The Pas Local News Archives for 2015-01

Kelsey School Division Public Budget Consultation meeting

The Kelsey School division is hosting a Public Budget Consultation Meeting tomorrow night and they want your input.


The division are looking for help to prioritize the school division’s needs for the 2015/16 school year. They are asking residents of the Town of The Pas and RM of Kelsey to attend and share there input.


The meeting will be held at MBCI in the library starting at 7PM.


Crimestoppers month

January is Crime Stoppers Month. 


Manitoba Crime Stoppers was formed in 1985 as a way for people to anonymously provide police with information about a crime.  The RCMP’s Media Relations Officer Tara Seel says the program depends on people providing information  She explains that every time a crime is committed it affects us all,  so Crime Stoppers is based on the simple principle that for every time a crime is committed someone other than the criminal has information about it. She says Crime Stoppers continues to be effective because of concerned community members throughout Manitoba who are doing their part to keep their streets safe,  


Seel adds the total tips received for 2014 were 774 so that’s 774 people who called in to report something that they knew was going on in their community.

CDC - Public Information Meeting

An information meeting will be held this week to learn more about development in The Pas.


The Pas Community Development Corporation is hosting a public meeting to give the community more information on what they do, their purpose and structure. The TPCDC would like to invite anyone who would like to learn more, or who would like to ask questions to attend the meeting on Thursday.


It starts at 7PM at The Pas Regional Library Annex. 


Torchlite Parade Registration

The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival is right around the corner and you can get your float signed up for the Parade.


The 2015 Torch Lite Parade is a huge part of the trappers festival and with traditional it will be held on the first day of festival, Wednesday February 18th.


The Parade will start at the Royal Canadian Legion at 5:30 sharp. The theme for trappers this year is “Green to the extreme in 2015” and to register your float, forms can be picked up at Pine View Reality, 102.9 CJAR and The Opasquia Times. 

Theresa Oswald on Northern Tour

Oswald is running for leadership in Manitoba NDP election and yesterday she visited our community.  


While here Oswald spent time talking with delegates in The Pas and OCN.  She also stopped by 102.9 CJAR to talk about her northern tour. 


Oswald says she made OCN, The Pas, and Norway House all part of her tour and is recognizing the vast untapped potential in the north, from forestry and mining to hydro and shipping to tourism and fishing. She also said she’s committed to working together to create jobs and opportunities in the north 


Oswald said If elected Premier she would ensure the north has a strong voice by working with northern leaders and families before decisions are made.


Theresa Oswald, along with Steve Ashton and Greg Selinger are all candidates  for March 8 election.

Red Tape Awareness Week

This week is the 6th annual Red Tape Awareness Week sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.


heir Provincial Affairs Director Elliott Sims says they are challenging all levels of government to commit to tackling the burden that red tape places on small businesses.  He say what Red Tape Awareness Week means is that businesses are having to spend a significant amount of time and money on regulations that simply don’t make sense and don’t provide any value to the general public but it does result in higher costs for businesses and ultimately higher costs for consumers. Sims says people who make regulations don’t realize the burden they’re placing on small businesses. 


There’s more information on their website

Devon Mission Open House

The Christ Church will be holding an open House on Saturday.


They have restored 2 of their 4 Cree panels and would like to share them with you! You can join them from 10am-4pm at the Anglican Christ Church Hall to view.


Restoring the cree panels is just one of many things planned over the next 10 years to preserve the Christ church. By the time everything is all completed the Building shall be 127 years and its life expectancy shall be increased by at least another 75 years. 

NMTF Fur Queen Candidate - Champagne Brunch

The annual brunch is a long time traditional event for the festival.


It will the first public appearance for the candidates with others to follow, and gives the community the opportunity to see them all before the festival even begins, while serving as a fundraiser.

The candidates will host the event and present a fashion show, modelling clothes selected from local businesses.


The Brunch will be held at the Kikiwak Inn from noon to 3pm. and The Annual Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Kicks off on February 17th.



RCMP stats for The Pas - R.M. of Kelsey

The RCMP report for the final month of 2014 included 12 offenses of Assault in town and 3 in the RM of Kelsey, 9 impaired offenses in town and 2 in the RM. Also, 2 offenses of drugs in town and 1 in the RM with


There were also 14 missing person reports in the Town of The Pas.  

Hudbay Exploration plans

Hudbay has released its exploration plans for this year. 


They report exploration in Manitoba will focus on targets in nearby northern neighbors, Flin Flon and Snow Lake.  This includes testing down plunge exploration potential of the gold and copper zones at Lalor near Snow Lake from the underground exploration ramp.  In accordance with a recently entered into option agreement with Callinan Royalties underground exploration drilling at Callinan’s War Baby claim is also planned with the objective of extending the mine life of Triple Seven in Flin Flon beyond 2020. 


Exploration programs are also planned at Constancia in Peru and Rosemont in Arizona. They also report a greater than 270 percent increase in copper production over 2014 levels is expected this year due to planned production at all three new mines at Constancia, Lalor and Reed. Their capital expenditures budget is approximately 425 million this year down approximately 60 percent from last year.

The Pas Agricultural Society AGM

Any new or interested members of The Pas Agricultural Society are asked to attend their annual general meeting in the UCN board room tomorrow night starting at 6 p.m.


Memberships will be due and along with the meeting will be a pot luck supper, so those attending are asked to bring along a favorite dish to share. 


Steve Ashton to run for NDP leadership

Ashton is running in the NDP leadership contest, trigged by the controversial sales tax hike. Ashton says the hike was for a needed purpose, but that Manitobans were not consulted. He promises to hold a referendum to ensure Manitobans are heard, if he is chosen as leader.

The NDP leadership contest will be held on March 8. Theresa Oswald and Greg Selinger are the other two MLA’s in the running.

Kelsey School Division Public Budget Consultation Meeting

The Kelsey School division is hosting a Public Budget Consultation Meeting on Jan 28th and they want the to hear the public's opinions and ideas.


They are looking for help to prioritize the school division’s needs fro the 2015/16 school year. They are asking residents of the Town of The Pas and RM of Kelsey to attend the meeting which will be held at MBCI in the library starting at 7PM.


Theatre 53 - January performances

Theatre 53 will be bringing their new performance to the stage on five separate evenings.


Christy Dick with Theatre 53 says Vintage Hitchcock is a live radio drama by Joe Landry, and describes it as a spooky play that combines murder, mystery, and drama.  Dick says there's lots of screaming and great sound effects and props to make it appear as much like radio in the 1940's as possible. 

The play will be presented on Jan 22, 23, 24, 30 and 31st  in The Scott Bateman Band Room at 7 o’clock with doors opening at 6:30. It will be held in the Scott Bateman Band Room. Tickets are available at The Pas Regional Library and Shane’s Music in the Uptown Mall.


RCMP - Drug Seizure

The Pas RCMP seized a quantity of drugs from residences in OCN and The Pas.


First at a residence on Dorion Avenue police seized a quantity of cocaine, marihuana and money. A 27-year-old male from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation was arrested on scene and has been charged with Possessing Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possessing the Proceeds of Crime and Possessing Marihuana. A 22-year-old male from OCN and a 22-year-old female from Cumberland House Saskatchewan were also arrested on scene, but were later released without charges.


The Pas RCMP also searched an apartment on Edwards Avenue in The Pas seizing a quantity of cocaine. A 50-year-old male from The Pas was arrested on scene and has been charged with Possessing Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking.

RCMP - new staff sargeant

 Yesterday Staff Sergeant Jeremy Allard handed over the reigns of the detachment to none other than his son.


Jeremy Allard said that taking over from his dad means alot to him and he is looking forward to his new position in The Pas. The change of command was a special and Historical day.   Staff Sergeant Noel Allard will be leaving The Pas and joining the north district office in Thompson in an advisory position.


Operation Red Nose Wrap up

This was the 20th year Operation Red Noses gave Manitobans safe rides home over the holidays.


Across the Province Operation Red nose had 2246 volunteers, who gave 3765 rides in ten communities, and raised over 70 thousand dollars for youth sports programs, The President of Safety Services Manitoba Judy Murphy said.


In The Pas as we reported last week, Operation Red Nose gave 427 of those rides to over 1-thousand passengers.



The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba is holding its annual canvas this month.  Their Manager of Volunteer Events Trudy Mattey explains January is Alzheimer Awareness Month and during the month they have canvassers going door to door in areas throughout the province including Flin Flon collecting donations on behalf of the Society.  She says the money collected is used to provide programs and services for people with dementia and their families and caregivers.

              If you can help with the door to door canvas or do a canvas online call 1-800-378-6699 or go to their website

Mb. School Board

Nominations are being accepted until January 23rd for the Manitoba School Boards Association Student Citizenship Awards. 


Associate Director Heather Demetrioff says the awards are open to all public school students and is given to a student in each of the Association’s six geographic areas and one provincial award for a student group. 


She says the awards include a certificate and 500 dollars while students nominated but not selected receive a certificate and 100 dollars.  Several Flin Flon students have won this regions award in the past.

Meat draw

 The Alouette has held the annual Leo Paullus memorial meat draw since Leo’s passing in 2009.


Everyone knew Leo for his kind, humorous ways  and it was rare he missed the Friday meat draws.On Friday Jan.16 there will be a silent auction with proceeds going to local wigs for cancer. Some community members will also be giving up their hair to make more wigs.  There will also be a perogie and sausage supper with proceeds from it going to Port in the Storm.

The 2015 Fur Queen candidates will be helping out with everything getting underway at 5pm.


Women's Business Award

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


Awards Committee Manager Lise Carbineau says it’s open to women business owners across the province.  She says 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 in the organization making major decisions.


Carbineau adds even if you’re not sure they meet the qualifications you can nominate them and the committee will check if the qualify.  You can submit a nomination at their website by January 24th.


MTS Grants

Youth serving organizations in Manitoba can now apply for one of ten Manitoba Telecom Services Future First grants. These grants are valued at ten thousand dollars each and will be awarded to organizations focused on improving the lives of Manitoba’s young people.  Applicants must clearly identify how their project achieves the

required results for youth under the age of 24.


Manitobans will help select the ten grant recipients from a list of 20 finalists through an online voting process in the spring.  Details on the application process are available on the MTS Future First website at



Motorists are being asked to slow down, buckle up, and drive sober.

Manitoba RCMP released fatal collision stats for 2014, and although there was a decrease, they say many of the collisions were preventable.

Impairment by alcohol or drugs was involved in 43% of the collisions, with the average blood alcohol content of tested drivers being two and a half times the legal limit.


There were 68 fatal collisions last year in the province that resulted in 73 deaths. Here in Northern Manitoba, there were 12 fatal collisions that resulted in 13 deaths.


Drug Seizure

Trafficking Charges Have Been Laid in The Pas.


On December 30th The Pas RCMP executed a controlled drug and substances act search warrant at a residence on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.  During the search police seized more than one kilogram of marijhuana and more than 15 thousand dollars in Canadian currency. 


A 34 year old man from OCN was arrested and later released to appear in court in The Pas on March 3rd.  He is charged with possessing marihuana for the purpose of trafficking and possessing the proceeds of crime.  A 27 year old woman from OCN was also arrested in connection to the investigation but was later released without charges.


Bullying Tour

Rachel Ashley is a singer/songwriter sharing the message to youth and the community that bullying needs to be stopped.


Theresa Roberts from The Pas and Area Suicide Prevention and Awareness Committee says Ashley will be visiting schools around The Pas as well as holding a performance for the public in the evening at the Sam Waller Museum


Ashley's visit will be on Tuesday with doors opening at 6:30 for anyone wishing to attend.  

Kinsmen Comedy Jam

The Kinsmen Club of The Pas will be hosting a comedy night fundraiser.
The Kinsmen's annual Comedy jam will be held January 24th and this year's entertainment will feature “Just for Laughs” alumni Mike McDonald.  The evening will get underway at 6 with cocktails, followed by a prime rib dinner.
Anyone wanting tickets can contact Kevin at 204-623-6657.                  

RCMP final holiday check stop results

The month long totals for the RCMP Christmas Checkstop Program show that 9512 vehicles were checked during 348 checkstops.  
They report 93 people were charged with a criminal code impaired driving offence including impaired, over .08, refusal and impaired by a drug.  There were also 18 other criminal code driving offences, 45 charges for failing to wear a seatbelt, 29 liquor and gaming control act charges and 1428 other highway traffic act offences.  One person was killed in a traffic collision during the time of the checkstop program but the RCMP report impaired driving was not considered a factor.
The RCMP Wrapped up their month long holiday check stop program last week. 

Operation Red Nose Results

Operation red nose wrapped up the holiday season with their final night of drives on New Years Eve.
This year Operation Red Nose was again one of the top groups in the province.
The Pas was third in the entire province in rides given at 427. Through the nights of drives they had 154 volunteers, driving over 5 thousand kilometers and providing safe rides to just over 1-thousand passengers.


Amber Whitehead, the director of Kelsey Recreation says Bushcraft is a program designed to encourage people to get outside and learn some new skills.
Participants will learn all the basic wilderness skills, survival, snowshoeing, fire building, shelter making, navigation, and what it takes to survive in the winter, and Whitehead added that these skills would benefit those wanting to take part in some of the upcoming Trappers Festival events
It will run every Saturday from 1-3 starting January 17th, and for more information or to register you can contact the Wellness Centre..


The Northern Manitoba Trapper’s Festival returns The Pas and OCN Feb. 18th to the 22nd. 


One of the main events during the festival is the Fur Queen Pageant. Chloe Dorion, one the organizers says the candidates host all kinds of individual fund raising events and you can suport them by attending and by purchasing tickets from them. 


Dorion says that all the money raised by the candidates fundraisers and ticket sales goes back to the festival so it is a way in which you can support the individual candidates as well as the festival as a whole.

The first big event for the fur queen candidates is a brunch on Jan.25th. There are nine girls running for queen.


New Year Baby

A boy was delivered at The Pas Health Complex at 12:07 a.m.

Thursday morning, a spokesman with the Northern Regional Health Authority confirmed.  The newborn weighed seven pounds, 14.5 ounces.  The family's identity wasn't released.


Meanwhile, Winnipeg’s first baby of the new year is Owen Fraser Martel.  He was delivered at 1:18 a.m. at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre, weighing just two pounds, two ounces, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said the family is requesting privacy at this time, WRHA spokeswoman Melissa Hoft said. 



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