The Pas Local News Archives for 2016-07

FASD Awareness Walk

The Pas and Area FASD Committee with support from The Pas Kinsmen Club will be holding the annual Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder walk on September 9th, at 11AM at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre. Each year locals walk to encourage awareness in the community on FASD, a condition that affects many throughout our area, and worldwide. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the walk, or if they are interested, put an awareness board together to display at the event. For more information, you can contact Carie Mcintosh at 204-6237-7410.


Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge

The 27th annual Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge runs through this weekend on Big Athapap.  The Committee’s Mike Wesner says it all kicks off tonight at 7 o’clock when they have the boat parade and you have a chance to win your entry fee back by going to the boat parade and then they have a short rules meeting after and a penny parade with a ton of good prizes to win at that.  He addsSaturday the fishing kicks off with a shot gun start at 8 in the morning and 8 in the morning on Sunday.

Wesner adds first prize is again 35 hundred dollars, second 25 hundred and third 2 thousand and those prizes are guaranteed with prizes right down to tenth place and a lot of other special prizes.

For information on registering you can call 204-472-3044 or go to Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge on face book.  You can register right up to the start of the Challenge at a cost of 150 dollars for a team of two.


Handi-Van Annual Maintenance and Inspection

The Pas Handi Van will be out of service for the next few weeks. The Handi Van will not be in service from Aug 1st to the 19th for annual vehicle Inspection and Maintenance. Regular service will resume on August 22nd. The Pas Handi-Van is a nonprofit organization with a mandate to provide affordable transportation services to mobility limited children and adults. The Handi-Van provides transportation to people residing within a 5 mile radius of The Pas, OCN and RM of Kelsey. 


Preschool Registrations

The Pas Preschool Activity Centre offers an enriching program each year for children between the ages of three and five. Registrations will be starting shortly for the 2016-17 term. If you or someone you know is interested in the program; you can pre-register your child by calling 204-623-2726, or by email at


OmnixTrax Cuts Jobs Across Nothern Manitoba

Job cuts by OmniTrax at the port of Churchill are expected to have drastic effects across northern Manitoba. Around 75 to 80 jobs have been cut between Churchill, The Pas and between on the rail line. Mayor Jim Scott who’s in Winnipeg meeting with municipal and provincial leaders has more. "I think the outcome is going to be that there needs to be a reversal. I think that they can do that, maybe we're not gonna ship three, four thousand tons of grain out of Churchill but we need to spend some of that grain up." 

Scott is hoping they can save as many jobs as possible but it’s expected 12 workers in the Pas will lose their jobs, along with 30 and 40 seasonal rail shipping jobs as well.  


Alberta Man Arrested and Charged in The Pas

An Alberta man was arrested west of The Pas on Sunday afternoon. At approximately 3pm The Pas RCMP were notified by RCMP in Saskatchewan about a stolen GMC Sierra truck containing firearms that was being driven into The Pas area. RCMP located the vehicle in Manitoba as it was attempting to head back into Saskatchewan. A police road block was set up west of The Pas and the suspect attempted to avoid the roadblock by entering the ditch, but became stuck.  RCMP officers arrested the male and he is to appear in The Pas Court today.  25 year old Joshua Snakeskin, of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta has been charged with 13 offences under the Criminal Code including numerous weapons offences and dangerous driving offences. Neither the suspect nor any police officers were injured during the arrest.





Drill Program Near Snow Lake Is in Planning

Rockcliff Copper Corporation has announced they are offering 25 million units of the Company at a price of seven cents per unit for up to 1,750,000 dollars. The proceeds from the offering will be used to fund a significant drill program at the Company’s two principal properties, the Talbot and Rail Properties near Snow Lake.

Rockcliff is a Canadian resource exploration company focused on discovery and resource expansion of its high quality mineral properties at its Snow Lake Project totaling in excess of 35 thousand hectares.  The Project includes two VMS high grade copper rich resources, the Talbot and Rail Deposits, the historic high grade VMS copper Lon Deposit, a net smelter return royalty on the Tower Property which hosts the T-1 Copper Deposit, numerous properties with untested geophysical anomalies and several additional properties with VMS potential.


Gospel Fundraiser

A gospel fundraiser will be held in The Pas this weekend. The Frozen Ducks Entertainment will be hosting the gospel jamboree at the Kikiwak Inn on Friday and Saturday. There will be live music testimonies and much more. Carl Crane, Hank Williams and Charlie Beardy are just some of the acts performing. It runs from 7pm to midnight each night. 


Suicide Prevention Workshop

The Opaskwayak Cree Nation Child and Family Services Family Enhancement Department is having a suicide prevention workshop tomorrow. With suicide numbers at an all time high across the country the workshop is open to everyone and runs all day from 9am to 3pm. Its set for Moose Park, weather depending it may be moved. The facilitator is Peter Constant and lunch and refreshments will be provided. No pre registration is required.


Winton Pool Re Opens Today

The Winton Pool is back open this week. Every summer the pool closes for two weeks for summer maintenance. Summer hours will continue this week. Following the maintenance the pool will have Red Cross lessons, adult lap swim, public swims and much more. For more information, bookings, or inquiries you can call the pool at204-627-1145 or The Pas Rec and Wellness at 204-627-1134.


2016 Culture Camp

OCN Child and Family Services along with the Opaskwayak Health Authority are hosting a culture camp at the beginning of August. The Culture camp will have workshops, activities and key note speakers including Andrew Bear, Janet Fox and Nellie Ironquill. Meals and snacks will be provided and it will be held from August 7th to 9th at Moose Park. For more information or questions you can call Donna Young at 204-627-7199 or Val Charlette at 204-627-7410 




The Pas Cats and Kittens Need Forever Homes

The Pas Cats and kittens is currently over capacity and they’re looking for people to adopt. Lorraine MacKintosh with The Pas Cats and kittens says they need to make more room in the shelter for more cats in need."We need homes, we need foster homes desperately for the shelter. The ones that we have in the shelter, they've been there for 2 to 3 months, sometimes longer waitng for homes, and it would be really nice if they could be in a real home rather than living a shelter life. They've been vetted, they've been spayed and neutered."

If you would like to adopt a cat you can call them at 204-623-5364. MacKintosh says across Canada more cats need adoption homes, and shelters are running out of space across North America.  


More Northern Communities Will Receive Food Subsidies

The Federal Government has announced measures to help ensure that northerners living in isolated communities have access to quality and nutritious food.  They have expanded the Nutrition North Canada Program to include 37 more northern communities including 12 in northern Manitoba.  The Assistant Deputy Minister of Northern Affairs Stephen Van Dine explains the program was updated in 2011. He says the key elements of that change were to shift it from a transportation based subsidy to more of a retail subsidy and that put shipping decisions in the hands of the retailers who they were encouraging to make the most efficient transportation choices or supply chain choices to get their goods to the community and nutritious and perishable foods became the focal point for what was eligible.  He says that enabled them to actually add another piece to the program which was nutrition education which they did through First Natons Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada.

The government will continue engagement sessions in September with northern communities including Oxford House and St. Theresa’s Point in Manitoba on how to improve the program.


Outdoor 3D Archery Tournament

A outdoor 3D archery tournament is this weekend in The Pas. North Star Archers is putting on the tournament at Clearwater Lake. It will take place Sunday at the Ski Chalet by Clearwater Lake. It begins at 10am and will feature a 2 X 20 target course. Discounts are available for members of the Archers and Bowhunters Association of Manitoba. For more details you can call Lucille or Kevin at 204-623-2260.


Summer Kids Carnival

Kelsey Recreations annual Kids Carnival is back this weekend. It’s a chance for families to take their children out on Saturday and enjoy a day at the carnival. It will be held on Saturday at the Roy H Johnston Arena from 1 to 5pm. Booth tickets are available and will be available at the door as well.  


Breast Check Mammogram Unit Coming to The Pas

Breast cancer can effect anyone but detecting it in an early stage can save your life. The mobile breast check mammogram unit will be in The Pas in August. Women over the age of 50 are eligible for an appointment for a screening. A doctors referral is not needed and you can set your appointment by calling 1-800-903-9290 for free. August 22nd to 31st the unit will be set up at the Pas Primary Health Centre. The mobile unit will also be set up in Flin Flon from Aug 8th to 19th.


Clearwater Lake Marathon Wrap Up

Athletes from across the province took part in the Clearwater Lake Marathon in The Pas this weekend. Athletes came together to race and compete in the 5k, 10k, and 21km races. The fastest times of this year’s marathon went to Karen Thomas and Jason Dunham in the 21kim race. In the 10km race, first place went to Avery Grossart and Leif Grindley, and in the 5km race the quickest runners were Evan Koeing and Gabby Umperville. All money raised from pledges was donated to rotary kids with cancer and congratulations to everyone who competed. 


Northern Health Summit

The Northern Health Region will be holding the 3rd annual Northern Health Summit in The Pas. This year’s theme is Patient Experience where key leaders from our communities will come together to discuss and explore health issues and identify priority concerns. The NHR wants to hear from stakeholders to inform the direction of health care in the North. You can contact the NHR at 204-687-1300 to attend. It will be held October 25th.


You're Asked to Slow Down in Construction Zones

A public notice has been released reminding residents to reduce their speeds when driving in a construction zone. All vehicles and specifically ATVs are asked to reduce their speed when driving in the construction zone east of The Pas. Work is being done regarding the Rural Water Pipeline installation in Ralls Island. Everyone is asked to stay away from, or be cautious from ditches and excavated areas.


Capsized Canoe Kills 4 Year Old Girl

A five year old girl has died after her family canoe capsized on the Churchill river Wednesday evening. An adult male and his 2 children, a 5-year old girl and 4-year old boy had to be pulled from the river. The 3 occupants of the Canoe were taken to hospital where the 4-year old girl died of her injuries. RCMP media Relations Holly Plato has more on the investigation.

"The investigation to this is ongoing, we need to determine the cause of death for the little girl. Our investigators will be taking steps to determine that right now."

The occupants were wearing life jackets. The family was from Winnipeg and the incident does not appear to be suspicious in nature.


Clearwater Lake Marathon Goes Sunday

This Sunday is the annual Clearwater Lake marathon. The marathon is held every year to challenge yourself and increase your physical activity. The Rotary Club of The Pas and Manitoba Parks put on the marathon each year and you can run or walk to improve our parks and area. All pledges will go towards rotary kids with cancer. Pledges of over 50-dollars will be entered for a chance to win two calm air flight tickets. A pancake breakfast will be held before the marathon with awards and prizes to follow. It will be held at the Clearwater Lake Hall by the airport and to register visit or  


OCN Selects New PBDC Board Of Directors

The Paskwayak Businesses Development Corporation has a new interim board of directors appointed to replace the board of directors. Chief Michael Constant made the announcement earlier this week saying his council met to decide on a plan to strengthen PBDC. Chief Constant said I have every confidence that the right people have been chosen to help us turn things around for our economic arm of OCN. The interim board of directors are Bev Fontaine, Jeannie Carriere, Darryl Bauer and Wanda McCorrister.


OCN Election is Set

The OCN Chief and Council election is set for September and names are in place in for nomination. There are 4 candidates for Chief this year, Dale Knutson, Christian Sinclair, Michael G Constant and William J McGillivray. Running for Vice Chief are 7 people. And running for the 7 councilor positions are a total of 49 people. The election will take place on September 15th at the Kikiwak inn.


Ashton Continues To Tour The North

Constituents Concerns and Possible Leadership Plans are Part of Our Member of Parliament’s Summer. Churchill Keewatinook Aski Member of Parliament Niki Ashton is traveling the constituency over the summer to hear your concerns…."We have a new government at the federal level, so people are quite hopeful I think about some of the commitments we heard. We talked about some of the commitments that have been made to municipalities, the commitments that have been made towards housing for example, but obviously what I think we're all keen to see is these commitments come to fruition."

Ashton adds she is receiving encouragement to run for the leadership of the federal NDP and says she will be considering it over the summer as the vote is not until October 2017.



Rotary Presented With Donation From Scotiabank

The Rotary Club of The Pas was presented with over 5-thousand dollars yesterday from Scotiabank. The money comes to the club from fundraisers over the previous year and rotary president Mike Dickens says the club is thankful. "Thanks to the community for the support they give to the Rotary Club to allow us to do these projects and carry on and make our communtiy a little bit better to make us 'The Jewel of The North'. "

April McGillivray, Scotiabanks Customer Relations Representative presented the club with a check for over 42-hundred dollars from the Bill Bannock 50/50, and another 9-hundred dollars from the lobster dinner. 


OCN Traditional Pow Wow

The Empowering Youth Traditional Pow Wow will be held in August this year. Kenneth Henderson who’s on the committee for the Pow Wow hopes the young people will get involved. "We have a new generation of dancers out there within OCN and the north. There's a 'push' happening within the cultural section and pow-wow has a big part in that and there's so many young dancers coming about and I think this is a great opportunity because the theme of our pow-wow is "Empowering our Youth Traditional Pow-wow."

It will be held from August 12th to the 14th at Arbour Site. This year’s Pow Wow is a traditional Pow Wow as opposed to the competition Pow Wow last year.




Woman Encouraged to Run for Chief and Council

Tonight is the nomination meeting of electors for the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Kathy Whitehead a OCN member is encouraging more women to get involved in politics and run for council. "We the women, need to be at the political arena, and be at the table when policies are being made. We need to be empowered, not overpowered. Ekosi." 

The meeting will be held at 6pm at the Kikiwak Inn. The election will take place on September 15th. On OCN Chief and council there are 7 councilor seats, 1 vice chief and 1 chief. 


MDHIO Needing Volunteers

The biggest golfing week of the summer begins tomorrow in The Pas. The annual Million dollar hole in one kicks off at the Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Club. A volunteer with the hole in one Sonny Lavalee(Lav-Al-EE) says they could use more volunteers.


Winton Pool Closed for Summer Maintenance

Just a reminder to everyone that the Winton Pool is now closed for Summer Maintenance. Every summer the pool closes for two weeks. I will re open July 25th and will continue with summer hours. Following maintenance the pool will have Red Cross lessons, adult lap swim, public swims and much more. For more information, bookings, or inquiries you can call the pool at 204-627-1145 or The Pas Rec and Wellness at 204-67-1134.



Miss Teen Northern MB Fundraiser

Alysha Godin is the 2016 Miss Teen Northern Manitoba. Alysha will be competing on the national stage later this month after winning the northern Manitoba crown. She has a few fundraisers planned starting with this weekend. Tonight at the legion from 7 to 11 a dance will be held with half the proceeds going to her fundraising and the other half going to free the children. All teens are invited and tickets can be bought at the door. She will be competing for the 2016 Miss Teen Canada crown from July 22nd to 24th in Toronto



OCN Nomination Meeting and Election

It’s almost election time in OCN as residents will go to the polls to vote for Chief, Vice Chief and Councilors. The Opaskwayak Cree Nation Election is set for Sept 15th, but next week a meeting of the electors will be held. Tuesday6pm, at the Kikiwak Inn the meeting will be held to nominate candidates for the positions. There are 7 councilor positions, 1 Vice Chief and 1 Chief. For more information you can call Stefanie Connors the OCN electoral Officer at 204-620-2998.


First Annual Suicide Prevention Walk

Tonight the OCN youth centre and Big Eddy youth centre are teaming up for a first time event. The first annual suicide prevention and awareness community walk will be held starting at 6pm. The walk starts at the OCN youth Centre and will end at Arbour site. It will be followed by opening ceremonies, guest speaker Andrew Bear and a BBQ. Everyone is welcome to join and for more information you can contact Ruth Bignell at 204-623-2428.


Odd Job Squad Fundraiser

The local Odd Job Squad will be out this summer to complete jobs for work experience. Ally Curry with the Manitoba Youth Centre has more information on the squad.

"The Odd Job Squad is a program for youth aged 12-16, that provides a safe, supervised work experience."

Tomorrow they will be hosting a BBQ on the corner of the RBC Parking Lot. For more information about the youth centre or the Odd Job Squad you can call 204-620-2943.


RCMP Crime Stats for June

The RCMP released their crime stats for the month of June. In June, RCMP responded to 145 incidents of disturbing the peace, 9 of Impaired and 22 of Theft in The Pas. Disturbing the Peace and Impaired numbers are down while Theft increased slightly from May. In the RM of Kelsey, RCMP responded to 7 incidents of Disturbing the Peace, 3 of Theft and 3 of Impaired. Disturbing the peace numbers dropped while Theft increased and Impaired remained the same.


UCN’s Into the Wild Camp

Next week a familiar summer day camp returns to The Pas. UCN’s 6 weeks Into the Wild day camp starts Monday. Jim Scott the Director of Communications for UCN talks about the theme for the first week. Registration for the camp is tomorrow and Friday from 9am to 4pm in the UCN lobby. Students can participate in as many weeks as they like.


NDP Meet and Greet in The Pas

NDP MP Niki Ashton and NDP MLA Amanda Lathlin are hosting a meet and greet tomorrow. Everyone is welcome and it will be held from 5 to 7pm at the NDP office, 1416 Gordon Avenue. Also before the meet and greet Ashton will be hosting meetings with individuals from 2 to 4pm. Space is limited and to book an appointment with Ashton you can call 627-8716.


Strongman and Strongwoman Competition

The Canada Day Long weekend was busy in The Pas with games, events and competitions taking place. The Opasquia Ag Society held a strongman and strongwoman completion to figure out who is the strongest in The Pas. The top 3 placing in the strongman competition were John Dysart, Alan Gibb and Steven Reisch. In the ladies competition Stephanie Fourre finished first followed by Kerry Huculak and Emma McDonald.


Winton Pool Summer Hours and Closure

As of this week the Winton Pool is officially into summer hours. The pool will have red cross lessons, adult lap swim, public swims and much more this summer. Also they will be closed from July 11th to 24th for summer maintenance. For more information, bookings, or inquiries you can call the pool at 204-627-1145 or The Pas Rec and Wellness at 204-67-1134. 


Evacuees Returned Home

Emotions were running high last week as evacuees from the communities of Easterville and Chemawawin we’re able to return home. The communities had to be forced out of their homes as an approaching wildfire got dangerously close to housing. The evacuation began June 23 as residents had to flee to either The Pas or Winnipeg. Luckily no structures were destroyed and the thousands of evacuees were able to return home. As of Thursday morning the last 500 evacuees between The Pas and Winnipeg were still out of their homes, but by the end of the day they all returned.  



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