The Pas Local News Archives for 2014-12

Town of The Pas News Release

In a news release provided by The Town of The Pas, it states that Mayor Scott says that the newspaper used confidential information  in a story without any follow-up or clarification prior to print.

Confidential information that was discussed in an “ IN – Camera” meeting of Council was shared with someone outside the organization.

Mayor and council see this as a serious breach of the Manitoba Municipal Act and have passed a resolution to a carry out a formal investigation in the matter.

Kelsey Trail Sno Riders

Kelsey Trail Sno – Riders have been working since September grooming 350 km of trail to have it ready for a planned run on New Year’s Day. Club member Ken Gurba  says that it takes alot of club effort to clear brush, pack trails and get the route ready, and that they 

are always looking for members who enjoy the groomed trails.


The cost is five dollars for the whole year. For further information such as when the next meeting is you can check the club’s website.

Operation Red Nose

Operation Red Nose was not running over the Boxing Day weekend. Their final night of operation will New Year’s Eve this Wednesday night.  The hours of operation will be from 8 : 30 pm to 3 : 00 am Jan.  1st.

If you would like to volunteer drop by the RCMP detachment or the Winton pool to pick up a form or call 204 – 623 – 0759.

If you need a safe ride home for you and your vehicle this New Year’s Eve call 204 – 623 – 3300.

RCMP Holiday Check Stops

 In the third week of their Holiday Checkstop Program the RCMP checked 2863 vehicles across Manitoba during 90 checkstops.  13 people were charged with either impaired driving or driving over .08.  The average blood alcohol reading was .205 about two and a half times the legal limit with the highest reading .390 where the driver was operating a snowmobile near Nelson House. 457 other charges were laid under the Highway Traffic Act and approximately 73 warnings were issued.

Five seizures under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act were made during the checkstops in addition to the execution of a Canada wide immigration warrant for a US citizen.



VMS Venutres have 30 per cent ownership and Hudbay 70 percent and is the operator of Reed mine located between Flin Flon and Snow Lake.They report in November mining of Zone 20 stopes began on the 160 meter level resulting in increased copper grade. The focus for this month is on safety, ore production and driving the main decline down to the 235 meter level.


Chief Operating Officer Neil Richardson stated as of the end of November they have had 192 consecutive days with no lost time accidents and there has only been a single lost time accident through the life of the project and commercial production to date.  He said in November the mining personnel worked safely through some heavily jointed ground while achieving good mine development and production.  He adds year to date they are close to achieving budgeted tonnes and development meters.


 A Northern Health Region implementation team is being formed to follow up on recommendations made following the death of Brian Sinclair who died over six years ago during a 34 hour wait in a Winnipeg emergency room.


The Northern Health Regions Chief Executive Officer Helga Bryant says a 195 page judicial inquest report into the death released last Friday contains 63 recommendations many of which apply to health regions around the province.  Bryant adds this report provides a catalyst for change that health care staff will use to improve how they deliver services in the north, how they construct their facilities and how they ensure the highest quality of care is provided day in and day out.


The Implementation team will be led by Helga Bryant with additional team members drawn from all parts of the Region and will begin work immediately.  Their work is expected to continue well into next year.

Bill Bannock Fishing Derby

Tickets are available at Pete’s Pro Tackle, L and M sports and Michaels, you can also enter online at Early bird tickets are 120 dollars and regular tickets are 100.


This year is the 21st annual Bill bannock Classic and it will be taking place on April 11th. Also for the first time this year the bill bannock derby will be teaming with the Flinty ice fishing derby in Flin Flon, and an additional 5-thousand dollars will be available. For anyone who catches lonesome Mary this year 25-thousand dollars is available, and over 100-thousand dollars in additional prizes. 


Tickets are available at Pete’s Pro Tackle, L and M sports and Michaels, you can also enter online at Early bird tickets are 120 dollars and regular tickets are 100.

Operation Red Nose

Operation Red Nose is back this holiday season to help keep everyone safe.


Operation Red Nose is a designated driving service that not only gets you home safely over the holidays but your vehicle too. Operation Red Nose is brought to you by the Pas Roadrunners Swim Club and will be out for drives tonight and tomorrow.


After this weekend their will be a break throughout Christmas, but there will be a service again on New Year's Eve.  They are also looking for volunteers and can be reached at 204-623-3300.


Operation Red Nose hours are from 9pm until 3am. 

Last day to donate to Socks from Santa

This is the second year that 102.9 CJAR have ran their Socks from Santa program.  


Morning show host Mark Andrews says that last year was a huge success, with almost 400 pair of socks being donated along with other outerwear.  Andrews said this year they are encouraging people to donate of any type of warm winter clothing, or blankets, which will again all go to the homeless shelter.



Anyone wishing to make a donation can drop items off today from 8:30 to noon and 1 to 4:30 at 102.9 CJAR,  and next week they will all be delivered to Oscar's Place to be distributed to those in need.

Be a Star


Thanks to Shirley Barbeau's great idea they will be raising money to purchase more sleeping mats for Oscars Place.

When Barbeau heard that the homeless shelter only had 9 cots available although there are times when they have as many as 24 come to spend a night out of the cold, she wanted to do something about it.


She is now inviting everyone to help and Be a Star this Holiday Season.  All  you have to do is stop by the Westoba Credit union and purchase a star for 2 dollars. All money will be going towards the sleeping mats and they’re goal is 1-thousand dollars. 

Comedy Night

A Boxing Day comedy night and social will be raising money for some community groups.


The Pas Spray Park Committee and The Pas Co-Ed Slo Pitch League will be hosting the event to raise money for new and upgrading facilities.  They are looking to the community to support their event by purchasing tickets and are giving them the option of attending either the comedy or social portion of the night, or both.Tickets are available at Paperworks Plus. 


Longest Night of the Year

This is the second year that the management and staff of Hemaurer Funeral Home will host an evening in which people can come to together with others to share, comfort and support one
another during the holiday season. 

The Longest Night of the Year will be held at the Chapel of Hemauer Funeral Home, this Friday at 2 p.m to provide a place and time to pause and remember relatives, friends and community members who will always be in our hearts. 


Anyone who would like to attend is asked to call 204 - 623 - 3261 or email 

Library holiday hours

The Pas Regional Library will be closed to the public for a few special days over the Holidays. 


Just like many other businesses returning or getting a new library book will have to wait. The library will be closed from Dec 24th-Dec 28th and then again on New Years Eve  and New Years Day.


The library will reopen again on January 2 to welcome everyone in the New Year.

Holiday Check Stops

   Manitoba RCMP have released the details on the first week of the Holiday Checkstop Program.

During the first week of December 2164 vehicles were checked across Manitoba during 80 checkstops.  18 people were charged with either impaired driving by alcohol or driving over .08, three were charged with impaired driving by drugs and two were charged with refusing a breath demand.  The average blood alcohol reading was .016 which is twice the legal limit with the highest reading .220.

271 other traffic related charges were laid under the Highway Traffic Act along with charges related to 6 other criminal code driving offences.

Kelsey Community School

“Kelsey Christmas Past” a recycled Christmas”, is a performance that will be happening at both 1:30pm today and again at 7PM. Doors open in the evening at 6:30 and they ask you use the Settee Avenue Doors.


The concert is open to the public and is free of charge but there will be a silver collection at the door.




Rockcliff Resources

Rockcliff Resources has completed an historical geophysical review surrounding the high grade Talbot Copper Deposit. 


A preliminary total of six high priority geophysical targets were clearly identified of which four are drill ready and will be tested in a planned drill program in the new year.  The company reports all necessary permits are presently in place.

Rockcliff President and CEO Ken LaPierre says their private placement has gotten off to a great start and they look forward to completing the financing so they can begin a very promising program of potential copper discoveries near their existing high grade copper deposit.  He says the Talbot deposit was discovered by geophysics and the fact that VMS deposits like to form in clusters bodes well for these nearby untested targets.


Kinsmen - Goals for Cystic Fibrosis


The OCN Blizzard and the Pas Kinsmen club have been teaming up for the goals for CF program  since 1999.


Dave Roberts with The Pas Kinsmen club says that for every home game goal the blizzard score, the club will donate 10 dollars to cystic fibrosis, and an extra 25 dollars for every shutout game, whether it be a home or away game.


So far this season to date they’re up to 605 dollars, hopefully to be doubled by the end of the season. 


OCN Hamper Drive Update

The OCN Christmas Hamper Drive on 102.9 CJAR raised money so everyone even those less fortunate can have a Christmas dinner this year.


For three days Deputy Chief William Lathlin and OCN Councillor Edwin Jebb took donations from listeners. Councilor Jebb the total donations total 20 thousand 650 dollars  


Jebb also said that in past years donations continued to trickle in even after the pledge show was over, and that anyone who has not yet dropped off their pledge money or wish to make a donation can do so at OCN offices and Finance, downstairs at the Otineka Mall.

Operation Red Nose

Operation Red Nose has been a successful campaign since it began at the end of November. 

With the help of 62 volunteers , the service has made 150 trips in the Pas, driven 360 passengers safely home  and travelled over 1800 kilometres.

Walter Marlow of ORN encourages everyone to use the service on the weekends including New Year’s Eve.

They are still looking for volunteers, so if you are interested go to the RCMP detachment and fill out your form.

To use the service this weekend call 204 – 623 – 3300.

Newly Elected Chief

OCN Deputy Chief William Lathlin is looking forward to working with Perry Bellegarde the newly elected chief of The Assembly of First Nations.  Shorty says Grand Chief Bellegarde is a big advocate for treaty rights.

He added that they have always had a good working relationship with Bellegarde in the past and that they are happy with the result from the election.

Lathlin and OCN Band Councillor Edwin Jebb congratulate Grand Chief Bellegarde and wish him all the best.

Koats for Kids

Koats for Kids was back and running this fall and into the early part of winter and it was a huge success.


Joanne Fiddler the Organizer of Koats for Kids says a total of over 300 fall and winter jackets had been collected and distributed to families in need.

Some of the jackets were given out throughout the fall, and remainder just last week, helping 50 families.


OCN Storm Fishing Derby

On December 27th The OCN Storm have an ice fishing derby planned at  Moose Park in OCN from noon to 5PM. Entry fee is j115 dollars per person, with 100 dollars of your entry going to the derby and 15 dollars to the storm.


Potential prize payouts based on 100 entries, include 3-thousand dollar for first place and 2-thousand for second.


James Dean Exhibit

The Sam Waller Museum is currently hosting an exhibition by local artist James Dean titled Unguarded Moments.


The display is until Feb 1 and the exhibit features nature and people in their natural and unpretentious moments, a snapshot of place and time.


All are welcome to view the exhibit at the Sam Waller Museum, 306 Fisher Avenue. The Museum is open 1:00pm to 5:00pm daily. Standard admission rates apply and include access to the exhibit as well as the rest of the Museum and the renovated Children's Discovery Centre.


Women Business Owners

The Women Business Owners of Manitoba is accepting nominations for the 2015 Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. 


Awards Committee Manager Lise Carbineau says its open to women business owners across the province and the  basic criteria for nominations is the business owner must be in business for at least three years, have at least a 50 percent or more ownership in the business and have the leadership role in the organization making major decisions.


Carbineau adds even if you are not sure they meet the qualifications nominate them and the committee will call and qualify them. She says anyone can submit a nomination by visited their website by January 24th.


World Vision

              World Vision Canada is urging you to join other Flin Flon area residents in giving a gift from the World Vision catalogue. Their gift giving expert Alicia Pereira says gifts can range from livestock to clean water to medical supplies for children and families in developing countries.  She says for example you can give the gift of a goat in the name of someone like your mom, your dad, your wife or your husband and they will receive a card and a stuffed animal that represents what has been given to someone in need who lives across the world from them.

              Pereira adds last year regionally 75 northern residents gave just over 15 thousand dollars and in Flin Flon 9 people gave just over 13 hundred dollars

Breakfast with Santa

The Westminster United Church is hosting a breakfast with Santa next weekend. Everyone is invited to the church on Sunday for pancakes, sausages, coffee, tea and juice. The breakfast will be from 9AM-10:30AMnd it's $3 per person or $10 a family of 4. Advance tickets are available by calling 204-623-5097 or 204-623-2821. Come join Santa for breakfast and feel free to bring a item for the white gift hamper.

Festival of Trees

 Tomorrow is your chance to join in all the fun of the Marigold Festival of Trees.


Marney Street with the festival says it’s been going on now for over 2 decades, and continues to be successful.  Besides the tree display, there's carnival events for kids, a Mrs. Claus tea room, and pictures with Santa are available from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The festival is a fundraiser for Marigold Preschool, and it will be held at the Opasquia School starting at noon.  Admission is 4-dollars and children under 12 are free.


A new program proposed by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business could help small businesses attract new employees.

Called the “Introduction to Canada Visa”,  the program would help businesses attract and retain workers when Canadian employees could not be found.   Elliot Sims from the CFIB explained that Canadian small business owners are still facing a shortage of workers, because the Temporary Foreign Workers program is now harder to access and limits the industries where workers can be employed   He says The Introduction to Visa Program,
 is an alternative to the Temporary Foreign Workers program that is now off-limits to businesses in the restaurant, hotel and hospitality industries. 


CFIB has not received a response from the government yet on their proposal.




Set for Life winner in The Pas

Bonnie Gofflot of The Pas,  found her self the winner of 100-thousand dollars, on a set for life scratch and win ticket purchase.



Bonnie  bought her winning ticket at Super Thrifty Drug Mart, and said she didn’t even scratch the rest of the ticket, but just kept counting the zeroes.


She plans to use the money to buy a house, new car and Christmas presents.


Santa Claus Parade

The Santa Claus Parade is right around the corner and it’s time to get your float signed up.


The Annual Parade is next Friday. Deserae Lambert with The Pas Community Renewal Corporation said that although the theme for the parade is Nightmare before Christmas, be related to the movie with this title.  Instead it should be in reference to your own Nightmare before Christmas which could be anything from rushed Christmas shopping, to ugly Christmas sweaters.  


Registration forms can be found on facebook under their group page and can be faxed to 623-2589 or emailed to 


The Parade will be next Friday starting at 6PM.  with it ending at the GLMC Parking lot, where there will be hot dogs and hot chocolate and a free family skate for everyone.



Christmas Celebration

The Pas Community Choir and Guests will be putting on a Christmas Celebration this coming Sunday.


The celebration will be held at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral with doors opening at 6:30 and Showtime at 7. Tickets are 6-dollars and can be bought at The Pas Regional Library, both Shane’s Music locations, UCN Bookstore and at the door.


Tea and Bake Sale

You can get one foot closer to being done your Christmas shopping this Saturday.


The Women of the Anglican Church will be putting on a special Tea Bake and Craft sale with some great gift ideas available. There will be door prizes and an entry fee of 4 dollars for adults and children 6-12 for $1.50. It’s on from 1:30 to 3:30PM

Immigrant Womens Councelling service information session

Tomorrow the Immigrant Women’s Counseling Service from Winnipeg will be presenting an information session hosted by the Aurora House here in The Pas.


December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and of the seven Manitoban women who have perished this year, one had previously been a resident of The Pas.


Everyone is welcome to the information session and it starts at 7PM at the UCN board room. Aurora House is available to conduct workshops and information sessions on dating violence, domestic violence, parenting issues, senior’s abuse and on shelter services all you have to do is call, 204-623-7427. 


The Pas Family Resource Centre Hamper Drive

The Pas Family Resources center continue to take pledges this week for their Christmas hamper Drive.


Crystal Morris the program coordinator of the strengthening families program for the Pas Family Resource Center says they did well and received ninety two hundred dollars in pledges during their hamper drive last week, but will continue to take pledges until Friday in hopes to receive a little more.  


Last year the total in pledges was ten thousand two hundred and twenty five dollars which made it possible to give out 100 hampers to those less fortunate families in our community, and they hope to do the same this year.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so at 102.9 CJAR at 130 3rd street in The Pas between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 by this Friday.

Festival of trees

Marigold Preschool will be hosting The Festival of Trees on Saturday at the Opasquia School. 


There will be a Kids Carnival, Penny Parade, Mrs. Claus' Tea Room, and Gingerbread House Contest. It will be held from noon to 5PM and both the Kelsey School Choir and Ecole Opasquia School Choir’s will be performing. Santa pictures will also be taking place from 1-2:30pm and 3 to 4:30.


Admission is 4-dollars children under 12 are free. 


Teen Centre opening

The Teen Centre will reopen this Wednesday.


The Cross Roads Teen Centre now have a new location at 81 Edwards Avenue, the old Club 53 building in the back of the Town Office. The program coordinator for the strengthening families program Crystal Morrish says they are excited to welcome back the youth and said some of the activities being planned include drop in nights, movies, cooking classes, gaming nights, crafts and a Christmas pizza party.

The Teen Centre will be open Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 10PM, and Friday’s from 6 to 10PM until December 19th, then reopen again in January after the Christmas break.


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