The Pas Local News Archives for 2015-03

Canadian Housing Association

There are a limited number of bursaries available for Aboriginal representatives from across Manitoba to attend CHRA's Aboriginal Housing Caucus Day.


The CHRA’s Aboriginal Caucus Day on April 28 is being held as a pre-congress session of the larger annual CHRA Congress. Eligible applicants will either have lived experience with homelessness/housing barriers, or represent Aboriginal organizations that provide housing and homelessness services and support.


The bursary covers the cost of registration and travel, meals, accommodations and registration for northern attendees. The bursary is provided by the Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Department. Applications can be found online at, on the BNRC’s Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Kidney Screening Week


Today is the first day of the Beatrice Wilson Health Center’s Kidney Disease screening.


Lorraine McLeod DIP nurse with the program knows it’s important to be tested because you could have a problem without feeling sick.  McLeod says the goal is to prevent Kidney Disease through early detection. 

McLeod says response has been very good so anyone wanting an appointment should call  the Beatrice Wilson Health Center at 627-7410as soon as possible, or visit their website. They ask you bring your health card when coming to appointments.

RCMP training

Twelve new members of the RCMP are now certified Ice Rescue Technicians.


Every year the RCMP trains officers in the event of ever needing to save a life underneath cold icy lake waters. The new IRT’s spent last Thursday and Friday at Paint Lake diving into the ice waters as part of training. Some of the officers, wearing everyday clothing, entered the water without a dry suit in order to gain experience and understanding of what is required in order to protect others.


Through intense training, the RCMP officers are now properly prepared to initiate rescue systems as it pertains to ice emergencies. RCMP “D” Division has approximately 35 IRTs in the province, with the majority posted in Northern Manitoba.


Citizens against sexual exploitation

Crystal Morrish, a committee member with Case says tonights presentation is to help create awareness and educate people about a problem that’s on the rise 


Along with discussion on recruiting and grooming techniques that predators are using, and learning what to watch for, there will be some guests who will be sharing their stories.  Morrish says participants will be taken on a visual journey of what happens to vulnerable children and youth.


There’s no cost to attend and the meeting is at 7pm at the Wescana Inn Banquet Room.



Local PC Candidate

Jacob Nesakapow, is the PC candidate for the upcoming bi – election in The Pas.   He along with Midland MLA Blaine Pederson have been listening to the issues concerning the people in our community and surrounding areas.

Nesakapow stated during an interview at 102.9 CJAR that one of the concerns he heard was with CFS, and the length of time children needed to wait before being assessed for problems because of the assessment was done in Winnipeg with no qualified resources in our community.  He commented that these children need help available and the length of time they need to wait is not acceptable.

More MLAs will be visiting our communities to meet with residents. There is no set date for the bi – election in The Pas.


The Pas Family Resource Centre

The Family Matters program will reach up to 120 youth ages 6 to 17 and their families who or may be potentially involved with gangs, violence, addiction or abuse.


The program will be launched by The Pas Family Resource Centre on March 26 with an information session taking place next Thursday, March 12.


The session will provide more information on the program which is based on the the Strengthening Families approach and has shown promising results in other communities.


The information session will be held  at 12 noon in the Pas Metis Club Room. with lunch provided. If you are able to attend and would like more information  call Crystal at 204 – 623 – 4841

Medieval Feast

Everything about the evening will take you back to days when there was a king, court jester, and knights..


The setting, the food, the entertainment will all represent medieval times at feast being hosted on Saturday, March 14th,  in the church basement.  There will be awards for best dressed so costumes are encouraged but not necessary.


For information on times and tickets call Cherlyn at 623-5097, Barb at 623-2821 or Dena at 623-2884.

Nuclear Waste Depot

Nuclear Waste not coming to the Town of Creighton        


In a recent report from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization they've concluded that the small border town to Flin Flon Manitoba cannot safely accommodate an underground waste repository. The findings come following a geological study of the area which was done last year by NWMO.  Although the Town had not applied to host the repository, they had joined a process in 2010 to learn more about it. 


The idea of having radioactive waste transferred and stored to the community was not supported by some residents from Creighton and surrounding areas, who will be relieved by the findings. 

Beatrice Wilson

It's time to book your appointments for a kidney screeninng test.


Kidney disease is often silent, and can happen without making you feel sick. The Beatrice Wilson Health Center Is having a special Kidney Disease screening from March 10th to the 19th. Lorraine McLeod DIP nurse with the program says this is one of the reasons why it is important to be screened. She says their goal is to eliminate kidney disease and early detection. 



Highway Construction

Transportation Minister Ron Kostyshyn has announced the Manitoba Government is investing heavily this year in road and bridge upgrades in the north.


In 2015, the Manitoba government will invest 78-million dollars in major infrastructure projects. Majority of the paving will take place closer to Flin Flon including, paving of 29.6 kilometers from Wanless to highway 39, grading 17 kilometers from the Flin Flon airport access to the east junction of highway 10A and intersection improvements from the Flin Flon airport access to the east junction of highway 10A.


Kostyshyn says the north is critical to the health of the Manitoba economy and these improvements will ensure businesses and municipalities can continue to grow and prosper.

Reed Lake Mine

Development Continues at the Reed Mine 

VMS Ventures reports good results in all sectors at their Reed Mine between Flin Flon and Snow Lake in which they have a 30 percent ownership and Hudbay which is the operator 70 percent ownership. 


They report in January mining activity concentrated on the copper rich zone 20 lens. Chief Operating Officer Neil Richardson reports as of the end of January the mine had 254 consecutive days with no lost time accidents.  He says expectations were exceeded for production and development meters and they have intersected ore on the 210 meter level from both zone 20 and zone 10. He adds high copper grades are anticipated as they continue to develop new working faces within zone 10. Richardson says their focus continues to be on safety, ore production from zone 20 on the 110 and 135 meter levels and driving the main decline below the 235 meter level.

Tourism North

With the change in seasons it’s again time to think about entering pictures in the Northern Manitoba Instagram Photo Contest sponsored by Tourism North Manitoba. 


Spokesperson Charlene Kissick says they want more photos to promote the north.  She explains the contest is for Instagram users so anyone with Instagram on their mobile device and they have a photo that they think represents the spirit of northern Manitoba whether its wildlife, scenery, a big catch or tourism operation all they have to do is tag Tourism North in that photo with @Tourism North and use the hash tag visit northern Manitoba and they’ll be able to see it on their end and will enter the photo in the contest.

The contest runs until October 31st so they can include all seasons with monthly prizes of 25 dollars and a grand prize of 100 dollars. For more visit their website


Citizens against sexual exploitation

Case The Pas are looking for your help in providing them with a new look.


The group are holding a logo contest in conjunction with sexual exploitation awareness week which runs from March 8-14th. The winner of the new logo contest with receive a 100 dollar gift card.


You can get more details on the contest and submit your ideas to case the pas @ gmail dot com, or to there facebook page CASE The Pas.  


Clay Workshop

Facilitator for the clay workshop is Amanda Krouse who has a background in fine arts.


Sharain Jones from the museum says participants will learn how to make various vessals like teapots, vases, smaller scale items.  If you would like to take part there’s room for 12 participants. Call Sharain at 204 – 623 – 3802 or e-mail


Sassy Stitchers

Those who wish to learn how to knit, crochet or sew now have a chance to do so for free.


Sassy Stitchers is a group that gathers once a week, to share what they've learned with each other.  Shirley Barbeau from The Pas Arts Council says anyone is welcome to attend, whether you are a beginner or master.  She also says they will teach anyone who in interested in learning how to crochet or knit.


Sassy Stitchers meets every Tuesday, with the exception of this week until the end of March.

Kidney Screening

You can still get tested to see if you are at risk for kidney disease.


Carrie McIntosh from the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre says the testing requires a blood test done through a finger poke and a urine sample.  The numbers are then put into an ipad application and the results indicate your level of risk for kidney issues. 


Screening was supposed to wrap up yesterday but has been extended to Thursday Mar.26. To book your appointment call 204 – 627 – 7410.

The Pas Leisure Show

The 2015 The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce trade show is right around the corner.


Today is the final day for early birds registrations. Trade show information packages are available at The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce Office, on their website at or email at


The Trade show will be held at the Roy H Johnston arena on May 7th 8th and 9th. 



The NDP nominated Amanda Lathlin to run in the upcoming by-election in The Pas over Florence Duncan and Derek Dick.


Lathlin says now it is time to plan towards the future. She willl now run in the upcoming By-election, with a date on when it will take place should be set soon. According to provincial law Premier Greg Selinger must fill the seat by May 16.


The Pas has been without a provincial representative since NDP MLA Frank Whitehead resigned almost a year ago.

Home Routes

This month’s Home Routes concert brings a special talent to The Pas.


Friday night one of western Canada’s most acclaimed troubadours Ben Sures will be performing. Sures is an Edmonton based singer, songwriter who has played numerous folk festivals mostly in Western Canada and is a winner of a few international Song writing contests.


The concert takes place at the Sam Waller Museum at 7:30.  


UCN Open House

The University College of the North The Pas chapter will be hosting an open house tomorrow.


They are opening the doors to give people the opportunity to meet with current students, instructors and staff to learn about the different programs offered at UCN.  You can also enter for a chance to win a 2 thousand dollar tuition credit.  To win the free tuition credit you must be a full time student entering into the September 2015 semester.

The open house will  be held from 4-7pm.





Jim Scott

As the weather gets a little warmer outside illegal alcohol consumption on town streets continues to be on the rise in the

Town of The Pas. 


Mayor Jim Scott recognizes that it is a problem and invited members from outlying communities to attend meetings to help solve the issue and prevent it from happening.

He says that local businesses pay high taxes and should not need to be responsible to pick up empty bottles discarded around their businesses. 


The Storytellers Film Festival is back in The Pas and OCN for the second annual time.


The Festival is set for Sunday at the Royal Canadian legion. New to the festival this year is the children’s component. Which will be held in the early afternoon, followed by a selection of handpicked films that run through to the evening.


This year’s festival will be free of charge and everyone is invited.



Swampy Cree Tribal Council

The Swampy Cree Tribal Council will look to sever ties with MKO over a nuclear waste deal.


As reported by APTN the Seven northern Manitoba chiefs say they’ve lost faith in the grand chief of MKO. The fallout comes after MKO’s Grand Chief David Harper signed an agreement with a nuclear waste management organization. Mathias Colomb Cree nation Chief Arlen Dumas was unavailable for comment when we tried to reach him. 



Last week Citizens against Sexual Exploitation were very busy in our community.


Crystal Morrish a committee member with CASE says they spent time visiting schools and talking to children. They also handed out posters in the malls and around town, and spoke to groups of adults.


Morrish says the benefit to the community is that they raise awareness on sexual exploitation and provide information.


Kinsmen Ladies Night

Tomorrow night is the Kinsmen Club of The Pas’s 5th annual ladies night.


Dave Roberts with the club says this year's them is Tapas, and the ladies in attendance will be treated to a great full meal featuring small plates from around the world.

Roberts says it is going to be a real fun events, and that limited seating is available so ladies hoping to attend should call him as soon as possible for tickets or information at 204-620-1960.


Snow Lake Winter Festival

The 26th annual Snow Lake Winter Festival runs today through Sunday. 


One of the organizers Kim Stephen says their theme this year is Super Heroes, and they encourage everyone to wear costumes when they come out for the events.


She explains that shortly after 3 this afternoon at the school will be the freezie hunt and then they’ll go out into the ice worm hunt and on to the third annual Mark Gogal memorial road hockey tournament, which has people from across the country coming to attend.


Some of the other events will be the human curling and scavenger hunt, that take place tomorrow.  Entertainment this year is Seanster and the Monsters along with the famous Bubble Man.


There's lots of events planned throughout the entire weekend with a raffle of two return airline tickets from Calm Air on Sunday. 


For information on tickets or the festival you can call 204-358-9743.

UCN Award

The Lorimer Award is presented in recognition of outstanding service to education in Northern Manitoba.


It was named in honour of the late Dr. W.C. Lorimer, a distinguished Manitoba educator.  Nominees may be students, former students, employees of UCN or a member of the community whose work fits the purpose of the award.


Information on who receives the Lorimer Award will be announced soon.

Family Matters

The Pas Family Resource Centre is holding an information session on their Family matters program today.


It starts at noon in the Pas Metis Club Room. The session will provide more information on the family matters program which will be launching March 26. The Family Matters program will reach up to 120 youth aged 6 – 17 and their families who are, or may be potentially involved with gangs, violence, addictions or abuse. The program is based on the Strengthening Families approach and has shown promising results in other communities.


If you are able to attend this information session lunch will be provided. For further information call Crystal at 204 – 623 – 4841.


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