The Pas Local News Archives for 2014-10

OCN Health Survey

The Opaskwayak Health Authority has been looking for OCN members to take a survey. Today is the final day to take the survey and get yourself put in a draw for some great prizes. The two prizes are an ipad mini and an Otineka Mall gift certificate, the draw will be Nov 5th. All OCN Residents are asked to take the survey.

Some Adults Can Receive Free Driving Training

Premier Greg Selinger announced at the opening of the Skills Training Center in Flin Flon on Wednesday a new partnership between the Manitoba Government and Manitoba Public Insurance will expand adult driver education training in the north free of charge for low income and unemployed adults to help them get access to job opportunities.  He says they know that a lot of times job opportunities take a bit of a trip to get there and a driver’s license will make it that much easier to do that.  He says if you can drive and you’ve got a trade and an academic education you’ve got a passport to the future, there’s no wrong doors, every opportunity will be available to you and you can grow in a direction you want to grow in with many choices.
The new program will be incorporated into existing job readiness training already underway in The Pas, Flin Flon and Thompson with classes starting November 26th including 16 hours of in class instruction and eight hours of in car instruction with a professionally trained instructor.

Citizen and Business of the year named

It’s that time of year to hand out The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce awards for Citizen and Business of the year. Andrew Legany has been named the citizen of the year for all the groups and projects he is apart of. Andrew has been a great role model and leader for all citizens in our community. Also, the Business of the year for 2014 is Sweatshop Boxing. Sweatshop was chosen for all their hard work they have put into the community and the role models and support they give to the youth in our community. 

Plastic bags to make new bench for Valhalla

Recycling plastic grocery bags can not only help keep our community clean but it can help with a local project. Betty Hucksly has been collecting bags to be recycled in hopes of getting a new bench to put in front of Valhalla. Over the past few months, Hucksley has collected over 80,000 bags. The bags get stored at Scott Bateman School before they are trucked to the United States to be melted down. If you would like to help you can bring all your recyclable bags to Scott Bateman School.

Halloween Pajama Tales Tonight

The Pas Regional Library is hosting Halloween Pajama Tales tonight. You’re invited to the Library annex from 6:30PM-7:30PM tonight. There’s no charge, everyone is welcome and don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes.

Zombie Walk a Success

Zombies of all ages and sizes gathered of Friday for the 3rd annual Zombie Walk. Crystal Morrish the Executive Director of The Pas Community Renewal Corporation was glad to see so many people attend this year. She said they had over 500 zombies who walked. Also they were collecting non perishable food items and personal hygiene products to donate to Oscar’s Place. With all the food and hygiene products donated they we’re able to fill up a Ford Ranger.

Thrill The World Raises Money for Rwanda

Thrill the World has come and gone in The Pas and OCN. “Thrill The World The Pas, OCN" is part of a world wide dance event, which raises money and awareness for good causes around the Globe. On Friday, “Thriller Dancers” took part in the world wide event dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller in a flash mob at the Otineka Mall. Thanks to donations from our community over $1,200 was raised to support a group of young dancers in Rwanda who will use this money for education, food, costumes, a new camera and to provide other basic needs.

Diabetes Information and Exercise Programs Starting

Free information and exercise programs are being offered for those dealing with Type 2 Diabetes.
Stretching your way to success is a 4 week program which will include a combination of exercising with exercise bands, and valuable information about managing diabetes.  Sessions will be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting November 4th.
There will also be two one time evening sessions offered on November 19th and 26th.
Pre registration is required.  For more information, or to register for any of these sessions contact Luba Dybaylo, RN at the Primary Health Care Centre, 204 – 623 – 9688.

Red Cross Looking for Members of Disaster Response Team

The Canadian Red Cross is looking for volunteers for their new Personal Disaster Assistance team that’s being established in the community.  Their Disaster Management Support in Northern Manitoba Cherlyn Cain explains it’s a team that would help people in times of personal disaster such as house fires and flooding so they’re looking to build teams in the north in particular The Pas, Flin Flon and Thompson.  She says they do have some started in The Pas and they’re working hard on getting The Pas and Flin Flon organized.
              If you are interested in being part of the Personal Disaster Assistance team you can call Cherlyn at 204-620-2329 or contact the Red Cross office in Winnipeg.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

The Pas Regional Library is hosting a pumpkin carving this Saturday.


Whether you like to make scary or nice carvings you can attend and share ideas with other people. The carving will be held from 2 to 3 PM in the Library annex.


They ask you bring your own pumpkin. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  

Trappers Festival

Every year the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival has a slogan, and this year you can compete in the contest by submitting your ideas..


The Trappers Festival is looking for a slogan to go with the year 2015. The contest is for ages 14-18 and the winner will receive two 50-dollar gift cards, one for funky threads and the other for trapper’s festival merchandise.


The deadline is October 31st and you can submit your idea to the Trappers Youth Board at Last year’s slogan was living the dream in twenty fourteen.

Zombie Walk

The annual zombie walk is back, and it’s tonight.


It's a chance to dress up in a zombie costume and walk to help a cause right before Halloween. The Zombie Walk will be collecting non-perishable food items as well as personal hygiene products for Oscar's Place. The walk is starting at the Legion with the doors opening at 6pm. They will be walking to Devon Park where a bonfire, hot dogs and hot chocolate will all be held. 

Fur Queen Candidate List Finalized

The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival is still a ways away but the candidates running for fur queen are finalized. Leading up to the week of Trappers the girls are expected to do fundraising, as well get themselves out there and get used to being in public. This year there are 9 girls entered in the race as opposed to 7 last year. During the week of Trappers the Girls will be busy throughout, stopping in at different events greeting and taking pictures.

Election Day!

Today is Election Day in The Pas for a Mayor and six Councilors for a new four year term.  There are three candidates for Mayor and eight for the six Council positions. The polls will be open from 8 am to 8 pm at five voting locations The Sam Waller Museum, The Pas Regional Library, Kelsey School, UCN and MBCI. You are advised that identification may be required before you can vote. You may be required to produce one piece of government issued photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport or at least two other documents that provide proof of identification. Results will be available of the election on 102.9 CJAR Thursday Morning.

NHR Health Fair

The Northern Health Region is hosting a special fair in The Pas tomorrow. The Wellness Fair will have two speakers, one who will be talking about Cholesterol, Heart Disease and Stroke. The Second speaker will be presenting on physical activity and helping with goal setting for Health.


Lori Veito with the NHR says everyone is invited and people that should attend include those who have already had heart attacks or heart surgery, as the presentation will be aimed  tat lowering risks and prevention methods has more. 

The Fair will be held from 1-4pm at The Pas Wellness Centre. To pre-register you can call Lori Veito at 204-627-6418.

Ebola Preparedness

While there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Canada, Manitoba Health says they are prepared in the unlikely event that there is a case of Ebola here in Northern Manitoba.



Ingrid Olsen, the Executive Director of Clinical Services for The Pas area says they are being pro active  and ready with protocols and new outfits for Health care providers.   She added that if it is determined that a person has a high likelihood of carrying the disease, the person would be transferred to Winnipeg Health Science Centre, which is the designated site for Manitoba.



Anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257.

Two Days Away From Election

It's just two days until the Town of The Pas and RM of Kelsey hold their elections. For the Town of The Pas they've held two open forums and have 8 possible Councillors vying for the 6 open spots. There are also 3 candidates running for the loan spot as Mayor. For citizens of The Pas looking to vote, regular voting will be open on Wednesday from 8am to 8pm at 5 locations, The Sam Waller Museum, The Pas Regional Library, Kelsey School, UCN and MBCI. For the RM of Kelsey voting will take place at the same time on Wednesday but at the RM of Kelsey office at 264 Fischer Ave The Pas.

Zombie Walk is Back

The annual zombie walk is back this week. It's a chance to dress up in a zombie costume and walk to help a cause right before Halloween. The Zombie Walk will be collecting non-perishable food items as well as personal hygiene products for Oscar's Place. The walk is Friday starting at the Legion with the doors opening at 6pm. They will be walking to Devon Park where a bonfire, hot dogs and hot chocolate will all be held.

Current Term Of Council Almost Over

The 4 year term of council is almost up and last night they held their final meeting. The current term of council will come to an end next Wednesday, the day of the next municipal election. McLaughlin talked about a few highlights from the previous 4 years including the centennial, the waste disposal by-law which brought recycling up 400 percent and surviving the last winter after all the water breaks. Mayor McLaughlin also said the previous 4 years was a learning curve for council, and that the community is better then it was 4 years ago. Alan McLaughlin will be seeking re election for mayor next Wednesday along with Terry Hendrickson and Jim Scott.

Koats For Kids Is Back This Fall

Koats for Kids is a program helping to keep kids warm and safe all winter long. Koats for Kids has been running for over 6 years in The Pas taking donations of gently used or brand new winter wear. If you would like to donate any gently used or new Jackets, Scarves, Mitts, Toques or any winter wear you can drop it off at Funky Threads, the Grub Box, Extra Foods or the Family Resource Center. You can donate any new or gently used winter jackets, mitts, scarves or toques.

Flu Clinics

You woke up feeling achy, feverish and more tired than when you went to bed. Sounds like the flu. 


It’s that time of year and Carolyn McKusker,  immunization coordinator for The Northern Health Region says one of the best ways to head off the flu is with immunization.
Flu clinics start in The Pas on October 23.  You’ll find a link to a full list of local flu clinics from the what’s happening banner on

Triple 7

 Work resumed at Triple 7 Mine in Flin Flon.


Last night was  the first shift underground since the shutdown of operations on October 6th when the ore conveyance got lodged in the main production shaft.  Normal underground operations were halted but underground shaft repairs were done by their employees in conjunction with their health and safety team and the mines branch.

Drug Trafficking Leads to OCN Arrest

Last Tuesday RCMP seized a small quantity of marihuana and over $21,000 in Canadian currency at a house in the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. A 26-year-old female from OCN was arrested on scene after the General Investigation Section executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant. The female is scheduled to appear in The Pas Provincial Court on December 1st and is facing charges for possessing marihuana for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime. Anyone with information regarding drug trafficking is asked to call their local police agency or RCMP detachment.

Selinger - WII Day Announcement

Fifty Five Students from Mary Duncan School will have the opportunity to attend th We Day celebrations in Winnipeg just one month after a large part of their school was destroyed by fire.


Premier Greg Selinger announced during his visit to The Pas last week that the students had their hearts set on attending WII Day prior to the fire, and that they had found the money to send them so they could attend and bring back that enthusiasm and confidence to help in their community and on the national front.


The Manitoba Government is providing $ 10,000.00 . split between Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning and Manitoba Youth opportunities.

We Day is scheduled for the MTS Centre Oct. 29.

Selinger - trades announcement

While Premier Greg Selinger was in The Pas last week he made an announcement at UCN which will provide enhanced access to trades training for students in the North. 


Selinger said basically it is a partnership between University College of the North and Oscar Lathlin Collegiate in which students will be able to get more training at both the high school and college levels.

The announcement comes as a step in closing the gap between the need for trades training opportunities and the need for skilled trades persons in the North. Students can now start enrolling in programs including, heavy duty mechanics, power mechanics, carpentry, culinary arts, early childhood education and health care aide. 

Mary Duncan School - Selinger

The Manitoba Government announced its commitment yesterday to rebuild Mary Duncan School and the daycare space it housed.     Portable classrooms are first, as Premier Greg Selinger explained that there were some foundations, electrical work, and contracting arrangements which would need to be done and once complete 5 portables would be delivered.  Selinger said he had met with the Superintendant and the Principal they felt they should aim for around Christmas time


Currently 55 students and staff have resumed studies at Guy Hall.  The daycare has space in the church basement and the adult learning centre has been moved to UCN.

Niki Ashton

There’s an urgent need for affordable childcare in Canada.  Churchill MP Niki Ashton says the NDP party has heard that message loud and clear.

Ashton said that in 2014 it’s unacceptable that many families have to pay as much for childcare as rent.   In their bid to come up with a national childcare program, the NDP launched consultations with parents, experts and community activists this summer.   The focus of those consultations are early childhood education and childcare. 

Ashton says that after 30 years of empty promises from the federal government the NDP will be the ones to announce details of a national childcare program in the coming weeks.

Mental Health Program

A new program is coming to The Pas to help people struggling with mental health issues.


Teresa Roberts with the Canadian Mental Health Association says the program is for anyone living with diabetes, arthritis, blood pressure, cancer, depression or any ongoing health problem, which includes depression and anxiety. Those attending will learn information about many things including exercise, how to manage pain, healthy eating and dealing with fatigue and frustration

The program will begin on Oct 21st free of charge and is being held at the Wellness Center. The 6 week program will run every Tuesday from 1:30pm until 4pm. Pre-registration is required and you can do that by calling 204-627-6419. 

Fire Safety Week in The Pas

This week is fire safety and prevention week in The Pas. It’s a great week to pay attention to fire safety and prevention with the Thanksgiving Long Weekend this weekend. The Pas Fire Chief Greg Zimmerman says the theme this year is “working smoke alarms save lives”. Zimmerman said it’s important to check you’re smoke alarm to make sure it still works. He says if you have replaced the batteries and it still isn’t working to replace it. Also this Saturday the Fire Department will be hosting an open house for everyone to visit. From 11-3 the main doors will be open and you can see all the equipment set up, as well as videos, handouts, coffee and hot chocolate.

OCN teacher receives award

An OCN teacher has been honored with a Governor General’s award.


Connie Wyatt Anderson will be the recipient of the 2014 Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. Anderson teaches at Oscar Lathlin Collegiate and will be receiving her award in Ottawa at Rideau Hall on November 3rd. Anderson has created an interactive curriculum that allows her students to embrace their heritage and culture by learning about the First World War through the eyes of First Nations soldiers. The awards are made possible through Canada’s History Society, which recognizes Canadian teachers who are helping to ‘bring history to life’ for Canadian students. 

Mary Duncan fire update

Four boys, including one who is 12, are accused of setting a fire that's caused major disruptions at a northern Manitoba school.

R-C-M-P say the four include two 14-year-olds and a 16-year-old who have been charged with arson after last Saturday's blaze at Mary Duncan School in The Pas.

The fire left scores of students without classrooms and destroyed a vast amount of equipment and supplies.

Police say a fifth person who was involved is under the age of 12 and cannot be charged.

All five are from The Pas and those who are charged have been released to their parents prior to a November 4th court appearance.

West Centre

WEST The Pas will be open in a new location beginning this Monday, October 6th.

The West Centre was closed after the recent fire Mary Duncan School but has now found a new home.  Regular drop in hours on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. will resume in Room 247 at UCN.  If you any questions about essential skills needs, you can stop by or email Tania at 

Mental Health Week

Next week is  Mental Health Awareness Week.

In conjunction, The Anxiety Support Group in The Pas have invited Tri Truong  who is the chaplain at Northern Gateway Community Chaplancey to share his story about fleeing from Vietnam and his experiences while dealing with the stigma, discrimination and bullying.  The public is invited to hear Tri’s presentation about his  journey and his work in The Pas as an outreach worker on the streets.

The presentation will take place in The Pas Regional Library Annex next Wednesday, October 8th at 7 p.m. 

Awareness Walk - Missing and murdered aboriginal women

 Saturday morning at 10 : 30 members of Opaskwayak Cree Nation and the town of The Pas will join in unity to help bring awareness about the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Everyone will meet at  the Wescana Inn parking lot next to the RCMP detachment near the Legion building and then walk through Fisher Ave. meeting students from OLC and then gathering at the friendship centre.

The walk will wrap up at powwow arbour site for words from guest speakers and BBQ.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Mary Duncan classes update

The Grade 5 – 12 programs at Mary Duncan School are working on finalizing plans for an alternate location after the building was partially destroyed by fire on Sunday.

Superintendant Doug Long explained that he is hoping all arrangements have been finalized on an alternate location and that these students will be returning to classes by Monday afternoon

There will also be a gathering of students, families and teachers as a way of beginning the renewal process. Kelsey Learning Centre classes will resume Monday morning at 10 : 00. at UCN. 

Mayoral Candidate Forum

Road work, by-laws and taxes are a few of the many topics you can ask our mayoral candidates at tomorrows forum.


102.9 CJAR is hosting a Mayoral Forum for our 3 Town of The Pas Mayor hopefuls. All 3 candidates will be in CJAR studios tomorrow from 11am-noon answering questions live on the air. You can get your questions in live tomorrow over the air by calling 1-204-623-1240. Or get your questions in early by emailing them to

Awareness Walk

Members from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and Town of The Pas will be rallying this morning to raise awareness for missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls.


They will be walking from the Wescana inn down Fischer Avenue to OCN and ending at the OCN arbour site. Everyone is invited as the walk will begin at 10:30. They will have guest speakers on hand, as well as a drum group and a feast at the arbour site at 12:30.

Town Council Meeting Changed

Town Council Meeting has been rescheduled.


The final Town Council meeting ahead of this year’s municipal election will be held on October 15th. The Meeting was originally scheduled for the 22nd but has been moved one week due to the election on that day.


Also the Committee of the Whole will be meeting one more time as well on October 6th. Election date for mayor and Council will be October 22nd.


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