded.

 

Jim Lamontagne won the water bottle challenge and received a Fit Bit Courtesy of Shane’s and Grant Buchannan won the grand prize of the wellness challenge which was a round trip for two to Winnipeg provided by Calm Air and a two night stay at the Clarion hotel.

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