The Pas Local News Archives for 2016-01

World Leprosy Day

World Leprosy Day is a day to raise awareness for the disease that many think is a thing of the past World Leprosy Day is Sunday January 31st this year. Although there are rarely any cases of Leprosy in Canada, the disease still affects people around the world to this day. Researchers are still unaware of how the disease is transmitted, but there are devastating effects on the patient, from blindness, Skin, Limb and Nerve damage, to disfigurement and loss of limbs. To find out more about Leprosy, or to donate to finding a cure visit

Kinsmen Comedy Jam

The Kinsmen Club of The Pas is hosting their annual Kinsmen Comedy Jam once again this year. It’s one of their biggest fundraisers of the year and is happening tomorrow. The comedians performing are Darryl "Junior" Koszman and Kelly Taylor. You can get your tickets now by calling 204-978-1475, they’re $50 each or you can reserve a table of 8 for $400. It’s held at Guy Hall starting at 6pm.

Winter Photo Contest

The winter season is in full swing and so is another Northern

Manitoba Instagram Photo Contest. The contest sponsored by Tourism Manitoba is open until the end of March. You can enter the contest by tagging Tourism Manitoba on instagram or be emailing directly to There’s no entry limit and there are monthly and a grand prizes available. For more information visit their website at

Health Care Professionals Picketing

Members of the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals set up an information picket line yesterday in front of the Hospital. It was announced earlier this week that about 35 hundred members of the union across Manitoba who’ve been without a contract for two years have set a strike deadline of Sunday.  They say negotiations have dragged on long enough and members will walk off the job if a tentative agreement is not reached by the deadline.  The union represents workers including pharmacists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and hospital care workers.

Medical Receiving Home coming to The Pas

Medical patients coming to The Pas for health care services will now have somewhere to stay. Swampy Cree Tribal Council and the Town of The Pas have announced the land sale transaction of 157 Bell Avenue to build a 17,000 square foot facility with 30 rooms. Crystal Morrish Town of The Pas Deputy Mayor says it will help develop The Pas as a medical hub.The announcement was made at the previous Town Council meeting and the facility will be used for medical patients coming to The Pas from outside communities to receive health care services. Construction is to begin this summer.

KSD Budget Meeting

The Kelsey School Division is looking for your input when it comes to the 2016-17 budget year. They will be holding a public meeting tonight looking for input regarding suggested items for the budget year. Like previous consultations budget items will be on display and board members will be available to discuss the items. It will be held in the MBCI Library at 7pm.

Storytellers Festival Coming Back

The Storytellers Film Festival will be coming back to The Pas this year. This year will be the third annual and it will be held in March once again. Right now they’re calling on all film makers and looking for entries to the show. If you have any questions or would like to send in a submission, they can be sent to Deadline for submissions is February 29th with the festival taking place March 20th.

Volunteers needed for Heart and Stroke Foundation

Your Help is Needed For an Annual Heart Month Campaign. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba is in need of volunteers for its annual door to door campaign during heart month in February. Canvas Coordinator Amber Meszaros says they need canvassers across the province to pick up donations by going home to home, and leaving materials to educate the homeowner on the realities of heart disease.To volunteer for the February campaign you can call Amber at 204-571-4080 or email

Queen Trapper Competition

The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival is famous for its King and Queen trapper events. This year will be no exception as the festival is under a month away. Jordan Krost with the Trappers Board of Directors is looking forward to the Queen Trapper Events. There will be prizes available for top 3 finishers in each individual competition as well as the overall winner. The reigning champion, Diane Buck of the last few years is stepping down from the competition so there will be a new champion this year. For more information or to register you can call Jordan at 204-623-4350. You can register right up until the festival at Trappers headquarters. The 2016 Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival kicks off on Feb 17th 2016.


KSD Budget Meeting This Week

The Kelsey School Division is looking for your input when it comes to the 2016-17 budget year. They will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday looking for input regarding suggested items for the budget year. Like previous consultations budget items will be on display and board members will be available to discuss the items. It will be held in the MBCI Library at 7pm.

Kinsmen Comedy Jam 2016

The Kinsmen Club of The Pas is hosting their annual Kinsmen Comedy Jam once again this year. It takes place next Saturday the 30th and the comedians performing are Darryl "Junior" Koszman and Kelly Taylor. You can get your tickets now by calling 204-978-1475, they’re $50 each or you can reserve a table of 8 for $400. It’s going to be held at Guy Hall starting at 6pm.

Spin and Tone Classes

Tonight classes for beginner enthusiasts looking for a well rounded workout begin. The Pas Rec and Wellness is hosting Spin and Tone every Friday for the next 10 weeks. The classes are guaranteed to raise your cardiovascular ability while building strength, power and endurance. They start at 5:15pm tonight and for more information or to register you can contact the pas rec and wellness center at 204-627-1134 or email 

Improvements for Safer Roads

The Manitoba Government has announced more plans to upgrade roads across Manitoba including our area. Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton announced plans to resurface Provincial road 287 and 384 to Moose Lake east of The Pas. Ashton said the improvements will mean better access and a safer road for the people of Moose Lake. The government recently committed to a three year extension of the five year core infrastructure plan, adding an additional 4.5 billion dollars in plans to the original 5.5 billion.  

Fur Queen Brunch

This Saturday is the annual Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival’s Champagne Brunch and Fashion Show. The 2016 Fur Queen candidates will be in attendance and Jennelle Quiring, 2015 Fur Queen says that anyone interested in the show can find tickets from herself, the 2016 Candidates, and the directors of the festival. Renee Ducharme the 2015 second princess says she’s also looking forward to the festival this year and knows the 2016 candidates are nervous but excited. The 2016 festival gets underway February 17th 

RCMP in search of possible murder suspect

RCMP in Manitoba are still looking for 22-year-old Alex Sanderson of Grand Rapids. Sanderson is wanted for attempted murder after an incident on December 11, 2015 in Grand Rapids. Sanderson is considered to be armed and dangerous. He may be in the Grand Rapids, Winnipeg, Brandon or Easterville areas. The public is asked to call 911, or their local detachment, and are not to approach him if you see him.

Commodore honored with a geographical naming

Manitoba is recognizing a correctional officer from The Pas who died on the job by naming a lake in her honor. Rhonda Commodore was a guard at The Pas Correctional Centre when she was killed in a highway crash while transporting inmates to Dauphin in November 2014. Commodore Lake, about 45 kilometers north of Flin Flon, is being named to commemorate Rhonda Commodore. Commodore is the first Manitoba correctional officer the province has honored with a geographical naming. 

Manitoba Quits Contest

This is non-Smoking week and a familiar contest is back. The ManitobaQuits smoking contest launched yesterday and the first quit day is set for Thursday. There’s 1 quit day scheduled a month until the end of the year and it’s a chance to make a quit attempt for a day and practice what is like to be a non-smoker. You will be eligible to win 2-hundred dollars for your effort. This year they’re challenging Manitoba smokers to quit for just 24 hours. That's it, quit for 24 hours and enter to win a prize. They’re doing it this way this year because people who smoke need to build confidence and can do so through practicing new skills over a period of time. The Manitoba Lung Association wants to help as many Manitoban's who smoke as possible. Here in Manitoba the ManitobaQuits contest gas been running for five years, and it has proven extremely successful. To register go to their website at

Kelsey Snowriders Poker Derby

Some local media members had a chance to take a ride with The Kelsey trail Snoriders this weekend. It was a chance for 102.9 CJAR to get out on the trails first hand and see how well their groomed and kept. Rob Vipond a past president with the Snoriders and founder talked about how well the derby goes over with the community, along with the dinner & dance. You can sign up for the annual poker derby the morning of on February 27th at A and W. They average 60 to 70 riders per derby.

Crime Stats for December

The RCMP released their detailed crime stats numbers from the last month of 2015. In December RCMP responded to 5 incidents of disturbing the peace, 3 of impaired and 1 of drugs in the RM of Kelsey. Impaired and disturbing the peace numbers are down from November while drugs remained the same. RCMP responded to 144 incidents of disturbing the peace, 6 of impaired and 7 of drugs in the Town of The Pas. Disturbing the peace incidents were up but Impaired and drugs were down from the previous month. In Cormorant RCMP responded to 1 incident of drugs and 1 of disturbing the peace.

Province Invests in Sawmill Study

The Swampy Cree Tribal Council will be conducting a feasibility study regarding Tolko’s Sawmill Operations in The Pas thanks to the provincial government. The province will provide a onetime 35-thousand dollar grant which is half of the 70-thousand dollar cost of the study. Grand Chief Nelson Genaille of the Swampy Cree tribal Council said they are very pleased that this study can go forward. The Swampy Cree Tribal Council will engage a firm to undertake the feasibility study. The study will assess economic impacts, wood supply, logistical challenges and estimated costs of reopening Tolko’s sawmill operation in The Pas.

Funding From Province For Study On The Pas Lagoon

An announcement from The Province came down yesterday. The Manitoba Water Services board is expanding their five year capital plan that includes 38 million dollars in approved projects, another 2 years adding an additional 33 million dollars in new projects. The Pas will see 250-thousand dollars of that funding to conduct an assessment study and put toward subsequent upgrades of the town’s lagoon. Mayor Jim Scott said this commitment from the province will allow our municipal government to provide the necessary upgrades to our waste water system, without placing an additional financial burden on our ratepayers.

New Care Clinic for The Pas

The Town of The Pas should soon be getting a new primary care clinic. Yesterday The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin was on hand to make the announcement. The province is approving the release of a request for proposals for the design and construction of the new clinic. The new establishment will be open to the public at the times when they need it most, as some clinics have limited hours.

The new 9,800 square foot building will replace the clinic on the 4th floor of the hospital. It will be located on the hospital campus connected to the hospital, believed to be behind the hospital utilizing the parking lot space.

Anger Solutions Sessions

The Aurora House will be hosting Anger Solutions Sessions starting next week. They will validate the emotion of anger while providing participants with the tools to communicate more positively within the family. The sessions will normally be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays but will be starting this Monday. To register you can all the Aurora House at 204-623-7427. It’s held from 6-7pm at the OCNFS office.

Monthly Play Groups

Next month will be your chance to take your child out to have some fun. The Norman Regional Parent and Child Coalition will be hosting their monthly play group again in February. Mary Anne with the coalition explains that if you'd like to take part, you can head over to Big Eddy youth centre, on February 10th. It will be an ongoing, monthly event, as long as everything goes right. . It will be held from 11am to 1pm.

Price Increases for Garbage Collection & Disposal

The Town of The Pas would like every to note price increases for Garbage Collection & Disposal set out in Appendix A-Fines & Fees as per by-law 4534. For the full list of Tipping Fees, Curb side pickup fees, fines, and asbestos Fees you can visit the Town of The Pas Facebook Page, Town of The Pas Community Updates. The new prices went into effect January 1st

Torchlite Parade

The annual Torchlite Parade kicks off the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival. Get your float signed up now for the parade held on Wednesday February 17th. To register your float you can get pick up a form at 102.9 CJAR, Opasquia Times or Pineview Realty. The route will be the same as previous years starting at the Royal Canadian Legion and ending at Devon Park. Following the parade there will be free hotdogs and hot chocolate at Devon Park. They ask you have your float behind the legion by 5pm for judging with the parade starting at 6pm.

Lunch and Learn

Registration deadline is today for the Northern Learning and Support Centres Webinar being held on Thursday. The webinar is centered on Charismatic Adults promoting Resiliency in Children and there will be a guest speaker. Dr. Robert Woods is one of today’s leading speakers and authors on the themes of resilience, motivation, school climate, a positive working environment, and family relationships. The webinar will be held from 11am to 1pm and seating is limited. To reserve your spot you can visit their website at and click on events.


Communities Will Benefit From Christmas Kettles

Across the country the Salvation Army continues to help people throughout the year. They report this holiday season thanks to donors, volunteers and community partners they raised over 22 million dollars nationally during their 125th Christmas kettle campaign. That surpassed their goal of 21 million dollars. The Christmas kettle campaign is held in more than two thousand locations across Canada as the Salvation Army’s annual fundraiser and is the largest charitable effort of the year for the non-profit organization. They note donations to the campaign will remain in the local communities in which they were raised and will help the Salvation Army  assist vulnerable people with basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter and other provisions. 

Fatal Collisions on the rise in Manitoba

There was an increase in the number of people killed on Manitoba's highways last year.  R-C-M-P say 79 people lost their lives, compared to 74 the year before. Mounties say impairment by alcohol or drugs was a factor in 40 per cent of the crashes that happened in 2015. 8 of the 70 fatal collisions in the northern part of the province, 30 in the west and 32 in the east. 

ORN Final Numbers

Operation Red Nose had a very successful holiday season. This year in The Pas over 150 people supported the program by volunteering their time to drive. In The Pas over 420 rides were given between the 9 nights of drives, 88 alone on New Year’s Eve. The 427 rides given out in The Pas was the third highest in province behind Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie.

Council and Cupe Local 745 Ratify New Contract

The Town of The Pas and CUPE Local 745 have ratified a new 2 year agreement. Jim Scott town of The Pas Mayor says they’ve been working on the contract with the local employees since November of 2014. After a tense council meeting 3 weeks ago Scott says it was time to come together on a new deal, as a community, in order to make things work and bring an end to the tension. The previous collective agreement expired in December of 2014, the new agreement will continue through December of 2016.

New Years Baby

The New Year is always a cause for celebration, and a new beginning was celebrated at St Anthony’s Hospital, here in The Pas with the birth of a baby girl. Jessica and Peter of Moose Lake, welcomed their daughter, Roselle Alexis Joyce. She was born weighing 9 pounds 3 point 8 ounces. She will be known as the New Year’s baby in The Pas as the first baby born in 2016.

Trappers Tea and Fashion Show Changes

This year’s Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival is going to have a few twists. One of the twists this year is the changes to the annual Tea and Fashion Show. Teresa Roberts with the festival says this year they will be having an international tea and fashion show this year, which is different from the one they've normally held the Saturday of Trappers. To get your items in, you can visit the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festivals facebook page for the information, or call 204-623-5228.  

Roadrunners Free Swim Classes

The Pas Roadrunners Swim Club is having a 2 week try-swim for any kids interested in developing their swim abilities to become a competitive swimmer. Space is limited. Minimum requirement is level 4 Red Cross. also able to swim 1 lap of the pool unaided with a basic knowledge of front crawl and back crawl. Registration is Saturdayfrom 1-2pm at the Winton Pool with the 5 try-swim sessions starting Tuesday. For more Swim Information email or call 620-0392.

Champagne Brunch

The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival is just over a month away and the annual Fur Queen Champagne Brunch is right around the corner. The popular annual event will be January 24th and you can get your tickets now while they last. The 3 hour even will start at noon at the Legion. For ticket information you can call Chloe at 204-620-2137. All the Fur Queen candidates will be in attendance and it’s the first event that kicks off the build up to the annual festival.

The Deadline is Approaching to Have Your Say on Home Care

As part of the work of Manitoba’s Home Care Leadership Team launched last year you are invited to share your perspectives and recommendations on home care in an online consultation. Health Minister Sharon Blady says as our population, particularly the baby boomer generation, ages they need to find ways to strengthen services to meet the needs of Manitobans now and in the future.  She invites you to provide recommendations and suggestions about the future of home care services as part of their broader consultation process.  She says this feedback will be considered by the Home Care Leadership Team as it reviews and considers the most effective structure and service delivery for home care in the future. You can find the link to provide your input by going to

Norway House Stabbing

A man stabbed in a Norway House home over the weekend has died.  Shortly after 1pm on Friday, Norway House RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing at a residence in the Rossville area of Norway House, where they found an injured male lying on the floor. The 31 year-old Norway House male was transported to a local area hospital for treatment, he died Saturday morning just after 4am. Joan Maria Nicholas, a 32 year-old female from Norway House, has been charged with aggravated assault. She has been arrested and remains in custody.

Trappers Festival


The Town of the Pas would like to make 2016’s Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival the biggest celebration yet! The theme for this Trapper is “Nothing Routine in 2016” and there is still a lot of time to find creative ways to display that message proudly in our community. Business and Home Owners, or Schools could take the time to decorate  with ice and snow sculptures or even collect items, pictures or anything they can find and create their own ideas to celebrate the festival. Plan now, and enter your creation into the snow and ice sculpture, or decorating contests, and take home some great prizes in the Commercial, Non Commercial or School Categories. 


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