The Pas Local News

OCN Land Authority By Election Results

The by election results for OCN Land Authority are in. Dale Knutson won the by election with a total of 76 votes. The two runners up were John Paul Martin with 57 votes, and Cynthia Young with 55 votes.

Ace Academy Travelling Exhibit Opens Today at the Sam Waller Museum

The Sam Waller Museum has a new traveling exhibit on display called “Ace Academy”.


It’s an interactive exhibit that is a simulation of a world war one aircraft and it’s on loan from the Canada Space and Aviation Museum.


The exhibit opens today and it will be at the museum until February 28th

Manitoba 150 A Medal to Mark Honour 150

Manitoba artists are being invited to share their talents as part of the Manitoba 150 celebrations.


A medal to mark Honour 150, which will celebrate the work of 150 volunteers from throughout the province, has been commissioned.  


Artists are encouraged to submit their ideas for the medal.  


There is also a mural project and Five communities will receive funding for murals, with special consideration being given to rural and northern communities.  Submission deadline is January 31st.


For more on how to apply, go to

Michelle Langlois Rushton Still Urging the Town to Address Homelessness in the Community

The Pas Resident Michelle Langlois Ruston addressed town council during Monday night’s council meeting.


The main points she addressed were the issues of people loitering and getting drunk on the streets and people using an old abandoned building near her home as a place to party and cause mischief.


She has also been unable to use her bank at convenient times because it is closed after hours and on weekends possibly due to vagrants.


Mayor and council assured Langlois Rushton that they are not ignoring the problem and that they will continue to figure out a solution.


The town is considering the possibility of hiring community safety officers to patrol the community to prevent mischief.

Grand Rapids RCMP Investigating a Homicide

The Grand Rapids RCMP is investigating a Homicide.


On Monday afternoon at around 4 o clock the police responded to a shooting outside a residence in the community.


A 32 year old male was taken to a nursing station where he succumb to his injuries.


The investigation is ongoing.

Open House for New Zoning By Law December 9th

The Town of The Pas will be having an open house for the new zoning by law.


The planned date for the open house is December 9th and the by law is expected to go through its first reading on the 16th.


According to an issue sheet from the town this is in relation to the Kelsey Planning District working on a new development plan.

The Pas Friendship Centre Annual Toy Drive

The Pas Friendship Centres Annual Toy Drive is now accepting donations of unwrapped gifts for children 0 to 17 years of age.


Donations can be dropped off at Home Hardware, Red Apple, Giant Tiger, and the Fire Hall.


The gifts will be collected on 13th and they can be dropped off at the Friendship Centre until the 17th.


For more information call 204-627-7506 or visit The Pas Friendship Centre on Facebook.

Jordon's Principle Name our Mascot Contest Winner

The Jordan’s Principle program on OCN has announced the winner of their name our mascot contest and the name of their mascot.


Harls Young is the contest winner and the name chosen for the mascot is Sipiko which means blue in the Cree language.


Sipiko is a cute blue teddy bear with a big smile.


The Jordan’s Principle program is for first nation’s children with learning difficulties and medical needs.


Photo from Facebook

National Fire Protection Association Winter Holiday Safety Tips

With the holiday season among us there is a greater risk of fire as holiday decorations can cause house fires and The National Fire Protection Association would like to remind people to exercise caution to prevent the risk of starting a fire.


It is recommended that you choose holiday decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant, replace strings of lights with worn out or broken cords, use clips instead of nails when hanging Christmas lights, and to keep decorations away from windows and doors.


You are also reminded to keep lit candles away from decorations and other flammable materials and to blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed.

Town of The Pas Council and Committee of the Whole Meeting Tonight

The Town of the Pas will be having their council and committee of the whole meeting tonight and resident Michelle Langlois Rushton is planning to be there to bring up the issue of vagrants getting drunk and causing mischief and the abandoned building near her home that people use as a place to party.


Langlois Ruston added that another problem she faces is that her bank is no longer open on weekends or outside office hours possibly due to vagrants loitering around the business which has prevented her from doing banking at convenient times.


She spoke with town council about these issues before and she firmly believes that these issues have gotten out of hand and would like the mayor and council to do something about it.


The council meeting will begin at 6PM tonight.

Using Cannabis Edibles Safely

Cannabis edibles are expected to hits the shelves in Canada very soon. David Kogan, the founder of spoke to Arctic Radio News about how to consume cannabis edibles in a safe way.


Cannabis edibles take time for the effects to kick in and the effects can also be stronger then smoking especially in larger doses.


It’s recommend that you consume edibles in small doses only and if you feel the effects of an overdose the best thing to do is to stay calm. Even though the effects are uncomfortable it will pass.


If you are unsure of your condition after consuming edibles it’s a good idea to seek medical attention.

Flin Flon Death Has Been Ruled Not Suspicious

At 10:25 Wednesday morning the RCMP located the body of a deceased male in the wooded area behind McIsaac School.


They now report the autopsy has been completed and the death appears to be non-suspicious in nature.  They add no criminality is suspected at this time however they have to wait for the toxicology report to determine if any alcohol or drugs were possible factors.


They note the investigation is ongoing at this time.  It is being conducted by the Flin Flon RCMP and The Pas Forensic Identification Services.

The Pas Community Renewal Corporation Annual Santa Claus Parade

The Pas Community Renewal Corporations Annual Santa Claus Parade will take place on December the 13th.


The theme for this year is a Superhero Christmas and the registration for the parade is now open.


Registration forms can be found at The Pas Community Renewal Corporations Facebook Page and the deadline to register a float is December 12thby 4:30 PM


For more details call 204-623-4269.

Niki Ashton named NDP Parties Critic for Public Ownership and Transport

Our local MP Niki Ashton has been named the NDP’s Critic for Public Ownership and Transport and Deputy Critic for Woman and Gender Equality.


Ashton says Northerners have been seeing services they rely on cut and privatized and she is proud to lead the charge in defending what should belong to people, adding that transportation is a major challenge for our region and the Federal Government needs to be part of the solution.


Ashton will call on the Minister of Transport to act on key priorities for our north.

Province Remains Committed To Collaborating with Indigenous Peoples and Reconciliation

With the news that British Columbia passed a bill that would implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Arctic Radio News Reached out to the Provincial Government to find out if the province would implement the same legislation  


According to a statement provided by a Provincial Spokesperson

The Province of Manitoba remains committed to collaborating with indigenous peoples to advance shared interests and promote reconciliation but the statement did not make it clear whether or not Manitoba will pass a law that would implement the UN declaration the same way British Columbia did.


The Declaration states that First Nations have a right to self determination as well as informed consent with projects on their lands.

RCMP Are Investigating a Possible Suspicious Death in Flin Flon.

At 10:25AM this yesterday Flin Flon RCMP received a report of an unresponsive male in a wooded area behind McIsaac School on Princess Boulevard.  Officers went to the area and located the body of a deceased male.


Flin Flon RCMP along with The Pas Forensic Identification Services continue to investigate.

Niki Ashton to Address Critical Issues in Our Region When Parliament Resumes

Our Local MP Niki Ashton spoke with Arctic Radio News and stated that its a priority for her to speak out on behalf of our region and address the critical issues that we continue to face once parliament resumes.


Ashton says that healthcare, housing, and the need to protect and create good jobs are three important areas that she plans to bring attention to.


In order to solve ongoing issues such as boil water advisories and the housing crisis in Northern communities Ashton believes that sustained federal investment for infrastructure, water treatment plants, and housing is what’s needed to solve these problems.


Despite the NDP’s losing seats in this year’s election Ashton is confident that the NDPs can still put pressure on Justin Trudeau and the Federal Liberals to show that they are addressing these issues that Northern communities face.


Ashton believes that a lot more can be accomplished now that the Liberals hold a minority Government. a Website Providing Information on Cannabis Use

Recreational Cannabis has been legal in Canada for a whole year, and David Kogan the founder of a website called spoke to Arctic Radio News to talk about his website and how it will benefit cannabis users as well as how to use cannabis in a safe manner.


Special kits filled with devices and accessories are available on the website for everything you need for a positive experience once you decide how you would like to consume legal cannabis.


Kogan also wants to focus on responsible cannabis use as well. All of the kits available are lockable and smell proof so that children and pets can’t get to it.


He would also like tell first time users to start with a low dose and increase it very slowly to give your body a chance to catch up with the feelings of cannabis effects.


This rule is especially important when using edibles since edibles take longer for the effects to kick in.


Kogan says If you overdose on edibles and start to feel uncomfortable the best thing to do is stay calm, take deep breaths, and stay relaxed.


Although it’s a very uncomfortable it will pass, it’s also worthwhile to seek medical advice if you are unsure of your condition.


Photo from

Selkirk RCMP Investigate a Fatal Pedestrian Collision Involving a Man from Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Last Night, The Selkirk RCMP responded to a collision involving a pedestrian on Highway 9.


The investigation has determined that an SUV driver heading south noticed a pedestrian in dark clouting standing in the middle of the highway; the driver tried to avoid a collision with the pedestrian but was unsuccessful.


A second vehicle travelling north was unable to stop in time and also collided with the pedestrian.


Both drivers stopped at the scene and called 911 and the pedestrian was sent to the hospital where he succumb to his injuries.


The victim was identified as a 22 year old man from Opaskwayak Cree Nation and alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the collision.


The investigation is ongoing.

Water & Hydro Shut-off at Timberland Trailer Court Expected Tomorrow

OCN Public Works and the Maintenance Technicians for Timberland will be repairing a water break that will require the power to be shut off at Timberland on Thursday, November 28, 2019.


The water & Hydro will be shut off for the whole of Timberland anywhere from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m.


Please make sure you store enough water for your use for the day, and remember to shut off your hot water tank breakers to prevent the elements from burning out.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the water shut off, please call Derek Partridge at 620-0758.


We thank you for your cooperation and we apologize for any inconveniences.

Kelsey School Board Meeting

Vaughn Wadelius the Chair of the Kelsey School Division spoke to Arctic Radio News about the engineering report addressing the ongoing drainage issues and the poor condition of Wadelius Drive.


The board received the first draft of the engineers report recently and it was discussed at their board meeting earlier this week. The final report should be received very soon and the board plans to meet with the town once the report is finalized.


One of the draw backs to repairing the road is that the department of education has put a freeze on capital projects until after the education review comes out next year, This would also prohibit the School Division from raising funds independently for such projects.

Sensory Friendly Santa Visit

Santa Claus came to Northland Ford this past Sunday for a special sensory friendly visit.


Melanie Young a volunteer with the Autism Society of Manitoba has been organizing these special Santa visits for quite some time because similar events are held in Winnipeg and she felt that it would be nice to have a sensory friendly visit from Santa locally so that children that have autism or other sensory related disorders don’t feel overwhelmed.


In order to create a sensory friendly setting no music was played, they had limited bright lights, and Santa spoke in a quiet voice.


Young would like to thank Cheryl Antonio for taking photos during the visit and Amanda Lathlin and her son Quinn for helping out.


She would also like to thank Northland Ford for providing the space for the visit, The Pas Public Library for providing a chair for Santa, and the Autism Society of Manitoba for their sponsorship.

Habitat for Humanity Manitoba Interested in Starting a Chapter in The Pas

Habitat for Humanity Manitoba is a non profit organization committed to building low cost houses for low income families and they would like to know if anyone in The Town of the Pas is interested in starting a local chapter.


If you are interesting in working with Habitat for Humanity to work towards starting a chapter for The Pas you can call 204-235-2187 or email


You can also visit their website for more details

Operation Christmas Child Results

The local results of Operation Christmas Child are in.


363 boxes were collected including boxes from Flin Flon and Snow Lake which were sent to The Pas to be shipped.


Local Organizer Pat Tonn would like to thank everyone for filling boxes for children in need in other parts of the world.


Operation Christmas Child is a project that ensures that children in third world countries receive a gift this holiday season.

Fort Garry Brewing Company Gives Cheque to The Pas Families BBC

During the OCN Blizzards Beat the Winter Blues Beer Tasting on Thursday night, The Fort Garry Brewing Company Presented The Pas Families Building a Better Community with a Cheque of $7750.

All proceeds were raised from the sales of the Clearwater Lager beer and the
funding will be put towards a new skate park for The Pas.

Davide Novo the The Pas Families BBC president says it is great to receive this

The Idea to raise funds for the park with beer sales was brought to the
attention of The Fort Garry Brewing company by Jerome Conaty from Funky Threadz and Alan Gibb of the Wescana Inn a few months ago.


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