The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed the Manitoba Legislature recently by asking if the provincial government will reverse its harmful cuts to homecare. Lathlin was approached by a constituent at Pineview Manor who told Lathlin that she may be forced to move to a personal care home even though she is happy where she lives.
Heather Stefanson the Minister of Justice responded to Lathlins question by saying that after 17 years of quote “Mismanagement” of the health care system the province is in the situation that it is in today. She added that the Minister of Health is working with stakeholders to ensure that health care is there for Manitobans when they need it.
Lathlin added that the Provincial Government is also cutting funding for mental health and addiction services at the same time that they are predicting the loss of at least 1500 jobs in Northern Manitoba. According to Lathlin, in the face of job losses strong mental health and addiction support becomes an essential service especially in Northern Communities. She asked if the government would acknowledge that their plan isn’t working and instead commit to expanding on site access to mental health services in Northern Manitoba towns and First Nations.
Stefanson responded by acknowledging that there is work to be done to strengthen the system and improve access to mental health and addictions services throughout Manitoba. She added that they have engaged in the services of Virgo Planning and Evaluation to assist the government in developing a comprehensive mental health and addictions strategy. They hope to hear the outcomes of this report in the next few months.
During Question Period at The Manitoba Legislature recently The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin stated that the Provincial Government canceled many health care investments in Northern Manitoba including The Health Clinics in The Pas and Thompson.
When Lathlin asked if the Government would cancel the cuts and restore these much needed investments Heather Stefanson the Minster of Justice said that they recognize that changes need to take place in order to move forward with respect to the health care system in the province and they are planning to consult all Manitobans including those that live in the North.
Lathlin believes that the cancelation of these health investments are hurting the people of Manitoba especially those that live in The North.
The holiday season is among us and The Pas Family Resource Centre and The Pas Friendship Centre have started their annual Christmas toy Drive. Donations of toys and gifts can be dropped off at the following locations: Ace Hardware, Extra Foods, Home Hardware, or at the Friendship or Family recourse centre’s.
Your donation will help to make a child happy at Christmas time. The deadline to drop off donations is December 15th.
The Stand Up for Oscars Group is running a fundraiser called “Cot You Caring” for The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter. Money raised will go towards buying cots for the Shelter. The cots the shelter is in need of are medical cots that are $495 each. So far the group has been able to purchase 10 cots with a donation of $5000 and they are still in need of donations from the community to reach their goal of 25 cots.
Having cots will have many benefits such as keeping the heating costs lower, making it easier for people with joint issues to get in and out of bed, and to keep people off the floor. The Group is also planning on having a chase the ace to help raise money for the cots. If you would like to make a donation call Olivia McCorriston at 204-761-9244.
The 2017 Community Wellness Challenge Officially Wrapped Up last Wednesday with a celebration. Rus Thorne Regional Community Health Developer says the challenge involved members of the community filling out Wellness Challenge tick sheets that contained healthy behaviors such as eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and getting physical activity. If the participants took part in these behaviors they would mark them off their tick sheets.
Rus added that over 350 people took part in the challenge and he hopes that more people will participate next year.
A car fire broke out in the downtown area of The Pas early Yesterday morning. According to Chief Fire Prevention Officer Randy Manych the call came in around 1:34 AM and the vehicle was consumed by the fire.
The fire was put out relatively quickly and the exact cause of the blaze has not been determined.
The Stand Up for Oscars Place Group held a meeting last Saturday at the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter. During the meeting they went through some options on where they will move the Shelter at the beginning of April as The Pas Friendship Centre is not allowing the group to continue using their building after March of 2018. The Group is also planning a fundraising Chase the Ace and a cot drive for The Shelter.
There will be another community meeting on December 2nd where they will be wrapping cardboard boxes to put in stores around town to collect donations for the Shelter. You can keep up to date with Stand Up For Oscars Place by joining their group on Facebook.
A Christmas Concert is being put together in support of Miss Missinippi Airways Cherilyn Muilenburg who is running for the 2018 Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Fur Queen competition.
The concert will take place at the UCN Cafeteria On December 2nd that will feature performances by local talent.
If you would like to perform at the event or if you would like to buy tickets you can phone Muilenburg at 204-620-6566 or email email@example.com. Tickets are 15 dollars apiece and children under 5 are free.
The Pas Community Choir Presents “We wish you the Merriest” at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral on December 10th. The doors will open at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 7.
Admission is $10,00 for adults, $5.00 for children 6-16 and children 5 and under are free.
You can buy tickets at the door, The Pas Regional library, Shane’s music uptown, or e transfer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Stand Up for Oscars Place Group is having two meetings this weekend at the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter. The first meeting is set to take place tomorrow at 3PM where they will be giving the community an update on what the group has accomplished with running the Shelter since the last meeting and what needs to be done.
Tomorrows’ meeting is set to begin at 3PM. There will also be a meeting on Sunday at 2PM where there will be wrapping Christmas presents and talking about fundraising and programming for the Shelter.
Olivia McCorriston, The Chair for the Stand up for Oscars Place Group says that things have come along really well at the shelter and she is very pleased with the amount of community support the shelter has received.
Operation Red Nose service begins today in The Pas. A program that provides free rides in an effort to prevent impaired driving and to keep the roads safe this holiday season, The service will be offered today, tomorrow and every Friday and Saturday in December until the 23rd from 9PM to 3AM. The services will also be offered on New Years Eve.
To Request a ride you can call 204-623-3300.
To learn more you can follow Operation Red Nose The Pas on Facebook.
With the help of a variety of Rotary Clubs in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario, They were able to donate $7,500 to the school in Churchill to help them purchase food and school supplies.
Rick Hubbs and Saman Mirza Agha two members of The Rotary Club of The Pas travelled to Churchill to deliver the cheque to the school.
Rotary member Jordan Krost says it feels good to be able to do things like this for people in need. Churchill has been having a hard time having essential items delivered to them due to the rail line not being repaired, and shipping by air is a lot more expensive.
There will be a special community meeting in OCN this evening at The Kikiwak Inns Bignell room.
The purpose of this meeting is to give residents the opportunity to give their feedback on proposed changes to the election code.
All OCN members are welcome to attend. The meeting is expected to run from 7PM until 9PM
Local Musician and member of The band “Trio Boulevard” Kenneth Henderson recently put out a casting call for a video shoot. The video is going to be about Suicide Awareness and Prevention.
Henderson and the other members of Trio Boulevard have each been affected by suicide in their own ways and their main goal is to turn the tables on suicide and promote living in first nations across North America. Henderson hopes to have students from Oscar Lathlin Collegiate, Joe A Ross and the surrounding area take part in the filming of the video as well as families affected by suicide.
The Shooting dates are from December 6th to the 8th at Oscar Lathlin Collegiate. Young people that are taking part in the filming are encouraged to bring signs and posters containing messages of hope to encourage people to carry on with life.
This project is being supported by the Opaswayak Educational Authority The OCN Recreation Department. If you would like to be in the video, email email@example.com
The Stand up for Oscar Place Group has announced that they are in desperate need of blanket donations for The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter. According to a post from the Stand Up for Oscars Place Facebook Group the Shelter goes through 40 to 50 blankets a night and many guests use two blankets.
Donations of new and used blankets can be dropped off at the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter each day from 8PM to 8AM.
The Pas Community Renewal Corporations Annual Santa Claus Parade is set to take place on December 15th from 5PM to 7PM. This years theme will honour Canada’s 150th Anniversary that will highlight how Christmas is celebrated across Canada. CJAR will provide more details on the parade and registration once the information becomes available.
Local NDP MP Niki Ashton is supporting the call from Churchill residents to have an Honorary Doctorate removed from Omnitrax owner Pat Broe in the wake of the recent indications that his company is unwilling to adhere to the federal governments directive to repair the rail line.
Ashton stated in a press release that his company has shown nothing but disrespect to the people of Northern Manitoba. She added that people of Churchill and our North have suffered enough due to Pat Broe’s actions and that his approach is in direct contradiction to the statements made by the University of Winnipeg at the time of the honorary award.
The honorary doctorate was granted to Broe in recognition of his “unique vision and role in the development of Manitoba’s North”.
A special community project is being put together for the upcoming Marigold Preschool Festival of Trees. The project involved casting people’s fingers and asking them what they can do to spark the community. The purpose of casting fingers is a way of pointing at yourself and asking what you can do for the community. Some of the things people said they could do to spark the community were Recycling, buying coffee for a stranger, and shopping locally.
The casted fingers will be put together to make a sculpture. The finished project will be a culmination of the uniqueness in the community and the three communities coming together.
The Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Club will be having a General Meeting on November 23rd at A&W at 7PM They will be discussing fundraisers as well as financials.
Everyone is Welcome and encouraged to attend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.