The Pas Local News Archives for 2019-01

Results of the Fundraising Merchandise Bingo for Ryder Armstrong

A fundraising merchandise bingo was held on Tuesday evening to raise funds for Alyssa Whitehead and family so that they can be with Ryder Armstrong a local boy that is receiving medical treatment at a hospital in Winnipeg.

 

The bingo took place at the Guy Hall and almost 55 hundred dollars was raised.

 

There are plans to have more fundraisers in the near future.

Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Fur Queen Competition

Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival board member Krista Tooley spoke to Arctic Radio News to talk about the festivals Fur Queen Competition.

 

The competition is open to woman 18-24 that are not married and don’t have children. The candidates find local groups or businesses to sponsor them for the competition.

 

The Fur queen pageant is on February 13th at Margret Barbour Collegiate and the candidates are expected to present a speech on topics that are important to them.

 

The candidates will also be taking part in a variety of festival events and visitors will have the opportunity to meet them at the tea and fashion show on February 16th which will be held at the legion at 12 PM.

 

The crowning of this year’s fur queen will take place on February 16th at 5PM at Fort Whoop it up.

 

You can learn more about this year’s fur queen candidates at trappersfestival.ca

Manitoba Public Insurance Warning Drivers To Inspect Their Block Heater Cords

Inspecting your block heater cord could potentially save your vehicle from a fire.

 

Manitoba Public Insurance is encouraging all vehicle owners to check their cords following several fires that have been linked to block heaters.

A cracked extension cord, or block heater cord with a corroded plug, can result in what’s called electrical arcing, which can quickly spark a fire.

 

MPI says that extension cords that are cracked or have exposed wires should be replaced as soon as possible as corrosion can be caused by exposure to moisture, dirt and road salts.

 

The crown corporation also suggests that you have your block heater cord inspected each fall by a qualified mechanic.

NDP Addresses Federal Liberals Inaction on Mould in First Nations Homes

Yesterday, MP Niki Ashton and other NDP MP’s addressed the federal liberal parties’ inaction on mould in first nation’s homes. Ashton says that while the prime minster talks about reconciliation his government’s actions show otherwise and that Justin Trudeau must act now to address the unacceptable living conditions.

 

According to MP Georgina Jolibois mould has become the norm for a lot of people in the north and people have stopped reporting mould in their homes because they know nothing will be done. She also addressed the fact that houses in the North are built to the standard of homes in the south and are not suitable for the climate of the north.

 

MP Romeo Saganash pointed out that Prime Minster Trudeau has already acknowledged the right to adequate housing and he must understand that Canada is obligated to provide housing to vulnerable or marginalized people and that the Liberal Government must stop discriminating indigenous peoples.

The Pas Community Development Corporations Annual Operation Plan

The Pas Community Development Corporation presented their annual operation plan and budget for 2019 to town council on Monday evening.

 

Kim Ballentyne the CDC`s Economic Development Director  spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that some of the projects they are working on this year include their health clinic project, doctor recruitment, and immigration resources.

 

The CDC is also supporting an application by the University College of the North and North Forge in Winnipeg to establish a business incubation digital prototyping innovation centre in The Pas.

 

To learn more, you can find the CDC’s annual operation plan and their 2019 budget on the town council meetings section of the town’s website, townofthepas.ca

 

Fundraising Merchandise Bingo for Ryder Armstrong

There will be a fundraising merchandise bingo at the guy hall this evening. The doors open at six o clock and the bingo begins at seven. All money raised at will go towards Alyssa Whitehead and Family to cover expenses while they stay with Ryder Armstrong who is receiving medical treatment at a hospital in Winnipeg. Bingo card prices range from five dollars to twenty five dollars.

 

An online fundraiser was set up for Ryder and almost thirty thousand dollars was raised. A link to the fundraiser can be found at the pas online dot com if you would like to make a donation.

Lindsey: Elimination Of School Boards Is A Bad Idea

The possible elimination of elected school boards is just a bad idea.

 

That’s according to Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey, who spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that education isn’t the place for cuts, especially in the north.

He said that school boards provide some local autonomy, and that “certainly for us in the north trying to combine school boards just makes it impossible for parents to talk to people that are looking after their schools” Lindsey added that there’s no desire in those school boards in the north to be amalgamated with anyone else.

 

He went on to say that he thinks the commission is a way for the government to say that any changes made will be by the experts and not by them.

 

When it comes to the possibility of cuts within the system, he said that this isn’t the place. Lindsey said that education is so important, and if kids are going to get ahead, they need a good education. He added that he sees kids in the north that are already suffering because they don’t have the same education opportunities as those in the south. Lindsey went on to say that the government should be looking at expanding educational opportunities for everyone because that’s the key to the future for all these kids.

 

He added that this is “just another case of a government so focused on cuts that they don’t’ care about people.”

 

When it comes to the makeup of the commission that will be reviewing the system, Lindsey said that he questions why someone who voters did not want on their school board, referring to Thompson lawyer Jill Quilty, is the right person to be making decision about the future of that board.

 

World Championship Dog Sled Races

Members of The Pas Kinsmen Club and many other volunteers have been hard at work getting the trails ready for the World Championship Dog Sled races one of the biggest events at the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival.

 

Jason Oswald spoke to Arctic Radio News and said this is the Kinsmen Club of The Pas’s pinnacle project which won them the National Service Club Award two years ago.

 

This year the national President of Kin Canada is coming to experience the world championship dog sled races and Jason hopes to have as many spectators as possible this year so that the event can keep going.

 

The races begin at Halcrow Lake and they will take place on February 14th, 15th and 16th. Updates on the races will be posted to The Pas Kinsmen’s Facebook page or you can call Jason at 204-620-5865 for more information.

 

 

Operation Sled Dog

At this year’s trapper’s festival a special program called Operation Sled Dog will be offered, a program that provides a safe ride home to people during the festival in an effort to combat impaired driving.

 

The service will be offered on February 14th from 8PM until 12 AM, February 15th to the 16th from 9PM until 3AM, and on February 17th 3PM to 7PM. All proceeds will go towards the MBCI Safe Grad 2019.

Opaskwayak Cree Nations Cannabis Investments Are Paying Off

Since the use and sale of recreational cannabis became legal across Canada last fall, Opaskwayak Cree Nation has made investments in the new industry with National Access Cannabis. 

 

As a result of the investment, revenue is coming in better than expected. It has created 16 new jobs and lease revenue for the Otineka Mall.

 

OCN Chief Christian Sinclair says that being 10 percent owners of the company itself they now have over 22 retail locations across Canada and they are on the verge of opening another 53 this summer.

Flin Flon RCMP Seize Cocaine and Cash

The RCMP in Flin Flon arrested a man on the evening of January 13th

RCMP was patrolling the community when they found two males in a parking lot.

 

When they stopped to talk to the men they noticed a can of bear mace hidden inside one of the men’s jackets.

 

A subsequent search of the man and a vehicle resulted in the seizure of 32 grams of cocaine, a 22 rifle magazine, cash, and drug paraphernalia.

 

67 year old Jeffrey Giest of Flin Flon has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime, carrying a concealed weapon, and a handful of other offences.

Public Hearing for Proposed Closure of Three Walkways in The Pas

The Town of The Pas has announced a date for a public hearing regarding the proposed closure of walkways A, B, and C here in town.

 

The hearing is set to take place on February 11th at town hall at 6PM and it will give residents the chance to voice their concerns or opposition.

Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Torchlight Parade

The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival is next month and their torch light parade is on Wednesday February 13th.

 

Trappers Festival Committee Member Terry McKellep hopes to have at least 40 floats in this year’s parade and encourages everyone to sign up.

 

The Parade formation is behind the Wescana Inn at 4:30, the judging begins at 5PM and the parade begins at 6.

 

There will be a bonfire with hot chocolate, and hot dogs at Devon park afterwards.

 

Registration forms for the parade can be picked up here at 102.9 CJAR and at the Opasquia Times office or you can find them on the Trappers Festivals Facebook page.

 

For more information call Terry at 204-620-1265.

MP Niki Ashton Addresses Canada's Housing Crisis

In her latest MP report Niki Ashton says we need to act now on the housing crisis in Canada and in Northern Manitoba.

 

She stated that there is a housing crisis among first nation’s communities in our region and waiting lists for houses are getting worse and there are more and more houses in poor condition.

 

The NDP caucus has released the first part of a plan to build half a million affordable housing units over the next decade and Ashton firmly believes that money should be spent on affordable housing instead spending money on a pipeline. 

 

She concluded her report by saying that everyone in Canada should have a safe and affordable place to call home.

Walking Wednesdays Are Being Held Once Again

The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre and “in motion” is running Walking Wednesdays again. It’s a one hour free drop in at the Wellness Centre that will be held every Wednesday from January 30th until March the 6th with the goal of encouraging physical activity.

 

The program will be held on January 30th, February 6th, and the 20th, and on March the 6th from 7 until 8 in the evening and on February 13th and the 27th from 2 until 3 in the afternoon.

 

Participants will be eligible for weekly prizes and a grand prize of a fitbit.  

If you would like more information or if you are interested call Shawn Yaremko at 204-627-7410.

OCN Blizzard Sale Still Needs Approval from the MJHL UPDATED

Opaskwayak Cree Nation announced the sale of the OCN Blizzard to three local business men last week but the sale still needs to be approved by MJHL’s Board of governors.

 

OCN Blizzard governor Shorty Lathlin spoke to Arctic Radio News and said the transfer of ownership stands a good chance of being approved by the league.

 

He added that if the sale is not approved they will go back to the drawing board and decide what the organization needs to do to move forward.

 

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Chief Christian Sinclair spoke to Arctic Radio recently and said that OCN has put in over 20 million dollars for the Blizzard since their inception, money that could have been used for housing, infrastructure, and social needs for the community. Sinclair says priorities need to be put in order and money needs to be put where it is most needed to improve the quality of life for people on OCN.

 

 

RCMP Continue to Investigate an Incident That Occurred in Flin Flon Sunday

The RCMP report that at approximately 2:30 Sunday afternoon they were following up on complaints of mischief at a residence on Hill Street.  They went to the main floor apartment to ask for information when a large dog exited the residence and began growling and barking at the officers.

 

They report numerous attempts were made to get someone to take control of the dog as it continued to make aggressive actions toward the officers as they backed away from it feeling it was a definite threat. An officer drew his firearm again asking for someone to take control of the dog which suddenly lunged at them at which point the officer fired one shot which immediately killed the dog outside the residence with no civilians present. 

 

The officer removed himself from the scene, other officers undertook the investigation and the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba has been notified and will monitor the RCMP investigation.

Weekend Snow Machine Poker Derby Fundraiser Results

A special fundraising Snow Machine Derby was held last Saturday in The Pas. The fundraiser was organized to assist Tracy Constant who tragically lost her daughter.

 

A loan of two thousand dollars to offset the costs of Tracy’s daughter’s funeral was secured from Opaskwayak Cree Nation and the funds raised at this event will go towards paying back the loan.

 

The loan from OCN was Two Thousand dollars and they managed to raise eighteen hundred dollars of the money needed. Donations are still being accepted and you can donate by calling Marlene at 204-620-1602.

 

Marlene added that she was very happy that the community came together to help Tracy.

The Government Should Be Taking Action on Jobs in the North

During her visit to Flin Flon last week Churchill Keewatinook Aski Member of Parliament Niki Ashton expressed concerns about jobs in the north. 

 

She noted the lack of action by the federal government on job losses in Thompson and potential job losses at Hudbay in Flin Flon in 2021 and so jobs are front and center and it’s very important to hold Prime Minister Trudeau accountable. 

 

She says he talks about the middle class, he talks a lot about good jobs but where is he for Flin Flon, where is he for Northern Manitoba and she can tell us the federal government isn’t at the table whether it’s on issues of diversification, whether it’s on saving good jobs in our north they’re not there the way we need them to be.

 

Other issues she noted in the north include the environment, education and on the provincial level the closing of birthing services in Flin Flon with praise for the We Want Birth Committee and people from the area who have called on the provincial government saying we’re not going to stand for it.

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.

 

 

https://www.gofundme.com/help-for-ryder-and-family?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_cpgnsharebartop_r&fbclid=IwAR1e7JWrxKK1dBzEUjl88_BVxM0bL75i3MZrayBkN0GzbM5ruwyEjT-m_Po

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/visionkpd

 

 

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; canadiankraftpaper.com

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 www.canadiankraftpaper.com 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 manitoba511.ca

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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