The Pas Local News Archives for 2015-02

Heart and Stroke Foundation

 The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba are looking for a future free of heart disease and stroke.


Sean Crawford, the director of community engagement explains through the money that they’re raising they are helping to promote research investing 300 million dollars in research over the next ten years for cutting edge research across the country.  He adds they placed 65 hundred automated external defibrillators in public places over the last few years just to give people a better chance of surviving if there is an incident.


The Foundation reports heart disease and stroke is a leading cause of death in Manitoba.  Each year approximately 21 hundred heart attacks occur in the province resulting in an estimated 485 deaths.

Ducks Unlimited Report

Ducks Unlimited Canada reports they are excited to see the Manitoba Government open the dialogue on boreal conservation which began earlier this week at a Boreal Summit at the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

Chris Smith who is the head of boreal conservation at Ducks Unlimited and lives in Cranberry Portage says this region covers 80 percent of this province so it’s a big part of who we are.  He adds we’re very lucky that most of the boreal is still intact as it gives us the chance to plan for northern development in a way that balances environmental and economic needs.

Smith adds with this dialogue we join indigenous people, northern communities, industry groups and conservation organizations to start this vital conversation and look forward to furthering the development of a boreal policy that reflects this province’s vision for a thriving north.

Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival

Green to the extreme in 2015 got off to a great start yesterday.


Opening ceremonies were held shortly afternoon yesterday with Premiere Selinger, Town of The Pas Mayor Jim Scott, OCN Chief Michael Constant, and festival Chairperson Jenn Cook all presenting opening remarks.  The Premiere was then partnered up with festival Chairperson for the traditional festival log cutting which replaces the ribbon cutting ceremony done at most opening ceremonies.


The Torchlite parade was also another event that took place yesterday and today the World and Manitoba Championship Sled Dog Races begin starting at 10 this morning, with more laps tomorrow and Saturday.  1pm today is the start of the King Trappers competition at Fort Whoop-It Up with the pack race, sled pull, portage race and canoe pack.



New Agreement

Ministers Gord Mackintosh and Eric Robinson made an announcement at yesterday's opening ceremonies of the trappers festival.


Both Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh and Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson were in The Pas yesterday to kick off the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival.  They made the announcement that a new agreement had been made between the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and the Manitoba Government. The new agreement is a 20 year joint management agreement to ensure land use and natural resource management in OCN’s tradition territory will continue to be a co-operative effort.


OCN Chief Michael Constant said The new agreement strengthens OCN’s inherent ties to the land.


MBCI - Operation Sled Dog

The MBCI Grads are continuing the Designated Driving service this Trappers that has been held in years past.


The 2015 grad class will be giving rides each night of Trappers. They will be driving both to and from your location. All they do is ask you call and reserve your ride. You can call them at 204-623-3481 from 7pm to midnight tomorrow, 7pm to 2 am both Friday and Saturday and from noon to 10pm on Sunday.


Operation Sled dog is proudly supported by Murray Gm, no need to drink and drive this Trappers festival, all they ask is for a donation.

RCMP Report - Flin Flon Arrest

Flin Flon RCMP have charged two male youth in relation to a break and enter at the Aqua Center in Flin Flon on November 25th. 


Both have been charged with break and enter, theft under five thousand dollars and mischief under five thousand dollars. One of them is also facing an additional charge of breach of a youth sentence order. The same two have also been charged with mischief under five thousand dollars for another incident of damaging City of Flin Flon property last December. 


Both will appear in Flin Flon Provincial Court on March 4th.


Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival

Manitoba Trappers Festival kicks off tomorrow


Jenn Cook, chair of the festival says one of the big benefits to our community is economics, but she adds that she feels even a bigger benefit is preserving and sharing and continuing northern tradition. The events are based on a way of life, deep in tradition and not dictated by the newest fad.  Signature events include the Manitoba and World Class Sled Dog Races, The King and Queen Trapper Competition and the Fur Queen Contest.


Festival headquarters are located in The Pas Library Annex, opening tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies at the headquarters at 12:15.  Tune into 102.9 CJAR, and  all weekend long for competition results.

Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Torchlite Parade

Following lots of planning and organizing The 2015 Trappers Festival is about to kick off with the torchlight parade taking place tomorrow night.


Festival headquarters will open their doors tomorrow, with the days events including the opening ceremonies, as well as the Torchlite Parade.  The parade committee would like all businesses and groups that have a float to start lining up at 4PM behind the Royal Canadian Legion. with judging  4:30PM and the parade to start at 5:30PM.


The parade starts at the legion and will end at Devon Park, .where there will be a bonfire, hot dogs and hot chocolate for the public..


The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce - Leisure Show

It's time to register for The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce trade show .


The show takes place at the beginning of May, and brings a large number of exhibitors and viewers into The Pas from surrounding areas, providing a big economic boost and it offers businesses a great chance to promote their products and services.


Early Bird registration is now open until March 2nd, and information packages are available at the Chamber office, on their website or by email at


Ralls Isalnd rural water expansion

Your deposit towards the expansion pipeline project is due today.


Jim Lamontage, a committee member says the project is anticipated to begin this summer and the total cost per household wanting the hookup is 75-hundred dollars.  He says that payment may be paid in the summer or through taxes at 600 dollars a year for 20 years but a deposit of 10 percent which is 750 dollars is required.


If any Ralls Island residents have any questions about the water expansion they can contact Jim Lamontane at 204-623-7146.



RBC Grants

The RBC Foundation is offering grants of up to 40 thousand dollars for community based organizations that offer after school programs.


The RBC after school project supports organizations that provide children with a safe place to go after school where they can get some homework help, learn new skills and increase their self esteem. Through studies they found that children that regularly participate in after school programs are more likely to complete their homework, achieve higher grades, less likely to drop out, improve their social skills and have a more positive attitude towards school with a greater interest in pursuing post-secondary education.

The deadline to apply for the grant is March 16th with forms available on their web site

NMTF Talent and Stageshow

Director Keith Jaegar says people with all types of talent are encouraged to enter the Talent and Stage Show.


He says the talent show will take place on same night as stage show and that there will be 3 age categories - 12 and under, 13 to 17, and 18 and over. Jaegar said that in past years some of the talents performed by entrants were Karoeke, playing instruments, and singing.  He said they welcome dance and other types of talents as well and look forward to seeing what this year's show attracts.  


The Show is set for Friday Feb 20th, 7 p.m. at MBCI gym You can pre register by dropping by Northland Ford and seeing Keith. You can also register at MBCI the night of the show. Cash prizes will be available to winners.

Manitoba Government - Winter Road Report

Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Ron Kostyshyn made the announcement regarding the opening of winter roads.


Kostyshyn said that the approximately 2,200 kilometres of winter roads that span across northern Manitoba serve 30,000 Manitobans in 23 communities in areas where there are no permanent roads. Every year more then 2,000 shipments of goods are trucked to northern Manitoba communities. 


The winter road season lasts seven to ten weeks ending in March.


Mb. Liquor and Lotteries Volunteer Awards

You now have until this Friday to get your nominations in for a list of awards they present every year. 


Executive Director Noreen Miean says they have awards in several categories including the Lieutenant Governor and Premiers Volunteer Service Awards.  She adds Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries has a family volunteer award, there’s an arts and culture award from Investors Group, Safeway has a food for all award looking at volunteers in the area of food security and food availability so meal programs and food banks.  She says a new one this year is the Association of Manitoba Municipalities looking for any individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership within their community and that is specific to any place outside of Winnipeg.


Details and nomination forms are available on their website

RCMP Report

RCMP detailed crime stats show an increase in January from December.

Released stats for the Month of January showed they responded to 20 assault incidents in The Pas up from 12 in December. Impaired Incidents were also up from 9 in December to 11 in January. Drugs incidents from 2 to 3 but Missing persons incidents dropped from 14 in December to 11 in January.


In the RM of Kelsey for the month of January they had 1 incident of Assault, 3 of Impaired, and 7 Missing persons.

Kelsey Trail Snow Riders Riding

The Kelsey Snow Riders are out and using the trails, they have not got all their trails groomed. Also the Kelsey Trail Snowriders will be hosting their big fundraising rally on Feb 28th. Things kick off at 10am at A&W. You can get your ghost hands for $5 a hand or $20 for 5 hands. Pick them up around town at a few businesses, through club members or at A&W the morning of the rally. 

Trades People Needed in the North

Right now there is an extreme shortage in skilled trades in Northern Manitoba. With the help of a few organizations they hope to put more people in more high paid highly skilled jobs. Doug Lauvstad the Executive Director of the Northern Manitoba Sector Council encourages people to take a trade. MBCI and UCN have been partnering allowing students to take trades and technologies courses for dual credits while in their final years of High School. Some ways to get involved in a trade are to start work as a labourer, contact with UCN or step directly into work with a company that hires trades people. 

Valentine's Day Social

Valentine's Day is next weekend and a special social is being held to raise money. The Social will be next Saturday at the Clearwater Lake Airport Hall. All money raised will be going to support the family of Dallan Coulter. Its 1950’s and 1960’s themed and there will also be a dinner and dance. Operation Red Nose will also be available for anyone needing a ride. Tickets are $30 and are available at Wally’s or through Shaunarae Reinfort  or Cheryl Antonio.

Niki Ashton

Churchill Member of Parliament Niki Ashton has been appointed to serve as the opposition critic for Aboriginal Affairs. 


Ashton says this relates to her work not only in this constituency but nationally as well. She says it really is about holding the government to account on the commitment they have to First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities and really addressing the major gaps in terms of the standard of living and we know in our region there are communities that face extreme poverty that are doing everything to make a go of it but need a federal party at the table.


Ashton says she will also continue to call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Theatre 53

Theatre 53's presentation of Vintage Hitchcock, a live radio play was well received by the community.


Derek Logan, one the actors in the plays said the whole production was alot of fun to perform in.  He said that there were alot of theatrics involved which you may not normally get to do during a play, which made it fun for the performers and entertaining to watch.  Logan said that all 5 showings were very attended.


The Play was about what radio was like back in the 1930’s and1940’s.


MHA Impact Award - Wescana Inn

The Manitoba Hotel Association has announced that the Wescana Inn in The Pas is the recipient of the MHA’s 2015 impact award.


The Wescana Inn has won the award for their support of the inaugural The Pas Storytellers Film Festival of Aboriginal and Northern Peoples. The Festival was held in March of 2014. Alan Gibb General Manager of the Wescana Inn said they’re always pleased to support the community events in The Pas. Bernard Friz  who spearheaded the festival in The Pas said they could not have asked for a better venue. Alan Gibb General Manager of the Wescana Inn said that the hotel is pleased to support community events in The Pas. The award goes to a Manitoba Hotel that has made an impact for it’s employees, customers and community.

RCMP Report

The Pas and Flin Flon RCMP assisted Cranberry Portage RCMP detachment in arrest yesterday.


Around 11:30 in the morning Cranberry Portage RCMP responded to a report of an armed man in a residence. As a precaution Frontier Collegiate Institute and Cranberry Portage Elementary School were locked down for approximately one hour. 


The man was arrested without incident. No further details are being released at this time.

NMTF Appreciation Night

The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival has come and gone but there’s still on event left on the agenda.


An Appreciation night for all the volunteer workers and sponsors. will take place tomorrow evening at the legion hall with a cash bar, presentations and a DJ.  Dave Roberts said that volunteers for festival put in long hours both preparing and during the festival, which included alot of time outdoors helping at the events.  He said this the weather was also extremely cold for the volunteers at the outdoor events.


The continued success of The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival is due to the support of the sponsors and volunteers. Any volunteers who have not received an invitation can get ahold of Dave Roberts at 204-620-1960.

RCMP = Contest

The RCMP are inviting young people across the country to help name ten German Shepherd puppies born at the Police Training Center. 


Inspector Andre Lemyre says the rules are simple. He says there’s one entry per person, the name may be for a male or female pup and must start with the letter H, have no more than nine letters, and must be one or two syllables.  Lemyre also said the contestant has to be 16 years old or younger.



For information on how to enter the contest by mail or online go to their website and click on the puppy picture at the top of the page when it comes up.  The deadline is March 3rd.

MBCI - Operation Sled Dog results

The MBCI Grad Class held a successful fundraiser/


Operation Sled Dog is a designated driver service held in conjunction with festival which many used to get home safely.

Dawn Madden from the grad committee said they provided 79 rides to 170 total people and raised 13 hundred dollars through donations from patrons using the service.


Madden said it was a big suuccess, and added that they have more fundraisers planned including a drive one for your school, and the sale of cash calendars. 



Hudbay - financial results report

Hudbay has released its fourth quarter 2014 financial results.


Total revenue for the fourth quarter was 128.4 million dollars 7.7 million lower than the same period in 2013. The decrease was primarily due to lower copper prices and lower copper, gold and silver sales volumes which is a result of the unscheduled shutdown of the Triple Seven shaft in Flin Flon, and approximately 40 percent of copper produced in the quarter in transit and unsold. 


Hudbay President David Garofalo says they look forward to this year’s production when zinc, copper and precious metals production are all expected to benefit from the first year of production at the Constancia project and from a full year of production at the Lalor main shaft.  He says copper production in particular is expected to increase by approximately 300 percent over 2014 levels due to the planned production from Constancia, Lalor and Reed mines.

Northern Mb. Trappers Festival - King Trapper

Perchaluk says the race was both a tough and a tight one this year.


Although he won the title of King Trapper in back to back years, Perchaluk says it was a close competition between himself and John Hendrickson.  He also said the cold played a part in making it difficult this year, and also encouraged newcomers to try it out next year to see what the competition is like, and not to worry about putting alot of pressure on themselves.  John Hendrickson  was this year’s first runner up.


Taking the title of this year’s Queen Trapper is Diane Buck, Jr King Trapper is Donald Myers and Jr Queen Trapper went to Taylor Sinclair.




RCMP arrest

 Jonas Budd surrendered around 10:30 last night in Sturgeon Landing, Saskatchewan near the Manitoba border. 


The search for Budd began in Manitoba and Saskatchewan on Wednesday after a 17 year old Dustin Bird was fatally shot on the Lac La Ronge First Nation.  An amber alert was issued for his girlfriend Kayla Natomagan but it was cancelled when she was found near Cranberry Portage. The search took the RCMP to Sturgeon Landing where they maintained a perimeter around the home of Budd's brother for nearly a day before he surrendered.

Police say Budd is facing several charges including break and enter, first degree murder, kidnapping with a weapon, uttering threats, pointing a weapon, possessing a dangerous weapon and possessing a firearm while prohibited.  He will appear in a La Ronge courtroom on Monday

Minister John Kostychyn announcement

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Ron Kostyshyn made an announcement yesterday while in The Pas.


Kostychyn says that this is an annual grant program in which organizations from Northern communities can apply for and covers 100 percent of project costs, up to a maximum of 75-thousand dollars.


21 grants have been approved for 2015 throughout the north for a total of over 666-thousand dollars in funding.  Some recreational and social facilities that will be getting upgrades in The Pas and area are the Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Club for removing portions of the club house exterior and replacing shingles and some new windows.  Upgrades to the Clearwater Lake Hall.  Funding to help with development of a park with play structures at Cross Lake, and replacing gym floor and energy efficient lighting in Norway House Cree Nation.




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