The Pas Local News Archives for 2016-04

Junior Iron Chef Results

20 youth ages 11 and up took part in this weekend’s Junior Iron Chef Competition.  They had 10 teams of 2 and It was a great success. Lauren Wadelius with The Pas Regional Library says they are in the planning stages of another adult competition. This weekend’s winners were Rheane Salamandyck and Shyler Webb. Second place went to Easton Swain and Ashley Swain, with Alyssa Kennedy and Mya Gale finishing third.

UCN Try A Trade Show

If you’re looking for a job or planning a career an event hosted by UCN tomorrow can help. UCN is hosting a “Career Explorations Try a Trade” show. The event will showcase leading industry in the north, employment opportunities and educational opportunities at UCN. It’s open to everyone and admission is free. It’s happening at the Roy H Johnston Arena from 9:30am to 3:30pm. There are interactive exhibitor booths, hands on line trade exercises and career and job hunt activities.

Students Vote Similar to Adults

Alongside the provincial election, schools across the province gave their students the chance to cast their votes as well. Student Vote Manitoba is a program that sets up Election Day voting stations in schools across the province to give the students a mock election. Dan Allan the research and communications manager with student vote says it was very successful and they had thousands of students participate. Students in The Pas voted close to the same as adults with NDP Amanda Lathlin receiving the most votes, Liberal Tyler Duncan Second, followed by PC Doug Lauvstad and Green Party Patrick Wood. The goal of the program is to give students under the age of 18 experience in the political process and knowledge of voting when it comes to the next election.

JR Iron Chef Competition This Weekend

The Pas regional Library is looking for the best Junior Chef in The Pas. If cooking is something your child is good at, or is looking for more experience with, then The Next Iron Chef Competition is for you. The Pas Regional Library is hosting another iron chef competition this weekend. This competition is for juniors as kids aged 11 and up are welcome to compete. The goal of the completion is to promote cooking at a young age and help people take their skills to the next level. Registration for the 4th annual competition is open now and you can enter at the library. It will be held Saturday at The Pas Regional Library from 1 to 3pm.

Telus Walk

We’re just over 3 weeks away from the Telus walk to cure Diabetes in the Pas. The goal of the walk is to connect with individuals, groups and organizations that understand what it's like to live with type 1 diabetes. They also raise money to support leading research focused on curing, better treating and preventing type 1 diabetes. The event is for the whole family and will be held May 15th at 1pm starting at the Roy H Johnston Arena. For more event details you can contact Charwin at, or call 204-953-4472.

Lathlin Remains The Pas MLA

A historic night for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba. They won the provincial election last night with a majority government 40 of 57 possible seats. In The Pas riding incumbent NDP candidate Amanda Lathlin survived a close race with PC Candidate Doug Lauvstad to remain as MLA. Lathlin received 1944 votes, PC Doug Lauvstad received 1759 votes, Liberal Tyler Duncan received 555 and Green Party candidate Patrick Wood 216. All numbers are unofficial and will become official in the coming days. Just over 4,400 votes were cast in the riding, a turnout of just 31%. Greg Selinger has resigned as NDP Party leader as a result of the election.

The Pas Global Travel Club Going to Europe

The Pas Global Travel group is already planning their next trip for April 2017. Tonight they’re meeting and it’s open to anyone. Joanna Basin with The Pas Global Travel Club says they will be visiting Spain, Portugal and Morocco. If you’d like more information on the trip you can attend the meeting at 6:30pm at A and W. They do have some people signed up for the trip already and spend an entire year planning and fundraising.

OID Princess Pageant Applications

Opaskwayak Indian Days isn’t until august but applications for the Miss OID Princess Pageant are open. They’re looking for females between the ages of 14 and 18 from aboriginal decent attending high school or graduated. This year is the 51st annual OID and the deadline to apply is May 15th. For more information contact the OID Pageant Director Jenna brown at 979-0768.

Comedian Adam Schwartz Reterning to The Pas

The Month of April is known as Autism Awareness Month. Melanie Young a local resident and a local representative of autism Manitoba says comedian Adam Schwartz who lives with Autism is coming back to The Pas to perform. He will be performing April 29th. Young says tickets will be available soon. Over 100 people attended Schwartz shoe last April. 102.9 CJAR will have more information as tickets become available.

2016 Census Canvassors Are Out

You may see Stats Canada employees around our community over the next couple of months. Yesterday Stats Canada started collection for the 2016 census with OCN residents. The will be visiting households door to door through April in OCN to complete the census questionnaire. The census information is important as you, your family, and our community will benefit from the census. After they finish with OCN they will be going door to door in The Pas in May. For more information or to become a census canvasser you can visit their website at

UCN Career Expo

If you’re looking for a job or planning a career an event hosted by UCN later this month can help. UCN is hosting a “Career Explorations, Try a Trade” show April 27th. It’s open to everyone and admission is free. It’s happening at the Roy H Johnston Arena from 9:30am to 3:30pm. There are interactive exhibitor booths, hands on line trade exercises and career and job hunt activities. The event will showcase leading industry in the north, employment opportunities and educational opportunities at UCN.

Candidates Forum

Tonight the 4 possible MLA candidates for The Pas will be speaking at the official candidate’s forum. It’s a chance to attend, ask questions and receive feedback from the 4 candidates who are running in the provincial election. The 4 candidates are Amanda Lathlin with the NDP Party, Doug Lauvstad with the Conservatives, Tyler Duncan with the Liberals and Patrick Wood with the Green Party. The Forum starts at 7pm at the Scott Bateman Middle School Lecture Theatre and everyone is invited. Doors open at 6:30pm. The Provincial Election is set for April 19th.

Swampy Cree Receiving Home Coming To The Pas

After a public hearing March 29th Town of The Pas Council officially approved a condition use last night for Swampy Cree Tribal Council to build a receiving home at 157 Bell Avenue. Numerous residents spoke at the public hearing against the home to be built at the location. Mayor Jim Scott and council approved the conditional use by a vote of 6-0 last night. Mayor Scott says it’s a great investment in our communities economy. The home will provide 14 full and 5 part time jobs. Construction is expected to begin this summer. 

Iron Chef Competition Next Week

If you think your child is the best chef in The Pas and area then The Next Iron Chef Competition is for you. The Pas Regional Library is hosting another iron chef competition next weekend. This competition is for juniors as kids aged 11 and up are welcome to compete. Registration for the 4th annual competition is open now and you can enter your team of 2 for $10. It will be held next Saturday at The Pas Regional Library from 1pm to 3pm.


KSD Kindergarten Registration

The Kelsey School Division will be taking registration for Kindergarten next week. Children born in 2011 are eligible to attend Kindergarten starting this September. Registration will be accepted at both Kelsey Community School and Ecole Opasquia SchoolWednesday evening. It starts at 6pm and they ask you bring your child’s birth certificate or baptismal certificate and medical card. Registration may only be completed by the child’s parent or legal guardian. For more information you can call Ecole Opasquia School at 204-623-3459 or Kelsey Community School at 204-623-7421.

Aurora Music Group 10th Anniversary

The Aurora Music Group is celebrating 10 years of great music in our community next weekend. The group is putting on a concert and Ron Scott with the Dusty Windowsills Calli Band explains the concert is a celebration for the group, and their 10 years together, featuring group and audience favorites. They've invited the Dusty Windowsills Calli Band to join in the fun. The concert will be April 16th at the United Church and will feature different types of music. Tickets are $25 and are available at both Shanes Music locations and The Pas Regional Library.

Swan River RCMP looking for Missing Woman

RCMP are still asking for assistance in locating a missing woman. Lorlene Bone was last seen Feb 29th in Sapotawayak Cree Nation and the RCMP has been actively searching for Lorlene since. Bone is a 31 year old female described as aboriginal, 5’5”, 155 lbs, brown eyes and black hair, possibly dyed red/ blond wearing a blue hoodie. If anyone has come into contact or has information about Lorlene, they are asked to contact the Swan River RCMP at 204-734-4686, or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Bill Bannock Weekend

The biggest fishing weekend in Northern Manitoba is finally here. The 22nd annual Bill Bannock fishing Derby is Saturday followed by the Flinty Fishing Derby in Flin Flon on Sunday. Jeremy Wachel with the rotary club of The Pas says that weather conditions for the Fishing derby are looking very favorable. The derby has over 100-thousand dollars in prizes available include 25-thousand to the biggest fish and 25-thousand to anyone who catches lonesome Mary. For $20 there’s also a shuttle service available from the Aseneskak Casino to the derby and back.

Home Routes Concert Saturday

This Saturday is the final Home Routes Concert for the 2015-16 series. The Sam Waller has hosted the previous 5 concerts and will host the 6th and final concert this weekend. The Young Novelists will be performing and are known for their harmonies and songs that come from their small town roots. They will be performing at 7:30pm and tickets are 20 dollars each. They can be bought this week at the Museum from 1pm to 5pm daily.

Northern Juried Art Show

It’s a big weekend for artists of Northern Manitoba here in The Pas. The annual Northern Juried Art show is this weekend and the best art from across the north will be on display in The Pas. Art is open to viewing at the UCN Gym Friday from 9am to 9pm and Saturday from 10 to 4. It’s free to view but there will be a silver collection at the door. The theme for this year’s art is “Call of the North” and they have 10 different prize categories. There will be 30 prizes awarded in total, to top 3 in each category. This is the 40th annual Art Show in Northern Manitoba.

Learn more about Diabetes, this World Health Day!

For the first time World Health Day this Thursday will focus on diabetes.  Manitoba Regional Manager for the Canadian Diabetes Association Andrea Kwasnicki says diabetes is at epidemic levels across the country and the world and people play a role in their own health outcome. She explains diabetes is a self-manageable disease, especially type two diabetes. Kwasnicki said it can be managed through healthy food choices and physical activity. Kwasnicki adds you can learn more at their website at, where you can find interactive tools, solutions, and self-management tips that will help you move forward with your diabetes.

Town Fills 3 Positions

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Town of The Pas and they’ve filled some important positions. Benjamin LaJambe was hired as Maintenance Director. Randy Manych was hired for the Chief Fire Prevention Officer position and John Gislason was hired as Public Works Supervisor. For all 3 individuals their first day on the job was yesterday. Also the Town of The Pas Fire Departments new command truck has arrived and will be in service in the coming weeks.  

Candidates Forum

Manitobans go to the polls on April 19th and next week is your chance to learn more about the candidates for our riding. The Opasquia Times, The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce, 102.9 CJAR and The Kelsey Teachers Association are hosting a forum next Wednesday. It will start at 7pm and will be held at the Scott Bateman Middle School in the lecture theatre. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be time at the end for questions from the floor. The 4 candidates will be in attendance, Tyler Duncan from the Liberal Party, Amanda Lathlin from the NDP, Doug Lauvstad from the PC’s and Patrick Wood with the Green Party.


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