The Pas Local News

Niki Ashton Visits Camp Morning Star

Local MP Niki Ashton recently visited Camp Morning Star as part of her Northern Manitoba summer tour.


The camp is located on traditional Hollow Water First Nation Territory in the Seymourville area and the purpose of the visit was to stand in solidarity with community members that are calling for proper consultation on a frack sand mine on their land.


Ashton believes that residents must be given the full picture about environmental and health risks and their concerns and opposition must be taken seriously.


Ashton is expected to visit The Pas sometime this summer but there is no set date.

Amanda Lathlin Calling for an Inquest into Life Flight Patient Death

The Pas’ MLA is calling for an inquest into the death of a man who waited over six hours for a Lifeflight plane to transport him to Winnipeg.


Gordon Jebb suffered a heart attack on July 2nd and was rushed to a local hospital, where he fell into a coma and remained on life support.


While doctors were able to secure Jebb an ICU bed in Winnipeg, they were unable to access a plane to transport him.


He remained on life support for twelve hours until a plane staffed with three health workers were able to fly him out, however he died three days later in Winnipeg.


NDP Amanda Lathlin says a full inquest is needed to examine the role privatization played in Jebb’s death, adding the government’s plan poses a risk for northern families, and the need for quality, public health care in all northern communities.


The Pas Pride Cross Walk Vandalism Repainted

Volunteers took time yesterday to repaint the burnt rubber left on the pride crosswalk near the Roy H Johnston Arena.


Ralph McLean the Green Party member for our riding said on social media that his party has respect for diversity and there is no place for bigotry in The Pas. Mclean was one of the volunteers that helped to paint the crosswalk on Sunday.


Trent Allen, one of the organizers of this project says they will fix the pride crosswalk if it is ever vandalized again.

NDP's Say First Nations Children Deserve Better

After a new study revealed that almost half of First Nation’s children in Canada live in poverty New Democrats are calling for the end of funding discrimination and they are calling for the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions 94 calls to action.


First Nations children living on reserve are four times more likely to live in poverty and experience some of the worst economic and social conditions.

Our local MP Niki Ashton says First Nation’s children have suffered from chronic underfunding.


The NDP’s will ensure that both indigenous and non indigenous children receive the support that they need to thrive.

First Nations Firefighters Competition

The 2019 Manitoba First Nations Firefighters competition will be held this weekend.


The Keewatin Tribal Council announced last month that its bid to host the competition was approved, making this the third time the organization has hosted the event.


Ivan Hart, the Fire Safety Officer at KTC and the coordinator for the event, says at least eleven First Nations firefighter teams from across the province will be participating in the competition, including two all-women teams from the Island Lake region.


The competition will be held at the Thompson Regional Community Centre this Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM.


No Teams from Opaskwayk Cree Nation are signed up to compete this year but a team from Easterville and a team from Mathias Columb First Nation are expected to participate.


Pride Crosswalk Repainted in The Pas

Despite the recent vandalism the fresh paint on the new pride crosswalk near the Roy H Johnston Arena is holding strong so far and it's expected to last all summer.


The pride crosswalk received some vandalism last night but this is expected to be fixed later on.

Several volunteers including Green Party member Ralph Mclean braved the hot weather to repaint the pride crosswalk. An attempt was made last year but the paint didn't last and washed off within days.

The repainting began at 1PM on Sunday and it took volunteers about two and a half hours to finish. 

The Town of The Pas provided better paint that is expected to last longer. The pride crosswalk will act as a symbol to show that the community is very supportive of the LGBTQ community.

The Pas Spray Park Nearing Full Completion With a New Skate Park on The Horizon

Davide Novo, The President of The Pas Families Building a Better Community spoke to Arctic Radio News to give an update on the construction of the towns spray park.


Novo says the spray park is operational and they are just waiting to put sod in the park. If children used the park now they would be walking through mud. There is still no set date for the spray parks opening as of now.


Novo added that with the completion of the spray park The Pas Families BBC will now focus on the construction of the new skate park. They are currently looking at ways to get funding, grant agreements, and sponsorships for the park.

Fire Burns Cormorants South Side Water Treatment Plant

More details have emerged regarding a fire that destroyed the community of Cormorants South Side water treatment plant.


The fire broke out in a shed located behind the treatment plant around 2:30 on Tuesday morning and fire crews were unable to save either structure.


This fire will present a problem for residents living on the south side of the community as they no longer have a water treatment plant for their water. For the time being south side residents will be able to access water from the North side treatment plant until a long term solution is put in place.


The community is expected to deliver water to elders, people with disabilities, and those without a vehicle.


If you need assistance accessing water call 204-357-2145

Monthly Mayor Reports for June

The monthly mayor reports for the month of June have been released. The Town of The Pas had a total of 121 disturbances of the peace, 127 cases of mischief, 21 assaults and a handful of other offenses.


The RM of Kelsey had mostly provincial traffic violations a total of 89 along with 8 prisoners held, 8 cases of mischief and 15 provincial statutes.

I am Inninew, Our Identity Our Story

A special event called I am Inninew Our Identity, Our Story will be held at Opaskwayak Cree Nations Moose Park from July 31st until August 1st.


The event will allow Indigenous Peoples to learn more about their history and hear stories from various speakers including Grand Chief Lynda Prince and Mark Charles.


Everyone is welcome to attend the event and if you would like more information or if you would like to volunteer call 204-620-5514 or 204-620-9236.

Youth Robotics Workshop at Oscar Lathlin Collegiate

An introduction to robotics course will be offered at Oscar Lathlin Colligate from July 15th to the 26th.


The program is open for youth aged 13 to 19 and it will talk about all the basics of robotics including how to build and design a robot and how people use them.


If you are interested or if you want more information call 204-627-7024 or 204-620- 6769, you can also sign up at the employment and training office located on the upper floor of the OCN Youth Centre

Hilda Young Child Care Centre Dinner and Comedy Fundraiser

Opaskwayak Cree Nations Hilda Young Child Care Centre is having a dinner and comedy fundraiser on August 30th at the OCN Veterans Hall.


The show will feature two comedians that preformed at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Howie Miller and Big Daddy Tazz.


Right now the child care centre is underfunded and money is needed to cover the costs of the centre and to purchase toys, crafts supplies, and presents for Christmas and birthdays.


If you would like to purchase tickets or if you would like to make a personal donation, visit the Hilda Young Child Care Centre at 90 Waller Road or call 204-627-7090


Tickets are 50 dollars each.

Liberal Candidate Has Been Confirmed in Our Riding for the Upcoming Federal Election

Judy Klassen the MLA for Keewatinook was acclaimed last week as the official candidate for the federal Liberal party in our riding of Churchill Keewatinook Aski. 


Klassen told the crowd at the nomination meeting she is honored and humbled by their support and will give her service to improving the lives of people in the north.


Klassen will be facing long time NDP incumbent Niki Ashton in the election as well at candidates from the Conservative Party, Green Party and the Peoples Party of Canada. 


She says the people of the North are at a critical time of much needed investments adding we have already seen the damage of Conservative austerity in the north by Brian Pallister, further austerity under Andrew Sheer and the federal Conservatives would be devastating to northern Manitoba.


She adds Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberal party are the only choice to deliver the much needed investment the north needs.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Community Meeting Held Last Week

Opaskwayak Cree Nation held a community meeting last Thursday evening.

OCN Chief Christian Sinclair addressed the issues concerning illegal drugs in the community stating that they will now be proactively shutting down all drug selling operations and those that sell or produce illegal drugs in the community’s houses will face legal consequences.


They received millions of dollars worth of funding from Public Safety Canada to create a plan to address cyber bullying, violence, and gangs in the community and the funding will be received over the course of 5 years.


It was also announced that major road work is expected to be done later this year, the fire department is recruiting new fire fighters and is in the process of hiring a deputy fire chief, and a new animal control officer is expected to start work soon.


In terms of infrastructure for OCN the community could have around 21 new houses built later this year and the lagoon is expected to be operational by August.


Videos of the community meeting can be found on the Opaskwayak Ininew Facebook Page.

Ashley Trampe Recognized By Shinerama Canada with Best Online Presence Award

The Pas native Ashley Trampe and two other Students at the University of Saskatchewan were recently recognized by Shinerama Canada a fundraiser that supports Cystic Fibrosis Canada with the Best Online Presence Award.


Cystic fibrosis is a disease that affects the lungs and digestive system and there is no known cure.


The award is in recognition of the group’s social media campaign to raise awareness about the disease.


Trampes father Bruce is a member of the local Kinsmen Club and they have done a lot of fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis Canada inspiring her to raise awareness for the disease as well.

Kiche Music Now Festival

The Kiche Music Now Festival will be held tonight and tomorrow night on Opaskwayak Cree Nation.


Organizer and local musician Rhonda Head says the event will showcase some great award winning musical talent for people to enjoy.


The festival will kick off with an open mic tonight at the Aseneskak Casino at 9, and tomorrow there will be a free outdoor concert at the casino at 8PM.


The artists performing include Rhonda Head, Wayne Lavallee, Desiree Dorion, and Lisa Muswagan and Hellnback.


There will also be music workshops at the OCN Youth Centre tonight and tomorrow night at 5:30.


For more information you can call 204-627-7125

FASD Awareness Walk to be Held in September

This September there will be a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder awareness walk here in The Pas.


The walk will take place on September 9th and it will begin at 10:30 in the morning at The Pas Friendship Centre.


FASD is caused by woman drinking alcohol during pregnancy and according to the Public Health Agency of Canada it is estimated that 9 in every 1000 babies are born with the disorder every year.


The Centre of Addiction and Mental Health advises woman that drank alcohol before they found out they were pregnant to contact a mental health provider.


For more information about the FASD awareness walk visit The Pas and Area FASD Committees Facebook page.

Ralph McLean Running in Manitoba and Federal Election for the Green Party

The Pas native Ralph McLean who is running in the federal election for the Green Party also intends to run in The Pas Kameesak riding for the greens in this year’s provincial election.


Mclean spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that some of the issues that need to be addressed in the north include access to clean water and affordable housing.


He firmly believes that our region and Northern Manitoba have great potential.

University College of the North Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

The University College of the North is now 15 years old. The school began operations on July 1st of 2004 delivering both college and university programs.


UCN has exceeded all expectations in terms of its commitment to serving indigenous and Northern Manitobans and they finished the 2018/2019 school year with their highest enrollment since the school was founded with more than 3,100 students.


UCN’s president and vice chancellor Doug Lauvstad says UCN’S commitment to education close to home is stronger than ever and he commends the dedication from the recruiters, faculty, and staff that have worked hard to ensure northerners benefit from high quality education.

Therapist Coming to Indian Residential School Office Next Week

Health Canada therapist Cybil Williams will be at the Indian Residential School Office from July 8th until the 12th to provide support for survivors and their family members.


Appointments will run from 9AM until 4:30 PM and if you would like to arrange an appointment please call 204-627-1540.


The Indian Residential School Office is located at 302 Ross Avenue.

The Pas Keemesak MLA Amanda Lathlin Preparing For Early Provincial Election

Our local MLA Amanda Lathin spoke to Arctic Radio News to talk about the upcoming early provincial election and what she hopes to accomplish if she is re-elected.


Lathlin is the first indigenous woman to be elected in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and she has been on her feet during question period to address and demand answers on issues such as the cancelation of the building of The Pas Clinic, the possible paper mill closer, the Grace Lake Airport eviction notice, cuts to the northern patient transfer program, the suing of The Pas Fire Fighters, and cuts to the northern health care system and the Northern regional health authority.


She wants work together to end provincial cuts to health care, to invest in Northern Classrooms to ensure that students have an opportunity to succeed, to keep Manitoba Hydro Public, and address climate change and its impact on Northern Communities while protecting mining workers in the North.


Lathlin plans to visit Easterville and Grand Rapids to introduce herself to the community and to inform locals of the boundary changes and that she will be running for their riding in the provincial election.

Ralph Mclean Running for The Green Party in Our Federal Riding

The Pas native Ralph McLean has announced that he will be running in our riding for this year’s federal election for the Green Party.


Being an indigenous person Mclean wants to make sure that indigenous issues are addressed especially in our riding.


He added that providing affordable housing, providing clean drinking water and making improvements to the Winnipeg Churchill rail line are also needed for our region. 


Mclean believes that there is a lot of growth and opportunity for our region and would be honored to represent our riding if elected.


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Via Rail Not Expected to make Modifications to The Winnipeg Churchill Line Anytime Soon

With the announcement that Via Rail would be getting 71 million dollars to assist them with their plan to build dedicated tracks for a faster rail service in Southern Ontario and in parts of Quebec, Arctic Radio News reached out to Via Rail to ask if passenger rail service will be improved in any way in Manitoba.


According to a statement from Via Rail they remain committed to Serving Northern Manitoba Communities but they do not anticipate any modifications to the rail service in the near future.


Via Rail is expected to get a new fleet of trains from Siemens Mobility for the Quebec Windsor Corridor in the next couple of years and a modernized fleet with renovated cars is expected to make their way to various other routes outside the corridor as well.

RCMP Reminding Drivers to Drive Sober and Stay Safe on the Road

The RCMP is reminding all motorists to stay safe on the road this Canada day long weekend.


In the last few days nine Manitobans have lost there lives in motor vehicle collisions and with increased traffic expected the RCMP is reminding drivers, to drive sober, wear a seatbelt, refrain from using a cell phone or other hand held device, and to pay attention to the road and always be aware of your surroundings.


The RCMP wants everyone to reach their destinations safety.

International Youth Fellowship Running a Special Program on OCN Tonight

The International Youth Fellowship is having a special program at Oscar Lathlin Collegiate tonight from 7-9PM. 


IYF is a non profit organization that works mainly with students with the goal of creating strong hearts and strong minds for leadership.


Tonight’s program will focus on something called Family Mind Recreation which involves group activities that will help to develop leadership skills.


They will also have performances, and an info session about a camp they will be running in August as well as their youth camp.


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