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The Pas Local News Archives for 2015-12


Around 650 pairs of Socks were donated this year by community members for Socks From Santa, a local Charity event held every year at 102.9 CJAR for the Holiday Season. Other items donated included, gloves, long underwear, non perishable food items, lotions, chocolates and a small amount of cash. The items were donated to Oscars Place just in time for Christmas, and will serve those who need them most this winter season. 

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The Town of The Pas would like to remind everyone of an error with the 2015 garbage schedule. It is marked that Monday is day 1, that is incorrect. Since the town office is closed and the employees are off Day 1 is actually Tuesday. Also garbage pickup on Tuesday is unlimited. The Town Municipal Office and Town Garage will be closed at noontoday, and closed from tomorrow until Monday and on New Year’s Day.

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You can celebrate the holiday season this year with The Pas Christian Fellowship. Tonight the fellowship will be holding a candlelight vigil. It starts at 7pm and everyone is invited. There will be coffee and refreshments to follow.

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Socks from Santa is an annual campaign you can donate to. Every year 102.9 CJAR collects donations of warm winter clothing to donate to Oscar’s Place. Maureen Kozar 102.9 CJAR Station Manager says they got the idea 2 years ago from CJAR's sister station in Thompson, who ran the program, and had great success with it. It was the community, here in The Pas that really enabled it to take off, and with great results.This is the third year the program has run in The Pas. Over 450 pairs of socks have been donated this year. They will be taken to Oscars place this afternoon but you can donate right up until tomorrow  

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Operation Red Nose was slightly busier this weekend then they were the past weekend. Operation Red Nose gave out 114 rides between Friday and Saturday, 5 more than last weekend. The volunteer service will be out one final time this holiday season on New Year’s Eve, it’s anticipated to be the busiest night for drives. So far this year Operation Red Nose The Pas have given out 363 rides the third most in the province behind Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie.

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Christmas is this week and there’s still time to get a Christmas tree while supplies last! The Kinsmen Club of The Pas has been selling Christmas trees all December and they still have a few left. They will be selling the tress tonight and tomorrow from 5 to 7pm at G&L Self Storage next door to Northland Ford. Trees are 55-60 dollars each. You can also call Darrell at 623-1815 to arrange to pick up a tree outside of the sale hours.

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You have just one day left to pick up your Christmas hamper from The Pas Family Resource Centre. The Centre has been distributing hampers yesterday and again today. You can pick them up between 10am to noon and 1pm to 4pm at The Pas Family Resources centre’s Kelsey Estates location, 17 Tremauden Avenue. They just remind anyone who is picking up their hamper today to bring photo ID, either a driver’s license, status exemption card, or passport.   

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With the holiday season being a busy time of year it might be easy to overlook some fire hazards around your home.
In order to protect your home from fire this Christmas The Pas Fire and Emergency Services offer a few holiday safety tips. Make sure your home has a Carbon Monoxide/ Smoke detector and it’s working.
Do not overload electrical outlets. Inspect light strings and extension cords for damage.If using candles burn them in proper holders on solid surfaces and keep them away from pets and children, and put  them out when leaving the room or going to sleep.

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Two women from our community have formed an organization called The Purse Brigade. Lorie Doucette and Sue Harper asked residents for any gently used purses that you haven’t used in years and fill them with dental and feminine hygiene products, hair products,  and possibly underwear, mitts and socks. A depot was set up at the Library for everyone to drop off the purses.Lorie Doucette reported that on Thursday 40 purses filled with soaps, lotions, deodorants and snacks were dropped off at the Library. They were all donated to the clients of Aurora House.Lorie and Sue from The Purse Brigade thank everyone who donated to the cause. You sure made some women happy.

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Operation Red Nose will be out tonight for another weekend of drives. Operation Red nose is a designated driving service used to get you home throughout the holidays. They will be giving out rides tonight and tomorrow from 9pm to 3am. If your attending a Christmas party or any event and need a ride home call 204-623-3300. So far this year over 6 nights of drives Operation Red Nose in The Pas has given out 249 rides, and has raised over 3-thousand dollars for local groups. This is the final weekend for drives in The Pas, the final night for operation red nose however will be New Years Eve.

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Municipal workers in The Pas are calling on town council to get back to negotiations. The collective agreement between the Town of The Pas and CUPE Local 745, representing the town’s municipal workers, expired in December of 2014. Both parties have been negotiating since, and on August 31st members voted in favour of a strike mandate. Representatives spoke to council on Wednesday night expressing their concern for a new deal. A strike deadline has not yet been established in order to give town council an opportunity to hear out its workers. Also on Wednesday council tabled the new taxi cab by law until the New Year upon recommendation made by taxi cab owners.

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The Sam Waller museum has been hosting a special display in The Pas all month Long. Joanna Munholland the Museum curator and archivist explains that the program is all about birds, as Sam Waller himself had a deep fascination with birds, they'd like to see how people write about, and see how much information there is on birds in Manitoba. It’s your chance to learn a lot more about bird right here in The Pas. It’s open until the end of January daily from 1 to 5pm. Standard admission rates do apply.  

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The Town of The Pas will be awarding their eligible employees tomorrow. The Town of The is hosting their annual Service Award presentation. All eligible employees will be awarded for their services and everyone is invited to join to celebrate, and enjoy cake and coffee. It’s at 3pm tomorrow at the town office.  

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The Kinsmen Club of The Pas is selling their annual Christmas Trees again this December. They’re selling now and will only be while supplies last. They’re selling at at G&L Self Storage across from Northland Ford, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5pm to 7pm and again on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Prices start at 55 dollars a tree.

 

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The Local RCMP released their monthly crime stats for November. In the town of The pas the RCMP responded to 122 incidents of disturbing the peace, 9 of impaired and 8 of drugs. Disturbing the peace numbers are down from last month but have doubled for drugs. In the RM of Kelsey they responded to 13 incidents of disturbing the peace, 5 of impaired and 1 of drugs. Both disturbing the peace and impaired numbers are up but drugs remained the same. RCMP in Cormorant responded to one incident of Impaired.

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Kelsey Recreation, responsible for the operation of Community recreation and programs in the Town of the Pas, has unveiled new logos. New Logos have been created for The Wellness Centre, Roy H Johnston Arena, and the Winton Pool along with Kelsey Recreation. The reason is to create a new updated recognizable look and to keep the branding similar for the programs that are offered in the community. The new logos can be seen below.

 

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The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba is holding its annual door to door canvas next month.  Their Manager of Volunteer Events Trudy Mattey says they need canvassers across the province including The Pas. She explains they ask them to go door to door in their neighborhood or a neighborhood of their choice collecting donations on their behalf.  She says the route is usually 20 to 30 houses. Mattey adds they also encourage people to canvas their friends and family. It’s pretty much any way you’re comfortable asking people to support the Alzheimer Society. To volunteer you can call 1-800-378-6699 or go to their website at www.alzheimer.mb.ca.

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The winter temperatures haven’t quite hit The Pas yet, and The Town of The Pas would like to remind everyone to stay safe when on the lakes and rivers. Town of The Pas Fire Chief Greg Zimmerman would like to remind everyone to stay off the ice, as it hasn’t frozen yet.He emplores, that people stay off the ice, as there has already been some issues with people risking their lives going on the ice, on foot or with ATV's. Zimmerman said they haven’t had any problems with snowmobilers, but would advise everyone to wear your helmets and stay off the open water.

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102.9 CJAR’s annual Socks from Santa is back this holiday season. Station manager Maureen Kozar explains that Socks from Santa is a way to help the needy in our community by collecting these items and encouraging people to drop off socks for the homeless shelter.You can donate socks right up until December 22nd. They will then be taken to Oscar’s Place before Christmas Eve. This is the third year the program has run and each year over 400 pairs of socks have been donated. 

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Kelsey Community School presents, "A Christmas Concert" tomorrow. Students will be performing the annual concert and it’s open to anyone. There will be two performances at 1:15pm, and 7:00pm. Doors open in the evening at 6:30p.m. They ask you use the Settee Avenue doors, there will be a Silver Collection at the door.

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The Pas Friendship Centre deadline for their annual Toy drive is today. They’re looking for donations of toys for children between the ages of 1 and 13. Toys can be dropped off at The Pas Friendship Centre, The Pas Resource Centre, Ace Hardware, Giant Tiger, Extra Foods and centre court in the Otineka Mall.

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If you receive or have received a ticket from the Town of The Pas for any kind of infraction, pay it off this holiday season and be a hero in the community. Randy Manych, Public Safety Officer explains that the program is running now until January 1st, any ticket issued in the Town of The Pas, can be paid by taking 50 percent of the face value of the ticket, and donating food items, or gift cards, that will go toward food programs in the community.

Manych thought the program would be a good way for citizens to pay off tickets as well as help local groups during the holidays. Tickets can be paid with donations to The Public Safety Officer in the Town Office.

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The Westminster United Church Women would like to invite everyone to sing Christmas Carols tonight. They are hosting the Christmas Carol Service at the Church starting at 7:30pm. They would like to invite everyone to attend and to bring your family and friends to join an evening of fellowship and song. A snack will be served to follow the service.

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The Pas Family Resource Centre Christmas Food Hamper Application deadline is tomorrow. Dan Laye with the Resource Centre says it’s an important program here in The Pas because it helps so many families out over the holidays. They normally try to get out around 100 Hampers, last year they managed to give out 90. Laye encouraged those in need to come to the resource centre and fill out an application for a hamper. You will need to bring your health card along with your 2 most recent pay stubs or an income assistance budget letter.

 

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74 People called Operation Red Nose this past weekend in The Pas, and surrounding areas, looking for a safe ride home. Thanks to volunteers throughout the province, 741 rides were given province wide, a huge number of people who made the choice to not drink and drive. If you or someone you love is planning on going out this weekend, get them to call Operation Red Nose at 623-3300.

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Hudbay Minerals has announced David Garofalo will be resigning as President and Chief Executive Officer.  He has accepted an appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of Goldcorp Incorporated. Hudbay also announced it has appointed Alan Hair as President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1st.  Hair has served as Hudbay’s Chief Operating Officer since 2012 and has held a number of senior leadership roles in business development and operations at Hudbay since 1996. Garofalo says Hudbay’s development as a Company over the past five years is a testament to the hard work, dedication and competence of their employees across the organization adding he is very proud of all they have been able to accomplish and will miss the wonderful culture they have built at Hudbay.

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Ecole Opasquia School will be hosting a concert on Thursday. Students of the school say that it's going to be an amazing concert, Hosted by the two music teachers in the school, at 1:30 and 6:30PM, and will feature Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

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Hunter Rambow is a 14 year old resident of The Pas. He is a partial-hand amputee who plays hockey with the Norman Wolves in The Winnipeg bantam AAA league.

Hunter has received prosthetic and support services from the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation of Manitoba since 2010 and he wants to give back.He is seeking supporters to pledge fixed amounts for each goal he scores in league and playoff games during the 2015-16 season.  The total pledge ampunt will be calculated at the end of the season and all monies would go to CRF.If you are interested in supporting this project call 204 – 623 – 1719 or e-mail trambow@mymts.net and provide all your contact information along with your pledge amount per goal.To date Hunter has played in 7 games and scored 3 goals.

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For 3 Days last week OCN held their annual Christmas Hamper Drive on 102.9 CJAR. From Wednesday to Friday on the morning wake-up Mark Andrews and special guests took pledges and donations from residents and businesses who called in.  By the end of the pledge drive on Friday Morning an estimated $20, 000 had been raised with donations still coming in.  Counsillors Shorty Lathlin and Edwin Jebb and the rest of OCN thank you for your continued support.

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Sunday is a special day, even here in The Pas. It’s the national day of remembrance and action on violence against women in Canada. Sunday marks the 26th anniversary of the University of Montreal School shooting which killed 14 women injuring another 13. In The Pas Committee for Women in Crisis will be commemorating the day with information tables set up at the UCN and Otineka Mall. There have been at least 7 known violent deaths of women from our community, and they are asking everyone to spend part of the day remembering them.

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Operation Red Nose will be out in full force tonight for their second weekend of drives. Operation Red nose is a designated driving service used to get you home throughout the holidays. They will be giving out rides tonight and tomorrow from 9pm to 3am. For a ride from operation red nose you can call 204-623-3300. Last year in The Pas over 400 rides were handed out to over 1000 passengers throughout the holidays.

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The Pas Community Choir is ready to entertain this Sunday. They will be hosting their annual Chirstmas Concert and Andrew Legany with the Choir and The Pas Arts Council announced the concert would be held on Sunday, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, at 7PM. They will be presenting "Silent Night for all the World".

Tickets are available at Shane’s Music, The Pas Regional Library or at the door. They’re just 6 dollars.

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A member of the OCN Blizzard and his sister will be hosting a charity Hockey game for Braden Pettinger. Pettinger is a defenseman from the Portage Terriers who suffered a life altering spinal injury back in November. Maverick Rafter and his sister Tatiana Rafter will be hosting the game in Winnipeg on December 22nd. The Rafters have invited Male and Female hockey players from throughout the MJHL, WHL, NCAA, CIS and the National Women’s Hockey League. Some of the events planned for the day include 50/50 draw, a Silent Auction, bake sale, chuck a puck, and player meet and greet. The event aims to donate 75% of the funds raised to Braden Pettinger and his family, and 25% of the funds will go to the Christmas Cheer Board of Winnipeg.

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Christmas is in the air, and Santa Paws is back! This Saturday, bring your pet to Precious Pets Kennels, on Highway 10 North, between Noon and 4pm to get their picture taken with Santa Claus! A table will be set up with delicious baked treats, and all proceeds will go towards the Precious Pets Spay and Neuter Fund. Reservations can be made by calling 623-3608, but walk ins will be welcome as well.

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The Kelsey School Division is announcing they’ve accepted the retirement of Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer Doug Long. Long will be leaving the division effective July 31 2016 following the current school year. Long has been working with the division for 43 years and has served as Superintendent and CEO for the last 8.

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A search party will be out in the community this afternoon to search for Josephine Martin. Martin is a 58 year old woman last seen in The Pas near Giant Tiger on November 15th. She has not had any contact with any friends or family since. If you would like to join in the search they will be meeting at 1pm this afternoon starting at Devon Park. They will then be meeting again tonight at 6pm at by The Pas Regional Library.

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It’s a busy month in Wanless as their will be a free cooking class held. The classes are put on by the Wanless Community Club with support and funding from the Manitoba Government. All ages are welcome and the class will be held on Dec 12th from 1 to 3pm at the Wanless Community Hall. They will be making healthy pizza while following the Canadian food guide.

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A Christmas Sale will be held on Saturday from 10am to 4pm at the Wanless Community Hall. The Sale will feature homemade Arts, Crafts, Jewelry and more that will be available for purchase. If you’re interested in selling your own homemade items, or have any more questions about the event, you can reach Allyson at 204-682-7401.

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The University College of the North is hosting an arts and crafts sale this weekend. There will be specialized handcrafted items, baking and much more just in time for Christmas. It will be open from 10am to 3pm on Saturday and there will be a 2 dollar admission charge.

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The town of The Pas is inviting everyone in the community out tomorrow night for a Public Hearing. The hearing will be held to get public feedback on the Accommodation Tax By- Law #4448. Copies of the by law can be found with changes available at the Town Office at 81 Edwards Avenue. The Public Hearing will be held tomorrow night at 6pm, at Town Hall council chambers.

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