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The Pas Local News Archives for 2018-04


The Pas Fire Department responded to a trailer fire at Valley View Trailer Park
on Saturday morning.

The page came in around 8:10 and fire crews had the fire out in about two hours.
There was no one living in the house at the time of the fire.

The fire is considered suspicious in nature and the investigation is ongoing.

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Local quilter Patti Constant recently put together a photo quilt of The Humboldt Broncos players and staff members that lost their lives in the tragic bus accident that occurred earlier this month.

 

Constant told Arctic radio news that after the accident she was motivated by her husband to make a quilt for the team as a way of keeping the victims memories alive. She said that sewing the quilt was an emotional process but she hopes that giving the team this quilt will help them through this difficult time.

 

She would like to thank everyone for donating the materials needed to make the quilt and she is hoping to have it delivered to the Humboldt Broncos soon.

 

Photo Provided By Patti Constant

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The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre has started a Walking Wednesdays Exercise program. The program will run every Wednesday until May 23rd and the program was created to encourage people to engage in physical activity. They ask that participants partake in some form of physical activity for at least 20 minutes on Wednesdays.

 

Participants have a chance to win some great prizes including the grand prize of a fit bit. If you are interested or if you want more information call 204-627-7410. The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre encourages physical activity every day.

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The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group will be having a Touch a Truck Fundraising Event on June 2nd to raise money for a spray park for the community. The event will feature all kinds of heavy machinery and other vehicles on display where kids will have a chance to sit in them and get their pictures taken.

 

The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group President Davide Novo says The City of Brandon has generated $10,000 in revenue with their “Touch a Truck” event and The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group thought it would be a good plan to have one in The Pas since there is a lot of heavy machinery in the area.

 

The group is in need of volunteers to help out at this event. If you’re interested in volunteering you can reach out to The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group on Facebook

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World Autism Month is almost over and local autism mom Melanie Young and her son Quinn spoke to Arctic Radio News recently to give their opinions on what they think needs to be done to improve services for people on the spectrum and their families.

 

Melanie says it would be beneficial to have a national autism strategy because there are alot of gaps in the autism services that are available in Canada.

 

When it comes to education, Quinn Believes that good school teachers are ones that want students on the autism spectrum to secceed and make their school experience positive. Melanie feels that having people with autism around people they know, that are understanding of their differences will help to take pressure off people on the spectrum.

 

She added that she would like to see more acceptance of autism in the community and she hopes that one day The Pas will have an autism group so that those on the spectrum can have the opportunity to socialize and to help others to create a better understanding of autism. 

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The Pas Friendship Centre will be having an information session on type 2 diabetes on Monday from 12 until 1 PM. The session will be conducted a dietitian and there will be power point presentation and information on type two diabetes.

 

Anyone is welcome to attend and if they have type two diabetes or if they know someone that has it, this is a good chance to learn more. There is no registration fee and you can sign up by calling 204-627-7500. Tomorrow is the last day to sign up.

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The Kelsey School Division held a board meeting on April 23rd. During the meeting a motion was carried to eliminate a few positions due to budget cuts. The positions that were cut included attendance officer and students services coordinator, and two half time positions at the board office were combined into one half time position in an effort to reduce the budget. Chair Vaughn Wadelius says that no one will lose their jobs from these cuts which take effect on July First.

 

The meeting also had a presentation by Athletic Director Wendy Cull where she gave an overview of The Kelsey School Divisions Extra Circular program and she discussed a meeting she attended where stake holders made recommendations to improve extra circular actives at the schools and how to get more students involved. Youth representative Gianna Catalano sent in a written report on student activities at the high school which was also presented at the meeting.

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A vehicle fire broke out at a residence on Settee Ave yesterday afternoon here in The Pas. Fire crews responded to the fire and they were able to contain the blaze. There is no word yet on what caused the fire. We will keep you up to date on this story as the information becomes available.

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Davide Novo, The President of The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group conducted a presentation at The Town of The Pas council meeting on Monday night. Novo talked about their proposal to build a spray park in The Pas and how much it would cost to run and maintain.  The goal is to get approval from the town that they will take over the spray park and its maintenance once it is complete.

 

Novo added that they are also looking at getting some grants from a provincial funding branch called Community Places to help make the spray park a reality but in order to get these grants they will need the support of the town to maintain and operate the park.

If the town is not prepared to maintain and operate a spray park the group will continue to look at other ways to ensure that The Pas gets one built.

 

The Pas Families Building a Better Community group has raised a total of $95,000 in community funds to build and maintain a spray park and they will be raising more funds by having a “touch a truck event” and possibly through the Smile Cookie Campaign this fall.

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The Pas and Area Citizens on Patrol Program is celebrating its 25th year of service. The main Role of The C.O.P.P is to patrol the community and report any criminal or suspicious activity to the RCMP.

 

The C.O.P.P will be having an appreciation dinner for their volunteers this Friday night at UCN and local politicians including mayor Jim Scott and MLA Amanda Lathlin are expected to attend to say some words of appreciation to the members.

 

C.O.P.P Co-coordinator Elsie Reid would like to wish all the members well and encourages them to continue reporting to the RCMP. If you would like to join the C.O.P.P call Reid at 204-624-5663 or Jim Blake at 204-623-3705

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The Town of The Pas has announced the registration dates for prospective candidates for the next municipal election. Registrations for people that wish to run for head of council is open from May 1st until September 18th and registration for people wishing to run as a councillor is open from June 30th to September 18th

 

If you wish to run you must be a Canadian Citizen that’s at least 18 years of age on the day of the election and you must be a Manitoba resident and Voter in The Town of The Pas. To qualify as a voter you must be a resident or property owner of the municipality at least 6 months before the Election Day.

 

To register as a candidate for head of council or as a councillor you can pick up a registration form at The Town of The Pas Municipal Office or by calling Jenn Early at 204-627-1108. You will receive a 2018 candidate’s guide book upon completing the registration form.

 

The municipal election is October 24th

 

 

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The Northern Learning and Support Centre will be hosting a webinar called Flip It Transforming Challenging behavior on May 3rd from 1 until 2PM. NLSC Resource Facilitator Tania Catalano says the webinar address the Flip It Strategy that’s designed to help children ages 3-8 to learn about their feelings, showing self control and controlling challenging behaviour.

 

The Northern Learning and Support Centre is located at 60-third street in The Pas. If you would like to reserve a spot for the webinar visit nlscmb.ca

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The Ralls Island Community Park Highway Clean Up is set to take place on May 16th weather permitting. Garbage bags can be picked up at the main park building at 4:30 PM and you must bring you own gloves.

 

The annual general meeting for The Ralls Island Community Park Committee is expected follow at 7:30 PM at the Parks Main Building and elections for executives, president, vice president, treasurer and secretary will be held.

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The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre is going to be having a Jordan’s Principle Telehealth session called Depression and Anxiety-Two sides of the same coin.

 

The presentation is being put on by the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre and the purpose of the session is to give information and strategies on how to recognize depression and anxiety and their similarities and how to cope with them.

 

The session takes place tomorrow from 2PM till 3PM and it is open to all Jordan’s Principle community workers, Family members, and Partners and tribal councils.

For more information call 204-627-7410

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Featherstone Support Services is going to be bringing a special self awareness workshop to The Pas next month. Featherstone Support Services founder Holly Linski says it’s a two day workshop that is designed to implement and promote self awareness, goal setting, and to set a positive self image and its geared towards indigenous youth aged 12 to 17.

 

The program has been running successfully for the past four years for social assistance clients and the program has been modified to a younger demographic to help empower them to make positive life choices and prevent them from entering social assistance.

 

The workshops will run on May 14th and the 15th at the Kikiwak Inn. The Registration fee is $250 before May 4th and $275 after that and group rates are also available. A signup sheet can be found online at The Pas Community What’s Happening in The Tri Area facebook group or you can sign up online at featherstonesupportservices.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of featherstonesupportservices.com

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The Canadian Red Cross would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of its volunteers in The Pas and area. According to a news release The Pas and areas 17 volunteers have devoted more than 220 hours to help people in need. Last year the volunteers went to Winnipeg, Brandon, and Thompson to assist 7,000 people that were evacuated from their homes due to forest fires.

 

The Red Cross has also presented five year milestone certificates to Jamal El Kadri, Katherine Johnson, and Melanie Young and three year milestone certificates to Carol Johnson and Michelle Sabet.

 

The Pas Red Cross team is always looking for new volunteers. If you would like to give back to the community and make a difference why not become a member of The Pas Red Cross. Visit redcross.ca/heroeswantedmb or call 1-866-685-4250 for more information.

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Local NDP MP Niki Ashton is calling the Liberal Governments pipeline bailout wrong and that they are being quote divisive and unhelpful.

 

According to Astons MP report she stated that the Liberal Government has created a mess in The Trans Mountain Pipeline and she stated that they broke their promise to overhaul the environmental review system and they are ignoring the concerns of first nations and threatening punitive sanctions against BC including cuts to health care transfers.

 

Ashton added that the federal government should be a leader on climate change and that Canadians deserve better.

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The Pas an Area Animal Shelter will be hosting a magic show featuring Magician James Grant.

 

The show takes place on April 27th at The Royal Canadian Legion Hall and there will also be a fish pond, face painting, glow sticks, hot dogs, and carnival games.

 

The Doors will open at 5PM and the show starts at 6. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids and they can be purchased from Sound Innovations or from The Pas and Area Animal Shelter committee members.

 

 

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Travel Manitoba conducted a seminar at the Kikiwak Inn recently to talk about a program they created called “place branding”. Colin Ferguson the president and CEO of Travel Manitoba say’s the goal of place branding is to get communities to bring ideas forward for drawing tourists to the community.

 

The seminar had a good turnout overall and the participants of the seminar told Travel Manitoba the strengths and weakness of The Pas and the surrounding area. Travel Manitoba plans to put The Pas, OCN, and The RM of Kelsey in their materials.

 

Ferguson says tourism creates economic development opportunities, human resource management solutions, and it puts a great sense of pride in the communities.

 

Travel Manitoba’s responsibility is to market the entire province of Manitoba and they have spent a great deal of time marketing the north and they continue to increase that investment.

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The Manitoba Arts Council is going to be holding a session at The Pas Regional Library tomorrow night. The purpose of this session is to get the latest information on their new online application system, changes to grant opportunities. and important dates.

 

The session begins at 5PM and will wrap up at 7:30.

 

Photo Courtesy Of Facebook

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Students from Flin Flon and The Pas traveled to Thompson this past weekend to take part in the Northern Manitoba Regional Science Fair.

 

It took place Saturday at Ecole Riverside School and showcased projects by students from Grades 4 through 8. 

 

Project categories included Physical and Environmental; Computer, Math and Engineering; Life; Health; and General. 

 

Best in Fair was Jarek Osika from Flin Flon.  He’ll be representing Northern Manitoba at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Ottawa from May 12th to 19th.

 

The other representatives for our region are Samara Green and Anaya Pernamand from Ecole Riverside School in Thompson.

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This coming Tuesday the Canadian Revenue Agency will be conducting an information session about benefits at The Pas Friendship Centre.

 

They will be talking about benefits and credits that people could be entitled to when they file an income tax and benefit return as well as how benefits are calculated and how to apply for them.

 

They will also provide information on when you should contact the CRA.

The session will being at 3PM.

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Pre Registration for The Pas Pre School Activity Centre is now open for children aged 3-5 for the upcoming school year.  Shauna Rae Reinfort says this will give students a spot for the formal registration that is taking place in September that will guarantee them a place in the program in upcoming school year. Space is limited so if you want more information or if you would like to sign up your child call the preschool at 204-623-7700.

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Opaskwayak Cree Nation Income Assistance will be helping residents of OCN to obtain government issued identification. Rona Bignell the Social Assistance Liaison for Opaskwayak Cree Nation Income Assistance says they will be helping residents to obtain documents like secure status cards, Social Insurance Numbers, Passports, Health Cards, and birth certificates.

 

Alongside legal documents they will also assist with Child Abuse registry forms and applications, Criminal record checks and vulnerable persons act.

 

These services will be offered at the old bowling alley location at the Otineka Mall from May 14th until the 18th and there will be a certified passport photographer during this time.

For more information call the income assistance office at 204-627-7171.

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Flin Flon resident Brad Slugoski is going home over one million dollars richer after winning The Royal Canadian Legions Chase the Ace Jackpot inThe Pas over the weekend.

Slugoski's grand total was one million nine thousand eight hundred and seventy
dollars and he had been attending Chase the Ace since January 2017.

The next chase the ace will start this fall with a jackpot of over 239 thousand dollars.

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Last week, The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin asked a few questions at the Manitoba legislature during question period regarding issues with Northern Airports. Lathlin says the current government has cut hundreds of thousands of dollars from the northern airports in the last budget and that they are now trying to download responsibility for Northern airports to local communities and councils and she asked who the minister consulted with prior to making the decision to divest itself in the responsibility of Northern Airports. Ron Schulur the minister of infrastructure responded by saying that they will continue to work with the North to help them grow and have them prosper.

 

Lathlin says Northern Airports provide essential services to many remote and isolated communities and they are the link to Manitoba’s health care system and they require serious investment to remain viable. When she asked if the government would offer any financial support of its downloads responsibility for Northern Airports. Minister Schuler said that they will continue to meet with people of the North and ask what they would like to see so that Northern Manitoba can grow vibrant and strong.

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UCN’s Career expo 2018 is next Wednesday at The Roy H Johnston Arena from 9:30 AM to 3:30PM. There will be lots of hands on interactive displays and this is a great opportunity to help you find your career. Admission is free.

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The Primary Health Care Centre here in The Pas is going to be having a “Craving Change Workshop on April 30th, May 9th, and May 14th. From 6-8PM. The workshop is designed to help you change your relationship with food and to help change your eating habits.

If you attend all three workshops you will receive a certificate of completion. If you would like to sign up call Louise Spence at 204-623-9681.

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The Storytellers Film Festival 5th anniversary begins tonight and will run until Sunday at UCN. The festival will kick off with the Screening of The film “Empire of Dirt” at 7PM. Other films that will be shown include The Sun at Midnight, A Life on the Line, The Whale, Children’s Films from The National Film Board and many others.

 

Admission is free and refreshments will be served for a complete schedule of films or for more information go to The Story Tellers Film Festival Facebook Page.

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After it was announced that The Pas Friendship Centre would be transferring the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter to The Manitoba Housing Renewal Corporation Olivia McCorriston, a longtime supporter of the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter spoke to Arctic Radio News where she said that it was excellent that Manitoba Housing has worked hard to secure the building and that they have heart for those in the community that are homeless.

 

While Manitoba Housing owns the building the Stand Up for Oscars Place Group will still be the tenant at the Shelter and they will be conducting the operations. McCorriston added that this is a great opportunity for The Stand Up For Oscars Place Group to start doing longer term planning and build partnerships to address the needs of the homeless population in The Pas.

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The Humboldt Broncos have received a lot of support in the wake of the tragic accident that killed 16 people. To show respect for the victims the Kelsey School Division will be flying flags at their schools at half mast today.

 

You can show your support for the Broncos by wearing your favourite hockey jersey or green and gold clothes and by posting a picture of yourself on social media with the hashtag #jerseysforhumboldt

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The Pas Friendship Centre recently announced that they have transferred The Oscars Place Homeless Shelter over to The Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation.

 

This arrangement will ensure continued operation of the homeless shelter in The Pas and the Friendship centre wishes The Manitoba housing And Renewal Corporation success moving forward.

 

Families minister Scott Fielding responded to this announcement by saying quote “everyone deserves a safe place to stay and we will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure adequate housing exists for Manitoba’s most vulnerable population.

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The Town of The Pas had their regular meeting of council on Monday evening and RCMP Staff Sergeant Brent Mattice and a few other RCMP members attended to discuss the priorities for the town. The Pas mayor Jim Scott says there are three priorities that they are looking at. The First one that needs to be dealt with is the situation of organized crime and gang activity, the other is making sure the roads are safer in town, and one of the most important is dealing with violence in the community.

 

Scott says most of the towns violence is domestic and 9.9 times out of 10 these acts of violence are alcohol related. A lot of residents are afraid of going downtown because they are being harassed and having things stolen from them. People have called the police and they accused them of not arriving but according to Scott the police have been arriving but not in a timely fashion because they are busy.

 

People have almost stopped calling the police out of fear that they won’t arrive but Scott urges all residents to call the police if they are a victim of a crime or if you see a crime being committed. Mayor and council will be meeting with the RCMP again later to discuss ways to tackle alcoholism and violence in the community. Some of the options are bringing in legislation to change the hours of the liquor store and bringing in help for people with addictions and mental health issues.

 

 

 

 

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The monthly mayor reports for the month of March have been released. The Pas saw a total of 178 Disturbances of The Peace, 108 prisoners held, 77 index checks and 47 mischief cases. The RM of Kelsey had mostly Provincial traffic violations a total of 43 along with 15 assaults, 11 provincial statutes and 7 disturbances of the peace.

 

Cormorant had one assault, one missing person, one case of mischief and one disturbance of the peace.

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A community vigil was held at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre on Sunday were people paid tribute to the 15 people that died in a terrible accident involving the SJHL’s Humboldt Bronco’s bus on Friday. The crash occurred early last Friday evening 35 kilometers north of Tisdale Saskatchewan on the way to a playoff game. 

 

Mayor Scott also conducted a speech at the vigil saying they are only just a bus ride away from a nightmare and he felt that this vigil gave people the chance to get out and get together during this difficult time.

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RCMP The Pas has released the annual mayor reports for The Pas, The RM of Kelsey, and Cormorant for 2017. The town of The Pas had a total of 1983 Disturbances of the peace cases, 950 index checks, 489 cases of mischief, 453 provincial traffic violations, 379 assaults and many, false alarms, missing persons, and cases of theft.

 

The RM of Kelsey had 655 provincial traffic violations, 191 provincial statutes, 108 breach of peace cases, and 79 disturbances of the peace cases.

 

Cormarant saw 20 mischief and breaches of the peace cases along with 15 assaults, 14 disturbances of the peace and 9 break and enters.

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The results are in for the 24th Annual Bill Bannock Classic Ice Fishing Derby. This year’s first place $25,000 winner is Leigh Johnson for catching a 63.5 centimeter fish, Trevor Thompson won second place and $12,500 for catching a 62.5 centimeter fish, and Jeff Koroz won third place and $7,500 for catching a 62 centimeter fish. More results are expected to be posted to The Bill Banncok Classic Ice Fishing Derby Facebook page.

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Syrup from northern Manitoba is now being served at a high-end restaurant in New York City.

 

The syrup is made by Alan and Johanna McLauchlan at their facility near Wanless, which is only accessible by snowmobile in the winter, and by quad or boat in the summer.

Their family-run company, Rocky Lake Birchworks, was started around a decade ago, and now tap more than 15-hundred trees on the shores of Rocky Lake.

The McLuachlan’s are one of two birch syrup producers in Manitoba, and have had their products go to every continent.

 

While their signature product is the syrup, they also produce wild rice, salves and tea.

Alan McLauchlan said that there are a lot of good things in the boreal forest that can be used, rather than going in and quote cutting it all down.

 

Rocky lake Birchworks can be found on Facebook, and a bottle of their birch breakfast syrup will cost you 20 dollars.

 

Photo Courtesy Of Facebook

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The Town Of The Pas, The RM of Kelsey and Opaskwayak Cree Nation are planning to enter the Smart Cities Challenge. Crystal Krost from the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre says The Smart Cities Challenges was put on by the federal government through the department of infrastructure and communities and it encourages communities of all sizes to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of residents through innovation, data, and connected technology.

 

The idea to enter the challenge was brought to the Tri Council and they thought that it would be a good idea to leverage the LED Smart Farm on OCN using prize money from the challenge.

 

The LED Smart Farm on OCN could potential provide food security for the region, battle the effects of diabetes, and provide grocers and restaurants with affordable fresh produce.

The tri community is eligible for all three of The Smart Cities Challenges cash prizes. One prize is up to 50 million dollars as well as two prizes of up to 10 million dollars and one prize of 5 million dollars.

 

The tri community could also be awarded $250,000 to move forward with a pilot project 

Part of the application process is a community engagement process and two surveys have been created one for businesses and one for community members to fill out and express how they feel about this challenge and if they think it’s beneficial for the tri area.

The two surveys will be on the pas dot com until this Friday.

 

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There will be a Jordan’s Principle Telehealth session at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre from the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre tomorrow from 2 till 3PM.

 

The session is about understanding intentional self harming behavior and all Jordan’s Principle community and principal workers, family members, partners and tribal councils are invited.

For more information call 204-627-7410

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This year is The Pas Rotary Club’s 24th annual Bill Bannock Classic Ice Fishing Derby at Clearwater Lake. The derby is tomorrow starting at 10AM. Tickets can still be purchased at Petes Pro Tackle, Wallys Place at Clearwater Lake, Michael’s Esso, The Wescana Inn, or online at billbannock.com and tickets are $100 each.

 

This year there will be lots of cash prizes up for grabs including $25,000 for first place, $12,500 for second and $7,500 for third. 100 percent of funds raised at the derby will go back to the community and the Rotary Club would like to thank all the sponsors that have helped with the derby.

 

For more information you can check out the Bill Bannock Classic Ice Fishing Derby Facebook page or billbannock.com

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The Sam Waller Museum has a new art exhibit titled “Breaking Borders. Most of the artwork on display was done by artists from Flin Flon and by The Pas based artist Frances Cooper.

 

Joanna Munholland museum curator and archivist says the best part of the exhibit is all of these pieces of art tell a story and come together to put on a remarkable show.

 

The exhibit has a wide variety of mediums like pottery, prints, oil paintings, and acrylics and some of the art pieces are for sale.

 

The exhibit will be on display until May 30th.

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There will be a benefit social in support of Beulah Lathlin and her son this Saturday at the Wescana Inn. Lathlin and her son lost everything in a house fire in The Pas last month.

The social will begin at 9PM and will run until 1AM. The event will feature performances by two music groups and there will also be a 50/50 draw and a silent auction.

 

Admission to the social is $20 a ticket and they can be purchased at the door or by calling Lathlin at 204-620-4684.

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Olivia McCorriston is organizing a special event set to take place on April 15th. The event will be at the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter and the goal is to show the homeless population of The Pas that the community cares about them.

 

McCorriston says the community has been amazing at bringing in donations of food and clothing to the shelter, but for the homeless to recover and to heal they need to know that they are cared for by using cultural support. She hopes to have a drum group, elders, a friendship dance, and some musicians at the event.

 

If you’re a musician or an elder that would like to attend you can call McCorriston at 1-204-761-9244. The event will begin at 3PM and everyone is invited.

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The first course of The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre’s Grief Recovery method program was held on April third and they will continue to run on Tuesdays and Thursdays until April 26th. The program is being taught by Megan Lysohirka.

 

Lysohirka says lots of people do not know how to deal with grief in a healthy way and they instead deal with grief by using drugs or alcohol and this program will help to teach people how to grieve in a way that is not harmful.

 

Registration is now closed but the program is expected to run again later this year. For more information call The Opaskwayak Health Authority 204-627-7410.

 

Photo Courtesy of Facebook

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The Pas Fire Department received a report of a car fire at the staff parking lot of Scott Bateman Middle School this morning around 8:25. The vehicle was fully involved upon arrival and the fire crews had the fire put out and under control shortly after 9AM.

 

The cause of this vehicle fire has not been determined.

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Last week, a public hearing was held regarding the proposed levy for police services in The Pas. The proposed police services levy would take policing costs out of the general budget and distribute them equally across the community. A lot of people came to the hearing to voice their opposition to the proposed levy.

 

Mayor Jim Scott says one of the main reasons behind the opposition was because residents that own a single family house didn’t think that it was fair that someone that owned an apartment building would pay the same fee.

 

Scott and enough councilors plan to defeat proposed levy at the next council meeting.

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