The Pas Local News Archives for 2019-01

Fundraiser Set Up For a Local Boy

An online fundraiser has been set up for local boy Ryder Armstrong who was flown to Winnipeg for medical attention. His family needs all the help they can get while he undergoes treatment.


The initial fundraising goal was five thousand dollars and so far more than twenty thousand dollars have been raised by over two hundred and fifty people in one day.


You can learn more about Ryders story and make a donation by following this link.







Opaskwayak Cree Nation Announces the Sale of the OCN Blizzard

Opaskwayak Cree Nation has confirmed the sale of the OCN Blizzard Junior A Hockey Team. The new owners are well known business men in the tri area and they are Arthur Barbeau, Salman Safdar, as Usman Tahir.


The team has struggled financially over the past 20 years. Back in the winter of 2016 the Blizzard were set to fold at the end of the season but they managed to stay alive with the help of increased season ticket sales and merchandise from fans they were able to play again for another season.


OCN Leadership sought the opportunity to keep the team afloat by selling it to interested buyers.  According to a news release the transfer of ownership requires the approval of the MJHL Board of Governors before it can be finalized therefore OCN will be involved in a co management fashion until the league meets again in March of this year.


Chief Christian Sinclair says the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre will always be the Blizzards home and people will still have the opportunity to watch the same calibre of hockey on Opaskwayak Cree Nation.




The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce held their annual general meeting at the Sam Waller Museum on Wednesday night.


This year Herb Jacques was in attendance where he conducted a presentation were he asked the Chamber to focus on things like consulting seniors and seniors groups in the community to find out what needs to be done to prevent them from leaving, to develop commercial bulk land for commercial tenants, and to find ways to encourage people to move to The Pas.


Board elections for the chamber were also held that night and Trent Allen is the New President, Karen Lane was voted Vice President, Chris Marsh and Sharain Jones were elected for two year director positions, and Herb Jacques was elected for a one year director position.


Impaired Driving Continues to be a Leading Contributor in Road Deaths According to Manitoba Public Insurance

According to a report from Manitoba Public Insurance impaired driving was accountable for almost half of all deaths on Manitoba’s roadways last year.


A total of 71 people were killed in auto related crashes in 2018 and 42 percent of those deaths were due to impaired driving from both drugs and alcohol.


MPI is putting out a call to make 2019 one of the safest years on our roads and they are committed to reducing injuries and deaths on the roadways.


This can be done with public awareness, education, and by having drivers change their driving habits and behaviors.


Northern Manitoba Has the Second Highest Number of Flu Cases This Year

Northern Manitoba is second to only Winnipeg when it comes to the number of cases reported this flu season in Manitoba.


According to statistics from the Province, there were 130 cases of influenza in the Northern Health Region from September first through January fourth.


Doctor Randy Gesell, the N-R-H-A’s chief medical officer of health, says that the reports of positive flu cases are dependent on who gets tested, so the number of cases in the north could be up in part because of more testing.


He says that this year’s main influenza strain, H-1-N-1, is the same that hit the north hard in 2009.


Gesell adds that this year’s vaccine has been more effective so far than it was last year.


Data shows that the season has already peaked, though the number of active cases remains high.


Opaskwayak Cree Nation Holds Mediation Circle for Social Media Case

Yesterday Opakswayak Cree Nation Held a mediation circle at the Kikiwak Inn that handled a serious incident that took place this past summer. Women from Flin Flon and Denare Beach made some racially insensitive comments towards indigenous peoples on social media in response to a car that had been vandalized.


The mediation circle was led by elder Irene Young an expert and Knowledge keeper that works within the justice system of MKO and also has experience in sentencing circles within Manitoba’s Justice System.


OCN Chief Christian Sinclair said in a news release that in a time where social media is easily accessible it’s important for everyone to understand there are consequences for what you choose to say online and inciting racist or hateful remarks is unacceptable.


Niki Ashton "Getting Serious About Climate Change"

In her latest MP report Niki Ashton says that we are facing catastrophic climate change and the federal government has not done much in response and Canadians still provide tax payer subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.


After almost nine years of promises, Liberal and Conservative governments have failed to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and the current liberal government just announced another 1 billion dollar gift to oil and gas companies.


Ashton added that measures need to be taken to reduce emissions and to invest in building the clean energy economy that we need now.


Public Hearing to Be Held on Possible Walkway Closures

The Town of The Pas is planning to have a public hearing on the proposed closures of walkways A, B, and C. All three of these walkways have suffered from vandalism, littering, and residents have complained that their fences have been damaged.


In order to move forward with the closures at least 75 percent of residents living in the immediate area of the walkways must be in favour of closing them. Residents responded to the town with letters and 71 percent of respondents were in favour of closing walkway A, 65 percent of respondents were in favour of closing walkway B, and 59 percent of people support the closure of walkway C.


The public hearing will give people another opportunity to voice their support or objection to the closure of these walkways.


The date of the public hearing has not yet been determined.


Kelsey School Division First Board Meeting of 2019

The Kelsey School Division held their first board meeting of 2019 on Monday night. The board is in the last stages of developing the 2019-2020 budget.


There will be a public consultation meeting on the budget on January 28th just before their regular board meeting and they hope to have the budget finalized and submitted in February or March.


They also discussed MLA Amanda Lathlins presentation made to the town about school safety zones and speed zones and that they were very pleased with her research. Lathlin found out that there are grants from the province that will pay for school safety zone expenses.


When the school board first addressed this issue to the town they were told that they would have to pay for the expenses themselves.


Last Year Was a Challenging One for Our Region

Northern Manitoba Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says last year our region faced job losses, shutdowns of critical infrastructure and an ongoing housing crisis. She says we also saw people and communities facing huge challenges in dealing with inadequate health care and education funding.


Ashton noted the Churchill port and rail line operating but only because of a northern partnership, the closure of the smelter and refinery in Thompson with silence from the provincial and federal governments and the potential closure of the mine in Flin Flon in 2021.


She pointed out the contrast between the complete lack of support for our region’s hard hit resource communities and the billion dollars plus bail out for the oil industry adding our region and regions like it produce much of the wealth of this country and we deserve better.


Manitoba Sustainable Development Searching for Moose Poachers

According to a report from Manitoba Sustainable Development they are investigating a case of moose poaching outside of The Pas.


It was reported that a moose was killed on private land in Carrot Valley on the afternoon of January 5th.


If you have any information on this incident you are asked to call The Pas District Office at 204-627-8287 or the Turn in Poachers line at 1-800-782-0076.


Snowmobilers Are Heading South Tomorrow

The Lions Journey for Sight starts in Flin Flon tomorrow morning. The Journey is an annual fundraiser for the Lions Eye Bank of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario. 


Snowmobiles from across the province will start the northern leg at the Victoria Inn around 10 Wednesday morning and that takes them to Cranberry Portage for dinner with day number one finishing in The Pas.


Day number two will take them from The Pas to Swan River and day three which is Friday will allow some of them to get home for the evening in Dauphin


The Journey for Sight raised 82 thousand dollars for the Eye Bank last year.


Destination Marketing Fund Application

Kim Ballantyne from The Pas Community Development Corporation spoke to Arctic Radio News about the Destination Marketing Fund.


She says the fund was established with the purpose of providing financial means to promote economic development in The Pas and it was created within the accommodation tax bylaw where 25 percent of accommodation taxes are placed in this fund.


Local non profit organizations or groups that are incorporated are eligible to apply for this funding to offset costs of community events that they have planned.


If you are interested in applying or for more information call Ballantyne at 204-799-1446 the deadline to apply is tomorrow at 4:30.


If you can’t make tomorrows deadline there will be other opportunities to apply later in the year.


An Online Survey for The Kelsey's Planning Districts New Development Plan

The Kelsey Planning District held an open house last month to show the public how their new development plan would work and to allow the public to give feedback on the plan.


The plan is meant to help the future growth of the area and to encourage development.


If you were unable to attend the open house there is an online survey that you can take part in to give feedback.


The survey will be online until February 1st




Nisokapawino Forestry Management Corporations Forest Management Operating Plan

A public meeting was held by Nisokapawino Forestry Management Corporation where they discussed their new Forest Management Operating Plan for 2019-2021.


The meeting was held on Wednesday night at the Kikiwak Inn and the plan outlined harvesting activities, forestry renewal, road construction, and road decommissioning. 


There will be another meeting in Cormorant on January 16th at the Cormorant Lake School Gym at 7 at night.


Additional information on the plan can be found in the sustainability section of Canadian Kraft Papers website;


Winter Driving Safety Tips

Driving in the winter at times can be dangerous but Manitoba Public Insurance has some important safety tips for winter driving.


You are advised not to use cruise control when the roads are wet or slippery as this could cause your vehicle to increase speed, take your time driving and brake earlier then you normally would,  keep a safe distance from snowplows and never pass them on the right.


It is also important to check the weather and road conditions before you head out, ensure that you have winter tires and drive below the posted speed limit when the roads are slippery.


RCMP Respond to a Robbery at Snakland

On the evening of January 5th The Pas RCMP responded to a robbery with a knife at Snakland.


It was reported that a man walked into the store wearing a mask and he demanded money.


The suspect took the money and fled but police officers managed to find and arrest him a short distance away from the crime scene.


The suspect 33 year old Kyle Beardy was charged with robbery with a weapon and wearing a disguise.


He was released by a judge on a recognizance and is expected to appear in The Pas court on February 12th.


Niki Ashton To Visit The Otineka Mall

Local MP Niki Ashton will be at the Otineka Mall on Tuesday January 15th from 11:30 AM until 2:30 in the afternoon to hand out information and to answer questions that residents have. Light refreshments will also be served.


Ashton looks forward to visiting more of our region and she will continue to be vocal for our region in 2019.


Joe A Ross Schools Breakfast Program Sees Ongoing Success

For the past 15 years or so the breakfast program at Joe A Ross School has seen a lot of success.


The program was started to provide students with a healthy breakfast to start their school day and it has benefited students that don’t have a lot of food at home as well as students that don’t have the time to eat breakfast before school.


According to School Counsellor Jaime Moore, students have more energy, are less violent, and they pay more attention in class as a result of the program.


Parents and community members are welcome to volunteer in the program and if you’re interested call 204-623-4286.


Nelson House RCMP Ask For Help Locating Missing Woman

Nelson House RCMP are asking for assistance from the public in locating a missing 29-year-old woman from Nelson House who was first reported missing on January 3rd.


Tanys Lee Hughes was last seen on November 29th, when she told her family she was going to Winnipeg before leaving the community.


Hughes is described as 5’4” with short brown hair, and was last seen wearing a red parka and black pants.


Anyone with information is asked to call the Nelson House RCMP detachment at 204-326-4452 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


2019 Northern Manitoba Skills Challenge

The 2019 Northern Manitoba Skills Challenge is set to take place here in The Pas on February 27th.


One of the goals of the challenge is to prepare students for the provincial, national, or international skills competitions but the main purpose of the challenge is to showcase what post secondary and secondary students in Northern Manitoba are capable of doing.


Competitions will be held at the UCN The Pas Campus, Oscar Lathlin Collegiate, Margret Barbour Collegiate, and Mary Duncan School. One of the new competitions is all about demonstrating wilderness skills.


For more information on this year’s challenge contact Suzie Nemeth at 204-627-8674 or 204-620-2028.


Norway House RCMP Looking for Wanted Men

The Norway House RCMP is looking for three men that are wanted in connection to a robbery at a local business on December 29th.


One of the suspects believed to be the “lookout” stayed outside the building while the other two suspects entered the business with a long gun. One of the suspects pointed the gun at the employee and demanded money before they took off on foot.


The police have identified two of the suspects. 25 year old Tyler Ray Muswagon and 25 year old Brandon Keith Muswagon, the public is warned not to approach these men as they are considered armed and dangerous.


Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these males or the identity of the third suspect is asked to call 204-359-6483 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477


Tyler Ray Muswagon (top)

Brandon Keith Muswagon (bottom)




The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce will be having their annual general meeting on January 16th at the Sam Waller Museums Rotary Room. The meeting begins at 6 in the evening and The Pas mayor Herb Jacques will be guest speaking.


If you are an employee of one of the chambers member businesses then you are eligible to run for a position on their board of directors.

Visit the pas chamber dot com for more information.


UCN Curling Funspeil

The University College of The North is having a curling funspeil on January 26th at The Pas Curling Club.


The tournament runs from 10AM until 7 at night and the registration fee is 20 dollars for UCN Students and 30 dollars for staff and community players.

The event is being hosted by the UCN Rec Department and teams must sign up before January 21st.


Call 204-627-8535 for more information.


Flin Flon RCMP Make an Arrest in Connection to a Robbery

The Flin Flon RCMP responded to a report of a robbery at a business on Main Street in Flin Flon on January 3rd.


A male suspect entered a business holding a hand gun and wearing a mask. The suspect ordered the employee to open the register and he fled with cash and two cases of beer.


The suspect, 34 year old Donald Colomb from Creighton, Saskatchewan was arrested on January 4th.


Some of his charges include robbery with a firearm, disguise with intent to commit an offense, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and carrying a concealed weapon.


Colomb was set to appear in The Pas court yesterday.


The investigation is ongoing.


Christmas Tree Pick Up Beginning on January 21st

The Town of The Pas has announced that they will be collecting Christmas trees beginning on January 21st.


If you have a Christmas tree that you would like to dispose of you are asked to have them ready for pick up before this date and to place them near your garbage stand or wherever your garbage is collected.


If you have any questions you can call the town office at 627-1100.


First Annual Game for a Cause

Mark your calendars; on February 23rd the first annual game for a cause will be played at the Roy H Johnston Arena.


The event is being hosted by The Pas Community Renewal Corporation and it’s a hockey game that will have The Pas Bantam Huskies playing The Pas and OCN RCMP.


The player introduction will be at 2:45 in the afternoon and the game will begin at 3:00.


Admission is by donation and all proceeds will go towards The Pas and Area Animal Shelter.


The Pas and Opaskwayak Cree Nation RCMP Investigating a Homicide

The Pas and Opaskwayak Cree Nation RCMP are investigating a homicide. Early this morning both RCMP detachments were dispatched to a report of two deceased persons at a residence on OCN.


A 27 year old male and a 25 year old female were found in the residence.


The RCMP Major Crime Unit are attending the community to assist with the investigation and they are not looking for suspects at this time.


RCMP 2018 Holiday Check Stops Final Results

The RCMP ran their holiday check stop program last month here in Manitoba and according to their results over 11,000 vehicles were checked and they charged 90 people with impaired driving, 15 people for refusing to take a breath demand, and 49 people were charged with improper storage of alcohol or cannabis in a vehicle.


The RCMP also issued 30 alcohol related tiered suspensions and 2 drug related tiered suspensions.


Sadly, 5 people lost their lives in traffic related collisions during this year’s check stop program.


Decembers Monthly Mayor Reports for The Pas and Area

December’s monthly mayor reports for The Pas, The RM of Kelsey and, Cormorant have been released. The Pas once again had mostly disturbance of the peace cases a total of 119, along with 67 index checks, 79 mischief cases, and 18 assaults.


The RM of Kelsey saw mostly provincial statutes17 in total and the community of Cormorant had 2 mental health act cases, 1 break and enter, and 1 case of mischief and, 1 prisoner held.


Future Forestry Plans Community Meetings

Canadian Kraft Paper and Nisokapawino Forestry Management Corporation are holding public information meetings in northern communities over the next few weeks. 


Area Planner Mike Paddock says they’ll discuss their forest harvest and renewal plans for the two years starting June 1st and that’ll include harvesting, forestry renewal, road construction and road decommissioning activities. He notes meetings are open to everyone and they hope that people who have an interest in those operations will come out and meet with them.


Meetings in this area will be held at the community centre in Wanless on January 8th, on OCN on January 9th at the Kikiwak Inn constant room and in Cormorant on January 16th at the Cormorant Lake School Gym. These meetings will begin at 7PM. For information on other meetings visit their website or call 204-623-8682.


Final Statistics for Operation Red Nose The Pas for the 2018 Holiday Season

The final statistics for Operation Red Nose The Pas have been released.

During the holiday season they had a total of 375 rides with 718 passengers, 150 volunteers, 5058 Kilometres driven, and they made $6505 worth of donations.


The program provided free rides for residents of the tri community on weekends during the holiday season in an effort to combat impaired driving.



Daylight Saving Time Could Be a Thing of The Past in Manitoba

Daylight saving time could soon be a thing of the past here in Manitoba.

The legislature passed the first reading of a bill in November to amend the Official Time Act, which would see clocks here in the province not fall back in November.


According to the bill, the loss of sleep associated with the start of daylight saving time has serious consequences for physical and mental health and has been linked to increases in traffic accidents and workplace injuries.


The piece of legislation goes on to say that there is no conclusive evidence that daylight saving time is effective in reducing energy consumption.

The fourth session of the 41st legislature is set to resume in March.



Cost of Living Expected to Go Up in Manitoba This Year

You’ll probably notice that life will be a bit more expensive here in Manitoba now that it’s 2019.


The federal carbon tax will impact gas, diesel and natural gas come April first, which will mean an increase at the pumps of just over four cents.


The cost of insuring your car or truck will also go up in March, when Manitoba Public Insurance’s one point eight percent increase takes effect.


Landlords will also be able to up your rent even more this year, as they are now allowed to raise your rate by just over two percent, up almost a full percentage point from last year.


Manitoba Hydro has also applied for a rate increase, which if approved would come into play in April.


Manitobans Reminded to be Prepared for Extreme Cold

Even with mild temperatures winter is far from over and Manitoba Health, seniors and Active Living is reminding Manitoba's to exercise caution in the extreme cold.


Exposure to the cold can result in life threatening problems like frostbite or hypothermia.


Older adults, infants and young children, people living with chronic illnesses, outdoor workers, and the homeless are at a greater risk if they are not properly dressed for the weather.


You’re encouraged to wear multiple layers and to cover exposed skin while outside in the extreme cold, and to have someone with you while taking part in winter activities in case of an emergency.


You are also reminded to check road conditions before leaving on a trip and you can do that by calling 511 or online at


Drug Bust in Norway House

The RCMP has seized narcotics in the community of Norway House.

Officers from the local detachment were in the process of stopping a vehicle in the early hours of December 27th when they saw the driver throw a bag out of the window.


The bag was located, and was found to contain a large amount of cannabis.

Charges are pending against three males in their twenties.

Almost 12 hours later, RCMP members seized over 900 grams of cocaine as a result of another traffic stop.


Charges related to the cocaine seizure are pending against a 47-year-old female and 45-year-old male.



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