The Pas Local News Archives for 2018-12

RCMP and Major Crime Services Investigating a Homicide in The Pas

The Pas RCMP and Major Crime Services are investigating a homicide here in The Pas.

 

At around 7:00 this morning the police responded to a report of a body found on Bignell Avenue near the Hudbay Rail Station.

 

Officers located a deceased female at the scene.

 

If you have any information on this incident please call The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6204 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

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The Pas Friendship Centre Christmas Toy Drive

The Pas Friendship Centre is still accepting donations for their annual holiday toy drive. They have already received a fair amount of donations for the 149 kids that they are servicing but they still need donations of toys for the 10-13 age group.

 

Donations can be dropped off at The Friendship Centre, The Fire Hall, Red Apple, Home Hardware, Sound Innovations, Extra Foods, and The Pas Family Resource Centre,

 

Call 204-627-7500 for more information.

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Niki Ashton Addresses Forced Sterilization in Canada

The NDP secured a key meeting on the forced sterilization of women in Canada earlier this week at the standing committee on Health and they won unanimous support after they moved a motion calling for the department of health to provide a briefing on forced sterilization something that has happened to a lot of indigenous women.

 

Our local MP Niki Ashton says that forced sterilization is torture and we must seek justice for the women affected. The UN Committee on Torture and Amnesty International have also condemned forced sterilization.

 

Sixty indigenous women are engaged in a class action lawsuit alleging they were subjected to forced sterilization in our health care system and some occurred as recently last year.

 

The NDP plans to push for longer term in depth studies to ensure that women will not have to face forced sterilization again.

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Niki Ashton Addresses Northern Manitoba issues

Local NDP MP Niki Ashton spoke in the House of Commons recently and stated that this year has been tough for people in Northern Manitoba.

 

She said that people have lost their jobs and some communities are struggling to get back on their feet.

 

First Nations continue to face a housing crisis, education is underfunded, and people are dying because of the loss of health care services.

 

Ashton ended her statement by saying that this government is not part of the solution and told Prime Minister Trudeau quote “enough of the benefits to your rich cooperate friends, enough of hollow words on climate change, and enough of pushing Canadians further behind.

 

 

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Ice Safety Tips From The Lifesaving Society of Manitoba

Lifesaving Society of Manitoba of some important ice safety tips for you this winter.

 

If you’re in a vehicle keep your windows down, keep the radio off, drive slowly, and be prepared to exit the vehicle in a hurry.

 

If you’re walking on the ice, it needs to be at least 4 inches thick, if you’re on a snowmobile the ice needs to be least 5 inches thick, if you plan to drive a car on the ice it needs to be between 8 and 12 inches, and for larger vehicle such as pickup trucks there needs to be 12 to 15 inches of hard clear thick ice.

 

For more winter and ice safety tips visit lifesaving.mb.ca

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Kelsey School Board Decides to Open Wadeluis Drive Temporarily

During their regular board meeting on Monday the Kelsey School Board brought up the issues with Wadeluis Drive.

 

Wadeluis Drive was closed this fall due to water damage causing the road to be impassable and people started driving over sidewalks and lawns and barriers were set up to keep people out.

 

People are still driving over the lawns of the schools to work their way into the pool parking lot. This is a safety hazard and the school board has decided that they will be reopening Wadeluis Drive temporarily and they will try to do more maintenance on the road during the winter months.

 

The barriers will have to be put back in come springtime for safety reasons.

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Christmas Support Being Offered at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre

The holiday season makes a lot of people happy but sometimes it can be a difficult time for others, that’s why the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre is offering Christmas Support on December 27th and on January 3rd from 1:00 until 4:30 in the afternoon.  

 

One of the most common things that makes Christmas a sad and difficult time for people is the loss of a loved one and celebrating the first Christmas without them for the first time.

 

Psychiatric Nurse Sarah Linklater will be present at both support sessions along with an Opioid Replacement Nurse RN Case Coordinator. For more information call 204-627-7410.

 

There is also a crisis line available by calling 204-623-0519

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102.9 CJAR Accepting Donations for The Nabess-Settee Family

102.9 CJAR is accepting donations for the Nabess-Settee Family that lost everything in a house fire last week. CJAR Morning host mark Andrews says some of the family members were injured and they lost their two dogs one died in the fire and the other ran away and later died.

 

Mark added that this story really affected him and felt the need to do something to help this family.

 

Anything that can help a family start their lives over from scratch will be accepted. 

 

Donations can be dropped off here at 102.9 CJAR from 8:30 until noon and then from 1:00 until 4:30 PM every weekday or you can call the station at 204-623-5307 to make arrangements.

 

To make a donation after hours or on the weekends you can call Mark at 204-620-1801.

 

Donations will be collected until further notice.

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Amanda Lathlin Addresses Funding Issues with the Northern Patient Transportation Program

During question period last week MLA Amanda Lathlin brought up funding concerns with the Northern Patient Transportation Program. She stated that the Minister of Health put out false information on the record when he said there have been changes to the Northern Patient Transportation Program and she asked if he would retract the false information that he put on record and reverse the cuts.

 

Minister of Health, Seniors, and Active Living Cameron Friesen responded by stating that the Northern Patient Transportation program is essential for Northern Manitobans to be able to reach appointments in the South on a semi urgent and non urgent basis and that there are rules in place for the program but some rules failed to be enforced.

 

He concluded his statement by saying the Northern Health Authority is once again enforcing those rules to make sure the program stays strong for Manitobans.

 

According to Lathlin, over 1 million dollars for the Northern Patient Transportation Program was cut and this has forced the NRHA to reduce the number of people who get flights under the program.

 

She asked again when the government will reverse these cuts and minister Friesen responded by saying they are making progress but they are not there yet.

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The Pas Health Complex Annual Steak Dinner Fundraising Results

The Pas Health Complex Foundation Held their Annual Steak Dinner and Beer Tasting last Friday and it was a big success. Close to $4000 was raised and all proceeds will be going towards purchasing beds for St Paul’s Personal Care Home.

 

The Foundation also presented a cheque of $135,000 to Ingrid Olson the clinical director of The Pas NHR as payment for the beds during the event.

Special thanks are going out to Missinnippi Air for making a generous donation of $2000 for the beds and the Wescana Inn for supporting the event.

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Monthly Mayor Reports for November

Last months monthly mayor reports are in. The Pas saw mostly disturbance of the peace cases a total of 113, as well us 109 index checks, 93 mischief cases, and 28 assaults.

 

The community of Cormorant had a total of 4 offenses including 2 mental health act offenses, 1 prisoner held and 1 case of mischief.

 

The RM of Kelsey had 37 provincial traffic violations, 6 mischief cases, 3 assaults and a handful of other incidents.

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Town of The Pas Long Service Awards

The Town of The Pas’s Long service awards were given to seven town workers last week in recognition for their work effort.

 

This year’s winners are Sam Waller Museum Director Sharain Jones, Life Guard and Instructor Yessica Luce , Roy H Johnston Arena Operators Mike Fjermestad and Michell Bornia, Maintenance laborer Gordon Legace, Water Treatment Plant Worker Ryan Legace, and public works group member Terrill Krys .

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Flin Flon MLA Says Northern Manitobans Don't Know What The Manitoba Government is Doing to Grow the Northern Economy.

In the Legislature last week, Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey said that northern Manitobans don’t know what this government is doing to grow the northern economy.

 

He said that the Premier has made it clear quote countless times that he knows job losses are coming and that he has know for a long.

 

Lindsey then asked when the Premier will stop the evasions, take responsibility for helping northern Manitobans with a plan to grow the economy and maintain the services they need.

 

Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pederson responded to Lindsey, saying that they are quote working very closely with the mining industry in the north as there is potential for discovery and they are working with communities to open those mines as well as working on a tourism strategy. 

 

Lindsey then again asked when the minister will talk to northern Manitobans and give them a northern economic jobs plan.

 

Our Member of Parliament, Niki Ashton, raised similar concerns in the House of Commons calling on the Federal Liberals to do more about the job situation in northern Manitoba.

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Petition Started to Stop the Federal Government from Banning Hand Guns and Assault Rifles

Bob Uchtman the Director and Secretary Treasurer of The Pas Firearms Association posted a link to a petition on the associations Facebook group that urges the federal government not to ban hand guns and assault rifles in Canada.

 

One of the reasons that Uchtman opposes the ban is because assault rifles have to be capable of fully automatic fire and the ones that you can buy are semi automatic and they are no different than semi automatic rifles that are legally used for hunting, but the image that they look like military style rifles give the false impression that they are bad. Uchtman added that when it comes to violence guns are not the problem it’s a crime problem involving drugs and gangs and that the government should be focused on them instead of law abiding gun owners.

 

Though Uchtman is opposed to a ban on assault rifles and handguns he does not have a problem with taking these firearms from criminals. MP Niki Ashton spoke to Arctic Radio News on the matter and said that the legislation put forward by the federal government is directed at allowing municipalities and provinces to give them the power within their own jurisdictions to ban hand guns and assault rifles if they choose to do so in response to rising gun violence in cities like Toronto but small communities like The Pas do not have this issue.

The NDP does support allowing jurisdictions to make their own laws regarding firearms but Ashton is still a staunch defender of Northern People having access to firearms for hunting and sport shooting and she opposed the previous long gun registry calling it a quote  wasteful piece of legislation.

 

Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer is opposed to having a ban on Assault rifles and handguns and believes the focus should be on criminals rather then responsible gun owners.

 

The Green Party of Canada’s website says that they would introduce a ban on handguns and semi automatic rifles and eliminate their used with a buyback program.

 

Peoples Party of Canada’s website said that they would introduce a fair gun policy for Canada. This would include making the firearms safety course more widely available, classifying firearms based on function rather than appearance, and repel magazine size restrictions to name a few.

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Town of The Pas and the RM of Kelsey Working Together on a New Development Plan

The Town of The Pas and The RM of Kelsey have come together through the newly formed Kelsey Planning District and they will start working on a New Development Plan that would map out the communities long term plans and policies to help future growth and change, ensuring that the area continues to grow with a goal of encouraging development like seasonal cottages, and to unite 4 existing plans into a single updated plan.

 

A special open house was held at the Roy H Johnston Arenas Multi Purpose room on Thursday to show residents how the plan will work and to give them an opportunity to say what they liked about the community and what changes should be made to The Pas and area in the next 20 years.

 

There is expected to be a public hearing on the project sometime in February and more information on the Kelsey Planning District can be found in the Community Development section of The Town of The Pas website, townofthepas.ca

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"On The Trail of the Monarch Butterfly" a Traveling Exhibit at the Sam Waller Museum

The Sam Waller Museum has a new exhibit on display called “On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly” The exhibit is produced by the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in partnership with the embassy of Mexico and the exhibit chronicles a journey taken by a Mexican film maker and pilot that took off from Montreal and followed the migration of the Monarch Butterfly from Canada to the mountains of Central Mexico.

 

Some of the pictures show butterflies in different stages and the exhibit also shows you the difference between male and female monarch butterflies. The exhibit is expected to be on display at the museum from now until January 30th.

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Amanda Lathlin Addresses Possible Cuts to the Northern Patient Transportation Program During Question Period

During Question Period in The Manitoba Legislature recently The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed the possibility of cuts to the Northern Patient transportation program.

 

Lathlin stated that Under the Northern Patient Transportation Program a physician fills out a travel warrant so that a patent can be covered when they need to see a doctor but according to the provincial governments own records the department of health is looking at eliminating travel warrants for anyone that travels inside the Northern Health Region for elective procedures which includes dental surgery for children. This would mean that a child who had to travel to Thompson for dental surgery wouldn’t be covered for an escort. She asked if the Minister would promise that he would not approve this cut.

 

Cameron Friesen the Minister of Health, Seniors, and Active Living responded by saying that the government places tremendous value in the Northern Patient Transportation program but that the costs steadily increase within the program by millions of dollars and there was some misuse with the program. He added that they want to make sure the program will last and continue to be strong to provide for Northern Manitobans. He accused Lathlin of quote trying to create fear in the minds and hearts of Northerners by pretending that when a child will go for an appointment that they won’t be accompanied by a parent.

 

Lathlin also brought up the possible cuts to the northern patient Transportation Programs Coverage for Northern Manitobans who don’t live in fly in communities which means that the government will cut Northern Patient Transportation coverage for 75 percent of the communities covered by the Northern health Authority. When asked if the minister would not make this cut Friesen said that the Northern Patient Transportation program has been reviewed externally and officials spoke about the need to look at it again to unsure that its use was verifiable and it was being used by the right people at the right times for the right purposes.

 

Finally, Lathlin asked why the government was even thinking about cuts that they know will cost more and threaten the health of Northern Manitobans Friesen responded by saying that that assertion is false.

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Women's Health Matters Share Your Story

There will be a special event held at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre for women that are living with a heart disease or a stroke or if they are caring for someone with these conditions to give them an opportunity to share their stories. 

 

Recent evidence shows that there is a clear sex and gender inequality in our health care system and The Heart and Stroke Foundation wants to engage women to ensure that the work that they do is guided by the needs of woman living with such conditions to allow them to better advocate for their needs.

 

The event will be held on December 13th from 1 until 4 in the afternoon and you are asked to call 204-627-7461 or 204-627-6418 if you would like to participate.

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Niki Ashton: "Our Region Deserves Better

Local Memeber of Parliament Niki Ashton rose in the House of Commons during question period yesterday to address the job situation not only in northern Manitoba, but Canada as a whole.

 

The NDP MP said that this past week was particularly bad, as it saw the announcement from Hudbay that they might end their Flin Flon mining operations in 2021, as well as the closure of the GM plant in Oshawa, Ontario.

 

She went on to say that the response from both the Provincial and Federal governments has been “totally inadequate”.

 

Ashton added that while communities like Thompson and Flin Flon have been working hard to diversify and find other job opportunities there can be no doubt that the loss of jobs is devastating.

 

She concluded by saying that these are tough times for the north, and that the region “deserves better, and that the governments have to be engaged”.

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Only 15 Precent of Tourists Visiting Manitoba Are From Outside The Province

It turns out that only 15 percent of tourists that visit Manitoba are from outside of the province.

 

That’s according to the latest data from Statistics Canada, who says that Manitobans accounted for 85 percent of all tourists in the province, with visitors from other provinces coming in at 10 percent, American visitors at four percent and overseas visitors at just one percent.

 

Despite only accounting for one percent of all visitors, those from overseas accounted for 124 million dollars, or eight percent, of all tourism revenue.

The announcement of Manitoba being named to the Lonely Planet’s list of best travel destinations in the world for 2019 was met with excitement from many people, including the Premier, though some travel experts are saying they can’t take credit for anything other than providing funding for tourism and economic development agencies.   

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Kelsey Planning District Open House

The Town of The Pas and The RM of Kelsey are working together on the new Kelsey planning district with the goal of shaping both communities for the next 20 years and they will be having an open house tonight on the new planning district from 6 until 9PM at the Roy H Johnston arenas multipurpose room.

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Taylor Avenue House Fire Still Under investigation

The Pas Fire Department responded to a house fire on the 400 block of Taylor Avenue on Tuesday morning.  The call came in shortly after 7AM and upon arrival they were notified that five residents of the home exited the building and were sent to the hospital.

 

Due to the age and the construction of the building it took a long time for the fire crews to extinguish the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

Fire Prevention Officer Cody Langlois would like to thank residents of The Pas for avoiding the area and allowing the fire department to do their job while they were fighting the fire and he would like to remind people to make sure that their smoke alarms are properly installed in their homes and to routinely practice their fire escape plans and its also important to stay low to the ground when exiting a building that has lots of smoke. 

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Moose Lake RCMP are Looking for a Suspect Who May be in the Flin Flon The Pas Area

At approximately 4:00 o’clock Tuesday morning Moose Lake RCMP received a report of a fire at the convenience store located on Runway Road in the community of Moose Lake.

 

Officers attended and determined the fire that caused extensive damage had been deliberately set. They also discovered a large sum of money had been stolen from the business prior to the fire starting.

 

RCMP have charged 28-year-old Bernell Ramsey Ettawacappow, of Moose Lake, with Arson, Break and Enter and Theft Over $5000 and have issued a warrant for his arrest. The accused is believed to have fled Moose Lake and may be in The Pas, Flin Flon, or Winnipeg.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Moose Lake RCMP at 204-678-2399 or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

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Santa Claus Parade on the Verge of Cancelation

If The Pas Community Renewal Corporation doesn’t receive anymore float applications, this year’s Santa parade will have to be canceled. As of news time only 4 floats have been registered. If you wish to sign up for the parade please call 204-623-4269.

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230 Manitoba Drivers Had Their License Suspended in November

Over 230 drivers here in Manitoba had their license suspended in the month of November.

 

That’s following the introduction of new penalties for distracted driving on November first.

 

According to Manitoba Public Insurance, distracted driving was a contributing factor in more than 15-thousand collisions, and is responsible for 30 deaths.

 

The commanding officer of the Manitoba RCMP says that the new rules, which include an immediate roadside license suspension and the possibility of a 672 dollar fine, send a very clear message that distracted driving will not be tolerated.

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Churchill Celebrates the Return of Via Rail

Yesterday morning The Town of Churchill came out in full force to welcome the first passenger train to the community in 16 months. Churchill mayor Mike Spence said in a press release that the community faced huge challenges when the rail line went down but they pulled together.

 

Since there are no roads to Churchill the Hudson Bay rail line is the community’s connection to the rest of Canada and it’s vital for residents to visit loved ones and get affordable goods and services.

 

Spence added that they also look forward to welcoming tourists to their community once again.

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Operation Red Nose The Pas Stats for November 30th and December 1st

The Pas Roadrunners Swim Club began Operation Red Nose on November 30th and December 1st offering rides in an effort to combat impaired driving this holiday season.  They had a total of 32 volunteers, 10 teams, 66 rides, 110 passengers, and over 1,200 Kilometres were driven.

 

Operation Red Nose will run again on December 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, and the 31st from 9PM until 3AM If you need a ride call 204-623-3300. More information can be found at Operation Red Nose The Pas Facebook Page.

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The Pas Community Renewal Corporation Santa Parade Needs More Floats

The Pas Community Renewal Corporation’s annual Santa Parade will be held on December 14th. The theme for this year’s parade is Dr Seuss Christmas and its set to assemble at 5PM at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre and the floats must be on site by 5:15 on the day of the parade.

 

The judging will begin at 5:30 and the parade will begin at 6:00 sharp and finish at the Roy H Johnston Arena with a free public skate to follow from 7:15 until 9:15.  The OCN Blizzard will be at the Public Skate to serve free hot chocolate and hot dogs to the first 250 people to attend the skate.

 

Not many floats have registered for the parade and more are needed. If you would like to register for the parade call 204-623-4269 or you can find a signup sheet on The TPCRC Facebook Page and they can be faxed to 204-623-2589.

 

The deadline to sign up is December 13th at 4:30 PM.  The TPRCR is not responsible for any damage, injury, or loss occurred during the parade.  

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Manitoba Government Set to Launch a New Online Youth Worker Readiness Certificate Course

The Manitoba Government is set to launch a new online Youth Worker Readiness Certificate course, aimed at teaching youth the basics about workers and employers rights, as well as responsibilities for safety and health in the workplace. 

 

The interactive course is based on Saskatchewan’s successful youth readiness course, though it has been tailored for Manitoba.

 

Employers seeking to hire anyone under the age of 16 will be required to confirm that the prospective employee has completed the course, and will have to keep a copy of the certificate as an employment record. 

 

The announcement also says that 13 is the new minimum working age in Manitoba, that those under 16 will have restrictions such as a limit of no more than 20 working hours during a school week.

 

Young people can complete the online course at by going to safemanitoba.ca and click on Young Workers Course

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House Fire on Taylor Avenue

The Pas Fire Department and emergency crews responded to house fire on the 400 block of Taylor Avenue earlier this morning. People have been asked to avoid the area until further notice. We’ll bring you more details as they come in.

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28th Annual Marigold Preschool Festival of Trees

The 28th Annual Marigold Preschool Festival of Trees was held on Saturday and this year’s event was very successful. The event is a fundraiser for the preschool that had a children’s carnival, a gingerbread display, and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Many people in attendance said it was the best festival in many years.

 

Preschool director Lenora Kurr says even though they didn’t have as many people at the event this year those in attendance still had lots of fun enjoying the entertainment. Kurr would like to thank everyone that helped out at the event and those that made donations for the preschool.

 

Correction: and earlier version on this story refered to the festival as the festival of lights when in fact its call the festival of trees.

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The City of Flin Flon is in the Process of Developing Plans For the Closure of Hudbay

Flin Flon mayor Cal Huntley says the proposed closure of Hudbays Flin Flon operations in 2021 still leaves a lot of questions to be answered.  But he says they have to start planning for the scenario presented in the news release. 

 

He says they’ve already started working on diversity and different things like that to help try and mitigate so he doesn’t see a huge change in strategy right now other than planning for some additional initiatives around the community as a whole.  Hs says they’ve planted some seeds with the government around the Mining Reserve Fund and some potential projects that could help with the sustainability of the community and so they’re looking at everything right now as well as looking at how do they can do things better from a city perspective given that theoretically in three years the way it’s being proposed there could be a significant decrease in funding.

 

Huntley adds they have to decide how they are going to deal with that issue.  He says over the next several weeks they’ll start to formulate how they need to change the strategy that they presently have in place and what that will lead to.

 

 

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Opaskwayak Cree Nation Members Vote in Favour of Proposed Changes to Their Election Code

Members of Opaskwayk Cree Nation have voted in favour of the proposed changes to their election code.

 

A referendum was held on November 28th and out of the 602 members that voted 364 people voted yes while 238 people voted no to the changes.

 

One of the biggest of these changes is that OCN Chief and Council will hold office for a two year term instead of a three year term. This change will take effect in the next general election.

 

A full document on these changes can be found at the OCN Elections Office.

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MP Niki Ashton Joins Call for Progressive International

MP Niki Ashton attended the inaugural Sanders Institute Gathering in Burlington Vermont last week.

 

The event was organized by co-founders Jane Sanders and David Driscoll and Ashton was joined by American Senator Bernie Sanders, Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis and others in launching progressive international, a global movement to end inequality, exploitation, discrimination, and environmental degradation.

 

Ashton stated that we are at the crossroads in Canada and globally and we can stand with the one percent, their destructive pipelines, and corporate greed or we can stand with the people already leading the fight.

 

Jane Sanders said that she was thrilled to have Ashton present at the gathering.

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