Mary Duncan School will now be taking school supply donations after this weekend’s fire. They are accepting donations of pens, pencils, jump drives and more. Mary Duncan Principle Tara Manych said no matter what they will get through this. School supplies can be dropped off at Funky Threads, the Wescana Inn and Sheer Essentials. There is no word yet on where the students will be taught, classes are cancelled until further notice.
RCMP Officers Were Kept Very Busy This Summer Ensuring Safety on Our Roads.
From Victoria Day long weekend to the Labor Day long weekend Manitoba RCMP issued approximately ten thousand tickets for provincial traffic charges. Roughly 63 hundred of those were issued for speeding offences with several issued for driving 50 kilometers an hour over the speed limit.
The RCMP also charged 489 individuals with criminal code impaired driving related charges and issued an additional 263 alcohol and drug related administrative suspensions.
During that time as well they responded to 28 fatal motor vehicle accidents which resulted in 30 deaths.
The RCMP are challenging you for the fall season to drive within the speed limit, buckle up, drive sober and be aware of your surroundings while behind the wheel.
The Pas Fire Department were busy this weekend as a fire has destroyed half of Mary Duncan School. Early Sunday morning around 1:30 am Emergency Services responded and after several hours were able to put out the blaze. The Pas Fire Chief Greg Zimmerman said extensive damage was done to the school. No cause or estimate of the damage is known at this time. Classes and day care have been cancelled at the school until further notice.
Nominations are now be accepted for two prestigious awards.
The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce, 102.9 CJAR and Opasquia (oh pask wee a) Times annual Citizen and Business of the Year Awards will be presented at an awards dinner on November 5. Nominations from the public are encouraged, and forms explaining the criteria are available at any of these locations as well as at The Pas Regional Library. Nominees do not need to be Chamber members, and are open to anyone from The Pas, R.M. of Kelsey, and Opaskwayak (oh pask way ak) Cree Nation, except current members of Chamber of Commerce Board of directors.
Nominations must be submitted by October 27th.
Supporting The Goldie Goldstrand Track Resurfacing Committee is as simple as taking a few seconds of your time to vote.
Resurfacing is part of the restructuring plans to provide better track conditions, and offer athletes and public in the north the opportunity to train and compete in conditions similar to what they may encounter in large centres, but right here in The Pas. It’s one of many submissions from across Canada to Aviva Community Fund, and since the number of votes it receives, does play a part in determining whether it will receive funding, it’s important to become actively involved. Voting for the next qualifier round began today, and those wishing to support the The Goldie Goldstrand Track Project can do so at www.avivacommunityfundorg/ideas/acf19450 .
Every person is eligible to vote once each day.
Arctic beverages is hosting a Charity BBQ today between 11:30 a.m. . and 1:30 p.m. at the Otineka Mall.
All funds raised at the barbeque will go towards the One by One Foundation, which is a foundation that helps to ensure that children in Canada have access to daily breakfast, something many of us take for granted.
For just 2 dollars you will get a Hot Dog, Drink and a bag of chips lunch while helping to support their cause. Also at the BBQ you can enter for a chance to win free Pepsi for a year.
Hudbay Minerals and Augusta Resource Corporation have announced the completion of the amalgamation of Augusta and an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Hudbay. The amalgamation was approved by more than 99.99 percent of the votes cast by all shareholders of Augusta and shareholders of Augusta entitled to vote in the determination of minority approval of the amalgamation. Augusta in now a wholly owned subsidiary of Hudbay.
Augusta common shares will no longer be traded on the New York Stock Exchange and they are in the process of de-listing the Augusta shares from the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Augusta is a base metal company focused on advancing the Rosemont copper project near Tucson, Arizona.
Tomorrow Northland Ford will be hosting their second drive one for your Community in as many months.
This time 20 dollars from every test drive taken will be donated from Ford Canada to The Pas Rotary Club and the Kinsmen Club of The Pas. The drive will be held from 10am-4pm and there will be a car wash, BBQ and kids games with all those proceeds going to Polio and Cystic Fibrosis.
The Pas Arts Council will be hosting Culture Days this weekend.
hings kick off on Friday with Echoes on the river, a concert featuring a number of talented artists at the Christ church starting at 7pm. Events continue throughout the weekend, with a Quilt show, Yoga, Belly Dancing and a Thrill The World Dance Practice all being held on Saturday. Sunday has a Creative Writing Workshop at The Pas Regional Library from 1-4pm as well as Family Fun Day at the Sam Waller Museum from 1:30pm-4:30pm.
For more information on the schedule and times of the events you can contact The Pas Arts Council, or on thepasonline.com
Community fundraising has been strong.
Citizens of The Pas, OCN and RM of Kelsey have helped to raise nearly 20-thousand dollars this week in support of community groups and charities.
Tim Horton’s Sold smile cookies raised funds for the spray park fund, walk a mile in her shoes in support of Aurora house, and the ladies night bachelor auction raised money for the legion.
Fundraising is a key part for a community’s growth and the volunteers and community members supporting these groups helped to exceed expectations.
With the start of school that means the possibility of head lice.
Edith-Rose Cairns, with the Northern Health Regional says parents should be checking their kids head every week, and are reminded not to share personal clothing and belongings.
If your child does end up with lice, Lice shampoo can be bought at the local pharmacy. The medication needs to go through your hair twice and for 14 days after parents are recommended to check and clean the nits out of the hair with a comb.
Tim Horton's Smile Cookie Fundraiser was a huge success.
Last week Tim Horton’s hosted “Smile Cookie” week in The Pas. This year they sold cookies for a dollar a piece with all money going to The Pas Families Building a Better Home for the spray park fund.
Diane Sanderson a co-owner of Tim Hortons was excited to see the fundraiser be such a success. She said over 7-thousand 4-hundred dollars worth of cookies were sold with each dollar going to the spray park fund.
The Pas Community Renewal Corporation and local celebrities helped out by doing cookie deliveries to businesses around town all week.
Northland Ford is back at it once again this weekend with another drive one for your community.
This time funds raised from every test drive taken will be benefiting The Pas Rotary Club and the Kinsmen Club of The Pas.
Everyone is invited to take a test drive on Saturday and Ford Canada will be donating 20 dollars for every drive taken. It’s being held from 10am-4pm and there will be a car wash, BBQ and kids games with all those proceeds going to Polio and Cystic Fibrosis.
The grand opening of the Frontier Collegiate student dormitory and Northern Technical Center power mechanics shop expansion was held in Cranberry Portage yesterday.
Premier Greg Selinger says these facilities are something we can be proud of, and that will be a major contributor to the north in the future.
The expanded campus includes a new 57 thousand square foot dormitory facility that can house up to 200 students, a 51 hundred square foot power mechanics shop with four bays which allow students to work with state of the art tools and machinery and a 6 hundred square foot classroom.
Premier Greg Selinger says these facilities will give students the skills and knowledge they need to get a good education and good jobs.
At the official opening of Hudbay’s Lalor Mine near Snow Lake this week the community’s Mayor Clarence Fisher said the mine is leading to a new era in Snow Lake. He said all mining communities face the ups and downs of the industry but this mine opening ensures at least a generation of stability to Hudbay employees and all of the other members of the community. Fisher noted we all want to see this mine move forward and we all want to see Hudbay survive as a profitable company.
He added we also need to work to make sure that this mine brings benefits to the community and the quality of life of all the employees who work there as economic development is about both profits and people.
Fisher said mines have brought people from across Canada and around the world to Snow Lake. He thanked Hudbayfor their confidence in this region adding the people of the area are proud of their mines and their history.
Tomorrow a couple local groups will be helping the TD Bank employee’s plant trees.
It's TD Tree Days in The Pas and they have rallied up some help from The Pas Girl Guides and Air Cadets to plant 300 trees at the Cemetery. Andrea Stevens our local coordinator with TD Bank says it’s the third year locally but it’s done across the world.
Stevens said the cemetery is used like a nursery, and that once the trees are strong enough, the goal is to move them and place over the community including green spaces.
A Joint Venture Mine is Now Open.
The Reed Copper Mine near Snow Lake is a joint venture between Hudbay and VMS Ventures. At the official opening Tuesday Hudbay President and CEO David Garofalo said the mine will benefit Flin Flon..
He says its about a 70 million dollar investment for a five year deposit and it might not seem like a lot but its relatively high grade at 4 percent but the other interesting aspect of it is it feeds a hole that they have in the Flin Flon concentrator with the shut down of Trout Lake so it makes that operation more efficient and it helps them generate cash flow and perpetuates their industrial complex in Flin Flon.
The CEO of VMS Ventures John Roozendaal thanked Hudbay for their partnership in developing the mine noting it was only seven years almost to the day from when they discovered the mine to the official opening
Last night Town Council approved the second and third readings of a couple by laws that had some citizens concerned. The Repeal Destination Marketing Reserve Fund as well as the Accommodation Tax by law were approved. The Accommodation Tax will be applied to hotel and motels intended to generate revenue to be placed in the Community
Enhancement Reserve Fund. The Enhancement fund will then be applied to community groups intended for the betterment and enhancement of The Town of The Pas.
The Kelsey School Division is set for another school year and will have one new trustee on the board. Claudette Lehmann will serve as a trustee along with returning trustees Vaughn Wadelius, Bruce Woods, Amy Hopper, Kerri Huculak and Jennifer Olinyk. The School Board did not have an election this year as all Trustees were elected via acclamation.
The annual Grandmothers walk is back again this year. The walk will be held on Saturday and everyone is invited especially grandmothers. The walk is held in support of a group called grandmothers protecting our children, and there message is that children are sacred. The walk will start at Devon Park at 11am and will continue to the GLMC. For more information on the walk you can call 623-9658 or 623-9649.
All candidates running for municipal office have officially entered there names. Yesterday was the deadline for citizens of The Pas to enter to fun for Mayor and council, as of the deadline yesterday 3 people will be running for Mayor including current Town of The Pas Mayor Alan McLaughlin, Jim Scott and Terry Hendrickson. Running to make up council will be 8 candidates looking to fill the 6 chairs. As it sits right now with no candidates dropping out of the race we will have an election set for October 22nd.
The Northern Health Region wants your input.
Applications are being accepted to become members of a Local Health Involvement Group. CEO Helga Bryant explains the legislation defines the group as a team established specifically to explore and provide advice to the Board of the Regional Health Authority on issues that impact the delivery of local health services.
She says it really is to get the community perspective on their health needs, the existing health services and how those things might be altered and give that advice to the Board.
Bryant adds any member of the community who is not a staff person for the Health Region can apply with applications available on their website www.northernhealthregion.ca or call the regional office in your community. The deadline is next Monday.
Today is the final day to enter to run for either Mayor of the Town of The Pas or Town Council. It’s the final day for candidate registrations and as of yesterday there are currently two candidates running for Mayor, Alan McLaughlin the current mayor and Jim Scott who is currently sitting on the Town of The Pas Council. Mayoral Candidates have had since May 1st to enter into the running and council members have had since June 30th. Tomorrow morning 102.9 CJAR will have the complete and final list of candidates running for both council and mayor.
The Pas Families Building A Better Community’s focus on building a spray park in The Pas comes with a little help from Tim Hortons this week.
Starting today through Friday Tim Hortons at the Otineka Mall will be selling Smile Cookies, a huge chocolate chip treat topped with an icing smiley face for a dollar a piece. All the proceeds from the cookie sale will go to The Pas Families spray park fund.
Crystal Morrish from The Pas Community Renewal Corporation says the TPCRC be helping out as well to possibly raise even more funds, by offering a delivery service on Tuesday and Wednesday. Anyone who would to purchase cookies but aren't able to pick them up, can have them delivered on one of these two days, by calling TPCRC office, at 204 - 623 - 4269
Tim Hortons Co-Owner Diane Sanderson said this is the tenth year the store has done the Smile Cookie fundraiser. It’s the second time proceeds have gone to The Pas Families committee and Sanderson says her store is more than happy to help the group out.
Lyet’s claims first place prize in the first downtown Beautification program contest held in The Pas.
The Pas Community Development Corporation organized the program and all those participating were entered into the contest, and winners proclaimed by a panel of judges.
Lyet’s, located at 235 Fischer Avenue, was deemed the winner of the contest. Second place went to XTR gas station and third to L&M Sporting Goods.
Shawn Mckinney, executive director for TPCDC said the program is designed to help beautify the downtown area, to provide a good impression on visitors and show pride in our community. The program helped assist store owners in the purchase of the flowers and the benefits to the community were immediately obvious.
McKinney says that in the spring of 2015 the program will once again be offered to interested businesses.
The Pas Mayor, says CFIB report is flawed.
The recent Canadian Federation of Independent Business Report shows the Town of The Pas had an operating spending per capita increase at 16 percent while population growth remained stagnant over a 5 year period from 2008 through 2012.
Mayor of The Pas Alan McLachlan (Mc Locklin) says the report is quote, “flawed, flawed, flawed” and explains that the CFIB report is only based on the amount of money spent, and does not consider the additions and affects of things like the new Wellness Centre in 2009.
He said that without research the report is basically useless.
McLachlan added that while northern communities are faced with continued loss of population to cottage and rural areas, The Pas is also a service center to those people and that is an added expense to the town as well.
You have a chance to see all that The Pas and area has to offer at tomorrow's Parade of Programs.
Wanda Dodds from The Kelsey Rec Centre says close to 15 community groups will be participating, and will have information and take registration for their upcoming fall programs, making it convenient for viewers.
The Parade of programs takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Roy H. Johnston arena.
Tonight The Pas will host their third annual release a memory event.
Randi Salamanowicz, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of The Pas says that anyone wishing to honor their loved ones may do so by releasing a daisy in their memory. All you have to do is drop by the town office with your payment of five dollars for each flower you purchase, and provide the name of the person or persons you are commemorating, who it is from, and if you choose to have a message read out at the event, then the message you’d like read as well.
The event gets underway at 7 p.m. in Devon Park, and flowers may be purchased no later than 4 p.m.
Early Monday morning Pelican Narrows RCMP were called to a residence on Ratt Street where an altercation had occurred inside a residence between two men. A 29 year old man suffered serious injuries and later died.
Adam Terrance Sewap of Pelican Narrows has been charged with second degree murder and appeared in
Pelican Narrows Provincial Court
At the request of the family the victim’s name will not be released. The investigation continues with the Pelican Narrows RCMP, RCMP Major Crimes North and the Office of the Chief Coroner.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Charles Gregoire (GREG WAH) with Primary Health in The Pas says that although the number of suicides in the north is on the decline, it is still very concerning. That’s why he’s in favour of this year’s theme in Manitoba, “Let’s Talk About It”…
Gregoire says that people do have difficulties coping with everyday life, and they want get the message out to people who may be having thoughts of suicide is that they are not alone. He added that often all that all that is needed is to have someone to talk about your feelings with.
Gregoire also says that there are many things that we can do if someone hints they may be planning on taking their own life.
He commented that we should always take the person seriously, question them, and if you feel it may be a serious threat even though they may say it is not, you should take them to emergency or seek other help.
There are many different phone numbers to call if you’re uncomfortable talking about suicide with someone you know. The Suicide Prevention Line is 1-877-435-7170 and the Kids Help Line is 1-800-668-6868
Teresa Roberts with the Canadian Mental Health Association would also like to form a suicide support group for The Pas. If you would like to help raise awareness about suicide in the community, call Teresa at 623-1028.
UCN will be holding a Community Resource Fair tomorrow on The Pas Campus.
Barbara Partridge said the fair is especially helpful to new students attending classes because many are from outside of our community attend UCN, and are not familiar with what products and services are offered, or where they are located.
Several community resources will have display and information booths set up and everyone is welcome to attend.
For further information call Barbara at 204 - 627 - 8804 .
With the start of school last week Manitoba Education Minister James Allum has announced the government will continue to support parents to help their children succeed. He says they’ve put more resources online about the curriculum students are learning to help parents be more engaged in their children’s education.
The My Child In School website gives parents information about what their children are learning in compulsory subject areas such as English language arts, mathematics and science. The website is organized by grade and each compulsory subject area features information about what students are learning, how students are assessed and other information and resources for parents.
The government is also continuing with the implementation of a revised kindergarten to grade 8 math curriculum to ensure children get basic skills in math and developing a new revised language arts curriculum to ensure students are getting a strong foundation in reading, writing, grammar and spelling.
Pelican Narrows RCMP along with RCMP Major Crimes North are investigating the death of a 29 year old man from Pelican Narrows that occurred in the community yesterday. In the hours following the incident police arrested another man from the community in relation to the death.
The circumstances surrounding the incident and leading up to the death are still under investigation. No charges have been laid and police are not releasing the name of the victim at this time.
Losing a loved one is never easy.
Losing someone to suicide can be devastating. “let’s Talk About Suicide”. That’s the message the Canadian Mental Health Association is sending out. Wednesday is World Suicide Prevention Day. According to Tim Wall, Director of Counselling Services at Winnipeg’s KLINIC Community Health Center, “we know that connection with others can increase resiliency and reduce the risk in the vulnerable.”
Wall adds. “Knowing how to talk to a family member, friend or co-worker is another critical component in preventing suicide.
” Manitobans are encouraged to watch a 15 minute video called “Let’s Talk about Suicide” at the website www.reasontolive.ca
Teresa Roberts from the Canadian Mental Health Association in The Pas will join Mark Andrews at 8:10 tomorrow on the 102-9 CJAR Morning Wake-Up to talk about what’s planned in The Pas/OCN.
You Are Urged to Use Caution Around Number Ten Highway Construction.
As construction continues on highway ten near Flin Flon and at dozens of other locations across Manitoba Transportation Minister Steve Ashton says the province is building roads like never before and the construction industry has limited time to complete many projects and we must make that job as safe and efficient for them as possible. He urges motorists to use caution, follow all signage and slow down when passing construction work.
The government is spending 4.2 million dollars to upgrade highway ten from Flin Flon to the airport with work now focused on expanding the intersections with access roads at the north and south ends of Big Island Lake.
You can participate in The International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Walk in The Pas/OCN this Tuesday, September 9th.
Emma Lees explains that the walk will begin at 10:30 from the OCN youth centre and will proceed across the bridge to The Pas Friendship Centre.
Lee's says once at the Friendship Centre there will be a lunch and a documentary from a Myles Himmelreich, a very strong motivational speaker with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
This is our communities 11th annual walk, and is supported by The Pas Community Renewal Corporation and The Manitoba Coalition on Alcohol and Pregnancy. For further information call 204 - 627 - 1467 or 204 - 623 - 9670.
A special meeting of Town Council was held last night to discuss the distribution of revenue from the hotel accomodation tax.
Mayor Al McLachlan said the first step would be the removal of the destination reserve fund and committee. He said that the fund and committee had been set up initially to administer it, but they had found that this did not work and the committee had only had two meetings over four years. Now plans are to move that money into general revenue.
McLachlan said this is a municipal tax and would allow council to deal with it. He says non profit organizations will still get the money that is available but things will done differently.
Second reading of the by law is Wednesday, September 17.
Find out more about a new age friendly sport that is sweeping the province.
Pickle Ball is becoming really big all across Manitoba, says Sharon Arnold, a member of The Pas Golden Age Group. A demonstration will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at Kelsey School, on September 9th, to give those interested the opportunity to find out more about it, and try it out.
No equipment required except comfortable gym type clothing. For more information you can call The Kin Centre at 204 – 623 = 3663 or Sharon at 204 = 623= 1264.
The Annual Walk a Mile in her Shoes event is back in The Pas/OCN September 19th.
This international mens march to create awareness, and stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence is the rare time you see men donning high heels. Funds raised support The Aurora House, and this year they have set a goal to reach or exceed the amount of money raised during a walk held in Flin Flon earlier this year, which was 5 thousand dollars.
Male volunteers are still needed for the walk, and can register by calling 204 – 623 – 7427, or Email firstname.lastname@example.org Register forms are also available at 102.9 CJAR.
The Pas Golden Age Group has a big event planned for September.
A member of the group Sharon Arnold says the Northern Olympics will be a two day event on September 9th and 10th, and you do not have to be a golden ager to take part.
Tuesday there will be Prediction Walk and whist in the morning, and floor shuffle in the afternoon.
Wednesday is Prediction Walk and crib in the morning, and speeds in the afternoon. Lunch will also be available both days.
Arnold also invited people to drop in on Wednesday morning to try walking with the use of walking sticks. Jim Evanchuk from Winnipeg will have a variety on hand for people to look at and try out.
President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Dan Kelly met with Premier Greg Selinger to address the concerns of small business owners throughout Manitoba.
Manitoba business owners are consistently less satisfied with business environment than those in the western provinces. This explained Elliot Simms, with CFIB, is due to the challenges Manitoba faces.
Simms said CFIB has been lobbying the province for easier inter provincial trade, a stop to tax increases, and address the shortage of qualified labor in order to help small businesses thrive and survive.