A Program to Keep Our Children Safe is Running for Halloween Again This Year.
The program is called Partners in Safety and will be available to help children who are out trick or treating tonight. Regional Manager for Emergency Services for the Northern Health Region Ken Gurba says when kids are out vehicles from Emergency Medical Services, RCMP and the Fire Department will be there. He explains they go out in their marked emergency vehicles and the staff arewearing their uniforms and they make a visible presence on the streets. He says if any child gets either lost or bullied or has any problems whatsoever they can flag down any of the multiple emergency vehicles that will be cruising the streets on Halloween.
The Partners in Safety Program will run from 4 to 7:30 this evening in Northern Health Region Communities.
Thanks to a quick response from the OCN fire department Thursday night a fire was contained to limited damage. Joan Niquanicappo the Opaskwayak Cree Nation General Manager talks about more about the damages.
"The Hilda Young Child Care Centre, a section of it that was on fire, but we did get a quck response from the OCN RCMP and the OCN Fire Department, they were able to minimize the damage to the facility."
The OCN RCMP is still investigating and it does appear to be arson. The fire started with a play structure that then spread to the side of a storage shed, and to the siding of the child care building which sustained heat damage.
The Town of The Pas released their monthly crime stats numbers for the month of September. Over the month of September officers responded to 179 incidents of disturbing the peace, 31 of theft and 4 of impaired in The Pas. Compared with August Disturbing the Peace and Theft numbers rose while impaired dropped. In the RM of Kelsey they responded to 7 incidents of Disturbing the Peace, 6 of Theft and 3 of Impaired. Those numbers rose in Disturbing the Peace and Theft incidents while dropping in impaired.
Gun violence and Drug Trafficking was the target of an RCMP Operation last week. 17 police officers and members of different RCMP teams took part in the the deployment. Two search warrants and a consent search of a residence were completed on houses in Grand Rapids. As a result of the search, police located and seized cocaine, marijuana, hash oil, trafficking paraphernalia, Canadian currency, cell phones and a stolen firearm. Six adults and one youth, all from Grand Rapids, were arrested and charged with multiple offences. Two males from Chemawawin were also arrested in the community as a result of enforcement efforts. The “D” Division Action Response Team is a crime-reduction strategy that involves leveraging RCMP resources to address specific emerging public safety issues.
Zombies will walk the streets of The Pas tomorrow. The Pas Community Renewal Corporations annual Zombie Walk is back. The TPCRC’s Community Facilitator Desarae Lambert explains where you can get more information.
"We also have a Facebook event page for the Zombie Walk that has all the details and everything; the route of the walk and thanking all of our sponsors. People can just go to our Facebook and like that event page."
The walk will begin at 5:30 at the royal Canadian legion. They ask every to bring and donate non-perishable food items or personal hygiene products.
The Hope North Suicide Prevention Committee is hosting a presentation in The Pas tomorrow night. Teresa Roberts a Co-Chair of the Hope North Suicide Prevention Committee explains why the presentation is important.
"It helps reduce the stigma that's associated with having a mental illness. And it will help people to understand how they can work with their mental illness and that there is hope for recovery."
The presentation is tomorrow night at Mary Duncan school beginning at 6:30pm. For more information on the presentation tune intotomorrow morning’s Wake Up with Mark Andrews and Teresa Roberts at 8:15am.
It was a busy day for Health Professionals as the 3rd annual Northern Health Summit was held in The Pas yesterday. At the Annual general Meeting of the Northern Health Region CEO Helga Bryant said their strategic directions are to improve population health, deliver quality accessible and compassionate services, be sustainable and innovative organization, and be an employer of choice. The northern Health region administrative costs for 2015-16 totaled over 13 million dollars while total expenses reached over 98 million dollars. Throughout the day health leaders from across the Northern health region met in The Pas to discuss and explore health issues and identify priority concerns.
MBCI High School will remain open this week and its classes as usual. RCMP officers have arrested a 15 year old male in connection to threats made towards the school. The youth has been charged with uttering threats and was to appear in The Pas court yesterday. Media Relations with the RCMP, Tara Seel, says RCMP continues to investigate and is working closely with school officials. Seel says “there does not appear to be a threat to public safety”. MBCI and the Kelsey School Division have sent messages to inform all parents and guardians that classes will remain as scheduled.
The people of Grand Rapids now have a new Nursing Station to service them. The brand new Nursing Station opened on Friday. Grand Rapids Mayor Robert Buck says the facility will provide a higher quality of health care services for the people of Grand Rapids and will eliminate the gaps in health care services. The 7-thousand square foot facility replaces the nursing station built in 1983 and includes 3 exams rooms, 1 two stretcher trauma room and offices for visiting professionals. The province invested more than 8.2 million dollars in the project and an additional 1.2 million for a traditional healing room.
Members of 17 northern communities met on Friday to sign a memorandum of understanding in support of regional economic development. The Pas Mayor Jim Scott explains why the signing is important.
"Well because it shows unity, the communities that are affected the most by the railroad, are the ones that are most involved in getting that railroad moving forward. It really is a show of unity and solidarity."
The northern group has now created a committee headed by the Mayor of Churchill Mike Spence and the Chief of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation Christian Sinclair. The committee will now work towards development in regards to the bay line. 102.9 CJAR will have updates as they become available from the committee.
The Opaskwayak Cree Nation and the Opaskwayak Health Authority are hosting a vision clinic this week. The vision clinic is held as a chance to have your eye sight checked. For eligibility and an appointment you can call 204-627-7414. Optometrist Dr Dawn Dunford will be in The Pas to host the clinic. It will be held both Thursday from 9am to 4pm and Friday from 9am to 3:45pm at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre.
A walk for breast cancer is a chance for you to support and raise awareness this weekend. The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre is putting on the breast cancer awarenesswalk on Saturday starting at the GLMC. You can crawl, walk or run the 5 kilometers. Prizes are available and they ask you bring your family for fun, information and support. For more information you can contact Shawn Yaremko or Christine Wilson at 204-627-7461.
Zombies will walk the streets of The Pas next Friday. The Pas Community Renewal Corporations annual zombie walk is back. The TPCRC’s Community Facilitator Desarae Lambert explains where you can get more information. "We also have a Facebook event page for the Zombie Walk that has all the details and everything, the route of the walk, and thanking all of our sponsors. People can just go to our Facebook and like that event page." The walk will begin at 5:30 at the royal Canadian legion. They ask every to bring and donate non-perishable food items or personal hygiene products.
The Pas and OCN men will dawn bright red high heeled shoes tomorrow for the annual Walk a mile in her shoes event. The Aurora House is putting it on for the women’s shelter and Dawna Pritchard the Executive Director says it’s a fun event. "Well it's a fun event that can involve people in a discussion on gender violence, and it gives men the opportunity to actually support a women's shelter.We'd like to see people sponsoring a friend to dawn the red high heels and walk around the Otineka Mall." The Walk a mile in her shoes event is tomorrow as the men will take a lap around the Otineka Mall. To register you can call the Aurora House at 204-623-7427.
Flu shot clinics are coming up soon in our area. Immunize Canada says it’s important to get your flu shot. Director of Infection Control and Prevention at Mount Sinai Hospital Allison McGeer has more. "You're getting your flu shot for two reasons, first is to protect yourself from serious illness, but the second important thing about getting a flu shot, is when you get it you also protect the people around you." The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends that all Canadians six months of age and older and people at high risk receive the influenza vaccine. Stay tune to 102.9 CJAR for dates of flu clinics in our area.
This Friday representatives from communities across northern Manitoba are meeting in The Pas. The communities along the bayline formed the Northern Delegation with the goal to ensure the continuation of the shipping season. Mayor Jim Scott speaks on the importance of the bayline. "A couple of years ago, I thought we had made a pretty good showing of how important it was we be a transportation hub, and if you take out the railroad, that's a very important part of that hub, and that, we just simply cannot allow that to happen. We need to find out how we can move this forward, one way is to put a letter of support in, so we can start meeting with the federal government on this, and that's what this is all about." This comes after OmniTrax announced in July the 2016 grain season had been cancelled. A memorandum of understanding has been drafted that seeks the support of the region, town council is in full agreement of the contents. The northern delegation will be holding the signing ceremony at the Kikiwak inn on Friday.
This is the final week to take part in the annual Fall Cleanup Campaign. The 2016 Fall Clean Up Campaign ends on Sunday and Town of The Pas Council and Staff encourage all residents to lend a hand. Town staff are picking up refuse from now until the end of the weekend. Residents should have all refuse protected from wind and animals, all refuse should be place in disposable containers if possible and no bag tags are required. Also where there is a back lane, pile refuse at edge of the lane bordering property line and stack to allow room for vehicles.
You can join in the celebration of the Cree language tomorrow. The Opaskwayak Cree nation along with the Opaskwayak Educational Authority is holding the Cree Language Celebration. Everyone is invited to attend as there will be a grand entry, opening prayer and remarks, round dance and the honoring of elders and teachers. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the creation of the Cree dictionary and to honor those who helped create it. It’s being held at 5pm at the OCN Veterans Hall.
A walk for breast cancer is a chance for you to support and raise awareness this weekend. The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre is putting on the breast cancer awareness walk on Saturday starting at the GLMC. You can crawl, walk or run the 5 kilometers. Prizes are available and they ask you bring your family for fun, information and support. For more information you can contact Shawn Yaremko or Christine Wilson at 204-627-7461.
Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen announced Friday the passing of a regulation by the Manitoba Government, to support and facilitate the acquisition and continued operation of the Kraft Paper mill in The Pas by American Industrial Acquisition Corporation. The mill which is currently owned by Tolko had announced in August its intention to close the mill by Dec. 2nd. On Sept 23rd, Tolko received a letter of intent from AIAC to acquire the Tolko Manitoba Kraft Paper Unit and Solid Wood Business Unit. The letter of intent included a number of requests of government and existing employees in order to ensure job protection through the seamless transition of the business and minimal operational disruption. The AIAC acquisition will allow for the preservation of existing jobs, both directly at the mill in The Pas and in affected support sectors including wood cutters.
Kids can have fun on Saturday with a back to School Family Carnival taking place in OCN. The back to school Carnival will be happening at Oscar Lathlin Collegiate from 1 to 4pm. They also ask you bring non-perishable food items for donations. Kids are welcome to enjoy an afternoon of fun treats and games but must be accompanied by an adult. For more information you can contact Barney Monias at 204-627-7070.
Have you ever thought about, or pictured a male taking a lap around the Otineka Mall in red high heels. Next Friday they will as the Aurora house is hosting their annual Walk a mile in her shoes fundraiser. Dawna Pritchard the Aurora House Executive Director says it’s a important fundraiser for the shelter. "Well most shelters are underfunded in a lot of areas, so it goes to our programming, buying activities for the kids, purchasing towels, we're always in need of towels at the shelter, bedding, replacing different capital cost items because none of our funding covers any of the capital costs." Walk a mile in her shoes is next Friday at 6pm at the Otineka Mall. They ask you register by calling the Aurora House at 204-623-7427.
Correcting youth homelessness across the province is the goal of a new group that’s launching an action plan today. The “Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness” is a group created to prevent and end youth homelessness by implementing a community based strategy that ensures youth and their families have what they need to thrive. The group is launching their action plan in Winnipeg today and will target all youth across the north as well. Winnipeg is unique in Canada for the high proportion of Indigenous youth experiencing homelessness. They say it’s related to resource distribution and colonialism. Young people arrive in Winnipeg from remote communities for opportunity, employment and education and too often, they become homeless.
A new sport to The Pas is almost ready for everyone to enjoy. Disc Golf is a new sports being set up in The Pas, It’s a 9 hole game similar to Golf and Sam Mags one of the organizers of Disc Golf The Pas says it’s starting to become popular. "Each hole has a par. Usually a par is around three throws, but there are some par fours there. It is the fastest growing sport in North America. Right now they're predicting, by the year 2020 there will be more disc golf courses, than regular ball golf courses." Mags says it’s similar to golf in each hole has a par and is counted in the amount of throws it takes to get it in the basket. Kelsey Rec has worked on getting the 9 hole course set up in The Pas.
This week is used every year to remind everyone of the dangers of house fires, as well as bring awareness and promote prevention. Its Fire prevention Week across Canada and here in The Pas, Randy Manych Town of The Pas Fire Prevention Officer has more information on plug ins. "Plugs have two holes for a reason, unless you are using an approved expansion bar that's CSA approved or UL listed, it shouldn't really be plugged in. The overloading of course, leads to heating of the wires, which then of course, can lead to a fire. Get proper extension cord use, you don't want to be using the same plug you're plugging your vehicle in with, that your plugging in your computer at home, or any other device." Fire prevention week runs the second week of October every year. Manych also says it’s also a great time to check you smoke detectors and if they’re more then 5 years old they need to be replaced.
Residents of The Pas will hit the town to help clean up the streets and prepare for winter once again this fall. The 2016 Fall Clean UpCampaign starts on Tueday and Town of The Pas Council and Staff encourage all residents to lend a hand. Town staff will be pickingup refuse from Tuesday to Friday next week and again from Oct 17th to 23rd. Residents should have all refuse protected from wind and animals, all refuse should be place in disposable containers if possible and no bag tags are required. Also where there is a back lane, pile refuse at edge of the lane bordering property line and stack to allow room for vehicles.
It’s that time of year again when The Pas Chamber of Commerce, 102.9 CJAR and the Opasquia Times present the Citizen and Business of the year for 2016. Shirley Barbeau with The Pas Chamber of Commerce names some of the businesses of the year from previous years. "So there's community supporters like that, businesses such as Shane's Music, Paperworks Plus, The Grub Box, The Kikiwak, Berscheid Meats, Funky Threadz, Sweatshop Boxing and Arctic Beverages from last year. Definately names that you hear in the community, and there's so many more businesses that help so many times." To nominate a citizen or a business forms can be picked up and returned to 102.9 CJAR, Opasquia Times and The Pas Regional Library. Awards Dinner and Presentation is November 23rd at the Kikiwak Inn.
The Pas Correctional Centre and Manitoba Justice later this month will be hosting a session for people looking for a career opportunity. The information session will be held in The Pas, October 20th at the Pas Friendship Centre from 2pm to 7pm. It’s your opportunity to learn more about the Correctional Training Program opportunities with The Pas Correctional Centre. Representatives will provide information on the training program, position requirements and more. For more information you can call 204-945-5032 or Angie Nikolychuk at 204-627-8344.
For the next 5 months 5 girls will be competing for the title of 2017 Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Fur Queen. Running this year will be Alyssa Reid, Haylee Fouillard, Kilee Partridge, Josie Young, and April Barbeau-Bracegirdle. The girls begin competing now with fundraising and will continue right through into February, during the crowning of Fur Queen 2017. Once again this year there will be a Fur Queen, First, and Second Princess crowned during the week of the 2017 Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival.
The Pas Skating club is hosting a learn to skate night for youth of The Pas and OCN tonight. Sheri Sheppard an instructor with The Pas Skating Club has more on what the club does. "The Pas Skating Club is a figure skating organization through Skate Canada, which is our national franchise. We offer our Learn to Skate program which is called Can-Skate, and that program is geared for children ages 4-12. From the Learn to Skate program, we offer figure skating programming in our community."
It’s a chance for youth ages 4 to 12 to try out skating before committing to the whole winter. It’s open to all youth and is free to attend. They ask each child wears a helmet along with their skates. It’s from 4:30 to 5:15pm at the Roy H Johnston Arena.
A walk for breast cancer is a chance for you to support and raise awareness later this month. The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre is putting on the breast cancer awareness walk on Oct 22nd starting at the GLMC. You can crawl, walk or run the 5 kilometers. Prizes are available and they ask you bring your family for fun, information and support. For more information you can contact Shawn Yaremko or Christine Wilson at 204-627-7461.
An annual 6 week program is coming back to The Pas. The free 6 week “Get better together” program begins on Wednesday this year. The “Get better together” is a fun interactive course that will help you, manage pain and fatigue, start an exercise program, eat well, live well and much more. It runs once a week in the evening from 6pm to 830pm. To register you can contact Russell Thorne at204-627-6419.